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                                            Wednesday, May 19, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 15, Project Bioshield Act.
      The House agreed to the conference report on S. Con. Res. 95, 
      Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY05.
      House Committees ordered reported 18 sundry measures.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5729-5892
Measures Introduced: Thirteen bills and one resolution were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2438-2450, and S. Res. 365.
  Page S5799
Measures Passed:
  Project Bioshield Act: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 99), 
S. 15, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide protections 
and countermeasures against chemical, radiological, or nuclear agents 
that may be used in a terrorist attack against the United States by 
giving the National Institutes of Health contracting flexibility, 
infrastructure improvements, and expediting the scientific peer review 
process, and streamlining the Food and Drug Administration approval 
process of countermeasures, after agreeing to the committee amendment 
in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S5744-5767
  Gregg/Kennedy Amendment No. 3178, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                         Pages S5762-66
  Gregg/Kennedy Amendment No. 3180, to amend the title.
Page S5767
  Federal Highway Reauthorization:Senate passed H.R. 3550, to authorize 
funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit 
programs, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in 
lieu thereof the text of S. 1072, Senate companion measure, as passed 
the Senate on February 12, 2004, and after agreeing to the following 
amendment proposed thereto:
  Page S5838
  Frist (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 3219, providing for the use of State 
funds for projects to protect existing roadways from anticipated 
flooding of a closed basin lake.
Page S5838
  Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the 
part of the Senate.
Page S5838
  Albuquerque Biological Park Title Clarification Act:Senate passed S. 
213, to clear title to certain real property in New Mexico associated 
with the Middle Rio Grande Project, after agreeing to the committee 
amendment.
  Page S5839
  Fort Donelson National Battlefield Expansion Act: Senate passed S. 
524, 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, 
after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S5839-40
  Kendrick Project Wyoming Act:Senate passed S. 943, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to contract with the city of Cheyenne, 
Wyoming, for the storage of the city's water in the Kendrick Project, 
Wyoming, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S5840-41
  Hawaii Water Resources Act: Senate passed S. 960, to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize certain projects in the State of Hawaii and to amend the 
Hawaii Water Resources Act of 2000 to modify the water resources study, 
after agreeing to the committee amendments.
  Page S5841
  Recreational Fee Authority Act:Senate passed S. 1107, to enhance the 
Recreational Fee Demonstration Program for the National Park Service, 
after agreeing to the committee amendments.
  Pages S5841-42

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  Barry and Stone Counties Missouri Act: Senate passed S. 1167, to 
resolve the boundary conflicts in Barry and Stone Counties in the State 
of Missouri, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of 
a substitute.
  Pages S5842-44
  Salt Cedar Control Demonstration Act:Senate passed S. 1516, to 
further the purposes of the Reclamation Projects Authorization and 
Adjustment Act of 1992 by directing the Secretary of the Interior, 
acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to carry out an 
assessment and demonstration program to control salt cedar and Russian 
olive, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S5844-45
  Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act: Senate 
passed S. 1576, to revise the boundary of Harpers Ferry National 
Historical Park.
  Page S5845
  Hydroelectric Project Deadline Extension:Senate passed S. 1577, to 
extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric 
project in the State of Wyoming.
  Pages S5845-46
  Oregon Land Conveyance: Senate passed S. 1848, to amend the Bend Pine 
Nursery Land Conveyance Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to 
sell the Bend Pine Nursery Administration Site in the State of Oregon, 
after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Page S5846
  Frist (for Domenici) Amendment No. 3216, to make a technical 
correction.
Page S5846
  National Park System Laws Technical Amendments Act:  Senate passed S. 
2178, to make technical corrections to laws relating to certain units 
of the National Park System and to National Park programs. 
                                                         Pages S5846-47
  Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Senate passed H.R. 408, to 
provide for expansion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S5847
  Cibola National Wildlife Refuge: Senate passed H.R. 417, to revoke a 
Public Land Order with respect to certain lands erroneously included in 
the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, California, after agreeing to the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Page S5847
  Frist (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3217, to adjust the boundaries of 
Green Mountain National Forest.
Page S5847
  California National Forest Land Conveyance: Senate passed H.R. 708, 
to require the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in 
Mendocino National Forest, California, to provide for the use of the 
proceeds from such conveyance for National Forest purposes, clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Page S5847
  Texas Water Control Project:Senate passed H.R. 856, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to revise a repayment contract with the Tom 
Green County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, San Angelo 
project, Texas, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S5847
  Irvine Basin Surface and Groundwater Improvement Act: Senate passed 
H.R. 1598, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study 
and Facilities Act to reauthorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
participate in projects within the San Diego Creek Watershed, 
California, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S5847-48
  Bend Pine Nursery Land Conveyance:Senate passed H.R. 3505, to amend 
the Bend Pine Nursery Land Conveyance Act to specify the recipients and 
consideration for conveyance of the Bend Pine Nursery, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Brown v. Board of Education Anniversary:Committee on the Judiciary 
was discharged from further consideration of 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, and the resolution 
was then agreed to.
  Page S5848
  Taxpayer Protection and I.R.S. Accountability Act: Committee on 
Finance was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1528, to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect taxpayers and ensure 
accountability of the Internal Revenue Service, and the bill was then 
passed, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in 
lieu thereof, the text of S. 882, Senate companion measure, after 
agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and 
the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S5848-91
  Frist (for Grassley/Baucus) Amendment No. 3218, to provide for a 
manager's amendment.
Page S5891
  Subsequently, S. 882 was returned to the Senate calendar. 
                                                             Page S5891
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

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such fiscal year for the Armed Services, taking action on the following 
amendments proposed thereto:
  Page S5767
Adopted:
  Domenici Amendment No. 3192, to accelerate the removal or security of 
fissile materials, radiological materials, and related equipment at 
vulnerable sites worldwide.
Pages S5771-74
  Warner/Levin Amendment No. 3205, to correct the characterization of 
the funding authority for up-armored high mobility multi-purposed 
wheeled vehicles and wheeled vehicle ballistic add-on armor protection.
                                                         Pages S5785-86
  Warner Amendment No. 3206, to correct a funding discrepancy. 
                                                             Page S5786
  Warner Amendment No. 3207, to make a technical correction relating to 
military construction.
Page S5786
  Warner Amendment No. 3208, to make a technical correction to a cross 
reference in title 10, United States Code.
Page S5786
  Warner/Levin Amendment No. 3209, to provide for continuation of part-
time or intermittent home health care benefits during transition to the 
sub-acute care program.
Page S5786
  Warner/Levin Amendment No. 3210, to provide temporary authority for 
waiver of collection of payments due for CHAMPUS benefits received by 
disabled persons unaware of loss of CHAMPUS eligibility and 
continuation of such benefits.
Pages S5786-87
  Warner (for Allard) Amendment No. 3211, to improve section 3120, 
relating to local stakeholder organizations for Department of Energy 
Environmental Management 2006 closure sites.
Page S5787
  Levin (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3212, to require an increase in the 
size of the defense acquisition and support workforce during fiscal 
years 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Pages S5787-88
  Warner (for Domenici/Bingaman) Amendment No. 3169, to provide a 
substitute for section 3144, relating to support for public education 
in the vicinity of Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. 
                                                         Pages S5788-89
  Levin (for Reed) Amendment No. 3213, to clarify the programs of the 
service academies that may be subject to uniform funding and 
management.
Page S5789
  Warner (for Sessions) Amendment No. 3214, to authorize the exchange 
of land at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
Page S5789
  Levin (for Sarbanes/Mikulski) Amendment No. 3215, to authorize a land 
conveyance, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. 
                                                         Pages S5789-90
  Warner (for Coleman) Amendment No. 3165, to require a study of 
establishment of mobilization station at Camp Ripley National Guard 
Training Center, Little Falls, Minnesota.
Page S5790
Rejected:
  By 37 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No.100), Kyl/Cornyn Modified Amendment 
No. 3191, to express the sense of the Senate regarding legislation to 
impose an excise tax on tobacco lawyer's fees that exceed $20,000 per 
hour in order to increase funding for equipment for the United States 
Armed Forces.
Pages S5767-68, S5774-84
  By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 101), Lautenberg Modified Amendment 
No. 3151, to clarify the application of Presidential action under the 
International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
Pages S5768-71, S5784-85
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 
20, 2004.
Page S5891
Messages From the House:
  Page S5797
Measures Referred:
  Page S5797
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S5797
Executive Communications:
  Pages S5797-99
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5799-S5800
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5800-09
Additional Statements:
  Pages S5795-97
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S5809-37
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S5837-38
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S5838
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--101) 
                                              Pages S5767, S5784, S5785
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 7:21 p.m., 
until 10 a.m., on Thursday, May 20, 2004. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5891.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered 
favorably reported an original bill to amend the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to 
provide children with increased access to food and nutrition 
assistance, to simplify program operations and improve program 
management, and to reauthorize child nutrition programs.

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APPROPRIATIONS--DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the District of Columbia 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2005 for the government of the District of Columbia, after 
receiving testimony from Mayor Anthony A. Williams, Linda W. Cropp, 
Chair, City Council, and Natwar M. Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer, all 
of Washington, D.C.
IRAQI PRISONER ABUSE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee resumed open and closed hearings 
to examine allegations of mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, receiving 
testimony from General John P. Abizaid, USA, Commander, United States 
Central Command; and Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez, USA, 
Commander, and Major General Geoffrey D. Miller, USA, Deputy Commander 
for Detainee Operations, both of Multi-National Force-Iraq.
  Hearings recessed subject to the Call.
IMF AND WORLD BANK
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine proposals to reform the International 
Monetary Fund and World Bank, including the costs and budgetary 
treatment of multilateral financial institutions' activities, after 
receiving testimony from John B. Taylor, Under Secretary of the 
Treasury for International Affairs; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director, 
Congressional Budget Office; Allan H. Meltzer, Carnegie Mellon 
University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on behalf of American Enterprise 
Institute; and C. Fred Bergsten, Institute for International Economics, 
Washington, D.C.
WATER AND POWER PROJECTS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and 
Power concluded a hearing 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 hydrogeologic 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, after receiving testimony from John W. 
Keys III, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, and Charles G. Groat, 
Director, U.S. Geological Survey, both of the Department of the 
Interior; Jerry Nypen, Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, Sidney, 
Montana; Andrew B. Core, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, Santa 
Fe; John Robert Carman, Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and 
Sandy, Sandy, Utah; Thomas P. Graves, Mid-West Electric Consumers 
Association, Wheat Ridge, Colorado; and C. Allan Jones, Texas Water 
Resources Institute, College Station.
TERRORISM FINANCING
Committee on Finance: Committee held a hearing to examine terrorism 
financing, focusing on efforts to build domestic and international 
policies and systems to combat money-laundering and terrorist 
financing, charities as a means of raising and moving funds and 
logistical support for terrorists, compliance from Saudi Arabia, and 
the designation of major foreign financial institutions and businesses 
as terrorist financiers, receiving testimony from Joseph M. Myers, 
Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary 
of the Treasury for Enforcement, and Jonathan M. Winer, Alston and 
Bird, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law 
Enforcement, both of Washington, D.C.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
nominations of Juan Carlos Zarate, of California, to be Assistant 
Secretary for Terrorist Financing, 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, after each nominee testified and answered questions 
in their own behalf. Testimony was also received on the nominations of 
Mr. Zarate and Mr. Levey from Joseph M. Myers, Katten Muchin Zavis 
Rosenman, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for 
Enforcement, and Jonathan M. Winer, Alston and Bird, former Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement, both of 
Washington, D.C.

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IRAQ'S TRANSITION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
the way ahead in Iraq, focusing on the Administration's plans for the 
transition to Iraqi sovereignty, after receiving testimony from Anthony 
H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Phebe 
Marr, National Defense University, both of Washington, D.C.; General 
Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.), former Commander in Chief, United States 
Central Command, Del Mar, California; and Larry Diamond, Stanford 
University Hoover Institution, Stanford, California.
TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNANCE AMENDMENTS
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
S. 1696, to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education 
Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes, 
after receiving testimony from Don Kashevaroff, Seldovia Village Tribe, 
Anchorage, Alaska, on behalf of the Alaska Native Tribal Health 
Consortium; Alvin Windy Boy, Sr., Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy's 
Reservation, Box Elder, Montana, on behalf of the Indian Health 
Service's Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee; W. Ron Allen, 
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Sequim, Washington, on behalf of the Title 
VI Study Team; and Mickey Peercy, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant.
HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the benefits and risks of Health Savings Accounts as provided for in 
the Medicare Law, focusing on the future of health care, reducing 
insurance costs, and enabling more employers to begin or retain health 
insurance benefits for employees, after receiving testimony from John 
W. Snow, Secretary of the Treasury; John C. Goodman, National Center 
for Policy Analysis, Dallas, Texas; Ronald A. Williams, Aetna, 
Hartford, Connecticut; Kate Sullivan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, both of 
Washington, D.C.; and Edward L. Langston, Lafayette, Indiana, on behalf 
of the American Medical Association.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 19 public bills, H.R. 4389-4407; 1 private bill, 
H.R. 4408 and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 431, and H. Res. 650 were 
introduced.
  Pages H3390-91
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H3391-92
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 4103, to extend and modify the trade benefits under the African 
Growth and Opportunity Act, amended (H. Rept. 108-501); and
  H.R. 2912, to reaffirm the inherent sovereign rights of the Osage 
Tribe to determine its membership and form of government (H. Rept. 108-
502).
  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, adversely (H. Rept. 108-
503).
Page H3390
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Latham to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H3231
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Pete Wall, Pastor, 
Jackson Baptist Church in Sylvania, Georgia.
  Page H3231
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  Honoring past and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces: H. Con. 
Res. 424, honoring past and current members of the Armed Forces of the 
United States and encouraging Americans to wear red poppies on Memorial 
Day, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting ``nay'', 
Roll No. 195.
  Pages H3251-56, H3259
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005: The House 
began 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. Further 
consideration will continue on Thursday, May 20. 
                                  Pages H3241-45, H3257-H3358, H3369-77
  The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the 
Committee on Armed Services printed in the bill was considered as an 
original bill for the purpose of amendment.
Pages H3281-H3346
  Pursuant to section 4 of H. Res. 648, it was agreed that the 
Slaughter amendment (no. 14 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) be considered 
out of the order printed in H. Rept. 108-499.
Page H3375

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  Pursuant to H. Res. 648, it was agreed that certain amendments be 
placed in order as though printed in H. Rept. 108-499 and numbered 29, 
30, 31, and 32; that amendment numbered 13 in H. Rept 108-499 be 
modified in the form that was placed at the desk; and that the 
amendments and the modification placed at the desk be considered as 
read.
Pages H3376-77
Agreed to:
  Goode amendment (no. 1 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) that authorizes 
the Secretary of Defense to assign members of the Armed Forces, under 
certain circumstances and subject to certain conditions, to assist the 
Department of Homeland Security in the performance of border protection 
functions (by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 196); 
                                                  Pages H3346-50, H3357
  Hunter amendment (no. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) that expresses 
the sense of Congress concerning the abuse of persons in custody in 
Iraq (by a recorded vote of 416 ayes to 4 noes, Roll No. 199); 
                                                  Pages H3354-57, H3370
  Meek amendment (no. 5 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) that moves 
mission-critical information from the commissioning authority up to the 
highest levels in short order when that information portends events or 
situations detrimental to our strategic plan; and
Pages H3372-73
  Hastings of Florida amendment (no. 6 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) 
that expresses the sense of Congress that no funds available to any 
department or agency of the United States Government may be used to 
provide assistance for the reconstruction of Iraq unless the President 
certifies to Congress that the United States has entered into an 
agreement with the Iraqi Governing Council or a transitional government 
in Iraq under which Iraq agrees that it will expend a significant 
portion of its revenues generated from oil production for 
reconstruction activities in Iraq.
Pages H3373-74
Rejected:
  Davis of California amendment (no. 2 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) 
that sought to repeal the prohibition on servicewomen and female 
military dependents from using their own funds for abortions at 
overseas military hospitals (by a recorded vote of 202 ayes to 221 
noes, Roll No. 197).
Pages H3350-54, H3357
Proceedings Postponed:
  Weldon of Pennsylvania (no. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) amendment 
that seeks to express the sense of Congress that the Secretary of 
Defense should assist the Iraqi Government in destroying the Abu Gharib 
prison and replacing it with a modern detention facility; and 
                                                         Pages H3370-72
  Skelton amendment (no. 14 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) that seeks to 
require the Secretary of Defense to develop a comprehensive policy for 
the Department of Defense on the prevention of and response to sexual 
assaults involving members of the Armed Forces and requires the DoD to 
take related measures to address sexual assaults involving members of 
the Armed Forces.
Pages H3374-76
  H. Res. 648, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 205 noes, Roll No. 194, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
220 yeas to 204 nays, Roll No. 193.
Pages H3257-59
Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2005--Conference Report: The 
House agreed to the conference report 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 216 yeas to 213 nays, Roll No. 198. 
                                                         Pages H3358-69
  H. Res. 649, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report was agreed to by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 204 noes, Roll 
No. 192, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 220 yeas to 204 nays, Roll No. 191.
Pages H3256-57
Budget Resolution for FY 2005--Motion to Instruct Conferees: Subsequent 
to the filing of the conference report on S. Con. Res. 95, the chair 
announced the motion to instruct conferees offered by Representative 
Stenholm, which was debated on Tuesday, May 18 and the notice of intent 
to offer a motion to instruct conferees by Representative Price of 
North Carolina had been vitiated.
  Page H3259
Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004--Order of Business: Pursuant 
to section 3 of H. Res. 649, 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, was 
laid on the table.
  Pages H3236-41, H3377
Policy Committee of the White House Conference on Aging--Appointment: 
Read a letter from the Minority Leader wherein she appointed Barbara 
Kennelly of Connecticut and Robert B. Blancato of Virginia to the 
Policy Committee of the White House Conference on Aging.
  Page H3259
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H3231.

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Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and five recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3256-57, 
H3257, H3257-58, H3258-59, H3259, H3357, H3357-58, H3358-69, and H3369-
70 There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:20 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
AGRICULTURAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS
Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review Agricultural Trade 
Negotiations. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
IMPROVING ACCESS TO ASSISTIVE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 
4278, Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with 
Disabilities Act of 2004.
REGIONAL ENERGY RELIABILITY AND SECURITY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality 
held a hearing entitled ``Regional Energy Reliability and Security: DOE 
Authority to Energize the Cross Sound Cable.'' Testimony was heard from 
Senator Schumer; Representatives DeLauro, King of New York and Shays; the 
following officials of the Department of Energy: Patrick Wood, III, 
Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Lee Otis, General 
Counsel; Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General, State of Connecticut; and 
public witnesses.
COMMUNICATIONS MARKETPLACE COMPETITION
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the 
Internet held a hearing entitled ``Competition in the Communications 
Marketplace: How Convergence Is Blurring the Lines Between Voice, Video, and 
Data Services.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
PROGRAM ASSESSMENT AND RESULTS ACT; OVERSIGHT--NASA'S FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency and 
Financial Management approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 
3826, Program Assessment and Results Act.
  The Subcommittee also held an oversight hearing entitled ``Mission 
Impossible? Fixing NASA's Financial Management.'' Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of NASA: Gwendolyn Brown, Chief Financial Officer; 
Robert Cobb, Inspector General; and Greg Kutz, Director, Financial 
Management and Assurance, GAO.
FEDERAL ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Technology, Information 
Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census held an oversight hearing 
entitled ``Federal Enterprise Architecture: A Blueprint for Improved Federal 
IT Investment and Cross-Agency Collaboration and Information Sharing.'' 
Testimony was heard from Karen S. Evans, Administrator of E-Government and 
Information Technology, OMB; Randolph C. Hite, Director, Information 
Technology Architecture and Systems, GAO; Daniel Matthews, Chief Information 
Office, Department of Transportation; Kim Nelson, Chief Information Officer, 
EPA, and public witnesses.
MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE ACT
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Implementation of 
the Millennium Challenge Act. Testimony was heard from Paul Applegarth, 
Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation.
ESTABLISH A COMMISSION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO ASSIST PARLIAMENTS 
IN EMERGING DEMOCRACIES
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Europe approved for 
full Committee action H. Res. 642, Providing for the establishment of a 
commission in the House of Representatives to assist parliaments in emerging 
democracies.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 646, 
amended, 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, 
amended, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Point National Wildlife Refuge 
Expansion Act of 2003; H.R. 2831, amended, Newlands Project Headquarters and 
Maintenance Yard Facility Transfer Act; H.R. 2909, amended, Utah Test and 
Training Range Protection Act; H.R. 3785, amended, 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 Atmosphere 
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 
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does not adversely affect the Bonneville Power Administration; S. 144, 
amended, Noxious Weed Control Act of 2003; and S. 1146, Three Affiliated 
Tribes Health Facility Compensation Act.
FEDERAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY R PROGRAMS IMPACT
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing entitled ``The 
Impact of Federal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy R Programs.'' 
Testimony was heard from Peter Smith, Energy Research and Development 
Authority, State of New York; and public witnesses.
EPA--HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards 
held a hearing entitled ``Homeland Security Research and Development at the 
EPA: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead.'' Testimony was heard from Paul Gilman, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development, EPA; Penrose C. 
Albright, Assistant Secretary, Science and Technology Directorate, 
Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses.
RED TAPE REDUCTION
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Red Tape Reduction: 
Improving the Competitiveness of America's Small Manufacturers,'' Testimony 
was heard from John Graham, Administrator, Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, OMB; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--BIOMETRICS USE TO IMPROVE AVIATION SECURITY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation 
held an oversight hearing on The Use of Biometrics to Improve Aviation 
Security. Testimony was heard from Stewart Verdery, Assistant Secretary for 
Policy, Border and Transportation Security, Department of Homeland Security; 
Keith A. Rhodes, Chief Technologist, Applied Research and Methods, GAO; and 
public witnesses.
VETERANS LEGISLATION
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Ordered reported the following bills: 
H.R. 4231, amended, Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Recruitment and 
Retention Act of 2004; H.R. 4248, amended, Homeless Veterans Assistance 
Reauthorization 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.
VA'S ROLE--IN ELECTRONIC-MEDICAL RECORDS SYSTEMS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
held a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs' role in the 
development of interoperable Electronic-medical records systems in the 
Federal Government. Testimony was heard from Linda Koontz, Director, 
Information Management Issues, GAO; Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Acting Under 
Secretary, Health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans 
Affairs; James C. Reardon, Chief Information Officer, Military Health 
System, Department of Defense; and public witnesses.
COMMITTEE BUSINESS--BRIEFING--DOD'S INTELLIGENCE REFORM INITIATIVE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
consider pending business.
  The Committee also met in executive session to receive a briefing on 
Department of Defense Intelligence Reform Initiative (DoD HUMINT Reform). 
The Committee was briefed by departmental witnesses.
Joint Meetings
2005 BUDGET
Conferees: On Tuesday, May 18, 2004, agreed to file a 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.
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                             NEW PUBLIC LAWS

        (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D 468)
  S. 2315, to amend the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 to extend the 
deadline for the INTELSAT initial public offering. Signed on May 18, 2004. 
(Public Law 108-228)
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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                              MAY 20, 2004

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, 
and the Judiciary, to hold hearings to examine intellectual property, 10 
a.m., SD-138.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold an oversight 
hearing to examine the Extended Custodial Inventory Program, 10 a.m., SD-
538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to 
examine the implementation of the Controlling the Assault of Non-
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Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM Act) (P.L. 108-187), 10:15 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks, to hold hearings to examine S. 1672, to expand the Timucuan 
Ecological and Historic Preserve, Florida, S. 1789 and H.R. 1616, bills 
to authorize the exchange of certain lands within the Martin Luther King, 
Junior, National Historic Site for lands owned by the City of Atlanta, 
Georgia, S. 1808, to provide for the preservation and restoration of 
historic buildings at historically women's public colleges or 
universities, S. 2167, to establish the Lewis and Clark National 
Historical Park in the States of Washington and Oregon, and S. 2173, to 
further the purposes of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 
Establishment Act of 2000, 2:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean Air, 
Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety, to hold an oversight hearing to 
examine the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 10:30 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings 
to examine prescription drug reimportation, 10 a.m., SD-106.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings to examine S. 2382, to 
establish grant programs for the development of telecommunications 
capacities in Indian country, 10 a.m., SR-485.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider pending 
calendar business; to be followed by oversight hearings to examine the 
FBI, terrorism, and other related topics, 10:30 a.m., SD-226.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs: business meeting to consider the 
nomination of Pamela M. Iovino, of the District of Columbia, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Congressional Affairs, Time 
to be announced, S-216, Capitol.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to consider 
certain intelligence matters, 10 a.m., SH-219.


                                  House

  Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management, hearing to review the Farm Security and Rural Investment 
Act of 2002, 9:30 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export 
Financing and Related Programs, on Department of the Treasury 
(International Affairs), 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies, on 
Secretary of the Treasury, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials, hearing entitled ``EPA's Resource Conservation 
Challenge,'' 1:30 p.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Medicare Prescription Drug 
Discount Cards: Immediate Savings for Seniors,'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, oversight hearing of the Department of 
Housing and Urban Development, including the Department's budget request 
for fiscal yuear 2005, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, hearing entitled ``Redundancy and 
Duplication in Federal Child Welfare Programs: A Case Study on the Need 
for Executive Reorganization Authority,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, 
hearing entitled ``Historic Preservation of the Peopling of America,'' 2 
p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on House Administration, oversight hearing on the Federal 
Election Commission and the 527 Rulemaking Process, 4 p.m., 1310 
Longworth.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law, oversight hearing entitled ``Reauthorization of the 
Administrative Conference of the United States,'' 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Courts, Internet, and Intellectual Property, oversight 
hearing entitled ``Derivative Rights, Moral Rights, and Movie Filtering 
Technology,'' 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, oversight hearing on the ``Draft Report of the 
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy,'' 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing on An Examination 
of H.R. 3890, to reauthorize the Steel and Aluminum Energy Conservation 
and Technology Competitiveness Act of 1988, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight, hearing on Reforming Regulation to Keep America's Small 
Businesses Competitive, 10:30 a.m., 311 Cannon.
  Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment, and Government Programs, 
hearing on the Department of Labor's Overtime Regulations' Effect on 
Small Business, 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment, oversight hearing on Great Lakes Water Quality 
and Restoration Efforts, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, hearing 
on the SSI program, 10 a.m., B-318 Rayburn.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       10 a.m., Thursday, May 20

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond a period of 60 minutes), Senate will continue 
consideration of S. 2400, Department of Defense Reauthorization Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday, May 20

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Continue consideration of H.R. 4200, National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (subject to a rule).
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Baldwin, Tammy, Wisc., E913
Barton, Joe, Tex., E906
Becerra, Xavier, Calif., E911, E913
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E920
Brady, Robert A., Pa., E905, E907
Case, Ed, Hawaii, E916
Clyburn, James E., S.C., E915, E916
Coble, Howard, N.C., E918
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E919
Davis, Lincoln, Tenn., E917
Davis, Tom, Va., E905, E906, E908
DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E915
Delahunt, William D., Mass., E910
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E918
Frost, Martin, Tex., E911
Goodlatte, Bob, Va., E912
Granger, Kay, Tex., E908
Herger, Wally, Calif., E913
Hoeffel, Joseph M., Pa., E909
Holt, Rush D., N.J., E914, E921
Hoyer, Steny H., Md., E910
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E921
Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E921
King, Steve, Iowa, E909
Kline, John, Minn., E913
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E905, E906
Lantos, Tom, Calif., E914, E916
McInnis, Scott, Colo., E917, E918, E918, E918, E919, E919, E920, E921
Moore, Dennis, Kansas, E920
Porter, Jon C., Nev., E915
Rahall, Nick J., II, W.Va., E911
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E912, E917
Regula, Ralph, Ohio, E908
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E907
Rothman, Steven R., N.J., E912
Shays, Christopher, Conn., E919
Souder, Mark E., Ind., E907
Stark, Fortney Pete, Calif., E909
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E911
Udall, Mark, Colo., E915, E917
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E912
Wilson, Joe, S.C., E905 


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