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Capital Update tracks the movement of legislation, the introduction of notable bills, and routine regulatory announcements.

Legislative Action

Unfunded Mandates

S 1

President Clinton last week signed into law a bill to require Congress to analyze the cost to states and businesses of future legislation. If state costs exceed $50 million, Congress will have to pay for them in order to pass the bill.

Line-Item Veto

HR 2, S 4

The Senate last week passed on a 69-to-29 vote a bill that would allow the President to veto line items of appropriations bills. A conference committee must now reconcile it with a different version approved by the House.

School Construction

HR 889

A conference committee began work last week on a supplemental-spending bill. The House bill would cut $100 million in school-construction aid to offset new spending; the Senate bill would not.

Native American Programs

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held hearings last week on the impact of proposed budget cuts and block grants on Indian programs, and on reauthorization of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act and the Native American Programs Act.

Job Training

The House Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training, and Lifelong Learning continued hearings last week on job-training reforms.

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