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

Votes in Congress

September 19, 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: Election money

Voting 252 for and 177 against, the House on Sept. 14 passed a bill (HR 417) to ban "soft money" from federal elections and begin regulating the so-called "issue ads" that outside groups air during the closing weeks of congressional and presidential campaigns. The bill was written by Connecticut Republican Christopher Shays and Massachusetts Democrat Martin T. Meehan.

A yes vote was to pass the Shays-Meehan bill.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr. R-2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House: Campaign finance repeal

Voting 117 for and 306 against, the House refused to repeal limits on what individuals and political action committees may contribute to federal candidates. The proposal by John T. Doolittle, a California Republican, required candidates to file daily finance reports with the Federal Election Commission during the final 90 days of campaigns, for immediate posting on the Internet. It sought to also repeal taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns. The vote occurred Sept. 14 during debate on HR 417 (above).

A yes vote was to deregulate campaign finances and require speedy Internet disclosure of contributions.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr. R-2nd

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

* N * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

* N * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

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

* N * Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

* N * Cummings, Elijah E., D-7th

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

House: Nuclear agency

Voting 139 for and 281 against, the House on Sept. 15 defeated a motion to give the secretary of energy more control over an agency being created to tighten security at nuclear labs. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is a response to findings that China obtained U.S. atomic secrets during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. At issue was language in the 2000 defense budget that helps set up the agency within the Department of Energy. The motion sought to bolster the energy secretary's power over the NNSA in areas such as environmental protection and accountability. Backers of the motion said the NNSA will operate in too much secrecy and without clear jurisdiction. Others called the NNSA a major improvement over the department's management of nuclear weapons labs.

A yes vote was to bolster the energy secretary's authority over the new agency.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert L. Jr. R-2nd

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

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

* N * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

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

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

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

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

Senate: Sport utility vehicles

Voting 40 for and 55 against, the Senate on Sept. 15 rejected an amendment on the issue of whether to require better fuel economy for sport utility vehicles (SUVs), minivans, and light trucks. The nonbinding amendment called upon the Department of Transportation to study the possibility of requiring those vehicles to produce more miles per gallon of gas. Under U.S. fuel standards known as CAFE, they now produce about 20.7 mpg, compared with 27.5 mpg for passenger cars.

A yes vote advocated a fuel-efficiency study of SUVs, minivans and light trucks.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Oil royalties

Voting 55 for and 40 against, the Senate failed to advance a measure that would block new rules for computing royalties on oil pumped on federal land. The new rules would significantly increase royalties, which are split between the U.S. Treasury and the state where the drilling occurs. The vote occurred Sept. 13.

A yes vote was to move toward blocking new oil pricing rules.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 9/19/99

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