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                                       Wednesday, November 12, 2003

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to the Conference Report on H.R. 1588, National 
      Defense Authorization Act, and the Conference Report on H.R. 
      2559, Military Construction Appropriations Act, clearing both 
      measures for the President.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S14463-S14921
Measures Introduced: On Wednesday, November 12, 2003, six bills were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1850-1855; on Thursday, November 13, 2003, 
three bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1856-
1858, S. Res. 266, and S. Con. Res. 81; and on Friday, November 14, 
2003, nine bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 
1859-1867, and S.J. Res. 24.
  Page S14804
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees 
of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2004''. (S. Rept. No. 108-195) 
                                                            Page S14804
Measures Passed:
  Basic Pilot Program Extension and Expansion Act: Senate passed S. 
1685, to extend and expand the basic pilot program for employment 
eligibility verification, after agreeing to the committee amendment in 
the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S14504-06
  Bond (for Leahy/Brownback) Amendment No. 2170, to extend the duration 
of the immigrant investor regional center pilot program for 5 
additional years.
Pages S14505-06
  Adoption Promotion Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from 
further consideration of H.R. 3182, to reauthorize the adoption 
incentive payments program under part E of title IV of the Social 
Security Act, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Pages S14859-60
  Overseas Private Investment Corporation Amendments Act: Senate passed 
S. 1824, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to reauthorize the 
Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
  Pages S14860-61
  Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act: Committee on Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 1261, to enhance the workforce investment system 
of the Nation by strengthening one-stop career centers, providing for 
more effective governance arrangements, promoting access to a more 
comprehensive array of employment, training, and related services, 
establishing a targeted approach to serving youth, and improving 
performance accountability, and the bill was then passed, after 
striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof, 
the text of S. 1627, Senate companion measure, after agreeing to the 
committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Page S14861-S14919
  Subsequently, S. 1627 was returned to the Senate calendar. 
                                                            Page S14919
VA-HUD Appropriations Act: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 2861, 
making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and 
Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, 
boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2004, taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S14464-81, S14496-S14504, S14506-28
Adopted:
  Craig (for Bond) Amendment No. 2156 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
clarify the current exemption for certain nonroad agriculture and 
construction engines or vehicles that are smaller than 50 horsepower 
from an air emission regulation by California and require EPA to 
develop a national standard.
Pages S14477-81, S14496

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  Craig Modified Amendment No. 2158 (to Amendment No. 2150), to provide 
for the enhanced review of covered pesticide products, to authorize 
fees for certain pesticide products, and to extend and improve the 
collection of maintenance fees.
Page S14496
  Bond Amendment No. 2167 (to Amendment No. 2150), to remove the 
emergency designation on VA medical care.
Page S14496
  Lautenberg Amendment No. 2171 (to Amendment No. 2150), to maintain 
enforcement personnel for the Environmental Protection Agency at the 
fiscal year 2003 level.
Pages S14506-07
  Bond (for Graham (SC)/Hollings) Amendment No. 2172 (to Amendment No. 
2150), to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an 
enhanced-use lease at the Charleston Department of Veterans Affairs 
Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina.
Page S14507
  Bond (for Mikulski/Bond) Amendment No. 2173 (to Amendment No. 2150), 
to require notice and comment rulemaking, and prohibit disclosure of 
selection information, by the Corporation for National and Community 
Service.
Page S14507
  Bond Amendment No. 2174 (to Amendment No. 2150), to increase funds 
for the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight to conduct 
audits, investigations and examinations and to provide for additional 
emergency funds.
Pages S14510-11
  Bond (for Stevens) Amendment No. 2175 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
provide an allocation of funding under the Native American Housing 
Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 for the State of Alaska. 
                                                            Page S14511
  Bond (for Durbin/Fitzgerald) Amendment No. 2176 (to Amendment No. 
2150), to insert a provision relating to VA-Navy sharing of facilities 
at the North Chicago VA Medical Center.
Pages S14511-12
  Bond (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 2177 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
provide housing for teachers, administrators, and other school staff in 
remote areas of Alaska since such housing is often extremely 
substandard, if it is even available at all, and rural school districts 
in Alaska are facing increased challenges, including meeting the 
mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act, and in recruiting and 
retaining employees due to a lack of housing units.
Page S14512
  Bond Amendment No. 2180 (to Amendment No. 2150), to require HUD to 
make any changes to the operating fund formula by negotiated 
rulemaking.
Pages S14518, S14520-24
  Bond (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 2181 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
provide for the treatment of the Pioneer Homes in Alaska as a State 
home for veterans.
Pages S14520-24
  Bond (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 2182 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
express the sense of the Senate on the access to primary health care of 
veterans living in rural and highly rural areas.
Pages S14520-24
  Bond (for Sarbanes) Amendment No. 2183 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
express the sense of the Senate that housing vouchers are a critical 
resource and that the Department of Housing and Urban Development 
should ensure that all vouchers can be used by low-income families. 
                                                        Pages S14520-24
  Bond (for Clinton) Amendment No. 2184 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
provide VISTA volunteers the option of receiving a national service 
educational award.
Pages S14520-24
  Bond (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 2151 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
increase the amount of funds that may be used by States for technical 
assistance and administrative costs under the community development 
block grant program.
Pages S14520-24
  Bond (for Levin) Amendment No. 2185 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
authorize appropriations for sewer overflow control grants. 
                                                        Pages S14520-24
  Bond (for Boxer) Amendment No. 2186 (to Amendment No. 2150), to 
express the sense of the Senate that human dosing studies of pesticides 
raises ethical and health questions.
Pages S14520-24
Withdrawn:
  Dorgan Amendment No. 2159 (to Amendment No. 2158), to permit the 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to register a 
Canadian pesticide.
Pages S14478-79
Pending:
  Bond/Mikulski Amendment No. 2150, in the nature of a substitute. 
                              Pages S14464-81, S14496-S14504, S14506-28
  Clinton Amendment No. 2152 (to Amendment No. 2150), to permit the use 
of funds for the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services 
(CARES) initiative of the Department of Veterans Affairs for purposes 
of enhanced services while limiting the use of funds for the initiative 
for purposes of the closure or reduction of services pending a 
modification of the initiative to take into account long-term care, 
domiciliary care, and mental health services and other matters. 
                                         Pages S14496-S14504, S14508-10
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 44 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 449), 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 Mikulski Amendment No. 2178 (to Amendment No. 
2150),

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to provide for certain capitalization grants. 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 S14512-18
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 12 noon, on Monday, November 17, 2003. 
                                                            Page S14920
National Defense Authorization Act--Conference Report: By 95 yeas to 3 
nays (Vote No. 447), Senate agreed to the conference report on H.R. 
1588, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 for military 
activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and 
for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and to prescribe 
personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Pages S14481-94
Military Construction Appropriations--Conference Report: By a unanimous 
vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 448), Senate agreed to the conference report 
on H.R. 2559, making appropriations for military construction, family 
housing, and base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Pages S14494-96
Federal Aviation Administration Authorization--Conference Report: 
Senate began consideration of the conference report on H.R. 2115, to 
amend title 49, United States Code, to reauthorize programs for the 
Federal Aviation Administration.
  Page S14858
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the conference report 
and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing 
Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Monday, November 
17, 2003.
Page S14858
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing the further 
consideration of the conference report at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, 
November 17, 2003; that there be one hour of debate equally divided, 
and Senate then vote on the motion to close further debate on the 
conference report.
Page S14858
Nomination Considered: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination 
of Priscilla Richman Owen, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge 
for the Fifth Circuit.
  Pages S14531-32, S14547-S14682, S14683-S14777
  A fourth 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 on Friday, November 
14, 2003.
Pages S14531-32
  By 53 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 450), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the fourth motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
(This action occurred on the calendar day of Friday, November 14, 2003 
during the continuous session of Wednesday, November 12, 2003.) 
                                                            Page S14777
Nomination Considered: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination 
of Carolyn B. Kuhl, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge 
for the Ninth Circuit.
  Page S14532, S14547-S14682, S14683-S14783
  A second 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 on Friday, November 
14, 2003.
Page S14532
  By 53 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 451), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the second motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
(This action occurred on the calendar day of Friday, November 14, 2003 
during the continuous session of Wednesday, November 12, 2003.) 
                                                        Pages S14777-83
Nomination Considered: Senate began consideration of the nomination of 
Janice R. Brown, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the District of Columbia Circuit. 
                              Page S14532, S14547-S14682, S14683-S14785
  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 on Friday, November 14, 2003. 
                                                            Page S14532
  By 53 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 452), 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. (This 
action occurred on the calendar day of Friday, November 14, 2003 during 
the continuous session of Wednesday, November 12, 2003.) 
                                                        Pages S14783-85
Nomination Considered: Senate began consideration of the nomination of 
Thomas C. Dorr, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural 
Development.
  Pages S14858-59
  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 on Tuesday, November 18, 2003.
                                                        Pages S14858-59
Nomination Considered: Senate began consideration of the nomination of 
Thomas C. Dorr, of Iowa,

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to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Commodity Credit 
Corporation.
  Pages S14858-59
  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 on Tuesday, November 18, 2003.
                                                        Pages S14858-59
Point of Order Raised: During Executive Session, Senator Gregg raised a 
point of order that a sign displayed on the minority side of the aisle 
violated provisions of Rule XVII of the Rules for Regulation of the 
Senate Wing of the United States Capitol and Senate Office Buildings. 
                                                            Page S14529
Nomination--Agreement: a unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that at a time determined by the Majority Leader, with the 
concurrence of the Democratic Leader, Senate may proceed to executive 
session to begin consideration of the nomination of Maj. Gen. Robert T. 
Clark for appointment in the United States Army to the grade of 
Lieutenant General; that there be two hours equally divided between the 
Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services; and 
that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate proceed to a 
vote on confirmation of the nomination; further, that following the 
confirmation vote, Senate proceed to the consideration of certain 
nominations en bloc, and the nominations then be confirmed. 
                                                            Page S14920
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a periodic report relative to the 
national emergency with respect to Iran which was declared in Executive 
Order No. 12170; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
Affairs. (PM-56)
Page S14802
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination (on 
the calendar day of Friday, November 14, 2003, during the continuous 
session of Wednesday, November 12, 2003):
  Zalmay Khalilzad, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Transitional 
Islamic State of Afghanistan.
Page S14921
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations (on the 
calendar day of Friday, November 14, 2003, during the continuous 
session of Wednesday, November 12, 2003):
  Diane S. Sykes, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Seventh Circuit.
  David C. Mulford, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to India. 
                                                            Page S14921
Messages From the House:
  Page S14802
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S14802
Executive Communications:
  Pages S14802-04
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S14804
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S14804-07
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S14807-19
Additional Statements:
  Pages S14798-S14802
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S14819-48
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S14848
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S14848-49
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S14849
Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--452) 
            Pages S14493-94,  S14495-96, S14518, S14777, S14783, S14785
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 3:06 p.m. until 
12 noon on Monday, November 17, 200d. (For Senate's Program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S).


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
ONGOING MILITARY OPERATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing to examine ongoing military operations and areas of key 
concern around the world from Lieutenant General Norton A. Schwartz, 
USAF, Director for Operations, J-3, and Major General Ronald L. 
Burgess, Jr., USA, Director for Intelligence, J-2, both of the Joint 
Staff; William J. Luti, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Near 
East and South Asian Affairs; and Ruben Jeffrey, Representative and 
Executive Director of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS BOARD
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Securities and Investment concluded a hearing on the Financial 
Accounting Standards Board and small business growth, focusing on 
establishing and improving general-purpose standards of financial 
accounting and reporting for both public and private enterprises, after 
receiving testimony from Senator Ensign; Robert H. Herz, Financial 
Accounting Standards Board, Norwalk, Connecticut; Peter A. Salg, QSC 
Restaurants, Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado, on behalf of the 
International Franchise Association; James K. Glassman, American 
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Cooperative Business Association, both of Washington, D.C.; Richard E. 
Forrestel, Jr., Cold Spring Construction Company, Akron, New York, on 
behalf of the Associated General Contractors of America; Walter K. 
Moore, Genentech, Inc., San Francisco, California; and Mark Heesen, 
National Venture Capital Association, Arlington, Virginia.
TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FUNDS
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine State use of tobacco settlement funds, focusing on 
the growing number of non-participating tobacco manufacturers, the 
prevention and control of tobacco use, and cigarette taxes, after 
receiving testimony from Delaware State Representative Deborah Hudson, 
Dover, on behalf of the National Conference of State Legislatures; 
Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore, Jackson; and Matthew Louis 
Myers, Tobacco-Free Kids, Raymond C. Scheppach, National Governors 
Association, and Cheryl G. Healton, American Legacy Foundation, all of 
Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the following business items:
  S. 1072, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety 
programs, and transit programs, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute; and
  The nomination of Rixio Enrique Medina, of Oklahoma, to be a Member 
of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of Michael O'Grady, of Maryland, and Jennifer Young, of 
Ohio, both to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, 
and Bradley D. Belt, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the 
Social Security Advisory Board.
NOMINATION
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nomination of Scott J. Bloch, of Kansas, to be Special 
Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, after the nominee, who was 
introduced by Senator Brownback, testified and answered questions in 
his own behalf.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PROTECTION OF DISCLOSURES ACT
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine S. 1358, to amend chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, to 
clarify the disclosure of information protected from prohibited 
personnel practices, require a statement in non-disclosure policies, 
forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform 
with certain disclosure protections, provide certain authority for the 
Special Counsel, after receiving testimony from Senator Grassley; Peter 
Keisler, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, Department of 
Justice; and Elaine Kaplan, Bernabei and Katz, PLLC, Thomas Devine, 
Government Accountability Project, Stephen M. Kohn, National 
Whistleblower Center, and William L. Bransford, Shaw, Bransford, 
Veilleux and Roth, P.C., on behalf of the Senior Executives 
Association, all of Washington, D.C.
NOMINATIONS:
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nominations of Judith C. Herrera, to be United States District 
Judge for the District of New Mexico, who was introduced by Senators 
Domenici and Bingaman, F. Dennis Saylor IV, to be United States 
District Judge for the District of Massachusetts, who was introduced by 
Senator Kennedy, Sandra L. Townes, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of New York, who was introduced by Senator 
Schumer, and Domingo S. Herraiz, of Ohio, to be Director of the Bureau 
of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice, who was introduced by 
Senator DeWine, after the nominees testified and answered questions in 
their own behalf.
TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between 
the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 2989, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Transportation and Treasury, and 
independent agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 2 public bills, H.R. 3485 and 3486; and 1 
resolution, H. Con. Res. 324, were introduced.
  Page H11149
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H11149
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2886, to amend title 31, United States Code, to improve the 
financial accountability requirements applicable to the Department of 
Homeland Security, amended (H. Rept. 108-358, Pt. 1).
Pages H11148-49
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Most Rev. Anthony Sablan 
Apuron, Archbishop of Agana in Guam.
  Page H11147
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 14, and further that when it adjourn 
on that day, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17 
for morning-hour debate.
  Page H11148
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, November 19.
  Page H11148
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President, received by 
the Clerk on November 12, notifying Congress of the continuation of the 
national emergency with respect to Iran--referred the Committee on 
International Relations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 108-141). 
                                                            Page H11148
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on pages 
H11147-48.
Senate Referral: S. 1657 was referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure; S. 286 was ordered held at the desk.
                                                            Page H11148
Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 2:06 p.m.


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1259)
  H.R. 2691, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior 
and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004. 
Signed on November 10, 2003. (Public Law 108-108).
  H.R. 1516, to provide for the establishment by the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs of additional cemeteries in the National Cemetery 
Administration. Signed on November 11, 2003. (Public Law 108-109).
  H.R. 1610, to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 120 East Ritchie Avenue in Marceline, Missouri, as 
the ``Walt Disney Post Office Building''. Signed on November 11, 2003. 
(Public Law 108-110).
  H.R. 1882, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 440 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, Florida, 
as the ``Arthur `Pappy' Kennedy Post Office''. Signed on November 11, 
2003. (Public Law 108-111).
  H.R. 2075, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 1905 West Blue Heron Boulevard in West Palm Beach, 
Florida, as the ``Judge Edward Rodgers Post Office Building''. Signed 
on November 11, 2003. (Public Law 108-112).
  H.R. 2254, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 1101 Colorado Street in Boulder City, Nevada, as the 
``Bruce Woodbury Post Office Building''. Signed on November 11, 2003. 
(Public Law 108-113).
  H.R. 2309, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 2300 Redondo Avenue in Signal Hill, California, as 
the ``J. Stephen Horn Post Office Building''. Signed on November 11, 
2003. (Public Law 108-114).
  H.R. 2328, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 2001 East Willard Street in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, as the ``Robert A. Borski Post Office Building''. Signed 
on November 11, 2003. (Public Law 108-115).
  H.R. 2396, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 1210 Highland Avenue in Duarte, California, as the 
``Francisco A. Martinez Flores Post Office''. Signed on November 11, 
2003. (Public Law 108-116).
  H.R. 2452, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 339 Hicksville Road in Bethpage, New York, as the 
``Brian C. Hickey Post Office Building''. Signed on November 11, 2003. 
(Public Law 108-117).
  H.R. 2533, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 10701 Abercorn Street in Savannah, Georgia, as the 
``J.C. Lewis, Jr. Post Office Building''. Signed on November 11, 2003. 
(Public Law 108-118).
  H.R. 2746, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 141 Weston Street in Hartford, Connecticut, as the 
``Barbara B. Kennelly Post Office Building''. Signed on November 11, 
2003. (Public Law 108-119).
  H.R. 3011, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 135 East Olive Avenue in Burbank, California, as the 
``Bob Hope Post Office Building''. Signed on November 11, 2003. (Public 
Law 108-120).
  H.R. 3365, to amend title 10, United States Code, and the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the death gratuity payable with 
respect to deceased members of the Armed Forces and to exclude such 
gratuity from gross income, to provide additional tax relief for 
members of the Armed Forces and their families. Signed on November 11, 
2003. (Public Law 108-121).
  H.J. Res. 52, recognizing the Dr. 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. Signed on November 11, 2003. (Public Law 108-122).
  S. 926, to amend section 5379 of title 5, United States Code, to 
increase the annual and aggregate limits on student loan repayments by 
Federal agencies. Signed on November 11, 2003. (Public Law 108-123).
  H.R. 1883, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 1601-1 Main Street in Jacksonville, Florida, as the 
``Eddie Mae Steward Post Office''. Signed on November 11, 2003. (Public 
Law 108-124).
  S. 470, to extend the authority for the construction of a memorial to 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Signed on November 11, 2003. (Public Law 108-
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                      CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

                  Week of November 17 through 22, 2003

                             Senate Chamber

  On Monday at 12 noon, Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2861, 
VA-HUD Appropriations Act.
  At 4:30 p.m., Senate will resume consideration of the conference 
report on H.R. 2115, FAA Authorization, with a vote on the motion to 
close further debate on the conference report to occur at 5:30 p.m.
  On Tuesday, Senate will resume consideration of the nominations of 
Thomas C. Dorr. to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural 
Development, and

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to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Commodity Credit 
Corporation, with votes on the motions to invoke cloture, respectively.
  During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any other cleared 
legislative and executive business, including appropriation bills, 
conference reports and certain nominations, when available.


                           Senate Committees

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)
  Committee on Armed Services: November 18, to hold hearings to 
examine the nomination of Michael W. Wynne, of Florida, to be Under 
Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, 4 
p.m., SR-222.
  November 19, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine current 
Army issues, 9 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: November 18, to 
hold hearings to examine current investigations and regulatory 
actions regarding the mutual fund industry, 10 a.m., SD-538.
  November 20, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine improving 
the corporate governance of the NYSE, 10 a.m., SD-538.
  November 20, Full Committee, to resume hearings to examine current 
investigations and regulatory actions regarding the mutual fund 
industry, 2 p.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: November 20, 
to hold hearings to examine drug importation, 9:30 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: November 18, 
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, to hold hearings to 
examine S. 1209, to provide for the acquisition of property in 
Washington County, Utah, for implementation of a desert tortoise 
habitat conservation plan, H.R. 708, to require the conveyance of 
certain National Forest System lands in Mendocino National Forest, 
California, to provide for the use of the proceeds from such 
conveyance for National Forest purposes, S. 1467, to establish the 
Rio Grande Outstanding Natural Area in the State of Colorado, S. 
1167, to resolve the boundary conflicts in Barry and Stone Counties 
in the State of Missouri, and S. 1848, to amend the Bend Pine 
Nursery Land Conveyance Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture 
to sell the Bend Pine Nursery Administration Site in the State of 
Oregon, 2:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Finance: November 18, to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of Steven J. Simmons, of Connecticut, to be a Member of 
the Broadcasting Board of Governors, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  November 18, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of Arnold I. Havens, of Virginia, to be General Counsel 
for the Department of the Treasury, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Governmental Affairs: November 18, Permanent 
Subcommittee on Investigations, to hold hearings to examine the role 
of professional organizations like accounting firms, law firms, and 
financial institutions in developing, marketing and implementing tax 
shelters, 9 a.m., SH-216.
  November 18, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of James M. Loy, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of 
Homeland Security, 2:30 p.m., SD-342.
  November 19, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the 
threat of agroterrorism, 9:30 a.m., SD-342.
  November 19, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, 
the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, to resume 
hearings to examine the August 2003 Northeast blackouts and the 
federal role in managing the nation's electricity, 2:30 p.m., SD-
342.
  November 20, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, to resume 
hearings to examine the role of professional organizations like 
accounting firms, law firms, and financial institutions in 
developing, marketing and implementing tax shelters, 9 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: November 19, 
to hold hearings to examine S. 741, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, 
and Cosmetic Act with regard to new animal drugs, proposed 
Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act, proposed Medical 
Device Technical Corrections Act, proposed Organ Donation and 
Recovery Improvement Act, and pending nominations, 10 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on the Judiciary: November 18, to hold hearings to 
examine America after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 9:30 a.m., SD-226.
  November 19, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine pending 
judicial nominations, 10 a.m., SD-226.


                                 House

  Committee on Government Operations, Subcommittee on Human Rights 
and Wellness, hearing entitled ``Preventing Another SV40 Tragedy: 
Are Today's Vaccine Safety Protocols Effective?'' 2 p.m., 2154 
Rayburn.


                             Joint Meetings

  Conference: November 17, meeting of 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, 2 p.m., SD-106.


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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                           NOVEMBER 13, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine current 
Army issues, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider pending 
calendar business, 10 a.m., SR-485.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider H.R. 
1437, to improve the United States Code, S. Res. 253, to recognize 
the evolution and importance of motorsports, and the nominations of 
Henry W. Saad, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Sixth Circuit, Michael J. Garcia, of New York, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Claude A. Allen, of 
Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, 
James B. Comey, of New York, to be Deputy

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Attorney General, and Federico Lawrence Rocha, of California, to be 
United States Marshal for the Northern District of California, both 
of the Department of Justice, 9:30 a.m., SD-226.
  Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, to 
hold hearings to examine state and local authority to enforce 
immigration law relating to terrorism, 2:30 p.m., SD-226.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                           NOVEMBER 14, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider H.R.1437, 
to improve the United States Code, S. Res. 253, to recognize the 
evolution and importance of motorsports, and the nominations of 
Henry W. Saad, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Sixth Circuit, Michael J. Garcia, of New York, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Claude A. Allen, of 
Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, 
James B. Comey, of New York, to be Deputy Attorney General, and 
Federico Lawrence Rocha, of California, to be United States Marshal 
for the Northern District of California, both of the Department of 
Justice, 9 a.m., SD-226.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      12 noon, Monday, November 17

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 2861, VA-
HUD Appropriations Act. At 4:30 p.m., Senate will resume consideration 
of the conference report on H.R. 2115, FAA Authorization, with a vote 
on the motion to close further debate on the conference report to occur 
at 5:30 p.m.

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