FEDERAL ARREST AUTHORITY

For: 296 / Against: 94

The House passed a bill (HR 2155) empowering Immigration and Naturalization Service agents to arrest drivers at border crossings under state alcohol and drug laws. It entitles INS officers to administer blood, breath and urine tests without the driver's consent if they have reasonable grounds to suspect violations. A yes vote backed the arrest powers.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Ehrlich (R)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Morella (R)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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J. Davis (R)

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T. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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Cantor (R)

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STOPGAP SPENDING

For: 228 / Against: 172

The House approved a fiscal 2003 spending measure (HJ Res 123) to fund the government at 2002 levels until Nov. 22. The stopgap resolution was needed because Congress has failed to enact 11 of the 13 appropriations bills needed to run the government. Fiscal 2003 began Oct. 1. The budget battle will resume in a lame-duck session scheduled to convene Nov. 12. A yes vote backed the stopgap measure.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Ehrlich (R)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Morella (R)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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J. Davis (R)

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T. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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Cantor (R)

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DEMOCRATIC MEASURE

For: 194 / Against: 210

The House rejected a Democratic bid to end stopgap funding (HJ Res 123, above) on Oct. 21 rather than Nov. 22. Democrats sought to pressure the Republican-led House to vote before the Nov. 5 elections on issues such as education spending for fiscal 2003.

A yes vote backed the Democratic effort.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Ehrlich (R)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Morella (R)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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J. Davis (R)

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T. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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RURAL HEALTH CENTER FUNDING

For: 392 / Against: 5

The House passed a five-year reauthorization of federal programs for delivering health care to under-served rural areas. At a first-year cost of $1.34 billion, the bill (S 1533) funds community health centers throughout the country as well as programs such as the National Health Service Corps. The 1,000 community centers serve an estimated 12 million people, many of them uninsured. A yes vote supported funding the programs.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Ehrlich (R)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Morella (R)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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J. Davis (R)

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T. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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Cantor (R)

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BALLOT REFORM

For: 92 / Against: 2

The Senate sent President Bush the conference report on a bill (HR 3295) setting federal standards for local, state and federal elections. The bill requires states to allow voters to cast provisional ballots when their registration is challenged and to correct ballot errors on the spot. States must set uniform statewide definitions of what constitutes a legal vote on different types of equipment and absentee ballots.

The bill authorizes $3.9 billion to states over three years amid uncertainty over how much of the promised funding will be delivered in tight budget times. The funds would be for purposes such as training poll workers; establishing computerized, statewide registration rolls; replacing punch-card and lever-operated voting machines with more reliable modern systems; and improving ballot access for the disabled.

To register to vote under the bill, individuals must provide identification such as a driver's license or the last four digits of their Social Security number. Those registering by mail must show identification before they cast ballots.

The bill establishes a federal commission comprising two Democratic and two Republican appointees to oversee the distribution of grants to states and to set voluntary guidelines for voting systems and procedures.

A yes vote approved the conference report.

MARYLAND

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Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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2003 DEFENSE BUDGET

For: 93 / Against: 1

The Senate sent President Bush the conference report on a bill (HR 5010) appropriating $355.1 billion for military operations in fiscal 2003, up 12 percent from the comparable 2002 bill. The bill funds major weapons systems as well as chemical and biological defenses in anticipation of war with Iraq. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) cast the dissenting vote on grounds it did too little to eliminate wasteful spending and outdated programs.

The bill funds a 4.1 percent military pay raise and supports 1.4 million active duty troops and 865,000 National Guard and reserve personnel. It includes $417 million for helping Russia dismantle its nuclear arsenal; $14.8 billion for health care; $7.4 billion for the National Missile Defense; and $882 million for drug interdiction.

A yes vote approved the conference report.

MARYLAND

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Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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