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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

October 17, 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: Defense budget

Voting 372 for and 55 against, the House on Oct. 13 approved the conference report on a bill (HR 2561) appropriating $267.7 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2000. The sum is $17.3 billion, or 6.6 percent, higher than the comparable 1999 figure.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y, N, X, Member, Y,N,X, Member

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

Y- Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th, Y- 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: Truck safety

Voting 415 for and 5 against, the House on Oct. 14 passed a bill taking authority over truck and bus safety away from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) which, according to critics, has become too close to those it regulates. The bill (HR 2679) establishes the National Motor Carrier Administration in an effort to give truck and bus regulation higher priority in the Department of Transportation. In part, the bill provides funding and federal leverage to help states do a better job of inspecting vehicles and policing unsafe drivers.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X, Member, Y N X, Member

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

Y- Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th, Y- 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: Business subsidies

Voting 104 for and 323 against, the House on Oct. 13 rejected a tighter congressional leash for the Overseas Private Investment Corp. The defeated amendment sought to reauthorize the agency for one year, not four years as provided for in an export-promotion bill (HR 1993) that was later passed. OPIC provides blue-chip corporations such as Coca-Cola, Anheuser Busch and ITT with taxpayer-backed insurance to help them do business in unstable political environments. Critics call it corporate welfare that puts public funds at risk and ships American jobs abroad. But defenders say OPIC creates U.S. jobs and helps to offset subsidies that foreign companies receive from their governments.

A yes vote was to tighten congressional control over OPIC.

Y N X, Member, Y N X, Member

Y- 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

House: Gun issue

Voting 174 for and 249 against, the House on Oct. 14 defeated a bid by Democrats to move gun legislation out of a House-Senate conference committee so that Congress can act on it before adjourning for the year. The non-binding measure urged that a juvenile justice bill (HR 1501) containing the gun provisions reach the House floor by Oct. 20, the six-month anniversary of shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

A yes vote urged the conference committee to clear gun measures by Oct. 20.

Y N X, Member, Y N X, Member

N - 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

Senate: Test ban treaty

Voting 48 for and 51 against, the Senate on Oct. 13 failed to get the two-thirds majority (67 votes) needed to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (TD 105-28), which prohibits underground tests of atomic weapons. America is among 150 nations to have signed the pact; 51 have ratified it. Since stopping underground testing unilaterally in 1992, the United States has used computer simulations to insure the reliability of its nuclear arsenal.

A yes vote was to ratify the treaty.

Y N X, Member, Y N X, Member

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

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