Votes of area members of Congress on key issues taken during the week ending May 30, 1980. House
By a vote of 141-242, the House of Representatives rejected a compromise balanced budget resolution for fiscal year 1981 that had been agreed to earlier in a House-Senate conference committee. President Carter had announced his opposition to the budget plan earlier in the week on the grounds that proposed national defense spending of $153.7 billion was too high. The figure represented a 13 percent increase over fiscal 1980 spending levels or a real growth rate over inflation of a 5.2 percent.
The House subsequently voted to send the budget resolution back to conference with the Senate.
The budget resolution -- the first fiscal 1981 budget resolution -- is intended to guide Congress as it considers fiscal 1981 spending bills. The resolution does not allow the federal government to spend money. Once Congress completes its work on the spending bills -- the target date is Sept. 9 -- it then must pass a second budget resolution ratifying or adjusting the limits set in the first budget resolution.
Voting for the compromise budget plan: Byron (D), Holt (R).
Voting against the compromise budget plan: Barnes (D), Bauman (R), Long (D), Mikulski (D), Mitchell (D), Spellman (D).
By a vote of 123-165, the House of Representatives rejected a motion to table (kill) a proposal instructing its conferees to insist on the compromise budget resolution figure of $153.7 billion in outlays and $171.3 billion in budget authority for national defense. The $153.7 billion figure was agreed to in a House-Senate conference committee on the budget resolution. The figure was $5.8 million more in spending than the original House member and $2 billion less than Senate number.
The vote occurred after the House rejected the compromise budget resolution on grounds it contained too much money for defense programs and not enough for domestic programs. Its effect was to send the House Budget Committee back to conference with the Senate with instructions to support both the $153.7 billion defense figure and more money for domestic programs.
Voting for the motion to table (kill): Long (D), Mikulski (D), Spellman (D).
Voting against the motion to table: Bauman (R), Bryon (D), Holt (R).
Not voting: Barnes (D), Mitchell (D).