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                                           Thursday, March 16, 2006

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS:

      Senate passed H.J. Res. 47, Debt-Limit Extension.
      Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 83, Congressional Budget 
      Resolution.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2255-S2395
Measures Introduced: Thirty bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2426-2455, and S. Res. 403-404.
  Pages S2312-13
Measures Reported:
  S. 598, to reauthorize provisions in the Native American Housing 
Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 relating to Native 
Hawaiian low-income housing and Federal loan guarantees for Native 
Hawaiian housing. (S. Rept. No. 109-221).
  S. 1057, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise 
and extend that Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
(S. Rept. No. 109-222).
Page S2311
Measures Passed:
  Debt-Limit Extension: By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 54), Senate 
passed H.J. Res. 47, increasing the statutory limit on the public debt, 
and the Senate then began consideration of the joint resolution, after 
taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S2236-41
Rejected:
  By 44 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 53), Baucus/Lincoln Amendment No. 
3131, to require a study of debt held by foreigners.
Page S2236
  Subsequently, the measure was cleared for the President.
  Congressional Budget Resolution: By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 74), 
Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 83, setting forth the congressional 
budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2007 and 
including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2006 and 
2008 through 2011, after taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S2225-36, S2241-93
Adopted:
  By 99 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 56), Burr Amendment No. 3114, to 
provide for the establishment of a reserve fund concerning pandemic 
influenza preparedness planning.
Pages S2231-32, S2241
  Vitter Amendment No. 3078, to establish a reserve fund to prevent 
catastrophic loss.
Pages S2243, S2250
  Gregg (for Baucus) Amendment No. 3041, to provide funding for an 
Internet Crimes Against Children task force in Montana.
Page S2250
  Gregg (for Snowe) Amendment No. 3134, to prevent an increase in 
interest rates paid by disaster victims, and to increase funding for 
the SBA's Microloans, Small Business Development Centers, HUBZones, and 
other small business development programs, and to offset the cost 
through a reduction in funds under Function 920.
Page S2250
  Gregg (for Lautenberg) Amendment No. 3045, to add $8 million to 
Function 300 (Environment and Natural Resources) for Highlands Land 
Acquisition. Fully offset with Function 920.
Page S2250
  Gregg (for Coleman) Amendment No. 3123, to increase funding to fully 
fund the Clean Coal Power Initiative.
Page S2250
  Conrad Modified Amendment No. 3136, to provide a reserve fund for 
bold energy legislation that is deficit-neutral. 
                                           Pages S2230-31, S2249, S2250
  By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 57), Reed Amendment No. 3074, to 
increase funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program by 
$3,318,000,000 for fiscal year 2007, increasing the funds available to 
carry out that program to the fully authorized level of $5,100,000,000, 
to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes. 
                                                  Pages S2229-30, S2254

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  By 73 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. 58), Specter Amendment No. 3048, to 
increase the advance appropriations allowance in order to fund health, 
education and training, and low-income programs. 
                                                  Pages S2225, S2254-55
  Lautenberg Amendment No. 3137, to eliminate the President's proposed 
tax increase on American airline passengers in fiscal year 2007 and to 
provide adequate funding for commercial aviation security and to offset 
these costs by closing corporate tax loopholes.
                                                     Pages S2231, S2256
  Collins Amendment No. 3066, to ensure that first responder and state 
and local government grant programs key to our Nation's homeland 
security are funded at no less than fiscal year 2006 levels and to 
provide increases for port security, first responder programs, rail/
transit security, and National Response Plan Training, offset by 
discretionary spending reductions.
                                                         Pages S2246-48
  Gregg (for Obama) Amendment No. 3144, to provide a $40 million 
increase in fiscal year 2007 for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration 
Program and to improve job services for hard-to-place veterans. 
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for Ensign) Amendment No. 3085, to provide funding to hire an 
additional 500 Border Patrol Agents; fully funding the promise Congress 
made to the American people to hire 2,000 new agents in fiscal year 
2007 as authorized by the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 and 
as recommended by the 9/11 Commission.
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for Levin) Amendment No. 3140, to provide funds to establish 
additional Northern Border Air Wings, offset through reductions in 
Function 920.
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 3139, to provide funding for 
maintaining a robust long range bomber force including 94 B-52 
aircraft.
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for Lincoln) Amendment No. 3053, to provide for restoring 
funding for the portion of the COPS program devoted to countering 
methamphetamine, offset by a reduction to Function 920 (Allowances). 
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for DeWine/Leahy) Amendment No. 3079, to increase funding for 
Child Survival and Maternal Health Programs.
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for DeWine) Amendment No. 3083, to increase funding for the 
Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program under the 
Public Health Service Act for fiscal year 2007.
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for DeWine) Amendment No. 3033, to increase funding for NASA 
aeronautics programs by $179,000,000 in fiscal year 2007, with an 
offset.
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for Leahy) Amendment No. 3154, to fund grants for bulletproof 
vests for law enforcement agencies at the full authorized level. 
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for Baucus) Amendment No. 3059, to improve America's economic 
competitiveness.
                                                         Pages S2261-63
  Gregg (for Salazar) Amendment No. 3155, to fully fund the Payment in 
Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Adds $152 million to Function 800 
(General Government) for PILT.
                                                             Page S2262
  Gregg (for Stabenow/Levin) Amendment No. 3156, to protect the 
American people from terrorist attacks and threats to public health by 
collecting a fee for inspection exclusively of international trash 
shipments at the U.S. border generating $45 million in receipts. The 
fee will help defray the cost of increasing the number and quality of 
inspections of these potentially dangerous shipments at the border. The 
fee for inspection service will be implemented to be fully compliant 
with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and other applicable 
trade agreements.
                                                         Pages S2262-63
  Nelson Amendment No. 3001, to provide funds ensuring Survivor Benefit 
Plan annuities are not reduced by the amount of dependency and 
indemnity compensation that military families receive, and to provide 
funds for ``paid-up'' SBP, offset by closing abusive corporate tax 
loopholes.
                                                         Pages S2265-66
  Santorum Amendment No. 3052, to continue providing 33 percent of the 
Global Fund's revenue and to contribute an additional $566,000,000 to 
the Global Fund for fiscal year 2007 to support grant renewals and new 
proposals to support international HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria 
programs.
  Gregg (for Dodd/DeWine) Amendment No. 3111, to establish a reserve 
fund for the FIRE and SAFER programs.
                                                         Pages S2267-69
  Gregg (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 3110, to provide a reserve fund 
to ensure that physicians will receive an appropriate reimbursement 
rate under Medicare instead of a scheduled cut which would threaten the 
adequate provision of care for seniors and disabled citizens. 
                                                         Pages S2269-71
  Gregg (for Kohl/Biden) Amendment No. 3057, to restore $380 million to 
juvenile justice programs funded by the Department of Justice, offset 
by a reduction to Function 920 (Allowances).
                                                         Pages S2269-71
  Gregg (for Feinstein/Mikulski) Amendment No. 3067, to provide 
$390,000,000 in fiscal year 2007 for cancer funding in the National 
Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
and the Health Resources and Services Administration paid for by 
closing corporate tax loopholes.
                                                         Pages S2269-71

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  Gregg (for Clinton/Mikulski) Amendment No. 3147, to restore funding 
for the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Contact Center (under Training, 
Research and Discretionary Programs), Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration 
Grants, Preventive Health Services, Home-Delivered Nutrition Services, 
Congregate Nutrition Services, the Nutrition Services Incentive 
Program, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, and the Long-
Term Care Ombudsmen Program in the Administration on Aging, fully 
offset through closing corporate tax loopholes.
                                                         Pages S2269-71
  Gregg (for Salazar) Amendment No. 3089, to restore $100 million to 
the Land and Water Conservation Fund Stateside Grant Program by closing 
corporate tax loopholes.
                                               Pages S2269-71, S2273-74
  Gregg (for Brownback) Amendment No. 3167, to establish a reserve fund 
for a Commission for Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies. 
                                                             Page S2271
  Gregg (for Baucus) Amendment No. 3168, to expand funding for the 
High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, offset through 
reductions in Function 920; and to ensure that HIDTA funding remains in 
ONDCP.
                                                             Page S2271
  Gregg (for Graham) Amendment No. 3169, to restore funding for a pilot 
project in the Port of Charleston that coordinates over 50 State and 
local law enforcement agencies to prevent and detect acts of terrorism 
and criminal activity.
                                                             Page S2271
  By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 72), Domenici Amendment No. 3128, to 
provide funding for implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005 from 
ANWR.
                                                             Page S2272
  Vitter/Landrieu Amendment No. 3165, to create a Gulf Coast 
Protection, Reconstruction and Recovery Fund to provide assistance to 
coastal states for coastal conservation, mitigation, and resource 
protection activities.
                                                         Pages S2272-73
  Gregg (for Levin) Amendment No. 3031, to provide funding for the 
Advanced Technology Program to help ensure America's competitive 
advantage and fully offset with reductions in function 920. 
                                                         Pages S2273-74
  Conrad/Gregg Amendment No. 3170, to provide an additional $500 
million to enhance the ability of the Internal Revenue Service to 
collect taxes owed but not paid voluntarily.
                                                         Pages S2273-74
  Gregg (for Byrd) Amendment No. 3171, to provide $184 million over 
five years for the Mine Safety and Health Administration to hire 
additional mine safety inspectors.
                                                         Pages S2273-74
  Gregg (for Lott) Amendment No. 3152, to provide additional new budget 
authority and outlay authority for fiscal year 2007 for National 
Defense (050) in the amount of $3,700,000,000, the amount requested for 
defense for fiscal year 2007 in the budget of the President for fiscal 
year 2006, in order to fund principal unfunded priorities of the 
military departments and fund an authorized end strength of active duty 
members of the Army of 512,400, and an authorized end strength of 
active duty members of the Marine Corps of 179,000, for fiscal year 
2007.
                                                             Page S2275
  Gregg (for Schumer) Amendment No. 3172, to add $308 million to 
Function 800 for GSA. Fully offset by Function 920.
                                                             Page S2275
  Gregg (for Salazar) Modified Amendment No. 3023, to strengthen 
homeland security by adding $10 million to National Defense for an 
interoperable and survivable mobile wireless communications network 
enabling clear, reliable communications among Department of Defense and 
first responders for the military homeland defense command. 
                                                             Page S2291
                                                              Rejected:
  By 44 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 55), Conrad Amendment No. 3133, to 
increase funding to combat avian flu, increase local preparedness, and 
create a Manhattan Project-like effort to develop a vaccine to 
inoculate the U.S. population against a pandemic by $5 billion in FY 
2007 paid for by requiring tax withholding on government payments to 
contractors like Halliburton.
                                                  Pages S2226-27, S2241
  By 43 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 59), Lieberman/Mikulski Amendment No. 
3034, to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by 
providing $8 billion in additional funds for homeland security 
government-wide, by restoring cuts to vital first responder programs in 
the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, by providing an 
additional $1.2 billion for first responders, $1.7 billion for the 
Coast Guard and port security, $150 million for chemical security, $1 
billion for rail and transit security, $456 million for FEMA, $1 
billion for health preparedness programs, and $752 million for aviation 
security.
                                               Pages S2227-29, S2255-56
  By 48 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 60), Sarbanes Amendment No. 3103, to 
restore funding for the civil works programs of the Corps of Engineers, 
the Federal Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund, the National 
Park Service, the Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, Federal conservation programs, and other natural 
resource needs, through an offset achieved by closing corporate tax 
loopholes.
                                               Pages S2233-34, S2256-57
  By 42 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 61), Dorgan Amendment No. 3102, to 
increase funding by $1 billion for various tribal programs and provide 
necessary additional funding based on recommendations from Indian 
country, by closing corporate tax loopholes.
                                                  Pages S2235-36, S2257

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  By 43 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 62), Cornyn/Graham Amendment No. 
3100, to provide for reconciliation instructions to the Committee on 
Finance to reduce mandatory spending.
                                               Pages S2241-42, S2257-58
  By 46 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 63), Stabenow Amendment No. 3141, to 
provide an assured stream of funding for veteran's health care that 
will take into account the annual changes in the veterans' population 
and inflation to be paid for by restoring the pre-2001 top rate for 
income over $1 million, closing corporate tax loopholes and delaying 
tax cuts for the wealthy.
                                               Pages S2241-42, S2258-59
  By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 64), Akaka Amendment No. 3071, to 
increase funding for Title I grants and reduce debt by closing 
corporate tax loopholes.
                                                  Pages S2244-46, S2259
  By 35 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 65), Inhofe Amendment No. 3093, to 
provide for discretionary spending control.
                                                         Pages S2259-60
  By 48 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 66), Lincoln Amendment No. 3106, to 
restore the discretionary budget for the Department of Agriculture with 
an offset achieved by closing corporate tax loopholes. 
                                           Pages S2249, S2249-50, S2260
  By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 67), Kerry Modified Amendment No. 
3143, to prevent the imposition of excessive TRICARE fees and co-pays 
on military retirees.
                                               Pages S2251-52, S2260-61
  By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 68), DeMint Modified Amendment No. 
3087, to establish a reserve fund for Social Security reform. 
                                                             Page S2263
  Dayton Amendment No. 3097, to provide mandatory funding to fully fund 
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B grants to 
states; paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
                                                             Page S2264
  By 43 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 69), Boxer Amendment No. 3105, to 
increase funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center 
program; paid for by rolling back tax cuts for those with incomes over 
$1 million.
                                                         Pages S2264-65
  By 50 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 70), Bingaman/Smith Amendment No. 
3121, to strike the direct spending limitation.
                                                             Page S2265
  By 39 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 71), Stabenow Amendment No. 3164, to 
establish a reserve fund to allow for deficit-neutral legislation that 
would provide seniors with a prescription drug benefit option that is 
affordable, user-friendly, and administered directly by the Secretary 
of Health and Human Services.
                                                         Pages S2266-67
  Akaka Amendment No. 3044, to provide $310 million over five years in 
mandatory funding for non-service pensions for World War II Filipino 
veterans, paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
                                                             Page S2267
  By 50 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 73), Ensign Amendment No. 3166, to 
deny funds in fiscal year 2007 for the United Nations Human Rights 
Council, which the United States just voted against because countries 
found complicit in sustained human rights abuses are eligible for 
council membership. Savings redirected to border security. 
                                                         Pages S2274-75
                                                             Withdrawn:
  Reid (for Clinton/Reid) Amendment No. 3115, to increase funding in 
fiscal year 2007 by $347 million to restore funding or provide 
increased funding over fiscal year 2006 for programs and policies that 
support the delivery of contraceptive services and medically accurate 
information in order to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, 
including Title X of the Public Health Service Act, and to restore 
funding or provide increased funding over fiscal year 2006 for programs 
that help women have healthy pregnancies and healthy children, 
including the Child Care Development Block Grant, Maternal and Child 
Health Block Grant, Healthy Start, and the Special Supplemental 
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children paid for by closing 
corporate tax loopholes.
                                                     Pages S2225, S2254
  Conrad Amendment No. 3148, to create a deficit-neutral reserve fund 
for addressing the long-term fiscal challenges facing our nation, by 
creating a bipartisan commission or process to consider all parts of 
the budget, with everything on the table for discussion. 
                                                     Pages S2253, S2260
  Hagel Amendment No. 3127, to establish a reserve fund for a 
Comprehensive Entitlement Reform Commission.
                                                  Pages S2252-53, S2260
  Lincoln Amendment No. 3047, to provide $7.8 billion over two years to 
fund refundable tax credits targeted to small businesses with up to 100 
employees that they may help purchase group health insurance for their 
low-wage workers, paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes. 
                                                  Pages S2248-49, S2260
  Salazar Amendment No. 3081, to fully fund the Payment in Lieu of 
Taxes (PILT) program, by providing $152 million to Function 800 
(General Government) for PILT, paid for by closing $152 million in 
corporate tax loopholes.
                                                     Pages S2232, S2291
  Honoring Members of the Armed Forces: Senate agreed to S. Res. 404, 
expressing the sense of the Senate that all people in the United States 
should participate in a moment of silence to reflect upon the service 
and sacrifice of members of the Armed Forces both at home and abroad. 
                                                             Page S2387
  Robert T. Stafford White Rocks National Recreation Area:Senate passed 
S. 2447, to redesignate the

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White Rocks National Recreation Area in the State of Vermont as the 
``Robert T. Stafford White Rocks National Recreation Area''. 
                                                         Pages S2387-88
  Permitting Use of Capitol Rotunda: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 350, 
permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony as part 
of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the 
Holocaust.
  Page S2388
  Permit Processing: Senate passed H.R. 4826, to extend through 
December 31, 2006, the authority of the Secretary of the Army to accept 
and expend funds contributed by non-Federal public entities to expedite 
the processing of permits, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                         Pages S2388-89
  U.S. SAFE WEB Act: Senate passed S. 1608, to enhance Federal Trade 
Commission enforcement against illegal spam, spyware, and cross-border 
fraud and deception.
  Pages S2389-92
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 361, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page S2392-93
Immigration Reform: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed 
to consideration of S. 2454, to amend the Immigration and Nationality 
Act to provide for comprehensive reform.
  Page S2393
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed 
to consideration of S. 2454 and, in accordance with the provisions of 
rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will 
occur on Tuesday, March 28, 2006.
                                                             Page S2393
Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act Agreement: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate resume 
consideration of S. 2349, to provide greater transparency in the 
legislative process, at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2006.
  Page S2394
National Flood Insurance Program Enhanced Borrowing Authority Act--
House Message: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of 
Representatives to the bill S. 2275, to temporarily increase the 
borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 
carrying out the national flood insurance program, clearing the measure 
for the President.
  Page S2388
Signing Authority Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that during this adjournment of the Senate, the Majority 
Leader and Senator Domenici, be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills 
or joint resolutions.
  Page S2392
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 S2392
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the National Security 
Strategy of the United States of America; which was referred to the 
Committee on Armed Services. (PM-44)
                                                             Page S2308
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. EX. 75), Jack Zouhary, of 
Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of 
Ohio.
                                               Pages S2293-94, S2394-95
  John F. Clark, of Virginia, to be Director of the United States 
Marshals Service.
  Paul J. McNulty, of Virginia, to be Deputy Attorney General.
  Robert C. Cresanti, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for 
Technology.
  Stephen G. Larson, of California, to be United States District Judge 
for the Central District of California.
  Alexander A. Karsner, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Energy (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy).
  Mark D. Wallace, of Florida, to be Representative of the United 
States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, 
with the rank of Ambassador.
  Mark D. Wallace, of Florida, to be Alternate Representative of the 
United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the 
United Nations, during his tenure of service as Representative of the 
United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and 
Reform.
  John A. Simon, of Maryland, to be Executive Vice President of the 
Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
  Richard T. Miller, of Texas, to be Representative of the United 
States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United 
Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.
  Richard T. Miller, of Texas, to be an Alternate Representative of the 
United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the 
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Nations during his tenure of service as Representative of the United 
States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United 
Nations.
  David F. Kustoff, of Tennessee, to be United States Attorney for the 
Western District of Tennessee for the term of four years.
  2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  9 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.
  12 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
  1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Foreign Service, 
Marine Corps, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 
                                        Pages S2285, S2393-94, S2394-95
Messages From the House:
  Pages S2308-09
Measures Referred:
  Page S2309
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S2309
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S2309
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S2309-11
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S2311-12
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2313-16
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2316-77
Additional Statements:
  Pages S2307-08
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S2377-85
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S2385
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S2385-86
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S2386
Record Votes: Twenty-three record votes were taken today. (Total--75) 
   Pages S2236, S2240-41, S2254-61, S2263, S2265, S2267, S2272, S2275, 
                                                                  S2291
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9 a.m., and adjourned pursuant to the 
provisions of H. Con. Res. 361, at 10:04 p.m., until 1 p.m., on Monday, 
March 27, 2006. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority 
Leader in today's Record on page S2394.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: FOREST SERVICE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior and Related 
Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for 
fiscal year 2007 for the Forest Service, after receiving testimony from 
Dale Bosworth, Chief, United States Forest Service, and Mark Rey, Under 
Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, both of the Department 
of Agriculture.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, 
the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2007 for the Department of Transportation and Amtrak, after 
receiving testimony from Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary, Joseph H. 
Boardman, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, and Mark 
Dayton, Senior Economist, Office of the Inspector General, all of the 
Department of Transportation; and David Hughes, President and Chief 
Executive Officer, and David M. Laney, Chairman of the Board, both of 
Amtrak.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the proposed defense authorization request for fiscal year 2007 and the 
future years defense program, focusing on military strategy and 
operational requirements, after receiving testimony from General John 
P. Abizaid, USA, Commander, United States Central Command; and General 
Bryan D. Brown, USA, Commander, United States Special Operations 
Command.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 2,239 
nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
VOLCANIC HAZARDS IMPACTS ON AVIATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Disaster Prevention and Prediction concluded a hearing to examine the 
natural hazard threat that volcanoes pose to international aviation, 
after receiving testimony from James E. Quick, Program Coordinator, 
Volcano Hazards Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the 
Interior; Terry McVenes, Air Line Pilots Association, International, 
Washington, D.C.; and John C. Eichelberger, University of Alaska, 
Fairbanks.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:

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  S. 1215, to authorize the acquisition of interests in underdeveloped 
coastal areas in order to better ensure their protection from 
development, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  The nominations of Roger Shane Karr, of the District of Columbia, to 
be an Assistant Secretary, Tyler D. Duvall, of Virginia, to be an 
Assistant Secretary, Nicole R. Nason, of Virginia, to be Administrator 
of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Thomas J. 
Barrett, of Alaska, to be Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration, all of the Department of 
Transportation, Robert C. Cresanti, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of 
Commerce for Technology, Robert M. McDowell, of Virginia, to be a 
Member of the Federal Communications Commission, and sundry promotion 
lists in the Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.
GREAT LAKES PROTECTION
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration's strategy to 
restore and protect the Great Lakes, after receiving testimony from 
Senators DeWine, Levin, and Stabenow; Stephen L. Johnson, 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Ohio Governor Bob Taft, 
Columbus, on behalf of the Council of Great Lakes Governors; Frank 
Ettawageshik, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor 
Springs, Michigan; David Ullrich, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities 
Initiative, Chicago, Illinois; George Kuper, Council of Great Lakes 
Industries, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Andy Buchsbaum, National Wildlife 
Foundation, Reston, Virginia, on behalf of the Healing Our Waters--
Great Lakes Coalition; Diane Katz, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 
Midland, Michigan; and William G. Howland, Lake Champlain Basin 
Program, Grand Isle, Vermont.
CUNO AND COMPETITIVENESS
Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on International Trade held a 
hearing to examine the decision in the case of Cuno v. DaimlerChrysler 
(relating to an agreement between DaimlerChrysler with Toledo, Ohio, 
and two school districts to construct a new vehicle assembly plant in 
exchange for approximately $280 million in tax incentives), and its 
impact on domestic and international competitiveness, and a related 
measure, S. 1066, to authorize the States (and subdivisions thereof), 
the District of Columbia, territories, and possessions of the United 
States to provide certain tax incentives to any person for economic 
development purposes, receiving testimony from Senator Voinovich; Peter 
D. Enrich, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, 
Massachusetts; Harley T. Duncan, Federation of Tax Administrators, 
Washington, D.C.; Walter Hellerstein, University of Georgia School of 
Law, Athens; Peter Fisher, University of Iowa, Iowa City; and James H. 
Renzas, Location Management Services, Mission Viejo, California.
  Hearings recessed subject to the call.
APPROPRIATIONS EARMARK REFORM
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and 
International Security concluded a hearing to examine S. 1495, and 
related provisions of H.R. 1642, bills to prohibit Federal agencies 
from obligating funds for appropriations earmarks included only in 
congressional reports, focusing on the need for earmark reform and 
legislation that would be an important step toward achieving such 
reform, after receiving testimony from Senator McCain; Representative 
Flake; Thomas A. Schatz, Citizens Against Government Waste, Steve 
Ellis, Taxpayers for Common Sense Action, and Scott Lilly, Center for 
American Progress, all of Washington, D.C.
PUBLIC HEALTH SECURITY AND BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE ACT
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the proposed reauthorization of Public 
Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act relating 
to enhancing public health and medical preparedness, after receiving 
testimony from Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human 
Services; Leah Devlin, North Carolina Division of Public Health, 
Raleigh, on behalf of the Association of State and Territorial Health 
Officials; A. Richard Melton, Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake 
City; and Richard A. Falkenrath, Brookings Institution, Washington, 
D.C.; and Dan Hanfling, Inova Health System, Falls Church, Virginia.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of John F. Clark, of Virginia, to be Director of the United 
States Marshals Service, and David F. Kustoff, to be United States 
Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, both of the Department 
of Justice.
  Also, Committee continued markup of proposed legislation providing 
for comprehensive immigration reform, but did not complete action 
thereon, and will meet again on Monday, March 27.

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HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAMS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the homeless programs and services administered by the 
Department of Veterans Affairs, after receiving testimony from Peter H. 
Dougherty, Director, Homeless Veterans Programs, Department of Veterans 
Affairs; Charles S. Ciccolella, Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Veterans' Employment and Training; Philip F. Mangano, Executive 
Director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; Michael 
Blecker, Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco, California, on behalf of 
the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans; Alan Belcher, Transitional 
Living Services, Woodstock, Illinois; and Thomas R. Cantwell, Jr., 
Cloudbreak Development, LLC, Inglewood, California, on behalf of U.S. 
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Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 40 public bills, H.R. 4972-
5011; 1 private bill, H.R. 5012; and 12 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 359-
360, 362-364; and H. Res. 729-735, were introduced.
  Pages H1127-30
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H1130-31
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 4709; to amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen 
protections for law enforcement officers and the public by providing 
criminal penalties for the fraudulent acquisition or unauthorized 
disclosure of phone records (H. Rept. 109-395); Supplementary Report 
and Document Annex by the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate 
the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina (H. Rept. 109-
396); and
  H. Res. 685, requesting the President and directing the Secretary of 
State and Secretary of Defense provide to the House of Representatives 
certain documents in their possession relating to any entity with which 
the United States has contracted for public relations purposes 
concerning Iraq, adversely (H. Rept. 109-397).
                                                             Page H1127
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Miller of Michigan to act as Speaker pro tempore for 
today.
  Page H1063
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War 
on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006: The House passed H.R. 4939, to 
make emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2006, by a yea-and-nay vote of 348 yeas to 71 nays, Roll 
No. 65. The bill was also considered yesterday, March 15. 
                                            Pages H1067-74, H1074-H1118
  Rejected the Hinchey motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Appropriations with instructions to report the bill back to the House 
forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 233 
noes, Roll No. 64.
                                                         Pages H1116-17
  Yesterday it was agreed by unanimous consent to limit further 
amendments offered and the time for debate on such amendments.
                                                             Agreed to:
  Burton of Indiana amendment that designates funding to Columbia to be 
used for illicit drug interdiction operations (by a recorded vote of 
250 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 45), a recorded vote was requested on 
yesterday after debate and rolled until today;
                                                         Pages H1067-68
  Capuano amendment that increases for peacekeeping and civilian 
protection in Darfur, Sudan (by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 208 
noes, Roll No. 46), a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after 
debate and rolled until today;
                                                             Page H1068
  Taylor of Mississippi amendment that increases funding for the 
Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps account, and to increase 
funding for the Military Construction, Air Force account (by a recorded 
vote of 250 ayes to 171 noes, Roll No. 54), a recorded vote was 
requested on yesterday after debate and rolled until today; 
                                                         Pages H1073-74
  Jindal amendment that reduces and increases funding for VA offset 
from FEMA disaster relief;
                                                             Page H1084
  Lee amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds from being 
available to enter into a basing rights agreement between the United 
States and Iraq.
                                                         Pages H1107-10
                                                              Rejected:
  Doggett amendment (No. 8 printed in the Congressional Record of March 
14th) that sought to increase the funds for the Department of State 
Diplomatic and Consular Programs to be used to reinforce the federal 
levees on the Rio Grande (by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 221 noes, 
Roll No. 47), a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after debate 
and rolled until today;
                                                         Pages H1068-69

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  Garrett amendment which sought to reduce the funding for Diplomatic 
and Consular Programs (by a recorded vote of 75 ayes to 344 noes, Roll 
No. 48), a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after debate and 
rolled until today;
                                                         Pages H1069-70
  Garrett amendment which sought to strike funding for Educational and 
Cultural Exchange Programs (by a recorded vote of 78 ayes to 343 noes, 
Roll No. 49), a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after debate 
and rolled until today;
                                                             Page H1070
  Foxx amendment which sought to strike the section relating to 
International Broadcasting Operations, which provides funding for Radio 
Free Europe/Radio Liberty (by a recorded vote of 88 ayes to 333 noes, 
Roll No. 50), a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after debate 
and rolled until today;
                                                         Pages H1070-71
  Melancon amendment which sought to increase funding for Flood Control 
and Coastal Emergencies (by a recorded vote of 199 ayes to 215 noes, 
Roll No. 51), a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after debate 
and rolled until today;
                                                         Pages H1071-72
  Jefferson amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of 
March 14th) that sought to increase the funds for the Community 
Development Block Grant program. The amount appropriated by the bill 
for the Community Development Block Grant program is offset by reducing 
funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster 
Relief Fund (by a recorded vote of 174 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 52), 
a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after debate and rolled 
until today;
                                                         Pages H1072-73
  Jefferson amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of 
March 14th) that sought to add funding for Community Development Block 
Grants (CDBG), thereby increasing total CDBG dollars for the states 
affected by the hurricanes (by a recorded vote of 210 ayes to 212 noes, 
Roll No. 53), a recorded vote was requested on yesterday after debate 
and rolled until today;
                                                             Page H1073
  Gingrey amendment that sought to reduce funding for the National 
Historical Preservation Fund;
                                                             Page H1086
  Sabo amendment which sought to increase funding for homeland security 
(by a recorded vote of 208 ayes to 210 noes, Roll No. 56); 
                                               Pages H1076-79, H1094-95
  Neugebauer amendment (No.12 printed in the Congressional Record of 
March 14th) that sought to eliminate all funding in Title II (by a 
recorded vote of 89 ayes to 332 noes, Roll No. 57); 
                                               Pages H1079-82, H1095-96
  Millender-McDonald amendment that sought to locate an additional 
amount for the Election Assistance Commission in the funding to remain 
available until expended, for grants to eligible States, for restoring 
and replacing supplies, materials, and equipment used in the 
administration of elections in the States which were damaged as a 
result of Hurricane Katrina or Rita (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 
227 noes, Roll No. 58);
                                                  Pages H1082-84, H1096
  Conaway amendment that sought to strike section 3010, relating to 
LIHEAP (by a recorded vote of 76 ayes to 342 noes, Roll No. 59); 
                                               Pages H1087-88, H1096-97
  Waxman amendment that sought to prohibit the awarding of contracts 
based on data from the Defense Contract Audit Agency (by a recorded 
vote of 193 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No.60);
                                               Pages H1101-04, H1110-11
  Velazquez amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds from 
being made available to enforce deadlines regarding economic injury 
disaster loan applications and physical loan applications (by a 
recorded vote of 201 ayes to 213 noes, Roll No. 61); 
                                               Pages H1104-05, H1111-12
  Velazquez amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds from 
being available to make or guarantee a loan under section 7(b) of the 
Small Business Act other than a loan for which the borrower is charged 
an interest rate in accordance with section 7(c)(5) (by a recorded vote 
of 200 ayes to 219 noes, Roll No. 62); and
                                                  Pages H1105-06, H1112
  Lee amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds from being 
available to implement, administer, or enforce the termination of the 
hotel and motel emergency sheltering program established by FEMA for 
families displaced by Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes of the 
2005 season (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 63). 
                                               Pages H1106-07, H1112-13
                                                             Withdrawn:
  Jindal amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that 
sought to increase funding for reconstruction and major projects of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs for necessary expenses related to the 
consequences of Hurricane Katrina;
                                                         Pages H1084-85
  Jindal amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that 
sought to reduce funding under disaster relief and to increase funding 
for military construction projects of the Army National Guard; and 
                                                         Pages H1085-86
  Kennedy amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which 
sought to provide that none of the funds provided may be used to allow 
entry onto the grounds of any Department of Defense installation or 
cemetery or Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery for the purpose of 
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service or ceremony for a deceased member of the Armed Forces. 
                                                             Page H1089
                                      Point of Order sustained against:
  Hall amendment (No. 22 printed in the Congressional Record of March 
15th) that sought to provide child care subsidies to children of 
parents who are working or enrolled in workforce activities to States 
currently serving a significant number of children in families 
adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina, without putting the child care 
need of temporary residents ahead of families already on waiting lists 
for services funded by the Child Care and Development Fund; 
                                                         Pages H1074-75
  Paul amendment (No. 9 printed in the Congressional Record of March 
14th) that sought to provide funding in hurricane recovery assistance 
for Texas. The amendment divides the funding to provide funds for 
housing assistance under the Agriculture and Housing and Urban 
Development departments, funds for the costs of uncompensated health 
care for hurricane victims and evacuees, and other purposes; 
                                                         Pages H1075-76
  Berry amendment that sought to provide an extension of enrollment 
periods for Medicare benefits;
                                                         Pages H1089-92
  DeLauro amendment that sought to repeal avian flu liability 
provisions (agreed to sustain the ruling of the chair by a recorded 
vote of 223 ayes to 193 noes, Roll No. 55);
                                                         Pages H1092-94
  Kaptur amendment (No. 26 printed in the Congressional Record of March 
15th) that sought to investigate the awarding and carrying out of 
contracts to conduct military operations and relief and reconstruction 
activities related to the global war on terrorism (including all 
activities in Afghanistan and Iraq), and Hurricane Katrina recovery, 
relief, and reconstruction efforts; and
                                                         Pages H1098-99
  Nadler amendment (No. 10 printed in the Congressional Record of March 
14th) that sought to insert a new section laying out requirements 
relating to entry of ocean shipping containers into the United States. 
                                                      Pages H1099-H1101
  H. Res. 725, providing for consideration of the bill was agreed to 
yesterday, March 15th, by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 200 noes, Roll 
No. 41, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 224 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 40.
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measures which were debated on Wednesday, March 
15th:
  Making available funds included in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 
for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for fiscal year 2006: 
S. 2320, to make available funds included in the Deficit Reduction Act 
of 2005 for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for fiscal 
year 2006, by a yea-and-nay vote of 287 yeas to 128 nays, Roll No. 66--
clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages H1118-19
Tax Relief Act of 2005--Motion to Instruct Conferees: The House agreed 
to the Tanner motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4297, to provide for 
reconciliation pursuant to section 201(b) of the concurrent resolution 
on the budget for fiscal year 2006, which was debated yesterday, March 
15th, by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 67. 
                                                             Page H1119
Adjournment Resolution: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 361, providing 
for the conditional adjournment of the House and the conditional recess 
or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page H1120
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at noon on Monday, March 20, 2006, unless it sooner has received a 
message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 
361, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that 
concurrent resolution.
  Page H1120
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed by unanimous consent to dispense with the 
Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, March 29, 2006.
  Page H1120
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed the Honorable Robert B. Aderholt, the Honorable Michael K. 
Simpson, and the Honorable Wayne T. Gilchrest to act as Speaker Pro 
Tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through March 28, 
2006.
  Page H1121
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he 
notified the Congress of his transmitting a report prepared by his 
Administration on the National Security Strategy of the United States--
referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
  Page H1121
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and twenty recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1067, 
H1068, H1068-69, H1069-70, H1070, H1071, H1071-72, H1072, H1073, H1073-
74, H1094, H1094-95, H1095-96, H1096, H1096-97, H1110-11, H1111-12, 
H1112, H1113, H1117, H1117-18, H1118-19, and H1119. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 7:27 p.m. on Thursday, 
March 16, pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 361, the House 
stands adjourned until noon on Monday, March 20, 2006,

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unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting 
its adoption of H. Con. Res. 361, in which case the House shall stand 
adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution until 2 p.m. on 
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NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST FOR U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2007 
National Defense Authorization Budget Request for the U.S. Southern 
Command. Testimony was heard from GEN Bantz J. Craddock, USA, 
Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Department of Defense.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST--SPACE ACTIVITIES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a 
hearing on Fiscal Year 2007 National Defense Authorization Budget 
Request for space activities. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: Ronald M. Sega, Under 
Secretary; and LTG Frank G. Klotz, USAF, both with the Department of 
the Air Force; and Donald M. Kerr, Director, National Reconnaissance 
Office.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST NAVY AND AIR FORCE 
ACQUISITION PROGRAMS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2007 National Defense 
Authorization Budget Request for the Department of the Navy and the 
Department of the Air Force Aviation Acquisition Programs. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the GAO: Michael J. Sullivan, 
Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management; and Michael J. Hazard, 
Assistant Director, Acquisition Sourcing Management Team; and the 
following officials of the Department of Defense: Kenneth J. Krieg, 
Under Secretary, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; VADM Lewis W. 
Crenshaw, Jr., USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Resources, 
Requirements and Assessments; LTG John G. Castellaw, USMC, Deputy 
Commandant for Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps; and LTG Carrol H. Chandler, 
USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff, Air, Space and Information Operations, 
Plans and Requirements, U.S. Air Force.
KEY BUDGET PROCESS REFORMS
Committee on the Budget: Held a hearing on Key Budget Process Reforms. 
Testimony was heard from former Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma; and 
from the following former Representatives: William E. Frenzel of 
Minnesota and Charles W. Stenholm of Texas.
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce 
Protections held a hearing entitled ``Mine Safety and Health: A 
Congressional Perspective.'' Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Capito, Murphy, Rahall, Davis of Alabama, Holt, Mollohan and Chandler.
ELECTRIC HEALTH RECORDS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``Legislative Proposals To Promote Electronic Health Records 
and a Smarter Health Information System.'' Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Financial Services: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 3997, Financial Data Protection Act 2005; and 
H.R. 4973, Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2006.
LEAVE NO COMPUTER SYSTEM BEHIND
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Leave No 
Computer System Behind: A Review of the 2006 Federal Computer Security 
Scorecards.'' Testimony was heard from Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director, 
Information Security Issues, GAO; Karen S. Evans, Administrator, Office 
of E-Government and Information Technology, OMB; Thomas P. Hughes, 
Chief Information Officer, SSA; Thomas Wiesner, Deputy Chief 
Information Officer, Department of Labor; Robert F. Lentz, Director, 
Information Assurance, Department of Defense; and Scott Charbo, Chief 
Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REORGANIZATION ACT OF 2006
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Economic Security, 
Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity approved for full 
Committee action, as amended, H.R. 4439, Transportation Security 
Administration Reorganization Act of 2005.
SAFE PORT ACT
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Economic Security, 
Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity held a hearing on H.R. 
4954, Security and Accountability for Every Port Act. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Homeland 
Security: Jayson Ahern, Assistant

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Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border 
Protection; and CAPT. Brian Salerno, USCG, Deputy Director, Inspections 
and Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard; and public witnesses.
GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa, Global 
Human Rights and International Operations held a hearing on Monitoring 
Respect for Human Rights Around the World: A Review of the Country 
Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005. Testimony was heard from 
Barry Lowenkron, Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Democracy, Human 
Rights and Labor, Department of State; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and 
Homeland Security held an oversight hearing on United States v. Booker: 
One Year Later--Chaos or Status Quo? Testimony was heard from William 
Mercer, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney 
General for the District of Montana, Department of Justice; Ricardo H. 
Hinojosa, Chairman, United States Sentencing Commission; Paul G. 
Cassell, Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah; and a 
public witness.
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT COMPLIANCE COSTS
Committee on Resources: Held a hearing on H.R. 4857, To better inform 
consumers regarding costs associated with compliance for protecting 
endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 
1973. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Energy: Greg Delwiche, Vice President, Environment, Fish 
and Wildlife, Bonneville Power Administration; and Michael S. 
Hacskaylo, Administrator, Western Area Power Administration; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--IMPACT OF HURRICANES ON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans held an 
oversight hearing on the Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the 
National Wildlife Refuge System. Testimony was heard from H. Dale Hall, 
Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior; 
W. Parke Moore III, Assistant Secretary, Department of Wildlife and 
Fisheries, State of Louisiana; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BUSINESS STRATEGIES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks held an 
oversight hearing entitled ``National Park Service business strategies, 
including the development and implementation of National Park Service 
business plans.'' Testimony was heard from Bruce Sheaffer, Comptroller, 
National Park Service, Department of the Interior; and a public 
witness.
EPA'S SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUDGET PROPOSAL
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and 
Standards held a hearing on EPA's Fiscal Year 2007 Science and 
Technology Budget Proposal. Testimony was heard from George Gray, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development and Science 
Advisor, EPA; and public witnesses.
SMALL BUSINESS CYBER SECURITY
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and 
Oversight held a hearing on the State of Small Business Security in a 
Cyber Economy. Testimony was heard from Cita M. Furlani, Acting 
Director, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of 
Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce; Larry D. Johnson, 
Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigative Division, United States 
Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security; Lydia Parnes, 
Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC; Steven M. Martinez, 
Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, FBI, Department of Justice; 
and public witnesses.
PIPELINE SAFETY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Highways, Transit and Pipelines held an oversight hearing on Pipeline 
Safety. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Transportation: Brigham McCown, Acting Administrator, 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration; and Todd J. Zinser, 
Acting Inspector General; Kate Siggerud, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure Issues, GAO; Robert J. Chipkevich, Director, Office of 
Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety, National 
Transportation Safety Board; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--VA COMPENSATION/PENSION BENEFITS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance 
and Memorial Affairs held an oversight hearing on the accuracy of 
benefits information provided to, and the quality of service received 
by, individuals calling into the Veterans Benefits Administration. 
Testimony was heard from Jack McCoy, Associate Deputy Under Secretary, 
Policy and Management, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of 
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USE OF TAX-PREFERRED BOND FINANCING
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures 
held a hearing on the Use of Tax-Preferred Bond Financing. Testimony 
was heard from Representatives Shaw and Brady of Texas; Eric Solomon, 
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Tax Policy, Department of the 
Treasury; Donald Marron, Acting Director, CBO; and public witnesses.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER HIGH-RISK ISSUES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security continued 
hearings on Social Security Number High-Risk Issues. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of SSA: Patrick P. O'Carroll, 
Inspector General; and Frederick G. Streckewald, Assistant Deputy 
Commissioner, Disability and Income Security Programs; and public 
witnesses.
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.
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT AND DOCUMENT ANNEX
Select Bipartisan Committee To Investigate the Preparation for and 
Response to Hurricane Katrina: Ordered reported the Select Committee's 
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             MARCH 17, 2006

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        1 p.m., Monday, March 27

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of S. 2349, 
Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act. Also, Senate expects 
to vote at 5:30 p.m. on a matter relative to the bill.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       2 p.m., Tuesday, March 28

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Tuesday: To be announced.
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E389
Becerra, Xavier, Calif., E404
Berman, Howard L., Calif., E386
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E385, E397
Bonner, Jo, Ala., E385, E386, E388, E389
Brady, Robert A., Pa., E394
Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E391
Campbell, John, Calif., E405
Cooper, Jim, Tenn., E391
Davis, Susan A., Calif., E385, E386, E387, E389, E390
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E393
Duncan, John J., Jr., Tenn., E393
Emanuel, Rahm, Ill., E388
Fox, Virginia, N.C., E396
Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E402, E405
Gonzalez, Charles A., Tex., E398, E400, E401
Hoekstra, Peter, Mich., E390
Honda, Michael M., Calif., E396
Hooley, Darlene, Ore., E388
Hoyer, Steny H., Md., E399, E401
Kennedy, Mark R., Minn., E391
Kennedy, Patrick J., R.I., E404
Kirk, Mark Steven, Ill., E390
Langevin, James R., R.I., E403
Lewis, Ron, Ky., E398
Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E387
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E404
McKinney, Cynthia A., Ga., E392
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E398, E400, E402
Meek, Kendrick B., Fla., E403
Moore, Gwen, Wisc., E386
Musgrave, Marilyn N., Colo., E394, E396
Nunes, Devin, Calif., E397
Otter, C.L. ``Butch'', Idaho, E394
Owens, Major R., N.Y., E392
Poe, Ted, Tex., E402, E404
Porter, Jon C., Nev., E385, E386, E387, E388, E390, E397
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E403
Salazar, John T., Colo., E399, E401
Shaw, E. Clay, Jr., Fla., E397
Spratt, John M., Jr., S.C., E395
Tiahrt, Todd, Kans., E394
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E385, E386, E387, E389, E390, E392
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E399, E400
Walden, Greg, Ore., E393
Wilson, Joe, S.C., E395 


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