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                                             Tuesday, July 20, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      The House passed H.R. 3574, Stock Option Accounting Reform Act.
      The House passed H.R. 4850, District of Columbia Appropriations 
      Act for FY05.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8431-S8493
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and seven resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2689-2700, S. Res. 408-412, and S. Con. Res. 
127-128.
  Pages S8473-74
Measures Reported:
  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. (S. Rept. No. 108-311)
  H.R. 982, to clarify the tax treatment of bonds and other obligations 
issued by the Government of American Samoa.
  S. Res. 401, designating the week of November 7 through November 13, 
2004, as ``National Veterans Awareness Week'' to emphasize the need to 
develop educational programs regarding the contributions of veterans to 
the country.
  S. Res. 404, designating August 9, 2004, as ``Smokey Bear's 60th 
Anniversary''.
  S. Res. 407, designating October 15, 2004, as ``National Mammography 
Day''.
  S. 2677, to implement the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement.
  S.J. Res. 4, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United 
States authorizing Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the 
flag of the United States.
  S. Con. Res. 109, commending the United States Institute of Peace on 
the occasion of its 20th anniversary and recognizing the Institute for 
its contribution to international conflict resolution.
Page S8473
Measures Passed:
  Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act: Senate passed 
H.R. 1914, to provide for the issuance of a coin to commemorate the 
400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Pages S8490-91
  Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act: Senate passed 
H.R. 3277, 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, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S8490-91
  John Marshall Commemorative Coin Act: Senate passed H.R. 2768, to 
require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of 
Chief Justice John Marshall, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                         Pages S8490-91
  Authorizing Legal Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 410, to 
authorize Senate employees to testify and produce documents with legal 
representation.
  Page S8491
  Authorizing Document Production: Senate agreed to S. Res. 411, to 
authorize document production by the Select Committee on Intelligence. 
                                                         Pages S8491-92
  Small Business Program Extension: Senate passed S. 2700, to provide 
an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business 
Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 through September 17, 
2004.
  Pages S8492-93
  U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act: Senate began 
consideration of S. 2677, a bill to implement the United States-Morocco 
Free Trade Agreement.
  Pages S8460-67
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 21, 2004; that 
the time

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until 11:30 a.m. be equally divided between the Chairman and Ranking 
Member of the Committee on Finance, and that at 11:30 a.m. the Senate 
vote on passage of the bill; provided further, that when the Senate 
receives the companion measure from the House, the Senate proceed to 
its consideration, the bill be read a third time and passed with no 
intervening action or debate; and that once the Senate has passed the 
House companion measure, passage of S. 2677 be vitiated, and the bill 
then be returned to the calendar.
Page S8467
Department of Agriculture Appropriations Act--Agreement: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that the Committee on 
Appropriations be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4766, 
making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2005, and that the papers be returned to the House of 
Representatives.
  Page S8492
Nomination: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of William 
Gerry Myers III, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 
Ninth Circuit.
  Pages S8438-60
  During consideration of this nomination today, the Senate also took 
the following action:
  By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 158), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, the Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
                                                             Page S8460
Nomination: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Henry W. 
Saad, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth 
Circuit, after agreeing to the motion to proceed to executive session. 
                                                             Page S8468
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination and, 
in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of 
the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, July 22, 2004. 
                                                             Page S8493
Appointments:
  Congressional Award Board: The Chair, on behalf of the Majority 
Leader, pursuant to Public Law 96-114, as amended, appointed the 
following individuals to the Congressional Award Board: Kathy Didawick 
of Virginia and Michael Carozza of Maryland.
  Page S8491
Nominations Discharged: The following nominations were discharged from 
further committee consideration and placed on the Executive Calendar:
  Juan Carlos Zarate, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
the Treasury, which was sent to the Senate on March 11, 2004, from the 
Senate Committee on Finance.
  Stuart Levey, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for 
Enforcement, which was sent to the Senate on April 8, 2004, from the 
Senate Committee on Finance.
Page S8493
Messages From the House:
  Page S8472
Measures Referred:
  Pages S8472-73
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S8473
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S8473
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S8473
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S8473
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8474-75
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8475-87
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8471-72
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8487-89
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S8489-90
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S8490
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--158) 
                                                             Page S8460
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 7:41 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 21, 2004. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S8493.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
IRAQ SURVEY GROUP
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing regarding the activities of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) in 
Iraq from Major General Keith W. Dayton, USA, former Commander of the 
ISG.
COMMITTEE MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nominations of Juan Carlos Zarate, of 
California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Stuart Levey, 
of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, and 
Carin M. Barth, of Texas, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of 
Housing and Urban Development.
MONETARY POLICY REPORT
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine the Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report 
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Federal Reserve, after receiving testimony from Alan Greenspan, 
Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
AMERICANS OUTDOORS ACT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine S. 2590, to provide a conservation royalty from 
Outer Continental Shelf revenues to establish the Coastal Impact 
Assistance Program, to provide assistance to States under the Land and 
Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, to ensure adequate funding for 
conserving and restoring wildlife, to assist local governments in 
improving local park and recreation systems, after receiving testimony 
from P. Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, 
Management, and Budget; Scott A. Angelle, Louisiana Department of 
Natural Resources, Baton Rouge; Charles Jordan, Conservation Fund, 
Portland, Oregon; and John Baughman, International Association of Fish 
and Wildlife Agencies, Henry L. Diamond, Americans for Our Heritage and 
Recreation, Nancie G. Marzulla, Defenders of Property Rights, and 
Daniel M. Clifton, Americans for Tax Reform, all of Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 2677, to implement the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement;
  H.R. 982, to clarify the tax treatment of bonds and other obligations 
issued by the Government of American Samoa; and
  The nominations of Patrick P. O'Carroll, Jr., of Maryland, to be 
Inspector General, Social Security Administration, and Paul Jones, of 
Colorado, and Charles L. Kolbe, of Iowa, both to be Members of the 
Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board, and Timothy S. Bitsberger, of 
Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary, all of the Department of 
the Treasury.
MIDDLE EAST ROAD MAP TO PEACE
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine detours and disengagements regarding the Israeli-Palestinian 
peace process, focusing on world-wide terrorist recruitment efforts, 
the economic impact of the infitada, Israel's plan for unilateral 
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, after receiving testimony from David M. 
Satterfield, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near 
Eastern Affairs; and Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East 
Policy, Abdel Monem Said Aly, Brookings Institution, and Aaron David 
Miller, Seeds of Peace, all of Washington, D.C.
FEDERAL WORKFORCE
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of 
Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of 
Columbia concluded a hearing to examine governmentwide workforce 
flexibilities available to federal agencies, focusing on those enacted 
in the Homeland Security Act, specifically their implementation, use by 
agencies, and training and education related to using the new 
flexibilities, after receiving testimony from Clay Johnson III, Deputy 
Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget; Dan G. Blair, 
Deputy Director, Office of Personnel Management; J. Christopher Mihm, 
Managing Director, Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office; 
Ed Sontag, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for 
Administration and Management; Joanne W. Simms, Deputy Assistant 
Attorney General for Human Resources and Administration, and Chief 
Human Capital Officer, Department of Justice; and Vicki A. Novak, 
Assistant Administrator for Human Resources, and Chief Human Capital 
Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services concluded a hearing to 
examine performance and outcome measurement in substance abuse and 
mental health programs, focusing on the mission of the Substance Abuse 
and Mental Health Services Administration to build resilience and 
facilitate recovery, after receiving testimony from Charles G. Curie, 
Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; A. Thomas 
McLellan, Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 
Howard H. Goldman, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 
Baltimore; Gary Q. Tester, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug 
Addiction Services, Columbus; and Marsha Medalie, Riverside Community 
Care, Dedham, Massachusetts.
NEZ PERCE-SNAKE RIVER WATER RIGHTS ACT
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
S. 2605, to direct the Secretary of the Interior and the heads of other 
Federal agencies to carry out an agreement resolving major issues 
relating to the adjudication of water rights in the Snake River Basin, 
Idaho, after receiving testimony from Senator Craig; Michael D. Olsen, 
Counselor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian 
Affairs; Anthony D. Johnson, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, 
Lapwai, Idaho; Michael Bogert, Office of Idaho Governor Kempthorne, 
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Ling, Ling, Robinson, and Walker, Rupert, Idaho, on behalf of the 
Federal Claims Coalition Upper Snake River Water Users; and James S. 
Riley, Intermountain Forest Association, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S.J. Res. 4, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United 
States authorizing Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the 
flag of the United States;
  S. Res. 401, designating the week of November 7 through November 13, 
2004, as ``National Veterans Awareness Week'' to emphasize the need to 
develop educational programs regarding the contributions of veterans to 
the country;
  S. Con. Res. 109, commending the United States Institute of Peace on 
the occasion of its 20th anniversary and recognizing the Institute for 
its contribution to international conflict resolution;
  S. Res. 404, designating August 9, 2004, as ``Smokey Bear's 60th 
Anniversary'';
  S. Res. 407, designating October 15, 2004, as ``National Mammography 
Day''; and
  The nominations of David W. McKeague, of Michigan, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, Richard A. Griffin, of 
Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, 
Virginia Maria Hernandez Covington, to be United States District Judge 
for the Middle District of Florida, Michael H. Schneider, Sr., of 
Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of 
Texas, and Robert Clark Corrente, of Rhode Island, to be United States 
Attorney for the District of Rhode Island.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following business items:
  S. 1153, to amend title 38, United States Code, to permit medicare-
eligible veterans to receive an out-patient medication benefit, to 
provide that certain veterans who receive such benefit are not 
otherwise eligible for medical care and services from the Department of 
Veterans Affairs;
  S. 2483, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2004, the rates of 
compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the 
rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of 
certain disabled veterans;
  S. 2484, to amend title 38, United States Code, to simplify and 
improve pay provisions for physicians and dentists, to authorize 
alternate work schedules and executive pay for nurses, with amendments;
  S. 2485, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve and 
enhance the authorities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating 
to the management and disposal of real property and facilities, with 
amendments; and
  S. 2486, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve and 
enhance education, housing, employment, medical, and other benefits for 
veterans and to improve and extend certain authorities relating to the 
administration or benefits for veterans, with amendments.
INTELLIGENCE REFORM
  Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine reform and reorganization of the intelligence community of 
the United States, focusing on the report of the 9/11 Commission, 
and prospective legislation to create a Director of National 
Intelligence, after receiving testimony from Senator Feinstein; and 
Lieutenant General William E. Odom, USA (Ret.), Hudson Institute, 
John J. Hamre, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and 
James R. Woolsey, Booz Allen Hamilton, all of Washington, D.C.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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[Pages D802-D804]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 15 public bills, H.R. 4863-4877; 1 private bill, 
H.R. 4878; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 475, and H. Res. 728-733, 
were introduced.
  Pages H6126-27
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H6128
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Conference report on H.R. 2443, to authorize appropriations for the 
Coast Guard for fiscal year 2004, to amend various laws administered by 
the Coast Guard (H. Rept. 108-617);
  H. Res. 730, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 2443, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard 
for fiscal year 2004, to amend various laws administered by the Coast 
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  H.R. 2929, to protect users of the Internet from unknowing 
transmission of their personally identifiable information through 
spyware programs, amended (H. Rept. 108-619);
  H. Res. 731, 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. 108-620);
  H. Res. 732, providing for consideration of H.R. 4837, making 
appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base 
realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2005 (H. Rept. 108-621); and
  Conference report on H.R. 4613, making appropriations for the 
Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005 (H. 
Rept. 108-622).
Pages H6022-48, H6126 H6129-H6444
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Bishop of Utah to act as Speaker pro tempore 
for today.
  Page H5985
Recess: The House recessed at 9:30 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m. 
                                                             Page H5988
Stock Option Accounting Reform Act: The House passed H.R. 3574, to 
require the mandatory expensing of stock options granted to executive 
officers, by a yea-and-nay vote of 312 yeas to 111 nays, Roll No. 397. 
                                                         Pages H6001-22
  Agreed to the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by 
the Committee on Financial Services that was considered as an original 
bill for the purpose of amendment.
Page H6621
Agreed to:
  Oxley amendment (printed in H. Rept. 108-616) that clarifies the 
original intent of the bill to ensure that any company that wishes to 
voluntarily expense stock options in certain filings required under the 
securities laws may do so.
Pages H6012-13
Rejected:
  Sherman amendment (printed in H. Rept. 108-616) that sought to 
eliminate the requirement in the bill that an assumption of zero 
volatility be used when calculating the value of stock option expense 
for the top-five executives (by a recorded vote of 126 ayes to 296 
noes, Roll No. 394);
Pages H6013-14, H6019-20
  Maloney amendment (printed in H. Rept 108-616) that sought to 
preserve the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission to 
establish accounting principles or standards on its own initiative as 
the SEC deems necessary in the public interest or for the protection of 
investors (by a recorded vote of 114 ayes to 308 noes, Roll No. 395); 
and
Pages H6014-16, H6020
  Kanjorski amendment (printed in H. Rept. 108-616) in the nature of a 
substitute (by a recorded vote of 127 ayes to 293 noes, Roll No. 396). 
                                               Pages H6016-19, H6020-21
  Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming 
changes as may be necessary to reflect the actions of the House. 
                                                             Page H6022
  H. Res. 725, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a voice vote.
Pages H5991-98
District of Columbia Appropriations Act for FY05: The House passed H.R. 
4850, making appropriations for the government of the District of 
Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against 
the revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2005, by a yea-and-nay vote of 371 yeas to 54 nays, Roll No. 399. 
                                                         Pages H6048-65
Rejected:
  Hefley amendment (No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
19) that reduces total appropriations in the Act by 1 percent (by a 
recorded vote of 113 ayes to 309 noes, Roll No. 398).
Pages H6063-64
  H. Res. 724, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a voice vote.
Pages H5998-H6001
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Department of Homeland Security Financial Accountability Act: H.R. 
4259, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the child 
tax credit;
  Pages H6071-74
  Amending United States Code to authorize the location of the 
principal office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: H.R. 
3936, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the principal 
office of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to be 
at any location in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area; 
                                                         Pages H6076-78
  Recognizing the members of AMVETS for their service to the Nation: H. 
Con. Res. 308, recognizing the members of AMVETS for their service to 
the Nation and supporting the goal of AMVETS National Charter Day; 
                                                         Pages H6081-82
  Providing for the appointment of Eli Broad as a citizen regent of the 
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution: S.J. Res. 38, 
providing for the appointment of Eli Broad as a citizen regent of the 
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution--clearing the measure 
for the President;
  Pages H6082-83
  Permitting the Library of Congress to hire Library of Congress police 
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permit the Librarian of Congress to hire Library of Congress Police 
employees;
  Pages H6084-85
  Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2004: H.R. 4600, amended, to amend section 
227 of the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify the prohibition on 
junk fax transmissions; and
  Pages H6089-93
  Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2003: S. 741, to 
amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with regard to new 
animal drugs--clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                      Pages H6093-H6101
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House completed debate on the 
following measures under suspension of the rules. Further consideration 
will continue on Wednesday, July 21.
  Recognizing the 35th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing: H. 
Res. 723, recognizing the 35th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar 
landing;
  Pages H6065-71
  Bob Michel Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic 
Designation Act: H.R. 4608, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs 
outpatient clinic located in Peoria, Illinois, as the ``Bob Michel 
Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic'';
  Pages H6074-76
  Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2004: H.R. 
4175, amended, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2004, the rates 
of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected 
disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for 
survivors of certain service-connected disabled veterans; and 
                                                         Pages H6078-80
  Sense of the House regarding the postponement of Presidential 
elections due to terrorist actions: H. Res. 728, expressing the sense 
of the House of Representatives that the actions of terrorists will 
never cause the date of any Presidential election to be postponed and 
that no single individual or agency should be given the authority to 
postpone the date of a Presidential election.
  Pages H6085-89
Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act of 2003--Motion To Instruct 
Conferees: The House debated the Stenholm motion to instruct conferees 
on H.R. 1308, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to accelerate 
the increase in the refundability of the child tax credit. Further 
consideration of the motion will continue on Wednesday, July 21. 
                                                         Pages H6101-04
Late Conference Report: Agreed that the managers on the part of the 
House have until midnight on July 20 to file a conference report on 
H.R. 4613, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.
  Page H6048
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on pages 
H5988-89.
Senate Referral: S. 2385 was referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure; S. 2277 and S. 2398 were held at the 
desk.
  Page H6124
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6019-20, 
H6020, H6020-21, H6021-22, H6064, H6064-65. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 10:59 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D804-D807]
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Committee Meetings
FOREST LAND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review the Forest Land 
Enhancement Program. Testimony was heard from Mark E. Rey, Under 
Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, USDA; and public 
witnesses.
VA, HUD AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies approved for full Committee action the VA, HUD and Independent 
Agencies appropriations for fiscal year 2005.
DEPOT MAINTENANCE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing 
on Depot Maintenance--Capacity and Resources for Future Work. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: MG 
Mitchell Stevenson, USA., Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics and 
Operations, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Department of the Army; the 
following officials of the Department of the Navy: RAD Mark A. Hugel, 
USN, Deputy Director, Fleet Readiness Division; and LTG Richard L. 
Kelly, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, U.S. 
Marine Corps; and LTG Donald J. Wetekam, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff, 
Installations and Logistics, Department of the Air Force.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND PERSONNEL ISSUES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on Special Operations Command 
Personnel Issues. Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the Department of Defense: COL

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Kenneth J. Cull, USA, Director, Manpower and Personnel (J1), U.S. 
Special Forces Command; and CSM Michael T. Hall, USA, Senior Enlisted 
Advisor, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, both with the Department 
of the Army; CMSgt. Robert V. Martens, Jr., USAF, Senior Enlisted 
Advisor, U.S. Special Operations Command; and CMSgt. Howard J. Mowry, 
USAF, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Air Force Special Operations Command, 
both with the Department of the Air Force; and FORMC Clell Breining, 
USN, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Naval Special Warfare Command, Department 
of the Navy.
``ARE COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS PRICED FAIRLY?''
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on 21st Century 
Competitiveness held a hearing entitled ``Are College Textbooks Priced 
Fairly?'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
PIPELINE SAFETY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air 
Quality held a hearing entitled ``Pipeline Safety.'' Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Transportation: 
Samuel G. Bonasso, Deputy Administrator, Research and Special Programs 
Administration; and Kenneth M. Mead, Inspector General; Katherine 
Siggerud, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO; and public 
witnesses.
CREDIT UNION REGULATORY IMPROVEMENTS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions 
and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled ``Credit Union Regulatory 
Improvements.'' Testimony was heard from JoAnn Johnson, Chairman, 
National Credit Union Administration; and public witnesses.
MULTIFAMILY HOUSING
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community 
Opportunity held a hearing on a GAO report entitled ``Multifamily 
Housing: More Accessible HUD Data Could Help Efforts to Preserve 
Housing for Low-Income Tenants.'' Testimony was heard from David C. 
Wood, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, GAO; John 
C. Weicher, Assistant Secretary, Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development; and public witnesses.
FIXING FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PAY AND BENEFITS
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Civil Service and 
Agency Organization held an oversight hearing entitled ``Time to Bite 
the Bullet: Fixing Federal Law Enforcement Pay and Benefits.'' 
Testimony was heard from Ronald Sanders, Associate Director, Strategic 
Human Resources Policy, OPM; and public witnesses.
``WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD IN RELIEVING BURDEN ON SMALL 
BUSINESS?''
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural 
Resources and Regulatory Affairs and the Subcommittee on Regulatory 
Reform and Oversight of the Committee on Small Business continued joint 
hearings entitled ``What is the Administration's Record in Relieving 
Burden on Small Business?--Part II.'' Testimony was heard from John D. 
Graham, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
OMB; Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, Acting Assistant Secretary, Management and 
Budget and Chief Financial Officer, Department of the Treasury; Felipe 
Mendoza, Associate Administrator, Office of Small Business Utilization, 
GSA; and public witnesses.
DOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS IMPACTING ARMY RESERVE PAY
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency 
and Financial Management held a hearing entitled ``Are Financial 
Management Problems at the Department of Defense Impacting Army Reserve 
Pay?'' Testimony was heard from Gregory D. Kutz, Director, Financial 
Management and Assurance, GAO; the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: LTG James R. Helmly, USA, Chief, Army Reserve; 
and Ernest H. Gregory, Acting Assistant Secretary, Financial Management 
and Comptroller, both with the Department of the Army; and Patrick T. 
Shine, Director, Military and Civilian Pay Services, Defense Finance 
and Accounting Service, Department of Defense; and public witnesses.
PUBLIC SAFETY INTEROPERABILITY
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, 
Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing entitled 
``Public Safety Interoperability: Look Who's Talking Now.'' Testimony 
was heard from William Jenkins, Jr., Director, Homeland Security and 
Justice Issues, GAO; David Boyd, Program Manager, SAFECOM, Department 
of Homeland Security; John Muleta, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications 
Bureau, FCC; Stephen T. Devine, Patrol Frequency Coordinator, 
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Headquarters, State of Missouri; Glen S. Nash, Telecommunications 
Division, Department of General Services, State of California; and 
public witnesses.
VOTING MACHINE TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Technology, Information 
Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census held a hearing 
entitled `` The Science of Voting Machine Technology: Accuracy, 
Reliability, and Security.'' Testimony was heard from Randolph Hite, 
Director, Information Technology Architecture and Systems, GAO; Hratch 
Semerjian, Acting Director, National Institute of Standards and 
Technology, Department of Commerce; Terry Jarrett, General Counsel, 
Secretary of State, State of Missouri; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 
1787, Good Samaritan Volunteer Firefighter Assistance Act of 2003; H.R. 
3369, Nonprofit Athletic Organization Protection Act of 2003; and H.R. 
1084, Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
CHILD CUSTODY PROTECTION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution held a 
hearing on H.R. 1755, Child Custody Protection Act. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and 
Public Lands held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3176, Ojito 
Wilderness Act; and H.R. 4593, Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, 
and Development Act of 2004. Testimony was heard from Senators Ensign 
and Reid; and Representatives Wilson of New Mexico and Porter; Rebecca 
Watson, Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department 
of the Interior; and public witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION
  Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all 
points of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 
2443, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004, and 
against its consideration. The rule provides that the conference 
report shall be considered as read. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives LoBiondo and Filner.
SAME-DAY CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION REPORTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE
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 July 21, 
2004, providing for the consideration or disposition of a conference 
report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1308) to amend the Internal Revenue 
Code of 1986 to accelerate the increase in the refundability of the 
child tax credit, and for other purposes.
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2005
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule providing 1 
hour of general debate on H.R. 4837, Military Construction 
Appropriations Act, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule 
waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. Under the 
rules of the House the bill shall be read for amendment by paragraph. 
The rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill for 
failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI (prohibiting unauthorized 
appropriations or legislative provisions in an appropriations bill), 
except as specified in the resolution. The rule authorizes the Chair to 
accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed their 
amendments in the Congressional Record. Finally, the rule provides one 
motion to recommit with or without instructions. No testimony was 
heard.
GSA'S FISCAL YEAR 2005 CAPITAL INVESTING AND LEASING PROGRAM
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management 
approved for full Committee action the GSA's Fiscal Year 2005 
Capital Investment and Leasing Program.
ENSURING VALUE FROM EPA GRANTS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held an oversight hearing on Ensuring Value 
from EPA Grants. Testimony was heard from The following officials of 
the EPA: Nikki Tinsley, Inspector General; and David J. O'Connor, 
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Administration and Resources 
Management; John B. Stephenson, Director, Environmental Issues, GAO; 
and public witnesses.
U.S.-MOROCCO FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported H.R. 4842, United States-
Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.

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PUBLIC SERVANT RETIREMENT PROTECTION ACT
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a 
hearing on H.R. 4391, Public Servant Retirement Protection Act. 
Testimony was heard from Martin H. Gerry, Commissioner, Disability and 
Income Security Programs, SSA; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--RED CROSS INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE--REVIEW DOCUMENTS ON 
DETAINEE INTERROGATION
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing to Review the International Committee of the Red 
Cross Documents on Detainee Interrogation. The Committee was briefed by 
departmental witnesses.
ROLE OF BIOMETRICS IN COUNTERTERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY EFFORTS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism 
and Homeland Security met in executive session to hold a hearing on the 
Role of Biometrics in Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Efforts. 
Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
DEMOCRACY IN ALBANIA
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission): 
Commission concluded a hearing to examine the prospects for advancing 
democracy in Albania, after receiving testimony from Osmo Lipponen, 
Organization For Security and Co-operation In Europe, Erion Veliaj, 
MJAFT! (``Enough!'')/Balkans Youth Link, Kreshnik Spahiu, Albanian 
Coalition Against Corruption, and Fatmir Mediu, Albanian Republican 
Party, all of Tirana, Albania; Nicholas C. Pano, Western Illinois 
University, Macomb, Illinois; Fatos Tarifa, Republic of Albania 
Ambassador, Washington, D.C.; Edward Selami, Former Member Albanian 
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                   COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

                             JULY 21, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of Vice Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, for appointment 
to the grade of admiral and to be Commander, United States Northern 
Command/Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command; 
Lieutenant General Bantz J. Craddock, USA, for appointment to the 
grade of general and to be Commander, United States Southern 
Command; Peter Cyril Wyche Flory, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, and Valerie 
Lynn Baldwin, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, 
9:30 a.m., SR-222.
  Subcommittee on Personnel, with the Committee on Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions, Subcommittee on Children and 
Families, to hold joint hearings to examine how states have 
responded to military families' unique challenges during military 
deployments and what the Federal Government can do to support states 
in this important work, 2 p.m., SD-430.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings 
to examine regulation NMS and developments in market structure, 10 
a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public 
Lands and Forests, to hold hearings to examine S. 738, to designate 
certain public lands in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Lake, Napa, 
and Yolo Counties in the State of California as wilderness, to 
designate certain segments of the Black Butte River in Mendocino 
County, California as a wild or scenic river, S. 1614, to designate 
a portion of White Salmon River as a component of the National Wild 
and Scenic Rivers System, S. 2221, to authorize the Secretary of 
Agriculture to sell or exchange certain National Forest System land 
in the State of Oregon, S. 2253, to permit young adults to perform 
projects to prevent fire and suppress fires, and provide disaster 
relief, on public land through a Healthy Forest Youth Conservation 
Corps, S. 2334, to designate certain National Forest System land in 
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as components of the National 
Wilderness Preservation System, S. 2408, to adjust the boundaries of 
the Helena, Lolo, and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests in the 
State of Montana, and S. 2622, to provide for the exchange of 
certain Federal land in the Santa Fe National Forest and certain 
non-Federal land in the Pecos National Historical Park in the State 
of New Mexico, 2:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine bridging the tax 
gap, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine 
combating multilateral development bank corruption, focusing on the 
U.S. Treasury's role and internal efforts, 9:30 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider 
pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SD-342.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee 
on Children and Families, with the Committee on Armed Services, 
Subcommittee on Personnel, to hold joint hearings to examine how 
states have responded to military families' unique challenges during 
military deployments and what the Federal Government can do to 
support states in this important work, 2 p.m., SD-430.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider pending 
calendar business; to be followed by a hearing to examine S. 519, to 
establish a Native American-

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owned financial entity to provide financial services to Indian 
tribes, Native American organizations, and Native Americans, 10 
a.m., SR-485.
  Full Committee, to hold an oversight hearing to examine the 
proposed reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 
2 p.m., SR-485.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold an oversight hearing to 
examine the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program, 10 a.m., SD-
226.


                                 House

  Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities 
and Risk Management, hearing to review the Federal Crop Insurance 
System, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Armed Services, to continue hearings on Army 
Transformation: Implications for the Future, II, 10 a.m., 2118 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, hearing on Small 
Business Innovation and Technology, 3 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on Education and the Workforce, to mark up H.R. 4496, 
Vocational and Technical Education for the Future Act, 10:30 a.m., 
2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Air 
Quality, hearing entitled ``Methyl Bromide: Update on Achieving the 
Requirements of the Clean Air Act and Montreal Protocol,'' 11 a.m., 
2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing 
entitled ``The Digital Television Transition: What We Can Learn from 
Berlin,'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, hearing on Monetary Policy and 
the State of the Economy, 10 a.m., followed by a hearing entitled 
``Shell Games: Corporate Governance and Accounting for Oil and Gas 
Reserves,'' 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, to consider the following 
measures: H.R. 2449, Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Act; H.R. 
2528, Hudson-Fulton-Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission Act of 
2003; H.R. 4324, To amend title 5, United States Code, to eliminate 
the provisions limiting certain election opportunities available to 
individuals participating in the Thrift Savings Plan; H.R. 4556, To 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 1115 South Clinton Avenue in Dunn, North Carolina, as the 
``General William Carey Lee Post Office Building''; H.R. 4618, To 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 10 West Prospect Street in Nanuet, New York, as the ``Anthony I. 
Lombardi Memorial Post Office Building''; H.R. 4632, To designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19504 
Linden Boulevard in St. Albans, New York, as the ``Archie Spigner 
Post Office Building''; H.R. 4657, District of Columbia Retirement 
Protection Improvement Act of 2004; S. 2415, To designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4141 
Postmark Drive, Anchorage, Alaska as the ``Robert J. Opinsky Post 
Office Building''; H. Res. 695, Expressing the condolences of the 
House of Representatives to the family and friends of Mattie 
Stepanek on his passing, and honoring the life of Mattie Stepanek 
for his braveness, generosity of spirit, and efforts to raise 
awareness of muscular dystrophy; and H. Res. 717, Honoring former 
President William Jefferson Clinton on the occasion of his 58th 
birthday, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental 
Relations and the Census, hearing entitled ``Where's the CIO? The 
Role, Responsibility and Challenge for Federal Chief Information 
Officers in IT Investment Oversight and Information Management,'' 
2:30 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the 
Pacific, hearing on HIV/AIDS in Asia, 1:30 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, to mark up the following measures: H. 
Res. 700, Directing the Attorney General to transmit to the House of 
Representatives documents in the possession of the Attorney General 
relating to the treatment of prisoners and detainees in Iraq, 
Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay; H.R. 4646, To amend title 28, 
United States Code, to provide for the holding of Federal district 
court in Plattsburgh, New York; H.R. 112, To amend title 28, United 
States Code, to provide for an additional place of holding court in 
the District of Columbia; and H.R. 4586, Family Movie Act of 2004, 
10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, oversight 
hearing on the Administration of Large Business Bankruptcy 
Reorganizations: Has Competition for Big Cases Corrupted the 
Bankruptcy System? 3 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 1662, 
Sound Science for Endangered Species Act Planning Act of 2003; and 
H.R. 2933, Critical Habitat Reform Act of 2003; 10 a.m., followed by 
an oversight hearing on the Guam War Claims Commission Report, 12 
noon, 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 3313, Marriage Protection 
Act, 4 p.m., Capitol.
  Committee on Science, hearing on Cybersecurity Education--Meeting 
the Needs of Technology Workers and Employers; followed by a markup 
of H.R. 4107, Assistance to Firefighters Grant Reauthorization Act 
of 2004, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, 
Agriculture and Technology, hearing entitled ``Tax Incentives for 
Homeland Security Related Expenses,'' 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to mark up the 
following: GSA's Fiscal Year 2005 Capital Investment and Leasing 
Program Resolutions; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Survey Resolution; 
H.R. 784, amended, Water Quality Investment Act of 2003; H.R. 4470, 
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Act to extend the authorization 
of appropriations for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration 
Program; H.R. 4688, To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program; H.R. 4731, To amend the 
Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National 
Estuary Program; and H.R. 4794, To amend the

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Tijuana River Valley Estuary and Beach Sewage Cleanup Act to extend 
the authorization of appropriations, 11 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to mark up the following bills: 
H.R. 4768, Veterans Medical Facilities Management Act of 2004; H.R. 
4658, Servicemembers Legal Protection Act of 2004; H.R. 1318, To 
name the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in 
Sunnyside, Queens, New York, as the ``Thomas P. Noonan, Jr., 
Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic;'' and H.R. 4836, 
to name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in 
Amarillo, Texas, as the ``Thomas E. Creek Department of Veterans 
Affairs Medical Center,'' 1 p.m., 334 Cannon.
  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on the VA's 
progress in its third party collections program and implementation 
of the Patient Financial Services System, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Committee on Ways and Means, to mark up H.R. 2971, Social Security 
Number Privacy and Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2004, 10:30 
a.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Human 
Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, executive, Briefing: 
Counternarcotics: Latin America and Southeast Asia, 10 a.m., H-405 
Capitol.


                             Joint Meetings

  Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to receive a 
briefing on the current state of religious freedom in the Caucasus 
due to recent events in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, 11 a.m., 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 21

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of morning business for 
statements only (not to extend beyond 90 minutes), Senate will continue 
consideration of S. 2677, a bill to implement the United States-Morocco 
Free Trade Agreement, with a vote on final passage thereon to occur at 
approximately 11:30 a.m.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      10 a.m., Wednesday, July 21

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of Suspensions:
  (1) H.R. 4840--To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify 
the taxation of businesses;
  (2) H.R. 4841--To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify 
certain tax rules for individuals;
  (3) H. Res. 647--Supporting the goals of National Marina Day and 
urging marinas to continue providing environmentally friendly gateways 
to boating;
  (4) H.R. 3884--Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and United States 
Courthouse Building Designation Act;
  (5) H.R. 4056--Commercial Aviation MANPADS Defense Act of 2004;
  (6) H.R. 4011--North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004;
  (7) 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;
  (8) H.R. 4660--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;
  (9) 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;
  (10) H. Con. Res. 436--Celebrating 10 years of majority rule in the 
Republic of South Africa; and
  (11) H. Con. Res. 469--Condemning the attack on the AMIA Jewish 
Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July 1994. 


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