The Senate continued to debate Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China.
Measures Introduced: Ten bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3064-3073, S.J. Res. 52, and S. Con. Res. 136-137.
Special Report entitled ``Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2001''. (S. Rept. No. 106-414)
H.R. 2647, to amend the Act entitled ``An Act relating to the water rights of the Ak-Chin Indian Community'' to clarify certain provisions concerning the leasing of such water rights. (S. Rept. No. 106-415)
Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for China: By 83 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 251), Senate passed H.R. 4444, to authorize extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the People’s Republic of China, and to establish a framework for relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, clearing the measure for the President.
H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to the consideration of S. 2045, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to H-1B nonimmigrant aliens.
During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
By 97 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 252), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2045 (listed above).
Legislative Branch Appropriations Conference Report: Senate began consideration of the conference report on H.R. 4516, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the conference report on Wednesday, September 20, 2000, with a vote to occur on adoption of the conference report.
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the telecommunications payments made to Cuba pursuant to Department of the Treasury specific licenses; to the Committee on Finance. (PM-128)
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Edward Francis Meagher, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Information Technology).
6 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.
Messages From the President:
Messages From the House:
Measures Placed on Calendar:
Measures Read First Time:
Statements on Introduced Bills:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Authority for Committees:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--252)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:31 a.m., adjourned at 5:48 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 20, 2000. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S8772.)