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                                         Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S14237-S14351
Measures Introduced: Fifteen bills and four resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2334-2348, S.J. Res. 24, and S. Res. 375-
377.
  Pages S14284-85
Measures Reported:
  S. 2338, to modernize and update the National Housing Act and enable 
the Federal Housing Administration to more effectively reach 
underserved borrowers. (S. Rept. No. 110-227)
  S. 2345, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and to extend the 
financing for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. (S. Rept. No. 110-228)
                                                            Page S14284
Measures Passed:
  Oklahoma Statehood Centennial: Senate agreed to S. Res. 377, 
recognizing and celebrating the centennial of Oklahoma statehood. 
                                                            Page S14349
Measures Considered:
Farm Bill Extension Act: Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 2419, to 
provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal 
year 2012, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                                        Pages S14254-73


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  On Page D1511, November 13, 2007, in Measures Considered the 
wrong page numbers are referenced for the Farm Bill Extension Act. 
Pages S14234-73
  
  The online version has been corrected to read: Measures 
Considered: Farm Bill Extension Act: Senate resumed consideration 
of H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural 
programs through fiscal year 2012, taking action on the following 
amendments proposed thereto: Pages S14254-73


 ========================= END NOTE ========================= 

Pending:
  Harkin Amendment No. 3500, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S14254
  Reid (for Dorgan/Grassley) Amendment No. 3508 (to Amendment No. 
3500), to strengthen payment limitations and direct the savings to 
increased funding for certain programs.
Page S14254
  Reid Amendment No. 3509 (to Amendment No. 3508), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S14254
  Reid Amendment No. 3510 (to the language proposed to be stricken by 
Amendment No. 3500), to change the enactment date.
Page S14254
  Reid Amendment No. 3511 (to Amendment No. 3510), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S14254
  Motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, 
and Forestry, with instructions to report back forthwith, with Reid 
Amendment No. 3512.
Page S14254
  Reid Amendment No. 3512 (to the instructions of the motion to commit 
to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, with 
instructions), to change the enactment date.
Page S14254
  Reid Amendment No. 3513 (to the instructions of the motion to 
recommit), to change the enactment date.
Page S14254
  Reid Amendment No. 3514 (to Amendment No. 3513), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S14254
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, 
November 14, 2007.
Page S14351
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By unanimous vote of 86 yeas (Vote No. EX. 408), Robert M. Dow, Jr., 
of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern 
District of Illinois.
  Henrietta Holsman Fore, of Nevada, to be Administrator of the United 
States Agency for International Development. 
                                        Pages S14238-40, S14349, S14351
Messages from the House:
  Page S14282
Measures Referred:
  Page S14282
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S14282
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S14282-83
Executive Communications:
  Pages S14283-84
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S14285-87
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S14287-S14301
Additional Statements:
  Pages S14281-82
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S14301-48
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S14348-49
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S14349
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--408) 
                                                        Pages S14239-40
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 8:01 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2007. (For Senate's program, 
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the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S14351.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
FTC TAR AND NICOTINE CIGARETTE RATING SYSTEM
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the accuracy of the Federal Trade Commission on 
the tar and nicotine cigarette rating system, after receiving testimony 
from William E. Kovacic, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; Cathy 
Backinger, Acting Chief, Tobacco Control Research Branch, National 
Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and David Ashley, 
Chief, Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, both of the Department of Health and Human 
Services; Jonathan M. Samet, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public 
Health Department of Epidemiology, Baltimore, Maryland; Jack E. 
Henningfield, Pinney Associates, Bethesda, Maryland; Marvin E. 
Goldberg, Penn State University Smeal College of Business, University 
Park, Pennsylvania; and Stephen A. Sheller, Sheller, P.C., 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
SURFACE MINING CONTROL AND RECLAMATION ACT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an 
oversight hearing to examine the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation 
Act (Public Law 95-87), focusing on policy issues thirty years after 
its enactment, after receiving testimony from Brent Wahlquist, 
Director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, 
Department of the Interior; Gregory E. Conrad, Interstate Mining 
Compact Commission, Herndon, Virginia; Joanna Prukop, New Mexico 
Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, Santa Fe; Arvin 
Trujillo, Najavo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona; Harold P. Quinn, Jr., 
National Mining Association, and Joan Mulhern, Earthjustice, both of 
Washington, D.C.; Bill Banig, United Mine Workers of America, Fairfax, 
Virginia; and Cindy Rank, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Rock 
Cave.
AMERICA'S CLIMATE SECURITY ACT
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee continued hearings 
to examine S. 2191, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental 
Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of 
greenhouse gases, receiving testimony from David L. Greene, Corporate 
Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Engineering Science and 
Technology Division, Department of Energy; Robert C. Baugh, AFL-CIO 
Industrial Union Council and AFL-CIO Energy Task Force, David Hawkins, 
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Climate Center, and Andrew G. 
Sharkey, III, American Iron and Steel Institute, all of Washington, 
D.C.; and Donald R. Rowlett, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OGE) 
Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City.
   Hearings recessed until Thursday, November 15.
INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine international climate change negotiations, focusing on 
restoring United States leadership, after receiving testimony from 
Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global 
Affairs; former Senator Timothy E. Wirth, United Nations Foundation, 
and Jonathan Pershing, World Resources Institute, both of Washington, 
D.C.; and Richard Sandor, Chicago Climate Exchange, Chicago, Illinois.
U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the 
District of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine the human capital 
needs of a United States Customs and Border Protection initiative, 
focusing on border security, and progress and weaknesses in traveler 
inspections at our nation's ports of entry, after receiving testimony 
from Paul M. Morris, Executive Director, Admissibility and Passenger 
Programs, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Richard M. Stana, 
Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government 
Accountability Office; and Colleen M. Kelley, National Treasury 
Employees Union, Washington, D.C.
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the scope of public performance rights, after receiving testimony from 
Lyle Lovett, musicFIRST Coalition, Nashville, Tennessee; Steven M. 
Newberry, Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, Glasgow, Kentucky, on 
behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters; Dan DeVany, WETA, 
Arlington, Virginia; and Alice Peacock, Chicago, Illinois.
SBA: LENDING AND INVESTMENT PROGRAMS
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine

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the Small Business Administration (SBA), focusing on preventing loan 
fraud and improving regulation of lenders, after receiving testimony 
from Steven C. Preston, Administrator, and Eric M. Thorson, Inspector 
General, both of the Small Business Administration; Robert F. 
Tannenhauser, Business Loan Express, LLC., New York, New York; Anthony 
R. Wilkinson, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, 
Stillwater, Oklahoma; and James Baird, Bay Area Development Company, 
Walnut Creek, California, on behalf of the National Association of 
Development Companies (NADCO).
CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine congressional oversight of the intelligence community, after 
receiving testimony from Lee H. Hamilton, former Vice Chair, and 
Timothy Roemer, former Member, both of the National Commission On 
Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; James Saturno, Congressional 
Research Service, Library of Congress; and Amy Zegart, University of 
California, Los Angeles.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 19 public bills, H.R. 4153-
4171; and 10 resolutions, H.J. Res. 62-63; H. Con. Res. 254-257; and H. 
Res. 819-822 were introduced.
  Pages H13858-60
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H13860-61
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 3403, to promote and enhance public safety by facilitating the 
rapid deployment of IP-enabled 911 and E-911 services, encouraging the 
nation's transition to a national IP-enabled emergency network and 
improve 911 and E-911 access to those with disabilities, with 
amendments (H. Rept. 110-442);
  H.R. 3919, to provide for a comprehensive nationwide inventory of 
existing broadband service, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-443);
  H.R. 1534, to prohibit the sale, distribution, or transfer of mercury 
and to prohibit the export of mercury, with amendments (H. Rept. 110-
444);
  H.R. 3013, to provide appropriate protection to attorney-client 
privileged communications and attorney work product (H. Rept. 110-445); 
Conference report on H.R. 3074, making appropriations for the 
Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008 (H. 
Rept. 110-446);
  H. Res. 817, providing for consideration of the conference report to 
accompany the bill (H.R. 3074) making appropriations for the 
Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008 (H. 
Rept. 110-447); and H. Res. 818, providing for consideration of the 
bill (H.R. 4156) making emergency supplemental appropriations for the 
Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008 (H. 
Rept. 110-448).
Pages H13598-H13810, H13835-36, H13858
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Sires to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                            Page H13525
Recess: The House recessed at 10:32 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                            Page H13525
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Act Commemorating the LITE, or Lifetime Innovations of Thomas Edison: 
H.R. 2627, to establish the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in 
the State of New Jersey as the successor to the Edison National 
Historic Site;
  Pages H13525-27
  Expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should 
seek a review of compliance by all nations with the International 
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas' conservation and 
management recommendations: H. Con. Res. 229, amended, to express the 
sense of the Congress that the United States should seek a review of 
compliance by all nations with the International Commission for the 
Conservation of Atlantic Tunas' conservation and management 
recommendations for Atlantic bluefin tuna and other species, and should 
pursue strengthened conservation and management measures to facilitate 
the recovery of the Atlantic bluefin tuna;
  Pages H13527-28
  Amending the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and 
Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
participate in certain water projects in California: H.R. 2614, to

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amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities 
Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
certain water projects in California;
  Pages H13528-29
  Providing that the great hall of the Capitol Visitor Center shall be 
known as Emancipation Hall: H.R. 3315, to provide that the great hall 
of the Capitol Visitor Center shall be known as Emancipation Hall, by a 
2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 1082; 
                                             Pages H13529-35, H13822-23
  Compacts of Free Association Amendments Act of 2007: H.R. 2705, 
amended, to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 
2003;
  Pages H13535-38
  Amending section 5112(p)(1)(A) of title 31, United States Code, to 
allow an exception from the $1 coin dispensing capability requirement 
for certain vending machines: H.R. 3703, to amend section 5112(p)(1)(A) 
of title 31, United States Code, to allow an exception from the $1 coin 
dispensing capability requirement for certain vending machines; 
                                                        Pages H13544-45
  Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives 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: H. Res. 335, 
amended, to express the sense of the House of Representatives 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;
  Pages H13545-46
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``Expressing the sense of 
the House of Representatives with respect to lung cancer as a public 
health priority and the recommendations of the Lung Cancer Progress 
Review Group of the National Cancer Institute.''.
Pages H13546
  Supporting the goals and ideals of Children's Health Month: H. Res. 
760, amended, to support the goals and ideals of Children's Health 
Month;
  Pages H13546-48
  Supporting the goal and mission of America Recycles Day: H. Con. Res. 
122, amended, to supporting the goal and mission of America Recycles 
Day;
  Pages H13548-49
  Mercury Export Ban Act of 2007: H.R. 1534, amended, to prohibit the 
sale, distribution, or transfer of mercury and to prohibit the export 
of mercury;
  Pages H13549-54
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To prohibit certain sales, 
distributions, and transfers of elemental mercury, to prohibit the 
export of elemental mercury, and for other purposes.''.
Page H13554
  911 Modernization and Public Safety Act of 2007: H.R. 3403, amended, 
to promote and enhance public safety by facilitating the rapid 
deployment of IP-enabled 911 and E-911 services, encouraging the 
nation's transition to a national IP-enabled emergency network and 
improve 911 and E-911 access to those with disabilities, by a 2/3 yea-
and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 1084; 
                                                Pages H13554-57, H13824
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To promote and enhance 
public safety by facilitating the rapid deployment of IP-enabled 911 
and E-911 services, encourage the Nation's transition to a national IP-
enabled emergency network, and improve 911 and E-911 access to those 
with disabilities.''.
Page H13830
  Broadband Census of America Act of 2007: H.R. 3919, amended, to 
provide for a comprehensive nationwide inventory of existing broadband 
service;
  Pages H13557-61
  Safeguarding America's Families by Enhancing and Reorganizing New and 
Efficient Technologies Act of 2007: H.R. 3461, amended, to establish a 
public awareness campaign regarding Internet safety, by a 2/3 yea-and-
nay vote of 398 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 1085; 
                                             Pages H13561-62, H13824-25
  Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007: H.R. 3013, amended, 
to provide appropriate protection to attorney-client privileged 
communications and attorney work product;
  Pages H13562-64
  Second Chance Act of 2007: H.R. 1593, amended, to reauthorize the 
grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the 
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and to improve 
reentry planning and implementation, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 347 
yeas to 62 nays, Roll No. 1083;
  Pages H13564-82, H13823-24
  Directing the Attorney General to provide grants for Internet crime 
prevention education programs: H.R. 4134, to direct the Attorney 
General to provide grants for Internet crime prevention education 
programs;
  Pages H13593-94
  Congratulating Shawn Johnson on her victory in becoming the 2007 
World Artistic Gymnastics Champion in women's gymnastics: H. Res. 684, 
to congratulate Shawn Johnson on her victory in becoming the 2007 World 
Artistic Gymnastics Champion in women's gymnastics;
  Pages H13595-97
  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Washington 
Council of Governments: H. Res. 808, to commemorate the 50th 
Anniversary

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of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; 
                                                        Pages H13596-98
  John Sidney ``Sid'' Flowers Post Office Building Designation Act: 
H.R. 3470, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 744 West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville, Georgia, 
as the ``John Sidney `Sid' Flowers Post Office Building''; 
                                                        Pages H13810-11
  Beatrice E. Watson Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 3569, 
to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 16731 Santa Ana Avenue in Fontana, California, as the ``Beatrice E. 
Watson Post Office Building'';
  Pages H13811-12
  Marine Corps Corporal Steven P. Gill Post Office Building Designation 
Act: H.R. 3974, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 797 Sam Bass Road in Round Rock, Texas, as the 
``Marine Corps Corporal Steven P. Gill Post Office Building''; 
                                                        Pages H13812-13
  Commending the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation for its work in 
aiding children and families affected by child abuse, and designating 
November 2007 as National Courage Month: S. Con. Res. 45, to commend 
the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation for its work in aiding children 
and families affected by child abuse, and designating November 2007 as 
National Courage Month;
  Pages H13813-14
  Supporting the goals and ideals of World Diabetes Day: H. Con. Res. 
211, to support the goals and ideals of World Diabetes Day; 
                                                        Pages H13814-16
  Honoring San Jose State University for its 150 years of commitment to 
public higher education: H. Res. 365, amended, to honor San Jose State 
University for its 150 years of commitment to public higher education; 
                                                        Pages H13816-18
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``Honoring San Jose State 
University for its 150 years of commitment to public higher 
education.''.
Page H13818
  Honoring the achievements and contributions of Native Americans to 
the United States: H.J. Res. 62, to honor the achievements and 
contributions of Native Americans to the United States; 
                                                        Pages H13818-19
  Making certain technical corrections and transition amendments to the 
College Cost Reduction and Access Act: H.R. 4153, amended, to make 
certain technical corrections and transition amendments to the College 
Cost Reduction and Access Act;
  Pages H13819-20
  Recognizing and honoring the 50th anniversary of the dedication of 
the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum on October 9, 2007: H. Res. 709, to 
recognize and honor the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Sam 
Rayburn Library and Museum on October 9, 2007; and
  Pages H13820-22
  Increasing the insurance limitations on Federal insurance for bonds 
issued by the designated bonding authority for Historically Black 
Colleges and Universities capital financing: H.R. 4154, to increase the 
insurance limitations on Federal insurance for bonds issued by the 
designated bonding authority for Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities capital financing.
  Pages H13826-28
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were 
postponed:
  Expressing the sympathy and pledging the urgent support of the House 
of Representatives and the people of the United States for the victims 
of the devastating flooding in southern Mexico: H. Res. 812, amended, 
to express the sympathy and to pledge the urgent support of the House 
of Representatives and the people of the United States for the victims 
of the devastating flooding in southern Mexico;
  Pages H13538-39
  Support for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Act of 2007: 
H.R. 3320, to provide assistance for the Museum of the History of 
Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland;
  Pages H13539-42
  Condemning the November 6, 2007, terrorist bombing in Afghanistan and 
expressing condolences to the people of Afghanistan and the members of 
the Wolesi Jirga: H. Res. 811, to condemn the November 6, 2007, 
terrorist bombing in Afghanistan and expressing condolences to the 
people of Afghanistan and the members of the Wolesi Jirga; 
                                                        Pages H13542-44
  PROTECT Our Children Act of 2007: H.R. 3845, amended, to establish a 
Special Counsel for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction 
within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, to improve the 
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to increase resources for 
regional computer forensic labs, and to make other improvements to 
increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and 
prosecute child predators;
  Pages H13582-89
  Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2007: H.R. 
719, amended, to require convicted sex offenders to register online 
identifiers;
  Pages H13589-91

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  Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act of 2007: H.R. 4120, to 
amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for more effective 
prosecution of cases involving child pornography; and
  Pages H13591-93
  Amending title 18 of the United States Code to clarify the scope of 
the child pornography laws: H.R. 4136, amended, to amend title 18 of 
the United States Code to clarify the scope of the child pornography 
laws.
  Pages H13594-95
Member Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Jindal, wherein 
he resigned as Representative for the 1st Congressional District of 
Louisiana, effective January 14, 2008.
  Page H13825
Presidential Veto Message--Departments of Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008: 
Read a message from the President wherein he announced his veto of H.R. 
3043, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and 
Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2008, and explained his reasons therefor--ordered 
printed (H. Doc. 110-76).
  Pages H13825-26
  Subsequently, the House agreed by unanimous consent to postpone 
further consideration of the veto message and bill until Thursday, 
November 15th.
Page H13826
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H13822-23, H13823, H13824, and 
H13824-25. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 10:57 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Healthy Families and 
Community held a hearing on LIHEAP: Overview and Current Issues. 
Testimony was heard from Guy Caruso, Administrator, Energy Information 
Administration, Department of Energy; and public witnesses.
FDA FOOD SUPPLY SAFETY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations continued hearings entitled ``Diminished Capacity: Can 
the FDA Assure the Safety and Security of the Nation's Food Supply?--
Part IV--Deception in Labeling.'' Testimony was heard from Daniel 
Engeljohn, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy, Program 
and Employee Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA; 
David W. K. Acheson, M.D., Assistant Commissioner, Food Protection, 
FDA, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
HOMELAND SECURITY EMPLOYING VETERANS
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Management, 
Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on Examining the Department 
of Homeland Security's Efforts to Recruit, Hire and Promote Veterans. 
Testimony was heard from Marta Brito Perez, Chief Human Capital 
Officer, Department of Homeland Security; Leslye A. Arsht, Deputy Under 
Secretary, Military Community and Family Policy, Department of Defense; 
and a representative of a veterans organization.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests 
and Public Lands held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 2334, 
Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness and Indian Peaks Wilderness 
Expansion Act; H.R. 2632, Sabinoso Wilderness Act of 2007; H.R. 3287, 
Tumacacori Highland Wilderness Act of 2007; H.R. 3513, Copper Salmon 
Wilderness Act; and H.R. 3682, California Desert and Mountain Heritage 
Act. Testimony was heard from: Senators Salazar and Allard; 
Representatives Bono and Udall of New Mexico; Joel Holtrop, Deputy 
Chief, National Forest System, Forest Service, USDA; Elena Daly, 
Director, National Landscape Conservation System, Bureau of Land 
Management, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AGENCIES EXECUTIVE DIVERSITY
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia held a hearing 
on Opportunities Exist to Improve SES Diversity in Legislative Branch 
Agencies. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Library of Congress: Curtis Copeland, Specialist in American National 
Government, CRS; and Dennis Hanratty, Director, Human Resources 
Services; Nadine L. Elzy, Director, Office of Equal Employment 
Opportunity, GPO; Ronald A. Stroman, Managing Director, Office of 
Opportunity and Inclusiveness, GAO; Teresa Bailey, Director, Office of 
Equal Employment Opportunity/Conciliation Programs, Office of the 
Architect of the Capitol; Stephanie Ruiz, Equal Employment Opportunity 
and Conciliatory Program, CBO; Daniel Nichols, Assistant Chief of 
Policy, U.S. Capitol Police; and public witnesses.

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ORDERLY AND RESPONSIBLE IRAQ REDEPLOYMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 9 to 3, a closed rule. The 
rule provides two hours of debate on H.R. 4156, Orderly and Responsible 
Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act of 2008, equally divided and 
controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee 
on Appropriations.
  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill 
except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The rule 
provides that the bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all 
points of order against provisions of the bill. The rule provides one 
motion to recommit the bill. Finally, the rule permits the Chair, 
during consideration of the bill, to postpone further consideration of 
it to a time designated by the Speaker. Testimony was heard from 
Chairman Obey.
TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 
CONFERENCE REPORT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, a conference report rule. 
The rule waives all points of order against the conference report on 
H.R. 3074, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008, and against its consideration and 
provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. 
Testimony was heard from Representative Olver.

Joint Meetings
RANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS ACT
  Conferees met on Thursday, November 8, 2007 and agreed to file a 
conference report on the differences between the Senate and House 
passed versions of H.R. 3074, making appropriations for the Departments 
of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1503)
  H.R. 1495, to provide for the conservation and development of water 
and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to 
construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of 
the United States. Signed on November 8, 2007. (Public Law 110-114)
  H.R. 2779, to recognize the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, 
Florida, as the official national museum of Navy SEALS and their 
predecessors. Signed on November 13, 2007. (Public Law 110-115)
  H.R. 3222, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008. Signed on November 13, 2007. 
(Public Law 110-116)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-11-14

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                   COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

                           NOVEMBER 14, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings 
to examine shareholder rights and proxy access, 10:30 a.m., SD-538.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine sovereign wealth fund 
acquisitions and other foreign government investments in the United 
States, focusing on assessing the economic and national security 
implications, 2 p.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine ways to improve the Federal Climate Change 
Research and Information Program, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to 
examine the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership relating to the United 
States policy on nuclear fuel management, 10 a.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the federal 
estate tax, focusing on uncertainty in planning under the current 
law, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: business 
meeting to consider S. 1858, to amend the Public Health Service Act 
to establish grant programs to provide for education and outreach on 
newborn screening and coordinated followup care once newborn 
screening has been conducted, to reauthorize programs under part A 
of title XI of such Act, S. 911, to amend the Public Health Service 
Act to advance medical research and treatments into pediatric 
cancers, ensure patients and families have access to the current 
treatments and information regarding pediatric cancers, establish a 
population-based national childhood cancer database, and promote 
public awareness of pediatric cancers, S. 1916, to amend the Public 
Health Service Act to modify the program for the sanctuary system 
for surplus chimpanzees by terminating the authority for the removal 
of chimpanzees from the system for research purposes, S. 1382, to 
amend the Public Health Service Act to provide the establishment of 
an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Registry, S. 1551, to amend the 
Public Health Service Act with respect to making progress toward the 
goal of eliminating tuberculosis, S. 1970, to establish a National 
Commission on Children and Disasters, a National Resource Center on 
Children and Disasters, S. 901, to amend the Public Health Service 
Act to provide additional authorizations of

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appropriations for the health centers program under section 330 of 
such Act, and the nominations of Julie Fisher Cummings, of Michigan, 
Mark D. Gearan, of New York, Tom Osborne, of Nebraska, Alan D. 
Solomont, of Massachusetts, Donna N. Williams, of Texas, all to be a 
Members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National 
and Community Service, Charles E. F. Millard, of New York, to be 
Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and other 
pending nominations, 9:30 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business 
meeting to consider S. 1667, to establish a pilot program for the 
expedited disposal of Federal real property, S. 1000, to enhance the 
Federal Telework Program, H.R. 390, to require the establishment of 
a national database in the National Archives to preserve records of 
servitude, emancipation, and post-Civil War reconstruction and to 
provide grants to State and local entities to establish similar 
local databases, H.R. 3571, to amend the Congressional 
Accountability Act of 1995 to permit individuals who have served as 
employees of the Office of Compliance to serve as Executive 
Director, Deputy Executive Director, or General Counsel of the 
Office, and to permit individuals appointed to such positions to 
serve one additional term, S. 2174, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 175 South Monroe Street in 
Tiffin, Ohio, as the ``Paul E. Gillmor Post Office Building'', H.R. 
2089, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 701 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the 
``Louisiana Armed Services Veterans Post Office'', S. 2292, to amend 
the Homeland Security Act of 2002, to establish the Office for 
Bombing Prevention, to address terrorist explosive threats, H.R. 
3297, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 950 West Trenton Avenue in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, as 
the ``Nate DeTample Post Office Building'', H.R. 3308, to designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 216 East 
Main Street in Atwood, Indiana, as the ``Lance Corporal David K. 
Fribley Post Office'', H.R. 3530, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 1400 Highway 41 North in 
Inverness, Florida, as the ``Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Weaver Post 
Office Building'', H.R. 2276, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 203 North Main Street in 
Vassar, Michigan, as the ``Corporal Christopher E. Esckelson Post 
Office Building'', H.R. 3325, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 235 Mountain Road in 
Suffield, Connecticut, as the ``Corporal Stephen R. Bixler Post 
Office'', S. 2110, to designate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service located at 427 North Street in Taft, California, as 
the ``Larry S. Pierce Post Office'', H.R. 3382, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 North 
William Street in Goldsboro, North Carolina, as the ``Philip A. 
Baddour, Sr. Post Office'', S. 2290, to designate the facility of 
the United States Postal Service located at 16731 Santa Ana Avenue 
in Fontana, California, as the ``Beatrice E. Watson Post Office 
Building'', S. 2272, to designate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service known as the Southpark Station in Alexandria, 
Louisiana, as the John ``Marty'' Thiels Southpark Station, in honor 
and memory of Thiels, a Louisiana postal worker who was killed in 
the line of duty on October 4, 2007, H.R. 3446, to designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 202 East 
Michigan Avenue in Marshall, Michigan, as the ``Michael W. Schragg 
Post Office Building'', S. 2150 and H.R. 3572, bills to designate 
the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4320 
Blue Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri, as the ``Wallace S. 
Hartsfield Post Office Building'', S. 2107 and H.R. 3307, bills to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 570 Broadway in Bayonne, New Jersey, as the ``Dennis P. Collins 
Post Office Building'', H.R. 3518, to designate the facility of the 
United States Postal Service located at 1430 South Highway 29 in 
Cantonment, Florida, as the ``Charles H. Hendrix Post Office 
Building'', and other pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SD-342.
  Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, to hold hearings to 
examine Medicaid providers, focusing on a recent study conducted by 
the Government Accountability Office on unpaid taxes, the extent of 
the problem, and possible solutions, 3:30 p.m., SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Human Rights and the 
Law, to hold hearings to examine accountability for human rights 
violators in the United States, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs: business meeting to markup pending 
legislation; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the 
nomination of Michael W. Hager, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Human Resources and Management), 9:30 
a.m., SD-562.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: meeting of conferees on proposed 
legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 2008 for the 
intelligence community, 4:30 p.m., S-407, Capitol.


                                 House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, 
hearing on Capitol Visitor Center, 9 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.
  Committee on Armed Services, hearing on Africa Command, 10 a.m., 
2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on Education and Labor, to mark up H.R. 4137, College 
Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007, 1:30 p.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, hearing on the Merida Initiative: 
Assessing Plans to Step Up our Security Cooperation with Mexico and 
Central America, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Europe, hearing on U.S.-Greece Relations and 
Regional Issues, 2:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``Cover Blown--
Did TSA Tip Off Airport Screeners about Covert Testing?'' 10 a.m., 
311 Cannon.
  Committee on the Judiciary, hearing on Establishing Consistent 
Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers, 10 a.m., 2141 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, hearing on the following bills: 
H.R. 2445, To amend the Alaska Native Claims

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Settlement Act to recognize Alexander Creek as a Native village; 
H.R. 3350, Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act; H.R. 
3351, Native American Challenge Demonstration Project Act of 2007; 
and 3560, Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization Act, 
11 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, hearing on Assessing 
Whistle Blower Allegations Against the State Department Inspector 
General, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Domestic Policy, hearing on the Environmental 
Risks of and Regulatory Response to Dental Mercury Amalgam, 2 p.m., 
2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, to continue 
hearings on Iran: Reality, Options and Consequences, Part 3--
Regional and Global Consequences of U.S. Military Action in Iran, 2 
p.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 3915, Mortgage Reform and 
Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007, 2 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Urban and Rural 
Entrepreneurship, hearing on Program Harmonization in Rural 
America--How the Small Business Administration and the Department of 
Agriculture Can Work Together to Better Serve Small Businesses, 10 
a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and 
Family Support, hearing on Effects of Gap in Health Coverage on 
Work, Family and Opportunity, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, briefing on 
Hot Spots, 8:45 a.m., and, executive, briefing on Cyber, 2 p.m., H-
405 Capitol.
  Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, 
hearing entitled ``State Leadership Towards a Low-Carbon Energy 
Future,'' 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.


                             Joint Meetings

  Joint Hearing: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, meeting of 
conferees on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal year 
2008 for the intelligence community, 4:30 p.m., S-407, Capitol.
  Conference: meeting of conferees on H.R. 3093, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and 
Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2008, 4 p.m., S-127, Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                   9:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 14 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 60 minutes), Senate will continue consideration 
of H.R. 2419, Farm Bill Extension Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                    10 a.m., Wednesday, November 14

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of the conference report on H.R. 
1429--Head Start for School Readiness Act (Subject to a Rule), H.R. 
4156--Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act, 
2008, (Subject to a Rule) and the conference report on H.R. 3074--
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2008 (Subject to a Rule). Motion to go to 
conference on H.R. 1585--National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2008 and motion to instruct conferees.
_______________________________________________________________________


             Extensions of Remarks, as insert in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Akin, W. Todd, Mo., E2398
Davis, Geoff, Ky., E2396, E2397, E2398, E2399
Davis, Lincoln, Tenn., E2395
DeLauro, Rosa L., Conn., E2393
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E2396
Dingell, John D., Mich., E2391
Frank, Barney, Mass., E2399
Graves, Sam, Mo., E2397
Hastert, J. Dennis, Ill., E2392
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E2394
Herger, Wally, Calif., E2392
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E2395
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E2391
Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E2391, E2391, E2392, E2392, E2393, E2394, E2394, 
E2395
Poe, Ted, Tex., E2395, E2397
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E2398
Sestak, Joe, Pa., E2394
Space, Zachary T., Ohio, E2391, E2392, E2392, E2393, E2393, E2394, 
E2395, E2395
Tiahrt, Todd, Kans., E2396, E2398
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E2399


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