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                                             Thursday, May 20, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS:

      Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 432, Adjournment Resolution.
      The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 651, expressing the gratitude of 
      the House of Representatives to its Parliamentarian, the 
      Honorable Charles W. Johnson.
      The House passed H.R. 4200, National Defense Authorization Act 
      for Fiscal year 2005.
      The House passed H.R. 4359, Child Credit Preservation and 
      Expansion Act of 2004.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5893-S6049
Measures Introduced: Twenty-two bills were introduced as follows: S. 
2451-2472.
  Pages S5949-50
Measures Reported:
  S. 1687, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study 
on the preservation and interpretation of the historic sites of the 
Manhattan Project for potential inclusion in the National Park System, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 108-270)
  S. 1778, to authorize a land conveyance between the United States and 
the City of Craig, Alaska, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute. (S. Rept. No. 108-271)
  S. 1791, to amend the Lease Lot Conveyance Act of 2002 to provide 
that the amounts received by the United States under that Act shall be 
deposited in the reclamation fund. (S. Rept. No. 108-272)
  H. Con. Res. 409, recognizing with humble gratitude the more than 
16,000,000 veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during 
World War II and the Americans who supported the war effort on the home 
front and celebrating the completion of the National World War II 
Memorial on the National Mall in the District of Columbia.
  S. Res. 362, expressing the sense of the Senate on the dedication of 
the National World War II Memorial on May 29, 2004, in recognition of 
the duty, sacrifices, and valor of the members of the Armed Forces of 
the United States who served in World War II.
  S. 1933, to promote effective enforcement of copyrights, with 
amendments.
  S. 2453, to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to award 
grants to public transportation agencies to improve security. 
                                                         Pages S5948-49
Measures Passed:
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 432, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page S6044
  National Transportation Week: Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H. Con. 
Res. 420, applauding the men and women who keep America moving and 
recognizing National Transportation Week, and the resolution was then 
agreed to.
  Page S6044
  National Better Hearing and Speech Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
366, supporting May 2004 as National Better Hearing and Speech Month 
and commending those States that have implemented routine hearing 
screenings for every newborn before the newborn leaves the hospital. 
                                                         Pages S6044-45
  Older Americans Month: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from 
further consideration of S. Res. 353, designating May 2004, as ``Older 
Americans Month'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S6045
  Honoring Mildred McWilliams: Senate agreed to S. Res. 367, honoring 
the life of Mildred

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McWilliams ``Millie'' Jeffrey (1910-2004) and her contributions to her 
community and to the United States.
  Pages S6045-47
  Honoring Members of the Armed Forces: Senate agreed to 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.
  Page S6047
Measures Passed--Correction: The Daily Digest of Wednesday, May 19, 
2004, incorrectly carried the passage of 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. (H.R. 3505 
remains pending on the Senate Calendar.)
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 S5902-25, S5929-34
Pending:
  Graham (SC) Amendment No. 3170, to provide for the treatment by the 
Department of Energy of waste material.
Pages S5903-07, S5909-25
  Crapo Amendment No. 3226 (to Amendment No. 3170), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page S5907
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, May 21, 2004.
Federal Highway Reauthorization--Conferees: Pursuant to the order of 
May 19, 2004, regarding H.R. 3550, to authorize funds for Federal-aid 
highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, the Chair 
appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Inhofe, 
Warner, Bond, Voinovich, Grassley, Hatch, Nickles, Lott, Shelby, 
McCain, McConnell, Jeffords, Reid (NV), Graham (FL), Lieberman, Boxer, 
Daschle, Hollings, Sarbanes, Baucus, and Conrad.
  Page S6047
Messages From the President: Senate received the following messages 
from the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report of the continuation of the 
national emergency protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and certain 
other property in which Iraq has an interest; which was referred to the 
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-78)
Page S5946
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, the United States Arctic Research 
Plan; which was referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs. (PM-
79)
Page S5946
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, the 2004 Comprehensive Report on U.S. 
Trade and Investment Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa and Implementation 
of the African Growth and Opportunity Act; which was referred to the 
Committee on Finance. (PM-80)
Page S5946
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By 97 yeas 1 nay (Vote No. Ex. 102), Raymond W. Gruender, of 
Missouri, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit. 
                                                         Pages S5926-28
  By unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 103), Franklin S. Van 
Antwerpen, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 
Third Circuit.
Pages S5928-29
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Edwin D. Williamson, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office 
of Government Ethics for a term of five years.
  Mark D. Gearan, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term of one 
year. (New Position)
  Leona White Hat, of South Dakota, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a 
term expiring October 6, 2008.
  Milton Aponte, of Florida, to be a Member of the National Council On 
Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2006. (Reappointment)
  Robert Davila, of New York, to be a Member of the National Council On 
Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2006. (Reappointment)
  Young Woo Kang, of Indiana, to be a Member of the National Council on 
Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2006. (Reappointment)
  Kathleen Martinez, of California, to be a Member of the National 
Council on Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2006. 
(Reappointment)
  Linda Wetters, of Ohio, to be a Member of the National Council on 
Disability for a term expiring September 17, 2006. (Reappointment)
  Laura A. Cordero, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate 
Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 
fifteen years.
  Juliet JoAnn McKenna, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate 
Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of 
fifteen years.

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  Robert Clark Corrente, of Rhode Island, to be United States Attorney 
for the District of Rhode Island for the term of four years.
  Routine lists in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy.
Pages S6047-49
Messages From the House:
  Page S5946
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S5947
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S5947
Executive Communications:
  Pages S5947-48
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S5949
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5950-51
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5951-S6011
Additional Statements:
  Pages S5945-46
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6011-16
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S6016
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--103) 
                                                      Page S5928, S5929
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 7:39 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, May 21, 2004. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6047.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
EXTENDED CUSTODIAL INVENTORY PROGRAM
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Reserve's Extended 
Custodial Inventory Program (ECI), focusing on recent events involving 
the Union Bank of Switzerland-Zurich which violated its ECI Agreement 
with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York by engaging in U.S. dollar 
banknote transactions with countries subject to sanctions by the U.S. 
Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which 
administers and enforces economic sanctions against targeted foreign 
countries, after receiving testimony from R. Richard Newcomb, Director, 
Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury; and 
Thomas C. Baxter, Jr., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, 
Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City.
CAN-SPAM ACT REVIEW
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the implementation of the Controlling the Assault 
of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM Act) (P.L. 
108-187), focusing on new federal efforts to address unsolicited 
commercial email (``spam'') to better protect consumers and businesses, 
after receiving testimony from Timothy Muris, Chairman, Federal Trade 
Commission; Jana D. Monroe, Assistant Director, Cyber Division, and Dan 
Larkin, Unit Chief, Internet Crime Complaint Center, both of Federal 
Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; Ted Leonsis, America 
Online, Inc., Dulles, Virginia; Shinya Akamine, Postini, Inc., Redwood 
City, California; Hans Peter Brondmo, Digital Impact, Inc., San Mateo, 
California; James Guest, Consumers Union, Yonkers, New York; and Ronald 
Scelson, MicroEvolutions.com, Montgomery, Texas.
NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded a hearing 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. 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, after receiving testimony from Paul Hoffman, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and 
Parks; Steve Brady, Sr., Northern Cheyenne Sand Creek Descendants, Lame 
Deer, Montana; Carol J. Alexander, Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 
Jacksonville, Florida; and Rex Ziak, Naselle, Washington.
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean Air, 
Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety resumed oversight hearing to examine 
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, focusing on how the NRC and the 
industry will move forward with credibility and safety to ensure that 
nuclear power continues to be an important part of meeting economic, 
energy, and environment needs in the United States, after receiving 
testimony from Nils J. Diaz, Chairman, Edward McGaffigan, Jr., 
Commissioner, and Jeffrey S. Merrifield, Commissioner, all of the U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Marvin S. Fertel, Nuclear Energy 
Institute, and David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists, both of 
Washington, D.C.; Marilyn C. Kray, Exelon Nuclear, Kimberton, 
Pennsylvania, on behalf of NuStart Energy Development LLC; and Barclay 
G. Jones,

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Nuclear and 
Radiological Engineering, Urbana.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported 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.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG REIMPORTATION
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine prescription drug reimportation, 
focusing on efforts to reduce drug costs, patient safety concerns, 
recent state action, fraudulent and counterfeit drugs, an international 
comparison of rising prescription drug expenditures, and S. 2328, to 
amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the 
importation of prescription drugs, after receiving testimony from John 
M. Taylor, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, and William 
Hubbard, Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning, both of the 
Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; 
John A. Vernon, University of Connecticut Center for Healthcare and 
Insurance Studies, Storrs; Philip Lee, Stanford University, Stanford, 
California; and Tim Malone, Livermore, California.
NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIVITY ACT
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee held a hearing to examine S. 
2382, to establish grant programs for the development of 
telecommunications capacities in Indian country, receiving testimony 
from J.D. Williams, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, 
D.C.; and Kade L. Twist, Native Networking Policy Center, Reston, 
Virginia.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call of the Chair.
FBI OVERSIGHT OF TERRORISM
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to 
examine the FBI, counterterrorism, and intelligence arenas, focusing on 
steps the FBI has taken to put critical capabilities in place by 
reforming counterterrorism and intelligence programs, as well as 
overhauling information technology, after receiving testimony from 
Robert S. Mueller III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
Department of Justice.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1933, to promote effective enforcement of copyrights, with 
amendments;
  S. Res. 362, expressing the sense of the Senate on the dedication of 
the National World War II Memorial on May 29, 2004, in recognition of 
the duty, sacrifices, and valor of the members of the Armed Forces of 
the United States who served in World War II;
  H. Con. Res. 409, recognizing with humble gratitude the more than 
16,000,000 veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during 
World War II and the Americans who supported the war effort on the home 
front and celebrating the completion of the National World War II 
Memorial on the National Mall in the District of Columbia; and
  ``The nomination of Jonathan W. Dudas, of Virginia, to be Under 
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the 
United States Patent and Trademark Office.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported 
Pamela M. Iovino, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Congressional Affairs.
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: 10 public bills, H.R. 4409-4469; and 11 
resolutions, H. Con. Res. 432-438, and H. Res. 651-654 were introduced.
                                               Pages H3437-40, H3537-40
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H3440-41, H3540-41
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Supplemental report on H.R. 4200 to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2005 for military activities of the Department of Defense, 
to prescribe

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military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2005, (H. Rept. 108-491, 
Pt. 2);
  S. 1301, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit video 
voyeurism in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the 
United States, amended (H. Rept. 108-504);
  H.R. 1678, to amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to 
false communications about certain criminal violations, amended (H. 
Rept. 108-505);
  H.R. 2991, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study 
and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
participate in the Inland Empire regional recycling project and in the 
Cucamonga County Water District recycling project (H. Rept. 108-506);
  H.R. 3378, to assist in the conservation of marine turtles and the 
nesting habitats of marine turtles in foreign countries (H. Rept. 108-
507);
  H.R. 1014, to require Federal land managers to support, and to 
communicate, coordinate, and cooperate with, designated gateway 
communities, to improve the ability of gateway communities to 
participate in Federal land management planning conducted by the Forest 
Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior, and to respond 
to the impacts of the public use of the Federal lands administered by 
these agencies, amended (H. Rept. 108-508, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3846, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture and the 
Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement or contract with 
Indian tribes meeting certain criteria to carry out projects to protect 
Indian forest land, amended (H. Rept. 108-509, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3504, to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education 
Assistance Act to redesignate the American Indian Education Foundation 
as the National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education (H. 
Rept. 108-510, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3247, to provide consistent enforcement authority to the Bureau 
of Land Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish 
and Wildlife Service, and the Forest Service to respond to violations 
of regulations regarding the management, use, and protection of public 
lands under the jurisdiction of these agencies, to clarify the purposes 
for which collected fines may be used, amended; referred sequentially 
to the House Committee on the Judiciary for a period ending not later 
than June 30, 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. (Rept. 108-511, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3874, to convey for public purposes certain Federal lands in 
Riverside County, California, that have been identified for disposal, 
amended (H. Rept. 108-512); and
  H.R. 2966, to preserve the use and access of pack and saddle stock 
animals on public lands, including wilderness areas, national 
monuments, and other specifically designated areas, administered by the 
National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States 
Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service where there is a 
historical tradition of such use, amended (H. Rept. 108-513, Pt. 1). 
                                               Pages H3436-37, H3536-37
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Michael Bentley, Pastor, 
First Baptist Church in Brevard, North Carolina.
  Page H3393
Resignation of House Parliamentarian: Read a letter from the Honorable 
Charles W. Johnson wherein he resigned as Parliamentarian of the House 
of Representatives after 40 years of service, effective May 31, 2004. 
                                                             Page H3394
House Parliamentarian Appointed: The Speaker appointed John V. Sullivan 
as Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives to succeed Charles 
W. Johnson, resigned.
  Page H3394
Expressing Gratitude to the Honorable Charles W. Johnson, 
Parliamentarian: The House agreed to H. Res. 651, expressing the 
gratitude of the House of Representatives to its Parliamentarian, the 
Honorable Charles W. Johnson
  Pages H3394-H3404
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005: The House 
passed 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, by a recorded vote of 391 
ayes to 34 noes, Roll No. 206. The bill was also considered on 
Wednesday, May 19.
  Pages H3406-31, H3445-57
  Rejected the Waxman motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Armed Services with instructions to report it back to the House 
forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 202 ayes to 224 
noes, Roll No. 205.
Pages H3454-56
  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.
Page H3454
  Pursuant to section 4 of H. Res. 648, it was agreed on Wednesday, May 
19, that the Slaughter amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) 
be considered out of the order printed in H. Rept. 108-499.
  Pursuant to H. Res. 648, it was agreed on Wednesday, May 19, that 
certain amendments be placed in order as though printed in H. Rept. 
108-499 and numbered 29, 30, 31, and 32; that

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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.
Page H3406
Agreed To:
  Weldon of Pennsylvania (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) amendment 
that was debated on Wednesday, May 19, that expresses the sense of 
Congress that the Secretary of Defense should assist the Iraqi 
Government in destroying the Abu Ghraib prison and replacing it with a 
modern detention facility (by a recorded vote of 308 ayes to 114 noes, 
Roll No. 201);
Pages H3411-12
  Skelton amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) that was 
debated on Wednesday, May 19, that requires 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 (by a recorded 
vote of 410 ayes with none voting ``no,'' Roll No. 202); 
                                                         Pages H3412-14
  Hunter en bloc amendment consisting of amendments printed in H. Rept. 
108-499 and numbered 10, that makes a variety of substantive changes to 
the bill and makes a technical cite correction; No. 12, that clarifies 
provisions in the bill relating to tanker procurement; No. 13, that 
restores funds to the Department of Energy's Defense Site Acceleration 
Completion account for ``Waste Incidental to Reprocessing''; No. 15, 
that directs the Secretary of Defense to eliminate the backlog in 
forensic evidence collection kits and to provide an adequate supply of 
forensic evidence collection kits at all domestic and overseas U.S. 
military installations, military academies, and theaters of operation; 
No. 16, that requires that sureties would be treated in the same manner 
as financing institutions when contractors default; No. 17, that allows 
procurement officials within the Department of Defense to include the 
creation of jobs in the United States as an evaluation factor; No. 18, 
that authorizes landscaping services and pest control for inclusion in 
the Comp Demonstration program; No. 19, that permits firefighter's 
Federal Excess Property Program, administered by the U.S. Forest 
Service, to screen Department of Defense excess property at the same 
level of law enforcement, defense contractors, defense-related 
organizations, and humanitarians services for combating forest fires 
and other fire suppression purposes; No. 20, that expands the 
Department of Defense Excess Personal Property Disposal Program to 
include health agencies; No. 21, that requires the Secretary of 
Defense, when submitting a budget request for construction of a 
military medical treatment facility and the Secretary of Veteran's 
Affairs when proposing construction of a new or replacement medical 
facility, to certify that the facility was evaluated, with the 
consultation of the other Secretary, for the feasibility of 
establishing a joint DoD-VA medical facility; No. 22, that provides 
authority for removal of remains of certain persons interred in United 
States Military Cemeteries overseas; No. 23, that requires the 
Secretary of Defense to study various aspects of mental health services 
available to U.S. military personal deployed to combat theaters and 
requires the Secretary to submit a report of the study; No. 24, that 
specifies the membership of the Board of Visitors to the United States 
Air Force Academy and sets certain recommendations and requirements for 
meetings of the Board; No. 26, that corrects an Army regulation that 
requires South Korea-based combat troops to be involved in 5 firefights 
in order to qualify for their combat recognition medals; No. 27, that 
allows the Secretary of the Army to establish a Combat Service 
Recognition Ribbon to recognize participation in combat by members of 
the Army, regardless of branch; No. 28, that allows the Department of 
Defense, Nisqually Tribe, and Bonneville Power Administration to 
complete their agreement to move power lines currently crossing the 
Nisqually Indian Reservation to land on the Fort Lewis Army base; No. 
29, that directs placement of a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery 
honoring noncitizen service members killed in the line of duty while 
serving in the U.S. Armed Forces; No. 30, that increases funds 
authorized for construction at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, offset 
by a reduction in funds for Air Force Reserve land acquisition and 
construction; No. 31, that provides additional funds for the 
procurement of the Aircraft Wireless Intercom System and for bladefold 
kits for Apache helicopters; and No. 32, that establishes a college 
financial assistance program for the DC National Guard; 
                                                         Pages H3418-27
  Wamp amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept 108-499) that makes changes 
to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program; and 
                                                         Pages H3427-29
  Ryun of Kansas amendment (No. 25 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) that 
requires the Secretary of Defense to initiate senior officer official 
educational programs with Taiwan (by a recorded vote of 290 ayes to 132 
noes, Roll No. 204).
Pages H3429-31, H3453-54
Rejected:
  Kennedy of Minnesota amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) 
that sought to eliminate the 2-year BRAC delay containing in the bill 
and require that certain reports be submitted to Congress approximately 
six months before any potential vote

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to disapprove the recommendations of the BRAC Commission in order to 
review and hold hearings on the report (by a recorded vote of 162 ayes 
to 259 noes, Roll No. 200; and
Pages H3406-11
  Tauscher amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 108-499) that sought to 
transfer funds from the Department of Energy's Robust Nuclear Earth 
Penetrator and Advanced Concepts programs to increase both intelligence 
capabilities to get at hard and deeply buried targets and improved 
conventional bunker-busting capabilities (by a recorded vote of 204 
ayes to 214 noes, Roll No. 203).
Pages H3415-18, H3453
  The Clerk was authorized to make technical and conforming changes to 
the bill.
Page H3457
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: 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 Forces, and for other purposes.
Page H3457
  H. Res. 648, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on Wednesday, May 19.
Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2003: The House 
disagreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 1047, to amend the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to modify temporarily 
certain rates of duty, to make other technical amendments to the trade 
laws, and agreed to a conference.
  Page H3414
  Appointed as conferees: From the Committee on Ways and Means for 
consideration of the House bill and the Senate amendments, and 
modifications committed in conference, Representatives Thomas, Crane, 
Shaw, Rangel, and Levin.
Page H3414
Child Credit Preservation and Expansion Act of 2004: The House passed 
H.R. 4359, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the 
child tax credit, by a recorded vote of 271 ayes to 139 noes, Roll No. 
209.
  Pages H3459-75
  Rejected the Levin amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in 
H. Rept. 108-496 by a yea and nay vote of 187 yeas to 226 nays, Roll 
No. 208.
Pages H3467-74
  H. Res. 644, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a voice vote.
Pages H3431-34, H3443-45
Participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization: Agreed to 
take from the Speaker's table and pass S. 2092, to address the 
participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization--clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Pages H3457-58
Memorial Day District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 
432, providing for the conditional adjournment of the House and the 
conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate, by a yea and nay vote 
of 222 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 207.
  Pages H3458-59
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 24, unless it sooner has received a 
message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 
432, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that 
concurrent resolution.
  Page H3475
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, June 2.
  Page H3475
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Gilchrest or, if not available to perform this 
duty, Representative Thornberry to act as Speaker pro tempore for sign 
enrolled bills and joint resolutions through June 1, 2004.
  Page H3475
Presidential Messages: Read a letter from the President wherein he 
notified the Congress of the continuation of the national emergency 
protecting the Development Fund for Iraq--referred to the Committee on 
International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 108-187); and 
                                                         Pages H3475-76
  Read a letter from the President wherein he transmitted the 8th 
biennial revision (2004-2008) to the United States Arctic Research 
Plan--referred to the Committee on Science.
Page H3476
  Read a letter from the President wherein he transmitted a report 
entitled ``2004 Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment 
Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa and Implementation of the African Growth 
and Opportunity Act''--referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 
                                                             Page H3499
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H3393.
Senate Referral: S. 213, S. 524, S. 943, S. 960, S. 1107, S. 1577, and 
S. 2178 were referred to the Committee on Resources; S. 1576 was 
referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; and S. 15, S. 1167, 
S. 1516, and S. 1848 were held at the desk.
  Page H3434
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea and nay votes and eight recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3411, 
H3412, H3413, H3453, H3453-54, H3456, H3456-57, H3458, H3474, and 
H3474-75. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and pursuant to the provisions of 
H. Con. Res. 432, the House stands adjourned until 4 p.m. on Monday,

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May 24, 2004, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate 
transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 432, in which case the House 
shall stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1.


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[Pages D546-D547]
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Committee Meetings
FARM SECURITY AND RURAL INVESTMENT ACT REVIEW
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management held a hearing to review the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002. Testimony was heard from Keith Collins, Chief 
Economist, USDA; and public witnesses.
FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING AND RELATED PROGRAMS 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export 
Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on Department of the 
Treasury (International Affairs). Testimony was heard from John Taylor, 
Under Secretary, International Affairs, Department of the Treasury.
TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, 
and Independent Agencies held a hearing on the Secretary of the 
Treasury. Testimony was heard from John W. Snow, Secretary of the 
Treasury.
EPA'S RESOURCE CONSERVATION CHALLENGE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``EPA's Resource 
Conservation Challenge.'' Testimony was heard from Matthew Hale, Deputy 
Director, Office of Solid Waste, EPA.
MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Cards: Immediate Savings 
for Seniors.'' Testimony was heard from Mark B. McClellan, M.D., 
Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department 
of Health and Humans Services; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--HUD'S BUDGET
Committee on Financial Services: Held an oversight hearing on the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, including the Department's 
budget request for fiscal year 2005. Testimony was heard from Alphonso 
Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
FEDERAL CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Redundancy 
and Duplication in Federal Child Welfare Programs: A Case Study on the 
Need for Executive Reorganization Authority.'' Testimony was heard from 
Representative DeLay; Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and 
Families, Department of Health and Human Services; J. Robert Flores, 
Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 
Department of Justice; and Colien Hefferan, Administrator, Cooperative 
State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA.
``HISTORIC PRESERVATION OF THE PEOPLING OF AMERICA''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Historic 
Preservation of the Peopling of America.'' Testimony was heard from 
Janet Snyder Matthews, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, National 
Park Service, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FEC AND THE 527 RULEMAKING PROCESS
Committee on House Administration: Held an oversight hearing on the 
Federal Election Commission and the 527 Rulemaking Process. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the Federal Election 
Commission: Bradley A. Smith, Chairman; Ellen L. Weintraub, Vice Chair; 
Scott E. Thomas and Michael Toner, both Commissioners.
ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE U.S. REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held an oversight hearing entitled ``Reauthorization 
of the Administrative Conference of the United States.'' Testimony was 
heard from the following Associate Justices of the Supreme Court: 
Antonin Scalia and Stephen G. Beyer.
OVERSIGHT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, Internet, and 
Intellectual Property held an oversight hearing entitled ``Derivative 
Rights, Moral Rights, and Movie Filtering Technology.'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--DRAFT REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY
Committee on Resources: Held an oversight hearing on the ``Draft Report 
of the U.S. Commission on Ocean

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Policy.'' Testimony was heard from ADM James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.), 
Chairman, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.
STEEL AND ALUMINUM ENERGY CONSERVATION AND TECHNOLOGY COMPETITIVENESS 
ACT
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on An 
Examination of H.R. 3890, to reauthorize the Steel and Aluminum Energy 
Conservation and Technology Competitiveness Act of 1988. Testimony was 
heard from. Douglas L. Faulkner, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy; and 
public witnesses.
REFORMING REGULATION
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight held a hearing on Reforming Regulation to Keep America's 
Small Businesses Competitive. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Hayworth; and public witnesses.
OVERTIME REGULATIONS' EFFECT ON SMALL BUSINESS
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Workforce, Empowerment, 
and Government Programs held a hearing on the Department of Labor's 
Overtime Regulations' Effect on Small Business. Testimony was heard 
from Alfred B. Robinson, Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, 
Department of Labor; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY AND RESTORATION EFFORTS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held an oversight hearing on Great Lakes 
Water Quality and Restoration Efforts. Testimony was heard from Thomas 
V. Skinner, Manager, Great Lakes National Program Office, EPA; Gerald 
W. Barnes, Director of Programs, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Stephen B. Brandt, Director, Great Lakes 
Environmental Research Laboratory, NOAA, Department of Commerce; R. 
Mack Gray, Deputy Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, 
USDA; and Robyn Thorson, Regional Director, Midwest Region, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
  Hearings continue tomorrow.
SSI PROGRAM
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources held a 
hearing on the SSI program. Testimony was heard from Robert E. 
Robertson, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, 
GAO; Patrick O'Carroll, Acting Inspector General, SSA; David Podoff, 
member, Social Security Advisory Board; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--DETAINEE ISSUES RELATED TO GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on detainee issues related to the Global War on 
terrorism. The Committee was briefed by MG Jeffery Miller, USA, Deputy 
Commander for Detainee Operations, Commander Joint Task Force 7, 
Department of Defense.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-05-21

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[Page D547]
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 21, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on Armed Services, hearing on the conduct and support of 
Operation Iraqi Freedom, 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, hearing entitled ``Thirsty for 
Results: Lessons Learned From the District of Columbia's Lead 
Contamination Experience,'' 10 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Water Resources and Environment, to continue oversight hearings on 
Great Lakes Water Quality and Restoration Efforts, 10 a.m., 2167 
Rayburn.


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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Friday, May 21

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 2400, 
Department of Defense Reauthorization Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        2 p.m., Tuesday, June 1

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Tuesday: To be announced. 


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