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House Session - April 10, 2000

Bills Introduced: 7 public bills, H.R. 4220-4226; and 4 resolutions, H.J. Res. 95-97 and H. Res. 467, were introduced.
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Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 852, to require the Department of Agriculture to establish an electronic filing and retrieval system to enable the public to file all required paperwork electronically with the Department and to have access to public information on farm programs, quarterly trade, economic, and production reports, D343and other similar information, amended (H. Rept. 106-565);
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H.R. 4163, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for increased fairness to taxpayers, amended (H. Rept. 106-566); and
H.R. 3439, to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from establishing rules authorizing the operation of new, low power FM radio stations, amended (H. Rept. 106-567).
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Wicker to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
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Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Ronald Christian.
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Recess: The House recessed at 12:31 p.m. and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.
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Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run through the Capitol Grounds: H. Con. Res. 280, authorizing the 2000 District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run to be run through the Capitol Grounds;
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Use of the Capitol Grounds for the Soap Box Derby: H. Con. Res. 277, amended, authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby;
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5th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing: H. Res. 448, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in continued sympathy for the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the bombing;
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Honoring the American GI as the Person of the Century: H. Con. Res. 282, amended, declaring the ``Person of the Century'' for the 20th century to have been the American G.I. (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 397 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 111);
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Honoring Vietnam Era Veterans and Their Families: H. Con. Res. 228, honoring the members of the Armed Forces and Federal civilian employees who served the Nation during the Vietnam era and the families of those individuals who lost their lives or remain unaccounted for or were injured during that era in Southeast Asia or elsewhere in the world in defense of United States national security interests (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 399 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 112); and
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Freedom to E-File Act: S. 777, amended, to require the Department of Agriculture to establish an electronic filing and retrieval system to enable the public to file all required paperwork electronically with the Department and to have access to public information on farm programs, quarterly trade, economic, and production reports, and other similar information (passed by a yea and nay vote of 397 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 113). Agreed to amend the title.
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Recess: The House recessed at 3:30 p.m. and reconvened at 5:03 p.m.
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Motion to Instruct Conferees: Representative Rangel announced his intention to offer a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 1501 , to provide grants to ensure increased accountability for juvenile offenders, to insist that the conference meet and report a substitute that includes enforcement of gun safety laws and safety measures that prevent felons, fugitives, and stalkers from obtaining firearms and children from getting access to guns.
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Budget Resolution: The House disagreed to the Senate amendment 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, and agreed to a conference.
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Rejected the Spratt motion to instruct conferees to insist that the tax cuts and reconciliation legislation implementing tax cuts be reported no earlier than September 22, 2000, thereby allowing time to enact legislation establishing a universal prescription drug benefit, consistent with section 202 of the Senate amendment and provisions in section 10 of the concurrent resolution; and to recede to the lower tax cuts in the Senate amendment, by a yea and nay vote of 198 yeas to 210 nays, Roll No. 114.
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Appointed as conferees: Chairman Kasich, and Representatives Chambliss, Shays, Spratt, and Holt.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages H1961 and H1975.
Referral: S.J. Res. 43 was referred to the Committee on International Relations.
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Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea and nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H1984-85, H1985-86, H1986, and H1987. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 12:30 p.m. and adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

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