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Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate

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                                        Tuesday, September 21, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 4755, Legislative Branch Appropriations.
                                 Senate

Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9395-S9469
Measures Introduced: Ten bills and two resolutions were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2817-2826, and S. Res. 430-431.
  Page S9441
Measures Reported:
  S. 2825, making appropriations for the Departments of Veterans 
Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent 
agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2005. (S. Rept. No. 108-353)
  S. 2826, making appropriations for the government of the District of 
Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against 
the revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2005. (S. Rept. No. 108-354)
  S. 1530, to provide compensation to the Lower Brule and Crow Creek 
Sioux Tribes of South Dakota for damage to tribal land caused by Pick-
Sloan projects along the Missouri River, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 
108-355)
  S. 2742, to extend certain authority of the Supreme Court Police, 
modify the venue of prosecutions relating to the Supreme Court building 
and grounds, and authorize the acceptance of gifts to the United States 
Supreme Court.
Page S9441
Measures Passed:
  Legislative Branch Appropriations: Pursuant to the order of September 
15, 2004, Committee on Appropriations was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 4755, making appropriations for the Legislative 
Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and by 94 yeas to 
2 nays (Vote No. 186), Senate passed the bill, after striking out all 
text, with the exception of the text of the bill relating solely to the 
House; and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 2666, Senate 
companion measure, as amended, as follows:
  Pages S9423-26
  Campbell Amendment No. 3664, to modify the approval requirement 
relating to the promulgation of certain regulations by the Capitol 
Police Board.
Page S9423
  Campbell Amendment No. 3665, to provide that certain claims of 
Senators and Senate officers and employees are received and approved by 
the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Page S9423
  Campbell (for Durbin) Amendment No. 3667, to provide funding for, and 
extend the termination date of, the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln 
Study Abroad Fellowship Program.
Page S9423
  Campbell (for Stevens/Durbin) Amendment No. 3666, to provide for the 
expansion of participating eligible foreign states under the Open World 
Leadership program.
Page S9423
  Subsequently, S. 2666 was returned to the Senate calendar.
  Subsequently, H.R. 4755, as passed the Senate, will be held at the 
desk, as if a House message.
Page S9426
  Maritime Transportation Security: Senate passed S. 2279, to amend 
title 46, United States Code, with respect to maritime transportation 
security, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S9460-68
  McConnell (for Hollings/McCain) Amendment No. 3669, in the nature of 
a substitute.
Page S9467
IDEA Reauthorization--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing for that when the Senate receives the House message 
to accompany H.R. 1350, to reauthorize the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act, that if the House amends the Senate 
amendment, the Senate disagree with the House amendment, insist upon 
its amendment, and request a conference with the

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House thereon; provided, alternatively, that if the House requests a 
conference, the Senate agree to the request for a conference, and in 
either case, the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees.
  Page S9468
Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing for consideration of the nomination of Porter J. Goss, of 
Florida, to be Director of Central Intelligence, following morning 
business on Wednesday, September 22, 2004; that there be six hours of 
debate equally divided; provided further, that upon the use of yielding 
back of that time, Senate proceed to a vote on confirmation of the 
nomination.
  Pages S9468-69
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report declaring the continuation of 
the national emergency with respect to persons to commit, threaten to 
commit, or support terrorism; which was referred to the Committee on 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-95)
Page S9440
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  William A. Moorman, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States 
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for the term of fifteen years.
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy. 
                                                             Page S9469
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S9440
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9440-41
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S9441
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9441-43
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9443-55
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9438-40
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9455-59
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S9459
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S9459-60
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S9460
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--186) 
                                                             Page S9426
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:45 a.m., and adjourned at 7:14 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 22, 2004. (For Senate's 
program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's 
Record on page S9469.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Committee held a hearing to examine the 9/
11 Commission intelligence recommendations, receiving testimony from 
Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State; Admiral Dennis C. Blair, 
USN (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; General Joe 
Ralston, USAF (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. European Command and 
Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Northern Atlantic Treaty 
Organization; and Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.), former 
Commander, U.S. Strategic Command.
  Hearing will continue on Wednesday, September 22.
APPROPRIATIONS: DC/VA-HUD
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  An original bill (S. 2826) making appropriations for the government 
of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or 
in part against the revenues of said District for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2005;
  An original bill (S. 2825) making appropriations for the Departments 
of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry 
independent agencies, boards, commissions, corporations, and offices 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.
COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the final report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean 
Policy which makes recommendations to avert the decline of ocean 
wildlife and collapse of ocean ecosystems, after receiving testimony 
from Representative Farr; Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, USN 
(Ret.), Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, and Richard A. 
Feely, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, both of the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce; Admiral 
James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.), Chairman, U.S. Commission on Ocean 
Policy; Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski, Juneau, on behalf of the 
National Governors Association; D. James Baker, Academy of Natural 
Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, former Administrator, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce; 
Victoria J. Fabry, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos; 
Berrien Moore, III, University of New Hampshire Institute for the Study 
of Earth,

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Oceans, and Space, Durham; Vice Admiral Roger T. Rufe, The Ocean 
Conservancy, Washington, D.C.; and Captain Daniel S. Schwartz, 
University of Washington School of Oceanography, Seattle, on behalf of 
the Marine Technology Society.
WIRELESS 411 PRIVACY ACT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine S. 1963, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 
to protect the privacy right of subscribers to wireless communication 
services, after receiving testimony from Senator Specter; former 
Representative Steve Largent, Cellular Telecommunications and Internet 
Association, and Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center, 
both of Washington, D.C.; Dennis F. Strigl, Verizon Wireless, 
Bedminster, New Jersey; Patrick M. Cox, Qsent, Inc., Portland, Oregon; 
and Kathleen Pierz, Pierz Group, Clarkston, Michigan.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nominations of Karen Alderman Harbert, of the 
District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy for 
International Affairs and Domestic Policy, and John S. Shaw, of the 
District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy for 
Environment, Safety and Health, after each nominee testified and 
answered questions in their own behalf.
LAND BILLS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded a hearing to examine S. 784, to revise the boundary of 
the Petrified Forest National Park in the State of Arizona, S. 2656, to 
establish a National Commission on the Quincentennial of the discovery 
of Florida by Ponce de Leon, S. 2499, to modify the boundary of the 
Harry S Truman National Historic Site in the State of Missouri, S. 
1311, to establish the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain 400th Commemoration 
Commission, and H.R. 2055, to amend Public Law 89-366 to allow for an 
adjustment in the number of free roaming horses permitted in Cape 
Lookout National Seashore, after receiving testimony from 
Representative Walter B. Jones; P. Daniel Smith, Special Assistant to 
the Director, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; David 
D. Gillette, Northern Arizona University Department of Geology, 
Flagstaff; and Michael R. Fitzgerald, Twin Buttes Ranch, LLC, Holbrook, 
Arizona.
INDIAN DETENTION FACILITIES
Committee on Finance: Committee held a hearing to examine the call for 
reform in Indian jails, focusing on present law and background relating 
to tax-exempt financing of Indian tribal prisons, and detention 
facility staffing, receiving testimony from David W. Anderson, 
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Walter Lamar, Acting 
Director of Law Enforcement Services, both of the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, and Earl E. Devaney, Inspector General, all of the Department 
of the Interior; Tracy A. Henke, Deputy Associate Attorney General, 
Department of Justice; William Talks About, Jr., Blackfeet Tribal 
Business Council, Browning, Montana; and Corinna Sohappy, Warm Springs, 
Oregon.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Governmental Affairs: Committee began mark up of 
proposed legislation to reform the intelligence community and the 
intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States 
Government, but did not complete action thereon, and will meet again on 
Wednesday, September 22, 2004.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  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, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  H.R. 1417, to amend title 17, United States Code, to replace 
copyright arbitration royalty panels with Copyright Royalty Judges, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  S. 2742, to extend certain authority of the Supreme Court Police, 
modify the venue of prosecutions relating to the Supreme Court building 
and grounds, and authorize the acceptance of gifts to the United States 
Supreme Court.
U.S. REFUGEE PROGRAM
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security and Citizenship concluded a hearing to examine solutions to a 
global concern regarding the resettlement of refugees, focusing on 
systemic changes to enhance and expand the U.S. Admissions Program, 
budget needs for the U.S. Refugee Program, and the refugee crises in 
Haiti and Sudan, after receiving testimony from Arthur E. Dewey, 
Assistant Secretary of State for Population,

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Refugees, and Migration; Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., Director, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security; 
Charles H. Kuck, Weathersby, Howard, and Kuck, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia; 
and Mark Franken, Refugee Council, USA, and Lavinia Limon, U.S. 
Committee for Refugees, both of Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session and 
ordered favorably reported the nomination of Porter J. Goss, of 
Florida, to be Director of Central Intelligence.
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.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 5106-5118; and; 4 
resolutions; H. Con. Res. 494, and H. Res. 779, 782-783 were 
introduced.
  Pages H7328-29
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H7329-30
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2028, to amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to the 
jurisdiction of Federal courts inferior to the Supreme Court over 
certain cases and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance, 
amended (H. Rept. 108-691);
  H. Res. 780, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the 
Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 108-692);
  H. Res. 781, providing for consideration of H.R. 2028, to amend title 
28, United States Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of Federal 
courts inferior to the Supreme Court over certain cases and 
controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance (H. Rept. 108-693). 
                                                             Page H7328
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Hensarling to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H7247
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Gary P. Zola, Executive 
Director, American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  Page H7254
Recess: The House recessed at 12:53 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m. 
                                                             Page H7254
Library of Congress Trust Fund Board--Appointment: The Chair announced 
the Speaker's appointment of Mr. J. Richard Fredericks of San 
Francisco, California to the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board for a 
five-year term.
  Page H7257
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Llagas Reclamation Groundwater Remediation Initiative: H.R. 4459, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of 
Reclamation and in coordination with other Federal, State, and local 
government agencies, to participate in the funding and implementation 
of a balanced, long-term groundwater remediation program in California;
                                                         Pages H7257-58
  Authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to study the feasibility of 
designating Castle Nugent Farms as part of the National Park System: 
H.R. 2663, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the 
suitability and feasibility of designating Castle Nugent Farms located 
on St. Croix, Virgin Islands, as a unit of the National Park System; 
                                                         Pages H7258-59
  Right-to-Ride Livestock on Federal Lands Act of 2004: H.R. 2966, 
amended, to preserve the use and access of pack and saddle stock 
animals on public lands, including wilderness areas, national 
monuments, and other specifically designated areas, administered by the 
National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States 
Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service where there is a 
historical tradition of such use;
  Pages H7259-61
  Riverside-Corona Feeder Authorization Act: H.R. 3334, amended, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design 
and construction of the Riverside-Corona Feeder in cooperation with the 
Western Municipal Water District of Riverside;
  Page H7261
  Western Reserve Heritage Areas Study Act: H.R. 3257, amended, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine 
the suitability

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and feasibility of establishing the Western Reserve Heritage Area; 
                                                         Pages H7262-63
  Railroad Right-of-Way Conveyance Validation Act of 2003: Concur in 
the Senate amendment to H.R. 1658, Private Bill; to amend the Railroad 
Right-of-Way Conveyance Validation Act to validate additional 
conveyances of certain lands in the State of California that form part 
of the right-of-way granted by the United States to facilitate the 
construction of the transcontinental railway--clearing the message for 
the President;
  Pages H7263-64
  Anti-Counterfeiting Amendments of 2003: H.R. 3632, amended, to 
prevent and punish counterfeiting of copyrighted copies and 
phonorecords;
  Pages H7264-67
  Video Voyeurism Prevention Act of 2003: S. 1301, amended, to amend 
title 18, United States Code, to prohibit video voyeurism in the 
special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States; and
                                                         Pages H7267-68
  Commemorating the opening of the National Museum of the American 
Indian: S.J. Res. 41, commemorating the opening of the National Museum 
of the American Indian--clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                      Pages H7294-H7300
Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act 
for FY05: The House continued 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. The 
bill was also considered on Tuesday, September 14, and Wednesday, 
September 15. Further consideration will continue on Wednesday, 
September 22.
  Pages H7269-90, H7291-93
  Agreed Tuesday, September 14, to limit further amendments offered and 
the time for debate on such amendments.
Page H7269
  The unanimous consent agreement was amended on Wednesday, September 
15 to strike any provision for the amendment by Representative Flake 
regarding Cuba.
Page H7269
Agreed to:
  Stenholm amendment that prohibits the use of funds to implement any 
suspension of issuance of obligations of the U.S. for purchase by the 
Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, to implement any 
suspension of issuance of obligations of the U.S. for purchase by the 
Thrift Savings Fund for the Government Securities Investment Fund, or 
to implement any sale or redemption of securities, obligations, or 
other invested assets of the Civil Service Retirement and Disability 
Fund before maturity;
Pages H7280-82
  Van Hollen amendment that prohibits the use of funds to implement the 
revision to OMB Circular A-76 made on May 29, 2003 (by a recorded vote 
of 210 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 457);
Pages H7274-77, H7291
  Sanders amendment (No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 13) that prohibits the use of funds to assist in overturning 
the judicial ruling in the action entitled Kathi Cooper, Beth 
Harrington, and Matthew Hillesheim, Individually and on Behalf of All 
Those Similarly Situated vs. IBM Personal Pension Plan and IBM 
Corporation (by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 162 noes, Roll No. 458); 
and
Pages H7269-74, H7291-92
  Davis of Florida amendment (No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record 
of September 13) that prohibits the use of funds to implement, 
administer, or enforce restrictions on travel to Cuba for the purpose 
of visiting relatives (by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 174 noes, Roll 
No. 460).
Pages H7282-90, H7293
Rejected:
  Norton amendment that prohibits the use of funds to enter into or 
renew any contract for a high deductible health plan that does not 
require enrollees to remain enrolled in such plan for at least 3 
consecutive years from the date of initial enrollment (by a recorded 
vote of 175 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 459).
Page H7277, H7292-93
  H. Res. 770, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on Tuesday, September 14.
Recess: The House recessed at 6:18 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m. 
                                                             Page H7290
Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act of 2003--Motion To Instruct 
Conferees: Representative Moore announced his intention to offer a 
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.
  Pages H7293-94
Presidential Messages: Read a letter from the President wherein he 
notified Congress of the Termination of the National Emergency with 
respect to Libya--referred to the Committee on International Relations 
and ordered printed (H. Doc. 108-216).
  Pages H7256-57
  Read a letter from the President wherein he notified Congress of the 
Continuation of the National Emergency with respect to persons who 
commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism--referred to the 
Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 108-
217).
Page H7268
Discharge Petition: Representative Lee moved to discharge the Committee 
on Rules from the consideration of H. Res. 748, providing for 
consideration of H.R. 1102, to establish the National Affordable

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Housing Trust Fund in the Treasury of the United States to provide for 
the development, rehabilitation, and preservation of decent, safe, and 
affordable housing for low-income families (Discharge Petition No. 11).
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on pages 
H7254-55.
Senate Referrals: S. Con. Res. 138 was referred to the Committee on 
Government Reform.
  Page H7327
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four recorded votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H7291, H7292, H7292-93, H7293. 
There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 12:30 p.m. and adjourned at 11:48 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
KEEPING SENIORS HEALTHY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``Keeping Seniors Healthy: New Preventive Benefits in the 
Medicare Modernization Act.'' Testimony was heard from Carolyn Clancy, 
M.D., Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department 
of Health and Human Services; Janet Heinrich, Director, Healthcare/
Public Health Issues, GAO; and a public witness.
PECHANGA BAND OF LUISENO MISSION INDIANS LAND TRANSFER ACT
Committee on Resources: Held a hearing on H.R. 4908, Pechanga Band of 
Luiseno Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2004. Testimony was heard 
from Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals 
Management, Department of the Interior; and Mark A. Macarro, Tribal 
Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.
SAME-DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED BY THE RULES 
COMMITTEE
Committee on Rules: Committee granted, by voice vote, a resolution 
waiving clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to 
consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules 
Committee) against certain resolutions reported from the Rules 
Committee. The rule applies the waiver to any special rule reported on 
the legislative day of September 22, 2004, providing for consideration 
or disposition of a conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1308) 
to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to accelerate the increase 
in the refundability of the child tax credit, and for other purposes.
PLEDGE PROTECTION ACT OF 2004
Committee on Rules: Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule 
providing one hour of general debate on H.R. 2028, Pledge Protection 
Act of 2004, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking 
minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule waives all 
points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides 
that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the 
Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill shall be considered 
as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be 
considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against the 
committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in 
order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report 
accompanying the resolution. The rule provides that the amendments 
printed in the report may be offered only in the order printed in the 
report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall 
be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the 
report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, 
shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand 
for a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the 
Whole. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments 
printed in the report. Finally, the rule provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Hostettler, Biggert, Akin, Bass, Jackson-Lee, and Watt.

Joint Meetings
AMERICAN LEGION
Joint Hearings: Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs concluded a joint 
hearing with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to receive the 
legislative presentation of the American Legion, focusing on budgetary 
recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs for FY 2006, 
after receiving testimony from Thomas P. Cadmus, American Legion, 
Washington, D.C.; and Peter Gaytan, National Veterans Affairs and 
Rehabilitation Commission, Bristow, Virginia.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission): 
Commission concluded a joint hearing with House Committee on Armed 
Services to examine Department of Defense efforts to enforce policies 
to combat trafficking in persons, after receiving testimony from 
Charles S. Abell, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Personnel and 
Readiness, and Joseph E. Schmitz, Inspector General, both of

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the Department of Defense; General Leon J. LaPorte, Commander, U.S. 
Forces Korea; John R. Miller, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat 
Trafficking in Persons, Department of State; Sarah Mendelson, Center 
for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; and Martina 
E. Vandenberg, Jenner and Block, Chicago, Illinois.
TAX RELIEF, SIMPLIFICATION, AND EQUITY ACT
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House 
passed versions of H.R. 1308, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 
1986 to accelerate the increase in the refundability of the child tax 
credit, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to 
call.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-09-22

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                   COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

                           SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: to hold hearings to examine the 9/11 
Commission intelligence recommendations, 10 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings 
to examine the condition and regulation of the insurance industry, 2 
p.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: business 
meeting to consider pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of Lloyd O. Pierson, of Virginia, to be Assistant 
Administrator for Africa, United States Agency for International 
Development, and to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the 
African Development Foundation, 2 p.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Governmental Affairs: business meeting to continue 
mark up of the proposed National Intelligence Reform Act, 10 a.m., 
SD-342.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: business 
meeting to consider S. 2686, to amend the Carl D. Perkins Vocational 
and Technical Education Act of 1998 to improve the Act, S. 518, to 
increase the supply of pancreatic islet cells for research, to 
provide better coordination of Federal efforts and information on 
islet cell transplantation, and to collect the data necessary to 
move islet cell transplantation from an experimental procedure to a 
standard therapy, S. 2283, to extend Federal funding for operation 
of State high risk health insurance pools, S. 1217, to direct the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services to expand and intensify 
programs with respect to research and related activities concerning 
elder falls, S. 2526, to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals 
Graduate Medical Education Program, S. Res. 389, expressing the 
sense of the Senate with respect to prostate cancer information, and 
other pending legislation and pending nominations, time to be 
announced, S-216, Capitol.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider pending 
calendar business; to be followed by an oversight hearing on the 
contributions of Native American code talkers in American military 
history, 9:30 a.m., SD-562.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine 
counterterrorism legislation and proposals, including the USA 
PATRIOT ACT (P.L. 107-56), and the SAFE Act, 9:30 a.m., SD-226.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of 
Christopher A. Boyko, to be United States District Judge for the 
Northern District of Ohio, and Beryl A. Howell, of the District of 
Columbia, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission, 
3:30 p.m., SD-226.


                                 House

  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, 
and Consumer Protection, hearing entitled ``Repairing the 21st 
Century Car: Is Technology Locking the Consumer Out?'' 2 p.m., 2322 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled 
``Problems with the E-rate Program: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Concerns 
in the Wiring of Our Nation's Schools to the Internet,'' 10 a.m., 
2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, hearing entitled ``Legislative 
Proposals to Implement the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission,'' 
11 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, 
Drug Policy and Human Resources, hearing entitled ``Access to 
Recovery: Improving Participation and Access in Drug Treatment,'' 2 
p.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, hearing entitled 
``Dietary Supplements: Nature's Answer to Cost Effective 
Preventative Medicine,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and 
International Relations, hearing entitled ``Combating Terrorism: The 
9/11 Commission Recommendations and the National Strategies,'' 10 
a.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental 
Relations and the Census, oversight hearing entitled ``Identity 
Theft: The Causes, Costs, Consequences, and Potential Solutions?'' 
2:45 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the 
Pacific, hearing on Asia's Environmental Challenges, 1 p.m., 2172 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and 
Human Rights, hearing on Disarmament of Libya's Weapons of Mass 
Destruction, 1:30 p.m., 2255 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, to mark up the following: H.R. 5107, 
To protect crime victims' rights, 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 
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DNA evidence, to provide post-conviction testing of DNA evidence to 
exonerate the innocent, to improve the performance of counsel in 
State capital cases; and H.J. Res. 22, Proposing a balanced budget 
amendment to the Constitution of the United States, 11 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, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, to mark up the following measures: H.J. 
Res. 102, Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu 
and the end of Imperial Japanese control of Palau during World War 
II and urging the Secretary of the Interior to work to protect the 
historic sites of the Peleliu Battlefield National Historic Landmark 
and to establish commemorative programs honoring the Americans who 
fought there; H. Res. 737, Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the 
Liberation of Guam during World War II; H. Res. 752, Expressing 
continued support for the construction of the Victims of Communism 
Memorial; H.R. 2440, Indian Health Care Improvement Act; H.R. 3176, 
Ojito Wilderness Act; H.R. 3283, Federal Lands Recreation 
Enhancement Act; H.R. 3391, Provo River Project Transfer Act; H.R. 
4593, Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act; 
H.R. 4650, Wichita Project Equus Beds Division Authorization Act of 
2004; H.R. 4683, Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act; H.R. 4887, 
Cumberland Island Wilderness Boundary Adjustment Act of 2003; H.R. 
4908, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 
2004; H.R. 5016, To extend the water service contract for the 
Ainsworth Unit, Sandhills Division, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin 
Program, Nebraska; H.R. 5083, To designate certain lower-elevation 
Federal lands in the Skykomish River valley of the State of 
Washington as wilderness, to designate a portion of such lands for 
management as a backcountry wilderness management area; H.R. 5104, 
To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to authorize 
appropriations for the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue 
Assistance Grant Program; and S. 347, Rim of the Valley Corridor 
Study Act, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Subcommittee on Water and Power, hearing on the following bills: 
H.R. 2603, To impose limitations on the authority of the Secretary 
of the Interior to claim title or other rights to water absent 
specific direction of law or to abrogate, injure, or otherwise 
impair any right to the use of any quantity of water; H.R. 4580, To 
remove certain restrictions on the Mammoth Community Water 
District's ability to use certain property acquired by that District 
from the United States; and H.R. 4623, Eastern New Mexico Rural 
Water System Act of 2004, 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, 
Agriculture and Technology, hearing entitled ``The Impact of High 
Natural Gas Prices on Small Farmers and Manufacturers,'' 10 a.m., 
311 Cannon.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade, hearing on 
Trade Preferences for Haiti, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, Briefing on 
Cyber Issues, 4:30 p.m., H-405 Capitol.
  Select Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency 
Preparedness and Response, hearing entitled ``Emergency Warning 
Systems: Ways to Notify the Public in the New Era of Homeland 
Security,'' 10 a.m., 2261 Rayburn.


                             Joint Meetings

  Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine consumer 
choice and addressing ``adverse selection'' concerns with regard to 
health insurance, 10 a.m., SD-628.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                   9:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 22
                            __________
                            
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of morning business (not 
to extend beyond 90 minutes), Senate will begin consideration of the 
nomination of Porter J. Goss, of Florida, to be Director of Central 
Intelligence, with a vote to occur on confirmation of the nomination 
following six hours of debate.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                    10 a.m., Wednesday, September 22
                            __________
                            
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of Suspensions:
  (1) H.R. 2449--Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Act;
  (2) H.R. 2528--Hudson-Fulton-Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission 
Act of 2003;
  (3) H. Con. Res. 489--Supporting the goals and ideals of National 
Preparedness Month;
  (4) H. Res. 772--Supporting the goals and ideals of National Long-
Term Care Residents' Rights Week;
  (5) H. Con. Res. 473--Expressing the sense of Congress that the 
President should designate September 11 as a national day of voluntary 
service, charity, and compassion;
  (6) H. Res. 761--Congratulating Lance Armstrong on his record-setting 
victory in the 2004 Tour de France;
  (7) H.R. 5039--Eva Holtzman Post Office Building Designation Act;
  (8) H.R. 480--United States Postal Service Henry Johnson Annex 
Redesignation Act;
  (9) H. Con. Res. 161--Recognizing the outstanding efforts of the 
individuals and communities who volunteered or donated items to the 
North Platte Canteen in North Platte, Nebraska, during World War II 
from December 25, 1941, to April 1, 1946;
  (10) H. Con. Res. 486--Recognizing and honoring military unit family 
support volunteers for their dedicated service to the United States, 
the Armed Forces, and members of the Armed Forces and their families;
  (11) H. Con. Res. 488--Commending the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration and its employees for its dedication and 
hard work during Hurricanes Charley and Frances;
  (12) H.R. 3428--Justin W. Williams United States Attorney's Building 
Designation Act;
  (13) H.R. 3734--Joe Skeen Federal Building Designation Act;
  (14) H.R. 1057--The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act;
  (15) S. Con. Res. 137--Calling for the suspension of Sudan's 
membership on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights;
  (16) H. Res. 767--Condemning the terrorist attack in Jakarta, 
Indonesia, that occurred on 9/9/04; and
  (17) H. Con. Res. 475--Encouraging the International Olympic 
Committee to select New York City as the site of the 2012 Olympic 
Games.
  Continue consideration of H.R. 5025, Transportation, Treasury, and 
Independent Agencies Appropriations Act for FY2005.
_______________________________________________________________________

            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

                   HOUSE
       
     Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E1665
     Brown-Waite, Ginny, Fla., E1657, E1659, E1661
     Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E1669
     Castle, Michael N., Del., E1658, E1660
     Davis, Jim, Fla., E1663
     Davis, Tom, Va., E1657, E1659, E1661
     DeLauro, Rosa L., Conn., E1662
     Farr, Sam, Calif., E1665
     Feeney, Tom, Fla., E1665
     Gordon, Bart, Tenn., E1658, E1660
     Graves, Sam, Mo., E1659, E1660, E1662
     Herseth, Stephanie, S.D., E1670
     Hunter, Duncan, Calif., E1664
     Johnson, Sam, Tex., E1670
     Kanjorski, Paul E., Pa., E1658, E1660
     Kennedy, Mark R., Minn., E1669
     Kildee, Dale E., Mich., E1667
     Kingston, Jack, Ga., E1663
     Lantos, Tom, Calif., E1657
     Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1663
     McCotter, Thaddeus G., Mich., E1664
     Meek, Kendrick B., Fla., E1668
     Menendez, Robert, N.J., E1658, E1660, E1661
     Moore, Dennis, Kansas, E1667, E1667
     Ney, Robert W., Ohio, E1664
     Payne, Donald M., N.J., E1662
     Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E1670
     Platts, Todd Russell, Pa., E1664
     Rodriguez, Ciro D., Tex., E1666
     Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1669
     Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E1665
     Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E1670
     Skelton, Ike, Mo., E1667, E1668
     Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E1663
     Tancredo, Thomas G., Colo., E1657, E1659, E1661
     Velazquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E1663
     Walsh, James T., N.Y., E1662
     Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E1662 


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