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                                            Thursday, July 28, 2005

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 3045, CAFTA Implementation.
      Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 225, Adjournment Resolution.
      The House agreed to the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2361, 
      Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies 
      Appropriations Act for FY 2006.
      The House agreed to the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6, 
      Energy Policy Act of 2005.
      The House agreed to the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2985, 
      Legislative Branch Appropriation Act for FY 2006.
      The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 225, providing for a conditional 
      recess of the House and a conditional recess or adjournment of 
      the Senate.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9203-9321
Measures Introduced: Thirty-two bills and seven resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1521-1552, S.J. Res. 22, S. Res. 218-223. 
                                                         Pages S9284-85
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees 
of Budget Totals from the Concurrent Resolution for Fiscal Year 2006''. 
(S. Rept. No. 109-115)
  S. 449, to facilitate shareholder consideration of proposals to make 
Settlement Common Stock under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 
available to missed enrollees, eligible elders, and eligible persons 
born after December 18, 1971. (S. Rept. No. 109-112)
  S.J. Res. 15, to acknowledge a long history of official depredations 
and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding 
Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of 
the United States. (S. Rept. No. 109-113)
  S. 1280, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 
for the United States Coast Guard, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 109-
114)
  S. 103, to respond to the illegal production, distribution, and use 
of methamphetamine in the United States, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
Pages S9281-82
Measures Passed:
  National Sex Offender Database: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. 792, to establish a 
National sex offender registration database, and the bill was then 
passed,after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S9245-46
  Frist (for Dorgan/Dole) Amendment No. 1643, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S9245
  CAFTA Implementation: By 56 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 209), Senate 
passed H.R. 3045, to implement the Dominican Republic-Central America-
United States Free Trade Agreement, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Pages S9244-45, S9253-55
  Honoring Tour de France Participants: Senate agreed to S. Res. 222, 
honoring the victories of Team Discovery and American cyclists Lance 
Armstrong and George Hincapie in the 2005 Tour de France.
  Page S9316
  National Life Insurance Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
223, supporting the goals and ideals of ``National Life Insurance 
Awareness Month''.
  Pages S9316-17

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  National Citizens' Crime Prevention 25th Anniversary: Committee on 
the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 208, 
commemorating the 25th anniversary of the National Citizens' Crime 
Prevention Campaign, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                             Page S9317
  Women Suffragists: Senate passed H.J. Res. 59, expressing the sense 
of Congress with respect to women suffragists who fought for and won 
the right of women to vote in the United States, clearing the measure 
for the President.
  Page S9317
  Purple Heart: Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further 
consideration of S. Con. Res. 39, to express the sense of Congress on 
the Purple Heart, and the concurrent resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                         Pages S9317-18
  Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act: Senate passed S. 1375, to 
amend the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 to modify provisions 
relating to criminal proceedings and civil actions.
  Page S9318
  Psoriasis Awareness Month: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged 
from further consideration of S. Res. 206, designating August 2005 as 
``Psoriasis Awareness Month'', and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                         Pages S9318-19
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 225, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page S9249
Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act: Senate continued 
consideration of S. 397, to prohibit civil liability actions from being 
brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or 
importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other 
relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others, taking 
action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S9217-44
Adopted:
  By 70 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 207), Reed (for Kohl) Amendment No. 
1626, to amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to require 
the provision of a child safety lock in connection with the transfer of 
a handgun.
Pages S9217-22
Rejected:
  Levin Amendment No. 1623, to clarify the prohibition on certain civil 
liability actions. (By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 208), Senate tabled 
the amendment.)
Pages S9222-30
Pending:
  Frist (for Craig) Modified Amendment No. 1605, to make clear that the 
bill does not apply to actions commenced by the Attorney General to 
enforce the Gun Control Act.
Page S9222
  Frist Modified Amendment No. 1606 (to Amendment No. 1605), to make 
clear that the bill does not apply to actions commenced by the Attorney 
General to enforce the Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act. 
                                                             Page S9222
  A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for the 
consideration of certain amendments to be proposed to the bill; that 
the cloture vote be vitiated and following the disposition of the 
amendments, the pending Frist (for Craig) Modified Amendment No. 1605 
(listed above) and Frist Modified Amendment No. 1606 (to Amendment No. 
1605) be agreed to; the bill be read a third time, and the Senate then 
vote on final passage of the bill.
Page S9244
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill on Friday, July 29, 2005.
Page S9244
Energy Policy Act--Conference Report: Senate began consideration of the 
conference report to accompany H.R. 6, to ensure jobs for our future 
with secure, affordable, and reliable energy.
  Pages S9255-73
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senator 
Feingold be recognized to raise a Congressional Budget Act point of 
order, and that Senator Domenici, or his designee, be immediately 
recognized in order to make a motion to waive the point of order; that 
if the point of order is waived, the Senate then immediately vote on 
adoption of the conference report.
Page S9246
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the conference report on Friday, July 29, 2005, with 
30 minutes equally divided for closing remarks.
Page S9319
Department of the Interior Appropriations Conference Report--Agreement: 
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Friday, 
July 29, 2005, at a time determined by the Majority Leader, in 
consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of 
the conference report to accompany H.R. 2361, making appropriations for 
the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006; that there be 20 minutes of 
debate equally divided between the majority and the minority, and that 
the Senate then vote on adoption of the conference report.
  Page S9319
Legislative Branch Appropriations--Conference Report: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that on Friday, July 29, 2005, 
at a time determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the 
Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the conference report 
to accompany H.R. 2985, making appropriations for the Legislative 
Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30,

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2006; that there be 20 minutes of debate equally divided between the 
majority and the minority, and that the Senate then vote on adoption of 
the conference report.
  Page S9319
Executive Reports of Committees: Senate received the following 
executive report of a committee:
  Report to accompany Protocol of Amendment to the International 
Convention on Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures 
(Treaty Doc. 108-6) (Ex. Rept. 109-2).
Page S9282
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Thomas A. Fuentes, of California, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 
13, 2005. (Prior to this action, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, 
and Pensions was discharged from further consideration.)
  Bernice Phillips, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 
13, 2005. (Prior to this action, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, 
and Pensions was discharged from further consideration.)
  Rachel Brand, of Iowa, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
  David R. Hill, of Missouri, to be General Counsel of the Department 
of Energy.
  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. (Prior to this 
action, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was 
discharged from further consideration.)
  Jill L. Sigal, of Wyoming, to be Assistant Secretary of Energy 
(Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs).
  Janice B. Gardner, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for 
Intelligence and Analysis, Department of the Treasury.
  Marcus C. Peacock, of Minnesota, to be Deputy Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency.
  Henry Louis Johnson, of Mississippi, to be Assistant Secretary for 
Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education. (Prior to 
this action, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was 
discharged from further consideration.)
  Terrell Halaska, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant 
Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, Department of 
Education. (Prior to this action, Committee on Health, Education, 
Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration.)
  John S. Redd, of Georgia, to be Director of the National 
Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National 
Intelligence.
  Donetta Davidson, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Election 
Assistance Commission for the remainder of the term expiring December 
12, 2007. (Prior to this action, Committee on Rules and Administration 
was discharged from further consideration.)
Pages S9250-51, S9319-21
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  John J. Young, Jr., of Virginia, to be Director of Defense Research 
and Engineering.
  Emil W. Henry, Jr., of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Treasury.
  William E. Kovacic, of Virginia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner 
for a term of seven years from September 26, 2004.
  Kathryn Higgins, of South Dakota, to be a Member of the National 
Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2009.
  Edward McGaffigan, Jr., of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 
2010.
  George M. Gray, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of 
the Environmental Protection Agency.
  Barry F. Lowenkron, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of State 
for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
  William Paul McCormick, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to New Zealand, 
and serve concurrently and without additional compensation as 
Ambassador to Samoa.
  Roland Arnall, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of the 
Netherlands.
  Christine M. Griffin, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2009.
  James F. X. O'Gara, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Director for Supply 
Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy.
  Timothy Mark Burgess, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge 
for the District of Alaska.
  Joseph Frank Bianco, of New York, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of New York.
  Harry Sandlin Mattice, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States 
District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
  Routine lists in the Air Force.
Page S9250, S9319
Messages From the House:
  Pages S9279-80
Measures Referred:
  Page S9280
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S9280

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Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S9280
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9280-81
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S9282-84
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9285-86
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9286-S9309
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9277-79
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9309-14
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S9314-15
Privilege of the Floor:
  Page S9315
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--209) 
                                              Pages S9221, S9230, S9255
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 10:57 p.m. 
until 9 a.m., on Friday, July 29, 2005. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S9249 and 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nominations of Lieutenant General Norton A. Schwartz, USAF, for 
appointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, U.S. 
Transportation Command, who was introduced by Senator Stevens, Ronald 
M. Sega, of Colorado, to be Under Secretary of the Air Force, who was 
introduced by Senator Allard, Phillip Jackson Bell, of Georgia, to be 
Deputy Under Secretary for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, and John 
G. Grimes, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Networks and 
Information Integration, both of the Department of Defense, Keith E. 
Eastin, of Texas, to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for 
Installations and Environment, and William Anderson, of Connecticut, to 
be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment 
and Logistics, after the nominees testified and answered questions in 
their own behalf.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of Peter Cyril Wyche Flory, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary for International Security Affairs, Phillip Jackson Bell, of 
Georgia, to be Deputy Under Secretary for Logistics and Materiel 
Readiness, both of the Department of Defense, Keith E. Eastin, of 
Texas, to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and 
Environment, Lieutenant General Norton A. Schwartz, USAF, for 
appointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, U.S. 
Transportation Command, and 4,070 nominations in the Army, Navy, Air 
Force, and Marine Corps.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 705, to establish the Interagency Council on Meeting the Housing 
and Service Needs of Seniors, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  H.R. 804, to exclude from consideration as income certain payments 
under the national flood insurance program;
  S. 1047, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in 
commemoration of each of the Nation's past Presidents and their 
spouses, respectively to improve circulation of the $1 coin, to create 
a new bullion coin;
  S. 190, to address the regulation of secondary mortgage market 
enterprises, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  The nominations of Christopher Cox, of California, Roel C. Campos, of 
Texas, and Annette L. Nazareth, of the District of Columbia, each to be 
a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, John C. Dugan, of 
Maryland, to be Comptroller of the Currency, and John M. Reich, of 
Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, both of 
the Department of the Treasury, Martin J. Gruenberg, of Maryland, to be 
a Member and Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal 
Deposit Insurance Corporation.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following bills:
  S. 1516, to reauthorize Amtrak, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute; and
  S. 1408, to strengthen data protection and safeguards, require data 
breach notification, and further prevent identity theft, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute.
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine issues related to MGM v. Grokster and the 
appropriate balance between copyright protection and communications 
technology innovation, focusing on balancing the protection of 
copyright and technological innovation, after receiving testimony from 
Adam M. Eisgrau, Flanagan Consulting, on behalf of P2P United, Inc. and 
the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Mitch Bainwol, Recording 
Industry Association of America, both of Washington, DC; Gregory G.

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Kerber, Wurld Media, Inc., Saratoga Springs, New York; Mark G. Heesen, 
National Venture Capital Association, Arlington, Virginia; David N. 
Baker, EarthLink, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia; and Fritz E. Attaway, Motion 
Picture Association of America, Encino, California.
NATIONAL PARKS/MEMORIALS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded a hearing to examine S. 584 and H.R. 432, bills to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to allow the continued occupancy 
and use of certain land and improvements within Rocky Mountain National 
Park, S. 652, to provide financial assistance for the rehabilitation of 
the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
and the development of an exhibit to commemorate the 300th anniversary 
of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, S. 958, to amend the National Trails 
System Act to designate the Star-Spangled Banner Trail in the States of 
Maryland and Virginia and the District of Columbia as a National 
Historic Trail, S. 1154, to extend the Acadia National Park Advisory 
Commission, to provide improved visitor services at the park, S. 1166, 
to extend the authorization of the Kalaupapa National Historical Park 
Advisory Commission, and S. 1346, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a study of maritime sites in the State of Michigan, 
after receiving testimony from Stephen P. Martin, Deputy Director, 
National Park Service, Department of the Interior; Steve Belko, 
Michigan Lighthouse Project, Oxford; Dennis M. Wint, The Franklin 
Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Ralph Eshelman, Lusby, Maryland; 
and Betty H. Dick, Grand Lake, Colorado.
NATIVE AMERICAN GRAVES PROTECTION AND REPATRIATION ACT
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee held an oversight hearing to 
examine the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and 
Repatriation Act (P.L. 101-601), focusing on the impact of the United 
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision in Bonnichsen v. 
United States, and the proposed amendment to the definition of ``Native 
American'' under the Act, receiving testimony from Paul Hoffman, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks; 
Paul Bender, Arizona State University College of Law, and Keith W. 
Kintigh, Society for American Archaeology, both of Tempe, Arizona; 
Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, Colorado; 
Patricia M. Lambert, Utah State University, Logan, on behalf of the 
American Association of Physical Anthropologists; Paula A. Barran, 
Barran and Leibman, LLP, Portland, Oregon; and A. Van Horn Diamond, 
Honolulu, Hawaii.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 103, to respond to the illegal production, distribution, and use 
of methamphetamine in the United States, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute; and
  The nominations of Michael J. Garcia, of New York, to be United 
States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Peter Manson 
Swaim, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of 
Indiana.
  Also, Committee resumed markup of S. 1088, to establish streamlined 
procedures for collateral review of mixed petitions, amendments, and 
defaulted claims, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed 
subject to call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 1234, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2005, the rates of 
compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the 
rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of 
certain disabled veterans;
  S. 1235, to amend chapters 19 and 37 of title 38, United States Code, 
to extend the availability of $400,000 in coverage under the 
servicemembers' life insurance and veterans' group life insurance 
programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, (as approved 
by the Committee, the substitute amendment incorporated related 
provisions of S. 1235, as introduced, S. 552, S. 917, S. 151, S. 1259, 
S. 1271, and S. 423); and
  The nominations of James Philip Terry, of Virginia, to be Chairman of 
the Board of Veterans' Appeals, Department of Veterans' Affairs, and 
Charles S. Ciccolella, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor 
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 120 public bills, H.R. 3496-
3615; and 25 resolutions, H.J. Res. 62; H. Con. Res. 224-231; and H. 
Res. 398, 402-416 were introduced.
  Pages H7556-63
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H7563-66
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Conference report on H.R. 3, authorizing funds for Federal-aid 
highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs (H. Rept. 109-
203);
  H.R. 889, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal 
year 2006, to make technical corrections to various laws administered 
by the Coast Guard, and for other purposes, with an amendment referred 
sequentially to the House Committee on Homeland Security for a period 
ending not later than July 29, 2005 for consideration of such 
provisions of the bill and amendment as fall within the jurisdiction of 
that committee pursuant to clause 1(i) of rule X. (H. Rept. 109-204, 
Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3207, to direct the Administrator of the Small Business 
Administration to establish a pilot program to make grants to eligible 
entities for the development of peer learning opportunities for second-
stage small business concerns, amended (H. Rept. 109-205);
  H.R. 2981, to amend the Small Business Act to expand and improve the 
assistance provided by Small Business Development Centers to Indian 
tribe members, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians, amended (H. Rept. 
109-206);
  H.R. 527, to amend the Small Business Act to direct the Administrator 
of the Small Business Administration to establish a vocational and 
technical entrepreneurship development program, amended (H. Rept. 109-
207);
  H.R. 230, to amend the Small Business Act to direct the Administrator 
of the Small Business Administration to establish a program to provide 
regulatory compliance assistance to small business concerns, amended 
(H. Rept. 109-208);
  H.R. 1065, to establish the United States Boxing Commission to 
protect the general welfare of boxers and to ensure fairness in the 
sport of professional boxing, with an amendment referred sequentially 
to the House Committee on the Judiciary for a period ending not later 
than Sept. 30, 2005 for consideration of such provisions of the bill 
and the amendment as fall within the jurisdiction of that committee 
pursuant to clause 1(l), rule X. (H. Rept. 109-209, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3084, to direct the Secretary of Commerce to issue regulations 
requiring testing for steroids and other performance-enhancing 
substances for certain sports associations engaged in interstate 
commerce, amended (H. Rept. 109-210, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 921, to establish a digital and wireless network technology 
program (H. Rept. 109-211, Pt. 1);
  H. Res. 399, waiving points of order against the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 3, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation 
Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (H. Rept. 109-212);
  H. Res. 400, 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 (H. Rept. 109-213); and
  H. Res. 401, providing for consideration of H.R. 3514, to provide an 
extension of highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, 
and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending 
enactment of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century (H. Rept. 109-214).
Pages H7033, H7043-H7550, H7555-56
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act for FY 2006--Conference Report: The House agreed to 
the conference report on H.R. 2361, making appropriations for the 
Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, by a yea and nay vote of 410 
yeas to 10 nays, Roll No. 450.
  Pages H7013-23, H7030-31
  H. Res. 392, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report, was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 402 yeas to 4 nays with 
23 voting ``present'', Roll No. 446.
Pages H6941-43, H6973
Energy Policy Act of 2005--Conference Report: The House agreed to the 
conference report on H.R. 6, to ensure jobs for our future with secure, 
affordable, and reliable energy, by a yea and nay vote of 275 yeas to 
156 nays, Roll No. 445.
  Pages H6949-73
  H. Res. 394, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report, was agreed to by voice vote.
Pages H6943-48
Legislative Branch Appropriation Act for FY 2006--Conference Report: 
The House agreed to the conference report on H.R. 2895, making 
appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2006, by a yea and nay vote of 305 yeas to 122 nays, Roll 
No. 451.
  Pages H7023-30, H7031

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  H. Res. 396, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report, was agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 375 yeas to 27 nays with 
24 voting ``present'', Roll No. 447.
Pages H6948-49, H6073-74
Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 
2005: The House passed H.R. 5, improving patient access to health care 
services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive 
burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system, 
by a recorded vote 230 ayes to 194 noes with 2 voting ``present'', Roll 
No. 449.
  Pages H6974-H7013
  Rejected the Conyers motion to recommit the bill to the Committees on 
the Judiciary and Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the 
same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea and nay 
vote of 193 yeas to 234 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 448. 
                                                         Pages H7007-12
  H. Res. 385, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on Wednesday, July 27.
Summer District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 225, 
providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives 
and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate, by a yea and nay 
vote of 404 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 452.
  Pages H7031-32
Recess: The House recessed at 6:25 p.m. and reconvened at 6:40 p.m. 
                                                             Page H7033
Recess: The House recessed at 6:41 p.m. and reconvened at 6:59 p.m. 
                                                             Page H7033
Recess: The House recessed at 7:00 p.m. and reconvened at 10:45 p.m. 
                                                         Pages H7033-34
Recess: The House recessed at 10:58 p.m. and reconvened at 12:15 a.m. 
                                                             Page H7035
Correcting the enrollment of the conference report on the 
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users: The House agreed to H. 
Con. Res. 226, providing for a correction to the enrollment of the 
conference report on H.R. 3.
  Page H7035
Recess: The House recessed at 12:19 a.m. and reconvened at 1:07 a.m. 
                                                             Page H7036
Senate Message: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages 
H6974, H7013, H7034 and H7036.
Senate Referrals: S. 302 and S. 655 were referred to the Committee on 
Energy and Commerce; S. 447 was referred to the Committee on Resources; 
S. 1517 was referred to the Committee on Small Business; S. 792 was 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and S.J. Res. 19 was 
referred to the Committee on International Relations.
  Page H7036
Quorum Calls--Votes: 7 yea and nay vote and 1 recorded votes developed 
during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6972, H6973, 
H6973-74, H7011-12, H7012-13, H7030-31, H7031 and H7031-32. There were 
no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 1:09 a.m. on 
Friday, July 29.


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Committee Meetings
FINANCING IRAQI INSURGENCY
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities and the Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations of the Committee on Financial Services held a joint 
hearing on the financing of the Iraqi insurgency. Testimony was heard 
from Daniel Glaser, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Terrorist Financing and 
Financial Crimes, Department of the Treasury; and the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: James Roberts, Acting Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Special Operations and Combating Terrorism; and 
Caleb Temple, Director, Operations, Joint Intelligence Task Force for 
Combating Terrorism, Defense Intelligence Agency.
DATA SECURITY
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Data Security: The 
Discussion Draft of Data Protection Legislation.'' Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
D.C. METRO--GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Keeping Metro 
on Track: The Federal Government's Role in Balancing Investment with 
Accountability at Washington's Transit Agency.'' Testimony was heard 
from Katherine Siggerud, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO; 
the following officials of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit 
Authority: Dana Kauffman, Chairman of the Board; and Richard White, 
Chief Executive Officer; and public witnesses.
RESOLUTION--COMMENDING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND 
EMPLOYEES FOR DEDICATED SERVICE IN WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
Committee on Homeland Security: Ordered reported H. Res. 398, 
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the employees 
of the Department of Homeland Security, their partners at all levels of 
government, and the millions of law enforcement agents and emergency 
response providers nationwide should be commended for their dedicated 
service on the Nation's front lines in the war against terrorism.

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AVIATION SCREENING WORKFORCE--IMPROVING MANAGEMENT
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Economic Security, 
Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity held a hearing entitled 
``Improving Management of the Aviation Screening Workforce.'' Testimony 
was heard from Thomas Blank, Acting Deputy Administrator, 
Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland 
Security; James Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer, 
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; John Martin, Director, San 
Francisco International Airport; William DeCota, Director, Aviation, 
New York-New Jersey Port Authority; and public witnesses.
NATIONAL BIODEFENSE STRATEGY
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear 
and Biological Attack, hearing entitled ``Implementing the National 
Biodefense Strategy. Testimony was heard from the following officials 
of the Department of Health and Human Services: Julie Gerberding, M.D., 
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Anthony 
Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious 
Diseases, NIH; BG Eric B. Schoomaker, USA, Commanding General, U.S. 
Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Department of Defense; and 
John Vitko, Jr., Director, Biological Countermeasure Portfolio, Science 
and Technolgy Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
ASSESSING HANDICAP ACCESS TO HOUSE COMPLEX
Committee on House Administration: Held a hearing on Accessibility of 
the House Complex for Persons with Special Needs. Testimony was heard 
from Representative Langevin; Chief Terrence Gainer, U.S. Capitol 
Police; James M. Eagen, III, Chief Administrative Officer, House of 
Representatives; Alan Hantman, Architect of the Capitol; and public 
witnesses.
LEBANON DEMOCRACY
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on Lebanon Reborn? 
Defining National Priorities and Prospects for Democratic Renewal in 
the Wake of March 14, 2005. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of State: C. David Welch, Assistant 
Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and James R. Kunder, 
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, U.S. Agency 
for International Development; and public witnesses.
CHINA'S INFLUENCE ON AFRICA
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa, Global 
Human Rights and International Operations, hearing on China's Influence 
in Africa. Testimony was heard from Michael Ranneberger, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; 
Carolyn Bartholomew, Commissioner, U.S.-China Economic and Security 
Review Commission; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN MINING COMMUNITIES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals held an 
oversight hearing on Sustainable Development Opportunities in Mining 
Communities, Part II. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--WESTSIDE REGIONAL DRAINAGE PLAN
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held an 
oversight hearing on Implementation of the Westside Regional Drainage 
Plan as a Way to Improve San Joaquin River Water Quality. Testimony was 
heard from John Keyes, III, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 
Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
CONFERENCE REPORT--TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS
Committee on Rules: Granted by voice vote, a rule waiving all points of 
order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 3, to authorize 
funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit 
programs, and for other purposes, and against its consideration. The 
rule provides that the conference report be considered as read. 
Testimony was heard from Chairman Young of Alaska Representatives Petri 
and Oberstar.
HIGHWAY, HIGHWAY SAFETY, MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY, TRANSIT, AND OTHER 
PROGRAMS EXTENSION
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a closed rule providing ten 
minutes of debate in the House on H.R. 3514, to provide an extension of 
administrative expenses for highway, highway safety, motor carrier 
safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust 
Fund pending enactment of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity 
Act for the 21st Century, equally divided and controlled by the 
chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation 
and Infrastructure. The rule waives all points of order against the 
bill and against its consideration. The rule provides one motion to 
recommit.

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SAME DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED BY THE RULES 
COMMITTEE
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 day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain 
resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the 
waiver to any special rule reported on the legislative day of July 29, 
2005, providing for consideration or disposition of any measure related 
to funding for transportation programs.
CONFERENCE REPORT--TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT: A LEGACY FOR USERS
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving all points 
of order against the conference report to accompany H.R. 3 and against 
its consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall 
be considered as read. The rule provides that the Clerk shall not 
transmit to the Senate a message that it has adopted the conference 
report to accompany H.R. 3 until the House has received a message that 
the Senate has agreed to House Concurrent Resolution 226 as adopted by 
the House.
TAX REFORM/MEMBERS PROPOSALS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures 
held a hearing on Member Proposals for Tax Reform. Testimony was heard 
from Representatives Neal, English of Pennsylvania, Linder, Emanuel, 
Kucinich, Bishop of New York, and Burgess.
BRIEFING--GLOBAL UPDATES
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a Briefing on Global Updates. The Committee was briefed by 
departmental witnesses.
DNI STATUS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Oversight 
held a hearing on DNI Status. Testimony was heard from LTG Michael V. 
Hayden, USAF, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence.

Joint Meetings
ALTERNATIVE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
alternative automotive technologies to develop energy efficient 
vehicles, after receiving testimony from David K. Garman, Secretary of 
Energy; Mark Chernoby, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Auburn Hills, 
Michigan; Mary Ann Wright, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan; Tom 
Stricker, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Torrance, California; and 
Joe Loper, Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, DC.


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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D 846)
  H.J. Res. 52, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained 
in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. Signed on July 27, 
2005. (Public Law 109-39)
  H.R. 3453, to provide an extension of highway, highway safety, motor 
carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway 
Trust Fund pending enactment of a law reauthorizing the Transportation 
Equity Act for the 21st Century. Signed on July 28, 2005. (Public Law 
109-40)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2005-07-29

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JULY 29, 2005

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D857-D858]
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        9 a.m., Friday, July 29

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will begin consideration of the conference 
report to accompany H.R. 2361, Department of the Interior 
Appropriations with a vote on adoption of the conference report; 
following which, Senate will begin consideration of the conference 
report to accompany H.R. 2985, Legislative Branch Appropriations, with 
a vote on adoption of the conference report; following which, Senate 
will continue consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 
6, Energy Policy Act, and vote on a motion to waive a point of order 
relative to the Congressional Budget Act, and if the point of order is 
waived, Senate will vote on adoption of the conference report. Also, 
Senate will continue consideration of S. 397, Protection of Lawful 
Commerce in Arms Act and vote on certain amendments; following which, 
Senate will vote on final passage of the bill. Additionally, Senate 
expects to consider the conference report to accompany H.R. 3, 
Transportation Equity Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, July 29

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Consideration of the conference report to accompany 
H.R. 3, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (closed rule).


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