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

Votes in Congress

August 02, 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:

Yes N: No X: Not voting

House: Health coverage

The House passed, 216 for and 210 against, a Republican bill (HR 4250) to improve patients' rights in health maintenance organizations. In part, the bill requires HMOs to cover most emergency-room care, enables patients to choose their own pediatricians and obstetrician-gynecologists, sets up HMO boards to resolve patient complaints and removes "gag orders" that prevent doctors from advising patients on more costly treatments. In cases where an HMO is accused of improperly denying coverage, the government can fine it $500 a day up to a maximum of $250,000. Additionally, the bill empowers small businesses to join to purchase less-expensive plans.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X.... Member..................... Y N X... Member

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

Y........ Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st .N....... Morella, Constance A., ..................... .........................R-8th

House: Democratic plan

Voting 212 for and 217 against, the House defeated a managed-care bill backed mainly by Democrats. It differed from the GOP approach (HR 4250, above) by giving patients broad power to sue health maintenance organizations for malpractice and collect punitive damages. In another major difference, it gave doctors and patients rather than insurance companies the final word on whether a certain treatment is essential.

A yes vote supported the Democratic bill.

Y N X... Member...................... Y N X... Member

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

N....... Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st...Y....... Morella, Constance A., ...................... ....................... R-8th

House: Domestic partners

The House voted, 214 for and 212 against, to prevent San Francisco from using federal funds to administer an ordinance regarding unmarried partners who live together. The city-county government denies municipal contracts to companies and nonprofit organizations that fail to provide benefits such as medical insurance to an employee's "domestic partner." The amendment was added to a bill (HR 4194), later passed, that funds the departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development.

A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

N X... Member.................... Y N X... Member

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: Tax code

On a 49-49 tie vote, the Senate failed to advance House-passed legislation to abolish the U.S. tax code on Dec. 31, 2002. The measure requires Congress to enact a new code by July 4, 2002, but leaves decisions on its content to future Congresses. Senators voting yes wanted to add the House bill to a pending 1999 budget bill (S 2312) for the IRS and other agencies.

A yes vote backed a repeal of the U.S. tax code.

Y N X.... Member................... Y N X.... Member

Mikulski, Barbara A., D.. N........ Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Credit unions

Voting 92 for and six against, the Senate passed a bill (HR 1151) enabling federally chartered credit unions to draw members from unrelated employee groups of up to 3,000. Sponsors said this clears the way for millions of depositors to join the nation's 3,500 credit unions. Banking groups said it gives unfair advantage to credit unions.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X..... Member.................. Y N X.... Member

Mikulski, Barbara A., D .Y........ Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Gun control

Voting 54 for and 44 against, the Senate defeated an amendment to prevent the import of certain foreign-made ammunition clips. This occurred during debate on a Treasury Department budget bill (S 2312). Holding at least 10 rounds, the clips in question are banned under a 1994 U.S. law prohibiting the sale or transfer of 19 types of assault weapons.

A yes vote opposed the amendment.

Y N X.... Member................... Y N X.... Member

Mikulski, Barbara A., D.. N........ Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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