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Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 62 (Thursday, May 18, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D508-D510]
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                                             Thursday, May 18, 2006

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      The House passed H.R. 5386, Department of the Interior, 
      Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal 
      Year 2007.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4727-S4817
Measures Introduced: Twenty-seven bills and three resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2830-2856, S. Res. 483-484, and S. Con. Res. 
95.
  Pages S4795-96
Measures Reported:
  S. 1899, to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence 
Prevention Act to identify and remove barriers to reducing child abuse, 
to provide for examinations of certain children, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 109-255)
  S. 2856, to provide regulatory relief and improve productivity for 
insured depository institutions. (S. Rept. No. 109-256)
  S.J. Res. 1, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United 
States relating to marriage.
Page S4795
Measures Passed:
  Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, 
and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. 193, 
to increase the penalties for violations by television and radio 
broadcasters of the prohibitions against transmission of obscene, 
indecent, and profane language, and the bill was then passed. 
                                                             Page S4816
  Democracy in Burma: Senate agreed to S. Res. 484, expressing the 
sense of the Senate condemning the military junta in Burma for its 
recent campaign of terror against ethnic minorities and calling on the 
United Nations Security Council to adopt immediately a binding, non-
punitive resolution on Burma.
  Pages S4816-17
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 S4727-91
Adopted:
  By 56 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 129), Kennedy Amendment No. 4066, to 
modify the conditions under which an H-2C nonimmigrant may apply for 
adjustment of status.
Pages S4730-33
  Akaka/Inouye Amendment No. 4029, to grant the children of Filipino 
World War II veterans special immigrant status for purposes of family 
reunification.
Pages S4747-50
  Vitter/Grassley Amendment No. 3964, to modify the burden of proof 
requirements for purposes of adjustment of status.
Pages S4750-52
  By 63 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 131), Inhofe Further Modified 
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 S4735-39, S4752-57, S4761-70
  By 58 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 132), Salazar/Durbin Modified 
Amendment No. 4073, to declare that English is the common and unifying 
language of the United States, and to preserve and enhance the role of 
the English language.
Pages S4757-61, S4770
  By 64 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 134), Cornyn Amendment No. 4038, to 
require aliens seeking adjustment of status under section 245B of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act or Deferred Mandatory Departure status 
under section 245C of such Act to pay a supplemental application fee, 
which shall be used to provide financial assistance to States for 
health and educational services for non-citizens.
Pages S4772-76
  Nelson Modified Amendment No. 3998, to improve the United States 
ability to detain illegal aliens.
Page S4788

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Rejected:
  Ensign Amendment No. 3985, to reduce document fraud, prevent identity 
theft, and preserve the integrity of the Social Security system, by 
ensuring that persons who receive an adjustment of status under this 
bill are not able to receive Social Security benefits as a result of 
unlawful activity. (By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 130), Senate tabled 
the amendment.)
Pages S4739-47
  By 43 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 133), Clinton Amendment No. 4072, to 
establish a grant program to provide financial assistance to States and 
local governments for the costs of providing health care and 
educational services to non-citizens, and to provide additional funding 
for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. 
                                                  Pages S4770-72, S4775
  Cornyn (for Kyl/Cornyn) Amendment No. 3969, to prohibit H-2C 
nonimmigrants from adjusting to lawful permanent resident status. (By 
58 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 135), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                         Pages S4776-86
Pending:
  Ensign/Graham Modified Amendment No. 4076, to authorize the use of 
the National Guard to secure the southern border of the United States. 
                                                         Pages S4786-88
  Chambliss/Isakson Amendment No. 4009, to modify the wage requirements 
for employers seeking to hire H-2A and blue card agricultural workers. 
                                                         Pages S4788-91
  A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5:30 
p.m., on Monday, May 22, 2006, Senate proceed to a vote in relation to 
Chambliss/Isakson Amendment No. 4009 (listed above); and that the time 
from 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. be equally divided between Senator 
Chambliss and the Democratic manager or his designee; provided further, 
that following that vote, Senate proceed to a vote in relation to 
Ensign/Graham Modified Amendment No. 4076 (listed above), and that no 
second degree amendments be in order to either amendment prior to the 
votes.
Page S4791
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2006. 
                                                             Page S4817
Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities Act: Senate concurred in the 
House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1499, to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow members of the Armed Forces 
serving in a combat zone to make contributions to their individual 
retirement plans even if the compensation on which such contribution is 
based is excluded from gross income, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Pages S4815-16
Messages From the President: Senate received the following messages 
from the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the continuation 
of the national emergency with respect to Burma; which was referred to 
the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-48) 
                                                             Page S4794
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report of the continuation of the 
national emergency protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and certain 
other property in which Iraq has an interest; which was referred to the 
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-49)
Page S4794
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Donald L. Kohn, of Virginia, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years.
  Kathleen L. Casey, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Securities and 
Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2011.
  Bobby E. Shepherd, of Arkansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Eighth Circuit.
  Kimberly Ann Moore, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge 
for the Federal Circuit.
  Martin J. Jackley, of South Dakota, to be United States Attorney for 
the District of South Dakota for the term of four years.
Page S4817
Messages From the House:
  Page S4794
Measures Referred:
  Page S4794
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S4794
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4794-95
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S4795
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4796-98
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4798-S4808
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4808-15
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S4815
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S4815
Record Votes: Seven record votes were taken today. (Total--135) 
                      Pages S4733, S4747, S4769-70, S4770, S4775, S4785
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9 a.m., and adjourned at 10:17 p.m., 
until 10 a.m., on Friday, May 19, 2006. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4817.)

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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 62 (Thursday, May 18, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D510-D511]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 2,086 
nominations in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following bills:
  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.
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC AND EXCHANGE RATE POLICIES
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the report to Congress on International Economic and 
Exchange Rate Policies, after receiving testimony from John W. Snow, 
Secretary of the Treasury.
COMMUNICATIONS CONSUMER'S CHOICE AND BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT ACT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee held a 
hearing to examine S. 2686, to amend the Communications Act of 1934, 
receiving testimony from former Representative Steve Largent, on behalf 
of the CTIA--The Wireless Association; Mayor Michael A. Guido, 
Dearborn, Michigan, on behalf of the United States Conference of Mayors 
and sundry organizations; Philip McClelland, Pennsylvania Office of 
Consumer Advocate, Harrisburg, on behalf of the National Association of 
State Utility Consumer Advocates; Kyle McSlarrow, National Cable and 
Telecommunications Association, Walter B. McCormick, Jr., United States 
Telecom Association (USTelecom), Gene Kimmelman, Consumers Union, on 
behalf of the Consumer Federation of America, and Free Press, and 
Joslyn Read, Satellite Industry Association, all of Washington, DC; 
Julia L. Johnson, Video Access Alliance, Tallahassee, Florida; and 
Shirley A. Bloomfield, National Telecommunications Cooperative 
Association, Arlington, Virginia, on behalf of the Coalition to Keep 
America Connected.
  Hearing continues on Thursday, May 25.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported S. 2802, to improve American innovation and 
competitiveness in the global economy, with amendments.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nomination of W. Ralph Basham, of Virginia, to be Commissioner of 
Customs, Department of Homeland Security.
  Also, Committee approved recommendations relative to proposed 
legislation implementing the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement.
IRAN
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded hearings to examine 
Iran's political and nuclear ambitions and the enrichment of uranium, 
focusing on the United Nations Security Council, and the prospect of 
direct talks with the government of Iran, after receiving testimony 
from Frank G. Wisner, American International Group, Inc., New York, New 
York; Vali R. Nasr, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; 
and Julia Nanay, PFC Energy, and James A. Phillips, Heritage 
Foundation, Washington, D.C.
NEPAL
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South 
Asian Affairs concluded a hearing to examine recent political 
developments in Nepal, focusing on the role of the United States to 
support democracy, security and prosperity in Nepal, after receiving 
testimony from Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for 
South and Central Asian Affairs; Deepak Thapa, Columbia University, and 
Sam Zarifi, Human Rights Watch, both of New York, New York; and John 
Norris, International Crisis Group, Washington, D.C.
NOMINATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Robert Irwin Cusick, 
Jr., of Kentucky, to be Director of the Office of Government Ethics, 
Office of Personnel Management, after the nominee, who was introduced 
by Senator McConnell, testified and answered questions in his own 
behalf.
UNOBLIGATED BALANCES
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and 
International

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Security concluded a hearing to examine unobligated balances, focusing 
on their treatment by Federal agencies and how they impact their 
budgeting and programming process, including what happens to these 
accounts when they expire, and how the Office of Management and Budget, 
Department of the Treasury, and the agencies treat them, after 
receiving testimony from Phyllis F. Scheinberg, Assistant Secretary of 
Transportation for Budget and Programs, and Chief Financial Officer; 
Lee J. Lofthus, Deputy Assistant Attorney General/Controller, 
Department of Justice; John P. Roth, Deputy Comptroller for Program 
Budget, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), 
Department of Defense; Charles E. Johnson, Assistant Secretary of 
Health and Human Services for Budget, Technology and Finance; and 
Robert J. Henke, Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for 
Management.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported S.J. 
Res. 1, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States 
relating to marriage.
NOMINATION
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nomination of General Michael V. Hayden, United States Air 
Force, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, after the 
nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR SENIORS
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
caring for seniors during a national emergency, including issues that 
surfaced as a result of the 2005 hurricanes, focusing on challenges 
faced by hospital and nursing home administrators that are related to 
hurricane evacuations, the Federal program that supports the evacuation 
of patients needing hospital care and nursing home residents, and 
challenges States and localities face in preparing for and carrying out 
the evacuation of transportation-disadvantaged populations and efforts 
to address evacuation needs, after receiving testimony from Daniel W. 
Sutherland, Officer, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Chair, 
Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and 
Individuals with Disabilities, Department of Homeland Security; Cynthia 
Bascetta, Director, Health Care, Government Accountability Office; Amy 
B. Aiken, Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management, Miami, Florida; 
Carmel Bitondo Dyer, Baylor College of Medicine Geriatrics Program at 
the Harris County Hospital District, Houston, Texas, on behalf of the 
American Geriatrics Society; Maurice Frisella, New Orleans, Louisiana; 
and Jean Cefalu, Slidell, Louisiana.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 62 (Thursday, May 18, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D511-D513]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 10 public bills, H.R. 5416-
5425; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 820-822 were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H2832-33
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2833-34, H2890-91
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for Fiscal Year 
2007 (H. Rept. 109-471); and
  H. Res. 821, providing for consideration 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 (H. Rept. 109-472).
Pages H2832, H2889
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Bonner to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H2761
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Chaplain Blan 
Maurice Stout, Jr., Office of the Army Chief of Chaplains, Arlington, 
Virginia.
  Page H2761
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, May 16th:
  Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Dahab and 
Northern Sinai, Egypt, on April 24 and 26, 2006: H. Res. 795, to 
condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Dahab and 
Northern Sinai, Egypt, on April 24 and 26, 2006, by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 162.
  Pages H2773-74
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2007: The House passed H.R. 5386, to make 
appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September

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30, 2007, by a yea-and-nay vote of 293 yeas to 128 nays, Roll No. 172. 
                                  Pages H2765-73, H2774-H2831, H2835-73
  Agreed to limit the number of amendments made in order for debate and 
the time limit for debate on each amendment.
Page H2817
Agreed to:
  Slaughter amendment that increases funding (by transfer) for the 
National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the 
Humanities by $5 million each;
Pages H2792-96
  Maloney amendment (No. 11 printed in the Congressional Record of May 
17th) to increase funding (by transfer) for royalty and offshore 
minerals management in order to facilitate audits;
Pages H2805-08
  Cannon amendment (No. 10 printed in the Congressional Record of May 
17th) adds $16 million to Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) by 
redirecting funds from Interior Department overhead (agreed to extend 
and limit the time for debate on the amendment);
Pages H2808-09
  Sanders amendment that redirects $1.8 million in funding to the EPA's 
Energy Star Programs;
Pages H2809-11
  Taylor of North Carolina amendment increases environmental programs 
and infrastructure assistance, including capitalization grants for 
State revolving funds and performance partnership grants by $2 million;
                                                         Pages H2815-16
  Rahall amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of May 
17th) prohibits any funds made available by this Act to be used for the 
sale or slaughter of wild free-roaming horses or burros; 
                                                         Pages H2837-39
  Gordon amendment to prohibit any of the funds made available by this 
Act from being used in contravention of the Federal buildings 
performance and reporting requirements of Executive Order 13123, part 3 
of title V of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 
8251 et seq.), or subtitle A of title I of the Energy Policy Act of 
2005 (including the amendments made thereby);
Pages H2817, H2839
  Weiner amendment to increase funding (by transfer) by $1 million for 
the National Park Service in order to address the continued closure of 
the Statue of Liberty (by a recorded vote of 266 ayes to 152 noes, Roll 
No. 163);
Pages H2798, H2802, H2843
  Pallone amendment to insert provisions prohibiting use of funds for 
enforcement of EPA's Toxics Release Inventory Burden Reduction Proposed 
Rule published in the Federal Register, or to follow the Toxics Release 
Inventory 2006 Burden Reduction Proposed Rule also published in the 
Federal Register (by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 
165);
Pages H2816-17, H2844-45
  Hinchey amendment to limit funds for suspension of royalty relief (by 
a recorded vote of 252 ayes to 165 noes, Roll No. 167); 
                                           Pages H2817, H2830, H2845-46
  Chabot amendment that prohibits the Forest Service from spending 
taxpayer dollars to build logging roads for private interests in the 
Tongass National Forest;
Pages H2817 H2839-42
  Garrett amendment to prohibit any of the funds made available in the 
Act from being used to send or otherwise pay for the attendance of more 
than 50 employees from a Federal department or agency at any single 
conference occurring outside the United States;
Pages H2817, H2848-49
  Miller of California amendment to prohibit any funds made available 
in the Act from being obligated or expended to conduct the San Gabriel 
Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study;
Pages H2817, H2849-50
  Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment to prohibit any funds made available 
in the Act from being used to eliminate or restrict programs that are 
for the reforestation of urban areas;
Pages H2817, H2866
  Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment to prohibit any funds made available 
in the Act from being used to limit outreach programs administered by 
the Smithsonian Institution;
Pages H2817, H2866-68
  Oberstar amendment to prohibit funds in the Act from being used by 
the administrator of the EPA to implement or enforce the Joint 
Memorandum published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2003 (68 
Fed. Reg. 1995) (by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 
169); and
Pages H2817, H2850-55, H2870-71
  Putnam amendment prohibits use of funds in the Act to conduct 
activities in violation of the moratorium on drilling in the Outer 
Continental Shelf (by a recorded vote of 217 ayes to 203 noes, Roll No. 
170).
Pages H2817, H2871
Rejected:
  Obey amendment that sought to address global climate change by 
modifying the amount provided for EPA Programs and Management; 
                                                             Page H2817
  Poe en bloc amendments that sought to strike sections 104, 105, and 
106 from the bill. Sections 104, 105, and 106 provide that no funds 
provided in this title may be expended by the Department of the 
Interior for the conduct of offshore oil preleasing, leasing and 
related activities placed under restriction in the President's 
moratorium statement of June 12, 1998, in the areas of northern, 
central, and southern California; the North Atlantic; Washington and 
Oregon; and the eastern Gulf of Mexico south of 26 degrees north 
latitude and east of 86 degrees west longitude; no funds provided in 
this title may be expended by the Department of the Interior to conduct 
offshore oil preleasing, leasing and related activities

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in the eastern Gulf of Mexico planning area for any lands located 
outside Sale 181, as identified in the final Outer Continental Shelf 5-
Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program, 1997-2002; and, no funds provided in 
this title may be expended by the Department of the Interior to conduct 
oil preleasing, leasing and related activities in the Mid-Atlantic and 
South Atlantic planning areas (by a recorded vote of 141 ayes to 279 
noes, Roll No. 164);
Pages H2812-15, H2843-44
  Beauprez amendment that sought to reduce the budget for the National 
Endowment for the Arts by $30 million, and redirects the money to the 
Wildland Fire Management budget of the U.S. Forest Service (by a 
recorded vote of 112 ayes to 306 noes, Roll No. 166); and 
                                                     Pages H2818, H2845
  Hefley amendment (No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record of May 
17th) that sought to reduce funding by 1% across-the-board (by a 
recorded vote of 109 ayes to 312 noes, Roll No. 171). 
                                               Pages H2868-69, H2871-72
Withdrawn:
  Putnam amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that 
sought to increase funding (by transfer) by $500,000 for State and 
Tribal Wildlife grants in order to direct attention to alligator 
control programs in Florida;
Pages H2796-98, H2855
  Tancredo amendment (No. 8 printed in the Congressional Record of May 
17th) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which sought to 
strike language added in committee that would prevent the U.S. 
Geological Survey from consolidating four mapping centers into one 
central operations center;
Pages H2802-05
  Conaway amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which 
sought to strike section 104 from the bill. Section 104 prohibits use 
of funds for the conduct of offshore oil preleasing, leasing and 
related activities placed under restriction in the President's 
moratorium statement of June 12, 1998 in specified areas; 
                                               Pages H2811-12, H2855-66
  Tiahrt amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which 
sought to prohibit any of the funds made available in the Act from 
being used to promulgate regulations without consideration of the 
effect of such regulations on the competitiveness of American 
businesses;
Page H2817
  Conaway amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which 
sought to direct attention to EPA drinking water regulations for 
arsenic; and
Page H2817
  Dent amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which 
sought to prohibit any funds made available in the Act from being used 
to implement, administer, or enforce section 20(b)(1) of the Indian 
Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2719(b)(1)).
Pages H2817, H2869-70
Point of Order sustained against:
  The Chair sustained the point of order raised against the content of 
the measure beginning on page 73, line 3 and ending on page 73, line 8 
that constituted legislation in an appropriations bill;
Page H2816
  The Chair sustained the point of order raised against section 425, 
page 125, lines 3-25 stating that it constituted legislation in an 
appropriations bill in violation of clause 2 of rule XXI; 
                                                         Pages H2826-29
  The Chair sustained the point of order raised against section 501 
stating that it violated clause 2b of rule XXI; and
Pages H2829-30
  Obey amendment that sought to increase funding for various accounts 
with a tax offset.
Pages H2817, H2869
  H. Res. 818, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 161, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
218 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 160.
Pages H2765-73
Presidential Messages: Read a message from the President wherein he 
notified the Congress of the continuation of the National Emergency 
with respect to Burma--referred to the Committee on International 
Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 109-110); and
  Page H2873
  Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress of the 
continuation of the national emergency with respect to the Development 
Fund for Iraq, certain other property in which Iraq has an interest, 
and the Central Bank of Iraq--referred to the Committee on 
International Relations and ordered printed (H. Doc. 109-112). 
                                                         Pages H2873-74
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H2834, H2891.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and ten recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2772-73, 
H2773, H2774, H2843, H2843-44, H2844, H2845, H2845-46, H2846, H2870-71, 
H2871, H2871-72, H2872-73. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at midnight.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 62 (Thursday, May 18, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D513-D515]
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Committee Meetings
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Held a hearing on No Child 
Left Behind: How Innovative Educators Are Integrating Subject Matter To 
Improve

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Student Achievement. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
UNLOCKING AMERICA's ENERGY RESOURCES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air 
Quality held a hearing entitled ``Unlocking America's Energy Resources: 
Next Generation.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
STOCKHOLM AND ROTTERDAM TOXICS TREATY ACT OF 2005
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
H.R. 4591, Stockholm and Rotterdam Toxics Treaty Act of 2005.
TRUTH IN CALLER ID ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications 
and the Internet held a hearing on H.R. 5126, Truth in Caller ID Act of 
2006. Testimony was heard from Tom Navin, Wireline Bureau Chief, FCC; 
and public witnesses.
REFORM REQUIREMENTS FOR REPORTING CASH TRANSACTIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions 
and Consumer Credit held a hearing on H.R. 5341, Seasoned Customer CTR 
Exemption Act of 2006. Testimony was heard from Robert W. Werner, 
Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of the 
Treasury; Michael F.A. Morehart, Chief, Terrorist Financing Operations 
Section, FBI, Department of Justice; Kevin A. Delli-Colli, Deputy 
Assistant Director, Financial and Trade Investigations, Office of 
Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of 
Homeland Security; and public witnesses.
MILITARY PERSONNEL FINANCIAL SERVICES
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Financial Services Needs of 
Military Personnel and Their Families.'' Testimony was heard from 
Valerie Melvin, Acting Director, Defense Capabilities and Management 
Team, GAO; and public witnesses.
RESPOND ACT OF 2006; DC FAIR AND EQUAL HOUSE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following bills: 
H.R. 5316, as amended, RESPOND Act of 2006; and H.R. 5388, District of 
Columbia Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act of 2006.
  The Committee failed to report H.R. 5410, No Taxation Without 
Representation Act of 2006.
HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND SECURITY CLEARANCES
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Management, 
Integration, and Oversight held a hearing entitled ``Retention, 
Security Clearances, Morale, and Other Human Capital Challenges Facing 
the Department of Homeland Security.'' Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: K. Gregg 
Prillaman, Chief Human Capital Officer; and Dwight Williams, Director, 
Office of Security; Kathy L. Dillaman, Associate Director, Federal 
Investigations Processing Center, OPM; and public witnesses.
DARFUR--PROSPECTS FOR PEACE
Committee on International Relations: Held a hearing on the Prospects 
for Peace in Darfur. Testimony was heard from the following officials 
of the Department of State: Jendayi E. Frazer, Assistant Secretary, 
Bureau of African Affairs; and Lloyd O. Pierson, Assistant 
Administrator, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International 
Development.
NIGERIA'S STRUGGLE WITH CORRUPTION
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa, Global 
Human Rights and International Operations held a hearing on Nigeria's 
Struggle with Corruption. Testimony was heard from Linda Thomas 
Greenfield, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, 
Department of State; and public witnesses.
SHOULDER-FIRED MISSILE THREAT REDUCTION ACT
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Terrorism and Nonproliferation approved for full Committee action H.R. 
5333, Shoulder-fired Missile Threat Reduction Act of 2006.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; ANIMAL FIGHTING PROHIBITION ENFORCEMENT ACT
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security approved for full Committee action 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.
  The Subcommittee also held a on H.R. 817, Animal Fighting Prohibition 
Enforcement Act of 2005. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

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PHYSICIANS FOR UNDERSERVED AREAS ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Border 
Security, and Claims held a hearing on H.R. 4997, Physicians for 
Underserved Areas Act. Testimony was heard from Representative Moran of 
Kansas; Leslie G. Aronovitz, Director, Health Care, GAO; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--ALTERNATIVE FUELS FOR TRANSPORTATION
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 
held an oversight hearing on the Energy and Mineral Requirements for 
Renewable and Alternative Fuels Used for Transportation and Other 
Purposes. Testimony was heard from W. David Menzi, Chief, Minerals 
Information Team, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior; 
and public witnesses.
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, MILITARY QUALITY OF LIFE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS 
APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, an open rule providing one 
hour of general debate 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. Finally, 
the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
OVERSIGHT--EPA GRANTS MANAGEMENT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held an oversight hearing on EPA Grants 
Management 2003-2006: Progress and Challenge. Testimony was heard from 
John B. Stephenson, Director, National Resources and Environment, GAO; 
and the following officials of the EPA: Bill A. Roderick, Acting 
Inspector General; Luis A. Luna, Assistant Administrator, Office of 
Administration and Resources Management; and Donald S. Welsh, 
Administrator, Region III.
BRIEFING--DENIAL AND DECEPTION
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Policy met in executive session to receive a briefing on 
Denial and Deception. The Subcommittee was briefed by departmental 
witnesses.


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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D 486)
  H.R. 4297, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201(b) 
of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2006. Signed 
on May 17, 2006. (Public Law 109-222)
  H.J. Res. 83, to memorialize and honor the contribution of Chief 
Justice William H. Rehnquist. Signed on May 18, 2006. (Public Law 109-
223)
  S. 1382, to require the Secretary of the Interior to accept the 
conveyance of certain land, to be held in trust for the benefit of the 
Puyallup Indian tribe. Signed on May 18, 2006. (Public Law 109-224)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2006-05-19

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 19, 2006

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and 
Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to 
examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2007 for the 
National Institutes of Health, 8:30 a.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business 
meeting to consider the nominations of Robert J. Portman, of Ohio, 
to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Robert Irwin 
Cusick, Jr., of Kentucky, to be Director of the Office of Government 
Ethics, and David L. Norquist, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial 
Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Time to be announced, S-
207, Capitol.


                                 House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, 
Export Financing, and Related Programs, to mark up the Foreign 
Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs appropriations 
for Fiscal Year 2007, 8 a.m., H-140 Capitol.


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

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        10 a.m., Friday, May 19

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 2611, 
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                         9 a.m., Friday, May 19

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: H.R. 5385--Military Quality of Life and Veterans 
Affairs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Subject to a Rule). 


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