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Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate



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                                           Thursday, August 1, 1996

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HIGHLIGHTS

      See Resume of Congressional Activity.
      Senate passed Personal Responsibility Act Conference Report.
      House agreed to Health Care Reform Conference Report.
      House agreed to Agriculture Appropriations Conference Report.
      House agreed to Military Construction Appropriations Conference 
      Report.
      House agreed to DOD Authorization Conference Report.
      House agreed to District of Columbia Appropriations Conference 
      Report.
      House agreed to Legislative Branch Appropriations Conference 
      Report.
      House passed English Language Empowerment Act.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9321-S9453
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2009-2016, and S. Res. 286.
  Page S9428
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
  Special Report on Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget 
Totals from the Concurrent Resolution for Fiscal Year 1997. (S. Rept. 
No. 104-347)
  H.R. 2464, to amend Public Law 103-93 to provide additional lands 
within the State of Utah for the Goshute Indian Reservation. (S. Rept. 
No. 104-348)
  S. 199, to repeal certain provisions of law relating to trading with 
Indians. (S. Rept. No. 104-349)
  S. 1952, to amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act 
of 1974.
Page S9428
Budget Reconciliation/Personal Responsibility Act Conference Report: By 
78 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. 262), Senate agreed to the conference 
report on H.R. 3734, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 
201(a)(1) of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 
1997.
  Pages S9322-34, S9337-41, S9344-47, S9352-S9415
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Kevin L. Thurm, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and 
Human Services.
  Arthur I. Blaustein, of California, to be a Member of the National 
Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2002.
  Ida L. Castro, of New York, to be Director of the Women's Bureau, 
Department of Labor.
  Donna Holt Cunninghame, of Maryland, to be Chief Financial Officer, 
Corporation for National and Community Service.
  Regina Markey Keeney, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal 
Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 1995.
  Brigadier General Robert Bernard Flowers, United States Army, to be a 
Member and President of the Mississippi River Commission, under the 
provisions of Section 2 of an Act of Congress, approved June 1879 (21 
Stat. 37) (33 USC 642).
  Rose Ochi, of California, to be Director, Community Relations 
Service, for a term of four years.
Pages S9452-53
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of the withdrawal of 
the following nomination:
  Joaquin F. Otero, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, 
which was sent to the Senate on February 20, 1996.
Page S9453
Messages From the House:
  Page S9426
Measures Referred:
  Page S9426
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S9426

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Communications:
  Pages S9426-28
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S9428
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S9428-38
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9438-39
Notices of Hearings:
  Page S9439
Authority for Committees:
  Page S9440
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9440-52
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--262) 
                                                             Page S9415
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 9:13 p.m., 
until 10:30 a.m., on Friday, August 2, 1996. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S9452.)



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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings



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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS--COMMERCE/JUSTICE/STATE
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported, with 
amendments, H.R. 3814, making appropriations for the Departments of 
Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.
BOSNIA MISSION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee held hearings to examine United 
States participation in the NATO Implementation Force Mission in 
Bosnia, receiving testimony from Walter B. Slocombe, Under Secretary of 
Defense for Policy; Rear Adm. Charles W. Moore, Jr., USN, Deputy 
Director of Operations, Joint Staff; and Lt. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes, 
USA, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency.
  Hearings were recessed subject to call.
AVIATION SECURITY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee held 
hearings on proposals to develop and implement aviation security 
measures, receiving testimony from Senators Cohen, Campbell, and 
Lautenberg, Representative Burton; Federico Pena, Secretary, and David 
R. Hinson, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, both of the 
Department of Transportation; Keith O. Fultz, Assistant Comptroller 
General, and John K. Harper, Assistant Director, both of the Resources 
Community and Economic Development Division, General Accounting Office; 
Edward A. Merlis, Air Transport Association, and David Plavin, Airports 
Council International North America, both of Washington, D.C.; Morris 
Busby, DGI Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia; and Richard Everitt, BAA 
plc, London, England.
  Hearings were recessed subject to call.
EMERGENCY TIMBER SALVAGE
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee held hearings to 
examine the Secretary of Agriculture directive to the Forest Service 
concerning the implementation of the emergency timber salvage program, 
designed to respond to the widespread forest fires of 1994, as 
authorized in section 2001 of Public Law 104-19, Omnibus Appropriations 
and Rescissions Act, receiving testimony from Daniel R. Glickman, 
Secretary, James R. Lyons, Under Secretary, and Jack Ward Thomas, 
Chief, Forest Service, all of the Department of Agriculture.
  Hearings were recessed subject to call.
PROPRIETY OF A COMMERCIAL LEASE
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Oversight 
and Investigations concluded oversight hearings to review the propriety 
of a commercial lease issued by the Bureau of Land Management at Lake 
Havasu, Arizona, including its consistency with the Federal Land Policy 
and Management Act and Department of the Interior land use management 
policies, after receiving testimony from Edward B. Cohen, Deputy 
Solicitor, Department of the Interior; and Mat Millenbach, Deputy 
Director, Joe Liebhauser, Havasu Resource Area Manager, and Rich 
Greenfield, Phoenix, Arizona Field Solicitor, all of the Department of 
the Interior.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the nominations of Nils J. Diaz, of Florida, and Edward 
McGaffigan, Jr., of Virginia, each to be a Member of the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission.
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to review 
the role for the United States in the world and other foreign policy 
issues, after receiving testimony from Warren Christopher, Secretary of 
State.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  S. 1952, authorizing funds for fiscal years 1997 through 2000 for 
programs of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act; and
  S. 982, to develop safeguards to protect the national information 
infrastructure, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

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TERRORISM
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held hearings on the threat 
of terrorism in the United States, focusing on recent terrorist 
incidents, U.S. policy response to terrorism, and the role of the U.S. 
intelligence community, receiving testimony from Louis J. Freeh, 
Director, and Robert M. Bryant, Assistant Director, National Security 
Division, both of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of 
Justice; Caspar Weinberger, former Secretary of Defense; and James R. 
Schlesinger, former Director of Central Intelligence.
  Committee recessed subject to call.



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Daily Digest/House of Representatives



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[Pages D859-D861]
                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 3936-3948; 1 private bill, H.R. 
3949; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 206-207, and H. Res. 504-506 were 
introduced.
  Pages H9705-06
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:
  Conference report on H.R. 3448, to provide tax relief for small 
businesses, to protect jobs, to create opportunities, and to increase 
the take home pay of workers (H. Rept. 104-737);
  H. Res. 502, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany, 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, to simplify the administration of health insurance (H. 
Rept. 104-738);
  H. Res. 503, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 3448, to provide tax relief for small businesses, to 
protect jobs, to create opportunities, to increase the take home pay of 
workers, to amend the Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947 relating to the 
payment of wages to employees who use employer owned vehicles, and to 
amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the minimum wage 
rate and to prevent job loss by providing flexibility to employers in 
complying with minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Act (H. 
Rept. 104-739);
  Conference report on H.R. 3845, making appropriations for the 
government of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable 
in whole or in part against revenues of said District for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 1997 (H. Rept. 104-740);
  Conference report on S. 1316, to reauthorize and amend title XIV of 
the Public Health Service Act (commonly known as the ``Safe Drinking 
Water Act'' (H. Rept. 104-741);
  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 payers (H. Rept. 104-742 Part I); and
  H. Res. 507, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany S. 1316 to reauthorize and amend title XIV of the Public 
Health Service Act, commonly known as the ``Safe Drinking Water Act'' 
(H. Rept. 104-743); and
  H. Res. 508, providing for consideration for a certain motion to 
suspend the rules (H. Rept. 104-744).
Pages H9568-H9703, H9704-05
Committees to Sit: The following committees and their subcommittees 
received permission to sit today during proceedings of the House under 
the 5-minute rule: Agriculture, Banking and Financial Services, 
Commerce, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and 
Oversight, International Relations, Judiciary, Resources, Science, 
Small Business, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Select 
Intelligence.
  Page H9710
Order of Business: It was made in order that at any time to consider a 
conference report to accompany the bill H.R. 3754, that all points of 
order against the conference report and against its consideration be 
waived, and that the conference report be considered as read when 
called up.
  Page H9710
Legislative Branch Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 397 yeas to 
22 nays, Roll No. 386, the House agreed to the conference report on 
H.R. 3754, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.
  Pages H9710-25
Agriculture Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 379 yeas to 42 
nays, Roll No. 387, the House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 
3603, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food 
and Drug Administration, and Related

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Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997. 
                                                             Page H9725
  H. Res. 496, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 3603, was laid on the table.
Page H9725
English Language Empowerment: By a recorded vote of 259 ayes to 169 
noes, Roll No. 391, the House passed H.R. 123, to amend title 4, United 
States Code, to declare English as the official language of the 
Government of the United States.
  Pages H9738-72
  Rejected the Serrano motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Economic and Educational Opportunities with instructions to report the 
bill back forthwith with an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
that sought to include findings relating to English as the language of 
the United States, policies that promote English, and require 
Presidential campaigns and Federal elections to be conducted in English 
(rejected by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 257 noes, Roll No. 390). 
                                                         Pages H9769-72
  Agreed to the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of 
the text of H.R. 3898, as amended, made in order by the rule. 
                                                         Pages H9753-55
  Agreed to the Cunningham amendment, as modified by unanimous consent, 
that cites the title as the Bill Emerson Language Empowerment Act of 
1996, clarifies that the bill does not affect Native Alaskan or Native 
American languages, the Individuals with Disabilities Act, or terms of 
art and phrases from foreign languages.
Pages H9755-56
  Rejected the Serrano amendment in the nature of a substitute that 
sought to include findings relating to English as the primary language 
of the United States and policies that promote English as the common 
language (rejected by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 
389)
Pages H9756-69
  H. Res. 499, the rule which provided for consideration of the bill 
was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 
388.
Pages H9725-38
Employee Association Representation: The House agreed to the Senate 
amendment to 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--clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                         Pages H9772-73
J. Phil Campbell Conservation Center: The House passed H.R. 3387, to 
designate the Southern Piedmont Conservation Research Center located at 
1420 Experimental Station Road in Watkinsville, Georgia, as the ``J. 
Phil Campbell, Senior Natural Resource Conservation Center''. 
                                                         Pages H9773-74
Iosco County, Michigan Property: The House passed H.R. 2670, to provide 
for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States 
in certain property located in the County of Iosco, Michigan. 
                                                         Pages H9774-75
  Agreed to the Committee amendment.
Page H9775
Mark Twain National Forest: The House passed H.R. 3464, to make a minor 
adjustment in the exterior boundary of the Devils Backbone Wilderness 
in the Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri, to exclude a small parcel 
of land containing improvements.
  Page H9775
  Agreed to the Committee amendment.
Page H9775
Health Care Reform: By a yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas to 2 nays, Roll 
No. 393, the House agreed to the conference report on 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.
  Pages H9785-96
  Rejected the Stark motion to recommit the conference report to the 
committee on conference with instructions to the managers on the part 
of the House to do everything possible, within the scope of the 
conference, to modify section 305 of the Senate amendment relating to 
mental health insurance parity so as to improve mental health care 
insurance while minimizing any impact on the cost or availability of 
health insurance plans, and to produce a conference report which 
confines itself to the differences between the bill as passed by the 
House and passed by the Senate (rejected by a yea-and-nay vote of 198 
yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 392).
Page H9795
  H. Res. 502, the rule waiving points of order against consideration 
of the conference report was agreed to by a voice vote. Earlier, agreed 
to H. Res. 500, waiving a requirement requiring a two-thirds vote to 
consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Committee on 
Rules.
Pages H9775-85
Order of Business: It was made in order that at any time to consider 
conference reports to accompany the bills H.R. 3517 and H.R. 3845, that 
all points of order against both conference reports and against their 
consideration be waived, and that both conference reports be considered 
as read when called up.
  Page H9796
Military Construction Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 396 yeas 
to 26 nays, Roll No. 394, the House agreed to the conference report on 
H.R.

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3517, making appropriations for military construction, family housing, 
and base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for 
fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.
  Pages H9796-H9801, H9809-10
  H. Res. 497, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 3517, was laid on the table.
Page H9801
District of Columbia Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 330 yeas 
to 91 nays, Roll No. 395, the House agreed to the conference report on 
H.R. 3845, making appropriations for the government of the District of 
Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against 
revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
1997.
  Pages H9801-09, H9810
Order of Business: It was made in order that notwithstanding clause 1 
of rule XXVII the Speaker may entertain motions to suspend the rules on 
Wednesday, September 4, 1996.
  Page H9811
Defense Authorization: By a yea-and-nay vote of 285 yeas to 132 nays, 
Roll No. 397, the House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 3230, 
to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1997 for military 
activities of the Department of Defense, and to prescribe military 
personnel strengths for fiscal year 1997.
  Pages H9814-24
  Rejected the Dellums motion to recommit the conference report with 
instructions to the managers on the part of the House to insist on 
section 367 of the House bill relating to impact aid assistance to 
local educational agencies for the benefit of dependents of members of 
the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense 
(rejected by a yea-and-nay vote of 181 yeas and 236 nays, Roll No. 
396).
Page H9823
  H. Res. 498 the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to earlier by a voice vote.
Pages H9811-13
House Page Board: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of 
Representative Fowler to fill a vacancy on the House of Representatives 
Page Board.
  Page H9824
Recess: The House recessed at 11:35 p.m. and reconvened at 12:49 a.m. 
on August 2.
  Page H9836
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H9567 and H9785.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Nine yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H9724-25, H9725, H9737-38, H9769, H9771, H9772, H9795, H9795-96, H9809-
10, H9810, H9823, and H9824. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: Met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:50 a.m. on Friday, 
August 2.



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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings



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Committee Meetings
FAMILY PET PROTECTION ACT, PET SAFETY AND PROTECTION ACT
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry 
held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3393, Family Pet Protection 
Act of 1996; and H.R. 3398, Pet Safety and Protection Act of 1996. 
Testimony was heard from Michael Dunn, Assistant Secretary, Marketing 
and Regulatory Programs, USDA; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC
Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital 
Markets, Securities and Government Sponsored Enterprises concluded 
oversight hearings regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Testimony was 
heard from Leland C. Brendsel, Chairman and CEO, Federal Home Loan 
Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac); and Robert B. Zoellick, Executive 
Vice-President, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).
BUDGET PROCESS
Committee on the Budget: Concluded hearings on ``How Did We Get Here 
From There?'' A Discussion of the Evolution of the Budget Process from 
1974 to the Present, Part III. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Barton of Texas, Orton, Cox of California, Stenholm, Neumann, Smith of 
Michigan, Largent, Crapo, Castle, Visclosky, Cardin, Everett and Horn.
REAUTHORIZATION--PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT PROGRAMS
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Health and Environment held a 
hearing on reauthorization of Existing Public Health Service Act 
Programs. Testimony was heard from Philip R. Lee, M.D., Assistant 
Secretary, Health, Department of Health and Human Services; and public 
witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities: Ordered reported 
the following measures: H.R. 3863, amended, Student Debt Reduction Act 
of 1996; and H. Res. 470, expressing the sense of the Congress that the 
Department of Education should play a more active role in monitoring 
and enforcing compliance with the provisions of the higher Education 
Act of 1965 related to campus crime.

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  The Committee also began markup of H.R. 3876, Juvenile Crime Control 
and Delinquency Prevention Act.
FBI BACKGROUND FILES
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Held a hearing on 
Security of FBI Background Files. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the FBI, Department of Justice: Howard M. 
Shapiro, General Counsel; Thomas A. Kelley, Inspector, Deputy General 
Counsel; and Peggy J. Larson, Supervisory Research Analyst; and a 
public witness.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on International Relations: Favorably considered and adopted 
a motion urging the Chairman to request that the following bills be 
considered on the Suspension Calendar: H. Con. Res. 120, amended, 
supporting the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine and the progress 
of its political and economic reforms; and H.R. 3916, to make available 
certain Voice of America and Radio Marti multilingual computer readable 
text and voice recordings.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported amended H.R. 3307, 
Regulatory Fair Warning Act.
  The Committee also continued markup of H.R. 3565, Violent Youth Crime 
Act of 1996.
  Will continue tomorrow.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims held 
an oversight hearing regarding the possible shifting of refugee 
resettlement to private organizations. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Obey and Condit; Lavinia Limon, Director, Office of 
Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services; Edwin 
Silverman, State Coordinator, Refugee Resettlement Program, Department 
of Public Aid, State of Illinois; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 
3640, amended, Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Claims 
Settlement Act; H.R. 3642, California Indian Land Claims Transfer Act; 
H.R. 2512, amended, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Infrastructure Development 
Trust Fund Act of 1996; H.R. 2710, amended, Hoopa Valley Reservation 
South Boundary Correction Act; H.R. 3547, amended, to provide for the 
conveyance of a parcel of real property in the Apache National Forest 
in the State of Arizona to the Alpin Elementary School District 7 to be 
used for the construction of school facilities and related playing 
fields; H.R. 2693, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to make a 
minor adjustment in the exterior boundary of the Hells Canyon 
Wilderness in the States of Oregon and Idaho to exclude an established 
Forest Service road inadvertently included in the wilderness; H.R. 
1179, amended, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic 
Building Restoration and Preservation Act; S. 1467, amended, Fort Peck 
Rural County Water Supply System Act of 1995; H.R. 3903, amended, to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to sell the Sly Park Dam and 
Reservoir; H.R. 3910, amended, Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1996; S. 
811, amended, Water Desalinization Research and Development Act of 
1996; and H.R. 3828, Indian Child Welfare Act Amendments of 1996.
  The Committee failed to approve H.R. 3879, Northern Mariana Islands 
Delegate Act.
NEW ENGLAND GROUNDFISH MANAGEMENT PLAN
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans 
held an oversight hearing on the economic effects of the New England 
Groundfish Management Plan. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Frank of Massachusetts; the following officials of NOAA, Department of 
Commerce: Andrew Rosenberg, Northeast Regional Director, National 
Marine Fisheries Service; and John Bullard, Director, Office of 
Sustainable Development and Intergovernmental Affairs; Robin Alden, 
Commissioner of Marine Resources, State of Maine; and public witnesses.
SANTEE SIOUX TRIBE OF NEBRASKA
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Native American and Insular 
Affairs held a hearing on H.R. 3595, to make available to the Santee 
Sioux Tribe of Nebraska its proportionate share of funds awarded in 
Docket 74-A to the Sioux Indian Tribe. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Barrett of Nebraska; Deborah Maddox, Director, Office of 
Tribal Services, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving points of 
order against the conference report on H.R. 3103, Health Insurance 
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and against its 
consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be 
considered as read. Testimony was heard from Chairman Archer and 
Representatives Hastert and Stark.

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CONFERENCE REPORT--SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
of order against the conference report on S. 1316, the Safe Drinking 
Water Act Amendments of 1996, and against its consideration. The rule 
provides that the conference report shall be considered as read.
COMBATING TERRORISM
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule providing that at 
any time on the calendar day of Friday, August 2, 1996, the Speaker may 
entertain a motion offered by the majority leader or his designee that 
the House suspend the rules and pass a bill or joint resolution 
relating to the subject of combating terrorism.
CONFERENCE REPORT--SMALL BUSINESS JOB PROTECTION ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving points of 
order against the conference report on H.R. 3448, Small Business 
Protection Act of 1996, and against its consideration. The rule 
provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. 
Testimony was heard from Chairman Archer and Representatives Hastert 
and Stark.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Energy and Environment held a 
hearing on funding Department of Energy Research and Development in a 
constrained Budget Environment. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Energy: Gregory H. Friedman, Deputy 
Inspector General, Audits; and Roger A. Lewis, Senior Advisor, Office 
of Strategic Computing and Simulation; Allen Li, Associate Director, 
Energy, Resources and Science Issues, Resources, Community, and 
Economic Development Division, GAO; Daniel Hartley, Vice President, 
Laboratory Development, Sandia National Laboratory; Ron Cochran, 
Executive Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Charles Gay, 
Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and a public witness.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; RESOLUTIONS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the 
following bills: H.R. 3535, to redesignate a Federal building in 
Suitland, MD, as the ``W. Edwards Deming Federal Building''; H.R. 3576, 
amended, to designate the U.S. courthouse located at 401 South Michigan 
Street in South Bend, IN, as the ``Robert Kurtz Rodibaugh United States 
Courthouse''; and H.R. 3710, amended, to designate a U.S. courthouse 
located in Tampa, FL, as the ``Sam M. Gibbons United States 
Courthouse''.
  The Committee also approved the following: 18 Repair and Alteration 
Resolutions; 1 Lease Resolution; and 2 11(b) Resolutions.
CHILD SAFETY RESTRAINT SYSTEMS ON COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation held a hearing on H.R. 1309, to amend title 49, United States 
Code, to require the use of child safety restraint systems approved by 
the Secretary of Transportation on commercial aircraft. Testimony was 
heard from Representative Lightfoot; the following officials of the 
FAA, Department of Transportation: Peggy Gilligan, Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Regulation and Certification; and Louise Maillett, 
Acting Assistant Administrator, Policy, Planning, and International 
Aviation; Barry Sweedler, Director, Office of Safety Recommendations, 
National Transportation Safety Board; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--NEXCOM LEASE
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Public 
Buildings and Economic Development held a hearing on the oversight of 
NEXCOM Lease. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
GSA: Hillary Peoples, Assistant Commissioner, Public Buildings Service; 
and Harmon Eggers, Associate General Counsel; and the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: Eleanor Hill, Inspector 
General; VAdm. James Fitzgerald, USN, Inspector General and Steve 
Honigman, General Counsel, both with the Department of the Navy; and 
Robert Taylor, Deputy General Counsel.
U.S. TRADE POLICY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade continued hearings 
on the Status and Future Direction of U.S. Trade Policy, with emphasis 
on U.S. Trade with Sub-Saharan Africa. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives McDermott and Jefferson; Jeffrey M. Lang, Deputy U.S. 
Trade Representative; George Moose, Assistant Secretary, African 
Affairs Bureau, Department of State; and public witnesses.
BOSNIA/IRAN ARMS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on Bosnia/Iran Arms. Testimony was heard from 
departmental witnesses.

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Joint Meetings
HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM
Conferees on Wednesday, July 31, agreed to file a conference report on 
the differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions of 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.
SMALL BUSINESS JOB PROTECTION ACT
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on H.R. 3448, to provide 
tax relief for small businesses, to protect jobs, to create 
opportunities, and to increase the take home pay of workers.
APPROPRIATIONS--DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between 
the Senate- and House-passed versions of H.R. 3845, making 
appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other 
activities chargeable in whole or in part against revenues of said 
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[Pages D864-D865]
                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             AUGUST 2, 1996

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Social Security and Family 
Policy, to hold hearings to examine how to educate the public about 
the 1996 report of the Social Security Board of Trustees, 10 a.m., 
SD-215.


                                 House

  Committee on the Judiciary, to continue mark up of H.R. 3565, 
Violent Youth Crime Act of 1996, 9:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
       *These figures include all measures reported, even if there 
     was no accompanying report. A total of 143 reports have been 
     filed in the Senate, a total of 292 reports have been filed 
     in the House.
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                    Resume of Congressional Activity

           SECOND SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED FOURTH CONGRESS


    The first table gives a comprehensive resume of all legislative 
business transacted by the Senate and House.
    The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the 
Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

                      DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY


                    January 3 through July 31, 1996

                                                                 STotal
     Days in session............................................ .
     Time in session.................................768 hrs., . .
     Congressional Record:
         Pages of proceedings................................9,. .
         Extensions of Remarks...............................1,. .
     Public bills enacted into law.............................. .
     Private bills enacted into law............................. .
     Bills in conference........................................ .
     Measures passed, total..................................... .
         Senate bills........................................... .
         House bills............................................ .
         Senate joint resolutions............................... .
         House joint resolutions................................ .
         Senate concurrent resolutions.......................... .
         House concurrent resolutions........................... .
         Simple resolutions..................................... .
     Measures reported, total.................................*. .
         Senate bills........................................... .
         House bills............................................ .
         Senate joint resolutions............................... .
         House joint resolutions................................ .
         Senate concurrent resolutions.......................... .
         House concurrent resolutions........................... .
         Simple resolutions..................................... .
     Special reports............................................ .
     Conference reports......................................... .
     Measures pending on calendar............................... .
     Measures introduced, total..............................1,. .
         Bills...............................................1,. .
         Joint resolutions...................................... .
         Concurrent resolutions................................. .
         Simple resolutions..................................... .
     Quorum calls............................................... .
     Yea-and-nay votes.......................................... .
     Recorded votes............................................. .
     Bills vetoed............................................... .
     Vetoes overridden.......................................... .
                  DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS


                    January 3 through July 31, 1996

     Civilian nominations, totaling 295, (including 119 
       nominations carried over from the first session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed..........................................137...
         Unconfirmed........................................148...
         Withdrawn...........................................10...

     Civilian nominations (FS, PHS, CG, NOAA), totaling 1,337, 
       (including 320 nominations carried over from the first 
       session), disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,335...
         Unconfirmed..........................................2...

     Air Force nominations, totaling 9,424, (including 4,952 
       nominations carried over from the first session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................6,713...
         Unconfirmed......................................2,711...

     Army nominations, totaling 10,857, (including 2,304 
       nominations carried over from the first session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................8,557...
         Unconfirmed......................................2,300...

     Navy nominations, totaling 3,553, (including 21 
       nominations carried over from the first session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................2,062...
         Unconfirmed......................................1,491...

     Marine Corps nominations, totaling 2,119, (including 8 
       nominations carried over from the first session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................2,063...
         Unconfirmed.........................................56...

                                Summary
     Total nominations carried over from the first session7,724
     Total nominations received this session.............19,861
     Total confirmed.....................................20,867
     Total unconfirmed....................................6,708
     Total withdrawn.........................................10



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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      10:30 a.m., Friday, August 2

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate expects to consider conference reports on 
H.R. 3103, Health Insurance Reform, H.R. 3754, Legislative Branch, H.R. 
3845, D.C. Appropriations, H.R. 3517, Military Construction, H.R. 3448, 
Small Business Job Protection Act, further conference reports, when 
available, and any cleared legislative and executive business.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, August 2

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Consideration of the conference report on H.R. 
3448, Minimum Wage (rule waiving points of order);
  Consideration of the conference report on S. 1316, Safe Drinking 
Water Act (rule waiving points of order); and
  One measure under suspension of the rules dealing with combating 
terrorism.
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
            HOUSE
  
Barrett, Thomas M., Wis., E1453
Bonior, David E., Mich., E1456
Castle, Michael N., Del., E1445, E1455
Coburn, Tom A., Okla., E1446
Collins, Cardiss, Ill., E1447
Combest, Larry, Tex., E1451
Davis, Thomas M., Va., E1439
Dellums, Ronald V., Calif., E1442
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1444
Fields, Jack, Tex., E1439
Forbes, Michael P., N.Y., E1437, E1442
Gekas, George W., Pa., E1450
Gillmor, Paul E., Ohio, E1454
Gilman, Benjamin A., N.Y., E1455
Hamilton, Lee H., Ind., E1450
Hastert, J. Dennis, Ill., E1451
Hayworth, J.D., Ariz., E1441
Hoke, Martin R., Ohio, E1439
Kennedy, Joseph P., II, Mass., E1454
Kleczka, Gerald D., Wis., E1437
LaFalce, John J., N.Y., E1441
LaHood, Ray, Ill., E1455
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1438
Lipinski, William O., Ill., E1440
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E1446, E1456
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1452
Menendez, Robert, N.J., E1438
Morella, Constance A., Md., E1443, E1453
Orton, Bill, Utah, E1445
Payne, Donald M., N.J., E1447
Porter, John Edward, Ill., E1444
Richardson, Bill, N. Mex., E1442
Rohrabacher, Dana, Calif., E1448
Sabo, Martin Olav, Minn., E1449
Seastrand, Andrea H., Calif., E1440
Shaw, E. Clay, Jr., Fla., E1454
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E1457
Solomon, Gerald B.H., N.Y., E1443
Stark, Fortney Pete, Calif., E1452
Stupak, Bart, Mich., E1438, E1448
Thomas, William M., Calif., E1441
Torkildsen, Peter G., Mass., E1456
Torricelli, Robert G., N.J., E1444
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E1446, E1449, E1451, E1454, E1459
Walker, Robert S., Pa., E1437
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E1443
Wynn, Albert Russell, Md., E1442
Young, Don, Alaska, E1440 



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