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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:

Y: Yes N: No X: Not voting

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House: Product liability

The House failed to override President Clinton's veto of product-liability legislation (HR 956). The tally of 258 for and 163 against fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to enact the measure, which sought to limit the liability faced by companies in lawsuits involving defective products. The vote was a victory for the American Trial Lawyers Association and a setback for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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A yes vote was to enact product-liability legislation that is part of the GOP Contract With America.

Y N X Member

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House: Adoption

Voting 393 for and 15 against, the House approved tax code changes to make it more affordable for families to adopt children. The bill (HR 3286) provides a $5,000 tax credit per child for adoption expenses to families with incomes of $75,000 or less, and smaller credits up to incomes of $115,000.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

N X Member

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

Y * * 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

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

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

Senate: Gas tax, minimum wage

Voting 52 for and 44 against, the Senate failed to achieve the three-fifths majority necessary to move to a direct vote on a GOP package to lower gasoline taxes, raise the minimum wage and allow labor-management discussions outside the collective bargaining process. The vote during consideration of HR 2937 continued a filibuster by Democrats who were seeking, at least, a separate vote on increasing the minimum wage by 90 cents to $5.15 an hour. It left the Senate in a battle that concerned those three issues and the expected presidential contest between Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., and President Clinton.

A yes vote was to move to a vote on the Republican amendments.

Y N X Member

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* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 5/12/96


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