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

HOUSE VOTES

TRADE WITH CHINA

For: 170 / Against: 260

The House on July 27 voted to continue normal trade with China for at least another year. Members defeated a measure (HJ Res. 57) to impose higher tariffs on imports from the Communist country. Congress is expected to vote later this year on whether to confer more trade benefits on China in the form of admission to the World Trade Organization. A yes vote was to impose trade penalties on China.

MARYLAND

Bartlett (R) YES

Cardin (D) YES

Ehrlich (R) YES

Gilchrest (R) NO

Hoyer (D) YES

Cummings (D) YES

Morella (R) NO

Wynn (D) YES

VIRGINIA

Davis (R) NO

Moran (D) NO

Wolf (R) YES

Bateman (R) NO

Bliley (R) NO

'CORPORATE WELFARE'

For: 192 / Against: 217

The House on July 26 refused to require a public accounting of what "corporate welfare" costs taxpayers. This occurred as the House passed a bill (HR 1074) requiring the government to disclose the cost of its regulations on the private sector. The defeated amendment sought to broaden the disclosure to include government benefits for businesses such as tax loopholes, spending subsidies, taxpayer-funded research and the use of public land at below-market costs. A yes vote backed public disclosure of the cost of corporate welfare.

MARYLAND

Bartlett (R) NO

Cardin (D) YES

Ehrlich (R) NV

Gilchrest (R) NO

Hoyer (D) YES

Cummings (D) YES

Morella (R) YES

Wynn (D) YES

VIRGINIA

Davis (R) NO

Moran (D) YES

Wolf (R) NO

Bateman (R) NO

Bliley (R) NO

NEEDLE EXCHANGES

For: 241 / Against: 187

The House voted to prohibit the District of Columbia from using its own budget or federal funds for needle exchange programs designed to curb the spread of AIDS among addicts. A yes vote opposed public funding of D.C. needle exchange programs.

MARYLAND

Bartlett (R) YES

Cardin (D) NO

Ehrlich (R) YES

Gilchrest (R) NO

Hoyer (D) NO

Cummings (D) NO

Morella (R) NO

Wynn (D) NO

VIRGINIA

Davis (R) YES

Moran (D) NO

Wolf (R) YES

Bateman (R) YES

Bliley (R) YES

SENATE VOTES

TAX CUTS

For: 57 / Against: 43

The Senate on July 30 passed a bill (S 1429) providing $792 billion in personal and business tax cuts through 2009. The largest share of relief--$216 billion--is for taxpayers in the 15 percent bracket, those with taxable incomes of up to $43,050 for joint returns and $25,750 for singles. The bill lowers their top rate to 14 percent in 2001 and expands the bracket to cover slightly higher incomes. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Mikulski (D) NO

Sarbanes (D) NO

VIRGINIA

YES NO NV

Robb (D) NO

Warner (R) YES

NATIONAL DEBT

For: 65 / Against: 35

The Senate on July 30 tabled (killed) an amendment to S 1429 (above) to use projected budget surpluses for reducing the national debt rather than for purposes such as cutting taxes or expanding programs. The publicly held U.S. debt stands at $3.6 trillion and requires about $225 billion annually in debt service. A yes vote opposed using 100 percent of surpluses for debt reduction.

MARYLAND

Mikulski (D) NO

Sarbanes (D) NO

VIRGINIA

Robb (D) NO

Warner (R) YES

SOCIAL SECURITY

For: 46 / Against: 54

The Senate on July 29 defeated an amendment to S 1429 (above) to delay tax cuts until after enactment of legislation guaranteeing the solvency of Social Security through 2075 and Medicare through 2027. A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Mikulski (D) YES

Sarbanes (D) YES

VIRGINIA

Robb (D) YES

Warner (R) NO