October 23, 2001 - Issue: Vol. 147, No. 142 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 1st Session
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Tuesday, October 23, 2001
Foreign Operations Appropriations: By unanimous consent, Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 2506, making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, and then began consideration of the bill, agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendments proposed thereto:
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Leahy/McConnell Amendment No. 1909, providing that this Act shall be cited as the Kenneth M. Ludden Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2002.
McConnell/Leahy Amendment No. 1910, to prohibit assistance to the government of any nation that harbored or financed individuals involved in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
McConnell (for Brownback) Amendment No. 1911, to authorize assistance to the Government of Cambodia's Ministry of Women and Veteran's Affairs to combat human trafficking.
Leahy/McConnell Amendment No. 1912, providing funds for administrative expenses of the United States Agency for International Development.
Leahy/McConnell Amendment No. 1913, to make certain technical corrections.
Leahy Amendment No. 1914, to make certain technical corrections.
McConnell (for Helms) Amendment No. 1915, to allocate and provide for notification of expenditure of certain funds.
McConnell/Leahy Amendment No. 1916, to extend the reporting requirements of title III of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act.
McConnell/Leahy Amendment No. 1917, to make certain technical corrections.
Leahy/McConnell Amendment No. 1918, to make certain technical corrections.
Leahy/McConnell Amendment No. 1919, to make certain technical corrections.
McConnell Amendment No. 1920, to support an education initiative in Armenia to provide computer equipment and internet access to Armenian primary and secondary schools.
During consideration of this bill today, the Senate also took the following action:
By 50 yeas to 47 nays, and 1 responding present (Vote No. 306), three-fifth of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate failed to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Daschle motion to reconsider the vote (Vote No. 306) by which the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill was not agreed to, was rendered moot when the Senate, by unanimous consent, agreed to proceed to consideration of the bill.
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Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to law, the Annual Report of the Railroad Retirement Board for Fiscal Year 2000; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (PM–50)
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Phillip Bond, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology.
Anna Mills S. Wagoner, of North Carolina, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina for the term of four years.
Margaret M. Chiara, of Michigan, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan for the term of four years.
Robert J. Conrad, Jr., of North Carolina, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina for the term of four years.
Thomas C. Gean, of Arkansas, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas for the term of four years.
James Ming Greenlee, of Mississippi, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi for the term of four years.
Raymond W. Gruender, of Missouri, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years.
Jay S. Bybee, of Nevada, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
Daniel G. Bogden, of Nevada, to be United States Attorney for the District of Nevada for the term of four years.
Thomas M. DiBiagio, of Maryland, to be United States Attorney for the District of Maryland for the term of four years.
Thomas E. Johnston, of West Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia for the term of four years.
Donald W. Washington, of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana for the term of four years.
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, of Illinois, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois for the term of four years.
John McKay, of Washington, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington for the term of four years.
Karl K. Warner II, of West Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia for the term of four years.
John H. Marburger III, of New York, to be Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
10 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.
A routine list in the Coast Guard.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Arden Bement, Jr., of Indiana, to be Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Melvin F. Sembler, of Florida, to be Ambassador to Italy.
Robert M. Beecroft, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Head of Mission, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Charles Lester Prichard, of Virginia, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Envoy for Negotiations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and United States Representative to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO).
John Marshall, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
Measures Placed on Calendar:
Authority for Committees to Meet:
Privilege of the Floor:
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 6:33 p.m., until 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 24, 2001.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education concluded hearings to assess the public health response to recent anthrax exposures, after receiving testimony from James Caruso, Deputy Assistant Director for Counter Terrorism, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; Jeffrey P. Koplan, Director, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services; Bob Kramer, BioPort Corporation, Lansing, Michigan; Thomas Monath, Acambis, Cambridge, England; Mary Kuhn, Bayer Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hillary Koproski, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Mary Gilchrest, University of Iowa Hygienic Lab, Ames; and Barbara Hunt, Washoe County District Health Department, Reno, Nevada.
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of Joseph E. Schmitz, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of Defense and Sandra L. Pack, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded hearings on the nomination of James Gilleran, of California, to be Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, Department of the Treasury, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1999, and signed on behalf of the United States of America on January 10, 2000 (Treaty Doc. 106–49), and International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 15, 1997, and signed on behalf of the United States of America on January 12, 1998 (Treaty Doc. 106–06), after receiving testimony from Francis X. Taylor, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and William H. Taft IV, Legal Adviser, both of the Department of State; and Michael Chertoff, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Pete Williams, Harvest Baptist Church of Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Recess: The House recessed at 12:43 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 4:25 p.m. and reconvened at 6 p.m.
Moment of Silence in Honor of the Postal Service: The House stood for a moment of silence in honor of the postal service workers who recently lost their lives serving our country and for all members of the postal service.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of Representatives Thornberry, Moran of Kansas, Moore, and Boswell to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.
Members Sworn: Representative-Elect Jeff Miller of Florida and Representative-Elect Stephen Lynch presented themselves in the Well of the House and were administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Higher Education Relief Opportunities (HERO) for Students Act: H.R. 3086, amended, to provide the Secretary of Education with specific waiver authority to respond to conditions in the national emergency declared by the President of the United States on September 14, 2001 (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 395);
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War Bonds Act of 2001: H.R. 2899, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to issue War Bonds in support of recovery and response efforts relating to the September 11, 2001 hijackings and attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Agreed to amend the title;
Bioterrorism Enforcement Act: H.R. 3160, to amend the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 with respect to the responsibilities of the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding biological agents and toxins, and to amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to such agents and toxins (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 396);
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Disabled Veterans Service Dog and Health Care Improvement: H.R. 2792, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make service dogs available to disabled veterans and to make various other improvements in health care benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs;
Congressional Assembly to Seek the Blessings of Providence: H. Con. Res. 184, amended, providing for a National Day of Reconciliation;
Federal Power Marketing Initiatives to Reduce Vandalism: H.R. 2924, amended, to provide authority to the Federal Power Marketing Administrations to reduce vandalism and destruction of property (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 397);
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Security of Dams: H.R. 2925, amended, to amend the Reclamation Recreation Management Act of 1992 in order to provide for the security of dams, facilities, and resources under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Reclamation;
Moccasin Bend National Historic Site, Tennessee: H.R. 980, amended, to establish the Moccasin Bend National Historic Site in the State of Tennessee as a unit of the National Park System; and
Metacomet-Monadnock-Sunapee-Mattabesett Trail Study Act: H.R. 1814, amended, to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Metacomet-Monadnock-Sunapee-Mattabesett Trail extending through western New Hampshire, western Massachusetts, and central Connecticut for study for potential addition to the National Trails System. Agreed to amend the title.
Suspension--Proceedings Postponed on Patriot Act: The House completed debate on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 3162, to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools. Proceedings will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001.
Presidential Message--Railroad Retirement Board: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted the FY 2000 annual report of the Railroad Retirement Board--referred to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Ways and Means.
Referrals: S. 423, S. 941, S. 1057, S. 1097, and S. 1105 were referred to the Committee on Resources, S. Con. Res. 74 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and S. 838 was held at the desk.
Adjournment: The House met at 12:30 p.m. and adjourned at 9:58 p.m.
BIOLOGICAL WARFARE DEFENSE VACCINE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans' Affairs, and International Relations continued hearings on Biological Warfare Defense Vaccine Research and Development Program. Testimony was heard from Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Anna Johnson-Wineger, Deputy Assistant to the Secretary, Chemical/Biological Defense Programs, Department of Defense; Nancy Kingsbury, Director, Applied Research and Methods, GAO; and public witnesses.
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND RECOVERY ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a modified closed rule providing one hour of debate in the House equally divided between the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means on H.R. 3090, Economic Security and Recovery Act of 2001. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides for consideration of only the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution, if offered by Representative Rangel or his designee, which shall be considered as read and shall be separately debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. The rule waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Thomas and Representatives Tiahrt, Quinn, Rangel, Cardin, Visclosky, Waters, Farr of California, Underwood, Wu, Inslee, and Strickland.
H.J. Res. 69, making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2002. Signed on October 22, 2001. (Public Law 107–53)
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to examine terrorism insurance, 10 a.m., SC–5, Capitol.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings on the nomination of Cameron R. Hume, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa; the nomination of Margaret K. McMillion, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda; the nomination of Wanda L. Nesbitt, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar; and the nomination of Robert V. Royall, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, 10:30 a.m., S–116, Capitol.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings on intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., S–407, Capitol.
Committee on Appropriations, to mark up the Defense appropriations for fiscal year 2002, 11 a.m., HC–5 Capitol.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Select Education and the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, joint hearing on Tracking International Students in Higher Education-Policy Options and Implications for Students, 2 p.m., Auditorium, 330 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.
Committee on International Relations, hearing on the War on Terrorism, 2 p.m., H–140 Capitol.
Committee on Small Business, hearing on Trade-In-Services, 2 p.m., 430 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 2506, Foreign Operations Appropriations.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 3090, Economic Security and Recovery Act of 2001 (modified closed rule, one hour of debate).