Daily Digest

Daily Digest/Senate

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 133 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1132-D1136]
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                                        Wednesday, December 6, 2006

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS:

      Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert M. Gates, of Texas, to 
      be Secretary of Defense.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S11375-S11401
Measures Introduced: Sixteen bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 4083-4098, and S. Res. 624-625.
  Page S11325
Measures Reported:
  Report to accompany S. 2803, to amend the Federal Mine Safety and 
Health Act of 1977 to improve the safety of mines and mining. (S. Rept. 
No. 109-365)
  Report to accompany S. 3570, to amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 
to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2007 through 2011. (S. 
Rept. No. 109-366)
Page S11324
Measures Passed:
  HIV/AIDS Program: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 
was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6143, to amend title 
XXVI of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program 
for providing lifesaving care for those with HIV/AIDS, and the bill was 
then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment: 
                                                        Pages S11240-43
  Ensign (for Enzi/Kennedy) Amendment No. 5212, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S11242-43
  Sojourner Truth Bust: Committee on Rules and Administration was 
discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4510, to direct the Joint 
Committee on the Library to accept the donation of a bust depicting 
Sojourner Truth and to display the bust in a suitable location in the 
Capitol, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S11243
  Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act: Senate passed H.R. 
864, to provide for programs and activities with respect to the 
prevention of underage drinking, after taking action on the following 
amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S11375-76
  Frist (for Enzi) Amendment No. 5219, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S11375
  Sgt. First Class Robert Lee `Bobby' Hollar, Jr. Post Office Building: 
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged 
from further consideration of S. 4050, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 103 East Thompson Street in 
Thomaston, Georgia, as the ``Sergeant First Class Robert Lee `Bobby' 
Hollar, Jr. Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 
                                                            Page S11376
  Tito Puente Post Office Building:  Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 
1472, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 167 East 124th Street in New York, New York, as the ``Tito 
Puente Post Office Building'', and the measure was then passed, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11376
  Dr. Robert E. Price Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 4246, to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 8135 Forest Lane in Dallas, Texas, as 
the ``Dr. Robert E. Price Post Office Building'', and the bill was then 
passed, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11376
  Beverly J. Wilson Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 4720, to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 200 Gateway Drive in Lincoln, 
California, as the ``Beverly J. Wilson Post Office Building'', and the 
bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S11376
  Lance Corporal Robert A. Martinez Post Office Building:Committee on 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 5108, to designate the facility

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of the United States Postal Service located at 1213 East Houston Street 
in Cleveland, Texas, as the ``Lance Corporal Robert A. Martinez Post 
Office Building'', and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure 
for the President.
  Page S11376
  Vincent J. Whibbs, Sr. Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 5736, to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 101 Palafox Place in Pensacola, 
Florida, as the ``Vincent J. Whibbs, Sr. Post Office Building'', and 
the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S11376
  Morris K. ``Mo'' Udall Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 5857, to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 1501 South Cherrybell Avenue in 
Tucson, Arizona, as the ``Morris K. `Mo' Udall Post Office Building'', 
and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S11376
  Dr. Leonard Price Stavisky Post Office:Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of 
H.R. 5923, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 29-50 Union Street in Flushing, New York, as the 
``Dr. Leonard Price Stavisky Post Office'', and the bill was then 
passed, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11376
  John J. Sinde Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of 
H.R. 5989, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 10240 Roosevelt Road in Westchester, Illinois, as 
the `John J. Sinde Post Office Building', and the bill was then passed, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11376
  Wallace W. Sykes Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of 
H.R. 5990, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 415 South 5th Avenue in Maywood, Illinois, as the 
``Wallace W. Sykes Post Office Building'',and the bill was then passed, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11376
  Chuck Fortenberry Post Office Building:Committee on Homeland Security 
and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of 
H.R. 6078, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 307 West Wheat Street in Woodville, Texas, as the 
``Chuck Fortenberry Post Office Building'', and the bill was then 
passed, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11376
  Captain Christopher Petty Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 6102, to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 200 Lawyers Road, NW in Vienna, 
Virginia, as the ``Captain Christopher Petty Post Office Building'', 
and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S11376
  Hamilton H. Judson Post Office: Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 
6151, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 216 Oak Street in Farmington, Minnesota, as the ``Hamilton 
H. Judson Post Office'', and the bill was then passed, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Page S11376
  Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act: 
Senate passed S. 3546, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic 
Act with respect to serious adverse event reporting for dietary 
supplements and nonprescription drugs, after agreeing to the committee 
amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S11376-81
  Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe Land: Senate passed H.R. 854, to provide 
for certain lands to be held in trust for the Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute 
Tribe, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11381
  Water Resources Research Act Amendments: Senate passed H.R. 4588, to 
reauthorize grants for and require applied water supply research 
regarding the water resources research and technology institutes 
established under the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, after 
agreeing to the following amendment:
  Pages S11381-82
  Frist (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 5213, to modify provisions relating 
to scope of research, other activities, and cooperation and 
coordination.
Pages S11381-82
  Jefferson County, Colorado Land Use: Senate passed S. 4092, to 
clarify certain land use in Jefferson County, Colorado.
  Page S11382
  Farm Security and Rural Investment Act Amendment: Senate passed S. 
4093, to amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to 
extend a suspension of limitation on the period for which certain 
borrowers are eligible for guaranteed assistance.
  Page S11382
  Senate National Security Working Group Extension: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 625, extending the

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authority for the Senate National Security Working Group.
  Page S11382
  Dam Safety Act: Senate passed S. 2735, to amend the National Dam 
Safety Program Act to reauthorize the national dam safety program, 
after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                        Pages S11382-83
  Frist (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 5214, in the nature of a substitute.
                                                            Page S11383
  Pool and Spa Safety Act: Senate passed S. 3718, to increase the 
safety of swimming pools and spas by requiring the use of proper anti-
entrapment drain covers and pool and spa drainage systems, by 
establishing a swimming pool safety grant program administered by the 
Consumer Product Safety Commission to encourage States to improve their 
pool and spa safety laws and to educate the public about pool and spa 
safety, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  Pages S11383-84
  Iraq Reconstruction Accountability Act: Senate passed S. 4046, to 
extend oversight and accountability related to United States 
reconstruction funds and efforts in Iraq by extending the termination 
date of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq 
Reconstruction.
  Pages S11384-85
  Honoring William Wilberforce: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 613, honoring the life 
and work of William Wilberforce and commemorating the 200th anniversary 
of the abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain, and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S11385
  National Purple Heart Hall of Honor: Committee on Armed Services was 
discharged from further consideration of H. Con. Res. 419, recognizing 
and supporting the efforts of the State of New York to develop the 
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, New York, and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S11385
  Recognizing American Council of Young Political Leaders: Committee on 
Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H. Con. 
Res. 430, recognizing the accomplishments of the American Council of 
Young Political Leaders for providing 40 years of international 
exchange programs, increasing international dialogue, and enhancing 
global understanding, and commemorating its 40th anniversary, and the 
resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following 
amendment proposed thereto:
  Page S11385
  Frist Amendment No. 5215, to amend the preamble.
Page S11385
  Wool Suit Fabric Labeling Fairness and International Standards 
Conforming Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was 
discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4583, to amend the Wool 
Products Labeling Act of 1939 to revise the requirements for labeling 
of certain wool and cashmere products, and the bill was then passed, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11385
  Aerospace Revitalization Task Force: Committee on Commerce, Science, 
and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 
758, to establish an interagency aerospace revitalization task force to 
develop a national strategy for aerospace workforce recruitment, 
training, and cultivation, and the bill was then passed, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Page S11386
  Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Reauthorization Act: Committee 
on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 
1285, to extend for 3 years changes to requirements for admission of 
non-immigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas made by the 
Nursing Relief for Disadvantage Areas Act of 1999, and the bill was 
then passed, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11386
  Department of Justice Attorneys Travel Time: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of S. 1876, to provide that attorneys employed by the 
Department of Justice shall be eligible for compensatory time off for 
travel under section 5550b of title 5, United States Code, and the bill 
was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed 
thereto:
  Page S11386
  Frist (for Akaka) Amendment No. 5216, to revise the description of a 
certain citation.
Page S11386
  Department of Justice Attorneys Travel Time: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 4057, to provide that attorneys employed by the 
Department of Justice shall be eligible for compensatory time off for 
travel under section 5550b of title 5, United States Code, and the bill 
was then passed, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S11386
  Secure Access to Justice and Court Protection Act: Committee on the 
Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1751, to 
amend title 18, United States Code, to protect judges, prosecutors, 
witnesses, victims, and their family members, and the bill was then 
passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                        Pages S11386-87

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  Frist (for Specter) Amendment No. 5217, to amend title 18, United 
States Code, to protect judges, prosecutors, witnesses, victims, and 
their family members.
Page S11387
  Native American Languages Preservation Act: Committee on Indian 
Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4766, to 
amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide for the 
revitalization of Native American languages through Native American 
language immersion programs, and the bill was then passed, clearing the 
measure for the President.
                                                            Page S11387
  Call Home Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was 
discharged from further consideration of S. 2653, to direct the Federal 
Communications Commission to make efforts to reduce telephone rates for 
Armed Forces personnel deployed overseas, and the bill was then passed, 
after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                            Page S11387
  Frist (for Stevens) Amendment No. 5218, to enhance public safety. 
                                                            Page S11387
  Marine Mammal Protection Act Amendments Act: Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration 
of H.R. 4075, to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 in 
order to implement the Agreement on the Conservation and Management of 
the Alaska-Chukotka Polar Bear Population, after agreeing to the 
following amendments proposed thereto:
                                                            Page S11387
  Frist (for Stevens) Amendment No. 5220, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S11387
  Frist (for Stevens) Amendment No. 5221, to amend the title.
  Secretary of the Army Authority Extension: Senate passed H.R. 6316, 
to extend through December 31, 2008, the authority of the Secretary of 
the Army to accept and expend funds contributed by non-Federal public 
entities to expedite the processing of permits, clearing the measure 
for the President.
                                                            Page S11387
  Creating Opportunities for Minor League Professional, Entertainers, 
and Teams Through Legal Entry Act: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. 3821, to authorize certain 
athletes to be admitted temporarily into the United States to compete 
or perform in an athletic league, competition, or performance, and the 
bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
                                                        Pages S11387-88
  Frist (for Collins) Amendment No. 5223, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S11388
  Admonishing President Hugo Chavez Statements: Committee on Foreign 
Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 607, 
admonishing the statements made by President Hugo Chavez at the United 
Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2006, and the undemocratic 
actions of President Chavez, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                        Pages S11388-89
  Living Resources of the High Seas Protection: Committee on Foreign 
Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 610, 
expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should 
promote the adoption of, and the United Nations should adopt, a 
resolution at its October meeting to protect the living resources of 
the high seas from destructive, illegal, unreported, and unregulated 
fishing practices, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                        Pages S11388-89
  Consumer Assurance of Radiologic Excellence Act: Senate passed S. 
2322, to amend the Public Health Service Act to make the provision of 
technical services for medical imaging examinations and radiation 
therapy treatments safer, more accurate, and less costly, after 
agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                        Pages S11389-91
  National Integrated Drought Information System Act: Committee on 
Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 5136, to establish a National Integrated Drought 
Information System within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration to improve drought monitoring and forecasting 
capabilities, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for 
the President.
                                                            Page S11391
Military Construction/VA Appropriations--Conferees: Senate insisted on 
its amendment to H.R. 5385, making appropriations for Military 
Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2007 (passed the Senate on November 14, 
2006), requested a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair was 
authorized to appoint the following conferees on the part of the 
Senate: Senators Hutchison, Burns, Craig, DeWine, Brownback, Allard, 
McConnell, Cochran, Stevens, Feinstein, Inouye, Johnson, Landrieu, 
Byrd, Murray, Leahy, and Harkin.
  Pages S11269-70
Agriculture Appropriations--Vote Change: A unanimous-consent request 
was granted permitting Senator Stevens to change his yea vote to a nay 
vote on Vote No. 271 on the motion to waive relative to Conrad 
Amendment No. 5205, rejected on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, to H.R. 
5384, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development Food

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and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2007.
  Page S11274
Export-Import Bank Reauthorization House Message: Senate concurred in 
the amendment of the House to S. 3938, to reauthorize the Export-Import 
Bank of the United States, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                        Pages S11391-96
Nomination: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Kent A. 
Jordan, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third 
Circuit.
  Page S11396
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, 
in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of 
the Senate, a vote on cloture may occur on Friday, December 8, 2006. 
                                                            Page S11396
Nomination Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing for further consideration of the nomination of Andrew von 
Eschenbach, of Texas, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department 
of Health and Human Services, with 60 minutes of debate equally 
divided, followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the 
nomination.
  Page S11396
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  By 95 yeas 2 nays (Vote No. EX. 272), Robert M. Gates, of Texas, to 
be Secretary of Defense.
Pages S11259-93, S11401
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Michael J. Burns, of New Mexico, to be Assistant to the Secretary of 
Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs.
  Beryl A. Howell, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the 
United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 
2011.
  John R. Steer, of Virginia, to be a Member of the United States 
Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2011.
  Rosemary E. Rodriguez, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Election 
Assistance Commission for the remainder of the term expiring December 
12, 2007.
Pages S11400-01
Nominations Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of 
the following nominations:
  David H. Laufman, of Texas, to be Inspector General, Department of 
Defense, which was sent to the Senate on June 5, 2006.
  Tracy A. Henke, of Missouri, to be Executive Director of the Office 
of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, Department 
of Homeland Security, which was sent to the Senate on September 5, 
2006.
Page S11401
Messages From the House:
  Pages S11321-22
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S11322
Executive Communications:
  Pages S11322-24
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S11324-25
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S11325-26
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S11326-49
Additional Statements:
  Pages S11320-21
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S11349-72
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S11372-73
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S11372
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--272) 
                                                        Pages S11292-93
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 9:30 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 7, 2006. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 133 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1136-D1137]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nominations of Leland A. Strom, of Illinois, 
to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit 
Administration, Mark Everett Keenum, of Mississippi, to be Under 
Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, 
and to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Commodity Credit 
Corporation, who was introduced by Senator Cochran, and Jill E. 
Sommers, of Kansas, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission, after the nominees testified and answered questions 
in their own behalf.
CLIMATE CHANGE
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine issues relating to climate change and the media's 
treatment of the issue, after receiving testimony from David Deming, 
University of Oklahoma, Norman; Daniel P. Schrag, Harvard University, 
Cambridge, Massachusetts; Robert M. Carter, James Cook University, 
Townsville, Australia; Naomi Oreskes, University of California, San 
Diego; and Dan Gainor, Business and Media Institute, Alexandria, 
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NOMINATIONS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the nominations of Alex A. Beehler, of Maryland, to be 
Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency, and Eric D. 
Eberhard, of Washington, and Diane Humetewa, of Arizona, each to be a 
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and 
Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of Robert F. Hoyt, of Maryland, to be General Counsel, 
Michele A. Davis, of Virginia, Anthony W. Ryan, of Massachusetts, and 
Phillip L. Swagel, of Maryland, each to be an Assistant Secretary, Paul 
Cherecwich, Jr., of Utah, and Deborah L. Wince-Smith, of Virginia, both 
to be a Member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board, all of 
the Department of the Treasury, Dean A. Pinkert, of Virginia, and 
Irving A. Williamson, of New York, both to be a Member of the United 
States International Trade Commission, and Dana K. Bilyeu, of Nevada, 
Mark J. Warshawsky, of Maryland, and Jeffrey Robert Brown, of Illinois, 
each to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board.
HURRICANE DISASTER
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the extent of fraud, waste, and abuse 
relating to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita disaster relief efforts, after 
receiving testimony from Gregory D. Kutz, Managing Director, and John 
J. Ryan, Assistant Director, both of the Forensic Audits and Special 
Investigations, Government Accountability Office.
NOMINATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Paul A. Schneider, of 
Maryland, to be Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management, 
after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee approved 
for reporting the nominations of Terry L. Cline, to be Administrator of 
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Foreststorn Hamilton, Benjamin 
Donenberg, Joan Israelite, Charlotte P. Kessler, Robert Bretley Lott, 
William Francis Price, Jr., each to be a Member of the National Council 
of the Arts, and Dana Gioia, to be Chairperson of the National 
Endowment for the Arts, all of the National Foundation on the Arts and 
the Humanities, John Peyton, to be Member of the Board of Trustees of 
the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation, Sara Alicia Tucker, to be 
Under Secretary of Education, Department of Education, Gerald Walpin, 
to be Inspector General, Corporation for National and Community 
Service, Blanca E. Enriquez, to be Member of the National Institute for 
Literacy Advisory Board, National Institute For Literacy, Elizabeth 
Dougherty, to be Member of the National Mediation Board, Leon R. 
Sequeira, to be Assistant Secretary of Policy, Department of Labor, and 
sundry nominations in the Public Service.
FBI
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded oversight hearings to 
examine activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department 
of Justice, focusing on national security, criminal investigations, and 
science and technology, after receiving testimony from Robert S. 
Mueller III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of 
Justice.
BANKRUPTCY ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight 
and the Courts concluded oversight hearings to examine oversight 
hearings to examine implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention 
and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law 109-8), after receiving 
testimony from Clifford J. White III, Director, Executive Office for 
United States Trustees, Department of Justice; Randall J. Newsome, 
Chief Judge, Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California; 
Henry E. Hildebrand III, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee, Middle District 
of Tennessee, Nashville; Todd Zywicki, George Mason University School 
of Law, Arlington, Virginia; Steve Bartlett, Financial Services 
Roundtable, Washington, D.C.; David C. Jones, Association of 
Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, Poinciana, Florida; 
and Robert Lawless, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign.
NOMINATION
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nomination of Jovita Carranza, of Illinois, to 
be Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration, after the 
nominee, who was introduced by Senator McConnell, testified and 
answered questions in her own behalf.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 133 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1138-D1140]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 29 public bills, H.R. 6377-
6405; and 6 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 499-500; and H. Res. 1094-1095, 
1097-1098, were introduced.
  Pages H8888-89
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H8889-90
Reports Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 1096, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) with respect to 
consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on 
Rules and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules 
(H. Rept. 109-720).
Page H8888
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2006: S. 3938, amended, to 
reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States; 
                                                         Pages H8750-58
  Congressional Tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Act of 2006: S. 2250, 
to award a congressional gold medal to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug--c1earing 
the measure for the President;
                                                         Pages H8758-61
  Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2006: H.R. 5280, amended, to 
amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the 
distribution of the drug dextromethorphan;
                                                         Pages H8761-62
  Lifespan Respite Care Act of 2006: H.R. 3248, amended, to amend the 
Public Health Service Act to establish a program to assist family 
caregivers in accessing affordable and high-quality respite care; 
                                                         Pages H8773-78
  Amending the Public Health Service Act to modify the program for the 
sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees by terminating the authority 
for the removal of chimpanzees from the system for research purposes: 
H.R. 5798, to amend the Public Health Service Act to modify the program 
for the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees by terminating the 
authority for the removal of chimpanzees from the system for research 
purposes;
                                                         Pages H8778-79
  Combating Autism Act of 2006: S. 843, amended, to amend the Public 
Health Service Act to combat autism through research, screening, 
intervention and education;
                                                         Pages H8779-88
  United States Tsunami Warning and Education Act: H.R. 1674, amended, 
to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, 
and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, to be carried out by the National Weather Service; 
                                                         Pages H8788-93
  Honoring the life of Milton Friedman: H. Res. 1089, to honor the life 
of Milton Friedman;
                                                         Pages H8793-98
  Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 6110 East 51st Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the `Dewey F. Bartlett 
Post Office': S. 1820, to designate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service located at 6110 East 51st Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as 
the `Dewey F. Bartlett Post Office'--clearing the measure for the 
President;
                                                             Page H8798
  Honoring the contributions and life of Edward R. Bradley: H. Res. 
1084, amended, to honor the contributions and life of Edward R. 
Bradley;
                                                      Pages H8798-H8800
  Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should 
posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Leroy Robert 
``Satchel'' Paige: S. Con. Res. 91, to express the sense of Congress 
that the President should posthumously award the Presidential Medal of 
Freedom to Leroy Robert ``Satchel'' Paige;
                                                         Pages H8800-01
  Honoring the memory of Arnold ``Red'' Auerbach: H. Con. Res. 497, 
honoring the memory of Arnold ``Red'' Auerbach;
                                                         Pages H8801-04
  Condemning the decision by the city of St. Denis, France, to name a 
street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murderer of 
Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner: H. Res. 1082, to condemn 
the decision by the city of St. Denis, France, to name a street in 
honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murderer of Philadelphia Police 
Officer Danny Faulkner, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 368 yeas to 31 
nays with 8 voting ``present'', Roll No. 527;
                                                  Pages H8804-08, H8857
  Requiring any Federal or State court to recognize any notarization 
made by a notary public licensed by a State other than the State where 
the court is located when such notarization occurs in or affects 
interstate commerce: H.R. 1458, amended, to require any Federal or 
State court to recognize any notarization made by a notary public 
licensed by a State other than the State where the court is located 
when such notarization occurs in or affects interstate commerce; 
                                                         Pages H8808-09
  Physicians for Underserved Areas Act: H.R. 4997, amended, to 
permanently authorize amendments made by the Immigration and 
Nationality

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Technical Corrections Act of 1994 for the purpose of permitting waivers 
of the foreign country residence requirement with respect to certain 
international medical graduates;
                                                         Pages H8809-12
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To extend for 2 years the 
authority to grant waivers of the foreign country residence requirement 
with respect to certain international medical graduates.''. 
                                                             Page H8812
  Religious Liberty and Charitable Donation Clarification Act of 2006: 
S. 4044, to clarify the treatment of certain charitable contributions 
under title 11, United States Code--clearing the measure for the 
President;
                                                         Pages H8812-13
  Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendments of 2005: S. 1785, amended, 
to amend chapter 13 of title 17, United States Code (relating to the 
vessel hull design protection), to clarify the distinction between a 
hull and a deck, to provide factors for the determination of the 
protectability of a revised design, to provide guidance for assessments 
of substantial similarity;
                                                         Pages H8813-18
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To make certain 
improvements relating to intellectual property, and for other 
purposes.''.
Page H8818
  Honoring the life of Ruth Brown and her copyright royalty reform 
efforts on behalf of rhythm and blues recording artists: H. Res. 1090, 
to honor the life of Ruth Brown and her copyright royalty reform 
efforts on behalf of rhythm and blues recording artists; 
                                                         Pages H8818-19
  Stolen Valor Act of 2005: S. 1998, to amend title 18, United States 
Code, to enhance protections relating to the reputation and meaning of 
the Medal of Honor and other military decorations and awards--clearing 
the measure for the President;
                                                         Pages H8819-23
  Veterans Programs Extension Act of 2006: H.R. 6342, to amend title 
38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law 
administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to expand 
eligibility for the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance 
program;
                                                         Pages H8823-29
  Designating the outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs located in Farmington, Missouri, as the ``Robert Silvey 
Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic'': S. 4073, to 
designate the outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs 
located in Farmington, Missouri, as the ``Robert Silvey Department of 
Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic''--clearing the measure for the 
President;
                                                         Pages H8829-30
  National Transportation Safety Board Amendments Act of 2006: H.R. 
5076, amended, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal years 2007, 2008, and 2009;
                                                         Pages H8830-34
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend title 49, United 
States Code, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2007 and 
2008, and for other purposes.''.
Page H8834
  Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2006: H.R. 5782, amended, to amend 
title 49, United States Code, to provide for enhanced safety and 
environmental protection in pipeline transportation, to provide for 
enhanced reliability in the transportation of the Nation's energy 
products by pipeline;
                                                         Pages H8834-45
  Commending The New York Institute for Special Education for providing 
excellent education for students with blindness and visual disabilities 
for 175 years, and for broadening its mission to provide the same 
quality education to students with emotional and learning disabilities: 
H. Con. Res. 484, to commend The New York Institute for Special 
Education for providing excellent education for students with blindness 
and visual disabilities for 175 years, and for broadening its mission 
to provide the same quality education to students with emotional and 
learning disabilities;
                                                         Pages H8845-46
  Rural Water Supply Act of 2005: S. 895, amended, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to establish a rural water supply program in 
the Reclamation States to provide a clean, safe affordable, and 
reliable water supply to rural residents;
                                                         Pages H8846-51
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to carry out a rural water supply program in the 
Reclamation States to provide a clean, safe, affordable, and reliable 
water supply to rural residents.''.
Page H8851
  Repealing certain sections of the Act of May 26, 1936, pertaining to 
the Virgin Islands: S. 1829, amended, to repeal certain sections of the 
Act of May 26, 1936, pertaining to the Virgin Islands;
                                                         Pages H8851-53
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To repeal certain sections 
of the Act of May 26, 1936, pertaining to the Virgin Islands, and for 
other purposes.''.
Page H8853
  United States-Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act: S. 214, 
amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to cooperate with 
the States on the border with Mexico and other appropriate entities in 
conducting a hydrogeologic characterization, mapping, and modeling 
program for priority transboundary aquifers;
                                                         Pages H8853-55
  Michigan Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage Act: S. 1346, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior

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to conduct a study of maritime sites in the State of Michigan--clearing 
the measure for the President;
                                                         Pages H8855-56
  Expressing support for democracy in Nepal that will require the full 
participation of the people of Nepal in the political process to hold 
elections for a constituent assembly and draft a new constitution and 
calling upon the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist to adhere to 
commitments it has made and to respect human rights: H. Res. 1051, 
amended, to express support for democracy in Nepal that will require 
the full participation of the people of Nepal in the political process 
to hold elections for a constituent assembly and draft a new 
constitution and calling upon the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist to 
adhere to commitments it has made and to respect human rights; and 
                                                         Pages H8858-60
  Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy 
Promotion Act of 2006: S. 2125, amended, to promote relief, security, 
and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
                                                         Pages H8860-64
Suspension--Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and 
pass the following measure:
  Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006: H.R. 6099, to ensure that 
women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain 
experienced by their unborn child, by less than a \2/3\ yea-and-nay 
vote of 250 yeas to 162 nays, Roll No. 526.
                                                Pages H8762-71 H8856-57
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House completed debate on the 
following measures under suspension of the rules. Further consideration 
of the measures is expected to resume tomorrow, Thursday, December 7th:
  Expressing support for Lebanon's democratic institutions and 
condemning the recent terrorist assassination of Lebanese 
parliamentarian and Industry Minister Pierre Amin Gemayel: H. Res. 
1088, amended, to express support for Lebanon's democratic institutions 
and condemning the recent terrorist assassination of Lebanese 
parliamentarian and Industry Minister Pierre Amin Gemayel; and 
                                                         Pages H8864-66
  Condemning in the strongest terms Iran's commitment to hold an 
international Holocaust denial conference on December 11-12, 2006: H. 
Res. 1091, amended, to condemn in the strongest terms Iran's commitment 
to hold an international Holocaust denial conference on December 11-12, 
2006.
                                                         Pages H8866-68
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H8748, H8793, H8866 and H8882-83.
Senate Referral: S. 3678 was held at the desk; S. 4050 was referred to 
the Committee on Government Reform.
  Pages H8748, H8887
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H8856-57 and H8857. There were 
no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:59 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 133 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1140-D1141]
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Committee Meetings
MILITARY AWARDS--DECORATIONS CRITERIA
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing to examine criteria for awards and decorations. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: 
Michael L. Dominguez, Principal Deputy Under Secretary, Personnel and 
Readiness; LTG Michael D. Rochelle, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, 
U.S. Army; VADM John C. Harvey, Jr., USN, Chief of Naval Personnel, 
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and 
Education), U.S. Navy; LTG Roger A. Brady, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff, 
Manpower and Personnel, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force; and BG Richard P. 
Mills, USMC, Director, Personnel Management Division, Manpower and 
Reserve Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps; and public witnesses.
SAME DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED BY THE RULES 
COMMITTEE
Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a rule waiving clause 6(a) 
of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the 
same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain 
resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the 
waiver to any special rule reported on the legislative day of December 
7, 2006. The rule provides that suspensions will be in order at any 
time on the legislative day of December 7, 2006. The rule further 
provides that the Speaker or his designee shall consult with the 
Minority Leader or her designee on any suspension considered under the 
rule. The rule provides that House Resolutions 810, 939, 951, and 1047 
are laid upon the table.
PATIENT SAFETY AND QUALITY ISSUES IN END STAGE RENAL DISEASE TREATMENT
Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on Patient Safety and 
Quality Issues in End Stage Renal

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Disease Treatment. Testimony was heard from David M. Walker, 
Comptroller General, GAO; Leslie V. Norwalk, Acting Administrator, 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and 
Human Services; and public witnesses.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2006-12-07

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 133 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                            DECEMBER 7, 2006

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
report of the Iraq Study Group, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business 
meeting to consider the nomination of Paul A. Schneider, of 
Maryland, to be Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management, 
Time to be announced, Room to be announced.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine vertically 
integrated sports programming, focusing on whether cable companies 
are excluding competition, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold a closed briefing on 
intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Armed Services, hearing on U.S. military transition 
teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law, to consider a motion to Approve the Interim 
Report on the Administrative Law, Process and Procedure Project for 
the 21st Century; followed by an oversight hearing on The 
Arbitration Process of the National Football League Players 
Association, 10:00 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic 
Opportunity, oversight hearing to review Departments' actions 
regarding the recommendations of the 1999 Transition Commission 
Report, 2 p.m., 334 Cannon.


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

[Congressional Record Volume 152, Number 133 (Wednesday, December 6, 2006)]
[Daily Digest]
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                    9:30 a.m., Thursday, December 7

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will resume consideration of the 
nomination of Andrew von Eschenbach, of Texas, to be Commissioner of 
Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services, with 60 
minutes of debate equally divided, followed by a vote on the motion to 
invoke cloture on the nomination. Also, at 2:30 p.m., the Majority 
Leader will be recognized.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                     10 a.m., Thursday, December 7

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: To be announced. 


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