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This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. HOUSE Sentence Guidelines
The House approved, by voice vote, a measure amending the Sentencing Reform Act to authorize the seven-member Sentencing Commission to issue policy statements related to the imposition of fines. The measure also provides that, if a guideline calls for a range of prison terms, the maximum sentence under the guidelines cannot exceed the minimum by 25 percent or six months, whichever is greater. It also specifies that if the guidelines call for a maximum of life imprisonment, the minimum sentences must be at least 30 years. The Sentencing Commission was set up last year as part of the comprehensive crime control bill; its members are responsible for drafting sentencing guidelines to be used by judges in sentencing individuals convicted in federal crimes. (HR4081/June 3) Tropical Forest Protection
The House approved, by voice vote, a measure expressing the concern of Congress over the problem of deforestation of tropical forests and directing the president to give high priority, in programs assisting developing countries, to preventing deforestation. The measure calls on the president to deny foreign aid to projects that would result in further deforestation. Each year worldwide, tropical forests totaling the size of Pennsylvania are deforested, resulting in flooding and loss of plant and animal life. (HR2957/ June 3) Biological Diversity Aid
The House approved, by voice vote, a measure requiring the Agency for International Development (AID) to obligate at least $10 million of its development assistance for protecting biological diversity in developing countries. The funds would be used to assist countries in protecting and maintaining parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and in enforcing antipoaching measures. The bill specifies that these projects should be managed by private and voluntary organizations. (HR2958/ June 3)