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

Votes in Congress

March 01, 1998|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: Firearms

By a vote of 350 for and 59 against, the House passed a bill (HR 424) that requires judges to impose longer sentences for federal crimes of violence or drug trafficking that involve firearms. Currently, time behind bars is based on the type of firearm, among other factors. Under this bill, years in prison are added to an underlying sentence to reflect the way the weapon is used.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, 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, D-7th

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

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

House: Protecting witnesses

Voting 366 for and 49 against, the House passed a bill (HR 2181) that makes it a federal crime to intimidate a witness in a state criminal trial, if the act involves interstate or foreign commerce. The death penalty can be imposed in cases of murder.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, 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, D-7th

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

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

Senate: Campaign finance

Senators failed to advance legislation (S 1663) to reduce the impact of special interest money on federal campaigns. Voting 51 for and 48 against, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to end a GOP filibuster against the bill. The bill sought to outlaw the unlimited, unregulated "soft money" that now flows to political parties for the benefit of specific candidates.

A yes vote was to advance McCain-Feingold.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Issue ads

Voting 47 for and 50 against, the Senate failed to table (kill) a measure giving the public more information about independently financed television and radio ads that outside groups use to target congressional candidates. This kept alive an amendment offered during debate on S 1663 (above) by Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and James Jeffords, R-Vt. It required disclosure of those who contribute at least $500 to help pay for such ads.

A yes vote was to kill the amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Line-item veto

By a vote of 78 for and 20 against, the Senate passed a bill (HR 2631) overriding President Clinton's veto of $287 million for 38 military construction projects in 24 states. With this vote, Congress triumphed over Clinton in a dispute over his first use of line-item veto powers. The spending will go forward despite his efforts to veto it, project by project, within a $9.2 billion appropriations bill for fiscal 1998.

A yes vote was to reject the veto and support the spending.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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