Votes In Congress

September 12, 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:

Y: YES ... N: NO ... X: NOT VOTING

HOUSE: BURDEN SHARING

The House rejected, 195 for and 231 against, an amendment giving Japan, South Korea and Europe three years to assume the costs of U.S. troops based on their soil or lose the protection. Sponsors said more than half of U.S. military spending, including personnel costs, is for basing troops abroad. The amendment was offered to a $262.8 billion defense authorization bill (HR 2401) for fiscal 1994 that remained in debate.

A yes vote supported the amendment.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

Y N X Member

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

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

. . * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

HOUSE: MISSILE DEFENSE

By a vote of 202 for and 227 against, the House rejected an amendment to reduce ballistic missile defense (BMD) funding in fiscal 1994 from $3 billion proposed by the Armed Services Committee to $2.8 billion. The vote occurred during debate on HR 2401 (above). BMD is a new Pentagon umbrella term for the former Strategic Defense Initiative and the localized, ground-based Theater Missile Defense that includes weapons such as the Patriot.

A yes vote was to transfer $229 million from ballistic missile defense to peacetime conversion.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

Y N X Member

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

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

* . . Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

HOUSE: D-5 MISSILE

By a vote of 183 for and 240 against, the House declined to strip HR 2401 (above) of $1.2 billion for building 295 more D-5 missiles for Trident II nuclear-equipped submarines. The missile was developed during the Cold War and is designed to penetrate hardened targets in the former Soviet Union. Savings from this amendment were to have gone to defense conversion programs.

Opponents said the D-5 missile and Trident II programs should be fully funded until the future stability of the former Soviet Union is assured.

?3 A yes vote was to kill the D-5 missile program.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

Y N X Member

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

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

* . . Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

SENATE: TO CONFIRM DR. ELDERS

The Senate voted 65 for and 34 against to confirm Dr. Joycelyn Elders, a 59-year-old pediatrician, as U.S. surgeon general. The former Arkansas health director was controversial, in part, because of blunt statements about pregnancy prevention, abortion and the Catholic Church.

5) A yes vote was to confirm Dr. Elders.

N X Member

* . . Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* . . Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: NATIONAL SERVICE

By a vote of 57 for and 40 against, the Senate sent President Clinton a bill (HR 2010) to begin his national service program at a three-year cost of $1.5 billion. Persons 17 and older would perform 1,700 hours of community work in each of two years, in exchange for subsistence wages, health and child-care benefits and as much as $4,775 annually in vouchers for later job-training or higher education. An estimated 100,000 persons would take part over three years. A new federal agency would oversee state and local programs.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

* . . Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* . . Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: GAYS IN THE MILITARY

By a vote of 33 for and 63 against, the Senate declined to remove restrictive language on gays from the fiscal 1994 defense authorization bill (S 1298). At issue was language writing into law a ban on gays in the military based on their sexual status as opposed to their conduct. It goes beyond President Clinton's "don't tell, don't ask, don't pursue" policy proposal.

A yes vote was to delete restrictive language from the bill so that President Clinton's policy on gays in the military can take hold.

Y N X Member

* . . Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* . . Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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