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

Votes in Congress

April 21, 1996|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: Constitutional Amendment

The House rejected a constitutional amendment (HJ Res 159) requiring that bills raising taxes be approved by two-thirds majorities of both houses, rather than by simple majorities as is now the case. The tally of 243 for and 177 against fell short of the two-thirds majority required for approval of constitutional amendments.

A yes vote was to change the Constitution to require two-thirds House and Senate majorities for tax increases.

Y N X Member

X * * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

House: Crime and Terror

By a vote of 293 for and 133 against, the House sent President Clinton a two-pronged bill (S 735) that narrows the constitutional writ of habeas corpus and gives law enforcement more power to prevent and prosecute acts such as the Oklahoma City and World Trade Center bombings. The bill limits the time in which death row inmates can file habeas corpus appeals with a federal court, and makes it more difficult for U.S. judges to overturn state court convictions. Addressing terrorism, the bill empowers the government to keep suspicious individuals from entering the country.

A yes vote was to approve the legislation.

Y N X Member

X * * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senate: Terrorism

Voting 91 for and 8 against, the Senate approved the conference report on a bill (S 735) that limits the ability of those on death row to file habeas corpus appeals in federal court and takes steps against domestic and international terrorism (see House issue above). In part, the bill extends the reach of federal prosecutors against alleged terrorists at home and abroad, outlaws fund raising in the United States for certain overseas organizations and requires tagging of explosives to identify their manufacturer.

A yes vote was to approve the legislation.

Y N X Member

X * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

X * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Habeas Corpus

The Senate voted 64 for and 35 against to keep habeas corpus restrictions in S 735 (above). In part, this will limit state death row prisoners who seek habeas corpus review in federal court to a single request filed within one year of exhaustion of state appeals. Currently, a condemned prisoner may file multiple appeals over many years.

A yes vote was to limit habeas corpus appeals.

Y N X Member

* X * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* X * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Medical Savings Accounts

By a vote of 52 for and 36 against, the Senate removed a plan for medical savings accounts (MSAs) from a pending health care reform bill (S 1028). The bill remained in debate. Eliminated by this vote was a proposal by Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and others to allow families to put up to $4,000 annually in tax-free medical accounts similar in design to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's). A yes vote was to strip the bill of medical savings accounts.

Y N X Member

X * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

X * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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