Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol...

Votes in Congress

June 23, 1991|By Roll Call Report Syndicate

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on important roll call votes last week:

Y: YES N: NO X: NOT VOTING

HOUSE: ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

By a 378-44 vote, the House refused to penalize Israel for its policy of settling areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The rejected amendment sought to reduce U.S. aid to Israel by $82.5 million, the amount the State Department estimates Israel spends annually to expand into the West Bank and Gaza. The vote occurred as the House sent a fiscal 1992 foreign aid bill (HR 2508) to the Senate.

A yes vote was to penalize Israel financially for its settlements policy.

Y N X Member

* N * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

* N * Byron, Beverly B., D-6th

* N * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

* N * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

* N * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

* N * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

HOUSE: AID TO THE SOVIETS

By a 386-29 vote, the House adopted an amendment to HR 2508 (above) prohibiting aid to the Soviet Union so long as it continues to provide military aid to Cuba.

The vote had little financial impact, because the bill's only aid to the Soviet Union is $15 million for non-governmental organizations and democratically elected local governments. But it gave lawmakers a platform for denouncing Cuban Premier Fidel Castro.

A yes vote opposed U.S. aid to the Soviet Union if it continues to aid Cuba.

Y N X Member

Y * * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

Y * * Byron, Beverly B., D-6th

Y * * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

Y * * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

Y * * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

Y * * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

HOUSE: TO RESTORE OVERSIGHT MONEY

By a 341-52 vote, the House restored $105 million to launch the Chief Financial Officers Act, an anti-fraud measure passed last year to prevent recurrences of executive branch financial scandals such as the one at HUD in the 1980s. The vote occurred during debate on the fiscal 1992 appropriations bill (HR 2622) for the Treasury Department, White House and other units.

Under the act, each department and major agency would get a controller charged with modernizing financial systems and establishing and policing safeguards against fraud.

H

A yes vote was to fund the Chief Financial Officers Act.

Y N X Member

Y * * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

Y * * Byron, Beverly B., D-6th

Y * * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

* N * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

Y * * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

SENATE: TO PASS HIGHWAY BILL

By a vote of 91-7, the Senate sent the House a bill authorizing $123 billion for highway, mass transit and other transportation programs over the next five years.

The bill (S 1204) undertakes the first overhaul of the federal highway system since the 1950s, giving states freedom to spend much of their U.S. transportation money as they see fit. To the extent that highway spending is directed by Washington, the bill gives the repair of existing interstates priority over building new ones, and provides about $22 billion to establish a National Highway System based on existing interstates and federal highways. The legislation contains no tax increases or anti-billboard language, and retains existing limits on truck sizes.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: GOP CRIME BILL

By a 56-40 vote, the Senate rejected a Republican anti-crime package, leaving a Democratic plan intact as the Senate moved toward passage of wide-ranging crime legislation (S 1241).

While both parties expanded the number of crimes subject to the federal death penalty and added procedural safeguards required by the Supreme Court, the GOP plan went slightly beyond the Democratic plan in broadening capital punishment. It also was seen as slightly more restrictive of the right of death row inmates to appeal sentences, and more favorable to permitting the admission of evidence from "good faith" warrantless searches by police. The Democratic bill but not the GOP plan contained gun control language.

A yes vote favored the GOP crime bill over the Democratic

alternative.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., DSENATE: THE RACIAL JUSTICE ACT

By a vote of 55-41, the Senate removed The Racial Justice Act of 1991 from a pending anti-crime package (above). The proposed act would permit minorities on death row to overturn their state court sentences by proving the state applies capital punishment disproportionately to minorities.

B6 A yes vote opposed The Racial Justice Act of 1991.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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