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                                             Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 4567, Homeland Security Appropriations.


                                 Senate

Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9155-S9240
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and two resolutions were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2797-2804, and S. Res. 424-425.
  Pages S9220-21
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of 
Budget Totals--2005.'' (S. Rept. No. 108-338)
  S. 2639, to reauthorize the Congressional Award Act. (S. Rept. No. 108-
339)
  S. 2803, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food 
and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2005. (S. Rept. No. 108-340)
  S. 2804, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005. (S. Rept. 
No. 108-341)
Page S9220
Measures Passed:
  Homeland Security Appropriations: By a unanimous vote of 93 yeas (Vote No. 
184), Senate passed H.R. 4567, making appropriations for the Department of 
Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, after 
taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                                           Pages S9167-S9213
Adopted:
  Ensign Amendment No. 3598, to increase the amount appropriated for baggage 
screening activities.
Page S9183
  Dodd/Specter Amendment No. 3630, to increase the amount provided for fire 
department staffing assistance grants, and to provide offsets. 
                                                    Pages S9167-71, S9183-84
  Bingaman/Domenici Amendment No. 3639, to provide for continued support by 
the New Mexico National Guard for the performance of the vehicle and cargo 
inspection activities of the Department of Homeland Security.
Page S9184
  Boxer/Carper Amendment No. 3641, to provide for intercity passenger and 
freight security grants.
Pages S9187-88
  Cochran (for Allard/Akaka) Amendment No. 3589, to provide for a report on 
common geospatial awareness of critical infrastructure.
Page S9194
  Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Page S9209
  Cochran (for Mikulski) Amendment No. 3611, to ensure the fiscal year 2004 
overtime cap applies to certain Customs Service employees.
Page S9194
  Cochran (for Boxer) Amendment No. 3634, to require reports on the Federal 
Air Marshals program.
Page S9194
  Cochran (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 3603, to require a GAO report on 
employment discrimination complaints relating to employment in airport 
screener positions in the Transportation Security Administration. 
                                                                  Page S9194
  Cochran (for Boxer) Amendment No. 3640, to protect the security of the 
Federal Air Marshals.
Page S9195
  Cochran (for Boxer/Schumer) Amendment No. 3642, to require a report on 
protecting commercial aircraft from the threat of man-portable air defense 
systems.
Page S9195
  Cochran (for Reed) Amendment No. 3633, to require a report on processes 
for issuing required permits for proposed liquefied gas marine terminals. 
                                                                  Page S9194
  Cochran (for Leahy/Hatch) Amendment No. 3638, to retain the uniqueness of 
the United States Secret Service within the Department of Homeland Security.
                                                              Pages S9195-96
  Cochran (for Feingold/Leahy) Amendment No. 3635, to provide a data-mining 
report to Congress.
Pages S9194-95
  Cochran (for Dole) Amendment No. 3645, to provide that funds appropriated 
to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection be used to enforce the 
provisions relating to textile transshipments provided for in the Customs 
Border Security Act of 2002.
Page S9195
  Baucus Amendment No. 3636, to provide emergency disaster assistance to 
agricultural producers in Florida and other States due to losses from 
hurricanes, droughts, freezes, floods, and other natural disasters. 
                                                    Pages S9184-87, S9200-01

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  Clinton/Schumer Amendment No. 3651, to require the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency to allocate at least $4,450,000 of any funds previously 
made available in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York 
City for continued mental health counseling services for emergency services 
personnel requiring additional assistance as a result of the September 11, 
2001 terrorist attacks.
                                                                  Page S9201
  Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 3607, to provide funds for the American Red 
Cross.
                                                                  Page S9208
  Cochran (for Collins/Pryor) Amendment No. 3614, to set aside $50,000,000 
from the amount appropriated for law enforcement terrorism prevention grants 
to identify, acquire, and transfer homeland security technology, equipment, 
and information to State and local law enforcement agencies.
                                                                  Page S9208
  Cochran (for Stabenow) Amendment No. 3647, to allow State Homeland 
Security Program grant funds to be used to pay costs associated with the 
attendance of part-time and volunteer first responders at terrorism response 
courses approved by the Office for State and Local Government Coordination 
and Preparedness.
                                                                  Page S9209
  Cochran (for Shelby) Amendment No. 3648, to require the President's fiscal 
year 2006 budget to include an amount sufficient for funding a certain level 
of maritime patrol capability.
                                                                  Page S9209
  Cochran (for Roberts) Amendment No. 3643, to express the sense of the 
Senate concerning the American Red Cross and Critical Biomedical Systems. 
                                                                  Page S9208
  Cochran (for Talent/Bond) Amendment No. 3646, to express the sense of the 
Senate that the Director of the Office for State and Local Government 
Coordination and Preparedness be given limited authority to approve requests 
from State Homeland Security Directors to reprogram Federal homeland 
security grant funds to address specific security requirements based on 
credible threat assessments.
                                                                  Page S9209
  Cochran (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 3644, to encourage the Secretary of 
Homeland Security to place special emphasis on the recruitment of American 
Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians into Disaster Assistance 
Employee cadres maintained by the Emergency Preparedness and Response 
Directorate.
                                                                  Page S9208
  Reid Modified Amendment No. 3653, to provide funds for transportation 
worker identification credentialing and for tracking trucks carrying 
hazardous material.
                                                                  Page S9209
  Cochran (for Durbin/Akaka) Amendment No. 3657, to provide for reporting by 
the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Information Officer of the 
Department of Homeland Security.
                                                                  Page S9209
  Cochran (for Domenici) Amendment No. 3658, to make a technical correction.
                                                                  Page S9209
  Cochran (for Talent) Amendment No. 3659, to require the Secretary of 
Agriculture to deploy disaster liaisons when requested by a Governor or 
appropriate State agency in a federally declared disaster area.
                                                                  Page S9209
                                                                   Rejected:
  Corzine Modified Amendment No. 3619, to appropriate an additional 
$70,000,000 to enhance the security of chemical plants and to provide an 
offset. (By 48 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 176), Senate tabled the amendment.)
                                                              Pages S9179-81
  Dayton Amendment No. 3629, to ensure the continuation of benefits for 
certain individuals providing security services for Federal buildings. (By 
49 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 177), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                              Pages S9181-82
  Kennedy Amendment No. 3626, to require the President to provide to 
Congress a copy of the Scowcroft Commission report on improving the 
capabilities of the United States intelligence community. (By 49 yeas to 45 
nays (Vote No. 180), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S9206-07
  Clinton Amendment No. 3631, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security 
to allocate formula-based grants to State and local governments based on an 
assessment of threats and vulnerabilities and other factors that the 
Secretary considers appropriate, in accordance with the recommendation of 
the 9/11 Commission. (By 54 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 183), Senate tabled 
the amendment.)
Pages S9171-72, S9173-74, S9206, S9208
Withdrawn:
  Nelson (FL)/Graham (FL) Amendment No. 3652, to provide supplemental 
disaster relief assistance for agricultural losses in the State of Florida 
resulting from Hurricanes Charley and Frances.
Pages S9202-04
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 50 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 175), three-fifths of those Senators duly 
chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the 
motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with 
respect to Mikulski Amendment No. 3624, to increase the amount appropriated 
for firefighter assistance grants. Subsequently, the point of order that the 
amendment would provide spending in excess of the subcommittee's 302(b) 
allocation was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S9176-77
  By 44 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 178), three-fifths of those Senators duly 
chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the 
motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with 
respect to Clinton/Schumer Amendment No. 3632, to appropriate an additional 
$625,000,000 for discretionary grants for high-threat, high-density urban 
areas. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment would provide 
spending in excess of the subcommittee's 302(b) allocation was sustained, 
and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S9172-73, S9174-76, S9182

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  By 48 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 179), three-fifths of those Senators duly 
chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the 
motion to waive section 501(b) of H. Con. Res. 95, Fiscal Year 2004 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Byrd Amendment No. 3649, to 
provide funds for the Transportation Security Administration, United States 
Coast Guard, and the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and 
Preparedness. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment would 
increase spending in excess of levels permitted by H. Con. Res. 95, was 
sustained, and the amendment thus falls.
Pages S9200-02
  By 43 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 181), three-fifths of those Senators duly 
chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the 
motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with 
respect to Schumer Amendment No. 3656, to increase funding for rail and 
transit security grants. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment 
would provide spending in excess of the subcommittee's 302(b) allocation was 
sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S9204-05, S9207
  By 44 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 182), three-fifths of those Senators duly 
chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the 
motion to waive section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with 
respect to Schumer Amendment No. 3655, to appropriate an additional 
$350,000,000 to improve the security at points of entry into the United 
States. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment would provide 
spending in excess of the subcommittee's 302(b) allocation was sustained, 
and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S9205-06, S9207-08
  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: Senators Cochran, Stevens, Specter, Domenici, 
McConnell, Shelby, Gregg, Campbell, Craig, Byrd, Inouye, Hollings, Leahy, 
Harkin, Mikulski, Kohl, and Murray.
Page S9213
  Honoring Former President William Jefferson Clinton: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 425, honoring former President William Jefferson Clinton on the 
occasion of his 58th birthday.
  Pages S9237-39
  Small Business Extension: Senate passed H.R. 5008, to provide an 
additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and 
the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 through September 30, 2004, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S9239-40
  Military Construction Appropriations Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing for consideration of S. 2674, 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, at 9:45 a.m., on Wednesday, September 15, 2004; 
that the two managers' amendments at the desk be agreed to and no other 
amendments be in order; that there be one hour of debate equally divided, 
and at the conclusion or yielding back of time, the bill be returned to the 
Senate calendar; provided further; that the Senate then proceed to H.R. 
4837, House companion measure, that all after the enacting clause be 
stricken, the text of S. 2674, as amended, be inserted in lieu thereof, the 
bill be read a third time and the Senate proceed to a vote at a time to be 
determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic 
Leader; that upon passage of the bill, the Senate insist upon its amendment, 
request a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to 
appoint conferees.
  Page S9237
Haiti Economic Recovery Opportunity Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that the Senate request the House to return 
the papers with respect to S. 2261, to expand certain preferential trade 
treatment for Haiti.
  Page S9237
Messages From the House:
  Pages S9217-18
Measures Referred:
  Page S9218
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9218-20
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9221-22
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9222-31
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9216-17
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9231-36
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S9236-37
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S9237
Record Votes: Ten record votes were taken today. (Total--184) 
                               Pages S9177, S9181-82, S9202, S9207-08, S9212
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:45 a.m., and adjourned at 11:18 p.m., 
until 9:45 a.m., on Wednesday, September 15, 2004. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S9240.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: INTERIOR/AGRICULTURE/TRANSPORTATION AND TREASURY
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  An original bill (S. 2804) making appropriations for the Department of the 
Interior and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005;
  An original bill (S. 2803) making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005; and

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  An original bill making appropriations for the Departments of 
Transportation and Treasury, the Executive Office of the President, and 
certain independent agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.
LAND BILLS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and 
Forests concluded a hearing to examine S. 2532, to establish wilderness 
areas, promote conservation, improve public land, and provide for the high 
quality development in Lincoln County, Nevada, S. 2723, to designate certain 
land in the State of Oregon as wilderness, and S. 2709, to provide for the 
reforestation of appropriate forest cover on forest land derived from the 
public domain, after receiving testimony from Senators Reid and Ensign; 
Representative Gibbons; Mark Rey, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural 
Resources and Environment; Rebecca W. Watson, Assistant Secretary of the 
Interior for Land and Minerals Management; Mayor Linda Malone, Sandy, 
Oregon; Jay Ward, Oregon Natural Resources Council, Portland; Jason Spadaro, 
SDS Lumber Company, Bingen, Washington; Chris DiStefano, International 
Mountain Bicycling Association, Boulder, Colorado; Michael Newton, Oregon 
State University Department of Forest Science, Philomath; and John Hiatt, 
Red Rock Audubon Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, on behalf of the Nevada 
Wilderness Coalition.
9/11 COMMISSION HUMAN CAPITAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Committee on Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government 
Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia concluded a 
hearing to examine and discuss legislative and administrative options to 
address human capital recommendations of the National Commission on 
Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), focusing on 
improving the presidential appointments process for national security 
positions, establishing a single agency that conducts security clearance 
background investigations for U.S. personnel, and providing some additional 
personnel flexibilities to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reflect 
its increased counterterrorism and intelligence responsibilities, after 
receiving testimony from Fred Fielding, and Jamie S. Gorelick, both 
Commissioners, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United 
States; Mark Steven Bullock, Assistant Director, Administrative Services 
Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; John A. 
Turnicky, Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence for 
Security, Central Intelligence Agency; J. Christopher Mihm, Managing 
Director of Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office; Paul C. 
Light, New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and the 
Brookings Institution, C. Morgan Kinghorn, National Academy of Public 
Administration, and Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service, all of 
Washington, D.C.; and Doug Wagoner, Information Technology Association of 
America Security Clearances Task Group, Arlington, Virginia.
GROUP PURCHASING ORGANIZATIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy 
and Consumer Rights concluded a hearing to examine maintaining innovation 
and cost savings relating to hospital group purchasing, focusing on 
maintaining a group purchasing organization industry that helps hospitals 
realize significant savings on the best products for their patients, after 
receiving testimony from Robert Betz, Health Industry Group Purchasing 
Association, Arlington, Virginia; Joe E. Kiani, Masimo Corporation, Irvine, 
California; and David A. Balto, Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi LLP, 
Washington, D.C.
NOMINATION
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nomination of Porter J. Goss, of Florida, to be Director of Central 
Intelligence, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Graham (FL) 
and Nelson (FL), testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
MANDATORY RETIREMENTS
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
mandatory retirement age rules, anti-age-discrimination laws in the private 
sector, and technology-induced demand and projected worker shortages, after 
receiving testimony from Abby L. Block, Deputy Associate Director, Center 
for Employee and Family Support Policy, Office of Personnel Management; 
Eugene R. Freedman, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and 
Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato Institute, both of Washington, D.C.; Russell B. 
Rayman, Aerospace Medical Association, Alexandria, Virginia; and Joseph 
Eichelkraut, Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association, Dallas, Texas.
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                        House of Representatives

Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 8 public bills, H.R. 5071-5078; and; 9 resolutions, 
H.J. Res. 103; H. Con. Res. 491-493, and H. Res. 771-775 were introduced. 
                                                                  Page H7138
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H7138
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2971, to amend the Social Security Act to enhance Social Security 
account number privacy protections, to prevent fraudulent misuse of the 
Social Security account number, and to otherwise enhance protection against 
identity theft, amended referred sequentially to the House Committee on the 
Judiciary for a period ending not later than Oct. 1, 2004 for consideration 
of such provisions of the bill and amendment as fall within the jurisdiction 
of that committee pursuant to clause 1(k), rule X. (H. Rept. 108-685, Pt. 
1); and
  H. Res. 770, providing for consideration of H.R. 5025, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Transportation and Treasury, and 
independent agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005 (H. Rept. 
108-686).
Page H7137
Recess: The House recessed at 9:21 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m. 
                                                                  Page H7077
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following 
measures:
  Good Samaritan Volunteer Firefighter Assistance Act of 2003: H.R. 1787, 
amended, to remove civil liability barriers that discourage the donation of 
fire equipment to volunteer fire companies, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 397 
yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 446; and
  Pages H7090-92, H7097
  Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act: H.R. 1084, amended, to 
provide liability protection to nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations 
flying for public benefit and to the pilots and staff of such organizations, 
by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 385 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 447. 
                                                       Pages H7092-95, H7098
Suspension Failed--Nonprofit Athletic Organization Protection Act of 2003: 
The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 3369, to 
provide immunity for nonprofit athletic organizations in lawsuits arising 
from claims of ordinary negligence relating to the passage or adoption of 
rules for athletic competitions and practices, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 
217 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 445.
  Pages H7084-90, H7096-97
Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004: The House passed H.R. 4571, to amend 
Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney 
accountability, by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 174 nays, Roll No. 450.
                                                 Pages H7080-84, H7098-H7120
  Rejected the DeLauro motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the 
Judiciary with instruction to report it back to the House forthwith with an 
amendment, by a recorded vote of 196 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 449. 
                                                              Pages H7118-20
  The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee 
on the Judiciary now printed in the bill was adopted.
Page H7099
  Rejected the Turner of Texas amendment in the nature of a substitute 
printed in H. Rept. 108-684, by a yea-and-nay vote of 177 yeas to 226 nays, 
Roll No. 448.
Pages H7111-18
  H. Res. 766, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was agreed 
to by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 165 nays, Roll No. 444.
Page H7096
Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act for 
FY05: The House began consideration of H.R. 5025, making appropriations for 
the Departments of Transportation and Treasury, and independent agencies for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005. Further consideration will 
continue tomorrow, September 15.
  Pages H7121-83
  Agreed by unanimous consent to limit further amendments offered and the 
time for debate on such amendments.
Pages H7183-84
Agreed to:
  Istook amendment that specifies an amount of funds for operations of the 
Federal Aviation Administration is to be derived from the Airport and Airway 
Trust Fund;
Pages H7134-36
  Istook amendment that inserts a section regarding funds for the General 
Services Administration's Federal Buildings Fund;
Page H7149
  Pombo amendment that prohibits the use of funds for the development or 
dissemination by the Federal Highway Administration of any version of a 
programmatic agreement which regards the Dwight D. Eisenhower National 
System of Interstate and Defense Highways as eligible for inclusion on the 
National Register of Historic Places;
Page H7177
  Oxley amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of September 
13) that strikes section 216 of the bill regarding the forms of 
identification accepted by financial institutions (agreed to limit the time 
for debate on the amendment) (by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 177 noes, 
Roll No. 452); and
Pages H7155-65, H7181-82
  Kelly amendment that increases funds for the Financial Crimes Enforcement 
Network for Salaries and Expenses (agreed to limit time for debate on the 
amendment) (by a recorded vote of 360 ayes to 37 noes, Roll No. 454). 
                                                       Pages H7179-81, H7183

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Rejected:
  Jefferson amendment that sought to strike section 103 of the bill 
regarding the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport; and 
                                                              Pages H7135-36
  DeLauro amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds to enter into 
any contract with an incorporated entity where such entity's sealed bid or 
competitive proposal shows that such entity is incorporated in Bermuda, 
Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Antigua, or Panama (agreed to limit time for 
debate on the amendment) (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 211 noes, Roll 
No. 453).
Pages H7177-79, H7182-83
Point of Order sustained against:
  page 5 lines 22-26, regarding Payments to Air Carriers;
Page H7133
  page 6 lines 13-14, regarding the Airport and Airway Trust Fund; 
                                                                  Page H7134
  page 11 line 1 through page 12 line 15, regarding Grants-In-Aid for 
Airports;
Page H7133
  page 14 line 20 through page 15 line 3, regarding administrative expenses 
for the Federal Highway Administration;
Page H7136
  page 15 lines 4-22, regarding the Highway Trust Fund;
Page H7139
  page 16 line 4, the phrase ``notwithstanding any other provision of 
law,'';
Page H7139
  page 16 lines 13-20, regarding the rescission of funds for the Highway 
Trust Fund;
Page H7139
  section 123, regarding item number 89 in the Transportation Equity Act for 
the 21st Century;
Page H71411
  section 125, regarding grants for surface transportation projects; 
                                                                  Page H7141
  section 127, regarding environmental streamlining activities;
Page H7141
  page 24 line 15 through page 25 line 20, regarding administrative expenses 
for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration;
Pages H71411-42
  page 25 line 21 through page 26 line 19, regarding the National Motor 
Carrier Safety Program;
Page H7142
  section 143, regarding implementation of certain sections of the Code of 
Federal Regulations;
Page H7142
  page 27 line 19 through page 28 line 10, regarding Operations and Research 
for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;
Page H7142
  page 28 lines 11-22, regarding Operations and Research for the Highway 
Trust Fund;
Page H7142
  page 29 lines 1-14, regarding the National Driver Register;
Page H7143
  page 29 line 15 through page 30 line 20, regarding Highway Traffic Safety 
Grants;
Pages H7143-44
  section 151, regarding the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;
                                                                  Page H7144
  page 32 lines 2-6, regarding Safety and Operations of the Federal Railroad 
Administration;
Page H7144
  page 32 lines 7-10, regarding Railroad Research and Development; 
                                                                 Page H71444
  page 32 line 11 though page 33 line 5, regarding the Railroad 
Rehabilitation and Improvement Program;
Page H7144
  page 33 lines 6-10, regarding Next Generation High-Speed Rail; 
                                                                  Page H7144
  page 33 line 20 though page 37 line 20, regarding Grants to National 
Railroad Passenger Corporation;
Pages H7145-47
  section 161, regarding the Federal Railroad Administration; 
                                                              Pages H7147-48
  section 162, regarding Amtrak's Annual Report and Budget Request; 
                                                                  Page H7148
  page 40 line 13 through page 42 line 15, regarding administrative expenses 
of the Federal Transit Administration;
Page H7148
  page 42 lines 16-21, regarding Formula Grants;
Page H7148
  page 42 lines 22-26, regarding University Transportation Research; 
                                                                  Page H7148
  page 43 lines 1-16, regarding Transit Planning and Research;
Page H7149
  page 43 line 17 through page 44 line 14, regarding Trust Fund Share of 
Expenses;
Page H7149
  page 44 line 15 through page 47 line 19, regarding Capital Investment 
Grants;
Page H7149
  page 47 line 20 through page 48 line 3, regarding Job Access and Reverse 
Commute Grants;
Page H7149
  section 174, regarding the San Francisco Muni Third Street Light Rail 
Transit project;
Page H7150
  section 177, regarding the Oklahoma Transit Association;
Page H7150
  page 56 lines 6-20, regarding the Surface Transportation Board; 
                                                                  Page H7151
  section 505, regarding the city of Norman, Oklahoma;
Page H7175
  section 636, regarding products or services offered by Federal Prison 
Industries, Inc.;
Page H7174
  page 85 lines 10-19, regarding a proviso relating to High Intensity Drug 
Trafficking Areas Programs;
Page H7176
  section 642, regarding section 3716 of title 31, United States Code; 
                                                                  Page H7176
  section 643, regarding the Social Security Act;
Page H7176
  section 644, regarding section 6402 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; 
                                                                  Page H7176
  section 407, regarding the Middle River Depot at Middle River, Maryland; 
                                                                  Page H7176
  section 408, regarding section 572 of title 40, United States Code; 
                                                                  Page H7176
  section 409, regarding the General Services Administration's Federal 
Buildings Fund;
Page H7176
  section 410, regarding Land Conveyance in Nahant, Massachusetts; 
                                                                  Page H7176
  section 509, regarding the Buy America Act;
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  section 510, regarding the purchase of American-made equipment and 
products;
Page H7177
  section 511, regarding products not made in America that are labeled as 
American-made;
Page H7177
  section 628, regarding the Office of Personnel Management;
Page H71177
  section 637, regarding government charge cards;
Page H7177
  section 640, regarding reports due to Congress; and
Page H7177
  section 646, regarding the Limitation on Conversion to Contractor 
Performance.
Page H7177
  H. Res. 770, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was agreed 
to by a voice vote, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-
and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 170 nays, Roll No. 451.
Pages H7125-26
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page 
H7138.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H7096, H7096-
97, H7097-98, H7098, H7118, H7119, H71120, H7125, H7181-82, H7182-83 and 
H7183. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 11:44 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
ISSUANCE OF SUBPOENAS--E-RATE PROGRAM INVESTIGATION
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations approved a motion authorizing the issuance of a subpoena ad 
testificandum to each of the following individuals: Judy Green; Emma Epps; 
Douglas Benit; Quentin R. Lawson; and Carl Muscari, in connection with its 
investigation of the E-Rate Program.
RATINGS GAME: IMPROVING TRANSPARENCY AND COMPETITION AMONG CREDIT UNION 
AGENCIES
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, 
and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled ``The Ratings 
Game: Improving Transparency and Competition Among the Credit Rating 
Agencies.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
HOMELAND SECURITY: MONITORING NUCLEAR POWER PLANT SECURITY
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging 
Threats and International Relations held a hearing entitled ``Homeland 
Security: Monitoring Nuclear Power Plant Security.'' Testimony was heard 
from Luis A. Reyes, Executive Director, Operations, NRC; Jim Wells, 
Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2004 OVERSEAS CENSUS TEST
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Technology, Information 
Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census held an oversight hearing 
entitled ``Lessons Learned from the 2004 Overseas Census Test.'' Testimony 
was heard from Charles Louis Kincannon, Director, Bureau of the Census, 
Department of Commerce; Patricia Dalton, Director, Strategic Issues, GAO; 
and public witnesses.
AFRICA--MALARIA AND TUBERCULOSIS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa held a hearing 
on Malaria and Tuberculosis in Africa. Testimony was heard from E. Anne 
Peterson, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, AID, Department 
of State; and public witnesses.
U.S.-EUROPEAN COOPERATION ON COUNTERTERRORISM
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Europe and the 
Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights 
held a joint hearing on U.S.-European Cooperation on Counterterrorism: 
Achievements and Challenges. Testimony was heard from William T. Pope, 
Principal Deputy Coordinator, Counterterrorism, Department of State; S. 
Stewart Verdery, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Policy and Planning, Department 
of Homeland Security; Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, 
Criminal Division, Department of Justice; and Gijs De Vries, Counter-
terrorism Co-ordinator, European Union.
OVERSIGHT--DUE PROCESS AND THE NCAA
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution held an 
oversight hearing on Due Process and the NCAA. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; PRIVATE RELIEF MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, 
and Claims approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 775, 
Security and Fairness Enhancement for America Act of 2003; and H.R. 4306, 
amended, To amend section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act to 
improve the process for verifying an individual's eligibility for 
employment.
  The Subcommittee also approved private relief measures.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and 
Public Lands held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 305, Kate Mullany 
National Historic Site; H.R. 2237, 225th Anniversary

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of the American Revolution Commemoration Act; H.R. 3258, Hibben Center Act; 
H.R. 4285, To provide for the conveyance of certain public land in Clark 
County, Nevada, for use as a heliport; H.R. 4667, Tapoco Project Licensing 
Act of 2004; H.R. 4683, Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act; H.R. 4808, To 
provide for a land exchange involving private land and Bureau of Land 
Management land in the vicinity of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, for 
the purpose of removing private land from the required safety zone 
surrounding munitions storage bunkers at Holloman Air Force Base; H.R. 4817, 
To facilitate the resolution of a minor boundary encroachment on lands of 
the Union Pacific Railroad Company in Tipton, California, which were 
originally conveyed by the United States as part of the right-of-way granted 
for the construction of transcontinental railroads; and H.R. 4887, 
Cumberland Island Wilderness Boundary Adjustment Act of 2003. Testimony was 
heard from Representatives McNulty, Hinchey, Wilson of New Mexico, Clyburn 
and Kingston; the following officials of the Department of the Interior: Sue 
Masica, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Lands, National 
Park Service; and Tom Lonnie, Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and 
Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management; and public witnesses.
TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS FISCAL 
YEAR 2005
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule providing 1 hour of 
general debate on H.R. 5025, making appropriations for the Departments of 
Transportation and Treasury, and independent agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2005, 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 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.
HOMELAND SECURITY: 9/11 COMMISSION AND THE COURSE AHEAD
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing entitled ``Homeland 
Security: The 9/11 Commission and the Course Ahead.'' Testimony was heard 
from Tom Ridge, Secretary of Homeland Security.
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-09-15

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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

                           SEPTEMBER 15, 2004

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to mark up proposed 
legislation making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, 
Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2005, proposed legislation making 
appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related 
programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and proposed 
legislation making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health 
and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2005, 10:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to 
examine impacts of climate change, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to consider 
pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider a substitute to S. 
333, to promote elder justice, and the nomination of J. Russell George, 
of Virginia, to be Inspector General for Tax Administration, Department 
of the Treasury, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine 
accelerating U.S. assistance to Iraq, 9:30 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider pending 
calendar business, 10 a.m., SR-485.


                                  House

  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions 
and Consumer Credit, hearing entitled ``Financial Services Issues: A 
Consumer's Perspective,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, to mark up the following measures: H.R. 
480, To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 747 Broadway in Albany, New York, as the ``United States 
Postal Service Henry Johnson Annex;'' H.R. 4046, To designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 555 West 180th 
Street in New York, New York, as the ``Sergeant Riayan A. Tejada Post 
Office;'' H.R. 4807, To designate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service located at 140 Sacramento Street in Rio Vista, California, 
as the ``Adam G. Kinser Post Office Building;'' H.R. 4847, To designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 560 Bay Isles 
Road in Longboat Key, Florida, as the ``Lieutenant General James V. 
Edmundson Post Office Building;'' H.R. 4968, To designate the facility of 
the United States Postal Service located at 25 McHenry Street in Rosine, 
Kentucky, as the ``Bill Monroe Post Office;'' H.R. 5027, To designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 411 Midway Avenue 
in Mascotte, Florida, as the ``Specialist Eric Ramirez Post Office;'' 
H.R. 5039, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at United States Route 1 in Ridgeway, North Carolina, as the 
``Eva Holtzman Post Office;'' H. Con. Res. 461, Expressing the sense of 
Congress regarding the importance of life insurance, and recognizing and 
supporting National Life Insurance Awareness Month; H. Con. Res. 464, 
Honoring the 10 communities selected to receive the 2004 All-America City 
Award; H. Res. 755, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Long-Term 
Care Residents' Rights Week and recognizing the importance to the Nation 
of residents of long-term care facilities, including senior citizens and 
individuals living with disabilities; H. Res. 761, Congratulating Lance 
Armstrong on his record-setting victory in the 2004 Tour de France; H. 
Con. Res. 489, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Preparedness 
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H. Res. 641, Supporting the goals and ideals of Pancreatic Cancer 
Awareness Month; and to hold a hearing entitled ``Making Networx Work: An 
Examination of GSA's Continuing Efforts to Create a Modern, Flexible and 
Affordable Government Wide Telecommunications Program; and to consider a 
consulting contract, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Government Efficiency and Financial Management, 
oversight hearing entitled ``The Evolving Role of the Federal Chief 
Financial Officer,'' 1 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, hearing entitled 
``Conquering Obesity: the U.S. Approach to Combating this National Health 
Crisis,'' 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 2028, 
Pledge Protection Act of 2003; and H.R. 4341, Postal Accountability and 
Enhancement Act, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on the Constitution, to consider a motion to authorize the 
issuance of a subpoena to Custodian of Records, United States Commission 
on Civil Rights, 12 noon, 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, to mark up the following measures: H. Res. 556, 
Congratulating the United States Geological Survey on its 125th 
Anniversary; H.R. 2941, Colorado River Indian Reservation Boundary 
Correction Act; H.R. 3207, Manhattan Project National Historical Park 
Study Act of 2003; H.R. 3210, Little Butte/Bear Creek Subbasins Water 
Feasibility Act; H.R. 3258, Hibben Center Act; H.R. 3982, To direct the 
Secretary of Interior to convey certain land held in trust for the Paiute 
Indian Tribe of Utah to the City of Richfield, Utah; H.R. 4066, Chickasaw 
National Recreation Area Land Exchange Act of 2004; H.R. 4282, Native 
Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2004; H.R. 4258, To provide for 
the conveyance of certain public land in Clark County, Nevada, for use as 
a heliport; H.R. 4389, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
construct facilities to provide water for irrigation, municipal, 
domestic, military, and other uses from the Santa Margarita River, 
California; H.R. 4469, Angel Island Immigration Station Restoration and 
Preservation Act; H.R. 4579, Truman Farm Home Expansion Act; H.R. 4588, 
Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act 
of 2004; H.R. 4596, To amend Public Law 97-435 to extend the 
authorization for the Secretary of the Interior to release certain 
conditions contained in a patent concerning certain land conveyed by the 
United States to Eastern Washington University until December 31, 2009; 
H.R. 4667, Tapoco Project Licensing Act of 2004; H.R. 4775, To amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the El Paso, 
Texas, water reclamation, reuse, and desalinization project; H.R. 4806, 
Pine Springs Land Exchange Act; H.R. 4808, To provide for a land exchange 
involving private land and Bureau of Land Management land in the vicinity 
of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, for the purpose of removing 
private land from the required safety zone surrounding munitions storage 
bunkers at Holloman Air Force Base; H.R. 4817, to facilitate the 
resolution of a minor boundary encroachment on lands of the Union Pacific 
Railroad Company in Tipton, California, which were originally conveyed by 
the United States as part of the right-of-way granted for the 
construction of transcontinental railroads; H.R. 4838, Healthy Forests 
Youth Conservation Corps Act of 2004; H.R. 4893, To authorize additional 
appropriations for the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978; H.R. 4984, 
Potash Royalty Reduction Act of 2004; H.R. 5009, Montana Water Contracts 
Extension Act of 2004; S. 434, Idaho Panhandle National Forest 
Improvement Act of 2003; S. 551, Southern Ute and Colorado 
Intergovernmental Agreement Implementation Act of 2003; and S. 1814, To 
transfer federal lands between the Secretary of Agriculture and the 
Secretary of the Interior, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Aviation, to mark up a measure to Further Protect the U.S. Aviation 
System from Terrorist Attacks, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Select Committee on Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``Combating 
Terrorism: The Role of Broadcast Media,'' 10:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.


                             Joint Meetings

  Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to hold hearings to 
examine how the U.S. can best utilize the Organization for Security and 
Cooperation in Europe to advance its political, security and humanitarian 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                   9:45 a.m., Wednesday, September 15

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Senate will begin consideration of S. 2674, 
Military Construction Appropriations, pursuant to the order of 
September 14, 2004.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                    10 a.m., Wednesday, September 15

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Continue consideration of H.R. 5025--
Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act 
for Fiscal Year 2005.
Consideration of Suspension:
  H. Res. 771--Expressing the thanks of the House of Representatives 
and the Nation for the contributions to freedom made by American POW/
MIAs on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. 


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