June 18, 1996 - Issue: Vol. 142, No. 90 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 2nd Session
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Tuesday, June 18, 1996
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
Reported on Monday, June 17, 1996, during the adjournment of the Senate:
Church Burnings: Senate agreed to S. Res. 265, relating to church burnings.
Congratulating the Chicago Bulls: Senate agreed to S. Res. 266, to congratulate the Chicago Bulls on winning the 1996 National Basketball Association Championship and proving themselves to be one of the best teams in NBA history.
E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3029, to designate the United States Courthouse in Washington, District of Columbia, as the ``E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse'', and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President.
DOD Authorizations: Senate began consideration of S. 1745, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1997 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows:
Pages S6313–84, S6386–S6404
Grassley Amendment No. 4047, to freeze at the level programmed for fiscal year 1998 the amount that may be expended for infrastructure programs of the Department of Defense in order to increase funding for force modernization.
Pages S6386–93, S6397
Dorgan Amendment No. 4048, to reduce funds authorized for research, development, test, and evaluation for national missile defense.
Kyl Amendment No. 4049, to authorize underground nuclear testing under limited conditions.
A unanimous-consent time-agreement was reached providing for further consideration of amendment No. 4048, listed above, on Wednesday, June 19, 1996, with a vote to occur thereon.
JFK Center for the Performing Arts: The Chair, on behalf of the President of the Senate, pursuant to Public Law 85–874, as amended, appointed Senator Simpson to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations: Ayse Manyas Kenmore, of Florida, to be a Member of the National Museum Services Board for a term expiring December 6, 2000.
Patricia M. McMahon, of New Hampshire, to be Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy, vice Fred W. Garcia.
5 Army nominations in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Foreign Service.
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Notices of Hearings:
Authority for Committees:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 6:35 p.m., until 9 a.m., on Wednesday, June 19, 1996. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6417.)
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Subcommittee on Research, Nutrition, and General Legislation concluded hearings to examine current cattle market developments, focusing on recent reports issued by a Department of Agriculture Advisory Committee to investigate market concentration (a condition in which a few firms possess a large share) in the agriculture industry, and pricing and procurement methods currently used by major meatpackers, and Administration initiatives to provide feed assistance and stabilize cattle markets, after receiving testimony from Senators Burns and Thomas; Michael V. Dunn, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; J. Patrick Boyle, American Meat Institute, Arlington, Virginia; George Swan, Rogerson, Idaho, on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Wayne D. Purcell, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg; and Carl Jensen, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Everly.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded hearings on H.R. 3610, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, after receiving testimony from numerous public witnesses.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations approved for full committee consideration, with amendments, H.R. 3540, making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies held hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1997 for the National Institutes of Health, receiving testimony from Harold Varmus, Director, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, who was accompanied by several of his associates.
Subcommittee will meet again on Tuesday, July 16.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction approved for full committee consideration, with amendments, H.R. 3517, making appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded oversight hearings on the Federal Communications Commission implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, after receiving testimony from Reed E. Hundt, Chairman, and James H. Quello, Susan Ness, and Rachelle B. Chong, each a Commissioner, all of the Federal Communications Commission; Kenneth McClure, Missouri Public Service Commission, and Martha S. Hogerty, Missouri Office of the Public Counsel, both of Jefferson City; Laska Schoenfelder, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Pierre; Sharon L. Nelson, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Olympia; and Julia Johnson, Florida Public Service Commission, Tallahassee.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee began markup of S. 1730, to strengthen and improve provisions of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and to ensure that citizens and communities injured by oil spills are promptly and fully compensated, S. 1636, to designate the United States Courthouse under construction at 1030 Southwest 3rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon, as the ``Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse'', H.R. 3364, to designate the Federal building and United Sates courthouse located at 235 North Washington Avenue in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as the ``William J. Nealon Federal Building and United States Courthouse'', H.R. 1772, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire certain interests in the Waihee Marsh for inclusion in the Oahu National Wildlife Refuge Complex, H.R. 2660, to increase the amount authorized to be appropriated to the Department of the Interior for the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, H.R. 2679, to revise the boundary of the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska, H.R. 2982, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey the Carbon Hill National Fish Hatchery to the State of Alabama, S. 1802, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain property containing a fish and wildlife facility to the State of Wyoming, and S. 1871, to expand the Pettaquamscutt Cove National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to call.
FEDERAL WITNESS SECURITY PROGRAM
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded oversight hearings on the effectiveness of the Department of Justice witness security program created under the Organized Crime Act of 1970 to protect witnesses who testify against traditional organized crime figures, after receiving testimony from John C. Keeney, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Eugene L. Coon, Jr., Acting Assistant Director, United States Marshals Service, Patrick H. Nemoyer, United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, and Peter M. Carlson, Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, all of the Department of Justice; Steven P. Wood, Delaware Deputy Attorney General, and Alisa Pennington, both of Wilmington, Delaware; James Peter Basile and George Taylor, both former program participants; and a current program participant.
ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee held hearings to examine the role of the Federal Depository Library Program of the Government Printing Office in ensuring public access to Government information, receiving testimony from Wayne P. Kelley, Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office; Daniel P. O'Mahony, Brown University Library, Providence, Rhode Island, on behalf of the Federal Depository Library Council; Betty J. Turock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, on behalf of the American Library Association, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, and the Special Libraries Association; and Christie D. Vernon, Yorktown, Virginia.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:
H. Res. 455, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3662) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997 (H. Rept. 104–627);
H.R. 3666, making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997 (H. Rept. 104–628); and
Recess: The House recessed at 1:23 p.m. and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.
Suspensions: The House voted to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Anti-Car Theft Improvements: H.R. 2803, amended, to amend the anti-car theft provisions of title 49, United States Code, to increase the utility of motor vehicle title information to State and Federal law enforcement officials;
Church Arson Prevention: H.R. 3525, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to clarify the Federal jurisdiction over offenses relating to damage to religious property (passed by a yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas, Roll No. 248);
Pages H6451–62, H6478–79
William H. Natcher Bridge: H.R. 3572, to designate the bridge on United States Route 231 which crosses the Ohio River between Maceo, Kentucky, and Rockport, Indiana, as the ``William H. Natcher Bridge''; and
Single Audit Act: S. 1579, to streamline and improve the effectiveness of chapter 75 of title 31, United States Code (commonly referred to as the ``Single Audit Act'').
Suspensions--Votes Postponed: House completed all debate on motions to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Votes were postponed until Wednesday, June 19.
Securities Amendments: H.R. 3005, amended, to amend the Federal securities laws in order to promote efficiency and capital formation in the financial markets, and to amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to promote more efficient management of mutual funds, protect investors, and provide more effective and less burdensome regulation; and
Iranian Oil Sanctions: H.R. 3107, amended, to impose sanctions on persons exporting certain goods or technology that would enhance Iran's ability to explore for, extract, refine, or transport by pipeline petroleum resources.
Late Report: Committee on Appropriations received permission to have until midnight tonight to file a report on H.R. 3666, making appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.
Supplemental Report: It was made in order for the Committee on Banking and Financial Services to file a supplemental report on H.R. 1858, to reduce paperwork and additional regulatory burdens for depository institutions.
Referral: One Senate-passed measure was referred to the appropriate House committee.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H6509–11.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H6425.
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote developed during the proceedings of the House today. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: Met at 12:30 p.m. and adjourned at 10:32 p.m.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative approved for full Committee action the Legislative appropriations for fiscal year 1997.
TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and General Government approved for full committee action the Treasury, Postal Service and General Government appropriations for fiscal year 1997.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST POWER SYSTEM
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held an oversight hearing on the Pacific Northwest Power System. Testimony was heard from John Velehradsky, Director of Engineering and Technical Service, North Pacific Division, Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army; Donna Darm, Senior Policy Analyst, Northwest Region, National Marine Fisheries, NOAA, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Subcommittee on the District of Columbia approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 3663, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Act of 1996; and H.R. 3664, District of Columbia Government Improvement and Efficiency Act of 1996.
AID WHISTLEBLOWER--ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on the Administration's response to AID Whistle Blower Paul Neifert. Testimony was heard from Larry E. Byrne, Assistant Administrator, Management, AID, U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency.
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights held a hearing on China MFN: Human Rights Consequences. Testimony was heard from Representatives Wolf and Pelosi; and public witnesses.
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE
Committee on National Security: Subcommittee on Military Procurement and the Subcommittee on Military Research and Development held a joint hearing on Ballistic Missile Defense. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: RAdm. Richard D. West, USN, Acting Director, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization; Maj. Gen. Robert E. Linhead, USAF, Director of Plans, Department of the Air Force; and Lt. Gen. Jay M. Garner, USA, Commanding General, Space and Strategic Defense Command, Department of the Army.
Hearings continue June 20.
FEDERAL LAND USE POLICIES
Committee on Resources: Held an oversight hearing on citizens' perspectives on Federal Land Use Policies. Testimony was heard from Melvin R. Brown, Speaker, House of Representatives, State of Utah; Frederick W. King, Sr., Senator, State of New Hampshire; and public witnesses.
INDIAN TRUST FUNDS
Committee on Resources: Task Force on Indian Trust Management held an oversight hearing on management of Indian Trust Funds. Testimony was heard from Paul Homan, Special Trustee for American Indians, Department of the Interior; Linda Calbon, Director, Civil Audits, Accounting and Information Management Division, GAO; and public witnesses.
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule providing 1 hour of debate on H.R. 3662, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997. The rule waives points of order against consideration of the bill for failure to comply with clause 2(l)(6) of rule XI (the three-day availability of the report) or clause 7 of rule XXI (the three-day requirement for the availability of printed hearings and reports on appropriations bills).
The rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill (other than section 117 and the two provisos under the heading ``Strategic Petroleum Reserve'') for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI (prohibiting unauthorized appropriations and legislation on general appropriations bills) or clause 6 of rule XXI (prohibiting transfers of unobligated balances). Where points of order are waived against part of a paragraph, points of order against a provision in another part of such paragraph may be made only against such provision and not against the entire paragraph.
The rule provides that an amendment striking the last proviso under the heading ``Strategic Petroleum Reserve'' shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.
The rule accords priority in recognition to those amendments that are pre-printed in the Congressional Record. The rule allows the chairman of the Committee of the Whole to postpone votes during consideration of the bill, and to reduce votes to five minutes on a postponed question if the vote follows a fifteen minute vote.
The rule provides that a motion to rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted shall have precedence over a motion to amend, if offered by the Majority Leader or a designee after the reading of the final lines of the bill. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Representatives Regula, Schaefer, Gilchrest, Yates and Furse.
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct: Met in executive session to consider pending business.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Surface Transportation continued hearings on ISTEA Reauthorization Maintaining Adequate Infrastructure: Federal Transit Grant Programs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation: Gordon J. Linton, Administrator; and Janette Sadik-Khan, Deputy Administrator; Frank J. Wilson, Chairman and Commissioner of Transportation, Department of Transportation, State of New Jersey; John B. Daly, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, State of New York; and public witnesses.
Hearings continue June 27.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care approved for full Committee action amended H.R. 3643, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend through December 31, 1998, the period during which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs is authorized to provide priority health care to certain veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or who served in the Persian Gulf War and to make such authority permanent in the case of certain veterans exposed to ionizing radiation.
DISAPPROVING MFN TREATMENT--PRODUCTS OF CHINA
Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported adversely H.J. Res. 182, disapproving the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment--most-favored-nation treatment--to the products of the People's Republic of China.
INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION REGARDING HAITI
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence met in executive session to continue hearings on the Politicization of Intelligence Collection regarding Haiti. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission): Commission met to receive a briefing on the impact of recent elections in Albania and prospects for its future from Robert Hand, Staff Advisor, Helsinki Commission; Albania Ambassador to the United States Lublin Dilja, Tirane; and Susan Atwood, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and Eric Jowett, International Republican Institute, both of Washington, D.C.
Commission recessed subject to call.
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, business meeting, to consider recommendations which it will make to the Committee on the Budget with respect to spending reductions and revenue increases to meet reconciliation expenditures as imposed by H. Con. Res. 178, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 1997 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002, 9:30 a.m., SR–332.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on District of Columbia, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1997 for the District of Columbia court system, 11 a.m., SD–138.
Subcommittee on Defense, business meeting, to mark up H.R. 3610, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, 2 p.m., SD–192.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, business meeting, to mark up S. 1815, to provide for improved regulation of the securities markets, eliminate excess securities fees, and reduce the costs of investing, 9:30 a.m., SD–538.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, to hold hearings to examine issues relating to salmon recovery research, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, business meeting, to consider pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SD–366.
Committee on Finance, to resume hearings to examine proposals to reform the welfare and Medicaid system, focusing on S. 1795, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, 10 a.m., SD–215.
Committee on the Judiciary, business meeting, to consider pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Rules and Administration, to continue hearings on public access to government information in the 21st century, focusing on the Government Printing Office depository library program, 9:30 a.m., SR–301.
Committee on Indian Affairs, business meeting, to mark up Title III (Child Custody Proceedings Affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978) of H.R. 3286, Adoption Promotion and Stability Act, 9:30 a.m., SR–485.
Select Committee on Intelligence, to hold hearings to review claims against the United States by former Vietnamese operatives, 9 a.m., SD–106.
Full Committee, closed business meeting, to consider pending intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH–219.
Committee on Agriculture, to consider the following: H.R. 1627, Food Quality Protection Act of 1995; and other pending business, 2 p.m., 1300 Longworth.
Committee on Appropriations, to consider the Transportation appropriations for fiscal year 1997, 8:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Banking and Financial Services, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, hearing on Electronic Benefit Transfer Systems and Regulation E, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on the Budget, to markup Reconciliation Recommendations, 11 a.m., 210 Cannon.
Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, oversight hearing on the Status of the International Global Climate Change Negotiations, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, hearing on H.R. 3580, Worker Right to Know Act, 10:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, hearing on Security of FBI Background Files, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on International Relations, hearing to review the Administration's Nonproliferation Policy, 11 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade, joint hearing on U.S. Commercial Interests in Southeast Asia: Tapping the ``Big Merging Markets'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, hearing regarding federal record keeping and sex offenders, 9:30 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
Committee on National Security, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, hearing on POW/MIA issues, 2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Resources, to markup the following bills: H.R. 3378, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to extend the demonstration program for direct billing of Medicare, Medicaid, and other third party payors; H.R. 401, Kenai Natives Association Equity Act of 1995; H.R. 2941, Housing Improvement Act for Land Management Agencies; H.R. 3290, to authorize appropriations for the Bureau of Land Management for each of the fiscal years 1997 through 2002; H.R. 3660, Reclamation Recycling and Water Conservation Act of 1996; H.R. 3198, National Geologic Mapping Reauthorization Act of 1996; H.R. 3249, to authorize appropriations for a mining institute to develop domestic technological capabilities for the recovery of minerals from the Nation's seabed; and H.R. 3024, United States-Puerto Rico Political Status Act, 11 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Subcommittee on Native American and Insular Affairs, hearing and markup of the following: H.R. 3640, to settle a land claim for the Torres Martinez Indian Tribe; the United Houma Nation Recognition and Land Claims Settlement Act of 1996; and to mark up the following: H.R. 3642, California Indian Land Transfer Act; and H.R. 2591, Indian Federal Recognition Administrative Procedures Act of 1995, 2 p.m., 1334 Longworth.
Committee on Rules, to consider a measure making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, 4 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Technology, to markup H.R. 2779, Savings in Construction Act of 1995, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, hearing on Aviation Safety: Treatment of Families After Airline Accidents, 9:30 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Compensation, Pension, insurance and Memorial Affairs, hearing on the DVA computer modernization effort, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 1745, DOD Authorizations.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 3662, Interior Appropriations Act for FY 1997 (open rule, 1 hour of general debate).
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Bilirakis, Michael, Fla., E1102
Brown, George E., Jr., Calif., E1102
Canady, Charles T., Fla., E1104
Clement, Bob, Tenn., E1106
Clinger, William F., Jr., Pa., E1108
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E1103
Crane, Philip M., Ill., E1101
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