This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. HOUSE Embassy Security
The House approved, 389 to 7, a measure that would provide $4.1 billion to enhance security at embassies and consulates around the world and to provide cash payments for Americans taken hostage by terrorists. The bill applies to all Americans taken captive since 1979, including those seized at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Hostages would be eligible for payments of $66 per day of captivity, which would give the Tehran hostages $29,301 apiece (HR4151; March 18) Coast Guard
A Merchant Marine and Fisheries subcommittee approved legislation authorizing fiscal 1987 funds for the Coast Guard. The measure provides almost $1.9 billion for operating expenses, $300 million for procurement and construction, $35 million for research and development and such sums as necessary for retirement benefits.
The bill authorizes $187 million less than fiscal 1986 and over $252 million more than the administration's request. The bill also includes guidelines for contracting out certain Coast Guard services and a build-American provision for major components of new Coast Guard vessels. (HR4028; March 18) National Science Foundation
A Science subcommittee agreed, by voice vote, to reauthorize the National Science Foundation for fiscal 1987 at $1.7 billion, the level requested by the administration. The amount is 16 percent above current funding. One of the duties of the NSF is to promote science and math education. (HR4184; March 18) Fire Prevention
By voice vote, a Science subcommittee agreed to a measure authorizing fire prevention programs. Members approved $18.3 million for the U.S. Fire Administration, which supports programs in public education and a national fire data center. The monies would also fund the National Fire Academy, which trains firefighters. (HR4252; March 18)