In the week before Congress' Memorial Day recess, the...

Votes in Congress

May 17, 1998

In the week before Congress' Memorial Day recess, the House will begin but not finish work on a campaign finance bill and the defense budget. The Senate debates a tobacco bill. 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: banking

Voting 214 for and 213 against, the House passed a bill (HR 10) enabling banks, insurance companies and brokerages to combine into holding companies for the purpose of entering each other's business. The bill removes barriers such as the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act and the 1956 Bank Holding Company Act that prevent most forms of direct competition among major segments of the money industry. It changes government regulation by giving the Federal Reserve Board authority to oversee the new financial conglomerates. The Fed thus would become the chief regulator of national banks and their nonbanking affiliates, replacing the comptroller of the currency in the Treasury Department as the main overseer of banks.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

* N * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

House: religious persecution

Voting 375 for and 41 against, the House passed a bill (HR 2431) to penalize countries that engage in religious persecution. The bill creates a State Department office to monitor governments that regularly imprison, torture, murder and otherwise harm people on the basis of their faith.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

Y * * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

House: child support

Voting 402 for and 16 against, the House passed a bill (HR 3811) setting a maximum two-year prison term for the most serious cases of parents failing to pay child support. The bill targets those who have owed at least $5,000 for at least one year and cross state lines to avoid payment, as well as parents owing at least $10,000 for two years.

A yes vote was to pass the GOP stopgap 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

Y * * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

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

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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