Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 23, 1995
104th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 141, No. 13 — Daily Edition
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[Daily Digest] [Page D71] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Monday, January 23, 1995 [[Page D69]] Daily Digest Senate Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S1293-S1385 Measures Introduced: Four bills were introduced, as follows: S. 258- 261. Page S1369 Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows: S.J. Res. 1, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to require a balanced budget. Pages S1368-69 Measures Passed: Joint Session of Congress: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 16, providing for a joint session of Congress to receive a message from the President on the State of the Union. Page S1384 Unfunded Mandates: Senate continued consideration of S. 1, to curb the practice of imposing unfunded Federal mandates on States and local governments; to strengthen the partnership between the Federal Government and State, local, and tribal governments; to end the imposition, in the absence of full consideration by Congress, of Federal mandates on State, local, and tribal governments without adequate funding, in a manner that may displace other essential governmental priorities; and to ensure that the Federal Government pays the costs incurred by those governments in complying with certain requirements under Federal statutes and regulations, taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows: Pages S1302-65 Adopted: Dorgan/Kassebaum/Reid Modified Amendment No. 180, to include Federal requirements for the utilization of metric systems of measurement in the report on unfunded Federal mandates. Pages S1306-16 Pending: Hatfield Amendment No. 181, to increase the overall economy and efficiency of Government operations and enable more efficient use of Federal funding, by enabling local governments and private, nonprofit organizations to use amounts available under certain Federal assistance programs in accordance with approved local flexibility plans. Pages S1303-06 Dorgan/Harkin Amendment No. 178, to require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to submit a report to the Congress and to the President each time the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Open Market Committee takes any action changing the discount rate, the Federal funds rate, or market interest rates. Pages S1316-19, S1353 Hollings Amendment No. 182, to express the sense of the Senate concerning Congressional enforcement of a balanced budget. Pages S1319-33, S1353 Graham Amendment No. 183, to require a mechanism to allocate funding in a manner that reflects the direct costs to individual State, local, and tribal governments. Page S1333 Graham Amendment No. 184, to provide a budget point of order if a bill, resolution, or amendment reduces or eliminates funding for duties that are the constitutional responsibility of the Federal Government. Page S1333 Wellstone Amendment No. 185, to express the sense of the Congress that the Congress shall continue its progress at reducing the annual Federal deficit. Pages S1333-34 Wellstone Amendment No. 186 (to Amendment No. 185), of a perfecting nature. Pages S1333-34 Murray Amendment No. 187, to exclude from the application of the Act agreements with State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector with respect to environmental restoration and waste management activities of the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. Pages S1334-35 Murray Amendment No. 188, to require time limitations for Congressional Budget Office estimates. Pages S1334-35 Graham Amendment No. 189, to change the effective date. Pages S1335-36 Levin Amendment No. 172, to provide that title II, Regulatory Accountability and Reform, shall apply only after January 1, 1996. Page S1336 Levin Amendment No. 173, to provide for an estimate of the direct cost of a Federal intergovernmental mandate. Page S1336 Levin Amendment No. 174, to provide that if a committee makes certain determinations, a point of order will not lie. Page S1336 [[Page D70]] Levin Amendment No. 175, to provide for Senate hearings on title I, and to sunset title I in the year 2002. Page S1336 Levin Amendment No. 176, to clarify the scope of the declaration that a mandate is ineffective. Page S1336 Levin Amendment No. 177, to clarify the use of the term ``direct cost''. Page S1336 Dorgan Amendment No. 179, to express the sense of the Senate regarding calculation of the Consumer Price Index. Pages S1345-50, S1353 Harkin Amendment No. 190, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the exclusion of Social Security from calculations required under a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Pages S1336-37, S1350-51, S1353 Bingaman Amendment No. 191, to provide that certain legislation shall always be in order. Pages S1337-40, S1353 Bingaman Amendment No. 192, to establish the application to requirements relating to the treatment and disposal of radioactive waste. Pages S1340-43, S1353 Kohl Amendment No. 193, to provide that any State, local, or tribal government that already complies with a new Federal intergovernmental mandate shall be eligible to receive funds for the costs of the mandate. Pages S1343-45 Bingaman Amendment No. 194, to establish an application to provisions relating to or administrated by independent regulatory agencies. Page S1345 Glenn Amendment No. 195, to end the practice of unfunded Federal mandates on States and local governments and to ensure the Federal Government pays the costs incurred by those governments in complying with certain requirements under Federal statutes and regulations. Pages S1351-53 Kempthorne Amendment No. 196 (to Amendment No. 190), to express the sense of the Senate that any legislation required to implement a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution shall specifically prevent Social Security benefits from being reduced or Social Security taxes from being increased to meet the balanced budget requirement. Page S1353 Glenn Amendment No. 197, to have the point of order lie at only two stages: (1) against the bill or joint resolution, as amended, just before final passage, and (2) against the bill or joint resolution as recommended by conference, if different from the bill or joint resolution as passed by the Senate. Pages S1353-54 McCain Amendment No. 198, to modify the exemption for matter within the jurisdiction of the Committees on Appropriations. Page S1354 Lautenberg Amendment No. 199, to exclude from the application of the Act provisions limiting known human (Group A) carcinogens defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. Page S1356 Unanimous-consent agreements were reached providing for further consideration of certain of the pending amendments, with votes to occur on, or in relation, thereto. Page S1354 Senate will continue consideration of the bill and amendments pending thereto, on Tuesday, January 24. Committee Authority To File Report: Committee on the Judiciary was granted authority to have until 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 1995, to file a report accompanying S.J. Res. 1, Constitution Balanced Budget Amendment. Page S1384 Joint Session--Escort Committee: The President of the Senate was authorized to appoint a committee on the part of the Senate to join with a like committee on the part of the House of Representatives to escort the President of the United States to the House Chamber for a Joint Session to be held at 9 p.m., on Tuesday, January 24, 1995. Page S1384 Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaty: Treaty with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 104-2). The treaty was transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed. Page S1384 Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States: Transmitting the report of disaster assistance to the Government of Japan in response to the devastating earthquake of January 17, 1995; referred to the Committee on Armed Services. (PM-2). Page S1367 Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations: Janet Bond Arterton, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut. Willis B. Hunt, Jr., of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. Susan Y. Illston, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. Charles B. Kornmann, of South Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Dakota. [[Page D71]] John L. Bryant, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Museum Services Board for a term expiring December 6, 1997. 1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general. 1 Army nomination in the rank of general. 35 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral. Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Navy. Pages S1385-92 Messages From the President: Page S1367 Messages From the House: Page S1367 Communications: Pages S1367-68 Statements on Introduced Bills: Pages S1369-73 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S1373-74 Amendments Submitted: Pages S1374-84 Notices of Hearings: Page S1384 Recess: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and recessed at 8:24 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, January 24, 1995. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S1384-85.)
[Daily Digest] [Page D71] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings No committee meetings were held.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D71-D72] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Bills Introduced: Seventeen public bills, H.R. 628-644; and five resolutions, H.J. Res. 61-62, H. Con. Res. 16-17, and H. Res. 43, were introduced. Pages H536-37 Report Filed: The following report was filed subsequent to the sine die adjournment of the 103d Congress: Report entitled ``Report on the Activities of the Committee on House Administration During the 103d Congress'' (H. Rept. 103-893, filed on January 2). Page H536 Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designates Representative Camp to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. Page H477 Recess: House recessed at 1:13 p.m. and reconvened at 2:00 p.m. Page H482 Joint Session: House agreed to H. Con. Res. 16, providing for a joint session of Congress to receive a message from the President on the State of the Union. Subsequently, it was made in order that the Clerk be authorized to make a technical correction to the text of the resolution. Pages H482, H492 Presidential Message--Disaster Relief: Read a message from the President wherein he advises that he has requested the Secretary of Defense to provide appropriate disaster assistance to the Government of Japan in the wake of the earthquake of January 17--referred to the Committee on National Security and ordered printed (H. Doc. 104-22). Pages H487-88 Recess: House recessed at 4:24 p.m. and reconvened at 4:52 p.m. Page H498 Unfunded Mandate Reform: House continued consideration of H.R. 5, to curb the practice of imposing unfunded Federal mandates on States and local governments, to ensure that the Federal Government pays the cost incurred by those governments in complying with certain requirements under Federal statutes and regulations, and to provide information on the cost of Federal mandates on the private sector; but came to no resolution thereon. Consideration of amendments will resume on Tuesday, January 24. Pages H498-H528 Rejected: The Skaggs en bloc amendment that sought to provide that provisions would not apply to any laws or regulations pertaining to air pollution abatement; Pages H499-H509 The Collins of Illinois en bloc amendment that sought to provide that provisions would not apply to laws and regulations relating to aviation and airport security (rejected by a recorded vote of 169 ayes to 256 noes, Roll No. 25); Pages H509-13 The Gene Green of Texas en bloc amendment that sought to exclude from provisions any Federal laws that regulate the licensing, construction, or operation of nuclear reactors, or the disposal of nuclear waste (rejected by a recorded vote of 162 ayes to 259 noes, Roll No. 26); Pages H513-17 The Sanders en bloc amendment that sought to exempt from provisions any Federal mandate that establishes minimum labor protection standards such as child labor laws and the minimum wage (rejected by a recorded vote of 161 ayes to 263 noes, Roll No. 27); and Pages H517-25 The Spratt amendment that sought to exempt from provisions any Federal law that regulates the generation, transportation, storage, or disposal of toxic, hazardous, or radioactive substances (rejected [[Page D72]] by a recorded vote of 161 ayes to 263 noes, Roll No. 28). Pages H525-27 Committees to Sit: By a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 29, it was made in order that all committees and subcommittees be permitted to sit during the proceedings of the House under the five- minute rule today and the balance of the week. Pages H528-29 Amendments Ordered Printed: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H538. Quorum Calls--Votes: Five recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H512-13, H516-17, H524-25, H527, and H529. Adjournment: Met at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 10:18 p.m.
[Daily Digest] [Page D72] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings BALANCED BUDGET CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT Committee on Rules: Heard testimony but took no action on H.J. Res. 1, Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. Testimony was heard from Chairman Hyde and Representatives Schiff, Hoke, Saxton, Schaefer, Barton of Texas, Gillmor, Allard, Castle, Franks of New Jersey, Istook, Smith of Michigan, Sawyer, Conyers, Schroeder, Frank of Massachusetts, Nadler, Jackson-Lee, Jacobs, Obey, Volkmer, Stenholm, Coleman, Foglietta, Borski, Kleczka, Owens, Wise, Thornton, Skaggs, Condit, Orton, Waters, Deutsch, Furse, Hilliard, Pomeroy, and Stupak. REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY--STRENGTHENING THE REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ACT Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on Regulatory Flexibility-- Strengthening the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Testimony was heard from Jere Glover, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, SBA; and public witnesses. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources continued hearings on H.R. 4, Personal Responsibility Act, with emphasis on welfare dependency and welfare-to-work programs. Testimony was heard from Stephen Martin, Senator, State of Virginia; Jean Rogers, Administrator, Division of Economic Support, Department of Health and Social Services, State of Wisconsin; and public witnesses. Hearings continue January 27. CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing on child welfare programs. Testimony was heard from Mary Jo Bane, Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services; Patricia Balasco-Barr, Director, Division of Youth and Family Services, Department of Human Services, State of New Jersey; and public witnesses. Joint Meetings BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded hearings to examine the proposed Balanced Budget Amendment, focusing on the inclusion of a tax limitation, after receiving testimony from Representatives Mica, Sabo, Souder, and Roth; Walter E. Dellinger, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice; Charles J. Cooper, Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge, former Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, and Fred Wertheimer, Common Cause, both of Washington, D.C.; Pat Cooksey, True Blue Patriots, Cincinnati, Ohio; Gary W. Stewart, Speak Out America, Highland, Michigan; Olivia Eudaly, Camelot Properties, Ft. Worth, Texas; and Jake Hansen, Seniors Coalition, Fairfax, Virginia.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D72-D73] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1995 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Armed Services, to hold hearings on the requirements for ballistic missile defenses, 9:30 a.m., SR-222. Committee on the Budget, to hold hearings to examine the Federal Government in the 21st Century, 9:30 a.m., SD-608. Committee on Finance, to hold hearings to examine the methods of estimating the impact of Federal fiscal policies on Federal revenues, 9:30 a.m., SD-215. Committee on Foreign Relations, to hold hearings on the United States-North Korea Nuclear Agreement, 10 a.m., SD-419. Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights, to hold hearings [[Page D73]] on S.J. Res. 16, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to grant the President line-item veto authority, 9 a.m., SD-226. NOTICE For a listing of Senate Committee Meetings Scheduled ahead, see page E161 in today's Record. House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, on Public Witnesses (National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities), 1:30 p.m., B-308 Capitol. Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, on Public Witnesses, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs, HUD, and Independent Agencies, on Restructuring Government, 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., H-143 Capitol. Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, hearing on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Public Safety Exemption, 9:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn. Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, to hold an organizational meeting, 9:15 a.m., 2203 Rayburn. Committee on International Relations, hearing on H.R. 7, National Security Revitalization Act, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, briefing on the Demographic and Security Overview of the Asia-Pacific Region, 1 p.m., 2200 Rayburn. Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Lands, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 531, to designate the Great Western Scenic Trail as a study trail under the National Trails System Act; H.R. 536, to extend indefinitely the authority of the Security of the Interior to collect a commercial operation fee in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; H.R. 517, Chacoan Outliers Protection Act of 1995; H.R. 529, to authorize the exchange of National Forest System lands in the Targhee National Forest in Idaho for non-Federal lands within the forest in Wyoming; and H.R. 562, to modify the boundaries of Walnut Canyon National Monument in the State of Arizona, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth. Committee on Rules, to continue consideration of H.J. Res. 1, proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States, time to be announced; and to receive a briefing on H.R. 2, Line Item Veto Act, 4 p.m., H-313 Capitol. Committee on Ways and Means, to continue hearings on the Contract With America, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
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