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                                            Thursday, July 17, 2003

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 2658, Defense Appropriations.
      House and Senate met in a Joint Meeting to Receive the Right 
      Honorable Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and 
      Northern Ireland.
      House passed H.R. 2691, Interior and Related Agencies 
      Appropriations.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9515-S9619
Measures Introduced: Ten bills were introduced, as follows: S. 1422-
1431.
  Page S9592
Measures Reported:
  S. 1424, making appropriations for energy and water development for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004. (S. Rept. No. 108-105)
  S. 1426, making appropriations for foreign operations, export 
financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2004. (S. Rept. No. 108-106)
  S. 1427, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2004. (S. Rept. No. 108-107)
  S. Con. Res. 53, honoring and congratulating chambers of commerce for 
their efforts that contribute to the improvement of communities and the 
strengthening of local and regional economies.
Page S9591
Measures Passed
  Defense Appropriations: By a unanimous vote of 95 yeas (Vote No. 
290), Senate passed H.R. 2658, making appropriations for the Department 
of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, after taking 
action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                     Pages S9516-45, S9547-58, S9560-75
Adopted:
  Dodd Amendment No. 1276, to require a review and report regarding the 
effects of use of contractual offset arrangements and memoranda of 
understanding and related agreements on the effectiveness of buy-
American requirements.
Pages S9519-20
  By 81 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 286), Byrd Amendment No. 1281, to 
state the sense of Congress on funding of ongoing overseas military 
operations, including overseas contingency operations.
Pages S9536-45
  Stevens (for Santorum) Amendment No. 1285, to make available from 
amounts available for Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve, 
$2,000,000 for a Software Engineering Institute Information Assurance 
Initiative.
Pages S9562-63
  Stevens Amendment No. 1286, to provide up to $10,000,000 of Operation 
and Maintenance, Defense-Wide funds for civil-military programs and the 
Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program.
Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Allard) Amendment No. 1287, to increase by $10,000,000 
the amount of Missile Procurement, Air Force funds set aside for 
assured access to space.
Pages S9562-63
  Stevens Amendment No. 1288, to provide for a study of mail delivery 
to troops in the Middle East.
Pages S9562-63
  Stevens Amendment No. 1289, to conform the appropriation provision 
relating to use of RDT, Defense-Wide funds for an initial set of 
missile defense capabilities to the corresponding authorization 
provision.
Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Kyl) Amendment No. 1290, to make available from amounts 
available for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation for the Air 
Force, $4,000,000 for adaptive optics research.
Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Chafee) Amendment No. 1291, to make available from 
amounts available for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy, 
$1,000,000 for the completion of the Rhode Island Disaster Initiative. 
                                                         Pages S9562-63

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  Stevens (for Warner) Amendment No. 1292, to make available from 
amounts available for military personnel, $8,000,000 for the costs 
during fiscal year 2004 of an increase in the amount of the death 
gratuity payable with respect to members of the Armed Forces from 
$6,000 to $12,000.
                                                         Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Collins/Snowe) Amendment No. 1293, to make available 
from amounts available for Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, 
$20,000,000 for DDG-51 modernization planning.
                                                         Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Nickles) Amendment No. 1294, to make available from 
amounts available for Operation and Maintenance, Army, $4,000,000 for 
the Army Museum of the Southwest at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. 
                                                         Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Roberts) Amendment No. 1295, to limit the use of funds 
for the privatization or transfer to another Federal agency of the 
prison guard functions at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at 
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
                                                         Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Voinovich) Amendment No. 1296, to make available from 
amounts available for Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps, 
$6,000,000 for the purchase of HMMWV tires.
                                                         Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Burns) Amendment No. 1297, to make available from 
amounts available for National Guard Personnel, Army, $2,500,000 for 
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration Activities, and to make 
available from amounts available for Operation and Maintenance, Army 
National Guard, $1,500,000 for such activities.
                                                         Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Chambliss) Amendment No. 1298, to prohibit the use of 
funds to decommission a Naval or Marine Corps Reserve aviation squadron 
pending a Comptroller General report on the requirements of the Navy 
and Marine Corps for tactical aviation.
                                                         Pages S9562-63
  Stevens (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 1299, to limit the use of funds 
for converting to contractor performance of Department of Defense 
activities and functions.
                                                         Pages S9563-64
  Stevens (for Hatch) Amendment No. 1300, to appropriate funds to 
settle certain claims of United States prisoners of war who performed 
forced or slave labor for Japanese companies during World War II. 
                                                         Pages S9564-66
  Inouye (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 1301, to make available from 
amounts available for Procurement, Defense-Wide, $20,000,000 for 
procurement of secure cellular telephones for the Department of Defense 
and the elements of the intelligence community.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1302, to make available from amounts 
available for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Army, 
$5,000,000 to support Shortstop Electronic Protection Systems research 
and development efforts.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Durbin) Amendment No. 1303, to require a study of the 
mission of the 932nd Airlift Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. 
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1304, to make available from 
amounts available for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, 
Defense-Wide, $3,000,000 for Project Ancile.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1305, to make available from 
amounts available for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, 
Army, $2,000,000 for Knowledge Management Fusion.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Schumer/Clinton) Amendment No. 1306, to make available 
from amounts available for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, 
Army, $3,000,000 for the Large Energy National Shock Tunnel (LENS). 
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 1307, to make available from 
amounts available for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, 
Defense-Wide, $7,000,000 for the Ultra-low Power Battlefield Sensor 
System.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Biden) Amendment No. 1308, to require a report on the 
feasibility of developing and deploying a nuclear debris collection and 
analysis capability to permit the characterization of detonated nuclear 
devices.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Bayh/Lugar) Amendment No. 1309, to make available amounts 
available for Operation and Maintenance, Army, $15,000,000 for upgrades 
for M1A1 Abrams tank transmissions.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye Amendment No. 1310, to make available amounts available for 
Operation and Maintenance, Army, $2,000,000 to promote civil rights 
education and history in the Army.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Harkin) Amendment No. 1311, to require reports on safety 
issues due to defective parts.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Wyden/Byrd) Amendment No. 1312, to require a report on 
the reconstruction of Iraq.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1313, to provide travel 
reimbursement to the spouses and dependents of deployed military 
personnel when they visit family members.
                                                          Page S9566-69
  Inouye (for Biden) Amendment No. 1314, to make available amounts 
available for Aircraft Procurement, Air Force, $19,700,000 for C-5 
aircraft in-service modifications for the procurement of additional C-5 
aircraft Avionics Modernization Program kits.
                                                          Page S9566-69

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  Inouye (for Schumer/Bingaman) Amendment No. 1315, to require a report 
on the establishment of police and military forces in Iraq. 
                                                         Pages S9560-62
  Inouye (for Byrd/Grassley) Amendment No. 1316, to continue in effect 
a provision of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2003, 
relating to evaluations of creditworthiness for issuance of Government 
charge cards.
                                                         Pages S9566-69
                                                              Rejected:
  Durbin Amendment No. 1277, to limit the availability of funds for the 
Intelligence Community Management Account pending a report on the 
development and use of intelligence relating to Iraq and Operation 
Iraqi Freedom. (By 62 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 287), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
                                                  Pages S9520-29, S9545
  Byrd Amendment No. 1283, to rescind $1,100,000,000 of the amounts 
appropriated for procurement and research, development, test and 
evaluation, and to appropriate $1,100,000,000 for fighting AIDS/HIV, 
tuberculosis, and malaria. (By 71 yeas to 24 nays (Vote No. 288), 
Senate tabled the amendment.)
                                                         Pages S9547-57
                                                             Withdrawn:
  Feingold Amendment No. 1279, to state the sense of the Senate on a 
report on the detention and April 11, 2003, escape in Yemen of the 
suspects in the attack on the USS Cole.
                                                         Pages S9531-32
  Kennedy Amendment No. 1280, to limit the use of funds of converting 
to contractor performance of Department of Defense activities and 
functions.
                                                  Pages S9529-31, S9563
  Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following 
conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Stevens, Cochran, 
Specter, Domenici, Bond, McConnell, Shelby, Gregg, Hutchison, Burns, 
Inouye, Hollings, Byrd, Leahy, Harkin, Dorgan, Durbin, Reid, and 
Feinstein.
                                                             Page S9572
  Memorial Construction Authority Extension: Senate passed S. 470, to 
extend the authority for the construction of a memorial to Martin 
Luther King, Jr., after agreeing to the committee amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  Land Conveyance Act: Senate passed S. 490, to direct the Secretary of 
Agriculture to convey certain land in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management 
Unit, Nevada, to the Secretary of the Interior, in trust for the Washoe 
Indian Tribe of Nevada and California, after agreeing to the committee 
amendments.
  Pages S9605-18
  Buffalo Soldier Commemoration Act: Senate passed S. 499, to authorize 
the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish in the State of 
Louisiana a memorial to honor the Buffalo Soldiers, after agreeing to 
the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  Paleontological Resources Preservation Act: Senate passed S. 546, to 
provide for the protection of paleontological resources on Federal 
lands, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  Hibben Center for Archaeological Research Act: Senate passed S. 643, 
to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with the 
University of New Mexico, to construct and occupy a portion of the 
Hibben Center for Archaeological Research at the University of New 
Mexico, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  National Trails System Willing Seller Act: Senate passed S. 651, to 
amend the National Trails System Act to clarify Federal authority 
relating to land acquisition from willing sellers for the majority of 
the trails in the System, after agreeing to the committee amendment in 
the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge 
National Conservation Area Boundary Revision Act: Senate passed S. 677, 
to revise the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National 
Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area in the State of 
Colorado, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  Lands Exchange: Senate passed S. 924, to authorize the exchange of 
lands between an Alaska Native Village Corporation and the Department 
of the Interior, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center Act: Senate passed S. 
1076, to authorize construction of an education center at or near the 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, after agreeing to the committee amendment in 
the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S9605-18
  Easement Grant: Senate passed H.R. 255, to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to grant an easement to facilitate access to the Lewis and 
Clark Interpretative Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Pages S9605-18
  Kris Eggle Visitor Center Designation Act: Senate passed H.R. 1577, 
to designate the visitor center in Organ Pipe National Monument in 
Arizona as the ``Kris Eggle Visitor Center'', clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Pages S9605-18

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  Land Conveyance Act: Senate passed 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, clearing the measure 
for the President.
  Pages S9605-18
  Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Improvement Act: 
Senate passed S. 314, to make improvements in the Foundation for the 
National Institutes of Health.
  Page S9618
  William J. Scherle Post Office Building: Committee on Governmental 
Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 1399, to 
redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
101 South Vine Street in Glenwood, Iowa, as the ``William J. Scherle 
Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed.
  Pages S9618-19
  Honoring Chambers of Commerce: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 53, 
honoring and congratulating chambers of commerce for their efforts that 
contribute to the improvement of communities and the strengthening of 
local and regional economies.
  Page S9619
Homeland Security Appropriations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing for consideration of H.R. 2555, making 
appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2004, at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, July 21, 2003.
                                                             Page S9575
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By unanimous vote of 93 yeas (Vote No. EX. 289), Allyson K. Duncan, 
of North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth 
Circuit.
                                                  Pages S9558-59, S9585
  Louise W. Flanagan, of North Carolina, to be United States District 
Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. 
                                                  Pages S9559-60, S9585
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Gwendolyn Brown, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  Susan C. Schwab, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
  George H. Walker, of Missouri, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Hungary.
                                                             Page S9585
Messages From the House:
  Page S9587
Measures Referred:
  Page S9587
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S9587
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9588-89
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S9589-91
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S9591
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9592-93
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9593-98
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9582-84
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9598-S9605
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S9605
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S9605
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S9605
Record Votes: Five record votes were taken today. (Total--290) 
                                    Pages S9544-45, S9557, S9559, S9572
Adjournment: Senate met at 9 a.m., and adjourned at 9:30 p.m., until 1 
p.m., on Monday, July 21, 2003. (For Senate's program, see the remarks 
of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S9584.)


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[Pages D839-D841]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  An original bill (S. 1426) making appropriations for foreign 
operations, export financing and related programs for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2004;
  An original bill (S. 1427) making appropriations for agriculture, 
rural development and food and drug administration and related agencies 
programs for fiscal year ending September 30, 2004; and
  An original bill (S. 1424) making appropriations for energy and water 
development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004.
  Also, committee began consideration of an original bill, making 
appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other 
activities chargeable in whole or in part against the revenues of said 
District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, but did not 
take final action thereon, and will continue on Thursday, July 24.
FEDERAL HOUSING ENTERPRISE OVERSIGHT
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
hearings to examine regulatory oversight of government sponsored 
enterprise accounting practices, focusing on the role of a federal 
financial safety and soundness regulator, an approach to examining 
accounting practices and controls over financial reporting, executive 
compensation, corporate governance, and legislative enhancements,

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after receiving testimony from Armando Falcon, Jr., Director, Office of 
Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 1389, to authorize appropriations for the Surface Transportation 
Board for fiscal years 2004 through 2008, with amendments;
  S. 1402, to authorize appropriations for activities under the Federal 
railroad safety laws for fiscal years 2004 through 2008, with 
amendments;
  S. 1250, to improve, enhance, and promote the Nation's homeland 
security, public safety, and citizen activated emergency response 
capabilities through the use of enhanced 911 services, to further 
upgrade Public Safety Answering Point capabilities and related 
functions in receiving E-911 calls, and to support the construction and 
operation of a ubiquitous and reliable citizen activated system;
  S. 1401, to reauthorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, with amendments;
  S. 1400, to develop a system that provides for ocean and coastal 
observations, to implement a research and development program to 
enhance security at United States ports, to implement a data and 
information system required by all components of an integrated ocean 
observing system and related research, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute;
  S. 1404, to amend the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, 
with amendments;
  S. 1395, to authorize appropriations for the Technology 
Administration of the Department of Commerce for fiscal years 2004 
through 2005, with amendments; and
  The nominations of Nicole R. Nason, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Transportation, and Pamela Harbour, of New York, to be a 
Federal Trade Commissioner.
DOE LABORATORY MANAGEMENT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded hearings 
to examine the contrast between management of science and technology 
resources by the Department of Energy with management of such resources 
in other agencies and in the private sector towards the goal of 
suggesting approaches for optimizing DOE's management and use of its 
science and technology resources, after receiving testimony from 
William Schneider, Jr., Chairman, Defense Science Board, Department of 
Defense; John H. Gibbons, Resource Strategies, The Plains, Virginia, 
former Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and 
former Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Victor H. 
Reis, Hicks and Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C.; and William J. 
Spencer, International SEMATECH, Austin, Texas.
EXOTIC ANIMALS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded hearings 
to examine the importation of exotic species and the impact on public 
health and safety, after receiving testimony from Senator Ensign; John 
Clifford, Associate Deputy Administrator, Veterinary Services, Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture; Lester 
M. Crawford, Deputy Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Stephen M. Ostroff, Deputy Director, National Center for Infectious 
Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both of the 
Department of Health and Human Services; Marshall P. Jones, Jr., Deputy 
Director, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior; 
Gabriela Chavarria, National Wildlife Federation, Reston, Virginia, on 
behalf of the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species; 
Robert A. Cook, Columbia University School of International and Public 
Affairs, on behalf of the Wildlife Conservation Society; and N. 
Marshall Meyers, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, Washington, D.C.
NURSING HOME QUALITY
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded hearings to examine nursing 
home quality, focusing on reports of abuse and neglect and federal 
efforts to improve conditions in nursing homes, after receiving 
testimony from Senator Bond; Dara Corrigan, Acting Principal Deputy 
Inspector General, and Thomas A. Scully, Administrator, Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services, both of the Department of Health and 
Human Services; William J. Scanlon, Director, Health Care Issues, 
General Accounting Office; Mary K. Ousley, Sun Bridge Health Care 
Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, on behalf of the American Health Care 
Association; Jeanne M. Hodgson, Ranson, West Virginia; and Sheila E. 
Albores, Oak Park, Illinois.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  S. 1416, to implement the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement; 
and
  S. 1417, to implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade 
Agreement.

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BENEFITS FOR VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM ACT
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee held hearings to examine S. 
1275, to establish a comprehensive federal program to provide benefits 
to U.S. victims of international terrorism, focusing on issues 
including the importance of blocked assets for U.S. foreign policy and 
national security interests, and maintaining a proper balance between 
administrative and litigation alternatives for international terrorism 
claims, receiving testimony from William H. Taft IV, Legal Adviser, 
Department of State; and Stuart E. Eizenstat, Covington and Burling, 
and Allan Gerson, George Washington University and Gerson International 
Law Group, both of Washington, D.C.
  Hearings recessed subject to the call.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded hearings to 
examine certain situations where parents must relinquish custody in 
order to secure mental health services for their children, focusing on 
adolescent males with severe mental health problems, limitations in 
private and public insurance, difficulties accessing services through 
mental health and education agencies, and expanding community mental 
health services and supporting families, after receiving testimony from 
Charles G. Curie, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health 
Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; J. 
Robert Flores, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and 
Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of 
Justice; and Cornelia M. Ashby, Director, Education, Workforce, and 
Income Security Issues, General Accounting Office.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1416, to implement the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement;
  S. 1417, to implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade 
Agreement;
  S. Con. Res. 53, honoring and congratulating chambers of commerce for 
their efforts that contribute to the improvement of communities and the 
strengthening of local and regional economies; and
  The nominations of Kathleen Cardone, to be United States District 
Judge for the Western District of Texas, James I. Cohn, to be United 
States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, Frank 
Montalvo, to be United States District Judge for the Western District 
of Texas, Xavier Rodriguez, to be United States District Judge for the 
Western District of Texas, and Christopher A. Wray, of Georgia, to be 
an Assistant Attorney General, and Jack Landman Goldsmith III, of 
Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, both of the Department 
of Justice.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 24 public bills, H.R. 2766-2789; and 2 
resolutions, H. Con. Res. 247, and H. Res. 323, were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H7084-85
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H7085-86
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:
  H.R. 2765, making appropriations for the government of the District 
of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against 
the revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2004, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 108-214).
  H. Res. 287, directing the Attorney General to transmit to the House 
of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the 
adoption of this resolution all physical and electronic records and 
documents in his possession related to any use of Federal agency 
resources in any task or action involving or relating to Members of the 
Texas Legislature in the period beginning May 11, 2003, and ending May 
16, 2003, except information the disclosure of which would harm the 
national security interests of the United States, with amendments (H. 
Rept. 108-215);
  H.R. 1572, to designate the historic Federal District Court Building 
located at 100 North Palafox Street in Pensacola, Florida, as the 
``Winston E. Arnow Federal Building'', amended (H. Rept. 108-216);
  H.R. 1668, to designate the United States courthouse located at 101 
North Fifth Street in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as the ``Ed Edmondson United 
States Courthouse'' (H. Rept. 108-217);
  H.R. 1038, to increase the penalties to be imposed for a violation of 
fire regulations applicable to

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the public lands, National Park System lands, or National Forest System 
lands when the violation results in damage to public or private 
property, to specify the purpose for which collected fines may be used, 
referred sequentially to the House Committee on the Judiciary for a 
period ending not later than Sept. 15, 2003 for consideration of such 
provisions of the bill as fall within the jurisdiction of that 
committee pursuant to clause 1(K), rule X (H. Rept. 108-218, Pt. 1). 
                                                             Page H7084
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Biggert to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for 
today.
  Page H7023
Recess: The House recessed at 2:35 p.m. for the purpose of receiving 
Prime Minister Tony Blair in a Joint Meeting. The House reconvened at 
5:31 p.m; and agreed that the proceedings had during the Joint Meeting 
be printed in the Record.
  Page H7062
Joint Meeting to Receive the Right Honorable Tony Blair, Prime Minister 
of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland: The House and Senate met in 
a Joint Meeting to receive Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was escorted 
into the House Chamber by a committee comprised of Representatives 
DeLay, Blunt, Bereuter, Lewis of California, Petri, King of New York, 
Brown-Waite, Pelosi, Hoyer, Menendez, Clyburn, DeLauro, Skelton, and 
Lantos; and Senators Frist, McConnell, Stevens, Santorum, Hutchison, 
Kyl, Allen, Lugar, Campbell, Dole, Daschle, Reid, Mikulski, Biden, 
Leahy, and Dodd.
  Pages H7059-62
Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations: The House passed H.R. 
2691, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, by yea-
and-nay vote of 268 yeas to 152 nays, Roll No. 389. The bill was also 
considered on July 16.
  Pages H7025-83, H7087-H7105
                                                             Agreed To:
  Slaughter amendment No. 10 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 15 and debated on July 16 that increases funding for the National 
Endowment for the Arts by $10 million and increases funding for the 
National Endowment for the Humanities by $5 million with offsets from 
the National Park Service, Departmental Management, and National Forest 
System was offered. (agreed to by recorded vote of 225 ayes to 200 noes 
with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 376);
                                                         Pages H7054-55
  Sanders amendment that increases funding for weatherization 
assistance grants by $15 million with offsets from other energy 
conservation activities;
                                                         Pages H7027-28
  Bereuter amendment No. 12 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
16 that prohibits any funds to be used for the implementation of a 
competitive sourcing study at the Midwest Archaeological Center in 
Lincoln, Nebraska or the Southeast Archaeological Center in 
Tallahassee, Florida (agreed to by recorded vote of 362 ayes to 57 
noes, Roll No. 387);
                                                  Pages H7092-94, H7102
  Taylor of North Carolina amendment to the Udall of Colorado amendment 
No. 1 that applies the provisions to any lands within a designated 
National Monument, Wilderness Study Area, National Park System unit, 
National Wildlife Refuge System unit or lands within the National 
Wilderness Preservation System (agreed to by recorded vote of 226 ayes 
to 194 noes, Roll No. 388); and
                                               Pages H7094-H7101, H7103
  Udall of Colorado amendment No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record 
of July 10, as amended, that prohibits funds to implement amendments to 
Bureau of Land Management regulations on Recordable Disclaimers of 
Interest in Land (subpart 1864 of part 1860 of title 43, Code of 
Federal Regulations) as adopted on January 6, 2003 with regard to any 
lands within a designated National Monument, Wilderness Study Area, 
National Park System unit, National Wildlife Refuge System unit or 
lands within the National Wilderness Preservation System; 
                                                      Pages H7094-H7103
                                                              Rejected:
  DeFazio amendment No. 18 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
16 that sought to extend authorization for the Recreation Fee 
Demonstration Program to activities under the jurisdiction of the 
National Park Service only (rejected by recorded vote of 184 ayes to 
241 noes, Roll No. 377);
                                                  Pages H7033-36, H7055
  Hefley amendment that sought to reduce all funding by one percent 
(rejected by recorded vote of 81 ayes to 341 noes, Roll No. 378); 
                                               Pages H7040-41, H7055-56
  Tancredo amendment No. 17 printed in the Congressional Record that 
sought to increase Wildland Fire Management funding by $57.4 million 
with offsets from the National Endowment for the Arts (rejected by 
recorded vote of 112 yes to 313 noes, Roll No. 379); 
                                               Pages H7042-43, H7056-57
  Blumenauer amendment No. 14 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 16 that sought to prohibit any funding to be used to enter into 
any new commercial agricultural lease on the Lower Klamath and Tule 
Lake National Wildlife Refuge in the States of Oregon and California 
that permits the growing of row crops or alfalfa (rejected by recorded 
vote of 197 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 380);
                                                  Pages H7043-47, H7057

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  Shadegg amendment that increases funding for Wildland Fire Management 
hazardous fuels reduction activities by $19 million with offsets from 
the Department of Agriculture Land Acquisition program (rejected by 
recorded vote of 128 ayes to 298 noes, Roll No. 381); 
                                               Pages H7048-49, H7057-58
  Gallegly amendment that sought to prohibit any funding to administer 
any action related to the baiting of bears except to prevent or 
prohibit such activity (rejected by recorded vote of 163 ayes to 255 
noes, Roll No. 382);
                                                  Pages H7049-51, H7076
  Rahall amendment No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of July 14 
that sought to prohibit any funds to kill, or assist others in killing, 
any Bison in the Yellowstone National Park herd (rejected by recorded 
vote of 199 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 383);
                                               Pages H7051-54, H7076-77
  Udall of New Mexico amendment No. 9 printed in the Congressional 
Record of July 15 that sought to prohibit any funding to finalize or 
implement the proposed revisions to subpart A of part 219 of title 36. 
Code of Federal Regulations, relating to National Forest System 
Planning for Land and Resource management Plans, as described in the 
proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 6, 2002 
(rejected by recorded vote of 198 ayes to 222 noes, Roll No. 384); 
                                               Pages H7062-68, H7077-78
  Holt amendment No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record of July 14 
that sought to prohibit any funding to manage recreational snowmobile 
use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and the John D. 
Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway; except in accordance with national 
Park Service One-year Delay Rule published November 18, 2002 (rejected 
by recorded vote of 210 ayes to 210 noes, Roll No. 385); 
                                                  Pages H7069-75, H7078
  Inslee amendment that sought to prohibit any funds to be used to 
propose, finalize, or implement any change to subpart B of part 294 of 
title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, entitled Protection of 
Inventoried Roadless Areas (rejected by recorded vote of 185 ayes to 
234 noes, Roll No. 386);
                                   Pages H7082-83, H7087-7092, H7101-02
                                      Point of order sustained against:
  King of Iowa amendment No. 16 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 16 that sought to prohibit any funds to be used to subject 
management of the Missouri River to the imposition of any regulatory 
action under the Endangered Species Act; and
                                                         Pages H7079-81
  Matheson substitute amendment to the Udall of Colorado amendment No. 
1 printed in the Congressional Record of July 10 that sought to apply 
the provisions to any lands in National Parks, Wilderness Areas, 
Wilderness Study Areas, National Wildlife, Refuges, National Monuments, 
military bases, or any roads except public highways, roads, or streets 
that are traveled ways maintained by a county or incorporated 
municipality; over which a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle may 
travel, and with regard to private property.
                                                         Pages H7096-97
                                                             Withdrawn:
  Sessions amendment No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
15 was offered, but subsequently withdrawn, that sought to strike 
section 335 that prohibits any funds to be used to initiate any new 
competitive sourcing studies at the Department of the Interior; 
                                                         Pages H7037-38
  Manzullo amendment No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
15 was offered, but subsequently withdrawn, that sought to prohibit the 
procurement of manufactured materials unless section 2 of the Buy 
American Act is applied by substituting ``at least 65 percent'' for 
``substantially all'';
                                                         Pages H7041-42
  John amendment No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of July 15 
was offered but subsequently withdrawn that sought to prohibit any 
funds to be used to prosecute any individual for killing migratory 
birds on or over land or water where seeds or grains have been 
scattered solely as the result of manipulated re-growth of a harvested 
rice crop;
                                                         Pages H7078-79
  H. Res. 319, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill 
was agreed to on July 16.
Energy and Water Appropriations--Order of Business: Agreed that it be 
in order at any time, 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 H.R. 
2754, Energy and Water Appropriations, which shall proceed according to 
the following order: The first reading shall be dispensed with, all 
points of order against consideration are waived, and general debate 
shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled. The bill 
shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule and the 
amendment placed at the desk shall be considered as adopted in the 
House and in the Committee of the Whole. Points of order against 
provisions in the bill, as amended, for failure to comply with clause 2 
of rule XXI are waived except for section 310. During consideration of 
the bill for further amendment, the Chairman of the Committee 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 
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House with such further 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 H7106
Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act Motions to Instruct 
Conferees: The House rejected the Michaud motion to instruct conferees 
on H.R. 1308, Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act that was 
debated on July 16 by yea-and-nay vote of 202 yeas to 214 nays, Roll 
No. 390. Subsequently, the House debated the Bell motion, noted on July 
16, to instruct conferees on the same bill. Further proceedings on the 
motion were postponed. Earlier, Representative Van Hollen announced his 
intention to offer a motion to instruct conferees on the bill. 
                                                         Pages H7105-12
Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H7023.
  Referral: S. 555 and S. 558 were referred to the Committees on 
Resources and Energy and Commerce, and S. 570 was referred to the 
Committee on Education and the Workforce.
                                                             Page H7084
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H7086.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and thirteen recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of the House today and appear on pages 
H7054-55, H7055, H7055-56, H7056-57, H7057, H7058, H7076, H7076-77, 
H7077-78, H7078, H7101-02, H7102, H7102-03, H7105, and H7105-06. There 
were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:53 a.m. on 
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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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[Pages D844-D845]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
HEALTH INSURANCE CERTIFICATE ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on the Health Insurance Certificate Act of 2003. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
REVIEW DOE'S RADIOACTIVE HIGH-LEVEL WASTE CLEANUP PROGRAM
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``A Review of DOE's Radioactive 
High-Level Waste Cleanup Program.'' Testimony was heard from Robin M. 
Nazzaro, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; Jesse 
Roberson, Assistant Secretary, Environmental Management, Department of 
Energy; Michael Wilson, Program Director, Nuclear and Mixed Waste 
Program, Department of Ecology, State of Washington; and David Wilson, 
Assistant Chief, Bureau of Land and Waste Management, Department of 
Health and Environmental Control, State of South Carolina.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following 
measures: H.R. 2548, amended, Federal Property Asset Management Reform 
Act of 2003; and H.R. 2746, to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 141 Weston Street in Hartford, 
Connecticut, as the ``Barbara B. Kennelly Post Office Building.''.
``A NEW MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT: IS IT GOOD FOR SENIORS?''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and 
Wellness held a hearing on ``A New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: 
Is it Good for Seniors?'' Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Gutknecht and Emanuel; and public witnesses.
PIRACY DETERRENCE AND EDUCATION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and 
Intellectual Property held a hearing on H.R. 2517, Piracy Deterrence 
and Education Act of 2003. Testimony was heard from Jana Monroe, 
Assistant Director, Cyber Division, FBI, Department of Justice; and 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FORENSIC DNA TECHNOLOGY
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and 
Homeland Security held an oversight hearing on ``Advancing Justice 
Through Forensic DNA Technology.'' Testimony was heard from Sarah V. 
Hart, Director, National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice; 
Paul B. Ferrara, M.D., Director, Division of Forensic Science, State of 
Virginia; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--NATIONAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 
held an oversight hearing on ``The Role of Strategic and Critical 
Minerals in Our National and Economic Security.'' Testimony was heard 
from Charles G. Groat, Director, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of 
the Interior; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and 
Oceans approved for full Committee action, as amended, the following bills: 
H.R. 958, Hydrographic Services Amendments of 2003; H.R. 1204, to amend the 
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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; H.R. 2048, International 
Fisheries Reauthorization Act of 2003; and H.R. 2408, National Wildlife 
Refuge Volunteer Act of 2003.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power approved for full 
Committee action the following bills: H.R. 1598, Irvine Basin Surface and 
Groundwater Improvement Act of 2003; and H.R. 1732, Williamson County Water 
Recycling Act of 2003.
U.S. FIRE ADMINISTRATION AUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Research approved for full Committee 
action, as amended, H.R. 2692, United States Fire Administration 
Authorization Act of 2003.
  Prior to this action, the Subcommittee held a hearing on this measure. 
Testimony was heard from Representative Camp; David Paulison, U.S. Fire 
Administrator and Director, Preparedness Division of the Emergency 
Preparedness and Response Directorate/FEMA, Department of Homeland Security; 
Arden Bement, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
Technology Administration, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
ENDANGERED FARMERS AND RANCHERS
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, Agriculture 
and Technology held a hearing on Endangered Farmers and Ranchers: the 
Unintended Consequences of the Endangered Species Act. Testimony was heard 
from Representative Pombo; Harold Manson, Assistant Secretary, Fish, 
Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior; Thomas Sullivan, Chief 
Counsel, Office of Advocacy, SBA; and public witnesses.
WATER QUALITY FINANCING ACT; WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
the following bills: H.R. 1560, Water Quality Financing Act of 2003; and 
H.R. 2557, Water Resources Development Act of 2003.
U.S.-SINGAPORE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT; U.S.-CHILE FREE 
TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 
2739, United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act; and 
H.R. 2738, United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.
WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE
Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on Waste, Fraud and Abuse. 
Testimony was heard from David M. Walker, Comptroller General, GAO; Joseph 
R. Brimacombe, Deputy Director, Compliance Policy, Small Business--Self 
Employed Division, IRS, Department of the Treasury; James G. Huse, Jr., 
Inspector General, SSA; Bill Jordan, Senior Counsel to the Assistant 
Attorney General for the Civil Division, Department of Justice; and public 
witnesses.
FIRST RESPONDERS
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing entitled ``First 
Responders: How States, Localities and the Federal Government Can Strengthen 
Their Partnership to Make America Safer.'' Testimony was heard from Mitt 
Romney, Governor, State of Massachusetts; and public witnesses.
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2003-07-18

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[Page D845]
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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              JULY 18, 2003

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                  House

  Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy, and Human Resources, hearing entitled, ``Facing the 
Methamphetamine Problem in America,'' 10 a.m., 2203 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources, and Regulatory 
Reform, and the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Oversight of the 
Committee on Small Business, joint hearing entitled ``What is OMB's 
Record in Small Business Paperwork Relief?'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International 
Relations, hearing entitled ``Humanitarian Assistance Following Military 
Operations: Overcoming Barriers--Part II,'' 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the 
Pacific, to mark up 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, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, to mark up H.R. 1776, Pension Preservation 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        1 p.m., Monday, July 21

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not 
to extend beyond 1:30 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 
2555, Homeland Security Appropriations.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, July 18

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Consideration of H.R. 2754, Energy and Water 
Appropriations (unanimous consent, one hour of debate).
    


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