Daily Digest

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    The House passed H.R. 2356, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S675–S792

Measures Introduced: Eight bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1937–1944, S. Res. 208–209, and S. Con. Res. 97.
Page S732

Measures Reported:

S. 1857, to Encourage the Negotiated Settlement of Tribal Claims, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S.J. Res. 31, suspending certain provisions of law pursuant to section 258(a)(2) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
Page S732

Measures Passed:

Farm Aid: By 58 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 30), Senate passed H.R. 2646, to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2011, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 1731, Senate companion measure, and after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S675–99

Adopted:

By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 27), Reid (for Conrad) Amendment No. 2857 (to Amendment No. 2471), to express the Sense of the Senate that no Social Security surplus funds should be used to pay to make currently scheduled tax cuts permanent or for wasteful spending.
Pages S675–77

By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 28), Lugar (for Kyl/Nickles) Amendment No. 2850 (to Amendment No. 2471), to express the Sense of the Senate that the repeal of the estate tax should be made permanent by eliminating the sunset provision's applicability to the estate tax.
Pages S675–77

Harkin (for Kerry/Snowe) Amendment No. 2852 (to Amendment No. 2471), to provide emergency disaster assistance for the commercial fishery failure with respect to Northeast multispecies fisheries.
Pages S675, S679–80

Harkin/Lugar Amendment No. 2859 (to Amendment No. 2471), to make certain improvements to Farm Aid.
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Daschle (for Harkin) Amendment No. 2471, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S675–83

Rejected:

Lugar (for Domenici) Modified Amendment No. 2851 (to Amendment No. 2471), to require the Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to milk producers. (By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 29), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S675, S677–79

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

Daschle motion to reconsider the vote (Vote No. 377--107th Congress, 1st Session) by which the second motion to invoke cloture on Daschle (for Harkin) Amendment No. 2471 (listed above) was not agreed to, fell when H.R. 2646, listed above, was passed.
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Pursuant to the order of February 7, 2002, Senate insisted on its amendment and requested a conference with the House thereon.
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Also, pursuant to the order of February 7, 2002, S. 1731 was returned to the Senate calendar.
Capitol Rotunda Holocaust Ceremony: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 325, permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.
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Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 97, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
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Election Reform: Senate began consideration of S. 565, to establish the Commission on Voting Rights and Procedures to study and make recommendations regarding election technology, voting, and election administration, to establish a grant program under which the Office of Justice Programs and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice shall provide assistance to States and localities in improving election technology and the administration of Federal elections, and to require States to meet uniform and nondiscriminatory election technology and administration requirements for the 2004 Federal elections, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S709–29

Adopted:

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Smith (NH) Amendment No. 2861 (to Amendment No. 2858), of a perfecting nature.
Pages S714–18

Allard Amendment No. 2858, to clarify the standard for invalidation of ballots cast by absent uniformed services voters in Federal elections, to maximize the access of recently separated uniformed services voters to the polls, to prohibit the refusal of voter registration and absentee ballot applications on grounds of early submission, and to distribute copies of the Federal military voter laws to the States.
Pages S713–18

Dodd/McConnell Amendment No. 2688, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S709–26

Dodd (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 2874, to treat absentee ballots and mail-in ballots in the same manner as other paper ballot voting systems under the voting systems standards and to ensure that voters are informed how to correct voting errors before a ballot is cast and counted.
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Schumer Amendment No. 2871, to specify how lever voting systems may meet the multilingual voting materials requirement.
Pages S727–28

Schumer Amendment No. 2873, to require States and localities to mail a voter registration form to individuals who cast provisional ballots that were not counted.
Pages S727–28

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 10:15 a.m., on Thursday, February 14, 2002.
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Reading of Washington's Farewell Address: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the Resolution of the Senate of January 24, 1901, as modified by the order of February 13, 2002, on Monday, February 25, 2002, immediately following the prayer and the disposition of the Journal, the traditional reading of Washington's Farewell Address take place, and the Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, was authorized to appoint Senator Corzine to perform this task.
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Budget and Deficit Control--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, following consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of S.J. Res. 31, suspending certain provisions of law pursuant to section 258(a)(2) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, with a vote to occur on passage of the joint resolution.
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Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

John L. Howard, of Illinois, to be Chairman of the Special Panel on Appeals.

Dan Gregory Blair, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Linda Morrison Combs, of North Carolina, to be Chief Financial Officer, Environmental Protection Agency. (Prior to this action, Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration.)

Morris X. Winn, of Texas, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. (Prior to this action, Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration.)
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Messages From the House:
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Measures Referred:
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Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S732–33


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S733–46


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S746–90


Authority for Committees to Meet:
Pages S790–91


Privilege of the Floor:
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Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--30)
Pages S677, S679, S799


Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 7:28 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 14, 2002.

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel concluded hearings on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 2003 for the Department of Defense, focusing on active and reserve military and civilian personnel programs, after receiving testimony from David S. C. Chu, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; Reginald J. Brown, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; William A. Navas, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Michael L. Dominguez, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; SMA Jack L. Tilley, USA, Sergeant Major of the Army; SM Alford L. McMichael, USMC, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps; MCPON James L. Herdt, USN, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy; CMSGT Frederick J. Finch, USAF, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force; Craig W. Duehring, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; Lt. Gen. Russell C. Davis, ANG, Chief, National Guard Bureau; Maj. Gen. Craig Bambrough, USAR, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command; VADM John B. Totushek, USNR, Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve Force; Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III, USAF, Chief, Air Force Reserve; and Lt. Gen. Dennis M. McCarthy, USMCR, Commander, Marine Forces Reserve.

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HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT BUDGET

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2003 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, after receiving testimony from Mel Martinez, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Sheila Crowley, National Low Income Housing Coalition, Washington, D.C.; Joseph F. Reilly, JP Morgan Chase Community Development Group, New York, New York, on behalf of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders; and Thomas L. Jones, Habitat for Humanity International, Americus, Georgia.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Budget: Committee ordered unfavorably reported S.J. Res. 31, suspending certain provisions of law pursuant to section 258(a)(2) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

2003 BUDGET

Committee on the Budget: Committee resumed hearings on the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2003 and revenue proposals, focusing on the Department of Defense, after receiving testimony from Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Hearings continue tomorrow.

EPA 2003 BUDGET

Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded hearings on the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2003 for the Environmental Protection Agency, after receiving testimony from Christine Todd Whitman, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill establishing Energy Tax Incentives Act of 2002.

SECTORAL TRADE DISPUTES

Committee on Finance: Committee held hearings to examine sectoral trade disputes concerning lumber and steel, focusing on open and fair competition in international markets, receiving testimony from Grant D. Aldonas, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; Peter Allgeier, Deputy United States Trade Representative; Bobby Rayburn, National Association of Home Builders, Rodger Schlickeisen, Defenders of Wildlife, and Jon E. Jenson, Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition, all of Washington, D.C.; W. J. Wood, Tolleson Lumber Company, Perry, Georgia, on behalf of the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports; Thomas J. Usher, United States Steel Corporation, and Leo W. Gerard, United Steelworkers of America, both of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Daniel R. DiMicco, Nucor Corporation, Charlotte, North Carolina; Gary C. Hill, National Metalwares, Aurora, Illinois, on behalf of the Emergency Committee for American Trade; and Joseph Cannon, Geneva Steel, Vineyard, Utah.

Hearings recessed subject to call.

HIV/AIDS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine bilateral and multilateral responses to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, focusing on new prevention tools including microbicides, treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS, and mitigation of current and future social and economic impacts of the epidemic, after receiving testimony from Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Andrew Natsios, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development; Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Peter Piot, UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland; Princeton Lyman, Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force on HIV/AIDS; Sunanda Ray, Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service, Harare, Zimbabwe; and Peter Okaalet, Medical Assistance Program International, Nairobi, Kenya.

DIAMOND TRADE

Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia concluded hearings to examine the implementation and enforcement of the Kimberly Process Agreement (to ban the source of income from illicit diamonds), after receiving testimony from Senators DeWine, Feingold, and Gregg; John E. Leigh, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States; Joseph H. Melrose, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone; Loren Yager, Director, International Affairs and Trade, General Accounting Office; Alan W. Eastham, Special Negotiator for Conflict Diamonds, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State; Timothy Skud, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Regulatory, Tariff, and Trade Enforcement; and James Mendenhall, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Trade Representative.

GENETIC DISCRIMINATION

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded hearings to examine the existing laws and proposed legislation necessary to protect genetic information, in order to prevent genetic discrimination that may lead to loss of health insurance or employment discrimination, including S. 318/S. 382, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance, after receiving testimony from Cari M. Dominguez, Chairman, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Bobby P. Jindal, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation; Debra L. Ness, National Partnership for Women and Families, Joanne L. Hustead, Georgetown University Institute for Health Care Research and Policy, Andrew J. Imparato, American Association of People with Disabilities, all of Washington, D.C.; and Ronald L. Adler, Laurden Associates, Inc., Potomac, Maryland.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported S. 1857, to Encourage the Negotiated Settlement of Tribal Claims.

NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND SELF-DETERMINATION ACT

Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded oversight hearings on the implementation and reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), after receiving testimony from Michael Liu, Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Office of Public and Indian Housing; Kelsey A. Begaye, Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona; Robert Gauthier, Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority, Pablo, Montana; Chester Carl, Coalition for Indian Housing and Development, Washington, D.C.; and Joe Garcia, National Congress of American Indians, San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico.

BASEBALL ANTITRUST EXEMPTION

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee held hearings to examine the application of federal antitrust laws to Major League Baseball, receiving testimony from Senators Wellstone, Nelson, and Dayton; Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth, Tallahassee; Minnesota Deputy Attorney General Lori R. Swanson, St. Paul; Robert A. DuPuy, Major League Baseball, and Donald M. Fehr, Major League Baseball Players Association, both of New York, New York; and Stanley M. Brand, Minor League Baseball, Washington, D.C.

Hearings recessed subject to call.

CYBER TERROR ATTACK

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts met to receive a briefing on issues surrounding potential threats of cyber terror attacks from Richard A. Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security, and Chairman of the President's Infrastructure Board.

BUSINESS MEETING

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to consider pending intelligence matters, made no announcements, and recessed subject to call.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Measures Introduced: 27 public bills, H.R. 3731–3757; 3 private bills, H.R. 3758–3760; and 3 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 328–330, were introduced.
Pages H365–67


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H. Res. 347, providing for consideration of the Senate Amendments to H.R. 622, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the adoption credit (H. Rept. 107–359).
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Culberson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
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Journal Vote: Agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal of Tuesday, Feb. 12 by a yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 40 nays, Roll No. 17.
Pages H337–38


Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Lewis of Georgia motion to adjourn by recorded vote of 13 ayes to 405 noes, Roll No. 18.
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Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act: The House passed H.R. 2356, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide bipartisan campaign reform by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 34.
Pages H339–64 (continued next issue)

Agreed to the Meehan motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on House Administration with instructions to report it back forthwith to the House with an amendment that prohibits any soft money to be used to pay to any debts or obligations incurred for any hard money activities. Subsequently, the Committee on House Administration reported the bill back with the amendment, and the amendment was then agreed to.
(See next issue.)

Agreed To:

Shays amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 9, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12 that bans soft money beginning Nov. 6, 2002 and provides a transition rule for spending funds prior to Jan. 1, 2003 by national parties to retire outstanding debts or obligations (agreed to by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 21);
(See next issue.)

Green of Texas amendment No. 11, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12 that strikes section 305 which had guaranteed special television media rates for candidates (agreed to by a recorded vote of 327 ayes to 101 noes, Roll No. 23);
(See next issue.)

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Capito amendment No. 10, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that increases contribution limits for House candidates in response to personal expenditures by wealthy opponents;
(See next issue.)

Wamp amendment No. 12, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that increases the contribution limits for House candidates from $1,000 to $2,000 and indexes this amount for inflation in future years (agreed to by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 28);

Kingston amendment No. 25, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that prohibits the use of soft money after the effective date of the ban to defray the costs of the construction or purchase of any office building or facility (agreed to by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 196 noes, Roll No. 32);
(See next issue.)

Rejected:

Armey amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 13, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12 that sought to ban all soft money activities of parties and candidates (rejected by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 249 noes, Roll No. 19);
(See next issue.)

Ney amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 14, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12 that sought to ban soft money by political parties for Federal election activity, increase contribution limits for political parties and individuals, and define and regulate ``express advocacy'' communications (rejected by a recorded vote of 53 ayes to 377 noes, Roll No. 20);
(See next issue.)

Hyde amendment No. 32, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to clarify that nothing may be construed to abridge the freedoms found in the First Amendment to the Constitution, specifically the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances (rejected by recorded vote of 188 ayes to 237 noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 22);
(See next issue.)

Pickering amendment No. 27, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12 that sought to exempt non-candidate communications pertaining to the Second Amendment of the Constitution, the right of individuals to keep and bear arms (rejected by a recorded vote of 209 ayes to 219 noes, Roll No. 24);
(See next issue.)

Watts of Oklahoma amendment No. 31, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to exempt non-candidate communications pertaining to civil rights and issues affecting minorities (rejected by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 25);
(See next issue.)

Sam Johnson of Texas amendment No. 28, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to exempt non-candidate communications pertaining to Veterans, Military Personnel, or Seniors (rejected by a recorded vote of 200 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 26);
(See next issue.)

Combest amendment No. 30, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to exempt non-candidate communications pertaining to workers, farmers, families, and individuals (rejected by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 27);
(See next issue.)

Emerson amendment No. 33, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to ban soft money expenditures by a State, district, or local committee of a political party for Federal election activity (rejected by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 29);
(See next issue.)

Wicker amendment No. 34, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to ban political contributions in Federal elections by all individuals not citizens or nationals of the United States (rejected by a recorded vote of 160 ayes to 268 noes, Roll No. 30);
(See next issue.)

Reynolds amendment No. 29, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to change the effective date of the soft money ban to February 14, 2002 and require that any soft money funds unexpended on this date be returned on a pro rata basis to the contributors (rejected by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 238 noes, Roll No. 31); and
(See next issue.)

Ney amendment in the nature of a substitute No. 26, printed in the Congressional Record of Feb. 12, that sought to establish the Campaign Reform and Citizen Participation Act, effective on the date of enactment, to place restrictions on the soft money of national political parties, modify contribution limits, and disclose information on targeted mass communications (rejected by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 33).
(See next issue.)

The Clerk was authorized to make technical corrections and conforming changes in the engrossment of the bill.
(See next issue.)

H. Res. 344, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was agreed to on Feb. 12.

Quorum Calls--Votes:
One yea-and-nay vote and seventeen recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H337–38, H338 (continued next issue). There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Committee Meetings

REVIEW--AGRICULTURAL RISK PROTECTION ACT IMPLEMENTATION

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing to review the implementation of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act. Testimony was heard from Representative Pomeroy; and Phyllis Honor, Acting Administrator, Risk Management Agency, USDA.

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AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies began appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from Ann M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture.

FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs began appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State.

LABOR, HHS, AND EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education began appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor.

TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation held a hearing on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Office of Inspector General. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Transportation: Kenneth M. Mead, Inspector General; and Joseph M. Clapp, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST

Committee on Armed Services: Continued hearings on the fiscal year 2003 National Defense Authorization budget request. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of the Navy: Gordon R. England, Secretary; Adm. Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations; and Gen. James L. Jones, Commandant of the Marine Corps.

ENRON AND BEYOND

Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations held a hearing on ``Enron and Beyond: Enhancing Worker Retirement Security.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES--RESPONDING TO NEEDS

Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Select Education and the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness held a joint hearing on ``Responding to the Needs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

CHALLENGES FACING AMATEUR ATHLETICS

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Challenges Facing Amateur Athletics.'' Testimony was heard from Representatives Osborne and Berkley; and public witnesses.

ENRON BANKRUPTCY EFFECTS ON ENERGY MARKETS

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality held a hearing entitled ``The Effect of the Bankruptcy of Enron on the Functioning of Energy Markets.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Energy: Patrick H. Wood III, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Mary Hutzler, Acting Director, Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting, Energy Information Administration; James E. Newsome, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Isaac Hunt, Commissioner, SEC; Thomas L. Welch, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission, State of Maine; and public witnesses.

HUD PROPOSED BUDGET

Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity held a hearing on the proposed budget of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2003. Testimony was heard from Mel Martinez, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

JOE BARBOZA MURDER TRIAL

Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``The California Murder Trial of Joe `The Animal' Barboza: Did the Federal Government Support the Release of a Dangerous Mafia Assassin?'' Testimony was heard from Marteen Miller, former Public Defender, who represented Joseph Barboza; and the following former officials of the State of California: Ed Cameron, Investigator, Office of the District Attorney, Santa Rosa; and Tim Brown, Detective Sergeant, Office of the Sheriff, Sonoma County.

Hearings continue tomorrow.

COMMUNIST ENTRENCHMENT AND RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights held a hearing on Communist Entrenchment and Religious Persecution in China and Vietnam. Testimony was heard from Michael K. Young, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; and public witnesses.

OVERSIGHT--INDIVIDUAL FISHING QUOTAS

Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans held a oversight hearing on Individual Fishing Quotas (IFQs). Testimony was heard from William T. Hogarth, Acting Assistant Administrator, Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce; Rear Adm. Terry M. Cross, USCG, Assistant Commandant, Operations, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Transportation; and public witnesses.

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MOTION TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS WITH AN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 622--HOPE FOR CHILDREN ACT

Committee on Rules: Granted by voice vote, a rule providing for a single motion to be offered by the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means or his designee that the House concur in each of the Senate amendments to H.R. 622, Hope for Children Act, with the amendment printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution. The rule provides one hour of debate in the House equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the motion to concur in the Senate amendments with an amendment. Finally, the rule provides that the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to final adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question. Testimony was heard from Chairman Thomas and Representatives Rangel, Dooley, and Jackson-Lee.

R&D BUDGET--AN EVALUATION

Committee on Science: Held a hearing on the R&D Budget for Fiscal Year 2003: An Evaluation. Testimony was heard from Jack Marburger, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Rita Covell, Director, NSF; Samuel W. Bodman, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce; and Bruce Carnes, Chief Financial Officer, Director, Office of Management, Budget and Evaluation, Department of Energy.

SBA PROPOSED BUDGET

Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on the Administration's Proposed Budget for the SBA for Fiscal Year 2003. Testimony was heard from Hector V. Barreto, Jr., Administrator, SBA; and public witnesses.

PORT SECURITY

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing on Port Security: Credentials for Port Security. Testimony was heard from Adm. James Underwood, USCG, Director, Office of Intelligence and Security, Department of Transportation; and public witnesses.

OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY REAUTHORIZATION

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on the Reauthorization of the Office of Pipeline Safety. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Transportation: Ellen Engelman, Administrator, Research and Special Programs Administration; and Mark Dayton, Deputy Assistant Inspector General, Competition, Economic, Rail and Special Programs; Robert J. Chipkevich, Director, Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations, National Transportation Safety Board; and public witnesses.

VA BUDGET PROPOSAL

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Held a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2003 budget. Testimony was heard from Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Frederico Juarbe, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Training and Employment, Department of Labor; and representatives of veterans organizations.

HEALTH CARE TAX CREDITS

Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on Health Care Tax Credits to Decrease the Number of Uninsured. Testimony was heard from Mark B. McClellan, member, Council of Economic Advisors; Mark Weinberger, Assistant Secretary, Tax Policy, Department of the Treasury; and public witnesses.

MILOSEVIC TRIAL

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy and National Security met in executive session to hold a hearing on the Milosevic Trial. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.

SPEAKER--MANDATED REPORT

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security met in executive session to discuss Speaker-mandated Report. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest of February 12, 2002, p. D90)

H.R. 700, to reauthorize the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997. Signed on February 12, 2002. (Public Law 107–141)

H.R. 1937, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to engage in certain feasibility studies of water resource projects in the State of Washington. Signed on February 12, 2002. (Public Law 107–142)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

FEBRUARY 14, 2002

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2003 for the U.S. Coast Guard, 10 a.m., SD–124.

Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 2003 for the Department of Defense, focusing on the results of the Nuclear Post Review; to be followed by closed hearings (in Room SH–219), 9:30 a.m., SH–216.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to resume oversight hearings to examine accounting and investor protection issues raised by Enron and other public companies, 10 a.m., SD–538.

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Committee on the Budget: to continue hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2003 and revenue proposals, 10 a.m., SD–608.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, to hold hearings on S. 202 and H.R. 2440, to rename Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts as ``Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts''; S. 1051 and H.R. 1456, to expand the boundary of the Booker T. Washington National Monument; S. 1061 and H.R. 2238, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire Fern Lake and the surrounding watershed in the States of Kentucky and Tennessee for addition to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park; S. 1649, to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to increase the authorization of appropriations for the Vancouver National Historic Reserve and for the preservation of Vancouver Barracks; S. 1894, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the national significance of the Miami Circle site in the State of Florida as well as the suitability and feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System as part of Biscayne National Park; and H.R. 2234, to revise the boundary of the Tumacacori National Historical Park in the State of Arizona, 2:30 p.m., SD–366.

Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on Long-term Growth and Debt Reduction, to hold hearings to examine Administration's request to increase the federal debt limit, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine needs of the working poor, 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information, to hold hearings to examine privacy, identity theft, and protection of personal information in the 21st century, 2:30 p.m., SD–226.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2003 for veterans' programs, 10 a.m., SR–418.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, on Office of Inspector General, 9:30 a.m., 2362A Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Defense, on Fiscal Year 2002 Department of Defense Budget Overview, 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, on Department of Labor-Worker Protection Agencies Panel, 9:45 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Military Construction, on European Command, 9 a.m., H–140 Capitol.

Subcommittee on Transportation, on Office of the Secretary, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.

Committee on the Budget, on Members Day, 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.

Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Select Education, hearing on ``Equipping Museums and Libraries for the 21st Century,'' 9:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, hearing entitled ``Are Current Financial Accounting Standards Protecting Investors?'' 9 a.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Medicare Payment Policy: Ensuring Stability and Access Through Physician Payments,'' 8:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to continue hearings on the Financial Collapse of Enron Corp, 11 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Government Reform, to continue hearings entitled ``The California Murder Trial of Joe `The Animal' Barboza: Did the Federal Government Support the Release of a Dangerous Mafia Assassin?'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, hearing on U.S. Interests in East Asia and the Pacific: Problems and Prospects in the Year of the Horse, 10 a.m., 2200 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, oversight hearing on the ``Federal Trademark Dilution Act,'' 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Crime, to mark up H.R. 3482, Cyber Security Enhancement Act of 2001, 1:30 p.m., 2237 Rayburn.

Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Research, oversight hearing on the ``Fiscal Year 2003 Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Energy and Minerals Program Budgets,'' 10 a.m., 1310 Longworth.

Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 1712, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make minor adjustments to the boundary of the National Park of American Samoa to include certain portions of the islands of Ofu and Olosega within the park; and H.R. 2937, to provide for the conveyance of certain public land in Clark County, Nevada, for use as a shooting range, 2 p.m., 1334 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Water and Power, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 1870, Fallon Rail Freight Loading Facility Transfer Act; and H.R. 706, Lease Lot Conveyance Act of 2001; followed by an oversight hearing on the ``Operations of the Water Delivery System in California: the CALFED Record of Decision- and Anticipated Water Deliveries for 2002,'' 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, hearing on the Amtrak Reform Council's Restructuring Plan, 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, hearing on Agency Budgets and Priorities for Fiscal Year 2003, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy and National Security, executive, hearing on Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threats, 10 a.m., H–405 Capitol.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine reform of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Building.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 14

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 10:15 a.m.), Senate will continue consideration of S. 565, Election Reform.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, February 14

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Consideration of Senate amendments to H.R. 622, Economic Security and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 (closed rule, one hour of debate).


 

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