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TO: DIRECTOR FRANK RAINES DEPUTY DIRECTOR JACK LEW ACTING DEP. DIRECTOR FOR MANAGEMENT ED DESEVE EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR JOSH GOTBAUM FROM: OMB LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 1997 SUBJECT: LEGISLATIVE REPORT Representative Vito J. Fosella, R-N.Y., was sworn in today as the newest member of Congress. He representO,s New YorkO,s 13th District. CONGRESS TODAY (11/5) SENATE Confirmed (100-0) the nomination of James S. Gwin, of Ohio, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio Agreed to (68-31) the motion to proceed to S. 1269 - Fast Track Legislation [POTUS Statement, 11/4J Reached a UC Agreement to consider the nomination of Ronald Gilman of Tennessee to be a US Circuit Judge (vote to occur on Thursday) Passed the following measures by unanimous consent: H.R. 2367 - Relating to Veterans Disability and Living Adjustment S. 714 - Veterans Native American Housing Bill S. 1377 - Technical bill regardi~g the American Legion 5 Items related to the Rules Committee, introduced by Senators Warner and Ford (S. Res. 143, S. Con. Res. 61 - 3, and S. 1378) HOUSE Passed (426-4) H.R. 2676 - Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1997 [SAP sent, 11/5: Administration supports House passage, but will continue to work with the Congress to make needed improvements to the bill.J Began consideration of the pending China bills, but completed action on only two of the nine bills: Passed (416-5) H.R. 2358 - Political Freedom in China Act [SAP sent, 11/4: Administration opposesJ Considered H.R. 2195 - To Provide for Increased Monitoring of Products Made with Forced Labor (vote to occur late Wednesday night) [No 'SAP -- No objectionJ CONGRESS TOMORROW (11/6) AND FRIDAY (11/7): SENATE Thursday, November 6th & the Balance of the Week: On Thursday, the Senate will convene at 9:30am to consider the nomination of Ronald Gilman of Tennessee to be US Circuit Judge. A vote will follow at 9:40am. Beginning at 10:00am, hold four hours of debate on H.R. 1119 - DOD Authorization conference report followed by a vote at approximately 2:00pm. [Letter sent 10/28: Senior Advisors recommend veto over depot provision] Following adoption of the conference report, the Senate is expected to pass by unanimous consent a Domenici resolution to correct enrollment of (i.e. make changes in) the conference report. The Senate could then turn to any of the following conference reports / bills: Amtrak Reform Legislation (UC agreement reached on Wednesday) S. 1156 - DC FY 98 Appropriations or a substitute to H.R. 2604, the House-passed version [SAP sent, 9/18: Senior Advisers recommend veto if the bill contains the school voucher amendment.] FDA reform conference report [HHS letter sent, 11/4: Senior Advisors veto threat over medical devise provision] Intelligence Authorization conference report Remaining appropriations conference reports, as available, and possibly a continuing resolution. HOUSE Thursday, November 6th and the Balance of the Week: On Thursday, convene at 10:00am for legislative business and on Friday, convene at 9:00am for legislative business. The House is expected to tie up much of the floor time Thursday on motions filed Tuesday regarding the Sanchez / Dornan election. The House is expected to take up two Rules, passed by the Committee on wednesday: (1) To provide for expedited procedures for consideration of bills at the end of the session. (This action will allow suspension bills to be brought up throughout the week and bills to be considered on the same day the rule is reported.) (2) To prohibit further motions regarding the Sanchez/Dornan election, except those offered by the Majority or the Minority Leader. Continue consideration of the D&China billsD8: H.R. 967 - Excluding Certain Chinese Officials From the U.S. [SAP sent, 11/4: Administration strongly opposes] H.R. 2570 - Forced Abortion Condemnation Act [SAP sent, 11/4: Administration agrees with the objective, but strongly opposes the bill due to foreign policy and constitutional concerns] H.R. 2232 - Radio Free Asia Act of 1997 [No SAP - support informally] H.R. 2605 - Communist China Subsidy Reduction Act of 1997 [SAP sent, 11/4: Administration opposes] H.R. 2647 - A Bill to Ensure that Commercial Activities of the PeopleD,s Liberation Army of China or any Communist Chinese Military Company in the U.S. are Monitored and are Subject to the Authorities under the '. International Emergency Economic Powers Act [SAP sent, 11/4: Administration opposes] H.Res. 188 - Urging Action on Iran acquisition of C-802 cruise missile [No SAP] H.R. 2386 - US-Taiwan Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Cooperation Act [SAP sent, 11/4: Administration opposes] Complete action on H.R. 2616 - Charter Schools Amendments Act [SAP sent, 10/30: Administration supports House passage, BUT the PresidentD,s senior advisors would recommend veto if the bill contains H.R. 2746, the school voucher bill.] Consider H.R. 2604 - DC FY 98 Appropriations if amended and passed by the Senate [SAP sent, 9/18: Senior Advisers recommend veto if the bill contains the school voucher amendment:] Consider the Conference Report on S. 858, Intelligence Authorization for FY 1998 When the House brought the Agriculture Research Bill (H.R. 2534) to the floor on Tuesday night (11/4), Congressman Becerra objected to its consideration. The bill will now likely come up on the suspension calendar. (Friday) Consider H.R. 2621 - Reciprocal Trade Agreement Authorities Act of 1997 (Subject to a Rule) (Fast Track) [POTUS statement, 11/4] Consider remaining appropriations conference reports, as available, and possibly a continuing resolution. (Likely on Saturday) Consider H.R. 2624 - A Bill Disapproving the Cancellations Transmitted by the President on October 6, 1997 regarding the FY 1998 Military Construction Appropriations Act [SAP pending: President will veto] I.