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

ARMS TECHNOLOGY TO CHINA

For: 215 / Against: 203

The House failed to reach the two-thirds majority required, under a shortcut parliamentary procedure, to pass a bill (HR 3100) toughening U.S. treatment of European companies that sell arms technology to the People's Republic of China. In part, the bill sought to expand White House power to prevent foreign contractors who do business with China from gaining access to U.S. technology.

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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Senate Votes

SUBWAY AND TRAIN SECURITY

For: 53 / Against: 46

Senators failed to reach the 60 votes needed to increase spending tenfold for securing subways, buses and trains against terrorist attacks. The amendment was offered to HR 2360. It sought to increase spending for transit and rail security from $100 million to $1.16 billion. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, rail and transit have received about one-seventh the homeland security funding received by air transportation.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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ROVE'S SECURITY CLEARANCE

For: 44 / Against: 53

Senators defeated a Democratic bid to remove Karl Rove's security clearance in response to his involvement in the unmasking of a clandestine CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in July 2003. Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, is acknowledged by his attorney to have privately discussed the operative with Time magazine without identifying her by name. The amendment was offered to a bill (HR 2360, later passed) appropriating $32 billion for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal 2006.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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DEMOCRATS' CLEARANCES

For: 33 / Against: 64

Senators rejected a Republican bid to remove the security clearances of two Democratic senators. The amendment to HR 2360 (above) targeted Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), for having referred to a classified FBI document on the Senate floor, and Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), for having made a floor statement that likened the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to horrific Nazi and Soviet imprisonments.

A yes vote backed the GOP amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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AIR CARGO SECURITY

For: 45 / Against: 53

Senators refused to quadruple spending in HR 2360 (above) for tightening air cargo security. The amendment sought to raise from $50 million to $200 million spending to keep explosive devices from being planted as cargo in commercial aircraft. It also sought to add $100 million for improved technologies -- such chemical-trace detection -- to secure air cargo against sabotage. About 95 percent of the cargo on passenger and all-cargo flights goes unscreened, according to the debate.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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EXPANDING BORDER JAILS

For: 42 / Against: 56

Senators refused to increase spending in HR 2360 (above) by $199 million for adding 5,760 jail beds for detaining illegal immigrants. These were to be in addition to 2,240 new beds already funded by the bill. For lack of jail space, the U.S. Border Patrol releases more than 90 percent of those it apprehends, according to the debate, with a large number remaining in the United States.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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FUNDING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

For: 36 / Against: 60

Senators refused to raise taxes on incomes over $1 million and use the proceeds -- $16 billion -- to increase spending for police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. This occurred during debate on HR 2360 (above). The bill provides $3.9 billion to help communities hire, train and equip first responders.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

MARYLAND

Y

N

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Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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