Bills Introduced: 14 public bills, H.R. 4884-4897; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 377 and H. Res. 558, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
Committee on Appropriations Report on the Revised Suballocation of Budget Allocations for Fiscal Year 2001 (H. Rept. 106-761);
H.R. 3919, to provide assistance for the conservation of coral reefs, to coordinate Federal coral reef conservation activities, amended (H. Rept. 106-762);
H.R. 3182, to provide for a land conveyance to the city of Craig, Alaska (H. Rept. 106-763);
H.R. 2958, to provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance of certain public lands in the State of Alaska to the University of Alaska (H. Rept. 106-764);
Conference report on H.R. 4810, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 103(a)(1) of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2001 (H. Rept. 106-765);
H. Res. 559, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 4810, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 103(a)(1) of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2001 (H. Rept. 106-766); and
H. Res. 560, providing for consideration of H.R. 4871, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-767).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Ose to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Profound Sorrow on the Death of the Honorable Paul Coverdell, a Senator from the State of Georgia: The House agreed to H. Res. 558, expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of Senator Paul Coverdell.
Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act: The House passed H.R. 1102, to provide for pension reform, by a recorded vote of 401 ayes to 25 noes, Roll No. 412.
In lieu of the amendment recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill, the amendment consisting of the text of H.R. 4843, as reported, H. Rept. 106-753, was considered as adopted pursuant to the rule.
Rejected the Neal motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report it back with an amendment that includes a contingency based on a Medicare prescription drug benefit and no on-budget deficit by a yea and nay vote of 185 yeas to 239 nays, Roll No. 411.
Rejected the Neal amendment in the nature of a substitute, as modified, that sought to include the text of H.R. 4843, as reported, H. Rept. 106-753, provide a credit for low and middle income workers, make small business employees eligible to claim a credit, provide relief from certain section 405 rules, and express a sense of Congress concerning the resolution of cash balances by a yea and nay vote of 200 yeas to 221 nays, Roll No. 410.
H. Res. 557, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was agreed to by voice vote.
DOD Appropriations Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 4576, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 by a yea and nay vote of 367 yeas to 58 nays, Roll No. 413.
H. Res. 554, the rule that waived points of order against the conference report was agreed to by voice vote.
Russian-American Trust and Cooperation Act: The House passed H.R. 4118, to prohibit the rescheduling or forgiveness of any outstanding bilateral debt owed to the United States by the Government of the Russian Federation until the President certifies to the Congress that the Government of the Russian Federation has ceased all its operations at, removed all personnel from, and permanently closed the intelligence facility at Lourdes, Cuba by a yea and nay vote of 275 yeas to 146 nays, Roll No. 414.
Pursuant to the rule, the Committee on International Relations amendment in the nature of a substitute now printed in the reported bill, H. Rept. 106-668, was considered as adopted.
Rejected the Mr. Gejdenson motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on International Relations with instructions to establish a bipartisan national commission to study and report to the President on the exercise of the presidential waiver in section 3(b)(2) of the bill with regard to United States national interests in the context of other possible actions (including changes in United States policy) toward Cuba.
H. Res. 555, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was agreed to by voice vote.
Send to Conference Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations: The House disagreed with the Senate amendment 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, and agreed to a conference. Appointed as conferees Chairman Young of Florida and Representatives Porter, Bonilla, Istook, Miller of Florida, Dickey, Wicker, Northup, Cunningham, Obey, Hoyer, Pelosi, Lowey, DeLauro, and Jackson of Illinois.
By a yea and nay vote of 207 yeas to 212 nays, Roll No. 415, rejected the Obey motion to instruct conferees to insist in the Senate amendment on no less than $42,674,645,000 for the Department of Education; no less than $7,353,141,000 for IDEA, no less than $8,692,000,000 for the Pell Grant Program, no less than $6,267,000,000 for the Head Start Program, no less than $817,328,000 for the Child Care Development Block Grant, and no less than $20,512,735,000 for NIH, and to disagree with provisions in the Senate amendment which deny the President’s requests to reduce class sizes in the early grades and for high school construction, and instead broadly expand the Title VI Education Block Grant with limited accountability in the use of funds.
Suspension--Drug Addiction Treatment: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 2634, amended, to amend the Controlled Substances D780Act with respect to registration requirements for practitioners who dispense narcotic drugs in schedule IV or V for maintenance treatment or detoxification treatment by a yea and nay vote of 412 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 416. The motion to suspend the rules was debated on Tuesday, July 18. Agreed to amend the title.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages H6473.
Amendments: Amendments ordered pursuant to the rule appear on pages H6600-01.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea and nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H6526, H6528, H6528-29, H6539-40, H6560-61, H6563-64, and H6564. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 558, adjourned at 10:31 p.m. as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Honorable Paul Coverdell, a Senator from the State of Georgia.
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