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

Votes in Congress

October 25, 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, in the closing days of the legislative year:

House: Catch-all budget

By a vote of 333 for and 95 against, the House passed an end-of-session bill that provides nearly a third of the $1.7 trillion federal budget for fiscal 1999; makes hundreds of major changes in domestic and foreign programs; and authorizes an array of pork-barrel and special-interest items not fully revealed to the public.

Delivered to members hours before the vote, but 11 days after the scheduled close of the 1998 session, the 40-pound, 3,800-page, $500 billion-plus measure was regarded as the heaviest, latest, most expensive, least-read spending bill approved by a Congress. It lumps together eight appropriations bills that lawmakers were unable to pass as stand-alone measures.

In part, the bill provides $1 billion for developing a space- and land-based anti-missile shield; $6 billion in special aid to farmers and ranchers hurt by shrinking markets overseas and bad weather at home; $17.9 billion for International Monetary Fund loans to shaky economies in Asia, Russia and elsewhere; $1.1 billion for local schools' hiring of 100,000 elementary school teachers over seven years; and $1.9 billion to keep U.S. troops in Bosnia.

Also, it prohibits for three years new state or local taxes on Internet commerce; imposes criminal penalties on sexually explicit Internet sites that fail to control access by minors; folds the U.S. Information Agency and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency into the State Department; devolves most public housing decisions to the local level; postpones until mid-1999 a decision on whether to use statistical sampling in the 2000 census; and increases from 65,000 to 115,000 the number of annual visas for filling skilled jobs, mainly in the computer industry.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y .. N .. X Member

Y ......... Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

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

......... X Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th

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

......... X Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

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

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

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

Senate: Budget bill

Voting 65 for and 29 against, the Senate sent the $500 billion, catch-all budget bill (HR 4328) for fiscal 1999 to President Clinton for his signature.

In addition to provisions described above, it requires most health plans for federal workers to cover the five basic prescription contraceptives; cancels an administration plan for national testing of fourth-graders in reading and eighth-graders in math; and allows the Food and Drug Administration to review drugs that induce abortion.

It also pays enough back dues to the United Nations to retain U.S. voting rights while leaving unpaid the bulk of U.S. arrearage; provides $200 million for an underground visitors' center to control public access to the Capitol building; and provides multiyear tax breaks totaling $350 million for farmers and ranchers and $5.85 billion for businesses, the self-employed and other taxpayers.

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A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y .. N .. X Member

Y ......... Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y ......... Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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