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Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 87 (Thursday, June 29, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D729-D731]
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                                            Thursday, June 29, 2006

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 3569, U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement.
      Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 440, Adjournment Resolution.
      The House passed H.R. 5672--Science, State, Justice, Commerce, 
      and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007.
      House Committees ordered reported 10 sundry measures.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6729-S7260
Measures Introduced: Thirty-four bills and four resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 3596-3629, S.J. Res. 40, and S. Res. 524-
526.
  Pages S6786-87
Measures Reported:
  S. 2023, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to improve that Act, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 109-272)
  H.R. 5441, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 109-273)
  H.R. 5427, making appropriations for energy and water development for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 109-274)
  H.R. 5386, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, 
environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2007, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  S. Res. 460, expressing the sense of the Senate that the United 
States should increase its support to the people of Somalia in their 
efforts to end decades of violence, establish lasting peace, form a 
democratically elected and stable central government, and become an 
effective partner in eradicating radicalism and terrorism from their 
country and the region.
  S. 1554, to establish an intergovernmental grant program to identify 
and develop homeland security information, equipment, capabilities, 
technologies, and services to further the homeland security of the 
United States and to address the homeland security needs of Federal, 
State, and local governments, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  S. Con. Res. 105, commending the Government of Canada for its renewed 
commitment to the Global War on Terror in Afghanistan.
Pages S6783-84
Measures Passed:
  U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement: By 60 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 190), 
Senate passed S. 3569, to implement the United States-Oman Free Trade 
Agreement.
  Pages S6746-70
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 440, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page S7176
  Printing Authority: Senate passed S.J. Res. 40, authorizing the 
printing and binding of a supplement to, and revised edition of, Senate 
Procedure.
  Page S7176
  Louis Braille Bicentennial--Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act: 
Senate passed S. 2321, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint 
coins in commemoration of Louis Braille.
  Pages S7176-78
  Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin Act: Senate passed S. 811, to 
require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of 
the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
  Pages S7178-80
  Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy 
Promotion Act: Senate passed S. 2125, to promote relief, security, and 
democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after agreeing to 
the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S7178-80

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  McConnell (for Obama) Amendment No. 4545, to make certain 
improvements to the bill.
Pages S7178-79
  Recognizing the FDA: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions was discharged from further consideration of H. Con. Res. 426, 
recognizing the Food and Drug Administration of the Department of 
Health and Human Services on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of 
the passage of the Food and Drugs Act for the important service it 
provides to the Nation, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                         Pages S7180-81
  Job Training Improvement Act: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, 
and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 27, to 
enhance the workforce investment system of the Nation by strengthening 
one-stop career centers, providing for more effective governance 
arrangements, promoting access to a more comprehensive array of 
employment, training, and related services, establishing a targeted 
approach to serving youth, and improving performance accountability, 
and the bill was then passed, after striking all after the enacting 
clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 1021, Senate 
companion measure, agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of 
a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                      Pages S7181-S7257
  McConnell (for Enzi) Amendment No. 4546, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S7181-S7219
  Subsequently, S. 1021 was returned to the Senate calendar. 
                                                             Page S7219
Stem Cell Research Legislation--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that at a time determined by the 
Majority Leader, after consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate 
begin consideration en bloc of H.R. 810, to amend the Public Health 
Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research, and S. 
2754, to derive human pluripotent stem cell lines using techniques that 
do not knowingly harm embryos, and S. 3504, to amend the Public Health 
Service Act to prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of tissue from 
fetuses gestated for research purposes, that both bills be discharged 
from the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; that 
there be 12 hours of debate equally divided between the Majority and 
Democratic Leaders, or their designees; that no amendments be in order 
to any of the bills; that following the use, or yielding back of time, 
the bills be read a third time, respectively, and the Senate begin 
three consecutive votes on final passage of the bills in the following 
order: S. 3504, S. 2754, and H.R. 810; provided further, that any bill 
that does not receive 60 votes in the affirmative have its votes on 
passage be vitiated, and that those bills be returned to the calendar 
or to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and that 
it not be in order for the Senate to consider any bill or amendment 
relating to stem cell research during the remainder of the 109th 
Congress.
  Pages S7169-73
Pearce Nomination--Referral: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that the nomination of Drue Pearce, of Alaska, to be the 
Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, be 
discharged from the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation 
and be referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 
                                                             Page S7176
Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that during this adjournment of the Senate, the Majority 
Whip, and Senators Warner and Allen, be authorized to sign duly 
enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
  Page S7176
Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments--Agreement: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the 
adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President 
Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to 
make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or 
interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action 
of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
  Page S7176
Homeland Security Appropriations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 
2006, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 5441, making appropriations 
for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2007.
  Page S7257
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Michael L. Dominguez, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary of 
Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
  James B. Gulliford, of Missouri, to be Assistant Administrator for 
Toxic Substances of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  Michael E. Ranneberger, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic 
of Kenya.
  Robert D. McCallum, Jr., of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Australia.
  Jonann E. Chiles, of Arkansas, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 
13, 2008.

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  Daniel L. Cooper, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Benefits 
of the Department of Veterans Affairs for a term of four years.
  Eric M. Bost, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South 
Africa.
  John Clint Williamson, of Louisiana, to be Ambassador at Large for 
War Crimes Issues.
  Leslie V. Rowe, of Washington, to be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, 
and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as 
Ambassador to the Solomon Islands and Ambassador to the Republic of 
Vanuatu.
  Gaddi H. Vasquez, of California, for the rank of Ambassador during 
his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the United Nations 
Agencies for Food and Agriculture.
  Steven C. Preston, of Illinois, to be Administrator of the Small 
Business Administration.
  W. Stuart Symington IV, of Missouri, to be Ambassador to the Republic 
of Djibouti.
  Gayleatha Beatrice Brown, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the 
Republic of Benin.
  Peter R. Coneway, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Switzerland, and to 
serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to 
the Principality of Liechtenstein.
  Clifford M. Sobel, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Federative 
Republic of Brazil.
  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.
  Thomas C. Foley, of Connecticut, to be Ambassador to Ireland.
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
  2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy. 
                                                  Pages S7173-76, S7259
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Bruce I. Knight, of South Dakota, to be Under Secretary of 
Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
  Bruce I. Knight, of South Dakota, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
  Frank R. Jimenez, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Department 
of the Navy.
  Charles E. McQueary, of North Carolina, to be Director of Operational 
Test and Evaluation, Department of Defense.
  Frederic S. Mishkin, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of 
fourteen years from February 1, 2000.
  Edmund C. Moy, of Wisconsin, to be Director of the Mint for a term of 
five years.
  Nathaniel F. Wienecke, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Commerce.
  Donald C. Johnson, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Equatorial Guinea.
  Peter D. Keisler, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the District of Columbia Circuit.
  17 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Navy.
Pages S7258-59
Messages From the House:
  Pages S6781-82
Measures Referred:
  Page S6782
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S6782
Executive Communications:
  Pages S6782-83
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S6784-86
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6787-88
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S6788-S6812
Additional Statements:
  Pages S6779-81
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6812-52
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Pages S6852-53
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S6853
Privileges of the Floor:
  Pages S6853-54
Text of S. 2766, S. 2767, S. 2768, S. 2769, H.R. 5122, as previously 
passed
  Pages S6854-S7169
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--190) 
                                                             Page S6763
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and, pursuant to the 
provisions of H. Con. Res 440, adjourned at 7 p.m., until 2 p.m., on 
Monday, July 10, 2006. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the 
Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7258.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 87 (Thursday, June 29, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D731-D733]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: FOREIGN OPERATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, Subcommittee 
on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs approved for 
reporting to the full Committee H.R. 5522, making appropriations for 
foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute.

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BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  H.R. 5427, making appropriations for energy and water development for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  H.R. 5441, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  H.R. 5522, making appropriations for foreign operations, export 
financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2007, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  H.R. 5386, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, 
environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2007, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
NOMINATION
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nomination of James S. Simpson, of New York, to 
be Federal Transit Administrator, Department of Transportation.
U.S.-PERU TRADE PROMOTION AGREEMENT
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, after receiving testimony from 
Everett Eissenstat, Assistant United States Trade Representative for 
the Americas, Office of U.S. Trade Representative; Jon Stoner, Montana 
Grain Growers Association, Havre; Joy Philippi, National Pork Producers 
Council, Bruning, Nebraska; Leon Trammel, TRAMCO, Wichita, Kansas, on 
behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Association of American 
Chambers of Commerce in Latin America, and the U.S.-Peru Trade 
Coalition; Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.; and Brian D. 
O'Neill, J.P. Morgan, New York, New York.
SMALL BUSINESS PENSION PLANS
Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on Long-Term Growth and Debt 
Reduction held a hearing to examine how to increase pension coverage 
for small business employees, receiving testimony from Craig Copeland, 
Employee Benefit Research Institute, David C. John, Heritage 
Foundation, and J. Mark Iwry, Brookings Institution, all of Washington, 
D.C.; Steven P. Bjerke, Edward Jones Investments, Pendleton, Oregon; 
Daniel Hall, StanCorp Equities, Inc., Portland, Oregon; and Paula A. 
Calimafde, Small Business Council of America, Bethesda, Maryland.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the current status of political developments in Russia and the 
future of the United States-Russia relationship, and S. 2435, to 
increase cooperation on energy issues between the United States 
Government and foreign governments and entities in order to secure the 
strategic and economic interests of the United States, after receiving 
testimony from Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations, 
Washington, D.C.; Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center/Carnegie 
Endowment for International Peace, Moscow, Russia; and Amy Myers Jaffe, 
Rice University James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, 
Houston, Texas.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following business items:
  Protocol between the Government of the United States of America and 
the Government of the State of Israel, signed at Jerusalem on July 6, 
2005 (Treaty Doc. 109-3);
  An original bill, to exempt from certain requirements of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954 United States exports of nuclear materials, 
equipment and technology to India, and to implement the United States 
Additional Protocol;
  S. Res. 460, expressing the sense of the Senate that the United 
States should increase its support to the people of Somalia in their 
efforts to end decades of violence, establish lasting peace, form a 
democratically elected and stable central government, and become an 
effective partner in eradicating radicalism and terrorism from their 
country and the region;
  S. Con. Res. 105, commending the Government of Canada for its renewed 
commitment to the Global War on Terror in Afghanistan; and
  The nominations of Earl Anthony Wayne, of Maryland, to be Ambassador 
to Argentina, Gaddi H. Vasquez, of California, for the rank of 
Ambassador during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the 
United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, John Clint 
Williamson, of Louisiana, to be Ambassador at Large for War Crimes 
Issues, 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, Gayleatha Beatrice Brown, of 
New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, 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

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the Republic of Maldives, Robert D. McCallum, Jr., of Georgia, to be 
Ambassador to Australia, Leslie V. Rowe, of Washington, to be 
Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without 
additional compensation as Ambassador to the Solomon Islands and 
Ambassador to the Republic of Vanuatu, Clifford M. Sobel, of New 
Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, Peter R. 
Coneway, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Switzerland, and to serve 
concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the 
Principality of Liechtenstein, and Thomas C. Foley, of Connecticut, to 
be Ambassador to Ireland.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the 
District of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine S. 3492, to 
strengthen performance management in the Federal Government, to make 
the annual general pay increase for Federal employees contingent on 
performance, and S. 3584, to amend chapter 41 of title 5, United States 
Code, to provide for the establishment and authorization of funding for 
certain training programs for supervisors of Federal employees, after 
receiving testimony from Dan G. Blair, Deputy Director, Office of 
Personnel Management; Darryl Perkinson, Federal Managers Association, 
Alexandria, Virginia, on behalf of Government Managers Coalition; 
Colleen M. Kelley, National Treasury Employees Union, Jacqueline Simon, 
American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, and Patricia 
McGinnis, Council for Excellence in Government, all of Washington, D.C.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT REFORM
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and 
International Security concluded a hearing to examine the case for 
reform regarding community development block grants, focusing on issues 
surrounding program formulas, recipient communities, and management of 
grants within the Community Development Block program, including 
aspects of the reform package, the ``CDBG Reform Act of 2006'', after 
receiving testimony from Pamela H. Patenaude, Assistant Secretary for 
Community Planning and Development, and Kenneth M. Donohue, Inspector 
General, both of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; 
Eileen Norcross, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, 
Virginia; and Cardell Cooper, National Community Development 
Association, Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee began consideration of H.R. 1036, 
to amend title 17, United States Code, to make technical corrections 
relating to Copyright Royalty Judges, agreeing to an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute, and S. 155, to increase and enhance law 
enforcement resources committed to investigation and prosecution of 
violent gangs, to deter and punish violent gang crime, to protect law-
abiding citizens and communities from violent criminals, to revise and 
enhance criminal penalties for violent crimes, to reform and facilitate 
prosecution of juvenile gang members who commit violent crimes, to 
expand and improve gang prevention programs, agreeing to an amendment 
in the nature of a substitute, but did not take final action thereon, 
and recessed subject to call.
MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION RESTORATION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight 
and the Courts concluded a hearing to examine H.R. 1038, to amend title 
28, United States Code, to allow a judge to whom a case is transferred 
to retain jurisdiction over certain multidistrict litigation cases for 
trial, after receiving testimony from Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges, United 
States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Ocala; and 
Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., United States District Court for the 
Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta.
NOMINATION
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nomination of Steven C. Preston, of Illinois, to 
be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 87 (Thursday, June 29, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D734-D736]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 35 public bills, H.R. 5710-
5744; 1 private bill, H.R. 5745; and 11 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 440-
444; and H. Res. 900-905 were introduced.
  Pages H4914-17
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H4917-18
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 5417, to amend the Clayton Act with respect to competitive and 
nondiscriminatory access to the Internet, with an amendment (H. Rept. 
109-541);
  H.R. 4019, to amend title 4 of the United States Code to clarify the 
treatment of self-employment for purposes of the limitation on State 
taxation of retirement income, with an amendment (H. Rept. 109-542); 
and
  H.R. 2730, to establish a grant program to fund eligible joint 
ventures between United States and Israeli businesses and academic 
persons, to establish the International Energy Advisory Board, and for 
other purposes (H. Rept. 109-543).
Page H4914
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. W. Douglas 
Tanner, Jr., President, The Faith and Politics Institute, Washington, 
D.C.
  Page H4797
Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations 
Act, 2007: The House passed H.R. 5672, making appropriations for 
Science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, by a yea-and-
nay vote of 393 yeas to 23 nays, Roll No. 349. Consideration of the 
measure began on Tuesday, June 27th.
  Pages H4799-H4808
Agreed to:
  Andrew amendment to prohibit funds from being used to implement the 
revision to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 made on May 
29, 2003.
Page H4800
Rejected:
  Poe amendment (No. 18 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
26th) that sought to prohibit funds from being used by the Secretary of 
State to implement a plan under section 7209 of the Intelligence Reform 
and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (8 U.S.C. 1185 note) that permits 
travel into the United States from foreign countries using any document 
other than a passport to denote citizenship and identity (by a recorded 
vote of 90 ayes to 318 noes, Roll No. 347); and
Pages H4800-02, H4805
  Hefley amendment that sought to reduce the overall funding of the 
bill by $590 million or 1 percent (by a recorded vote of 94 ayes to 316 
noes, Roll No. 348).
Pages H4804, H4805-06
Point of Order sustained against:
  Jackson-Lee of Texas amendment that sought to prohibit funds from 
being used to fund State or local anti-drug task forces that do not 
collect, and make publicly available, data as to the racial 
distribution of convictions as a result of their operation. 
                                                         Pages H4802-04
  Later, agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and 
conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
Page H4830
  H. Res. 890, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on Tuesday, June 27th, by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 
188 nays, Roll No. 319, after agreeing to order the previous question 
without objection.
Fourth of July District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 
440, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate, by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 220 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 353.
  Pages H4827, H4829-30
Domestic Energy Production through Offshore Exploration and Equitable 
Treatment of State Holdings Act of 2006: The House passed H.R. 4761, to 
provide for exploration, development, and production activities for 
mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 232 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 356.
  Pages H4830-75, H4890-92
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Resources now printed in the bill shall 
be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and 
shall be considered as read.
Page H4845
Agreed to:
  Pombo amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 109-540) modified, to make 
a number of technical corrections and to address jurisdictional issues 
with the Committee on Science and the Committee on Education and the 
Workforce regarding section 23 of the bill by eliminating a 
kindergarten through grade 12 education component and by providing an 
authorization for a Department of Energy research, development and 
scholarship program;
Pages H4860-68
  Inslee amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 109-540) increases the 
amount made available by

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the Secretary for renewable ocean energy generation from $6 million to 
$20 million; and
Pages H4868-70
  Davis of Virginia amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 109-540) 
authorizes $150 million of OCS receipts to be available to the 
Secretary of the Treasury for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 
2016 to make payments subject to appropriations to fund in part capital 
and preventive maintenance projects for the Washington Metropolitan 
Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Pages H4870-71
Rejected:
  Markey amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 109-540) that sought to 
strike provisions in the bill lifting the 25-year moratorium on oil and 
gas drilling in environmentally-sensitive areas offshore and leaves 
provisions designed to provide oil companies with incentives to 
renegotiate existing leases that fail to include market-based price 
caps for the suspension of royalty-free drilling and begin production 
on active leases that are not producing (by a recorded vote of 170 ayes 
to 249 noes, Roll No. 354); and
Pages H4871-72, H4890
  Bilirakis amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 109-540) that sought 
to prohibit leasing (either oil and gas or natural gas) within 125 
miles of a state's coastline unless the state requests leasing (by a 
recorded vote of 65 ayes to 353 noes, Roll No. 355). 
                                               Pages H4872-75, H4890-91
  Later, agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and 
conforming changes to reflect the actions of the House.
Page H4893
  H. Res. 897, 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 224 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 352. 
                                               Pages H4808-17, H4828-29
Supporting intelligence and law enforcement programs to track 
terrorists and terrorist finances conducted consistent with Federal law 
and with appropriate Congressional consultation and specifically 
condemning the disclosure and publication of classified information 
that impairs the international fight against terrorism and needlessly 
exposes Americans to the threat of further terror attacks by revealing 
a crucial method by which terrorists are traced through their finances: 
The House agreed to H. Res. 895, to support intelligence and law 
enforcement programs to track terrorists and terrorist finances 
conducted consistent with Federal law and with appropriate 
Congressional consultation and specifically condemning the disclosure 
and publication of classified information that impairs the 
international fight against terrorism and needlessly exposes Americans 
to the threat of further terror attacks by revealing a crucial method 
by which terrorists are traced through their finances, by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 227 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 357.
  Pages H4875-90, H4892-93
  H. Res. 896, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 195 noes, Roll No. 351, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
222 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 350.
Pages H4817-28
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative McKeon wherein 
he resigned from the Committee on Armed Services, effective today. 
                                                             Page H4893
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 902, electing the 
following Member to the following standing committees of the House of 
Representatives: Mr. Bilbray to the Committees on Armed Services, 
Government Reform, and Veterans' Affairs.
  Page H4893
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at noon on Monday, July 3, 2006, unless it sooner has received a 
message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 
440, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that 
resolution.
  Page H4893
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, July 12.
  Page H4893
Late Report: Agreed that the Committee on Financial Services have until 
noon on July 7, 2006 to file a report on H.R. 2990.
  Page H4893
Senate Message: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages 
H4797 and 4899.
Senate Referrals: S. 811, S. 2321, S. 2766, S. 2767, S. 2768 and S. 
2769 were held at the desk and S.J. Res. 40 was referred to the 
Committee on House Administration.
  Page H4913
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and five recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4805, 
H4805-06, H4807-08, H4827-28, H4828, H4829, H4829-30, H4890, H4891, 
H4891-92, and H4892-93. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 10:19 p.m. pursuant to the 
provisions of H. Con. Res. 440, stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on 
Monday, July 10, 2006, or until the time of any reassembly pursuant to 
section 2 of this concurrent resolution, whichever occurs first.

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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 87 (Thursday, June 29, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D736-D737]
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Committee Meetings
RENEWABLE FUELS MARKET
Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review Agriculture's Role 
in the Renewable Fuels Market. Testimony was heard from Thomas C. Dorr, 
Under Secretary, Rural Development, USDA; and public witnesses.
REPORTS OF WMD IN IRAQ
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on reports of weapons of 
mass destruction findings in Iraq. Testimony was heard from LTG Michael 
D. Maples, USA, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of 
Defense; Terence Taylor, former Commissioner, U.N. Special Commission 
on Iraq; and public witnesses.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND MISSIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on assessing United States 
Special Operations Command's missions and roles. Testimony was heard 
from GEN Wayne A. Downing, USA (Ret.); and public witnesses.
U.S. COMPETITIVENESS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Held a hearing on Growth, 
Opportunity, Competition--America Goes to Work. Testimony was heard 
from Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce.
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Pandemic Influenza 
Preparedness in the Financial Services Sector.'' Testimony was heard 
from D. Scott Parsons, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Critical 
Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy, Department of the 
Treasury; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Government Reform: Ordered reported the following 
measures: H.R. 3329, Civilian Prisoner-of-War Medal Act of 2005; H.R. 
5607, Federal Wildland Firefighter Classification Act; H.R. 4962, To 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
100 Pitcher Street in Utica, New York, as the ``Captain George A. Wood 
Post Office Building''; H.R. 5626, To designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 802 South Carrier Parkway in 
Grand Prairie, Texas, as the ``Alexander McRae Dechman Post Office 
Building''; H. Res. 189, Expressing the sense of the House of 
Representatives that a day ought to be established to bring awareness 
to the issue of missing persons; H. Res. 721, Supporting the goals and 
ideals of a Salvadoran-American Day (El Dia del Salvadoreno) in 
recognition of all Salvadoran-Americans for their hard work, 
dedication, and contribution to the stability and well-being of the 
United States; and H.R. 5711, To permit the Joint Committee on Judicial 
Administration in the District of Columbia to establish a program of 
voluntary separation incentive payments for nonjudicial employees of 
the District of Columbia courts.
WHISTLEBLOWERS PROTECTIONS
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``What Price 
Free Speech?: Whistleblowers and the Ceballos Decision.'' Testimony was 
heard from Richard Ceballos, Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles 
County, California; and public witnesses.
CHEMICAL FACILITY ANTI-TERRORISM ACT OF 2006
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Economic Security, 
Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity held a hearing on H.R. 
5695, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006. Testimony was heard 
from Michael A.L. Balboni, Senator, New York State; and public 
witnesses.
SOMALIA CRISIS
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa, Global 
Human Rights and International Operations and the Subcommittee on 
International Terrorism and Nonproliferation held a joint hearing on 
Somalia: Expanding Crisis in the Horn of Africa. Testimony was heard 
from Jendayi E. Frazer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, 
Department of State; Ted Dagne, Specialist in African Affairs, CRS, 
Library of Congress; and public witnesses.
NORTH KOREAN BRINKMANSHIP
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the 
Pacific, hearing on North Korean Brinkmanship: Is U.S. Policy Up to the 
Challenge? Testimony was heard from Christopher Hill, Assistant 
Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of 
State.
PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported H.R. 5323, Proud to Be an 
American Citizen Act.
JUDICIARY TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2006
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 5219, Judiciary Transparency 
and Ethics Enhancement Act of 2006. Testimony was heard from Senator 
Grassley; and public witnesses.

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NORTH AMERICAN WETLANDS CONSERVATION ACT OF 2006
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans held a 
hearing on H.R. 5539, North American Wetlands Conservation 
Reauthorization Act of 2006. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Kennedy of Minnesota; Mathew J. Hogan, Acting Assistant Secretary, 
Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Department of the Interior; John Frampton, 
Director, Department of Natural Resources, State of South Carolina; and 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--HEALTHY FORESTS: TARGETS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health held 
an oversight hearing on Healthy Forests: Targets and Accomplishments. 
Testimony was heard from P. Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary, Department 
of the Interior; and Mark Rey, Under Secretary, Natural Resources and 
Environment, USDA.
OVERSIGHT--AIRLINE PASSENGER BAGGING SCREENING
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation held an oversight hearing on Airline Passenger Baggage 
Screening: Technology and Airport Deployment Update. Testimony was 
heard from Randy Null, Assistant Administrator, Operational Process and 
Technology, Transportation Security Administration, Department of 
Homeland Security; Cathleen A. Berrick, Director, Homeland Security and 
Justice Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--VA DATA SECURITY
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Held an oversight hearing on VA's 
current status of mitigating the nation's second largest data breach. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs: R. James Nicholson, Secretary; Gordon H. Mansfield, 
Deputy Secretary; Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Under Secretary, Health, 
Veterans Health Administration; Ronald R. Aument, Deputy Under 
Secretary, Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration; and William 
Tuerk, Under Secretary, Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery 
Administration.
CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES IMPROVEMENT ACT; U.S.-OMAN FREE TRADE 
AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
Committee on Ways and Means: Ordered reported the following bills: H.R. 
5640, amended, Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006; and 
H.R. 5684, United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.
INTEGRATED COLLECTION ARCHITECTURE
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on Integrated Collection Architecture. Testimony was 
heard from departmental witnesses.
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 2006-06-30

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 87 (Thursday, June 29, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Page D737]
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JUNE 30, 2006

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Africa, 
Global Human Rights and International Operations, hearing on The 
Plight of Religious Minorities: Can Religious Pluralism Survive? 
9:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.


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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
                        2 p.m., Monday, July 10

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not 
to extend beyond 3 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 5441, 
Homeland Security Appropriations.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        2 p.m., Monday, July 10

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: To be announced.
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Bonner, Jo, Ala., E1334, E1341, E1343, E1344
Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E1327, E1331
Calvert, Ken, Calif., E1328
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E1336
Cooper, Jim, Tenn., E1330
Costa, Jim, Calif., E1329
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1343
DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E1341
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E1341
Etheridge, Bob, N.C., E1342
Farr, Sam, Calif., E1349
Fossella, Vito, N.Y., E1343
Garrett, Scott, N.J., E1339
Gordon, Bart, Tenn., E1335, E1342
Graves, Sam, Mo., E1319, E1320, E1321, E1323, E1324, E1325, E1326, 
E1327
Grijalva, Raul M., Ariz., E1350
Hastings, Doc, Wash., E1324
Hayes, Robin, N.C., E1335, E1345
Hoyer, Steny H., Md., E1332
Hyde, Henry J., Ill., E1327, E1344
Kildee, Dale E., Mich., E1328
Kirk, Mark Steven, Ill., E1320, E1343
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E1325, E1328
Langevin, James R., R.I., E1325, E1333
Lantos, Tom, Calif., E1332
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1325
Lewis, Jerry, Calif., E1324
Lewis, John, Ga., E1330
Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E1350
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E1327
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E1349
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1349, E1351
Meek, Kendrick B., Fla., E1351
Miller, George, Calif., E1319
Moore, Dennis, Kans., E1334
Moore, Gwen, Wisc., E1328
Neugebauer, Randy, Tex., E1321
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1326
Oberstar, James L., Minn., E1322
Pascrell, Bill, Jr., N.J., E1321
Paul, Ron, Tex., E1326
Pickering, Charles W. ``Chip'', Miss., E1322
Pitts, Joseph R., Pa., E1347
Poe, Ted, Tex., E1346
Porter, Jon C., Nev., E1333, E1335, E1339, E1342
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E1340, E1347
Reynolds, Thomas M., N.Y., E1330
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1330
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E1350
Sanchez, Loretta, Calif., E1328
Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E1320
Scott, Robert C., Va., E1341
Sherman, Brad, Calif., E1346
Shimkus, John, Ill., E1324, E1342, E1344
Smith, Adam, Wash., E1319
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E1336, E1348
Smith, Lamar S., Tex., E1345
Tancredo, Thomas G., Colo., E1335, E1340, E1347
Tanner, John S., Tenn., E1333
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1329
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E1346
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1323, E1331
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1332, E1347
Walsh, James T., N.Y., E1324, E1346
Weller, Jerry, Ill., E1334
Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E1319 


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