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

Votes in Congress

June 14, 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: Bankruptcy

Voting 306 for and 118 against, the House passed a bill (HR 3150) making it more difficult to erase debt by declaring bankruptcy. The bill targets people earning at least the median income, which for a family of four is about $51,000. It requires debtors above the median with the ability to pay to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcies, under which judges usually set a repayment schedule, instead of Chapter 7, which requires little or no repayment. The bill also gives credit card companies, stores, banks, and other lenders more ways to collect.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L., 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 E., D-7th

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

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

House: Labor issue

By a vote of 261 for and 165 against, the House passed a bill (HR 2888) establishing a new category of workers exempted from the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, a law that requires employers to pay a minimum wage and time-and-a-half for overtime. Certain employees are now exempted from the law, including sales staff members who work mostly away from the office and make at least half of their salary from commissions. This bill adds an exemption for "inside office" sales personnel, such as those working in telemarketing and computer marketing, if they receive a base salary of at least $16,068 and $6,500 in commissions. It was backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and opposed by the AFL-CIO.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L., 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

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

House: Hot line

The House voted 247 to 175 to establish a national telephone hot line to provide information on sex offenders after their release from prison. Administered by the Justice Department, it would be patterned after a California hot line that helps parents and others keep track of those who have committed sex crimes. The U.S. hot line was added to a bill (HR 3494) increasing federal penalties for sex crimes against children. That bill was passed unanimously.

A yes vote was to establish a national hot line on sex offenders.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert L., R-2nd

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

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

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

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

Y * * Cummings, Elijah E., D-7th

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

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

Senate: Tax breaks

The Senate voted , 48 for and 50 against, 50 to 48 to cut income taxes for couples with adjusted gross incomes of up to $50,000 and provide the self-employed with a 100 percent deduction for medical insurance premiums. The tax breaks were added to a tobacco bill (S 1415) that would raise $516 billion over 25 years with new taxes of at least $1.10 per pack of cigarettes. Nearly $17 billion of the revenue over five years would be used to pay for the married couples' tax cut, which would be phased in beginning in 1999. An estimated 48 percent of U.S. couples now pay a higher income tax rate, a "marriage penalty," than if they were filing as individuals. The cut is for all couples below the income limit. The medical insurance break takes effect next year.

A yes vote was to table (kill) GOP-written tax breaks for couples and the self-employed.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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