Votes of area members of Congress taken the week of Nov. 29:
Override of State Veto on Nuclear Waste Sites. By a 190-184 vote, the House adopted an amendment requiring one house of Congress to vote to sustain a governor's veto of a nuclear waste disposal within a state. The vote occurred during consideration of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act sets a schedule for locating and building a permanent, underground waste repository by the end of the century. Before the amendment was adopted, the bill contained a provision requiring both the House and Senate to override a governor's veto of a waste disposal site.
The House later passed the bill by voice vote.
Voting for the amendment: Byron (D), Holt (R).
Voting against: Barnes (D), Dyson (D), Long (D), Mikulski (D), Mitchell (D), Hoyer (D).
FTC Jurisdiction Over Professionals. The House voted 245 to 155 to adopt an amendment to place a moratorium on Federal Trade Commission regulation of state-regulated professions such as doctors and lawyers. The vote occurred during consideration of a bill to reauthorize the FTC for three years.
The amendment exempted state-licensed professionals from regulation until Congress expressly enacts legislation empowering the commission to regulate those professions.
The House later passed the FTC authorization by voice vote.
Voting for the amendment: Byron (D), Dyson (D), Holt (D), Hoyer (D).
Voting against: Barnes (D), Long (D), Mikulski (D), Mitchell (D).
Cloture Motion on Antitrust Bill. Despite a major lobbying effort by several corporations, the Senate failed to invoke cloture (limit debate) on a bill changing the share of liability applied to companies in price-fixing suits. The vote on the cloture motion was 51 to 44, or 16 short of the 60 needed.
The main purpose of the bill was to change the 1914 Clayton Act to permit defendants found liable for price fixing to spread the cost of the damages among all those involved according to their share of the price-fixing scheme. Under current law, price fixers are each liable for all damages involved in a price-fixing conspiracy regardless of a defendant's level of participation.
Voting for cloture: Mathias (R), Sarbanes (D).