January 6, 2005 - Issue: Vol. 151, No. 2 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 1st Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Thursday, January 6, 2005
- The House and Senate met in joint session to count electoral votes.
Majority Party Committee Appointments: Senate agreed to S. Res. 5, making majority party appointments to certain Senate committees for the 109th Congress.
Minority Party Committee Appointments: Senate agreed to S. Res. 6, making minority party appointments to certain Senate committees for the 109th Congress.
Tsunami Relief Contribution Tax Deductibility: Senate passed H.R. 241, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Pages S39, S56–57
Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 2, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
Objection to Presidential Electoral Vote Certificate From Ohio: By 1 yea to 74 nays (Vote No. 1), the objection to the Presidential electoral votecertificate from the State of Ohio was not sustained.
Messages from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, an Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation extending the agreement on Mutual Fisheries Relations of May 31, 1999; referred jointly, pursuant to the order of January 30, 1975, as modified by the order of April 11, 1986; which was referred to the Committees on Foreign Relations; andCommerce, Science, and Transportation. (PM–1)
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy.
Messages From the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authority for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--1)
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Mike Johanns, of Nebraska, to be Secretary of Agriculture.
Prior to this action, committee concluded hearings on the nomination of Mr. Johanns, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Hagel and Nelson (NE), testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS/IRAQ
Committee on Armed Services: on Wednesday, January 5, Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on U.S. Government tsunami relief efforts in the Indian Ocean region, on the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, and on other significant military issues around the world from Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; Lieutenant General James T. Conway, USMC, Director for Operations, J3, and Major General Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., USA, Director for Intelligence, J2, both of The Joint Staff; Evans J. R. Revere, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Ronald L. Schlicher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Carlos M. Gutierrez, of Michigan, to be Secretary of Commerce.
Prior to this action, on Wednesday, January 5, Committee concluded a hearing on the nomination of Mr. Gutierrez, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Levin and Stabenow, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Margaret Spellings, of Texas, to be Secretary of Education.
Prior to this action, committee concluded hearings on the nomination of Ms. Spellings, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Cornyn, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales, of Texas, to be Attorney General of the United States, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Cornyn and Salazar, testified and answered questions in his own behalf. Testimony was also received from Admiral John D. Hutson, USN (Ret.), Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire; Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut; and Douglas A. Johnson, Center of Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
House of Representatives
Measures Introduced: 73 public bills, H.R. 19, 44, 50, 58, 91, 101–107, 130, 153–154, 163, 173, 189, 226–228, 232, 238–289; 2 private bills, H.R. 290–291; and; 20 resolutions, H.J. Res. 9, 14–18; H. Con. Res. 7–8, 10–13, and H. Res. 19, 32–38 were introduced.
Reports Filed: No reports were filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Simpson to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today.
Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 32, electing the following Members of the Majority to serve on standing committees of the House of Representatives: Committee on Agriculture: Representative Goodlatte, Chairman. Committee on Appropriations: Representative Lewis (CA), Chairman; Representatives Young (FL), Regula, Rogers (KY), Wolf, Kolbe, Walsh, Taylor (NC), Hobson, Istook, Bonilla, Knollenberg, Kingston, Frelinghuysen, Wicker, Cunningham, Tiahrt, Wamp, Latham, Northup, Aderholt, Emerson, Granger, Peterson (PA), Goode, Doolittle, LaHood, Sweeney, Sherwood, Weldon (FL), Simpson, Culberson, Kirk, Crenshaw, Rehberg, Carter, and Alexander. Committee on Armed Services: Representative Hunter, Chairman. Committee on Budget: Representative Nussle, Chairman. Committee on Education and the Workforce: Representative Boehner, Chairman. Committee on Energy and Commerce: Representative Barton, Chairman; Representatives Hall, Bilirakis, Upton, Stearns, Gillmor, Deal, Whitfield, Cubin, Shimkus, Wilson (NM), Pickering, Fossella, Blunt, Buyer, Radanovich, Bass, Pitts, Bono, Walden, Terry, Ferguson, Mike Rogers (MI), Otter, Myrick, Sullivan, Murphy, Burgess, and Blackburn. Committee on Financial Services: Representative Oxley, Chairman. Committee on Government Reform: Representative Tom Davis (VA), Chairman. Committee on Homeland Security: Representative Cox, Chairman. Committee on House Administration: Representative Ney, Chairman. Committee on International Relations: Representative Hyde, Chairman. Committee on the Judiciary: Representative Sensenbrenner, Chairman. Committee on Resources: Representative Pombo, Chairman. Committee on Rules: Representative Gingrey. Committee on Science: Representative Boehlert, Chairman. Committee on Small Business: Representative Manzullo, Chairman. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Representative Young (AL), Chairman. Committee on Veteran's Affairs: Representative Buyer, Chairman. Committee on Ways and Means: Representative Thomas, Chairman; Representatives Shaw, Johnson (CT), Herger, McCrery, Camp, Ramstad, Nussle, Johnson (TX), Portman, English, Hayworth, Weller, Hulshof, Lewis (KY), Foley, Brady, Reynolds, Ryan (WI), Cantor, Linder, Hart, Beauprez, and Chocola.
Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 33, electing the following Members of the Minority to serve on standing committees of the House of Representatives: Committee on Agriculture: Representative Peterson (MN). Committee on Appropriations: Representative Obey. Committee on Armed Services: Representative Skelton. Committee on the Budget: Representative Spratt. Committee on Education and the Workforce: Representative George Miller of California. Committee on Energy and Commerce: Representative Dingell. Committee on Financial Services: Representative Frank (MA). Committee on Government Reform: Representative Waxman. Committee on Homeland Security: Representative Thompson (MS). Committee on International Relations: Representative Lantos. Committee on the Judiciary: Representative Conyers. Committee on Resources: Representative Rahall. Committee on Rules: Representative Slaughter. Committee on Science: Representative Gordon. Committee on Small Business: Representative Velazquez. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Representative Oberstar. Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Representative Evans. Committee on Ways and Means: Representative Rangel.
Electoral College Vote Tellers: Pursuant to S. Con. Res. 1, to provide for the counting on January 6, 2005, of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States, and the order of the House of January 4, 2005, the Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of Representatives Ney of Ohio and Larson of Connecticut as tellers on the part of the House to count electoral votes.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of Representative Harman to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Accelerating income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for relief of the Indian Ocean tsunami: The House agreed to H.R. 241, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:21 a.m. and reconvened at 12:55 p.m.
Administration of the Oath of Office: Representative-elect Shadegg presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the oath of office by the Speaker.
Joint Session: The Joint Session was called to order at 1:05 p.m. and dissolved at 1:22 p.m. for consideration of the objection to the electoral votes for Ohio. Following consideration, the joint session resumed at 5:08 p.m. and dissolved at 5:18 p.m.
Declaration of the Election of President and Vice President: Pursuant to the provisions of S. Con. Res. 1, and the requirements of the Constitution and laws relating to the election of President and Vice President of the United States, the two Houses of Congress met in joint session with Vice President Cheney as the presiding officer to count the electoral votes. The following votes were cast for George W. Bush of Texas, 286; John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, 251; and John Edwards, 1. The following votes were cast for Vice President: Dick Cheney of Wyoming, 286; and John Edwards, 252.
During the joint session, a Representative objected to the certification of electoral votes from Ohio. The objection, having been signed by a Senator, was received and the joint meeting was dissolved for the purpose of considering the objection in each House.
The objection was not agreed to in the House by a yea and nay vote of 31 yeas to 267 nays, Roll No. 7. Subsequently notification was received in the House that the Senate disposed of the objection by a vote of 1 aye to 74 nays. Upon resumption of the joint session, the Vice President announced that the original certification submitted by the State of Ohio would stand as regular in form and authentic.
Administration of Oath of Office: Representative-elect Norwood presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker.
Funeral of the late Honorable Robert T. Matsui: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following members of the House to the Committee to attend the funeral of the late Honorable Robert T. Matsui: Representatives Stark, Pelosi, George Miller (CA), Waxman, Lewis (CA), Thomas, Dreier, Hunter, Lantos, Berman, Gallegly, Herger, Cox, Rohrabacher, Cunningham, Doolittle, Waters, Becerra, Calvert, Eshoo, Filner, McKeon, Pombo, Roybal-Allard, Royce, Woolsey, Farr, Lofgren, Radanovich, Millender-McDonald, Sherman, Loretta Sanchez (CA), Tauscher, Capps, Bono, Lee, Gary Miller (CA) Napolitano, Thompson (CA), Baca, Harman, Davis (CA), Honda, Issa, Schiff, Solis, Watson, Cardoza, Nunes, Linda Sánchez (CA), Lungren, Costa, Rangel, Oberstar, Markey, Kildee, Levin, Pomeroy, Jackson-Lee (TX), Hinojosa, Kucinich, Holt, and McCollum.
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted notification of the extension of the Mutual Fisheries Agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation--referred to the Committee on Resources and ordered printed (House Doc. 109–5).
Senate Message: Messages received from the Senate today appear on page H129–130.
Quorum Calls--Votes: 1 yea and nay vote developed during the proceedings today and appear on pages H127. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 11 a.m. and at 5:42 p.m. pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 2, it stands adjourned until 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 20.
No Committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No committee meetings are scheduled.
Program for Thursday: Senate expects to consider certain executive business.
Program for Thursday: Inauguration of the President of the United States.
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E40
Tauscher, Ellen O., Calif., E34
Farr, Sam, Calif., E40
Sherman, Brad, Calif., E42
Berman, Howard L., Calif., E41
Waters, Maxine, Calif., E44
Sánchez, Linda T., Calif., E45
Baca, Joe, Calif., E36
Shays, Christopher, Conn., E36
Stearns, Cliff, Fla., E40
Diaz-Balart, Mario, Fla., E36
Barrow, John, Ga., E37
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E43
Costello, Jerry F., Ill., E38
Burton, Dan, Ind., E41
Upton, Fred, Mich., E40
Sabo, Martin Olav, Minn., E41
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E44
Garrett, Scott, N.J., E36
Israel, Steve, N.Y., E35
Weiner, Anthony D., N.Y., E34
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E44
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E37
Reynolds, Thomas M., N.Y., E42
Ney, Robert W., Ohio, E35
Blackburn, Marsha, Tenn., E35
Tanner, John S., Tenn., E43
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E44
Faleomavaega, Eni F.H., American Samoa, E42
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E34
Christensen, Donna M., The Virgin Islands, E36