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                                             Thursday, May 22, 2003

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                              Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 1050, National Defense Authorization Act.
      House committees ordered reported nine sundry measures.
      The House agreed to the Conference Report on H.R. 2, Jobs and 
      Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act.
      The House passed H.R. 1588, National Defense Authorization for 
      Fiscal Year 2004.
      The House passed H.R. 2185, Unemployment Compensation Amendments 
      of 2003.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6891-S7070
Measures Introduced: Thirty-nine bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1103-1141, S.J. Res. 13, and S. Res. 153. 
                                                         Pages S6977-79
Measures Reported:
  S. 579, to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board. (S. 
Rept. No. 108-53)
Page S6977
  S. Res. 92, designating September 17, 2003 as ``Constitution Day''. 
                                                             Page S6977
  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.
Page S6977
  S. Res. 145, designating June 2003, as ``National Safety Month''. 
                                                             Page S6977
  S. 554, to allow media coverage of court proceedings.
Page S6977
  S. 858, to extend the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. 
                                                             Page S6977
Measures Passed:
  National Defense Authorization: By 98 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 194), 
Senate passed 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, 
and to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed 
Forces, after taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S6892-S6918, S6919-41
Adopted:
  Warner (for Smith) Amendment No. 804, to authorize a land exchange, 
Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Portland, Oregon. 
                                                         Pages S6892-93
  Levin (for Sarbanes) Amendment No. 805, to provide for the conveyance 
of land at Fort Ritchie, Maryland.
Page S6893
  Warner (for Inhofe) Modified Amendment No. 707, to add an amount of 
Army RDT funding for human tissue engineering, and to provide offsets 
within the same authorization of appropriations.
Page S6893
  Reid (for Daschle/Johnson) Modified Amendment No. 791, to set aside 
an amount for reconstituting the B-1B bomber aircraft fleet of the Air 
Force.
Pages S6892, S6893-94
  Warner (for Santorum) Modified Amendment No. 787, to make available 
$2,000,000 for non-thermal imaging systems.
Pages S6894-95
  Levin (for Biden/Carper) Amendment No. 806, to increase by 30 
personnel the personnel end strength of the Air National Guard of the 
United States as of September 30, 2004, to provide personnel to improve 
the information operations capability of the Air National Guard of the 
United States.
Page S6895
  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Pages S6920-21
  Warner (for Santorum) Modified Amendment No. 788, to make available, 
with an offset, $3,000,000 for operation and maintenance for the Army 
Reserve

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for information operations for Land Forces Readiness--Information 
Operations Sustainment.
Page S6895
  Levin (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 807, to make available, with an 
offset, ($2,100,000) from amounts available for research, development, 
test, and evaluation for the Air Force for Major T Investment (PE 
0604759F) for research and development on magnetic levitation 
technologies at the high speed test track at Holloman Air Force Base, 
New Mexico.
Page S6895
  Warner (for Santorum) Amendment No. 808, to make available, with an 
offset, $2,000,000 for other procurement for the Army for medical 
equipment for the procurement of rapid infusion (IV) pumps. 
                                                             Page S6895
  Warner (for Graham (SC)) Modified Amendment No. 743, to set aside an 
increased amount for the Collaborative Information Warfare Network at 
the Critical Infrastructure Protection Center at the Space Warfare 
Systems Center.
Pages S6895-96
  Warner (for Lott/Lieberman) Modified Amendment No. 723, to set aside 
an amount of Navy RDT funding for the development and fabrication of 
composite sail test articles for incorporation into designs for future 
submarines.
Page S6896
  Warner (for Santorum) Amendment No. 809, to make available, with an 
offset, $2,000,000 for research, development, test, and evaluation for 
the Army for the development of Portable Mobile Emergency Broadband 
System (MEBS).
Page S6896
  Warner (for Domenici) Amendment No. 810, to provide, with an offset, 
an additional $5,000,000 for research, development, test, and 
evaluation for the Air Force for boron energy cell technology. 
                                                             Page S6896
  Warner (for Cochran) Amendment No. 760, to set aside an amount for 
coproduction of the Arrow ballistic missile defense system. 
                                                             Page S6896
  Levin (for Bingaman) Modified Amendment No. 790, to require a report 
assessing the effects of the repeal of the prohibition on the research 
and development of low-yield nuclear weapons.
Pages S6896-97
  Warner Amendment No. 811, to authorize the acceptance of guarantees 
with gifts for the development of the Marine Corps Heritage Center at 
Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia.
Page S6897
  Levin (for Nelson (FL)) Amendment No. 737, to authorize certain 
travel and transportation allowances for dependents of members of the 
Armed Forces who have committed dependent abuse.
Page S6897
  Warner (for McCain) Amendment No. 812, to provide funds for certain 
emergency and morale communications programs.
Pages S6897-98
  Warner (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 813, to express the sense of the 
Senate that air carriers should provide special fares to members of the 
armed forces.
Page S6898
  Warner (for Chambliss) Amendment No. 814, to modify the program 
element of the short range air defense radar program of the Army. 
                                                             Page S6898
  Levin (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 815, to provide additional duties 
for the DOD-VA Joint Executive Committee relating to integrated healing 
care practices for members of the Armed Forces and veterans. 
                                                             Page S6898
  Warner (for Bennett) Amendment No. 816, to require a Department of 
Defense study of the adequacy of the beryllium industrial base. 
                                                         Pages S6898-99
  Warner (for McCain) Amendment No. 817, to require a report on 
decisionmaking by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Page S6899
  Levin (for Boxer) Amendment No. 818, to require a GAO report 
regarding the adequacy of special pays and allowances for service 
members who experience frequent deployments away from their permanent 
duty stations for periods less than 30 days.
Page S6899
  Warner Amendment No. 819, to set aside an amount for initiating a 
capability in historically Black colleges and universities to support 
the network centric operations of the Department of Defense. 
                                                             Page S6899
  Warner (for Bunning) Modified Amendment No. 789, to express the sense 
of the Senate on the deployment of airborne chemical agent monitoring 
systems at the chemical stockpile disposal sites in the United States. 
                                                      Pages S6899-S6900
  Warner (for Sessions) Amendment No. 820, to require a study of the 
military death gratuity and other death benefits provided for survivors 
of deceased members of the Armed Forces.
Page S6900
  Levin (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 821, to amend title 32, United 
States Code, to increase the maximum Federal share of the costs of 
State programs under the National Guard Challenge Program for fiscal 
year 2004, and to provide an offset.
Pages S6900-01, S6902
  Warner (for Bunning) Amendment No. 727, to authorize the use of 
multiyear procurement authority for the Navy for procurement of the 
Phalanx Close In Weapon System program, Block 1B.
Page S6901
  Warner Amendment No. 822, to provide an equitable offset for any fee 
charged the Department of Defense by the Department of State for 
maintenance, upgrade, or construction of United States diplomatic 
facilities.
Page S6901
  Levin (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 823, to provide for feasibility 
study of the conveyance of the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, 
Doyline, Louisiana.
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  Levin (for Feinstein/Reid/Boxer) Amendment No. 824, to require the 
submittal of a survey on perchlorate contamination at Department of 
Defense sites.
Pages S6901-02
  Levin (for Dodd) Amendment No. 785, to strengthen the authority under 
section 852 to provide Federal support for the enhancement of the 
emergency response capabilities of State and local governments. 
                                                             Page S6902
  By a unanimous vote 99 yeas (Vote No. 193), Warner/Boxer/Lautenberg 
Modified Amendment No. 826, to require the Department of Defense to 
fully comply with the Competition in Contracting Act for any contract 
awarded for reconstruction activities in Iraq.
Pages S6914-18
  Levin (for Kerry/Kennedy) Amendment No. 828, to authorize the 
transportation of dependents to the presence of members of the Armed 
Forces who are retired for illness or injury as a result of active 
duty.
Page S6921
  Warner (for Voinovich/DeWine) Amendment No. 829, to provide that 
requirements on coverage of the costs of instruction at the Naval 
Postgraduate School shall also apply with respect to costs of 
instruction at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Page S6921
  Warner (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 830, to amend the section 351 
funding authority to include authority for the funds to be used for 
making Impact Aid basic support payments to local educational agencies 
affected by the Brooks Air Force Base Demonstration Project, including 
amounts computed on the basis of Federal property that is converted 
non- Federal property.
Page S6921
  Warner (for Domenici) Amendment No. 831, to state the sense of the 
Senate on the reconsideration of the decision to terminate the border 
and seaport inspection duties of the National Guard as part of its drug 
interdiction and counter-drug mission.
Pages S6921-22
Rejected:
  By 48 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 192), Murray Amendment No. 691, to 
restore a previous policy regarding restrictions on use of Department 
of Defense medical facilities.
Pages S6892, S6902-12
Withdrawn:
  Boxer Amendment No. 825, to require a report relative to a sole-
source contract for the reconstruction of the Iraqi oil industry. 
                                                  Pages S6914-18, S6919
  Department of Defense Authorization: Senate passed S. 1047, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for military activities 
of the Department of Defense, and to prescribe personnel strengths for 
such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, after striking all after the 
enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division A of S. 1050, 
National Defense Authorization, as amended.
  Page S6941
  Military Construction Authorization: Senate passed S. 1048, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for military 
construction, after striking all after the enacting clause and 
inserting in lieu thereof Division B of S. 1050, National Defense 
Authorization, as amended.
  Page S6941
  Department of Energy Defense Activities Authorization: Senate passed 
S. 1049, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for defense 
activities of the Department of Energy, after striking all after the 
enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division C of S. 1050, 
National Defense Authorization, as amended.
  Page S6941
  Idaho Judgeship: Senate passed S. 878, to authorize an additional 
permanent judgeship in the District of Idaho, after agreeing to the 
committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S7065-68
  Anti-Semitic Violence Concern: Senate agreed to 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. 
                                                         Pages S7068-69
  Condemning Bigotry and Violence: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 133, condemning 
bigotry and violence against Arab Americans, Muslim, Americans, South-
Asian Americans, and Sikh Americans, and the resolution was then agreed 
to.
  Pages S7069-70
  Designating Constitution Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 92, 
designating September 17, 2003 as ``Constitution Day''.
  Page S7070
  Designating National Safety Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 145, 
designating June 2003, as ``National Safety Month''.
  Page S7070
Parental Notification Act Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that, at a time determined by the Majority Leader, 
after consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate proceed to S. 
1104, to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for parental 
involvement in abortions of dependent children of members of the Armed 
Forces, that immediately upon the reporting of the bill, the Majority 
Leader or his designee be recognized to file a motion to close further 
debate on the bill; that there be 60 minutes, for debate only, equally 
divided between Senators Brownback and Murray, and that following 
debate time, and notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 22, Senate 
proceed to vote on the motion to close further debate; that if cloture 
is not invoked, the bill be placed on the Calendar; if cloture is 
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in order to file first-degree amendments until the vote, and second-
degree amendments up to three hours after the vote.
Enrollment Correction: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House 
to S. Con. Res. 46, to correct the enrollment of H.R. 1298. 
                                                         Pages S6918-19
Reconciliation--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was 
reached providing for consideration of the conference report on H.R.2 , 
to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent 
resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2004, at 8:30 a.m., on Friday, 
May 23, 2003, with a vote on adoption of the conference report to occur 
at 9:30 a.m.
  Pages S6945, S6964
Debt Limit Extension Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that following the vote on the conference report on 
H.R. 2 (listed above), Senate will begin consideration of H.J. Res. 51, 
increasing the statutory limit on the public debt.
  Page S6964
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to the International Emergency Act and the 
National Emergencies Act, a report that declares a national emergency 
to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat posed to the national 
security and foreign policy of the United States by the threat of 
attachment or other judicial process against the Development Fund for 
Iraq, Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products, and interests therein, 
and proceeds, obligations, or any financial instruments of any nature 
whatsoever arising from or related to the sale or marketing thereof, 
and interests therein; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
Affairs. (PM-36)
Pages S6974-75
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 195), Consuelo Maria Callahan, 
of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
                                           Pages S6942-45, S6946, S7065
  Michael B. Enzi, of Wyoming, to be a Representative of the United 
States of America to the Fifty-seventh Session of the General Assembly 
of the United Nations.
  Paul Sarbanes, of Maryland, to be a Representative of the United 
States of America to the Fifty-seventh Session of the General Assembly 
of the United Nations.
  James Shinn, of New Jersey, to be a Representative of the United 
States of America to the Fifty-seventh Session of the General Assembly 
of the United Nations.
  Cynthia Costa, of South Carolina, to be an Alternate Representative 
of the United States of America to the Fifty-seventh Session of the 
General Assembly of the United Nations.
  Ralph Martinez, of Florida, to be an Alternate Representative of the 
United States of America to the Fifty-seventh Session of the General 
Assembly of the United Nations.
  Mark Moki Hanohano, of Hawaii, to be United States Marshal for the 
District of Hawaii for the term of four years.
  Michael E. Horowitz, of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States 
Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2007.
  Ricardo H. Hinojosa, of Texas, to be a Member of the United States 
Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2007.
  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.
  James B. Foley, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Haiti.
  L. Scott Coogler, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for 
the Northern District of Alabama.
  Steven A. Browning, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Malawi.
  Steven B. Nesmith, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Housing and Urban Development.
  Lane Carson, of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring 
September 7, 2004.
  James Broaddus, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of 
the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring 
September 7, 2004.
  Jose Teran, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of 
the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring 
September 7, 2005.
  Nicholas Gregory Mankiw, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the 
Council of Economic Advisers.
  Harry K. Thomas, Jr., of New York, to be Ambassador to the People's 
Republic of Bangladesh.
  Morgan Edwards, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term 
expiring September 7, 2005.
  Richard W. Erdman, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the People's 
Democratic Republic of Algeria.
Page S6946
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

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  Brian F. Holeman, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate 
Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 
fifteen years.
  2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  5 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.
  1 Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general.
  2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  A routine list in the Foreign Service.
Pages S6945-46
Messages From the House:
  Page S6975
Measures Referred:
  Page S6975
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S6975
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S6975
Executive Communications:
  Pages S6975-76
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S6976-77
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S6977
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6979-81
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S6981-S7056
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S7056-64
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S7064
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S7064-65
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S7065
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--195) 
                                    Pages S6911, S6920, S6941, S6944-45
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 10:34 p.m., 
until 8:30 a.m., on Friday, May 23, 2003. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6945.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
STEM CELL RESEARCH
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education, and Related Agencies concluded hearings to 
examine federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, 
focusing on increasing the availability of stem cell lines for federal 
research, training scientists for technically-challenging cells, and 
basic pre-clinical research relative to the treatment of injuries and 
diseases, after receiving testimony from Elias Zerhouni, Director, and 
James Battey, Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other 
Communication Disorders, and Ronald McKay, Senior Investigator, 
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, both of the 
National Institutes of Health, all of the Department of Health and 
Human Services; John A. Kessler, Northwestern University's Feinberg 
School of Medicine, Evanston, Illinois; James Cordy, Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical 
Research; and Roy Ogle, University of Virginia Medical School, 
Charlottesville.
APPROPRIATIONS: AGRICULTURE/FDA
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, and Related Agencies concluded 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, after receiving testimony from Eric M. Bost, Under 
Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Elsa A. Murano, 
Under Secretary for Food Safety, and William T. Hawks, Under Secretary 
for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, all of the Department of 
Agriculture; and Mark B. McClellan, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, 
Department of Health and Human Services.
APPROPRIATIONS: DOE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior concluded 
hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2004 for 
the Department of Energy, after receiving testimony from Spencer 
Abraham, Secretary of Energy.
APPROPRIATIONS: HIGHWAY SAFETY INITIATIVES
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury 
and General Government concluded hearings to examine proposed budget 
estimates for fiscal year 2004 for highway safety initiatives, focusing 
on developing a plan to research and enact effective data-driven 
programs to reduce the number of highway fatalities, after receiving 
testimony from Jeffrey Runge, Administrator, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, Annette M. Sandberg, Acting Administrator, 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, both of the Department of 
Transportation; Wendy Hamilton, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Irving, 
Texas; and Chuck Hurley, National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois.
U.S. ECONOMY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
oversight hearings to examine issues relating to the U.S. economy, 
focusing on increasing investments in the equity markets, after 
receiving testimony from Peter R. Fisher, Under Secretary of the 
Treasury for Domestic Finance; Wayne D. Angell, Angell Economics, 
Arlington, Virginia; James W. Stuckert, J.J.B. Hilliard and W.L. Lyons

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Incorporated, Louisville, Kentucky; and Mark Zandi, Economy.com, West 
Chester, Pennsylvania.
MEDIA OWNERSHIP
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
hearings to examine media ownership, focusing on localism, diversity, 
and competition in broadcast television, and the Federal Communication 
Commission's ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership, after 
receiving testimony from Senator Allard; Rupert Murdoch, News 
Corporation, Gene Kimmelman, Consumers Union, on behalf of Consumers 
Union and the Consumer Federation of America, and Kent W. Mikkelsen, 
Economists Incorporated, all of Washington, D.C.; and Thomas Fontana, 
Fontana-Levinson Company, New York, New York, on behalf of the Writers 
Guild of America, East and the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers 
and Directors, and the American Federation of Television and Radio 
Artists.
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPETITION ACT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Communications concluded hearings to examine S. 564, to facilitate the 
deployment of wireless telecommunications networks in order to further 
the availability of the Emergency Alert System, and issues relating to 
providing wireless broadband in rural areas, after receiving testimony 
from Antoinette Cook Bush, Northpoint Technology, Ltd., and Thomas W. 
Hazlett, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, both of Washington, 
D.C.; Andrew S. Wright, Satellite Broadcasting and Communications 
Association, Alexandria, Virginia; Harold Kirkpatrick, MDS America, 
Stuart, Florida; and Larry Roadman, Margaretville Telephone Company 
Incorporated, New York.
SAFETEA
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Competition, Foreign Commerce and Infrastructure 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)), after receiving testimony from Jeffrey W. Runge, Administrator, 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of 
Transportation; Peter Guerrero, Physical Infrastructure Team, General 
Accounting Office; Jacqueline S. Gillan, Advocates for Highway and Auto 
Safety, Robert Strassberger, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and 
Richard Berman, American Beverage Licensees/American Beverage 
Institute, all of Washington, D.C.; Wendy J. Hamilton, Mothers Against 
Drunk Driving, Irving, Texas; and Kathryn Swanson, Minnesota Office of 
Traffic Safety, St. Paul, on behalf of the Governors Highway Safety 
Association.
IRAQ
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee held hearings to examine Iraq 
stabilization and reconstruction, focusing on U.S. policy and plans, 
security, the political situation, the international community, the 
Coalition and the United Nations, military organization, troop 
strength, and rules of engagement, receiving testimony from Paul 
Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense; and General Peter Pace, Vice 
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  Hearings continue on Wednesday, June 4, 2003.
INDIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
the status of telecommunications in Indian Country, focusing on 
establishing telecommunication infrastructures in tribal communities, 
after receiving testimony from K. Dane Snowden, Chief, Consumer and 
Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission; Hilda 
Gay Legg, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Development, 
Department of Agriculture; Kelly Klegar Levy, Associate Administrator, 
Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications 
and Information Administration, Department of Commerce; Kade L. Twist, 
Kade L. Twist Consulting, Tempe, Arizona; Roanne Robinson Shaddox, 
Privacy Council, Incorporated, Washington, D.C., and Marcia Warren 
Edelman, Reston, Virginia, both of the Native Networking Policy Center; 
Richard P. Narcia, Gila River Indian Community, Sacaton, Arizona; Nora 
McDowell, Fort Mojave Tribe, Needles, California; Madonna Peltier 
Yawaki, Turtle Island Communications, Fort Yates, North Dakota; Gerald 
Monette, Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, North Dakota, on 
behalf of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Valerie 
Fast-Horse, Couer d'Alene Tribe of Idaho, Plummer, on behalf of the 
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians; Denis Turner, Southern 
California Tribal Chairmen's Association, Valley Center, California; 
Cora Whiting-Hildebrand, Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, South 
Dakota; Gene Dejordy, Western Wireless Corporation, Bellevue, 
Washington; Mike Strand, Montana Independent Telecommunications 
Systems, Helena; and Ben H. Standifer, Jr., Tohono O'odham Nation, 
Sells, Arizona.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:

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  S. 554, to allow media coverage of court proceedings;
  S. 1023, to increase the annual salaries of justices and judges of 
the United States, with amendments;
  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''; and
  The nominations of Michael Chertoff, of New Jersey, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, and Robert D. McCallum, 
Jr., of Georgia, to be Associate Attorney General, and Peter D. 
Keisler, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General, both of the 
Department of Justice.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings to examine the 
nominations of Richard C. Wesley, of New York, to be United States 
Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, who was introduced by Senators 
Schumer and Clinton, and Representative Reynolds; J. Ronnie Greer, to 
be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 
who was introduced by Senators Frist and Alexander, Thomas M. Hardiman, 
to be United States District Judge for the Western District of 
Pennsylvania, who was introduced by Senators Specter and Santorum, Mark 
R. Kravitz, to be United States District Judge for the District of 
Connecticut, who was introduced by Senator Dodd, and John A. Woodcock, 
Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine, who 
was introduced by Senators Snowe and Collins, after each nominee 
testified and answered questions in their own behalf.


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Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 76 public bills, H.R. 2203-2278; 3 private bills, 
H.R. 279-281; and 18 resolutions, H.J. Res. 57-58, H. Con. Res. 190-
201, and H.Res. 250-252, 254, were introduced.
  Pages H4733-38
Additional Sponsors:
  Pages H4738-40
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 1086, to encourage the development and promulgation of voluntary 
consensus standards by providing relief under the antitrust laws to 
standards development organizations with respect to conduct engaged in 
for the purpose of developing voluntary consensus standards (H. Rept. 
108-125);
Page H4733
  Conference report on H.R. 2, to provide for reconciliation pursuant 
to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal 
year 2004 (H. Rept. 108-126);
  H.R. 1119, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide 
compensatory time for employees in the private sector (H. Rept. 108-
127);
  H.R. 238, to provide for Federal energy research, development, 
demonstration, and commercial application activities, amended (H. Rept. 
108-128, Part 1); and
  H. Res. 253, waiving points of order against the conference report on 
H.R. 2, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the 
concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2004 (H. Rept. 108-
129).
Pages H4625-H4706, H4733
Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act: The House disagreed to 
the Senate amendment to H.R. 2, to provide for reconciliation pursuant 
to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal 
year 2004, and agreed to a conference. Appointed as conferees: Chairman 
Thomas and Representatives DeLay, and Rangel.
  Pages H4534-42
  Agreed to the Stenholm motion that instructs conferees to (1) include 
in the conference report the fiscal relief provided to States by 
section 371 of the Senate amendment, and (2) to the maximum extent 
possible within the scope of conference agree to a conference report 
that will neither increase the Federal budget deficit nor increase the 
amount of the debt subject to the public debt limit.
Pages H4534-42
Same Day Consideration Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act 
Conference Report: The House agreed to 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 by recorded 
vote of 218 ayes to 202 noes, Roll No. 212; and agreed to order the 
previous question by yea-and-nay vote of 221 yeas to 202 nays, Roll No. 
211.
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Agreeing to the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act 
Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 2, 
to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent 
resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2004 by yea-and-nay vote of 
231 yeas to 200 nays, Roll No. 225.
  Pages H4716-30
  Agreed to H. Res. 253, the rule waiving points of order against the 
conference report by voice vote and agreed to order the previous 
question by yea-and-nay vote of 221 yeas to 205 nays, Roll No. 224. 
                                                         Pages H4706-16
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment: Debated on May 20, 
H.R. 1683, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2003, the rates of 
disability compensation for veterans with service-connected 
disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for 
survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans (agreed to by 
2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 426 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 
209); and
  Pages H4556-57
  Selected Reserve Home Loan Equity Act: Debated on May 20, H.R. 1257, 
to amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the authority 
for qualifying members of the Selected Reserve to have access to home 
loans guaranteed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and to provide 
for uniformity in fees charged qualifying members of the Selected 
Reserve and active duty veterans for such home loans (agreed to by 2/3 
yea-and-nay vote of 428 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 210). 
                                                             Page H4557
National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2004: The House passed 
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 by recorded vote of 
361 ayes to 68 noes, Roll No. 221. Agreed to amend the title so as to 
read: ``A bill 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, and for other purposes.'' The bill was also considered on May 
21.
  Pages H4571-83, H4585-H4625
  Rejected the Cooper motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Armed Services with instructions to report it back forthwith with 
amendments that establish an Employee Bill of Rights by recorded vote 
of 204 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 220.
Pages H4610-12
Agreed To:
  Goss amendment No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 and debated on May 
21 that requires 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 (agreed to by recorded vote of 412 ayes to 11noes, Roll 
No. 217);
Pages H4572-73
  Saxton amendment No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 and debated on May 
21 that repeals 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 (agreed to by 
recorded vote of 302 ayes to 123 noes, Roll No. 218);
Pages H4573-74
  Hunter en bloc amendment consisting of amendments printed in H. Rept. 
108-122 and numbered 1, that grants the Secretary of Education waiver 
authority to provide student loan relief to those affected by military 
mobilization; No. 2, includes health agencies as recipients to the DOD 
Excess Personal Property Disposal Program; No. 3, encourages the Navy 
to resume regular port visits to Haifa, Israel by the Sixth Fleet; No. 
5, establishes a pilot program to improve the use of Air Force Reserve 
and Air National Guard Modular Airborne Fire-Fighting Systems to fight 
wildfires; No. 7, strikes the repeal of reporting requirement regarding 
foreign military training programs abroad;
  No. 8, directs study on the use of small, minority-owned and women-
owned businesses in the efforts to rebuild Iraq; No. 10, encourages the 
maintenance of functions and missions of the Army Peacekeeping 
Institute; No. 11, as modified, establishes the Nuclear Security 
Initiative with respect to the Russian Federation and other independent 
states of the former Soviet Union; No. 12, requires support to Iraqi 
children who were injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom; No. 13, 
authorizes imminent danger pay to military service members responding 
to terrorist attacks on the United States; No. 14, allows existing 
vessels to be documented under United States flag providing that 
certain telecommunications and electronic standards are met;
  No. 15, provides an additional $100 million to the fourth Stryker 
brigade; No. 16, requires a review of the effects of disqualification 
factors on the granting of security clearances; No. 17, expands the 
scope of industrial base assessment to include the business rationale 
for transferring work overseas; No. 18, directs the examination of the 
costs and benefits of purchasing all ex-Soviet weaponsgrade uranium and 
plutonium and safeguarding it from theft; No. 19, requires a study on 
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drinking water on human beings; No. 20, requires a report on the 
military construction requirements necessary to support homeland 
defense missions;
  No. 21, as modified, provides for the identification of all 
contractors and subcontractors that use machine tools in carrying out 
any defense contract in an amount that is $5 million or greater; No. 
22, specifies that DOD shall not consider the provisions of trade 
agreements when the application of the Buy American Act is inconsistent 
with the public interest; No. 23, directs DOD to assist with the United 
States Air and Trade Show; No. 24, allows for roads used for public 
access to be available after military installations are closed or 
placed in an inactive status; No. 25, requires purchases subject to the 
Buy American Act to be at least 65 percent domestic content instead of 
50 percent;
  No. 26, urges the demolition of the Tacony Warehouse in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania; No. 27, clarifies that the domestic source limitation in 
section 821 applies only to pre-formed retort packaging in direct 
contact with main entree meals; No. 28, makes permanent a demonstration 
project in Monterey, California that allows a contract for municipal 
services; No. 29, authorizes the Navy to convey land at the Puget Sound 
Naval Shipyard to the city of Bremerton, Washington; and No. 30, 
transfers certain vessels from the Maritime Administration to the 
Beauchamp Tower Corporation for use as moored support ships and as 
memorials to the Fulton and Victory-class ships;. 
                                               Pages H4574-83, H4585-93
  Tom Davis of Virginia amendment No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-122 
that establishes the Human Capital Performance Fund to be administered 
by OPM; and
Pages H4593-96
  Hastings of Florida amendment No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 108-122 that 
strikes the repeal of Title 10 reporting requirements on the 
President's objectives when forces are deployed, costs of military 
humanitarian assistance; and the management of the civilian workforce. 
                                                             Page H4600
Rejected:
  Loretta Sanchez amendment No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 and 
debated on May 21 that sought to permit abortions at DOD facilities 
outside of the United States (rejected by recorded vote of 201 ayes to 
227 noes, Roll No. 215);
Pages H4571-72
  Tauscher amendment No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-120 and debated on 
May 21 that sought 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 (rejected by recorded vote of 199 ayes to 226 
noes, Roll No. 216); and
Page H4572, H4593-96
  Dreier amendment No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 108-122 that sought to 
repeal the Million Theoretical Operations Per Second (MTOPS) based 
method for controlling computer exports 120 days after enactment 
(rejected by recorded vote of 207 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 219). 
                                               Pages H4596-99, H4600-01
  The Clerk was authorized to make corrections and conforming changes 
in the engrossment of the bill.
Page H4613
  The House agreed to H. Res. 247, the rule that provided for further 
consideration of the bill by recorded vote of 222 ayes to 199 noes with 
2 voting ``present'', Roll No. 208; and agreed to order the previous 
question by yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 198 nays with 1 voting 
``present,'' Roll No. 207. On May 21, the House agreed to H. Res. 245, 
the first rule that provided for consideration of the bill. 
                                                         Pages H4542-56
Unemployment Compensation Amendments of 2003: The House passed H.R. 
2185, to extend the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 
2002 by recorded vote of 409 ayes to 19 noes, Roll No. 223. 
                                                         Pages H4613-25
  Rejected the Cardin motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Ways and Means with instructions that the Committee report the same 
back to the House forthwith with the following amendment that sought to 
extend temporary extended unemployment compensation by yea-and-nay vote 
of 205 yeas to 222 nays, Roll No. 222.
Pages H4622-24
  Earlier, the House agreed to H. Res. 248, the rule that provided for 
consideration of the bill by recorded vote of 216 ayes to 201 noes, 
Roll No. 214; and agreed to order the previous question by yea-and-nay 
vote of 217 yeas to 203 nays, Roll No. 213.
Pages H4564-71
Memorial Day District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 
191, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of 
Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate 
by yea-and-nay vote of 213 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 226.
  Page H4730
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, June 4.
  Pages H4730-31
Pending Concurrence of the Senate in Adjournment Resolution: Agreed 
that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on 
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 unless it sooner has received a message from the 
Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 191, in which case 
the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Tom Davis of Virginia or, if not available to 
perform this duty, Representative Pence to act as Speaker pro tempore 
to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through Monday, June 2. 
                                                             Page H4731
Presidential Message--National Emergency re Development Fund for Iraq: 
Read a message from the President wherein he announced that he has 
exercised his authority to declare a national emergency to deal with 
the unusual threat posed to the national security by the threat of 
attachment or other judicial process against the Development Fund for 
Iraq--referred to the Committee on International Relations and ordered 
printed (H. Doc. 108-76).
  Page H4731
Recess: The House recessed at 9:21 p.m. and reconvened at 10:39 p.m. 
                                                             Page H4706
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H4531 and H4613.
Referral: S. 515 was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 
                                                             Page H4732
Quorum Calls--Votes: Nine yea-and-nay votes and eleven recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H4555, H4556, H4556-57, H4557, H4562-63, H4563, H4570, H4570-71, H4571-
72, H4572, H4573, H4573-74, H4600-01, H4611-12, H4612, H4623-24, H4624-
25, H4715, H4729, and H4730. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, May 
23, pursuant to the previous order of the House of today, the House 
stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 unless it sooner 
has received a message from the Senate transmitting its adoption of H. 
Con. Res. 191, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant 
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Committee Meetings
CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY--FINANCIAL STATUS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management held a hearing to review the financial status of the 
Crop Insurance industry. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the USDA: Ross J. Davidson, Administrator, Risk Management 
Agency; and Keith Collins, Chief Economist; and public witnesses.
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE, JUDICIARY AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, 
Judiciary and Related Agencies held a hearing on Impact of Chinese 
Imports on U.S. Companies. Testimony was heard from Peter F. Allgeier, 
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Grant D. Aldonas, Under Secretary, 
International Trade, International Trade Administration, Department of 
Commerce; Douglas M. Browning, Deputy Commissioner, Customs and Border 
Protection, Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses.
NIH--DECODING FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN GENOMIC RESEARCH
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``National Institutes of Health: Decoding our Federal 
Investment in Genomic Research.'' Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Health and Human Services: 
Francis Collins, M.D., Director, National Human Genome Research 
Institute, NIH; and Muin J. Khoury, M.D., Director, Office of Genomics 
and Disease Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and 
Aristides Patrinos, Director, Office of Biological and Environmental 
Research, Department of Energy; and public witnesses.
HEDGE FUNDS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled 
``The Long and Short of Hedge Funds: Effects of Strategies for Managing 
Market Risk.'' Testimony was heard from William H. Donaldson, Chairman, 
SEC; and public witnesses.
SECTION 8 HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community 
Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``The Section 8 Housing Assistance 
Program: Promoting Decent Affordable Housing for Families and 
Individuals who Rent.'' Testimony was heard from Michael Liu, Assistant 
Secretary, Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following 
measures: H.R. 2122, amended, Project BioShield Act of 2003; H.R. 2087, 
amended, Bob Hope American Patriot Award Act of 2003; H. Con. Res. 162, 
honoring the city of Dayton, Ohio, and its

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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 Postal 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.''
OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on H.R. 2086, Office of 
National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2003. Testimony was 
heard from John P. Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control 
Policy.
INTERNET TAX NONDISCRIMINATION ACT; BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 
49, Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on H.R. 1428, Bankruptcy 
Judgeship Act of 2003. Testimony was heard from Michael J. Melloy, U.S. 
Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals of the Eight Circuit; Paul Mannes, U.S. 
Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maryland; William O. Jenkins, Jr., 
Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO; and a public 
witness.
U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK FEE MODERNIZATION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and 
Intellectual Property approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
H.R. 1561, United States Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act of 
2003.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held a 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. Testimony 
was heard from Ambassador Mary Beth West, Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental 
and Scientific Affairs, Department of State; William T. Hogarth, 
Assistant Administrator, Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, 
NOAA, Department of Commerce; and Marshall P. Jones, Jr., Deputy 
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a 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. Testimony was heard from Representatives Carter 
and Edwards; Mark Limbaugh, Director, External and Intergovernmental 
Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation. Department of the Interior; and public 
witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--JOBS AND GROWTH TAX RELIEF RECONCILIATION ACT OF 
2003
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
of order against the conference report on H.R. 2, Jobs and Growth Tax 
Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, and against its consideration. The 
rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. 
The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by 
the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and 
Means. The rule provides that the previous question shall be considered 
as ordered on the conference report to final adoption without 
intervening motion except one motion to recommit. Finally, the rule 
provides that the yeas and nays shall be considered as ordered on the 
question of adoption of the conference report and that clause 5(b) of 
rule XXI (requiring a three-fifths vote on any measure containing a 
federal income tax rate increase) shall not apply to the conference 
report.
PREMIER CERTIFIED LENDERS PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT ACT
Committee on Small Business: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 923, 
Premier Certified Lenders Program Improvement Act.
COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing on the Coast Guard and 
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heard from Adm. Thomas H. Collins, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, 
Department of Homeland Security.
WATER: IS IT THE ``OIL'' OF THE 21ST CENTURY?
Committee on Transportation and infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held a hearing on Water: Is it the ``Oil'' of 
the 21st Century? Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
  Hearings continue June 4.
VA--LONG-TERM CARE PROGRAMS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on long-term care programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
Testimony was heard from Cynthia A. Bascetta, Director, Veterans' 
Health and Benefits Issues, GAO; and Robert H. Roswell, M.D., Under 
Secretary, Health, Department of Veterans Affairs.
FBI NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS BUDGET
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on the FBI National Security Programs Budget. Testimony 
was heard from departmental witnesses.
BRIEFING GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE UPDATE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Policy and National Security met in executive session to 
hold a briefing on Global Intelligence Update. The Subcommittee was 
briefed by departmental witnesses.
PROGRESS REPORT ON DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Concluded hearings entitled 
``How is America Safer? A Progress Report on the Department of Homeland 
Security.'' Testimony was heard from Tom Ridge, Secretary of Homeland 
Security.

Joint Meetings
KEEPING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SAFE ACT
Conferees: agreed to file a conference report on the differences 
between the Senate and House passed versions of S. 342, to amend the 
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to make improvements to and 
reauthorize programs under that Act.
JOBS AND GROWTH RECONCILIATION TAX ACT
Conferees: agreed to file a conference report on the differences 
between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 2, to provide for 
reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on 
the budget for fiscal year 2004.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 23, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold closed hearings to examine 
current United States policy and military operations in Afghanistan 
and Iraq, 9:30 a.m., S-407, Capitol.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       8:30 a.m., Friday, May 23

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will consider the Conference Report on H.R. 
2, Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act, with a vote on adoption of 
the Conference Report to occur at 9:30 a.m.; following which, Senate 
will consider H.J. Res. 51, Debt Limit Extension. Also, Senate expects 
to consider the Unemployment Compensation Bill.

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

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: To be announced.
    
    
    
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Becerra, Xavier, Calif., E1052
Blunt, Roy, Mo., E1059
Boehner, John A., Ohio, E1052
Brown-Waite, Ginny, Fla., E1054
Capito, Shelley Moore, W.Va., E1064
Castle, Michael N., Del., E1053
Clay, Wm. Lacy, Mo., E1055, E1057
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E1059
Davis, Jim, Fla., E1047, E1049
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1050
Etheridge, Bob, N.C., E1062, E1063
Frost, Martin, Tex., E1050
Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E1058
Graves, Sam, Mo., E1055, E1057
Green, Gene, Tex., E1056, E1057
Kennedy, Patrick J., R.I., E1059
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E1065
King, Peter T., N.Y., E1062, E1063
Kleczka, Gerald D., Wisc., E1057
Lantos, Tom, Calif., E1048, E1049, E1061
Lucas, Ken, Ky., E1062, E1063
McInnis, Scott, Colo., E1048, E1049, E1062, E1063, E1063
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1047, E1049
Manzullo, Donald A., Ill., E1054
Markey, Edward J., Mass., E1060
Meek, Kendrick B., Fla., E1051
Ney, Robert W., Ohio, E1064
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1064
Pence, Mike, Ind., E1061
Pryce, Deborah, Ohio, E1051
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1052
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E1059
Shimkus, John, Ill., E1047, E1048, E1050, E1050, E1051, E1052, E1053, 
E1054, E1054, E1054
Tiahrt, Todd, Kans., E1058
Udall, Tom, N.M., E1055, E1056, E1058
Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E1050 


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