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

SCHOOL VOUCHERS

For: 166 / Against: 257

The House refused to establish a voucher program enabling some students in grades 1 through 5 in poorly performing, dangerous public schools to transfer to a private, parochial or public school. Under the amendment by Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.), families of students in failing schools were to get up to $3,500 annually to make the switch. The program would cost $100 million annually. The vote occurred as the House passed a bill reauthorizing Title I of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

A yes vote was to begin a 50-state school voucher program.

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) *

GENDER ISSUE

For: 311 / Against: 111

The House voted to retain a 25-year-old program to counter bias against girls in school curricula. The vote continues the Women's Educational Equity Act in fiscal 2000 at a $3 million budget. WEEA has funded about 700 programs for teachers and administrators, such as ones on involving girls in math and science and introducing them to nontraditional careers. The vote occurred during debate on the bill above.

A yes vote backed the Women's Educational Equity Act.

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 POLICY

For: 213 / Against: 208

The House passed a bill giving 10 not-yet-selected states more freedom in spending education funds including Title I money for poor districts. The bill originally was designed as a GOP make over of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which in fiscal 2000 will channel up to $13.4 billion to K-12 classrooms nationwide. But bipartisan opposition scaled it down to a pilot program in which certain narrowly defined education grants would be converted to block grants to the selected states. A yes vote was to approve a ten-state pilot program for education spending.

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) *

THE WORKING DISABLED

For: 412 / Against: 9

The House passed a bill making it easier for recipients of Social Security disability benefits to take jobs without losing Medicaid or Medicare because they are no longer sufficiently poor. But the promised benefits will materialize only if Congress funds a projected cost of at least $565 million over five years. Under the bill, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, who begin receiving paychecks and then face loss of Medicaid eligibility, would be able to retain coverage by paying their own way in part or full. Individuals getting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) could keep their Medicare Part A (hospitalization) coverage for up to 10 years while earning $700 monthly or more. Presently there is a 39-month cutoff. Nearly 11 million individuals get the two types of disability benefits. At $66 billion annually, they make up the fourth-largest federal entitlement program. 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

MONEY IN POLITICS

For: 53 / Against: 47

The Senate shelved a bill to ban "soft money" from federal campaigns. Supporters failed to get the 60 votes needed to end a GOP filibuster and advance to an up-or-down vote on the bill.

The bill would limit the value of contributions that flow to political parties for the benefit of specific campaigns. These donations, from business and labor groups and wealthy individuals, often exceed $100,000 and sometimes top $1 million. They are in contrast to "hard money" contributions that are regulated by federal law. The bill also codifies the Supreme Court's 1988 Beck decision, which enables non-union members to prevent any of their "agency fees" to unions from being spent politically.

A yes vote was to advance the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

ABORTION ISSUE

For: 63 / Against: 34

The Senate passed a bill making it a federal crime for doctors to perform a late-term abortion in which they partially extract the fetus feet-first, then terminate it and complete its removal. Labeled "partial-birth" abortion by critics, the procedure is allowed under the bill only to save the mother's life.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

ROE V. WADE

For: 51 / Against: 47

The Senate voted in support of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that abortion is a constitutionally protected procedure when it is necessary to protect the woman's life or health. The nonbinding vote occurred during debate on the bill above.

A yes vote was to express support of Roe v. Wade.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *