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

Votes in Congress

September 21, 1997|By Roll Call Report Syndicate

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on prominent roll-call votes last week:

Y: Yes N: No X: Not voting

House: Congressional pay raise

Voting 231 for and 192 against, the House passed a bill (HR 2378) appropriating $25.2 billion for the Department of the Treasury, Postal Service and other agencies in fiscal 1998. The vote became controversial because some members said the parliamentary procedure for debating the bill had, in effect, sanctioned a 2.3 percent pay raise for members of Congress.

The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) would raise members' salaries by $3,073, to $136,673. It will take effect automatically unless it is blocked by the House and Senate. The Senate had rejected it. House foes had announced they would offer an amendment to kill it when the Treasury-postal bill came to the floor. House leaders, who support the raise, countered that strategy by bringing HR 2378 forward in a way that made the blocking amendment out of order.

A yes vote was to pass the Treasury-postal appropriations bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr., 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

House: National testing

The House voted, 295 for and 125 against, to block the administration from beginning national testing of fourth-graders in reading and eighth-graders in mathematics. State participation in the exams would be voluntary. The amendment was added to a 1998 budget bill for the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services (HR 2264).

A yes vote opposed national examinations in reading and math.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr., 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

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

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

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

House: Ethics rules

By a vote of 258 for and 154 against, members adopted ethics rules by which the House will discharge its constitutional duty to police the conduct of its membership. In part, the package (H Res 168) would bring a speedier resolution of pending complaints, provide more due process rights to charged members, broaden the pool of members assigned to investigate their peers.

A yes vote was to adopt new House ethics rules.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr., 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

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

House: Outsider complaints

The House voted, 228 for and 193 against, to prohibit outsiders from filing ethics charges against House members without the sponsorship of a member. The amendment to H Res 168 (above) states that only House members have standing to file ethics complaints.

A yes vote was to ban outsiders from filing ethics complaints against members of Congress.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr., 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

Senate: Arts endowment

By a vote of 23 for and 77 against, the Senate rejected an amendment to kill the National Endowment for the Arts by removing its $100 million budget from a fiscal 1998 appropriations bill (HR 2107) that was later sent to conference with the House.

A yes vote was to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 9/21/97

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