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Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate; Congressional Record Vol. 146, No. 65


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                                              Tuesday, May 23, 2000

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HIGHLIGHTS

      The House passed H.R. 4392, Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 
      2001
      The House also passed 11 measures including bills to authorize a 
      Congressional Gold Medal to be awarded to Pope John Paul II and 
      to designate the State Department Headquarters as the ``Harry S 
      Truman Federal Building.''


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4241-S4335
Measures Introduced: Fourteen bills and seven resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2602-2615, S. Res. 309-313, and S. Con. Res. 
114-116.
  Pages S4296-97
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
  H.R. 2260, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to promote pain 
management and palliative care without permitting assisted suicide and 
euthanasia, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. 
No. 106-299)
  S. 1089, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2000 and 2001 
for the United States Coast Guard, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-300)
  S. 2327, to establish a Commission on Ocean Policy. (S. Rept. No. 
106-301)
  H.R. 1651, to amend the Fishermen's Protective Act of 1967 to extend 
the period during which reimbursement may be provided to owners of 
United States fishing vessels for costs incurred when such a vessel is 
seized and detained by a foreign country, with an amendment. (S. Rept. 
No. 106-302)
  Special Report entitled ``Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of 
Budget Totals, Fiscal Year 2001''. (S. Rept. No. 106-303)
  S. 2603, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2001. (S. Rept. No. 106-304)
  S. 2089, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 
to modify procedures relating to orders for surveillance and searches 
for foreign intelligence purposes, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S4296
Measures Passed:
  Commending Israel Redeployment: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 116, 
commending Israel's redeployment from southern Lebanon. 
                                                         Pages S4327-28
  Honoring Members of U.S. Marine Corps: Senate agreed to S. Res. 310, 
honoring the 19 members of the United States Marine Corps who died on 
April 8, 2000, and extending the condolences of the Senate on their 
deaths.
  Pages S4328-29
  Women-Owned Small Business Opportunities: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
311, to express the sense of the Senate regarding Federal procurement 
opportunities for women-owned small businesses.
  Pages S4330-34
  Senate Legal Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 312, to 
authorize testimony, document production, and legal representation in 
State of Indiana v. Amy Han.
  Page S4334
  Senate Legal Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 313, to 
authorize representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in Harold A. 
Johnson v. Max Cleland, et al.
  Page S4334
  National Child's Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 296, designating June 
4, 2000, as ``National Child's Day'', after agreeing to a committee 
amendment.
  Pages S4334-35
Nominations Considered: Senate began consideration of the nominations 
of Bradley A. Smith, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Federal Election 
Commission, Timothy B. Dyk, of the District of Columbia, to be a United 
States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, and Gerard E. Lynch, to 
be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New 
York.
  Pages S4255-90

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  A unanimous-consent time agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the aforementioned nominations and certain other 
nominations, on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, with votes to occur thereon. 
                                                         Pages S4241-42
Legislative Branch Appropriations Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing for the consideration of S. 2603, 
making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2001, on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at 11 a.m. 
                                                             Page S4335
Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed 
from the following treaties:
  Investment Treaty with Bahrain (Treaty Doc. No. 106-25);
  Investment Treaty with Bolivia (Treaty Doc. No. 106-26);
  Investment Treaty with Honduras (Treaty Doc. No. 106-27);
  Investment Treaty with El Salvador (Treaty Doc. No. 106-28);
  Investment Treaty with Croatia (Treaty Doc. No. 106-29);
  Investment Treaty with Jordan (Treaty Doc. No. 106-30);
  Investment Treaty with Mozambique (Treaty Doc. No. 106-31).
  The treaties were transmitted to the Senate today, considered as 
having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying 
papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and were ordered to be 
printed.
Pages S4329-30
Appointment:
  NATO Parliamentary Assembly: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice 
President, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 1928a-1928d, as amended, 
appointed the following Senators as members of the Senate Delegation to 
the NATO Parliamentary Assembly during the Second Session of the 106th 
Congress, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, May 26-30, 2000: Senators 
Grassley (Acting Chairman), Specter, Enzi, and Voinovich.
  Page S4334
Messages from the President: Senate received the following messages 
from the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report entitled the ``Agreement on 
Social Security Between the United States of America and the Republic 
of Chile''; to the Committee on Finance. (PM-108)
Page S4295
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report entitled the ``Agreement 
Between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea on 
Social Security''; to the Committee on Finance. (PM-109) 
                                                         Pages S4295-96
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Don Harrell, of New York, to be a Member of the Federal Retirement 
Thrift Investment Board for a term expiring September 25, 2002.
  Mildred Spiewak Dresselhaus, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the 
Office of Science, Department of Energy. (New Position)
  Jayne G. Fawcett, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Board of 
Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture 
and Arts Development for a term expiring May 19, 2006.
  1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Page S4335
Nominations Withdrawn: Senate received notification of the withdrawal 
of the following nominations:
  Nicholas P. Godici, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Commissioner of 
Patents and Trademarks, which was sent to the Senate on January 31, 
2000.
  Mildred Spiewak Dresselhaus, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the 
Office of Energy Research, which was sent to the Senate on April 13, 
2000.
Page S4335
Messages From the President:
  Pages S4295-96
Messages From the House:
  Page S4296
Measures Referred:
  Page S4296
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S4297-S4321
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4321-23
Notices of Hearings:
  Page S4327
Authority for Committees:
  Page S4327
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4290-95
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S4327
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:31 a.m., and adjourned at 7:01 p.m., 
until 10 a.m., on Wednesday, May 24, 2000. (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; Congressional Record Vol. 146, No. 65


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
STRATEGIC NUCLEAR FORCE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded open and closed 
hearings on United States strategic nuclear force requirements, after 
receiving testimony from Walter B. Slocombe, Under Secretary of Defense 
for Policy; Gen. Henry H. Shelton, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of 
Staff; Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, USA, Chief of Staff, United States Army;

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Adm. Jay L. Johnson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; Gen. James L. 
Jones, Jr., USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps; Gen. Michael E. Ryan, 
USAF, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force; and Adm. Richard W. 
Mies, USN, Commander in Chief, United States Strategic Command.
HUD HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Housing and Transportation concluded hearings to examine the 
consolidation of HUD's homeless assistance programs, focusing on the 
requirements and administration of the Emergency Shelter Grants 
program, the Supportive Housing program, the Shelter Plus Care program, 
and the Section 8 Single-Room Occupancy program and the potential need 
for program consolidation, after receiving testimony from Stanley J. 
Czerwinski, Associate Director, Housing and Community Development 
Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division, 
General Accounting Office; Fred Karnas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of 
Housing and Urban Development for Special Needs Programs; Barbara 
Richardson, Rockford Department of Community Development, Rockford, 
Illinois, on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National 
League of Cities, and the National Association of Counties; William C. 
Shelton, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, 
Richmond, on behalf of the Council of State Community Development 
Agencies; John Parvensky, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver; 
Richard H. Godfrey, Jr., Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance 
Corporation, Providence, on behalf of the National Council of State 
Housing Agencies; and Nan P. Roman, National Alliance to End 
Homelessness, Washington, D.C.
HYDROELECTRIC LICENSING PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and 
Power concluded hearings on S. 740, to amend the Federal Power Act to 
improve the hydroelectric licensing process by granting the Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission statutory authority to better coordinate 
participation by other agencies and entities, after receiving testimony 
from David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior; James J. 
Hoecker, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of 
Energy; Dennis C. Lewis, Petersburg Municipal Power and Light, 
Petersburg, Alaska; Andrew Fahlund, American Rivers, Washington, D.C., 
on behalf of the Hydropower Reform Coalition; Terry Hudgens, 
PacifiCorp, and Randy Settler, Yakama Nation, on behalf of the Columbia 
River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, both of Portland, Oregon; Lionel 
Topaz, Grant County Public Utility District, Ephrata, Washington; and 
Kevin Snape, Clean Air Conservancy, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure concluded hearings to examine 
programs related to the proposed Water Resources Development Act of 
2000, include the Puget Sound Restoration Project, the Port of New York 
and New Jersey Project, the Ohio River Project, Brownfields 
revitalization, and the National Shore Protection Act of 1996, after 
receiving testimony from Joseph W. Westphal, Assistant Secretary of the 
Army for Civil Works; Mayor Dannel Malloy, Stamford, Connecticut, on 
behalf of the National Association of Local Government Environmental 
Professionals; Doug Sutherland, Pierce County Executive's Office, 
Tacoma, Washington; Lillian Borrone, Port Authority of New York and New 
Jersey, New York, New York; R. Barry Palmer, Association for the 
Development of Inland Navigation in America's Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania; and Howard D. Marlowe, American Coastal Coalition, 
Washington, D.C.
IMF AND WORLD BANK REFORM
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings on 
International Monetary Fund and World Bank reform issues, focusing on 
the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission report, 
after receiving testimony from Allan H. Meltzer, Carnegie Mellon 
University and the American Enterprise Institute, Charles W. Calomiris, 
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the 
American Enterprise Institute, and Jerome I. Levinson, American 
University Washington College of Law, all of Washington, D.C., all on 
behalf of the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission.
IRS RESTRUCTURING
Committee on Small Business: Committee held hearings on Internal 
Revenue Service restructuring issues, focusing on IRS efforts to reduce 
the taxpayer burden of the small business community, receiving 
testimony from Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner, Internal Revenue 
Service, Department of the Treasury; Cornelia M. Ashby, Associate 
Director, Tax Policy and Administration Issues, General Government 
Division, General Accounting Office; and Sandra A. Abalos, Abalos and 
Associates, Phoenix, Arizona, and Roy M. Quick, Jr., Quick Tax and 
Accounting Service, St. Louis, Missouri, both on behalf of the IRS 
Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.



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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 4515-4527; and 2 resolutions, 
H. Con. Res. 333 and H. Res. 509, were introduced.
  Pages H3648-49
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 297, to authorize the construction of the Lewis and Clark Rural 
Water System and to authorize assistance to the Lewis and Clark Rural 
Water System, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, for the planning and 
construction of the water supply system, amended (H. Rept. 106-633);
  H.R. 2498, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for 
recommendations of the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding 
the placement of automatic external defibrillators in Federal buildings 
in order to improve survival rates of individuals who experience 
cardiac arrest in such buildings, and to establish protections from 
civil liability arising from the emergency use of the devices, amended 
(H. Rept. 106-634);
  H.R. 4516, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-635);
  H. Res. 510, providing for consideration of H.R. 3916, to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on telephone and 
other communication services (H. Rept. 106-636);
  H. Res. 511, providing for consideration of H.R. 4444, to authorize 
extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations 
treatment) to the People's Republic of China (H. Rept. 106-637); and
  H.R. 2764, to license America's Private Investment Companies and 
provide enhanced credit to stimulate private investment in low-income 
communities, amended (H. Rept. 106-638).
Page H3648
Recess: The House recessed at 9:41 a.m. and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. 
                                                             Page H3532
Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2001: The House passed H.R. 4392, 
to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for intelligence and 
intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the 
Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency 
Retirement Disability System.
  Pages H3535-37
  Agreed to the Committee amendment in the nature of a substitute made 
in order by the rule.
Page H3537
Agreed To:
  Traficant amendment, No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record 
debated on Monday, May 22, that requires a report on the effects of 
foreign espionage on United States trade secrets (agreed to by a 
recorded vote of 407 ayes to 1 no, Roll No. 215); and
Page H3536
  Traficant amendment, No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record 
debated on Monday, May 22, that requires a report within 60 days by the 
Director of Central Intelligence on whether the policies and goals of 
the People's Republic of China constitute a threat to our national 
security (agreed to by a recorded vote of 404 ayes to 8 noes, Roll No. 
216).
Pages H3536-37
  Rejected the Roemer amendment, No. 1 printed in the Congressional 
Record debated on Monday, May 22, that sought to require an annual 
statement of the total amount of intelligence expenditures for the 
preceding fiscal year (rejected by a yea and nay vote of 175 yeas to 
225 nays, Roll No. 214.
Pages H3535-36
  Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming 
changes in the engrossment of the bill.
Page H3537
  House agreed to H. Res. 506, the rule that provided for consideration 
of the bill on May 19.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Lewis and Clark Rural Water System: H.R. 297, amended, to authorize 
the construction of the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System and to 
authorize assistance to the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, Inc., a 
nonprofit corporation, for the planning and construction of the water 
supply system (passed by a yea and nay vote of 400 yeas to 13 nays, 
Roll No. 217). The Clerk was authorized to make technical and 
conforming changes in the engrossment of the bill; 
                                        Pages H3538-40, H3581-82, H3583
  Raising of the United States Flag in American Samoa: H. Res. 443, 
amended, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with 
regard to the centennial of the raising of the United States flag in 
American Samoa (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 417 yeas with none 
voting ``nay'', Roll No. 218);
  Pages H3540-43, H3582-83
  Pope John Paul II Congressional Gold Medal: H.R. 3544, amended, to 
authorize a gold medal to be awarded on behalf of the Congress to Pope 
John Paul II in recognition of his many and enduring contributions to 
peace and religious understanding (passed by a yea and nay vote of 416 
yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 219). Agreed to amend the title; 
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  Veterans and Dependents Millennium Education Act: S. 1402, amended, 
to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance programs providing 
education benefits for veterans (passed by a yea and nay vote of 417 
yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 220). Agreed to amend the title; 
                                               Pages H3548-58, H3593-94
  Recognition of World War II Minority Veterans: H.J. Res. 98, 
supporting the Day of Honor 2000 to honor and recognize the service of 
minority veterans in the United States Armed Forces during World War 
II. Subsequently the House passed S.J. Res. 44, a similar Senate-passed 
bill--clearing the measure for the President. H.J. Res. 98 was then 
laid on the table;
  Pages H3558-63
  International Child Abduction: H. Con. Res. 293, amended, urging 
compliance with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of 
International Child Abduction (agreed to by a recorded vote of 416 ayes 
with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 221);
  Pages H3564-68, H3594-95
  INS Data Management Improvement: H.R. 4489, to amend section 110 of 
the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 
1996;
  Pages H3568-76
  Private Mortgage Insurance Technical Corrections and Clarification: 
H.R. 3637, to amend the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 to make 
certain technical corrections;
  Pages H3578-81
  Cardiac Arrest Survival Act: H.R. 2498, amended, to amend the Public 
Health Service Act to provide for recommendations of the Secretary of 
Health and Human Services regarding the placement of automatic external 
defibrillators in Federal buildings in order to improve survival rates 
of individuals who experience cardiac arrest in such buildings, and to 
establish protections from civil liability arising from the emergency 
use of the devices (passed by a yea and nay vote of 415 yeas to 2 nays, 
Roll No. 222; and
  Pages H3584-88, H3595
  Harry S Truman Federal Building: H.R. 3639, amended, to designate the 
Federal building located at 2201 C Street, Northwest, in the District 
of Columbia, currently headquarters for the Department of State, as the 
``Harry S Truman Federal Building'' (passed by a yea and nay vote of 
413 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 223). 
                                               Pages H3588-93, H3595-96
Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000: The House agreed to the 
Senate amendment to H.R. 371, to expedite the naturalization of aliens 
who served with special guerrilla units in Laos--clearing the measure 
for the President.
  Pages H3576-78
First Sponsor of Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act: Agreed that 
Representative Franks of New Jersey be hereafter considered as the 
first sponsor of H.R. 1202, to amend title 18, United States Code, to 
prohibit interstate-connected conduct relating to exotic animals, a 
bill originally introduced by the late Representative George Brown of 
California, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting 
printings under clause 7 of rule 12.
  Page H3563
Normal Trade Relations Treatment to China: The House completed two 
hours of debate on H.R. 4444, to authorize extension of 
nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the 
People's Republic of China pursuant to a unanimous consent request. 
Consideration will resume on Wednesday, May 24.
  Pages H3596-H3615
  Earlier, agreed that it be in order to declare the House resolved 
into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for 
consideration of the bill; that the first reading be dispensed with; 
that all points of order against its consideration be waived; that 
general debate proceed without intervening motion, be confined to the 
bill, and be limited to two hours equally divided among and controlled 
by the Chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways 
and Means, Representative Stark or his designee, and Representative 
Rohrabacher or his designee; that after debate the Committee of the 
Whole rise without motion; and that no further consideration of the 
bill be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the House. 
                                                             Page H3593
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H3650.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea and nay votes and four recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H3535-36, H3536, H3537, H3581-82, H3582-83, H3583, H3593-94, H3594-95, 
H3595, and H3595-96. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and adjourned at midnight.



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Committee Meetings
VA, HUD AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies approved for full Committee action the VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies appropriations for fiscal year 2001.
U.S.--TERRORIST THREATS
Committee on Armed Services: Special Oversight Panel on Terrorism held 
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the United States. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
CHINA--PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Finance and Hazardous Materials 
held a hearing entitled: ``PNTR: Opening the World's Biggest Potential 
Market to American Financial Services Competition.'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY--WHISTLEBLOWERS
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
held a hearing entitled: ``Whistleblowers at Department of Energy 
Facilities: Is There Really `Zero Tolerance' for Contractor 
Retaliation?'' Testimony was heard from Mary Anne Sullivan, General 
Counsel, Department of Energy; Joe Gutierrez, Assessor, Audits and 
Assessment Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory; and public 
witnesses.
INTERNET--OBSCENE MATERIAL AVAILABLE
Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing on Obscene Material Available via 
the Internet. Testimony was heard from Alan Gershel, Deputy Assistant 
Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; and public 
witnesses.
WEALTH THROUGH THE WORKPLACE ACT
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Employer-
Employee Relations approved for full Committee action H.R. 3462, Wealth 
Through The Workplace Act of 2000.
SECRET EVIDENCE REPEAL ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Held a hearing on H.R. 2121, Secret 
Evidence Repeal Act of 1999. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Campbell and Bonior; the following officials of the Department of 
Justice: Larry R. Parkinson, General Counsel, FBI; and Bo Cooper, 
General Counsel, Immigration and Naturalization Service; and pubic 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS POLICIES
Committee on Resources: Held an oversight hearing on Funding of 
Environmental Initiatives and their Influence on Federal Public Lands 
Policies. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands 
held a hearing on H.R. 3033, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
make certain adjustments to the boundaries of Biscayne National Park in 
the State of Florida. Testimony was heard from Representatives Ros-
Lehtinen, Meek of Florida, Hastings of Florida and Shaw; Denis Galvin, 
Deputy Director, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; and 
public witnesses.
NORTHERN COLORADO WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT--WATER CONVEYANCE
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing 
on H.R. 4389, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain 
water distribution facilities to the Northern Colorado Water 
Conservancy District. Testimony was heard from Eluid Martinez, 
Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; and 
public witnesses.
CHINA--NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS TREATMENT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a closed rule providing 
three hours of debate on H.R. 4444, to authorize extension of 
nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the 
People's Republic of China, equally divided among and controlled by the 
chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Ways and Means, 
Representative Stark of California, and Representative Rohrabacher of 
California. The rule provides that, in lieu of the committee amendment 
in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and 
Means, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the 
report of the Committee on Rules accompanying the rule shall be 
considered as adopted. Finally, the rule provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from 
Chairman Archer and Representatives Crane, English, Bereuter, Hunter, 
Weldon of Pennsylvania, Levin, Cardin, Markey, Berman, Pelosi and 
Sherman.
REPEAL EXCISE TAX ON TELEPHONE AND OTHER COMMUNICATION SERVICES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a closed rule on H.R. 3916, 
to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on 
telephone and other communication services providing one hour of debate 
equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee on Ways and Means. The rule waives all points 
of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the 
amendment recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in 
the bill shall be considered as adopted upon adoption of the 
resolution. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or 
without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Archer and 
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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Technology held a hearing on 
Technology Transfer Challenges and Partnerships: A Review of the 
Department of Commerce's Biennial Report on Technology Transfer. 
Testimony was heard from Kelly H. Carnes, Assistant Secretary, 
Technology Policy, Technology Administration, Department of Commerce; 
and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
RUSSIA HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
hearings to examine human rights abuses in Russia, focusing on an 
attack on the Media-Most headquarters in Moscow by armed government 
security agents, alleged illegally acquired tapes and transcripts, and 
the war in Chechnya, after receiving testimony from Lt. Gen. William 
Odom (Ret.), Hudson University, Washington, D.C., former head of the 
National Security Agency; Igor Malashenko, Media-Most, Moscow, Russia; 
Sarah Mendelson, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 
Boston, Massachusetts; Georgi Derlugian, Northwestern University 
Department of Sociology, Chicago, Illinois; and Rachel Denber, Human 
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                         COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR

                        WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2000

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings on the nomination of 
General John A. Gordon, United States Air Force, to be Under 
Secretary for Nuclear Security, Department of Energy, 9:30 a.m., SR-
222.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting 
to mark up S. 2107, to amend the Securities Act of 1933 and the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to reduce securities fees in excess 
of those required to fund the operations of the Securities and 
Exchange Commission, to adjust compensation provisions for employees 
of the Commission; S. 2266, to provide for the minting of 
commemorative coins to support the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter 
Games and the programs of the United States Olympic Committee; S. 
2453, to authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of 
Congress to Pope John Paul II in recognition of his outstanding and 
enduring contributions to humanity; the nomination of Richard Court 
Houseworth, of Arizona, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of 
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for the remainder of the 
term expiring December 25, 2001; and the nomination of Nuria I. 
Fernandez, of Illinois, to be Federal Transit Administrator, 10 
a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to 
consider pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SD-366. Subcommittee 
on Water and Power, to hold hearings on S. 2163, to provide for a 
study of the engineering feasibility of a water exchange in lieu of 
electrification of the Chandler Pumping Plant at Prosser Diversion 
Dam, Washington; S. 2396, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior 
to enter into contracts with the Weber Basin Water Conservancy 
District, Utah, to use Weber Basin Project facilities for the 
impounding , storage, and carriage of nonproject water for domestic, 
municipal, industrial, and other beneficial purposes; S. 2248, to 
assist in the development and implementation of projects to provide 
for the control of drainage water, storm water, flood water, and 
other water as part of water-related integrated resource management, 
environmental infrastructure, and resource protection and 
development projects in the Colusa Basin Watershed, California; S. 
2410, to increase the authorization of appropriations for the 
Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978; and S. 2425, to authorize 
the Bureau of Reclamation to participate in the planning, design, 
and construction of the Bend Feed Canal Pipeline Project, Oregon, 
2:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings on S. 
25, to provide Coastal Impact Assistance to State and local 
governments, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act 
Amendments of 1978, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 
1965, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act, and the Federal 
Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (commonly referred to as the 
Pittman-Robertson Act) to establish a fund to meet the outdoor 
conservation and recreation needs of the American people; S. 2123, 
to provide Outer Continental Shelf Impact assistance to State and 
local governments, to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act 
of 1965, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act of 1978, and the 
Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (commonly referred to as the 
Pittman-Robertson Act) to establish a fund to meet the outdoor 
conservation and recreation needs of the American people; and S. 
2181, to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act to provide 
full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to 
provide dedicated funding for other conservation programs, including 
coastal stewardship, wildlife habitat protection, State and local 
park and open space preservation, historic preservation, forestry 
conservation programs, and youth conservation corps; and for other 
purposes, 9:30 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings on the nomination 
of Marc Grossman, of Virginia, to be Director General of the Foreign 
Service, Department of State, 9:30 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings on S. 611, to 
provide for administrative procedures to extend Federal recognition 
to certain Indian groups, 2:30 p.m., SR-485.
  Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Administrative 
Oversight and the Courts, to hold oversight hearings to examine the 
1996 campaign finance investigations, 9 a.m., SD-226.

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  Committee on Appropriations, to mark up the Labor, Health and 
Human Services, and Education appropriations for fiscal year 2001, 
9:30 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.
  Committee on Banking and Financial Services, hearing on Predatory 
Lending Practices, 9:30 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Budget, Education Task Force, hearing on 
``Education Department Fails Accounting101: The Department of 
Education's Unreliable Financial Records,'' 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
  Natural Resources and the Environment Task Force, hearing on 
``Management Failures at the National Parks, Oversight Weaknesses 
with Concession Contracts,'' 2 p.m., 210 Cannon.
  Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing 
on National Energy Policy: Ensuring Adequate Supply of Natural Gas 
and Crude Oil, 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, 
Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, hearing on ``DoD 
Chemical and Biological Defense Program: Management and Oversight,'' 
10 a.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, hearing on the U.S. 
Commission on International Religious Freedom: First Annual Report, 
10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 
2987, Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act of 1999; H.R. 3048, 
Presidential Threat Protection Act of 1999; H.R. 4108, Secure Our 
Schools Act; H.R. 4391, Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act; H.R. 
3489, Wireless Telecommunications Sourcing and Privacy Act; and S. 
1515. Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 1999, 10 
a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, to consider the following bills: S. 1211, 
to amend the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act to authorize 
additional measures to carry out the control of salinity upstream of 
Imperial Dam in a cost-effective manner; S. 1629, Oregon Exchange 
Act of 2000; H.R. 1775, Estuary Habitat Restoration Partnership Act 
of 1999; S. 1892, to authorize the acquisition of the Valles 
Caldera, to provide for an effective land and wildlife management 
program for this resource within the Department of Agriculture; H.R. 
3023, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the 
Bureau of Reclamation, to convey property to the Greater Yuma Port 
Authority of Yuma County, Arizona, for use as an international port 
of entry; H.R. 3176, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
conduct a study to determine ways of restoring the natural wetlands 
conditions in the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii; H.R. 
3241, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to recalculate the 
franchise fee owed by Fort Sumter Tours, Inc., a concessioner 
providing service to Fort Sumter National Monument in South 
Carolina; H.R. 3291, Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of 
Utah Water Rights Settlement Act; H.R. 3292, to provide for the 
establishment of the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge in West 
Feliciana Parish, Louisiana; H.R. 3468, Duchesne City Water Rights 
Conveyance Act; H.R. 3535, Shark Finning Prohibition Act; H.R. 3999, 
Virgin Islands and Guam Constitutional Self-Government Act of 2000; 
H.R. 4070, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to correct a map 
relating to the coastal Barrier Resources System Unit P31, located 
near the city of Mexico Beach, Florida; H.R. 4132, to reauthorize 
grants for water resources research and technology institutes 
established under the Water Resources Research Act of 1984; and H.R. 
4435, to clarify certain boundaries on the map relating to Unit NCO1 
of the Coastal Barrier Resources System, 11 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 1304, Quality Health-Care 
Coalition Act of 1999, 2 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, 
hearing on U.S. Bilateral Space Launch Trade Agreements, 2 p.m., 
2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing on ``Online Music: Will Small 
Music Labels and Entrepreneurs Prosper in the Internet Age?'' 10 
a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing on the Disposal of 
Obsolete Maritime Administration Vessels, 10 a.m., 21267 Rayburn.



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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       10 a.m., Wednesday, May 24

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the recognition of two Senators for 
speeches and the transaction of any morning business (not to extend 
beyond 11 a.m.), Senate will begin consideration of S. 2603, 
Legislative Branch Appropriations. Also, Senate will resume 
consideration of certain nominations with votes to occur thereon.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Wednesday, May 24

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 4444, Extending Normal 
Trade Relations Treatment to China. (closed rule, 3 hours of debate).
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
            HOUSE
  
Barr, Bob, Ga., E810, E813
Ehlers, Vernon J., Mich., E810, E814
Evans, Lane, Ill., E811
Ford, Harold E., Jr., Tenn., E816
Frank, Barney, Mass., E815
Gonzalez, Charles A., Tex., E812, E814
Goodling, William F., Pa., E813, E814
Lantos, Tom, Calif., E809, E812
McInnis, Scott, Colo., E810, E811, E812, E814, E815
Mink, Patsy T., Hawaii, E815
Neal, Richard E., Mass., E811
Nethercutt, George R., Jr., Wash., E815
Olver, John W., Mass., E812 



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