Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
July 8, 1997
105th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 143, No. 95 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, July 8, 1997
- House passed H.R. 2016, Military Construction Appropriations Act for FY 1998.
DOD Authorizations: Senate continued consideration of S. 936, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1998 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows:
Pages S6960–70, S6974–89
Thurmond Amendment No. 744, to extend the Chiropractic Health Care Demonstration Project for two years.
Levin (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 648, to require a report on Department of Defense policies and programs to promote health lifestyles among members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.
Thurmond (for Helms) Amendment No. 745, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to donate excess furniture, and other excess property, of closed Army chapels to religious organizations that have suffered damage or destruction of property as a result of acts of arson or terrorism.
Levin (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 649, to provide for increased administrative flexibility and efficiency in the management of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
Thurmond (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 746, to require the procurement of recycled copier paper by the Department of Defense.
Levin (for Harkin/Durbin) Amendment No. 747, to improve the provisions on depot, inventory, and financial management reform.
Thurmond (for Thompson/Glenn) Amendment No. 748, to streamline electronic commerce in Federal procurement.
Levin (for Graham) Amendment No. 749, to require the Secretary of Defense to review the command selection process for District Engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Thurmond (for Santorum/Lieberman) Amendment No. 750, to extend for two years the applicability of fulfillment standards developed for purposes of certain defense acquisition workforce training requirements.
Levin (for Cleland) Amendment No. 712, to express the sense of Congress reaffirming the commitment of the United States to provide quality health care for military retirees.
Levin (for Harkin/Kempthorne) Amendment No. 751, to require the Secretary of Defense to initiate actions to eliminate or mitigate the need for some military families to subsist at poverty level standards of living.
Cochran/Durbin Amendment No. 420, to require a license to export computers with composite theoretical performance equal to or greater than 2,000 million theoretical operations per second.
Grams Amendment No. 422 (to Amendment No. 420), to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on the availability and potential risks relating to the sale of certain computers.
Coverdell (for Inhofe/Coverdell/Cleland) Amendment No. 423, to define depot-level maintenance and repair, to limit contracting for depot-level maintenance and repair at installations approved for closure or realignment in 1995, and to modify authorities and requirements relating to the performance of core logistics functions.
Lugar Modified Amendment No. 658, to increase (with offsets) the funding, and to improve the authority, for cooperative threat reduction programs and related Department of Energy programs.
Pages S6960, S6974–75
Gorton Amendment No. 645, to provide for the implementation of designated provider agreements for uniformed services treatment facilities.
Wellstone Amendment No. 669, to provide funds for the bioassay testing of veterans exposed to ionizing radiation during military service.
Wellstone Modified Amendment No. 668, to require the Secretary of Defense to transfer $400,000,000 to the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs to provide funds for veterans' health care and other purposes.
Pages S6963–64, S6987
Wellstone Modified Amendment No. 670, to require the Secretary of Defense to transfer $5,000,000 to the Secretary of Agriculture to provide funds for outreach and startup for the school breakfast program.
Pages S6967–68, S6987
Gorton/Murray/Feinstein Amendment No. 424, to reestablish a selection process for donation of the USS Missouri.
Murkowski Modified Amendment No. 753, to require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the options available to the Department of Defense for the disposal of chemical weapons and agents.
Kyl Amendment No. 607, to impose a limitation on the use of Cooperative Threat Reduction funds for destruction of chemical weapons.
Kyl Amendment No. 605, to advise the President and Congress regarding the safety, security, and reliability of United States Nuclear weapons stockpile.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 46 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 161), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate failed to agree to close further debate on the bill.
A second motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on the cloture motion will occur on Thursday, July 10, 1997.
Senate will continue consideration of the bill on Wednesday, July 9, 1997.
Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaties:
Extradition Treaty with Luxembourg (Treaty Doc. 105–10);
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Luxembourg (Treaty Doc. 105–11); and
Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Poland (Treaty Doc. 105–12).
The treaties were transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Richard Dale Kauzlarich, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Donna Jean Hrinak, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Bolivia.
1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
3 Army nominations in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Notices of Hearings:
Authority for Committees:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--161)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 6:55 p.m., until 9:15 a.m., on Wednesday, July 9, 1997. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7028.)
ELECTRIC UTILITY RESTRUCTURING
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded hearings to examine the effects of potential electricity deregulation on rural America and the Rural Utilities Service electric loan program, after receiving testimony from Wally Beyer, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture; Robert E. Robertson, Associate Director, Food and Agriculture Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division, General Accounting Office; Cynthia A. Marlette, Associate General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy; Cody L. Graves, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on behalf of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission; Glenn English, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, Virginia; David K. Owens, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C.; and Robert Haug, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Ankeny.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense approved for full committee consideration an original bill making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998.
APPROPRIATIONS--ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved for full committee consideration an original bill making appropriations for energy and water development programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on African Affairs held hearings to examine United States policy and the prospects for a stable democracy with regard to recent developments within the Democratic Republic of the Congo, receiving testimony from William H. Twaddell, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Richard McCall, Chief of Staff, United States Agency for International Development; Peter Rosenblum, Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Chester Crocker, Georgetown University, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Kirpatrick J. Day, Refugees International, both of Washington, D.C.
Subcommittee recessed subject to call.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs concluded hearings on the future stability of North Korea, after receiving testimony from Charles Kartman, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Kurt M. Campbell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Charles K. Armstrong, Columbia University, New York, New York; and Andrew S. Natsios, World Vision, and Marcus Noland, Institute for International Economics, both of Washington, D.C.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE INVESTIGATION
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee began hearings to examine certain matters with regard to the committee's special investigation on campaign financing.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
MILITARY SURPLUS DISPOSAL
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts concluded oversight hearings of the Federal Government's administrative process for disposing of surplus military parts and equipment, after receiving testimony from Bonni Tischler, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Investigations, Lee Dolan, Senior Special Agent, and John Hensley, Special Agent in Charge, all of the United States Customs Service, Department of the Treasury; Capt. Randle D. Bales, USN, Associate Executive Director for Materiel Management, and Jack W. Blackway, DOD Demilitarization Program Manager, both of the Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Defense; and David B. Barrington, Memphis, Tennessee, former Criminal Investigator, Trade Security Control Branch, Criminal Investigations Activity, Defense Logistics Agency.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:
Filed on July 3: H.R. 10, to enhance competition in the financial services industry by providing a prudential framework for the affiliation of banks, securities firms, and other financial service providers, amended (H. Rept. 105–164 Part I);
H.R. 822, to facilitate a land exchange involving private land within the exterior boundaries of Wenatchee National Forest in Chelan County, Washington to Facilitate a Land Exchange Within the Wenatchee National Forest in Chelan County, Washington, amended (H. Rept. 105–168);
H. Res. 179, providing for consideration of H.R. 1775, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1998 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System (H. Rept. 105–172); and
H. Res. 180, providing for consideration of H.R. 858, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a pilot project on designated lands within Plumas, Lassen, and Tahoe National Forests in the State of California to demonstrate the effectiveness of the resource management activities proposed by the Quincy Library Group and to amend current land and resource management plans for these national forests to consider the incorporation of these resource management activities (H. Rept. 105–173).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Petri to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 1:00 p.m. and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.
Corrections Calendar--Prohibiting Illegal Aliens from Receiving Relocation Allowance: On the call of the Corrections Calendar, the House passed H.R. 849, to prohibit an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States from receiving assistance under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, by a yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 246. Earlier, agreed to the Committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages H4846–51, H4876–77
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: S.J. Res. 29, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to design and construct a permanent addition to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. (passed by a yea-and-nay vote of 363 yeas to 39 nays, Roll No. 247);
Pages H4851–53, H4877
Wenatchee National Forest, Washington: H.R. 822, amended, to facilitate a land exchange involving private land within the exterior boundaries of Wenatchee National Forest in Chelan County, Washington to Facilitate a Land Exchange Within the Wenatchee National Forest in Chelan County, Washington;
Land Exchange in Hinsdale, Colorado: H.R. 951, to require the Secretary of the Interior to exchange certain lands located in Hinsdale, Colorado;
Land Conveyances in Tulare, California: H.R. 960, amended, to validate certain conveyances in the City of Tulare, Tulare County, California;
Land Conveyance to Grants Pass, Oregon: H.R. 1198, amended to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to the City of Grants Pass, Oregon;
Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act: H.R. 1658, amended, to reauthorize and amend the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act and related laws (passed by a yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 248);
Pages H4858–60, H4877–78
Codify Laws Related to Transportation: H.R. 1086, amended, to codify without substantive change laws related to transportation and to improve the United States Code;
Prohibition on Financial Transactions with Countries Supporting Terrorism: H.R. 748, amended, to amend the prohibition of title 18, United States Code, against financial transactions with terrorists (passed by a yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas to 33 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 249);
Pages H4864–68, H4878–79
Law Enforcement Technology Advertisement Clarification: H.R. 1840, to provide a law enforcement exception to the prohibition on the advertising of certain electronic devices;
Telemarketing Fraud Prevention Act: H.R. 1847, amended, to improve the criminal law relating to fraud against consumers;
Protection of Children from Abduction and Exploitation: H. Res. 154, expressing the sense of the House that the Nation's children are its most valuable assets and that their protection should be the Nation's highest priority; and
Better Health Plan of Amherst, New York: H.R. 2018, amended, to waive temporarily the Medicaid enrollment composition rule for the Better Health Plan of Amherst, New York.
Military Construction Appropriations: By a yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 14 nays, Roll No. 250, the House passed H.R. 2016, making appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998,
A point of order was sustained against the McCollum amendment that sought to prohibit any military construction funding for the Naval Nuclear Power Propulsion Training Center in Charleston, South Carolina.
Recess: The House recessed at 4:48 p.m. and reconvened at 5:15 p.m.
Commission to Assess Efforts to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Read a letter from the Minority Leader wherein he appointed Mr. Tony Beilenson of Maryland to the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Commission on the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement: Read a letter from the Minority Leader wherein he appointed Mr. Gilbert Gallegos of New Mexico to the Commission on the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H4914–18.
Adjournment: Met at 12:30 p.m. and adjourned at 9:59 p.m.
VA-HUD-INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the VA, HUD and Independent Agencies appropriations for fiscal year 1998.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on National Security met in executive session to begin markup of the Department of Defense appropriations for fiscal year 1998.
Will continue tomorrow.
EDUCATION--PROGRESS OF TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on ``Education at a Crossroads, What Works, What's Wasted'' in Teacher Training Programs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Education: Robert Seabrooks, Deputy Assistant Inspector General, Audit; and Daniel Kasprzyk, Program Director, School and Staffing Survey, National Center for Education Statistics; and public witnesses.
PERFORMANCE BASED ORGANIZATIONS
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight: Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology held a hearing on ``Performance Based Organizations''. Testimony was heard from John Koskinen, Deputy Director, Management, OMB; J. Christopher, Mihm, Acting Associate Director, Federal Management and Workforce Issues, General Government Division, GAO; Maj. Gen. Richard E. Beale, Jr., USA (Ret.), Director, Defense Commissary Agency, Department of Defense; Edward Kazenske, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Patents, Patent and Trademark, Department of Commerce; David Sanders, Deputy Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; and public witnesses.
Committee on House Oversight: Met and considered pending committee business.
INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a modified open rule providing 1 hour of debate on H.R. 1775, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998. The rule makes in order the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute now printed in the bill as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and said substitute shall be considered by title and shall considered as read. The rule waives points of order against the committee amendment for failure to comply with clause 7 of rule XVI (germaneness) and clauses 5(a) and 5(b) of rule XXI (prohibiting appropriations on an authorization bill, and prohibiting the consideration of tax or tariff measures which have not been reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, respectively). The rule provides for consideration of only those amendments that have been pre-printed in the Congressional Record. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Goss and Representative Dicks.
QUINCY LIBRARY GROUP FOREST RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STABILITY ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a modified closed rule providing 1 hour of debate on H.R. 858, Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery and Economic Stability Act of 1997. The rule provides that in lieu of the Resources Committee amendment, that the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the Congressional Record and numbered 1 shall be considered as an original bill for the purposes of amendment, and provides that the amendment shall be considered as read. The rule waives clause 7 of rule XVI (germaneness) and 5(a) of rule XXI (appropriating in a legislative bill) against the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the Congressional Record. The rule provides that the amendment offered by Representative Miller of California or his designee 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 Herger and Miller of California.
Committee on Armed Services, to hold hearings on the nominations of Gen. Wesley K. Clark, USA, to be Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command, and Lt. Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, USMC, to be Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, 9 a.m., SR–222.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Regulatory Relief and Subcommittee on Housing Opportunity and Community Development, to hold hearings on problems surrounding the mortgage origination process and the implementation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and the Truth in Lending Act, 10 a.m., SD–538.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to hold joint hearings with the House Resources Committee to review the final draft of the Tongass Land Management Plan, 11 a.m., SD–366.
Committee on Governmental Affairs, to continue hearings to examine certain matters with regard to the committee's special investigation on campaign financing, 9 a.m., SH–216.
Committee on the Judiciary, to hold hearings to examine encryption, recovery, and privacy protection issues in the information age, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Rules and Administration, to hold a briefing on the status of the investigation into the contested U.S. Senate election held in Louisiana in November 1996, 2:30 p.m., SR–301.
Select Committee on Intelligence, to hold closed hearings on intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.
Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Forestry, Resource Conservation, and Research, hearing to review agricultural extension and education programs, 9:30 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
Committee on Appropriations, to mark up the following appropriations for fiscal year 1998: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; and the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs, 2 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on National Security, executive, to continue mark up of the Department of Defense appropriations for fiscal year 1998, 9 a.m., H–140 Capitol.
Committee on Banking and Financial Services, to mark up H.R. 1370, to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 2:00 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, hearing on a Federal Role in Electronic Authentication, 10:00 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing on Electricity: Public Power, TVA, BPA, and Competition, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, hearing on H.R. 1625, Worker Paycheck Fairness Act, 10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families, hearing on the Authorization of the Older Americans Act, 2 p.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice, hearing on International Drug Control Policy: Colombia, 1:00 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade, hearing on Fast Track, NAFTA, Mercosur and Beyond: Does the Road Lead to a Future Free Trade Area of the Americas?, 2:00 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, to mark up H.R. 1909, Civil Rights Act of 1997, 2 p.m., 2226 Rayburn.
Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 2107, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, 4 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, hearing on Ocean and Coastal Issues, 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, hearing on the following bills: S. 923, to deny veterans benefits to persons convicted of Federal capital offenses; and H.R. 2040, to amend title 38, United States Code, to deny burial in a federally funded cemetery to persons convicted of certain capital crimes, 10:00 a.m., 334 Cannon.
Joint Economic Committee, to hold hearings to examine tradable emissions, focusing on proposals to establish a Federal tradable emissions initiative to reduce environmental problems such as rain and minimize regulatory costs, preserve jobs, and lower production and consumer costs, 10 a.m., 2325 Rayburn Building.
Joint Hearing, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to hold joint hearings with the House Resources Committee to review the final draft of the Tongass Land Management Plan, 11 a.m., SD–366.
Program for Wednesday: After the recognition of two Senators for speeches and the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 11 a.m.), Senate will resume consideration of S. 936, DOD Authorizations.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 848, Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery and Economic Stability Act (modified closed rule, 1 hour of debate); and
Consideration of H.R. 1775, Intelligence Authorization Act (modified open rule, 1 hour of debate).
Barrett, Thomas M., Wisc., E1375
Bereuter, Doug, Nebr., E1366
Bonior, David E., Mich., E1368
Burr, Richard, N.C., E1375
Coble, Howard, N.C., E1376
Combest, Larry, Tex., E1374
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1366
Davis, Thomas M., Va., E1372
Ewing, Thomas W., Ill., E1368
Forbes, Michael P., N.Y., E1367
Fox, Jon D., Pa., E1374
Frank, Barney, Mass., E1370
Gallegly, Elton, Calif., E1374
Gingrich, Newt, Ga., E1365
Kelly, Sue W., N.Y., E1369
Kleczka, Gerald D., Wisc., E1371
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E1372
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1375
Lewis, Jerry, Calif., E1368
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1375
Mink, Patsy T., Hawaii, E1372
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1369
Pitts, Joseph R., Pa., E1369
Radanovich, George P., Calif., E1368
Shays, Christopher, Conn., E1374
Stokes, Louis, Ohio, E1367
Traficant, James A., Jr., Ohio, E1373
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1366
Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E1374