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[Daily Digest] [Pages D676-D679] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Wednesday, June 23, 2004 [[Page D676]] Daily Digest HIGHLIGHTS Senate passed the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act. The House passed H.R. 4548, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. House Committees ordered reported 10 sundry measures, including the following appropriations for fiscal year 2005: Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies; and Legislative. Senate Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S7277-S7347 Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2561-2571, and S. Res. 389-390. Page S7311 Measures Passed: Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 2507, 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, to reauthorize child nutrition programs, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: Pages S7244-65 Crapo (for Cochran/Harkin) Amendment No. 3474, in the nature of a substitute. Pages S7249-65 Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act: By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. 146), Senate passed 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, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: Pages S7204-21, S7223-26, S7230, S7277-99 Adopted: Bond Further 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 S7204, S7218-21 By 71 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. 137), Warner (for McConnell) Amendment No. 3472, to require a report on the stabilization of Iraq. Pages S7207-10, S7224 Feingold Modified Amendment No. 3288, to rename and modify the authorities relating to the Inspector General of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Pages S7204, S7267-68 Landrieu/Snowe Modified Amendment No. 3315, to substitute the substantive text of S. 1916, but without the restriction on the maximum premium chargeable for SBP participation initiated by enrollment during the special period of open enrollment. Pages S7204, S7268-70 Reid (for Akaka) Modified Amendment No. 3414, to provide for a report on the recruitment and retention of individuals with foreign language skills. Pages S7204, S7270-71 Warner (for Inhofe) Modified Amendment No. 3280, to reauthorize energy saving performance contracts. Pages S7204, S7211, S7273-74 Levin (for Reed/Kohl) Modified Amendment No. 3355, to clarify the fiscal year 2004 funding level for a National Institute of Standards and Technology account. Pages S7205, S7271 Warner (for Lott) Amendment No. 3220, to repeal the authority of the Secretary of Defense to recommend that installations be placed in inactive status as part of the recommendations of the Secretary [[Page D677]] during the 2005 round of defense base closure and realignment. Pages S7204, S7271 Warner (for Bennett/Hatch) Modified Amendment No. 3373, to require a report on encroachment issues affecting Utah Test and Training Range, Utah. Page S7204 Bingaman Modified Amendment No. 3459, to require reports on the detainment of foreign nationals by the Department of Defense and on Department of Defense investigations of allegations of violations of the Geneva Convention. Pages S7271-72 Levin (for Dodd) Modified Amendment No. 3311, to provide for a report on offset requirements under certain contracts. Pages S7204, S7272 Warner Amendment No. 3476, to provide for appropriate coordination in the preparation of the management plan for contractor security personnel. Page S7272 Warner Amendment No. 3477, to provide for appropriate coordination in the preparation of the report on contractor performance of security, intelligence, law enforcement, and criminal justice functions, and to add other congressional committee recipients for the report. Page S7272 Warner Amendment No. 3478, to provide for appropriate coordination in the preparation of the report on contractor security in Iraq, and to add other congressional committee recipients for the report. Page S7272 Warner Amendment No. 3479, to provide for the space posture review to be a joint undertaking of the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence. Page S7272 Warner Amendment No. 3480, to add the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives as recipients of the report of the panel on the future of military space launch. Page S7272 Warner Amendment No. 3481, to add the Director of Central Intelligence as an approving official for Department of Defense assistance to Iraq and Afghanistan military and security forces in certain cases. Page S7272 Levin (for Reid/Lieberman) Modified Amendment No. 3342, to require a plan on the implementation and utilization of flexible personnel management authorities in Department of Defense laboratories. Pages S7272-73 Warner/Levin Amendment No. 3482, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the return of members of the Armed Forces to active service upon rehabilitation from service-related injuries. Page S7273 Levin (for Hollings) Amendment No. 3483, to authorize, and authorize the appropriation of, $18,140,000 for military construction at Navy Weapons Station, Charleston, South Carolina, for the construction of a consolidated electronic integration and support facility to house the command and control systems engineering and design work of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston, and to provide offsets, including the elimination of the authorization of appropriations of $10,358,000 for military construction at Charleston, South Carolina, for the construction of a readiness center for the Army National Guard. Page S7273 Warner Amendment No. 3484, to add an amount for a bed-down initiative to enable the C-130 aircraft of the Idaho Air National Guard to be the permanent carrier of the SENIOR SCOUT mission shelters of the 169th Intelligence Squadron of the Utah Air National Guard. Pages S7218-21, S7273 Daschle Amendment No. 3468 (to Amendment No. 3409), to assure that funding is provided for veterans health care each fiscal year to cover increases in population and inflation. Pages S7204, S7274 Reid (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3387, relative to the treatment of foreign prisoners. (By 45 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 143), Senate earlier failed to table the amendment.) Pages S7204, S7288 Rejected: By 48 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 138), Levin (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 3377, to require reports on the efforts of the President to stabilize Iraq and relieve the burden on members of the Armed Forces of the United States deployed in Iraq and the Persian Gulf region. Pages S7204, S7225 By 45 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 139), Reed Amendment No. 3353, to limit the obligation and expenditure of funds for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program pending the submission of a report on operational test and evaluation. Pages S7204, S7210-13, S7225 By 40 yeas to 58 nays (Vote No. 140), Levin (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3423, to modify the number of military personnel and civilians who may be assigned or retained in connection with Plan Colombia. Pages S7204, S7213-18, S7225-26 By 46 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 144), Leahy/Corzine Amendment No. 3485 (to Amendment No. 3387), to direct the Attorney General to submit to the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate all documents in the possession of the Department of Justice relating to the treatment and interrogation of individuals held in the custody of the United States. Pages S7274-75, S7288-89 Withdrawn: Levin (for Feingold) Amendment No. 3400, to enable military family members to take leave to attend to deployment-related business and tasks. Pages S7204, S7265-67 Warner Amendment No. 3460 (to Amendment No. 3459), in the nature of a substitute. Page S7204 [[Page D678]] Warner (for Bennett) Amendment No. 3403, to prohibit a full-scale underground nuclear test of the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator weapon without a specific authorization of Congress. Page S7204 Warner (for McCain) Amendment No. 3442, to impose requirements for the leasing of aerial refueling aircraft for the Air Force. Page S7204 Warner (for McCain) Amendment No. 3443, to impose requirements for the aerial refueling aircraft program of the Air Force. Page S7204 Warner (for McCain) Amendment No. 3444, to restrict leasing of aerial refueling aircraft by the Air Force. Page S7204 Warner (for McCain) Amendment No. 3445, to prohibit the leasing of Boeing 767 aircraft by the Air Force. Page S7204 Levin (for Biden/Lugar) Amendment No. 3378, to provide certain authorities, requirements, and limitations on foreign assistance and arms exports. Page S7204 Levin (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3286, to restrict acceptance of compensation for contractor employment of certain executive branch policymakers after termination of service in the positions to which appointed. Page S7204 Levin (for Daschle) Amendment No. 3328, to require the Secretary of the Air Force to maintain 3 additional B-1 bomber aircraft, in addition to the current fleet of 67 B-1 bomber aircraft, as an attrition reserve for the B-1 bomber aircraft fleet. Page S7204 Levin (for Daschle) Amendment No. 3330, to authorize the provision to Indian tribes of excess nonlethal supplies of the Department of Defense. Page S7204 Levin (for Dayton) Amendment No. 3203, to require a periodic detailed accounting of costs and expenditures for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and all other operations relating to the Global War on Terrorism. Page S7204 Levin (for Dodd) Amendment No. 3310, to amend the Federal Law Enforcement Pay Reform Act of 1990 to adjust the percentage differentials payable to the Federal law enforcement officers in certain high-cost areas. Page S7204 Levin (for Graham) (FL)) Amendment No. 3300, to amend the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998. Page S7204 Levin (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3388, to obtain a full accounting of the programs and activities of the Iraqi National Congress. Page S7204 Levin Amendment No. 3336, to authorize the demolition of facilities and improvements on certain military installations approved for closure under the defense base closure and realignment process. Page S7204 Levin (for Kennedy) Amendment No. 3201, to assist school districts serving large numbers or percentages of military dependent children affected by the war in Iraq or Afghanistan, or by other Department of Defense personnel decisions. Page S7204 Ensign Amendment No. 3467 (to Amendment No. 3315), to provide a fiscally responsible open enrollment authority. (Senate vitiated earlier adoption of the amendment). Pages S7204, S7269 During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took action the following action: By 49 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 136), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to Levin (for Corzine) Amendment No. 3303, to amend title 10, United States Code, to reduce the age for receipt of military retired pay for nonregular service from 60 to 55. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment would increase mandatory spending, was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. Pages S7223-24 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senator Smith be authorized to change his vote from nay to yea with respect to Vote No. 129 (changing the vote tally to 94 yeas to 3 nays), on 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, agreed to on June 17, 2004. Warner (for Gregg) Amendment No. 3475 (to Amendment No. 3400), to enable military family members to take time off to attend to deployment-related business, tasks, and other family issues, fell when Levin (for Feingold) Amendment No. 3400 (listed above) was withdrawn. Pages S7265-67 By 49 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 145), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with respect to Reid (for Daschle) Amendment No. 3409, to assure that funding is provided for veterans health care each fiscal year to cover increases in population and inflation. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment would increase mandatory spending, was sustained, and the amendment thus fell. Page S7204, S7289-90 Department of Defense Authorization: Senate passed S. 2401, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for military activities of the Department of Defense, and to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division A of S. 2400, National Defense Authorization, as amended. Page S7300 [[Page D679]] Military Construction Authorization: Senate passed S. 2402, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for military construction, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division B of S. 2400, National Defense Authorization, as amended. Page S7300 Department of Energy Defense Activities Authorization: Senate passed S. 2403, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for defense activities of the Department of Energy, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof Division C of S. 2400, National Defense Authorization, as amended. Pages S7300-01 National Defense Authorization: Senate passed H.R. 4200 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, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 2400, Senate companion measure, as amended and passed by the Senate. Page S7300 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 390, designating September 9, 2004, as ``National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day''. Pages S7346-47 Surface Transportation Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 4635, to provide an extension of highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, clearing the measure for the President. Page S7347 Class Action Fairness Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the previous order with respect to S. 2062, to amend the procedures that apply to consideration of interstate class actions to assure fairer outcomes for class members and defendants, be vitiated, and the Senate then proceed to its consideration upon the disposition of the Defense Appropriations Bill. Nomination Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 24, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of John C. Danforth, of Missouri, to be a U.S. Representative to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the U.S. Representative in the Security Council of the United Nations, and to be U.S. Representative to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the United Nations. Page S7275 Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations: By unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 141), Juan R. Sanchez, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Pages S7226-28, S7276 By unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 142), Walter D. Kelley, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Pages S7228-29, S7276 Messages From the House: Page S7306 Measures Referred: Page S7306 Measures Placed on Calendar: Page S7306 Enrolled Bills Presented: Page S7306 Executive Communications: Pages S7306-08 Petitions and Memorials: Pages S7308-11 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S7311-12 Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Pages S7313-26 Additional Statements: Pages S7303-06 Amendments Submitted: Pages S7326-45 Authority for Committees to Meet: Pages S7345-46 Privilege of the Floor: Page S7346 Record Votes: Eleven record votes were taken today. (Total--146) Pages S4821-24, S7288-90, S7299 Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:31 a.m., and adjourned at 11:45 p.m., until 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 24, 2004. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S7275- 76.)
[Daily Digest] [Pages D679-D681] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) PESTICIDE AND PRICE COMPETITIVENESS Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Subcommittee on Production and Price Competitiveness concluded a hearing to examine S. 1406, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to permit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to register a Canadian pesticide, after receiving testimony from Senator Dorgan; Adam Sharp, Associate Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, Environmental Protection Agency; Jim Gray, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Bismarck, on behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; Mark Gage, Page, North Dakota, on behalf of the National Association [[Page D680]] of Wheat Growers; and Jay Vroom, CropLife America, Washington, D.C. PEER-TO-PEER TECHNOLOGY Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Competition, Foreign Commerce, and Infrastructure concluded a hearing to examine the potential benefits and detriments to both consumers and content providers from the anticipated uses of internet peer-to-peer file distribution technology in the future, focusing on ``filesharing'' of film and music, after receiving testimony from Howard Beales III, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission; John Rose, EMI Group and EMI Music, New York, New York; Michael Weiss, StreamCast Networks, Inc., Woodland Hills, California; Les Ottolenghi, INTENT MediaWorks, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia; and Curt Pederson, Oregon State University Corvallis. GRAZING REGULATIONS Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests concluded a hearing to examine the grazing programs of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, including permit renewals, recent and proposed changes to grazing regulations, and the Wild Horse and Burro program, as it relates to grazing, and the Administration's proposal for sagegrouse habitat conservation, after receiving testimony from Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Tom L. Thompson, Deputy Chief, National Forest System, Department of Agriculture; Peter Andrew Groseta, Cottonwood, Arizona, on behalf of the Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Mike G. Casabonne, New Mexico Public Lands Council, Hope; and Bob M. Skinner, Oregon Cattlemen's Association, Jordon Valley. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably reported the following bills: S. 2550, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States, with amendments; S. 2495, to strike limitations on funding and extend the period of authorization for certain coastal wetland conservation projects; H.R. 2408, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize volunteer programs and community partnerships for national wildlife refuges; S. 2547, to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exclude non-native migratory bird species from the application of that Act; S. 2554, to provide for the consideration and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; S. 1134, to reauthorize and improve the programs authorized by the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, with amendments; H.R. 1572, to designate the United States courthouse located at 100 North Palafox Street in Pensacola, Florida, as the ``Winston E. Arnow United States Courthouse''; S. 2385, to designate the United States courthouse at South Federal Place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the ``Santiago E. Campos United States Courthouse''; and S. 2398, to designate the Federal building located at 324 Twenty- Fifth Street in Ogden, Utah, as the James V. Hansen Federal Building. NOMINATIONS Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of June Carter Perry, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Joyce A. Barr, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia, R. Barrie Walkley, of California, to be Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, James D. McGee, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar, Cynthia G. Efird, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Angola, Jackson McDonald, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, and Christopher William Dell, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. NOMINATION Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of David M. Stone, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf. WMD SMUGGLING NETWORKS Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Financial Management, the Budget, and International Security concluded a hearing to examine U.S. efforts to address the threat posed by the international smuggling weapons of mass destruction technologies, and U.S. programs and initiatives, including the Proliferation Security Initiative, to counter these proliferation threats, after receiving [[Page D681]] testimony from Peter Lichtenbaum, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration; Mark T. Fitzpatrick, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Controls; David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, Michael Moodie, Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, and Baker Spring, Heritage Foundation, all of Washington, D.C.; and Leonard S. Spector, Monterey Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, California. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the following bills: S.J. Res. 37, to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian Tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and S. 1996, to enhance and provide to the Oglada Sioux Tribe and Angostura Irrigation Project certain benefits of the Pick-Sloan Missouri River basin program, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute INDIAN TRIBAL DETENTION FACILITIES Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine issues and problems related to Bureau of Indian Affairs' tribal detention facilities, focusing on prison deaths and suicides, prisoner escapes, and police officer safety, after receiving testimony from Earl E. Devaney, Inspector General, David W. Anderson, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, both of the Department of the Interior; Tracy Henke, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice; Howard D. Richards, Sr., Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ignacio, Colorado; Vivian Juan-Saunders, Hope MacDonald-Lonetree, Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona; Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, Arizona; Darrel Martin, Fort Belknap Indian Community Council, Harlem, Montana; and Fred Guardipee, Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, Browning, Montana. BIOLOGIC MEDICINE Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the law of biologic medicine, focusing on scientific and legal limitations of the use of biologics which are drugs derived from living material, after receiving testimony from Lester M. Crawford, Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and Daniel Troy, Associate General Counsel, both of the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; David Beier, Amgen Inc., and William B. Schultz, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, on behalf of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, both of Washington, D.C.; Carole Ben-Maimon, Barr Research, Inc., Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania; and William Hancock, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D681-D683] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Measures Introduced: 26 public bills, H.R. 4651-4676; and 6 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 462-464, and H. Res. 689-691 were introduced. Pages H4892-94 Additional Cosponsors: Page H4894 Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows: 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. Rept. 108-562); H.R. 646, to expand the boundaries of the Fort Donelson National Battlefield to authorize the acquisition and interpretation of lands associated with the campaign that resulted in the capture of the fort in 1862, amended (H. Rept. 108-563); H.R. 142, 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 water recycling project, to authorize the Secretary to carry out a program to assist agencies in projects to construct regional brine lines in California, and to authorize the Secretary to participate in the Lower Chino Dairy Area desalination demonstration and reclamation project, amended (H. Rept. 108-564); and H.R. 4056, to encourage the establishment of both long-term and short-term programs to address the threat of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) to commercial aviation, amended (H. Rept. 108-565, Pt. 1). [[Page D682]] H. Res. 692, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4663) to amend part C of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to extend the discretionary spending limits and pay-as-you-go through fiscal year 2009 (H.Rept. 108-566); and H. Res. 693, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules (H.Rept. 108-567). Pages H4857, H4892 Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Shaw to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. Page H4767 Chaplain: The Prayer was offered today by Rev. Jack Davidson, Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Ohio. Page H4767 Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures: Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2004, Part III: H.R. 4635, to provide an extension of highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 288; Pages H4778-85, H4822-23 United States International Leadership Act of 2004: H.R. 4053, to improve the workings of international organizations and multilateral institutions, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 365 yeas to 56 nays, Roll No. 289; Pages H4785-89, H4823-24 Regarding the Security of Israel and the Principles of the Middle East Peace: H. Con. Res. 460, regarding the security of Israel and the principles of peace in the Middle East, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 9 nays, and 3 voting ``present'', Roll No. 290; Pages H4789-H4802, H4823-24 Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act: H.R. 1731, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish penalties for aggravated identity theft; Pages H4808-12 Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2003: H.R. 218, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns; Pages H4811-18 Amending United States Code regarding the Department of Veteran's Affairs home loan guaranty program: 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. Pages H4818-21 Suspension--Proceedings Postponed: The House completed debate on the following measure. Further proceedings were postponed. Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of Congressional passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: H. Res. 676, recognizing and honoring the 40th anniversary of congressional passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Pages H4802-08 Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2005: The House passed H.R. 4548, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2005 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a recorded vote of 360 ayes to 61 nays, Roll No. 300. Page H4770-78, H4859-80 Agreed that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence now printed in the bill be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. Page H4876 Rejected the Dicks motion to strike the enacting clause by voice vote. On the demand for a separate vote on the Sam Johnson of Texas amendment agreed to in the Committee on the Whole, the House agreed to the amendment by a recorded vote of 304 ayes to 116 noes, Roll No. 298. Pages H4870-71, H4876-77 Rejected the Peterson of Minnesota motion to recommit the bill to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence with instructions to report the bill back to the House forthwith with an amendment by a yea-and-nay vote of 197 yeas to 224 nays, Roll No. 299. Pages H4877-79 Agreed to: Goss amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that restores the authorization for funds for the National Drug Intelligence Center to the level requested by the President in the fiscal year 2005 budget request; Pages H4839-40 Gallegly amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that amends current law regarding designations of Foreign Terrorist Organizations; Pages H4840-42 Ackerman amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that requires the Director of Central Intelligence to report to the appropriate committees of Congress on weapons of mass destruction in Pakistan and Pakistani efforts to fight terrorism and strengthen democratic institutions; Pages H4852-53 Boehlert amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-561), as modified, that expresses the sense of Congress regarding the dismantling and removal of [[Page D683]] weapons of mass destruction in Libya and other countries (by a recorded vote of 335 ayes to 83 noes, Roll No. 291); Pages H4842-46, H4871-72 Sam Johnson of Texas amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that expresses the sense of Congress that the apprehension, detention, and interrogation of terrorists are fundamental to the successful prosecution of the Global War on Terror (by a recorded vote of 366 ayes to 51 noes, Roll No. 292); Pages H4846-48, H4872 Rogers of Michigan amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that expresses the sense of Congress in support of the efforts of the Intelligence Community (by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 195 noes, Roll No. 293); Pages H4848-52, H4872-73 Shays amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that expresses the sense of Congress that the head of each element of the Intelligence Community should make available to committees of Congress with jurisdiction, information relating to the Office of Iraq Oil-for-Food Program of the United Nations (by a recorded vote of 419 ayes with none voting ``no,'' Roll No. 294); Pages H4853-55, H4873-74 Kucinich amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that directs the Inspector General of the CIA to audit the evidence of relationship, existing prior to 9/11/2001, between the regime of Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda (by a recorded vote of 343 ayes to 76 noes, Roll No. 295); and Pages H4855, H4874 Simmons amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that directs the Director of Central Intelligence to report to Congress on the progress the Intelligence Community is making in utilizing Open Source Intelligence (by a recorded vote of 417 ayes to 1 no, Roll No. 296). Pages H4866-67, H4874-75 Rejected: Reyes amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 108-561) that sought to withhold funding for certain intelligence programs until the appropriate congressional committees receive all documents related to the handling and treatment of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere (by a recorded vote of 149 ayes to 270 noes, Roll No. 297). Pages H4867-70, H4875-76 Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming changes to the bill as necessary to reflect the actions of the House. Page H4880 H. Res. 686, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was agreed to by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 200 noes, Roll No. 287, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 200 nays, Roll No. 286. Pages H4821-22 Resolution Congratulating the Interim Government of Iraq--Order of Business: Agreed that it be in order at any time to consider H. Res. 691, congratulating the interim government of Iraq on its assumption of full responsibility and authority as a sovereign government; that the resolution shall be considered as read for amendment; that the resolution be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their designees; and that the previous question be considered as ordered on the resolution to final adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question. Page H4880 Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on pages H4767, H4880. Senate Referral: S.J. Res. 33 and S. 2507 were ordered held at the desk. Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page H4894. Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes and ten recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4821-22, H4822, H4822-23, H4823, H4823-24, H4871-72, H4872, H4872-73, H4873-74, H4874, H4874-75, H4875-76, H4876-77, H4878-79 and H4879-80. There were no quorum calls. Recess: The House recessed at 11:59 p.m. and reconvened at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 24. Page H4890 Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 8:02 a.m. on Thursday, June 24.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D683-D686] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY REVIEW Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and Research held a hearing to review Agricultural Biotechnology. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. COMMERCE, JUSTICE, STATE, JUDICIARY AND RELATED AGENCIES; AGRICULTURE RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA AND RELATED AGENCIES; AND LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the following appropriations for fiscal year 2005: Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies; and Legislative. FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs [[Page D684]] approved for full Committee action the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs appropriations for fiscal year 2005. U.S. GLOBAL DEFENSE FOOTPRINT Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the U.S. global defense footprint. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Douglas J. Feith, Under Secretary, Policy; and LTG James E. Cartwright, USMC, Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment (J8), Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Ray DuBois, Deputy Under Secretary, Installations and Environment; and Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Department of State. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Committee on Education and the Workforce: Held a hearing entitled ``No Child Left Behind: Raising Student Achievement in America's Big City Schools.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses. TRAVEL, TOURISM, AND HOMELAND SECURITY Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Travel, Tourism, and Homeland Security: Improving Both without Sacrificing Either.'' Testimony was heard from C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Border and Transportation Security Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses. PROTECTING HOMELAND SECURITY Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing entitled ``Protecting Homeland Security: A Status Report on Interoperability Between Public Safety Communications Systems.'' Testimony was heard from David Boyd, Deputy Director, Office of Systems Engineering and Development, Department of Homeland Security; John B. Muleta, Bureau Chief, Wireless Telecommunications, FCC; Robert Legrande, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, District of Columbia; and a public witness. PROMOTING HOMEOWNERSHIP Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity held a joint hearing entitled ``Promoting Homeownership by Ensuring Liquidity in the Subprime Mortgage Market.'' Testimony was heard from Pamela Kogut, Assistant Attorney General, State of Massachusetts; and public witnesses. CONSULTING CONTRACT; D.C. DIRECT REPRESENTATION PROPOSALS Committee on Government Reform: Approved a Consulting Contract. The Committee also held a hearing entitled ``Common Sense Justice for the Nation's Capital: An Examination of Proposals to Give D.C. Residents Direct Representation.'' Testimony was heard from Representatives Regula and Rohrabacher; the following officials of the District of Columbia: Anthony A. Williams, Mayor; and Linda W. Cropp, Chairman, Council; and public witnesses. GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census held a hearing entitled ``Geospatial Information: Are we Headed in the Right Direction or Are We Lost?'' Testimony was heard from Karen S. Evans, Administrator, E-Government and Information Technology, OMB; Linda D. Koontz, Director, Information Management, GAO; Scott J. Cameron, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Performance and Management, Department of the Interior; William Allder, Jr., Director, Office of Strategic Transformation, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense; and public witnesses. STOLEN PASSPORTS Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Stolen Passports: A Terrorist's First Class Ticket. Testimony was heard from Clark Kent Ervin, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security; Frank Moss, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Passport Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; and James M. Sullivan, Director, U.S. National Central Bureau Interpol Criminal Police Organization, Department of Justice. HONG KONG--RECENT DEVELOPMENTS Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held a hearing on Recent Developments in Hong Kong. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, as amended, the following bills: H.R. 3247, Trail Responsibility and Accountability for the Improvement of Lands Act of 2003; H.R. 338, Defense of Privacy Act; H.R. 3632, Anti-Counterfeiting Amendments of 2003, and H.R. 2934, Terrorist Penalties Enhancement Act of 2003. [[Page D685]] OVERSIGHT--DETRIMENTAL IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION BACKLOG Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims continued hearings on ``Families and Business Limbo: The Detrimental Impact of the Immigration Backlog.'' Testimony was heard from Prakash Khatri, Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses. AMERICAN INDIAN REFORM ACT Committee on Resources: Held a hearing on S. 1721, American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2003. Testimony was heard from Ross Swimmer, Special Trustee for American Indians, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses. OVERSIGHT--DEVELOPING BIOMASS POTENTIAL Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health held an oversight hearing on Developing Biomass Potential: Turning Hazardous Fuels into Valuable Products. Testimony was heard from Chris Risbrudt, Director, Forests Products Laboratory, Forest Service, USDA; and public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing on the following: H.R. 4300, Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System Pressurization and Expansion Project; H.R. 4389, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to construct facilities to provide water for irrigation, municipal, domestic, military, and other uses from the Santa Margarita River, California; H.R. 4459, Llagas Reclamation Groundwater Remediation Initiative; and H.R. 4606, Southern California Groundwater Remediation Act. Testimony was heard from William Rinne, Deputy Commissioner, Director of Operations, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses. SPENDING CONTROL ACT Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 9 to 2, a structured rule providing 1 hour of general debate on H.R. 4663, Spending Control Act of 2004, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget. The rule waives all points of order against the bill and against its consideration. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution. The rule provides that the amendments printed in the report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report, except that upon adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute, only the last amendment printed in the report shall be in order. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Nussle and Representatives Gutknecht, Hastings of Washington, Hensarling, Brady of Texas, Kirk, Chocola, Ryan of Wisconsin, Neugebauer, Spratt, Thompson of California, Stenholm, Turner of Texas and Matheson. SAME DAY CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION REPORTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS FOR 2005 Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the waiver to any special rule reported on the legislative day of Thursday, June 24, 2004, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4614) making appropriations for energy and water development for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and for other purposes. VETERANS' MATTERS Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Held a hearing entitled: ``Protecting the Rights of Those Who Protect Us: Public Sector Compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and Improvement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act,'' including discussion of the following: H.R. 3779, Safeguarding Schoolchildren of Deployed Soldiers Act of 2004; H.R. 4477, Patriotic Employer Act of 2004; the USERRA Health Care Coverage Extension Act of 2004; and the Servicemembers Legal Protection Act of 2004. Testimony was heard from Representatives McGovern, Bradley of New Hampshire, Slaughter and Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida; Dan G. Blair, Deputy Director, OPM; Scott J. Bloch, Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel; Craig W. Duehring, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense; David C. Iglesias, U.S. Attorney, District of Mexico, Department of Justice; Charles S. Ciccolella, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor; and public witnesses. [[Page D686]] COIN MEASURES; U.S.-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE IMPLEMENTATION ACT Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported, as amended, the following bills: H.R. 1914, Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2003; H.R. 2768, John Marshall Commemorative Coin Act; and H.R. 3277, Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. The Committee also approved the draft implementing proposal on the United States-Australia Free Trade Implementation Act. Joint Meetings HIGHWAY TRUST FUND ACT Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 3550, to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, but did not complete action thereon, and will meet again on Wednesday, July 7, 2004.
[Daily Digest] [Page D686] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NEW PUBLIC LAWS (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D632) H.R. 1086, to encourage the development and promulgation of voluntary consensus standards by providing relief under the antitrust laws to standards development organizations with respect to conduct engaged in for the purpose of developing voluntary consensus standards. Signed on June 22, 2004. (Public Law 108-237) S. 1233, to authorize assistance for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Justice Learning Center. Signed on June 22, 2004. (Public Law 108-238)
[Daily Digest] [Pages D686-D687] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2004 (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated) Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, to hold hearings to examine the implementation of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (P.L. 108-148), 9:30 a.m., SD-562. Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, to hold an oversight hearing to examine passenger screening and airline authority to deny plane boarding, 2 p.m., SD-138. Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of General George W. Casey, Jr., USA, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, Multi-National Force- Iraq, 10 a.m., SD-106. Full Committee, to receive a closed briefing from the Department of Defense regarding ICRC Reports on U.S. military detainee operations, 3 p.m., S-407, Capitol. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Aviation, to hold hearings to examine security screening options for airports, 9:30 a.m., SR-253. Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, to hold hearings to examine H.R. 2608, to reauthorize the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, 2:30 p.m., SR-253. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, to hold hearings to examine S. 2543, to establish a program and criteria for National Heritage Areas in the United States, 2:30 p.m., SD-366. Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs, to hold hearings to examine the state of democracy in Venezuela, 2 p.m., SD-419. Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, 10 a.m., SD-430. Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SD-226. House Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness, hearing on contractor support in the Department of Defense, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, hearing on Department of Defense small caliber ammunition programs, 2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn. Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations, hearing entitled ``Examining Innovative Health Insurance Options for Workers and Employers,'' 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn. Committee on Energy and Commerce, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 2929, Safeguard Against Privacy Invasions Act; H.R. 2023, Asthmatic Schoolchildren's Treatment and Health Management Act of 2003; S. 741, Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004; H.R. 4555, Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act of 2004; and H.R. 3981, To reclassify fees paid into the Nuclear Waste Fund as offsetting collections, 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``A Review of Hospital Billing and Collection Practices,'' 1:30 p.m., 2123 Rayburn. Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises, oversight hearing on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn. Committee on Government Reform, to consider the following bills: S. 129, Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2003; H.R. 3340, To redesignate the facilities of the United States Postal Service located at 7715 and 7748 S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``James E. Worsham Post Office'' and the ``James E. Worsham Carrier Annex Building,'' respectively; H.R. 4327, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service [[Page D687]] located at 7450 Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis, Missouri, as the ``Vitilas `Veto' Reid Post Office Building''; and H.R. 4427, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 73 South Eucllid Avenue in Montauk, New York, as the ``Perry B. Duryea, Jr., Post Office''; followed by a hearing entitled ``Target Washington: Coordinating Federal Homeland Security Efforts with Local Jurisdictions in the National Capital Region,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, hearing entitled ``Living with Disabilities in the United States: A Snapshot,'' 2:30 p.m., 2154 Rayburn. Committee on International Relations, to mark up the following: H.R. 1587, Viet Nam Human Rights Act of 2003; H.R. 4303, American Schools Abroad Support Act; a measure to amend the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 to extend the authority to provide assistance to countries seeking to become eligible countries for purposes of that Act; a measure to reauthorize the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998 through Fiscal Year 2007; H. Res. 615, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of full membership of Israel in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations; H. Res. 617, Expressing support for the accession of Israel to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED); 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; H. Res. 667, Expressing support for freedom in Hong Kong; a resolution reaffirming unwaivering commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act; H. Con. Res. 304, expressing the sense of Congress regarding oppression by the Government of the People's Republic of China of Falun Gong in the United States and in China; H. Con. Res. 319, Expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing repression of the religious freedom and human rights of the Iranian Baha'i community by the Government of Iran; H. Con. Res. 363, Expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing gross violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian people by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic; H. Con. Res. 436, Celebrating 10 years of majority rule in the Republic of South Africa and recognizing the momentous social and economic achievements of South Africa since the institution of democracy in that country; 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; H. Con. Res. 418, Recognizing the importance in history of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan; H. Con. Res. 422, Concerning the importance of the distribution of food in schools to hungry or malnourished children around the world; and S. 2264, Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act, 10:45 a.m., 2172 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Africa, hearing on Confronting War Crimes in Africa, 1 p.m., 2200 Rayburn. Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia, hearing on Iranian Proliferation: Implications for Terrorists, their State- Sponsors, and U.S. Counter-proliferation Policy, 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn. Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights, hearing on Trafficking in Persons: A Global Review, 9 a.m., 2200 Rayburn. Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, to continue oversight hearings on the Administrative Conference of the United States, II: Why is There a Need to Reauthorize the Conference? 2:30 p.m., 2237 Rayburn. Subcommittee on the Constitution, oversight hearing entitled ``Limiting Federal Court Jurisdiction to Protect Marriage for the States,'' 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, to mark up H.R. 112, To amend title 28, United States Code, to provide for an additional place of holding court in the District of Columbia; followed by an oversight hearing entitled ``Patent Quality Improvement: Post-Grant Opposition,'' 4 p.m., 2141 Rayburn. Committee on Resources, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 831, To provide for and approve the settlement of certain land claims of the Bay Mills Indian Community; and H.R. 2793, To provide for and approve the settlement of certain land claims of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth. Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on the following: H.R. 4010, National Geologic Mapping Reauthorization Act of 2004; and H.R. 4625, To reduce temporarily the royalty required to be paid for sodium produced on Federal lands, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth. Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, hearing on H.R. 3320, American Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources Protection Act, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth. Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing on Nuclear R and the Idaho National Laboratory, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Environment, Technology and Standards, hearing on Testing and Certification for Voting Equipment: How Can the Process Be Improved? 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, oversight hearing on Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers--Recommendations for Navigation Improvements and Ecosystem Restoration, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs Real Property and Facilities Management Improvement Act of 2004, 9:30 a.m., 334 Cannon. Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade, to mark up H.R. 4418, Customs and Border Security Act of 2004, 1:30 p.m., 1100 Longworth. Select Committee on Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``Information Sharing After September 11: Perspectives on the Future,'' 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
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