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

Votes in Congress

February 16, 1997

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: Term limits

The House rejected a constitutional amendment limiting congressional terms. The tally of 217 for and 211 against fell short of the two-thirds majority -- 290 votes -- required for approval of the measure.

A yes vote was to limit congressional terms.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert L., 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 * Cummings, Elijah E., D-7th

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

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

House: Family planning

The House voted, 220 for and 209 against, to release ahead of schedule $385 million earmarked for international family planning and population control. This vote sent the measure to the Senate.

A yes vote was to release $385 million for global population programs four months ahead of schedule.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L., 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 * * Cummings, Elijah E., D-7th

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

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

House: Abortion

By a vote of 231 for and 194 against, the House sent the Senate a population control measure similar to the one above but tougher on abortions. It, too, allowed the early release of $385 million for international population programs. But it prohibited any funding of an organization that advocates or performs abortions.

A yes vote was to reinstate a U.S. policy that bans financial support of any global program that promotes or performs abortions.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L., 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 * Cummings, Elijah E., D-7th

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

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

Senate: Budget

Voting 64 for and 35 against, the Senate killed an attempt to soften a balanced budget constitutional amendment (SJ Res 1).

A yes vote was to require three-fifths majority votes, not simple majority votes, in both houses to permit deficit spending for priming the economy.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Defense

Voting 64 for and 36 against, the Senate killed an attempt to change national defense wording in a balanced budget constitutional amendment (SJ Res 1). At issue was how to define national security threats that justify deficit spending for military preparedness. The measure defeated by this vote sought to ease the test by removing the word "engaged."

A yes vote opposed more broadly defining military threats that warrant deficit spending for national security.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 2/16/97

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