Votes In Congress

May 15, 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: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

By a 328-89 vote, the House passed a bill (HR 2442) to fund the Economic Development Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission at a budget of $1.6 billion over three fiscal years beginning with 1994. If the bill becomes law, it will mark the first time since 1982 that Congress has reauthorized the two Great Society agencies that dispense federal grants and loans to build infrastructure and spur economic development.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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

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

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

HOUSE: APPALACHIAN COMMISSION

By a vote of 143 for and 261 against, the House rejected an amendment to HR 2442 (above) to kill the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a Great Society agency that has spent $6 billion since the mid-1960s to combat rural poverty in 13 Appalachian Mountain states.

K? A yes vote was to kill the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

SENATE: BOSNIA

By a 50-49 vote, senators approved the weaker of two bills they were considering to provide American arms to Bosnian Muslims. This measure (S 2040) was sponsored by Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, D-Maine, with President Clinton's backing. It directed the president to work through NATO to get the United Nations to lift its ban on the outside world arming outgunned Muslim forces against Serbs and Croats.

A yes vote supported the weaker of two pending measures for arming Bosnian Muslims.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: 1995 BUDGET

By a 53-46 vote, the Senate approved the conference report on the Congressional Budget Resolution (H Con Res 218) for FY 1995-1999. For 1995, it sets spending at $1.51 trillion while anticipating receipts of $1.34 trillion and an annual deficit of about $175 billion. About half of the budget is entitlement spending that by law cannot be cut.

NB A yes vote was to approve the Congressional Budget Resolution.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: GIFT BAN

By a 95-4 vote, the Senate passed a bill (S 1935) that bans nearly all of the meals, gifts, travel, hospitality at resorts, campaign contributions and other financial favors that many members of ,, Congress and their staff routinely accept from special interests, including registered lobbyists.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: RACE AND SENTENCING

By a nonbinding vote of 58-41, the Senate repudiated the House-passed Racial Justice Act, which enables minorities to avoid the death sentence if they can show it is being applied against them as part of a discriminatory pattern. The House, but not the Senate, put the measure in the 1994 crime bill (HR 3355).

G; A yes vote opposed the House-passed Racial Justice Act.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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