The Senate is expected to take up S. 2549, the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, H.R. 8, the Death Tax Elimination Act, and H.R. 4578, the Department of the Interior Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2001.
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 2850 2857, and S. Con. Res. 130.
Measures Reported: Reports were made as follows:
S. 2386, to extend the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act. (S. Rept. No. 106-338)
S. 1911, to conserve Atlantic highly migratory species of fish, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-339)
S. 1998, to establish the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 106-340)
S. 2247, to establish the Wheeling National Heritage Area in the State of West Virginia, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 106-341)
H.R. 940, to establish the Lackawanna Heritage Valley American Heritage Area, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-342)
S. 2787, to reauthorize the Federal programs to prevent violence against women.
National Fragile X Awareness Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 268, designating July 22, 2000 as ``National Fragile X Awareness Day'', and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
Warner (for Edwards/Hagel) Amendment No. 3818, designating July 22, 2000 as ``National Fragile X Awareness Day''.
Warner (for Edwards/Hagel) Amendment No. 3819, to amend the preamble.
Warner (for Edwards/Hagel) Amendment No. 3820, to amend the title.
Death Tax Elimination Act: Senate completed consideration of the motion to proceed to the consideration of H.R. 8, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to phase out the estate and gift taxes over a 10-year period.
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for consideration of the bill and certain amendments to be proposed thereto, on Thursday, July 13, 2000. Further, following the disposition of the amendments, the bill be advanced to third reading and passage occur, all without any intervening action or debate.
National Defense Authorization: Senate continued 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
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By 86 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. 174) Bennett/Reid Amendment No. 3185, to provide for an adjustment of composite theoretical performance levels of high performance computers.
Stevens Amendment No. 3815, to provide that the limitation on payment of fines and penalties for environmental compliance violations applies only to fines and penalties imposed by Federal agencies.
Byrd Amendment No. 3794 (to Amendment No. 3767), to provide for annual reporting of the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
Warner (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3767, to provide for annual reporting of the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
Warner (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 3733, to authorize grants for the maintenance, repair, and renovation of school facilities that serve dependents of members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense employees.
Warner (for McCain) Amendment No. 3737, to repeal the prohibition on use of Department of Defense funds for the procurement of a nuclear-capable shipyard crane from a foreign source.
Warner Amendment No. 3734, to postpone implementation of the Defense Joint Accounting System pending an analysis of the system.
Levin (for Harkin) Modified Amendment No. 3762, to provide for the humane administration of Department of Defense secrecy oaths and policies, consistent with national security needs, where workers and communities at nuclear weapons facilities may have had their health compromised by exposure to radioactive and other hazardous substances.
Levin/Warner Amendment No. 3816, to streamline the requirements for procurement notice when access to notice is provided electronically through the single Governmentwide point of access designated in the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Levin/Murray Amendment No. 3817, to authorize a land conveyance, Mukilteo Tank Farm, Everett, Washington.
Feingold Amendment No. 3759, to terminate production under the D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile program.
Durbin Amendment No. 3732, to provide for operationally realistic testing of National Missile Defense systems against countermeasures; and to establish an independent panel to review the testing.
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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill on Thursday, July 13, 2000, with votes to occur on certain amendments beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Ordered further, following disposition of H.R. 4205, House companion measure and the appointment of conferees, the Senate proceed to the consideration en bloc of S. 2550, S. 2551, and S. 2552, all related measures; that all after the enacting clause of these bills be stricken and that certain appropriate portions of S. 2549, as amended, be inserted in lieu thereof.
Ordered further, with respect to S. 2549, S. 2550, S. 2551, and S. 2552, that if the Senate receives a message from the House of Representatives, the Senate disagree with the House on its amendment or amendments to the Senate-passed bill, and agree to or request a conference with the House thereon; and that the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees.
Subsequently, the unanimous-consent agreement was modified.
Interior Appropriations: Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 4578, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
Wellstone Amendment No. 3772, to increase funding for emergency expenses resulting from wind storms.
Gorton Amendment No. 3773, to make a technical correction.
Gorton (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3801, to approve the reprogramming of funds for computational services at the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Gorton Amendment No. 3802, to amend the amount provided for the State of Florida Restoration grants within National Park Service land acquisition.
Gorton (for Grams/Wellstone) Amendment No. 3803, to provide funding for expenses resulting from windstorms, with an offset.
Thomas Amendment No. 3804, to provide additional funds for Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.
Domenici Amendment No. 3806 (to Amendment No. 3795), to protect communities from wildland fire danger.
Craig Modified Amendment No. 3795, to provide for a committee to review certain proposed rules concerning the planning and management of National Forest Service lands.
Collins Amendment No. 3807, to make emergency funds available to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for salmon restoration and conservation efforts in the State of Maine.
Sessions Amendment No. 3790, to prohibit the use of funds for the publication of certain procedures relating to gaming procedures.
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By 38 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 175), Durbin Amendment No. 3810, to strike the provision relating to renewal of grazing permits and leases.
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By 27 yeas to 73 nays (Vote No. 176), Inhofe Amendment No. 3812, to provide $7,372,000 to the Indian Health Service for diabetes treatment, prevention, and research, with an offset.
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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill and certain amendments to be proposed thereto, on Monday, July 17, 2000, with certain votes to occur at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2000. Further, that the Senate insist on it’s amendment, request a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate.
Messages From the House:
Measures Placed on Calendar:
Measures Read First Time:
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Authority for Committees:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--176)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 9:53 p.m., until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2000. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S6583.)