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

ASSISTED SUICIDE

For: 271 / Against: 156

The House voted to negate any state law that allows doctors to prescribe medicine for a patient's suicide. Oregon, the only state with such a law, permits doctors to provide drugs to help the terminally ill deemed of sound mind end their lives. Under this bill, doctors convicted of prescribing federally controlled drugs for suicide would face up to 20 years behind bars. The bill distinguishes prescriptions intended to ease pain from those that facilitate suicide and steps up federal efforts to increase the medical community's ability to treat pain.

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) *

ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT

For: 218 / Against: 211

The House passed a GOP bill inflicting a nearly one percent across-the-board cut in discretionary spending in fiscal 2000. Republicans said the expected savings of $5.7 billion would keep overall spending for the year from tapping into Social Security reserves. Disagreeing, Democrats cited new findings by the Congressional Budget Office that the 13 budget bills approved by the House would, in their present form, skim at least $17 billion from Social Security in fiscal 2000. President Clinton said he would veto the bill, which, in addition to imposing a .97 percent cut in most domestic, defense and foreign affairs programs, appropriates $429 million for the District of Columbia and $84.6 billion for the departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.

Republicans said agencies should be able to carve one percent out of administrative waste rather than essential programs. But Democrats said the across-the-board approach would erode essential functions such as law enforcement, education and health research. They challenged Republicans to identify specific items they would cut to avoid raiding Social Security.

A yes vote was to pass the GOP 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) *

CONGRESSIONAL PAY

For: 11 / Against: 417

The House refused to exempt congressional pay from a nearly one percent across-the-board cut in federal spending (preceding issue). Members acted earlier this year to raise their pay on Jan. 1, 2000. This vote retained language in the bill above to cap House and Senate pay on Jan. 1 at $139,900 rather than the $141,300 level it would reach if there were no across-the-board cut. Members of Congress now make $136,700.

At issue was whether it was public relations or a substantive act for Republican leaders to include congressional pay in the across-the-board cut. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who sponsored this motion, argued Republicans were posturing in view of the fact that the Constitution prevents cutting lawmakers' pay during their current term. Therefore, he said, the new $141,300 level cannot be reduced until after next year's congressional elections, by which time the across-the-board cut no longer would be in force. No member spoke against Hoyer's motion.

A yes vote was to exclude congressional pay from the reach of a pending budget 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

AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN TRADE

For: 90 / Against: 8

The Senate voted to begin debating legislation granting trade benefits to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean Basin. In part, the bill allows clothing exporters to receive duty-free and quota-free access to U.S. markets if their goods are made from U.S.-supplied raw materials. It provides a profit incentive for U.S. manufacturers to build plants in countries getting favorable export treatment. To qualify, countries would have to show movement toward establishing market economies, democratic governments and respect for human rights. The bill also provides the Caribbean and Central America with some of the trade benefits that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) bestowed on Mexico and Canada.

A yes vote was to advance the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *