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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

May 09, 1993

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: SUNSET PROVISION

By a vote of 201 for and 221 against, the House refused to put a six-year limit on public funding of proposed Department of Commerce centers to help U.S. companies develop advanced technologies. The sunset amendment was offered to a bill (HR 820) authorizing $1.5 billion over two years for programs enabling American companies to compete better against Japanese, German and other rivals. The bill remained in debate.

A yes vote was to limit the years of taxpayer support ocompetitiveness centers for U.S. industry.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

HOUSE: VOTER REGISTRATION

By a vote of 259 for and 164 against, the House approved the conference report on a bill (HR 2) requiring states to make voter registration a voluntary part of applying for a driver's license and certain other public certificates. To accommodate nondrivers, states also must provide for registration by mail and at welfare and disability agencies. Military recruitment offices also must offer a place to sign up to vote.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

HOUSE: REGISTRATION ISSUE

By a vote of 170 for and 253 against, the House rejected Republican language in HR 2 (above) that sought to remove any doubt that states can require proof of citizenship from voting registrants.

A yes vote was to specify in the bill that states can request prooof citizenship from registrants to vote.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

SENATE: TO REGULATE LOBBYISTS

By a vote of 95 for and 2 against, the Senate passed a bill (S 349) to increase federal regulation and public scrutiny of the estimated tens of thousands of paid lobbyists who deal with Congress. Twice a year, they would have to publicly list clients, ,, issues, payments and other information. A new Justice Department office would administer the program.

In part, the bill requires public reporting of the financial favorlobbyists extend to lawmakers and staff, such as meals in Washington and vacations at resorts. Benefits of at least $20 per occasion or $50 annually must be reported, with the congressional recipient identified. Lobbyists are regulated by a 47-year-old law that all sides agree is ineffective.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: GIFTS POLICY

By a vote of 98 for and 1 against, the Senate endorsed the concept of making the congressional gifts policy as strict as the executive branch's. If this advisory language becomes law, it will virtually prohibit lawmakers from accepting gifts worth more than $20. Existing rules on congressional gifts are regarded as vague and toothless. This sense-of-the-Senate language was added to S 349 (above).

A yes vote supported the concept of a stricter congressionagifts policy.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: DEPT. OF THE ENVIRONMENT

By a vote of 79 for and 15 against, the Senate sent the House a bill (S 171) upgrading the Environmental Protection Agency to become the Department of the Environment, the 15th Cabinet-level agency. The Congressional Budget Office estimated no resulting increase in federal spending.

A yes vote was to raise the EPA to cabinet status.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: WETLANDS POLICY

By a vote of 40 for and 54 against, the Senate opposed making the U.S. Soil Conservation Service the main regulator of agricultural wetlands policy once the Department of the Environment is established. The vote occurred during debate on S 171 (above). It cleared the way for the four agencies that now have wetlands jurisdiction to recommend to Congress a streamlining of their conflicting roles.

At issue was whether the Soil Conservation Service or a morenvironmentally minded agency should determine policies such as when wetlands can be converted to crop production.

A yes vote supported the position of the American Farm BureaFederation. A no vote was favored by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Roll Call Report Syndicate

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