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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

June 25, 1995|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:

YES N: NO X: NOT VOTING

HOUSE: BUDGET FOR CONGRESS

By a vote of 337-87, the House approved a $1.73 billion legislative branch appropriations bill for fiscal 1996, nearly 9 percent below the comparable 1995 bill. When the Senate adds its budget, overall spending for Congress and its support agencies next fiscal year will total about $2.3 billion.

The bill cuts spending for committee personnel by 30 percent but allows personal staff payroll to rise by about 4 percent. It abolishes the Joint Committee on Printing and privatizes units such as members' barber and beauty shops and newsletter production facility. It reduces spending for support agencies such as the Government Printing Office and General Accounting Office.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: FREE MAIL

Voting 213 for and 215 against, House members refused to freeze fiscal 1996 spending for their official mail at the 1995 level of about $41 million. The vote during debate on HR 1854 (above) affirmed an increase of $4.5 million, or 13 percent, in spending for the franking privilege. Critics say free postage is often misused by members to bolster their incumbency, while defenders say it makes possible important communication with constituents.

A yes vote was to block a 13 percent increase in official mail costs.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

* N * Mfume, Kweisi, D-7th

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

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

HOUSE: ELEVATOR OPERATORS

The House rejected, 177 for and 246 against, an amendment to HR 1854 (above) to abolish the jobs of 10 employees who operate automatic elevators in House office buildings, saving $263,000 annually in salaries and benefits. The elevators are pTC automatic. But defenders say operators help lawmakers get to the floor in time to vote.

@4 A yes vote was to eliminate House elevator jobs.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, 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: CALENDAR

Voting 271-146, the House approved a measure (H Res 168) adding a Corrections Calendar for quick repeal of unwanted laws and regulations. Twice monthly, the House would act on bills to eliminate certain measures, with debate shortened, amendments banned and a three-fifths majority required for passage. Bills approved would be sent to the Senate. The House speaker would control the calendar.

I= A yes vote was to establish a House Corrections Calendar.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, 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

SENATE: HENRY FOSTER

The Senate rejected the nomination of Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr. to become U.S. surgeon general. The tally of 57-43, fell short of the three-fifths majority needed to end a GOP filibuster. Dr. Foster was controversial because he had performed a limited number of abortions and, critics charged, failed to candidly explain that part of his record.

F: A yes vote was to end a filibuster against Dr. Foster.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: SPEED LIMITS

The Senate voted 65-35, to allow states to raise the national speed limit for passenger vehicles but not trucks and buses on federally funded highways. The limit is now 65 mph in rural areas and 55 mph in metropolitan areas. The vote occurred as the Senate passed a bill (S 440) designating 160,000 miles of federally funded roads as the National Highway System and authorizing $13 billion for improvements.

NB A yes vote was to let states raise speed limits on U.S. roads.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

Voting 36 for and 64 against, the Senate rejected continued financial sanctions on states that allow motorcyclists to ride without helmets. The vote occurred during debate on S 440 (above). Its effect is to end a 4-year-old requirement that states lacking helmet laws set aside a portion of federal highway money for safety education. Twenty-five states are without helmet laws.

A yes vote was to continue financial sanctions on states without motorcycle helmet laws.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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