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                                        Thursday, November 20, 2003

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate and House passed H.J. Res. 78, Continuing Appropriations.
      The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 2417, 
      Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S15211-15323
Measures Introduced: Fifteen bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1897-S. 1911, and S. Res. 269-270.
  Pages S15286-87
Measures Reported:
  S. 1741, to provide a site for the National Women's History Museum in 
the District of Columbia. (S. Rept. No. 108-204)
  S. 1425, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize the New 
York City Watershed Protection Program, with an amendment. (S. Rept. 
No. 108-205)
  S. 1567, to amend title 31, United States Code, to improve the 
financial accountability requirements applicable to the Department of 
Homeland Security, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S15286
Measures Passed:
  Hugh Gregg Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3185, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
38 Spring Street in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the ``Hugh Gregg Post 
Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S15303
  John G. Dow Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3166, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
57 Old Tappan Road in Tappan, New York, as the ``John G. Dow Post 
Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S15303
  Health Care Safety Net Amendments Technical Corrections Act: 
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from 
further consideration of H.R. 3038, to make certain technical and 
conforming amendments to correct the Health Care Safety Net Amendments 
of 2002, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S15303
  Polio Threat: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 266, expressing the 
sense of the Senate with respect to polio, and the resolution was then 
agreed to.
  Page S15303
  National Museum of African American History and Culture: Senate 
passed H.R. 3491, to establish within the Smithsonian Institution the 
National Museum of African American History and Culture, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Pages S15303-06
  Congratulating John Gagliardi: Senate agreed to S. Res. 270, 
congratulating John Gagliardi, football coach of St. John's University, 
on the occasion of his becoming the all-time winningest coach in 
collegiate history.
  Page S15306
  Motorsports: Senate agreed to S. Res. 253, to recognize the evolution 
and importance of motorsports.
  Pages S15306-07
  Motorsports: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 320, expressing the sense 
of the Congress regarding the importance of motorsports.
  Page S15307
  U.S. Fire Administration Authorization: Senate passed S. 1152, to 
reauthorize the United States Fire Administration, after agreeing to 
the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S15307-10
  Frist (for McCain) Amendment No. 2207, in the nature of a substitute.
                                                            Page S15310
  D.C. Superior Court Judgeships: Senate passed S. 1561, to preserve 
existing judgeships on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 
                                                            Page S15310

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  Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act: Senate passed H.R. 3140, to 
provide for availability of contact lens prescriptions to patients, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S15310
  Continuing Appropriations: Senate passed H.J. Res. 78, making further 
continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2004, after agreeing to 
the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Page S15310
  Frist Amendment No. 2208, to make a technical correction. 
                                                            Page S15310
Energy Policy Act--Conference Report: Senate continued consideration of 
the conference report to accompany 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. 
                                             Pages S15212-52, S15255-72
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the conference report at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, 
November 21, 2003, with 60 minutes of debate prior to the vote on the 
motion to close further debate thereon.
Page S15252
Healthy Forests Restoration Act: Senate insisted on its amendments to 
H.R. 1904, to improve the capacity of the Secretary of Agriculture and 
the Secretary of the Interior to plan and 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, and agreed to the House request for a conference on the 
disagreeing votes of the two Houses thereon, and the Chair was 
authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the 
Senate: Senators Cochran, McConnell, Crapo, Domenici, Harkin, Leahy, 
and Daschle.
  Page S15217
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Stuart W. Holliday, of Texas, to be an Alternate Representative of 
the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of 
the United Nations during his tenure of service as Alternate 
Representative of the United States of America for Special Political 
Affairs in the United Nations.
  Jonathan Baron, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of three years. 
(New Position)
  Elizabeth Ann Bryan, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
four years. (New Position)
  James R. Davis, of Mississippi, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
two years. (New Position)
  Robert C. Granger, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
four years. (New Position)
  Frank Philip Handy, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
three years. (New Position)
  Eric Alan Hanushek, of California, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
two years. (New Position)
  Caroline M. Hoxby, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
four years. (New Position)
  Gerald Lee, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of four years. 
(New Position)
  Roberto Ibarra Lopez, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
two years. (New Position)
  Richard James Milgram, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
three years. (New Position)
  Sally Epstein Shaywitz, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Board 
of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
three years. (New Position)
  Joseph K. Torgesen, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
four years. (New Position)
  Herbert John Walberg, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term of 
three years. (New Position)
  Ronald E. Meisberg, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Labor 
Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2008.
  22 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  Routine lists in the Army, Navy.
Pages S15316-23
Messages From the House:
  Pages S15281-82
Measures Referred:
  Page S15282
Enrolled Bills Signed:
  Page S15282
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S15282

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Executive Communications:
  Page S15282
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S15283-86
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S15287-88
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S15288-S15301
Additional Statements:
  Pages S15279-81
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S15301-02
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S15302
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 9:38 p.m. until 
9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 21, 2003. (For Senate's Program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S15316).


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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[Pages D1308-D1309]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
IRAQ
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing on an assessment of the current situation in Iraq from Vice 
Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, USN, Director, and Jami Miscik, Deputy 
Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency.
NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine improving the corporate governance of the New York 
Stock Exchange (NYSE), focusing on broker-dealer self-regulation, and 
regulatory autonomy with market sensitivity, after receiving testimony 
from William H. Donaldson, Chairman, Securities and Exchange 
Commission; and John S. Reed, New York Stock Exchange, New York, New 
York.
MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine current investigations and regulatory actions 
regarding the mutual fund industry, focusing on the Securities and 
Exchange Commission's examination authority, disclosure, recent 
enforcement efforts and Rule 2830, cash and non-cash compensation 
practices and arrangements, breakpoint discounts, late trading and 
market timing, and investor education, after receiving testimony from 
Stephen M. Cutler, Director, Division of Enforcement, Securities and 
Exchange Commission; Robert R. Glauber, National Association of 
Securities Dealers, New York, New York; and New York State Attorney 
General Eliot Spitzer, Albany.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG REIMPORTATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine prescription drug importation, focusing on public 
health threats posed by the importation of unapproved, adulterated and 
misbranded drugs, as well as counterfeit drugs from foreign and 
domestic sources that pose a threat to the health and safety of U.S. 
consumers, after receiving testimony from Senators Santorum and 
Stabenow; Representatives Gutknecht and Sanders; former Representative 
David Funderburk, on behalf of TREA Senior Citizens League, Alexandria, 
Virginia; Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, St. Paul; John M. Taylor 
III, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug 
Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; Carmen A. 
Catizone, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Park Ridge, 
Illinois; Lewis Lubka, Fargo, North Dakota, on behalf of the Alliance 
for Retired Americans; and Donald MacArthur, European Association of 
Euro-Pharmaceutical Companies, Essex, England.
NORTHEAST BLACKOUT
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of 
Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of 
Columbia, concluded a hearing to examine the August 2003 Northeast 
blackouts and the Federal role in managing the Nation's electricity, 
focusing on events, actions, failures, and conditions that led to the 
blackout and caused it to effect such a large region, as well as 
questions relating to nuclear power operations and security of the grid 
control system, after receiving testimony from Pat Wood III, Chairman, 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; James W. Glotfelty, Director, 
Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution, Department of Energy; 
and Michehl R. Gent, North American Electric Reliability Council, 
Princeton, New Jersey.
U.S. TAX SHELTER INDUSTRY
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Permanent Subcommittee on 
Investigations concluded a hearing to examine the role of professional 
organizations like accounting firms, law firms, and financial 
institutions in developing, marketing and implementing tax shelters, 
after receiving testimony from Mark Everson, Commissioner, Internal 
Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury; Richard Spillenkothen, 
Director, Banking Supervision and Regulation, Federal Reserve System; 
William J. McDonough, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, 
Washington, D.C.; N. Jerold Cohen, Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan, 
Atlanta, Georgia; John Larson, Presidio Advisory Services, San 
Francisco, California; Jeffrey

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Greenstein, Quellos Group, LLC, Seattle, Washington; Raymond J. Ruble, 
and Thomas R. Smith, Jr., Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood, LLP, William 
Boyle, Deutsch Bank AG, Domenick DeGiorgio, HVB America, Inc., all of 
New York, New York.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 28 public bills, H.R. 3540-3567; and 6 
resolutions, H. Con. Res. 332-335, and H. Res. 460-461, were 
introduced.
  Pages H11700-02
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H11702-03
Reports Filed: Reports were filed as follows today:
  H.R. 2408, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize 
volunteer programs and community partnerships for national wildlife 
refuges, amended (H. Rept. 108-385);
  Conference report on H.R. 1904, to improve the capacity of the 
Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to plan and 
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 (H. Rept. 108-386);
  H. Res. 456, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the 
rules (H. Rept. 108-387);
  H. Res. 457, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 1904, to improve the capacity of the Secretary of 
Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to plan and 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 (H. Rept. 108-388);
  H. Res. 458, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the 
Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 108-389); and
  H. Res. 459, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the 
Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 108-390).
  Conference report on H.R. 1, to amend title XVIII of the Social 
Security Act to provide for a voluntary program for prescription drug 
coverage under the Medicare Program, to modernize the Medicare Program, 
to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction to 
individuals for amounts contributed to health savings security accounts 
and health savings accounts, to provide for the disposition of unused 
health benefits in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements, 
and for other purposes, (H. Rept. 108-391).
Page H11686-98, H11700
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Bass to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                            Page H11657
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Msgr. Barry Knestout of 
the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
  Page H11657
Consideration of measures under suspension of the rules: The House 
agreed to H. Res. 449, providing for consideration of motions to 
suspend the rules by a voice vote.
  Pages H11660-61
Intelligence Authorization Act--Conference Report: The House agreed to 
the conference report on H.R. 2417, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2004 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities 
of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and 
the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 264 yeas to 163 nays, Roll No. 649. 
                                             Pages H11661-63, H11667-78
  Agreed to H. Res. 451, the rule providing for consideration of the 
conference report by a voice vote.
Pages H11661-63
Continuing Appropriations for fiscal year 2004: The House passed H.J. 
Res. 78, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2004, 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 10 nays, Roll No. 648. 
                                                Pages H11667-73, H11677
  Agreed to H. Res. 450, the rule providing for consideration of the 
measure by a yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 645. 
                                                        Pages H11663-65
Recess: The House recessed at 1 p.m. and reconvened at 1:35 p.m. 
                                                            Page H11677

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Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003--Motion to 
Instruct Conferees: The House rejected the Hooley 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 201 yeas to 222 nays, Roll No. 650.
  Pages H11678-79
  Later the House debated the Inslee motion to instruct conferees on 
the bill. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. 
                                                        Pages H11845-53
Labor/HHS Appropriations--Motion to Instruct Conferees: The House 
agreed to the Kildee motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2660, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, 
and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2004, by a yea-and-nay vote of 360 yeas to 64 nays, Roll 
No. 651.
  Pages H11679-80
  Later Representative Markey announced his intention to offer a motion 
to instruct conferees on the bill and Representative Pomeroy announced 
his intention to offer a motion to instruct conferees on the bill. 
                                                            Page H11845
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Prevention Act of 2003: 
Debated on Wednesday, November 19, S. 286, to revise and extend the 
Birth Defects Prevention Act of 1998, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 
415 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 646--clearing the measure for the 
President;
  Pages H11665-66
  Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act Amendments of 
2003: Debated on Wednesday, November 19, S. 686, amended, to provide 
assistance for poison prevention and to stabilize the funding of 
regional poison control centers, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 
yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 647;
  Pages H11666-67
  21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act: S. 189, to 
authorize appropriations for nanoscience, nanoengineering, and 
nanotechnology research;
  Pages H11680-85
  Veterans Benefits Act of 2003: Agreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 
2297, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve benefits under 
laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs--clearing the 
measure for the President;
  Pages H11705-22
  Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003: Agreed to the 
Senate amendments to H.J. Res. 63, to approve the Compact of Free 
Association, as amended, between the Government of the United States of 
America and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia, and 
the Compact of Free Association, as amended, between the Government of 
the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands, and to appropriate funds to carry out the amended 
Compacts, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 
652--clearing the measure for the President;
  Pages H11722-57
  Commending the signing of the United States-Adriatic Charter: Agreed 
to the Senate amendments to H. Con. Res. 209, commending the signing of 
the United States-Adriatic Charter, a charter of partnership among the 
United States, Albania, Croatia, and The Former Yugoslav Republic of 
Macedonia, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 
653--clearing the measure for the President; 
                                             Pages H11757-59, H11842-43
  Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 
2003: Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 1828, to halt Syrian 
support for terrorism, end its occupation of Lebanon, stop its 
development of weapons of mass destruction, cease its illegal 
importation of Iraqi oil and illegal shipments of weapons and other 
military items to Iraq, and by so doing hold Syria accountable for the 
serious international security problems it has caused in the Middle 
East, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas to 8 nays, with one 
voting ``present'', Roll No. 654--clearing the measure for the 
President;
  Pages H11759-62, H11843-44
  Tax Relief Extension Act of 2003: H.R. 3521, amended, to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions; 
and
  Pages H11762-H11833
  Two Floods and You Are Out of the Taxpayers' Pocket Act of 2003: H.R. 
253, amended, to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to 
reduce losses to properties for which repetitive flood insurance claim 
payments have been made, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 352 yeas to 67 
nays, Roll No. 655.
  Pages H11833-42, H11844
Extending the Programs on the Small Business Act and the Small Business 
Investment Act: The House agreed by unanimous consent to pass S. 1895, 
to temporarily extend the programs under the Small Business Act and the 
Small Business Investment Act of 1958 through March 15, 2004--clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Pages H11844-45
Transportation and Treasury Appropriations--Motion to Instruct 
Conferees: The House agreed to the Hastings of Florida motion to 
instruct conferees on H.R. 2989, making appropriations for the 
Departments of Transportation and Treasury, and

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independent agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 by 
voice vote.
  Pages H11853-56
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H11658 and H11677.
Senate Referral: S. 1895 was ordered held at the desk.
  Page H11658
Quorum Calls--Votes: 11 yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H11665, H11665-66, 
H11666-67, H11677, H11678, H11678-79, H11679-80, H11842, H11843, 
H11843-44 and H11844. There were no recorded votes or quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 12 midnight stands in 
recess subject to the call of the chair; the House reconvened at 1:17 
a.m. and adjourned at 1:18 a.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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[Pages D1311-D1313]
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Committee Meetings
NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION EFFICIENCY ACT; REPORTS
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported H.R. 3478, National 
Archives and Records Administration Efficiency Act of 2003.
  The Committee also approved the following: a report ``Efforts to 
Rightsize the U.S. Presence Abroad Lack Urgency and Momentum;'' and a 
draft report entitled ``Everything Secret Degenerates: The FBI's Use of 
Murderers as Informants.''
PASSENGER SCREENER TRAINING REVIEW
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on Knives, Box Cutters 
and Bleach: A Review of Passenger Screener Training, Testing and 
Supervision. Testimony was heard from Stephen McHale, Deputy 
Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Department of 
Homeland Security; Cathleen A. Berrick, Director, Homeland Security and 
Justice Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.
AUTISM--FUTURE CHALLENGES
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and 
Wellness held a hearing entitled ``The Future Challenges of Autism: A 
Survey of the Ongoing Initiatives in the Federal Government to Address 
the Epidemic.'' Testimony was heard from Peter Van Dyck, Associate 
Administrator, Office of Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health 
Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human 
Services; and public witnesses.
AUTHORIZE AND ISSUE SUBPOENAS RELATED TO INVESTIGATION OF 527 
ORGANIZATIONS
Committee on House Administration: Adopted a resolution delegating to 
the Chairman the power to authorize and issue subpoenas related to an 
investigation of 527 Organizations.
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS UNDER SADDAM HUSSEIN VICTIMS SPEAK OUT
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on the Middle East 
and Central Asia held a hearing on Human Rights Violations Under Saddam 
Hussein: Victims Speak Out. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Pryce of Ohio and Hooley of Oregon; Maj. Alvin Schmidt, USMC, Deputy 
Force Protection Officer, First Marine Expeditionary Force, USMC, 
Department of Defense; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--HOMELAND SECURITY
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security, and Homeland Security held an oversight hearing on 
``Homeland Security--the Balance Between Crisis and Consequence 
Management through Training and Assistance,'' including discussion of 
the following bills: H.R. 2512, First Responders Funding Reform Act of 
2003; H.R. 3266, Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 
2003; and H.R. 3158, Preparing America to Respond Effectively Act of 
2003. Testimony was heard from C. Suzanne Mencer, Director, Office of 
Domestic Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security; William Bishop, 
Director, Bureau of Homeland Security, State of Idaho; and Raymond W. 
Kelly, Police Commissioner, City of New York.
OVERSIGHT--JOHN F. CHAFEE COASTAL BARRIER RESOURCES SYSTEM
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the John H. Chafee 
Coastal Barrier Resources System. Testimony was heard from Benjamin N. 
Tuggle, Chief, Division of Federal Program Activities, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior; Anthony S. Lowe, 
Director, Mitigation Division and Federal Insurance Administrator, 
FEMA, Department of Homeland Security; and a public witness.
MAKING IN ORDER SUSPENSION AUTHORITY
Committee on Rules: Reported, by voice vote, a resolution providing 
that suspensions will be in order at any time on the legislative day of 
Friday, November 21, 2003. The resolution provides that the Speaker

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or his designee will consult with the Minority Leader or her designee 
on any suspension considered under the rule.
CONFERENCE REPORT--HEALTHY FORESTS RESTORATION ACT OF 2003
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
of order against the conference report and against its consideration. 
The rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as 
read. Testimony was heard from Chairman Goodlatte and Representative 
Walden of Oregon.
SAME DAY CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION REPORTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE 
RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving clause 6(a) 
of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the 
same day it is reported from the Rules Committee against certain 
resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the 
waiver to any special rule reported on the legislative day of November 
21, 2003, providing for consideration or disposition of any of the 
following: (A) A bill or joint resolution making further continuing 
appropriations for the fiscal year 2004, or any amendment thereto; or 
(B) A bill or joint resolution making general appropriations for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, any amendment thereto, or any 
conference report thereon.
SAME DAY CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION REPORTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE 
RELATING TO THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 1--MEDICARE 
PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2003
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 7 to 3, a rule waiving clause 
6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on 
the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain 
resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the 
waiver to any special rule reported on the legislative day of November 
21, 2003, providing for consideration or disposition of a conference 
report to accompany H.R. 1, the Medicare Prescription Drug 
Modernization Act of 2003.
CONFERENCE REPORT--INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Rules: On November 19, the Committee granted, by voice 
vote, a rule waiving all points of order against the conference report 
to accompany H.R. 2417, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2004, and against its consideration. The rule provides that the 
conference report shall be considered as read. Testimony was heard from 
Chairman Goss and Representative Harman.
FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FISCAL YEAR 2004
Committee on Rules: On November 19, the Committee granted, by voice 
vote, a closed rule providing 1 hour of debate in the House on H.J. 
Res. 78, making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 
2004, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking 
minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule waives all 
points of order against consideration of the joint resolution. Finally, 
the rule provides one motion to recommit.
MAKING IN ORDER SUSPENSION AUTHORITY
Committee on Rules: On November 19, the Committee reported, by voice 
vote, a resolution providing that suspensions will be in order at any 
time on the legislative day of Thursday, November 20, 2003. The 
resolution provides that the Speaker or his designee will consult with 
the Minority Leader or her designee on any suspension considered under 
the resolution.
LOWERING BUSINESS COSTS IN U.S.--KEEP OUR COMPANIES HERE
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Lowering the 
Cost of Doing Business in the United States: How to Keep Our Companies 
Here.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FINANCING PORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held an oversight hearing on Financing Port 
Infrastructure--Who Should Pay? Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Rohrabacher and Ose; and public witnesses.
NON-PROFIT CREDIT COUNSELING ORGANIZATIONS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing 
on Non-Profit Credit Counseling Organizations. Testimony was heard from 
Mark Everson, Commissioner, IRS, Department of the Treasury; J. Howard 
Beales III, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC; and public 
witnesses.
BRIEFING--GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE UPDATE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Policy and National Security met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on

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Global Intelligence Update. The Subcommittee was briefed by 
departmental witnesses.
FASTER AND SMARTER FUNDING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ACT
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emergency 
Preparedness and Response approved for full Committee action, as 
amended, H.R. 3266, Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act 
of 2003.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                           NOVEMBER 21, 2003

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of James C. Oberwetter, of Texas, to be Ambassador to 
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and David C. Mulford, of Illinois, to 
be Ambassador to India, 9 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider 
the nominations of James M. Loy, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary 
of Homeland Security, and Scott J. Bloch, of Kansas, to be Special 
Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, Time to be announced, S-214, 
Capitol.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold 
hearings to examine the nomination of Steven J. Law, of the District 
of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor, 10 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs: business meeting to consider 
pending nominations, time to be announced, room to be announced.


                                 House

  Committee on Rules, to consider the conference report to accompany 
H.R. 1 to amend Title XVIII, the Social Security Act, to provide for 
a voluntary program for prescription drug coverage under the 
Medicare Program to modernize the Medicare Program, 10 a.m., H-313 
Capitol.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, briefing on 
Intelligence Update on Iraq, 9 a.m., H-405 Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Friday, November 21

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of the 
conference report to accompany H.R. 6, Energy Policy Act, with a vote 
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at approximately 10:30 a.m.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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