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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 6, CLEAN Energy Act.
      The House passed H.R. 2764, making appropriations for the 
      Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for 
      the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8165-S8271
Measures Introduced: Ten bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 1672--1681, and S. Res. 248.
  Pages S8230-31
Measures Reported:
  S. Res. 225, designating the month of August 2007 as ``National 
Medicine Abuse Awareness Month''.
  S. Res. 230, designating the month of July 2007, as ``National Teen 
Safe Driver Month''.
  S. Res. 235, designating July 1, 2007, as ``National Boating Day''. 
                                                             Page S8230
Measures Passed:
  Clean Energy Act: By 65 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. 226), Senate passed 
H.R. 6, to reduce our Nation's dependency on foreign oil by investing 
in clean, renewable, and alternative energy resources, promoting new 
emerging energy technologies, developing greater efficiency, and 
creating a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewables Reserve to invest 
in alternative energy, and after taking action on the following 
amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S8166-S8221
Adopted:
  Stevens Modified Amendment No. 1792 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
provide for corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. 
                                                      Pages S8181-S8206
  Reid Amendment No. 1502, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S8166
  Bingaman Amendment No. 1639 (to Amendment No.1502), to make certain 
technical edits to title III.
Page S8206
  Bingaman Amendment No. 1677 (to Amendment No.1502), to improve the 
bill.
Pages S8206-07
  Bingaman Amendment No. 1798 (to Amendment No.1502), to make technical 
amendments.
Pages S8207-08
  Bingaman (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 1698 (to Amendment No.1502), to 
modify the definition of renewable biomass.
Page S8208
  Bingaman Modified Amendment No. 1568 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
prevent supply disruptions from planned refinery outages.
Page S8208
  Bingaman (for Domenici) Amendment No. 1569 (to Amendment No.1502), to 
provide an alternate sulfur dioxide removal measurement for certain 
coal gasification project goals.
Pages S8208-09
  Bingaman (for Inouye) Modified Amendment No. 1597 (to Amendment 
No.1502), to propose a study of the adequacy of transportation of 
domestically-produced renewable fuel by railroads and other modes of 
transportation.
Page S8209
  Bingaman (for Dole/Carper) Amendment No. 1624 (to Amendment No.1502), 
to expand the scope of the applied research program on energy storage 
systems to include flow batteries.
Page S8209
  Bingaman (for Akaka) Modified Amendment No. 1764 (to Amendment 
No.1502), to promote the development and use of marine and hydrokinetic 
renewable energy technologies.
Page S8209
  Bingaman (for Boxer) Amendment No. 1799 (to Amendment No.1502), to 
reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from the Capitol power plant. 
                                                         Pages S8209-10
  Bingaman (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 1602 (to Amendment No.1502), to 
provide transitional assistance for farmers who plant dedicated energy 
crops for a local cellulosic refinery.
Page S8210
  Bingaman (for Inhofe/Clinton) Amendment No. 1660 (to Amendment 
No.1502), to modify sections to provide for the use of geothermal heat 
pumps.
Pages S8210-12

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  Bingaman (for Murkowski/Stevens) Modified Amendment No. 1513 (to 
Amendment No.1502), to amend the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act to 
allow the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation 
Projects to hire employees more efficiently.
Page S8212
  Bingaman (for Voinovich) Amendment No. 1683 (to Amendment No.1502), 
to implement the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear 
Damage.
Pages S8212-14
  Bingaman Modified Amendment No. 1729 (to Amendment No.1502), to 
provide for the treatment of certain applications and requests. 
                                                             Page S8214
  Bingaman (for Menendez) Amendment No. 1675 (to Amendment No. 1502), 
to provide for a study on the effect of laws limiting the siting of 
privately owned electric distribution wires on the development of 
combined heat and power facilities.
Page S8214
  Bingaman (for Burr) Modified Amendment No. 1687 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to express the sense of Congress that the Department of Energy 
should be the lead United States Government agency in charge of 
formulating and coordinating the national energy security policy of the 
United States.
Page S8214
  Bingaman (for Burr) Amendment No. 1688 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
require the President to submit to Congress an annual national energy 
security strategy report.
Pages S8214-15
  Bingaman (for Burr) Amendment No. 1689 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
amend the National Security Act of 1947 to add the Secretary of Energy 
to the National Security Council in recognition of the role energy and 
energy security issues play in the United States national security. 
                                                             Page S8215
  Bingaman (for Sanders) Modified Amendment No. 1525 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to require that not less than 30 percent of the hot water demand 
for certain new or substantially modified Federal buildings be met 
through the installation and use of solar hot water heaters. 
                                                             Page S8215
  Bingaman/Domenici Modified Amendment No. 1567 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to 
evaluate the cost-effectiveness of installing advanced insulation into 
commercial refrigerated trailers, refrigerators, freezers, and 
refrigerator-freezers.
Page S8215
  Bingaman (for Carper) Amendment No. 1717 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of 
Minerals Management Service, to conduct a study to assess each offshore 
wind resource located in the region of the eastern outer Continental 
Shelf.
Page S8215
  Bingaman (for Feingold) Amendment No. 1710 (to Amendment No. 1502), 
to clarify the purposes of the energy and environmental block grant 
program.
Page S8215
  Bingaman (for Wyden) Modified Amendment No. 1759 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to provide for a national assessment of carbon sequestration and 
methane and nitrous oxide emissions from terrestrial ecosystems. 
                                                         Pages S8215-16
  Bingaman (for Cantwell) Modified Amendment No. 1797 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to modernize the electricity grid of the United States by 
catalyzing the production, use, and integration of technologies capable 
of communicating and recording valuable information relating to 
conditions of supply, consumer loads, and system performance. 
                                                         Pages S8216-17
  Bingaman (for Kohl) Modified Amendment No. 1595 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to provide a set-aside for small automobile manufacturers and 
component suppliers for awards under the advanced technology vehicles 
manufacturing incentive program.
Page S8219
  Bingaman (for Brown) Modified Amendment No. 1676 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to establish a renewable energy innovation partnership program 
to support the development, demonstration, and deployment of systems 
and projects relating to renewable energy.
Page S8219
  Bingaman (for Hutchison/Cornyn) Modified Amendment No.1679 (to 
Amendment No. 1502), to require the Secretary of Energy to enter into 
an arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences to assess the 
impact of the renewable fuel standard.
Page S8219
  Bingaman (for Collins) Modified Amendment No. 1615 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to provide for the development and coordination of a 
comprehensive and integrated United States research program that 
assists the people of the United States and the world to understand, 
assess, and predict human-induced and natural processes of abrupt 
climate change.
Page S8219
  Bingaman (for Cardin) Modified Amendment No. 1520 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to promote the energy independence of the United States. 
                                                         Pages S8219-20
  Bingaman (for Collins) Modified Amendment No. 1700 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to provide for research support to facilitate the development of 
sustainable markets and technologies to produce and use woody biomass 
and other low-carbon fuels.
Page S8220
  Bingaman (for Enzi) Amendment No. 1724 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
modify the deadline by which the President is required to approve or 
disapprove a certain State petition.
Page S8220

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  Bingaman (for Snowe/Kerry) Amendment No. 1702 (to Amendment No. 
1502), to authorize loans for renewable energy systems and energy 
efficiency projects under the Express Loan Program of the Small 
Business Administration.
Page S8217
  Bingaman (for Kerry/Snowe) Modified Amendment No. 1706 (to Amendment 
No. 1502), to establish a small business energy efficiency program. 
                                                         Pages S8217-19
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 38 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 222), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 201 of S. Con. Res. 21, FY08 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Kyl/Lott Modified 
Amendment No. 1733 (to Amendment No. 1704), to provide a condition 
precedent for the effective date of the revenue raisers. Subsequently, 
the pay-as-you-go point of order that the amendment would cause or 
increase an on-budget deficit for either of the applicable time periods 
set out in S. Con. Res. 21, was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
                                                         Pages S8166-75
   By 57 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 223), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on Baucus Amendment No. 
1704 (to Amendment No. 1502), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 
1986 to provide or energy advancement and investment.
Pages S8175-76
   By 61 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 224), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to close further debate on Reid Amendment No. 1502, in 
the nature of a substitute.
Page S8177
   By 62 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 225), 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 bill.
Pages S8220-21
  Chair sustained a point of order under Rule XXII, that the following 
amendments were not germane or were drafted improperly, and the 
amendments thus fell:
  Reid (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 1537 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
provide for a renewable portfolio standard.
Page S8166
  Klobuchar (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 1573 (to Amendment No. 1537), 
to provide for a renewable portfolio standard.
Page S8166
  Bingaman (for Klobuchar) Amendment No. 1557 (to Amendment No. 1502), 
to establish a national greenhouse gas registry.
Page S8166
  Corker Amendment No. 1608 (to Amendment No. 1502), to allow clean 
fuels to meet the renewable fuel standard.
Page S8166
  Cardin Modified Amendment No. 1520 (to Amendment No. 1502), to 
promote the energy independence of the United States.
Page S8166
  Collins Amendment No. 1615 (to Amendment No. 1502), to provide for 
the development and coordination of a comprehensive and integrated 
United States research program that assists the people of the United 
States and the world to understand, assess, and predict human-induced 
and natural processes of abrupt climate change.
Page S8166
  Baucus Amendment No. 1704 (to Amendment No. 1502), to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide or energy advancement and 
investment.
Page S8166
EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT/COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM AGREEMENT: A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 11:30 a.m., 
on Tuesday, June 26, 2007, Senate resume consideration of the motion to 
proceed to consideration of H.R. 800, to amend the National Labor 
Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to 
form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory 
injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and 
vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon; that if cloture is 
invoked the motion to proceed be agreed to and Senate vote immediately 
on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to 
consideration of S. 1639, to provide for comprehensive immigration 
reform, and that if cloture is invoked the motion to proceed be agreed 
to; provided further, that if cloture is invoked on the motion to 
proceed to S. 1639, that it be in order, upon the disposition of all 
post-cloture debate time, for there to be 20 minutes equally divided, 
for debate only, on a motion to waive the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974 in response to a Budget point of order against the bill made by 
Senator Sessions, or his designee; and that on Wednesday, June 27, 
2007, if the Senate is considering S. 1639, Senator Sessions be 
recognized, for debate only, for up to two hours.
  Pages H8205-06
DIGITAL AND WIRELESS NETWORK TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM--REFERRAL AGREEEMENT: A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Committee on 
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions be discharged from further 
consideration of S. 1650, to establish a digital and wireless network 
technology program, and the bill be referred to the Committee on 
Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  Page S8270
Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed 
from the following treaty:
  Tax Convention with Belgium (Treaty Doc. No. 110-3).

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  The treaty was transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having 
been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, 
to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed. 
                                                             Page S8270
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  John J. Young, Jr., of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense for 
Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
  Deborah Taylor Tate, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Federal 
Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2007.
  Robert Clarke Brown, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a term 
expiring November 22, 2011.
  Clarence H. Albright, of South Carolina, to be Under Secretary of 
Energy.
  Ronald K. McMullen, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the State of 
Eritrea.
  3 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
Page S8271
Messages from the House:
  Page S8228
Measures Referred:
  Page S8228
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S8228, S8270
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S8228-29, S8271
Executive Communications:
  Page S8229
Petitions and Memorials:
  Page S8229
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8231-34
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Page S8234-42
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8225-28
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8242-69
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S8269
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S8269-70
Record Votes: Five record votes were taken today. (Total--226) 
                                       Pages S8175, S8176, S8177, S8221
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 11:51 p.m., 
until 10 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2007. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S8271.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR/HHS/EDUCATION/INTERIOR/ENVIRONMENT/LEGISLATIVE 
BRANCH
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported an 
original bill making appropriations for Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, Interior, Environment, 
and Related Agencies, and Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008.
HOMELESSNESS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine S. 1518, to amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless 
Assistance Act to reauthorize the Act, after receiving testimony from 
Roy A. Bernardi, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; 
Lloyd S. Pendleton, State of Utah Department of Community and Culture, 
Salt Lake City; Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta, Georgia; Mayor Adrian 
M. Fenty, Linda Glassman, National AIDS Housing Coalition, Nan Roman, 
National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Moises Loza, Housing 
Assistance Council, all of Washington, DC; and Carol Gundlach, Alabama 
Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Montgomery, on behalf of the 
National Network to End Domestic Violence.
HEALTH CARE AND THE BUDGET
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
health care and the federal budget, focusing on issues and challenges 
for reform, after receiving testimony from Peter R. Orszag, Director, 
Congressional Budget Office.
TELEPHONE NUMBER PORTING AND CALLER ID SPOOFING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine telephone number porting and caller-ID spoofing, 
including S. 704, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit 
manipulation of caller identification information, after receiving 
testimony from Kris Anne Monteith, Chief, Enforcement Bureau, Federal 
Communications Commission; Ron Jones, Commissioner of the Tennessee 
Regulatory Authority, Nashville, on behalf of the National Association 
of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; and Jerry Cerasale, Direct 
Marketing Association, Inc., and Allison Knight, Electronic Privacy 
Information Center (EPIC), both of Washington, D.C.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY, TECHNOLOGIES AND PROGRAMS
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Science, Technology, and Innovation concluded a hearing to examine 
energy efficiency technologies and programs, after receiving Martha 
Krebs, California Energy Commission, Sacramento; Kateri Callahan, 
Alliance to Save Energy, and Tom Hicks, U.S. Green Building Council, 
both of Washington, D.C.; Charles R. Zimmerman, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 
Bentonville, Arkansas; Douglas K. Johnson, Consumer Electronics 
Association, Arlington, Virginia; and Jay Birnbaum, CURRENT Group, LLC, 
Germantown, Maryland.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine barriers 
to work to be overcome for individuals receiving Social Security 
Disability Benefits, after receiving testimony from Sue Suter, 
Associate Commissioner for Employment Support Programs, Social Security 
Administration; Allen Jensen, George Washington University Center for 
Health and Human Services Research and Policy, and David C. Stapleton, 
Cornell University Institute for Policy Research, both of Washington, 
D.C.; and Jim Brown, Billings, Montana.
U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS:
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine a strategic assessment of United States and Russia relations, 
after receiving testimony from Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of 
State for European and Eurasian Affairs; Zbigniew Brzezinksi, Center 
for Strategic and International Studies, and Lieutenant General Brent 
Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), Scowcroft Group, each a former National 
Security Advisor, both of Washington, D.C.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of John L. Withers II, of Maryland, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Albania, Charles Lewis English, of New 
York, to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameron Munter, of 
California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, Roderick W. 
Moore, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Montenegro, 
and J. Christian Kennedy, of Indiana, to be Ambassador during his 
tenure of service as Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, after the 
nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
PRIVATE SECTOR PREPAREDNESS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ad Hoc 
Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and 
Integration concluded a hearing to examine the state of public-private 
collaboration in preparing for and responding to national catastrophes, 
after receiving testimony from former Senator John Breaux, Patton Boggs 
LLP, Washington, D.C., and F. Duane Ackerman, Atlanta, Georgia, both on 
behalf of Business Executives for National Security; Alfonso Martinez-
Fonts, Jr., Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector, Office of 
Policy, Office of the Secretary, and Marko Bourne, Director, Policy and 
Program Analysis, Federal Emergency Management Agency, both of the 
Department of Homeland Security; and Richard Andrews, National Center 
for Crisis and Continuity Coordination, Redlands, California.
INDIAN COUNTRY
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine law enforcement in Indian country, after receiving testimony 
from Marcus Wells, Jr., Three Affiliated Tribes, New Town, North 
Dakota; Herman Dillon, Sr., and Larry LaPointe, both of Puyallup Tribe 
of Indians, Tacoma, Washington; Bonnie Clairmont, Tribal Law and Policy 
Institute, Saint Paul, Minnesota; Joe A. Garcia, National Congress of 
American Indians, Washington, D.C.; and Kevin W. Washburn, University 
of Minnesota Law School, and Thomas B. Heffelfinger, Best and Flanagan 
LLP, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following:
  S. Res. 230, designating the month of July 2007, as ``National Teen 
Safe Driver Month'';
  S. Res. 235, designating July 1, 2007, as ``National Boating Day'';
  S. Res. 225, designating the month of August 2007 as ``National 
Medicine Abuse Awareness Month''; and
  Committee approved the issuance of various subpoenas in connection 
with the investigation of the legal basis for the warrantless wiretap 
program.
  Also, Committee began consideration of S. 1145, to amend title 35, 
United States Code, to provide for patent reform, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute, but did not complete action thereon, and 
recessed until June 28, 2007.
CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OVERSIGHT
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to 
examine the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, after 
receiving testimony from Wan J. Kim, Assistant Attorney General, Civil 
Rights Division, Department of Justice; Wade J. Henderson, Leadership 
Conference on Civil

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Rights, and Robert N. Driscoll, Alston and Bird LLP, both of 
Washington, D.C.; Brian K. Landsberg, University of the Pacific 
McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California; Helen L. Norton, 
University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore; and Roger Clegg, 
Center for Equal Opportunity, Falls Church, 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 call.
FUTURE OF AMERICA'S AGRICULTURE
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
America's aging farming population, focusing on the threat to the 
future of American agriculture as aging farmers are not being replaced 
by younger generations, after receiving testimony from Keith Collins, 
Chief Economist of the Department of Agriculture; Isaac Kershaw, Ohio 
State Department of Education, Columbus, on behalf of Future Farmers of 
America; Barry Bushue, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, and Derek Godwin, 
Oregon State University Extension Service, both of Salem; and John 
Rosenow, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Future of 
Farming and Rural Life (FOF) Project, Cochrane, Wisconsin.


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Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:24 public bills, H.R. 2802-
2825; and 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 172-173; and H. Res. 508-509 were 
introduced.
  Pages H6955-56
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H6956
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2313, to establish research, development, demonstration, and 
commercial application programs for marine renewable energy 
technologies, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-202);
  H.R. 2304, to direct the Secretary of Energy to conduct a program of 
research, development, demonstration, and commercial application for 
geothermal energy, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-203);
  H.R. 1980, to authorize appropriations for the Housing Assistance 
Council (H. Rept. 110-204);
  H.R. 1982, to authorize appropriations for the rural housing and 
economic development program of the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-205); and
  H.R. 2139, to modernize the manufactured housing loan insurance 
program under title I of the National Housing Act, with an amendment 
(H. Rept. 110-206).
Pages H6954-55
Making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, 
and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008: The 
House passed H.R. 2764, making appropriations for the Department of 
State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2008, by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 178 
nays, Roll No. 542. Consideration of the measure began on Wednesday, 
June 20th.
  Pages H6833-H6954
Agreed to:
  Garrett (NJ) amendment (No. 16 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 19, 2007) that expands the notification requirements necessary to 
allow the use of funds for contributions to international peacekeeping 
missions;
Pages H6846-47
  Mack amendment that redirects $10 million in funding with respect to 
broadcasting to Venezuela;
Pages H6847-52
  Payne amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Child 
Survival and Health Programs Fund by $50 million for tuberculosis; 
                                                         Pages H6852-53
  Jackson-Lee (TX) amendment that redirects $5 million within the Child 
Survival and Health Programs Fund;
Pages H6853-54
  Jackson-Lee (TX) amendment that redirects $5 million in funding 
within the Development Assistance account for Liberia;
Pages H6854-56
  Tierney amendment that redirects $75 million in funding for the 
Economic Support Fund for Pakistan;
Pages H6858-62
  Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL) amendment that increases funding, by offset, 
for the Economic Support Fund in order to address funding for Cuba 
Democracy assistance programs by $36,700,000 (by a recorded vote of 254 
ayes to 170 noes, Roll No. 527);
Pages H6834-37, H6868-69
  Shays amendment that provide additional funding, by offset, for the 
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of $1 million (by a recorded vote of 365 ayes to 69 noes, Roll No. 
529);
Pages H6841-42, H6870
  Ros-Lehtinen amendment that redirects $20 million in funding within 
the International Organizations and Programs account;
Pages H6876-80
  Moore (WI) amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 19, 2007) that removes Liberia from the list of countries 
prohibited from receiving funds for assistance;
Pages H6880-81
  Lowey amendment that provides that no contract or grant for exclusive 
purpose of providing donated contraceptives in developing countries 
shall be denied to any nongovernmental organization solely on the basis 
of the policy contained in the President's March 28, 2001 Memorandum to 
the Administrator of USAID with respect to providing contraceptives in 
developing countries, or any comparable administration policy regarding 
the provision of contraceptives (by a recorded vote of 223 ayes to 201 
noes, Roll No. 533);
Pages H6882-87, H6889-91.
  King (IA) amendment regarding basing rights in Iraq;
Pages H6911-13
  Gingrey amendment (No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
19, 2007) that prohibits funds from being used for negotiating the 
participation of additional countries under the visa waiver program; 
                                                         Pages H6915-16
  Tancredo amendment (No. 10 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 19, 2007) that prohibits funds from being used for the enforcement 
of any of the provisions in the memorandum dated February 2, 2001 
entitled ``Guidelines on Relations With Taiwan'';
Pages H6916-17
  Herseth Sandlin amendment (No. 27 printed in the Congressional Record 
of June 19, 2007) that prohibits funds from being used to carry out the 
diversity visa program;
Pages H6917-18
  Tancredo amendment that prohibits funds from being expended in 
violation of laws relating to the discontinuation of granting visas to 
nationals of countries denying or delaying accepting aliens removed 
from the U.S.;
Page H6918
  Lipinski amendment that prohibits funds from being used to purchase 
any light bulbs that do not have the ``ENERGY STAR'' designation; 
                                                         Pages H6918-19
  Forbes amendment that prohibits funds under the Economic Support Fund 
heading from being made available for Ethiopia;
Page H6920
  Ros-Lehtinen amendment that prohibits funds from being used by the 
Department of State as a contribution for the United Nations Human 
Rights Council;
Pages H6926-27
  Poe amendment that prohibits funds from being used to provide an 
immigrant or non-immigrant visa to a national or citizen of a country 
the central government of which has notified the Secretary of State of 
its refusal to extradite to the United States any individual indicted 
in the United States for killing a law enforcement officer, as 
specified in a United States extradition request;
Pages H6927-28
  Blunt amendment that prohibits the use of funds for the International 
Seabed Authority;
Pages H6928-29
  Garrett (NJ) amendment that prohibits the use of funds for the 
attendance of more than 50 employees from a Federal department or 
agency at any single conference occurring outside the United States; 
                                                         Pages H6939-40
  Berkley amendment (No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
19, 2007) that prohibits the use of funds for assistance to Saudi 
Arabia; and
Pages H6941-42
  Pence amendment that prohibits the use of funds for direct aid to the 
Palestinian Authority, except as otherwise provided by existing law (by 
a recorded vote of 390 ayes to 30 noes, Roll No. 540). 
                                                  Pages H6940-41, H6949
Rejected:
  Shays amendment that sought to redirect $50 million in funding under 
the Economic Support Fund for community assistance programs in Iraq; 
                                                         Pages H6856-58
  Wolf amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for 
assistance programs for Iraq by $158,000,000 by a recorded vote of 205 
ayes to 219 noes, Roll No. 528);
Pages H6837-41, H6869-70
  Garrett (NJ) amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, 
for anti-terrorism programs by $20 million (by a recorded vote of 192 
ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 530);
Pages H6842-43, H6870-71
  Foxx amendment that sought to reduce the funds appropriated for 
contributions to international organizations by $203,082,000 (by a 
recorded vote of 137 ayes to 287 noes, Roll No. 531); 
                                               Pages H6843-45, H6871-72
  Pitts amendment that sought to strike the proviso under the Global 
HIV/AIDS Initiative heading that states that funds made available under 
such heading and under the Child Survival and Health Programs Fund 
heading be made available notwithstanding the second sentence of 
section 403(a) of Public Law 108-25 (by a recorded vote of 200 ayes to 
226 noes, Roll No. 532);
Pages H6862-68, H6872-76
  Smith (NJ) amendment that sought to strike the last proviso in 
section 622 of the bill regarding the Mexico City policy on family 
planning assistance (by a recorded vote of 205 ayes to 218 noes, Roll 
No. 534);
Pages H6891-99, H6899-H6911
  Boustany amendment that sought to strike section 699 from the bill 
relating to assistance for Egypt (by

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a recorded vote of 74 ayes to 343 noes, Roll No. 535); 
                                               Pages H6913-15, H6945-46
  McGovern amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds for 
programs at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation 
located at Fort Benning, Georgia (by a recorded vote of 203 ayes to 214 
noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 536); 
                                               Pages H6920-26, H6946-47
  Jordan amendment (No. 26 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
19, 2007) that sought to reduce appropriations in the bill by 
$2,956,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 152 ayes to 268 noes, Roll No. 
537);
Pages H6929-31, H6947
  Price (GA) amendment (No. 52 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 20, 2007) that sought to reduce appropriations in the bill by 
$342,430,000 (by a recorded vote of 168 ayes to 252 noes, Roll No. 
538);
Pages H6931-35, H6948
  Musgrave amendment that sought to reduce the total appropriation in 
the bill (other than for assistance for Israel) by 0.5 percent across-
the-board (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 241 noes, Roll No. 539); 
and
Pages H6935-39, H6948-49
  King (IA) amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds for 
travel by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to countries that 
are State sponsors of terrorism (by a recorded vote of 84 ayes to 337 
noes, Roll No. 541).
Pages H6942-45, H6949-50
Withdrawn:
  McCaul (TX) amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn 
that sought to increase funding, by offset, for International Narcotics 
Control and Law enforcement programs by $30 million;
Pages H6845-46
  Flake amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that 
sought to prohibit funds from being used to fund nongovernmental 
organizations, specifically named in the report accompanying the Act, 
outside of a competitive bidding process;
Page H6939
  Conaway amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
19, 2007) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to 
express the sense of the House that any reduction in the amount 
appropriated as a result of amendments adopted by the House should be 
dedicated to deficit reduction; and
Page H6940
  Lamborn amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that 
sought to prohibit funds under the West Bank and Gaza program from 
being available to or through any individual, private or government 
entity, or educational institution that does not recognize the right of 
the State of Israel to exist.
Page H6945
Point of Order sustained against:
  Blumenauer amendment (No. 17 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 19, 2007) regarding funding for Pakistan.
Pages H6919-20
  H. Res. 498, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to on Wednesday, June 20th.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H6831.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H6957.
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote and fifteen recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6868-69, 
H6869-70, H6870, H6870-71, H6871-72, H6872, H6899, H6900, H6946, H6946-
47, H6947, H6948, H6948-49, H6949, H6950, H6953-54. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 12:33 a.m. on 
Friday, June 22nd.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D878-D880]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT TO INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS; REPORT ON FINANCIAL 
SERVICES APPROPRIATIONS; AND REVISED SUBALLOCATION OF BUDGET 
ALLOCATIONS FY 2008
Committee on Appropriations: Approved the following: a Supplemental 
Report to H.R. 2643, making appropriations for the Department of 
Interior, environment, and related programs for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008; a report on the Financial Services and General 
Government appropriations for fiscal year 2008; and a revised 
Suballocation of Budget Allocations for fiscal year 2008.
BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Workforce Protection 
held a hearing on Balancing Work and Family: What Policies Best Support 
American Families? Testimony was heard from Representatives DeLauro and 
Biggert; and public witnesses.
HEALTH MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Approved the following health 
proposals, as amended, to be introduced in a single bill, and ordered 
that bill reported: the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments of 2007 
(PDUFA); as amended, the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2007 
(MDUFA); the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act of 
2007; as amended, the Pediatric Research Equity Act of 2007; as 
amended, the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act of 2007 (BPCA); as 
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amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the 
establishment of the Reagan-Udall Institute for Applied Biomedical 
Research; to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with 
respect to conflicts of interest; as amended, to amend the Public 
Health Service Act to provide for the establishment of a clinical trial 
registry database and a clinical trial results database; and, as 
amended, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve 
drug safety.
TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE ACT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises, held a hearing 
entitled ``Examining a Legislative Solution To Extend and Revise the 
Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.'' Testimony was heard from David G. 
Nason, Assistant Secretary, Financial Institutions, Department of the 
Treasury; Eric R. Dinallo, Superintendent, Department of Insurance, 
State of New York; and public witnesses.
HOPE VI PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community 
Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``Reauthorization of the HOPE VI 
Program.'' Testimony was heard from: Orlando J. Cabrera, Assistant 
Secretary, Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development; Rudy Montiel, Executive Director, Housing Authority, Los 
Angeles, California; Charles Woodyard, Executive Director, Housing 
Authority, Charlotte, North Carolina; Richard Fox, Executive Director, 
Housing Authority, Stamford, Connecticut; Michael Kelly, Executive 
Director, Housing Authority, District of Columbia; and public 
witnesses.
OPIC REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation, and Trade approved for full committee action, as 
amended, H.R. 2798, Overseas Private Investment Corporation 
Reauthorization Act of 2007.
U.S. ATTORNEYS INVESTIGATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law continued hearings on the Continuing Investigation 
into the U.S. Attorney Controversy and Related Matters. Testimony was 
heard from Paul J. McNulty, Deputy Attorney General, Department of 
Justice.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil 
Rights, and Civil Liberties, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 558, 
African American Farmers Benefit Relief Act of 2007; and H.R. 899, 
Pigford Claims Remedy Act of 2007. Testimony was heard from Senator 
Grassley; A. Donald McEachin, member, House of Delegates, State of 
Virginia; and public witnesses.
REFUGE ECOLOGY PROTECTION, ASSISTANCE, AND IMMEDIATE RESPONSE ACT
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and 
Oceans held a hearing on H.R. 767, Refuge Ecology Protection, 
Assistance, and Immediate Response Act. Testimony was heard from: 
Geoffrey L. Haskett, Assistant Director, National Wildlife Refuge 
System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior; and 
public witnesses.
DC AUTONOMY MEASURE; FEDERAL MERIT-BASED EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, Postal Services, and the District of Columbia approved for 
full committee action the following bills: H.R. 733, as amended, 
District of Columbia Budget Autonomy Act of 2007; and H.R. 1054 
District of Columbia Legislative Autonomy Act of 2007.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and 
Environment approved for full committee action, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 2773, Biofuels Research and Development 
Enhancement Act; H.R. 1933, Department of Energy Carbon Capture and 
Storage Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 2007; and H.R. 
2774, Solar Energy Research and Advancement Act of 2007.
NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on Increasing Investment in 
Our Nation's Small Businesses. Testimony was heard from Michael Hager, 
Associate Administrator, Capitol Access, SBA; and public witnesses.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND WORKFORCE SECURITY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing on the Responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security 
and the Federal Protective Service to Ensure Contract Guards Protect 
Federal Employees and Workplaces. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: Richard L. 
Skinner, Inspector General; Gary W. Schenkel, Director, Federal 
Protection Service;

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Ashley J. Lewis, Director, Office of Acquisition Policy and Oversight, 
Immigration and Custom Enforcement; and public witnesses.
VETERANS MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity 
held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 1750, To amend the 
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to extend from 90 days the period after 
release of a member of the Armed Forces from active duty during which 
the member is protected from mortgage foreclosure under that act; H.R. 
1824, To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the scope of 
programs of education for which accelerated payments of educational 
assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill may be used; H.R. 1598, 
Servicemembers Credit Protection Act; H.R. 1315, To amend title 38, 
United States Code, to provide specially adaptive housing assistance to 
certain disabled members of the Armed Forces residing temporarily in 
housing owned by a family member; H.R. 1240, To direct the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to establish a scholarship program for students 
seeking a degree or certificate in the areas of visual impairment and 
orientation and mobility; H.R. 675, Disabled Veterans Adaptive Housing 
Improvement Act; H.R. 513, National Heroes Credit Protection Act; H.R. 
2259, To ensure that members of the National Guard and Reserves are 
able to fully participate in the benefits delivery at discharge program 
administered jointly by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to provide information and assistance on available 
benefits and other transition assistance to members of the Armed Forces 
who are separating from the Armed Forces; H.R. 2475, Veteran Home 
Equity Conversation Mortgage Act of 2007; H.R. 1632, Improving 
Veterans' Reemployment Act of 2007; H.R. 112, G.I. Advanced Education 
in Science and Technology Act; H.R. 2579, To amend title 38, United 
States Code, to authorize the use of funds in the Department of 
Veterans Affairs readjustment benefits accounts and funds appropriated 
for such purpose to provide funding for state approving agencies; and 
H.R. 1370, Disabled Veterans Sports and Special Events Promotion Act of 
2007. Testimony was heard from Representatives Wynn, Brady of 
Pennsylvania, Israel, Jackson-Lee of Texas, Welch of Vermont, Michaud, 
Reichert; the following officials of Veterans Affairs, Keith Pedigo, 
Director, Loan Guaranty Service; Keith M. Wilson, Director, Education 
Service; and Dean Gallin, Deputy Assistant Counsel; representatives of 
veterans' organizations; and public witnesses.
MEDICARE PART D BENEFICIARY PROTECTIONS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on 
Beneficiary Protections in Medicare Part D. Testimony was heard from 
Leslie V. Norwalk, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services; Kathleen M. 
King, Director, Medicare Payment, GAO; and public witnesses.
SSI IDENTIFY THEFT PROTECTION
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a 
hearing on Protecting the Privacy of the Social Security Number from 
Identity Theft. Testimony was heard from: Senator Schumer; 
Representatives Markey and Barton of Texas; Patrick O'Carroll, 
Inspector General, SSA; Joel Winston, Director, Division of Privacy and 
Information Protection, FTC; Dan Bertoni, Director, Education, 
Workforce, and Income Security, GAO; and public witnesses.
FISA
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive to hold a 
hearing on FISA. Testimony was heard from former Attorney General John 
Ashcroft.

Joint Meetings
GUANTANAMO BAY
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
a hearing to examine the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, focusing on the 
implications for United States human rights leadership, including the 
international perspective of Guantanamo, particularly in the 56 
participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation 
in Europe (OSCE), after receiving testimony from John B. Bellinger, 
III, Legal Adviser, Department of State; Anne-Marie Lizin, Belgium 
Senate, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on 
Guantanamo, Brussels; Tom Malinowski, Human Rights Watch, Washington, 
D.C.; and Gabor Rona, Human Rights First, New York, New York.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-06-22

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D880-D881]
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                         COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR

                         FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 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 a new vision for medical research relating to the fiscal 
year 2008 budget for the National Institutes of Health, 10 a.m., SD-
116.

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  Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to 
markup the Department of Defense Authorization bill for fiscal year 
2008, 2 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials, hearing on H.R. 1534, Mercury Export Ban Act of 
2007, 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing 
entitled ``Images Kids See on the Screen,'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing and 
Community Opportunity, hearing entitled ``Homeowner Downpayment 
Assistance Programs and Related Issues,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, hearing on the Future of NATO: How 
Valuable an Asset? 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, hearing on the 
Response of the Department of Health and Human Services to the 
Nation's Emergency Care Crisis, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science and Technology, to consider the following 
measures: H.R. 2698, Federal Aviation Research and Development 
Reauthorization Act of 2007; and H. Res. 487, Recognizing the 
contribution of modeling and simulation technology to the security 
and prosperity of the United States, and recognizing modeling and 
simulation as a National Critical Technology, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, DCIA 
briefing on a recent report, 10 a.m., H-405 Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        10 a.m., Friday, June 22

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

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, June 22

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: H.R. 2771--Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 
2008. 


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