Daily Digest

Monday, March 9, 1998

Daily Digest


Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S1545–S1663

Measures Introduced: Two bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1731–1732, S. Con. Res. 81, and S. Res. 193.
Page S1568

Measures Passed:

Intelligence Disclosure: By 93 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 24), Senate passed S. 1668, to encourage the disclosure to Congress of certain classified and related information.
Pages S1561–64

ISTEA Authorization: Senate resumed consideration of S. 1173, to authorize funds for construction of highways, for highway safety programs, and for mass transit programs, with a modified committee amendment in the nature of a substitute (Amendment No. 1676), taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows:
Pages S1550, S1554–61, S1565–67


Chafee Amendment No. 1718 (to Amendment No. 1676), to require the Secretary of Transportation to reduce the amounts made available under the bill for fiscal year 1998 by the amounts made available under the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 1997.
Page S1554

Chafee Amendment No. 1841 (to Amendment No. 1676), to make technical and clarifying corrections.
Page S1554

Chafee (for DeWine) Amendment No. 1724 (to Amendment No. 1676), to specify further penalties and the use of withheld funds under the section relating to minimum penalties for repeat offenders for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.
Pages S1556–58

Chafee Amendment No. 1922 (to Amendment No. 1676), to codify the transportation infrastructure finance and innovation provisions.
Page S1558


D'Amato Amendment No. 1931 (to Amendment No. 1676), to reauthorize the mass transit programs of the Federal Government.
Pages S1565–66

Amendment adoption vitiated/withdrawn:

By unanimous-consent, adoption of Amendment No. 1310, to prohibit the use of proceeds from the issuance by any State or local government of tax-exempt bonds for any project financing, prepayments, or repayments under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1997, agreed to on October 8, 1997, was vitiated and the amendment was withdrawn.
Page S1558

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the cloture vote scheduled to occur today now occur at a day and time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after notification of the Democratic Leader, and for the filing first and second degree amendments.
Pages S1662–63

Senate will continue consideration of the bill on Tuesday, March 10, 1998.

Indictment Against Saddam Hussein--Agreement: A unanimous-consent time-agreement was reached providing for the consideration of S. Con. Res. 78, relating to the indictment and prosecution of Saddam Hussein for war crimes and other crimes against humanity.
Page S1662

Statements on Introduced Bills:
Page S1568

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S1568–69

Amendments Submitted:
Pages S1570–S1656

Notices of Hearings:
Pages S1656–57

Authority for Committees:
Page S1657

Additional Statements:
Pages S1657–62

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--24)
Page S1564

Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 noon, and adjourned at 6:17 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, March 10, 1998. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record, on page S1663.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)


Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring, and the District of Columbia concluded hearings to examine the District of Columbia Public Schools' efforts to repair school roofs during the summer of 1997, focusing on the availability of funds and the cost of the fiscal year 1997 capital improvement program procurement process, after receiving testimony from Gloria L. Jarmon, Director, Health, Education, and Human Services Accounting and Financial Management Issues, Accounting and Information Management Division, General Accounting Office; David L. Cotton, Cotton & Company, Alexandria, Virginia; Joyce Ladner, Member, District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority; Julius W. Becton, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, District of Columbia Public Schools; and Taalib-Din Uqdah, Washington, D.C.



Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Youth Violence concluded hearings to examine the effectiveness of the juvenile record keeping requirement provisions of S. 10, to reduce violent juvenile crime, promote accountability by juvenile criminals, and punish and deter violent gang crime (pending on Senate calendar), after receiving testimony from Charles W. Archer, Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; Lewis Vass, Virginia Department of State Police, Richmond; and Gary R. Cooper, Sacramento, California, and Robert R. Belair, Washington, D.C., both on behalf of SEARCH/National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics.


Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded hearings to examine the financial challenge for individuals and policy makers of meeting the long-term care needs of the baby boom generation, focusing on how retirement of the baby boomers will impact the demand for long-term care, the ability of public budgets to provide those services, and the projected retirement income of baby boomers, after receiving testimony from William J. Scanlon, Director, Health Financing and Systems Issues, Health, Education, and Human Services Division, General Accounting Office; Mathew Greenwald, Mathew Greenwald & Associates, Inc., Janemarie Mulvey and Barbara Stucki, both of the American Council of Life Insurance, and Joshua M. Wiener, Urban Institute, all of Washington, D.C.; Samuel Morgante, GE Capital Assurance Company, San Rafael, California, on behalf of the Health Insurance Association of America; Roger Auerbach, Oregon Department of Human Resources, Salem; Alan Lazaroff, Centura Health, Denver, Colorado, on behalf of the National Chronic Care Consortium; Mark J. Schulte, Brookdale Living Communities, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, on behalf of the American Seniors Housing Association; and Lynda Gormus, Richmond, Virginia.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Bills Introduced: 1 public bill, H.R. 3408; and 1 resolution, H. Con. Res. 238, were introduced.
Page H909

Reports Filed: No reports were filed today.

Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Tiahrt to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H905

Quorum Calls--Votes: No quorum calls or recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today.

Adjournment: Met at 2:00 p.m. and adjourned at 2:04 p.m.

Committee Meetings

No Committee meetings were held.


(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest, p. D137)

S. 927, to reauthorize the Sea Grant Program. Signed March 6, 1998. (P.L. 105–160)


MARCH 10, 1998

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, to hold hearings to examine the current Federal crop insurance program and proposals to improve the system, 9 a.m., SR–332.

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Military Construction, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1999 for military construction programs, focusing on Air Force and Navy projects, 9 a.m., SD–124.


Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1999 for the Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, 10 a.m., SD–138.

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary, to hold hearings to examine proposals to prevent child exploitation on the Internet, 10 a.m., SD–192.

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1999 for the Department of Health and Human Services, 2 p.m., SD–192.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1999 for the Department of Energy, focusing on research and efficiency programs, 2:30 p.m., SD–116.

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1999 for the Health Care Financing Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 3 p.m., SD–192.

Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on SeaPower, to hold hearings on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 1999 for the Department of Defense and the future years defense program, focusing on littoral warfare missions in the 21st century, 10 a.m., SR–222.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, to resume hearings on S. 1405, to provide for improved monetary policy and regulatory reform in financial institution management and activities, to streamline financial regulatory agency action, and to provide for improved consumer credit disclosure, 10 a.m., SD–538.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to hold hearings on the nominations of Orson Swindle, of Hawaii, and Mozelle Willmont Thompson, of New York, each to be a Federal Trade Commissioner, Robert J. Shapiro, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, John Charles Horsley, of Washington, to be Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation, and Christy Carpenter, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Foreign Relations, to hold hearings to examine the plight of the Montagnards, 10 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on Governmental Affairs, business meeting, to mark up S. 981, to provide for analysis of major rules, and S. 1364, to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful Federal reports, 10 a.m., SD–342.

Committee on the Judiciary, to hold hearings on the United States Marshals Service, focusing on the selection process for the 21st century, 10 a.m., SD–226.


For a listing of Senate committee meetings scheduled ahead, see pages E324–27 in today's Record.


Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, on Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1 p.m., 2362–A Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, on the Department of Energy, 10 a.m., 2362–B Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Interior, on the Secretary of the Interior, 10 a.m., B–308 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, on the Director, National Institutes of Health, 2 p.m., 2358 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Transportation, on the FAA, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies, on EPA, 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth, and Families, hearing on Child Nutrition Programs, 10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to consider issuance of subpoena duces tecum in the oversight investigation of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election, 6 p.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs, hearing on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs implementation of the Congressional Review Act, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on International Relations, hearing on developments in the Middle East, 2 p.m., and to mark up the following: H. Con. Res. 277, directing the President pursuant to section 5 (c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina; H.R. 2870, Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998; and H. Res. 364, urging the introduction and passage of a resolution on the human rights situation in the People's Republic of China at the 54th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 3:30 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary, to mark up H.R. 1252, Judicial Reform Act of 1997, 3 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, hearing on the consumer bankruptcy issues in H.R. 3150, Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1998; H.R. 2500, Responsible Borrower Protection Bankruptcy Act; and H.R. 3146, Consumer Lenders and Borrowers Bankruptcy Accountability Act of 1998, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on National Security, Special Oversight Panel on the Merchant Marine, hearing on the fiscal year 1999 Maritime Administration authorization request and related matters, and the fiscal year 1999 Panama Canal Commission authorization request and related matters, 2 p.m., 2216 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Military Installations and Facilities, hearing on the implementation of the military housing privatization initiative, 2 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Military Procurement and the Subcommittee on Military Research and Development, to continue joint hearings on the fiscal year 1999 National Defense authorization request, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, oversight hearing on Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Rules, to consider the following: H.R. 1432, Africa Growth and Opportunity Act; and H.R. 992, Tucker Act Shuffle Relief Act of 1997, 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol.


Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Technology and Subcommittee on Basic Research, joint hearing on H.R. 3007, Advancement of Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development Act, 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, to mark up H.R. 2727, Superfund Acceleration, Fairness, and Efficiency Act, 4 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight, oversight hearing of pension issues, 3 p.m., 1100 Longworth.


Next Meeting of the

9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 10

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate will resume consideration of S. 1173, ISTEA Authorization.

(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for respective party conferences.)

Next Meeting of the

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday, Consideration of two Suspensions:

(1) H. Con. Res. 206, permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for the commemoration of the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust; and

(2) S. 419, Birth Defects Prevention Act of 1997.

Note: The House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. No recorded votes are expected before 5:00 p.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue


Carson, Julia, Ind., E321

Gutierrez, Luis V., Ill., E321

Menendez, Robert, N.J., E321, E323

Radanovich, George P., Calif., E322

Regula, Ralph, Ohio, E322

Sherman, Brad, Calif., E322, E323

Traficant, James A., Jr., Ohio, E321