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                                            Thursday, April 5, 2001

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S3461-S3636
Measures Introduced: Twenty-three bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 701-723, and S. Res. 66-67.
  Pages S3530-31
Measures Reported:
  S. 219, to suspend for two years the certification procedures under 
section 490(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 in order to foster 
greater multilateral cooperation in international counternarcotics 
programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S3529
Measures Passed:
  Commending Duke University Basketball Team: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
67, commending the Blue Devils of Duke for winning the 2001 NCAA 
championship.
  Pages S3633-34
  Mad Cow Disease Prevention: Senate passed S. 700, to establish a 
Federal interagency task force for the purpose of coordinating actions 
to prevent the outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (commonly 
known as ``mad cow disease'') and foot-and-mouth disease in the United 
States, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S3634-36
  Domenici (for Hatch) Amendment No. 350, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S3634-36
Congressional Budget Resolution: Senate continued consideration of H. 
Con. Res. 83, establishing the congressional budget for the United 
States Government for fiscal year 2002, revising the congressional 
budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2001, and 
setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for each of fiscal years 
2003 through 2011, taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S3462-S3525
Adopted:
  By 99 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 74), Collins Amendment No. 190 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to establish a reserve fund to eliminate further 
cuts in Medicare payments to home health agencies.
Pages S3462-64
  Smith (Or.)/Wyden Amendment No. 240 (to Amendment No. 170), to 
increase mandatory spending in the Health function by $28,000,000,000 
over Fiscal Year 2002, Fiscal Year 2003, and Fiscal Year 2004 for 
proposals that would expand health insurance coverage to the uninsured, 
targeting funding for those who need it most, combining public and 
private coverage options to efficiently target the uninsured, avoiding 
creating new bureaucracies, promoting state flexibility, protecting 
employer-based coverage systems, providing a meaningful, affordable 
health insurance benefit to the uninsured, emphasizing enrollment and 
not just eligibility, and without taking funding from the HI Trust 
Fund.
Pages S3475-79
  By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 75), Domenici Amendment No. 345 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to provide for reconciliation of revenue reductions 
in the Senate.
Pages S3498-S3517
  Bennett Modified Amendment No. 216 (to Amendment No. 170), to call 
for a quick stimulus for the American economy, linked to a long-term 
stimulus to guarantee economic expansion and job creation, and oppose a 
$439 billion tax increase that would threaten economic growth. 
                                                  Pages S3468-75, S3517
  Murkowski Amendment No. 346 (to Amendment No. 170), to increase 
natural resources, environment, energy and other spending to ensure 
full funding of the Land Conservation, Preservation, and Infrastructure 
Improvement Program; to help preserve the core operating budgets of the 
major environmental agencies to provide appropriate funding for 
activities related to enforcement of environmental statutes and setting 
of standards that protect natural resources and the public's health; to 
address contaminated brownfield sites and urban sprawl and promote 
smart growth; to save wildlife habitat and endangered species; and to 
address water quality and infrastructure, global climate change, and 
energy security, resources and efficiency.
Pages S3518-19
  Bond/Mikulski Amendment No. 211 (to Amendment No. 170), to provide 
additional funds for basic science research programs of the National 
Science Foundation, NASA, and the Department of Energy. 
                                                  Pages S3483-90, S3519

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  Dodd Modified Amendment No. 322 (to Amendment No. 170), to increase 
discretionary funding for Early Learning, Child Care Development Block 
Grant, Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment, and Pediatric GME 
programs.
                                               Pages S3490-91, S3519-20
  Frist Amendment No. 215 (to Amendment No. 170), to provide additional 
funds for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS in Africa and 
other developing countries.
                                        Pages S3479-81, S3517-18, S3520
  By 51 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 79), Hutchison Amendment No. 347 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to eliminate the marriage penalty tax.
                                                             Page S3521
  By 94 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 80), Hollings Amendment No. 225 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to provide for an $85 billion tax rebate. 
                                               Pages S3491-93, S3520-22
  By 54 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 82), Breaux/Jeffords Amendment No. 
348 (to Amendment No. 170), to increase funding for Individuals With 
Disabilities Education Act.
                                                         Pages S3523-24
  Domenici (for Byrd) Amendment No. 208 (to Amendment No. 170), to 
foster greater debate of amendments to a reconciliation bill or a 
budget resolution.
                                                             Page S3524
  Domenici (for Crapo/Murray) Amendment No. 289 (to Amendment No. 170), 
to ensure that the Department of Energy's Environmental Management 
program is funded at a level adequate to continue progress in waste 
treatment and management, site maintenance and closure, environmental 
restoration, and technology development, while meeting its legally 
binding compliance commitments to the states, the Atomic Energy Defense 
Account is increased by $1 billion in fiscal year 2002.
                                                             Page S3524
  Domenici (for Bond) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 170), to 
provide funds for consolidated health centers under section 330 of the 
Public Health Service Act and for children's hospitals graduate medical 
education programs under section 340E of such Act.
                                                         Pages S3524-25
  Domenici (for Grassley/Kennedy) Amendment No. 237 (to Amendment No. 
170), to establish a reserve fund for the Family Opportunity Act. 
                                                             Page S3525
  Subsequently, adoption of Amendment No. 237 (listed above) was 
vitiated.
                                                             Page S3525
  Domenici (for Reid) Amendment No. 256, to establish a reserve fund 
for the payment of retired pay and compensation to disabled military 
retirees.
                                                             Page S3525
                                                              Rejected:
  By 47 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 73), Stabenow/Johnson Amendment No. 
191 (to Amendment No. 170), to eliminate further cuts in Medicare 
payments to home health agencies.
                                                         Pages S3462-64
  By 39 yeas to 61 nays (Vote No. 76), Durbin Amendment No. 202 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to call for immediate action by the United States 
Senate on passage of an Economic Stimulus Package in FY01 and to 
provide for further tax cuts in Fiscal Years 2002-11 as part of a 
fiscally responsible budget that ensures maximum feasible debt 
reduction.
                                                   Pages S3465-70, 3517
  By 46 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 77), Corzine Amendment No. 257 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to increase natural resources, environment, energy 
and other spending to ensure full funding of the Land Conservation, 
Preservation, and Infrastructure Improvement Program; to help preserve 
the core operating budgets of the major environmental agencies to 
provide appropriate funding for activities related to enforcement of 
environmental statutes and setting of standards that protect natural 
resources and the public's health; to address contaminated brownfield 
sites and urban sprawl and promote smart growth; to save wildlife 
habitat and endangered species; and to address water quality and 
infrastructure, global climate change, and energy security, resources 
and efficiency.
                                                   Pages S3481-83, 3519
  By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 83), Collins Amendment No. 349 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to provide tax credits for small business to 
purchase health insurance for their employees and to provide for the 
deductibility of health insurance for the self-employed and those who 
don't receive health insurance from their employers and for long-term 
care.
                                                         Pages S3523-24
                                                               Pending:
  Domenici Amendment No. 170, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                      Pages S3462-S3525
  Motion to reconsider the vote by which Harkin Amendment No. 185 (to 
Amendment No. 170), listed above, was agreed to.
                                                             Page S3462
  Wellstone Amendment No. 269 (to Amendment No. 170), to increase 
discretionary funding for veterans medical care by $1.718 billion in 
2002 and each year thereafter to ensure that veterans have access to 
quality medical care.
                                                         Pages S3495-98
  During consideration of this measure, Senate also took the following 
action:
  By 54 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 78), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with 
respect to consideration of Voinovich Amendment No. 288 (to Amendment 
No. 170), to improve the fiscal discipline of the budget process by 
creating a point of order against emergency spending that does not meet 
the definition of an emergency requirement. 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 S3490-91, S3520

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  By 45 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 81), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with 
respect to consideration of Allen/Brownback Amendment No. 201 (to 
Amendment No. 170), to provide for a tax cut accelerator. Subsequently, 
a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 
305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and 
the amendment thus fell.
                                               Pages S3493-95, S3522-23
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the concurrent resolution on Friday, April 6, 2001, 
with votes to occur on or in relation to certain amendments, including 
Domenici Amendment No. 170, in the nature of a substitute, and final 
adoption of the concurrent resolution.
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for a vote on 
Wellstone Amendment No. 269 (to Amendment No. 170), listed above, to 
occur at 9:30 a.m.
                                                          Page S3522-23
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  William Howard Taft IV, of Virginia, to be Legal Adviser of the 
Department of State.
  Argeo Paul Cellucci, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to Canada. A 
routine list in the Foreign Service.
                                                      Page S3569, S3636
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Victoria Clarke, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Defense.
  Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary 
of State (Political-Military Affairs).
  Kristine Ann Iverson, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Labor.
                                                             Page S3569
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S3529-30
Messages From the House:
  Page S3529
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S3529
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S3529
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S3532-54
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S3531-32
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S3554-S3624
Additional Statements:
  Pages S3527-29
Text of S. 27, as Previously Passed:
  Pages S3625-33
Notices of Hearings:
  Page S3624
Authority for Committees:
  Page S3625
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S3625
Record Votes: Eleven record votes were taken today. (Total--83) 
                              Pages S3463-64, S3516-17, S3519, S3520-24
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:15 a.m., and adjourned at 10:49 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, April 6, 2001. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AND ENERGY POLICY
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean Air, 
Wetlands, Private Property, and Nuclear Safety resumed hearings to 
examine the interaction between United States environmental regulations 
and energy policy, and specific policy questions regarding the oil and 
gas sector, receiving testimony from New York Attorney General Eliot 
Spitzer, New York, New York; Robert L. Hirsch, Annapolis Center for 
Science Based Public Policy, Arlington, Virginia; Thomas E. Stewart, 
Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Grandville, on behalf of the Independent 
Petroleum Association of America; Jason S. Grumet, Northeast States for 
Coordinated Air Use Management, Boston, Massachusetts; Bob Slaughter, 
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, Taylor R. Bowlden, 
American Highway Users Alliance, Washington, D.C.; and Carlos J. 
Porras, Communities for a Better Environment, Huntington Park, 
California.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.
TAX SCAMS
Committee on Finance: Committee held hearings to examine the spread of 
tax scams by con artists by way of the Internet, including pure trusts, 
constitutional trusts, compensation for slaves' descendants, and church 
creation, and how to stop the practice and protect taxpayers, receiving 
testimony from Charles Rossotti, Commissioner, Internal Revenue 
Service, Department of the Treasury; Hugh G. Stevenson, Associate 
Director, Division of Planning and Information, Bureau of Consumer 
Protection, Federal Trade Commission; Michael Brostek, Director, Tax 
Issues, General Accounting Office; Aaron Bazar, global-prosperity.com, 
North Potomac, Maryland; JJ MacNab, deathandtaxes.com, Bethesda, 
Maryland; Robert L. Sommers, taxprophet.com, San Francisco, California; 
Jay D. Adkisson, Quatloos.com, Irvine, California; and Joseph G. 
Hodges, Jr., Denver, Colorado.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.

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BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the nomination of Argeo Paul Cellucci, of Massachusetts, to be 
Ambassador to Canada.
PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT PROCESS
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to 
examine the current Presidential appointment process and the original 
purposes of the laws and processes affecting appointments, ascertain 
its effects on public service, and review recommendations for reform, 
after receiving testimony from Amy L. Comstock, Director, Office of 
Government Ethics; former Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, and Franklin 
D. Raines, Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C., former Director, Office of 
Management and Budget, both on behalf of the Brookings Institution 
Presidential Appointee Initiative.
UNITED SOUTH AND EASTERN TRIBES
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee held oversight hearings to 
examine the goals and priorities of the United South and Eastern Tribes 
(USET) for the 107th Congress, receiving testimony from Keller George, 
United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings on the 
nominations of Larry D. Thompson, of Georgia, to be Deputy Attorney 
General, and Theodore B. Olson, of the District of Columbia, to be 
Solicitor General of the United States, both of the Department of 
Justice, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their 
own behalf. Mr. Thompson was introduced by Senators Cleland and Miller, 
and Mr. Olson was introduced by Senators Warner and Nickles.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
  The House was not in session today. Pursuant to the provisions of H. 
Con. Res. 93, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of 
Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate, 
it stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2001.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
FEDERAL FARM COMMODITY PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Continued hearings on Federal Farm Commodity 
Programs, with the dairy industry. Testimony was heard from Jerry 
Kozak, CEO, National Milk Producers Federation.
COMPREHENSIVE RETIREMENT SECURITY AND PENSION ACT
Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Employer-
Employee Relations held a hearing on Enhancing Retirement Security and 
H.R. 10, Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Act of 2001. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Portman and Cardin; and public 
witnesses.
GOVERNMENT COMPUTER SYSTEMS--SECURITY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Protecting America's Critical 
Infrastructures: How Secure are Government Computer Systems?'' 
Testimony was heard from Glenn S. Podonsky, Director, Office of 
Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance, Department of Energy; 
Sallie McDonald, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information 
Assurance and Critical Infrastructure, GSA; Ron Dick, Director, 
National Infrastructure Protection Center, FBI, Department of Justice; 
Robert F. Daccy, Director, Information Security Issues, GAO; John S. 
Tritak, Director, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Department 
of Commerce; and Tom Noonan, President and CEO, Internet Security 
Systems, Inc.
BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on the Census held a 
hearing on ``BEA: Is the GDP Accurately Measuring the U.S. Economy?'' 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
Commerce: J. Steven Landefeld, Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis; 
and Frederick Knickerbocker, Associate Director, Economic Programs, 
Bureau of the Census; Bob Dennis, Assistant Director, Macroeconomic 
Analysis, CBO; and public witnesses.
PRESIDENTIAL ARCHIVAL DEPOSITORY FUNDS
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, 
Financial Management, and

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Intergovernmental Affairs held a hearing on H.R. 577, to require any 
organization that is established for the purpose of raising funds for 
the creation of a Presidential archival depository to disclose the 
sources and amounts of any funds raised. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Duncan; Lewis J. Bellardo, Deputy Archivist, National 
Archives and Records Administration; and public witnesses.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             APRIL 6, 2001

                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No Committee meetings are scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Friday, April 6

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of H. Con. Res. 
83, Congressional Budget Resolution, with votes to occur on or in 
relation to certain amendments, including Wellstone Amendment No. 269 
(to Amendment No. 170), Domenici Amendment No. 170, in the nature of a 
substitute, and adoption of the concurrent resolution.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       2 p.m., Tuesday, April 24

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Tuesday: to be announced
    
    
    
    
    
    


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