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

ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

For: 229 / Against: 193

Members passed a bill (HR 3824) to weaken the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The bill narrows the definition of habitat needed to protect imperiled plant and animal species, lowers scientific standards for judging the viability of species and establishes an entitlement program to compensate property owners for land use denied by the act. In addition, if the government fails to respond within 180 days to property owners' questions about the legality of a planned use of their land, the project would automatically go forward.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

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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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SPECIES PROTECTION

For: 206 / Against: 216

Members defeated a substitute to HR 3824 (above) that was backed by environmentalists and opposed by property rights groups. The rival measure eliminated the underlying bill's guaranteed compensation to landowners for loss of economic value attributable to the Endangered Species Act. In other differences, the substitute contained enforceable recovery programs for imperiled species, kept most decisions in the hands of civil servants rather than political appointees and required a higher standard of scientific review.

A yes vote backed the substitute.

MARYLAND

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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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FEMA CHANGES

For: 196 / Against: 227

Members rejected a Democratic bid to continue the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an agency that both prepares for and responds to man-made and natural disasters. The motion sought to use HR 2630 to block Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff's plan to shift preparedness to a new unit consisting of the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, the Border Patrol and the Secret Service. FEMA would be left with only response functions.

A yes vote was to keep preparedness within FEMA.

MARYLAND

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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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GASOLINE PRICES

For: 195 / Against: 226

Members rejected a Democratic bid for tougher federal action against price gouging by the oil and gas industry during energy emergencies. The motion sought to authorize the Federal Trade Commission to legally define the practice, followed by more vigorous enforcement by agencies such as the Department of Energy. This occurred during debate on a bill (HR 3402, later passed) authorizing $94 billion for Department of Justice operations and programs in fiscal 2006-10.

A yes vote backed having the FTC define energy price gouging.

MARYLAND

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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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Senate Votes

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS

For: 78 / Against: 22

Senators confirmed Judge John G. Roberts Jr. as the 17th chief justice of the United States. All 55 Republicans, the Senate's only independent and 22 of the 44 Democrats supported the nominee.

A yes vote was to confirm Roberts.

MARYLAND

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Mikulski (D)

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Sarbanes (D)

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