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

Votes in Congress

July 14, 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: House budget cut

By a vote of 172 for and 248 against, the House refused to cut Congress' own budget for next fiscal year by 1.9 percent or about $32 million. As later sent to the Senate, the bill (HR 3754) provides $1.68 billion for the House and congressional support agencies such as the Library of Congress and General Accounting Office. After the Senate adds its operating funds, the overall fiscal 1997 appropriations bill for the legislative branch will total about $2.2 billion.

A yes vote was to cut the legislative branch budget by 1.9 percent.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

* N * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

House: Family planning

By a vote of 232 for and 193 against, the House took the less strict of two approaches to the issue of allowing federally-funded public health clinics to provide family-planning advice to minors. The vote occurred during debate on HR 3755 (above). An underlying amendment required written approval from parents or guardians for minors to receive counseling on topics such as birth control and sexually-transmitted diseases. With this vote, the House opted instead for language in current law that urges clinics to seek parental involvement but does not require them to obtain written consent.

Those supporting the law as it now stands said requiring parental consent would deny services to teen-agers unable to communicate with their families. But backers of the underlying amendment said allowing minors to seek birth-control advice without parental consent was a permissive policy that taxpayers should not have to subsidize.

A yes vote supported the less strict of two pending approaches to minors who seek family planning advice.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

Y * * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

House: Same-sex marriages

VTC Voting 342 for and 67 against, the House passed a bill (HR 3396) empowering states to not recognize marriages between spouses the same sex. The bill anticipates that Hawaii soon will legalize homosexual marriages, and it gives the other 49 states a legal basis for disregarding those unions. Also, the bill defines marriage in federal law to consist only of unions between one man and one woman.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

Y * * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

Senate: Minimum wage

Voting 74 for and 24 against, the Senate sent to conference with the House a bill (HR 3448) raising the minimum wage by 90 cents an hour and providing about $14 billion in tax breaks over 10 years, mainly for small businesses. The bill (HR 3448) increases the base wage from $4.25 to $4.75 an hour in the first year and then to $5.15 an hour. The effective dates will be set in conference. The bill establishes a three-month training wage of $4.25 an hour for new hires under age 20.

A yes vote supported increasing the minimum wage by 90 cents an hour.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 7/14/96

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