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Legislative History and Digest of H.R. 1977


TITLE: Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1996

Note: Although this legislation was vetoed by the President and did not become law, many of its provisions were incorporated into the Omnibus FY1996 Appropriations bill, H.R. 3019, passed by Congress and signed by the President in April. For more information, see the update on FY1996 appropriations process.

SPONSOR: Rep. Ralph Regula (R-CA; Chairman, House Appropriations Interior and Related Agencies subcommittee)

COSPONSORS: NONE

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

House Action(s)

Feb 6, 95:
Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.
Feb 6, 95:
Referred to the Subcommittee on Interior.
Feb 15, 95:
First Day of Subcommittee Hearings.
Apr 7, 95:
Final Day of Subcommittee Hearings.
Jun 20, 95:
First Day of Subcommittee Mark-up.
Jun 20, 95:
Final Day of Subcommittee Mark-up.
Jun 20, 95:
Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee.
Jun 22, 95:
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Jun 27, 95:
Ordered to be Reported.
Jun 30, 95:
The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, H. Rept. 104-173, by Mr. Regula.
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 84.
Jul 11, 95:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 185 Reported to House.
Jul 12, 95:
Rule H. Res. 185 failed passage of House
. Jul 13, 95:
HA 526 Amendment Offered by Representative Gilchrest.
HA 539 Amendment Offered by Representative Faleomavaega, of AQ , (00).
HA 526 On agreeing to the Gilchrest amendment (A003) Agreed to by recorded vote: 256 - 168 (Roll no. 500).
HA 539 On agreeing to the Faleomavaega amendment (A016) Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 525 Amendment Offered by Representative Regula.
HA 525 On agreeing to the Regula amendment (A002) as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 529 Amendment Offered by Representative Gallegly.
HA 529 On agreeing to the Gallegly amendment (A006) Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 530 Amendment Offered by Representative Vucanovich.
HA 530 On agreeing to the Vucanovich amendment (A007) Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 531 Amendment Offered by Representative Miller, of CA.
HA 531 On agreeing to the Miller (CA) amendment (A008) as modified Failed by recorded vote: 170-253 (Roll no. 502).
HA 532 Amendment Offered by Representative Neumann, of WI , (01).
HA 532 On agreeing to the Neumann amendment (A009) Failed by recorded vote: 132 - 289 (Roll no. 503).
HA 535 Amendment Offered by Representative Fazio, of CA , (03).
HA 535 On agreeing to the Fazio amendment (A012) Failed by recorded vote: (Roll No. 509).
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 187 Reported to House.
Rule H. Res. 187 passed House.
Called up by House under the provisions of rule H. Res. 187.
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 189 Reported to House.
Jul 17, 95:
HA 541 Amendment Offered by Representative Bass.
HA 541 By unanimous consent, the Bass amendment was withdrawn.
HA 542 Amendment Offered by Representative Coburn, of OK , (02).
HA 554 Amendment Offered by Representative Fox.
HA 542 On agreeing to the Coburn amendment (A018) as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 543 Amendment Offered by Representative Stearns.
HA 543 On agreeing to the Stearns amendment (A019) Failed by recorded vote: 179 - 227 (Roll no. 512).
HA 544 Amendment Offered by Representative Smith, of WA , (03).
HA 544 On agreeing to the Smith (WA) amendment (A020) Agreed to by recorded vote: 286 - 124 (Roll no. 513).
HA 545 Amendment Offered by Representative Kleczka.
HA 545 On agreeing to the Kleczka amendment (A021) Agreed to by recorded vote: 251 - 160 (Roll no. 514).
HA 553 Amendment Offered by Representative Tiahrt. the point: of order.
Jul 17, 95:
Rule H. Res. 189 passed House.
Considered by House as unfinished business.
Jul 18, 95:
HA 557 Amendment Offered by Representative Gutknecht.
HA 557 On agreeing to the Gutknecht amendment (A033) Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 558 Amendment Offered by Representative Parker.
HA 558 On agreeing to the Parker amendment (A034) Agreed to by recorded vote: 261 - 165, 1 Present (Roll no. 519).
HA 559 Amendment Offered by Representative Olver, of MA , (01).
HA 559 On agreeing to the Olver amendment (A035) Agreed to by voice vote.
HA 560 Amendment Offered by Representative Zimmer.
HA 560 On agreeing to the Zimmer amendment (A036) Agreed to by recorded vote: 230 - 196 (Roll no. 520).
Considered by House as unfinished business.
The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Passed House (Amended) by Yea-Nay Vote: 244 - 181 (Roll no. 523).
Sep 27, 95:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 231 Reported to House.
Sep 28, 95:
Rule H. Res. 231 passed House.
Nov 1, 95:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 253 Reported to House.
Nov 15, 95:
Rule H. Res. 253 passed House.
Dec 13, 95:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 301 Reported to House.
Rule H. Res. 301 passed House.

Senate Action(s)

Jul 19, 95:
Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
Jul 26, 95:
Subcommittee on Interior. Approved for full committee consideration with amendments favorably.
Jul 28, 95:
Committee on Appropriations. Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably.
Jul 28, 95:
Committee on Appropriations. Reported to Senate by Senator Gorton with amendments. With written report No. 104-125.
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 160.
Aug 8, 95:
Measure laid before Senate.
Amendment SP 2283 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Brown.
Amendment SP 2283 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2284 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Chafee.
Amendment SP 2284 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2285 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2285 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2286 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2286 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2287 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2287 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2288 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2288 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2289 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2289 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2290 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2290 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2291 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2291 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2292 proposed by Senator McCain.
Amendment SP 2292 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2293 proposed by Senator Bumpers.
Amendment SP 2294 proposed by Senator Craig to Amendment SP 2293.
Motion to table the Committee amendment on page 128, lines 16-21, rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 46-51. Record Vote No: 372.
Motion to table SP 2294 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 46-53. Record Vote No: 373.
Amendment SP 2294 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2293 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2295 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Thomas.
Amendment SP 2295 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2296 proposed by Senator Domenici.
Amendment SP 2297 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Jeffords.
Amendment SP 2297 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2298 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2298 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2299 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2299 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2300 proposed by Senator Gorton.
Amendment SP 2300 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2301 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator McCain.
Amendment SP 2301 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Aug 9, 95:
Considered by Senate.
Amendment SP 2296 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 36-61. Record Vote No: 374.
Amendment SP 2303 proposed by Senator Craig.
Amendment SP 2304 proposed by Senator Jeffords.
Amendment SP 2304 as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2303 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2305 proposed by Senator Bingaman.
Amendment SP 2305 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2306 proposed by Senator Simon.
Motion to table SP 2306 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 50-47. Record Vote No: 375.
Amendment SP 2308 proposed by Senator Reid.
Amendment SP 2308 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2309 proposed by Senator Helms.
The amendment (SP 2295) as previously agreed to was modified by Unanimous Consent.
Amendment SP 2310 proposed by Senator Bingaman.
Motion to table SP 2309 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 50-48. Record Vote No: 376.
Motion to table SP 2310 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 68-30. Record Vote No: 377.
Amendment SP 2311 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Byrd.
Amendment SP 2311 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2312 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Craig.
Amendment SP 2312 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2313 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Jeffords.
Amendment SP 2313 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2314 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Kyl.
Amendment SP 2314 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2315 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator McCain.
Amendment SP 2315 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2316 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Snowe.
Amendment SP 2316 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2317 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Hutchison.
Amendment SP 2317 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2318 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Specter.
Amendment SP 2319 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Baucus.
Amendment SP 2320 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Domenici.
Amendment SP 2321 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Murkowski.
Amendment SP 2321 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2322 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Murkowski.
Amendment SP 2322 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2323 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator McConnell.
Amendment SP 2323 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2324 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Leahy.
Amendment SP 2324 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2325 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Bingaman.
Amendment SP 2325 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2318 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2319 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2320 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2326 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Bingaman.
Amendment SP 2327 proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Bingaman.
Amendment SP 2326 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Amendment SP 2327 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 92-6. Record Vote No: 378.
Sep 6, 95:
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Dec 13, 95:
Conference papers: message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
Dec 14, 95:
Conference papers: Senate report and managers' statement and held at the desk in Senate.
Dec 15, 95:
Message on Senate action sent to the House.

Conference Action(s)

Aug 9, 95:
Senate insists on its amendments asks for a conference, appoints conferees Gorton; Stevens; Cochran; Domenici; Hatfield; Burns; Bennett; Mack; Byrd; Johnston; Leahy; Bumpers; Hollings; Reid; Murray.
Sep 8, 95:
On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendments, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection.
On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by voice vote.
The Speaker appointed conferees: Regula, McDade, Kolbe, Skeen, Vucanovich, Taylor (NC), Nethercutt, Bunn, Livingston, Yates, Dicks, Bevill, Skaggs, and Obey.
Sep 19, 95:
Conference held.
Sep 21, 95:
Conferees agreed to file conference report.
Conference report H. Rept. 104-259 filed in House.
Sep 29, 95:
On motion to recommit with instructions to conference committee Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 277 - 147 (Roll no. 696).
Oct 31, 95:
Conferees agreed to file conference report.
Conference report H. Rept. 104-300 filed in House.
Nov 15, 95:
On motion to recommit with instructions to conference committee Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 230 - 199 (Roll no. 799).
Dec 12, 95:
Conferees agreed to file conference report.
Conference report H. Rept. 104-402 filed in House.
Dec 13, 95:
House Agreed to Conference Report by the Yeas and Nays: 244 - 181 (Roll no. 854).
Dec 14, 95:
Conference report considered in Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
Senate agreed to conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 58-40. Record Vote No: 604.
Jan 4, 96:
On motion to discharge Appropriations from further consideration of the veto Agreed to by voice vote.

Executive Action(s)

Dec 14, 95:
Cleared for White House.
Dec 16, 95:
Presented to President.
Dec 18, 95:
Vetoed by President.
Jan 4, 96:
Veto Override Failed by the Yeas and Nays by Yea-Nay Vote 239 - 177 (Roll No. 5).

COMPLETE BILL TEXT:
The complete bill text is available on Thomas: The Library of Congress Web Site. In Thomas, click on Full Text of Legislation, then 104th Congress Bills, then Search by Bill Number, type in s 1977 , hit RUN QUERY, and choose the most recent version.

DIGEST:

(REVISED AS OF 12/12/95 -- Conference report filed in House)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Department of the Interior Title II: Related Agencies Title III: General Provisions

Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1996 - Title I: Department of the Interior - Makes appropriations for the FY 1996 operation of the Department of the Interior.

Prohibits this Act's funds being spent by the National Park Service for activities in direct response to the United Nations Biodiversity Initiative in the United States.

Authorizes the National Park Service (NPS) to transfer NPS funds to State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations to carry out NPS programs.

Directs the National Park Service to conduct a Feasibility Study for a northern access route into Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Restricts or regulates: (1) the use of this Act's research resources funds regarding the Endangered Species Act; and (2) activities and funding relating to the National Biological Survey.

Provides funding for the closure of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, transferring specified functions to the Secretary of Energy.

Sets forth the uses and limitations for such appropriations, including use of Bureau of Indian Affairs school system funds.

Provides for a report concerning Indian tribes and their compliance with provisions of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

(Sec. 109) Repeals the Outer Banks Protection Act.

(Sec. 118) Sets forth provisions affecting the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands concerning infrastructure assistance.

Title II: Related Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY 1996 for the Department of Agriculture for the Forest Service. Prohibits the use of funds to implement any reorganization or "reinvention" of the Forest Service.

Makes appropriations for the Department of Energy for, among other things, fossil energy research and development, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), and the SPR Account.

Makes appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Indian Health Service for Indian health services and facilities.

Appropriates funds to: (1) the Department of Education for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education for Indian Education; (2) the Office of Navajo and Hopi Relocation; (3) the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development; (4) the Smithsonian Institution; (5) construction and improvements at the National Zoological Park; (6) restoration and repair of buildings owned or occupied by the Smithsonian Institution; (7) the National Gallery of Art; (8) the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and (9) the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Makes appropriations for: (1) the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities; (2) the Institute of Museum Services; (3) the Commission of Fine Arts; (4) National Capital arts and cultural affairs; (5) the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; (6) the National Capital Planning Commission; (7) the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission; and (8) the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Requires that funds made available in previous years for the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation be available for operating and administrative expenses and for the orderly closure of the Corporation.

Sets forth uses and prohibitions on such funds.

Title III: General Provisions - Sets forth uses and limitations of funds appropriated by this Act.

(Sec. 307) Requires expenditures under this Act to comply with the Buy American Act. Expresses the sense of the Congress that entities receiving Federal assistance should purchase only American- made equipment and products. Prohibits Federal contracts with persons found to have falsely labeled a product with a "Made in America" inscription.

(Sec. 312) Prohibits any funds from this Act from being used for the AmeriCorps program.

(Sec. 313) Mandates dissolution of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation.

(Sec. 314) Regulates use of any Act's funds for the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project.

(Sec. 315) Directs the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to implement a fee program to demonstrate the feasibility of user-generated cost recovery for the operation and maintenance of recreation areas or sites and habitat enhancement projects on Federal lands.

(Sec. 322) Prohibits, with exceptions, use of this Act's funds to accept or process applications for a patent for any mining or mill site claim located under the general mining laws.

(Sec. 324) Prohibits funding the Office of Forestry and Economic Development after December 31, 1995.

(Sec. 326) Provides for a land exchange in Washington State. Authorizes appropriations as necessary to carry out this Act.

(Sec. 327) Provides for the establishment of the Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Fund.

(Sec. 328) Places limitations on the type of grant awards that can be made by the National Endowment for the Arts.

(Sec. 329) Delays the implementation of regulations concerning livestock grazing on lands administered by the Forest Service.

(Sec. 330) Increases penalties for the use of a hazardous or injurious device on Federal or Indian lands.

(Sec. 331) Prohibits, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the use of funds available to the National Endowment for the Arts pursuant to this Act to promote, disseminate, sponsor, or produce any material or performance that: (1) denigrates the religious objects or religious beliefs of the adherents of a particular religion; or (2) depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual or excretory activities or organs. Requires that this prohibition be strictly applied without regard to the content or viewpoint of the material or performance.

(Sec. 333) Prohibits using this Act's funds to review or modify sourcing areas previously approved under specified provisions of the Forest Resources Conservation and Shortage Relief Act of 1990 or to enforce or implement specified Federal regulations. Prohibits adoption of policies that would restrain domestic transportation or processing of timber from private lands or impose additional accountability requirements on any timber.

(Source: Library of Congress)


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