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This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. BOTH HOUSES
The full House and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two-year reauthorizations of refugee assistance programs. The House agreed, by a vote of 278 to 112, to cut about $64 million over two years from social services and health-screening programs for refugees. In the same vote, the House agreed to sharply reduce funds that the federal government could pay states for the cost of detaining the "Marielito" refugees from Cuba. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that in 1986-87, the states would be owed about $63 million, but the House voted to reduce that to about $10 million. The House rejected, 307 to 104, an attempt to delete $100 million over two years for states, such as Florida and California, that have large refugee populations. The House then passed the bill by voice vote. The Senate version would extend refugee assistance; it does not set funding levels for specific refugee programs, nor the assistance as a whole. (HR1452; June 13/ S1262; June 13) SENATE
The Veterans Affairs Committee approved a bill intended to make it easier for older veterans to be treated outside of Veterans Administration hospitals. The measure would authorize the VA to provide health-care services for veterans at home, in community nursing homes or places less costly than VA hospitals. The bill would also authorize $396 million for three new VA hospitals and grants to provide community-based psychiatric treatment of mentally ill veterans. (S876; June 12) NRC Funds
The Senate approved $437 million annual authorizations for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for fiscal 1986-87. The White House had requested $429 million for 1986, but the bill would restore $8 million in salaries and benefits that the administration wanted to cut. The NRC had wanted $460 million for fiscal 1987. Congress approved a $440 million appropriation for the NRC in fiscal 1985. The House version of the authorization provides $429 million for 1986 and $460 million for 1987. (S895; June 13) HOUSE
Legal Services Corp.
The Judiciary Committee approved a fiscal 1986 authorization of $319 million for the Legal Services Corporation, which the Reagan administration has repeatedly tried to abolish. A Judiciary subcommittee recommended a $305 million authorization -- keeping the funding ceiling at the fiscal 1985 level -- but the full committee voted, 21 to 14, to add $14 million. House and Senate budget resolutions call for the corporation's continued funding. (HR2468; June 11) Food Stamps
Prompted by recent reports that 20 million Americans suffer from hunger, an Agriculture subcommittee approved, by voice vote, legislation that would make more people eligible for food stamps. The measure would require states to have job-training programs for recipients and, starting in fiscal 1988, would prohibit states from collecting a sales tax on food stamp purchases. The bill sets a spending ceiling of $13.6 billion in fiscal 1986, but actual spending for the food stamp program is expected to be slightly more than the $12.5 billion appropriated for fiscal 1985. (HR2422; June 13)