For the Record

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

House Votes

LIBRARY, BOOKSTORE SEARCHES

For: 238 / Against: 187

The House blocked funding to enforce a provision of the USA Patriot Act under which law enforcement and intelligence agents can use secret warrants to obtain circulation records and patron lists from libraries as well as customer lists and sales records from bookstores. The ban was added to a bill (HR 2862, now before the Senate) that would appropriate $57.5 billion for the State, Commerce and Justice departments and other agencies in fiscal 2006.

Supporters say the search authority is an essential tool in terrorism investigations; opponents say law enforcement should use the traditional U.S. legal system to search libraries and bookstores.

A yes vote opposed library and bookstore searches based on secret warrants.

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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TEN COMMANDMENTS DISPLAY

For: 242 / Against: 182

Members voted to bar the U.S. Marshals Service from enforcing a federal judge's order that a Ten Commandments display be removed from the Gibson County, Ind., courthouse lawn. The vote occurred during debate on HR 2862 (above). In January, the judge ruled the display "in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

A yes vote was to bar funding to enforce the court ruling.

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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GIFTS FOR CUBANS

For: 210 / Against: 216

The House refused to overturn Bush administration limits on Americans' gifts to family members in Cuba. The rules ban gifts such as clothing, soap, toothpaste and toilet paper; cap the number of parcels that a single family can send; and limit the weight of packages hand-carried to Cuba. The vote occurred during debate on HR 2862 (above).

A yes vote was to overturn the gift 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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T. Davis (R)

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Moran (D)

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Wolf (R)

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MONEY FROM SPACE BUDGET

For: 196 / Against: 230

The House refused to shift $200 million from the budget for exploring Mars and the Moon to law-enforcement grants for states and communities. This occurred during debate on HR 2862 (above).

A yes vote was to spend less on space and more on law enforcement.

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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PLANS FOR TROOPS IN IRAQ

For: 223 / Against: 220

Members voted to block a Democratic amendment requiring President Bush to set forth within 30 days his criteria for determining whether to keep U.S. troops in Iraq. Democrats offered this procedural motion after the Republican leadership denied consideration of the amendment in the upcoming debate on fiscal 2006 defense appropriations (HR 2863).

A yes vote was to block the Democratic 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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*

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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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UNITED NATIONS OVERHAUL

For: 221 / Against: 184

The House passed a bill (HR 2745) requiring the United Nations to undertake 38 major reforms. If the United Nations does not substantially comply, the United States would reduce by half its dues payments to the world body. U.S. dues cover more than one-fifth of the $1.83 billion core U.N. budget. The bill, which is opposed by the Bush administration, awaits Senate action.

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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U.N. POPULATION FUND

For: 192 / Against: 233

The House refused to resume U.S. aid to the U.N. Population Fund, which helps poor nations provide family planning services and broad-based medical care. The administration has been withholding $34 million annually in U.S. contributions on grounds that the fund is complicit with population-control policies in China. The vote occurred during debate on HR 2862.

A yes vote was to support the U.N. Population Fund.

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

ETHANOL MANDATE

For: 69 / Against: 28

Senators voted to require 8 billion gallons of ethanol to be sold in the United States by 2012, double the sales projected for 2006. Corn-based ethanol, when blended with gasoline, reduces U.S. reliance on imported oil but raises gasoline prices in some regions. This vote killed a bid to strip a pending energy bill (HR 6) of its ethanol mandate.

A yes vote was to preserve the ethanol mandate.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Y

N

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY

For: 52 / Against: 48

Senators voted to require increased production of renewable energy from sources such as the wind and sun. The amendment to a pending energy bill (HR 6) requires power companies to produce at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020, five times the present output. Coal, natural gas and nuclear power are the leading sources of U.S. electricity.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Y

N

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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FOREIGN OIL

For: 47 / Against: 53

The Senate defeated an amendment that would require a 40 percent cut by 2025 in U.S. imports of foreign oil. The amendment to HR 6 (above) did not specify technologies or policies for the reduction. The United States imports about 58 percent of its oil, a figure projected to rise to 68 percent by 2025, according to debate.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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VIRGINIA

Y

N

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Allen (R)

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Warner (R)

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