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

Votes in Congress

September 15, 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: Corporations

The House defeated, 157 for and 260 against, a bill (HR 3759) to renew the Overseas Private Investment Corp. for five years while doubling its capacity to support foreign investments by U.S. corporations. Using taxpayer funds, OPIC provides loan guarantees and insurance for companies investing in unstable regions abroad. While the agency puts billions at risk, it always has generated annual profits for the Treasury. But foes said doubling of its loan and insurance authority, to about $45 billion, was "welfare" for blue-chip corporations. The bill also sought to reauthorize other trade agencies.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert L., 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

* N * Cummings, Elijah E., D-7th

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

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

Senate: Same-sex marriages

Voting 85 for and 14 against, the Senate sent President Clinton a bill (HR 3396) empowering states not to recognize marriages between two people of the same sex. The measure defines marriage in federal law as a union between one man and one woman.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Discrimination at work

By 49 for and 50 against, the Senate defeated a bill (S 2056) to protect homosexuals against discrimination at work. The bill sought to make it illegal for an employer to base hiring, firing, promotions or pay levels on an employee's sexual orientation.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Tagging explosives

Voting 57 for and 42 against, senators killed a proposed study into requiring "taggants," or tracing materials, as a standard ingredient of explosives. This occurred during debate on a fiscal 1997 appropriations bill for the Treasury Department and other agencies. The $23 billion measure (HR 3756) awaited final passage. Congress already has ordered a limited study of putting taggants in explosives.

A yes vote opposed the amendment expanding the taggants study.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Travel office

The Senate voted to reimburse $500,000 in legal fees incurred by six White House Travel Office aides fired by President Clinton's staff in May 1993. Senators refused, 46 for and 52 against, to remove the money from HR 3756 (above). A yes vote opposed paying legal fees of the fired aides.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 9/15/96

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