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

VOTES IN CONGRESS

March 12, 2000|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: Minimum wage

Voting 282 for and 143 against, the House on March 9 passed a bill (HR 3846) raising the minimum wage in two steps from $5.15 an hour to $6.15 an hour. It would rise to $5.65 soon after enactment of the law this year and to $6.15 on April 1, 2001. About 10 million workers receive the minimum wage.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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

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

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

House: Faster pay increase

The House on March 9 approved, 246 for and 179 against, a more rapid rise in the minimum wage. The amendment to HR 3846 (above) set April 1, 2001, rather than April 1, 2002, as the date for reaching $6.15 an hour.

A yes vote was to advance a minimum wage increase by one year.

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

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

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

House: Tax cuts

Voting 257 for and 169 against, the House on March 9 passed a GOP bill (HR 3081) that provides an estimated $122 billion over ten years in estate and business tax cuts. For some businesses, the relief will offset payroll costs imposed by a dollar increase in the minimum wage (above).

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

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

Senate: Air travel funding

Voting 82 for and 17 against, the Senate on March 8 approved a bill (HR 1000) authorizing $40 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over three years. It provides major increases for air traffic control and physical improvements at airports, and raises from $3.00 to $4.50 the ticket tax levied by airports on travellers passing through a hub.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Judge Paez

Voting 59 for and 39 against, the Senate on March 9 confirmed Martin A. Paez, a federal judge in Los Angeles, for a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court has jurisdiction over California and most of the West. Paez's nomination had been blocked for four years by Senate conservatives who regard him as too liberal. Democrats contended that Republicans wanted to keep the seat vacant in hopes that Gov. George W. Bush will become president and nominate a conservative in place of Paez.

A yes vote was to confirm Paez.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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