Bills Introduced: 36 public bills, H.R. 4540-4575; and 8 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 336-343, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 4402, to amend the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 to improve the use of amounts deposited into the H-1B Nonimmigrant Petitioner Account for demonstration programs and projects to provide technical skills training for occupations for which there is a high demand for skilled workers, amended (H. Rept. 106-642); and
H.R. 1882, to amend provisions of law enacted by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 to ensure full analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules proposed by certain agencies (H. Rept. 106-643, Pt. 1).
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Alphas Townsend of Bronx, New York.
Agricultural Risk Protection Act Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report on 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.
Agreed to H. Res. 512, the rule that waived points of order against the conference report.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:46 a.m. and reconvened at 11:57 p.m.
Ban on Partial Birth Abortions: Pursuant to H. Res. 457, the House passed S. 1692, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting the provisions of H.R. 3660, to amend title 18, United States D533Code, to ban partial-birth abortions, as passed the House. The House then insisted on its amendment and requested a conference with the Senate. Appointed as conferees: Chairman Hyde and Representatives Canady, Goodlatte, Conyers, and Watt of North Carolina.
Earlier agreed to the Conyers motion to instruct conferees to meet promptly with the Senate on all issues committed to conference.
Commending Israel for Its Withdrawal From Southern Lebanon: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 331, commending Israel’s redeployment from southern Lebanon by a yea and nay vote of 403 yeas to 3 nays with 2 voting ``present'', Roll No. 231.
Late Reports Committee on Appropriations: The Committee on Appropriations received permission to have until midnight on June 1 to file privileged reports on measures making FY 2001 appropriations for the Department of Defense; Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies; and Department of Interior and related agencies.
Repeal of Spanish-American War Telephone Excise Tax: The House passed H.R. 3916, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on telephone and other communication services by a recorded vote of 420 ayes to 2 noes, Roll No. 233.
Rejected the Doggett motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report it back with an amendment that imposes additional reporting requirements on section 527 organizations in order to obtain the telephone excise tax relief by a yea and nay vote of 208 yeas to 214 nays, Roll No. 232.
House agreed to H. Res. 511, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by a recorded vote of 404 ayes to 15 noes, Roll No. 230. Earlier, agreed to order the previous question by a yea and nay vote of 221 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 229.
Presidential Messages: Read the following messages from the President:
National Emergency Re Yugoslavia and Kosovo: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted his 6 month periodic report on the national emergency with respect to Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Kosovo--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-248); and
Federal Register Notice Re Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Kosovo National Emergency: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted his Federal Register Notice on the national emergency declared with respect to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Bosnian Serb Forces, and Kosovo--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-249).
Memorial Day District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 336, providing for an adjournment of both Houses of Congress. Pursuant to the concurrent resolution the House will stand adjourned for the Memorial Day District Work Period until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2000 for morning-hour debate.
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein Representative Wolf was designated to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through June 6.
Resignations--Appointments: Agreed that notwithstanding any adjournment of the House until Tuesday, June 6, 2000, the Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader be authorized to accept resignations and to make appointments authorized by law or by the House.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the business in order under the Calendar Wednesday rule on Wednesday, June 7, 2000.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate appears on page H3865.
Referrals: S. 484 was referred to the Committees on the Judiciary and International Relations. S. Con. Res. 110 was referred to the Committee on International Relations.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H3869-70.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea and nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H3839-40, H3840, H3840-41, H3853, and H3853-54. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 5:14 p.m., pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 336, until Tuesday, June 6.
10:00AM - 11:46AM ETHouse Session