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[Daily Digest] [Pages D668-D670] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Tuesday, June 27, 2000 [[Page D668]] Daily Digest HIGHLIGHTS The House passed H.R. 3733, Energy and Water Development Appropriations. The House passed H.R. 4762, Disclosure of Political Activities by Section 527 Organizations. House Committee ordered reported the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs appropriations for fiscal year 2001. Senate Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S5823-S5939 Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 2792-2802, and S. Res. 328. Page S5884 Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows: S. 610, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management in Washakie County and Big Horn County, Wyoming, to the Westside Irrigation District, Wyoming, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-313) S. 1367, to amend the Act which established the Saint-Gaudens Historic Site, in the State of New Hampshire, by modifying the boundary and for other purposes, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 106-314) S. 1894, to provide for the conveyance of certain land to Park County, Wyoming, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-315) S. 2352, to designate portions of the Wekiva River and associated tributaries as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-316) S. 2421, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the suitability and feasibility of establishing an Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in Connecticut and Massachusetts. (S. Rept. No. 106-317) S. 2478, to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a theme study on the peopling of America, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 106- 318) S. 2485, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance in planning and constructing a regional heritage center in Calais, Maine, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 106-319) H.R. 1749, to designate Wilson Creek in Avery and Caldwell Counties, North Carolina, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. (S. Rept. No. 106-320) H.R. 2932, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the Golden Spike/Crossroads of the West National Heritage Area Study Area and to establish the Crossroads of the West Historic District in the State of Utah. (S. Rept. No. 106-321) H.R. 3201, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Carter G. Woodson Home in the District of Columbia as a National Historic Site. (S. Rept. No. 106-322) S. 662, 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, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-323) S. 2071, to benefit electricity consumers by promoting the reliability of the bulk-power system, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Pages S5882-83 Measures Passed: Commending Louisiana State University Tigers: Senate agreed to S. Res. 328, to commend and congratulate the Louisiana State University Tigers on winning the 2000 College World Series. Pages S5934-35 [[Page D669]] Policy of Indian Self-Determination Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 277, commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Policy of Indian Self-Determination. Page S5935 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 4577, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: Pages S5823-73 Adopted: By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 145), Cochran Amendment No. 3625, to implement pilot programs for antimicrobial resistance monitoring and prevention. Page S5829 Reid Amendment No. 3629, to express the sense of the Senate concerning needlestick injury prevention. Pages S5831, S5832 Reid Amendment No. 3630, to provide for the establishment of a clearinghouse on safe needle technology. Pages S5831, S5832 Wyden Modified Amendment No. 3632, to provide that none of the funds made available under this Act may be made available to any entity under the Public Health Service Act after September 1, 2001, unless a proposal to require a reasonable rate of return on intramural and extramural research is provided. Pages S5832-34 Inhofe Modified Amendment No. 3633, to increase funding for Impact Aid basic support payments and to provide an offset. Pages S5834-36 Smith (of N.H.) Modified Amendment No. 3628 (to Amendment No. 3610), to provide for a General Accounting Office study into Federal fetal tissue practices. Pages S5829-31, S5864, S5869 Hatch/Leahy Amendment No. 3653 (to Amendment No. 3610), of a perfecting nature. Pages S5864-66, S5868 By 95 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 149), McCain Amendment No. 3610, to enhance protection of children using the Internet. Pages S5836-38, S5866-68, S5869 By 75 yeas to 24 nays (Vote No. 150), Santorum Amendment No. 3635, to prohibit universal telecommunication service assistance for schools or libraries that fail to implement a filtering or blocking system for computers with internet access or adopt Internet use policies. Pages S5842-45, S5866, S5869 Pending: Harkin (for Daschle) Amendment No. 3658, to fund a coordinated national effort to prevent, detect, and educate the public concerning Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect and to identify effective interventions for children, adolescents, and adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect. Page S5870 Hutchison/Collins Amendment No. 3619, to clarify that funds appropriated under this Act to carry out innovative programs under section 6301(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 shall be available for same gender schools. Pages S5870-73 During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following actions: By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 146), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive certain provisions of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Wellstone Amendment No. 3631, to increase funding for part A of title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. Pages S5838-42, S5845-53, S5861-62 By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 147), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Bingaman Amendment No. 3649, to ensure accountability in programs for disadvantaged students and to assist States in their efforts to turn around failing schools. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. Pages S5853-58, S5862 By 44 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 148), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Murray Amendment No. 3604, to provide for class-size reduction. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. Pages S5858-61, S5863 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill and pending amendments on Wednesday, June 28, 2000, with votes to occur on, or in relation to, the pending amendments beginning at 9:45 a.m. Page S5937 Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaty: Extradition Treaty with Sri Lanka (Treaty Doc. No. 106-34). The treaty was transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having been read for the first time, and [[Page D670]] referred, with accompanying papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and were ordered to be printed. Page S5937 Messages From the President: Senate received the following messages from the President of the United States: Transmitting, pursuant to law, the report on the expanded threat reduction initiative; to the Committee on Armed Services. (PM-118) Page S5881 Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the national emergency with respect to Iran; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-119) Page S5881 Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations: Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years. Thomas J. Motley, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years. Christopher A. McLean, of Nebraska, to be Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture. John McAdam Mott, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years. J. Randolph Babbitt, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council for a term of three years. (New Position) Robert W. Baker, of Texas, to be a Member of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council for a term of three years. (New Position) Geoffrey T. Crowley, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council for a term of two years. (New Position) Robert A. Davis, of Washington, to be a Member of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council for a term of two years. (New Position) Kendall W. Wilson, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council for a term of one year. (New Position) Edward M. Bolen, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council for a term of two years. (New Position) 5 Air Force nominations in the rank of general. 10 Army nominations in the rank of general. 2 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general. 44 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral. Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy. Pages S5935-37, S5937-39 Messages From the President: Page S5881 Messages From the House: Pages S5881-82 Measures Referred: Page S5882 Communications: Page S5882 Executive Reports of Committees: Page S5883 Statements on Introduced Bills: Pages S5884-S5911 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S5911-13 Amendments Submitted: Pages S1913-33 Notices of Hearings: Page S5933 Authority for Committees: Pages S5933-34 Additional Statements: Pages S5878-81 Enrolled Bills Presented: Page S5882 Privileges of the Floor: Page S5934 Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--150) Pages S5829, S5862-63, S5869 Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:33 a.m., and adjourned at 9:02 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 28, 2000. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5937.)
[Daily Digest] [Pages D670-D671] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) NOMINATIONS Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of Lt. Gen. Tommy R. Franks, United States Army, for appointment to the grade of general and to be Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command; and Lt. Gen. William F. Kernan, United States Army, for appointment to the grade of general and to be Commander-in-Chief, United States Joint Forces Command/Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. Also, committee ordered favorably reported 2,009 military nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. NUCLEAR WASTE CLEANUP Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy Research, Development, Production and Regulation concluded hearings to examine Department of Energy efforts to clean up its Paducah, Kentucky, uranium enrichment plant, after allegations of improper disposal of hazardous and radioactive materials, after receiving testimony from Gary L. Jones, Associate Director, Energy, Resources, and Science Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division, General Accounting [[Page D671]] Office; Carolyn L. Huntoon, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health, and William D. Magwood, IV, Director of the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology, all of the Department of Energy. NOMINATIONS Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of Karl William Hofmann, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, Howard Franklin Jeter, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, John W. Limbert, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Roger A. Meece, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi, Donald Y. Yamamoto, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, Sharon P. Wilkinson, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique, and Pamela E. Bridgewater, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of John W. Darrah, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Paul C. Huck, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, Joan Humphrey Lefkow, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and George Z. Singal, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine. Also, Committee began markup of S. 353, to provide for class action reform, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to call. CAMPAIGN FINANCE INVESTIGATION Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded oversight hearings on issues relating to the now expired Independent Counsel statute, Congressional oversight requests, and the Department of Justice 1996 campaign finance investigations, after receiving testimony from Janet Reno, Attorney General, Department of Justice. SINGLE USE MEDICAL DEVICES Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded hearings to examine the safety and effectiveness of certain medical devices, focusing on the practice of reprocessing and reusing certain medical devices that were designed, manufactured, and approved by FDA for use in a single patient, during a single procedure, after receiving testimony from Representative Eshoo; David W. Feigal, Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; Janet Heinrich, Associate Director, Health Financing and Public Health Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division, General Accounting Office; Josephine M. Torrente, Association of Disposable Device Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.; Vern Feltner, Alliance Medical Corporation, Asheville, North Carolina, on behalf of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors; John Clough, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, on behalf of the American Hospital Association; and Anne Cofiell, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, on behalf of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee concluded hearings on the goals and operations of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, after receiving testimony from James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress; and Lawrence M. Small, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D671-D674] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Bills Introduced: 14 public bills, H.R. 4762-4775; and 5 resolutions, H. Res. 533-537, were introduced. Pages H5239-40 Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows. H.R. 4717, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require 527 organizations and certain other tax-exempt organizations to disclose their political activities, amended (H. Rept. 106-702); H.R. 4680, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a voluntary program for prescription drug coverage under the Medicare Program, to modernize the Medicare Program, amended (H. Rept. 106-703, Pt. 1); H. Res. 538, providing for consideration of H.R. 4461, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and [[Page D672]] Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-704); and H. Res. 539, providing for consideration of H.R. 4680, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a voluntary program for prescription drug coverage under the Medicare Program, to modernize the Medicare Program (H. Rept. 106-705). Page H5239 Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Walden to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. Page H5171 Recess: The House recessed at 9:22 a.m. and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. Page H5173 Recess: The House recessed at 10:15 a.m. and reconvened at 10:25 a.m. Page H5175 Recess: The House recessed at 1:15 p.m. and reconvened at 2:00 p.m. Page H5205 Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: Placement of a Statue of Chief Washakie of Wyoming in Statuary Hall: H. Con. Res. 333, amended, providing for the acceptance of a statue of Chief Washakie, presented by the people of Wyoming, for placement in National Statuary Hall; Pages H5175-77 Presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Father Theodore Hesburgh: H. Con. Res. 344, amended, permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to Father Theodore Hesburgh; Pages H5177-79 Concern About Title Loans and Usurious Interest Rates: H. Con. Res. 312, amended, expressing the sense of the Congress that the States should more closely regulate title pawn transactions and outlaw the imposition of usurious interest rates on title loans to consumers (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 420 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 331). Agreed to amend the title; Pages H5179-81, H5205-06 Constitutionality of Ohio State Motto: H. Res. 494, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Ohio State motto is constitutional and urging the courts to uphold its constitutionality (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 333 yeas to 27 nays with 66 voting ``present'', Roll No. 332); Pages H5182-85, H5206 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments: S. 1515, amended, to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act; Pages H5185-90 Small Business Certified Development Company Program Improvements: H. Res. 533, providing for the concurrence by the House with an amendment in the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2614, Certified Development Company Program Improvements Act; Pages H5190-94 James H. Quillen United States Courthouse: H.R. 4608, to designate the United States courthouse located at 220 West Depot Street in Greeneville, Tennessee, as the ``James H. Quillen United States Courthouse'' (passed by a yea and nay vote of 421 yeas to 2 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 333); Pages H5194-98, H5207 Federal Protective Service Reforms: H.R. 809, to amend the Act of June 1, 1948, to provide for reform of the Federal Protective Service; Pages H5198-H5201 Adrian A. Spears Judicial Training Center: H.R. 1959, amended, to designate the Federal building located at 743 East Durango Boulevard in San Antonio, Texas, as the ``Adrian A. Spears Judicial Training Center.'' Agreed to amend the title; Pages H5201-02 Floyd H. Flake Federal Building: H.R. 3323, to designate the Federal building located at 158-15 Liberty Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, New York, as the ``Floyd H. Flake Federal Building;'' and Pages H5202-05 Disclosure of Political Activities: H.R. 4762, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require 527 organizations to disclose their political activities (passed by a recorded vote of 385 ayes to 39 noes, Roll No. 341). Pages H5282-90 Presidential Messages: Read the following messages from the President: National Emergency Re Iran: Message wherein he transmitted his periodic report on the national emergency with respect to Iran-- referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-261) and Page H5205 Expanded Threat Reduction Initiative: Message wherein he transmitted his expanded threat reduction initiative--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-263). Page H5291 Energy and Water Development Appropriations: The House passed H.R. 3733, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 by a yea and nay vote of 407 yeas to 19 nays, Roll No. 342. Pages H5211-82, H5290-91 Agreed To: Boehlert amendment that makes modifications to the administration of laws pertaining to the regulation of navigable waters and wetlands; Pages H5243-44 [[Page D673]] Salmon amendment that increases funding for solar and renewable energy technology programs by $40 million and decreases Atomic Energy Defense Activities funding accordingly; Pages H5250-54 Kingston amendment No. 8 printed in the Congressional Record that requires the Department of Energy Inspector General to conduct a study on the economic basis of recent gasoline prince levels; Pages H5257-58 Kingston amendment No. 9 printed in the Congressional Record that requires the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress on activities taken by the executive branch to address high gasoline princes and develop an overall national energy strategy; Page H5259 Visclosky amendment that specifies that the limitations related to the Kyoto Protocol shall not apply to any activity otherwise authorized by law; Pages H5260-61 Sherwood amendment printed in H. Rept. 106-701 that includes the text of H.R. 2884, as passed the House, and includes provisions to reauthorize the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through 2003, authorize the Energy Department to buy oil from stripper wells, and establish a regional home heating oil reserve in the Northeast (agreed to by a recorded vote of 393 ayes to 33 noes, Roll No. 339); Pages H5269-74, H5281-82 Kingston amendment, as modified, that prohibits any funding to be used to pay the salary of any employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory who has failed to undergo a polygraph examination pursuant to section 3154(c) of Public Law 106-65; and Pages H5277-78 Ryun of Kansas amendment that prohibits the dual-hatting of employees in positions within the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy (agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 340). Pages H5278-79, H5282 Rejected: Hulshof amendment No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to increase Corps of Engineers General Investigations funding by $2 million for the upper Mississippi River comprehensive plan and decrease Corps general expenses funding accordingly (rejected by a recorded vote of 165 ayes to 262 noes, Roll No. 334); Pages H5224-27, H5245-46 Gilchrest amendment that sought to delete Corps of Engineers General investigations funding of $100,000 for the C Canal deepening project (rejected by a recorded vote of 153 ayes to 273 noes, Roll No. 335); Pages H5227-31, H5246 Gilchrest amendment that sought to delete Corps of Engineers operations and maintenance funding of $6.8 million to straighten the Tolchester Channel ``S'' turn (rejected by a recorded vote of 145 ayes to 281 noes, Roll No. 336); Pages H5232-37, H5247 Foley amendment No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to increase funding for renewable energy research by $19 million, apply $3.5 million to debt reduction and cancel the $22.5 million funding for the Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (rejected by a recorded vote of 71 ayes to 356 noes, Roll No. 337); Pages H5254-56, H5280 Andrews amendment No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to prohibit the use of any funding to carry out the project for the deepening of the main channel of the Delaware River in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania before June 1, 2001 (rejected by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 249 noes, Roll No. 338); Pages H5262-67, H5280-81 Ryan of Wisconsin amendment that sought to prohibit any funding to be used for construction of the National Ignition Facility; Pages H5275-77 Withdrawn: Ehlers amendment was offered and withdrawn that sought to increase Corps of Engineers general investigations funding by $100,000 for a study dealing with the sustainable use of Great Lakes water; Pages H5231-32 Ney amendment was offered and withdrawn that sought to increase funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission by $3 million and decrease Department of Energy Departmental Administration funding accordingly; Page H5257 Gekas amendment was offered and withdrawn that sought to establish a nine-member national energy self-sufficiency commission; and Pages H5267-68 Hansen amendment was offered and withdrawn that sought to prohibit any funding for the interim storage of spent nuclear fuel, low-level radioactive waste, or high-level radioactive waste on any reservation lands of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians. Page H5275 Agreed to H. Res. 532, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill by voice vote. Pages H5207-11 Recess: The House recessed at 12:31 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28 and reconvened at 3:29 a.m. on Thursday, June 29. Page H5238 Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H5241-42. Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea and nay votes and eight recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H5205-06, H5206, H5207, H5245-46, H5246, H5247, H5280, H5280-81, H5281- 82, H5282, H5289-90, and H5290-91. There were no quorum calls. [[Page D674]] Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and adjourned at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D674-D676] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings COMMODITY FUTURES--MODERNIZATION ACT Committee on Agriculture: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 4541, Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs appropriations for fiscal year 2001. NAVY SUBMARINE FORCE STRUCTURE AND MODERNIZATION PLANS Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Procurement held a hearing on Navy submarine force structure and modernization plans. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense: Vice Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiana, Jr., USN, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Rear Adm. Albert H. Konetzni, Jr., USN, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Adm. Malcolm I. Fages, USN, Director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87); and Rear Adm. John P. Davis, USN, Program Executive Officer for Submarines, Assistant Secretary (Research, Development and Acquisition), Deputy Commander for Submarines; and Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in National Defense, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. DEFENSE LOGISTICS REENGINEERING INITIATIVES Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Readiness held a hearing on Defense Logistics Reengineering Initiatives. Testimony was heard from David Warren, Director, Defense Management Issues, National Security and International Affairs Division, GAO; the following officials of the Department of Defense: Jacques S. Gansler, Under Secretary (Acquisition Technology and Logistics); Paul J. Hoeper, Assistant Secretary, Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Department of the Army; Ariane L. Whittemore, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), Department of the Navy; and Ronald L. Orr, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff (Installations and Logistics), Department of the Air Force. FIRST ACCOUNTS ACT Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Held a hearing on H.R. 4490, First Accounts Act of 2000. Testimony was heard from Gary Gensler, Under Secretary, Domestic Finance, Department of the Treasury; and public witnesses. MEDICARE'S MANAGEMENT Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Health and Environment held a hearing on Medicare's Management: Is HCFA's Complexity Threatening Patient Access to Quality Care? Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Health and Human Services: Mike Hash, Deputy Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration; and Michael F. Mangano, Principal Deputy Inspector General; and public witnesses. TELECOMMUNICATIONS MERGER REVIEW ACT Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 4019, Telecommunications Merger Review Act of 2000. EXAMINING--NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ACT Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families held a hearing on Examining the National Environmental Education Act. Testimony was heard from John Kasper, Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Communications, Education, and Media Relations, EPA; and public witnesses. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ADMINISTRATION UNDER GPRA Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Employment Standards Administration Under GPRA. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Labor: Bernard E. Anderson, Assistant Secretary; T. Michael Kerr, Administrator, Wage and Hour Division; Shirley Wilcher, Assistant Secretary, Office of Federal Contract Compliance; John Koch, Director, Office of Labor Management Standards; and Shelby Hallmark, Acting Director, Office of Federal Workers Compensation. NAZI WAR CRIMES DISCLOSURE ACT IMPLEMENTATION Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology held a hearing on Implementation of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act. Testimony was [[Page D675]] heard from Representative Lantos; Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration; Kenneth Levitt, Special Counsel, Office of the Executive Director, CIA; John Collingwood, Assistant Director, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, FBI, Department of Justice; and the following officials of the Department of Defense: Harold Kwalwasser, Deputy General Counsel; and Col. Lewis Thompson, USA, Commander, 902nd Military Intelligence Group, Intelligence and Security Command, U.S. Army; and public witnesses. BRIEFING--VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS OF OVERSEAS MILITARY INSTALLATIONS Committee Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations held a briefing on Vulnerability Assessments of Overseas Military Installations. The Subcommittee was briefed by Brig. Gen. John Sattler, USMC, Deputy Director, Operations (Combating Terrorism), J-34, Department of Defense. OPEC'S POLICIES Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on OPEC's Policies: A Threat to the U.S. Economy. Testimony was heard from Bill Richardson, Secretary of Energy; and former Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum of Ohio. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific approved for full Committee action the following measures: H. Con. Res. 322, amended, expressing the sense of Congress regarding Vietnamese Americans and others who seek to improve social and political conditions in Vietnam; and S. Con. Res. 81, expressing the sense of the Congress that the Government of the People's Republic of China should immediately release Rabiya Kadeer, her secretary, and her son, and permit them to move to the United States if they so desire. MILITARY EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION ACT; VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, as amended, the following bills: H.R. 3380, Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 1999; and H.R. 1248, Violence Against Women Act. The Committee also began markup of H.R. 1349, Federal Prisoner Health Care Copayment Act of 1999. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, and Public Lands approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 3632, amended, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Act of 2000; H.R. 3745, amended, Effigy Mounds National Monument Additions Act; and H.R. 4583, to extend the authorization for the Air Force Memorial Foundation to establish a memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs. The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3190, Oil Region National Heritage Area Act; H.R. 4187, to assist in the establishment of an interpretive center and museum in the vicinity of the Diamond Valley Lake in southern California to ensure the protection and interpretation of the paleontology discoveries made at the lake and to develop a trail system for the lake for use by pedestrians and nonmotorized vehicles; and H.R. 4521, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to authorize and provide funding for rehabilitation of the Going-to-the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, to authorize funds for maintenance of utilities related to the Park. Testimony was heard from Representatives Hill of Montana, Peterson of Pennsylvania and Calvert; the following officials of the Department of the Interior: Denis Galvin, Deputy Director, National Park Service; and Donald Barry, Assistant Secretary, Fish and Wildlife and Parks; and public witnesses. MEDICARE RX 2000 ACT Committee on Rules: Granted, by record vote of 7 to 1, a closed rule on H.R. 4680, Medicare RX 2000 Act, providing two hours of debate equally divided between the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Committees on Ways and Means and Commerce. 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, modified by the amendment printed in the Rules Committee report, shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. The rule provides that the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill until a time designated by the Speaker. The rule provides that, at any time on or before the legislative day of Friday, June 30, 2000, it shall be in order for the Speaker to entertain motions to suspend the rules with respect to H.R. 3240 and H. Res. 535. AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS FY 2001 Committee on Rules: Granted, by record vote of 7 to 1, an open rule on H.R. 4461, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations, FY 2001, providing one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. [[Page D676]] The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI (prohibiting unauthorized or legislative provisions in a general appropriations bill), except as specified in the rule. The rule provides that the bill shall be considered for amendment by paragraph. The rule allows the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole to accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed their amendments in the Congressional Record. The rule allows the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole to postpone a request for a recorded vote on any amendment and reduce voting time to five minutes on a postponed question, provided that the minimum time for electronic voting on the first in any series of questions shall be fifteen minutes. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Finally, the rule provides that H. Res. 513 is laid on the table. CHILD SUPPORT DISTRIBUTION ACT Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 4678, Child Support Distribution Act of 2000. SOCIAL SECURITY GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing on the Social Security Government Pension Offset. Testimony was heard from Representative Jefferson; Jane L. Ross, Deputy Commissioner, Policy, SSA; Paul R. Cullinan, Budget Analysis Division, Unit Chief for the Human Resources Cost Estimate Unit, CBO; and public witnesses. Joint Meetings AUTHORIZATION--NASA Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 1654, to authorize appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for fiscal years 2000, 2001, and 2002, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to call.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D676-D677] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2000 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine airline customer service, 9:30 a.m., SR-253. Committee on Environment and Public Works: business meeting to mark up S. 2437, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States; and other pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SD-406. Committee on Finance: business meeting to mark up proposed legislation relating to the marriage tax penalty, 10 a.m., SD-215. Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, to hold hearings to examine the liberation of Iraq, 9 a.m., SD-419. Full Committee, business meeting to consider pending calendar business, 11 a.m., SD-419. Subcommittee on European Affairs, to hold hearings to examine the treatment of U.S. business in Central and Eastern Europe, 2 p.m., SD-419. Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings on S. 2283, to amend the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to make certain amendments with respect to Indian tribes, 2:30 p.m., SR-485. Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings on the struggle for justice for former U.S. World War II POW's, 10 a.m., SD-226. Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information, to hold hearings on countering the changing threat of international terrorism, 2 p.m., SD-226. House Committee on Agriculture, hearing on the following: H.R. 4502 Water Pollution Program Improvement Act of 2000; and EPA's proposed Total Maximum Daily Load rules on agriculture and silviculture, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth. Committee on Armed Services, hearing on the National Missile Defense Program, 10 a.m., and to mark up the following measures: a resolution expressing the Sense of the House on the security situation involving the missing computer hard drives at Los Alamos National Laboratory; H.R. 3906, to ensure that the Department of Energy has appropriate mechanisms to independently assess the effectiveness of its policy and site performance in the areas of safeguards and security and cyber security; H.R. 4446, to ensure that the Secretary of Energy may continue to exercise certain authorities under the Price-Anderson Act through the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety, and Health; H.R. 3383, to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to remove separate treatment or exemption for nuclear safety violations by nonprofit institutions; and H.R. 4737, Nuclear Secrets Safety Act, 2118 Rayburn. Committee on Banking and Financial Services, to mark up H.R. 4419, Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn. Committee on Commerce, hearing on Summer Energy Concerns for the American Consumer, 9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn. Committee on Government Reform, hearing on Rising Fuel Prices and the Appropriate Federal Response, 1 p.m., 2154 Rayburn. [[Page D677]] Subcommittee on the Postal Service, to mark up H.R. 4437, Semipostal Authorization Act, 12 p.m., 2247 Rayburn. Committee on House Administration, to consider pending business, 3 p.m., 1310 Longworth. Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, hearing on U.S. Assistance to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands; A Question of Accountability, 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn. Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, to mark up the following measures: H.R. 4528, International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, H. Con. Res. 328, expressing the sense of the Congress in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the free and fair elections in Burma and the urgent need to improve the democratic and human rights of the people of Burma; H. Con. Res. 257, Concerning the emancipation of the Iranian Baha'i community; S. Con. Res. 81, expressing the sense of the Congress that the Government of the People's Republic of China should immediately release Rabiya Kadeer, her secretary, and her son, and permit them to move to the United States if they so desire; and H. Con. Res. 348, expressing condemnation of the use of children as soldiers and expressing the belief that the United States should support and, where possible, lead efforts to end this abuse of human rights, 10:30 a.m., 2255 Rayburn. Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, hearing on Development, Growth and Poverty Reduction in Latin America: Assessing the Effectiveness of Assistance, 1:30 p.m., 2200 Rayburn. Committee on the Judiciary, to continue oversight hearings on Solutions to Competitive Problems in the Oil Industry: Part 3, 9:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn. Committee on Resources, to mark up the following: a motion to sustain rulings by Chairman Don Young on objections to the production of records subject to subpoenas issued by Chairman Don Young under the authority of a resolution adopted by the Committee on Resources on June 9, 1999, which objections were raised by Robert Berman, Henry M. Banta, Danielle Brian Stockton, Keith Rutter, and the Project on Government Oversight; H.R. 755, Guam War Restitution Act; S. 1030, to provide that the conveyance by the Bureau of Land Management of the surface estate to certain land in the State of Wyoming in exchange for certain private land will not result in the removal of the land from operation of the mining laws; S. 1288, Community Forest Restoration Act; S. 1508, Indian Tribal Justice Technical and Legal Assistance Act of 1999; S. 1705, Castle Rock Ranch Acquisition Act of 2000; H.R. 2296, to amend the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands to provide that the number of members on the legislature of the Virgin Islands and the number of such members constituting a quorum shall be determined by the laws of the Virgin Islands; H.R. 2462, Guam Omnibus Opportunities Act; H.R. 2671, Yankton Sioux Tribe and Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska Development Trust Fund Act; 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; 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. 4148, Tribal Contract Support Cost Technical Amendments of 2000; H.R. 4275, Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 2000; H.R. 4286, to provide for the establishment of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge in Bibb County, Alabama; H.R. 4340, Mineral Revenue Payments Clarification Act of 2000; H.R. 4404, to permit the payment of medical expenses incurred by the United States Park Police in the performance of duty to be made directly by the National Park Service, to allow for waiver and indemnification in mutual law enforcement agreements between the National Park Service and a State or political subdivision when required by State law; H.R. 4442, National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Act; and H.R. 4579, Utah West Desert Land Exchange Act of 2000, 11 a.m., 1324 Longworth. Committee on Ways and Means, to mark up H.J. Res. 99, disapproving the extension of the waiver authority contained in section 402(c) of the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to Vietnam, 10:30 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
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