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

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on important roll-call votes last week:

vTC Y: Yes N: No X: Not voting

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House: AIDS

The House adopted, 402 for and four against, the conference report on a bill (S 641) providing $738 million over five years to states and communities for the treatment of people with AIDS. The Ryan White CARE Act also promotes voluntary testing of pregnant women for the AIDS virus and, if that does not slow the disease, states could be required by 2000 to begin mandatory testing of newborns.

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A yes vote was to pass the bill and intensify efforts to stop the spread of AIDS from mother to child.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

House: To Deregulate Shipping

The House passed, 239 for and 182 against, a bill (HR 2149) to deregulate the ocean shipping industry, dismantle the Federal Maritime Commission and allow carriers such as steamship companies to make private deals with shippers such as manufacturers. In part, the bill (HR 2149) reduces the power of carrier consortiums, called "conferences," to fix prices by barring their members from entering confidential contracts with shippers. It also eliminates the federal requirement for rate filings and strengthens trade laws.

I= A yes vote was to deregulate the ocean shipping industry.

Y N X Member

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Y * * Ehrlich, Robert L., 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

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

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

House: U.S. Marshals

By a vote of 351 for and 72 against, the House passed a bill (HR 2641) under which U.S. marshals would be appointed directly by the attorney general rather than subjected to Senate confirmation. Under the present system, they typically are sponsored by senators, selected by the White House and approved by the Senate. Critics say this politicizes and undermines the professionalism of the U.S. Marshals Service. The bill was sent to the Senate.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senate: Immigration

Voting 97 for and three against, the Senate sent to conference with the House a bill (HR 2202) that seeks to tighten America's borders against illegal immigration and deny jobs, welfare and other benefits to people who enter without visas. In part, the bill more than doubles the current force of 5,000 U.S. border guards, sets national standards for birth certificates and other state-issued documents, permits increased wiretapping of suspected smugglers of aliens and users of bogus documents, builds a fence along the border near San Diego and establishes state pilot programs to help employers verify the legality of job applicants. Also, the bill changes income definitions to render many legal immigrants ineligible for public benefits.

0$ A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: Cuban Immigrants

The Senate voted, 62 for and 37 against, to preserve the 30-year-old Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act that permits Cubans who flee their homeland to seek resident status after one year in the United States. Immigrants from no other country receive such favored treatment. The vote occurred during debate on HR 2202 (above).

OC A yes vote was to retain a special immigration law for Cubans.

Y N X Member

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Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Senate: To Verify Status

Voting 54 for 46 against, the Senate approved four-year pilot programs in states, including California and Florida, to help employers verify that their employees are legal residents. Supporters said verification is needed because employment is a magnet for illegal immigrants. Critics said the programs could lead to national ID cards for aliens. The vote, during debate on HR 2202 (above), also preserved a plan to draft national standards to help states counter fraudulent birth certificates and driver's licenses.

A yes vote was to keep pilot programs for verifying legal residency in the bill.

Y N X Member

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Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 5/05/96



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