Measures Introduced: Fifteen bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 2732-2746, and S. Con. Res. 123.
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
S. 11, for the relief of Wei Jingsheng.
S. 150, to the relief of Marina Khalina and her son, Albert Mifakhov.
S. 451, for the relief of Saeed Rezai.
S. 1078, for the relief of Mrs. Elizabeth Eka Bassey and her children, Emmanuel O. Paul Bassey, Jacob Paul Bassey, and Mary Idongesit Paul Bassey, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 1513, for the relief of Jacqueline Salinas and her children Gabriela Salinas, Alejandro Salinas, and Omar Salinas.
S. 2019, for the relief of Malia Miller.
Transportation Appropriations: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 132), Senate passed H.R. 4475, making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
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Shelby (for McCain) Amendment No. 3441, to require a cap on the total amount of Federal funds invested in Boston’s ``Big Dig'' project.
Lautenberg (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 3443, to express the sense of the Senate that Congress and the President should immediately take steps to address the growing safety hazard associated with the lack of adequate parking space for trucks along Interstate highways.
Lautenberg (for Torricelli) Amendment No. 3445, to provide for a study on noise impacts of railroad operations, including idling train engines on the quality of life of nearby communities, the quality of the environment (including consideration of air pollution), and safety.
Shelby (for Domenici) Modified Amendment No. 3432, to make grants to carry out the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot program.
Lautenberg (for Reed) Modified Amendment No. 3436, to provide $10,000,000 for the costs associated with construction of a third track on the Northeast Corridor between Davisville and Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Lautenberg (for Kohl) Modified Amendment No. 3438, to state the sense of the Senate regarding funding for Coast Guard acquisitions and for Coast Guard operations during fiscal year 2001.
Lautenberg (for Dodd) Modified Amendment No. 3447, to provide that new starts funding shall be available for a project to re-electrify the rail line between Danbury, Connecticut and Norwalk, Connecticut.
Shelby (for Cochran) Amendment No. 3451, to make available funds previously appropriated for the Star Landing Road project in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
Lautenberg (for Baucus/Burns) Amendment No. 3452, to provide that the non-Federal share of project number 1646 in section 1602 of Public Law No.105-178, may be funded by Federal funds from an agency or agencies not part of the Department of Transportation.
Shelby (for Nickles) Amendment No. 3453, to provide for the conveyance of airport property to an institution of higher education in Oklahoma.
Shelby (for McCain) Amendment No. 3440, to condition the use by the FAA Airport Office of non-safety related funds on the FAA’s completion of its investigation in Docket No. 13-95-05.
By 95 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 131), Allard Amendment No. 3430, making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, for reduction of the public debt.
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Shelby Amendment No. 3454, designating the New Jersey Transit commuter rail station to be located at the intersection of the Main/Bergen line and the Northeast Corridor line in the State of New Jersey shall be known and designated as the ``Frank R. Lautenberg Transfer Station''.
Collins (for Collins/Schumer) Amendment No. 3439, to express the sense of the Senate that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve should be used to address high crude oil and gasoline prices.
Wyden Amendment No. 3433, to require the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation to review certain airline customer service practices and to make recommendations for reform.
During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
By 46 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 130), Senate failed to uphold the defense of germaneness with regard to Voinovich Amendment No. 3434, to provide increased flexibility in use of highway funding, therefore, the amendment was ruled as not germane, and thus fell.
Senate agreed to a modified motion to instruct conferees on the part of the Senate to accept section 318 of the bill as passed by the House of Representatives, but to authorize the Department of Transportation, pursuant to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, in conjunction with the DOT, to recommend, but not to promulgate without approval by a Joint Resolution of Congress, appropriate corporate average fuel efficiency standards.
Senate insisted on its amendment, and requested a conference with the House thereon.
Subsequently, following adoption of the modified motion to instruct the conferees (listed above), the Chair was authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Shelby, Domenici, Specter, Bond, Gorton, Bennett, Campbell, Stevens, Lautenberg, Byrd, Mikulski, Reid, Kohl, Murray, and Inouye.
U.S. Army 225th Birthday Recognition: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.J. Res. 101, recognizing the 225th birthday of the United States Army, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Transportation Appropriations: S. 2720, making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.
Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act--Conference Report: Senate began consideration of the conference report of S. 761, to regulate interstate commerce by electronic means by permitting and encouraging the continued expansion of electronic commerce through the operation of free market forces.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the conference report, with a vote to occur thereon, on Friday, June 16, 2000, at 9:30 a.m.
Federal Judicial Center Foundation: The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, pursuant to Public Law 100-702, appointed Richard D. Casey, of South Dakota, to the board of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation.
Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for consideration of the nominations of Laura Taylor Swain, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Beverly B. Martin, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, and Jay A. Garcia-Gregory, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, on Friday, June 16, 2000.
Defense Authorization--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of S. 2549, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, and certain amendments to be proposed thereto, on Monday, June 19, 2000, at 3 p.m., and Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at 9:30 a.m.
Foreign Operations Appropriations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for consideration of S. 2522, making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, on Tuesday, June 20, 2000.
Messages From the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Authority for Committees:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--132)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:45 a.m., and adjourned at 7:55 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, June 16, 2000. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S5280.)
9:45AM - 7:57PM ETSenate Session