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This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. SENATE
Federal Death Penalty
The Judiciary Committee approved, 12 to 6, legislation allowing the death penalty for certain federal crimes, including attempts on the life of the president, treason, espionage, and some murders, such as contract killings. The bill establishes a procedure for imposing the death penalty consistent with Supreme Court rulings on capital punishment: two separate proceedings would be required, one to determine guilt or innocence and another to determine the sentence. The measure allows a federal judge to impose a mandatory life sentence, without parole, as an alternative. The legislation would prohibit the death penalty for anyone under the age of 18 who committed a federal capital crime. A similar bill passed the Senate in 1984 but failed to gain support from the House. (S239/ Feb. 20) HOUSE
The House approved, by voice vote, a nonbinding resolution calling for the president to suspend military aid to Liberia until that country holds "free and fair" elections. In addition, the measure calls for the withholding of economic support funds until all political prisoners are released and a free press is allowed to operate. The West African nation's Oct. 15 presidential election was deemed unfair by international observers. Some $5 million in military aid has been targeted for the country in fiscal 1986, along with $29 million in economic support funds. Similar legislation has already passed the Senate. (HR367/ Feb. 18)
Health Services Amendments
The House failed, 151 to 254, to pass a measure extending authorizations for the Community and Migrant Health Centers programs through 1988; authorizations will therefore be frozen at the fiscal 1986 appropriations level. The bill would also authorize $1 million per year for fiscal years 1986 though 1988 for a new three-year program of grants to states for the control of plague. The Community Health Centers program provides federal grants to public or private nonprofit facilities for delivery of health care to "medically underserved" communities. The Migrant Health Centers program provides similar federal grants for delivery of health care to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Authorizations for these programs expired at the end of fiscal 1984, although appropriations have been provided for fiscal years 1985 and 1986. (HR2148, Feb. 19)