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

HUMAN RIGHTS IN VIETNAM

For: 323 / Against: 45

The House passed a bill (HR 1587) requiring Vietnam to improve its human rights practices as a condition of receiving U.S. non-humanitarian aid. The bill, which awaits Senate action, denies such aid unless the president certifies that Vietnam has made progress in areas such as releasing political and religious prisoners and ending government involvement in slave trafficking.

A yes vote was to link aid to Vietnam to its human rights record.

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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*

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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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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

For: 233 / Against: 194

The House passed a bill (HR 3313) to prevent federal courts from overriding state policies on same-sex marriage. By removing federal judicial review, the bill enables states to disregard same-sex marriage licenses issued in other states. Critics said that, under the separation-of-powers doctrine, it is unconstitutional for Congress to try to limit the jurisdiction of the federal judiciary.

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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*

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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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*

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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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2005 DEFENSE BUDGET

For: 410 / Against: 12

The House sent President Bush a conference report on a $416.2 billion military appropriations bill (HR 4613) for fiscal 2005. The bill provides $25 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan; $906.5 million for drug-interdiction, mainly in the Andes; and $10 billion for the National Missile Defense, including funds to break ground on the system this year. The bill funds a 3.5 percent military pay raise.

A yes vote was to approve the conference report

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

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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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TAX CUTS, DEFICITS

For: 198 / Against: 222

The House defeated a non-binding motion that called for extending middle-class tax cuts and credits, but with pay-as-you-go provisions to keep them from adding to the national debt. The motion sought to instruct House members in negotiations with the Senate on HR 1308. Backed mainly by Democrats, the motion sought to extend several measures due to expire at the end of the year, such as relief for married couples, the $1,000-per-child credit and a broadening of the 10 percent bracket.

A yes vote urged a pay-as-you-go tax-cut extension.

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

NV

Cantor (R)

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J. Davis (R)

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*

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T. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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MOROCCO FREE TRDE

For: 323 / Against: 99

The House sent President Bush a bill (HR 4842) implementing a free-trade treaty between the United States and Morocco. The treaty eliminates duties from about 95 percent of goods and services traded between the two countries, removes many barriers to agricultural trade and phases out certain protections for U.S. textiles. Backers said the agreement will boost the U.S. economy and reward a longtime ally in the Middle East; opponents said it does not require Morocco to follow internationally recognized labor and environmental standards and fails to help U.S. consumers obtain re-imported prescription drugs.

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

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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

9TH CIRCUIT NOMINATION

For: 53 / Against: 44

The Senate failed to reach 60 votes needed to advance the nomination of William G. Myers III to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. GOP leaders needed 60 votes to end Democrats' delay and force a direct vote on the nominee.

Myers, a private attorney in Boise, Idaho, formerly was solicitor of the Department of the Interior under President Bush. Democrats objected to his record and statements on environmental issues; Republicans predicted he would serve as a fair-minded jurist and add ideological balance to the 9th Circuit. Through July 22, the Senate had confirmed 198 of President Bush's judicial nominees and blocked or stalled action on 10.

A yes vote was to advance the nomination.

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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6TH CIRCUIT NOMINATION

For: 52 / Against: 46

The Senate failed to reach 60 votes for advancing the nomination of Judge Henry W. Saad to the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The nominee sits on the Michigan Court of Appeals.

A yes vote was to advance the nomination.

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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2005 MILITARY BUDGET

For: 96 / Against: 0

The Senate approved the conference report on a bill (HR 4613) appropriating $416.2 billion for military operations in fiscal 2005. In addition to provisions listed above, the bill expands the Army and Marine Corps by about 29,000 troops; adds Army armored-vehicle battalions in Iraq and Afghanistan; requires a Pentagon report on the past hiring of private contractors to help run military prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and speeds the delivery of replacement trucks, ammunition, helicopters and Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bill provides $18.2 billion for military health programs, including $150 million for breast cancer research, $85 million for prostate cancer research and at least $19.2 million for amputee care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

A yes vote was to approve the conference report

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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