Bills Introduced: 11 public bills, H.R. 5427-5437; 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 420-422, and H. Res. 618-621 were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
H. Res. 575, supporting Internet safety awareness, amended (H. Rept. 106-949);
H.R. 762, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for research and services with respect to lupus, amended (H. Rept. 106-950);
H. Res. 615, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept. 106-951);
H. Res. 616, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany 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 (H. Rept. 106-952);
H. Res. 617, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 4461, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for fiscal year ending September 30, 2001 (H. Rept. 106-953); and
H.R. 5164, amended, to amend title 49, United States Code, to require reports concerning defects in motor vehicles or tires or other motor vehicle equipment in foreign countries (H. Rept. 106-954).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Biggert to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 1:04 p.m. and reconvened at 2:00 p.m.
Profound Sorrow on the Death of the Honorable Bruce F. Vento, a Representative from the State of Minnesota: The House agreed to H. Res. 618, expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of the Honorable Bruce F. Vento, a Representative from the State of Minnesota.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Recognition of a Liberty Day: H. Con. Res. 376, expressing the sense of the Congress regarding support for the recognition of a Liberty Day;
Thrift Savings Plan Rollover Distributions and Waiting Period: The House agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 208, to amend title 5, United States Code, to allow for the contribution of certain rollover distributions to accounts in the Thrift Savings Plan, to eliminate certain waiting-period requirements for participating in the Thrift Savings Plan (passed by a yea and nay vote of 382 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 520)--clearing the measure for the President;
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Ruth Harris Coleman Post Office, Odum, Georgia: H.R. 5229, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 219 South Church Street in Odum, Georgia, as the ``Ruth Harris Coleman Post Office;''
Roberto Clemente Post Office, Chicago, Illinois: H.R. 4831, amended, to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2339 North California Street in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Roberto Clemente Post Office.'' Agreed to amend the title;
Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Postpartum Depression: H. Res. 163, expressing D1057the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to postpartum depression;
Lupus Research and Care: H.R. 762, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for research and services with respect to lupus (passed by a yea and nay vote of 385 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 521);
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Drug Dealer Liability: H.R. 1042, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide civil liability for illegal manufacturers and distributors of controlled substances for the harm caused by the use of those controlled substances;
Internet Safety Awareness: H. Res. 575, amended, supporting Internet safety awareness;
Standard Time Zone for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands: H.R. 3756, to establish a standard time zone for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands;
Supreme Court Security: H.R. 5136, to make permanent the authority of the Marshal of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court Police to provide security beyond the Supreme Court building and grounds;
Visa Waiver Pilot Program: Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 3767, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make improvements to, and permanently authorize, the visa waiver pilot program under section 217 of such Act--clearing the measure for the President;
Waiver of Oath by Disabled Individuals: H.R. 4838, amended, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide a waiver of the oath of renunciation and allegiance for naturalization of aliens having certain disabilities. Subsequently the House passed S. 2812, a similar Senate-passed bill, after amending it to contain the text of H.R. 4838, as passed the House. H.R. 4838 was then laid on the table;
Disaster Mitigation and Cost Reduction: Agreed to the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 707, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to authorize a program for predisaster mitigation, to streamline the administration of disaster relief, to control the Federal costs of disaster assistance--clearing the measure for the President;
Motor Carrier Fuel Cost Equity: H.R. 4441, amended, to amend title 49, United States Code, to provide a mandatory fuel surcharge for transportation provided by certain motor carriers;
10th Anniversary of Free Elections in Burma: H. Con. Res. 328, amended, expressing the sense of the Congress in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the free and fair elections in Burma and the urgent need to improve the democratic and human rights of the people of Burma;
Release of Mr. Edmond Pope from Russian Prison for Humanitarian Reasons: H. Con. Res. 404, calling for the immediate release of Mr. Edmond Pope from prison in the Russian Federation for Humanitarian reasons;
Justice and Democratic Process for Kosova: H. Res. 451, amended, calling for lasting peace, justice, and stability in Kosova;
50th Anniversary of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees: H. Res. 577, amended, to honor the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for its role as a protector of the world’s refugees, to celebrate UNHCR’s 50th anniversary, and to praise the High Commissioner Sadako Ogata for her work with UNHCR for the past ten years;
Honoring U.S. Service Members Who Perished Aboard the British Transport HMT ROHNA: H. Con. Res. 408, expressing appreciation for the United States service members who were aboard the British transport HMT ROHNA when it sank, the families of these service members, and the rescuers of the HMT ROHNA’s passengers and crew;
Immediate Termination of Euthanizing Working Dogs by DoD, Improved Treatment of Military Working Dogs, and Adoption of Retired Military Working Dogs: H.R. 5314, amended, to require the immediate termination of the Department of Defense practice of euthanizing military working dogs at the end of their useful working life and to facilitate the adoption of retired military working dogs by law enforcement agencies, former handlers of these dogs, and other persons capable of caring for these dogs. Agreed to amend the title;
Posthumous Promotion of William Clark, Co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to the Grade of Captain in the Regular Army: H.R. 3621, to provide for the posthumous promotion of William Clark of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to the grade of captain in the Regular Army;
United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act: H.R. 4788, amended, to amend the United States Grain Standards Act to extend the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to collect fees to cover the cost of services performed under the Act, D1058to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Act, and to improve the administration of the Act. Agreed to amend the title;
County Schools Funding Revitalization: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2389, to restore stability and predictability to the annual payments made to States and counties containing National Forest System lands and public domain lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management for use by the counties for the benefit of public schools, roads--clearing the measure for the President;
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Education Land Grant Act: H. Res. 621, providing for the concurrence by the House with an amendment in the Senate amendment to H.R. 150, to amend the Act popularly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act to authorize disposal of certain public lands or national forest lands to local education agencies for use for elementary or secondary schools, including public charter schools;
Commemorating the Martin Luther King, Jr. ``I Have A Dream Speech'' at the Lincoln Memorial: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2879, to provide for the placement at the Lincoln Memorial of a plaque commemorating the speech of Martin Luther King, Jr., known as the ``I Have A Dream'' speech--clearing the measure for the President; and
Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation: H.R. 5164, amended, to amend title 49, United States Code, to require reports concerning defects in motor vehicles or tires or other motor vehicle equipment in foreign countries.
Suspension Failed--Pipeline Safety Improvement: S. 2438, to provide for enhanced safety, public awareness, and environmental protection in pipeline transportation (failed to pass by a two-thirds yea and nay vote of 232 yeas to 158 nays, Roll No. 519);
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Suspensions Debated: The following motions to suspend the rules were debated and further proceedings on the measures were postponed:
DOD Authority to Permit Military Installations and Reserve Component Facilities To Be Used as Polling Places in Federal, State, and Local Elections: H.R. 5174, to amend titles 10 and 18, United States Code, and the Revised Statutes to remove the uncertainty regarding the authority of the Department of Defense to permit buildings located on military installations and reserve component facilities to be used as polling places in Federal, State, and local elections for public office.
Alaska Native Claims Technical Amendments Act: H.R. 4345, amended, to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to clarify the process of allotments to Alaskan Natives who are veterans;
Land Conveyance to Washoe County School District: H.R. 4656, to authorize the Forest Service to convey certain lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin to the Washoe County School District for use as an elementary school site;
Corrections to the Coastal Barrier Resources System Map: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 34, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to make technical corrections to a map relating to the Coastal Barrier Resources System;
Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge Establishment: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3292, to provide for the establishment of the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana;
Saint Helena Island National Scenic Area: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 468, to establish the Saint Helena Island National Scenic Area; and
Use of South Gate, California Park Lands by LA Unified School District: H.R. 5083, to extend the authority of the Los Angeles Unified School District to use certain park lands in the city of South Gate, California, which were acquired with amounts provided from the land and water conservation fund, for elementary school purposes.
Veto Message--Energy and Water Appropriations: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted his veto message on H.R. 4733, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and explained his reasons therefor. Subsequently, the veto message was ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-299); and further proceedings on the bill and veto message were postponed.
Late Report: Conferees received permission to have until midnight, Oct. 10, 2000, to file a conference report on H.R. 4392, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages H9507, H9575.
Referrals: S. 2686 and S. 3062 were referred to the Committee on Government Reform. S. 1756 was referred to the Committees on Science and Armed Services.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today D1059and appear on pages H9573-74, H9574, H9574-75. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 618, adjourned at 12:25 a.m. on Oct. 11, 2000 in memory of the late Honorable Bruce F. Vento of Minnesota.