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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

September 20, 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: TO REGULATE CABLE TV

By a vote of 280 for and 128 against, the House approved the conference report on a bill (S 12) to resume federal regulation of cable television. In part, the FCC and local authorities would limit basic rates, set customer service standards and ensure that cable's competitors have access to certain programming produced for cable.

The bill was supported by commercial television and the consumer lobby and opposed by the cable industry and President Bush, who has promised a veto.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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: SPENDING DISPUTE

By a vote of 250 for and 104 against, the House adopted an amendment to block nearly $95 million in construction funds for several schools of higher education in Hawaii, Oregon, Louisiana, Connecticut, Alabama, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington.

At issue was the fact that the money had been earmarked for the schools by members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees without benefit of an authorization bill, hearings or open competition. The amendment keeps the money in a $22 billion energy and water authorization bill for fiscal 1993 (HR 5373) but requires it to be allocated according to peer review competition.

A yes vote opposed awarding the $95 million to schools picked by Appropriations Committee members.

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: SPENDING ISSUE

The House rejected a bill (HR 5534) expanding the federal role in the Santa Monica National Recreation Area in Los Angeles County, at a cost of more than $2.1 million over nine years. The tally of 243 for and 154 against fell short of the two-thirds majority required for passage under a fast-track parliamentary procedure.

The bill provided for a federal takeover of a private "environmental classroom" facility, began taxpayer funding of an ongoing archaeological survey, and removed a cap on land acquisition costs within the recreational area.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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: DISASTER AID

The Senate passed, 84 for and 10 against, a bill (HR 5620) providing about $10.5 billion in fiscal 1992 disaster grants and loans to individuals, businesses and communities in hurricane- and typhoon-ravaged areas of Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii and Guam. Most of the emergency funding will not be offset by new revenue and thus is added to the deficit.

The miscellaneous appropriations bill also provides $4.6 billion for several programs that have run out of 1992 funds, including unemployment and veterans benefits.

It also bars the administration from imposing a "gag rule" on abortion counseling at federally funded clinics and bans non-union helpers from federal construction projects covered by the Davis-Bacon Act.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

* - - Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* - - Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: SDI SPENDING

By a vote of 52 for and 46 against, the Senate approved the higher of two possible spending levels for the Strategic Defense Initiative in the fiscal 1993 defense authorization bill (S 3114).

The vote approved $3.8 billion for the proposed space- and land-based anti-missile system and thus nullified a Senate vote last month for $3.3 billion. President Bush requested $5.4 billion for SDI in 1993 and the Democratic-led Senate Armed Services Committee recommended $4.3 billion.

The experimental defense system has been under development for about a decade at a cost of about $30 billion.

A yes vote supported higher 1993 spending for SDI.

Y N X Member

- * - Mikulski, Barbara A., D

- * - Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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