Bills Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 4729-4732, 4734-4742; and 4 resolutions, H.J. Res 103, H. Con. Res. 363-364, and H. Res 531, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
H.R. 4227, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to the number of aliens granted nonimmigrant status described in section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, to implement measures to prevent fraud and abuse in the granting of such status, amended (H. Rept. 106-692);
H.R. 4733, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-693).
H.R. 4446, to ensure that the Secretary of Energy may continue to exercise certain authorities under the Price-Anderson Act through the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environment, Safety, and Health; referred sequentially to the House Committee on Armed Services for a period ending not later than July 21, 2000 (H. Rept. 106-694, Pt. 1);
H.R. 3383, to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to remove separate treatment or exemption for nuclear safety violations by nonprofit institutions, amended; referred sequentially to the House Committee on Armed Services for a period ending no later than July 21, 2000 (H. Rept. 106-695, Pt. 1); and
H.R. 3906, to ensure that the Department of Energy has appropriate mechanisms to independently assess the effectiveness of its policy and site performance in the areas of safeguards and security and cyber security, amended H. (Rept. 106-696, Pt. 1).
Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations: The House considered amendments to H.R. 4690, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.
Waxman amendment that allows reimbursement to the Justice Department for litigation filed before January 1, 2000, that has received funding under section 109 of Public Law 103-317, thereby allowing the Veterans Administration to transfer funding for the lawsuit against tobacco companies (agreed to by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 319); and
English amendment No. 61 printed in the Congressional Record that increases funding for USTR trade monitoring staff by $3 million and decreases Commerce Department General Administration funding accordingly.
Davis amendment No. 21 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to strike the Department of Justice’s exemption to the payment of overtime to its attorneys (rejected by a recorded vote of 103 ayes to 288 noes, Roll No. 320); and
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Coble amendment No. 56 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to increase funding for the Patent and Trademark Office by $133.8 million and decrease the Economic and Statistical Analysis, Bureau of the Census, and Educational and Cultural Exchange Program accounts accordingly (rejected by a recorded vote of 145 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 321).
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Points of order sustained against:
Jackson-Lee amendment No. 24 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to institute an $8 user fee for certain cruise ship passengers.
Obey amendment No. 31 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to increase funding for trade compliance activities;
Kaptur amendment that sought to make available funding for communities adversely affected by the implementation of permanent normal trade relations with China;
H. Res. 529, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill was agreed to on June 22.
Further Consideration of Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations: Agreed that during further consideration of H.R. 4690 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to H. Res. 529 and the order of the House of June 22, 2000, except as specified, each amendment shall be debatable only for 10 minutes; that amendment No. 23 shall be debatable only for 30 minutes; and that amendment No. 60 shall be debatable for 60 minutes.
Late Report--Energy and Water Appropriations: Committee on Appropriations received permission to have until midnight tonight to file a privileged report on a bill making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.
Legislative Program: The Majority Leader announced the Legislative Program for the week of June 26.
Meeting Hour--Monday, June 26: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 26 for morning-hour debates.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, June 28.
Prisoners of War Held in Iraq: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 275, expressing the sense of the Congress with regard to Iraq’s failure to release prisoners of war from Kuwait and nine other nations in violation of international agreements. Agreed to amend the concurrent resolution and agreed to amend the preamble.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H5085.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H5045-46, H5070-71, and H5071. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and adjourned at 3:30 p.m.