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Roll Call

The House

December 20, 1987

Contra Aid

By a vote of 200 to 215, the House rejected an amendment permitting the Administration to solicit so-called "third-party" aid to Contra troops fighting in Nicaragua. The vote left intact a proposed ban on such solicitations, which, according to testimony in the Iran-Contra hearings, were used to circumvent congressional bans on direct American aid to the Contras.

The prohibition is part of an $11.5-billion foreign-aid authorization bill for fiscal 1988, a measure (HR 3100) later sent to conference with the Senate.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dreier (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Hawkins (D) x Rep. Martinez (D) x Rep. Torres (D) x

Aid to Guatemala

The House rejected, 166 to 241, an amendment to provide arms, ammunition and other military aid to Guatemala. The amendment to HR 3100 (above) sought to overcome a longstanding ban on such aid that was imposed because of human-rights violations by previous Guatemalan governments.

Sponsor Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) said that a stronger arsenal would help Guatemala fend off Marxist insurgents.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dreier (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Hawkins (D) x Rep. Martinez (D) x Rep. Torres (D) x

Foreign Aid Substitute

By a vote of 173 to 234, the House rejected the Republicans' substitute foreign aid bill, a measure slightly less costly than the Democratic majority's $11.5-billion measure (HR 3100) that the House later approved.

The GOP alternative was more reflective of Administration policies in Central America, Southern Africa and other regions. One disputed provision authorized $10 million in 1988-89 for civilian opposition groups in Nicaragua. Another permitted "third-party" aid (see above) to Contra forces in Nicaragua.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dreier (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Hawkins (D) x Rep. Martinez (D) x Rep. Torres (D) x

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