Bills Introduced: 32 public bills, H.R. 3871-3902; 1 private bill, H.R. 3903; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 272-275 and H. Res. 437, were introduced.
Reports Filed: No reports were filed today.
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative LaHood to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal of Wednesday, March 8 by a recorded vote of 369 ayes to 45 noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 35.
Pages H759, H764-65
Ivanpah Valley, Nevada Airport: The House passed H.R. 1695, to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal public lands in Ivanpah Valley, Nevada, to Clark County, Nevada, for the development of an airport facility by a yea and nay vote of 420 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 37.
Agreed to the Hansen amendment printed in H. Rept. 106-515 that clarifies land conveyance and reversionary language and includes the Secretary of the Interior with the Secretary of Transportation as a joint lead agency for environmental review by a recorded vote of 417 ayes to 3 noes, Roll No. 36.
Earlier agreed to H. Res. 433, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by a yea and nay vote of 406 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 34.
Small Business Tax Fairness Act: The House passed H.R. 3081, to increase the Federal minimum wage and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax benefits for small businesses by a recorded vote of 257 ayes to 169 noes, Roll No. 41.
Rejected the Rangel motion that sought to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report it back with an amendment in the nature of a substitute providing for D190small business tax relief by a yea and nay vote of 207 yeas to 218 nays, Roll No. 40.
Pursuant to the rule, the text of H.R. 3832 was considered as adopted in lieu of the Committee on Ways and Means amendment printed in the bill.
Minimum Wage Increase: The House passed H.R. 3846, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the minimum wage by a recorded vote of 282 ayes to 143 noes, Roll No. 45.
Pursuant to the rule, the text of H.R. 3846, as passed the House, was appended to the end of H.R. 3081; H.R. 3846 was laid on the table; and the Clerk was authorized to make technical corrections and conforming changes in the engrossment of the bill.
Rejected the Clay motion that sought to recommit the bill to the Committee on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report it back with amendments that remove several exemptions in the bill and apply provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 44.
Agreed to the Traficant amendment printed in H. Rept. 106-516 that raises the minimum wage by $1 over two years instead of three years by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 43.
Earlier, agreed to the Sessions amendment to the rule that provided that an amendment striking Section 5, State Minimum Wage be considered as adopted.
Representative Largent made a point of order against consideration of the bill pursuant to section 425(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 dealing with an intergovernmental unfunded mandate in excess of $50 million. Subsequently, the House voted to consider the bill by a yea and nay vote of 274 yeas to 141 nays, Roll No. 42.
The House agreed to H. Res. 434, the rule that provided for consideration of both H.R. 3081, to provide tax benefits for small businesses and H.R. 3846, to increase the minimum wage by a recorded vote of 214 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 39. Agreed to order the previous question by a yea and nay vote of 216 yeas to 208 nays, Roll No. 38.
Open-market Reorganization for the Betterment of International Telecommunications (ORBIT) Act: The House agreed to the conference report on S. 376, to amend the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 to promote competition and privatization in satellite communications.
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted the 27th Annual Report for Federal Advisory Committees for fiscal year 1998--referred to the Committee on Government Reform.
Senate Conditional Adjournment: The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 94, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate.
Meeting Hour Monday, March 13: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2000.
Meeting Hour Tuesday, March 14: Agreed that when the House adjourns on Monday, March 13, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 for morning-hour debates.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, March 15.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages H759 and H879.
Referral: S. 935 was referred to the Committees on Agriculture and Science.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea and nay votes and seven recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H764, H764-65, H772, H772-73, H791-92, H792, H877, H878-79, H881, H899, H900-01, and H901-02. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 11:20 p.m.