May 14, 2002 - Issue: Vol. 148, No. 61 — Daily Edition107th Congress (2001 - 2002) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Andean Trade Preference Expansion Act: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 3009, to extend the Andean Trade Preference Act, and to grant additional trade benefits under that Act, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 109), Baucus Amendment No. 3405 (to Amendment No. 3401), to clarify the principal negotiating objectives of the United States with respect to foreign investment.
Dayton/Craig Amendment No. 3408 (to Amendment No. 3401), to limit the application of trade authorities procedures. (By 38 yeas to 61 nays (Vote No. 110), Senate failed to table the amendment.)
Pages S4299, S4309, S4320–22
Grassley Amendment No. 3409 (to Amendment No. 3408), to make preserving the ability of the United States to enforce rigorously its trade laws a principal trade negotiating objective.
Baucus/Grassley Amendment No. 3401, in the nature of a substitute.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill, at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2002, where Senator Wellstone will be recognized to offer an amendment regarding labor impact.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
Messages From the House:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authority for Committees to Meet:
Recess: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and recessed at 5:42 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2002. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S4336–37).
NATIONAL EXPORT STRATEGY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the Annual National Export Strategy Report of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, focusing on the ability to foster development in, and trade with, South- and South-East Asia and Africa, in order to promote international stability, after receiving testimony from Donald L. Evans, Secretary of Commerce, Eduardo Aguirre, Vice Chairman and First Vice President, Export-Import Bank of the United States, Hector V. Barreto, Administrator, Small Business Administration, Thelma J. Askey, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Ross J. Connelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, all on behalf of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation/Committee on Indian Affairs: Committees concluded joint oversight hearings to examine telecommunications issues in Indian country, focusing on telecom carriers, tribal governments, and the siting of communications towers, after receiving testimony from K. Dane Snowden, Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission; Susan Masten, Yurok Tribe, Eureka, California; Marcia Warren Edelman, S. M. E. LLC, Arlington, Virginia, former Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, Department of Commerce; Michael Strand, Montana Independent Telecommunications Systems, Helena; John Stanton, Western Wireless Corporation, Bellevue, Washington; and William Day, United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., Pineville, Louisiana.
PACIFIC SALMON MANAGEMENT AND RECOVERY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Fisheries concluded hearings on S. 1825, to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to provide financial assistance to the States of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho and tribes in the region for salmon habitat restoration projects in coastal waters and upland drainages, and related pacific salmon management issues, after receiving testimony from Senators Crapo and Thompson; Donald R. Knowles, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce; Dirk Brazil, California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento; Geoffrey M. Huntington, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Salem; Laura E. Johnson, Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board/Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, Olympia; James L. Caswell, Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation, Boise; Robert Thorstenson, United Fishermen of Alaska, Juneau; Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, Eugene, Oregon; and Harold Blackwolf, Sr., Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Committee, Madras, on behalf of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded hearings on S. 2118, to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, and S. 2507, to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, after receiving testimony from Jeffry M. Burnam, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Stephen L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, Environmental Protection Agency; Warren Muir, National Academy of Sciences National Research Council, Brooks B. Yeager, World Wildlife Fund, and Karen L. Perry, Physicians for Social Responsibility, all of Washington, D.C.; John Buccini, United Nations Environment Programme Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, Ontario, Canada; and Michael Walls, American Chemistry Council, Arlington, Virginia.
TOBACCO MARKETING ON WOMEN
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia concluded hearings to examine the impact of tobacco marketing on women and girls, focusing on promotional targeting techniques and women's health, after receiving testimony from Cristina Beato, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health; Elizabeth M. Whelan, American Council on Science and Health, and Diane E. Stover, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, on behalf of the American College of Chest Physicians and the CHEST Foundation, both of New York, New York; Charles King III, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts; Matthew L. Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, D.C.; and Cassandra Coleman, Chicago, Illinois.
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs concluded hearings to examine seeking justice for sexual assault victims, focusing on Department of Justice efforts to promote the use of DNA evidence to combat crime and impact of the Debbie Smith Act on crime laboratories throughout the United States, after receiving testimony from Sarah V. Hart, Director, National Institute of Justice, and Dwight E. Adams, Assistant Director, Laboratory Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, both of the Department of Justice; Linda A. Fairstein, former Chief of the New York County District Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, New York, New York; Debra S. Holbrook, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, Delaware; Susan Narveson, Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau, Phoenix, Arizona, on behalf of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors; J. Tom Morgan, Stone Mountain Judicial District Attorney, De Kalb County, Georgia, on behalf of the National District Attorneys Association; and Debbie Smith, Williamsburg, Virginia.
House of Representatives
Measures Introduced: No bills were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
Justice Undone: Clemency Decisions in the Clinton White House (H. Rept. 107–454);
H.R. 1370, to amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide for maintenance and repair of buildings and properties located on lands in the National Wildlife Refuge System by lessees of such facilities, amended (H. Rept. 107–455);
H.R. 4626, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to accelerate the marriage penalty relief in the standard deduction and to modify the work opportunity credit and the welfare-to-work credit, amended (H. Rept. 107–457);
H.R. 2624, to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to honor, through permanent tributes, men and women of the United States who were killed or disabled while serving as law enforcement or public safety officers (H. Rept. 107–458);
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Boozman to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 12:43 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 5:29 p.m. and reconvened at 6:32 p.m.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
National Wildlife Refuge System Maintenance and Repair: H.R. 1370, amended, to amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide for maintenance and repair of buildings and properties located on lands in the National Wildlife Refuge System by lessees of such facilities. Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to establish requirements for the award of concessions in the National Wildlife Refuge System, to provide for maintenance and repair of properties located in the System by concessionaires authorized to use such properties, and for other purposes.'';
Nutria Eradication and Marshland Restoration: H.R. 4044, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance to the State of Maryland for implementation of a program to eradicate nutria and restore marshland damaged by nutria. Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance to the State of Maryland and the State of Louisiana for implementation of a program to eradicate or control nutria and restore marshland damaged by nutria.'';
Waco Mammoth Site Area Interior Study Act: H.R. 1925, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Waco Mammoth Site Area in Waco, Texas, as a unit of the National Park System;
Regional Plant Genome and Gene Expression Research Act: H.R. 2051, to provide for the establishment of regional plant genome and gene expression research and development centers. Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to authorize the National Science Foundation to establish regional centers for the purpose of plant genome and gene expression research and development and international research partnerships for the advancement of plant biotechnology in the developing world.'';
Recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the American Society of Civil Engineers: H. Con. Res. 387, recognizing the American Society of Civil Engineers for reaching its 150th Anniversary and for the many vital contributions of civil engineers to the quality of life of our Nation's people including the research and development projects that have led to the physical infrastructure of modern America;
Highway Funding Restoration Act: H.R. 3694, amended, to provide for highway infrastructure investment at the guaranteed funding level contained in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (agreed to by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 159);
Pages H2406–13, H2427
Social Security Benefit Enhancements for Women Act: H.R. 4069, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for miscellaneous enhancements in Social Security benefits, and for other purposes (agreed to by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 160). Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for miscellaneous enhancements in Social Security benefits, and for other purposes.''; and
Pages H2413–22, H2427–28
Prohibiting the Involuntary Wearing of the Abaya Garment by Members of the Armed Forces: H.R. 4714, to prohibit members of the Armed Forces in Saudi Arabia from being required or formally or informally compelled to wear the abaya garment.
Recess: At 11:22 p.m. the House recessed subject to the call of the Chair.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on page H2394.
Adjournment: The House met at 12:30 p.m. and stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.
Committee on Appropriations: Continued markup of the supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2002.
Will continue tomorrow.
LABOR, HHS, AND EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education continued appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
CORPORATE ACCOUNTING PRACTICES
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises continued hearings entitled ``Corporate Accounting Practices: Is There a Credibility GAAP?'' Testimony was heard from Robert K. Herdman, Chief Accountant, SEC; Edmund L. Jenkins, Chairman, Financial Accounting Standards Board; and public witnesses.
ACCOUNTABILITY OF TAX DOLLARS ACT
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management, and Intergovernmental Relations held a hearing on H.R. 4685, Accountability of Tax Dollars Act of 2002. Testimony was heard from Representative Toomey; Gary T. Engel, Director, Financial Management and Assurance, GAO; Mark Reger, Chief Financial Officer, FCC; Alison L. Doone, Deputy Staff Director, Management, FEC; Frederick J. Zirkel, Inspector General, FTC; and Paul Brachfeld, Inspector General, National Archives and Records Administration.
VA HEALTH CARE
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans' Affairs, and International Relations held a hearing on ``VA Health Care: Structural Problems, Superficial Solutions?'' Testimony was heard from Robert Roswell, Under Secretary, Health, Department of Veterans Affairs; Cynthia Bascetta, Director, Health Care-Veterans' Health and Benefits Issues, GAO; Edmund Burke, Coordinator, Veterans Services, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, State of Connecticut; and public witnesses.
FAIRNESS IN SENTENCING ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security approved for full Committee action H.R. 4689, Fairness in Sentencing Act of 2002.
Prior to this action, the Subcommittee held a hearing on this measure. Testimony was heard from Charles R. Tetzlaff, General Counsel, U.S. Sentencing Commission; John Roth, Section Chief, Department of Justice; James M. Rosenbaum, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and William G. Otis, former Assistant U.S. Attorney General, District of Virginia.
AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM SUPPORT ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule on H.R. 3994, Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002, providing one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on International Relations. The rule provides that it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on International Relations now printed in the bill. The rule provides that the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered by title rather than by section. The rule allows the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole to accord priority in recognition to those Members who have pre-printed their amendments in the Congressional Record. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Hyde and Representative Lantos.
ENCOURAGING WORK AND SUPPORTING MARRIAGE ACT
Committee on Rules: Heard testimony from Chairman Thomas and Representative Rangel on H.R. 4626, Encouraging Work and Supporting Marriage Act of 2002.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, WORK AND FAMILY PROMOTION ACT
Committee on Rules: Heard testimony from Chairman Thomas and Representatives Herger, Boehner, McKeon, Tauzin, Levin, Cardin, Becerra,, Mink of Hawaii, Owens, Scott, Woolsey, Tierney, Kind, Wu, Solis, Clayton, Carson of Indiana, Jackson-Lee of Texas, and Udall of New Mexico on H.R. 4700, Personal Responsibility, Work and Family Promotion Act of 2002.
IRC--REQUIREMENTS FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing on the Review of Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3) requirements for religious organizations. Testimony was heard from Steven T. Miller, Director, Exempt Organizations Division, IRS, Department of the Treasury; and public witnesses.
IRS BUDGET REVIEW
Joint Committee on Taxation: Committee concluded hearings to review the strategic plans and budget of the Internal Revenue Service, as annually required by the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, after receiving testimony from Charles O. Rossotti, Commissioner, and Larry Levitan, Chairman of the Oversight Board, both of the Internal Revenue Service, and David C. Williams, Inspector General for Tax Administration, all of the Department of the Treasury; and James R. White, Director, Tax Issues, General Accounting Office.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2003 for the National Science Foundation and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, 9:30 a.m., SD–138.
Subcommittee on Defense, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2003 for the Air Force, 10 a.m., SD–192.
Subcommittee on Treasury and General Government, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2003 for the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, 2 p.m., SD–192.
Subcommittee on Interior, to hold hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2003 for the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, 2 p.m., SD–124.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation, to hold hearings to examine affordable housing production and working families, 2:30 p.m., SD–538.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce, and Tourism, to hold hearings to examine the Enron Corporation, focusing on developments regarding electricity price manipulation in California, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to consider pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SD–366.
Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine manipulation in Western energy markets during 2000–2001, 2:30 p.m., SH–216.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine transportation planning issues, 10 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the binge epidemic on college campuses, 9:30 a.m., SD–342.
Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine copyright royalties, focusing on webcasting, 9:30 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Appropriations, to continue markup of the supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2002, 1:30 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, on Congressional Witnesses, 10:15 a.m., Rayburn.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, hearing on ``Flexibility in the Workplace: Options for Public Sector Employees,'' 11:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, hearing on ``Medical Science and Bioethics: Attack of the Clones?'' 1 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on International Relations, hearing on the Administration's National Export Strategy: Promoting Trade and Development in Key Emerging Markets, 12 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power, to mark up H.R. 2301, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to construct a bridge on Federal land west of and adjacent to Folsom Dam in California, 3 p.m., 1334 Longworth.
Committee on Small Business, hearing on the Pentagon's procurement policies and programs with respect to small businesses, 2 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, joint oversight hearing on Implementation of the ``National Invasive Species Act of 1996,'' 9:30 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, briefing on Global Hot Spots, 1:30 p.m., and, executive, to mark up H.R. 4628, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003, 3:30 p.m., H–405 Capitol.
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 10:30 a.m.), Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 3009, Andean Trade Preference Expansion Act.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of the H.R. 3994, Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002 (rule only); and
Consideration of H.R. 4700, Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act (subject to a rule).
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E800
Baca, Joe, Calif., E803
Bentsen, Ken, Tex., E792
Bilirakis, Michael, Fla., E795
Camp, Dave, Mich., E793
Cardin, Benjamin L., Md., E798
Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr., Ala., E794
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E804
DeGette, Diana, Colo., E799
Edwards, Chet, Tex., E790
English, Phil, Pa., E799
Gutierrez, Luis V., Ill., E803
Hilleary, Van, Tenn., E804
Israel, Steve, N.Y., E801
Kennedy, Mark R., Minn., E802
LoBiondo, Frank A., N.J., E802
McGovern, James P., Mass., E791
McKeon, Howard P. ``Buck'', Calif., E793
Nethercutt, George R., Jr., Wash., E798
Ose, Doug, Calif., E802
Riley, Bob, Ala., E793
Rogers, Mike, Mich., E797
Sanders, Bernard, Vt., E793
Saxton, Jim, N.J., E795
Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E792
Serrano, José E., N.Y., E796
Shuster, Bill, Pa., E803
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E796
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E800
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E801
Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E799
Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E793