Bills Introduced: 21 public bills, H.R. 4669-4689, and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 354-355, were introduced.
Reports Filed: No Reports were filed today.
VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations 2001: The House agreed to H. Res. 525, the rule that is providing for consideration of H.R. 4635, making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 by a yea and nay vote of 232 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 278.
Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations 2001: The House passed H.R. 4578, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 by a yea and nay vote of 204 yeas to 172 nays, Roll No. 291. The House previously considered the bill on June 13 and June 14.
Rejected the Dicks motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report it back with an amendment to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts by $15 million, the National Endowment for the Humanities by $5 million, and Office of Museum Services by $2 million by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 290.
Dicks amendment that exempts activities otherwise authorized by law related to the planing and management of national monuments or activities related to the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Plan from any limitations imposed under the Act (agreed to by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 281);
Slaughter amendment that defers an additional $22 million of prior year clean coal technology funding (agreed to by a recorded vote of 207 ayes to 204 noes, Roll No. 283);
Pages H4524-38, H4539-40
Sanders amendment No. 28 printed in the Congressional Record that increases funding for weatherization assistance and energy conservation programs by $45 million and reduces fossil fuel energy research and development programs accordingly;
Pages H4544-50, H4555
Nethercutt amendment that increases funding for the Indian Health Service by $22 million;
Nethercutt amendment that implements the previously agreed to Dicks amendment except for activities related to planning and management of national monuments (agreed to by a recorded vote of 197 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 288);
Kelly amendment that clarifies the activities of the Council on Environmental Quality or other offices in the Executive Office of the President for purposes related to the American Heritage Rivers Program;
Doolittle amendment No. 22 printed in the Congressional Record that prohibits the Forest Service from buying vehicles painted any color other than white;
Wilson amendment, as amended by Udall of New Mexico, that prohibits any funding to be used by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, or the Forest Service to conduct a prescribed burn of Federal land if any provisions of the Federal Wildland Fire Policy are not implemented (the underlying Wilson amendment similarly required compliance with the Federal Wildland Fire Policy accepted and endorsed by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior in December 1995);
Nethercutt amendment to the Dicks amendment that sought to strike reference to activities related to the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Plan (rejected by a recorded vote of 206 ayes to 221 noes, Roll No. 279);
Hansen amendment to the Dicks amendment that sought to strike reference to the planning and management of national monuments (rejected by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 280).
Stearns amendment, as modified, that sought to decrease National Endowment for the Arts funding by $1.9 million or approximately 2 % and increase wildland fire management funding accordingly (rejected by a recorded vote of 152 ayes to 256 noes, Roll No. 282).
Pages H4520-22, H4538-39
Royce amendment that sought to increase the deferral of prior years clean coal technology funding by $237 million;
Pages H4541-44, H4555
Sanders amendment No. 29 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to make available $10 million to establish a northeast home heating oil reserve and transfer strategic petroleum reserve funding for this purpose (rejected by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 195 noes, Roll No. 286);
Pages H4550-55, H4556
DeFazio amendment No. 10 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to prohibit the use of any funding to assess fines for failure to pay fees for vehicle passes imposed under the recreational fee demonstration program; and
Weldon of Florida amendment No. 48 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to prohibit any funding to be used to publish Class III gaming procedures under part 291 of title 25, code of Federal Regulations (rejected by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 205 noes, Roll No. 289.
DeFazio amendment No. 11 printed in the Congressional Record was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to prohibit the use of any funding to enter into a new commercial agricultural lease on the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges in Oregon and California.
Point of Order Sustained Against:
Young of Alaska amendment No. 50 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to implement the North Prince of Wales Island Collaborative Stewardship Project for negotiated salvage permits.
Rejected the Obey motion to rise by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 218 noes, Roll No. 284.
Rejected the Doggett motion to rise by a recorded vote of 169 ayes to 214 noes, Roll No. 287.
The House agreed to H. Res. 524, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill on June 13.
Authorizing the Medal of Honor for Conspicuous Acts of Gallantry and Intrepidity at the Risk of Their Lives and Beyond the Call of Duty: The House passed S. 2722, to authorize the award of the Medal of Honor to Ed W. Freeman, James K. Okubo, and Andrew J. Smith--clearing the measure for the President.
Legislative Program: The Majority Leader discussed the legislative Program for the week of June 19.
Meeting Hour--Monday June 19: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m., on Monday, June 19, for morning hour debate.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of June 21.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H4498.
Referrals: S. 1967 was referred to the Committee on Resources and S. 2498 was referred to the Committee on House Administration.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H4593.
Quorum Calls--Votes: One quorum call (Roll No. 285), one yea and nay vote and twelve recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H4497-98, H4508-09, H4518-19, H4519-20, H4538-39, H4539-40, H4540-41, H4555-56, H4556, H4556-57, H4574, H4582-83, H4584-85, and H4585.
Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and adjourned at 1:25 a.m. on Friday, June 16.