Bills Introduced: 20 public bills, H.R. 5173-5192; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 400-402, and H. Res. 577-578, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
H.R. 2267, to amend the National Trails System Act to clarify Federal authority relating to land acquisition from willing sellers for the majority of the trails, amended (H. Rept. 106-846);
H.R. 2752, to give Lincoln County, Nevada, the right to purchase at fair market value certain public land located within that county, amended (H. Rept. 106-847);
H.R. 4521, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to authorize and provide funding for rehabilitation of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, to authorize funds for maintenance of utilities related to the Park, amended (H. Rept. 106-848);
H.R. 4096, to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to produce currency, postage stamps, and other security documents at the request of foreign governments, and security documents at the request of the individual States or any political subdivision thereof, on a reimbursable basis (H. Rept. 106-849);
H.R. 238, to amend section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose mandatory minimum sentences, and increase certain sentences, for bringing in and harboring certain aliens and to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide enhanced penalties for persons committing such offenses while armed, amended (H. Rept. 106-850);
H.R. 1349, to amend title 18, United States Code, to combat the over-utilization of prison health care services and control rising prisoner health care costs, amended (H. Rept. 106-851);
H.R. 2883, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to confer United States citizenship automatically and retroactively on certain foreign-born children adopted by citizens of the United States, amended (H. Rept. 106-852); and
H.R. 4870, to make technical corrections in patent, copyright, and trademark laws, amended (H. Rept. 106-853).
H.R. 4404, to permit the payment of medical expenses incurred by the United States Park Police in the performance of duty to be made directly by the National Park Service, to allow for waiver and indemnification in mutual law enforcement agreements between the National Park Service and a State or political subdivision when required by State law, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 106-854, Pt. 1).
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Priest Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala, Shiva Hindu Temple, of Parma, Ohio.
Recess: The House recessed at 9:07 a.m. and reconvened at 11:04 a.m.
His Excellency Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India: The House and Senate met in Joint Meeting for the purpose of receiving His Excellency Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of the Republic of India. The Speaker appointed the following to the Committee on the Part of the House to Escort the Prime Minister into the Chamber: Representatives Armey, Delay, Watts of Oklahoma, Cox, Gilman, Bereuter, Royce, Greenwood, Gephardt, Menendez, Gejdenson, Lantos, Ackerman, Pallone, D914Brown of Ohio, and Holt. And, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate appointed the following to the Committee on the Part of the Senate: Senators Lott, Lugar, Thomas, Brownback, Hagel, Chafee, Biden, Durbin, Kerry, Moynihan, and Reid.
District of Columbia Appropriations: The House passed 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 by a yea and nay vote of 217 yeas to 207 nays, Roll No. 474. The House also considered the bill on July 26.
Norton amendment no. 23 printed in the Congressional Record that strikes language on the District of Columbia Health Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives Act of 2000;
Souder amendment No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 106-790 and debated on July 26 that prohibits the use of Federal funding for needle exchange programs (agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 473);
Bilbray amendment no. 3 printed in H. Rept. 106-790 that prohibits the possession of tobacco products by individuals under the age of 18 (agreed to by a recorded vote of 265 ayes to 155 noes, Roll No. 472); and
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Tiahrt amendment No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 106-790 that prohibits the exchange of needles within 1000 feet of schools and other gathering places for children.
H. Res. 563, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was agreed to on July 26.
NASA Authorization Conference Report: The House agreed to 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 by a yea and nay vote of 399 yeas to 17 nays, Roll No. 475.
H. Res. 574, the rule that waived points of order against the conference report was agreed to by voice vote.
Legislative Branch Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 4516, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 by a yea and nay vote of 212 yeas to 209 nays, Roll No. 477.
H. Res. 565, the rule that waived points of order against the conference report was agreed to by voice vote.
Energy and Water Appropriations: The House disagreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4733, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and agreed to a conference. Appointed as conferees: Chairman Young of Florida and Representatives Packard, Rogers, Knollenberg, Frelinghuysen, Callahan, Latham, Wicker, Visclosky, Edwards, Pastor, Forbes, and Obey.
Transportation Appropriations: The House disagreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4475, making appropriations for the Department of Transportation 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 Wolf, DeLay, Regula, Rogers, Packard, Callahan, Tiahrt, Aderholt, Granger, Sabo, Olver, Pastor, Kilpatrick, Serrano, Forbes, and Obey.
Agreed to the Sabo motion to instruct conferees to insist on no less that $43,144,000, the amount provided in the Senate amendment, for the pipeline safety program.
Trafficking Victims Protection Act: The House disagreed with the Senate amendment to H.R. 3244, to combat trafficking of persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and slavery-like conditions in the United States and countries around the world through prevention, through prosecution and enforcement against traffickers, and through protection and assistance to victims of trafficking and agreed to a conference. Appointed as conferees: Representatives Gilman, Goodling, Smith of New Jersey, Hyde, Smith of Texas, Johnson of Connecticut, Gejdenson, Lantos, Conyers, and Cardin.
Agreed to the Watt of North Carolina motion to instruct conferees to recede to the Senate on provisions contained in section 7 of the Senate amendment relating to obtaining visas for victims of trafficking without numerical limitation.
Presidential Message--Arctic Research: Read a letter from the President wherein he transmitted the Eighth Biennial Report of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee referred to the Committee on Science.
Committee to Attend the Funeral of the Late Honorable Herbert H. Bateman: Pursuant to H. Res. 573, the Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following members to attend the funeral of the late Honorable Herbert H. Bateman from the Commonwealth of Virginia: Representatives Bliley, Hastert, Armey, Bonior, Wolf, Boucher, Sisisky, Pickett, Moran of Virginia, Goodlatte, Scott, Davis of Virginia, Goode, Spence, Shuster, Skelton, Stump, Bereuter, Hunter, Skeen, Bilirakis, Burton, D915Ortiz, Packard, Houghton, Morella, Goss, McNulty, Tanner, Bartlett, Buyer, Fowler, McKeon, Ehlers, Hostettler, LaHood, Latham, Gibbons, Riley, and Sherwood.
Meeting Hour--Monday, September 18: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, September 18.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, September 20.
Referral: H.R. 4975 was re-referred to the Committee on Government Reform.
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H7579.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea and nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H7597, H7597-98, H7598-99, H7606-07, and H7626. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:30 p.m. and adjourned at 7:32 p.m.
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