Bills Introduced: 8 public bills, H.R. 4414-4421; 1 private bill, H.R. 4422; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 321 and H. Res. 500, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H. Res. 499, providing for consideration of H.R. 853, to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to provide for joint resolutions on the budget, reserve funds for emergency spending, strengthened enforcement of budgetary decisions, increased accountability for Federal spending, accrual budgeting for Federal insurance programs, mitigation of the bias in the budget process toward higher spending, and modifications in paygo requirements when there is an on-budget surplus (H. Rept. 106-613).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Taylor of North Carolina to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Joe P. Hayes, Jr. of Brevard, North Carolina.
Internet Tax Moratorium: The House passed H.R. 3709, to extend for 5 years the moratorium enacted by the Internet Tax Freedom Act by a recorded vote of 352 ayes to 75 noes, Roll No. 159. Agreed to amend the title.
Rejected the Conyers motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report it back forthwith with an amendment that extends the moratorium on state and local taxes on the internet for two years by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 250 noes, Roll No. 158.
Agreed to the Committee on the Judiciary amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order by the rule.
Istook amendment that expresses the sense of Congress that a state tax relating to electronic commerce should avoid being multiple and discriminatory and includes factors for the development of a system (agreed to by a recorded vote of 289 ayes to 138 noes, Roll No. 157);
Pages H2815-16, H2818
Delahunt amendment that sought to extend the moratorium on state and local taxes on the internet for two years instead of five (rejected by a recorded vote of 208 ayes to 219 noes, Roll No. 156); and
Pages H2803-15, H2817-18
Chabot amendment to the Delahunt amendment that sought to extend the moratorium on state and local taxes on the internet for ninety-nine years (rejected by a recorded vote of 90 ayes to 336 noes, Roll No. 155).
Pages H2807-15, H2817D450
Bachus amendment in the nature of a substitute, was offered but subsequently withdrawn, that sought to establish a streamlined sales and use tax system.
Earlier, Representative Conyers raised a point of order against consideration of the bill pursuant to section 425 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 dealing with an unfunded mandate in excess of $50 million. Subsequently, the House voted to consider the bill by a yea and nay vote of 271 yeas to 129 nays, Roll No. 154.
H. Res. 496, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was agreed to by a voice vote.
Conservation and Reinvestment Act: The House completed general debate and began considering amendments to H.R. 701, to provide Outer Continental Shelf Impact Assistance to State and local governments, to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act of 1978, and the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act) to establish a fund to meet the outdoor conservation and recreation needs of the American people. Consideration will resume on Thursday, May 11.
Young of Alaska amendment that eliminates the 5 year update on the state allocation formula, specifies program requirements, and creates projects of regional or national significance;
Souder amendment that specifies that the amounts made available by the act are intended to supplement the annual appropriations for the National Park Service;
Shadegg amendment that conditions the transfer of funds to the Conservation and Reinvestment trust fund upon Social Security and Medicare solvency certifications (agreed to by a recorded vote of 216 ayes to 208 noes, Roll No. 163); and
Pages H2872-75, H2882-83
Regula amendment that seeks to require that States establish a dedicated State land acquisition fund;
Regula amendment that sought to prohibit funding to a coastal state if there is a Federal moratorium on offshore leasing off the coast of the state (rejected by a recorded vote of 109 ayes to 317 noes, Roll No. 160);
Pages H2861-65, H2880-81
Radanovich amendment that sought to require full funding of PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) and Refugee Revenue Sharing (rejected by a recorded vote of 153 ayes to 273 noes, Roll No. 161);
Pages H2865-68, H2881
Tancredo amendment that sought to transfer $450 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the Urban Park and Recreation, Farmland Protection, and Endangered and Threatened Species Recovery programs (rejected by a recorded vote of 109 ayes to 315 noes, Roll No. 162);
Pages H2868-71, H2881-82
Chenoweth-Hage amendment that sought to prohibit any funding to establish or manage a national monument designated after 1995 under the Antiquities Act (rejected by a recorded vote of 160 ayes to 265 noes, Roll No. 164); and
Pages H2875-77, H2883
Pombo amendment that sought to protect private property rights adjacent to or within the boundaries of Federal land acquired by the Act (rejected by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 253 noes, Roll No. 165).
Pages H2877-80, H2883-34
Kind amendment, was offered but subsequently withdrawn, that sought to establish a sediment and nutrient monitoring network in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.
The following amendments were offered and debated. Further proceedings were postponed until Thursday, May 11:
Peterson of Pennsylvania amendment that seeks to restrict Federal acquisition of lands to designated boundaries within USDA administered recreation areas or units of the National Park, Wilderness Preservation, Wildlife Refuge, Forest, Trails, or Wild and Scenic Rivers systems;
Chambliss amendment that seeks to shift the beginning date that mandatory spending for programs in the bill begins from fiscal year 2002 to fiscal year 2006;
Chenoweth-Hage amendment that seeks to strike language dealing with a coastal subdivision in the State of California;
Hastings of Washington amendment that seeks to require that at least 50 percent of the Federal portion be used for maintenance operations of Federal lands;
Sweeney amendment that seeks to prohibit a State from acquiring land if the local government has disapproved the acquisition; and
Simpson amendment that seeks to require that the Federal government either dispose of an equal amount of land or obtain legislative approval from the State when acquiring land in a state in which 50 percent or more of the land is owned by the Federal government;
H. Res. 497, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill was agreed to by a voice vote. Pursuant to the rule, the text of H.R. 4377, was D451made in order as an original bill for the purpose of amendment.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate appears on page H2781.
Referrals: S. 1198 was referred to the Committee on Government Reform.
Quorum Calls Votes: One yea and nay vote and eleven recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H2786-87, H2817, H2817-18, H2818, H2820-21, H2821, H2880-81, H2881, H2881-82, H2882-83, H2883, and H2883-84. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 12:38 a.m. on Thursday, May 11.
10:01AM - 12:39AM ETHouse Session