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                                           Wednesday, June 25, 2003

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      House Committee ordered reported the following appropriations for 
      fiscal year 2004: Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies; 
      Interior and Related Agencies; and Agriculture, Rural 
      Development, FDA and Related Agencies.
      House Committee ordered reported eight sundry measures.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8479-S8604
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and four resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1326-1337, and S. Res. 183-186.
  Page S8559
Measures Reported:
  S. 1334, to facilitate check truncation by authorizing substitute 
checks, to foster innovation in the check collection system without 
mandating receipt of checks in electronic form, and to improve the 
overall efficiency of the Nation's payments system. (S. Rept. No. 108-
79)
  S. 498, to authorize the President to posthumously award a gold medal 
on behalf of Congress to Joseph A. De Laine in recognition of his 
contributions to the Nation, with an amendment.
Pages S8558-59
Measures Passed:
  Michael J. Healy Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 825, to redesignate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7401 West 
100th Place in Bridgeview, Illinois, as the ``Michael J. Healy Post 
Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S8598
  Floyd Spence Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 917, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1830 South Lake 
Drive in Lexington, South Carolina, as the ``Floyd Spence Post Office 
Building'', clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S8598
  Cesar Chavez Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 925, to redesignate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1859 South 
Ashland Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Cesar Chavez Post 
Office'', clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S8598
  James R. Merry Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 981, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 141 Erie Street 
in Linesville, Pennsylvania, as the ``James R. Merry Post Office'', 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S8598
  Delbert L. Latta Post Office: Senate passed
  H.R. 985, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 111 West Washington Street in Bowling Green, Ohio, 
as the ``Delbert L. Latta Post Office Building'', clearing the measure 
for the President.
Page S8598
  Dr. Roswell N. Beck Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1055, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
1901 West Evans Street in Florence, South Carolina, as the ``Dr. 
Roswell N. Beck Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S8598
  Norman D. Shumway Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1368, To designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7554 
Pacific Avenue in Stockton, California, as the ``Norman D. Shumway Post 
Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S8598
  General Charles Gabriel Post Office: Senate passed 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'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                         Pages S8598-99
  Timothy Michael Gaffney Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1596, to 
designate the facility of the

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United States Postal Service located at 2318 Woodson Road in St. Louis, 
Missouri, as the ``Timothy Michael Gaffney Post Office Building'', 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S8599
  Admiral Donald Davis Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1609, to 
redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
201 West Boston Street in Brookfield, Missouri, as the ``Admiral Donald 
Davis Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                             Page S8599
  Dr. Caesar A.W. Clark, Sr. Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1740, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
1502 East Kiest Boulevard in Dallas, Texas, as the ``Dr. Caesar A.W. 
Clark, Sr. Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S8599
  Patsy Takemoto Mink Post Office: Senate passed 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'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                             Page S8599
  Ronald Reagan Post Office: Senate passed S. 867, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 710 Wick Lane 
in Billings, Montana, as the ``Ronald Reagan Post Office Building''. 
                                                             Page S8598
  Walt Disney Post Office: Senate passed S. 1207, 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''.
  Page S8598
  National Internet Safety Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 185, 
expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to raising awareness 
and encouraging education about safety on the Internet and supporting 
the goals and ideals of National Internet Safety Month. 
                                                      Pages S8599-S8600
  Environmental Policy and Conflict Resolution Advancement Act: Senate 
passed S. 163, to reauthorize the United States Institute for 
Environmental Conflict Resolution.
  Page S8600
  Joseph A. De Laine Posthumous Gold Medal Award Act: Senate passed S. 
498, to authorize the President to posthumously award a gold medal on 
behalf of Congress to Joseph A. De Laine in recognition of his 
contributions to the Nation, after agreeing to the committee amendment.
                                                             Page S8600
Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act: Senate continued 
consideration of S. 1, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act 
to make improvements in the Medicare program, to provide prescription 
drug coverage under the Medicare program, taking action on the 
following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S8479-S8546
Adopted:
  By 94 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 242), Snowe/Bingaman Amendment No. 972, 
to provide reimbursement for Federally qualified health centers 
participating in Medicare managed care.
Pages S8481-83, S8485
  Grassley (for Wyden) Amendment No. 941, to provide for a study by 
MedPAC on Medicare payments and efficiencies in the health care system.
                                                             Page S8538
  Baucus (for Harkin) Modified Amendment No. 967, to provide improved 
payment for certain mammography services.
Page S8538
  Grassley (for Murray) Amendment No. 961, to fund the blended 
capitation rate for purposes of determining benchmarks under the 
MedicareAdvantage program.
Page S8538
  Grassley Amendment No. 974, to enhance competition for prescription 
drugs by increasing the ability of the Department of Justice and 
Federal Trade Commission to enforce existing antitrust laws regarding 
brand name drugs and generic drugs.
Page S8538
  Grassley (for Specter) Amendment No. 983, to provide Medicare 
beneficiaries with information on advance directives.
Page S8538
  Sununu Amendment No. 1010, to improve outpatient vision services 
under part B of the Medicare program.
Page S8538
Rejected:
  By 26 yeas to 69 nays (Vote No. 243), Baucus (for Edwards) Further 
Modified Amendment No. 985, to strengthen protections for consumers 
against misleading direct-to-consumer drug advertising. 
                                                         Pages S8483-86
  By 39 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 244), Graham (FL) Amendment No. 956, 
to provide that an eligible beneficiary is not responsible for paying 
the applicable percent of the monthly national average premium while 
the beneficiary is in the coverage gap and to sunset the bill. 
                                                             Page S8486
  By 39 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 245), Durbin Amendment No. 994, to 
deliver a meaningful benefit and lower prescription drug prices. 
                                               Pages S8516-21, S8523-29
  By 43 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 246), Clinton Amendment No. 1000, to 
study the comparative effectiveness and safety of important Medicare 
covered drugs to ensure that consumers can make meaningful comparisons 
about the quality and efficacy.
Pages S8529-30

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Withdrawn:
  Reid (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1062 (to Amendment No. 974) to 
eliminate the coverage gap for individuals with cancer. 
                                                         Pages S8496-98
  Schumer Amendment No. 1040, to provide for equitable reimbursement 
rates in 2004 and 2005 for Medicare+Choice organizations making the 
transition to MedicareAdvantage organizations. 
                                               Pages S8500-02, S8506-12
  Baucus (for Stabenow) Amendment No. 992, to clarify that the Medicaid 
statute does not prohibit a State from entering into drug rebate 
agreements in order to make outpatient prescription drugs accessible 
and affordable for residents of the State who are not otherwise 
eligible for medical assistance under the Medicaid program. 
                                                             Page S8538
Pending:
  Kerry Amendment No. 958, to increase the availability of discounted 
prescription drugs.
Page S8479
  Lincoln Modified Amendment No. 934, to ensure coverage for syringes 
for the administration of insulin, and necessary medical supplies 
associated with the administration of insulin.
Page S8479
  Lincoln Amendment No. 935, to clarify the intent of Congress 
regarding an exception to the initial residency period for geriatric 
residency or fellowship programs.
Page S8479
  Lincoln Amendment No. 959, to establish a demonstration project for 
direct access to physical therapy services under the Medicare program. 
                                                             Page S8479
  Baucus (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 964, to include coverage for 
tobacco cessation products.
Page S8479
  Baucus (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 965, to establish a Council for 
Technology and Innovation.
Page S8479
  Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 938, to provide for a study and report on 
the propagation of concierge care.
Page S8479
  Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 936, to provide for an extension of the 
demonstration for ESRD managed care.
Page S8479
  Baucus (for Harkin) Amendment No. 968, to restore reimbursement for 
total body orthotic management for nonambulatory, severely disabled 
nursing home residents.
Page S8479
  Baucus (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 942, to prohibit an eligible 
entity offering a Medicare Prescription Drug plan, a MedicareAdvantage 
Organization offering a MedicareAdvantage plan, and other health plans 
from contracting with a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) unless the PBM 
satisfies certain requirements.
Page S8479
  Rockefeller Amendment No. 975, to make all Medicare beneficiaries 
eligible for Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Page S8480
  Akaka Amendment No. 980, to expand assistance with coverage for legal 
immigrants under the Medicaid program and SCHIP to include citizens of 
the Freely Associated States.
Page S8480
  Akaka Amendment No. 979, to ensure that current prescription drug 
benefits to Medicare-eligible enrollees in the Federal Employees Health 
Benefits Program will not be diminished.
Page S8480
  Bingaman Amendment No. 973, to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act to provide for the authorization of reimbursement for all 
Medicare part B services furnished by certain Indian hospitals and 
clinics.
Page S8480
  Baucus (for Lautenberg) Amendment No. 986, to make prescription drug 
coverage available beginning on July 1, 2004.
Page S8480
  Murray Amendment No. 990, to make improvements in the 
MedicareAdvantage benchmark determinations.
Page S8480
  Harkin Modified Amendment No. 991, to establish a demonstration 
project under the Medicaid program to encourage the provision of 
community-based services to individuals with disabilities. 
                                                  Pages S8480, S8534-37
  Dayton Amendment No. 960, to require a streamlining of the Medicare 
regulations.
Page S8480
  Dayton Amendment No. 977, to require that benefits be made available 
under part D on January 1, 2004.
Page S8480
  Baucus (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 993, to amend title XVIII of the 
Social Security Act to provide for coverage of cardiovascular screening 
tests under the Medicare program.
Page S8480
  Smith/Bingaman Amendment No. 962, to provide reimbursement for 
Federally qualified health centers participating in Medicare managed 
care.
Page S8480
  Hutchison Amendment No. 1004, to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act to freeze the indirect medical education adjustment 
percentage under the Medicare program at 6.5 percent.
Page S8480
  Sessions Amendment No. 1011, to express the sense of the Senate that 
the Committee on Finance should hold hearings regarding permitting 
States to provide health benefits to legal immigrants under Medicaid 
and SCHIP as part of the reauthorization of the temporary assistance 
for needy families program.
Page S8480
  Conrad Amendment No. 1019, to provide for coverage of self-injected 
biologicals under part B of the Medicare program until Medicare 
Prescription Drug plans are available.
Page S8480
  Conrad Amendment No. 1020, to permanently and fully equalize the 
standardized payment rate beginning in fiscal year 2004.
Page S8480
  Conrad Amendment No. 1021, to address Medicare payment inequities. 
                                                             Page S8480

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  Clinton Amendment No. 999, to provide for the development of quality 
indicators for the priority areas of the Institute of Medicine, for the 
standardization of quality indicators for Federal agencies, and for the 
establishment of a demonstration program for the reporting of health 
care quality data at the community level.
                                                             Page S8480
  Clinton Amendment No. 953, to provide training to long-term care 
ombudsman.
                                                             Page S8480
  Clinton Amendment No. 954, to require the Secretary of Health and 
Human Services to develop literacy standards for informational 
materials, particularly drug information.
                                                             Page S8480
  Reid (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1036, to eliminate the coverage gap 
for individuals with cancer.
                                                             Page S8480
  Reid (for Corzine) Amendment No. 1037, to permit Medicare 
beneficiaries to use Federally qualified health centers to fill their 
prescriptions.
                                                             Page S8480
  Reid (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 1038, to improve the critical 
access hospital program.
                                                             Page S8480
  Reid (for Inouye) Amendment No. 1039, to amend title XIX of the 
Social Security Act to provide 100 percent reimbursement for medical 
assistance provided to a Native Hawaiian through a Federally-qualified 
health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system.
                                                             Page S8480
  Thomas/Lincoln Amendment No. 988, to provide for the coverage of 
marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor 
services under part B of the Medicare program.
                                                         Pages S8480-81
  Edwards/Harkin Amendment No. 1052, to strengthen protections for 
consumers against misleading direct-to-consumer drug advertising. 
                                                             Page S8487
  Enzi/Lincoln Amendment No. 1051, to ensure convenient access to 
pharmacies and prohibit the tying of contracts.
                                                         Pages S8487-89
  Enzi Amendment No. 1030, to encourage the availability of 
MedicareAdvantage benefits in medically underserved areas. 
                                                         Pages S8489-93
  Hagel/Ensign Amendment No. 1012, to provide Medicare beneficiaries 
with an additional choice of Medicare Prescription Drug plans under 
part D that consists of a drug discount card and protection against 
high out-of-pocket drug costs.
                                                         Pages S8493-95
  Hagel Amendment No. 1026, to provide Medicare beneficiaries with a 
discount card that ensures access to privately-negotiated discounts on 
drugs and protection against high out-of-pocket drug costs. 
                                                             Page S8493
  Baucus (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 1060, to provide for an income-
related increase in the part B premium for individuals with income in 
excess of $75,000 and married couples with income in excess of 
$150,000.
                                                             Page S8495
  Baucus (for Akaka) Amendment No. 1061, to provide for treatment of 
Hawaii as a low-DSH State for purposes of determining a Medicaid DSH 
allotment for the State for fiscal years 2004 and 2005. 
                                                         Pages S8495-96
  Bingaman/Domenici Amendment No. 1065, to update, beginning in 2009, 
the asset or resource test used for purposes of determining the 
eligibility of low-income beneficiaries for premium and cost-sharing 
subsidies.
                                                             Page S8502
  Bingaman Amendment No. 1066, to permit the establishment of 2 new 
Medigap plans for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled for prescription drug 
coverage under part D.
                                                         Pages S8502-06
  Graham (SC) Modified Amendment No. 948, to provide for the 
establishment of a National Bipartisan Commission on Medicare Reform. 
                                                         Pages S8512-15
  Stabenow/Levin Amendment No. 1075, to permanently extend a moratorium 
on the treatment of a certain facility as an institution for mental 
diseases.
                                                         Pages S8515-16
  Stabenow/Levin Amendment No. 1076, to provide for the treatment of 
payments to certain comprehensive cancer centers.
                                                             Page S8516
  Stabenow/Levin Amendment No. 1077, to provide for the redistribution 
of unused resident positions.
                                                             Page S8516
  Ensign/Lincoln Amendment No. 1024, to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy 
caps.
                                                         Pages S8521-22
  Smith/Feingold Amendment No. 1073, to allow the Secretary to include 
in the definition of `specialized Medicare+Choice plans for special 
needs beneficiaries' plans that disproportionately serve such special 
needs beneficiaries or frail, elderly Medicare beneficiaries. 
                                                         Pages S8522-23
  Grassley (for Craig) Amendment No. 1087, to permit the offering of 
consumer-driven health plans under MedicareAdvantage.
                                                         Pages S8537-38
  Baucus (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1088, to provide equitable 
treatment for children's hospitals.
                                                             Page S8539
  Baucus (for Milulski) Amendment No. 1089, to provide equitable 
treatment for certain children's hospitals.
                                                             Page S8539
  Baucus (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1090, to permit direct payment 
under the Medicare program for clinical social worker services provided 
to residents of skilled nursing facilities.
                                                             Page S8539
  Baucus (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1091, to extend certain municipal 
health service demonstration projects.
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  Grassley/Baucus Amendment No. 1092, to evaluate alternative payment 
and delivery systems.
                                                         Pages S8539-42
  Kyl Amendment No. 1093 (to Amendment No. 1092), in the nature of a 
substitute.
                                                         Pages S8542-46
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 9:15 
a.m., on Thursday, June 26, 2003, Senate proceed to vote on or in 
relation to Harkin Amendment No. 991 (listed above), to be followed by 
a vote on or in relation to Edwards Amendment No. 1052 (listed above); 
and that no second degree amendments be in order to the amendments 
prior to the votes.
                                                             Page S8601
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 9:15 a.m., on Thursday, June 26, 2003. 
                                                             Page S8601
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Rixio Enrique Medina, of Oklahoma, to be a Member of the Chemical 
Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years.
  Julie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
  Jeffrey A. Marcus, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Belgium.
  Deborah Ann Spagnoli, of California, to be a Commissioner of the 
United States Parole Commission for a term of six years.
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
  1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Foreign Service, Navy.
                                                         Pages S8601-04
Messages From the House:
  Page S8556
Measures Referred:
  Page S8556
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S8556
Measures Held at Desk:
  Page S8556
Executive Communications:
  Pages S8556-58
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S8559
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8559-61
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8562-77
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8554-56
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8577-96
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S8596
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S8596-98
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S8598
Record Votes: Five record votes were taken today. (Total--246) 
                                        Page S8485, S8486, S8529, S8530
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 10:50 p.m., 
until 9:15 a.m., on Thursday, June 26, 2003. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS LABOR--HHS/EDUCATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education approved for full Committee consideration an 
original bill making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, 
Health and Human Services, and Education and related agencies for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2004.
NOMINATION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
the nomination of Lieutenant General John P. Abizaid, USA, for 
appointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United States 
Central Command, after the nominee testified and answered questions in 
his own behalf.
RURAL ECONOMY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Economic Policy concluded oversight hearings to examine the problems 
and challenges facing rural America, focusing on certain job and 
economic development measurers, including the Land Grant mission, after 
receiving testimony from Hilda Gay Legg, Administrator, Rural Utilities 
Service, Rural Development Mission Area, Department of Agriculture; M. 
Scott Smith, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Lexington; 
and Mark Haney, Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, Nancy.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the following bills:
  S. 470, to extend the authority for the construction of a memorial to 
Martin Luther King, Jr., with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 490, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain land 
in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Nevada, to the Secretary of 
the Interior, in trust for the Washoe Indian Tribe of Nevada and 
California, with an amendment;
  S. 499, to authorize the American Battle Monuments Commission to 
establish in the State of Louisiana a memorial to honor the Buffalo 
Soldiers, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 546, to provide for the protection of paleontological resources on 
Federal lands, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

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  S. 643, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation 
with the University of New Mexico, to construct and occupy a portion of 
the Hibben Center for Archaeological Research at the University of New 
Mexico, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 651, to amend the National Trails System Act to clarify Federal 
authority relating to land acquisition from willing sellers for the 
majority of the trails in the System, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute;
  S. 677, to revise the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison 
National Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area in the 
State of Colorado, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 924, to authorize the exchange of lands between an Alaska Native 
Village Corporation and the Department of the Interior, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1076, to authorize construction of an education center at or near 
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  H.R. 255, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to grant an 
easement to facilitate access to the Lewis and Clark Interpretative 
Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska; and
  H.R. 1577, to designate the visitor center in Organ Pipe National 
Monument in Arizona as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor Center''.
GRAZING MANAGEMENT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands 
and Forests concluded oversight hearings to examine grazing programs of 
the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, focusing on 
grazing permit renewal, BLM's potential changes to grazing regulations, 
range monitoring, drought, and other grazing issues, after receiving 
testimony from Mark Rey, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural 
Resources and Environment; and Rebecca Watson, Assistant Secretary of 
the Interior for Land and Minerals Management.
ENDANGERED SPECIES
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Fisheries, 
Wildlife, and Water concluded hearings to examine the consulting 
process required by section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, including 
improvement efforts in the Pacific Northwest, after receiving testimony 
from Senator Domenici; Barry T. Hill, Director, Natural Resources and 
Environment, General Accounting Office; Alan Glen, Smith, Robertson, 
Elliott, and Glen, Austin, Texas; John F. Kostyack, National Wildlife 
Federation, Reston, Virginia; Patricia D. Horn, Enogex Inc., Oklahoma 
City, Oklahoma; Jim Chilton, Arivaca, Arizona, on behalf of the 
National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council; and 
William J. Snape III, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, D.C.
AFRICA
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
the implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (P.L. 106-
200), focusing on short-term and long-term measures to integrate Africa 
into the global community, and issues relative to the free market and 
fair trade, African civil society, and debt relief, after receiving 
testimony from Florizelle B. Liser, Assistant United States Trade 
Representative for Africa; Walter H. Kansteiner III, Assistant 
Secretary of State for African Affairs; Stephen Hayes, Corporate 
Council on Africa, and Leon P. Spencer, Washington Office on Africa, 
both of Washington, D.C.; and James A. Harmon, Commission on Capital 
Flows to Africa, New York, New York.
YUGOSLAVIA SUCCESSOR STATES
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on European Affairs 
concluded hearings to examine the progress and challenges relative to 
the transformations taking place in the successor states to the former 
Yugoslavia, including Serbia and Montenegro, Kosovo, Croatia, 
Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, after receiving testimony from Paul 
W. Jones, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and 
Eurasia; Mira Ricardel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; Daniel 
Serwer, Director, U.S. Institute of Peace; and James O'Brien, Albright 
Group, and Major General William L. Nash USA, (Ret.), Council on 
Foreign Relations, both of Washington, D.C.
NOMINATION
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to 
examine the nomination of Joshua B. Bolten, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after 
the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Corzine, testified and 
answered questions in his own behalf.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 1248, to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education 
Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  The nominations of David Hall, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of 
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Legal Services Corporation, Lillian R. BeVier, of Virginia, to be a 
Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, and 
certain nominations in the Public Health Service Corps.
9/11 DETAINEES REPORT
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings to examine the 
treatment of aliens held on immigration charges in connection with the 
investigation of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as outlined 
in the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General's report, 
after receiving testimony from Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General, Harley 
G. Lappin, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael E. Rolince, 
Acting Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
Washington Field Office, and David Nahmias, Counsel to the Assistant 
Attorney General, Criminal Division, all of the Department of Justice.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded hearings on the 
nominations of Louise W. Flanagan, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and Allyson K. Duncan, of 
North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth 
Circuit, who were both introduced by Senators Dole and Edwards; Samuel 
Der-Yeghiayan, to be United States District Judge for the Northern 
District of Illinois, who was introduced by Senators Fitzgerald and 
Durbin; Lonny R. Suko, to be United States District Judge for the 
Eastern District of Washington, who was introduced by Senator Murray, 
and Representatives Hastings and Nethercutt; Earl Leroy Yeakel III, to 
be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas, who 
was introduced by Senators Hutchison and Cornyn; Karen P. Tandy, of 
Virginia, to be Administrator of Drug Enforcement, who was introduced 
by Senator Hutchison, and Christopher A. Wray, of Georgia, to be an 
Assistant Attorney General, who was introduced by Senators Chambliss 
and Miller, both of the Department of Justice; and Robert C. Brack, to 
be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, who was 
introduced by Senators Domenici and Bingaman.
IRAQ
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution concluded 
joint hearings with the Committee on Foreign Relations' Subcommittee on 
Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs to examine constitutionalism, 
human rights, and the Rule of Law in Iraq, focusing on the monopoly of 
power and influence, public participation and ownership, democratic 
representation, ratification, and the role of the international 
community, after receiving testimony from Neil J. Kritz, Director, Rule 
of Law Program, U.S. Institute of Peace; Sermid Al-Sarraf, Iraqi 
Jurists Association, and Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California 
at Los Angeles School of Law, both of Los Angeles, California; Bernard 
Haykel, New York University, New York, New York; Donald P. Kommers, 
University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana; Kenneth M. 
Pollack, Brookings Institution, Zainab Salbi, Women for Women 
International, and Naoyuki Agawa, Embassy of Japan, all of Washington, 
D.C. and John Yoo, University of California Boalt School of Law, 
Berkeley; and A.E. Dick Howard, University of Virginia School of Law, 
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[Pages D736-D738]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 1, 2595-2606; and 1 
resolution, H. Con. Res., 230, were introduced.
  Page H5928
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H5929
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2351, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a 
deduction to individuals for amounts contributed to health savings 
accounts and to provide for the disposition of unused health benefits 
in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements, amended (H. 
Rept. 108-177); and
  H.R. 2473, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide 
for a voluntary program for prescription drug coverage under the 
Medicare Program, to modernize the Medicare Program, amended (H. Rept. 
108-178, Pt. 1)
  H. Res. 297, providing for motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept. 
108-179);
  H. Res. 298, providing for consideration of H.R. 2559, making 
appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base 
realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2004 (H. Rept. 108-180); and

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  H. Res. 299, providing for consideration of H.R. 1, to amend title 
XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a voluntary program for 
prescription drug coverage under the Medicare Program and to modernize 
the Medicare Program and providing for consideration of H.R. 2596, to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction to 
individuals for amounts contributed to health savings security accounts 
and health savings accounts, to provide for the disposition of unused 
health benefits in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements 
(H. Rept. 108-181).
                                                         Pages H5927-28
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Terry to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
                                                             Page H5819
Guest Chaplain: Rev. Michael J. Greer, Pastor, Good Shepherd Catholic 
Church of Miami, Florida.
  Page H5819
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Extension: S. 858, to extend 
the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (agreed to by \2/3\ yea-
and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 312)--clearing the measure 
for the President;
  Pages H5822-25, H5847-48
  Administration of the Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger 
Fellowships by the Congressional Hunger Center: H.R. 2474 amended, to 
require that funds made available for fiscal years 2003 and 2004 for 
the Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger Fellowships be administered 
through the Congressional Hunger Center (agreed to by \2/3\ yea-and-nay 
vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 313). Agreed to 
amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to authorize the Congressional 
Hunger Center to award Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger 
Fellowships for fiscal years 2003 and 2004.''; 
                                               Pages H5825-28, H5848-49
  Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Foreign Agricultural Service: 
H.J. Res. 49, recognizing the important service to the Nation provided 
by the Foreign Agricultural Service of the Department of Agriculture on 
the occasion of its 50th anniversary (agreed to by \2/3\ yea-and-nay 
vote of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 314); 
                                                  Pages H5828-29, H5849
  Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Prime Minister Tony Blair: 
H.R. 1511, To award a congressional gold medal to Prime Minister Tony 
Blair;
  Pages H5830-37
  Profound Concern Regarding Anti-Semitic Violence within States of the 
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: H. Con. Res. 49, 
expressing the sense of the 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 (agree 
by yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 
315);
  Pages H5841-47, H5881
  Calling on the Government of the People's Republic of China to 
Release Dr. Yang Jianli: H. Res. 199, amended, calling on the 
Government of the People's Republic of China immediately and 
unconditionally to release Dr. Yang Jianli, calling on the President of 
the United States to continue working on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli for 
his release (agreed to by \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none 
voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 316; and
  Pages H5850-53, H5881-82
  Condemning the Terrorism Inflicted on Israel: H. Res. 294, condemning 
the terrorism inflicted on Israel since the Aqaba Summit and expressing 
solidarity with the Israeli people in their fight against terrorism 
(agreed to by \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 5 nays with 7 
voting ``present'', Roll No. 317).
  Pages H5853-66, H5882-83
Suspension--Proceedings Postponed: The House completed debate on the 
motion to suspend the rules and agree to H. Res. 277, expressing 
support for freedom in Hong Kong. Further proceedings were postponed 
until Thursday, June 26.
  Pages H5837-41
Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2004: The House completed general 
debate and began considering amendments to H.R. 2417, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for intelligence and intelligence-
related activities of the United States Government, the Community 
Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and 
Disability System. Further proceedings will resume on Thursday. 
                                            Pages H5866-81, H5883-H5903
  Pursuant to the rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence now 
printed in the bill (H. Rept. 108-163) was considered as an original 
bill for the purpose of amendment.
                                                             Page H5883
                                                              Agree To:
  Harman amendment No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-176 that requires the 
Director of Central Intelligence to report on watch list databases in 
Federal departments and agencies to determine if the further 
consolidation will contribute to the effectiveness of the Terrorist 
Identification Classification System in identifying known or suspected 
terrorists.
                                                         Pages H5890-91

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                                                 Proceedings Postponed:
  Hastings of Florida amendment No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-176 was 
offered that seeks to direct the Director of Central Intelligence to 
establish a pilot project to improve recruitment of ethnic and cultural 
minorities and women with diverse skills and language abilities. 
                                                          Page H5891-94
  Kucinich amendment No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 108-176 was offered that 
seeks to direct the Inspector General of the Central Intelligence 
Agency to conduct an audit of all communications between the CIA and 
the Office of the Vice President that relate to weapons of mass 
destruction obtained or developed by Iraq; and
                                                      Pages H5894-H5900
  Lee amendment No. 6 printed H. Rept. 108-176 was offered that seeks 
to require a GAO study on the extent of intelligence sharing by the 
Department of Defense and intelligence community with United Nations 
inspectors searching for weapons of mass destruction.
                                                         Pages H5900-03
                                                             Withdrawn:
  Cox amendment No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 108-176 was offered but 
subsequently withdrawn that sought to strike Sec. 336, Improvement of 
Information Sharing Among Federal, State, and local Government 
Officials.
                                                         Pages H5888-90
  H. Res. 295, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill 
was agreed to by voice vote.
                                                             Page H5903
Discharge Petition: Representative Taylor of Mississippi moved to 
discharge the Committee on Rules from the consideration of H. Res. 275, 
providing for consideration of H.J. Res. 22, proposing a balanced 
budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:15 p.m. and reconvened at 6:23 a.m. on 
Thursday, June 26.
Amendment: Amendments ordered pursuant to the rule appear on pages 
H5929-40.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H5847-48, H5848-49, 
H5849, H5881, H5881-82, and H5882-83. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:25 a.m. on 
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Committee Meetings
USDA DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM
Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review the USDA Distance 
Learning and Telemedicine Program. Testimony was heard from Thomas C. Dorr, 
Under Secretary, Rural Development, USDA; and public witnesses.
LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION AND RELATED AGENCIES; INTERIOR AND RELATED AGENCIES; 
AND AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the following appropriations 
for fiscal year 2004: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and 
Related Agencies; Interior and Related Agencies; and Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies.
GSE OVERSIGHT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, 
and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled ``GSE 
Oversight: The Need for Reform and Modernization.'' Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
SAVING TAXPAYER MONEY THROUGH SOUND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Saving Taxpayer Money Through Sound 
Financial Management,'' Testimony was heard from Angela M. Antonelli, Chief 
Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Thomas 
C. Dorr, Under Secretary, Rural Development, USDA.
OVERSIGHT--WINNING THE WAR ON FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT--STATUS OF DOD REFORM
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency and 
Financial Management held an oversight hearing on ``Winning the War on 
Financial Management--Status of the Department of Defense Reform.'' 
Testimony was heard from Gregory D. Kutz, Director, Financial Management 
Assurance, GAO; and the following officials of the Department of Defense: 
Lawrence J. Lanzillotta, Principle Deputy and the Deputy Under Secretary, 
Management Reform, Office of the Under Secretary (Comptroller); and Paul 
Granetto, Director, Defense Financial Auditing Service, Office of the 
Inspector General.
CANADIAN DRUG IMPORTATION
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness 
held a hearing on ``The Practical and Economical Aspects of Canadian Drug 
Importation.'' Testimony was heard from Representative Gutknecht; and public 
witnesses.
U.S. TRADE POLICY AND COMMERCIAL POLICY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA AND OCEANIA
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific 
held a hearing on U.S. Trade Policy and Commercial Policy in Southeast Asia 
and

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Oceania. Testimony was heard from James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary, 
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; and Ralph F. 
Ives, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Asia-Pacific and APEC Affairs.
TRAFFICKINIG--GLOBAL TRENDS AND TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Terrorism Nonproliferation and Human Rights held a hearing on ``Global 
Trends in Trafficking and the Trafficking in Persons Report.'' Testimony was 
heard from John Miller, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Director, Office of 
Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State; and public 
witnesses.
IRAN-LIBYA SANCTIONS ACT--INCREASING THREATS FROM IRAN
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Middle East and 
Central Asia held a hearing on Enforcement of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act 
and Increasing Security Threats from Iran (Part 1). Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of State: Charles English, Acting 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Anna 
Borg, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; 
and Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern 
Affairs; and public witnesses.
MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2003 HEALTH SAVINGS AND 
AFFORDABILITY ACT OF 2003
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 7 to 3, a rule providing for the 
consideration of H.R. 1, Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 
2003, under a modified closed rule. The rule provides three hours of debate 
in the House on H.R. 1 equally divided among and controlled by the chairmen 
and ranking minority members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the 
Committee on Ways and Means. The rule waives all points of order against 
consideration of H.R. 1. The rule provides for consideration of the 
amendment to H.R. 1 printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the 
resolution, if offered by Representative Rangel of New York or his designee, 
which shall be considered as read and shall be separately debatable for one 
hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. The 
rule waives all points of order against the amendment printed in the report. 
The rule provides one motion to recommit H.R. 1 with or without 
instructions.
  Section 2 of the resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 2596, H.R. 
2596, Health Savings and Affordability Act of 2003, on the legislative day 
of June 26 or June 27, 2003, under a closed rule. The rule provides one hour 
of debate in the House on H.R. 2596 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 H.R. 2596. The rule 
provides one motion to recommit H.R. 2596 with or without instructions. 
Section 3 of the resolution provides that in the engrossment of H.R. 1, the 
clerk shall add the text of H.R. 2596, as passed by the House as a new 
matter at the end of H.R. 1, and then lay H.R. 2596 on the table. Section 4 
of the resolution provides that during consideration of H.R. 1 and H.R. 
2596, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may 
postpone further consideration of either bill to a time designated by the 
Speaker. Section 5 of the resolution provides that it shall be in order, any 
rule of the House to the contrary notwithstanding, to consider concurrent 
resolutions providing for adjournment of the House and Senate during the 
month of July. Section 6 of the resolution provides that the Committee on 
Appropriations may have until midnight on Thursday, July 3, 2003, to file a 
report to accompany a bill making appropriations for the Department of 
Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, and for other 
purposes. Testimony was heard from Representative Johnson of Connecticut, 
Walden of Oregon, Buyer, Gutknecht, Burgess, Gingrey, Sandlin, Pallone, 
Brown of Ohio, Strickland, Capps, Kaptur, Cooper, Dooley, Sanders, Hastings 
of Florida, McGovern, Larson of Connecticut, and Emanuel.
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS, FY 2004
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule on H.R. 2559, 
making appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base 
realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for FY 2004 providing 
one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman 
and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. Under the 
rules of the House the bill shall be read for amendment by paragraph. The 
rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to 
comply with clause 2 of rule XXI (prohibiting unauthorized appropriations or 
legislative provisions in an appropriations bill). The rule authorizes the 
Chair to accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed 
their amendments in the Congressional Record. Finally, the rule provides one 
motion to recommit with or without instructions.
CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a resolution providing that 
during the remainder of the One Hundred Eighth Congress, the Speaker may 
entertain motions that the House suspend the rules on Wednesdays as though 
under clause 1 of rule XV.

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FOREIGN CURRENCY MANIPULATION EFFECT ON SMALL MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on the Effect of Foreign 
Currency Manipulation on Small Manufacturers and Exporters. Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the 
following bills: H.R. 1572, to designate the historic Federal District Court 
Building located at 100 North Palafox Street in Pensacola, Florida, as the 
``Winston E. Arnow Federal Building''; H.R. 1668, to designate the United 
States courthouse located at 101 North Fifth Street in Muskogee, Oklahoma, 
as the ``Ed Edmondson United States Courthouse,'' H.R. 2144, amended, 
Aviation Security Technical Corrections and Improvements Act of 2003; H.R. 
2443, amended, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2003; H.R. 
2535, amended, Economic Development Administration Reauthorization Act of 
2003; H.R. 2572, Amtrak Reauthorization Act of 2003; H.R. 2571, Rail 
Infrastructure Development and Expansion Act for the 21st Century; and H.R. 
2573, Public Private Partnership Act.
VETERAN'S LEGISLATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Benefits approved for full 
Committee action, as amended, the following bills: H.R. 1516, to direct the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans 
in southeastern Pennsylvania; and H.R. 2297, to amend title 38, United 
States Code, to modify and improve certain benefits for veterans.
SECURE AMERICA'S BORDERS--ASSESS DHS INITIATIVES
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing entitled ``Assessment 
of DHS Initiatives to Secure America's Borders.'' Testimony was heard from 
Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary, Border and Transportation Security, 
Department of Homeland Security.
CYBER PROBLEM OVERVIEW
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, 
Science, and Research and Development held a hearing entitled ``Overview of 
the Cyber Problem: A Nation Dependent and Dealing with Risk.'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                              JUNE 26, 2003

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: to hold hearings to 
examine H.R. 1904, to improve the capacity of the Secretary of 
Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to plan and conduct 
hazardous fuels reduction projects on National Forest System lands and 
Bureau of Land Management lands aimed at protecting communities, 
watersheds, and certain other at-risk lands from catastrophic wildfire, 
to enhance efforts to protect watersheds and address threats to forest 
and rangeland health, including catastrophic wildfire, across the 
landscape, 9 a.m., SR-328A.
  Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to consider proposed 
legislation making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health 
and Human Services, and Education and related agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2004, and proposed legislation making 
appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base 
realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2004, 2 p.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to 
examine affiliate sharing practices in relation to the Fair Credit 
Reporting Act, 10 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: business meeting to 
consider S. 1264, to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission, 
S. 1218, to provide for Presidential support and coordination of 
interagency ocean science programs and development and coordination of a 
comprehensive and integrated United States research and monitoring 
program, H.R. 1320, to amend the National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration Organization Act to facilitate the 
reallocation of spectrum from governmental to commercial users, S. 1262, 
to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2004, 2005, and 2006 for 
certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, and S. 
1106, to establish National Standards for Fishing Quota Systems, an 
original bill authorizing funds for TEA-21 programs, and pending 
nominations, 9:30 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of 
Josette Sheeran Shiner, of Virginia, to be a Deputy United States Trade 
Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, and James J. Jochum, of 
Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: business meeting to consider S. Res. 
90, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Senate strongly supports 
the nonproliferation programs of the United States, S. Res. 62, calling 
upon the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Commission 
on Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 
the European Union, and human rights activists throughout the world to 
take certain actions in regard to the human rights situation in Cuba, S. 
Res. 149, expressing the sense of the Senate that the international 
response to the current need for food in the Horn of Africa remains 
inadequate, and the nominations of Robert W. Fitts, of New Hampshire, to 
be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without 
additional compensation as Ambassador to the Solomon Islands and 
Ambassador to the Republic of Vanuatu, Marsha E. Barnes, of Maryland, to 
be Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname, John E. Herbst, of Virginia, 
to be Ambassador to Ukraine, Tracey Ann Jacobson, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Ambassador to Turkmenistan, George A. Krol, of New 
Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus, John F. Maisto, of 
Pennsylvania, to be Permanent Representative of the

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United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the 
rank of Ambassador, Greta N. Morris, of California, to be Ambassador to 
the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Roger Francisco Noriega, of Kansas, 
to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Western Hemisphere Affairs), 
William B. Wood, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Colombia, and certain Foreign Service Officer promotion lists, 9:15 a.m., 
SD-419.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the Department of State's 
Office of Children's Issues, focusing on responding to international 
parental abduction, 2 p.m., SD-106.
  Committee on Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider the 
nominations of Judith Nan Macaluso, to be an Associate Judge of the 
Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Fern Flanagan Saddler, to be 
an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and 
Joshua B. Bolten, of the District of Columbia, to be Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget, Time to be announced, S-211, Capitol.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider pending 
calendar business, 11 a.m., SR-485.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to resume consideration of 
S. 1125, to create a fair and efficient system to resolve claims of 
victims for bodily injury caused by asbestos exposure, and begin 
consideration of S.J. Res. 1, proposing an amendment to the Constitution 
of the United States to protect the rights of crime victims, S. 1280, to 
amend the Protect Act to clarify certain volunteer liability, S. Res. 
174, designating Thursday, November 20, 2003, as ``Feed America 
Thursday'', S. Res. 175, designating the month of October 2003, as 
``Family History Month'', and the nominations of William H. Pryor, Jr., 
of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, 
Diane M. Stuart, of Utah, to be Director of the Violence Against Women 
Office, Department of Justice, and Thomas M. Hardiman, to be United 
States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 9:30 
a.m., SR-325.
  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, to hold 
hearings to examine the ideological structure of Wahhabism, an extreme 
and violent form of Islam, and its potential for political and social 
influence in the United States, 2 p.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine 
certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                  House

  Committee on Agriculture, hearing to review the mandatory country-of-
origin labeling law, 9:30 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Appropriations, to consider the following appropriations 
for fiscal year 2004; Defense and Legislative, 10 a.m., 2539 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions 
and Consumer Credit, hearing entitled ``Serving the Underserved: 
Initiatives to Broaden Access to the Financial Mainstream,'' 10 a.m., 
2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Governmental Reform, hearing titled ``New Century, New 
Process: A Preview of Competitive Sourcing for the 21st Century,'' 9:30 
a.m., and to mark up H.R. 2556, DC Parental Choice Incentive Act of 2003, 
1 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on East Asia and the 
Pacific, hearing on U.S. Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific; 
Restructuring America's Forward Deployment, 12 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Europe, to mark up H.R. 2550, to amend the American 
Servicemembers' Protection Act of 2002 to provide clarification with 
respect to the eligibility of certain countries for United States 
military assistance, 11:30 a.m., 2200 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security, hearing on H.R. 919, Hometown Heroes Survivors 
Benefits, 9 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, to mark up 
private relief measures; and to hold an oversight hearing on `The Federal 
Government's Response to the Issuance and Acceptance in the U.S. of 
Consular Identification Cards,'' 11 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 1204, to amend 
the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to 
establish requirements for the award of concessions in the National 
Wildlife Refuge System, to provide for maintenance and repair of 
properties located in the System by concessionaires authorized to use 
such properties; and H.R. 2408, National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Act of 
2003, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
  Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, to mark up 
H.R. 1085, NASA Flexibility Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight, hearing entitled: ``CRS Regulations and Small Business in the 
Travel Industry,'' 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Railroads, oversight hearing on National Rail Infrastructure Financing 
Proposals, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 
1516, as amended, National Cemetery Expansion Act of 2003; H.R. 2297, as 
amended, Veterans Benefits Act of 2003; H.R. 116, as amended, Veterans' 
New Fitzsimons Health Care Facilities Act of 2003; H.R. 1720, as amended, 
Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act; H.R. 2357, as 
amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish standards of 
access to care for veterans seeking health care from the Department of 
Veterans Affairs; and H.R. 2433, as amended, Health Care for Veterans of 
Project 112/Project SHAD Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Select Committee on Homeland Security, to mark up H.R. 2122, Project 
BioShield Act of 2003, 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:15 a.m., Thursday, June 26

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 1, to 
amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make improvements in 
the Medicare program, to provide prescription drug coverage under the 
Medicare program, and proceed to vote on or in relation to Harkin 
Amendment No. 991, to be followed by a vote on or in relation to 
Edwards Amendment No. 1052.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday, June 26

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 1, Medicare Prescription 
Drug and Modernization Act (modified closed rule, three hours of 
general debate);
  Consideration of H.R. 2596, Health Savings and Affordability Act 
(closed rule, one hour of general debate); and
  Complete consideration of H.R. 2417, Intelligence Authorization Act 
(modified open rule, one hour of general debate); and
  Consideration of H.R. 2559, Military Construction Appropriations Act 
for Fiscal Year 2004 (open rule, one hour of general debate).


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