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                                          Wednesday, March 31, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      House Committees ordered reported seven sundry measures.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S3389-S3517
Measures Introduced: Six bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2262-2267, and S. Res. 326.
  Pages S3455-56
Measures Passed:
  Professional Boxing Amendments Act: Senate passed S. 275, to amend 
the Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996, and to establish the United 
States Boxing Administration, after agreeing to the committee amendment 
in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S3499-S3510
Frist (for McCain) Amendment No. 3006, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                             Page S3510
Budget Resolution--House Message: Senate began consideration of the 
House Message to accompany 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, and took the following action:
  Pages S3393-S3407
  Senate disagreed to the amendment of the House, agreed to the request 
for a conference with the House, and the Chair appointed the following 
conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Nickles, Domenici, 
Grassley, Gregg, Conrad, Hollings, and Sarbanes.
Page S3407
Welfare Reform Reauthorization: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 
4, to reauthorize and improve the program of block grants to States for 
temporary assistance for needy families, improve access to quality 
child care, taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S3407-48
Pending:
  Boxer/Kennedy Amendment No. 2945, to amend the Fair Labor Standards 
Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage. 
                                                             Page S3407
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 1, 2004, 
provided that there be 60 minutes of debate equally divided, with a 
vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the committee amendment in the 
nature of a substitute, to occur at approximately 11:30 a.m. 
                                                             Page S3515
Treaty Approved: The following treaty having passed through its various 
parliamentary stages, up to and including the presentation of the 
resolution of ratification, upon division, two-thirds of the Senators 
present and having voted in the affirmative, the resolution of 
ratification was agreed to:
  The Protocol to the Agreement of the International Atomic Energy 
Agency Regarding Safeguards in the United States (Treaty Doc. 107-7), 
with 2 conditions and 8 understandings.
Pages S3511-15
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Alphonso R. Jackson, of Texas, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban 
Development.
  2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  28 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Navy.
Pages S3516-17
Messages From the House:
  Page S3454
Measures Referred:
  Page S3454
Executive Communications:
  Pages S3454-55
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S3456-57
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S3457-62
Additional Statements:
  Pages S3453-54
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S3462-99
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S3499
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S3499

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Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 7:27 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 1, 2004. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3515.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water 
Development concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates 
for fiscal year 2005 for the Department of Energy's Office of 
Environmental Management, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste 
Management, and Office of Environment, Safety and Health, after 
receiving testimony from Jessie Hill Roberson, Assistant Secretary for 
Environmental Management, Margaret Chu, Director, Civilian Radioactive 
Waste Management, and Beverly Cook, Assistant Secretary for 
Environment, Safety and Health, all of the Department of Energy.
APPROPRIATIONS: INTELLIGENCE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded a closed 
hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2005 for 
intelligence and world wide threat assessment, after receiving 
testimony from George Tenet, Director, Central Intelligence Agency.
APPROPRIATIONS: SAA/CAPITOL POLICE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch 
concluded hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 
2005 for the U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, after 
receiving testimony from Terrance W. Gainer, Chief, United States 
Capitol Police; and William H. Pickle, Senate Sergeant at Arms and 
Doorkeeper; and W. Wilson Livingood, Chairman, United States Capitol 
Police Board.
DEFENSE: AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel concluded a 
hearing to examine the Defense authorization request for fiscal year 
2005, focusing on active and Reserve military and civilian personnel 
programs, after receiving testimony from Thomas F. Hall, Assistant 
Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; Lieutenant General H. Steven 
Blum, ARNG, Chief, National Guard Bureau, Army National Guard; 
Lieutenant General Roger C. Schultz, ARNG, Director, Army National 
Guard; Lieutenant General Daniel James III, ANG, Director, Air National 
Guard; Lieutenant General James R. Helmly, USAR, Chief, Army Reserve; 
Vice Admiral John G. Cotton, USNR, Chief, Naval Reserve; Lieutenant 
General Dennis M. McCarthy, USMCR, Commander, Marine Forces Reserve; 
and Lieutenant General James E. Sherrard III, USAFR, Chief, Air Force 
Reserve.
TANKER AIRCRAFT
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing on the acquisition of the Boeing KC-767A tanker aircraft 
from Joseph E. Schmitz, Inspector General, Henry Kleinknecht, Program 
Director, Contract Audits, John F. Meling, Program Director, 
Acquisition Audits, Francis E. Reardon, Deputy Inspector General for 
Auditing, and David K. Steensma, Director, Contract Management 
Directorate, all of the Office of the Inspector General, Department of 
Defense.
MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee continued 
hearings to examine the current investigations and regulatory actions 
regarding the mutual fund industry, focusing on soft-dollar practices, 
after receiving testimony from Harold S. Bradley, American Century 
Investments, Kansas City, Missouri; Geoffrey I. Edelstein, Westcap 
Investors, Los Angeles, California, on behalf of Investment Counsel 
Association of America, Inc.; Howard M. Schilit, Center for Financial 
Research and Analysis, Rockville, Maryland; Grady G. Thomas, Jr., The 
Interstate Group, Division of Morgan Keegan and Company, Inc., 
Charlotte, North Carolina; and Benn Steil, Council on Foreign 
Relations, and Joseph M. Velli, The Bank of New York, both of New York, 
New York.
MUTUAL FUND INDUSTRY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee continued a 
hearing to examine the current investigations and regulatory actions 
regarding the mutual fund industry, focusing on fund costs and 
distribution practices, receiving testimony from Senators Fitzgerald, 
Collins, Levin, and Akaka; Paul G. Haaga, Jr., Capital Research and 
Management Company, Los Angeles, California, on behalf of the 
Investment Company Institute; Mark Treanor, Wachovia Corporation, 
Charlotte, North Carolina, on behalf of the Financial Services 
Roundtable; Chet Helck, Raymond James Financial, Inc., St. Petersburg, 
Florida; Thomas O. Putnam, Fenimore Asset Management, Inc., Cobleskill, 
New York; and Edward A.H. Siedle, Benchmark Financial Services, Inc./
Benchmark Companies, Ocean Ridge, Florida.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.

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NOMINATIONS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nominations of Stephen L. Johnson, of Maryland, 
to be Deputy Administrator, Ann R. Klee, of Virginia, to be an 
Assistant Administrator, Charles Johnson, of Utah, to be Chief 
Financial Officer, who was introduced by Senator Bennett, and Benjamin 
Grumbles, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator, all of the 
Environmental Protection Agency, and Gary Lee Visscher, of Maryland, to 
be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, 
after each nominee testified and answered questions in their own 
behalf.
NATION'S WATER RESOURCE NEEDS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure concluded a hearing to examine the 
role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in meeting the nation's water 
resource needs in the 21st century, including related provisions of the 
proposed Water Resources Development Act of 2004, after receiving 
testimony from former Representative John T. Myers, on behalf of the 
National Waterways Conference; John Paul Woodley, Jr., Assistant 
Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, and Lieutenant General Robert B. 
Flowers, Chief of Engineers, both of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 
Steve Levy, Office of the Suffolk County Executive, Hauppauge, New 
York; Michael A. Leone, American Association of Port Authorities, 
Alexandria, Virginia; William G. Howland, Lake Champlain Basin Program, 
Grand Isle, Vermont; Michael W. Cameron, The Nature Conservancy, Reno, 
Nevada; Derrick Crandall, American Recreation Coalition, Dominic Izzo, 
American Society of Civil Engineers, Raymond J. Poupore, National Heavy 
and Highway Alliance, and Scott Faber Environmental Defense, all of 
Washington, D.C.; and Gregory A. Zlotnick, Santa Clara Valley Water 
District, San Jose, California.
NOMINATION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nomination of Paul V. Applegarth, of Connecticut, to be 
Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Department 
of State, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Schumer, 
testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
MADRID TERRORIST ATTACKS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on European Affairs 
concluded a hearing to examine the effects of the Madrid terrorist 
attacks on U.S. European cooperation in the war on terrorism, after 
receiving testimony from J. Cofer Black, Coordinator for 
Counterterrorism, Department of State; Robert Kagan, Carnegie Endowment 
for International Peace, Robin Niblett, Center for Strategic and 
International Studies, Philip H. Gordon, Brookings Institution, and 
James Dobbins, RAND Corporation, all of Washington D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to 
consider pending intelligence matters.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 22 public bills, H.R. 4077-4097; 4100; 2 private 
bills, H.R. 4098-4099; and 2 resolutions, H. Res. 590-591, were 
introduced.
  Pages H1789-90
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H1791
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.Res. 592, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to the same day consideration of certain resolutions reported 
by the Rules Committee (H.Rept. 108-455); and
  H.Res. 593, providing for further consideration of H.R. 3550, to 
authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and 
transit programs (H.Rept. 108-456).
Page H1789
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative LaHood to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H1743
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Cynthia O. Baskin, 
Rector, St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland.
  Page H1743
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 590, electing 
Representative Chandler to the Committees on Agriculture and 
International Relations.
  Page H1745

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Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  Providing for an additional temporary extension of programs under the 
Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 
through June 4, 2004: H.R. 4062, to provide for an additional temporary 
extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small 
Business Investment Act of 1958 through June 4, 2004.
  Pages H1746-50
Sense of the House regarding compensation rates for civilian employees 
and members of the uniformed services: The House agreed to H. Res. 581, 
expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding rates of 
compensation for civilian employees and members of the uniformed 
services of the United States, by a yea-and-nay vote of 299 yeas to 126 
nays, Roll No. 104.
  Pages H1750-60
  H. Res. 585, the rule providing for consideration of the resolution 
was agreed to by a voice vote.
Pages H1750-51
Recess: The House recessed at 12:31 p.m. and reconvened at 7:20 p.m. 
                                                             Page H1760
Recess: The House recessed at 11:04 p.m. and reconvened at 8:52 p.m. on 
Thursday, April 1.
  Page H1787
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote developed during the 
proceedings today and appear on pages H1759-60. There were no quorum 
calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 11:04 p.m. stands in 
recess subject to the call of the chair.


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Committee Meetings
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE, JUDICIARY AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, 
Judiciary and Related Agencies held a hearing on FCC. Testimony was 
heard from Michael Powell, Chairman, FCC.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the SEC. Testimony was heard 
from William H. Donaldson, Chairman, SEC.
DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense met in executive 
session to hold a hearing on Missile Defense. Testimony was heard from 
LTG Ronald Kadish, USAF, Director, Missile Defense Agency, Department 
of Defense.
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water 
Development held a hearing on Contributions of the Army Corps of 
Engineers in the Restoration of Iraq and Afghanistan. Testimony was 
heard from LTG Robert B. Flowers, USA, Chief, Corps of Engineers, 
Department of the Army.
HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a 
hearing on U.S. Coast Guard. Testimony was heard from ADM Thomas H. 
Collins, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland 
Security.
LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention. Testimony was heard from Julie 
Louise Gerberding, M.D., Director, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention, and Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease 
Registry, Department of Health and Human Services.
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction held 
a hearing on the Pacific Command. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Defense: ADM Thomas B. Fargo, 
USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and GEN Leon J. LaPorte, USA, 
Commander, Republic of Korea-U.S. Combines Forces Command and Command 
Forces Korea.
VA, HUD AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies held a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
Testimony was heard from Anthony J. Principi, Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--DOD
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2005 
National Defense Authorization budget request of the Department of 
Defense. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: ADM Thomas B. Fargo, USN, Commander, U.S. 
Pacific Command; and GEN Leon J. Laporte, USA, Commander, U.S. Forces 
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NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--DOD'S BUSINESS 
TRANSFORMATION EFFORTS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2005 
National Defense Authorization budget request--Department of Defense's 
Business Transformation Efforts. Testimony was heard from Gregory D. 
Kutz, Director, Financial Management and Assurance, GAO; the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: JoAnn Boutelle, Deputy Chief 
Financial Officer; Margaret E. Myers, Principal Deputy Under Secretary 
(Comptroller) and the Deputy Under Secretary, Management Reform; Gary 
L. Winkler, Director, Enterprise Integration, CIO/G6, Department of the 
Army; David M. Wennergren, Chief Information Officer, Department of the 
Navy; John M. Gilligan, Chief Information Officer, Department of the 
Air Force; BG John R. Thomas, USMC, Director C/4 Chief Information 
Officer, U.S. Marine Corps; and public witnesses.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--RESERVE COMPONENT 
TRANSFORMATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Total Force held a hearing 
on the Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense Authorization budget request 
on Reserve Component Transformation and Relieving the Stress on the 
Reserve Component. Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the Department of Defense: Albert C. Zapanta, Chairman, Reserve Forces 
Policy Board; Thomas F. Hall, Assistant Secretary, Reserve Affairs; LTG 
H. Steven Blum, USA, Chief, National Guard Board; LTG Roger C. Schultz, 
USA, Director, Army National Guard and LTG James Helmly, USA, Chief, 
U.S. Army Reserve, all with the Department of the Army; VADM John G. 
Cotton, USN, Director, U.S. Naval Reserve and LTG Dennis M. McCarthy, 
USMC, Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, both with the Department of the 
Navy; and LTG Daniel James III, USAF, Director, Air National Guard and 
LTG James E. Sherrard III, USAF, Chief, Air Force Reserve, both the 
Department of the Air Force.
U.S.-CHINA TRADE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``U.S.-China Trade: 
Preparations for the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.'' 
Testimony was heard from Charles W. Freeman III, Deputy Assistant U.S. 
Trade Representative; and public witnesses.
REVIEW TARGETING PROGRAM FOR SEA CARGO
Committee on Energy Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``A Review to Assess Progress 
with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection's Targeting Program 
for Sea Cargo.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the Department of Homeland Security: Jayson Ahern, Assistant 
Commissioner; Vera Adams Port Director, Long Beach, CA., and Kevin 
McCabe, Chief Inspector, Newark, New Jersey, all with the Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, and Clark Kent Ervin, Inspector General; 
and a public witness.
INCREASE INSURANCE CHOICES FOR CONSUMERS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled 
``Working with State Regulators to Increase Insurance Choices for 
Consumers.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--``10 YEARS OF GPRA--RESULTS DEMONSTRATED''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency 
and Financial Management held an oversight hearing entitled ``10 Years 
of GPRA--Results, Demonstrated.'' Testimony was heard from Patricia 
Dalton, Director, Strategic Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on International Relations: Ordered reported the following 
bills: H.R. 4019, Concerning participation of Taiwan in the World 
Health Organization; H.R. 4011, amended, North Korea Human Rights Act 
of 2004; H.R. 4060, Peace Corps Safety and Security Act of 2004; H.R. 
4061, Assistance for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Developing 
Countries Act of 2004.
  The Committee also favorably considered the following measures and 
adopted a motion urging the Chairman to request that they be considered 
on the Suspension Calendar: H.R. 4053, United States International 
Leadership Act of 2003; H. Res. 402, Expressing the sense of the House 
of Representatives regarding the urgent need for freedom, democratic 
reform, and international monitoring of elections, human rights, and 
religious liberty in the Lao People's Democratic Republic; H. Res. 535, 
amended, Expressing the concern and support of the House of 
Representatives for local elected officials under threat of 
assassination, kidnapping, forcible displacement, and coercion by 
terrorist organizations in the Republic of Colombia; H. Res. 563, 
amended, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding

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the one-year anniversary of the human rights crackdown in Cuba; H. Res. 
576, amended, Urging the Government of the People's Republic of China 
to improve its protection of intellectual property rights; H. Con. Res. 
326, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the arbitrary detention 
of Dr. Wang Bingzhang by the Government of the People's Republic of 
China and urging his immediate release; H. Con. Res. 336, Expressing 
the sense of Congress that the continued participation of the Russian 
Federation in the Group of 8 nations should be conditioned on the 
Russian Government voluntarily accepting and adhering to the norms and 
standards of democracy; H. Con. Res. 352, Recognizing the contributions 
of people of Indian origin to the United States and the benefits of 
working together with India towards promoting peace, prosperity, and 
freedom among all countries of the world; H. Con. Res. 378, Calling on 
the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to immediately and 
unconditionally release Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly; and H. Con. Res. 
398, Expressing the concern of Congress over Iran's development of the 
means to produce nuclear weapons.
BELARUS AND ITS FUTURE
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Europe held a 
hearing on Belarus and Its future: Democracy or Soviet-Style 
Dictatorship? Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ANABOLIC STEROID CONTROL ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 3866, 
Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004.
OVERSIGHT--LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held an oversight hearing on the Legal Services 
Corporation: Inquiry into the Activities of the California Rural Legal 
Assistance Program and Testimony Relating to the Merits of Client Co-
Pay. Testimony was heard from Helaine M. Barnett, President, Legal 
Services Corporation; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and 
Intellectual Property approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
the following bills: H.R. 4077, Piracy Deterrence and Education Act of 
2004; H.R. 3632, Anti-Counterfeiting Amendments of 2003; and H.R. 3754, 
Fraudulent Online Sanctions Act.
OVERSIGHT--BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS--FEDERAL RECOGNITION AND 
ACKNOWLEDGMENT PROCESS
Committee on Resources: Held an oversight hearing on the Federal 
recognition and acknowledgment process by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Johnson of Connecticut; R. Lee 
Fleming, Director, Office of Federal Acknowledgment, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing 
for further consideration of H.R. 3550, Transportation Equity Act: A 
Legacy for Users. The rule provides for no further general debate 
except for the final period of ten minutes following consideration of 
the bill for amendment contemplated in the order of the House of March 
30, 2004. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a 
substitute recommended by the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure now printed in the bill, modified by the amendments 
printed in part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the 
resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the 
Committee of the Whole. The rule provides that the bill, as amended, 
shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further 
amendment and shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points 
of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule makes in 
order only those amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee 
report which may be offered only in the order printed in the report, 
may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be 
considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the 
report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, 
and shall not be subject to amendment or demand for division of the 
question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments 
printed in the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or 
without instructions. Section 2 of the resolution provides that the 
amendment considered as adopted under the first section of the 
resolution shall be considered an amendment offered under section 411 
of House Concurrent Resolution 95.
SAME DAY CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION REPORTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE 
CONCERNING TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving clause 6(a) 
of rule XIII (requiring a two-

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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 Thursday, April 1, 2004, providing for 
consideration or disposition of the bill (H.R. 3550) to authorize funds 
for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit 
programs, and for other purposes.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science: Ordered reported, as amended, the following 
bills: H.R. 3980, National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act of 2004; and 
H.R. 4030, Congressional Medal for Outstanding Contributions in Math 
and Science Education Act. of 2004.
  The Committee also began markup of H.R. 3970, Green Chemistry 
Research and Development Act of 2004.
  Will continue tomorrow.
RAILROAD ECONOMIC REGULATION STATUS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Railroads held a hearing on the Status of Railroad Economic Regulation. 
Testimony was heard from Roger Nober, Chairman, Surface Transportation 
Board, Department of Transportation; and public witnesses.
DOV'S EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES--PROCEDURES FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS AND 
CREDENTIALING
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on current Department of Veterans Affairs 
employment practices with regard to procedures for background checks 
and credentialing. Testimony was heard from Cynthia Grubbs, R.N., 
Director, Office of Policy and Planning, Bureau of Health Professions, 
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and 
Human Services; Cynthia A. Bascetta, Director, Health Care--Veterans' 
Health and Benefits Issues, GAO; and Frances M. Murphy, M. D., Deputy 
Under Secretary, Health Policy Coordination, Veterans Health 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
BRIEFING IRAQ WMD UPDATE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Update. The 
Committee was briefed by departmental witnesses.
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE BUDGET
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on Counterintelligence Budget. Testimony was heard from 
departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
2005 BUDGET
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House 
passed versions of 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, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject 
to the call.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-04-01

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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                             APRIL 1, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and 
Human Services, and Education, to hold hearings to examine proposed 
budget estimates for fiscal year 2005 for the National Institutes of 
Health, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Subcommittee on Interior, to hold hearings to examine proposed 
budget estimates for fiscal year 2005 for the Indian Health Service, 
Department of Health and Human Services, 9:30 a.m., SD- 124.
  Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies, to hold 
hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2005 
for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 10 a.m., SD-
628.
  Subcommittee on Transportation, to hold hearings to examine future 
challenges facing the United States Postal Service, 10 a.m., SD-138.
  Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related 
Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2005 for programs under its jurisdiction, 1 p.m., SD-
192.
  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
proposed Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2005, 
focusing on the military strategy and operational requirements of 
the unified and regional commands; to be followed by a possible 
closed session in SR-222, 9:30 a.m., SD-106.
  Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, to hold hearings 
to examine the proposed Defense Authorization Request for fiscal 
year 2005, focusing on military installation programs, 2:30 p.m., 
SR-232A.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting 
to mark up the proposed Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform 
Act of 2004, 2 p.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee 
on Science, Technology, and Space, to hold hearings to examine NASA 
fiscal year 2005 budget request, 2:30 p.m., SR- 253.

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  Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean 
Air, Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety, to hold an oversight 
hearing to examine the implementation of the National Ambient Air 
Quality Standards for particulate matter and ozone, 9:30 a.m., SD-
406.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine 
Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and 
Protocol to Convention on International Interests in Mobile 
Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment, concluded at 
Cape Town, South Africa, on November 16, 2001 (Treaty Doc. 108-10), 
Additional Protocol Between the Government of the United States of 
America and the Government of Romania Concerning the Reciprocal 
Encouragement and Protection of Investment of May 28, 1992, signed 
at Brussels on September 22, 2003 (Treaty Doc. 108-13), Additional 
Protocol Between the United States of America and the Republic of 
Bulgaria Amending the Treaty Between the United States of America 
and the Republic of Bulgaria Concerning the Encouragement and 
Reciprocal Protection of Investment of September 23, 1992, signed at 
Brussels on September 22, 2003 (Treaty Doc. 108-15), Protocol 
Between the Government of the United States of America and the 
Government of the Republic of Estonia to the Treaty for the 
Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investment of April 19, 
1994, signed at Brussels on October 24, 2003 (Treaty Doc. 108-17), 
Additional Protocol Between the United States of America and the 
Czech Republic to the Treaty Between the United States of America 
and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic Concerning the Reciprocal 
Encouragement and Protection of Investment of October 22, 1991, 
signed at Brussels on December 10, 2003 (Treaty Doc. 108-18), 
Additional Protocol Between the United States of America and the 
Slovak Republic to the Treaty Between the United States of America 
and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic Concerning the Reciprocal 
Encouragement and Protection of Investment of October 22, 1991, 
signed at Brussels on September 22, 2003 (Treaty Doc. 108-19), 
Additional Protocol Between the Government of the United States of 
America and the Government of the Republic of Latvia to the Treaty 
for the Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investment of 
January 13, 1995, signed at Brussels on September 22, 2003 (Treaty 
Doc. 108-20), Additional Protocol Between the Government of the 
United States of America and the Government of the Republic of 
Lithuania to the Treaty for the Encouragement and Reciprocal 
Protection of Investment of January 14, 1998, signed at Brussels on 
September 22, 2003 (Treaty Doc. 108-21), and Additional Protocol 
Between the United States of America and the Republic of Poland to 
the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Republic of 
Poland Concerning Business and Economic Relations of March 21, 1990, 
signed at Brussels on January 12, 2004 (Treaty Doc. 108-22), 9:30 
a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 1735, 
to increase and enhance law enforcement resources committed to 
investigation and prosecution of violent gangs, to deter and punish 
violent gang crime, to protect law abiding citizens and communities 
from violent criminals, to revise and enhance criminal penalties for 
violent crimes, to reform and facilitate prosecution of juvenile 
gang members who commit violent crimes, to expand and improve gang 
prevention programs, and the nominations of Henry W. Saad, of 
Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, 
Peter W. Hall, of Vermont, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 
Second Circuit, William Gerry Myers III, of Idaho, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Roger T. Benitez, to be 
United States District Judge for the Southern District of 
California, Jane J. Boyle, to be United States District Judge for 
the Northern District of Texas, Marcia G. Cooke, to be United States 
District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, Paul S. 
Diamond, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District 
of Pennsylvania, Walter D. Kelley, Jr., to be United States District 
Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Matthew G. Whitaker, 
to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, 
Department of Justice, 9:30 a.m., SD-226.
  Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, to 
hold hearings to examine securing our borders under a temporary 
guest worker program, 2:30 p.m., SD-226.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of Robert N. Davis, to be a Judge of the United States 
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and Pamela M. Iovino, of the 
District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs for Congressional Affairs, 2:30 p.m., SR-418.


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  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, 
State, Judiciary and Related Agencies, on Broadcasting Board of 
Governors, 10 a.m., and on Department of State International 
Organizations, 2 p.m., H-309 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on District of Columbia, on Public Defender Services; 
Court Services, and Offender Supervision, 10 a.m., 2362A Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related 
Programs, on U.S. Agency for International Development, 10 a.m., 
2359 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on Information Analysis and 
Infrastructure Protection, 10 a.m., 2362B Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Interior, on National Endowment for the Arts, 10 
a.m., and on National Endowment for the Humanities, 11 a.m., B-308 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and 
Related Agencies, on Workforce Preparation and Training, 10 a.m., 
2358 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, Independent Agencies, on 
Executive Office of the President, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies, on NSF, 2 p.m., 
2358 Rayburn.
  Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces, hearing on the Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense 
Authorization budget request--Future Combat System and Force 
Protection Initiatives, 1 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

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  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and 
Capabilities, hearing on the Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense 
Authorization budget request--Destructions of the U.S. Chemical 
Weapons Stockpile--Program and Status, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, hearing entitled ``FY 2005 
Budget Priorities for the Department of Energy,'' 9:30 a.m., 2123 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Health, to continue hearings entitled ``Inter-
governmental Transfers: Violations of the Federal-State Medicaid 
Partnership or Legitimate State Budget Tool?'' 2 p.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing 
entitled Legislative Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Satellite 
Home Viewer Improvement Act, 2 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, hearing entitled ``Oversight of 
the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency,'' 10 a.m., 2128 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, to mark up the following bills: 
H.R. 3737, Administrative Law Judges Pay Reform Act of 2004; H.R. 
3751, to require the Office of Personnel and Management study and 
present options under which dental and vision benefits could be made 
available to Federal employees and other appropriate classes of 
individuals; H.R. 4012, to amend the District of Columbia College 
Access Act of 1999 to permanently authorize the public school and 
private school tuition assistance programs established under the 
Act; H.R. 1822, to designate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service located at 3751 West 6th Street in Los Angeles, 
California, as the ``Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Post Office''; H.R. 3939, to 
redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 14-24 Abbot Road in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, as the ``Mary Ann 
Collura Post Office Building''; H.R. 3942, to designate the facility 
of the United States Postal Service located at 7 Commercial 
Boulevard in Middletown, Rhode Island, as the ``Rhode Island 
Veterans Post Office Building''; H.R. 4037, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 475 Kell 
Farm Drive in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the ``Richard G. Wilson 
Processing and Distribution Facility''; H. Res. 399, Honoring the 
life and legacy of Melvin Jones and recognizing the contributions of 
Lions Clubs International; H. Res. 578, Supporting the goals and 
ideals of Financial Literacy Month; and S. Con. Res. 97, Recognizing 
the 91st annual meeting of the Garden Club of America, 10 a.m., 2154 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, 
hearing entitled ``Afghanistan: Are the British Counternarcotics 
Efforts Going Wobbly?'' 11:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, 
hearing entitled ``Marijuana and Medicine: The Need for a Science-
Based Approach,'' 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Africa, 
hearing on Fighting Terrorism in Africa, 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and 
Human Rights, hearing on Al-Qaeda: The Threat to the United States 
and its Allies, 9:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security and Claims, hearing on H.R. 3191, to prescribe the oath of 
renunciation and allegiance for purposes of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act, 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, hearing on H.R. 898, Lumbee Recognition 
Act, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Science, to continue markup of H.R. 3970, Green 
Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2004, 10 a.m., 2318 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Space, hearing on Lunar Science and Resources: 
Future Options, 1 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Aviation, oversight hearing on Airport Deregulation, 10 a.m., 2167 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Benefits, 
oversight hearing to receive the report of the VA Vocational 
Rehabilitation and Employment Service Task Force, 10 a.m., 334 
Cannon.
  Committee on Ways and Means, to continue hearings on Board of 
Trustees 2004 Annual Reports, 12 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Subcommittee on Health, hearing on The Medicare Discount Drug 
Card, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, hearing on 
Counternarcotics Budget, 9 a.m., H-405 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy and National Security, 
executive, hearing on Intelligence Community Language Capabilities, 
1 p.m., H-405 Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 1

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 10:30 a.m.), Senate will continue consideration 
of H.R. 4, Welfare Reform Reauthorization; with a vote on the motion to 
invoke cloture on the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute, to occur at approximately 11:30 a.m.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday, April 1

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 3550, Transportation Equity 
Act: A Legacy for Users (structured rule).


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