[Congressional Record (Bound Edition), Volume 146 (2000), Part 4]
[Senate]
[Pages 4913-4939]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]



                          AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED

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        CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

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                 GRAHAM (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2966

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GRAHAM (for himself, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Bayh, Mrs. Landrieu, Mrs. 
Lincoln, Mr. Breaux, Mr. Robb, and Mr. Edwards) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution (S. Con. 
Res. 101) setting forth the congressional budget for the United States 
Government for fiscal years 2001 through 2005 and revising the 
budgetary levels for fiscal year 2000; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. RESERVE FUND FOR ADDITIONAL ESEA FUNDING IN THE 
                   SENATE.

       (a) In General.--In the Senate, upon reporting of a bill, 
     the offering of an amendment thereto, or the submission of a 
     conference report thereon that allows local educational 
     agencies to use appropriated funds to carry out activities 
     under a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act 
     that complies with subsection (b), the Chairman of the 
     Committee on the Budget of the Senate may increase the 
     functional totals and outlay aggregates and allocations--
       (1) for fiscal year 2001 by not more than $3,000,000,000; 
     and
       (2) for the period of fiscal years 2001 through 2005 by not 
     more than $15,000,000,000.
       (b) Condition.--Legislation complies with this subsection 
     if it provides--
       (1) increased accountability;
       (2) encouragement of State educational agencies (SEAs) and 
     local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish high student 
     performance standards;
       (3) a concentration of resources around central education 
     goals, including compensatory education for disadvantaged 
     children and youth, teacher quality and professional 
     development, innovative education strategies, programs for 
     limited English proficiency students, student safety, and 
     educational technology; and
       (4) an allocation of funds that targets the most 
     impoverished areas and schools most likely to be in distress.
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                       GRAHAM AMENDMENT NO. 2967

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GRAHAM submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       On page 4, line 8, increase the amount by $42,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, decrease the amount by $42,000,000,000
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $42,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $42,000,000,000.
       On page 6, line 10, decrease the amount by $43,033,000,000.
       On page 22, line 23, increase the amount by 
     $42,000,000,000.
       On page 22, line 24, increase the amount by 
     $42,000,000,000.
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $42,000,000,000.
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                 INHOFE (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2968

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. INHOFE (for himself, Mr. Sessions,  and Mr. Cochran) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:


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       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __ SENSE OF THE SENATE.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) local educational agencies are obligated to provide a 
     free public education to all children even though Federal 
     activity may deprive the local educational agencies of the 
     ability to collect sufficient property or sales taxes to 
     support the education of the children;
       (2) the Impact Aid program is designed to compensate local 
     educational agencies for the substantial and continuing 
     financial burden resulting from tax revenue lost as a result 
     of Federal activities;
       (3) the Impact Aid program has not been fully funded since 
     1980 and this shortfall has caused local educational agencies 
     to forego needed infrastructure repairs, delay the purchase 
     of educational materials, delay the purchase of properly 
     equipped buses for disabled children, and delay other 
     pressing needs; and
       (4) both Congress and the Administration have committed to 
     making education a top priority.
       (b) Sense of the Sense.--It is the sense of the Senate that 
     the levels in this resolution assume that the Impact Aid 
     Program strive to reach the goal that Section 8003(b) of the 
     program is funded at 64% in fiscal year 2001 appropriation 
     cycle; 76% in fiscal year 2002 appropriation cycle; 88% in 
     fiscal year 2003 appropriation cycle; and 100% in fiscal year 
     2004 appropriation cycle.
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                       DORGAN AMENDMENT NO. 2969

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. DORGAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING PAYMENTS TO RURAL 
                   PROVIDERS UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Nearly 1 in 4 medicare beneficiaries live in rural 
     areas.
       (2) Rural medicare beneficiaries pay into the medicare 
     program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act at the 
     same rate as their urban counterparts, but they receive fewer 
     benefits.
       (3) Currently, 50 percent (2,525 hospitals) of the Nation's 
     5,070 hospitals have fewer than 100 beds, and 56 percent of 
     the Nation's hospitals are located in rural areas.
       (4) For some rural hospitals, medicare payments account for 
     as much as 87 percent of the total revenues of the hospital.
       (5) A 1999 study of the impact of Balanced Budget Act of 
     1997 (in this section referred to as the ``BBA'') on hospital 
     profit margins found that hospitals with less than 100 beds, 
     which are predominately rural hospitals, are financially 
     hardest hit by the BBA.
       (6) Left unchecked, the BBA would cause the profit margins 
     of these predominantly rural hospitals to decrease from 
     positive 4.2 percent in fiscal year 1998 to negative 5.6 
     percent in fiscal year 2002, a drop of 233 percent.
       (7) On average, reimbursement for items and services under 
     the medicare program provided in rural areas is substantially 
     lower than in urban areas, and this inequity cannot be 
     explained by current differences in the costs associated with 
     providing items and services in rural and urban areas.
       (8) Currently, increasing numbers of rural communities face 
     critical losses of local health professionals through 
     retirement or the emigration of these professionals to larger 
     communities offering opportunities for better income.
       (9) Similarly, a lack of opportunity occurs for each 
     Medicare+Choice organization that offers a Medicare+Choice 
     plan in a rural county because the annual Medicare+Choice 
     capitation rate for a beneficiary enrolled in such a plan is 
     less than \1/2\ of the rate paid to such an organization 
     under the medicare program on behalf of a beneficiary 
     enrolled in a Medicare+Choice plan in an urban county.
       (10) Congress took a step forward in confronting and 
     addressing the funding crisis for medicare beneficiaries 
     requiring hospital care, home health care, skilled nursing 
     care, and other basic care in rural communities through the 
     Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Balanced Budget Refinement Act 
     of 1999.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     concurrent resolution on the budget assume that, during 
     deliberations on structural reforms to the medicare program 
     under title XVIII of the Social Security Act--
       (1) Congress should ensure the viability of all health 
     services to medicare beneficiaries residing in rural 
     communities, including inpatient hospital care, outpatient 
     care, skilled nursing facility and therapy services, home 
     health care, and services provided under a Medicare+Choice 
     plan; and
       (2) the President and Congress should address the 
     continuing inequities between payments under the medicare 
     program to providers for items and services furnished to 
     medicare beneficiaries residing in urban communities versus 
     payments for such items and services furnished to medicare 
     beneficiaries residing in rural communities, as such 
     inequities result in a chronic shortage of providers of care 
     for rural beneficiaries, who pay into the medicare program at 
     the same rate as beneficiaries in urban areas.
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                  DORGAN (AND ROBB) AMENDMENT NO. 2970

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. DORGAN (for himself and Mr. Robb) submitted an amendment intended 
to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, 
supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL 
                   FEDERAL FUNDING AND TAX INCENTIVES FOR 
                   EMPOWERMENT ZONES AND ENTERPRISE COMMUNITIES 
                   AUTHORIZED AND DESIGNATED PURSUANT TO 1997 AND 
                   1998 LAWS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) providing Federal tax incentives and other incentives 
     to distressed communities across the Nation to help them 
     rebuild and grow was one of the important goals of the 
     Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and the Omnibus Consolidated and 
     Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999;
       (2) to help reach that goal, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 
     1997 authorized 20 additional empowerment zones, 15 urban and 
     5 rural, followed by 20 new rural enterprise communities 
     authorized in 1998;
       (3) the 1997 law authorizing this second round of 
     empowerment zones (EZs) was also significant and important 
     because it broadened empowerment zone eligibility, for the 
     first time, to Indian tribes and rural regions suffering from 
     massive out-migration;
       (4) many of our urban and rural communities are not sharing 
     in the benefits of the prolonged economic expansion now 
     enjoyed by many other parts of our country;
       (5) a total of more than 250 economically distressed urban 
     and rural communities competed for the 20 new empowerment 
     zones and 20 new rural enterprise communities, and those 
     areas designated as zones and communities should be provided 
     with the Federal incentives and encouragement they need to 
     attract new businesses, and the jobs they provide, in order 
     to stimulate economic growth and improvement;
       (6) unfortunately, those areas that are designated EZs or 
     ECs under the 1997 and 1998 laws or rural economic area 
     partnerships (REAPs) by the Department of Agriculture, are 
     not given the full advantage of Social Services Block Grant 
     funds, tax credits, and some other Federal incentives that 
     Congress provided to the first round of empowerment zones and 
     enterprise communities authorized pursuant to 1993 budget 
     legislation;
       (7) Congress should act swiftly to provide such designated 
     areas an equal share of tax incentives, grant benefits, and 
     other Federal support at aggregate levels of at least that 
     provided by Congress to distressed urban and rural 
     empowerment zones and enterprise communities pursuant to the 
     1993 omnibus budget reconciliation bill; and
       (8) a fully funded second round of EZs and ECs is estimated 
     to create and retain about 90,000 jobs and stimulate 
     $10,000,000,000 in private and public investments over the 
     next decade.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) if Congress and the President agree to a substantial 
     tax relief measure, such measure should include full funding 
     for the second round of empowerment zones and enterprise 
     communities authorized in 1997 and 1998 as well as those 
     areas currently designated rural economic area partnerships 
     (REAPs) by the Department of Agriculture; and
       (2) all such designated distressed areas, rural and urban, 
     should equally share at least the same aggregate level of 
     funding, tax incentives, and other Federal support that 
     Congress provided to urban and rural empowerment zones and 
     enterprise communities authorized by the 1993 omnibus budget 
     reconciliation bill.
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                       DORGAN AMENDMENT NO. 2971

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. DORGAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE ENFORCEMENT OF 
                   TRADE AGREEMENTS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) The United States Trade Representative's 2000 National 
     Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers documents 
     numerous foreign barriers to United States exports that are 
     not consistent with international trade rules and which are 
     actionable under United States trade law and the World Trade 
     Organization.
       (2) Foreign barriers that impede United States exports 
     contribute substantially to the United States merchandise 
     trade deficit which has been expanding at an alarming rate, 
     and which soared to $347,000,000,000 in 1999.

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       (3) Huge chronic trade imbalances are not in the national 
     interest of the United States, and cannot be sustained 
     indefinitely without harming the economic prosperity of the 
     United States.
       (4) United States lives and communities are being injured 
     by a flood of foreign goods coming across United States 
     borders. Many goods are being dumped unfairly below their 
     true value.
       (5) It is important to United States workers, farmers, 
     ranchers, and businesses that the United States have 
     sufficient tools and resources to enforce the commitments 
     made by its trading partners. 
       (6) The United States merchandise trade deficit with the 
     People's Republic of China surged to nearly $70,000,000,000 
     in 1999, and the burden on those who enforce our trade 
     agreements will increase enormously under the proposed United 
     States-China World Trade Organization accession agreement.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) Congress should fully fund the trade enforcement 
     initiative contained in the budget submitted by the President 
     for fiscal year 2001 pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, 
     United States Code, so the United States can begin to 
     dedicate sufficient manpower and resources to matters and 
     transactions dealing with trade monitoring and enforcement, 
     and negotiation of trade agreements that benefit United 
     States producers, businesses, and communities;
       (2) the President and the executive branch of the 
     Government should aggressively enforce United States trade 
     agreements with the full range of United States trade laws, 
     including sections 310, 201, and 301 of the Trade Act of 
     1974, and United States antidumping laws; and
       (3) the President and executive branch of the Government 
     should give high priority to reducing the United States trade 
     deficit.
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               DORGAN (AND WELLSTONE) AMENDMENT NO. 2972

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. DORGAN (for himself and Mr. Wellstone) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       On page 48, strike lines 1 through 15 and insert the 
     following:

     SEC. 212. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING BUREAU OF INDIAN 
                   AFFAIRS SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION TRUST FUND.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution assume that Congress should enact legislation this 
     year that contains the following provision:

     ``SEC. __. SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION TRUST FUND.

       ``(a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the 
     `School Construction Trust Fund Act of 2000'.
       ``(b) Establishment of Trust Fund.--There is established in 
     the Treasury of the United States a trust fund, to be known 
     as the School Construction Trust Fund (in this section 
     referred to as the `Trust Fund'). The Trust Fund shall be 
     administered by the Secretary of the Treasury.
       ``(c) Deposits.--Funds made available under section 7(a)(3) 
     of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 289(3)), as added by 
     this section, shall be deposited in the Trust Fund in 
     accordance with that section.
       ``(d) Expenditure of Trust Funds.--The Secretary of the 
     Treasury shall make the amount in the Trust Fund available to 
     the Bureau of Indian Affairs, annually, to remain available 
     until expended, for the construction, expansion, improvement, 
     or repair of Bureau funded schools (as defined in section 
     1146 of the Education Amendments of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 2026)).
       ``(e) Source of Funds.--Section 7(a) of the Federal Reserve 
     Act (12 U.S.C. 289) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following:
       `` `(3) Transfer of funds to school construction trust 
     fund.--From any amount in the surplus fund of any Federal 
     reserve bank, there shall be transferred to the School 
     Construction Trust Fund established under the School 
     Construction Trust Fund Act of 2000--
       `` `(A) a total of $300,000,000 in fiscal year 2001; and
       `` `(B) a total of $200,000,000 in each of fiscal years 
     2002 through 2005.' ''.
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                        GRAMM AMENDMENT NO. 2973

  Mr. GRAMM proposed an amendment to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

     FEDERAL REVENUE TOTALS

       On page 4, line 3, decrease the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 4, decrease the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 5, decrease the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 6, decrease the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 7, decrease the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 8, decrease the amount by $1.

     FEDERAL REVENUE CHANGES

       On page 4, line 12, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $1.

     NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY

       On page 4, line 21, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $1.

     BUDGET OUTLAYS

       On page 5, line 6, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $1.

     NET INTEREST BUDGET AUTHORITY

       On page 26, line 3, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 26, line 7, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 11, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 15, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 19, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 23, increase the amount by $1.

     NET INTEREST OUTLAYS

       On page 26, line 4, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 26, line 8, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 12, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 16, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 20, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 26, line 24, increase the amount by $1.

     PUBLIC DEBT

       On page 5, line 22, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 23, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 24, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 25, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 6, line 1, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 6, line 2, increase the amount by $1.

     DEBT HELD BY THE PUBLIC

       On page 6, line 5, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 6, line 6, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 6, line 7, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 6, line 8, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 6, line 9, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 6, line 10, increase the amount by $1.

     TAX CUT

       On page 29, line 3, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 29, line 4, increase the amount by $1.

     DEFICIT INCREASE

       On page 5, line 14, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 15, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 16, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 17, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 18, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 19, increase the amount by $1;

     and insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION 
                   ENGINE.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution assume that the Senate will not, on behalf of Vice 
     President Al Gore, increase gasoline and diesel fuel taxes by 
     $1.50 per gallon effective July 1, 2000, and by an additional 
     $1.50 per gallon effective fiscal year 2005, as part of ``a 
     coordinated global program to accomplish the strategic goal 
     of completely eliminating the internal combustion engine 
     over, say, a twenty-five year period'' since ``their 
     cumulative impact on the global environment is posing a 
     mortal threat to the security of every nation that is more

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     deadly than that of any military enemy we are ever again 
     likely to confront.''

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                 BIDEN (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2974

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BIDEN (for himself, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Cleland) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL, 
                   STATE, AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FOR THE 
                   VIOLENT CRIME REDUCTION TRUST FUND.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds the following:
       (1) Our Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers 
     provide essential services that preserve and protect our 
     freedom and safety, and with the support of Federal 
     assistance such as the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant 
     program, the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant 
     Program, the COPS Program, and the Byrne Grant program, State 
     and local law enforcement officers have succeeded in reducing 
     the national scourge of violent crime, illustrated by a 
     violent crime rate that has dropped in each of the years 
     since the fund was established.
       (2) Assistance, such as the Violent Offender Incarceration/
     Truth in Sentencing Incentive Grants, provided to State 
     corrections systems to encourage truth in sentencing laws for 
     violent offenders has resulted in longer time served by 
     violent criminals and safer streets for law abiding people 
     across the Nation.
       (3) Through a comprehensive effort by State and local law 
     enforcement to attack violence against women, in concert with 
     the efforts of dedicated volunteers and professionals who 
     provide victim services, shelter, counseling, and advocacy to 
     battered women and their children, important strides have 
     been made against the national scourge of violence against 
     women.
       (4) Despite recent gains, the violent crime rate remains 
     high by historical standards.
       (5) Federal efforts to investigate and prosecute 
     international terrorism and complex interstate and 
     international crime are vital aspects of a national anticrime 
     strategy, and should be maintained.
       (6) The recent gains by Federal, State, and local law 
     enforcement in the fight against violent crime and violence 
     against women are fragile, and continued financial commitment 
     from the Federal Government for funding and financial 
     assistance is required to sustain and build upon these gains.
       (7) The Violent Crime Reduction Trust Fund, enacted as a 
     part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 
     1994, funds the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act 
     of 1994, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, and the 
     Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, 
     without adding to the Federal budget deficit.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that the Federal 
     Government's commitment to fund Federal law enforcement 
     programs and programs to assist State and local efforts to 
     combat violent crime, such as the Local Law enforcement Block 
     Grant Program, the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block 
     Grant Program, the Violent Offender Incarceration/Truth in 
     Sentencing Incentive Grants program, the Violence Against 
     Women Act, the COPS Program, and the Byrne Grant program, 
     shall be maintained, and that funding for the Violent Crime 
     Reduction Trust Fund shall continue to at least fiscal year 
     2005.
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                 BIDEN (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2975

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BIDEN (for himself, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Robb, Mr. Schumer, and Mr. 
Cleland) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE COPS PROGRAM.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) State and local law enforcement officers provide 
     essential services that preserve and protect our freedom and 
     safety and, with the support of the Community Oriented 
     Policing Service program (referred to in this section as the 
     ``COPS program''), State and local law enforcement officers 
     have succeeded in reducing the national scourge of violent 
     crime.
       (2) As a result of the assistance provided under the COPS 
     program, our Nation's crime rate has reached its lowest level 
     in more than a generation.
       (3) As a result of the COPS program, State and local law 
     enforcement agencies have received funds for more than 
     103,000 officers and more than 60,000 of those officers are 
     on the beat, fighting crime, and improving the quality of 
     life in our neighborhoods and schools.
       (4) The COPS program has assisted in advancing community 
     policing nationwide. Today, 87 percent of the Nation is 
     served by a law enforcement agency that conducts community 
     policing.
       (5) All major national law enforcement and government 
     organizations including the International Association of 
     Chiefs of Police, the International Brotherhood of Police 
     Officers, the Fraternal Order of Police, the National 
     Sheriffs' Association, the National Troopers Coalition, the 
     International Union of Police Associations, the Federal Law 
     Enforcement Officers Association, the National Association of 
     Police Organizations, the National Organization of Black Law 
     Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive Research Forum, 
     the Police Foundation, the Major Cities Chiefs, the United 
     States Conference of Mayors, and the County Executives of 
     America support the continuation and full funding of the COPS 
     program through fiscal year 2005.
       (6) The implementation of community policing as a law 
     enforcement strategy is an important factor in the recent 
     reduction of crime in our streets and communities. The 
     national crime rate has fallen for an unprecedented 7\1/2\ 
     years. The COPS program and the crime fighting strategies 
     developed by the initiative have demonstrated the Nation's 
     commitment to help reduce the crime rate to levels unseen for 
     the past 25 years.
       (7) Despite recent gains, crime is still too high in the 
     United States. A violent crime is committed every 21 seconds, 
     a woman raped every 6 minutes, and a person murdered every 31 
     minutes in the United States. We must continue to fight this 
     battle against crime and violence and reinvest in the gains 
     made by the COPS program.
       (8) The COPS program has been at the forefront of 
     addressing violence in our schools. During the past year, the 
     COPS program has funded over 2,200 school resource officers 
     and estimates that an additional 1,500 officers will be 
     funded by the end of fiscal year 2000.
       (9) More than $31,000,000 has been awarded to law 
     enforcement agencies and school districts through the School 
     Based Partnership and School Based Partnership 1999 grant 
     programs. These funds have assisted agencies in fostering 
     problem-solving partnerships with local communities and 
     schools to address the catastrophic youth violence and 
     delinquency crisis that has plagued our Nation.
       (10) Communities throughout the United States desperately 
     need the expertise and assistance that the COPS program 
     provides through grants as well as training and technical 
     assistance.
       (11) The COPS program has experienced much success during 
     the past 6 years, but our Nation still has a struggle ahead. 
     The crime rate is down, but it is still too high. We must 
     strengthen our commitment to public safety and continue the 
     support that the COPS program provides to the law enforcement 
     community.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume the commitment of 
     the Federal Government to continue funding the COPS program, 
     and that funding for the COPS program should continue at 
     least through fiscal year 2005.
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                  BAYH (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2976

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BAYH (for himself, Mr. Domenici, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Breaux, Mr. 
Edwards, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Graham, Mr. Cleland, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. 
Johnson, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Lugar, and Mr. Abraham) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE PROMOTION OF 
                   RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) 40 percent of children who live in households without a 
     father have not seen their father in at least 1 year and 50 
     percent of such children have never visited their father's 
     home;
       (2) approximately 50 percent of all children born in the 
     United States spend at least \1/2\ of their childhood in a 
     family without a father figure;
       (3) nearly 20 percent of children in grades 6 through 12 
     report that they have not had a meaningful conversation with 
     even 1 parent in over a month;
       (4) 3 out of 4 adolescents report that ``they do not have 
     adults in their lives that model positive behaviors'';
       (5) many of the United States' leading experts on family 
     and child development agree that it is in the best interest 
     of both children and the United States to encourage more two-
     parent, father-involved families to form and endure;
       (6) it is important to promote responsible fatherhood and 
     encourage loving and healthy relationships between parents 
     and their children in order to increase the chance that 
     children will have two caring parents to help them grow up 
     healthy and secure and not to--

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       (A) denigrate the standing or parenting efforts of single 
     mothers, whose efforts are heroic;
       (B) lessen the protection of children from abusive parents;
       (C) cause women to remain in or enter into abusive 
     relationships; or
       (D) compromise the health or safety of a custodial parent;
       (7) children who live apart from their biological father 
     are, in comparison to other children--
       (A) 5 times more likely to live in poverty;
       (B) more likely to bring weapons and drugs into the 
     classroom;
       (C) twice as likely to commit crime;
       (D) twice as likely to drop out of school;
       (E) twice as likely to be abused;
       (F) more likely to commit suicide;
       (G) more than twice as likely to abuse alcohol or drugs; 
     and
       (H) more likely to become pregnant as teenagers;
       (8) the Federal Government spends billions of dollars to 
     address these social ills and very little to address the 
     causes of such social ills;
       (9) violent criminals are overwhelmingly males who grew up 
     without fathers and the best predictor of crime in a 
     community is the percentage of absent father households;
       (10) compared with Great Britain, Canada, Australia, 
     Germany, and Italy, the United States has the highest 
     percentage of single parent households with dependent 
     children;
       (11) the number of children living with only a mother 
     increased from just over 5,000,000 in 1960, to 17,000,000 in 
     1999, and between 1981 and 1991 the percentage of children 
     living with only 1 parent increased from 19 percent to 25 
     percent;
       (12) between 20 percent and 30 percent of families in 
     poverty are headed by women who have suffered domestic 
     violence during the past year and between 40 percent and 60 
     percent of women with children who receive welfare were 
     abused at some time in their life;
       (13) responsible fatherhood should always recognize and 
     promote values of nonviolence;
       (14) child support is an important means by which a parent 
     can take financial responsibility for a child and emotional 
     support is an important means by which a parent can take 
     social responsibility for a child; and
       (15) because children learn by example, community programs 
     that help mold young men into positive role models for their 
     children need to be encouraged.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that the 
     legislation implementing this concurrent resolution on the 
     budget should include provisions that--
       (1) encourage the Senate to take action to address the 
     issue of fatherlessness by holding hearings and considering 
     legislation on the Senate floor before June 18, 2000, 
     Father's Day;
       (2) encourage States in, not restrict them from, the 
     implementation of programs that provide support for 
     responsible fatherhood, strengthen fragile families, and 
     promote married two-parent families; and
       (3) implement programs that encourage media campaigns by 
     States and community organizations that are targeted to 
     promote responsible fatherhood, strengthen fragile families, 
     and promote the maintenance of married two-parent families.
                                 ______
                                 

                   LANDRIEU AMENDMENTS NOS. 2977-2979

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Ms. LANDRIEU submitted three amendments intended to be proposed by 
her to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

                           Amendment No. 2977

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING SPENDING FOR PROGRAMS 
                   RELATING TO CHILDREN.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) only 50 percent of the children in the United States 
     who are eligible for assistance under the Head Start Act (42 
     U.S.C. 9831 et seq.) receive the assistance;
       (2)(A) only 10 percent of the children from families 
     eligible for Federal child care assistance receive the 
     assistance; and
       (B) no State serves all of the families eligible for 
     Federal child care assistance, as determined under Federal 
     guidelines;
       (3) only 49 percent of children who live in poverty, and 
     who are eligible for food stamp assistance under the Food 
     Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), receive the food 
     stamps; and
       (4) only 41 children out of every 100 children who live in 
     poverty in the United States received assistance in 1998 
     under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 
     U.S.C. 601), relating to temporary assistance for needy 
     families, the lowest percent of such children receiving 
     assistance under that part for any year since 1970.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) the needs of the children in the United States are of 
     paramount importance to the Nation's future; and
       (2) programs that provide assistance for children, 
     including assistance described in subsection (a), should be 
     funded at their currently authorized levels.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 2978

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENTS 
                   UNDER MAJOR DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAMS.

       It is the sense of Congress that the levels in this 
     resolution assume that--
       (1) the Secretary of Defense should study the utility of 
     shifting to a multiyear procurement system for procurements 
     under major defense acquisition programs;
       (2) the Secretary of Defense should identify a major 
     defense acquisition program and carry out a pilot project for 
     multiyear procurement under that program; and
       (3) the results of the pilot project should be used to 
     determine the advisability of shifting to multiyear 
     procurements for all major defense acquisition programs.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 2979

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING FUNDING FOR THE 
                   PARTICIPATION OF MEMBERS OF THE UNIFORMED 
                   SERVICES IN THE THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN.

       It is the sense of Congress that the levels of funding for 
     the defense category in this resolution--
       (1) assume that members of the Armed Forces are to be 
     authorized to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan; and
       (2) provide the $980,000,000 necessary to offset the 
     reduced tax revenue resulting from that participation through 
     fiscal year 2009.
                                 ______
                                 

                CLELAND (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2980

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. CLELAND (for himself, Mr. Mikulski, Mr. Coverdell, Mr. Kennedy, 
Mr. Bingman, Mrs. Murray, and Mr. Durbin) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent reslution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING THE CENTERS FOR 
                   DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) as the Nation's prevention agency, the Centers for 
     Disease Control and Prevention leads the public health 
     response to bioterrorist attacks, infectious diseases, food-
     borne pathogen outbreaks, and other public health threats 
     against our citizens;
       (2) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 
     environmental health laboratory is responsible for providing 
     critical laboratory response to potential chemical weapon 
     terrorist attacks as well as responding to emergencies 
     involving large-scale exposures to toxic chemicals;
       (3) research on the smallpox virus, which may be used as a 
     bioterrorist agent, is consuming one-half of the Biosafety 
     Level 4 ``Hot Lab'' space leaving little room for research on 
     other deadly pathogens;
       (4) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 
     constantly engaged in multiple overlapping epidemic 
     investigations, such as the West Nile-like virus in the 
     eastern United States, the Nipah virus in Malaysia, and the 
     Ebola virus in Africa, which require the majority of the 
     current infectious disease fighting capacity of the Centers; 
     and
       (5) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 
     facing a potential national security and public health crisis 
     because of its current antiquated and dilapidated 
     infrastructure.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the level in this resolution assume that--
       (1) the critical role of the Centers for Disease Control 
     and Prevention in detecting and preventing national security-
     related and other threats to public health emphasizes the 
     need for Congress to increase the current construction 
     funding level to $175,000,000; and
       (2) without adequate and safe buildings and laboratories, 
     the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can not 
     recruit or retain needed scientists, ensure the safety of 
     employees and citizens, or be sure of its ability to fulfill 
     its goals and mission.
                                 ______
                                 

                CLELAND (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2981

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. CLELAND (for himself, Ms. Mikulski, and Mr. Akaka) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LONG-
                   TERM HEALTH CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR FEDERAL 
                   EMPLOYEES, POSTAL WORKERS, MEMBERS OF THE 
                   FOREIGN SERVICE, UNIFORMED SERVICES AND 
                   RESERVE.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) almost 6,000,000 Americans aged 65 years or older 
     currently need long-term health care;

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       (2) the cost of nursing home care now exceeds $40,000 per 
     year in many parts of the Nation, and home health visits for 
     nursing care or physical therapy cost $100 per visit;
       (3) 41 percent of women in caregiver roles quit their jobs 
     or take family medical leave to care for a frail older parent 
     or parent-in-law;
       (4) many Americans mistakenly believe that Medicare and 
     their regular health insurance cover long-term health care 
     and assistive living needs; and
       (5) by providing a Federal employer-based long-term health 
     care program to Federal employees, postal workers, members of 
     the Foreign Service, uniformed services, Reserve and National 
     Guard, retirees of applicable agencies, and the spouses, 
     parents, and parents-in-law of such employees, members, and 
     retirees, millions of Americans will have the opportunity to 
     buy long-term health care insurance.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that, during the 2d 
     session of the 106th Congress, it is imperative to enact 
     legislation to establish a Federal employer-based long-term 
     health care program to address the long-term health care and 
     assistive care needs of an aging America.
                                 ______
                                 

                      FEINSTEIN AMENDMENT NO. 2982

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mrs. FEINSTEIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE ON ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION AT 
                   MILITARY INSTALLATIONS APPROVED FOR CLOSURE 
                   UNDER THE BASE CLOSURE LAWS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) The Department of Defense has a responsibility to 
     ensure the timely and safe completion of environmental 
     restoration at military installations approved for closure 
     under the base closure laws.
       (2) The goal of the environmental restoration process under 
     the base closure laws is to facilitate economic reuse and 
     development of the property at military installations 
     approved for closure under such laws by the communities in 
     the vicinity of such installations.
       (3) The Department of Defense has identified 2,742 sites at 
     military installations approved for closure under the base 
     closure laws that require additional environmental 
     restoration.
       (4) The Department of Defense has spent $3,680,000,000 for 
     environmental restoration at military installations approved 
     for closure under the base closure laws.
       (5) The Department of Defense estimates that an additional 
     $3,100,000,000 will be necessary to complete environmental 
     restoration at such installations.
       (6) In fiscal year 2000, Congress appropriated only 
     $346,400,000 for environmental restoration at military 
     installations approved for closure under the base closure 
     laws, an amount equal to half the amount appropriated for 
     fiscal year 1999 for environmental restoration at such 
     installations.
       (b) Sense of Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that 
     the levels in this resolution assume that Congress should 
     provide not less than $700,000,000 for fiscal year 2001 for 
     environmental restoration at military installations approved 
     for closure under the base closure laws.
                                 ______
                                 

               HUTCHISON (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2983

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mrs. HUTCHISON (for herself, Mr. Smith of New Hampshire, Mr. Breaux, 
and Mr. Cochran) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 191, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING MARGINAL WELL TAX 
                   CREDITS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds the following:
       (1) The United States now imports over 55 percent of its 
     daily oil consumption from overseas.
       (2) This level of foreign dependence represents a 
     significant economic and strategic threat to the United 
     States and contributes to the power of the Organization of 
     Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and to the volatility of 
     world oil prices and supply.
       (3) The production of oil from marginal wells in the United 
     States, those that produce less than 15 barrels of oil per 
     day and an average of less than 3 barrels of oil per day, 
     accounts for about 20 percent of the Nation's domestic, on-
     shore production, or about the same amount of oil the United 
     States imports from Saudi Arabia.
       (4) During the 1997 to 1999 oil price crash, when the price 
     of oil fell below $10 a barrel, an estimated 150,000 marginal 
     oil and gas wells were capped or permanently plugged because 
     the largely small, independent producers who own these wells 
     lost money on their operation and could no longer afford to 
     keep the wells open.
       (5) This loss of marginal well production caused a loss of 
     between 300,000 and 400,000 barrels of daily United States 
     oil production and significant natural gas production, caused 
     an estimated 65,000 American jobs to be lost, and severely 
     impacted numerous American communities in oil producing 
     regions of the country.
       (6) Despite the relatively high price of oil today, 
     independent producers are still unable to re-activate these 
     marginal wells because of the high cost of doing so and the 
     lack of assurance that they will not again lose money if the 
     price of oil again falls below the break-even range of $14 to 
     $17 per barrel.
       (7) Repeated ``boom-and-bust'' cycles like this have 
     contributed to the continued decline of the ability of the 
     United States to supply its own energy needs and to the 
     resulting growing dependence on foreign oil.
       (8) Supporting marginal well production during periods of 
     low oil prices through counter-cyclical tax code policies 
     makes sound economic sense and is a part of the long-term 
     solution to the Nation's growing reliance on foreign oil and 
     rapidly growing need for natural gas.
       (9) Support for marginal well production does not raise 
     significant environmental or public land use concerns since 
     such support targets oil and gas production primarily where 
     it already takes place.
       (10) Supporting a marginal well tax credit like that 
     proposed in S. 2265, the Marginal Well Preservation Act, 
     represents a relatively low-cost way to support this key 
     component of the Nation's domestic energy production and will 
     help to preserve American jobs, schools, and communities.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that Congress 
     provide for tax incentives to support the production of oil 
     and natural gas from ``marginal'' wells that produce less 
     than 15 barrels of oil per day (and a corresponding level of 
     natural gas) by enacting a tax credit for a maximum of $3 per 
     barrel for the first 3 barrels of daily production from an 
     existing marginal oil well, to be fully effective when the 
     price of oil reaches $14 per barrel (with a corresponding 
     level and trigger for any existing marginal natural gas 
     well).
                                 ______
                                 

                JEFFORDS (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2984

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. JEFFORDS (for himself, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Stevens, Mr. Kennedy, Ms. 
Collins, Mr. Feingold, Mr. L. Chafee, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Kohl, 
Ms. Mikulski, and Ms. Snowe) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; 
as follows:

       On page 4, line 4, decrease the amount by $2,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 5, decrease the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 6, decrease the amount by $6,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 7, decrease the amount by $8,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 8, decrease the amount by $11,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $2,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $6,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $8,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $11,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $2,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $6,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $8,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $11,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $2,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $6,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $8,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $11,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 7, increase the amount by $2,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 8, increase the amount by $2,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 11, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 12, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 15, increase the amount by $6,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 16, increase the amount by $6,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 19, increase the amount by $8,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 20, increase the amount by $8,000,000,000.
       On page 18, line 23, increase the amount by 
     $11,000,000,000.

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       On page 18, line 24, increase the amount by 
     $11,000,000,000.
       On page 29, line 3, decrease the amount by $2,000,000,000.
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $31,000,000,000.
                                 ______
                                 

                  REID (AND DURBIN) AMENDMENT NO. 2985

  Mr. REID (for himself, and Mr. Durbin) proposed an amendment to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of the amendment add the following:
       Notwithstanding any other provisions of this resolution the 
     following numbers shall apply:

     FEDERAL REVENUE TOTALS

       On page 4, line 3, decrease the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 4, decrease the amount by $4,843,000,000.
       On page 4, line 5, decrease the amount by $35,146,000,000.
       On page 4, line 6, decrease the amount by $65,248,000,000.
       On page 4, line 7, decrease the amount by $99,450,000,000.
       On page 4, line 8, decrease the amount by $128,552,000,000.

     FEDERAL REVENUE CHANGES

       On page 4, line 12, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $4,843,000,000.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $35,146,000,000.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $65,248,000,000.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $99,450,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by 
     $128,552,000,000.

     NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY

       On page 4, line 21, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $136,000,000.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $1,280,000,000.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $4,186,000,000.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $8,785,000,000.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $15,334,000,000.

     BUDGET OUTLAYS

       On page 5, line 6, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $136,000,000.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $1,280,000,000.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $4,186,000,000.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $8,785,000,000.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $15,334,000,000.

     NET INTEREST BUDGET AUTHORITY

       On page 26, line 3, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 26, line 7, increase the amount by $136,000,000.
       On page 26, line 11, increase the amount by $1,280,000,000.
       On page 26, line 15, increase the amount by $4,186,000,000.
       On page 26, line 19, increase the amount by $8,785,000,000.
       On page 26, line 23, increase the amount by 
     $15,334,000,000.

     NET INTEREST OUTLAYS

       On page 26, line 4, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 26, line 8, increase the amount by $136,000,000.
       On page 26, line 12, increase the amount by $1,280,000,000.
       On page 26, line 16, increase the amount by $4,186,000,000.
       On page 26, line 20, increase the amount by $8,785,000,000.
       On page 26, line 24, increase the amount by 
     $15,334,000,000.

     PUBLIC DEBT

       On page 5, line 22, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 23, increase the amount by $4,979,000,000.
       On page 5, line 24, increase the amount by $36,426,000,000.
       On page 5, line 25, increase the amount by $69,434,000,000.
       On page 6, line 1, increase the amount by $108,235,000,000.
       On page 6, line 2, increase the amount by $143,886,000,000.

     DEBT HELD BY THE PUBLIC

       On page 6, line 5, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 6, line 6, increase the amount by $4,979,000,000.
       On page 6, line 7, increase the amount by $36,426,000,000.
       On page 6, line 8, increase the amount by $69,434,000,000.
       On page 6, line 9, increase the amount by $108,235,000,000.
       On page 6, line 10, increase the amount by 
     $143,886,000,000.

     TAX CUT

       On page 29, line 3, increase the amount by $4,843,000,000.
       On page 29, line 4, increase the amount by 
     $333,239,000,000.

     DEFICIT INCREASE

       On page 5, line 14, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 15, increase the amount by $4,979,000,000.
       On page 5, line 16, increase the amount by $36,426,000,000.
       On page 5, line 17, increase the amount by $89,434,000,000.
       On page 5, line 18, increase the amount by 
     $108,235,000,000.
       On page 5, line 19, increase the amount by $143,886,000,000

                                 ______
                                 

                WARNER (AND STEVENS) AMENDMENT NO. 2986

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. WARNER (for himself and Mr. Stevens) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       On page 4, line 22, strike ``$1,471,817,000,000'' and 
     insert ``$1,475,817,000,000''.
       On page 5, line 7, strike ``$1,447,795,000,000'' and insert 
     ``$1,499,395,000,000''.
       On page 5, line 15, strike ``$53,863,000,000'' and insert 
     ``$52,263,000,000''.
       On page 43, line 10, strike ``$306,819,000,000'' and insert 
     ``$310,919,000,000''.
                                 ______
                                 

                      FEINSTEIN AMENDMENT NO. 2987

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mrs. FEINSTEIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE ON ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION AT 
                   MILITARY INSTALLATIONS APPROVED FOR CLOSURE 
                   UNDER THE BASE CLOSURE LAWS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) The Department of Defense has a responsibility to 
     ensure the timely and safe completion of environmental 
     restoration at military installations approved for closure 
     under the base closure laws.
       (2) The goal of the environmental restoration process under 
     the base closure laws is to facilitate economic reuse and 
     development of the property at military installations 
     approved for closure under such laws by the communities in 
     the vicinity of such installations.
       (3) The Department of Defense has identified 2,742 sites at 
     military installations approved for closure under the base 
     closure laws that require additional environmental 
     restoration.
       (4) The Department of Defense has spent $3,680,000,000 for 
     environmental restoration at military installations approved 
     for closure under the base closure laws.
       (5) The Department of Defense estimates that an additional 
     $3,100,000,000 will be necessary to complete environmental 
     restoration at such installations.
       (6) In fiscal year 2000, Congress appropriated only 
     $346,400,000 for environmental restoration at military 
     installations approved for closure under the base closure 
     laws, an amount equal to half the amount appropriated for 
     fiscal year 1999 for environmental restoration at such 
     installations.
       (b) Sense of Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that 
     the levels in this resolution assume that Congress should 
     provide not less than $700,000,000 for fiscal year 2001 for 
     environmental restoration at military installations approved 
     for closure under the base closure laws.
                                 ______
                                 

                 McCAIN (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2988

  Mr. McCAIN (for himself, Mr. Robb, and Mr. Kerry) proposed an 
amendment to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as 
follows:

       On page 9, line 2, increase the amount by $2,500,000.
       On page 9, line 3, increase the amount by $2,500,000.
       On page 9, line 6, increase the amount by $10,000,000.
       On page 9, line 7, increase the amount by $10,000,000.
       On page 9, line 10, increase the amount by $6,000,000.
       On page 9, line 11, increase the amount by $6,000,000.
       On page 9, line 14, increase the amount by $4,200,000.
       On page 9, line 15, increase the amount by $4,200,000.
       On page 9, line 18, increase the amount by $2,800,000.
       On page 9, line 19, increase the amount by $2,800,000.
       On page 9, line 22, increase the amount by $2,000,000.
       On page 9, line 23, increase the amount by $2,000,000.
       On page 4, line 21, increase the amount by $2,500,000.

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       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $10,000,000.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $6,000,000.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $4,200,000.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $2,800,000.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $2,000,000.
       On page 5, line 6, increase the amount by $2,500,000.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $10,000,000.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $6,000,000.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $4,200,000.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $2,800,000.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $2,000,000.
       On page 5, line 14, increase the amount by $2,500,000.
       On page 5, line 15, increase the amount by $10,000,000.
       On page 5, line 16, increase the amount by $6,000,000.
       On page 5, line 17, increase the amount by $4,200,000.
       On page 5, line 18, increase the amount by $2,800,000.
       On page 5, line 19, increase the amount by $2,000,000.
                                 ______
                                 

                 COLLINS (AND DODD) AMENDMENT NO. 2989

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Ms. COLLINS (for herself and Mr. Dodd) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 3__. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON DISTRIBUTION OF EXCESS 
                   FEDERAL GASOLINE TAX REVENUES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) on May 22, 1998--
       (A) the Senate overwhelmingly approved the conference 
     committee report on H.R. 2400, the Transportation Equity Act 
     for the 21st Century, in a 88-5 roll call vote; and
       (B) the House of Representatives approved the conference 
     committee report on that bill in a 297-86 recorded vote;
       (2) on June 9, 1998, the President signed that bill into 
     law, thereby enacting Public Law 105-178;
       (3) the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (112 
     Stat. 107) is a comprehensive reauthorization of Federal 
     highway and mass transit programs, authorizing approximately 
     $216,000,000,000 in Federal transportation spending for 
     fiscal years 1998 through 2003;
       (4) the revenue aligned budget authority provision in 
     section 110 of title 23, United States Code (as added by 
     section 1105 of that Act (112 Stat. 130)) specifies that any 
     excess Federal gasoline tax revenues shall be provided to the 
     States in accordance with the formulas established by that 
     Act and the amendments made by that Act; and
       (5) the President's fiscal year 2001 budget request 
     contains a proposal to distribute approximately 
     $1,300,000,000 in excess Federal gasoline tax revenues in a 
     manner that--
       (A) is not consistent with section 110 of title 23, United 
     States Code; and
       (B) would deprive States of needed revenues.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution, and any legislation 
     enacted pursuant to this resolution, assume that the proposal 
     in the President's fiscal year 2001 budget request to change 
     the manner in which any excess Federal gasoline tax revenues 
     are distributed to the States will not be implemented, but 
     rather that those excess revenues will be distributed to the 
     States in accordance with section 110 of title 23, United 
     States Code.
                                 ______
                                 

                COLLINS (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2990

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Ms. COLLINS (for herself, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Specter, Mr. Jeffords, Mr. 
Leahy, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Breaux, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Wyden) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title III, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. 3__. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON HUNGER RELIEF.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) a broad range of current studies by the General 
     Accounting Office, the Department of Agriculture, numerous 
     State agencies, churches and synagogues and other direct 
     service providers, the United States Conference of Mayors, 
     academics, and foundations consistently document unacceptably 
     high rates of hunger and food insecurity within the United 
     States;
       (2) in spite of record economic expansion, hunger 
     continues;
       (3) 1,200 religious, civic, social service, and community-
     based organizations that are active in every State in the 
     United States on the local, State, and national levels have 
     urged Congress to respond to existing needs with hunger 
     relief legislation;
       (4) bipartisan coalitions have formed in both the Senate 
     and the House of the 106th Congress to support the Hunger 
     Relief Act, introduced in both the House and Senate (S. 1805 
     and H.R. 3192), and to affirm that Congress did not intend 
     for working families and children to face hunger and food 
     insecurity; and
       (5) ensuring access to adequate nutrition is necessary as a 
     means of protecting the public and private investments made 
     throughout the United States in educating our children, 
     improving health care, and maintaining a productive 
     workforce.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution, and any legislation 
     enacted pursuant to this resolution, assume that--
       (1) hunger relief is an urgent national priority that 
     should be addressed in the levels and legislation; and
       (2) Congress should enact legislation this year to enable 
     low-income children and working families to have better 
     access to--
       (A) the food stamp program established under the Food Stamp 
     Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), including households 
     that own a vehicle that would not disqualify the households 
     for assistance in their State under the State program funded 
     under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 
     U.S.C. 601 et seq.); and
       (B) the emergency food assistance program established under 
     the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 7501 et 
     seq.).
                                 ______
                                 

                COLLINS (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2991

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Ms. COLLINS (for herself, Mr. Bond, Mr. Reed, Mr. Jeffords, Mr. 
Santorum, Mr. Abraham, Mr. DeWine, Mr. Baucus, Mrs. Hutchison, Ms. 
Mikulski, Ms. Snowe, Mr. Bingaman, and Mr. Helms) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING PAYMENTS TO HOME 
                   HEALTH AGENCIES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) America's home health agencies provide invaluable 
     services that have enabled a growing number of our most frail 
     and vulnerable beneficiaries under the medicare program under 
     title XVIII of the Social Security Act to avoid hospitals and 
     nursing homes and to remain in the comfort and security of 
     their own homes.
       (2) A sharp rise in home health spending under the medicare 
     program from 1989 to 1996 prompted Congress and the 
     President, as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (in 
     this section referred to as the ``BBA''), to initiate changes 
     intended to slow this growth.
       (3) The cuts in home health spending under the medicare 
     program made by the BBA have been deeper and have affected 
     more home health agencies than Congress intended.
       (4) From fiscal year 1997 to fiscal year 1999, medicare 
     home health spending dropped by almost 50 percent, from 
     $17,800,000,000 to $9,700,000,000, surpassing the savings 
     goals set by Congress for home health services under the BBA 
     by a large margin.
       (5) The dramatic payment cuts made by the BBA, coupled with 
     overly burdensome new regulatory requirements, have--
       (A) placed home health agencies in financial peril; and
       (B) restricted the ability of these agencies to deliver 
     much-needed care to medicare beneficiaries, particularly to 
     those beneficiaries that are chronically ill and have complex 
     care needs.
       (6) Over 2,500 agencies (about \1/4\ of all home health 
     agencies nationwide) have either closed or stopped serving 
     medicare beneficiaries.
       (7) According to a study by the Lewin Group conducted for 
     the American Hospital Association, the spending cutbacks 
     resulting from the enactment of the BBA have resulted in a 
     30.5 percent reduction in hospital-based home health 
     services.
       (8) An additional 15 percent reduction in payments to home 
     health agencies under the medicare program is scheduled to go 
     into effect on October 1, 2001.
       (9) Implementation of an additional 15 percent reduction--
       (A) would ring the death knell for low-cost, efficient home 
     health agencies currently struggling to remain in business, 
     thus reducing the access of medicare beneficiaries to 
     critical home health services; and
       (B) is unnecessary because we have already surpassed the 
     savings targets set forth under the BBA.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     concurrent resolution on the budget assume that--

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       (1) the 15 percent reduction in payments to home health 
     agencies under the medicare program under title XVIII of the 
     Social Security Act should not go into effect, as scheduled, 
     on October 1, 2001; and
       (2) Congress and the President should work to provide 
     sustainable payments to home health agencies under such 
     program.
                                 ______
                                 

                COLLINS (AND SCHUMER) AMENDMENT NO. 2992

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Ms. COLLINS (for herself and Mr. Schumer) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 3__. USE OF THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) as Congress found in section 151(a) of the Energy 
     Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6231(a)), the storage 
     of substantial quantities of petroleum products will diminish 
     the vulnerability of the United States to the effects of a 
     severe energy supply interruption and provide limited 
     protection from the short-term consequences of interruptions 
     in supplies of petroleum products;
       (2) the Secretary of Energy has authority under existing 
     law to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve through time 
     exchanges (``swaps'') by releasing oil from the Strategic 
     Petroleum Reserve in times of supply shortage in exchange for 
     the infusion of more oil into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve 
     at a later date;
       (3) the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries 
     (``OPEC'') has created a worldwide supply shortage by choking 
     off petroleum production by anticompetitive means; and
       (4) at its meetings beginning on March 27, 2000, OPEC 
     failed to increase petroleum production to a level sufficient 
     to rebuild depleted inventories.
       (b) Sense of the Senate Concerning Use of the Strategic 
     Petroleum Reserve.--It is the sense of the Senate that the 
     levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) if the President determines that the supply of crude 
     oil has been significantly diminished due to anticompetitive 
     manipulation by foreign countries and a release of oil from 
     the Strategic Petroleum Reserve under swapping arrangements 
     would not jeopardize national security, the Secretary of 
     Energy should, as soon as is practicable, use the authority 
     under existing law to release oil from the Strategic 
     Petroleum Reserve in an economically feasible way by means of 
     swapping arrangements providing for future increases in 
     Strategic Petroleum Reserve reserves;
       (2) the Secretary of Energy should implement swapping 
     arrangements at times when prices of fuel increase because of 
     significant reductions in the production of crude oil and 
     market conditions are favorable for swaps; and
       (3) the President should immediately commission an 
     interagency panel--
       (A) to develop market data to increase the transparency of 
     petroleum markets; and
       (B) to determine--
       (i) what quantities should be held in the Strategic 
     Petroleum Reserve;
       (ii) the appropriate uses of the Strategic Petroleum 
     Reserve; and
       (iii) whether the authority to release oil from the 
     Strategic Petroleum Reserve should be modified to better 
     address oil crisis like the one the U.S. faced during the 
     winter of 1999 and 2000.
                                 ______
                                 

                   SPECTER AMENDMENTS NOS. 2993-2994

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SPECTER submitted two amendments intended to be proposed by him 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

                           Amendment No. 2993

       On page 27, line 7, decrease the amount by $2,600,000,000.
       On page 27, line 8, decrease the amount by $2,600,000,000.
       On page 42, line 5, increase the amount by $2,600,000,000.
       On page 43, line 14, increase the amount by $2,600,000,000.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 2994

       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 5, line 15, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 19, line 7, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 19, line 8, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 27, line 7, decrease the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 27, line 8, decrease the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 42, line 5, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 42, line 6, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 43, line 14, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
       On page 43, line 15, increase the amount by $1,600,000,000.
                                 ______
                                 

                ASHCROFT (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2995

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ASHCROFT (for himself, Mr. Baucus, Mr. Craig, and Mr. Dorgan) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC.   . SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING THE ENFORCEMENT OF 
                   TRADE AGREEMENTS MADE BY THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC 
                   OF CHINA

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) the budget resolution assumes enforcement of United 
     States trade and tariff laws, and the successful negotiation 
     of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements between the 
     United States and other governments;
       (2) Congress may soon consider legislation that grants 
     permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) status for China in 
     light of the fact that China is seeking accession to the 
     World Trade Organization (WTO);
       (3) individual Senators may have differing views on the 
     specific concessions made in the bilateral U.S.-China 
     agreement, but it is agreed that the United States must have 
     adequate means to enforce the agreement;
       (4) farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses in the 
     United States should receive the benefits promised to them in 
     U.S. trade agreements;
       (5) there is substantial dissatisfaction across America's 
     heartland with the United States' inability to enforce some 
     trade commitments on agriculture--specifically, the European 
     Union has a long history of trying to block bananas, U.S. 
     beef, and other farm products;
       (6) China has a history of not readily complying with past 
     trade agreements; and,
       (7) the U.S. Congress (which must make the ultimate 
     decision about U.S.-China trade relations) needs to 
     demonstrate to the American people that trade agreements are 
     enforceable, not only in agriculture, but also in 
     manufactured goods, services, intellectual property, wood 
     products, textiles and other sectors.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     resolution assume that--
       (1) Congress will take into account the concerns of those 
     in the agricultural community and other industry sectors as 
     it proceeds with consideration of permanent normal trade 
     relations (PNTR) status for China;
       (2) the President will demonstrate that the United States 
     retains sufficient leverage to enforce the WTO commitments 
     made by China in November 1999; and,
       (3) the President will devote adequate resources to 
     monitoring and enforcing Chinese compliance with the 
     agreements made in connection with China's accession to the 
     WTO.
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                      BINGAMAN AMENDMENT NO. 2996

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BINGAMAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE REGARDING ENHANCEMENT OF CAPACITY OF 
                   VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TO PROCESS 
                   BENEFITS CLAIMS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Veterans benefits serve to recognize service to the 
     Nation, and also serve to mitigate economic disadvantages 
     imposed by sacrifices made while serving.
       (2) The Nation has 3,300,000 veterans or families that 
     share approximately $18,500,000,000 in veterans pension and 
     disability benefits annually through the Department of 
     Veterans Affairs.
       (3) Benefits have been promised to the Nation's veterans, 
     and those promises must be honored.
       (4) To remain effective, veterans benefits programs must be 
     updated to reflect changes in hardships encountered during 
     military service as well as changes in the economic and 
     social circumstances of the Nation.
       (5) The accurate and reliable assessment of service-
     connected disabilities has become an increasingly complex 
     process, particularly with regard to evaluating the incidence 
     and effects of Agent Orange, Persian Gulf Syndrome, and Post 
     Traumatic Stress Disorders.
       (6) The veterans benefits appeal process often involves 
     repeated remands requiring additional processing that can 
     occur over an extended length of time.
       (7) Veterans benefits claims processing is undergoing a 
     major technological transition from manual to electronic data 
     filing and processing.
       (8) The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees 
     assigned to process veterans benefits claims has decreased 
     significantly from 13,249 in 1995 to 11,254 in 1998.

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       (9) The pending workload for veterans benefits claims has 
     increased dramatically during the same period from 378,366 
     cases in 1995 to 445,012 cases in 1998.
       (10) Nationwide, veterans must wait an average of 159 days 
     for their benefits claims to be resolved, and the National 
     Performance Review has a goal of handling such claims in an 
     average of 92 days.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that, in order to ensure the efficient and timely processing 
     of claims for veterans benefits by the Veterans Benefits 
     Administration, the amounts made available to the Department 
     of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2001 should be increased 
     over amounts made available to the Department for fiscal year 
     2000--
       (1) by $139,000,000, in order to permit the hiring by the 
     Veterans Benefits Administration of an additional 287 full-
     time equivalent employees to perform duties relating to 
     claims processing; and
       (2) by $2,500,000, in order to implement the Systematic 
     Technical Accuracy Review (STAR) Program to ensure the 
     accuracy of work performed at Veterans Benefits 
     Administration field stations.
                                 ______
                                 

                BINGAMAN (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2997

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BINGAMAN (for himself, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Harkin, and Mr. 
Feingold) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       On page 4, line 4, increase the amount by $360,000,000.
       On page 4, line 5, increase the amount by $5,680,000,000.
       On page 4, line 6, increase the amount by $6,960,000,000.
       On page 4, line 7, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 4, line 8, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $360,000,000.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $5,680,000,000.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $6,960,000,000.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $360,000,000.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $5,680,000,000.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $6,960,000,000.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 18, line 7, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 18, line 8, increase the amount by $360,000,000.
       On page 18, line 11, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 18, line 12, increase the amount by $5,680,000,000.
       On page 18, line 15, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 18, line 16, increase the amount by $6,960,000,000.
       On page 18, line 19, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 18, line 20, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 18, line 23, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 18, line 24, increase the amount by $7,100,000,000.
       On page 29, line 3, decrease the amount by $360,000,000.
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $27,200,000,000.
                                 ______
                                 

                BINGAMAN (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2998

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BINGAMAN (for himself, Mr. Baucus, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Feingold) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       On page 4, line 4, increase the amount by $5,000,000.
       On page 4, line 5, increase the amount by $18,500,000.
       On page 4, line 6, increase the amount by $43,000,000.
       On page 4, line 7, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 4, line 8, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $5,000,000.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $18,500,000.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $43,000,000.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $5,000,000.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $18,500,000.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $43,000,000.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 18, line 7, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 18, line 8, increase the amount by $5,000,000.
       On page 18, line 11, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 18, line 12, increase the amount by $18,500,000.
       On page 18, line 15, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 18, line 16, increase the amount by $43,000,000.
       On page 18, line 19, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 18, line 20, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 18, line 23, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 18, line 24, increase the amount by $50,000,000.
       On page 29, line 3, decrease the amount by $5,000,000.
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $166,500,000.
                                 ______
                                 

                 BURNS (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 2999

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BURNS (for himself, Mr. Frist, Mr. Grams, Mr. Helms, Mr. Enzi, 
Mr. Craig, Mr. Abraham, and Mr. Grassley) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC.   . SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE REPEAL OF THE 
                   MODIFICATION OF INSTALLMENT METHOD.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) on December 17, 1999, President Clinton signed into law 
     the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 
     1999, which contained a provision that prohibits accrual 
     method taxpayers from using the installment method when they 
     sell an asset;
       (2) the new law is having, and will continue to have, a 
     dramatic negative impact on small business owners; and
       (3) According to the National Federation of Independent 
     Businesses, roughly 260,000 businesses a year are likely to 
     be affected.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution and legislation enacted 
     pursuant to this resolution assume that--
       (1) the Senate should consider modifying or repealing 
     section 536(a) of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives 
     Improvement Act of 1999 (relating to the repeal of the 
     installment method for accrual method taxpayers) to ensure 
     that the provision does not deny the ability of small 
     businesses to use the installment method with respect to 
     sales and other dispositions occurring on or after the date 
     of enactment of such Act.
                                 ______
                                 

              TORRICELLI (AND ASHCROFT) AMENDMENT NO. 3000

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. TORRICELLI (for himself and Mr. Ashcroft) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following new section:

     SEC.  . SENSE OF THE SENATE ON AID FOR INDEPENDENT TRUCK 
                   DRIVERS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) The price of diesel fuel in the United States is 
     exorbitantly high, topping $2 per gallon in February, 2000;
       (2) there are more than 250,000 independent truck drivers 
     operating in the United States;
       (3) independent truck drivers averaged less than $250 to 
     fill their fuel tanks a year ago, but are paying an average 
     of over $500 now;
       (4) high diesel fuel prices are extremely harmful to 
     independent truck drivers, who pay for their own fuel;
       (5) many independent truck drivers are forced to dip into 
     family savings to pay for

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     fuel, and some are being forced out of business, because they 
     can't fill their tanks;
       (6) the United States is reliant upon these independent 
     truck drivers to deliver goods to the marketplace.
       (7) independent truckers who are forced to park their rigs 
     are unable to deliver goods to marketplace;
       (8) high prices are forcing independent truck drivers off 
     the road, and have the potential to harm our economy, not to 
     mention, cripple the trucking industry, which is responsible 
     for the transportation of commodities across the country;
       (9) despite OPEC's recent announcement that it would raise 
     oil production by 1.7 million barrels per day, which may 
     stabilize prices by the end of the year, independent truck 
     drivers have felt the effects of high diesel fuel prices for 
     months, and stabilizing prices will not allow them to recover 
     lost income;
       (10) providing direct cash grants to independent truck 
     drivers will prevent further damage to the trucking industry, 
     and ensure the continued transportation of goods to the 
     marketplace.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that significant 
     funds will be made available to the Small Business 
     Administration (SBA) in order to enable the SBA to meet the 
     needs of independent truck drivers through emergency loans 
     and grant programs.
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               TORRICELLI (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3001

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. Torricelli (for himself, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Lautenberg, and Mr. 
Robb) submitted an amendment intended to be propsed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res 101, supra; as follows:

       On page 4, line 4, increase the amount by $52,000,000.
       On page 4, line 5, increase the amount by $63,000,000.
       On page 4, line 6, increase the amount by $74,000,000.
       On page 4, line 7, increase the amount by $35,000,000.
       On page 4, line 8, increase the amount by $18,000,000.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $52,000,000.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $63,000,000.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $74,000,000.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $35,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $18,000,000.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $250,000,000.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $52,000,000.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $63,000,000.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $74,000,000.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $35,000,000.
       On page 5, line 11 increase the amount by $18,000,000.
       On page 17, line 6, increase the amount by $250,000,000.
       On page 17, line 7, increase the amount by $52,000,000.
       On page 17, line 11, increase the amount by $63,000,000.
       On page 17, line 15, increase the amount by $74,000,000.
       On page 17, line 19, increase the amount by $35,000,000.
       On page 17, line 23, increase the amount by $18,000,000.
       On page 29, line 3, decrease the amount by $52,000,000.
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $242,000,000.
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                 MURRAY (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3002

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mrs. MURRAY (for herself, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. Jeffords, Mr. Levin, Mr. 
Conrad, Mr. Burns, Mr. Moynihan, and Mr. Schumer) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert:
       The Senate finds that the number of trucks and planes 
     bringing commercial goods across the Northern Border has 
     increased by 25% between 1998 and 1999. No new Custom 
     Inspector positions have been authorized for the Northern 
     Border since 1996 and only 26 percent of Immigration 
     Inspectors are on the Northern Border;
       The Senate finds that our Northern Border (excluding 
     Alaska) extends almost 4,000 miles. But last year, this 
     border only had about 300 agents--about one agent for every 
     thirteen miles of border. In comparison, the Southwest Border 
     is 2,000 miles and had 8,000 agents--four agents for every 
     mile;
       The Senate finds that many ports on the Northern Border can 
     barely cover core operations and regular shifts without 
     resorting to significant amounts of overtime for all 
     inspectors. Many additional enforcement efforts aimed at 
     specific anti-drug initiatives and outbound programs have 
     been abandoned;
       The Senate finds that border agents in Washington state 
     apprehended a potentially dangerous terrorist entering the 
     country from Canada this past December with bomb making 
     equipment and explosive materials that could have caused 
     enormous devastation;
       The Senate finds that this incident led to a heightened 
     state of alert on the Northern Border throughout the 1999/
     2000 holiday season requiring the redeployment of over 700 
     inspectors from other areas of the country; and
       The Senate finds that the lack of adequate frontline 
     Customs Inspectors and Immigration and Naturalization 
     personnel at our ports of entry greatly increases the risk of 
     terrorist products, illicit drugs and other dangerous 
     contraband coming into our country and hinders legitimate 
     trade.
       1. It is the sense of the Senate that the functional totals 
     in this resolution assume that the Senate should provide 
     additional funding to increase U.S. Customs Service and U.S. 
     Immigration and Naturalization Service personnel at the 
     Northern Border.
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                STEVENS (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3003

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. STEVENS (for himself, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Jeffords, Mr. Lautenberg, 
Mr. Bond, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Dodd, Mr. L. Chafee, 
Mr. Reed, Mr. Warner, Mr. Durbin, and Mr. Smith of Oregon) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title II, insert the following:

     SEC.  . RESERVE FUND FOR EARLY LEARNING AND PARENT SUPPORT 
                   PROGRAMS.

       (a) Adjustment.--When the Committee on Education and 
     Workforce of the House of Representatives or the Committee on 
     Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate reports 
     a bill, an amendment is offered in the House of 
     Representatives or the Senate, or a conference report is 
     filed that improves opportunities at the local level or early 
     learning, brain development, and school readiness for young 
     children from birth to age 6 and offers support programs for 
     such families, particularly those with special needs such as 
     mental health issues and behavorial disorders, the relevant 
     chairman of the Committee on the Budget may increase the 
     allocation aggregates, functions, totals, and other budgetary 
     totals in the resolution by the amount of budget authority 
     (and the outlays resulting thereform) provided by the 
     legislation for such purpose in accordance with subsection 
     (b) if the legislation does not cause an on-budget deficit.
       (b) Limitations.--The adjustments to the aggregates and 
     totals pursuant to subsection (a) shall not exceed 
     $8,500,000,000 on budget authority (and the outlays resulting 
     thereform) for the period fiscal year 2001 and 2005.
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                   KENNEDY AMENDMENTS NOS. 3004-3005

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. KENNEDY submitted two amendments, intended to be proposed by him 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res 101, supra; as follows:

                           Amendment No. 3004

       At the appropriate place, insert:

     SEC.  . RESERVE FUND FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID.

       (a) In General.--In the Senate, aggregates, allocations 
     functional totals, and other budgetary levels and limits may 
     be revised in an amount up to $20 billion for fiscal years 
     2001 through 20 for legislation to assure adequate payments 
     to community hospitals, teaching hospitals, nursing homes, 
     health centers, home health agencies and others who provide 
     quality health care services to Medicare and Medicaid 
     beneficiaries, provided that the enactment of that 
     legislation will not cause an on-budget deficit for--
       (1) fiscal year 2001; or
       (2) the period of fiscal years 2001 through 2005.
       (b) Revised Levels.--Upon the consideration of legislation 
     pursuant to subsection (a), the Chairman of the Committee on 
     the Budget of the Senate may file with the Senate 
     appropriately revised allocations under section 302(a) of the 
     Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and revised functional 
     levels and aggregates to carry out this section. These 
     revised allocations, functional levels, and aggregations 
     shall be considered for the purposes of the Congressional 
     Budget Act of 1974 as allocations, functional levels, and 
     aggregates contained in this resolution.
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                           Amendment No. 3005

       On page 4, line 4, increase the amount by $5,500,000,000.
       On page 4, line 5, increase the amount by $4,500,000,000.

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       On page 4, line 6, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 7, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 8, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $5,500,000,000.
       On Page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $4,500,000,000.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $5,500,000,000.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $4,500,000,000.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $5,500,000,000.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $4,500,000,000.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 20, line 7, increase the amount by $5,500,000,000.
       On page 20, line 8, increase the amount by $5,500,000,000.
       On page 20, line 11, increase the amount by $4,500,000,000.
       On page 20, line 12, increase the amount by $4,500,000,000.
       On page 20, line 15, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 20, line 16, increase the amount by $4,000,000,000.
       On page 20, line 19, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 20, line 20, increase the amount by $3,000,000,000.
       On page 20, line 23, increase the amount by $         .
       On page 20, line 24, increase the amount by $         .
       On page 29, line 3, decrease the amount by $         .
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $         .
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                CLELAND (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3006

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. CLELAND (for himself, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Hollings, and Mr. Graham) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE TO SUPPORT THE INTEGRITY OF 
                   STATE TAX LAWS AND A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR 
                   BUSINESSES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) the Constitution reserves for the States the right to 
     collect and impose taxes;
       (2) 45 States and the District of Columbia collect over 40 
     percent of overall revenue from sales taxes to fund vital 
     public services, such as education, social services, 
     emergency services, infrastructure development, and local 
     healthcare;
       (3) Internet sales are estimated to grow into the hundreds 
     of billions of dollars in the next few years;
       (4) businesses who choose not to go on-line should not be 
     at a competitive tax disadvantage to on-line businesses; and
       (5) the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce was 
     unable to reach an agreement by the statutorily required 
     minimum of two-thirds of the Commissioners for valid 
     recommendations and findings on the treatment of retail sales 
     transactions conducted over the Internet.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the Sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that the Federal 
     Government respects the sovereignty of States to determine 
     their taxes and tax structures, including the taxation of 
     goods and services sold by all businesses and the 
     establishment of a level playing field between traditional 
     ``brick-and-mortar'' retailers and new Internet ``e-
     tailers.''
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                         KYL AMENDMENT NO. 3007

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. KYL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING FREEDOM OF HEALTH CARE 
                   CHOICE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Beneficiaries under the medicare program under title 
     XVIII of the Social Security Act do not have the same right 
     to obtain health care from the provider of their choice as do 
     Members of Congress and virtually all other Americans.
       (2) As a result of the 2-year opt-out provision of the 
     Balanced Budget Act of 1997, medicare beneficiaries must 
     decide between the right to choose their own doctor and the 
     right to protect their medical records.
       (3) Legislation protecting health care choice is timely for 
     the following 2 reasons:
       (A) In the Health Care Financing Administration's January 
     1998 ``Carriers Program Memorandum'', the agency carves out a 
     circumstance under which a physician or practitioner who has 
     not opted-out of medicare for 2 years may not file a claim 
     where ``the beneficiary, for reasons of his or her own, 
     declines to authorize the physician or practitioner to submit 
     a claim or to furnish confidential medical information to the 
     medicare program that is needed to submit a proper claim.''.
       (B) In the July 20, 1999, testimony on its current medicare 
     report to Congress, the Comptroller General of the United 
     States, David Walker, concluded that the Health Care 
     Financing Administration lacks the ability to properly guard 
     medicare beneficiaries' medical records, ``continues to have 
     vulnerabilities in its information management systems'', and 
     ``lacks the ability to readily provide beneficiaries with an 
     accounting of disclosures or misuse in violation of the 
     Privacy Act of 1974.''.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     concurrent resolution on the budget assume that Congress and 
     the President should enact legislation that--
       (1) codifies the Health Care Financing Administration's 
     directive to provide beneficiaries under the medicare program 
     under title XVIII of the Social Security Act permanent and 
     unambiguous choice of their treatments, doctors, and 
     reimbursement arrangements;
       (2) goes beyond the Health Care Financing Administration's 
     directive by specifying that, in order to prevent abuses, 
     such an arrangement can only be entered into ``if the 
     beneficiary and the physician or practitioner enter into a 
     written contract that includes a statement of the 
     beneficiary's desire to withhold such authorization.'';
       (3) provides this protection for medicare beneficiaries 
     now, whether or not the Health Care Financing Administration 
     is able to implement the recommendations of the General 
     Accounting Office, and also whether or not Congress enacts 
     comprehensive medical records reform legislation;
       (4) provides that medicare beneficiaries have the right to 
     see the physician or health care provider of their choice, 
     and not be limited in such right by the imposition of 
     unreasonable conditions on providers who are willing to 
     provide medicare beneficiaries with this choice; and
       (5) ensures medicare beneficiaries the right of health care 
     choice.
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                  KYL (AND KERREY) AMENDMENT NO. 3008

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. KYL (for himself and Mr. Kerrey) submitted an amendment intended 
to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, 
supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC.   . SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING ESTATE TAXES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) the Internal Revenue Code allows a taxpayer to defer 
     the recognition of capital gains earned from the involuntary 
     conversion of property relating to theft, destruction, 
     seizure, requisition, or condemnation, so that no tax is 
     imposed until the property is sold;
       (2) gains earned on property that is transferred by virtue 
     of the owner's death are not eligible for such deferral as 
     allowed for property that is involuntarily converted, and the 
     entire value of the property is subject instead to an estate 
     tax rate as high as 55 percent; and
       (3) in order to prepare for and pay the estate tax, 
     numerous small businesses must liquidate all or part of their 
     assets, while others are drained of the capital they need to 
     invest in the research and development, new equipment, and 
     new workers that would otherwise keep them competitive in the 
     marketplace.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) Congress should pass legislation providing estate tax 
     relief, and should consider replacing the Federal estate tax 
     with a tax on the gain attributable to inherited assets due 
     when those assets are sold;
       (2) that the tax basis in such property used to determine 
     tax liability should be the decedent's basis; and
       (3) that a limited step-up in basis should be preserved for 
     small estates so that they are not subject to a new tax 
     burden as a result of these changes.

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                STEVENS (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3009

  Mr. STEVENS (for himself, Mr. Inouye, and Mr. Cochran) proposed an 
amendment to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as 
follows:

       On page 45, line 7 strike ``$14,200,000,000'' and all that 
     follows through page 47, line 25 and insert in lieu thereof:

     ``$23,000,000,000.
       ``(c) Sunset.--This section shall expire effective October 
     1, 2002.''
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                      COVERDELL AMENDMENT NO. 3010

  Mr. COVERDELL proposed an amendment to amendment No. 2965 proposed by 
Mr. Robb to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as 
follows:

       On page 4, line 4, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 5, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 6, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 7, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 8, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 22, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 23, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 24, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 4, line 25, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 1, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 7, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 8, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 9, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 10, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 5, line 11, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 7, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 8, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 11, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 12, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 15, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 16, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 19, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 20, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 23, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 18, line 24, increase the amount by $1.
       On page 29, line 3, decrease the amount by $1.
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $1.
       On page 29, after line 5, insert the following:
       In lieu of the language proposed to be inserted, insert the 
     following:
       Sec.   . (a) The Senate finds that on March 2, 2000, the 
     Senate passed S. 1134, by a vote of 61-37, the Affordable 
     Education Act of 2000, which--
       (a) authorizes up to 2.5 billion dollars a year in new bond 
     authority to allow public-private partnerships to build new 
     schools;
       (2) allows small school districts to build more schools by 
     providing them greater flexibility in dealing with complex 
     IRS regulations;
       (3) allows 14,000,000 families or 20,000,000 children to 
     benefit from Education Savings Accounts, which would generate 
     $12,000,000,000 in new resources for kindergarten through 
     college education;
       (4) allows 1,000,000 college students in State pre-paid 
     tuition plans to receive tax relief to make college more 
     affordable;
       (5) allows 1,000,000 workers studying part-time to receive 
     education assistance through their employers;
       (6) guarantees that every college student and recent 
     college graduate in America will receive a tax break on the 
     interest on their student loans;
       (7) gives all of our Nation's elementary and secondary 
     school teachers needed tax relief for their professional 
     development expenses;
       (8) gives America's teachers needed tax relief by providing 
     them a deduction for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses;
       (9) allows America's classrooms to benefit from new 
     technology by encouraging the charitable donation of 
     computers to the classroom;
       (b) Therefore, it is the Sense of the Senate that this 
     budget resolution assumes that Congress should pass, and the 
     President should sign significant education tax relief 
     legislation for America's teachers and students.

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                GORTON (AND JEFFORDS) AMENDMENT NO. 3011

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GORTON (for himself and Mr. Jeffords) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING THE PRICE OF 
                   PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN THE UNITED STATES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Today, two-thirds of senior citizens in the United 
     States have access to prescription drugs through health 
     insurance coverage.
       (2) However, it is difficult for many Americans, including 
     senior citizens, to afford the prescription drugs that they 
     need to stay healthy.
       (3) Many senior citizens in the United States leave the 
     country and go to Canada or Mexico to buy prescription drugs 
     that are developed, manufactured, and approved in the United 
     States in order to buy such drugs at lower prices than such 
     drugs are sold for in the United States.
       (4) According to the General Accounting Office, a consumer 
     in the United States pays on average \1/3\ more for a 
     prescription drug than a consumer pays for the same drug in 
     another country.
       (5) The United States has made a strong commitment to 
     supporting the research and development of new drugs through 
     taxpayer-supported funding of the National Institutes of 
     Health, through the research and development tax credit, and 
     through other means.
       (6) The development of new drugs is important because the 
     use of such drugs enables people to live longer and lead 
     healthier, more productive lives.
       (7) Citizens of other countries should pay a portion of the 
     research and development costs for new drugs, or their fair 
     share of such costs, rather than just reap the benefits of 
     such drugs.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that the 
     cost disparity between identical prescription drugs sold in 
     the United States, Canada, and Mexico should be reduced or 
     eliminated.
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                SANTORUM (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3012

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SANTORUM (for himself, Mr. Allard, and Mr. Craig) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON DEBT REDUCTION BY SENATE 
                   OFFICES.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution assume that--
       (1) any amount appropriated for Senators' official 
     personnel and office expenses for a fiscal year shall only be 
     available for that fiscal year; and
       (2) any amounts remaining after all payments are made for 
     the expenses described in paragraph (1) shall be deposited in 
     the Treasury to reduce the Federal debt held by the public.
                                 ______
                                 

                  REED (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3013

  Mr. REID (for Mr. Reed for himself, Mr. Daschle, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. 
Leahy, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Durbin, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Kohl, 
Mr. Torricelli, Mr. Levin, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Robb, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. 
Biden, Mr. Byrd, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Reid, Mr. Inouye, Mr. Bryan, Mr. 
Harkin, Mr. Wyden, Ms. Mikulski, and Mr. L. Chafee) proposed an 
amendment to amendment No. 2965 proposed by Mr. Robb to the concurrent 
resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of the amendment add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE NEED TO REDUCE GUN 
                   VIOLENCE IN AMERICA.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds the following:
       (1) On average, 12 children die from gun fire everyday in 
     America.
       (2) On May 20, 1999, the Senate passed the Violent and 
     Repeat Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act, by a 
     vote of 73 to 25, in part, to stem gun-related violence in 
     the United States.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in function 750 of this resolution assume 
     that Congress should--

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       (1) pass the conference report to accompany H.R. 1501, the 
     Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Accountability and 
     Rehabilitation Act, including Senate-passed provisions, with 
     the purpose of limiting access to firearms by juveniles, 
     convicted felons, and other persons prohibited by law from 
     purchasing or possessing firearms; and
       (2) consider H.R. 1501 not later than April 20, 2000.
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                       BAUCUS AMENDMENT NO. 3014

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BAUCUS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 3__. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING FUNDING FOR WILDFIRE 
                   MANAGEMENT BY THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) fire prevention in the western States is of imminent 
     concern;
       (2) more and more houses are being built on the forest 
     interface throughout the West;
       (3) more houses in those areas increase the risk of danger 
     to lives and property from catastrophic disasters such as 
     wildfires;
       (4) local fire departments often rely on volunteers, but in 
     many places fire departments do not exist, leaving 
     communities dependent on Federal funding;
       (5) the Federal Government should do its share in 
     preventing losses of life and property as a result of rampant 
     wildfires;
       (6) snow pack has been below normal throughout the West 
     increasing the chances of widespread fires;
       (7) some experts point to the existence of a 6-year fire 
     cycle that States should be prepared for; and
       (8) in 1988, devastating fires raged throughout the West, 
     and 2000 has the potential to be just as devastating.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the functional totals underlying this resolution assume 
     that the wildlife management program delivered by the 
     Department of the Interior should be funded above the levels 
     in this resolution for fiscal year 2001 to ensure protection 
     of lives and property to individuals residing in forest 
     interface areas.
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                 GREGG (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3015

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GREGG (for himself, Ms. Collins, and Mr. Voinovich) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE 
                   INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) In 1975, the Federal Government made a commitment in 
     the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 
     1411 et seq.) (referred to in this resolution as the ``Act'') 
     to pay 40 percent of the programs described in part B of such 
     Act.
       (2) The Act guarantees that all children with disabilities 
     receive a free and appropriate public education.
       (3) In 1997, 1998, and 1999, Congress increased funding for 
     such programs by 113 percent, but was unable to affect such 
     increases without the help or support of the Administration.
       (4) Despite such increases in funding, Federal funding for 
     such programs is still far short of the nearly 
     $15,000,000,000 required to receive the originally promised 
     funding.
       (5) The Federal Government currently pays only 12.6 percent 
     of such funding for the programs, which represents a great 
     disparity from the 40 percent that was originally promised 
     under the Act.
       (6) Honoring the obligation to fund such programs at the 
     originally promised level will allow State and local 
     governments, some of which spend up to 19 percent of the 
     State or local budget on special education costs, to have 
     more flexibility to spend the local resources to meet the 
     unique educational needs of all students in the locality.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that 
     Congress; first priority should be to fully fund the programs 
     described under part B of the Individuals with Disabilities 
     Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1411 et seq.) at the originally 
     promised level of 40% before Federal funds are appropriated 
     for new education programs.
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                       CONRAD AMENDMENT NO. 3016

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. CONRAD submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE LOCKBOX.

       (a) Definition.--In this section, the term ``Social 
     Security and Medicare lockbox'' includes--
       (1) the amount of the Social Security surplus (as defined 
     in section 311(b)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act of 
     1974), with respect to any fiscal year; and
       (2) the amount of the ``Medicare surplus reserve'' defined 
     as a minimum of one-third of the on-budget surplus as 
     estimated by the Congressional Budget Office for each of the 
     3 applicable time periods, which are--
       (A) the budget year;
       (B) the budget year plus the subsequent 4 years; and
       (C) the budget year plus the subsequent 9 years.
       (b) Budget Resolution Point of Order.--It shall not be in 
     order in the Senate to consider any concurrent resolution on 
     the budget (or amendment, motion, or conference report on the 
     resolution) that would decrease the on-budget surplus below 
     the levels of the Medicare surplus reserve, except for 
     legislation that reforms the Medicare program and provides 
     coverage for prescription drugs.
       (c) Subsequent Legislation Point of Order.--It shall not be 
     in order in the Senate to consider any bill, joint 
     resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report that 
     together with associated interest costs would decrease the 
     on-budget surplus below the level of the Medicare surplus 
     reserve, except for legislation that reforms the Medicare 
     program and provides coverage for prescription drugs.
       (d) Social Security Off-Budget Point of Order.--It shall 
     not be in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate 
     to consider a concurrent resolution on the budget (or any 
     amendment thereto or conference report thereon) or any bill, 
     joint resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report 
     that would violate section 13301 of the Budget Enforcement 
     Act of 1990.
       (e) Strengthening Social Security Points of Order.--It 
     shall not be in order in the Senate to consider a concurrent 
     resolution on the budget (or any amendment thereto or 
     conference report thereon) or any bill, joint resolution, 
     amendment, motion, or conference report that would--
       (1) decrease Social Security surpluses in any year covered 
     by this resolution below the levels established in this 
     resolution; or
       (2) amend section 301(i) or 311(a)(3) of the Congressional 
     Budget Act of 1974 to allow Social Security surpluses to be 
     decreased below the levels established in this resolution.
       (f) Supermajority Waiver.--
       (1) Waiver.--This section may be waived or suspended only 
     by the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly 
     chosen and sworn.
       (2) Appeals.--An affirmative vote of three-fifths of the 
     Members, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required to sustain 
     an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a point of order 
     raised pursuant to this section.
       (g) Senate Pay-As-You-Go Rule Extended Through 2010.--
     Section 207(g) of H. Con. Res. 68 (the Concurrent Resolution 
     on the Budget for fiscal year 2000) is amended by striking 
     ``2002'' and inserting ``2010''.
       On page 4, line 4, increase the amount by $2,026,000,000.
       On page 4, line 5, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 6, increase the amount by $5,067,000,000.
       On page 4, line 7, increase the amount by $7,230,000,000.
       On page 4, line 8, increase the amount by $6,620,000,000.
       On page 4, line 13, increase the amount by $2,026,000,000.
       On page 4, line 14, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 4, line 15, increase the amount by $5,067,000,000.
       On page 4, line 16, increase the amount by $7,230,000,000.
       On page 4, line 17, increase the amount by $6,620,000,000.
       On page 5, line 15, increase the amount by $2,026,000,000.
       On page 5, line 16, increase the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 17, increase the amount by $5,067,000,000.
       On page 5, line 18, increase the amount by $7,230,000,000.
       On page 5, line 19, increase the amount by $6,620,000,000.
       On page 5, line 23, decrease the amount by $2,026,000,000.
       On page 5, line 24, decrease the amount by $0.
       On page 5, line 25, decrease the amount by $5,067,000,000.
       On page 6, line 1, decrease the amount by $7,230,000,000.
       On page 6, line 2, decrease the amount by $6,620,000,000.
       On page 6, line 6, decrease the amount by $2,026,000,000.
       On page 6, line 7, decrease the amount by $0.
       On page 6, line 8, decrease the amount by $5,067,000,000.
       On page 6, line 9, decrease the amount by $7,230,000,000.
       On page 6, line 10, decrease the amount by $6,620,000,000.
       On page 29, line 3, decrease the amount by $2,026,000,000.
       On page 29, line 4, decrease the amount by $20,943,000,000.

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                 BREAUX (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3017

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BREAUX (for himself, Ms. Snowe, and Mr. Robb) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title II, insert the following:

     SEC. __. POINT OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF OMNIBUS 
                   APPROPRIATIONS CONFERENCE REPORTS IF NOT 
                   AVAILABLE FOR 2 DAYS.

       It shall not be in order in the Senate to consider a 
     conference report on an Omnibus Appropriations bill (an 
     appropriations bill containing 2 or more of the 13 regular 
     appropriations Acts) unless that conference report has been 
     available at least 2 days prior to consideration.
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                  BOND (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3018

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BOND (for himself, Mr. Hollings, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. DeWine, Mr. 
Stevens, Mr. Breaux, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Feingold, Mrs. 
Lincoln, Mr. Wellstone, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Inouye, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. 
Kennedy, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Lugar, Mr. Cleland, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Baucus, 
Mr. Kohl, and Ms. Collins) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; 
as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING UNINSURED AND LOW-
                   INCOME INDIVIDUALS IN MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED 
                   COMMUNITIES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) the uninsured population in the United States continues 
     to grow at over 100,000 individuals per month, and is 
     estimated to reach over 53,000,000 people by 2007;
       (2) the growth in the uninsured population continues 
     despite public and private efforts to increase health 
     insurance coverage;
       (3) nearly 80 percent of the uninsured population are 
     members of working families who cannot afford health 
     insurance or cannot access employer-provided health insurance 
     plans;
       (4) minority populations, rural residents, and single-
     parent families represent a disproportionate number of the 
     uninsured population;
       (5) the problem of health care access for the uninsured 
     population is compounded in many urban and rural communities 
     by a lack of providers who are available to serve both 
     insured and uninsured populations;
       (6) community, migrant, homeless, and public housing health 
     centers have proven uniquely qualified to address the lack of 
     adequate health care services for uninsured populations, 
     serving over 4,500,000 uninsured patients in 1999, including 
     over 1,000,000 new uninsured patients who have sought care 
     from such centers in the last 3 years;
       (7) health centers care for nearly 7,000,000 minorities, 
     nearly 600,000 farmworkers, and more than 500,000 homeless 
     individuals each year;
       (8) health centers provide cost-effective comprehensive 
     primary and preventive care to uninsured individuals for less 
     than $1.00 per day, or $350 annually, and help to reduce the 
     inappropriate use of costly emergency rooms and inpatient 
     hospital care;
       (9) current resources only allow health centers to serve 10 
     percent of the Nation's 44,000,000 uninsured individuals;
       (10) past investments to increase health center access have 
     resulted in better health, an improved quality of life for 
     all Americans, and a reduction in national health care 
     expenditures; and
       (11) Congress can act now to increase access to health care 
     services for uninsured and low-income people together with or 
     in advance of health care coverage proposals by expanding the 
     availability of services at community, migrant, homeless, and 
     public housing health centers.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the functional totals underlying this resolution on the 
     budget assume that--
       (1) appropriations for consolidated health centers under 
     section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b) 
     should be increased by 100 percent over the next 5 fiscal 
     years in order to double the number of individuals who 
     receive health care services at community, migrant, homeless, 
     and public housing health centers; and
       (2) appropriations for consolidated health centers should 
     be increased by $150,000,000 in fiscal year 2001 over the 
     amount appropriated for such centers in fiscal year 2000.
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                 GREGG (AND KERREY) AMENDMENT NO. 3019

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GREGG (for himself and Mr. Kerrey) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION ON THE 
                   SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Today and in the future, Social Security is the 
     foundation of retirement income for most Americans. 
     Preserving and protecting Social Security for the long-term 
     is a vital national priority and essential for the retirement 
     security of today's working Americans, current and future 
     retirees, and their families.
       (2) Under current assumptions, Social Security would enter 
     into cash-flow deficits in 2015. Under those same 
     assumptions, the Social Security Trust Funds have sufficient 
     financing to pay full current-law benefits through 2037. 
     According to separate analyses by the Congressional Budget 
     Office (CBO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 
     the existence of positive balances in the Federal Old-Age and 
     Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability 
     Insurance Trust Fund in periods of program cash deficits 
     would in and of itself have no direct effect upon the Federal 
     Government's ability to pay benefits, with the result that 
     levels of either benefits, tax revenues, or Federal borrowing 
     would need to be changed in order to finance benefit 
     payments, carrying important consequences for beneficiaries 
     and wage-earners alike.
       (3) There appears to be a lack of confidence about the 
     future of Social Security among the general public. Congress 
     and the Social Security Administration should work together 
     to restore confidence in the Social Security system. For 
     example, although Americans of all ages indicate in polls 
     that they strongly support Social Security, many younger 
     Americans believe that they will receive either no benefits 
     or sharply reduced benefits at retirement, although Social 
     Security would have sufficient annual revenues to pay on 
     average (under current assumptions) 72 percent of benefits 
     even after reserves of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors 
     Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance 
     Trust Fund are exhausted in 2037.
       (4) Proper understanding both of how Social Security is 
     financed and the challenges facing the Social Security 
     program, as well as the impact of Social Security on the 
     Federal Budget and on the economy, is essential to proper 
     evaluation by the American people and Congress of the options 
     to achieve long-term program sustainability.
       (5) Many statistics currently used to explain Social 
     Security finances are highly technical and not accessible to 
     the average American, such as actuarial balance as a percent 
     of payroll. Simpler measures could provide a clearer picture 
     of Social Security's future finances and of the options for 
     improving those finances.
       (6) As the Nation enters the 21st Century, the United 
     States is experiencing unprecedented changes in business, 
     employment, and the economy; in demographics and in science. 
     Such changes should be considered in understanding the issues 
     facing Social Security.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution on the budget assume the 
     following:
       (1) Public education.--Education of the general public 
     regarding Social Security needs to be improved. Toward that 
     end, the Social Security Administration should examine all 
     material that is distributed in print or online for public 
     review, including the Summary of the Annual Report of the 
     Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors 
     Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance 
     Trust Fund and social security account statements, to ensure 
     that Americans can clearly understand how Social Security 
     works and the challenges facing Social Security.
       (2) Economic and budget estimates.--Public and 
     congressional understanding of the relationship between 
     Social Security, the economic well-being of seniors, the 
     Federal Budget, and the economy is essential to protecting 
     and preserving Social Security for the long term. Toward that 
     end, the Senate commends the Congressional Budget Office 
     (CBO) for its investment in providing long-term estimates, 
     and expresses the desire for periodic reports from the CBO 
     regarding Social Security payments and revenues, including 
     implicit general revenue commitments, the economic well-being 
     of seniors, national savings, and other important economic 
     outcomes.
       (3) Improvements to the reports of the board of trustees.--
     The Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors 
     Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance 
     Trust Fund should carefully continue to consider recent 
     recommendations by the 1999 Technical Panel on Assumptions 
     and Methods of the Social Security Advisory Board and 
     recommendations of other such groups regarding additional 
     information that should be presented to the public.
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                DOMENICI (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3020

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)

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  Mr. DOMENICI (for himself, Mr. Cleland, and Mr. Dodd) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) the tragic acts of school violence in Arkansas, 
     Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, and other areas across 
     the Nation have prompted a national dialogue on how best to 
     ensure the safety and security of our Nation's children;
       (2) an increasing number of parents, teachers, and 
     community and business leaders across the Nation believe that 
     schools must reinforce efforts to foster good character in 
     children;
       (3) 23 States have enacted character education legislation 
     and others are considering such legislation;
       (4) strengthening students' sense of community in school 
     has lasting effects on students' overall development, 
     including improving conduct in school and reducing violent 
     behavior outside of school;
       (5) the more character education is inculcated in the 
     teaching of academics, the more teachers and other adults in 
     a school apply core values like caring, citizenship, 
     fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness to 
     their relationships among themselves and with their students; 
     and
       (6) providing children the opportunity to reflect and act 
     on core values increases their awareness of the impact of 
     their actions, with positive results reported in many schools 
     that offer character education, such as antisocial behavior 
     being reduced, attendance improving, attentiveness in class 
     going up, substance abuse declining, schools becoming safer 
     places, and even academics improving.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that Congress 
     should--
       (1) allocate sufficient resources for character educations 
     programs in schools; and
       (2) take all other appropriate steps to encourage and 
     support character education, including continued support of 
     National Character Counts Week.
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                GRASSLEY (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3021

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GRASSLEY (for himself, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Abraham, Mr. DeWine, and 
Mr. Coverdell) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON COUNTER-NARCOTICS FUNDING.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) The drug crisis facing the United States is a top 
     national security threat.
       (2) The spread of illicit drugs through United States 
     borders cannot be halted without an effective drug 
     interdiction strategy.
       (3) Effective drug interdiction efforts have been shown to 
     limit the availability of illicit narcotics, drive up the 
     street price, support demand reduction efforts, and decrease 
     overall drug trafficking and use.
       (4) The armed conflict and resulting lawlessness in 
     Colombia present a clear and present danger to the security 
     of the front line states, to law enforcement efforts intended 
     to impede the flow of cocaine and heroin, and, therefore, to 
     the well-being of the people of the United States.
       (5) The conflict in Colombia is creating instability along 
     its borders with neighboring countries, Ecuador, Panama, 
     Peru, and Venezuela, several of which have deployed forces to 
     their border with Colombia.
       (6) Coca production has increased 28 percent in Colombia 
     since 1998, and already 75 percent of the world's cocaine and 
     75 percent of the heroin seized in the northeast United 
     States is of Colombian origin.
       (7) The percentage change in drug use since 1992, among 
     graduating high school students who used drugs in the past 12 
     months, has substantially increased--marijuana use is up 80 
     percent, cocaine use is up 80 percent, and heroin use is up 
     100 percent.
       (8) The U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are 
     critical front line agencies in stopping the flow of illegal 
     drugs into the United States.
       (9) The Department of Defense is a lead agency for the 
     detection and monitoring of aerial and maritime transit of 
     illegal drug into the United States.
       (10) The Department of State, through INL, is a lead agency 
     in protecting the United States from the foreign drug and 
     crime threat.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate, 
     the functional totals included in this resolution assume the 
     following:
       (1) All counter-narcotics agencies will be given the 
     highest priority for fully funding their counter-narcotics 
     mission.
       (2) That front line drug fighting agencies are dedicating 
     more resources for international efforts to continue 
     restoring a balanced drug control strategy.
       (3) Congress should re-authorize the modernization of the 
     U.S. Customs service and ensure it has adequate resources and 
     authority not only to facilitate the movement of 
     internationally traded goods but to ensure it can 
     aggressively pursue its law enforcement activities to stop 
     the flow of drugs into the United States.
       (4) Congress should adequately fund U.S. Coast Guard and 
     ensure that it has adequate resources to aggressively pursue 
     its maritime law enforcement activities.
       (5) By pursuing a balanced effort which requires investment 
     in three key areas: demand reduction (such as education and 
     treatment); domestic law enforcement; and international 
     supply reduction. Congress believes we can reduce the number 
     of children who are exposed to and addicted to illegal drugs.
       (6) Congress should adequately fund the Department of 
     Defense to ensure it has sufficient personnel, equipment, and 
     facilities to support drug interdiction efforts and other 
     counter-drug activities.
       (7) Congress should adequately fund the Department of State 
     to ensure that INL has the resources necessary to 
     aggressively and effectively pursue protection of U.S. 
     borders.
                                 ______
                                 

                 HATCH (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3022

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mr. Grassley, and Mr. Helms) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING COMBATING DRUG 
                   TRAFFICKING OVER THE INTERNET.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) Millions of Americans use the Internet daily for 
     educational and informational purposes. It contains a vast 
     universe of products and services and offers legitimate 
     business owners and consumers a private venue to conduct 
     transactions.
       (2) The Internet is also being utilized by criminals and 
     drug dealers to conduct illegal sales in violation of federal 
     drug laws.
       (3) 21 U.S.C. 863 makes it a crime to sell or offer for 
     sale drug paraphernalia. Yet, on the Internet, anyone can 
     purchase illegal drug paraphernalia from one of the numerous 
     pro-drug sites. Web sites also advertise for sale marijuana 
     and poppy seeds in violation of federal law.
       (4) The Drug Enforcement Administration is the lead federal 
     agency charged with investigating domestic drug trafficking. 
     In order to combat and prevent drug dealers from using the 
     Internet to conduct their illegal operations, it is 
     imperative that Congress provide sufficient funding to the 
     Drug Enforcement Administration for investigating these 
     illegal activities.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in the resolution assume that--
       (1) the Drug Enforcement Administration requires a program 
     enhancement of $5 million in FY 2001 to combat, prevent, and 
     deter the illegal use of electronic communications, including 
     the Internet, to violate federal drug laws; and
       (2) the Drug Enforcement Administration will study the 
     extent to which these violations are occurring and report the 
     findings of such study to the Committees on the Judiciary of 
     the Senate and House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 

                 HATCH (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3023

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Helms, Mr. 
Inhofe, Mr. Frist, Mr. Smith of Oregon, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Thomas) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC.   SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING PROVIDING ADEQUATE 
                   FUNDING FOR METHAMPHETAMINE LABORATORY CLEANUP.

       (a) Findings:--The Senate finds that--
       (1) The number of methamphetamine laboratory seizures the 
     Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) participates in 
     annually has increased drastically since 1994. In 1994, the 
     DEA participated in the seizures of only 306 clandestine 
     laboratories, 86% of which were methamphetamine laboratories. 
     Last year, a total of 6,325 methamphetamine and amphetamine 
     laboratories were seized in the United States, and the DEA 
     participated in 1,948 of those seizures. The DEA and State 
     and local law enforcement agencies spend millions of dollars 
     every year cleaning up the pollutants and toxins created and 
     left behind by operators of these laboratories.
       Methamphetamine manufacturing poses serious dangers to 
     human life and the environment. The chemicals and substances 
     used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process are 
     unstable, volatile, and highly combustible. The smallest 
     amounts of these chemicals, when mixed improperly, can cause 
     explosions and fires, and the fact that

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     most of these laboratories are situated in residences, 
     motels, trailers, and vans makes the problem even more 
     dangerous. Additionally, for every one pound of 
     methamphetamine that is produced, over five pounds of toxic 
     waste is produced and left behind.
       (3) The DEA has been assisting State and local law 
     enforcement agencies in cleaning up methamphetamine 
     laboratory sites. State and local agencies lack the financial 
     ability, equipment, and training to cleanup these toxic 
     sites, and thus, they rely predominantly, if not entirely, on 
     the DEA to cleanup methamphetamine laboratories.
       (4) By March 2000, the DEA has exhausted the funds set 
     aside in its FY 2000 budget for State and local 
     methamphetamine laboratory cleanup. The DEA projects that 
     methamphetamine laboratory seizures will continue to rise in 
     FY 2001.
       (5) It is imperative that Congress provide sufficient 
     funding to the DEA for methamphetamine laboratory cleanup.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in the resolution assume that--
       (1) the Drug Enforcement Administration requires a program 
     enhancement of $21 million in FY 2001 to assist State and 
     local law enforcement agencies in cleaning up toxic waste 
     sites created by illegal operators of methamphetamine 
     laboratories; and
       (2) the funding for methamphetamine laboratories cleanup 
     should supplement and not supplant funding for other law 
     enforcement activities of the Drug Enforcement 
     Administration.
                                 ______
                                 

               COVERDELL (AND LINCOLN) AMENDMENT NO. 3024

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. COVERDELL (for himself and Mrs. Lincoln) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING AGING FLOOD CONTROL 
                   STRUCTURES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) since 1948, communities and the Natural Resources 
     Conservation Service of the Department of Agriculture have 
     constructed over 10,400 flood control structures in 47 
     States, at an estimated infrastructure investment of 
     $14,000,000,000;
       (2) many of those structures are now reaching the end of 
     their design life; and
       (3) unless those aging structures are rehabilitated, the 
     structures may--
       (A) pose significant threats to human health, public 
     safety, property, and the environment; and
       (B) pose risks of potential hardship to the communities in 
     the vicinities of the structures, including through potential 
     loss of flood control, community water supplies, ability to 
     conserve natural resources, and economic benefits, that were 
     brought about as a result of those flood control structures.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution, assume that the Federal 
     Government will offer technical assistance and cost-shared 
     financial assistance to communities to ensure that the flood 
     control structures constructed by the communities and the 
     Natural Resources Conservation Service of the Department of 
     Agriculture are rehabilitated and continue to serve the 
     protective purposes for which they were constructed.
                                 ______
                                 

                 SMITH (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3025

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SMITH of Oregon (for himself, Mr. Conrad, Mr. Domenici, Mr. 
Craig, Mr. Crapo, and Mr. Bingaman) submitted an amendment intended to 
be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, 
supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE REGARDING RENTAL RATES FOR RIGHTS-
                   OF-WAY FOR FIBER OPTIC CABLES ON FEDERAL LAND.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution assume that the Bureau of Land Management will 
     continue to apply the existing linear rent schedule (in 
     section 2803.1-2(c) of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations) 
     for each fiber optic cable that is subject to rent, 
     regardless of the number of optical fibers contained in the 
     cable.
                                 ______
                                 

                 BREAUX (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3026

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BREAUX (for himself, Ms. Snowe, and Mr. Robb) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title II, insert the following:

     SEC. __. POINT OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF OMNIBUS 
                   APPROPRIATIONS CONFERENCE REPORTS IF NOT 
                   AVAILABLE FOR 2 DAYS.

       It shall not be in order in the Senate to consider a 
     conference report on an Omnibus Appropriations bill (an 
     appropriations bill containing 2 or more of the 13 regular 
     appropriations Acts) unless that conference report has been 
     available at least 2 days prior to consideration.
                                 ______
                                 

                    SMITH AMENDMENTS NOS. 3027-3028

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire submitted two amendments intended to be 
proposed by him to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; 
as follows:

                           Amendment No. 3027

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING A PERMANENT MORATORIUM 
                   ON THE IMPOSITION OF TAXES ON THE INTERNET.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution and legislation enacted pursuant to this 
     resolution assume that there should be a permanent moratorium 
     on the imposition of taxes on the Internet.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 3028

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC.__. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE CENSUS.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution and legislation enacted pursuant to this 
     resolution assume that no American will be prosecuted, fined 
     or in anyway harassed by the Federal government or its agents 
     for failure to respond to any census questions which refer to 
     an individual's race, national origin, living conditions, 
     personal habits or mental and/or physical condition.
                                 ______
                                 

                        HATCH AMENDMENT NO. 3029

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. HATCH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL 
                   FIREARMS LAWS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) The Clinton Administration has failed to adequately 
     enforce Federal firearms laws. Between 1992 and 1998, 
     Triggerlock gun prosecutions--prosecutions of defendants who 
     use a firearm in the commission of a felony--dropped nearly 
     50 percent, from 7,045 to approximately 3,800.
       (2) The decline in Federal firearms prosecutions was not 
     due to a lack of adequate resources. During the period when 
     Federal firearms prosecutions decreased nearly 50 percent, 
     the overall budget of the Department of Justice increased 54 
     percent.
       (3) It is a Federal crime to possess a firearm on school 
     grounds under section 922(q) of title 18, United States Code. 
     The Clinton Department of Justice prosecuted only 8 cases 
     under this provision of law during 1998, even though more 
     than 6,000 students brought firearms to school that year. The 
     Clinton Administration prosecuted only 5 such cases during 
     1997.
       (4) It is a Federal crime to transfer a firearm to a 
     juvenile under section 922(x) of title 18, United States 
     Code. The Clinton Department of Justice prosecuted only 6 
     cases under this provision of law during 1998 and only 5 
     during 1997.
       (5) It is a Federal crime to transfer or possess a 
     semiautomatic assault weapon under section 922(v) of title 
     18, United States Code. The Clinton Department of Justice 
     prosecuted only 4 cases under this provision of law during 
     1998 and only 4 during 1997.
       (6) It is a Federal crime for any person ``who has been 
     adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed 
     to a mental institution'' to possess or purchase a firearm 
     under section 922(g) of title 18, United States Code. Despite 
     this Federal law, mental health adjudications are not placed 
     on the national instant criminal background system 
     established under section 103(b) of the Brady Handgun 
     Violence Prevention Act (18 U.S.C. 922 note).
       (7) It is a Federal crime for any person knowingly to make 
     any false statement in the attempted purchase of a firearm 
     under section 922(a)(6) of title 18, United States Code. It 
     is also a Federal crime for convicted felons to possess or 
     purchase a firearm under section 922(g) of title 18, United 
     States Code.
       (8) More than 500,000 convicted felons and other prohibited 
     purchasers have been prevented from buying firearms from 
     licensed dealers since the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention 
     Act was enacted. When these felons attempted to purchase a 
     firearm, they violated section 922(a)(6) of title 18, United 
     States Code, by making a false statement under oath that they 
     were not disqualified from purchasing a firearm. Nonetheless, 
     of the more than 500,000 violations, only approximately 200 
     of the felons have been referred to the Department of Justice 
     for prosecution.
       (9) Notwithstanding this poor record of enforcement, the 
     Clinton Administration continues to push for new Federal 
     firearms laws instead of enforcing existing Federal firearms 
     laws.

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       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     concurrent resolution on the budget assume that Federal funds 
     will be used for an effective law enforcement strategy 
     requiring a commitment to enforcing existing Federal firearms 
     laws by--
       (1) designating not less than 1 Assistant United States 
     Attorney in each district to prosecute Federal firearms 
     violations and thereby expand Project Exile nationally;
       (2) hiring additional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and 
     Firearms agents and Assistant United States Attorneys to 
     investigate and prosecute Federal firearms violations;
       (3) upgrading the national instant criminal background 
     system established under section 103(b) of the Brady Handgun 
     Violence Prevention Act (18 U.S.C. 922 note) by encouraging 
     States to place mental health adjudications on that system 
     and by improving the overall speed and efficiency of that 
     system; and
       (4) providing incentive grants to States to encourage 
     States to impose mandatory minimum sentences for firearm 
     offenses based on section 924(c) of title 18, United States 
     Code, and to prosecute those offenses in State court.
                                 ______
                                 

                 SMITH (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3030

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SMITH of Oregon (for himself, Mr. Conrad, Mr. Domenici, Mr. 
Craig, Mr. Crapo, and Mr. Bingaman) submitted an amendment intended to 
be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, 
supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE REGARDING RENTAL RATES FOR RIGHTS-
                   OF-WAY FOR FIBER OPTIC CABLES ON FEDERAL LAND.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution assume that the Bureau of Land Management will 
     continue to apply the existing linear rent schedule (in 
     section 2803.1-2(c) of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations) 
     for each fiber optic cable that is subject to rent, 
     regardless of the number of optical fibers contained in the 
     cable.
                                 ______
                                 

                 SMITH (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3031

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire (for himself, Mr. Allard, and Mr. 
Domenici) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     budget resolution assume that among its reform options, 
     Congress should explore a medicare prescription drug proposal 
     that--
       (1) is voluntary;
       (2) increases access for all medicare beneficiaries;
       (3) is designed to provide meaningful protection and 
     bargaining power for medicare beneficiaries in obtaining 
     prescription drugs;
       (4) is affordable for all medicare beneficiaries and for 
     the medicare program;
       (5) is administered using private sector entities and 
     competitive purchasing techniques;
       (6) is consistent with broader medicare reform;
       (7) preserves and protects the financial integrity of the 
     medicare trust funds;
       (8) does not increase medicare beneficiary premiums; and
       (9) provides a prescription drug benefit as soon as 
     possible.
                                 ______
                                 

                ASHCROFT (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3032

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ASHCROFT (for himself, Mr. Brownback, Mr. Voinovich, and Mr. 
Grams) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title II, insert the following:

     SEC. 211. PROTECTION OF MEDICARE SURPLUSES.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
       (1) the fiscal year 2001 budget submitted by the President, 
     instead of protecting Medicare, reduces payments to Medicare 
     providers by $53 billion over 10 years;
       (2) the fiscal year 2001 budget submitted by the President 
     calls for an increase in spending for fiscal year 2001 of $58 
     billion and would increase taxes collected next year by $12 
     billion;
       (3) the fiscal year 2001 budget submitted by the President 
     continues to use the Medicare, Part A surplus to mask the 
     President's proposed increases in spending; and
       (4) in contrast to the President's budget, this budget 
     resolution protects Medicare, rejects the President's 
     Medicare cuts and provides $40 billion for prescription drug 
     coverage for needy seniors.
       (b) Medicare Surpluses Off-budget.--The net surplus of any 
     trust fund for part A of Medicare shall not be counted as a 
     net surplus for purposes of the congressional budget.
       (c) Points of Order to Protect Medicare Surpluses.--
       (1) Concurrent resolutions on the budget.--It shall not be 
     in order in the House of Representatives or the Senate to 
     consider any concurrent resolution on the budget, or 
     conference report thereon or amendment thereto, that would 
     set forth an on-budget deficit for any fiscal year.
       (2) Subsequent legislation.--It shall not be in order in 
     the House of Representatives or the Senate to consider any 
     bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion, or conference 
     report if--
       (A) the enactment of that bill or resolution as reported;
       (B) the adoption and enactment of that amendment; or
       (C) the enactment of that bill or resolution in the form 
     recommended in that conference report; would cause or 
     increase an on-budget deficit for any fiscal year.
       (3) Defintiion.--For purposes of this section, the term 
     ``on-budget deficit'', when applied to a fiscal year, means 
     the deficit in the budget as set forth in the most recently 
     agreed to concurrent resolution on the budget pursuant to 
     section 301(a)(3) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 for 
     that fiscal year.
       (d) Medicare Look-back Sequester.--If in any fiscal year, 
     the Medicare, Part A surplus has been used to finance general 
     operations of the Federal government, an amount equal to the 
     amount used shall be sequestered for available discretionary 
     spending for the following fiscal year for purposes of any 
     concurrent resolution on the budget.
       (e) Super Majority Requirement.--This section may be waived 
     or suspended in the Senate only by the affirmative vote of 
     three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn. An 
     affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members of the 
     Senate, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required in the 
     Senate to sustain an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a 
     point of order raised under this section.
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                      GRASSLEY AMENDMENT NO. 3033

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GRASSLEY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN 
                   AGENDA FOR A NEW ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE 
                   NEGOTIATIONS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) The 8 rounds of multilateral trade negotiations since 
     1947 have resulted in the reduction or elimination of 
     thousands of tariff and nontariff trade barriers, increasing 
     the prosperity of the United States, and complementing and 
     promoting many areas of economic activity in the United 
     States.
       (2) Trade accounts for one-fourth of the Gross Domestic 
     Product of the United States.
       (3) The economic activity generated by United States trade 
     and investment contributes substantially to Federal revenues.
       (4) The failure of the Seattle Ministerial Conference to 
     launch a new round of multilateral trade negotiations will 
     slow further trade liberalization.
       (5) The slowdown in trade liberalization will result in the 
     United States economy generating lower levels of economic 
     activity and thus less Federal revenues.
       (6) The process of trade liberalization in the World Trade 
     Organization will not go forward without strong and 
     consistent United States leadership.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that the President 
     and other appropriate officials in the executive branch of 
     the Government should, without delay, seek to resume 
     negotiations on developing an agenda for a new round of 
     multilateral trade negotiations in the World Trade 
     Organization.
                                 ______
                                 

                GRASSLEY (AND GRAHAM) AMENDMENT NO. 3034

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GRASSLEY (for himself and Mr. Graham) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING LONG-TERM CARE TAX 
                   RELIEF.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds the following:
       (1) In 2020, one of six Americans will be age 65 or older, 
     for a total of 20,000,000 more senior citizens than there are 
     now.
       (2) By 2040, the number of Americans aged 85 and older, the 
     group most likely to require long-term care, will more than 
     triple to over 12,000,000.

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       (3) The Nation's current arrangements for providing and 
     paying for long-term care to the Nation's senior citizens are 
     inadequate in the face of the looming burdens that will be 
     placed upon such arrangements by the inevitable growth in the 
     population of senior citizens.
       (4) Millions of older Americans who need long-term care are 
     able to maintain a degree of independence and avoid 
     institutionalization by relying on family caregivers, 
     typically wives and daughters, for assistance. Caregivers 
     often sacrifice their own wages, benefits, or even jobs in 
     order to provide care to loved ones.
       (5) Even modest financial assistance would help offset 
     long-term care costs and augment access to additional long-
     term care services.
       (6) If an older individual requires long-term care in a 
     nursing facility, the cost of that care, an average of more 
     than $46,000 a year and rising, is out of the reach of most 
     households. Such expenses can wipe out a lifetime of savings 
     before a spouse, parent, or grandparent becomes eligible for 
     long-term care assistance through medicaid.
       (7) Stronger tax incentives for the purchase of private 
     long-term care insurance coverage, coupled with strong 
     consumer protection standards, would help individuals and 
     families protect themselves against the financial risk of 
     long-term care and give consumers much better long-term care 
     choices.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that Congress 
     should enact Federal tax relief for those with current long-
     term care needs and for those seeking to protect themselves 
     with comprehensive private long-term care insurance coverage, 
     including--
       (1) a $3,000 long-term care Federal income tax credit for 
     individuals with current long-term care needs or for their 
     caregivers; and
       (2) the allowance of full Federal income tax deductibility 
     for long-term care insurance premiums and the allowance of 
     long-term care coverage under employee benefits ``cafeteria 
     plans'' and flexible spending arrangements in order to 
     encourage the purchase of private long-term care insurance 
     issued under strong consumer protection standards.
                                 ______
                                 

                GRASSLEY (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3035

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GRASSLEY (for himself, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. DeWine, and Mr. 
Rockfeller) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN 
                   OUR NATION'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) According to the Department of Health and Human 
     Services, more than 547,000 children currently reside in 
     foster care, up from 270,000 in 1985.
       (2) Approximately 20,000 adolescents leave the Nation's 
     foster care system each year because they are no longer 
     eligible to receive assistance as a ward of the State and are 
     expected to support themselves.
       (3) According to the Department of Health and Human 
     Services, there were 117,000 children waiting for adoption as 
     of March 31, 1999.
       (4) Of those waiting children, the median time each child 
     had been in continuous foster care was 38 months.
       (5) Of those waiting children, the median age at time of 
     the child's removal from home was 3.2 years and the median 
     age of those children on March 31, 1999, was 7.7 years. Based 
     upon those statistics, the median child waited 4.5 years for 
     permanency.
       (6) According to the House Ways and Means Committee Green 
     Book for 1998, the incidence of all children in the United 
     States who are in foster care has increased from 3.9 per 
     1,000 in 1962 to an estimated 6.9 per 1,000 in 1996.
       (7) According to the Department of Health and Human 
     Services, the Federal Government will make $4,400,000,000 in 
     foster care payments in fiscal year 2000 to cover the Federal 
     share of providing for children in foster care. 
     Conservatively estimated, the State share of providing foster 
     care services for fiscal year 2000 will cost over 
     $8,800,000,000. In fiscal year 1990, the Federal Government 
     share equaled only $1,500,000,000.
       (8) In addition to financial savings to the United States 
     Treasury and State treasuries, finding permanent and loving 
     homes for children and youth contributes to the emotional, 
     mental, and physical well-being of the child and therefore 
     benefits the child, the family, and society.
       (9) The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 establishes 
     that safety, permanency, and well-being are paramount when 
     planning for children in foster care.
       (10) Under the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, 
     States are required to make reasonable efforts to locate 
     permanent families for all children, including older children 
     and teens, for whom reunification with their biological 
     families is not in the best interests of the children.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the functional totals underlying this resolution on the 
     budget assume that--
       (1) the Senate should reaffirm its commitment, as stated in 
     the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, to improving 
     outcomes and seeking permanency for our Nation's most 
     vulnerable children and youth;
       (2) the Senate, when considering legislation impacting the 
     child welfare system, should maintain vigilance in seeking 
     accountability measures that benefit children and youth in 
     foster care; and
       (3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services should use 
     all the resources at the Secretary's disposal to ensure the 
     shortest possible stay in foster care for each child.
                                 ______
                                 

                 BOXER (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3036

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mrs. BOXER (for herself, Mr. Schumer, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Lautenberg, 
and Mr. Torricelli) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING PREFERENCE IN FIREARMS 
                   PROCUREMENT.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) On March 17, 2000, Smith & Wesson entered into an 
     agreement with the Administration in which the company 
     consented to make changes in the way it manufactures and 
     distributes firearms.
       (2) Among other things, Smith & Wesson agreed to--
       (A) provide child safety devices with all handguns 
     immediately and to have internal locks on all handguns within 
     2 years;
       (B) design all handguns with a second, hidden serial 
     number;
       (C) subject handguns to a safety performance test;
       (D) do business only with those dealers who engage in 
     responsible and safe sales and distribution practices, 
     including--
       (i) refusing to participate in a gun show unless that gun 
     show conducts criminal background checks on all gun sales;
       (ii) refusing to traffic in semiautomatic assault weapons 
     and high-capacity ammunition clips; and
       (iii) requiring individuals who purchase firearms to take a 
     certified firearms safety course or pass a safety exam;
       (E) stop doing business with dealers and distributors who 
     sell a disproportionate number of guns that are used in 
     crimes; and
       (F) devote 2 percent of its revenues to the development of 
     ``smart'' guns and to incorporate that technology on all new 
     models within 3 years.
       (3) These steps represent a set of reasonable, commonsense 
     measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and 
     children, and are important steps to help close the loopholes 
     in and enhance enforcement of existing federal law.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--
       (1) In General.--It is the sense of the Senate that the 
     levels in this resolution assume that law enforcement 
     agencies that purchase firearms give preference to those 
     firearm manufacturers that agree to--
       (A) manufacture handguns that meet appropriate safety 
     design standards;
       (B) sell only to authorized dealers and distributors who 
     engage in responsible and safe sales and distribution 
     practices;
       (C) not market guns in any way that is intended to appeal 
     to juveniles or criminals; and
       (D) terminate or suspend sales to authorized dealers and 
     distributors who have a disproportionate number of guns used 
     in crimes traced to them within 3 years of sale.
       (2) Exceptions.--It is the sense of the Senate that the 
     levels in this resolution assume that preference in the 
     purchase of firearms by law enforcement agencies will not be 
     given if--
       (A) a preference would in any way jeopardize the safety of 
     law enforcement officers;
       (B) a preference would in any way hinder law enforcement 
     operations; or
       (C) firearms necessary for law enforcement operations are 
     not obtainable from preferred manufacturers.
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                  REED (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3037

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. REED (for himself, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Jeffords, Mr. Lautenberg, 
Mr. Durbin, Mr. L. Chafee, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Wellstone, Mr. Harkin, Mrs. 
Murray, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Dodd) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; 
as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. REGULATION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Cigarette smoking and tobacco use is the single most 
     preventable cause of death and disability in the United 
     States.

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       (2) Cigarette smoking and tobacco use cause approximately 
     400,000 deaths each year in the United States.
       (3) Health care costs associated with treating tobacco-
     related diseases are $80,000,000,000 per year, and almost 
     half of such costs are paid for by taxpayer-financed 
     government health care programs.
       (4) In spite of the well established dangers of cigarette 
     smoking and tobacco use, there is no Federal agency that has 
     authority to regulate the manufacture, sale, distribution, 
     and use of tobacco products.
       (5) Major tobacco companies spend over $5,600,000,000 each 
     year ($15,000,000 each day) to promote the use of tobacco 
     products.
       (6) Ninety percent of adult smokers first started smoking 
     before the age of 18.
       (7) Each day 3,000 children become regular smokers and \1/
     3\ of such children will die of diseases associated with the 
     use of tobacco products.
       (8) The Food and Drug Administration regulates the 
     manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of nicotine-
     containing products used as substitutes for cigarette smoking 
     and tobacco use and should be granted the authority to 
     regulate tobacco products.
       (9) Congress should restrict youth access to tobacco 
     products and ensure that tobacco products meet minimum safety 
     standards.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) the Food and Drug Administration is the most qualified 
     Federal agency to regulate tobacco products; and
       (2) Congress should enact legislation in the year 2000 that 
     grants the Food and Drug Administration the authority to 
     regulate tobacco products.
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               BUNNING (AND McCONNELL) AMENDMNT NO. 3038

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BUNNING (for himself and Mr. McConnell) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 3__. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING USE OF THE ABANDONED 
                   MINE RECLAMATION FUND.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
       (1) in 1977, Congress passed the Surface Mine and 
     Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.), and set 
     Federal standards for environmental protection at surface 
     coal mining operations, while establishing an Abandoned Mine 
     Reclamation Fund to pay for reclamation of abandoned coal 
     mines;
       (2) the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund is funded by levies 
     on coal production and currently has an unappropriated 
     balance of approximately $1,200,000,000;
       (3) spending from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund is 
     limited by the curbs on annual discretionary funding;
       (4) the Environmental Protection Agency has stated that the 
     most pressing environmental problem in Appalachia is the acid 
     drainage in water runoff caused by abandoned and unreclaimed 
     mine sites;
       (5) abandoned mines constitute an environmental and safety 
     hazard for residents of Appalachia and other mining areas;
       (6) Congress has estimated the cost of abandoned mine 
     reclamation to be as high as $33,000,000,000;
       (7) Congress has also seen fit to dedicate interest from 
     money invested in the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to help 
     ensure the availability of health care benefits to retired 
     miners and their families; and
       (8) because of upheaval and difficulties in the coal mining 
     industry, many retired miners and their families would not, 
     without the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, receive the 
     benefits that the miners have been contractually promised 
     from their employers.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budget levels in this resolution assume that 
     Congress will enact legislation to spend the money in the 
     Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund to--
       (1) reclaim abandoned coal mine sites as soon as possible; 
     and
       (2) take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the 
     health care needs of retired coal miners and their families 
     are met.
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                 SMITH (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3039

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire (for himself, Mr. Mack, and Mr. Graham) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, add the following:
       ``It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     budget resolution assume that Congress should pass a bill 
     granting permanent resident alien status to Elian Gonzalez, 
     Juan Miguel Gonzalez, Nelsy Carmenate, Jianny Gonzalez, 
     Mariela Gonzalez, Raquel Rodriguez, and Juan Gonzalez.''.
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               HUTCHISON (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3040

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mrs. HUTCHISON (for herself, Mr. Abraham, Mr. Torricelli, Mr. Lugar, 
and Mr. Helms) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE REVISION OF THE 
                   PAYMENT UPDATE FOR PPS HOSPITALS UNDER THE 
                   MEDICARE PROGRAM.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission 
     (MedPAC), the overall financial performance of hospitals has 
     dropped to the lowest point in decades.
       (2) Total hospital margins, a measure of financial 
     strength, dropped from 6.3 percent in 1997, to 4.3 percent in 
     1998, to 2.7 percent in 1999.
       (3) Confidence by lenders regarding the financial strength 
     of hospitals is on the decline, which not only inhibits 
     hospitals from keeping pace with improvements in health care 
     delivery and technology, but forces many institutions to 
     reduce important services to the community.
       (4) Downgrades in bond ratings for hospitals were the most 
     ever in 1999, outpacing upgrades by 5 to 1.
       (5) The costs of providing services to medicare 
     beneficiaries by hospitals rose by a total of more than 8 
     percent during fiscal years 1998 through 2000, while 
     inflation payment updates under the medicare program totaled 
     only 1.6 percent during such years.
       (6) The rise in costs of providing services to medicare 
     beneficiaries by hospitals is due primarily to labor 
     shortages, technology improvements, and pharmaceutical 
     improvements, as well as burdensome and excessive regulatory 
     mandates imposed by the Health Care Financing Administration.
       (7) According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 
     provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 will result in 
     savings of $227,000,000,000 to the medicare program, which 
     exceeds by more than $100,000,000,000 the amount of savings 
     to such program by reason of such provisions that was 
     estimated at the time of the enactment of such Act .
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     concurrent resolution on the budget assume that Congress and 
     the President should enact legislation that eliminates the 
     scheduled reductions in the update factor under section 
     1886(b)(3)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 
     1395ww(b)(3)(B)(i)) that is used in making payments to 
     prospective payment system hospitals under part A of the 
     medicare program.
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               LIEBERMAN (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3041

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. LIEBERMAN (for himself, Mr. Abraham, Mr. Santorum, Mr. Bayh, Mrs. 
Feinstein, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. Kerrey, and Mr. Robb) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING ASSET-BUILDING FOR THE 
                   WORKING POOR.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) 33 percent of all American households and 60 percent of 
     African American households have either no financial assets 
     or negative financial assets;
       (2) 46.9 percent of children in America live in households 
     with no financial assets, including 40 percent of Caucasian 
     children and 75 percent of African American children;
       (3) in order to provide low-income families with more tools 
     for empowerment, incentives, including individual development 
     accounts, are demonstrating success at empowering low-income 
     workers;
       (5) middle and upper income Americans currently benefit 
     from tax incentives for building assets; and
       (6) the Federal Government should utilize the Federal tax 
     code to provide low-income Americans with incentives to work 
     and build assets in order to escape poverty permanently.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution and legislation enacted 
     pursuant to this resolution assume that Congress should 
     modify the Federal tax law to include individual development 
     account provisions in order to encourage low-income workers 
     and their families to save for buying a first home, starting 
     a business, obtaining an education, or taking other measures 
     to prepare for the future.
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                  KOHL (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3042

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. KOHL (for himself, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Feingold, Mr.

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Grassley, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Smith of Oregon, Mr. Harkin, Mr. 
Conrad, Mrs. Lincoln, Mr. Wellstone, and Mr. Rockefeller) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING MEDICARE EQUITY.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) All medicare beneficiaries deserve access to high 
     quality health care, regardless of where they live.
       (2) The promise of the Medicare+Choice program, including 
     options for benefits such as prescription drugs, eyeglasses, 
     and hearing aids, should be available and affordable for all 
     medicare beneficiaries, including beneficiaries living in 
     rural areas.
       (3) Current reimbursement policy for the traditional 
     medicare fee-for-service program results in different 
     medicare payments depending upon where beneficiaries live, 
     particularly affecting beneficiaries and health care 
     providers in rural areas.
       (4) The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 included provisions to 
     expand choices for medicare beneficiaries through the 
     Medicare+Choice program, but lack of funding has prevented 
     the full implementation of the improvement to payment rates.
       (5) Congress took a step forward in confronting and 
     addressing the funding crisis for medicare beneficiaries 
     needing hospital care, home health care, skilled nursing 
     care, and other basic care in rural communities through the 
     Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Balanced Budget Refinement Act 
     of 1999.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     concurrent resolution on the budget assume that--
       (1) Congress should ensure the viability of health care 
     services to all medicare beneficiaries, regardless of where 
     they live; and
       (2) the President and Congress should address regional and 
     rural inequities in medicare payments to providers of 
     services for medicare beneficiaries.
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             GRAMS (AND SANTORUM) AMENDMENTS NOS. 3043-3044

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GRAMS (for himself and Mr. Santorum) submitted two amendments 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

                           Amendment No. 3043

       At the appropriate place in the resolution, insert the 
     following new section:

     SECTION.  . SENSE OF THE SENATE TO GUARANTEE AMERICANS FULL 
                   SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.

       Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that 
     the federal government should guarantee a legal right of all 
     eligible Americans to receive Social Security benefits under 
     title II of the Social Security Act in full with an accurate 
     annual cost-of-living adjustment.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 3044

       At the appropriate place in the resolution, insert the 
     following new section:

     SECTION.  . SENSE OF THE SENATE TO GUARANTEE AMERICANS FULL 
                   SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.

       Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that 
     the levels in this budget resolution assume that the federal 
     government should guarantee a legal right of all eligible 
     Americans who are entitled to receive Social Security 
     benefits under title II of the Social Security Act to receive 
     those benefits in full with an accurate annual cost-of-living 
     adjustment.
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                       MURRAY AMENDMENT NO. 3045

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mrs. MURRAY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       On page 34, line 21, after ``specialty crops'', insert the 
     following: ``, which may include modifications to market 
     development and access programs''.
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                      BINGAMAN AMENDMENT NO. 3046

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. BINGAMAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE REGARDING ENHANCEMENT OF CAPACITY OF 
                   VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION TO PROCESS 
                   BENEFITS CLAIMS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Veterans benefits serve to recognize service to the 
     Nation, and also serve to mitigate economic disadvantages 
     imposed by sacrifices made while serving.
       (2) The Nation has 3,300,000 veterans or families that 
     share approximately $18,500,000,000 in veterans pension and 
     disability benefits annually through the Department of 
     Veterans Affairs.
       (3) Benefits have been promised to the Nation's veterans, 
     and those promises must be honored.
       (4) To remain effective, veterans benefits programs must be 
     updated to reflect changes in hardships encountered during 
     military service as well as changes in the economic and 
     social circumstances of the Nation.
       (5) The accurate and reliable assessment of service-
     connected disabilities has become an increasingly complex 
     process, particularly with regard to evaluating the incidence 
     and effects of Agent Orange, Persian Gulf Syndrome, and Post 
     Traumatic Stress Disorders.
       (6) The veterans benefits appeal process often involves 
     repeated remands requiring additional processing that can 
     occur over an extended length of time.
       (7) Veterans benefits claims processing is undergoing a 
     major technological transition from manual to electronic data 
     filing and processing.
       (8) The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) employees 
     assigned to process veterans benefits claims has decreased 
     significantly from 13,249 in 1995 to 11,254 in 1998.
       (9) The pending workload for veterans benefits claims has 
     increased dramatically during the same period from 378,366 
     cases in 1995 to 445,012 cases in 1998.
       (10) Nationwide, veterans must wait an average of 159 days 
     for their benefits claims to be resolved, and the National 
     Performance Review has a goal of handling such claims in an 
     average of 92 days.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that, in order to ensure the efficient and timely processing 
     of claims for veterans benefits by the Veterans Benefits 
     Administration, the amounts made available to the Department 
     of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2001 should be increased 
     over amounts made available to the Department for fiscal year 
     2000--
       (1) by $139,000,000, in order to permit the hiring by the 
     Veterans Benefits Administration of an additional full-time 
     equivalent employees to perform duties relating to claims 
     processing.
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                      MURKOWSKI AMENDMENT NO. 3047

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. MURKOWSKI submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place insert the following:

     SEC.     . SENSE OF SENATE ON REDUCING AMERICAN DEPENDENCE ON 
                   IMPORTED OIL.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that:
       (1) The United States' imports of crude oil have risen from 
     43 percent of domestic consumption in 1992 to 56 percent in 
     2000.
       (2) Since 1992, United States crude oil production has 
     declined by 17 percent, while U.S. crude oil consumption has 
     increased 14 percent.
       (3) The President has determined, pursuant to Section 232 
     of the Trade Expansion Act, that reliance on imports of crude 
     oil threaten to impair the national security;
       (4) The Department of Energy predicts that U.S. dependence 
     on foreign sources of oil will rise to 65 percent of domestic 
     consumption by 2015;
       (5) The United Nations maintains extensive economic 
     sanctions on Iraq for that nation's refusal to comply with 
     inspection programs to ensure that Iraq is not producing 
     weapons of mass destruction;
       (6) The United States has spent more than $10 billion since 
     the end of the Gulf War to ensure that the government of Iraq 
     does not engage in aggregate actions within and outside of 
     its borders;
       (7) The United States currently has 8,500 sailors, 5,700 
     airmen and 2,300 soldiers in the Middle East with the sole 
     purpose of preventing aggressive actions by the government of 
     Iraq;
       (8) The fastest growing single source of crude oil imports 
     into the United States is Iraq--imports having risen from 
     300,000 barrels a day in 1998 to 700,000 barrels a day today;
       (9) Continued reliance on Iraq for imported crude oil is in 
     direct conflict with the national interests of the United 
     States and poses a threat to the national security;
       (10) Continued reliance on Iraq for imported crude oil has 
     undermined U.S. foreign policy objectives and forced the 
     United States to sponsor a resolution in the United Nations 
     allowing Iraq to purchase equipment and spare parts for its 
     oil industry.
       (11) The only sure means to reduce such threats to national 
     security is to limit the dependence of the United States on 
     foreign sources of crude oil.
       It is the Sense of the Senate that the level in this budget 
     resolution assumes that:
       (1) The United States should develop a national energy 
     strategy whose primary goal is to reduce the dependence of 
     the United States on imports of crude oil, especially crude 
     oil imported from Iraq;
       (2) To reduce dependence on imports of crude oil, the 
     United States government should:
       (A) encourage exploration and development of all domestic 
     sources of energy;

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       (B) encourage the development of alternative energy 
     technologies;
       (C) encourage energy conservation measures.
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                 DeWINE (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3048

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. DeWINE (for himself, Mr. Ashcroft, Mr. Abraham, Mr. Santorum, Mr. 
Grams, Mr. Coverdell, Mr. Grassley, and Mr. Hatch) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING RESOURCES TO REDUCE 
                   YOUTH DRUG USE.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) from 1985 to 1992, the Federal Government's drug 
     control budget was balanced among education, treatment, law 
     enforcement, and international supply reduction activities 
     and this resulted in a 13 percent reduction in overall drug 
     use from 1988 to 1991;
       (2) between 1993 and 1998, the Federal investment in 
     reducing the flow of drugs outside the borders of the United 
     States declined both in real dollars and as a proportion of 
     the Federal drug control budget, even though the Federal 
     Government is the only United States entity that can seize 
     and destroy drugs outside the borders of the United States;
       (3) since 1992, overall drug use among teens aged 12 to 17 
     rose by 70 percent;
       (4) cocaine production from Colombia rose from 230 metric 
     tons in 1995 to 520 metric tons in 1999;
       (5) cocaine use among 10th graders increased 133 percent 
     from 1992 to 1999;
       (6) crack use among 10th graders increased 167 percent from 
     1992 to 1999;
       (7) heroin use among 12th graders increased 67 percent from 
     1992 to 1999;
       (8) despite the increase in youth drug use, the Department 
     of Education cut more than $5,700,000 of the Federal 
     investment in school-based antidrug prevention and education 
     programs, placing our investment in these programs in fiscal 
     year 2000 below the amounts provided for fiscal year 1999; 
     and
       (9) effectively reducing youth drug use requires a balanced 
     and comprehensive Federal investment in eradication, 
     interdiction, education, treatment, and law enforcement 
     programs.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     concurrent resolution on the budget assume that--
       (1) funding for Federal drug control activities should be 
     at a higher priority than that proposed in the President's 
     budget request for fiscal year 2001; and
       (2) investments in Federal drug control activities should 
     include--
       (A) the programs and activities authorized in the Western 
     Hemisphere Drug Elimination Act;
       (B) programs and activities to secure the United States 
     borders from illegal drug smuggling;
       (C) the programs and activities authorized in the proposed 
     Drug-Free Century Act (S. 5 as introduced in the Senate on 
     January 19, 1999);
       (D) programs and activities to eliminate methamphetamine 
     laboratories in the United States;
       (E) the programs and activities authorized in the proposed 
     reauthorization of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and 
     Communities Program; and
       (F) the programs and activities authorized in the proposed 
     Youth Drug and Mental Health Services Act (S. 976 as passed 
     in the Senate on November 4, 1999).
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                 DeWINE (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3049

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. DeWINE (for himself, Mr. Abraham, Mr. Breaux, Mr. Coverdell, Mr. 
Feingold, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Graham, Mr. Kohl, Ms. Landrieu, and Mr. 
Murkowski) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by them to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. FISCAL YEAR 2001 FUNDING FOR THE UNITED STATES COAST 
                   GUARD.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) The United States Coast Guard in 1999 saved 
     approximately 3,800 lives in providing the essential service 
     of maritime safety.
       (2) The United States Coast Guard in 1999 prevented 111,689 
     pounds of cocaine and 28,872 pounds of marijuana from 
     entering the United States in providing the essential service 
     of maritime security.
       (3) The United States Coast Guard in 1999 boarded more than 
     14,000 fishing vessels to check for compliance with safety 
     and environmental laws in providing the essential service of 
     the protection of natural resources.
       (4) The United States Coast Guard in 1999 ensured the safe 
     passage of nearly 1,000,000 commercial vessel transits 
     through congested harbors with vessel traffic services in 
     providing the essential service of maritime mobility.
       (5) The United States Coast Guard in 1999 sent 
     international training teams to help more than 50 countries 
     develop their maritime services in providing the essential 
     service national defense.
       (6) Each year, the United States Coast Guard ensures the 
     safe passage of more than 200,000,000 tons of cargo cross the 
     Great Lakes including iron ore, coal, and limestone. Shipping 
     on the Great Lakes faces a unique challenge because the 
     shipping season begins and ends in ice anywhere from 3 to 15 
     feet thick. The ice-breaking vessel MACKINAW has allowed 
     commerce to continue under these conditions. However, the 
     productive life of the MACKINAW is nearing an end. The Coast 
     Guard has committed to keeping the vessel in service until 
     2006 when a replacement vessel is projected to be in service, 
     but to meet that deadline, funds must be provided for the 
     Coast Guard in fiscal year 2001 to provide for the 
     procurement of a multipurpose-design heavy icebreaker.
       (7) Without adequate funding, the United States Coast Guard 
     would have to radically reduce the level of service it 
     provides to the American public.
       (b) Adjustment in Budget Levels.--
       (1) Increase in funding for transportation.--
     Notwithstanding any other provision of this resolution, the 
     amounts specified in section 103(8) of this resolution for 
     budget authority and outlays for Transportation (budget 
     function 400) for fiscal year 2001 shall be increased as 
     follows:
       (A) The amount of budget authority for that fiscal year, by 
     $700,000,000.
       (B) The amount of outlays for that fiscal year, by 
     $700,000,000.
       (2) Offsetting decrease in funding for general 
     government.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this 
     resolution, the amounts specified in section 103(17) of this 
     resolution for budget authority and outlays for Allowances 
     (budget function 920) for fiscal year 2001 shall be decreased 
     as follows:
       (A) The amount of budget authority for that fiscal year, by 
     $700,000,000.
       (B) The amount of outlays for that fiscal year, by 
     $700,000,000.
       (c) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that--
       (1) the provisions of this resolution, as modified by 
     subsection (b), should provide additional budget authority 
     and outlay authority for the United States Coast Guard for 
     fiscal year 2001 such that the amount of such authority in 
     fiscal year 2001 exceeds the amount of such authority for 
     fiscal year 2000 by $700,000,000; and
       (2) any level of such authority in fiscal year 2001 below 
     the level described in paragraph (1) would require the Coast 
     Guard to--
       (A) close numerous stations and utilize remaining assets 
     only for emergency situations;
       (B) reduce the number of personnel of an already 
     streamlined workforce;
       (C) curtail its capacity to carry out emergency search and 
     rescue; and
       (D) reduce operations in a manner that would have a 
     detrimental impact on the sustainability of valuable fish 
     stocks in the North Atlantic and Pacific Northwest and its 
     capacity to stem the flow of illicit drugs and illegal 
     immigration into the United States.
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                 DeWINE (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3050

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. DeWINE (for himself, Mr. McCain, Mr. Allard, Mr. Cleland, Mrs. 
Hutchison, and Mr. Kennedy) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; 
as follows:

     SEC. __. TROOPS TO TEACHERS PROGRAM.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) the Troops-to-Teachers program was created in 1994 to 
     assist former military personnel who served in programs that 
     were being downsized, to enable the personnel to enter public 
     education as teachers;
       (2) since 1994, 3,670 service members have made the 
     transition from the military to classrooms;
       (3) the program has been successful in bringing dedicated, 
     mature, and experienced individuals into the classroom;
       (4) when school administrators were asked to rate Troops-
     to-Teachers program participants who were teaching in their 
     schools, the administrators said that 26 percent were among 
     the best teachers in their schools, 28 percent were well 
     above average, and 17 percent were above average;
       (5) a 1999 study, ``Alternative Teacher Certification'' by 
     C. Emily Feistritzer reported that--
       (A) Troops-to-Teachers program participants have qualities 
     needed in today's teachers; and
       (B) for example--
       (i) 30 percent of the participants are minorities, compared 
     to 10 percent of all teachers;
       (ii) 30 percent of the participants are teaching 
     mathematics, compared to 13 percent of all teachers;

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       (iii) 25 percent of the participants teach in urban 
     schools; and
       (iv) 90 percent of the participants are male, compared to 
     26 percent of all teachers;
       (6) the Troops-to-Teachers program is clearly a teacher 
     recruitment program that should be funded through the 
     Department of Education but is most effectively administered 
     by the Department of Defense;
       (7) title XVII of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for fiscal year 2000 authorizes appropriations for the 
     Troops-to-Teachers program only through September 30, 2000, 
     and transfers the Troops-to-Teachers program to the 
     Department of Education;
       (8) without clear indication that the program will be 
     continued, Troops-to-Teachers program employees may begin to 
     pursue other employment before the September 30, 2000 date 
     and the loss of critical employees could be detrimental to 
     the program; and
       (9) without authorization to continue funding beyond 
     September 30, 2000, the Troops-to-Teachers program will 
     discontinue operations.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) the Troops to Teachers program has been highly 
     successful in recruiting qualified teachers for the Nation's 
     classrooms;
       (2) before October 1, 2000 Congress will pass legislation 
     that--
       (A) extends the authorization of appropriations for the 
     program;
       (B) provides funding for the program through the Department 
     of Education; and
       (C) notwithstanding the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2000, provides for the administration of the 
     program by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education 
     Support of the Department of Defense, through a transfer of 
     funds to the Defense Activity; and
       (3) Congress will authorize and appropriate $30,000,000 for 
     fiscal year 2001 to continue and expand that successful 
     program through the Department of Education.
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                        ENZI AMENDMENT NO. 3051

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ENZI submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the 
concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert:

     SEC.  . SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING FUNDING FOR THE 
                   OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) The President has requested an increase of $44.4 
     million for the budget of the Occupational Safety and Health 
     Administration (OSHA).
       (2) This requested increase is over half the amount of the 
     increases received by OSHA over the last four years combined.
       (3) OSHA's budget materials demonstrate that OSHA intends 
     to dedicate by far the largest portion of its fiscal year 
     2001 budget to enforcement activities. Statistics indicate 
     that there is no connection between these enforcement 
     activities and a decrease in workplace injuries and 
     illnesses.
       (4) Helping employers comply with the Occupational Safety 
     and Health Act by providing assistance to prevent accidents 
     and illnesses before they occur is more likely to decrease 
     injuries and illnesses than after-the-fact punishment.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that before any 
     budget increase for OSHA is granted, OSHA must demonstrate 
     how these increases will result in a reduction in workplace 
     injuries and illnesses and why such a large portion of its 
     budget should be directed at enforcement activities rather 
     than compliance assistance.
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                       EDWARDS AMENDMENT NO. 3052

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. EDWARDS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON MAKING EDUCATION A NATIONAL 
                   PRIORITY.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) Investment in education will establish that the 
     Congress is dedicated to preparing our schools and our 
     students for the 21st Century.
       (2) Investment in education will be a significant down 
     payment on the future of our children and the future of our 
     Nation.
       (3) The need for investment in education has never been 
     greater.
       (4) Overcrowded and crumbling schools are damaging 
     students' safety and ability to learn. Student enrollment is 
     higher than ever and is expected to continue increasing. Many 
     students are crammed into buildings and trailers with leaking 
     roofs and crumbling walls.
       (5) Nearly \3/4\ of the Nation's schools are more than 30 
     years old and are ill-equipped to handle modern enrollment 
     and technological needs.
       (6) School construction and modernization are necessary to 
     improve learning conditions, end overcrowding, and make 
     smaller classes possible.
       (7) The lack of qualified teachers limits student 
     achievement by bloating student/teacher ratios and keeping 
     students from receiving the closer attention that makes 
     learning more efficient and the classroom more orderly.
       (8) Rising costs of a college education are prohibiting 
     deserving students from seeking degrees that will enable them 
     to advance in a rapidly changing world. These rising costs 
     impact not only the students, but the growing economy that 
     requires well-educated and well-trained individuals.
       (9) The purchasing power of Federal Pell Grants under 
     subpart 1 of part A of title IV of the Higher Education Act 
     of 1965 is declining rapidly, further eroding the ability of 
     young adults to seek the education that will benefit them, 
     their families, and the Nation.
       (10) Underfunding of Federal TRIO programs under chapter 1 
     of subpart 2 of part A of title IV of the Higher Education 
     Act of 1965 that provide outreach and support services to 
     high school, college, and university students is causing a 
     severe crisis in the ability of these programs to meet the 
     needs of thousands of students.
       (11) Dedicating 10 percent of the non-Social Security 
     budget surplus to investment in education still leaves 90 
     percent of that surplus for use to pay down the debt, shore 
     up the social security and medicare programs, or pay for tax 
     cuts.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this concurrent resolution assume that 
     Function 500 (education) spending shall, at a minimum, be 
     held constant for inflation, and that 10 percent of any non-
     Social Security budget surplus shall be dedicated to 
     education initiatives and school construction in addition to 
     that spending level.
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                 ENZI (AND JEFFORDS) AMENDMENT NO. 3053

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ENZI (for himself and Mr. Jeffords) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res., 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert:

     SEC. 316  . SENSE OF THE SENATE ON FUNDING EXISTING, 
                   EFFECTIVE PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS BEFORE 
                   CREATING NEW PROGRAMS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) The establishment of new categorical funding programs 
     has led to cuts in the Preventive Health and Health Services 
     Block Grant to states for broad, public health missions;
       (2) Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant 
     dollars fill gaps in the otherwise-categorical funding states 
     and localities receive, funding such major public health 
     threats as cardiovascular disease, injuries, emergency 
     medical services and poor diet, for which there is often no 
     other source of funding;
       (3) In 1981, Congress consolidated a number of programs; 
     including certain public health programs, into block grants 
     for the purpose of best advancing the health, economics and 
     well-being of communities across the country;
       (4) The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant 
     can be used for programs for screening, outreach, health 
     education and laboratory services;
       (5) The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant 
     gives states the flexibility to determine how funding 
     available for this purpose can best be used to meet each 
     state's preventive health priorities;
       (6) The establishment of new public health programs that 
     compete for funding with the Preventive Health and Health 
     Services Block Grant could result in the elimination of 
     effective, localized public health programs in every state.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels of this resolution and legislation enacted 
     pursuant to this resolution assume that there shall be 
     funding at the fiscal year 1999 level or higher for the 
     Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, prior to 
     the funding of new public health programs.
                                 ______
                                 

                   ENZI (AND BOND) AMENDMENT NO. 3054

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ENZI (for himself and Mr. Bond) submitted an amendment intended 
to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, 
supra as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON PREVENTING ENFORCEMENT OF THE 
                   OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT IN HOME 
                   OFFICES.

       (a) Findings.-- The Senate finds that--
       (1) Giving employees the ability to work from home offices 
     and telecommute helps employees balance the many demands of 
     work and family, helps employers use an important tool to 
     recruit and retain valuable employees and helps society by 
     reducing highway congestion, pollution and accidents;

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       (2) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
     (OSHA) earlier this year jeopardized telecommuting by 
     indicating that it would extend its jurisdiction into home 
     offices;
       (3) OSHA has since stated in a compliance directive that it 
     will not inspect home offices and will not issue fines or 
     penalties based on telecommuting;
       (4) In order to encourage telecommuting, OSHA should not be 
     permitted to interfere with telecommuting arrangements 
     between employers and employees.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that Congress 
     should ensure that OSHA does not inspect home offices or 
     issue fines or penalties related to telecommuting.
                                 ______
                                 

                     LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT NO. 3055

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. LAUTENBERG submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert:
       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) in P.L. 105-134 the Congress declared that ``intercity 
     rail passenger service is an essential component of a 
     national intermodal passenger transportation system'';
       (2) the Congress and the President, through enactment of 
     this legislation, have effectively agreed that Congress will 
     provide adequate funding to permit Amtrak to achieve the goal 
     of operating self-sufficiency.
       (3) Capital investment is critical to reducing operating 
     costs and increasing the quality of Amtrak service;
       (4) Investment in passenger rail creates jobs directly in 
     the construction, engineering, manufacturing, and service 
     industries, and indirectly in the local economies where 
     increased commerce takes place because of the existence of 
     improved transportation options;
       (5) Underutilized rail infrastructure and high tech 
     advances in train equipment and communications systems offer 
     us the opportunity to revitalize our communities through 
     investment in passenger rail and its resulting downtown 
     redevelopment, job creation, mobility improvements, and air 
     quality improvements.
       (6) Existing rail corridors can provide the critical 
     transportation right-of-way through clogged areas. In fact, 
     investing in the capacity of our rail system could free up 
     our highways and airports to better fulfill their potential 
     roles.
       (7) As congestion increases and air quality worsens, the 
     quality of life in both urban and suburban communities 
     suffers. Rail provides a solution for transporting people AND 
     improving air quality.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the assumptions underlying the functional totals in this 
     budget resolution assume capital funding for the development 
     of high-speed rail corridors must be funded either through 
     the appropriations process or through the leveraging of 
     private investment through tax incentives. As stated by the 
     DOT Inspector General, and unanimously by the Nation's 
     Governors, the development of high-speed rail corridors is an 
     essential component of a balanced transportation system and 
     an economically smart and environmentally friendly way to 
     help ease the increasing levels of traffic congestion on our 
     roads and aviation delays at our airports.
                                 ______
                                 

                 GREGG (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3056

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. GREGG (for himself, Mr. Voinovich, and Mr. Jeffords) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       In lieu of the matter to be proposed, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE 
                   INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (1) In 1975, the Federal Government made a commitment in 
     the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 
     1411 et seq.) (referred to in this resolution as the ``Act'') 
     to pay 40 percent of the programs described in part B of such 
     Act.
       (2) The Act guarantees that all children with disabilities 
     receive a free and appropriate public education.
       (3) In 1997, 1998, and 1999, Congress increased funding for 
     such programs by 113 percent, but was unable to affect such 
     increases without the help or support of the Administration.
       (4) Despite such increases in funding, Federal funding for 
     such programs is still far short of the nearly 
     $15,000,000,000 required to receive the originally promised 
     funding.
       (5) The Federal Government currently pays only 12.6 percent 
     of such funding for the programs, which represents a great 
     disparity from the 40 percent that was originally promised 
     under the Act.
       (6) Honoring the obligation to fund such programs at the 
     originally promised level will allow State and local 
     governments, some of which spend up to 19 percent of the 
     State or local budget on special education costs, to have 
     more flexibility to spend the local resources to meet the 
     unique educational needs of all students in the locality.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that 
     Congress' first priority should be to fully fund the programs 
     described under part B of the Individuals with Disabilities 
     Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1411 et seq.) at the originally 
     promised level of 40% before Federal funds are appropriated 
     for new education programs.
                                 ______
                                 

                   SANTORUM AMENDMENTS NOS. 3057-3061

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SANTORUM submitted five amendments intended to be proposed by him 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

                           Amendment No. 3057

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE ON DEBT REDUCTION BY SENATE 
                   OFFICES.

       It is the sense of the Senate that the levels in this 
     resolution assume that--
       (1) any amount appropriated for Senators' official 
     personnel and office expenses for a fiscal year shall only be 
     available for that fiscal year; and
       (2) any amounts remaining after all payments are made for 
     the expenses described in paragraph (1) shall be deposited in 
     the Treasury to reduce the Federal debt held by the public.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 3058

       On page 23, line 7, strike ``47,568,000,000''. and insert 
     ``48,068,000,000''.
       On page 23, line 8, strike ``47,141,000,000''. and insert 
     ``47,641,000,000''.
       On page 27, line 7, strike ``-59,931,000,000''. and insert 
     ``-60,431,000,000''.
       On page 27, line 8, strike ``-48,031,000,000''. and insert 
     ``-48,531,000,000''.
       At the appropriate place insert the following:
       ``(A) It is the sense of the Senate that the provisions in 
     this resolution assume that if CBO determines there is an on-
     budget surplus for FY 2001, $500 million of that surplus will 
     be restored to the programs cut in this amendment.
       ``(B) It is the sense of the Senate that the assumptions 
     underlying this budget resolution assume that none of these 
     offsets will come from defense or veterans, and to the extent 
     possible should come from administrative functions.''
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 3059

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE 
                   INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT.

       (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) All children deserve a quality education, including 
     children with disabilities.
       (2) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 
     U.S.C. 1400 et seq.) provides that the Federal Government and 
     State and local governments are to share in the expense of 
     educating children with disabilities and commits the Federal 
     Government to provide funds to assist with the excess 
     expenses of educating children with disabilities.
       (3) While Congress committed to contribute up to 40 percent 
     of the average per pupil expenditure of educating children 
     with disabilities, the Federal Government has failed to meet 
     this commitment to assist States and localities.
       (4) To date, the Federal Government has never contributed 
     more than 12.8 percent of the national average per pupil 
     expenditure to assist with the excess expenses of educating 
     children with disabilities under the Individuals with 
     Disabilities Education Act.
       (5) Failing to meet the Federal Government's commitment to 
     assist with the excess expense of educating a child with a 
     disability contradicts the goal of ensuring that children 
     with disabilities receive a quality education.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that 
     Congress should more than double the funding provided for 
     programs under part B of the Individuals with Disabilities 
     Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1411 et seq.) to more closely 
     fulfill the commitment to provide 40 percent funding for such 
     programs under such Act.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 3060

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON THE VALUE OF CHARITABLE CHOICE 
                   AND SUPPORT FOR EXPANSION OF CHARITABLE CHOICE 
                   TO OTHER FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
       (1) charitable choice encourages public officials to obtain 
     services from nongovernmental community-based organizations, 
     and community-based solutions are critical to successful 
     efforts to fight poverty and dependency;

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       (2) charitable choice protects the rights of recipients to 
     receive services without religious coercion by requiring that 
     the recipients have the option to choose to receive the 
     services through an alternative provider, rather than a 
     religious provider;
       (3) charitable choice prevents discrimination against 
     religious providers by requiring the government not to 
     discriminate against churches, synagogues, and other faith-
     based nonprofit organizations when awarding contracts or 
     deciding which groups can accept vouchers to provide 
     services; and
       (4) charitable choice provisions have empowered faith-based 
     and other charitable organizations to compete for contracts 
     or participate in voucher programs on an equal basis with 
     other private providers whenever a State uses nongovernmental 
     providers, improving the effectiveness of welfare-to-work and 
     other federally funded initiatives in those States that have 
     actively implemented those provisions.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress, that 
     the budgetary levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) the charitable choice provisions, such as section 104 
     of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity 
     Reconciliation Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C. 604a) and section 679 
     of the Community Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9920), 
     which currently apply to certain federally funded programs, 
     should be expanded to apply to other federally funded 
     programs;
       (2) the expansion of those provisions will encourage 
     innovation and to enable the Nation to profit more fully from 
     the many effective faith-based programs that are transforming 
     lives and restoring neighborhoods and communities around the 
     Nation.
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 3061

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING INCREASING ACCESS TO 
                   HEALTH INSURANCE.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) 44,400,000 Americans are currently without health 
     insurance--an increase of more than 5,000,000 since 1993--and 
     this number is expected to increase to nearly 60,000,000 
     people in the next 10 years;
       (2) the cost of health insurance continues to rise, a key 
     factor in the increasing number of uninsured;
       (3) more than half of these uninsured Americans are the 
     working poor or near poor;
       (4) the uninsured are much more likely not to receive 
     needed medical care and much more likely to need 
     hospitalization for avoidable conditions and to rely on 
     emergency room care, trends which significantly contribute to 
     the rising costs of uncompensated care by health care 
     providers and the costs of health care delivery in general; 
     and
       (5) there is a consensus that working Americans and their 
     families will suffer from reduced access to health insurance.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that increasing 
     access to affordable health care coverage for all Americans, 
     in a manner which maximizes individual choice and control of 
     health care dollars, should be a legislative priority of 
     Congress.
                                 ______
                                 

                SANTORUM (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3062

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SANTORUM (for himself, Mr. Leahy, Mr. DeWine) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following new section:

     SEC.   . SENSE OF THE SENATE THAT THE 106TH CONGRESS, 2ND 
                   SESSION SHOULD REAUTHORIZE FUNDS FOR THE 
                   FARMLAND PROTECTION PROGRAM.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings--
       (1) The Farmland Protection Program has provided cost-
     sharing for nineteen states and dozens of localities to 
     protect over 127,000 acres on 460 farms since 1996;
       (2) For every federal dollar that is used to protect 
     farmland, an additional three dollars is leveraged by states, 
     localities, and non-governmental organizations;
       (3) The Farmland Protection Program is a completely 
     voluntary program in which the federal government does not 
     acquire the land or the easement;
       (4) Funds from the original authorization for the Farmland 
     Protection Program were expended at the end of Fiscal Year 
     1998, and no funds were appropriated in Fiscal Year 1999 and 
     Fiscal Year 2000;
       (5) Demand for Farmland Protection Program funding has 
     outstripped available dollars by 600%;
       (6) Through the Farmland Protection Program, new interest 
     has been generated in communities across the country to help 
     save valuable farmland;
       (7) In 1999 alone, the issue of how to protect farmland was 
     considered on twenty-five ballot initiatives;
       (8) The United States is losing 3.2 million acres of our 
     best farmland each year which is double the rate of the 
     previous five years;
       (9) These lands produce three-quarters of the fruits and 
     vegetables, and over half of the dairy in the United States;
       (10) The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2001 includes 
     $65 million to protect prime farmland through the Farmland 
     Protection Program;
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the functional totals contained in this resolution 
     assume that the Farmland Protection Program will be 
     reauthorized in the 106th Congress, 2nd Session at a level 
     consistent with the President's budget request.
                                 ______
                                 

                ABRAHAM (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3063

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ABRAHAM (for himself, Mr. Domenici, Mr. Ashcroft, Mr. Santorum, 
Mr. Grams, Mr. Craig, Mr. Coverdell, and Mr. Crapo) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, 
S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     ``SEC.  . PROTECTION OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUSES.

       (a) The Senate finds that--
       (1) Congress balanced the budget excluding the surpluses 
     generated by the Social Security trust funds in 1999, and 
     should do so in 2000 and every future fiscal year;
       (2) reducing the federal debt held by the public is a top 
     national priority, strongly supported on a bipartisan basis, 
     as evidenced by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's 
     comments that debt reduction ``is a very important element in 
     sustaining economic growth'';
       (3) according to even the most profligate spending 
     projection by the Congressional Budget Office, balancing the 
     budget excluding the surpluses generated by the Social 
     Security trust funds will totally eliminate the net debt held 
     by the public by 2010;
       (4) the Senate adopted a Sense of the Senate amendment to 
     last year's budget resolution by a vote of 99-0 that called 
     for a legislative mandate that the Social Security surpluses 
     only be used for the payment of Social Security benefits, 
     Social Security reform or to reduce the federal debt held by 
     the public, and that a Senate super-majority Point of Order 
     lie against any bill, resolution, amendment, motion or 
     conference report that would use Social Security surpluses on 
     anything other than the payment of Social Security benefits, 
     Social Security reform or the reduction of the federal debt 
     held by the public;
       (5) the House adopted on a vote of 416-12, H.R. 1259, a 
     bill to provide a legislative lock-box to protect the Social 
     Security surpluses;
       (6) the Senate has failed to hold a vote on passage of any 
     Social Security lock box legislation having failed five times 
     to overcome filibusters against both Senate and the House of 
     Representatives' legislative proposals; and
       (7) the Senate Committee on the Budget unanimously adopted 
     an amendment to this Concurrent Resolution that provided a 
     permanent Senate super-majority Point of Order against any 
     budget resolution that would produce an on-budget deficit.
       (b) It is the Sense of the Senate that the functional 
     totals in this concurrent resolution on the budget assume 
     that during this session of Congress the Senate shall pass 
     legislation which--
       (1) reaffirms the provisions of section 13301 of the 
     Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 that provides that 
     the receipts and disbursements of the Social Security trust 
     funds shall not be counted for the purposes of the budget 
     submitted by the President, the congressional budget, or the 
     Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, 
     and provides for a Point of Order within the Senate against 
     any concurrent resolution on the budget, an amendment 
     thereto, or a conference report thereon that violates that 
     section;
       (2) mandates that the Social Security surpluses are used 
     only for the payment of Social Security benefits, Social 
     Security reform or to reduce the federal debt held by the 
     public, and not spent on non-social security programs or used 
     to offset tax cuts;
       (3) provides for a Senate super-majority Point of Order 
     against any bill, resolution, amendment, motion or conference 
     report that would use Social Security surpluses on anything 
     other than the payment of Social Security benefits, Social 
     Security reform or the reduction of the federal debt held by 
     the public;
       (5) Ensures that all Social Security benefits are paid on 
     time; and
       (6) Accommodates Social Security reform legislation.
                                 ______
                                 

                 ABRAHAM (AND CRAPO) AMENDMENT NO. 3064

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ABRAHAM (for himself and Mr. Crapo) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. 
Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

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     SEC.__. TAXATION OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) the President's fiscal year 2001 Federal budget 
     proposal to impose a tax on the interest, dividends, capital 
     gains, rents, and royalties in excess of $10,000 of trade 
     associations and professional societies exempt under section 
     501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
       (2) such taxation represents an unjust and unnecessary 
     penalty on legitimate association activities;
       (3) while this budget resolution projects on-budget 
     surpluses of $42,500,000,000 over the next five years, the 
     President proposes to increase the tax burden on trade and 
     professional associations by $1,550,000,000 over that same 
     period;
       (4) the President's association tax increase proposal will 
     impose a tremendous burden on thousands of small and mid-
     sized trade associations and professional societies;
       (5) with the President's associations tax increase 
     proposal, most associations with annual operating budgets of 
     as low as $200,000 will be taxed on investment income and as 
     many as 70,000 associations nationwide could be affected by 
     this proposal;
       (6) associations rely on this targeted investment income to 
     carry out exempt-status-related activities, such as training 
     individuals to adapt to the changing workplace, improving 
     industry safety, providing statistical data and community 
     services;
       (7) keeping investment income free from tax encourages 
     associations to maintain modest surplus funds that cushion 
     against economic and fiscal downturns; and
       (8) although corporations can increase prices to cover 
     increased costs, small and medium-sized local, regional, and 
     State-based associations do not have such an option, and thus 
     the increased costs imposed by the President's associations 
     tax increase would reduce resources available for the 
     importation standard-setting, educational training, and 
     professionalism training performed by associations.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the Sense of the Senate 
     that the functional totals in this concurrent resolution on 
     the budget assume that Congress shall reject the President's 
     proposed tax increase on investment income of associations as 
     defined under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code 
     of 1986.
                                 ______
                                 

                   ABRAHAM AMENDMENTS NOS. 3065-3066

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. ABRAHAM submitted two amendments intended to be proposed by them 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

                           Amendment No. 3065

       Strike page 32, line 23, after the word ``care'', through 
     page 33, line 4, and insert the following: ``which provides 
     adequate reimbursements for Medicare providers, and excluding 
     the cost of extending and modifying the prescription drug 
     benefit crafted pursuant to section (a) or (b), then the 
     chairman of the Committee on the Budget may change committee 
     allocations and spending aggregates by no more than 
     $20,000,000,000 total for fiscal years 2001 through 2005 to 
     fund the prescription drug benefit if such legislation will 
     not cause an on-budget deficit in any of these 5 fiscal 
     years.''
                                  ____


                           Amendment No. 3065

       Strike from page 33, line 5 through line 9, and insert the 
     following:
       (d) Adjustment.--If legislation is reported by the Senate 
     Committee on Finance that improves reimbursements for 
     Medicare providers, without decreasing beneficiaries' access 
     to health care, then the Chairman of the Committee on the 
     Budget may change committee allocations and spending 
     aggregates for fiscal years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 
     to fund this legislation if it will not cause an on-budget 
     deficit in any of these 5 fiscal years.
       (e) Budgetary Enforcement.--The revision of allocations and 
     aggregates made under this section shall be considered for 
     the purposes of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 as 
     allocations and aggregates contained in this resolution.''
                                 ______
                                 

                        HATCH AMENDMENT NO. 3067

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. HATCH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. . SENSE OF THE SENATE REGARDING THE UNITED STATES PATENT 
                   AND TRADEMARK OFFICE'S RETENTION OF USER FEE 
                   FUNDED RESOURCES.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) Technology and innovation are key to American 
     competitiveness and the present and future growth of the 
     American economy in the 21st Century;
       (2) As recognized by the Founding Fathers, intellectual 
     property, and patents in particular, are fundamental to 
     promoting American innovation and the progress of science and 
     useful arts;
       (3) As American inventors and companies have discovered 
     that patents and trademarks can be used to improve financial 
     performance and enhance their overall competitiveness, the 
     importance of and demand for intellectual property protection 
     has increased exponentially;
       (4) The United States Patent and Trademark Office was 
     established by Congress to promote innovation through the 
     granting and issuing of patents and the registration of 
     trademarks;
       (5) Fees collected by the Patent and Trademark Office 
     represent payments by American inventors and businesses for 
     services to be performed by the Patent and Trademark Office, 
     including the examination, granting, and issuing of patents, 
     and the registration of trademarks, as well as related 
     products and services;
       (6) In 1981, Congress increased patent and trademark fees 
     by nearly 400 percent in order to reduce patent pendency and 
     place the Office on a course of achieving self-sufficiency;
       (7) Congress later enacted the Omnibus Budget 
     Reconciliation Act of 1990, which totally eliminated general 
     taxpayer support for the Patent and Trademark Office 
     beginning in fiscal year 1991 in favor of the current fee-
     funded agency model under which the entire costs of services 
     are recouped by fees paid for those services;
       (8) Since fiscal year 1991, Congress has diverted or 
     withheld authorization for the Patent and Trademark Office to 
     spend more than $564 million in user fee revenues paid by 
     inventors and trademark owners, directing this money instead 
     to other government programs totally unrelated to supporting 
     America's inventors and high technology industries.
       (9) As a result of the diversion and withholding of fees, 
     patent pendency has risen from 20.8 months to 26.2 months, 
     costing American inventors on average six months of return on 
     their investments in technology and innovation, and delaying 
     the availability of innovative products to the American 
     people for the same period;
       (10) Continued withholding of patent and trademark fees is 
     projected to lead to an increase in average patent pendency 
     of an additional six months, totaling nearly three years, by 
     fiscal year 2005;
       (11) Moreover, the Patent and Trademark Office faces a host 
     of new and significant challenges, including those related to 
     dramatic increases in workloads and new and more complex 
     fields of innovation;
       (12) In order to meet these challenges, the Patent and 
     Trademark Office must be able to hire, train, and retain 
     adequate numbers of technologically qualified examiners and 
     make available for their use adequate tools and search files, 
     including a comprehensive prior art database for the 
     examination of Internet-related business method patent 
     applications.
       (13) The Patent and Trademark Office's ability to provide 
     these services in a manner that assures the highest quality 
     and efficiency, and that meets these new challenges, is 
     compromised by the withholding and diversion of patent and 
     trademark fees to other Federal functions.
       (14) The dedication of Patent and Trademark Office 
     resources to serving American innovators is an investment in 
     the nation's economy which will help to preserve the United 
     States' status as the world's leader in technology and 
     innovation and is necessary to keep faith with the American 
     innovators who pay these fees and build the American economy.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--For all of the foregoing, it is 
     the sense of the Senate that--
       (1) As a fully fee-funded agency charged with promoting 
     innovation and fostering the growth of technology that drives 
     the American economy, the Patent and Trademark Office must be 
     allowed to retain the fees it collects from American 
     inventors and trademark owners in order to provide the 
     technology-related services for which they were paid in a 
     manner that meets the highest standards of quality and 
     timeliness, rather than having these fees diverted to other 
     government uses;
       (2) The levels in the resolution assume that the offsetting 
     fee collections assessed and collected pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 
     1113 and 35 U.S.C. 41 and 376 shall be made fully available 
     in the fiscal year in which they are collected for necessary 
     expenses of the Patent and Trademark Office provided for by 
     law, including defense of suits instituted against the 
     Director of Patents and Trademarks, and shall remain 
     available until expended;
       (3) The assumptions of the resolution should be maintained 
     and implemented through the budget and appropriations 
     processes to safeguard the integrity of the Patent and 
     Trademark Office's fee-funded agency model and continued 
     American innovation.
                                 ______
                                 

                       SHELBY AMENDMENT NO. 3068

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. SHELBY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to 
the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, insert the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF THE SENATE.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:

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       (1) Our Nation's children have become the ever increasing 
     targets of marketing activity.
       (2) Such marketing activity, which includes Internet sales 
     pitches, commercials broadcast via in-classroom television 
     programming, product placements, contests, and giveaways, is 
     taking place every day during class time in our Nation's 
     public schools.
       (3) Many State and local entities enter into arrangements 
     allowing marketing activity in schools in an effort to make 
     up budgetary shortfalls or to gain access to expensive 
     technology or equipment.
       (4) These marketing efforts take advantage of the time and 
     captive audiences provided by taxpayer-funded schools.
       (5) These marketing efforts involve activities that 
     compromise the privacy of our Nation's children.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that--
       (1) in-school marketing and information-gathering 
     activities--
       (A) are a waste of student class time and taxpayer money;
       (B) exploit captive student audiences for commercial gain; 
     and
       (C) compromise the privacy rights of our Nation's school 
     children and are a violation of the public trust Americans 
     place in the public education system;
       (2) State and local educators should remove commercial 
     distractions from our Nation's public schools and should 
     protect the privacy of school-aged children in our Nation's 
     classrooms;
       (3) Federal funds should not be used in any way to support 
     the commercialization of our Nation's classrooms or the 
     exploitation of student privacy, nor to purchase 
     advertisements from entities that market to school children 
     or violate student privacy during the school day; and
       (4) Federal funds should be made available to State and 
     local entities in order to provide the entities with the 
     financial flexibility to avoid the necessity of having to 
     enter into relationships with third parties that involve 
     violations of student privacy or the introduction of 
     commercialization into our Nation's classrooms.
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                    HARKIN AMENDMENTS NOS. 3069-3072

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. HARKIN submitted four amendments intended to be proposed by him 
to the concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

                           Amendment No. 3069

       At the appropriate place, insert:
       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) Tax relief provided as a result of this resolution 
     should be targeted and distributed equitably to modest and 
     middle income Americans;
       (2) Those with young children and those who are taking care 
     of other relatives requiring special care have significant 
     needs that are difficult for many modest and middle income 
     taxpayers;
       (3) The Congress should reduce the higher taxes paid by 
     those who are married with two incomes who are penalized 
     under the existing tax code, a burden not significantly felt 
     by those with the highest incomes paying the highest rate of 
     tax since that rate does not differentiate between married 
     and single taxpayers;
       (4) While a significant portion of income taxes is paid by 
     those with the highest one percent of income, their share of 
     payroll and excise taxes which make up almost half of all 
     federal revenue is far lower;
       (5) The amount of tax relief provided to those with the 
     highest income levels reduces tax relief available to the 
     great majority of taxpayers; and
       (6) It has been estimated that the those in the top one 
     percent of income have incomes in excess of no less than 
     $319,000 per year and have an average income of $915,000.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is sense of the Senate that 
     the budget levels in this resolution assume that not more 
     than one percent of the tax reduction provided for under this 
     resolution shall go, in the aggregate, to the one percent of 
     taxpayers with the highest one percent of income.
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                           Amendment No. 3070

       At the appropriate place, insert:
       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds that--
       (1) Tax relief provided as a result of this resolution 
     should be targeted and distributed fairly to modest and 
     middle income Americans:
       (2) Those with young children and those who are taking care 
     of other relatives requiring special care have significant 
     needs that are difficult for many modest and middle income 
     taxpayers;
       (3) The Congress should reduce the higher taxes paid by 
     those who are married with two incomes who are penalized 
     under the existing tax code, a burden not significantly felt 
     by those with the highest incomes paying the highest rate of 
     tax since that rate does not differentiate between married 
     and single taxpayers;
       (4) While a significant portion of income taxes is paid by 
     those with the highest one percent of income, their share of 
     payroll and excise taxes which make up almost half of all 
     federal revenue is far lower;
       (5) The amount of tax relief provided to those with the 
     highest income levels reduces tax relief available to the 
     great majority of taxpayers; and
       (6) It has been estimated that the those in the top one 
     percent of income have incomes in excess of no less than 
     $319,000 per year and have an average income of $915,000.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is sense of the Senate that 
     the budget levels in this resolution assume that not more 
     than one percent of the tax reduction provided for under this 
     resolution shall go, in the aggregate, to the one percent of 
     taxpayers with the highest one percent of income.
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                           Amendment No. 3071

       On page 35, line 4, after the period insert ``Legislation 
     complies with this section if it specifies that no individual 
     directly or indirectly may receive more than $250,000 in any 
     fiscal year in total contract or other payments described in 
     paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 1001 of the Food 
     Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308) and any similar or 
     additional market loss or income support payments.''.
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                           Amendment No. 3092

       On page 35, line 4, after the period insert ``It is the 
     sense of the Senate that any legislation enacted under this 
     section should specify that no individual directly or 
     indirectly may receive more than $250,000 in any fiscal year 
     in total contract or other payments described in paragraphs 
     (1) through (4) of section 1001 of the Food Security Act of 
     1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308) and any similar or additional market 
     loss or income support payments.''.
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                 HARKIN (AND OTHERS) AMENDMENT NO. 3073

  (Ordered to lie on the table.)
  Mr. HARKIN (for himself, Mr. Kennedy, and Mr. Rockefeller) submitted 
an amendment intended to be proposed by them to the concurrent 
resolution, S. Con. Res. 101, supra; as follows:

       At the end of title III, add the following:

     SEC. __. SENSE OF SENATE REGARDING CASH BALANCE PENSION PLAN 
                   CONVERSIONS.

       (a) Findings.--The Senate finds the following:
       (1) Defined benefit pension plans are guaranteed by the 
     Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and provide a lifetime 
     benefit for a beneficiary and spouse.
       (2) Defined benefit pension plans provide meaningful 
     retirement benefits to rank and file workers, since such 
     plans are generally funded by employer contributions.
       (3) Employers should be encouraged to establish and 
     maintain defined benefit pension plans.
       (4) An increasing number of major employers have been 
     converting their traditional defined benefit plans to ``cash 
     balance'' or other hybrid defined benefit plans.
       (5) Under current law, employers are not required to 
     provide plan participants with meaningful disclosure of the 
     impact of converting a traditional defined benefit plan to a 
     ``cash balance'' or other hybrid formula.
       (6) For a number of years after a conversion, the cash 
     balance or other hybrid benefit formula may result in a 
     period of ``wear away'' during which older and longer service 
     participants earn no additional benefits.
       (b) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that the levels in this resolution assume that pension plan 
     participants whose plans are changed to cause older or longer 
     service workers to earn less retirement income, including 
     conversions to ``cash balance plans,'' should receive 
     additional protection than what is currently provided, and 
     Congress should act this year to address this important 
     issue. In particular, at a minimum--
       (1) all pension plan participants should receive adequate, 
     accurate, and timely notice of any change to a plan that will 
     cause participants to earn less retirement income in the 
     future;
       (2) pension plans that are changed to a cash balance or 
     other hybrid formula should not be permitted to ``wear away'' 
     participants' benefits in such a manner that older and longer 
     service participants earn no additional pension benefits for 
     a period of time after the change; and
       (3) Federal law should continue to prohibit pension plan 
     participants from being discriminated against on the basis of 
     age in the provision of pension benefits.

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