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June 10, 2000
SECTION: CONGRESS; Pg. 1832; Vol. 32, No. 24
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The Sausage Factory: House-Senate Committee Action, June 5-8
BYLINE: National Journal News Service
Here is the status of
major legislation on the congressional
House: Approved H.R. 4444 on May 24, 237-197.
Senate: Finance Committee approved S. 2277 on May
Outlook: Finance Committee leaders
this week announced
that the House-passed bill granting permanent normal
relations to China will go directly to the Senate floor. The
will bypass a review of House-added amendments on human
and import surge protections. Although the
Senate is inclined to back PNTR,
some say by July 4, no one is
taking smooth sailing for granted.
House: Approved H.R. 833 on May 5, 1999,
Senate: Approved amended version of H.R.
833 on Feb. 2,
Outlook: Negotiators are
still at work hammering out the
fine points of a prospective agreement.
Still unclear is what
legislative vehicle will carry a final compromise;
reform provisions were yanked off a crop insurance measure before
the Memorial Day break.
MARRIAGE PENALTY TAX
House: Approved H.R. 6 on Feb. 10, 268-158.
Senate: Effort to end debate on S. 2346 failed on April
Outlook: Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.,
announced that a marriage penalty "phaseout" will be included in
budget reconciliation measure this summer. That way, he said,
limited to 20 hours and the measure can't be
"filibustered to death, or
amended to death."
Approved H.R. 1714 on Nov. 9, 1999, 356-66.
Approved S. 761 on Nov. 19, 1999, by unanimous
Outlook: A majority of the House and Senate conferees
this legislation, which would provide a presumption of
legal validity to
electronic signatures and records, had forged
yet another deal late on June
7. If the deal sticks, quick final
approval is expected.
House: Approved a bipartisan patients' rights
bill (H.R. 2723) on
Oct. 7, 1999, 275-151, then merged it with an insurance
bill (H.R. 2990).
Senate: Approved S.
1344 with narrower reforms favored by
health insurers on July 15, 1999,
Outlook: Senate Republicans unveiled their
conference committee proposal this week. But unimpressed
Democrats pressed ahead with an amendment, which mirrored the
bipartisan patients' rights bill, during the Senate's
debate on its Defense
authorization bill on June 8.
Approved juvenile-justice bill (H.R. 1501) on June 17,
Senate: Approved juvenile-justice bill (S. 254) with
gun control measures on May 20, 1999, 73-25.
Outlook: On May 17, Senate Democrats forced a vote on a
approved 50-49, urging final passage of the Senate's
gun control provisions.
The GOP responded by passing a resolution
on a 69-30 vote urging
more-aggressive enforcement of gun laws.
Compromise seems unlikely.
The Senate this week
took a break from moving any
more money bills through committee because a
had kept appropriations legislation off the floor in that
chamber. House panels slogged through some political mud to
several measures that they hope may eventually get
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