Bills Introduced: 17 public bills, H.R. 4600-4616; 3 private bills, H.R. 4617-4619; and 4 resolutions, H.J. Res. 100-101 and H. Con. Res. 349-350, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 3292, to provide for the establishment of the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, amended (H. Rept. 106-659);
Report on the Revised Suballocation of Budget Allocations for Fiscal Year 2001 (H. Rept. 106-660); and
Conference report on S. 761, to regulate interstate commerce by electronic means by permitting and encouraging the continued expansion of electronic commerce through the operation of free market forces (H. Rept. 106-661).
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Shimkus to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Guest Chaplain: the prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. James Scherer of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal of Wednesday, June 7 by yea and nay vote of 363 yeas to 45 nays with 5 voting ``present'', Roll No. 246.
Official Photo of the House of Representatives: Pursuant to H. Res. 407, the official photograph of the House in session was taken.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:29 a.m. and reconvened at 10:30 a.m. The House recessed at 10:33 a.m. and reconvened at 10:52 a.m.
Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy: The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of Representative Rodriguez to the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy.
Presidential Message--Science and Engineering Indicators: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted the National Science Board report entitled, ``Science and Engineering Indicators--2000''--referred to the Committee on Science.
Recess: The House recessed at 3:30 p.m. and reconvened at 3:45 p.m.
Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations: The House completed general debate and began considering amendments to H.R. 4577, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.
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Bass amendment no. 6 printed in the Congressional Record to increase Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) funding by $1 billion; and
Traficant amendment that sought to strike section 103 that prohibits any funding to promulgate, issue, implement, administer, or enforce any proposed, temporary, or final standard on ergonomic protection (rejected by a recorded vote of 203 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 250).
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Points of order sustained against:
Jackson of Illinois amendment that sought to increase funding for skills training programs by $1 billion;
Obey amendment no. 9 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to increase funding for the international labor, including child labor, standards program funding by $97 million; and
Traficant amendment that sought to increase the minimum wage one dollar, from $5.15 to $6.16.
H. Res. 518, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 218 yeas to 204 nays, Roll No. 247.
Order of Business--Consideration of Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations: Agreed that during further consideration of H.R. 4577, that it be in order only at the appropriate point in the reading of the bill to consider amendments printed in the Congressional Record and numbered 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, pursuant to clause 8 of rule XVIII, if offered by Representative Obey or his designee; that none of these amendments shall be liable to the point of order that a portion of the amendment addresses a portion of the bill not read for amendment; that all other points of order against them shall be considered as reserved pending completion of debate; that each shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled; shall not be subject to amendment; and may be withdrawn by its proponent after debate thereon.
Death Tax Elimination Act of 2000: The House agreed to H. Res. 519, the rule providing for consideration of H.R. 8, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phaseout the estate and gift taxes over a 10-year period by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 249. Earlier, agreed to order the previous question by a yea and nay vote of 225 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 248.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate appears on page H4043.
Referrals: S. 2625 was referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H4122.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea and nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H4044, H4054, H4086, H4086-87, and H4107. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 10:08 p.m.