INCREASE IN MEDICARE PAYMENTS

For: 195 / Against: 215

The House defeated a Democratic bid to increase Medicare payments for doctors and nonurban hospitals in a stopgap fiscal 2003 budget. Passed later on a non-record vote, the temporary measure will fund non-defense operations at 2002 levels until Congress enacts a permanent 2003 budget. The Democratic motion sought to avert a 4.4 percent cut scheduled for March 1 in Medicare payment rates for doctors. It also attempted to increase the base Medicare payment for rural and small-city hospitals to the level set for big-city hospitals. Both increases are under review by a House-Senate conference committee for possible inclusion in the permanent 2003 budget. A yes vote was to increase certain Medicare payments in 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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HONORING COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS

For: 404 / Against: 0

The House adopted a resolution extending condolences to the families of deceased Columbia astronauts Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel B. Salton Clark and Ilan Ramon. A yes vote backed the resolution.

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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HONORING COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS

For: 95 / Against: 0

The Senate approved a measure honoring the seven astronauts who died in the disintegration of space shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1 as it reentered the Earth's atmosphere at the close of a 16-day mission. The resolution also expressed condolences to family members. A yes vote was to adopt the resolution.

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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