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                                             Thursday, May 10, 2007

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HIGHLIGHTS

      The House passed H.R. 2206, making emergency supplemental 
      appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007.
      The House passed H.R. 2207, making supplemental appropriations 
      for agricultural and other emergency assistance for the fiscal 
      year ending September 30, 2007.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5881-S6002
Measures Introduced: Eighteen bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1350-1367, and S. Res. 192-193. 
                                                         Pages S5928-29
Measures Passed:
  Negro Baseball Leagues: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged 
from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 29, encouraging the 
recognition of the Negro Baseball Leagues and their players on May 20th 
of each year, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to 
the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S6000-01
  Whitehouse (for Bunning) Amendment No. 1082, to amend the preamble. 
                                                             Page S6000
  North American Occupational Safety and Health Week: Senate agreed to 
S. Res. 193, designating the week of May 6 through May 12, 2007, as 
``North American Occupational Safety and Health Week'' and May 9, 2007 
as ``Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day''.
  Page S6001
  Honoring Gian Carlo Menotti: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 68, 
honoring the life and accomplishments of Gian Carlo Menotti and 
recognizing the success of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, 
South Carolina, which he founded.
  Page S6001
  Idaho Potato Month: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from 
further consideration of S. Res. 180, recognizing the 70th anniversary 
of the Idaho Potato Commission and designating May 2007 as ``Idaho 
Potato Month'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S6001-02
Measures Considered:
Water Resources Development Act: Senate began consideration of the 
motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1495, to provide for the 
conservation and development of water and related resources, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for 
improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States. 
                                                      Pages S5883-S5908
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 89 yeas to 7 nays (Vote No. 162), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to 
consideration of the bill.
Page S5896
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Mark S. Shelton, of Kansas, to be a Director of the Securities 
Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2008.
  William S. Jasien, of Virginia, to be a Director of the Securities 
Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2009.
  Robert Boldrey, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees 
of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National 
Environmental Policy Foundation for a term expiring May 26, 2013.
  Ravic Rolf Huso, of Hawaii, to be Ambassador to the Lao People's 
Democratic Republic.
  Ned L. Siegel, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of 
The Bahamas.
  Lezlee J. Westine, of Virginia, to be a Member of the United States 
Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 
2009.

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  John E. Osborn, of Delaware, to be a Member of the United States 
Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy for a term expiring July 1, 
2009.
  Howard Radzely, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
  2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Page S6002
Messages from the House:
  Page S5927
Measures Referred:
  Page S5927
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Pages S5882, S5927
Executive Communications:
  Pages S5927-28
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5929-30
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5930-50
Additional Statements:
  Pages S5926-27
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S5950-99
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S5999-S6000
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S6000
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--162) 
                                                             Page S5896
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 4:26 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2007. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6002.)


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Committee Meetings
                  (Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, 
and Related Programs concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget 
estimates for fiscal year 2008 for the Department of State and foreign 
operations, after receiving testimony from Condoleezza Rice, Secretary 
of State.
APPROPRIATIONS: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing 
and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to 
examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2008 for the Federal 
Aviation Administration, after receiving testimony from Marion C. 
Blakely, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, and Calvin L. 
Scovel III, Inspector General, both of the Department of 
Transportation.
NOMINATIONS:
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nominations of David George Nason, of Rhode 
Island, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Mario Mancuso, of 
New York, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, 
Michael W. Tankersley, of Texas, to be Inspector General, Export-Import 
Bank, Robert M. Couch, of Alabama, to be General Counsel of the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Janis Herschkowitz, of 
Pennsylvania, who was introduced by Senator Casey and Representative 
Holden, David George Nason, of Rhode Island, and Nguyen Van Hanh, of 
California, each to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the 
National Consumer Cooperative Bank, after the nominees testified and 
answered questions in their own behalf.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard concluded a hearing to 
examine the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on living 
marine resources, after receiving testimony from Richard A. Feely, 
Supervisory Chemical Oceanographer, Pacific Environmental Laboratory, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of 
Commerce; Scott C. Doney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods 
Hole, Massachusetts; David O. Conover, Stony Brook University Marine 
Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook, New York; Lara J. Hansen, World 
Wildlife Fund, and Admiral James D. Watkins, (Ret.) U.S. Navy, United 
States Commission on Ocean Policy, both of Washington, D.C.; and Gordon 
H. Kruse, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean 
Sciences, Juneau.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nominations of Joseph Timothy Kelliher, of the 
District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission, and R. Lyle Laverty, of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary 
for Fish and Wildlife, who was introduced by Senators Allard and 
Salazar, after each nominee testified and answered questions in their 
own behalf.
ECONOMIC ISSUES FOR AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine economic 
issues for America's working families and middle class, after receiving 
testimony from Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution, and Scott

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A. Hodge, Tax Foundation, both of Washington, D.C.; Elizabeth Warren, 
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Sarah Blackburn, 
Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana.
MANAGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the 
District of Columbia, concluded a hearing to examine a status report on 
reform efforts by the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for 
Management, after receiving testimony from Paul A. Schneider, Under 
Secretary of Homeland Security; and David M. Walker, Comptroller 
General of the United States, Government Accountability Office.
VIOLENT EXTREMISM
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine government efforts to defeat violent 
Islamist extremism, after receiving testimony from Jeremy F. Curtin, 
Coordinator, Bureau of International Information Programs, Department 
of State; Chip Poncy, Director, Office of Strategic Policy, Terrorist 
Financing and Financial Crimes, Department of the Treasury; John J. 
Miller, Assistant Director, Office of Public Affairs, Federal Bureau of 
Investigation, Department of Justice; and Jeffrey J. Grieco, Acting 
Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs, United 
States Agency for International Development.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following items:
  S. 1200, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise 
and extend the Act;
  S. 310, to express the policy of the United States regarding the 
United States relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a 
process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian 
governing entity;
  H.R. 835, to reauthorize the programs of the Department of Housing 
and Urban Development for housing assistance for Native Hawaiians; and
  S.J. Res. 4, to acknowledge a long history of official depredations 
and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding 
Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of 
the United States.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nominations of Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, who was introduced by 
Senators Cochran and Lott, Janet T. Neff, to be United States District 
Judge for the Western District of Michigan, who was introduced by 
Senators Levin and Stabenow, and Liam O'Grady, to be United States 
District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, who was introduced 
by Senator Warner, after each nominee testified and answered questions 
in their own behalf.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 29 public bills, H.R. 2260-
2288; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 147; and H. Res. 392-397 were 
introduced.
  Pages H4912-14
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H4914-15
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H.R. 1036, to authorize the Administrator of General Services to 
convey a parcel of real property to the Alaska Railroad Corporation (H. 
Rept. 110-145).
Page H4912
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Ronald L. 
Calkins, Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Mandeville, Louisiana. 
                                                             Page H4755
Recess: The House recessed at 9:06 a.m. and reconvened at 10:23 p.m. 
                                                             Page H4755
Reception in the House Chamber to Receive Former Members of Congress: 
The House recessed to receive the United States Association of Former 
Members of Congress in the House Chamber. Later, agreed to the Yarmuth 
motion that the proceedings had during the recess be printed in the 
Record.
  Pages H4755-63
Congratulating the City of Chicago for being chosen to represent the 
United States in the

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international competition to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic 
Games: The House agreed by unanimous consent to discharge from the 
Committee on Foreign Affairs and pass S. Con. Res. 28, 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. 
                                                             Page H4766
Small Business Fairness in Contracting Act: The House passed H.R. 1873, 
to reauthorize the programs and activities of the Small Business 
Administration relating to procurement, by a recorded vote of 409 ayes 
to 13 noes, Roll No. 323. Consideration of the bill began on Wednesday, 
May 9th.
  Pages H4766-72
  Rejected the English (PA) motion to recommit the bill to the 
Committee on Small Business with instructions to report the same back 
to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 209 
ayes to 216 noes, Roll No. 322.
Pages H4770-71
Agreed to:
  Sestak modified amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 110-137) that 
closes a loophole in the current bill that allows agencies to avoid 
doing small business impact studies by designating contracts as 
``transformed'' and lowers the new dollar threshold to ensure a greater 
portion of contracts are reviewed for their impact on small business as 
well as taxpayer savings (by a recorded vote of 423 ayes with none 
voting ``no'', Roll No. 319);
Pages H4767-68
  Shuler amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 110-137) that extends 
small business contracting goals to overseas contracts (by a recorded 
vote of 398 ayes to 29 noes, Roll No. 320); and
Page H4768
  Bean amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 110-137) that raises the 
government-wide small business procurement goal from 25 percent to 30 
percent (by a recorded vote of 371 ayes to 55 noes, Roll No. 321). 
                                                         Pages H4768-69
  H. Res. 383, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to on Wednesday, May 9th.
Motion to resolve into Secret Session: The House rejected the Flake 
motion that the House resolve itself into secret session, that the 
House be cleared of all persons except the Members, Delegates, Resident 
Commissioner, and officers of the House to consider certain 
communications, by a recorded vote of 207 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 
328.
  Pages H4795-96
Providing for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces and 
defense contractors from Iraq: The House failed to pass H.R. 2237, to 
provide for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces and defense 
contractors from Iraq, by a recorded vote of 171 ayes to 255 noes, Roll 
No. 330.
  Pages H4772-79, H4794-H4807
  Rejected the Saxton motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Armed Services with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 210 yeas to 218 
nays, Roll No. 329.
Page H4805
  H. Res. 387, the rule providing for consideration of the bills H.R. 
2237, H.R. 2206, and H.R. 2207 was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 
219 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 327, after agreeing to order the 
previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 201 nays, Roll 
No. 326.
Pages H4794-95
Motion to resolve into Secret Session: The House rejected the Issa 
motion that the House resolve itself into secret session, that the 
House be cleared of all persons except the Members, Delegates, Resident 
Commissioner, and officers of the House to consider certain 
communications, by a yea-and-nay vote of 198 yeas to 216 nays, Roll No. 
331.
  Page H4808
Making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending 
September 30, 2007: The House passed H.R. 2206, amended, to make 
emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2007, by a yea-and-nay vote of 221 yeas to 205 nays, Roll 
No. 333.
  Pages H4808-67
  Rejected the Lewis (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the 
House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 195 yeas to 
229 nays, Roll No. 332.
Pages H4865-66
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 
110-143 shall be considered as adopted.
Page H4831
  H. Res. 387, the rule providing for consideration of the bills H.R. 
2237, H.R. 2206, and H.R. 2207 was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 
219 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 327, after agreeing to order the 
previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 201 nays, Roll 
No. 326.
Pages H4794-95
Motion to resolve into Secret Session: Representative Issa moved that 
the House resolve itself into secret session and that the House be 
cleared of all persons except the Members, Delegates, Resident 
Commissioner, and officers of the House to consider certain 
communications. The House agreed to table the Issa motion by a recorded 
vote of 219 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 334.
  Pages H4867-68
Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 393, electing the 
following Members to serve on certain standing committees of the House 
of Representatives: Committee on Appropriations: Representative

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Calvert. Committee on Armed Services: Representative Shuster, to rank 
after Representative Franks (AZ). Committee on Financial Services: 
Representative McCotter. Committee on Foreign Affairs: Representative 
Bilirakis. Committee on Natural Resources: Representative Fallin and 
Representative McCarthy (CA). Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform: Representative Jordan.
  Page H4868
Making Supplemental Appropriations for Agricultural and Other Emergency 
Assistance for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2007: The House 
passed H.R. 2207, amended, to make supplemental appropriations for 
agricultural and other emergency assistance for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2007, by a yea-and-nay vote of 302 yeas to 120 nays, Roll 
No. 336.
  Pages H4868-80
  Rejected the Lewis (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the 
House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 184 yeas to 
233 nays, Roll No. 335.
Pages H4878-79
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 
110-143 shall be considered as adopted.
Page H4870
  H. Res. 387, the rule providing for consideration of the bills H.R. 
2237, H.R. 2206, and H.R. 2207 was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 
219 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 327, after agreeing to order the 
previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 201 nays, Roll 
No. 326.
Pages H4794-95
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008: The House passed 
H.R. 2082, amended, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 
for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United 
States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central 
Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a recorded 
vote of 225 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 341.
  Pages H4779-86, H4787-94, H4881-H4910
  Rejected the Rogers (MI) motion to recommit the bill to the Permanent 
Select Committee on Intelligence with instructions to report the same 
back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 181 
ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 340.
Pages H4907-09
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence now 
printed in the bill shall be considered as the original bill for the 
purpose of amendment.
Page H4889
Agreed to:
  Holt amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that amends the 
reporting requirement in the Intelligence Identities Protection Act 
(codified in Sec. 603 of the National Security Act) to include a 
requirement that the President, based on information from the Director 
of National Intelligence, provide Congress with an assessment of the 
need for any modification to existing law to improve legal protection 
for covert agents;
Pages H4896-97
  Thompson (CA) amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that 
requires that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence 
submit a report to the Congressional Intelligence committees, no later 
than 120 days after enactment, that provides: (1) the number of 
collectors and analysts, by agency, and (2) a plan to maximize the 
number of collectors and decrease the number of personnel authorized to 
the Office of the Director of National Intelligence;
Pages H4897-98
  Fossella amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that 
authorizes $5 million for a study conducted by DHS and the Director of 
National Intelligence to identify the best practices for sharing 
terrorist-threat information between the Federal, State, and local 
levels of government and authorizes $10 million to establish centers of 
best practices based on the study with $3 million authorized for the 
following five years to cover operational expenses of the centers; 
                                                      Pages H4899-H4900
  Lee amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that requires a 
report to House and Senate Intelligence committees describing any 
authorization granted during the past 10 years to engage in 
intelligence activities related to the overthrow of a democratically 
elected government;
Page H4901
  Price (NC) amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that 
requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on 
the uses of contractors for personal services activities; 
                                                         Pages H4901-02
  Berkley amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that requires 
the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress a report on 
the advisability of providing Federal retirement benefits to employees 
of Air America;
Pages H4902-03
  Rogers (MI) amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that places 
a limit on the number of personnel in the Office of the Director of 
National Intelligence (ODNI) (by a recorded vote of 297 ayes to 122 
noes, Roll No. 338); and
Pages H4898-99, H4906
  Schiff amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that states 
that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) shall be 
the exclusive means by which domestic electronic surveillance for the 
purpose of gathering foreign intelligence information may be conducted, 
and makes clear that this applies until specific statutory 
authorization for electronic surveillance, other than as an amendment

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to FISA, is enacted (by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 178 noes, Roll 
No. 339).
Pages H4903-05, H4906-07
Rejected:
  Hoekstra amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 110-144) that sought to 
strike section 407, which requires that a National Intelligence 
Estimate on global climate change be submitted to Congress (by a 
recorded vote of 185 ayes to 230 noes, Roll No. 337). 
                                               Pages H4895-96, H4905-06
  H. Res. 388, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 325, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
223 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 324.
Pages H4788-94
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to 
meet at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 14th for Morning Hour debate. 
                                                             Page H4910
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed by unanimous consent to dispense with the 
Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, May 16th.
  Page H4910
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H4763.
Senate Referral: S. 1082 was held at the desk.
  Page H4763
Quorum Calls--Votes: Fourteen yea-and-nay votes and nine recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4767-68, 
H4768, H4768-69, H4770-71, H4771-72, H4792-93, H4793-94, H4794, H4794-
95, H4795-96, H4806-07, H4807, H4808, H4866, H4866-67, H4867-68, H4879, 
H4879-80, H4905-06, H4906, H4906-07, H4909 and H4909-10. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and adjourned at 1:33 a.m. on 
Friday, May 11th.


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Committee Meetings
AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, 
and Research held a hearing to review agricultural research programs. 
Testimony was heard from Gale Buchanan, Under Secretary, Research, 
Education and Economics, USDA; and public witnesses.
FOOD AID/AGRICULTURE TRADE PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Specialty Crops, Rural 
Development, and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to review food aid 
and agriculture trade programs operated by the USDA and the U.S. Agency 
for International Development. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
McGovern and Emerson; Michael Yost, Administrator, Foreign Agriculture 
Service, USDA; William Hammink, Director, Office of Food for Peace, 
U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of State; and 
public witnesses.
AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a 
hearing on Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the USDA: Bruce Knight, Under Secretary, 
Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Kenneth C. Clayton, Associate 
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service; W. Ron DeHaven, 
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; James E. 
Link, Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards 
Administration; and W. Scott Steele, Budget Officer.
DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on 
Contracting Out. Testimony was heard from John P. Hutton, Director, 
Acquisition and Sourcing Management, GAO; Joseph T. McDermott, 
Assistant Inspector General, Audits, and Special Inspector General, 
Iraq Reconstruction, and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--EDUCATION DEPARTMENT STUDENT LOAN AND THE READING FIRST 
PROGRAM
Committee on Education and Labor: Held a hearing on Accountability for 
the Department of Education's Oversight of Student Loans and the 
Reading First Program. Testimony was heard from Margaret Spellings, 
Secretary of Education.
FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Healthy Families and 
Communities held a hearing on Using School Wellness Plans To Help Fight 
Childhood Obesity. Testimony was heard from Representative Woolsey; and 
public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 964, Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber 
Trespass Act; and H.R. 948, Social Security Number Protection Act of 
2007.

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FUTURE OF VIDEO
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications 
and the Internet continued hearings entitled ``Digital Future of the 
United States: Part V: The Future of Video.'' Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
FINANCIAL CRIMES LAW ENFORCEMENT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Suspicious Activity and 
Currency Transaction Reports: Balancing Law Enforcement Utility and 
Regulatory Requirements.'' Testimony was heard from William F. Baity, 
Deputy Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN, 
Department of the Treasury; Salvador Hernandez, Deputy Assistant 
Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, Department of Justice; 
and public witnesses.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS NONPROLIFERATION
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on Every State a 
Superpower? Stopping the Spread of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century. 
Testimony was heard from former Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia; and public 
witnesses.
GUINEA AND ETHIOPIA HUMAN RIGHTS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on International 
Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, and the Subcommittee on 
Africa and Global Health held a joint hearing on Is There a Human 
Rights Double Standard? U.S. Policy Toward Equatorial Guinea and 
Ethiopia Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION SHARING
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Intelligence, 
Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment held a hearing 
entitled ``Fixing the Homeland Security Information Network: Finding 
the Way Forward for Better Information Sharing.'' Testimony was heard 
from Wayne Parent, Deputy Director, Office of Operations Coordination, 
Department of Homeland Security; David Powner, Director, Information 
Technology Management Issues, GAO; Barry S. Lindquist, Inspector, 
Office of Statewide Intelligence, Department of Law Enforcement, State 
of Florida; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
Committee on the Judiciary: Held an oversight hearing on the U.S. 
Department of Justice. Testimony was heard from Alberto Gonzales, The 
Attorney General, Department of Justice.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests 
and Public Lands held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 523, 
Douglas County, Washington PUD Conveyance Act; and H.R. 1011, Virginia 
Ridge and Valley Act of 2007. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Boucher and Hastings of Washington; Mike Ferguson, Assistant Director, 
Business and Fiscal Resources, Bureau of Land Management, Department of 
the Interior; Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief, National Forest System, 
Forest Service, USDA; and public witnesses.
GUN PURCHASE LAWS LOOPHOLES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Domestic 
Policy held a hearing entitled ``Lethal Loopholes: Deficiencies in 
State and Federal Gun Purchase Laws.'' Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Justice: Rachel L. Brand, 
Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy; and Stephen R. 
Rubenstein, Chief Counsel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and 
Explosives; John Feinblatt, Criminal Justice Coordinator, City of New 
York; and public witnesses.
DIVERSITY IN GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia held a hearing 
entitled ``The Lack of Diversity in the Top Levels of the Federal 
Government.'' Testimony was heard from George H. Stalcup, Director, 
Strategic Issues, GAO; Nancy Kichak, Associate Director, Strategic 
Human Resources Policy Division, OPM; Carlton Hadden, Director, Office 
of Federal Operations, EEOC; Gail Lovelace, Chief Human Capital 
Officer, GSA; Vickers Meadows, Chief Administrative Officer, U.S. 
Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce; Reginald Wells, 
Deputy Commissioner, SSA; Susan LaChance, Vice President, Employee 
Development and Diversity, U.S. Postal Service; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and 
Environment approved for full Committee action the following bills: 
H.R. 364, amended, To provide for the establishment of the Advanced 
Research Projects Agency-Energy; and H.R. 632, H-Prize Act of 2007.
GREEN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Technology and 
Innovation held a hearing on Green Transportation Infrastructure: 
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and Implementation. Testimony was heard from Gloria Shepherd, Associate 
Administrator, Planning, Environment, and Realty, Federal Highway 
Administration, Department of Transportation; Benjamin Grumbles, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, EPA; and public witnesses.
IMMIGRATION POLICIES SMALL BUSINESS IMPACTS
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on Immigration Policies and 
their Impact on Small Businesses. Testimony was heard from 
Representative Gutierrez; and public witnesses.
GSA CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND LEASING PROGRAM
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing on General Services Administration's Fiscal Year 2008 Capital 
Investment and Leasing Program. Testimony was heard from David L. 
Winstead, Commissioner, Public Building Service, GSA.
KATRINA RECOVERY PROBLEMS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing on Legislative Fixes for Lingering Problems that Hinder Katrina 
Recovery.'' Testimony was heard from Representatives Taylor, Pickering, 
Baker, Boustany, Jefferson, Melancon and Jindal.
FEDERAL TRANSIT PROJECTS PROGRAMS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Highways and Transit held a hearing on FTA Implementation of the New 
Starts and Small Starts Programs. Testimony was heard from James S. 
Simpson, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, Department of 
Transportation; Katherine A. Siggerud, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure, GAO; and public witnesses.
VETERANS MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health approved for 
full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 2199, To amend title 
38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to 
provide certain improvements in the treatment of individuals with 
traumatic brain injuries; and H.R. 1470, Chiropractic Care Available to 
All Veterans Act.
MEDICARE PHYSICIAN QUALITY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on 
Options To Improve Quality and Efficiency Among Medicare physicians. 
Testimony was heard from A. Bruce Steinwald, Director, Health Care, 
GAO; Herb Kuhn, Acting Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services; Glen M. 
Hackbarth, Chairman, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; and public 
witnesses.

Joint Meetings
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET RESOLUTION
  Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House 
versions of S. Con. Res. 21, setting forth the congressional budget for 
the United States Government for fiscal year 2008 and including the 
appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 and 2009 through 
2012, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to the 
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 11, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on Education and Labor, hearing on ESEA Reauthorization: 
Boosting Quality in the Teaching Profession, 9:30 a.m., 2175 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, hearing on 
Administration Proposals on Climate Change and Energy Independence, 
10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Friday, May 11

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10:30 a.m., Monday, May 14

                               
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