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This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. HOUSE Medicare Fraud
The House passed, by voice vote, legislation that would bar from the Medicare and Medicaid programs anyone convicted of crimes involving patient fraud. The bill would give the secretary of health and human services the power to ban offenders for up to five years for a variety of convictions and would authorize the Justice Department to revoke a physician's authority to prescribe drugs if he or she has been excluded from Medicare, Medicaid and two other federal health programs covered by the bill. Under current law, a physician can be banned only if convicted of specific abuses involving Medicare or Medicaid. (HR1868; June 4) Presidential Libraries
The House passed a bill that would require presidential libraries to raise at least 20 percent of their operating costs from private sources. Currently, the libraries are built with private funds, but the government pays for their maintenance, which totaled $14 million for seven libraries last year. The measure, passed by voice vote, would apply to all presidents after Ronald Reagan. (HR1349; June 4) Olmsted Parks
By voice vote, the House approved legislation to preserve the historic parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, America's leading landscape architect in the 19th century, and his sons and associates. Olmsted designed the Capitol grounds, New York's Central Park and more than 2,000 other parks in 37 states. Under the bill, the Interior Department would be required to inventory Olmsted's parks and help states and local groups that are working to preserve them. The project is expected to cost $2 million to $3 million over 10 years. (HR37; June 3) Wheat Production
By voice vote, the House passed legislation that would block the Agriculture Department from holding a vote among wheat producers to decide whether wheat production will be regulated by strict quotas. The quota proposed by the department would limit wheat to 54 million acres, well below current levels. The administration wants to conduct the vote so that farmers can plan for the fall planting season. But wheat-state lawmakers say the vote on quotas -- which they expect would be rejected -- is unneccesary. The Senate version of the bill would allow the agriculture secretary to postpone the vote. (HR1614; June 4) Petroleum Reserve
The House approved a measure that would allow the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to be filled for another four years; the administration wants to stop filling the reserve, beginning Sept. 30. The reserve now contains about 470 million barrels of oil, enough to meet the needs of the United States for about 108 days if imports were cut off. The bill authorizes filling the reserve at a rate of 300,000 barrels a day, but the total will be set by separate legislation. The bill would require the Energy Department to conduct a test sale of 1.1 million barrels of the oil. (HR1699; June 4) SENATE Handicapped Rights
A Labor and Human Resources subcommittee approved, by voice vote, legislation designed to overturn a Supreme Court decision that said parents of disabled children who successfully sue under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act are not entitled to have attorneys' fees paid. The court said Congress did not authorize money for attorneys' fees because it would add to the expenses that states have had to bear to provide education for the handicapped.
The subcommittee also approved providing $31.5 million over the three years for grants to improve state mental health institutions. (S415/S974; June 6).