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House Session - October 17, 2000

Bills Introduced: 6 public bills, H.R. 5474-5479; 2 private bills, H.R. 5480-5481; and 1 private resolution, H. Res. 636; 4 resolutions, H. Res. 630-632, 635 were introduced.
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Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
H.R. 2121, to ensure that no alien is removed, denied a benefit under the Immigration and Nationality Act, or otherwise deprived of liberty, based on evidence that is kept secret from the alien, amended (H. Rept. 106-981);
H.R. 4548, to establish a pilot program creating a system of registries of temporary agricultural workers to provide for a sufficient supply of such workers, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to streamline procedures for the temporary admission and extension of stay of nonimmigrant agricultural workers under the pilot program, amended (H. Rept. 106-982, Pt. 1);
H.R. 4209, to amend the Federal Reserve Act to require the payment of interest on reserves maintained at Federal reserve banks by insured depository institutions, amended (H. Rept. 106-983);
H. Res. 633, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept. 106-984); and
H. Res. 634, providing for consideration of 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 (H. Rept. 106-985).
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Biggert to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
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Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Veterans Benefits Act: Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 4850, to provide a cost-of-living adjustment in rates of compensation paid to veterans with service-connected disabilities, to enhance programs providing compensation and life insurance benefits for veterans--clearing the measure for the President;
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Veterans Claims Assistance Act: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4864, to amend title 38, United States Code, to reaffirm and clarify the duty D1089of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assist claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary--clearing the measure for the President;
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Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement Act: Agreed to the Senate amendment to the House amendment to S. 1402, to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance programs providing education benefits for veterans--clearing the measure for the President;
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Technology Transfer Commercialization: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 209, to improve the ability of Federal agencies to license federally owned inventions--clearing the measure for the President;
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Commercial Space Transportation Competitiveness: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2607, to promote the development of the commercial space transportation industry, to authorize appropriations for the Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, to authorize appropriations for the Office of Space Commercialization--clearing the measure for the President;
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Protecting Our Children From Drugs: H.R. 5312, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to protect children from drug traffickers;
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Drug Treatment Alternatives to Prison: H.R. 4493, to establish grants for drug treatment alternative to prison programs administered by State or local prosecutors;
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Western Paleontology and Archaeology Center in Diamond Valley Lake Area of Southern California: H.R. 4187, to assist in the establishment of an interpretive center and museum in the vicinity of the Diamond Valley Lake in southern California to ensure the protection and interpretation of the paleontology discoveries made at the lake and to develop a trail system for the lake for use by pedestrians and nonmotorized vehicles;
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Expeditious Construction of the National World War II Memorial: S. Con. Res. 145, Expressing the sense of Congress on the propriety and need for expeditious construction of the National World War II Memorial at the Rainbow Pool on the National Mall in the Nation’s Capital;
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Alaska Native and American Indian Direct Reimbursement: S. 406, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to make permanent the demonstration program that allows for direct billing of medicare, medicaid, and other third party payors, and to expand the eligibility under such program to other tribes and tribal organizations--clearing the measure for the President;
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Payment of Medical Expenses Incurred by the United States Park Police: H.R. 4404, amended, 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;
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Ivanpah Valley Airport Public Lands Transfer: Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 1695, to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal public lands in the Ivanpah Valley, Nevada, to Clark County, Nevada, for the development of an airport facility organizations--clearing the measure for the President;
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Lincoln Highway Study: H.R. 2570, to require the Secretary of the Interior to undertake a study regarding methods to commemorate the national significance of the United States roadways that comprise the Lincoln Highway;
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Castle Rock Ranch Acquisition: S. 1705, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into land exchanges to acquire from the private owner and to convey to the State of Idaho approximately 1,240 acres of land near the City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho--clearing the measure for the President;
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Santo Domingo Pueblo Claims Settlement: S. 2917, to settle the land claims of the Pueblo of Santo Domingo--clearing the measure for the President;
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Boundaries of Missouri River Segment in Montana under the Wild and Scenic Rivers: H.R. 5041, to establish the boundaries and classification of a segment of the Missouri River in Montana under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act;
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Rehabilitation of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park: H.R. 4521, amended, 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;
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Virginia Wilderness Area in George Washington National Forest: H.R. 4646, amended, to designate certain National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the State of Virginia as wilderness areas. Agreed to amend the title;
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Five Nations Oklahoma Citizens Land Reform: H.R. 5308, amended, to amend laws relating to the D1090lands of the citizens of the Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations, historically referred to as the Five Civilized Tribes;
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Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor: H.R. 3926, to amend the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1984 to increase the amount authorized to be appropriated to the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission;
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Timbisha Shoshone Homeland: S. 2102, to provide to the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe a permanent land base within its aboriginal homeland--clearing the measure for the President;
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Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area Study: H.R. 4312, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the suitability and feasibility of establishing an Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
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Bend Pine Nursery Land Conveyance: S. 1936, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to sell or exchange all or part of certain administrative sites and other National Forest System land in the State of Oregon and use the proceeds derived from the sale or exchange for National Forest System purposes;
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Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: S. 1296, to designate portions of the lower Delaware River and associated tributaries as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System--clearing the measure for the President;
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Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Land Authorities: H.R. 5398, to provide that land which is owned by the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana but which is not held in trust by the United States for the Tribe may be leased or transferred by the Tribe without further approval by the United States;
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Irrigation Mitigation and Restoration Partnership: H. Res. 630, amended, providing for the concurrence by the House with an amendment in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1444, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to develop and implement projects for fish screens, fish passage devices, and other similar measures to mitigate adverse impacts associated with irrigation system water diversions by local governmental entities in the States of Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho;
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Mandatory Separation Age Parity for Federal Firefighters: H.R. 460, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that the mandatory separation age for Federal firefighters be made the same as the age that applies with respect to Federal law enforcement officers;
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George Atlee Goodling Post Office Building, York, Pennsylvania: H.R. 5210, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 South George Street in York, Pennsylvania, as the ``George Atlee Goodling Post Office Building;''
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J.T. Weeker Service Center, Chicago, Illinois: H.R. 5016, amended, to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 514 Express Center Drive in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``J.T. Weeker Service Center.'' Agreed to amend the title;
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National Transportation Safety Board Amendments Act: S. 2412, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the National Transportation Safety Board for fiscal years 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003--clearing the measure for the President;
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George E. Brown, Jr. United States Courthouse: H.R. 5110, to designate the United States courthouse located at 3470 12th Street in Riverside, California, as the ``George E. Brown, Jr. United States Courthouse;''
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Southeast Federal Center Public-Private Development: Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 3069, to authorize the Administrator of General Services to provide for redevelopment of the Southeast Federal Center in the District of Columbia--clearing the measure for the President;
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William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse, Seattle, Washington: H.R. 5302, to designate the United States courthouse located at 1010 Fifth Avenue in Seattle, Washington, as the ``William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse;''
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Extension of Time to File a Complaint Alleging False Inspection Certificates at Hunts Point Terminal Market, Bronx, New York: H.R. 4965, to amend the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 1930, to extend the time period during which persons may file a complaint alleging the preparation of false inspection certificates at Hunts Point Terminal Market, Bronx, New York;
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Grain Standards and Warehouse Improvement: H. Res. 632, providing for the concurrence by the House with an amendment in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4788, the Grain Standards and Warehouse Improvement Act of 2000;
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Inspectors General Criminal Investigator Academy and Forensic Laboratory: S. 1707, to amend D1091the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) to provide that certain designated Federal entities shall be establishments under such Act--clearing the measure for the President;
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Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) Authorization: H.R. 4281, amended, to establish, wherever feasible, guidelines, recommendations, and regulations that promote the regulatory acceptance of new and revised toxicological tests that protect human and animal health and the environment while reducing, refining, or replacing animal tests and ensuring human safety and product effectiveness. Agreed to amend the title;
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Richmond National Battlefield Park; H.R. 5225, amended, to revise the boundaries of the Richmond National Battlefield Park based on the findings of the Civil War Sites Advisory Committee and the National Park Service and to encourage cooperative management, protection, and interpretation of the resources associated with the Civil War and the Civil War battles in and around the city of Richmond, Virginia;
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Smithsonian American Art Museum: S. 3201, to rename the National Museum of American Art--clearing the measure for the President;
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array located on Mauna Kea at Hilo, Hawaii. S. 2498, to authorize the Smithsonian Institution to plan, design, construct, and equip laboratory, administrative, and support space to house base operations for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Submillimeter Array located on Mauna Kea at Hilo, Hawaii--clearing the measure for the President; and
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Library of Congress Revolving Fund for Audio and Video Duplication Services Associated with Audiovisual Conservation Center: H.R. 5410, amended, to establish revolving funds for the operation of certain programs and activities of the Library of Congress.
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Suspensions: The House debated the following motions to suspend the rules and upon which proceedings were postponed:
National Children’s Memorial Day. H. Con. Res. 415, expressing the sense of the Congress that there should be established a National Children’s Memorial Day;
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Social Security Number Confidentiality: H.R. 3218, to amend title 31, United States Code, to prohibit the appearance of Social Security account numbers on or through unopened mailings of checks or other drafts issued on public money in the Treasury;
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Fish and Wildlife Programs Improvement and National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial: Concurring with the Senate amendments to H.R. 3671, to amend the Acts popularly known as the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act to enhance the funds available for grants to States for fish and wildlife conservation projects and increase opportunities for recreational hunting, bow hunting, trapping, archery, and fishing, by eliminating opportunities for waste, fraud, abuse, maladministration, and unauthorized expenditures for administration and execution of those Acts;
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Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance: H.R. 4148, amended, to make technical amendments to the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act relating to contract support costs; and
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Compensation to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for Takings: S. 964, amended, to provide for equitable compensation for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
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Meeting Hour--Wednesday, Oct. 18: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
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Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: The Chair announced the Speaker’s reappointment of Mr. Gordon A. Martin of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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Presidential Message--Railroad Retirement: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted the Annual Report of the Railroad Retirement Act--referred to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means.
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VA, HUD, Appropriations: Disagreed with the Senate amendment to H.R. 4635, making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, and agreed to a conference. Appointed as conferees: Chairman Young of Florida, and Representatives DeLay, Hobson, Knollenberg, Frelinghuysen, Northup, Sununu, Goode, Mollohan, Kaptur, Meek of Florida, Price of North Carolina, Cramer, and Obey.
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Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate appears on page H9989.
Referrals: S. 1848, S. 2195, S. 2301, S. 2425, S. 2594, S. 2877, S. 2882, and S. 2981 were referred to the Committee on Resources. S. 2688 was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H10037-66.
Quorum Calls--Votes: No quorum calls or recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:08 p.m.

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