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[Daily Digest] [Pages D517-D519] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Tuesday, May 21, 2002 [[Page D517]] Daily Digest HIGHLIGHTS The House passed H.R. 3994, Afghanistan Freedom Support Act. Senate Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S4577-S4655 Measures Introduced: Four bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2534-2537, S. Res. 273, and S. Con. Res. 115. Page S4623 Measures Reported: Report to accompany S. 1271, to amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, for the purpose of facilitating compliance by small business concerns with certain Federal paperwork requirements, to establish a task force to examine information collection and dissemination. (S. Rept. No. 107-153) S. 1742, to prevent the crime of identity theft, mitigate the harm to individuals victimized by identity theft, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Page S4623 Measures Passed: Safe Workplace Conditions: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 115, expressing the sense of the Congress that all workers deserve fair treatment and safe working conditions, and honoring Dolores Huerta for her commitment to the improvement of working conditions for children, women, and farm worker families. Pages S4627, S4650-51 Crater Lake National Park Centennial: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 273, recognizing the centennial of the establishment of Crater Lake National Park, and the resolution was then agreed to. Page S4651 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: Pages S4580-S4614 Adopted: By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 120), Hutchison Amendment No. 3441 (to Amendment No. 3401), to prohibit a country that has not taken steps to support the United States efforts to combat terrorism from receiving certain trade benefits. Pages S4592-93 Rejected: Allen Amendment No. 3406 (to Amendment No. 3401), to provide mortgage payment assistance for employees who are separated from employment. (By 50 yeas to 49 nays, (Vote No. 119), Senate tabled the amendment.) Pages S4591-92 Reid (for Kerry) Amendment No. 3430 (to Amendment No. 3401), to ensure that any artificial trade distorting barrier relating to foreign investment is eliminated in any trade agreement entered into under the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002. (By 55 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 121), Senate tabled the amendment.) Pages S4593-S4605 Reid (for Torricelli/Mikulski) Amendment No. 3415 (to Amendment No. 3401), to amend the labor provisions to ensure that all trade agreements include meaningful, enforceable provisions on workers' rights. Pages S4607-09 Withdrawn: Rockefeller Amendment No. 3433 (to Amendment No. 3401), to provide a 1-year eligibility period for steelworker retirees and eligible beneficiaries affected by a qualified closing of a qualified steel company for assistance with health insurance coverage and interim assistance. Pages S4580-91 Dorgan Amendment No. 3439 (to Amendment No. 3401), to permit private financing of agricultural sales to Cuba. Pages S4605-07 Pending: Baucus/Grassley Amendment No. 3401, in the nature of a substitute. Pages S4580-S4614 Dorgan Amendment No. 3442 (to Amendment No. 3401), to require the United States Trade Representative to identify effective trade remedies to address the unfair trade practices of the Canadian Wheat Board. Page S4580 [[Page D518]] Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 3443 (to Amendment No. 3401), to restore the provisions relating to secondary workers. Page S4580 Reid (for Nelson (FL)/Graham) Amendment No. 3440 (to Amendment No. 3401), to limit tariff reduction authority on certain products. Page S4580 Reid (for Bayh) Amendment No. 3445 (to Amendment No. 3401), to require the ITC to give notice of section 202 investigations to the Secretary of Labor. Page S4580 Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3447 (to Amendment No. 3401), to amend the provisions relating to the Congressional Oversight Group. Page S4580 Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3448 (to Amendment No. 3401), to clarify the procedures for procedural disapproval resolutions. Page S4580 Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3449 (to Amendment No. 3401), to clarify the procedures for extension disapproval resolutions. Page S4580 Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3450 (to Amendment No. 3401), to limit the application of trade authorities procedures to a single agreement resulting from DOHA. Page S4580 Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3451 (to Amendment No. 3401), to address disclosures by publicly traded companies of relationships with certain countries or foreign-owned corporations. Page S4580 Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3452 (to Amendment No. 3401), to facilitate the opening of energy markets and promote the exportation of clean energy technologies. Page S4580 Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3453 (to Amendment No. 3401), to require that certification of compliance with section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 be provided with respect to certain goods imported into the United States. Page S4580 Boxer/Murray Amendment No. 3431 (to Amendment No. 3401), to require the Secretary of Labor to establish a trade adjustment assistance program for certain service workers. Page S4580 Boxer Amendment No. 3432 (to Amendment No. 3401), to ensure that the United States Trade Representative considers the impact of trade agreements on women. Page S4580 Reid (for Durbin) Amendment No. 3456 (to Amendment No. 3401), to extend the temporary duty suspensions with respect to certain wool. Page S4580 Reid (for Durbin) Amendment No. 3457 (to Amendment No. 3401), to extend the temporary duty suspensions with respect to certain wool. Page S4580 Reid (for Durbin) Amendment No. 3458 (to Amendment No. 3401), to establish and implement a steel import notification and monitoring program. Page S4580 Reid (for Harkin) Amendment No. 3459 (to Amendment No. 3401), to include the prevention of the worst forms of child labor as one of the principal negotiating objectives of the United States. Page S4580 Reid (for Corzine) Amendment No. 3461 (to Amendment No. 3401), to help ensure that trade agreements protect national security, social security, and other significant public services. Page S4580 Reid (for Corzine) Amendment No. 3462 (to Amendment No. 3401), to strike the section dealing with border search authority for certain contraband in outbound mail. Page S4580 Reid (for Hollings) Amendment No. 3463 (to Amendment No. 3401), to provide for the certification of textile and apparel workers who lose their jobs or who have lost their jobs since the start of 1999 as eligible individuals for purposes of trade adjustment assistance and health insurance benefits, and to amend the Internal Revenue code of 1986 to prevent corporate expatriation to avoid United States income tax. Page S4580 Reid (for Hollings) Amendment No. 3464 (to Amendment No. 3401), to ensure that ISAC Committees are representative of the Producing sectors of the United States Economy. Page S4580 Reid (for Hollings) Amendment No. 3465 (to Amendment No. 3401), to provide that the benefits provided under any preferential tariff program, excluding the North American Free Trade Agreement, shall not apply to any product of a country that fails to comply within 30 days with a United States government request for the extradition of an individual for trial in the United States if that individual has been indicted by a Federal grand jury for a crime involving a violation of the Controlled Substances Act. Page S4580 Reid (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 3470 (to Amendment No. 3401), to provide trade adjustment assistance benefits to certain maritime workers. Pages S4580-81 Brownback Amendment No. 3446 (to Amendment No. 3401), to extend permanent normal trade relations to the nations of Central Asia and the South Caucasus, and Russia. Pages S4609-12 Grassley Modified Amendment No. 3474 (to Amendment No. 3446), to express the sense of the Senate regarding the United States-Russian Federation summit meeting, May 2002. Pages S4612-14 Reid (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 3521 (to Amendment No. 3401), to authorize appropriations [[Page D519]] for certain staff of the United States Customs Service. Page S4614 During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following actions: By 56 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 117), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate failed to agree to the motion to close further debate on Rockefeller Amendment No. 3433 (to Amendment No. 3401), listed above. Pages S4590-91 By 58 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 118), Senate agreed to the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent Senators. Page S4591 Daschle Amendment No. 3434 (to Amendment No. 3433), to clarify that steelworker retirees and eligible beneficiaries are not eligible for other trade adjustment assistance unless they would otherwise be eligible for that assistance, fell when Rockefeller Amendment No. 3433 (to Amendment No. 3401), listed above, was withdrawn. Page S4580 A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill and, in accordance with Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a cloture vote will occur on Thursday, May 23, 2002. Page S4614 A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 22, 2002, with a vote on the motion to close further debate on Baucus/Grassley Amendment No. 3401 (listed above), to occur at approximately 11:30 a.m. Page S4650 Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations: 6 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral. A routine list in the Coast Guard. Page S4655 Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations: James Thomas Roberts, Jr., of Georgia, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Georgia for the term of four years. James Robert Dougan, of Michigan, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Michigan for the term of four years. David Scott Carpenter, of North Dakota, to be United States Marshal for the District of North Dakota for the term of four years. James Michael Wahlrab, of Ohio, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio for the term of four years. Page S4655 Messages From the House: Page S4622 Measures Referred: Page S4622 Executive Communications: Pages S4622-23 Executive Reports of Committees: Page S4623 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S4623-25 Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Pages S4625-27 Additional Statements: Pages S4616-22 Amendments Submitted: Pages S4627-49 Notices of Hearings/Meetings: Page S4649 Authority for Committees to Meet: Pages S4649-50 Record Votes: Five record votes were taken today. (Total--121) Pages S4591-93, S4605 Quorum Calls: One quorum call was taken today. (Total--2) Page S4591 Adjournment: Senate met at 9 a.m., and adjourned at 7:51 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 22, 2002.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D519-D520] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) APPROPRIATIONS--DEFENSE Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded hearings on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2003 for the Department of Defense, after receiving testimony from Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; and Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. DOD TEST AND EVALUATION FACILITIES Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities concluded hearings on proposed legislation to improve the management of the Department of Defense Test and Evaluation Facilities, focusing on the value and quality of testing, infrastructure investments, and resource management, after receiving testimony from Michael W. Wynne, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and Thomas P. Christie, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, both of the Department of Defense; John J. Young, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition; and John E. Krings, Member, Defense Science Board Task Force on Test and Evaluation Capabilities, and former Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Department of Defense. NOMINATION Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Anthony Lowe, of Washington, to be Federal Insurance Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [[Page D520]] AVIATION SECURITY Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the implementation of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (P.L. 107-71), after receiving testimony from Norman Mineta, Secretary, and John Magaw, Under Secretary of the Transportation Security Administration, both of the Department of Transportation. U.S./CUBA TRADE POLICY Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce, and Tourism concluded hearings to examine U.S./Cuban trade policy, focusing on the President's Initiative for a New Cuba, current U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, Cuba as a future business partner, and humanitarian assistance, after receiving testimony from Otto J. Reich, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Shaun E. Donnelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, both of the Department of State; Dennis K. Hays, Cuban American National Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Stephen Weber, Maryland Farm Bureau, Baltimore, on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Lissa Weinmann, Americans for Humanitarian Trade With Cuba, New York, New York. NOMINATIONS Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings on the nominations of Paula A. DeSutter, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Verification and Compliance, Michael Alan Guhin, of Maryland, for the rank of Ambassador during tenure of service as U.S. Fissile Material Negotiator, and Stephen Geoffrey Rademaker, of Delaware, to be Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, all of the Department of State, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. Ms. DeSutter was introduced by Senator Kyl, and Mr. Rademaker was introduced by Representatives Hyde and Gilman. IMPROVING NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded hearings to examine strategies for improving nutrition and physical activity, in an effort to stave off the obesity epidemic in America, after receiving testimony from William H. Dietz, Director, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; Denise Austin, Washington, D.C., on behalf of P.E.4Life; Sally M. Davis, University of New Mexico Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Albuquerque; Kelley D. Brownell, Yale University Center for Eating & Weight Disorders, New Haven, Connecticut; Lisa Katic, Grocery Manufacturers of America, Washington, D.C.; and Richard A. Dickey, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on behalf of the Endocrine Society. DOJ CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, after receiving testimony from Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D520-D522] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Measures Introduced: 10 public bills, H.R. 4779-4788; and 3 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 407, and H. Res. 424-425, were introduced. Pages H2734-35 Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows: Conference report on H.R. 3448, to improve the ability of the United States to prevent, prepare for, and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies (H. Rept. 107-481). H. Res. 426, providing for consideration of H.R. 3129, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2002 and 2003 for the United States Customs Service for antiterrorism, drug interdiction, and other operations, for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, for the United States International Trade Commission (H. Rept. 107- 482); H. Res. 427, waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 3448, to improve the ability of the United States to prevent, prepare for, and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies (H. Rept. 107-483); and H. Res. 428, providing for consideration of H.R. 4775, making supplemental appropriations for the [[Page D521]] fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 107-484). Pages H2691-H2732, H2734 Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Kirk to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. Page H2663 Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, pastor Ken Wilde, Capital Christian Center of Meridian, Idaho. Pages H2665-66 Recess: The House recessed at 9:20 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m. Page H2665 Private Calendar: On the call of the Private Calendar, the House passed the following measures: H. Res. 103, referring H.R. 1258, for the relief of Sarabeth M. Davis, Robert S. Borders, Victor Maron, Irving Berke, and Adele E. Conrad'', to the chief judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a report thereon; H.R. 486, for the relief of Barbara Makuch; and H.R. 487, for the relief of Eugene Makuch. The House passed over without prejudice H.R. 392, for the relief of Nancy B. Wilson. Page H2666 Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act: H.R. 3833, amended, to facilitate the creation of a new, second-level Internet domain within the United States country code domain that will be a haven for material that promotes positive experiences for children and families using the Internet, provides a safe online environment for children, and helps to prevent children from being exposed to harmful material on the Internet (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 174); Pages H2669-76, H2745-46 Child Sex Crimes Wiretapping Act: H.R. 1877, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide that certain sexual crimes against children are predicate crimes for the interception of communications (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 396 yeas to 11 nays, Roll No. 175); Pages H2676-80, H2746 Embassy Employee Compensation Act: H.R. 3375, to provide compensation for the United States citizens who were victims of the bombings of United States embassies in East Africa on August 7, 1998, on the same basis as compensation is provided to victims of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes on September 11, 2001 (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 391 yeas to 18 nays, Roll No. 176); Pages H2680-85, H2746-47 Encouraging Work and Supporting Marriage Act: H.R. 4626, amended, 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 (agreed to by a yea- and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 1 nays, Roll No. 177); Pages H2685-91, H2747-48 Independence of East Timor: H. Con. Res. 405, amended, commemorating the independence of East Timor and expressing the sense of Congress that the President should establish diplomatic relations with East Timor (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote 405 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 178). Agreed to amend the title to read ``Concurrent resolution commemorating the independence of East Timor and commending the President for promptly establishing diplomatic relations with East Timor.''; Pages H2739-45, H2748 Veterans' Major Medical Facilities Construction: Debated on May 20, H.R. 4514, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out construction projects for the purpose of improving, renovating, and updating patient care facilities at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 183); Pages H2778-79 Jobs for Veterans Act: Debated on May 20, H.R. 4015, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to revise and improve employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 184); and Page H2779 Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment: Debated on May 20, H.R. 4085, amended, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2002, the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting nays, Roll No. 185). Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide a cost-of-living increase in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disability and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses of such veterans, to expand certain benefits for veterans and their survivors, and for other purposes.''; Pages H2779-80 Bob Hope Veterans Chapel, Los Angeles National Cemetery: H.R. 4592, to name the chapel located in the national cemetery in Los Angeles, California, as the ``Bob Hope Veterans Chapel''; Pages H2780-84 Small Business Advocacy Improvement: H.R. 4231, amended, to improve small business advocacy; and Pages H2784-87 [[Page D522]] Extension of Export-Import Bank: H.R. 4782, to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank until June 14, 2002. Page H2787 Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House completed debate on the following motions to suspend the rules. Further proceedings were postponed until Wednesday, May 22. Page H2787 Federal Deposit Insurance Reform: H.R. 3717, amended, to reform the Federal deposit insurance system; and Pages H2787-H2803 Tribute to Ground Zero Rescue, Recovery, and Clean-up Workers: H. Res. 424, paying tribute to the workers in New York City for their rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts at the site of the World Trade Center. Pages H2803-06 Afghanistan Freedom Support Act: The House passed H.R. 3994, to authorize economic and democratic development assistance for Afghanistan and to authorize military assistance for Afghanistan and certain other foreign countries by a recorded vote of 390 ayes to 22 noes, Roll No. 182. Pages H2748-80 Agreed to the Committee on International Relations amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the bill (H. Rept. 107-420) and made in order by the rule. Agreed To: Hyde Amendment that makes technical changes, authorizes and encourages the applications of subsections (a), (b), (c), and (e) of section 490 of the Foreign Assistance Act to bilateral and multilateral assistance to major opium producing regions to promote counter narcotics efforts; and encourages the use of research conducted by U.S. land grant colleges and universities particularly in the areas of agriculture and rural development; Pages H2761-62 Lantos amendment that promotes the secure delivery of humanitarian and other assistance in Afghanistan and requires the submission of the strategy for meeting its security needs within 45 days of enactment (agreed to by a recorded vote of 407 ayes to 4 noes, Roll No. 179); Pages H2762-69, H2775-76 Jackson-Lee en bloc amendments No. 3 and 4 printed in the Congressional Record of May 20 that emphasize healthcare and education for Afghan orphans and all children; Page H2770 Jackson-Lee en bloc amendments No. 5 and 6 printed in the Congressional Record of May 20, as modified to delete amendment No. 6, that prohibits the use of children as soldiers or combatants (agreed to by a recorded vote of 413 ayes with none voting ``no,'' Roll No. 180); Pages H2770-73, H2776 Waters amendment, as modified, that prohibits U.S. participation in poppy cultivation or illicit narcotics growth, production, or trafficking and requires reports concerning the Government of Afghanistan's progress in the eradication of poppy cultivation (agreed to by a recorded vote of 412 ayes with none voting `` no,'' Roll No. 181). Pages H2773-77 Withdrawn: Hoeffel amendment was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to mandate a coordinator for United States interests, program, and policy in Afghanistan. Page H2769 The Clerk was authorized to make corrections and conforming changes in the engrossment of the bill. Page H2778 The House agreed to H. Res. 419, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill on May 15, 2002. Recess: the House recessed at 11:57 p.m. and reconvened at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Page H2834 Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H2735-37. Quorum Calls--Votes: Eight yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H2745-46, H2746, H2746-47, H2747-48, H2748, H2775-76, H2776, H2776-77, H2777-78, H2778-79, H2779, and H2779-80. There were no quorum calls. Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 12:32 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D522-D524] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings GROUNDWATER--MTBE CONTAMINATION Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``MTBE Contamination in Groundwater: Identifying and Addressing the Problem.'' Testimony was heard from Ben Grumbles, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, EPA; Timothy Miller, Chief, National Water Quality Assessment Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior; John B. Stephenson, Director, EPA; and public witnesses. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES--CAFETERIA BENEFIT PLANS Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Civil Service, Census and Agency Organization held a hearing on ``More Value for Federal Employees: Cafeteria Benefit Plans.'' Testimony was heard from Dennis G. Jacobs, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; and public witnesses. HEALTHCARE--RACIAL DISPARITIES Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Racial [[Page D523]] Disparities in Healthcare: Confronting Unequal Treatment.'' Testimony was heard from Delegate Christensen; the following officials of the Department of Health and Human Services: Ruben King-Shaw, Jr., Deputy Administrator, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Carolyn Clancy, Associate Director, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality; John Ruffin, M.D., Director, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities; and Nathan Stinson, Jr., M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Minority Health; and public witnesses. SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 8 to 2, an open rule on H.R. 4775, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002. providing one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendments printed in the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. The rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill, except as specified in the rule. The rule authorizes the Chair to accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed their amendments in the Congressional Record. The rule waives points of order during consideration of the bill against amendments for failure to comply with clause 2(e)of rule XXI (prohibiting non-emergency designated amendments to be offered to an appropriations bill containing an emergency designation). The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule provides that House Concurrent Resolution 353, as adopted by the House, shall have force and effect as though adopted by Congress. Testimony was heard from Chairman Young of Florida and Representatives Callahan, LaTourette, Thune, Moran of Kansas, Rehberg, Obey, Lowey, Kaptur, Farr of California, Skelton, Frost, Peterson of Minnesota, Clayton, Pomeroy, McGovern, Turner and Carson of Oklahoma. CUSTOMS BORDER SECURITY ACT Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing one hour of general debate on H.R. 3129, Customs Boarder Security Act of 2001, 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 bill. 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 Ways and Means now printed in the bill. The rule waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution. The rule provides that the amendments printed in the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only the member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Thomas and Representative Rangel. CONFERENCE REPORT--BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS ACT Committee on Rules: Granted by voice vote, a rule waiving all points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 3448, Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2002 and against its consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. Conference report to accompany testimony was heard from Chairman Tauzin. SBA PROGRAMS--SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment and Government Programs held a hearing on Suggestions for improvements in SBA programs: veterans and disaster loans sales, focusing on the progress made by the National Veterans Business Development Corporation and on H.R. 3263, Veterans' Small Business Relief Act of 2001. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the SBA: William Elmore, Associate Administrator, Veterans Business Development; and Ronald E. Bew, Associate Deputy Administrator, Capital Access; and public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management approved for full Committee action the following: H.R. 4770, amended, Ronald C. Sheffield Federal Property Protection Act of 2002; and 11(b) Resolutions for Anniston, Alabama, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, San Antonio, Texas, Greenville, South Carolina. RELIEVING HIGHWAY CONGESTION Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing [[Page D524]] on Relieving Highway Congestion through Capacity Enhancements and Increased Efficiency. Testimony was heard from Mary E. Peters, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation; and public witnesses. TAX RELIEF INCENTIVES--RENEWAL COMMUNITIES Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing on Tax Relief Incentives for Renewal Communities. Testimony was heard from Representatives Watts of Oklahoma and Davis of Illinois; Roy A. Bernardi, Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Eric Solomon, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Affairs, Department of the Treasury; and public witnesses.
[Daily Digest] [Page D524] 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 May 20, 2002, p. D514) H.R. 2048, to require a report on the operations of the State Justice Institute. Signed on May 20, 2002. (Public Law 107-179) H.R. 2305, to require certain Federal officials with responsibility for the administration of the criminal justice system of the District of Columbia to serve on and participate in the activities of the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Signed on May 20, 2002. (Public Law 107-180) H.R. 4156, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that the parsonage allowance exclusion is limited to the fair rental value of the property. Signed on May 20, 2002. (Public Law 107-181)
[Daily Digest] [Pages D524-D525] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2002 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, to hold hearings to examine issues surrounding Parkinson's disease, 9:30 a.m., SH-216. Full Committee, business meeting to mark up an original bill making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, 2 p.m., S-128 Capitol. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine the promotion of local telecommunication competition, focusing on greater broadband deployment, 9:30 a.m., SR-253. Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Foreign Commerce, and Tourism, to hold hearings to examine the federal regulation of the sport of boxing and boxing regulation, 1 p.m., SH-216. Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, to hold hearings to examine the National Science Foundation budget, focusing on Federal research and development activities, 2:30 p.m., SR-253. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings on S.J. Res. 34, approving the site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for the development of a repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, pursuant to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, 9:30 a.m., SD-106. Committee on Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider pending calendar business; and to authorize the issuance of subpoenas to the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President in connection with the Committee's investigation regarding Enron Corporation, 9:30 a.m., SD-342. Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings on S. 1340, to amend the Indian Land Consolidation Act to provide for probate reform with respect to trust or restricted lands, 10 a.m., SR-485. Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings on pending intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219. Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, to hold hearings to examine Federal cocaine sentencing policies, 10:30 a.m., SD-226. House Committee on Financial Services, hearing on European Union's Financial Services Action Plan and its implications for the American financial services industry, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn. Committee on International Relations, hearing on International Adoptions: Problems and Solution, 10:15 a.m., 2172 Rayburn. Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, hearing on the Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations, 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn. Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, oversight hearing on ``The Accuracy and Integrity of the WHOIS DATABASE,'' 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn. Committee on Resources, to mark up the following: H. Con. Res. 352, expressing the sense of Congress that Federal land management agencies should fully implement the Western Governors Association ``Collaborative 10-year Strategy for Reducing Wildland Fire Risks to Communities and the Environment'' to reduce the overabundance of forest fuels that place national resources at high risk of catastrophic wildfire, and prepare a National Prescribed Fire Strategy that minimizes risks of escape; H. Con. Res. 395, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rice; H.R. 521, to amend the Organic Act of Guam for the purposes of clarifying the local judicial structure of Guam; H.R. 1606, to amend section 507 of the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to authorize additional appropriations for historically black colleges and [[Page D525]] universities, to decrease the matching requirement related to such appropriations; H.R. 2388, National Heritage Areas Policy Act of 2001; H.R. 2982, to authorize the establishment of a memorial within the area in the District of Columbia referred to in the Commemorative Works Act as ``Area I'' or ``Area II'' to the victims of terrorist attacks on the United States, to provide for the design and construction of such a memorial; H.R. 3307, Vicksburg National Military Park Boundary Modification Act; H.R. 3380, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines within the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; H.R. 3558, Species Protection and Conservation of the Environment Act; H.R. 3786, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Boundary Revision Act of 2002; H.R. 3858, New River Gorge Boundary Act of 2002; H.R. 3936, to designate and provide for the management of the Shoshone National Recreation Trail; H.R. 3942, John Muir National Historic Site Boundary Adjustment Act; H.R. 4103, Martin's Cove Land Transfer Act; H.R. 4129, to amend the Central Utah Project Completion Act to clarify the responsibilities of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the Central Utah Project, to redirect unexpended budget authority for the Central Utah Project for wastewater treatment and reuse and other purposes, to provide for prepayment of repayment contracts for municipal and industrial water delivery facilities, and to eliminate a deadline for such prepayment; and H.R. 4609, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a comprehensive study of the Rathdrum Prairie/Spokane Valley Aquifer, located in Idaho and Washington, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth. Subcommittee on Water and Power, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3561, Twenty-First Century Water Policy Commission Establishment Act; and H.R. 4638, to reauthorize the Mni Wiconi Rural Water Supply Project, 2 p.m., 1334 Longworth. Committee on Science, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 4664, Investing in America's Future Act of 2002; H.R. 3130, Technology Talent Act of 2001; H.R. 4687, National Construction Safety Team Act; H.R. 2486, Inland Flood Forecasting and Warning Act of 2001; and H.R. 2733, Enterprise Integration Act of 2001, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to mark up the following: H.R. 2950, Rail Infrastructure Development and Expansion Act of the 21st Century; H.R. 3429, Over-the-Road Bus Security and Safety Act of 2001; H.R. 3609, Pipeline Infrastructure Protection To Enhance Security and Safety Act; H.R. 4545, Amtrak Reauthorization Act of 2002; the Ronald C. Sheffield Federal Property Protection Act of 2002; several public building 11 (b) resolutions; and other pending business, 11 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. Joint Meetings Conference: meeting of conferees on H.R. 333, to amend title 11, United States Code, 2 p.m., S-211 Capitol. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to hold hearings to examine the rise in anti-Semitism violence throughout Western Europe and Russia, 10 a.m., SD-628.
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