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                                       Thursday, September 30, 1999

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      House Committee ordered reported 19 sundry measures, including 
      the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education 
      appropriations for fiscal year 2000.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S11663-S11755
Measures Introduced: Nine bills and three resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1669-1677, S. Res. 192-193, and S. Con. Res. 58. 
                                                            Page S11726
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
  H.R. 858, to amend title 11, District of Columbia Code, to extend 
coverage under the whistleblower protection provisions of the District 
of Columbia Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to personnel of 
the courts of the District of Columbia, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-167)
Pages S11725-26
Measures Passed:
  Extending Birthday Greetings to Former President Carter: Senate 
agreed to S. Res. 192, extending birthday greetings and best wishes to 
Jimmy Carter in recognition of his 75th birthday.
  Pages S11669-70
  U.S. Code Chapter 12: Senate passed S. 1606, to extend for 9 
additional months the period for which chapter 12 of title 11, United 
States Code, is reenacted, after agreeing to the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S11753-54
  Sessions (for Grassley) Amendment No. 1888, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S11753-54
  John Heinz Senate Fellowship Program: Committee on Rules and 
Administration was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 
180, reauthorizing the John Heinz Senate Fellowship Program, and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S11754
  Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program: Senate agreed to S. Res. 193, to 
reauthorize the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program.
  Pages S11754-55
  Energy Policy and Conservation Act Extension: Senate passed H.R. 
2981, to extend energy conservation programs under the Energy Policy 
and Conservation Act through March 31, 2000, clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Page S11755
Labor/HHS/Education: Senate continued consideration of S. 1650, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, 
and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2000, taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S11663-66, S11681-S11719, S11721-24
Adopted:
  Graham Amendment No. 1821, to restore funding for social services 
block grants. (By 39 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 302), Senate earlier 
failed to table the amendment.)
Pages S11701-11, S11715-17
  Graham Amendment No. 1886 (to Amendment No. 1821), to restore funding 
for social services block grants.
Pages S11704-11, S11717
  Dodd Amendment No. 1813, to increase funding for activities carried 
out under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990. (By 
41 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 303), Senate earlier failed to table the 
amendment.)
Pages S11711-14, S11716-17
  Coverdell Amendment No. 1885 (to Amendment No. 1846), to clarify 
provisions relating to expenditures by the Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration by authorizing 50 percent of the amount 
appropriated that is in excess of the amount appropriated for such 
purpose for fiscal year 1999 to be used for compliance assistance and 
50 percent of such amount for enforcement and other purposes. (By 44 
yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 304), Senate earlier failed to table the 
amendment.)
Pages S11695-S11701, S11717-18
  Enzi Amendment No. 1846, to clarify provisions relating to 
expenditures by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration by 
authorizing 50 percent of the amount appropriated that is in excess of 
the amount appropriated for such purpose for fiscal year 1999 to be 
used for compliance assistance and

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50 percent of such amount for enforcement and other purposes. 
                                            Pages S11694-S11701, S11718
  Inhofe Modified Amendment No. 1816, to express the sense of the 
Senate regarding payments under the prospective payment system for 
hospital outpatient department services under the medicare program. 
                                                        Pages S11721-22
Rejected:
  Boxer Amendment No. 1809, to increase funds for the 21st century 
community learning centers program. (By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 
299), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S11663-66
  Hutchinson Amendment No. 1812, to provide for a transfer of funds for 
the consolidated health centers.
Pages S11685-94
  Hutchinson Amendment No. 1834 (to Amendment No. 1812), to provide 
funding for the consolidated health centers. (By 50 yeas to 49 nays 
(Vote No. 300), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S11691-93
  Reid Amendment No. 1820, to increase the appropriation for the 
Corporation for Public Broadcasting. (By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 
301), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S11682-85, S11714-15
Withdrawn:
  Gregg Amendment No. 1810 (to Amendment No. 1809), to require that 
certain appropriated funds be used to carry out part B of the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Page S11663
  Reid Amendment No. 1807, to require the Secretary of Labor to issue 
regulations to eliminate or minimize the significant risk of 
needlestick injury to health care workers.
Pages S11663, S11721
  Brownback Amendment No. 1833, to establish a task force of the Senate 
to address the societal crisis facing America.
Pages S11722-24
  A unanimous-consent time agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill, with an amendment to be proposed thereto, at 
9 a.m., on Friday, October 1, 1999.
Page S11755
FAA Authorization--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing for the consideration of S. 82, to authorize appropriations 
for Federal Aviation Administration, on Monday, October 4, 1999. 
                                                        Pages S11720-21
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Arthur L. Money, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Defense.
  3 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
Page S11755
Messages From the House:
  Page S11725
Measures Referred:
  Page S11725
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S11725
Communications:
  Page S11725
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S11726
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S11726-34
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S11734-35
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S11737-51
Notices of Hearings:
  Page S11751
Authority for Committees:
  Page S11751
Additional Statements:
  Pages S11751-53
Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--304) 
                                        Pages S11666, S11693, S11715-17
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 7:51 p.m., 
until 9:00 a.m., on Friday, October 1, 1999. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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[Pages D1065-D1066]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
WTO AGRICULTURAL TRADE AGENDA
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
hearings to review the Administration's agriculture trade agenda for 
the upcoming World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, after 
receiving testimony from Peter Scher, Special Trade Negotiator, Office 
of United States Trade Representative; August Schumacher, Jr., Under 
Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; 
Andrew Whisenhunt, Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, Bradley, on behalf 
of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Leland Swenson, National 
Farmers Union, Nicholas D. Giordano, National Pork Producers Council, 
Janet A. Nuzum, International Dairy Foods Association, and Allen F. 
Johnson, National Oilseed Processors Association, all of Washington, 
D.C.; and Kyle Phillips, Knoxville, Iowa, on behalf of the National 
Corn Growers Association.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nominations of Thomas B. Leary, of the District 
of Columbia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner, Stephen D. Van Beek, 
of the District of Columbia, to be Associate Deputy Secretary of 
Transportation, Michael J. Frazier, of Maryland, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Transportation, Gregory Rohde, of North Dakota, to be 
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, 
Linda Joan Morgan, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Surface 
Transportation

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Board, and lists for promotion in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, and the United States Coast Guard.
MOTOR VEHICLE RENTAL FAIRNESS
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce, and Tourism concluded hearings on 
S. 1130, to amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to 
liability of motor vehicle rental or leasing companies for the 
negligent operation of rented or leased motor vehicles, after receiving 
testimony from Sharon Faulkner, Premier Car Rental Company, Albany, New 
York; Ken Elder, Welcome Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia; Raymond T. 
Wagner, Jr., Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, St. Louis, Missouri; and 
Larry S. Stewart, Stewart, Tilghman, Fox and Bianchi, Miami, Florida, 
on behalf of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
FOREST RESOURCES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMY
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and 
Public Land Management concluded hearings on S. 1457, to amend the 
Energy Policy Act of 1992 to assess opportunities to increase carbon 
storage on national forests derived from the public domain and to 
facilitate voluntary and accurate reporting of forest projects that 
reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, after receiving 
testimony from Robert Lewis, Jr., Deputy Chief, Research and 
Development, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture; Gerald J. Gray, 
American Forests, Washington, D.C.; James F. Cathcart, Oregon 
Department of Forestry, Salem; E. Austin Short, III, Delaware 
Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Dover, on behalf of the 
National Association of State Foresters; and William H. Banzhaf, 
Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, Maryland.
CORRUPTION IN RUSSIA
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
the extent of the corruption in the Russian political and economic 
system, and the future status of United States and Russian relations, 
after receiving testimony from Peter Reddaway, George Washington 
University Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, 
Thomas E. Graham, Jr., Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and 
James O. Finckenauer, Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, 
all of Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S.J. Res. 3, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United 
States to protect the rights of crime victims; and
  The nominations of Robert Raben, of Florida, to be an Assistant 
Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs, Robert S. Mueller, 
III, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of 
California, and John Hollingsworth Sinclair, to be United States 
Marshal for the District of Vermont, all of the Department of Justice.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Small Business: On Wednesday, September 29, Committee 
ordered favorably reported S. 791, to amend the Small Business Act with 
respect to the women's business center program, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to call.
GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION Y2K IMPACT
Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem: Committee 
concluded hearings to examine how the Year 2000 problem may interfere 
with the global network of transportation systems and what steps 
Governments, industry, and trade associations are taking to minimize 
the potential impact, after receiving testimony from Mortimer L. 
Downey, Deputy Secretary, Kenneth M. Mead, Inspector General, Jane F. 
Garvey, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, and Rear Adm. 
George N. Naccara, Chief Information Officer, United States Coast 
Guard, all of the Department of Transportation; Peter Cooke, British 
Airways, Harmondsworth, England; David Z. Plavin, Airports Council 
International-North America, and Thomas Windmuller, International Air 
Transport Association, both of Washington, D.C.; Edward Smart, 
International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations, Montreal, 
Quebec; and Richard T. du Moulin, Marine Transport Corporation, 
Weehawken, New Jersey, on behalf of the International Association of 
Independent Tanker Owners.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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[Pages D1067-D1068]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 2978-2990; and 1 resolution, H. 
Con. Res. 190, were introduced.
  Pages H9076-77
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 354, to amend title 17, United States Code, to provide 
protection for certain collections of information, amended (H. Rept. 
106-349, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 1858, to promote electronic commerce through improved access for 
consumers to electronic databases, including securities market 
information databases, amended (H. Rept. 106-350, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 1663, to designate as a national memorial the memorial being 
built at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California to 
honor recipients of the Medal of Honor, amended (H. Rept. 106-351);
  H.J. Res. 65, commending the World War II veterans who fought in the 
Battle of the Bulge, amended (H. Rept. 106-352, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 1300, to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to promote brownfields 
redevelopment, to reauthorize and reform the Superfund program, amended 
(H. Rept. 106-353, Pt. 1);
  Conference report on H.R. 1906, making appropriations for 
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000 (H. 
Rept. 106-354);
  Conference report on H.R. 2084, making appropriations for the 
Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2000 (H. Rept. 106-355);
  H. Res. 317, waiving points of order against the conference report on 
H.R. 1906, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2000 (H. Rept. 106-356); and
  H. Res. 318, waiving points of order against the conference report on 
H.R. 2084, making appropriations for the Department of Transportation 
and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000 (H. 
Rept. 106-357).
Pages H9075-H9173
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. 
Darrell Darling of Santa Cruz, California.
  Page H9025
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal of 
Sept. 29, 1999 by yea and nay vote of 362 yeas to 52 nays with 1 voting 
``present'', Roll No. 461.
  Pages H9025, H9031-32
Social Security Advisory Board: Upon the recommendation of the Minority 
Leader, the Speaker appointed Ms. Martha Keys of Virginia to the Social 
Security Advisory Board.
  Page H9029
National Transportation Safety Board Amendments Act: The House passed 
H.R. 2910, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize 
appropriations for the National Transportation Safety Board for fiscal 
years 2000, 2001, 2002 by a yea and nay vote of 420 yeas to 4 nays, 
Roll No. 462.
  Pages H9032-40
  Agreed to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute made 
in order by the rule.
Page H9039
  Agreed to the Weiner amendment that strikes section 10 dealing with 
doppler weather radar.
Pages H9038-39
  H. Res. 312, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting ``nay'', 
Roll No. 460.
Pages H9029-31
Unborn Victims of Violence Act: The House passed H.R. 2436, to amend 
title 18, United States Code, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice 
to protect unborn children from assault and murder by a yea and nay 
vote of 254 yeas to 172 nays, Roll No. 465.
  Pages H9044-73
  Agreed to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute made 
in order by the rule.
Page H9072
  Agreed to the Canady amendment that makes conforming changes to 
section 3 amending the Uniform Code of Military Justice, clarifies that 
the punishment is in lieu of that otherwise provided, and broadens the 
exemption for abortion-related conduct to include a surrogate decision 
maker who acts on behalf of the pregnant woman (agreed to by a recorded 
vote of 269 ayes to 158 noes, Roll No. 463).
Pages H9063-64, H9071-72
  Rejected the Lofgren amendment in the nature of a substitute that 
establishes a Federal crime for any violent or assaultive conduct 
against a pregnant woman that interrupts or terminates her pregnancy 
(rejected by a recorded vote of 201 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 464). 
                                                         Pages H9064-72
  H. Res. 313, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by voice vote.
Pages H9040-44

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Extension of Energy Conservation Programs: The House passed H.R. 2981, 
to extend energy conservation programs under the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act through March 31, 2000.
  Pages H9073-74
Recess: The House recessed at 9:02 p.m. and reconvened at 10:06 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:07 p.m. and reconvened at 11:36 p.m.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate appears on page 
H9025.
Referrals: S. 1051 was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea and nay votes and two recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H9030-31, H9031-32, H9039-40, H9071-72, H9072, and H9073. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 11:38 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1068-D1071]
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Committee Meetings
LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the Labor, Health and 
Human Services, and Education appropriations for fiscal year 2000.
ANTHRAX VACCINE IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing on the Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccine Immunization 
Program. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: John Hamre, Deputy Secretary; Gen. Anthony 
Zinni, USMC Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command; Gen. John Keane, 
USA, Vice Chief of Staff, Army; Dave Oliver, Principal Deputy Under 
Secretary, Acquisition and Technology; Lt. Gen. Ronald R. Blanck, USA, 
Surgeon General, Army; Lt. Col. Redmond Handy, USAF (ret.); Maj. 
Jeffrey Jeffords, USAF, 164th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National 
Guard; Master Sgt. William Colley, USAF, 137th Airlift Wing, Oklahoma 
Air National Guard; Col. Myron G. Ashcraft, USAF, Chief of Staff, 
Headquarters Ohio Air National Guard; Lt. (jg) Chris Rohrbach, USN, 
Assistant Officer in Charge, Bravo Platoon, Group 8, Little Creek, 
Virginia; and Gunnery Sgt. Larry Miyamoto, USMC, Chemical Biological 
Incident Response Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Health and Environment approved 
for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 2634, amended, Drug 
Addiction Treatment Act of 1999; H.Res. 278, expressing the sense of 
the House of Representatives regarding the importance of education, 
early detection and treatment, and other efforts in the fight against 
breast cancer; H.R. 1070, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act 
to provide medical assistance for certain women screened and found to 
have breast or cervical cancer under a federally funded screening 
program; H.R. 2418, amended, Organ Procurement and Transplantation 
Network Amendments of 1999; and H.R. 11, amended, to amend the Clean 
Air Act to permit the exclusive application of California State 
regulations regarding reformulated gas in certain areas within the 
State.
SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES INTERNET ACCESS ACT
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 1746, Schools and Libraries 
Internet Access Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives Weller 
and Tancredo; Christopher J. Wright, General Counsel, FCC; Kelly Levy, 
Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and 
Development. National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following bills: 
H.R. 1451, amended, to establish the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial 
Commission; H. Res. 279, amended, congratulating Henry ``Hank'' Aaron 
on the 25th anniversary of breaking the Major League Baseball career 
home run record established by Babe Ruth and recognizing him as one of 
the greatest baseball players of all time; H.R. 2904, amended, to amend 
the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to reauthorize funding for the 
Office of Government Ethics; H.R. 915, amended, to authorize a cost of 
living adjustment in the pay of administrative law judges; H.R. 2885, 
amended, Statistical Efficiency Act of 1999; H.R. 1788, amended, Nazi 
Benefits Termination Act of 1999; H.R. 642, to redesignate the Federal 
building located at 701 South Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, California, 
and known as the Compton Main Post Office, as the ``Mervyn Malcolm 
Dymally Post Office Building''; H.R. 643, to redesignate the Federal 
building located at 10301 South Compton Avenue, in Los Angeles, 
California, and known as the Watts Finance Office, as the ``Augustus F. 
Hawkins Post Office Building''; H.R.

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1666, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service at 
200 East Pinckney Street in Madison, Florida, as the ``Captain Colin P. 
Kelly, Jr., Post Office''; H.R. 2307, to designate the building of the 
United States Postal Service located at 5 Cedar Street in Hopkinton, 
Massachusetts, as the ``Thomas J. Brown Post Office Building''; H.R. 
2357, to designate the United States Post Office located at 3675 
Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights, Ohio, as the ``Louise 
Stokes Post Office''; H.R. 1374, amended, to designate the United 
States Post Office building located at 680 State Highway 130 in 
Hamilton, New Jersey, as the ``John K. Rafferty Hamilton Post Office 
Building''; H.R. 2302, to designate the building of the United States 
Postal Service located at 307 Main Street in Johnson City, New York, as 
the ``James W. McCabe, Sr. Post Office Building''; H.R. 2358, to 
designate the United States Post Office located at 3813 Main Street in 
East Chicago, Indiana, as the ``Lance Corporal Harold Gomez Post 
Office''; H.R. 2460, to designate the United States Post Office located 
at 125 Border Avenue West in Wiggins, Mississippi, as the ``Jay Hanna 
`Dizzy' Dean Post Office''; H.R. 2591, to designate the United States 
Post Office located at 713 Elm Street in Wakefield, Kansas, as the 
``William H. Avery Post Office''; and H.R. 2938, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 424 South 
Michigan Street in South Bend, Indiana, as the ``John Brademas Post 
Office''.
GRANT WAIVERS
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Economic 
Growth, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs and the Subcommittee 
on Government Management, Information, and Technology held a joint 
hearing on Grant Waivers: H.R. 2376, to require executive agencies to 
establish expedited review procedures for granting a waiver to a State 
under a grant program administered by the agency if another State has 
already been granted a similar waiver by the agency under such program, 
and Streamlining the Process. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Green of Wisconsin; John J. Callahan, Assistant Secretary and Chief 
Financial Officer, Department of Health and Human Services; Samuel 
Chambers, Jr., Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA; and 
public witnesses.
HONESTY IN SWEEPSTAKES ACT
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Postal Service approved 
for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 170, Honesty in Sweepstakes 
Act of 1999.
EAST TIMOR--HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Operations and Human Rights held a hearing on the Humanitarian Crisis 
in East Timor. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of State: Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of 
Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; and Julia Taft, Assistant 
Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; and public 
witnesses.
ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES IN GLOBAL AND NATIONAL COMMERCE ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual 
Property held a hearing on H.R. 1714, Electronic Signatures in Global 
and National Commerce Act. Testimony was heard from Andrew Pincus, 
General Counsel, Department of Commerce; Ivan K. Fong, Deputy Associate 
Attorney General, Department of Justice; Pamela Meade Sargent, U.S. 
Magistrate Judge, Western District of Virginia; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime held a hearing on the 
following bills: H.R. 1349, Federal Prisoner Health Care Copayment Act 
of 1999; and H.R. 1887, to amend title 18, United States Code, to 
punish the depiction of animal cruelty. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Salmon; Philip S. Wise, Assistant Director, Federal 
Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims 
approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 1520, 
Child Status Protection Act of 1999; H.R. 2886, to amend the 
Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that an adopted alien who is 
less than 18 years of age may be considered a child under such Act if 
adopted with or after a sibling who is a child under such Act; H.R. 
2961, International Patient Act.
  The Subcommittee also passed on for full Committee action two private 
relief bills.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands 
held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 1864, to standardize the 
process for conducting public hearings for Federal agencies within the 
Department of the Interior; H.R. 1866, to provide a process for the 
public to appeal certain decisions made by the National Park Service 
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H.R. 2541, to adjust the boundaries of the Gulf Islands National 
Seashore to include Cat Island, Mississippi. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Taylor of Mississippi and Underwood; the following 
officials of the Department of the Interior: William Shaddox, Acting 
Associate Director, Professional Services, National Park Service; and 
Juliette Falkner, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs; and public 
witnesses.
DAKOTA WATER RESOURCES ACT
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing 
on H.R. 2918, Dakota Water Resources Act of 1999. Testimony was heard 
from Senators Conrad and Dorgan; Representative Pomeroy; Eluid 
Martinez, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the 
Interior; Edward P, Schafer, Governor, State of North Dakota; and 
public witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA, AND RELATED 
AGENCIES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 1906, 
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2000, and against its 
consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be 
considered as read. Testimony was heard from Representative Skeen.
CONFERENCE REPORT--TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED AGENCIES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 2084, 
Department of Transportation and related agencies Appropriations Act 
2000, and against its consideration. The rule provides that the 
conference report shall be considered as read. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Sabo.
REFORMULATED GASOLINE
Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment concluded 
hearings on Reformulated Gasoline (Part II). Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
COMPUTER SECURITY ENHANCEMENT ACT
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Technology held a hearing on H.R. 
2413, Computer Security Enhancement Act of 1999. Testimony was heard 
from Raymond Kammer, Director, National Institutes of Standards and 
Technology, Department of Commerce; Keith Rhodes, Director, Office of 
Computer and Information Technology Assessment, GAO: and public 
witnesses.
WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTERS SUSTAINABILITY ACT
Committee on Small Business: Ordered reported H.R. 1497, Women's 
Business Centers Sustainability Act of 1999.
FUTURE--WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Ground 
Transportation held a hearing on the Future of the Woodrow Wilson 
Bridge. Testimony was heard from Senators Warner and Robb; 
Representatives Davis of Virginia, Moran of Virginia, Hoyer, Wynn, 
Pombo and Radanovich; the following officials of the Department of 
Transportation: Peter J. Basso, Assistant Secretary, Budget and 
Programs and Chief Financial Officer; Kenneth R. Wykle, Administrator, 
Federal Highway Administration; and Raymond J. DeCarli, Deputy 
Inspector General; John D. Porcari, Secretary, Department of 
Transportation, State of Maryland; the following officials of the 
District of Columbia: Carol Schwartz, member, Council; and Vanessa 
Burns, Director, Department of Public Works; and public witnesses.
FINANCIAL DATA QUALITY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Oversight, Investigations, and Emergency Management held a hearing on 
Financial Data Quality. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Transportation: John L. Meche, Deputy 
Assistant Inspector General, Financial and Information Technology; and 
Jack Basso, Chief Financial Officer; the following officials of the 
GSA: Eugene L. Waszily, Assistant Inspector General, Auditing; and 
William B. Early, Jr., Chief Financial Officer; and the following 
officials of the EPA: James O. Rauch, Assistant Inspector General, 
Audit; and Sallyanne Harper, Chief Financial Officer.
VETERANS' MATTERS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs 
Office of Resolution Management and the Office of Employment 
Discrimination Complaint Adjudication. Testimony was heard from Carlton 
Hadden, Acting Director, Office of Federal Operations, EEOC; Eugene A. 
Brickhouse, Assistant Secretary, Human Resources and Administration, 
Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

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LAND USE, CONSERVATION, AND PRESERVATION--IMPACT OF TAX LAWS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing 
on the Impact of Tax Laws on Land Use, Conservation, and Preservation. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Johnson of Connecticut, 
Kanjorski, Gilchrest, Blumenauer, Pitts and Hoeffel; Leonard Burman, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Tax Analysis, Department of the Treasury; 
Dan W. Reicher, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, Department of Energy; D. Reid Wilson, Chief of Staff, EPA; and 
public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
FINANCIAL SERVICES MODERNIZATION
Conferees continued to resolve the differences between the Senate and 
House passed versions of S. 900/H.R. 10, bills to enhance competition 
in the financial services industry by providing a prudential framework 
for the affiliation of banks, securities firms, and other financial 
service providers, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed 
subject to call.


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                             NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1050 )
  H.R. 1905, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2000. Signed September 29, 1999. (P.L. 
106-57)
  H.R. 2490, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the 
United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, 
and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2000. Signed September 29, 1999. (P.L. 106-58)
  S. 1637, to extend through the end of the current fiscal year certain 
expiring Federal Aviation Administration authorizations. Signed 
September 29, 1999. (P.L. 106-59)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 1999-10-01

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                         COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR

                        FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1999

                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on 
Medicare Balanced Budget Act Refinements, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9 a.m., Friday, October 1

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 1650, 
Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations. Also, Senate will consider any 
conference reports when available.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       9 a.m., Friday, October 1

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Consideration of the conference report on H.R. 
1906, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations 2000 (rule waiving points of order);
  Consideration of the conference report on H.R. 2084, Department of 
Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act Conference 
Report, 2000 (rule waiving points of order);
  Consideration of the conference report on H.R. 2606, Foreign 
Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations 
Conference Report, 2000 (rule waiving points of order); and
  Go to Conference on H.R. 2466, Department of Interior and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000. 


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