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[Daily Digest] [Page D564] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] May 21, 2003 [[Page D562]] Daily Digest HIGHLIGHTS House Committees ordered reported 11 sundry measures. Senate Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S6789-S6890 Measures Introduced: Thirteen bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1090-1102, and S. Res. 151-152. Pages S6852-53 Measures Reported: Special Report entitled ``Committee Activities of the Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate, January 3, 2001, to November 22, 2002''. (S. Rept. No. 108-52) Page S6851 S. 515, to provide additional authority to the Office of Ombudsman of the Environmental Protection Agency. (S. Rept. No. 108-50) Page S6851 S. 313, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to establish a program of fees relating to animal drugs, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 108-51) Page S6851 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. Page S6851 S. Con. Res. 7, expressing the sense of Congress that the sharp escalation of anti-Semitic violence within many participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is of profound concern and efforts should be undertaken to prevent future occurrences. Page S6851 Measures Passed: Ombudsman Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 515, to provide additional authority to the Office of Ombudsman of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pages S6889-90 Welcoming the President of the Philippines to the United States: Senate agreed to S. Res. 152, welcoming the President of the Philippines to the United States, expressing gratitude to the Government of the Philippines for its strong cooperation with the United States in the campaign against terrorism and its membership in the coalition to disarm Iraq, and reaffirming the commitment of Congress to the continuous expansion of friendship and cooperation between the United States and the Philippines. Page S6890 U.N. Sanctions Against Iraq: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H. Con. Res. 160, expressing the sense of Congress that the United Nations should remove the economic sanctions against Iraq completely and without condition, and the resolution was then agreed to. Page S6890 Department of Defense Authorization: Senate continued consideration of S. 1050, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, taking action on the following amendments: Pages S6789-S6843, S6845-46 Adopted: By 59 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 187), Warner Amendment No. 752 (to Amendment No. 751), in the nature of a substitute. Pages S6789-92 By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 188), Reed Amendment No. 751, to modify the scope of the prohibition on research and development of low-yield nuclear weapons. Pages S6789-92 Collins Amendment No. 757, to amend title 10, United States Code, to restrict bundling of Department of Defense contract requirements that unreasonably disadvantages small businesses. Pages S6793-97 Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 766, to require a specific authorization of Congress for the commencement of the engineering development phase or subsequent phase of a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator. Page S6805 [[Page D563]] Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 767, to require a study on the application of technology from the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Program to conventional hard and deeply buried target weapons development programs. Pages S6805-06 Hutchison Amendment No. 763, to add availability of family support services to the matters required to be included in the report on the conduct of Operation Iraqi Freedom in section 1023. Pages S6808-10 By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 190), Lautenberg/Jeffords Amendment No. 722, to modify requirements applicable to the limitation on designation of critical habitat for conservation of protected species under the provision on military readiness and conservation of protected species. Pages S6810-15 Bingaman Modified Amendment No. 765, to require a specific authorization of Congress before the conduct of the design, development, or deployment of the hit-to-kill ballistic missile defense interceptors. Pages S6819-21, S6823 By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 191), McCain Amendment No. 783, (to language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 725), to propose the insertion of matter in lieu of the matter proposed to be stricken. Pages S6823-27 Warner Amendment No. 792, to correct the authorization of appropriations for the Joint Engineering Data Management Information and Control System (JEDMICS) so as to be provided for in Navy RDT (PE 0603739N) instead of Navy procurement. Pages S6833-34 Levin (for Wyden) Amendment No. 793, to provide for the reporting requirement regarding Iraq to include a requirement to report noncompetitive contracting for the reconstruction of the infrastructure of Iraq. Pages S6834-35 Warner (for McCain/Bayh) Amendment No. 794, to provide for the funding of education assistance enlistment incentives to facilitate National service through Department of Defense Education Benefits Fund. Page S6835 Warner (for Roberts) Amendment No. 795, to enhance the defense contracting opportunities for persons with disabilities. Page S6835 Levin (for Nelson (FL)) Amendment No. 759, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of Defense should disburse funds to reward the provision of information leading to the resolution of the status of the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who remain missing in action. Pages S6835-36 Warner (for Domenici) Amemdment No. 740, to provide entitlement to health care for reserve officers of the Armed Forces pending orders to initial active duty following commissioning. Page S6836 Levin (for Feinstein/Stevens) Amendment No. 796, to prohibit the use of funds for research, development, test, and evaluation, procurement, or deployment of nuclear armed interceptors in a missile defense system. Page S6836 Warner (for Lott) Amendment No. 700, to express the sense of the Senate in support of the Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise of the National Shipbuilding Research Program. Pages S6836-37 Warner (for Allard) Amendment No. 779, to provide a substitute for section 1035, relating to the protection of the operational files of the National Security Agency. Pages S6837-38 Levin (for Dodd) Modified Amendment No. 746, to require an Army study regarding use of a second source of production for gears incorporated into helicopter transmissions for CH-47 helicopters. Page S6838 Warner (for Chambliss) Amendment No. 784, to require a report on the efforts of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to utilize certain data extraction and exploitation capabilities within the Commercial Joint Mapping Tool Kit (C/JMTK). Page S6838 Levin (for Lieberman) Amendment No. 797, to provide for a strategy for the Department of Defense for the management of the electromagnetic spectrum. Pages S6838-39 Warner (for Domenici) Amendment No. 739, to expand reimbursement for travel expenses of covered beneficiaries of CHAMPUS for specialty care in order to cover specialized dental care. Page S6839 Warner Amendment No. 798, to strike subsection (c) of section 2101 relating to unspecified worldwide military construction projects for the Army. Page S6839 Rejected: Dorgan Modified Amendment No. 750, to prohibit the use of funds for a nuclear earth penetrator weapon. (By 56 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 189), Senate tabled the amendment.) Pages S6797-S6804 Withdrawn: Harkin Amendment No. 774, to prohibit the use of funds for acquiring for inventories of the Department of Defense property in excess of the requirements for the inventories. Pages S6815-18 Bennett Amendment No. 776, to repeal the Millions of Theoretical Operations Per Second (MTOPS) requirement for computer export controls. Pages S6818-19 Pending: Murray Amendment No. 691, to restore a previous policy regarding restrictions on use of Department of Defense medical facilities. Pages S6831-33 During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action: [[Page D564]] Dayton Amendment No. 725, to strike section 833, relating to waiver authority for domestic source or content requirements, was rendered moot when McCain Amendment No. 783 (listed above) was adopted. Pages S6821-23, S6827 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 22, 2003, with certain amendments to be proposed thereto. Page S6843 Messages From the House: Page S6851 Measures Referred: Page S6851 Enrolled Bills Presented: Page S6851 Executive Communications: Page S6851 Executive Reports of Committees: Pages S6851-52 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S6853-55 Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Pages S6855-71 Additional Statements: Pages S6848-51 Amendments Submitted: Pages S6871-87 Notices of Hearings/Meetings: Page S6887 Authority for Committees to Meet: Pages S6887-88 Privilege of the Floor: Page S6888 Record Votes: Five record votes were taken today. (Total--191) Pages S6792, S6804, S6815, S6827 Adjournment: Senate met at 9:31 a.m., and adjourned at 9:41 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 22, 2003. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6844.)
[Daily Digest] [Pages D564-D566] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Glen Klippenstein, of Missouri, Julia Bartling, of South Dakota, and Lowell Junkins, of Iowa, each to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Farm Credit Administration. NATIONAL EXPORT STRATEGY Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the national export strategy, focusing on the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), activity in post- crisis regions including the Afghanistan Reconstruction and frontline States in Central Asia, and transportation security and safety initiatives, after receiving testimony from Donald L. Evans, Secretary of Commerce; Grant D. Aldonas, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; Philip Merrill, President and Chairman, Export- Import Bank of the United States; Peter S. Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Hector V. Barreto, Jr., Administrator, Small Business Administration; and Barbara R. Bradford, Deputy Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency. COMPUTER SPAM Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded hearings to examine issues concerning the extent and effects of receiving unsolicited commercial e-mail (computer spam), focusing on Federal efforts to combat its growing threat to web-based services, after receiving testimony from Senators Schumer and Dayton; Orson Swindle and Mozelle W. Thompson, both Commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission; Ted Leonsis, America Online Incorporated, Dulles, Virginia; Enrique Salem, Brightmail, Incorporated, San Francisco, California; J. Trevor Hughes, Network Advertising Initiative, York, Maine; Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Washington, D.C.; and Ronald Scelson, Scelson Online Marketing, Slidell, Louisiana. SAFETEA Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded hearings to examine S. 1072, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, (also known as SAFETEA (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2003)), receiving testimony from Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary of Transportation, Jeffery Runge, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Annette M. Sandberg, Deputy Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Administration, all of the Department of Transportation. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items: S. 246, to provide that certain Bureau of Land Management land shall be held in trust for the Pueblo of Santa Clara and the Pueblo of San Ildefonso in the State of New Mexico, with amendments; S. 500, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study certain sites in the historic district of Beaufort, South Carolina, relating to the Reconstruction Era, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; [[Page D565]] 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, with an amendment; S. 635, to amend the National Trails System Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to update the feasibility and suitability studies of four national historic trails, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; H.R. 519, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the San Gabriel River Watershed; H.R. 733, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the McLoughlin House National Historic Site in Oregon City, Oregon, and to administer the site as a unit of the National Park System, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title; and H.R. 788, to revise the boundary of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in the States of Utah and Arizona. ASIA Committee on Foreign Relations: on Tuesday, May 20, 2003, Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on North Korea and Indonesia from James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. TRADE IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE Committee on Foreign Relations: on Tuesday, May 20, 2003, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs concluded hearings to examine the future of U.S. economic relations in the Western Hemisphere, the success of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. trade agenda, the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, agriculture in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and additional actions on intellectual property, trade, and soybean rust, after receiving testimony from J.B. Penn, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; Allen F. Johnson, Chief Agriculture Negotiator, Office of U.S. Trade Representative; Bart Ruth, Rising City, Nebraska, on behalf of the American Soybean Association; Carl Casale, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri; Robert W. Greene, Courtland, Alabama, on behalf of the National Cotton Council of America; Doug Boisen, National Corn Growers Association, Minden, Nebraska; Jim McDonald, Grangeville, Idaho, on behalf of U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers; Jim Quackenbush, Chokio, Minnesota, on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council; Andrew W. LaVigne, Florida Citrus Mutual, Lakeland, Florida; Jack Roney, American Sugar Alliance, and Thomas M. Suber, U.S. Dairy Export Council, both of Arlington, Virginia; and Gregg Doud, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and David J. Frederickson, National Farmers Union, both of Washington, D.C. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items: An original bill to authorize foreign assistance for fiscal year 2004, to make technical and administrative changes to the Foreign Assistance and Arms Export Control Acts; An original bill to establish a Millennium Challenge Corporation; S. Con. Res. 7, expressing the sense of Congress that the sharp escalation of anti-Semitic violence within many participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is of profound concern and efforts should be undertaken to prevent future occurrences; 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; and The nominations of Ephraim Batambuze, of Illinois, and John W. Leslie, Jr., of Connecticut, both to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation, Cynthia Costa, of South Carolina, and Ralph Martinez, of Florida, both to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Michael B. Enzi, of Wyoming, Paul Sarbanes, of Maryland, and James Shinn, of New Jersey, each to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, James B. Foley, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, Richard W. Erdman, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Jeffrey Lunstead, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives, Harry K. Thomas, Jr., of New York, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Steven A. Browning, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi, and two Foreign Service Officer promotion lists. SARS: STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSE Committee on Governmental Affairs: Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations concluded hearings to examine the scope of the SARS outbreak, focusing [[Page D566]] on the coordination of response to individual outbreaks among local, state, and Federal officials, as well as between government officials and the private sector, and what state and local officials are doing to anticipate and respond to the disease, after receiving testimony from Julie L. Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, both of the Department of Health and Hums Services; Michael T. Osterholm, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Rodney N. Huebbers, Loudoun Healthcare, Incorporated, Leesburg, Virginia; Thomas R. Frieden, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York; Mary C. Selecky, Washington State Department of Health, Olympia, on behalf of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; Bruce R. Cords, Ecolab Incorporated, St. Paul, Minnesota; and Vicki Grunseth, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minnesota. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered favorably reported S. 1053, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded oversight hearings to examine the proposed reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Office of Special Trustee, focusing on tribal economic development, self-determination and self governance policies and projects, accountability by the addition of Regional Trust Administrators and Trust Officers to serve as an additional resource for fiduciary trust transactions, and consolidated beneficiary services, after receiving testimony from Ross O. Swimmer, Special Trustee for American Indians, and Aurene M. Martin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs, both of the Department of the Interior; Tex G. Hall, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, D.C.; John Berry, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Quapaw, and Richard Sangrey, Albuquerque, New Mexico, both on behalf of the Inter- Tribal Monitoring Service; Clifford Marshall, Hoopa Valley Tribe, California, on behalf of the Tribal Trust Reform Consortium; and Keller George, Oneida Indian Nation, Nashville, Tennessee, on behalf of the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET). NOMINATION Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings on the nomination of R. Hewitt Pate, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Allen, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D566-D568] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Measures Introduced: 25 public bills, H.R. 2178-2202; and 5 resolutions, H.J. Res. 56; H. Con. Res. 187-189, and H. Res. 246, were introduced. Pages H4527-28 Additional Cosponsors: Pages H4528-29 Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows: Supplemental report on H.R. 1588, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2004 (H. Rept. 108-106, Pt. 2); H.R. 1170, to protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering psychotropic medication in order to attend school, amended (H. Rept. 108-121). H. Res. 247, providing for further consideration of H.R. 1588, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2004 (H. Rept. 108-122); H. Res. 248, providing for consideration of H.R. 2185, to extend the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2002 (H. Rept. 108- 123); and H. Res. 249, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 108-124). Pages H4526-27 Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Quinn to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. Page H4371 [[Page D567]] Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Rev. Gregory J. Jackson, Senior Pastor, Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Hackensack, New Jersey. Page H4371 United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act: Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 1298, to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria--clearing the measure for the President. Pages H4375-82 The motion to concur in the Senate amendments was considered pursuant to the order of the House of May 20. Page H4382 Enrollment Correction: The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 46, to correct the enrollment of H.R. 1298, United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act. Later, the House agreed to vacate that action, amend the concurrent resolution, and then adopt the concurrent resolution as so amended. Page H4382 100th Anniversary Year of the Founding of the Ford Motor Company: The House agreed to H. Res. 100, recognizing the 100th anniversary year of the founding of the Ford Motor Company, which has been a significant part of the social, economic, and cultural heritage of the United States and many other nations and a revolutionary industrial and global institution. Agreed to the amendment to the preamble and agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``Resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary year of the founding of the Ford Motor Company, which has been a significant part of the social, economic, and cultural heritage of the United States and many other nations and a revolutionary industrial and global institution, and congratulating the Ford Motor Company for its achievements.''. Pages H4399-H4402 Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: Child Medication Safety Act: H.R. 1170, amended, to protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering psychotropic medication in order to attend school (agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 203). Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering a controlled substance in order to attend school, and for other purposes.'' and Pages H4382-87, H4398 Enhanced Cooperation Between the VA and DOD: Debated on May 20, 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 (agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 426 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 204); Pages H4398-99 Supplemental Report: The Committee on Armed Services received permission to file a supplemental report on H.R. 1588, National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2004. Page H4402 National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2004: The House completed general debate and began considering amendments to H.R. 1588, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for military activities of the Department of Defense and to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2004. Proceedings will resume on Thursday, May 22. Pages H4402-H4511 Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services and printed in the bill (H. Rept. 108-106) was considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. Pages H4419-92 Agreed To: Hunter amendment No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 that makes technical, clarifying changes; strikes Section 317(a) concerning the Endangered Species Act and maintains ``prudent and determinable designation''; and replaces Section 318(a) concerning Marine Mammal Protection Act to define harassment in the case of military readiness activities only (agreed to by recorded vote of 252 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 205); Pages H4492-93, H4497-98 Goode amendment No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to assign members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to assist the Bureau of Border Security and the Customs Service at the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security (agreed to by recorded vote of 250 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 206); Pages H4494-97, H4498 Hoeffel amendment No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 that requires an annual report from the President on the strategic nuclear warheads dismantled pursuant to the treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation on Strategic Reductions; Pages H4506-07 Goss amendment No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 that requires the Secretary of Defense to assess the costs to the United States associated with the location of the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium and the costs and benefits of relocating that headquarters to a suitable location in another NATO member country; and Pages H4508-09 Hunter amendment No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 that expresses the sense of Congress that the expansion of the NATO alliance and the evolution of its military mission requires a fundamental [[Page D568]] reevaluation of the current posture of United States forces stationed in Europe and urges the President to initiate the reevaluation and consider a military posture that takes advantage of basing and training opportunities in the newly admitted and invitee states. Pages H4510-11 Postponed Proceedings: Loretta Sanchez amendment No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 was offered that seeks to permit abortions at DoD facilities outside of the United States; Pages H4498-H4503 Tauscher amendment No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 was offered that seeks to transfer Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator program funding of $15 million and advanced concepts initiative activities funding of $6 million to conventional programs to defeat hardened and deeply buried targets; Pages H4503-06 Goss amendment No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 was offered that seeks to require a report from the Secretary of Defense on appropriate steps that can be taken in response to foreign governments who initiate legal actions against current or former officials of the United States or members of the Armed Forces relating to the performance of their official duties; Pages H4507-08 Saxton amendment No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 was offered that seeks to repeal the statutory requirement that the United States defense attache to France must hold, or be on the promotion list, the grade of brigadier general or rear admiral, lower half; Pages H4509-10 The House agreed to H. Res. 245, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill by recorded vote of 224 ayes to 200 noes, Roll 202. Earlier agreed to order the previous question by yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 203 nays, Roll No. 201. Pages H4387-98 Order of Business Suspensions: The Chair announced that proceedings will resume on May 22 on the motions to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 1683, Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment: and H.R. 1257, Selected Reserve Home Loan Equity Act, both originally considered on May 20. Page H4511 Recess: The House recessed at 9:08 p.m. and reconvened at 11:45 p.m. Page H4525 Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H4397, H4397-98, H4398, H4399, H4497-98, and H4498. There were no quorum calls. Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:46 p.m.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D568-D570] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings WTO--NEGOTIATIONS ON AGRICULTURE STATUS Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review the status of the World Trade Organization Negotiations on Agriculture. Testimony was heard from Ann M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture; and Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. Trade Representative. FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on Millennium Challenge Corporation. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Alan P. Larson. Under Secretary, Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs; and Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, AID. LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative held a hearing on the Architect of the Capitol (Not Capitol Visitor's Center). Testimony was heard from Alan M. Hantman, Architect of the Capitol. TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies held a hearing on Benefits and Costs of Transportation Options. Testimony was heard from Charles Nottingham, Associate Administrator, Policy, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation; and public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Financial Services: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 23, Tornado Shelters Act; H.R. 1276, amended, American Dream Downpayment Act; H.R. 1614, HOPE VI Program Reauthorization and Small Community Main Street Rejuvenation and Housing Act of 2003; and H.R. 2120, Financial Contracts Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2003. FUTURE OF KOSOVO Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on the Future of Kosovo. Testimony was heard from Janet L. Brogue, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; Daniel Serwer, Director, Balkans Initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace; and public witnesses. [[Page D569]] MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported the following measures: H.J. Res. 4, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States; H.R. 361, amended, Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act; H. Res. 193, reaffirming support of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and anticipating the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Genocide Convention Implementation Act of 1987 (the Proxmire Act) on November 4, 2003; and H.R. 1115, amended, Class Action Fairness Act of 2003. NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004 Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a structured rule on H.R. 1588, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, providing for further consideration of the bill. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution and amendments en bloc described in section 2 of the resolution. The rule provides that amendments printed in the report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report (except as specified in section 3 of the resolution), may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. The rule provides that each amendment printed in the report shall be debatable for 10 minutes (unless otherwise specified in the report) equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent and shall not be subject to amendment (except that the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services each may offer one pro forma amendment for the purpose of further debate on any pending amendment). The rule waives all points of order against amendments printed in the report and those amendments en bloc as described in Section 2 of the resolution. The rule authorizes the chairman of the Committee on Armed Services or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in the report, or germane modifications thereto, which shall be considered as read (except that modifications shall be reported), shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled between the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services or their designees, and shall not be subject to amendment or demand for a division of the question. The rule provides that, for the purpose of inclusion in such amendments en bloc, an amendment printed in the form of a motion to strike may be modified to the form of a germane perfecting amendment to the text originally proposed to be stricken and that the original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the Congressional Record immediately before the disposition of the amendments en bloc. The rule allows the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole to recognize for consideration of any amendment printed in the report, out of the order printed, but not sooner than one hour after the chairman of the Armed Services Committee or his designee announces from the floor a request to that effect. Finally, the rule provides a motion to recommit with or without instructions. SAME DAY CONSIDERATION--CONFERENCE REPORT JOBS AND GROWTH TAX RELIEF RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2003 Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a resolution waiving clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The resolution applies the waiver to any special rule reported on the legislative day of Thursday, May 22, 2003, providing for consideration or disposition of H.R. 2, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2004, any amendment thereto, any conference report thereon, or any amendment reported in disagreement from a conference thereon. UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AMENDMENTS OF 2003 Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 8 to 3, a closed rule on H.R. 2185, to extend the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2002 providing one hour of debate in the House equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the following bills: S. 703, to designate the regional headquarters building for the National Park Service under construction in Omaha, Nebraska, as the ``Carl T. Curtis National Park Service Midwest Regional Headquarters Building;'' H.R. 1082, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 46 East Ohio Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the ``Birch Bayh Federal Building [[Page D570]] and United States Courthouse;'' and H.R. 2115, amended, Flight 100-- Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act. The Committee also approved U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Survey resolutions. SAFE AND FLEXIBLE TRANSPORTATIONEFFICIENCY ACT Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Highways, Transit, and Pipelines continued overview hearings on the Administration's Proposed Reauthorization bill (SAFETEA), (Part 111). Testimony was heard from Jenna Dorn, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation. HOMELAND SECURITY SCIENCE ANDTECHNOLOGY PREPARING FUTURE Select Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research and Development held an oversight hearing on ``Homeland Security Science and Technology: Preparing for the Future.'' Testimony was heard from Charles McQueary, Under Secretary, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security. Joint Meetings U.S. ECONOMY Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded hearings to examine the state of the U.S. economy and future economic policy, focusing on dividend tax relief and capped exclusions, deflation, and small business tax rates, after receiving testimony from Alan Greenspan, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D570-D571] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2003 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, to hold hearings to examine federal funding for stem cell research, 9:30 a.m., SR-418. Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 9:30 a.m., SD-192. Subcommittee on Interior, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for the Department of Energy, 9:30 a.m., SD-124. Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for highway safety initiatives, 10:30 a.m., SD-138. Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold oversight hearings to examine the economy, focusing on increasing investment in the equity markets, 10 a.m., SD-538. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to continue hearings to examine media ownership, 10 a.m., SR-253. Full Committee, to hold closed hearings to examine proposed legislation authorizing funds for programs of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, 2:30 p.m., SR-253. Subcommittee on Communications, to hold hearings to examine wireless broadband in rural areas, 2:30 p.m., SD-562. Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine Iraq stabilization and reconstruction, focusing on U.S. policy and plans, 2:30 p.m., SD-106. Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold oversight hearings to examine the status of telecommunications in Indian Country, 10 a.m., SR-485. Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 554, to allow media coverage of court proceedings, S. 1023, to increase the annual salaries of justices and judges of the United States, S. 858, to extend the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, 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 Locomotive Engineers for the union's many achievements, S. Res. 92, designating September 17, 2003 as ``Constitution Day'', S. Res. 145, designating June 2003, as ``National Safety Month'', S. Res. 133, condemning bigotry and violence against Arab Americans, Muslim, Americans, South-Asian Americans, and Sikh Americans, and the nominations of Michael Chertoff, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, David G. Campbell, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, Robert D. McCallum, Jr., of Georgia, to be Associate Attorney General, Peter D. Keisler, of Maryland, and R. Hewitt Pate, of Virginia, both to be an Assistant Attorney General, and David B. Rivkin, Jr., of Virginia, to be a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States, 9:30 a.m., SD- 226. Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Richard C. Wesley, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, J. Ronnie Greer, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Thomas M. Hardiman, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Mark R. Kravitz, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, and John A. Woodcock, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine, 2 p.m., SD-226. House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, hearing to review the financial status of the Crop Insurance industry, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth. [[Page D571]] Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary and Related Agencies, on Impact of Chinese Imports on U.S. Companies, 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on Screener Background Investigations, 3 p.m., 2358 Rayburn. Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``National Institutes of Health: Decoding our Federal Investment in Genomic Research,'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn. Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises, hearing entitled ``The Long and Short of Hedge Funds: Effects of Strategies for Managing Market Risk,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, hearing entitled ``The Section 8 Housing Assistance Program: Promoting Decent Affordable Housing for Families and Individuals who Rent,'' 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn. Committee on Government Reform, hearing and markup of H.R. 2086, Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2003, and to mark up the following measures: H.R. 2122, Project BioShield Act of 2003; H.R. 2087, Bob Hope American Patriot Award Act of 2003; H. Con. Res. 162, honoring the city of Dayton, Ohio, and its many partners, for hosting ``Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration,'' a celebration of the centennial of Wilbur and Orville Wright's first flight; H.R. 1465, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4832 East Highway 27 in Iron Station, North Carolina, as the ``General Charles Gabriel Post Office;'' H.R. 1610, to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 East Ritchie Avenue in Marceline, Missouri, as the ``Walt Disney Post Office Building''; H. Res. 159, expressing profound sorrow on the occasion of the death of Irma Rangel; H. Res. 195, congratulating Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs for hitting 500 major league home runs; and H.R. 2030, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 Baldwin Avenue in Paia, Maui, Hawaii, as the ``Patsy Takemoto Mink Post Office Building,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn. Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, hearing on H.R. 1428, Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2003; followed by a markup of H.R. 49, Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, 11 a.m., 2237 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, to mark up H.R. 1561, United States Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn. Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, hearing on the following measures: H.R. 2048, International Fisheries Reauthorization Act of 2003; and H. Res. 30, concerning the San Diego long-range sportfishing fleet and rights to fish the waters near the Revillagigedo Islands of Mexico, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth. Subcommittee on Water and Power, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 1598, Irvine Basin Surface and Groundwater Improvement Act of 2003; and H.R. 1732, Williamson County Water Recycling Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth. Committee on Small Business, to mark up H.R. 923, Premier Certified Lenders Program Improvement Act, 9:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, hearing on Water: Is it the ``Oil'' of the 2lst Century? 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn. Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on long-term care programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1:30 p.m., 334 Cannon. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, hearing on the FBI National Security Programs Budget, 1 p.m., H-405 Capitol. Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy and National Security, executive, briefing on Global Intelligence Update, 9 a.m., H-405 Capitol. Select Committee on Homeland Security, to continue hearings entitled ``How is America Safer? A Progress Report on the Department of Homeland Security,'' 9 a.m., 2318 Rayburn. Joint Meetings Conference: meeting of conferees on S. 342, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to make improvements to and reauthorize programs under that Act, 11 a.m., SD-430.
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