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  1. Mme Speaker, I must challenge my colleague's suggestion that this legislation is divisive along racial lines. It has not been the history of this august body to show favoritism to the African-American community – in fact, quite the opposite. HBCUs are a part – an important part – of this country's history, as much as sites like Independence Hall and the Statue of Liberty, and they deserve our support to maintain their historic buildings. I would, however, strongly object to the amendment offered by the Majority Whip; the last thing we need is to create more jobs for bureaucrats to do essentially nothing. The civil service is already perfectly well-equipped to process applications for funding under this bill – there is no need for a superfluous board. I yield.
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    Name: Hugh Ashcroft Party: Republican Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): Richmond Times-Dispatch When it comes to our national security, I want to see ruthless accountability, which is why I support rekindling the spirit of checks and balances upon which our founders wrote our Constitution and apply it to our national security structures today.
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    Press Office of Hugh Ashcroft (R-VA)

    ASHCROFT BILL WOULD PROVIDE FOR CONGRESSIONAL NATL SECURITY OVERSIGHT Press Release #2 | Q1 1989 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hugh Ashcroft (R-VA) spoke to reporters about his proposed bill to provide for Congressional oversight of national security decisions by designating the Speaker of the House as an ex officio member of the National Security Council. Ashcroft said the proposed legislation would ensure the administration does not act against the will of Congress by giving the highest officer in Congress a seat at the table, and allow the President to confidentially hear the opinion of Congress before making critical decisions. Ashcroft noted that past administrations have, at times, overstepped their bounds and made decisions that were in violation with Congressional statutes; putting the Speaker in the room would prevent future malfeasance of that sort. "Congress and the Executive are coequal branches of the government, and our founders actually envisioned Congress playing a much bigger role in foreign policy than they do today. Given the realities of modern statecraft – the need for 24/7 monitoring and decision-making – foreign policy has fallen more and more in the lap of the executive, with Congress playing only a broad, framing role. The goal of this legislation is not to usurp the administration's power over foreign policy, or, indeed, to make the Speaker some sort of co-Secretary of State. Rather, we simply want to give Congress a seat at the table, to allow Congress's highest officer to know what decisions are being made and ensure they are in accordance with the dictates of Congress, while giving the President the opportunity to hear input from Congress before making crucial decisions." "Some will call this policy radical – indeed, in some ways, it is – but I didn't come to Congress to propose milquetoast ideas." -Romain D'Amato, Press Secretary
  4. Mme Speaker, I do not believe that it is the intention of any member of this House to dismiss the importance of historically-black colleges and universities, which – as several members of this chamber have pointed out – have been essential in providing education to African-Americans throughout our country, especially at times when such education was not available to them at other universities because of racial discrimination. I'm proud that my home state of Virginia is home to no less than five such institutions. With the issues regarding earmarking of funding for specific universities now resolved, I am happy to lend my support to this legislation and encourage my colleagues to do the same.
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    Dylan Macmillan (R-CA-42)

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  6. 101st Congress General Session H.R.XX IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. ASHCROFT, for himself, Mr. KING, Mr. STORM, Mr. BLACKSTONE, and others, offers A BILL To provide for Congressional oversight and counsel on the National Security Council. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This Act shall be referred to as the "Congressional Oversight in National Security Act of of 1989". SEC. 2. ENACTMENT. (a) This Act shall take effect upon its constitutional passage. SEC. 3. CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND COUNSEL. (a) The National Security Act of 1947 is amended to designate the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States as a statutory member of the Principals Committee of the National Security Council, ex officio; (b) The Speaker, in their capacity as a member of the Council, shall adhere to all laws and statutes regarding the confidentiality and secrecy of classified information; (c) The President of the United States shall be authorized to exclude the Speaker from the Council for any unauthorized breach of confidentiality of Council proceedings or for the unauthorized disclosure of any information presented during a meeting of the Council, (1) In exercise of the authority enumerated in section 3(c), the President shall inform the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives of his decision.
  7. 101st Congress General Session H.R.XX IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. ASHCROFT, for himself, Mr. PRESCOTT, and others, offers A BILL To amend the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 to remove restrictions on freedom of navigation. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This Act shall be referred to as the "Freedom of Navigation Act of 1989". SEC. 2. ENACTMENT. (a) This Act shall take effect following its constitutional passage. SEC. 3. REPEAL OF CABOTAGE RESTRICTIONS. (a) The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 shall be amended to strike section 27 and renumber accordingly.
  8. Mme Speaker, I will gladly second the proposed amendment and withdraw my own from consideration. I yield.
  9. Well, Mme Speaker, I am glad that the Majority Leader agrees with the sentiments of the bill, but I continue to fail to understand his reluctance to extend those sentiments into tougher action. This bill will undoubtedly help reduce drug dealing in our public parks, but what's to stop someone buying a fix 501 feet from the park, bringing it in, and using it there? Children's playgrounds should not be doubling as opium dens. The Majority Leader says we should not be overly punishing those who are addicted. But what about those upstanding citizens who have no interest in vile drugs and simply want to go for a walk in the neighborhood? Are we not punishing them by forcing them to deal with the consequences of other people's addiction in their own public spaces? I implore my colleagues to get tough on drugs, get tough on crime, and refuse to make good, law-abiding Americans pay the price of the narcotics trade. I yield.
  10. Mme Speaker, I would ask my honorable friend the Majority Leader to elaborate. What exactly is "excessive" about the idea of keeping hypodermic needles and drug users out of our public parks? Surely the users themselves are as much a part of the drug abuse process as the dealers and manufacturers? And what "other reforms and policies" does the honorable gentleman propose to keep our kids from stepping on hypodermic needles and to keep park-goers free from harassment by addicts high on heroin? I yield.
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    Name: Hugh Ashcroft Party: Republican Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): Richmond Times-Dispatch "I've sponsored an amendment to legislation currently on the House floor to raise penalties for the use of illegal drugs in our public parks. The use of drugs in our public recreational facilities not only makes them unappealing, but presents a danger to park-goers in the form littered hypodermic needles and unpredictable, potentially dangerous behavior by drug users. Let's clean up our parks and keep junkies away from our playgrounds."
  12. 101st Congress General Session H.R.XX IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. ASHCROFT, for himself, Mr. STOKES, and others, with thanks to Mr. CAVALIERI, offers A BILL To extend consumer protections for commercial airline passengers and allow for greater competition in the airline industry, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This Act shall be referred to as the "Airline Competition and Passenger Protection Act of 1987." SEC. 2. ENACTMENT AND SEVERABILITY. (a) This Act shall take effect on January 1 of the calendar year following its constitutional passage; (b) If any provision of this Act is held illegal, unenforceable, or unconstitutional in a judicial proceeding, such provision shall be severed and shall be inoperative, and the remainder of this Act shall remain operative and binding by force of law; (c) This Act shall supersede any conflicting federal statutes or regulations existing at the time of its enactment. TITLE 1 PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS SEC. 101. APPLICATION. (a) Except when otherwise noted, the provisions of this Title shall apply to all commercial passenger air flights departing from or arriving at an airport in the United States, regardless of the nationality of the carrier, (1) This Title shall not apply to flights exclusively carrying cargo, (2) Nor shall this Title apply to private non-commercial aviation, (3) Nor shall this Title apply to flights contracted by a government authority or entity; (b) The provisions of this Title shall not apply in emergency situations in which life or property is in jeopardy. SEC. 102. TARMAC DELAYS. (a) For the purposes of this Act, a "tarmac delay" shall be referred to as an incident in which a flight is delayed from taking off beyond its scheduled departure time, or the departure time most recently announced to passengers before boarding, after passengers have already boarded the plane and are not allowed to deplane prior to departure; (b) In the event of a tarmac delay exceeding two hours beyond the scheduled departure time or the departure time announced prior to boarding, passengers shall be entitled to a refund equal to one fourth of the price of their ticket, (1) In a tarmac delay exceeding three hours, compensation shall be equal to one half of the ticket price, (2) In a tarmac delay exceeding four hours, compensation shall be equal to three fourths of the ticket price, (3) In a tarmac delay exceeding five hours, passengers shall be entitled to a refund equal to the full price of their ticket. SEC. 103. OVERBOOKING OF FLIGHTS. (a) For the purposes of this Act, an "overbooked flight" shall be defined as a flight for which more passengers hold tickets than there are seats on board the aircraft; (b) In the event that a passenger is denied carriage upon a flight for which they hold a reserved ticket, that passenger shall be entitled to a refund equal to the full price of their ticket, or placement on the next flight operated by that carrier or a partnered carrier to the same destination along with a refund of one quarter of the ticket price. TITLE 2 REFORM OF AIRLINE CABOTAGE REGULATIONS SEC. 201. DEFINITIONS. (a) For the purposes of this Act – (1) "Domestic air carrier" shall be defined as an air carrier of passengers and/or cargo under the flag of the United States, (2) "Foreign air carrier" shall be defined as an air carrier of passengers and/or cargo under the flag of a foreign country. SEC. 202. PRINCIPLE OF RECIPROCITY. (a) A foreign air carrier shall enjoy uninterrupted right of cabotage within the United States, and shall be permitted to transport cargo and passengers on routes between two airports in the United States if they operate under the flag of a country that affords reciprocal cabotage rights to carriers operating under the flag of the United States; (b) The Secretary of Transportation shall create and maintain a list of countries that afford reciprocal cabotage rights to American air carriers, (1) Countries on the list must allow air carriers under the flag of the United States to operate domestic air routes within that country and load and unload cargo and passengers between two domestic airports, (2) The Secretary shall have the authority to de-list a country if they should determine that the country has not granted fair cabotage rights to American air carriers or has erected other legal or intentional economic barriers to free cabotage; (c) Foreign air carriers shall abide by all existing federal aviation regulations, including safety regulations and labor laws, on routes within the United States. SEC. 203. AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL FUND. (a) On all domestic flights in the United States operated by a foreign air carrier, a 5 percent tax shall be levied upon the revenues from that flight; (b) The tax revenues from this levy shall be appropriated to the Airport Infrastructure Renewal Fund under the Department of Transportation, (1) The Department of Transportation shall make grants for infrastructure improvements at airports in the United States using the money appropriated to this fund. SEC. 204. USE OF DOMESTIC AIR CREWS. (a) On all domestic routes operated by a foreign air carrier, the carrier shall be required to employ a United States-based air crew, including pilots, ground crew, and cabin crew. SEC. 205. FOREIGN PARTICIPATION IN THE CIVIL AIR RESERVE FLEET. (a) Foreign air carriers shall be eligible to apply to join the Civil Air Reserve Fleet; (b) Applications shall be submitted to the Department of Defense and shall be approved or denied at the discretion of the Secretary of Defense; (c) Membership in the Civil Air Reserve Fleet by a foreign air carrier may be revoked at any time by the Secretary of Defense.
  13. Mme Speaker, I am quite happy to join my colleagues in supporting this legislation to keep our parks and recreation facilities free of drugs and other odious substances. I would note, however, that the legislation in its current form does nothing to address those individuals who bring controlled substances into public parks for the purposes of their own use. The consequences of this – such as dangerous hypodermic needles left on the ground where children may be playing, perhaps barefoot – are potentially even more dangerous than the distribution of drugs in our parks. Upstanding Americans deserve to have clean, safe, drug-free parks that their tax money funds. I therefore beg to move the following amendment to section 2(a) – I yield.
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