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This is a summary of recent congressional actions not reported elsewhere in The Post. HOUSE
The House approved, 360 to 52, a bill that would reauthorize five programs under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act, including Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). The measure would authorize a total of $179 million in fiscal 1987, $186 million in fiscal 1988, and $196 million in fiscal 1989 for these volunteer programs and the administrative expenses of Action, which oversees the programs. A major change in the VISTA program is the addition of a new Literacy Corps designed to strengthen and expand existing efforts to combat illiteracy. The Reagan administration opposes the bill, contending that it authorizes excessive funds. (HR4116/June 18)
The House Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, state, the judiciary and related agencies approved by voice vote a $12.9 billion spending bill for fiscal 1987 -- about $3.1 billion less than the administration requested. The departments and agencies received $11.5 billion in fiscal 1986, including a $500 million cut mandated by the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit-reduction law. The subcommittee approved $2.18 billion for the Commerce Department, $4.24 billion for the Justice Department, $2.85 billion for the State Department, $1.17 billion for the federal judiciary, and $2.43 billion for 20 related agencies including the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Legal Services Corp. and the United States Information Agency. The panel also approved about $400 million for embassy security in fiscal 1987; the Reagan administration had requested $1.4 billion. (no bill number/June 17)
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on energy conservation and power voted to remove most of the restrictions of the Fuel Use Act on the use of natural gas by utilities, including restrictions on new gas-fired boilers. The Fuel Use Act was passed in energy-scarce 1978. Now, with natural gas plentiful, some members believe there is less need to impose restraint. The Energy and Commerce subcommittee on fossil fuels approved almost identical legislation two months ago. (HR4669/June 18)
The House Agriculture Committee approved a major revision of the law governing pesticide use. The bill calls for speeding up the process of reexamining pesticides in wide use for which much health and safety information is lacking. The bill requires re-registration of more than 600 pesticides now in use that have not been fully tested. (HR2482/June 18).
The House voted to restore federal recognition to the Klamath Indian tribe of Oregon. Congress terminated the federal trust relationship with the tribe in 1954 and sold its assets, about 1.8 million acres of land that is now the Klamath National Forest. The legislation enables the Indians to receive medical, educational and other benefits available to federally recognized tribes. (HR3556/June 16)