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                                            Thursday, July 25, 1996

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed D.C. Appropriations, 1997.
      House committee ordered reported 10 sundry measures.



                                 Senate



Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S8833-S8941
Measures Introduced: Four bills were introduced, as follows: S. 1989-
1992.
  Page S8866
Measures Passed:
  Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act: Committee on the 
Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 1675, to 
provide for the nationwide tracking of convicted sexual predators and 
the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S8777-81

  Gramm Amendment No. 5038, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                         Pages S8777-80
  D.C. Appropriations, 1997: Senate passed H.R. 3845, making 
appropriations for government of the District of Columbia and other 
activities chargeable in whole or in part against the revenues of said 
District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, after agreeing 
to committee amendments.
  Pages S8821-29

  Senate insisted on its amendments, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair appointed the following conferees: 
Senators Jeffords, Campbell, Hatfield, Kohl, and Inouye.
Page S8829
  Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act: Senate passed H.R. 
2980, to amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to stalking, 
after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S8829-32

  Lott (for Lautenberg) Amendment No. 5083, to prohibit persons 
convicted of a crime involving domestic violence from owning or 
possessing firearms.
Page S8829
  Hydroelectric Project Extension: Senate passed H.R. 1051, to provide 
for the extension of certain hydroelectric projects located in the 
State of West Virginia, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                             Page S8830
  National Historical Publications and Records Commission 
Authorization: Senate passed S. 1577, to authorize appropriations for 
the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for fiscal 
years 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
  Page S8930
  Cambodia Most-Favored-Nation Treatment: Senate passed H.R. 1642, to 
extend nondiscriminatory treatment (most-favored-nation treatment) to 
the products of Cambodia, after agreeing to a committee amendment in 
the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S8930-31
  Small Business Investment Company Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 
1784, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, after 
agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and 
the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S8931-38

  Murkowski (for Bond/Bumpers) Amendment No. 5090, to provide for an 
extension of the Small Business Competitiveness Demonstration Program. 
                                                             Page S8936
  Health Coverage Availability and Affordability Act: Committee on the 
Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3166, to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve portability and 
continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual 
markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and 
health care delivery, to promote the use of medical savings accounts, 
to improve access to long-term care services and coverage, to simplify 
the administration of health insurance, and to reform medical 
liability, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S8938-41

  Murkowski (for Specter) Amendment No. 5091, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S8938-41

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  Federal Employee Representation Improvement Act: Senate passed H.R. 
782, to amend title 18 of the United States Code to allow members of 
employee associations to represent their views before the United States 
Government, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Page S8941
Foreign Operations Appropriations, 1997: Senate continued consideration 
of H.R. 3540, making appropriations for foreign operations, export 
financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 1997, with a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 
taking action of amendments proposed thereto, as follows: 
                                  Pages S8741-77, S8781-S8820, S8833-63
Adopted:

  By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 238), McCain Modified 
Amendment No. 5017, to require information on cooperation with United 
States anti-terrorism efforts in the annual country reports on 
terrorism.
Pages S8741-44

  By 51 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 244), Coverdell Amendment No. 5018, 
to increase the amount of funds available for international narcotics 
control programs.
Pages S8745, S8819-20, S8833-36, S8841-42

  Cohen Amendment No. 5019, to sanction certain U.S. assistance to 
Burma unless such sanctions would be contrary to U.S. national security 
interests. (By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 243), Senate failed to 
table the amendment.)
Pages S8745-58, S8795-96, S8808-16

  McConnell (for Bumpers) Amendment No. 5020, to allocate foreign 
assistance for Mongolia.
Pages S8758, S8760

  McConnell (for Reid) Amendment No. 5021, to restrict the use of funds 
for any country that permits the practice of female genital mutilation.
                                                     Pages S8758, S8760

  McConnell (for Inouye/Bennett) Amendment No. 5022, to earmark funds 
for support of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.
                                                     Pages S8758, S8760

  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 5023, to delete provisions 
relating to a landmine use moratorium.
Pages S8758-60

  McConnell (for Leahy/Inouye) Amendment No. 5024, to require a report 
on actions of the Government of Tunisia with respect to civil liberties 
and the independence of the judiciary.
Pages S8758-60

  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 5025, to provide additional funds 
to support the International Development Association.
Pages S8758-60

  McConnell/Leahy Amendment No. 5026, to amend the notification 
requirements provisions.
Pages S8758, S8760, S8817

  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Page S8817

  By 70 yeas to 28 nays (Vote No. 240), Helms Amendment No. 5028, to 
prohibit United States voluntary contributions to the United Nations 
and its specialized agencies if the United Nations attempts to 
implement or impose taxation on United States persons to raise revenue 
for the United Nations.
Pages S8765-68, S8774-75, S8853-54

  Murkowski Amendment No. 5029, to express the sense of the Congress 
regarding implementation of United States-Japan Insurance Agreement. 
                                                         Pages S8769-70

  McConnell (for Helms) Amendment No. 5030, to express the sense of 
Congress regarding the conflict in Chechnya.
Pages S8770, S8772

  McConnell (for Brown) Amendment No. 5031, to allocate funds for 
demining operations in Afghanistan.
Pages S8770, S8772

  McConnell (for Faircloth) Amendment No. 5032, to require a General 
Accounting Office study and report on the grants provided to foreign 
governments, foreign entities, and international organizations by 
United States agencies.
Pages S8770-72

  McConnell (for Faircloth) Amendment No. 5033, to require a GAO study 
and report on the grants provided to foreign governments, foreign 
entities, and international organizations by United States agencies. 
                                                         Pages S8770-72

  McConnell (for Simon) Amendment No. 5034, to clarify the use of 
certain development funds for Africa.
Pages S8770, S8772

  McConnell (for Moynihan) Amendment No. 5039, to require certain 
reports on the situation in Burma regarding labor practices. 
                                                         Pages S8775-76

  McConnell (for Graham) Amendment No. 5040, to make Haiti eligible to 
purchase defense articles and services.
Pages S8775-76

  McConnell (for Brown/Simon) Amendment No. 5041, to express the sense 
of the Congress that the United States should take steps to improve 
economic relations between the United States and the countries of 
Eastern and Central Europe.
Pages S8775-76

  McConnell (for Specter) Amendment No. 5042, to permit certain claims 
against foreign states to be heard in United States courts where no 
extradition treaty with the state existed at the time the claim arose 
and where no other adequate and available remedies exist. 
                                                         Pages S8775-76

  McConnell (for Brown) Amendment No. 5043, to express the sense of the 
Congress that Croatia be commended for its contributions to NATO and 
peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia.
Pages S8775-76

  McConnell (for Brown) Amendment No. 5044, to express the sense of the 
Congress that Romania is

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making significant progress toward admission to NATO.
Pages S8775-76

  Kerry Amendment No. 5046 (to Amendment No. 5045), to promote the 
establishment of a permanent multilateral regime to govern the transfer 
of conventional arms. (Subsequently, the amendment fell when Amendment 
No. 5045, listed below, was tabled.)
Pages S8783-84

  By 96 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 242), Domenici Amendment No. 5047, to 
withhold international military education and training assistance from 
Mexico unless the Mexican Government either apprehends and prosecutes 
or extradites the ten most wanted drug lords indicted in the United 
States.
Pages S8788-95, S8807

  By 81 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 245), Brown Modified Amendment No. 
5058, to expedite the transition to full membership in the North 
Atlantic Treaty Organization of emerging democracies in Central and 
Eastern Europe.
Pages S8797-98, S8806-07, S8836-42

  McConnell (for Inouye) Amendment No. 5059, to express the sense of 
the Congress regarding expansion of eligibility for Holocaust survivor 
compensation by the Government of Germany.
Pages S8798, S8805, S8854

  McConnell (for Kyl) Amendment No. 5060, to allocate funds for 
commercial law reform in the independent states of the former Soviet 
Union.
Pages S8798-99, S8805

  McConnell (for Lieberman) Amendment No. 5061, to urge continued and 
increased United States support for the efforts of the International 
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to bring to justice the 
perpetrators of gross violations of international law in the former 
Yugoslavia.
Pages S8798-S8801, S8805

  McConnell (for Pressler) Amendment No. 5062, to state the sense of 
the Senate on the delivery by the People's Republic of China of cruise 
missiles to Iran.
Pages S8798, S8801-02, S8805

  McConnell (for Pressler) Amendment No. 5063, to state the sense of 
the Senate on delivery by China of ballistic missile technology to 
Syria.
Pages S8798, S8803-05

  McConnell (for McCain) Amendment No. 5064, to treat adult children of 
former internees of Vietnamese reeducation camps as refugees for 
purposes of the Orderly Departure Program.
Pages S8798, S8804-05

  McConnell Amendment No. 5065, to provide for a report on activities 
of the military forces of the People's Republic of Korea. 
                                                     Pages S8798, S8805

  McConnell (for Helms) Amendment No. 5079, to require the deobligation 
of certain unexpended economic assistance funds.
Pages S8816-17

  McConnell (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 5080, to express the sense of 
the Senate in opposition to the military overthrow of the Government of 
Burundi and to encourage the swift and prompt end to the current 
crisis.
Pages S8816-19

  McConnell (for Abraham) Amendment No. 5081, to provide for 
$15,000,000 earmarked for the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad 
Program from the Development Assistance Account.
Pages S8816-17

  McConnell (for Abraham) Amendment No. 5082, to provide for $5,000,000 
earmarked for a land and resource management institute to identify 
nuclear contamination at Chernobyl.
Pages S8816-17, S8842, S8844

  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Pages S8842, S8844

  McConnell (for Cochran) Amendment No. 5084, to reduce the 
contribution to the International Fund for Agricultural Development. 
                                                     Pages S8842, S8844

  McConnell/Leahy/Lautenberg Amendment No. 5085, to establish the Bank 
for Economic Cooperation and Development in the Middle East and North 
Africa.
Pages S8842-44

  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 5086, to provide for the transfer 
of unobligated and unearmarked funds to International Organizations and 
Programs.
Pages S8842-44

  McConnell (for Pell) Amendment No. 5087, to express the sense of the 
Senate that the United States Government should encourage other 
governments to draft and participate in regional treaties aimed at 
avoiding any adverse impacts on the physical environment or 
environmental interests of other nations or a global commons area, 
through the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments, where 
appropriate.
Pages S8842-44

  Murkowski Amendment No. 5089 (to Amendment No. 5078), to provide 
conditions for funding North Korea's implementation of the nuclear 
framework agreement.
Pages S8849-52
Rejected:

  By 43 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 239), Smith Amendment No. 5027, to 
strike funds made available for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. 
                                               Pages S8760-65, S8773-74

  Dorgan/Hatfield Amendment No. 5045, to establish standards of 
eligibility for arms transfers and give Congress a role in reviewing 
which governments are eligible for U.S. arms transfers and military 
assistance. (By 65 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 241), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S8781-88, S8806-07
Pending:

  Simpson Amendment No. 5088, to strike the provision which extends 
reduced refugee standards for certain groups.
Pages S8844-49, S8852


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  Lieberman Amendment No. 5078, to reallocate funds for the Korean 
Peninsula Energy Development Organization.
Pages S8849-53

  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill and certain amendments to be proposed 
thereto, on Friday, July 26, 1996.
Page S8831
Health Insurance Reform Act--Conferees: Senate insisted on its 
amendment to H.R. 3103, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the 
group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in 
health insurance and health care delivery, to promote the use of 
medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services 
and coverage, and to simplify the administration of health insurance, 
agreed to the request of the House for a conference thereon, and the 
Chair appointed the following conferees: Senators Roth, Kassebaum, 
Lott, Kennedy, and Moynihan.
  Pages S8820-21
Small Business Job Protection Act--Conferees: Senate insisted on its 
amendments to H.R. 3448, to provide tax relief for small businesses, to 
protect jobs, to create opportunities, to increase the take home pay of 
workers, requested a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair 
appointed the following conferees: from the Committee on Labor and 
Human Resources: Senators Kassebaum, Jeffords, and Kennedy; and from 
the Committee on Finance: Senators Roth, Chafee, Grassley, Hatch, 
Simpson, Pressler, Moynihan, Baucus, Bradley, Pryor, and Rockefeller. 
                                                             Page S8820
Energy and Water Appropriations, 1997--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing for the consideration of S. 1959, 
making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 1997, on Friday, July 26, 1996.
  Page S8831
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

  Glenn Dale Cunningham, of New Jersey, to be United States Marshal for 
the District of New Jersey for the term of four years.

  Joan B. Gottschall, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge 
for the Northern District of Illinois.

  Robert L. Hinkle, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for 
the Northern District of Florida.
Pages S8830, S8832
Messages From the House:
  Pages S8865-66
Measures Referred:
  Page S8866
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S8866
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S8866-68
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S8868
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8868-S8924
Notices of Hearings:
  Page S8924
Authority for Committees:
  Page S8924
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8924-30
Record Votes: Eight record votes were taken today. (Total-245)
  Pages S8744, S8774-75, S8807, S8815-16, S8841-42
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 11:18 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, July 26, 1996. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

COMMERCE ONLINE

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
hearings on S. 1726, to promote electronic commerce by facilitating the 
use of privacy-enhancing technologies, after receiving testimony from 
Louis J. Freeh, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department 
of Justice; William A. Reinsch, Under Secretary of Commerce for Export 
Administration; William P. Crowell, Deputy Director, National Security 
Agency; James Barksdale, Netscape Communications, Mountain View, 
California; Roel Pieper, Tandem Computers, Inc., Cupertino, California; 
and Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform, and Michael Skol, 
Diplomatic Resolutions, both of Washington, D.C.

NATIONAL PARKS/SITES

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Parks, 
Historic Preservation and Recreation concluded hearings on S. 1699, to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to establish the National Cave 
and Karst Research Institute in the vicinity and outside the boundaries 
of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, and S. 1809, entitled 
``Aleutian World War II National Historic Sites Act'', after receiving 
testimony from John Reynolds, Deputy Director, National Park Service, 
Department of the Interior; and Brad Gilman, Ounalashka Corporation, 
Unalaska, Alaska.

WORLD BANK PROJECTS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee held hearings to examine the 
nature of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp and its role in 
administering World Bank projects in Xinjiang, China, receiving 
testimony from David Lipton, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for 
International Affairs; Jeffrey L. Fiedler, Washington, D.C., and Harry 
Wu, Milpitas,

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California, both of the Laogai Research Foundation, Washington; Teresa 
Buczacki, Falls Church, Virginia; Mohammed Ferhat, Munich, Germany; and 
Abulajiang Baret, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.

  Hearings were recessed subject to call.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following business items:

  The nomination of Franklin D. Raines, of the District of Columbia, to 
be Director, Office of Management and Budget;

  S. 1376, to terminate unnecessary and inequitable Federal corporate 
subsidies, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

  S. 1931, to provide that the United States Post Office building that 
is to be located at 9 East Broad Street, Cookeville, Tennessee, shall 
be known and designated as the ``L. Clure Morton Post Office and 
Courthouse'', with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and

  S. 1718, authorizing funds for fiscal year 1997 for intelligence and 
intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the 
Community Management Account, and for the Central Intelligence Agency 
Retirement and Disability System, with an amendment.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:

  S. 1237, to revise certain provisions of law relating to child 
pornography, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

  S. 1887, to make improvements in the operation and administration of 
the Federal courts, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; 
and

  S. 1556, to prohibit economic espionage, and to provide for the 
protection of United States proprietary economic information in 
interstate and foreign commerce, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.

GENETICS RESEARCH

Committee on Labor and Human Resources: Committee concluded hearings to 
examine recent developments in genetics research, public policy issues 
with regard to access to and use of genetic information, and the impact 
of genetic technologies on certain sectors of industry, health care 
delivery system, and the public, after receiving testimony from 
Senators Mack and Domenici; Francis S. Collins, Director, National 
Center for Human Genome Research, National Institutes of Health, 
Department of Health and Human Services; Karen H. Rothenberg, 
University of Maryland School of Law, and Neil A. Holtzman, Johns 
Hopkins Medical Institutions, both of Baltimore, Maryland; Patricia D. 
Murphy, OncorMed, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland; Kate T. Christensen, 
Permanente Medical Group, Oakland, California; Judy E. Garber, Dana-
Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard University Medical School, Boston, 
Massachusetts; and Wendy L. McGoodwin, Council for Responsible 
Genetics, Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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                        House of Representatives



Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 12 public bills, H.R. 3895-3906; 3 resolutions, H.J. 
Res. 187, and H. Con. Res. 201-202 were introduced.
  Pages H8556-57
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:

  Conference report on H.R. 1617, to consolidate and reform workforce 
development and literacy programs (H. Rept. 104-707); and

  H. Res. 489, providing for the consideration of, H.R. 2823 to amend 
the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to support the International 
Dolphin Conservation Program in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (H. 
Rept. 104-708).
Pages H8387-H8458, H8516, H8556
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
designates Representative Myrick to act as Speaker pro tempore for 
today.
  Page H8381
Committees to Sit: The following committees and their subcommittees 
received permission to sit today during proceedings of the House under 
the 5-minute rule: Committees on Agriculture, Banking and Financial 
Services, Commerce, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government 
Reform and Oversight, International Relations, Judiciary, Resources, 
Small Business, and Transportation and Infrastructure.
  Page H8384
Energy and Water Development Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 
391 yeas to 23 nays, Roll

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No. 360, the House passed H.R. 3816, making appropriations for energy 
and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997. 
                                                         Pages H8384-87
Agreed To:

  The Schaefer amendment that increases funding for renewable energy 
programs by $30 million, debated on July 24 (agreed to by a recorded 
vote of 279 ayes to 135 noes, Roll No. 358).
Pages H8385-86
Rejected:

  The Obey amendment that sought to eliminate the $17 million funding 
for the Advanced Light Water Reactor Program, debated on July 24 
(rejected by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 357); 
and
Pages H8384-85

  The Markey en bloc amendment that sought to eliminate the $20 million 
funding for pyroprocessing or electrometallurgical treatment by 
reducing energy research and development by $5 million and defense 
environmental restoration and waste management by $15 million, debated 
on July 24 (rejected by a recorded vote of 138 ayes to 278 noes, Roll 
No. 359).
Page H8386
Campaign Finance Reform: By a yea-and-nay vote of 162 yeas to 259 nays, 
Roll No. 365, the House failed to pass H.R. 3820, to amend the Federal 
Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reform the financing of Federal 
election campaigns.
  Pages H8470-H8516

  By a recorded vote of 209 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 364, the House 
rejected the Fazio amendment that sought to recommit the bill to the 
Committee on House Oversight with instructions to report it back 
forthwith with an amendment that clarifies the definitions relating to 
independent expenditures.
Pages H8514-16

  Rejected, by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 363, 
the Fazio amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the 
text of H.R. 3505, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, 
modified by the modified by the amendment printed in the report of the 
Committee on Rules, H. Rept. 104-685.
Pages H8492-H8514

  By a yea-and-nay vote of 270 yeas to 140 nays, Roll No. 362, the 
House agreed to H. Res. 481, the rule which provided for consideration 
of the bill. Agreed to the Solomon amendment which provided that the 
Thomas amendment be considered as adopted in the House and the 
Committee of the Whole. The Thomas amendment revised allowable 
contribution amounts. Earlier, agreed to order the previous question by 
a yea-and-nay vote of 221 yeas and 193 nays, Roll No. 361. 
                                                         Pages H8458-70
Child Labor Provisions: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1114, to 
authorize minors who are under the child labor provisions of the Fair 
Labor Standards Act of 1938 and who are under 18 years of age to load 
materials into balers and compactors that meet appropriate American 
National Standards Institute design safety standards--clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Pages H8517-18
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H8381.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and five recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H8384-85, H8385-86, H8386, H8387, H8469-70, H8470, H8513-14, H8515-16, 
and H8516. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: Met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:40 p.m.


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Committee Meetings

PROCESSOR-FUNDED MILK PROMOTION PROGRAM

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry 
held an oversight hearing on the processor-funded milk promotion 
program (MilkPEP) established by the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 1990. 
Testimony was heard from Richard M. McKee, Director, Dairy Division, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; and public witnesses.

BUDGET RECONCILIATION

Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Began consideration of the 
following reconciliation recommendations to be transmitted to the 
Committee on the Budget for inclusion in the Budget Reconciliation Act: 
Title III, Subtitle A--Deposit Insurance Funds; Subtitle B--Thrift 
Charter Conversion.

  Committee recessed subject to call.

CONSUMER PRODUCTS--ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing 
on Federal Energy Efficiency Standards for Consumer Products. Testimony 
was heard from Representative Gillmor; the following officials of the 
Department of Energy: Christine A. Ervin, Assistant Secretary, Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Michael McCabe, Director, Office 
of Codes and Standards; and public witnesses.

JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT AMENDMENTS

Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities: Subcommittee on 
Early Childhood, Youth and Families approved for full Committee action 
amended H.R. 3876, Juvenile Crime Control and Delinquency Prevention 
Act of 1996.


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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; DRAFT REPORTS

Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Ordered reported the 
following bills: H.R. 3841, amended, Omnibus Civil Service Reform Act 
of 1996; H.R. 3864, amended, GAO Management Reform Act; H.R. 3452, 
amended, Presidential and Executive Office Accountability Act; H.R. 
3637, Travel Reform and Savings Act of 1996; H.R. 3802, amended, 
Electronic Freedom of Information Act; H.R. 3869, amended, Electronic 
Reporting and Streamlining Act; H.R. 1281, War Crimes Disclosure Act; 
H.R. 3625, National Historical Publications and Records Commission 
Reauthorization Act; H.R. 3768, to designate a United States Post 
Office to be located in Groton, MA, as the ``Augusta `Gusty' Hornblower 
United States Post Office''; and H.R. 3834, to designate the Dunning 
Post Office in Chicago, IL, as the ``Roger P. McAuliffe Post Office''.

  The Committee also approved the following draft reports: ``Protecting 
the Nation's Blood Supply from Infectious Agents: The Need for New 
Standards to Meet New Threats''; ``Health Care Fraud: All Public and 
Private Payers Need Federal Criminal Anti-Fraud Protections''; 
``Investigation into the Activities of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies 
Toward the Branch Davidians''; and ``Two Year Review of the White House 
Communications Agency Reveals Major Mismanagement, Lack of 
Accountability and Mission Creep''.

SYRIA AND SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM

Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Syria: Peace 
Partner or Rogue Regime? Testimony was heard from Philip Wilcox, 
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State; and public 
witnesses.

ALBANIA--HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Operations and Human Rights held a hearing on Human Rights and 
Democracy in Albania. Testimony was heard from Rudolf V. Perina, Senior 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, 
Department of State; and public witnesses.

OVERSIGHT

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held an oversight hearing to review whether Congress 
should adopt legislation that would exempt from local taxation wireless 
service providers who transmit satellite-delivered video programming. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION ACT

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution approved 
for full Committee action H.R. 3874, Civil Rights Commission Act of 
1996.

LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime concluded hearings on 
the Administration's efforts against the influence of organized crime 
in the Laborer's International Union of North America. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Justice: James 
Burns, U.S. Attorney, Northern District, Illinois; John C. Keeney, 
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division; Paul E. Coffey, 
Organized Crime and Racketeering, Section; Michel Ross, Supervisory 
Special Agent, FBI; Abner J. Mikva, former Counsel, The White House; 
and public witnesses.

OVERSIGHT--OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF MORATORIA

Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 
held an oversight hearing on Outer Continental Shelf moratoria. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Goss, Seastrand, Riggs, 
Woolsey, Pallone, Eshoo, and Pelosi; and Cynthia L. Quarterman, 
Director, Minerals Management Service, Department of the Interior.

OVERSIGHT--NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans 
held an oversight hearing on National Wildlife Refuge System. Testimony 
was heard from Robert Streeter, Assistant Director, Refuges and 
Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and 
Lands held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3099, Washita 
Battlefield Nation Historic Site Act of 1996; H.R. 3819, to amend the 
Act establishing the National Park Foundation; H.R. 3486, to dispose of 
certain Federal properties at Dutch John, Utah, and to assist local 
government in the interim delivery of basic services to the Dutch John 
community; H.R. 3769, to provide for the conditional transfer of the 
Oregon and California Railroad Grant Lands, the Coos Bay Military Wagon 
Road Lands, and related public domain lands to the State of Oregon; and 
H.R. 3497, Snoqualmie National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 1996. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Bunn of Oregon, Dunn, Lucas, 
and Orton; the following officials of the Department of the Interior: 
Katherine

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Stevenson, Associate Director, Cultural Resource Stewardship and 
Partnerships, National Park Service; Nancy Hayes, Chief of Staff and 
Counselor, Bureau of Land Management; and Steve Richardson, Director, 
Policy and External, Bureau of Reclamation; Eleanor Towns, Director, 
Lands, Forest Service, USDA; and public witnesses.

OVERSIGHT

Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power Resources held 
an oversight hearing on deferred maintenance and energy reliability 
issues at facilities generating power marketed by the Southeastern 
Power Administration. Testimony was heard from Representatives Franks 
of New Jersey and Meehan; Victor S. Rezendes, Director, Energy, 
Resources and Science Issues, GAO; Charles Borchardt, Administrator, 
Southeastern Power Administration, Department of Energy; Daniel R. 
Burns, Chief of Operations, Construction and Readiness Division, Corps 
of Engineers, Department of the Army; and public witnesses.

INTERNATIONAL DOLPHIN CONSERVATION PROGRAM ACT

Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a modified closed rule 
providing 1 hour of debate on H.R. 2823, International Dolphin 
Conservation Program Act.

  In lieu of the Committee on Resources amendment, the rule provides 
for one amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the 
Congressional Record and numbered 1 to be considered as an original 
bill for the purpose of amendment. The amendment numbered 1 shall be 
considered as read.

  The rule also provides for an amendment to be offered by 
Representative Miller of California or his designee, which shall be 
considered as read, shall be debatable for 1 hour equally divided and 
controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject 
to amendment. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit, with 
or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Young and 
Representatives Saxton, Gilchrest, and Miller of California.

OVERSIGHT--EFFECTIVENESS OF U.S. EXPORT ASSISTANCE CENTERS

Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Procurement, Exports, and 
Business Opportunities held an oversight hearing on the Effectiveness 
of U.S. Export Assistance Centers. Testimony was heard from JayEtta 
Hecker, Director, International Trade, Finance and Competitiveness 
Division, GAO; the following officials of the Department of Commerce: 
Johnnie Frazier, Assistant Inspector General, Inspections and Program 
Evaluations; and Lauri-Fitz-Pegado, Assistant Secretary and Director 
General, U.S. Commercial Service; James P. Morris, Director, Regional 
Office, Export-Import Bank of the United States; and Mary N. Joyce, 
International Trade Specialist, SBA.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS

Committee on Standards of Official Conduct: Met in executive session to 
consider pending business.

ISTEA REAUTHORIZATION

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Surface 
Transportation continued hearings on ISTEA Reauthorization Maintaining 
Adequate Infrastructure: The Surface Transportation Program. Testimony 
was heard from Representative Visclosky; William G. Burnett, Executive 
Director, Department of Transportation, State of Texas; Brian Rude, 
Senator, State of Wisconsin; and public witnesses.

  Hearings continue July 30.

SOCIAL SECURITY MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS ACT; SSA AS AN INDEPENDENT 
AGENCY

Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security approved 
for full Committee action the Social Security Miscellaneous Amendments 
Act of 1996.

  The Subcommittee also held a hearing to Review the Performance of the 
Social Security Administration as an Independent Agency. Testimony was 
heard from Rogello Garcia, Specialist in American National Government, 
Government Management and Operations Section, Government Division, 
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; Charles A. 
Bowsher, Comptroller General, GAO; and Shirley Sears Chater, 
Commissioner, SSA.

U.S. TRADE COMPETITIVENESS AND WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on 
U.S. Trade Competitiveness and Workforce Education and Training. 
Testimony was heard from Robert R. Reich, Secretary of Labor; David 
Longanecker, Assistant Secretary, Post-Secondary Education, Department 
of Education; and public witnesses.


Joint Meetings

BUDGET RECONCILIATION

Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate- and House-
passed versions of H.R. 3734, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to 
section 201(a)(1) of the concurrent resolution on the budget

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subject to call.


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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  H.R. 701, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey lands 
to the City of Rolla, Missouri. Signed July 24, 1996. (P.L. 104-165)


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JULY 26, 1996

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate


  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, to hold 
oversight hearings to review the General Accounting Office report on 
the Federal Reserve System, 9:15 a.m., SD-538.


                                 House


  Committee on Banking and Financial Services, Subcommittee on 
Housing and Community Opportunity, hearing on Expiring Section 8 
Contracts and FHA Insurance, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

  Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Hazardous Materials, hearing on H.R. 3391, to amend the Solid Waste 
Disposal Act to require at least 85 percent of funds appropriated to 
the Environmental Protection Agency from the Leaking Underground 
Storage Tank Trust Fund to be distributed to States for cooperative 
agreements for undertaking corrective action and for enforcement of 
subtitle I of such Act, 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

  Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on 
Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations, hearing on 
Consumers and Health Informatics, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

  Committee on Resources, briefing on proposed National Petroleum 
Reserve--Alaska Land Exchange contained in the House counter-offer 
to the Senate on the Presidio legislation, 11:30 a.m., 1324 
Longworth.


                             Joint Meetings


  Conferees, on S. 1316, to authorize funds for programs of the Safe 
Drinking Water Act, 9:15 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Friday, July 26

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 3540, 
Foreign Operations Appropriations, 1997.
  Senate will also consider S. 1959, Energy and Water Appropriations, 
1997.


              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, July 26

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Consideration of H.R. 2391, Working Families 
Flexibility Act (modified open rule, 1 hour of general debate).
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
            HOUSE
  
Ackerman, Gary L., N.Y., E1378
Baker, Bill, Calif., E1381
Callahan, Sonny, Ala., E1375
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E1378
Cummings, Elijah E., Md., E1380
Davis, Thomas M., Va., E1382, E1384
Dingell, John D., Mich., E1371
Fields, Jack, Tex., E1372, E1374, E1377
Filner, Bob, Calif., E1383
Fox, Jon D., Pa., E1371, E1373, E1375, E1377, E1378, E1380
Funderburk, David, N.C., E1378
Ganske, Greg, Iowa, E1374
Gingrich, Newt, Ga., E1373
Hoke, Martin R., Ohio, E1380
Jackson-Lee, Sheila, Tex., E1383
Kim, Jay, Calif., E1379
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1377
Lincoln, Blanche Lambert, Ariz., E1383
Lipinski, William O., Ill., E1371, E1374
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E1382
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1381
Martini, William J., N.J., E1376
Morella, Constance A., Md., E1382
Packard, Ron, Calif., E1375
Portman, Rob, Ohio, E1376
Richardson, Bill, N. Mex., E1377
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E1382
Smith, Nick, Mich., E1373
Solomon, Gerald B.H., N.Y., E1375
Spence, Floyd, S.C., E1379


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