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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

February 27, 1994|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: SPEECH ISSUE

The House voted 361 for and 34 against to condemn remarks by a Nation of Islam leader in a speech in November at Kean College in New Jersey. Khallid Abdul Muhammad said, in part, that Adolf Hitler was "wickedly great," that there was some justification for the Holocaust, that Jews are "the blood suckers of the black nation" and called the pope "that cracker" and said he might be gay.

The resolution (H Res 343) termed the remarks "outrageous hate-mongering of the most vicious and vile kind." It followed a unanimous Senate rebuke of the speech.

9- A yes vote was to approve the resolution.

N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

* * X Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: SCHOOL PRAYER

By a vote of 367 for and 55 against, the House endorsed language passed by the Senate to allow informal, student-initiated prayer in public schools that receive "Goals 2000" education grants. When the Senate recently passed the Goals 2000 bill (HR 1804), it stipulated that schools getting federal funds allow "constitutionally permitted" prayer. The Supreme Court has not outlawed informal prayer by students.

The House included no such language in its version of the educational goals measure. The bill is now in a House-Senate conference committee. This nonbinding vote instructed the House side of the conference to accept the Senate language. There was no debate on the pros and cons of the prayer language.

I= A yes vote supported "constitutionally permitted' prayer.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: EDUCATION ISSUE

The House adopted, 374 for and 53 against, an amendment providing additional safeguards against federal intervention in nonpublic schools. For example, the schools are insulated against governmental teacher certification requirements. The vote occurred during consideration of a bill renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (HR 6) that remained in debate.

Under the bill, public schools must certify to state officials that full-time teachers are qualified in their subject matter. House members heard during the week from tens of thousands of constituents who were concerned that the teacher certification provision would be applied to parochial, home-based and other nonpublic schools.

Foes called the amendment excessive and mischievous because existing law as well as the bill on the floor already protected nonpublic schools against federal intervention.

6* A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

SENATE: TALBOTT NOMINATION

By a vote of 66 for and 31 against, the Senate confirmed Strobe Talbott as deputy secretary of state. Mr. Talbott, 47, had been in charge of U.S. policy toward the former Soviet republics. Before joining the administration, he was a Time magazine correspondent and Washington bureau chief. Many of his Senate detractors cited his writings as a basis for their opposition. He was criticized, in part, for placing too much stock in Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and too little in Israel.

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

N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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