HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY

For: 299 / Against: 121

The House approved the conference report on a bill creating a Department of Homeland Security, comprising 170,000 civil servants and all or part of 22 existing agencies. The bill empowers the president to waive job protections and collective bargaining rights for specified employees after non-binding mediation with civil servants unions.

The department would absorb the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Secret Service, as well as numerous units such as the enforcement side of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Among other things, the bill would cap the liability of airport security agencies that let the hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks slip through.

A yes vote was to invoke cloture (limit debate) on the bill.

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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SEPT. 11 COMMISSION

For: 203 / Against: 215

The House rejected a Democratic bid to establish an independent commission to investigate intelligence failures behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to make recommendations to help prevent a repeat of those mistakes.

A yes vote was to launch an independent probe.

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 BUDGET

For: 270 / Against: 143

The House approved a fiscal 2003 spending measure to fund the government at 2002 levels until Jan. 11, when the 108th Congress would enact permanent budget authority for the new fiscal year. The stopgap measure is needed because Congress failed to enact all but two of the 13 appropriations bills for fiscal 2003, which began Oct. 1.

A yes vote backed stopgap budget authority.

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 BUDGET

For: 196 / Against: 216

The House defeated a bid by Democrats to increase spending levels by nearly $9 billion for programs to combat bioterrorism, provide health care for veterans, beef up the Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement staff and provide federal grants to first responders on the local level, such as police and fire personnel.

A yes vote backed the Democratic spending priorities.

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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BANKRUPTCY OVERHAUL

For: 172 / Against: 243

The House rejected a bill giving credit card firms and other lenders new legal tools for collecting debt in bankruptcy court. This procedural motion was opposed by antiabortion lawmakers who objected to language that would prevent protesters at abortion clinics from using bankruptcy to avoid paying court judgments. It also was opposed by members who saw it as too punitive on those who accumulate credit card debt because they have lost jobs or incurred high medical costs. On a later vote, the House approved the bill without the abortion language.

Under existing law, families and individuals can use Chapter 7 bankruptcy to walk away from unsecured debt. Under this bill, those earning above the median income for their region would be required to file instead under Chapter 13, which involves some repayment over five years.

A yes vote was to advance the earlier bill.

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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SEPT. 11 PROBE

For: 366 / Against: 3

The House approved the conference report on a bill authorizing the fiscal 2003 U.S. intelligence budget. The budget is classified but estimated at about $35 billion. The bill also established a blue-ribbon commission to investigate intelligence failures behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

The proposed National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States appears likely to take root, because the Senate and White House also have agreed to support it. This vote overrode an earlier House vote in opposition to the independent commission.

A yes vote backed the conference report.

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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CONGRESSIONAL PAY RAISE

For: 58 / Against: 36

The Senate voted to keep in place a 3.1 percent pay raise scheduled for Jan. 1 for members of Congress and top executive-branch officials. The cost-of-living increase will raise salaries for rank-and-file lawmakers from $150,000 to $154,700. This vote, which occurred during debate on legislation establishing a Department of Homeland Security, killed a bid to block the raise.

A yes vote backed a congressional pay raise.

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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TIGHTER PORT SECURITY

For: 95 / Against: 0

The Senate approved the conference report on a bill to tighten lax security at the approximately 360 sea, lake and river ports in the United States that process most of the country's international trade. Customs and law enforcement officials now inspect fewer than 2 percent of the 5 million containers that pass through U.S. ports each year, according to debate, allowing easy entry for terrorist personnel and weapons.

The bill establishes a coordinated framework among federal, state, local and port officials to assess vulnerabilities and tighten security procedures. The effort would be largely directed by the Coast Guard and U.S. Customs Service. The bill authorizes a $1 billion increase in the Coast Guard budget for fiscal 2003, to about $6 billion.

A yes vote was to approve 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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HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY

For: 65 / Against: 29

The Senate voted to limit debate and thus advance a bill creating a Department of Homeland Security.

A yes vote was to advance the bill.

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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