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                                            Thursday, June 26, 2003

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                              Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 1--Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement 
      Act.
      House Committee ordered reported the Defense and Legislative 
      appropriations for fiscal year 2004.
      House Committees ordered reported 11 sundry measures.
      House passed H.R. 1, Medicare Prescription Drug, Modernization, 
      Health Savings and Affordability Act.
      House passed H.R. 2559, Military Construction Appropriations Act.
      House passed H.R. 2417, Intelligence Authorization Act.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8605-S8817
Measures Introduced: Thirty-one bills and six resolutions were 
introduced as follows: S. 11, S. 1338-1367, S. Res. 187-190, and S. 
Con. Res. 56-57.
  Pages S8725-26
Measures Reported:
  S. 1025, 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, with amendments. 
(S. Rept. No. 108-80)
  S. 1356, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health 
and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2004. (S. Rept. No. 108-81)
  S. 1357, 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. (S. Rept. No. 108-82)
  S. 888, to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act. (S. Rept. 
No. 108-83)
  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. 138, to amend rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate 
relating to the consideration of nominations requiring the advice and 
consent of the Senate.
  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 with an amended preamble.
  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''.
  S. Res. 178, to prohibit Members of the Senate and other persons from 
removing art and historic objects from the Senate wing of the Capitol 
and Senate office buildings for personal use.
  S. 148, to provide for the Secretary of Homeland Security to be 
included in the line of Presidential succession.
Page S8722
Measures Passed:
  State Children's Health Insurance Program Amend Act: Senate passed S. 
312, to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend the 
availability of allotments for fiscal years 1998 through 2001 under the 
State Children's Health Insurance Program, after agreeing to the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S8633-35
  Grassley Amendment No. 1113, to make a technical correction. 
                                                         Pages S8633-35

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  Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act: By yeas to nays (Vote 
No. 262), Senate passed 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, after agreeing 
to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and after 
taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                        Pages S8605-33, S8635-78, S8679-85, S8686-S8701
Adopted:
  Baucus (for Cantwell) Modified 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. 
                                                  Pages S8606, S8612-17
  By 97 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 249), McConnell Amendment No. 1097, to 
protect seniors who are diagnosed with cancer from high prescription 
drug costs.
Pages S8621-22
  By 69 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. 251), Bingaman/Domenici Modified 
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. 
                                                  Pages S8606, S8622-23
  Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 936, to provide for an extension of the 
demonstration for ESRD managed care.
Page S8606
  Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 938, to provide for a study and report on 
the propagation of concierge care.
Page S8606
  Thomas/Lincoln Modified 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.
Page S8606
  Baucus (for Snowe) Amendment No. 1027, to express the sense of the 
Senate regarding the implementation of the Prescription Drug and 
Medicare Improvement Act of 2003.
Page S8633
  Baucus (for Murkowski/Stevens) Amendment No. 1041, to require the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a frontier extended 
stay clinic demonstration project.
Pages S8633, S8687
  Subsequently, the adoption of Amendment No. 1041 (listed above) was 
vitiated.
Page S8633
  By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 252), McConnell Amendment 
No. 1102, to protect seniors who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 
from high prescription drug costs.
Pages S8624, S8635-36
  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Page S8635
  By 71 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 255), Grassley/Baucus Modified 
Amendment No. 1092, to evaluate alternative payment and delivery 
systems.
Pages S8606, S8610-12, S8618-21, S8637-38
  Grassley (for Bond) Amendment No. 1014, to include pharmacy services 
in the study relating to outpatient pharmacy therapy reimbursements. 
                                                             Page S8614
  Baucus (for Dodd) Amendment No. 1015, to provide for a study on 
making prescription pharmaceutical information accessible for blind and 
visually-impaired individuals.
Page S8647
  Grassley (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1059, to direct the Secretary of 
Health and Human Services to conduct a review and report on current 
standards of practice for pharmacy services provided to patients in 
nursing facilities.
Page S8647
  Grassley (for Hatch/Wyden) Amendment No. 1106, to establish a 
Citizens Health Care Working Group to facilitate public debate about 
how to improve the health care system for Americans and to provide for 
hearings by Congress on the recommendations that are derived from this 
debate.
Page S8647
  Grassley (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 1086, to ensure that 
pharmacies operated by the Indian Health Service and Indian health 
programs are included in the network of pharmacies established by 
entities and organizations under part D.
Page S8647
  Baucus (for Mikulski) Modified Amendment No. 1033, to extend certain 
municipal health service demonstration projects.
Page S8644
  Baucus (for Lincoln) Modified Amendment No. 1067, to provide coverage 
for kidney disease education services under the Medicare program. 
                                                         Pages S8644-47
  Lincoln Amendment No. 959, to establish a demonstration project for 
direct access to physical therapy services under the Medicare program. 
                                                             Page S8606
  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 S8606
  Reid (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 1038, to improve the critical 
access hospital program.
Page S8606
  Reid (for Johnson/Cochran) Amendment No. 1095, to provide for a 1-
year medication therapy management assessment program.
Pages S8617-18
  Grassley (for Murkowski/Stevens) Amendment No. 1096, to require the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a frontier extended 
stay clinic demonstration project.
Page S8681
  Grassley (for Brownback/Nelson (NE)) Amendment No. 1122, to provide 
for improvements in access to services in rural hospitals and critical 
access hospitals.
Page S8681

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  Grassley (for Coleman) Amendment No. 1074, to amend title XVIII of 
the Social Security Act to make improvements in the national coverage 
determination process to respond to changes in technology.
Page S8681
  Grassley (for Collins) Amendment No. 1023, to provide for the 
establishment of a demonstration project to clarify the definition of 
homebound.
Pages S8681-82
  Grassley (for Kyl) Amendment No. 1114, to require the GAO to study 
the impact of price controls on pharmaceuticals.
Page S8682
  Grassley (for Kyl) Amendment No. 1115, to express the sense of the 
Senate concerning Medicare payments to physicians and other health 
professionals.
Page S8681
  Grassley (for Chambliss) Amendment No. 1045, to provide for a 
demonstration project for the exclusion of brachytherapy devices from 
the prospective payment system for outpatient hospital services. 
                                                         Pages S8682-83
  Grassley (for Craig) Amendment No. 1058, to restore the Federal 
Hospital Insurance Trust Fund to the financial position it would have 
been in if a clerical bookkeeping error had not occurred.
Page S8681
  Grassley (for Baucus) Amendment No. 1117, to establish the Safety Net 
Organizations and Patient Advisory Commission.
Page S8681
  Grassley (for Bayh) Amendment No. 1044, to adjust the urban health 
provider payment.
Page S8683
  Grassley (for Shelby) Amendment No. 1056, to prevent the Secretary of 
Health and Human Services from modifying the treatment of certain long-
term care hospitals as subsection (d) hospitals.
Page S8681
  Grassley (for Murray) Modified Amendment No. 961, to make 
improvements in the MedicareAdvantage benchmark determinations. 
                                                             Page S8681
  Grassley (for Bond/Roberts) Amendment No. 1013, to ensure that 
patients are receiving safe and accurate dosages of compounded drugs. 
                                                             Page S8681
  Grassley (for Kyl) Amendment No. 1121, to express the sense of the 
Senate concerning the structure of Medicare reform and the prescription 
drug benefit to ensure Medicare's long-term solvency and high quality 
of care.
Pages S8683-84
  Grassley (for Collins) Modified No. 989, to increase Medicare 
payments for home health services furnished in a rural area. 
                                                     Pages S8681, S8684
  Grassley (for Dole/Edwards) Amendment No. 1126, to provide for the 
treatment of certain entities for purposes of payments under the 
Medicare program.
Page S8681
  Grassley (for Reed) Amendment No. 996, to modify the GAO study of 
geographic differences in payments for physicians' services relating to 
the work geographic practice cost index.
Page S8684
  Grassley (for Specter) Amendment No. 1118, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding the establishment of a nationwide permanent 
lifestyle modification program for Medicare beneficiaries. 
                                                  Pages S8653-54, S8684
  Grassley (for Specter) Amendment No. 1085, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding payment reductions under the Medicare physician 
fee schedule.
Pages S8652-53, S8685
  Allard/Feingold Amendment No. 1017, to provide for temporary 
suspension of OASIS requirement for collection of data on non-Medicare 
and non-Medicaid patients.
Pages S8608-09
  Baucus (for Harkin) Amendment No. 968, to restore reimbursement for 
total body orthotic management for nonambulatory, severely disabled 
nursing home residents.
Page S8606
  Graham (SC) Modified Amendment No. 948, to provide for the 
establishment of a National Bipartisan Commission on Medicare Reform. 
                                                             Page S8606
  Dayton Modified Amendment No. 960, to require a streamlining of the 
Medicare regulations.
Pages S8606, S8680, S8685
  Baucus (for Feingold) Amendment No. 1054, to establish an Office of 
the Medicare Beneficiary Advocate.
Page S8612
  Enzi Amendment No. 1030, to encourage the availability of 
MedicareAdvantagebenefits in medically underserved areas.
Page S8606
  Grassley Amendment No. 1133, to provide for a managers' amendment. 
                                                         Pages S8686-87
Rejected:
  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. (By 50 yeas 
to 48 nays (Vote No. 247), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                         Pages S8606-09
  By 39 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 248), Edwards/Harkin Amendment No. 
1052, to strengthen protections for consumers against misleading 
direct-to-consumer drug advertising.
Pages S8606, S8609-10
  Reid (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1036, to eliminate the coverage gap 
forindividuals with cancer. (By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 250), 
Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S8606, S8622
  Durbin Amendment No. 1108, to provide additional assistance for 
certain eligible beneficiaries under part D. (By 57 yeas to 41 nays 
(Vote No. 253), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                               Pages S8630-32, S8636-37
  By 39 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 254), Dorgan/Pryor Amendment No. 1103 
(toAmendment No. 1092), to reduce aggregate beneficiary obligations by 
$2,400,000,000 per year beginning in 2009.
Pages S8625-30, S8637

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  By 33 yeas to 65 nays (Vote No. 256), 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 thereauthorization 
of the temporary assistance for needy families program. 
                                       Pages S8606, S8642, S8644, S8647
  By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 257), Rockefeller Modified Amendment 
No. 975, to make all Medicare beneficiaries eligible for Medicare 
prescription drug coverage.
Pages S8606, S8639-41, S8644, S8647-48
  By 43 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 258), 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 S8606, S8641-42, S8648
  By 42 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 259), Baucus (for Levin) Amendment 
No. 1111, to ensure that current retirees who have prescription drug 
coverage who will lose their prescription drug coverage as a result of 
the enactment of this legislation have the option of drug coverage 
under the Medicare fallback.
Pages S8632, S8660-63, S8674
  By 21 yeas to 75 nays (Vote No. 260), Hagel/Ensign Modified Amendment 
No. 1026, to provide Medicare beneficiaries with a drug discount card 
that ensures access to affordable prescription drugs. 
                                                   Pages S8606 S8663-75
  Baucus (for Feinstein) Modified Amendment No. 1060, to provide for an 
income-relatedincrease in the part B premium for individuals with 
income in excess of $75,000 and marriedcouples with income in excess of 
$150,000. (By 38 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 261), Senateearlier failed 
to table the amendment.)
Pages S8606, S8675-78, S8680
Withdrawn:
  Kyl Amendment No. 1093 (to Amendment No. 1092), in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S8606, S8624
  Grassley (for Craig) Amendment No. 1087, topermit the offering of 
consumer-driven health plans under MedicareAdvantage. 
                                                  Pages S8606, S8651-52
  Santorum Amendment No. 1132, to allow eligible beneficiaries in 
MedicareAdvantageplans to elect zero premium, stop-loss drug coverage 
protection.
Pages S8679-80
  Kerry Amendment No. 958, to increase the availability of discounted 
prescription drugs.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Lincoln Modified Amendment No. 934, to ensure coverage for syringes 
for theadministration of insulin, and necessary medical supplies 
associated with the administration ofinsulin.
Pages S8606 S8687
  Baucus (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 964, to include coverage for 
tobacco cessationproducts.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Baucus (for Jeffords) Amendment No. 965, to establish a Council for 
Technology and Innovation.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Akaka Amendment No. 980, toexpand assistance with coverage for 
legalimmigrants under the Medicaid program and SCHIP to include 
citizens of the Freely AssociatedStates.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Akaka Amendment No. 979, to ensure that current prescription drug 
benefits toMedicare-eligible enrollees in the Federal Employees Health 
Benefits Program will not bediminished.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Bingaman Amendment No. 973, to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act toprovide for the authorization of reimbursement for all 
Medicare part B services furnished bycertain Indian hospitals and 
clinics.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Baucus (for Lautenberg) Amendment No. 986, to make prescription drug 
coverageavailable beginning on July 1, 2004.
Page S8606
  Murray Amendment No. 990, to make improvements in the 
MedicareAdvantagebenchmark determinations.
Pages S8606, S8680, S8687
  Dayton Amendment No. 977, to require that benefits be made available 
under part D on January 1, 2004.
Page S8687
  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.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Smith/Bingaman Amendment No. 962, to provide reimbursement for 
Federally qualified health centers participating in Medicare managed 
care.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Hutchison Amendment No. 1004, to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act tofreeze the indirect medical education adjustment 
percentage under the Medicare program at 6.5percent. 
                                                     Pages S8606, S8687
  Conrad Amendment No. 1019, toprovide for coverage of self-injected 
biologicalsunder part B of the Medicare program until Medicare 
Prescription Drug plans are available.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Conrad Amendment No. 1020, to permanently and fully equalize the 
standardizedpayment rate beginning in fiscal year 2004. 
                                                     Pages S8606, S8687
  Conrad Amendment No. 1021, toaddress Medicare payment inequities. 
                                                     Pages S8606, S8687
  Clinton Amendment No. 999, to provide for the development of quality 
indicators for thepriority areas of the Institute of Medicine, for the 
standardization of quality indicators for Federalagencies, and for the 
establishment of a demonstration program for the reporting of health 
carequality data at the community level.
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  Clinton Amendment No. 953, toprovide training to long-term care 
ombudsman.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Clinton Amendment No. 954, to require the Secretary of Health and 
Human Services todevelop literacy standards for informational 
materials, particularly drug information.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Reid (for Corzine) Modified Amendment No. 1037, toprovide conforming 
changesregarding federally qualified health centers. 
                                                     Pages S8606, S8632
  Reid (for Inouye) Amendment No. 1039, to amend title XIX of the 
Social Security Act toprovide 100 percent reimbursement for medical 
assistance provided to a Native Hawaiianthrough a Federally-qualified 
health center or a Native Hawaiian health care system.
Page S8606
  Enzi/Lincoln Amendment No. 1051, toensure convenient access to 
pharmacies and prohibit the tying of contracts.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Hagel/Ensign Amendment No. 1012, to provide Medicare beneficiaries 
with an additionalchoice of Medicare Prescription Drug plans under part 
D that consists of a drug discount cardand protection against high out-
of-pocket drug costs.
Pages S8606, S8687
  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 years2004 and 2005. 
                                                     Pages S8606, S8687
  Stabenow/Levin Amendment No. 1075, to permanently extend a moratorium 
on thetreatment of a certain facility as an institution for mental 
diseases.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Stabenow/Levin Amendment No. 1076, toprovide for the treatment of 
payments tocertain comprehensive cancer centers.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Stabenow/Levin Amendment No. 1077, to provide for the redistribution 
of unusedresident positions.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Ensign/Lincoln Amendment No. 1024, to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act torepeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy 
caps.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Smith/Feingold Amendment No. 1073, to allow the Secretary to include 
in the definitionof `specialized Medicare+Choice plans for special 
needs beneficiaries' plans that disproportionately serve such special 
needs beneficiaries or frail, elderly Medicare beneficiaries. 
                                                     Pages S8606, S8687
  Baucus (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1088, to provide equitable 
treatment for children's hospitals.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Baucus (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1089, to provide equitable 
treatment for certain children's hospitals.
Pages S8606, S8687
  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.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Baucus (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1091, to extend certain municipal 
health service demonstration projects.
Pages S8606, S8687
  Baucus (for Levin) Amendment No. 1110, to ensure that beneficiaries 
initially covered by a private insurer under this act who are 
subsequently covered by a Medicare fallback plan have the option of 
retaining a Medicare fallback plan.
Pages S8632, S8687
  Baucus (for Murkowski/Stevens) Amendment No. 1041, to require the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a frontier extended 
stay clinic demonstration project.
Page S8687
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following 
passage of S. 1 (listed above), the bill be held at the desk, and when 
the Senate receives H.R. 1, House companion measure, all after the 
enacting clause be stricken and the text of S. 1 be inserted in lieu 
thereof; Senate insisted on its amendment, request a conference with 
the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint conference on 
the part of the Senate; providing further, passage of S. 1 be vitiated 
and the bill be returned to the Senate Calendar.
Page S8811
  Check Truncation Act: Senate passed H.R. 1474, 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, after striking all after the enacting clause and 
inserting the text of S. 1334, Senate companion measure. 
                                                         Pages S8811-15
  Subsequently, S. 1334 was returned to the Senate Calendar. 
                                                             Page S8811
  Commending August Hiebert: Senate agreed to S. Res. 186, commending 
August Hiebert for his service to the Alaska Communications Industry. 
                                                         Pages S8815-16
  Rhodes Scholarships: Senate agreed to S. Res. 187, expressing the 
sense of the Senate regarding the centenary of the Rhodes Scholarships 
in the United States and the establishment of the Mandela Rhodes 
Foundation.
  Pages S8815-16
  Honoring Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.: Senate agreed to S. Res. 188, 
honoring Maynard Holbook Jackson, Jr., former Mayor of the City of 
Atlanta, and extending the condolences of the Senate on his death. 
                                                         Pages S8815-16
  Commending General Eric Shinseki: Senate agreed to S. Res. 190, 
commending General Eric

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Shinseki of the United States Army for his outstanding service and 
commitment to excellence.
  Pages S8815-16
Adjournment Resolution--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that when the Senate receives an adjournment 
resolution from the House, it be agreed to, providing that the text is 
identical to the resolution being held at the desk.
  Page S8816
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Joshua B. Bolten, of the District of Columbia, to be Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget.
Page S8817
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Rick A. Dearborn, of Oklahoma, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy 
(Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs).
  Scott J. Bloch, of Kansas, to be Special Counsel, Office of Special 
Counsel, for the term of five years.
  Penrose C. Albright, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Homeland Security. (New Position)
  Rene Acosta, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  Routine lists in the Army.
Page S8817
Messages From the House:
  Pages S8719-20
Measures Referred:
  Page S8720
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S8720
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S8720
Executive Communications:
  Pages S8720-22
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S8722-25
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8726-29
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8729-65
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8716-19
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8765-S8810
Authority for Committees To Meet:
  Pages S8810-11
Record Votes: Sixteen record votes were taken today. (Total--262) 
    Pages S8609-10 S8622-23, S8636-38, S8647-48, S8674-75, S8686, S8707
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:15 a.m., and adjourned at 1:15 a.m. on 
Friday, June 27, 2003, until 10:15 a.m., on the same day. (For Senate's 
program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on 
page S8817.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
HEALTHY FORESTS RESTORATION ACT
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
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, after receiving testimony from Senator McCain; Mark Rey, 
Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the 
Environment; Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for 
Policy, Management, and Budget; Michael Carroll, Minnesota State 
Forester, St. Paul, on behalf of the National Association of State 
Foresters; Frederick M. Stephen, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 
on behalf of the Society of American Foresters; Tom Nelson, Sierra 
Pacific Industries, Redding, California, on behalf of the American 
Forest and Paper Association; Jacquellin L. McAvoy, City Council, Post 
Falls, Idaho, on behalf of the Idaho Women in Timber; Michael Petersen, 
The Lands Council, Spokane, Washington; Norman L. Christensen, Jr., 
Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, 
Durham, North Carolina; Hal Salwasser, Oregon State University 
Department of Forest Resources, Corvallis; Donald J. Kochan, George 
Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia; and Patrick 
Parenteau, Vermont Law School, South Royalton.
APPROPRIATIONS--LABOR/HHS/EDUCATION AND MILITARY CONSTRUCTION
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business bills:
  An original bill (S. 1356) 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
  An original bill (S. 1357) 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.
FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
hearings to examine affiliate

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sharing practices in relation to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 
focusing on privacy protections, security risks and threats to the 
credit reporting system, retail credit card programs, and merchandise 
returns, after receiving testimony from Vermont Assistant Attorney 
General Julie Brill, Montpelier; Joel R. Reidenberg, Fordham University 
School of Law, and Martin Wong, Citigroup, Inc., both of New York, New 
York; Ronald A. Prill, Target Financial Services, Minneapolis, 
Minnesota, on behalf of the National Retail Federation; Edmund 
Mierzwinski, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Washington, D.C.; 
Terry Baloun, Wells Fargo Bank, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Angela 
Maynard, Keycorp, Cleveland, Ohio.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 1264, to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission, with 
amendments;
  H.R. 1320, to amend the National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration Organization Act to facilitate the reallocation of 
spectrum from governmental to commercial users, with an amendment;
  An original bill to authorize funds for highway safety programs, 
motor carrier safety programs, hazardous materials transportation 
safety programs, and boating safety programs;
  S. 1262, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2004, 2005, and 
2006 for certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation, 
with amendments; and
  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, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
NOMINATIONS:
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded 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, 
after each nominee testified and answered questions in their own 
behalf.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following business items:
  S. Res. 90, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Senate 
strongly supports the nonproliferation programs of the United States, 
with an amendment;
  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, with an amendment; 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 toUkraine, 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 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.
INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL ABDUCTION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues, focusing on 
responding to international parental abduction, after receiving 
testimony from Senator Lincoln; and Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary of 
State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
NOMINATIONS:
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported 
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.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 281, to amend the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 
to make certain amendments with respect to Indian tribes, to provide 
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and technical assistance to Native Americans who are interested in 
commercial vehicle driving careers, with an amendment in the nature of 
a substitute; and
  The nominations of Lisa Genevieve Nason, of Alaska, Georgianna E. 
Ignace, of Wisconsin, John Richard Grimes, of Massachusetts, each to be 
a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian 
and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development, and Charles W. Grim, of 
Oklahoma, to be Director of the Indian Health Service, Department of 
Health and Human Services.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  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 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.
  Also, committee resumed markup of S. 1125, to create a fair and 
efficient system to resolve claims of victims for bodily injury caused 
by asbestos exposure, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed 
subject to call.
GROWING WAHHABI INFLUENCE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and 
Homeland Security concluded hearings to examine the ideological 
structure of Wahhabism, an extreme and violent form of Islam, and its 
potential for politcal and social influence in the United States, after 
receiving testimony from David Aufhauser, General Counsel, Department 
of the Treasury; Larry A. Mefford, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism 
Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; and 
Alex Alexiev, Center for Security Policy, and Stephen Schwartz, 
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 68 public bills, H.R. 2607-2656; and; 18 
resolutions, H.J. Res. 62; H. Con. Res., 231-239 and H. Res. 300-307, 
were introduced.
  Pages H6261-64
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H6264-65
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 438, to increase the amount of student loans that may be 
forgiven for teachers in mathematics, science, and special education, 
amended (H. Rept. 108-182);
  H.R. 2211, to reauthorize title II of the Higher Education Act of 
1965, amended (H. Rept. 108-183);
  H.R. 2210, to reauthorize the Head Start Act to improve the school 
readiness of disadvantaged children, amended (H. Rept. 108-184); and
  H.R. 74, 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 (H. Rept. 108-185).
Page H6261
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rabbi 
Milton Balkany, Dean, Bais Yaakov of Brooklyn, New York.
  Page H5941
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal of June 25 by 
yea-and-nay vote of 357 yeas to 68 nays, Roll No. 327.
  Page H5941
Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2004: The House passed 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 by yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 9 
nays, Roll No. 333. The House completed general debate and began 
considering amendments to the bill on June 25. 
                                               Pages H5943-46, H6256-57
Agreed To:
  Hastings of Florida amendment No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-176, 
debated on June 25, that directs 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 (agreed to by recorded vote of 418 ayes with none voting 
``no'', Roll No. 318;
Pages H5943-44
Rejected:
  Kucinich amendment No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 108-176, debated on June 
25, that sought to direct the Inspector General of the Central 
Intelligence

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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 (rejected by recorded vote of 
76 ayes to 347 noes, Roll No. 319); and
Pages H5944-45
  Lee amendment No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 108-176, debated on June 25, 
that sought to require a GAO study on intelligence sharing by the 
Department of Defense and intelligence community with United Nations 
inspectors searching for weapons of mass destruction (rejected by 
recorded vote of 185 ayes to 239, Roll No. 320.
Pages H5945-46
  H. Res. 295, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on June 25.
Page H5946
Recess: The House recessed at 11:48 a.m. and reconvened at 12:53 p.m. 
                                                         Pages H5951-52
Motions to Suspend the Rules on Wednesdays During the Remainder of the 
One Hundred Eighth Congress: The House agreed to H. Res. 297, providing 
for motions to suspend the rules by recorded vote of 226 ayes to 203 
noes, Roll No. 323.
  Pages H5946-51, H5973-74
Late Report: The Committee on Appropriations received permission to 
have until midnight to file a privileged report making appropriations 
for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2004.
  Page H5979
Military Construction Appropriations Act: The House passed 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 by yea-and-nay vote of 428 yeas 
with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 325.
  Pages H5974-90
  Rejected the Obey motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Appropriations. Earlier, a point of order was sustained against another 
Obey motion that sought to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Appropriations with instructions to report it back forthwith with an 
amendment that increases funding for various programs including fitness 
facilities, family housing, and barracks.
Page H5986
  Point of order was sustained against the Obey amendment that sought 
to reinstate funding for various programs including fitness facilities, 
family housing, and barracks.
Pages H5989-90
  Earlier, the House agreed to H. Res. 298, the rule that provided for 
consideration of the bill by voice vote. Agreed to order the previous 
question by yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 200 nays, Roll No. 324. 
                                                         Pages H5978-79
Suspension--Support for Freedom in Hong Kong: The House agreed to 
suspend the rules and agree to H. Res. 277, expressing support for 
freedom in Hong Kong (agreed to by 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 426 yeas to 
1 nay, Roll No. 326). The motion was debated on June 25. 
                                                         Pages H5990-91
Order of Business--DoD Appropriations: Agreed that it be in order on 
Tuesday, July 8, for the Speaker, as though pursuant to clause 2(b) of 
rule 18, to declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole 
House on the state of the Union for consideration of a bill reported 
pursuant to section 6 of H. Res. 299, making appropriations for the 
Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, 
which shall proceed according to the following order: the first reading 
shall be dispensed with; all points of order against consideration of 
the bill are waived; general debate shall be confined to the bill and 
shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the 
chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on 
Appropriations; after general debate the bill shall be considered for 
amendment under the five-minute rule; points of order against 
provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI 
are waived; during consideration of the bill for amendment, the 
Chairman of theCommittee of the Whole may accord priority in 
recognition on the basis of whether the member offering an amendment 
has caused it to be printed in the portion of the Congressional Record 
designated for that purpose in clause 8 of rule XVIII. Amendments so 
printed shall be considered as read. At the conclusion of consideration 
of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill 
to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. The 
previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and 
amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except 
one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  Page H5992
State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Allotments: The House 
passed H.R. 531, to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to 
extend the availability of allotments for fiscal years 1998 through 
2001 under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by 
unanimous consent.
  Pages H6006-07
Medicare Prescription Drug, Modernization, Health Savings and 
Affordability Act: The House passed 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, to modernize the Medicare 
Program and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a 
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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 by 216 ayes to 215 noes with 1 
voting ``present,'' Roll No. 332.
  Pages H6007-H6105, H6107-H6256
  Pursuant to Section 3 of the rule 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, conform the title of H.R. 1 to reflect the 
addition of the text of H.R. 2596 to the engrossment, and then lay H.R. 
2596 on the table.
Page H6256
  Rejected the Thompson of California motion to recommit the bill 
jointly to the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy 
and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House 
promptly with amendments in the nature of a substitute that establish 
the Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act. By recorded vote of 
208 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 331.
Pages H6181-H6255
  Rejected the Rangel amendment in the nature of a substitute numbered 
1 printed in H. Rept. 108-181 that sought to provide prescription drug 
coverage for all Medicare beneficiaries, enhance Medicare+Choice plans, 
includes payments for oncology providers and related cancer drug 
therapy programs; improve rural health delivery; and implement various 
provisions dealing with Medicare Parts A and B, Medicaid, regulatory 
reduction and the reimportation of prescription drugs by recorded vote 
of 176 ayes to 255 noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 330. 
                                                             Page H6181
  H. Res. 299, the rule that providing for consideration of both H.R. 
1, Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act, and H.R. 2596, 
Health Savings and Affordability Act was agreed to by recorded vote of 
221 ayes to 203 noes, Roll No. 322. Earlier agreed to order the 
previous question by yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 203 nays, Roll No. 
321.
Pages H5972-73
Health Savings and Affordability Act: The House passed 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 
by yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 328. 
                                            Pages H5952-73, H5992-H6006
  Section 3 of H. Res. 299, the rule providing for consideration of the 
bill, 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.
Page H6256
Independence Day District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 
231, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of 
Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate. 
                                                             Page H6257
Senate Concurrence in Adjournment Resolution: Agreed that when the 
House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 
2003, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate 
transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 231, in which case the 
House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution. 
                                                             Page H6257
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, July 9.
  Page H6257
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Tom Davis of Virginia to act as Speaker pro 
tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through Monday, 
July 7.
  Page H6257
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H5941, and H5992.
Referrals: S. 163 was referred to the Committees on Education and the 
Workforce and Resources, S. 498 was referred to the Committee on 
Financial Services, S. 867 was referred to the Committee on Government 
Reform, and S. 1207 and S. 312 were held at the desk.
  Page H6258
Call of the House: On the Call of the House, 421 members reported their 
presence, Roll No. 329.
  Page H6178
Quorum Calls--Votes: One quorum call, Roll No. 329, eight yea-and-nay 
votes and seven recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the 
House today and appear on pages H5944, H5944-45, H5945-46, H5972-73, 
H5973, H5973-74, H5978-79, H5990, H5990-91, H5991-92, H6006, H6178, 
H6181, H6255, H6255-56, and H6256-57. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 2:47 a.m. on Friday, June 
27, pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 231, the House stands 
adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2003, unless it sooner has 
received a message from the Senate transmitting its adoption of H. Con. 
Res. 231, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to 
that concurrent resolution until 2 p.m. on Monday, July 7.

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Committee Meetings
MANDATORY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING LAW REVIEW
Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review the mandatory 
country of origin labeling law. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the USDA: Charles Lambert, Deputy Under Secretary, 
Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Nancy Bryson, General Counsel; and 
Keith Collins, Chief Economist; and public witnesses.
DEFENSE AND LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the following 
appropriations for fiscal year 2004: Defense and Legislative.
FOREIGN RELATIONS AUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Armed Services: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 1950, 
Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005.
FINANCIAL MAINSTREAM--BROADEN ACCESS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions 
and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled ``Serving the Underserved: 
Initiatives to Broaden Access to the Financial Mainstream.'' Testimony 
was heard from Wayne Abernathy, Assistant Secretary, Financial 
Institutions, Department of the Treasury; Dennis Dollar, Chairman, 
National Credit Union Administration; and public witnesses.
COMPETITIVE SOURCING FOR 21ST CENTURY
  Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing titled ``New 
Century, New Process: A Preview of Competitive Sourcing for the 21st 
Century.'' Testimony was heard from David M. Walker, Comptroller, 
GAO; Angela Styles, Director, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, 
OMB; Philip Grone, Principal Assistant Deputy Under Secretary, 
Installations and Environment, Department of Defense; Scott J. 
Cameron, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Performance and Management, 
Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
ASIA AND THE PACIFIC--U.S. SECURITY POLICY
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on East Asia and the 
Pacific held a hearing on U.S. Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific: 
Restructuring America's Forward Deployment. Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of Defense: Peter Rodman, 
Assistant Secretary, International Security Affairs; and Adm. Thomas B. 
Fargo, USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and Christopher LaFleur, 
Special Envoy, Northeast Asia Security Consultations, Bureau of East 
Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State.
AMERICAN SERVICEMEMBERS' PROTECTION ACT AMENDMENTS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Europe approved 
for full Committee action 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 
miliary assistance.
HOMETOWN HEROES SURVIVORS BENEFITS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 919, Hometown Heroes Survivors 
Benefits. Testimony was heard from Michael E. Williams, Jr., Fire 
Rescue Training Specialist, Office of the State Fire Marshall, 
Department of Insurance, State of North Carolina; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security, and Claims held an oversight hearing on ``The Federal 
Government's Response to the Issuance and Acceptance in the U.S. of 
Consular Identification Cards.'' Testimony was heard from Roberta S. 
Jacobson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western 
Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; Steven McCraw, Assistant 
Director, Office of Intelligence, FBI, Department of Justice; C. 
Stewart Verdery, Assistant Secretary, Policy and Planning, Border and 
Transportation Security Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; 
and a public witness.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held a 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. Testimony was heard from Marshall P. Jones, Jr. Deputy 
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior; 
and public witnesses.

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NASA FLEXIBILITY ACT
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics approved 
for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 1085, NASA Flexibility Act 
of 2003.
COMPUTER RESERVATION SYSTEMS REGULATIONS AND SMALL BUSINESS--TRAVEL 
INDUSTRY
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight held a hearing entitled: ``CRS Regulations and Small Business 
in the Travel Industry'' Testimony was heard from Tom Sullivan, Chief 
Counsel, Office of Advocacy, SBA; and public witnesses.
NATIONAL RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING PROPOSALS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Railroads held an oversight hearing on National Rail Infrastructure 
Financing Proposals. Testimony was heard from the following officials 
of the Department of Transportation: Allan Rutter, Administrator, 
Federal Railroad Administration; and Roger Nober, Chairman, Surface 
Transportation Board; Joseph Boardman, Commissioner, Department of 
Transportation, State of New York; and public witnesses.
VETERAN'S LEGISLATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Ordered reported the following 
measures: 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; H.R. 2433, 
as amended, Health Care for Veterans of Project 112/Project SHAD Act of 
2003; H.R. 2595, to restore the operation of the Native American 
Veteran Housing Loan Program during fiscal year 2003 to the scope of 
that program as in effect on September 30, 2002; and H. Con. Res. 159, 
declaring Emporia, Kansas, to be the founding city of the Veterans Day 
holiday and recognizing the contributions of Alvin J. King and 
Representative Ed Rees to the enactment into law of the observance of 
Veterans Day.
PROJECT BIOSHIELD ACT
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Ordered reported, as amended, 
H.R. 2122, Project BioShield Act of 2003.


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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  S. 342, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to make 
improvements to and reauthorize programs under that Act. Signed on June 
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JUNE 27, 2003

                                 Senate

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      10:15 a.m., Friday, June 27

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                         2 p.m., Monday, July 7

                               
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