Senate Session

The Senate is expected to take up H.R. 8, the Death Tax Elimination Act, and S. 2549, the Department of Defense Authorization Act for… read more

The Senate is expected to take up H.R. 8, the Death Tax Elimination Act, and S. 2549, the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001.

Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 2859-2869, and S. Res. 335.

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Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:

H.R. 208, to amend title 5, United States Code, to allow for the contribution of certain rollover distributions to accounts in the Thrift Savings Plan, to eliminate certain waiting-period requirements for participating in the Thrift Savings Plan, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 106-343)

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National Defense Authorization: By 97 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 179), Senate passed H.R. 4205, 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, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 2549, Senate companion measure, as amended, and after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:

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Rejected:

Feingold Amendment No. 3759, to terminate production under the D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile program. (By 81 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 177), Senate tabled the amendment.)

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Durbin Amendment No. 3732, to provide for operationally realistic testing of National Missile Defense systems against countermeasures; and to establish an independent panel to review the testing. (By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 178), Senate tabled the amendment.)

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Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Warner, Thurmond, McCain, Smith (of NH), Inhofe, Santorum, Snowe, Roberts, Allard, Hutchinson, Sessions, Levin, Kennedy, Bingaman, Byrd, Robb, Lieberman, Cleland, Landrieu, and Reed. 

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Subsequently, S. 2549 was placed back on the Senate calendar. 

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Department of Defense Authorization: Senate passed S. 2550, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for military activities of the Department of Defense, and to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division A of S. 2549, National Defense Authorization, as amended. 

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Military Construction Authorization: Senate passed S. 2551, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for military construction, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division B of S. 2549, National Defense Authorization, as amended. 

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Department of Energy Defense Activities Authorization: Senate passed S. 2552, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for defense activities of the Department of Energy, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division C of S. 2549, National Defense Authorization, as amended. 

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Pursuant to a modified unanimous-consent agreement reached on July 12, 2000, with respect to further consideration of S. 2550, S. 2551, and S. 2552 (all listed above as passed by the Senate), that if the Senate receives a message from the House of Representatives with regard to any of these bills, that the Senate be deemed to have disagreed to the amendment(s) to the Senate-passed bill, that the Senate request or agree to a conference with the House D737thereon, and that the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate. 

Mexico Democratic Election: Senate agreed to S. Res. 335, congratulating the people of Mexico on the occasion of the democratic elections held in that country. 

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Pope John Paul II Congressional Gold Medal Act: Senate passed H.R. 3544, to authorize a gold medal to be presented on behalf of the Congress to Pope John Paul II in recognition of his many and enduring contributions to peace and religious understanding, clearing the measure for the President. 

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President Ronald Reagan/Nancy Reagan Gold Medal Act: Senate passed H.R. 3591, to provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan in recognition of their service to the Nation, clearing the measure for the President. 

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Death Tax Elimination Act: Senate began consideration of H.R. 8, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phase out the estate and gift taxes over a 10-year period, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:

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Adopted:

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By 98 yeas to 1 nays (Vote No. 181), Hatch Amendment No. 3823, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a permanent extension of the credit for increasing research activities. 

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By 97 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 185), Roth Amendment No. 3829, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on telephone and other communication services. 

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Grassley Amendment No. 3834, to provide tax relief for farmers. 

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By 58 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 188), Grams/Abraham Amendment No. 3836, to repeal the increase in tax on Social Security benefits. 

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Rejected:

By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 180), Moynihan Amendment No. 3821, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit exemption and the qualified family-owned business interest deduction. 

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By 46 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 182), Schumer Amendment No. 3822, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit exemption and the qualified family-owned business interest deduction, to make higher education more affordable, to provide incentives for advanced teacher certification. 

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Pending:

Kerry Amendment No. 3839, to establish a National Housing Trust Fund in the Treasury of the United States to provide for the development of decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families. 

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Santorum Amendment No. 3838, to provide for the designation of renewal communities and to provide tax incentives relating to such communities, to provide a tax credit to taxpayers investing in entities seeking to provide capital to create new markets in low-income communities, and to provide for the establishment of Individual Development Accounts. 

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Dodd Amendment No. 3837, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit exemption and the qualified family-owned business interest deduction, to increase, expand, and simplify the child and dependent care tax credit, to expand the adoption credit for special needs children, to provide incentives for employer-provided child care. 

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Roth Amendment No. 3841, to provide for pension reform by creating tax incentives for savings. 

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Harkin Amendment No. 3840, to protect and provide resources for the Social Security System, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the ``motherhood penalty'', increase the widow’s and widower’s benefit and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit exemption and the qualified family-owned business interest deduction. 

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Gramm (for Lott) Amendment No. 3842, to provide tax relief by providing modifications to education individual retirement accounts. 

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Bayh Amendment No. 3843, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit exemption and the qualified family-owned business interest deduction and provide a long-term care credit. 

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Feingold Amendment No. 3844, to preserve budget surplus funds so that they might be available to extend the life of Social Security and Medicare. 

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Roth (for Lott) motion to commit to Committee on Finance with instructions to report back forthwith. 

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During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:

By 40 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 183), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive certain provisions of the Congressional Budget D738Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Abraham Amendment No. 3827, to provide for a temporary reduction in Federal highway fuel taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and special fuels to zero. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 311(a)(2)(b) of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 47 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 184), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive certain provisions of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Bingaman Amendment No. 3828, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit exemption and the qualified family-owned business interest deduction and expand education initiatives. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 186), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive certain provisions of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Graham Amendment No. 3824, to provide additional budget resources for a Medicare prescription drug benefit program. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 306 of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 44 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 187), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected a motion to waive certain provisions of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Baucus/Kerrey Amendment No. 3835, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit exemption and the qualified family-owned business interest deduction, to provide a refundable credit to certain individuals for elective deferrals and IRA contributions, and to provide an incentive to small businesses to establish and maintain qualified pension plans, and to amend the Social Security Act to provide each American child with a KidSave Account. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill and pending amendments, on Friday, July 14, 200, with votes to occur thereon. 

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Reconciliation--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for consideration of H.R. 4810, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 103(a)(1) of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2001, and certain amendments to be proposed thereto, on Friday, July 14, 2000, with votes on certain amendments, to occur at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2000.

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Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaties:

Treaty with Cyprus on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 106-35).

Treaty with South Africa on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 106-36).

The treaties were transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and were ordered to be printed. 

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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Judith A. Winston, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary of Education. 

Bonnie Prouty Castrey, of California, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term of five years expiring July 1, 2005.

Arthenia L. Joyner, of Florida, to be a Member of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council for a term of one year. (New Position)

John E. McLaughlin, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. 

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Messages From the House:

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Measures Referred:

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Measures Placed on Calendar:

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Communications:

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Statements on Introduced Bills:

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Additional Cosponsors:

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Amendments Submitted:

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Authority for Committees:

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Additional Statements:

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Privileges of the Floor:

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Record Votes: Twelve record votes were taken today. (Total--188)

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Adjournment: Senate convened at 8:31 a.m., and adjourned at 10:34 p.m., until 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2000. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S6764.) close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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