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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

July 24, 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: ENTITLEMENTS

By a vote of 316-107, the House sent the Senate a Democratic plan (HR 4604) to restrain entitlement spending. Earlier, the House rejected two stronger curbs on the mandatory spending that accounts for about half the federal budget. The three plans did not inflict cuts, deferring that action to another day. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, veterans' benefits, national debt interest, farm supports, military and civil service pensions and social welfare account for most of the $750 billion in annual entitlement spending.

A yes vote supported the Democratic plan to restrain entitlement growth.

Y N X Member

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

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

* N * 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: GOP PLAN

By a vote of 194 for and 233 against, the House rejected a Republican proposal to restrain entitlement spending. This plan required Congress to enact spending caps for each entitlement program and, if those limits are breached, to impose across-the-board cuts to bring spending within the law. It differed from the Democratic plan (above) by prohibiting the use of higher taxes or discretionary spending cuts to correct the entitlement overruns. It also differed by requiring Congress rather than the Office of Management and Budget to define entitlement limits. Both plans protected Social Security against cuts.

MA A yes vote was to pass the GOP plan to restrain entitlements.

Y N X Member

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

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

Y * * 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

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

HOUSE: INTELLIGENCE BUDGET

By a vote of 194 for and 221 against, the House refused to require public disclosure of total annual spending for intelligence including operation of the CIA.

A yes vote was for public disclosure of the aggregate U.S. intelligence appropriation.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

Y * * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: "REDLINING"

By a vote of 97 for and 333 against, the House rejected the stronger of two bills against "redlining" in the sale of insurance to the poor. The rejected measure covered three times as many metropolitan areas and placed more reporting requirements on large insurance companies.

A yes vote supported the stronger of two pending bills against redlining.

Y N X Member

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

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

* N * 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

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

SENATE: FOOD STAMPS

The Senate adopted, 63-34, an amendment to continue food stamp "cash out" demonstration programs. Viewed by supporters as a first step toward welfare reform, these programs convert stamps to direct cash payments of comparable value. The money can be spent on living expenses in addition to food. If combined with welfare payments and linked to work, it becomes a wage supplement that can enable welfare recipients to secure a private sector job.

A yes vote was to continue food stamp "cash out" demonstration programs.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: SPENDING FREEZE

By a vote of 72-28, the Senate tabled (killed) an attempt to freeze the Department of Transportation appropriations bill for FY '95 at its 1994 level of $13.59 billion. This vote permitted an increase of $741 million or nearly 6 percent over the 1994 level. The bill funds a variety of transportation programs including highway construction, mass transit, Amtrak and the Federal Aviation Administration.

OC A yes vote opposed a freeze in federal transportation spending.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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