The House is expected to take up H.Con.Res. 290, the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2001 approved by the Budget Committee last week, and is expected to be in session until late tonight. During the session the House chaplain designee withdrew his name from consideration and Speaker Hastert appointed a new chaplain.
Bills Introduced: 26 public bills, H.R. 4067-4092; and 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 293 and H. Res. 447-449, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1605, to designate the United States courthouse building located at 402 North Walnut Street and Prospect Avenue in Harrison, Arkansas, as the ``Judge J. Smith Henley Federal Building'', amended (H. Rept. 106-536);
H.R. 938, to designate the Federal building located at 290 Broadway in New York, New York, as the ``Ronald H. Brown Federal Building'' (H. Rept. 106-537);
H.R. 1279, to designate the Federal building and United States post office located at 223 Sharkey Street in Clarksdale, Mississippi, as the ``Aaron E. Henry Federal Building and United States Post Office'', amended (H. Rept. 106-538);
H. Con. Res. 277, authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (H. Rept. 106-539);
H.R. 2412, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 South Harrison Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as the ``E. Ross D256Adair Federal Building and United States Courthouse'' (H. Rept. 106-540);
H. Con. Res. 278, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the 19th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service (H. Rept. 106-541);
H. Con. Res. 279, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the 200th birthday celebration of the Library of Congress (H. Rept. 106-542);
H. Con. Res. 280, authorizing the 2000 District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run to be run through the Capitol Grounds (H. Rept. 106-543);
H. Con. Res. 281, authorizing the use of the East Front of the Capitol Grounds for performances sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (H. Rept. 106-544); and
H.R. 910, to authorize the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers and in coordination with other Federal agency heads, to participate in the funding and implementation of a balanced, long-term solution to the problems of groundwater contamination, water supply, and reliability affecting the San Gabriel groundwater basin in California, amended (H. Rept. 106-545).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Pease to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal of Wednesday, March 22, by a yea and nay vote of 345 yeas to 58 nays, Roll No. 66.
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Personal Privilege: The Speaker rose to a point of personal privilege and was recognized for one hour.
Chaplain of the House of Representatives: Read a letter from Dr. James D. Ford, Chaplain Emeritus, of the House of Representatives wherein he announced his resignation as Chaplain of the House of Representatives, effective, Thursday, March 23, 2000. Subsequently, the Speaker appointed and then administered the oath of office to Father Daniel Coughlin of Illinois as Chaplain of the House.
Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2001: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 290, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2001, revising the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2000, and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for each of fiscal years 2002 through 2005 by a yea and nay vote of 211 yeas to 207 nays, Roll No. 75.
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Agreed to the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part A of H. Rept. 106-535 made in order by the rule.
Rejected the Owens amendment in the nature of a substitute that sought to target investments for education and safety net programs for working class families by a recorded vote of 70 ayes to 348 noes, Roll No. 70;
Rejected the DeFazio amendment in the nature of a substitute that sought to reserve surpluses for debt reduction, a prescription drug benefit, education and social services programs, and specified tax credits by a recorded vote of 61 ayes to 351 noes, Roll No. 71;
Rejected the Stenholm amendment in the nature of a substitute, as modified, that sought to eliminate public debt by 2012, establish a medicare reserve fund for reform, prescription drug benefit, and provider relief, and allocate baseline funding for agriculture initiatives by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 243 noes, with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 72;
Rejected the Sununu amendment in the nature of a substitute that sought to provide tax relief, medicare reform including prescription drug coverage, social security reform, and defense funding increase by a recorded vote of 78 ayes to 339 noes, Roll No. 73; and
Rejected the Spratt amendment in the nature of a substitute that sought to repay the public debt by 2013, provide targeted tax cuts to working families, and retain 100 percent of the social security surplus by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 233 noes, Roll No. 74.
Agreed to the Saxton motion that the Committee rise by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 165 noes, Roll No. 69.
Agreed to H. Res. 446, the rule that provided for consideration of the concurrent resolution by a yea and nay vote of 228 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 68. Earlier agreed to order the previous question and make a technical amendment to the rule by a yea and nay vote of 220 yeas to 203 nays, Roll No. 67.
Late Report: The committee on Ways and Means received permission to have until midnight on Friday, March 24 to file a report on H.R. 7.
Meeting Hour Monday, March 27: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 27.
Meeting Hour Tuesday, March 28: Agreed that when the House adjourns on Monday, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 for morning-hour debates.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of March 29.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H1287.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea and nay votes and six recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H1290-91, H1299-H1300, H1300-01, H1325-26, H1354-55, H1363, H1374, H1386, H1400, and H1401-02. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 12:21 a.m. on Friday, March 24.