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House Session - February 2, 2000

Measures Introduced: Five bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2022-2026, S.J. Res. 38, and S. Res. 251-252.
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Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
S. 1053, to amend the Clean Air Act to incorporate certain provisions of the transportation conformity regulations, as in effect on March 1, 1999, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-228)
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Measures Passed:
Bankruptcy Reform Act: By 83 yeas to 14 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 5), Senate passed H.R. 833, to amend title 11 of the United States Code, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 625 (Senate companion measure), and after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
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Schumer/Durbin Modified Amendment No. 2762, to modify the means test relating to safe harbor provisions.
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By 80 yeas to 17 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 2), Schumer Amendment No. 2763, to ensure that debts incurred as a result of clinic violence are nondischargeable.
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Feingold Modified Amendment No. 2748, to provide for an exception to a limitation on an automatic stay under section 362(b) of title 11, United States Code, relating to evictions and similar proceedings to provide for the payment of rent that becomes due after the petition of a debtor is filed. (By 54 yeas to 43 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 3), Senate tabled the amendment.)
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By 29 yeas to 68 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 4), Levin Amendment No. 2658, to provide for the nondischargeability of debts arising from firearm-related debts.
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Reid (for Harkin) Amendment No. 2770, invalidating hidden security interests on nearly valueless household liens.
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During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
Reed (for Sessions) Modified Amendment No. 2650, to control certain abuses of reaffirmations, previously adopted on November 10, 1999, was further modified.
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Senate insisted on its amendment, and requested a conference with the House thereon.
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Subsequently, S. 625 was placed back on the Senate calendar.
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Nomination: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Alan Greenspan, of New York, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination on Thursday, February 3, 2000, with a vote on confirmation to occur at 10:30 a.m.
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Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act--Cloture Vote Vitiated: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the cloture vote scheduled for today be vitiated.
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Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaty:
Treaty with Egypt on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 106-19).
The treaty was 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 was ordered to be printed.
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Sequential Committee Referral--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when the Committee on Governmental Affairs reports S. 1977, Corporate Subsidy Reform Commission Act, the bill then be sequentially referred to the Committee on Finance for a period of up to 45 days during which the Senate is in session.
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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
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Thomas G. Weston, of Michigan, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Coordinator for Cyprus.
Susan S. Jacobs, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to Solomon Islands, and as Ambassador to the Republic of Vanuatu.
Karl William Hofmann, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic.
John F. Tefft, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania.
Janet A. Sanderson, of Arizona, to be Ambassador to the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria.
Donald Y. Yamamoto, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti.
Lauress L. Wise II, of Virginia, to be Commissioner of Education Statistics for a term expiring June 21, 2003.
18 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
1 Army nomination in the rank of general.
2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps.
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Messages From the House:
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Measures Referred:
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Statements on Introduced Bills:
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Additional Cosponsors:
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Authority for Committees:
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Additional Statements:
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Enrolled Bills Presented:
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Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--5)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 6:52 p.m., until 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 3, 2000. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S301.)


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