Daily Digest

Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D824-D829]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                                            Thursday, July 22, 2004

[[Page D824]]

                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 4613, 
      Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
      Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2443, 
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Authorization.
      House Committee ordered reported the following appropriations for 
      fiscal year 2005: VA, HUD and Independent Agencies; and the 
      Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies.
                                 Senate

Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8577-S8809
Measures Introduced: Fifty-seven bills and ten resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2716-72, S. Res. 415-419, and S. Con. Res. 
131-135.
  Pages S8687-89
Measures Reported:
  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. 4012, To amend the District of Columbia College Access Act of 
1999 to reauthorize for five additional years the public school and 
private school tuition assistance programs established under the Act.
  H.R. 4222, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 550 Nebraska Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, as the 
``Newell George Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 4327, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 7450 Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis, Missouri, as 
the ``Vitilas `Veto' Reid Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 4427, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 73 South Euclid Avenue in Montauk, New York, as the 
``Perry B. Duryea, Jr. Post Office''.
  S. 2501, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 73 South Euclid Avenue in Montauk, New York, as the 
``Perry B. Duryea, Jr. Post Office''.
  S. 2640, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 1050 North Hills Boulevard in Reno, Nevada, as the 
``Guardians of Freedom Memorial Post Office Building'' and to authorize 
the installation of a plaque at such site.
  S. 2673, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 1001 Williams Street, Ignacio, Colorado, as the 
``Leonard C. Burch Post Office Building''.
  S. 2682, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 222 West 8th Street, Durango, Colorado, as the ``Ben 
Nighthorse Campbell Post Office Building''.
Page S8686
Measures Passed:
  National Veterans Business Development Corporation Clarification: 
Senate passed S. 2724, to amend section 33(a) of the Small Business Act 
(15 U.S.C. 657c(a)) to clarify that the National Veterans Business 
Development Corporation is a private entity.
  Pages S8640-41
  FHA Mortgage Insurance: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2712, to 
preserve the ability of the Federal Housing Administration to insure 
mortgages under sections 238 and 519 of the National Housing Act, and 
the bill was then passed.
  Page S8627

[[Page D825]]

  Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act: Committee on Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 663, to amend title IX of the Public Health 
Service Act to provide for the improvement of patient safety and to 
reduce the incidence of events that adversely affect patient safety, 
after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu 
thereof, the text of S. 720, Senate companion measure, after agreeing 
to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S8627-33
  Frist (for Gregg/Kennedy) Amendment No. 3568, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S8632-33
  Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following 
conferees on the part of the Senate: Gregg, Frist, Enzi, Alexander, 
Kennedy, Dodd, and Jeffords.
Pages S8632-33
  Subsequently, S. 720 was returned to the Senate calendar. 
                                                         Pages S8632-33
  U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act: Pursuant to the 
order of July 21, 2004, Senate passed H.R. 4842, to implement the 
United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement.
  Page S8633
  Subsequently, the July 21, 2004 passage of S. 2677, Senate companion 
measure, was vitiated, and the bill was then returned to the Senate 
calendar.
Page S8633
  TEA-21 Extension: Senate passed H.R. 4916, 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.
  Pages S8790-91
  Sudan Human Rights: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 133, declaring 
genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
  Pages S8792-93
  Condemning Anti-Semitic Attack: Committee on Foreign Relations was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 126, condemning 
the attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, in July 1994, and expressing the concern of the United 
States regarding the continuing, decade-long delay in the resolution of 
this case, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S8793-94
  Urging the Government of Ukraine: Committee on Foreign Relations was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 106, urging the 
Government of Ukraine to ensure a democratic, transparent, and fair 
election process for the presidential election on October 31, 2004, and 
the resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S8794-95
  Iran Nuclear Safeguards Agreement: Committee on Foreign Relations was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 81, expressing 
the concern of Congress over Iran's development of the means to produce 
nuclear weapons, and the resolution was agreed to, after agreeing to 
the following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S8795-98
  Frist (for Kyl/Feinstein) Amendment No. 3569, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S8796-97
  Frist (for Kyl) Amendment No. 3570, to amend the preamble. 
                                                         Pages S8797-98
  Frist (for Kyl) Amendment No. 3571, to amend the title.
Page S8798
  Iran: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further 
consideration of H. Con. Res. 398, expressing the concern of Congress 
over Iran's development of the means to produce nuclear weapons, and 
the resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S8798-99
  Frist (for Kyl/Feinstein) Amendment No. 3572, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S8798
  Frist (for Kyl) Amendment No. 3573, to amend the preamble. 
                                                             Page S8798
  Frist (for Kyl) Amendment No. 3574, to amend the title.
Page S8798
  Perry B. Duryea, Jr. Post Office: Senate passed S. 2501, to designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 73 South 
Euclid Avenue in Montauk, New York, as the ``Perry B. Duryea, Jr. Post 
Office''.
  Page S8799
  Guardians of Freedom Memorial Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 
2640, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 1050 North Hills Boulevard in Reno, Nevada, as the 
``Guardians of Freedom Memorial Post Office Building'' and to authorize 
the installation of a plaque at such site.
  Page S8799
  Ben Nighthorse Campbell Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 2682, 
to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 222 West 8th Street, Durango, Colorado, as the ``Ben Nighthorse 
Campbell Post Office Building''.
  Page S8799
  James E. Worsham facilities: Senate passed 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, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                             Page S8799
  Newell George Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 4222, to 
designate the facility of the

[[Page D826]]

United States Postal Service located at 550 Nebraska Avenue in Kansas 
City, Kansas, as the ``Newell George Post Office Building'', clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Page S8799
  Vitilas `Veto' Reid Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 4327, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
7450 Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis, Missouri, as the ``Vitilas 
`Veto' Reid Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S8799
  Perry B. Duryea, Jr. Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 4427, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
73 South Euclid Avenue in Montauk, New York, as the ``Perry B. Duryea, 
Jr. Post Office'', clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S8799
  National Museum of the American Indian: Senate agreed to S.J. Res. 
41, commemorating the opening of the National Museum of the American 
Indian, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S8799-S8800
  Record Production Authorization: Senate agreed to S. Res. 415, to 
authorize the production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on 
Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs.
  Page S8800
  Congratulating California State University Fullerton baseball team: 
Senate agreed to S. Res. 416, congratulating the California State 
University, Fullerton baseball team on winning the 2004 College World 
Series.
  Pages S8800-01
  Congratulating UCLA Women's Softball team: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
417, congratulating the University of California at Los Angeles women's 
softball team on winning the 2004 National Collegiate Athletic 
Association Championship.
  Page S8801
  National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
418, designating September 2004 as ``National Prostate Cancer Awareness 
Month.''
  Pages S8801-02
  Authorizing Printing of Commemorative Document: Senate agreed to S. 
Con. Res. 135, authorizing the printing of a commemorative document in 
memory of the late President of the United States, Ronald Wilson 
Reagan.
  Page S8802
  Recognizing AMVETS: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 308, recognizing 
the members of AMVETS for their service to the Nation and supporting 
the goal of AMVETS National Charter Day.
  Page S8802
  Commending U.S. Institute of Peace: Senate agreed to 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.
  Pages S8802-03
  National Veterans Awareness Week: Senate agreed to 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.
  Page S8803
  Smokey Bear's 60th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 404, 
designating August 9, 2004, as ``Smokey Bear's 60th Anniversary''. 
                                                         Pages S8803-04
  National Mammography Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 407, designating 
October 15, 2004, as ``National Mammography Day''.
  Page S8804
  SUTA Dumping Prevention Act: Senate passed H.R. 3463, to amend titles 
III and IV of the Social Security Act to improve the administration of 
unemployment taxes and benefits, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S8804
  Recognizing Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Committee 
on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further 
consideration of S. Res. 221, recognizing National Historically Black 
Colleges and Universities and the importance and accomplishments of 
historically Black colleges and universities, and the resolution was 
then agreed to.
  Page S8804
  Recognizing Gold Medal Recipients: Committee on Governmental Affairs 
was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 400, recognizing 
the 2004 Congressional Awards Gold Medal Recipients, and the resolution 
was then agreed to.
  Pages S8804-05
  Service Activities to Assist Seniors: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 409, encouraging 
increased involvement in service activities to assist senior citizens, 
and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S8805-06
  National Purple Heart Recognition Day: Committee on Armed Services 
was discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 112, 
supporting the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition 
Day, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S8806
  Honoring WWII Army Motor Transport Brigade: Committee on Armed 
Services was discharged from further consideration of H. Con. Res. 439, 
honoring the members of the Army Motor Transport Brigade who during 
World War II served in the trucking operation known as the Red Ball 
Express

[[Page D827]]

for their service and contribution to the Allied advance following the 
D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, and the resolution was then agreed 
to.
  Page S8806
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 479, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page S8807
  Tamper-Resistant Entry/Exit Documents: Senate passed H.R. 4417, to 
modify certain deadlines pertaining to machine-readable, tamper-
resistant entry and exit documents.
  Page S8807
Department of Defense Appropriations--Conference Report: By a unanimous 
vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 163), Senate agreed to the conference report 
to accompany H.R. 4613, making appropriations for the Department of 
Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005. 
                                               Pages S8614-16, S8617-22
Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation--Conference Report: Senate 
agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2443, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal years 2004 and 2005 for the United States 
Coast Guard, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S8624-27
Signing Authority Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that during this adjournment of the Senate, the Majority 
Leader, Assistant Majority Leader, and Senator Warner, be authorized to 
sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
  Page S8806
Authority for Committees--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that notwithstanding the Senate's adjournment, all 
committees be authorized to file legislative and executive reports of 
the Senate on Wednesday, August 25, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. 
                                                             Page S8806
Appointment Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, 
the President of the Senate, the President pro tempore, and the 
Majority and Democratic Leaders be authorized to make appointments to 
commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary 
conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, 
or by order of the Senate.
  Pages S8806-07
Nomination: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Henry 
W. Saad, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth 
Circuit.
  Pages S8585-93
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 160), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
                                                         Pages S8592-93
Nomination: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Richard 
A. Griffin, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 
Sixth Circuit.
  Pages S8593-95
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 161), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
                                                             Page S8595
Nomination: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of David 
W. McKeague, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 
Sixth Circuit.
  Page S8595
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 162), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
                                                             Page S8595
Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing for consideration of the nominations of Virginia Maria 
Hernandez Covington, to be United States District Judge for the Middle 
District of Florida, and Michael H. Schneider, Sr., to be United States 
District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, at 5 p.m., on 
Tuesday, September 7, 2004, and that the time until 5:30 p.m. be 
equally divided between the Chairman and Ranking Member of the 
Committee on the Judiciary; after which Senate will vote on 
confirmation of the nominations respectively; following which, Senate 
will consider and vote on the nomination of Michael H. Watson, to be 
United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. 
                                                             Page S8791
Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that all nominations remain in status quo, notwithstanding 
the adjournment of the Senate, and the provisions of rule XXXI, 
Paragraph 6, of the Standing Rules of the Senate, with certain 
exceptions.
  Page S8791
Appointments:
  Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel: The Chair, on 
behalf of the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Ranking 
Member of the

[[Page D828]]

Senate Committee on Finance, pursuant to Public Law 106-170, announced 
the appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the 
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel: Thomas P. Golden of 
Tennessee.
  Page S8806
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Charles L. Kolbe, of Iowa, to be a Member of the Internal Revenue 
Service Oversight Board for the remainder of the term expiring 
September 14, 2004.
  Jerald S. Paul, of Florida, to be Principal Deputy Administrator, 
National Nuclear Security Administration. (New Position)
  Tina Westby Jonas, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller).
  David M. Stone, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland 
Security. (New Position)
  Larry C. Kindsvater, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of Central 
Intelligence for Community Management.
  John O. Colvin, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax 
Court for a term of fifteen years. (Reappointment)
  Captain Samuel P. De Bow, Jr., NOAA for appointment to the grade of 
Rear Admiral (O-8), while serving in a position of importance and 
responsibility as Director, NOAA Corps and Director, Office of Marine 
and Aviation Operations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, under the provisions of Title 33, United States Code, 
Section 3028(d)(1).
  Captain Richard R. Behn, NOAA for appointment to the grade of Rear 
Admiral (O-7), while serving in a position of importance and 
responsibility as Director, Marine and Aviation Operations Centers, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the provisions 
of Title 33, United States Code, Section 3028(d)(1).
  John Ripin Miller, of Washington, to be Director of the Office to 
Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large. 
(Prior to this action, Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged 
from further consideration.)
  Valerie Lynn Baldwin, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Army.
  2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  9 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  3 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.
  9 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
  26 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration, Navy.
Pages S8808-09
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Sharon Brown-Hruska, of Virginia, to be a Commissioner of the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the term expiring April 13, 
2009. (Reappointment)
  James S. Simpson, of New York, to be a Member of the Advisory Board 
of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
  Karen Alderman Harbert, of the District of Columbia, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of Energy (International Affairs and Domestic 
Policy).
  Hector E. Morales, of Texas, to be United States Executive Director 
of the Inter-American Development Bank for a term of three years.
  Alan Greenspan, of New York, to be United States Alternate Governor 
of the International Monetary Fund for a term of five years. 
(Reappointment)
  Christopher A. Boyko, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for 
the Northern District of Ohio.
  Lisa Godbey Wood, of Georgia, to be United States Attorney for the 
Southern District of Georgia for the term of four years.
  Richard B. Roper III, of Texas, to be United States Attorney for the 
Northern District of Texas for the term of four years.
  Gregory Franklin Jenner, of Oregon, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
the Treasury.
  Yousif B. Ghafari, of Michigan, to be an Alternate Representative of 
the United States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General 
Assembly of the United Nations.
  Jane Dee Hull, of Arizona, to be a Representative of the United 
States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General Assembly of 
the United Nations.
  John S. Shaw, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Energy (Environment, Safety and Health).
  Anna Escobedo Cabral, of Virginia, to be Treasurer of the United 
States.
  Routine lists in the Air Force.
Pages S8807-08
Nominations Returned to the President: The following nominations were 
returned to the President failing of confirmation under Senate rule 
XXXI at the time of the adjournment of the 108th Congress:
  Deborah P. Majoras, of Virginia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner 
for the unexpired term of seven years from September 26, 2001; and
  Jon D. Leibowitz, of Maryland, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for 
a term of seven years from September 26, 2003.
Page S8791
Messages From the House:
  Page S8677
Measures Referred:
  Page S8677

[[Page D829]]

Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S8677
Executive Communications:
  Page S8678
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S8678-86
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S8686-87
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8689-91
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8691-S8776
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8671-77
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8776-89
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Pages S8789
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S8789-90
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S8790
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--163) 
                                      Pages S8592-93, S8595, and S8622)
Adjournment: Senate met at 9:30 a.m., and, in accordance with the 
provisions of H. Con. Res. 479, adjourned at 11:46 p.m., until 12 noon, 
on Tuesday, September 7, 2004. (For Senate's program, see the remarks 
of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S8807.)


Top

Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D829-D832]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPALACHIAN COUNCIL/WORKING FOR AMERICA INSTITUTE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine 
contract renewal issues relative to the Appalachian Council and future 
funding issues relative to the Working for America Institute, focusing 
on vocational training, job placement and career transition services to 
Job Corps students and graduates, after receiving testimony from Thomas 
M. Dowd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and 
Training Administration; Mayor Bobby Baker, Batesville, Mississippi; 
Richard C. Trigg, Job Corps, and Nancy Mills, Working for America 
Institute, both of Washington, D.C.; Jim Bowen, West Virginia AFL-CIO, 
Gary Darlington and Herb Mabry, both of the Appalachian Council, all of 
Charleston, West Virginia; Bill George, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, 
Harrisburg; and William Burga, Ohio AFL-CIO, Columbus.
ARMY INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Department of the Army Inspector General Report on detention 
operation doctrine and training, after receiving testimony from Les 
Brownlee, Acting Secretary of the Army; General Peter J. Schoomaker, 
USA, Chief of Staff of the Army; Lieutenant General Paul T. Mikolashek, 
USA, Inspector General of the Army; and Lieutenant General Keith B. 
Alexander, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2.
SEC PROPOSED RULEMAKING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the proposed Regulation NMS (National Market System) 
relative to trade-throughs, intermarket access, sub-penny pricing, and 
market data, and market structure developments, after receiving 
testimony from Davi M. D'Agostino, Director, Financial Markets and 
Community Investments, Government Accountability Office; David Colker, 
National Stock Exchange, Chicago, Illinois; Kevin Cronin, AIM 
Investments, Houston, Texas; Scott DeSano, Fidelity Investments, 
Boston, Massachusetts; Phylis M. Esposito, Ameritrade Holding 
Corporation, Omaha, Nebraska; Charles Leven, AARP, Washington, D.C.; 
and Bernard L. Madoff, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, Robert 
H. McCooey Jr., Griswold Company, Inc., Kim Bang, Bloomberg Tradebook, 
LLC, Robert B. Fagenson, Van der Moolen Specialists, John C. Giesea, 
Security Traders Association, all of New York, New York.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 2295, to authorize appropriations for the Homeland Security 
Department's Directorate of Science and Technology, establish a program 
for the use of advanced technology to meet homeland security needs;
  H.R. 2608, to reauthorize the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction 
Program;
  S. 2603, to amend section 227 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 
U.S.C. 227) relating to the prohibition on junk fax transmissions;
  S. 2644, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 with respect to the 
carriage of direct broadcast satellite television signals by satellite 
carriers to consumers in rural areas, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute;
  S. 2281, to provide a clear and unambiguous structure for the 
jurisdictional and regulatory treatment for the offering or provision 
of voice-over-Internet-protocol applications, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  S. 2505, to implement the recommendations of the Federal 
Communications Commission report to the Congress regarding low power FM 
service, with an amendment;

[[Page D830]]


  S. 2645, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to authorize 
appropriations for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting;
  S. 2488, to establish a program within the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration and the United States Coast Guard to help 
identify, assess, reduce, and prevent marine debris and its adverse 
impacts on the marine environment and navigation safety, in 
coordination with non-Federal entities;
  S. 2280, to establish a coordinated national ocean exploration 
program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and
  The nominations of David M. Stone, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security 
Administration), Albert A. Frink, Jr., of California, to be Assistant 
Secretary of Commerce for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, 
Brett T. Palmer, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, 
Benjamin H. Wu, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for 
Technology Policy, Scott Kevin Walker, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of 
the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development 
Corporation, Enrique J. Sosa, of Florida, to be a Member of the Reform 
Board (Amtrak), Captain Richard R. Behn, NOAA, for appointment to the 
grade of Rear Admiral (O-7), while serving in a position of importance 
and responsibility as Director, Marine and Aviation Operations Centers, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Captain Samuel P. 
De Bow, Jr., NOAA, for appointment to the grade of Rear Admiral (O-8), 
while serving in a position of importance and responsibility as 
Director, NOAA Corps and Director, Office of Marine and Aviation 
Operations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and sundry 
nominations for promotion in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard.
SATURN
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, focusing on 
the planet's rings, and its moon Titan, after receiving testimony from 
Orlando Figueroa, Solar System Exploration Division Director, Office of 
Space Science, and Denis Bogan, Scientist, and Mark Dahl, Executive, 
both of the Cassini Program, all of the National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration.
NATIONAL PARKS AIR TOUR MANAGEMENT ACT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded an oversight hearing to examine the implementation of 
the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (Title VIII, Public 
Law 106-181), after receiving testimony from William C. Withycombe, 
Regional Administrator (Western Pacific Region), Federal Aviation 
Administration, Department of Transportation; Paul Hoffman, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks; 
Roy Resavage, Helicopter Association International, Alexandria, 
Virginia; David J. Chevalier, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Kahului, 
Hawaii; Charles W. Maynard, Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National 
Park, Jonesboro, Tennessee; and Don Barger, National Parks Conservation 
Association (Southeast Region), Knoxville, Tennessee.
HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCING
Committee on Finance: Committee held a hearing to examine the role of 
higher education financing in strengthening United States 
competitiveness in a global economy, receiving testimony from Randall 
Edwards, Oregon State Treasurer, Salem; Susan Dynarski, Harvard 
University Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 
Peter B. Corr, Pfizer, New York, New York; Watson Scott Swail, 
Education Policy Institute, Stafford, Virginia; Robert Paxton, Iowa 
Central Community College, Fort Dodge; David Forbes, University of 
Montana School of Pharmacy, Missoula; Chuck Toth, Merrill Lynch and 
Company, Princeton, New Jersey; and James Fadule, UPromise Investments, 
Needham, Massachusetts.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
IRAQ--POST-TRANSITION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the current situation in Iraq post-transition, focusing on U.S. 
activities in Iraq since the transfer of sovereignty to the new Interim 
Iraqi Government, including increasing security in Iraq, improving the 
economy, affirming the place of Iraq as a member of the international 
community, and laying the groundwork for national elections in Iraq, 
after receiving testimony from Ronald L. Schlicher, Iraq Coordinator, 
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; and David C. 
Gompert, National Defense University Center for Technology and National 
Security Policy, Washington, D.C.
INTERNET PHARMACIES
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Permanent Subcommittee on 
Investigations resumed hearings to examine the extent to which 
consumers can purchase pharmaceuticals over the Internet without a 
medical prescription, the importation of pharmaceuticals into the 
United States, and whether pharmaceuticals from foreign sources are 
counterfeit, expired, unsafe, or illegitimate, focusing on the extent 
to which U.S.

[[Page D831]]

consumers can purchase dangerous and often addictive controlled 
substances from Internet pharmacy websites and the procedures utilized 
by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement 
Administration, the United States Postal Service, and the Food and Drug 
Administration, as well as the private sector to address these issues, 
after receiving testimony from Richard M. Stana, Director, Homeland 
Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; Karen P. 
Tandy, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of 
Justice; Lee R. Heath, Chief Postal Inspector, United States Postal 
Service; Jayson P. Ahern, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field 
Operations, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Department of 
Homeland Security; John M. Taylor, III, Associate Commissioner for 
Regulatory Affairs, and William K. Hubbard, Associate Commissioner for 
Policy and Planning, both of the Food and Drug Administration, 
Department of Health and Human Services; John Scheibel, Yahoo! Inc., 
Washington, D.C.; Sheryl Sandberg, Google, Inc., Mountain View, 
California; Joshua L. Peirez, Mastercard International Incorporated, 
Purchase, New York; Steve Ruwe, Visa U.S.A. Inc., Foster City, 
California; Robert A. Bryden, FedEx Corporation, Memphis, Tennessee; 
and Daniel J. Silva, United Parcel Service, Atlanta, Georgia.
NOMINATION
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing 
examine the nomination of Allen Weinstein, of Maryland, to be Archivist 
of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration, 
after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Lugar, testified and 
answered questions in his own behalf.
MILITARY FAMILIES
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: On Wednesday, July 
21, Subcommittee on Children and Families held a joint hearing with the 
Committee on Armed Services' Subcommittee on Personnel 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, receiving testimony from Charles S. 
Abell, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and 
Readiness; Florida Governor John Ellis Bush, Tallahassee; Indiana 
Governor Joseph E. Kernan, Indianapolis; Nolan Jones, National 
Governors Association, Washington, D.C.; General Dennis J. Reimer, USA, 
(Ret.), Edmond, Oklahoma, on behalf of the Military Child Education 
Coalition; and Hollister K. Petraeus, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine preparations for possible future 
terrorist attacks, focusing on a concept of operations plan, tailored 
to each National Special Security Event, which establishes a framework 
for managing federal public health and medical assets and coordinating 
with state and local governments in an emergency, after receiving 
testimony from Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human 
Services; Eric Tolbert, Director, Response Division, Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, and Andrew T. Mitchell, Deputy Director, Office for 
Domestic Preparedness, both of the Department of Homeland Security; 
Susan C. Waltman, Greater New York Hospital Association, New York; 
Michael Sellitto, District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical 
Services Department, Washington, D.C.; Ricardo Martinez, Medical Sports 
Group, Atlanta, Georgia, on behalf of the National Football League; and 
George E. Thibault, Partners Healthcare, Boston, Massachusetts.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee began mark up of S. 1700, to 
eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime 
scenes and convicted offenders, to improve and expand the DNA testing 
capacity of Federal, State, and local crime laboratories, to increase 
research and development of new DNA testing technologies, to develop 
new training programs regarding the collection and use of DNA evidence, 
to provide post-conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the 
innocent, to improve the performance of counsel in State capital cases, 
but did not take final action thereon, and recessed subject to call.
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine S. 
2560, to amend chapter 5 of title 17, United States Code, relating to 
inducement of copyright infringement, after receiving testimony from 
Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office, Library 
of Congress; Gary J. Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association, 
Arlington, Virginia; Robert Holleyman, Business Software Alliance, 
Kevin S. McGuiness, NetCoalition, and Mitch Bainwol, Recording Industry 
Association of America, Washington, D.C.; and Andrew C. Greenberg, 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA, New York, New 
York.

[[Page D832]]


INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to call.


Top

Daily Digest/House of Representatives

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D832-D834]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]





                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 10 public bills, H.R. 4892-5001; 3 private bills, 
H.R. 5002-5004; and 23 resolutions, H.J. Res. 101; H. Con. Res. 477-
485, and H. Res. 741-753 were introduced.
  Pages H6700-06
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H6706-07
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 699, directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the 
House of Representatives documents in the possession of the Secretary 
of State relating to the treatment of prisoners and detainees in Iraq, 
Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, amended, adversely (H. Rept. 108-631);
  H. Res. 689, a resolution of inquiry requesting the President and 
directing certain other Federal officials to transmit to the House of 
Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption 
of this resolution documents in the possession of the President and 
those officials relating to the treatment of prisoners or detainees in 
Iraq, Afghanistan, or Guantanamo Bay, amended, adversely (H. Rept. 108-
632);
  Report on the Revised Suballocation of Budget Allocations for Fiscal 
Year 2005 (H. Rept. 108-633); and
  H.R. 4501, to extend the statutory license for secondary 
transmissions under section 119 of title 17, United States Code, and to 
amend the Communications Act of 1934 with respect to such transmissions 
(H. Rept. 108-634).
Page H6700
Marriage Protection Act of 2003: The House passed H.R. 3313, to amend 
title 28, United States Code, to limit Federal court jurisdiction over 
questions under the Defense of Marriage Act, by a yea-and-nay vote of 
233 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 410.
  Pages H6580-H6613
  Agreed to the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by 
the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill.
Page H6580
  H. Res. 734, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a voice vote.
Pages H6562-69
United States-Morocco Free Trade Implementation Act: The House passed 
H.R. 4842, to implement the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement, 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 323 yeas to 99 nays, Roll No. 413. 
                                                         Pages H6615-50
  Agreed to extend time for debate on the bill.
Page H6621
  H. Res. 738, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 345 yeas to 76 nays, Roll No. 407. 
                                                         Pages H6569-79
Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY05--Conference Report: 
The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 4613, 
making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2005, by a yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 12 
nays, Roll No. 418.
  Pages H6675-76
  H. Res. 735, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report was agreed to by a voice vote.
Pages H6652-60
Military Construction Appropriations Act for FY05: The House passed 
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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 
420 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 417. The bill was also considered on 
Wednesday, July 21.
  Pages H6660-75
  A point of order was sustained against the Obey motion to recommit 
the bill back to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to 
report it back to the House forthwith with an amendment.
Page H6673
  Rejected the Obey motion to recommit the bill back to the Committee 
on Appropriations with instructions to report it back to the House 
promptly with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 201 yeas to 217 
nays, Roll No. 416.
Pages H6673-75
Point of Order sustained against:
  Section 129 of the bill regarding an increase in funds that is not 
subject to scoring for purposes of the Congressional Budget and 
Impoundment Control Act of 1974.
Page H6667

[[Page D833]]


  Agreed to H. Res.732, the rule providing for consideration of the 
bill was agreed to on Wednesday, July 21.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures that were previously debated:
  Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2004: Debated 
on Tuesday, July 20: 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas with none 
voting ``nay'', Roll No. 408;
  Page H6579
  Sense of the House regarding the postponement of Presidential 
elections due to terrorist actions: Debated on Tuesday, July 20: 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, 
by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 409; 
                                                         Pages H6579-80
  Commercial Aviation MANPADS Defense Act of 2004: Debated on 
Wednesday, July 21: H.R. 4056, amended, 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, by a \2/
3\ yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 411;
                                                             Page H6613
  Urging the Government of the Republic of Belarus to ensure a 
democratic election process for its elections in the Fall of 2004: 
Debated on Wednesday, July 21: 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, 
by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll 
No. 412;
  Pages H6613-14
  Celebrating 10 years of majority rule in the Republic of South 
Africa: Debated on Wednesday, July 21: H. Con. Res. 436, amended, 
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, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 414; 
                                                         Pages H6650-51
  Recognizing the importance in history of the 150th anniversary of the 
establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Japan: 
Debated on Wednesday, July 21: 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, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 415; 
                                                             Page H6651
  Condemning the attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos 
Aires, Argentina in July 1994: Debated on Wednesday, July 21: H. Con. 
Res. 469, condemning the attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in 
Buenos Aires, Argentina, in July 1994, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 
422 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 419; and
  Page H6676
  Declaring genocide in Darfur, Sudan: Debated on Wednesday, July 21: 
H. Con. Res. 467, amended, declaring genocide in Darfur, Sudan, by a 
\2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 
420.
  Page H6677
Late Report: Agreed that the Committee on Science have until 5 p.m. on 
Friday, August 27 to file a report on H.R. 3551, to authorize 
appropriations to the Department of Transportation for surface 
transportation research and development.
  Page H6615
Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act of 2003--Motion to Instruct 
Conferees: The House rejected 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, by a yea-
and-nay vote of 198 yeas to 222 nays, Roll No. 421. The motion was also 
considered on Tuesday, July 20.
  Pages H6677-78
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 741, electing 
Representative Butterfield to the Committees on Agriculture and Small 
Business.
  Pages H6651-52
Summer District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 479, 
providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives 
and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page H6678
Expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives to the 
family and friends of Mattie Stepanek: The House agreed to 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.
  Pages H6678-79

[[Page D834]]

Member Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Bereuter wherein 
he announced his resignation from the House of Representatives, 
effective August 31, 2004.
  Pages H6679-80
Recess: The House recessed at 9:35 p.m. and reconvened at 10:25 p.m. 
                                                             Page H6680
Extending programs funded under the Highway Trust Fund: The House 
agreed to discharge from the Committees on Transportation and 
Infrastructure, Ways and Means, Science, and Resources and pass by 
unanimous consent H.R. 4916, 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. 
                                                         Pages H6680-85
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, September 8.
  Page H6685
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to 
meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 26, 2004, unless it sooner has received 
a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 
479, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that 
concurrent resolution.
  Page H6685
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Wolf, or if not available to perform this 
duty, Representative Tom Davis of Virginia to act as Speaker pro 
tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through September 
7, 2004.
  Page H6685
Preserving the ability of the FHA to insure mortgages under the 
National Housing Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table 
and pass S. 2712, to preserve the ability of the Federal Housing 
Administration to insure mortgages under sections 238 and 519 of the 
National Housing Act.
  Page H6695
Senate Message: Messages received from the Senate today appears on 
pages H6651, H6692.
Senate Referral: S. 2249 was referred to the Committee on Financial 
Services; S. Con. Res. 125 was held at the desk; S. Con. Res. 130 was 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and S. 2724 was referred to 
the Committee on Small Business.
  Page H6697
Quorum Calls--Votes: 15 yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H6578-79, H6579, H6579-80, 
H6612, H6613, H6613-14, H6649-50, H6651, H6674, H6675, H6675-76, H6676, 
H6677, and H6677-78. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 11:57 p.m., pursuant to 
the provisions of H. Con. Res. 479, stands adjourned until 4 p.m. on 
Monday, July 26, unless it sooner has received a message from the 
Senate transmitting its adoption of the concurrent resolution, in which 
case the House shall stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 
7, 2004.


Top

Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D834-D836]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
FOOD PROMOTION ACT
Committee on Agriculture: Ordered reported H.R. 4576, Food Promotion 
Act of 2004.
USDA'S NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture 
held a hearing to review the USDA's National Animal Identification 
System. Testimony was heard from John Clifford, Deputy Administrator, 
Veterinary Services, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA; 
and public witnesses.
VA, HUD AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES AND THE TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY AND 
INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS FISCAL YEAR 2005
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the following 
appropriations for fiscal year 2005: VA, HUD and Independent Agencies; 
and Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies.
ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE ATTACK
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the Report of the 
Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from 
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack. Testimony was heard from William R. 
Graham, Chairman, Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States 
from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack.
SPACE CADRE/SPACE PROFESSIONALS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a 
hearing on Space Cadre/Space Professionals. Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of Defense: Peter B. Teets, 
Under Secretary, Air Force, Space; GEN Lance Lord, USAF, Commander, Air 
Force Space Command; LTG Larry J. Dodgen, USA, Commander, Space and 
Missile Defense Command; and RADM James McArthur, USN, Commander, Navy 
Network Warfare Command; and public witnesses.

[[Page D835]]


TAX CODE'S IMPACT ON REVENUE PROJECTIONS AND THE FEDERAL BUDGET
Committee on the Budget: Held a hearing on the U.S. Tax Code's Impact 
on Revenue Projections and the Federal Budget. Testimony was heard from 
Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin, Director, CBO; and public witnesses.
GENETIC NON-DISCRIMINATION
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Employer-
Employee Relations held a hearing entitled ``Genetic Non-
Discrimination: Examining the Implications for Workers and Employers.'' 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DC--SAFE DRINKING WATER
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``Tapped Out? Lead in the 
District of Columbia and the Providing of Safe Drinking Water.'' 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the EPA: Benjamin 
Grumbles, Acting Assistant Administrator, Water; and Don Welsh, 
Administrator, Region III; John Stephenson, Director, Natural Resources 
and Environment Team, GAO; Jerry N. Johnson, Executive Director, Water 
and Sewer Authority, District of Columbia; and public witnesses.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``Health Information Technology: Improving Quality and Value 
of Patient Care.'' Testimony was heard from Tommy Thompson, Secretary 
of Health and Human Services; Robert M. Kolodner, M.D., Acting Chief, 
Health Informatics Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer, 
Health, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
E-RATE PROGRAM INVESTIGATION
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Problems with the E-rate 
Program: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Concerns in the Wiring of Our Nation's 
Schools to the Internet.'' Testimony was heard from William Maher, 
Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC; and public witnesses.
  In refusing to give testimony at the hearing, the following 
individuals: Thomas J. Burger, President and CEO, NEC Unified 
Solutions, Inc.; William Holman, former Vice President of Sales, NEC 
Business Network Solutions; and George Marchelos, former E-rate 
Consultant and Salesperson, Video Network Communications, Inc., invoked 
Fifth Amendments privileges.
MARKET AND INVESTOR RECOVERY
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Sarbanes-
Oxley: Two Years of Market and Investor Recovery.'' Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
IRAQ--CONTRACTING AND REBUILDING
Committee on Government Reform: Continued hearings entitled 
``Contracting and the Rebuilding of Iraq: Part IV.'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
DRUGS AND SECURITY IN POST-9/11 WORLD
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources and the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and 
Border Security of the Select Committee on Homeland Security held a 
joint hearing entitled ``Drugs and Security in a Post-9/11 World: 
Coordinating the Counternarcotics Mission at the Department of Homeland 
Security.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Homeland Security: Robert Bonner, Commissioner, U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection; ADM Thomas H. Collins, USCG, Commandant, 
U.S. Coast Guard; Michael J. Garcia, Assistant Secretary, U.S. 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Roger Mackin, Counternarcotics 
Officer.
HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and 
Wellness held a hearing entitled `` Balancing Act: The Health 
Advantages of Naturally-Occurring Hormones in Hormone Replacement 
Therapy.'' Testimony was heard from Barbara Alving, M.D., Acting, 
Director, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, Department of Health 
and Human Services; and public witnesses
ESTABLISH--NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO
Committee on House Administration: Held a hearing on H.R. 4863, To 
establish the Commission to Establish the National Museum of the 
American Latino to develop a plan of action for the establishment and 
maintenance within the Smithsonian Institution of the National Museum 
of the American Latino in Washington, DC. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Ros-Lehtinen and Becerra; Lawrence M. Small, Secretary, 
Smithsonian Institution; and pubic witnesses.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO PEACE ACCORDS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa held a 
hearing on The Democratic Republic

[[Page D836]]

of Congo Peace Accords: One Year Later. Testimony was heard from 
Constance Berry Newman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, 
Department of State; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health held 
a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 822, Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 
2003; H.R. 4806, Pine Springs Land Exchange Act; and H.R. 4838, Health 
Forest Youth Conservation Corps Act of 2004. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Larsen of Washington and Neugebauer; Mark Rey, Under 
Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, USDA; and public 
witnesses.
SMALL BUSINESS LIABILITY REFORM
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight held a hearing on Small Business Liability Reform. Testimony 
was heard from Representative Chabot; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--EVERGLADES RESTORATION PLAN
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held an oversight hearing on Comprehensive 
Everglades Restoration Plan--The First Major Projects. Testimony was 
heard from Representative Foley; COL Robert M. Carpenter, Commander, 
Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the 
Army; Ernest Barnett, Director, Ecosystem Projects, Department of 
Environmental Protection, State of Florida; and public witnesses.
VA-DoD COLLABORATION--CARE OF VETERANS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Held a hearing on the evolution of VA-
DoD collaboration in research and amputee care for veterans of current 
and past conflicts, and needed reforms in VA blind rehabilitation 
services. Testimony was heard from Cynthia A. Bascetta, Director, 
Veterans' Health and Benefits Issues, GAO; the following officials of 
the Department of Veterans Affairs; Michael J. Kussman, M.D., Acting 
Deputy Under Secretary, Health; Mindy L. Aisen, M.D., Deputy Chief, 
Research and Development Officer; and Frederick Downs, Jr., Chief 
Consultant, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service Strategic Healthcare 
Group; the following officials of the Department of Defense: Brett P. 
Giroir, M.D., Deputy Director, Defense Sciences Office, Defense 
Advanced Research Projects Agency; LTC Paul Pasquina, M.D., USA, Chief, 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Chuck Scoville, Program 
Manager, U.S. Amputee Patient Care, both with the Walter Reed Army 
Medical Center; representatives of veterans organizations; and public 
witnesses.
ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on 
Electronic Prescribing. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
BRIEFING: INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGICAL SUPERIORITY
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Technical 
and Tactical Intelligence met in executive session to receive a 
Briefing: Technological Superiority in the Intelligence Community. The 
Subcommittee was briefed by departmental witnesses.
BRIEFING: NATIONAL CONVENTIONS AND OLYMPICS THREATS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism 
and Homeland Security met in executive session to receive a Briefing: 
Threats to the National Conventions and the Olympics. The Subcommittee 
was briefed by departmental witnesses.
BRIEFING: PORT SECURITY
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism 
and Homeland Security met in executive session to receive a Briefing: 
Port Security. The Subcommittee was briefed by departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
POSTPONEMENT OF ILLNESS
  Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
long-term trends in the health status and health spending levels of 
elderly Americans, focusing on evidence regarding declining rates of 
chronic disability and assess the best opportunities for further 
health promotion, after receiving testimony from James Lubitz, 
Acting Chief, Aging and Chronic Diseases, Statistics Branch, 
National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; Kenneth G. 
Manton, Duke University Center for Demographic Studies, Durham, 
North Carolina; James F. Fries, Stanford University School of 
Medicine, Stanford, California; and Judith Feder, Georgetown 
University Public Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.


Top

Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D836-D837]
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. D781)
  S. 15, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide protections 
and countermeasures against chemical, radiological, or nuclear agents 
that may be

[[Page D837]]

used in a terrorist attack against the United States by giving the 
National Institutes of Health contracting flexibility, infrastructure 
improvements, and expediting the scientific peer review process, and 
streamlining the Food and Drug Administration approval process of 
countermeasures. Signed on July 21, 2004. (Public Law 108-276)
  H.R. 218, 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. Signed on July 22, 2004. (Public 
Law 108-277)


Top

Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-07-23

[Daily Digest]
[Page D837]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]





                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JULY 23, 2004

                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings are scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law, oversight hearing on Regulatory Aspects of Voice 
Over the Internet Protocol (VoIP), 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, to consider 
pending business, 1 p.m., and, executive, Briefing: Acting Director 
of Central Intelligence, 2 p.m., H-405 Capitol.
  July 23, Subcommittee on Human Intelligence, Analysis and 
Counterintelligence, executive, Briefing: Counternarcotics: Mexico, 10 
a.m., H-405 Capitol.


Top

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

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D837-D838]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



CONGRESSIONAL RECORD (USPS 087�09390).

The Periodicals postage is paid at Washington, D.C.
 The public proceedings of each House of Congress, as reported
 by the Official Reporters thereof, are printed pursuant to
 directions of the Joint Committee on Printing as authorized by
 appropriate provisions of Title 44, United States Code,
 and published for each day that one or both Houses are in session,
 excepting very infrequent instances when two or more unusually
 small consecutive issues are printed one time.
 Public access to the Congressional Record is available online
 through GPO Access, a service of the Government Printing Office,
 free of charge to the user. The online database is updated each
 day the Congressional Record is published. The database includes
 both text and graphics from the beginning of the 103d Congress,
 2d session (January 1994) forward.  It is available through GPO
 Access at www.gpo.gov/gpoaccess. Customers can also access this
 information with WAIS client software, via telnet at
 swais.access.gpo.gov, or dial-in using communications software
 and a modem at 202�09512�091661. Questions or comments regarding this
 database or GPO Access can be directed to the GPO Access User
 Support Team at: E-Mail: [email protected]; Phone 1�09888�09293�096498
 (toll-free), 202�09512�091530 (D.C. area); Fax: 202�09512�091262.
 The Team's hours of availability are Monday through Friday,
 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time,
 except Federal holidays.
 The Congressional Record paper and 24x microfiche edition will
 be furnished by mail to subscribers, free of postage, at the
 following prices: paper edition, $252.00 for six months,
 $503.00 per year, or purchased as follows: less than 200 pages,
 $10.50; between 200 and 400 pages, $21.00; greater than 400 pages,
 $31.50, payable in advance; microfiche edition, $146.00 per year,
 or purchased for $3.00 per issue payable in advance.
 The semimonthly Congressional Record Index may be purchased for
 the same per issue prices. To place an order for any of these
 products, visit the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at:
 bookstore.gpo.gov. Mail orders to: Superintendent of Documents,
 P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250�097954, or phone orders to
 866�09512�091800 (toll free), 202�09512�091800 (D.C. area), or fax to
 202�09512�092104. Remit check or money order, made payable to the
 Superintendent of Documents, or use VISA, MasterCard, Discover,
 American Express, or GPO Deposit Account.
 Following each session of Congress, the daily Congressional Record
 is revised, printed, permanently bound and sold by the
 Superintendent of Documents in individual parts or by sets.
 With the exception of copyrighted articles, there are no
 restrictions on the republication of material from the
 Congressional Record.


POSTMASTER:

Send address changes to the Superintendent of Documents,
Congressional Record,
U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402,
 Along with the entire mailing label from the last issue received.


















[[Page D838]]

_______________________________________________________________________

                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     12 noon, Tuesday, September 7
                               __________
                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Tuesday, September 7: After the transaction of morning 
business for statements only (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will 
begin consideration of the nominations of Virginia Maria Hernandez 
Covington, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District 
of Florida, and Michael H. Schneider, Sr., to be United States District 
Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, following which Senate will 
vote on confirmation of the nominations respectively; following which, 
Senate will consider and vote on the nomination of Michael H. Watson, 
to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      2 p.m., Tuesday, September 7
                               __________
                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Tuesday, September 7: To be announced.
_______________________________________________________________________

            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

                   HOUSE
       
     Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E1489
     Baker, Richard H., La., E1496
     Barton, Joe, Tex., E1505
     Bereuter, Doug, Nebr., E1494
     Berman, Howard L., Calif., E1503
     Bishop, Timothy H., Jr., N.Y., E1507
     Boehlert, Sherwood, N.Y., E1505
     Boozman, John, Ark., E1493
     Boucher, Rick, Va., E1514
     Brown, Corrine, Fla., E1490, E1515
     Buyer, Steve, Ind., E1509
     Calvert, Ken, Calif., E1495
     Camp, Dave, Mich., E1501
     Cannon, Chris, Utah, E1510
     Cantor, Eric, Va., E1493
     Case, Ed, Hawaii, E1517
     Christensen, Donna M., The Virgin Islands, E1493, E1513
     Cole, Tom, Okla., E1500
     Collins, Mac, Ga., E1482, E1484
     Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E1502
     Crane, Philip M., Ill., E1514
     Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1516, E1516
     Davis, Susan A., Calif., E1505
     DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E1488
     DeGette, Diana, Colo., E1513
     Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E1516
     Dingell, John D., Mich., E1506
     Emanuel, Rahm, Ill., E1507, E1519
     Farr, Sam, Calif., E1500
     Filner, Bob, Calif., E1508, E1516
     Gallegly, Elton, Calif., E1510
     Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E1499
     Gillmor, Paul E., Ohio, E1474, E1476, E1480, E1509
     Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E1517
     Goodlatte, Bob, Va., E1494
     Gordon, Bart, Tenn., E1475, E1477
     Green, Mark, Wisc., E1483, E1485
     Gutierrez, Luis V., Ill., E1483, E1485, E1487
     Hall, Ralph M., Tex., E1473, E1475, E1478, E1479, E1481
     Harman, Jane, Calif., E1487
     Hart, Melissa A., Pa., E1486
     Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1503
     Hastings, Doc, Wash., E1506
     Hayes, Robin, N.C., E1483, E1485, E1501
     Herger, Wally, Calif., E1504
     Herseth, Stephanie, S.D., E1473, E1476, E1478
     Honda, Michael M., Calif., E1512
     Israel, Steve, N.Y., E1508
     Issa, Darrell E., Calif., E1491, E1503, E1515
     Jenkins, William L., Tenn., E1492
     Jones, Walter B., N.C., E1518
     Kennedy, Patrick J., R.I., E1486, E1499, E1504
     Kingston, Jack, Ga., E1486
     Kirk, Mark Steven, Ill., E1516
     Langevin, James R., R.I., E1475, E1477, E1489
     Lantos, Tom, Calif., E1489
     Larson, John B., Conn., E1495
     Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1489
     Lewis, Ron, Ky., E1507
     Lipinski, William O., Ill., E1493
     Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E1495
     McCarthy, Karen, Mo., E1488, E1502
     McDermott, Jim, Wash., E1508
     McInnis, Scott, Colo., E1473, E1474, E1475, E1476, E1477, 
     E1479, E1480, E1485, E1487
     Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1481, E1486, E1508
     Markey, Edward J., Mass., E1501
     Marshall, Jim, Ga., E1515
     Matsui, Robert T., Calif., E1492
     Meehan, Martin T., Mass., E1496
     Meeks, Gregory W., N.Y., E1490, E1502, E1517
     Michaud, Michael H., Me., E1512
     Mollohan, Alan B., W.Va., E1506
     Nadler, Jerrold, N.Y., E1491
     Norwood, Charlie, Ga., E1485
     Oberstar, James L., Minn., E1496
     Owens, Major R., N.Y., E1518
     Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E1487
     Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E1473, E1498, E1513
     Sanchez, Loretta, Calif., E1509
     Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E1510
     Serrano, Jose E., N.Y., E1510
     Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E1496
     Skelton, Ike, Mo., E1483, E1484
     Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E1487
     Stearns, Cliff, Fla., E1514
     Stupak, Bart, Mich., E1474, E1477, E1479, E1480
     Tancredo, Thomas G., Colo., E1474, E1476, E1478, E1479, E1480
     Thompson, Mike, Calif., E1504
     Turner, Jim, Tex., E1494
     Udall, Mark, Colo., E1507
     Upton, Fred, Mich., E1509
     Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1483, E1484, E1518
     Weller, Jerry, Ill., E1506 


Top