This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. SENATE

Drunk-Driver Penalties

The Judiciary Committee approved, by voice vote, a measure to make operators of common carriers -- such as buses, trains, airplanes and ships -- guilty of a federal crime if they operate the carriers while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. The bill calls for a prison term of up to five years, a fine of up to $10,000, or both, upon conviction. The measure now goes to the full Senate. (S850, Nov. 14) HOUSE

HUD/Independent Agencies

The House approved, 268 to 153, a House/Senate conference report on a $57.3 billion funding measure for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as independent agencies. Under the compromise, HUD would receive $14.7 billion in fiscal 1986. Other funding includes $2.4 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, $7.6 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and $26 billion for the Veterans' Administration. The Senate has yet to act on the report. The Reagan administration has asked for $47.7 billion for the spending bill in fiscal 1986. (HR3038, Nov. 13)

Higher Education

The Education Committee approved, 28 to 2, a five-year reauthorization for higher education programs. The measure authorizes about $11 billion for fiscal 1987. It sets aside funds for Pell Grants, Guaranteed Student Loans (GSL) and continuing-education programs. The panel tightened eligibility requirements for GSLs and approved an increase in the maximum Pell Grant, from the current $2,100 per year to $2,300 per year in 1987. (HR3700, Nov. 12)

Drainage District Census

The House, by voice vote, passed a measure that would eliminate the requirement that the Census Bureau conduct a census of drainage districts every 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill will save about $280,000 through fiscal 1989. The 1920 Decennial Census Act requires a census of drainage districts -- areas where swamps and marshes have been drained in order to allow farming. The Census Bureau has had trouble defining the need for that information and collecting it because many of the drainage districts no longer exist. (HR2722, Nov. 12)

Handicapped Rights

By voice vote, the House approved legislation that would authorize courts to award reasonable attorneys fees for parents or guardians who prevail in a court action or admininstrative proceeding involving the rights of handicapped children under the Education of the Handicapped Act. Under the bill, the courts' authority to award funds for administrative proceedings would end after four years but would continue for court actions. The legislation also would reverse the effect of a recent Supreme Court decision and allow parents or guardians to take action under federal statutes other than the Handicapped Act. (HR1523, Nov. 12)

Computer Security

A Science and Technology subcommittee approved, by voice vote, a measure aimed at protecting the government's computer files from thieves. The bill gives the National Bureau of Standards responsibility for research into the government's losses from computer crimes and for training of government employes to prevent abuse. A slightly different measure, further clarifying the NBS role, has passed the House Government Operations Committee. The administration opposes the legislation, saying responsibility for security should rest with the National Security Agency. (HR2889, Nov. 14)