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                                            Thursday, June 29, 2000

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed Disclosure of Political Activities bill.
      The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 4425, Military 
      Construction and Supplemental Appropriations (H. Rept. 106-710).
      The House passed H.R. Quality Health-Care Coalition Act.
      The House agreed to H. Res. 535, Use of Budget Surpluses to 
      Supplement Medicare Funding.
      House Committees ordered 17 sundry measures.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6041-S6183
Measures Introduced: Twenty-two bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2812-2833, and S. Res. 330-331. 
                                                         Pages S6120-21
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
  S. 2507, 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 and Disability System, with amendments. 
(S. Rept. No. 106-325)
  S. 869, for the relief of Mina Vahedi Notash.
  S. 2413, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 
1968 to clarify the procedures and conditions for the award of matching 
grants for the purchase of armor vests.
Page S6120
Measures Passed:
  Disclosure of Political Activities: By 92 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 
160), Senate passed H.R. 4762, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 
1986 to require 527 organizations to disclose their political 
activities, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S6041-47
  Legal Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 331, to authorize 
testimony, document production, and legal representation in United 
States v. Ellen Rose Hart.
  Pages S6145-46, S6182
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 S6047-61, S6062-S6103
Adopted:
  By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 161), Frist Modified 
Amendment No. 3654, to increase the amount appropriated for the 
Interagency Education Research Initiative.
Pages S6047-48
  By 60 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 162), Reid (for Conrad) Modified 
Amendment No. 3690, to establish an off-budget lockbox to strengthen 
Social Security and Medicare.
Pages S6053-56, S6058-61, S6062-67
  By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 163), Ashcroft Amendment No. 3689, to 
protect Social Security and Medicare surpluses through strengthened 
budgetary enforcement mechanisms.
Pages S6053-56, S6067
  By 58 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 165), Jeffords Amendment No. 3691, to 
prohibit health discrimination on the basis of genetic information or 
genetic services.
Pages S6067-78
  By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 166), Nickles Amendment No. 3694, to 
increase access to health care and to protect consumers in managed care 
plans and in other health coverage.
Pages S6078-93
Rejected:
  By 44 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 164), Harkin (for Daschle) Amendment 
No. 3688, to prohibit health insurance companies from using genetic 
information to discriminate against enrollees, and to prohibit 
employers from using such information to discriminate in the workplace.
                                               Pages S6048-53, S6067-78
  By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 167), Dorgan Amendment No. 3693, to 
require a Federal floor

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with respect to protections for individuals enrolled in health plans. 
                                                         Pages S6078-93
Pending:
  Helms Amendment No. 3697, to prohibit the expenditure of certain 
appropriated funds for the distribution or provision of, or the 
provision of a prescription for, postcoital emergency contraception. 
                                                         Pages S6094-95
  Wellstone Amendment No. 3698, to provide for a limitation on the use 
of funds for certain agreements involving the conveyance of licensing 
of a drug.
Pages S6095-99
  Harkin Amendment No. 3699, to fully fund the programs of the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Pages S6099-S6103
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion 
to waive the Budget Act for consideration of the pending Gramm point of 
order be withdrawn.
Page S6084
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill and pending amendments, on Friday, June 30, 
2000, with votes to occur thereon.
Page S6093
  A further unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that upon 
final passage of the bill, the Senate insist on its amendment, request 
a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to 
appoint conferees on the part of the Senate.
Defense Authorization: By prior unanimous consent, the adoption of 
McCain Amendment No. 3214 (agreed to by the Senate June 8, 2000), to S. 
2549, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for military 
activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and 
for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe 
personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, was 
vitiated and, subsequently, the amendment was withdrawn.
Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act: Senate concurred in the 
amendment of the House to S. 148, to require the Secretary of the 
Interior to establish a program to provide assistance in the 
conservation of neotropical migratory birds, clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Pages S6180-82
Messages From the House:
  Page S6116
Measures Referred:
  Page S6116
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S6182
Communications:
  Pages S6116-20
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S6121-43
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6143-45
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6146-79
Notices of Hearings:
  Page S6179
Authority for Committees:
  Page S6179
Additional Statements:
  Pages S6109-16
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S6116
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S6180
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Daniel G. Webber, Jr., of Oklahoma, to be United States Attorney for 
the Western District of Oklahoma.
  James L. Whigham, of Illinois, to be United States Marshal for the 
Northern District of Illinois.
  Russell John Qualliotine, of New York, to be United States Marshal 
for the Southern District of New York.
  Julio F. Mercado, of Texas, to be Deputy Administrator of Drug 
Enforcement, Department of Justice.
Page S6183
Record Votes: Eight record votes were taken today. (Total--167) 
                                 Pages S6047-48, S6067, S6078, S6092-93
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 9:30 p.m., 
until, 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30, 2000. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S6183.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 2697, to reauthorize and amend the Commodity Exchange Act to 
promote legal certainty, enhance competition, and reduce systemic risk 
in markets for futures and over-the-counter derivatives, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1155, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide 
for uniform food safety warning notification requirements, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  S. 2811, to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to 
make communities with high levels of out-migration or population loss 
eligible for community facilities grants.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session and 
ordered favorably reported S. 2507, 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

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Retirement and Disability System, with amendments.
NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded open and closed 
hearings on the report of the National Missile Defense Independent 
Review Team to examine the progress being made toward the Deployment 
Readiness Review and towards the planned Initial Operating Capability 
of 2005 for a limited, C1 system, as well as the acquisition approach 
to, and testing of, the program, after receiving testimony from Lt. 
Gen. Ronald T. Kadish, USAF, Director, Ballistic Missile Defense 
Organization; and Gen. Larry R. Welch, USAF (Ret.), Institute for 
Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia, on behalf of the National 
Missile Defense Independent Review Team.
PUBLIC FOREST LANDS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and 
Public Land Management concluded oversight hearings on the United 
States Forest Service's Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment, and Draft Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement for the Interior Columbia Basin 
Ecosystem Management Plan, after receiving testimony from Dale 
Bosworth, Regional Forester, Northern Region, and Bradley E. Powell, 
Regional Forester, Pacific Southwest Region, both of the Forest 
Service, Department of Agriculture.
NATIONAL PARKS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks, Historic Preservation, and Recreation concluded hearings on S. 
134, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study whether the 
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore should be protected as a wilderness 
area, S. 2051, to revise the boundaries of the Golden Gate National 
Recreation Area, S. 2279, to authorize the addition of land to Sequoia 
National Park, and S. 2512, to convey certain Federal properties on 
Governors Island, New York, after receiving testimony from Senators 
Feinstein, Moynihan, and Feingold; Representatives Lantos, Nadler, and 
Carolyn Maloney; Jacqueline Lowey, Deputy Director, National Park 
Service, Department of the Interior; Robert A. Peck, Commissioner, 
Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration; Bradford J. 
Race, on behalf of the Office of New York Governor George Pataki, 
Albany; Michael Carey, New York City Economic Development Corporation, 
New York; David Reed, Dillonwood, Quincy, California; Katherine 
Anderton, Save-the-Redwoods League, San Francisco, California; Annette 
Rose, Board of Supervisors of Marion County, San Rafael, California; 
and William H. Meadows, The Wilderness Society, Washington, D.C.
SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Fisheries, 
Wildlife, and Drinking Water concluded oversight hearings on the 
implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, focusing on the primary 
statute for protecting public water supplies from harmful contaminants, 
after receiving testimony from J. Charles Fox, Assistant Administrator, 
Office of Water, and Norine E. Noonan, Assistant Administrator, Office 
of Research and Development, both of the Environmental Protection 
Agency; Gregg L. Grunenfelder, Washington Department of Health, 
Olympia, Washington, on behalf of the Association of State Drinking 
Water Administrators; Gurnie Gunter, Kansas City Water Services 
Department, Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of the Association of 
Metropolitan Water Agencies; J. William Hirzy, National Treasury 
Employees Union Chapter 280, Erik D. Olson, Natural Resources Defense 
Council, and J. Richard Tompkins, National Association of Water 
Companies, all of Washington, D.C.; Michael J. Kosnett, University of 
Colorado Health Sciences Center Division of Clinical Pharmacology and 
Toxicology, Denver, on behalf of the National Research Council's 
Subcommittee on Arsenic in Drinking Water; David Paris, Manchester 
Water Treatment Plant, Manchester, New Hampshire, on behalf of the 
American Water Works Association; and Randy Van Dyke, Clay Regional 
Water, Spencer, Iowa, on behalf of the National Rural Water 
Association.
BROWNFIELDS REVITALIZATION
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Superfund, 
Waste Control, and Risk Assessment concluded hearings on S. 2700, to 
amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
Liability Act of 1980 to promote the cleanup and reuse of brownfields, 
to provide financial assistance for brownfields revitalization, and to 
enhance State response programs, after receiving testimony from Timothy 
Fields, Jr., Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and 
Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency; Mayor J. Christian 
Bollwage, Elizabeth, New Jersey, on behalf of the United States 
Conference of Mayors; Mayor Preston A. Daniels, Des Moines, Iowa, on 
behalf of the National Association of Local Government Environmental 
Professionals; Jan H. Reitsma, Rhode Island Department of Environmental 
Management, Providence; Kevin P. Fitzpatrick, AIG Global Real Estate 
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Real Estate Roundtable, and William McElroy, Zurich U.S. Specialities, 
on behalf of the American Insurance Association, both of New York, New 
York; Alan Front, Trust for Public Land, Washington, D.C.; and Vernice 
Miller-Travis, Partnership for Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment, 
Baltimore, Maryland.
RISING OIL PRICES
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded oversight 
hearings on rising oil prices and the efficiency and effectiveness of 
Executive Branch response, after receiving testimony from Ernest J. 
Moniz, Under Secretary for Energy, Science and Environment, and John 
Cook, Director, Petroleum Division, Energy Information Administration, 
both of the Department of Energy; Ohio Governor Bob Taft, Columbus; 
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Hartford; Denise A. 
Bode, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma City; Phyllis Apelbaum, 
Arrow Messenger Service, Chicago, Illinois, on behalf of the 
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Messenger Courtier Association 
of the Americas; Red Cavaney, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, 
D.C.; and J. Louis Frank, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Findlay, Ohio.
HUD'S GOVERNMENT INSURED MORTGAGES
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Permanent Subcommittee on 
Investigations held hearings to examine the adequacy of Department of 
Housing and Urban Affairs' policies and procedures for overseeing 
lenders that make mortgage loans insured by HUD's Federal Housing 
Administration, focusing on mortgage fraud commonly known as 
``flipping'', which involves the purchase and then resale of property 
at greatly inflated prices, receiving testimony from Senator Mikulski; 
Stanley J. Czerwinski, Associate Director, Housing and Community 
Development Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development 
Division, General Accounting Office; Lisa Smith, Fresh Meadows, New 
York; Sonia Pratts, Hollywood, Florida; and Stekeena Rollins, Chicago, 
Illinois.
  Hearings continue tomorrow.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 353, to provide for class action reform;
  S. 2787, to reauthorize the Federal programs to prevent violence 
against women;
  S. 2413, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 
1968 to clarify the procedures and conditions for the award of matching 
grants for the purchase of armor vests;
  H.R. 3646, for the relief of certain Persian Gulf evacuees, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  S. 869, for the relief of Mina Vahedi Notash.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Bills Introduced: 27 public bills, H.R. 4782-4808; 1 private bill, H.R. 
4809; and 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 366-368, and H. Res. 543, were 
introduced.
  Pages H5654-55, H5656
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
  Conference report on H.R. 4425, making appropriations for military 
construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure for the 
Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. 
Rept. 106-710); and
  H.R. 4541, to reauthorize and amend the Commodity Exchange Act to 
promote legal certainty, enhance competition, and reduce systemic risk 
in markets for futures and over-the-counter derivatives, amended (H. 
Rept. 106-711, Pt. 1).
Pages H5460-H5532, H5654
Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations: The House completed general debate and began 
considering amendments to H.R. 4461, making appropriations for 
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2001.
  Pages H5442-60, H5533-98
Agreed To:
  Clayton amendment that increases funding for land-grant colleges and 
cooperative extension activities by $6.8 million and decreases 
Agricultural Research Service funding accordingly;
Pages H5536-37
  Weiner amendment No. 65 printed in the Congressional Record that 
reduces Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service funding by $15,510, 
the amount used for the inspection of imported Iranian food products; 
                                                         Pages H5549-51
  Hayes amendment that clarifies that funding may be used to carry out 
research on the medical, biotechnological, food, and industrial uses of 
tobacco;
Pages H5556-62
  Berry amendment that eliminates funding for the Office of the Under 
Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment and transfers funding 
of $693,000 to Resource Conservation and Development programs for 
resolution of small family farm and ranch regulatory issues with the 
Environmental Protection Agency;
Pages H5574-77
  Kelly amendment No. 8 printed in the Congressional Record that 
strikes language that would prohibit the use of funding for the 
American heritage rivers initiative;
Pages H5577-80
  Clayton amendment that makes available loans for a demonstration 
program in North Carolina to evaluate the use of modular housing for 
those who have lost housing because of a major disaster; 
                                                         Pages H5585-86
  Stupak amendment No. 21 printed in the Congressional Record that 
increases funding for senior citizen meal providers, including meals on 
wheels programs, by $20 million and decreases Public Law 480, Food for 
Peace, programs by $30 million;
Pages H5588-91
  Reyes amendment No. 62 printed in the Congressional Record that 
strikes language that would prohibit funding to carry out a Colonias 
initiative without the prior approval of the Committee on 
Appropriations; and
Pages H5591-93
  Kaptur amendment that allows the United States Agency for 
International Development to employ contractors for administrative 
expenses and delivery of Public Law 480, Food for Peace commodities. 
                                                         Pages H5593-94
Rejected:
  Metcalf amendment that sought to increase FDA funding by $40,000 to 
validate the Tulane University Medical School diagnostic test on the 
Gulf War Syndrome and decrease USDA Departmental Administration funding 
accordingly;
Page H5534
  Ney amendment No. 18 printed in the Congressional Record that sought 
to increase funding for North Appalachian Experimental Watershed 
Research Station risk assessments by $100,000 and decrease USDA 
administration, communications, and inspector general funding 
accordingly (rejected by a yea and nay vote of 94 yeas to 326 nays, 
Roll No. 359);
Pages H5534-35, H5596-97
  Hefley amendment No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record that 
sought to eliminate the $200,000 funding for the asparagus 
competitiveness grant and harvester (rejected by a recorded vote of 132 
ayes to 287 noes, Roll No. 360);
Pages H5540-41, H5597
  Sanford amendment No. 49 printed in the Congressional Record that 
sought to decrease special grants for agricultural research funding by 
$14.4 million; and
Pages H5541-47
  Hefley amendment No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record that 
sought to eliminate the $2 million funding for the Agra-Tourism program 
(rejected by a recorded vote of 94 ayes to 319 noes, Roll No. 361). 
                                                  Pages H5581-84, H5598
Point of Order sustained:
  Tierney amendment No. 22 printed in the Congressional Record that 
sought to make available

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$500,000 for a study by the National Academy of Science on genetically 
engineered products;
Pages H5538-40
  Kaptur amendment No. 14 printed in the Congressional Record that 
sought to increase Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service funding 
by $53.1 million for emergency eradication of pest and plant 
infestations;
Pages H5552-55
  Miller of Florida amendment No. 43 printed in the Congressional 
Record that sought to prohibit the Commodity Credit Corporation from 
spending more than $54 million for purchases of raw or refined sugar 
from sugarcane or sugar beets;
Pages H5562-65
Withdrawn:
  Kucinich amendment No. 42 printed in the Congressional Record was 
offered and withdrawn that sought to make available $500,000 to the 
Food and Drug Administration for the purpose of drafting guidance for 
industry on how to assess genetically engineered food products for 
allergenicity until a predictive testing methodology is developed; 
                                                         Pages H5594-96
  Agreed to H. Res. 538, the rule that is providing for consideration 
of the bill on June 28.
Military Construction and Supplemental Appropriations Conference 
Report: The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 4425, making 
appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base 
realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2001 by a yea and nay vote of 306 yeas to 110 
nays, Roll No. 362.
  Pages H5599-H5616
  Earlier agreed by unanimous consent to consider the conference 
report; that all points of order against the conference report and 
against its consideration be waived; that it be considered as read; and 
that H. Res. 540, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII 
with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the 
Committee on Rules be laid on the table.
Page H5599
Suspension--Supplemental Medicare Funding: The House agreed to suspend 
the rules and pass H. Res. 535, sense of the House concerning the use 
of additional projected surplus funds to supplement Medicare funding, 
previously reduced under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 by a yea and 
nay vote of 404 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 363. The House debated the 
resolution on June 28.
  Pages H5616-17
Quality Health-Care Coalition Act: The House passed H.R. 1304, to 
ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by 
making the antitrust laws apply to negotiations between groups of 
health care professionals and health plan and health plans and health 
insurance issuers in the same manner as such laws apply to collective 
bargaining by labor organizations under the National Labor Relations 
Act by a recorded vote of 276 ayes to 136 noes with 2 voting 
``present'', Roll No. 372.
  Pages H5627-52
  Agreed to the Committee on the Judiciary amendment in the nature of a 
substitute made in order by the rule, as amended;
Page H5651
Agreed To:
  Coburn amendment No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 106-709 that exempts 
discussions on requiring abortion coverage from collective bargaining 
negotiations (agreed to by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 202 noes with 
1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 371); and
Pages H5644-46, H5651
  Davis of Illinois amendment No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 106-709 that 
expresses the sense of Congress that decisions regarding medical care 
and treatment should be made by the physician or health care 
professional in consultation with the patient.
Pages H5646-48
Rejected:
  Ballenger amendment No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 106-709 that sought to 
provide that the antitrust exemption shall not apply to various 
conditions including negotiations over fees, payments, or reimbursement 
and negotiations to permit health care professionals to balance bill 
patients (rejected by a recorded vote of 71 ayes to 345 noes, Roll No. 
367);
Pages H5637-39, H5648-49
  Stearns amendment No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 106-709 that sought to 
exempt groups of health care professionals engaged in negotiations with 
health plans from antitrust laws if the FTC or Department of Justice 
has certified that such negotiations would promote competition and 
enhance the quality of patient care (rejected by a recorded vote of 94 
ayes to 320 noes, Roll No. 368;
Pages H5639-41, H5649
  Cox amendment No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 106-709 that sought to 
provide that a physician may not be forced to join a union as a 
condition of employment by a health plan (rejected by a recorded vote 
of 201 ayes to 214 noes, Roll No. 369); and
Pages H5641-43, H5649-50
  Terry amendment No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 106-709 that sought to 
provide that the antitrust exemption shall not apply to negotiations 
over fees (rejected by a recorded vote of 78 ayes to 338 noes, Roll No. 
370).
Pages H5643-44, H5650-51
  Agreed to H. Res. 542, the rule that is providing for consideration 
of the bill by a yea and nay vote of 225 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 
365. Earlier, agreed to order the previous question by a yea and nay 
vote of 241 yeas to 174 nays with 3 voting ``present'', Roll No. 364. 
                                                         Pages H5617-26

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Fourth of July District Work Period: House agreed to S. Con. Res. 125, 
providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and a 
conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives. Earlier, 
agreed to H. Res. 541, the rule that provided for consideration of a 
concurrent resolution providing for adjournment of the House and Senate 
for the Independence Day district work period by voice vote. Pursuant 
to the rule, H. Res. 469 and H. Res. 482 were laid on the table. 
                                                             Page H5652
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
designated Representative Morella to act as Speaker pro tempore to sign 
enrolled bills and joint resolutions through July 10.
  Page H5653
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed that business in order under the Calendar 
Wednesday rule be dispensed with on Wednesday, July 12, 2000. 
                                                             Page H5653
Resignations--Appointments: Agreed that notwithstanding any adjournment 
of the House until Monday, July 10, 2000, the Speaker, Majority Leader 
and Minority Leader be authorized to accept resignations and to make 
appointments authorized by law or by the House.
  Page H5653
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission: The Chair announced the 
Speaker's appointment of Representative LaHood, Ms. Joan Flinspach of 
Indiana, and Mr. James R. Thompson of Illinois to the Abraham Lincoln 
Bicentennial Commission. Subsequently, read a letter from the Minority 
Leader wherein he announced his appointment of Mr. David Phelps of 
Illinois and Ms. Louise Taper of California to the same commission. 
                                                             Page H5653
Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the LaHood motion to adjourn by a recorded 
vote of 135 ayes to 279 noes, Roll No. 366.
  Pages H5626-27
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H5439 and H5552.
Referrals: S. 2719 was referred to the Committee on Resources. 
                                                             Page H5653
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
pages H5657-58.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea and nay votes and eleven recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H5596-97, H5597, H5598, H5616, H5616-17, H5625-26, H5626, H5626-27, 
H5648-49, H5649, H5649-50, H5650-51, H5651, and H5651-52. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and pursuant to S. Con. Res. 125, 
the House adjourned at 2:06 a.m. on Friday June 30 , until 12:30 p.m. 
on Monday, July 10, for morning-hour debate.


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Committee Meetings
AGRICULTURAL INPUT PRICES
Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review factors affecting 
domestic and international agricultural input prices. Testimony was 
heard from Robert E. Robertson, Associate Director, Food and 
Agriculture Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.
LATIN AMERICA--TERRORISM AND THREATS TO U.S. INTERESTS
Committee on Armed Services: Special Oversight Panel on Terrorism held 
a hearing on terrorism and threats to U.S. interests in Latin America. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MEDICAL FINANCIAL PRIVACY
Committee on Banking and Financial Services: Ordered reported, as 
amended, H.R. 4585, Medical Financial Privacy Protection Act.
WELFARE REFORM
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Postsecondary 
Education, Training, and Life Long Learning: and the Subcommittee on 
Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means held a joint hearing 
on Welfare Reform: Assessing the Progress of Work-Related Provisions. 
Testimony was heard from Cynthia A. Fagnoni, Director, Education, 
Workforce, and Income Security Issues; Ray Bramucci, Assistant 
Secretary, Employment and Training, Department of Labor; and public 
witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; REPORT
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following bills: 
H.R. 4049, amended, Privacy Commission Act; H.R. 4744, Truth in 
Regulating Act of 2000''; H.R. 3454, to designate the United States 
Post Office located at 451 College Street in Macon, Georgia, as the 
``Henry McNeal Turner Post Office''; H.R. 3909, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4601 South 
Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Henry W. McGee Post 
Office Building''; H.R. 3985, amended, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 14900 Southwest 30th Street in 
Miramar City, Florida, as the ``Vicki Coceano Post Office Building''; 
H.R. 4157, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 600 Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena, California, as the 
``Matthew `Mack' Robinson Post Office Building''; H.R. 4430, amended, 
to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
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11831 Scaggsville Road in Fulton, Maryland, as the ``Alfred Rascon Post 
Office Building''; H.R. 4517, to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 24 Tsienneto Road in Derry, New 
Hampshire, as the ``Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Post Office Building''; H.R. 
4484, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 500 North Washington Street in Rockville, Maryland, as the 
``Everett Alvarez, Jr. Post Office Building''; H.R. 4534, amended, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
114 Ridge Street in Lenoir, North Carolina, as the ``James T. Broyhill 
Post Office Building''; H.R. 4554, to redesignate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 1602 Frankford Avenue in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the ``Joseph F. Smith Post Office 
Building''; H.R. 4615, to redesignate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service located at 3030 Meredith Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska, as 
the ``Reverend J.C. Wade Post Office''; H.R. 4625, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2108 East 38th 
Street in Erie, Pennsylvania, as the ``Gertrude A. Barber Post Office 
Building''; H.R. 4658, to designate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service located at 301 Green Street in Fayetteville, North 
Carolina, as the ``J.L. Dawkins Post Office Building''; and H.R. 4437, 
amended, Semipostal Authorization Act.
  The Committee also approved the following draft report entitled 
``Making the Federal Government Accountable'' Enforcing the Mandate for 
Effective Financial Management''.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on International Relations: Ordered reported H.R. 3673, 
United States Panama Partnership Act of 2000.
  The Committee also favorably considered the following measures and 
adopted a motion urging the Chairman to request that they be considered 
on the Suspension Calendar: amended, the Defense and Security 
Assistance Act of 2000; H.R. 4697, amended, to amend the Foreign 
Assistance Act of 1961 to ensure that Unites Stated assistance programs 
promote good governance by assisting other countries to combat 
corruption throughout society and to promote transparency and increased 
accountability for all levels of government and throughout the private 
sector; H.R. 4002, amended, Famine Prevention and Freedom from Hunger 
Improvement Act of 2000; H.R. 4528, amended, International Academic 
Opportunity Act of 2000; H. Con. Res. 348, amended, 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; H. Con. Res. 232, amended, 
Expressing the sense of Congress concerning the safety and well-being 
of United States citizens injured while traveling in Mexico; 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; H. Res. 531, amended, condemning the 
1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, urging the Argentine Government to punish those responsible; 
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; H. Con. Res. 297, amended, 
Congratulating the Republic of Hungary on the millennium of its 
foundation as a state; and H. Con. Res. 319, congratulating the 
Republic of Latvia on the 10th anniversary of the restablishment of its 
independence from the rule of the former Soviet Union.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES: A GROWING THREAT TO AMERICA'S HEALTH AND SAFETY
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Infectious 
Diseases: A Growing Threat to America's Health and Security. Testimony 
was heard from David Satcher, M.D., Surgeon General, Department of 
Health and Human Services; David F. Gordon, National Intelligence 
Officer of Economics and Global Issues, National Intelligence Council, 
CIA; and David L. Heymann, M.D., Executive Director, Communicable 
Diseases, World Health Organization.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 4267, 
Internet Tax Reform and Reduction Act of 2000; H.R. 4460, Internet Tax 
Simplification Act of 2000; and H.R. 4462, Fair and Equitable 
Interstate Tax Compact Simplification Act of 2000. Testimony was heard 
from Ray Haynes, member, Senate, State of California; R. Michael 
Southcombe, Tax Commissioner, State of Idaho; Gary Viken, Secretary of 
Revenue, State of South Dakota; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--INTERNET AND FEDERAL COURTS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual 
Property held an oversight hearing on The Internet and Federal Courts: 
Issues and Obstacles. Testimony was heard from Andrew Pincus, General 
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Veta, Deputy Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice; Jeffery 
P. Kovar, Assistant Legal Advisor, Private International Law, 
Department of State; and public witnesses.
ADOPTED ORPHANS CITIZENSHIP ACT; OVERSIGHT--EVALUATING RELIGIOUS WORKER 
VISA PROGRAMS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims 
began markup of H.R. 2883, Adopted Orphans Citizenship Act.
  The Subcommittee also held an oversight hearing on Evaluating the 
Religious Worker Visa Programs. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of State: Mildred Patterson, Managing 
Director, Visa Office; and John Brennan, Consular Office; Thomas Cook, 
Acting Assistant Commissioner, Adjudications, Immigration and 
Naturalization Service; Department of Justice; and Jess Ford, Associate 
Director, International Relations and Trade Issues, GAO.
COMMITTEE BUSINESS
Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 
approved for full Committee action a resolution finding that Mr. Keith 
Rutter refused to answer a pertinent question while testifying before 
the Subcommittee on May 4, 2000, and the facts of this refusal shall be 
reported by the Chairman of the Subcommittee to the full Committee on 
Resources for such action as the Committee deems appropriate and that 
the Subcommittee finds that Mr. Henry Banta and Ms. Danielle Brian 
Stockton refused to answer pertinent questions while testifying before 
the Subcommittee on May 18, 2000, and the facts of these refusals shall 
be reported by the Chairman of the Subcommittee to the Committee on 
Resources for such action as the Committee deems appropriate.
GREAT APE CONSERVATION ACT
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
H.R. 4320, Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000.
OVERSIGHT--FOREST SERVICE PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health held 
an oversight hearing on Forest Service Performance Measures. Testimony 
was heard from James E. Wells, Jr., Director, Energy, Resources, and 
Science Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development 
Division, GAO; the following officials of the USDA: Vincette L. Goerl, 
Chief Financial Officer, Forest Service; and James R. Ebbitt, Assistant 
Inspector General, Audit; and Ross W. Gorte, Natural Resource Economist 
and Policy Specialist, Congressional Research Service, Library of 
Congress.
OVERSIGHT--CALFED PROGRAM
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held an 
oversight hearing on the CALFED program. Testimony was heard from David 
Hayes, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior: Felicia Marcus, 
Regional Administrator, Region 9, EPA; Steven L. Stockton, Director, 
Programs Management, South Pacific Division, U.S. Corps of Engineers, 
Department of the Army, Department of Defense; Mary Nichols, Secretary 
for Resources, State of California; and public witnesses.
FAA'S WIDE AREA AUGMENTATION SYSTEM
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation held a hearing on Cost Overruns and Delays in the FAA's Wide 
Area Augmentation System and Related Radio Spectrum Issues. Testimony 
was heard from Gerald L. Dillingham, Associate Director, Transportation 
Issues, Resources, Community, and Economic Development Division, GAO; 
the following officials of the Department of Transportation: Steven 
Zaidman, Associate Administrator, Research and Acquisitions, FAA; and 
Kenneth M. Mead, Inspector General, and public witnesses.
FEDERAL TAX LAWS--COMPLEXITY IN ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing 
on Complexity in Administration of Federal Tax Laws. Testimony was 
heard from Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner, IRS, Department of the 
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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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  H.J. Res. 101, recognizing the 225th birthday of the United States 
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JUNE 30, 2000

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Governmental Affairs: Permanent Subcommittee on 
Investigations, to continue hearings to examine the nationwide 
crisis of mortgage fraud, 9:30 a.m., SD-342.

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                                 House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the District of 
Columbia, hearing on Management Reform in the District Government, 
10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, 
Drug Policy and Human Resources, hearing on Black-Tar Heroin, 
Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Illegal Immigrants Continue to Flood U.S. 
from Mexico, 9:30 a.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, hearing on Beyond 
Community Standards and a Constitutional Level of Care? A Review of 
Services, Costs, and Staffing Levels at the Corrections Medical 
Receiver for the District of Columbia Jail, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, to consider the following measures: S. 
1288, Community Forest Restoration Act; H.R. 4275, Colorado Canyons 
National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 
2000; and H.R. 4340, Mineral Revenue Payments Clarification Act of 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Friday, June 30

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 4577, 
Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations, with votes to occur on certain 
pending amendments and final passage; following which, Senator Domenici 
will be recognized to speak as if in morning business.
  Senate may consider the conference report on H.R. 4425, Military 
Construction Appropriations.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      12:30 p.m., Monday, July 10

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: To be announced.
    
    
    
    
    
    


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