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

Maryland's votes in Congress

March 09, 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:

House: Ten Commandments

By a vote of 295 for and 125 against, the House endorsed displays of the Ten Commandments in government buildings. The nonbinding measure backed a state judge in Gadsden, Ala., who has been ordered by a state appeals court to remove a Ten Commandments plaque from his courtroom on grounds it violates the constitutional separation of church and state. The issue is now before the Alabama Supreme Court.

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

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

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

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

Senate: Balanced budget

By a vote of 66 for and 34 against, the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval of a balanced budget constitutional amendment. The amendment would prohibit deficit spending except when the United States is fighting a declared war or three-fifths majorities the 435-member House and 100-member Senate vote to allow red ink to cope with some other national emergency.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Trade pacts

Voting 84 for and 16 against, the Senate tabled an amendment to SJ Res 5, which approved Charlene Barshefsky, 46, as the top U.S. trade negotiator, limiting executive branch authority to negotiate trade agreements. The amendment was backed mainly by senators who want U.S. trade policy to be more protective of American industries. It sought to require prior congressional approval of any trade pact that "in effect" would change U.S. law.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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