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[Pages D117-D119]
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                                        Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      The House agreed to H.J. Res. 20, making further continuing 
      appropriations for the fiscal year 2007.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S1359-S1468
Measures Introduced: Thirty-two bills and fifteen resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 439-470, S. Res. 52-63, and S. Con. Res. 5-
7.
  Pages S1409-11
Measures Reported:
  S. Res. 52, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on the Budget.
  S. Res. 54, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  S. Res. 55, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Veterans' 
Affairs.
  S. Res. 56, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Banking, 
Housing, and Urban Affairs.
  S. Res. 57, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry.
  S. Res. 58, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation.
  S. Res. 59, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Finance.
  S. Res. 60, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs.
  S. Res. 63, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
Page S1409
Measures Passed:
  National Mentoring Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 61, designating 
January 2007 as ``National Mentoring Month''.
  Page S1466
  Catholic Schools Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 62, recognizing the 
goals of Catholic Schools Week and honoring the valuable contributions 
of Catholic Schools in the United States.
  Page S1467
Fair Minimum Wage: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 2, to amend 
the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the 
Federal minimum wage, taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S1364-80
Adopted:
  Reid (for Baucus) Amendment No. 100, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                             Page S1364
Rejected:
  Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 209 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
extend through December 31, 2012, the increased expensing for small 
businesses. (By 49 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 37), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S1373-75
Withdrawn:
  McConnell (for Gregg) Amendment No. 101 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
provide Congress a second look at wasteful spending by establishing 
enhanced rescission authority under fast-track procedures.
Page S1364
  Enzi (for Ensign/Inhofe) Amendment No. 152 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
reduce document fraud, prevent identity theft, and preserve the 
integrity of the Social Security system.
Page S1364
  Enzi (for Ensign) Amendment No. 153 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
preserve and protect Social Security benefits of American workers, 
including those making minimum wage, and to help ensure greater 
Congressional oversight of the Social Security system by requiring that 
both Houses of Congress approve a totalization agreement before the 
agreement giving foreign workers Social Security benefits, can go into 
effect.
Page S1364
  Vitter/Voinovich Amendment No. 110 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend 
title 44 of the United States Code, to provide for the suspension of 
fines under certain circumstances for first-time paperwork violations 
by small business concerns.
Page S1364
  DeMint Amendment No. 155 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the Public 
Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual 
health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce, and to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 regarding the disposition of unused 
health

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benefits in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements and the 
use of health savings accounts for the payment of health insurance 
premiums for high deductible health plans purchased in the individual 
market.
Page S1364
  DeMint Amendment No. 156 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 regarding the disposition of unused 
health benefits in cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements. 
                                                             Page S1364
  DeMint Amendment No. 157 (to the language proposed to be stricken by 
Amendment No. 100), to increase the Federal minimum wage by an amount 
that is based on applicable State minimum wages.
Page S1364
  DeMint Amendment No. 159 (to Amendment No. 100), to protect 
individuals from having their money involuntarily collected and used 
for lobbying by a labor organization.
Page S1364
  DeMint Amendment No. 160 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain small businesses to 
defer payment of tax.
Page S1364
  DeMint Amendment No. 161 (to Amendment No. 100), to prohibit the use 
of flexible schedules by Federal employees unless such flexible 
schedule benefits are made available to private sector employees not 
later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage 
Act of 2007.
Page S1364
  DeMint Amendment No. 162 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend the Fair 
Labor Standards Act of 1938 regarding the minimum wage.
Page S1364
  Kennedy (for Kerry) Amendment No. 128 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
direct the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to 
establish a pilot program to provide regulatory compliance assistance 
to small business concerns.
Page S1364
  Martinez Amendment No. 105 (to Amendment No. 100), to clarify the 
house parent exemption to certain wage and hour requirements. 
                                                             Page S1364
  Sanders Amendment No. 201 (to Amendment No. 100), to express the 
sense of the Senate concerning poverty.
Page S1364
  Gregg Amendment No. 203 (to Amendment No. 100), to enable employees 
to use employee option time.
Page S1364
  Burr Amendment No. 195 (to Amendment No. 100), to provide for an 
exemption to a minimum wage increase for certain employers who 
contribute to their employees health benefit expenses.
Page S1364
  Kennedy (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 167 (to Amendment No. 118), to 
improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits, and security for 
aliens in the United States.
Page S1364
  Enzi (for Allard) Amendment No. 169 (to Amendment No. 100), to 
prevent identity theft by allowing the sharing of social security data 
among government agencies for immigration enforcement purposes. 
                                                         Pages S1364-65
  Enzi (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 135 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the Federal unemployment 
surtax.
Page S1365
  Enzi (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 138 (to Amendment No. 100), to amend 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand workplace health incentives 
by equalizing the tax consequences of employee athletic facility use. 
                                                             Page S1365
  Division I of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1365
  Division II of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1365
  Division III of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment 
No. 100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing 
expensing for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of 
leasehold, restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work 
opportunity tax credit.
Page S1365
  Division IV of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1365
  Division V of Sessions (for Kyl) Amendment No. 210 (to Amendment No. 
100), to provide for the permanent extension of increasing expensing 
for small businesses, the depreciation treatment of leasehold, 
restaurant, and retail space improvements, and the work opportunity tax 
credit.
Page S1365
  Durbin Amendment No. 221 (to Amendment No. 157), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S1365
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 46 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 38), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to waive section 505(a) of H. Con. Res. 95, 
Congressional Budget Resolution, with respect to Kyl Amendment No. 115 
(to Amendment No. 100), to extend through December 31, 2008, the 
depreciation treatment of leasehold, restaurant, and retail space

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improvements. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment 
increases mandatory spending and would cause an increase in the deficit 
in excess of levels permitted by H. Con. Res. 95, was sustained, and 
the amendment thus fell.
Pages S1376-79
  By 88 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 39), 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.
Page S1380
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Tuesday, 
February 1, 2007, following the votes on the confirmations of Lawrence 
Joseph O'Neill, of California, to be United States District Judge for 
the Eastern District of California, Valerie L. Baker, of California, to 
be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, 
and Gregory Kent Frizzell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District 
Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Senate continue 
consideration of the bill; provided further that the time consumed 
during the adjournment of the Senate on Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 
and during the period of morning business on Thursday, February 1, 
2007, be counted against the time for debate on the bill, pursuant to 
Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Page S1466
Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached 
providing that at 11:45 a.m., on Thursday, February 1, 2007, Senate 
begin consideration of the following nominations en bloc: Lawrence 
Joseph O'Neill, of California, to be United States District Judge for 
the Eastern District of California, Valerie L. Baker, of California, to 
be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, 
and Gregory Kent Frizzell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District 
Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; that there be 10 minutes 
for debate on the nominations, equally divided between the Chairman and 
Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary, or their designees; 
that at the conclusion, or yielding back of time, Senate vote on the 
confirmation of the nomination of Lawrence Joseph O'Neill, of 
California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District 
of California; that following that vote Senate vote on the confirmation 
of the nomination of Valerie L. Baker, of California, to be United 
States District Judge for the Central District of California; that 
following that vote Senate vote on the confirmation of the nomination 
of Gregory Kent Frizzell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District 
Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; that there be 2 minutes 
for debate between the second and third votes; that the Senate then 
return to legislative session and that all time consumed in executive 
session, including the time consumed during votes, count against the 
time post-cloture on H.R. 2.
  Page S1466
Messages From the House:
  Page S1408
Messages Referred:
  Page S1408
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S1408, S1467
Executive Communications:
  Pages S1408-09
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S1409
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S1411
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S1411-65
Additional Statements:
  Pages S1406-08
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S1465-66
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S1466
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--39) 
                                              Pages S1375, S1379, S1380
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 8:27 p.m., 
until 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 1, 2007. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S1467.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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[Pages D119-D122]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
FEDERAL FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the roles of Federal food assistance programs in 
family economic security and nutrition, focusing on payment errors and 
trafficking that have declined despite increased program participation, 
after receiving testimony from Sigurd R. Nilsen, Director, Education, 
Workforce, and Income Security Issues, Government Accountability 
Office; Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 
Washington, D.C.; Robert Dostis, Vermont Campaign to End Childhood 
Hunger, Burlington; Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta, 
Georgia; Luanne Francis, Kingsley House, New Orleans, Louisiana; 
Melinda Newport, Chickasaw Nation, Ada, Oklahoma; Frank Kubik, Focus: 
Hope, Detroit, Michigan; and Rhonda Stewart, Hamilton, Ohio.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered 
favorably reported an original resolution (S. Res. 57) authorizing 
expenditures by the Committee and adopted its rules of procedure for 
the 110th Congress.

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IRAQ
Committee on Armed Services: Committee met in closed session to receive 
a briefing regarding the Iraq ``surge'' plan from Eric S. Edelman, 
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Barbara J. Stephenson, Deputy 
Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Coordinator for Iraq, 
Department of State; and Lieutenant General Douglas E. Lute, USA, 
Director for Operations, J-3, and Rear Admiral David J. Dorsett, USN, 
Director for Intelligence, J-2, both of The Joint Staff.
CONTRACTING
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management 
Support concluded hearings to examine abusive practices in Department 
of Defense contracting for services and inter-agency contracting, after 
receiving testimony from Marcia G. Madsen, Chair, Jonathan L. Etherton, 
and James A. (Ty) Hughes, both a Member, all of the Acquisition 
Advisory Panel; Paul A. Denett, Administrator, Office of Federal 
Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget; and Shay Assad, 
Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Office of the 
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
U.S.-CHINA
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the Department of the Treasury's report to Congress 
on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policy (IEERP) and the 
U.S.-China strategic economic dialogue, after receiving testimony from 
Henry M. Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury; and Richard L. Trumka, 
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations 
(AFL-CIO), Michael Campbell, Arch Chemicals, Inc., National Association 
of Manufacturers, Albert Keidel, Carnegie Endowment for International 
Peace, and C. Fred Bergsten, Peterson Institute for International 
Economics, all of Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported an original resolution (S. Res. 56) authorizing 
expenditures by the Committee.
  Also, committee adopted its rules of procedure for the 110th Congress 
and announced the following subcommittee assignments:
  Subcommittee on Financial Institutions: Senators Johnson (Chairman), 
Tester, Menendez, Akaka, Reed, Schumer, Bayh, Carper, Hagel, Bennett, 
Allard, Sununu, Bunning, Crapo, and Dole.
  Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development: 
Senators Schumer (Chairman), Akaka, Casey, Reed, Carper, Brown, Tester, 
Menendez, Crapo, Dole, Martinez, Allard, Enzi, Hagel, and Sununu.
  Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment: Senators Reed 
(Chairman), Menendez, Johnson, Schumer, Bayh, Casey, Akaka, Tester, 
Allard, Enzi, Sununu, Bennett, Hagel, Bunning, and Crapo.
  Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance: 
Senators Bayh (Chairman), Brown, Johnson, Casey, Dodd, Martinez, Enzi, 
Dole, and Bennett.
  Subcommittee on Economic Policy: Senators Carper (Chairman), Brown, 
and Bunning.
FISCAL CHALLENGES
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
solutions to long-term fiscal challenges, after receiving testimony 
from Robert L. Bixby, The Concord Coalition, Arlington, Virginia; and 
Joseph J. Minarik, The Committee for Economic Development, Jason 
Furman, The Brookings Institution, and Stuart M. Butler, The Heritage 
Foundation, all of Washington, D.C.
PROMOTING TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine economic and security concerns relating to 
promoting travel to America, after receiving testimony from Stevan 
Porter, InterContinental Hotels Group, Atlanta, Georgia, on behalf of 
the Discover America Partnership; Jay Rasulo, Walt Disney Parks and 
Resorts, Burbank, California, on behalf of the Travel Industry 
Association and the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; Jonathan M. 
Tisch, Loews Hotels, New York, New York, on behalf of the Travel 
Business Roundtable and the Travel Industry Association; and James C. 
May, Air Transport Association, Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the following bills:
  S. 202, to provide for the conveyance of certain Forest Service land 
to the city of Coffman Cove, Alaska;
  S. 216, to provide for the exchange of certain Federal land in the 
Santa Fe National Forest and certain non-Federal land in the Pecos 
National Historical Park in the State of New Mexico;
  S. 220, to authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of 
Reclamation within the A & B Irrigation District in the State of Idaho;
  S. 232, to make permanent the authorization for watershed restoration 
and enhancement agreements;
  S. 235, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain 
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Project, Washington, to the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District;
  S. 240, to reauthorize and amend the National Geologic Mapping Act of 
1992;
  S. 241, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into 
cooperative agreements to protect natural resources of units of the 
National Park System through collaborative efforts on land inside and 
outside of units of the National Park System;
  S. 245, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to designate the 
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home in Hope, Arkansas, 
as a National Historic Site and unit of the National Park System;
  S. 255, to provide assistance to the State of New Mexico for the 
development of comprehensive State water plans;
  S. 260, to establish the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National 
Conservation Area, with an amendment;
  S. 262, to rename the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation 
Area in the State of Idaho as the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of 
Prey National Conservation Area in honor of the late Morley Nelson, an 
international authority on birds of prey, who was instrumental in the 
establishment of this National Conservation Area;
  S. 263, to amend the Oregon Resource Conservation Act of 1996 to 
reauthorize the participation of the Bureau of Reclamation in the 
Deschutes River Conservancy;
  S. 264, to authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to participate in the 
rehabilitation of the Wallowa Lake Dam in Oregon, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute;
  S. 265, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through 
the Bureau of Reclamation, to conduct a water resource feasibility 
study for the Little Butte/Bear Creek Subbasins in Oregon;
  S. 266, to provide for the modification of an amendatory repayment 
contract between the Secretary of the Interior and the North Unit 
Irrigation District;
  S. 268, to designate the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail;
  S. 275, to establish the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument in 
the State of New Mexico, with amendments;
  S. 277, to modify the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park to 
include certain land within the GT Park Subdivision;
  S. 283, to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 
2003;
  S. 320, to provide for the protection of paleontological resources on 
Federal lands;
  H.R. 57, to repeal certain sections of the Act of May 26, 1936, 
pertaining to the Virgin Islands; and
  S. 200, to require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the 
Bureau of Reclamation and the United States Geological Survey, to 
conduct a study on groundwater resources in the State of Alaska.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Environment and Public Works: On January 17, 2007, 
Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:
  Subcommittee on Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight, 
and Children's Health Protection: Senators Boxer (Chairman), Lieberman, 
Carper, Klobuchar, Whitehouse, Alexander, Craig, Bond, and Thomas.
  Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Senators Baucus 
(Chairman), Carper, Clinton, Cardin, Sanders, Isakson, Warner, 
Voinovich, and Vitter.
  Subcommittee on Private Sector and Consumer Solutions to Global 
Warming and Wildlife Protection: Senators Lieberman (Chairman), Baucus, 
Lautenberg, Sanders, Warner, Thomas, and Isakson.
  Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety: Senators Carpers 
(Chairman), Lieberman, Clinton, Sanders, Voinovich, Isakson, and 
Alexander.
  Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health: Senators Clinton 
(Chairman), Baucus, Lautenberg, Cardin, Craig, Vitter, and Bond.
  Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and 
Water Quality: Senators Lautenberg (Chairman), Cardin, Klobuchar, 
Whitehouse, Vitter, Bond, and Voinovich.
  Senators Boxer and Inhofe are ex officio members of each of the 
Subcommittees.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported an original 
resolution (S. Res. 59) authorizing expenditures by the Committee.
  Also, committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Michael 
J. Astrue, of Massachusetts, to be Commissioner of Social Security, and 
Dean A. Pinkert, of Virginia, and Irving A. Williamson, of New York, 
each to be a Member of the United States International Trade 
Commission.
IRAQ
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee continued hearings to examine 
securing America's interests in Iraq, focusing on the remaining options 
in Iraq in the strategic context, receiving testimony from Henry A. 
Kissinger, Kissinger McLarty Associates, New York, New York, and 
Madeleine K. Albright, The Albright Group LLC, Washington, D.C., both a 
former Secretary of State.
  Hearings to continue on Thursday, February 1.

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BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 358, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic 
information with respect to health insurance and employment, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  An original resolution (S. Res. 54) authorizing expenditures by the 
Committee.
  Also, committee adopted its rules of procedure for the 110th Congress 
and announced the following subcommittee assignments:
  Subcommittee on Children and Families: Senators Dodd (Chairman), 
Bingaman, Murray, Reed, Clinton, Obama, Sanders, Alexander, Gregg, 
Murkowski, Hatch, Roberts, and Allard.
  Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety: Senators Murray 
(Chairman), Dodd, Harkin, Mikulski, Clinton, Obama, Brown, Isakson, 
Burr, Murkowski, Roberts, Allard, and Coburn.
  Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging: Mikulski (Chairman), Harkin, 
Bingaman, Reed, Sanders, Brown, Burr, Gregg, Alexander, Isakson, and 
Hatch.
  Senators Kennedy and Enzi are ex officio members of each of the 
Subcommittees.
IRAQ STUDY GROUP REPORT
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Iraq Study Group report, focusing on recommendations for 
improvements to Iraq's police and criminal justice system, including S. 
119, to prohibit profiteering and fraud relating to military action, 
relief, and reconstruction efforts, after receiving testimony from 
former Representative Lee H. Hamilton, Co-Chair, and Edwin Meese III, 
Member, both of the Iraq Study Group.
US-VISIT PROGRAM
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and 
Homeland Security concluded a hearing to examine challenges and 
strategies for securing the border of the United States, focusing on 
the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology 
(US-VISIT) program, and strategic, operational, and technological 
challenges at land ports of entry, after receiving testimony from 
Richard C. Barth, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, and 
Robert A. Mocny, Acting Director, US-VISIT, both of the Department of 
Homeland Security; Richard M. Stana, Director, Homeland Security and 
Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; Phillip J. Bond, 
Information Technology Association of America, Arlington, Virginia; and 
C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Monument Policy Group, LLC, Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee ordered favorably 
reported an original resolution (S. Res. 63) authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee and adopted its rules of procedure for the 110th 
Congress.
SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS FEDERAL PROCUREMENT AND ASSISTANCE
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine Federal small business assistance 
programs for veterans and reservists, after receiving testimony from 
Linda Bithell Oliver, Acting Director, Office of Small Business 
Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, 
Technology, and Logistics; Scott F. Denniston, Director, Office of 
Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the Center for 
Veterans Enterprise, Department of Veterans Affairs; William D. Elmore, 
Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small 
Business Administration; Louis J. Celli, Jr., Northeast Veteran's 
Business Resource Center, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts; Captain Ann S. 
Yahner, USN (Ret.), Penobscot Bay Media, LLC, Camden, Maine; Bob 
Hesser, HI Tech Services, Inc., and Allied Technical Services Group, 
LLC, Herndon, Virginia; and Ted Daywalt, VetJobs, Marietta, Georgia.
MEDICARE PART D
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine if 
Medicare Part D is working for Low Income Subsidy (LIS) eligible 
beneficiaries, after receiving testimony from S. Lawrence Kocot, Senior 
Advisor to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services, Department of Health and Human Services; Beatrice Disman, New 
York Regional Commissioner of Social Security, Social Security 
Administration; and Howard Bedlin, National Council on Aging, and Ellen 
Leitzer, Health Assistance Partnership, both of Washington, D.C.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D123-D124]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 55 public bills, H.R. 740-794; 
2 private bills, H.R. 795-796; and 12 resolutions, H.J. Res. 21; H. 
Con. Res. 48-52; and H. Res. 117-123 were introduced.
  Pages H1149-52
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H1152-54
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Pomeroy to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H1057
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. John 
F. Ross, Pastor, Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, Minnesota. 
                                                             Page H1057
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, January 
30:
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week: H. Res. 
59, to support the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week, by a 
\2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 
64;
  Pages H1068-69
  Honoring the life of Percy Lavon Julian, a pioneer in the field of 
organic chemistry research and development and the first and only 
African American chemist to be inducted into the National Academy of 
Sciences: H. Con. Res. 34, to honor the life of Percy Lavon Julian, a 
pioneer in the field of organic chemistry research and development and 
the first and only African American chemist to be inducted into the 
National Academy of Sciences, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas 
with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 65; and
  Pages H1069-70
  Expressing support for the designation and goals of ``Hire a Veteran 
Week'' and encouraging the President to issue a proclamation supporting 
those goals:  H. Con. Res. 5, to express support for the designation 
and goals of ``Hire a Veteran Week'' and encourage the President to 
issue a proclamation supporting those goals, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay 
vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 73.
  Page H1113
Congressional Advisers on Trade Policy and Negotiations: The Chair 
announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members of the 
House of Representatives as Congressional Advisers on Trade Policy and 
Negotiations: Representatives Rangel, Levin, Tanner, McCrery, and 
Herger.
  Page H1071
Committee on Ways and Means Recommendations: Read a letter from 
Chairman Rangel of the Committee on Ways and Means wherein he forwarded 
the Committee's recommendations for certain positions for the 110th 
Congress.
  Page H1071
Question of Consideration: The House agreed to consider H.J. Res. 20, 
making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007, by a 
recorded vote of 222 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 68. The House further 
agreed to the Obey motion to table the motion to reconsider the vote, 
by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 69. 
                                                         Pages H1071-88
Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2007: The 
House agreed to H.J. Res. 20, to make further continuing appropriations 
for the fiscal year 2007, by a recorded vote of 286 ayes to 140 noes, 
Roll No. 72.
  Pages H1059-68, H1070-H1113
  Agreed to the Obey motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the 
chair on a point of order raised by Mr. McHenry, by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 226 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 70.
Pages H1088-89
  Rejected the Lewis (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the 
House forthwith with amendments, by a yea-and-nay vote of 196 yeas to 
228 nays, Roll No. 71.
Pages H1110-12
  H. Res. 116, the rule providing for consideration of the resolution, 
was agreed to by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 67, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
227 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 66.
Pages H1070-71
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed by unanimous consent to dispense with the 
Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, February 7.
  Page H1116
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the speaker wherein she 
appointed Representative Hoyer and Representative Van Hollen to act as 
Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions 
through February 5, 2007.
  Page H1143
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1068-69, 
H1069-70, H1070, H1070-71, H1087, H1088, H1089, H1111-12, H1112-13 and 
H1113. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 7:59 p.m., pursuant to the 
provisions of H. Con.

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Res. 41, stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2007.


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Committee Meetings
ARMY EQUIPMENT RESET
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces and 
the Subcommittee on Readiness held a joint hearing on Army equipment 
reset. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: MG Vincent E. Boles, USA, Assistant Deputy Chief 
of Staff, G-4; BG Charles A. Anderson, USA, Director, Force 
Development, Office of the Chief of Staff, G-8; BG Robert M. Radin, 
USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics and Operations, U.S. Army 
Materiel Command; and Thomas E. Mullins, Deputy Assistant Secretary of 
the Army, Plans, Programs, and Resources; and William M. Solis, 
Director, Defense Capabilities and Management Team, GAO.
NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ACT IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a 
hearing on the Department of Energy's implementation of the National 
Nuclear Security Administration Act of 2000. Testimony was heard from 
Samuel W. Bodman, Secretary of Energy; and the following officials of 
the Natural Resources and Environment Division, GAO: Gene Aloise, 
Director; and James Noel, Assistant Director.
SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on current manning, equipping 
and readiness challenges facing Special Operations Forces. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: 
GEN Doug Brown, USA, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; LTG 
Robert W. Wagner, USA, Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command; 
RADM Joseph Maguire, USN, Commander, U.S. Naval Special Warfare 
Command; LTG Michael M. Wooley, USAF, Commander, U.S. Air Force Special 
Operations Command; and MG Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC, Commander, U.S. 
Marine Corps Special Operations Command.
STRENGTHENING THE MIDDLE CLASS
Committee on Education and Labor: Held a hearing on Strengthening 
America's Middle Class: Evaluating the Economic Squeeze on America's 
Families. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION
Committee on Financial Services: Met for organizational purposes.
IRAN CRISIS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on Understanding the Iran 
Crisis. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--PRESIDENTIAL SIGNING STATEMENTS
Committee on the Judiciary: Held an oversight hearing entitled 
``Presidential Signing Statements under the Bush Administration: A 
Threat to Checks and Balances and the Rule of Law?'' Testimony was 
heard from John Elwood, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of 
Legal Counsel, Department of Justice; former Representative Mickey 
Edwards of Oklahoma; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science and Technology: Ordered reported the following 
measures: H.R. 547, as amended, Advanced Fuels Infrastructure Research 
and Development Act; and H. Res. 72, Recognizing the work and 
accomplishments of Mr. Britt ``Max'' Mayfield, Director of the National 
Hurricane Center's Tropical Prediction Center upon his retirement.
COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION; OVERSIGHT PLAN
Committee on Small Business: Met for organizational purposes.
  The Committee also approved an Oversight Plan for the 110th Congress.
FEDERAL RAILROAD SAFETY PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials concluded hearings on 
Reauthorization of the Federal Rail Safety Program. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment approved for full Committee action the 
following bills: H.R. 720, Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 
2007; H.R. 569, as amended, Water Quality Investment Act of 2007; and 
H.R. 700, as amended, Water Quality Financing Act of 2007.
MIDDLE CLASS ECONOMIC CHALLENGES
Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on the Economic Challenges 
Facing Middle Class Families. Testimony was heard from Peter R. Orszag, 
Director, CBO; and public witnesses.

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Joint Meetings
MIDDLE-CLASS PROSPERITY
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
ensuring the economic future by promoting middle-class prosperity, 
after receiving testimony from Robert E. Rubin, Citigroup, New York, 
New York, and Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard University, Cambridge, 
Massachusetts, both a former Secretary of the Treasury; Alan S. 
Blinder, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; and Richard 
Vedder, Ohio University, Athens, American Enterprise Institute.


           COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of Gen. George W. Casey Jr., USA, for reappointment to 
the grade of general and to be Chief of Staff, United States Army, 
9:30 a.m., SR-325.
  Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the current 
account deficit and the foreign debt of the United States, 10 a.m., 
SD-608.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine a view from the Federal Communications 
Commission relating to assessing the communications marketplace, 10 
a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to 
examine accelerated biofuels diversity, focusing on how home-grown, 
biologically derived fuels can blend into the nation's 
transportation fuel mix, 9:30 a.m., SDG-50.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine improving the 
health of America's children relating to the future of Children's 
Health Insurance Program (CHIP), 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: business meeting to consider an 
original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during 
the 110th Congress; to be followed by a hearing to examine securing 
America's interests in Iraq, focusing on the remaining options in 
Iraq in the strategic context, 9:15 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: 
Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal 
Workforce, and the District of Columbia, to hold hearings to examine 
privacy implications of the Federal government's health information 
technology initiative relating to private health records, focusing 
on the efforts of Department of Health and Human Services to 
integrate privacy into the Health Information Technology national 
infrastructure and Office of Personnel Management's efforts to 
expand the use of Health Information Technology through the Federal 
Employees Health Benefits Program and the impact such actions have 
on Federal employees' health information privacy, 2:30 p.m., SD-342.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of Carl Joseph Artman, of Colorado, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs; to be followed by a 
business meeting to consider the nomination, 9:30 a.m., SR-485.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of J. Michael McConnell, of Virginia, to be Director of 
National Intelligence, 2:30 p.m., SD-106.
  Full Committee, to hold closed hearings to examine certain 
intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  No Committee meetings are scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     10 a.m., Thursday, February 1

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 11:45 a.m.), Senate will begin consideration of 
the nominations of Lawrence Joseph O'Neill, of California, to be United 
States District Judge for the Eastern District of California, Valerie 
L. Baker, of California, to be United States District Judge for the 
Central District of California, and Gregory Kent Frizzell, of Oklahoma, 
to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of 
Oklahoma, and after a period of debate vote on confirmation of the 
nominations; following which, Senate will continue consideration of 
H.R. 2, Fair Minimum Wage.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       2 p.m., Monday, February 5

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: To be announced.
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Fattah, Chaka, Pa., E224
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E223
Lewis, Ron, Ky., E223
Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E223 


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