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

HOUSE SUCCESSION PLAN

For: 63 / Against: 253

The House defeated a constitutional amendment (HJ Res 83) allowing governors to appoint replacements if at least half the House membership were killed or incapacitated in a terrorist attack or other catastrophe. Governors were to make their appointments from names submitted in advance by the incumbent.

Backers said the plan would ensure resumption of legislative activity within seven days and fend off power grabs, but foes said the House should always be elected. The House recently passed a bill providing for elections within 45 days of a disaster that kills at least 100 members.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Bartlett (R)

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Cardin (D)

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*

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Cummings (D)

*

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Gilchrest (R)

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*

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Hoyer (D)

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*

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Ruppersberger (D)

*

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Van Hollen (D)

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*

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Wynn (D)

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*

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VIRGINIA

Y

N

NV

Cantor (R)

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*

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J. Davis (R)

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*

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T. Davis (R)

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*

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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STEROID CONTROL

For: 408 / Against: 3

The House passed a bill (HR 3866) to outlaw over-the-counter sales of drugs known as steroid precursors. These performance-enhancing substances become steroids in the body when ingested directly or with certain dietary supplements. The bill requires prescriptions for obtaining about two dozen precursors.

Steroid use has been illegal in the United States since 1990.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

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

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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Senate Votes

WAR SPENDING

For: 95 / Against: 0

The Senate added $25 billion for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan to a $422 billion fiscal 2005 defense budget (S 2400) that remains in debate. This would raise to about $200 billion the cost of war and nation-building in the two countries in recent years, with Iraq receiving an estimated 75 percent. Although part of next year's defense budget, the $25 billion would be made available immediately to the Pentagon with Congress monitoring how it is spent.

A yes vote backed the $25 billion.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Yes

No

NV

Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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GUARD, RESERVE HEALTH CARE

For: 70 / Against: 25

The Senate voted to make all National Guard and Army Reserve members and their families eligible for Tricare, the military health plan. Guard and reserve personnel now are covered only when activated. The amendment to S 2400 (above) would extend Tricare to as many as 300,000 families at a projected cost of $5.7 billion over five years.

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

NV

Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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NUCLEAR WASTE PLAN

For: 48 / Against: 48

The Senate voted to allow the Department of Energy to reclassify nuclear waste in a way that will permit permanent burial in concrete-protected tanks at a federal weapons plant in South Carolina and possibly at plants in Washington and Idaho. The vote occurred during debate on S 2400 (above). It defeated a bid to continue applying the stricter storage requirements of the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act to the federal weapons sites. That law requires the nation's radioactive waste to eventually be buried in a yet-to-be-built central repository such as one being developed at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

The most immediate effect of the vote would be to permit 37 million gallons of radioactive waste at the Savannah River weapons facility in South Carolina to be permanently buried on site in about 50 underground tanks

A yes vote was to prevent Energy Department reclassification of nuclear waste so as to permit on-site disposal.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Yes

No

NV

Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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