Here's how some major bills fared recently in Congress andhow local Congress members voted, as provided byThomas' Roll Call Report Syndicate. NV means Not Voting.

HOUSE VOTES

U.S. MARSHALS

For: 183 / Against: 231

House members defeated a bill requiring U.S. marshals to be selected from within the U.S. civil service on the basis of merit. The bill sought to end a patronage system dating to the 18th century in which presidents nominate marshals, subject to Senate confirmation. The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation's oldest law enforcement agency. It performs duties such as protecting the federal judiciary and running the U.S. witness protection program. There are 94 U.S. marshals.

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) *

WORKING DISABLED

For: 418 / Against: 2

The House approved the conference report on a bill enabling those who receive Social Security disability benefits to take jobs without losing government medical insurance. The Senate later sent the bill to President Clinton for his expected signature.

Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) could retain Medicare Part A (hospitalization) coverage for 8 1/2 years after taking jobs paying at least $700 monthly, compared to 39 months under present law. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who take jobs would be able to retain Medicaid benefits by paying their own way in part or in full. The bill is projected to cost $800 million over five years.

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

2000 BUDGET

For: 74 / Against: 24

The Senate completed work on the fiscal 2000 budget by passing a bill that appropriates $391 billion for seven cabinet departments and an array of programs ranging from dues payments to the United Nations to police and teacher hirings on the local level. It contains a GOP-authored across-the-board spending cut of 0.38 percent and, as a result of accounting devices, apparently does not tap into Social Security. Its exact impact on Social Security, if any, won't be known until receipts and expenditures are tallied at the end of the fiscal year.

The legislation appropriates $14.9 billion for the Interior Department; $15.3 billion for foreign operations; $38.4 billion for the departments of State, Justice and Commerce; $315.2 billion for the departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services; and $429 million for the District of Columbia.

A yes vote was to approve the bill.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *

MOUNTAINTOP MINING

For: 56 / Against: 33

The Senate adopted an amendment setting aside a federal court ruling that has halted mountaintop strip mining in West Virginia. But the amendment had no impact because it was attached to legislation that died when Congress adjourned for the year. Sponsored by Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), the measure sought to nullify a ruling that the mining technique violates federal clean water and mining laws because its waste clogs mountain streams. The practice has been temporarily stopped pending appeals.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Yes No NV

Mikulski (D) *

Sarbanes (D) *

VIRGINIA

Yes No NV

Robb (D) *

Warner (R) *