May 14, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 72 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
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[Daily Digest] [Pages D522-D524] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Wednesday, May 14, 2003 [[Page D522]] Daily Digest HIGHLIGHTS The House passed H.R. 1000, Pension Security Act. House committee ordered reported the National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2004. Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S6147-S6406 Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1056-1067, S. Res. 143, and S. Con. Res. 44. Pages S6255-56 Measures Reported: S. 275, 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. Rept. No. 108-47). Page S6255 Measures Passed: Congressional Gold Medal For Tony Blair: Senate passed S. 709, to award a congressional gold medal to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Page S6405 Reconciliation Bill: Senate began consideration of S. 1054, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2004, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: Pages S6148-S6226, S6233-S6248 Pending: Grassley Amendment No. 555, to increase the criminal monetary penalty limitation for the underpayment or overpayment of tax due to fraud. Pages S6152-54 Dorgan/Baucus Amendment No. 556, to repeal the 1993 income tax increase on Social Security benefits and to offset the revenue loss. Pages S6154-57 Specter Amendment No. 569, to urge the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Economic Committee to hold hearings and consider legislation providing for a flat tax. Pages S6176-78 Baucus Amendment No. 570, to ensure that the limit on refundability shall not apply to the additional $400 child credit for 2003, to make the dividend exclusion effective for taxable years beginning in 2003, and to eliminate the increase in the dividend exclusion from 10 percent to 20 percent of dividends over $500. Pages S6178-80 Kennedy Amendment No. 544, to provide for additional weeks of temporary extended unemployment compensation and to provide for a program of temporary enhanced regular unemployment compensation. Pages S6180-88 Lincoln Amendment No. 578, to expand the refundability of the child tax credit. Pages S6188-91, S6198 Cantwell Amendment No. 577, to permanently extend and modify the research and experimentation tax credit and strike the partial exclusion of dividends provision. Pages S6191-95 Jeffords Amendment No. 587, to accelerate the elimination of the marriage penalty in the earned income credit. Pages S6195-96 Bunning/McConnell Amendment No. 589, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 1993 income tax increase on Social Security benefits. Pages S6197-98 Burns Amendment No. 593, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the expensing of broadband Internet access expenditures. Pages S6198-S6200 Grassley Amendment No. 594, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to enhance beneficiary access to quality health care services in rural areas under the Medicare program. Pages S6200-01 Harkin Amendment No. 595, to help rural health care providers and hospitals receive a fair reimbursement for services under Medicare by reducing tax cuts regarding dividends. Pages S6201-04 Collins Amendment No. 596, to provide temporary State and local fiscal relief. Pages S6204-10 Murray Amendment No. 564, to provide temporary State fiscal relief. Pages S6210-14 Stabenow Amendment No. 614, to ensure the enactment of a Medicare prescription drug benefit. Pages S6214-16 Warner Modified Amendment No. 550, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the [[Page D523]] above-the-line deduction for teacher classroom supplies and to expand such deduction to include qualified professional development expenses. Pages S6216-17 Voinovich Amendment No. 592, to establish a blue ribbon commission on comprehensive tax reform. Pages S6217-20 Graham (FL) Amendment No. 617, in the nature of a substitute. Pages S6220-22 Kyl Amendment No. 575, to further enhance the denial of deduction for certain fines, penalties, and other amounts. Pages S6222-26 Landrieu Amendment No. 619, in the nature of a substitute. Pages S6233-38 Landrieu Amendment No. 620, to provide pay protection for members of the Reserve and the National Guard. Pages S6238-39 Landrieu Amendment No. 621, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers in renewal communities to qualify for the renewal community employment credit by employing residents of certain other renewal communities. Page S6239 Ensign Amendment No. 622, to encourage the investment of foreign earnings within the United States for productive business investments and job creation. Pages S6239-41 Schumer Amendment No. 557, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make higher education more affordable. Pages S6241-46 Conrad Amendment No. 611, to make the child tax credit acceleration applicable to 2002. Pages S6246-47 Baucus (for McCain) Amendment No. 612, to add the provisions of the Armed Forces Tax Fairness Act of 2003. Pages S6247-48 During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action: By 44 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 147), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 305(b)2 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with respect to Reid Amendment No. 560, to ensure that Social Security surpluses are not raided in order to fund tax cuts on corporate dividends. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 305(b)2 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 relative to germaneness was sustained, and the amendment thus falls. Pages S6164-74 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 9:15 a.m., on Thursday, May 15, 2003; that all time under the statutory limit be expired; that the Senate proceed to vote on or in relation to the pending amendments in the order offered beginning with Bunning/McConnell Amendment No. 589 (listed above); that following the disposition of amendments, the bill be read a third time, the Senate then proceed to consideration of H.R. 2 (House companion measure), all after the enacting clause be stricken and the text of S. 1054, as amended, if amended, be inserted in lieu thereof, the bill be read a third time, and the Senate proceed to a vote on passage of the bill; that the Senate then insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House thereon, the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate with a ratio of 3 to 2; and that no points of order be waived by this agreement. Pages S6196-97 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for the vote sequence relative to the pending amendments (listed above). Page S6226 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that no second degree amendments be in order to the pending amendments (listed above). Page S6226 Global HIV/AIDS Bill--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that immediately following passage of H.R. 2, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2004, Senate proceed to H.R. 1298, to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and that only relevant first degree amendments be in order; that only second degree amendments which are relevant to the first degree amendment to which they are offered, when offered, be in order; and that upon disposition of all amendments, the bill, as amended, if amended, be read a third time, and the Senate proceed to a vote on passage of the bill. Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States: Transmitting, pursuant to law, a periodic report relative to the national emergency with respect to Iran which was declared in Executive Order No. 12170; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-32) Page S6252 Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations: April H. Foley, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2007. Nicole R. Nason, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation. Greta N. Morris, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. [[Page D524]] James C. Miller III, of Virginia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for the term expiring December 8, 2010. Neil McPhie, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board for the term of seven years expiring March 1, 2009. Peter Eide, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term of five years. Stanley C. Suboleski, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission for a term of six years expiring August 30, 2006. Naomi Churchill Earp, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2005. William A. Schambra, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring September 14, 2006. Donna N. Williams, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring October 6, 2006. Thomas A. Fuentes, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2005. Lillian R. BeVier, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2004. R. Bruce Matthews, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board for a term expiring October 18, 2005. 29 Army nominations in the rank of general. Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general. 29 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral. Routine lists in the Marine Corps, Navy. Pages S6227-31 Messages From the House: Page S6253 Measures Referred: Page S6253 Executive Communications: Page S6253 Petitions and Memorials: Pages S6253-55 Executive Reports of Committees: Page S6255 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S6256-57 Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Pages S6257-65 Additional Statements: Pages S6251-52 Amendments Submitted: Pages S6265-66 Authority for Committees to Meet: Pages S6404-05 Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--147) Page S6174 Adjournment: Senate met at 9:15 a.m., and adjourned at 12:16 a.m., on Thursday, May 15, 2003 and will reconvene at 9:15 a.m. on the same day. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6226.)
[Daily Digest] [Pages D524-D526] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) FARM BILL Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the implementation of the Farm Securities and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-171), including the status of implementation of the Agricultural Assistance Act of 2003 (P.L. 108- 7), after receiving testimony from Anne M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture, who was accompanied by several of her associates. APPROPRIATIONS: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOSTER CARE SYSTEM Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the District of Columbia concluded hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for the government of the District of Columbia, focusing on the foster care system, after receiving testimony from Judith Sandalow, Children's Law Center, Marilyn R. Egerton, Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center, Sr. Ann Patrick Conrad, Catholic University of America National Catholic School of Social Service, and Jacqueline Bowen and Joseph Wright, both of Children's National Medical Center, and Damian Miller, all of Washington, D.C. HEALTH CARE ACCESS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies concluded hearings to examine health care access and affordability and its impact on the economy, focusing on the costs of medical benefits and the implications for business, and the economic consequences of being uninsured, after receiving testimony from John F. Diedrich, Exelon Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, on behalf of the National Coalition on Health Care; Leo W. Gerard, United Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jack Hadley, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.; Paul Burrow, Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Ken Weinstein, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [[Page D525]] APPROPRIATIONS: DEFENSE Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for the Department of Defense, after receiving testimony from Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense. SPACE SHUTTLE ``COLUMBIA'' INVESTIGATION Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded hearings to examine the status of the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation, after receiving testimony from Sean O'Keefe, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr., USN (Ret.), Chairman, Columbia Accident Investigation Board. RECLAMATION PROJECTS Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: On Tuesday, May 13, 2003, Subcommittee on Water and Power concluded hearings to examine S. 520, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities to the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District in the State of Idaho, S. 625, to authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to conduct certain feasibility studies in the Tualatin River Basin in Oregon, S. 649, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in projects within the San Diego Creek Watershed, California, S. 960, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize certain projects in the State of Hawaii and to amend the Hawaii Water Resources Act of 2000 to modify the water resources study, and S. 993, to amend the Small Reclamation Projects Act of 1956, after receiving testimony from Senator Crapo, John W. Keys III, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; Joe Findaro, Fremont-Madison Irrigation District, Idaho; Brian Brady, Irvine Ranch Water District, Irvine, California; Chauncey Ching, University of Hawaii, Manoa; and Peter Carlson, Will and Carlson, Inc., Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Small Reclamation Program Act Coalition. TISSUE BANK REGULATION Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to examine the dangers of tainted human tissue and the need for federal regulation of the tissue bank industry, focusing on registering all tissue establishments with the FDA, screening of potential donors for viruses, and establishing rules for the methods and controls used during the processing of human tissue, after receiving testimony from Steven L. Solomon, Acting Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Jesse L. Goodman, Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, both to the Department of Health and Human Services; Jeanne V. Linden, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany; and Steve and Leslie Lykins, Willmar, Minnesota. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items: S. 504, to establish academies for teachers and students of American history and civics and a national alliance of teachers of American history and civics; S. 686, to provide assistance for poison prevention and to stabilize the funding of regional poison control centers; S. 888, to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act; S. 1015, to authorize grants through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for mosquito control programs to prevent mosquito-borne disease; and The nominations of John E. Buchanan, Jr., of Oregon, to be a Member of the National Museum Services Board, Michael Schwartz, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board, and Mary Lucille Jordan, of Maryland, and Stanley C. Suboleski, of Virginia, both to be Members of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items: S. 285, to authorize the integration and consolidation of alcohol and substance abuse programs and services provided by Indian tribal governments, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; S. 344, expressing the policy of the United States regarding the United States' relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; S. 555, to establish the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation, with an amendment; S. 558, to elevate the position of Director of the Indian Health Service within the Department of Health and Human Services to Assistant Secretary for Indian Health; and S. 702, to amend the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that Act. [[Page D526]] INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the implementation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, focusing on the funding and regulatory activities of the National Indian Gaming Commission, after receiving testimony from Philip N. Hogen, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, on behalf of the National Indian Gaming Commission, who was accompanied by several of his associates; and Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, Appleton, on behalf of the National Indian Gaming Association.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D526-D527] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Measures Introduced: 28 public bills, H.R. 2084-2111; and 6 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 179-182 and H. Res. 234-235, were introduced. Pages H4129-31 Additional Cosponsors: Pages H4131-32 Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows: H.R. 1835, to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit designation as critical habitat of areas owned or controlled by the Department of Defense, and for other purposes, amended (H. Rept. 108- 99, Part I); H.R. 1497, to reauthorize title I of the Sikes Act, amended (H. Rept. 108-100, Part I) Page H4129 Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Collins to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. Page H4017 Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. George S. Dillard III, Pastor, Peachtree City Christian Church of Peachtree City, Georgia. Page H4017 Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program under the National School Lunch Program: S. 870, to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to extend the availability of funds to carry out the fruit and vegetable pilot program--clearing the measure for the President; Pages H4023-24 Kris Eggle Visitor Center in Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona: H.R. 1577, amended, to designate the visitors' center in Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona as the ``Kris Eggle Memorial Visitors' Center''. Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to designate the visitor center in Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor Center'', and for other purposes.''; Pages H4024-27 Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska Access Easement: H.R. 255, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to grant an easement to facilitate access to the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska; Pages H4027-28 Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site Establishment Act: H.R. 1012, to establish the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in the District of Columbia; Pages H4028-31 Contract Revision with the Tom Green County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, San Angelo Project, Texas: H.R. 856, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to revise a repayment contract with the Tom Green County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, San Angelo project, Texas; and Pages H4031-32 Microenterprise to Increase Assistance to the Poorest People in Developing Countries: H.R. 192, to amend the Microenterprise for Self- Reliance Act of 2000 and the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to increase assistance for the poorest people in developing countries under microenterprise assistance programs under those Acts. Pages H4032-35 Pension Security Act: The House passed H.R. 1000, to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide additional protections to participants and beneficiaries in individual account plans from excessive investment in employer securities and to promote the provision of retirement investment advice to workers managing their retirement income assets by yea-and-nay vote of 271 yeas to 157 nays, Roll No. 189. Pages H4040-92 Rejected the George Miller of California motion that sought to recommit the bill to the Committee on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment that provides for protection of participants from conversions to hybrid defined benefit plans by yea-and-nay vote of 202 yeas to 226 nays, Roll No. 188. Pages H4089-92 [[Page D527]] Pursuant to the rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill (H. Rept. 108-43 Part I) was considered as adopted. Page H4050 Rejected the Andrews amendment in the nature of a substitute that sought to establish the Pension Fairness Act that, among other provisions, requires executive pensions to be subject to the same pension rules that apply to other employees, provides for investment advice from qualified, independent advisors, allows older employees to choose between a conversion to a cash balance plan or to maintain their current defined benefit pension plan, and requires disclosure to collective bargaining units on proposed changes to executive pensions, health or life insurance, or other substantial benefits by yea-and-nay vote of 193 yeas to 236 nays, Roll No. 187. Pages H4073-89 Agreed to H. Res. 230, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by voice vote. Earlier agreed to order the previous question by yea-and-nay vote of 218 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 186. Pages H4035-40 Participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization: The House passed S. 243, concerning participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization--clearing the measure for the President. Pages H4092-93 Presidential Message--National Emergency re Iran: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted a six month periodic report on the national emergency with respect to Iran that was declared in Executive Order 12170 of November 14, 1979--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 108-71). Page H4093 Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H4093. Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H4039-40, H4088-89, H4091-92, and H4092. There were no quorum calls. Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:54 p.m.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D527-D528] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on District of Columbia held a hearing on District of Columbia Public Schools. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the District of Columbia: Peggy Cooper Cafritz, President, Board of Education; Paul Vance, Superintendent, Public Schools; and Thomas P. Loughlin, Chair, Public Charter School Board. FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Agencies held a hearing on International Education. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies continued appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT Committee on Armed Services: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 1588, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. UN'S OIL FOR FOOD PROGRAM Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on energy and Air Quality held a hearing entitled ``United Nations Oil For Food Program.'' Testimony was heard from Guy F. Caruso, Administrator, Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy; and public witnesses. CHECK CLEARING THE 21ST CENTURY ACT Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 1474, Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act. DIVESTING SADDAM Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Divesting Saddam: Freezing, Seizing, and Repatriating Saddam's Money to the Iraqis.'' Testimony was heard from David Afhauser, General Counsel, Department of the Treasury; E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary, Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State; and Lawrence Lanzilotta, Principal Deputy and Deputy Under Secretary, Management Reform, Department of Defense. U.S. COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION AND NONPROLIFERATION PROGRAMS Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Europe and the Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights concluded joint hearings on U.S. Cooperative Threat [[Page D528]] Reduction and Nonproliferation Programs: How Far Have We Come--Where Are We Heading? Part 11. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. UNLAWFUL INTERNET GAMBLING FUNDING PROHIBITION ACT; HEALTHY FORESTS RESTORATION ACT Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 21, amended, Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act; and H.R. 1904, Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. OVERSIGHT--DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REAUTHORIZATION Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held an oversight hearing on ``Reauthorization of the U.S. Department of Justice: Bureau of Prisons; Office of Justice Programs; U.S. Marshals Service; and Criminal Division.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Justice: Deborah Daniels, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs; Harley G. Lappin, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons; Benigno G. Reyna, Director, United States Marshals Service; and Julie L. Myers, Chief of Staff, Criminal Division. CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Committee on Science: Held a hearing on Cybersecurity Research and Development. Testimony was heard from Charles E. McQueary, Under Secretary, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security; Rita R. Colwell, Director, NSF; Arden L. Bement, Jr., Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce; and Anthony Tether, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense. WTO'S CHALLENGE TO FSC/ETI RULES--EFFECT ON U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on the Effect on U.S. Small Business of the World Trade Organization's Challenge to the FSC/ETI Rules of the IRC. Testimony was heard from Representatives Crane and Rangel; and public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation approved for full Committee action, as amended, the following: a measure to reauthorize programs for the Federal Aviation Administration; and the Aviation Security Technical Corrections and Improvement Act. GENERAL DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM BUDGET Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold a hearing on General Defense Intelligence Program (GDIP) Budget. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D528-D529] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2003 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: to hold hearings to examine pending Calendar business, 11:30 a.m., SR-328A. Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for programs of the Department of Agriculture, 9:30 a.m., SD-124. Subcommittee on Defense, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for the Department of Defense, 9:30 a.m., SD-192. Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimate for fiscal year 2004 for foreign operations, 2 p.m., SD-138. Committee on Armed Services: to hold a closed briefing to discuss the results of the inquiry into reports of sexual assaults at the U.S. Air Force Academy, 5 p.m., SR-222. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold oversight hearings to examine recommendations to tighten oversight of the Title XI Shipbuilding Loan Guarantee Program, 9:30 a.m., SR- 253. Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries and Coast Guard, to hold hearings to examine the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 2:30 p.m., SR- 253. Committee on Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on state and local governments, 9:30 a.m., SD-342. Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Susanne T. Marshall, of Virginia, to be Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, Neil McPhie, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board, Terrence A. Duffy, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, and Thomas Waters Grant, of New York, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, 2 p.m., SD-342. Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings to examine S. 575, to amend the Native American Languages Act to provide for the support of Native American language survival schools, 10 a.m., SR- 485. Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 878, to authorize an additional permanent judgeship in the District of Idaho, S. 1023, to increase the annual salaries of justices and judges of the United States, S. Res. 136, recognizing the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and congratulating members and officers of the Brotherhood of [[Page D529]] Locomotive Engineers for the union's many achievements, and the nominations of David G. Campbell, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, L. Scott Coogler, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, Mark Moki Hanohano, to be United States Marshal for the District of Hawaii, and Michael Chertoff, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, 9:30 a.m., SD-226. Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine pending intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 1925, Runaway, Homeless and Missing Children Protection Act; and H.R. 1179, Child Medication Safety Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn. Committee on Energy and Commerce, to mark up the Project Bioshield Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn. Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises, hearing entitled ``Retirement Security: What Seniors Need to Know about Protecting Their Futures,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn. Committee on Government Reform, hearing entitled ``Overexposed: The Threats to Privacy and Security on File Sharing Networks,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, to consider the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2003, 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn. Committee on International Relations, hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Iraq, 10:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn. Committee on the Judiciary, hearing on H.R. 1115, Class Action Fairness Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, hearing and markup of H.R. 361, Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act, 1 p.m., 2141 Rayburn. Subcommittee on the Constitution, oversight hearing on the ``Reauthorization of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division,'' 3 p.m., 2141 Rayburn. Committee on Resources, Subcommittee Water and Power, oversight hearing on CALFED's Cross-Cut Budget, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth. Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 1904, Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, 10:30 a.m., H-313 Capitol. Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight, hearing on Federal Agency Treatment of Small Business, 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, Agriculture and Technology, hearing on the Impact of the Highway Beautification Act on small businesses across America, 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines, oversight hearing on overview of Administration's Proposed Reauthorization bill (SAFETEA), 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn. Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 1460, Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2003; H.R. 1562, Veterans Health Care Cost Recovery Act of 2003; H.R. 1683, Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2003; H.R. 1257, Selected Reserve Home Loan Equity Act; and H.R. 1911, to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance cooperation and the sharing of resources between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy and National Security, executive, hearing on Sensitive Programs Budget, 1 p.m., H-405 Capitol. Select Committee on Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``Bioshield: Countering the Bioterrorist Threat,'' 1 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
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