By a vote of 251 to 120, the House approved the conference report on legislation (HR 1212) prohibiting most private employers from administering polygraph tests to employees and job applicants.
Among the few categories of employers exempted from the ban are those that handle controlled drugs, do intelligence work for the government and operate private security services.
The bill puts no restrictions on lie-detector testing by governments.
Supporter James M. Jeffords (R-Vt.) said: "You can't just plug a person into a machine and determine whether or not he or she is lying."
Opponent George (Buddy) Darden (D-Ga.) said regulation of polygraphs "is best left up to the individual states."
Members voting "yes" favored the ban on polygraph testing.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x
By a vote of 328 to 72, the House approved the conference report on legislation expanding Medicare to protect the elderly and disabled against catastrophic medical expenses. The bill (HR 2470) puts a cap on what the 32 million Medicare beneficiaries must pay in doctor, hospital and outpatient charges, and reimburses some outpatient drug costs. It does not protect the chronically ill against catastrophic home-care and nursing-home costs.