Bills Introduced: 25 public bills, H.R.4961-4985; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 381-382, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
H.R. 4678, to provide more child support money to families leaving welfare, to simplify the rules governing the assignment and distribution of child support collected by States on behalf of children, to improve the collection of child support, to promote marriage, amended (H. Rept. 106-793, Pt. 1);
H.J. Res. 99, disapproving the extension of the waiver authority contained in section 402(c) of the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to Vietnam, amended (H. Rept. 106-794);
H. Res. 564, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4865) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1993 income tax increase on Social Security benefits (H. Rept. 106-795); and
Conference report on H.R. 4516, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-796).
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Ose to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures debated on July 25:
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 (passed by a yea and nay vote of 413 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 439); and
Postponed Illegal Pornography Prosecution: H.R. 4710, to authorize appropriations for the prosecution of obscenity cases (passed by a yea and nay vote of 412 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 440).
Trade Waiver for Vietnam: The House failed to pass H.J. Res. 99, disapproving the extension of the waiver authority contained in section 402(c) of the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to Vietnam by a yea and nay vote of 91 yeas to 332 nays, Roll No. 441.
District of Columbia Appropriations: The House completed general debate and began considering amendments to 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.
Istook amendment No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 106-790 that makes available $100,000 for Metrorail construction;
Points of Order Sustained Against:
Moran amendment No. 12 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to strike Section 164 dealing with the District of Columbia Health and Hospitals Public Benefit Corporation;
Norton amendment No. 22 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to strike all of the General Provisions in the bill;
Moran amendment No. 13 printed in the Congressional Record that sought to strike sections 128 and 129 dealing with the granting of preferences in the use of surplus school properties to public charter schools and modifications of contracting requirements;
Section 153 that sought to specify funding from the National Highway System;
Souder amendment No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 106-790 that seeks to prohibit the use of any funding for needle exchange programs; and
Norton amendment No. 23 printed in the Congressional Record that seeks to strike Section 168 that specifies that the Health Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives Act of 2000 shall not take effect.
H. Res. 563, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 217 yeas to 203 nays, Roll No. 442.
Order of Business--District of Columbia Appropriations: Agreed that during further consideration of H.R. 4942, no amendment shall be in order except pro forma amendments offered by the Chairman or ranking member of the Committee on Appropriations or their designees for the purpose of debate, the amendments printed in H. Rept. 106-790, and amendments No. 23 and 13 printed in the Congressional Record.
DOD Authorizations--Send to Conference: The House disagreed with the Senate amendment to H.R. 4205, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2001 and agreed to a conference.
Representative Taylor of Mississippi offered a motion to instruct conferees to insist upon the provisions contained in section 725, relating to the Medicare subvention project for military retirees and dependents of the House bill. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed.
Presidential Message--Federal Labor Relations Authority: Read a letter from the President wherein he transmitted the 21st Annual Report of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for fiscal year 1999--referred to the Committee on Government Reform.
Recess: The House recessed at 7:40 p.m. and reconvened at 11:28 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:30 p.m. and reconvened at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 27.
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Recess: The House recessed at 7:01 a.m. and reconvened at 9:10 a.m. on Thursday, July 27.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages H7005 and H7127.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea and nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H7008-09, H7009, H7020, and H7026. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27.