The House is expected to take up H.R. 7, the Education Savings and School Excellence Act, and H.R. 3908, the 2000 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Bills Introduced: 18 public bills, H.R. 4131-4148; and 1 resolution, H. Con. Res. 296 were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 3671, to amend the Acts popularly known as the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act to enhance the funds available for grants to States for fish and wildlife conservation projects and increase opportunities for recreational hunting, bow hunting, trapping, archery, and fishing, by eliminating opportunities for waste, fraud, abuse, maladministration, and unauthorized expenditures for administration and execution of those Acts, amended (H. Rept. 106-554).
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations: The House passed H.R. 3908, making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000 by a yea and nay vote of 263 yeas to 146 nays, Roll No. 95.
Rejected the Obey motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report it back to the House with provisions that appropriate $262 million to the Office of National Drug Control Policy for grants to recognize national, state, and local prevention and treatment organizations by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 94.
Weldon of Pennsylvania amendment, as modified, that provides $10 million for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program and $80 million for a local government matching Fire Competitive Grant Program. The modification struck references to the Community Development Block Grant program (agreed to by a recorded vote of 386 ayes to 28, Roll No. 90);
Pages H1592-94, H1602-03
Traficant amendment that expresses the sense of Congress that entities receiving assistance should purchase only American-made equipment and products; and
Taylor of Mississippi amendment that limits funding to support no more than 300 military personnel in Colombia.
Kasich amendment, printed in H. Rept. 106-549, that sought to withhold 50 percent of funding for military operations in Kosovo until the President certifies that the member nations of the European Commission, European Union and NATO have obligated or contracted a significant percentage of the financial and personnel assistance they committed to Kosovo (rejected by a yea and nay vote of 200 yeas to 219 nays, Roll No. 89);
Stearns amendment that sought to impose an across the board reduction of 10%, exempting emergency requirements and the Department of Defense (rejected by a recorded vote of 126 ayes to 291 noes, Roll No. 91);
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Paul amendment, no. 5 printed in the Congressional Record, that sought to reduce Drug Enforcement Administration funding by $293 million; eliminate DOD Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug funding of $186 million; eliminate Plan Colombia and Andean Regional Counternarcotics Activities funding of $1.1 billion; prohibit the use of military construction funds outside of the U.S. and its territories; and prohibit the use of funds for operations in Kosovo or East Timor, other than for the return of personnel and property to the United States (rejected by a recorded vote of 45 ayes to 367 noes, Roll No. 92); and
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Tancredo amendment, no.16 printed in the Congressional Record, that sought to eliminate $20 million in funding for the construction of a FDA facility in Los Angeles, California (rejected by a recorded vote of 146 ayes to 267 noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 93).
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Kaptur amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to require that the Secretary of Energy acquire and store annually 300 million gallons of ethanol and 100 million gallons of biodiesel fuel as part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; and
Baldacci amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to make funding for weatherization available for other building technology assistance conservation activities.
Crop Insurance Program: The House disagreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2559, to amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to strengthen the safety net for agricultural producers by providing greater access to more affordable risk management tools and improved protection from production and income loss, to improve the efficiency and integrity of the Federal crop insurance program and agreed to a conference. Appointed as conferees: Representatives Combest, Barrett of Nebraska, Boehner, Ewing, Pombo, Stenholm, Condit, Peterson of Minnesota, and Dooley.
Legislative Program: Representative Lazio discussed the Legislative Program for the week of April 3.
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3 for morning-hour debates.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, April 5.
American Folklife Center: The Chair announced the Speaker’s Reappointment, upon the recommendation of the Minority Leader, of Mr. William L. Kinney of South Carolina to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H1591.
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea and nay vote and six recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H1602, H1602-03, H1615-16, H1616-17, H1617, H1620, and H1620-21. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 3:20 p.m.
10:01AM - 3:21PM ETHouse Session