Senate Session

Measures Introduced
: Five bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2878-2882, S.J. Res. 50, and S. Res. 337.… read more

Measures Introduced

: Five bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2878-2882, S.J. Res. 50, and S. Res. 337.

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Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:

S. 2487, to authorize appropriations for Fiscal Year 2001 for certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-345)

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Legislative Branch Appropriations: Senate passed H.R. 4516, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, after incorporating the text of S. 2603, Senate companion measure, and after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto, as follows:

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Boxer Amendment No. 3909, to limit funds for the preventative application of a pesticide containing a known or probable carcinogen, a category I or II acute nerve toxin or a pesticide of the organophosphate, carbamate, or organochlorine class as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency to U.S. Capitol buildings or grounds maintained or administered by the Architect of the U.S. Capitol. 

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Senate insisted on its amendments, request a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Bennett, Stevens, Craig, Cochran, Feinstein, Durbin, and Byrd. 

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Death of Former Senator Pastore: Senate agreed to S. Res. 337, relative to the death of the Honorable John O. Pastore, formerly a Senator from the State of Rhode Island. 

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Interior Appropriations: Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 4578, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:

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Adopted:

Roth (for Daschle) Amendment No. 3778, to designate funds for the United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota Development Corporation for the purpose of employment assistance. 

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Roth (for Edwards) Modified Amendment No. 3779, to make funds available for the acquisition of lands on the Pisgah National Forest. 

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Roth (for Domenici) Modified Amendment No. 3784, to provide for the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Modified Amendment No. 3786, to direct monies from the federal subsistence account to the State of Alaska to provide effective dual management under the federal subsistence fisheries program. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Modified Amendment No. 3787, to authorize the accrual of interest on escrow accounts established under section 1411 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and relating to re-withdrawn lands. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3788, to provide monies to the City of Craig, Alaska in lieu of municipal land entitlements authorized under the Alaska Statehood Act. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3789, to provide for the relief of Harvey R. Redmond. 

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Roth (for Ashcroft) Amendment No. 3889, to provide funding for the Department of the Interior to fight methamphetamine production and trafficking in our national forests. 

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Roth (for Hatch) Amendment No. 3890, to provide funds for the construction of the Four Corners Interpretive Center. 

Roth Amendment No. 3891, to make funds available for the Lewes Maritime Historic Park. 

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Roth (for Sessions) Amendment No. 3892, to provide funding to carry out exhibitions at and acquire interior furnishings for the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Alabama, with an offset. 

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Roth (for Sessions) Amendment No. 3893, to provide funding for acquisition of land around the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, with an offset. 

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Roth (for Landrieu/Breaux) Amendment No. 3894, to set aside funding for the development of a preservation plan for Cane River National Heritage Area, Louisiana. 

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Roth (for Landrieu/Breaux) Amendment No. 3895, to set aside funding for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training for the development of a model for heritage education through distance learning. 

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Roth (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 3896, to make funds available for fuels reduction activities at Sequoia National Monument. 

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Roth (for Chafee) Amendment No. 3897, to make certain technical corrections. 

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Roth (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 3898, to create a curriculum for the instruction of Federal Land Managers in Alaska on the contents and legislative history of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. 

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Roth (for Snowe) Amendment No. 3899, to set aside additional funding for the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission. 

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Roth (for Reid) Amendment No. 3900, to clarify terms of conveyance to Nye County, Nevada. 

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Roth (for Edwards) Amendment No. 3901, to make funds available for law enforcement purposes on the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. 

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Roth (for Edwards) Amendment No. 3902, to make funds available for ``Surveys, Investigations, and Research'' to remain available until expended, to repair or replace stream monitoring equipment and associated facilities damaged by natural disasters. 

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Roth (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 3903, to provide that funding shall be available to complete an updated study of the New York-New Jersey highlands under the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990.

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Roth (for Feingold/Kohl) Amendment No. 3904, to make funds available for the conduct of a wilderness suitability study at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin. 

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Roth (for Kerrey/Hagel) Amendment No. 3905, to set aside funding for the design and construction of educational and informational displays for the Missouri Recreation Rivers Research and Education Center, Nebraska. 

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Roth (for Durbin) Amendment No. 3906, to provide that none of the funds in this Act may be used to establish a new National Wildlife Refuge in the Kankakee River basin unless a plan for such a refuge is consistent with a partnership agreement between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corp of Engineers. 

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Roth (for Crapo) Amendment No. 3907, to help ensure general aviation aircraft access to Federal land and the airspace over that land. 

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Roth (for Gorton/Byrd) Amendment No. 3908, to limit certain funding. 

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Withdrawn:

Thomas Amendment No. 3800, to provide authority for the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the management of conflicting activities and uses. 

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Pending:

Reed Amendment No. 3798, to increase funding for weatherization assistance grants, with an offset. 

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Bryan/Fitzgerald Amendment No. 3883, to reduce the Forest Service timber sale budget by $30,000,000 and increase the wildland fire management budget by $15,000,000.

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Lieberman Modified Amendment No. 3811, to provide funding for maintenance of a Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, with an offset. 

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Nickles Amendment No. 3884, to defend the Constitutional system of checks and balances between the Legislative and Executive branches. 

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Reid (for Boxer) Amendment No. 3885, to provide that none of the funds appropriated under this Act may be used for the preventive application of a pesticide containing a known or probable carcinogen, a category I or II acute nerve toxin or a pesticide of the organophosphate, carbamate, or organochlorine class as identified by the Environmental Protection Agency in National Parks in any area where children may be present. 

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Gorton (for Bond) Amendment No. 3886, to prohibit use of funds for application of unapproved pesticides in certain areas that may be used by children. 

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Reid (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 3887, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the protection of Indian program monies from judgment fund claims. 

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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill and certain amendments to be proposed thereto, on Tuesday, July 18, 2000.D758

Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Reconciliation Act: Senate resumed 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, striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 2839, Senate companion measure, as an amendment, which was subsequently agreed to, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:

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Adopted:

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Roth (for Bond) Amendment No. 3851 (to Amendment No. 3850), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for 100 percent of the health insurance costs of self-employed individuals. 

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Reid (for Durbin) Amendment No. 3850, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction for health insurance costs of self-employed individuals. 

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Reid (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 3854, to ensure that children enrolled in the Medicaid program at highest risk for lead poisoning are identified and treated. 

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Reid (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 3855, to amend the Social Security Act to waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare coverage of individuals disabled with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 

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Reid (for Cleland) Amendment No. 3859, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude United States savings bond income from gross income if used to pay long-term care expenses. 

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Reid (for Cleland) Amendment No. 3860, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the enhanced deduction for corporate donations of computer technology to public libraries and community centers. 

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Dorgan Amendment No. 3877, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat payments under the Conservation Reserve Program as rentals from real estate, expand the applicability of section 179 expensing, provide an exclusion for gain from the sale of farmland, and allow a deduction for 100 percent of the health insurance costs of self-employed individuals. 

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Landrieu Amendment No. 3888, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the adoption credit to provide assistance to adoptive parents of special needs children. 

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Rejected:

By 45 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 198), Feingold motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance with instructions that the Committee report it back along with legislation that would substantially extend the solvency of Social Security and Medicare. 

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By 46 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 200), Moynihan Amendment No. 3863, in the nature of a substitute. 

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Earlier, Amendment No. 3863 (listed above), was ruled germane. 

By 40 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 201), Feingold Amendment No. 3845, to strike the adjustment to the rate brackets and to further adjust the standard deduction. 

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Withdrawn:

Reid (for Dodd) Amendment No. 3876, 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 (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3868, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to maintain exemption of Alaska from dyeing requirements for exempt diesel fuel and kerosene. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3869, to amend section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3870, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a charitable deduction for certain expenses incurred in support of Native Alaskan subsistence whaling. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3871, to amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide for equitable treatment of trusts created to preserve the benefits of Alaska Native Settlement Act. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3872, to clarify the tax treatment of passengers filling empty seats on noncommercial airplanes. 

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Roth (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3873, to amend title 26 of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1986 to allow income averaging for fishermen without negative Alternative Minimum Tax treatment, for the creation of risk management accounts for fishermen. 

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Brownback Modified Amendment No. 3849, to provide tax relief for farmers. 

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Reid (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 3856, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to lower the adjusted gross income threshold for deductible disaster casualty losses to 5 percent, to make such deduction an above-the-line deduction, to allow an election to take such deduction for the preceding or D759succeeding year, and to eliminate the marriage penalty for individuals suffering casualty losses. 

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Reid (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 3857, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the marriage penalty for individuals suffering casualty losses. 

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Roth (for Grams) Amendment No. 3861, to repeal the increase in tax on Social Security benefits. 

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Roth (for Abraham) Modified Amendment No. 3862, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the need to repeal the marriage tax penalty and improve coverage of prescription drugs under the Medicare program this year. 

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Reid Amendment No. 3866 (to Amendment No. 3861), to express the sense of the Senate that the general fund transfer mechanism included in the Grams Social Security amendment should be used to extend the life of the Medicare trust fund through 2030, to ensure that Medicare remains a strong health insurance program for our nation’s seniors and that its payments to health providers remain adequate. 

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Roth (for Grams) Amendment No. 3867 (to Amendment No. 3861), to repeal the increase in tax on Social Security benefits. 

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Reid (for Wellstone) No. 3879, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the restoration of reductions in payments under the Medicare program caused by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

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Reid (for Wellstone) No. 3880, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the restoration of reductions in payments under the Medicare program caused by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

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Nickles (for Lott) Amendment No. 3882, to provide a substitute. 

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Pending:

Burns Amendment No. 3874, to repeal of the modification of the installment method. 

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Reid (for Hollings) Amendment No. 3875, to pay down the debt by striking the tax cuts. 

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Nickles (for Lott) Amendment No. 3881, to provide a substitute. 

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

Roth Modified motion to waive all points of order under the budget process, arising from the earned-income credit component. Subsequently, Senate failed to sustain the point of order against section 4 of the bill that it violates section 313 of the Congressional Budget Act. 

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By 48 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 199), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected Roth motion to waive any point of order made against Amendments numbered 3864 and 3865 (to Amendment No. 3863).

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Senate sustained a point of order against Roth Amendment No. 3864, to strike sunset provision, as being in violation of the Byrd Rule of the Budget Act, and the amendment thus fell. 

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Senate sustained a point of order against Roth Amendment No. 3865 (to Amendment No. 3863), to strike sunset provision, as being in violation of the Byrd Rule of the Budget Act, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 30 yeas to 68 nays (Vote No. 202), 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 Feingold Amendment No. 3846, to provide a nonrefundable credit against tax for costs of COBRA continuation insurance and allow extended COBRA coverage for qualified retirees. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 45 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 203), 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 Harkin Amendment No. 3847, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 204), 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 Kennedy Amendment No. 3848, to amend title XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to permit States to expand coverage under the Medicaid program and SCHIP to parents of enrolled children. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 49 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 205), 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 D760Act of 1974 with respect to the consideration of Reid (for Durbin) Modified Amendment No. 3852, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow small business employers a credit against income tax for employee health insurance expenses paid or incurred by the employer. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. 

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By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 206), 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 Reid (for Robb) Amendment No. 3853, to make the bill effective upon enactment of a Medicare prescription drug benefit. Subsequently, a point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 305(b)(2) 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 on Tuesday, July 18, 2000, with votes to occur on pending amendments and final passage. Further, that the Senate insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Roth, Lott, and Moynihan. 

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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nomination:

Norman Y. Mineta, of California, to be Secretary of Commerce. 

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Messages From the House:

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Measures Referred:

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Petitions:

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Statements on Introduced Bills:

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Additional Cosponsors:

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Amendments Submitted:

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Notices of Hearings:

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Authority for Committees:

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Additional Statements:

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Text of H.R. 4205, as Previously Passed:

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Record Votes: Nine record votes were taken today. (Total--206)

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Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 noon, and adjourned at 9:44 p.m., until 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2000. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S7082.) close

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

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