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

INTERNET WINE SALES

For: 310 / Against: 112

The House passed a bill making it easier for states to block the direct sale of out-of-state alcoholic beverages to their residents. Debate centered on the growing business of small wineries and micro-breweries using the Internet to make sales and skirt state laws. The bill empowers states to get federal court injunctions to enforce laws governing beer, wine, and liquor sales across state lines, while protecting Internet service providers against legal action.

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) *

OVERSEAS INVESTMENT

For: 103 / Against: 315

The House refused to kill the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) by denying it funds for new projects. This occured during debate on a foreign aid bill that was later passed. Backed by U.S. taxpayers, OPIC provides investment insurance and other subsidies to help American corporations do business in economically undeveloped, politically unstable countries. Supporters say OPIC operates at no net cost to taxpayers while creating thousands of U.S. jobs. Critics say it provides "corporate welfare" by allowing large corporations to shift billions of dollars of financial risk to taxpayers.

A yes vote was to eliminate OPIC

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) *

WORKPLACE ISSUE

For: 217 / Against: 209

The House legislation delaying workplace safety rules on repetitive stress injuries at least until 2001 when Congress receives a National Science Foundation study of the issue. The bill keeps the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) from issuing regulations this year to reduce the incidence of repetitive stress injuries such as those associated with heavy lifting or typing on computer keyboards.

A yes vote was to delay OSHA regulation of repetitive stress injuries on the job.

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) *

TRADE WITH VIETNAM

For: 130 / Against: 297

The House defeated a measure that sought to penalize Vietnam for the way it limits emigration by its citizens. The measure sought to overturn President Clinton's decision to exempt Vietnam from trade penalties. Under the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, countries without free emigration can be denied loan credits and guarantees for purchasing American exports.

A yes vote was to apply Jackson-Vanik trade penalties to Vietnam.

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

FARM AID

For: 89 / Against: 8

The Senate approved $7.4 billion in emergency aid to farmers of crops such as wheat, soybeans, corn, tobacco, and cotton as well as to dairy farmers, ranchers, and growers of certain specialty crops. The aid consists, in part, of direct "transition" payments, disaster assistance, crop insurance, loans, and support for specific commodities. The money was added to a fiscal 2000 appropriations bill for the Department of Agriculture. Senators designated it "emergency" funding. That means it is exempt from statutory spending limits and will be taken from budget surpluses in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *