Daily Digest

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Daily Digest


    Senate passed S. 686, Private Relief.


Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, see next issue.

Measures Introduced: Two bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 686–687, S. Res. 92, and S. Con. Res.23–24.
(See next issue.)

Measures Passed

Private Relief: Senate passed S. 686, for the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo.
(See next issue.)

Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 23, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate, and a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
(See next issue.)

Congressional Record--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, the Congressional Record remain open for statements only on Monday, March 21, 2005, from 11 am until 5 p.m.
(See next issue.)

Messages From the House:
(See next issue.)

Measures Referred:
(See next issue.)

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
(See next issue.)

Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m., and adjourned at 4:40 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Monday, March 21, 2005, unless the House of Representatives adopts S. Con. Res. 23, Adjournment Resolution, at which time the Senate will then be in adjournment until 2 p.m., on Monday, April 4, 2005. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in the next issue of the Record.)

Committee Meetings

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Measures Introduced: 3 public bills, H.R. 1452–1454, were introduced.
Page H1729

Additional Cosponsors:
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Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H. Res. 181, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to the same day consideration of certain resolutions reported by the Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 109–27); and

H. Res. 182, providing for consideration of S. 686, for the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo (H. Rept. 109–28).
Page H1729

Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Dr. Ronald F. Christian, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Fairfax, Virginia.
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Clerk Messages: Read letters from the Clerk notifying the House that he received messages from the Senate.
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Notification of Reassembly: Read the text of the formal notification sent to Members on Saturday, March 19, 2005, of the reassembling of the House.
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Recess: The House recessed at 1:04 p.m. and reconvened at 5:05 p.m.
Pages H1699–H1700

Consideration of Suspensions: Agreed by unanimous consent that the Speaker may decline to entertain a motion to adjourn until after disposition of the motion to suspend the rules described in this order; that it be in order at any time on Sunday, March 20, for the Speaker to entertain a motion that the House suspend the rules with respect to S. 686; and that such motion be debatable for three hours.
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Recess: The House recessed at 5:10 p.m. and reconvened at 9 p.m.
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Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
For the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo: S. 686, for the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 203 yeas to 58 nays, Roll No. 90--clearing the measure for the President.
Pages H1700–28

District Work Period: The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 23, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
Pages H1728–29

Senate Referral: S. 653 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Page H1729

Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote developed during the proceedings of today and appears on page H1728. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 1 p.m. and at 12:46 a.m. on Monday, March 21, pursuant to the provisions of S. Con. Res. 23, it stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2005.


Committee Meetings


Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same date it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain resolutions reported by the Rules Committee. The rule applies the waiver to any special rule on or before the legislative day of April 5, 2005, providing for consideration of a bill relating to the rights of an incapacitated person or persons.


Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a closed rule providing ten minutes of debate in the House on S. 686, for the relief of the parents of Theresa Marine Schiavo, 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. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit.


MARCH 21, 2005

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


No meetings/hearing scheduled.


No meeting/hearings scheduled.

Next Meeting of the

2 p.m., Monday, April 4

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: To be announced.

Next Meeting of the

2 p.m., Tuesday, April 5

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: To be announced.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue


Burton, Dan, Ind., E515

Christensen, Donna M., The Virgin Islands, E516

Frank, Barney, Mass., E515

Hastert, J. Dennis, Ill., E515

Holt, Rush D., N.J., E517

Kennedy, Patrick J., R.I., E515

Lantos, Tom, Calif., E517

Radanovich, George, Calif., E516, E516

Wilson, Joe, S.C., E518

(Senate proceedings for today will be printed in Book II.)