The Senate is in recess until July 6 and the House until...

Votes in Congress

June 28, 1998|By Roll Call Report Syndicate

The Senate is in recess until July 6 and the House until July 13. 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: Campaign Finance

Voting 155 for and 254 against, members refused to weaken the leading campaign-finance bill, a measure sponsored by Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Martin T. Meehan, D-Mass. In part, their bill would ban unregulated "soft money" contributions to political parties, restrict broadcast commercials by interest groups in the closing weeks of congressional races and limit House members' use of the franking, or free-postage, privilege to help their re-election bids. With this vote during debate on HR 2183, the House defeated an amendment providing that if any part of the Shays-Meehan bill is judged unconstitutional, the entire law is nullified. Meehan said it would "gut" his bill.

?3 A yes vote was to weaken the Shays-Meehan bill.

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

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

House: Abortion pill

Voting 223 for and 202 against, the House adopted an amendment to prevent the Food and Drug Administration from testing, developing or approving drugs that chemically induce abortions. The European abortion drug RU-486 is now under FDA review. The vote occurred during debate on a fiscal 1999 budget bill (HR 4104) for the FDA and the Department of Agriculture that was later passed.

8, A yes vote was to approve the amendment.

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

Senate: Gender

The Senate voted, 56 for and 37 against, to continue mixed-gender basic training in the armed services at least until March. At that time, a commission appointed by Congress is to issue recommendations on integration of the sexes in the military. This vote removed the teeth from an amendment requiring separate barracks for men and women in boot camp. It occurred during debate on a bill (S 2057) authorizing the fiscal 1999 defense budget.

A5 A yes vote supported mixed-gender basic training.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 6/28/98

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