Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
September 19, 2002
107th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 148, No. 119 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, September 19, 2002
Department of the Interior Appropriations: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 5093, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2003, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Byrd Amendment No. 4472, in the nature of a substitute.
Byrd Amendment No. 4480 (to Amendment No. 4472), to provide funds to repay accounts from which funds were borrowed for emergency wildfire suppression.
Craig/Domenici Amendment No. 4518 (to Amendment No. 4480), to reduce hazardous fuels on our national forests.
Dodd Amendment No. 4522 (to Amendment No. 4472), to prohibit the expenditure of funds to recognize Indian tribes and tribal nations until the date of implementation of certain administrative procedures.
Byrd/Stevens Amendment No. 4532 (to Amendment No. 4472), to provide for critical emergency supplemental appropriations.
Daschle motion to reconsider the vote (Vote No. 217) whereby cloture was not invoked on Byrd Amendment No. 4480 (to Amendment No. 4472).
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 3:30 p.m., on Monday, September 23, 2002, and resume consideration of Dodd Amendment No. 4522 (to Amendment No. 4472), listed above, that there be 60 minutes of debate with respect to the Dodd amendment prior to a vote in relation to the amendment, with the time until 4:30 p.m., equally divided and controlled between Senators Dodd, Inouye and Campbell or their designees; that no amendment be in order to the Dodd amendment prior to the vote; that at 4:30 p.m., the amendment be temporarily laid aside and the Senate then proceed to the motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Byrd Amendment No. 4480; that the motion to proceed be agreed to and the motion to reconsider be agreed to, and there then be 60 minutes for debate prior to a vote on cloture with respect to Byrd Amendment No. 4480, with the time equally divided and controlled between the 2 Leaders or their designees; that at 5:30 p.m., without further intervening action or debate, the Senate resume consideration of Dodd Amendment No. 4522 and vote in relation to the amendment; that immediately following the vote with respect to the Dodd amendment, regardless of the outcome of the vote, the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Byrd Amendment No. 4480, that if cloture is not invoked, and if the Dodd amendment has not been disposed of, then the Senate resume consideration of the amendment, and it remain debatable and amendable; that on Monday, the Senate resume consideration of H.R. 5005, Homeland Security bill.
Homeland Security Act: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 5005, to establish the Department of Homeland Security, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S8880–89, S8901–13
Hatch Amendment No. 4693 (to Amendment No. 4471), to provide greater cybersecurity.
Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 4673 (to Amendment No. 4644), in the nature of a substitute.
Byrd Amendment No. 4644 (to Amendment No. 4471), to provide for the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, and an orderly transfer of functions to the Directorates of the Department.
Lieberman/McCain Amendment No. 4694 (to Amendment No. 4471), to establish the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 218), 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 Lieberman Amendment No. 4471 (listed above).
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, and resume consideration of the Byrd amendment No. 4644; that the second degree amendment (Reid (for Byrd) Amendment No. 4673 (to Amendment No. 4644)) be withdrawn once this agreement is entered; that there be a total of 60 minutes for debate with respect to the amendment; the Senate then proceed to vote on the Byrd first degree amendment; that upon disposition of the Byrd amendment; the Senate proceed to a period of morning business until 12:30 p.m., for the purpose of tributes to Senator Thurmond; that the Senate stand in recess from 12:30 p.m., to 2 p.m, for the regular party conferences; that at 2 p.m., the Senate resume consideration of the Lieberman/McCain Amendment No. 4694 and there be 15 minutes remaining for debate prior to a vote in relation to the amendment, that upon the use or yielding back of time, without further intervening action or debate, the Senate vote in relation to the amendment, with no second degree amendment in order prior to a vote in relation to the amendment.
Nomination Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for consideration of Reena Raggi, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, September 20, 2002, with a vote to occur thereon.
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel: The Chair, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, after consultation with the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, pursuant to Public Law 106–170, announced the appointment of Jack L. Hillyard, of Iowa, to serve as a member of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel, vice Dr. Richard V. Burkhauser, of New York.
Messages From the President: Senate received the following messages from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to law, the periodic report on the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM–109)
Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the continuation of the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism is to continue in effect beyond September 23, 2002; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM–110)
Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the National Security Strategy of the United States of America; to the Committee on Armed Services. (PM–111)
Messages From the House:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authority for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--218)
Adjournment: Senate met at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 7:19 p.m., until 10 a.m., on Friday, September 20, 2002. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S8965).
U.S POLICY IN IRAQ
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded hearings to examine U.S. policy toward Iraq, focusing on the Administration's proposal on the matter, receiving testimony from Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; and Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Hearings will resume on Monday, September 23.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to examine consumer financial privacy issues, focusing on related provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (P.L. 106–102), including opt-out provisions, limitations on sharing of account numbers, and favorable preemption standards, after receiving testimony from Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch, St. Paul; Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell; North Dakota State Representative James M. Kasper, Fargo; Fred H. Cate, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington; John C. Dugan, Covington and Burling, on behalf of the Financial Services Coordinating Council, and Edmund Mierzwinski, on behalf of Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Task Force on Automotive Issues, Consumers Union, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Identity Theft Resource Center, Junkbusters, Inc., Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Private Citizen, Inc., U.S. Public Interest Research Group, both of Washington, D.C.; and Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum, St. Louis, Missouri.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 2949, to provide for enhanced aviation security, with amendments;
S. 2946, to reauthorize the Federal Trade Commission for fiscal years 2003, 2004, and 2005;
S. 2817, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 for the National Science Foundation, with an amendment;
S. 2950, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the National Transportation Safety Board for fiscal years 2003, 2004, and 2005, with an amendment;
S. 2951, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration;
S. 2550, to amend the Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996, and to establish the United States Boxing Administration, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2608, to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize the acquisition of coastal areas in order better to ensure their protection from conversion or development, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
H.R. 1989, to reauthorize various fishing conservation management programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
H.R. 2486, to authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, through the United States Weather Research Program, to conduct research and development, training, and outreach activities relating to inland flood forecasting improvement;
S. 2862, to provide for the establishment of a scientific basis for new firefighting technology standards, improve coordination among Federal, State, and local fire officials in training for and responding to terrorist attacks and other national emergencies, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2945, to authorize appropriations for nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology research;
H.R. 2733, to authorize the National Institute of Standards and Technology to work with major manufacturing industries on an initiative of standards development and implementation for electronic enterprise integration;
S.J. Res. 42, commending Sail Boston for its continuing advancement of the maritime heritage of nations, its commemoration of the nautical history of the United States, and its promotion, encouragement, and support of young cadets through training; and
The nominations of David McQueen Laney, of Texas, to be a Member of the Reform Board (Amtrak), Rebecca Dye, of North Carolina, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner, Roger P. Nober, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board, and certain nomination lists for promotion in the U.S. Coast Guard.
NATIONAL PARKS LEGISLATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks concluded hearings to hold hearings on S. 2623, to designate the Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation National Historical Park as a unit of the National Park System, S. 2640 and H.R. 321, bills to provide for adequate school facilities in Yosemite National Park, S. 2776, to provide for the protection of archaeological sites in the Galisteo Basin in New Mexico, S. 2788, to revise the boundary of the Wind Cave National Park in the State of South Dakota, S. 2880, to designate Fort Bayard Historic District in the State of New Mexico as a National Historic Landmark, H.R. 3786, to revise the boundary of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in the States of Utah and Arizona, and H.R. 3858, to modify the boundaries of the New River Gorge National River, West Virginia, after receiving testimony from Jeffrey K. Taylor, Assistant Director, Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs, National Park Service, and Robert Anderson, Deputy Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management, both of the Department of the Interior; Dale Giese, Fort Bayard Historical Society, Silver City, New Mexico; Michael J. Hainer, New Mexico Department of Health, Fort Bayard; Max Stauffer, Bass Lake School District, Fish Camp, California; and Patricia L. Zontine, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
TRANSPORTATION PROJECT DELIVERY
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded hearings to examine progress on project delivery and environmental streamlining issues under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA–21), after receiving testimony from Emil H. Frankel, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, and Kenneth M. Mead, Inspector General, both of the Department of Transportation; John Peter Suarez, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement, and Compliance Assurance, Environmental Protection Agency; Katherine Siggerud, Acting Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, General Accounting Office; Carol Murray, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Concord; Kenneth Morefield, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee; Emily Wadhams, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Montpelier; Hal Kassoff, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, D.C., on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies; and Charles Hales, HDR Inc., Portland, Oregon.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TREATIES
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine the Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Belize on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 107–13), Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 107–12), Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Ireland on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 107–9), Treaty Between the Government of the Republic of India on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 107–3), Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Principality of Liechtenstein on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Treaty Doc. No. 107–16), Extradition Treaty Between the United States of America and of the Republic of Peru (Treaty Doc. No. 107–6), Extradition Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (Treaty Doc. No. 107–4), Second Protocol Amending the Treaty on Extradition Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada, as amended (Treaty Doc. 107–11), Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Honduras for the Return of Stolen, Robbed, or Embezzled Vehicles and Aircraft, with Annexes and a related exchange of notes (Treaty. Doc. No. 107–15), after receiving testimony from Samuel M. Witten, Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State; and Bruce C. Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to consider the nominations of C. William Swank, of Ohio, Ned L. Siegel, of Florida, Diane M. Ruebling, of California, and Samuel E. Ebbesen, of the Virgin Islands, each to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Wendy Jean Chamberlin, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and Nancy P. Jacklin, of New York, to be United States Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Swank was introduced by Mr. Voinovich, and Mr. Siegel was introduced by Representatives Wexler and Shaw.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Ronald H. Clark, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, Lawrence J. Block, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Antonio Candia Amador, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of California.
Also, Committee began markup of S. 2480, to amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns, but did not take final action thereon, and recessed subject to call.
ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT OVERSIGHT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition, and Business and Consumer Rights concluded oversight hearings to examine the enforcement of the antitrust laws, focusing on enforcement activities to protect consumers and businesses and antitrust enforcement activities, after receiving testimony from Charles A. James, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice; and Timothy J. Muris, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission.
MEDICARE DISEASE MANAGEMENT
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded hearings to examine disease management programs for Medicare patients, in order to improve the quality of medical care while controlling its costs, after receiving testimony from Dan L. Crippen, Director, Congressional Budget Office; Ruben J. King-Shaw, Jr., Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human services; Sister Anthony Marie Greving, Area Agency on Aging, Pocatello, Idaho; John Rusche, Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, Lewiston; Alan Wright, AdvancePCS, Washington, D.C.; and Matthew A. Michela, American Healthways, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
Filed on Sept. 18, H.R. 2748, to authorize the establishment of a national database for purposes of identifying, locating, and cataloging the many memorials and permanent tributes to America's veterans, amended (H. Rept. 107–662 Pt. 1);
S. 691, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain land in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Nevada, to the Secretary of the Interior, in trust for the Washoe Indian Tribe of Nevada and California (H. Rept. 107–664).
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, New York.
Rule Providing for Consideration of Resolutions Urging Congressional Action: The House agreed to H. Res. 527, providing for consideration of (H. Res. 524) expressing the sense of the House that Congress should complete action on the Permanent Death Tax Repeal Act of 2002, and for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 525) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the 107th Congress should complete action on and present to the President, before September 30, 2002, legislation extending and strengthening the successful 1996 welfare reforms by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 200 noes, Roll No. 398. Agreed to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 214 yeas to 202 nays, Roll No. 397.
Urging Congressional Action on Welfare Reform: The House agreed to H. Res. 525, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the 107th Congress should complete action on and present to the President, before September 30, 2002, legislation extending and strengthening the successful 1996 welfare reforms by a yea-and-nay vote of 280 yeas to 123 nays, Roll No. 400.
Pages H6384–93, H6403
Urging Congressional Action on Death Tax Repeal: The House agreed to H. Res. 524, expressing the sense of the House that Congress should complete action on the Permanent Death Tax Repeal Act of 2002 by a yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 158 nays, Roll No. 401.
Pages H6393–H6403, H6403–04
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures that were debated on Sept. 18:
Contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: H. Res. 523, recognizing the contributions of historically Black colleges and universities (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 399; and
Achievements and Contributions of the Negro Baseball Leagues: H. Con. Res. 337, recognizing the teams and players of the Negro Baseball Leagues for their achievements, dedication, sacrifices, and contributions to baseball and the Nation (agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 402).
Motion to Instruct Conferees--Help America Vote Act: The House agreed to the Waters motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 3295, Help America Vote Act, to take such actions as may be appropriate to ensure that a conference report is filed on the bill prior to October 1, 2002, by a yea-and-nay vote of 365 yeas to 26 nays, Roll No. 403. The motion was debated on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Late Report--State Department Authorization: Conferees received permission to have until midnight on Monday, Sept. 23 to file a conference report on H.R. 1646, to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
Legislative Program for the Week of Sept. 23: The Majority Leader announced the legislative program for the week of Sept. 23.
Meeting Hour--Monday, Sept. 23: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23.
Meeting Hour--Tuesday, Sept. 24: Agreed that when the House adjourns on Monday, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 for morning hour debate.
Calendar Wednesday:Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Presidential Messages: Read the following messages from the President:
Continuation of National Emergency re Terrorists: Message wherein he transmitted a notice stating that the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism is to continue in effect beyond September 23, 2002--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 107–263); and
National Emergency re Terrorists: Message wherein he transmitted the 6-month periodic report on the national emergency with respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism that was declared in Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2002--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 107–264).
Discharge Petition--Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals: Representative Thurman moved to discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of H. Res. 517, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1862) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide greater access to affordable pharmaceuticals.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H6375.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H6376, H6382–83, H6383, H6384, H6403, H6404, H6404–05, and H6405. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:06 p.m.
IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAM AND TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Program and Technology Exports. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
21ST CENTURY--BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES NEEDS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness and the Subcommittee on Select Education held a joint hearing on Responding to the Needs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century. Testimony was heard frompublic witnesses.
ISSUANCE OF SUBPOENAS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations approved a resolution that the Chairman of the full Committee with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority member may authorize and issue subpoenas to testify and subpoena duces tecum to any person or entity in respect of matters involved in, relating to, or arising from the Committees investigation of Global Crossing Ltd., Quest, and related entities.
TERRORIST FINANCING--USA PATRIOT ACT IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Terrorist Financing: A Progress Report on Implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act.'' Testimony was heard from Robert S. Mueller, Director, FBI, Department of Justice; Kenneth Dam, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury and Alan Larson, Under Secretary, Economic and Agricultural Affairs, Department of State.
ECSTASY AND CLUB DRUGS--THREAT TO NATION'S YOUTH
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources held a hearing on ``Ecstasy and Club Drugs: A Growing Threat to the Nation's Youth.'' Testimony was heard from Asa Hutchinson, Administrator, DEA, Department of Justice; Glen R. Hanson, D.D.S., Acting Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
SWANCC DECISION--AGENCY IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs, hearing on ``Agency Implementation of the SWANCC Decision.'' Testimony was heard from Dominic Izzo, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Civil Works, Department of the Army; Robert Fabricant, General Counsel, EPA; Thomas Sansonetti, Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Justice; and public witnesses.
PERFORMANCE RESULTS--LINKING PROGRAM FUNDING
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations and the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process of the Committee on Rules held a joint oversight hearing entitled ``Linking Program Funding to Performance Results.'' Testimony was heard from Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Director, OMB; David M. Walker, Comptroller General, GAO; and public witnesses.
U.S. POLICY TOWARD IRAQ
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Iraq. Testimony was heard from Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State; and public witnesses.
PLANT BREEDERS EQUITY ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property held a hearing on H.R. 5119, Plant Breeders Equity Act of 2002. Testimony was heard fromJames A. Toupin, General Counsel, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
FEDERAL FARM PROGRAM
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight held a hearing entitled ``Federal Farm Program: Unintended Consequences of FAV Rules.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on Stakeholder Proposals for the Reauthorization of Surface Transportation Programs. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS--MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs medical research programs. Testimony was heard from Benjamin H. Wu, Deputy Under Secretary, Technology, Department of Commerce; the following officials of the. Department of Veterans Affairs: Robert H. Roswell, Under Secretary, Health; and Michael Slachta, Jr., Assistant Inspector General, Audit; Cynthia Bascetta, Director, Veterans' Health and Benefits Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS--PREVENTING MISUSE BY TERRORISTS AND IDENTITY THIEVES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security and the Subcommittee on Immigration, Boarder Security, and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary held a joint hearing on Preserving the Integrity of Social Security Numbers and Preventing Their Misuse by Terrorists and Identity Thieves. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the SSA: James B. Lockhart III, Deputy Commissioner; and James G. Huse, Jr., Inspector General; Charisse Phillips, Director, Fraud Prevention Programs, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; Robert Bond, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Financial Crimes Division, U.S. Secret Service, Department of the Treasury; Grant D. Ashley, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, Department of Justice; and public witnesses.
9/11 INTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATION
Joint Hearing: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held joint hearings with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to examine activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, after receiving testimony from Richard Lee Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State; Paul D. Wolfowitz, of Maryland, Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Brent Scowcroft, Scowcroft Group, Anthony Lake, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Samuel Berger, Stonebridge International, all of Washington, D.C., each a former National Security Advisor.
Hearings continue tomorrow.
ENERGY POLICY ACT
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 4, to enhance energy conservation, research and development and to provide for security and diversity in the energy supply for the American people, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to call.
H.R. 5012, to amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a project for construction of a plaza adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Signed on September 18, 2002. (Public Law 107–224)
Select Committee on Intelligence: to continue joint hearings with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to examine events surrounding September 11, 2001, 10 a.m., SH–216.
Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, hearing on Emergency Preparedness in the Nation's Capital, and to mark up H.R. 5205, to amend the District of Columbia Retirement Protection Act of 1997 to permit the Secretary of the Treasury to use estimated amounts in determining the service longevity component of the Federal benefit payment required to be paid under such Act to certain retirees of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Joint Meetings: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, to continue joint hearings with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to examine events surrounding September 11, 2001, 10 a.m., SH–216.
Program for Friday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 10:30 a.m.), Senate will consider the nomination of Reena Raggi, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, with a vote to occur thereon; following which, Senate will be in a period of morning business.
Program for Monday: Pro forma session.
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Barcia, James A., Mich., E1654
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Capito, Shelley Moore, W.Va., E1606
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Larson, John B., Conn., E1652
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1650
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Lewis, John, Ga., E1650
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Maloney, James H., Conn., E1648
Mascara, Frank, Pa., E1648
Meek, Carrie P., Fla., E1655
Millender-McDonald, Juanita, Calif., E1622
Moran, James P., Va., E1641
Morella, Constance A., Md., E1644
Myrick, Sue Wilkins, N.C., E1644
Napolitano, Grace F., Calif., E1646
Otter, C.L. ``Butch'', Idaho, E1644
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E1618
Pickering, Charles W. ``Chip'', Miss., E1637
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Sherwood, Don, Pa., E1614
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Stearns, Cliff, Fla., E1637
Stenholm, Charles W., Tex., E1643
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Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E1614
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