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                                          Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S1299-S1358
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and six resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 427-438, and S. Res. 46-51.
  Pages S1326-27
Measures Reported:
  S. Res. 50, amending Senate Resolution 400 (94th Congress) to make 
amendments arising from the enactment of the Intelligence Reform and 
Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and to make other amendments. (S. 
Rept. No. 110-3)
  S. Res. 46, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Environment 
and Public Works.
  S. Res. 48, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Armed 
Services.
  S. Res. 51, authorizing expenditures by the Select Committee on 
Intelligence.
Page S1326
Fair Minimum Wage: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 2, to amend 
the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the 
Federal minimum wage, taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S1307-19
Withdrawn:
  Chambliss Amendment No. 118 (to Amendment No. 100), to provide 
minimum wage rates for agricultural workers.
Page S1316
Pending:
  Reid (for Baucus) Amendment No. 100, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                             Page S1307
  McConnell (for Gregg) Amendment No. 101 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
provide Congress a second look at wasteful spending by establishing 
enhanced rescission authority under fast-track procedures.
Page S1307
  Kyl Amendment No. 115 (to Amendment No. 100), to extend through 
December 31, 2008, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, restaurant, 
and retail space improvements.
Page S1307
  Enzi (for Ensign/Inhofe) Amendment No. 152 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
reduce document fraud, prevent identity theft, and preserve the 
integrity of the Social Security system.
Page S1307
  Enzi (for Ensign) Amendment No. 153 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
preserve and protect Social Security benefits of American workers, 
including those making minimum wage, and to help ensure greater 
Congressional oversight of the Social Security system by requiring that 
both Houses of Congress approve a totalization agreement before the 
agreement, giving foreign workers Social Security benefits, can go into 
effect.
Page S1307
  Vitter/Voinovich Amendment No. 110 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend 
title 44 of the United States Code, to provide for the suspension of 
fines under certain circumstances for first-time paperwork violations 
by small business concerns.
Page S1307
  DeMint Amendment No. 155 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the Public 
Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual 
health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce, and to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 regarding the disposition of unused 
health benefits in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements 
and the use of health savings accounts for the payment of health 
insurance premiums for high deductible health plans purchased in the 
individual market.
Page S1307
  DeMint Amendment No. 156 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 regarding the disposition of unused 
health benefits in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements. 
                                                             Page S1307
  DeMint Amendment No. 157 (to the language proposed to be stricken by 
Amendment No. 100), to increase the Federal minimum wage by an amount 
that is based on applicable State minimum wages.
Page S1307
  DeMint Amendment No. 159 (to Amendment No. 100), to protect 
individuals from having their money involuntarily collected and used 
for lobbying by a labor organization.
Page S1307
  DeMint Amendment No. 160 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain small businesses to 
defer payment of tax.
Page S1307
  DeMint Amendment No. 161 (to Amendment No. 100), to prohibit the use 
of flexible schedules by Federal employees unless such flexible 
schedule

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benefits are made available to private sector employees not later than 
1 year after the date of enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 
2007.
Page S1307
  DeMint Amendment No. 162 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the Fair 
Labor Standards Act of 1938 regarding the minimum wage.
Page S1307
  Kennedy (for Kerry) Amendment No. 128 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to 
establish a pilot program to provide regulatory compliance assistance 
to small business concerns.
Page S1307
  Martinez Amendment No. 105 (to Amendment No. 100), to clarify the 
house parent exemption to certain wage and hour requirements. 
                                                             Page S1307
  Sanders Amendment No. 201 (to Amendment No. 100), to express the 
sense of the Senate concerning poverty.
Page S1307
  Gregg Amendment No. 203 (to Amendment No. 100), to enable employees 
to use employee option time.
Page S1307
  Burr Amendment No. 195 (to Amendment No. 100), to provide for an 
exemption to a minimum wage increase for certain employers who 
contribute to their employees health benefit expenses.
Page S1307
  Kennedy (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 167 (to Amendment No. 118), to 
improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits, and security for 
aliens in the United States.
Page S1307
  Enzi (for Allard) Amendment No. 169 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
prevent identity theft by allowing the sharing of social security data 
among government agencies for immigration enforcement purposes. 
                                                             Page S1307
  Enzi (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 135 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the Federal unemployment 
surtax.
Page S1307
  Enzi (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 138 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand workplace health incentives 
by equalizing the tax consequences of employee athletic facility use. 
                                                             Page S1307
  Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 209 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
extend through December 31, 2012, the increased expensing for small 
businesses.
Page S1307
  Division I of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1307
  Division II of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1307
  Division III of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment 
No. 100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing 
expensing for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of 
leasehold, restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work 
opportunity tax credit.
Page S1307
  Division IV of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1307
  Division V of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1307
  Durbin Amendment No. 221 (to Amendment No. 157), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S1307
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 87 yeas to 10 nays (Vote No. 34), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to close further debate on Reid (for Baucus) Amendment 
No. 100 (listed above).
Pages S1314-15
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 
January 31, 2007; that all time during the recess on Tuesday, January 
30, 2007, and during the adjournment on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 count 
against the 30 hours post-cloture.
Page S1357
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 35), Lisa Godbey Wood, of 
Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District 
of Georgia.
Pages S1319-21, S1358
  By unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. Ex. 36), Philip S. Gutierrez, 
of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central 
District of California.
Pages S1319-21, S1358
Messages from the House:
  Page S1326
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S1327-28
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S1328-55
Additional Statements:
  Page S1326
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S1355-56
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Pages S1356-57

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Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S1357
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--36) 
                                               Pages S1314-15, S1320-21
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 6:49 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 31, 2006. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on pages 
S1357-58.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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[Pages D110-D111]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nomination of Admiral William J. Fallon, USN, for reappointment to 
the grade of admiral and to be Commander, United States Central 
Command, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own 
behalf.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported an 
original resolution (S. Res. 48) authorizing expenditures by the 
Committee.
  Also, committee adopted its rules of procedure for the 110th Congress 
and announced the following subcommittee assignments:
  Subcommittee on Airland: Senators Lieberman, (Chairman), Akaka, Bayh, 
Clinton, Pryor, Webb, McCaskill, Cornyn, Warner, Inhofe, Sessions, 
Ensign, and Chambliss.
  Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities: Reed (Chairman), 
Kennedy, Byrd, Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Bayh, Clinton, Dole, Warner, 
Collins, Graham, Cornyn, and Martinez.
  Subcommittee on Personnel: Nelson (NE) (Chairman), Kennedy, 
Lieberman, Webb, McCaskill, Graham, Collins, Chambliss, and Dole.
  Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support: Akaka (Chairman), 
Byrd, Bayh, Clinton, Pryor, McCaskill, Ensign, Inhofe, Sessions, 
Chambliss, and Dole.
  Subcommittee on Seapower: Kennedy (Chairman), Lieberman, Reed, Akaka, 
Nelson (FL), Webb, Thune, Warner, Collins, Ensign, and Martinez.
  Subcommittee on Strategic Forces: Nelson (FL) (Chairman), Byrd, Reed, 
Nelson (NE), Pryor, Sessions, Inhofe, Graham, and Thune.
  Senators Levin and McCain are ex officio members of each of the 
Subcommittees.
FISCAL CHALLENGES
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine long-
term fiscal challenges, focusing on the current budget situation and 
outlook, and long-run imbalance and related solutions, after receiving 
testimony from Robert D. Reischauer, and C. Eugene Steuerle, both of 
the Urban Institute, and Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy 
Priorities, all of Washington, D.C.
WILDLIFE SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES COSTS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee held a hearing to 
examine the status of Federal land management agencies' efforts to 
contain the costs of their wildlife suppression activities and to 
consider recent independent reviews of and recommendations for those 
efforts, receiving testimony from Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural 
Resources and the Environment, and Phyllis K. Fong, Inspector General, 
both of the Department of Agriculture; Nina Rose Hatfield, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Business Management and 
Wildland Fire; Robin M. Nazzaro, Director, Natural Resources and 
Environment, Government Accountability Office; James Caswell, Idaho 
Office of Species Conservation, Boise, on behalf of the Strategic 
Issues Panel on Fire Suppression Costs of the Wildland Fire Leadership 
Council; Kirk Rowdabaugh, Arizona State Forester, Phoenix, on behalf of 
sundry organizations; and Bruce D. McDowell, National Academy of Public 
Administration, Washington, D.C.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
FUEL EFFICIENCY
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee held a hearing to 
examine transportation sector fuel efficiency, focusing on challenges 
to and incentives for increased oil savings through technological 
innovation including plug-in hybrid vehicles, receiving testimony from 
Senator Stabenow; Elizabeth Lowery, General Motors Corporation, 
Detroit, Michigan; John German, American Honda Motor Company, Inc., and 
Walter S. McManus, University of Michigan Transportation Research 
Institute, both of Ann Arbor; Menahem Anderman, Advanced Automotive 
Batteries, Oregon House, California; William J. Logue, FedEx Express, 
Memphis, Tennessee; and David L. Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 
Knoxville, Tennessee.
  Hearing recessed subject to the call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably 
reported an original resolution (S. Res. 46) authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee.
GLOBAL WARMING
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine Senators' perspectives on global warming, focusing 
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views on global warming and what each Senator believes the Nation's 
response should be to the issue, after receiving testimony from 
Senators Bingaman, Feinstein, Kerry, McCain, Obama, Levin, Murkowski, 
Akaka, Lincoln, Durbin, and Nelson (FL).
NOMINATION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nomination of John D. Negroponte, of New York, to be Deputy 
Secretary of State, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators 
Lieberman and Stevens, testified and answered questions in his own 
behalf.
IRAQ
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee resumed hearings to examine 
securing America's interests in Iraq, focusing on the remaining 
options, alternative plans and the Iraq Study Group, receiving 
testimony from James A. Baker, III, and Lee H. Hamilton, both a Co-
Chair, Iraq Study Group.
  Hearings to continue on Wednesday, January 31.
CONSTITUTIONAL POWER
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
exercising Congress' constitutional power to end a war, after receiving 
testimony from Louis Fisher, Specialist in Constitutional Law, Library 
of Congress Law Library; David J. Barron, Harvard Law School, 
Cambridge, Massachusetts; Robert F. Turner, University of Virginia 
School of Law Center for National Security Law, Charlottesville; 
Bradford A. Berenson, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, D.C.; and Walter 
Dellinger, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, 
former Acting Solicitor General of the United States.
BUSINESS MEETING
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to 
consider pending intelligence matters and ordered favorably reported 
the following business items:
  S. Res. 50, an original resolution amending Senate Resolution 400 
(94th Congress) to make amendments arising from the enactment of the 
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and to make 
other amendments; and
  S. Res. 51, an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the 
Committee.
  Prior to this action, Committee held closed hearings on intelligence 
matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence 
community.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Special Committee on Aging: On Monday, January 29, 2007, Committee 
approved for reporting an original resolution (S. Res. 45) authorizing 
expenditures by the Committee and adopted its rules of procedure for 
the 110th Congress.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:  20 public bills, H.R. 718-
737; 2 private bills, H.R. 738-739; and 12 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 
47; and H. Res. 105-115 were introduced.
  Pages H1053-54
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H1054-55
Reports Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 116, providing for consideration of H.J. Res. 20, making 
further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007 (H. Rept. 
110-6).
Page H1053
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Meeks to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                              Page H989
Recess: The House recessed at 10:45 a.m. and reconvened at 12 p.m. 
                                                              Page H991
United States Group of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly--Appointment: 
The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members 
of the House of Representatives to the United States Group of the NATO 
Parliamentary Assembly: Representatives Gillmor, Regula, Boozman, and 
Shimkus.
  Page H995
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Establishing the House Democracy Assistance Commission for the One 
Hundred Tenth Congress: H. Res. 24, amended, to establish the House 
Democracy Assistance Commission for the One Hundred Tenth Congress, by 
a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 426 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 
62;
  Pages H995-H1000, H1018-19
  Calling on the Government of the United Kingdom to immediately 
establish a full, independent,

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and public judicial inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland defense 
attorney Patrick Finucane: H. Con. Res. 20, amended, to call on the 
Government of the United Kingdom to immediately establish a full, 
independent, and public judicial inquiry into the murder of Northern 
Ireland defense attorney Patrick Finucane, as recommended by Judge 
Peter Cory as part of the Weston Park Agreement, in order to move 
forward on the Northern Ireland peace process, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay 
vote of 364 yeas to 34 nays, with 25 voting ``present,'' Roll No. 63; 
and
  Pages H1000-04, H1019-20
  Congratulating Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears and Tony Dungy of the 
Indianapolis Colts on becoming the first African-American head coaches 
of National Football League teams to qualify for the Super Bowl: H. 
Res. 90, to congratulate Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears and Tony 
Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts on becoming the first African-American 
head coaches of National Football League teams to qualify for the Super 
Bowl, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' 
Roll No. 61.
  Pages H1014-18
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were 
postponed until Wednesday, January 31.
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week: H. Res. 
59, to support the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week; 
                                                         Pages H1004-07
  Honoring the life of Percy Lavon Julian, a pioneer in the field of 
organic chemistry research and development and the first and only 
African American chemist to be inducted into the National Academy of 
Sciences: H. Con. Res. 34, to honor the life of Percy Lavon Julian, a 
pioneer in the field of organic chemistry research and development and 
the first and only African American chemist to be inducted into the 
National Academy of Sciences; and
  Pages H1007-09
  Expressing support for the designation and goals of ``Hire a Veteran 
Week'' and encouraging the President to issue a proclamation supporting 
those goals: H. Con. Res. 5, to express support for the designation and 
goals of ``Hire a Veteran Week'' and encouraging the President to issue 
a proclamation supporting those goals.
  Pages H1010-14
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H1018, H1019 and H1019-20. 
There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:49 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
HOMELAND SECURITY GOALS
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a 
hearing on 5 and 10 year Homeland Security Goals: Where We Need To Be 
as a Nation and How We Judge Progress. Testimony was heard from the 
following former Senators: Warren Rudman of New Hampshire; and Gary 
Hart of Colorado; the following officials of the 9/11 Commission: 
former Representative Timothy J. Roemer of Indiana; and Jamie S. 
Gorelick; and public witnesses.
AFGHANISTAN SECURITY AND STABILITY
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on Security and Stability 
in Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
FORCE REQUIREMENTS DETERMINATION PROCESS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing on examination of the force requirements determination process. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
Defense: MG Richard P Formica, USA, Director, Force Management, Deputy 
Chief of Staff, G3, Headquarters, U.S. Army; MG Stephen T. Johnson, 
USMC, Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development 
Command; and Michael F. Applegate, Director, Manpower Plans and Policy, 
Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and 
Janet St. Laurent, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management Team, 
GAO.
CBO'S BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Committee on the Budget: Held a hearing on the Congressional Budget 
Office's Budget and Economic Outlook. Testimony was heard from Peter R. 
Orszag, Director, CBO.
GENETIC DISCRIMINATION OF WORKERS
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, 
Labor and Pensions held a hearing on Protecting Workers from Genetic 
Discrimination. Testimony was heard from Representatives Slaughter and 
Biggert; and public witnesses.
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY SECURITY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Continuing Security Concerns 
at Los Alamos National Laboratory.'' Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Energy: Gregory H. Friedman, 
Inspector General; Glenn S.

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Podonsky, Chief Health, Safety and Security Officer, Office of Health, 
Safety and Security; Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary, Office of the 
Secretary; Thomas N. Pyke, Jr., Chief Information Officer; Thomas P. 
D'Agostino, Acting Administrator; William J. Desmond, Associate 
Administrator and Chief for Defense Nuclear Security; and Linda 
Wilbanks, Chief Information Officer, all with the National Nuclear 
Security Administration; Michael R. Anastasio, Director, Los Alamos 
National Laboratory; and a public witness.
ALLEGATIONS OF POLITICAL INTERFERENCE WITH WORK OF CLIMATE CHANGE 
SCIENTISTS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Held a hearing on 
allegations of political interference with the work of government 
climate change scientists. Testimony was heard from Drew Shindell, 
Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA; and public witnesses.
FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FISCAL YEAR 2007
Committee on Rules. Granted, by a vote of 8 to 4, a closed rule 
providing one hour of debate in the House on H.J. Res. 20, making 
further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007, and for 
other purposes, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule 
waives all points of order against the joint resolution and against its 
consideration (except for clause 9 or 10 of Rule XXI). The rule also 
provides that the joint resolution shall be considered as read. 
Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit. Testimony was heard 
from Chairman Obey and Representatives Lewis of California, 
Knollenberg, Weldon of Florida, Hall of Texas, Moran of Kansas, 
Sessions, Walden of Oregon, Flake, Brown-Waite of Florida, Feeney, King 
of Iowa and Campbell of California.
ADVANCE FUELS INFRASTRUCTURE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACT
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and 
Environment held a hearing on H.R. 547, Advanced Fuels Infrastructure 
Research and Development Act. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--COAST GUARD INTEGRATED DEEPWATER SYSTEM
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation held an oversight hearing of Coast 
Guard Integrated Deepwater System. Testimony was heard from ADM Thad W. 
Allen, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Department of Homeland 
Security; and public witnesses.
FEDERAL RAILROAD SAFETY PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on 
Reauthorization of the Federal Rail Safety Program. Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Transportation: 
Joseph Boardman, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; and 
Calvin Scovel, Inspector General; Mark Rosenker, Chairman, National 
Transportation Safety Board; and Katherine Siggerud, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure Issues, GAO.
  Hearings continue tomorrow.
COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION; OVERSIGHT PLAN
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Met for organizational purposes.
  The Committee approved an Oversight Plan for the 110th Congress.
TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION
Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on Trade and Globalization. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
SUBCOMMITTEE ORGANIZATION
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures 
met for organizational purposes.
SUBCOMMITTEE ORGANIZATION
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade met for 
organizational purposes.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-01-31

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                   COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

                            JANUARY 31, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: organizational 
business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing 
expenditures for committee operation; to be followed by a hearing to 
examine the roles of Federal food assistance programs in family 
economic security and nutrition, 9:45 a.m., SR-328A.
  Committee on Armed Services: to receive a closed briefing 
regarding the Iraq ``surge'' plan, 10 a.m., SR-222.
  Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, to resume 
hearings to examine abusive practices in Department of Defense 
contracting for services and inter-agency contracting, 2:30 p.m., 
SR-222.

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  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: organizational 
business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing 
expenditures for committee operations, committee's rules of 
procedure for the 110th Congress, and subcommittee assignments; to 
be followed by a hearing to examine the Department of the Treasury's 
report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate 
Policy (IEERP) and the U.S.-China strategic economic dialogue, 10 
a.m., SD-G50.
  Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine solutions to 
long-term fiscal challenges, 10 a.m., SD-608.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: business 
meeting to consider pending calendar business; to be followed by a 
hearing to examine economic and security concerns relating to 
promoting travel to America, 2:30 p.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to 
consider S. 202, to provide for the conveyance of certain Forest 
Service land to the city of Coffman Cove, Alaska, S. 216, to provide 
for the exchange of certain Federal land in the Santa Fe National 
Forest and certain non-Federal land in the Pecos National Historical 
Park in the State of New Mexico, S. 220, to authorize early 
repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the A & 
B Irrigation District in the State of Idaho, S. 232, to make 
permanent the authorization for watershed restoration and 
enhancement agreements, S. 235, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain buildings and lands of the Yakima 
Project, Washington, to the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District, S. 
240, to reauthorize and amend the National Geologic Mapping Act of 
1992, S. 241, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter 
into cooperative agreements to protect natural resources of units of 
the National Park System through collaborative efforts on land 
inside and outside of units of the National Park System, S. 245, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to designate the President 
William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home in Hope, Arkansas, as a 
National Historic Site and unit of the National Park System, S. 255, 
to provide assistance to the State of New Mexico for the development 
of comprehensive State water plans, S. 260, to establish the Fort 
Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area, S. 262, to 
rename the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in 
the State of Idaho as the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey 
National Conservation Area in honor of the late Morley Nelson, an 
international authority on birds of prey, who was instrumental in 
the establishment of this National Conservation Area, S. 263, to 
amend the Oregon Resource Conservation Act of 1996 to reauthorize 
the participation of the Bureau of Reclamation in the Deschutes 
River Conservancy, S. 264, to authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to 
participate in the rehabilitation of the Wallowa Lake Dam in Oregon, 
S. 265, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through 
the Bureau of Reclamation, to conduct a water resource feasibility 
study for the Little Butte/Bear Creek Subbasins in Oregon, S. 266, 
to provide for the modification of an amendatory repayment contract 
between the Secretary of the Interior and the North Unit Irrigation 
District, S. 268, to designate the Ice Age Floods National Geologic 
Trail, S. 275, to establish the Prehistoric Trackways National 
Monument in the State of New Mexico, S. 277, to modify the 
boundaries of Grand Teton National Park to include certain land 
within the GT Park Subdivision, S. 278, to establish a program and 
criteria for National Heritage Areas in the United States, S. 283, 
to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003, S. 
320, to provide for the protection of paleontological resources on 
Federal lands, H.R. 57, to repeal certain sections of the Act of May 
26, 1936, pertaining to the Virgin Islands, and S. 200, to require 
the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of 
Reclamation and the United States Geological Survey, to conduct a 
study on groundwater resources in the State of Alaska, 11:30 a.m., 
SD-366.
  Committee on Finance: organizational business meeting to consider 
an original resolution authorizing expenditures for committee 
operations, subcommittee assignments, and the nominations of Michael 
J. Astrue, of Massachusetts, to be Commissioner of Social Security, 
and Dean A. Pinkert, of Virginia, and Irving A. Williamson, of New 
York, each to be a Member of the United States International Trade 
Commission, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to continue hearings to examine 
securing America's interests in Iraq, focusing on the remaining 
options in Iraq in the strategic context, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: 
organizational business meeting to consider an original resolution 
authorizing expenditures for committee operations, committee's rules 
of procedure for the 110th Congress, and subcommittee assignments; 
committee will also consider the Genetic Information 
Nondiscrimination Act, 10 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the Iraq 
Study Group, focusing on recommendations for improvements to Iraq's 
police and criminal justice system, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, to 
hold hearings to examine challenges and strategies for securing the 
U.S. border, 2:30 p.m., SD-226.
  Committee on Rules and Administration: organizational business 
meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
for committee operations, committee's rules of procedure for the 
110th Congress, and subcommittee assignments, 9:30 a.m., SR-301.
  Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: to hold hearings 
to examine Federal small business assistance programs for veterans 
and reservists, 10 a.m., SR-428A.
  Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine if 
Medicare Part D is working for low-income seniors, 10:30 a.m., SD-
562.


                                 House

  Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces 
and the Subcommittee on Readiness, joint hearing on Army equipment 
reset, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, hearing on the Department of 
Energy's implementation of the National

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Nuclear Security Administration Act of 2000, 1 p.m., 2226 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and 
Capabilities, hearing on current manning, equipping and readiness 
challenges facing Special Operations Forces, 3 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on Education and Labor, hearing on Strengthening 
America's Middle Class: Evaluating the Economic Squeeze on America's 
Families, 10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, to meet for organizational 
purposes, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, hearing on Understanding the Iran 
Crisis, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, oversight hearing entitled 
``Presidential Signing Statements under the Bush Administration: A 
Threat to Checks and Balances and the Rule of Law?'' 10:15 a.m., 
2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science and Technology, to mark up the following 
measures: H.R. 547, Advanced Fuels Infrastructure Research and 
Development Act; and H. Res. 72, Recognizing the work and 
accomplishments of Mr. Britt ``Max'' Mayfield, Director of the 
National Hurricane Center's Tropical Center's Tropical Prediction 
Center upon his retirement, 11 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, to meet for organizational purposes, 
12 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, to continue hearings 
on Reauthorization of the Federal Rail Safety Program, 2 p.m., 2167 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, to mark up the 
following: the Water Quality Financing Act of 2007; H.R. 569, Water 
Quality Investment Act of 2007; and a measure to amend the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act to extend the pilot program for 
alternative water source projects; and other pending business, 10 
a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, hearing on the Economic Challenges 
Facing Middle Class Families, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.


                             Joint Meetings

  Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine ensuring the 
economic future by promoting middle-class prosperity, 9:30 a.m., SD-
106.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                    9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 31

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 60 minutes), Senate will continue consideration 
of H.R. 2, Fair Minimum Wage.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                     10 a.m., Wednesday, January 31

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.J. Res. 20, making further 
continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007.
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E218
Boustany, Charles W., Jr., La., E216
Brady, Robert A., Pa., E216
Buyer, Steve, Ind., E214
Capuano, Michael E., Mass., E215
Clay, Wm. Lacy, Mo., E212
Costa, Jim, Calif., E222
Costello, Jerry F., Ill., E219
Davis, David, Tenn., E215
Davis, Tom, Va., E214
DeLauro, Rosa L., Conn., E220
Emanuel, Rahm, Ill., E221
Frank, Barney, Mass., E212
Graves, Sam, Mo., E211
Herseth, Stephanie, S.D., E213
Issa, Darrell E., Calif., E221
Jackson-Lee, Sheila, Tex., E222
Jordan, Jim, Ohio, E211
Kildee, Dale E., Mich., E214
Larson, John B., Conn., E221
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy, Wash., E213
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E209, E210, E211, E211, E213
Manzullo, Donald A., Ill., E213
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E219
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E215
Oberstar, James L., Minn., E220
Payne, Donald M., N.J., E216
Rahall, Nick J., II., W.Va., E219
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E220
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E209
Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E216
Skelton, Ike, Mo., E210
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E217
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E209, E210
Walberg, Timothy, Mich., E212, E218
Walsh, James T., N.Y., E217
Wilson, Joe, S.C., E216 


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