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                                           Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      The House passed H.R. 2643, making appropriations for the 
      Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for 
      the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8523-S8640
Measures Introduced: Twenty-two bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1701-1722, and S. Res. 258-259. 
                                                         Pages S8610-11
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of 
Budget Totals from the Concurrent Resolution for Fiscal Year 2007''. 
(S. Rept. No. 110-108)
  S. 1710, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health 
and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2008. (S. Rept. No. 110-107)
  S. 966, to enable the Department of State to respond to a critical 
shortage of passport processing personnel, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 110-109)
Page S8607
Measures Passed:
  First Higher Education Extension Act of 1965: Senate passed S. 1704, 
to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 
1965.
  Page S8573
  Transitional Medical Assistance and Abstinence Education Program 
Extension: Senate passed S. 1701, to provide for the extension of 
transitional medical assistance (TMA) and the abstinence education 
program through the end of fiscal year 2007.
  Page S8637
  Commending Oregon State University Baseball Team: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 259, commending the Oregon State University baseball team for 
winning the 2007 College World Series.
  Pages S8637-38
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Senate continued consideration of S. 
1639, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action on 
the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                        Pages S8526, S8532-73, S8579-99
Rejected:
  Division I of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 1934, 
(By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 229), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                             Page S8571
  Division II of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934, (By 79 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 230), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S8572-73
  Division III of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934, (By 56 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 231), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S8579-85
  Division IV of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934, (By 56 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 232), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S8585-87
  Division VI of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934, (By 55 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 233), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S8587-88
Withdrawn:
  Division V of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 1934.
                                                             Page S8587
Pending:
  Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 1934, of a 
perfecting nature.
Pages S8526, S8534-70
  Division VII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934, (By 45 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 234), Senate earlier failed to 
table the amendment.)
Pages S8588-96
  Division VIII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division IX of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division X of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 1934.

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  Division XI of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XIII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XIV of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XV of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XVI of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XVII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XVIII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XIX of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XX of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XXI of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XXII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XXIII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XXIV of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XXV of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XXVI of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Division XXVII of Reid (for Kennedy/Specter) Modified Amendment No. 
1934.
  Kennedy Amendment No. 1978 (to Division VII of Reid (for Kennedy/
Specter) Modified Amendment No. 1934), to change the enactment date. 
                                                         Pages S8597-99
During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
    following action:
The following amendments fell when their respective Divisions were 
    tabled:
  Feinstein Amendment No. 1957 (to Division I of Reid (for Kennedy/
Specter) Modified Amendment No. 1934), to change the enactment date. 
                                                         Pages S8570-71
  Specter Amendment No. 1958 (to Division II of Reid (for Kennedy/
Specter) Modified Amendment No. 1934), to change the enactment date. 
                                                         Pages S8571-72
   A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 
28, 2007; that there be one hour, equally divided and controlled for 
debate only between Senator Kennedy and Senator Specter, or their 
designees; that Senate vote on the motion to invoke on the bill; 
provided further, that Senators be authorized to file germane second-
degree amendments until 10 a.m.
Page S8599
National Defense Authorization Act--Cloture: Senate began consideration 
of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1585, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for military activities of the 
Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense 
activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel 
strengths for such fiscal year.
  Pages S8601-02
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed 
to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of 
Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will 
occur on Friday, June 29, 2007.
Page S8602
  Subsequently, the motion to proceed was withdrawn.
International Emergency Economic Powers Enhancement Act--Agreement: A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate 
request the return of the papers on S. 1612, to amend the penalty 
provisions in the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, from the 
House of Representatives; provided further, that upon the compliance of 
the request, the Secretary of the Senate be authorized to make 
corrections in the engrossment of the bill.
  Page S8638
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  George A. Krol, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to Turkmenistan.
  W. Ross Ashley, III, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of 
the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland 
Security.
  Scott M. Burns, of Utah, to be Deputy Director of National Drug 
Control Policy.
  Reed Charles O'Connor, of Texas, to be United States District Judge 
for the Northern District of Texas.
Page S8640
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S8607-10
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8611-13
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8613-21
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8604-07
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S8622-31
Notices of Intent:
  Pages S8631-36
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S8636-37
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S8637

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Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--234) 
                      Pages S8571, S8573, S8584-85, S8587, S8588, S8596
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 8:10 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2007. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S8599.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nominations of Jill E. Sommers, of Kansas, who 
was introduced by Senator Roberts, and Bartholomew H. Chilton, of 
Delaware, each to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission, after the nominees testified and answered questions in 
their own behalf.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following:
  S. 704, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit 
manipulation of caller identification information, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute;
  S. 950, to develop and maintain an integrated system of coastal and 
ocean observations for the Nation's coasts, oceans, and Great Lakes, to 
improve warnings of tsunami, hurricanes, El Nino events, and other 
natural hazards, to enhance homeland security, to support maritime 
operations, to improve management of coastal and marine resources; with 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1650, to establish a digital and wireless network technology 
program, with amendments;
  S. 1661, to communicate United States travel policies and improve 
marketing and other activities designed to increase travel in the 
United States from abroad, with amendments; and
  Certain promotion lists in the United States Coast Guard.
NORTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO RURAL WATER PROJECTS ACT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine S. 1171, to amend the Colorado River Storage Project 
Act and Public Law 87-483 to authorize the construction and 
rehabilitation of water infrastructure in Northwestern New Mexico, to 
authorize the use of the reclamation fund to fund the Reclamation Water 
Settlements Fund, to authorize the conveyance of certain Reclamation 
land and infrastructure, to authorize the Commissioner of Reclamation 
to provide for the delivery of water, after receiving testimony from 
Robert Johnson, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, and Carl Artman, 
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, both of the Department of the 
Interior; New Mexico State Representative Patricia A. Lundstrom, 
Gallup, on behalf of Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments; John 
R. D'Antonio, Jr., New Mexico State Engineer, Santa Fe; Herbert R. 
Guenther, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Phoenix; Mark Sanchez, 
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, Albuquerque, New 
Mexico; and Joe Shirley, Jr., Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona.
WATER QUALITY
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on 
Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and Water Quality to 
examine protecting water quality at America's beaches, focusing on the 
implementation of the BEACH Act (Public Law 106-284), including the 
extent to which EPA has implemented the Act's provisions, EPA's BEACH 
Act grant allocation formula, and the experiences of the Great Lakes 
states in developing and implementing beach monitoring and notification 
programs using their grant funds, after receiving testimony from 
Representatives Pallone and Bilbray; Benjamin H. Grumbles, Assistant 
Administrator for Water, Environmental Protection Agency; Anu K. 
Mittal, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Government 
Accountability Office; Cindy Zipf, Clean Ocean Action, Sandy Hook, New 
Jersey; Carlton Dufrechou, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 
Metairie, Louisiana; and Mara Dias, Surfrider Foundation, East Hampton, 
New York.
STEALTH TAX
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
Alternative Minimum TAX (AMT), focusing on middle-class taxpayers and 
possible reforms of the AMT, after receiving testimony from Frank 
Degen, National Association of Enrolled Agents, Setauket, New York; 
Leonard E. Burman, Urban Institute Tax Policy Center, and Kevin A. 
Hassett, American Enterprise Institute, both of Washington, D.C.; and 
Michael J. Graetz, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following:
  S. 392, to ensure payment of United States assessments for United 
Nations peacekeeping operations for the 2005 through 2008 time period;

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  S. 966, to enable the Department of State to respond to a critical 
shortage of passport processing personnel, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  S. 1138, to enhance nuclear safeguards and to provide assurances of 
nuclear fuel supply to countries that forgo certain fuel cycle 
activities;
  S. 1500, to support democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe;
  S. 1565, to provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain 
foreign recipients;
  S. 1687, to provide for global pathogen surveillance and response;
  S. 1698, to provide that no funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by any Act for contributions for international organizations 
may be made available to support the United Nations Human Rights 
Council, with an amendment;
  S. Res. 203, calling on the Government of the People's Republic of 
China to use its unique influence and economic leverage to stop 
genocide and violence in Darfur, Sudan, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute;
  S. Res. 253, expressing the sense of the Senate that the 
establishment of a Museum of the History of American Diplomacy through 
private donations is a worthy endeavor;
  H. Con. Res. 7, calling on the League of Arab States to acknowledge 
the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan and to step up their efforts 
to stop the genocide in Darfur, with an amendment; and
  The nominations of Reuben Jeffery III, of the District of Columbia, 
to be United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for 
Reconstruction and Development, James R. Kunder, of Virginia, to be 
Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International 
Development, June Carter Perry, of the District of Columbia, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Wanda L. Nesbitt, of 
Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cote D'Ivoire, 
Frederick B. Cook, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Central African 
Republic, Robert B. Nolan, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom 
of Lesotho, Maurice S. Parker, of California, to be Ambassador to the 
Kingdom of Swaziland, William John Garvelink, of Michigan, to be 
Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, William R. 
Brownfield, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia, 
Peter Michael McKinley, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic 
of Peru, Patrick Dennis Duddy, of Maine, to be Ambassador to the 
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Anne Woods Patterson, of Virginia, to 
be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Nancy J. Powell, of 
Iowa, to be Ambassador to Nepal, Joseph Adam Ereli, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Richard Boyce 
Norland, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan, 
Stephen A. Seche, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of 
Yemen, John L. Withers II, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the 
Republic of Albania, Charles Lewis English, of New York, to be 
Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameron Munter, of California, to 
be Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, Roderick W. Moore, of Rhode 
Island, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Montenegro, J. Christian 
Kennedy, of Indiana, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of 
service as Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, Hector E. Morales, of 
Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American 
Foundation for a term expiring September 20, 2010, and promotion lists 
in the Foreign Service dated May 7, 2007, and May 22, 2007.
VIOLENT ISLAMIST EXTREMISM
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded hearings to examine violent Islamist extremism, focusing on 
the European experience, after receiving testimony from Jean-Louis 
Bruguiere, Investigating Magistrate, Paris, France; Lidewijde Ongering, 
Deputy National Coordinator for Counterterrorism, The Hague, 
Netherlands; Marc Sageman, Sageman Consulting, LLC, Rockville, 
Maryland; and Lynn M. Martin, former Secretary of Labor, and Farooq 
Kathwari, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., both of Chicago, Illinois, both 
on behalf of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following:
  S. 1695, to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a 
pathway for the licensure of biosimilar biological products, to promote 
innovation in the life sciences, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 1693, to enhance the adoption of a nationwide interoperable health 
information technology system and to improve the quality and reduce the 
costs of health care in the United States, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  S. 793, to provide for the expansion and improvement of traumatic 
brain injury programs;
  S. 1011, to change the name of the National Institute on Drug Abuse 
to the National Institute on Diseases of Addiction and to change the 
name of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to the 
National Institute on Alcohol Disorders and Health, with an amendment; 
and
  The nominations of Stan Z. Soloway, of the District of Columbia, and 
Richard Allan Hill , of Montana, and James Palmer, of California, each 
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Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and 
Community Service.
OVERSIGHT OF THE FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine the Department of Justice's 
implementation of federal death penalty statutes, after receiving 
testimony from Barry M. Sabin, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, 
Criminal Division, Department of Justice; Roberto J. Sanchez Ramos, 
Secretary of Justice of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, San Juan; Paul 
K. Charlton, former United States Attorney, Phoenix, Arizona; William 
Otis, former Chief of the Appellate Division, United States Attorney's 
Office, Falls Church, Virginia; David I. Bruck, Washington and Lee 
School of Law, Lexington, Virginia; and David B. Muhlhausen, Heritage 
Foundation Center for Data Analysis, and Hilary O. Shelton, National 
Association for the Advancement of Colored People, both of Washington, 
D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following:
  S. 423, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2007, the rates of 
compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the 
rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of 
certain disabled veterans;
  S. 1163, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve 
compensation and specially adapted housing for veterans in certain 
cases of impairment of vision involving both eyes, and to provide for 
the use of the National Directory of New Hires for income verification 
purposes;
  S. 479, to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans;
  S. 1315, to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance life 
insurance benefits for disabled veterans, with amendments;
  S. 1233, to provide and enhance intervention, rehabilitative 
treatment, and services to veterans with traumatic brain injury, with 
amendments; and
  The nomination of Charles L. Hopkins, of Massachusetts, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Operations, Preparedness, 
Security and Law Enforcement).
DOCTORS AND THE DRUG INDUSTRY
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the relationship between medical doctors and the drug industry, after 
receiving testimony from Maine State Representative Sharon Anglin 
Treat, Hallowell, on behalf of the National Legislative Association on 
Prescription Drug Prices; Jerome P. Kassirer, Tufts University School 
of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts; J. Gregory Rosenthal, Retinal 
Service of Vision Associates, Toledo, Ohio; and Peter Lurie, Public 
Citizen's Health Research Group, Robert M. Sade, American Medical 
Association, and Marjorie E. Powell, Pharmaceutical Research and 
Manufacturers of America, all of Washington, D.C.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 20 public bills, H.R. 2874-
2893; 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 176-177; and H. Res. 520-524 were 
introduced.
  Pages H7338-40
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H7340-41
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2776, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax 
incentives for the production of renewable energy and energy 
conservation, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-214).
Page H7338
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Wade A. 
Hyslop, Jr., Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, New London, 
Connecticut.
  Page H7207
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 520, electing 
Representative Sullivan to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, to 
rank after Representative Myrick.
  Page H7212
Supporting the goals and ideals of National Clean Beaches Week: Agreed 
by unanimous consent to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 
186, supporting the goals and ideals of National Clean Beaches Week and 
recognizing the considerable value of American beaches and their role 
in American culture.
  Page H7212
Grand Teton National Park Extension Act of 2007: Agreed by unanimous 
consent to discharge from committee and pass S. 277, to modify the 
boundaries of Grand Teton National Park to include

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certain land within the GT Park Subdivision--clearing the measure for 
the President.
  Pages H7212-13
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2008: The House passed H.R. 2643, making 
appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and 
related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 272 yeas to 155 nays, Roll No. 579. 
                                                         Pages H7213-70
  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 an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 186 yeas to 
233 nays, Roll No. 578.
Pages H7269-70
On a demand for a separate vote on a certain amendment agreed to in the 
    Committee of the Whole:
  By a yea-and-nay vote of 216 yeas to 210 nays, Roll No. 577, agreed 
to the Udall (CO) amendment (No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record 
of June 12, 2007) that prohibits funds from being used to prepare or 
publish final regulations regarding a commercial leasing program for 
oil shale resources on public lands or to conduct an oil shale lease 
sale (agreed to in the Committee of the Whole by a recorded vote of 219 
ayes to 215 noes, Roll No. 574).
Pages H7243-45, H7257-58, H7259-60
Agreed to:
  Stupak amendment that prohibits the use of funds for the EPA 
Administrator's security detail and
Pages H7221-22
  Jackson-Lee (TX) amendment that re-directs $1 million in funding for 
the Historic Preservation Fund.
Pages H7238-39
Rejected:
  Flake amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds for the 
Philadelphia Art Museum Exterior Facade in Philadephia, PA; 
                                                         Pages H7216-17
  Flake amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds for the 
Payne Gallery at Moravian College in Pennsylvania;
Pages H7217-19
  Ginny Brown-Waite (FL) amendment (that was debated on June 26th) that 
sought to reduce funds for the National Endowment for the Arts by $32 
million (by a recorded vote of 137 ayes to 285 noes, Roll. No. 564); 
                                                         Pages H7250-51
  Campbell (CA) amendment (#51 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 25, 2007 and debated on June 26th) that sought to prohibit funds 
from being used for the Wetzel County Courthouse, New Martinsville, 
West Virginia (by a recorded vote of 104 ayes to 323 noes, Roll No. 
565);
Page H7251
  Campbell (CA) amendment (that was debated on June 26th) that sought 
to prohibit funds from being used for the Conte Anadromous Fish 
Laboratory (by a recorded vote of 97 ayes to 330 noes, Roll No. 566); 
                                                         Pages H7251-52
  Flake amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used for the 
W.A. Young & Sons Foundry, Greene County, Pennsylvania (by a recorded 
vote of 104 ayes to 328 noes, Roll No. 567);
Pages H7213-14, H7253
  Flake amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used for the 
Columbus Fire Fighters Union in Columbus, Ohio (by a recorded vote of 
66 ayes to 364 noes, Roll No. 568);
Pages H7214-16, H7253-54
  Flake amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used for the 
Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission in 
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania; the Westsylvania Heritage Corporation in 
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania; and the Progress Fund in Greensburg, 
Pennsylvania (by a recorded vote of 86 ayes to 343 noes, Roll No. 569);
                                                  Pages H7219-21, H7254
  Jordan amendment (No. 22 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
25, 2007) that sought to provide that each amount appropriated or 
otherwise made available by this Act that is not required to be 
appropriated or otherwise made available by a provision of law is 
reduced by 4.3 percent (by a recorded vote of 150 ayes to 281 noes, 
Roll No. 570);
Pages H7222-26, H7255
  Price (GA) amendment (No. 29 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 25, 2007) that sought to reduce appropriations in the bill by 
$276,330,000 (or 1 percent) (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 254 
noes, Roll No. 571);
Pages H7226-31, H7255-56
  Musgrave amendment (No. 27 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 25, 2007) that sought to reduce each amount appropriated or 
otherwise made available in the bill, that is not required to be 
appropriated or otherwise made available by a provision of law, by 0.5 
percent (by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 238 noes, Roll No. 572); 
                                                  Pages H7231-35, H7256
  Inslee amendment (No. 17 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
25, 2007) that sought to prohibit funds from being used to issue any 
permit for, or otherwise approve or allow, importation of any polar 
bear or polar bear part (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 242 noes, 
Roll No. 573);
Pages H7239-43, H7257
  Lamborn amendment that sought to eliminate funding for the National 
Endowment for the Arts (by a recorded vote of 97 ayes to 335 noes, Roll 
No. 575); and
Pages H7247-49, H7258-59
  Cannon amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds relating to 
oil-shale leasing in the States of Utah or Wyoming (by a recorded vote 
of 204 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 576).
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Withdrawn:
  Udall (CO) amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 12, 2007) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought 
to prohibit funds from being used to implement BLM regulations on 
Recordable Disclaimers of Interest in Land with respect to a claimed 
Revised Statue (R.S.) 2477 right-of-way or to issue a non-binding 
determination.
Pages H7245-46
Point of Order sustained against:
  Peterson (PA) amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, 
for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and 
                                                         Pages H7235-38
  DeFazio amendment (No. 12 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
25, 2007) relating to duties assigned to a resource advisory committee 
established under section 205 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community 
Self-Determination Act.
Pages H7246-47
  H. Res. 514, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to on Tuesday, June 26th.
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of 
Jack Flynt, former Member of Congress.
  Page H7252
Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Extending the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until 
September 30, 2009: H.R. 1830, amended, to extend the authorities of 
the Andean Trade Preference Act until September 30, 2009, by a 2/3 yea-
and-nay vote of 365 yeas to 59 nays, Roll No. 583. 
                                               Pages H7271-77, H7284-85
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To extend the authorities 
of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.''. 
                                                             Page H7285
Honoring the life of each of the 9 fallen City of Charleston 
firefighters who lost their lives in Charleston, South Carolina, on 
June 18, 2007: Agreed by unanimous consent to discharge from committee 
and agree to H. Con. Res. 172, honoring the life of each of the 9 
fallen City of Charleston firefighters who lost their lives in 
Charleston, South Carolina, on June 18, 2007.
  Page H7285
Making appropriations for financial services and general government for 
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008: The House began 
consideration of H.R. 2829, making appropriations for financial 
services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2008. Further consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, June 
28th.
  Pages H7286-H7331
  Agreed by unanimous consent that during further consideration of H.R. 
2829 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to the provisions of H. 
Res. 517, no further amendment to the bill will be in order except 
those provided on a list at the desk.
Page H7296
Agreed to:
  Miller (NC) amendment that prohibits funds from being used to 
implement Executive Order 13422 and
Pages H7322-23
  Inglis (SC) amendment that prohibits funds from being used to 
purchase light bulbs unless the light bulbs have the ``ENERGY STAR'' or 
``Federal Energy Management Program'' designation.
Page H7323
Withdrawn:
  Cuellar amendment (No. 35 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
26, 2007) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to 
increase funding, by offset, for Courts of Appeals, District Courts, 
and Other Judicial Services by $10 million;
Pages H7303-04
  Cardoza amendment (No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
26, 2007) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to 
reduce funding for General Activities under the General Services 
Administration by $14,295,000; and
Pages H7307-08
  Conaway amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
26, 2007) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to 
express the sense of the House that any reduction in the amount 
appropriated as a result of amendments adopted by the House should be 
dedicated to deficit reduction.
Page H7327
Point of Order sustained against:
  Boozman amendment relating to regulations for the designation of high 
intensity drug trafficking areas and
Page H7302
  Souder amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used by the 
District of Columbia for any program of distributing sterile needles or 
syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug. 
                                                         Pages H7327-28
Proceedings Postponed:
  Cardoza amendment that seeks to reduce funding for General Activities 
under the General Services Administration by $8 million and increase 
funding for the Office of Inspector General under the General Services 
Administration by $6 million;
Pages H7308-10
  DeFazio amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for the 
Small Business Administration by $10 million;
Pages H7310-16
  Price (GA) amendment (No. 15 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 26, 2007) that seeks to strike section 738 entitled Requirement 
for Public-Private Competition;
Pages H7316-21

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  Tom Davis (VA) amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, 
for Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support by $1 million; 
                                                         Pages H7321-22
  Garrett (NJ) amendment (No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 25, 2007) that seeks to prohibit funds from being used by the 
Securities and Exchange Commission to enforce the requirements of 
section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and
Pages H7323-27
  Souder amendment that seeks to prohibit funds from being used for the 
Prevention Works or Whitman-Walker Clinic needle exchange programs. 
                                                         Pages H7328-31
  H. Res. 517, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 213 ayes to 206 noes, Roll No. 582. 
                                                         Pages H7277-84
  Agreed to the Matsui amendment to the rule by a recorded vote of 225 
ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 581, after agreeing to order the previous 
question by a yea-and-nay vote of 244 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 580. 
                                                         Pages H7281-83
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H7271 and H7285.
Senate Referrals: S. 1704 and S. 1701 were held at the desk.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
pages H7341-42.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes and fifteen recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H7250-51, 
H7251, H7252, H7253, H7253-54, H7254, H7255, H7255-56, H7256, H7257, 
H7257-58, H7258-59, H7259, H7260, H7269-70, H7270, H7282-83, H7283, 
H7284, and H7284-85.
  There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:23 a.m. on 
Thursday, June 28th.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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[Pages D921-D922]
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Committee Meetings
CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch held a 
hearing on the Capitol Visitor Center. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol: 
Stephen T. Ayers, Acting Architect; and Bernard Ungar, Capitol Visitor 
Center Project Executive; and Terrell Dorn, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure Issues, GAO.
NEXT-OF-KIN NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing to review the policies and procedures regarding the 
notification of next-of-kin of wounded and deceased servicemembers. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
Defense: BG Reuben D. Jones, USA, Adjutant General of the Army; BG 
Michael Downs, USMC (ret.), Director, Personnel and Family Readiness 
Division; MG Anthony F. Przybyslawski, USAF, Commander, Air Force 
Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas; and Patrick M. McLaughlin, 
Acting Assistant Deputy, Chief of Naval Operations and Chief Operating 
Officer, Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Enterprise.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Education and Labor: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 2857, Generations Invigorating Volunteering and 
Education Act of 2007; H.R. 2847, Green Jobs Act of 2007; and H.R. 
2831, Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007.
ENERGY MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Began consideration of the following 
measures related to energy legislation: To promote greater energy 
efficiency; To facilitate the transition to a smart electricity grid; 
To clarify the amount of loans to be guaranteed under title XVII of the 
Energy Policy Act of 2005; To promote the development of renewable 
fuels infrastructure; To promote advanced plug-in hybrid vehicles and 
vehicle components; and To enhance availability of energy information.
  Will continue tomorrow.
IRAQ ESCALATION
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on Iraq: Is the Escalation 
Working? Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
A.Q. KHAN'S NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION ACTIVITIES
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Middle East and South 
Asia and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade held 
a joint hearing on A.Q. Khan's Nuclear Wal-Mart: Out of Business or 
Under New Management? Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
HOMELAND SECURITY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, 
Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology held a hearing entitled ``A 
Roadmap for Security? Examining the Science and Technology 
Directorate's Strategic Plan.'' Testimony was heard from Jay Cohen, 
Under Secretary, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland 
Security.

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U.S. CAPITOL POLICE--LIBRARY OF CONGRESS MERGER
Committee on House Administration: Held a hearing on Implementation of 
the U.S. Capitol Police--Library of Congress Police Merger. Testimony 
was heard from Wilson Livingood, Sergeant at Arms; Chief Philip D. 
Morse, Sr., Chief of Police, U.S. Capitol Police; Jo Ann C. Jenkins, 
Chief Operation Officer, Library of Congress; Officer Michael Hutchins, 
Chairman, The Fraternal Order of Police, Library of Congress Labor 
Committee.
  The Committee also approved pending Committee business.
BRIEFING--STRENGTHENING NONPROLIFERATION REGIME
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National 
Security and Foreign Affairs held a briefing entitled ``International 
Perspectives on Strengthening the Nonproliferation Regime.'' The 
Subcommittee was briefed by public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science and Technology: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 906, Global Change Research and Data Management 
Act of 2007; H.R. 1933, Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Storage 
Research, Development and Demonstration Act of 2007; H.R. 2773, 
Biofuels Research and Development Enhancement Act; and H.R. 2774, Solar 
Energy Research and Advancement Act of 2007, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
VA INTERNAL CONTRACTING OVERSIGHT DEFICIENCIES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on VA Internal Contracting Oversight 
Deficiencies. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs: Belinda Finn, Assistant Inspector 
General, Auditing, Office of the Inspector General; and Robert J. 
Henke, Assistant Secretary, Management.
BRIEFING--HOT SPOTS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Hot Spots. The Committee was briefed by 
departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
economic case for early childhood care and education, after receiving 
testimony from Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Topeka; Harriet 
Dichter, Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Public Welfare 
Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Harrisburg; Douglas J. 
Besharov, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 
Washington, D.C.; and James Heckman, University of Chicago, Chicago, 
Illinois.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-06-28

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[Pages D922-D923]
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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                             JUNE 28, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to markup H.R. 2764, 
making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign 
operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008, an original bill making appropriations for the 
Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and related agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and an original bill 
making appropriations for energy and water development and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, 2 p.m., SD-
106.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee 
on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, to hold an 
oversight hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request 
for fiscal year 2008 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to 
examine global warming issues in the power plant sector, 10 a.m., 
SD-406.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: 
Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government 
Information, Federal Services, and International Security, to hold 
hearings to examine financial management systems modernization at 
the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on systems and 
processes needed to support the Department's mission and operations, 
3 p.m., SD-342.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings to examine draft 
legislation regarding the regulation of class III gaming, 9:30 a.m., 
SR-485.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 1060, 
to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the 
community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 
to improve reentry planning and implementation, S. 1145, to amend 
title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform, S. Res. 
248, honoring the life and achievements of Dame Lois Browne Evans, 
Bermuda's first female barrister and Attorney General, and the first 
female Opposition Leader in the British Commonwealth, and S. Res. 
236, supporting the goals and ideals of the National Anthem Project, 
which has worked to restore America's voice by re-teaching Americans 
to sing the national anthem, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.

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                                 House

  Committee on the Budget, hearing on Medicare Advantage and the 
Federal Budget, 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
  Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Higher 
Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness, hearing on 
Workforce Investment Act: Recommendations to Improve the 
Effectiveness of Job Training,'' 1:30 p.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, to continue consideration of the 
following measures related to energy legislation: To promote greater 
energy efficiency; To facilitate the transition to a smart 
electricity grid; To clarify the amount of loans to be guaranteed 
under title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005; To promote the 
development of renewable fuels infrastructure; To promote advanced 
plug-in hybrid vehicles and vehicle components; and To enhance 
availability of energy information, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global 
Health, hearing entitled ``The Millennium Challenge Corporation in 
Africa: Promises Versus Progress,'' 2:30 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and 
Oversight, and the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, with the 
Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the 
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, joint hearing entitled 
``Protection and Money: U.S. Companies, Their Employees, and 
Violence in Columbia, 10 a.m, 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, 
and Global Counterterrorism, hearing entitled ``US-VISIT Exit: 
Closing Gaps in Our Security,'' 1 p.m., 311 Cannon.
  Subcommittee, on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism 
Risk Assessment, hearing entitled ``Over-Classification and Pseudo-
Classification: Making DHS the Gold Standard for Designating 
Classified and Sensitive Homeland Security Information,'' 10 a.m., 
311 Cannon.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, 
Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, oversight hearing on the Impact 
of Ledbetter v. Goodyear on the Effective Enforcement of Civil 
Rights Laws, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, to mark up the following bills: 
H.R. 1239, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom 
Reauthorization Act of 2007; H.R. 1388, Star-Spangled Banner 
National Historic Trail Act; H.R. 1011, Virginia Ridge and Valley 
Act of 2007; H.R. 189, Paterson Great Falls National Park Act of 
2007; H.R. 761, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey 
to the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and 
Visitor Center Foundation, Inc. Certain Federal land associated with 
the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail in Nebraska, to be used 
as an historical interpretive site along the trail; H.R. 1285, 
Snoqualimie Pass Land Conveyance Act; H.R. 1205, Coral Reef 
Conservation Amendments Act of 2007; H.R. 2400, Ocean and Coastal 
Mapping Integration Act; H.R. 50, Multinational Species Conservation 
Funds Reauthorization Act of 2007; H.R. 465, Asian Elephant 
Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2007; H.R. 1834, National Ocean 
Exploration Program Act ; H.R. 716, Santa Rosa Urban Water Reuse 
Plan Act; H.R. 31, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District 
Wastewater and Recycled Water Facilities Act of 2007; H.R. 1503, 
Avra/Black Wash Reclamation and Riparian Restoration Project; H.R. 
1526, Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Authorization Act; 
H.R. 1337, To provide for a feasibility study of alternatives to 
augment the water supplies of the Central Oklahoma master 
Conservancy District and cities served by the district; and 1725, 
Rancho California Water District Recycled Water Reclamation Facility 
Act of 2007, 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, oversight hearing on 
The Minerals Management Service's Proposed Five Year Program for Oil 
and Gas Leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf, 10 a.m., 1324 
Longworth.
  Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, 
oversight hearing entitled ``Management by Exclusion: The Forest 
Service Use of Categorical Exclusions from NEPA,'' 10 a.m., 1334 
Longworth.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, hearing on Waste, 
Fraud and Abuse at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, 10 
a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and 
Aeronautics, hearing on NASA's Earth Science and Applications 
Programs: Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Request and Issues, 10 a.m., 2318 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing on Assessing the Impact of 
the Copyright Royalty Board Decision to Increase Royalty Rates on 
Recording Artists and Webcasters, 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to mark up the 
following measures: the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007; H.R. 2830, 
To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal year 
2008; H.R. 2722, Integrated Deepwater Program Reform Act; H.R. 2775, 
To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency 
Assistance Act to authorize funding for emergency management 
performance grants; H.R. 781, To redesignate Lock and Dam No. 5 of 
the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System near Redfield, 
Arkansas, authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act approved July 24, 
1946, as the Colonel Charles D, Maynard Lock and Dam; H. Res. 375, 
National Naval Force Structure Policy Act, and General Services 
Administration Lease Resolutions, 12 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, to mark up 
the following bills: H.R. 2623, To amend title 38, United States 
Code, to prohibit the collection of copayments for all hospice care 
furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and H.R. 2874, 
Veterans' Health Care Improvement Act of 2007, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, to consider 
Member requests for documents in the possession of the Committee, 3 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 28

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 1639, 
Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and after a period of debate, vote on 
the motion to invoke cloture thereon at approximately 10:30 a.m.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday, June 28

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Complete consideration of H.R. 2829--Making 
appropriations for financial services and general government for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Graves, Sam, Mo., E1425, E1425
Latham, Tom, Iowa, E1425, E1425
Markey, Edward J., Mass., E1425
Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E1425 


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