Here's how some major bills fared recently in Congress andhow local Congress members voted, as provided byThomas' Roll Call Report Syndicate. NV means Not Voting.

HOUSE VOTES

DAY OF PRAYER

For: 275 / Against: 140

The House defeated a bill urging federal, state and local officials to call for a national day of "prayer, fasting, and humiliation" to heal America in the wake of school shootings and murderous hate crimes against blacks and gays. The House failed to reach the two-thirds needed to pass the measure under a shortcut parliamentary procedure.

A yes vote urged Congress to call for a national day of prayer.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Bartlett (R) *

Cardin (D) *

Ehrlich (R) *

Gilchrest (R) *

Hoyer (D) *

Cummings (D) *

Morella (R) *

Wynn (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Davis (R) *

Moran (D) *

Wolf (R) *

Bateman (R) *

Bliley (R) *

ABORTION

For: 270 / Against: 159

The House passed a bill making it a federal crime to transport a minor to another state for an abortion in order to evade parental consent and notification laws in the girl's home state. More than 20 states have laws requiring consent by at least one parent, or a judge, before an abortion can be legally performed on a minor. The bill provides an exception in cases where the abortion is necessary to save the girl's life.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Bartlett (R) *

Cardin (D) *

Ehrlich (R) *

Gilchrest (R) *

Hoyer (D) *

Cummings (D) *

Morella (R) *

Wynn (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Davis (R) *

Moran (D) *

Wolf (R) *

Bateman (R) *

Bliley (R) *

YEAR 2000 LAWSUITS

For: 404 / Against: 24

The House approved the conference report on a bill that would curb liability in lawsuits involving year 2000 computer breakdowns. The Y2K problem will occur in computer systems that read "00" as 1900 rather than 2000. While many are being reprogrammed to correct the error, many others around the globe are expected to break down on or about Jan. 1, 2000. The bill would limit punitive damages against companies with 50 or fewer employees to $250,000 or three times actual damages, whichever is lower; require class-action suits with at least 100 plaintiffs and $10 million in claims, or which seek punitive damages, to be litigated in federal court; give companies a 90-day grace period to fix problems before suits can be filed; and link a company's financial liability to its share of causing the problem. The measure, which would expire after three years, puts no limit on personal injury claims.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Bartlett (R) *

Cardin (D) *

Ehrlich (R) *

Gilchrest (R) *

Hoyer (D) *

Cummings (D) *

Morella (R) *

Wynn (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Davis (R) *

Moran (D) *

Wolf (R) *

Bateman (R) *

Bliley (R) *

SENATE VOTES

TRAVEL TO CUBA

For: 55 / Against: 43

The Senate voted to retain a 39-year-old ban on unrestricted American travel to Cuba. The U.S. government prohibits general tourist visits to the Communist state while allowing limited travel by journalists, government officials, humanitarian workers and others.

A yes vote was to restrict American travel to Cuba.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

MANAGED CARE

For: 50 / Against: 37

The Senate failed to end a filibuster mounted by Democrats to promote their legislation for increased regulation of managed-care health plans. Republicans fell short of the 60-vote majority needed to move to debate on the fiscal 2000 agriculture appropriations bill. GOP leaders later agreed to allow votes this month on Democratic HMO legislation.

A yes vote was to end Democratic stalling action against a farm spending bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *