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

Votes in Congress

September 15, 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. The House had no contested votes:

Y: YES N: NO X: NOT VOTING

SENATE: TO REJECT CUT

By a vote of 28 for and 69 against, the Senate rebuffed an attempt to transfer $3.15 billion from the Pentagon budget to domestic programs such as cancer and mental illness research, Head Start, child immunization and breast cancer screening.

The vote occurred as the Senate passed the $204 billion fiscal 1992 appropriations bill (HR 2707) for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. It blocked a Budget Act waiver that would have cleared the way for the transfer.

A yes vote was to transfer $3.15 billion from military to domestic programs.

%Y N X Member Y N X Member

N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: ABORTION COUNSELING

By a vote of 92-8, the Senate approved a compromise on the issue of requiring parents to be notified when their child is scheduled for an abortion. The language was included in the Department of Health and Human Services spending bill (above) that was sent to conference with the House.

Both the Senate and House versions of the bill undercut an administration requirement that federally funded family planning clinics notify parents when an adolescent is to have an abortion. This vote makes notification unnecessary in extraordinary circumstances, such as when it could lead parents to inflict emotional or physical damage on the youth or when courts find it unjustified.

Abortion foes as well as most pro-abortion rights senators voted for the compromise. Most opponents were pro-abortion rights senators who wanted the administration policy to be further softened.

A yes vote was to permit several exceptions to the administration's "parental notification" requirement.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: NOTIFYING PARENTS

By a vote of 45 for and 55 against, the Senate rejected a proposal that parents be notified at least 48 hours in advance of their child's planned abortion, except when the delay would imperil the girl's life. The amendment to HR 2702 was supported by anti-abortion senators. Following the proposal's defeat, the Senate adopted compromise parental notification rules (see preceding issue).

3' A yes vote supported the amendment.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: SURVEYING SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

By a vote of 34 for and 66 against, the Senate rejected spending for a federal health survey of certain sexual conduct, including that which contributes to the nation's illegitimacy rate. The vote, which occurred during debate on HR 2707 (above), prohibited the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development from spending an unspecified sum on the planned survey.

2& A yes vote was to fund the survey.

N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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