The House : Textile Imports

By a vote of 248 for and 150 against, the House passed and sent to the White House a bill (HR 1154) limiting the growth of textile and clothing imports to 1% annually and freezing imports of non-rubber footwear at current levels. President Reagan vetoed the bill as overly protectionist.

Supporter James H. Quillen (R-Tenn.) said: "All we are asking for is fair trade. We must keep American jobs. . . ."

Opponent Sam Gibbons (D-Fla.) said: "The price we are paying to protect the jobs in textiles and apparels is appalling."

Members voting yes wanted to further limit textile, apparel and non-rubber footwear imports.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x

Abortion Policy

The House voted 228 for and 188 against to further restrict the District of Columbia's use of public funds to pay for abortions for the poor. The vote gave instructions to a House-Senate conference on the fiscal 1989 District of Columbia appropriations bill (HR 4776), urging a tougher stand on when the District of Columbia can use its own revenue--as opposed to its federal payment--to provide abortions for the poor.

Under current law, the District of Columbia cannot use federal funds for Medicaid abortions except in cases of rape or incest or when the mother's life is at stake. This vote sought to add the same or stricter qualifications on the use of locally raised money for abortions.

Members voting yes wanted to further restrict the availability of public money for abortions in the District of Columbia.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x

Defense Budget

By a vote of 369 for and 48 against, the House approved the conference report on the $299.5-billion defense authorization bill (HR 4481) for fiscal 1989, which began Oct. 1. The bill was slightly different from a version that drew President Reagan's veto in August. The main changes lifted a proposed congressional ban on testing low-flying "depressed trajectory" missiles and shifted funding priorities for the Strategic Defense Initiative anti-missile system and the MX and Midgetman missiles.

Members voting yes supported the fiscal 1989 defense authorization bill.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x

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