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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate

Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S13599-S13687
Measures Introduced: Fourteen bills and three resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2105-2118, S. Res. 334, and S. Con. Res. 70-71. 
                                                             Pages S13659-60
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of 
Budget Totals from the Concurrent Resolution for Fiscal Year 2006.''. (S. 
Rept. No. 109-207)
  S. 1312, to amend a provision relating to employees of the United States 
assigned to, or employed by, an Indian tribe. (S. Rept. No. 109-208)
  Report to accompany S. 572, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to 
give additional biosecurity responsibilities to the Department of Homeland 
Security. (S. Rept. No. 109-209)
Page S13659
Measures Passed:
  Honoring Former Senator William Proxmire: Senate agreed to S. Res. 334, 
relative to the death of William Proxmire, former U.S. Senator from the 
state of Wisconsin.
  Pages S13683-84
  Real Property Jurisdiction Transfer: Senate passed S. 2116, to transfer 
jurisdiction of certain real property to the Supreme Court.
  Page S13684
  Coral Reef Conservation Amendments Act: Senate passed S. 1390, to 
reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, after agreeing to the 
committee amendments, and the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                                             Pages S13684-86
  McConnell (for Stevens) Amendment No. 2677, to make it clear that damage 
from derelict fishing gear and vessel anchors and anchor chains warrants 
emergency response action.
Page S13685
  McConnell (for Stevens) Amendment No. 2678, to strike references to 
certain laws.
Page S13685
  State Department Authorities: Senate passed H.R. 4436, to provide certain 
authorities for the Department of State, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S13687
  Philippines Immigration Centennial: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 218, 
recognizing the centennial of sustained immigration from the Philippines to 
the United States and acknowledging the contributions of our Filipino-
American community to our country over the last century, after agreeing to 
the following amendment:
  Page S13687
  McConnell (for Akaka) Amendment No. 2679, of a technical nature. 
                                                                 Page S13687
  Predisaster Mitigation Program Reauthorization Act: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration 
of H.R. 4324, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency 
Assistance Act to reauthorize the predisaster mitigation program, clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Page S13687
Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations--Conference Report: Senate began 
consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 3010, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and 
Education, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2006.
  Pages S13600-08
U.S. Patriot Act Reauthorization--Conference Report: Senate continued 
consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 3199, to extend and 
modify authorities needed to combat terrorism.
  Pages S13608-27
  A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the conference report at approximately 10 a.m., on Friday, 
December 16, 2005, that there be 60 minutes for debate, to be followed by a 
vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at approximately 11 a.m. 
                                                                 Page S13687
Deficit Reduction Act--Motions to Instruct Conferees: Senate continued 
consideration of the message from the House of Representatives to accompany 
S. 1932, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 202(a) of the 
concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2006 (H. Con. Res. 95), 
taking action on the following motions to instruct conferees proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S13630-35
Adopted:
  By 71 yeas to 20 nays (Vote No. 354), Senate agreed to DeWine Motion to 
Instruct Conferees to insist that any conference report shall not include 
the provisions contained in section 8701 of the House amendment relating to 
the repeal of section 754 of the Tariff Act of 1930.
Pages S13630-32
  By 75 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 355), Senate agreed to Kohl Motion to 
Instruct Conferees to insist that any conference report shall not include 
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of the provisions in the House amendment that reduce funding for the child 
support program established under part D of title IV of the Social Security 
Act (42 U.S.C. 651 et seq.), and to insist that the conference report shall 
not include any restrictions on the ability of States to use Federal child 
support incentive payments for child support program expenditures that are 
eligible for Federal matching payments.
Pages S13632-33
  By 83 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 356), Senate agreed to Kennedy Motion to 
Instruct Conferees to insist that the Senate provisions increasing need 
based financial aid in the bill S. 1932, which were fully offset by savings 
in the bill S. 1932, be included in the final conference report and that the 
House provisions in the bill H.R. 4241 that impose new fees and costs on 
students in school and in repayment be rejected in the final conference 
report.
Pages S13633-34
  By 63 yeas to 28 nays (Vote No. 357), Senate agreed to Reed Motion to 
Instruct Conferees to insist on a provision that makes available 
$2,920,000,000 for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 
U.S.C. 8621 et seq.), in addition to the $2,183,000,000 made available for 
such Act in the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, and 
Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006.
Pages S13634-35
  The Chair was authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of 
the Senate: Senators Gregg, Domenici, Grassley, Enzi, Allard, Sessions, 
Stevens, Shelby, Specter, Chambliss, McConnell, Conrad, Murray, Harkin, 
Sarbanes, Inouye, Bingaman, Baucus, Kennedy, and Leahy.
Page S13635
Senator Corzine Tributes--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that Senators be permitted to submit tributes to Senator 
Corzine for the Congressional Record until December 29, 2005, and that the 
tributes be printed as a Senate document.
  Page S13687
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from the 
President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the export of 
accelerometers to the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Railways; 
which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (PM-33) 
                                                                 Page S13655
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Stephen G. Larson, of California, to be United States District Judge for 
the Central District of California.
  Terrance P. Flynn, of New York, to be United States Attorney for the 
Western District of New York for the term of four years.
Page S13687
Messages From the House:
  Page S13655
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S13655
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S13655
Executive Communications:
  Pages S13655-59
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S13659
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S13660-61
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S13661-82
Additional Statements:
  Pages S13652-55
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S13682
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S13682-83
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S13683
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--357) 
                                  Pages S13631-32, S13632-33, S13634, S13635
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9 a.m., and as a further mark of respect to 
the memory of the late Senator William J. Proxmire, former United States 
Senator for the State of Wisconsin, in accordance with S. Res. 334, 
adjourned at 7:54 p.m., until 9:30 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2005. (For 
Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 2012, to authorize appropriations to the Secretary of Commerce for the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act for fiscal years 
2006 through 2012, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1608, to enhance Federal Trade Commission enforcement against illegal 
spam, spyware, and cross-border fraud and deception; and
  The nomination of one officer in the Coast Guard.
NEW ORLEANS LEVEES
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee held a 
hearing to examine New Orleans (Louisiana) levees relating to Hurricane 
Katrina, focusing on storm damage reduction projects in metropolitan New 
Orleans, federal, state, and local responsibility for operation, 
maintenance, and inspection of the levees, the role of the Army Corps of 
Engineers in response to a hurricane, and support of the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, receiving testimony from Colonel Richard P. Wagenaar, 
Commander and District Engineer, Alfred C. Naomi, Senior Project Manager, 
and Gerard A. Colletti, Operations Manager for Completed Works, all of the 
New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Edmond J. Preau, Jr., 
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Baton Rouge; and 
James P. Huey and Max L. Hearn, both of New Orleans, Louisiana, on behalf of 
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  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 1445, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 520 Colorado Avenue in Arriba, Colorado, as the ``William H. 
Emery Post Office'';
  S. 1792, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 205 West Washington Street in Knox, Indiana, as the ``Grant W. 
Green Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 3770, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 205 West Washington Street in Knox, Indiana, as the ``Grant W. 
Green Post Office Building'';
  S. 1820, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 6110 East 51st Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the ``Dewey F. 
Bartlett Post Office'';
  S. 2036, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 320 High Street in Clinton, Massachusetts, as the ``Raymond J. 
Salmon Post Office'';
  S. 2064, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 122 South Bill Street in Francesville, Indiana, as the ``Malcolm 
Melville `Mac' Lawrence Post Office'';
  S. 2089, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 1271 North King Street in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, as the ``Hiram 
L. Fong Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 2113, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 2000 McDonough Street in Joliet, Illinois, as the ``John F. 
Whiteside Joliet Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 2346, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 105 NW Railroad Avenue in Hammond, Louisiana, as the ``John J. 
Hainkel, Jr. Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 2413, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 1202 1st Street in Humble, Texas, as the ``Lillian McKay Post 
Office Building'';
  H.R. 2630, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 1927 Sangamon Avenue in Springfield, Illinois, as the ``J.M. 
Dietrich Northeast Annex'';
  H.R. 2894, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 102 South Walters Avenue in Hodgenville, Kentucky, as the 
``Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 3256, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 3038 West Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the 
``Congressman James Grove Fulton Memorial Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 3368, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 6483 Lincoln Street in Gagetown, Michigan, as the ``Gagetown 
Veterans Memorial Post Office'';
  H.R. 3439, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 201 North 3rd Street in Smithfield, North Carolina, as the ``Ava 
Gardner Post Office'';
  H.R. 3548, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located on Franklin Avenue in Pearl River, New York, as the ``Heinz 
Ahlmeyer, Jr. Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 3703, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 8501 Philatelic Drive in Spring Hill, Florida, as the ``Staff 
Sergeant Michael Schafer Post Office'';
  H.R. 3825, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 770 Trumbull Drive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the ``Clayton J. 
Smith Memorial Post Office'';
  H.R. 3830, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 130 East Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, Florida as the ``United 
States Cleveland Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 4053, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 545 North Rimsdale Avenue in Covina, California as the ``Lillian 
Kinkella Keil Post Office'';
  H.R. 3989, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 37598 Goodhue Avenue in Dennison, Minnesota, as the 
``Albert H. Quie Post Office''; and
  The nominations of George W. Foresman to be Under Secretary of Homeland 
Security for Preparedness, and Mary M. Rose to be a Member, Merit Systems 
Protection Board.
BUSINESS MEETING
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to 
consider pending intelligence matters.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.
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                        House of Representatives

Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 17 public bills, H.R. 4549-4565; 1 
private bill, H.R. 4566; and 10 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 317-318; and H. 
Res. 611-618 were introduced.
  Pages H11878-80
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H11880-81
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 619, providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 612) 
expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to achieving 
victory in Iraq (H. Rept. 109-348);
  H. Res. 620, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee 
on Rules (H. Rept. 109-349); and
  H. Res. 621; providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 4437) 
to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen enforcement of 
the immigration laws, to enhance border security (H. Rept. 109-350). 
                                                             Pages H11877-78
Pension Protection Act of 2005: The House passed H.R. 2830, to amend the 
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue 
Code of 1986 to reform the pension funding rules by a recorded vote of 294 
ayes to 132 noes, Roll No. 635.
  Pages H11678-H11798
  Rejected the Miller motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Ways and Means with 
instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an 
amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 200 yeas to 227 nays, Roll No. 634, 
after agreeing to the previous question.
Pages H11770-97
  Pursuant to the rule, in lieu of the amendments reported by the Committees 
on Education and the Workforce and Ways and Means now printed in the bill, 
the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of H. Rept. 
109-346 shall be considered as adopted.
  H. Res. 602, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was agreed 
to by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 633, after 
agreeing to order the previous question.
Pages H11660-70, H111678
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following 
measure which was debated on Wednesday, December 14th: The House agreed to 
suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and 
traditions of Christmas should be protected: H. Res. 579, amended, to 
express the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and 
traditions of Christmas should be protected, by a yea-and-nay vote of 401 
yeas to 22 nays with 5 voting ``present'', Roll No. 637; 
                                                         Pages H11799-H11800
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read ``Expressing the sense of the 
House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should 
be protected for those who celebrate Christmas.''.
Page H11800
  Urging the President to issue a proclamation for the observance of an 
American Jewish History Month: H. Con. Res. 315, to urge the President to 
issue a proclamation for the observance of an American Jewish History Month, 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 638; 
and
  Page H11800
  Urging the Government of the Russian Federation to withdraw or modify 
proposed legislation that would have the effect of severely restricting the 
establishment, operations, and activities of domestic and foreign 
nongovernmental organizations in the Russian Federation: H. Con. Res. 312, 
amended, to urge the Government of the Russian Federation to withdraw or 
modify proposed legislation that would have the effect of severely 
restricting the establishment, operations, and activities of domestic and 
foreign nongovernmental organizations in the Russian Federation, by a yea-
and-nay vote of 405 yeas to 15 nays, Roll No. 641.
  Pages H11858-59
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read ``Urging the Government of the 
Russian Federation to withdraw the first draft of the proposed legislation 
as passed in its first reading in the State Duma that would have the effect 
of severely restricting the establishment, operations, and activities of 
domestic, international, and foreign nongovernmental organizations in the 
Russian Federation, or to modify the proposed legislation to entirely remove 
these restrictions.''.
Page H111859
Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 
2005: The House began consideration on H.R. 4437, to amend the Immigration 
and Nationality Act to strengthen enforcement of the immigration laws, to 
enhance border security. Further consideration will continue at a later 
date.
  Pages H11800-58
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill, 
modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 109-347, shall be 
considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole and 
shall be considered as read.
Pages H11820-37
Agreed to:
  Carter amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that requires the 
Secretary of Homeland

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Security to include satellite communications in the plan authorized by 
Section 106 of H.R. 4473;
Pages H11837-38
  Gohmert amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) which directs the 
Inspector General to refer any instances of misconduct or wrongdoing on a 
contract to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security or other 
appropriate official for the purpose of evaluating whether or not suspension 
or debarment of the contractor is warranted;
Pages H11838-39
  Johnson, Sam, of Texas amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that 
expresses the sense of Congress that the President, Attorney General, 
Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security and other Department 
Secretaries should immediately use every tool available to them to enforce 
the immigration laws of the U.S., as enacted by Congress;
Pages H11839-42
  Renzi amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) which states that all 
uniforms procured for use by Border Patrol agents are to be made in the 
United States;
Pages H11842-43
  Castle amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that requires DHS to 
submit a timeline for: (1) equipping all land borders with the US-VISIT 
entry/exit system; (2) developing and deploying the exit component of the 
US-VISIT system at all land borders; and (3) making all border screening 
systems operated by the Department interoperable;
Pages H11843-45
  Campbell amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that amends Section 
642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 
1996 by replacing ``Immigration and Naturalization Service'' with 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and enforces Section 642 by stating that 
the Attorney General shall not provide any grant amount to any Federal, 
State, or local government agency or entity that violates the Act (which 
states that any government official or entity may not be prohibited from 
sending information to DHS regarding the citizenship or immigration status 
of any individual);
Pages H11846-47
  Castle amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) which requires the 
Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress on: (1) the number of 
illegal aliens from noncontiguous countries who are apprehended at or 
between ports of entry; (2) the number of such aliens that have been 
deported; and (3) the number of such aliens from countries identified as 
sponsors of terrorism. Also encourages the Department to develop a strategy 
for entering the appropriate background information of illegal aliens from 
countries sponsoring terrorism into appropriate security screening watch 
lists;
Pages H11850-51
  Brown-Waite, Ginny of Florida amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 109-
347) that inserts a new section declaring that Congress condemns rapes by 
smugglers along the international land border of the U.S. and urges in the 
strongest possible terms the government of Mexico to work in coordination 
with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland 
Security to take immediate action to prevent such rapes from occurring; 
                                                             Pages H11851-52
  DeFazio amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that directs 
Customs and Border Protection (CPB) to conduct a pilot program to evaluate 
the use of automated systems for immediate prescreening of individual 
airline passengers bound for the U.S. before they board a plane. Pilot would 
use at least one airline in two foreign airports and evaluate up to three 
automated systems. CBP would be required to report to Congress no later than 
30 days after completion of the pilot and provide a plan to fully deploy the 
most preferable prescreening system no later than January 1, 2007; and 
                                                             Pages H11856-57
  Hunter amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that mandates the 
construction of specific security fencing, including lights and cameras, 
along the Southwest border for the purposes of gaining operational control 
of the border. Fencing has been designated in sectors that have the highest 
number of immigrant deaths, instances of drug smuggling and illegal border 
crossings. The amendment includes a requirement for the Secretary of 
Homeland Security to conduct a study on the use of physical barriers along 
the Northern border (by a recorded vote of 260 ayes to 159 noes, Roll No. 
640).
Pages H11852-56, H11857-58
Rejected:
  Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that 
sought to provide guidelines for implementing the secured alternatives to 
detention provision in section 402(a) (by a recorded vote of 162 ayes to 252 
noes, Roll No. 639).
Pages H11848-50, H11857
Withdrawn:
  Gingrey amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 109-347) that was offered and 
subsequently withdrawn, which sought to suspend the Visa Waiver Program 
until the automated entry-exit program is operational and until ports of 
entry have functional biometric machine readers.
Pages H11845-46
  H. Res. 610, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed 
to, by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 206 nays, Roll No. 636, after 
agreeing to order the previous question.
Pages H11670-78, H11798-99
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006--Motion to go to 
Conference: The House disagreed to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1815, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2006 for military activities of the 
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the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such 
fiscal year, and agreed to a conference.
  Pages H11859-67
  The House debated the Skelton motion to instruct conferees, the Chair 
announced that further consideration will be postponed.
Pages H11859-67
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President in accordance with 
the provisions of section 1512 of the Strom Thurmond National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (Public Law 105-261). Certifying the 
export of 36 accelerometers to the People's Republic of China--referred to 
the Committee on International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 109-
74).
  Page H11868
Succession of the Speaker of the House: Read a letter from the Speaker 
wherein he designated Representative Blunt to act jointly with the Majority 
Leader of the Senate or his designee in the event of the death or inability 
of the Speaker, to notify Members of the House and Senate of any reassembly.
                                                                 Page H11875
Senate Message: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages 
H11845 and H11867-68.
Senate Referrals: S. 1390 was referred to the Committee on Resources and S. 
2116 was held at the desk.
  Page H11878
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H11678, 
H11797, H11798, H11798-99, H11799, H11800, H11857, H11858, and H11858-59. 
There were no quorum calls.
Recess: The House recessed at 12:04 a.m. and reconvened at 7:15 a.m. on 
Friday, December 16th.
  Pages H11875, H11877
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:16 a.m. on Friday, 
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Committee Meetings
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 
4167, National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005; and without recommendation 
H.R. 3699, amended, Federal and District of Columbia Government Real 
Property Act of 2005.
OVERSIGHT--DRUG DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Oversight and Administration of the 
340B Drug Discount Program: Improving Efficiency and Transparency.'' 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Health 
and Human Services: Stuart Wright, Deputy Inspector General, Evaluation and 
Inspections; and Dennis Williams, Deputy Administrator, Health Resources and 
Services Administration; and public witnesses.
LOUISIANA RECOVERY CORPORATION ACT
Committee on Financial Services: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 4100, 
Louisiana Recovery Corporation Act.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS; COMMITTEE BUSINESS
Committee on Government Reform: Approved the following Investigative Reports 
``Bringing Communities into the 21st Century: A Report on Improving the 
Community Development Block Grant Program;'' and ``The Methamphetamine 
Epidemic: International Roots of the Problem, and Recommended Solutions.''
  The Committee also approved other pending Committee business.
RESOLUTION--IRAQ WAR DOCUMENT REQUEST
Committee on International Relations: Ordered reported, as amended, without 
recommendation H. Res. 549, Requesting the President of the United States 
provide to the House of Representatives all documents in his possession 
relating to his October 7, 2002, speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his January 
28, 2003, State of the Union address.
OVERSIGHT--HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA EFFECTS ON GULF FISHING
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans held an 
oversight hearing on the Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Fishing 
Resources, the Fishing Industry and Fishing Communities in the Gulf of 
Mexico. Testimony was heard from William T. Hogarth, Director, National 
Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce; and public 
witnesses.
RESOLUTION--EXPRESSING HOUSE COMMITMENT TO ACHIEVING VICTORY IN IRAQ
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a closed rule providing 1 hour 
of debate in the House on H. Res. 612, Expressing the commitment of the 
House of Representatives to achieving victory in Iraq, equally divided and 
controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on 
International Relations. The rule waives all points of order against 
consideration of the resolution. The rule provides one motion to recommit, 
which may not contain instructions. Section 2 of the rule provides that on 
the first legislative day of the second session of the One Hundred Ninth 
Congress, the House shall not conduct organization or legislative business. 
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BORDER PROTECTION, ANTITERRORISM, AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CONTROL ACT OF 
2005
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing for 
further consideration of the bill, H.R. 4437, Border Protection, 
Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The rule 
provides that no further general debate is in order, and the remaining 
proceedings under House Resolution 610 shall be considered as subsumed by 
this resolution. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in 
the Rules Committee report accompanying this resolution. The rule provides 
that the amendments printed in the report accompanying this resolution may 
be offered only in the order printed in the report, shall be considered as 
read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally 
divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be 
subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of 
the questions in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. The rule waives 
all points of order against amendments printed in the report. Finally, the 
rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
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 December 16, 2005, or December 17, 2005.
OVERSIGHT--VETERANS AFFAIRS FLU VACCINATION/PANDEMIC PREPARATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee Oversight and Investigations 
held an oversight hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs' flu 
vaccination program, and preparations for a possible Avian Flu Pandemic. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs: Lawrence Deyton, M.D., Chief Consultant, Public Health 
Strategic Health Care Group; and Robert Muder. M.D., Staff Physician, 
Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health Care System; and Denise Cardo, M.D., 
Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services.
BRIEFING--GLOBAL UPDATES/HOTSPOTS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Global Updates/Hotspots. The Committee was briefed by 
departmental witnesses.
RADICAL ISLAM IN THE UNITED STATES
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Intelligence 
Policy met in executive session to hold a hearing entitled ``Radical Islam 
in the United States.'' Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.
Joint Meetings
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION AUTHORIZATION ACT
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between the 
Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 1281, to authorize appropriations 
for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for science, 
aeronautics, exploration, exploration capabilities, and the Inspector 
General, and for other purposes, for fiscal years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 
and 2010.
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2005-12-16

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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                            DECEMBER 16, 2005

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to receive a closed briefing regarding 
future naval force structure requirements, 10:30 a.m., SR-222.


                                  House

  Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Economic Security, 
Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity, executive, briefing on 
announced changes to the prohibited items list that would allow airline 
passengers to board an aircraft with scissors, pliers and wrenches, 11:30 
a.m., HC-9 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight, hearing 
entitled ``Mismanagement of the Border Surveillance System and Lessons 
for the New Secure Border Initiative,'' 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Friday, December 16

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: After the transaction of any morning business (not 
to extend beyond 30 minutes), Senate will continue consideration of the 
conference report to accompany H.R. 3199, US PATRIOT Reauthorization 
Act, with a vote to occur on the motion to invoke cloture thereon. 
Also, Senate will consider any other cleared legislative and executive 
business.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      9 a.m., Friday, December 16

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Continue consideration of H.R. 4437--Border 
protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 
(Subject to a Rule, Complete Consideration). 


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