For the Record

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

Senate Votes

CORPORATE TAX BREAKS

For: 69 / Against: 17

The Senate gave final approval to a bill (HR 4520) providing $143 billion over 10 years in corporate tax breaks, along with a $10 billion taxpayer-financed buyout of tobacco farmers.

The bill makes $43 billion in cuts on the foreign profits of multinational corporations. It provides $76.5 billion in cuts by lowering rates from 35 percent to 32 percent on profits from broadly defined domestic manufacturing activity. On the revenue side, it generates $49.2 billion by phasing out a government subsidy of U.S. exporters that the World Trade Organization has ruled illegal. In states without an income tax, the bill allows residents to deduct sales taxes from their federal income taxes.

Among the special interests receiving relief from the bill are Home Depot, NASCAR track owners, Oldsmobile dealers, pharmaceutical companies, railroads, timber companies, liquor distillers, restaurant owners, commodity traders, bank directors, energy firms, ethanol producers, cruise ship owners and bow-and-arrow makers.

A yes vote was to approve the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Y

N

NV

Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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