Votes of area members of Congress on key issues key during the week ending June 13. House
Fair Housing Act Amendments: By a 205-204 vote, the House adopted an amendment that preserved proposed federal authority to enforce the fair housing law. The amendment refined provisions in a bill amending the fair housing law by allowing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring administrative actions against alleged discriminators on its own or on behalf of an individual.
The amendment was offered as a substitute for another amendment that would have stricken the new enforcement provisions and required bias cases to be considered by federal judges or magistrates.
The existing fair housing law bans discrimination in the sale or rental of housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or sex. HUD has no authority to enforce the law and can only attempt to conciliate an aggrieved person and an alleged violator. aIf conciliation fails, the aggrieved person must bring his own lawsuit.
Voting for the amendment: Barnes (D), Long (D), Mikulski (D), Mitchell (D), Spellman (D).
Voting against the amendment: Bauman (R), Byron (D), Holt (R).
Compromise Budget Resolution: The House approved the nation's first balanced budget in 12 years by a 205-195 vote. The vote was a reversal of the House's position of two weeks ago when it rejected a compromise budget resolution for fiscal 1981 on the grounds that it contained too much money for defense and too little for social programs.
The turnaround was achieved after House and Senate conferees agreed to switch $800 million in long-term military spending to social programs and to shift $200 million from the small projected surplus to transportation and low-income fuel assistance.
Subsequent to House adoption of the budget resolution, it was approved by the Senate. The budget resolution will guide Congress in considering fiscal 1981 spending bills and does not require President Carter's signature.
Voting for the budget resolution: Barnes (D), Holt (R), Long (D), Spellman (D).
Voting against the budget resolution: Bauman (R), Byron (D), Mikulski (D), Mitchell (D). Senate
Draft Registration of Women: By a 40-51 vote, the Senate rejected a measure to include women under President Carter's draft registration plan. Carter originally proposed registering 19-and 20-year-old men and women for possible military conscription, but House and Senate committees limited the proposal to men.
The American Civil Liberties Union has pledged to challenge registration in the courts on the ground that, by excluding women, it would deny men their constitutional right to equal protection under the law.
Voting for registration of women: Sarbanes (D).
Not Voting: Mathias (R).
Draft Registration: By a 58-34 vote, the Senate approved Presidetn Carter's draft registration plan, providing $13.3 million to begin registering 19-and 20-year-old men for possible military conscription.
Carter proposed draft registration Jan. 23, in his State of the Union message as a response to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. He said registration would signal the Soviet Union that the American citizenry was prepared to defend their interests.
Voting against draft registration: Mathias (R), Sarbanes (D).