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                                            Thursday, July 29, 1999

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9651-S9883
Measures Introduced: Eleven bills were introduced, as follows: S. 1456-
1466.
  Pages S9743-44
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
  Special Report entitled ``History, Jurisdiction, and a Summary of 
Activities of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources During the 
105th Congress''. (S. Rept. No. 106-127)
  S. 501, to address resource management issues in Glacier Bay National 
Park, Alaska, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. 
Rept. No. 106-128)
  S. 953, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain land 
in the State of South Dakota to the Terry Peak Ski Area, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-129)
  S. Res. 95, designating August 16, 1999, as ``National Airborne 
Day''.
  S. 1255, to protect consumers and promote electronic commerce by 
amending certain trademark infringement, dilution, and counterfeiting 
laws, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S9743
Measures Passed:
  Congratulating the University of Maine Black Bears: Committee on the 
Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 164, 
congratulating the Black Bears of the University of Maine for winning 
the 1999 NCAA hockey championship, and the resolution was then agreed 
to.
  Page S9882
  Federal Maritime Commission Authorization: Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration 
of H.R. 819, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Maritime 
Commission for fiscal years 2000 and 2001, and the bill was then 
passed, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in 
lieu thereof the text of S. 920, Senate companion measure, and agreeing 
to a committee amendment.
  Page S9882
  Subsequently, S. 920 was placed back on the calendar.
Page S9882
Budget Reconciliation: Senate continued consideration of S. 1429, to 
provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 104 of the concurrent 
resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2000, taking action on the 
following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S9651-S9737
Pending:
  Bingaman Amendment No. 1462, to express the sense of the Senate 
regarding investment in education.
Pages S9697-S9719
  Hutchison Modified Amendment No. 1472, to provide for the relief of 
the marriage tax penalty beginning in the year 2001.
Pages S9719-29
  Roth (for Grassley) Amendment No. 1388, making technical corrections 
to the Saver Act.
Pages S9729-30
  Roth (for Abraham) Amendment No. 1411, to provide that no Federal 
income tax shall be imposed on amounts received, and lands recovered, 
by Holocaust victims of their heirs.
Pages S9729-30
  Roth (for Sessions) Amendment No. 1412, to provide for the Collegiate 
Learning and Students Savings (CLASS) Act title.
Pages S9729-30
  Roth (for Collins/Coverdell) Modified Amendment No. 1446, to 
eliminate the 2-percent floor on miscellaneous itemized deductions for 
qualified professional development and incidental expenses of 
elementary and secondary school teachers.
Pages S9729-30
  Roth (for Abraham) Amendment No. 1455, to amend the Internal Revenue 
Code of 1986 to expand the deduction for computer donations to schools 
and to allow a tax credit for donated computers.
Pages S9729-30
Withdrawn:
  Breaux Amendment No. 1442, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                         Pages S9683-97
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 54 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 227), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected a motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of the Abraham 
Amendment No. 1398, to preserve and protect the surpluses of the social 
security trust

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funds by reaffirming the exclusion of receipts and disbursement from 
the budget, by setting a limit on the debt held by the public, and by 
amending the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to provide a process to 
reduce the limit on the debt held by the public. Subsequently, a point 
of order that the amendment was not germane to the bill was sustained, 
and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S9651-52
  By 42 yeas to 58 nays (Vote No. 228), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected a motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of the Baucus motion 
to recommit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions to 
report back forthwith. Subsequently, a point of order that the motion 
was not germane to the bill was sustained, and the motion thus fell. 
                                                         Pages S9651-53
  By 46 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 229), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected a motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of the Robb Amendment 
No. 1401, to delay the effective dates of the provisions of, and 
amendments made by, the Act until the long-term solvency of social 
security and medicare programs is ensured. Subsequently, a point of 
order that the amendment was not germane to the bill was sustained, and 
the amendment thus fell.
Pages S9651, S9653
  By 46 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 230), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected a motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of the Gramm Amendment 
No. 1405, in the nature of a substitute. Subsequently, a point of order 
that the amendment was not germane to the bill was sustained, and the 
amendment thus fell.
Pages S9653-72, S9681-82
  By 45 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 231), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected a motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of the Kennedy motion 
to recommit to the Committee on Finance, with instructions to report 
back with an amendment to modernize and improve the Medicare program by 
providing a prescription drug benefit, by reducing or deferring certain 
new tax breaks. Subsequently, a point of order that the motion was not 
germane to the bill was sustained, and the motion thus fell. 
                                               Pages S9672-81, S9682-83
  A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill and pending amendments, with votes to occur 
thereon, on Friday, July 30, 1999.
Page S9711
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for a further 
modification to Amendment No. 1472 (listed above) on Friday, July 30, 
1999.
Page S9729
Messages From the House:
  Page S9742
Communications:
  Pages S9742-43
Petitions:
  Page S9743
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S9743
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S9744-64
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9764-65
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9765-S9878
Notices of Hearings:
  Page S9878
Authority for Committees:
  Pages S9878-79
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9879-82
Record Votes: Five record votes were taken today. (Total--231) 
                                               Pages S9652-53, S9682-83
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 10:21 p.m., 
until 8:30 a.m., on Friday, July 30, 1999. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following bills:
  S. 935, to amend the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and 
Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to authorize research to promote the 
conversion of biomass into biobased industrial products, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  An original bill to amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to 
establish a program of mandatory market reporting for certain meat 
packers regarding the prices, quantities, and terms of sale for the 
procurement of domestic cattle, swine, lambs, and products of such 
livestock, to improve the collection of information regarding the 
marketing of cattle, swine, lambs, and products of such livestock.
APPROPRIATIONS--CENSUS 2000 SUPPLEMENTAL
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, 
and the Judiciary concluded hearings on the Census Bureau's request for 
additional funds for the decennial census, after receiving testimony 
from Kenneth Prewitt, Director, Bureau

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of the Census, Department of Commerce; and Patrick F. Kennedy, 
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration.
LOAN LOSS ALLOWANCES
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Securities concluded hearings on the importance of the transparent 
financial reporting to investors and the marketplace, the Securities 
and Exchange Commission's interaction with financial institutes, and 
the progress made by the SEC and banking agencies in addressing areas 
of concern, after receiving testimony from Arthur Levitt, Chairman, 
Securities and Exchange Commission.
AUTHORIZATION--MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Oceans and Fisheries concluded hearings on proposed legislation 
authorizing funds for programs of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act, after receiving testimony from William 
M. Daley, Secretary of Commerce; Penelope D. Dalton, Assistant 
Administrator, and Andrew Rosenberg, Deputy Assistant Administrator, 
both of the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce; Maggie Raymond, 
Associated Fisheries of Maine, South Berwick; Thomas R. Hill, New 
England Fishery Management Council, Gloucester, Massachusetts; Richard 
B. Lauber, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Juneau, Alaska; 
David Fluharty, University of Washington School of Marine Affairs, 
Seattle; Ken Hinman, National Coalition for Marine Conservation, on 
behalf of the Marine Fish Conservation Network, and Glenn R. Delaney, 
International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, both of 
Washington, D.C.; and Wayne E. Swingle, Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council, Tampa, Florida.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND NATIONAL PARKS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks, Historic Preservation, and Recreation concluded hearings on S. 
710, to authorize the feasibility study on the preservation of certain 
Civil War battlefields along the Vicksburg Campaign Trail, S. 905, to 
establish the Lackawanna Valley American Heritage Area, S. 1093, to 
establish the Galisteo Basin Archaeological Protection Sites, to 
provide for the protection of archaeological sites in the Galisteo 
Basin of New Mexico, S. 1117, to establish the Corinth Unit of Shiloh 
National Military Park, in the vicinity of the city of Corinth, 
Mississippi, and in the State of Tennessee, S. 1324, to expand the 
boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include Wills 
House, and S. 1349, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct 
special resource studies to determine the national significance of 
specific sites as well as the suitability and feasibility of their 
inclusion as units of the National Park System, after receiving 
testimony from Denis Galvin, Deputy Director, National Park Service, 
and Nina Rose Hatfield, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, 
both of Department of the Interior; Mark Michel, Archaeological 
Conservancy, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kenneth H. P'Pool, Mississippi 
Department of Archives and History, Jackson; Rosemary T. Williams, 
Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission, Corinth, Mississippi; Robert 
Durkin, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, Mayfield Borough, 
Pennsylvania; and Holliday Giles, Gettysburg Borough Council, 
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
EPA'S STANDARDS GASOLINE
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean Air, 
Wetlands, Private Property, and Nuclear Safety concluded hearings on 
the Environmental Protection Agency's Tier 2 standards for cars and 
light-duty trucks and the accompanying proposed low sulfur requirements 
for gasoline, after receiving testimony from Robert Perciasepe, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental 
Protection Agency.
YUGOSLAVIA DEMOCRACY PROSPECTS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on European Affairs held 
hearings on prospects for democracy in Yugoslavia, receiving testimony 
from Robert S. Gelbard, Special Representative of the President and the 
Secretary of State for Implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords; 
James W. Pardew, Jr., Deputy Special Advisor to the President and the 
Secretary of State for Kosovo and Dayton Implementation; Sonja Biserko, 
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, Vienna, Austria; Irinej 
Dobrijevic, Serbian Orthodox Church, Broadview Heights, Ohio; and John 
Fox, Open Society Institute, and James Hooper, Balkan Action Council, 
both of Washington, D.C.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.
QUALITY STATE MANAGEMENT
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of 
Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia held 
hearings to examine quality services management initiatives in the 
Federal Government, focusing on State success stories as models, 
receiving testimony from Steve Wall, Ohio Office of Quality Services, 
and Teresa

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Shotwell-Haddix, Ohio Department of Transportation, both of Columbus.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations 
of Maryanne Trump Barry, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit 
Judge for the Third Circuit, Raymond C. Fisher, of California, to be 
United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Naomi Reice 
Buchwald, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District 
of New York, David N. Hurd, to be United States District Judge for the 
Northern District of New York, M. James Lorenz, to be United States 
District Judge for the Southern District of California, Victor Marrero, 
to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New 
York, and Brian Theadore Stewart, to be United States District Judge 
for the District of Utah, after the nominees testified and answered 
questions in their own behalf. Ms. Barry was introduced by Senators 
Torricelli, Lautenberg, and Specter, Mr. Fisher and Mr. Lorenz were 
introduced by Senators Feinstein and Boxer and Representative Campbell, 
Ms. Buchwald, Mr. Hurd, and Mr. Marrero were introduced by Senator 
Schumer, and Mr. Stewart was introduced by Senators Hatch and Bennett.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1255, to protect consumers and promote electronic commerce by 
amending certain trademark infringement, dilution, and counterfeiting 
laws, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. Res. 95, designating August 16, 1999, as ``National Airborne 
Day''; and
  The nominations of Maryanne Trump Barry, of New Jersey, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, Raymond C. Fisher, of 
California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, 
Richard A. Paez, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Ninth Circuit, Naomi Reice Buchwald, to be United States District 
Judge for the Southern District of New York, David N. Hurd, to be 
United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York, M. 
James Lorenz, to be United States District Judge for the Southern 
District of California, Victor Marrero, to be United States District 
Judge for the Southern District of New York, Brian Theadore Stewart, to 
be United States District Judge for the District of Utah, and Alejandro 
N. Mayorkas, to be United States Attorney for the Central District of 
California.
FAIR ACCESS TO INDEMNITY AND REIMBURSEMENT ACT
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on 
Employment, Safety and Training concluded hearings on S. 1158, to allow 
the recovery of attorney's fees and costs by certain employers and 
labor organizations who are prevailing parties in proceedings brought 
against them by the National Labor Relations Board or by the 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, after receiving 
testimony from Eamonn McGeady, Martin G. Imbach, Inc., Baltimore, 
Maryland; Sam Colburn, Colburn Electric Company, Broken Arrow, 
Oklahoma; Richard Griffin, International Union of Operating Engineers, 
Washington, D.C.; and Vincent T. Norwillo, Tradesmen International, 
Inc., Solon, Ohio.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee will meet again on Wednesday, August 4.
INFORMATION COORDINATION CENTER
Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem: Committee 
concluded hearings on Year 2000 Information Coordination Center, 
focusing on its role during key Y2K events, and the Administration's 
long-term plans to use the ICC for infrastructure protection, after 
receiving testimony from John Koskinen, Chairman, President's Council 
of Year 2000 Conversion; John S. Tritak, director, Critical 
Infrastructure Assurance Office; Michael A. Vatis, Director, National 
Infrastructure Protection Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
Department of Justice; and Richard C. Schaeffer, Jr., Director, 
Infrastructure and Information Assurance, Office of Assistant Secretary 
of Defense of Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 23 public bills, H.R. 2630-2652; 1 private bill, H.R. 
2653; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 165-167 and H. Res. 265, 267, 
were introduced.
  Pages H6597-99
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 456, for the relief of the survivors of the 14 members of the 
Armed Forces and the one United States civilian Federal employee who 
were killed on April 14, 1994, when United States fighter aircraft 
mistakenly shot down 2 United States helicopters over Iraq, amended (H. 
Rept. 106-270);
  H.R. 2454, to assure the long-term conservation of mid-continent 
light geese and the biological diversity of the ecosystem upon which 
many North American migratory birds depend, by directing the Secretary 
of the Interior to implement rules to reduce the overabundant 
population of mid-continent light geese, amended (H. Rept. 106-271);
  H.R. 987, to require the Secretary of Labor to wait for completion of 
a National Academy of Science study before promulgating a standard or 
guideline on ergonomics (H. Rept. 106-272);
  H.R. 717, to amend title 49, United States Code, to regulate 
overflights of national parks (H. Rept. 106-273, Pt. 1);
  H. Res. 266, a resolution providing for consideration of a concurrent 
resolution waiving the requirement in section 132 of the Legislative 
Reorganization Act of 1946 that the Congress adjourn sine die not later 
than July 31, 1999 (H. Rept. 106-274);
Page H6597
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. 
Paul A. Wee of Washington, D.C.
  Page H6585
Military Construction Appropriations Act: The House agreed to the 
conference report on H.R. 2465, making appropriations for military 
construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure for the 
Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, by 
a yea and nay vote of 412 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 343. 
                                                         Pages H6591-96
  H. Res. 262, the rule that waived points of order against the 
conference report was agreed to by voice vote.
Page H6591
District of Columbia Appropriations Act: The House passed H.R. 2587, 
making appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia 
and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against revenues of 
said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, by a yea 
and nay vote of 333 yeas to 92 nays, Roll No. 347. The House completed 
general debate on July 27.
  Pages H6603-48
Agreed to:
  The Istook amendment that permits the Court Services and Offender 
Supervision Agency to carry out sex offender registration; 
                                                         Pages H6615-17
  The Barr amendment that prohibits the use of any funding to legalize 
or reduce the penalty for the possession, use, or distribution of any 
schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act; and 
                                                         Pages H6638-42
  The Tiahrt amendment that prohibits the use of any funds on a needle 
exchange program for illegal drugs (agreed to by a recorded vote of 241 
ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 344).
Pages H6617-29, H6645-46
Rejected:
  The Norton amendment that sought to strike Sec. 146 prohibiting any 
funding for a petition or civil action which seeks to require Congress 
to provide for voting representation in Congress for the District of 
Columbia (rejected by a recorded vote of 214 ayes to 214 noes, Roll No. 
345); and
Pages H6629-33, H6646-47
  The Largent amendment that sought to prohibit any funding for the 
joint adoption of a child between individuals who are not related by 
blood or marriage (rejected by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 215 noes, 
Roll No. 346).
Pages H6633-38, H6647
Withdrawn:
  The Bilbray amendment was offered, but subsequently withdrawn, that 
sought to ban the possession of tobacco products by minors in the 
District of Columbia; and
Pages H6603-07
  The Stearns amendment was offered, but subsequently withdrawn, that 
sought to specify that funding may be used for automated external 
defribillators.
Pages H6642-43
  H. Res. 260, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on July 27.
Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs 
Appropriations Act: The House completed general debate and began 
considering amendments to H.R. 2606, making appropriations for foreign 
operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2000.
  Pages H6652-H6721
Agreed to:
  The Smith of New Jersey amendment that prohibits funding to foreign 
organizations that perform or actively promote abortion through 
lobbying activities to alter laws or policies; (agreed to by a recorded 
vote of 228 ayes to 200 noes, Roll No. 349);
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  The Greenwood amendment that restricts funding for population 
planning activities unless the foreign organization certifies that 
funds will not be used to promote abortion as a method of family 
planning, or to lobby for or against abortion (agreed to by a recorded 
vote of 221 ayes to 208 noes, Roll No. 350);
Pages H6672-76
  The Brown of Ohio amendment that increases child survival and disease 
program funding by $5 million;
Pages H6678-80
  The Gilman amendment that reduces funding for the Contribution to the 
International Development Association by $8 million;
Pages H6688-90
  The Campbell amendment that increases funding for the African 
Development Bank by $8 million;
Page H6690
  The Traficant en bloc amendment that limits funding for the 
Government of the Russian Federation to $172 million and prohibits any 
funding to purchase equipment or products made in a country other than 
the particular foreign government receiving assistance or the United 
States;
Pages H6712-13
  The Rohrabacher amendment that eliminates any funding for the 
Government of Cambodia; and
Pages H6713-15
  The Moakley amendment that prohibits any funding for the United 
States Army School of the Americas located at Fort Benning, Georgia 
(agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 352). 
                                                  Pages H6700-09, H6720
Rejected:
  The Campbell amendment that sought to reduce economic support funding 
for Israel by $30 million and Egypt by $20 million (rejected by a 
recorded vote of 13 ayes to 414 noes, Roll No. 351); 
                                               Pages H6683-84, H6719-20
  The Pitts amendment that sought to specify that no Child Survival and 
Disease Program funds shall be used for activities designed to control 
fertility or delay childbirths or pregnancies (rejected by a recorded 
vote of 187 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 353).
Pages H6709-12, H6720-21
Withdrawn:
  The Smith of New Jersey amendment was offered, but subsequently 
withdrawn, that sought to increase refugee assistance funding by $20 
million;
Page H6677
  The Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment was offered, but subsequently 
withdrawn, that sought to increase funding for the prevention and 
treatment of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa by $25 million; 
                                                         Pages H6681-82
  The Mica amendment was offered, but subsequently withdrawn, that 
sought to increase funding for Colombian National Police equipment by 
$37.5 million; and
Pages H6685-87
  The Andrews amendment was offered, but subsequently withdrawn by 
order of the House and without prejudice, that sought to prohibit any 
funds for new Overseas Private Investment Corporation projects. 
                                                         Pages H6715-19
  H. Res. 263, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 256 yeas to 172 nays, Roll No. 348. 
                                                         Pages H6648-52
Order of Proceedings: It was made in order that during the further 
consideration of H.R. 2606 in the Committee of the Whole no amendment 
shall be in order except for the Andrews amendment, withdrawn without 
prejudice and the following amendments: Burton of Indiana amendment 
regarding a reduction in aid to India; Jackson-Lee amendment 
transferring $4 million from IMET to ERMA and ESF; Paul amendment 
prohibiting funds for family planning and abortion; Paul amendment 
prohibiting funds for Ex-Im Bank, OPIC, and TDA; Stearns amendment 
requiring a report on actions in Kosovo; Hastings of Florida amendment 
expressing the Sense of Congress regarding flower imports from 
Colombia; Jackson-Lee amendment prohibiting military funds for Eritrea 
and Ethiopia; Jackson-Lee amendment expressing the Sense of Congress 
regarding peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia; Kucinich regarding OPIC; 
and Tancredo regarding man in the biosphere.
  Page H6716
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate appears on page 
H6585.
Referrals: S. 305 was referred to the Committee on Commerce and the 
Committee on Education and the Workforce, and S. 918 was referred to 
the Committee on Small Business.
  Page H6596
Amendments Ordered Printed: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the 
rule appear on pages H6600-01.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea and nay votes and eight recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H6595-96, H6645-46, H6646-47, H6647, H6648, H6652, H6671-72, H6676, 
H6719-20, H6720, and H6721. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 12:14 a.m. on 
July 30.

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Committee Meetings
FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION--PROVIDE RELIEF FROM UNFAIR 
PENALTIES ON REFUNDS
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing 
on H.R. 1117, to provide relief from unfair interest and penalties on 
refunds retroactively ordered by the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission. Testimony was heard from Representative Moran of Kansas; 
Carla Stovall, Attorney General, State of Kansas; and a public witness.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection approved for full Committee action, amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 1714, Electronic Signatures in Global and 
National Commerce Act; H.R. 1858, Consumer and Investor Access to 
Information Act of 1999; H.R. 486, Community Broadcasters Protection 
Act of 1999; and H.R. 2630, NTIA Reauthorization Act of 1999.
TRUTH IN EMPLOYMENT ACT; FAIR ACCESS TO INDEMNITY AND REIMBURSEMENT ACT
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Ordered reported the 
following bills: H.R. 1441, Truth in Employment Act of 1999; and H.R. 
1987, amended, Fair Access to Indemnity and Reimbursement Act.
BEIJING-U.S. EMBASSY--STATE DEPARTMENT'S HANDLING OF ALLEGATIONS OF 
VISA FRAUD
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on the State 
Department's Handling of Allegations of Visa Fraud and Other 
Irregularities at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of State: Jacquelyn L. 
Williams-Bridgers, Inspector General; Peter Bergin, Deputy Director, 
Diplomatic Security; and Bonnie Cohen, Under Secretary, Management; and 
Don Schurman, former Regional Security Officer, U.S. Embassy, Beijing.
  In refusing to answer questions, Charles M. Parish, Jr., former First 
Consul and Secretary, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, invoked Fifth Amendment 
privileges.
FEDERALISM ACT
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Economic Growth, 
Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs approved for full Committee 
action, amended, H.R. 2245, Federalism Act of 1999.
PANAMA-U.S. SECURITY AND COUNTER-DRUG INTERESTS
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Post-1999 U.S. 
Security and Counter-Drug Interests in Panama. Testimony was heard from 
Thomas E. McNamara, former U.S. Chief Negotiator in Panama and Gen. 
George A. Joulwan, USA, (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander in 
Europe and former Commander in Chief, U.S. Southern Command.
OVERSIGHT--REINVENTED TAXATION AND THE TAXPAYERS DEFENSE ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held an oversight hearing on Reinvented Taxation and 
The Taxpayers Defense Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Hayworth and Terry; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law approved for full Committee action the following 
measures: H.J. Res. 54, granting the consent of Congress to the 
Missouri-Nebraska Boundary Compact; H.J. Res. 62, to grant the consent 
of Congress to the boundary change between Georgia and South Carolina; 
and H.R. 1604, amended, Dairy Consumers and Producers Protection Act.
  Prior to this action, the Subcommittee held a hearing on H.J. Res. 54 
and H.J. Res. 62. Testimony was heard from Representatives Bereuter, 
Danner and Kingston; Charles W. Challstrom, Acting Director, National 
Geodetic Survey, NOAA, Department of Commerce; and a public witness.
OVERSIGHT--DEA
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime held an oversight 
hearing on the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice. 
Testimony was heard from Norman J. Rabkin, Director, Administration of 
Justice Issue Area, GAO; Donnie R. Marshall, Acting Administrator, DEA, 
Department of Justice; and public witnesses.
IMMIGRATION REORGANIZATION AND IMPROVEMENT ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims held 
a hearing on H.R. 2528, Immigration Reorganization and Improvement Act 
of 1999. Testimony was heard from Representatives Rogers and Reyes; 
from the following officials of the Department of Justice: Michael 
Bromwich, Inspector General; and Doris Meissner, Commissioner, 
Immigration and Naturalization Service; Richard M. Stana, Associate 
Director, Administration of Justice Issues, General Government 
Division, GAO; and public witnesses.

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WARNER CREEK TIMBER SALE
Committee on Resources: Task Force on Warner Creek Timber Sale and 
Related Matters met in executive session and approved a report 
regarding the Warner Creek Timber Sale and Related Matters.
PRIBILOF ISLANDS TRANSITION ACT
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held a hearing on the Pribilof Islands Transition 
Act. Testimony was heard from David Kennedy, Director, Office of 
Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of 
Commerce; Jennifer Roberts, Environmental Manager, Department of 
Environmental Conservation, State of Alaska; and representatives of 
Municipal Governments, Village Corporations, and Tribal Councils from 
St. Paul and St. George Islands, Alaska.
OVERSIGHT--RURAL WATER PROJECT FINANCING
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held an 
oversight hearing on Rural Water Project Financing. Testimony was heard 
from Eluid Martinez, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of 
the Interior; John Romano, Deputy Administrator, Rural Utility Service, 
USDA; Cynthia C. Dougherty, Director, Office of Ground Water and 
Drinking Water, EPA; Susan Kladiva, Associate Director, Resources, 
Community and Economic Development Division, GAO; and public witnesses.
LEGISLATIVE REORGANIZATION ACT WAIVER
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule providing for 
consideration in the House of a concurrent resolution waiving the 
requirement in section 132 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 
1946 that Congress adjourn sine die not later than July 31, 1999. The 
rule provides that the concurrent resolution shall be considered as 
read and shall not be debatable. All points of order against the 
concurrent resolution are waived.
MATH AND SCIENCE--ATTRACTING A NEW GENERATION
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Basic Research held a hearing on 
Attracting a New Generation to Math and Science: The Role of Public-
Private Partnerships in Education and H.R. 1265, Mathematics and 
Science Proficiency Partnership Act of 1999. Testimony was heard from 
Jane Kahle, Division Director, Division of Elementary, Secondary and 
Informal Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, NSF; 
and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics approved 
for full Committee action the following measures: H.R. 356, to provide 
for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to 
Stanislaus County, California; H.R. 2607, Commercial Space 
Transportation Competitiveness Act of 1999; and H.R. 1883, amended, 
Iran Nonproliferation Act of 1999.
SMALL BUSINESS ACT AMENDMENTS; CLEAN ACT AMENDMENTS--EPA'S INCLUSION OF 
PROPANE
Committee on Small Business: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 
2614, Certified Development Company Program Improvements Act of 1999; 
and H.R. 2615, to amend the Small Business Act to make improvements to 
the general business loan program.
  The Committee also held a hearing to discuss the EPA's inclusion of 
propane within the Clean Act Amendments. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Blunt; James Makris, Director, Chemical Emergency 
Preparedness and Prevention Office, EPA; and public witnesses.
VETERANS EDUCATION AND TRAINING SERVICE PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing to evaluate the Veterans Education and 
Training Service (VETS) program effectiveness and strategic planning. 
Testimony was heard from Carlotta C. Joyner, Director, Operations, 
Health, Education, and Human Services Division, GAO; Espiridion A. 
Borrego, Assistant Secretary, Veterans Employment and Training, 
Department of Labor; and representatives of veterans organizations; and 
a public witness.
Y2K AND OTHER SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a 
hearing on Y2K and Other Social Security Information Technology Issues. 
Testimony was heard from Kenneth S. Apfel, Commissioner, SSA; and Joel 
C. Willemssen, Director, Civil Agencies Information Systems, Accounting 
and Information Management Division, GAO.

Joint Meetings
WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House 
passed versions of S. 507 and H.R.1480, bills making appropriations for 
military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure 
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fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, but did not complete action 
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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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  H.R. 2035, to correct errors in the authorizations of certain 
programs administered by the National Highway Traffic Administration. 
Signed July 28, 1999. (P.L. 106-39)


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JULY 30, 1999

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings 
on the nomination of Harry J. Bowie, of Mississippi, to be a Member 
of the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank; 
the nomination of Armando Falcon, Jr., of Texas, to be Director of 
the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, Department of 
Housing and Urban Development; the nomination of Robert Z. Lawrence, 
of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Council of Economic 
Advisers; the nomination of Martin Baily, of Maryland, to be 
Chairman of the Council Economic Advisors; and the nomination of 
Dorian Vanessa Weaver, of Arkansas, to be a member of the Board of 
Directors of the Export-Import Bank, 11:30 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Operations, to hold hearings on United States policy toward victims 
of torture, 10 a.m., SD-419.


                                 House

  Committee on Agriculture, to consider H.R. 2559, Agricultural Risk 
Protection Act of 1999, 9 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Appropriations, to consider the following 
appropriations for fiscal year 2000: VA, HUD, and Independent 
Agencies; and Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary, 9:30 a.m., 
2359 Rayburn.
  Committee on Banking and Financial Services, hearing on H.R. 21, 
Homeowners' Insurance Availability Act of 1999, 9:30 a.m., 2128 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Commerce. Subcommittee on Health and Environment, 
hearing on the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 1999, 9 a.m., 2323 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on 
Drugstores on the Net: The Benefits and Risks of On-line Pharmacies, 
9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, to 
mark up H.R. 2436, Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 1999, 10 a.m., 
2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 2031, Twenty-first Amendment 
Enforcement Act, 1 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, hearing on ``The 
Rescissions Process After the Line Item Veto: Tools for Controlling 
Spending'', 9:30 a.m., H-313 Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       8:30 a.m., Friday, July 30

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 1429, 
Budget Reconciliation, with votes to occur on the pending amendments to 
begin at 9 a.m.
    

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, July 30

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Motion to go to conference on H.R. 1501, Juvenile 
Justice Reform Act; and
  Motion to go to conference on H.R. 10, Financial Services Act. 


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