PERMANENT BUDGET

For: 338 / Against: 83

The House approved a $397.4 billion spending measure that gives non-defense agencies their first permanent budget since fiscal 2003 began more than four months ago. When combined with funds already enacted for the military, the legislation (HJ Res 2) sets discretionary spending for the year at nearly $764 billion. Entitlement spending accounts for the rest of the $2.2 trillion federal budget.

The measure increases NASA's budget by nearly 4 percent, to $15.4 billion; Department of Education spending by 2 percent, to $53.5 billion; and the Securities and Exchange Commission budget by 40 percent, to $716 million. It averts a planned cut in Medicare payments to doctors and increases Medicare spending for nonurban hospitals; raises civil servants' pay by 4.1 percent; and provides $10 billion for waging war in Afghanistan and boosting the intelligence budget.

A yes vote approved the 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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ENVIRONMENTAL DISPUTE

For: 193 / Against: 226

The House rejected a Democratic bid to strip HJ Res 2 (above) of language that would prevent lawsuits challenging land-use proposals for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska; provide nonbinding support of oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and expand commercial logging in national forests as part of brush thinning for fire prevention. The motion also sought more funds than the Republicans approved for first responders. A yes vote backed the Democratic motion.

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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TELEMARKETING CURB

For: 418 / Against: 7

The House sent to the Senate a bill authorizing fees on telemarketing firms for financing a "do not call" registry administered by the Federal Trade Commission. Firms would be barred from calling households that have listed their numbers in the proposed national registry. The FTC hopes to launch the registry this year. 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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FUNDRAISING FRAUD

For: 422 / Against: 1

The House sent to the Senate a bill (HR 346) doubling civil fines to $22,000 an incident for false and deceptive fundraising used to exploit the emotion of presidentially declared emergencies. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) cast the dissenting vote.

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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WELFARE-TO-WORK

For: 230 / Against: 192

The House passed a Republican bill (HR 4) renewing for five years a 1996 law designed to move welfare recipients from dependency on government checks to either paying jobs or pre-employment activities. Currently, at least half of a state's welfare families must spend at least 30 hours a week at work or its equivalent. Under this bill, by 2008 70 percent must spend at least 40 hours on the job or in equivalent activities. Vocational education no longer would count toward the work requirement.

The bill increases U.S. funding of child care for welfare families from $4.8 billion to $6.8 billion a year. It authorizes $300 million annually for programs promoting marriage, $50 million a year for abstinence education and $20 million annually for programs to teach responsible fatherhood.

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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2003 BUDGET

For: 76 / Against: 20

The Senate sent to President Bush the conference report on a $397.4 billion spending bill (HJ Res 2) for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

In addition to provisions described above, the 3,000-page-plus measure provides $3.1 billion in weather-related aid to farmers and ranchers; reduces traditional foreign aid accounts by $300 million, to $16.3 billion; increases spending for the National Institutes of Health by 16 percent, to $27.2 billion; and provides nearly $1.1 billion to keep Amtrak service at present levels.

The bill curtails the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness monitoring project, which would scour consumer and travel records and other data in commercial and government computers for clues to possible terrorist activity. It also repeals immunity from lawsuits that Congress granted last year to manufacturers of certain vaccines and allows the president to withhold U.S. aid to international family planning organizations.

A yes vote backed the spending 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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