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                                            Thursday, July 10, 2003

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                              Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

      The House passed H.R. 2660. Labor, HHS and Education, and Related 
      Agencies Appropriations for FY 2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9161-S9268
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 1386-1393, and S. J. Res. 15.
  Page S9244
Measures Reported:
  H.R. 2555, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 108-86)
  Report to accompany S. 1382, making appropriations for the Department 
of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004. (S. Rept. No. 
108-87)
  Report to accompany S. 1383, making appropriations for the 
Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004. (S. 
Rept. No. 108-88)
  S. 1391, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004. (S. 
Rept. No. 108-89)
  S. RES. 140, designating the week of August 10, 2003, as ``National 
Health Center Week''.
  S. 764, to extend the authorization of the Bulletproof Vest 
Partnership Grant Program.
  S. 1280, to amend the Protect Act to clarify certain volunteer 
liability, with an amendment.
Page S9244
Measures Passed:
  NOAA Legal Appointments and Promotions Ratification: Senate passed S. 
886, to ratify otherwise legal appointments and promotions in the 
commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration that failed to be submitted to the Senate for its advice 
and consent as required by law.
Page S9268
State Department Authorization: Senate continued consideration of S. 
925, to authorize appropriations for the Department of State and 
international broadcasting activities for fiscal year 2004 and for the 
Peace Corps for fiscal years 2004 through 2007, taking action on the 
following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S9162-S9215
Adopted:
  Lugar (for Biden/Mikulski) Amendment No. 1150 (to Amendment No. 
1136), to express the sense of Congress relating to violence against 
women.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar (for Breaux) Amendment No. 1151 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
authorize the Chief of Protocol to use a passenger carrier for 
transportation between the Chief of Protocol's residence and place of 
employment.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar (for Coleman) Amendment No. 1152 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
authorize a comprehensive program of support for victims of torture. 
                                                         Pages S9162-66
  Lugar (for Daschle/McCain) Amendment No. 1153 (to Amendment No. 
1136), to require an annual report on Saudi Arabia's cooperation in the 
war on terrorism.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 1154 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
require a report on states that have not cooperated in small arms 
programs.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar (for Biden) Amendment No. 1155 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
require the reporting of certain information relating to proposed 
exports and transfers of firearms.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar (for Leahy) Amendment No. 1156 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
provide a report on a strategy to deal with the international coffee 
crisis.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar/Biden Amendment No. 1157 (to Amendment No. 1136), to strike 
section 2512, relating to

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amendments to the Arms Control and Disarmament Act.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar Amendment No. 1158 (to Amendment No. 1136), to provide an 
exception to requirements with respect to bilateral agreements for 
exemptions from certain licensing requirements.
Pages S9162-66
  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Pages S9162-66, S9207
  Lugar Amendment No. 1159 (to Amendment No. 1136), to improve the 
provisions on global pathogen surveillance.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar/Biden Amendment No. 1160 (to Amendment No. 1136), to strike 
section 205, relating to immediate response facilities. 
                                                         Pages S9162-66
  Lugar/Biden Amendment No. 1161 (to Amendment No. 1136), to clarify 
Foreign Service Grievance Board procedures.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar/Biden Amendment No. 1162 (to Amendment No. 1136), to modify 
reporting requirements on U.S. personnel involved in the anti-narcotics 
campaign in Colombia.
Pages S9162-66
  Lugar Amendment No. 1163 (to Amendment No. 1136), to strike section 
2239, relating to the sense of Congress relating to exports of defense 
items to the United Kingdom.
Pages S9162-66
  Allen/Harkin Amendment No. 1165 (to Amendment No. 1136), to clarify 
the definition of blocked assets for purposes of the Terrorism Risk 
Insurance Act of 2002.
Pages S9171-72
  Lugar (for Leahy) Amendment No. 1171 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
ensure that eligibility for assitance under the Millennium Challenge 
Account includes a demonstrated commitment to the sustainable use of 
natural resources.
Pages S9173-74
  Lugar (for Santorum/Biden) Amendment No. 1172 (to Amendment No. 
1136), to make a technical correction to the United States Leadership 
Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003. 
                                                         Pages S9173-74
  By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 268), Reid/Daschle Amendment No. 1164 
(to Amendment No. 1136), to provide support regarding the rural 
development crisis in Mexico.
Pages S9180-81
  Lugar (for Kyl) Amendment No. 1173 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
require a report on the role of North Korea in the trafficking of 
illegal narcotics.
Pages S9181-82
  By 78 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 270), Bingaman Amendment No. 1174 (to 
Amendment No. 1136), to express the sense of Congress on funding for 
assistance to combat AIDS globally.
Pages S9182-91
  Lugar Amendment No. 1182 (to Amendment No. 1136), to authorize 
Economic Support Fund assistance for Pakistan.
Pages S9191-93
  Lugar Amendment No. 1183 (to Amendment No. 1136), to grant the 
consent of Congress to the receipt by employees of a designated entity 
or designated country of salary and benefits from such entity or 
country while they serve in offices of profit or trust within the 
Department of State.
Pages S9191-93
  Lugar (for Frist) Amendment No. 1184 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
authorize a United States-Russia Interparliamentary Group. 
                                                         Pages S9191-93
  Lugar (for Frist/Stevens) Amendment No. 1185 (to Amendment No. 1136), 
to authorize a United States-China Interparliamentary Group. 
                                                         Pages S9191-93
  Lugar (for Voinovich) Amendment No. 1186 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
require the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom to include 
a section on anti-Semitism.
Pages S99191-93
  Lugar (for Akaka/Inouye) Amendment No. 1187 (to Amendment No. 1136), 
to authorize certain additional appropriations for the Center for 
Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West. 
                                                         Pagse S9191-93
  Clinton/Schumer Amendment No. 1142 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
increase the authorization of appropriations for protection of foreign 
missions and officials for fiscal year 2004, and to make an 
authorization of appropriations for expenses related to such protection 
that were incurred prior to October 1, 2003.
Page S9194
  Clinton (for Schumer/Clinton) Amendment No. 1188 (to Amendment No. 
1136), to impose an economic sanction on foreign countries that owe 
property taxes to Washington, D.C. or New York City.
Pages S9194-95
  Dodd Amendment No. 1189 (to Amendment No. 1136), to prohibit MCA 
monies from being used to fund projects that could displace U.S. jobs 
or production or pose an environmental hazard.
Pages S9195-96
  Lugar (for Ensign) Amendment No. 1192 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
fulfill the Administration's request to move towards the goal of 
achieving a 25 percent United Nations peacekeeping assessment rate 
without incurring arrears.
Page S9202
  By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. 271), Biden Modified 
Amendment No. 1190 (to Amendment No. 1136), to express the sense of the 
Congress that the United States remain engaged in Iraq in order to 
ensure a peaceful, stable, unified Iraq with a representative 
government.
Pages S9196-S9203
  Lugar (for Warner/Stevens) Amendment No. 1193 (to Amendment No. 
1136), to strike section 206, relating to security capital cost 
sharing.
Page S9203
  Lugar (for Frist) Amendment No. 1194 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
commend the leadership

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and people of Colombia on the third anniversary of Plan Colombia. 
                                                         Pages S9203-04
  Lugar (for Schumer) Amendment No. 1195 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
express the sense of the Senate that President Bush should require all 
executive agencies to provide full and timely cooperation with the 
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States so that 
the Commission can provide the best possible analysis of how the Nation 
can prevent future acts of terrorism.
Page S9204
  Lugar (for Durbin) Amendment No. 1196 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
ensure that the benefits under the Millennium Challenge Assistance 
program are available for the intended beneficiaries, including women 
and girls.
Page S9204
  Lugar (for Durbin) Amendment No. 1197 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
express the sense of Congress on an investigation into assertions that 
Iraq attempted to obtain uranium from Africa.
Page S9205
  Lugar (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 1198 (to Amendment No. 1136), to 
provide emergency food aid for HIV/AIDS victims.
Page S9206
  Lautenberg Amendment No. 1135 (to Amendment No. 1136), to provide 
justice for Marine victims of terror.
Page S9206
  Biden Amendment No. 1199 (to Amendment No. 1136), to create the 
Clinton Scholarship Program.
Pages S9206-07
  Lugar Amendment No. 1136, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S9162
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 48 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 269), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 505 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Murray Amendment No. 
1170 (to Amendment No. 1136), to provide additional weeks of temporary 
extended unemployment compensation for individuals who have exhausted 
such compensation and to make extended unemployment benefits under the 
Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act temporarily available for employees 
with less than 10 years of service. Subsequently, the point of order, 
that the amendment would cause an increase in the deficit in excess of 
the levels permitted and thus be in violation of section 505 of H. Con. 
Res. 95 of the 108th Congress, was sustained, and the amendment thus 
falls.
Page S9181
Legislative Branch Appropriations: Senate began consideration of H.R. 
2657, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2004, the text of the bill relating solely to 
the House of Representatives remain, that all other parts of the text 
be stricken, and the text of S. 1383, Senate companion bill, be 
inserted in lieu thereof, and taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
Adopted:
  Reid (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 1201, to appropriate an additional 
$25,000,000 for emergency actions to reduce the threat to human safety 
arising from the threat of catastrophic fire in dead and dying trees. 
                                                         Pages S9217-18
  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Pages S9223-24
  Harkin/Mikulski Modified Amendment No. 1200, to provide that the 
Secretary of Education shall transfer to the Education for the 
Disadvantaged account an amount not to exceed $4,353,368 from amounts 
that would otherwise lapse at the end of fiscal year 2003 and that were 
originally made available under the Department of Education 
Appropriations Act, 2003 or any Department of Education Appropriations 
Act for a previous fiscal year.
Page S9218
  Stevens/Landrieu Amendment No. 1206, making emergency appropriations 
to the Corps of Engineers for emergency assistance.
Pages S9219-20
  Reid Amendment No. 1210, to provide for the use of funds of the 
Commodity Credit Corporation for the suppression and control of the 
Mormon cricket infestation on public and private land in Nevada, Utah, 
and Idaho.
Page S9224
Pending:
  Sessions Amendment No. 1202, to eliminate the additional amount for 
programs under the National and Community Service Act of 1990. 
                                                             Page S9220
  Stevens motion to table Sessions Amendment No. 1202 (listed above). 
                                                             Page S9223
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 9:15 a.m., on Friday, July 11, 2003, with 
a vote on the pending motion to table (listed above) to occur at 9:30 
a.m., followed by a vote on final passage of the bill; further, Senate 
will insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House 
thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the part 
of the Senate.
Page S9226
Military Construction Appropriations: Senate began 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, striking all after the 
enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 1357, 
Senate companion measure.
  Page S9227
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill on Friday, July 11, 2003, with a vote on 
final passage of the bill to occur following the vote on final passage 
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H.R. 2657, Legislative Branch Appropriations; further, Senate will 
insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House thereon, 
and the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the 
Senate.
Page S9234
Appointment:
  Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel: The Chair, on 
behalf of the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Ranking 
Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, pursuant to Public Law 106-
170, announced the appointment of the following individual to serve as 
a member of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel: 
Thomas P. Golden of Tennessee, vice Vincent Randazzo, resigned. 
                                                             Page S9268
Messages From the House:
  Pages S9241-42
Measures Referred: 
  Page S9242
Measures Placed on Calendar: 
  Page S9242
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9242-44
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S9244
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9244-46
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9246-52
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9239-41
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9252-53
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S9267
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S9267
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S9268
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--271) 
                                              Pages S9181, S9191, S9203
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 8:31 p.m., until 
9:15 a.m., on Friday, July 11, 2003. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S9226.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: HOMELAND SECURITY/INTERIOR
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  H.R. 2555, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  An original bill (S. 1391) making appropriations for the Department 
of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2004.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
the nominations of Thomas W. O'Connell, of Virginia, to be Assistant 
Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, 
who was introduced by Senator Reed, and Paul M. Longsworth, of 
Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear 
Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration, who was 
introduced by Senator Roberts, after the nominees testified and 
answered questions in their own behalf.
CREDIT REPORTING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
hearings on the accuracy of credit reporting information and the Fair 
Credit Reporting Act, focusing on amendments and other statutory 
changes proposed by the Treasury Department on June 30, 2003, including 
permanent renewal of the uniform national standards in Section 624 of 
the Fair Credit Reporting Act, after receiving testimony from Timothy 
J. Muris, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission; Stephen Brobeck, Consumer 
Federation of America, Stuart K. Pratt, Consumer Data Industry 
Association, and Evan Hendricks, Privacy Times, all of Washington, 
D.C.; Richard F. Le Febvre, AAA American Credit Bureau, Inc., 
Flagstaff, Arizona; and David A. Jokinen, Sugar Land, Texas.
NATURAL GAS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded hearings 
to examine the high price of natural gas, its effect on the economy and 
to consider potential solutions, after receiving testimony from Alan 
Greenspan, Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System; David 
K. Garman, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy; Richard L. Grant, Tractebel LNG North America, 
Boston, Massachusetts; J. Brian Ferguson, Eastman Chemical Company, 
Kingsport, Tennessee; and Bruce Thompson, Independent Petroleum 
Association of America, Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee met and approved the committee 
recommendations relative to proposed legislation to implement the 
United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and proposed legislation 
to implement the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement.
COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Health, Labor and Pensions: Subcommittee on Children and 
Families concluded hearings to examine proposed legislation authorizing 
funds for Community Services Block grant program,

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after receiving testimony from Wade F. Horn, Assistant Secretary of 
Health and Human Services for Children and Families; David A. Bradley, 
National Community Action Foundation, Washington, D.C.; E. Phillip 
McKain, CTE, Inc. (Community Action Agency), Stamford, Connecticut, on 
behalf of the Connecticut Association for Community Action; Stamford, 
Connecticut, on behalf of the Connecticut Association for Community 
Action; Winifred Octave, Worcester Massachusetts; Michael Saucier, 
Berlin, New Hampshire, and Nathaniel Best, Knoxville, Tennessee.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1125, to create a fair and efficient system to resolve claims of 
victims for bodily injury caused by asbestos exposure, with amendments;
  S. 1280, to amend the Protect Act to clarify certain volunteer 
liability, with an amendment;
  S. Res. 140, designating the week of August 10, 2003, as ``National 
Health Center Week'';
  S. 764, to extend the authorization of the Bulletproof Vest 
Partnership Grant Program,
  The nominations of Allyson K. Duncan, of North Carolina, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, Robert C. Brack, to be 
United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, Samuel 
Der-Yeghaiyan, to be United States District Judge for the Northern 
District of Illinois, Louise W. Flanagan, to be United States District 
Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Lonny R. Suko, to be 
United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, 
Earl Leroy Yeakel III, to be United States District Judge for the 
Western District of Texas, and Karen P. Tandy, of Virginia, to be 
Administrator of Drug Enforcement, and Christopher A. Wray, of Georgia, 
to be an Assistant Attorney General, both of the Department of Justice.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee ordered 
favorably reported S. 1375, to provide for the reauthorization of 
programs administered by the Small Business Administration, with 
amendments.
VA PROVIDED BENEFITS PROGRAMS
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Committee concluded hearings on proposed 
legislation regarding VA-provided benefits programs, including the 
following:: S. 257, S. 517, S. 1131, S. 1133, S. 1188, S. 1213, S. 
1239, S. 1281, S. 249, S. 938, S. 1132, S. 792, S. 806, S. 1136, S. 
978, S. 1124, S. 1199, S. 1282, and S. 1360, after receiving testimony 
from Daniel L. Cooper, Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for 
Benefits; and Craig W. Duehring, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary 
of Defense for Reserve Affairs.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to call.


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Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 11 public bills, H.R. 2692-2712, and 1 private 
bill, H.R. 2713, were introduced.
  Pages H6602-03
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H6603-04
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:
  H.R. 2691, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior 
and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 (H. 
Rept. 108-195).
  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 (H. Rept. 108-196);
  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 (H. Rept. 108-197);
  H.R. 2357, 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, amended (H. Rept. 108-198); and
  H.R. 1516, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a 
national cemetery for veterans in southeastern Pennsylvania, amended 
(H. Rept. 108-199).
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Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Simmons to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for 
today.
  Page H6467
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Rev. Dr. William H. 
Harter, Pastor, Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, Chambersberg, 
Pennsylvania.
  Page H6467
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal of Wednesday, 
July 9 by yea and nay vote of 341 yeas to 64 noes with 1 voting 
``present,'' Roll No. 346.
  Pages H6469-70
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations for FY 2004: The House passed H.R. 2660, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, 
and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2004 by yea and nay vote of 215 ayes to 208 nays, Roll 
No. 353.
  Pages H6470-6581
Agreed To:
  Bereuter amendment that targets $12 million for research on the 
comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and safety of drugs, 
biological products, and devices;
Pages H6560-61
  Tancredo amendment that increases funding for school safety programs 
by $5 million;
Page H6564
Rejected:
  Rahall amendment that sought to prohibit any funding to implement 
amendments to the Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health 
Administration regulations dealing with dust levels in mines (rejected 
by recorded vote of 210 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 349); 
                                                  Pages H6561-63, H6578
  Allen amendment that sought to prohibit any penalties to schools that 
are not fully funded under the No Child Left Behind Act (rejected by 
recorded vote of 199 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 350); 
                                               Pages H6564-68, H6578-79
  Obey amendment that sought to prohibit any funding to implement 
regulations that exempt from the requirements of overtime under the 
Fair Labor Standards Act any employee who is not otherwise exempted 
(rejected by recorded vote of 210 ayes to 213 noes, Roll No. 351); and 
                                               Pages H6568-71, H6579-80
  Toomey amendment, as modified, that sought to prohibit funding for 
five National Institutes of Health grants (rejected by recorded vote of 
210 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 352).
Pages H6573-76, H6580
Withdrawn:
  Manzullo amendment no. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
9 was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to specify that at 
least 65 percent of products must be made in the United States to 
qualify under the Buy American Act.
Pages H6563-64
  Point of Order Sustained Against:
  Obey amendment in the nature of a substitute that sought to limit the 
size of the tax cut made to individuals earning more than $1 million 
and increase funding for various education, health, biomedical 
research, and low income energy programs;
Pages H6536-48
  Section 217 B, Medicare Claims Processing Fee;
Page H6560
  Obey motion that sought to add a new title dealing with the Medicaid 
adjustment for State maintaining coverage of children under Medicaid 
and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). 
                                                         Pages H6576-77
Motions to Strike the Enacting Clause:
  Rejected the Obey motions to strike the enacting clause by recorded 
vote of 199 ayes to 222 noes, Roll No. 347 and recorded vote of 197 
ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 348.
Pages H6548-49, H6577-78
  The House agreed to H. Res. 312, the rule that is provided for 
consideration of the bill on July 9.
Legislative Program: Representative Rogers of Michigan announced the 
Legislative Program for the week of July 14.
  Pages H6581-82
Meeting Hour--Monday, July 14: Agreed that when the House adjourns 
today, it adjourn to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 14 for morning-
hour debate.
  Page H6582
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, July 16.
  Page H6582
Joint Meeting to Receive Prime Minister Tony Blair: Agreed that it be 
in order at any time on Thursday, July 17, 2003 for the Speaker to 
declare a recess subject to the call of the Chair for the purpose of 
receiving in Joint Meeting the Right Honorable Tony Blair, Prime 
Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 
                                                             Page H6582
Check Truncation Act: The House disagreed with the Senate amendment to 
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, and requested a 
conference with the Senate thereon. Appointed as conferees: Chairman 
Oxley and Representatives Bachus, LaTourette, Hart, Tiberi, Frank of 
Massachusetts, Sanders, and Ford.
  Page H6582
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea and nay votes and six recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings

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of the House today and appear on pages H6469-70, H6548-49, H6577-78, 
H6578, H6578-79, H6579-80, H6580, and H6581. There were no quorum 
calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:14 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
CROP INSURANCE PRODUCTS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management held a hearing to review crop insurance products for 
specialty crop producers. Testimony was heard from Russell Redding, 
Executive Deputy Secretary, Administration, Department of Agriculture, 
State of Pennsylvania; and public witnesses.
FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export 
Financing and Related Programs approved for full Committee action the 
Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs 
appropriations for fiscal year 2004.
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
Testimony was heard from Gen. Tommy Franks, USA, Commander, U.S. 
Central Command.
HIGHER EDUCATION AFFORDABILITY
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on 21st Century 
Competitiveness held a hearing on ``Affordability in Higher Education: 
We know there's a problem; what's the solution?'' Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
NIH: BRINGING RESEARCH FROM THE BENCH TO THE BEDSIDE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``NIH: Bringing Research from the Bench to the Bedside.'' 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
Health and Human Services: Donald A. B. Lindberg, M.D., Director, 
National Library of Medicine; Mark L. Rohrbaugh, Director, Office of 
Technology Transfer, Office of the Director; and Anna D. Barker, Deputy 
Director, Strategic Scientific Initiatives, National Cancer Institute, 
all with NIH; and Theresa Mullin, Associate Commissioner, Office of 
Planning and Evaluation, FDA; and public witnesses.
ISSUANCE OF SUBPOENAS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations approved a motion authorizing the issuance of subpoenas 
in connection with the Committee's investigation into dietary 
supplements containing ephedra.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises approved for full 
Committee action the following bills: H.R. 1553, to amend the 
securities laws to permit church pension plans to be invested in 
collective trusts; and H.R. 2179, amended, Securities Fraud Deterrence 
and Investor Restitution Act of 2003.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following 
measures: H.R. 2556, amended, DC Parental Choice Incentive Act of 2003; 
H.R. 2438, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 115 West Pine Street in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as 
the ``Major Henry A. Commiskey, Sr. Post Office Building;'' H. Con. 
Res. 230, honoring the 10 communities selected to receive the 2003 All-
America City Award; H. Res. 303, honoring Maynard Holbrook Jackson, 
Jr., former Mayor of the City of Atlanta, and extending the condolences 
of the House of Representatives on his death; and S. 867, to designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 710 Wicks 
Lane in Billings, Montana, as the ``Ronald Reagan Post Office 
Building.''.
FOREIGN TRAVEL TO U.S.--NEW VISA AND PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS IMPACT
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on ``Smooth Sailing or 
an Impending Wreck? The Impact of New Visa and Passport Requirements on 
Foreign Travel to the United States.'' Testimony was heard from Janice 
L. Jacobs, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Visa Services, Department of 
State; Michael Cronin, Associate Commissioner, Immigration Policy and 
Programs, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Department of 
Homeland Security; Robert J. Garrity, Jr., Acting Assistant Director, 
Records Management Division, FBI, Department of Justice; and public 
witnesses.
DRAFT IMPLEMENTING PROPOSALS--U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE IMPLEMENTATION 
AGREEMENT ACT; U.S. SINGAPORE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Agreed to the following draft implementing 
proposals, as amended: the U.S.-

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Chile Free Trade Implementation Agreement Act; and the U.S. Singapore 
Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.
ANTI-HOAX TERRORISM ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 1678, Anti-Hoax Terrorism Act 
of 2003. Testimony was heard from Representative McCotter; Susan 
Brooks, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Indiana, Department of 
Justice; James McMahon, Superintendent, New York State Police; and a 
public witness.
COMPACTS OF FREE ASSOCIATION AMENDMENTS ACT; COMPACT IMPACT 
RECONCILIATION ACT
Committee on Resources: Held a hearing on the following measures: H.J. 
Res. 63, to approve the ``Compact of Free Association, as amended 
between the Government of the United States of America and the 
Government of the Federated States of Micronesia,'' and the ``Compact 
of Free Association, as amended between the Government of the United 
States of America and the Government of the Republic of the Marshall 
Islands,'' and otherwise to amend Public Law 99-239, and to appropriate 
for the purposes of amended Public Law 99-239 for fiscal years ending 
on or before September 30, 2023 and H.R. 2522, Compact Impact 
Reconciliation Act. Testimony was heard from Representative Case; the 
following officials of the Department of the Interior: David Cohen, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Insular Affairs; and Nikolao Pula, 
Director, Office of Insular Affairs; Albert V. Short, Negotiator for 
the Compact of Free Association, Department of State; Susan Westin, 
Managing Director, International Affairs and Trade, GAO; Senator Peter 
M. Christian, Chief Negotiator, Federal States of Micronesia; Gerald 
Zackios, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands; Felix P. Camacho, Governor of Guam; and Vicente 
Pangelinan, Speaker, I Liheslaturan Guahan.
COMPETITION FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY LABORATORY CONTRACTS
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on 
Competition for Department of Energy Laboratory Contracts: What is the 
Impact on Science? Testimony was heard from Robin Nazzaro, Director, 
Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; Robert Gordon Card, Under 
Secretary, Energy, Science and Environment, Department of Energy; and 
public witnesses.
DRAFT IMPLEMENTING PROPOSALS--U.S.-SINGAPORE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT 
IMPLEMENTATION ACT; AND U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION 
ACT
Committee on Ways and Means: Approved the following draft implementing 
proposals: the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement 
Implementation Act; and the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement 
Implementation Act.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER PRIVACY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a 
hearing on Social Security Number Privacy. Testimony was heard from 
Barbara Bovbjerg, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security, 
GAO; James G. Huse, Jr., Inspector General, SSA; and public witnesses.
GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE UPDATE BRIEFING
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Policy and National Security met in executive session to 
hold a briefing on Global Intelligence Update. The Subcommittee was 
briefed by departmental witnesses.
PERSPECTIVES ON HOUSE REFORM: COMMITTEES AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Rules held a 
hearing entitled ``Perspectives on House Reform: Committees and the 
Executive Branch.'' Testimony was heard from James Schlesinger, former 
Secretary of Energy, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of 
the CIA; and public witnesses.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JULY 11, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, 
Treasury and Independent Agencies, to mark up appropriations for 
fiscal year 2004, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security and Claims, oversight hearing on ``Immigration Relief Under 
the Convention Against Torture for Serious Criminals and Human 
Rights Violators,'' 9 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:15 a.m., Friday, July 11

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 2657, 
Legislative Branch Appropriations, with a vote on the motion to table 
Sessions Amendment No. 1202, followed by a vote on final passage of the 
bill; following which, Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 2559, 
Military Construction Appropriations, with a vote on final passage of 
the bill.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      10:30 a.m., Monday, July 14

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: To be announced. 


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