Bills Introduced: 17 public bills, H.R. 5146-5162; and 9 resolutions, H.J. Res. 107; H. Con. Res. 394-397; and H. Res. 572, 573, 575, 576, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
H.R. 3595, to increase the authorization of appropriations for the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978, amended (H. Rept. 106-836);
H.R. 4148, to make technical amendments to the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act relating to contract support costs, amended (H. Rept. 106-837);
H.R. 4790, to recognize hunting heritage and provide opportunities for continued hunting on public lands, amended (H. Rept. 106-838);
H. Con. Res. 345, expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the need for cataloging and maintaining public memorials commemorating military conflicts of the United States and the service of individuals in the Armed Forces (H. Rept. 106-839);
H.R. 4104, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize funding to carry out certain water quality and barrier island restoration projects for the Mississippi Sound, amended (H. Rept. 106-840);
H.R. 3661, to help ensure general aviation aircraft access to Federal land and to the airspace over that land, amended (H. Rept. 106-841 Pt. 1);
H.R. 3378, to authorize certain actions to address the comprehensive treatment of sewage emanating from the Tijuana River in order to substantially reduce river and ocean pollution in the San Diego border region, amended (H. Rept. 106-842 Pt. 1);
Conference report on H.R. 1654, to authorize appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for fiscal years 2000, 2001, and 2002 (H. Rept. 106-843); and
H. Res. 574, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 1654, to authorize appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for fiscal years 2000, 2001, and 2002 (H. Rept. 106-844).
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Isakson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Sister Catherine Moran, Order of Preachers, of Newark, New Jersey.
Recess: The House recessed at 12:59 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Profound Sorrow on the Death of the Honorable Herbert H. Bateman, a Representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia: The House agreed to H. Res. 573, expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of the Honorable Herbert H. Bateman, a Representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
School Safety Hotlines: H.R. 5123, to require the Secretary of Education to provide notification to States and State educational agencies regarding the availability of certain administrative funds to establish school safety hotlines;
Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Program: H.R. 4840, amended, to reauthorize the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act;
Exploration of the Seas: H.R. 2090, amended, to direct the Secretary of Commerce to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to establish the Coordinated Oceanographic Program Advisory Panel to report to the Congress on the feasibility and social value of a coordinated oceanography program (passed by a yea and nay vote of 390 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 460);
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Red River National Wildlife Refuge: H.R. 4318, amended, to establish the Red River National Wildlife Refuge;
Corinth Battlefield Preservation Act: S. 1117, to establish the Corinth Unit of Shiloh National Military Park, in the vicinity of the city of Corinth, Mississippi and in the State of Tennessee--clearing the measure for the President;
Black Patriots Memorial North of the Reflecting Pool on the Mall. H.R. 4957, to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to extend the legislative authority for the Black Patriots Foundation to establish a commemorative work (passed by a yea and nay vote of 398 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 461);
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment: H.R. 3632, amended, to revise the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (passed by a yea and nay vote of 333 yeas to 68 nays, Roll No. 462);
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Air Force Memorial in the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area: H.R. 4583, to extend the authorization for the Air Force Memorial Foundation to establish a memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs (passed by a yea and nay vote of 398 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 463);
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Jackson Multi-Agency Campus Act: S. 1374, to authorize the development and maintenance of a multiagency campus project in the town of Jackson, Wyoming clearing the measure for the President (passed by a yea and nay vote of 400 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 464). Earlier, the House agreed to H. Con. Res. 394, directing the Secretary of the Senate to make technical corrections in the enrollment of S. 1374;
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Sales of Electricity by the Bonneville Power Administration: S. 1937, to amend the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act to provide for sales of electricity by the Bonneville Power Administration to joint operating entities--clearing the measure for the President;
Deschutes Resources Conservancy Reauthorization: S. 1027, to reauthorize the participation of the Bureau of Reclamation in the Deschutes Resources Conservancy--clearing the measure for the President,
San Bernardino National Forest Land Conveyance: H.R. 3657, amended, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of public domain land in the San Bernardino National Forest in the State of California;
Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System Act: S. 624, amended, to authorize construction of the Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System in the State of Montana;
Virgin Islands Organic Act Revision: H.R. 2296, to amend the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands to provide that the number of members on the legislature of the Virgin Islands and the number of such members constituting a quorum shall be determined by the laws of the Virgin Islands;
Membership in the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe: H.R. 1460, to amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to decrease the requisite blood quantum required for membership in the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe;
Guam War Restitution Act: H.R. 755, amended, to amend the Organic Act of Guam to provide restitution to the people of Guam who suffered atrocities such as personal injury, forced labor, forced marches, internment, and death during the occupation of Guam in World War II. Agreed to amend the title;
Recognizing Slave Laborers Who Worked on the Construction of the Capitol: H. Con. Res. 368, establishing a special task force to recommend an appropriate recognition for the slave laborers who worked on the construction of the United States Capitol;
Significant Contributions of the Birmingham Pledge: H.J. Res. 102, recognizing that the Birmingham Pledge has made a significant contribution in fostering racial harmony and reconciliation in the United States and around the world;
Literacy Involves Families Together Act: H.R. 3222, amended, to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve literacy through family literacy projects. Agreed to amend the title;
Tijuana River Valley Estuary and Beach Sewage Cleanup Act: H.R. 3378, amended, to authorize certain actions to address the comprehensive treatment of sewage emanating from the Tijuana River in order to substantially reduce river and ocean pollution in the San Diego border region;
Estuary Restoration Act: H.R. 1775, amended, to catalyze restoration of estuary habitat through more efficient financing of projects and enhanced coordination of Federal and non-Federal restoration programs;
Mississippi Sound Restoration Act: H.R. 4104, amended, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize funding to carry out certain water quality and barrier island restoration projects for the Mississippi Sound. Agreed to amend the title; and
Estuary Habitat and Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act: S. 835, amended, to encourage the restoration of estuary habitat through more efficient project financing and enhanced coordination of Federal and non-Federal restoration programs. Subsequently, the House insisted on its amendment and asked for a conference.
Suspensions--Debated: The House completed debate on the following motions to suspend the rules. Further proceedings were postponed until Wednesday, September 13:
Foreign Sales Corporation Repeal and Extraterritorial Income Exclusion: H.R. 4986, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the provisions relating to foreign sales corporations (FSCs) and to exclude extraterritorial income from gross income;
Scouting for all Act: H.R. 4892, to repeal the Federal charter of the Boy Scouts of America;
Honoring the Service and Sacrifice by the United States Merchant Marine. H. Con. Res. 327, honoring the service and sacrifice during periods of war by members of the United States merchant marine; and
Strengthening United States-India Relations: H. Res. 572, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that it is in the interest of both the United States and the Republic of India to expand and strengthen United States-India relations, intensify bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism, and broaden the ongoing dialogue between the United States and India, of which the upcoming visit to the United States of the Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is a significant step.
DOD Authorization--Motion to Instruct: Representative Conyers announced his intention to offer a motion to instruct conferees on 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, to agree to the provisions contained in title XV of the Senate amendment.
DOD Authorization--Motion to Instruct: Representative Graham announced his intention to offer motions to instruct conferees on 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: First, to agree to the provisions contained in section 1068 of the Senate amendment; and second, not to agree to provisions which (1) fail to recognize that the 14th amendment to the Constitution guarantees all persons equal protection under the law; (2) deny equal protection under the law by conditioning prosecution of certain offenses on the race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of the victim; and (3) preclude a person convicted of murder from being sentenced to death.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H7375.
Referral: S. 2386 was referred to the Committees on Government Reform and Rules.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea and nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H7440-41, H7441-42, D896H7442, H7442-43, and H7443-44. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 12:30 p.m. and pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 573, adjourned at 11:37 p.m. as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Honorable Herbert H. Bateman, a Representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
12:29PM - 12:59PM ETMorning Hour