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


August 08, 1993

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



The House approved, 218 for and 216 against, the Democratic plan to use tax increases and spending restraint to slow the growth of the national debt by $496 billion over five years through fiscal 1998.

The bill raises the federal levy on gasoline from 14.1 cents per gallon to 18.4 cents per gallon, taxes higher-income Social Security recipients on a larger share of their benefits and raises rates on taxable incomes of more than $115,000 for singles and )) $140,000 for couples, among other revenue measures.

Its biggest restraint on entitlements is to slow Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals by $56 billion over five years. It requires nearly $150 billion in discretionary spending slowdowns, in defense and other programs, but delays most of that restraint until late in the five-year cycle.

The measure includes spending increases for programs such as food stamps and childhood immunization. It forgoes future tax ,, revenue by enlarging the earned income tax credit for the working poor, creating tax breaks to attract economic development to blighted areas and creating several tax exemptions for special interests.

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

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

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

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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


By a vote of 58 for and 41 against, the Senate sent to conference with the House a bill (S 919) to begin President Clinton's national service program at a three-year cost of $1.5 billion. Working for a new federal agency and local sponsoring organizations, participants 17 and older would perform as many as 1,700 hours of community service each year, in return for as much as $4,775 annually in higher education or job-training vouchers. They would get approximately minimum-wage pay, health and child-care benefits and in some cases paid medical and family leave. National service is expected to attract 47,000 workers by its third year.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D


By a vote of 41 for and 52 against, the Senate rejected a Republican amendment to authorize the national service bill (S 919) for two rather than the three years sought by President Clinton.

A yes vote supported a two-year authorization for national service.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D


By a vote of 55 for and 31 against, the Senate killed a proposal to base national service educational vouchers on need, as is the case with most other federal payments for post-secondary education. Depending on family means, vouchers were to have ranged from $1,500 to $4,725 annually under the rejected amendment. The vote occurred during debate on S 919 (above).

A yes vote opposed basing national service educational benefits on need.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D


By a vote of 96 for and three against, the Senate confirmed Judge Ruth Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia as the 108th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Ginsburg, 60, will be paid $164,000 as an associate justice.

Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., praised Ms. Ginsburg as "one of the foremost defenders of the twin ideals which lie at the heart of our nation and our Constitution, fairness and equality."

Jesse Helms, R-N.C., criticized Ms. Ginsburg for her "outrageously simplistic and callous position" in support of abortion rights.


A yes vote was to put Ms. Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D


By a vote of 76 for and 23 against, the Senate confirmed University of Pennsylvania President Sheldon Hackney to head the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Hackney, 59, will earn $123,100 in the post. Critics questioned his support of free speech in incidents on his campus involving insults shouted at black students and the confiscation of a newspaper press run by black students protesting an editorial position.

6* A yes vote was to confirm Mr. Hackney.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Roll Call Report Syndicate


Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest

World Trade Center, Suite 253 Arundel Center North, 101 Crain Highway

Baltimore 21202, Phone: 962-4510 Suite 509

320 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Glen Burnie, Md. 21061, Phone: 760-3372

Washington, D.C. 20510 412 Cannon House Office Bldg.

Phone: (202) 224-4654 Washington, D.C. 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5311

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes Rep. Steny H. Hoyer

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