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Copyright 2000 The National Journal, Inc.  
The National Journal

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May 13, 2000

SECTION: CONGRESS; Pg. 1520; Vol. 32, No. 20

LENGTH: 527 words

HEADLINE: The Sausage Factory: House-Senate Committee Action, May 8-11

BYLINE: National Journal News Service


Hot Bills
Here is the status of major legislation on the congressional
front burner:

House: Approved a bipartisan patients' rights bill (H.R. 2723) on
Oct. 7, 1999, 275-151, then merged it with an insurance access
bill (H.R. 2990).

     Senate: Approved S. 1344 with narrower reforms favored by
health insurers on July 15, 1999, 53-47.

     Outlook: Democrats say talks on a final bill are going
nowhere, and Republicans fear that President Clinton's latest
attempts to prod negotiators into a settlement are meant to
"politicize the process," which lawmakers agree could collapse in
a heartbeat.      BANKRUPTCY REFORM
House: Approved H.R. 833 on May 5, 1999, 313-108.

     Senate: Approved amended version of H.R. 833 on Feb. 2,

     Outlook: Senate GOP leaders are ready to let the bill die
if a deal can't be reached with pro-consumer Democrats, who are
blocking moves to untangle the Senate bill from an amendment
raising the minimum wage. Prospects of breaking a Senate
filibuster are fading, and bill supporters may try to attach
bankruptcy provisions to another measure.

House: Approved H.R. 1714 on Nov. 9, 1999, 356-66.

     Senate: Approved S. 761 on Nov. 19, 1999, by unanimous

     Outlook: Under White House and industry pressure, House
Republican leaders want to wrap up talks soon on a final bill,
which would set a legal standard for e-commerce and online
contracts-and give Republicans something to show Silicon Valley.

House: Approved conference report on H.R. 434 on May 4, 309-110.

     Senate: Approved conference report on May 11, 77-19.

     Outlook: With the explosive China trade vote drawing
nearer, House GOP leaders stepped in to resolve lingering
disputes with the Senate to produce a final Africa trade bill,
which includes a Caribbean Basin trade initiative. The bill
overcame last-minute protests from textile-state Senators, and
Clinton is expected to sign it into law.

House: Floor action pending on the last of four parts of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization (H.R.

     Senate: Began debate on an omnibus ESEA bill (S. 2) on
May 1.

     Outlook: As a fiery Senate floor debate continues over
the control of federal aid to schools, Democrats say they will
try to defeat the bill if they can't amend it to include
President Clinton's school spending priorities-and to possibly
include gun-control provisions.

House: Approved H.R. 6 on Feb. 10, 268-158.

     Senate: Effort to end debate on S. 2346 failed on April

     Outlook: Partisan differences over the size and scope of
the Senate Republican bill seem irreconcilable, so Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., has a new tactic: He wants
to attach the bill to a budget enforcement measure that the
Senate expects to take up in June. Senate rules bar filibusters
and nongermane amendments to such a measure.

LOAD-DATE: May 15, 2000

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