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Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force - Cmte. meetings



Committee Events scheduled ahead and summary of those that have occurred since 
the last update (4/1/99).



June 9, 1999
  Sen EPW SC T&I implementation of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st 
  century. SD-406 9:30 a.m.
                 
May 27, 1999
  Sen Ag. producing fuels and chemicals from a wide variety of plants, trees, 
  grasses and ag residues,  9:00 a.m. SR-328A. 

May 26, 1999
  Sen EPW proposed legislation authorizing funds for programs of the CERCLA of  
  1980.  SD-406  9:30 a.m.
                 
  Sen ENR SC Forests S.510, to preserve sovereignty of the US over public lands 
  and acquired lands owned by the US, and to preserve State sovereignty and     
  private property rights in non-Federal lands surrounding those public lands   
  and acquired lands.  SD-366 2:30 p.m.

  Hse Commerce SC Oversight & Investig Review of Deployment of DOE-Funded Envir 
  Cleanup Tech.  9:30 a.m. in 2322 RHOB

  Hse Resources, Use of Land and Money Mitigation Requirements in ESA 
  Enforcement. 11:00 a.m., 1324 LHOB

  Hse T&I SC WRE Admin's Harbor Services Fee Proposal.  2:00 p.m.  2167 RHOB

May. 25, 1999
  Sen EPW proposed legislation authorizing funds for programs of the CERCLA of  
  1980.  SD-406 10 a.m.

  Hse Resources SC Energy & Mineral Res, "Methane Hydrate Research and 
  Development Act of 1999" S.330, and H.R. 1753, 2:00 p.m., 1324 LHOB

May 20, 1999
  Sen SC Energy R&D, Production & Regulation with the Hse Cmte Government Reform
  SC on National Economic Growth, Nat Res & Reg Affairs, on the Admin's FY 2000 
  budget request for climate change programs and compliance with various 
  statutory provisions in FY 1999 appropriations acts requiring detailed 
  accounting of climate change spending and performance measures for each 
  requested increase in funding, 2:30 p.m., SD-366. 

  Sen EPW SC Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Property, & Nuclear Safety, to resume 
  hearings on the EPA's proposed sulfur standard for gas as contained in the    
  proposed Tier Two standards for automobiles, 9:30 a.m., SD-406. 

  Hse Budget hearing on the Budget Process, 10 a.m., 210 CHOB. 

May 19, 1999
  Sen SC Natl Parks, Historic Preservation, & Rec, status of Youth 
  Conservation Corps & other job programs conducted by the Natl Park Service, 
  BLM, Forest Service, and USFWS, 2 p.m., SD-366. 

  Hse Commerce, SC Health & Envir. Chemical Safety Information & Site 
  Security Act of 1999, 2 p.m.  2123 Rayburn. 

May 18, 1999
  Sen Ag, Nutrition, & Forest, SC Forestry S. 910, to streamline, modernize, and
  enhance the authority of the Sec of Ag relating to plant protection and       
  quarantine, 9 a.m., SR-328A.

  Sen EPW SC Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Property, & Nuclear Safety, EPA's     
  proposed sulfur standard for gas as contained in the proposed Tier Two        
  standards for automobiles, 9:30 a.m., SD-406. 

  Hse Resources, SC Natl Parks mark up H.R. 592, to redesignate Great Kills Park
  in the Gateway National Recreation Area as 'World War II Veterans Park at     
  Great Kills'; H.R. 1487, National Monument NEPA Compliance Act, 10 a.m., 1324 
  LHOB. 

  Hse Resources, SC Natl Parks markup of H.R. 1487, to provide for public     
  participation in the declaration of natl monuments under the Act popularly 
  known as the Antiquities Act of 1906. 10:00 a.m., 1324 LHOB

May 13, 1999
  CLEAN WATER ACTION PLAN - Sen EPW issues relating to the President's Clean 
  Water Action Plan, after receiving testimony from D Glickman, Sec Ag; C 
  Browner, Admin, EPA; G Beach, Wyoming DEQ; J Godbee, International Paper 
  Company on behalf of the American Forest and Paper Association; D Heilig, 
  Wyoming Outdoor Council on behalf of the Clean Water Network; R Wilson, TX 
  Cattle Feeder's Association on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef 
  Association; and J Nishida, MD Dept Envir. 

  APPROPS - Hse SC Ag approved for full Cmte action the Ag, Rural Development,  
  FDA, & Related Agencies approps for FY 2000.     
     
  US MARINE TRANS SYSTEM FUTURE NEEDS - Hse T&I SC Coast Guard & Maritime Trans 
  Future Needs of the US Marine Trans System. Testimony from  DOT: Adm. J Loy, 
  Commandant, US Coast Guard; and C Hart, Jr., Admin, MarAd; S Gudes, Dep Under 
  Sec, NOAA, Dept Commerce; and public witnesses. 
     
May 12, 1999
  METHANE HYDRATE R&D ACT - Hse Science SC Energy & Envir approved for 
  full Cmte action H.R. 1753 following hearing.  Testimony from R Kripowicz, 
  Princ Dep Assist Sec, Fossil Energy, DOE; W Dillon, Geologist, USGS, Dept 
  Interior; and a public witness. 
     
  RECYCLE AMERICA'S LAND ACT - Hse T&I SC WRE H.R. 1300, Recycle America's Land 
  Act of 1999. Testimony was heard from C Browner, Admin, EPA; and public 
  witnesses. 
     
May 11, 1999
  OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF/LAND LEGACY INITIATIVE - Sen ENR  S. 25, to provide 
  Coastal Impact Assistance to State and local gov, to amend the OCS Lands Act 
  Amendments of 1978, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the 
  Urban Park and Rec Recovery Act, & the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act
  to establish a fund to meet the outdoor cons and rec needs of the American 
  people, S. 446, to provide for the permanent protection of the resources of 
  the US in the year 2000 and beyond, S. 532, to provide increased funding for 
  the LWCF & UP&RR Programs, to resume the funding of the State grants program 
  of the LWCF, and to provide for the acquisition and development of cons and 
  rec facilities and programs in urban areas, S. 819, to provide funding for the
  Natl Park System from OCS revenues, the Lands Legacy Initiative, which would 
  fund the LWCF, and the role of the Council on Envir Quality and its 
  involvement with the Federal land managements agencies, after receiving 
  testimony from G Frampton, Jr., Acting Chair, Council on Envir Quality. 
     
  Sen EPW reported S. 880, to amend the CAA to remove flammable fuels from the 
  list of substances with respect to which reporting and other activities are 
  required under the risk management plan program; The nomination of G Frampton,
  Jr., to be a Member of the Council on Envir Quality. 
     
  SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPS - Conferees continued to resolve the differences 
  between the Sen and Hse versions of H.R. 1141, making emergency 
  supplemental approps for the FY ending September 30, 1999. 
     
May 6, 1999
  COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT ACT - Sen Commerce, Sci, & Trans: SC Oceans 
  & Fisheries concluded hearings on proposed legislation authorizing funds 
  for programs of the CZMA, after receiving testimony from T Garcia, 
  Assist Sec of Com for Oceans & Atmosphere, NOAA; S Cooksey, Delaware 
  Coastal Management Programs on behalf of the Coastal States Organization; 
  T Eichenberg, Center for Marine Conservation; David Keeley, Maine Coastal 
  Program; and S Earle, National Geographic Society. 
     
  CLEAN AIR ACT AMENDMENTS - Hse Commerce: SC Health & Envir H.R. 11, 
  to amend the CAA to permit the exclusive application of CA State 
  regulations regarding reformulated gas. Testimony from Sen Feinstein; 
  Reps Franks of NJ, and Tauscher; Robert Perciasepe, Assist Admin, Air & 
  Radiation, EPA; officials of the State of CA: W Hickox, Sec, Envir 
  Protection, EPA; and P O'Connor, Mayor, San Monica; and public witnesses. 
     
  Hse Resources SC FWO approved for full Cmte action the following bills: H.R. 
  1552, amended, Marine Research and Related Envir Research and Development 
  Programs Authorization Act of 1999; and H.R. 1653, to approve a governing 
  international fishery agreement between the US and the Russian Federation. 
  hearing on: H.R. 1243, National Marine Sanctuaries Enhancement Act of 1999; 
  Coastal Barriers legislation: H.R. 34, H.R. 535, H.R. 1489 and H.R. 1431. 
  Testimony from Rep Goss; G Grazer, Acting Assist Dir, Ecological Services, 
  USFWS, Dept Interior; J Howard, Admin, FIA, FEMA; S Yozell, Dep Assist Sec, 
  Oceans & Atmosphere, NOAA, Dept Commerce; former Rep T Evans, Jr., of 
  Delaware; and public witnesses. 
     
May 5, 1999
  Sen Commerce, Science, & Trans reported S. 296, to provide for continuation of
  the Federal research investment; S. 920, to authorize approps for the Fed 
  Maritime Commission for FY 2000 & 2001; and the nomination of Capt. Evelyn J. 
  Fields to be Director, Office of NOAA Corp Operations. 
     
May 4, 1999
  OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES - Sen ENR S. 25, S. 446, S. 532, S. 819, 
  receiving testimony from Sen Feinstein and Boxer; former Sen Wallop on behalf 
  of the Frontiers of Freedom; R Marlenee, Safari Club International; T Kiernan,
  National Parks & Cons Assoc, and M Shaffer, Defenders of Wildlife; D Waller, 
  GA Wildlife Resources Division, Social Circle on behalf of the Inatl Assoc of 
  Fish and Wildlife Agencies; M Van Putten, NWF; and D Foster on behalf of the 
  Masters of Foxhounds Assoc of America and the Wildlife Legislative Fund of 
  America. 
     
April 29, 1999 
  APPROPS - Sen Approps SC VA-HUD concluded hearings on proposed budget 
  estimates for FY 2000 for the EPA, C Browner, Admin, EPA; and G Frampton, Jr.,
  Acting Chair, Council on Environmental Quality. 
     
  TRANS EQUITY ACT - Sen EPW SC T&I implementation of the project delivery and 
  streamlining provisions of the TEA21, testimony from Delaware Gov Carper on 
  behalf of the Natl Govs' Assoc; C Thompson, WI Dept of Trans on behalf of the 
  Am Assoc of State Highway and Trans Officials; B. Mills on behalf of the Assoc
  of Metropolitan Planning Organizations; J. Alb, WA State Dept Trans; T Stowe, 
  Anderson and Associates, Inc. on behalf of the Am Consulting Engineers 
  Council; R Kienitz, Surface Trans Policy Project; B. Holmes, CT Road Builders 
  Assoc on behalf of the Am Road and Trans Builders Assoc; and M Leslie, Montana
  Contractors' Assoc on behalf of the Assoc General Contractors. 
     
  Hse Resources SC FWO Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Economic Impact of 
  NMFS Regulations. P Dalton, Assist Admin, Fisheries, NMFS, NOAA, Dept 
  Commerce; J Glover, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, SBA; and public witnesses. 
     
  Hse Science reported H.R. 1550, Fire Admin Authorization Act of 1999; H.R. 
  1551, Civil Aviation R&D Authorization Act of 1999; H.R. 1552, Marine Research
  and Related Envir R&D Programs Authorization Act of 1999; and H.R. 1553, NWS  
  and Related Agencies Authorization Act of 1999. 
     
April 28, 1999 
  Sen ENR SC Forests S. 607, to reauthorize the National Geologic Mapping Act of
  1992,  P. Leahy, Chief Geologist, USGS, Dept Interior; and Larry D. Woodfork, 
  Assoc of Am State Geologists.
  
  Sen EPW nomination of G Frampton, Jr., to be a Member of the Council on Envir 
  Quality. 
     
  APPROPS - Hse SC VA, HUD and Independent Agencies concluded hearings.     
  Testimony was heard from public witnesses. 
     
  NATURAL DISASTER--IMPACT ON HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE AVAILABILITY - Hse Banking 
  SC Housing & Community Opportunity Growing Threats of Natural Disaster and the
  Impact on Homeowners' Insurance Availability. Testimony was heard from public 
  witnesses. 
     
  WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT - Hse Rules Granted a structured rule for H.R.
  1480. The rule makes in order the T&I Cmte amendment in the nature of a 
  substitute as an original bill, modified by the amendments printed in part 1 
  of this report. The rule also waived all points of order. The rule makes in 
  order only those amendments printed in part 2 of the report. Testimony was 
  heard from Chairman Shuster and Reps Boehlert, Oberstar and Tauscher. 
     
  NSF BUDGET REQUEST - Hse Science SC Basic Research  NSF FY 2000 Budget 
  Request. Testimony from the following officials of the NSF: R Colwell, 
  Director; and E Kelly, Chair, National Science Board. 
  
April 27, 1999
  OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES - Sen ENR S.25, S.446, S. 532, S. 819, 
  testimony from OR Gov Kitzhaber; NJ Gov Whitman; AK State Sen Taylor; J 
  DeFoor, II, Office of the Gov Florida; L. Panetta, Panetta Institute, CA SU; M
  Davis, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; L Speer, NRDC; P Kelly, Rowan 
  Companies, Inc.; R Grossi, Am Farmland Trust; and E Marks, TNC. 
  
April 26, 1999
  NAT RES CONS-MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY BUSINESSES - Small Business SC Gov 
  Programs & Oversight continuing need to cons nat res because of their limited 
  nature, focusing on the major contributions made by businesses to cons and a 
  healthy envir through science and tech. Testimony from public witnesses. 
  
April 22, 1999
  APPROPS - Sen SC Interior proposed budget estimates for FY 2000 for Dept 
  Interior, testimony from Bruce Babbitt, Sec Interior. 
  
  NATL PARKS/HISTORIC PRESERVATION/RECREATION - Sen ENR SC Natl Parks S. 548, to
  establish the Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historical 
  Site in the State of OH, S. 581, to protect the Paoli and Brandywine 
  Battlefields in PA. K. Stevenson, Assoc Dir, Cultural Resource Stewardship and
  Partnerships, National Park Service, Dept Interior; Mayor Pauken, Maumee, OH; 
  K Collins, Natl Parks and Cons Assoc; D Chang and H Montgomery of the E Mau Na
  Ala Hele; R Eshelman, Chesapeake Flotilla Project; P McGuigan, Jr. on behalf 
  of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund; I Mineo, Chester County Parks and 
  Recreation; and J-P Bouvel, Valley Forge Historical Society. 
  
  Hse Resources SC Forests proposed measure on Forest Roads, Community Right to 
  Know. Testimony from R Stewart, Dep Chief, Forest Service, USDA; & public 
  witnesses. 
  
  WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT - Hse T&I reported H.R. 1480
  
APRIL 21, 1999 
  WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT - Hse T&I SC WRE approved for full Cmte action
  H.R. 1480
  
April 20, 1999
  CONSERVATION/RESOURCES/PUBLIC LAND AND RECREATION - Sen ENR S.25, S.446, & S. 
  532, receiving testimony from Mayor V Ashe, Knoxville, TN on behalf of the 
  Conference of Mayors; T Davis, Denver Broncos on behalf of the Pop-Warner 
  Little Scholars and Sporting Goods Manufacturers Assoc; B Castro, NY State 
  Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; D Curry, Dallas Park 
  and Recreation Board on behalf of the Natl Rec & Park Assoc; H Steinbrecher, 
  US Soccer on behalf of the US Soccer Federation and the US Soccer Foundation; 
  C Cushman, Am Land Rights Assoc; A Front, Trust for Public Land; B Vincent, 
  People for the USA on behalf of the Alliance for America; T Roosevelt,IV, 
  Lehman Brothers; J Hague, Metropolitan King County Council on behalf of the 
  Natl Assoc of Counties; R Smith, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington,
  D.C.; and J Bittner, AK State DNR on behalf of the Natl Conference of State 
  Historic Preservation Officers. 

  APPROPS - Hse SC Interior. Testimony from Members of Congress. 

  REGULATORY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT - Government Reform SC Nat Economic Growth, Nat 
  Res, & Reg Affairs approved for full Committee action H.R. 1074.
     
April 15, 1999
  Sen EPW SC T&I DOT's implementation of the TEA21, testimony from K Wykle, 
  Admin, Federal Highway Admin, G Linton, Admin, Federal Transit Admin, and 
  R Martinez, Admin, Natl Highway Traffic Safety Admin, all of the DOT; 
  Missouri State Rep J Bray on behalf of the Natl Conference of State 
  Legislatures; J Jacobson on behalf of the Natl Assoc of Counties; Mayor K 
  Barr, Fort Worth, TX on behalf of the US Conference of Mayors; Mayor R 
  Bartlett, Monrovia, CA on behalf of the Natl League of Cities; T Bowlden, 
  Am Highway Users Alliance; and R Kienitz, Surface Trans Policy Project. 
  
  WATERSHED PROJECTS - Hse Ag SC General Farm Commodities regarding 
  Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Small Watershed Project and H.R. 728, The 
  Small Watershed Rehabilitation Amendments of 1999. Testimony from Rep 
  Bonilla; D Sells, Assoc Chief, NRCS, USDA; and public witnesses. 
  
  APPROPS - Hse SC Commerce, Justice, State, & Judiciary Testimony from 
  Members of Congress. also on NOAA. Testimony from D Baker, Under Sec, 
  Oceans & Atmosphere, Dept Commerce. 
  
  APPROPS - Hse SC Interior emphasis on Native Americans. Testimony from 
  public witnesses. 
  
  APPROPS - Hse SC VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Testimony from Members 
  of Congress. 
  
  OVERSIGHT-MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING REGULATIONS - Hse Resources SC FWO migratory 
  bird hunting regulations to increase the harvest of mid-Continent light
  geese. Testimony from Rep Peterson,MN and Pickering; J Rogers, Dep Direc, 
  USFWS, Dept Interior; and public witnesses. 
  
  NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND AUTHORIZATION - Hse Resources SC Natl 
  Parks H.R. 834, to extend the authorization for the Natl Historic 
  Preservation Fund. Testimony from Delegate Norton; R Stanton, Direc, NPS, 
  Dept Interior; and public witnesses. 
  
  NOAA BUDGET AUTHORIZATION REQUESTS - Hse Science SC Energy & Envir FY 
  2000 Budget Authorization Request: NOAA Fleet Maintenance and Planning, 
  Aircraft Services and NOAA Corps. Testimony from Dept Commerce: B Taylor, 
  Acting Dep Direc, NOAA Corps Operations; and G Ross, Assis Inspector 
  General, Audits; and public witnesses. 
  
  BEACHES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, CLEANUP, & HEALTH ACT;RESOLUTIONS - Hse 
  CT&I SC WRE approved for full Committee action H.R. 999 & 6 ACoE Survey 
  resolutions. Hse T&I reported both.
  
April 14, 1999
  APPROPS - Hse SC Interior emphasis on Energy and other programs. 
  Testimony from public witnesses. 
  
  APPROPS - Hse SC VA, HUD. on the EPA. Testimony from C Browner, Admin, 
  EPA. 
  
  LANDOWNERS EQUAL TREATMENT ACT - Hse Resources H.R. 1142. Testimony from 
  Rep Thomas; J Clark, Direc, FWS; R Whitman, Attorney-in-Charge, Nat Res 
  Section, Dept of Justice, OR; and public witnesses. 
  
  CLIMATE CHANGE BUDGET AUTHORIZATION REQUEST - Hse Science SC Energy & 
  Envir held a hearing on the FY 2000 Climate Change Budget. Testimony from 
  N Lane, Direc, Office of Sci & Tech Policy; D Gardiner, Assist Admin, 
  Policy, EPA; and DOE: D Reicher, Assist Sec, Energy Efficiency & 
  Renewable Energy & J Hakes, Admin, Energy Information Admin. 
  
  CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET - Conferees agreed to file report on H.Con.Res 68, 
  establishing the congressional budget for FY 2000 and setting forth 
  appropriate budgetary levels for FY 2001 through 2009. 
  
April 13, 1999
  APPROPS - Hse SC Interior emphasis on Nat Res Programs. Testimony from 
  public witnesses. 
  
  APPROPS - Hse SC VA, HUD and Independent Agencies on the EPA. Testimony  
  from C Browner, Admin, EPA. 
  
  OVERSIGHT--NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY 
  IMPROVEMENT ACT - Hse Resources on the National Environmental Policy and 
  the Environmental Quality Improvement Act. Testimony from G Frampton, 
  Acting Chair, Council on Environmental Quality. 
  
  __________       
         Rochelle Sturtevant
         Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force
         459 Russell Senate Building
         Washington, DC 20510
         Rochelle_Sturtevant@levin.senate.gov
         
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