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

BLOCKING OVERTIME RULES

For: 223 / Against: 193

The House voted to block new overtime rules for higher-income workers that the Bush administration put into effect last month. The vote occurred as the House passed a fiscal 2005 funding bill (HR 5006) for the Department of Labor and other agencies. It left intact the new rules as they apply to workers making up to $23,600 a year.

Democrats say the rules will take overtime eligibility away from as many as 6 million workers now eligible to receive it. But the administration says only about 100,000 workers with professional duties, most of whom earn above $100,000, would lose eligibility. The Fair Labor Standards Act guarantees overtime pay of time and a half above 40 hours a week for qualified workers.

A yes vote was to block the new overtime rules.

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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*

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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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PENSION DISCLOSURES

For: 268 / Against: 148

The House voted to require notification of workers when their company's defined-benefit pension plan becomes seriously underfunded. Under present law, companies must report troubled plans only to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the federal agency that uses taxpayer funds to bail out bankrupt plans. Under the amendment, the PBGC would be required to share information about a failing plan with the employees and retirees whose assets are at risk. The vote occurred during debate on HR 5006 (above).

A yes vote backed disclosure to workers.

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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*

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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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MEDICARE PENALTY

For: 195 / Against: 216

The House defeated a Democratic bid to penalize the Bush administration by $84,500 for misleading Congress on the projected cost of adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. Congress enacted the Medicare benefit in 2003 after the administration said it would cost $400 billion over 10 years. It later came to light that the administration had internally projected a cost of at least $530 billion but withheld that figure from Capitol Hill, in apparent violation of a 1912 law requiring the executive branch to provide Congress with the information it needs for legislative decisions.

The $84,500 penalty in an amendment to HR 5006 (above) represented part of the salary of the official responsible for withholding the projection.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

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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*

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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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Senate Votes

PORT SECURITY FUNDS

For: 45 / Against: 49

The Senate refused to increase spending for protecting U.S. ports against terrorists by $150 million in fiscal 2005. The vote left $300 million for port security in the Department of Homeland Security's 2005 budget of about $33 billion (HR 4567).

A yes vote was to increase port security spending.

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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EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

For: 46 / Against: 45

The Senate blocked a plan to shift $70 million in HR 4567 (above) from payments to government consultants to state and local first responders. The money was to have been used for upgrading communications systems so that police and firefighters could talk directly to one another during crises, something many first responders could not do at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Under the amendment, the $70 million was to have been transferred from an account to pay outside consultants for developing a human resources system for the Department of Homeland Security.

A yes vote was to block the transfer.

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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HOMELAND SECURITY JOBS

For: 49 / Against: 47

The Senate voted to block an administration plan to privatize 1,200 civil service positions in the Department of Homeland Security. People in those positions specialize in detecting fraud by immigrants applying for benefits. Amendment backers said the job of adjudicating immigration benefits and conducting criminal background checks is inherently governmental, while opponents said private workers could discharge the work efficiently at lower cost. The vote occurred during debate on HR 4567 (above).

A yes vote was to block privatization.

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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