H.R.1757: Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1997

About This Bill

  • This bill was introduced in the 105th Congress
  • This bill is primarily about congress
  • Introduced June 3, 1997
  • Latest Major Action Oct. 21, 1998

Bill Summary

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Division A: Consolidation of Foreign Affairs Agencies Title I: General Provisions Title II: United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Title III: United States Information Agency Title IV: United States International Development Cooperation Agency Title V: Agency for International Development Title VI: Transition Division B: Foreign Relations Authorization Title X: General Provisions Title XI: Authorization of...

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Referred to the House Committee on International Relations.
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 159 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1757 and H.R. 1758. Providing for the consideration of H.R. 1757 in the Committee of the Whole, and consideration of H.R. 1758 in the House. The rule provides for the consideration of H. R. 1757 under an open rule and for consideration of H.R. 1758 under a closed rule, with one hour of general debate on each bill. After engrossment of H.R. 1758, the Clerk shall await disposition of H.R. 1758 and add the text of the latter bill as a new matter at the end of H.R. 1757. H.R. 1758 shall then be considered as having been laid on the table. A motion to recomit with or without instructions shall be in order regarding H.R. 1757. A motion to recommit shall be in order regarding H.R. 1758.
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 159.
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1757 and H.R. 1758. The rule provides for the consideration of H.R. 1757 in the Committee of the Whole, under an open rule and for consideration of H.R. 1758 in the House, under a closed rule, with one hour of general debate on each bill. After engrossment of H.R. 1757, the Clerk shall await disposition of H.R. 1758 and add the text of the latter bill as new matter at the end of H.R. 1757. H.R. 1758 shall then be considered as having been laid on the table. A motion to recommit with or without instructions shall be in order regarding H.R. 1757. A motion to recommit shall be in order regarding H.R. 1758.
House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 159 and Rule XXIII.
The Speaker designated the Honorable James V. Hansen to act as Chairman of the Committee.
GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Hamilton amendments and announced that, by voice vote, the amendments were not agreed to. Mr. Hamilton demanded a recorded vote and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Bachus amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was agreed to. Mr. Smith (NJ) demanded a recorded vote and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Goss amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was agreed to. Mr. Goss objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present and made a point of order that a quorum was not present. Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed and the point of order was withdrawn.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Paul amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was not agreed to. Mr. Paul demanded a recorded vote and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Stearns amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was agreed to. A recorded vote was ordered on the amendment and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Stearns amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was not agreed to. Mr. Stearns demanded a recorded vote and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed.
Mr. Gilman asked unanimous consent that, during consideration of that portion of the bill relating to UN population practices, the time for debate on all related questions to that protion of the bill be limited to 1 hour and twenty minutes, controlled as follows: Mr. Smith (NJ), 20 minutes; Mr. Campbell, 20 minutes; Mr. Hamilton, 20 minutes; and Mr. Barcia, 20 minutes. Agreed to without objection.
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1757 as unfinished business.
Considered as unfinished business.
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Scarborough amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was agreed to. Mr. Scarborough demanded a recorded vote and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Engel amendment and announced that, by voice vote, the amendment was agreed to. Mr. Engel demanded a recorded vote and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed.
Mr. Smith (NJ) moved that the committee rise.
On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
Considered as unfinished business.
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
DEBATE - Pursuant to the unanimous consent agreement made on Wednesday, June 4, 1997, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 80 minutes of debate on the Smith of New Jersey amendment (and all amendments thereto) which was pending when the Committee rose on Wednesday, June 4, 1997. The Smith amendment seeks to prohibit U.S. population assistance for foreign organizations that perform abortions in foreign countries, violate the abortion laws of foreign countries, or lobby for changes in such laws. The amendment provides exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is endangered. The amendment also prohibits U.S. contributions to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) unless the President certifies that either (1) UNFPA has terminated all activities in China or (2) that during the 12 months preceding certification, there have been no forced abortions associated with China's family planning program.
DEBATE - Debate on the Campbell amendment to the Smith amendment runs concurrently under the same time constraints as the Smith amendment.
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Campbell amendment to the Smith amendment, the Chair put the question on the Campbell amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Campbell demanded a recorded vote and pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings were postponed on both the Campbell amendment and the underlying Smith of New Jersey amendment.
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Nethercutt amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Nethercutt demanded a recorded vote and pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further proceedings will be postponed.
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1757 as unfinished business.
The Chair announced that the unfinished business before the Committee of the Whole would be a recorded vote previously requested on the Campbell amendment to the Smith (NJ) amendment followed by a recorded vote on the Smith (NJ) amendment. Further proceedings on other amendments on which recorded votes were ordered would be considered later in the day.
The amendment to the Smith amendment would replace the "Mexico City" policy language with a prohibition of the direct use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions or abortion counseling in any foreign country, except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is endangered. The amendment will also prohibit the direct use of U.S. funds on lobbying for or against abortion and impose a dollar for dollar reduction in U.S. funding to the UNFPA for any amounts it spends on future programs in China.
The amendment would restrict funds for assistance to foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortions and prohibit the use of any funds authorized in the bill to be made available for the United Nations Population Fund in any fiscal year unless the President certifies that UNFPA has terminated all activities in the People's Republic of China, and during the 12 months preceding such certification there have been no abortions as the result of coercion associated with the family planning policies of the national government or other governmental entities.
Mr. Gilman moved that the Committee rise.
On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
Mr. Gilman asked unanimous consent that, during the further consideration of the bill in the Committee of the Whole, the time for debate on any further amendment to the bill be limited to ten minutes, except those amendments specified as follows:
Amendments en bloc offered by the Chairman of the Committee on International Relations; Kennedy (RI), regarding Indonesia; Miller (CA), regarding Cuba; Schumer, regarding Egypt; Paxon or Engel, regarding Palestinian land transactions; Ney, regarding Libya; Sanford, regarding authorizations levels; McKinney, regarding arms transfer code of conduct; Capps, regarding Tibet; Gilman, regarding counter-narcotics authorities; and unspecified amendments offered by Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Gilman. Agreed to without objection.
Mr. Gilman asked further unanimous consent that it be in order at any time for the Chairman of the Committee on International Relations or a designee, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member of that to offer amendments en bloc. Said amendments shall be considered as read, shall not be subject to amendment, shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole, and may amend portions of the bill previously read for amendment. The original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement to appear in the Congressional Record immediately before disposition of the amendments en bloc. Agreed to without objection.
Considered as unfinished business.
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Ney amendment and announced that amendment was agreed to. Mr. Ney objected to the vote on grounds that a quorum was not present and made a point of order that a quorum was not present. Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further procedings were postponed and the point of no quorum was withdrawn.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Miller amendment and announced that amendment was not agreed to. Mr. Miller objected to the vote on grounds that a quorum was not present and made a point of order that a quorum was not present. Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further procedings were postponed and the point of no quorum was withdrawn.
The Chair announced the unfinished business to be votes on amendments on which further consideration had been postponed on June 4th, and 5th.
MODIFICATION OF AMENDMENT - Mr. Scarborough asked unanimous consent that the Scarborough amendment on which further proceedings had been postponed on June 4, 1997, be modified. Agreed to without objection.
The Stearns amendment would allow the Congress, rather than the Secretary of State, to decide to withold up to 20% of the funds appropriated to the United Nations.
The amendment would require the President to impose financial transaction restrictions on the government of Sudan and to express that it is the sense of Congress that the religious persection and support of terrorism by the government of Sudan is unacceptable.
The amendment would expresss that it is the sense of Congress that the U.S. should consider applying the same sanctions against Syria that are currently enforced against Iran and Libya unless Syria abandons its destabilizing policies in the Middle East.
The amendment would express the sense of Congress that the militant organization Al-Faran should (1) release Donald Hutchings and four western Europeans from captivity; (2) cease and desist from all acts of hostage-taking and other violent acts within the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.
Pursuant to the unanimous consent agreement of June 5, 1997, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Engel amendment.
Pursuant to the unanimous consent agreement of June 5, 1997 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Slaughter amendment.
Pursuant to the unanimous consent agreement of June 5, 1997 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Rohrabacher amendment.
At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the Rohrabacher amendment and announced that amendment was not agreed to. Mr. Rohrabacher demanded a recorded vote and, pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 159, further procedings were postponed.
Pursuant to the unanimous consent agreement of June 5, 1997 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Hall amendment.
Pursuant to the unanimous consent agreement of June 5, 1997 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Sanders amendment.
Mr. Gilman moved that the committee rise.
On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1757 as unfinished business.
Mr. Gilman asked unanimous consent that, during the further consideration of the bill in the Committee of the Whole, no further amendment to the bill shall be in order except one en bloc amendment by Mr. Gilman, and an amendment by Mr. Sanford. Agreed to without objection.
Considered as unfinished business.
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
The Chair announced the unfinished business before the Committee of the Whole was request for a recorded vote on the Rohrabacher amendment, on which further proceedings were postponed on Tuesday, June 10, 1997.
The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1757.
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen demanded a separate vote on the Serrano amendment (21) adopted in the Committee of the Whole.
Mr. Serrano demanded separate votes on the following amendments adopted in the Committee of the Whole: Gilman enbloc (49), Gilman enbloc (2), Smith NJ (5), Skaggs, as amended (3), Hefly (7), Bachus (6), Gilman enbloc (8), Goss (9), Coburn (15), Gilman enbloc (12), Smith (NJ) (16), Fox (23), Lazio (24), Smith (NJ) (28), Gilman (32), Scarborough (18), Nethercutt (30), Miller (CA) (35, as amended), Fox (47), Ney (33), Rohrabacher (44), and Paxon (37).
The House adopted the remaining amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
On passage Passed by voice vote.
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 1757.
A similar measure H.R. 1758 was laid on the table without objection.
Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
Senate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 903 amended.
Passed Senate in lieu of S. 903 with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 90-5. Record Vote No: 105.
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Mr. Ballenger asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference.
On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and request a conference Agreed to without objection.
The Speaker appointed conferees for consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Gilman, Hyde, Smith (NJ), Hamilton, and Gejdenson.
The Speaker appointed conferees for consideration of the House bill (except title XXI), and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Goodling, Bereuter, Burton, Lantos, and Berman.
Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: and House requests a conference.
Senate insists on its amendment agrees to request for a conference, appoints conferees Helms; Coverdell; Hagel; Grams; Biden; Sarbanes; Dodd.
Conference held.
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Conference held.
Mr. Doggett notified the House of his intention to offer a motion to instruct conferees on the part of the House to reject section 1601 of the Senate amendment, regarding payment for private claims against the Iraqi Government.
Conference held.
Mr. Doggett moved that the House instruct conferees.
Pending consideration of the Doggett motion to instruct conferees, Mr. Scarborough offered a privileged motion to adjourn. The House proceeded to vote on the motion to adjourn.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 1757 which had been offered on the previous legislative day by Mr. Doggett of Texas.
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the Doggett motion to instruct conferees. The instructions contained in the motion direct the managers on the part of the House to reject section 1601 of the Senate amendment which provides for payment of all private claims against the Iraqi Government before those of U.S. veterans and the U.S. Government (i.e. U.S. taxpayers).
The previous question was ordered without objection.
On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 412 - 5 (Roll no. 480).
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Mr. Callahan notified the House of his intention to offer a motion to instruct conferees on the part of the House to insist on the House provisions of the bill regarding U.S. policy with respect to forced abortion and foreign organizations that perform abortions.
Mr. Callahan moved that the House instruct conferees.
DEBATE - The House proceeded wtih one hour of debate on the Callahan motion to instruct conferees on the part of the House to insist on the House provisions of the bill regarding U.S. policy with respect to forced abortion and foreign organizations that perform abortions.
The previous question was ordered without objection.
On motion that the House instruct conferees Agreed to by recorded vote: 236 - 190 (Roll no. 506).
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Conferees agreed to file conference report.
The Speaker appointed conferees For consideration of the House bill (except title XXI), and the Senate amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Mr. Burton, in lieu of Mr. Leach.
Conference report H. Rept. 105-432 filed.
Conference papers: Senate report and managers' statement held at the desk in Senate.
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 385 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of the conference report to H.R. 1757. All points of order against the conference report and against its consideration are waived. The conference report shall be considered as read when called up for consideration.
Rule H. Res. 385 passed House.
Mr. Gilman brought up conference report H. Rept. 105-432 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 385.
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate.
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by voice vote.
Conference papers: and message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
Conference report considered in Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
Senate agreed to conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 51-49. Record Vote No: 105.
Cleared for White House.
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Presented to President.
Vetoed by President.
The Chair laid before the House the veto message from the President.
Mr. Bereuter moved to refer the bill and accompanying veto message to the Committee on International Relations.
On motion to refer the bill and the accompanying veto message to the Committee on International Relations. Agreed to without objection.
June 3, 1997

Introduced in the House by Benjamin A. Gilman (R-N.Y.)

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