Votes of area members of Congress on key issues taken during the week ending June 27, 1980. House
Draft Registration. By a 234-168 vote, the House passed President Carter's plan for the first peace-time draft registration since 1975. The House vote, accepting the final Senate version of the legislation, sent the measure to Carter for signing. Under the new law, four million 19- and 20-year-old men will have to register beginning July 21 for a possible future military draft. Separate legilation would have to be passed by Congress, however, before a draft could begin.
Voting for draft registration: Butler (R), Daniel (D), Daniel (R), Robinson (R), Satterfield, (D), Trible (R), Wampler (R), Whitehurst (R).
Voting against draft registration: Fisher (D), Harris (D).
Not Voting: Spellman (D). Senate
Student Loan Repayments. By a 56-41 vote, the Senate voted to require college students to repay a greater part of the interest on their federally subsidized educational loans. The amendment will make former students responsible for repayment of interest on their Guaranteed Studen Loans (GSL) that accumulated while they were in school as well as after they left. The federal government now covers the interest on loans to in-school students.
Along with provisions in the bill raising interest rates on loans, the amendment would increase the average monthly loan repayment facing a former student to $58 a month, from $46 under erxisting law.
Voting for student loan payments: Byrd (Ind), Warner (R).
Private School Aid. By a 24-7 vote, the Senate rejected a proposal to provide direct federal aid to families with children in private elementary and secondary schools. The defeated amendment would have given grants of up to $750 a year for each child in private school. Families with incomes of up to $20,000 a year could have gotten assistance.
Voting against private school aid: Byrd (Ind), Warner (R).
Tax Cut Amendment. The Senate defeated the first congressional tax-cut proposal of the 1980 election year by voting to table (kill) the proposal 58-38. The $22.3 billion tax-cut amendment, attached to a bill increasing the limit on the public debt ceiling, would have cut the individual income tax rate 10 percent and provided faster tax write-offs for business investments in buildings, autos and machinery.
Voting to table the tax cut: Byrd (Ind).
Voting not to table the tax cut: Warner (R).