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Legislative Action

Heath-Care Reform

The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee held a two-day hearing on health-care reform last week, featuring testimony from insurance companies, private businesses, and medical experts on the changing health-care marketplace.

Job Training

The House Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training, and Lifelong Learning held a hearing March 16 on proposals to reform job-training programs.

Line-Item Veto

HR 2, S 4, S 14

The Senate was scheduled to begin debate late last week on two competing bills to give the President more authority in killing individual spending items in appropriations bills. The Committee on Governmental Affairs approved the measures March 2.

School Construction

HR 889

The Senate last week passed on a 97-to-3 vote a $1.94 billion supplemental-spending bill that does not include $100 million in cuts in school-construction aid that its House counterpart would use to help offset new spending on defense and disaster relief.

Unfunded Mandates

HR 5, S 1

Both the House and Senate last week passed a bill that would require Congress to determine the costs of proposed laws, sending it to President Clinton. If state costs exceeded $50 million, Congress would have to vote to pay for the measure or pass it without funding. The bill is a compromise between versions previously passed by the House and Senate. The Senate vote was 91 to 9, and the House tally was 394 to 28.

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