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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

May 16, 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: Y2K Lawsuits

Voting 236 for and 190 against, the House passed a bill (HR 775) to curb litigation against companies based on Year 2000 computer malfunctions. The "Y2K problem" will occur when computers wrongly read 2000 as 1900, causing breakdowns with possibly catastrophic results. While many computer systems have been corrected, many others particularly in smaller organizations have not yet been fixed and pose hazards in areas such as public health and safety, according to House debate.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

Y Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr., 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 E., D-7th

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

House: Intelligence freeze

Voting 68 for and 343 against, the House rejected a two-part amendment that was opposed by the intelligence community. This occurred as the House passed a bill (HR 1555) funding the CIA and the 10 other U.S. spy agencies in fiscal 2000 at a classified level widely reported to be about $30 billion.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

N Ehrlich, Robert L., R-2nd N Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

N Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th N Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

X Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd Y Cummings, Elijah E., D-7th

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

Senate: Gun sales

Voting 51 for and 47 against, the Senate tabled (killed) an amendment to require background checks on buyers of firearms at gun shows. The federal "Brady law" requires such checks when the sale is by licensed dealers in a store but exempts transactions by unlicensed dealers at shows. Those events are attended mainly by collectors, but also attract individuals buying guns to commit crimes, amendment sponsors said. The vote occurred during debate on a juvenile justice bill (S 254).

A yes vote opposed a Democratic amendment requiring background checks at gun shows.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

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

Senate: Firearms

Voting 48 for and 47 against, the Senate adopted a GOP amendment to S 254 (above) tightening federal controls on firearms sales at gun shows. Republicans offered the amendment after having voted almost unanimously to defeat a stricter Democratic plan (above) to block illegal sales at gun shows. Republicans said their plan closed loopholes that Democrats had been complaining about. But Democrats said it would still permit criminals to buy guns at shows.

A yes vote was to adopt the GOP amendment requiring background checks at gun shows.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

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

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