Bills Introduced: 19 public bills, H.R. 4942-4960; and 1 resolution, H. Con. Res. 380.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
H.R. 4464, to amend the Small Business Act to authorize the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to make grants and to enter into cooperative agreements to encourage the expansion of business-to-business relationships and the provision of certain information, amended (H. Rept. 106-784);
H.R. 4530, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a New Market Venture Capital Program (H. Rept. 106-785).
H.R. 4942, making appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-786);
H.R. 2462, to amend the Organic Act of Guam, amended (H. Rept. 106-787);
H.R. 4807, to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend programs established under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990, amended (H. Rept. 106-788);
H.R. 4868, to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to modify temporarily certain rates of duty, to make other technical amendments to the trade laws, amended (H. Rept. 106-789);
H. Res. 563, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4942) making appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against the revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-790);
H.R. 2348, to authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide cost sharing for the endangered fish recovery implementation programs for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins, amended (H. Rept. 106-791); and
H.R. 4320, to assist in the conservation of great apes by supporting and providing financial resources for the conservation programs of countries within the range of great apes and projects of persons with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of great apes, amended (H. Rept. 106-792).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Cooksey to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 9:25 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Veterans Benefits Act: H.R. 4850, to provide a cost-of-living adjustment in rates of compensation paid to veterans with service-connected disabilities, to enhance programs providing compensation and life insurance benefits for veterans;
Veterans Claims Assistance Act: H.R. 4864, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to reaffirm and clarify the duty of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary (passed by a yea and nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 432);
Pages H6786-90, H6841-42
Donald J. Mitchell Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic: H.R. 1982, amended, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic located at 125 Brookley Drive, Rome, New York, as the ``Donald J. Mitchell Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic.'' Agreed to amend the title;
Recognizing Medal of Honor Recipients in Heroes Plaza, Pueblo, Colorado: H. Con. Res. 351, recognizing Heroes Plaza in the City of Pueblo, Colorado, as honoring recipients of the Medal of Honor;
Protection of Innocent Children: H.R. 4888, to protect innocent children (passed by a yea and nay vote of 417 yeas with none voting nay and 2 voting ``present,'' Roll No. 431);
Pages H6792-97, H6841
Community Renewal and New Markets: H.R. 4923, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the renewal of distressed communities, to provide for 9 additional empowerment zones and increased tax incentives for empowerment zone development, and to encourage investments in new markets (passed by a yea and nay vote of 394 yeas to 27 nays, Roll No. 430);
10th Anniversary of the Activation of National Guard and Reserve for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm: H. Res. 549, recognizing the historical significance of the 10th anniversary of the initial activation of National Guard and Reserve personnel for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm and expressing support for ensuring the readiness of the National Guard and Reserve;
National Recording Preservation Act: H.R. 4846, amended, to establish the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress to maintain and preserve recordings that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant;
Truth in Regulating Act: H.R. 4924, to establish a 3-year pilot project for the General Accounting Office to report to Congress on economically significant rules of Federal agencies;
Commission on Ocean Policy: S. 2327, to establish a Commission on Ocean Policy--clearing the measure for the President;
Jaryd Atadero Legacy Trail in Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado: H.R. 3817, amended, to redesignate the Big South Trail in the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area of Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado as the ``Jaryd Atadero Legacy Trail.'' Agreed to amend the title;
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: H.R. 2919, amended, to promote preservation and public awareness of the history of the Underground Railroad by providing financial assistance, to the Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio (passed by a yea and nay vote of--404 yeas to 11 nays with 2 voting ``present'', Roll No. 434);
Pages H6860-64, H6885
Oregon Land Exchange: S. 1629, to provide for the exchange of certain land in the State of Oregon--clearing the measure for the President;
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument: H.R. 3676, amended, to establish the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in the State of California;
Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness: H.R. 4275, amended, to establish the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness;
Acquisition of Hunt House, in Waterloo, New York, Birthplace of the Women’s Right Movement: S. 1910, to amend the Act establishing Women’s Rights National Historical Park to permit the Secretary of the Interior to acquire title in fee simple to the Hunt House located in Waterloo, New York (passed by a yea and nay vote of 404 yeas to 9 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 435)--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H6875-76, H6885-86
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area: H.R. 2833, amended, to establish the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area;
Guam Land Return Act: H.R. 2462, amended, to amend the Organic Act of Guam;
Use of Weber Basin Project, Utah Facilities for Beneficial Purposes: H.R. 3236, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into contracts with the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, Utah, to use Weber Basin Project facilities for the impounding, storage, and carriage of nonproject water for domestic, municipal, industrial, and other beneficial purposes;
Duchesne City, Utah Water Rights Conveyance: H.R. 3468, amended, to direct the Secretary of the D819Interior to convey to certain water rights to Duchesne City, Utah.
Preparedness Against Terrorism: H.R. 4210, amended, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide for improved Federal efforts to prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks;
Designation of Carl Elliott Federal Building in Jasper, Alabama: H.R. 4806, to designate the Federal building located at 1710 Alabama Avenue in Jasper, Alabama, as the ``Carl Elliott Federal Building'' (passed by a yea and nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 436);
Pages H6893-96, H6925-26
210th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Coast Guard: H. Con. Res. 372, expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the historic significance of the 210th anniversary of the establishment of the Coast Guard (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting `` nay'', Roll No. 437);
Pages H6896-H6902, H6926
Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections: H.R. 4868, amended, to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to modify temporarily certain rates of duty, to make other technical amendments to the trade laws (a yea and nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 438);
Pages H6902-25, H6926-27
Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction: H.R. 3380, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish Federal jurisdiction over offenses committed outside the United States by persons employed by or accompanying the Armed Forces, or by members of the Armed Forces who are released or separated from active duty prior to being identified and prosecuted for the commission of such offenses. Subsequently, the House passed S. 768, a similar Senate-passed bill, after amending it to contain the text of H.R. 3380. Agreed to amend the title of S. 768, and H.R. 3380 was laid on the table.
Pages H6928-32, H6938-40
Justice for Victims of Terrorism: H.R. 3485, amended, to modify the enforcement of certain anti-terrorism judgments;
Two Strikes and You’re Out Child Protection: H.R. 4047, to amend title 18 of the United States Code to provide life imprisonment for repeat offenders who commit sex offenses against children;
Congratulating the Mexican People on the National Elections: H. Res. 544, congratulating the people of the United Mexican States on the success of their democratic elections held on July 2, 2000;
International Anti-Corruption and Good Governance: H.R. 4697, amended, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to ensure that United States assistance programs promote good governance by assisting other countries to combat corruption throughout society and to promote transparency and increased accountability for all levels of government and throughout the private sector;
Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins Endangered Fish Recovery: H.R. 2348, amended, to authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide cost sharing for the endangered fish recovery implementation programs for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins;
Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe Water Rights Claims: H.R. 3291, amended, to provide for the settlement of the water rights claims of the Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah;
Conservation of Great Apes: H.R. 4320, amended, to assist in the conservation of great apes by supporting and providing financial resources for the conservation programs of countries within the range of great apes and projects of persons with demonstrated expertise in the conservation of great apes;
Supporting the Goals of National Youth Day: H. Con. Res. 375, amended, recognizing the importance of children in the United States and supporting the goals and ideas of National Youth Day. Agreed to amend the title;
Ryan White CARE Amendments: H.R. 4807, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend programs established under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990;
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights: H.R. 4920, amended, to improve service systems for individuals with developmental disabilities,
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House completed debate on the following motions to suspend the rules upon which further proceedings were postponed:
Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grants: H.R. 4033, amended, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify the procedures and conditions for the award of matching grants for the purchase of armor vests; and
Postponed Illegal Pornography Prosecution: H.R. 4710, to authorize appropriations for the prosecution of obscenity cases.
Suspension Failed--Fishermen’s Protective Act Amendments: The House failed to suspend the rules and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1651, to amend the Fishermen’s Protective Act of 1967 to extend the period during which reimbursement may be provided to owners of United States fishing vessels for costs incurred when such a vessel is seized and detained by a foreign country by a yea and nay vote of 265 yeas to 154 nays, Roll No. 433 (\2/3\ required for passage).
Pages H6855-56, H6884D820
Expressing Support for Family Mealtimes: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 343, expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the importance of families eating together.
Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations--Send to Conference: The House disagreed with the Senate amendment to H.R. 4578, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior 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 Regula, Kolbe, Skeen, Taylor of North Carolina, Nethercutt, Wamp, Kingston, Peterson of Pennsylvania, Obey, Dicks, Murtha, Moran of Virginia, Cramer, and Hinchey,
Agreed to the Dicks motion to instruct conferees to insist on funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services at a level not less than the $24,907,000 provided in the Senate amendment.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H6797.
Amendments: Amendments ordered pursuant to the rule appear on pages H7003-04.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Nine yea and nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H6840, H6841, H6841-42, H6884, H6885, H6885-86, H6925-26, H6926, and H6926-27. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and adjourned at 12:34 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26.
9:01AM - 9:25AM ETMorning Hour