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Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force - Cmte. meetings
- Subject: Hill Update from the Great Lakes Task Force - Cmte. meetings
- From: Rochelle_Sturtevant@levin.senate.gov (Rochelle Sturtevant)
- Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 16:26:30 -0400
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
APPROPS - Hse SC VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Testimony from Members
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,
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
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.
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