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                                              Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 3104, Afghanistan/Iraq Campaign Medals.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5559-S5728
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2430-2437, and S. Res. 364.
  Page S5706
Measures Passed:
  Afghanistan/Iraq Campaign Medals: By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas 
(Vote No. 96), Senate passed 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, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S5566-69
  Premier Certified Lenders Program Improvement Act: Committee on Small 
Business and Entrepreneurship was discharged from further consideration 
of H.R. 923, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to 
allow certain premier certified lenders to elect to maintain an 
alternative loss reserve, and the bill was then passed, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Pages S5726-27
Department of Defense Authorization Act: Senate continued 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                               Pages S5569-73, S5582-93
Rejected:
  By 47 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 98), Lott Amendment No. 3158, to 
provide that the 2005 base closure round shall apply solely to military 
installations located outside the United States and to provide for 
expedited consideration by Congress of a proposal for a base closure 
round in 2007 on military installations located inside the United 
States.
Pages S5569-73, S5583-5593
Withdrawn:
  Domenici Amendment No. 3162, to accelerate the removal or security of 
fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment at 
vulnerable sites worldwide.
Pages S5582, S5594
Pending:
  Lautenberg Amendment No. 3151, to clarify the application of 
Presidential action under the International Emergency Economic Powers 
Act.
Page S5569
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for the further 
consideration of the bill at approximately, 11 a.m., on Wednesday, May 
19, 2004.
Project Bioshield Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that on Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at a time to be 
determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic 
Leader, Senate proceed to the consideration of S. 15, to amend the 
Public Health Service Act to provide for the payment of compensation 
for certain individuals with injuries resulting from the administration 
of smallpox countermeasures, to provide protections and countermeasures 
against chemical, radiological, or nuclear agents that may be used in a 
terrorist attack against the United States, and to improve immunization 
rates by increasing the distribution of vaccines and improving and 
clarifying the vaccine injury compensation program, that the only 
amendment in order be a Gregg/Kennedy amendment in the nature of a 
substitute; that there be two hours of debate equally divided; that 
upon the use or yielding back of time, the substitute amendment be 
agreed to, the committee amendment, as amended, be agreed to; and the 
Senate then proceed to a vote on final passage of the bill. 
                                                             Page S5726
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:

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  By unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 97), Marcia G. Cooke, of 
Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District 
of Florida.
Pages S5574-75, S5728
  (Prior to the vote on confirmation of the nomination (listed above), 
Senate vitiated the vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon.) 
                                                             Page S5574
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Alan Greenspan, of New York, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors 
of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years. (Reappointment)
  Captain Samuel P. DeBow, Jr., NOAA for appointment to the grade of 
Rear Admiral (O-8), while serving in a position of importance and 
responsibility as Director, NOAA Corps and Director, Office of Marine 
and Aviation Operations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, under the provisions of Title 33, United States Code, 
Section 3028(d)(1).
  Captain Richard R. Behn, NOAA for appointment to the grade of Rear 
Admiral (O-7), while serving in a position of importance and 
responsibility as Director, Marine and Aviation Operations Centers, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the provisions 
of Title 33, United States Code, Section 3028(d)(1).
  Routine lists in the Foreign Service, and National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration.
Pages S5727-28
Messages From the House:
  Page S5605
Measures Referred:
  Page S5605
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S5605
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S5605-7
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5607-9
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5609-13
Additional Statements:
  Pages S5603-4
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S5613-21
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S5622
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S5622
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S5622
Text of S. 1637 as Previously Passed:
  Pages S5622-S5726
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--98) 
                                              Pages S5569, S5575, S5593
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:45 a.m., and adjourned at 6:44 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 19, 2004. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5727.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: HIV/AIDS FUNDING
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2005 for foreign assistance, focusing on HIV/AIDS, after receiving 
testimony from Randall L. Tobias, Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator, 
Department of State; and Bono, DATA, Washington, D.C.
TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE PROGRAM
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, 
which established a temporary Federal program of shared public and 
private compensation for insured commercial property and casualty 
losses resulting from acts of terrorism covered by the Terrorism Risk 
Insurance Act, after receiving testimony from Brian C. Roseboro, Under 
Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance; Richard J. Hillman, 
Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, General 
Accounting Office; Donna Lee Williams, Delaware Department of 
Insurance, Dover, on behalf of the National Association of Insurance 
Commissioners; J. Robert Hunter, Consumer Federation of America, 
Washington, D.C.; John J. Degnan, Chubb Corporation, Warren, New 
Jersey, on behalf of sundry organizations; Christopher Nassetta, Host 
Marriott Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland, on behalf of the Coalition to 
Insure Against Terrorism; and Jacques E. Dubois, Swiss Re America 
Holding Corporation, Armonk, New York.
FAA OVERSIGHT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Aviation Administration, 
focusing on airline flight operations, congestion caused by regional 
jets, low-cost carrier expansion, and new airport security screening 
procedures, the aviation trust fund, and establishing a new air traffic 
organization, after receiving testimony from Kenneth M. Mead, Inspector 
General, and Marion Blakey, Administrator, Federal Aviation 
Administration, both of the Department of Transportation; and JayEtta 
Z. Hecker, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, General Accounting 
Office.
DOE CONTRACTING
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine implications of a 1999 change in reporting of small 
business contracts by the Department of Energy (DOE), focusing on

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the potential benefits and risks of the change, and the efforts of the 
Office of Small Disadvantaged Utilization to reach out to small 
businesses and encourage them to do business with DOE, after receiving 
testimony from Kyle E. McSlarrow, Deputy Secretary of Energy; Robin M. 
Nazzaro, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, General 
Accounting Office; Ann Sullivan, Women Impacting Public Policy, 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Joan B. Woodard, Sandia National Laboratories, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico; Robert Thompson, Energy Communities Alliance, 
Richland, Washington.
IRAQ'S TRANSITION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee held a hearing to examine the 
way ahead in Iraq, focusing on the transition to sovereignty and 
democracy and securing a stable, peaceful, and economically vital 
region, receiving testimony from Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of 
Defense, and Lieutenant General Walter L. Sharp, Director, Strategic 
Plans and Policy, Joint Chiefs of Staff, both of the Department of 
Defense; and Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State.
  Hearings continue tomorrow.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of William R. Brownfield, of Texas, to be 
Ambassador to Venezuela, and John D. Rood, of Florida, to be Ambassador 
to the Bahamas, after each nominee testified and answered questions in 
their own behalf.
ANIMAL RIGHTS TERRORISM
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the threat of animal rights extremism and eco-terrorism, focusing on 
law enforcement needs to pursue and prosecute those who commit violent 
acts against institutions that conduct animal research, after receiving 
testimony from McGregor W. Scott, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of 
California; John E. Lewis, Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism 
Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; 
William Green, Chiron Corporation, Emeryville, California; Jonathan 
Blum, Yum! Brands Inc., Louisville, Kentucky and Stuart M. Zola, Emory 
University Yerkes National Primate Research Laboratory, Atlanta, 
Georgia, on behalf of the National Association for Biomedical Research.
SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
social security reform issues, and comparing the U.S. social security 
system with other nations', focusing on pension systems in Japan, 
Germany, the United Kingdom, and Chile, demographic factors, taxes, 
scheduled benefits, and investment returns, after receiving testimony 
from James B. Lockhart III, Deputy Commissioner, Social Security 
Administration; Yoshinori Ohno, Member, Japan's House of 
Representatives, Tokyo; Vincent J. Truglia, Moody's Investors Service, 
New York, New York; Axel Boersch-Supan, University of Mannheim Research 
Institute for the Economics of Aging, Mannheim, Germany; David O. 
Harris, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, London, England; and L. Jacobo 
Rodriguez, CATO Institute, Washington, D.C.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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[Pages D521-D523]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 11 public bills, H.R. 4378-4388; and 4 
resolutions, H. Con. Res. 429-430, and H. Res. 646-647 were introduced.
                                                             Page H3229
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H3229-30
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Conference report on S. Con. Res. 95, setting forth the congressional 
budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2005 and 
including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2006 
through 2009 (H. Rept. 108-498);
  H. Res. 648, providing for consideration of H.R. 4200, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for military activities of the 
Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for 
fiscal year 2005 (H. Rept. 108-499); and
  H. Res. 649, providing for consideration of the conference report to 
accompany 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 (H. Rept. 108-500).
Pages H3187-H3227, H3229

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Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Bishop of Utah to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H3095
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Maury Davis, Pastor, 
Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee.
  Page H3095
Recess: The House recessed at 9:01 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m. 
                                                             Page H3095
Occupational Safety and Health Small Business Day in Court Act of 2004: 
The House passed H.R. 2728, amended, 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 251 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 
183.
  Pages H3107-15, S3160-61, 
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce that is 
printed in the bill was considered as adopted.
Page H3108
  Pursuant to section 6 of H. Res. 645, the text of H.R. 2729, H.R. 
2730, H.R. 2731, and H.R. 2432 will be appended to the engrossment of 
H.R. 2728; and H.R. 2729, H.R. 2730, H.R. 2731, and H.R. 2432 are laid 
on the table.
Page H3161
  Also pursuant to section 6 of H. Res. 645, the title of H.R. 2728 is 
conformed to reflect the additions of the text of all the bills. 
Conformed so as to read: 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; to 
provide for greater efficiency at the Occupational Safety and Health 
Review Commission; to provide for an independent review of citations 
issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; 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; and to amend the 
Paperwork Reduction Act and titles 5 and 31, United States Code, to 
reform Federal paperwork and regulatory processes.
  H. Res. 645, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 180. 
                                                      Pages H3099-H3105
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Efficiency Act of 
2004: The House passed H.R. 2729, amended, to amend the Occupational 
Safety and Health Act of 1970 to provide for greater efficiency at the 
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 228 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 184.
  Pages H3115-23, H3130-31
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce that is 
printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. 
Rept. 108-497 was considered as adopted.
Page H3115
  H. Res. 645, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 180. 
                                                      Pages H3099-H3105
Occupational Safety and Health Independent Review of OHSA Citiations 
Act of 2004: The House passed H.R. 2730, amended, 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 204 nays, 
Roll No. 185.
  Pages H3124-30, H3131-32
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment recommended by the Committee on 
Education and the Workforce that is printed in the bill, as modified by 
the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 108-497 was considered as 
adopted.
Page H3124
  H. Res. 645, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 180. 
                                                      Pages H3099-H3105
Occupational Safety and Health Small Employer Access to Justice Act of 
2004: The House passed H.R. 2731, amended, 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 194 nays, 
Roll No. 189.
  Pages H3132-40, H3160-61
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce that is 
printed in the bill, as modified by the amendment printed in part C of 
H. Rept. 108-497 was considered as adopted.
Page H3133
  H. Res. 645, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 180. 
                                                      Pages H3099-H3105
Paperwork and Regulatory Improvements Act of 2003: The House passed 
H.R. 2432, to amend the Paperwork Reduction Act and titles 5 and 31, 
United States Code, to reform Federal paperwork and regulatory 
processes, by a yea-and-nay vote of 373 yeas to 54 nays, Roll No. 188. 
                                                       Pages H3141-3160

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  The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the 
Committee on Government Reform that is printed in the bill was 
considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. 
                                                         Pages H3152-53
  Agreed to the Ose amendment (No. 1 printed in part D of H. Rept. 108-
497) that authorizes annual funding for the General Accounting Office's 
regulatory analysis function and removes the requirement for the Office 
of Management and Budget to integrate its annual regulatory accounting 
statement and associated report into the President's fiscal budget 
documents.
Pages H3153-55
  Rejected the Waxman amendment (No. 2 printed in part D of H. Rept. 
108-497) that sought to create an expert commission to study the 
politicization of science and make recommendations for how to protect 
science in the regulatory process from political and ideological 
manipulation and interference, by a recorded vote of 201 ayes to 226 
noes, Roll No. 187.
Pages H3155-60
  H. Res. 645, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 180. 
                                                       Page H3099-H3105
Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004--Motion to Instruct 
Conferees: The House agreed to table the George Miller of California 
motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2660, making appropriations for 
the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, by a 
recorded vote of 216 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 181.
                                                       Pages H3106-3107
Suspension Failed--Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance 
Amendments of 2004: The House failed to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 
3722, to amend section 1011 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, 
Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 to impose conditions on 
Federal reimbursement of emergency health services furnished to 
undocumented aliens, which was debated on Monday, May 17, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 88 yeas to 331 nays, Roll No. 182.
                                                             Page H3107
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures which were debated on Monday, May 17:
  Oscar Scott Woody Post Office Building Designation Act: 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 Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas 
with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 186; and
  Page H3132
  Bobby Marshall Gentry Post Office Building Designation 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'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay 
vote of 421 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 190. 
                                                         Pages H3161-62
Budget Resolution for FY 2005--Motion to Instruct Conferees: The House 
debated the Stenholm 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. 
Further proceedings were postponed until Wednesday, May 19. 
                                                         Pages H3162-68
  Representative Price of North Carolina announced his intention to 
offer a motion to instruct on the measure.
Page H3162
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H3095.
Senate Referral: S. Con. Res. 103 was referred to the Committee on 
Education and the Workforce.
Amendments: Amendment ordered printed pursuant to the rule appears on 
page H3230.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Nine yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3105, 
H3106-3107, H3107, H3130, H3130-31, H3131-32, H3132, H3159-60, H3160, 
H3160-61, and H3161-62. There were no quorum calls.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:36 p.m. and reconvened at 6:08 a.m. on 
Wednesday, May 19.
                                                     Pages H3185, H3187
Recess: The House recessed at 6:09 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19 and 
reconvened at 9:54 a.m.
                                                            Pages H3228
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 9:55 a.m. on 
Wednesday, May 19.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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[Pages D523-D526]
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Committee Meetings
SUPPORTING OUR INTERCOLLEGIATE STUDENT-ATHLETES: PROPOSED NCAA REFORMS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Supporting Our 
Intercollegiate Student-Athletes: Proposed NCAA Reforms.'' Testimony 
was heard from public witnesses.
NIH ETHICS CONCERNS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled

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``NIH Ethics Concerns: Consulting Arrangements and Outside Awards.'' 
Testimony was heard from Marilyn L. Glynn, Acting Director, Office of 
Government Ethics; the following officials of the Department of Health 
and Human Services; Edgar M. Swindell, Associate General Counsel, 
Ethics Division; Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Deputy Director, NIH; Lance 
A. Liotta, M.D., Chief, Laboratory of Pathology, J. Carl Barrett, 
Director, Center for Cancer Research, and Anna D. Barker, Deputy 
Director, Advanced Technologies and Strategic Partnerships, all with 
the National Cancer Institute; and Emanuel Petricoin, Lead 
Microbiologist, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA; Jack 
Maskell, American Law Division, Congressional Research Service, Library 
of Congress; and a public witness.
MARKET STRUCTURE--SEC PROPOSAL
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled 
``SEC Proposal on Market Structure: How will Investors Fare?'' 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
IMPROVING FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Improving Financial Oversight: 
A Private Sector View of Anti-Money Laundering Efforts.'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
FEDERAL WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY ACT; ``FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB: CHIEF 
HUMANCAPITAL OFFICERS''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Civil Service and 
Agency Organization approved for full Committee action, as amended, S. 
129, Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2003.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing entitled ``First year on the 
job: Chief Human Capital Officers.'' Testimony was heard from Kay Coles 
Jones, Director, OPM; Chris Mihm, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, 
GAO; Reginald Wells, Chief Human Capital Officer, SSA; and a public 
witness.
ENSURING ACCURACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN LAB TESTING
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Ensuring Accuracy 
and Accountability in Lab Testing: Does the Experience of Maryland 
General Hospital Expose Cracks in the System?'' Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Health and Human 
Services: Steven I. Gutman, M.D., Director, Office of In Vitro 
Diagnostics Device Evaluation and Safety, FDA; and Sean Tunis, M.D., 
Chief Clinical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and 
Deputy Director, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS; Nelson 
J. Sabatini, Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, State 
of Maryland; and public witnesses.
``HOW CAN WE MAXIMIZE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN TRANSPORTATION?''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural 
Resources and Regulatory Affairs held a hearing entitled ``How Can We 
Maximize Private Sector Participation in Transportation?'' Testimony 
was heard from Emil Frankel, Assistant Secretary, Transportation 
Policy, Department of Transportation; and public witnesses.
SHOULD CHINA JOIN THE NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP?
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Should China 
Join the Nuclear Suppliers Group? Testimony was heard from John Wolf, 
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Department of State.
ANTI-TERRORISM INTELLIGENCE TOOLS IMPROVEMENT ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 3179, Anti-Terrorism 
Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003. Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of Justice; Daniel J. Bryant, 
Assistant Attorney General; and Thomas J. Harrington, Deputy Assistant 
Director, FBI; and a public witness.
OVERSIGHT--ALIEN SMUGGLING
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security, and Claims held an oversight hearing entitled ``Pushing the 
Border Out on Alien Smuggling: New Tools and Intelligence 
Initiatives,'' Testimony was heard from Joe D. Morton, Principal Deputy 
Assistant Secretary and Director, Diplomatic Security Service, 
Department of State; the following officials of the Department of 
Homeland Security: Robert Harris, Deputy Chief, Border Patrol, Bureau 
of Customs and Border Protection; and John P. Torres, Deputy Assistant 
Director, Smuggling and Public Safety, U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement; and a public witness.
OVERSIGHT--CHESAPEAKE BAY IN YOUR COMMUNITY: A RESTORATION PLAN
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans held an oversight

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hearing on The Chesapeake Bay in Your Community: A Restoration Plan. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing 
on the following bills: H.R. 4045, To authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to prepare a feasibility study with respect to the Mokelumne 
River; H.R. 3597, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, through 
the Bureau of Reclamation, to conduct a feasibility study on the Alder 
Creek water storage and conservation project in El Dorado County, 
California; and H.R. 2257, Lower Yellowstone Reclamation Projects 
Conveyance Act. Testimony was heard from John Keys III, Commissioner, 
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; and public 
witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 
2005
Committee on Rules: Committee granted, by a vote of 7 to 4, a rule 
waiving all points of order against the conference report to accompany 
S. Con.Res. 95, Setting forth the congressional budget for the United 
States Government for fiscal year 2005 and including the appropriate 
budgetary levels for fiscal year 2006 through 2009, and against its 
consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be 
considered as read. The rule provides one hour of debate in the House 
equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee on the Budget. Section 2 provides that upon 
adoption in the House of the conference report, and until a concurrent 
resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2005 has been adopted by the 
Congress, the provisions of the conference report and its joint 
explanatory statement shall have force and effect in the House and that 
for the purposes of title III of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
the conference report shall be considered for the purposes of the House 
to have been adopted by the Congress. The rule provides that nothing in 
section 2 may be construed to engage rule XXVII. Section 3 provides 
that the conferees of the House on H.R. 2660 shall be, and they are 
hereby discharged and that H.R. 2660 and its accompanying papers, be, 
and they are hereby, laid on the table.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005
Committee on Rules: Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule 
providing 2 hours of general debate on H.R. 4200, National Defense 
Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2005, equally divided and controlled 
by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed 
Services. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of 
the bill. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a 
substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed 
in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of 
amendment and shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points 
of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Armed Services. The rule makes in order 
only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report 
accompanying the resolution, and amendments en bloc described in 
section 3 of the resolution.
  The rule provides that amendments shall be considered only in the 
order specified in the report (except as specified in section 4 of the 
resolution), may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, 
shall be debatable for 10 minutes (unless otherwise specified in the 
report) equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an 
opponent, shall not be subject to amendment (except that the chairman 
and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services each may 
offer one pro forma amendment for the purpose of further debate on any 
pending amendment), shall be considered as read, and shall be not be 
subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the 
Committee of the Whole. The rule waives all points of order against the 
amendments printed in the Rules Committee report and those amendments 
en bloc as described in section 3 of the resolution. The rule 
authorizes the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, or his 
designee, to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed 
in the Rules Committee report not earlier disposed of, which shall be 
considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided 
and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Armed Services or their designees, and shall not be 
subject to amendment or demand for a division of the question in the 
House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  The rule provides that the original proponent of an amendment 
included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the 
Congressional Record immediately before the disposition of the 
amendments en bloc. The rule allows the Chairman of the Committee of 
the Whole to recognize for consideration of any amendment printed in 
the Rules Committee report out of the order printed, but not sooner 
than one hour after the chairman of the Committee on Armed Services or 
a designee announces from the floor a request to that effect. Finally, 
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rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. 
Testimony was heard from Chairman Hunter and Representatives 
Cunningham, Ehlers, Manzullo, English, Wamp, Whitfield, Goode, Shimkus, 
Flake, Capito, Johnson of Illinois, Kennedy of Minnesota, Beauprez, 
Skelton, Spratt, Meehan, Loretta Sanchez, Tauscher, Davis of 
California, Langevin, Cooper, Meek of Florida, Markey, Dicks, Lantos, 
Cardin, Slaughter, Price of North Carolina, Waters, Bishop of Georgia, 
Hastings of Florida, Maloney, Woolsey, Blumenauer, Harman, Strickland, 
Inslee, Lee, Tierney, Schakowsky, Udall of Colorado, Matheson and 
Schiff.
OVERSIGHT--VETERANS HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Held an oversight hearing on homeless 
assistance programs for veterans. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs: Gordon H. 
Mansfield, Deputy Secretary; and John Kuhn, Homeless Program 
Coordinator, New Jersey Health Care System; Patricia Carlile, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Special Needs Programs, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development; Don Winstead, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Planning 
and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy, Department of Health 
and Human Services; and public witnesses.
REVIEW CIA'S COMPENSATION REFORM INITIATIVE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Human 
Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence met in executive session 
to hold a hearing to Review CIA's Compensation Reform Initiative, 
Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.


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[Pages D526-D527]
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             COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: business 
meeting to mark up an original bill to reauthorize child nutrition 
programs, 10:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on District of Columbia, 
to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2005 for the District of Columbia, 10 a.m., SD-138.
  Committee on Armed Services: to resume hearings to examine 
allegations of mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, 8:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold an 
oversight hearing to examine the International Monetary Fund and 
World Bank, 10 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water 
and Power, to hold hearings to examine S. 900, to convey the Lower 
Yellowstone Irrigation Project, the Savage Unit of the Pick-Sloan 
Missouri Basin Program, and the Intake Irrigation Project to the 
pertinent irrigation districts, S. 1876, to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey certain lands and facilities of the Provo 
River Project, S. 1957, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior 
to cooperate with the States on the border with Mexico and other 
appropriate entities in conducting a hydrogecologic 
characterization, mapping, and modeling program for priority 
transboundary aquifers, S. 2304 and H.R. 3209, bills to amend the 
Reclamation Project Authorization Act of 1972 to clarify the acreage 
for which the North Loup division is authorized to provide 
irrigation water under the Missouri River Basin project, S. 2243, to 
extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a 
hydroelectric project in the State of Alaska, H.R. 1648, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain water 
distribution systems of the Cachuma Project, California, to the 
Carpinteria Valley Water District and the Montecito Water District, 
and H.R. 1732, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater 
Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior 
to participate in the Williamson County, Texas, Water Recycling and 
Reuse Project, 2:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Finance: to hold oversight hearings to examine the 
Treasury Department and terrorism financing; to be followed by a 
hearing to examine the nominations of Juan Carlos Zarate, of 
California, to be Assistant Secretary for Terrorism Finance, and 
Stuart Levey, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary for Enforcement, 
both of the Department of the Treasury, and John O. Colvin, of 
Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court, 10 a.m., SD-
215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to continue hearings to examine 
the way ahead in Iraq, 9:30 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider S.J. 
Res. 37, to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and 
ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding 
Indian Tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf 
of the United States, and S. 2277, to amend the Act of November 2, 
1966 (80 Stat. 1112), to allow binding arbitration clauses to be 
included in all contracts affecting the land within the Salt River 
Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation, 10 a.m., SR-485.
  Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine Health 
Savings Accounts and the New Medicare Law, focusing on the future of 
health care, 2:30 p.m., SD-628.


                                 House

  Committee on Agriculture, hearing to review Agricultural Trade 
Negotiations, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Education and the Workforce, to mark up H.R. 4278, 
Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with 
Disabilities Act of 2004, 10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Air 
Quality, hearing entitled ``Regional Energy

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Reliability and Security: DOE Authority to Energize the Cross Sound 
Cable,'' 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing 
entitled ``Competition in the Communications Marketplace: How 
Convergence Is Blurring the Lines Between Voice, Video, and Data 
Services,'' 11 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government 
Efficiency and Financial Management, to mark up H.R. 3826, Program 
Assessment and Results Act; followed by an oversight hearing 
entitled ``Mission Impossible? Fixing NASA's Financial Management,'' 
2 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental 
Relations and the Census, oversight hearing entitled ``Federal 
Enterprise Architecture: A Blueprint for Improved Federal IT 
Investment and Cross-Agency Collaboration and Information Sharing,'' 
2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, hearing on Implementation of 
the Millennium Challenge Act, 10:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Europe, to mark up H. Res. 642, Providing for the 
establishment of a commission in the House of Representatives to 
assist parliaments in emerging democracies, 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 646, 
To Expand the boundaries of the Fort Donelson National Battlefield 
to authorize the acquisition and interpretation of lands associated 
with the campaign that resulted in the capture of the fort in 1862; 
H.R. 1156, To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study 
and Facilities Act to increase the ceiling on the Federal share of 
the costs of phase I of the Orange County, California, Regional 
Water Reclamation Project; H.R. 2619, Kilauea Point National 
Wildlife Refuge Expansion Act of 2003; H.R. 2831, Newlands Project 
Headquarters and Maintenance Yard Facility Transfer Act; H.R. 2909, 
Utah Test and Training Range Protection Act; H.R. 3785, To authorize 
the exchange of certain land in Everglades Park; H.R. 4115, To amend 
the Act of November 2, 1966 (80 Stat. 1112), to allow binding 
arbitration clauses to be included in all contracts affecting the 
land within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation; H.R. 
4158, To provide for the conveyance to the Government of Mexico of a 
decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship; 
H.R. 4362, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to accept a 
parcel of Federal land in the State of Washington in trust for the 
Nisqually Tribe, to ensure that the acceptance of such land does not 
adversely affect the Bonneville Power Administration; S. 144, 
Noxious Weed Control Act of 2003; and S. 1146, Three Affiliated 
Tribes Health Facility Compensation Act, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled 
``The Impact of Federal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy R 
Programs,'' 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards, hearing 
entitled ``Homeland Security Research and Development at the EPA: 
Taking Stock and Looking Ahead,'' 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing entitled ``Red Tape 
Reduction: Improving the Competitiveness of America's Small 
Manufacturers,'' 2 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Aviation, oversight hearing on The Use of Biometrics to Improve 
Aviation Security, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to mark up the following bills: 
H.R. 4231, amended, Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Recruitment 
and Retention Act of 2004; 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. 4345, To amend title 38, 
United States Code, to increase the maximum amount of home loan 
guaranty available under the home loan guaranty program of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs; H.R. 1716, amended, Veterans Earn 
and Learn Act of 2004; and H.R. 4175, amended, Veterans' 
Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2004, 2 p.m., 334 
Cannon.
  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on the 
Department of Veterans' role in the development of interoperable 
electronic-medical records systems in the Federal Government, 10 
a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, to consider 
pending meeting, 1:45 p.m., executive, Briefing on Department of 
Defense Intelligence Reform Initiative (DoD HUMINT Reform), 2 p.m., 
H-405 Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 19

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond a period of 90 minutes), Senate will continue 
consideration of S. 2400, Department of Defense Reauthorization Act. 
Also, Senate will begin consideration of S. 15, Project Bioshield Act, 
at a time to be determined.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Wednesday, May 19

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 4200, National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (subject to a rule). 


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