Votes in Congress

July 26, 1992

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: POST OFFICE SCANDAL

By a vote of 223 for and 196 against, the House killed a proposal (H Res 526) for full public disclosure of transcripts that underpin a task force finding of employee misconduct at the House Post Office. These and other files from the largely secret congressional investigation are being referred to the Justice Department and the House Ethics Committee.

A yes vote opposed disclosure of witness transcripts from the post office probe.

Y N X Member..... ..... ..... ..... ...Y N X Member

Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd..... Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Byron, Beverly B., D-6th......... McMillen, Tom, D-4th

Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd....... Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st....... Morella, Constance A., R-8th

HOUSE: TO REGULATE CABLE TV

By a vote of 340 for and 73 against, the House sent to conference with the Senate a bill (HR 485) to reinstate federal regulation of cable television. It empowers the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to control rates charged by the nation's 11,000-plus cable systems, set customer service standards, open up monopolistic programming practices and prohibit exclusive operating franchises. Local authorities would enforce the FCC standards.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member..... ..... ..... ..... Y N X Member

Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd. Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Byron, Beverly B., D-6th..... McMillen, Tom, D-4th

Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd... Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st... Morella, Constance A., R-8th

SENATE: TO BAR OUT-OF-STATE TRASH

By a vote of 89 for and two against, the Senate passed a bill (S 2877) allowing states to restrict municipal waste imports from other states.

Governors could ban or limit out-of-state trash on written request from their local governments. States could freeze waste imports at 1991 or 1992 levels, whichever is less. The bill overcomes the constitutional ban on states restricting interstate commerce unless authorized to do so by Congress.

Supporter Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, said "no state should be forced to take another state's trash because the exporting state doesn't have the political will to deal with its own waste."

No opponent spoke against the bill.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member..... ..... ..... ...Y N X Member

Mikulski, Barbara A., D ... Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: COMMUNITY CONTROL ISSUE

By a vote of 60 for and 31 against, the Senate tabled (killed) an amendment to S 2877 (above) restricting the right of local governments to accept out-of-state trash. The amendment sought to permit governors to ban trash imports without receiving a community's request to do so.

A yes vote was to bolster the power of communities to accept out-of-state trash.

9/Y N X Member..... ..... ..... ...Y N X Member

Mikulski, Barbara A., D ... Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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