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

FOREIGN AID

For: 214 / Against: 211

The House passed a bill appropriating $12.7 billion for international programs in fiscal 2000. Republicans said the bill is fiscally responsible. But Democrats faulted it for not funding the Wye River agreement and for shirking U.N. dues. In addition to providing $6.1 billion in economic and military aid to a long list of countries, the bill earmarks $960 million for Israel; $735 million for the former Soviet Union; $635 million for Egypt; and $150 million for Kosovo. Also, $599 million for the Export-Import Bank; $385 million for family planning; $235 million for the Peace Corps; and $182 million for removing land mines, slowing the spread of nuclear weapons and fighting terrorism.

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) *

HEALTH CARE

For: 275 / Against: 151

The House passed legislation giving more legal rights to the 161 million individuals who receive medical insurance through health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and other managed-care plans.

The bill establishes the right to sue insurance companies in state court for damages resulting from denial of care or maltreatment. It guarantees immediate emergency room coverage without prior approval; assures prompt access to specialists including pediatricians and obstetricians; and sets up independent panels of doctors to hear grievances and issue rulings that are binding on the health plan. 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) *

RIGHT TO SUE

For: 145 / Against: 284

The House rejected a managed-care bill that differed from the Norwood-Dingell measure (above) in not granting patients the right to sue insurers in state court. In place of lawsuits, it set up an independent grievance process, including stiff fines on insurers, that was designed to prevent harm to patients and resolve complaints more rapidly than would lawsuits. A yes vote opposed allowing patients to sue managed-care plans in state court.

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) *

MEDICAL ACCOUNTS

For: 227 / Against: 205

The House passed legislation providing tax incentives to make private health insurance more affordable for individuals and businesses. It is projected to cost $48.6 billion over 10 years but contains no revenue measures or offsetting cuts to pay for itself.

The GOP-drafted bill makes medical savings accounts (MSAs) universally available and adds new tax advantages to these IRA-style savings accounts for meeting future medical costs. The bill makes it easier for individuals and small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance, and it increases the tax deductibility of health insurance premiums for the self-employed and those paying for long-term care.

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

FEDERAL JUDGE

For: 45 / Against: 54

On a party-line vote, the Senate rejected President Clinton's nomination of Ronnie L. White to sit on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. White, an African American, is a jurist on the Missouri Supreme Court. Republicans said White has wavered too much on applying the death penalty, while some Democrats charged the GOP opposition was race based. Although White was cleared by the Judiciary Committee with some GOP support, all Republicans turned against him as the Senate floor vote drew near.

A yes vote was to confirm White.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

FOREIGN AID

For: 51 / Against: 49

The Senate gave final congressional approval to a fiscal 2000 foreign operations bill. This sent the measure to President Clinton, who is expected to veto it on grounds that it underfunds U.S. programs abroad. The $12.7 billion outlay is $800 million less than 1999 levels and $1.9 billion under the president's 2000 request. Republicans have given him a choice of accepting the bill as is or raiding Social Security surpluses for the additional funds he seeks.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *