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                                           Thursday, March 20, 2003

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to S. Res. 95, Commending President and Armed 
      Forces.
      The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 104, expressing the support and 
      appreciation of the Nation for the President and the members of 
      the Armed forces who are participating in Operation Iraqi 
      Freedom.
      The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 95, establishing the 
      congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal 
      year 2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4043-S4223
Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and five resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 670-680, and S. Res. 95-96, and S. Con. Res. 25-27. 
                                                         Pages S4165-66
Measures Reported:
  S. 671, to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
to modify temporarily certain rates of duty, to make other technical 
amendments to the trade laws. (S. Rept. No. 108-28)
  S. Res. 48, designating April 2003 as ``Financial Literacy for Youth 
Month''.
  S. Res. 52, recognizing the social problem of child abuse and 
neglect, and supporting efforts to enhance public awareness of the 
problem, with an amendment.
  S. Res. 58, expressing the sense of the Senate that the President 
should designate the week beginning June 1, 2003, as ``National Citizen 
Soldier Week''.
  S. 330, to further the protection and recognition of veterans' 
memorials.
Page S4165
Measures Passed:
  Commending President and Armed Forces: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas 
(Vote No. 61), Senate agreed to S. Res. 95, commending the President 
and the Armed Forces of the United States of America. 
                                                      Pages S4075-S4107
  Iraqi Scientists Immigration Act: Senate passed S. 205, to authorize 
the issuance of immigrant visas to, and the admission to the United 
States for permanent residence of, certain scientists, engineers, and 
technicians who have worked in Iraqi weapons of mass destruction 
programs.
  Pages S4222-23
Congressional Budget Resolution: Senate continued consideration of S. 
Con. Res. 23, setting forth the congressional budget for the United 
States Government for fiscal year 2004 and including the appropriate 
budgetary levels for fiscal year 2003 and for fiscal years 2005 through 
2013, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                             Pages S4044-75, S4109-4152
Adopted:
  By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 62), Kyl/Sessions Modified Amendment 
No. 288, to provide financial security to family farm and small 
business owners by ending the unfair practice of taxing someone at 
death.
Page S4109
  By 80 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. 64), Rockefeller Amendment No. 275, 
to express the sense of the Senate concerning State fiscal relief. 
                                                         Pages S4111-12
Rejected:
  Graham (FL)/Dorgan/Stabenow Amendment No. 294, to provide a 
meaningful prescription drug benefit in Medicare that is available to 
all beneficiaries. (By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 63), Senate tabled 
the amendment.)
Pages S4109-10
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that with respect 
to amendment No. 294 (listed above), that the names be reversed, and 
that Senator Graham's name appear first as the one proposing the 
amendment.
Pending:
  Schumer Amendment No. 299, to provide immediate assistance to meet 
pressing homeland security needs by providing funding in 2003 for first 
responders, port security, bioterrorism preparedness

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and prevention, border security and transit security, the FBI; to 
restore the elimination of funding of the COPS program, firefighter 
equipment grants, Byrne Grants and Local Law enforcement grants; to 
provide a sustained commitment of resources for homeland security needs 
without reducing funding to other key domestic law enforcement and 
public safety priorities; and to reduce the deficit.
Pages S4046-63
  Brownback Amendment No. 282, to express the sense of the Senate that 
a commission be established to review the efficiency of Federal 
agencies.
Pages S4063-71
  Conrad (for Feingold/Corzine) Amendment No. 270, to set aside a 
reserve fund for possible military action and reconstruction in Iraq. 
                                                         Pages S4071-75
  Breaux Amendment No. 339, to reduce tax cuts by $375 billion and to 
reduce projected deficits by $464 billion.
Pages S4113-25
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for a series of 
votes on certain amendments to begin at 9:45 a.m., on Friday, March 21, 
2003.
Page S4107
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the resolution at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, March 21, 
2003.
Page S4107
Messages From the President: Senate received the following messages 
from the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the additional 
steps taken with respect to the national emergency which was declared 
in Executive Order 12722 of August 2, 1990 by exercising the statutory 
authority to confiscate and vest certain property of the Government of 
Iraq and its agencies, instrumentalities, or controlled entities; to 
the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-28) 
                                                             Page S4163
Messages From the House:
  Pages S4163-64
Measures Referred:
  Page S4164
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S4164
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4164-4165
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S4165
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4166-4168
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4168-4181
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4159-63
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4181-S4221
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S4221
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S4221
Record Vote: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--64) 
                                        Pages S4106, S4109, S4110, 4112
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 11:30 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, March 21, 2003. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S4107.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATION
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
hearings to examine the nomination of Vernon Bernard Parker, of 
Arizona, to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights, 
after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators McCain and Kyl, 
testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, 
and the Judiciary concluded hearings to examine proposed budget 
estimates for fiscal year 2004 for the Department of Commerce, after 
receiving testimony from Donald L. Evans, Secretary of Commerce.
APPROPRIATIONS: FOREST SERVICE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior concluded 
hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for 
the Department of Agriculture Forest Service, after receiving testimony 
from Dale N. Bosworth, Chief, Forest Service, Department of 
Agriculture.
APPROPRIATIONS: EPA
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent 
Agencies concluded hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2004 for the Environmental Protection Agency, after 
receiving testimony from Christine Todd Whitman, Administrator, 
Environmental Protection Agency.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION: ENERGY
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 2004 for the 
Department of Defense, focusing on atomic energy defense activities of 
the Department of Energy, after receiving testimony from Spencer 
Abraham, Secretary of Energy.

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REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
hearings to examine issues relating to the Department of Housing and 
Urban Development's proposed rule on the Real Estate Settlement 
Procedures Act, focusing on the effort to better protect consumers and 
increase homeownership by making the home financing process more 
transparent, simpler, and less costly, after receiving testimony from 
Mel Martinez, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
CLEAN AIR ACT AMENDMENTS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean Air, 
Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety concluded hearings to examine S. 
385, to amend the Clean Air Act to eliminate methyl tertiary butyl 
ether from the United States fuel supply, to increase production and 
use of renewable fuel, and to increase the Nation's energy 
independence, and other proposed legislation amending the Clean Air Act 
regarding fuel additives and renewable fuels, gasoline, water 
contamination, and the oil and natural gas industry, after receiving 
testimony from Jeffrey R. Holmstead, Assistant Administrator for Air 
and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency; David K. Garman, 
Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, and Mary Hutzler, Director, 
Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting, Energy Information 
Administration, both of the Department of Energy; Paul J. Granger, 
Plainview Water District, Plainview, New York; Craig Perkins, 
Environmental and Public Works Management, Santa Monica, California; 
Fred Yoder, Plain City, Ohio, on behalf of the National Corn Growers 
Association; Edward Murphy, American Petroleum Institute, Bob 
Slaughter, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, Scott H. 
Segal, Bracewell and Patterson, on behalf of the Oxygenated Fuels 
Association, all of Washington, D.C.; Richard Wagman, G.A. & F.C. 
Wagman, York, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the American Road and 
Transportation Builders Association; and A. Blakeman Early, Washington, 
D.C., on behalf of the American Lung Association.
EMBASSY SECURITY
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
how to make embassies safer in areas of conflict, focusing on federal 
efforts to provide secure diplomatic and consular facilities for U.S. 
Government personnel overseas, the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, 
and related provisions of the President's proposed budget request for 
fiscal year 2004 for the Department of State, after receiving testimony 
from Charles E. Williams, Director and Chief Operating Officer, 
Overseas Buildings Operations Bureau, and Francis X. Taylor, Assistant 
Secretary for Diplomatic Security and the Office of Foreign Missions, 
both of the Department of State; and Jess T. Ford, Director, 
International Affairs and Trade, General Accounting Office.
CARGO CONTAINERS SECURITY
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to 
examine securing seaport cargo containers from terrorist attack by 
implementing and using the Container Security Initiative, Operations 
Safe Commerce, and the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, 
focusing on the coordination between agencies regulating seaport 
commerce, the standardization of procedures between and within 
agencies, intelligence information available to port managers, 
departmental funding, and providing qualified and well trained 
personnel for port security programs, after receiving testimony from 
Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and 
Transportation Security; Peter W. Hall, United States Attorney for the 
District of Vermont, Department of Justice; Stephen E. Flynn, 
Independent Task Force on Homeland Security Imperatives, Council on 
Foreign Relations, New York, New York; Jeffrey W. Monroe, Department of 
Ports and Transportation, Portland, Maine; and Michael O'Hanlon, 
Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 330, to further the protection and recognition of veterans' 
memorials;
  S. Res. 48, designating April 2003 as ``Financial Literacy for Youth 
Month'';
  S. Res. 52, recognizing the social problem of child abuse and 
neglect, and supporting efforts to enhance public awareness of the 
problem, with an amendment;
  S. Res. 58, expressing the sense of the Senate that the President 
should designate the week beginning June 1, 2003, as ``National Citizen 
Soldier Week''; and
  The nominations of Cormac J. Carney and James V. Selna, each to be a 
United States District Judge for the Central District of California, 
Philip P. Simon and Theresa Lazar Springmann, each to be a United 
States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, and Gregory 
A. White, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of 
Ohio, Thomas Dyson Hurlburt, Jr., to be United States Marshal for the 
Middle District of Florida, Christina Pharo, to be United States 
Marshal for the Southern District of Florida, Dennis Arthur Williamson, 
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Northern District of Florida, and Richard Zenos Winget, to be United 
States Marshal for the District of Nevada, all of the Department of 
Justice.
  Also, Committee adopted its rules of procedure for the 108th Congress 
and announced the following subcommittee assignments:
  Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts: Senators 
Sessions (Chairman), Grassley, Specter, Craig, Cornyn, Schumer, Leahy, 
Feingold, and Durbin.
  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security: Senators 
Kyl (Chairman), Hatch, Specter, DeWine, Sessions, Chambliss, Feinstein, 
Kennedy, Biden, Kohl, and Edwards.
  Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights: 
Senators DeWine (Chairman), Hatch, Specter, Graham (SC), Chambliss, 
Kohl, Leahy, Feingold, and Edwards.
  Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights: 
Senators Cornyn (Chairman), Kyl, Graham (SC), Craig, Chambliss, 
Feingold, Kennedy, Schumer, and Durbin.
  Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship: 
Senators Chambliss (Chairman), Grassley, Kyl, DeWine, Sessions, Craig, 
Cornyn, Kennedy, Leahy, Feinstein, Schumer, Durbin, and Edwards.
  Subcommittee on Crime, Corrections and Victims' Rights: Senators 
Graham (SC) (Chairman), Hatch, Grassley, Sessions, Craig, Cornyn, 
Biden, Kohl, Feinstein, Durbin, and Edwards.
MEDICARE REFORM: PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
proposals to improve and modernize the current Medicare system, 
focusing on prescription drugs benefits, regulatory and contractor 
reforms, and demographic and health care trends, after receiving 
testimony from Thomas A. Scully, Administrator, Centers for Medicare 
and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services; and 
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director, Congressional Budget Office.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 40 public bills, H.R. 1372-1411; and 14 
resolutions, H.J. Res. 41-42; H. Con. Res. 103-109, and H. Res. 153-157 
were introduced.
  Pages H2268-70
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2270-72
Reports Filed: No reports were filed today.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. 
David K. Stewart, Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Wayne, 
Michigan.
  Page H2133
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal of 
Wednesday, March 19 by yea-and-nay vote of 373 yeas to 49 nays with 2 
voting ``present'', Roll No. 75.
  Pages H2133, H2135-36
Expressing the Support and Appreciation of the Nation for the President 
and the Members of the Armed Forces: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 
104, expressing the support and appreciation of the Nation for the 
President and the members of the Armed Forces who are participating in 
Operation Iraqi Freedom by yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 11 nays with 
22 voting ``present'', Roll No. 83.
  Pages H2229-51, H2262-63
  Earlier agreed by unanimous consent to consider the concurrent 
resolution.
Pages H2227-29
Leave of Absence Granted to Representative Buyer of Indiana: On motion 
of Speaker Hastert, Representative Buyer was granted a leave of absence 
for an indefinite period of time on account of military service. 
Earlier, the Speaker read a letter from Representative Buyer wherein he 
stated that he had been called to active duty in the United States Army 
and that pending further orders, he requested immediate indefinite 
leave of the House of Representatives to accommodate his military 
duties.
  Pages H2226-27
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Armed Forces Tax Fairness Act: Debated on March 19, H.R. 1307, to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a special rule for 
members of the uniformed services in determining the exclusion of gain 
from the sale of a principal residence and to restore the tax exempt 
status of death gratuity payments to members of the uniformed services 
(agreed to by \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting 
``nay,'' Roll No. 76); and
  Pages H2136-37
  Urging that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on the Pledge 
of Allegiance be Overturned:

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H. Res. 132, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that 
the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Newdow v. United States 
Congress is inconsistent with the Supreme Court's interpretation of the 
first amendment and should be overturned (agreed to by \2/3\ yea-and-
nay vote of 400 yeas to 7 nays with 15 voting ``present,'' Roll No. 
77).
  Page H2137
Concurrent Resolution on the Budget: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 
95, establishing the congressional budget for the United States 
Government for fiscal year 2004 and setting forth appropriate budgetary 
levels for fiscal years 2003 and 2005 through 2013 by yea-and-nay vote 
of 215 yeas to 212 nays, Roll No. 82. 
                                Pages H2145-70, H2171-H2227, H2251-2262
  Pursuant to the rule, the Nussle amendment in the nature of a 
substitute specified in part A of H. Rept. 108-44 was considered as 
adopted.
Rejected:
  Hill (``Blue Dog Coalition'') amendment in the nature of a substitute 
no. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-44 that sought to provide for 
spending at the levels contained in the President's budget as estimated 
by CBO; include reconciliation for a tax package with tax relief offset 
by deferring a portion of tax cuts for upper income taxpayers if the 
budget remains in deficit; directs a Medicare prescription drug benefit 
of $400 billion; provides an increase in the debt limit of 150 billion 
but prohibits any further increase in the debt limit of more that $100 
billion until CBO certifies that the budget is on path to balance by 
2009 (rejected by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 254 noes, Roll No. 
78);
Pages H2176-89
  Toomey (``Republican Study Committee'') amendment in the nature of a 
substitute no. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-44 that sought to 
balance the budget in four years; provide $512 billion in tax relief 
over the next five years and $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years, all 
under reconciliation; freezes total discretionary spending for one year 
and then permits growth at half of the rate of inflation for two years; 
and within the total level of discretionary spending, defense and 
homeland security are funded at the requested levels (rejected by a 
recorded vote of 80 ayes to 342 noes, Roll No. 79);
Pages H2189-H2204
  Cummings (``Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus'') 
amendment in the nature of a substitute no. 3 printed in part B of H. 
Rept. 108-44 that sought to freeze the tax cut; support defense funding 
commensurate with the President's request; provide $300 billion for 
economic stimulus; provide for universal single payer healthcare 
program and $528 billion for Medicare prescription drug benefit; and 
increase education funding by $20 billion (rejected by recorded vote of 
85 ayes to 340 noes, Roll No. 80);
Pages H2203-13
  Spratt (``Democratic Alternative'') amendment in the nature of a 
substitute no. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-44, as modified, 
that sought to restore $98 billion of direct spending cuts and increase 
funding for homeland security, education, and other priorities; provide 
$528 billion for a Medicare prescription drug benefit and allows 
increases to the extent offsets are identified; achieves budget balance 
in 2010 and adds $573 billion less to the public debt (rejected by 
recorded vote of 192 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 81).
Pages H2213-26
  Earlier agreed to the unanimous consent request made by 
Representative Spratt that the amendment no. 4 in H. Rept. 108-44 be 
considered as modified by the form that he placed at the desk. 
                                                             Page H2145
  The House agreed to H. Res. 151, the rule that provided for 
consideration of the concurrent resolution by voice vote. 
                                                         Pages H2138-45
Presidential Message--National Emergency re Iraq: Message wherein he 
reported that he has taken additional steps with respect to the 
national emergency declared in Executive Order 12722 of August 2, 1990, 
by exercising his statutory authority to confiscate and vest certain 
property of the Government of Iraq and its agencies, instrumentalities, 
or controlled entities--referred to the Committee on International 
Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 108-51).
  Page H2264
Legislative Program: The Majority Leader announced the Legislative 
Program for the week of March 24.
  Page H2263
Meeting Hour--Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25: Agreed that when 
the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 
24 and agreed that when the House adjourns on Monday, it adjourn to 
meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, for morning hour today. 
                                                         Pages H2263-64
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, March 26.
  Page H2264
Recess: The House recessed at 11 a.m. and reconvened at 12:30 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2138
Senate Message: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages 
H2133.
Referrals: S. 153 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and S. 
342 was held at the desk.
  Page H2265
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H2135-36,

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H2136-37, H2137, H2189, H2203, H2212, H2226, H2261-62, H2262-63. There 
were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 3:11 a.m. on 
Friday, March 21.


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Committee Meetings
AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies held a 
hearing on Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. Testimony was heard 
from Eric Bost, Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, 
USDA.
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, AND STATE AND THE JUDICIARY, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and 
State and The Judiciary, and Related Agencies held a hearing on DEA and 
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Justice: John 
B. Brown III, Acting Administrator, DEA; and Bradley A. Buckles, Acting 
Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on 
Fiscal Year 2004 Navy/Marine Corps Budget Overview. Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Navy: H.T. Johnson, 
Acting Secretary; Adm. Vernon E. Clark, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; 
and Gen. Michael W. Hagee, USMC, Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps.
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water 
Development held a hearing on Department of Energy: Nuclear Waste 
Management and Disposal. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Energy: Jessie Roberson, Assistant 
Secretary, Energy, Environmental Management; and Margaret Chu, 
Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management.
HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a 
hearing on Secretary of Homeland Security. Testimony was heard from Tom 
Ridge, Secretary of Homeland Secretary.
LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education held a hearing on Secretary of Health and Human 
Services. Testimony was heard from Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of 
Health and Human Services.
VA, HUD AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies held a hearing on Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. 
Testimony was heard from Ellen Lazar, Executive Director, Neighborhood 
Reinvestment Corporation.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on Agency for Toxic Substances 
and Disease Registry. Testimony was heard from Henry Falk, Assistant 
Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 
Department of Health and Human Services.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE 
PROGRAMS
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the 2004 fiscal year 
defense authorization budget request for Ballistic Missile Defense 
programs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: E.C. ``Pete'' Aldridge, Jr., Under Secretary, 
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; J.D. Crouch, Assistant 
Secretary, International Security Policy; Lt. Gen. Ronald T. Kadish, 
USAF, Director, Missile Defense Agency; and Thomas P. Christie, 
Director, Operational Test and Evaluation.
MILITARY READINESS AND REVIEW--DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness continued 
hearings on the state of military readiness and review of the fiscal 
year 2004 Defense Authorization budget request. Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Defense: H.T. 
Johnson, Acting Secretary, Navy; Brig. Gen. Ronald S. Coleman, USMC, 
Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics (Facilities); 
Rear Adm. Christopher Cole, USN, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, 
Ashore Readiness Division; Rear Adm. Craig McDonald, USN, Deputy 
Director, Naval Reserve; Nelson F. Gibbs, Assistant Secretary, Air 
Force, Installations, Environment and Logistics; Maj. Gen. Earnest O. 
Robbins II, USAF, The Air Force Civil Engineer; Brig. Gen. David A. 
Brubaker, USAF, Deputy Director, Air National Guard; and Brig. Gen. 
William A. Rajczak, USAF, Deputy to the Chief, Air Force Reserve.

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NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces held a hearing on the fiscal year 2004 national defense 
authorization budget request. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: Glen Lamartin, Director, 
Tactical and Strategic Systems; Claude M. Bolton, Jr., Assistant 
Secretary, Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Department of 
the Army; Gen. Paul J. Kern, USA, Commanding General, Army Materiel 
Command; and Lt. Gen. Robert Magnus, USMC, Deputy Commander, Programs 
and Resources, U.S. Marine Corps.
WORKFORCE REINVESTMENT AND ADULT EDUCATION ACT
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on 21st Century 
Competitiveness approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 
1261, Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act of 2003.
HIV/AIDS, TB, AND MALARIA--COMBATING GLOBAL PANDEMIC
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on ``HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria: Combating a Global Pandemic.'' 
Testimony was heard from Claude Allen, Deputy Secretary, Department of 
Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
ACCOUNTANT, COMPLIANCE, AND ENFORCEMENT STAFFING ACT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises approved for full 
Committee action, as amended, H.R. 658, Accountant, Compliance, and 
Enforcement Staffing Act of 2003.
DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic and 
International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology approved for full 
Committee action, as amended, H.R. 1280, Defense Production Act 
Reauthorization of 2003.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENERGY MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 
1346, to amend the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to provide 
an additional function of the Administrator for Federal Procurement 
Policy relating to encouraging Federal procurement policies that 
enhance energy efficiency.
ENERGY DEPARTMENT ACQUISITIONS--DECADE OF FAILURE
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on ``Breaking Fumes; A 
Decade of Failure in Energy Department Acquisitions.'' Testimony was 
heard from Robin M. Nazzaro, Director, Natural Resources and 
Environment, GAO; and the following officials of the Department of 
Energy: Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General; and James A. Rispoli, 
Director, Engineering and Construction Management.
U.S. AND SOUTH ASIA CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN POLICY
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on East Asia and the 
Pacific held a hearing on the U.S. and South Asia: Challenges and 
Opportunities for American policy. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of State: Christina Rocca, 
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs; and Wendy J. 
Chamberlin, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, 
AID.
FEDERAL COURTS IMPROVEMENT ACT; 
E-GOVERNMENT ACT AMENDMENTS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and 
Intellectual Property approved for full Committee action the following 
bills: H.R. 1302, Federal Courts Improvement Act of 2003; and H.R. 
1303, amended, to amend the E-Government Act of 2002 with respect to 
rulemaking authority of the Judicial Conference.
SBA FINANCING PROGRAMS--CHANGES NEEDED
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Changes to SBA 
Financing Programs Needed for Revitalization of Small Manufacturers.'' 
Testimony was heard from Ronald Bew, Associate Administrator, Capital 
Access, SBA; and public witnesses.
PROTECTING COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation met in executive session to hold a hearing on Protecting 
Commercial Aircraft from the Threat of Missile Attacks. Testimony was 
heard from departmental witnesses.
MEDICARE REGULATORY AND CONTRACTING REFORM ACT
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health approved for full 
Committee action, as amended, H.R. 810, Medicare Regulatory and 
Contracting Reform Act of 2003.

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FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT FUNDS--REVIEW STATE USE
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources held a 
hearing to Review State Use of Federal Unemployment Funds. Testimony 
was heard from Emily S. DeRocco, Assistant Secretary, Employment and 
Training Administration, Department of Labor; Sigurd R. Nilsen, 
Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, GAO; Jon 
Brock, Executive Director, Employment Security Commission, State of 
Oklahoma; Melissa DeLisio, Assistant Director, Department of Job and 
Family Services, State of Ohio; Dawn Watson, Secretary, Department of 
Labor, State of Louisiana; and a public witness.
NATIONAL IMAGERY AND MAPPING AGENCY PROGRAM
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on National Imagery and Mapping Agency Program. 
Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
VETERANS' LEGISLATIVE PRESENTATIONS
Joint Hearing: Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs concluded joint 
hearings with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine 
legislative presentations of certain veterans' organizations, after 
receiving testimony from W.G. Kilgore, AMVETS, Lanham, Maryland; 
Maurice S. Sharp, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Arlington, Texas; 
Thomas H. Corey, Vietnam Veterans of America, Silver Spring, Maryland; 
Colonel Robert F. Norton, USA (Ret.), Military Officers Association of 
America, Alexandria, Virginia; and Raymond G. Boland, National 
Association of State Directors of Veterans' Affairs.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             MARCH 21, 2003

                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                   9:30 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2003

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of S. Con. Res. 
23, Congressional Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2004.
  At 9:45 a.m., Senate will begin a series of votes on certain 
amendments.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        2 p.m., Monday, March 24

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: Pro forma session.
    
    
    
    


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