Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
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Monday, December 17, 2001
S. 1631, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to direct the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a study to determine the resources that are needed for development of an effective nationwide communications system for emergency response personnel, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 107–127)
Federal Long-Term Care Insurance: Senate passed H.R. 2559, to amend chapter 90 of title 5, United States Code, relating to Federal long-term care insurance, clearing the measure for the President.
Small Business Paperwork Relief Act: Senate passed S. 1271, to amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, for the purpose of facilitating compliance by small business concerns with certain Federal paperwork requirements, and to establish a task force to examine information collection and dissemination, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendments proposed thereto:
Kennedy (for Lieberman) Amendment No. 2612, to provide for the task force to examine the feasibility of measures to strengthen the dissemination of information.
Kennedy (for Kerry) Amendment No. 2613, to modify the appointment of members of the task force.
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Senate passed H.R. 3442, to establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture Plan for Action Presidential Commission to develop a plan of action for the establishment and maintenance of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., clearing the measure for the President.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act Authorization Conference Report: Senate began consideration of the conference report on H.R. 1, to close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind.
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the conference report on Tuesday, December 18, 2001, with a vote on adoption of the conference report to occur at 12 noon.
Federal Farm Bill: Senate resumed consideration of S. 1731, to strengthen the safety net for agricultural producers, to enhance resource conservation and rural development, to provide for farm credit, agricultural research, nutrition, and related programs, and to ensure consumers abundant food and fiber.
A motion was entered to close further debate on Daschle (for Harkin) Amendment No. 2471, in the nature of a substitute, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Messages From the House:
Measures Placed on Calendar:
Privilege of the Floor:
Adjournment: Senate met at 12:30 p.m., and adjourned at 5:46 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2001. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S13364.)
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative McKeon to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Medal of Valor Review Board: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of Mr. Tim Bivens of Dixon, Illinois and Mr. William J. Nolan of Chicago, Illinois to the Medal of Valor Review Board for a four year term.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:05 p.m, subject to the call of the Chair.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate appears on page H10155.
Quorum Calls--Votes: No quorum calls or recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today.
Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and at 2:05 p.m. stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.
No Committee meetings were held.
H.R. 2291, to extend the authorization of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program for an additional 5 years, to authorize a National Community Antidrug Coalition Institute. Signed on December 14, 2001. (Public Law 107–82)
H.J. Res. 78, making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2002. Signed on December 15, 2001. (Public Law 107–83)
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings on the nomination of Vickers B. Meadows, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary, and the nomination of Diane Leneghan Tomb, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary, both of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2:30 p.m., SD–538.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine issues surrounding the collapse of Enron Corporation, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Finance: business meeting to mark up H.R. 3005, to extend trade authorities procedures with respect to reciprocal trade agreements; and to consider the nomination of Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, the nomination of Kenneth Lawson, of Florida, to be Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, and the nomination of B. John Williams, Jr., of Virginia, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant General Counsel, all of the Department of the Treasury; the nomination of Janet Hale, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget, and the nomination of Joan E. Ohl, of West Virginia, to be Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families, both of the Department of Health and Human Services; and the nomination of James B. Lockhart III, of Connecticut, to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, and the nomination of Harold Daub, of Nebraska, to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board, both of the Social Security Administration, 9:30 a.m., SD–215.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism, to hold hearings to examine the global outreach of Al-Qaeda, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.
No Committee meetings are scheduled.
Conference: meeting of conferees on H.R. 3061, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, 5 p.m., SC–5, Capitol.
Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of the conference report on H.R. 1, Elementary and Secondary Education Act Authorization, with a vote on adoption of the conference report to occur at 12 noon.
Program for Tuesday: Consideration of Suspensions:
(1) H.R. 2187, use of receipts from mineral leasing activities on Naval oil shale reserves for environmental restoration, waste management, and environmental compliance;
(2) H.R. 107, Cold War Interpretive Study Act.
(3) H.R. 3334 , Richard J. Guadagno Headquarters and Visitors Center Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, California;
(4) H.R. 3275, Terrorist Bombings Convention Implementation;
(5) H. Res. 308, Establishment of a National Motivation and Inspiration Day Inspiration Day;
(6) H.R. 3072, Vernon Tarlton Post Office Building, Forest City, North Carolina;
(7) H.R. 3379, Raymond M. Downey Post Office Building, Deer Park, New York;
(8) H.R. 3178, Water Infrastructure Security and Research Development;
(9) H.R. 3054, True American Heroes Act;
(10) H.R. 3343, Energy Policy Act of 1992 Amendments;
(11) S. 1789, Best Pharmaceuticals for Children; and
(12) H. Con. Res. 273, Reaffirming the Relationship between the United States and the Philippines; and
Consideration of H.R.
, Economic Growth and Security Act (Subject to a Rule).
Crowley, Joseph, N.Y., E2319
Israel, Steve, N.Y., E2320
McInnis, Scott, Colo., E2320
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E2319
Radanovich, George, Calif., E2319
Ramstad, Jim, Minn., E2320
Ryun, Jim, Kans., E2321