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

MANDATORY SENTENCES

For: 375 / Against: 45

Members passed a bill (HR 1751) increasing penalties for a range of crimes, including ones against federal judges and court personnel. The bill adds 16 mandatory minimum sentences to the criminal code.

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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Senate Votes

ENEMY COMBATANTS

For: 49 / Against: 42

Senators voted to deny U.S. court access to enemy combatants held by the U.S. military without charges at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The amendment to a military spending bill (S 1042) would nullify a 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that permits those prisoners to file habeas corpus petitions as well as suits challenging the terms of their incarceration. The measure would void pending challenges and prohibit new ones. The classification "enemy combatant" is applied to fighters who are not soldiers of a specific nation.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

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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SECRET CIA PRISONS

For: 82 / Against: 9

The Senate required the Bush administration to provide its Intelligence Committee with a classified briefing on a secret network of CIA prisons, reportedly centered in Eastern Europe, that was the subject of a recent Washington Post article. The amendment was added to S 1042 (above).

A yes vote backed the amendment.

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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PRISONER TREATMENT

For: 43 / Against: 55

Senators defeated an amendment to S 1042 (above) to establish an independent commission on U.S. treatment of detainees since Sept. 11, 2001. The panel would examine areas such as any past or present administration policies sanctioning prisoner abuse, the reported network of secret CIA prisons overseas, the role of private contractors in handling prisoners and the military's rendition of detainees to Middle East allies known to use torture.

A yes vote backed an independent commission on prisoner abuse.

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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ARMED FORCES BROADCASTS

For: 44 / Against: 54

Senators defeated a measure requiring the American Forces Network (AFN), which broadcasts to service personnel worldwide, to be balanced in its political commentary. The amendment to S 1042 (above) addressed the fact that the network airs no liberal commentators to balance conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh and James Dobson. The amendment also sought to establish an ombudsman to monitor the fairness of AFN programming.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

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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LOOSE NUCLEAR MATERIALS

For: 37 / Against: 60

Senators defeated an amendment to transfer $50 million in S 1042 (above) from the National Missile Defense to the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which secures loose nuclear weapons and materials, mainly in the former Soviet Union.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

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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GUARD RESERVE PAY

For: 49 / Against: 59

Senators refused to provide up to $3,000 a month in extra pay to National Guard and reserve members mobilized for at least six months. The amendment to S 1042 (above) would offset the loss of civilian paychecks. The added pay would be available to those with a pay gap of at least $50 a month.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

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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