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                                            Thursday, April 1, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      See Resume of Congressional Activity.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S3519-S3598
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2268-2279, and Res. 327-328.
  Pages S3566-67
Measures Passed:
  Normandy Landing Anniversary: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S.J. Res. 28, recognizing the 
60th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy during World War II, 
and the resolution was then passed.
  Page S3595
  Small Business Temporary Extension: Senate passed 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, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                             Page S3595
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 S3529-38, S3544-57
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 S3529
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 65), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the committee amendment 
in the nature of a substitute.
Page S3538
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Otis Webb Brawley, Jr., of Georgia, to be a Member of the Board of 
Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for 
a term expiring June 20, 2009. (Reappointment)
  Vinicio E. Madrigal, of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Board of 
Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for 
a term expiring June 20, 2009. (Reappointment)
  Michael W. Marine, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Socialist 
Republic of Vietnam.
  Routine lists in the Army.
Pages S3597-98
Messages From the House:
  Page S3565
Measures Referred:
  Page S3566
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S3565
Executive Communications:
  Page S3566
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S3566
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S3567-68
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S3568-90
Additional Statements:
  Pages S3564-65
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S3590-94
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S3594
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S3594-95
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S3595
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--65)
  Page S3538
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 6:12 p.m., 
until 9 a.m., on Friday, April 2, 2004. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3596.)

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Related Agencies, and Education concluded a hearing to 
examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2005 for the National 
Institutes of Health, after receiving testimony from Elias Zerhouni, 
Director, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human 
Services, who was accompanied by several of his associates.
APPROPRIATIONS: INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior and Related 
Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2005 for the Indian Health Service, Department of Health 
and Human Services, after receiving testimony from Charles W. Grim, 
Assistant Surgeon General, and Director, Indian Health Service, and 
Gary J. Hartz, Assistant Surgeon General, Acting Director, Office of 
Public Health, both of the Department of Health and Human Services.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent 
Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2005 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 
after receiving testimony from John Weicher, Commissioner, Federal 
Housing Administration, Michael Liu, Assistant Secretary for Public and 
Indian Housing, Roy A. Benardi, Assistant Secretary for Community 
Planning and Development, all of the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development.
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, 
and General Government held a hearing to examine future challenges 
facing the United States Postal Service, focusing on the Transformation 
Plan of both the near-term and long-term efforts that will result in a 
continued ability to fulfill the mission of the Postal Service--to 
deliver business and personal mail affordably to everyone, everywhere, 
receiving testimony from John E. Potter, Postmaster General and Chief 
Executive Officer, U.S. Postal Service.
APPROPRIATIONS: AGRICULTURE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine 
proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2005 for certain programs 
under its jurisdiction, after receiving testimony from Eric M. Bost, 
Under Secretary for Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, Elsa A. 
Murano, Under Secretary for Food Safety, and William T. Hawks, Under 
Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, all of the Department 
of Agriculture; and Lester M. Crawford, Acting Commissioner, Food and 
Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing 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, after receiving testimony from Admiral 
Thomas B. Fargo, USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Navy; 
General Leon J. LaPorte, USA, Commander, United Nations Command and 
Republic of Korea/United States Combined Forces Command, and Commander, 
U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Army; and General James T. Hill, USA, 
Commander, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Army.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management 
Support concluded a hearing to examine the proposed Defense 
Authorization Request for fiscal year 2005, focusing on military 
installation programs, after receiving testimony from Raymond F. 
DuBois, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and 
Environment; Major General Larry J. Lust, USA, Assistant Chief of Staff 
for Installation Management, U.S. Army; Rear Admiral Christopher 
Weaver, USN, Commander, Navy Installations Command; Brigadier General 
Willie J. Williams, USMC, Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations 
and Logistics (Facilities), U.S. Marine Corps; and Major General L. 
Dean Fox, USAF, Air Force Civil Engineer.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported S. 1508, to address regulation of secondary mortgage 
market enterprises, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
NASA'S BUDGET
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the

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President's proposed fiscal year 2005 budget request for the National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), focusing on goals set 
forth in the new U.S. space exploration policy, major implementation 
elements and associated budget details, implications for NASA's 
organization, and what the Nation's future in exploration and discovery 
will look like in the coming years, after receiving testimony from Sean 
O'Keefe, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
AIR QUALITY STANDARDS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean Air, 
Climate Change and Nuclear Safety concluded an oversight hearing to 
examine the implementation of the National Ambient Air Quality 
Standards for particulate matter and ozone, focusing on Federal and 
State governments meeting standards to improve air quality, after 
receiving testimony from Michael O. Leavitt, Administrator, 
Environmental Protection Agency; Robert A. Eckels, County Judge, Harris 
County, Texas; Michael Fisher, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, 
Cincinnati, Ohio; and George D. Thurston, New York University School of 
Medicine, New York.
ECONOMIC TREATIES
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the 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 the 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), after receiving testimony from Shaun E. 
Donnelly, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business 
Affairs; and Jeffrey Rosen, General Counsel, Department of 
Transportation.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of 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.
TEMPORARY GUEST WORKER PROPOSAL
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Border 
Security concluded a hearing to examine the security of this nation's 
borders under the proposed temporary guest worker program, after 
receiving testimony from Robert Bonner, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection, and C.

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Stewart Verdery, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Policy, Border and 
Transportation Security Directorate, both of the Department of Homeland 
Security; Donna Bucella, Director, Terrorist Screening Center, Federal 
Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; Daniel Griswald, Cato 
Institute, Washington, D.C.; and Margaret D. Stock, U.S. Military 
Academy, West Point, New York.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nominations of Robert N. Davis, to be a Judge of the United States 
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, who was introduced by Senators 
Cochran and Lott; and Pamela M. Iovino, of the District of Columbia, to 
be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Congressional 
Affairs, who was introduced by Representative Murphy, after the 
nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 26 public bills, H.R. 4101-4126 and 2 resolutions, 
H. Con. Res. 403, and H. Res. 594, were introduced.
  Pages H2018-19
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H2019
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Conference report on H.R. 3108, to amend the Employee Retirement 
Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
temporarily replace the 30-year Treasury rate with a rate based on 
long-term corporate bonds for certain pension plan funding requirements 
and other provisions (H. Rept. 108-457).
Page H2018
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Monsignor James C. Kidder, 
Pastor, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in El Dorado, California. 
                                                             Page H1793
Transportation Equity Act--A Legacy for Users: The House began 
consideration of H.R. 3550, to authorize funds for Federal-aid 
highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs. Further 
proceedings will resume in Friday, April 2. 
                                            Pages H1796-H1997, H2021-36
  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 H. Rept. 108-456 was 
considered as adopted and that the bill as amended shall be considered 
as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment.
Page H2034
  Consideration began today on the Bradley amendment No. 20 printed in 
H. Rept. 108-456 that increases the allowable weight of vehicles 
permitted to travel on interstate highways 93 and 89, in New Hampshire, 
from 80,000 to 99,000 pounds and instructs the New Hampshire Department 
of Transportation to conduct a study to discern the economic, safety 
and infrastructure impact to the exemption. Further proceedings on the 
amendment will continue on Friday, April 2.
Pages H2034-36
Agreed to:
  Young of Alaska manager's amendment No. 1 printed in part B of H. 
Rept. 108-456, as modified, that makes various substantive and 
technical changes;
Page H1983
  Eddie Bernice Johnson amendment No. 2 printed in Part B of H. Rept. 
108-456 that requires the Transportation Department to make its report 
on how federal surface transportation funds are allocated available to 
the public via the Internet in a user-friendly format;
Pages H1983-84
  Schiff amendment No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456 that 
strikes the toll requirement placed on hybrid gasoline-electric car 
users regarding the use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes; 
                                                         Pages H1990-91
  Baird amendment No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456 that 
expresses the Sense of Congress to clarify that the Buy America Act 
applies to overall projects, and not their component parts; 
                                                         Pages H1995-96
  LoBiondo amendment No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 108-456 that provides 
states eligibility to receive Section 410, Alcohol-Impaired 
Countermeasures grant funding to cover the costs of DWI vehicle 
impoundment programs;
Pages H2023-24
  Wu amendment No. 14 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456, as 
modified, that exempts projects, for which the Secretary of 
Transportation has received an application for final design, from the 
small start provisions of the bill and allows recommended new start 
projects, which have applied for final design, to move forward on their 
original timeline and avoid unnecessary delay;
Pages H2024-25

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  LaTourette amendment No. 15 printed in H. Rept 108-456, as modified, 
that requires that in the case of construction projects steel or iron 
used must be of U.S. origin; more than 60% of the cost components and 
subcomponents of all manufactured products shall be of U.S. origin; and 
in the case of manufactured components final assembly must occur in the 
U.S.;
Pages H2025-27
  Bereuter amendment No. 18 printed in H. Rept. 108-456, as modified, 
that continues the farm supply and agricultural commodity exemption to 
the hours of service for drivers rules and clarifies the definition of 
``agricultural commodities'' and ``farm supplies for agricultural 
purposes'' and
Pages H2030-31
  Bachus amendment No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 108-456 that exempts 
motion picture and television production truck drivers from the new 
hours of service regulations that went into effect at the beginning of 
this year (agreed to by a recorded vote of 365 ayes to 62 noes, Roll 
No. 109).
Pages H2028-30, H2033-34
Rejected:
  Graves amendment No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456 that 
sought to eliminate liability under state law for an owner of a motor 
vehicle who is engaged in the business of renting and leasing motor 
vehicles provided there is no negligence or criminal wrongdoing on the 
part of the motor vehicle owner;
Pages H1992-93
  Holt amendment No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456, as 
modified, that sought to preserve the authority and right of the State 
of New Jersey to restrict trucks to only using interstate highways, the 
New Jersey Turnpike, and the Atlantic City Expressway in New Jersey 
unless they are traveling to a terminal or making pickups or deliveries 
on other roads in New Jersey;
Pages H1996-97
  Waters amendment No. 12 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456 that 
sought to prohibit the use of funds for surface transportation projects 
that are planned or required to implement any proposal to build a 
remote passenger check-in facility at Los Angeles International 
Airport;
Pages H2022-23
  Crowley amendment No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 108-456 that sought to 
create a pilot program that facilitates the use of natural gas buses at 
the nation's top 25 busiest airports;
Pages H2027-28
  Flake amendment No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-456 that sought to 
subtract the amount that states receive in High Priority Program 
earmarks from their formula totals for the Surface Transportation 
Program; also prevents the Minimum Guaranty Program from backfilling 
for what comes out of states' Surface Transportation Program funding; 
and apportions to states, via formula, any funding remaining in the 
High Priority Program (rejected by a recorded vote of 60 ayes to 367 
noes, Roll No. 106);
Pages H1984-86, H2031-32
  Jackson-Lee amendment No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-456 that sought 
to allow states to receive toll credits for any local, state, or 
private funds contributed to a toll project that exceed the minimum 
nonfederal 20% threshold required for federal match (rejected by a 
recorded vote of 50 ayes to 376 noes, Roll No. 107); and 
                                                  Pages H1986-88, H2032
  Chocola amendment No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 108-456 that sought to 
provide for a 400-pound weight limit exclusion for any motor vehicle 
equipped with an idling reduction technology verified by the 
Environmental Protection Agency (rejected by a recorded vote of 198 
ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 108).
Pages H1993-95, H2032-33
Withdrawn:
  Shadegg amendment No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456 that 
was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have ensured that 
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds will be 
made available for areas which are not in attainment of air quality 
standards for either coarse particulate matter or fine particular 
matter;
Pages H1988-90
  Vitter amendment No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-456 that was 
offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have ensured the 
Interstate Route 49 Corridor is given priority consideration under the 
new National Corridor Infrastructure Improvement Program; and 
                                                         Pages H1991-92
  Kirk amendment No. 21 printed in H. Rept. 108-456 that was offered 
and subsequently withdrawn that would have authorized states the 
authority to administer requirements governing the sounding of a 
locomotive horn when a train approaches and enters upon public highway-
rail grade crossings.
Page H2036
  General debate on the bill proceeded according to a unanimous consent 
agreement reached on Tuesday, March 30.
  Further consideration of the bill proceeded according to H. Res. 593, 
which was agreed to by a voice vote, after agreeing to order the 
previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 194 nays, Roll 
No. 105.
Page H1845
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 2.
  Page H2014
Late Report: Agreed that the Committee on Science have until 5 p.m. on 
Wednesday, April 14 to file reports on H.R. 3970 and H.R. 4030. 
                                                             Page H2034
Law Revision Counsel--Resignation: Read a letter from John R. Miller 
wherein he retired as Law Revision Counsel, effective May 3, 2004. 
                                                             Page H2036

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Law Revision Counsel--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's 
appointment of Mr. Peter LeFevre as Law Revision Counsel for the House 
of Representatives, effective May 4, 2004.
  Page H2037
Pension Funding Equity Act of 2003--Order of Business: Agreed that it 
be in order at any time to consider a conference report to accompany 
H.R. 1308, to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 
and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily replace the 30-
year Treasury rate with a rate based on long-term corporate bonds for 
certain pension plan funding requirements and other provisions; that 
the conference report be considered as read; and that all points of 
order against the conference report and its consideration be waived. 
                                                      Pages H1997-H2014
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H1793.
Senate Referral: S. 275 was referred to the Committees on Education and 
the Workforce and Energy and Commerce.
  Page H2014
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote and four recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings today and appear on pages H1845, 
H2031-32, H2032, H2032-33, and H2033-34. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at p.m.


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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 Broadcasting Board of 
Governors. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Broadcasting Board of Governors: Kenneth Tomlinson, Chairman; and 
Norman Pattiz, member of the Board.
  The Subcommittee held a hearing on Department of State International 
Organizations. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of State: Ambassador John D. Negroponte, U. S. Permanent 
Representative to the United Nations; and Kim Holmes, Assistant 
Secretary.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the Legal Services 
Corporation. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Legal Services Corporation: Helanine Barnett; President; and Frank B. 
Strickland, Chairman.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on District of Columbia held 
a hearing on Public Defender Services, Court Services, and Offender 
Supervision. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
District of Columbia: Ronald S. Sullivan, Director, Public Defender 
Services; and Paul A. Quander, Jr., Director, Court Services and 
Offender Supervision.
FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export 
Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on U.S. Agency for 
International Development. Testimony was heard from Andrew S. Natsios, 
Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of 
State.
HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a 
hearing on Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection. 
Testimony was heard from LTG Frank Libutti, Under Secretary, 
Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, Department of 
Homeland Security.
INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior held a hearing on 
the National Endowment for the Arts and on the National Endowment for 
the Humanities. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities: Dana Gioia, 
Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts; and Bruce Cole, Chairman, 
National Endowment for the Humanities.
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 Workforce 
Preparation and Training. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Education: Susan K. Sclafani, Assistant 
Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education; and Sally Stroup, 
Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education.
TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, 
Independent Agencies held a hearing on the Executive Office of the 
President. Testimony was heard from Tim Campen, Assistant to the 
President and Director of Office of Administration.

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VA, HUD AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies held a hearing on the NSF. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the NSF: Arden L. Bement, Acting Director; and 
Warren M. Washington, Chairman.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEM AND 
FORCE PROTECTION INITIATIVES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2005 National Defense 
Authorization budget request--Future Combat System and Force Protection 
Initiatives. Testimony was heard from Paul L. Francis, Director, 
Acquisition and Sourcing Management, GAO; the following officials of 
the Department of Defense: LTG Joseph L. Yakovac, Jr., USA, Military 
Deputy and Director, Army Acquisition Corps, Office of the Assistant 
Secretary (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), and LTG Benjamin S. 
Griffin, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, G8 (programming, materiel 
integration, and management), both with the Department of the Army; and 
LTG Edward Hanlon, Jr., USMC, Deputy Commandant, Combat Development, 
U.S. Marine Corps.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--CHEMICAL WEAPONS 
STOCKPILE DESTRUCTION PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services: 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. Testimony was heard from Raymond 
J. Decker, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO; the 
following officials of the Department of Defense: Dale E. Klein, 
Assistant to the Secretary, Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense 
Programs; Claude Bolton, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, 
Technology and Logistics); Pat Wakefield, Deputy Assistant Secretary 
(Chemical Demilitarization and Counterproliferation); and Mike Parker, 
Director, U.S. Army Chemical Material Agency; Craig Conklin, Chief, 
Nuclear and Chemical Hazards Branch Preparedness Division, Emergency 
Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; 
Patrick J. Meehan, M.D., Deputy Director, Program National Center for 
Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Department of Health 
and Human Services.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BUDGET PRIORITIES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Held a hearing entitled ``FY 2005 
Budget Priorities for the Department of Energy.'' Testimony was heard 
from Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Energy.
INTER-GOVERNMENTAL TRANSFERS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health continued 
hearings entitled ``Inter-governmental Transfers: Violations of the 
Federal-State Medicaid Partnership or Legitimate State Budget Tool?'' 
Testimony was heard from Dennis G. Smith, Director, Center for Medicaid 
and State Operations, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and Barbara Edwards, Deputy 
Director, Office of Medicaid, Department of Job and Family Services, 
State of Ohio.
SATELLITE HOME VIEWER IMPROVEMENT REAUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications 
and the Internet held a hearing on the Satellite Home Viewer 
Improvement Reauthorization Act of 2004. Testimony was heard from 
Eloise Gore, Assistant Division Chief, Media Bureau's Policy Division, 
FCC; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of 
the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.'' Testimony was heard 
from John D. Hawke, Jr., Comptroller of the Currency.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following 
measures: H.R. 3737, amended, Administrative Law Judges Pay Reform Act 
of 2004; H.R. 3751, amended, 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 Buidling''; H.R. 3942, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 7 Commercial Boulevard in 
Middletown, Rhode Island, as

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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.
``AFGHANISTAN: ARE THE BRITISH COUNTERNARCOTICS EFFORTS GOING WOBBLY?''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources, hearing entitled ``Afghanistan: Are the 
British Counternarcotics Efforts Going Wobbly?'' Testimony was heard 
from Robert Charles, Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and 
Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State.
MARIJUANA AND MEDICINE
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Marijuana and 
Medicine: The Need for a Science-Based Approach.'' Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Health and Human 
Services: Nora D. Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 
NIH; and Robert J. Meyer, M.D., Director, Office of Drug Evaluation II, 
Center for Evaluation and Research, FDA; Patricia Good, Chief, Liaison 
and Policy Section, Office of Diversion Control, DEA, Department of 
Justice; and public witnesses.
AFRICA--FIGHTING TERRORISM
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa held a 
hearing on Fighting Terrorism in Africa. Testimony was heard from Karl 
Wycoff, Associate Coordinator, Press, Policy and Plans, Office of the 
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State, and public 
witnesses.
AL-QAEDA--THREAT TO U.S. AND ALLIES
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights held a hearing on Al-
Qaeda: The Threat to the United States and Its Allies. Testimony was 
heard from Ambassador-at-Large J. Cofer Black, Coordinator for 
Counterterrorism, Department of State.
IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT--PRESCRIBE OATH OF RENUNCIATION AND 
ALLEGIANCE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security and Claims held a hearing on H.R. 3191, to prescribe the oath 
of renunciation and allegiance for purposes of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act. Testimony was heard from Representative Ryun of 
Kansas; Alfonso Aguilar, Chief, Office of Citizenship, U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security; and public 
witnesses.
LUMBEE RECOGNITION ACT
Committee on Resources: Held a hearing on H.R. 898, Lumbee Recognition 
Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives McIntyre and Burr; 
Michael Olsen, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, 
Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
GREEN CHEMISTRY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2004
Committee on Science: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 3970, Green 
Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2004.
LUNAR SCIENCE AND RESOURCES: FUTURE OPTIONS
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Space held a hearing on Lunar 
Science and Resources: Future Options. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--AIRPORT DEREGULATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation held an oversight hearing on Airport Deregulation. Testimony 
was heard from Jeffrey N. Shane, Under Secretary, Policy, Department of 
Transportation; James E. Bennett, President and CEO, Metropolitan 
Washington Airports Authority; Bonnie Allin, President and CEO, Tucson 
Airport Authority, Tucson, Arizona; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--REPORT VA'S VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICE 
TASK FORCE
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Subcommittee on Benefits held an 
oversight hearing to receive the report of the VA Vocational 
Rehabilitation and Employment Service Task Force. Testimony was heard 
from Dorcas R. Hardy, Chairman, Vocational Rehabilitation and 
Employment Service Task Force, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2004 ANNUAL REPORTS
Committee on Ways and Means: Continued hearings on the Board of 
Trustees 2004 Annual Reports. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department 
of Health and Human Services: Leslie V. Norwalk, Acting Deputy 
Administrator; and Jeff Flick, San Francisco Regional Administrator.
MEDICARE DISCOUNT DRUG CARD
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on 
The Medicare Discount Drug Card. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Foley; Michael McMullan, Deputy Director, Center for 
Beneficiary Choices, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
COUNTERNARCOTICS BUDGET
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on the Counternarcotics Budget. Testimony was heard from 
departmental witnesses.
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Policy and National Security met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on Intelligence Community Language Capabilities. 
Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
PENSION FUNDING EQUITY ACT
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between 
the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 3108, to amend the 
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily replace the 30-year Treasury rate 
with a rate based on long-term corporate bonds for certain pension plan 
funding requirements and other provisions.


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

      (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D264)
  S. 2231, to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 
block grant program through June 30, 2004. Signed on March 31, 2004. 
(Public Law 108-210)
  S. 2241, to reauthorize certain school lunch and child nutrition 
programs through June 30, 2004. Signed on March 31, 2004. (Public Law 
108-211)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-04-02

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             APRIL 2, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and 
Capabilities, to hold hearings to examine the proposed Defense 
Authorization Request for fiscal year 2005, focusing on the 
Department of Defense Counternarcotics Program; to be followed by a 
closed session in SR-232A, 9:30 a.m., SR-222.


                                 House

  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials, hearing and markup of H.R. 2771, to amend the 
Safe Drinking Water Act to reauthorize the New York City Watershed 
Protection Program, 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, hearing on 
Special Programs Budget, 9 a.m., H-405 Capitol.


                             Joint Meetings

  Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine the 
employment situation for March, 9:30 a.m., 1334 LHOB.


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Daily Digest/Resume of Congressional Activity

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*These figures include all measures reported, even if there was no 
accompanying report. A total of 32 reports have been filed in the 
Senate, a total of 49 reports have been filed in the House.

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                             Resume of Congressional Activity

                    SECOND SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH CONGRESS


    The first table gives a comprehensive resume of all legislative 
business transacted by the Senate and House.
    The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the 
Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

                               DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY


                            January 20 through March 31, 2004

                                               Senate             House             Total
     Days in session...............                39                33               . .
     Time in session...............          299 hrs.      197 hrs., 47               . .
     Congressional Record:
    Pages of proceedings...........              3517              1791               . .
    Extensions of Remarks..........               . .               500               . .
     Public bills enacted into law.                 6                 7                13
     Private bills enacted into law               . .               . .               . .
     Bills in conference...........                 1                 9               . .
     Measures passed, total........                68               126               194
    Senate bills...................                14                 9               . .
    House bills....................                12                44               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......               . .               . .               . .
    House joint resolutions........               . .                 2               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                 7                 4               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...                 9                16               . .
    Simple resolutions.............                26                51               . .
     Measures reported, total......                34                48                82
    Senate bills...................                27                 1               . .
    House bills....................                 6                26               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......               . .               . .               . .
    House joint resolutions........               . .               . .               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                 1               . .               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...               . .                 2               . .
    Simple resolutions.............               . .                19               . .
     Special reports...............               . .                 1               . .
     Conference reports............               . .               . .               . .
     Measures pending on calendar..               181                85               . .
     Measures introduced, total....               322               570               892
    Bills..........................               263               400               . .
    Joint resolutions..............                 4                 8               . .
    Concurrent resolutions.........                12                54               . .
    Simple resolutions.............                43               108               . .
     Quorum calls..................               . .                 1               . .
     Yea-and-nay votes.............                64                77               . .
     Recorded votes................               . .                26               . .
     Bills vetoed..................               . .               . .               . .
     Vetoes overridden.............               . .               . .               . .
                           DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS


                            January 20 through March 31, 2004

     Civilian nominations, totaling 292 (including 195 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed...........................................42...
         Unconfirmed........................................242...
         Withdrawn............................................7...
         Returned to White House..............................1...

     Other Civilian nominations, totaling 1,027 (including 5 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed..........................................225...
         Unconfirmed........................................801...
         Withdrawn............................................1...

     Air Force nominations, totaling 7,794, (including 3,572 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................4,664...
         Unconfirmed......................................3,130...

     Army nominations, totaling 1,671, (including 594 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,439...
         Unconfirmed........................................232...

     Navy nominations, totaling 2,552, (including 2,444 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................2,498...
         Unconfirmed.........................................54...

     Marine Corps nominations, totaling 1,160, (including 2 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed...........................................60...
         Unconfirmed......................................1,100...

                                Summary
     Total nominations carried over from the First Session6,812
     Total nominations received this Session..............7,684
     Total confirmed......................................8,928
     Total unconfirmed....................................5,559
     Total withdrawn..........................................8
     Total returned to the White House........................1


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        9 a.m., Friday, April 2

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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Program for Friday: Complete consideration of H.R. 3550, Transportation 
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