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

Votes in Congress

July 05, 1992|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: PROMOTING TOBACCO

The House voted 331-82 to shut down a Department of Agriculture program that promotes U.S. tobacco sales abroad at an annual cost of $3.4 million. The amendment was attached to a bill (HR 5487) appropriating $59 billion for the agency in fiscal 1993, up 12 percent over the department's 1992 budget.

A yes vote was to block the Agriculture Department from promoting U.S. tobacco sales abroad.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: PRICE-FIXING ISSUE

By a vote of 175 for and 225 against, the House rejected the conference report on a bill (S 429) to combat vertical price-fixing, known also as resale price maintenance. This is the practice, permitted by the Supreme Court, of manufacturers and full-price retailers cooperating to keep products off the shelves of discounters who would drive prices down.

Critics say such arrangements hurt consumers by keeping prices artificially high. But defenders say manufacturers are entitled to control how their products are marketed and serviced. K mart and Burlington Coat Factory were among the bill's supporters. Opponents included the Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: SPENDING ISSUE

By a vote of 245-86, the House opted for the higher of two funding levels for a new underwater research program within the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. The amendment to HR 3247 killed a proposed spending freeze. Instead, it cut about 25 percent from a $150 million, five-year authorization recommended by the Merchant Marine and Science committees.

A yes vote was for the higher of two spending options for a new underwater research program.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS

By a vote of 183 for and 236 against, the House refused to continue funding the Council on Competitiveness chaired by Vice President Dan Quayle. This occurred as the House approved a fiscal 1993 spending bill (HR 5488) that denied salaries for the council's small staff. The unofficial regulatory-review unit makes policy recommendations based on business community requests.

A yes vote was to fund the council.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

* N * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

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

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: FUNDS FOR EX-PRESIDENTS

By a vote of 202 for and 205 against, the House rejected an amendment to eliminate taxpayer funding of office expenses for the four living ex-presidents. The amendment to HR 5488 (above) sought to eliminate $478,000 earmarked in fiscal 1993 for Richard Nixon, $462,000 for Gerald Ford, $466,000 for Jimmy Carter and $770,000 for Ronald Reagan. It left untouched $613,000 for their pensions and security.

A yes vote was to eliminate about $2.2 million in 1993 office expenses for ex-presidents.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: ENTERPRISE ZONES

By a vote of 356-55, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 11) establishing enterprise zones in 50 as-yet-unidentified inner cities and rural communities. The bill offers employers such incentives as wage credits for hiring workers living in the zones and capital gains tax relief, and expands social services in the zones. The bill repeals the 10 percent luxury tax on yachts, jewelry and furs. About a third of its $14.5 billion cost over the next several years is attributed to enterprise zones.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

Y * * McMillen, Tom, D-4th

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

SENATE: BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

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