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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

February 28, 1993|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: UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

By a vote of 254 for and 161 against, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 920) providing extra weeks of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Depending on the state, 20 or 26 additional weeks of checks will go to an estimated 2 million individuals who exhaust their initial 26 weeks. Because the $5.7 billion cost is defined as emergency spending, it will be added to the deficit rather than offset by revenue increases or spending cuts.

+!A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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

* x * Bartlett, Roscoe, R-6th

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

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

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

x * * Wynn, Albert, D-4th

x * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

HOUSE: HATCH ACT OVERHAUL

The House rejected a bill overhauling the Hatch Act to allow federal civilian employees and postal workers to engage in partisan political activity on their own time. The 275-142 margin fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the bill (HR 20) under a shortcut procedure. Sponsors predicted success when they bring it up again under rules requiring only a simple majority vote for passage.

A yes vote was to allow partisan political activity by federal civilian employees.

Y N X Member

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

* x * Bartlett, Roscoe, R-6th

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

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

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

x * * Wynn, Albert, D-4th

x * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

SENATE: TO FUND COMMITTEES

By a vote of 94 for and 2 against, the Senate approved a two-year budget of $113 million for its committees, down about 4 percent from the committee budget approved two years ago. The new budget (S Res 71) is in effect until March 1995 and covers all panels except the separately-funded Ethics Committee.

Senate committee staffing is cut by 6 percent to nearly 1,200 positions on 20 panels. The budget allows annual staff cost-of-living increases of between 2.2 percent and 3.7 percent. The present top salary for committee aides is about $130,000. In addition to payroll, S Res 71 funds hearings, domestic and foreign travel and general committee operations.

F: A yes vote was to approve the Senate committee budget.

Y N X Member

x * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

x * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: TO REJECT FURTHER CUTS

By a vote of 29 for and 69 against, the Senate rejected cuts of at least $10 million in the $113 million, 1993-1994 committee budget (above). The amendment sought to force staff reductions.

A yes vote was for deeper cuts in Senate committee budgets.

Y N X Member

* x * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* x * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: COMMITTEE ON AGING

By a vote of 30 for and 68 against, the Senate refused to abolish its Special Committee on Aging. Although the panel cannot act on bills, it uses its $1.1 million annual budget to conduct investigations and spotlight issues of concern to seniors. A similar nonlegislative committee on aging in the House also is under fire as lawmakers eye cuts in legislative branch spending.

A yes vote was to put the Special Committee on Aging out of business by April.

Y N X Member

* x * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* x * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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