Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
April 18, 1996
104th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 142, No. 50 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, April 18, 1996
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
S. 811, to authorize research into the desalinization and reclamation of water and authorize a program for States, cities, or qualifying agencies desiring to own and operate a water desalinization or reclamation facility to develop such facilities, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 104–254)
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act: Senate passed H.R. 3034, to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to extend for two months the authority for promulgating regulations under the Act, clearing the measure for the President.
Health Insurance Reform Act: Senate concluded consideration of S. 1028, to provide increased access to health care benefits, to provide increased portability of health care benefits, to provide increased security of health care benefits, and to increase the purchasing power of individuals and small employers, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows:
Pages S3503–75, S3578–S3613
(2) By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 72), Kassebaum Amendment No. 3677 (to Amendment No. 3676), to strike medical savings accounts.
(3) By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas to (Vote No. 73), Dole Modified Amendment No. 3676 (to Amendment No. 3675), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve health and long-term care coverage in the group and individual markets by making health and long-term care insurance more accessible and affordable.
(4) Jeffords Amendment No. 3680 (to Amendment No. 3679), to reduce delinquencies and to improve debt-collection activities government-wide. (Subsequently, the amendment fell after having been incorporated into Amendment No. 3679, listed below, which was tabled.)
(5) Domenici/Wellstone Amendment No. 3681, to ensure that parity is provided under health plans for severe mental illness services. (By 30 yeas to 68 nays (Vote No. 75), Senate failed to table the amendment.)
(6) Conrad Amendment No. 3684, to extend State requested waivers of the foreign country residence requirement with respect to international medical graduates.
(7) Coats Amendment No. 3685, to encourage the provision of medical services in medically underserved communities by extending Federal liability coverage to medical volunteers. (By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 77), Senate failed to table the amendment.)
Pages S3598–S3600, S3605
(8) Boxer Modified Amendment No. 3686, to express the sense of the Senate that Congress should examine treatments available to patients and if doctors receive bonuses for withholding treatment from patients.
Pages S3600–01, S3604, S3606
(10) Kennedy (for Dorgan/Frist) Amendment No. 3688, to encourage organ and tissue donation through the inclusion of an organ and tissue donation card with individual income refund payments.
(11) Kennedy (for Wellstone) Amendment No. 3689, to prohibit the establishment of certain health plan requirements based on information relating to domestic violence.
(13) Burns/Harkin Amendment No. 3691, to direct the Health Care Financing Administration to determine reimbursement rates for telemedicine services.
(1) Jeffords Amendment No. 3679, to establish a minimum amount that may be applied as an aggregate lifetime limit with respect to coverage under an employee health benefit plan or a group health plan. (By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 74), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Arthur Gajarsa, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.
Lawrence E. Kahn, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York.
Walker D. Miller, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
Messages From the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Notices of Hearings:
Authority for Committees:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 11:15 p.m., until 10 a.m., on Friday, April 19, 1996. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3691.)
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies held hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1997, receiving testimony in behalf of funds for their respective activities from James Lyons, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Paul W. Johnson, Chief, Pearlie S. Reed, Associate Chief, Thomas A. Weber, Deputy Chief for Natural Resource Programs, Richard L. Duesterhaus, Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment, Sherman L. Lewis, Deputy Chief for Management and Strategic Planning, and Robert K. Reaves, Director, Budget Planning and Analysis Division, all of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Dennis L. Kaplan, Deputy Director for Budget, Legislative, and Regulatory Systems, all of the Department of Agriculture.
Subcommittee will meet again on Tuesday, April 23.
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill to authorize multiyear contracting for the C–17 aircraft program.
Also, committee began consideration of S. 1635, to establish a United States policy for the deployment of a national missile defense system, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to call.
CBO ECONOMIC FORECAST
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded hearings to review the Congressional Budget Office economic and budget outlook for fiscal years 1997 through 2006, after receiving testimony from June E. O'Neill, Director, Congressional Budget Office.
SPECTRUM USE AND MANAGEMENT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee resumed hearings to examine Federal policies with regard to the use and management of the electromagnetic radio frequency spectrum, receiving testimony from George Gilder, Discovery Institute, Seattle, Washington; Nicholas Negroponte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Peter Huber, Manhattan Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; Janice Obuchowski, Freedom Technologies, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and Philip Verveer, Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee, both of Washington, D.C.; W. Harrell Freeman, Radiophone, Inc., Metairie, Louisiana; Harold O'Dell, Leflore Communications, Inc., Greenwood, Mississippi; and Randy P. Parker, Tenneco Energy, Houston, Texas.
Hearings were recessed subject to call.
TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST PLAN
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee held hearings to examine issues with regard to the draft supplement to the revision of the Tongass National Forest Land Management Plan, the first forest plan completed under the requirements of the National Forest Management Act of 1976, receiving testimony from Jack Ward Thomas, Chief, Phil Janik, Regional Forester, Region 10, Tom Mills, Station Director, Pacific Northwest Experiment Station, and Gail Kimbell, Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest, all of the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, who were accompanied by several of their associates.
Hearings were recessed subject to call.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of Richard L. Morningstar, of Massachusetts, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Advisor to the President and to the Secretary of State on Assistance to the New Independent States (NIS) of the Former Soviet Union and Coordinator of NIS Assistance, Kenneth C. Brill, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus, Christopher Robert Hill, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Day Olin Mount, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. Mr. Morningstar was introduced by Senator Kerry.
EXPANDING U.S. EXPORTS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion concluded hearings to examine the impact of a balanced Federal budget on the international business environment, focusing on the role of U.S. government programs and policies in promoting international exports and investments, after receiving testimony from Willard A. Workman, United States Chamber of Commerce, James H. Andrews, M.W. Kellogg Co., on behalf of the Coalition for Employment Through Exports, Joel L. Johnson, Aerospace Industries Association, and Kenneth Hobbie, United States Feed Grain Council, all of Washington, D.C.; and Allen J. Lenz, Chemical Manufacturers Association, Arlington, Virginia.
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
The nomination of Robert E. Morin, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia;
H.R. 1880, to designate the United States Post Office building located at 102 South McLean, Lincoln, Illinois, as the ``Edward Madigan Post Office Building'', in lieu of S. 1443, Senate companion measure;
H.R. 2262, to designate the United States Post Office building located at 218 North Alston Street in Foley, Alabama, as the ``Holk Post Office Building'';
H.R. 2704, to provide that the United Sates Post Office building that is to be located on the 2600 block of East 75th Street in Chicago, Illinois, shall be known and designated as the ``Charles A. Hayes Post Office Building'';
S. 1080, to provide additional stock index investment funds for the Thrift Savings Plan under the Federal Employees' Retirement System, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 1577, to authorize funds for fiscal years 1998 through 2001 for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission;
H.R. 1508, to require the transfer of title to the District of Columbia of certain real property in Anacostia Park to facilitate the construction of National Children's Island, a cultural, educational, and family-oriented park;
H.R. 1271, to protect the privacy of families by requiring parental consent for certain types of information asked of minors in Federally funded surveys and evaluations;
S. 253, to repeal certain prohibitions against political recommendations relating to Federal employment, and to reenact certain provisions relating to recommendations by Members of Congress; and
S. 1579, to streamline and improve the effectiveness of the Single Audit Act of 1984 to promote sound financial management, including effective internal controls, with respect to Federal awards administered by non-Federal entities, with an amendment;
Also, committee established the following new subcommittee:
Subcommittee on Financial Management and Accountability: Senators Thompson (Chairman), Cohen, McCain, Brown, Glenn, Pryor, and Dorgan.
EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS
Committee on Small Business: Committee held hearings to examine the impact of the proposed Teamwork for Employees and Management Act (S. 295), which allows for employers and employees to meet together to address issues of mutual interest as long as their organizations do not engage in collective bargaining, on small business, receiving testimony from William D. Budinger, Rodel, Inc., Newark, Delaware, on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers; Chester McCammon, Universal Dynamics, Inc., Woodbridge, Virginia; Donna C. Gooch and Harold L. Pascoe Jr., both of Sunsoft Corporation, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Dennis Rampe, Precision Litho, San Diego, California, on behalf of the Printing Industries of America, Inc.; Edward E. Potter, Employment Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C.; G. Roger King, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management; James R. Rundle, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and Owen E. Herrnstadt, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Hearings were recessed subject to call.
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee continued oversight hearings on the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 1997 for Indian programs, receiving testimony from Ada E. Deer, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs; and Gerald N. Tirozzi, Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary Education.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: reports were filed as follows:
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designates Representative Quinn to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Tribute to the Late Ronald H. Brown: By a yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas, Roll No. 124, the House agreed to H. Res. 406, in tribute to Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown and other Americans who lost their lives on April 3, 1996, while in service to their country on a mission to Bosnia.
Anti-Terrorism: By a yea-and-nay vote of 293 yeas to 133 nays, Roll No. 126, the House agreed to the conference report on S. 735, to prevent and punish acts of terrorism--clearing the measure for the President.
H. Res. 405, the rule which waived all points of order against consideration of the conference report, was agreed to earlier by a recorded vote of 289 ayes to 125 noes, Roll No. 125. Earlier, agreed to order the previous question on the resolution by a yea-and-nay vote of 274 yeas to 148 nays, Roll No. 124.
Legislative Program: The Majority Leader announced the legislative program for the week of April 22.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H3583.
Adjournment: Met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 708 p.m.
AGRICUTLURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies continued appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from Members of Congress and public witnesses.
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE AND JUDICIARY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary continued appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the State Justice Institute and on the U.S. Parole Commission. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the U.S. Sentencing Commission: Michael S. Gelacak, Vice Chairman and Michael Goldsmith, Commissioner; Edward F. Reilly, Chairman, U.S. Parole Commission, Department of Justice; and the following officials of the State Justice Institute: David A. Brock, Chief Justice and Co-Chairman; and John F. Daffron, Judge and Co-Chairman.
FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on the Secretary of the Treasury. Testimony was heard from Robert E. Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a hearing on the Secretary of Health and Human Services and on the Director of the National Institutes of Health. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Health and Human Services: Donna E. Shalala, Secretary; and Harold E. Varmus, M.D., Director, NIH.
NATIONAL SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on National Security met in executive session to hold a hearing on Intelligence Programs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Maj. Gen. Edward G. Anderson III, USA, Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations (Force Development); Maj. Gen. Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, Director of Forces, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff Plans and Operations; RAdm. R.A. Wilson, USN, Deputy Director, Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control; Maj. Gen. D.A. Richwine, USMC, Assistant Chief of Staff, Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence; Maj. Gen. Kenneth Isreal, USAF, Director, Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office; and Keith R. Hall, Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation held a hearing on the Secretary of Transportation. Testimony was heard from Federico Pena, Secretary of Transportation.
TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE, AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government held a hearing on the GSA. Testimony was heard from David Barram, Acting Administrator, GSA.
VETERANS' AFFAIRS-HUD-INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies held a hearing on Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Consumer Information Center, and on the Office of Consumer Affairs. Testimony was heard from Ann Brown, Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission; Teresa Nasif, Director, Consumer Information Center, GSA; and Bernice Friedlander, Director, Office of Consumer Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services.
ENTREPRENEURIAL INVESTMENT ACT OF 1996
Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing on H.R. 2981, Entrepreneurial Investment Act of 1996. Testimony was heard from Representative Chrysler; Susan M. Phillips, member, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System; and public witnesses.
ASSESSMENT OF UNION DUES
Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities: Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations held a hearing on mandatory assessment of union dues. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
SINGLE AUDIT ACT AMENDMENTS
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology approved for full Committee action amended H.R. 3184, Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996.
JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Subcommittee on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations held a hearing to examine the characteristics of effective job training programs. Testimony was heard from Carlotta C. Joyner, Director, Education and Employment Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division, GAO; Timothy Barnicle, Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor; and public witnesses.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH ASIA
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade held a joint hearing on Economic Opportunities and Pitfalls in South Asia. Testimony was heard from Raymond E. Vickery, Assistant Secretary, Trade and Development, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
BILINGUAL VOTING REQUIREMENTS REPEAL ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on H.R. 351, Bilingual Voting Requirements Repeal Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives Porter, Livingston, Becerra, Velázquez and King; Deval Patrick, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice; and public witnesses.
CONSUMER FRAUD PREVENTION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary; Subcommittee on Crime held a hearing on telemarketing fraud and the victimization of the elderly, focusing on H.R. 1499, Consumer Fraud Prevention Act of 1995, Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Justice: Mitchell D. Dembio, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California, Chief, General Crimes Section; and Chuck Owens, Chief, Financial Crimes Section, FBI, and public witnesses.
MANAGEMENT AND POLICIES ON FEDERAL LANDS
Committee on Resources: Held an oversight hearing on Federal Management and Policies on Federal Lands: State Legislators' Perspective. Testimony was heard from the following State Legislators: Robin Taylor, Senator, State of Alaska; James Hargrove, Representative, State of Washington; Tim Leslie, Senator, State of California; Bill Markham, Representative, State of Oregon; and Charles Cuddy, Representative, State of Idaho.
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 2823, amended, International Dolphin Conservation Program Act; H.R. 2909, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Eminent Domain Prevention Act; and H.R. 2982, Carbon Hill National Fish Hatchery Conveyance Act.
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Lands approved for full Committee action amended the following bills: H.R. 810, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Historic Preservation Study Act of 1995; H.R. 848, to increase the amount authorized to be appropriated for assistance for highway relocation regarding Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Georgia; H.R. 970, to improve the administration of the Women's Right National Historical Park in the State of New York; H.R. 1179, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act; H.R. 2941, to improve the quantity and quality of the quarters of land management agency field employees; H.R. 2028, Federal Land Management Agency Concession Reform Act of 1995; H.R. 194, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to make matching contributions toward the purchase of the Sterling Forest in the State of New York.
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power Resources held an oversight hearing on Results/Status Report of Administrative process on Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Implementation. Testimony was heard from John Garamendi, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior.
The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the following: H.R. 2392, to amend the Umatilla Basin Project Act to establish boundaries for irrigation districts within the Umatilla Basin; H.R. 2781, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide loan guarantees for water supply, conservation, quality, and transmission projects; H.R. 3041, to supplement the Small Reclamation Projects Act of 1956 and to supplement the Federal Reclamation Laws by providing for Federal cooperation in nonfederal projects and for participation by nonfederal agencies in Federal projects; H.R. 2819, Fort Peck Rural Country Water Supply System Act of 1995; and a measure to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey property in New Mexico to the Carlstad Irrigation District. Testimony was heard from Eluid L. Martinez, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
ANTARCTIC ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT OF 1996
Committee on Science: Held a hearing on H.R. 3060, Antarctic Environmental Protection Act of 1996. Testimony was heard from Neal Lane, Director, NSF; Eileen Claussen, Assistant Secretary, Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State; and public witnesses.
FAA RESEARCH, ENGINEERING, AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Technology held a hearing on FAA Research, Engineering and Development Fiscal Year 1997 Authorization and Management Reform. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the FAA, Department of Transportation: David R. Hinson, Administrator; and George L. Donohue, Associate Administrator, Research and Acquisitions.
VENTURE CAPITAL MARKETING ASSOCIATION CHARTER ACT
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Government Programs held a hearing on H.R. 2806, Venture Capital Marketing Association Charter Act. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct: Met in executive session to pending business.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Education, Training, Employment and Housing held a hearing on the following: H.R. 2851, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for approval of enrollment in courses offered at certain branches or extensions of proprietary profit institutions of higher learning in operation for more than two years; H.R. 2868, to amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent alternative teacher certification programs; and H.R. 3036, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require that the offices for management, policy, and other functions associated with the educational assistance programs of the Education Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs be in the District of Columbia. Testimony was heard from Representative Tejeda; Carolyn Becraft, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Personnel Support, Families and Education, Department of Defense; Preston Taylor, Assistant Secretary, Veterans Employment and Training, Department of Labor; Steve Lemons, Deputy Under Secretary, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
LONG-TERM CARE OPTIONS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Long-Term Care Options. Testimony was heard from Bruce Vladeck, Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
DENIAL AND DECEPTION
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold a hearing on Denial and Deception. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.
Committee on Indian Affairs, to continue hearings on the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 1997 for Indian programs, 1:30 p.m., SR–485.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and on the National Eye Institute, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Transportation, on Federal Aviation Administration, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies, on the Court of Veterans Appeals, the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Department of Defense--Civil, Cemetarial Expenses, Army, 10 a.m., H–143 Capitol.
Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, oversight hearing on the SSA's Law Judges of Mobile, Alabama, 10 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
Program for Friday: After the recognition of two Senators for speeches and the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 12 noon), Senate will consider S.J. Res. 21, proposing a constitutional amendment to limit congressional terms.
Program for Friday: No legislative business is scheduled.
Cooley, Wes, Ore., E569
Cunningham, Randy ``Duke'', Calif., E567
Hamilton, Lee H., Ind., E569
Kleczka, Gerald D., Wis., E570
Lantos, Tom, Calif., E568