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                                         Thursday, October 23, 2003

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      Senate passed H.R. 2989, Transportation/Treasury Appropriations 


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S13067-S13185
Measures Introduced: Nine bills and five resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1776-1784, S.J. Res. 20, S. Res. 250-252, and S. Con. 
Res. 75.
  Page S13134
Measures Reported:
  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. Rept. No. 108-171)
  S. 269, to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to further the 
conservation of certain wildlife Species, with amendments. (S. Rept. 
No. 108-172)
  S. Res. 239, designating November 7, 2003, as ``National Native 
American Veterans Day'' to honor the Service of Native Americans in the 
United States Armed Forces and the contribution of Native Americans to 
the defense of the United States.
  S. Res. 240, designating November 2003 as ``National American Indian 
Heritage Month''.
  S. 1194, to foster local collaborations which will ensure that 
resources are effectively and efficiently used within the criminal and 
juvenile justice Systems, with an amendment in the nature of a 
  S. 1743, to permit reviews of criminal records of applicants for 
private Security officer employment.
Page S13133
Measures Passed:
  Transportation/Treasury Appropriations Act: By 91 yeas to 3 nays 
(Vote No. 410), Senate passed H.R. 2989, making appropriations for the 
Departments of Transportation and Treasury, and independent agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, after taking action on 
the following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S13076-S13124
  Shelby/Murray Amendment No. 1899, in the nature of a substitute. 
(Amendment, as agreed to, will be considered original text for the 
purpose of further amendment.)
Page S13079
  Craig Amendment No. 1901 (to Amendment No. 1900), of a perfecting 
Pages S13079-87
  Dorgan Amendment No. 1900, to prohibit the enforcement of the ban on 
travel to Cuba. (By 36 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 405), Senate earlier 
failed to table the amendment.)
Pages S13079-87
  Harkin Amendment No. 1905, to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service 
from using funds to go 
forward with its proposed cash balance regulation.
Pages S13089-91
  By 95 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 407), Thomas/Voinovich Amendment No. 
1923, to substitute a requirement for an annual report on competitive 
Sourcing activities on lists required under the Federal Activities 
Inventory Reform Act of 1998 that are performed for executive agencies 
by Federal Government sources.
Pages S13101-05
  Dodd Amendment No. 1928, to fund the Election Assistance Commission 
for fiscal year 2004.
Pages S13106-12
  Shelby (for Durbin) Amendment No. 1936, to insert a provision 
relating to notification information concerning pharmacy services. 
                                                            Page S13116
  Shelby (for Chambliss) Amendment No. 1937, to make a technical 
Page S13117
  Shelby (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 1938, to modify section 130 to 
extend the prohibition under that section to the use of funds to 
provide maximum hours of service for certain drivers engaged for motion 
picture or television production.
Page S13117
  Shelby (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 1939, to prohibit the obligation 
of funds for the establishment or implementation of an EAS local 
participation pilot program.
Pages S13117-18

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  Shelby (for Bayh) Amendment No. 1940, to expand aviation capacity and 
alleviate congestion in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. 
                                                            Page S13118
  Shelby (for Reid/Murray) Amendment No. 1941, to require notice of 
regulations relating to travel agent service fees.
Page S13118
  Shelby (for Hollings) Amendment No. 1942, to modify a Federal share 
for a specific project under 49 U.S.C. 5307.
Page S13118
  Shelby (for Murray) Amendment No. 1943, to clarify the use of GSA 
Page S13118
  Shelby (for Reed) Amendment No. 1944, to provide that no funds may be 
used to remove any area within a locality pay area established under 
section 5304 of title 5, United States Code, from coverage under that 
locality pay area.
Page S13118
  Shelby (for Levin) Amendment No. 1945, to make certain technical 
modifications to previous transportation acts.
Pages S13118-19
  Shelby (for Specter) Amendment No. 1947, to clarify that allocated 
funds may be used for the Corridor One Light Rail Project. 
                                                            Page S13120
  Shelby (for Carper/Biden) Amendment No. 1948, to express the Sense of 
the Senate that the Secretary of Transportation must consider the 
impact on northern Delaware of aircraft noise related to the 
Philadelphia International Airport Capacity Enhancement Program. 
                                                            Page S13120
  Shelby (for Grassley) Amendment No. 1949, to provide that none of the 
funds appropriated or made available under this Act may be used to 
implement proposed regulations relating to the detail of executive 
branch employees to the legislative branch.
Pages S13120-21
  Shelby (for Stevens) Amendment No. 1950, to provide funds for the 
operation of the Midway Atoll Airfield by the Federal Aviation 
Administration pursuant to an operational agreement with the Department 
of the Interior.
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Lott) Amendment No. 1951, to set aside an amount for air 
traffic control facilities, John C. Stennis International Airport, 
Hancock County, Mississippi.
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Roberts) Amendment No. 1952, to provide that unexpended 
funds made available for improvements to Council Grove Lake, Kansas, 
may be used to make improvements to Richey Cove, Santa Fe Recreation 
Area, Canning Creek Recreation Area, and other areas in the State of 
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 1953, to require the Internal 
Revenue Service to conduct a study on the earned income tax credit pre-
certification program.
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 1954, to set aside funds made 
available for Texas State-wide ITS Deployment and Integration for the 
deployment and integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems at 
Port of Galveston, Texas, and City of Lubbock, Texas.
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Thomas) Amendment No. 1955, to provide clarifying 
language that instructs the Federal Highway Administration to extend 
through February 29, 2004, existing research contracts funded under the 
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Thomas) Amendment No. 1956, to provide for the 
acquisition of an ASR-11 radar for the Jackson Hole, Wyoming Airport. 
                                                            Page S13121
  Shelby (for Lautenberg) Amendment No. 1957, to provide funds for the 
FAA Technical Center.
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Frist) Amendment No. 1958, to provide funding for the 
Memphis Medical Center light rail extension project.
Page S13121
  Shelby (for Warner/Jeffords) Amendment No. 1959, to make available 
from amounts available for the Federal Highway Administration for the 
Transportation and Community and System Pilot Preservation Program, 
$850,000 for interior air quality demonstration activities at the 
Bristol, Virginia, control facility to evaluate Standard industrial 
fuel system performance and efficiency with drive-by-wire engine 
management and emissions systems.
Pages S13121-22
  Shelby (for Warner) Amendment No. 1960, to provide funding for 
Intelligent transportation System Research.
Page S13122
  Shelby (for Murray/Hollings) Amendment No. 1961, to provide funding 
for improvements to Bowman Road and Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Highway 
17, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Page S13122
  Shelby (for Frist) Amendment No. 1962, relative to the Memphis-Shelby 
International Airport intermodal facility.
Page S13122
  Shelby (for Chambliss/Miller) Amendment No. 1963, to provide from 
amounts available for Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport, Gainesville, 
Page S13122
  McConnell (for Collins) Amendment No. 1964, to limit the use of funds 
for converting to contractor performance of executive agency activities 
and functions.
Page S13124
  Feingold Amendment No. 1904, to provide that Members of Congress 
shall not receive a cost-of-living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 
2003. (By 60 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 406), Senate tabled the 
Pages S13087-89
  By 47 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 408), Mikulski Amendment No. 1917, to 
prohibit the use of funds

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for implementing the 2003 revision of Office of Management and Budget 
Circular A-76.
Pages S13091-S13101, S13105-06
  Shelby (for Akaka) Amendment No. 1946, to prohibit the use of funds 
for he Debt Indicator program.
Pages S13119-20
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 63 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 409), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to waive Section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act 
of 1974, with respect to Dodd Amendment No. 1928, to fund the Election 
Assistance Commission for fiscal year 2004. The point of order that the 
amendment was in violation of section 302(f) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 was not sustained.
  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 Shelby, Specter, Bond, 
Bennett, Campbell, Hutchison, DeWine, Brownback, Stevens, Murray, Byrd, 
Mikulski, Reid, Kohl, Durbin, Dorgan, and Inouye.
  International Religious Freedom Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
251,designating October 27, 2003, as ``International Religious Freedom 
  Page S13183
  Recognizing Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry: Senate 
passed H.J. Res. 52, recognizing the Doctor Samuel D. Harris National 
Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 
Baltimore, Maryland, as the official national museum of dentistry in 
the United States, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                        Pages S13183-84
  National Cancer Prevention Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 252, 
designating the month of February 2004 as ``National Cancer Prevention 
  Page S13184
National Consumer Credit Reporting System Improvement Act Agreement:A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at a time 
determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the 
Democratic Leader, but not before Monday, October 27, 2003, Senate 
proceed to the consideration of S. 1753, to amend the Fair Credit 
Reporting Act in order to prevent identity theft, to improve the use of 
and consumer access to consumer reports, to enhance the accuracy of 
consumer reports, to limit the Sharing of certain consumer information, 
to improve financial education and literacy.
  Page S13124
Nomination Considered: Senate began consideration of the nomination of 
Michael O. Leavitt, of Utah, to be Administrator of the Environmental 
Protection Agency.
  Pages S13182-83
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination and, 
in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of 
the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, 
October 27, 2003.
Pages S13182-83
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Carol Kinsley, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a 
term expiring October 6, 2006.
  Routine lists in the Air Force.
Page S13185
Messages From the House:
  Page S13132
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S13132
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S13132
Executive Communications:
  Pages S13132-33
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S13133-34
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S13134-35
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S13135-49
Additional Statements:
  Pages S13131-32
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S13149-50
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S13175
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S13176
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S13176
Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total-410) 
                   Pages S13087, S13089, S13105, S13106, S13112, S13123
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 8:22 p.m., until 
9:30 a.m., on Friday, October 24, 2003. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 


Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nomination of Maj. Gen. Robert T. Clark for appointment in the United 
States Army to the grade of Lieutenant General.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine proposals

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for improving the regulation of the Housing government-sponsored 
enterprises (GSEs), focusing on regulatory independence, the exposure 
of taxpayers to risks from the GSEs, and including regulation of the 
Federal Home Loan Banks, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, after receiving 
testimony from John T. Korsmo, Chairman, Federal Housing Finance Board; 
Armando Falcon, Jr, Director, Office of Federal Housing Enterprise 
Oversight, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Douglas Holtz-
Eakin, Director, Congressional Budget Office; John D. Koch, Charter One 
Bank, Cleveland, Ohio, on behalf of America's Community Bankers; Dale 
J. Torpey, Federation Bank, Washington, Iowa, on behalf of the 
Independent Community Bankers of America; Allen J. Fishbein, Consumer 
Federation of America, and Robert M. Couch, Mortgage Bankers 
Association, both of Washington, D.C.; and Iona C. Harrision, Realty 
Executives-Main Street, U.S.A., Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on behalf of 
the National Association of Realtors.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nominations of Roger Walton Ferguson, Jr., of 
Massachusetts, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System, Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be a Member 
of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Paul S. 
Atkins, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange 
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nominations of Karen K. Bhatia, of Maryland, to 
be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Gwendolyn Brown, of 
Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration, Charles Darwin Snelling, of Pennsylvania, to be a 
Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington 
Airports Authority, and certain nominations for promotion in the U.S. 
Coast Guard.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine concluded a hearing to 
examine railroad shipper issues and S. 919, to amend title 49, United 
States Code, to enhance competition among and between rail carriers in 
order to ensure efficient rail service and reasonable rail rates, after 
receiving testimony from Roger Nober, Chairman, Surface Transportation 
Board, Department of Transportation; Edward R. Hamberger, Association 
of American Railroads, Washington, D.C.; Terry C. Whiteside, Whiteside 
and Associates, Billings, Montana, on behalf of several farm producer 
groups; Charles E. Platz, Basell North America, Inc., Wilmington, 
Delaware, on behalf of the Consumers United for Rail Equity and the 
American Chemistry Council; and Randall Linville, The Scoular Company, 
Overland Park, Kansas.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the following bills:
  S. 994, to protect human health and the environment from the release 
of hazardous substances by acts of terrorism, with amendment in the 
nature of a substitute; and
  S. 1757, to amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize 
appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 
with an amendment.
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine current-
federal tax treatment, proposals, and issues relating to company owned 
life insurance, focusing on the uses of corporate-owned life insurance, 
identify where any problems might exist, and suggest how those problems 
should be addressed, after receiving testimony from Gregory F. Jenner, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy; Davi M. 
D'Agostino, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, 
General Accounting Office; Frank Keating, American Council of Life 
Insurers, and Andrew D. Pike, American University Washington College of 
Law, both of Washington, D.C.; Robert Plybon, Association for Advanced 
Life Underwriting, Falls Church, Virginia; and Spencer Tillman, Sugar 
Land, Texas.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Operations and Terrorism concluded a hearing to examine how to achieve 
the necessary security improvements in a global environment relating to 
the post-9/11 visa reforms and new technology, focusing on the economic 
impact of tourism, travel by students and scholars, and the negative 
perception of U.S. visa policies, after receiving testimony from C. 
Stewart Verdery, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for 
Policy, Border, and Transportation Security; Janice L. Jacobs, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs; David M. Hardy, 
Acting Assistant Director, Records Management Division, Federal Bureau 
of Investigation, Department of Justice; William C. Oberlin, American 
Chamber of Commerce in Korea and Boeing International Corporation, 
Seoul, Korea; John Aber, University of New Hampshire, Durham; and

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Jose Estorino, Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 
Orlando, Florida, on behalf of the Travel Industry Association of 
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions:  Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine State and federal oversight to ensure 
the Safety and quality of drug compounding--the process of mixing, 
combining, or altering ingredients to create a customized medication 
for an individual patient--by pharmacies, after receiving testimony 
from Janet Heinrich, Director, Health Care-Public Health Issues, 
General Accounting Office; Steven K. Galson, Acting Director, Center 
for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 
Department of Health and Human Services; Sarah L. Sellers, Center for 
Pharmaceutical Safety, Barrington, Illinois; Daniel A. Herbert, 
Richmond, Virginia, on behalf of the American Pharmacists Association; 
Kevin Kinkade, Missouri Board of Pharmacy, Jefferson City; and William 
P. Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Orlando, Florida.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1545, to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State 
residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the 
cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien 
students who are long-term United States residents, with an amendment 
in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1743, to permit reviews of criminal records of applicants for 
private Security officer employment;
  S. 1194, to foster local collaborations which will ensure that 
resources are effectively and efficiently used within the criminal and 
juvenile justice Systems, with an amendment in the nature a substitute;
  S. Res. 239, designating November 7, 2003, as ``National Native 
American Veterans Day'' to honor the Service of Native Americans in the 
United States Armed Forces and the contribution of Native Americans to 
the defense of the United States;
  S. Res. 240, designating November 2003 as ``National American Indian 
Heritage Month''; and
  The nominations of Dale S. Fischer, to be United States District 
Judge for the Central District of California, and Gary L. Sharpe, to be 
United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to call.


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Chamber Action
  The House was not in session today. It will meet at 10 a.m. on 
Friday, October 24 in a pro forma session and at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 
October 28 for morning hour debate.


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Committee Meetings
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Open for 
Business: Ensuring Employee and Customer Safety at the Former Brentwood 
Postal Facility.'' Testimony was heard from Bernard L. Unger, Director, 
Physical Infrastructure Issues, Comptroller General, GAO; R. Davis 
Layne, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, Department of Labor; the following officials of the 
U.S. Postal Service: Thomas Day, Vice President, Engineering; and Jerry 
Lane, Manager, Capitol Metro Operations; Theodore J. Gordon, Senior 
Deputy Director, Environmental Health Science and Regulation, 
Department of Health, District of Columbia; and public witnesses.


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                            OCTOBER 24, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


  No committee meetings are Scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Friday, October 24

                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: After the transaction of any morning business (not 
to extend beyond 10 a.m.), Senate may consider H.R. 2800, Foreign 
Operations Appropriations Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      10 a.m., Friday, October 24

                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Pro forma session.