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This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. SENATE
By voice vote, the Senate approved a $1.5 billion fiscal 1986 authorization for the National Science Foundation. The measure would provide $16.4 million more than the fiscal 1985 level. The House earlier passed a bill that set the authorization at approximately this year's level. The monies would be used to support basic scientific research at colleges across the nation. (HR1210, Sept. 26)
By voice vote, the Appropriations Committee approved a $28.1 billion fiscal 1986 spending bill for the Agriculture Department and related agencies. The Senate bill did not include $9.4 billion for the Commodity Credit Corp. (CCC) because the committee wants to remove the agency from the annual appropriations process. When the CCC funds are included, the Senate bill would provide about $1.1 billion more than the House-passed version and about $1 billion more than the administration had requested. (HR3037, Sept. 24)
The Appropriations Committee approved an $8.1 billion fiscal 1986 spending bill for the Interior Department and related agencies. Members approved $100 million for clean-coal technology research in fiscal 1986. The panel cut 5 percent, about $20 million, from the road-building account of the U.S. Forest Service, whose budget is included in the Interior bill. The House has already approved an $8.2 billion appropriation, the same amount as fiscal 1985. President Reagan had requested $7.2 billion. (HR3011, Sept. 24)
A Labor and Human Resources subcommittee approved changes in the Guaranteed Student Loan program that would save $860 million in spending authority and $810 million in outlays over three years. The changes are designed to bring the GSL program in line with the congressional budget resolution, while maintaining the same number of loans. The House Education and Labor Committee has already approved changes in the loan program that would save more than $800 million. (SConRes32, Sept. 24) HOUSE
By voice vote, the House approved a four-year reauthorization for the Overseas Private Investment Corp., which provides loans and insurance for U.S. investors in the developing nations. The legislation would require the preparation of environmental impact assessments for OPIC projects and prohibit awards of aid to projects that pose unreasonable environmental, health or safety hazards. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is still considering the OPIC reauthorization. (HR3166, Sept. 23).
The House, by voice vote, approved a measure designed to discourage development within a 200-mile-long flood hazard area -- or floodway -- along the Colorado River by prohibiting direct federal expenditures, loans, flood insurance and other forms of financial assistance for construction. The bill would not ban construction within the floodway, restrict the use of private property or alter the present management of the river. Two-thirds of the land within the proposed floodway is owned by the federal government. The floodway would be designed to accommodate unusually high flows of the Colorado and its tributaries from Needles, Calif., to the Mexican border. (HR1246, Sept. 24)
By voice vote, the House passed a bill that would increase the authorization for the commodity distribution program under the Older Americans Act for fiscal 1985 and 1986. The measure would provide a reimbursement of 56.8 cents per meal to the states. (HR2453, Sept. 24)