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(H.R. 2684) 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, 2000, and for other purposes; together with a statement thereon, for printing in the Record under the rule.

(113.27 RECESS—11:08 P.M.

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. DREIER, pursuant to clause 12 of rule I. declared the House in recess at 11 o'clock and 8 minutes p.m., subject to the call of the Chair.

erty, and the pursuit of happiness for all its citizens;

Whereas the United States endured a civil war for emancipation, and in doing so, formed a permanent union and a society of equals;

Whereas the United States has outlawed racial, ethnic, and religious bigotry to create the world's greatest multicultural society;

Whereas the United States respects the individual and welcomes each one's participation in our democratic society;

Whereas the United States is the preeminent land of opportunity which rewards hard work, ingenuity, and perseverance;

Whereas the ethnic diversity of the United States has provided an abundance of energy, creativity, and prosperity;

Whereas people in the United States recognize and reward the contributions of members from every group;

Whereas people in the United States are working to close opportunity gaps so that all may share in the great prosperity of our Nation;

Whereas people in the United States of all backgrounds have sacrificed their lives in war to defend the cause of freedom for people around the world; and

Whereas people in the United States of African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Native American backgrounds cherish and celebrate their various national, ethnic, and religious heritages: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that all people in the United States should reach out across our differences in ethnicity, race, and religion to respect each other and to celebrate, in friendship and unity, one America.

When said concurrent resolution was considered and agreed to.

A motion to reconsider the vote whereby said concurrent resolution was agreed to was, by unanimous consent, laid on the table.

Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in said concurrent resolution.

nounced that the Senate agrees to the report of the Committee of Conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 1906) “An Act making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes.”. (113.22 MESSAGE FROM THE

PRESIDENT_TELECOMMUNICATION

PAYMENTS TO CUBA The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. COOKSEY, laid before the House a message from the President, which was read as follows: To the Congress of the United States:

As required by section 1705(e)(6) of the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, 22 U.S.C. 6004(e)(6), as amended by section 102(g) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, Public Law 104–114, 110 Stat. 785, I transmit herewith a semiannual report "detailing payments made to Cuba ... as a result of the provision of telecommunications services” pursuant to Department of the Treasury specific licenses.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON. THE WHITE HOUSE, October 13, 1999.

By unanimous consent, the message, together with the accompanying papers, was referred to the Committee on International Relations.

(113.28 AFTER RECESS—11:57 P.M. The SPEAKER pro tempore,

, Mr. DREIER, called the House to order.

(113.29 WAIVING POINTS OF ORDER

AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO

ACCOMPANY H.R. 2684 Mr. SESSIONS, by direction of the Committee on Rules, reported (Rept. No. 106-380) the resolution (H. Res. 328) waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2684) making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry

sundry independent agencies, boards, commissions, porations, and offices for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes.

When said resolution and report were referred to the House Calendar and ordered printed.

(113.20 NOTICE-MOTION TO INSTRUCT

CONFEREES-H.R. 2670

(113.23 NOTICE-MOTION TO INSTRUCT

CONFEREES—H.R. 1501 Ms. JACKSON LEE, pursuant to clause 7(c)(1)(B) of rule XXII, , announced her intention to instruct the managers on the part of the House at the conference with the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (H.R. 1501) to provide grants to ensure increased accountability for juvenile offenders, to insist that (1) the committee of conference should immediately have its first substantive meeting to offer amendments and motions, including gun safety amendments and motions, and (2) the committee of conference report a conference substitute by October 20, the six month anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and with sufficient opportunity for both the House and the Senate to consider gun safety legislation prior to adjournment.

(113.30 PROVIDING FOR THE

CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2679 Mr. SESSIONS, by direction of the Committee on Rules, reported (Rept. No. 106-381) the resolution (H. Res. 329) providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2679) to amend title 49, United States Code, to establish the National Motor Carrier Administration in the Department of Transportation, to improve the safety of commercial motor vehicle operators and carriers, to strengthen commercial driver's licenses, and for other purposes.

When said resolution and report were referred to the House Calendar and ordered printed.

Mr. TANCREDO, pursuant to clause 7(c)(1)(B) of rule XXII, announced his intention to instruct the managers on the part of the House at the conference with the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (H.R. 2670) making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes, to agree, to the extent within the scope of the conference, to provisions that (1) reduce non-essential spending in programs authorized within the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and other related agencies; (2) reduce spending on international organizations, in particular, in order to honor the commitment of the Congress to protect Social Security; and (3) do not increase overall spending to a level that exceeds the higher of the House bill or the Senate amendment.

(113.24 RECESS—9:27 P.M.

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. TOOMEY, pursuant to clause 12 of rule I, declared the House in recess at 9 o'clock and 27 minutes p.m., subject to the call of the Chair.

(113.31 PROVIDING FOR THE

CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3064 Mr. SESSIONS, by direction of the Committee on Rules, reported (Rept. No. 106-382) the resolution (H. Res. 330) providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3064) making appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes.

When said resolution and report were referred to the House Calendar and ordered printed.

(113.25 AFTER RECESS—11:07 P.M.

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. DREIER, called the House to order.

(113.21 MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lundregan, one of its clerks, an

(113.26 SUBMISSION OF CONFERENCE

REPORT-H.R. 2684 Mr. WALSH submitted a conference report (Rept. No. 106-379) on the bill

(113.32 ENROLLED BILLS SIGNED

Mr. THOMAS, from the Committee on House Administration, reported

that that committee had examined and found truly enrolled bills of the House of the following titles, which were thereupon signed by the Speaker:

H.R. 560. An Act to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at the intersection of Comercio and San Justo Streets, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the “Jose v. Toledo Federal Building and United States Courthouse."

H.R. 1906. An Act making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes. (113.33 SENATE ENROLLED BILLS SIGNED

The SPEAKER announced his signature to enrolled bills of the Senate of the following titles:

S. 322—An Act to amend title 4, United States Code, to add the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to the list of days on which the flag should especially be displayed.

S. 800—An Act to promote and enhance public safety through use of 9-1-1 as the universal emergency assistance number, further deployment of wireless 9-1-1 service, support of States in upgrading 9-1-1 capabilities and related functions, encouragement of construction and operation of seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable networks for personal wireless service, and for other purposes.

And then,

(113.34 ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Mr. SESSIONS, at 11 o'clock and 58 minutes p.m., the House adjourned.

(113.35 REPORTS OF COMMITTEES ON

PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS Under clause 2 of rule XIII, reports of committees were delivered to the Clerk for printing and reference to the proper calendar, as follows:

Mr. SENSENBRENNER: Committee on Science, H.R. 1753. A bill to promote the research, identification, assessment, exploration, and development of methane hydrate resources, and for other purposes; with amendments (Rept. No. 106-377, Pt. 1). Ordered to be printed.

Mr. HYDE. Committee on the Judiciary. H.R. 2260. A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to promote pain management and palliative care without permitting assisted suicide and euthanasia, and for other purposes (Rept. No. 106–378 Pt. 1). Ordered to be printed.

Mr. WALSH: Committee on Conference. Conference report on H.R. 2684. A bill 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, 2000, and for other purposes (Rept. No. 106-379). Ordered to be printed.

Ms. PRYCE of Ohio: Committee on Rules. House Resolution 328. Resolution waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2684) making appropriations for the Department 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, 2000, and for other purposes (Rept. No. 106–380). Referred to the House Calendar.

Mr. SESSIONS: Committee on Rules. House Resolution 329. Resolution providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2679) to amend title 49, United States Code, to establish the National Motor Carrier Administra

tion in the Department of Transportation, to improve the safety of commercial motor vehicle operators and carriers, to strengthen commercial driver's licenses, and for other purposes (Rept. No. 106-381). Referred to the House Calendar.

Mr. LINDER: Committee on Rules. House Resolution 330. Resolution providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3064) making appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes (Rept. No. 106–382). Referred to the House Calendar. (113.36 TIME LIMITATION OF REFERRED

BILL Pursuant to clause 5 of rule x the following action was taken by the Speaker:

H.R. 1753. Referral to the Committee on Resources extended for a period ending not later than October 18, 1999. (113.37 PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

Under clause 2 of rule XII, public bills and resolutions were introduced and severally referred, as follows:

By Mrs. CUBIN: H.R. 3063. A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to increase the maximum acreage of Federal leases for sodium that may be held by an entity in any one State, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Resources.

By Mr. ISTOOK: H.R. 3064. A bill making appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Appropriations.

By Mr. BOEHNER (for himself, Mr.

SAWYER, Ms. KAPTUR, Ms. PRYCE of
Ohio, Mr. OXLEY, Mr. REGULA, and

Mr. STRICKLAND): H.R. 3065. A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the limit on amount of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment for hospitals in Ohio, to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. CARDIN: H.R. 3066. A bill to amend the Uruguay Round Agreements Act with respect to the rules of origin for certain textile and apparel products; to the Committee on Ways and Means.

By Mrs. CHENOWETH-HAGE (for her

self and Mr. SIMPSON): H.R. 3067. A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities to Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District; to the Committee on Resources.

By Mr. ENGLISH (for himself, Mr. PE

TERSON of Pennsylvania, Mr. SHU-
STER, Mr. COYNE, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr.
MURTHA, Mrs. WILSON, Mr. GREEN-
WOOD, Mr. PITTS, Mr. WELDON of
Pennsylvania, Mr. BRADY of Pennsyl-
vania, Mr. BORSKI, Mr. DOYLE, Mr.
GOODLING, Mr. KANJORSKI, Mr. NEY,
Mr. KLINK, Mr. TOOMEY, Mr. SHER-
WOOD, Mr. HOEFFEL, Mr. FATTAH, Mr.

MASCARA, and Mr. GEKAS): H.R. 3068. A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 617 State Street in Erie, Pennsylvania, as the “Samuel J. ROBERTS Federal Building and United States Courthouse's; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

By Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey (for

himself, Ms. NORTON, Mr. WISE, and Mr. TRAFICANT):

H.R. 3069. A bill to authorize the Administrator of General Services to provide for redevelopment of the Southeast Federal Center in the District of Columbia; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

By Mr. HULSHOF (for himself, Mr. AR

CHER, Mr. SHAW, Mr. CAMP, Ms. DUNN,
Mr. ENGLISH, Mr. FOLEY, Mr.
HAYWORTH, Mr. HERGER, Mr. HOUGH-
TON, Mr. RAMSTAD, Mr. THOMAS, and

Mr. WELLER): H.R. 3070. A bill to amend the Social Security Act to establish a Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program in the Social Security Administration to provide beneficiaries with disabilities meaningful opportunities to work, to extend health care coverage for such beneficiaries, and to make additional miscellaneous amendments relating to Social Security; to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

By Mr. OWENS: H.R. 3071. A bill to amend title XII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide grants to improve the infrastructure of elementary and secondary schools; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

By Mr. TOOMEY (for himself, Mr.

STENHOLM, Mr. BARTLETT of Mary-
land, Mrs. BIGGERT, Mr. BOEHNER,
Mr. BURR of North Carolina, Mr. CAL-
VERT, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mrs.
CHENOWETH-HAGE, Mr. CONDIT, Mr.
CRANE, Mrs. CUBIN, Mr. DEMINT, Mr.
DOOLITTLE, Ms. DUNN, Mr. FLETCHER,
Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey, Mr.
GOODE, Mr. GREEN of Wisconsin, Mr.
GREENWOOD, Mr. HASTINGS of Wash-
ington, Mr. HAYES, Mr. HAYWORTH,
Mr. HERGER, Mr. HILL of Montana,
Mr. HOSTETTLER, Mr. JOHN, Mrs.
JOHNSON of Connecticut, Mr. SAM
JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. JONES of
North Carolina, Mr. KNOLLENBERG,
Mr. KUYKENDALL, Mr. LARGENT, Mr.
MCINTOSH, Mr. MICA, Mr. MILLER of
Florida, Mr. GARY MILLER of Cali-
fornia, Mr. NETHERCUTT, Mr. PETER-
SON of Pennsylvania, Mr. PITTS, Mr.
POMBO, Mr. RADANOVICH, Mr. RILEY,
Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. RYAN of Wis-
consin, Mr. RYUN of Kansas, Mr. SES-
SIONS, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. SHAW, Mr.
SHERWOOD, Mr. SIMPSON, Mr. SISISKY,
Mr. STEARNS, Mr. SUNUNU, Mr.
TANCREDO, Mr. TIAHRT, Mr. VITTER,

and Mr. WALDEN of Oregon): H. Con. Res. 197. Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that there should be no increase in Federal taxes in order to fund additional Government spending; to the Committee on Ways and Means. 113.38 ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

Under clause 7 of rule XII, sponsors were added to public bills and resolutions as follows:

H.R. 2: Mr. HILL of Montana and Mr. LUCAS of Oklahoma.

H.R. 531: Mr. UDALL of Colorado.
H.R. 552: Mrs. EMERSON.
H.R. 815: Mrs. MEEK of Florida.

H.R. 1071: Mr. MASCARA, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. SANDLIN, Mr. OLVER, and Mr. SCOTT.

H.R. 1083: Mr. ARMEY.
H.R. 1093: Mr. SWEENEY.

H.R. 1095: Mr. CLYBURN, Mr. PHELPS, Mr. NADLER, and Ms. MCCARTHY of Missouri.

H.R. 1103: Mr. SHAYS.

H.R. 1115: Ms. MILLENDER-MCDONALD, Mr. NADLER, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr.

CONYERS, Mr. SMITH of Washington, Mrs. H. Con. Res. 174: Mr. GEPHARDT.

port entitled, "Audit of the Public Service JONES of Ohio, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mr. H. Con. Res. 177: Ms. MCCARTHY of Mis Commission Agency Fund for Fiscal Year OWENS, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. KANJORSKI, Mrs. souri, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. SABO, Mr. 1997,” pursuant to D.C. Code section 1NAPOLITANO, Mr. JOHN, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. BONIOR, Mr. TIERNEY, Mr. 233(c)(1); to the Committee on Government KENNEDY of Rhode Island, Mr. DOOLEY of WEYGAND, Mr. DELAHUNT, Mrs. LOWEY, Ms. Reform. California, Mr. UNDERWOOD, Mr. MEEHAN, Mr. ESH00, and Ms. PELOSI.

4778. A letter from the Executive Director, DICKS, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, Mr. BRADY H. Con. Res. 188: Mr. BLAGOJEVICH, Mr. Committee For Purchase From People Who of Pennsylvania, Mrs. CLAYTON, Mr. FATTAH, FOLEY, Mr. KING, Mr. FROST, Mrs. MYRICK, Are Blind Or Severely Disabled, transmitting Mr. CRAMER, Mr. CLYBURN, Mr. HINOJOSA, Mr. VISCLOSKY, Mr. GEJDENSON, Mrs. MINK of the Committee's final rule—Additions to the Mr. MEEKS of New York, and Ms. MCKINNEY. Hawaii, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. PORTER, Mr. DIXON, Procurement List-received October 13, 1999, H.R. 1132: Mr. ANDREWS and Ms. LEE.

Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island, Mr. GOODLING, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the ComH.R. 1187: Mrs. LOWEY.

Mr. RUSH, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, and Mr. MEE mittee on Government Reform.
H.R. 1388: Mrs. LOWEY and Mr. DICKEY.
HAN.

4779. A letter from the Auditor, Office of H.R. 1399: Mr. SERRANO and Mr. SABO.

H. Res. 41: Mrs. BIGGERT and Mrs. EMER the District of Columbia, transmitting a reH.R. 1432: Mr. TIERNEY. SON.

port entitled, “Chronology of the Steps H.R. 1465: Mr. UDALL of Colorado.

H. Res. 238: Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts. Through which the Tentative Agreement BeH.R. 1505: Mr. HILL of Indiana.

tween the Washington Teachers Union AFT H.R. 1579: Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island and

Local #6, AFL-CIO and the District of CoMr. CONYERS.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1999 (114) lumbia Public School Passed”'; to the ComH.R. 1592: Mr. HINOJOSA.

mittee on Government Reform. H.R. 1650: Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. JOHN, and (114.1 APPOINTMENT OF SPEAKER PRO 4780. A letter from the Auditor, Office of Mr. SWEENEY.

TEMPORE

the District of Columbia, transmitting a reH.R. 1728: Mr. BOUCHER and Mr. GEJDENSON. H.R. 1775: Ms. WOOLSEY, Ms. ESHOO, Ms.

The House was called to order by the

port entitled, “Auditor's Review of Unau

thorized and Improper Transactions of ANC PELOSI, Mr. TIERNEY, Mr. DEUTSCH, Mr. CASSPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. PEASE,

7C's Chairperson"; to the Committee on GovTLE, and Mr. HORN. who laid before the House the following

ernment Reform. H.R. 1785: Ms. PELOSI and Mr. SHAYS. communication:

4781. A letter from the Chief, Endangered H.R. 1814: Mr. LARGENT, Mr. COBURN, and

WASHINGTON, DC,

Species Division, Office of Protected ReMr. SENSENBRENNER.

October 14, 1999.

sources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric H.R. 1838: Mr. HANSEN, Mr. ETHERIDGE, Mr.

I hereby appoint the Honorable EDWARD A. Administration, transmitting the AdminisTALENT, Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina, Mr. PEASE to act as Speaker pro tempore on this

tration's final rule-Sea Turtle ConservaSESSIONS, and Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. day.

tion; Restrictions Applicable H.R. 1868: Mr. COOKSEY and Mr. HALL of

to Shrimp J. DENNIS HASTERT,

Trawl Activities; Leatherback Conservation Texas. H.R. 1869: Mr. HYDE.

Zone [Docket No. 950427117–9138-08; I.D. Speaker of the House of Representatives.

051999A] (RIN: 0648-AH97) received October 8, H.R. 1870: Mr. GREEN of Wisconsin, Mr. (114.2 APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the SWEENEY, and Mr. EVANS.

Committee on Resources. H.R. 1887: Mr. UDALL of Colorado and Mr. The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr.

4782. A letter from the Chief, Endangered DIAZ-BALART. PEASE, announced he had examined

Species Division, Office of Protected ReH.R. 2102: Mr. PHELPS.

and approved the Journal of the pro sources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric H.R. 2162: Mr. RAMSTAD and Mr. WOLF.

ceedings of Wednesday, October 13, Administration, transmitting the AdminisH.R. 2170: Mr. DIAZ-BALART, Mr. VENTO, 1999.

tration's final rule-Sea Turtle ConservaMr. Goss, and MR. RAMSTAD.

Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Jour

tion; Restrictions Applicable to H.R. 2233: Mr. SANDLIN, Mr. KENNEDY of

to Shrimp

Trawl Activities; Leatherback Conservation Rhode Island, Mr. BARRETT of Wisconsin, and nal was approved.

Zone [Docket No. 950427117–9133–07; I.D. Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. H.R. 2260: Mrs. FOWLER. (114.3 COMMUNICATIONS

051299D] (RIN: 0648-AH97) received October 8,

1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the H.R. 2300: Mr. GOODLATTE.

Executive and other communica Committee on Resources.
H.R. 2320: Mr. CALVERT.
H.R. 2366: Mrs. NORTHUP.

tions, pursuant to clause 2, rule XIV, 4783. A letter from the Deputy Assistant H.R. 2409: Mr. MCINNIS.

Administrator for Fisheries, National Ocewere referred as follows: H.R. 2493: Mrs. LOWEY, Mrs. MEEK of Flor 4772. A letter from the President and

anic and Atmospheric Administration, transida, Mr. LANTOS, and Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode

mitting the Administration's final ruleChairman, Export-Import Bank, transmit

Final Rule; Recreational Measures for the Island.

ting transaction involving U.S. exports to H.R. 2628: Ms. STABENOW.

1999 Fisheries for the Summer Flounder, the Kingdom of Thailand; to the Committee H.R. 2655: Mr. FOLEY.

Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries of the on Banking and Financial Services.

Northeastern United States (RIN: 0648-AL75) H.R. 2698: Mr. KOLBE.

4773. A letter from the Director, FDIC OfH.R. 2713: Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. GONZALEZ, Ms.

received October 12, 1999, pursuant to 5 fice of Legislative Affairs, Federal Deposit ROYBAL-ALLARD, Mr. RODRIGUEZ, Mr. REYES,

U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on ReInsurance Corporation, transmitting the Mr. SERRANO, and Ms. VELAZQUEZ.

sources. Corporation's final rule—Management OffiH.R. 2720: Mr. PASCRELL.

4784. A letter from the Deputy Assistant cial Interlocks (RIN: 3064-AC08) received OcH.R. 2722: Ms. SCHAKOWSKY.

Administrator for Fisheries, National Ocetober 13, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. H.R. 2728: Mr. EHLERS and Mr. CASTLE.

anic and Atmospheric Administration, trans801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Banking H.R. 2733: Mr. HALL of Texas and Mr.

mitting the Administration's final rule-Enand Financial Services. EVANS.

dangered and Threatened Species; Threat

4774. A letter from the Director, Office of H.R. 2749: Mr. ENGLISH.

ened Status for Two Chinook Salmon EvoluRegulatory Management and Information, H.R. 2757: Mr. PAUL and Mr. LARGENT.

tionary Significant Units (ESUs) in CaliEnvironmental Protection Agency, transmitH.R. 2807: Mr. DOYLE.

fornia (Docket No. 990303060-9231-03; I.D. ting the Agency's final rule-Acid Rain ProH.R. 2809: Mr. GOODE, Mr. STARK, and Mr.

022398C] (RIN: 0648-AM54) received October 8, SABO. gram-Nitrogen Oxides Emission Reduction

1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the H.R. 2810: Mr. WEINER. Program, Rule Revision in Response

Committee on Resources.
H.R. 2816: Mr. OWENS.
Court Remand [FRL-6455–4] received October

4785. A letter from the Deputy Assistant H.R. 2888: Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts and

7, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to Administrator for Fisheries, National OceMr. HALL of Ohio. the Committee on Commerce.

anic and Atmospheric Administration, transH.R. 2895: Mr. CAPUANO, Mr. MARTINEZ, Mr.

4775. A letter from the Assistant Bureau

mitting the Administration's final rule-PaHINCHEY, Ms. NORTON, and Mr. WU. Chief, Management, Federal Communica

cific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Amendment H.R. 2906: Mr. BLUNT, Mr. TIAHRT, and Mr.

tions Commission, transmitting the Com 11 [Docket No. 990121026-9229-02; I.D. 112498A] FOLEY.

mission's final rule—Direct Access to the (RIN: 0648-AL52) received October 8, 1999, H.R. 2928: Mr. BALLENGER, Mr. LARGENT, INTELSAT System [IB Docket No. 98–192 pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the ComMr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. SWEENEY, Mrs. MYRICK, File No. 60-SAT-ISP-97] received October 7, mittee on Resources. Mr. POMBO, Mr. TANCREDO, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the 4786. A letter from the Program Analyst, TOOMEY, Mr. PITTS, Mr. OSE, Mr. BARTLETT Committee on Commerce.

FAA, Department of Transportation, transof Maryland, Mr. PETERSON of Pennsylvania, 4776. A letter from the Assistant Legal Ad mitting the Department's final rule-Airand Mr. KINGSTON.

viser for Treaty Affairs Department of worthiness Directives; Boeing Model 727 SeH.R. 2939: Ms. MCKINNEY.

State, transmitting Copies of international ries Airplanes [Docket No. 98-NM-378-AD; H.R. 3014: Mr. BILBRAY.

agreements, other than treaties, entered into Amendment 39–11340; AD 99–20–10] (RIN: 2120– H.R. 3047: Mr. COYNE.

by the United States, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. AA64) received October 7, 1999, pursuant to 5 H. Con. Res. 120: Mr. HERGER.

112b(a); to the Committee on International U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on H. Con. Res. 141: Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Is Relations.

Transportation and Infrastructure. land, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. DICKEY, Mr. 4777. A letter from the Auditor, Office of 4787. A letter from the Program Analyst, MCHUGH, and Mr. MCGOVERN.

the District of Columbia, transmitting a re FAA, Department of Transportation, trans

ROCKEFELLER, and Mr. KERRY; and from the Committee on the Budget for the consideration of title IX of the bill: Mr. DOMENICI, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. NICKLES, Mr. LAUTENBERG, and Mr. CONRAD, to be the conferees on the part of the Senate.

mitting the Department's final rule-Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747 Series Airplanes [Docket No. 98-NM-277-AD; Amendment 39–11339; AD 99–20-09] (RIN: 2120AA64) received October 7, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

4788. A letter from the Program Analyst, FAA, Department of Transportation, transmitting the Department's final rule-Airworthiness Directives Eurocopter France Model EC 120B Helicopters [Docket No. 99– SW-53-AD; Amendment 39–11343; AD 99–19–23] (RIN: 2120-AA64) received October 7, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

4789. A letter from the Deputy General Counsel, Investment Division, Office of Capital Access, Small Business Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule-Small Business Investment Companies-received October 13, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Small Business.

4790. A letter from the Chief, Regulations Unit, Internal Revenue Service, transmitting the Service's final rule-William & Helen Woodral v. Commissioner [112 T.C. 19(1999) Docket No. 6385–98] received October 8, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Ways and Means.

4791. A letter from the Chief, Regulations Unit, Internal Revenue Service, transmitting the Service's final rule-Appeals Customer Service Program [Announcement 99–98] received October 5, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Ways and Means.

4792. A letter from the Chief, Regulations Unit, Internal Revenue Service, transmitting the Service's final rule-Administrative, Procedural, and Miscellaneous [Rev. Proc. 99-39] received October 7, 1999, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to the Committee on Ways and Means.

4793. A letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, transmitting the annual report on participation, assignment, and extra billing in the Medicare program; jointly to the Committees on Ways and Means and Commerce.

(114.5 WAIVING POINTS OF ORDER

AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO

ACCOMPANY H.R. 2684 Ms. PRYCE of Ohio, by direction of the Committee on Rules, called up the following resolution (H. Res. 328):

Resolved, That upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 2684) 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, 2000, and for other purposes. All points of order against the conference report and against consideration are waived. The conference report shall be considered as read.

SEC. 2. House Resolution 300 is laid on the table.

When said resolution was considered.
After debate,

On motion of Ms. PRYCE of Ohio, the previous question was ordered on the resolution to its adoption or rejection and under the operation thereof, the resolution was agreed to.

A motion to reconsider the vote whereby said resolution was agreed to was, by unanimous consent, laid on the table.

Pursuant to section 2 of House Resolution 328, H. Res. 300 was laid on the table.

disability examinations as authorized by law (38 U.S.C. 107, chapters 11, 13, 18, 51, 53, 55, and 61); pension benefits to or on behalf of veterans as authorized by law (38 U.S.C. chapters 15, 51, 53, 55, and 61; 92 Stat. 2508); and burial benefits, emergency and other officers' retirement pay, adjusted-service credits and certificates, payment of premiums due on commercial life insurance policies guaranteed under the provisions of Article IV of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940, as amended, and for other benefits as authorized by law (38 U.S.C. 107, 1312, 1977, and 2106, chapters 23, 51, 53, 55, and 61; 50 U.S.C. App. 540-548; 43 Stat. 122, 123, 45 Stat. 735; 76 Stat. 1198), $21,568,364,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That not to exceed $17,932,000 of the amount appropriated shall be reimbursed to General operating expenses" and "Medical care" for necessary expenses in implementing those provisions authorized in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, and in the Veterans' Benefits Act of 1992 (38 U.S.C. chapters 51, 53, and 55), the funding source for which is specifically provided as the Compensation and pensions' appropriation: Provided further, That such sums as may be earned on an actual qualifying patient basis, shall be reimbursed to Medical facilities revolving fundto augment the funding of individual medical facilities for nursing home care provided to pensioners as authorized.

READJUSTMENT BENEFITS For the payment of readjustment and rehabilitation benefits to or on behalf of veterans as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapters 21, 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, 39, 51, 53, 55, and 61, $1,469,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That funds shall be available to pay any court order, court award or any compromise settlement arising from litigation involving the vocational training program authorized by section 18 of Public Law 98–77, as amended.

VETERANS INSURANCE AND INDEMNITIES For military and naval insurance, national service life insurance, servicemen's indemnities, service-disabled veterans insurance, and veterans mortgage life insurance as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 19; 70 Stat. 887; 72 Stat. 487, $28,670,000, to remain available until expended. VETERANS HOUSING BENEFIT PROGRAM FUND

PROGRAM ACCOUNT (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) For the cost of direct and guaranteed loans, such sums as may be necessary to carry out the program, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 37, as amended: Provided, That such costs, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further, That during fiscal year 2000, within the resources available, not to exceed $300,000 in gross obligations for direct loans are authorized for specially adapted housing loans.

In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the direct and guaranteed loan programs, $156,958,000, which may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for General operating expenses. EDUCATION LOAN FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) For the cost of direct loans, $1,000, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 3698, as amended: Provided, That such costs, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further, That these funds are available to subsidize gross obligations for the principal amount of direct loans not to exceed $3,000.

In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry out the direct loan program, $214,000, which may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for "General operating expenses.

(114.4 MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

A message from the Senate by Mr. Lundregan, one of its clerks, announced that the Senate had passed without amendment a bill of the House of the following title:

H.R. 356. An Act to provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to Stanislaus County, California.

The message also announced that the Senate had passed with an amendment in which the concurrence of the House is requested, a bill of the House of the following title:

H.R. 1000. An Act to amend title 49, United States Code, to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.

The message also announced that the Senate insists upon its amendment to the bill (H.R. 1000) “An Act to amend title 49, United States Code, to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes,” requests a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses thereon, and appoints from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Mr. MCCAIN, Mr. STEVENS, Mr. BURNS, Mr. GORTON, Mr. LOTT, Mr. HOLLINGS, Mr. INOUYE, Mr.

(114.6 VA-HUD APPROPRIATIONS

Mr. WALSH, pursuant to House Resolution 328, called up the following conference report (Rept. No. 106–379):

The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 2684) “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, 2000, and for other purposes”, having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows:

That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate, and agree to the same with an amendment, as follows:

In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said amendment, insert: That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, 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, 2000, and for other purposes, namely: TITLE 1-DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS

AFFAIRS
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

COMPENSATION AND PENSIONS

(INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS) For the payment of compensation benefits to or on behalf of veterans and a pilot program for

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION LOANS PROGRAM tions only, which amount shall not become $912,594,000: Provided, That of the funds made ACCOUNT

available for obligation until August 1, 2000, available under this heading, not to exceed (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

and shall remain available until September 30, $45,600,000 shall be available until September 30, For the cost of direct loans, $57,000, as au

2001: Provided further, That of the funds made 2001: Provided further, That funds under this thorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 31, as amended:

available under this heading, not to exceed heading shall be available to administer the Provided, That such costs, including the cost of

$900,000,000 shall be available until September Service Members Occupational Conversion and modifying such loans, shall be as defined in sec

30, 2001: Provided further, That of the funds Training Act. tion 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, made available under this heading, not to ex

NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION as amended: Provided further, that these funds ceed $27,907,000 may be transferred to and

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) are available to subsidize gross obligations for merged with the appropriation for "General op

For necessary expenses for the maintenance the principal amount of direct loans not to exerating expenses": Provided further, that the

and operation of the National Cemetery Adminceed $2,531,000. Department shall conduct by contract a pro

istration, not otherwise provided for, including In addition, for administrative expenses necgram of recovery audits for the fee basis and

uniforms or allowances therefor; cemeterial eressary to carry out the direct loan program, other medical services contracts with respect to

penses as authorized by law; purchase of two $415,000, which may be transferred to and payments for hospital care; and, notwith

passenger motor vehicles for use in cemeterial merged with the appropriation for "General opstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302(b), amounts collected,

operations; and hire of passenger motor vehierating expenses". by setoff or otherwise, as the result of such au

cles, $97,256,000: Provided, That of the amount dits shall be available, without fiscal year limiNATIVE AMERICAN VETERAN HOUSING LOAN

made available under this heading, not to extation, for the purposes for which funds are apPROGRAM ACCOUNT

ceed $117,000 may be transferred to and merged propriated under this heading and the purposes (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

with the appropriation for General operating of paying a contractor a percent of the amount For administrative expenses to carry out the

expenses. collected as a result of an audit carried out by direct loan program authorized by 38 U.S.C.

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

FFICE the contractor: Provided further, That all chapter 37, subchapter V, as amended, $520,000, amounts so collected under the preceding pro

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) which may be transferred to and merged with viso with respect to a designated health care re

For necessary expenses of the Office of Inthe appropriation for General operating er gion (as that term is defined in 38 U.S.C.

spector General in carrying out the Inspector penses. 1729A(d)(2)) shall be allocated, net of payments

General Act of 1978, as amended, $43,200,000: GUARANTEED TRANSITIONAL HOUSING LOANS FOR to the contractor, to that region.

Provided, That of the amount made available HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

In addition, in conformance with Public Law under this heading, not to exceed $30,000 may be (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

105–33 establishing the Department of Veterans transferred to and merged with the appropriaFor the cost, as defined in section 13201 of the

Affairs Medical Care Collections Fund, such tion for "General operating expenses". Budget Enforcement Act of 1990, including the sums as may be deposited to such Fund pursu

CONSTRUCTION, MAJOR PROJECTS cost of modifying loans, of guaranteed loans as

ant to 38 U.S.C. 1729 A may be transferred to this For constructing, altering, extending and imauthorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 37 subchapter

account, to remain available until expended for proving any of the facilities under the jurisdicVI, $48,250,000, to remain available until exthe purposes of this account.

tion or for the use of the Department of Vetpended: Provided, That no more than five loans

MEDICAL AND PROSTHETIC RESEARCH

erans Affairs, or for any of the purposes set may be guaranteed under this program prior to

For necessary expenses in carrying out pro forth in sections 316, 2404, 2406, 8102, 8103, 8106, November 11, 2001: Provided further, That no grams of medical and prosthetic research and 8108, 8109, 8110, and 8122 of title 38, United more than fifteen loans may be guaranteed

development as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter States Code, including planning, architectural under this program: Provided further, That the

73, to remain available until September 30, 2001, and engineering services, maintenance or guartotal principal amount of loans guaranteed $321,000,000, plus reimbursements.

antee period services costs associated with under this program may not exceed $100,000,000: MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION AND MISCELLANEOUS

equipment guarantees provided under the Provided further, That not to exceed $750,000 of

OPERATING EXPENSES

project, services of claims analysts, offsite utility the amounts appropriated by this Act for Gen For necessary expenses in the administration

and storm drainage system construction costs, eral operating expensesand Medical careof the medical, hospital, nursing home, domi

and site acquisition, where the estimated cost of may be expended for the administrative expenses ciliary, construction, supply, and research ac

a project is $4,000,000 or more or where funds for to carry out the guaranteed loan program au tivities, as authorized by law; administrative ex

a project were made available in a previous thorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 37, subchapter VI. penses in support of capital policy activities,

major project appropriation, $65,140,000, to reVETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION $59,703,000 plus reimbursements: Provided, That

main available until expended: Provided, That project technical and consulting services offered

except for advance planning of projects (includMEDICAL CARE by the Facilities Management Service Delivery

ing market-based assessments of health care (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) Office, including technical consulting services,

needs which may or may not lead to capital inFor necessary expenses for the maintenance project management, real property administra

vestments) funded through the advance planand operation of hospitals, nursing homes, and tion (including leases, site acquisition and dis

ning fund and the design of projects funded domiciliary facilities; for furnishing, as author posal activities directly supporting projects),

through the design fund, none of these funds ized by law, inpatient and outpatient care and shall be provided to Department of Veterans Af

shall be used for any project which has not been treatment to beneficiaries of the Department of fairs components only on a reimbursable basis,

considered and approved by the Congress in the Veterans Affairs, including care and treatment and such amounts will remain available until

budgetary process: Provided further, That funds in facilities not under the jurisdiction of the De September 30, 2000.

provided in this appropriation for fiscal year partment; and furnishing recreational facilities,

2000, for each approved project shall be obli

GENERAL POST FUND, NATIONAL HOMES supplies, and equipment; funeral, burial, and

gated: (1) by the awarding of a construction

(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) other expenses incidental theretofor bene

documents contract by September 30, 2000; and

For the cost of direct loans, $7,000, as authorficiaries receiving care in the Department; ad

(2) by the awarding of a construction contract ized by Public Law 102–54, section 8, which ministrative expenses in support of planning,

by September 30, 2001: Provided further, That shall be transferred from the General post design, project management, real property ac

the Secretary shall promptly report in writing to quisition and disposition, construction and ren

fund: Provided, That such costs, including the the Committees on Appropriations any approved

cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined ovation of any facility under the jurisdiction or

major construction project in which obligations for the use of the Department; oversight, engiin section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act

are not incurred within the time limitations esof 1974, as amended: Provided further, That neering and architectural activities not charged

tablished above: Provided further, That no these funds are available to subsidize gross oblito project cost; repairing, altering, improving or

funds from any other account except the "Parkproviding facilities in the several hospitals and gations for the principal amount of direct loans

ing revolving fund, may be obligated for connot to exceed $70,000. homes under the jurisdiction of the Department,

structing, altering, extending, or improving a

In addition, for administrative expenses to not otherwise provided for, either by contract or

project which was approved in the budget procby the hire of temporary employees and purcarry out the direct loan programs, $54,000,

ess and funded in this account until 1 year after which shall be transferred from the "General chase of materials, uniforms or allowances

substantial completion and beneficial occupancy therefor, as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 5901–5902; post fund, as authorized by Public Law 102–54,

by the Department of Veterans Affairs of the section 8. aid to State homes as authorized by 38 U.S.C.

project or any part thereof with respect to that 1741; administrative and legal expenses of the

DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION

part only. Department for collecting and recovering

GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES

CONSTRUCTION, MINOR PROJECTS amounts owed the Department as authorized For necessary operating expenses of the De For constructing, altering, extending, and imunder 38 U.S.C. chapter 17, and the Federal partment of Veterans Affairs, not otherwise pro proving any of the facilities under the jurisdicMedical Care Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. 2651 et vided for, including uniforms or allowances tion or for the use of the Department of Vetseq.; and not to exceed $8,000,000 to fund cost therefor; not to exceed $25,000 for official recep erans Affairs, including planning, architectural comparison studies as referred to in 38 U.S.C. tion and representation expenses; hire of pas and engineering services, maintenance or guar8110(a)(5), $19,006,000,000, plus reimbursements: senger motor vehicles, and reimbursement of the antee period services costs associated with Provided, That of the funds made available General Services Administration for security equipment guarantees provided

provided under the under this heading, $900,000,000 is for the equip guard services, and the Department of Defense project, services of claims analysts, offsite utility ment and land and structures object classifica for the cost of overseas employee mail, and storm drainage system construction costs,

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