Bills Introduced: 25 public bills, H.R. 5499-5523; 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 430-432, and H. Res. 643 were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows.
Supplemental report on H.R. 454, to reauthorize and amend the Commodity Exchange Act to promote legal certainty, enhance competition, and reduce systemic risk in markets for futures and over-the-counter derivatives (H. Rept. 106-711 Pt. 4).
H.R. 4725, to amend the Zuni Land Conservation Act of 1990 to provide for the expenditure of Zuni funds by that tribe, amended (H. Rept. 106-993 Pt. 1).
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Ose to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Water Resources Development Act: The House passed S. 2796, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States by a yea and nay vote of 394 yeas to 14 nays, Roll No. 534.
Agreed to the Rahall motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report it back forthwith with amendments that strike sections 330 and 436 and make technical changes. Subsequently, the House agreed to the en bloc amendment as specified in the Rahall motion.
Pursuant to rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the Congressional Record and numbered 2 was considered as adopted.
H. Res. 639, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was agreed to by voice vote.
Water Resources Development--Go to Conference: The House insisted on its amendment to S. 2796, and requested a conference: Appointed as conferees: Chairman Shuster and Representatives Young of Alaska, Boehlert, Shaw, Oberstar, Borski, and Menendez.
Agreed to the Oberstar motion to instruct conferees to insist on section 586 of the House amendment.
VA, HUD Appropriations: The House agreed to the conference report on 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 by a yea and nay vote of 386 yeas to 24 nays, Roll No. 536.
Earlier, agreed to H. Res. 638, the rule that waived points of order against the conference report by a yea and nay vote of 400 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 535.
Further Continuing Appropriations: The House passed H.J. Res. 114, making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2001 by a yea and nay vote of 262 yeas to 136 nays, Roll No. 539.
H. Res. 637, the rule that provided for consideration of the joint resolution was agreed to by a recorded vote of 209 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 538. Agreed to order the previous question by a yea and nay vote of 212 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 537.
Foreign Assistance Appropriations: The House disagreed with the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference on H.R. 4811, making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001. Appointed as conferees: Chairman Young of Florida and Representatives Callahan, Porter, Wolf, Packard, Knollenberg, Kingston, Lewis of California, Wicker, Pelosi, Lowey, Jackson of Illinois, Kilpatrick, Sabo, and Obey.
Agreed to the Pelosi motion to instruct conferees to insist on the highest possible funding level for Debt Restructuring, and on provisions authorizing a United States contribution to the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Trust Fund without unnecessary legislative restrictions.
Consideration of Suspensions: The House agreed to H. Res. 640, providing for the consideration of motions to suspend the rules on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000. Pursuant to the rule, H. Res. 615 and H. Res. 633 were laid on the table.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Commodity Futures Modernization: H.R. 4541, amended, to reauthorize and amend the Commodity Exchange Act to promote legal certainty, enhance competition, and reduce systemic risk in markets for futures and over-the-counter derivatives (passed by a yea and nay vote of 377 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 540);
Kristen’s Act: H.R. 2780, to authorize the Attorney General to provide grants for organizations to find missing adults;
Increasing Public Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis: H. Con. Res. 271, expressing the support of Congress for activities to increase public awareness of multiple sclerosis; and
Regulation of Electric Bikes CPSC: H.R. 2592, amended, to amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to provide that low-speed electric bicycles are consumer products subject to such Act.
District of Columbia Performance Accountability: The House passed S. 3062, to modify the date on which the Mayor of the District of Columbia submits a performance accountability plan to Congress--clearing the measure for the President.
Freedman’s Bureau Records Preservation: The House passed H.R. 5157, to amend title 44, United States Code, to ensure preservation of the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Agreed to the Horn amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Presidential Messages: Read the following messages from the President:
Significant Narcotic Traffickers in Colombia: Message wherein he transmitted his report on significant narcotic traffickers in Colombia--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 106-303);
Department of Transportation Activities Report: Message wherein he transmitted the Department of Transportation’s reports on various activities for calendar year 1998--referred to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Commerce.
Meeting Hour--Monday, Oct. 23: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet D1107at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 for morning-hour debates.
Meeting Hour--Tuesday, Oct. 24: Agreed that when the House adjourns on Monday, it adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24 for morning-hour debates.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of Oct. 25, 2000.
Referral: S. Con. Res. 146 was referred to the Committee on International Relations.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate appear on pages H10289 and H10415.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea and nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H10364-65, H10369, H10392-93, H10401, H10401-02, H10410-11, and H10448-49. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:40 p.m.