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[Daily Digest] [Pages D1067-D1068] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Tuesday, October 30, 2001 [[Page D1067]] Daily Digest Senate Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S11153-S11250 Measures Introduced: Ten bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1585-1594, S. Res. 174, and S. Con. Res. 80. Page S11198 Measures Reported: S. 1202, to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Office of Government Ethics through fiscal year 2006. (S. Rept. No. 107-88). H.R. 717, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for research and services with respect to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, with an amendment. H.R. 2215, to authorize appropriations for the Department of Justice for fiscal year 2002, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. S. 1319, to authorize appropriations for the Department of Justice for fiscal year 2002, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Pages S11197-98 Measures Passed: Reclamation Recreation Management Act Amendment: Senate passed H.R. 2925, 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, clearing the measure for the President. Page S11248 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act: Senate began consideration of H.R. 3061, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: Pages S11154-85 Adopted: Harkin/Specter Amendment No. 2017, in the nature of a substitute. Page S11156 Byrd/Stevens Amendment No. 2035 (to Amendment No. 2020), to direct that any expenditures resulting from Amendment No. 2020 be charged to the committee of jurisdiction under the budget process. Pages S11182-83 Domenici/Wellstone/Kennedy Amendment No. 2020, to provide for equal coverage of mental health benefits with respect to health insurance coverage unless comparable limitations are imposed on medical and surgical benefits. Pages S11165-83 Pending: Dorgan Amendment No. 2024, to provide for mandatory advanced electronic information for air cargo and passengers entering the United States. Page S11184 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill and certain amendments to be proposed thereto, at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 31, 2001, with a vote on final passage to occur thereon. Further, that upon passage, the Senate insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate. Page S11248 Anti-Terrorism Bill--Agreement: By unanimous-consent, Senate vitiated the October 11, 2001 passage of S. 1510, to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, and to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and the bill was then indefinitely postponed. Page S11247 Agriculture Appropriations: By unanimous-consent, Senate agreed to Reid (for Kohl/Cochran) Amendment No. 2037, to make certain improvements to H.R. 2330, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, as passed by the Senate on October 25, 2001. Pages S11247-48 Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations: Kent R. Hill, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. John F. Turner, of Wyoming, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Joseph M. DeThomas, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia. [[Page D1068]] Brian E. Carlson, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia. John N. Palmer, of Mississippi, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal. John Malcolm Ordway, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, of North Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Finland. Robert V. Royall, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania. J. Edward Fox, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. E. Anne Peterson, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. Margaret K. McMillion, of the District of Columbia, Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda. Wanda L. Nesbitt, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar. Clifford M. Sobel, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Cameron R. Hume, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. Pages S11247, S11249-50 Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations: R. L. Brownlee, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Army. Peter B. Teets, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of the Air Force. Christopher Bancroft Burnham, of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Resource Management). (New Position) Darryl Norman Johnson, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. 2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general. Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy. Pages S11248-49 Messages From the House: Page S11194 Measures Placed on Calendar: Page S11194 Executive Communications: Page S11194 Petitions and Memorials: Pages S11194-97 Executive Reports of Committees: Page S11198 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S11198-99 Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Pages S11199-S11216 Additional Statements: Pages S11192-94 Amendments Submitted: Pages S11216-36 Authority for Committees to Meet: Page S11236 Privilege of the Floor: Page S11236 Text of H.R. 2330, as Previously Passed and as Amended: Pages S11236-47 Adjournment: Senate met at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 6:29 p.m., until 10 a.m., on Wednesday, October 31, 2001. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S11248.)
[Daily Digest] [Pages D1068-D1069] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) NOMINATIONS Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 38 military nominations in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded hearings to examine the future of providing insurance for terrorist acts, focusing on possible policies between the federal government and the insurance industry to respond to the burden of costs in the wake of the tragedies of September 11th, after receiving testimony from Paul H. O'Neill, Secretary of the Treasury; Pennsylvania Commissioner of Insurance Diane Koken, Harrisburg, on behalf of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; David L. Keating, National Taxpayers Union, Alexandria, Virginia; David A. Moss, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts; and Phillip L. Hawkins, Carr America Realty Corporation, Franklin W. Nutter, Reinsurance Association of America, Travis Plunkett, Consumer Federation of America, and Robert E. Vagley, American Insurance Association, all of Washington, D.C. MAIL TERRORISM Committee on Governmental Affairs and the Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation and Federal Services held joint hearings to examine the effects of terrorism on the U.S. mail service, focusing on safeguards to protect postal employees and its customers, after receiving testimony from John E. Potter, Postmaster General, United States Postal Service; Gus Baffa, National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Alexandria, Virginia; William Burrus, American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Denise Manley, Brentwood Post Office, and William H. Quinn, National Postal Mail Handlers Union, all of Washington, D.C.; Vincent R. Sombrotto, National Association of Letter Carriers, Port Washington, New York; and Tony DiStephano, Jr., NALC Branch 380, Trenton New Jersey. Hearings will continue tomorrow. [[Page D1069]] LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded hearings to examine new challenges facing the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which offers primary federal support to help needy households pay their energy bills, focusing on priorities for reauthorization; after receiving testimony from Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Administration for Children and Families; Jerry McKim, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Des Moines; Elliott Jacobson, Action, Inc., Gloucester, Massachusetts; and Theresa Hopkins Allsop, Northeast Utilities Foundation, Hartford, Connecticut. H
[Daily Digest] [Pages D1069-D1070] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Measures Introduced: 9 public bills, H.R. 3180-3188; 1 private bill, H.R. 3179; and 3 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 255-256 and H. Res. 271, were introduced. Pages H7528-29 Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows: H.R. 2585, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the feasibility of providing adequate upstream and downstream passage for fish at the Chiloquin Dam on the Sprague River, Oregon (H. Rept. 107-255); H.R. 1776, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area in west Houston, Texas, amended (H. Rept. 107-256); H.R. 483, regarding the use of the trust land and resources of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, amended (H. Rept. 107-257); Conference report on H.R. 2311, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002 (H. Rept. 107- 258); Conference report on H.R. 2647, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002 (H. Rept. 107-259); H. Res. 272, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 2311, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002 (H. Rept. 107-260); and H. Res. 273, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 2647, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002 (H. Rept. 107-261). Pages H7418-H7525, H7528 Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Culberson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. Page H7359 Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by Mr. Antoine Incashola, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Pablo, Montana. Page H7361 Recess: The House recessed at 12:51 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m. Page H7361 Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: Extension of Refugee Status for Certain Vietnamese Refugees: H.R. 1840, amended, to extend eligibility for refugee status of unmarried sons and daughters of certain Vietnamese refugees; Pages H7362-64 Presentation of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor: H. Con. Res. 243, expressing the sense of the Congress that the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor should be presented to the public safety officers who have perished and select other public safety officers who deserve special recognition for outstanding valor above and beyond the call of duty in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001 (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 408); Pages H7365-68, H7387-88 Long-Term Care Security Act Amendments: H.R. 2559, to amend chapter 90 of title 5, United States Code, relating to Federal long-term care insurance (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 406 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 409); Pages H7368-69, H7388-89 Congratulating Barry Bonds on His Record Breaking Season: H. Res. 266, congratulating Barry Bonds on his spectacular, record-breaking season for the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball; Pages H7369-72 Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission: H.R. 2362, amended, to establish the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission; Pages H7372-74 Norman Sisisky Post Office, Petersburg, Virginia: H.R. 2910, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3131 South Crater Road in Petersburg, Virginia, as the ``Norman Sisisky Post Office Building'' (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 405 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 410); Pages H7375-79, H7389 Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon: H.R. 483, amended, regarding [[Page D1070]] the use of the trust land and resources of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; Pages H7379-80 Chiloquin Dam Fish Passage Feasibility Study: H.R. 2585, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the feasibility of providing adequate upstream and downstream passage for fish at the Chiloquin Dam on the Sprague River, Oregon; Pages H7380-81 Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area Study: H.R. 1776, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Buffalo Bayou National Heritage Area in west Houston, Texas; and Pages H7382-83 First Responder Death and Injuries at the World Trade Center and Pentagon: H. Con. Res. 233, expressing the profound sorrow of the Congress for the death and injuries suffered by first responders as they endeavored to save innocent people in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 (agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 405 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 411). Pages H7383-87, H7390 Recess: The House recessed at 4:46 and reconvened at 6 p.m. Page H7387 Order of Business--Treasury, Postal Appropriations Conference Report: Agreed that it be in order at any time to consider the conference report on H.R. 2590, making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the Executive Office of the President, and certain Independent Agencies, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002; that all points of order against the conference report and against it's consideration be waived; and that the conference report be considered as read. Page H Recess: The House recessed at 11:23 p.m. and reconvened at 7:11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Pages H7525, H7527 Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate appears on page H7397. Adjournment: The House met at 12:30 p.m. and adjourned at 7:12 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D1070-D1071] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings POSTAL SERVICE--SAFETY OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES AND MAIL Committee on Government Reform: Held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Postal Service: The Safety of Postal Employees and the Mail. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the U.S. Postal Service: John E. Potter, Postmaster General; and Kenneth C. Weaver, Chief Postal Inspector, Postal Inspection Service; Mitch Cohen, M.D., Director, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Department of Health and Human Services; James Jarboe, Section Chief, Counterterrorism Division, Domestic Terrorism/Counterterrorism Planning Section, FBI, Department of Justice; and public witnesses. OVERSIGHT--WASHINGTON AQUEDUCT DISCHARGE EFFECTS Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands held an oversight hearing on the Discharge Effects of the Washington Aqueduct. Testimony was heard from John Parsons, Associate Regional Director, Lands, Resources, and Planning, National Capitol Region, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; William T. Hogarth, Assistant Administrator, Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries, NOAA, Department of Commerce; Patricia Gleason, Chief, Maryland and District of Columbia Watershed Branch, Water Protection Division, EPA; Col. Charles J. Fiala, Jr., USA, Commander and District Engineer, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army; and public witnesses. SECURE TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA ACT Committee on Rules: Heard testimony from Chairman Young of Alaska and Representatives Mica, LaTourette, Castle, Smith of Michigan, Ganske, Oberstar, Lipinski, Millender-McDonald, Bonior, Andrews, Jackson of Illinois, Carson, Inslee, Strickland, Udall of New Mexico, and Solis but no action was taken on H.R. 3150, Secure Transportation for America Act of 2001. ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 2311, making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002 and against its consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 2647, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002 and against its consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. GAO'S REPORT--VETERANS' SERVICES Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Benefits held a hearing on the GAO's report: ``Veterans' Employment and Training Service Flexibility and Accountability Needed to Improve Service to Veterans'' and the VA's implementation of the Vocational Training and Rehabilitation program under chapter 31 of Title 38. Testimony was heard from Julius Williams, Director, Rehabilitation and Employment, Department of Veterans Affairs; Charles S. [[Page D1071]] Ciccolella, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Veterans Employment and Training, Department of Labor; Sigurd Nilsen, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, GAO; Roger Madsen, Director, Department of Labor, State of Idaho; representatives of veterans organizations; and public witnesses. F
[Daily Digest] [Page D1071] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NEW PUBLIC LAWS (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest of October 29, 2001, p. D1064) S. 1465, to authorize the President to exercise waivers of foreign assistance restrictions with respect to Pakistan through September 30, 2003. Signed on October 27, 2001. (Public Law 107-57) F
[Daily Digest] [Page D1071] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2001 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: business meeting to consider S. 1519, to amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to provide farm credit assistance for activated reservists, focusing on credit title provisions, and subcommittee assignments, 2:30 p.m., SR- 328A. Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, to hold hearings to examine the progress in making stem cells available to federally-funded researchers, 9 a.m., SD- 124. Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water, to hold hearings to examine innovative financing mechanisms related to the drinking water and clean water state revolving fund, 9:30 a.m., SD-406. Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings on the nomination of George L. Argyros, Sr., of California, to be Ambassador to Spain, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to Andorra; the nomination of Robert M. Beecroft, of Maryland, for the rank of Ambassador as Head of Mission, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Bosnia and Herzegovina; the nomination of Lyons Brown, Jr., of Kentucky, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria; the nomination of Stephan Michael Minikes, of the District of Columbia, to be U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the rank of Ambassador; the nomination of William D. Montgomery, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; the nomination of Melvin F. Sembler, of Florida, to be Ambassador to Italy; and the nomination of Ronald Weiser, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, 2 p.m., SD-419. Committee on Governmental Affairs: with the Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation and Federal Services, to continue joint hearings to examine terrorism through the mail, focusing on the protection of postal workers and the public, 9:30 a.m., SD-342. House 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, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn. Committee on Energy and Commerce, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 2983, Price-Anderson Reauthorization Act of 2001; and H.R. 3046, Medicare Regulatory, Appeals, Contracting, and Education Reform Act of 2001, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn. Committee on Financial Services, to consider the following measures: H.R. 2871, amended, Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2001; H.R. 2604, amended, to authorize the United States to participate in and contribute to the seventh replenishment of the resources of the Asia Development Fund and the fifth replenishment of the resources of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and to set forth additional policies of the United States towards the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund, the Asian Development Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and H.R. 556, Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn. Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, hearing on the Afghan People vs. the Taliban: the Struggle for Freedom Intensifies, 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn. Committee on Ways and Means, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 2873, Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001; and H.R. 3129 Customs Border Security Act of 2001, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. Joint Meetings Conference: closed meeting of conferees on S. 1438, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2002 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military constructions, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., SC-5, Capitol. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to hold hearings on the Romanian leadership of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), focusing on the work of the OSCE in strengthening security, preventing conflict and management crises in the OSCE region, as well as promoting respect for human rights and democratic values in the OSCE participating states under Romania's Chairmanship, 9:30 a.m., SR-385.
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