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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

September 13, 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:

YES N: NO X: NOT VOTING

HOUSE: FAMILY LEAVE

By a vote of 241 for and 161 against, the House sent to the NTC White House a bill (S 5) requiring employers of at least 50 workers to provide up to 12 weeks of annual unpaid leave for childbirth or other medical circumstances involving an employee close family member. Workers taking leave would retain health benefits and get their job back when they return.

President Bush has vowed a veto. The bill is backed by the AARP and many unions, and opposed by business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

* N * 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

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

HOUSE: MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

The House passed, 331 for and 48 against, a bill (HR 4484) authorizing $765 million for the U.S. Maritime Administration in fiscal 1993. The figure is at least 30 percent above both the president's 1993 request and the comparable 1992 budget. Most of the increase is for expanding the government-owned "ready reserve" merchant fleet.

The bill contains $225 million for subsidizing private owners of passenger liners and freighters, a program whose rationale is to keep the merchant marine internationally competitive and prepared for any wartime role.

No opponent spoke against the bill.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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

Y * * 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

SENATE: TO CONFIRM APPEALS JUDGE

By a vote of 62 for and 36 against, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Edward E. Carnes, assistant attorney general of Alabama, as an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judge.

Civil rights groups said that as Alabama's top prosecutor, Mr. Carnes has advocated the death penalty with a fervor that shows racial bias. But his supporters, including both Alabama senators, said that in fighting to uphold death penalty convictions he has performed a mandatory prosecutorial role.

A yes vote was to support the nomination.

N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: TO SHELVE PRODUCT LIABILITY

The Senate set aside a product-liability bill limiting consumer suits against manufacturers over defective products. The vote on a cloture motion was not directly on the merits of the legislation (S 640). The tally of 58-38 fell just short of the three-fifths majority needed by sponsors to end debate and move to near certain final passage of the bill.

The bill has campaign overtones because President Bush says it will help to hold down the high cost that litigation inflicts on the economy. It is backed by business organizations and opposed by consumer groups and trial lawyers. Congress has wrestled with product-liability legislation for a decade.

A yes vote was to move to final passage of product-liability

legislation.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: TO SUPPORT SPACE STATION

By a vote of 34 for and 62 against, the Senate kept alive NASA's planned space station by diverting its fiscal 1993 funding to deficit reduction and veterans' health programs. The vote kept $2.1 billion for "Freedom" in an appropriations bill (HR 5697) later sent to conference with the House.

NASA hopes to orbit the manned facility by the turn of the century. About $30 billion of the $40 billion projected development cost remains to be appropriated.

A yes vote was to kill the space station.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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