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                                             Wednesday, May 5, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      House committees ordered reported 26 sundry measures.
      The House passed H.R. 4227, Middle-Class Alternative Tax Relief 
      Act of 2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4853-S4930
Measures Introduced: Seven bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2383-2389, and S. Res. 352.
  Pages S4910-11
Measures Reported:
  S. 2386, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for 
intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States 
Government, the Intelligence Community Management Account, and the 
Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System. 
                                                             Page S4910
Measures Passed:
  Remembrance of World War II Veterans Day: Committee on the Judiciary 
was discharged from further consideration of S.J. Res. 34, designating 
May 29, 2004, on the occasion of the dedication of the National World 
War II Memorial, as Remembrance of World War II Veterans Day, and the 
joint resolution was then passed.
  Pages S4921-22
Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act: Senate continued 
consideration of S. 1637, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
comply with the World Trade Organization rulings on the FSC/ETI benefit 
in a manner that preserves jobs and production activities in the United 
States, to reform and simplify the international taxation rules of the 
United States, taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S4861-97
Adopted:
  By 76 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. 84), Allard Amendment No. 3118, to 
provide for a brownfields demonstration program for qualified green 
building and sustainable design projects.
Pages S4882, S4894-95
Rejected:
  By 31 yeas to 68 nays (Vote No. 81), Breaux Amendment No. 3117, to 
limit the amount of deferred foreign income that can be repatriated at 
a lower rate.
Pages S4861-68, S4883-85
  By 22 yeas to 77 nays (Vote No. 82), Graham (FL) Amendment No. 3112, 
to strike the deduction relating to income attributable to United 
States production activities and the international tax provisions and 
allow a credit for manufacturing wages. 
                       Pages S4861, S4874-77, S4878-82, S4882-83, S4885
  Dorgan Amendment No. 3110, to provide for the taxation of income of 
controlled foreign corporations attributable to imported property. (By 
60 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 83), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                        Pages S4861, S4869-74, S4885-94
Pending:
  Cantwell/Voinovich Amendment No. 3114, to extend the Temporary 
Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2002.
Page S4861
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 6, 2004. 
                                                             Page S4922
Appointments:
  Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group: The Chair, on behalf of the 
Vice President, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276h-276k, as amended, appointed 
the following Senator as a member of the Senate Delegation to the 
Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group during the Second Session of the 
108th Congress: Senator Bingaman.
  Page S4921
  NATO Parliamentary Assembly: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice 
President, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 1928-1928d, as amended, 
appointed the following Senators as members of the Senate Delegation to 
the NATO Parliamentary Assembly during the Second Session of the 108th 
Congress: Senators Hollings and Miller.
  Page S4921
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

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  A. Paul Anderson, of Florida, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner 
for the term expiring June 30, 2007.
  Paul V. Applegarth, of Connecticut, to be Chief Executive Officer, 
Millennium Challenge Corporation. (New Position)
  Joseph E. Brennan, of Maine, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner 
for the term expiring June 30, 2008. (Reappointment)
Page S4930
Messages From the House:
  Page S4906
Measures Referred:
  Page S4906
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4906-07
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S4907-10
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4911-12
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4912-18
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4902-06
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4918-20
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S4920
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S4920-21
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S4921
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--84) 
                                       Pages S4884, S4885, S4994, S4995
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 8:18 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 6, 2004. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4922.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded a 
hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2005 for 
defense-related programs, after receiving testimony from numerous 
public witnesses.
AUTHORIZATION--DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel met in closed 
session and approved for full committee consideration, those provisions 
which fall within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee, of proposed 
legislation authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense.
AUTHORIZATION--DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management 
Support met in closed session and approved for full committee 
consideration, those provisions which fall within the jurisdiction of 
the subcommittee, of proposed legislation authorizing appropriations 
for fiscal year 2005 for military activities of the Department of 
Defense.
AUTHORIZATION--DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces met in 
closed session and approved for full committee consideration, those 
provisions which fall within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee, of 
proposed legislation authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 2005 
for military activities of the Department of Defense.
AUTHORIZATION--DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to mark up 
proposed legislation authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 2005 
for military activities of the Department of Defense, but did not 
complete action thereon, and will meet again on tomorrow.
STEROID USE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee held a 
closed hearing to examine the use of steroids by United States Olympic 
Athletes, receiving testimony from Terrence P. Madden, United States 
Anti-Doping Agency, and William C. Martin, United States Olympic 
Committee, both of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Donald Catlin, 
University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine Department of 
Pharmacology, Los Angeles.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call of the chair.
SPACE LAUNCH CAPABILITIES
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Science, Technology, and Space concluded a hearing to examine the space 
shuttle and the future of space launch, focusing on the International 
Space Station, defense launch systems, the civil and commercial 
perspectives, expendable versus reusable launch vehicles, and ensuring 
fairness in contracting, after receiving testimony from William F. 
Readdy, Associate Administrator for Space Flight, and Rear Admiral 
Craig E. Steidle, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Associate Administrator for 
Exploration Systems, both of the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration; Michael Kahn, ATK Thiokol Inc., Brigham City, Utah; 
John C. Karas, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Denver, Colorado; 
Robert A. Hickman, Aerospace Corporation, Arlington, Virginia; and Elon 
Musk, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, El Segundo, 
California.

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PUBLIC LANDS CONVEYANCES
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands 
and Forests concluded a hearing to examine S. 155, to convey to the 
town of Frannie, Wyoming, certain land withdrawn by the Commissioner of 
Reclamation, S. 2285, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey 
a parcel of real property to Beaver County, Utah, S. 1521, to direct 
the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to the Edward H. 
McDaniel American Legion Post No. 22 in Pahrump, Nevada, for the 
construction of a post building and memorial park for use by the 
American Legion, other veterans' groups, and the local community, S. 
1826, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land in 
Washoe County, Nevada, to the Board of Regents of the University and 
Community College System of Nevada, S. 2085, to modify the requirements 
of the land conveyance to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas 
Research Foundation, and H.R. 1658, to amend the Railroad Right-of-Way 
Conveyance Validation Act to validate additional conveyances of certain 
lands in the State of California that form part of the right-of-way 
granted by the United States to facilitate the construction of the 
transcontinental railway, after receiving testimony from Senators Hatch 
and Reid; Bob Anderson, Deputy Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and 
Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the 
Interior; Mark Whitney, Beaver County Commission, Beaver, Utah; Stephen 
G. Wells, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada; and John F. 
Gallagher, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
HEALTHY MARRIAGE
Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy 
held a hearing to examine the benefits of a healthy marriage, focusing 
on the impact of divorce, drug use and poverty on children and 
marriage, receiving testimony from Julie Baumgardner, First Things 
First, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dwayne Grimes, Dominick Walker, and 
Joseph T. Jones, all on behalf of the Center for Fathers, Families, and 
Workforce Development, Baltimore, Maryland; Kathryn J. Edin, 
Northwestern University Department of Sociology, Evanston, Illinois; 
Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution, and Theodora Ooms, Center for Law 
and Social Policy, both of Washington, D.C.; and Scott M. Stanley, 
University of Denver Center for Marital and Family Studies, Denver, 
Colorado.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call of the Chair.
TERRORISM: MATERIAL SUPPORT STATUTE
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to 
examine the material support statute relating to aiding terrorists, 
focusing on how material support statutes have been crucial in efforts 
in the investigation and prosecution of terrorists, and in the 
protection from future terrorist attacks, after receiving testimony 
from Christopher A. Wray, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal 
Division, Daniel J. Bryant, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal 
Policy, and Gary M. Bald, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism 
Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, all of the Department of 
Justice; and David Cole, Georgetown University Law Center, and Paul 
Rosenzweig, Heritage Foundation, both of Washington, D.C.
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: 24 public bills, H.R. 4275-4298; and 5 
resolutions, H. Con. Res. 415-416, and H. Res. 625-627, were 
introduced.
  Pages H2656-57
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2657-58
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 4061, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide 
assistance for orphans and other vulnerable children in developing 
countries (H. Rept. 108-479).
  H. Res. 628, providing for consideration of H. Res. 627, deploring 
the abuse of persons in United States custody in Iraq, regardless of 
the circumstances of their detention, urging the Secretary of the Army 
to bring to swift justice any member of the Armed Forces who has 
violated the Uniform

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Code of Military Justice, expressing the deep appreciation of the 
Nation to the courageous and honorable members of the Armed Forces who 
have selflessly served, or are currently serving, in Operation Iraqi 
Freedom (H. Rept. 108-480).
Page H2656
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Commander Maurice S. Kaprow, 
Chaplain Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve in Norfolk, Virginia.
  Page H2551
Middle-Class Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2004: The House 
passed H.R. 4227, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend 
to 2005 the alternative minimum tax relief available in 2003 and 2004 
and to index such relief for inflation, by a yea-and-nay vote of 333 
yeas to 89 nays, Roll No. 144.
  Pages H2561-85
  Rejected the Neal amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in 
H. Rept. 108-477 by a yea-and-nay vote of 197 yeas to 228 nays, Roll 
No. 143.
Pages H2570-84
  H. Res. 619, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by voice vote, after agreeing to order the previous question 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 142. 
                                                         Pages H2555-61
Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2005--Motion to Instruct 
Conferees: The House rejected the Moore motion to instruct conferees on 
S. Con. Res. 95, original concurrent resolution 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 208 yeas to 215 nays, Roll 
No.145.
  Pages H2585-93, H2598-99
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Recognizing the importance of increasing awareness of autism: H. Res. 
605, amended, recognizing the importance of increasing awareness of 
autism, supporting programs for increased research and improved 
treatment of autism, improving training and support for individuals 
with autism and those who care for individuals with autism, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 146; 
                                            Pages H2593-98, H2599-S2600
  Amending the Safe Drinking Water Act: H.R. 2771, to amend the Safe 
Drinking Water Act to reauthorize the New York City Watershed 
Protection Program; and
  Pages H2600-05
  Small Public Housing Authority Act: H.R. 27, amended, to amend the 
United States Housing Act of 1937 to exempt small public housing 
agencies from the requirement of preparing an annual public housing 
agency plan.
  Pages H2605-07
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House completed debate on the 
following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings 
were postponed until Thursday, May 6.
  Sense of the House regarding the Lao People's Democratic Republic: 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;
  Pages H2607-14
  Sense of Congress regarding the detention of Dr. Wang Bingzhang by 
the Government of the People's Republic of China: 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; and
  Pages H2614-17
  Expressing the concern of Congress over Iran's development of the 
means to produce nuclear weapons: H. Con. Res. 398, expressing the 
concern of Congress over Iran's development of the means to produce 
nuclear weapons.
  Pages H2617-23
Amendment to the Communications Satellite Act of 1962: Agreed by 
unanimous consent to pass S. 2315, to amend the Communications 
Satellite Act of 1962 to extend the deadline for the INTELSAT initial 
public offering--clearing the measure for the President.
  Page H2600
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H2560-61, H2584, H2584-85, 
H2598-99, and H2599. There were no quorum calls.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:50 p.m. and reconvened at 7:46 a.m. on 
Thursday, May 6.
  Pages H2653, H2655
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. amd adkpirmed at 7:48 a.m. on 
Thursday, May 6.


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Committee Meetings
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Projection Forces approved for 
full Committee action H.R. 4200, National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2005.

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NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities approved for full Committee action H.R. 4200, 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Total Force approved for full 
Committee action, as amended, H.R. 4200, National Defense Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2005.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 2728, Occupational Safety and Health Small Business 
Day in Court Act of 2003; H.R. 2729, Occupational Safety and Health Review 
Commission Efficiency Act of 2003; H.R. 2730, Occupational Safety and Health 
Independent Review of OSHA Citations Act of 2003; and H.R. 2731, 
Occupational Safety and Health Small Employer Access to Justice Act of 2003.
ALASKA NATURAL GAS PIPELINE STATUS REPORT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality 
held a hearing entitled ``Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Status Report.'' 
Testimony was heard from Senator Murkowski; Patrick Wood III, Chairman, 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy; and public 
witnesses.
PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE--CURRENT MEDICARE PAYMENT SCHEDULE REVIEW
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``Physician Fee Schedule: A Review of the Current Medicare Payment 
System.'' Testimony was heard from Bruce Steinwald, Director, Health Care--
Medicare Payments Issues, GAO; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director, CBO; and Glenn 
Hackbarth, Chairman, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
ZERO DOWNPAYMENT ACT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community 
Opportunity approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 3755, Zero 
Downpayment Act of 2004.
INTERIOR DEPARTMENT'S TRIBAL RECOGNITION PROCESS
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Betting on 
Transparency: Toward Fairness and Integrity in the Interior Department's 
Tribal Recognition Process.'' Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of the Interior: Theresa Rosier, Counselor to 
the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs; and Earl E. Devaney, Inspector 
General; the following officials of the State of Connecticut: Richard 
Blumenthal, Attorney General; and Mark D. Boughton, Mayor, City of Danbury; 
and public witnesses.
WILDFIRES IN THE WEST
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural 
Resources and Regulatory Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Wildfires in the 
West--Is the Bush Administration's Response Adequate?'' Testimony was heard 
from P. Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management, and Budget, 
Department of the Interior; Mark E. Rey, Under Secretary, Natural Resources 
and Environment, USDA; and public witnesses.
MIDDLE EAST--WATER SCARCITY
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Water Scarcity in 
the Middle East: Regional Cooperation as a Mechanism Toward Peace. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: John F. 
Turner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International 
Environmental and Scientific Affairs; David Satterfield, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and James Kunder, Deputy 
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, AID; and public 
witnesses.
SOCIAL INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR THE AMERICAS ACT
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere 
approved for full Committee action H.R. 3447, Social Investment and Economic 
Development Fund for the Americas Act of 2003.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT REGARDING APPOINTMENT OF INDIVIDUALS TO FILL HOUSE 
VACANCIES; TERRORIST PENALTIES ENHANCEMENT ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, adversely, H.J. Res. 83, 
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding 
the appointment of individuals to fill vacancies in the House of 
Representatives.
  The Committee also began markup of H.R. 2934, Terrorist Penalties 
Enhancement Act of 2003.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 142, 
amended, To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and 
Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
the Inland Empire regional water recycling project, to authorize the 
Secretary to carry out a program to assist agencies in projects to construct 
regional brine lines in California, and to authorize the Secretary to 
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Dairy Area desalination demonstration and reclamation project; H.R. 1014, 
amended, Gateway Communities Cooperation Act; H.R. 2010, amended, To protect 
the voting rights of members of the Armed Services in elections for the 
Delegate representing American Samoa in the United States House of 
Representatives; H.R. 2201, National War Permanent Tribute Historical 
Database Act; H.R. 2663, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study 
the suitability and feasibility of designating Castle Nugent Farms located 
on St. Criox, Virgin Islands, as a unit of the National Park System; H.R. 
2828, amended, Water Supply, Reliability, and Environmental Improvement Act; 
H.R. 2912, To reaffirm the inherent sovereign rights of the Osage Tribe to 
determine its membership and form of government; H.R. 2966, amended, Right-
to-Ride Livestock on Federal Lands Act of 2003; H.R. 2991, Inland Empire 
Regional Water Recycling Initiative; H.R. 3247, amended, Trail 
Responsibility and Accountability for the Improvement of Lands Act of 2003; 
H.R. 3378, Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2003; H.R. 3504, To amend the 
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to redesignate the 
American Indian Education Foundation as the National Fund for Excellence in 
American Indian Education; H.R. 3505, amended, to amend the Bend Pine 
Nursery Land Conveyance Act to specify the recipients and consideration for 
conveyance of the Bend Pine Nursery; H.R. 3706, John Muir National Historic 
Site Boundary Adjustment Act; H.R. 3768, amended, Timucuan Ecological and 
Historic Preserve Boundary Revision Act of 2004; H.R. 3819, amended, Lewis 
and Clark National Historical Park Designation Act of 2004; H.R. 3846, 
amended, Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004; H.R. 3874, amended, To convey 
for public purposes certain Federal lands in Riverside County, California, 
that have been identified for disposal; H.R. 3932, amended, To amend Public 
Law 99-338 to authorize the continued use of certain lands within the 
Sequoia National Park by portions of an existing hydroelectric project; and 
H.R. 4114, amended, Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 2004.
DEPLORING THE ABUSE OF PERSONS IN THE UNITED STATES CUSTODY IN IRAQ
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a closed rule providing one hour 
of debate in the House equally divided and controlled by the chairman and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services. The rule 
provides one motion to recommit which may not contain instructions. No 
witnesses were heard.
U.S. COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY PRELIMINARY REPORT
Committee on Science: Held a hearing entitled ``U.S. Commission on Ocean 
Policy Preliminary Report.'' Testimony was heard from ADM James D. Watkins, 
USN (Ret.), Chairman, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy; and public witnesses.
IMPROVING THE REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ACT
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Improving the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act--H.R. 2345.'' Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Terry and Pence; Thomas Sullivan, Chief Counsel for 
Advocacy, SBA; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--RAILROAD SECURITY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Railroads 
held an oversight hearing on Railroad Security, Testimony was heard from 
Allan Rutter, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, Department of 
Transportation; Chet Lunner, Assistant Administrator, Office of Maritime and 
Land Security, Transportation Security Administration, Department of 
Homeland Security; Ernest R. Frazier, Sr., Chief of Police and Security 
Department, Amtrak; and public witnesses.
AGOA ACCELERATION ACT
Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 4103, AGOA 
Acceleration Act of 2004.
DCI WRAP UP BUDGET
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold 
a hearing on DCI Wrap Up Budget. Testimony was heard from departmental 
witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY--MARITIME SECURITY OPERATIONS
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Infrastructure and 
Border Security held a hearing entitled ``Maritime Security Operations 
within the Department of Homeland Security.'' Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: RADM David S. 
Belz, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard; Charles 
E. Stallworth II, Director, Office of Air and Marine Operations, Bureau of 
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement; Jayson P. Ahern, Assistant 
Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection; and Tom Blank, Assistant Administrator, Policy, Transportation 
Security Administration.
Joint Meetings
NORTHERN IRELAND MURDER CASES
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission): 
Commission concluded a hearing to examine the impact in Northern Ireland of 
recently published reports on collusion in prominent murder cases, after 
receiving testimony from Peter Cory, former Canadian Supreme Court Justice, 
Ottawa; Geraldine Finucane, Northern Ireland; and Elisa Massimino, Human 
Rights First, Washington, D.C.

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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                               MAY 6, 2004

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: to hold hearings to 
examine new opportunities for agriculture, focusing on biomass use in 
energy production, 10 a.m., SD-106.
  Committee on Armed Services: closed business meeting to continue markup 
of proposed legislation authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 2005 
for military activities for the Department of Defense, 9:30 a.m., SR-222.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting to 
mark up an original bill, The Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention 
Act, 10 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to 
examine impacts of climate change and states' actions, 9:30 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of 
Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of 
Columbia, to hold hearings to examine S. 1668, to establish a commission 
to conduct a comprehensive review of Federal agencies and programs and to 
recommend the elimination or realignment of duplicative, wasteful, or 
outdated functions, 10 a.m., SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nomination 
of Jonathan W. Dudas, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for 
Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, 2:30 p.m., SD-226


                                  House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, executive, on the 
National Foreign Intelligence Program Budget, 1:30 p.m., H-405 Capitol.
  Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness, to mark up H.R. 
4200, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, 9 a.m., 
2118 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, to mark up H.R. 4200, National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, 11 a.m., 2212 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, to mark up H.R. 4200, 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, 1 p.m., 2118 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and 
Consumer Protection, hearing entitled ``Online Pornography: Closing the 
Doors on Pervasive Smut,'' 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing entitled 
``The `Dot Kids' Internet Domain: Protecting Children Online,'' 9:30 
a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Domestic and 
International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology, hearing entitled 
``Oversight of the Export-Import Bank of the United States,'' 10 a.m., 
2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, hearing entitled ``What's the Hold Up'' 
A Review of Security Clearance Backlog and Reciprocity Issues Plaguing 
Today's Government and Private Sector Workforce;'' and to mark up the 
following measures: H.R. 4259, Department of Homeland Security Financial 
Accountability Act; H.R. 4176, To designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 122 West Elwood Avenue in Raeford, North 
Carolina, as the ``Bobby Marshall Gentry Post Office Building''; H. Con. 
Res. 295, Congratulating and saluting Focus: HOPE on the occasion of its 
35th anniversary and for its remarkable commitment and contributions to 
Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the United States; H. Res. 613, 
Recognizing and honoring the 10th anniversary of Vietnam Human Rights 
Day; H.R. 622, Supporting the goals and ideals of Peace Officers Memorial 
Day; and H.R. 3740, To designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 223 South Main Street in Roxboro, North Carolina, as 
the ``Oscar Scott Woody Postal Office Building,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, hearing entitled ``Autism 
Spectrum Disorders: An Update on Federal Government Initiatives and 
Revolutionary New Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Diseases,'' 2 p.m., 
2247 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, hearing on The Crisis in Darfur: 
A New Front in Sudan's Bloody War; followed by markup of H. Con. Res. 
403, Condemning the Government of the Republic of the Sudan for its 
attacks against innocent civilians in the impoverished Darfur region of 
western Sudan, 10:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and 
Intellectual Property, to mark up the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and 
Reauthorization Act of 2004, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and 
Public Lands, hearing on H.R. 3283, Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement 
Act, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, 
Agriculture and Technology, hearing entitled ``The Benefits of Tax 
Incentives for Producers of Renewable Fuels and Its Impact on Small 
Businesses and Farmers,'' 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing on H.R. 4251, Maritime 
Transportation Amendments of 2004, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on the 
following: H.R. 4020, State Veterans' Homes Nurse Recruitment Act of 
2004; H.R. 4231, Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Recruitment and 
Retention Act of 2004; H.R. 3849, Military Sexual Trauma Counseling Act 
of 2004; H.R. 4248, Homeless Veterans Assistance Reauthorization Act of 
2004; and a measure to reform the qualifications and selection 
requirements for the position of the Under Secretary for Health, 9:45 
a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, Briefing--Iraqi 
Prisoner Issues/Abu Ghraib, 10 a.m., H-405 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy and National Security, executive, 
briefing on Global Intelligence Update, 9 a.m., H-405 Capitol.
  Select Committee on Homeland Security. hearing entitled ``Progress in 
Addressing Management Challenges at the Department of Homeland 
Security,'' 10:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 6

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 11 a.m.), Senate will continue consideration of 
S. 1637, Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        10 a.m., Thursday, May 6

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Rolled votes on Suspensions:
  (1) 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;
  (2) 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;
  (3) H. Con. Res. 398, expressing the concern of Congress over Iran's 
development of the means to produce nuclear weapons.
  H. Res. 628, deploring the abuse of persons in United States custody 
in Iraq, regardless of the circumstances of their detention, urging the 
Secretary of the Army to bring to swift justice any member of the Armed 
Forces who has violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 
expressing the deep appreciation of the Nation to the courageous and 
honorable members of the Armed Forces who have selflessly served, or 
are currently serving, in Operation Iraqi Freedom (H. Rept. 108-480). 


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