The House takes up campaign finance measures and the...

Votes in Congress

June 07, 1998|By Roll Call Report Syndicate

The House takes up campaign finance measures and the Senate debates tobacco legislation. 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: Religion

Voting 224 for and 203 against, the House failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to approve a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to voluntarily express religious beliefs on public property. The measure (HJ Res 78) sought, for example, to protect school prayer, displays of nativity scenes and postings of the Ten Commandments if those expressions occurred without government direction. Its ratification would mark the first time the Bill of Rights has been amended.

G; A yes vote was to approve the constitutional amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * 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

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

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

House: God

Voting six for and 419 against, the House rejected an amendment to remove the word God from a constitutional amendment (HJ Res 78, above) in deference to the Constitution's separation of church and state and the fact that many Americans have other names for their supreme being.

0$ A yes vote backed the amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

* N * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

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

House: Bill of Rights

Voting 203 for and 223 against, the House rejected a bid to replace the wording of a constitutional amendment on religious expression (HJ Res 78, above) with the first 16 words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof "

A yes vote was to replace a proposed constitutional amendment

with the first 16 words of the Bill of Rights.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

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

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

Y * * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

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

House: China

Voting 305 for and 116 against, the House urged President Clinton to cancel his plan to be formally received at Tiananmen Square during a state visit to China this month. The nonbinding resolution (H Con Res 285) was debated nine years after the Chinese government massacred pro-democracy activists at the square.

9- A yes vote was to approve the resolution.

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

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

* N * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

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

Senate: Tobacco

Voting 29 for and 66 against, the Senate raised financial penalties on cigarette companies if youth smoking fails to drop to levels specified in a pending tobacco-control bill (S 1415). The amendment approved by this vote raises the industrywide cap to $5 billion and sets more demanding targets for reducing teen smoking.

A yes vote opposed increasing the penalties linked to levels of youth smoking.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Nuclear waste

The Senate blocked a bill to designate a site near Yucca Mountain, Nev., to hold the nation's commercial nuclear waste until a permanent underground repository was built. Voting 56 for and 39 against, senators fell short of the three-fifths majority required to end a filibuster against the House-passed measure (HR 1270).

D8 A yes vote was to advance nuclear waste legislation.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 6/07/98

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