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

Votes in Congress

April 20, 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: Constitutional amendment

The House rejected, by a vote of 233 to 190, a constitutional amendment requiring that bills raising taxes be approved by two-thirds majority votes in Congress, instead of simple majorities as is now the case. The vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required for approval of constitutional amendments.

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

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

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

House: Patents

Voting 178 for and 227 against, the House rejected a substitute bill for changing U.S. patent laws. Largely at issue was language to limit the secrecy of patent applications to 18 months after filing. The substitute sought to retain present law enabling inventors to keep applications secret until a patent is granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

A yes vote supported the substitute bill.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert L., R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House: Mortgage insurance

The House passed, 421 for and 7 against, a bill relieving borrowers of any obligation to hold mortgage insurance after they have paid 25 percent of their loan. Mortgage insurance typically costs $240 to $1,200 annually, sponsors said.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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: Chemical, biological weapons

Voting 53 for and 44 against, the Senate passed a bill setting criminal and civil penalties for a wide range of activities involving the manufacture, storage and transfer of chemical and biological weapons within the United States.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 4/20/97

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