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                                           Thursday, March 11, 2004

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HIGHLIGHTS:

      Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 98, Adjournment Resolution.
      Senate agreed to S. Res. 319, Condemning Terrorist Attacks in 
      Spain.
      Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 95, Congressional Budget 
      Resolution.
      The House passed H.R. 3717, Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 
      2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2651-S2753
Measures Introduced: Thirteen bills and four resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2194-2206, S.J. Res. 29, S. Res. 318-319, 
and S. Con. Res. 98.
  Pages S2716-17
Measures Passed:
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 98, providing 
for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate.
  Page S2710
  Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Spain: By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas 
(Vote No. 43), Senate agreed to S. Res. 319, expressing the sense of 
the Senate with respect to the deadly terrorist attacks against the 
people of Spain that occurred on March 11, 2004.
  Pages S2641-43
  Congressional Budget Resolution: By 51 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 58), 
Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 95, setting forth the congressional 
budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2005 and 
including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2006 
through 2009, after taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S2591-S2641, S2643-99
Adopted:
  Mikulski Amendment No. 2820, to provide a deficit neutral reserve 
fund to provide a tuition tax credit.
Page S2648
  Coleman Amendment No. 2821, to provide $1.9 billion to increase the 
maximum Pell Grant from $4,050 to $4,500 by reducing spending in other 
Federal Government programs, except education programs, by a 
commensurate amount.
Pages S2648-49
  Feinstein/Hollings Amendment No. 2753, to express the sense of the 
Senate regarding funding for port security.
Page S2649
  Murkowski/Campbell Amendment No. 2822, to increase funding for the 
Indian Health Services.
Pages S2651-52
  Inhofe/Bingaman Amendment No. 2823, to return to the original scoring 
of the energy savings performance contract program.
Pages S2655-56
  Nickles (for Conrad) Amendment No. 2831, to express the sense of the 
Senate regarding tribal colleges and universities.
Page S2656
  Nickles (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 2833, to establish a reserve 
fund for expansion of the pediatric vaccine distribution program. 
                                                             Page S2656
  Nickles (for Wyden) Amendment No. 2717, to increase investments in 
implementation of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act to benefit 
national forests, the environment, local communities, and local 
economies.
Page S2656
  Nickles (for Kennedy/Rockefeller) Amendment No. 2699, to prevent 
unspent SCHIP funds from reverting to the Treasury rather than being 
used to provide coverage for low-income children.
Pages S2656-57
  Nickles (for Thomas) Amendment No. 2794, to restore discretionary 
funding levels for crucial rural health programs, such as the rural 
health outreach grant program, the rural hospital flexibility grant 
program, the small hospital improvement program, telehealth, trauma 
programs, and rural AED programs to fiscal year 2004 levels and offset 
this change by reductions in overall government travel expenses. 
                                                             Page S2656
  Nickles (for Pryor) Modified Amendment No. 2810, stating the sense of 
the Senate regarding the

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the weatherization 
assistance program.
Pages S2656-57
  Enzi/Cantwell Amendment No. 2832, to increase funding for the 
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) by $250 million in fiscal year 2005, by 
increasing function 500.
Page S2657
  Conrad (for Clinton) Amendment No. 2780, to establish a reserve fund 
for addressing minority health disparities.
Pages S2657-58
  Crapo Amendment 2784, to increase funding for the Environmental 
Protection Agency for the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water State 
Revolving Funds.
Pages S2659-63
  Nickles (for Lincoln) Amendment No. 2837, to prevent tax increases 
for families who receive child tax credit.
Page S2664
  Nickles (for Grassley) Amendment No. 2838, expressing the sense of 
the Senate for support of funding restoration for agriculture research 
and extension.
Page S2664
  Nickles (for Snowe) Amendment No. 2839, to increase funding for the 
SBA 7(a) loan guarantee, Microloan and other small business programs 
and to offset the cost of that spending through across-the-board cuts 
in function 920.
Page S2664
  Nickles (for Sessions/Cornyn) Amendment No. 2733, to provide full 
funding for NASA's fiscal year 2005 space exploration initiatives. 
                                                             Page S2664
  By 52 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 54), Levin/Collins Amendment No. 
2817, to lower crude oil prices resulting from the cancellation of 
planned future deliveries of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and 
using the funding made available to provide $1.7 billion in funding for 
homeland security grants for first responders, firefighter assistance, 
and port security, and to reduce the debt.
Pages S2664-66
  Nickles (for Hagel) Amendment No. 2841, to express the sense of the 
Senate on the need for a United States animal identification program as 
an effective disease surveillance, monitoring, and control tool serving 
the needs of the United States livestock industry and public health. 
                                                             Page S2668
  Nickles (for Santorum) Amendment No. 2842, to reaffirm the United 
States ratio for contributions to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, 
Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Page S2668
  Nickles (for Hatch) Amendment No. 2843, to restore law enforcement 
assistance, and juvenile justice assistance, especially title V, and 
JAB6, to the Department of Justice.
Page S2668
  Nickles (for Dole/Leahy) Amendment No. 2844, to express the sense of 
the Senate concerning child nutrition funding.
Pages S2668-69
  By 72 yeas to 24 nays (Vote No. 56), Specter/Collins Modified 
Amendment No. 2741, to increase discretionary health funding by 
$2,000,000,000.
Pages S2669-71
  Nickles (for Lugar) Amendment No. 2845, to provide for an increase 
and a decrease in funding for certain programs.
Pages S2671-73
  Murkowski Amendment No. 2846, to increase veterans medical care by 
$1,200,000,000.
Pages S2673-74
  Nickles (for Grassley) Amendment No. 2847, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding compensation for exposure to toxic substances at 
Department of Energy facilities.
Page S2674
  Nickles (for Byrd/Cochran) Amendment No. 2848, to correct the scoring 
for Project Bioshield.
Pages S2674-75
  Nickles (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 2850, to increase budget authority 
and outlays in Function 450 (Community and Regional Development) and 
Function 500 (Education, Training, Employment, and Social Security) to 
establish a New Homestead Venture Capital Fund to make equity and near 
equity investments in start-up and expanding businesses located in high 
out-migration rural counties and to repay up to 50 percent of college 
loans (up to $10,000) for recent graduates who live and work in such 
counties for five years, respectively; and to express the sense of the 
Senate that any revenue measure passed by Congress in the future should 
include tax incentives designed to address the devastating problem of 
chronic out-migration from rural communities in America's Heartland and 
that those tax incentives should be fully offset.
Pages S2676-77
  Nickles (for DeWine/Leahy) Amendment No. 2697, to increase the new 
budget authority in the International Affairs function by $330,000,000 
for fiscal year 2005 to provide adequate funding for the Child Survival 
and Health Program, with a corresponding offset in function 920. 
                                                         Pages S2676-77
  Nickles (for DeWine) Amendment No. 2715, to increase funding to 
facilitate reconstruction in Haiti.
Pages S2676-77
  Nickles (for Lugar) Amendment No. 2785, to express the sense of the 
Senate concerning summer food pilot projects.
Page S2681
  Nickles (for Specter) Amendment No. 2851, to strike section 404. 
                                                             Page S2681
  Nickles (for Collins/Carper) Amendment No. 2852, to provide a deficit 
neutral reserve fund for Postal Service reform.
Page S2681
  Landrieu Amendment No. 2775, to provide for eliminating the Survivor 
Benefit Plan-Social Security offset for military widows and widowers 
while reducing the debt, offset by the elimination of tax benefits

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to individuals and corporations that avoid United States taxation by 
establishing a foreign domicile and other tax loopholes and tax 
shelters.
Pages S2658-59, S2682
Rejected:
  By 41 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 41), Boxer Amendment No. 2783, to 
create jobs, to discourage the shipping of jobs overseas, and provide 
adjustment assistance for dislocated workers, by changing the tax 
treatment of certain income from runaway plants, and by reducing tax 
breaks for certain individuals.
Pages S2592-S2606, S2640, S2687
  By 41 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 42), Sarbanes Amendment No. 2789, to 
fully fund the FIRE and SAFER Acts and reduce tax breaks for certain 
individuals.
Pages S2606-11, S2640-41
  By 41 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 44), Dorgan Amendment No. 2793, to 
increase funding for COPS, Byre grants, and Local Law Enforcement Block 
Grants, and reduce tax breaks for certain individuals. 
                                               Pages S2611-20, S2643-44
  By 44 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 45), Lautenberg Amendment No. 2703, 
to reduce debt and require the industries responsible for producing 
products that contaminate toxic waste sites and industries who are 
exempt from liability for such contamination, to help pay for the 
cleanup by reinstating the Superfund polluter pays fees, and to reduce 
the deficit.
Pages S2629-30, S2639-40, S2644
  By 32 yeas to 64 nays (Vote No. 46), Harkin Amendment No. 2799, to 
provide for increased resources for medical research, disease control, 
wellness, tobacco cessation and preventative health efforts including 
substance abuse and mental health services, establishing a fund for 
this purpose, offset by an increase in the cigarette tax to $1 and 
proportional increases in other tobacco excise taxes and deficit 
reduction.
Pages S2620-26, S2644-45
  By 43 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 47), Lincoln Amendment No. 2803, to 
provide $60 billion over five years for greater health security for 
working Americans and their families through a combination of public 
and private efforts to expand quality, affordable health insurance 
coverage and cut health care costs by eliminating certain tax 
loopholes.
Pages S2645-46
  By 43 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 48), Byrd Amendment No. 2804, to 
provide responsible restraints on discretionary funding while providing 
adequate resources for education, veterans, homeland security, and 
other critical domestic priorities and fully offsetting the cost by 
closing corporate tax loopholes, improving tax enforcement and reducing 
tax breaks for certain individuals.
Pages S2626-29, S2646
  By 40 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 50), Lieberman Amendment No. 2807, to 
restore cuts and increase funding for homeland security programs and 
reduce the debt by reducing tax breaks for certain individuals. 
                                                  Pages S2631-35, S2647
  By 44 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No.51), Conrad (for Kennedy) Amendment 
No. 2725, to create a reserve fund to finance an increase in the 
maximum Pell Grant that keeps pace with the rate of increase in public 
college tuition, extend Pell Grants to 500,000 new recipients, and 
close certain tax loopholes.
Pages S2635-38, S2647-48
  By 42 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 52), Daschle Amendment No. 2774, to 
create a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Indian Health Service 
Clinical Services by $3.44 billion and lower the national debt by 
eliminating certain tax loopholes or reducing tax breaks for 
individuals with incomes in excess of $1 million per year. 
                                                         Pages S2649-52
  By 42 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 53), Dodd Amendment No. 2762, to 
create a reserve fund to allow for an increase in the 21st Century 
Community Learning Centers Program by $1 billion and to eliminate 
certain tax loopholes.
Pages S2652-53
  By 42 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 57), Lautenberg Amendment No. 2797, 
to strike the provision for raising the debt limit.
Pages S2675-76
  Dayton Amendment No. 2786, to provide full mandatory funding for the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) part B grants over 
five years by reducing tax breaks for the wealthiest taxpayers. 
                                                         Pages S2677-78
  Reed Amendment No. 2790, to create a reserve fund to increase funding 
for college and student financial aid programs, including the Pell 
Grant program, campus-based assistance, Leveraging Educational 
Assistance Partnership, TRIO, GEAR UP, and graduate level programs, and 
lower the national debt by closing certain tax loopholes.
Page S2678
Withdrawn:
  Kyl Amendment No. 2849, to create a reserve fund to permit an 
increase in veteran's medical care that is fully offset with an 
assessment on excessive lawyer fees paid under the tobacco settlement. 
                                                         Pages S2678-81
  Corzine Amendment No. 2777, to eliminate tax breaks for those with 
incomes greater than $1 million and reserve the savings to prevent 
future cuts in Social Security benefits.
Page S2682
  Santorum Amendment No. 2853, to provide for an increase and a 
decrease in funding for certain programs.
Pages S2682-84
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 43 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 49), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having

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voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 
305 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with respect to Bingaman 
Amendment No. 2765, to ensure that legislation is not enacted that 
increases the number of taxpayers affected by the alternative minimum 
tax. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment was in 
violation of section 305 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, was 
sustained, and the amendment thus falls.
Pages S2630-31, S2646-47
  By 51 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 55), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive the point of order that McConnell 
Amendment No. 2840, to prohibit future income tax hikes on upper 
incomes that fail to exempt small businesses that file individual 
income tax returns as partnerships, sole proprietors, or subchapter S 
corporations, was not germane. Subsequently, the point of order was 
sustained and the amendment thus falls.
Pages S2666-68
Executive Reports of Committees: Senate received the following 
executive report of a committee:
  Report to accompany the United Nations Convention on the Law of the 
Sea, with declarations and understandings. (Treaty Doc. 103-39) (Ex. 
Rept. 108-10)
Pages S2712-16
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting a report of the continuation of the national emergency 
with respect to Iran that was declared in Executive Order 12957; to the 
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-73)
Page S2710
Appointments:
  National Commission of Small Community Air Service: The Chair, on 
behalf of the Majority Leader pursuant to Public Law 108-176, Section 
411(b)(1)(B), appointed the following individual to serve as a member 
of the National Commission of Small Community Air Service: Mayor Bob 
Corker of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  Page S2752
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By unanimous vote of 92 yeas (Vote No. 59), Louis Guirola, Jr., of 
Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern 
District of Mississippi.
Page S2699
  Feliciano Foyo, of Florida, to be a Member of the Advisory Board for 
Cuba Broadcasting for a term expiring August 12, 2004.
  Neil Vincent Wake, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for 
the District of Arizona.
  Edward E. Kaufman, of Delaware, to be a Member of the Broadcasting 
Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2006. (Reappointment)
  Steven J. Simmons, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Broadcasting 
Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2006. (Reappointment)
  Glyn T. Davies, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the 
Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the rank of 
Ambassador during his tenure of service as the Political Director for 
the United States Presidency of the G-8.
  Sanford Gottesman, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term expiring 
December 17, 2005.
  Diane M. Ruebling, of California, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term 
expiring December 17, 2005. (Reappointment)
  C. William Swank, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term expiring 
December 17, 2005. (Reappointment)
  Robert Hurley McKinney, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Advisory 
Board for Cuba Broadcasting for a term expiring October 27, 2004.
  Mark J. Warshawsky, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Treasury.
  Richard S. Williamson, of Illinois, for the rank of Ambassador during 
his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America 
on the Human Rights Commission of the Economic and Social Council of 
the United Nations.
  Mark B. McClellan, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator 
of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  Routine lists in the Coast Guard.
Page S2753
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Tina Westby Jonas, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller).
  Romolo A. Bernardi, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Housing 
and Urban Development.
  Thomas Hill Moore, of Florida, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer 
Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from
  October 27, 2002. (Reappointment)
  Juan Carlos Zarate, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
the Treasury.
  Lewis W. Lucke, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of 
Swaziland.
  Earle I. Mack, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Finland.
  Jackson McDonald, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Guinea.

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  John M. Ordway, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Kazakhstan.
  32 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  5 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Navy.
Page S2752
Messages From the House:
  Page S2710
Measures Referred:
  Pages S2710-11
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S2711
Executive Communications:
  Pages S2711-12
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S2712-16
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2717-20
Statements on Introduced
Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2720-29
Additional Statements:
  Pages S2709-10
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S2729-51
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S2751
Authority for Committees To Meet:
  Page S2751
Privilege of the Floor:
  Pages S2751-52
Record Votes: Nineteen record votes were taken today. (Total--59) 
   Page S2640, S2641, S2643, S2644, S2645, S2646, S2647, S2648, S2651, 
                         S2653, S2666, S2667-68, S2671, S2675-76, S2699
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 1:44 a.m., 
on Friday, March 12, 2004, until 10 a.m., on the same day. (For 
Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: FOREST SERVICE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior and Related 
Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2005 for the Forest Service of the Department of 
Agriculture, after receiving testimony from Dale N. Bosworth, Chief, 
Forest Service, and Mark E. Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources 
and Environment, both of the Department of Agriculture.
APPROPRIATIONS: NASA
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent 
Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2005 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
(NASA), after receiving testimony from Sean O'Keefe, Administrator, 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
APPROPRIATIONS: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2005 for the Library of Congress, after receiving testimony from 
James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress; and Donald L. Scott, Deputy 
Librarian of Congress.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2005, focusing on 
missile defense after receiving testimony from Michael W. Wynne, Acting 
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; 
Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., USN, Commander, United States Strategic 
Command; Thomas P. Christie, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation; 
Lieutenant General Ronald T. Kadish, USAF, Director, Missile Defense 
Agency; and Lieutenant General Larry J. Dodgen, USA, Commander, Space 
and Missile Defense Command.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Airland concluded a 
hearing to examine the defense authorization request for fiscal year 
2005 and the future years defense program, focusing on Army 
Transformation, after receiving testimony from Claude M. Bolton, Jr., 
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and 
Technology; General George W. Casey, Jr., USA, Vice Chief of Staff, 
United States Army; and Major General John M. Curran, USA, Director, 
Future Centers, Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine prescription drug importation and related matters, 
focusing on reducing drug costs, safety concerns relating to 
importation, recent action by the States, drug counterfeiting, and the 
Medicare importation study and task force, after receiving testimony 
from Representatives Burton and Sanders; and Mark B. McClellan, 
Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and 
Human Services.
ABANDONED MINE LANDS PROGRAM
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine S. 2086, to amend the Surface Mining Control and 
Reclamation Act of 1977 to improve the reclamation of abandoned mines, 
and S.2049, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 
1977 to reauthorize collection of reclamation fees, revise the 
abandoned

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mine reclamation program, promote remining, authorize the Office of 
Surface Mining to collect the black lung excise tax, and make sundry 
other changes, after receiving testimony from Jeffrey D. Jarrett, 
Director, Office of Surface Mining, Department of the Interior; Steve 
Hohmann, Director, Kentucky Department for Surface Mining and 
Enforcement, Frankfort, on behalf of the Interstate Mining Compact 
Commission and the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land 
Programs; Evan J. Green, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, 
Cheyenne; Joe Shirley, Jr., Navajo Nation, Washington, D.C.; Charles 
Gauvin, Trout Unlimited, Arlington, Virginia; and Micheal Buckner, 
United Mine Workers of America, Fairfax, Virginia.
NOMINATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nomination of Sue Ellen Wooldridge, of Virginia, 
to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior, after the nominee 
testified and answered questions in her own behalf.
POSTAL REFORM
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee resumed hearings to 
examine U.S. Postal Service reform issues, focusing on sustaining the 9 
million jobs in the $900 billion mailing industry, after receiving 
testimony from Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corporation, Memphis, 
Tennessee; Michael L. Eskew, United Parcel Service, Atlanta, Georgia; 
Gary M. Mulloy, ADVO, Inc., Windsor, Connecticut; Gary B. Pruitt, 
McClatchy Company, Sacramento, California, on behalf of the Newspaper 
Association of America; and H. Robert Wientzen, Direct Marketing 
Association, New York, New York.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of William James Haynes II, of Virginia, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, Diane S. Sykes, of 
Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, 
James L. Robart, to be United States District Judge for the Western 
District of Washington, and Juan R. Sanchez and Lawrence F. Stengel, 
both to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of 
Pennsylvania.
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: 30 public bills, H.R. 3936-3965; and 9 
resolutions, H.J. Res. 89-90; H. Con. Res. 382-384, and H. Res. 557-
560, were introduced.
  Page H1070
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H1072
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 3261, to prohibit the misappropriation of certain databases, 
amended adverse (H. Rept. 108-421, Pt. 2).
Page H1070
Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004: The House passed H.R. 3717, 
to increase the penalties for violations by television and radio 
broadcasters of the prohibitions against transmission of obscene, 
indecent, and profane language, by a recorded vote of 391 ayes to 22 
noes with one voting ``present'', Roll No. 55.
  Pages H1015-35
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: to increase the penalties 
for violations by television and radio broadcasters of the prohibitions 
against transmission of obscene, indecent, and profane material. 
                                                             Page H1035
  The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the 
Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill was considered 
as an original bill for the purpose of amendment.
Page H1034
Agreed to:
  Upton amendment that preserves a licensee's right of a license to 
appeal a forfeiture order issued by the FCC for the broadcast of 
obscene, indecent, or profane material before the existence of such an 
order can be used in a license application proceeding, renewal 
proceeding, or revocation proceeding and also requires the FCC to 
provide Congress with information related to the number of times that 
violators refuse to pay a forfeiture order and that the FCC refers such 
orders to collections; and
Pages H1033-34
  Sessions amendment that directs the GAO to study and report within 
one year the number of complaints concerning the broadcasting of 
obscene,

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indecent, and profane material to the FCC the; number of such 
complaints that result in final agency actions by the FCC; the length 
of time taken by the FCC in responding to such complaints; what 
mechanisms the Commission has established to receive, investigate, and 
respond to such complaints; and whether complainants to the FCC are 
adequately informed by the FCC of the responses to their complaints. 
                                                             Page H1034
  H. Res. 554, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by voice vote.
Pages H1015-19
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Commending India on its celebration of Republic Day: Debated on March 
10, H. Con. Res. 15, commending India on its celebration of Republic 
Day, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting ``nay'', 
Roll No. 56; and
  Pages H1035-36
  Expressing the condolences of the House for the untimely death of 
Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski: Debated on March 10, H. Res. 
540, expressing the condolences and deepest sympathies of the House of 
Representatives for the untimely death of Macedonian President Boris 
Trajkovski, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 57.
  Pages H1036-37
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at noon on Friday, March 12, and further that when it adjourn to 
meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 for Morning-Hour debate. 
                                                             Page H1069
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, March 17.
  Page H1069
Senate Adjournment: Agreed to S. Con. Res. 98, providing for a 
conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate.
  Page H1057
Presidential Message: Read a letter from the President wherein he 
notified Congress of the continuation of the National Emergency with 
Respect to Iran--referred to the Committee on International Relations 
and ordered to be printed (108-173).
  Page H1045
Senate Messages: Messages from the Senate today appear on page H1013.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote 
developed during the proceedings today and appear on pages H1035, 
H1035-36, and H1036-37. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:18 
p.m.Committee Meetings
PEANUT PROGRAM
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Speciality Crops and Foreign 
Agriculture Programs held a hearing to review the Peanut Program. 
Testimony was heard from Floyd Gaibler, Under Secretary, Farm and 
Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA; and public witnesses.
AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies held a 
hearing on the FDA. Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the FDA, Department of Health and Human Services: Lester M. Crawford, 
Acting Commissioner; Jeffrey M. Weber, Associate Commissioner, 
Management and Chief Financial Officer; and William R. Beldon, Acting 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Budget.
COMMERCE, STATE, JUSTICE, JUDICIARY AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, State, Justice, 
Judiciary and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Federal Judiciary. 
Testimony was heard from Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director, 
Administrative Office of the United States Courts; and Chief Judge John 
Heyburn, Chairman, Budget Committee, Judicial Conference of the United 
States.
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water 
Development held a hearing on the Secretary of Energy. Testimony was 
heard from Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Energy.
HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a 
hearing on Border and Transportation Security. Testimony was heard from 
Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary, Border and Transportation Security, 
Department of Homeland Security.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the Acting Administrator, 
Transportation Security Administration. Testimony was heard from ADM 
David Stone, USN, (Ret.), Acting Administrator, Transportation Security 
Administration, Department of Homeland Security.
LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education and Related

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Agencies held a hearing on the Secretary of Education. Testimony was 
heard from Rodney Paige, Secretary of Education.
VA, HUD AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies continued appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from 
Members of Congress.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--NAVY RESEARCH AND 
DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Projection Forces held a 
hearing on the Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense Authorization Budget 
Request--Navy Research and Development, Transformation and Future Navy 
Capabilities. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of the Navy: John J. Young, Assistant Secretary (Research, 
Development and Acquisition); VADM John B. Nathan, USN, Deputy Chief of 
Naval Operations (N-7) (Warfare Requirements and Programs); VADM Cutler 
J. Dawson, Jr., Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N-8) (Resources, 
Requirements, and Assessments); LTG Edward Hanlon, Jr., USMC, 
Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and RADM 
Jay M. Cohen, USN, Chief of Naval Research, Director, Test and 
Evaluation and Technology Requirements.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--ASSESSING ADEQUACY TO 
MEET READINESS NEEDS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing 
on the Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense Authorization Budget Request--
Assessing the Adequacy of the Fiscal Year 2005 Budget to Meet Readiness 
Needs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: GEN George Casey, USA, Vice Chief of Staff, 
Army, Headquarters, Department of the Army; ADM Michael G. Mullen, USN, 
Vice Chief of Naval Operations and LTG Jan C. Huly, USMC, Deputy 
Commander, Plans, Policy and Operations, U.S. Marine Corps, both with 
the Department of the Navy; and GEN T. Michael Moseley, USAF, Vice 
Chief of Staff, Air Force, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--SPECIAL OPERATIONS 
COMMAND OVERSIGHT
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2005 
National Defense Authorization Budget Request--Special Operations 
Command Oversight. Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the Department of Defense: Thomas W. O'Connell, Assistant Secretary, 
Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict; GEN Bryan D. Brown, USA, 
Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; LTG Philip Kensinger, USA, 
Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Command; LTG Paul 
Hester, USAF, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command; RADM 
Albert Calland, USN, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command; and 
Command CMSgt Robert Martens, Jr., U.S. Air Force, Senior Enlisted 
Advisor, U.S. Special Operations Command.
BUDGET RESOLUTION
Committee on the Budget: Began markup of the Budget Resolution for 
Fiscal Year 2005.
  Committee recessed subject to call.
CHANGING NATURE OF THE ECONOMY--CRITICAL ROLES OF EDUCATION AND 
INNOVATION
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Held a hearing entitled ``The 
Changing Nature of the Economy: The Critical Roles of Education and 
Innovation in Creating Jobs & Opportunity in a Knowledge Economy.'' 
Testimony was heard from Alan Greenspan, Chairman, Board of Governors, 
Federal Reserve System; and public witnesses.
COLLEGE RECRUITING--ARE STUDENT ATHLETES BEING PROTECTED?
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``College Recruiting: Are 
Student Athletes Being Protected?'' Testimony was heard from 
Representative Osborne; and public witnesses.
IRAQ--REBUILDING CHALLENGES
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on the Complex Task of 
Coordinating Contracts Amid Chaos: The Challenges of Rebuilding a 
Broken Iraq. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: MG Carl A. Strock, USA, Director, Civil Works, 
Army Corps of Engineers; GEN Paul J. Kern, USA, Commanding General, 
U.S. Army Material Command; MG Wade H. McManus, Jr., USA, Commanding 
General, U.S. Army Field Support Command; Tina Ballard, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Army (Policy and Procurement); Dov S. Zakheim, 
Under Secretary, (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer; William H. 
Reed, Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency; and RADM David Nash, USN 
(Ret.), Director, Iraq Program Management Office, Coalition Provisional 
Authority; and Lewis Lucke, Deputy Assistant Administrator, AID, 
Department of State.

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``CERVICAL CANCER AND HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Cervical Cancer 
and Human Papillomavirus.'' Testimony was heard from Representative 
Weldon of Florida; the following officials of the Department of Health 
and Human Services: Ed. Thompson, M.D., Deputy Director, Public Health 
Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Edward L. 
Trimble, M.D., Gynecologic Oncologist, National Cancer Institute, NIH; 
and Daniel G. Schultz, M.D., Director, Office of Device Evaluation, 
Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, FDA; and public witnesses.
SUDAN: PEACE AGREEMENT AROUND THE CORNER?
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa held a 
hearing on Sudan: Peace Agreement Around the Corner? Testimony was 
heard from the following officials ofthe Department of State: Charles 
R. Snyder, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs; and 
Roger P. Winter, Assistant Administrator, Democracy, Conflict and 
Humanitarian Assistance, AID; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--COPYRIGHT ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and 
Intellectual Property held an oversight hearing on Section 115 of the 
Copyright Act: In Need of Update? Testimony was heard from Marybeth 
Peters, Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--IMMIGRATION FUNDING
Committee on the Judiciay: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security, and Claims held an oversight hearing entitled ``Funding for 
Immigration in the President's 2005 Budget.'' Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--BUDGET REQUESTS--NOAA AND FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held an oversight hearing on the Administration's 
Fiscal Year 2005 budget requests for NOAA and the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service. Testimony was heard from VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, 
Jr., USN, (Ret.), Under Secretary, Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA, 
Department of Commerce; and Steven A. Williams, Director, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
CURRENT BUDGET PROCESS--CONSIDER NEW REFORM AND ENFORCEMENT PROPOSALS
Committee on Rules: Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process held 
a hearing to assess the effectiveness of the current budget process and 
consider new reform and enforcement proposals. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Hensarling, Ryan of Wisconsin, Chocola, Stenholm, Hill, 
Kirk, Hastings of Washington, Castle and Cox; and Josh Bolten, 
Director, OMB.
EPA BUDGET
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and 
Standards held a hearing on the Fiscal Year EPA Budget. Testimony was 
heard from Clay Johnson III, Deputy Director, Management, OMB; Paul 
Gilman, Assistant Administrator, Research and Development, EPA; Paul 
Posner, Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; and 
public witnesses.
VA'S POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER PROGRAMS STATUS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on the current status of Department of Veterans' post-traumatic stress 
disorder (PTSD) programs. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs: Robert H. Roswell, 
M.D., Under Secretary, Health; Thomas Horvath, M.D., Chief of Staff, 
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Terence Keane, 
Director, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Boston 
Health Care System; Harold Kudler, M.D., Co-Chair, Under Secretary, 
Health's Special Committee on PTSD, Durham Medical Center; Chaplain 
Robert W. Mikol, Clinical Chaplain, Lyons Campus, New Jersey Health 
Care System; and Rev. Philip G. Salois, VISN 1 Chaplain Program 
Manager, Boston Health Care System; the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: LTC Kenneth Brown, Chaplain, U.S. Army; LT 
Charles E. Hodges, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve; and CDR Mark 
Jumper, Staff Chaplain, U.S. Coast Guard Academy; representatives of 
veterans organizations; and public witnesses.
PRESIDENT'S TRADE AGENDA
Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on President Bush's Trade 
Agenda. Testimony was heard from Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. Trade 
Representative.

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NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE PROGRAM BUDGET
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on National Reconnaissance Program Budget. Testimony was 
heard from departmental 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 Global Intelligence Update. The Subcommittee was 
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             MARCH 12, 2004

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       10 a.m., Friday, March 12

                               
                             Senate Chamber
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              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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