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ined and approved the Journal of the proceedings of Tuesday, February 13, 1996.

Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal was approved.

tarian measure. This only reinforces our view that Saddam Hussein is unconcerned about the hardships suffered by the Iraqi people.

The policies and actions of the Saddam Hussein regime continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, as well as to the regional peace and security. The U.N. resolutions affirm that the Security Council be assured of Iraq's peaceful intentions in judging its compliance with sanctions. Because of Iraq's failure to comply fully with these resolutions, the United States will continue to apply economic sanctions to deter it from threatening peace and stability in the region.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON. THE WHITE HOUSE, February 9, 1996.

The message, was referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 104175).

(14.11 ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Mr. MONTGOMERY, pursuant to the special order agreed to on February 6, 1996, at 11 o'clock and 7 minutes a.m., the House adjourned until 11 o'clock a.m. on Friday, February 16, 1996. (14.12 PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

Under clause 5 of rule X and clause 4 of rule XXII:

Mr. KLECZKA introduced a bill (H.R. 2965) to amend title 31, United States Code, to provide an automatic continuing appropriation for the U.S. Government; to the Committee on Appropriations.

(15.2 COMMUNICATIONS

Executive and other communications, pursuant to clause 2, rule XXIV, were referred as follows:

2057. A letter from the President and Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the United States, transmitting the annual report to Congress on the operations of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 635g(a); to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services.

2058. A letter from the Administrator, Energy Information Administration, transmitting the Administration's report entitled “Annual Energy Outlook 1996,” pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 790f(a)(1); to the Committee on Commerce.

2059. A letter from the Director, Office of Emergency and Remedial Response, Environmental Protection Agency,

Agency, transmitting three rules amending the national priorities list promulgated under section 105 of CERCLA, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 9655(a); to the Committee on Commerce.

2060. A letter from the Chairman, United States International Trade Commission, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2061. A letter from the Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of D.C. Act 11–197, “District of Columbia Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals Membership Simplification Act of 1996," pursuant to D.C. Code, section 1233(c)(1); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. (15.3 COMMUNICATION FROM THE

CLERK-MESSAGE FROM THE

PRESIDENT The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mrs. MORELLA, laid before the House a communication, which was read as follows:

OFFICE OF THE CLERK,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, DC, February 16, 1996.
Hon. NEWT GINGRICH,
The Speaker, House of Representatives,
Washington, DC 20515.

DEAR MR. SPEAKER: Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 5 of Rule III of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, I have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the White House on Wednesday, February 14 at 11:25 a.m. and said to contain a message from the President whereby he transmits the Economic Report of the President and Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers for 1996. With warm regards, ROBIN H. CARLE,

Clerk, House of Representatives.

cies designed to create employment opportunities for all Americans. I am proud that my Administration has made President Truman's commitment a reality. Over the past 3 years, we have created a sound economic foundation to face the challenges of the 21st century.

STRONG ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE Overall, the American economy is healthy and strong. In the first 3 years of this Administration nearly 8 million jobs were created, 93 percent of them in the private sector. The so-called "misery index"—the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates-fell last year to its lowest level since 1968. Investment has soared, laying the basis for future higher economic growth. New business incorporations have set a record, and exports of American-made goods have grown rapidly. Ours is the strongest and most competitive economy in the world and its fundamentals are as sound as they have been in three decades.

This turnaround occurred because of the hard work and ingenuity of the American people. Many of the new jobs are high-wage service sector jobs-reflecting the changing structure of the economy.

The telecommunications, biotechnology, and software industries have led the high-tech revolution world-wide. Traditional industries, such as manufacturing and construction, have restructured and now use technology and workplace innovation to thrive and once again create jobs. For example, in 1994 and 1995, America was once again the world's largest automobile maker.

Our 1993 economic plan set the stage for this economic expansion and resurgence, by enacting historic deficit reduction while continuing to invest in technology and education. For over a decade, growing Federal budget deficits kept interest rates high and dampened investment and productivity growth. Now, our deficit is proportionately the lowest of any major economy.

Today, our challenge is to ensure that all Americans can become winners in economic change—that our people have the skills and the security to make the most of their own lives. The very explosion of technology and trade that creates such extraordinary opportunity also places new pressures on working people. Over the past two decades, middle-class earnings have stagnated, and our poorest families saw their incomes fall. These are long-run trends, and 3 years of sound economic policies cannot correct for a decade of neglect. Even so, we are beginning to make some progress: real median family income increased by 2.3 percent in 1994, and the poverty rate fell in 1994 for the first time in 5 years.

ADDRESSING OUR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES I am firmly committed to addressing our economic challenges and enhancing economic security for all Americans. People who work hard need to know that they can and will have a chance to win in our new and changing economy.

(14.13 ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

Under clause 4 of rule XXII, sponsors were added to public bills and resolutions as follows:

H.R. 211: Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN.
H.R. 497: Mr. CHRISTENSEN.
H.R. 997: Mr. HOYER and Mr. METCALF.
H.R. 1488: Mr. LAHOOD.
H.R. 1627: Mr. BOEHLERT.
H.R. 1948: Ms. RIVERS.

H.R. 2320: Mr. WALSH, Mr. COSTELLO, Mr. FAZIO of California, and Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota.

H.R. 2523: Mr. STOCKMAN.
H.R. 2618: Mr. CONYERS.

H.R. 2664: Mr. HAYES, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. DORNAN, and Mr. RADANOVICH.

H.R. 2740: Ms. DUNN of Washington.

H.R. 2745: Mr. PAYNE of New Jersey, Mr. MFUME, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, Mr. GILMAN, Mr. BOEHLERT, Mr. MOAKLEY, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. FIELDS of Louisiana, Mrs. JOHNSON of Connecticut, Mr. KANJORSKI, and Mr. GEJDENSON.

H.R. 2755: Mr. FATTAH.

H. Con. Res. 127: Mr. PETRI, Mr. EHLERS, Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mr. PORTER, Mr. WAMP, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, and Mr. GILLMOR.

H. Con. Res. 134: Mr. HALL of Texas, Mr. BACHUS, and Mr. EMERSON.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1996 (15) The House was called to order by the SPEAKER

pro tempore, Mrs. MORELLA.

(15.4 COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS

REPORT The Clerk then read the message from the President, as follows: : To the Congress of the United States:

Fifty years ago, the Congress passed and President Truman signed the Employment Act of 1946, which committed the U.S. Government to promote poli

(15.1 APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mrs. MORELLA, announced she had exam

a Nation in which opportunity is even more plentiful than it is today.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON. THE WHITE HOUSE, February 14, 1996.

The message, together with the accompanying papers, was referred to the Joint Economic Committee and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 104–161). (15.5 ENROLLED BILL SIGNED

Mr. THOMAS, from the Committee on House Oversight, reported that that committee had examined and found truly enrolled a bill of the House of the following title, which was thereupon signed by the Speaker:

H.R. 1718. An Act to designate the United States Courthouse located at 197 South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, as the “Max Rosenn United States Courthouse."

And then,

Our economic agenda seeks both to promote growth and to bring the fruits of that growth within reach of all Americans. Our overall strategy is straightforward: -Balancing the budget. In the 12 years

before I took office, the budget deficit skyrocketed and the national debt quadrupled. My Administration has already cut the budget deficit nearly in half. I am determined to finish the job of putting our fiscal house in order. I have proposed a plan that balances the budget in 7 years, without violating our fundamental values—without undercutting Medicare, Medicaid, education, the environment and without raising taxes on working families. The plans put forth by my Administration and by the Republicans in the Congress contain enough spending cuts in common to balance the budget and still provide a modest tax cut. I am committed to giving the American people a balanced budget. - Preparing workers through education and training. In the new economy, education is the key to opportunity—and the education obtained as a child in school will no longer last a lifetime. My Administration has put in place the elements of a lifetime-learning system to enable Americans to attend schools with high standards; get help going to college, or from school into the workplace; and receive training and education throughout their careers. We expanded Head Start for preschoolers; enacted Goals 2000, establishing high standards for schools; created a new direct student loan program that makes it easier for young people to borrow and repay college loans; gave 50,000 young people the opportunity to earn college tuition through community service; and enacted the School-to-Work Opportunities Act. Now we must continue to give our people the skills they need, by enacting my proposals to make the first $10,000 of college tuition tax deductible; to give the top 5 percent of students in each high school a $1,000 merit scholarship, and to enact the GI Bill

the GI Bill for Workers, which would replace the existing worker training system with a flexible voucher that workers could use at community colleges or other

training facilities. - Increasing economic security. We

must give Americans the security they need to thrive in the new economy. We can do this through health insurance reforms that will give Americans a chance to buy insurance when they change jobs or when someone in their family is sick. We can do this by encouraging firms to provide more extensive pension coverage, as I have done through my proposals for pension simplification. In addition,

we should make work pay by increasing the minimum wage and pre

serving the full Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which cuts taxes for hard-pressed working families to make sure that no parents who work full-time have to raise their children in poverty. -Creating high-wage jobs

high-wage jobs through technology and exports. We must continue to encourage the growth of high-wage industries, which will create the high-wage jobs of the future. We have reformed the decades-old telecommunications laws, to help spur the digital revolution that will continue to transform the way we live. We must continue to encourage exports, since jobs supported by goods exports pay on average 13 percent more than other jobs. My Administration has concluded over 200 trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, seeking an open world marketplace and fair rules for exporters of American goods and services. As a result, merchandise exports have increased

by 31 percent. -A government that is smaller, works

better, and costs less. A new economy demands a new kind of government. The era of big, centralized, one-size-fits-all government is over. But the answer is not the wholesale dismantling of government. Rather, we must strive to meet our problems using flexible, nonbureaucratic means—and working with businesses, religious groups, civic organizations, schools, and State and local governments. My Administration has reduced the size of government: as a percentage of civilian nonfarm employment, the Federal workforce is the smallest it has been since 1933, before the New Deal. We have conducted a top-to-bottom overhaul of Federal regulations, and are eliminating 16,000 pages of outdated or burdensome rules altogether. We have reformed environmental workplace

workplace safety, and pharmaceutical regulation to cut red tape without hurting public protection. And we will continue to find new, market-based ways to protect the public.

(15.6 ADJOURNMENT

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mrs. MORELLA, by unanimous consent and pursuant to the special order agreed to on February 6, 1996, at 11 o'clock and 4 minutes a.m., the House adjourned until 11 o'clock a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 1996.

(15.7 PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

Under clause 5 of rule X and clause 4 of rule XXII, public bills and resolutions were introduced and severally referred as follows:

By Mr. HERGER: H.R. 2966. A bill to authorize law enforcement agencies to make arrangements for the compensation of officers in their canine units; to the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities.

By Mr. HAYES: H.J. Res. 160. Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that Federal judges be reconfirmed by the Senate every 6 years; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

(15.8 ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

Under clause 4 of rule XXII, sponsors were added to public bills and resolutions as follows:

H.R. 863: Ms. DELAURO.
H.R. 2137: Mr. SOLOMON.

H.R. 2306: Mr. RAHALL, Mr. Goss, Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. FRAZER, Mr. FAZIO of California, Mr. STOCKMAN, Mr. LEACH, and Mr. GUNDERSON.

H.R. 2697: Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Mrs. SCHROEDER, and Mr. FARR.

H.J. Res. 10: Mr. BATEMAN.

H. Con. Res. 21: Mr. GUTIERREZ, Ms. WATERS, and Mr. PAYNE of New Jersey.

THE NEED TO CONTINUE WITH WHAT WORKS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1996 (16)

The House was called to order by the SPEAKER pro tempore, Mrs. MORELLA.

As The Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers makes clear, this is a moment of great possibility for our country. Ours is the healthiest of any major economy. No nation on earth is better positioned to reap the rewards of the new era. Our strategy of deficit reduction and investment in our people has begun to work. It would be a grave error to turn back.

Our Nation must reject the temptation to shrink from its responsibilities or to turn to narrow, shortsighted solutions for long-term problems. If we continue to invest for the long term, we will pass on to the next generation

(16.1 APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mrs. MORELLA, announced she had examined and approved the Journal of the proceedings of Friday, February 16,

, 1996.

Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Joural was approved.

2073. A letter from the Mayor, District of Columbia, transmitting the comprehensive annual financial report of the District of Columbia, pursuant to Public Law 102–102, section 2(b) (105 Stat. 495); jointly, to the Committees on Government Reform and Oversight and Appropriations.

And then,

(16.3 ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Mr. DAVIS, pursuant to the special order agreed to on February 6, 1996, at 11 o'clock and 3 minute a.m., the House adjourned until 11 o'clock a.m. on Friday, February 23, 1996.

(16.4 MEMORIALS

Under clause 4 of rule XXII, 200. The SPEAKER presented a memorial of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, relative to the “Blizzard of 1996”; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

(16.2 COMMUNICATIONS Executive and

and other

other communications, pursuant to clause 2, rule XXIV, were referred as follows:

2061. A letter from the Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of D.C. Act 11–197, “District of Columbia Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals Membership Simplification Act of 1996," pursuant to D.C. Code, section 1233(C)(1); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2062. A letter from the Director, the Office of Management and Budget, transmitting the cumulative report on rescissions and deferrals of budget authority as of February 1, 1996, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 685(e) (H. Doc. N. 104–176); to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.

2063. A letter from the Secretary of Energy, transmitting the Department's report entitled "1994 Annual Report on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Progress," pursuant to the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985; to the Committee on Commerce.

2064. A letter from the Comptroller General of the United States, transmitting the list of all reports issued or released in January 1996, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 719(h); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2065. A letter from the President and CEO, African Development Foundation, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2066. A letter from the Director, Operations and Finance, American Battle Monuments Commission, transmitting a report of activities under the Freedom of Information Act for calendar year 1995, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(d); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2067. A letter from the Chairperson, Appraisal Subcommittee, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2068. A letter from the Comptroller General of the United States, transmitting the Comptroller General's report on GAO employees detailed to congressional committees as of January 19, 1996; to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2069. A letter from the Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2070. A letter from the Chairman, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, transmitting a copy of the annual report in compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act during the calendar year 1995, pursuant to U.S.C. 552b(j); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2071. A letter from the Deputy Associate Director for Compliance, Department of the Interior, transmitting notification of proposed refunds of excess royalty payments in OHS areas, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1339(b); to the Committee on Resources.

2072. A letter from the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of State, transmitting a copy of the Secretary's determination and memorandum of justification regarding assistance to Haiti, pursuant to Public Law 104–99, section 301 (110 Stat. 38); jointly, to the Committees on Appropriations and International Relations.

(16.5 ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

Under clause 4 of rule XXII, sponsors were added to public bills and resolutions as follows:

H.R. 940: Mr. OLVER.
H.R. 1021: Ms. VELAZQUEZ and Ms. KAPTUR.

H.R. 1023: Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. FRAZER, Mr. WELDON of Florida, and Mrs. MALONEY.

H.R. 2143: Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. FOGLIETTA, Mr. WILSON, Mr. HYDE, and Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts.

H.R. 2214: Mr. TORRES, Mr. McCOLLUM, and Mrs. MINK of Hawaii.

H.R. 2959: Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. MOAKLEY, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Mr. DOOLEY, Mr. THOMPSON, Mr. BENTSEN, Mr. LUTHER, Mr. REED, Mrs. LOWEY, Mrs. KENNELLY, and Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas.

and approved the Journal of the proceedings of Tuesday, February 20, 1996.

Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal was approved. (17.3 COMMUNICATIONS

Executive and other communications, pursuant to clause 2, rule XXIV, were referred as follows:

2074. A letter from the Assistant Secretary of Defense, transmitting a report entitled "Report on the Performance of Department of Defense Commercial Activities,” pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304 note; to the Committee on National Security.

2075. A letter from the President and Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the United States, transmitting a report involving United States exports to Ghana, pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 635(b)(3)(i); to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services.

2076. A letter from the President and Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the United States, transmitting report involving United States exports to Indonesia, pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 635(b)(3)(i); to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services.

2077. A letter from the Chairman, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, transmitting the Foundation's annual report for 1995, pursuant to 20 U.S.,C. 2012(b); to the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities.

2078. A letter from the Administrator, Energy Information Administration, transmitting a report entitled “Performance Profiles of Major Energy Producers 1994,” pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 7267; to the Committee on Commerce.

2079. A letter from the Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, transmitting a report on abnormal occurrences at licensed nuclear facilities for the third quarter of calendar 1995, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 5848; to the Committee on Commerce.

2080. A letter from the Assistant Secretary of Defense-Force Management Policy, transmitting a report on the audit of the American Red Cross for the year ending June 30, 1995, pursuant to 36 U.S.C. 6; to the Committee on International Relations.

2081. A letter from the Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of D.C. Act 11-199, “Technical Amendments Act of 1996,” pursuant to D.C. Code, section 1–233(c)(1); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2082. A letter from the Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of D.C. Act 11–201, "Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996," pursuant to D.C. Code, section 1-233(C)(1); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2083. A letter from the Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of D.C. Act 11-202, "Joint Custody of Children Act of 1996,” pursuant to D.C. Code, section 1–233(C)(1); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2084. A letter from the Auditor, District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of a report entitled “Review of the Fiscal Year 1995 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR),” pursuant to D.C. Code, section 47– 117(d); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2085. A letter from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Appraisal Subcommittee, transmitting the 1995 annual report in compliance with the Inspector General Act Amendments of 1988, pursuant to Public Law 100–504, section 104(a) (102 Stat. 2525); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2086. A letter from the Chief Financial Officer, Export-Import Bank of the United

(16.6 PETITIONS, ETC.

Under clause 1 of rule XXII, petitions and papers were laid on the Clerk's desk and referred as follows:

57. By the SPEAKER: Petition of the council of the city and county of Honolulu, HI, relative to the State of Hawaii to secure access to oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in case of emergency; to the Committee on Commerce.

58. Also, petition of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the county of Mercer, NJ, relative to the board's support for Representative CHRISTOPHER SMITH as he strives to protect the needs of the senior citizens and all residents of Mercer County; jointly, to the Committees on Ways and Means and Commerce.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1996 (17)

(17.1 DESIGNATION OF SPEAKER PRO

TEMPORE The House was called to order by the SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. DAVIS, who laid before the House the following communication:

WASHINGTON, DC,

February 20, 1996.
I hereby designate the Honorable THOMAS
M. DAVIS to act as Speaker pro tempore on
Friday, February 23, 1996.

CONSTANCE A. MORELLA,
Speaker pro tempore of the

House of Representatives.

(17.2 APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. DAVIS, announced he had examined

on

quest to make available appropriations totaling $140 million in budgetary authority for support of the Middle East peace process, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 1107 (H. Doc. No. 104178); to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.

2111. A communication from the President of the United States, transmitting his request to make available appropriations totaling $620 million in budgetary authority for DOD operations associated with the NATO-led Bosnia Peace Implementation Force [IFOR] and Operation Deny Flight, and $200 million for civilian implementation of the Dayton Peace Accord and to designate the amounts made available as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(D)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 1107; to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.

States, transmitting the Bank's annual management report for the year ended September 30, 1995, pursuant to Public Law 101576, Section 306(a) (104 Stat. 2854); to the Committee Government Reform and Oversight.

2087. A letter from the Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2088. A letter from the Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2089. A letter from the Chair, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, transmitting a report of activities under the Freedom of Information Act for calendar year 1995, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(e); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2090. A letter from the Director, Office of Financial Management, General Accounting Office, transmitting the fiscal year 1995 annual report of the Comptrollers General retirement system, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 9503(a)(1)(B); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2091. A letter from the Administrator, General Services Administration, transmitting a draft of proposed legislation to amend section 1113 of the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978 clarifying the Government's authority to collect financial records in conjunction with a Federal contractor-issued travel charge card; to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2092. A letter from the Executive Director, National Education Goals Panel, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(C)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2093. A letter from the Executive Secretary, National Labor Relations Board, transmitting a copy of the annual report in compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act during the calendar year 1995, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(i); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2094. A letter from the Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, transmitting a copy of the annual report in compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act during the calendar year 1995, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(j); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2095. A letter from the Director, Office of Management and Budget, transmitting an accounting standard for Federal property, plant, and equipment that was recently recommended by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board [FASAB] and approved in its entirety by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Comptroller General, pursuant to Public Law 101– 576, section 307 (104 Stat. 2855); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2096. A letter from the Secretary of the Interior, transmitting the annual report under the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3512(c)(3); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2097. A letter from the Acting Chairman, Thrift Depositor Protection Oversight Board, transmitting the final semiannual report on activities of the inspector general of the RTC for the period October 1, 1995, through December 31, 1995, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. app. (Insp. Gen. Act) section 5(b); to the Com

mittee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2098. A letter from the Deputy Associate Director for Compliance, Department of the Interior, transmitting notification of proposed refunds of excess royalty payments in OCS areas, pursuant to 43 U.S.C. 1339(b); to the Committee on Resources.

2099. A letter from the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior, transmitting a proposed contract amendment to Contract No. 7–07–60-W0280 executed with the Belle Fourche Irrigation District, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, SD; to the Committee on Resources.

2100. A letter from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, transmitting the annual report of activities for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1995, pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 715b; to the Committee on Resources.

2101. A letter from the Director, Government Relations, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, transmitting the Girl Scouts of the United States of America 1995 annual report, pursuant to 36 U.S.C. 37; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

2102. A letter from the Secretary of Transportation, transmitting the Department's report on the Port of Miami high-level bridge demonstration project, pursuant to Public Law 97–424, section 131(h)(4) (96 Stat. 2111); to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

2103. A letter from the Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, transmitting a copy of the National Transportation Safety Board's letter to OMB appealing the fiscal year 1997 allowance of $39,836,000 for the Board, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. app. 1903(b)(7); to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

2104. A letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting notification that the Treasury announced the auction of $29 billion of 55-day cash management bills, to be issued pursuant to section 1(b) of Public Law 104–103, pursuant to Public Law 104-103, section 1(b) (110 Stat. 55); to the Committee on Ways and Means.

2105. A letter from the Secretaries of Veterans Affairs and Defense, transmitting a report on the implementation of the health resources sharing portion of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operations Act for fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 8111(f); jointly, to the Committees on National Security and Veterans' Affairs.

2106. A letter from the Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System, transmitting its monetary policy report, pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 225a; jointly, to the Committees on Banking and Financial Services and Economic and Educational Opportunities.

2107. A letter from the Assistant Attorney General, transmitting a draft of proposed legislation entitled “Act to Improve the Treatment of and Security for Certain Persons Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in the District of Columbia"; jointly, to the Committees on the Judiciary and Government Reform and Oversight.

2108. A letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, transmitting the Department's report on the Information, Counseling and Assistance (ICA] Grants Program, as created under section 4360(f) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 [OBRA 90]; jointly, to the Committees on Ways and Means and Commerce.

2109, A communication from the President of the United States, transmitting a report of three proposed rescissions of budget authority, totaling $820 million, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 683(a)(1); to the Committee on Appropriations.

2110. A communication from the President of the United States, transmitting his re

(17.4 COMMUNICATION FROM THE

CLERK—MESSAGE FROM THE

PRESIDENT
The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr.
DAVIS, laid before the House a com-
munication, which was read as follows:

OFFICE OF THE CLERK,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Washington, DC, February 20, 1996.
Hon. NEWT GINGRICH,
The Speaker, House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.

DEAR MR. SPEAKER: Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 5 of Rule III of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, I have the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the White House on Tuesday, February 20 at 11:15 a.m. and said to contain a message from the President whereby he transmits the Annual Report of the National Endowment for Democracy for fiscal year 1996. With warm regards,

ROBIN H. CARLE, Clerk, House of Representatives.

(17.5 NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR

DEMOCRACY The Clerk then read the message from the President, as follows: To the Congress of the United States:

Pursuant to the provisions of section 504(h) of Public Law 98–164, as amended (22 U.S.C. 4413(i)), I transmit herewith the 12th Annual Report of the National Endowment for Democracy, which covers fiscal year 1995.

As the report demonstrates, the National Endowment for Democracy remains at the forefront of our efforts to expand and consolidate democratic gains around the globe. The strong bipartisan support the Endowment continues to receive reflects our Nation's steadfast commitment

commitment to the promotion of democracy.

WILLIAM J. CLINTON. THE WHITE HOUSE, February 20, 1996.

The message, together with the accompanying papers, was referred to the Committee on International Relations.

(17.6 GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

OBSERVANCE On motion of Mr. MONTGOMERY, by unanimous consent, the program and the remarks of Mr. Upton and Mr. Moran, the two Members representing the House of Representatives at the wreath-laying ceremony at the WashStates to support full participation by the Republic of China on Taiwan in the United Nations; to the Committee on International Relations.

ington Monument for the observance of George Washington's Birthday on Thursday, February 22, 1996, are inserted in today's Congressional Record. (17.7 ADJOURNMENT OVER

On motion of Mr. MONTGOMERY, by unanimous consent,

Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 1996, for "morning hour" debates.

And then,

(17.8 ADJOURNMENT

On motion of Ms. NORTON, pursuant to the special order heretofore agreed to, at 11 o'clock and 4 minutes a.m., the House adjourned until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 1996.

(17.11 ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

Under clause 4 of rule XXII, sponsors were added to public bills and resolutions as follows:

H.R. 1701: Mr. CAMP.
H.R. 1884: Mr. DELLUMS.
H.R. 2270: Mr. NEY.
H.R. 2320: Mr. DICKEY and Mr. SOLOMON.

H.R. 2391: Mr. HERGER, Mr. TAYLOR of
North Carolina,
Carolina, Mr. BLILEY,

Mr. BLILEY, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Mr. BARRETT of Nebraska, Mr. MCKEON, and Mr. SOUDER.

H.R. 2604: Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. MCCOLLUM, and Mr. DORNAN.

H.R. 2912: Mr. GEJDENSON, Mr. COSTELLO, Ms. LOFGREN, Mr. JACOBS, Mr. EVANS, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. MARTINEZ, Mr. SOLOMON, and Mr. BAKER of Louisiana.

H.R. 2922: Mr. FRAZER.
H.R. 2944: Mr. MINGE.

H.R. 2959: Mr. COYNE, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. BECERRA, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. COLEMAN, Mr. WYNN, Mrs. MINK of Hawaii, Mr. JACOBS, Mr. FATTAH, Mr. FRAZER, Ms. VELÁZQUEZ, and Mr. LAFALCE.

H. Res. 30: Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. FRISA, Mrs. MALONEY, and Mr. GILMAN.

(17.9 PUBLIC BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

Under clause 5 of rule X and clause 4 of rule XXII, public bills and resolutions were introduced and severally referred as follows:

By Mr. SCHAEFER: H.R. 2967. A bill to extend the authorization of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce.

By Mr. GEKAS (for himself and Mr.

ROYCE): H.R. 2968. A bill to prohibit the use of credit cards by officers and employees of the Federal Government; to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

By Mr. KLUG (for himself and Mr. KEN

NEDY of Massachusetts): H.R. 2969. A bill to eliminate the Board of Tea Experts by repealing the Tea Importation Act of 1897; to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

By Mr. MCCOLLUM (for himself and

Mr. SHAW): H.R. 2970. A bill to provide for a judicial remedy for U.S. persons injured as a result of violations by foreign states of their arbitral obligations under international law; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

By Mr. THOMAS: H.R. 2971. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Social Security Act to reduce Social Security taxes and to provide for Social Security individual retirement accounts funded by Social Security payroll deductions; to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

By Mr. BARR: H. Res. 364. Resolution providing for the consideration of the bill (H.R. 125) to repeal the ban on semiautomatic assault weapons and the ban on large capacity ammunition; to the Committee on Rules.

(17.12 PETITIONS, ETC.

Under clause 1 of rule XXII petitions and papers were laid on the Clerk's desk and referred as follows:

59. By the SPEAKER: Petition of the council of the city of New York, NY, relative to the Summer and Year-Round Youth Employment Programs; to the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities.

60. Also, petition of the city council of Chattanooga, TN, relative to the telecommunications bill; to the Committee on Commerce.

61. Also, petition of the city council of the city of Compton, CA, relative to the BartonStupak amendment in the telecommunications reform conference report; to the Committee on Commerce.

2112. A letter from the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), transmitting notification that the Department's defense manpower requirements report for fiscal year 1997, will be submitted by April 30, 1996; to the Committee on National Security.

2113. A letter from the Managing Director, Federal Housing Finance Board, transmitting the Board's reports entitled "1996 Salary Rates” for its employees in grade 1-15 and "Executive Level Salary Ranges” for it executive level employees, pursuant to section 1206 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 [FIRREA); to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services.

2114. A letter from the Director, Office of Management and Budget, transmitting OMB estimate of the amount of change in outlays or receipts, as the case may be, in each fiscal year through fiscal year 2000 resulting from passage of H.R. 2353 and H.R. 2657, pursuant to Public Law 101-508, section 13101(a) (104 Stat. 1388–582); to the Committee on the Budget.

2115. A letter from the Director, Office of Management and Budget, transmitting OMB estimate of the amount of change in outlays or receipts, as the case may be, in each fiscal year through fiscal year 2000 resulting from passage of S. 652, H.R. 2029, and S. 1124, pursuant to Public Law 101-508, section 13101(a) (104 Stat. 1388–582); to the Committee on the Budget.

2116. A letter from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, transmitting the Department's third annual report to Congress on the implementation of the authority and use of fees collected under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 1992 [PDUFA) during the fiscal year 1995, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 379g note; to the Committee on Commerce.

2117. A letter from the Inspector general, Department of Health and Human Services, transmitting a report on Superfund financial activities at the National Institute of Environmental Health Services and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry for fiscal year 1994, pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 7501 note; to the Committee on Commerce.

2118. A letter from the Secretary of Energy, transmitting the 32d quarterly report to Congress on the status of Exxon and stripper well oil overcharge funds as of September 30, 1995; to the Committee on Commerce.

2119. Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs, Department of State, transmitting copies of international agreements, other than treaties, entered into by the United States, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b(a); to the Committee on International Relations.

2120. Secretary of Transportation, transmitting the semiannual report of the inspector general for the period April 1, 1995,

, through September 30, 1995, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. app. (Insp. Gen. Act) section 5(b); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2121. Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of D.C. Act 11-213, "Closing of a Public Alley in Square N-699, S.O. 93-84, Act of 1996," pursuant to D.C. Code, section 1-233(c)(1); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2122. Auditor, District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of a report entitled “Audit of the Boxing and Wrestling Commission for Fiscal Year 1994,” pursuant to D.C. Code, section 47-117(d); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

2123. Auditor, District of Columbia, transmitting a copy of a report entitled “Review of the Boxing Event of October 15, 1995 Regulated by the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission,” pursuant to D.C. Code, section 47–117(d); to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1996 (18)

The House was called to order by the SPEAKER pro tempore, Mrs. MORELLA, at 12:30 p.m., when, pursuant to the order of the House of Friday, February 23, 1996, Members were recognized for “morning hour” debates. (18.1 RECESS—1:36 P.M.

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. SHAYS, pursuant to clause 12 of rule I, declared the House in recess at 1 o'clock and 36 minutes p.m., until 2 p.m.

(18.2 AFTER RECESS—2:00 P.M.

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. DUNCAN, called the House to order.

(18.3 APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

The SPEAKER pro tempore, Mr. DUNCAN, announced he had examined and approved the Journal of the proceedings of Friday, February 23, 1996.

Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal was approved.

(17.10 MEMORIALS

Under clause 4 of rule XXII, memorials were presented and referred as follows:

201. The SPEAKER presented a memorial of the House of Representatives of the State of Maine, relative to memorializing the President and the Congress of the United

(18.4 COMMUNICATIONS

Executive and other communications, pursuant to clause 2, rule XXIV, were referred as follows:

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