June 21, 1995 - Issue: Vol. 141, No. 102 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 1st Session
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Wednesday, June 21, 1995
- House agreed to military construction appropriations bill.
Production of Documents: Senate agreed to S. Res. 139, to authorize the production of records by the Select Committee on Intelligence.
Production of Documents: Senate agreed to S. Res. 140, to authorize the production of records by the Select Committee on Intelligence.
National Highway System Designation Act: Senate resumed consideration of S. 440, to amend title 23, United States Code, to provide for the designation of the National Highway System, with a modified committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows:
(1) Snowe Amendment No. 1442, to eliminate the penalties for noncompliance by States with a program requiring the use of motorcycle helmets. (By 36 yeas to 64 nays (Vote No. 274), Senate earlier failed to table the amendment.)
(2) Roth Amendment No. 1444, to permit States to use Federal highway funds for capital improvements to, and operating support for, intercity passenger rail service. (By 36 yeas to 64 nays (Vote No. 276), Senate earlier failed to table the amendment.)
Pages S8763–74, S8787–88
(3) By 64 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 277), Byrd Amendment No. 1446, to require the withholding of Federal highway funds if a State fails to provide that any minor in the State who operates a motor vehicle and has a blood alcohol concentration above a specified level shall be considered to be driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol.
Pages S8774–77, S8779, S8788
(4) Baucus/McConnell Amendment No. 1447, to strike the section repealing restrictions on toll facilities.
(5) Warner (for Thomas/Simpson) Amendment No. 1448, to require the Secretary of Transportation to cooperate with the State of Wyoming in monitoring the changes in growth along, and traffic patterns of, certain route segments in Wyoming, for the purpose of future consideration of the addition of the route segments to the National Highway System.
(6) Warner (for Pressler/Daschle) Amendment No. 1449, to provide States until the year 2000 to convert their internal working documents to the metric measurements.
(7) Warner (for Specter) Amendment No. 1450, to clarify eligibility of a Luzerne County, Pennsylvania rail freight acquisition and improvement project for certain federal transportation funds.
(8) Baucus (for Levin) Amendment No. 1451, to provide States with innovative financing options for projects with dedicated revenue sources.
(9) Warner (for Abraham/Levin) Amendment No. 1452, to provide technical assistance to modify the northern terminus of high priority corridor 5 in Michigan.
(10) Baucus (for Breaux) Amendment No. 1453, of a technical nature to provide for the transfer of funds between certain demonstration projects in Louisiana.
(11) Baucus (for Bumpers) Amendment No. 1454, to provide uniform Federal match requirement for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport intermodal connector and U.S. Highway 71 in Arkansas.
(12) Warner (for Stevens) Amendment No. 1455, to include the Dalton Highway in Alaska in the designation of the National Highway System.
(13) Chafee (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1456, to provide that the Secretary of Transportation may enter future obligations in excess of 50 percent of said uncommitted cash balance for the purpose of contingent commitments for projects authorized under section 3032 of Public Law 102–240.
(14) Chafee (for Frist) Amendment No. 1457, to maintain eligibility under the congestion mitigation and air quality improvement program for areas that received funding during fiscal year 1994 and are nonattainment areas that have been redesignated as maintenance areas.
(15) Baucus (for Cohen/Kerry) Amendment No. 1458, to make an amendment relating to the operating costs of the Boston-to-Portland rail corridor.
(16) Baucus (for Inouye/Akaka) Amendment No. 1459, relating to surface transportation projects in the State of Hawaii.
(17) Baucus (for Johnston/Breaux) Amendment No. 1460, to provide for a feasibility study to identify routes that will expedite future emergency evacuations of coastal areas of Louisiana.
(18) Warner (for Grams/Wellstone) Amendment No. 1461, to modify the authorization for a demonstration project in Minnesota.
(1) Chafee/Hutchison Amendment No. 1443 (to Amendment No. 1442), to limit the repeal to apply only to States that assume the Federal cost of providing medical care to treat an injury attributable to a person's failure to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. (By 60 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 275), Senate tabled the amendment.)
(2) By 48 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 278), Dorgan Amendment No. 1445, to require the transfer of certain Federal highway funds to a State highway safety program if a State fails to prohibit open containers of alcoholic beverages and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the passenger area of motor vehicles.
Pages S8777–78, S8782–85, S8788–89
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 51 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 279), Senate agreed to a motion to table the motion to reconsider Vote No. 278, listed above, by which Dorgan Amendment No. 1445 was rejected.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill and certain amendments to be proposed thereto.
Senate will resume consideration of the bill and amendments to be proposed thereto, on Thursday, June 22.
Nomination: By 57 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 273), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate failed to close further debate on the nomination of Henry W. Foster, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, subject to qualifications therefore as provided by law and regulations, and to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.
A second vote on a motion to close further debate on the nomination will occur at 2 p.m., on Thursday, June 22, 1995.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Mark D. Gearan, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the Peace Corps.
William H. Itoh, of New Mexico, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.
John T. Conway, of New York, to be a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board for a term expiring October 18, 1999.
1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Navy, and Army.
Messages From the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Authority for Committees:
Recess: Senate convened at 9 a.m., and recessed at 10:06 p.m., until 8:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 22, 1995. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S8838.)
Committee on Appropriations: On Tuesday, June 20, Subcommittee on Defense held hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1996 for the Department of Defense, focusing on counternarcotics programs, receiving testimony from Brian Sheridan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Drug Enforcement Policy and Support); and Rear Adm. Norman T. Saunders, Chief of Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement and Defense Operations.
Subcommittee will meet again on Tuesday, June 27.
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Vincent Reed Ryan, Jr., of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Commission, and 2,906 nominations in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
Also, committee met to discuss procedural issues relating to the markup of the proposed defense authorization request for fiscal year 1996 and the future years defense program.
Committee recessed subject to call.
Committee on Labor and Human Resources: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 143, to consolidate Federal employment training programs and create a new process and structure for funding the programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 919, to modify and to authorize funds for programs of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act; and
The nominations of Edmundo A. Gonzales, of Colorado, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Labor, John D. Kemp, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Council on Disability, and Clifford Gregory Stewart, of New Jersey, to be General Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Committee on Labor and Human Resources: Committee held oversight hearings on activities of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), focusing on proposals to reform OSHA regulations to improve workplace safety, receiving testimony from Duane Guy, Kansas Department of Human Resources, and Patrick E. Bush, Western Resources, Inc., both of Topeka, Kansas; James C. Andrews, Jr., Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas, on behalf of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association; Joseph A. Kinney, Monroe, North Carolina, on behalf of the National Safe Workplace Institute; Vernon E. Rose, University of Alabama, Birmingham, on behalf of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; Ray Montaigne, Capitol Heights, Maryland; and Ron Hayes, Fair Hope, Alabama.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
NOMINATION/ACTIVITIES OF THE DCI
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of George J. Tenet, of Maryland, to be Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.
Also, committee concluded hearings to review the authorities and activities involving the Director of Central Intelligence, after receiving testimony from John M. Deutch, Director, Central Intelligence Agency.
House of Representatives
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designates Representative Bonilla to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Military Construction Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 319 yeas to 105 nays, Roll No. 401, the House passed H.R. 1817, making appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996.
Legislative Branch Appropriations: The House completed all general debate and began consideration of amendments on H.R. 1854, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996; but came to no resolution thereon. Consideration of amendments will resume on Thursday, June 22.
The Gutierrez amendment that prohibits the use of funds for sending unsolicited mass mailings within 90 days before an election in which the Member is a candidate;
The Fazio amendment that strikes language that would have prohibited the use of funds by the Joint Committee on Taxation to review and determine specific income tax refunds; and
The Neumann amendment, as amended by the Castle substitute amendment (substitute rejected by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 215 noes, Roll No. 402) that sought to reduce Members' Representational Allowances by $9.3 million and Members' official mail allowances by $4.6 million, bringing both to the fiscal year 1995 level;
The Fazio amendment, as amended by the Houghton substitute (substitute agreed to by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 201 noes, Roll No. 403), that sought to reduce the appropriation for the Library of Congress by $15 million and increase the appropriation for the Congressional Research Service by $15 million (rejected by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 214 noes, Roll No. 405).
Pages H6192–96, H6198
Amendments Ordered Printed: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H6200–01.
Quorum Calls--Votes: One quorum call (Roll No. 399), one yea-and-nay vote and six recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H6166–67, H6167–68, H6189, H6195–96, H6197, and H6198–99.
FOOD FOR PEACE
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Department Operations, Nutrition, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing on PL 480--Food for Peace. Testimony was heard from August Schumacher, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA; J. Brian Atwood, Administrator, AID, U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency; and public witnesses.
PERISHABLE AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES ACT--AMENDMENTS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Risk Management and Specialty Crops approved for full Committee action amended H.R. 1103, Amendments to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the District of Columbia held a hearing on D.C. Finances. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Accounting and Information Management Division, GAO: Jeffrey C. Stenihoff, Director, Planning and Reporting; Terry L. Carnahan, Assistant Director; Edward H. Stephenson, Assistant Director; and Laura B. Triggs, Senior Manager, all with the Financial Management Policies and Issues Group.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation approved for full Committee action the Transportation appropriations for fiscal year 1996.
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS REGULATORY RELIEF ACT
Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Began markup of H.R. 1362, Financial Institutions Regulatory Relief Act of 1995.
Will continue tomorrow.
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on the Reorganization of the Department of Energy. Testimony was heard from Representative Tiahrt; Hazel R. O'Leary, Secretary of Energy; from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Sherri Goodman, Deputy Under Secretary, Environmental Security; and Gordon Soper, Principal Deputy to the Secretary of Defense (Atomic Energy); Victor Rezendes, Director, Energy Issues, GAO; Albert Narath, President, Sandia National Laboratories; and public witnesses.
TRANSFORMATION OF MEDICAID PROGRAM
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Health and Environment continued hearings on the Transformation of the Medicaid Program, Recent Past History and Future Directions. Testimony was heard from Bruce Vladeck, Administrator, Health Care Planning Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; Joe Antos, Assistant Director, Health and Human Resources, CBO; Financing and Policy, GAO; and a public witness.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families held a hearing on Education Reform. Testimony was heard from Representatives Weldon of Florida and Riggs; Norma Paulus, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Oregon; Robert V. Antonucci, Commissioner of Education, Department of Education, State of Massachusetts; and public witnesses.
OFFICE OF FEDERAL CONTRACT COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS
Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities: Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations held a hearing on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Executive Order 11246. Testimony was heard from Shirley J. Wilcher, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Federal Contract Compliance, Department of Labor; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; DRAFT REPORT
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 1826, to repeal the authorization of transitional appropriations for the U.S. Postal Service; H.R. 1606, to designate the U.S. Post Office located at 24 Corliss Street, Providence, RI, as the ``Harry Kizirian Post Office Building;'' H.R. 1026, to designate the United States Office building located at 201 East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs, CO, as the ``Winfield Scott Stratton Post Office.''
The Committee also approved the following draft report entitled ``A Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records.''
The Committee also considered other pending Committee business.
AFRICA'S ECOLOGICAL FUTURE
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa held a hearing on ``Africa's Ecological Future: Natural Balance or Environmental Disruption.'' Testimony was heard from Ambassador Robert Pringle, Director, Office of Ecology and Terrestrial Conservation, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State; and public witnesses.
DRUGS IN ASIA: HEROIN CONNECTION
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held a hearing on Drugs in Asia: The Heroin Connection. Testimony was heard from Representatives Rangel and Richardson; Lee P. Brown, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; Robert S. Gelbard, Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Crime, Department of State; and Stephen H. Greene, Deputy Administrator, DEA, Department of Justice.
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 782, amended, to amend title 19 of the United States Code to allow members of employee associations to represent their views before the United States Government; and H.R. 1833, Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995.
DIGITAL PERFORMANCE RIGHT IN SOUND RECORDING ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property held a hearing on H.R. 1506, Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Hearings continue June 28.
DOE CIVILIAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACT
Committee on Science: Continued markup of H.R. 1816, Department of Energy Civilian Research and Development Act of 1995.
Will continue tomorrow.
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct: Met in executive session to consider pending business.
REAUTHORIZATION OF SUPERFUND
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment continued hearings on the reauthorization and reform of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (Superfund). Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
ACCESSION OF CHILE TO NAFTA
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on the Accession of Chile to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Testimony was heard from Representatives DeFazio and Woolsey; Charlene Barshefsky, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Malcolm R. Wilkey, U.S. Circuit Judge (Ret.) and Ambassador of the United States (Ret.); and public witnesses.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Public Land Management, to hold hearings on S. 852, to provide for uniform management of livestock grazing on Federal land, 9:30 a.m., SD–366.
Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Drinking Water, Fisheries, and Wildlife, to hold oversight hearings on the National Marine Fisheries Service policy on spills at Columbia River hydropower dams, gas bubble trauma in endangered salmon, and the scientific method used under the Endangered Species Act which gave rise to that policy, 10 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on the Judiciary, business meeting, to consider pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Labor and Human Resources, to continue oversight hearings on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 9:30 a.m., SD–430.
Committee on Indian Affairs, to hold joint hearings with the House Committee on Resources Subcommittee on Native American and Insular Affairs on S. 487, to amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.
For a listing of Senate Committee Meetings scheduled ahead, see page E1303 in today's Record.
Committee on Appropriations, to consider the following appropriations for fiscal year 1996: Agriculture and Interior, 9:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government, to consider appropriations for fiscal year 1996, 2 p.m., B–307 Rayburn.
Committee on Banking and Financial Services, to continue markup of H.R. 1362, Financial Institutions Regulatory Relief Act of 1995, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Hazardous Materials, to continue hearings on the reauthorization of Superfund program, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Health and Environment, to continue hearings on the Transformation of the Medicaid Program, 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 743, Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act; and H.R. 1715, respecting the relationship between workers' compensation benefits and the benefits available under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, 9:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on Civil Service, hearing on the Administration Aids Training Program, 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations, oversight hearing on Delays in the FDA's Food Additive Petitions and GRAS Affirmation Process, 10 a.m., 2247 Rayburn.
Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, hearing on Coercive Population Control in China, 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, hearing regarding ``Combating Crime in the District of Columbia,'' 9:30 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, to hold a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 846, Helium Act of 1995; H.R. 873, Helium Privatization Act of 1995; and S. 898, to amend the Helium Act to cease operation of the government helium refinery, authorize facility and crude helium disposal, and cancel the helium debt, 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, oversight hearing to examine provisions of the international Dolphin Conservation Act (P.L. 102–523), 2 p.m., 1334 Longworth.
Committee on Rules, to consider, H.R. 1905, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, 1 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Committee on Science, to continue markup of H.R. 1816, Department of Energy Civilian Research and Development Act of 1995; and to markup the following: H.R. 1815, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authorization; H.R. 1175, Marine Resources Revitalization Act of 1995; H.R. 1601, International Space Station Authorization Act; H.R. 1870, American Technology Advancement Act of 1995; H.R. 1852, National Science Foundation Authorization Act; and H.R. 1851, the United States Fire Administration Authorization Act, 9:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Procurement, Exports, and Business Opportunities, to continue hearings on the appropriate role and the effectiveness of various federal government programs in helping small businesses find export opportunities around the world, 10 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Economic Development, hearing on H.R. 1230, Capitol Visitor Center Authorization Act of 1995, 10 a.m., 2253 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, to continue hearings on the reauthorization and reform of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (Superfund), 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Compensation, Pension, Insurance and Memorial Affairs, oversight hearing on the Veterans' Benefits Administration's computer modernization, 9 a.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing on Coal Industry Retiree Health Benefit Act of 1992, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
Joint Economic Committee, to hold hearings to examine the impact of the President's 10-year budget plan on the economy, 9:30 a.m., SD–106.
Conferees, on H.R. 483, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit Medicare select policies to be offered in all States, 4:30 p.m., S–301, Capitol.
Joint hearing: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, to hold joint hearings with the House Committee on Resources Subcommittee on Native American and Insular Affairs on S. 487, to amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.
Program for Thursday: After the recognition of three Senators for speeches and the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 9:30 a.m.), Senate will resume consideration of S. 440, National Highway System Designation Act.
At 12 noon Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Henry W. Foster, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Surgeon General, with a second cloture vote to occur thereon at 2 p.m., and if cloture is not invoked, Senate will resume consideration of S. 440, National Highway System Designation Act.
Program for Thursday: Continue consideration of H.R. 1854, Legislative Branch Appropriations;
Consideration of H.R. 1868, Foreign Operations Appropriations for fiscal year 1996 (open rule, 1 hour of general debate; and
H.R. 1905, Energy and Water Appropriations for fiscal year 1996 (subject to a rule being granted).