The following is a report of how major bills fared in Congress last week and a record of how local members of Congress voted.

Maryland senators are Democrats Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski. Virginia senators are Republican John W. Warner and Democrat Charles S. Robb.

Maryland representatives to the House are Roy P. Dyson (D-1st), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-3rd), Tom McMillen (D-4th), Steny H. Hoyer (D-5th), Beverly B. Byron (D-6th) and Constance A. Morella (R-8th).

Virginia representatives are D. French Slaughter (R-7th), Stan Parris (R-8th) and Frank R. Wolf (R-10th).

NV means Not Voting.

HOUSE VOTES

FLAG AMENDMENT

By a vote of 254 for and 177 against, the House failed to achieve the two-thirds majority it needed to approve a constitutional amendment against desecration of the American flag. Although this shelved the proposed change in the Bill of Rights, the Senate was to take up the measure (HJ Res 350) to get its members on record on the explosive issue. The 20-word constitutional amendment sought to clear the way for state and federal laws protecting the flag from physical abuse. Such laws now violate the Constitution's free-speech guarantees, the Supreme Court has held. A yes vote was for changing the Constitution to protect the flag.

MARYLAND

.............. Yes ... No ... NV

Byron .......... X

Cardin ................ X

Dyson .......... X

Hoyer ................. X

McMillen........ X

Morella ............... X

VIRGINIA

Parris ......... X

Slaughter ...... X

Wolf ........... X

FLAG STATUTE

By a vote of 179 for and 236 against, the House defeated a bill to protect the American flag by statute rather than the rejected route (above) of amending the Constitution. The bill (HR 5091) would have made it a federal crime to damage a flag owned by the government or situated on U.S. property, or in a way that provokes violence. The wording was designed to get around Supreme Court objections to previous flag protection laws. A yes vote was for the statute.

MARYLAND

.............. Yes ... No ... NV

Byron ................. X

Cardin ......... X

Dyson ................. X

Hoyer .......... X

McMillen........ X

Morella ........ X

VIRGINIA

Parris ................ X

Slaughter ............. X

Wolf .................. X

HATCH ACT VETO

By a vote of 327 for and 93 against, the House overrode President Bush's veto of a bill (HR 20) permitting civil servants and postal workers limited involvement in partisan politics under the 51-year-old Hatch Act. But the bill died when the Senate (below) later upheld the veto. The bill sought to give an estimated 3 million federal employees the opportunity to take part in political campaigns and causes off the job, but stopped short of allowing them to seek public office. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

.............. Yes ... No ... NV

Byron .......... X

Cardin ......... X

Dyson .......... X

Hoyer .......... X

McMillen........ X

Morella ........ X

VIRGINIA

Parris ......... X

Slaughter ............. X

Wolf .................. X

PLUTONIUM PLANT

By a vote of 142 for and 278 against, the House refused to withhold $65 million in planning money for a new plutonium recovery facility at the Energy Department's Rocky Flats nuclear production complex near Denver. The plant would recover plutonium from retired nuclear weapons and nuclear waste and scrap. The vote occurred as the House sent to the Senate a $20.8 billion energy and water appropriations bill for fiscal 1990 (HR 5019). A yes vote opposed funding to plan the new facility.

MARYLAND

.............. Yes ... No ... NV

Byron ................. X

Cardin ......... X

Dyson ................. X

Hoyer ................. X

McMillen .............. X

Morella ........ X

VIRGINIA

Parris ................ X

Slaughter ............. X

Wolf .................. X

SENATE VOTES

HATCH ACT VETO

By a vote of 65 for and 35 against, the Senate fell short of the two-thirds majority it needed to reject President Bush's veto of a bill (HR 20) easing the 1939 Hatch Act's ban on partisan political activity by federal workers. Because the House (above) had already defeated the veto, a Senate override would have put the bill into law. Reversals by three GOP senators gave Bush his margin of victory. Alfonse M. D'Amato of New York, Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico and Trent Lott of Mississippi backed the veto after having voted last month to pass the bill. A yes vote was to support the bill.

MARYLAND

................ Yes ... No ... NV

Mikulski ......... X

Sarbanes ......... X

VIRGINIA

Robb ............. X

Warner ........... X

HOUSING BILL

The Senate voted 59 for and 39 against to table (kill) an amendment exempting many HUD low-income housing contracts from the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act. That law requires workers on federal contracts to be paid the prevailing regional wage, which is usually the union wage. The tabled amendment sought Davis-Bacon exemption for contracts of up to $1 million awarded for low-income dwellings under a pending housing bill (S 566). The rationale was that money saved on labor would produce more housing units. A yes vote opposed the amendment.

MARYLAND

................ Yes ... No ... NV

Mikulski ................ X

Sarbanes ......... X

VIRGINIA

Robb .................... X

Warner .................. X

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