11:36 PM 24 Jun 1998
TO: ACTING DIRECTOR JACK LEW ACTING DEP. DIRECTOR FOR MANAGEMENT ED DESEVE EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR JOSH GOTBAUM FROM: OMB LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS DATE: JUNE 24, 1998 SUBJECT: LEGISLATIVE REPORT CONGRESS TODAY (6/24): SENATE: Passed (59-36) conference report on HR 2646, the Education Savings Act for Public and Private Schools (passed 6/18 in the House 225-197). This is 8 votes short of the 2/3 necessary for a veto override (Domenici and Specter were not voting) . [POTUS letter sent 6/16/98: POTUS will veto] Continued consideration of S. 2057 - DoD Authorization [SAP sent, 5/14: Cites concerns; Cohen letter sent 6/19/98; cites strong concerns on Inhofe/Dorgan amendment] Action occurred on the following amendments to S.2057: o Adopted (90-5) Thurmond amendment to express the sense of Congress regarding continued participation of U.S. forces in operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. o Adopted (voice) McCain amendment to require the President to submit to Congress certain reports on the missions of United States forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina. o Adopted (voice) Kempthorne amendment in the nature of a substitute to title 29 to provide for the withdrawal of lands at the Juniper Butte Range, Idaho, from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws and the mineral and geothermal leasing laws, and to reserve these lands for use by the Secretary of the Air Force. o Adopted (voice) Brownback amendment to require separate housing for male and female basic trainees, and to ensure after house privacy for basic trainees. o Adopted (56-37) Levin (for Snowe/Cleland) amendment to the Brownback amendment to require a moratorium on changes to gender-related policies and practices. o Tabled (65-31) Smith of NH amendment to limit the use of funds to support the continued deployment of ground combat forces in Bosnia pending a vote of Congress on the continuation of the deployment, and to require the President to submit to Congress a plan for withdrawing US forces from Bosnia if Congress does not so act by 3/31/99. HOUSE: Passed (voice) H.R. 3830 - Utah Lands Swap Passed (373-48) H.R. 4101- Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, & Related Agencies FY99 Appropriations. [SAP sent 6/23] Prior to passage, action occurred on the following amendmenes to the Agriculture Bill: o Passed (223-202) Coburn amendment to prohibit funding to the FDA to conduct research.on chemical drugs for abortion o Failed (167-258) Miller amendment to reduce federal sugar price supports by lowering loan rates o Failed (118-307) Royce amendment to subsidize advertisements for American products overseas (Market Access Program) o Passed (voice) Sanders amendment to increase funding for seniors nutrition programs o Failed (192-232) Bass-DeFazio amendment to reduce livestock protection in Western States Passed (358-61) H.R. 4103 Department of Defense FY99 Appropriations after the rule for consideration was passed (221-201). During consideration, the amendment requiring the President to obtain prior congressional authorization to initiate offensive military actions, was debated at length, but no one made an effort to strike the provision. [Floor SAP sent 6/24, Rules SAP sent 6/23; National Security Advisors recommend veto on Skaggs Amendment] CONGRESS -- TOMORROW (6/25) SENATE The Senate will resume consideration of S. 2057 - DoD Authorization [SAP sent, 5/14: Cites concerns; Cohen letter sent 6/19/98; cites strong concerns on Inhofe/Dorgan amendment] HOUSE The House will convene for Legislative Business at 10 am. H.R. 4104 Treasury and General Government FY99 Appropriations [Floor SAP sent, 6/24: Secretary of Treasury veto recommendation on provision to restrict use of ESF] H.R. Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations H.R. 2676 - Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act Conference Report Friday, June 26th: SENATE H.R. 2676 - Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act Conference Report (also includes the TEA-21 corrections) Continue consideration of S. 2057 - DoD Authorization (if necessary) [SAP sent, 5/14: Cites concerns; Cohen letter sent 6/19/98; cites strong concerns on Inhofe/Dorgan amendment] S.2160 Military Construction Appropriations Bill (Possible) [SAP pending] S.2137 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill (possibly by unanimous consent) [No SAP] S. 2159 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations Bill [with tobacco legislation pending as an amendment] (possible) [SAP pending] Product Liability: possible cloture vote later this week. If UC agreements can be reached, the Senate could consider any of the following measures: H.R. 2614 - Reading Excellence Act [SAP under development; support Senate passage if amended] S. 1882 - Higher Education Amendments of 1998 [SAP sent 6/16/98: strongly opposes in its current form] H.R. 2610 - National Narcotics Leadership Act of 1997 (ONDCP reauthorization) [SAP sent 11/8/97: no objection but will seek amendments] After Independence Day recess: S. 1250 - NASA authorization bill [SAP pending: support if amended] The Senate is expected to recess from Monday, June 29th to Monday, July 6th. HOUSE Friday, June 26 The House will not be in session and will recess through July 13th.