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                                         Thursday, December 6, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S14807-S15001
Measures Introduced: Fourteen bills and five resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2419-2432, and S. Res. 390-394. 
                                                        Pages S14847-48
Measures Reported:
  S. 1245, to reform mutual aid agreements for the National Capitol 
Region. (S. Rept. No. 110-237)
Page S14847
Measures Passed:
  Temporary Tax Relief Act: By 88 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 415), Senate 
passed H.R. 3996, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend 
alternative minimum tax relief, after striking all after the enacting 
clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following amendment proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S14835-38
Adopted:
  Baucus Amendment No. 3804, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                        Pages S14835-38
   During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 46 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 414), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to 
consideration of the bill.
Pages S14809-14
  Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which the 
motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of 
the bill (listed above) failed.
Page S14814
  Everglades National Park 60th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
392, recognizing the 60th anniversary of Everglades National Park. 
                                                        Pages S14998-99
  Omaha, Nebraska Westroads Mall Tragedy: Senate agreed to S. Res. 393, 
expressing the condolences of the Senate to those affected by the 
tragic events of December 5, 2007, at Westroads Mall in Omaha, 
Nebraska.
  Page S14999
  National Cancer Research Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 394, 
recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the American 
Association for Cancer Research and declaring the month of May 2007 as 
National Cancer Research Month.
  Pages S14999-S15000
  National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External 
Defibrillator Awareness Week: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, 
and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 
54, supporting the designation of a week as ``National Cardiopulmonary 
Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Awareness Week'', 
and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S15000
  Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund: Senate passed H.R. 4118, to exclude from 
gross income payments from the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to the 
victims of the tragic event at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State 
University, clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S15000
  Emancipation Hall: Senate passed H.R. 3315, to provide that the great 
hall of the Capitol Visitor Center shall be known as Emancipation Hall, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S15000
House Messages:
Higher Education Act: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of 
Representatives to S. 2371, to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 
to make technical corrections, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                            Page S14827
Charlie W. Norwood Living Organ Donation Act: Senate concurred in the 
amendments of the House of Representatives to the Senate amendment to 
H.R. 710, to amend the National Organ Transplant Act to provide that 
criminal penalties do not apply to paired donations of human kidneys, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S14827-29
Farm Bill Extension Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that there be a limitation of 20 first-degree 
amendments per side to H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of 
agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012; that the amendments be 
from the original list of amendments already agreed to on Wednesday, 
November 14, 2007; that all other provisions of the

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previous agreement continue in effect, and that managers amendments 
cleared by both managers not be counted toward the 20 first-degree 
amendments; provided further, that the vote on the motion to invoke 
cloture on Harkin Amendment No. 3500 to H.R. 2419, be delayed to occur 
at a later time to be determined by the Majority Leader after 
consultation with the Republican Leader.
  Page S14838
Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act House 
Message--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing 
that at approximately 9 a.m., on Friday, December 7, 2007, Senate begin 
consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 6, to move the 
United States toward greater energy independence and security, to 
increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers 
from price gouging, to increase the energy efficiency of products, 
buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse 
gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance 
of the Federal Government, notwithstanding the receipt of the papers 
from the House of Representatives; that the Majority Leader be 
immediately recognized to move to concur in the House amendment and to 
file cloture on that motion; that there be 20 minutes of debate equally 
divided on the Majority Leader's motion to be followed by a cloture 
vote on that motion; provided further, that no other motions or 
amendments be in order prior to that vote.
  Pages S14838, S14839
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Ed Schafer, of North Dakota, to be Secretary of Agriculture.
  Ricardo H. Hinojosa, of Texas, to be a Member of the United States 
Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2013.
  Ricardo H. Hinojosa, of Texas, to be Chair of the United States 
Sentencing Commission.
  Michael E. Horowitz, of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States 
Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2013.
  Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., of Missouri, to be United States District 
Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  William E. Smith, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge 
for the First Circuit.
  George W. Venables, of California, to be United States Marshal for 
the Southern District of California for the term of four years.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard.
Page S15001
Messages from the House:
  Page S14843
Measures Referred:
  Page S14843
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S14843
Executive Communications:
  Pages S14843-45
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S14845-47
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S14847
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S14848-49
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S14849-58
Additional Statements:
  Pages S14841-43
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S14858-S14998
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S14998
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S14998
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--415) 
                                                   Pages S14814, S14838
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 8:17 p.m., 
until 9 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2007. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S15000.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
ARMY CONTRACTING REPORT
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management 
Support concluded a hearing to examine the report of the Commission on 
Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations 
entitled ``Urgent Reform Required: Army Expeditionary Contracting'', 
after receiving testimony from Jacques S. Gansler, Chairman, Commission 
on Army Acquisition and Program Management in Expeditionary Operations; 
and Claude M. Bolton, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, 
Logistics and Technology, Lieutenant General Ross N. Thompson, III, 
USA, Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, 
Logistics and Technology, and Kathryn A. Condon, Executive Deputy to 
the Commanding General Army Material Command, all of the United States 
Army, Department of Defense.
FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO PAKISTAN
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the foreign assistance of the United States to Pakistan, 
focusing on the effectiveness of financial aid, after receiving 
testimony from Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for 
South and Central Asian Affairs; James R. Kunder, Acting Deputy 
Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and 
Teresita C. Schaffer, Center for Strategic and International Studies 
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Progress, and Robert M. Hathaway, Woodrow Wilson International Center 
for Scholars, all of Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following:
  S. 344, to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings; and
  The nominations of Ronald Jay Tenpas, of Maryland, to be an Assistant 
Attorney General, Gregory A. Brower, to be United States Attorney for 
the District of Nevada, Diane J. Humetewa, to be United States Attorney 
for the District of Arizona, and Edmund A. Booth, Jr., to be United 
States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 40 public bills, H.R. 4299-
4338; 2 private bills, H.R. 4339-4340; and 9 resolutions, H.J. Res. 66-
67; H. Con. Res. 266-268; and H. Res. 847-848 and 851-852, were 
introduced.
  Pages H14492-94, H15206-08
Additional Cosponsors
  Pages H15208-09
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 849, providing for the consideration of the Senate amendment 
to the bill (H.R. 2761) to extend the Terrorism Insurance Program of 
the Department of the Treasury (H. Rept. 110-475);
  H. Res. 850, 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. 110-476);
  Conference report on H.R. 1585, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2008 for military activities of the Department of Defense 
and to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2008 (H. 
Rept. 110-477); and
  Conference report on H.R. 2082, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2008 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities 
of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and 
the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System (H. 
Rept. 110-478). 
                 Pages H14462, H14462-90, H14492, H14495-H15204, H15206
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Obey to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                            Page H14253
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measures which were debated on Wednesday, 
December 5th:
  Securities Law Technical Corrections Act of 2007: H.R. 3505, amended, 
to make various technical and clerical amendments to the Federal 
securities laws, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas with none 
voting ``nay'', Roll No. 1135 and
  Page H14259
  Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and 
Opportunity Act of 2007: H.R. 4253, to improve and expand small 
business assistance programs for veterans of the armed forces and 
military reservists, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 2 nays, 
Roll No. 1138.
  Pages H14269-70
Call of the House: On the Call of the House, 380 Members reported their 
presence, Roll No. 1139.
  Page H14434
Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 
2007: The House agreed to the Senate amendments with amendments, made 
in order by the rule and printed in H. Rept. 110-474, to H.R. 6, to 
move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, 
to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect 
consumers from price gouging, to increase the energy efficiency of 
products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy 
greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy 
performance of the Federal Government, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 
yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 1140.
  Pages H14270-H14444
  Pursuant to the rule, the title is amended so as to read: ``To move 
the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to 
increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, 
to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to 
promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage 
options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal 
Government, and for other purposes.''.
Page H14315
  H. Res. 846, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate 
amendments, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 218 yeas to 195 
nays, Roll No. 1137, after agreeing to order the previous question by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 216 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 1136. 
                                            Pagess H14255-59, H14260-69

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  A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 846 
and it was agreed, by a yea-and-nay vote of 214 yeas to 188 nays, Roll 
No. 1134, to proceed with consideration of the resolution. 
                                                        Pages H14256-59
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, December 
4th:
  McGee Creek Project Pipeline and Associated Facilities Conveyance 
Act: H.R. 2085, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey to 
the McGee Creek Authority certain facilities of the McGee Creek 
Project, Oklahoma, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 373 yeas with none 
voting ``nay'', Roll No. 1141.
  Pages H14444-45
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns 
today, it adjourn to meet at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 10th, and 
further, when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 
10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11th for morning hour debate. 
                                                            Page H14448
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, December 12th.
  Page H14448
United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission--
Appointments: Read a letter from Representative Boehner, Minority 
Leader, in which he appointed the following individuals to the United 
States-China Economic and Security Review Commission: Mr. Peter T.R. 
Brookes of Virginia (re-appointment) and Mr. Daniel M. Slane of Ohio. 
                                                            Page H14448
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H14254 and H14456.
Senate Referrals: S. Con. Res. 58 was referred to the Committee on 
Foreign Affairs.
  Page H14490
Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H14258-59, H14259, H14268, 
H14268-69, H14269-70, H14444, and H14445. There was one quorum call, 
Roll No. 1139, which appears on page H14434.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:10 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
FORECLOSURE PREVENTION LOAN MODIFICATIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Accelerating 
Loan Modifications, Improving Foreclosure Prevention and Enhancing 
Enforcement.'' Testimony was heard from Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, FDIC; 
Randall S, Kroszner, member, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve 
System; the following officials of the Department of the Treasury: John 
C. Dugan, Comptroller of the Currency; and Scott M. Polakoff, Senior 
Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Office of Thrift 
Supervision; Christiane Gigi Hyland, board member, National Credit 
Union Administration; Mark E. Pearce, Deputy Commissioner of Banks, 
North Carolina; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--USE OF ROBO-CALLS IN FEDERAL CAMPAIGNS
Committee on House Administration: Subcommittee on Elections held an 
oversight hearing on the Use of Robo-Calls in Federal Campaigns. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Bean, Altmire and Foxx; Steve 
Carter, Attorney General, Indiana, and public witnesses.
SALES TAX FAIRNESS AND SIMPLIFICATION ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held a hearing on H.R. 3396, Sales Tax Fairness and 
Simplification Act. Testimony was heard from Joan Wagnon, Secretary of 
Revenue, Kansas; and public witnesses.
INMATE REHABILITATION AND RELEASE PLANNING
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held a hearing on Promoting Inmate Rehabilitation and 
Successful Release Planning. Testimony was heard from Drew Wrigley, 
U.S. Attorney, District of North Dakota, Department of Justice; and 
public witnesses.
SENATE AMENDMENT TO TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE REVISION AND EXTENSION ACT 
OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, a rule which makes in 
order a motion by the Chairman of the Committee on Financial Services 
to concur in the Senate amendment with the House amendment printed in 
the Rules Committee report. The rule waives all points of order against 
the motion except clause 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that the 
Senate amendment and the motion shall be considered as read. The rule 
provides 1 hour of debate on the motion equally divided and controlled 
by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on 
Financial Services. The rule further provides that the Chair may 
postpone further consideration of the motion to a time designated by 
the Speaker. Testimony was heard from Chairman Frank

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of Massachusetts, and Representatives Wasserman Schultz, and 
Neugebauer.
SAME-DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED FROM RULES 
COMMITTEE
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 8 to 3, 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 
resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the 
waiver to any resolutions reported on the legislative day of December 
11, 2007, providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 
2764, the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs 
Appropriations Act, 2008. The rule also permits the Chairman of the 
Committee on Appropriations to insert in the Congressional Record 
during the remainder of the first session of the 110th Congress such 
material as he may deem explanatory of appropriations measures for the 
fiscal year 2008. Finally, the rule lays House Resolution 839 on the 
table.
REVIEW REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ACT
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing to review legislation to 
improve the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Testimony was heard from Thomas 
M. Sullivan, Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy, SBA; and public 
witnesses.
DNI'S 500-DAY PLAN
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on 
Intelligence Community Management held a hearing on DNI's 500-Day Plan. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Office of the 
Director of National Intelligence: Donald Kerr, Principal Deputy, and 
David Shedd, Deputy Director, Policy, Plans and Requirements; and 
public witnesses.
BRIEFING--COLOMBIA
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence met in executive 
session to receive a briefing on Colombia. The Subcommittee was briefed 
by departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between 
the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 1585, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for military activities of the 
Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for 
fiscal year 2008.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-12-07

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                            DECEMBER 7, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9 a.m., Friday, December 7 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will begin consideration of the House 
message to accompany H.R. 6, CLEAN Energy Act, and after a period of 
debate, vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      3 p.m., Monday, December 10

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: The House will meet in pro forma session at 3 p.m.
    
    


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