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                                             Thursday, May 13, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 1350, Individuals with Disabilities Act.
      The House passed H.R. 4275, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 
      1986 to permanently extend the 10-percent individual income tax 
      rate bracket.
      The House passed H.R. 4281, Small Business Health Fairness Act of 
      2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5383-S5486
Measures Introduced: Nine bills and three resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2415-2423, and S. Res. 360-362.
  Page S5472
Measures Reported:
  S. 2238, to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to reduce 
losses to properties for which repetitive flood insurance claim 
payments have been made, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 108-262)
  S. 1164, to provide for the development and coordination of a 
comprehensive and integrated United States research program that 
assists the people of the United States and the world to understand, 
assess, and predict human-induced and natural processes of abrupt 
climate change. (S. Rept. No. 108-263)
  S. 1721, to amend the Indian Land Consolidation Act to improve 
provisions relating to probate of trust and restricted land, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 108-264)
  S. Res. 331, designating June 2004 as ``National Safety Month''.
  S. 1609, to make aliens ineligible to receive visas and exclude 
aliens from admission into the United States for nonpayment of child 
support, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S5472
Measures Passed:
IDEA Reauthorization: Committee on Health, Education, Labor and 
Pensions was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1350, to 
reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and by 95 
yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 94), Senate passed the bill, after striking 
all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof, the text 
of S. 1248, Senate companion measure, and after taking action on the 
following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S5394-S5411
Adopted:
  Gregg/Kennedy Amendment No. 3150, to provide a manager's amendment. 
                                                             Page S5394
  Gregg (for Santorum) Modified Amendment No. 3149, to provide for a 
paperwork reduction demonstration.
Pages S5406-10
  Subsequently, S. 1248 was returned to the calendar.
Page S5411
Department of Defense Authorization Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing for the consideration of S. 2400, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for military activities 
of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for 
defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel 
strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Services, at 2:30 p.m., on 
Monday, May 17, 2004.
  Page S5485
Service Medals Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that, at a time determined by the Majority Leader, 
after consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin 
consideration of H.R. 3104, to provide for the establishment of 
separate campaign medals to be awarded to members of the uniformed 
services who participate in Operation Enduring Freedom and to members 
of the uniformed services who participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 
on Tuesday, May 18, 2004, and that there be 20 minutes for debate and 
Senate then vote on final passage of the bill.
  Page S5485

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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Linda Mysliwy Conlin, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term 
expiring January 20, 2007.
  Linda Morrison Combs, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary 
of Transportation.
  John O. Colvin, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax 
Court for a term of fifteen years. (Reappointment)
  Cynthia G. Efird, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to 
the Republic of Angola.
  Tom C. Korologos, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to 
Belgium.
  Eugene Hickok, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Education.
  Edward R. McPherson, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of Education.
  20 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Page S5486
Messages From the House:
  Page S5471
Measures Referred:
  Page S5471
Executive Communications:
  Pages S5471-72
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S5472
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5472-73
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5473-84
Additional Statements:
  Pages S5468-71
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S5484
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S5484-85
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S5485
Text of H.R. 1350, as Previously Passed:
  Pages S5411-51
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--94)
  Page S5411
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 6:22 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, May 14, 2004. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5485.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION REGULATORY ISSUES
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulatory 
issues, focusing on how the markets have evolved in response to the 
Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, after receiving testimony 
from James E. Newsome, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
CONTINGENCY RESERVE FUND
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the contingency reserve fund request for fiscal year 2005, after 
receiving testimony from Paul D. Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary, and Larry 
Lanzillotta, Acting Under Secretary (Comptroller), both of the 
Department of Defense; General Peter Pace, USMC, Vice Chairman of the 
Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Joel D. Kaplan, Deputy Director, Office of 
Management and Budget.
CONTRACTING IN IRAQ
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management 
Support concluded a hearing to examine acquisition policy issues in 
review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2005, after 
receiving testimony from Michael W. Wynne, Acting Under Secretary of 
Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; Tina Ballard, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Policy and Procurement; Major 
General Carl Strock, USA, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers; and Major General Wade H. McManus, Jr., USA, Commanding 
General, U.S. Army Field Support Command.
DOD TASK FORCE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing on the Report of the Department of Defense Task Force on 
Care for Victims of Sexual Assault from Ellen P. Embrey, Deputy 
Assistant for Force Health Protection and Readiness, and David S.C. 
Chu, Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, both of the 
Department of Defense.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nomination of Major General David H. Petraeus, USA, to be lieutenant 
general and Chief, Office of Security Transition--Iraq.
IMPACT OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Science, Technology, and Space concluded a hearing to examine social 
science data on the impact of marriage and divorce on children, 
focusing on marital education, trends in cohabitation, and out-of-
wedlock births, after receiving testimony from Gordon Berlin, MDRC, 
Inc., New York, New York; Steven L. Nock, University of Virginia 
Department of Sociology, Charlottesville; Nicholas Zill,

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Westat, Inc., Rockville, Maryland; Gerald L. Campbell, Impact Group, 
Inc., Oakton, Virginia; and Patrick F. Fagan, Heritage Foundation, and 
Margy Waller, Brookings Institute, both of Washington, D.C.
MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK CORRUPTION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine combating corruption in the multilateral development banks, 
focusing on improving governance, increasing transparency and combating 
corruption, after receiving testimony from Carole Brookins, The World 
Bank, Hector Morales, Inter-American Development Bank, Manish Bapna, 
Bank Information Center, Nancy Zucker Boswell, Transparency 
International--USA, and Jerome I. Levinson, American University 
Washington College of Law, all of Washington, D.C.; and Jeffrey A. 
Winters, Northwestern University Department of Politics, Evanston, 
Illinois.
TRADE AND TOURISM IN A TIME OF TERRORISM
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on European Affairs 
concluded a hearing to examine challenges and accomplishments as the 
European Union and the United States promote trade and tourism in a 
terrorism environment, after receiving testimony from Stewart Verdery, 
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and Transportation 
Security; Jonathan Faull, Director General, European Commission, 
Brussels, Belgium; Bill Connors, National Business Travel Association, 
Alexandria, Virginia; and Christopher L. Koch, World Shipping Council, 
Washington, D.C.
RAISING PREMATURE BABIES
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on 
Children and Families concluded a hearing to examine causes, research 
and prevention of premature births, after receiving testimony from 
Duane F. Alexander, Director, National Institute of Child Health and 
Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Peter C. Van Dyck, 
Associate Administrator for Child and Maternal Health, Health Resources 
and Services Administration, and Eve Lackritz, Chief, Maternal and 
Infant Health Branch, Division of Reproductive Health, National Center 
for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention, all of the Department of Health and 
Human Services; Jennifer L. Howse, March of Dimes, White Plains, New 
York; Charles J. Lockwood, Yale University Medical School Department of 
Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, New Haven, 
Connecticut; and Kelly Bolton Jordon, Memphis, Tennessee.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil 
Rights, and Property Rights ordered favorably reported to the full 
Committee, S.J. Res. 23, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of 
the United States providing for the event that one-fourth of the 
members of either the House of Representatives or the Senate are killed 
or incapacitated, with an amendment.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1609, to make aliens ineligible to receive visas and exclude 
aliens from admission into the United States for nonpayment of child 
support, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. Res. 331, designating June 2004 as ``National Safety Month''.
  Also, Committee began consideration of 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, but did not 
complete action thereon.
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: 12 public bills, H.R. 4358-4369; and 6 resolutions, H. 
Con. Res. 422-426, and H. Res. 642, were introduced.
  Pages H3015-16
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H3016-17
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2729, to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to 
provide for greater efficiency at the Occupational Safety and Health Review 
Commission, amended (H. Rept. 108-486);
  H.R. 2728, to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to 
provide for adjudicative flexibility with regard to an employer filing of a 
notice of contest following the issuance of a citation by the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration, amended (H. Rept. 108-487);
  H.R. 2730, to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to 
provide for an independent review of citations issued by the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration, amended, referred sequentially to the 
House Committee on the Judiciary for a period ending not later than May 17, 
2004 for consideration of such provisions of the bill and amendment as fall 
within the jurisdiction of that committee pursuant to clause 1(k), rule X. 
(H. Rept. 108-488, Pt. 1); and
  H.R. 2731, to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to 
provide for the award of attorney's fees and costs to very small employers 
when they prevail in litigation prompted by the issuance of citations by the 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, amended, referred 
sequentially to the House Committee on the Judiciary for a period ending not 
later than May 17, 2004 for consideration of such provisions of the bill and 
amendment as fall within the jurisdiction of that committee pursuant to 
clause 1(k), rule X. (H. Rept. 108-489, Pt. 1).
Pages H3014-15
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Dr. Larry D. Pickens, Senior 
Pastor, First United Methodist Church in Elgin, Illinois.
  Page H2921
50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision: The House 
agreed to H. Con. Res. 414, expressing the sense of the Congress that, as 
Congress recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education 
decision, all Americans are encouraged to observe this anniversary with a 
commitment to continuing and building on the legacy of Brown, by a yea-and-
nay vote of 406 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 176.
  Pages H2925-33, H2987-88
  The measure was considered under a unanimous consent agreement reached on 
Wednesday, May 12.
Permanent Extension of 10-Percent Individual Income Tax Rate Bracket bill: 
The House passed H.R. 4275, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
permanently extend the 10-percent individual income tax rate bracket, by a 
recorded vote of 344 ayes to 76 noes, Roll No. 170.
  Pages H2933-49
  Rejected the Tanner amendment in the nature of a substitute, printed in H. 
Rept 108-483, by a yea-and-nay vote of 190 yeas to 227 nays, Roll No. 169. 
                                                              Pages H2941-49
  H. Res. 637, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was agreed 
to on Wednesday, May 12.
Budget Resolution for FY 2005--Motion to Instruct Conferees: The House 
rejected the Pomeroy 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 207 yeas to 211 nays, Roll No. 171.
  Pages H2949-50
Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004: The House passed H.R. 4281, to 
amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to 
improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with 
respect to medical care for their employees, by a yea-and-nay vote of 252 
yeas to 162 nays and one voting ``present'', Roll No. 174.
  Pages H2951-86
  Rejected the McCarthy motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the bill back to the 
House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 196 ayes to 218 noes, 
Roll No. 173.
Pages H2984-86
  Rejected the Kind amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part 
B of H. Rept. 108-484, by a yea-and-nay vote of 193 yeas to 224 nays, Roll 
No. 172.
Pages H2976-84
  H. Res. 638, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was agreed 
on Wednesday, May 12.
  Pursuant to section 4 of H. Res. 638, the text of H.R 4280 and H.R. 4281 
will be appended to the engrossment of H.R. 4279, and H.R. 4280 and H.R. 
4281 shall be laid on the table.
Page H2986
  Also pursuant to section 4 of H. Res. 638, the title of H.R. 4279 is 
conformed to reflect the addition of the text of H.R. 4280 and H.R. 4281. 
Conformed so as to read: to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
provide for the disposition of unused health benefits in cafeteria plans and 
flexible spending arrangements, to improve patient access to health care 
services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden 
the liability system places on the health care delivery system, and to amend 
title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve 
access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to 
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Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, May 11:
  Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 
1944: H.J. Res. 91, recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Servicemen's 
Readjustment Act of 1944, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none 
voting ``nay'', Roll No. 175.
  Pages H2986-87
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to meet 
at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17 for morning hour debate and further, that 
when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. on 
Tuesday, May 18 for morning hour debate as though after May 31, 2004, 
thereafter to resume its session at 10 a.m.
  Page H2990
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business 
of Wednesday, May 19.
  Page H2990
Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group--Appointments: The Chair 
announced the Speaker's appointment of the following members of the House to 
the Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group: Representatives Kolbe 
(Chairman), Ballenger (Vice Chairman), Dreier, Barton (TX), Manzullo, 
Weller, and Stenholm.
  Page H2990
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H2921.
Senate Referral: S. Con. Res. 107 was held at the desk and S. Con. Res. 108 
was referred to the Committee on Energy & Commerce.
  Page H3014
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed 
during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2948-49, H2949, H2950, 
H2984, H2985-86, H2986, H2986-87, and H2987-88. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m and adjourned at 8:49 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export 
Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on Millennium Challenge 
Corporation. Testimony was heard from Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, U.S. 
Agency for International Development, Department of State; and Paul 
Applegarth, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation.
IMPROVING ACCESS TO ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES 
ACT OF 2004
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on 21st Century 
Competitiveness approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 4278, 
Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities 
Act of 2004.
EXAMINING THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION ACT AND ITS BENEFITS FOR 
WORKERS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce 
Protections held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Federal Employees' 
Compensation Act and Its Benefits for Workers.'' Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of Labor: Shelby Hallmark, 
Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs; and Elliot Lewis, 
Assistant Inspector General, Audit; and public witnesses.
``THE US-EU REGULATORY DIALOGUE AND ITS FUTURE''
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``The US-EU 
Regulatory Dialogue and Its Future.'' Testimony was heard from Randal 
Quarles, Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Department of the 
Treasury; Ethiopia Tafara, Director, Office of International Affairs, SEC; 
Susan Bies, Governor, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Reserve System; and 
public witnesses.
HARNESSING SCIENCE
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Harnessing 
Science: Advancing Care by Accelerating the Rate of Cancer Clinical Trial 
Participation.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Health and Human Services: Michaele Christian, M.D., Associate 
Director, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, Cancer Therapy 
Evaluation Program, National Cancer Institute; and Richard Pazdur, M.D., 
Director, Division of Oncology Drug Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and 
Research, FDA; and public witnesses.
IRAQ--TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on The Imminent 
Transfer of Sovereignty in Iraq. Testimony was heard from Marc Grossman, 
Under Secretary, Political Affairs, Department of State; and the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: Stephen A. Cambone, Under Secretary, 
Intelligence; Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary, International Security 
Affairs; and LTG Walter L. Sharp, USA, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, 
The Joint Chiefs of Staff.
BUSINESS ACTIVITY TAX SIMPLIFICATION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative 
Law held a hearing on H.R. 3220, Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 
2003. Testimony was heard from Jamie Van Fossen, Representative, State of 
Iowa; Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner, State of North Dakota; and public 
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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution approved for 
full Committee action the following measures: H.J. Res. 568, amended, 
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Judicial 
determinations regarding the meaning of the laws of the United States should 
not be based on judgments, laws, or pronouncements of foreign institutions 
unless such foreign judgments, laws, or pronouncements inform an 
understanding of the original meaning of the laws of the United States; and 
H.R. 1775, To amend title 36, United States Code, to designate the oak tree 
as the national tree of the United States.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on H.J. Res. 56, Proposing an 
amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Musgrave and Frank; and public 
witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and 
Oceans held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3433, To transfer federal 
lands between the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the 
Interior; H.R. 3479, Brown Tress Snake Control and Eradication Act of 2003; 
H.R. 4027, To authorize the Secretary of Commerce to make available to the 
University of Miami property under the administrative jurisdiction of the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Virginia Key, Florida, 
for use by the University for a Marine Life Science Center; and H.R. 4158, 
To provide for the conveyance to the Government of Mexico of a 
decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Ros-Lehtinen, Emerson and Case; the 
following officials of the Department of the Interior: James Tate, Jr., 
Science Advisor to the Secretary; and William Hartwig, Assistant Director, 
National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the 
following officials of the USDA: William Clay, Deputy Administrator of 
Wildlife Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and 
Christopher Pyron, Deputy Chief, Business Operations, Forest Service; the 
following officials of Guam: Felix P. Camacho, Governor; and Senator Tiana 
Muna Barnes; Pedro A. Tenorio, Resident Representative to the United States, 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and a public witness.
OVERSIGHT--FIREFIGHTING PREPAREDNESS
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health held an 
oversight hearing entitled ``Firefighting Preparedness: Are we ready for the 
2004 Wildlife Season?'' Testimony was heard from Mark Rey, Under Secretary, 
Natural Resources and Environment, USDA; Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary, 
Policy, Management and Budget, Department of the Interior; Ellen Engleman 
Conners, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board; and James B. Hull, 
Forester, Forest Service, State of Texas and Co-Chair, Blue Ribbon Panel on 
Federal Aerial Firefighting.
FEDERAL HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING R
Committee on Science: Held a hearing to examine federal high-performance 
computing research and development activities and to consider H.R. 4218, 
High-Performance Computing Revitalization Act of 2004. Testimony was heard 
from John H. Marburger III, Director, Office of Science and Technology 
Policy; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FAA's AIR TRAFFIC ORGANIZATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation 
held an oversight hearing on Avoiding Summer Delays and a Review of the 
FAA's Air Traffic Organization. Testimony was heard from Stephen J. McHale, 
Deputy Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Department of 
Homeland Security; and the following officials of the FAA, Department of 
Transportation: Marion C. Blakey, Administrator; and Russell G. Chew, Chief 
Operating Officer.
OVERSIGHT--ACTS OF TERROR--PREPAREDNESS AND FIRST RESPONDER FUNDING
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management held an oversight 
hearing on How to Best Prepare for Acts of Terror: National Preparedness and 
First Responder Funding. Testimony was heard from William O. Jenkins, 
Director, Homeland Security and Justice, GAO; Andrew Mitchell, Deputy 
Director, Office of Domestic Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security; 
and George W. Foresman, Assistant to the Governor, Preparedness, State of 
Virginia.
VETERANS LEGISLATION
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Subcommittee on Benefits approved for full 
Committee action the following bills: H.R. 1716, amended, Veterans Earn and 
Learn Act; H.R. 3936, To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize 
the principal office of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans 
Claims to be at any location in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, 
rather than only in the District of Columbia, and expressing the sense of 
Congress that a dedicated Veterans Courthouse and Justice Center should be 
provided for that Court and those it serves and should be located, if 
feasible, at a site owned by the United States that is part of or proximate 
to the Pentagon Reservation; H.R. 4175, amended, Veterans' Compensation 
Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2004; and H.R. 4345, To amend title 38, 
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States Code, to increase the maximum amount of home loan guaranty available 
under the home loan guaranty program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
VETERANS LEGISLATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health approved for full 
Committee action, as amended, the following bills: H.R. 4231, Department of 
Veterans Affairs Nurse Recruitment and Retention Act of 2004; and H.R. 4248, 
Homeless Veterans Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2004.
FEDERAL CHILD WELFARE REVIEWS--STATE EFFORTS TO COMPLY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing 
on State Efforts to Comply with Federal Child Welfare Reviews. Testimony was 
heard from Wade F. Horn, Assistant Secretary, Children and Families, 
Department of Health and Human Services; Cornelia M. Ashby, Director, 
Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, GAO; Edward Cotton, 
Director, Division of Youth and Family Services, Department of Human 
Services, State of New Jersey; and Christopher J. McCabe, Secretary, 
Department of Human Resources, State of Maryland.
HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT INTELLIGENCE BUDGET
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold 
a hearing on Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Budget. Testimony 
was heard from departmental witnesses.
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Intelligence 
Policy and National Security held a hearing on Intelligence Community 
Language Capabilities. Testimony was heard from COL Michael R. Simone, USA, 
Commandant, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Department 
of Defense; Richard Brecht, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Study of 
Language; and Ellen Laipson, President and CEO, Henry L. Stimson Center.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY SHARING
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism and 
Homeland Security met in executive session to hold a hearing on Information 
Technology Policy Sharing. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.
Joint Meetings
HEALTH SERVICES REGULATION
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the costs 
of health services regulations, focusing on quality and accessibility to 
health care insurance, the uninsured, and ways that health care coverage can 
be made more affordable, after receiving testimony from David A. Hyman, 
University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore; Daniel Mulholland, Horty, 
Springer, and Mattern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Vicki Gottlich, Center for 
Medicare Advocacy, Inc., Washington, D.C.; and Christopher J. Conover, 
Durham, North Carolina.
COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION ACT
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House passed 
versions of H.R. 2443, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for 
fiscal year 2004, to amend various laws administered by the Coast Guard, but 
did not complete action thereon, and will meet again.
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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 14, 2004

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                  House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 p.m., Friday, May 14

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

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       12:30 p.m., Monday, May 17

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: To be announced.
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E852
Barrett, J. Gresham, S.C. E852
Berman, Howard L., Calif., E852
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E858
Brady, Robert A., Pa., E864
Carson, Julia, Ind., E846, E848
Carter, John R., Tex., E850
Christensen, Donna M., The Virgin Islands, E843
Clyburn, James E., S.C., E855
Collins, Mac, Ga., E865
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E858
DeMint, Jim, S.C., E862
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E864
Emanuel, Rahm, Ill., E870
Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E843
Gallegly, Elton, Calif., E851
Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E844, E846
Gonzalez, Charles A., Tex., E860
Goodlatte, Bob, Va., E856
Hastert, J. Dennis, Ill., E844
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E868
Holt, Rush D., N.J., E853
Hyde, Henry J., Ill., E854
Israel, Steve, N.Y., E865
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E870
Jones, Stephanie Tubbs, Ohio, E857
Kanjorski, Paul E., Pa., E857, E867
Kennedy, Patrick J., R.I., E866
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E870
Kleczka, Gerald D., Wisc., E855
Knollenberg, Joe, Mich., E854
Kolbe, Jim, Ariz., E851
Larson, John B., Conn., E872
Latham, Tom, Iowa, E856
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E867
Lewis, Jerry, Calif., E854
Lewis, Ron, Ky., E853
Linder, John, Ga., E869
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E858
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E868
McDermott, Jim, Wash., E871
McInnis, Scott, Colo., E844, E846, E850, E851, E853, E855, E857, E859, 
E860
Markey, Edward J., Mass., E867
Matheson, Jim, Utah, E859, E869
Miller, George, Calif., E863
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E865
Moran, Jerry, Kansas, E861
Musgrave, Marilyn N., Colo., E845, E848
Ney, Robert W., Ohio, E859
Olver, John W., Mass., E852
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E873
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E863, E872
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E859
Ruppersberger, C.A. Dutch, Md., E867, E869
Sanchez, Loretta, Calif., E858
Sanders, Bernard, Vt., E862
Sandlin, Max, Tex., E843
Saxton, Jim, N.J., E871
Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E864
Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E866
Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr., Wisc., E860
Shaw, E. Clay, Jr., Fla., E866
Shuster, Bill, Pa., E861
Skelton, Ike, Mo., E864
Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E845, E847
Spratt, John M., Jr., S.C., E871
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E845, E848, E850, E851, E853, E855, E857, E859, 
E860, E862
Udall, Mark, Colo., E845, E847
Weldon, Curt, Pa., E850
Young, Don, Alaska, E856 


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