Daily Digest

Wednesday, October 7, 1998

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 3694, Intelligence Authorization Act.
    The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 4104, Treasury, Postal Appropriations Act.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S11643–S11830

Measures Introduced: Fourteen bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2563–2576 and S. Res. 289–291.
Page S11698


Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:

Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 1999.'' (S. Rept. No. 105–373)

Report to accompany S. 2041, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of the Willow Lake Natural Treatment System Project for the reclamation and reuse of water. (S. Rept. No. 105–374)

Report to accompany S. 2140, to amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of the Denver Water Reuse project. (S. Rept. No. 105–375)

Report to accompany S. 2142, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey the facilities of the Pine River Project, to allow jurisdictional transfer of lands between the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (S. Rept. No. 105–376)

Report to accompany H.R. 2402, to make technical and clarifying amendments to improve management of water-related facilities in the Western United States. (S. Rept. No. 105–377)

Report to accompany H.R. 4079, to authorize the construction of temperature control devices at Folsom Dam in California. (S. Rept. No. 105–378)

S. 391, to provide for the disposition of certain funds appropriated to pay judgment in favor of the Mississippi Sioux Indians, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 105–379)

H.R. 1023, to provide for compassionate payments with regard to individuals with blood-clotting disorders, such as hemophilia, who contracted human immunodeficiency virus due to contaminated blood products.

S. 2564, to provide for compassionate payments with regard to individuals with blood-clotting disorders, such as hemophilia, who contracted human immunodeficiency virus due to contaminated blood products, and for other purposes.
Pages S11697–98

Measures Passed:

Copyright Term Extension Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 505, to amend the provisions of title 17, United States Code, with respect to the duration of copyright, and the bill was then passed after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S11672–75

Lott (for Hatch) Amendment No. 3782, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S11672–73


Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Coin Act: Senate passed H.R. 678, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the birth of Thomas Alva Edison, to redesign the half dollar circulating coin for 1997 to commemorate Thomas Edison, clearing the measure for the President.
Pages S11807–08


School Resource Officers: Senate passed S. 2235, to amend part Q of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to encourage the use of school resource officers.
Page S11808


Alternative Dispute Resolution Act: Senate passed H.R. 3528, to amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in United States district courts, after agreeing to committee amendments, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S11808–10

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McCain (for Grassley/Durbin) Amendment No. 3784, to make technical modifications regarding the use of alternative dispute resolution processes in United States district courts.
Page S11810


Printing Authority: Senate agreed to S. Res. 289, authorizing the printing of the ``Testimony from the Hearings of the Task Force on Economic Sanctions''.
Page S11810


Senate Legal Counsel Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 290, to authorize representation by Senate Legal Counsel.
Page S11810


Senate Legal Counsel Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 291, to authorize representation by Senate Legal Counsel.
Pages S11810–11


Democracy Transition in Iraq: Senate passed H.R. 4655, to establish a program to support a transition to democracy in Iraq, clearing the measure for the President.
Pages S11811–12


Bounty Hunter Accountability and Quality Assistance Act: Senate passed S. 1637, to expedite State review of criminal records of applicants for bail enforcement officer employment, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S11812–13


Irrigation Project Contract Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 2795, to extend certain contracts between the Bureau of Reclamation and irrigation water contractors in Wyoming and Nebraska that receive water from Glendo Reservoir, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S11813


Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Completion Act: Senate passed H.R. 1659, to provide for the expeditious completion of the acquisition of private mineral interests within the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument mandated by the 1982 Act that established the Monument, clearing the measure for the President.
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Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: Senate passed H.R. 2000, to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to make certain clarifications to the land bank protection provisions, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S11813


Carlsbad Irrigation Project Acquired Land Transfer Act: Senate passed S. 736, to convey certain real property within the Carlsbad Project in New Mexico to the Carlsbad Irrigation District, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S11813–14


Lewis and Clark Rural Water System Act: Senate passed S. 777, to authorize the construction of the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System and to authorize assistance to the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, for planning and construction of the water supply system, after agreeing to committee amendments.
Pages S11814–16


Advisory Commission Reauthorization: Senate passed S. 1175, to reauthorize the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Citizen Advisory Commission for 10 additional years.
Page S11816


Women's Rights National Historic Trail: Senate passed S. 1641, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study alternatives for establishing a national historic trail to commemorate and interpret the history of women's rights in the United States, after agreeing to a committee amendment.
Page S11816


Willow Lake Natural Treatment System Project: Senate passed S. 2041, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of the Willow Lake Natural Treatment System Project for the reclamation and reuse of water.
Page S11816


George Washington Birthplace National Monument: Senate passed S. 2086, to revise the boundaries of the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S11816–17


Denver Water Reuse Project: Senate passed S. 2140, to amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, planning, and construction of the Denver Water Reuse Project.
Page S11817


Pine River Project Conveyance: Senate passed S. 2142, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey the facilities of the Pine River Project, to allow jurisdictional transfer of lands between the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S11817–18


Fort Matanzas National Monument: Senate passed S. 2239, to revise the boundary of Fort Matanzas National Monument.
Page S11818


Adams National Historical Park: Senate passed S. 2240, to establish the Adams National Historical Park in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, after agreeing to committee amendments.
Pages S11818–20


Land Acquisition: Senate passed S. 2241, to provide for the acquisition of lands formerly occupied by the Franklin D. Roosevelt family at Hyde Park, New York.
Page S11820


Boundary Modification: Senate passed S. 2246, to amend the Act which established the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by modifying the boundary.
Page S11820


U.S. Park Police Medical Expenses: Senate passed S. 2247, to permit the payment of medical expenses incurred by the United States Park Police in the performance of duty to be made directly by the National Park Service.
Page S11820


Waiver Allowance/Indemnification: Senate passed S. 2248, to allow for waiver and indemnification in mutual law enforcement agreements between the National Park Service and a State or political subdivision, when required by State law.
Pages S11820–21


National Historic Preservation Act: Senate passed S. 2257, to reauthorize the National Historic Preservation Act, after agreeing to committee amendments.
Page S11821


Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Senate passed S. 2284, to establish the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S11821


Seneca Falls Convention 150th Anniversary: Senate passed S. 2285, to establish a commission, in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, to further protect sites of importance in the historic efforts to secure equal rights for women.
Pages S11821–22


Gateway Visitor Center: Senate passed S. 2309, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement for the construction and operation of the Gateway Visitor Center at Independence National Historical Park.
Pages S11822–23


Dante Fascell Visitor Center: Senate passed S. 2468, to designate the Biscayne National Park visitor center as the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Biscayne National Park, after agreeing to a committee amendment.
Page S11823


Land Exchange: Senate passed H.R. 2411, to provide for a land exchange involving the Cape Cod National Seashore and to extend the authority for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S11823


Folsom Dam: Senate passed H.R. 4079, to authorize the construction of temperature control devices at Folsom Dam in California, clearing the measure for the President.
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Idaho Admission Act: Senate passed H.R. 4166, to amend the Idaho Admission Act regarding the sale or lease of school land, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S11823


Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System Act: Senate passed S. 744, to authorize the construction of the Fall River Water Users District Rural Water System and authorize financial assistance to the Fall River Water Users District, a non-profit corporation, in the planning and construction of the water supply system, after agreeing to committee amendments, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S11823–25

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McCain (for Daschle/Johnson) Amendment No. 3786, to reduce the Federal share of expenditures and require a water conservation program.
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Perkins County Water Supply System: Senate passed S. 2117, to authorize the construction of the Perkins County Rural Water System and authorize financial assistance to the Perkins County Rural Water System, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in the planning and construction of the water supply system, after agreeing to committee amendments, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S11825–28

McCain (for Daschle/Johnson) Amendment No. 3787, to require a water conservation program.
Pages S11827–28


Hydroelectric Project Extension: Senate passed H.R. 4081, to extend the deadline under the Federal Power Act applicable to the construction of a hydroelectric project in the State of Arkansas, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S11828


Financial Services Act: By 88 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. 301), Senate agreed to a motion to proceed to consideration of 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, with a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S11648

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill on Thursday, October 8, 1998, at 5 p.m.

Internet Tax Freedom Act: Senate resumed consideration of S. 442, to establish a national policy against State and local government interference with interstate commerce on the Internet or interactive computer services, and to exercise Congressional jurisdiction over interstate commerce by establishing a moratorium on the imposition of exactions that would interfere with the free flow of commerce via the Internet, taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows:
Pages S11651–70, S11675–79, S11682–91

Adopted:

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By 98 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 303), Coats Modified Amendment No. 3695, to exempt from the moratorium on Internet taxation any persons engaged in the business of selling or transferring by means of the World Wide Web material that is harmful to minors who do not restrict access to such material by minors.
Pages S11651–56

Dodd Amendment No. 3780 (to Amendment No. 3695), to provide for an exception to the moratorium with respect to Internet access providers who do not offer customers screening software.
Pages S11652–56

McCain (for Graham) Amendment No. 3734, to modify the Commission membership.
Pages S11656–57

McCain Modified Amendment No. 3723, to establish a relationship with other provisions of existing law, and to set forth the role of the National Commission on Uniform State Legislation.
Pages S11656–57

McCain/Wyden Amendment No. 3717, to add severability provisions.
Pages S11656–57

McCain/Wyden Amendment No. 3713, of a clarifying nature.
Pages S11656–57

McCain/Wyden Amendment No. 3710, of a clarify nature.
Pages S11656–57

McCain/Wyden Amendment No. 3712, to define the term ``Internet''.
Pages S11656–57

McCain (for Bryan) Amendment No. 3735, to make it clear that the delayed effective date for the Children's Online Privacy Act is keyed to the filing date of the application.
Pages S11656–57

McCain Modified Amendment No. 3721, to establish an Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.
Page S11656

Subsequently, the amendment was further modified.
Pages S11659, S11677

McCain Amendment No. 3722, to direct the Commission to examine model State legislation.
Pages S11659–70

Hutchinson Modified Amendment No. 3760 (to Amendment No. 3722), relating to the duties of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce. (By 30 yeas to 68 nays (Vote No. 304), Senate earlier failed to table the amendment.)
Pages S11660–69

McCain (for Graham) Amendment No. 3732, to modify the duties of the Commission.
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McCain (for Graham) Amendment No. 3733, to modify the report of the Commission.
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Dorgan Modified Amendment No. 3779 (to Amendment No. 3719), to establish a definition of generally imposed and actually enforced.
Pages S11675–76

McCain (for Enzi) Amendment No. 3727, to include legislative recommendations in the commission's report.
Page S11679

McCain Modified Amendment No. 3718, to revise the definitions of the terms ``tax'', ``telecommunications service'', and ``tax on Internet access''.
Page S11679

McCain (for Abraham) Modified Amendment No. 3678, to enhance electronic commerce by promoting the reliability and integrity of commercial transaction through establishing authentication standards for electronic communications.
Page S11676

Subsequently, the amendment was further modified.
Pages S11687–88

Pending:

McCain/Wyden Amendment No. 3719, to make changes in the moratorium provision. By 28 yeas to 69 nays (Vote No. 306), Senate earlier failed to table the amendment.
Pages S11675, S11688–90

Rejected:

By 45 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 305), McCain/Wyden Amendment No. 3783 (to Amendment No. 3719), to extend the ending date of the moratorium.
Pages S11676–79, S11683–87

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 94 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 302), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to close further debate on the bill.
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Senate may resume consideration of the bill on Thursday, October 8, 1998.

Freedom from Religious Persecution Act--Cloture Filed: A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to the consideration of H.R. 2431, to establish an Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring, and to provide for the imposition of sanctions against countries engaged in a pattern of religious persecution 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 Friday, October 9, 1999.
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Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorizations--Conference Report: Senate agreed to the conference report on H.R. 3874, to amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to make improvements to the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children and to extend the authority of that program through fiscal year 2003, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S11807


Head Start/Low-Income Energy Assistance/Community Services Block Grant Authorizations Conference Report--Agreement: A unanimous-consent time-agreement was reached providing for the consideration of the conference report on S. 2206, to amend the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, and the Community Services Block Grant Act to reauthorize and make improvements to those Acts, and to establish demonstration projects that provide an opportunity for persons with limited means to accumulate assets.
Page S11808


Intelligence Authorizations Conference Report--Agreement: A unanimous-consent time-agreement was reached providing for the consideration of the conference report on H.R. 3694, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1999 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.
Page S11828


VA/HUD Appropriations Conference Report--Agreement: A unanimous-consent time-agreement was reached providing for the consideration of the conference report on H.R. 4194, making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999, on Thursday, October 8, 1998, with a vote to occur thereon.
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Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

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Joy Harjo, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2002.

Joan Specter, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2002.
Pages S11813, S11830


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Margaret Ellen Curran, of Rhode Island, to be United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island for the term of four years.

Byron Todd Jones, of Minnesota, to be United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota for the term of four years.

Harold J. Creel, Jr., of South Carolina, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2004.

Robert W. Perciasepe, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Page S11830


Messages From the House:
Page S11695


Communications:
Page S11695


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S11698


Statements on Introduced Bills:
Pages S11698–S11714


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S11714–15


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S11716–96


Authority for Committees:
Pages S11796–97


Additional Statements:
Pages S11797–S11806


Text of S. 2561 as Previously Passed:
Pages S11806–09


Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--306)
Pages S11648, S11649, S11656, S11669, S11687, S11690


Recess: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and recessed at 8:04 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, October 8, 1998. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S11828.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

NOMINATION

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded hearings on the nomination of Ira G. Peppercorn, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Multifamily Housing Assistance Restructuring, Department of Housing and Urban Development, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of Isadore Rosenthal, of Pennsylvania, and Andrea Kidd Taylor, of Michigan, each to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and William Clifford Smith, of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Mississippi River Commission, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. Mr. Smith was introduced by Senator Breaux and Representative Tauzin.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of William B. Bader, of New Jersey, to be Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Information Agency, Harold Hongju Koh, of Connecticut, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and C. David Welch, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. Mr. Bader was introduced by Senator Sarbanes, and Mr. Koh was introduced by Senators Dodd, Lieberman, Sarbanes, and Feingold.

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NOMINATIONS

Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of Dana Bruce Covington, Sr., of Mississippi, and Edward Jay Gleiman, of Maryland, each to be a Commissioner of the Postal Rate Commission, and David M. Walker, of Georgia, to be Comptroller General of the United States, General Accounting Office, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. Mr. Covington was introduced by Senator Lott, and Mr. Walker was introduced by Senators Cleland and Mack.

MILITARY ADULTERY STANDARDS

Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring, and the District of Columbia concluded hearings to examine certain implications of proposed revisions to the Department of Defense Manual for Courts Martial provisions relating to adultery, after receiving testimony from Daniel R. Heimbach, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower; Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness, Livonia, Michigan, former Member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and the Presidential Commission on Women in the Armed Forces; and Lt. Col. Robert L. Maginnis, USA (Ret.), Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.

NOMINATION

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings on the nomination of Norman A. Mordue, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator D'Amato, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

RADIATION EXPOSURE COMPENSATION

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings on proposals to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990 designed to compensate certain individuals who suffered from exposure to radiation as a result of the federal government's nuclear testing program and federal uranium mining activities, including S. 2343, and provisions of H.R. 3539, measures to provide for partial restitution to individuals who worked in uranium mines, or transport which provided uranium for the use and benefit of the United States Government, after receiving testimony from Senator Bingaman; Representative Redmond; Donald M. Remy, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice; Jonathan M. Samet, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Phillip Harrison, Jr., Office of Navajo Uranium Workers, Shiprock, New Mexico; Becky Rockwell, Canyon Consultants, Durango, Colorado; and Gayle Dawne Staheli Hanig, Washington, Utah.

INDIAN SELF-GOVERNANCE

Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded hearings on certain provisions of H.R. 1833, to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to establish the Tribal Self-Governance Demonstration program within the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for further self-governance by Indian tribes and to set forth program requirements and related provisions, after receiving testimony from John J. Callahan, Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget, and Luana L. Reyes, Director of Headquarter Operations, Indian Health Service, both of the Department of Health and Human Services; Henry M. Cagey, Lummi Indian Business Council, Bellingham, Washington; Robert J. Clark, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Dillingham, Alaska; and Alvin Windy Boy, National Indian Health Board, Denver, Colorado.

GENERAL BUSINESS Y2K CHALLENGES

Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem: Committee concluded hearings to examine certain issues with regard to Year 2000 information technology challenges facing small businesses and certain corporations, after receiving testimony from Fred P. Hochberg, Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration; William J. Dennis, Jr., National Federation of Independent Business, Washington, D.C.; Rod Rodrigue, Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Augusta; Harold Schild, Tillamook County Creamery Association, Tillamook, Oregon; Lou Marcoccio, Gartner Group, Scottsdale, Arizona; Charles Popper, Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, New Jersey; Keith Mallonee, McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, California; Ronald J. Streck, National Wholesale Druggists' Association, Reston, Virginia; Richard T. Carbray, Jr., Pelton's Pharmacy and Home Health Centers, Newington, Connecticut, on behalf of the American Pharmaceutical Association; and Laurene L. West, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Bills Introduced: 18 public bills, H.R. 4712–4729; 2 private bills, H.R. 4730–4731; and 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 334–335 and H. Res 578, 582, were introduced.
Pages H10010–11


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

Conference report on H.R. 4104, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999 (H. Rept. 105–789);

H. Res. 579, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 4104, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999 (H. Rept. 105–790);

H. Res. 580, providing for consideration of H.J. Res. 131, waiving certain enrollment requirements for the remainder of the One Hundred Fifth Congress with respect to any bill or joint resolution making general or continuing appropriations for fiscal year 1999 (H. Rept. 105–791);

Report in the matter of Franklin L. Haney (H. Rept. 105–792);

H.R. 3828, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to health care services for certain Medicare-eligible veterans, amended (H. Rept. 105–793 part 1);

Conference report on H.R. 3150, to amend title 11 of the United States Code (H. Rept. 105–794); and

H. Res. 581, authorizing and directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States (H. Rept. 105–795).
Pages H9870–98, H9954–85, H10010


Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Sessions to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H9725


Intelligence Authorization: The House agreed to the conference report accompanying H.R. 3694, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1999 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a recorded vote of 337 ayes to 83 noes, Roll No. 487.
Pages H9729–41

Rejected the Barr motion to recommit the conference report with instructions to the conference committee to remove Section 604 (rejected by a yea and nay vote of 148 yeas to 267 nays, Roll No. 486).
Pages H9739–40


Omnibus National Parks and Public Lands: The House failed to pass H.R. 4570, to provide for certain boundary adjustments and conveyances involving public lands, to establish and improve the management of certain heritage areas, historic areas, National Parks, wild and scenic rivers, and national trails, to protect communities by reducing hazardous fuels levels on public lands, by a yea and nay vote of 123 yeas to 302 nays, Roll No. 489.
Pages H9750–H9870

Agreed to the Hansen amendment in the nature of a substitute that revises or eliminates various provisions relating to consultations with affected state governors on presidentially declared national monuments and conveyances or exchange of lands in various states by the Interior and Agriculture Departments.
Pages H9814–70

H. Res. 573, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 225 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 488.
Pages H9741–49


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Antimicrobial Regulation Technical Corrections: H.R. 4679, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the circumstances in which a substance is considered to be a pesticide chemical for purposes of such Act;
Pages H9898–H9900


Border Smog Reduction: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 8, to amend the Clean Air Act to deny entry into the United States of certain foreign motor vehicles that do not comply with State laws governing motor vehicles emissions--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H9900–02


Child Online Protection Act: H.R. 3783, amended, to amend section 223 of the Communications Act of 1934 to require persons who are engaged in the business of selling or transferring, by means of the World Wide Web, material that is harmful to minors to restrict access to such material by minors. Agreed to amend the title;
Pages H9902–11


Multichannel Video Competition and Consumer Protection: H.R. 2921, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to conduct an inquiry into the impediments to the development of competition in the market for multichannel video programming distribution. Agreed to amend the title;
Pages H9932–37


Designating the Corporal Harold Gomez Post Office: H.R. 4616, to designate the United States Post Office located at 3813 Main Street in East Chicago, Indiana, as the ``Corporal Harold Gomez Post Office'' (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 425 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 491);
Pages H9937, H9939–40


Designating the Mervyn Dymally Post Office Building: H.R. 2348, to redesignate the Federal building located at 701 South Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, California, and known as the Compton Main Post Office, as the ``Mervyn Dymally Post Office Building'' (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 421 yeas with 1 voting ``nay'', Roll No. 492);
Pages H9938–40


Curt Flood: S. 53, to require the general application of the antitrust laws to major league baseball--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H9942–46


Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act: S. 505, to amend the provisions of title 17, United States Code, with respect to the duration of copyright--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H9946–54


Judicial Appointments: S. 1892, to provide that a person closely related to a judge of a court exercising judicial power under article III of the United States Constitution (other than the Supreme Court) may not be appointed as a judge of the same court--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H9985–87


Crime Identification Technology Act: S. 2022, amended, to provide for the improvement of interstate criminal justice identification, information, communications, and forensics;
Pages H9987–93


Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence: H.R. 4151, amended, to amend chapter 47 of title 18, United States Code, relating to identity fraud;
Pages H9993–98


Crime Victims with Disabilities: S. 1976, to increase public awareness of the plight of victims of crime with developmental disabilities, to collect data to measure the magnitude of the problem, and to develop strategies to address the safety and justice needs of victims of crime with developmental disabilities--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H9998–99


COPS on the Beat Funding: H.R. 804, to amend part Q of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to ensure that Federal funds made available to hire or rehire law enforcement officers are used in a manner that produces a net gain of the number of law enforcement officers who perform nonadministrative public safety services;
Pages H9999–H10001


Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Cultural Exchange and Training Program: H.R. 4293, amended, to establish a cultural and training program for disadvantaged individuals from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland;
Pages H1001–07


Treasury, Postal Appropriations: The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 4104, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999, by a yea and nay vote of 290 yeas to 137 nays Roll No. 494.
Pages H9920–32, H9941–42

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Rejected the Hoyer motion to recommit the conference report to the conference committee with instructions to insist on section 624 of H.R. 4104 dealing with contraceptive prescription coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan (rejected by a yea and nay vote, Roll No. 493).
Pages H9932, H9941

H. Res. 579, the rule waiving points of order against the conference report accompanying the bill, was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 231 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 490.
Pages H9911–20


Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages H9725 and H9911.

Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H10012.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Eight yea and nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H9739–40, H9740–41, H9749, H9870, H9919–20, H9939–40, H9940, H9941, and H9941–42. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:01 a.m. on October 8.

Committee Meetings

FDA MODERNIZATION ACT

Committee on Commerce: Held a hearing on the Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997. Testimony was heard from Michael A. Friedman, M.D., Acting Commissioner, Food and Drugs, FDA, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.

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OVERSIGHT--EX-IM BANK

Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade held an oversight hearing on Ex-Im Bank. Testimony was heard from James Harmon, President and Chairman, Export-Import Bank; JayEtta Hecker, Associate Director, GAO; and public witnesses.

NATIONAL MILITARY STRATEGY

Committee on National Security: Held a hearing on the state of U.S. military forces and their ability to execute the National military strategy. Testimony was heard from the following former officials of the Department of Defense: Gen. Gordon S. Sullivan, USA, Chief of Staff; Adm. Frank Kelso, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; Gen. Thomas Moorman, Jr., USAF, Vice Chief of Staff; and Gen. Richard I. Neal, USMC, Assistant Commandant.

GRAND STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT REPORT; MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on Resources: Approved a draft Committee Report concerning the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

The Committee also held a hearing on H.R. 2822, Swan Creek Black River Confederated Ojibwa Tribes of Michigan Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives Knollenberg and Camp; Kevin Gover, Assistant Secretary, Native American Affairs, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.

WAIVING CERTAIN ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a closed rule providing 1 hour of debate on H.J. Res. 131, waiving certain enrollment requirements for the remainder of the One Hundred Fifth Congress with respect to any bill or joint resolution making general or continuing appropriations for fiscal year 1999, equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their designees. The rule provides one motion to recommit.

CONFERENCE REPORT--TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE, GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 4104, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999, and against its consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. Testimony was heard from Representative Kolbe.

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION--PROPOSED BAIL-OUT FOR RUSSIA

Committee on Science: Held an oversight hearing on the International Space Station, The Administration's Proposed Bail-Out for Russia. Testimony was heard from the following officials of NASA: Daniel S. Goldin, Administrator; and Jay Chabrow, Chairman, Cost Assessment and Validation Task Force, Advisory Council; and public witnesses.

DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM TRANSFER

Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Basic Research and the Subcommittee on Technology held a joint oversight hearing on Transferring the Domain Name System to the Private Sector: Private Sector Implementation of the Administration's Internet ``White Paper''. Testimony was heard from J. Beckwith Burr, Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Office of International Affairs, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.

TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES RELATED TO Y2K PROBLEM

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Continued hearings to review Transportation and Infrastructure Issues related to the Year 2000 Computer Problem ``Y2K: Will We Get There On Time?'' with emphasis on Coast Guard, Maritime and Water Resources. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Transportation: Rear Adm. George Naccara, USCG, Director, Information and Technology; and John Graykowski, Acting Deputy Administrator, Maritime Administration; Alvin Pesachowitz, Chief Information Officer, EPA; Lacy Suiter, Executive Associate Director, FEMA; John D'Aniello, Departmental Director, Civil Works, Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army; Diane Bunch, Manager, Enterprise Operations, TVA; and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings

IMF REFORM

Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded hearings on proposals to reform the International Monetary Fund and the future course of international economic policy, after receiving testimony from Charles Calomiris, Columbia University, New York, New York; and Jacob Frenkel, Bank of Israel, Jerusalem, former Research Director of the International Monetary Fund.

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CARL D. PERKINS VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT AMENDMENTS

Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions of H.R. 1853, to amend the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to call.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest, p. D1110)

S. 1695, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in the State of Colorado as a unit of the National Park System. Signed October 6, 1998. (P.L. 105–243)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1998

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services, to hold hearings to review the recommendation to elevate the position of the Director, Office of Non-Proliferation and National Security of the Department of Energy, 3:30 p.m., SR–222.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to hold hearings on the nomination of Ashish Sen, of Illinois, to be Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Department of Transportation, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Drinking Water, Fisheries, and Wildlife, to hold oversight hearings on scientific and engineering issues relating to Columbia/Snake River system salmon recovery, 9:30 a.m., SD–406.

Full Committee, to hold hearings on the nomination of Robert W. Perciasepe, of Maryland, to be Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency, 2 p.m., SD–406.

Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, to hold hearings to examine recent events in Afghanistan, 10 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information, to hold hearings to examine national security considerations in asylum applications, focusing on a case study involving six Iraqis, 9 a.m., SD–226.

Full Committee, business meeting, to consider pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Select Committee on Intelligence, to hold closed hearings on intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

NOTICE

For a listing of Senate Committee Meetings scheduled ahead, see page E1939 in today's Record.

House

Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, hearing on current U.S. trade issues with Canada, 10:30 a.m., 1300 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Risk Management and Specialty Crops, hearing on Review of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's FY 2000 Budget and Annual Performance Plan, 9 a.m., 1302 Longworth.

Committee on Banking and Financial Services, Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, hearing on Will Jumbo Euro Notes Threaten the Greenback?, 9:30 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on Health and Environment, hearing on the Implementation of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, 11 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on A Review of the Department of Energy's Hanford Radioactive Tank Waste Privatization Contract, 11 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on the Year 2000 Problem at the Department of Education, Part II, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, to consider the following: draft reports entitled ``Hepatitis C: Silent Epidemic, Mute Public Health Response;'' ``Medicare Home Health Services: No Surety in the Fight Against Fraud and Waste;'' ``The Year 2000 Problem;'' and ``Campaign Fundraising Improprieties and Other Possible Violations of Law;'' and H.R. 4523, Lorton Technical Corrections Act of 1998; H.R. 4566, District of Columbia Courts and Justice Technical Corrections Act of 1998; H.R. 4568, District of Columbia Reform Technical Corrections Act of 1998; H.R. 4620, Statistical Consolidation Act of 1998; release of Depositions, Interrogatories and Documents, 10:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on International Relations, hearing on Assessing the Administration's Foreign Policy: The Record After Six Years, 10:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on National Security, Subcommittee on Military Procurement and the Subcommittee on Military Research and Development, joint hearing on Department of Defense modernization, 11 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Military Procurement, hearing on Navy ship donation procedures, 4 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Technology, hearing on the Fastener Quality Act: Needed or Outdated? 10:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to consider the following: H.R. 3243, Alternative Water Source Development Act of 1998; GSA leasing program; Courthouse construction resolutions; Public building resolutions; Corps of Engineers water resources survey resolutions; and other pending business, 1 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Thursday, October 8

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday:After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 10 a.m.), Senate will consider the conference report on H.R. 4194, VA/HUD Appropriations, 1999, with a vote to occur thereon, following which Senate may resume consideration of S. 442, Internet Tax Freedom Act.

Senate may also consider any conference reports or legislative or executive items cleared for action.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, October 8

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Journal Vote at 10:00 a.m. followed by U.S. House of Representatives 105th Congress Photograph on the House Floor;

Consideration of H. Res. 581, Resolution Allowing Impeachment Inquiry;

Consideration of H.J. Res. 131, Hand-Enrollment Resolution (Consider Rule Only);

Consideration of 19 Suspensions;

1. H.R. 2263, Authorizing the Congressional Medal of Honor to Theodore Roosevelt;

2. H.R. 2281, WIPO Copyright Treaties Implementation Act;

3. S.J. Res. 51, Granting the Consent of Congress to the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority Compact;

4. H.R. 4364, Depository Institution Regulatory Streamlining Act;

5. H. Res. 578, Science Policy Report;

6. H. Res. 565, Sense of the House Regarding Mammograms and Biopsies in the Fight Against Breast Cancer;

7. H. Con. Res. 334, Taiwan World Health Organization;

8. H.R. 4506, International Child Labor Relief Act of 1998;

9. H.R. 4660, Providing Rewards for Information regarding Crimes and Violations of Humanitarian Law Relating to the Former Yugoslavia;

10. H. Con. Res. 320, Supporting Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and Condemning the Nazi-Soviet Pact of Non-Aggression of August 23, 1939;

11. H. Con. Res. 331, Sense of Congress Concerning the Inadequacy of Sewage Infrastructure Facilities in Tijuana, Mexico;

12. H. Res. 557, Support for U. S. Efforts to Identify Holocaust-era Assets and Urging the Restitution of Individual and Communal Property;

13. H. Con. Res. 309, Condemning the Abduction of Ugandan Children and their Use as Soldiers;

14. S. 1021, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act;

15 H. Con. Res. 302, Recognizing the Importance of Children and Families;

16. H.R. 2109, Campaign Finance Sunshine Act;

17. H.R. 3874, William F. Goodling Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act;

18. S. 2206, Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act; and

19. H. Con. Res. 335, Technical Corrections to Workforce Improvement and Protection Act.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Gilman, Benjamin A., N.Y., E1932, E1933

Hall, Ralph M., Tex., E1931

Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1933

Paul, Ron, Tex., E1932, E1933

Reyes, Silvestre, Tex., E1931, E1934

Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E1936

Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1931, E1932 

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