Votes In Congress

July 04, 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: BORDER PATROL

The House voted 265 for and 164 against to increase the U.S. Border Patrol budget by $60 million, to about $419 million, for hiring 600 additional agents to be deployed along the California-Mexico border. The amendment was attached to a fiscal 1994 appropriations bill (HR 2519) for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and other agencies.

A yes vote was to expand the U.S. Border Patrol to 4,600 agents from 4,000.

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

HOUSE: ABORTION

The House voted 255 for and 178 against to outlaw Medicaid spending for abortions, except when the mother's life is at stake or the pregnancy results from rape or incest. Sustaining a 16-year policy, the vote was a victory for the National Right to Life Committee and a defeat for the National Abortion Rights Action League. It occurred during debate on a bill (HR 2518) approving a fiscal 1994 Medicaid budget of $64.5 billion.

A5 A yes vote opposed Medicaid funding of abortions.

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

HOUSE: SPENDING ISSUE

By a vote of 154 for and 237 against, the House rejected an amendment to freeze fiscal 1994 spending for community development block grants at the 1993 level of $4 billion. This preserved an increase of $224 million, or 6 percent, in the program that pays for urban public works and economic-development projects. The vote occurred during debate on a 1994 Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill (HR 2491).

A yes vote was to hold 1994 community development block grant spending at the 1993 level.

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

HOUSE: "DOMESTIC PARTNERS"

By a vote of 266 for and 154 against, the House removed funding for the District of Columbia's "domestic partners" ordinance from the federal city's fiscal 1994 budget (HR 2492). This blocked the D.C. law enabling unmarried partners of city employees to receive taxpayer-funded health insurance benefits if they pay for the additional premium.

A yes vote opposed funding resulting from Washington's domestic partners ordinance.

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

SENATE: TRADE ISSUE

By a vote of 76 for and 16 against, the Senate sent the White House a bill (HR 1876) putting the GATT world trade agreement on a congressional "fast track" when it reaches Capitol Hill for debate. The procedure bans amendments, allowing lawmakers only an up-or-down vote on the pact resulting from "Uruguay round" negotiations to update the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs. Now in its seventh year of negotiation, the treaty seeks to stimulate more open global commerce by requiring countries to ease nationalistic trade barriers and government subsidies.

A yes vote endorsed the new trade pact and a congressional fast-track procedure for ratifying it.

Y N X Member

Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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