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

Votes in Congress

May 03, 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: Needle exchanges

Voting 287 for and 140 against, the House passed a bill (HR 3717) to prohibit U.S. funding of programs that give replacement needles to drug addicts in hopes of slowing the spread of AIDS and other diseases. The GOP bill was designed to go beyond the administration's recent statement that it will not fund needle exchanges but regards them as helpful in fighting AIDS. Treasury support of these programs already is banned, although the Department of Health and Human Services has discretion to fund them if certain conditions are met.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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

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

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

House: Spending bill

Voting 242 for and 163 against, the House approved the conference report on a fiscal 1998 spending bill (HR 3579) that provides $2.58 billion in El Nino disaster relief, $2.86 billion for military operations in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf, $550 million for veterans' pensions and $142 million to help agencies solve the Year 2000 computer problem. President Clinton accepted the GOP-drafted bill even though it omitted money he sought to pay delinquent U.S. dues to the United Nations and help the International Monetary Fund shore up weak economies in Asia.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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

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

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

Senate: NATO expansion

The Senate voted, 80 for and 19 against, to ratify a treaty that admits Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. With this vote, the United States joined Germany, Norway, Denmark, and Canada as NATO countries supporting the expansion. Approval by all 16 NATO members is required to enlarge the alliance set up 49 years ago to contain the Soviet Union. Under NATO doctrine, an attack on one member is an attack on all, which means that the three former Iron Curtain states would be protected by U.S. nuclear weapons as well as by NATO's conventional forces.

A yes vote was to include the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary in NATO.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 5/03/98

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