Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
September 25, 1996
104th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 142, No. 134 — Daily Edition
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[Daily Digest] [Pages D998-D1001] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) EXPORT PROMOTION Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on International Finance concluded hearings to review the Fourth Annual Report of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, created by the Export Enhancement Act of 1992 to provide for a unified federal export promotion strategy, focusing on foreign trade practices by United States competitors, after receiving testimony from Stuart E. Eizenstat, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. [[Page D999]] MARS DISCOVERY Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space concluded hearings to examine the recent discovery of evidence of past life on Mars, after receiving testimony from Ernest J. Moniz, Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Wes Huntress, Administrative Assistant, Space Science Program, and David S. McKay, Assistant for Exploration, Earth Science and Solar System Exploration Division, Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas), both of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Nancy Hinman, University of Montana, Missoula; Harry Y. McSween, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and John Kerridge, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla. AVIATION SAFETY Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded hearings to examine aviation safety issues, focusing on the treatment of families following airline accidents, after receiving testimony from Victoria Cummock, Coral Gables, Florida, on behalf of the Families of Pan Am 103 Lockerbie; Richard Kessler, Atlanta, Georgia, on behalf of the victims of ValuJet Flight 592; Dario Cremades, New York, New York, and A. Frank Carven III, Bel Air, Maryland, both on behalf of victims of TWA Flight 800; Hans Ephraimson-Abt, New York, New York, on behalf of the American Association of Families of Korean Airlines Flight 007 Victims; and Kendra St. Charles, Akron, Ohio, on behalf of the victims of USAir Flight 405. NORTH CAROLINA LAND CLAIM Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and Public Land Management concluded hearings on S. 987, to provide for the full settlement of all claims of Swain County, North Carolina, against the United States under the agreement dated July 30, 1943, after receiving testimony from Senators Helms and Faircloth; Representative Charles Taylor; Denis Galvin, Associate Director for Planning and Development, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; Linda Hogue, North Shore Road Association, and Bill Lewis, Swain County Commission, both of Bryson City, North Carolina; Helen Vance, North Shore Cemetery Association, Sylva, North Carolina; Joyce C. Dugan, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, North Carolina; Peter Kirby, Wilderness Society, Atlanta, Georgia; Ted Snyder, Sierra Club, Walhalla, South Carolina; John Thornton, National Parks and Conservation Association, Washington, D.C.; and John George, Angwin, California. TRADE LAW AMENDMENTS Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported H.R. 3815, to make technical corrections and miscellaneous amendments to trade laws, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items: The nominations of Richard W. Bogosian, of Maryland, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Coordinator for Rwanda/Burundi, Dennis K. Hays, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname, Genta Hawkins Holmes, of California, to be Ambassador to Australia, Arma Jane Karaer, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to Solomon Islands, and as Ambassador to the Republic of Vanuatu, John Francis Maisto, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Venezuela, Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador, John Stern Wolf, of Maryland, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as U.S. Coordinator for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Marilyn McAfee, of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Information Agency, for promotion to the Class of Career Minister, Madeleine Korbel Albright, of the District of Columbia, and Edward William Gnehm Jr., of Georgia, each to be a United States Representative to the Fifty-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Karl Frederick Inderfurth, of North Carolina, and Victor Marrero, of New York, each to be an Alternate United States Representative to the Fifty-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and certain Foreign Service officer promotion lists. Convention Between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and Capital, together with the Protocol and the two related exchanges of notes, signed at Almaty on October 24, 1993 (Treaty Doc. No. 103-33), with a proviso; An exchange of notes dated at Washington July 10, 1995, relating to the Tax Convention with the Republic of Kazakhstan--Treaty Doc. No. 103-33 (Treaty Doc. No. 104-15), with a proviso; The Protocol between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Respect of the Netherlands Antilles Amending Article VIII of the 1948 Convention with Respect to Taxes on Income and Certain [[Page D1000]] Other Taxes as Applicable to the Netherlands Antilles, signed at Washington on October 10, 1995 (Treaty Doc. No. 104-23); Protocol, signed at Jakarta July 24, 1996, Amending the Convention Between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income, with Related Protocol and Exchange of Notes Signed at Jakarta on the 11th Day of July 1988 (Treaty Doc. No. 104-32); An original bill (S. 2130) to extend certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities to Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices; S. Res. 285, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of State should make improvements in Cambodia's record on human rights, the environment, narcotics trafficking and the Royal Government of Cambodia's conduct among the primary objectives in our bilateral relations with Cambodia, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; H.R. 3916, to make available certain Voice of America and Radio Marti multilingual computer readable text and voice recordings; H.J. Res. 158, to recognize the Peace Corps on the occasion of its 35th anniversary and the Americans who have served as Peace Corps volunteers, with amendments; and H.R. 3846, to provide grant assistance to increase the availability of credit to micro and small enterprises lacking full access to credit. Also, testimony was received on the aforementioned treaties from Kenneth J. Kies, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation. LEBANON Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs concluded hearings to examine the prospects for peace, security, and economic development in Lebanon, after receiving testimony from Senators Graham and Abraham; former Senator Percy; Elizabeth McKune, Director, Office of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestinian Affairs, Department of State; Brian Henderson, Merrill Lynch International, and Terry Anderson, Columbia University, both of New York, New York; Peter J. Tanous, American Task Force for Lebanon, Washington, D.C.; and John Kelly, International Equity Partners, Conyers, Georgia. REGULATORY REFORM Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Financial Management and Accountability held oversight hearings to review the activities of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and its implementation of Executive Order No. 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, focusing on the need to improve the Federal regulatory system, receiving testimony from Sally Katzen, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs; L. Nye Stevens, Director, Federal Management and Workforce Issues, General Government Division, General Accounting Office; Robert L. King, New York State Office of Regulatory Reform, Albany; James C. Miller III, Citizens for a Sound Economy, C. Boyden Gray, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Robert W. Hahn, American Enterprise Institute, and Paul R. Portney, Resources for the Future, all of Washington, D.C.; and Scott L. Holman, Bay Cast Inc., Bay City, Michigan, on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Hearings were recessed subject to call. WHITE HOUSE INFORMATION ACCESS Committee on the Judiciary: Committee resumed hearings to examine the dissemination of Federal Bureau of Investigation background investigation reports and other information to the White House, receiving testimony from Howard M. Shapiro, General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; and D. Craig Livingstone, former Director, White House Office of Personnel Security. Hearings were recessed subject to call. PRISON LITIGATION REFORM ACT Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings to examine the role of the Department of Justice in implementing the Prison Litigation Reform Act, as contained in P.L. 104-134 (Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996), after receiving testimony from John R. Schmidt, Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice; Michigan Governor John Engler, Lansing; Sarah Vandenbraak, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Harrisburg; Laura Chamberlain, Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, New York; Mark Soler, Youth Law Center, Washington, D.C.; and Walter Dickey, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison. INTELLIGENCE RELATED TO GULF WAR ILLNESSES Committee on Veterans Affairs/Select Committee on Intelligence:Committees concluded joint hearings to examine an intelligence analysis with regard to the possible exposure of United States troops to chemical or biological agents during the Persian Gulf War, after receiving testimony from John E. McLaughlin, Vice Chairman for Estimates, National Intelligence Council; Sylvia Copeland, Chief, CIA Persian Gulf Illnesses Task Force; Stephen C. Joseph, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; and Kenneth [[Page D1001]] W. Kizer, Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health. NAVAJO-HOPI LAND SETTLEMENT ACT Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee held hearings on S. 2111, to make certain amendments to the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act of 1974 and to provide for the phase out of the Navajo and Hopi Relocation Program within five years, receiving testimony from Christopher J. Bavasi, Executive Director, Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation; Ferrell H. Secakuku, Hopi Tribe, Kykotsmovi, Arizona; Herb Yazzie, Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona; Nathan David and LaVonne Tsosie, both of the Nahat'a' Dziil Chapter, Sanders, Arizona; and Bonnie Whitesinger, Sovereign Dineh Nation, Flagstaff, Arizona. Hearings were recessed subject to call.