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

Votes in Congress

November 07, 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: Financial services

Voting 362 for and 57 against, the House on Nov. 4 sent President Clinton the conference report on a bill (S 900) removing Depression- era restrictions so that banks, insurance companies and investment firms can compete directly against one another. It authorizes the establishment of holding companies whose affiliates will offer customers one-stop shopping for an array of financial services. It continues the Community Reinvestment Act that requires banks to lend in poor neighborhoods from which they get deposits.

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: Drug kingpins

Voting 385 for and 26 against, the House on Nov. 2 passed legislation (HR 3164) instructing the Treasury Department to publish an annual list of international drug kingpins, whose U.S. assets would then be seized by the government. The bill also allows the government to freeze the assets of kingpins' associates and front businesses. Agencies such as the FBI and CIA would put names on the list by executive decree rather than through a procedure involving the submission of evidence, judicial review and other due process safeguards.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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

*, *, X, 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

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

House: Reading by phonics

Voting 224 for and 193 against, the House on Nov. 4 failed to approve a measure urging schools to teach reading by the phonics method, not the less-structured, story-based "whole-language" approach used in many schools. The non-binding measure (HCR 214) needed a supermajority for passage because it was considered under a shortcut parliamentary procedure. Phonics uses the 26 letters of the alphabet as the basis for teaching students to learn words by sounding them out.

A yes vote was to pass the measure.

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

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

House: Property taxes

Voting 274 for and 153 against, the House on Nov. 3 passed a bill (HR 2389) increasing federal compensation to school districts and state and local governments, located mostly in the West, whose property tax base is diminished by Bureau of Land Management and National Forest Service holdings. The bill is without measures to offset a projected cost of $1.1 billion over five years. For each of the next seven years, schools and other units of governments would get payments equal to their highest three-year average payment between 1985-99. The program is funded by revenue generated on public lands, such as timbering receipts.

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

*, N, * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd *, N, * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

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

Senate: Banking deregulation

Voting 90 for and eight against, the Senate on Nov. 4 approved the conference report on a bill (S 900) paving the way for "financial supermarkets" at which businesses and individuals could use one-stop shopping to obtain an array of banking, insurance and investment services.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

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

Senate: Trade bill

The Senate on Nov. 3 passed, 76 for and 19 against, a bill (HR 434) to provide certain manufacturers in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean Basin and Central America with greater access to U.S. markets. In part, the bill waives or lowers U.S. duties and quotas for clothing products made with U.S. textiles in countries showing progress toward establishing market economies, democratic governments and respect for human rights.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member Y N X Member

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

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