The House is scheduled to take up H.R. 3908, the 2000 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, and is expected to be in session until late tonight.
Bills Introduced: 20 public bills, H.R. 4109-4128; 2 private bills, H.R. 4129-4130; and 3 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 295 and H. Res. 451-452, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 3039, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to assist in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay (Rept. 106-550);
H.R. 1359, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse to be constructed at 10 East Commerce Street in Youngstown, Ohio, as the ``Frank J. Battisti and Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building and United States Courthouse'' (H. Rept. 106-551);
S. 1567, to designate the United States courthouse located at 223 Broad Street in Albany, Georgia, as the ``C.B. King United States Courthouse'', amended (H. Rept. 106-552); and
H.R. 1776, to expand home ownership in the United States, amended (H. Rept. 106-553).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Nussle to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal of March 28 by a yea and nay vote of 356 yeas to 47 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 80.
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Emergency Supplemental Appropriations: The House completed general debate and began considering amendments to H.R. 3908, making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000.
Toomey amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that appropriated $4 billion from the on-budget surplus to reduce publicly held debt (agreed to by a recorded vote of 420 ayes with none voting ``no'' and 3 voting ``present'', Roll No. 83);
Hutchinson amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that allocates $15 million of unobligated funding in the Community Oriented Policing Services program for initiatives to combat methamphetamine production and trafficking;
Sawyer amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that allocates $50 million of funding for Plan Colombia and Andean Regional Counternarcotics Activities for assistance for internally displaced persons in Colombia;
Lewis of California amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that appropriates an additional $4 billion for military health care, quality of life, recruitment and retention, and readiness and maintenance (agreed to by a recorded vote of 289 ayes to 130 noes, Roll No. 85);
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Gilman amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that conditions military assistance for Colombia upon certification by the President that the Government of Colombia has implemented a strategy to eliminate coca and opium poppy production by 2005, grants the head of the Colombian Armed Forces the authority to dismiss personnel for gross violation of human rights, assures that the Armed Forces cooperate with civilian authorities in the investigation and prosecution in civilian courts of human rights, and develops a Judge Advocate General Corps for the Colombian armed forces (agreed to by a recorded vote of 380 ayes to 39 noes, Roll No. 87) ;
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Fowler amendment that expresses the sense of the Congress that members of the Armed Forces and their dependents should not have to rely on the food stamp program;
Hoekstra amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that transfers $1 million to the Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General to conduct reviews and audits of the State Commissions on National and Community Service;
Largent amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that makes available $750,000 to the Commission on Online Child Protection;
Schaffer amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that requires the GAO conduct and complete a comprehensive fraud audit of the Department of Education;
Sanford amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that sought to reduce funding for various programs by $1.6 billion; strike emergency designations to bring all spending on budget and subject to caps; and sequester all funding except defense and disaster relief as offsets (rejected by a recorded vote of 108 ayes to 315 noes, Roll No. 82);
Obey amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that sought to reduce funding for counternarcotics by $552 million (rejected by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 84);
Pelosi amendment that sought to reduce funding for counter-drug activities for Push Into Southern Colombia program by $51 million;
Ramstad amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that sought to strike Title I, Counternarcotics, and thereby reduce overall funding by $1.7 billion (rejected by a recorded vote of 158 ayes to 262 noes, Roll No. 86);
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Fowler amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that sought to prohibit the use of $40 million for a referendum among the residents of Vieques, Puerto Rico regarding further use of the island range by the Navy and require that the President certify that all trespassing and other intrusions on the range have ceased and that comprehensive operational training has resumed before economic development funding of $40 million is made available (rejected by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 88).
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Points of Order Sustained Against:
Taylor of Mississippi amendment, no. 9 and printed in the Congressional Record, that sought to limit the number of military personnel in Colombia;
Farr amendment that sought to earmark Agency for International Development funding in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia for alternative economic development activities to be managed by the United Nations Drug Control Program;
Section 3602 that specifies that the Executive Draft on Federal Transportation in the National Capital Region shall take effect on the date of enactment and requires a study on its implementation within 60 days of enactment;
The Clayton amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to make $1 million available for implementation of the Flood Water Mitigation and Stream Restoration Project in Princeville, North Carolina;
Kaptur amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to allocate $130 million for grants and loans for equity capital to establish farmer-owned cooperatives for the processing and marketing of agricultural commodities, including livestock;
Kilpatrick amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to provide an additional $20 million in funding for flood recovery efforts in the Republic of Mozambique and surrounding affected countries;
Blagojevich amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to provide an additional $500 million for youth activities under the Workforce Investment Act;
Cardin amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to increase the limit on Social Security Administration administrative expenses by $336 million;
Isakson amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to provide $225,000 for the Web-Based Education Commission;
Weldon of Pennsylvania amendment that provides $10 million for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program, $80 million for a local government matching Fire Competitive Grant Program, and allow Community Development Block Grants to be used for local fire service use was offered and debated. The Chair postponed further proceedings on the amendment;
H. Res. 450, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 241 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 81.
Order of Business--Emergency Supplemental: Agreed that during further consideration of H.R. 3908, in the committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 450, no further amendment shall be in order except for pro forma amendments offered by the Chairman or ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations for the purpose of debate; amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 105-549 and numbered 12; and amendments offered by Representatives Paul, Stearns, Taylor of Mississippi, Traficant, Baldacci, Tancredo, and Kaptur.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appears on page H1481.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea and nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H1485, H1494-95, H1515-16, H1519, H1523-24, H1556, H1556-57, H1557-58, and H1584-85. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 12:03 a.m. on Thursday, March 30.