Bills Introduced: 35 public bills, H.R. 3610-3644; 2 private bills, H.R. 3645-3646; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 248-249, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H. Res. 422, providing for consideration of H.R. 2086, authorize funding for networking and information technology research and development for fiscal years 2000 through 2004 (Rept. 106-496).
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal of Wednesday, February 9 by a yea and nay vote of 362 yeas to 37 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 11.
Presidential Messages: Read the following messages from the President:
Economic Report of the President: Message wherein he transmitted his Economic Report--referred to the Joint Economic Committee and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-161);
Budget Rescissions and Deferrals: Message wherein he transmitted his three rescissions of budget authority totaling $128 million, affecting the programs of the Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and two deferrals of budget authority totaling $1.6 million, affecting programs of the Department of State and International Assistance Programs--referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-194); and
Albanian Emigration Laws and Policies: Message wherein he transmitted his report concerning Albanian compliance with U.S. and international standards in the area of emigration--referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-195).
Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Act: The House passed H.R. 6, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce the marriage penalty by providing for adjustments to the standard deduction, 15-percent rate bracket, and earned income credit and to repeal the reduction of the refundable tax credits, by a yea and nay vote of 268 yeas to 158 nays, Roll No. 15. Agreed to amend the title.
Rejected the Hill of Indiana motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report it back to the House with an amendment which corrects the disparity in the Tax Code affecting married couples and which provides that the effectiveness of this tax reduction is contingent on a certification by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget that (a) there is a comprehensive framework which provides resources for debt retirement, strengthening Social Security and Medicare, tax relief, and investing in other priorities; (b) a portion of the on-budget surplus is reserved for debt retirement sufficient to eliminate the debt by 2013; and (c) there are protections to ensure that the funds reserved for debt retirement may not be used or any other purpose, except for technical adjustments to reflect changes in budget projections by a recorded vote of 196 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 14.
Rejected the Rangel amendment in the nature of a substitute that sought to make marriage tax penalty relief contingent on Social Security solvency certification, Medicare solvency certification, and public debt elimination certification by a yea and nay vote of 192 yeas to 233 nays, Roll No. 13.
Earlier, agreed to H. Res. 419, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by a yea and nay vote of 255 yeas to 165 nays, Roll No. 12. Pursuant to the rule, the amendment recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill was considered as adopted.
President’s Day District Work Period: The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 80, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Legislative Program: The Majority Leader discussed the legislative program for the week of February 14.
Meeting Hour Monday, February 14: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 14 for morning-hour debate.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, February 16.
Senate Messages: Message received today from the Senate appears on page H330.
Re-Referral: Agreed to re-refer S. 1809 to the Committees on Commerce and Education and the Workforce.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H343.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea and nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings D81of the House and appear on pages H279-80, H291, H326-27, H329, and H329-30. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a..m. and adjourned at 5:44 p.m.
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