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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

May 02, 1999|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: Ground forces

Voting 249 for and 180 against, the House passed a bill (HR 1569) banning U.S. ground forces in Yugoslavia unless Congress approves their deployment in advance. The ban would be waived for rescue missions. The bill was supported by more than nine out of 10 Republicans and opposed by nearly eight out of 10 Democrats.

Floyd Spence, a South Carolina Republican, said: "We should not even be in the Balkans. The national security of this country is not at stake. Even to those who think it is, it does not rise to the level of importance that other areas of this world do, and we are unprepared to defend against the many serious threats we have in the world today. This further lessens our ability to defend against these threats."

Richard Gephardt, a Missouri Democrat, said Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic "will be listening carefully to what we say here today. Over the weekend he [heard] a message of resolve from NATO's 19 countries. Do you really want to say to him today we don't know what we're doing? Do you want to take that [ground] option off the table? I don't think so."

A yes vote was to ban U.S. ground troops in Yugoslavia unless Congress authorizes them in advance.

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

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

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

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

- - X ............... 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: Kosovo

On a vote of 213 for and 213 against, the House refused to support continued U.S.-NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia. The tie vote rejected a measure (S Con Res 21) that expressed congressional backing of the action but did not authorize U.S. ground troops. The same measure was passed by the Senate on March 23, at the beginning of the NATO offensive.

A yes vote supported the air war against Yugoslavia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House: To recall troops

Voting 139 for and 290 against, the House defeated legislation (H Con Res 82) that sought to bring U.S. troops home from Yugoslavia within 60 days of their March 24 deployment -- as required by the War Powers Act -- unless Congress authorizes the action.

A yes vote was to recall U.S. troops from Yugoslavia.

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

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

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

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

- - X ............................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

Pub Date: 5/02/99

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