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Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate; Congressional Record Vol. 153, No. 70


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                                               Tuesday, May 1, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

      See Resume of Congressional Activity.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5315-S5438
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and seven resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1254-1261, and S. Res. 178-184.
  Pages S5390-91
Measures Passed:
  Violence in Guatemala: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged 
from further consideration of S. Res. 155, expressing the sense of the 
Senate on efforts to control violence and strengthen the rule of law in 
Guatemala, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S5432
  United States Air Force Academy Football Program: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 181, honoring and recognizing the achievements of the United 
States Air Force Academy football program over the last 27 years. 
                                                         Pages S5432-33
  Honoring Jack Valenti: Senate agreed to S. Res. 182, honoring the 
life of Jack Valenti.
  Pages S5433-34
  National Charter Schools Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 183, 
supporting the goals and ideals of National Charter Schools Week, April 
30, 2007, through May 4, 2007.
  Page S5434
  National Childhood Stroke Awareness Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
184, expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to childhood 
stroke and designating May 5, 2007, as ``National Childhood Stroke 
Awareness Day''.
  Pages S5434-35
  1955 Bonn Accords: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from 
further consideration of S. Res. 141, urging all member countries of 
the International Commission of the International Tracing Service who 
have yet to ratify the May 2006 amendments to the 1955 Bonn Accords to 
expedite the ratification process to allow for open access to the 
Holocaust archives located at Bad Arolsen, Germany, and the resolution 
was then agreed to.
  Page S5435
  Celebrating Young Americans: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 177, designating April 
30, 2007, as ``Dia de los Ninos: Celebrating Young Americans'', and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S5435-36
  National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 116, designating May 2007 as ``National Autoimmune Diseases 
Awareness Month'' and supporting efforts to increase awareness of 
autoimmune diseases and increase funding for autoimmune disease 
research.
  Page S5436
  Endangered Species Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 125, designating May 
18, 2007, as ``Endangered Species Day'', and encouraging the people of 
the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to 
species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to 
promote species conservation worldwide.
  Pages S5436-37
  American Eagle Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 146, designating June 
20, 2007, as ``American Eagle Day'', and celebrating the recovery and 
restoration of the American bald eagle, the national symbol of the 
United States.
  Page S5437
  Commemorating Law Enforcement Officers: Senate agreed to S. Res. 162, 
commemorating and acknowledging the dedication and sacrifice made by 
the men and women who have lost their lives while serving as law 
enforcement officers, after agreeing to the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S5437-38
  Reid (for Bunning) Amendment No. 1007, to amend the preamble. 
                                                             Page S5438
Measures Considered:
Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments: Senate continued consideration 
of S. 1082, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to 
reauthorize

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and amend the prescription drug user fee provisions, after modifying 
the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and taking 
action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S5325-88
Pending:
  Landrieu Amendment No. 1004, to require the Food and Drug 
Administration to permit the sale of baby turtles as pets so long as 
the seller uses proven methods to effectively treat salmonella. 
                                                         Pages S5375-80
  Dorgan Amendment No. 990, to provide for the importation of 
prescription drugs.
Pages S5380-85
  A motion was entered to close further debate on Dorgan Amendment No. 
990 (listed above) and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII 
of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on 
Thursday, May 3, 2007.
Pages S5387-88
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. 
                                                             Page S5438
Appointments:
  President's Export Council: The Chair, pursuant to Executive Order 
12131, as amended and extended, reappointed and appointed the following 
Members to the President's Export Council:
  Reappointment: Senator Dorgan.
  Appointment: Senators Brown and Stabenow.
Page S5432
Messages From the House:
  Page S5390
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Pages S5390, S5432
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5391-93
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5393-S5402
Additional Statements:
  Page S5390
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S5402-31
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S5431
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S5431
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. , and adjourned at 7:49 
p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. (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 Vol. 153, No. 70


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
FARM BILL RECOMMENDATIONS
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine conservation policy recommendations for the farm 
bill, after receiving testimony from Senators Cardin and Menendez; 
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Madison, on behalf of the Midwestern 
Governors Association; Olin Sims, National Association of Conservation 
Districts, McFadden, Wyoming; Ferd Hoefner, Sustainable Agriculture 
Coalition, and Julie M. Sibbing, National Wildlife Federation, on 
behalf of the Agriculture and Wildlife Working Group, both of 
Washington, D.C.; John Hansen, Nebraska Farmers Union, Lincoln, on 
behalf of the National Farmers Union; and Robert Harrington, Montana 
State Forester, Missoula, on behalf of the National Association of 
State Foresters.
TRUCK DRIVER FATIGUE REDUCTION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and 
Security concluded a hearing to examine Electronic On-Board Recorders 
(EOBRs) and truck driver fatigue reduction, after receiving testimony 
from John H. Hill, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, and Mark V. Rosenker, Chairman, National Transportation 
Safety Board, both of the Department of Transportation; John E. 
Harrison, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Washington, D.C.; Jerry 
G. Gabbard, Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation, Issaquah, Washington; 
Anne T. McCartt, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, 
Virginia; Richard S. Reiser, Werner Enterprises, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, 
on behalf of the American Trucking Associations, Inc.; and Richard G. 
Olson, Fil-Mor Express, Inc., Cannon Falls, Minnesota.
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLES
Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and 
Infrastructure concluded a hearing to examine advanced technology 
vehicles, focusing on the transportation system of the future, after 
receiving testimony from Mark M. Chernoby, DaimlerChrysler Corporation, 
Auburn Hills, Michigan; David Vieau, A123Systems, Watertown, 
Massachusetts; Martin Eberhard, Tesla Motors Inc., San Carlos, 
California; Walter McManus, University of Michigan Transportation 
Research Institute, Ann Arbor; and Phillip Baxley, Shell Hydrogen LLC, 
Houston, Texas.
NOMINATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Howard Charles 
Weizmann, of Maryland, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel 
Management, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his 
own behalf.

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PROCESS PATENTS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
process patents, including S. 1145, to amend title 35, United States 
Code, to provide for patent reform, after receiving testimony from 
Wayne W. Herrington, Assistant General Counsel, United States 
International Trade Commission; John R. Thomas, Georgetown University 
Law Center, Washington, D.C.; Michael K. Kirk, American Intellectual 
Property Law Association, Arlington, Virginia; and Christopher A. 
Cotropia, University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Virginia.
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT MODERNIZATION
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine modernizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Public 
Law 95-511), after receiving testimony from Kenneth L. Wainstein, 
Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of 
Justice; J. Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence; and 
Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander, Director, National Security 
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Daily Digest/House of Representatives; Congressional Record Vol. 153, No. 70


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 22 public bills, H.R. 2080-
2101; and 18 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 135-139; and H. Res. 346-347, 
351-361 were introduced.
  Pages H4291-92
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H4292-95
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 348, providing for consideration of H.R. 1429, to reauthorize 
the Head Start Act, to improve program quality, and to expand access 
(H. Rept. 110-116);
  H. Res. 349, providing for consideration of H.R. 1867, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010 for the National 
Science Foundation (H. Rept. 110-117); and
  H. Res. 350, providing for consideration of H.R. 1868, to authorize 
appropriations for the National Institute of Standards and Technology 
for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010 (H. Rept. 110-118).
Page H4291
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Welch to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H4211
Recess: The House recessed at 10:44 a.m. and reconvened at noon. 
                                                             Page H4212
Election of committee to attend the funeral of the late Honorable 
Juanita Millender-McDonald: The Chair announced the Speaker's 
appointment of the following Members of the House of Representatives to 
the committee to attend the funeral of the late Honorable Juanita 
Millender-McDonald: Representatives Stark, Pelosi, George Miller (CA), 
Waxman, Lewis (CA), Dreier, Hunter, Lantos, Berman, Gallegly, Herger, 
Rohrabacher, Doolittle, Waters, Becerra, Calvert, Eshoo, Filner, 
McKeon, Roybal-Allard, Royce, Woolsey, Farr, Zoe Lofgren, Radanovich, 
Sherman, Loretta Sanchez, Tauscher, Capps, Bono, Lee, Gary G. Miller 
(CA), Napolitano, Thompson (CA), Baca, Harman, Davis (CA), Honda, Issa, 
Schiff, Solis, Watson, Cardoza, Nunes, Linda T. Sanchez, Daniel E. 
Lungren, Costa, Matsui, Campbell (CA), Bilbray, McCarthy (CA), 
McNerney, Conyers, Lewis (GA), Faleomavaega, McDermott, Norton, 
Jefferson, Bishop (GA), Corrine Brown (FL), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), 
Scott (VA), Watt, Thompson (MS), Jackson-Lee (TX), Cummings, Hinojosa, 
Kilpatrick, Kucinich, Meeks (NY), Berkley, Gonzalez, Holt, Jones (OH), 
Davis (AL), Meek (FL), Scott (GA), Butterfield, Cleaver, Al Green (TX), 
Moore (WI), Clarke, Ellison, and Johnson (GA).
  Pages H4212-13
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the 
following measures:
  Honoring the career and research accomplishments of Frances E. Allen, 
the 2006 recipient of the A.M. Turing Award: H. Con. Res. 95, amended, 
to honor the career and research accomplishments of Frances E. Allen, 
the 2006 recipient of the A.M. Turing Award;
  Pages H4216, H4219-20
  Recognizing the accomplishments of Roger D. Kornberg, Andrew Fire, 
Craig Mello, John C. Mather, and George F. Smoot for being awarded 
Nobel Prizes in the fields of chemistry, physiology or medicine, and 
physics: H. Res. 316, to recognize the accomplishments of Roger D. 
Kornberg, Andrew Fire, Craig Mello, John C. Mather, and George F.

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Smoot for being awarded Nobel Prizes in the fields of chemistry, 
physiology or medicine, and physics;
  Pages H4220-21
  Recognizing the 45th anniversary of John Hershel Glenn, Jr.'s 
historic achievement in becoming the first United States astronaut to 
orbit the Earth: H. Res. 252, to recognize the 45th anniversary of John 
Hershel Glenn, Jr.'s historic achievement in becoming the first United 
States astronaut to orbit the Earth;
  Pages H4221-24
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Community College Month: 
H. Res. 334, to support the goals and ideals of National Community 
College Month, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 270;
  Pages H4224-27, H4257-58
  Supporting the goals and ideas of a National Child Care Worthy Wage 
Day: H. Con. Res. 112, to support the goals and ideas of a National 
Child Care Worthy Wage Day, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 345 yeas to 
73 nays, with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 271; 
                                               Pages H4227-28, H4258-59
  Commending the University of Florida Gators for their historic win in 
the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men's 
Basketball Tournament: H. Res. 298, to commend the University of 
Florida Gators for their historic win in the 2007 National Collegiate 
Athletic Association Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas with none voting ``nay'', and 4 voting 
``present'', Roll No. 272;
  Pages H4228-30, H4259
  Congratulating charter schools and their students, parents, teachers, 
and administrators across the United States for their ongoing 
contributions to education: H. Res. 344, to congratulate charter 
schools and their students, parents, teachers, and administrators 
across the United States for their ongoing contributions to education; 
                                                         Pages H4230-32
  Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the 
transatlantic slave trade: H. Res. 272, amended, to commemorate the 
200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade; 
                                                         Pages H4232-38
  Observing the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave 
trade: H. Res. 158, amended, to observe the 200th anniversary of the 
abolition of the British slave trade and encouraging the people of the 
United States, particularly the youth of the United States, to remember 
the life and legacy of William Wilberforce, a member of the British 
House of Commons who devoted his life to the suppression and abolition 
of the institution of slavery, and to work for the protection of human 
rights throughout the world;
  Pages H4238-42
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``Encouraging the people of 
the United States, particularly the youth of the United States, to 
observe the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave 
trade and remember the life and legacy of William Wilberforce, a member 
of the British House of Commons who devoted his life to the suppression 
and abolition of the institution of slavery, and to work for the 
protection of human rights throughout the world.''.
Page H4242
  Expressing the sympathy of House of Representatives to the families 
of women and girls murdered in Guatemala and encouraging the Government 
of Guatemala to bring an end to these crimes: H. Res. 100, to express 
the sympathy of House of Representatives to the families of women and 
girls murdered in Guatemala and encouraging the Government of Guatemala 
to bring an end to these crimes;
  Pages H4242-46
  Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of 
Cinco de Mayo: H. Res. 347, to recognize the historical significance of 
the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo; and
  Pages H4253-55
  Congratulating the City of Chicago for being chosen to represent the 
United States in the international competition to host the 2016 Olympic 
and Paralympic Games, and encouraging the International Olympic 
Committee to select Chicago as the site of the 2016 Olympic and 
Paralympic Games: H. Con. Res. 118, to congratulate the City of Chicago 
for being chosen to represent the United States in the international 
competition to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and 
encouraging the International Olympic Committee to select Chicago as 
the site of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  Pages H4255-57
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence--Appointment: The Chair 
announced the Speaker's appointment of Representative Gallegly to the 
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  Page H4232
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were 
postponed until Wednesday, May 2nd:
  Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to 
immediately and unconditionally release Father Nguyen Van Ly, Nguyen 
Van Dai, Le Thi Cong Nhan, and other political prisoners and prisoners 
of conscience: H. Res. 243, amended, to call on the Government of the 
Socialist Republic of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally 
release Father Nguyen Van Ly, Nguyen Van

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Dai, Le Thi Cong Nhan, and other political prisoners and prisoners of 
conscience.
  Pages H4246-53
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
pages H4295-96.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H4257-58, H4258-59 and H4259. 
There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 10:37 p.m.



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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings; Congressional Record Vol. 153, No. 70


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Committee Meetings
CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management held a hearing to review the crop insurance industry. 
Testimony was heard from. The following officials of the USDA: Keith 
Collins, Chief Economist; and Eldon Gould, Administrator, Risk 
Management Agency; and public witnesses.
RURAL BROADBAND PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural 
Development, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing on review of rural 
broadband programs operated by the USDA's Rural Utilities Service. 
Testimony was heard from James Andrew, Rural Utilities Service, USDA; 
and public witnesses.
DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on 
Health Personnel Overview. Testimony was heard from David S. C. Chu, 
Under Secretary, Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on Preventative Medicine and 
Cancers Programs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the Department of Defense: Ellen Embry, Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Force Health Protection and Readiness and Director, Deployment Health 
Support; BG Michael B. Cates, USA, Commander, U.S. Army Center for 
Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine; BG Theresa Casey, M.D., 
USAF, Assistant Surgeon General for Modernization; RADM David Smith, 
USN, Deputy Chief of Staff for Health Care Operations; and COL Janet 
Harris, Director, Congressionally Director Medical Research Program; 
and public witnesses.
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch 
continued appropriations hearings. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
FINANCING COLLEGE EDUCATION.
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Higher Education, 
Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness held a hearing on Paying For a 
College Education: Barriers and Solutions for Students and Families.'' 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air 
Quality held a hearing entitled ``Achieving--At Long Last--Appliance 
Efficiency Standards.'' Testimony was heard from Alexander A. Karsner, 
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department 
of Energy; Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Commissioner, Energy Commission, State 
of California; and public witnesses.
HEART DISEASE EDUCATION, ANALYSIS RESEARCH, AND TREATMENT FOR WOMEN ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on H.R. 1014, Heart Disease Education, Analysis Research, and Treatment 
for Women Act. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION RESEARCH
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on H.R. 20, Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and 
Care Act. Testimony was heard from Catherine Roca, M.D. Chief, Women's 
Programs, National Institutes of Mental Health, Department of Health 
and Human Services; and public witnesses.
U.S. CHINA RELATIONS FUTURE
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on the Future of 
Political, Economic and Security Relations with China. Testimony was 
heard from John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary, Department of State.
FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE
Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing entitled ``The Direction 
and Viability of the Federal Protective Service.'' Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: 
James L. Taylor, Deputy Inspector General; and Gary Schenkel, Director, 
Federal Protective Service; and public witnesses.
SUBPOENA ISSUANCE; BANKRUPTCY ABUSE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law approved a resolution authorizing the Chairman to 
issue a subpoena to James Comey for testimony and related documents at 
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the circumstances surrounding recent terminations of U.S. Attorney's, 
representatives to Congress regarding those circumstances, and related 
matters.
  The Committee also held a hearing on the Second Anniversary of the 
Enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection 
Act of 2005: Are Consumers Really Being Protected Under the Act. 
Testimony was heard from Yvonne D. Jones, Director, Financial Markets 
and Community Investment, GAO; and public witnesses.
INTERNET SPYWAVE PREVENTION ACT; SECURING AIRCRAFT COCKPITS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and 
Homeland Security approved for full Committee action the following 
bills: H.R. 1525, Internet Spyware (I-SPY) Prevention Act of 2007; and 
H.R. 1615, Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2007.
  Prior to this action, the Subcommittee held a hearing on these 
measures. Testimony was heard from Representatives Zoe Lofgren of 
California, Goodlatte, and Keller.
POINT SYSTEMS FOR SELECTING IMMIGRANTS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, 
Refugees, Border Security, and International Law held a hearing on An 
Examination of Point Systems as a Method for Selecting Immigrants. 
Testimony was heard from Senator Sessions; the following Foreign Law 
Specialists, Law Library of Congress: Clare Feikert; Stephen F. Clarke, 
Senior Foreign Law Specialist; and Lisa White; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--FUTURE OF FOSSIL FUELS
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources and the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public 
Lands held a joint oversight hearing on The Future of Fossil Fuels: 
Geological and Terrestrial Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide. Testimony 
was heard from Patrick Leahy, Associate Director, U.S. Geological 
Survey, Department of the Interior; Carl Bauer, Executive Director, 
National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--WINDS TURBINES WILDLIFE IMPACTS
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and 
Oceans held an oversight hearing on Gone with Wind: Impacts of Wind 
Turbines on Birds and Bats. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Mollohan; Dale Hall, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; FDA CHALLENGES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Ordered reported the 
following measures: H.R. 1873, amended, Small Business Fairness in 
Contracting Act; H.R. 2080, To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule 
Act to conform the District charter to revisions made by the Council of 
the District of Columbia relating to public education; H.R. 2081, 
amended, To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to increase 
the salary of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia; 
H.R. 1617, To designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 561 Kingsland Avenue in University City, Missouri, 
as the ``Harriett F. Woods Post Office Building;'' H.R. 2025, To 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
11033 South State Street in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Willye B. White 
Post Office Building;'' H. Res. 53, Recognizing the life of Lamar Hunt 
and his outstanding contributions to the Kansas City Chiefs, the 
National Football League, and the United States; H.R. 1722, To 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
601 Banyan Trail in Boca Raton, Florida, as the ``Leonard W. Herman 
Post Office;'' H. Con. Res. 105, Supporting the goals and ideals of a 
National Suffragists Day to promote awareness of the importance of the 
women suffragists who worked for the right of women to vote in the 
United States; H. Res. 307, Expressing the sense of the House of 
Representatives that public servants should be commended for their 
dedication and continued service to the National during Public Service 
Recognition Week, May 7 through 13, 2007; H.R. 1335, To designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 508 East Main 
Street in Seneca, South Carolina, as the ``S/Sgt Lewis G. Watkins Post 
Office Building;'' H.R. 1260, To designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 6301 Highway 58 in Harrison, 
Tennessee, as the ``Claude Ramsey Post Office;'' H. Con. Res. 117, 
Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown; and 
H. Res. 291, Supporting the goals and ideals of Peace Officers Memorial 
Day.
  The Committee also held a hearing on FDA's Critical Mission and 
Challenges for the Future. Testimony was heard from Andrew C. Von 
Eschenbach, M.D., Commissioner, FDA, Department of Health and Human 
Services; and the following former Commissioners of the FDA: Donald 
Kennedy; Frank Young, M.D., and David Kessler, M.D.

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IMPROVING HEAD START ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, a structured rule. The 
rule provides 1 hour of general debate on H.R. 1429, Improving Head 
Start Act of 2007, equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Education and Labor. The 
rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill 
except for clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI. The rule provides that the 
amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on 
Education and Labor shall be considered as an original bill for the 
purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read. The rule waives 
all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute except for clauses 9 and 10 of Rules XXI.
  The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in this report 
and provides that they may be offered only in the order printed in this 
report, may be offered only by a Member designated in this report, 
shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified 
in this report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an 
opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject 
to a demand for a division of the question in the House or in the 
Committee of the Whole. The rule waives all points of order against the 
amendments printed in the report except for clauses 9 and 10 of Rule 
XXI. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without 
instructions. Finally, the rule provides that, notwithstanding the 
operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further 
consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker. 
Testimony was heard from Chairman George Miller of California; and 
Representatives Kildee, Welch of Vermont, Kennedy, Carnahan, Shuler, 
McKeon, Castle, Fortuno, Mica, Putnam and Porter.
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AND MANUFACTURING STIMULATION ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, a structured rule. The 
rule provides 1 hour of general debate on H.R. 1868, Technology 
Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act of 2007, equally divided 
and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Science and Technology. The rule waives all points of 
order against consideration of the bill except clauses 9 and 10 of Rule 
XXI. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology now printed in 
the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of 
amendment and shall be considered as read. All points of order against 
the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except 
clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI.
  The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in this report. 
The amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed 
in this report, may be offered only by a Member designated in this 
report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time 
specified in this report equally divided and controlled by the 
proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall 
not be subject to a demand for a division of the question in the House 
or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against the 
amendments except for clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI are waived. The rule 
provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule 
provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, 
the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time 
designated by the Speaker. Testimony was heard from Representatives Wu, 
Hall of Texas, and Manzullo.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, an open rule with a 
preprinting requirement. The rule provides 1 hour of general debate on 
H.R. 1867, National Science Foundation Act of 2007, equally divided and 
controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee 
on Science and Technology.
  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill 
except those arising under clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI. The rule makes 
in order the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the 
Committee on Science and Technology as an original bill for the purpose 
of amendment. The rule waives all points of order against the amendment 
in the nature of a substitute except clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI. The 
rule provides that notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no 
amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute 
shall be in order except those printed in the portion of the 
Congressional Record designated for that purpose in clause 8 of rule 
XVIII and except pro forma amendments for the purpose of debate. Each 
amendment so printed may be offered only by the Member who caused it to 
be printed or his designee and shall be considered as read. The rule 
provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Finally 
the rule provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous 
question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a 
time designated by the Speaker. Testimony

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was heard from Representatives Baird, Hall of Texas and Weldon of 
Florida.
SSA's DISABILITY CLAIMS BACKLOG
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a 
hearing to examine the SSA's ability to hire Administrative Law Judges 
to address the growing disability claims backlog. Testimony was heard 
from Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner, SSA; and Linda M. Springer, 
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             COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and 
Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to 
examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2008 for global 
health, 9:30 a.m., SD-124.
  Subcommittee on Defense, to hold closed hearings to examine 
proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2008 for defense 
intelligence, 10:30 a.m., S-407, Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, to hold 
hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2008 
for the government of the District of Columbia, focusing on 
federally-funded entities, 4 p.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, to 
hold hearings to examine the Department of Energy atomic energy 
defense programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for 
Fiscal Year 2008, 2:30 p.m., SR-232A.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee 
on Science, Technology, and Innovation, to hold hearings to examine 
the 2006 Nobel Laureates, 4 p.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to 
consider pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the Medicare 
prescription drug benefit, focusing on monitoring early experiences, 
10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology 
and Homeland Security, to hold hearings to examine strengthening the 
security of international travel documents, focusing on interrupting 
terrorist travel, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine the 
Nursing Home Reform Act (Public Law 100-203), focusing on what has 
been accomplished and what challenges still remain, 10:30 a.m., SD-
628.


                                 House

  Committee on Agriculture, hearing on review of the USDA's release 
of program beneficiaries' Social Security numbers and the 
Department's information systems, generally, 1 p.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Appropriations, on Farm and 
Foreign Agricultural Services, 9:30 a.m., 2362 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Defense, on Defense Health Program Overview, 10 
a.m., H-140 Capitol.
  Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, 
to mark up H.R. 1585, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2008, 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Military Personnel, to mark up H.R. 1585, National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, 11:30 a.m., 2212 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, to mark up H.R. 1585, National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, 1 p.m., 2118 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, 
and Consumer Protection, hearing on H.R. 1902, Protecting Consumer 
Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2007, 3 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Assessing the Impact of 
a Safe and Equitable Biosimilar Policy in the United States,'' 10 
a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, to consider the following bills: 
H.R. 698, Industrial Bank Holding Company Act of 2007; and H.R. 
1852, Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007, 10 a.m., 2128 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International 
Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, hearing to review the 
State Department's 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 
10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on House Administration, meeting of the Ad Hoc Election 
Panel to discuss matters pertaining to the Contested Election in the 
13th Congressional District of Florida, 10:30 a.m., 1309 Longworth.
  Committee on the Judiciary, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 
1700, COPS Improvements Act of 2007; H.R. 916, John R. Justice 
Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2007; H.R. 1525, Internet 
Spyware (I-SPY) Prevention Act of 2007; and H.R. 1615, Security 
Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2007; 10:15 a.m., 2141 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, to mark up the following bills: 
H.R. 1595, Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act; H.R. 359, 
Cesar Estrada Chavez Study Act; H.R. 713, Niagara Falls National 
Heritage Area Act; H.R. 1100, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic 
Site Boundary Revision Act of 2007; H.R. 986, Eightmile Wild and 
Scenic River Act; H.R. 505, Native Hawaiian Government 
Reorganization Act of 2007; H.R. 487, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe 
Equitable Compensation Amendments Act of 2007; H.R. 1114, Alaska 
Water Resources Act of 2007; H.R. 1080, Grand Teton National Park 
Extension Act of 2007; and H.R. 1140 South Orange County Recycled 
Water Enhancement Act, 11 a.m., 1324 Longworth,
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on 
Domestic Policy, hearing on Evaluating Children's Dentistry Under 
Medicaid, 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.

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  Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 1592, Local Law Enforcement 
Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, 2:30 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and 
Aeronautics, hearing on NASA's Space Science Programs: Review of 
Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Request and Issues, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Investigations and 
Oversight, hearing entitled ``Is the Veterans Corporation Prepared 
to Provide Entrepreneurial Development Assistance to Service Men and 
Women Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan?, 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to consider the 
following: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Survey Resolutions; a 
resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Works 
Week; H. Con. Res. 79, Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds 
for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby; H. Con. Res. 123, 
Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of 
Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run; H. Con. Res. 
124, Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National 
Peace Officers' Memorial Service; H.R. 1505, To designate the 
Federal building located at 131 East 4th Street in Davenport, Iowa, 
as the ``James A. Leach Federal Building;'' H.R. 1773, Safe American 
Roads Act of 2007, and other pending business, 11 a.m., 2167 
Rayburn.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, to mark up 
H.R. 2082, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, 2 
p.m., H-405 Capitol.



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*These figures include all measures reported, even if there was no 
accompanying report. A total of 59 reports have been filed in the 
Senate, a total of 115 reports have been filed in the House.

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                             Resume of Congressional Activity

                     FIRST SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH CONGRESS


    The first table gives a comprehensive resume of all legislative 
business transacted by the Senate and House.
    The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the 
Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

                               DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY


                             January 4 through April 30, 2007

                                               Senate             House             Total
     Days in session...............                64                59               . .
     Time in session...............     480 hrs., 48     481 hrs., 35               . .
     Congressional Record:
    Pages of proceedings...........             5,314             4,210               . .
    Extensions of Remarks..........               . .               893               . .
     Public bills enacted into law.                 3                16               . .
     Private bills enacted into law               . .               . .               . .
     Bills in conference...........               . .               . .               . .
     Measures passed, total........               171               294               465
    Senate bills...................                25                 4               . .
    House bills....................                23               138               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......                 1               . .               . .
    House joint resolutions........                 1                 1               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                 7                 1               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...                10                26               . .
    Simple resolutions.............               104               124               . .
     Measures reported, total*.....               113               112               225
    Senate bills...................                64               . .               . .
    House bills....................                 2                77               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......                 1               . .               . .
    House joint resolutions........               . .               . .               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                 4               . .               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...                 1                 2               . .
    Simple resolutions.............                41                33               . .
     Special reports...............                 7                 2               . .
     Conference reports............               . .                 1               . .
     Measures pending on calendar..                87                10               . .
     Measures introduced, total....             1,453             2,600             4,053
    Bills..........................             1,235             2,079               . .
    Joint resolutions..............                12                42               . .
    Concurrent resolutions.........                29               134               . .
    Simple resolutions.............               177               345               . .
     Quorum calls..................                 2                 1               . .
     Yea-and-nay votes.............               147               176               . .
     Recorded votes................               . .                92               . .
     Bills vetoed..................               . .               . .               . .
     Vetoes overridden.............               . .               . .               . .
                           DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS


                            January 4, through April 30, 2007

     Civilian Nominations, totaling 226, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed...........................................46...
         Unconfirmed........................................173...
         Withdrawn............................................7...

     Other Civilian Nominations, totaling 1,895, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,645...
         Unconfirmed........................................250...

     Air Force Nominations, totaling 5,095, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed........................................3,704...
         Unconfirmed......................................1,391...

     Army Nominations, totaling 1,360, disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,238...
         Unconfirmed........................................122...

     Navy Nominations, totaling 130, disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed..........................................105...
         Unconfirmed.........................................25...

     Marine Corps Nominations, totaling 1,310, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,304...
         Unconfirmed..........................................6...

                                Summary
     Total nominations carried over from the First Session....0
     Total nominations received this session.............10,016
     Total confirmed......................................8,042
     Total unconfirmed....................................1,967
     Total withdrawn..........................................7
     Total returned to the White House........................0



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_______________________________________________________________________


                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 2

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 60 minutes), Senate will continue consideration 
of S. 1082, Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Wednesday, May 2

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 1429--Improving Head Start 
Act of 2007 (Subject to a Rule) and H.R. 1867--National Science 
Foundation Authorization Act of 2007 (Subject to a Rule).
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Barton, Joe, Tex., E906
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E906
Boehner, John A., Ohio, E903
Bonner, Jo, Ala., E895, E901, E907
Capps, Lois, Calif., E904
Davis, Tom, Va., E899
Ellison, Kieth, Minn., E905
Everett, Terry, Ala., E905
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E905
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E905
Lewis, Ron, Ky., E897, E903
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E906
McHugh, John M., N.Y., E899
McKeon, Howard P. ``Buck'', Calif., E908
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy, E906
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E904
Manzullo, Donald A., Ill., E897
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E908
Moore, Dennis, Kans., E900
Paul, Ron, Tex., E898
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E896, E899, E902
Ruppersberger, C.A. Dutch, Md., E896, E902, E907
Rush, Bobby L., Ill., E897, E903
Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E906, E907
Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E905
Stupak, Bart, Mich., E900
Tancredo, Thomas G., Colo., E901, E901, E903, E907
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E904
Wamp, Zach, Tenn., E904
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E895, E895 



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