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                                           Thursday, April 28, 2005

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate and House agreed to the Conference Report to accompany H. 
      Con. Res. 95, Budget Resolution.
      Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 29, Adjournment Resolution.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4445-S4609
Measures Introduced: Forty-four bills and seven resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 933-976, S. Res. 128-132, and S. Con. Res. 
29-30.
  Pages S4546-47
Measures Reported: Report to accompany S. 907, to amend chapter 53 of 
title 49, United States Code, to improve the Nation's public 
transportation and for other purposes. (S. Rept. No. 109-62)
  S. 136, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide 
supplemental funding and other services that are necessary to assist 
certain local school districts in the State of California in providing 
education services for students attending schools located within 
Yosemite National Park, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
adjust the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with 
amendments. (S. Rept. No. 109-63)
  S. 661, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the 
modernization of the United States Tax Court, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 109-64)
Page S4545
Measures Passed:
  Commending Judge Annice M. Wagner: Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 
Res. 107, commending Annice M. Wagner, Chief Judge of the District of 
Columbia Court of Appeals, for her public service, and the resolution 
was then agreed to.
  Pages S4445-46
  Public Service Recognition Week: Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 
Res. 108, expressing the sense of the Senate that public servants 
should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the 
Nation during Public Service Recognition Week, May 2 through 8, 2005, 
and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S4446-47
  Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents: Committee on Rules and 
Administration was discharged from further consideration of H.J. Res. 
19, providing for the appointment of Shirley Ann Jackson as a citizen 
regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S4447
  Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents: Committee on Rules and 
Administration was discharged from further consideration of H.J. Res. 
20, providing for the appointment of Robert P. Kogod as a citizen 
regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S4447
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 29, providing 
for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate.
  Page S4479
  Celebrating Young Americans: Senate agreed to S. Res. 128, 
designating April 30, 2005, as ``Dia de los Ninos: Celebrating Young 
Americans''.
  Pages S4602-04
  Commending Virginia Retail Merchants Association: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 129, commending the Virginia Retail Merchants Association on 100 
years of service to the community.
  Pages S4602-04
  North American Occupational Safety and Health Week: Senate agreed to 
S. Res. 130, designating the week of May 1 through May 7, 2005, as 
``North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH)''. 
                                                         Pages S4602-04
  Commemorating Law Enforcement Officers: Senate agreed to S. Res. 131, 
commemorating and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice made by 
the men and women who have lost their lives while serving as law 
enforceement officers.
  Pages S4602-04

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  National Better Hearing and Speech Month: Committee on Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further 
consideration of S. Res. 121, supporting May 2005 as ``National Better 
Hearing and Speech Month'' and commending those States that have 
implemented routine hearing screenings for every newborn before the 
newborn leaves the hospital, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                         Pages S4604-05
  National Hepatitis B Awareness Week: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 117, designating the 
week of May 9, 2005, as ``National Hepatitis B Awareness Week'', and 
the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S4605
  Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act: Committee on the 
Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 382, to amend 
title 18, United States Code, to strengthen prohibitions against animal 
fighting, and the bill was then passed.
  Pages S4605-06
  Recognizing Big Brothers and Sisters: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 
41, recognizing the second century of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and 
supporting the mission and goals of that organization.
  Page S4606
  Terrorist Organizations List: Committee on Foreign Relations was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 82, urging the 
European Union to add Hezbollah to the European Union's wide-ranging 
list of terrorist organizations, and the resolution was then agreed to, 
after agreeing to the following amendment to the preamble:
  Page S4606
  Frist (for Allen) Amendment No. 596, to provide a substitute to the 
preamble.
Page S4606
  Intelsat Separated Entities: Senate passed S. 976, striking the 
specific privatization criteria in ORBIT for Intelsat Separated 
Entities (New Skies) and Inmarsat and Other Technical Corrections. 
                                                             Page S4607
Transportation Equity Act: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 3, to 
authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and 
transit programs, and then began consideration of the bill, taking 
action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                               Pages S4452-63, S4465-75
Adopted:
  Thune Amendment No. 593 (to Amendment No. 567), to retain current 
levels of State authority over matters relating to preservation, 
historic, scenic natural environment, and community values. 
                                                  Pages S4465-68, S4475
  Gregg (for Isakson) Amendment No. 594 (to Amendment No. 567), to 
require the Secretary of Transportation to approve a certain 
construction project in the State of Georgia, provide for the 
reservation of Federal funds for the project, and clarify that the 
project meets certain requirements.
Pages S4475
Rejected:
  Bond Amendment No. 592 (to Amendment No. 567), to strike the highway 
stormwater discharge mitigation program. (By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote 
No. 113), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S4453-63, S4469-75
Withdrawn:
  Bayh Amendment No. 568 (to Amendment No. 567), to amend title VII of 
the Tariff Act of 1930 to provide that the provisions relating to 
countervailing duties apply to nonmarket economy countries. 
                                                            Pages S4452
Pending:
  Inhofe Amendment No. 567, to provide a complete substitute. 
                                               Pages S4452-63, S4465-75
  Salazar Amendment No. 581 (to Amendment No. 567), to modify the 
percentage of apportioned funds that may be used to address needs 
relating to off-system bridges.
Pages S4468-69
  During consideration of this bill today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 98 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 112), Senate agreed to the motion to 
recess until 2 p.m.
Page S4463
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 2 p.m., on Monday, May 9, 2005. 
                                                             Page S4607
Concurrent Budget Resolution--Conference Report: By 52 yeas to 47 nays 
(Vote No. 114), Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H. 
Con. Res. 95, establishing the congressional budget for the United 
States Government for fiscal year 2006, revising appropriate budgetary 
levels for fiscal year 2005, and setting forth appropriate budgetary 
levels for fiscal years 2007 through 2010, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Pages S4481-S4527
Appointments: Task Force on Slave Laborers: The Chair, on behalf of the 
President pro tempore, pursuant to S. Con Res. 130 (106th Congress), 
appointed the following individual to the Task Force on Slave Laborers: 
Curtis H. Sykes of Arkansas, and notes Senator Blanche Lincoln of 
Arkansas will serve as the designee of the Democratic Leader. 
                                                             Page S4600
  U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: The Chair, on 
behalf of the President pro tempore, upon the recommendation of the 
Democratic Leader, pursuant to Public Law 105-292, as amended by Public 
Law 106-55, and as further amended by Public Law 107-228, appointed the 
following individual to the United States Commission

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on International Religious Freedom: Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, 
C.S.B. of New Mexico for a term of two years (May 15, 2005-May 14, 
2007).
  Page S4600
Authorizing Leadership To Make Appointments--Agreement: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the 
adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President 
pro tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to 
make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or 
interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action 
of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
  Page S4607
Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that during this adjournment of the Senate, the Majority 
Leader, Assistant Majority Leader, and Senator Warner, be authorized to 
sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
  Page S4607
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  James C. Dever III, of North Carolina, to be United States District 
Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  Robert J. Conrad, Jr., of North Carolina, to be United States 
District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. 
                                                         Pages S4477-79
  Jonathan Brian Perlin, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary for Health 
of the Department of Veterans Affairs for a term of four years.
  William Cobey, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a term 
expiring May 30, 2010.
  Nancy Ann Nord, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of 
the Consumer Product Safety Commission for the remainder of the term 
expiring October 26, 2005.
  Nancy Ann Nord, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of 
the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from 
October 27, 2005.
  Joseph H. Boardman, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal 
Railroad Administration.
Page S4600
  Stephen L. Johnson, of Maryland, to be Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency. (Prior to this action, by 61 yeas to 
37 nays (Vote No. 115), Senate agreed to the motion to invoke cloture 
on the nomination.)
Pages S4528-29
  Robert J. Portman, of Ohio, to be United States Trade Representative, 
with the rank of Ambassador. (Prior to this action, the pending vote on 
the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination was vitiated.) 
                                                         Pages S4529-33
  Phyllis F. Scheinberg, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Transportation.
  Daniel Fried, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of State (European Affairs). (Prior to this action, Committee 
on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration).
  6 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  101 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  3 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
  3 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps. 
                                               Pages S4600-02, S4607-09
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Donald E. Booth, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Liberia.
  Molly Hering Bordonaro, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to the Republic 
of Malta.
  Julie Finley, of the District of Columbia, to be U.S. Representative 
to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the 
rank of Ambassador.
  Richard J. Griffin, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
State (Diplomatic Security).
  Richard J. Griffin, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of 
Foreign Missions, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure 
of service.
  Joseph A. Mussomeli, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of 
Cambodia.
  Richard L. Skinner, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department 
of Homeland Security.
  Kevin F. Sullivan, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary for 
Communications and Outreach, Department of Education.
  Catherine Lucille Hanaway, of Missouri, to be United States Attorney 
for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years.
  Dina Habib Powell, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of State 
(Educational and Cultural Affairs).
Page S4607
Messages From the House:
  Page S4543
Measures Referred:
  Page S4543
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S4543
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4543-45
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S4545-46
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4547-49
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4549-97
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4541-43

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Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4597-99
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S4599
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S4599-S4600
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S4600
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--115) 
                                    Pages S4463, S4474-75, S4527, S4529
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and, pursuant to the 
provisions of S. Con. Res. 29, adjourned at 1:26 a.m. on Friday, April 
29, 2005, until 2 p.m., on Monday, May 9, 2005. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BIOTERRORISM & PROJECT BIOSHIELD
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security 
concluded a hearing to examine bioterrorism and Project BioShield, 
which is a comprehensive effort to develop and make available modern, 
effective drugs and vaccines to protect against attack by biological 
and chemical weapons or other dangerous pathogens, after receiving 
testimony from Penrose Albright, Assistant Secretary of Homeland 
Security for Science and Technology Directorate; Stewart Simonson, 
Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Public Health 
Emergency Preparedness; David Franz, Midwest Research Institute, Kansas 
City, Missouri; Leighton Read, Alloy Ventures, Palo Alto, California; 
and John Clerici, McKenna Long and Aldridge, Washington, D.C.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded open and closed 
hearings to examine defense intelligence in review of the Defense 
Authorization Request for fiscal year 2006, after receiving testimony 
from Stephen A. Cambone, Under Secretary for Intelligence, and Vice 
Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, USN, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, 
both of the Department of Defense.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 741 
nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
PARKS BILLS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded a hearing to examine S. 242, to establish 4 memorials 
to the Space Shuttle Columbia in the State of Texas, S. 262, to 
authorize appropriations to the Secretary of the Interior for the 
restoration of the Angel Island Immigration Station in the State of 
California, S. 336, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry 
out a study of the feasibility of designating the Captain John Smith 
Chesapeake National Historic Watertrail as a national historic trail, 
S. 670, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special 
resource study of sites associated with the life of Cesar Estrada 
Chavez and the farm labor movement, S. 777, to designate Catoctin 
Mountain Park in the State of Maryland as the ``Catoctin Mountain 
National Recreation Area'', and H.R. 126, 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 
Senator Sarbanes; Representative Walter B. Jones; Michael Soukup, 
Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National 
Park Service, Department of the Interior; Felicia Lowe, Angel Island 
Immigration Station Board, San Francisco, California; and Patrick F. 
Noonan, The Conservation Fund, Arlington, Virginia.
BUILDING ASSETS AMONG LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy 
held a hearing to examine building assets for low-income families, 
including the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED), 
using the private pension system and Individual Retirement Accounts 
(IRA's), and increasing savings, receiving testimony from Michelle 
Simmons, Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Dorothy Beale, Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, both of the Women's Opportunity Resource Center; Charles 
M. Palmer, Institute for Social and Economic Development, Des Moines, 
Iowa; Victoria Gonzalez-Rubio, Delmar-Harvard Elementary School, 
University City, Missouri; Ric Edelman, Edelman Financial Services, 
Inc., Fairfax, Virginia; Bernard M. Wilson, H Block, Kansas City, 
Missouri, on behalf of the Outreach and Business Development; Michael 
Sherraden, Washington University Center for Social Development, St. 
Louis, Missouri; Trina R. Williams Shanks, University of Michigan 
School of Social Work, Ann Arbor; Fred T. Goldberg, Jr., Skadden, Arps, 
Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP, Ray Boshara, New America Foundation, 
David C. John, The Heritage Foundation, and J. Mark Iwry, The Brookings 
Institution, all of Washington, D.C.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
DEFENSE MANAGEMENT
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government

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Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia 
concluded a hearing to examine Department of Defense business 
practices, focusing on fiscal trends that prompt questions about the 
affordability and sustainability of the rate of growth in defense 
spending, business management challenges that DOD needs to address to 
successfully transform its business operations, and key elements for 
achievements of reforms, after receiving testimony from David M. 
Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, Government 
Accountability Office; Clay Johnson III, Deputy Director for 
Management, Office of Management and Budget; and Bradley M. Berkson, 
Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel 
Readiness.
POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine access and accountability relating to 
providing quality post-secondary education, focusing on the Federal 
government's role in making post-secondary education financially 
available for Americans, after receiving testimony from Kati Haycock, 
Education Trust, Washington, D.C.; Brian Bosworth, FutureWorks, 
Arlington, Massachusetts; Robert M. Shireman, The Institute for College 
Access and Success, Inc., Berkeley, California; Phillip F. Van Horn, 
Wyoming Student Loan Corporation, and Western States Learning 
Corporation, Cheyenne; and Trinity Thorpe, Malibu, California.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee began markup of S. 852, to create 
a fair and efficient system to resolve claims of victims for bodily 
injury caused by asbestos exposure, but did not complete consideration 
thereon, and recessed subject to call.
BORDER SECURITY
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security and Citizenship concluded a joint hearing with the 
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security to examine 
the use of technology to strengthen border security between the Ports 
of Entry, focusing on the operations and law enforcement initiatives of 
the Office of Border Patrol, after receiving testimony from David 
Aguilar, Chief, Office of Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, and Kirk Evans, Director, Mission Support Office, Homeland 
Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Science and Technology 
Directorate, both of the Department of Homeland Security.
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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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 90 public bills, H.R. 1950-2039; 1 private bill, 
H.R. 2040; and 6 resolutions, H.J. Res 46; H. Con. Res. 141, and H. 
Res. 249-252, were introduced.
  Pages H2734-38
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2738-40
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Conference report on H. Con. Res. 95, establishing the congressional 
budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2006, revising 
appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2005, and setting forth 
appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 through 2010 (H. 
Rept. 109-62);
  H. Res. 248, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H. Con. Res. 95, establishing the congressional budget for 
the United States Government for fiscal year 2006, revising appropriate 
budgetary levels for fiscal year 2005, and setting forth appropriate 
budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 through 2010 (H. Rept. 109-63);
  H.R. 1036, to amend title 17, United States Code, to make technical 
corrections relating to copyright royalty judges (H. Rept. 109-64);
  H.R. 1544, to provide faster and smarter funding for first 
responders, amended (H. Rept. 109-65), and H.R. 22, to reform the 
postal laws of the United States, amended (H. Rept. 109-66, Pt. I). 
                                                  Pages H2260-92, H2734
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Dr. Ivan N. Raley, Pastor, 
First Baptist Church in Byrdstown, Tennessee.
  Page H2651
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-
nay vote of 345 yeas to 75 nays, with one voting ``present'', Roll No. 
148.
  Pages H2651, H2701

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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2006--Conference Report: The 
House agreed to H. Con. Res. 95, establishing the congressional budget 
for the United States Government for fiscal year 2006, revising 
appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2005, and setting forth 
appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 through 2010, by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 214 yeas to 211 nays, Roll No. 149. 
                                                         Pages H2703-16
  Agreed to H. Res. 242, 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 
199 nays, Roll No. 146.
Pages H2653-59
  Agreed to H. Res. 248, the rule providing for consideration of the 
conference report, by voice vote, after agreeing to order the previous 
question by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 196 nays, Roll No. 147. 
                                                      Pages H2693-H2702
Recess: The House recessed at 11:33 a.m. and reconvened at 2:46 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2659
Recess: The House recessed at 2:47 p.m. and reconvened at 4:51 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2692
Privileged Resolution: Representative Conyers announced his intention 
to offer a privileged resolution raising a question of the privileges 
of the House.
  Pages H2702-03
Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure which was debated yesterday, April 27:
  Supporting the goals of World Intellectual Property Day: H. Res. 210, 
supporting the goals of World Intellectual Property Day and recognizing 
the importance of intellectual property in the United States and 
worldwide, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 315 yeas with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 150.
  Pages H2717-18
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to 
meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 2, and further that when the House 
adjourn on that day, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 
for Morning Hour debate.
  Page H2720
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, May 4.
  Page H2720
Senate District Work Period: The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 29, 
providing for a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate. 
                                                             Page H2720
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel--Appointment: Read a 
letter from the Minority Leader wherein she appointed Ms. Loretta Goff 
of New York to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel. 
                                                             Page H2720
House Page Board--Appointment: Read a letter from the Minority Leader 
wherein she appointed Representative Kildee to the House of 
Representatives Page Board.
  Page H2720
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H2718.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings today and appear on pages H2659, H2701, H2702, H2717, and 
H2717-18. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:05 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Department of Labor, 
Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies continue 
appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
RETIREE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Employer-
Employee Relations held a hearing on Challenges to Employer Efforts to 
Preserve Retiree Health Care Benefits. Testimony was heard from Leslie 
Silverman, Commissioner, EEOC; and public witnesses.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing on Dominican Republic-Central 
America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Testimony was heard from Regina 
L. Vargo, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas; and 
public witnesses.
COMBATING TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic and 
International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology held a hearing 
entitled ``Combating Trafficking in Persons: Status Report on Domestic 
and International Developments.'' Testimony was heard from John Miller, 
Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, 
Department of State; and public witnesses.

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RE-EXAMINATION--FEDERAL AGENCIES' CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS PLANS
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Who's 
Watching the COOP? A Re-Examination of Federal Agencies' Continuity of 
Operations Plans.'' Testimony was heard from Reynold N. Hoover, 
Director, Office of National Security Coordination, FEMA, Department of 
Homeland Security; Marta Brito Perez, Associate Director, OPM; Linda 
Koontz, Director, Information Management, GAO; and public witnesses.
NUCLEAR POWER GENERATION
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Energy and Resources 
held a hearing entitled ``The Role of Nuclear Power Generation in a 
Comprehensive National Energy Policy.'' Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the 
Pacific and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and 
International Operations held a joint hearing on The North Korean Human 
Rights Act of 2004: Issues and Implementation. Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of State: Joseph E. DeTrani, 
Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks; Arthur E. Dewey, Assistant 
Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; and Gretchen 
A. Birkle, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of 
Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; and public witnesses.
NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY REVIEW CONFERENCE
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Terrorism and Nonproliferation held a hearing on Previewing the Nuclear 
Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. Testimony was heard from 
Stephen G. Rademaker, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, 
Department of State; and public witnesses.
U.N. OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on The Role of BNP-Paribas SA (Banque 
National de Paris) in the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
PATENT QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and 
Intellectual Property continued oversight hearings entitled ``Committee 
Print Regarding Patent Quality Improvement,'' (Part 2). Testimony was 
heard from Jon W. Dudas, Under Secretary, Intellectual Property and 
Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce; and 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--USA PATRIOT ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held an oversight hearing on the Implementation of 
the USA PATRIOT Act: Sections of the Act that Address Foreign 
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (Part 2)--Section 206: Roving 
Surveillance Authority Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 
of 1978; and Section 215: Access to Records and Other Items Under the 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Testimony was heard from James 
A. Baker, Counsel, Intelligence Policy, Department of Justice; Kenneth 
L. Wainstein, Interim U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia; Robert S. 
Khuzami, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York; 
and a public witness.
OVERSIGHT--USA PATRIOT ACT IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held an oversight hearing on the Implementation of 
the USA PATRIOT Act: Section 218, Foreign Intelligence Information 
(``The Wall''). Testimony was heard from Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. 
Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, Department of Justice; and 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--AMERICA'S MINING INDUSTRY
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 
held an oversight hearing entitled ``Improving the Competitiveness of 
America's Mining Industry.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 
2006
  Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all 
points of order against the conference report on H. Con. Res. 95, 
establishing the congressional budget for the United States 
Government for fiscal year 2006, revising appropriate budgetary 
levels for fiscal year 2005, and setting forth appropriate budgetary 
levels for fiscal years 2007 through 2010, and against its 
consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be 
considered as read. The rule provides one hour of debate in the 
House equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking 
minority member of the Committee on the Budget. Section 2 of the 
resolution establishes a separate order for the 109th Congress 
creating a point of order in the Committee of the Whole against a 
motion to rise and report a general appropriations bill if the bill,

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as amended, is found in breach of its 302(b) allocation. Testimony 
was heard from Chairman Nussle.
NASA EARTH SCIENCE
  Committee on Science: Held a hearing on NASA Earth Science. 
Testimony was heard from Alphonso V. Diaz, Associate Administrator, 
Science Mission Directorate, NASA; and public witnesses.
REDUCE UNNECESSARY REGULATORY BURDEN ON MANUFACTURERS
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight held a hearing on the Administration's Program To Reduce 
Unnecessary Regulatory Burden on Manufacturers--A Promise To Be Kept? 
Testimony was heard from John D. Graham, Administrator, Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB; Thomas M. Sullivan, Chief 
Counsel for Advocacy, SBA; Stephanie Daigle, Acting Associate 
Administrator, Policy, Economics, and Innovation, EPA; Veronica Vargas 
Stidvent, Assistant Secretary, Policy, Department of Labor; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--NEW TECHNOLOGIES--RAIL SAFETY AND SECURITY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Railroads held an oversight hearing on New Technologies for Rail Safety 
and Security. Testimony was heard from Jo Strang, Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Railroad Development, Federal Railroad Administration, 
Department of Transportation; Bob Chipkevich, Director, Railroads, 
Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Investigation Department, National 
Transportation Safety Board; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE ACTIVITY UPDATE; BRIEFING ON GLOBAL 
UPDATES
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a Briefing on Oversight Subcommittee Activity Update. Testimony 
was heard from departmental witnesses.
  The Committee also met in executive session to receive a Briefing on 
Global Updates. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
MEDICAL LIABILITY REFORM
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
medical liability reform, after receiving testimony from Mark B. 
McClellan, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 
Department of Health and Human Services.
CONCURRENT BUDGET RESOLUTION
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between 
the Senate and House passed versions of H. Con. Res. 95, establishing 
the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal 
year 2006, revising appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2005, 
and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 
through 2010.
SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House 
passed versions of H.R. 1268, making emergency supplemental 
appropriations for defense, the global war on terror, and tsunami 
relief, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, but did not 
complete action thereon, and recessed subject to the call.


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

      (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D389)
  S. 167, to provide for the protection of intellectual property 
rights. Signed on April 27, 2005. (Public Law 109-9)


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             APRIL 29, 2005

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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                      CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

                   Week of May 2 through May 7, 2005

                             Senate Chamber

  Senate will be in recess.


                           Senate Committees

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)
  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                            House Committees

  Committee on Agriculture, May 4, Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management, hearing to Review the Federal Crop 
Insurance Program, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Appropriations, May 3, full Committee, on the 
Architect of the Capitol, 1 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.

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  May 4, Subcommittee on Science, The Departments of State, Justice, 
and Commerce, and Related Agencies, on public witnesses, 2 p.m., H-
309 Capitol.
  May 4, Subcommittee on the Departments of Transportation, 
Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, District 
of Columbia, and Independent Agencies, on FTA, 10 a.m., 2358 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Armed Services, May 5, hearing on the status of 
Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Armoring Initiatives and Improvised 
Explosive Device (IED) Jammer Initiatives in Operation Iraqi 
Freedom, 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on Education and the Workforce, May 5, Subcommittee on 
21st Century Competitiveness, hearing entitled ``College Credit 
Mobility: Can Transfer Credit Policies be Improved?'' 10 a.m., 2175 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, May 4, hearing entitled 
``Assessing Data Security: Preventing Breaches and Protecting 
Sensitive Information,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  May 4, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the 
Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation of the 
Committee on International Relations, joint hearing entitled 
``Starving Terrorists of Money: The Role of Middle Eastern Financial 
Institutions,'' 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, May 3, Subcommittee on Criminal 
Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, hearing entitled 
``Authorizing the President's Vision: Making Permanent The Faith-
Based and Community Initiative--H.R. 1054, Tools for Community 
Initiatives Act,'' 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  May 4, Subcommittee on Government Management, Finance, and 
Accountability, hearing entitled ``Financial Management Challenges 
at the Department of Justice,'' 2 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  May 5, full Committee, to consider pending business; followed by a 
hearing entitled ``Risk and Responsibility: The Roles of FDA and 
Pharmaceutical Companies in Ensuring the Safety of Approved Drugs, 
Like Vioxx,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, May 4, Subcommittee on the 
Middle East and Central Asia, hearing on 9/11 Recommendations 
Implementation Act Oversight, Part 1--Oppressors vs. Reformers in 
the Middle East and Central Asia, 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  May 5, full Committee, hearing on Promoting Democracy through 
Diplomacy, 9:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, May 3, Subcommittee on Crime, 
Terrorism and the Committee on Homeland Security, oversight hearing 
on the Implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act: Sections 201, 202, 223 
of the Act that Address Criminal Wiretaps, and Section 213 of the 
Act that Addresses Delayed Notice, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  May 4, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, 
oversight hearing New Jobs in Recession and Recovery: Who are 
Getting Them and Who are Not? 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  May 5, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and the Committee on 
Homeland Security, oversight hearing on the Implementation of the 
USA PATRIOT Act: Section 212--Emergency Disclosure of Electronic 
Communications to Life and Limb, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  May 5, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims, 
oversight hearing on the New Dual Missions of the Immigration 
Enforcement Agencies, 2:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, May 4, Subcommittee on National Parks, 
oversight hearing on Personal Watercraft use in the National Park 
System, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
  May 4, Subcommittee on Water and Power, oversight hearing entitled 
``Stabilizing Rural Electricity Service Through Common Sense 
Application of the Endangered Species Act,'' 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Small Business, May 4, hearing entitled 
``Anticompetitive Threats from Public Utilities: Are Small 
Businesses Losing Out?'' 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, May 4, 
Subcommittee on Aviation, oversight hearing entitled ``Financial 
Condition of the Aviation Trust Fund: Are Reforms Needed?'' 10 a.m., 
2167 Rayburn.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                         2 p.m., Monday, May 9

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: Program was unavailable at the time of this 
publication.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                         2 p.m., Monday, May 2

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: The House will meet at 2 p.m. in pro forma session.
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Becerra, Xavier, Calif., E828
Biggert, Judy, Ill., E831
Blackburn, Marsha, Tenn., E815
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E818
Brown, Corrine, Fla., E828
Cardin, Benjamin L., Md., E831
Castle, Michael N., Del., E821, E824
Costa, Jim, Calif., E817
Cuellar, Henry, Tex., E818, E821, E822, E823, E824, E826, E828, E829, 
E831, E832
Cummings, Elijah E., Md., E830
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E816
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E824
Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E818
Goodlatte, Bob, Va., E833
Gordon, Bart, Tenn., E816
Hall, Ralph M., Tex., E827
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E813
Hensarling, Jeb, Tex., E819, E822, E836
Hoekstra, Peter, Mich., E826
Hooley, Darlene, Ore., E816
Hyde, Henry J., Ill., E830
Israel, Steve, N.Y., E815
Kelly, Sue W., N.Y., E813
Kennedy, Mark R., Minn., E821, E824
Kirk, Mark Steven, Ill., E827
Langevin, James R., R.I., E824
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E819, E823
Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E815
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E817
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E832
McCaul, Michael T., Tex., E813
McGovern, James P., Mass., E828
McKinney, Cynthia A., Ga., E834
Miller, George, Calif., E814
Moore, Dennis, Kans., E818, E822, E826
Myrick, Sue Wilkins, N.C., E826
Ney, Robert W., Ohio, E817
Owens, Major R., N.Y., E820, E823
Paul, Ron, Tex., E816
Pence, Mike, Ind., E816
Pickering, Charles W. ``Chip'', Miss., E834, E835, E836
Porter, Jon C., Nev., E833
Reichert, David G., Wash., E817
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E821, E821
Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E829
Serrano, Jose E., N.Y., E817
Shuster, Bill, Pa., E831
Skelton, Ike, Mo., E814
Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E829
Strickland, Ted, Ohio, E833
Tauscher, Ellen O., Calif., E814
Tierney, John F., Mass., E832
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E818
Udall, Mark, Colo., E835
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E832
Weiner, Anthony D., N.Y., E813
Westmoreland, Lynn A., Mac, Ga., E814
Wicker, Roger F., Miss., E828
Young, Don, Alaska, E825 


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