Daily Digest

Wednesday, December 20, 1995

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S18935–S18999

Measures Introduced: Six bills were introduced, as follows: S. 1486–1491.
Page S18999


Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:

S. 1164, to amend the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 with respect to inventions made under cooperative research and development agreements, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 104–194)

S. 1260, to reform and consolidate the public and assisted housing programs of the United States, and to redirect primary responsibility for these programs from the Federal Government to States and localities, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 104–195)
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Measures Passed:

Subpoena Enforcement: By 51 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 610), Senate agreed to S. Res. 199, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to bring a civil action to enforce a subpoenas and orders of the Special Committee to Investigate the Whitewater Development Corporation and Related Matters to William H. Kennedy, III, after taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows:
Pages S18939–93

Adopted:

(1) D'Amato Amendment No. 3101, to make a technical correction.
Page S18985

(2) D'Amato Amendment No. 3102, to make a further technical correction.
Page S18985

(3) D'Amato Amendment No. 3103, to amend the title by striking ``a subpoena'' and inserting ``subpoenas and orders''.
Page S18985

Rejected:

By 45 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 609), Sarbanes Amendment No. 3104, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S18985–93


Commission on Concentration in the Livestock Industry: Senate passed S. 1340, to establish a Commission on Concentration in the Livestock Industry, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S18994–96

Dole (for Hatch) Amendment No. 3105, to request a report on the application of the antitrust laws.
(See next issue.)


Ronald Reagan Building/Trade Center: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2481, to designate the Federal Triangle Project under construction at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, in the District of Columbia, as the ``Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center'', and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S18996


Howard H. Baker U.S. Courthouse: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2547, to designate the United States Courthouse located at 800 Market Street in Knoxville, Tennessee, as the ``Howard H. Baker, Jr. United States Courthouse, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Romano L. Mazzoli Federal Building: Senate passed H.R. 965, to designate the Federal building located at 600 Martin Luther King, Jr. Place in Louisville, Kentucky, as the ``Romano L. Mazzoli Federal Building'', clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge: Senate passed H.R. 1253, to rename the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Export Sanctions: Senate passed S. 1228, to impose sanctions on foreign persons exporting petroleum products, natural gas, or related technology to Iran, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
(See next issue.)

Santorum (for Kennedy/D'Amato) Amendment No. 3106, to deter investment in the development of Libya's petroleum resources.
(See next issue.)


Reimbursements for Federally Funded Employees: Committee on Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 1429, to provide clarification in the reimbursement to States for federally funded employees carrying out Federal programs during the lapse in appropriations between November 14, 1995, through November 19, 1995, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
(See next issue.)

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Santorum (for Domenici) Amendment No. 3107, in the nature of a substitute.
(See next issue.)


Printing Authority: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 34, to authorize the printing of ``Vice Presidents of the United States, 1789–1993''.
(See next issue.)


FEC Electronic Filing: Senate passed H.R. 2527, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to improve the electoral process by permitting electronic filing and preservation of Federal Election Commission reports, clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Citizen Regent: Senate passed H.J. Res. 69, providing for the reappointment of Homer Alfred Neal as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Citizen Regent: Senate passed H.J. Res. 110, providing for the appointment of Howard H. Baker, Jr. as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Citizen Regent: Senate passed H.J. Res. 111, providing for the appointment of Anne D'Harnoncourt as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Citizen Regent: Senate passed H.J. Res. 112, providing for the appointment of Louis Gerstner as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, clearing the measure for the President.
(See next issue.)


Balanced Budget: A unanimous-consent time agreement was reached providing for the consideration of H.J. Res. 132, affirming that budget negotiations shall be based on the most recent technical and economic assumptions of the Congressional Budget Office and shall achieve a balanced budget by fiscal year 2002 based on those assumptions, on Thursday, December 21, 1995, with a vote to occur thereon.
Page S18994


Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations, 1996: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for the cloture vote on a motion to proceed to the consideration of H.R. 2127, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, to occur on Thursday, December 21, 1995.
(See next issue.)


Victim Restitution Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent time agreement was reached providing for the consideration of H.R. 665, to control crime by mandatory victim restitution.
(See next issue.)


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Gaston L. Gianni, Jr., of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Rita Derrick Hayes, of Maryland, for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as Chief Textile Negotiator.

1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
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Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of the withdrawal of the following nomination:

Norwood J. Jackson, Jr., of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which was sent to the Senate on January 5, 1995.
Page S18999


Messages From the House:
Page S18998


Measures Placed on Calendar:
Pages S18998–99


Communications:
Page S18999


Statements on Introduced Bills:
(See next issue.)


Additional Cosponsors:
(See next issue.)


Amendments Submitted:
(See next issue.)


Authority for Committees:
(See next issue.)


Additional Statements:
(See next issue.)


Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total–610)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 8:54 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 21, 1995. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S18999.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

PRESIDIO TRUST

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded hearings on S. 594 and H.R. 1296, bills to create a trust within the Department of the Interior to manage, lease and finance the historical and cultural inventory of the Presidio of San Francisco, California at minimal cost to the Federal taxpayer, and to review a map associated with the San Francisco Presidio, after receiving testimony from Robert Chandler, General Manager, The Presidio, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; Paul Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation and Housing; Curtis Feeny, Stanford Management Company, Menlo Park, California; and Toby Rosenblatt, Glen Ellen Company, San Francisco, California, on behalf of the Golden Gate National Park Association.

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PROPERTY RIGHTS

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee resumed markup of S. 605, to establish a uniform and more efficient Federal process for protecting property owners' rights guaranteed by the fifth amendment, but did not complete action thereon, and will meet again tomorrow.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Bills Introduced: 9 public bills, H.R. 2813–2821; and 3 resolutions, H.J. Res. 134–135, and H. Res. 316 were introduced.
Page H15237


Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:

Conference report on H.R. 1655, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1996 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System (H. Rept. 104–427);

H. Res. 317, providing for consideration of H.J. Res. 134, making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 1996 (H. Rept. 104–428);

H. Res. 318, waiving points of order against the conference report on H.R. 1655, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1996 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System (H. Rept. 104–429); and

Conference report on H.R. 4, to restore the American family, reduce illegitimacy, control welfare spending and reduce welfare dependence (H. Rept. 104–430);

H. Res. 319, waiving points of order against the conference report on H.R. 4, to restore the American family, reduce illegitimacy, control welfare spending and reduce welfare dependence (H. Rept. 104–431); and

H. Res. 320, authorizing the Speaker to declare recesses subject to the call of the Chair from December 23, 1995 through December 27, 1995 (H. Rept. 104–432).
Pages H15224–35, H15237


Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designates Representative Wicker to act as Speaker pro tempore for today
Page H15209


Presidential Veto--Securities Litigation Reform: Read a message from the President wherein he announces his veto of H.R. 1058, to reform Federal securities legislation, and explains his reasons therefor--ordered printed (H. Doc. 104–150).
Pages H15214–15

Subsequently, by a yea-and-nay vote of 319 yeas to 100 nays, with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 870, the House voted to override the President's veto of H.R. 1058, to reform Federal securities litigation (two-thirds of those present voting in favor)--clearing the measure for Senate action.
Pages H15215–24


Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary Appropriations: Agreed to the Rogers motion to refer the Presidential veto message and the bill, H.R. 2076, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, to the Committee on Appropriations.
(See next issue.)


Interstate Commerce Commission Termination: House agreed to H. Res. 312, the rule waiving points of order against consideration of the conference report on H.R. 2539, to abolish the Interstate Commerce Commission, and to amend subtitle IV of title 49, United States Code.
(See next issue.)


Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste: House agreed to H. Res. 313, providing for the consideration of H.R. 558, to grant the consent of the Congress to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact.
(See next issue.)


Further Continuing Resolution: By a yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 874, the House passed H.J. Res. 134, making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 1996.
(See next issue.)

Rejected the Obey motion to recommit the joint resolution to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report it back forthwith containing a new text that sought to provide ensured payment during fiscal year 1996 of veterans' benefits in event of lack of appropriations for fiscal year 1996 not being available (rejected by a recorded vote of 178 yeas to 234 noes, Roll No. 873).
(See next issue.)

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Points of order were sustained against the following motions:

The Obey motion to recommit the joint resolution to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report it back forthwith containing a new text that sought to provide ensured payment during fiscal year 1996 of veterans' benefits in the vent of lack of appropriations for fiscal year 1996; to provide for a pay raise for fiscal year 1996 for the uniformed services; and to eliminate the disparity between effective dates for military and civilian retiree cost-of-living adjustments for fiscal year 1996. Agreed to the Livingston motion to table the Obey motion appealing the ruling of the Chair sustaining the point of order (agreed to by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 176 noes, Roll No. 872); and
(See next issue.)

The Obey motion to recommit the joint resolution to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report it back forthwith containing a new text that sought to ensure payment during fiscal year 1996 of veterans' benefits in event of lack of appropriations for fiscal 1996; and to provide for pay for Federal and District of Columbia employees during lapse in appropriations for fiscal year 1996.
(See next issue.)

H. Res. 317, the rule under which the joint resolution was considered, was agreed to earlier by a voice vote. Agreed to order the previous question on the resolution by a yea-and-nay vote of 238 yeas to 172 nays, Roll No. 871.
(See next issue.)


Recess: House recessed at 12:05 a.m. on December 21 and reconvened at 12:10 a.m.

Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on page H15209.

Amendments Ordered Printed: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H15238.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H15223–24 (continued next issue). There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: Met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:11 a.m. on Thursday, December 21.

Committee Meetings

FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS--TO ENSURE PAYMENT OF VETERANS' BENEFITS

Committee on Rules: Granted, by a recorded vote of 11 to 0, a closed rule providing 1 hour of debate on H.J. Res. 134, making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 1996. The rule provides one motion to recommit which may only include instructions if offered by the Minority Leader or his designee. Testimony was heard from Representatives Hutchinson, Kennedy of Massachusetts and Moran.

CONFERENCE REPORT--INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT

Committee on Rules: Granted a rule waiving all points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 1655, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996, and against its consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. Testimony was heard from Chairman Combest and Representative Dicks.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT

Committee on Rules: Granted a rule waiving points of order against the conference report on H.R. 4, to restore the American family, reduce illegitimacy, control welfare spending and reduce welfare dependence.

RECESS AUTHORITY

Committee on Rules: Ordered reported a resolution authorizing the Speaker to declare recesses subject to the call of the Chair from December 23, 1995 through December 27, 1995.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS

Committee on Standards of Official Conduct: Met in executive session to consider pending business.

Joint Meetings

AUTHORIZATION--INTELLIGENCE

Conferees on Tuesday, December 19, agreed to file a conference report on H.R. 1655, to authorize funds for fiscal year 1996 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest, p. D1490)

S. 1060, to provide for the disclosure of lobbying activities to influence the Federal Government. Signed December 19, 1995. (P.L. 104–65)

BILLS VETOED

H.R. 1058, to amend the Federal securities laws to curb certain abusive practices in private securities litigation. Vetoed December 19, 1995.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

DECEMBER 21, 1995

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate
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Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, business meeting, to consider pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SD–366.

Committee on the Judiciary, business meeting, to consider pending committee business, 10 a.m., SD–226.

House

Committee on Commerce, to mark up H.R. 2036, Land Disposal Program Flexibility Act of 1995, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to mark up an authorization for fiscal year 1996 major medical construction projects of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Thursday, December 21

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will consider H.J. Res. 132, affirming that budget negotiations shall be based on the most recent assumptions of the Congressional Budget Office, with a vote to occur thereon.

Senate may also resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2127, Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations, 1996, with a cloture vote scheduled to occur thereon.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, December 21

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Consideration of the following conference reports:

Conference report on H.R. 1655, Intelligence appropriations authorization (rule waiving points of order);

Conference report on H.R. 4, Welfare reform (subject to a rule being granted); and

Conference report on H.R. 2539, Interstate Commerce Commission elimination (rule waiving points of order).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Ballenger, Cass, N.C., E2420

Barcia, James A., Mich., E2425

Bereuter, Doug, Nebr., E2424

Coburn, Tom A., Okla., E2420

Collins, Mac, Ga., E2422

Cunningham, Randy ``Duke'', Calif., E2419

Funderburk, David, N.C., E2426

Gilman, Benjamin A., N.Y., E2424

Gingrich, Newt, Ga., E2419, E2422

Hutchinson, Y. Tim, Ark., E2425

Jackson-Lee, Sheila, Tex., E2427

Kildee, Dale E., Mich., E2420, E2426

Knollenberg, Joe, Mich., E2422

Mollohan, Alan B., W. Va., E2426

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E2420

Packard, Ron, Calif., E2424

Rogers, Harold, Ky., E2420

Roth, Toby, Wis., E2426

Skelton, Ike, Mo., E2419, E2421, E2427

Walsh, James T., N.Y., E2427

Williams, Pat, Mont., E2422


(House and Senate proceedings for today will be continued in the next issue of the Record.) 
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