9:52 PM 07 May 1997
TO: DIRECTOR FRANK RAINES DEPUTY DIRECTOR JACK LEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR JOHN KOSKINEN FROM: OMB LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS DATE: MAY 7, 1997 SUBJECT: LEGISLATIVE REPORT Administrator Sally Katzen will testify tomorrow before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, in support of Government Printing Office Reform. CONGRESS TODAY (5/7): SENATE The Senate continued consideration of S. 672, the Bosnia/Disaster Assistance Supplemental. [SAP sent, 5/7: O&Based on the Senate Committee bill, which included the automatic continuing resolution, the President had indicated that he would veto it because it includes strongly objectionable extraneous provisions.OS] Late Wednesday evening, Senator Byrd offered an amendment to strike the McCain-Hutchison automatic continuing resolution provision from the bill. The Senate did not vote on the amendment. Senator McCain then amended his provision, by unanimous consent, to increase the FY1998 funding level to 100% of the FY 1997 enacted level (up from 98%). Senator Byrd did not object to McCainO,s motion, and, in exchange, Senator McCain did not move table the Byrd amendment. Thus, debate on ByrdO,s amendment to strike the now 100% automatic continuing resolution provision from the bill will continue on Thursday. Also today, the Senate also took the following action o Invoked cloture on the bill by a vote of 100 to o. o Adopted (89-11) DO,Amato (R-NY) amendment to remove Social Service Block Grant funds from the bill, intended to assist legal immigrants when certain benefits expire in August and to insert an extension of the SSI benefits through September 30, 1997. As expected, the JOBS rescission offsets the cost. o Tabled (51-29) Bumpers (D-AR) amendment to remove a provision that would prohibit Interior from implementing policy guidelines on RS 2477 related to rights-of-way for States building highways on public land. o Adopted (UC) Hollings amendment to prohibit the use of any funds made available in any Appropriations Act for FY97 made available by the Commerce Dept to make irreversible plans for the use of sampling in taking the 2000 decenial census. o Adopted (UC) Byrd amendment, offered by Stevens, to expand eligibility for rail freight assistance not only to the Northern Plain States, but to any state affected by flooding. o Adopted (UC) Feingold/Hutchison, which prohibited use of funds in the Act for supporting troops in Bosnia after June 30, 1998. It should be noted, however, that there are no funds in the Act that were intended to be used after June 30, 1998. HOUSE Suspended the Rules and passed (399-16) H.Res. 93 - Regarding the BLS and adjustments to the CPl. The House considered the bill in TuesdayO,s session under suspension of the rule, and ordered but postponed the vote. Continued, but did not complete, consideration of H.R. 2 - Housing Opportunity and Responsibility Act of 1997 (Open Rule). While under consideration, the House rejected (172-252) a Frank amendment to strike the provision that gives public housing tenents a choice to pay a flat rate for rent. [SAP sent, 4/30: Administration supports many of the billO,s objectives, but opposes the bill unless it is amended] Considered, but did not complete action on, H.R. 478 - Flood Prevention Act (Open Rule). While under consideration, the House adopted the rule by a vote of 415-8. The House also adopted (227-196) a Boehlert substitute amendment for a waiver of the Endangered Species Act for consultation regulations for all counties that are declared federal disaster areas in 1997. The waiver would apply to repairs or replacement of flood control facilities in those counties. [SAP sent, 5/2: Interior Secretary would recommend veto] Adopted (252-159) the Rule on H.R. 3 - Juvenile Crime Control Act of 1997. At press time, the House is holding one hour of general debate on the bill. [SAP sent, 5/7: Administration opposes] CONGRESS TOMORROW (5/8) SENATE The Senate will convene at 9:15 am for morning business until 10:00 am. The Senate will then resume consideration of S. 672, the Bosnia/Disaster Assistance Supplemental. Senator Warner will then offer an amendment to modify the allocation of highway outlays to conform to existing resources, rather than what is in the bill. A vote on the motion to table his amendment is likely to occur at 10:30 am. The Senate will then proceed to consideration of the Byrd amendment to strike the McCain provision regardin g the automatic continuing resolution (which McCain changed by UC Wednesday night to provide 100% of the FY97 enacted level). The Senate still intends to complete consideration of the bill by 6:00 pm. [SAP sent, 5/7: D&Based on the Senate Committee bill, which included the automatic continuing resolution, the President had indicated that he would veto it because it includes strongly objectionable extraneous provisions.DS] The Senate may then turn to the motion to proceed to S. 4, Family Friendly Workplace (possible) [SAP pending: President will veto] HOUSE Convene at 10:00 am to complete consideration of H.R. 3 - Juvenile Crime Control Act of 1997 [SAP sent, 5/7: Administration opposes] The House will likely continue consideration of H.R. 2 - Housing Opportunity and Responsibility Act of 1997 (Open Rule) . [SAP sent, 4/30: Administration supports many of the billD,s objectives, but opposes the bill unless it is amended] The House may also continue consideration of H.R. 478 - Flood Prevention Act (Open Rule) . [SAP sent, 5/2: Interior Secretary would recommend veto] CONGRESS -- LONG-TERM SCHEDULE SENATE The Senate will likely take up the following items prior to the Memorial Day recess: S. 4, Family Friendly Workplace (Motion to Proceed to the bill possible on Thursday, with a cloture vote next week) [SAP pending: President will veto] Partial Birth Abortion legislation [House SAP sent, 3/21: President will veto] Budget Resolution (possible the week of May 19th) S.7, National Missile Defense Legislation (possible) HOUSE Friday, May 9th No Votes Monday, May 12th Meet at 2:00 pm -- No legislative Business. Tuesday, May 13th Meet at 12:30 pm for morning hour, and 2:00 pm for legislative business. No recorded votes before 5:00 pm Consider the following bills (7) under suspension of the Rule: H.Re. __ - Expressing Sense of House that the House of Representatives should Participate in and Support Activities to Provide Decent Homes for People H.R. 5 - IDEA Improvement Act of 1997 H.R. 1511 - Commission on High Price of Higher Education [SAP pending: Administration does not support] H.R. 914 - A Bill to Make Certain Technical Corrections in the Higher Education Act of 1965 Relating to Graduation Data Disclosures, Agreeing to Senate Amendment [No SAP] H.Con.Res 49 - Authorizing Use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby H.Con.Res. 66 - Authorizing Use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace OfficersD, Memorial Service H.Con.Res. 67 - Authorizing the 1997 Special Olympics Torch Relay to be Run Through the Capitol Grounds Wednesday, May 14th and the balance of the week Meet at 10:00 am on Wednesday and Thursday, and at 9:00 am on Friday H.R 1469 - FY 1997 Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1997 (Subject to a Rule) [SAP under development] H.R. 1486 - Foreign Policy Reform Act (Subject to a Rule) H.R. 1385 - Employment, Training and Literacy Enhancement Act (Subject to a Rule) ,.