This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. HOUSE
The Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill to protect the privacy of electronic communications, such as computers, cordless telephones and electronic mail, by extending privacy laws protecting the mails and land-line telephone communications. The bill would extend coverage of the 1968 wiretap law to make the private interception of electronic communications illegal and to prohibit providers of such communications services to reveal the contents of communications to anyone but the intended recipient. It would allow government interception of electronic communications, but only with a court order. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate. (HR4952/ June 10) Indian Claims
The House approved, by voice vote, a measure providing for the distribution of $7 million previously awarded to the Saginaw Chippewa Indians of Michigan. The funds were awarded in compensation for lands ceded by the tribe to the federal government in the 1800s. The measure requires that the monies be placed in a trust fund and used for economic or resource development that benefits the tribe. No funds may be distributed to individual tribe members. The measure sets aside $1 million for an investment fund to assist the elderly -- a provision not included in the Senate version of the bill, which passed last summer. (S1106/ June 10) False Claims
The Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a measure that streamlines the False Claims Act, making it easier for the government to pursue small value fraud cases. Under the measure, specific government agencies, rather than the Justice Department, could pursue fraud cases through administrative hearings. The committee approved an amendment scaling back a provision that allows the government to recover triple the amount of damages it can prove. Instead, the measure would permit recovery of double damages. (HR4827/ June 10) Retiree COLAs
The Post Office and Civil Service Committee approved, by voice vote, a measure to ensure that federal retirees get cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) in January 1987. The Gramm-Rudman-Hollings balanced-budget law suspended COLAs scheduled for last January. Supporters of the measure say that civil service retirees, unlike Social Security recipients, have been burdened with the cuts. (HR4060/ June 11)
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