The House is expected to take up H.R. 4945, the Small Business Competition Preservation Act of 2000, and a number of conference reports.
Bills Introduced: 19 public bills, H.R. 5217-5235 and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 583-585 were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
Conference report on H.R. 4919, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions under those Acts, to authorize the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign countries (H. Rept. 106-868); and
H.R. 3067, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities to Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District, amended (H. Rept. 106-870);
S. 1778, to provide for equal exchanges of land around the Cascade Reservoir (H. Rept. 106-871);
H.R. 3100, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit telemarketers from interfering with the caller identification service of any person to whom a telephone solicitation is made, amended (H. Rept. 106-872);
H. Res. 583, waiving points of order against a motion to concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 940, to establish the Lackawanna Heritage Valley American Heritage Area (H. Rept. 106-873);
H. Res. 584, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 4919, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions under those Acts, to authorize the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign countries (H. Rept. 106-874); and
H. Res. 585, providing for consideration of H.R. 5109, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the personnel system of the Veterans Health Administration (H. Rept. 106-875).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Cooksey to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Small Business Competition Preservation Act: The House passed H.R. 4945, to amend the Small Business Act to strengthen existing protections for D942small business participation in the Federal procurement contracting process by a yea and nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 482.
Agreed to H. Res. 582, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by voice vote.
Chandler Pumping Plant Water Exchange Feasibility Study: The House passed H.R. 3986, to provide for a study of the engineering feasibility of a water exchange in lieu of electrification of the Chandler Pumping Plant at Prosser Diversion Dam, Washington by a yea and nay vote of 418 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 483 (the House failed to pass the bill under suspension of the rules on Tuesday, September 19).
Agreed to the Committee on Resources amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order by the rule.
Agreed to H. Res. 581, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by voice vote.
HHS, Education, and Related Agencies--Motion to Instruct Conferees: Agreed to divide the question on the Obey motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4577, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001. Subsequently, by voice vote, agreed to the first division to insist on the highest funding level possible for the Department of Education. And, by a yea and nay vote of 222 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 484, agreed to the second division to instruct conferees to insist on disagreeing with provisions in the Senate amendment which denies the President’s request for dedicated resources to reduce class sizes in the early grades and for local school construction and, instead, broadly expands the Title VI Education Block Grant with limited accountability in the use of the funds.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea and nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H7885, H7888, and H7897. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 6:56 p.m.