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                                            Wednesday, May 17, 2006

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HIGHLIGHTS

      The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 376, Budget Resolution for 
      Fiscal Year 2007.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4647-S4726
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and one resolution were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2818-2829, and S. Res. 482.
  Pages S4695-96
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act: Senate continued consideration of 
S. 2611, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action 
on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S4648-87
Adopted:
  By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 125), Kyl Amendment No. 
4027, to make certain aliens ineligible for adjustment to lawful 
permanent resident status or Deferred Mandatory Departure status. 
                                                         Pages S4648-51
  By 83 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 126), Sessions Amendment No. 3979, to 
increase the amount of fencing and improve vehicle barriers installed 
along the southwest border of the United States. 
                                                  Pages S4651-65, S4675
  Obama Modified Amendment No. 3971, to amend the temporary worker 
program.
Pages S4674-75
  Leahy (for Stevens) Amendment No. 4018, to extend the deadline given 
to the Secretary of Homeland Security for the implementation of a new 
travel document plan for border crossings to June 1, 2009. 
                                                         Pages S4675-77
  Santorum Amendment No. 4000, to allow additional countries to 
participate in the visa waiver program under section 217 of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act if they meet certain criteria. 
                                                         Pages S4677-80
  By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 128), Cornyn/Kyl Modified Amendment 
No. 3965, to modify the conditions under which an H-2C nonimmigrant may 
apply for an employment-based immigrant visa. 
                                               Pages S4680-83, S4686-87
Rejected:
  By 33 yeas to 66 nays (Vote No. 127), Vitter Amendment No. 3963, to 
strike the provisions related to certain undocumented individuals. 
                                                  Pages S4665-74, S4676
Pending:
  Inhofe Amendment No. 4064, to amend title 4 United States Code, to 
declare English as the national language of the United States and to 
promote the patriotic integration of prospective U.S. citizens. 
                                                         Pages S4685-86
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2006; provided 
further, that the Senate proceed to the consideration of an amendment 
to be offered by Senator Kennedy and that there be 20 minutes for 
debate equally divided; and that the Senate then resume consideration 
of Inhofe Amendment No. 4064 (listed above).
Page S4725
Appointments:
  NATO Parliamentary Assembly: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice 
President, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 1928a-1928d, as amended, 
appointed the following Senators as members of the Senate Delegation to 
the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, during the 109th Congress: Senators 
Leahy and Wyden.
  Page S4725
  NATO Parliamentary Assembly: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice 
President, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 1928a-1928d, as amended, 
appointed the following Senators to the Senate Delegation to the NATO 
Parliamentary Assembly, during the 109th Congress: Senators Grassley, 
Allard, Sessions, Voinovich, and Coleman.
  Page S4725
Messages From the House:
  Page S4693
Measures Referred:
  Page S4693
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S4693
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4693-95

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Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S4695
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4696-97
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4697-S4710
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4692-93
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4710-24
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S4724
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S4724-25
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--128) 
                                        Page S4651, S4675, S4676, S4687
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:15 a.m., and adjourned at 7 p.m., 
until 9 a.m., on Thursday, May 18, 2006. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S4725-
26.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE BROADBAND LOAN PROGRAM
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the United States Department of Agriculture Rural 
Utilities Service Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, after 
receiving testimony from Jim Andrew, Administrator, Rural Utilities 
Service, Department of Agriculture; Larry Sevier, Rural Telephone 
Service Company, Lenora, Kansas; Mark Pagon, Pegasus Communications 
Corporation, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania; and Tom Simmons, Midcontinent 
Communications, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded a 
hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2007 for 
the Department of Defense, after receiving testimony from Donald H. 
Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; and General Peter Pace, USMC, Chairman 
of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
NATIONAL GUARD
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the roles and missions of the National Guard in support of the Bureau 
of Customs and Border Protection, after receiving testimony from Paul 
McHale, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense; Lieutenant 
General James T. Conway, USMC, Director of Operations, J-3, The Joint 
Staff; Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA, Chief, National Guard 
Bureau; and Chief David V. Aguilar, Office of Border Patrol, U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nominations of Dale Klein, of Texas, to be 
Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who was introduced by 
Senator Hutchison, and Molly A. O'Neill, of Virginia, to be an 
Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, after 
the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
PHYSICIAN-OWNED SPECIALTY HOSPITALS
Committee on Finance: Committee held a hearing to examine the quality 
of patient care and services at physician-owned specialty hospitals, 
receiving testimony from Mark B. McClellan, Administrator, Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human 
Services; Michael W. Wilson, Sellwood Baptist Church, Portland, Oregon; 
Cindy Morrison, Sioux Valley Health System, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 
on behalf of the Coalition of Full Service Hospitals; John M. House, 
Irving, Texas, on behalf of the American Surgical Hospital Association; 
Dan Mulholland, Horty, Springer and Mattern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 
and James C. Cobey, Washington, DC.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
IRAN
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee held a hearing to examine 
Iran's political and nuclear ambitions and the enrichment of uranium, 
focusing on United States policy options, the possibility of unilateral 
sanctions targeting European and Asian corporations, and the North 
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), receiving testimony from Robert J. 
Einhorn, Center for Strategic and International Studies, David 
Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, Kenneth M. 
Pollack, Brookings Institution, Karim Sadjadpour, International Crisis 
Group, Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and 
Geoffrey Kemp, Nixon Center, all of Washington, DC.
  Hearing will continue on tomorrow.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of April H. Foley, of New York, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, who was introduced by 
Representative Kelly, Michael D. Kirby, of Virginia, to

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be Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, John A. Cloud, Jr., of 
Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania, Tracey Ann 
Jacobson, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic 
of Tajikistan, Michael Wood, of the District of Columbia, to be 
Ambassador to Sweden, and Robert Anthony Bradtke, of Maryland, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, after the nominees testified and 
answered questions in their own behalf.
NOMINATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Robert J. Portman, of 
Ohio, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after the 
nominee, who was introduced by Senator Voinovich, testified and 
answered questions in his own behalf.
SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the 
District of Columbia continued hearings to examine the Federal 
government's security clearance process, focusing on the progress of 
the Office of Personnel Management in implementing a plan to address 
the longstanding backlog of security clearance investigations, 
including the next steps by the Office of Management and Budget, and 
the recent halt by the Defense Security Service in processing 
government contractor security clearances, receiving testimony from 
Clay Johnson, III, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management 
and Budget; Kathy L. Dillaman, Associate Director for Federal 
Investigative Services Division, Office of Personnel Management; Robert 
Andrews, Deputy Under Secretary for Counter-Intelligence and Security, 
and Robert W. Rogalski, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for 
Intelligence, both of the Department of Defense; and Derek B. Stewart, 
Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Government 
Accountability Office.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 2823, to provide life-saving care for those with HIV/AIDS;
  S. 2803, to amend the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 to 
improve the safety of mines and mining, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute;
  S. 860, to amend the National Assessment of Educational Progress 
Authorization Act to require State academic assessments of student 
achievement in United States history and civics; and
  The nominations of Jerry Gayle Bridges, of Virginia, to be Chief 
Financial Officer, and Vince J. Juaristi, of Virginia, to be a Member 
of the Board of Directors, both of the Corporation for National and 
Community Service, J.C.A. Stagg, of Virginia, to be a Member of the 
Board of Trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, 
Kent D. Talbert, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Department of 
Education, and Horace A. Thompson, of Mississippi, to be a Member of 
the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
SUICIDE PREVENTION
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee continued oversight hearings to 
examine how suicide prevention programs and resources that exist 
outside of Indian country might be applied to American Indians and 
Alaska Natives, receiving testimony from Jerry Gidner, Deputy Bureau 
Director for Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of 
the Interior; Charles W. Grim, Director, Indian Health Service, and 
Charles G. Curie, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health 
Services Administration, both of Department of Health and Human 
Services; Donna Vigil, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Whiteriver, 
Arizona; William E. Martin, Alaska State Suicide Prevention Council, 
Juneau; R. Dale Walker, Oregon Health and Science University One Sky 
Center, Portland; and Jo Ann Kauffman, Kauffman and Associates, Inc., 
Spokane, Washington, on behalf of Native Aspirations Project.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
VOTING RIGHTS ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
understanding the benefits and cost of Section 5 pre-clearance 
requirements of the Voting Rights Act, after receiving testimony from 
Fred Gray, Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray and Nathanson, 
Montgomery, Alabama; Drew S. Days, III, Yale Law School, New Haven, 
Connecticut; Abigail M. Thernstrom, Manhattan Institute, New York, New 
York; Armand Derfner, Derfner, Altman and Wilborn, Charleston, South 
Carolina; and Nathaniel Persily, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 
Philadelphia.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to 
receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of 
the intelligence community.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 15 public bills, H.R. 5399-
5414; 1 private bill, H.R.5415; and 6 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 402-
406; and H. Res. 819 were introduced.
  Pages H2704-05
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2705-06
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 817, providing for further consideration of H. Con. Res. 376, 
establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government 
for fiscal year 2007 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for 
fiscal years 2008 through 2011 (H. Rept. 109-468);
  H. Res. 818, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5386) 
making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, 
and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007 (H. 
Rept. 109-469); and
  H.R. 5252, to promote the deployment of broadband networks and 
services (H. Rept. 109-470).
Page H2705
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Ted A. 
Hartley, Pastor, Farina United Methodist Church, Farina, Illinois. 
                                                             Page H2643
Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act: The House passed H.R. 4200, 
to improve the ability of the Secretary of Agriculture and the 
Secretary of the Interior to promptly implement recovery treatments in 
response to catastrophic events affecting Federal lands under their 
jurisdiction, including the removal of dead and damaged trees and the 
implementation of reforestation treatments, to support the recovery of 
non-Federal lands damaged by catastrophic events, to revitalize Forest 
Service experimental forests, by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 182 
noes, Roll No. 151.
  Pages H2648-80, H2687-90
  Pursuant to the rule, in lieu of the amendment recommended by the 
Committee on Resources now printed in the bill, the amendment in the 
nature of a substitute printed in the Congressional Record and numbered 
1 pursuant to clause 8 of rule XVIII, shall be considered as an 
original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule 
and shall be considered as read.
Pages H2648, H2667
Rejected:
  Rahall amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 109-467) that sought to 
strike all waivers of existing conservation laws by removing the bill's 
exemptions from requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act, 
the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The amendment also specifically 
requires that the Secretary concerned comply with the NEPA in utilizing 
the authorities under H.R. 4200 (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 236 
noes, Roll No. 147);
Pages H2673-75, H2687-88
  Defazio amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 109-467) that sought to 
allow the emergency procedures authorized by H.R. 4200 to be used on 
lands managed for timber production. For all other lands, except where 
prohibited, such as wilderness areas, the Secretary would be required 
to amend land management plans to incorporate salvage and restoration 
activities (by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 240 noes, Roll No. 148); 
                                                  Pages H2675-77, H2688
  Inslee amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 109-467) that sought to 
exempt any provision in the underlying bill from being applicable to 
any inventoried roadless area within the National Forest System set 
forth in the maps contained in the Forest Service Roadless Area 
Conservation, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Volume 2, dated 
November 2000 (by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 
149); and
Pages H2677-79, H2688-89
  Udall of New Mexico amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 109-467) 
that sought to add language in Sec 102(e) directing the relevant 
Secretary to consider the effect of any pre-approved management 
practice or catastrophic event recovery or research project on fire 
risk and forest regeneration. It further states that the Secretary may 
not implement the practice or carry out the recovery or research 
project unless the Secretary is able to certify that the activity will 
not increase fire risk or decrease forest regeneration (by a recorded 
vote of 197 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 150).
Pages H2679-80 H2689-90
  H. Res. 816, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by voice vote, after agreeing to order the previous question 
without objection.
Recess: The House recessed at 4:09 p.m. and reconvened at 5:45 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2691
Recess: The House recessed at 7:07 p.m. and reconvened at 8 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2701
  Agreed by unanimous consent that during consideration of H. Con. Res. 
376 , pursuant to H. Res. 817, the amendment that Representative Spratt 
placed at the desk may be in order in lieu of amendment No. 3 printed 
in part B of H. Rept 109-468.
Page H2753
Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2007: The House agreed to H. Con. 
Res. 376, to establish the

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congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 
2007 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 
2008 through 2011, by a yea-and-nay vote of 218 yeas to 210 nays, Roll 
No. 158, after ordering the previous question. Consideration of the 
measure began on April 6th and was concluded as unfinish business. 
                                                         Pages H2709-53
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendments printed in part A of this report 
shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides that the concurrent 
resolution, as amended, shall be considered as read.
Page H2714
Rejected:
  Watt amendment in the nature of a substitute (Congressional Black 
Caucus), (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 109-468) that sought to 
balance the budget in FY 2011, and assumes a savings of almost $25 
billion on interest on the national debt. Funds essential social 
services--especially education, health care and reconstruction of the 
Gulf Coast--and national security needs--particularly providing support 
for the troops in Iraq, increasing the Army's active duty personnel, 
maintaining current National Guard Strength and funding Navy 
Shipbuilding, as well as funding port security and Veterans programs 
and benefits (by a recorded vote of 131 ayes to 294 noes, Roll No. 
155);
Pages H2719-30
  Hensarling amendment in the nature of a substitute (Republican Study 
Committee), (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 109-468) that sought 
to balance the federal budget by FY 2011, without increasing taxes. 
Extends the President's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and provide AMT relief. 
Eliminates roughly 150 federal programs, realizes a $392 billion net 
deficit reduction over five years, while increasing defense and 
veterans' spending and making no changes to Social Security. Calls for 
$358 billion in reconciliation savings over five years, achieved in 
part by block granting Medicaid, SCHIP, and most federal education and 
job training programs, and capping the growth of Medicare at 5.4% 
annually. Significantly restructures the Departments of Commerce, 
Energy, and Education, reduces foreign aid by $31 billion over five 
years, allows drilling in ANWR, repeals the Davis-Bacon, and eliminates 
highway (SAFTEA-LU) earmarks. Repeals the Gephardt rule, includes 
reforms to emergency spending, and creates Budget Protection Accounts 
to divert spending to deficit reduction and further tax relief (by a 
recorded vote of 94 ayes to 331 noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll 
No. 156); and
Pages H2730-39, H2747
  Spratt amendment in the nature of a substitute (Democrat), (Modified, 
in lieu of No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 109-468) that sought to 
establish a 10-year budget through fiscal year 2016. Balances the 
budget by 2012. Contains smaller deficits than the House Republican 
budget for 2007 and over five years. Accumulates less debt over five 
years than House Republican budget. Rejects cuts to important domestic 
priorities, such as education, health, veterans, and the environment. 
Provides more funding than the Republican budget for homeland security 
functions, including port security. Contains no reconciliation 
instructions. Provides middle-class tax relief. Provides for budget 
enforcement rules to restore fiscal discipline (by a recorded vote of 
184 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 157).
Pages H2739-48
  Agreed to H. Res. 815, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule 
XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from 
the Committee on Rules, by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 195 nays, 
Roll No. 152.
Pages H2680, H2691
  H. Res. 817, the rule providing for further consideration of the 
measure was agreed to by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 193 noes, Roll 
No. 154, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 224 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 153.
Pages H2691, H2701-02
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which were debated on Tuesday, May 16th:
  Calling on the Government of the United Kingdom to immediately 
establish a full, independent, public judicial inquiry into the murder 
of Northern Ireland defense attorney Pat Finucane, as recommended by 
international Judge Peter Cory as part of the Weston Park agreement and 
a way forward for the Northern Ireland Peace Process: H. Res. 740, 
amended, to call on the Government of the United Kingdom to immediately 
establish a full, independent, public judicial inquiry into the murder 
of Northern Ireland defense attorney Pat Finucane, as recommended by 
international Judge Peter Cory as part of the Weston Park agreement and 
a way forward for the Northern Ireland Peace Process, by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 390 yeas to 5 nays with 6 voting ``present'', Roll No. 159. 
                                                         Pages H2753-54
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``Calling on the Government 
of the United Kingdom immediately to establish a full, independent, 
public judicial inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland defense 
attorney Patrick Finucane, as recommended by Judge Peter Cory as part 
of the Weston Park agreement, in order to move forward on the Northern 
Ireland Peace Process.''.
Page H2754
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H2643.
Senate Referrals: S. 879 was referred to the Committee on Science. 
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Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H2707.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and nine recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2687-88, 
H2688, H2688-89, H2689-90, H2690, H2691, H2701-02, H2702, H2729-30, 
H2747, H2747-48, H2753, H2753-54. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 1:14 a.m.


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Committee Meetings
HOMELAND SECURITY; ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS FY 2007
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007: Homeland Security; and 
Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies.
SENIOR INDEPENDENCE ACT OF 2006
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Ordered reported, as amended, 
H.R. 5293, Senior Independence Act of 2006.
MOTOR VEHICLE OWNERS' RIGHT TO REPAIR ACT OF 2005
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 2048, Motor Vehicle Owners' 
Right to Repair Act of 2005. Testimony was heard from Deborah Platt 
Majoras, Chairman, FTC; and public witnesses.
PLANNING FOR LONG-TERM CARE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on Planning for Long-Term Care. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing on the State of the 
International Financial System. Testimony was heard from John W. Snow, 
Secretary of the Treasury.
REFORM OF NATIONAL SECURITY REVIEWS OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS ACT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic and 
International Policy, Trade, and Technology held a hearing on H.R. 
5337, Reform of National Security Reviews of Foreign Direct Investments 
Act. Testimony was heard from Clay Lowery, Assistant Secretary, 
International Affairs, Department of the Treasury; Stewart A. Baker, 
Assistant Secretary, Policy, Planning, and International Affairs, 
Department of Homeland Security; Alice Fisher, Assistant Attorney 
General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; Peter C.W. Flory, 
Assistant Secretary, International Security Policy, Department of 
Defense; and public witnesses.
DOD PRIVATE SECTOR CLEARANCES
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Low 
Clearance: Why Did DOD Suddenly Stop Processing Private Sector Security 
Clearances?'' Testimony was heard from Clay Johnson, III, Acting 
Director, OMB; the following officials of the Department of Defense: 
Robert Andrews, Deputy Under Secretary, Counterintelligence and 
Security; Robert W. Rogalski, Special Assistant, Under Secretary 
(Intelligence); and Thomas F. Gimble, Principal Deputy Inspector 
General; and Kathy L. Dillaman, Associate Director, Federal 
Investigative Services Division, OPM.
RU-486 SAFETY
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy, and Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``RU-486--
Demonstrating a Low Standard for Women's Health?'' Testimony was heard 
from Janet Woodcock, M.D., Deputy Commissioner, Operations, FDA, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REFORM AND ENHANCEMENT ACT
Committee on Homeland Security: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 
5451, National Emergency Management Reform and Enhancement Act of 2006.
U.S. AND SOUTH ASIA AGENDA
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the 
Pacific held a hearing on the United States and South Asia: An 
Expanding Agenda. Testimony was heard from Richard Boucher, Assistant 
Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Department of 
State.
U.S. ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TO EGYPT
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on the Middle East 
and Central Asia held a hearing to review U.S. Assistance Programs to 
Egypt. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of State: David C. Welch, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of 
Near Eastern Affairs; James Kunder, Assistant Administrator, Asia and 
the Near East, U.S. Agency for International Development; and Michael 
W. Coulter, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military 
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FEDERAL AGENCY PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT; OVERSIGHT--HOMELAND SECURITY 
AND PERSONAL PRIVACY
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law approved for full Committee action H.R. 2840, 
Federal Agency Protection of Privacy Act of 2005.
  The Subcommittee also held an oversight hearing on Privacy in the 
Hands of the Government: The Privacy Officer for the Department of 
Homeland Security and the Privacy Officer for the Department of 
Justice. Testimony was heard from Maureen Cooney, Acting Chief Privacy 
Officer, Department of Homeland Security; Jane C. Horvath, Chief 
Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, Department of Justice; Linda D. 
Koontz, Director, Information Management Issues, GAO; and a public 
witness.
AMERICAN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND MARINE LIFE ENHANCEMENT ACT
Committee on Resources: Ordered reported, amended, H.R. 5018, American 
Fisheries Management and Marine Life Enhancement Act.
INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES; APPROPRIATIONS FY 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule proving 1 hour 
of debate on H.R. 5386, making appropriations for the Department of the 
Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2007, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule 
waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. Under the 
rules of the House the bill shall be read for amendment by paragraph. 
The rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill for 
failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI (prohibiting unauthorized 
appropriations or legislative provisions in an appropriations bill), 
except as specified in the resolution. The rule authorizes the Chair to 
accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed their 
amendments in the Congressional Record. The rule provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions. Section 2 provides that upon 
adoption of H. Con. Res. 376, and until a concurrent resolution on the 
budget for fiscal year 2007 has been adopted by the Congress, the 
provisions of H. Con. Res. 376 and its accompanying report shall have 
force and effect in the House for all purposes of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 as though adopted by the Congress. The rule provides 
that nothing in section 2 may be construed to engage rule XXVII. 
Testimony was heard from Representative Dicks.
MILITARY QUALITY OF LIFE, AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED 
APPROPRIATIONS FOR FY 2007
Committee on Rules: Testimony was heard from Representative Walsh, but 
action was deferred on H.R. 5385, making appropriations for the 
military quality of life functions of the Department of Defense, 
military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007.
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FY 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote of 6 to 4, a structured rule 
providing for further consideration of H. Con. Res. 376, establishing 
the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal 
year 2007 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal 
years 2008 through 2011. The rule provides that the amendments printed 
in part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution 
shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides that the concurrent 
resolution, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule makes in 
order only those further amendments printed in part B of the Rules 
Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  The rule provides that the amendments printed in part B of the report 
accompanying the resolution may be offered only in the order printed in 
the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, 
shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 40 minutes equally 
divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not 
be subject to amendment. The rule waives all points of order against 
the amendments printed in part B of the report, except that the 
adoption of an amendment in the nature of a substitute shall constitute 
the conclusion of consideration of the concurrent resolution for 
amendment.
  The rule provides that upon the conclusion of consideration of the 
concurrent resolution for amendment there shall be a final period of 
general debate, not to exceed 20 minutes equally divided and controlled 
by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the 
Budget. The rule permits the chairman of the Committee on the Budget to 
offer amendments in the House to achieve mathematical consistency. The 
rule provides that the concurrent resolution shall not be subject to a 
demand for division of the question of its adoption.
  The rule provides that after adoption of H. Con. Res. 376, it shall 
be in order to consider in the House S. Con. Res. 83, to move to strike 
all after the resolving clause of S. Con. Res. 83, and to insert the 
provisions of H. Con. Res. 376 as adopted by

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the House. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of 
S. Con. Res. 83 and against the motion to strike and insert. Finally, 
the rule provides that if the motion is adopted and the Senate 
concurrent resolution, as amended, is adopted, then it shall be in 
order to move that the House insist on its amendment to the Senate 
concurrent resolution and request a conference with the Senate thereon.
PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES OF 2006
Committee on Science: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on Plug-in 
Hybrid Electric Vehicles of 2006. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the 
following bills: H.R. 5013, Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act 
of 2006; H.R. 5187, To amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to 
authorize additional appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for 
the Performing Arts for fiscal year 2007; and as amended, H.R. 5316, 
RESPOND Act of 2006.
  The Committee also approved additional lease resolutions from the GSA 
FY 2007 Capital Investment and Leasing Program.

Joint Meetings
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission): 
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the role of the Office for 
Democratic Institutions and Human Rights relating to advancing the 
human dimension in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in 
Europe (OSCE), focusing on the Office for Democratic Institutions and 
Human Rights and its role in monitoring elections in OSCE countries, 
after receiving testimony from Kurt Volker, Principal Deputy Assistant 
Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Christian 
Strohal, Director, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, 
OSCE, Austria; and Carl Gershman, National Endowment for Democracy, 
Jeff Fischer, International Foundation for Election Systems, Patrick 
Merloe, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and 
Lorne Craner, International Republican Institute, all of Washington, 
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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                              MAY 18, 2006

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting 
to consider S. 1881, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to 
mint coins in commemoration of the Old Mint at San Francisco 
otherwise known as the ``Granite Lady'', S. 633, to require the 
Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of veterans 
who became disabled for life while serving in the Armed Forces of 
the United States, and S. 2784, to award a congressional gold medal 
to Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, in recognition of his 
many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, non-violence, 
human rights, and religious understanding; to be followed by a 
hearing to examine the report to Congress on International Economic 
and Exchange Rate Policies, 9:30 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine S. 2686, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 
and for other purposes, 10 a.m., SD-106.
  Full Committee, business meeting to markup S. 2802, to improve 
American innovation and competitiveness in the global economy, 2:30 
p.m., SD-562.
  Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider proposed 
legislation implementing the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement, and the 
nomination of W. Ralph Basham, of Virginia, to be Commissioner of 
Customs, Department of Homeland Security, 10:30 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to continue hearings to examine 
Iran's political/nuclear ambitions and U.S. policy options, 9:30 
a.m., SD-419.
  Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, to hold 
hearings to examine transition from crisis to peaceful democracy in 
Nepal, 2:30 p.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold 
hearings to examine the nomination of Robert Irwin Cusick, Jr., of 
Kentucky, to be Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Office 
of Personnel Management, 10 a.m., SD-342.
  Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government 
Information, and International Security, to hold hearings to examine 
unobligated balances, focusing on their treatment and how they 
affect agency budgeting and programming, including what happens to 
these accounts when they expire, and how Office of Management and 
Budget, the Treasury and the agencies treat them, 2:30 p.m., SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the 
nominations of Sandra Segal Ikuta, of California, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, and Kenneth L. 
Wainstein, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, S. 
2453, to establish procedures for the review of electronic 
surveillance programs, S. 2455, to provide in statute for the 
conduct of electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists for the 
purposes of protecting the American people, the Nation, and its 
interests from terrorist attack while ensuring that the civil 
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United States citizens are safeguarded, S. 2468, to provide standing 
for civil actions for declaratory and injunctive relief to persons 
who refrain from electronic communications through fear of being 
subject to warrantless electronic surveillance for foreign 
intelligence purposes, S. 2039, to provide for loan repayment for 
prosecutors and public defenders, S.J. Res. 1, proposing an 
amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to 
marriage, and S.J. Res. 12, proposing an amendment to the 
Constitution of the United States authorizing Congress to prohibit 
the physical desecration of the flag of the United States, Time to 
be announced, S-216, Capitol.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of General Michael V. Hayden, United States Air Force, to 
be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine caring for 
seniors during a national emergency, 10 a.m., SD-628.


                                 House

  Committee on Education and the Workforce, hearing on No Child Left 
Behind: How Innovative Educators Are Integrating Subject Matter To 
Improve Student Achievement, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, to mark up H.R. 4591, Stockholm 
and Rotterdam Toxics Treaty Act of 2005, 1:30 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, hearing entitled 
``Unlocking America's Energy Resources: Next Generation,'' 10 a.m., 
2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing on 
H.R. 5126, Truth in Caller ID Act of 2006, 9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Financial 
Institutions and Consumer Credit, hearing on H.R. 5341, Seasoned 
Customer CTR Exemption Act of 2006, 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled 
``Financial Services Needs of Military Personnel and Their 
Families,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, to consider the following bills: 
H.R. 5316, RESPOND Act of 2006; and H.R. 5388, District of Columbia 
Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act of 2006, 3 p.m., 2154 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Management, 
Integration and Oversight, hearing entitled ``Retention, Security 
Clearances, Morale, and Other Human Capital Challenges Facing the 
Department of Homeland Security,'' 9:30 a.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on International Relations, hearing on the Prospects for 
Peace in Darfur, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International 
Operations, hearing on Nigeria's Struggle with Corruption, 2 p.m., 
2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation, to 
mark up H.R. 5333, Shoulder-fired Missile Threat Reduction Act of 
2006, 2 p.m., 2200 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 5005, 
Firearms Corrections and Improvements Act; H.R. 1384, Firearm 
Commerce Modernization Act; H.R. 1415, NICS Improvement Act; and 
H.R. 5318, Cyber-Security Enhancement and Consumer Data Protection 
Act of 2006; followed by a hearing on H.R. 817, Animal Fighting 
Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2005, 11:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, hearing 
on H.R. 4997, Physicians for Underserved Areas Act, 2 p.m., 2141 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources, oversight hearing on the Energy and Mineral Requirements 
for Renewable and Alternative Fuels Used for Transportation and 
Other Purposes, 11 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Water Resources and Environment, oversight hearing on EPA Grants 
Management 2003-2006: Progress and Challenge, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Policy, executive, Briefing on Denial and Deception, 9 
a.m., H-405 Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        9 a.m., Thursday, May 18

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 2611, 
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and proceed to the consideration 
of an amendment to be offered by Senator Kennedy with 20 minutes for 
debate equally divided; and that the Senate then resume consideration 
of Inhofe Amendment No. 4064.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday, May 18

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 5384--Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Subject to a Rule). 


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