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                                       Thursday, September 23, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate and House agreed to the Conference Report to accompany 
      H.R. 1308, Working Families Tax Relief Act.
      Senate passed H.R. 4818, Foreign Operations Appropriations.
      The House and Senate met in a Joint Meeting to receive His 
      Excellency, Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister of the Republic 
      of Iraq.
      The House passed H.R. 2028, Pledge Protection Act of 2004.
      House Committees ordered reported 12 sundry measures.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9599-S9656
Measures Introduced: Fourteen bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2832-2845, and S. Res. 433-434.
  Page S9611
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees 
of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2005''. (S. Rept. No. 108-356)
  S. 2484, to amend title 38, United States Code, to simplify and 
improve pay provisions for physicians and dentists, to authorize 
alternate work schedules and executive pay for nurses, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 108-357)
  S. 2840, to reform the intelligence community and the intelligence 
and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government. 
                                                             Page S9611
Measures Passed:
  Foreign Operations Appropriations: Pursuant to the order of September 
23, 2004, Committee on Appropriations was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 4818, making appropriations for foreign 
operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2005, and the bill was then passed, after striking 
all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of 
S. 2812, Senate companion measure, which was considered as original 
text for the purpose of further amendment, and after taking action on 
the following amendments proposed thereto:
  Page S9580-94
Adopted:
  Corzine/DeWine Modified Amendment No. 3671, to make available to the 
Department of State for the purpose of providing support for the rapid 
expansion of the African Union mission in Darfur, Sudan, $75,000,000, 
to be designated as an emergency requirement.
Pages S9581-85
  McConnell Amendment No. 3680, of a technical nature.
Page S9588
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3681, of a technical nature. 
                                                             Page S9588
  McConnell/Leahy Amendment No. 3682, regarding USAID operating 
expenses.
Page S9588
  McConnell (for Frist) Amendment No. 3683, regarding affordable 
housing.
Page S9588
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3684, regarding assistance for 
Liberia.
Page S9588
  McConnell (for Grassley/Daschle) Amendment No. 3685, to limit the 
extension of certain credit.
Pages S9588, S9590-91
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3686, to express the sense of the 
Senate on the need for international support for the interim government 
of Haiti.
Pages S9588-89
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3687, regarding medically 
accurate information on condom use.
Page S9589
  McConnell (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3688, regarding assistance for 
Greece.
Page S9589
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3689, relating to obligations 
under the United States-Colombian treaty on extradition.
Page S9589

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  McConnell (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 3690, regarding a report on 
global poverty and national security.
Page S9589
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3691, regarding assistance for 
Nepal.
Page S9589
  McConnell (for Boxer) Amendment No. 3692, to provide that $10,000,000 
should be made available to reduce the threat that man-portable air 
defense systems could be acquired by terrorists or by state sponsors of 
terrorism.
Page S9589
  McConnell (for Dodd) Amendment No. 3693, to provide $10 million in 
election related assistance to Haiti through the OAS. 
                                                     Pages S9589, S9591
  McConnell (for Biden) Amendment No. 3694, to require a report on 
reform of the education sector in Pakistan.
Pages S9589, S9591-92
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3695, of a technical nature. 
                                                             Page S9589
  McConnell (for Coleman) Amendment No. 3696, to urge the President, 
the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and 
other appropriate United States officials to work to dissuade member 
states of the United Nations from supporting resolutions that unfairly 
castigate Israel and to promote within the United Nations General 
Assembly more balanced and constructive approaches to resolving 
conflict in the Middle East.
Page S9589
  McConnell (for Schumer) Amendment No. 3697, to express the sense of 
Congress on actions of the President to address violations of religious 
freedom in Saudi Arabia.
Pages S9580-90
  McConnell (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3698, of a technical nature. 
                                                             Page S9590
  McConnell (for Schumer) Amendment No. 3699, regarding property taxes 
owed by foreign countries.
Page S9590
  McConnell (for Ensign) Amendment No. 3700, to express support for the 
sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence of 
Lebanon.
Page S9590
  McConnell (for Bingaman/Leahy) Amendment No. 3701, making funds 
available for UNFPA.
Page S9590
Withdrawn:
  Dayton/Reid Amendment No. 3672, to provide an additional $500,000,000 
for economic development in Afghanistan.
Page S9586
  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 McConnell, Specter, 
Gregg, Shelby, Bennett, Campbell, Bond, DeWine, Stevens, Leahy, Inouye, 
Harkin, Mikulski, Durbin, Johnson, Landrieu, and Byrd.
Page S9594
  U.S. Marshals Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 433, 
commemorating the 215th anniversary of the United States Marshals 
Service.
  Pages S9651-52
  U.S. Civic Awareness: Senate agreed to S. Res. 434, recognizing and 
supporting all efforts to promote greater civic awareness among the 
people of the United States.
  Page S9652
  Olympic Games Congratulations: Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 
427, congratulating the citizens of Greece, the members of the Athens 
2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 
International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, 
the 2004 United States Olympic Team, athletes from around the world, 
and all the personnel who participated in the 2004 Olympic Summer Games 
in Athens, Greece, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                         Pages S9652-53
  John Heinz Senate Fellowship Program: Committee on Rules and 
Administration was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 
428, reauthorizing the John Heinz Senate Fellowship Program, and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S9653
  Organization for Security and Cooperation In Europe (OSCE): Committee 
on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. 
Con. Res. 110, expressing the sense of Congress in support of the 
ongoing work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe 
(OSCE) in combating anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, discrimination, 
intolerance, and related violence, and the resolution was then agreed 
to, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S9653-55
  McConnell (for Campbell) Amendment No. 3677, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S9654
  McConnell (for Campbell) Amendment No. 3678, to propose a substitute 
to the preamble.
Pages S9654-55
  Suicide Prevention: Committee on Health, Education, Labor and 
Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 119, 
recognizing that prevention of suicide is a compelling national 
priority, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S9655
  Nonprofit Organization Awards: Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3389, 
to amend the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to 
permit Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards to be made to nonprofit 
organizations, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for 
the President.
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  Comprehensive Peace In Sudan Act: Committee on Foreign Relations was 
discharged from further consideration of S. 2781, to express the sense 
of Congress regarding the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, to provide 
assistance for the crisis in Darfur and for comprehensive peace in 
Sudan, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following 
amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S9655-56
  McConnell (for Lugar/Biden) Amendment No. 3679, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S9647-48
Working Families Tax Relief Act--Conference Report: By 92 yeas to 3 
nays (Vote No. 188), Senate agreed to the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 1308, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
provide tax relief for working families, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Pages S9560-80
National Intelligence Reform Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that on Monday, September 27, 2004, at 
a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with 
the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of S. 2845, to reform 
the intelligence community and the intelligence and intelligence-
related activities of the United States Government; that all amendments 
be related to the subject matter of the bill or related to the 9/11 
Commission recommendations.
  Page S9656
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Buddie J. Penn, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Navy.
  Ryan C. Crocker, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Islamic 
Republic of Pakistan.
  Marcie B. Ries, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the 
Republic of Albania.
  Dan Arvizu, of Colorado, to be a Member of the National Science 
Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 2010.
  Steven C. Beering, of Indiana, to be a Member of the National Science 
Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 2010. 
(Reappointment)
  Gerald Wayne Clough, of Georgia, to be a Member of the National 
Science Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 
2010.
  Kelvin Kay Droegemeier, of Oklahoma, to be a Member of the National 
Science Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 
2010.
  Louis J. Lanzerotti, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the National 
Science Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 
2010.
  Alan I. Leshner, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Science 
Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 2010.
  Jon C. Strauss, of California, to be a Member of the National Science 
Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 2010.
  Kathryn D. Sullivan, of Ohio, to be a Member of the National Science 
Board, National Science Foundation for a term expiring May 10, 2010.
  31 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  39 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  Routine lists in the Army, Coast Guard, Navy.
Pages S9594-97
Messages From the House:
  Pages S9608-09
Measures Referred:
  Page S9609
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S9609
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S9609
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9609-11
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9611-12
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9612-44
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9607-08
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9644-51
Notices of Hearings/Meetings
  Page S9651
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S9651
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S9651
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--188) 
                                                             Page S9580
Adjournment: Senate convened at 11 a.m., and adjourned at 9:56 p.m., 
until 10 a.m., on Friday, September 24, 2004. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D939-D940]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine 
National Labor Relations Board issues, including whether graduate 
student assistants are considered employees under the National Labor 
Relations Act, and the purpose and need for the Board's recognition bar 
doctrine, after receiving testimony from Robert J. Battista, Chairman, 
Arthur F. Rosenfeld, General Counsel, and Wilma B. Liebman, Member, all 
of the National Labor Relations Board; John B. Langel, Ballard Spahr 
Andrews and Ingersoll, and Christina

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Collins, on behalf of Graduate Employees Together-University of 
Pennsylvania, both of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; 
Nancy Schiffer, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.; and William L. Messenger, 
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Springfield, Virginia.
GLOBAL POSTURE REVIEW
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Global Posture Review of United States military forces stationed 
overseas, after receiving testimony from Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary 
of Defense; General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of 
Staff; General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC, Commander, U.S. European 
Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, 
USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and General Leon J. LaPorte, USA, 
Commander, United Nations Command, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined 
Forces Command, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine drug abuse prevention issues, focusing 
on the role of prescription drug monitoring programs, and federal 
privacy standards for PMPs, after receiving testimony from 
Representative Whitfield; James W. Holsinger, Jr., Kentucky Secretary 
for Health and Family Services, Frankfort; Sherry Green, National 
Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, Alexandria, Virginia; Kenneth G. 
Varley, Alabama Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Birmingham, 
on behalf of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; 
Joy L. Pritts, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, 
Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to 
consider pending intelligence matters.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.
MEDICARE DISCOUNT DRUG CARDS
Special Committee on Aging: Committee met to discuss the new Medicare-
approved prescription drug cards and transitional assistance programs 
for seniors, with Mark McClellan, Administrator, and Sharman Stephens, 
Director, Planning and Policy Analysis Group, Office of Research, 
Development and Information, both of the Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services; and James 
Firman, National Council on the Aging, Mary R. Grealy, Healthcare 
Leadership Council, Robert B. Helms, American Enterprise Institute, and 
Julie James, Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., all of Washington, D.C.
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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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[Pages D940-D942]
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                        House of Representatives

Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 17 public bills, H.R. 5130-5146; and; 10 resolutions, 
H.J. Res. 106; H. Con. Res. 497-499, and H. Res. 795-800 were introduced. 
                                                              Pages H7574-75
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H7575
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 4341, to reform the postal laws of the United States, amended (H. 
Rept. 108-672, Pt. 2);
  Conference report on H.R. 1308, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 
to end certain abusive tax practices, to provide tax relief and 
simplification (H. Rept. 108-696);
  H. Res. 745, of inquiry requesting the President of the United States to 
provide certain information to the House of Representatives respecting the 
National Energy Policy Development Group, adversely (H. Rept. 108-697);
  H.R. 4661, to amend title 18, United States Code, to discourage spyware, 
amended (H. Rept. 108-698); and
  H. Res. 794, waiving points of order against the 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 (H. 
Rept. 108-699).
Pages H7573-74
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative 
Kirk to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today.
  Page H7445
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Betsy Singleton, Pastor, 
Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. 
                                                                  Page H7445
Recess: The House recessed at 9:05 a.m. for the purpose of receiving His 
Excellency Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq and 
reconvened at 11:15 a.m.; and agreed that the proceedings had during the 
Joint Meeting be printed in the Record.
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Joint Meeting to receive His Excellency Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister 
of the Republic of Iraq: The House and Senate met in a Joint Meeting to 
receive His Excellency Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister of the Republic 
of Iraq. He was escorted in the House Chamber by a Committee comprised of 
Representatives DeLay, Blunt, Cox, Kingston, Hunter, Ros-Lehtinen, Pelosi, 
Hoyer, Clyburn, Skelton, Lantos, and Harman and Senators Frist, McConnell, 
Santorum, Hutchinson, Kyl, Allen, Lugar, Sessions, Daschle, Breaux, 
Stabenow, Clinton, and Corzine.
  Pages H7445-46
Pledge Protection Act of 2004--Rule for Consideration: The House passed 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, by yea and nay 
vote of 247 yeas to 173 nays, Roll No. 467.
  Pages H7451-78
  Agreed to the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the 
Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill and considered as an 
original bill for the purpose of amendment.
Page H7478
Agreed to:
  Sensenbrenner manager's amendment (no. 1 printed in H. Rept. 108-693) that 
clarifies that the local courts of the District of Columbia may consider 
cases relating to the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pages H7471-72
Rejected:
  Jackson-Lee amendment (no. 3 printed in H. Rept. 108-693) that sought to 
provide for an exception to the bill's preclusion from the federal courts of 
claims that involve allegations of coerced or mandatory recitation of the 
Pledge of Allegiance, including coercion in violation of the First 
Amendment; and
Pages H7475-77
  Watt amendment (no. 2 printed in H. Rept. 108-693) that sought to preserve 
the authority of the United States Supreme Court to hear or decide any 
question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the 
Constitution of, the Pledge of Allegiance, as defined in section 4 of title 
4, or its recitation (by a recorded vote of 202 ayes, to 217 noes, Roll No. 
466).
Pages H7472-75, H7477
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: to amend title 28, United States 
Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of Federal courts over certain cases 
and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance.
Page H7478
  H. Res. 781, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was agreed 
to yesterday, September 22.
Page H7451
Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following 
measure which was debated yesterday, September 22.
  Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act: H.R. 1057, to repeal the sunset of the 
Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to 
the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs, by a 
yea and nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 468. 
                                                              Pages H7478-79
Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act of 2004--Conference Report: The 
House agreed to H. Rept. 108-696, the conference report to accompany 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 recorded vote of 339 ayes 
to 65 noes, Roll No. 472.
  Pages H7514-40
  H. Res. 785, the rule waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of Rule XIII 
with respect to the same day consideration of certain resolutions reported 
by the Rules Committee, was agreed to by a voice vote, after agreeing to 
order the previous question by a yea and nay vote of 211 yeas to 196 nays, 
Roll No. 469.
Page H7514
  H. Res. 794, the rule providing for consideration of the conference report 
was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 235 to 167, Roll No. 471, after 
agreeing to order the previous question by a yea and nay vote of 212 yeas to 
193 nays, Roll No. 470.
Pages H7514-31
  The Moore motion to instruct conferees on the bill, which was debated 
yesterday, was vitiated by the filing of the conference report on the bill. 
                                                                  Page H7509
Recess: The House recessed at 3:12 p.m. and reconvened at 3:54 p.m. 
                                                                  Page H7514
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today it adjourn to meet at 
2 p.m. tomorrow, September 24; and further that when the House adjourns on 
that day, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 for 
Morning Hour debate.
  Page H7542
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business 
of Wednesday, September 29.
  Page H7542
Committee Election: Agreed to H. Res. 795, electing Representative Gerlach 
to the Committee on Financial Services and Representative Burgess to the 
Committee on Government Reform.
  Page H7542
Member Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Goss wherein he 
resigned as Representative of the 14th Congressional District of Florida, 
effective close of business today.
  Page H7542
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H7563.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea and nay votes and two recorded vote developed 
during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H7477, H7478, H7478-79, 
H7514, H7529-30, H7530, H7539-40. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:58 p.m.

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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Agriculture: Ordered reported the following measures: H. Res. 
261, Expressing the support of the House of Representatives for the efforts 
of organizations such as Second Harvest to provide emergency food assistance 
to hungry people in the United States, and encouraging all Americans to 
provide volunteer services and other support for local antihunger advocacy 
efforts and hunger relief charities, including food banks, food rescue 
organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters; H. Res. 
481, Recognizing the establishment of Hunters for the Hungry programs across 
the United States and the contributions of those programs to efforts to 
decrease hunger and help feed those in need; H.R. 2119, amended, To provide 
for the use by the State of North Carolina of Federal lands, improvements, 
equipment, and resource materials at the Oxford Research Station in 
Granville County, North Carolina; H.R. 2984, To amend the Agricultural 
Adjustment Act to remove the requirement that processors be members of an 
agency administering a marketing order applicable to pears; H.R. 3372, To 
designate the facility of the Agriculture Research Service of the Department 
of Agriculture located at State Highway 26 West in Poplarville, Mississippi, 
as the ``Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory;'' H.R. 3514, 
amended, Pennsylvania National Forest Improvement Act of 2003; S. 33, To 
authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to sell or exchange all or part of 
certain administrative sites and other land in the Ozark-St. Francis and 
Ouachita National Forests and to use funds derived from the sale or exchange 
to acquire, construct, or improve administrative sites; H.R. 4569, To 
provide for the development of a national plan for the control and 
management of Sudden Oak Death, a tree disease caused by the fungus-like 
pathogen Phytophthora ramorum; H.R. 4620, amended, To confirm the authority 
of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commodity Credit Corporation to 
enter into memorandums of understanding with a State regarding the 
collection of approved State commodity assessments on behalf of the State 
from the proceeds of marketing assistance loans; H.R. 5042, To amend the 
Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944 to ensure that the dependents 
of employees of the Forest Service stationed in Puerto Rico receive a high-
quality elementary and secondary education; and S. 1814, To transfer federal 
lands between the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the 
Interior.
DIPLOMA MILLS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on 21st Century 
Competitiveness held a hearing entitled ``Current Safeguards Protecting 
Taxpayers Against Diploma Mills.'' Testimony was heard from Robert Cramer, 
Managing Director, Office of Special Investigations, GAO; and public 
witnesses.
MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 2004
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous 
Materials approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 4940, 
Municipal Solid Waste Responsibility Act of 2004.
PUBLIC HEALTH--FDA'S ROLE IN PROTECTING
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``FDA's Role in Protecting the Public 
Health: Examining FDA's Review of Safety and Efficacy Concerns in Anti-
Depressant Use by Children.'' Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the FDA, Department of Health and Human Services: Andrew 
Mosholder, M.D., Paul Seligman, M.D., Robert Temple, M.D., Thomas Laughen, 
M.D., Tarek Hammad, M.D., and James Knudsen, M.D.
ENCOURAGING SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Encouraging Small Business Growth 
and Access to Capital.'' Testimony was heard from Alan L. Beller, Director, 
Division of Corporation Finance, SEC; and public witnesses.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PIRACY
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Intellectual 
Property Piracy: Are We Doing Enough to Protect U.S. Innovation Abroad?'' 
Testimony was heard from Representative Simmons; Loren Yager, Director, 
International Affairs and Trade, GAO; and public witnesses.
U.S. SECURITY POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN ON EVE OF NATIONAL ELECTIONS
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on United States 
Security Policy in Afghanistan on the Eve of National Elections. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Peter 
W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary, International Security Affairs; and LTG 
Walter L. Sharp, USA, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, The Joint 
Staff; and Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International 
Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland 
Security approved for full Committee action, as amended, the following 
bills: H.R. 4547, Defending America's Most Vulnerable Safe Access to Drug 
Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2004; S. 1194, Mentally Ill Offender 
Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2003; and H.R 4264, Animal Fighting 
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OVERSIGHT--ENDANGERED SPECIES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and 
Oceans held an oversight hearing on the Upcoming Thirteenth Regular Meeting 
of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Convention on International 
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Testimony was 
heard from. Craig Manson, Assistant Secretary, Fish and Wildlife and Parks, 
Department of the Interior; and Rebecca Lent, Deputy Assistant 
Administrator, Fisheries, NOAA, Department of Commerce.
CONFERENCE REPORT--WORKING FAMILIES TAX RELIEF ACT OF 2004
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
against the conference report to accompany H.R. 1308, Working Families Tax 
Relief Act of 2004, and against its consideration. The rule provides that 
the conference report shall be considered as read. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Weller.
RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY--REQUESTING HHS TO TRANSMIT TO THE HOUSE DOCUMENTS 
RELATING TO THE COST OF MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG LEGISLATION
Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported adversely H. Res. 776, Of 
inquiry requesting the President and directing the Secretary of Health and 
Human Services to provide certain documents to the House of Representatives 
relating to estimates and analyses of the cost of the Medicare prescription 
drug legislation.
SELECT TAX ISSUES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a 
hearing on Select Tax Issues. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Capps, Isakson, Larson of (CT), Simmons, Wilson (SC), Turner (OH), McCarthy 
(MO), Neugebauer, Weldon (PA), Kucinich, Beauprez, Ryan (OH), Blackburn, 
Emanuel, Sessions and Lofgren.
Joint Meetings
WORKING FAMILIES TAX RELIEF ACT
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between the 
Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 1308, to amend the Internal Revenue 
Code of 1986 to end certain abusive tax practices, to provide tax relief and 
simplification.
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-09-24

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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                           SEPTEMBER 24, 2004

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Fisheries, 
Wildlife, and Water, to hold oversight hearings to examine State and 
private programs for sage grouse conservation, 9 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the 
Protocol Amending the Convention Between the United States of America and 
the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and 
the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income 
(including exchange of notes with attached Understanding), signed at 
Washington on March 8, 2004 (the ``Protocol'') (Treaty Doc. 108-25), and 
the Second Protocol Amending the Convention Between the United States of 
America and Barbados for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the 
Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income Signed on 
December 31, 1984, signed at Washington on July 14, 2004; including an 
exchange of notes with attached Understandings (Treaty Doc. 108-26), 9:30 
a.m., SD-419.


                                  House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export 
Financing and Related Programs, on Iraq Reconstruction Program, 10 a.m., 
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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     10 a.m., Friday, September 24

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      2 p.m., Friday, September 24

                               
                             House Chamber
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24 in pro forma session and at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 for 
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