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

Votes in Congress

October 12, 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: National monuments

The House voted, 222 for and 202 against, to give Congress, not the president, authority to designate national monuments on federal land if the area is larger than 50,000 acres. The vote occurred during debate on a bill (HR 1127), which, as passed, would supplant a 91-year-old law empowering presidents to give immediate federal protection to important natural, historic or scientific resources on public land. Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, Congress can only review White House decisions after the fact. Debate focused on President Clinton's designation, during the 1996 presidential campaign, of a 1.7 million-acre national monument in Utah.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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

House: D.C. budget

Voting 203 for and 202 against, the House approved a District of Columbia budget (HR 2607) disliked by many Democratic lawmakers and city officials because of Republican policies it imposes on the federal city. Most disputed was a voucher program under which 2,000 public education students from impoverished homes would receive scholarships to attend private and parochial schools in the metropolitan area. Overall, the bill sets a $4.76 billion D.C. budget for fiscal 1998, most of which is funded by local taxes. It increases congressional management of municipal affairs at the expense of the D.C. Financial Control Board, mayor, council, and school board.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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: Campaign finance

By a vote of 52 for and 48 against, the Senate failed to end a filibuster against an amendment by Majority Leader Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, to pending campaign finance legislation (S 25). A three-fifths majority -- 60 votes -- was needed to end debate on the provision and allow a vote on S 25.

The vote kept alive what critics said was a "poison pill" amendment. It would give union members power to keep their dues from being spent for politics. Before using any part of a member's dues for political advocacy, the union would have to obtain permission in writing. The anti-union amendment was viewed as fatal to S 25.

A yes vote supported the Lott amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N *Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Campaign fund raising

By a vote of 53 for and 47 against, the Senate failed to advance a bill (S 25) restricting the way campaign funds are raised and spent by Congressional candidates, political parties and private organizations including business, labor and interest groups. The tally fell short of the three-fifths majority 60 votes that advocates of the bill needed to end a Republican filibuster against it. Majority Leader Trent Lott then pulled the bill from the floor, signaling its demise.

In part, the bill would ban the use of unregulated "soft money" in federal races; prevent independent groups from airing "issue advocacy" ads in the last two months that promote or denounce candidates by name; require the Federal Election Commission to publish candidates' campaign finance reports on the Internet within 24 hours of their filing at the FEC; give wealthy candidates financial incentives to spend no more than $50,000 of their money on their campaigns, and codify a U.S. Supreme Court decision under which union members are permitted to get refunds of union dues spent for political purposes.

A yes vote was to advance campaign finance legislation to a direct vote on its merits.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 10/12/97

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