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[Congressional Record: July 26, 2001 (Digest)]
[Page D780-D783]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr26jy01-1]                         
 
                                            Thursday, July 26, 2001

[[Page D780]]

                              Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

      The House failed to pass H.J. Res. 55, disapproving Normal Trade 
      Relations with Vietnam.
      House Committee ordered reported the Legislative Branch 
      appropriations for the fiscal year 2002.

                                 Senate

Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8251-S8300
Measures Introduced: Seven bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1250-1256, S. Res. 139, and S. Con. Res. 61. 
                                                             Page S8280
Measures Reported:
  S. 625, to provide Federal assistance to States and local 
jurisdictions to prosecute hate crimes.
  S. 778, to expand the class of beneficiaries who may apply for 
adjustment of status under section 245(i) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act by extending the deadline for classification petition 
and labor certification filings, with amendments.
  S. 1099, to increase the criminal penalties for assaulting or 
threatening Federal judges, their family members, and other public 
servants.
Page S8279
Measures Passed:
  House and Senate Adjournment Waiver: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 
61, to waive the provisions of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 
1970 which require the adjournment of the House and Senate by July 
31st.
  Page S8300
Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: 
Senate continued consideration of H.R. 2299, making appropriations for 
the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2002, taking action on the following 
amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S8259-73
Pending:
  Murray/Shelby Amendment No. 1025, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                         Pages S8259-73
  Murray/Shelby Amendment No. 1030 (to Amendment No. 1025), to enhance 
the inspection requirements for Mexican motor carriers seeking to 
operate in the United States and to require them to display decals. 
                                                         Pages S8259-73
  Gramm Amendment No. 1168 (to Amendment No. 1030), to prevent 
violations of United States commitments under the North American Free 
Trade Agreement.
Pages S8260-63
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 70 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 252), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to 
close further debate on Amendment No. 1025 (listed above).
Page S8259
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill on Friday, July 27, 2001.
Page S8273
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, the report on progress of spending by 
the Executive Branch during the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2001 
in support of Plan Colombia; to the Foreign Relations. (PM-37) 
                                                             Page S8279
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S8279-80
Messages From the House:
  Page S8279
Measures Referred:
  Page S8279
Statements on Introduced Bills:
  Pages S8282-92
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8280-82
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8293-99
Additional Statements:
  Page S8279
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S8299
Authority for Committees:
  Pages S8299-S8300

[[Page D781]]

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--252) 
                                                             Page S8259
Adjournment: Senate met at 12 noon, and adjourned at 6:14 p.m., until 
10 a.m., on Friday, July 27, 2001.

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
hearings on the nominations of Mark Edward Rey, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, 
and Hilda Gay Legg, of Kentucky, to be Administrator, Rural Utilities 
Service, both of the Department of Agriculture, after the nominees 
testified and answered questions in their own behalf. Mr. Rey was 
introduced by Senators Murkowski and Craig, and Ms. Legg was introduced 
by Senator McConnell and Representative Harold Rogers.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  An original bill, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, 
the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the 
President, and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2002; and
  H.R. 2506, making appropriations for foreign operations, export 
financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2002, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 4,486 
military nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
PREDATORY MORTGAGE LENDING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee held 
hearings to examine the problem, impact, and responses of predatory 
mortgage lending practices, receiving testimony from Iowa Attorney 
General Thomas J. Miller, Des Moines; Stephen W. Prough, Ameriquest 
Mortgage Company, Orange, California; Charles W. Calomiris, Columbia 
University Graduate School of Business, New York, New York; Martin 
Eakes, Self-Help Credit Union, Durham, North Carolina, on behalf of the 
Coalition for Responsible Lending; Carol Mackey, Rochester Hills, 
Michigan; Paul Satriano, St. Paul, Minnesota; Leroy Williams, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Mary Podelco, Montgomery, West 
Virginia.
  Hearings continue tomorrow.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
hearings on the nominations of Melody H. Fennel, of Virginia, to be 
Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Congressional 
and Intergovernmental Relations, Michael Minoru Fawn Liu, of Illinois, 
to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public 
and Indian Housing, Henrietta Holsman Fore, of Nevada, to be Director 
of the Mint, Department of the Treasury, Linda Mysliwy Conlin, of New 
Jersey, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development, 
and Michael J. Garcia, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary of 
Commerce for Export Enforcement, after the nominees testified and 
answered questions in their own behalf. Mr. Liu was introduced by 
Senator Akaka and Ms. Fore was introduced by Senator Hutchison.
CHEMICAL HARMONIZATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce, and Tourism concluded hearings to 
examine chemical harmonization issues, including related provisions of 
S. 532, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide 
Act to permit a State to register a Canadian pesticide for distribution 
and use within that State, after receiving testimony from 
Representative Pomeroy; Stephen L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator for 
the Office of Pollution, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, 
Environmental Protection Agency; Roger Johnson, North Dakota Department 
of Agriculture, Bismarck; Ron Fitchhorn, Bloomington, Illinois, on 
behalf of the Illinois Corn Growers Association; David McClure, 
Lewistown, Montana, on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation 
and the Montana Farm Bureau; Jay Vroom, American Crop Protection 
Association, and Henry Zell, Montana Farmers Union, Great Falls, 
Montana.
COMPREHENSIVE ELECTRICITY RESTRUCTURING
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded hearings 
on proposals relating to comprehensive electricity restructuring that 
promotes competition, protects consumers, enhances reliability, 
promotes renewable energy, improves efficiency, repeals the Public 
Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, and reforms the Public Utility 
Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, and related provisions contained in 
the Committee's White Paper on Electricity Legislation (a discussion of 
the developments that necessitate the change of the legal structure of 
the electricity industry and legislative solutions), S.

[[Page D782]]

597, Comprehensive and Balanced Energy Policy Act of 2001, S. 388, 
National Energy Security Act of 2001, and S. 1273, Federal Power Act 
Amendments of 1999, and S. 2098, Electric Power Market Competition and 
Reliability Act of 2000, after receiving testimony from Curt L. Hebert, 
Jr., Chairman, and Nora Mead Brownell, Pat Wood III, Linda Breathitt, 
and William L. Massey, each a Commissioner, all of the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy; and New Mexico Secretary 
of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Jennifer Salisbury, Santa Fe, 
on behalf of the Western Governors' Association.
NATIONAL PARKS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks, Historic Preservation, and Recreation concluded hearings on S. 
423, to amend the Act entitled ``An Act to provide for the 
establishment of Fort Clatsop National Memorial in the State of 
Oregon'', S. 941, to revise the boundaries of the Golden Gate National 
Recreation Area in the State of California, to extend the term of the 
advisory commission for the recreation area, S. 1057, to authorize the 
addition of lands to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park in 
the State of Hawaii, S. 1105, to provide for the expeditious completion 
of the acquisition of State of Wyoming lands within the boundaries of 
Grand Teton National Park, and H.R. 640, to adjust the boundaries of 
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, after receiving 
testimony from Representatives Lantos, Eshoo, Wu, and Baird; John J. 
Reynolds, Regional Director, Pacific West Region, National Park 
Service, Department of the Interior; Ron Arnold, Wyoming Office of 
State Lands and Investments, Cheyenne; Audrey C. Rust, Peninsula Open 
Space Trust, Menlo Park, California; Jim Medeiros, Sr., Honaunau, 
Hawaii; and Wayne Leslie, Kealakekua, Hawaii.
ELECTRIC POWER PLANT EMISSIONS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee held hearings to 
examine the public health and environmental impacts associated with air 
emissions from electric utility power plants, and proposed legislation 
that would amend the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions from electric 
powerplants, receiving testimony from Senator Collins; Christine Todd 
Whitman, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Scott Johnson, 
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Waterbury; George D. Thurston, New 
York University School of Medicine and National Institute of 
Environmental Health Sciences' Community Outreach and Education 
Program, New York, New York; C. Boyden Gray, Wilmer, Cutler and 
Pickering, Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Electric Reliability 
Coordinating Council; Dale E. Heydlaugg, American Electric Power 
Company, Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of the Edison Electric Institute; 
and Conrad G. Schneider, Clean Air Task Force, Brunswick, Maine, on 
behalf of the National Environmental Trust and U.S. Public Interest 
Research Group.
  Hearings recessed subject to call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported S. 643, to 
implement the agreement establishing a United States-Jordan free trade 
area.
NOMINATION
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded hearings on the 
nomination of Lynn C. Leibovitz, to be an Associate Judge of the 
Superior Court of the District of Columbia, after the nominee, who was 
introduced by District of Columbia Delegate Holmes Norton, testified 
and answered questions in her own behalf.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 778, to expand the class of beneficiaries who may apply for 
adjustment of status under section 245(i) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act by extending the deadline for classification petition 
and labor certification filings, with an amendment;
  S. 625, to provide Federal assistance to States and local 
jurisdictions to prosecute hate crimes;
  S. 1099, to increase the criminal penalties for assaulting or 
threatening Federal judges, their family members, and other public 
servants; and
  The nominations of Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas, to be Administrator 
of Drug Enforcement, and James W. Ziglar, of Mississippi, to be 
Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization, both of the Department 
of Justice.
MEDICARE ANTI-FRAUD EFFORTS
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded hearings to examine the 
Federal government's Medicare anti-fraud efforts, focusing on 
distinguishing human error from fraud, the coordination among 
government agencies fighting Medicare fraud, provider compliance and 
education issues, and the Medicare appeals process, after receiving 
testimony from Thomas Scully, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services, and Lewis Morris, Assistant Inspector General for 
Legal Affairs, Office of Inspector General, both of the Department of 
Health and Human Services; Leslie G. Aronovitz, Director, Health Care, 
Program Administration and Integrity Issues, General Accounting Office; 
Stuart

[[Page D783]]

E. Schiffer, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, 
Department of Justice; and Robert P. Charrow, Crowell and Moring, 
former Principal Deputy General Counsel of Health and Human Services, 
Joseph E. diGenova, diGenova and Toensing, former U.S. Attorney for the 
District of Columbia, on behalf of the American Hospital Association, 
and James W. Moorman, Taxpayers Against Fraud, all of Washington, D.C.



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