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                                             Thursday, May 24, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate completed action on U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, 
      Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6577-S6925
Measures Introduced: Sixty bills and seven resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 40, 1471-1529, S.J. Res. 14, and S. Res. 214-219. 
                                                         Pages S6844-46
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Allocations to Subcommittee of Budget 
Totals''. (S. Rept. No. 110-74)
  S. 924, to strengthen the United States Coast Guard's Integrated 
Deepwater Program, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. 
Rept. No. 110-72)
  S. 368, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 
1968 to enhance the COPS ON THE BEAT grant program. (S. Rept. No. 110-
73)
  H.R. 740, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prevent caller ID 
spoofing, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  H. Con. Res. 76, honoring the 50th anniversary of the International 
Geophysical Year (IGY) and its past contributions to space research, 
and looking forward to future accomplishments.
  S. Res. 110, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the 30th 
anniversary of ASEAN United States dialogue and relationship.
  S. Res. 211, expressing the profound concerns of the Senate regarding 
the transgression against freedom of thought and expression that is 
being carried out in Venezuela.
  S. 1327, to create and extend certain temporary district court 
judgeships.
  S. Con. Res. 25, condemning the recent violent actions of the 
Government of Zimbabwe against peaceful opposition party activists and 
members of civil society.
Pages S6842-43
Measures Passed:
  Calling on the Government of Iran: Senate agreed to S. Res. 214, 
calling upon the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to 
immediately release Dr. Haleh Esfandiari.
  Pages S6597-98
  National Hurricane Preparedness Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 217, 
designating the week beginning May 20, 2007, as ``National Hurricane 
Preparedness Week''.
  Pages S6921-22
  Printing Authorization: Senate agreed to S. Res. 218, to authorize 
the printing of a collection of the rules of the committees of the 
Senate.
  Page S6922
  Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia: Senate agreed to S. Res. 219, 
recognizing the year 2007 as the official 50th anniversary celebration 
of the beginnings of marinas, power production, recreation, and boating 
on Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia.
  Page S6922
  Preservation Approval Process Improvement Act: Senate passed H.R. 
1675, to suspend the requirements of the Department of Housing and 
Urban Development regarding electronic filing of previous participation 
certificates and regarding filing of such certificates with respect to 
certain low-income housing investors, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S6922
  Native American Home Ownership Opportunity Act: Senate passed H.R. 
1676, to reauthorize the program of the Secretary of Housing and Urban 
Development for loan guarantees for Indian housing, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Page S6922
  Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Authorization: 
Senate passed S. 231, to authorize the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice 
Assistance Grant Program at fiscal year 2006 levels through 2012. 
                                                         Pages S6922-23
  Transgression Against Freedom of Thought and Expression: Senate 
agreed to S. Res. 211, expressing

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the profound concern of the Senate regarding the transgression against 
freedom of thought and expression that is being carried out in 
Venezuela.
  Page S6923
  Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Anniversary: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 32, honoring the 
50th anniversary of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and the resolution was 
then agreed to.
  Pages S6923-24
  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: Senate agreed to S.J. Res. 14, 
expressing the sense of the Senate that Attorney General Alberto 
Gonzales no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and of the 
American people.
  Page S6924
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 158, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page S6924
Measures Considered:
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Senate continued consideration of S. 
1348, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, and taking 
action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                            Pages S6583-97, S6598-S6687
Adopted:
  Specter (for McCain) Modified Amendment No. 1190 (to Amendment No. 
1150), to require undocumented immigrants receiving legal status to pay 
owed back taxes.
Pages S6586-87, S6592-94
  By 87 yeas to 9 nays (Vote No. 176), Akaka Modified Amendment No. 
1186 (to Amendment No. 1150), to exempt children of certain Filipino 
World War II veterans from the numerical limitations on immigrant 
visas.
Pages S6583, S6594-95, S6601
  By 59 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 179), Sanders Modified Amendment No. 
1223 (to Amendment No. 1150), to establish the American Competitiveness 
Scholarship Program.
Pages S6609-12, S6618, S6623
Rejected:
  By 48 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 177), Coleman/Bond Amendment No. 1158 
(to Amendment No. 1150), to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to facilitate information sharing 
between federal and local law enforcement officials related to an 
individual's immigration status.
Pages S6583-85, S6594, S6595-96
  By 48 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 178), Dorgan/Boxer Amendment No. 1181 
(to Amendment No. 1150), to sunset the Y-1 nonimmigrant visa program 
after a 5-year period.
Pages S6587-92, S6593, S6601-04
  By 29 yeas to 66 nays (Vote No. 180), Vitter/DeMint Amendment No. 
1157 (to Amendment No. 1150), to strike title VI (related to 
Nonimmigrants in the United States Previously in Unlawful Status). 
                              Pages S6605-07, S6609, S6619-20, S6624-25
Pending:
  Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Amendment No. 1150, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S6583
  Grassley/DeMint Amendment No. 1166 (to Amendment No. 1150), to 
clarify that the revocation of an alien's visa or other documentation 
is not subject to judicial review.
Page S6583
  Cornyn Modified Amendment No. 1184 (to Amendment No. 1150), to 
establish a permanent bar for gang members, terrorists, and other 
criminals.
Pages S6583, S6585-86, S6612-18
  Dodd/Menendez Amendment No. 1199 (to Amendment No. 1150), to increase 
the number of green cards for parents of United States citizens, to 
extend the duration of the new parent visitor visa, and to make 
penalties imposed on individuals who overstay such visas applicable 
only to such individuals.
Pages S6596-97
  Menendez Amendment No. 1194 (to Amendment No. 1150), to modify the 
deadline for the family backlog reduction.
Pages S6598-S6601
  McConnell Amendment No. 1170 (to Amendment No. 1150), to amend the 
Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require individuals voting in person 
to present photo identification.
Pages S6604-05
  Feingold Amendment No. 1176 (to Amendment No. 1150), to establish 
commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding 
injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, 
and Jewish refugees during World War II.
Pages S6607-09
  Durbin/Grassley Amendment No. 1231 (to Amendment No. 1150), to ensure 
that employers make efforts to recruit American workers. 
                                                         Pages S6618-19
  Sessions Amendment No. 1234 (to Amendment No. 1150), to save American 
taxpayers up to $24 billion in the 10 years after passage of this Act, 
by preventing the earned income tax credit, which is, according to the 
Congressional Research Service, the largest anti-poverty entitlement 
program of the Federal Government, from being claimed by Y temporary 
workers or illegal aliens given status by this Act until they adjust to 
legal permanent resident status.
Page S6620
  Sessions Amendment No. 1235 (to Amendment No. 1150), to save American 
taxpayers up to $24 billion in the 10 years after passage of this Act, 
by preventing the earned income tax credit, which is, according to the 
Congressional Research Service, the

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largest anti-poverty entitlement program of the Federal Government, 
from being claimed by Y temporary workers or illegal aliens given 
status by this Act until they adjust to legal permanent resident 
status.
Pages S6620-22
  Lieberman Amendment No. 1191 (to Amendment No. 1150), to provide 
safeguards against faulty asylum procedures and to improve conditions 
of detention.
Pages S6623-24
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  Graham (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 1168 (to Amendment No. 1150), to 
provide local officials and the Secretary of Homeland Security greater 
involvement in decisions regarding the location of border fencing, 
previously agreed to on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, was modified by 
unanimous consent.
Page S6592
  Subsequent to its adoption, a unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that Akaka Amendment No. 1186 (to Amendment No. 1150) (listed 
above) be modified.
Pages S6583, S6601
  Text of Amendment No. 1150 is printed on pages S6625-87.
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached proving for further 
consideration of the bill at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, May 25, 2007. 
                                                             Page S6924
U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq 
Accountability Appropriations Act: By 80 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 
181), Senate concurred in the amendment of the House to the amendment 
of the Senate to H.R. 2206, making emergency supplemental 
appropriations and additional supplemental appropriations for 
agricultural and other emergency assistance for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2007, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                      Pages S6795-S6823
Iraqi and Afghani Translators and Interpreters Act: Senate concurred in 
the amendments of the House to S. 1104, to increase the number of Iraqi 
and Afghani translators and interpreters who may be admitted to the 
United States as special immigrants, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S6924
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Preston M. Geren, of Texas, to be Secretary of the Army.
  Diane G. Farrell, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Export Import Bank of the United States for a term 
expiring January 20, 2011.
  Henrietta Holsman Fore, of Nevada, to be Administrator of the United 
States Agency for International Development.
  Michael W. Michalak, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Socialist 
Republic of Vietnam.
  James W. Holsinger, Jr., of Kentucky, to be Medical Director in the 
Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, subject to qualifications 
therefor as provided by law and regulations, and to be Surgeon General 
of the Public Health Service for a term of four years.
  William J. Powell, of West Virginia, to be United States District 
Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia.
  Amul R. Thapar, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for 
the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  Robert Charles Tapella, of Virginia, to be Public Printer.
  2 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nominations in the 
rank of admiral.
Page S6925
Messages from the House:
  Pages S6840-41
Measures Referred:
  Page S6841
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Measures Read the First Time:
  Page S6841
Executive Communications:
  Pages S6841-42
Petitions and Memorials:
  Page S6842
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S6843
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6846-49
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S6849-99
Additional Statements:
  Pages S6835-40
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6899-S6920
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S6920
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S6921
Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--181) 
                      Pages S6595, S6596, S6604, S6623, S6624-25, S6823
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 9:43 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2007. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6924.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
AUTHORIZATION--NATIONAL DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  An original bill entitled ``National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2008'';

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  An original bill entitled ``Department of Defense Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2008'';
  An original bill entitled ``Military Construction Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2008''; and
  An original bill entitled ``Department of Energy National Security 
Act for Fiscal Year 2008''.
  Also, committee received a report from the Select Committee on 
Intelligence on the proposed Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2008.
NOMINATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nomination of Charles Darwin Snelling, of 
Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the 
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, after the nominee, who was 
introduced by Senator Specter, testified and answered questions in his 
own behalf.
COAL GASIFICATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an 
oversight hearing to examine opportunities and challenges associated 
with coal gasification, including coal-to-liquids and industrial 
gasification, after receiving testimony from Antonia Herzog, Natural 
Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C.; William Fulkerson, 
University of Tennessee Institute for a Secure and Sustainable 
Environment, Knoxville; James T. Bartis, RAND Corporation, Arlington, 
Virginia; David L. Denton, Eastman Gasification Services Company, 
Kingsport, Tennessee; and Jay A. Ratafia-Brown, Science Applications 
International Corporation, McLean, Virginia.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF GLOBAL WARMING
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine potential impacts of global warming on recreation 
and the recreation industry, after receiving testimony from Daniel 
Scott, University of Waterloo Department of Geography, Ontario, Canada; 
Tom Campion, Zumiez, Inc., Seattle, Washington; Michael Berry, National 
Ski Areas Association, Lakewood, Colorado; Bryant M. Watson, Vermont 
Association of Snow Travelers, Inc., Barre Vermont; Betty Huskins, 
Southeast Tourism Policy Council, Fletcher, North Carolina; Derrick A. 
Crandall, American Recreation Coalition (ARC), and Barry W. McCahill, 
SUV Owners of America, both of Washington, D.C.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY TAX INCENTIVES
Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and 
Infrastructure concluded a hearing to examine energy efficiency, 
focusing on tax incentives for reducing consumption, after receiving 
testimony from Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy, Dan Delurey, 
Demand Response and Advanced Metering Coalition, and Chris Edwards, 
Cato Institute, all of Washington, D.C.; Stuart Thorn, Southwire 
Company, Carrolton, Georgia, on behalf of the National Electrical 
Manufacturers Association; Sean Casten, Recycled Energy Development, 
Westmont, Illinois; and Douglas Smith, NanoPore Incorporated, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following business items:
  S. Con. Res. 25, condemning the recent violent actions of the 
Government of Zimbabwe against peaceful opposition party activists and 
members of civil society;
  S. Res. 110, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the 30th 
anniversary of ASEAN-United States dialogue and relationship;
  S. Res. 211, expressing the profound concerns of the Senate regarding 
the transgression against freedom of thought and expression that is 
being carried out in Venezuela; and
  The nominations of Phillip Carter, III, of Virginia, to be Ambassador 
to the Republic of Guinea, R. Niels Marquardt, of California, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar, and to serve concurrently and 
without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Union of Comoros, 
Janet E. Garvey, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Cameroon, Dell L. Dailey, of South Dakota, to be Coordinator for 
Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large, Mark 
P. Lagon, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office to Monitor and 
Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, James K. 
Glassman, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of 
Governors, Cameron R. Hume, of New York, to be Ambassador of Indonesia, 
James R. Keith, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Malaysia, Miriam K. 
Hughes, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Federated States of 
Micronesia, Ravic Rolf Huso, of Hawaii, to be Ambassador to the Lao 
People's Democratic Republic, and Hans G. Klemm, of Michigan, to be 
Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and promotion 
lists in the Foreign Service.
FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal 
Services, and International Security concluded a hearing to examine 
federal real property, focusing on the property management problems 
highlighted in a recent Government Accountability Office report, after 
receiving testimony from Clay Johnson, III, Deputy Director

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for Management, Office of Management and Budget; Mark L. Goldstein, 
Director, Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office; 
Boyd K. Rutherford, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for 
Administration; David L. Winstead, Commissioner, Public Buildings 
Service, General Services Administration; Phillip W. Grone, Deputy 
Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment); and Robert 
J. Henke, Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Management.
LOUISIANA'S ROAD HOME PROGRAM
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ad Hoc 
Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery concluded a hearing to examine issues 
relative to residents of Louisiana affected by Hurricane Katrina or 
Rita, focusing on the goals, costs, management and impediments facing 
Louisiana's Road Home Program, after receiving testimony from Donald E. 
Powell, Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding, and David I. 
Maurstad, Assistant Administrator, Mitigation, Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, both of the Department of Homeland Security; Nelson 
R. Bregon, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
for Disaster Policy and Response; Andrew D. Kopplin, Louisiana Recovery 
Authority, and Susan Elkins, Louisiana Office of Community Development, 
both of Baton Rouge; Isabel Reiff, ICF International, Inc., Fairfax, 
Virginia, on behalf of the Louisiana Road Home Program; Connie Uddo, 
St. Paul's Homecoming Center/Beacon of Hope Resource Center, Lakeview, 
Louisiana; and Debbie DeGruy-Gordon, Chimney Wood Homeowners 
Association, Frank Silvestri, Citizens' Road Home Action Team, Frank A. 
Trapani, New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, and Walter 
Thomas, all of New Orleans, Louisiana.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following items:
  S. 1327, to create and extend certain temporary district court 
judgeships;
  H. Con. Res. 76, honoring the 50th anniversary of the International 
Geophysical Year and its past contributions to space research, and 
looking forward to future accomplishments; and
  The nominations of Janet T. Neff and Paul Lewis Maloney, each to be a 
United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan, and 
Liam O'Grady, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern 
District of Virginia.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 87 public bills, H.R. 2470-
2556; and 19 resolutions, H.J. Res. 44; H. Con. Res. 158-163; and H. 
Res. 439-450 were introduced.
  Pages H5922-27
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H5927-29
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H.R. 964, to protect users of the Internet from unknowing 
transmission of their personally identifiable information through 
spyware programs, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-169). 
                                                         Pages H5921-22
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Lynch to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H5727
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 441, electing 
Representative Brady (PA) as Chairman of the Committee on House 
Administration.
  Page H5749
Lobbying Transparency Act of 2007: The House passed H.R. 2317, to amend 
the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require registered lobbyists to 
file quarterly reports on contributions bundled for certain recipients, 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 37 nays, Roll No. 420. 
                                               Pages H5749-55, H5757-58
  Agreed to the Smith (TX) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 192 
nays, Roll No. 419. Subsequently, Representative Conyers reported the 
bill back to the House with the amendment and the amendment was agreed 
to.
Pages H5753-55, H5757
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill, 
modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 110-167, shall 
be considered as adopted.
Page H5749
  H. Res. 437, the rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2317 and 
H.R. 2316, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 197 nays, 
Roll No. 416, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-
and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 415.
Pages H5738-47
Adjournment Resolution: The House agreed by unanimous consent to H. 
Con. Res. 158, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of 
Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate. 
                                                         Pages H5758-59
Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007: The House passed 
H.R. 2316, to provide more rigorous requirements with respect to 
disclosure and enforcement of lobbying laws and regulations, by a 
recorded vote of 396 ayes to 22 noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll 
No. 423.
  Pages H5757-76
  Agreed to the Chabot motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 346 ayes to 71 noes 
with 2 voting ``present'', Roll No. 422. Subsequently, Representative 
Conyers reported the bill back to the House with the amendment and the 
amendment was agreed to.
Pages H5772-75
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill 
shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of amendment. 
                                                             Page H5764
Agreed to:
  Conyers manager's amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 110-
167) that makes technical corrections to the text of the bill and 
permits Members to omit personally identifiable information not 
required to be disclosed on the reports posted on the Internet by the 
Clerk;
Pages H5766-67
  Dreier amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 110-167) that 
adds language passed by the House as part of H.R. 4975 in the 109th 
Congress amending the post-employment restrictions contained in section 
207(e) of title 18, United States Code;
Page H5767
  Castle amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 110-167) that 
states it is the sense of Congress that the use of a family 
relationship by a lobbyist who is an immediate family member of a 
Member of Congress to gain special advantages over other lobbyists is 
inappropriate; and
Pages H5770-71
  Cardoza amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 110-167) that 
gives judges the discretion to increase the sentence for public 
officials convicted of bribery, fraud, extortion or theft of public 
funds greater than $10,000.
Page H5771
Rejected:
  Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 110-167) that 
sought to place a one-year ban on flag and general officers of the 
Armed Services from receiving compensation from any company that does 
greater than $50 million in business with the Department of Defense (by 
a recorded vote of 152 yeas to 271 noes, with 1 voting ``present'', 
Roll No. 421).
Pages H5768-70, H5771-72
  Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming 
changes to reflect the actions of the House.
Page H5776

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  H. Res. 437, the rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2317 and 
H.R. 2316, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 197 nays, 
Roll No. 416, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-
and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 415.
Pages H5738-47
U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq 
Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007: Concurred in the Senate 
amendment with an amendment to H.R. 2206, making emergency supplemental 
appropriations and additional supplemental appropriations for 
agricultural and other emergency assistance for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2007. The House amendment was divided into two separate 
questions and voted on accordingly as House amendment No. 1 and House 
amendment No. 2, to the Senate amendment.
  Pages H5776-H5911
  Agreed to House amendment No. 1 (printed in H. Rept. 110-168) to the 
Senate amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 348 yeas to 73 nays, Roll 
No. 424.
Pages H5777-H5800, H5909-10
  Agreed to House amendment No. 2 (printed in H. Rept. 110-168) to the 
Senate amendment, by a recorded vote of 280 ayes to 142 noes, Roll No. 
425.
Pages H5800-H5909, H5910-11
  H. Res. 438, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate 
amendment to the bill (H.R. 2206), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 218 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 418, after agreeing to order the 
previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 221 yeas to 199 nays, Roll 
No. 417.
Pages H5730-38, H5747-48
Late Report: Agreed that the Committee on Foreign Affairs have until 
midnight on Thursday, May 31, 2007 to file a report on H.R. 2446, to 
reauthorize the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002.
  Page H5911
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed by unanimous consent to dispense with the 
Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, June 6th.
  Page H5911
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she 
appointed Representative Hoyer and Representative Van Hollen to act as 
Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions 
through June 5, 2007.
  Page H5911
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H5727.
Senate Referrals: S. 1352 was referred to the Committee on Oversight 
and Government Reform.
  Page H5921
Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5746, 
H5747, H5747-48, H5748, H5754-55, H5757-58, H5771-72, H5774-75, H5776, 
H5909-10, and H5910. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 8:16 p.m., the House 
stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2007 unless it 
sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its adoption 
of H. Con. Res. 158, in which case the House shall stand adjourned 
pursuant to that concurrent resolution until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 
2007.


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Committee Meetings
FARM BILL EXTENSION ACT OF 2007
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry 
approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 2419, Farm Bill 
Extension Act of 2007.
IRAQI POLICE TRAINING
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on training and development of the Iraqi 
police service. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: COL Richard Swengros, USA, Assistant Commandant, 
U.S. Army Military Police School; COL Robert J. Coates, USMC, Assistant 
Chief of Staff, Training and Experimentation Group, First Marine 
Expeditionary; and LTC Robert E. McCarthy, USMC, Executive Officer, 
Fifth Marine Regiment.
WORKPLACE SAFETY/OSHA COVERAGE
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections 
held a hearing on Workplace Safety: Why Do Millions of Workers Remain 
Without OSHA Coverage? Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ISSUES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air 
Quality held a hearing entitled ``Legislative Hearing on Discussion 
Drafts Concerning Energy Efficiency, Smart Electricity Grid, Energy 
Policy Act of 2005 Title XVII Loan Guarantees, and Standby Loans for 
Coal-to-Liquids Projects.'' Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Energy: David Rodgers, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, Energy Efficiency; and Katherine A. Fredriksen, Principal 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and International Affairs; and 
public witnesses.
SECTION 8 VOUCHER REFORM ACT OF 2007
Committee on Financial Services: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 
1851, Section 8 Voucher Reform Act of 2007.

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INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID PROGRAMS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health 
held a hearing on International Food Aid Programs: Options To Enhance 
Effectiveness. Testimony was heard from William P. Hammink, Director, 
Office of Food for Peace, U.S. Agency for International Development, 
Department of State; Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and 
Trade, GAO; and public witnesses.
  The Subcommittee also held a briefing on this subject. The 
Subcommittee was briefed by Luis Eduardo Sitoe, Counselor Commercial, 
Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique.
VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Europe held a hearing on 
expanding the Visa Waiver Program, Enhancing Transatlantic Relations. 
Testimony was heard from Stephen A. Edson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Visa Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; and 
Nathan A. Sales, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy Development, Office 
of Policy, Department of Homeland Security.
OPIC REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation, and Trade held a hearing on the Reauthorization of 
OPIC. Testimony was heard from Robert Mosbacher, Jr., President and 
CEO, OPIC; and public witnesses.
NATIONAL GUARD'S DOMESTIC READINESS
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Management, 
Investigations, and Oversight held a hearing entitled ``Examining the 
Impact of Equipment Shortages on the National Guard's Readiness for 
Homeland Security Missions.'' Testimony was heard from LTG H. Steven 
Blum, Chief, National Guard Bureau; Department of Defense; MG Roger P. 
Lempke, Adjutant General, Nebraska; MG C. Mark Bowen, Adjutant General, 
Alabama; and MG Robert P. French, Deputy Adjutant General, Army, Joint 
Forces Headquarters, National Guard, Pennsylvania.
IMMIGRATION REFORM
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, 
Refugees, Border Security, and International Law held a hearing on 
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Labor Movement Perspectives. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
KIDS AND THE OUTDOORS
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and 
Oceans and the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands 
held a joint oversight hearing on No Child Left Inside: Reconnecting 
Kids with the Outdoors. Testimony was heard from James Cason, Associate 
Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior; Gail Kimbell, Chief, 
Forest Service, USDA; Gina McCarthy, Commissioner, Department of 
Environmental Protection State of Connecticut; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a 
hearing on the following bills: H.R. 31, Elsinore Valley Municipal 
Water District Wastewater and Recycled Water Facilities Act of 2007; 
and H.R. 1526, Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Authorization 
Act of 2007. Testimony was heard from Robert Quint, Acting Deputy 
Commissioner, Operations, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the 
Interior; Nancy Parent, Councilmember, Pittsburg, California; and 
public witnesses.
U.S. MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Held a hearing on 
Invisible Casualties: The Incidence and Treatment of Mental Health 
Problems by the U.S. Military. Testimony was heard from Thomas Insel, 
Director, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Department of 
Health and Human Services; from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: MG Galle Pollock, USA, Army Surgeon General; 
Michael E. Kilpatrick, Deputy Director, Deployment Health Support; and 
public witnesses.
NASA'S VIDEO RECORDS DESTRUCTION
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigations and 
Oversight held a hearing on the NASA Administrator's Speech to Office 
of Inspector General Staff, the Subsequent Destruction of Video 
Records, and Associated Matters. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of NASA: Evelyn R. Klemstine, Assistant Inspector General, 
Auditing; Kevin Winters, Assistant Inspector general, Investigations; 
Paul Morrell, Chief of Staff, Office of the Administrator; and Michael 
Wholley, General Counsel.
SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH COVERAGE
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Expanding Small 
Business Health Insurance Coverage Using the Private Reinsurance 
Market.'' Testimony was heard from Leonard D. Crouse, Deputy 
Commissioner, Captive Insurance Division, Department of Banking, 
Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, State of Vermont; 
and public witnesses.

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE HIGHWAY/TRANSIT PARTNERSHIPS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Highways and Transit held a hearing on Public-Private Partnerships: 
State and User Perspectives. Testimony was heard from Edward G. 
Rendell, Governor, State of Pennsylvania; Alan Lowenthal, Chair, Senate 
Committee on Transportation and Housing, State of California; Terri J. 
Austin, Chair, House Committee on Roads and Transportation, State of 
Indiana; and public witnesses.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING TAX INCENTIVES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures 
held a hearing on Tax Incentives for Affordable Housing. Testimony was 
heard from Michael J. Desmond, Tax Legislative Counsel, Department of 
the Treasury; Orlando J. Cabrera, Assistant Secretary, Office of Public 
and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Shaun 
Donovan, Commissioner, Department of Housing Preservation and 
Development, City of New York; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--SITUATION IN LEBANON
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on the Situation in Lebanon. The Committee was 
briefed by departmental witnesses.
BRIEFING--DNI
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Community Management met in executive session to receive a 
briefing on DNI. The Subcommittee was briefed by departmental 
witnesses.

Joint Meetings
REEMERGENCE OF RUSSIA
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
a hearing to examine Russia, focusing on the reemergence of Russia as a 
major political and economic power, after receiving testimony from 
Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European 
and Eurasian Affairs; Sarah E. Mendelson, Center for Strategic and 
International Studies, and E. Wayne Merry, American Foreign Policy 
Council, both of Washington, D.C.; Lilia Shevtsova, Carnegie Endowment 
for International Peace, and Igor Zevelev, Russian News and Information 
Agency, both of Moscow, Russia; Moscow; Jeffrey W. Hahn, Villanova 
University, Villanova, Pennsylvania; and Rajan Menon, Lehigh 
University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 25, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       9:30 a.m., Friday, May 25

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 1348, 
Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       9:30 a.m., Monday, May 28

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: To be announced.Sec. 


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