RULES FOR 108TH CONGRESS

For: 221 / Against: 203

The House adopted operating rules for the 108th Congress. Many of the rules date to the first Congress in 1789. Others were added this year by the Republican majority and drew fire from Democrats. One disputed GOP rule ends the requirement for separate recorded votes on raising the national debt limit. Another allows certain tax-exempt organizations to pay lawmakers' travel and lodging costs for attending charity-sponsored events such as golf weekends. Another permits lobbyists to routinely deliver free food and beverages on a group basis to the offices of House members and staff. A yes vote approved the rules.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Ruppersberger (D)

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Van Hollen (D)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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Cantor (R)

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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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DEMOCRATIC OBJECTIONS

For: 200 / Against: 225

House members rejected a Democratic bid to block several Republican changes in House operating rules for the 108th Congress, including a GOP softening of ethics measures. In addition to rules listed in the item above, changes disputed by Democrats would, in part, allow medical doctors to accept professional fees for performing fiduciary duties; make it easier for House leaders to bring bills to the floor under no-amendment, limited-debate procedures; and permit committee roll call votes to be delayed indefinitely by the chairman rather than conducted when the issue is debated.

A yes vote backed the Democratic bid.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Ruppersberger (D)

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Van Hollen (D)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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Cantor (R)

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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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EXTENDING JOBLESS BENEFITS

For: 416 / Against: 4

The House approved 13 additional weeks of federal unemployment checks for as many as 800,000 individuals who have used up their 26 weeks of state benefits but had not exhausted their U.S. allotment when federal money ran dry on Dec. 28. The Senate approved the $7 billion measure on a non-record vote, and President Bush signed it into law.

For those who use up their state allotment between now and June 1, the bill authorizes 13 weeks of supplemental federal benefits, or 26 extra weeks in a few states with the highest unemployment. But the bill was criticized by Democrats (below) for not helping an estimated 1 million jobless individuals who have exhausted their state and federal allotments.

A yes vote was to pass 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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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Ruppersberger (D)

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Van Hollen (D)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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Cantor (R)

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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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DEMOCRATIC PLAN

For: 202 / Against: 224

The House rejected a Democratic bid to include an additional 1 million people in the above bill. The motion sought to provide additional U.S. benefits to individuals who used up all of their state and federal benefits before Dec. 28 and would not be helped by the underlying bill. The Democratic plan capped state and federal benefits at 52 weeks, except in the highest unemployment states, where the limit was 59 weeks.

A yes vote backed the Democratic alternative.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Ruppersberger (D)

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Van Hollen (D)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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Cantor (R)

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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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STOPGAP SPENDING

For: 225 / Against: 198

The House advanced a fiscal 2003 spending measure to fund the government at 2002 levels through Jan. 31. The House later adopted the measure on a procedural vote, and the Senate approved it by voice vote. It became the fifth temporary budget cleared by Congress since the new fiscal year began in October. The Department of Defense is the only federal agency now operating with a permanent 2003 budget.

A yes vote backed the temporary budget.

MARYLAND

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Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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Cummings (D)

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Gilchrest (R)

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Hoyer (D)

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Ruppersberger (D)

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Van Hollen (D)

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Wynn (D)

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VIRGINIA

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Cantor (R)

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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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MOTION TO ADJOURN

For: 51 / Against: 46

The Senate voted Jan. 7 to adjourn until the next legislative session two days later. There was no debate on this motion by the Republican majority.

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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