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

Votes in Congress

March 02, 1997|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: Airline Taxes

Voting 347 for and 73 against, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 668) to reinstate several aviation taxes that recently lapsed because of budget disputes. They are a 10 percent levy on domestic airline tickets, a 6.25 percent tax on domestic air freight, fuel taxes of between 15 cents and 17.5 cents per gallon and a $6 per passenger international departure tax. This will raise a projected $2.7 billion this year for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which, in part, pays for airport improvements and airline safety programs.

A yes vote was to immediately reinstate several lapsed aviation taxes.

Y N X Member

Y * * 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

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

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

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

Senate: Family Planning

Voting 53 for and 46 against, the Senate approved the early release of $385 million for international family planning programs. This sent the measure (HJ Res 36) to conference with the House, which also voted to begin releasing the specialized foreign aid in March of this year rather than July. While U.S. law prevents the money from being used for abortions, opponents wanted the legislation to contain stricter anti-abortion language.

A yes vote supported the early release of international family planning funds.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Social Security

By a vote of 55 for and 44 against, the Senate killed a bid to remove Social Security from a proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment. The measure killed by this vote sought to put the Social Security trust funds "off budget," insulating them from balanced budget calculations. The trust fund surpluses are part of the federal budget. Critics say this disguises the actual size of annual deficits. The surpluses exist not as cash reserves but as "IOUs" from the Treasury to the trust funds. At issue on this vote was whether the constitutional amendment imperils or protects Social Security.

A yes vote was to keep Social Security in the unified federal budget under terms of a balanced budget constitutional amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Capital Budget

By a vote of 37 for and 63 against, the Senate declined to exempt long-term capital expenditures from a proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment (SJ Res 1). Capital outlays are for public works such as building roads and developing ports. This vote defeated a bid for a separate capital improvements budget. States and cities allow deficit financing of capital projects on the rationale that public works pay for themselves by stimulating economic activity.

A yes vote was to establish a capital projects budget out of the reach of the balanced budget amendment.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Balanced budget

Voting 69 for and 31 against, the Senate killed a bid to reduce from seven years to three years the period for state ratification of a balanced budget constitutional amendment (SJ Res 1). In 1921, the 18th Amendment became the first constitutional amendment with a time limit (seven years) for ratification by the required three-fourths of the states. Seven years since has become the customary ratification period.

A yes vote favored seven rather than three years as the ratification period for a balanced budget amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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