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                                           Thursday, March 25, 1999

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to the Congressional Budget.
      The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 68, Concurrent Budget 
      Resolution.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S3385-S3579
Measures Introduced: Fifty bills and five resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 713-762, S.J. Res. 16-17, S. Con. Res. 23-24, and S. 
Res. 75.
  Pages S3438-40
Measures Passed:
  Emergency Supplemental Appropriations: Pursuant to the order of March 
18, 1999, Senate passed H.R. 1141, making emergency supplemental 
appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999, after 
striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof 
the text of S. 544, Senate companion measure, as passed by the Senate 
on Tuesday, March 23, 1999.
  Page S3327
  Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair, as authorized, appointed the following 
conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Stevens, Cochran, 
Specter, Domenici, Bond, Gorton, McConnell, Burns, Shelby, Gregg, 
Bennett, Campbell, Craig, Hutchison, Kyl, Byrd, Inouye, Hollings, 
Leahy, Lautenberg, Harkin, Mikulski, Reid, Kohl, Murray, Dorgan, 
Feinstein, and Durbin.
Page S3327
  Subsequently, S. 544 was placed back on the Senate calendar.
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 23, providing 
for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives.
  Page S3385
  Cuban Human Rights: By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 67), 
Senate agreed to S. Res. 57, expressing the sense of the Senate 
regarding the human rights situation in Cuba, after agreeing to the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S3380-83
  Graham/Mack Amendment No. 245, to state that where such abuses 
violate internationally accepted norms of conduct enshrined by the 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Pages S3382-83
  Congressional Budget: By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 81), Senate 
agreed to H. Con. Res. 68, setting forth the congressional budget for 
the United States Government for fiscal years 2000 through 2009, after 
striking all after the resolving clause and inserting in lieu thereof 
the text of S. Con. Res. 20, Senate companion measure, as amended, and 
after taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows: 
                                  Pages S3309-19, S3321-80, S3385-S3432
Adopted:
  Enzi Amendment No. 154, to express the sense of the Senate that 
agricultural risk management programs should include livestock 
producers.
Pages S3327-28
  Dodd Amendment Modified No. 160, to increase the mandatory spending 
in the Child Care and Development Block Grant by $7.5 billion over five 
years, the amendment reduces the resolution's tax cut and leaves 
adequate room in the revenue instructions for targeted tax cuts that 
help families with the costs of caring for their children, and that 
such relief would assist all working families with employment related 
child care expenses, as well as families in which one parent stays home 
to care for an infant. (By yeas to nays (Vote No. 74), Senate failed to 
table the amendment.)
Pages S3390-91
  Graham Modified Amendment No. 164, to express the sense of the Senate 
that funds recovered from any Federal tobacco-related litigation should 
be set-aside for the purpose of first strengthening the medicare trust 
fund and second to fund a medicare prescription drug benefit. 
                                                             Page S3426
  Graham Modified Amendment No. 165, to express the sense of the Senate 
that the Congress and the President should offset inappropriate 
emergency funding from fiscal year 1999 in fiscal year 1999. 
                                                             Page S3426

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  Lautenberg (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 169, to express the sense of 
the Senate on the social promotion of elementary and secondary school 
students.
                                                  Pages S3387, S3415-17
  Lautenberg (for Reid) Modified Amendment No. 170, to express the 
sense of the Senate regarding social security ``notch babies'', those 
individuals born between the years 1917 and 1926.
                                                             Page S3430
  Lautenberg (for Boxer) Amendment No. 171, to ensure that the 
President's after school initiative is fully funded for fiscal year 
2000.
                                                             Page S3397
  Lautenberg (for Murray) Amendment No. 173, to express the sense of 
the Senate on women and Social Security reform.
                                                             Page S3388
  Lautenberg (for Boxer) Amendment No. 175, to ensure that the 
substantial majority of any income tax cuts go to middle and lower 
income taxpayers.
  By 56 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 65), Roth Modified Amendment No. 176, 
to express the sense of the Senate regarding the modernization and 
improvement of the medicare program.
                                               Pages S3310-19, S3352-53
  Lautenberg Amendment No. 183, to express the sense of the Senate that 
Congress should enact legislation to modernize America's schools. 
                                                  Pages S3331-32, S3427
  Lautenberg (for Durbin) Amendment No. 185, to provide a substitute 
for section 205 regarding the emergency designation point of order. 
                                           Pages S3332, S3378, S3426-27
  Lautenberg (for Durbin) Amendment No. 186, to express the sense of 
the Senate that the provisions of this resolution assume that it is the 
policy of the United States to provide as soon as it is technologically 
possible an education for every American child that will enable each 
child to effectively meet the challenges of the 21st century. 
                                                  Pages S3332-33, S3387
  Lautenberg (for Durbin) Amendment No. 187, to finance disability 
programs designed to allow individuals with disabilities to become 
employed and remain independent.
                                                     Pages S3333, S3387
  Lautenberg (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 188, to express the sense of 
the Senate that agricultural commodities and products, medicines, and 
medical products should be exempted from unilateral economic sanctions.
                                                     Pages S3333, S3387
  Lautenberg (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 189, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding capital gains tax fairness for family farmers. 
                                                     Pages S3333, S3387
  Lautenberg (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 191, to express the sense 
of the Senate that the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery (UPARR) 
program should be fully funded.
                                                  Pages S3333-34, S3387
  Lautenberg (for Lieberman) Amendment No. 197, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding asset-building for the working poor. 
                                              Pages S3336, S3387, S3420
  Lautenberg (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 199, to help insure the long-
term national security of the United States by budgeting for a robust 
Defense Science and Technology Program.
                                                  Pages S3336-37, S3387
  Lautenberg (for Biden) Amendment No. 202, to express the sense of the 
Senate on the importance of funding for embassy security. 
                                                     Pages S3338, S3397
  Lautenberg (for Landrieu) Modified Amendment No. 205, to allow for a 
tax cut for working families that could be provided immediately, before 
enactment of Social Security reform would make on-budget surpluses 
available as an offset.
                                               Pages S3339-40, S3396-97
  Domenici (for Hatch) Modified Amendment No. 206, to provide the sense 
of the Senate regarding support for Federal, State and local law 
enforcement, and for the Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund. 
                                                  Pages S3340, S3428-29
  Domenici (for Hatch) Modified Amendment No. 207, to ensure a rational 
adjustment to merger notification thresholds for small business and to 
ensure adequate funding for Antitrust Division of the Department of 
Justice.
                                                     Pages S3340, S3391
  Domenici (for Enzi) Modified Amendment No. 208, to express the sense 
of the Senate that the Marriage Penalty should be eliminated and the 
marginal income tax rates should be uniformly reduced.
Pages S3340, S3396-97
  Domenici (for Shelby) Amendment No. 209, to express the sense of the 
Senate that the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 needs comprehensive 
reform.
Pages S3340-41, S3387
  Domenici (for Sessions) Amendment No. 210, to express the sense of 
the Senate that the additional tax incentives should be provided for 
education savings.
Pages S3341, S3378-79, S3387
  Domenici (for Santorum) Amendment No. 211, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding the Davis-Bacon Act.
Pages S3341, S3387, S3418
  By 97 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 68), Domenici (for Santorum/Leahy) 
Amendment No. 212, to express the sense of the Senate that the 106th 
Congress, 1st Session should reauthorize funds for the Farmland 
Protection Program.
Pages S3341, S3385-86
  Domenici (for DeWine/Coverdell) Modified Amendment No. 213, to 
express the sense of the Senate regarding support for State and local 
law enforcement.
Pages S3341, S3391-92
  Domenici (for DeWine) Modified Amendment No. 214, to express the 
sense of the Senate that funding for Federal drug control activities 
should be at a level higher than that proposed in the President's 
budget request for fiscal year 2000.
Pages S3341-42, S3426-27

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  Domenici (for Gorton) Amendment No. 215, to express the sense of the 
Senate concerning resources for autism research through the National 
Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention.
Pages S3342, S3387
  Domenici (for Roberts) Amendment No. 216, to express the sense of the 
Senate regarding the potential impact of the amendments to the medicare 
program contained in the Balanced Budget Act on access to items and 
services under such program.
Pages S3342, S3387
  Domenici (for Fitzgerald) Amendment No. 217, to express the sense of 
the Senate that the budget process should require truth-in-budgeting 
with respect to the on-budget trust funds.
Pages S3342, S3387
  Domenici (for Specter) Amendment No. 219, to express the sense of the 
Senate that $50 million will be provided in fiscal year 2000 to conduct 
intensive firearms prosecution projects to combat violence in the 
twenty-five American cities with the highest crime rates. 
                                           Pages S3343-44, S3387, S3389
  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
  Domenici (for Specter) Amendment No. 220, to express the sense of the 
Senate on providing women direct access to physicians specializing in 
obstetrics and gynecological services.
Page S3387
  Domenici (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 221, to express the sense of 
the Senate concerning fostering the employment and independence of 
individuals with disabilities.
Pages S3344, S3387
  Domenici (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 222, to express the sense of 
the Senate with respect to maintaining at least current expenditures 
(including emergency funding) for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance 
Program for Fiscal Year 2000.
Pages S3344-45, S3387
  Domenici (for Ashcroft) Amendment No. 224, to express the sense of 
Congress that South Korea must abide by its international trade 
commitments on pork and beef.
Pages S3345, S3389, S3420
  Domenici (for Shelby/Domenici) Modified Amendment No. 225, to express 
the sense of the Senate that no additional firewalls should be enacted 
for transportation activities.
Pages S3345-46, S3387
  Domenici (for Enzi) Amendment No. 226, to express the sense of the 
Senate that new public health programs should not be established to the 
detriment of funding for existing, effective programs, such as the 
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.
Pages S3346, S3387, S3427
  Domenici (for Abraham) Amendment No. 227, to provide for the 
continued viability of professional, educational, and trade 
associations.
Pages S3346-47, S3426-27
  Domenici (for Gregg/Collins) Amendment No. 229, to express the sense 
of the Senate concerning funding for special education. 
                                                  Pages S3347-48, S3387
  Domenici (for Stevens/Warner) Amendment No. 230, to provide an 
exception for emergency defense spending.
Pages S3348, S3426-27
  Domenici (for Grams) Modified Amendment No. 231, to express the sense 
of the Senate on providing tax relief to all Americans by returning the 
non-Social Security surplus to taxpayers.
Pages S3348,-S3368-74
  Domenici (for Chafee) Amendment No. 236, to strike section 201, 
Reserve Fund for a Fiscal Year 2000 Surplus, as provided for under 
Title II--Budgetary Restraints and Rulemaking.
Pages S3349, S3426-27
  Domenici (for Chafee) Amendment No. 237, to express the sense of the 
Senate on the importance of social security for individuals who become 
disabled.
Pages S3349-50, S3387
  Domenici (for Chafee) Amendment No. 238, to provide $200,000,000 for 
the State-side program of the land and water conservation fund. 
                                                  Pages S3350, S3430-31
  Domenici (for Ashcroft) Amendment No. 240, to express the sense of 
the Senate concerning Federal tax relief.
Pages S3351, S3393
  Domenici (for Ashcroft) Amendment No. 242, to express the sense of 
the Senate that increased funding for elementary and secondary 
education should be directed to States and local school districts. 
                                           Pages S3351, S3354-58, S3376
  Domenici (for Hutchison/Feinstein) Modified Amendment No. 243, to 
express the sense of the Senate that a task force be established to 
create a reserve fund for natural disasters.
Pages S3351, S3392
  Lautenberg (for Moynihan) Amendment No. 244, to strike section 314, 
Sense of the Senate on Sale of Governors Island.
Page S3387
  Domenici (for Collins) Amendment No. 247, to express the sense of the 
Senate on need-based student financial aid programs.
Pages S3429-30
Rejected:
  Kennedy Amendment No. 177, to reduce tax breaks for the wealthiest 
taxpayers and reserve the savings for Medicare. (By 53 yeas to 46 nays 
(Vote No. 66), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S3321-31, S3353-54
  Voinovich Amendment No. 161, to use on-budget surplus to repay the 
debt instead of tax cuts. (By 67 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 71), Senate 
tabled the amendment.)
Page S3388
  Robb/Graham Amendment No. 182, to ensure fiscal discipline by 
requiring that any tax relief be offset in accordance with current 
budget rules and

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practices, and that any surpluses be used for debt reduction, until 
Congress saves Social Security and strengthens Medicare and pays off 
the publicly held debt.
Pages S3351-52, S3427
  Lautenberg (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 192, to fully fund the Class 
Size Initiative and the Individuals with Disabilities Act with 
mandatory funds, the amendment reduces the resolution's tax cut by one 
fifth, frees up $43 billion in discretionary spending within Function 
500 (in 2001-2009) for other important education programs, and leaves 
adequate room in the revenue reconciliation instructions for targeted 
tax cuts that help those in need and tax breaks for communities to 
modernize and rebuild crumbling schools. (By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote 
No. 72), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S3334-35, S3388-89
  Dorgan Modified Amendment No. 178, to provide for additional 
agricultural funding. (By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 75), Senate 
tabled the amendment.)
Pages S3327, S3352, S3363-68, S3392-93
  By 24 yeas to 74 nays (Vote No. 78), Lautenberg (for Hollings) 
Amendment No. 174, to continue Federal spending at the current services 
baseline levels and pay down the Federal debt.
Pages S3376-77, S3397-98
  Lautenberg (for Rockefeller) Amendment No. 196, to create a reserve 
fund for medicare prescription drug benefits. (By 54 yeas to 45 nays 
(Vote No. 79), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S3336, S3427-28
Withdrawn:
  Lautenberg (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 193, to allocate a portion of 
the surplus for legislation that promotes early educational development 
and well-being of children.
Pages S3335-36, S3387
  Domenici (for Helms) Amendment No. 218, relating to the international 
affairs budget.
Pages S3342-43, S3388
  Domenici (for Coverdell) Amendment No. 234, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding the need for incentives for low- and middle-income 
savers and investors and the need for such incentives to be accompanied 
by an expansion of the lowest personal income tax bracket. 
                                                  Pages S3348-49, S3387
  Domenici (for Chafee) Amendment No. 235, to reduce the size of the 
tax cut.
Pages S3349, S3387
  Domenici (for Ashcroft) Amendment No. 239, to express the sense of 
the Senate that the Social Security Trust Fund shall be managed in the 
best interest of current and future beneficiaries.
Pages S3351, S3387
  Domenici (for Grassley) Amendment No. 241, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding the closure of Howard Air Force Base and 
repositioning of assets and operational capabilities in forward 
operating locations.
Pages S3351, S3387
  Lautenberg Amendment No. 166, to express the sense of the Senate on 
saving Social Security and Medicare, reducing the public debt, and 
targeting tax relief to middle-income working families.
Page S3393
  Lautenberg (for Biden) Amendment No. 204, to extend the Violent Crime 
Reduction Trust Fund.
Pages S3339, S3397
  Lautenberg (for Schumer) Amendment No. 167, to express the sense of 
the Senate that the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program 
should be reauthorized in order to provide continued Federal funding 
for the hiring, deployment, and retention of community law enforcement 
officers.
Page S3427
  Domenici (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 223, to express the sense of 
the Senate that the Congress should provide the maximum funding 
envisioned in law for Southwest Border law enforcement programs to stop 
the flow of drugs into the United States.
Pages S3345, S3427
  Domenici (for Abraham/Coverdell) Amendment No. 228, to express the 
sense of Congress on the use of Federal funds for needle exchange 
programs for drug addicts.
Page S3347
  Lautenberg (for Wyden) Amendment No. 200, to allow increased tobacco 
tax revenues to be used as an offset for the medicare prescription drug 
benefit provided for in section 209 (Reserve Fund for Medicare and 
Prescription Drugs).
Pages S3337, S3428
  Lautenberg (for Dodd) Amendment No. 201, to fund a 40 percent Federal 
share for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the 
amendment reduces the resolution's tax cut by nearly one fifth, frees 
up $43 billion in discretionary spending within Function 500 (in 2001-
2009) for other important education programs, and leaves adequate room 
in the revenue reconciliation instructions for targeted tax cuts that 
help those in need and tax breaks for communities to modernize and 
rebuild crumbling schools.
Pages S3338, S3428
  Lautenberg (for Harkin) Amendment No. 203, to allow for the creation 
of a mandatory fund for medical research under the authority of the 
National Institutes of Health fully funded through a tax provision 
providing that certain funds provided by tobacco companies to States or 
local governments in connection with tobacco litigation or settlement 
shall not be deductible.
Pages S3338-39, S3428
  Lautenberg (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 168, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding school construction grants, and reducing school 
sizes and class sizes.
Pages S3410-11, S3428
  Lautenberg (for Murray) Amendment No.172, to fully fund the Class 
Size Initiative, the amendment reduces the resolution's tax cut by ten 
billion dollars,

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leaving adequate room in the revenue reconciliation instructions for 
targeted tax cuts that help those in need and tax breaks for 
communities to modernize and rebuild crumbling schools.
Page S3428
  Lautenberg Amendment No. 184, to establish a budget-neutral reserve 
fund for environmental and natural resources.
Pages S3332, S3428
  Lautenberg (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 194, to fully fund the Class 
Size Initiative and the Individuals with Disabilities Act with 
mandatory funds, the amendment reduces the resolution's tax cut by one 
fifth, frees up $43 billion in discretionary spending within Function 
500 (in 2001-2009) for other important education programs, and leaves 
adequate room in the revenue reconciliation instructions for targeted 
tax cuts that help those in need and tax breaks for communities to 
modernize and rebuild crumbling schools.
Pages S3336, S3428
  Lautenberg (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 198, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding the need for increased funding for the State 
Criminal Alien Assistance program in fiscal year 2000.
Pages S3336, S3428
  Domenici (for Coverdell) Amendment No. 233, to protect taxpayers from 
retroactive income and estate tax rate increases by creating a point of 
order.
Pages S3348, S3428
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  Three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted 
in the affirmative, Senate rejected motions to waive certain provisions 
of the Congressional Budget Act with respect to the consideration of 
the following amendments:
  By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 64), Specter/Harkin Amendment No. 
157, to provide for funding of biomedical research at the National 
Institutes of Health.
Pages S3310, S3352
  By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 69), Reed Amendment No. 162, to 
provide for certain Federal revenues, total new budget authority, and 
total budget outlays.
Page S3386
  By 52 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 70), Craig Amendment No. 146, to 
modify the pay-as-you-go requirement of the budget process to require 
that direct spending increases be offset only with direct spending 
decreases.
Pages S3377, S3386-87
  By 42 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 73), Crapo/Grams Amendment No. 163, 
to create a reserve fund to lock in additional non-Social Security 
surplus in the outyears for tax relief and/or debt reduction. 
                                                  Pages S3379, S3389-90
  By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 76), Domenici (for Snowe) Amendment 
No. 232, to allow increased tobacco tax revenues to be used as an 
offset for the Medicare prescription drug benefit provided for in 
section 209.
Pages S3348, S3393-96
  By 45 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 77), Lautenberg (for Kennedy) 
Amendment No. 195, to express the sense of the Senate concerning an 
increase in the minimum wage.
Pages S3336, S3396
  By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 80), Lautenberg (for Kerry) Amendment 
No. 190, to provide for a 1-year delay in a portion of certain tax 
provisions necessary to avoid future budget deficits. 
                                                  Pages S3333,-S3374-76
  Subsequently, a point of order that the amendments were in violation 
of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendments thus 
fell.
  Senate insisted on its amendment and requested a conference with the 
House thereon.
Page S3432
  Subsequently, S. Con. Res. 20 was placed back on the Senate calendar.
                                                             Page S3432
  Senate National Security Working Group: Senate agreed to S. Res. 75, 
reconstituting the Senate Arms Control Observer Group as the Senate 
National Security Working Group and revising the authority of the 
Group.
  Pages S3564-65
  Microloan Program Technical Corrections Act: Committee on Small 
Business was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 440, to make 
technical corrections to the Microloan Program, and the bill was then 
passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S3554-66
  Enzi (for Kerry) Amendment No. 248, to provide for the equitable 
allocation of appropriated amounts.
Pages S3565-66
  SBA Disaster Mitigation Pilot Program: Committee on Small Business 
was discharged from further consideration of S. 388, to authorize the 
establishment of a disaster mitigation pilot program in the Small 
Business Administration, and the bill was then passed.
  Page S3566
  House Mail Technical Corrections: Committee on Governmental Affairs 
was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 705, to make 
technical corrections with respect to the monthly reports submitted by 
the Postmaster General on official mail of the House of 
Representatives, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Pages S3566-67
  Aviation War Risk Insurance Program Extension: Committee on 
Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 
98, to amend chapter 443 of title 49, United States Code, to extend the 
aviation war risk insurance program, the bill was then referred to the 
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and then discharged 
from further consideration, and the bill

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was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed 
thereto:
  Page S3567
  Enzi (for Thompson) Amendment No. 249, to strike section 2 relating 
to the Centennial of Flight Commemoration Act.
Page S3567
  Risk Management Decisions Affecting the 1999 Crop Year: Senate passed 
S. 756, to provide adversely affected crop producers with additional 
time to make fully informed risk management decisions for the 1999 crop 
year.
  Pages S3567-68
  Crop Revenue Coverage PLUS Supplemental Endorsement: Senate passed 
H.R. 1212, to protect producers of agricultural commodities who applied 
for a Crop Revenue Coverage PLUS supplemental endorsement for the 1999 
crop year, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S3568
  New Mexico Land Conveyance: Senate passed S. 278, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey certain lands to the county of Rio 
Arriba, New Mexico.
  Pages S3568-69
  New Mexico Land Conveyance: Senate passed S. 291, to convey certain 
real property within the Carlsbad Project in New Mexico to the Carlsbad 
Irrigation District.
  Pages S3568-70
  Route 66 Resource Protection: Senate passed S. 292, to preserve the 
cultural resources of the Route 66 corridor and to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance.
  Pages S3568, S3570-71
  New Mexico Land Conveyance: Senate passed S. 293, to direct the 
Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior to convey certain lands in San 
Juan County, New Mexico, to San Juan College, after agreeing to the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S3568, S3573-74
  Enzi (for Domenici) Amendment No. 250, in the nature of a substitute.
                                                  Pages S3568, S3573-74
  Perkins County Rural Water System Assistance: Senate passed S. 243, 
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.
  Pages S3568, S3574-75
  Enzi (for Johnson/Daschle) Amendment No. 251, in the nature of a 
substitute.
  FERC License Jurisdiction: Senate passed S. 334, to amend the Federal 
Power Act to remove the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission to license projects on fresh waters in the State of Hawaii. 
                                                     Pages S3568, S3571
  Wellton-Mohawk Transfer Act: Senate passed S. 356, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey certain works, facilities, and 
titles of the Gila Project, and designated lands within or adjacent to 
the Gila Project, to the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage 
District.
  Pages S3568, S3571
  South Dakota Historic Site: Senate passed S. 382, to establish the 
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota. 
                                                  Pages S3568, S3571-72
  Alaska Hydroelectric Project Jurisdiction: Senate passed S. 422, to 
provide for Alaska state jurisdiction over small hydroelectric 
projects, after agreeing to a committee amendment.
  Pages S3568, S3572
  Coastal Heritage Trail Route Authorization: Senate passed H.R. 171, 
to authorize appropriations for the Coastal Heritage Trail Route in New 
Jersey, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S3568, S3572
  Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River Act: Senate 
passed H.R. 193, to designate a portion of the Sudbury, Assabet, and 
Concord Rivers as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers 
System, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S3568, S3572-73
  Treaty Approved: The following treaty having passed through its 
various parliamentary stages, up to and including the presentation of 
the resolution of ratification, upon division, two-thirds of the 
Senators present and having voted in the affirmative, the resolution of 
ratification was agreed to:
  Convention on Nuclear Safety, with six conditions and two 
understandings. (Treaty Doc. 104-6);
Pages S3575-77
Authority for Committees: All committees were authorized to file 
legislative reports on Friday, March 26, 1999 from 10 a.m. until 11 
a.m., and executive and legislative reports on Tuesday, April 6, 1999 
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the adjournment of the Senate. 
                                                             Page S3564
  Nomination-Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached to 
extend the Governmental Affairs consideration of the nomination of 
David C. Williams, of Maryland, to be Inspector General for Tax 
Administration, Department of the Treasury.
  Page S3575
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary 
of Energy (Non-Proliferation and National Security).
  3 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  22 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy.
Pages S3564, S3579

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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Johnnie E. Frazier, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department 
of Commerce.
  James W. Klein, of the District of Columbia, to be United States 
District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  Ellen Segal Huvelle, of the District of Columbia, to be United States 
District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  Barbara M. Lynn, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the 
Northern District of Texas.
  Marshall S. Smith, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of 
Education.
Page S3579
Messages From the House:
  Pages S3433-34
Communications:
  Pages S3434-35
Petitions:
  Pages S3435-38
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S3438
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S3440-S3516
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S3516-17
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S3518-36
Notices of Hearings:
  Pages S3536-37
Authority for Committees:
  Pages S3537-38
Additional Statements:
  Pages S3538-51
Text of S. 544 (as passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 23, 1999 and 
inserted as an amendment to replace the entire text of H.R. 1141, as 
passed the Senate today.)
  Pages S3551-63
Record Votes: Eighteen record votes were taken today. (Total--81). 
     Pages S3352-54, S3382, S3385-91, S3393, S3396, S3398, S3428, S3432
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9 a.m. and pursuant to the provisions 
of S. Con. Res. 23, adjourned at 10:42 p.m., until 12 noon Monday, 
April 12, 1999. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: FCC/SEC
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, 
and Judiciary concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2000, after receiving testimony in behalf of funds for 
their respective activities from William E. Kennard, Chairman, Federal 
Communications Commission; and Arthur Levitt, Chairman, Securities & 
Exchange Commission.
APPROPRIATIONS: COAST GUARD
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation and Related 
Agencies concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2000 for the United States Coast Guard, after receiving testimony 
from Adm. James M. Loy, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, 
Department of Transportation.
APPROPRIATIONS: TREASURY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Treasury and General 
Government concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2000 for the Department of the Treasury, after receiving testimony 
from Robert E. Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury.
TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations 
concluded hearings to examine certain incidents of terrorist attacks 
against U.S. citizens in Israel, and U.S. efforts to press for the 
indictment and extradition of terrorists who have taken American lives, 
after receiving testimony from Mark Richard, Deputy Assistant Attorney 
General of the Criminal Division, Department of Justice; Martin S. 
Indyk, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Jean-
Claude Niddam, Head of the Legal Assistance between Israel and 
Palestine Authority, Israeli Ministry of Justice; Hasan Abdel Rahman, 
Chief Representative of the P.L.O. and the P.N.A. to the United States; 
Nathan Lewin, Miller, Cassidy Larroca, & Lewin, Washington, D.C.; 
Stephen Flatow, West Orange, New Jersey; Vicki Eisenfeld, West 
Hartford, Connecticut; and Diana Campuzano, New York, New York.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nomination of Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Energy (Non-Proliferation and National Security), and 671 
military nominations in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
  Also, Committee approved its rules of procedure for the 106th 
Congress.
CHINESE ESPIONAGE AT DOE LABORATORIES
Committee on Armed Services: Committee resumed closed hearings to 
examine alleged Chinese espionage at Department of Energy laboratories, 
receiving testimony from Edward J. Curran, Director, Office of 
Counterintelligence, and Notra Trulock, III, Acting Deputy Director, 
Office of Intelligence, both of the Department of Energy; Neil J. 
Gallagher, Assistant

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Director, National Security Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
Department of Justice; and Elizabeth A. Moler, former Deputy Secretary 
of Energy.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.
BANKRUPTCY REFORM
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
hearings on proposed legislation on bankruptcy reform, focusing on 
financial services, the Bankruptcy Code, Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 
minimum payment disclosure, credit extensions to college students, 
debit cards, mortgage and home equity loans, and convenience users, 
after receiving testimony from Senators Torricelli and Durbin; 
Representatives Gekas and Boucher; Edward M. Gramlich, Member, Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Douglas H. Jones, Senior 
Deputy General Counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Mark 
McClellan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for 
Microeconomics Analysis, Office of Economic Policy; Terry McCormick, 
Plains Bell Federal Credit Union, Amarillo, Texas, on behalf of the 
Credit Union National Association; Brian L. McDonnell, Navy Federal 
Credit Union, on behalf of the National Association of Federal Credit 
Unions, Wright H. Andrews, Jr., Butera and Andrews, on behalf of the 
National Home Equity Mortgage Association, and David Warren, Morgan 
Stanley Dean Witter and Company, Inc., on behalf of the Bond Market 
Association, all of Washington, D.C.; Ronald A. Prill, Retailers 
National Bank, Dayton Hudson Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Beth 
L. Climo, Financial Industry Affairs, New York, New York, on behalf of 
the American Bankers Association; and Gary Klein, National Consumer Law 
Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
FHA SINGLE FAMILY INSURANCE FUND
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Housing and Transportation concluded oversight hearings on challenges 
facing the Federal Housing Administration Mutual Mortgage Insurance 
Fund, which backs the single family insurance fund, after receiving 
testimony from William C. Apgar, Assistant Secretary for Housing-
Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development; Stanley J. Czerwinski, Associate Director, Housing and 
Community Development Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic 
Development Division, General Accounting Office; and Timothy F. Kenny, 
KPMG, Washington, D.C.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL MODERNIZATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Aviation concluded hearings on proposed legislation to modernize air 
traffic control programs, focusing on the National Airspace System, 
infrastructure, safety features, increasing capacity and efficiency, 
equipment age and maintenance, Free Flight, Data Link, and year 2000 
computer efforts, after receiving testimony from Jane F. Garvey, 
Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, and Kenneth M. Mead, 
Inspector General, both of the Department of Transportation; Robert W. 
Baker, American Airlines, Dallas, Texas; and John E. O'Brien, Air Line 
Pilots Association, International, Herndon, Virginia.
GRADE CROSSING SAFETY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine concluded hearings on issues 
relating to highway-rail grade crossing safety, including the 
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, Operation Lifesaver, 
warning sign improvement, emergency telephone systems, passive 
crossings, driving behavior, and enforcement, after receiving testimony 
from James E. Hall, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board; 
Jolene M. Molitoris, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, 
and Kenneth R. Wykle, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, 
both of the Department of Transportation; Billy Parker, Jacksonville, 
Florida, on behalf of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and 
Gerri L. Hall, Alexandria, Virginia, both of Operation Lifesaver, 
Incorporated; Charles E. Dettmann, Association of American Railroads, 
Washington, D.C., and Paul C. Worley, North Carolina Department of 
Transportation, Raleigh.
INTERNATIONAL SATELLITE REFORM
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Communications concluded hearings on S. 376, to amend the 
Communications Satellite Act of 1962 to promote competition and 
privatization in satellite communications, after receiving testimony 
from Vonya B. McCann, Coordinator for International Communications and 
Information Policy, Department of State; Roderick Kelvin Porter, Acting 
Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission; Betty 
C. Alewine, COMSAT Corporation, and John Sponyoe, Lockheed Martin 
Global Telecommunications, both of Bethesda, Maryland; James W. 
Cuminale, PanAmSat Corporation, Greenwich, Connecticut; and Conny 
Kullman, INTELSAT, Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the nominations of Robert Wayne Gee, of Texas, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of Energy (Fossil Energy), and the nomination of 
Carolyn L. Huntoon, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy 
(Environmental Management).

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ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF KYOTO PROTOCOL
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded 
oversight hearings to examine the economic impact of the Kyoto 
Protocol, which imposes legally binding emissions limits for greenhouse 
gasses on the industrialized nations, to the United Nations Framework 
Convention on Climate Change, after receiving testimony from Senator 
Hagel; Janet Yellen, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers; Jay Hakes, 
Administrator, Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy; 
Mary H. Novak, WEFA, Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts; and Margo 
Thorning, American Council for Capital Formation, and Cecil E. Roberts, 
United Mine Workers of America, both of Washington, D.C.
U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings on issues 
relating to United States-Taiwan relations, including the twentieth 
anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act, Taiwan Strait security, defense 
assistance, the engagement strategy with China, free market economy, 
and protecting U.S. interests, after receiving testimony from Senator 
Murkowski; Franklin D. Kramer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for 
International Security Affairs; Stanley O. Roth, Assistant Secretary of 
State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Harvey J. Feldman, Heritage 
Foundation Asia Studies Center, Arlington, Virginia; and Carl W. Ford, 
Jr., Ford and Associates, and David M. Lampton, Johns Hopkins 
University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, both of 
Washington, D.C.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of 
Government Management, Restructuring, and the District of Columbia held 
oversight hearings to examine multiple program coordination in early 
childhood education, focusing on the Results Act 1993, which requires 
executive agencies, in consultation with the Congress and other 
stakeholders, to prepare strategic five-year plans, receiving testimony 
from Marnie S. Shaul, Associate Director, Education, Workforce, and 
Income Security Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division, 
General Accounting Office, who was accompanied by several of her 
associates.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 461, to assure that innocent users and businesses gain access to 
solutions to the year 2000 problem-related failures through fostering 
an incentive to settle year 2000 lawsuits that may disrupt significant 
sectors of the American economy, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute; and
  The nominations of William J. Hibbler, to be United States District 
Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Matthew F. Kennelly, to be 
United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, 
Carl Schnee, to be United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, 
and Thomas Lee Strickland, to be United States Attorney for the 
District of Colorado.
JUSTICE BUDGET
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Youth Violence concluded 
hearings on the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 
2000 for the Office of Justice Programs and funding for state and local 
law enforcement, focusing on Juvenile Justice Accountability Incentive 
Block Grant, the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant, and the Truth in 
Sentencing/Violent Offender Incarceration, after receiving testimony 
from Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice 
Programs, Department of Justice; John H. Wilson, Montgomery Police 
Department, Montgomery, Alabama; Chet W. Vahle, Illinois Juvenile 
Court, Quincy, on behalf of the National Council of Juvenile and Family 
Court Judges; Patricia L. West, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic 
Relations District Court, Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Harry L. 
Shorstein, Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, Jacksonville, Florida.
BIOTERRORISM
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on 
Public Health concluded hearings on issues relating to bioterrorism, 
including United States public health and medical readiness, biological 
terrorism deterrence, outbreak containment and investigation, national 
pharmaceutical stockpile, and research and development, after receiving 
testimony from Margaret A. Hamburg, Assistant Secretary for Planning 
and Evaluation, Jeffrey P. Koplan, Director, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, and William E. Clark, Deputy Director, Office 
of Emergency Preparedness, all of the Department of Health and Human 
Services; Donald A. Henderson, Johns Hopkins University School of 
Hygiene and Public Health, Richard L. Alcorta, Maryland Institute for 
Emergency Medical Services Systems, and John G. Bartlett, Johns Hopkins 
University School of Medicine, on behalf of the Infectious Diseases 
Society of America, all of Baltimore, Maryland; Stephanie B.C. Bailey, 
Metropolitan Health Department, Nashville, Tennessee, on behalf of the 
National Association of County and City Health Officials; Jerome M. 
Hauer, Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, New York, New York; and 
Michael T. Osterholm, Infection Control Advisory Network, Inc., Eden 
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Minnesota, on behalf of the Council of State and Territorial 
Epidemiologists, and the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed sessions on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
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                        House of Representatives

Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 82 public bills, H.R. 1281-1362; and 5 resolutions, H. 
Con. Res. 78-80 and H. Res. 133-34 were introduced.
  Pages H1779-H1803
Reports Filed: No reports were filed today.
Concurrent Budget Resolution: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 68, 
establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for 
fiscal year 2000 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for each of 
fiscal years 2001 through 2009 by a yea and nay vote of 221 yeas to 208 
nays, Roll No. 77.
  Pages H1711-80
Amendments Rejected:
  The Coburn amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order by the 
rule and printed in House Report 106-77 that sought to substitute the 
President's completed budget proposal as scored by CBO (rejected by a 
recorded vote of 2 ayes to 426 noes with 1 voting ``present,'' Roll No. 74; 
                                                              Pages H1747-56
  The Minge amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order by the 
rule and printed in House Report 106-77 that sought to reserve 100% of the 
Social Security surplus for Social Security, and devote one-half of the 
expected on-budget surplus to debt reduction, 25% for tax cuts, and the 
remaining 25% for investments in priority programs (rejected by a recorded 
vote of 134 ayes to 295 noes, Roll No. 75); and
Pages H1756-66
  The Spratt amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order by the 
rule and printed in House Report 106-77 that sought to make tax cuts or 
spending initiatives contingent on legislation addressing the solvency of 
Medicare and Social Security; protect 100% of the Social Security surplus; 
require Treasury to apply 100% of the surplus to the repurchase of 
government bonds held by the public and transfer that debt reduction to 
Medicare part A and Social Security trust funds (rejected by a recorded vote 
of 173 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 76).
Pages H1766-78
  The House agreed to H. Res. 131, the rule that provided for consideration 
of the bill by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 73. 
                                                           Pages H1699-H1710
  Earlier, agreed to order the previous question by a yea and nay vote of 
224 ayes to 203 nays, Roll No. 72.
Pages H1709-10
  Pursuant to the rule, the Kasich amendment, printed in House Report 106-
77, that makes technical changes, adds a sense of the Congress on child 
nutrition, increases defense outlays in FY 2000 by $2 billion, and requires 
CBO to consult with Social Security trustees when re-estimating the Social 
Security surplus was considered as adopted.
Page H1742
Late Report: The Committee on Commerce received permission to have until 
midnight on April 9 to file a report on H.R. 851, to require the Federal 
Communications Commission to establish improved predictive models for 
determining the availability of television broadcast signals.
  Page H1781
Spring District Work Period: The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 23, providing 
for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives.
  Page H1781
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Morella or, if not available, Representative Wolf to act as 
Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through 
April 12, 1999.
  Page H1781
Joint Economic Committee: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of 
Representatives Stark, Maloney of New York, Minge, and Watt of North 
Carolina to the Joint Economic Committee.
  Page H1781
Resignations-Appointments: Agreed that notwithstanding any adjournment of 
the House until Monday, April 12, 1999, the Speaker, Majority Leader, and 
Minority Leader be authorized to accept resignations and to make 
appointments authorized by law or by the House.
  Page H1782
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed that business in order under the Calendar 
Wednesday rule be dispensed with on Wednesday, April 14, 1999.
  Page H1782
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages 
H1699 amd H1780.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea and nay votes and four recorded votes developed 
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H1710, H1755-56, H1765-66, H1778, and H1780. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and pursuant to the provisions of 
S. Con. Res. 23, adjourned at 8:29 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 
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Committee Meetings
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE AND JUDICIARY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and 
the Judiciary held a hearing on SBA and on Drug Enforcement Programs. 
Testimony was heard from Aida Alvarez, Administrator, SBA; and the following 
officials of the Department of Justice: Thomas Constantine, Administrator, 
DEA; James Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division; and 
Donna Bucella, Director, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense continued appropriation 
hearings. Testimony was heard from Members of Congress and public witnesses.
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development 
held a hearing on the Bureau of Reclamation. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of the Interior: Bruce Babbitt, 
Secretary; Patricia Beneke, Assistant Secretary, Water and Science; and 
Eluid Martinez, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation.
FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations held a 
hearing on AID Administrator. Testimony was heard from Brian Atwood, 
Administrator, AID, U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency.
INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior held a hearing on 
Department of Energy: Conservation. Testimony was heard from Dan Reicher, 
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy.
LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education held a hearing on the National Council on 
Disability; the National Commission on Libraries; the Armed Forces 
Retirement Home, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the NLRB. 
Testimony was heard from Audrey McCrimon, Chairperson, Committee on Finance, 
National Council on Disability; Jeanne Hurley Simon, Chairperson, National 
Commission on Libraries; David F. Lacy, Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of 
the Board, Armed Forces Retirement Home; Gail Wilensky, Chairperson, 
Medicare Payments Advisory Commission; and John C. Truesdale, Chairman, 
NLRB.
TREASURY-POSTAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service, and 
General Government, on Office of National Drug Control Policy. Testimony was 
heard from Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Director, Office of National Drug Control 
Policy; Alan I. Leshner, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and public witness.
VA-HUD-INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent 
Agencies held a hearing on Corporation for National and Community Service. 
Testimony was heard from Harris Wofford, CEO, Corporation for National and 
Community Service.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Continued hearings on the fiscal year 2000 
National Defense authorization budget request. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Defense: Louis Caldera, Secretary 
of the Army; Richard Danzig, Secretary of the Navy; and F. Whitten Peters, 
Acting Secretary of the Air Force.
TECHNOLOGY AND BANKING
Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital 
Markets, Securities, and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing on 
Technology and Banking. Testimony was heard from Brooksley Born, Chair, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Laura Unger, Commissioner, SEC; James 
Kamihachi, Senior Deputy Comptroller, Economic and Policy Analysis, 
Department of the Treasury; Arthur Murton, Director, Division of Insurance, 
FDIC; and public witnesses.
ROSA PARKS GOLD MEDAL AWARD
Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic and 
International Monetary Policy approved for full Committee action H.R. 573, 
to authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the Congress 
to Rosa Parks in recognition of her contributions to the Nation.
SATELLITE COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
Committee on Commerce: Ordered reported amended H.R. 851, Satellite 
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JUVENILE CRIME CONTROL AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, 
Youth, and Families held a hearing on H.R. 1150, Juvenile Crime Control and 
Delinquency Prevention Act of 1999. Testimony was heard from Patricia 
Mantoya, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and Shay Bilchik, Administrator, 
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Judicial 
Programs, Department of Justice.
EXPANDING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Employer-Employee 
Relations held a hearing on Expanding Affordable Health Care Coverage: 
Benefits and Consequences of Association Health Plans. Testimony was heard 
from Steven B. Larsen, Commissioner of Insurance, State of Maryland; and 
public witnesses.
LATEX ALLERGIES AND THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on Latex Allergies and the Healthcare 
Industry: Do OSHA's Actions Confuse or Clarify? Testimony was heard from 
Angela Presson, M.D., Medical Officer, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, Department of Labor; Elizabeth D. Jacobson, M.D., Acting 
Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA, Department of 
Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENT HEALTH AND EDUCATION ACT
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on ``Dietary Supplement 
Health and Education Act: Is the FDA Trying to Change the Intent of 
Congress?'' Testimony was heard from Jane E. Henney, Commissioner, FDA, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
TRADE DEFICIT
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy, and Human Resources held a hearing on ``A Record Trade Deficit: How 
Can the U.S. Government Prevent a Looming Trade Crisis?'' Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Commerce: Michael J. 
Copps, Assistant Secretary, Trade Development; and Johnnie E. Frazier, 
Acting Inspector General; and public witnesses.
U.S. CAPITOL POLICE MANAGEMENT
Committee on House Administration: Held a hearing on United States Capitol 
Police Management. Testimony was heard from Robert W. Gramling, Director, 
Corporate Audits and Standards, Accounting and Information Management 
Division, GAO; James W. Zigler, Chairman, U.S. Capitol Police; Alan M. 
Hantman, Architect of the Capitol; Wilson Livingood, Sergeant at Arms, House 
of Representatives; Gary L. Albrecht, Chief of Police; and a public witness.
RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Russian Foreign 
Policy: Proliferation to Rogue Regimes. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
RESOLUTION CONDEMNING MURDER OF A HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Operations and Human Rights approved for full Committee action H. Res. 128, 
condemning the murder of human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson and calling for 
the protection of defense attorneys in Northern Ireland.
BANKRUPTCY REFORM ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative 
Law approved for full Committee action amended H.R. 833, Bankruptcy Reform 
Act of 1999.
OVERSIGHT--PATENT REFORM; PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE REAUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property 
held an oversight hearing on Patent Reform and a hearing on the Patent and 
Trademark Office Reauthorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000. Testimony was 
heard from Representatives Rohrabacher and Campbell; Todd Dickinson, Acting 
Assistant Secretary and Acting Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, U.S. 
Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--BENEFITS OF A MORE EDUCATED WORKFORCE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims held an 
oversight hearing on the benefits to the American Economy of a more educated 
workforce. Testimony was heard from the following Senior Legal Specialists, 
Directorate of Legal Research, Western Law Division, Library of Congress: 
Kersi Shroff and Stephen Clarke; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science: Ordered reported amended the following bills: H.R. 
209, Technology Transfer Commercialization Act of 1999; H.R. 1184, 
Earthquake Hazards Reduction Authorization Act of 1999; and H.R. 1183, 
Fastener Quality Act Amendments of 1999.
  The Committee also approved its Oversight Agenda for the 106th Congress.
WOMEN'S BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
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women's business enterprises. Testimony was heard from Representatives Kelly 
and Dunn; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--OFFICE OF MOTOR CARRIERS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Ground 
Transportation held an oversight hearing on the Office of Motor Carriers. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Benefits held an oversight 
hearing on the Veterans Benefits Administration. Testimony was heard from 
Joseph Thompson, Under Secretary, Benefits, Veterans Benefits 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Cynthia A. Bascetta, 
Associate Director, VA and Military Health Care, GAO; and representatives of 
veterans organizations.
DVA'S MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT PROGRAM
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
held a hearing to examine the Department of Veterans Affairs management of 
the Federal Employees' Compensation Act program. Testimony was heard from 
Shelby Hallmark, Deputy Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, 
Department of Labor; and the following officials of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs: Richard J. Griffin, Inspector General; Ronald E. Cowles, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Human Resources Management; John Hancock, 
Director, Occupational Health and Safety Staff, Office of Administration; 
Fred Malphus, Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network 2; and Smith 
Jenkins, Jr., Director, Veterans Integrated Service Network 22.
SOCIAL SECURITY'S GOALS AND CRITERIA FOR ASSESSING REFORM
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing 
on Social Security's Goals and Criteria for Assessing Reforms. Testimony was 
heard from David M. Walker, Comptroller General, GAO; Stephen C. Goss, 
Deputy Chief Actuary for Long-Range Actuarial Estimates, SSA; and public 
witnesses.
BUDGET: ALL-SOURCE ANALYSIS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold 
a hearing on Fiscal Year 2000 Budget: All-Source Analysis. Testimony was 
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                             NEW PUBLIC LAWS

        (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D284)
  S.447, to amend as timely filed, and process payment, the applications 
submitted by the Dodson School Districts for certain Impact Aid payments for 
fiscal year 1999. Signed March 23, 1999. (P.L. 106-3)
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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             MARCH 26, 1999

                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                  House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, on Indian Health 
Service, 10 a.m., B-308 Rayburn.
  Committee on Commerce,, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing on 
The Iraqi Oil for Food Program and Its Impact, 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Management, 
Information, and Technology, hearing on ``Oversight of Financial 
Management Practices at the Health Care Financing Administration'', 10 
a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
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                       CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

                 Week of March 29 through April 3, 1999

                             Senate Chamber

  Senate will be in adjournment until Monday, April 12, 1999.


                            Senate Committees

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                            House Committees

  Committee on Government Reform, March 31, Subcommittee on Government 
Management, Information, and Technology, hearing on ``Can the Federal 
Government Balance Its Books? A Review of the Federal Consolidated 
Financial Statements'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       12 noon, Monday, April 12

                               
                             Senate Chamber
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to extend beyond 2 p.m.), Senate could begin consideration of the 
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report and the 
Congressional Budget Conference Report, if available.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
            HOUSE
  
Baird, Brian, Wash., E594
Barcia, James A., Mich., E572
Barr, Bob, Ga., E581, E583
Becerra, Xavier, Calif., E593
Bentsen, Ken, Tex., E584, E587
Berry, Marion, Ark., E581, E584
Bonior, David E., Mich., E574, E592
Camp, Dave, Mich., E572
Castle, Michael N., Del., E573
Coble, Howard, N.C., E595
Collins, Mac, Ga., E571
Danner, Pat, Mo., E580
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E569
DeGette, Diana, Colo., E591
Dingell, John D., Mich., E569
Dooley, Calvin M., Calif., E576
Dreier, David, Calif., E568
Dunn, Jennifer, Wash., E567
Evans, Lane, Ill., E567
Everett, Terry, Ala., E574
Filner, Bob, Calif., E579
Foley, Mark, Fla., E590
Gejdenson, Sam, Conn., E591
Gilman, Benjamin A., N.Y., E583, E585
Gordon, Bart, Tenn., E571
Green, Gene, Tex., E567
Hall, Tony P., Ohio, E581, E583
Houghton, Amo, N.Y., E580
Hunter, Duncan, Calif., E590
Jones, Stephanie Tubbs, Ohio, E578
Kelly, Sue W., N.Y., E596
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E566, E568
LaFalce, John J., N.Y., E569, E593
Lewis, Ron, Ky., E573
McCarthy, Carolyn, N.Y., E587
McCrery, Jim, La., E596
McGovern, James P., Mass., E573
McInnis, Scott, Colo., E570
Morella, Constance A., Md., E588, E589
Myrick, Sue Wilkins, N.C., E569
Neal, Richard E., Mass., E576
Oberstar, James L., Minn., E578
Pascrell, Bill, Jr., N.J., E565
Paul, Ron, Tex., E566
Payne, Donald M., N.J., E572, E593
Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E575
Pickering, Charles W. ``Chip'', Miss., E596
Price, David E., N.C., E589
Quinn, Jack, N.Y., E571
Radanovich, George, Calif., E589
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E577
Riley, Bob, Ala., E582, E585
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E571, E587, E595
Roukema, Marge, N.J., E595
Salmon, Matt, Ariz., E594
Scarborough, Joe, Fla., E579
Schaffer, Bob, Colo., E593
Serrano, Jose E., N.Y., E593
Stark, Fortney Pete, Calif., E592
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E572
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E571
Vento, Bruce F., Minn., E581, E585
Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E582, E588
Weller, Jerry, Ill., E577, E596
Wilson, Heather, N.M., E572
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E574
Young, Don, Alaska, E565 


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