The House is expected to take up H.R. 4919, the Defense and Security Assistance Act of 2000 Conference Report, and H.R. 4578, the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act Conference Report.
Bills Introduced: 30 public bills, H.R. 5236-5265; 1 private bill, H.R. 5266; and 4 resolutions, H.J. Res. 108; H. Con. Res. 405, and H. Res. 587-588 were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 2413, to amend the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to enhance the ability of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to improve computer security, amended (H. Rept. 106-876);
H.R. 4429, to require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers and other such businesses to successfully integrate and utilize electronic commerce technologies and business practices, amended (H. Rept. 106-877);
H.R. 2987, to provide for the punishment of methamphetamine laboratory operators, provide additional resources to combat methamphetamine production, trafficking, and abuse in the United States, amended (H. Rept. 106-878, Pt. 1);
H.R. 4897, to amend the Small Business Act to establish a program to provide Federal contracting assistance to small business concerns owned and controlled by women (H. Rept. 106-879);
H.R. 4944, to amend the Small Business Act to permit the sale of guaranteed loans make for export purposes before the loans have been fully disbursed to borrowers (H. Rept. 106-880);
H.R. 4946, to amend the Small Business Act to direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a pilot program to provide regulatory compliance assistance to small business concerns, amended (H. Rept. 106-881); and
H. Res. 586, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 106-882).
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Richard Elliott of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania.
Defense and Security Assistance Act: The House agreed to the 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 by a yea and nay vote of 396 yeas to 17 nays, Roll No. 485.
Earlier, agreed to H. Res. 584, the rule that waived points of order against the conference report to accompany the bill by voice vote.
Enrollment Correction: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 405, to correct the enrollment of H.R. 4919, Defense and Security Assistance Act.
Lackawanna Heritage Valley, Pennsylvania American Heritage Area: The House concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 940, to establish the Lackawanna Heritage Valley American Heritage Area--clearing the measure for the President.
Earlier, agreed to H. Res. 583, the rule waiving points of order against a motion to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill by voice vote.
Veterans Health Administration. Personnel System Improvements: The House passed H.R. 5109, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the personnel system of the Veterans Health Administration by a yea and nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 486.
Agreed to the committee amendment made in order by the rule.
Earlier, agreed to H. Res. 585, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by voice vote.
Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act--Motion to Instruct Conferees: Representative Scarborough announced his intention to offer a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4205, Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act to recede to the Senate language contained in section 701 of the Senate amendment.
Meeting Hour--Friday, September 22: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Friday, September 22.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of September 27.
Senate Message: Message received by the Senate today appears on page H7935.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea and nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H7942-43 and H7965. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 5:16 p.m.