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Copyright 2000 The National Journal, Inc.  
The National Journal

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May 27, 2000

SECTION: OUTLOOK; Pg. 1686; Vol. 32, No. 22

LENGTH: 485 words



     Here is the status of major legislation on the
congressional front burner:
House: Approved H.R. 4444 on May 24, 237-197.
Senate: Finance Committee approved S. 2277 on May 17, 19-1.

     Outlook: While the Senate is inclined to back permanent
normal trade relations for China, the Finance Committee wants to
review House-added amendments on human rights monitoring and
import-surge protections. Proponents hope that the Senate will
pass the House bill, because they want to avoid a time-consuming
House-Senate conference and another tough vote in the House.
House: Approved H.R. 833 on May 5, 1999, 313-108.
Senate: Approved an amended H.R. 833 on Feb. 2, 83-14.
Outlook: Republican leaders tried a last-ditch gambit to tack
sweeping changes in bankruptcy laws to a popular crop insurance
and farm aid bill (H.R. 2559), but protests from farm-state
members forced them to back down on May 25. Backers of the bill
are still looking for a train for this caboose.
House: Approved H.R. 6 on Feb. 10, 268-158.
Senate: Effort to end debate on S. 2346 failed on April 27.
Outlook: Senate leaders are still committed to moving the bill
this year, probably by adding it to a budget reconciliation
measure to avoid nongermane amendments and a filibuster. But it
may be more politically attractive to campaign on this issue than
to pass a bill.
House: Approved H.R. 1714 on Nov. 9, 1999, 356-66.
Senate: Approved S. 761 on Nov. 19, 1999, by unanimous consent.
Outlook: House-Senate negotiators ended their latest round of
talks without a deal on a final bill, which would provide a
presumption of legal validity to electronic signatures and
records. All except Senate Republicans are backing the latest
compromise version, and talks are likely to extend through the
Memorial Day recess.
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: Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle, D-S.D., says
no relief is at hand in curing the severe heartburn between the
House and Senate versions. Democrats have proposed new remedies,
but Republicans in both chambers haven't been able to stomach any
compromises in their own private meetings.
House: Approved juvenile-justice bill (H.R. 1501) on June 17,
1999, 287-139.
Senate: Approved juvenile-justice bill (S. 254) with new gun-
control measures on May 20, 1999, 73-25.
Outlook: There are no encouraging signs that conferees will
produce a final bill. Senate Democrats still aim to force more
votes on gun control amendments to other bills.

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