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

DEFINING A FETUS

For: 254 / Against: 172

The House passed legislation recognizing the fetus as a legal entity for the first time. The bill gives fetuses the same protection as the mother under federal criminal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It makes it a federal crime to injure or terminate a fetus when committing a crime against the mother. Judges could impose an equivalent punishment for the fetal crime, excluding the death penalty. The bill exempts abortions that occur with the consent of the mother.

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) *

PRO-CHOICE AMENDMENT

For: 201 / Against: 224

The House rejected an alternative to the bill above that was backed by pro-choice members. The amendment established a new federal crime for an assault on a pregnant woman that injured or terminated the fetus. But it stopped short of establishing the fetus as a legal entity.

A yes vote was to approve a pro-choice alternative.

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) *

EAST TIMOR

For: 390 / Against: 38

The House passed a nonbinding measure expressing support for United Nations security forces in East Timor. It commended the East Timorese on their referendum to declare independence from Indonesia and condemned the Indonesian military and other forces that have committed violence and atrocities against them. Although carrying no force of law, the resolution drew opposition because of its support for the U.N. occupying force, which is led by Australia and includes Americans.

A yes vote backed the resolution on East Timor.

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) *

STOPGAP SPENDING

For: 421 / Against: 2

The House approved a stopgap spending bill to keep the government fully in operation until Oct. 21. By that time, leaders of the GOP majority hope to gain enactment of the 13 regular appropriations bills for fiscal 2000. When the budget year began Oct. 1, five of the 13 had cleared Congress, and one had been signed into law.

A yes vote backed stopgap spending for the first three weeks of the new fiscal year.

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

HIRING TEACHERS

For: 55 / Against: 44

The Senate blocked a bid by Democrats to fund the second annual installment of President Clinton's program to help local school districts hire 100,000 teachers. The vote during debate on S 1650 killed an amendment seeking $1.4 billion for the program in fiscal 2000. About 30,000 teachers already have been hired, supporters said. Republicans said they want to delay a decision on expanding the program until Congress takes up a renewal of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

A yes vote opposed new funding at this time for the Democrats' teacher hiring program.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

TEMPORARY SPENDING

For: 98 / Against: 1

The Senate approved a temporary spending bill to fund the government until Oct. 21. The measure provides funding at 1999 levels for 12 of the 13 regular appropriations bills for fiscal 2000 that have not yet been enacted. The year began Oct. 1.

A yes vote was to approve the stopgap budget.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *