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                                         Thursday, October 30, 2003

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate and House passed H.J. Res. 75, Continuing Appropriations.
      Senate passed H.R. 1904, Healthy Forest Restoration Act.
      Senate passed H.R. 2800, Foreign Operations Appropriations Act.
      The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 2115, Flight 
      100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act.
       The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 2691, 
      Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 
      FY 2004.
      The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 3289, 
      Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY 2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S13613-S13697
Measures Introduced: Seven bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1798-1804, S. Res. 255, and S. Con. Res. 78. 
                                                            Page S13660
Measures Reported:
  S. 1663, to replace certain Coastal Barrier Resources System maps. 
(S. Rept. No. 108-179)
  H.R. 274, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the 
property in Cecil County, Maryland, known as Garrett Island for 
inclusion in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. (S. Rept. No. 
108-180)
  S. 1395, to authorize appropriations for the Technology 
Administration of the Department of Commerce for fiscal years 2004 
through 2005, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 108-181)
  S. 1402, to authorize appropriations for activities under the Federal 
railroad safety laws for fiscal years 2004 through 2008, with 
amendments. (S. Rept. No. 108-182)
  S. 1720, to provide for Federal court proceedings in Plano, Texas, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  S. Con. Res. 58, expressing the sense of Congress with respect to 
raising awareness and encouraging prevention of stalking in the United 
States and supporting the goals and ideals of National Stalking 
Awareness Month, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and 
with an amended preamble.
Page S13659
Measures Passed:
   Continuing Appropriations: Senate passed H.J. Res. 75, making 
further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2004, clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Page S13659
  Healthy Forests Restoration Act: By 80 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 
428), Senate passed H.R. 1904, to improve the capacity of the Secretary 
of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to conduct hazardous 
fuels reduction projects on National Forest System lands and Bureau of 
Land Management lands aimed at protecting communities, watersheds, and 
certain other at-risk lands from catastrophic wildfire, to enhance 
efforts to protect watersheds and address threats to forest and 
rangeland health, including catastrophic wildfire, across the 
landscape, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute, and taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S13600-11, S13613-37
Adopted:
  Bingaman Amendment No. 2036, to require collaborative monitoring of 
forest health projects.
Pages S13609-11, S13613-16
  Bingaman Amendment No. 2042, to require best-value contracting 
criteria in awarding contracts and agreements.
Pages S13616-17

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  Cochran Amendment No. 2046, to make certain improvements to the bill.
                                                            Page S13631
  Notwithstanding passage of the bill, Cochran Amendment No. 2046 was 
subsequently modified.
Page S13696
Rejected:
  Bingaman Amendment No. 2035, to require the treatment of slash and 
other long-term fuels management for hazardous fuels reduction 
projects. (By 58 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 422), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S13608-09
  Leahy Amendment No. 2039, to remove certain provisions relating to 
administrative and judicial review. (By 62 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 
423), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S13609-11
  Boxer Amendment No. 2043, to increase the minimum percentage of funds 
allocated for authorized hazardous fuel reduction projects in the 
wildland-urban interface. (By 61 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 424), Senate 
tabled the amendment.)
Pages S13617-21
  Murray Amendment No. 2030, to ensure protection of old-growth stands. 
(By 62 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 425), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                        Pages S13621-24
  Cantwell Modified Amendment No. 2038, to require the Comptroller 
General to study the costs and benefits of the analysis of alternatives 
in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. (By 
57 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 426), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                        Pages S13624-26
  Harkin Amendment No. 2045, to provide authority for title I, relative 
to hazardous fuels reduction on federal land. (By 61 yeas to 31 nays 
(Vote No. 427), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S13626-31
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 36 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 421), 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 Bingaman Amendment No. 2031, to provide 
the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to borrow funds from 
the Treasury to pay for firefighting costs that exceed funds available 
and to provide funding to conduct hazardous fuels reduction and burned 
area restoration projects on non-Federal lands in and around 
communities. 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 S13601-05
  Foreign Operation Appropriations Act: Senate passed H.R. 2800, making 
appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related 
programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, taking action 
on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S13637-51
Adopted:
  By 89 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 429), DeWine Amendment No. 1966, to 
increase assistance to combat HIV/AIDS.
Pages S13638-39
  McConnell Amendment No. 2049, to make certain technical corrections 
and to provide for international military training assistance for 
Indonesia.
Page S13648
  McConnell (for Stevens) Amendment No. 2050, to provide assistance for 
democracy programs in Russia.
Pages S13648-49
  McConnell Amendment No. 1970, to express the sense of the Senate on 
Burma.
Pages S13649-51
Rejected:
  By 45 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 430), Feinstein Amendment No. 1977, 
to clarify the definition of HIV/AIDS prevention for purposes of 
providing funds for therapeutic medical care.
Pages S13644-46
  By 41 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 432), Bingaman/Daschle Amendment No. 
2048, to make an additional $200,000,000 available for the Global AIDS 
Initiative and reduce the amount available for Millennium Challenge 
Assistance by $200,000,000.
Pages S13645, S13647-48
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 42 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 431), 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 Durbin Amendment No. 2047, to increase 
assistance to combat HIV/AIDS. 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 S13639-44, S13646-47
  McConnell (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 2023, to provide for the 
disclosure of prices paid for HIV/AIDS medicines in developing 
countries, previously agreed to on Tuesday, October 28, 2003, was 
modified.
Page S13648
  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 McConnell, Specter, 
Gregg, Shelby, Bennett, Campbell, Bond, DeWine, Stevens, Leahy, Inouye, 
Harkin, Mikulski, Durbin, Johnson, Landrieu, and Byrd.
Page S13651
  A Tribute to Survivors: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged 
from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 76, recognizing that 
November 2, 2003, shall be dedicated to ``A Tribute to Survivors'' at 
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the resolution was then 
agreed to.
  Pages S13696-97
Climate Stewardship Act: Senate continued consideration of S. 139, to 
provide for a program of scientific research on abrupt climate change, 
to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the United 
States by establishing a market-driven system of greenhouse gas 
tradeable allowances that could be used interchangeably with passenger 
vehicle fuel economy standard credits, to limit greenhouse gas 
emissions in the United States and reduce dependence upon foreign oil, 
and ensure benefits to consumers from the trading in such allowances, 
taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                        Pages S13572-98
Rejected:
  By 43 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 420), Lieberman/McCain Amendment No. 
2028, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S13572, S13598
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the bill be 
re-referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. 
                                                            Page S13598
Interior Department Appropriations--Conference Report: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that on Monday, November 3, 
2003, at a time determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation 
with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the 
conference report to accompany H.R. 2691, making appropriations for the 
Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2004; that there be 60 minutes of debate equally 
divided; and following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on 
adoption of the conference report on Monday, November 3, 2003, at a 
time determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the 
Democratic Leader.
  Page S13643
Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act: 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 Thursday, 
November 6, 2003, Senate begin consideration of S. 150, to make 
permanent the moratorium on taxes on Internet access and multiple and 
discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce imposed by the Internet Tax 
Freedom Act.
  Pages S13643-44
Emergency Supplemental, Iraq and Afghanistan Appropriations Act 
Conference Report--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that at 11 a.m., on Monday, November 3, 2003, Senate begin 
consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 3289, making 
emergency supplemental appropriations for defense and for the 
reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2004; with the time until 5 p.m. equally divided and that 
at 5 p.m. the conference report be adopted.
  Page S13697
Nomination Considered: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination 
of of Charles W. Pickering, Sr., of Mississippi, to be United States 
Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  Pages S13535-72
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 419), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
                                                            Page S13572
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  1 Army nomination in the rank of general.
  2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy.
Page S13612
Messages From the House:
  Pages S13658-59
Measures Referred:
  Page S13658
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S13659
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S13659-60
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S13660-61
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S13661-81
Additional Statements:
  Page S13658
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S13681-95
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S13695
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S13695-96
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S13696
Record Votes: Fourteen record votes were taken today. (Total--432) 
  Pages S13572, S13598, S13605, S13609, S13611, S13621, S13624, S13626, 
                      S13630-31, S13637, S13639, S13646, S13647, S13648
Adjournment: Senate met at 9 a.m., and adjourned at 11:44 p.m., until 
10 a.m., on Friday, October 31, 2003. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S13611.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
PALESTINIAN EDUCATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education concluded a hearing to examine the content of 
Palestinian education materials, including textbooks and films, and the 
effect such materials have on the peace

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process, focusing on the United States foreign aid program in the West 
Bank and the Gaza Strip, and curriculum that promotes principles of 
human rights, democracy, diversity, tolerance, and pluralism, after 
receiving testimony from Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary of 
State; James Kunder, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia and the 
Near East, U.S. Agency for International Development; Daniel Pipes, 
U.S. Institute of Peace, and James Zogby, Arab American Institute, both 
of Washington, D.C.; Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, Jerusalem, 
Israel; Hassan Abdul Rahman, Palestinian Authority, Gaza; and Morton 
Klein, Zionist Organization of America, New York, New York.
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC AND EXCHANGE RATE POLICIES
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the Treasury Department's report to Congress on 
international economic and exchange rate policy, after receiving 
testimony from John W. Snow, Secretary of the Treasury.
UNIVERSAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Communications concluded a hearing on the future of Universal 
Telecommunications Service, focusing on opening local markets to 
competition and preserving and advancing universal service, as it 
confronts widespread marketplace and technological developments, after 
receiving testimony from Michael K. Powell, Chairman, Federal 
Communications Commission.
NATIONAL PARKS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded a hearing to examine S. 1241, to establish the Kate 
Mullany National Historic Site in the State of New York, S. 1364, to 
amend the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to authorize 
the payment of expenses after the death of certain Federal employees in 
the State of Alaska, S. 1433, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to provide assistance in implementing cultural heritage, 
conservation, and recreational activities in the Connecticut River 
watershed of the States of New Hampshire and Vermont, and S. 1462, to 
adjust the boundary of the Cumberland Island Wilderness, to authorize 
tours of the Cumberland Island National Seashore, after receiving 
testimony from Senator Clinton; Durand Jones, Deputy Director, National 
Park Service, Department of the Interior; Gregory B. Paxton, The 
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Atlanta; Sean McKeon, 
Northeast Regional Forest Foundation, Brattleboro, Vermont; Hans 
Neuhauser, Georgia Environmental Policy Institute, Athens, on behalf of 
The Wilderness Society, Wilderness Watch, and The Georgia Conservancy; 
and Sharon F. Francis, Connecticut River Joint Commissions, 
Charlestown, New Hampshire.
CALFED BAY-DELTA PROGRAM
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and 
Power concluded a hearing to examine S. 1097, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to implement the Calfed Bay-Delta Program, 
focusing on authorizing funding for fiscal years 2004 through 2007, as 
well as governance and management authorities for a comprehensive, 
balanced and timely water management program for California, after 
receiving testimony from Representative Calvert; Bennett W. Raley, 
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science; Patrick 
Wright, California Bay-Delta Authority, and David Guy, Northern 
California Water Association, both of Sacramento; Tom Birmingham, 
Westlands Water District, Fresno, California; Sunne W. McPeak, Bay Area 
Council, San Francisco, California; Ron Gastelum, Metropolitan Water 
District of Southern California, Los Angeles; and Tom Graff, 
Environmental Defense, Oakland, California.
U.S.-SYRIA RELATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee met in closed session to 
receive a briefing to examine U.S. policy directions relating to Syria 
from J. Cofer Black, Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for 
Counterterrorism, Department of State.
U.S.-SYRIA RELATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the current direction of U.S. policy towards Syria, focusing on 
developing a relationship with Syria in the context of furthering goals 
toward peace, prosperity and democracy in the Middle East, after 
receiving testimony from William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary for Near 
Eastern Affairs, and J. Cofer Black, Coordinator, Office of the 
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, both of the Department of State; and 
Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Richard W. 
Murphy, Council on Foreign Relations, Murhaf Jouejati, George 
Washington University, and Flynt L. Leverett, Brookings Institution, 
Saban Center for Middle East Studies, all of Washington, D.C.
HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on African Affairs met 
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Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions' Subcommittee on Children and 
Families to receive a report from Senator Frist relative to the HIV/
AIDS Codel to Africa.
ELDER JUSTICE AND PROTECTION
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on 
Aging concluded a hearing to examine financial abuse and exploitation 
of the elderly, focusing on issues that elderly consumers face in 
today's investment marketplace, after receiving testimony from Maryland 
State Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., Baltimore; Carol Scott, 
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City, on 
behalf of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman 
Programs; Robert B. Blancato, National Committee for the Prevention of 
Elder Abuse, Washington, D.C.; W. Lee Hammond, AARP, Salisbury, 
Maryland; and Richmond D. Chambers, Chevy Chase, Maryland.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1720, to provide for Federal court proceedings in Plano, Texas, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. Con. Res. 58, expressing the sense of Congress with respect to 
raising awareness and encouraging prevention of stalking in the United 
States and supporting the goals and ideals of National Stalking 
Awareness Month, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. Con. Res. 76, recognizing that November 2, 2003, shall be 
dedicated to ``A Tribute to Survivors'' at the United States Holocaust 
Memorial Museum; and
  The nominations of Dora L. Irizarry, to be United States District 
Judge for the Eastern District of New York, William K. Sessions III, of 
Vermont, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission, and 
David L. Huber, to be United States Attorney for the Western District 
of Kentucky, Department of Justice.
AGRICULTURE MONOPSONIES
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
monopsony issues in agriculture, focusing on the buying power of 
processors in the nation's agricultural markets, the role of antitrust 
enforcement in ensuring that agricultural markets are competitive, and 
the status of producers in an environment of concentrated purchasers of 
commodities, after receiving testimony from Senator Harkin; R. Hewitt 
Pate, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of 
Justice; DeeVon Bailey, Utah State University Department of Economics 
and Cooperative Extension Service, Logan; Ronald W. Cotterill, 
University of Connecticut Department of Agricultural and Resource 
Economics, Storrs; and Peter C. Carstensen, University of Wisconsin Law 
School, Madison.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nominations of Cynthia R. Church, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Public and Intergovernmental Affairs), 
who was introduced by Senator Warner, and Robert N. McFarland, of 
Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Information 
and Technology), who was introduced by Senator Hutchison, after each 
nominee testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to call.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 21 public bills, H.R. 3406-3427; and 7 
resolutions, H. Con. Res. 316-319 and H. Res. 425-427, were introduced.
                                                        Pages H10235-37
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H10237-38
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Conference report on H.R. 3289, making emergency supplemental 
appropriations for defense and for the reconstruction of Iraq and 
Afghanistan for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 (H. Rept. 
108-337); and
  H. Res. 424, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany the bill (H.R. 3289) making emergency supplemental 
appropriations for

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defense and for the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 (H. Rept. 108-338).
Page H10235
Approval of Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the 
Journal of Thursday, October 29 by a recorded vote of 345 ayes to 58 
noes with one voting ``present'', Roll No. 581.
  Pages H10137-38
Motions to Adjourn: The House rejected the McGovern motion to adjourn 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 86 yeas to 317 nays, Roll No. 580. 
                                                        Pages H10136-37
  The House rejected the Berry motion to adjourn by a recorded vote of 
76 ayes to 328 noes, Roll No. 584.
Page H10163
  The House rejected the McGovern motion to adjourn by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 68 yeas to 346 nays, Roll No. 585.
Pages H10170-71
  The House rejected the Hastings of Florida motion to adjourn by a 
recorded vote of 54 ayes to 360 noes, Roll No. 588.
Pages H10175-76
  The House rejected the Oberstar motion to adjourn by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 55 yeas to 360 nays, Roll No. 589.
Pages H10179-80
  The House rejected the Oberstar motion to adjourn by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 59 yeas to 343 nays, Roll No. 590.
Page H10181
Continuing Appropriations for FY 2004: The House passed H.J. Res 75, 
making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2004 by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 13 nays, Roll No. 583. 
                                                        Pages H10157-63
  Agreed to H. Res. 417, the rule providing for consideration of the 
bill on Wednesday, October 29.
Flight 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act--Conference Report: 
The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 2115, to amend title 
49, United States Code, to reauthorize programs for the Federal 
Aviation Administration, by a recorded vote of 211 ayes to 207 noes, 
Roll No. 592.
  Pages H10163-70, H10173-89
  Rejected the Oberstar motion to recommit the conference report with 
instructions to the conference committee by a yea-and-nay vote of 197 
yeas to 219 nays, Roll No. 591.
Pages H10187-88
  Agreed to H. Res. 422, the rule providing for consideration of the 
bill by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 587, after 
agreeing on a motion to order the previous question by a recorded vote 
of 222 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 586.
Pages H10174-75
Recess: The House recessed at 1:40 p.m. and reconvened at 3 p.m.
Interior Department Appropriations Act for FY 2004--Conference Report: 
The House agreed to H.R. 2691, making appropriations for the Department 
of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2004 by a yea-and-nay vote of 216 yeas to 205 nays, Roll 
No. 595.
  Pages H10190-H10205
  Rejected the Hinchey motion to recommit the conference report to the 
conference committee by a yea-and-nay vote of 190 yeas to 229 nays, 
Roll No. 594.
Page H10204
  Agreed to H. Res. 418, the rule providing for consideration of the 
conference report on Wednesday, October 29.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Expressing gratitude to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were 
deployed in Somalia in 1993: Debated on Tuesday, October 28, H. Con. 
Res. 291, expressing deep gratitude for the valor and commitment of the 
members of the United States Armed Forces who were deployed in 
Operation Restore Hope to provide humanitarian assistance to the people 
of Somalia in 1993, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas with none 
voting ``nay'', Roll No. 582;
  Pages H10138-39
  Repudiating the anti-Semitic sentiments expressed by Dr. Mahathir 
Mohamad: Debated on Tuesday, October 28, H. Res. 409, repudiating the 
recent anti-Semitic sentiments expressed by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the 
outgoing prime minister of Malaysia, which makes peace in the Middle 
East and around the world more elusive, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 
411 yeas with none voting ``nay'' and one voting ``present'', Roll No. 
593; and
  Pages H10189-90
  Sense of Congress welcoming President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan to the 
United States: Debated on Wednesday, October 29, H. Con. Res. 302, 
expressing the sense of Congress welcoming President Chen Shui-bian of 
Taiwan to the United States on October 31, 2003, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay 
vote of 416 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 596. 
                                                        Pages H10205-06
Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY 2004--Conference Report: The 
House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 3289, making emergency 
supplemental appropriations for defense and for the reconstruction of 
Iraq and Afghanistan for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, by 
a yea-and-nay vote of 298 yeas to 121 nays, Roll No. 601. 
                                             Pages H10139-57, H10206-31
  Rejected the Obey motion to recommit the conference report with 
instructions to the conference

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committee by a yea-and-nay vote of 198 yeas to 221 nays, Roll No. 600. 
                                                        Pages H10229-30
  Agreed to H. Res. 421, the rule waiving clause 6(a) of rule XIII, 
that requires a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it 
is reported from the Rules Committee, by a yea-and-nay vote of 217 yeas 
and 197 nays, Roll No. 597.
Pages H10206-10
  Agreed to H. Res. 424, the rule providing for consideration of the 
conference report by a voice vote.
Pages H10211-14
Energy Policy Act of 2003: The House rejected the Eddie Bernice Johnson 
of Texas motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 6, to enhance energy 
conservation and research and development, to provide for security and 
diversity in the energy supply for the American people, by a yea-and-
nay vote of 182 yeas to 232 nays, Roll No. 598.
  Page H10210
Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003: The House 
rejected the Davis of Florida motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 1, 
to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a 
voluntary prescription drug benefit under the medicare program and to 
strengthen and improve the medicare program by a yea-and-nay vote of 
195 yeas to 217 nays, Roll No. 599.
  Pages H10210-11
Meeting Hour: The House agreed that when it adjourn today, it adjourn 
to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4 for morning-hour debate. 
                                                            Page H10233
Calendar Wednesday: The House agreed to dispense with the Calendar 
Wednesday business of Wednesday, November 5.
  Page H10233
Library of Congress Trust Fund Board: The Chair announced the Speaker's 
appointment of Mrs. Elisabeth DeVos of Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the 
Library of Congress Trust Fund Board.
  Page H10233
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H10133.
Senate Referrals: S. 1405 and S. 1659 were ordered held at the desk, 
and S. 1590 and S. 1718 were referred to the Committee on Government 
Reform.
  Page H10133
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:37 a.m. on 
Friday, October 31.


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Committee Meetings
U.S. CHEMICAL WEAPONS STOCKPILE DESTRUCTION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on Destruction of the U.S. 
Chemical Weapons Stockpile--Program Status and Issues. Testimony was 
heard from Henry L. Hinton, Jr., Managing Director, Defense 
Capabilities Management, GAO; the following officials of the Department 
of Defense: Patrick Wakefield, Deputy Assistant to the Secretary 
(Chemical Demilitarization and Counterproliferation); Claude M. Bolton, 
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and 
Technology); and Michael A. Parker, Director, U.S. Army Chemical 
Materials Agency; and Craig Conklin, Chief, Nuclear and Chemical 
Hazards Branch Preparedness Division, Emergency Preparedness and 
Response Division, Department of Homeland Security.
ENERGY EMPLOYEES WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce 
Protections held a hearing on ``Energy Employees Workers' Compensation: 
Examining the Department of Labor's Role in Helping Workers with 
Energy-Related Occupational Illnesses and Diseases.'' Testimony was 
heard from Shelby Hallmark, Director, Office of Workers' Compensation 
Programs, Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor; 
John Howard, M.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety 
and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of 
Health and Human Services; and a public witness.
E-COMMERCE--ONLINE WINE SALES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``E-Commerce: The Case of 
Online Wine Sales and Direct Shipment.'' Testimony was heard from Todd 
Zywicki, Director, Office of Policy Planning, FTC; and public 
witnesses.
REVIEWING U.S. CAPITAL MARKET STRUCTURE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled 
``Reviewing U.S. Capital Market Structure: Promoting Competition in a 
Changing Trading Environment.'' Testimony was heard from William H. 
Donaldson, Chairman, SEC; and public witnesses.
SERVING THE UNDERSERVED IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Serving the 
Underserved in the 21st Century: The Need for a Stronger, More 
Responsive Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.'' Testimony was 
heard from Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, M.D., Surgeon General, 
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Human Services; C. Everett Koop, M.D., former Surgeon General; and 
Julius B. Richmond, M.D., and former Surgeon General; and a public 
witness.
PRIVATE RELIEF BILLS; PROSPECTS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS: IMMIGRATION'S 
IMPACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security, and Claims approved for full Committee action private relief 
bills.
  The Committee also held an oversight hearing on ``The Prospects for 
American Workers: Immigration's Impact.'' Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--GAO REPORT--OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES ON FEDERAL LANDS
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the GAO report 
entitled ``Opportunities to Improve the Management and Oversight of Oil 
and Gas Activities on Federal Lands.'' Testimony was heard from Barry 
T. Hill, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; and David 
Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Department 
of the Interior.
OVERSIGHT--INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION--CONSERVATION OF ATLANTIC TUNAS
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the upcoming 18th 
Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of 
Atlantic Tunas. Testimony was heard from William T. Hogarth, Assistant 
Administrator, Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, 
Department of Commerce; the following officials of the U.S. 
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 
(ICCAT): Glenn R. Delaney, Commercial Commissioner; and Robert G. 
Hayes, Recreational Commissioner; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power approved for 
full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 142, amended, 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 Groundwater Study and 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, Inland Empire Regional Water Recycling Initiative.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the following: H.R. 3334, 
Riverside-Corona Feeder Authorization Act; the Provo River Project 
Transfer Act; and S. 212, High Plains Aquifer Hydrogeologic 
Characterization, Mapping, Modeling and Monitoring Act. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of the Interior: 
John Keys III, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation; and Robert Hirsch, 
Assistant Director, Water Resources, U.S. Geological Survey; and public 
witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 3289, making 
emergency supplemental appropriations for defense and for the 
reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2004, and against its consideration. The rule provides 
that the conference report shall be considered as read. Testimony was 
heard from Chairman Young and Representative Obey.
SPACE WEATHER
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and 
Standards held a hearing on ``What is Space Weather and Who Should 
Forecast It?'' Testimony was heard from Ernest Hildner, Director, Space 
Environment Center, NOAA, Department of Commerce; John M. Grunfeld, 
Chief Scientist, NASA; Col. L. Benson, Jr., USAF, Air Force Weather 
Agency, Department of the Air Force; and public witnesses.
MATH SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Research held a hearing on 
Implementation of the Math Science Partnership Program: Views from the 
Field. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL E-MAIL (SPAM)--IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
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small businesses. Testimony was heard from J. Howard Beales III, 
Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FAA'S AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL MODERNIZATION PROGRAM STATUS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation held an oversight hearing on The Status of the Federal 
Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Control Modernization Programs. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
Transportation: Kenneth R. Mead, Inspector General; and Charles Keegan, 
Associate Administrator, FAA; Gerald Dillingham, Director, Civil 
Aviation Issues, GAO; and a public witness.
U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC RELATIONS
Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on United States-China 
Economic Relations and China's Role in the Global Economy. Testimony 
was heard from John B. Taylor, Under Secretary, International Affairs, 
Department of the Treasury; N. Gregory Mankiw, Chairman, Council of 
Economic Advisers; Ambassador Josette Shiner, Deputy U.S. Trade 
Representative; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director, CBO; Loren Yager, 
Director, Office of International Affairs and Trade, GAO; and Robert 
Rogowsky, Director, Office of Operations, U.S. International Trade 
Commission.
  Hearings continue tomorrow.
SECURING FREEDOM AND THE NATION
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Held a hearing entitled 
``Securing Freedom and the Nation: Collecting Intelligence Under the 
Law, Constitutional and Public Policy Consideration.'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Ordered reported, as amended, 
H.R. 2886, Department of Homeland Security Financial Accountability 
Act.
STRENGTH THROUGH KNOWLEDGE
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, 
Science, and Research and Development held a hearing entitled 
``Strength Through Knowledge: Homeland Security Science and Technology; 
Setting and Steering a Strong Course.'' Testimony was heard from Parney 
C. Albright, Assistant Secretary, Plans, Programs and Budgets, 
Department of Homeland Security.

Joint Meetings
EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN APPROPRIATIONS ACT
Conferees on Wednesday, October 30, 2003, agreed to file a conference 
report on the differences between the Senate and House passed versions 
of H.R. 3289, making emergency supplemental appropriations for defense 
and for the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan for the fiscal year 
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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D 1186)
  H.R. 1900, to award a congressional gold medal to Jackie Robinson 
(posthumously), in recognition of his many contributions to the Nation, 
and to express the sense of the Congress that there should be a 
national day in recognition of Jackie Robinson. Signed on October 29, 
2003. (Public Law 108-101).
  H.R. 3229, to amend title 44, United States Code, to transfer to the 
Public Printer the authority over the individuals responsible for 
preparing indexes of the Congressional Record. Signed on October 29, 
2003. (Public Law 108-102).
  S. 1591, to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 48 South Broadway, Nyack, New York, as the ``Edward 
O'Grady, Waverly Brown, Peter Paige Post Office Building''. Signed on 
October 29, 2003. (Public Law 108-103).


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2003-10-31

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                            OCTOBER 31, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on Ways and Means, to continue hearings on United 
States-China Economic Relations and China's Role in the Global 
Economy, 9 a.m., 1100 Longworth.


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