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


March 28, 1993

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on important roll-call votes last week:



By a vote of 273 for and 149 against, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 670) to pay the approximately 4,000 clinics nationwide that use federal money to provide family planning services to the poor. Critics noted that the bill's $238 million cost in fiscal 1994 is 37 percent above the 1993 level. The bill also was challenged for permitting clinics to provide abortion counseling, which was prohibited during the Bush administration.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Bentley, Helen Delich, R-2nd

* N * Bartlett, Roscoe G. R-6th

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

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

* * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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


By a vote of 179 for and 243 against, the House rejected a bid by anti-abortion lawmakers to require clinics to alert parents at least two days before a scheduled abortion on a minor, except when delay would cause the girl's death or the pregnancy was caused by her father. It went beyond language in HR 670 (above) requiring federally funded clinics to comply with state laws on parental notification.

OC A yes vote was for stricter parental notification requirements.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

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

* * * Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th * * * Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

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

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


By a vote of 54 for and 45 against, the Senate approved the fiscal 1994 congressional budget resolution (S Con Res 18) that projects spending of $1.5 trillion, revenue of $1.25 trillion and a deficit of nearly $250 billion for the year beginning next October.

The measure begins President Clinton's five-year plan to use spending restraint, tax increases and entitlement curbs to slow the growth of the national debt. Even with its $502 billion in deficit reduction by fiscal 1998, the measure allows the overall U.S. debt to expand from $4.1 trillion at present to about $5 trillion over the five years.

E9 A yes vote supported President Clinton's fiscal plan.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D


By a vote of 52 for and 47 against, the Senate preserved President Clinton's plan to raise taxes on Social Security payments to the well-off as part of S Con Res 18 (above). This killed a GOP amendment to eliminate the president's plan to increase from 50 percent to 85 percent the portion of Social Security benefits subject to taxation for singles earning more than $25,000 and couples with salaries of more than $32,000.

D8 A yes vote supported the Social Security tax increase.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D


By a vote of 51 for and 47 against, the Senate tabled (killed) an amendment capping the growth of non-Social Security entitlement spending in the Clinton economic plan. Growth was to have been limited essentially to that needed to cover inflation and new participants in programs such as Medicare. The amendment sought to save $50 billion from fiscal 1994 to fiscal 1998.

4( A yes vote was to kill the amendment.N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D


By a vote of 57 for and 42 against, the Senate tabled (killed) a requirement that President Clinton ask Congress for line-item veto authority to combat wasteful spending, which GOP

sponsors said Mr. Clinton called for during the presidential campaign in his book "Putting People First."

The measure was not debated.

A yes vote opposed line-item veto authority in the congressionabudget resolution.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

* * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

* Roll Call Report Syndicate

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