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Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force - Committee News



     Schedule of Committee Events scheduled ahead and summaries of those 
     that have occured since the last update (3/18/1999).
     
     Committee Calendar
     
     May 4, 1999
     Energy and Natural Resources.  To resume hearings on S.25, to provide 
     Coastal Impact Assistance to State and local governments, to amend the 
     Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978, the Land and 
     Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the Urban Park and 
     Recreation Recovery Act, and the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration 
     Act (commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act) to establish a 
     fund to meet the outdoor conservation and recreation 
     needs of the American people; S.446, to provide for the permanent 
     protection of the resources of 
     the United States in the year 2000 and beyond; and S.532, to provide 
     increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Urban 
     Parks and Recreation Recovery Programs, to resume the funding of the 
     State grants program of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to 
     provide for the acquisition and development of conservation and 
     recreation facilities and programs in urban areas.  SD-366   9:30 a.m.
     
     April 29, 1999 
     EPA Appropriations, 9:30 am, 138 Dirksen Senate Building
     
     April 28, 1999 
     VA-HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations, House. Outside 
     witnesses.  H-143 Capitol, 9:00-12:00, 12:45-5:00pm
     
     April 27, 1999
     Energy and Natural Resources.  To resume hearings on S.25, to provide 
     Coastal Impact Assistance to State and local governments, to amend the 
     Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978, the Land and 
     Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the Urban Park and Recreation 
     Recovery Act, and the Federal Aid inWildlife Restoration Act (commonly 
     referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act) to establish a fund to meet 
     the outdoor conservation and recreation 
     needs of the American people; S.446, to provide for the permanent 
     protection of the resources of 
     the United States in the year 2000 and beyond; and S.532, to provide 
     increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Urban 
     Parks and Recreation Recovery Programs, to resume the funding of the 
     State grants program of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to 
     provide for the acquisition and development of conservation and 
     recreation facilities and programs in urban areas.  SD-366  9:30 a.m.
     
     April 22, 1999
     Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife & Oceans, 10:00 a.m., 
     1334 Longworth HOB 
     Hearing on: H.R. 34, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to make 
     technical corrections to a map relating to the Coastal Barrier 
     Resources System. H.R. 535, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
     make corrections to a map relating to the Coastal Barrier Resources 
     System.  H.R. _____, to reauthorize the Coastal Barrier Resources 
     System.  H.R. _____, to reauthorize the National Marine Sanctuaries 
     Act. 
     
     APRIL 21, 1999 
     Resources, Full Committee, 10:00 a.m., 1324 Longworth HOB Oversight 
     hearing on: National Environmental Policy and the Environmental 
     Quality Improvement Act. 
     
     April 20, 1999
     Members of Congress, Interior Appropriations, 10am B308 Rayburn House 
     Office Building
     
     Interior Appropriations.  House.  10:00 A.M. Members of Congress 
     
     Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  Hearings scheduled 
     for OCS legislation (S. 25, S. 446, S. 532)9:30 a.m.
     
     Energy and Natural Resources.  To hold hearings on S.25, to provide 
     Coastal Impact Assistance to State and local governments,  to amend 
     the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978, the Land and 
     Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the Urban Park and Recreation 
     Recovery Act, and the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act 
     (commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act) to establish a 
     fund to meet the outdoor conservation and recreation  needs of the 
     American people; S.446, to provide for the permanent protection of the 
     resources of 
     the United States in the year 2000 and beyond; and S.532, to provide 
     increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Urban 
     Parks and Recreation Recovery Programs, to resume the funding of the 
     State grants program of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to 
     provide for the acquisition and development of conservation and 
     recreation facilities and programs in urban areas. SD-366
     
     April 15, 1999
     VAHUD Appropriations, Members of Congress - 9:30am  H-143 Capitol 
     
     COMMERCE-JUSTICE-STATE Appropriations.  National Oceanic and 
     Atmospheric Administration  H-309 Capitol 2:00  
     
     Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife & Oceans, 11:00 a.m., 
     1324 Longworth HOB 
     Markup on: H.R. 1110, to reauthorize and amend the Coastal Zone 
     Management Act of 1972. 
     
     April 14, 1999
     EPA Appropriations.  2359 Rayburn House Office Building  9:30 & 1:30 
     
     Interior Appropriations.  10:00 A.M. Public Witnesses - Energy & Other 
     Programs
     
     Energy and Natural Resources, Forests and Public Land Management 
     Subcommittee.  To hold hearings on S.607, reauthorize and amend the 
     National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992. SD-366 2 p.m.
     
     April 13, 1999
     
     INTERIOR Appropriations.  Public Witnesses-Natural Resource Programs. 
     B-308 Rayburn  10:00 & 1:30 
     
     Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.  Hearing on S. 607 A 
     bill to reauthorize and amend the National Geologic Mapping Act of 
     1992.
     
     April 1, 1999
     Secretary of Interior on Appropriations, 9:30am 124 Dirksen Senate 
     Building
     
     March 25, 1999
     APPROPRIATIONS: COAST GUARD.  Committee on Appropriations: 
     Subcommittee on Transportation and Related Agencies concluded hearings 
     on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2000 for the United 
     States Coast Guard, after receiving testimony from Adm. James M. Loy, 
     Commandant, United States Coast Guard, Department of Transportation. 
     
     ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF KYOTO PROTOCOL.  Committee on Energy and Natural 
     Resources: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the 
     economic impact of the Kyoto Protocol, which imposes legally binding 
     emissions limits for greenhouse gasses on the industrialized nations, 
     to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, after 
     receiving testimony from Senator Hagel; Janet Yellen, Chair, Council 
     of Economic Advisers; Jay Hakes, Administrator, Energy Information 
     Administration, Department of Energy; Mary H. Novak, WEFA, Inc., 
     Burlington, Massachusetts; and Margo Thorning, American Council for 
     Capital Formation, and Cecil E. Roberts, United Mine Workers of 
     America, both of Washington, D.C. 
     
     INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on 
     Interior held a hearing on Department of Energy: Conservation. 
     Testimony was heard from Dan Reicher, Assistant Secretary, Energy 
     Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.
     
     
     March 24, 1999
     EPA'S PROPOSED PLANT PESTICIDE RULE.  Committee on Agriculture: 
     Subcommittee on Risk Management, Research, and Specialty Crops and the 
     Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and 
     Forestry held a joint hearing to Review the EPA's proposed Plant 
     Pesticide Rule. Testimony was heard from James V. Aidala, Associate 
     Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic 
     Substances, EPA; and public witnesses.
     
     REGULATORY COSTS AND BENEFITS.  Committee on Government Reform: 
     Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources and 
     Regulatory Affairs held a hearing on ``Should Agencies Be Allowed To 
     Keep Americans In The Dark About Regulatory Costs and Benefits?'' 
     Testimony was heard from Representative Bliley; G. Edward DeSeve, 
     Deputy Director, Management, OMB; and public witnesses. 
     
     OVERSIGHT--OIL POLLUTION ACT.  Committee on Transportation and 
     Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
     Transportation and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 
     held a joint oversight hearing on the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. 
     Testimony was heard from Adm. James M. Loy, USCG, Commandant, U.S. 
     Coast Guard, Department of Transportation; Elaine Davies, Deputy 
     Director, Office of Emergency and Remedial Response, EPA; David 
     Kennedy, Director, Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean 
     Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
     
     NATIONAL PARKS.  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: 
     Subcommittee on National Parks, Historic Preservation, and Recreation 
     concluded hearings on S. 338, to provide for the collection of fees 
     for the making of motion pictures, television productions, and sound 
     tracks in units of the Department of the Interior; and S. 568, to 
     allow the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture 
     to establish a fee system for commercial filming activities in a site 
     or resource under their jurisdictions, after receiving testimony from 
     Stephen Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish 
     and Wildlife and Parks; Jack Craven, Director of Lands, Forest 
     Service, Department of Agriculture; Philip H. Voorhees, National Parks 
     and Conservation Association, Clark Rector, Jr., American Advertising 
     Federation, and Daniel L. Jaffe, Association of National Advertisers, 
     Inc. all of Washington, D.C.; Matthew Miller, Association of 
     Independent Commercial Producers, Inc., New York, New York; Victor S. 
     Perlman, American Society of Media Photographers, Inc., Princeton 
     Junction, New Jersey, on
     behalf of the American Society of Media Photographers and North 
     American Nature Photography Association; and Marlene Zanetell, 
     Gunnison County, Colorado. 
     
     VOLUNTARY GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION.  Committee on Environment and 
     Public Works: Committee concluded hearings to examine voluntary 
     greenhouse gas mitigation activities issues, including actions and 
     programs in the United States, issues related to the design of a 
     voluntary action crediting program, and S. 547, to authorize the 
     President to enter into agreements to provide regulatory credit for 
     voluntary early action to mitigate potential environmental impacts 
     from greenhouse gas emissions, after receiving testimony from Eileen 
     Claussen, Pew D339Center on Global Climate Change, and Tia Nelson, 
     Nature Conservatory, both of Arlington, Virginia; Dale A. Landgren, 
     Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Milwaukee; Richard L. Sandor, 
     Environmental Financial Products, Chicago, Illinois; and John 
     Passacantando, Ozone Action, and Raymond Keating, Small Business 
     Survival Committee, both of Washington, D.C. 
     
     March 23, 1999
     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, and for other purposes, with an 
     amendment in the nature of a
     substitute. (S. Rept. No. 106-34). 
     
     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, amended (H. Rept. 106-75).
     
     OVERSIGHT--NEPA PARITY.  Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on 
     Forests and Forest Health held an oversight hearing on ``NEPA 
     Parity''. Testimony was heard from Sandra Key, Associate Deputy Chief, 
     Programs and Legislation, Forest Service, USDA; and public witnesses.
     
     ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on 
     Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a 
     hearing on U.S. D330Army Corps of Engineers. Testimony was heard from 
     the following officials of the Department of the Army: Joseph W. 
     Westphal, Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Civil Works); Lt. Gen. Joe 
     N. Ballard, USA, Chief, Corps of Engineers; Maj. Gen. Russell L. 
     Fuhrman, USA,
     Director of Civil Works; and Thomas F. Caver, Jr., Chief, Programs 
     Management Division,
     Directorate of Civil Works.
     
     SUPERFUND PROGRAM.  Committee on Commerce: Subcommittee on Finance and 
     Hazardous Materials held a hearing on the Superfund Program. Testimony 
     was heard from Tim Fields, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid 
     Waste and Emergency Response, EPA; Peter F. Guerrero, Director, 
     Environmental Protection Issues, GAO; and a public witness.
     
     STEEL IMPORT IMPACT.  Committee on Finance: Committee held hearings to 
     examine the impact of the steel import surge on the United States 
     market and industry, the Administration's response, and related 
     measures, including H.R. 975, to provide for a reduction in the volume 
     of steel imports, and to establish a steel import notification and 
     monitoring program, H.R. 1120, to modify the standards for responding 
     to import surges under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974, to 
     establish mechanisms for import monitoring and the prevention of 
     circumvention of United States trade laws, and to strengthen the 
     enforcement of United States trade remedy laws, S. 61, to eliminate 
     disincentives to fair trade conditions, S. 261, to repeal the 
     requirement that the cause of serious injury (or threat) be 
     substantial to the domestic industry producing an article like or 
     directly competitive with an article that is being imported into the 
     United States in such increased quantities with respect to the 
     President taking action to facilitate efforts by such industry to make 
     a positive adjustment to the import competition, S. 395, to ensure 
     that the volume of steel imports does not exceed the average monthly 
     volume of such imports during the 36-month period preceding July 1997, 
     and S. 528, to provide for a private right of action in the case of 
     injury from the importation of certain dumped and subsidized 
     merchandise, receiving testimony from Senators DeWine and Specter; 
     Representatives Houghton and Levin; Charlene Barshefsky, United States 
     Trade Representative; William M. Daley, Secretary of Commerce; Curtis 
     H. Barnette, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; 
     George Becker, United Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh, 
     Pennsylvania; Thomas G. Belot, Vollrath Company, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 
     on behalf of the North American Association of Food Equipment 
     Manufacturers; Joseph A. Cannon, Geneva Steel Corporation, Vineyard, 
     Utah; David L. Daniel,
     Quality Tubing, Inc., Houston, Texas; and Jack B. Porter, Caterpillar 
     Inc., Peoria, Illinois, on behalf of the Emergency Committee for 
     American Trade. Hearings recessed subject to call. 
     
     March 19, 1999
     APPROPRIATIONS--NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION.   
     Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, 
     the Judiciary, and Related Agencies 
     concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2000 
     for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, after 
     receiving testimony from D. James Baker, Under Secretary of Commerce 
     for Oceans and Atmosphere. 
     
     March 18, 1999
     OPEN SPACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.  Committee on Environment and 
     Public Works: Committee concluded hearings to examine the loss of open 
     space and environmental quality, focusing on sprawl and development, 
     and related proposals, after receiving testimony from Senators 
     Landrieu, Feinstein, and Leahy; David Hayes, Counselor to the 
     Secretary of the Interior; Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening, 
     Annapolis; Andrew Falender, Appalachian Mountain Club, Boston, 
     Massachusetts; Chris Montague, Montana Land Reliance, Billings; and R. 
     Max Peterson, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 
     Roy Kienitz, Surface Transportation Policy Project, and Ralph Grossi, 
     American Farmland Trust, all of Washington, D.C. 
     
     COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE, AND JUDICIARY APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on 
     Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the 
     Judiciary held a hearing on International Organizations and 
     Peacekeeping. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
     Department of State: Ambassador Peter Burleigh, Acting U.S. 
     Representative to the United Nations; and David Welch, Assistant 
     Secretary, International Organizations.  
     
     TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS.  Committee on Appropriations: 
     Subcommittee on Transportation held a hearing on the Secretary of 
     Transportation. Testimony was heard from Rodney E. Slater, Secretary 
     of Transportation. 
     
     LAND SOVEREIGNTY.  Committee on Resources: Held a hearing on H.R. 883, 
     to preserve the sovereignty of the United States over public lands and 
     acquired lands owned by the United States, and to preserve State 
     sovereignty and private property rights in non-Federal lands 
     surrounding those public lands and acquired lands. Testimony was heard 
     from Representative Emerson; Melinda L. Kimble, Acting Assistant 
     Secretary, Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific 
     Affairs, Department of State; Kate Stevenson, Associate Director, 
     Cultural Resources, Stewardship and Partnership, National Park 
     Service, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses. 
     
     OVERSIGHT--BUDGET REQUESTS--NOAA AND NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES 
     SERVICE.  Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries 
     Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the 
     fiscal year 2000 budget request of the National Oceanic and 
     Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service. 
     Testimony was heard from D. James Baker, Under Secretary, Oceans and 
     Atmosphere, Department of Commerce.
     
     OVERSIGHT--AUTHORIZATION REQUEST; EPA RESEARCH AND
     DEVELOPMENT.  Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Energy and the 
     Environment held an oversight hearing on fiscal year 2000 Budget 
     Authorization Request: Environmental Protection Agency Research and 
     Development. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
     EPA: Norine Noonan, Assistant Administrator, Research and Development, 
     Office of Research and Development; and W. Randall Seeker, Chairman, 
     Research Strategies Advisory Committee, Science Advisory Board; and 
     David G. Wood, Assistant Director, Resources, Community and Economic 
     Development Division, GAO. 
     
     
     
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force 
     459 Russell Senate Building
     Washington, DC 20510
     Rochelle_Sturtevant@levin.senate.gov
     
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