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Daily Digest ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ HIGHLIGHTS Senate passed Regulatory Transition Act. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Senate Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S4749-S4836 Measures Introduced: Three bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 644-646 and S. Res. 96. Page S4806 Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows: Special Report entitled ``Legislative Activities Report of the Committee on Foreign Relations''. (S. Rept. No. 104-21) Page S4804 Regulatory Transition Act: By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. 117), Senate passed S. 219, to ensure economy and efficiency of Federal Government operations by establishing a moratorium on regulatory rulemaking actions, as amended. Pages S4758-61 Commending Chick Reynolds/Chief Reporter of Debates: Senate agreed to S. Res. 96, commending Chick Reynolds on the occasion of his retirement. Page S4800 FEMA Supplemental Appropriations/Rescissions: Senate began consideration of H.R. 1158, making emergency supplemental appropriations for additional disaster assistance and making rescissions for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1995, taking action on amendments proposed thereto, as follows: Pages S4761-76, S4784-89, S4791-98, S4801-02 Adopted: (1) Wellstone Amendment No. 422 (to Amendment No. 420), to express the sense of the Congress that Congress should not enact or adopt any legislation that will increase the number of children who are hungry or homeless. Pages S4773-76 (2) By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 119), Byrd Amendment No. 423 (to Amendment No. 420), to reduce the discretionary spending caps to ensure that savings achieved in the bill are applied to deficit reduction. Pages S4784-89 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached to waive the provisions of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, and the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 for the language of Amendment No. 423, listed above, as included in any conference report on H.R. 1158. Page S4789 (3) Pressler Amendment No. 425 (to Amendment No. 420), to extend the terms of permits for grazing on National Forest System lands to allow time for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 in connection with permit renewals. Pages S4801-02 Rejected: (1) Mikulski Amendment No. 421 (to Amendment No. 420), in the nature of a substitute for title I. (By 68 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 118), Senate tabled the amendment.) Pages S4763-73 (2) McCain Amendment No. 424 (to Amendment No. 420), to make adjustments to certain rescissions. Pages S4793-98 Pending: Hatfield Amendment No. 420, in the nature of a substitute. Pages S4763-76, S4784-89, S4791-98, S4801-02 Senate will continue consideration of the bill on Thursday, March 30, 1995. Nomination Considered: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Daniel Robert Glickman, of Kansas, to be Secretary of Agriculture. Pages S4798-S4803 A unanimous-consent time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination on Thursday, March 30, 1995, with a vote on confirmation to occur thereon at 10:25 a.m. Page S4799 Messages From the President: Senate received the following messages from the President of the United States: Transmitting, the report on science and technology; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. (PM-39). Pages S4803-04 Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations: Received on Tuesday, March 28, during the recess: John M. Deutch, of Massachusetts, to be Director of Central Intelligence. Page S4836 Messages From the President: Pages S4803-04 Messages From the House: Page S4804 Measures Referred: Page S4804 Measures Read First Time: Page S4804 Petitions: Page S4804 Executive Reports of Committees: Pages S4804-06 Statements on Introduced Bills: Pages S4806-20 Additional Cosponsors: Page S4820 Amendments Submitted: Pages S4821-33 Authority for Committees: Page S4833 Additional Statements: Pages S4833-36 Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--119) Pages S4758, S4733, S4788-89 Recess: Senate convened at 9:45 a.m., and recessed at 7:06 p.m., until 9:20 a.m., on Thursday, March 30, 1995. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S4836.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) APPROPRIATIONS--AGRICULTURE Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies held hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1996 for the Department of Agriculture, receiving testimony in behalf of funds for their respective activities from Michael R. Taylor, Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety; Patricia Jensen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Lonnie J. King, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Lon Hatamiya, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service; and James R. Baker, Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, all of the Department of Agriculture. Subcommittee will meet again on Wednesday, April 5. APPROPRIATIONS--JUDICIARY Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary (and Related Agencies) held hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 1996 for the Judiciary, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Judicial Conference of the United States, receiving testimony from Judge Richard S. Arnold, Chairman, Budget Committee, Judicial Conference of the United States. Subcommittee will meet again on Wednesday, April 5. NOMINATIONS Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 1,361 routine military nominations in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Air Force. AUTHORIZATION--DEFENSE Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Airland Forces resumed hearings on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 1996 for the Department of Defense and the future years defense program, focusing on tactical aviation issues, receiving testimony from Lt. Gen. Harold W. Blot, USMC, Deputy Chief of Marine Corps Staff for Aviation; Maj. Gen. George K. Mueliner, USAF, Director, Joint Advanced Strike Technology Program; Rear Adm. Brent M. Bennitt, USN, Director, Air Warfare Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and Brig. Gen. David J. McCloud, USAF, Director of Operational Requirements, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations. Subcommittee recessed subject to call. HUD REORGANIZATION Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Housing Opportunity and Community Development and the Subcommittee on HUD Oversight and Structure concluded joint hearings on proposals to reorganize the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), focusing on policy reform issues, including national policies to assist cities and communities, after receiving testimony from Henry G. Cisneros, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mayor Bret Schundler, Jersey City, New Jersey; and Mayor Dennis W. Archer, Detroit, Michigan. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably reported the following bills: S. 333, to direct the Secretary of Energy to institute certain procedures in the performance of risk assessments in connection with environmental restoration activities, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; S. 523, to authorize additional funds to carry out the salinity control program of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; H.R. 101, to transfer a parcel of land to the Taos Pueblo Indians of New Mexico; S. 197, to establish the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day, with an amendment; S. 357, to establish the Friends of Kaloko-Honokohau, an advisory commission for the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Hawaii; S. 363, to improve water quality within the Rio Puerco watershed and to restore the ecological health of the Rio Grande through the cooperative identification and implementation of best management practices which are consistent with the ecological, geological, cultural, sociological, and economic conditions in the region; S. 378, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to exchange certain lands of the Columbia Basin Federal reclamation project in the State of Washington; S. 392, to amend the Dayton Aviation Heritage Preservation Act of 1992 with regard to the appointment of members of the Dayton Aviation Heritage Commission; S. 551, to revise the boundaries of the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument and the Craters of the Moon National Monument; S. 587, to designate the Old Spanish Trail and the Northern Branch of the Old Spanish Trail for potential inclusion into the National Trails System; S. 610, to provide for an interpretive center at the Civil War Battlefield of Corinth, Mississippi; S. 601, to revise the boundaries of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island; H.R. 536, to prohibit the use of Highway 209 within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area by certain commercial vehicles; H.R. 694, to make minor boundary adjustments to units of the National Park System and other miscellaneous changes involving programs and functions of the National Park Service, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and H.J. Res. 50, to designate the visitors center at the Channel Islands National Park, California, as the ``Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitors Center''. Also, committee approved their fiscal year 1996 budgetary views and estimates on programs which fall under the jurisdiction of the committee which they will make to the Committee on the Budget. SUPERFUND REFORM Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Control, and Risk Assessment resumed oversight hearings on the implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (P.L. 102-426), focusing on Superfund program provisions, receiving testimony from Barry L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (Atlanta, Georgia), Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services; Martin Yee, White Spur Dry Cleaners, El Paso, Texas, on behalf of the Small Business Fabric Care Superfund Coalition; Timothy C. Duffy, Rhode Island Association of School Committees, Warwick; Richard L. Bunn, UGI Utilities, Inc., Reading, Pennsylvania; James A. Goodrich, San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority, Covina, California; John F. Spisak, Industrial Compliance, Inc., Lakewood, Colorado; Ronald W. Cattany, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Denver; Pat Murphy, Concerned Citizens of Triumph, Hailey, Idaho; and Rose Augustine, Tucson, Arizona, on behalf of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, and the Washington Office on Environmental Justice. Hearings will continue on Wednesday, April 5. WELFARE REFORM Committee on Finance: Committee concluded hearings on proposals to reform the national welfare system, after receiving testimony from Robert B. Carleson, Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, San Diego, California; Kate Michelman, National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, Penny L. Young, Concerned Women for America, John L. Carr, United States Catholic Bishops Conference, Peter J. Ferrara, National Center for Policy Analysis, and David S. Liederman, Child Welfare League of America, Inc., all of Washington, D.C.; Sister Mary Rose McGeady, Covenant House, and Audrey Rowe, National Urban League, Inc., both of New York, New York; Rev. Donald L. Roberts, Goodwill Industries-Manasota, Inc., Sarasota, Florida; Merrill J. Bateman, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah; Terry L. Cross, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland, Oregon; and Gwen Daye Richardson, Minority Mainstream, Houston, Texas. START II TREATY Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee resumed hearings on the Treaty Between the United States and the Russian Federation on Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START II Treaty) signed at Moscow on January 3, 1993, including the following documents, which are integral parts thereof: the Elimination and Conversion Protocol; the Exhibitions and Inspections Protocol; and the Memorandum of Attribution (Treaty Doc. 103-1), receiving testimony from Sven Kraemer, Global 2000, Stephen J. Hadley, Shea & Gardner, Michael Krepon, Henry L. Stimson Center, and Jack Mendelsohn, Arms Control Association, all of Washington, D.C. Hearings were recessed subject to call. NEW ZEALAND ECONOMY Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs concluded hearings to examine recent developments in the economic situation in New Zealand, focusing on the effects of United States and foreign investment in New Zealand, after receiving testimony from Sandra O’Leary, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs; Alexander Good, Bell Atlantic International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Paul Cushman III, Riggs National Bank, and Paul M. Cleveland, United States-New Zealand Council, both of Washington, D.C.; and Donald G. Jones, Cyberstar, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Labor and Human Resources: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items: S. 141, to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 to provide new job opportunities, effect significant cost savings on Federal construction contracts, promote small business participation in Federal contracting, and reduce unnecessary paperwork and reporting requirements, with an amendment; S. 555, to consolidate and authorize funds for health professions and minority and disadvantaged health education programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; S. 641, authorizing funds for programs of the Ryan White Care Act; S. 184, to establish an Office for Rare Disease Research within the National Institutes of Health of the Department of Health and Human Services; and The nominations of Kenneth Byron Hipp, of Hawaii, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board; Yerker Andersson of Maryland, John A. Gannon of Ohio, Audrey L. McCrimon of Illinois, Lilliam Rangel Pollo of Florida, Debra Robinson of Pennsylvania, Rae E. Unzicker of North Dakota, and Ela Yazzie-King of Arizona, each to be a Member of the National Council on Disability; Robert G. Breunig of Arizona, Kinshasha Holman Conwill of New York, Charles Hummel of Delaware, Ayse Manyas Kenmore of Florida, Nancy Marsiglia of Louisiana, Arthur Rosenblatt of New York, Ruth Y. Tamura of Hawaii, Townsend Wolfe of Arkansas, Phillip Frost of Florida, and John L. Bryant, Jr. of the District of Columbia, each to be a Member of the National Museum Services Board of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities; E. Gordon Gee of Ohio, Joseph E. Stevens, Jr. of Missouri, and Steven L. Zinter of South Dakota, each to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation; Peggy Goldwater Clay of California, Lt. Gen. William W. Quinn, USA (Ret.), Lynda Hare Scribante of Nebraska, and Niranjan Shamalbhai Shah of Illinois, each to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation; Sanford D. Greenberg of the District of Columbia, Eve L. Menger of New York, Claudia Mitchell-Kernan of California, Diana S. Natalicio of Texas, Robert M. Solow of Massachusetts, Warren M. Washington of Colorado, and John A. White, Jr. of Georgia, each to be a Member of the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation; Jerome F. Kever of Illinois and Virgil M. Speakman of Ohio, each to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board; Marciene S. Mattleman of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board; and Joan Challinor of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the following bills: S. 325, to make certain technical corrections in laws relative to Native Americans; S. 441, authorizing funds through fiscal year 1997 for programs of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act; S. 349, authorizing funds through fiscal year 1997 for the Navajo-Hopi Relocation Housing Program; S. 510, authorizing funds through fiscal year 1999 for the Native American Social and Economic Development Strategies Grant Program administered by the Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Also, committee approved their fiscal year 1996 budgetary views and estimates on programs which fall under the jurisdiction of the committee which they will make to the Committee on the Budget. INTELLIGENCE Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community. Committee recessed subject to call. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Joint Meetings SELF-EMPLOYED HEALTH INSURANCE TAX CREDIT Conferees on Tuesday, March 28, agreed to file a conference report on the differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions of H.R. 831, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the deduction for the health insurance costs of self-employed individuals, and to repeal the provisions permitting nonrecognition of gain on sales and exchanges effectuating policies of the Federal Communications Commission. EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions of H.R. 889, making emergency supplemental appropriations and rescissions to preserve and enhance the military readiness of the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1995, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to call. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1995 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Personnel, to resume hearings on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 1996 for the Department of Defense and the future years defense program, focusing on Reserve component programs, 2 p.m., SR-222. Subcommittee on Acquisition and Technology, to resume open and closed hearings on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 1996 for the Department of Defense and the future years defense program, focusing on the Counterproliferation Support Program, 2 p.m., SR-232A. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, to hold oversight hearings on the implementation of the science programs of the National Science Foundation and activities of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (Executive Office of the President), 10 a.m., SR-253. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Public Land Management, to hold hearings on S. 506, to reform Federal mining laws, and S. 504, to modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims, 9:30 a.m., SD-366. Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to resume hearings on S. 440, to provide for the designation of the National Highway System, focusing on transportation conformity requirements, 9:30 a.m., SD-406. Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on International Operations, to hold hearings to examine the reorganization and revitalization of America’s foreign affairs institutions, 10 a.m., SD-419. Full Committee, to hold hearings on the reorganization of U.S. foreign assistance programs, focusing on alternatives to the Agency for International Development, 2 p.m., SD-419. Committee on Governmental Affairs, to hold oversight hearings on the General Accounting Office, focusing on a study by the National Academy of Public Administration, 10 a.m., SD-342. Committee on the Judiciary, business meeting, to mark up S. 343, to reform the regulatory process, 10 a.m., SD-226. Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities, to hold oversight hearings to examine direct lending practices, 9:30 a.m., SD-430. Committee on Rules and Administration, business meeting, to consider S. Res. 24, providing for the broadcasting of press briefings on the floor prior to the Senate’s daily convening, 9:30 a.m., SR-301. Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to hold joint hearings with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to review the legislative recommendations of AMVETS, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Vietnam Veterans of America, Blinded Veterans Association, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 9:30 a.m., 345 Cannon Building. NOTICE For a listing of Senate Committee Meetings scheduled ahead, see pages E735-36 in today’s Record. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Joint Meetings Joint Hearing: Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to hold joint hearings with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to review the legislative recommendations of AMVETS, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Vietnam Veterans of America, Blinded Veterans Association, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, 9:30 a.m., 345 Cannon Building. Next Meeting of the SENATE 9:20 a.m., Thursday, March 30 Senate Chamber Program for Thursday: After the recognition of five Senators for speeches and the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 10:15 a.m.), Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Daniel R. Glickman to be Secretary of Agriculture, with a vote on confirmation to occur thereon at 10:25 a.m., following which Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 1158, FEMA Supplemental Appropriations/Rescissions. Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 10 a.m., Thursday, March 30 House Chamber Program for Thursday: Consideration of conference report on H.R. 831, Deduction of Health Insurance Cost for the Self-Employed. close

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