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                                             Thursday, May 25, 2006

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 2611, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5135-S5301
Measures Introduced: Two hundred and six bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 3035-3240, and S. Res. 494-495. 
                                                         Pages S5226-30
Measures Reported:
  H.R. 2066, to amend title 40, United States Code, to establish a 
Federal Acquisition Service, to replace the General Supply Fund and the 
Information Technology Fund with an Acquisition Services Fund, with 
amendments. (S. Rept. No. 109-257)
  S. 2127, to redesignate the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in 
the State of Virginia as the ``Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National 
Wildlife Refuge''. (S. Rept. No. 109-258)
  S. 3237, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2007 for the 
intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States 
Government, the Intelligence Community Management Account, and the 
Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System. (S. Rept. 
No. 109-259)
  S. Res. 312, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the need 
for the United States to address global climate change through the 
negotiation of fair and effective international commitments, and with 
an amended preamble.
  S. 559, to make the protection of vulnerable populations, especially 
women and children, who are affected by a humanitarian emergency a 
priority of the United States Government, with amendments.
  S. 1950, to promote global energy security through increased 
cooperation between the United States and India in diversifying sources 
of energy, stimulating development of alternative fuels, developing and 
deploying technologies that promote the clean and efficient use of 
coal, and improving energy efficiency, with amendments.
  S. 2039, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public 
defenders.
  S. 2200, to establish a United States-Poland parliamentary youth 
exchange program, with amendments.
  S. 2560, to reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  S. 2566, to provide for coordination of proliferation interdiction 
activities and conventional arms disarmament, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
  S. 2697, to establish the position of the United States Ambassador 
for ASEAN, with amendments.
Page S5226
Measures Passed:
  Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act: By 62 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 
157), Senate passed S. 2611, to provide for comprehensive immigration 
reform, after taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S5135-91
Adopted:
  By 51 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 152), Bingaman Amendment No. 4131, to 
limit the total number of aliens, including spouses and children, 
granted employment-based legal permanent resident status to 650,000 
during any fiscal year.
Pages S5141-46
  By 52 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 153), Feingold Amendment No. 4083, to 
strike the provision prohibiting a court from staying the removal of an 
alien in certain circumstances.
Pages S5146-53, S5188
  By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 155), Ensign Amendment No. 4136, to 
ensure the integrity of the Earned Income Tax Credit program by 
reducing the potential for fraud and to ensure that aliens who receive 
an adjustment of this status under this bill meet their obligation to 
pay back taxes without creating a burden on the American public. 
                                                  Pages S5160-88, S5189
  By 56 yeas to 41 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 156), Specter/
Kennedy Amendment No. 4188, to make certain revisions to the bill. 
                                                         Pages S5189-90

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Rejected:
  By 49 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 151), Cornyn Amendment No. 4097, to 
modify the requirements for confidentiality of certain information 
submitted by an alien seeking an adjustment of status under section 
245B.
Pages S5135-41
  By 37 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 154), Sessions Amendment No. 4108, to 
limit the application of the Earned Income Tax Credit. 
                                               Pages S5153-60, S5188-89
  A unanimous-consent request was granted permitting Senator Landrieu 
to change her aye vote to a nay vote on Vote No. 131, changing the 
outcome of the vote to 62 yeas to 35 nays relative to 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, agreed 
to on Thursday, May 18, 2006.
Page S5190
  National Vigil for Lost Promise: Senate agreed to S. Res. 495, 
designating June 8, 2006, as the day of a National Vigil for Lost 
Promise.
  Page S5272
  Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act: Senate passed S. 2856, to 
provide regulatory relief and improve productivity for insured 
depository institutions.
  Pages S5272-83
  Cuban Dissident: Senate agreed to S. Res. 469, condemning the April 
25, 2006, beating and intimidation of Cuban dissident Martha Beatriz 
Roque.
  Page S5283
  National Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Week: Committee on 
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further 
consideration of S. Res. 236, recognizing the need to pursue research 
into the causes, a treatment, and an eventual cure for idiopathic 
pulmonary fibrosis, supporting the goals and ideals of National 
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Week, and the resolution was 
then agreed to.
  Pages S5283-84
  San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Coin Act: Committee on Banking, 
Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of 
H.R. 1953, 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'', and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure 
for the President.
  Page S5284
  American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act: Senate 
passed 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.
  Pages S5284-85
  Fourteenth Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal Act: Senate passed S. 
2784, to award a congressional gold medal to the Fourteenth Dalai Lama 
in recognition of his many enduring and outstanding contributions to 
peace, non-violence, human rights, and religious understanding. 
                                                         Pages S5284-85
  Lewis and Clark Commemorative Coin Correction Act: Senate passed H.R. 
5401, to amend section 308 of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 
Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act to make certain clarifying and 
technical amendments, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                         Pages S5284-85
Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act:Senate concurred in the amendments 
of the House of Representatives to S. 1235, to amend title 38, United 
States Code, to improve and extend housing, insurance, outreach, and 
benefits programs provided under the laws administered by the Secretary 
of Veterans Affairs, to improve and extend employment programs for 
veterans under laws administered by the Secretary of Labor, clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Pages S5285-95
Kavanaugh Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of 
Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the District of Columbia Circuit.
  Pages S5191-S5208
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 67 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 158), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Page S5191
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 8:45 a.m. 
on Friday, May 26, 2006, Senate continue consideration of the 
nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh (listed above) and that following the 
disposition of the nomination, Senate vote on confirmation of the 
nomination of General Michael V. Hayden, USAF, to be Director of the 
Central Intelligence Agency; provided further, that if the nomination 
of General Michael V. Hayden is confirmed, the Senate then immediately 
vote on confirmation of the nomination of Michael V. Hayden for 
appointment in the United States Air Force to the grade indicated while 
assigned to a position of importance and responsibility under title 10, 
U.S.C., section 601, to be General; that following those votes Senator 
Nelson (FL) be recognized to speak for up to five minutes and the 
Senate then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of 
Dirk Kempthorne, of Idaho, to be Secretary of the Interior; provided 
further, that if cloture is invoked, Senator Landrieu be recognized for 
up to ten minutes,

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and the Senate then vote on confirmation of the nomination of Dirk 
Kempthorne.
Page S5296
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Robert O. Blake, Jr., of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Democratic 
Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently and without 
additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives.
  Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, of the District of Columbia, to be Associate 
Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of 
fifteen years.
  Phyllis D. Thompson, of the District of Columbia, to be Associate 
Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of 
fifteen years.
  Elizabeth Dougherty, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of 
the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2009.
  3 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  40 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  Routine lists in the Army, Navy.
Page S5301
Messages From the House:
  Page S5224
Measures Referred:
  Page S5224
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S5224
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S5224
Executive Communications:
  Pages S5224-26
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S5226
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5230-33
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5233-59
Additional Statements:
  Pages S5219-24
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S5259-70
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Pages S5270-71
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S5271-72
Record Votes: Eight record votes were taken today. (Total--158) 
                         Pages S5141, S5146, S5188, S5189, S5190, S5191
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:15 a.m., and adjourned at 10:06 p.m., 
until 8:45 a.m., on Friday, May 26, 2006. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5296.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
HADITHA INCIDENT
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing on the status of on-going investigations into an incident 
involving Iraqi civilians on November 19, 2005, near Haditha, from 
Brigadier General John F. Kelly, USMC, Legislative Assistant to the 
Commandant of the Marine Corps.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  An original bill to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 
to restore the financial solvency of the flood insurance fund; and
  The nominations of Armando J. Bucelo, Jr., and Todd S. Farha, both of 
Florida, each to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection 
Corporation, Jon T. Rymer, of Tennessee, to be Inspector General, 
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, John W. Cox, of Texas, to be 
Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 
and William Hardiman, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences.
TELECOM REFORM: NET NEUTRALITY AND INTERCONNECTION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee resumed 
hearings to examine S. 2686, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 
and for other purposes, focusing on policies that will increase 
investment in network technologies to promote facilities-based 
competition, receiving testimony from Paul Misener, Amazon.com, Tom 
Tauke, Verizon, Timothy J. Regan, Corning Incorporated, Ben Scott, Free 
Press, on behalf of Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America, 
and Earl W. Comstock, COMPTEL, all of Washington, D.C.; and Roger J. 
Cochetti, Computing Technology Industry Association, Arlington, 
Virginia.
  Hearings continue on Tuesday, June 13.
COAL-BASED ELECTRIC GENERATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the outlook for growth of coal-fired electric 
generation and whether sufficient supplies of coal will be available to 
supply electric generators on a timely basis both in the near term and 
in the future, after receiving testimony from Howard Gruenspecht, 
Deputy Administrator, Energy Information Administration, Department of 
Energy; Robert McLennan, Tri-State Generation and

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Transmission Association, Inc., Westminster, Colorado; Steven Jackson, 
Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Atlanta; Edward R. Hamberger, 
Association of American Railroads, Washington, D.C.; David Wilks, Xcel 
Energy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on behalf of the Edison Electric 
Institute and Consumers United for Rail Equity; and Robert K. Sahr, 
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Pierre, on behalf of the 
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
U.N. REFORM
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the current status of reform efforts at the United Nations 
(U.N.), focusing on the U.N.'s Office of Internal Oversight Services 
(OIOS), the Human Rights Council, and critical issues confronting the 
U.N. Security Council, including Iran, Darfur, Lebanon, and Burma, 
after receiving testimony from John R. Bolton, United States Permanent 
Representative to the United Nations, Department of State.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Michael E. Ranneberger, of Virginia, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya, Eric M. Bost, of Texas, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, W. Stuart Symington IV, of 
Missouri, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, who was 
introduced by Representative Skelton, and Gayleatha Beatrice Brown, of 
New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, after the 
nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
BUDGET PROCESS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and 
International Security concluded an oversight hearing to examine 
Congress' role and effectiveness in the Federal budget process, as well 
as ways it can improve the management of Federal funds, including 
restoration of realistic discretionary caps, application of pay-as-you-
go discipline to both mandatory spending and revenue legislation, the 
use of ``triggers'' for some mandatory programs, and better reporting 
of fiscal exposures, after receiving testimony from former 
Representative Timothy Penny; David M. Walker, Comptroller General of 
the United States, Government Accountability Office; James C. Miller, 
III, former Director, Office of Management and Budget; Douglas Holtz-
Eakin, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, New York; and Chris 
Edwards, Cato Institute, and Maya C. MacGuineas, New America 
Foundation, and Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, both of 
Washington, DC.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the nominations of R. David Paulison, of 
Florida, to be Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Federal 
Emergency Management, and Lurita Alexis Doan, of Virginia, to be 
Administrator of General Services.
SUBPOENA
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions:Committee approved 
the issuance of a subpoena for the Institute of Medicine to release 
material relevant to the immunization safety review committee.
INDIAN EDUCATION
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine Indian education programs, including the status of academic 
achievement of Indian children, after receiving testimony from James E. 
Cason, Associate Deputy Secretary, and Kevin Skenandore, Acting 
Director, Office of Indian Education Programs, both of the Department 
of the Interior; Darla Marburger, Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Elementary and Secondary Education, Cathie Carothers, Acting Director, 
Office of Indian Education, and Thomas Corwin, Director, Division of 
Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Analysis, Budget Service, all of 
the Department of Education; Bernie Teba, New Mexico Children, Youth 
and Families Department, Santa Fe; Ryan Wilson, National Indian 
Education Association, Washington, D.C.; Ivan Small, National 
Association of Federally Impacted Schools, Poplar, Montana, on behalf 
of the National Indian Impacted Schools Association, and the National 
Association of Federally Impacted Schools; Beth Kirsch, WGBH, Boston, 
Massachusetts; and David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College, 
Bismarck, North Dakota.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 2039, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public 
defenders;
  S. 2560, to reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  The nominations of Sandra Segal Ikuta, of California, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, and Erik C. Peterson, of 
Wisconsin, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of 
Wisconsin, and Gary D. Orton, of Nevada, to be United States Marshal 
for the District of Nevada, both of the Department of Justice.

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LEGALIZED ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil 
Rights, and Property Rights concluded a hearing to examine the 
consequences of legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia, after 
receiving testimony from Senator Wyden; Hendrick Reitsema, Eck en Wiel, 
The Netherlands; Jonathan Imbody, Christian Medical Association, 
Ashburn, Virginia; Wesley Smith, Discovery Institute, Castro Valley, 
California; Kathryn Tucker, University of Washington School of Law, 
Seattle; Rita Marker, International Taskforce on Euthanasia and 
Assisted Suicide, Steubenville, Ohio; Ann Jackson, Oregon Hospice 
Association, and Julie McMurchie, both of Portland, Oregon; and Diane 
Coleman, Not Dead Yet, Forest Park, Illinois.
VA DATA PRIVACY BREACH
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Committee concluded joint hearings with 
the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to examine 
the Department of Veterans Affairs data privacy breach, focusing on the 
recent theft of computer material that contained the names and Social 
Security numbers of 26.5 million veterans, after receiving testimony 
from R. James Nicholson, Secretary, and George J. Opfer, Inspector 
General, both of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
PANDEMIC FLU
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the 
nation's preparedness for a potential human influenza pandemic, 
focusing on strategy and threat assessment, and the possible impact on 
the elderly, after receiving testimony from Michael O. Leavitt, 
Secretary of Health and Human Services; J. Steven Cline, North Carolina 
Department of Health and Human Services, Raleigh; and Nancy Donegan, 
Washington Hospital Center/MedStar, Washington, D.C., on behalf of the 
American Hospital Association.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 44 public bills, H.R. 5477-
5520; and 12 resolutions, H.J. Res. 87; H. Con. Res. 417-421; and H. 
Res. 843-848, were introduced.
  Pages H3306-08, H3358-61
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H3308-09, H3361-62
Reports Filed: Reports filed were filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 842, providing for consideration of the H.R. 5254 to set 
schedules for the consideration of permits for refineries (H. Rept. 
109-482);
  Report on the Revised Suballocation of Budget Allocations for Fiscal 
Year 2007 (H. Rept. 109-483); and
  H. Res. 809, directing the Secretary of the Department of Homeland 
Security to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 
days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents in the 
Secretary's possession relating to any existing or previous agreement 
between the Department of Homeland Security and Shirlington Limousine 
and Transportation, Incorporated, of Arlington, Virginia, adversely (H. 
Rept. 109-484).
Pages H3306, H3358
American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act: The House passed H.R. 5429, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish and implement a 
competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an 
environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and 
production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain of Alaska, 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 209. 
                                               Pages H3245-59, H3267-68
  Rejected Mr. Miller of California motion to recommit the bill to the 
Committee on Resources with instructions to report the same back to the 
House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 201 yeas to 
223 nays, Roll No. 208, after ordering the previous question. 
                                               Pages H3258-59, H3266-67
  H. Res. 835, the rule providing for further consideration of the 
measure was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 184 nays, 
Roll No. 207, after agreeing to order the previous question without 
objection.
Pages H3236-45
Board of Visitors to the United States Coast Guard Academy--
Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of 
Representative Taylor of Mississippi to the Board of Visitors to the 
United States Coast Guard Academy.
  Page H3268
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007: The House 
began consideration on

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H.R. 5441, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007. Further 
consideration will resume at a later date.
  Pages H3269-H3301, H3311-29, H3330-43
  Agreed to limit the number of amendments made in order for debate and 
the time limit for debate on each amendment.
Pages H3329-30
Agreed to:
  Sabo amendment to increase funding for the Fire Grant and Safer 
Program by $112 million;
Pages H3290-92
  Stupak amendment to increase funding (by offset) for the Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement by $5,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 348 ayes 
to 74 noes, Roll No. 215);
Pages H3296-97, H3316
  Lynch amendment to increase funding (by offset) for intercity rail 
passenger transportation, freight rail, and transit security grants by 
$50,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 216);
                                            Pages H3298-H3300, H3316-17
  King of Iowa to increase funding (by offset) for Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement by $2 million;
Pages H3322-23
  Mica amendment to include the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure as a recipient of a report on the April 25, 2006, 
unmanned aerial vehicle mishap;
Page H3324
  Fossella amendment that adds $20 million to be used in high threat, 
high-density areas;
Pages H3325-28
  Jindal amendment to increase funding (by offset) for real time 
capabilities assessments by $9 million;
Pages H3328-29
  Jindal amendment to reduce FEMA waste, fraud and abuse with respect 
to identity verification;
Page H3329
  Mica amendment to prohibit use of funds in the bill to recruit, hire, 
or employ nonscreener personnel except for aviation security inspectors 
and regulatory staff;
Pages H3335-36
  Rogers of Kentucky en bloc amendments comprised of two amendments 
offered by Messrs. Gordon and Engel to prohibit funds in the Act from 
being used in contravention of section 303 of the Energy Policy Act of 
1992 and to prohibit funds made available by the Act from being used 
for any application for a deepwater port for natural gas with respect 
to which Massachusetts is designated as an adjacent coastal State under 
the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 until the Commandant of the Coast Guard 
submits a report to Congress assessing energy needs and conducts, 
completes and submits a report on a study on the costs of providing 
security for the proposed deepwater ports;
Page H3338
  Pickering amendment to limit funding on certain FEMA contracts; 
                                                             Page H3339
  Marshall amendment to increase funding (by offset) for the employment 
verification program under USCIS by $20 million (by a recorded vote of 
358 ayes to 63 noes, Roll No. 220);
Pages H3319-20, H3341
Rejected:
  King of Iowa amendment that sought to increase funding for use of 
constructing a border fence along the southern international border; 
                                                             Page H3294
  Kucinich amendment that sought to increase funding for FEMA by 
$500,000 (by a recorded vote of 170 ayes to 251 noes, Roll No. 211); 
                                               Pages H3292-93, H3313-14
  Brown of Ohio amendment (No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record of 
May 24th) that sought to redirect funding of the Office of the 
Secretary and Executive Management (by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 
255 noes, Roll No. 212);
Pages H3293-94, H3314
  Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment that sought to increase funding for 
the Office of Grants and Training by $3 million (by a recorded vote of 
173 ayes to 249 noes, Roll No. 213);
Pages H3294-95, H3314-15
  Langevin amendment that sought to increase funding (by offset) for 
the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office by $36,000,000 (by a recorded 
vote of 205 ayes to 216 noes, Roll No. 214);
Pages H3295-96, H3315-16
  Pascrell amendment that sought to increase funding (by offset) for 
Emergency Management Performance Grants by $40,000,000 (by a recorded 
vote of 188 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 217);
Pages H3301-12, H3317-18
  Markey amendment that sought to increase funding (by offset) for 
training, exercises, technical assistance, and other programs by 
$14,700,000 (by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 218);
                                                  Pages H3312-13, H3318
  Poe amendment (No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record of May 24th) 
that sought to increase funding (by transfer) by $41 million for the 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Salaries and Expenses account to 
facilitate agreements under the 287(g) program for state and local law 
enforcement training and agreements to enforce federal immigration law. 
The amendment reduces by $41 million the Chief Information Officer 
account for information technology;
Pages H3320-22
  Jackson-Lee amendment that sought to prohibit use of funds to 
terminate financial assistance for Katrina evacuees in Houston; 
                                                         Pages H3336-37
  DeFazio amendment that sought to increase funding (by offset) for the 
Office of Inspector General by $11,500,000 (by a recorded vote of 200 
ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 219);
Pages H3318-19, H3340

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  Nadler amendment that sought to strike language regarding the Sodium 
Iodide Manufacturing Program (by a recorded vote of 117 ayes to 248 
noes, Roll No. 221); and
Pages H3332-33, H3341-42
  Tancredo amendment that sought to add a new section to prohibit funds 
in the bill to be used to administer any extension of designation made 
under the Immigration and Nationality Act before the date of the 
enactment of this Act with respect to Guatemala, Honduras, or Nicaragua 
(by a recorded vote of 134 ayes to 284 noes, Roll No. 222). 
                                                  Pages H3337-38, H3342
Withdrawn:
  DeFazio amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which 
sought to increase funding (by offset) for the Office of Inspector 
General by $15,000,000; and
Pages H3300-01
  Marshall amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn which 
sought to increase funds for Citizenship and Immigration Services by 
$20 million offset by reducing, by $20 million, funds from the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Management.
Page H3319
Point of Order sustained against:
  Markey amendment that sought to increase funding (by offset) for the 
Under Secretary for Preparedness by $35,000,000;
Pages H3297-98
  Reyes amendment that sought to add $1.950 billion (with no offset) to 
the Customs and Border Protection account;
Page H3323
  Reyes amendment that sought to increase funding (with no offset) for 
necessary detention bed space, personnel, and removal costs by 
approximately $2.1 billion in order to end ``catch and release''; 
                                                         Pages H3324-25
  The proviso, beginning on page 38, line 11, beginning with the comma 
and extending through funds on line 14, against the content of the 
measure;
Page H3332
  The proviso, (Sec. 536), beginning on page 62, line 1, and ending on 
page 62, line 17, sought to change existing law and constituted 
legislation in an appropriations bill; and
Page H3335
  Tierney amendment sought to prohibit funds made available by the Act 
from being used for any application for a deepwater port for natural 
gas with respect to which Massachusetts is designated as an adjacent 
coastal State under the Deepwater Port Act of 1974 until the Commandant 
of the Coast Guard submits a report to Congress assessing energy needs 
and conducts, completes and submits a report on a study on the costs of 
providing security for the proposed deepwater ports.
Pages H3338-39
  H. Res. 836, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by voice vote, after agreeing to order the previous question 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 217 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 210. 
                                                  Pages H3259-66, H3268
Late Reports: Agreed that the Committee on Appropriations have until 
midnight on June 5 to file a privileged report, making appropriations 
for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the 
fiscal year 2007; and
  Page H3330
  Agreed that the Committee on Appropriations have until midnight on 
June 2 to file a privileged report, making appropriations for the 
Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 2007.
Page H3330
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2006, unless it sooner has received a 
message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 
418, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that 
resolution.
  Pages H3339-40
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed the Honorable Mac Thornberry and the Honorable Roy Blunt to 
act as Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions 
through June 6, 2006.
  Page H3343
Providing for a recess of the House for a Joint Meeting to receive Her 
Excellency Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia: Agreed that it 
may be in order at any time on Wednesday, June 7, 2006, for the Speaker 
to declare a recess, subject to the call of the chair, for the purpose 
of receiving in Joint Meeting Her Excellency Vaira Vike-Freiberga, 
President of Latvia.
  Page H3343
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed by unanimous consent to dispense with the 
Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, June 7, 2006.
  Page H3343
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H3229.
Senate Referrals: S. 1773 was referred to the Committee on Resources. 
                                                      Page H3302, H3354
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and twelve recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3244-45, 
H3266-67, H3267-68, H3268, H3313-14, H3314, H3314-15, H3315-16, H3316, 
H3316-17, H3317-18, H3318, H3340, H3341, H3341-42, and H3342. There 
were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at midnight on Thursday, May 
25, pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 418, stands adjourned 
until 4 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2006, unless it sooner has received a 
message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in that 
resolution, in which

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case the House shall stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 
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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D563-D565]
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Committee Meetings
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING, AND 
RELATED APPROPRIATIONS FY 2007; REVISED SUBALLOCATION OF BUDGET 
ALLOCATIONS FY 2007
Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007: Legislative Branch; and 
the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs.
  The Committee also approved Revised Suballocation of Budget 
Allocations for Fiscal Year 2007.
DOD HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on Applying Lessons Learned 
From Hurricane Katrina: How the Department of Defense Is Preparing for 
the Upcoming Hurricane Season. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: Paul McHale, Assistant 
Secretary, Homeland Defense; LTG H. Steven Blum, USA, Chief, National 
Guard Bureau; and MG Richard J. Rowe, USA, Director, Operations, U.S. 
Northern Command; MG C. Mark Bowen, USA (ret.), The Adjutant General, 
State of Alabama; and MG Douglas Burnett, USAF, The Adjutant General, 
State of Florida.
LINE-ITEM VETO
Committee on the Budget: Held a hearing on the Line-Item Veto, 
Perspectives on Applications and Effects. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
MOTOR VEHICLE OWNERS' RIGHT TO REPAIR ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
H.R. 2048, Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act of 2005.
SEC INVESTOR PROTECTION
Committee on Financial Services: Continued hearings entitled 
``Protecting Investors and Fostering Efficient Markets: A Review of the 
S.E.C. Agenda.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OFFICE OF THRIFT SUPERVISION OVERSIGHT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Office of 
Thrift Supervision.'' Testimony was heard from John M. Reich, Director, 
Office of Thrift Supervision; and public witnesses.
NUCLEAR SMUGGLING PREVENTION
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear 
and Biological Attack held a hearing entitled ``Enlisting Foreign 
Cooperation in U.S. Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling.'' Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the Department of Homeland 
Security: Jayson Ahern, Assistant Commissioner, Field Operations, 
Customs and Border Protection; and Vayl Oxford, Director, Domestic 
Nuclear Detection Office; David Huizenga, Assistant Deputy 
Administrator, International Material Protection and Cooperation, 
National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy; and 
Frank Record, Acting Assistant Secretary, International Security and 
Nonproliferation, Department of State.
OVERSIGHT--SMITHSONIAN BUSINESS VENTURES
Committee on House Administration: Held a hearing entitled ``Oversight 
Hearing on the Smithsonian Business Ventures.'' Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Smithsonian Institution: Lawrence 
M. Small, Secretary; Alice C. Maroni, Chief Financial Officer; Gary M. 
Beer, Chief Executive Officer, Smithsonian Business Ventures; and John 
E. Huerta, General Counsel; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on International Relations: Favorably considered the 
following measures and adopted a motion urging the Chairman to request 
that they be considered on the Suspension Calendar: H.R. 860, To 
provide for the conveyance of the reversionary interest of the United 
States in certain lands to the Clint Independent School District, El 
Paso County, Texas; H.R. 5247, amended, Support for the Museum of the 
History of the Polish Jews Act of 2006; H.R. 5333, Shoulder-fired 
Missile Threat Reduction Act of 2006; H. Con. Res. 338, Expressing the 
sense of Congress regarding the activities of Islamist terrorist 
organizations in the Western Hemisphere; H. Con. Res. 408, amended, 
Commending the Government of Canada for its renewed commitment to the 
Global War on Terror; H. Con. Res. 409, Commemorating the 60th 
anniversary of the ascension to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol 
Adulyadej of Thailand; H. Res. 608, amended, Condemning the escalating 
levels of religious persecution in the People's Republic of China; H. 
Res. 784, Commending and supporting Radio Al Mahaba, Iraq's first and 
only radio station for women; H. Res. 792, Recognizing the 40th 
anniversary of the independence of Guyana and extending best wishes to 
Guyana for peace and

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further progress, development, and prosperity; H. Res. 794, amended, 
Recognizing the 17th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, 
Beijing, in the People's Republic of China; H. Res. 799, Congratulating 
the people of Ukraine for conducting free, fair, and transparent 
parliamentary elections on March 26, 2006, and commending their 
commitment to democracy and reform; H. Res. 804, Condemning the 
unauthorized, inappropriate, and coerced ordination of Catholic bishops 
by the People's Republic of China; and H. Res. 828, Commending the 
people of Mongolia, on the 800th anniversary of Mongolian statehood, 
for building strong, democratic institutions, and expressing the 
support of the House of Representatives for efforts by the United 
States to continue to strengthen its partnership with that country.
WORLD HUNGER CRISIS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa, Global 
Human Rights and International Operations held a hearing on the World 
Hunger Crisis. Testimony was heard from Michael E. Hess, Assistant 
Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian 
Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of 
State; Tony P. Hall, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 
Organization for Food and Agriculture; and public witnesses.
  The Subcommittee also held a briefing on this subject. The 
Subcommittee was briefed by James T. Morris, Executive Director, United 
Nations World Food Program.
A.Q. KHAN NETWORK: CASE CLOSED?
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Terrorism and Nonproliferation held a hearing on the A.Q. Khan Network: 
Case Closed? Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
U.S.-CANADA RELATIONS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on the Western 
Hemisphere held a hearing on U.S.-Canada Relations. Testimony was heard 
from David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary, Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce; and 
Elizabeth A. Whitaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mexico, Canada, and 
Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of 
State.
  The Subcommittee also held a briefing on this subject. The 
Subcommittee was briefed by His Excellency Michael Wilson, Ambassador 
of Canada to the United States.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, as amended, the following 
bills: H.R. 5417, Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006; 
H.R. 4777, Internet Gambling Prohibition Act; H.R. 4411, Unlawful 
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006; H.R. 4894, To provide for 
certain access to national crime information databases by schools and 
educational agencies for employment purposes, with respect to 
individuals who work with children; H.R. 5318, Cyber-Security 
Enhancement and Consumer Data Protection Act of 2006; and H.R. 4127, 
Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA).
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks held a hearing 
on the following bills: H.R. 4275, To amend Public Law 106-348 to 
extend the authorization for establishing a memorial in the District of 
Columbia or its environs to honor veterans who became disabled while 
serving in the Armed Forces of the United States; H.R. 5057, To 
authorize the Marion Park Project and Committee of the Palmetto 
Conservation Foundation to establish a commemorative work on Federal 
land in the District of Columbia, and its environs to honor BG Francis 
Marion; and S. 1627, Delaware National Coastal Special Resources Study 
Act. Testimony was heard from Senator Carper; Representatives Kelly and 
Castle; Don Murphy, Deputy Director, National Park Service, Department 
of the Interior; Timothy A. Slavin, Director, Division of Historical 
and Cultural Affairs, State of Delaware; and public witnesses.
REFINERY PERMIT PROCESS SCHEDULE ACT
Committee on Rules: Committee granted, by a vote of 9 to 4, a closed 
rule providing 1 hour of debate in the House on H.R. 5254, Refinery 
Permit Process Schedule Act, equally divided and controlled by the 
chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of 
the bill. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit. Testimony 
was heard from Chairman Barton and Representatives Dingell and Allen.
UNLOCKING CHARITABLE GIVING
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, 
Agriculture and Technology held a hearing entitled ``Unlocking 
Charitable Giving.'' Testimony was heard from Representative Blunt; and 
public witnesses.

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OVERSIGHT--RECENT THEFT OF SENSITIVE INFORMATION REGARDING MILLIONS OF 
VETERANS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Held an oversight hearing on the recent 
theft of sensitive information belonging to as many as 26.5 million 
veterans and spouses from a VA employee's home. Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs: R. 
James Nicholson, Secretary; and George J. Opfer, Inspector General; and 
public witnesses.
CHARITIES' EMPLOYMENT TAX COMPLIANCE
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing 
on Charities and Employment Taxes: Are Charities in the Combined 
Federal Campaign Meeting their Employment Tax Responsibilities? 
Testimony was heard from Gregory D. Kutz, Managing Director, Forensic 
Audits and Special Investigations, GAO; Steven T. Miller, Commissioner, 
Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division, IRS, Department of the 
Treasury; and James S. Green, Associate General Counsel, Compensation, 
Benefits, Products and Services Group, OPM.
BRIEFING--GLOBAL UPDATES/HOTSPOTS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Global Updates/Hotspots. The Committee was 
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2006-05-26

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[Page D565]
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 26, 2006

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, hearing on Media's 
Role and Responsibilities on Leaks of Classified Information, 10 
a.m., 2118 Rayburn.


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

[Daily Digest]
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       8:45 a.m., Friday, May 26

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of the 
nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to be United States 
Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, with a vote 
expected on confirmation of the nomination; following which, Senate 
will consider and vote on the nomination General Michael V. Hayden, 
USAF, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and then vote 
on confirmation of the nomination of Michael V. Hayden for appointment 
in the United States Air Force to be General; following which, Senate 
will resume consideration of the nomination of Dirk Kempthorne, of 
Idaho, to be Secretary of the Interior, with a vote on the motion to 
invoke cloture thereon, and if cloture is invoked, Senate will vote on 
confirmation of the nomination.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        2 p.m., Tuesday, June 6

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Tuesday: To be announced. 


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