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                                            Wednesday, May 14, 2003

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                              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

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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.

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  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.)


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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.

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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.

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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.


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                        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

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  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.


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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

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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.


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                         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 
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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.


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  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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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:15 a.m., Thursday, May 15

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 
1054,Reconciliation Bill, with votes to immediately occur on certain 
amendments, followed by final passage of H.R. 2, House companion 
measure; following which, Senate will consider H.R. 1298, Global HIV/
AIDS Bill.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Thursday, May 15

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 1527, National 
Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization (open rule, one hour of 
debate).
    
    
    
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