For the Record

Here's how some major bills fared recently in Congress and how local congressional members voted, as provided by Thomas's Roll Call Syndicate. NV means Not Voting.

House Votes

GOP BUDGET PLAN

For: 216 / Against: 213

The House approved the conference report on the GOP budget plan (S Con Res 95) for fiscal 2005. The budget projects $2.4 trillion in spending, a $367 billion deficit, $180.5 billion for interest on the national debt, $50 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan, $421 billion for other defense operations and $369 billion for discretionary domestic spending. It raises the national debt ceiling by $690 billion to $8.1 trillion.

The measure exempts billions of dollars in tax cuts from pay-as-you-go budget discipline, adding the cost to the national debt. The exempted cuts, which total a projected $28 billion over five years, would eliminate the "marriage penalty," make permanent the $1,000-a-child credit and expand the 10 percent income tax bracket. The budget applies pay-as-you-go discipline to other 2005 tax cuts in the Senate but not in the House. In 2005, the budget would increase spending for defense, international affairs and homeland security while cutting or freezing most other areas of domestic spending.

A yes vote approved the budget.

MARYLAND

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N

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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

Y

N

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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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ILLEGAL-IMMIGRANT CARE

For: 88 / Against: 331

The House defeated a bill (HR 3722) that sought to limit the open-ended care in emergency rooms that illegal immigrants without insurance were granted by a 2003 law establishing a Medicare prescription-drug benefit. The bill required hospitals to obtain a picture or fingerprint of the illegal immigrant. It put a cap on treatment of non-life-threatening ailments and sought to shift treatment costs from taxpayers to the employers of uninsured patients. A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

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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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*

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VIRGINIA

Y

N

NV

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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SCIENCE AND POLITICS

For: 201 / Against: 226

The House refused to set up an independent commission to probe whether the Bush administration has systematically politicized science to advance its policies and ideology. The vote occurred as the House passed a bill (HR 2432) easing paperwork requirements on businesses.

A yes vote backed the investigation.

MARYLAND

Y

N

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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

Y

N

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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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JOB-SAFETY LAWSUITS

For: 233 / Against: 194

The House voted to require taxpayers to pay the legal fees of companies of fewer than 100 employees that prevail in litigation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Backers called the bill (HR 2731) a weapon against overly zealous federal regulation; opponents said that subsidizing legal challenges to OSHA rulings would delay enforcement and undermine workplace safety.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

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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

Y

N

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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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DEFENSE BUDGET

For: 391 / Against: 34

The House passed a bill (HR 4200) authorizing $422.2 billion in fiscal 2005 defense spending, up 6 percent from the 2004 bill.

The bill also provides $25 billion for operations in Iraq in the current fiscal year, including funds for supplying troops with more body armor and better-armored Humvees. The bill expands the active Army by 30,000 soldiers to a total deployment of 512,400 by 2007, and adds 9,000 Marines for a total force of 184,000 by 2007.

The bill funds a 3.5 percent military pay raise; delays until 2007 a new round of domestic base closures; extends a ban on privately financed abortions at U.S. military hospitals abroad; provides $27.6 million for further study of a nuclear weapon for penetrating underground bunkers; and authorizes $10.2 billion to advance the National Missile Defense.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

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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

Y

N

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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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ABU GHRAIB PRISON

For: 308 / Against: 114

The House called for Iraq's Abu Ghraib Prison to be demolished and replaced by a modern prison. One of Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, Abu Ghraib has gained further notoriety as the site of U.S. abuse of Iraqi detainees. The vote, during debate on HR 4200 (above), was a nonbinding expression of sentiment.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

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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

Y

N

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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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NUCLEAR BUNKER-BUSTERS

For: 204 / Against: 214

The House refused to strip HR 4200 (above) of $27.6 million for further study of a tactical nuclear weapon designed to penetrate the earth to destroy deeply buried bunkers. A yes vote backed the amendment to strip spending.

MARYLAND

Y

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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

Y

N

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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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CHILD TAX CREDIT

For: 271 / Against: 139

The House passed a bill (HR 4359) to make permanent the $1,000-a-child tax credit, with the projected cost of $228 billion over 10 years added to the national debt. Without the bill, the credit would drop to $700 a child next year and $500 in 2011 and later years. The bill extends the credit to some high-income households and enhances it for low-income families and military households.

The bill makes the full credit available to couples earning as much as $250,000, up from the present cap of $110,000. Because members of Congress make $158,100, the higher cap will enable lawmakers with one or two children to receive the tax break for the first time.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

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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

Y

N

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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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Senate Votes

BASE CLOSINGS

For: 47 / Against: 49

The Senate refused to require the Pentagon to close surplus bases overseas in countries such as Germany before proceeding with further closures at home. The amendment sought to sidetrack a round of domestic base closings scheduled for 2005. As in four previous rounds, an independent commission will select bases to be closed, and Congress will accept or reject the entire list. The vote occurred during debate on the fiscal 2005 defense budget (S 2400).

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

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N

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Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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Yes

No

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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BIOTERRORISM RESPONSE

For: 99 / Against: 0

The Senate passed a bill (S 15) authorizing a $5.6 billion federal fund to spur the development and stockpiling of drugs and vaccines to counter biological, chemical or radiological attacks on Americans. The sum actually spent will depend on later action on individual bills.

The bill provides financial incentives for the private sector to develop pharmaceuticals and other countermeasures that have no broad commercial application. Because the House has passed a similar measure, the program is expected to become law within weeks.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

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Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Yes

No

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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TRADE WITH TERRORISTS

For: 49 / Against: 50

The Senate defeated an amendment making it a federal crime for a U.S. company to sell to terrorist states through a foreign subsidiary. The ban would apply in cases where the U.S. company owns at least 50 percent of the subsidiary.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Yes

No

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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