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                                            Thursday, June 17, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      The House passed H.R. 4568, Department of Interior and Related 
      Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6971-S7028
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2535-2546, S. Res. 382, and S. Con. Res. 119. 
                                                             Page S6977
Measures Reported: S. 2537, making appropriations for the Department of 
Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005. (S. 
Rept. No. 108-280)
  S. 2013, to amend section 119 of title 17, United States Code, to 
extend satellite home viewer provisions, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
Page S6997
Measures Passed:
  Authorizing Senate Chamber Photograph: Senate agreed to S. Res. 382, 
authorizing the taking of a photograph in the Chamber of the United 
States Senate.
  Page S6977
National 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 S6913-41, S6945, S6971-85
Adopted:
  Murray Modified Amendment No. 3427, to facilitate the availability of 
child care for the children of members of the Armed Forces on active 
duty in connection with Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi 
Freedom.
Pages S691-185
  By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 125), Warner Amendment No. 3453 (to 
Amendment No. 3354), to require the Secretary of Defense to prescribe 
and apply criteria for operationally realistic testing of fieldable 
prototypes developed under the ballistic missile defense spiral 
development program.
Pages S6928-41
  Reed Amendment No. 3354, to require baselines for and testing of 
block configurations of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. 
                                                         Pages S6928-41
  Warner Modified Amendment No. 3450 (to Amendment No. 3352), to 
provide for funding the increased number of Army active-duty personnel 
out of fiscal year 2005 supplemental funding.
Pages S6913, S6946-51
  Sessions Amendment No. 3371, to provide for increased support of 
survivors of deceased members of the uniformed services. 
                                                         Pages S6951-54
  By 93 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 129), Reed Amendment No. 3352, to 
increase the end strength for active duty personnel of the Army for 
fiscal year 2005 by 20,000 to 502,400.
Pages S6913, S6965-66
  Warner (for Alexander) Modified Amendment No. 3173, to provide for 
the supplemental subsistence allowance, imminent danger pay, family 
separation allowance, and certain federal assistance to be cumulative 
benefits; and to require a report on availability of social services to 
members of the Armed Forces.
Pages S6971-72
  Levin (for Daschle) Amendment No. 3202, to provide relief for 
mobilized military reservists from certain Federal agricultural loan 
obligations.
Page S6972
  Warner (for Ensign) Modified Amendment No. 3440, to promote a 
thorough investigation of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. 
                                                             Page S6972
  Levin (for Clinton/Talent) Modified Amendment No. 3163, to provide 
for improved medical readiness of the members of the Armed Forces. 
                                               Pages S6972-75, S6979-80
  Warner (for Inhofe) Modified Amendment No. 3199, to authorize United 
Service Organizations, Incorporated (USO) to procure supplies and 
services from the General Services Administration supplies and services 
on the Federal Supply Schedule.
Page S6975

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  Levin (for Feinstein) Modified Amendment No. 3172, to express the 
sense of the Senate that perchlorate contamination of ground and 
surface water is becoming increasingly problematic to the public health 
of people in the United States.
Page S6975
  Warner (for Bond) Modified Amendment No. 3245, to require two reports 
on operation of the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the military 
postal system together with certain actions to improve the military 
postal system.
Page S6975
  Levin (for Leahy) Modified Amendment No. 3285, to amend title 32, 
United States Code, to provide for the use of members of the National 
Guard on full-time National Guard duty for carrying out homeland 
security activities in support of Federal agencies.
Pages S6975-76
  Warner (for Allard/Pryor) Amendment No. 3254, to repeal a requirement 
for an officer to retire upon termination of service as Superintendent 
of the Air Force Academy.
Page S6976
  Levin (for Akaka) Modified Amendment No. 3413, to amend the Science, 
Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense 
Scholarship Pilot Program.
Page S6976
  Warner (for Snowe) Amendment No. 3246, to permit qualified HUBZone 
small business concerns and small business concerns owned and 
controlled by service-disabled veterans to participate in the mentor-
protege program of the Department of Defense.
Page S6976
  Levin (for Bingaman) Modified Amendment No. 3390, to express the 
sense of Congress on the Global Partnership Against the Spread of 
Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Pages S6976-77
  Warner (for Snowe) Modified Amendment No. 3273, to revise and extend 
the authority for an advisory panel on review of Government procurement 
laws and regulations.
Page S6977
  Levin (for Bingaman) Modified Amendment No. 3284, to require an 
independent report on the efforts of the National Nuclear Security 
Administration to understand the aging of plutonium in nuclear weapons.
                                                             Page S6977
  Warner (for McConnell/Snowe) Modified Amendment No. 3434, to express 
the sense of the Senate on the effects of cost inflation on the value 
range of the contracts to which a small business contract reservation 
applies.
Page S6977
  Levin (for Dodd/DeWine) Amendment No. 3401, to amend the Federal Fire 
Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to provide financial assistance for 
the improvement of the health and safety of firefighters, promote the 
use of life saving technologies, and achieve greater equity for 
departments serving large jurisdictions.
Pages S6977, S6978-79
  Warner (for Campbell) Modified Amendment No. 3237, to ensure fairness 
in the standards applied to members of the Army in the awarding of the 
Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Medical Badge for service in 
Korea in comparison to the standards applied to members of the Army in 
the awarding of such badges for service in other areas of operations. 
                                                             Page S6977
  Levin (for Nelson (FL)) Modified Amendment No. 3279, to require a 
report on any relationships between terrorist organizations based in 
Colombia and foreign governments and organizations.
Pages S6977-78
Rejected:
  By 42 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 124), Boxer Amendment No. 3368, to 
allow deployment of the ground-based midcourse defense element of the 
national ballistic missile defense system only after the mission-
related capabilities of the system have been confirmed by operationally 
realistic testing.
Pages S6918-28
  By 44 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 130), Biden Amendment No. 3379, to 
provide funds for the security and stabilization of Iraq by suspending 
a portion of the reduction in the highest income tax rate for 
individual taxpayers.
Pages S6954-65, S6966
Pending:
  Bond Modified Amendment No. 3384, to include certain former nuclear 
weapons program workers in the Special Exposure Cohort under the Energy 
Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program and to provide for 
the disposal of certain excess Department of Defense stocks for funds 
for that purpose.
Pages S6913, S6966
  Brownback Amendment No. 3235, to increase the penalties for 
violations by television and radio broadcasters of the prohibitions 
against transmission of obscene, indecent, and profane language. 
                                                         Pages S6980-81
  Burns Amendment No. 3457 (to Amendment No. 3235), to provide for 
additional factors in indecency penalties issued by the Federal 
Communications Commission.
Pages S6981-84
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  The pending motion to invoke cloture on the bill was vitiated. 
                                                             Page S6985
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 9:30 a.m, on Friday, June 18, 2004. 
                                                             Page S6968
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 126), James L. Robart, of 
Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District 
of Washington.
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  By 98 yeas 1 nay (Vote No. Ex. 127), Roger T. Benitez, of California, 
to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of 
California.
Pages S6942-44, S6969
  By unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 128), Jane J. Boyle, of 
Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of 
Texas.
Pages S6944-45, S6969
  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)
                                                             Page S6969
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Albert A. Frink, Jr., of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Commerce.
  John Ripin Miller, of Washington, to be Director of the Office to 
Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large. 
(New Position)
  Robert Allen Pittman, of Florida, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs (Human Resources and Administration).
  Routine lists in the Army.
Page S6969
Messages From the House:
  Page S6995
Measures Referred:
  Page S6995
Executive Communications:
  Pages S6995-97
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S6997
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6997-S7000
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S7000-24
Additional Statements:
  Pages S6994-95
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S7024-25
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S7025
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S7026
Privilege of the Floor:
  Pages S7026-27
Record Votes: Seven record votes were taken today. (Total--130) 
               Pages S6928, S6941, S6942, S6944, S6945, S6965-66, S6966
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 9:24 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, June 18, 2004. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6968.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: HOMELAND SECURITY
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported an 
original bill (S. 2537) making appropriations for the Department of 
Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.
BOND MARKETS REGULATION
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the regulation of the bond markets, focusing on 
fixed-income market transparency, Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine 
(TRACE) enabling investors to access current price information for U.S. 
corporate bonds, and State, local, and Internal Revenue Service 
regulation of municipal issuers, after receiving testimony from Annette 
L. Nazareth, Director, Division of Market Regulation, U.S. Securities 
and Exchange Commission; Doug Shulman, National Association of 
Securities Dealers, New York, New York; Christopher A. Taylor, 
Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, Alexandria, Virginia; Micah S. 
Green, Bond Market Association, Washington, D.C.; Christopher M. Ryon, 
Vanguard Group, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Arthur Warga, University of 
Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business, Houston, Texas.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 894, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in 
commemoration of the 230th Anniversary of the United States Marine 
Corps, and to support construction of the Marine Corps Heritage Center;
  S. 976, to provide for the issuance of a coin to commemorate the 
400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement; and
  The nomination of Alan Greenspan, of New York, to be Chairman of the 
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
BORDER SECURITY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine federal efforts to enhance border security, 
focusing on technological advancements and national border control and 
cross-agency law enforcement initiatives, after receiving testimony 
from Senator Kyl; Representative Kolbe; Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary 
for Border and Transportation Security, Charles E. McQueary, Under 
Secretary for Science and Technology, and Mary Delaquis, Port Director, 
Customs and Border Protection, all of the Department of Homeland 
Security; Roger Di Rosa, Refuge Manager, Cabeza Prieta National 
Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the 
Interior; George Happ, Alaska EPSCoR, University of Alaska-Fairbanks; 
and Ned Norris, Jr., Tohono O'Odham Nation, Sells, Arizona.

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U.S. SPACE EXPLORATION POLICY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the final report of the President's Commission on 
Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, focusing on a 
transformation of NASA, building an international space industry, a 
discovery-based science agenda, and educational initiatives to support 
youth and teachers inspired by space exploration, after receiving 
testimony from Edward C. Aldridge, Jr., Chairman, President's 
Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy; 
Paul D. Spudis, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 
Laurel, Maryland; Marie T. Zuber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Cambridge; 
Laurie A. Leshin, Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and 
Sciences, Tempe; and Lester L. Lyles, Columbus, Ohio.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the Environmental Management Program of the 
Department of Energy and issues associated with accelerated cleanup, 
focusing on concerns over activities at the Hanford Site involving 
occupational medical services and potential exposures to tank farm 
vapors, development of risk-based end states, and waste incidental to 
reprocessing, after receiving testimony from Jessie H. Roberson, 
Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Glenn S. Podonsky, 
Director, Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance, and 
Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General, all of the Department of 
Energy.
WATER MANAGEMENT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and 
Power concluded a hearing to examine S. 1211, to further the purposes 
of title XVI of the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment 
Act of 1992, the ``Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and 
Facilities Act'', by directing the Secretary of the Interior to 
undertake a demonstration program for water reclamation in the Tularosa 
Basin of New Mexico; S. 2460, to provide assistance to the State of New 
Mexico for the development of comprehensive State water plans; S. 2508, 
to redesignate the Ridges Basin Reservoir, Colorado, as Lake 
Nighthorse; S. 2511, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct 
a feasibility study of a Chimayo water supply system, to provide for 
the planning, design, and construction of a water supply, reclamation, 
and filtration facility for Espanola, New Mexico; and S. 2513, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance 
to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority for the planning, 
design, and construction of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, 
after receiving testimony from John W. Keys III, Commissioner, Bureau 
of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; Mayor David M. Lansford, 
Clovis, New Mexico; and John R. D'Antonio, Jr., New Mexico State 
Engineer, Santa Fe.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TREATIES
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (the ``Cybercrime 
Convention'' or the ``Convention''), which was signed by the United 
States on November 23, 2001 (Treaty Doc. 108-11), United Nations 
Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (the ``Convention''), 
as well as two supplementary protocols: (1) the Protocol to Prevent, 
Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and 
Children, and (2) the Protocol Against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, 
Sea and Air, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 
on November 15, 2000. The Convention and Protocols were signed by the 
United States on December 13, 2000, at Palermo, Italy (Treaty Doc. 108-
16), Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism (``Convention'') 
adopted at the Thirty-second Regular Session of the General Assembly of 
the Organization of American States (``OAS'') Meeting in Bridgetown, 
Barbados, and signed by thirty countries, including the United States, 
on June 3, 2002 (Treaty Doc. 107-18), and Protocol of Amendment to the 
International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of 
Customs Procedures done at Brussels on June 26, 1999 (Treaty Doc. 108-
6), after receiving testimony from Michael T. Schmitz, Acting Assistant 
Commissioner for International Affairs, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Bruce Swartz, Deputy 
Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; 
and Samuel M. Witten, Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State.
INTERNET PHARMACIES
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Permanent Subcommittee on 
Investigations held a hearing to examine the danger of purchasing 
pharmaceuticals over the Internet, focusing on the extent to which 
consumers can purchase pharmaceuticals over the Internet without a 
medical prescription, the importation of pharmaceuticals into the 
United States, and whether pharmaceuticals from foreign services are 
counterfeit, expired, unsafe, or illegitimate, receiving testimony from 
Marcia Crosse, Director, Health Care--Public Health and Military 
Healthcare Issues, and Robert J. Cramer, Managing Director, Office of

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Special Investigations, both of the General Accounting Office; Rudolph 
W. Giuliani, Giuliani Partners, LLC, New York, New York; Marvin D. 
Shepherd, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy; Francine 
H. Haight, Orange County, California; and Elizabeth Carr, Sacramento, 
California.
  Hearings continue on Thursday, June 24.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 2013, to amend section 119 of title 17, United States Code, to 
extend satellite home viewer provisions, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute; and
  The nomination of Henry W. Saad, of Michigan, to be United States 
Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
  Also, committee failed to approve the issuance of a subpoena to 
Attorney General John Ashcroft to obtain certain documents.
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: 9 public bills, H.R. 4603-4611; and 4 resolutions, 
H. Con. Res. 453-456, were introduced.
  Pages H4506-07
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H4507
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 4471, to clarify the loan guarantee authority under title VI of 
the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 
1996 (H. Rept. 108-550);
  H.R. 3797, to authorize improvements in the operations of the 
government of the District of Columbia (H. Rept. 108-551, Pt. 1); and
  H.R. 3751, to require that the Office of Personnel Management study 
and present options under which dental and vision benefits could be 
made available to Federal employees and retirees and other appropriate 
classes of individuals, amended (H. Rept. 108-552).
Page H4506
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Greg Surratt, Pastor, 
Seacoast Christian Community Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. 
                                                             Page H4291
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal of Wednesday, 
June 16 by a recorded vote of 342 ayes to 67 noes, with one voting 
``present'', Roll No. 260.
  Pages H4291, H4433-34
American Jobs Creation Act of 2004: The House passed H.R. 4520, to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to remove impediments in such 
Code and make our manufacturing, service, and high-technology 
businesses and workers more competitive and productive both at home and 
abroad, by a recorded vote of 251 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 259. 
                                                      Pages H4305-H4433
  Agreed to the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by 
the Committee on Ways and Means, as modified by the amendment printed 
in H. Rept. 108-549.
Page H4433
  Rejected the Rangel motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith with amendments by a yea-and-nay vote of 193 yeas to 235 
nays, Roll No. 258.
Pages H4432-33
  H. Res. 681, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 195 noes, Roll No. 257, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
233 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 256.
Pages H4295-S4305
Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 
Fiscal Year 2005: The House passed H.R. 4568, making appropriations for 
the Department of the Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2005, by a yea-and-nay vote of 334 yeas to 86 
nays, Roll No. 264. The bill was also considered on Wednesday, June 16.
                                                         Pages H4435-65
Agreed to:
  Dicks amendment requiring that the Secretary of the Interior submit a 
report 30 days after the enactment of this act with a date certain of 
when and whether the public will have full access to the Statue of 
Liberty, including all areas that were closed after 9/11.
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Rejected:
  Hinchey amendment (no. 18, printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 16) that sought to prohibit the use of funds to kill or assist in 
the killing of bison in the Yellowstone National Park herd (by a 
recorded vote of 202 ayes to 215 noes, Roll No. 261); 
                                                  Pages H4435, H4460-61
  Sanders amendment (modified by unanimous consent) that sought to 
prohibit the use of funds to maintain more than 647 million barrels of 
crude oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (by a recorded vote of 152 
ayes to 267 noes, Roll No. 262); and
Pages H4440-41, H4461
  Holt amendment (no. 4, printed in the Congressional Record of June 
15) that sought to prohibit the use of funds to permit recreational 
snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park 
and the John D. Rockfeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway (by a recorded vote 
of 198 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 263).
Pages H4446, H4461-62
Withdrawn:
  Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment that was offered and subsequently 
withdrawn that sought to prohibit the use of funds to eliminate or 
restrict programs that are for the reforestation of urban areas; and 
                                                         Pages H4458-59
  Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment that was offered and subsequently 
withdrawn that sought to prohibit the use of funds appropriated in 
title I of the bill for construction of the Gregory Lincoln Education 
Center in Houston, Texas.
Page H4459
Point of Order sustained against:
  Weiner amendment that would have directed the Secretary of the 
Interior to provide public access to the Statue of Liberty and its 
interior substantially equivalent to the access provided before 
September 11, 2001, not later than July 31, 2004.
Pages H4457-58
  H. Res. 674, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed on Wednesday, June 16.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 
2005--Rule: The House began consideration of H.R. 4567, making 
appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2005. Further consideration will resume 
tomorrow, June 18.
  Pages H4465-H4504
Agreed to:
  Weldon of Pennsylvania amendment (no. 12, printed in the 
Congressional Record of June 16) that increases funding for the 
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters Program; 
and
Pages H4478-80
  Turner amendment (agreed) that increases funding for customs and 
border protection.
Page H4480
Rejected:
  Simmons amendment (no. 11, printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 15) that sought to increase funding for the Coast Guard 
acquisition, construction, and improvements program;
Pages H4487-88
  DeFazio amendment (no. 17, printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 16) that sought to strike a provision in title II of the bill 
relating to the maximum staffing level for full-time equivalent 
aviation screeners (by a recorded vote of 180 ayes to 228 noes, Roll 
No. 265); and
Pages H4483-87, H4503
  Sweeney amendment (no. 3, printed in the Congressional Record of June 
15) that sought to increase High Threat grants for Urban Areas Security 
Initiative (by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 266); 
                                               Pages H4489-90, H4503-04
Withdrawn:
  Stupak amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that 
would have increased funding for the Office of State and Local 
Government Coordination and Preparedness.
Pages H4480-83
Point of Order sustained against:
  Section of the bill on page 14, lines 9-19, concerning the Federal 
Government's share of costs for aviation security at airports; and 
                                                             Page H4483
  Language on page 22, lines 22 and 23 of the bill that states ``not 
withstanding any other provision of law'';
Page H4489
  Sweeney amendment (no. 16, printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 16) that would have required that any grants to states under the 
formula-based grant program in excess of any statutorily required 
minimum amount be distributed based on an assessment of the risk of 
terrorist threats, vulnerabilities and consequences.
Page H4489
  H. Res. 675, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on Wednesday, June 16.
Page H4465
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H4392.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and eight recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4304-05, 
H4305, H4432-33, H4433, H4434, H4460-61, H4461, H4461-62, H4464-65, 
H4503 and H4503-04 . There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:33 a.m. on 
Friday, June 18.


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Committee Meetings
IRAQI SECURITY FORCES
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on training of Iraqi 
security forces. Testimony was heard

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from LTG David H. Petraeus, USA, Chief, Office of Security Transition--
Iraq. Department of Defense.
U.S. DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE--IMPACT OF DEFENSE TRADE OFFSETS
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the impact of defense 
trade offsets on the U.S. defense industrial base. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
SAFEGUARD AGAINST PRIVACY INVASIONS ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
H.R. 2929, Safeguard Against Privacy Invasions Act.
E-RATE PROGRAM PROBLEMS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Problems with the E-rate 
Program: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Concerns in the Wiring of Our Nation's 
Schools to the Internet.'' Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the FCC: H. Walker Feaster III, Inspector General; Carol 
E. Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau; and Jane E. Mago, 
Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis; the following 
officials of the Commonwealth of Puerto: Manuel Diaz Saldana, 
Comptroller; and Cesar A. Rey Hernandez, Secretary, Department of 
Education
U.S.-EU REGULATORY DIALOGUE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic and 
International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology held a hearing 
entitled, ``The U.S.-EU Regulatory Dialogue: The Private Sector 
Perspective.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
WAR AGAINST DRUGS AND THUGS
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``The War 
Against Drugs and Thugs: A Status Report on Plan Colombia Successes and 
Remaining Challenges.'' Testimony was heard from John P. Walters, 
Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; the following 
officials of the Department of State: Roger F. Noriega, Assistant 
Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs; and Robert B. Charles, Assistant 
Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; the 
following officials of the Department of Defense: Thomas W. O'Connell, 
Assistant Secretary, Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict; and 
GEN James T. Hill, USA, Commander, U.S. Southern Command; Karen P. 
Tandy, Administrator, DEA, Department of Justice; Luis Alberto Moreno, 
Ambassador to the United States, Republic of Colombia; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION--HELP AMERICAN VOTE ACT 
IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on House Administration: Held an oversight hearing on the 
Election Assistance Commission and Implementation of the Help America 
Vote Act. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Election Assistance Commission: DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Chairman; 
Gracia Hillman, Vice Chair; Paul DeGregorio and Ray Martinez, both 
Commissioners.
MISCELLANEOUS RESOLUTIONS; EGYPT-U.S. ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE
Committee on International Relations: Favorably considered and adopted 
a motion urging the Chairman to request that the following measures be 
considered on the Suspension Calendar: H. Res. 642, amended, House 
Commission for Assisting Democratic Parliaments Resolution; and H. Con. 
Res. 410, Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the 
Constitution of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and recognizing 
the Marshall Islands as a staunch ally of the United States, committed 
to principles of democracy and freedom for the Pacific region and 
throughout the world.
  The Committee also held a hearing on ``United States Economic 
Assistance to Egypt: Does It Advance Reform?'' Testimony was heard from 
David B. Gootnick, Director, International Affairs and Trade, GAO; and 
public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Europe approved 
for full Committee action the following measures: H. Con. Res. 415, 
Urging the Government of Ukraine to ensure a democratic, transparent, 
and fair election process for the presidential election on October 31, 
2004; and H. Res. 652, Urging the Government of the Republic of Belarus 
to ensure a democratic, transparent, and fair election process for its 
parliamentary elections in the fall of 2004.
FAMILY MOVIE ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and 
Intellectual Property held a hearing H.R. 4586, Family Movie Act of 
2004. Testimony was heard from Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, 
Library of Congress; and public witnesses.

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OVERSIGHT--DETRIMENTAL IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION BACKLOG
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security, and Claims held an oversight hearing entitled ``Families and 
Businesses in Limbo: The Detrimental Impact of the Immigration 
Backlog.'' Testimony was heard from Eduardo Aguirre, Director, Bureau 
of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
Security.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health held 
a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3102, To utilize the expertise 
of New Mexico State University, the University of Arizona, and Northern 
Arizona University in conducting studies under the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 in connection with grazing allotments 
and range and continuing range analysis for National Forest System 
lands in New Mexico and Arizona; H.R. 3427, Craig Recreation Land 
Purchase Act; H.R. 4494, Grey Towers National Historic Site Act of 
2004; and S. 2003, To clarify the intent of Congress with respect to 
the continued use of established commercial outfitter hunting camps on 
the Salmon River. Testimony was heard from Representative Sherwood; 
Mark Rey, Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, USDA; and 
public witnesses.
EXAMINE RULE X--ORGANIZATION OF COMMITTEES
Committee on Rules: Subcommittee on Technology and the House concluded 
hearings to examine Rule X, the Organization of Committees, including 
its current legislative impact, arrangement, and effectiveness. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Goss, Sensenbrenner, 
Goodlatte, Stenholm, Barton of Texas, Dingell, Manzullo, Young of 
Alaska and Oberstar.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S ENFORCEMENT AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight held a hearing on Department of Labor's Enforcement Against 
Small Businesses. Testimony was heard from Robert Varnell, Deputy 
Solicitor, Department of Labor; and public witnesses.
DVA--EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE FRAUD, WASTE, ABUSE AND MISMANAGEMENT IN 
PROGRAMS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Held a hearing on efforts to identify 
and eliminate fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in programs 
administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs: 
Gordon H. Mansfield, Deputy Secretary; and Richard J. Griffin, 
Inspector General; McCoy Williams, Director, Financial Management and 
Assurance Team, GAO.
HEALTH CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on 
Health Care Information Technology. Testimony was heard from David 
Brailer, M.D., National Health Information Technology Coordinator, 
Department of Health and Human Services; Robert M. Kolodner, M.D., 
Acting Chief Health Informatics Officer and Deputy Chief Information 
Officer for Health, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public 
witnesses.
FAILURE TO PROTECT CHILD SAFETY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources held a 
hearing on Failure to Protect Child Safety. Testimony was heard from 
Christopher J. McCabe, Secretary, Department of Human Resources, State 
of Maryland; the following officials of the City of Baltimore: Floyd 
Blair, Interim Director, Department of Social Services; and Peter 
Beilenson, M.D., Commissioner of Health; and a public witness.
CUSTOMS BUDGET AUTHORIZATIONS AND OTHER CUSTOMS ISSUES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on 
Customs Budget Authorizations and Other Customs Issues. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Homeland 
Security: Robert C. Bonner, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection; and Michael J. Garcia, Assistant Secretary, U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--COUNTERNARCOTICS: AFGHANISTAN
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Human 
Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence met in executive 
session to receive a briefing on Counternarcotics: Afghanistan. The 
Subcommittee was briefed by departmental witnesses.
BRIEFING--GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE UPDATE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Policy and National Security met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Global Intelligence Update. The Subcommittee was 
briefed by departmental witnesses.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JUNE 18, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Friday, June 18

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

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, June 18

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Continue consideration of H.R. 4567, Department of 
Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (open rule). 


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