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                                           Thursday, August 2, 2007

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 976, the State Children's Insurance Program 
      Amendment Act (SCHIP Act).
      Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2272, 
      21st Century Competitiveness Act.
      Senate concurred in the amendment of the House to S. 1, 
      Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act.
      The House passed H.R. 3161, the Agriculture, Rural Development, 
      Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations 
      Act, 2008.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S10685-S10848
Measures Introduced: Fifty one bills and seven resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1934-1984, and S. Res. 292-298. 
                                                        Pages S10787-88
Measures Reported:
  H.R. 50, to reauthorize the African Elephant Conservation Act and the 
Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994.
  H.R. 465, to reauthorize the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997.
  S. 742, to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the 
health risks posed by asbestos-containing products, with an amendment 
in the nature of a substitute.
  S. 775, to establish a National Commission on the Infrastructure of 
the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  S. 1785, to amend the Clean Air Act to establish deadlines by which 
the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue a 
decision on whether to grant certain waivers of preemption under that 
Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S10786
Measures Passed:
  State Children's Health Insurance Program Amendment Act: By 68 yeas 
to 31 nays (Vote No. 307), Senate agreed to H.R. 976, to amend title 
XXI of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the State Children's 
Health Insurance Program, taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S10719-61
Adopted:
  Nelson (FL) Amendment No. 2619 (to Amendment No. 2530), to reduce the 
cap on the tax on large cigars to $3.00.
Page S10741
  Dodd Amendment No. 2631 (to Amendment No. 2530), to expand family and 
medical leave in support of servicemembers with combat-related 
injuries.
Pages S10728, S10741
  Obama Amendment No. 2588 (to Amendment No. 2530), to provide certain 
employment protections for family members who are caring for members of 
the Armed Forces recovering from illnesses and injuries incurred on 
active duty.
Pages S10739, S10741
  Lincoln Amendment No. 2621 (to Amendment No. 2530), to express the 
sense of the Senate that Congress should enact legislation that 
improves access to affordable and meaningful health insurance coverage, 
especially for Americans in the small group and individual health 
insurance markets.
Pages S10739, S10740, S10743-46
  Wyden Modified Amendment No. 2570 (to Amendment No. 2530), to fund 
voluntary incentive programs with the aim of reducing the incidence of 
type 2 diabetes.
Page S10746
  Kerry/Snowe Amendment No. 2529 (to Amendment No. 2530), to establish 
a multiagency nationwide campaign to educate small business concerns 
about health insurance options available to children.
Pages S10750-51

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  Cardin Modified Amendment No. 2567 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
improve the provisions relating to dental health.

Pages S10751-52

  Baucus Amendment No. 2645 (to Amendment No. 2530), of a perfecting 
nature.
Pages S10752-53
  Baucus Amendment No. 2530, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S10719
  Baucus Amendment No. 2646, to amend the title.
Page S10761
Rejected:
  By 43 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 297), Grassley (for Ensign) Amendment 
No. 2540 (to Amendment No. 2530), to prohibit a State from using SCHIP 
funds to provide coverage for nonpregnant adults until the State first 
demonstrates that it has adequately covered targeted low-income 
children who reside in the State.
Pages S10719, S10733-36, S10737
  By 42 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 298), Thune Amendment No. 2579 (to 
Amendment No. 2530), to exclude individuals with alternative minimum 
tax liability from eligibility from SCHIP coverage. 
                                                Pages S10719, S10737-38
  By 37 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 299), Grassley (for Kyl), Amendment 
No. 2537 (to Amendment No. 2530), to minimize the erosion of private 
health coverage.
Pages S10719, S10738-39
  By 37 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 300), Specter (for Coburn/DeMint) 
Amendment No. 2627 (to Amendment No. 2530), to ensure that children and 
pregnant women whose family income exceeds 200 percent of the poverty 
line and who have access to employer-sponsored coverage receive premium 
assistance.
Pages S10720, S10746-47
  By 35 yeas to 64 nays (Vote No. 301), Vitter/DeMint Modified 
Amendment No. 2596, to require individuals who are eligible for SCHIP 
and employer-sponsored coverage to use the employer-sponsored coverage 
instead of SCHIP.
Pages S10724-26, S10747-48
  By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 302), Allard Modified Amendment No. 
2535 (to Amendment No. 2530), to codify the unborn child rule. 
                                                Pages S10726-28, S10748
  By 21 yeas to 78 nays (Vote No. 303), Hutchison Amendment No. 2620 
(to Amendment No. 2530), to increase access to health insurance for 
low-income children based on actual need, as adjusted for cost-of-
living.
Pages S10731-32, S10748-49
  By 37 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 305), DeMint Amendment No. 2577 (to 
Amendment No. 2530), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide 
for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage 
offered in interstate commerce.
Pages S10740-41, S10752
Withdrawn:
  Dorgan Amendment No. 2534 (to Amendment No. 2530), to revise and 
extend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
Pages S10719, S10724
  Webb Modified Amendment No. 2618 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
eliminate the deferral of taxation on certain income of United States 
shareholders attributable to controlled foreign corporations. 
                                                   Pages S10724, S10746
  Sanders Amendment No. 2600 (to Amendment No. 2530), to amend title 
XXI of the Social Security Act to limit the use of funds for States 
that receive the enhanced portion of the CHIP matching rate for 
Medicaid coverage of certain children.
Pages S10720, S10749
  McConnell/Specter Amendment No. 2599 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
express the sense of the Senate that Judge Leslie Southwick should 
receive a vote by the full Senate.
Page S10719
  Grassley (for Ensign) Amendment No. 2541 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
prohibit a State from providing child health assistance or health 
benefits coverage to individuals whose family income exceeds 200 
percent of the Federal Poverty Level unless the State demonstrates that 
it has enrolled 95 percent of the targeted low-income children who 
reside in the State.
Page S10719
  Sanders Amendment No. 2571 (to Amendment No. 2530), to establish an 
incentive program for State health access innovations. 
                                                        Pages S10720-23
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 295), 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 Baucus (for Specter) 
Amendment No. 2557 (to Amendment No. 2530), to amend the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 to reset the rate of tax under the alternative 
minimum tax at 24 percent. 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 S10719, S10736
  By 39 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 296), 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 Grassley (for Graham) 
Modified Amendment No. 2558 (to Amendment No. 2530), to sunset the 
increase in the tax on tobacco products on September 30, 2012. 
Subsequently, the pay-as-you-go point of order that

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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 S10731, S10736-37
  By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 304), 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 Grassley (for Kyl) 
Amendment No. 2562 (to Amendment No. 2530), to amend the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the 15-year straight-line 
cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements and qualified 
restaurant improvements and to provide a 15-year straight-line cost 
recovery for certain improvements to retail space. 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 S10719, S10749-50
  By 67 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 306), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to waive section 203 of S. Con. Res. 21, FY08 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Baucus Amendment No. 
2530, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S10753
  National Bourbon Heritage Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 294, 
designating September 2007 as ``National Bourbon Heritage Month''. 
                                                        Pages S10840-41
  National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day: Senate agreed to 
S. Res. 295, designating September 19, 2007, as ``National Attention 
Deficit Disorder Awareness Day''.
  Pages S10840-41
  National Youth Court Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 296, designating 
September 2007 as ``National Youth Court Month''.
  Pages S10840-41
  Utah League of Cities and Towns 100th Anniversary: Senate agreed to 
S. Res. 297, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Utah League of 
Cities and Towns.
  Pages S10840-41
  Marquis de Lafayette 250th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 298, 
commending the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina for holding a 3-day 
celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de 
Lafayette, and recognizing that the City of Fayetteville is where North 
Carolina celebrates the birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette. 
                                                        Pages S10840-41
  Lung Cancer: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 87, expressing the 
sense of the Senate that the President should declare lung cancer a 
public health priority and should implement a comprehensive interagency 
program to reduce the lung cancer mortality rate by at least 50 percent 
by 2015, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S10842
  Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act: Senate passed S. 
1983, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
to renew and amend the provisions for the enhanced review of covered 
pesticide products, to authorize fees for certain pesticide products, 
and to expend and improve the collection of maintenance fees. 
                                                        Pages S10842-44
  Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Indians: Senate passed H.R. 2952, to 
authorize the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Indians of the State of 
Michigan to convey land and interests in land owned by the Tribe, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S10844
  Coquille Indian Tribe of the State of Oregon: Senate passed H.R. 
2863, to authorize the Coquille Indian Tribe of the State of Oregon to 
convey land and interests in land owned by the Tribe, clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Page S10844
  National Infrastructure Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 775, to 
establish a National Commission on the Infrastructure of the United 
States, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                        Pages S10844-46
  Pryor (for Boxer) Amendment No. 2648, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S10846
Conference Reports:
21st Century Competitiveness Act: Senate agreed to the conference 
report on H.R. 2272, to invest in innovation through research and 
development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S10761-62
House Messages:
Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act: By 83 yeas to 14 nays 
(Vote No. 294), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment 
of the House to S. 1, to provide greater transparency in the 
legislative process, taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S10687-S10719, S10723-24
Withdrawn:
  Senator Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the 
bill.
Page S10716
  Senator Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House with 
Amendment No. 2589, to change the enactment date.
Page S10716

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  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 80 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. 293), two-thirds of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to close further debate on the Reid motion to concur in 
the amendment of the House to the bill.
Page S10716
  Reid Amendment No. 2590 (to Amendment No. 2589), of a perfecting 
nature, fell when Amendment No. 2589 (listed above) was withdrawn.
Appointments (from Wednesday, August 1, 2007):
Board of Visitors of the U.S. Merchant Marines: The Chair, on behalf of 
the Vice President, pursuant to Title 46 App., Section 1295 b(h), of 
the U.S. Code, appointed the following Senators to the Board of 
Visitors of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Senator Inouye, ex 
officio as Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Senator Lautenberg, from the Committee on Commerce, 
Science and Transportation; Senator Stevens, from the Committee on 
Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Senator Graham, At Large.
Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy: The Chair, on behalf 
of the Vice President, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 9355(a), appointed the 
following Senators to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force 
Academy: Senator Bennett, from the Committee on Appropriations; Senator 
Nelson (NE), from the Committee on Appropriations; and Senator Allard, 
At Large.
Appointments (from Thursday, August 2, 2007):
Board of Visitors of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy: The Chair, on behalf 
of the Vice President, pursuant to 14 U.S.C. 194, as amended by Public 
Law 101-595, and upon the recommendation of the Chairman of the 
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, appointed the 
following Senators to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Coast Guard 
Academy: Senator Stevens, from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation, and Senator Collins, At Large.
  Pages S10840
Message from the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States on Wednesday, August 1, 2007:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, the declaration of a national 
emergency relative to the threat in Lebanon posed by the actions of 
certain persons to undermine Lebanon's legitimate democratic 
institutions; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, 
and Urban Affairs. (PM-23)
Degiusti Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 
2007, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Timothy D. 
DeGiusti, to be United States District Judge for the Western District 
of Oklahoma; that there be two minutes for debate equally divided 
between the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on the 
Judiciary; provided further, that Senate vote on confirmation of the 
nomination.
  Pages S10742, S10761
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Dennis W. Carlton, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Council of 
Economic Advisers.
  Carl B. Kress, of California, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner 
for the term expiring June 30, 2011.
  A. Paul Anderson, of Florida, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner 
for the term expiring June 30, 2012.
  John A. Gastright, of South Carolina, for the rank of Ambassador 
during his tenure of service as United States Coordinator for 
Afghanistan, Department of State.
  Margaret Spellings, of Texas, to be designated a Representative of 
the United States of America to the Thirty-fourth Session of the 
General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and 
Cultural Organization.
  Mark D. Gearan, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term 
expiring December 1, 2010.
  Julie Fisher Cummings, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a 
term expiring September 14, 2011.
  Donna N. Williams, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term 
expiring October 6, 2009.
  Tom Osborne, of Nebraska, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of 
the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring 
October 6, 2012.
  Alan D. Solomont, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a 
term expiring October 6, 2009.
  Jeffrey William Runge, of North Carolina, to be Assistant Secretary 
for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Department of Homeland 
Security.
  Cynthia Dyer, of Texas, to be Director of the Violence Against Women 
Office, Department of Justice.
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
  2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.

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  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Navy.
Pages S10846-48
Messages from the House:
  Page S10785
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S10785
Measures Read the First Time:
  Page S10785
Executive Communications:
  Pages S10785-86
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S10786
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S10788-91
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S10791-S10824
Additional Statements:
  Pages S10781-85
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S10824-39
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S10839-40
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S10840
Record Votes: Fifteen record votes were taken today. (Total--307) 
      Pages S10716, S10723-24, S10736, S10737, S10738, S10747, S10748, 
                         S10749, S10749-50, S10752, S10753, and S10761.
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 11:33 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2007. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
UNITED STATES FORCES IN IRAQ
Committee on Armed Services: Committee received a closed briefing on 
drawdown planning for the United States forces in Iraq from Eric S. 
Edelman, Under Secretary for Policy, and Lieutenant General John F. 
Sattler, USMC, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), 
The Joint Chiefs of Staff, both of the Department of Defense.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN, for reappointment to the 
grade of admiral and to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and 
General James E. Cartwright, USMC, for reappointment to the grade of 
general and to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and 808 
nominations in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nominations of Randall S. Kroszner, of New 
Jersey, Larry Allan Klane, of the District of Columbia, and Elizabeth 
A. Duke, of Virginia, all to be Members of the Board of Governors of 
the Federal Reserve System, after the nominees testified and answered 
questions in their own behalf.
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Security and International Trade and Finance concluded a hearing to 
examine reforming key international financial institutions for the 21st 
century, after receiving testimony from Daniel K. Tarullo, Georgetown 
University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; Adam Lerrick, Carnegie Mellon 
University Gaillot Center for Public Policy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 
and Karin Lissakers, Revenue Watch Institute, and Diane Willkens, 
Development Finance International, Inc., both of Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Budget: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nomination of Jim Nussle, of Iowa, to be Director of the Office of 
Management and Budget.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following:
  S. 781, to extend the authority of the Federal Trade Commission to 
collect Do-Not-Call Registry fees to fiscal years after fiscal year 
2007, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 602, to develop the next generation of parental control 
technology, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1892, to reauthorize the Coast Guard for fiscal year 2008, with 
amendments; and
  The nominations of William G. Sutton, Jr., of Virginia, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Ronald Spoehel, of Virginia, to be 
Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 
Thomas J. Barrett, of Alaska, to be Deputy Secretary, and Paul R. 
Brubaker, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Research and 
Innovative Technology Administration, both of the Department of 
Transportation, and the following named individual for appointment as a 
permanent commissioned regular officer in the United States Coast Guard 
in the grade indicated under title 14, U.S.C., section 211: Kristine B. 
Neeley, to be Lieutenant.
NATIONAL PARK CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks, concluded a hearing

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to examine S. 1253, to establish a fund for the National Park 
Centennial Challenge, after receiving testimony from Mary A. Bomar, 
Director, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; Vin 
Cipolla, National Park Foundation, and Thomas C. Kiernan, National 
Parks Conservation Association, both of Washington, D.C.; and Curt 
Buchholtz, National Park Friends Alliance, Estes Park, Colorado.
POSTAL SERVICE
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal 
Services, and International Security concluded a hearing to examine the 
Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Public Law 109-435), 
focusing on the services that are provided to customers, after 
receiving testimony from John E. Potter, Postmaster General, United 
States Postal Service; Dan G. Blair, Chairman, Postal Regulatory 
Commission; Jody Berenblatt, Bank of America, New York, New York; 
Anthony Conway, Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, and Robert E. McLean, 
Mailers Council, both of Washington, D.C.; and James West, Williams-
Sonoma, Inc. Postal and Government Affairs, San Francisco, California.
PRESERVING PROSECUTORIAL INDEPENDENCE
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee continued hearings to examine the 
Department of Justice politicizing the hiring and firing of United 
States Attorneys, focusing on preserving prosecutorial independence, 
receiving testimony from J. Scott Jennings, Special Assistant to the 
President, Deputy White House Political Director.
  Hearings recesses subject to the call.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following:
  A bill entitled, ``School Safety and Law Enforcement Act'';
  S. 1060, to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders 
into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 
1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation, with amendments; 
and
  The nominations of Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, to be United States 
Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, and Leslie Southwick, of 
Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
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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Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:  42 public bills, H.R. 3311-
3352; 2 private bills, H.R. 3353-3354; and 6 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 
199-201; and H. Res. 606-608 were introduced.
  Pages H9653-55
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H9656
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 1400, to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect 
to Iran by imposing additional economic sanctions against Iran, with an 
amendment (H. Rept. 110-294, Pt. 1);
Page H9653
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Holden to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H9547
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a 
recorded vote of 232 ayes to 186 noes, with 2 voting ``present'', Roll 
No. 797.
  Pages H9547, H9579
Ensuring Military Readiness Through Stability and Predictability 
Deployment Policy Act of 2007: The House passed H.R. 3159, to mandate 
minimum periods of rest and recuperation for units and members of the 
regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces between deployments 
for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, by a 
recorded vote of 229 ayes to 194 noes with 3 voting ``present'', Roll 
No. 796.
  Pages H9565-79
  Rejected the Hunter motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Armed Services with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith

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with amendments, by a yea-and-nay vote of 207 yeas to 217 nays with 1 
voting ``present'', Roll No. 795.
Pages H9576-78
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill 
shall be considered as adopted.
Page H9565
  H. Res. 601, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 200 nays, Roll No. 794, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
225 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 793.
Pages H9549-57, H9564-65
Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Dreier motion to adjourn by a yea-and-
nay vote of 165 yeas to 254 nays, Roll No. 798.
  Pages H9588-89
America COMPETES Act: The House agreed to the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 2272, to invest in innovation through research and 
development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States, 
by a recorded vote of 367 ayes to 57 noes, Roll No. 802. 
                                                      Pages H9592-H9606
  Rejected the Shimkus motion to recommit the conference report with 
instructions to the managers on the part of the House, by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 199 yeas to 227 nays, Roll No. 801.
Page H9604-05
  H. Res. 602, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 194 nays, 
Roll No. 792, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-
and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 791.
Pages H9557-63
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008: The House passed H.R. 3161, 
amended, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food 
and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2008, by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 18 
nays with 13 voting ``present'', Roll No. 816. Consideration of the 
measure began on Tuesday, July 31st.
  Pages H9606-39, H9641-52
  Rejected the Lewis (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the 
House promptly with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 212 yeas to 
216 nays, Roll No. 814, prior to agreeing to the Hoyer motion to 
reconsider the vote on the motion to recommit by a yea-and-nay vote of 
238 yeas to 12 nays, with 55 voting ``present'', Roll No. 815. 
                                                         Pages H9649-51
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendments printed in part A of H. Rept. 
110-290 shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the 
Committee of the Whole and no further amendment shall be in order 
except those printed in part B of H. Rept. 110-290.
Page H9606
Agreed to:
  McHenry amendment (that was debated on July 31st) to the Gingrey 
amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of July 30, 2007) 
that reduces funding for the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture by 
$100,100 and
Page H9615
  Gingrey amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
30, 2007 and debated on July 31st), as amended, that reduces funding 
for the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture by $50,050;
Page H9615
Rejected:
  Sessions amendment (No. 1 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to strike language from the bill prohibiting the use of 
funds by the USDA Chief Financial Officer for ``competitive sourcing'' 
activities until the Secretary of Agriculture submits a report on the 
Department's contracting out policies and budget (by a recorded vote of 
168 ayes to 254 noes, Roll No. 803);
Pages H9621-22, H9639, H9641-42
  Hensarling amendment (No. 3 printed in Part B of House Report 110-
290) that sought to reduce funding provided in the bill for rural 
community facilities programs by $6,287,000 (by a recorded vote of 90 
ayes to 337 noes, Roll No. 804);
Pages H9622-24, H9639, H9642
  Hensarling amendment (No. 4 printed in Part B of House Report 110-
290) that sought to reduce funding provided in the bill for grants to 
finance broadband transmission in rural areas by $8,910,000 (by a 
recorded vote of 66 ayes to 360 noes, Roll No. 805); 
                                        Pages H9624-25, H9639, H9642-43
  Kingston amendment (No. 5 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to strike section 726 from the bill relating to importation 
of prescription drugs (by a recorded vote of 146 ayes to 283 noes, Roll 
No. 806);
Pages H9625-28, H9639, H9643-44
  Kingston amendment (No. 6 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to prohibit the use of funds in the bill to apply labor 
standards under the Davis-Bacon Act to contracts for construction of 
renewable energy systems (by a recorded vote of 152 ayes to 278 noes, 
Roll No. 807);
Pages H9628-29, H9639, H9644
  Jordan amendment (No. 7 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to reduce discretionary appropriations in the bill by 5.5 
percent (by a recorded vote of 146 ayes to 284 noes, Roll No. 808); 
                                        Pages H9629-31, H9639, H9644-45
  Flake amendment (No. 8 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to prohibit

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funds from being used for the Catfish Pathogen Genomic Project in 
Auburn, Alabama (by a recorded vote of 74 ayes to 357 noes, Roll No. 
809);
Pages H9631-33, H9639, H9645-46
  Flake amendment (No. 9 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to prohibit funds from being used for grape genetics 
research in Geneva, New York (by a recorded vote of 76 ayes to 353 
noes, Roll No. 810);
Pages H9633-34, H9639, H9646
  Flake amendment (No. 10 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to prohibit funds from being used for the Alternative Uses 
of Tobacco (MD) grant (by a recorded vote of 94 ayes to 337 noes, Roll 
No. 811);
Pages H9634-35, H9639, H9646-47
  Flake amendment (No. 11 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to prohibit funds from being used for the Ruminant 
Nutrition Consortium of MT, ND, SD, and WY (by a recorded vote of 74 
ayes to 355 noes, Roll No. 812); and
Pages  H9635-37, H9639, H9647-48
  Flake amendment (No. 12 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290) 
that sought to prohibit funds from being used for the Wood Utilization 
(OR, MS, NC, MN, ME, MI, ID, TN, AK, WV) grant (by a recorded vote of 
68 ayes to 363 noes, Roll No. 813).
Pages H9637-39, H9648-49
  H. Res. 599, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 800, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
225 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 799).
Pages H9579-88, H9589-91
Moment of Silence: The Committee of the Whole observed a moment of 
silence in honor of the victims of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, 
Minnesota on August 1st.
  Page H9647
Recess: The House recessed at 11:18 p.m. and reconvened at 8:44 a.m. on 
Friday, August 3rd.
  Page H9652
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H9565 and H9618.
Senate Referrals: S. 845 was referred to the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce.
  Page H9652
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H9658.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Eleven yea-and-nay votes and fifteen recorded 
votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages 
H9562-63, H9563, H9564, H9564-65, H9577-78, H9578-79, H9579, H9588-89, 
H9590-91, H9591, H9604-05, H9605-06, H9641, H9642, H9642-43, H9643-44, 
H9644, H9644-45, H9645-46, H9646, H9646-47, H9647-48, H9648-49, H9650, 
H9651, and H9651-52. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, 
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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1127-D1129]
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Committee Meetings
MARINE CORPS NEXT OF KIN NOTIFICATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing to follow up on the notification of family members of next of 
kin of deceased and wounded process for the Marine Corps. Testimony was 
heard from GEN Robert Magnus, USMC, Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine 
Corps, Department of Defense.
HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA BUDGET EFFECTS
Committee on the Budget: Held a hearing on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: 
What will be the long-term effect on the federal budget? Testimony was 
heard from Stanley Czerwinski, Director, Intergovernmental Affairs and 
Strategic Issues, GAO; Donald E. Powell, Federal Coordinator of Gulf 
Coast Rebuilding, Department of Homeland Security; and Reverend Donald 
Boutte, Pastor, St. John Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.
MERCURY EXPORT BAN ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials approved for full Committee action, as amended, 
H.R. 1534, Mercury Export Ban Act of 2007.
U.S. AFRICA COMMAND
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health 
held a hearing on Africa Command: Opportunity for Enhanced Engagement 
or the Militarization of U.S.-Africa Relations.'' Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Department of State: Michael E. 
Hess, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and 
Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development; and 
Stephen D. Mull, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-
Military Affairs; Theresa M. Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Africa, Office of the Secretary, Department of Defense; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION
Committee on House Administration: Subcommittee on Elections held an 
oversight hearing on the Election Assistance Commission. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Election Assistance

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Commission: Donetta Davidson, Chair; and Rosemary Rodriguez, Vice 
Chair; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported the following bills: H. R 
2740, amended, MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007; H.R. 1119, 
amended, Purple Heart Family Equity Act of 2007; and H.R. 1071, 
September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act.
ENDANGERED SALMON PREDATION PREVENTION ACT
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and 
Oceans, held a hearing on H.R. 1769, Endangered Salmon Predation 
Prevention Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives Baird and 
Hastings of Washington; Bob Lohn, Regional Administrator, National 
Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region, NOAA, Department of 
Commerce; John E. Reynolds, III, Chairman, Marine Mammal Commission; 
Guy Norman, Regional Director, Department of Fish and Wildlife, State 
of Washington; Robin Brown, Marine Mammal Research Program Leader, 
Department of Fish and Wildlife, State of Oregon; and public witnesses
NATIONAL PARK CENTENNIAL MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks and 
Public Lands held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 3094, National 
Park Centennial Fund Act; and H.R. 2959, National Park Centennial 
Challenge Fund Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives Souder, 
Tiahrt and Baird; Mary A. Bomar, Director, National Park Service, 
Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Ordered reported the 
following measures: H.R. 312, amended, Civilian Service Recognition Act 
of 2007; H.R. 928, amended, Improving Government Accountability Act; H. 
Res. 554, Supporting the Goals and Ideals of National Passport Month; 
H.R. 3106, To designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 805 Main Street in Ferdinand, Indiana, as the 
``Staff Sergeant David L. Nord Post Office;'' H.R. 2778, To designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3 Quaker 
Ridge Road in New Rochelle, New York, as the ``Robert Merrill Postal 
Station;'' H.R. 1054, amended, District of Columbia Legislative 
Autonomy Act of 2007; and H. Res. 544, Expressing the sympathy and 
pledging the support of the House of Representatives and the people of 
the United States for the victims of the devastating thunderstorms that 
caused severe flooding in 20 counties in eastern Kansas beginning on 
June 26, 2007.
FEDERAL COMPENSATION--BENEFITS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, Postal Services, and the District of Columbia continued 
hearings on Federal Compensation, Part 2, Benefits. Testimony was heard 
from Representatives Tom Davis of Virginia; and Moran of Virginia; from 
the following officials of the OPM: Linda M. Springer; and Patrick 
McFarland, Inspector General; Gregory Long, Executive Director, Federal 
Retirement Thrift Investment Board; the following Specialists in Social 
Legislation, Domestic Social Policy Division, Congressional Research 
Service, Library of Congress: Hinda Chaikind and Patrick Purcell; and 
public witnesses.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Disaster 
Planning and Recovery: Are We Ready for Another Katrina?'' Testimony 
was heard from Paul Schneider, Under Secretary, Management, Department 
of Homeland Security; Lurita Doan, Administrator, GSA; the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: James I. Finley, Deputy Under 
Secretary, Acquisition and Technology; and LTG Robert Van Antwerp, USA, 
Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Robert Henke, 
Assistant Secretary, Management, Department of Veterans Affairs; and 
Steven Preston, Administrator, SBA.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the 
following measures: H.R. 3246, amended, Regional Economic and 
Infrastructure Development Act of 2007; H.R. 3224, amended, Dam 
Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007; H.R. 3247, amended, Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita Recovery Facilitation Act of 2007; H.R. 409, To amend 
title 23, United States Code, to inspect highway tunnels; H.R. 2671, To 
designate the United States courthouse located at 301 North Miami 
Avenue, Miami, Florida, as the ``C. Clyde Atkins United States 
Courthouse;'' H.R. 2728, To designate the station of the United States 
Border Patrol located at 25762 Madison Avenue in Murrieta, California, 
as the ``Theodore L. Newton, Jr., and George F. Azrak Border Patrol 
Station;'' H. Res. 444, Supporting the goals and ideals of National 
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, honoring the invaluable 
contributions of Charles Edward Taylor, regarded as the father of 
aviation maintenance, and recognizing the essential role of aviation 
maintenance technicians in ensuring the safety and security of civil 
and military aircraft; H. Res. 549, Recognizing the importance of 
America's Waterway Watch program; H. Res. 592,

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Supporting first responders in the United States in their efforts to 
prepare for and respond to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and 
other manmade disasters, and affirming the goals and ideals of National 
First Responder Appreciation Day; and H.R. 3311, To authorize funds for 
emergency repairs and reconstruction of the Interstate I-35 bridge 
located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that collapsed on August 1, 2007, to 
waive the $100,000,000 limitation on emergency relief funds for those 
emergency repairs and reconstruction.
COAST GUARD MARINE SAFETY PROGRAM
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing on Challenges Facing 
the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Program. Testimony was heard from ADM 
Thad Allen, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland 
Security; and public witnesses.
CHINA TRADE SAFETY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on 
Legislation Related to Trade with China. Testimony was heard from 
Senator Stabenow; Representatives Davis of Alabama; Hunter, Regula, 
Knollenberg, Visclosky, Stupak, Ryan of Ohio, Arcuri, and Braley of 
Iowa; David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary, Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce; Mark Sobel, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Monetary and Financial 
Policy, Department of the Treasury; Daniel Brinza, Assistant U.S. Trade 
Representative for Monitory and Enforcement; Daniel Baldwin, Assistant 
Commissioner, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY UPDATE ON IRAQ
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Intelligence Community Update on Iraq. The 
Committee was briefed by departmental witnesses.
BRIEFING--CIA NEW COUNTER TERRORISM ACTIVITY
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence met in executive 
session to receive a briefing on CIA new Counter Terrorism Activity. 
The Subcommittee was briefed by departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
MEDIA FREEDOM: OSCE
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
a hearing to examine freedom of the media in the Organization for 
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region, after receiving 
testimony from Nina Ognianova, Committee to Protect Journalists, New 
York, New York; Paula Schriefer, Freedom House, Washington, DC; and 
Fatima Tlisova, Karachay-Cherkess Republic.


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1115)
  H.J. Res. 44, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained 
in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. Signed on August 1, 
2007. (Public Law 110-52)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-08-03

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[Page D1129]
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             COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to receive a closed briefing 
regarding the treatment of detainees, 8 a.m., SR-222.


                                 House

  Committee on House Administration, Election Task Force, to receive 
a GAO briefing on the status of the Investigation into the FL-13 
Congressional District Contested Election, 10 a.m., 1310 Longworth.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, 
Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, 
meeting to request Department of Homeland Security Departmental 
Reports on the Beneficiaries of certain private bills, 1 p.m., 2141 
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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Friday, August 3 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will begin consideration of the nomination 
of Timothy D. DeGiusti, to be United States District Judge for the 
Western District of Oklahoma, and after a period of debate, vote on 
confirmation thereon.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, August 3

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: To be announced. 


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