June 12, 1996 - Issue: Vol. 142, No. 86 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 2nd Session
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Wednesday, June 12, 1996
Administrative Dispute Resolution Act: Senate passed H.R. 2977, to reauthorize alternative means of dispute resolution in the Federal administrative process, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 1224, Senate companion measure, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendments proposed thereto:
Lott (for Levin/Grassley) Amendment No. 4045, to reauthorize the Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1990.
Lott (for Cohen) Amendment No. 4046, to provide the United States Court of Federal Claims with exclusive jurisdiction over contract bid protests.
Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate.
Subsequently, S. 1224 was returned to the Senate calendar.
Emergency Livestock Feed Assistance: Senate agreed to S. Res. 259, to express the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of Agriculture should use the disaster reserve established under section 813 of the Agricultural Act of 1970 to alleviate distress to all livestock producers who have suffered feed losses due to drought, flooding, or other natural disasters in 1996 in the most cost efficient manner practicable, including cash payments from the sale of commodities in the disaster reserve, and should provide voluntary conservation assistance to persons who hay or graze on conservation reserve lands.
Emergency Livestock Feed Assistance: Senate agreed to S. Res. 260, to express the sense of the Senate that livestock producers who are not eligible for emergency livestock feed assistance in the 1996 crop year, and who have suffered feed losses due to drought, flooding, or other natural disasters in 1996, should receive special consideration for assistance from commodities or the sale of commodities currently available in the disaster reserve established under section 813 of the Agricultural Act of 1970.
Emergency Livestock Feed Assistance: Senate agreed to S. Res. 261, to express the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of Agriculture should allow livestock producers who had qualified for emergency livestock feed assistance in the 1995 crop year to be eligible for emergency livestock feed assistance in the 1996 crop year.
Congressional Budget Resolution: Senate continued consideration of the provisions of the conference report on 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.
Pages S6117–37, S6164
A unanimous-consent time-agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the conference report on Thursday, June 13, 1996, with a scheduled vote to occur thereon at 12 noon.
Messages From the President: Senate received the following messages from the President of the United States:
Transmitting the report concerning the annual report of the National Endowment for the Arts for fiscal year 1995; referred to the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. (PM–153).
Messages From the President:
Messages From the House:
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Notices of Hearings:
Authority for Committees:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 11:30 a.m., and adjourned at 5:30 p.m., until 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 13, 1996. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S6164–66.)
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded hearings on S. 1166, to enhance public confidence in the safety of the American food supply, and facilitate the development and adoption of safe, effective pest control technologies, and S. 1491, to reform antimicrobial pesticide registration, after receiving testimony from Senators Kassebaum and Grams; Lynn R. Goldman, Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Environmental Protection Agency; Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences; Philip J. Landrigan, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York; Dean Kleckner, Rudd, Iowa, on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation; John R. Cady, National Food Processors Association, Jay J. Vroom, American Crop Protection Association and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, Benjamin C. Bolusky, American Association of Nurserymen, on behalf of the Minor Crop Farmer Alliance, Stephen A. Ziller, Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc., and Edwin L. Behrens, Procter & Gamble Company, all of Washington, D.C.; and Albert H. Meyerhoff, Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco, California.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space held hearings on S. 1726, to promote electronic commerce by facilitating the use of privacy-enhancing technologies, receiving testimony from Senators Leahy and Murray; Kenneth W. Dam, Chairman, National Research Council; Michael Zisman, Lotus Software, James Barksdale, Netscape Communications, Joe Holmes, Electronic Data Systems, Joel S. Lisker, Mastercard International, and Richard W. Sevcik, Hewlett-Packard, all of Washington, D.C.; Jim Bidzos, RSA Data Security, Redwood City, California; Tim Krauskopf, Spyglass Inc., Naperville, Illinois; Dan Buchanan, Zion's Data Services Company, Salt Lake City, Utah; Aharon Friedman, Digital Secured Networks Technology Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; and Robert Bigony, Motorola, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Hearings continue on Wednesday, June 26.
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the following bills:
H.R. 3286, to help families defray adoption costs, and to promote the adoption of minority children; and
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, with an amendment.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.
Committee recessed subject to call.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:
H.R. 2803, to amend the anti-car theft provisions of title 49, United States Code, to increase the utility of motor vehicle title information to States and Federal law enforcement officials (H. Rept. Ð104–618); and
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Lazio to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Committees to Sit: The following committees and their subcommittees received permission to sit today during proceedings of the House under the 5-minute rule: Committee on Banking and Financial Services, Commerce, Economic and Educational Opportunities, Government Reform and Oversight, International Relations, Judiciary, National Security, Resources, Science, Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans Affairs, and Select Intelligence.
Drought Relief: House agreed to S. Con. Res. 63, to express the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Agriculture should dispose of all remaining commodities in the disaster reserve maintained under the Agricultural Act of 1970 to relive the distress of livestock producers whose ability to maintain livestock is adversely affected by disaster conditions existing in certain areas of the United States, such as prolonged drought of flooding.
Agriculture Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 351 yeas to 74 nays, Roll No. 234, the House passed H.R. 3603, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997.
The Bono amendment that expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Agriculture should release a plan for compensating wheat farmers and handlers affected by the karnal bunt quarantine in Riverside and Imperial Counties of California, and review the risk assessment developed by the University of California at Riverside and submit a report to Congress describing how these risk assessments will impact the USDA policy on the quarantine area.
The Fazio amendment that sought to limit funds for predator control efforts under the Animal Damage Control Program and reduce program funds by $13.4 million (rejected by a recorded vote of 139 ayes to 279 noes, Roll No. 230);
The Kennedy of Massachusetts amendment that sought to prohibit funds to trade organizations that promote the sale or export of alcohol or alcoholic beverages;
The Kennedy of Massachusetts amendment that sought to prohibit funds to trade organizations that promote the sale or export of alcohol or alcoholic beverages unless the promotion activities benefit a small-business concern (rejected by a recorded vote of 133 ayes and 288 noes, Roll No. 232);
Pages H6199–H6201, H6210–11
The Kolbe amendment that sought to prohibit funds to administer a peanut program that maintains a season average farmer stock price, for the 1997 crop of quota peanuts, in excess of $640 per ton (rejected by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 231);
The Schumer amendment that sought to prohibit funds for the market access program and eliminate $90 million from the Commodity Credit Corporation for this purpose; and
The Durbin amendment that sought to prohibit funds for tobacco crop insurance and extension services and apply $22.5 million to the Rural Utilities Assistance Program and $2.5 million to the Distance Learning and Medical Link Program (rejected by a recorded vote of 210 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 233).
Budget Resolution: By a yea-and-nay vote of 216 to 211 nays, Roll No. 236, the House agreed to the conference report on 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.
Presidential Message--National Endowment for the Arts: Read a message from the President wherein he transmits the 1995 Annual Report of the National Endowment for the Arts--referred to the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H6286–87.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H6185.
Quorum Calls--Votes: four yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H6190, H6197, H6210, H6210–11, H6235–36, H6246–47, H6256–57, and H6267. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: Met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 11:59 p.m.
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported Interior appropriations for fiscal year 1997.
FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC--PRIVATIZATION
Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing on the Privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Testimony was heard from June O'Neill, Director, CBO; and James Bothwell, Director, Financial Institutions and Market Issues, GAO.
GAO REPORT--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ALIGNMENT AND DOWNSIZING INITIATIVE
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on the GAO Report on the Department of Energy's Strategic Alignment and Downsizing Initiative. Testimony was heard from Bernice Steinhardt, Associate Director, Resources, Community and Economic Development Division, GAO; and Donald W. Pearman, Jr., Associate Deputy Secretary, Field Management, Department of Energy.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY--TRAVEL EXPENDITURES
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations continued hearings on the Department of Energy: Travel Expenditures and Related Issues. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
BUDGET RECONCILIATION RECOMMENDATIONS--WELFARE REFORM
Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities: Approved welfare reform reconciliation recommendations to be transmitted to the Committee on the Budget for inclusion in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act for fiscal year 1997.
BLUE PLAINS WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Subcommittee on the District of Columbia held a hearing on Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant. Testimony was heard from Representative Hoyer; Michael McCabe, Regional Administrator, EPA; the following officials of the District of Columbia: Michael Rogers, City Administrator; and Larry King, Director, Department of Public Works; Kate Hanley, Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia; and public witnesses.
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice held a hearing on oversight of Federal Drug Interdiction Efforts in Mexico: Review of a Rising National Security Threat. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the GAO: Ben Nelson, Director, International Relations and Trade Issues; and Alan Fleener, Senior Evaluator; George Weise, Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Department of the Treasury; and Doug Wankle, Chief of Operations, DEA, Department of Justice.
MIDDLE EAST DEVELOPMENTS
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Developments in the Middle East. Testimony was heard from Robert H. Pelletreau, Assistant Secretary, Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State.
DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported H.R. 3396, Defense of Marriage Act.
WAR CRIMES ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims held a hearing on H.R. 2587, War Crimes Act of 1995. Testimony was heard from Michael Matheson, Principal Deputy Legal Advisor, Department of State; John H. McNeil, Senior Deputy General Counsel (International Affairs and Intelligence), Department of Defense; and public witnesses.
U.S.-PUERTO RICO POLITICAL STATUS ACT
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Native American and Insular Affairs approved for full Committee action amended H.R. 3024, United States-Puerto Rico Political Status Act.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule providing 1 hour of debate on H.R. 3610, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill for failure to comply with clause 2(I)(6) of rule XI (the 3-day requirement for availability of the report), clause 7 of rule XXI (the 3-day requirement for availability of printed hearings and reports on appropriations bills) or section 302(c) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (prohibiting consideration of legislation containing new budget or spending authority within the jurisdiction of a committee until that committee makes allocations in connection with the most recent budget resolution).
The rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill which do not comply with clause 2 of rule XXI (prohibiting unauthorized appropriations and legislation on general appropriations bills) and clause 6 of rule XXI (prohibiting transfers of unobligated balances). The rule makes in order, without intervention of any point of order, the amendment printed in the report of the Committee on Rules to be offered by Mr. Young of Florida or his designee, prior to consideration of any other amendments. The amendment shall be debatable for 20 minutes divided equally between the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question. The rule provides that if the amendment is adopted, the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for purposes of further amendment.
The rule provides that after the disposition of such amendment, the appropriate allocation of new discretionary budget authority within the meaning of section 302(f)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 shall be $245,065,000,000. The corresponding level of budget outlays shall be $243,372,000,000.
The rule accords priority in recognition to those amendments that are pre-printed in the Congressional Record. The rule provides that the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole may postpone recorded votes on any amendment and that the chairman may reduce voting time on postponed questions to 5 minutes, provided that the vote takes place immediately following another recorded vote and that the voting time on the first in a series of questions be not less than 15 minutes.
The rule further 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 Young of Florida, Murtha, and Menendez.
SPACE LAUNCH STRATEGY
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing on U.S. Space Launch Strategy. Testimony was heard from Daniel S. Goldin, Administrator, NASA; Robert Davis, Deputy Under Secretary, Space, Department of Defense; Frank Weaver, Associate Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA, Department of Transportation; the following officials of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative: Don Eiss, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Industry and Labor; and Catherine A. Novelli, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Eastern/Central Europe and Eurasia; and public witnesses.
COASTWISE TRADE LAWS IMPACT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held an oversight hearing on the impact of U.S. coastwise trade laws on the transportation system in the United States. Testimony was heard from Albert J. Herberger, Administrator, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation; Stuart P. Seidel, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Regulation and Ruling, U.S. Customs Service, Department of the Treasury; Robert A. Rogowsky, Director of Operations, U.S. International Trade Commission; and public witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS--CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARDS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Compensation, Pension, Insurance and Memorial Affairs and the Subcommittee on Education, Training, Employment and Housing held a joint hearing on customer service standards at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service. Testimony was heard from Robert Gardner, Chief Financial Officer, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Preston Taylor, Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Employment and Training, Department of Labor; and representatives of veterans organizations.
BUDGET RECONCILIATION RECOMMENDATIONS--WELFARE REFORM
Committee on Ways and Means: Approved of welfare reform reconciliation recommendations to be transmitted to the Committee on the Budget for inclusion in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act for fiscal year 1937.
BRIEFING--RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to receive a briefing on Russian Presidential Elections. The Committee was briefed by departmental witnesses.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, business meeting, to resume mark up of proposed legislation to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration, and to consider other pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to hold hearings on S. 1844, to direct a study of the opportunities for enhanced water based recreation, 9:30 a.m., SD–366.
Committee on Finance, to hold hearings on S. 1795, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, 10 a.m., SD–215.
Committee on Foreign Relations, to hold a closed briefing on Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) compliance, 11 a.m., S–116, Capitol.
Committee on the Judiciary, business meeting, to consider pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Subcommittee on Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights, business meeting, to resume consideration of S.J. Res. 8, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to prohibit retroactive increases in taxes, 2 p.m., SD–226.
Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Aging, to hold hearings to examine whether working America is adequately preparing for retirement, 9 a.m., SD–430.
For a listing of Senate Committee Meetings scheduled ahead, see page E1077 in today's Record.
Committee on Agriculture, to continue consideration of recommendations to the Committee on the Budget to comply with the instructions included in the Budget Resolution (Food Stamp Reform Program), 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
Committee on Appropriations, to markup the following: revised Budget allocations for fiscal year 1997; and the Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies appropriations for fiscal year 1997, 8:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Commerce, to markup the following: Title II, Subtitle A--Medicaid Restructuring Act of 1996; Title II, Subtitle B--Other Provisions; and H.R. 248, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the conduct of expanded studies and the establishment of innovative programs with respect to traumatic brain injury, 1 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to continue hearings on the Department of Energy: Travel Expenditures and Related Issues, 9:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on Civil Service, to mark up H.R. 3586, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1996, 2 p.m. 2247 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology, oversight hearing on Federal Information Policy, 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice, to continue hearings on White House Communication Agency, Part II, 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on International Relations, hearing on the Effectiveness of U.S. Assistance in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and the Other New Independence States, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on National Security, hearing on challenges posed by Russia to U.S. national security interests, 9:30 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3287, Crawford National Fish Hatchery Conveyance Act; H.R. 3546, Walhalla National Fish Hatchery Act; and H.R. 3557, Marion National Fish Hatchery Conveyance Act; to be followed by an oversight hearing on Mitchell Act Hatcheries, Management of Bluefin Tuna, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Lands, to markup the following bills: H.R. 639, West Virginia Rivers Technical Amendments Act of 1995; H.R. 640, West Virginia National Rivers Boundary Modifications Act of 1995; H.R. 1825, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to limit acquisition of land on the 39-mile headwaters segment of the Missouri River, Nebraska and South Dakota, designated as a recreational river, to acquisition from willing sellers; H.R. 2255, Lamprey Wild and Scenic River Act; H.R. 2292, Hanford Reach Preservation Act; H.R. 3534, Mineral King Act of 1996; H.R. 3006, to provide for disposal of public lands in support of the Manzanar Historic Site in the State of California; H.R. 2636, to transfer jurisdiction over certain parcels of Federal real property located in the District of Columbia; and H.R. 3127, Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1996, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, executive to, consider pending business, 2 p.m., HT–2M Capitol.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to markup the following bills: H.R. 3592, Water Resources Development Act of 1996; and H.R. 2940, Deepwater Port Modernization Act, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Ways and Means, to markup the following bills: H.R. 3107, Iran Oil Sanctions Act of 1996; and H.R. 3161, to authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (most-favored-nation treatment) to the products of Romania, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue debate of the conference report on H. Con. Res. 178, Congressional Budget Resolution, with a vote scheduled to occur thereon at 12 noon.
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 2754, the Shipbuilding Trade Agreement Act (modified closed rule, 1 hour of general debate); and
Consideration of H.R. 3610, DOD Appropriations Act of FY 1997 (open rule, 1 hour of general debate).
Allard, Wayne, Colo., E1075
Bilirakis, Michael, Fla., E1072
Boehlert, Sherwood L., N.Y., E1067
Chenoweth, Helen, Idaho, E1073
Davis, Thomas M., Va., E1063
DeLauro, Rosa L., Conn., E1070
DeLay, Tom, Tex., E1061
Dellums, Ronald V., Calif., E1072
Dornan, Robert K., Calif., E1067
Farr, Sam, Calif., E1066
Flake, Floyd H., N.Y., E1076
Fowler, Tillie K., Fla., E1062
Gejdenson, Sam, Conn., E1071
Gilman, Benjamin A., N.Y., E1065
Graham, Lindsey O., S.C., E1069
Hamilton, Lee H., Ind., E1073
Jacobs, Andrew, Jr., Ind., E1070
King, Peter T., N.Y., E1068
Knollenberg, Joe, Mich., E1064
Latham, Tom, Iowa, E1062
Mink, Patsy T., Hawaii, E1075
Nethercutt, George R., Jr., Wash., E1066
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1069
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E1075
Parker, Mike, Miss., E1069
Poshard, Glenn, Ill., E1072
Rahall, Nick J., II, W. Va., E1070
Reed, Jack, R.I., E1074
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E1074
Spence, Floyd, S.C., E1067
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1069
Vento, Bruce F., Minn., E1071
Young, C.W. Bill, Fla., E1066
Young, Don, Alaska, E1071