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This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. SENATE
The Senate passed, 84 to 5, a three-year, $200 million authorization for the Federal Trade Commission that would give Congress the power to veto rules issued by the FTC and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The legislative veto provision was approved by a vote of 67 to 22. The bill would authorize $65.8 million for the FTC for fiscal 1986, $66.8 million for 1987 and $67.8 million for 1988. (S1078; July 26) Handicapped Rights
The Senate, by voice vote, passed legislation designed to overturn a Supreme Court decision preventing parents of disabled children who successfully sue under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act from having their attorneys' fees paid. The high court ruled that Congress did not authorize money for attorneys' fees because it would add to the expenses states bear to provide education to the handicapped. But the bill's backers say the measure is needed to ensure that public schools properly serve the disabled.(S415; July 30)
The Senate also passed by voice vote a bill that would provide grants to help states set up programs to ensure the rights of the mentally handicapped. The bill would authorize $10 million for fiscal 1986, $10.5 million for 1987 and $11.2 million for 1988. (S974, July 31)) HOUSE
By voice vote, the House passed legislation that would extend the Endangered Species Act for three more years, providing $140.3 million to protect the 857 species that the Interior Department considers endangered or threatened. The 12-year-old law would authorize the Interior and Commerce departments to share $39.3 million to protect plants and animals in fiscal 1986, the same amount as in fiscal 1985. Funding would rise to $46.8 million in fiscal 1987 and $54.2 million in 1988. (HR1027; July 29)
The House passed by voice vote a bill to change how much former military personnel who are now federal civilian employes pay into their retirement fund for military service credit. Currently, all federal employes pay 7 percent of their base salary into the retirement fund. Between 1956 and 1969, civilians paid only 6.5 percent. This measure would require federal employes who served in the military to pay only 6.5 percent of their basic military pay during those years to achieve military service credit in the retirement fund. The change would take effect Oct. 1, 1985. (HR1131; July 29)
Prompted by the failure of a major securities firm, the Energy and Commerce Committee, by voice vote, approved legislation that would set up a board to regulate all government securities dealers. The Federal Reserve Board, whose members had called for greater regulation of the government securities market, would enforce the board's regulations. The bill was prompted by the collapse of Florida-based ESM Government Securities Inc., which in turn precipitated the Ohio savings and loan crisis last spring. (HR2032; July 31)
Nuclear Waste Sites
The Interior Committee approved, by voice vote, a bill that would allow states to dump their low-level nuclear waste at three existing disposal sites through 1992. In 1980 states were directed to establish new disposal facilities within six years, but the deadline must be extended because no alternatives are ready. The three states that now have disposal sites -- South Carolina, Nevada and Washington -- have threatened to close their dumps to waste from other states as a means of pressing for new facilities. (HR1083; July 31)
By a 22 to 6 vote, the Energy and Water Committee approved legislation that would reduce Medicare and Medicaid funds by about $155 million over the next three years. The spending cuts include a provision to reduce unneeded operations by requiring patients to get a second opinion on certain elective medical procedures. The reductions would add to the $1.76 billion in Medicare and Medicaid reductions approved by the Ways and Means Committee July 24 as part of a $19 billion deficit reduction measure. While approving a total of $455 million in cuts for Medicare and Medicaid, the committee added about $300 million in new spending, including expanded Medicaid eligibility for care for pregnant women and liberalized eligibility for doctors to qualify for a Medicare fee increase. (HR3101; Aug. 1)
By voice vote, a House subcommittee approved a bill that would allow for the first time active duty military personnel to sue the federal government for medical malpractice by military doctors.