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

Votes in Congress

June 21, 1998

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on important roll-call votes last week:

Yes N: No X: Not voting

House: New tax code

The House passed, 219 for and 209 against, a bill (HR 3097) that abolishes the U.S. tax code on Dec. 31, 2002, and requires Congress to enact a replacement by at least six months before that date. The bill makes no recommendation on a new code.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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

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

House: China committee

Voting 409 for and 10 against, the House established a committee to probe U.S. satellite technology transfers to the People's Republic of China and related topics including campaign contributions to Democrats. Equally split between the GOP and Democrats, and with a $2.5 million budget, the panel is to operate until the end of the year.This vote approved H Res 463.

:. A yes vote was to establish the committee.

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: Education

Voting 225 for and 197 against, the House adopted the conference report on a bill (HR 2646) establishing Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) to help pay the cost of K-12 private and public education. It allows parents, corporations, grandparents and others to contribute up to $2,000 annually in after-tax dollars to an ESA. Tax-free withdrawals could be used for expenses such private school tuition and providing tutors and computers for public students. The bill expands an existing use of ESAs for post-secondary education.

:. A yes vote was to approve the legislation.

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

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

House: Democratic plan

The House rejected, 196 for and 225 against, a Democratic alternative to a GOP bill (HR 2646, above) establishing Education Savings Accounts for grades K-12 in private and public education. Democrats sought to scrap the ESA plan and replace it with federally subsidized bonds that public school districts could use to raise funds for repairing and constructing school buildings.

A yes vote supported the Democratic approach to improving K-12 education.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

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

* N * 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

Senate: Tobacco

Voting 57 for and 42 against, senators failed by three votes to reach the three-fifths majority needed to end a filibuster led by Republicans against tobacco legislation (S 1415). This appeared kill the bill. In its final form, it raised at least $516 billion over 25 years with revenue measures including a $1.10-a-pack tax on cigarettes.

3' A yes vote was to advance the bill.

N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Lawyers' fees

Senators voted, 49 for and 48 against, to include limits on lawyers' fees in pending tobacco legislation (S 1415, above). The amendment was aimed mainly at lawyers who helped states obtain a June 1997 settlement with tobacco firms that evolved into S 1415 when it reached Washington.

It set caps on the basis of when lawyers became involved in tobacco litigation.

A yes vote was to limit fees of certain lawyers involved in tobacco litigation.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 6/21/98

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