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                                      Wednesday, September 10, 2003

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 2660, Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act.
      House committees ordered reported 10 sundry measures.
      The House passed H.R. 2622, the Fair and Accurate Credit 
      Transactions Act of 2003.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S11263-S11364
Measures Introduced: Four bills and two resolutions were introduced, as 
follows: S. 1603-1606 and S. Res. 222-223.
  Pages S11349-50
Measures Passed:
  Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations: By a 
unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. 347), Senate 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, after taking action on the following 
amendments proposed thereto: 
                              Pages S11263-S11303, S11307-15, S11321-41
Adopted:
  By 54 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 334), Harkin Amendment No. 1580 (to 
Amendment No. 1542), to protect the rights of employees to receive 
overtime compensation.
Pages S11263-69
  By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 339), Corzine Amendment No. 1602 (to 
Amendment No. 1542), to restore cuts in student aid. 
                                                Pages S11263, S11274-75
  Subsequently, a unanimous-consent request was granted permitting 
Senator Murkowski to change her nay vote to a yea vote on Vote No. 339 
changing the outcome of the vote to 51 yeas to 44 nays relative to 
Corzine Amendment No. 1602.
Page S11275
  Dodd Modified Amendment No. 1572 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide 
additional funding for grants to States under part B of the Individuals 
with Disabilities Education Act.
Pages S11263, S11273, S11275-80
  Akaka Modified Amendment No. 1544 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide 
funding for the Excellence in Economic Education Act of 2001. 
                                                   Pages S11263, S11296
  DeWine Modified Amendment No. 1560 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide funds to support poison control centers.
Pages S11263, S11296
  DeWine Modified Amendment No. 1578 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide funding for the Underground Railroad Education and Cultural 
Program.
Pages S11263, S11296
  Kohl Modified Amendment No. 1558 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide 
additional funding for the ombudsman program for the protection of 
vulnerable older Americans.
Pages S11263, S11296
  Mikulski Modified Amendment No. 1552 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide for the conduct of studies concerning the program established 
under the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992. 
                                                   Pages S11263, S11296
  Subsequently, the amendment was further modified.
  Stevens (for Collins/Feingold) Amendment No. 1616 (to Amendment No. 
1542), to provide additional funding for grants for innovative programs 
to address dental workforce needs of designated dental health 
professional shortage areas.
Page S11297
  Stevens (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 1617 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide additional funding for Impact Aid programs.
Page S11297
  Stevens (for Wyden) Amendment No. 1618 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide for a report on the availability and affordability of products 
developed with public funding.
Page S11297
  Stevens (for Ensign) Amendment No. 1619 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide for annually updated educational agency level census poverty 
data.
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  Stevens (for Specter) Amendment No. 1620 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide an offset for additional spending.
Page S11297
  Ensign Amendment No. 1621 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide funding 
for statewide, longitudinal data systems under section 208 of the 
Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002.
Pages S11309, S11311
  Harkin (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 1624 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide funding for the Dropout Prevention Program.
Pages S11321-24
  Cantwell Modified Amendment No. 1612 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
restore funding for certain programs under the Workforce Investment Act 
of 1998.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 1625 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide for the conduct of studies concerning the program established 
under the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Daschle) Amendment No. 1626 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide funds for the conduct of a grant program to strengthen local 
capacity on Native American reservations to screen for and treat 
sexually transmitted diseases.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Dodd/Lincoln) Amendment No. 1627 (to Amendment No. 1542), 
to provide funding for newborn and child screening for heritable 
disorders.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 1628 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide funding for the mass layoff statistics program. 
                                                        Pages S11321-24
  Specter (for McCain/Bayh) Amendment No. 1629 (to Amendment No. 1542), 
to increase funding for the Special Volunteers for Homeland Security 
program.
Pages S11321-24, S11327-28
  Specter (for Campbell) Amendment No. 1548 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide for the establishment of summer health career introductory 
programs for middle and high school students.
Pages S11321-24
  Specter Amendment No. 1630 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide 
protection for nationals and residents of the Islamic Republic of Iran 
who are targets of persecution.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Schumer) Amendment No. 1631 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
authorize funding for the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Global Affairs 
Institute Act.
Pages S11321-24
  Specter (for Sessions) Amendment No. 1632 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare a 
comprehensive plan to address blood safety and injection safety in 
Africa under the Global AIDS Program.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Feingold) Amendment No. 1633 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
require the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services, and the Secretary of Education to report to Congress on 
acquisitions made by each Department of articles, materials, or 
supplies manufactured outside the United States.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1569 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide for a report concerning how Federal funds are expended relating 
to Hansen's Disease.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Hollings) Amendment No. 1634 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide for the accurate and timely process of Medicare claims. 
                                                        Pages S11321-24
  Specter (for Alexander/Dodd) Amendment No. 1635 (to Amendment No. 
1542), to provide funding for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment 
Act.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Daschle) Amendment No. 1636 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide additional funding to the Office of Minority Health to conduct 
a demonstration project to reduce SIDS disparity rates. 
                                                        Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 1637 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide funds for programs on community automatic external 
defibrillators.
Pages S11321-24
  Specter (for Bond/Clinton) Amendment No. 1638 (to Amendment No. 
1542), to require the Department of Labor to cease the implementation 
of closing procedures for the Department of Labor Employment and 
Training Administration regional office in New York City, New York, and 
the Employment and Training Administration affiliate offices in 
Seattle, Washington, Kansas City, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado until 
September 30, 2004.
Pages S11321-24
  Harkin (for Feingold) Amendment No. 1639 (to Amendment No. 1542), to 
provide additional funding for the purchase of automatic external 
defibrillators and the training of individuals in cardiac life support 
in rural areas.
Pages S11321-24
  Reid Modified Amendment No. 1603 (to Amendment No. 1542), to increase 
funding for certain education and related programs. 
                                 Pages S11263, S11299-S11302, S11321-27
  Specter (for Chambliss) Amendment No. 1641 (to Amendment No. 1542), 
to reallocate funds within the CDC construction account. 
                                                        Pages S11321-24
  Specter Amendment No. 1640 (to Amendment No. 1542), to allow 
continued funding of the Council on Graduate Medical Education. 
                                                        Pages S11321-24
  Specter (for Roberts/Conrad) Amendment No. 1642 (to Amendment No. 
1542), to provide funding

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for the rural emergency medical service training and equipment 
assistance program.
Pages S11321-24
  Specter Amendment No. 1643 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide an 
additional offset for increased spending.
Pages S11321-24
  Specter Amendment No. 1644 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide for 
the issuance of rules relating to Personal Dust Monitor prototypes. 
                                             Pages S11321-24, S11328-29
  Harkin/Daschle Amendment No. 1645 (to Amendment No. 1542), to rename 
the NIH Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research (MDCRC) program in 
honor of the late Senator Paul D. Wellstone of Minnesota. 
                                                        Pages S11329-30
  DeWine Amendment No. 1623 (to Amendment No. 1542), to increase 
funding for activities to prevent the mother-to-child transmission of 
HIV.
Pages S11321-24, S11330-31
  Specter Amendment No. 1542, in the nature of a substitute. 
                              Pages S11263-S11303, S11307-15, S11321-31
Rejected:
  By 28 yeas to 67 nays (Vote No. 342), Durbin Amendment No. 1611 (to 
Amendment No. 1542), to prohibit funds appropriated in this Act from 
being used by the Department of Education to enforce any requirement 
under section 1116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 
1965, or to implement penalties or sanctions under part A of title I of 
such Act, if the amount appropriated to carry out such part A for 
fiscal year 2004 is less than $18,500,000,000. 
                                             Pages S11285-90, S11295-96
  By 7 yeas to 87 nays (Vote No. 344), Ensign Amendment No. 1585 (to 
Amendment No. 1542), to provide an additional $100,000,000 to carry out 
the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program under part B of 
title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. 
                                     Pages S11291-92, S11302-03, S11307
Withdrawn:
  Bingaman Amendment No. 1588 (to Amendment No. 1542), to increase 
funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. 
                                                        Pages S11297-99
  DeWine Amendment No. 1561 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide funds 
to support graduate medical education programs in children's hospitals.
                                                   Pages S11263, S11331
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following actions:
  By 44 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 335), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Schumer Amendment No. 
1598 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide additional for programs under 
the Ryan White Care Act. Subsequently, the point of order that the 
amendment would exceed discretionary spending limits and thus be in 
violation of section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, Congressional Budget 
Resolution, was sustained, and the amendment thus falls. 
                                                Pages S11263, S11269-70
  By 49 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 336), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Reed Amendment No. 
1595 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide funding for home energy 
assistance needs under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 
1981. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment would exceed 
discretionary spending limits and thus be in violation of section 504 
of H. Con. Res. 95, Congressional Budget Resolution, was sustained, and 
the amendment thus falls.
Pages S11263, S11270-72
  By 47 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 337), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, with respect to Reed Amendment No. 1592 (to Amendment No. 
1542), to increase funding for immunization services. Subsequently, the 
point of order that the amendment was in violation of section 302(f) of 
the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, was sustained, and the amendment 
thus falls.
Pages S11263, S11272-73
  By 47 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 338), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Reed Amendment No. 
1596 (to Amendment No. 1542), to increase funding for certain literacy, 
library, and museum programs. Subsequently, the point of order that the 
amendment would exceed discretionary spending limits and thus be in 
violation of section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, Congressional Budget 
Resolution, was sustained, and the amendment thus falls. 
                                                Pages S11263, S11273-74
  By 46 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 340), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Boxer/Lautenberg 
Amendment No. 1609 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide additional 
funding for afterschool programs under the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965. Subsequently, the point of order that the 
amendment would exceed discretionary spending limits and thus be in 
violation of section

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504 of H. Con. Res. 95, Congressional Budget Resolution, was sustained, 
and the amendment thus falls.
Pages S11280-82, S11293-94
  By 49 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 341), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Landrieu Amendment No. 
1610 (to Amendment No. 1542), to increase funding for the promoting 
safe and stable families program. Subsequently, the point of order that 
the amendment would exceed discretionary spending limits and thus be in 
violation of section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, Congressional Budget 
Resolution, was sustained, and the amendment thus falls. 
                                             Pages S11282-85, S11294-95
  By 43 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 343), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Durbin Amendment No. 
1613 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide additional funding for teacher 
quality programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 
1965 and the Higher Education Act of 1965 and for the Mathematics and 
Science Partnerships and the school leadership program under the 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Subsequently, the point 
of order that the amendment would exceed discretionary spending limits 
and thus be in violation of section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, was sustained, and the amendment thus 
falls.
Pages S11290-91, S11302
  By 46 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 345), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Landrieu Amendment No. 
1614 (to Amendment No. 1542), to provide additional funds for programs 
relating to West Nile Virus and to fund the Mosquito Abatement for 
Safety and Health Act. Subsequently, the point of order that the 
amendment would exceed discretionary spending limits and thus be in 
violation of section 504 of H. Con. Res. 95, Congressional Budget 
Resolution, was sustained, and the amendment thus falls. 
                                             Pages S11292-93, S11308-09
  By 52 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 346), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 502(c)(5) of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to the emergency 
designation provision in Specter Amendment No. 1622 (to Amendment No. 
1542), to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. 
Subsequently, a point of order that the emergency designation provision 
would violate section 502 (c)(5) of H. Con. Res. 95 was sustained and 
the provision was stricken. Also, the Chair sustained a point order 
that the amendment would exceed the subcommittee's 302(b) allocation 
and the amendment thus falls.
Pages S11309-11, S11311-15
  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 Specter, Cochran, Gregg, 
Craig, Hutchison, Stevens, DeWine, Shelby, Domenici, Harkin, Hollings, 
Inouye, Reid, Kohl, Murray, Landrieu, and Byrd.
Page S11341
FCC Media Ownership--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that at 1 p.m., on Thursday, September 11, 2003, 
Senate will consider S.J. Res. 17, disapproving the rule submitted by 
the Federal Communications Commission with respect to broadcast media 
ownership, with three hours of debate; following which, Senate will 
resume consideration of the resolution at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, 
September 15, 2003, with 60 minutes of debate remaining, the bill be 
read a third time, and a vote occur on final passage.
  Page S11315
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Agreement: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that following consideration of 
S.J. Res. 17 (listed above), on Thursday, September 11, 2003, Senate 
will consider H.R. 2754, making appropriations for energy and water 
development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004. 
                                                            Page S11315
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the national 
emergency with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; 
to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-48) 
                                                            Page S11345
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of fourteen years 
from February 1, 2004. (Reappointment)
  Roger Walton Ferguson, Jr., of Massachusetts, to be Vice Chairman of 
the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four 
years. (Reappointment)
  Routine lists in the Army, Coast Guard.
Pages S11315-20
Messages From the House:
  Page S11345

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Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S11345
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S11350
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S11351-55
Additional Statements:
  Pages S11344-45
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S11355-61
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S11361
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S11361
Record Votes: Fourteen record votes were taken today. (Total--347) 
     Pages S11269-70, S11272-75, S11294-96, S11302, S11307-09, S11315, 
                                                                 S11341
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 8:54 p.m., until 
8:30 a.m., on Thursday, September 11, 2003. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  H.R. 4, to reauthorize and improve the program of block grants to 
States for temporary assistance for needy families, improve access to 
quality child care, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; 
and
  S. 622, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide 
families of disabled children with the opportunity to purchase coverage 
under the Medicaid program for such children, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
2003 BLACKOUTS
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of 
Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of 
Columbia concluded a hearing on the cause of the August 2003 Northeast 
blackouts, and the response and role of the federal government to 
ensure that blackouts of this magnitude do not occur again, focusing on 
the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force investigation into the August 
14th blackout, after receiving testimony from Kyle E. McSlarrow, Deputy 
Secretary of Energy; Pat Wood III, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission; Alan R. Schriber, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, 
Columbus; James Y. Kerr II, North Carolina Utilities Commission, 
Raleigh; James P. Torgerson, Midwest Independent Transmission System 
Operator, Inc., Carmel, Indiana; William J. Museler, New York 
Independent System Operator, Schenectady; and Mark N. Cooper, Consumer 
Federation of America, and Craig A. Glazer, PJM Interconnection, 
L.L.C., both of Washington, D.C.
TERRORISM
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and 
Government Information concluded a hearing to examine terrorism two 
years after 9/11, focusing on institutionalized Islam, Saudi Arabia, 
and foreign sponsorship of a militant Islamic agenda in the United 
States, after receiving testimony from Simon Henderson, Saudi 
Strategies, London, United Kingdom; and Matthew Epstein, The 
Investigative Project, Washington, D.C.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 21 public bills, H.R. 3054-3074 and; 4 
resolutions, H. Con. Res. 276-277, and H. Res. 365-366 were introduced.
                                                         Pages H8174-75
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H8175-76
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows:
  Supplemental report on H.R. 1038, to increase the penalties to be 
imposed for a violation of fire regulations applicable to 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, (H. Rept. 
108-218, Pt. 2).
Page H8174
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Shaw to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H8089
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by the Reverend Dr. Kathryn A. 
Towne, President, Life in Faith and Trust Ministries in Lakewood 
Colorado.
  Page H8089
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:

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  Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program: 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;
  Pages H8091-94
  Health Care for Veterans of Project 112/Project SHAD Act of 2003: 
H.R. 2433, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize 
the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans who participated 
in certain Department of Defense chemical and biological warfare 
testing to be provided health care for illness without requirement for 
proof of service-connection. Agreed to amend the title so as to read: 
``A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans who participated in 
certain Department of Defense chemical and biological warfare testing 
with health care for their illness without requirement for proof of 
service-connection, and for other purposes.'';
  Pages H8094-97
  Federal Annuity Payments: H.R. 978, to amend chapter 84 of title 5, 
United States Code, to provide that certain Federal annuity 
computations are adjusted by 1 percentage point relating to periods of 
receiving disability payments;
  Pages H8097-98
  Congratulating Rafael Palmeiro: H. Res. 315, congratulating Rafael 
Palmeiro of the Texas Rangers for hitting 500 major league home runs 
and thanking him for being a role model for the Cuban American 
community, as well as for all Americans;
  Pages H8098-H8101
  Commending the Clemson University Tigers men's golf team: H. Res. 
266, commending the Clemson University Tigers men's golf team for 
winning the 2003 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I 
Men's Golf Championship; and
  Pages H8101-03
  Welcoming His Holiness the Fourteenth Dali Lama: H. Res. 359, 
welcoming His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and recognizing his 
commitment to non-violence, human rights, freedom, and democracy 
(agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas with none voting nay, Roll 
No. 492).
  Pages H8103-07, H8116-17
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations--Motion To Go to 
Conference: The House disagreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2555, 
making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, and agreed to a conference. 
                                               Pages H8107-11, H8117-18
  The House agreed to the Sabo motion to instruct conferees to require 
the managers on the part of the House to insist on inclusion of the 
highest possible level of funding for each Homeland Security, 
preparedness and disaster response program within Title II, III and IV 
and on inclusion of House General Provision 521 by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 347 yeas to 74 nays, Roll No. 494.
Pages H8107-11, H8117-18
  Appointed as conferees: Rogers (KY), Young (FL), Wolf, Wamp, Latham, 
Emerson, Granger, Sweeney, Sherwood, Sabo, Price (NC), Serrano, Roybal-
Allard, Berry, Mollohan, and Obey.
Page H8118
Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act Motion To Instruct 
Conferees: The House rejected the Ruppersberger motion to instruct 
conferees on H.R. 1308, Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act of 
2003 by a yea-and-nay vote of 206 yeas to 213 nays, Roll No. 493. 
                                                             Page H8117
  Later the House rejected the Davis of Tennessee motion to instruct 
conferees on the bill by a yea-and-nay vote of 195 yeas to 214 nays, 
Roll No. 501).
Pages H8178-82, H8190
Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003: The House passed 
H.R. 2622, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act, to prevent identity 
theft, improve resolution of consumer disputes, improve the accuracy of 
consumer records, make improvements in the use of, and consumer access 
to, credit information by a yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 30 nays, 
with one voting ``present'', Roll No. 499.
  Pages H8111-16, H8118-67
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Financial Services, now printed in the 
bill was considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment 
and was agreed to by a voice vote.
Pages H8131-39
Agreed to:
  Oxley amendment, No. 17 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that clarifies the language of various provisions in the 
bill;
Pages H8139-40
  Frank of Massachusetts amendment, No. 6 printed in the Congressional 
Record of September 9, that requires regional credit bureaus be 
required to give consumers a free copy of their credit report each 
year, in addition to the three nationwide bureaus (agreed to by a 
recorded vote of 235 ayes to 186 noes, with one voting ``present'', 
Roll No. 497); and
Pages H8161, H8165-66
  Ney amendment, No. 12 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that makes provisions regarding free credit reports and 
consumer access to credit scores a national standard by preempting any 
future state laws (agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 189 
noes, with one voting ``present'', Roll No. 498). 
                                                  Pages H8149-51, H8166

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Rejected:
  Waters amendment, No. 8 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that would have specified that the law does not preempt 
California's financial privacy law or the state's Consumer Credit 
Reporting Agencies Act;
Pages H8140-45
  Sanders amendment, No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that prohibits credit card companies from raising annual 
percentage rates or introductory annual percentage rates except for 
reasons directly related to that credit card account or a late payment 
on another credit card or debt (rejected by a recorded vote of 142 ayes 
to 272 noes, with one voting ``present'', Roll No. 495); and 
                                                  Pages H8152-58, H8164
  Kanjorski amendment, No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that inserts a sunset provision on the Uniform National 
Consumer Protection standards (rejected by a recorded vote of 112 ayes 
to 310 noes, with one voting ``present'', Roll No. 496). 
                                               Pages H8158-60, H8164-65
Withdrawn:
   Lee amendment, No. 15 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that was offered and subsequently withdrawn, that sought 
to exempt the California Financial Information Privacy Act and any law 
of other states that is similar to the California law;
Pages H8145-49
  Royce amendment, No. 11 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that was offered and subsequently withdrawn, that sought 
to require entities that furnish information to credit bureaus to 
reinvestigate any disputed information after the consumer has asked for 
a reinvestigation that fails to resolve the dispute;
Pages H8151-52
  Kelly amendment, No. 16 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that was offered but subsequently withdrawn, that sought 
to allow for regulatory authority to adjust response time for requests 
for free credit reports whenever the national credit bureaus experience 
a high volume of such requests;
Pages H8156-58
  Inslee amendment, No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that was offered and subsequently withdrawn, that sought 
to require agencies with terrorism investigatory powers that receive 
credit reports as part of their investigations to submit semiannual 
reports to Congress; and
Page H8160
  Tauscher amendment, No. 9 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 9, that was offered and subsequently withdrawn, that sought 
to allow consumers to have a notice placed in their credit file that 
states that no credit may be offered before reasonable procedures are 
taken to confirm the consumer's identity.
Page H8163
  The House agreed by unanimous consent that the Clerk be authorized to 
make technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to reflect 
the actions of the House.
Page H8167
  H. Res. 360, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by voice vote.
Page H8116
  The House later agreed by unanimous consent to limit the time for 
debate on amendments.
Page H8145
National Defense Authorization Act--Motion To Instruct Conferees: The 
House passed the Edwards motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 1588, 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 by a yea-and-
nay vote of 406 yeas with none voting nay, Roll No. 500. 
                                     Pages H8167-71, H8177-78, H8189-90
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit--Motion To Instruct Conferees: The 
House rejected the Michaud motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 1, 
Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003 by a yea-and-
nay vote of 189 yeas to 220 nays, Roll No. 502). 
                                               Pages H8182-89, H8190-91
Order of Business--H.R. 911: The House agreed by unanimous consent that 
it be in order at any time without intervention of any point of order 
to consider in the House H.R. 911, to authorize the establishment of a 
memorial to victims who died as a result of terrorist acts against the 
United States or its people, at home or abroad; that the bill be 
considered as read; that the amendment placed at the desk be considered 
as read and adopted; and that the previous question be considered as 
ordered on the bill to final passage without intervening motion except: 
(1) one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman 
and ranking minority member of the Committee on Resources; and (2) one 
motion to recommit.
  Page H8191
Order of Business--True American Heroes Act of 2003: The House agreed 
by unanimous consent that it be in order at any time without 
intervention of any point of order to consider in the House, H.R. 1538, 
to posthumously award congressional gold medals to government workers 
and others who responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center and 
the Pentagon and perished and to people aboard United Airlines Flight 
93 who helped resist the hijackers and caused the plane to crash, to 
require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of 
the Spirit of America, recognizing the tragic events of September 11, 
2001; that the bill be considered as read for amendment; and that the 
previous question be considered as ordered on the bill to final passage 
without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate equally 
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the Committee on Financial Services; and (2) one motion to recommit. 
                                                             Page H8191
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he 
transmitted a notice of the necessity of continuing in effect after 
September 14, 2003, the national emergency with respect to the 
terrorist threat--referred to the Committee on International Relations 
and ordered printed (H. Doc 108-124).
  Page H8192
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H8089.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:59 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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[Pages D982-D983]
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Committee Meetings
BUDGET, WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE LETTER
Committee on Agriculture: Approved the Budget, Waste, Fraud and Abuse 
letter to be forwarded to the Committee on the Budget.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Ordered reported the following bills: 
H.R. 3038, Health Care Safety Net Amendments Technical Corrections Act 
of 2003; H.R. 3034, amended, National Bone Marrow Donor Registry 
Reauthorization Act; H.R. 1813, Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization 
Act of 2003; and H.R. 1260, Animal Drug User Fee Act.
GOVERNMENT SPONSORED ENTERPRISES
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing on the Department of 
the Treasury's views on the regulation of government sponsored 
enterprises. Testimony was heard from John W. Snow, Secretary of the 
Treasury; and Mel R. Martinez, Secretary of Housing and Urban 
Development.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY--DEVELOPING SOUND BUSINESS PRACTICES
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency 
and Financial Management held an oversight hearing entitled 
``Developing Sound Business Practices at the Department of Homeland 
Security.'' Testimony was heard from Linda Springer, Controller, Office 
of Federal Financial Management, OMB; McCoy Williams, Director, 
Financial Management and Assurance Team, GAO; and the following 
officials of the Department of Homeland Security: Bruce Carnes, Chief 
Financial Officer; and Richard Berman, Assistant Inspector General, 
Audit.
TAINTED POLIO VACCINE--INCREASE IN CANCER
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and 
Wellness held a hearing entitled ``The SV-40 Virus: Has Tainted Polio 
Vaccine Caused an Increase in Cancer?'' Testimony was heard from James 
Goedert, M.D., Chief, Viral Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
WORM AND VIRUS DEFENSE
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Technology, Information 
Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census held a hearing 
entitled ``Worm and Virus Defense: How Can We Protect the Nation's 
Computers From These Threats?'' Testimony was heard from Robert Dacey, 
Director, IT Security, GAO; Lawrence Hale, Director, FedCIRC, 
Department of Homeland Security; Norman Lorentz, Acting Administrator, 
Electronic Government and Information Technology, OMB; John Malcolm, 
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of 
Justice; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 
1038, amended, Public Lands Fire Regulations Enforcement Act of 2003; 
H.J. Res. 63, Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003; H.R. 
2134, amended, Bail Bond Fairness Act of 2003; H.R. 3036, amended, to 
authorize appropriations for the Department of Justice for fiscal years 
2004 through 2005; H.R. 2152, to amend the Immigration and Nationality 
Act to extend for an additional 5 years the special immigrant religious 
worker program; and H.R. 2714, State Justice Institute Reauthorization 
Act of 2003.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing 
on the following bills: H.R. 142, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to participate in the Inland Empire regional water 
recycling project, to authorize the Secretary to carry out a program to 
assist agencies in projects to construct regional brine lines in 
California, and to authorize the Secretary to participate in the Lower 
Chino Dairy Area desalination demonstration and reclamation project; 
H.R. 1156, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study 
and Facilities Act to increase the ceiling on the Federal share of the 
costs of phase I of the Orange County, California, Regional Water 
Reclamation Project; H.R. 2960, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and 
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Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
participate in the Brownsville Public Utility Board water recycling and 
desalinization project; and H.R. 2991, to amend the Reclamation 
Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of Interior to participate in the Inland Empire regional 
recycling project in the Cucamonga County Water District recycling 
project. Testimony was heard from Representatives Dreier, Gary G. 
Miller of California; Loretta Sanchez of California, and Ortiz; William 
Rinne, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, Bureau of Reclamation, 
Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
COLUMBIA REPORT--NASA'S RESPONSE
Committee on Science: Held a hearing on NASA's Response to the Columbia 
Report. Testimony was heard from Sean O'Keefe, Administrator, NASA; and 
Adm. Harold W. Gehman, Jr., USN (Ret.), Chairman, Columbia Accident 
Investigation Board.
WTO'S CHALLENGE TO FSC/ETI RULES
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on the WTO's Challenge to 
the FSC/ETI Rules and the Effect on America's Small Businesses. 
Testimony was heard from Senator Levin; Representative Crane; and 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--JFK CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management held an 
oversight hearing on Reauthorization of the John F. Kennedy Center for 
Performing Arts. Testimony was heard from Mark Goldstein, Acting 
Director, Physical Infrastructure Team, GAO; and Michael Kaiser, 
President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
PERSPECTIVES ON 9-11
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing entitled 
``Perspectives on 9-11: Building Effectively on Hard Lessons.'' 
Testimony was heard from James Gilmore III, former Governor, State of 
Virginia, and Chairman, Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response 
Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction; and 
Eleanor Hill, Staff Director, Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2003-09-11

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          COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold a closed briefing on lessons 
learned regarding Operation Iraqi Freedom, 3 p.m., SR-222.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public 
Lands and Forests, to hold hearings to examine S. 849, to provide 
for a land exchange in the State of Arizona between the Secretary of 
Agriculture and Yavapai Ranch Limited Partnership, S. 511, to 
provide permanent funding for the Payment In Lieu of Taxes program, 
S. 432, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary 
of Agriculture to conduct and support research into alternative 
treatments for timber produced from public lands and lands withdrawn 
from the public domain for the National Forest System, and S. 1582, 
to amend the Valles Preservation Act to improve the preservation of 
the Valles Caldera, 2:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine U.S.-
China relations, 9:30 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the 
Department of Veterans Affairs' Capital Asset Realignment for 
Enhanced Services (CARES) Initiative, 2 p.m., SR-418.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on 21st 
Century Competitiveness, hearing on ``The Expanding Opportunities in 
Higher Education Act of 2003,'' 9:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on 
Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing on H.R. 2898, E-911 
Implementation Act of 2003, 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security, and Claims, to mark up H.R. 2359, Basic Pilot Extension 
Act of 2003; followed by an oversight hearing on ``Should There Be a 
Social Security Totalization Agreement with Mexico?'' 11 a.m., 2237 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans, hearing on H. Con. Res. 268, expressing the 
sense of the Congress regarding the imposition of sanctions on 
nations that are undermining the effectiveness of conservation and 
management measures for Atlantic highly migratory species, including 
marlin, adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation 
of Atlantic Tunas and that are threatening the continued viability 
of United States commercial and recreational fisheries, 10 a.m., 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                   8:30 a.m., Thursday, September 11

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: During the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 11:45 a.m.), Senate will observe the anniversary 
of the September 11, 2001 tragedy with moments of silence to occur at 
the following times: 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:38 a.m., and 10:06 a.m.
  At 1 p.m., Senate will begin consideration of S.J. Res. 17, FCC Media 
Ownership; following which, Senate will consider H.R. 2754, Energy and 
Water Development Appropriations.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                    10 a.m., Thursday, September 11

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 911, to authorize the 
establishment of a memorial to victims who died as a result of 
terrorist acts against the United States or its people, at home or 
abroad; and
  Consideration of H.R. 1538, True American Heroes Act of 2003.
    
    
    
    


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