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                                             Friday, August 3, 2007

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 1927, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
      Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 43, Adjournment Resolution.

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S10849-S10997
Measures Introduced: Thirty-one bills and nine resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1985-2015, S.J. Res. 17, S. Res. 299-305, 
and S. Con. Res. 43.
  Pages S10901-02
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Legislative and Oversight Activities During 
the 109th Congress by the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs''. (S. 
Rept. No. 110-141)
  Special Report entitled ``Summary of Legislative and Oversight 
Activities During the 109th Congress''. (S. Rept. No. 110-145)
  S. 428, to amend the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 
1999, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 
110-142)
  S. 1163, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve 
compensation and specially adapted housing for veterans in certain 
cases of impairment of vision involving both eyes, and to provide for 
the use of the National Directory of New Hires for income verification 
purposes, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. 
No. 110-143)
  S. 1300, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize 
appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 
2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to 
modernize the air traffic control system, with amendments. (S. Rept. 
No. 110-144)
  S. 898, to amend the Public Health Service Act to fund breakthroughs 
in Alzheimer's disease research while providing more help to caregivers 
and increasing public education about prevention, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute.
  S. 1183, to enhance and further research into paralysis and to 
improve rehabilitation and the quality of life for persons living with 
paralysis and other physical disabilities, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
Page S10901
Measures Passed:
  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: By 60 yeas to 28 nays (Vote 
No. 309), Senate passed S. 1927, to amend the Foreign Intelligence 
Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for 
authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information, 
by the order of the Senate of Friday, August 3, 2007, 60 Senators 
having voted in the affirmative, and after taking action on the 
following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S10861-72
Adopted:
  McConnell/Bond Amendment No. 2649, to provide a sunset provision. 
                                                         Page S10861-72
  Minneapolis Bridge Emergency Funds: Senate passed H.R. 3311, to 
authorize additional 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, 
and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                        Pages S10873-74
  Coleman (for Bond) Amendment No. 2654, to improve expanded 
eligibility for transit and travel information services.
Page S10873
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 43, providing 
for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate, and a 
conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
  Page S10978
  State of Idaho Agriculture College: Senate passed H.R. 3006, to 
improve the use of a grant of a parcel of land to the State of Idaho 
for use as an agricultural college, clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S10978

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  Private First Class Shane R. Austin Post Office: Senate passed S. 
1772, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 127 South Elm Street in Gardner, Kansas, as the ``Private 
First Class Shane R. Austin Post Office''.
  Page S10978
  Officer Jeremy Todd Charron Post: Senate passed S. 1896, to designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11 Central 
Street in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, as the ``Officer Jeremy Todd 
Charron Post Office''.
  Pages S10978-79
  Claude Ramsey Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1260, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6301 Highway 58 
in Harrison, Tennessee, as the ``Claude Ramsey Post Office'', clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Page S10979
  SSgt Lewis G. Watkins Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 1335, 
to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 508 East Main Street in Seneca, South Carolina, as the ``SSgt Lewis 
G. Watkins Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S10979
  Staff Sergeant Marvin ``Rex'' Young Post Office Building: Senate 
passed H.R. 1425, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 4551 East 52nd Street in Odessa, Texas, as the 
``Staff Sergeant Marvin ``Rex'' Young Post Office Building'', clearing 
the measure for the President.
  Page S10979
  Rachel Carson Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 1434, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
896 Pittsburgh Street in Springdale, Pennsylvania, as the ``Rachel 
Carson Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S10979
  Harriett F. Woods Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 1617, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
561 Kingsland Avenue in University City, Missouri, as the ``Harriett F. 
Woods Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S10979
  Leonard W. Herman Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1722, to designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 601 Banyan 
Trail in Boca Raton, Florida, as the ``Leonard W. Herman Post Office'', 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S10979
  Willye B. White Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2025, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
11033 South State Street in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Willye B. White 
Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S10979
  George B. Lewis Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2077, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
20805 State Route 125 in Blue Creek, Ohio, as the ``George B. Lewis 
Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S10979
  Staff Sergeant Omer T. `O.T.' Hawkins Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 
2078, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 14536 State Route 136 in Cherry Fork, Ohio, as the ``Staff 
Sergeant Omer T. `O.T.' Hawkins Post Office'', clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Page S10979
  Clem Rogers McSpadden Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2127, 
to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 408 West 6th Street in Chelsea, Oklahoma, as the ``Clem Rogers 
McSpadden Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Page S10979
  Major Scott Nisely Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 2563, to designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 309 East 
Linn Street in Marshalltown, Iowa, as the ``Major Scott Nisely Post 
Office'', clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S10979
  Dr. Karl E. Carson Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2570, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
301 Boardwalk Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado, as the ``Dr. Karl E. 
Carson Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S10979
  Buck Owens Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1384, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 118 Minner 
Street in Bakersfield, California, as the ``Buck Owens Post Office'', 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S10979
  Dolph S. Briscoe, Jr. Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2688, 
to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 103 South Getty Street in Uvalde, Texas, as the ``Dolph S. Briscoe, 
Jr. Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S10979
  Frank G. Lumpkin, Jr. Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2309, 
to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 3916 Milgen Road in Columbus, Georgia, as the ``Frank G. Lumpkin, 
Jr. Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S10979
  Native American $1 Coin Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2358, to 
require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue coins

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in commemoration of Native Americans and the important contributions 
made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the 
development of the United States and the history of the United States, 
and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S10979-80
  Reid (for Dodd) Amendment No. 2653, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S10979
  Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvements Act: Senate 
passed S. 163, to improve the disaster loan program of the Small 
Business Administration, after withdrawing the committee amendment in 
the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S10980-83
  Reid (for Kerry) Amendment No. 2650, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S10980
  Reid (for Bond) Amendment No. 2651 (to Amendment No. 2650), to strike 
the title relating to energy emergencies.
Pages S10980-81
  Reid (for Coburn) Amendment No. 2652 (to Amendment No. 2652), to 
require appropriate reporting regarding the number of full-time 
employees for either the Office of Disaster Assistance or the Disaster 
Cadre of the Small Business Administration, to provide appropriate 
assistance in the event of a catastrophic national disaster. 
                                                        Pages S10980-81
  Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments: Senate passed S. 
496, to reauthorize and improve the program authorized by the 
Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, after agreeing to the 
committee amendments.
  Pages S10983-86
  Congratulating Poet Laureate Charles Simic: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
304, congratulating Charles Simic on being named the 15th Poet Laureate 
of the United States of America by the Library of Congress. 
                                                            Page S10986
  OPEN Government Act: Senate passed S. 849, to promote accessibility, 
accountability, and openness in Government by strengthening section 552 
of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of 
Information Act), after agreeing to the following amendment proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S10986-91
  Reid (for Kyl/Leahy) Amendment No. 2655, of a perfecting nature. 
                                                            Page S10986
Measures Considered:
Protect America Bill: By 43 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 310), Senate 
rejected S. 2011, entitled ``The Protect America Act of 2007'', and 
under the order of the Senate of Friday, August 3, 2007, the bill 
having failed to achieve 60 votes in the affirmative, the vote on 
passage was vitiated, and the bill was placed on the calendar. 
                                                        Pages S10861-72
Authority for Committees--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that, notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, 
all committees be authorized to file legislative and executive reports 
on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 
                                                            Page S10991
Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments--Agreement: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the 
recess or adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the 
President of the Senate Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority 
Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, 
boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by 
law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
                                                            Page S10991
Nussle Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was 
reached providing that on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 2:30 p.m., 
Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Jim Nussle to be 
Director of the Office of Management and Budget; that there be three 
hours for debate--two hours equally divided and controlled for debate 
between the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Budget, 
and one hour controlled by Senator Sanders; provided further, that 
Senate vote on the confirmation of the nomination.
  Page S10977
Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that the provisions of Rule 31, section 5 notwithstanding, 
all nominations remain in status quo, except the nomination of Reed 
Verne Hillman, of Massachusetts, to be United States Marshal for the 
District of Massachusetts.
  Page S10978
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. EX. 308), Timothy D. 
DeGuisti, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the 
Western District of Oklahoma.
  Kevin M. Kolevar, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy 
(Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability).
  Dennis R. Schrader, of Maryland, to be Deputy Administrator for 
National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department 
of Homeland Security.
  Tevi David Troy, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Health and 
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action, Committee on Finance was discharged from further 
consideration.)
  Bradford P. Campbell, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Labor. (Prior to this action, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, 
and Pensions was discharged from further consideration.)
  William G. Sutton, Jr., of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Commerce.
  Robert Boldrey, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees 
of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National 
Environmental Policy Foundation for a term expiring May 26, 2013.
  James L. Caswell, of Idaho, to be Director of the Bureau of Land 
Management.
  Mark Green, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of 
Tanzania. (Prior to this action, Committee on Foreign Relations was 
discharged from further consideration.)
  Thomas J. Barrett, of Alaska, to be Deputy Secretary of 
Transportation.
  Lisa E. Epifani, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy 
(Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs).
  Paul R. Brubaker, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Research 
and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation.
  David W. James, of Missouri, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor. 
(Prior to this action, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions was discharged from further consideration.)
  Clarence H. Albright, of South Carolina, to be Under Secretary of 
Energy.
  Brent T. Wahlquist, of Pennsylvania, to be Director of the Office of 
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
  2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  5 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  1 Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general.
  4 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy. 
                                        Pages S10849-51, S10991, S10996
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Stuart Ishimaru, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 
2012.
  Routine lists in the Navy.
Pages S10992-96
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the 
following nomination:
  Richard E. Hoagland, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to 
the Republic of Armenia, which was sent to the Senate on January 9, 
2007.
Pages S10996-97
Messages from the House:
  Page S10899
Measures Referred:
  Pages S10899-S10900
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S10900
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S10900
Executive Communications:
  Pages S10900-01
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S10901
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S10902-05
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S10905-44
Additional Statements:
  Pages S10896-99
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S10944-53
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S10953
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S10953
Text of H.R. 976 as Previously Passed:
  Pages S10953-77
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--310) 
                                        Pages S10851, S10870-71, S10872
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned, in accordance 
with S. Con. Res. 43, at 11:08 p.m., until 12 noon on Tuesday, 
September 4, 2007. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the 
Majority Leader in today's Record on page S10991.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
MILITARY DETAINEES
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing regarding the treatment of detainees from certain members of 
the intelligence community.
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                        House of Representatives

Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 96 public bills, H.R. 3355-3450; 1 
private bill, H.R. 3451; and 12 resolutions, H.J. Res. 48; H. Con. Res. 202; 
and H. Res. 609-612, 616-621; were introduced.
  Pages H9704-10
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H9710-12
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2786, to reauthorize the programs for housing assistance for Native 
Americans (H. Rept. 110-295);
  H.R. 2337, to promote energy policy reforms and public accountability, 
alternative energy and efficiency, and carbon capture and climate change 
mitigation, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-296, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 2635, to reduce the Federal Government's contribution to global 
warming through measures that promote efficiency in the Federal Government's 
management and operations, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-297, Pt. 1);
  H. Res. 613, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules 
(H. Rept. 110-298);
  H. Res. 614, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee 
on Rules (H. Rept. 110-299);
  H. Res. 615, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3221) moving 
the United States toward greater energy independence and security, 
developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon emissions, creating 
green jobs, protecting consumers, increasing clean renewable energy 
production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure, and for consideration 
of the bill (H.R. 2776) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
provide tax incentives for the production of renewable energy and energy 
conservation (H. Rept. 110-300);
  H.R. 1933, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to reauthorize and 
improve the carbon capture and storage research, development, and 
demonstration program of the Department of Energy, with an amendment (H. 
Rept. 110-301);
  H.R. 2773, to enhance research, development, demonstration, and commercial 
application of biofuels related technologies, with an amendment (H. Rept. 
110-302);
  H.R. 2774, to support the research, development, and commercial 
application of solar energy technologies, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-
303);
  H.R. 3236, to promote greater energy efficiency (H. Rept. 110-304, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3237, to facilitate the transition to a smart electricity grid (H. 
Rept. 110-305, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3238, to promote the development of renewable fuels infrastructure 
(H. Rept. 110-306, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3239, to promote advanced plug-in hybrid vehicles and vehicle 
components (H. Rept. 110-307, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 3240, to enhance availability of critical energy information (H. 
Rept. 110-308); and
  H.R. 3241, to clarify the amount of loans to be guaranteed under title 
XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H. Rept. 110-309, Pt. 1). 
                                                                  Page H9704
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative 
Murtha to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today.
  Page H9659
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-
and-nay vote of 216 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 820.
  Pages H9659, H9681-82
Privileged Resolution: The House agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw H. 
Res. 609, relating to a question of the privileges of the House. 
                                                              Pages H9659-61
Recess: The House recessed at 9:46 a.m. and reconvened at 1:18 p.m. 
                                                                  Page H9663
Recess: The House recessed at 2:46 p.m. and reconvened at 4:00 p.m. 
                                                                  Page H9671
Motion to Adjourn: Agreed by unanimous consent to vacate the vote on the 
Wilson (NM) motion to adjourn.
  Pages H9668-71
Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Hoekstra motion to adjourn by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 180 yeas to 237 nays, Roll No. 817.
  Page H9672
Providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules: The House 
agreed to H. Res. 600, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the 
rules, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 196 nays, Roll No. 818. 
                                                    Pages H9663-68, H9671-75
  Agreed to the Hastings (FL) amendment to the rule by voice vote, after 
agreeing to order the previous question.
Pages H9674-75
  Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following 
measure:
  Authorizing additional funds for emergency repairs and reconstruction of 
the Interstate I-35 bridge located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that collapsed 
on August 1, 2007: H.R. 3311, amended, to authorize additional funds for 
emergency repairs and reconstruction of the Interstate I-35 bridge located 
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that collapsed on August 1, 2007 and to waive the 
$100,000,000 limitation on emergency relief funds for those emergency 
repairs and reconstruction, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas with none 
voting ``nay'', Roll No. 819.
  Pages H9675-81
Privileged Resolution: On a division of the question of H. Res. 611, 
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privileges of the House, the House agreed to the resolution by voice vote. 
Subsequently, the House failed to agree to the preamble by voice vote. 
                                                              Pages H9682-85
Suspension--Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass 
the following measure:
  Amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a 
procedure for authorizing certain electronic surveillance: H.R. 3356, to 
amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a 
procedure for authorizing certain electronic surveillance, by a 2/3 yea-and-
nay vote of 218 yeas to 207 noes, Roll No. 821.
  Pages H9685-95
Privileged Resolution: The House agreed to table H. Res. 612, raising a 
question of the privileges of the House, by a yea-and-nay vote of 211 yeas 
to 178 nays, with 12 voting ``present'', Roll No. 822.
  Pages H9695-96
Motion to Adjourn: Agreed to the Castor motion to adjourn by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 270 yeas to 121 nays, Roll No. 823.
  Pages H9697-98
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H9671.
Senate Referrals: S. 1983 was referred to the Committee on Agriculture and 
S. 775 was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 
                                                                  Page H9697
Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H9672, H9675, H9681, H9681-82, 
H9695, H9696, and H9697.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages 
H9696-97.
Adjournment: The House met at 9:00 a.m. and adjourned at 9:39 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
GAO DISTRICT WORK PERIOD REQUESTS
Committee on House Administration: Election Task Force met and adopted a 
motion that the Chairman be authorized and directed to consult the Task 
Force by teleconference or other appropriate means to consider any GAO 
request received during the district work period and determined by the 
Chairman to require Task Force concurrence. For the purpose of consultation, 
as described in this motion, all members of the Task Force must be in 
simultaneous contact.
  Prior to this action, the Task Force met to receive a GAO briefing on the 
status of the Investigation into the FL-13th Congressional District 
Contested Election. The Task Force was briefed by Naba Barkakati, Senior 
Level Technologist, Center for Technology and Engineering Applied Research 
and Methods, GAO.
PRIVATE RELIEF BILLS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, 
Refugees, Border Security, and International Law met and approved a motion 
to request Department of Homeland Security Departmental Reports on the 
Beneficiaries of certain private bills.
NEW DIRECTION FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND CONSUMER 
PROTECTION ACT; RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY CONSERVATION TAX ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 9 to 0, a resolution providing for 
consideration of the bill H.R. 3221, the ``New Direction for Energy 
Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act,'' and the bill 
H.R. 2776, the ``Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007''.
  The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 3221 under a structured 
rule. All points of order against consideration of the bill, except clauses 
9 and 10 of rule XXI, are waived. The rule provides two hours of general 
debate with 15 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and 
ranking minority member of each of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, 
Natural Resources, Science and Technology, Transportation and 
Infrastructure, Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, Small Business, and 
Oversight and Government Reform. The rule provides that the amendment 
printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as 
adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. The bill, as 
amended, shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of further 
amendment and shall be considered as read. All points of order against 
provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived.
  The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of 
the Rules Committee report and waives all points of order against such 
amendments except clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI. Amendments so printed may be 
offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a 
Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be 
debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and 
controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to 
amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question 
in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. The rule provides one motion 
to recommit H.R. 3221 with or without instructions.
  The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 2776 under a closed 
rule. All points of order against consideration of the bill, except clauses 
9 and 10 of rule XXI, are waived. The rule provides that the substitute 
amendment recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the 
bill shall be considered as adopted and that the bill, as amended, shall be 
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order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. The rule 
provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman 
and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means. The rule 
provides one motion to recommit H.R. 2776 with or without instructions.
  The rule further provides that, in the engrossment of H.R. 3221, the Clerk 
shall add the text of H.R. 2776, as passed by the House, as new matter at 
the end of H.R. 3221. Upon such engrossment, H.R. 2776 shall be laid on the 
table. Finally, the rule provides that, during consideration in the House of 
H.R. 3221 or H.R. 2776, notwithstanding the operation of the previous 
question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of either bill to a 
time designated by the Speaker.
PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, a rule authorizing the Speaker 
to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules at any time on the 
legislative day of Saturday, August 4, 2007 relating to the following 
measures: (1) A bill to authorize additional 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, and for other purposes; and (2) A bill to amend the Foreign 
Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for 
authorizing certain electronic surveillance.
SAME DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED BY THE RULES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, a rule waiving clause 6(a) of 
rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it 
is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain rules reported from 
the Rules Committee. The rule applies the waiver to any rules reported 
through the legislative day of Monday, August 6, 2007 providing for 
consideration of the following: (1) The bill (H.R. 3222) making 
appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008, and for other purposes; and (2) A bill to amend the 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for 
authorizing certain electronic surveillance.
F


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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

[Daily Digest]
[Page D1137]
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                             NEW PUBLIC LAWS

        (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1129)
  H.R. 1, to provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the 
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Signed on 
August 3, 2007. (Public Law 110-53)
  H.R. 2429, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide an 
exception to the 60-day limit on Medicare reciprocal billing arrangements 
between two physicians during the period in which one of the physicians is 
ordered to active duty as a member of a reserve component of the Armed 
Forces. Signed on August 3, 2007. (Public Law 110-54)


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     12 p.m., Tuesday, September 4 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Tuesday: After the transaction of any morning business (not 
to extend beyond 1 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 2642, 
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act; 
following which, at 2:30 p.m. Senate will begin consideration of the 
nomination of Jim Nussle, of Iowa, to be Director of the Office of 
Management and Budget, and after a period of debate, vote on 
confirmation thereon.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       9 a.m., Saturday, August 4

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Saturday: To be announced. 


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