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

HOUSE VOTES

GOP TAX CUT PLAN

For: 223 / Against: 208

The House passed a Republican-backed bill that would reduce federal taxes by $792 billion over 10 years, with the cuts to be paid for with non-Social Security surpluses expected to accumulate over that period. The bill would phase in a 10 percent cut in personal income tax rates, with each year's reduction allowed to take effect only if interest payments on the national debt go down. It also would reduce the capital gains rate from 20 percent to 15 percent; eliminate estate and gift taxes over a 10-year period; ease the "marriage penalty" by raising the standard deduction for couples filing jointly to twice that of a single person; and expand education savings accounts to cover K-12 private and public education, as well as higher education. The bill also includes provisions that would help workers protect pensions and the elderly meet medical costs.

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) *

NATIONAL DEBT REDUCTION PLAN

For: 211 / Against: 220

The House defeated a proposal to commit budget surpluses to reducing the national debt before the surpluses are allocated to cutting taxes. Conservative Democrats offered the measure to a GOP tax cut bill. Under their plan, tax cuts would have taken effect only after half of the projected non-Social Security surplus over 10 years, and all of the projected Social Security surplus over 10 years, had been fenced off for use in paying down the publicly held debt. Now at $3.6 trillion, that debt requires about $225 billion in annual interest payments to holders of Treasury notes. If it were reduced, debt service would be diminished and U.S. interest rates likely would decline, stimulating the economy. Sponsors said that would generate funds for such purposes as cutting taxes or bolstering Social Security and Medicare. The measure defeated by this vote also would have limited total tax cuts to about $250 billion over 10 years.

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) *

EDUCATION BLOCK GRANTS

For: 239 / Against: 185

The House passed a GOP bill that would authorize $2 billion annually in elementary and secondary school block grants for purposes such as hiring new teachers, testing and improving the skills of existing faculty members, and establishing new tenure and merit-based advancement systems for teachers. Debate focused on concerns that the block grant would undermine a year-old Democratic program for hiring 100,000 more teachers and reducing class sizes. The GOP bill would make teacher hiring optional and give schools flexibility to spend their grants for any purpose spelled out in 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

NUCLEAR SECRETS PLAN

For: 44 / Against: 54

Senators voted against a plan to give the secretary of energy tight control over nuclear weapons labs. The plan was contained in an amendment to an intelligence spending bill that, in part, would create the Agency for Nuclear Stewardship within the Department of Energy. The new agency would be charged with correcting security lapses of the sort that allowed China to obtain U.S. nuclear secrets during the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. The Senate passed that bill. The amendment would have given the energy secretary direct managerial control over the semi-autonomous agency. The vote left intact a plan to give the secretary final but remote authority over the agency.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

YOUTH DRINKING AD CAMPAIGN

For: 43 / Against: 54

The Senate voted down a plan to provide the Justice Department with $25 million in fiscal 2001 for a media campaign to discourage underage drinking. The ads were to be in addition to the department's ongoing anti-drug campaign. The amendment was offered to a bill funding Justice and other departments in fiscal 2000, which the Senate passed.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

PRISONER LAWSUIT AMENDMENT

For: 56 / Against: 40

The Senate tabled--thereby effectively killing--a plan to give federal courts more authority to accept lawsuits by juvenile prisoners who are mentally ill. The amendment sought to repeal provisions in the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act that limit the extent to which U.S. judges can attempt to remedy conditions in juvenile detention facilities.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *