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Posted on behalf of Rochelle Sturtevant
<rochelle_sturtevant@levin.senate.gov>

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The attached document lists committee meetings scheduled ahead which may be
interesting from a Great Lakes perspective and summarizes recent committee
meetings.  Most information is drawn from  the Congressional record.

     ____________________
     Dr. Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator Senate Great Lakes Task Force
     Office of Senator Carl Levin
     459 Russell Senate Building
     United States Senate
     Washington, DC 20510
     202-224-1211


Committee Calendar

April 29, 1999
EPA Appropriations, 9:30 am, 138 Dirksen Senate Building

April 20, 1999
Members of Congress, Interior Appropriations, 10am B308 Rayburn House Office
Building

April 15, 1999
Congressional Witnesses, VAHUD Appropriations, 9:30am 2359 Rayburn House
Office Building

April 14, 1999
EPA Appropriations, 9:30am 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

April 13, 1999
EPA Appropriations, 9:30am 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

Natural Resources Appropriations, Public Witnesses, 10am, B308 Rayburn House
Office Building

April 1, 1999
Secretary of Interior on Appropriations, 9:30am 124 Dirksen Senate Building

March 24, 1999
House Committee on Resources, 11:00 a.m., 1324 Longworth HOB Oversight
hearing on:
To exercise congressional oversight over the National Environmental Policy
Act of 1969.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittees on Coast
Guard and Maritime
Transportation and Water Resources and the Environment Joint HearingOil
Pollution Act of 1990
10:00 a.m. 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

March 23, 1999
US Army Corps of Engineers Appropriations, 10am 2362B Rayburn House Office
Building

House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests & Forest Health, 2:00
p.m., 1334
Longworth House Office Building Oversight hearing on: Chairman's draft "NEPA
Parity".

March 18, 1999
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary, on
International Organizations and
Peacekeeping, 2 p.m., H-309 Capitol.

NOAA Appropriations, 10am, S-146 Capitol



House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation 2358
Rayburn House Office
Building 10:00am Secretary of Transportation Appropriations.
House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior  B-308 Rayburn
House Office
Building 10:00am National Park Service

House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation,
Wildlife & Oceans, 2:30
p.m. 1334 Longworth House Office Building.  Mark-up on Pending Legislation.
Following the
mark-up, the Subcommittee will hold an Oversight hearing on: FY 2000 budget
request of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries
Service.

Subcommittee on Transportation, on Secretary of Transportation, 11 a.m.,
2358 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, to mark up the
Coastal Zone
Management Reauthorization; followed by an oversight hearing on the fiscal
year 2000 budget request
of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National
Marine Fisheries Service,
2:30 p.m., 1334 Longworth.

Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, oversight
hearing on fiscal year
2000 Budget Authorization Request: Environmental Protection Agency Research
and Development,
11:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Energy and Natural Resources.  to resume hearings on loss of open space and
environmental quality,
9:30 a.m., SD-406.

March 17, 1999
The House passed H.R. 975, to provide for a reduction in the volume of steel
imports and to establish a
steel import notification and monitoring program.

The House passed H.R. 820, Coast Guard Authorization Act.

2000 BUDGET.  Senate Committee on the Budget met to mark up a proposed
concurrent resolution
setting forth the fiscal year 2000 budget for the Federal Government, but
did not complete
consideration thereon, and will meet again tomorrow.

Committee on Environment and Public Works ordered favorably reported the
following business items:
S. 507, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related
resources, to
authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for
improvements to rivers and
harbors of the United States, with amendments; S. 148, to require the
Secretary of the Interior to
establish a program to provide assistance in the conservation of neotropical
migratory birds; S. 574, to
direct the Secretary of the Interior to make corrections to a map relating
to the Coastal
Barrier Resources System; and the nominations of Gary S. Guzy, of the
District of Columbia, to be an
Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Energy and Natural Resources.  Business meeting to consider pending calendar
business, 9 a.m.,
SD-406.  Hearings on loss of open space and environmental quality, 10:30
a.m., SD-406.

OPEN SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.  Committee on Environment and Public
Works: Committee held hearings to examine the loss of open space and
environmental quality, focusing
on sprawl and development, and related proposals, receiving testimony from
Mayor Paul Helmke, Fort
Wayne, Indiana, on behalf of the United States Conference of Mayors; Terry
Kauffman, Board of
Commissioners, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the National
Association of Counties;
Richard Moe, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kathryn Hohmann,
Sierra Club, and Gary
Garczynski, National Association of Home Builders, all of Washington, D.C.;
and Nelson C. Rising,
Catellus Development Corporation, on behalf of the National Realty
Committee, and Steven Hayward,
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, both of San Francisco,
California.

Committee on Resources: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 39,
amended, Neotropical
Migratory Bird Conservation Act

March 16, 1999
BUDGET 2000.  Committee on the Budget: Committee met to mark up a proposed
concurrent
resolution setting forth the fiscal year 2000 budget for the Federal
Government, but did not complete
consideration thereon, and will meet again tomorrow.

EPA'S RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN.  Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Subcommittee on Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Property, and Nuclear Safety
concluded oversight
hearings on the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Risk
Management Plan
Program of the Clean Air Act, after receiving testimony from Timothy Fields,
Jr., Acting Assistant
Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental
Protection Agency; Robert
M. Burnham, Chief, Domestic Terrorism Section, National Security Division,
and Robert M. Blitzer,
former Section Chief, Domestic Terrorism/Counterterrorism Planning Section,
both of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; Dean Kleckner, Rudd, Iowa on
behalf of the American
Farm Bureau Federation; James E. Bertelsmeyer, Heritage Propane, Tulsa,
Oklahoma, on behalf of the
National Propane Gas Association; Thomas M. Susman, Ropes & Gray, and Thomas
E. Natan, Jr.,
National Environmental Trust, both of Washington, D.C.; Paula R. Littles,
Paper, Allied-Industrial,
Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, Fairfax, Virginia; and Ben
Laganga, Union County
Office of Emergency Management, Westfield, New Jersey.

Federal Maritime Commission Authorization: The House passed H.R. 819, to
authorize
appropriations for the Federal Maritime Commission for fiscal years 2000 and
2001 by a yea and
nay vote of 403 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 50.

INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS.  House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on
Interior
held a hearing on U.S. Geological Survey. Testimony was heard from Charles
G. Groat, Director, U.S.
Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS.  House Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee
on Transportation held a hearing on Coast Guard Capital and Funding
Requirements. Testimony was
heard from Adm. James Loy, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of
Transportation
and John Anderson, Director, Transportation Issues, GAO.

March 11, 1999
APPROPRIATIONS--COMMERCE.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on
Commerce,
Justice, State, and the Judiciary concluded hearings on proposed budget
estimates for fiscal year 2000
for the Department of Commerce, focusing on decennial census and other
statistical programs, oceans
and atmosphere, trade, technology, and assisting distressed communities,
after receiving testimony from
William M. Daley, Secretary of Commerce.
International Fisheries Issues, 10am 1334 Longworth House Office Building
Department of Commerce Appropriations, 10am 192 Dirksen Senate Building

APPROPRIATIONS--ENERGY.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy
and
Water Development concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal
year 2000 for the
Department of Energy, focusing on defense programs, materials disposition,
and non-proliferation, after
receiving testimony from Victor H. Reis, Assistant Secretary for Defense
Programs, Rose E.
Gottemoeller, Director, Office of Nonproliferation and National Security,
and Laura S.H. Holgate,
Director, Office of Fissile Materials Disposition, all of the Department of
Energy.

WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT.  Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Committee
concluded hearings on S. 507, to provide for the conservation and
development of water and related
resources, and to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various
projects for improvements
to rivers and harbors of the United States, and the President's proposed
budget request for fiscal year
2000 for the Army Corps of Engineers, after receiving testimony from Joseph
W. Westphal, Assistant
Secretary for Civil Works, and Michael L. Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Policy and Legislation,
both of the Department of the Army.
Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary,
to hold hearings on
proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2000 for the Department of
Commerce, 10 a.m., S-146,
Capitol.

SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported
the
Supplemental Appropriations for fiscal year 1999.

ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a hearing on Energy
Resources and Science.
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of
Energy: Dan Reicher, Assistant
Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; William D.
Magwood, IV, Director,
Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology; and Martha Krebs,
Director, Office of Science.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the
following measures:
H.R. 820, amended, Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1999.

March 10, 1999
RESOURCE PROTECTION.  Committee on Resources: Concluded hearings on the
following bills:
H.R. 701, Conservation Reinvestment Act of 1999 and H.R. 798, to provide for
the permanent
protection of the resources of the United States in the year 2000 and
beyond. Testimony was heard
from Senator Boxer; Representatives McGovern and Chambliss; Governor Thomas
R. Carper, State
of Delaware; and public witnesses.

STEEL IMPORTS.  Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered adversely reported H.R.
975, to
provide for a reduction in the volume of steel imports, and to establish a
steel import notification and
monitoring program.

March 9, 1999
INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on
Interior held a
hearing on the Fish and Wildlife Service. Testimony was heard from the
following officials of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior: Jamie Rappaport
Clark, Director; and Gary
V. Seccucci, Budget Officer.

RESOURCE PROTECTION.  Committee on Resources: Held a hearing on the
following bills: H.R.
701, Conservation Reinvestment Act of 1999 and H.R. 798, to provide for the
permanent protection of
the resources of the United States in the year 2000 and beyond. Testimony
was heard from
Representatives Dingell and Maloney of Connecticut; Jack Caldwell,
Secretary, Department of Natural
Resources, State of Louisiana; Bernadette Castro, Commissioner, Parks,
Recreation and Historic
Preservation, State of New York; and public witnesses. Hearings continue
3/10.

March 4, 1999
APPROPRIATIONS--EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL.  Committee on Appropriations:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill (S. 544) making
emergency supplemental
appropriations and rescissions for recovery from natural disasters, and
foreign assistance, for the fiscal
year ending September 30, 1999.

APPROPRIATIONS--TRANSPORTATION.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee
on
Transportation concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal
year 2000 for the
Department of Transportation, after receiving testimony from Rodney E.
Slater, Secretary of
Transportation.

APPROPRIATIONS--FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.  Committee on
Appropriations: Subcommittee on Veteran Affairs, Housing and Urban
Development and Independent
Agencies concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year
2000 for the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, after receiving testimony from James L. Witt,
Director, Mike
Walker, Deputy Director, Gary Johnson, Chief Financial Officer, and Carrye
Brown, Administrator,
U.S. Fire Administrator, all of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources completed its review of those
programs which fall within
the committee's jurisdiction as contained in the President's proposed budget
for fiscal year 2000, and
agreed on recommendations it will make thereon to the Committee on the
Budget.

Committee on Environment and Public Works concluded hearings on the
nominations of Gary S. Guzy,
of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Administrator (Office of
General Counsel) of the
Environmental Protection Agency, and Anne Jeannette Udall, of North
Carolina, to be a Member of
the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in
National Environmental
Policy Foundation, after the nominees testified and answered questions in
their own behalf. Mr. Guzy
was introduced by Senator Lautenberg and Dr. Udall was introduced by
Representative Udall.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS BUDGET.  Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on
International
Operations concluded hearings on the President's proposed budget request for
fiscal year 2000 for the
Department of State, after receiving testimony from Bonnie R. Cohen, Under
Secretary for
Management, and Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Inspector General, both of the
Department of State;
and Benjamin F. Nelson, Director, International Relations and Trade Issues,
National Security and
International Affairs Division, General Accounting Office.

Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the
following
measures: S. 92, to provide for biennial budget process and a biennial
appropriations process and to
enhance oversight and the performance of the Federal Government, with an
amendment in the nature of
a substitute; An original bill to prevent the shutdown of the Government at
the beginning of a fiscal year
if a new budget is not yet enacted. (As approved by the committee, the bill
incorporates the text of Title
IV of S. 93.)

AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on
Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and
Drug
Administration, and Related Agencies, held a hearing on Commodity Futures
Trading Commission.
Testimony was heard from Brooksley Born, Chair, Commodity Futures Trading
Commission.

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE, AND JUDICIARY APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on
Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary,
held a hearing on The
Federal Judiciary. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the
Judicial Conference of the
United States: Judge John G. Heyburn II, U.S. District Court, Western
District of Kentucky, Chairman, Committee on the Budget; Judge Lawrence L.
Piersol, U.S. District
Court, District of South Dakota, member, Committee on the Budget; Leonidas
Ralph Mecham,
Director, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, member,
Executive Committee; and Judge
Rya W. Zobel, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts;
Director, Federal Judicial
Center.

ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a hearing
on the Department of Energy. Testimony was heard from Bill Richardson,
Secretary of Energy.

INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on
Interior held a
hearing on the Bureau of Land Management. Testimony was heard from Joel
Williamson, Director,
Civil Agencies Information Systems, Accounting and Information Management,
Division, GAO; and the
following officials of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the
Interior: Tom Fry, Director;
Nina Rose Hatfield, Deputy Director; and Lawrence Benna, Budget Officer.

VA-HUD-INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies held a hearing on NSF.
Testimony was heard
from the following officials of NSF: Rita Colwell, Director; and Eamon
Kelly, Chairman, National
Science Board.

ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET--CBO ANALYSIS.  Committee on the Budget: Held a
hearing on
the CBO analysis of the Administration's fiscal year 2000 budget. Testimony
was heard from Dan L.
Crippen, Director, CBO.

OVERSIGHT--U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE BUDGET REQUEST.  Committee on
Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans held
an oversight hearing on
fiscal year 2000 budget request of the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service.
Testimony was heard from Jamie Clark, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Department of the
Interior.

March 3, 1999
YEAR 2000 BUDGET.  Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded hearings to
examine the
Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the President's proposed budget fo
r fiscal year 2000, after
receiving testimony from Dan L. Crippen, Director, Congressional Budget
Office.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUDGET.  Committee on Energy and Natural
Resources:
Subcommittee on Water and Power concluded hearings on the President's
proposed budget request
for fiscal year 2000 for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Power Marketing
Administrations, after
receiving testimony from Patricia J. Beneke, Assistant Secretary for Water
and Science, and Eluid L.
Martinez, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, both of the Department of the
Interior; and Michael
L. Telson, Chief Financial Officer, Charles A. Borchardt, Administrator,
Southeastern Power
Administration, Michael A. Deihl, Administrator, Southwestern Power
Administration, Michael S.
Hacskaylo, Administrator, Western Area Power Administration, and Stephen
Wright, Senior Vice
President, Bonneville Power Administration, all of the Department of Energy.

SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT.  Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Subcommittee on
Fisheries, Wildlife and Drinking Water concluded oversight hearings on the
Environmental Protection
Agency's implementation of the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water
Act, after receiving
testimony from J. Charles Fox, Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, and
Norine Noonan,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development, both of the
Environmental Protection
Agency; Gerry C. Biberstine, Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment, Denver, on
behalf of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators; Merril
Bingham, Provo City Water
Resources, Provo, Utah, on behalf of the American Water Works Association;
Erik D. Olson, Natural
Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C.; Gurnie Gunter, Kansas City
Water Services
Department, Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of the Association of
Metropolitan Water Agencies;
Steven Levy, Atlantic State Rural Water Association, Norwich, Connecticut,
on behalf of the National
Rural Water Association; and Andrew M. Chapman, Elizabethtown Water Company,
Elizabethtown,
New Jersey, on behalf of the National Association of Water Companies.

INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on
Interior held a
hearing on Recreational Fees. Testimony was heard from Barry T. Hill,
Associate Director, Energy,
Resources, and Science Issues, GAO; and the following officials of the
Department of the Interior:
Donald J. Barry, Assistant Secretary, Fish and Wildlife and Parks; Maureen
Finnerty, Associate
Director, National Park Service, Park Operations and Education; John Rogers,
Deputy Director, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service; Nina Rose Hatfield, Deputy Director, Bureau of
Land Management; and
Denny Beschor, National Director, Forest Service, Recreation, Heritage, and
Wilderness Resources,
USDA.

March 2, 1999
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded oversight
hearings on the
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2000 for the Department
of the Interior, focusing on
Minerals Management Service, Lands Legacy Initiative, Payments in Lieu of
Taxes, Mining Law,
National Park Service, Office of Insular Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, and
Alaska issues, after
receiving testimony from Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior.

Committee on Appropriations: March 2, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural
Development, and
Related Agencies, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal
year 2000 for the
Department of Agriculture, 9:30 a.m., SD-138.

February 25, 1999
Coastal Zone Management Act: Read a message from the President wherein he
transmitted the
Biennial report to Congress on the Administration of the Coastal Zone
Management Act of the
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management for fiscal years 1996 and
1997--referred to
the Committee on Resources.

Committee on Agriculture: Approved the Committee Budget Views and Estimates
for Fiscal Year
2000 for submission to the Committee on the Budget.

NEOTROPICAL MIGRATORY BIRD CONSERVATION ACT;OVERSIGHT--COASTAL
ZONE MANAGEMENT ACT
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and
Oceans approved for
full Committee action amended H.R. 39, Neotropical Migratory Bird
Conservation
Act. The Subcommittee also held an oversight hearing on the Coastal Zone
Management Act.
Testimony was heard from Representative Goss; Terry D. Garcia, Assistant
Secretary, Oceans and
Atmosphere, Department of Commerce; Robert C. Shinn, Jr., Commissioner,
Department of
Environmental Protection, State of New Jersey; and public witnesses.

Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands
approved for full
Committee action the following bills: H.R. 15, Otay Wilderness Act of 1999;
H.R. 54, to extend the
authorization for the Upper Delaware Citizens Advisory Council; H.R. 150,
Education Land Grant Act;
H.R. 154, to provide for the collection of fees for the making of motion
pictures, television productions,
and sound tracks in National Park System and National Wildlife Refuge System
units; H.R. 449,
Gateway Visitor Center Authorization Act of 1999; H.R. 509, to direct the
Secretary of the Interior to
transfer to the personal representative of the estate of Fred Steffens of
Big Horn County, Wyoming,
certain land comprising the Steffens family property; and H.R. 510, to
direct the Secretary of the
Interior to transfer to John R. and Margaret J. Lowe of Big Horn County,
Wyoming, certain land so as
to correct an error in the patent issued to their predecessors in interest.

STEEL TRADE ISSUES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on Steel
Trade Issues.
Testimony was heard from Representatives Cardin, English, Regula, Visclosky,
Traficant,
Greenwood, Klink, Stupak, Buyer, Doyle, Berry and Kucinich; William Daley,
Secretary of
Commerce; Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative; and public
witnesses.

February 24, 1999
COAST GUARD BUDGET.  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
Subcommittee
on Oceans and Fisheries concluded hearings on the President's proposed
budget request for fiscal year
2000 for the United States Coast Guard, Department of Transportation, after
receiving testimony from
Admiral James M. Loy, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of
Transportation.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BUDGET.  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:
Subcommittee on National Parks, Historic Preservation, and Recreation
concluded hearings on the
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2000 for National Park
Service programs and
operations, focusing on visitor services, maintenance and infrastructure
repair, and cultural and natural
resource enhancement, after receiving testimony from Robert G. Stanton,
Director, National Park
Service, Department of the Interior.

EPA BUDGET.  Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded
hearings on the
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2000 for the
Environmental Protection Agency,
after receiving testimony from Carol M. Browner, Administrator,
Environmental Protection Agency,
who was accompanied by several of her associates.

AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on
Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and
Drug Administration, and
Related Agencies held a hearing on Natural Resources and Environment.
Testimony was heard from
the following officials of the Department of Agriculture: James Lyons, Under
Secretary, National
Resources and Environment; and Pearlie Reed, Chief, Resources Natural
Conservation Service.

INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on
Interior held a
hearing on the Secretary of Energy and on the Secretary of the Interior.
Testimony was heard from Bill
Richardson, Secretary of Energy and Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the
Interior.

OVERSIGHT--NOAA BUDGET AUTHORIZATION REQUEST.  Committee on Science:
Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment held an oversight hearing on
Fiscal Year 2000 Budget
Authorization Request: NOAA. Testimony was heard from D. James Baker, Under
Secretary, Oceans
and Atmosphere and Administrator, NOAA, Department of Commerce; Joel C.
Willemssen, Director,
Civil Agencies Information Systems, Accounting and Information Management
Division, GAO; and a
public witness.

COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION ACT; FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION
AUTHORIZATION ACT.  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
Subcommittee on Coast
Guard and Maritime approved for full Committee action the following:
amended, the Coast Guard
Authorization Act of 1999; and the Federal Maritime Commission Authorization
Act of 1999.

February 23
CLEAN WATER ACT--GOVERNORS' PERSPECTIVES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water
Resources and
Environment held a hearing on Governors' Perspectives on the Clean Water
Act. Testimony was
heard from the following Governors: George E. Pataki, State of New York; Jim
Geringer, State of
Wyoming; and Parris N. Glendening, State of Maryland.