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                                       Wednesday, November 17, 1999

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HIGHLIGHTS

      The Senate and House passed H.J. Res. 80, making further 
      continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2000.
      Conference Report on H.R. 3194, District of Columbia 
      Appropriations was filed in the House.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S14653-S14749
Measures Introduced: Eighteen bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1937-1954, and S. Con. Res. 74-75. 
                                                            Page S14696
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
  Report to accompany S. 1877, to amend the Federal Report Elimination 
and Sunset Act of 1995. (S. Rept. No. 106-223)
Page S14695
Measures Passed:
  Continuing Appropriations: Senate passed H.J. Res. 80, making further 
continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2000, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Pages S14667-69
Bankruptcy Reform Act: Senate continued consideration of S. 625, to 
amend title 11, United States Code, agreeing to committee amendments by 
unanimous consent, taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S14654-67, S14669-76, S14678-87
Adopted:
  Leahy (for Feinstein) Modified Amendment No. 1695, to increase 
bankruptcy filing fees, increase funds for the United States Trustee 
System Fund.
Page S14664
  Grassley (for McConnell) Amendment No. 2520, to amend section 326 of 
title 11, United States Code, to provide for compensation of trustees 
in certain cases under chapter 7 of that title.
Page S14664
  Leahy (for Feingold) Modified Amendment No. 2746, to change the 
definition of family farmer.
Pages S14664-65
  Feingold Modified Amendment No. 2522, to provide for the expenses of 
long term care.
Pages S14664-65
  Torricelli Modified Amendment No. 2655, to provide for enhanced 
consumer credit protection.
Pages S14671-74
  Schumer Modified Amendment No. 2764, to provide for greater accuracy 
in certain means testing.
Pages S14671, S14674
  Durbin Modified Amendment No. 2661, to establish parameters for 
presuming that the filing of a case under chapter 7 of title 11, United 
States Code, does not constitute an abuse of that chapter. 
                                                   Pages S14671, S14674
  Durbin Modified Amendment No. 2659, to modify certain provisions 
relating to pre-bankruptcy financial counseling.
Page S14679
  By 82 yeas to 16 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 368), Feinstein 
Amendment No. 2756, to discourage indiscriminate extensions of credit 
and resulting consumer insolvency.
Pages S14669-71, S14680
  Kennedy Amendment No. 2652, to amend the definition of current 
monthly income to exclude social security benefits.
Pages S14678-80
Rejected:
  By 27 yeas to 71 nays (Vote No. 366), Wellstone Amendment No. 2752, 
to impose a moratorium on large agribusiness mergers and to establish a 
commission to review large agriculture mergers, concentration, and 
market power.
Pages S14654-63
  Moynihan Amendment No. 2663, to make certain improvements to the bill 
with respect to low-income debtors. (By 54 yeas to 43 nays, 1 
responding present (Vote No. 367), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                        Pages S14663-64

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Pending:
  Hatch/Torricelli Amendment No. 1729, to provide for domestic support 
obligations.
Page S14654
  Wellstone Amendment No. 2537, to disallow claims of certain insured 
depository institutions.
Page S14654
  Wellstone Amendment No. 2538, with respect to the disallowance of 
certain claims and to prohibit certain coercive debt collection 
practices.
Page S14654
  Feinstein Amendment No. 1696, to limit the amount of credit extended 
under an open end consumer credit plan to persons under the age of 21. 
                                                            Page S14654
  Feinstein Amendment No. 2755, to discourage indiscriminate extensions 
of credit and resulting consumer insolvency.
Page S14654
  Schumer/Durbin Amendment No. 2759, with respect to national standards 
and homeowner home maintenance costs.
Page S14654
  Schumer/Durbin Amendment No. 2762, to modify the means test relating 
to safe harbor provisions.
Pages S14674-76
  Schumer Amendment No. 2763, to ensure that debts incurred as a result 
of clinic violence are nondischargeable.
Page S14654
  Schumer Amendment No. 2765, to include certain dislocated workers' 
expenses in the debtor's monthly expenses.
Page S14654
  Dodd Amendment No. 2531, to protect certain education savings. 
                                                            Page S14654
  Dodd Amendment No. 2753, to amend the Truth in Lending Act to provide 
for enhanced information regarding credit card balance payment terms 
and conditions, and to provide for enhanced reporting of credit card 
solicitations to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
and to Congress.
Page S14654
  Hatch/Dodd/Gregg Amendment No. 2536, to protect certain education 
savings.
Page S14654
  Feingold Amendment No. 2748, to provide for an exception to a 
limitation on an automatic stay under section 362(b) of title 11, 
United States Code, relating to evictions and similar proceedings to 
provide for the payment of rent that becomes due after the petition of 
a debtor is filed.
Pages S14681-87
  Schumer/Santorum Amendment No. 2761, to improve disclosure of the 
annual percentage rate for purchases applicable to credit card 
accounts.
Page S14654
  Feingold Amendment No. 2779 (to Amendment No. 2748), to modify 
certain provisions providing for an exception to a limitation on an 
automatic stay under section 362(b) of title 11, United States Code, 
relating to evictions and similar proceedings to provide for the 
payment of rent that becomes due after the petition of a debtor is 
filed.
Pages S14682-87
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Ronald M. Gould, of Washington, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Ninth Circuit.
  Barbara M. Lynn, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the 
Northern District of Texas.
Pages S14747-49
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Rhonda C. Fields, of the District of Columbia, to be United States 
District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  Kathryn Shaw, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Council of 
Economic Advisers.
Page S14749
Messages From the House:
  Page S14693
Communications:
  Pages S14693-95
Petitions:
  Page S14695
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S14695
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S14695-S14739
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S14739-40
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S14742
Authority for Committees:
  Page S14742
Additional Statements:
  Pages S14742-47
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--368) 
                                                Pages S14663-64, S14680
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 7:09 p.m., 
until 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 18, 1999. (For Senate's 
program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's 
Record on page S14749.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1561, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to add gamma 
hydroxybutyric acid and ketamine to the schedules of control substances, to 
provide for a national awareness campaign, with amendments; and
  The nominations of Thomas L. Ambro, of Delaware, to be United States 
Circuit Court Judge for the Third Circuit, Kermit Bye, of North Dakota, to 
be United States Circuit Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit, George B. 
Daniels, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New 
York, and Joel A. Pisano, to be United States District Judge for the 
District of New Jersey.
  Also, committee approved a resolution of issuance of subpoenas pursuant to 
Rule 26.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 26 public bills, H.R. 3417-3442; and 8 resolutions, 
H.J. Res. 82-83, H. Con. Res. 232-233, and H. Res. 384, 388-390, were 
introduced.
  Pages H12225-26
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 1827, to improve the economy and efficiency of Government 
operations by requiring the use of recovery audits by Federal agencies, 
amended (H. Rept. 106-474);
  H. Res. 382, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the 
rules (H. Rept. 106-475);
  H. Res. 383, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the 
Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 106-476);
  H.R. 1167, to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education 
Assistance Act to provide for further self-governance by Indian tribes, 
amended (H. Rept. 106-477);
  Conference report on H.R. 1180, to amend the Social Security Act to 
expand the availability of health care coverage for working individuals 
with disabilities, to establish a Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency 
Program in the Social Security Administration to provide such 
individuals with meaningful opportunities to work (H. Rept. 106-478);
  Conference report on H.R. 3194, 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 (H. Rept. 106-479);
  H. Res. 385, providing for consideration of H.J. Res. 82 making 
further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2000, and for 
consideration of H.J. Res. 83, making further continuing appropriations 
for the fiscal year 2000 (H. Rept. 106-480);
  H. Res. 386, a resolution waiving points of order against the 
conference report to accompany H.R. 3194, 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 (H. Rept. 106-481); and
  H. Res. 387, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 1180 to amend the Social Security Act to expand the 
availability of health care coverage for working individuals with 
disabilities, to establish a Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency 
Program in the Social Security Administration to provide such 
individuals with meaningful opportunities to work (H. Rept. 106-482). 
                          Pages H12174-H12222, H12224-25, H12230-H12727
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
designated Representative Pease to act as Speaker pro Tempore for 
today.
  Page H12112
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. 
Duane Carlson of Springfield, Virginia.
  Page H12112
Further Continuing Appropriations: The House passed H.J. Res. 80, 
making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2000 by a 
yea and nay vote of 403 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 596.
  Pages H12117-18
  H. Res. 381, the rule that provided for consideration of the joint 
resolution was agreed to by voice vote.
Pages H12116-17
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Holding Court in Natchez, Mississippi: S. 1418, amended, to provide 
for the holding of court at Natchez, Mississippi in the same manner as 
court is held at Vicksburg, Mississippi;
  Pages H12118-19
  Allowing Railroad Police Officers to Attend FBI Academy: S. 1235, to 
amend part G of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets 
Act of 1968 to allow railroad police officers to attend the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation National Academy for law enforcement training--
clearing the measure for the President;
  Pages H12119-20
  Conveyance of Land the County of Rio Arriba, New Mexico: S. 278, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain lands to the 
county of Rio Arriba, New Mexico--clearing the measure for the 
President;
  Pages H12126-27
  Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Establishment Act: S. 382, 
to establish the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State 
of South Dakota--clearing the measure for the President; 
                                                        Pages H12127-29
  Conveyance of Land the City of Sisters, Oregon: S. 416, amended, to 
direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey the city of Sisters, 
Oregon, a certain parcel of land for use in connection with a sewage 
treatment facility;
  Pages H12130-31
  Authorizing Leases on Land Held in Trust by Certain Indian Tribes: 
H.R. 1953, amended, to authorize leases for terms not to exceed 99 
years on land held in trust for the Torres Martinez Desert

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Cahuilla Indians and the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians of the 
Guidiville Indian Rancheria;
  Pages H12131-32
  Feasibility Study on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation: H.R. 3051, 
amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior, the Bureau of 
Reclamation, to conduct a feasibility study on the Jicarilla Apache 
Reservation in the State of New Mexico;
  Pages H12132-33
  Tribal Self-Governance Amendments: H.R. 1167, amended, to amend the 
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide for 
further self-governance by Indian tribes;
  Pages H12133-41
  Boundaries Relating to the Coastal Barrier Resources System: S. 1398, 
to clarify certain boundaries on maps relating to the Coastal Barrier 
Resources System--clearing the measure for the President; and 
                                                        Pages H12141-42
  Reauthorizing OPIC and the Trade and Development Agency: H.R. 3381, 
to reauthorize the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the 
Trade and Development Agency.
  Pages H12146-47
Suspension Failed--Support for Certain Institutes and Schools: The 
House failed to suspend the rules and pass S. 440, to provide support 
for certain institutes and schools by a yea and nay vote of 128 yeas to 
291 nays, Roll No. 597.
  Pages H12120-26, H12147-48
Suspensions: Pursuant to H. Res. 374, Representative Hansen announced 
suspensions to be considered by the House.
  Page H12127
Recess: The House recessed at 5:10 p.m. and reconvened at 11:02 p.m. 
                                                            Page H12174
Recess: The House recessed at 11:03 p.m. and reconvened at 3:05 a.m. 
                                                            Page H12222
Recess: The House recessed at 3:07 a.m. and reconvened at 3:46 a.m. 
                                                            Page H12222
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea and nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H12118 and H12147-
48. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 3:48 a.m.


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Committee Meetings
DRUG TRAFFICKING--CUBA'S LINKS
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources held a hearing on Cuba's Links to Drug 
Trafficking. Testimony was heard from Representatives Gilman and Burton 
of Indiana; Rand Beers, Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics 
and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State; William E. Ledwith, 
Chief, International Operations, DEA, Department of Justice; and Adm. 
Ed Barrett, USCG, Director, Joint Interagency Task Force East, 
Department of Transportation.
PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule providing that 
suspensions will be in order at any time on the legislative day of 
Thursday, November 18, 1999. The rule provides that the object of any 
motion to suspend the rules shall be announced from the floor at least 
one hour prior to its consideration. Finally, the rule provides that 
the Speaker or his designee will consult with the Minority Leader or 
his designee on any suspension considered under this resolution.
EXPEDITED PROCEDURES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving clause 6(a) 
of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the 
same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain 
resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the 
waiver to a special rule reported on November 18, 1999, providing for 
consideration of a bill or joint resolution making continuing 
appropriations for the fiscal year 2000, any amendment thereto, a 
conference report thereon, or any amendment reported in disagreement 
from a conference thereon. The rule further applies the waiver to a 
special rule reported on November 18, 1999, providing for consideration 
of a bill or joint resolution making general appropriations for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, any amendment thereto, any 
conference report thereon, or any amendment reported in disagreement 
from a conference thereon.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATIONS, 2000 CONFERENCE REPORT
Committee on Rules: Granted by voice vote a rule waiving points of 
order against the conference report on H.R. 3194, District of Columbia 
Appropriations Act, 2000 and against its consideration. The rule 
provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. The 
rule further provides that upon adoption of the conference report, the 
text of the concurrent resolution printed in the rule tabling the 
conference report accompanying H.R. 2466, making appropriations for the 
Department of Interior for FY 2000, shall be considered as adopted.

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FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS, 2000
Committee on Rules: Granted by voice vote a rule providing for 
consideration of H.J. Res. 82, making further appropriations for fiscal 
year 2000 and H.J. Res. 83, making further appropriations for fiscal 
year 2000 under a closed rule. The rule waives all points of order 
against consideration of H.J. Res. 82. The rule provides one hour of 
debate in the House on H.J. Res. 82, equally divided and controlled by 
the chairman and ranking minority of the Committee on Appropriations. 
The rule provides one motion to recommit H.J. Res. 82. The rule waives 
all points of order against consideration of H.J. Res. 83. The rule 
provides one hour of debate in the House on H.J. Res. 83, equally 
divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority of the 
Committee on Appropriations. The rule provides one motion to recommit 
H.J. Res. 83.
WORK INCENTIVES IMPROVEMENT ACT CONFERENCE REPORT
Committee on Rules: Granted by voice vote, a rule waiving all points of 
order against the conference report on H.R. 1180, Work Incentives 
Improvement Act and against its consideration. The rule provides that 
the conference report shall be considered as read.
BRIEFING--DIRECTORATE OF OPERATIONS STATE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on the ``State of the Directorate of Operations''. 
The Committee was briefed by departmental officials.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 1999-11-18

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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                           NOVEMBER 18, 1999

                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     11 a.m., Thursday, November 18

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the recognition of two Senators for 
speeches and the transaction of any morning business (not to extend 
beyond 12 Noon), Senate expects to consider any measures regarding the 
appropriations process, and any other cleared legislative and executive 
business. Also, Senate may continue consideration of S. 625, Bankruptcy 
Reform Act.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                     10 a.m., Thursday, November 18

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of the conference report on H.R. 
3194, District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2000 (rule waiving 
points of order);
  Consideration of H.J. Res. 82, making continuing appropriations (rule 
waiving points of order);
  Consideration of the conference report on H.R. 1180, Work Incentives 
Improvement Act of 1999 (rule waiving points of order);
  Consideration of Suspensions:
  (1) H.R. 34, Corrections to the Coastal Barrier Resources System Map 
relating to unit P19-P;
  (2) S. 438, Chippewa Cree Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act;
  (3) S. 574, Corrections to the Coastal Barrier Resources System 
relating to the Cape Henlopen State Park boundary;
  (4) H.R. 1802, Foster Care Independence Act;
  (5) S. 791, Women's Business Centers Sustainability;
  (6) H.R. 1827, Government Waste Corrections Act; and
  (7) H.R. 3419, Motor Carrier Safety. 


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