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                                             Thursday, May 22, 2008

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HIGHLIGHTS

      H.R. 2642, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 
      Appropriations Act (Supplemental Appropriations).
      Senate upon reconsideration passed H.R. 2419, Food Conservation 
      and Energy Act, the objections of the President to the contrary 
      notwithstanding.
      H. Con. Res. 355, Adjournment Resolution.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4709-S4850
Measures Introduced: Twenty-five bills and eleven resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 3048-3073, S.J. Res. 34-36, S. Res. 574-579, 
and S. Con. Res. 84-85.
  Pages S4792-93
Measures Reported:
  S. 2420, to encourage the donation of excess food to nonprofit 
organizations that provide assistance to food-insecure people in the 
United States in contracts entered into by executive agencies for the 
provision, service, or sale of food, with an amendment in the nature of 
a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 110-338)
  S. 1581, to establish an interagency committee to develop an ocean 
acidification research and monitoring plan and to establish an ocean 
acidification program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 110-339)
  S. 2482, to repeal the provision of title 46, United States Code, 
requiring a license for employment in the business of salvaging on the 
coast of Florida. (S. Rept. No. 110-340)
  S. 2307, to amend the Global Change Research Act of 1990, with 
amendments. (S. Rept. No. 110-341)
  S. Res. 563, designating September 13, 2008, as ``National Childhood 
Cancer Awareness Day''.
  S. Res. 567, designating June 2008 as ``National Internet Safety 
Month''.
  S. 1210, to extend the grant program for drug-endangered children.
  S. 2982, to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to authorize 
appropriations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                             Page S4791
Measures Passed:
  Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act: Senate passed H.R. 
6081, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide benefits 
for military personnel, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                         Pages S4772-74
  Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act: Senate passed S. 1965, 
to protect children from cybercrimes, including crimes by online 
predators, to enhance efforts to identify and eliminate child 
pornography, and to help parents shield their children from material 
that is inappropriate for minors, after agreeing to the committee 
amendments, and the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S4837-39
  Reid (for Stevens) Amendment No. 4819, to strike the authorization of 
appropriations and the additional child pornography amendments. 
                                                         Pages S4838-39
  Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination 
Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 2062, to amend the Native 
American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 to 
reauthorize that Act, after agreeing to the committee amendments, and 
the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S4839-44
  Reid (for Dodd/Shelby) Amendment No. 4820, to modify provisions 
relating to use of treatment of funds, amounts, an allocation formula, 
and a demonstration program.
Page S4844
  Federal Food Donation Act: Senate passed S. 2420, to encourage the 
donation of excess food to

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nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to food-insecure people 
in the United States in contracts entered into by executive agencies 
for the provision, service, or sale of food, after agreeing to the 
committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S4844-45
  National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
563, designating September 13, 2008, as ``National Childhood Cancer 
Awareness Day''.
  Page S4845
  National Internet Safety Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 567, 
designating June 2008 as ``National Internet Safety Month''. 
                                                         Pages S4845-46
  Gasoline Usage: Senate agreed to S. Res. 577, to express the sense of 
the Senate regarding the use of gasoline and other fuels by Federal 
departments and agencies.
  Page S4846
  Congressional Club 100th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 578, 
recognizing the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Congressional 
Club.
  Page S4847
  National Hurricane Preparedness Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 579, 
designating the week beginning May 26, 2008, as ``National Hurricane 
Preparedness Week''.
  Pages S4847-48
  Use of Capitol Rotunda: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 85, authorizing 
the use of the rotunda of the Capitol to honor Frank W. Buckles, the 
last surviving United States veteran of the First World War. 
                                                             Page S4848
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 355, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a 
conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
  Page S4848
Measures Considered:
Climate Security Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of the 
motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3036, to direct the 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a 
program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases.
  Page S4837
   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, and 
pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, May 22, 2008, 
a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, June 2, 2008. 
                                                             Page S4837
   Subsequently, the motion to proceed was withdrawn.
Page S4837
   A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate 
resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the 
bill at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, June 2, 2008, and that the 
time from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., be equally divided and controlled 
between the two Leaders, or their designees.
Page S4849
Veto Messages:
Food Conservation and Energy Act--Veto Message: By 82 yeas to 13 nays, 
1 responding present (Vote No. 140), two-thirds of the Senators voting, 
a quorum being present, having voted in the affirmative, H.R. 2419, to 
provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal 
year 2012, upon reconsideration was passed, the objections of the 
President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding. 
                                        Pages S4713-14, S4743, S4743-55
House Messages:
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act: Senate 
resumed consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 2642, 
making appropriations for military construction, the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008, and taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S4709-13, S4714-42
Adopted:
  By 75 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 137), Reid Motion to Concur in the 
House Amendment No. 2 to the Senate amendment to the bill with 
Amendment No. 4803, in the nature of a substitute. (A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that the motion, having achieved 60 
affirmatives votes, be agreed to).
Pages S4710-13, S4714-41
  By 70 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 139), Reid Motion to Concur in the 
amendment of the House No. 1 to the amendment of the Senate to the bill 
with Reid Amendment No. 4818, in the nature of a substitute. (A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion, 
having achieved 60 affirmatives votes, be agreed to).
Page S4742
Withdrawn:
  The motion to invoke cloture on in the House Amendment No. 2 to H.R. 
2642, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 
with an amendment, Reid Amendment No. 4803.
Page S4741
  Reid Amendment No. 4804 (to Amendment No. 4803), in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S4710, S4741
  By 34 yeas to 63 nays (Vote No. 138), Reid Motion to Concur in the 
amendment of the House No. 1 to the amendment of the Senate to the bill 
with Reid Amendment No. 4817, in the nature of a substitute. (A 
unanimous-consent agreement was

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reached providing that the motion, having failed to achieve 60 
affirmative votes, be withdrawn.)
Page S4742
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  Chair sustained a point of order against Reid Motion to Concur in the 
amendment of the House No. 1 to the amendment of the Senate to the bill 
with Reid Amendment No. 4816, as being in violation of rule XVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate which prohibits legislation on an 
appropriation bill, and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S4741-42
Budget Resolution Conference Report--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-
time agreement was reached providing that when the Senate considers the 
conference report to accompany S. Con. Res. 70, setting forth the 
congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 
2009 and including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 
2008 and 2010 through 2013, all statutory time be yielded back except 
for 15 minutes to be equally divided and controlled between the 
Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Budget; that upon 
the use of that time the vote on adoption of the conference report 
occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader following 
consultation with the Republican Leader.
  Page S4743
Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments--Agreement: A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the 
recess or adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the 
President Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be 
authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, 
conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by 
concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate. 
                                                             Page S4848
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Michael B. Bemis, of Mississippi, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 
2013.
  Patrick J. Durkin, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term 
expiring December 17, 2009.
  David F. Girard-diCarlo, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the 
Republic of Austria.
  John J. Faso, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of 
the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation for a term expiring 
May 29, 2013.
  Joe Manchin III, of West Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of 
Trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation for a term 
expiring November 5, 2012.
  Harvey M. Tettlebaum, of Missouri, to be a Member of the Board of 
Trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation for a term 
expiring October 3, 2012.
  1 Army nomination in the rank of general.
  1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Foreign Service, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration.
Pages S4849-50
Messages from the House:
  Pages S4790-91
Measures Referred:
  Page S4791
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S4791
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S4791-92
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4793-95
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4795-S4810
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4789-90
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4810-36
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S4836-37
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S4837
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--140) 
                                              Pages S4741, S4742, S4749
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:46 p.m., 
until 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2008. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4849.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nominations of General David H. Petraeus, USA, for reappointment to 
the grade of general and to be Commander, United States Central 
Command, and Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno, USA, for 
appointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, Multi-National 
Force-Iraq, after each nominee testified and answered questions in 
their own behalf.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 144 
nominations in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

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NOMINATION
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nomination of Steven C. Preston, of Illinois, to 
be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, after the nominee 
testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
TRADE ENFORCEMENT ACT
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine S. 1919, 
to establish trade enforcement priorities for the United States, to 
strengthen the provisions relating to trade remedies, after receiving 
testimony from Warren Maruyama, General Counsel, Office of the United 
States Trade Representative; and Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution, 
John R. Magnus, TradeWins LLC, and Robert D. Atkinson, Information 
Technology and Innovation Foundation, all of Washington, D.C.
ANTI-DOPING TREATY
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the International Convention Against Doping in Sport, adopted 
by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural 
Organization on October 19, 2005 (Treaty Doc.110-14), after receiving 
testimony from Scott M. Burns, Deputy Director, Office of National Drug 
Control Policy, Executive Office of the President; Joan Donoghue, 
Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, Department of State; Jair Lynch, U.S. 
Olympic Committee, former Olympic Medalist, Washington, D.C.; and 
Travis T. Tygart, United States Anti-Doping Agency, Colorado Springs, 
Colorado.
SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS
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 improving the 
security clearance process, focusing on reform efforts to streamline, 
standardize, and update the process, after receiving testimony from 
Brenda S. Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, 
Government Accountability Office; Clay Johnson, III, Deputy Director 
for Management, Office of Management and Budget; Elizabeth McGrath, 
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Business 
Transformation; John P. Fitzpatrick, Director, Special Security Center, 
Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and Kathy L. Dillaman, 
Associate Director, Federal Investigative Services Division, Office of 
Personnel Management.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BACKLOGS
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine the status of probate backlogs at the Department of the 
Interior, after receiving testimony from Carl J. Artman, Assistant 
Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs; Gary Svanda, Madera City 
Council, Madera, California; Robert Chicks, Stockbridge Munsee Band of 
Mohican Indians, Bowler, Wisconsin; and Douglas Nash, Seattle 
University School of Law Institute for Indian Estate Planning and 
Probate, Seattle, Washington.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following:
  S. 2756, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to 
establish a permanent background check system, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  S. 2982, to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to authorize 
appropriations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1210, to extend the grant program for drug-endangered children;
  S. Res. 563, designating September 13, 2008, as ``National Childhood 
Cancer Awareness Day'';
  S. Res. 567, designating June 2008 as ``National Internet Safety 
Month''; and
  The nominations of Elisebeth C. Cook, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice, 
William T. Lawrence, to be United States District Judge for the 
Southern District of Indiana, and G. Murray Snow, to be United States 
District Judge for the District of Arizona, and William Walter Wilkins, 
III, to be United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina.
CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
efforts to provide civil legal assistance to low-income Americans, 
focusing on the Legal Services Corporation, and improvements needed in 
governance, accountability, and grants management, and oversight, after 
receiving testimony from Jeanette Franzel, Director, Financial 
Management and Assurance, Government Accountability Office; Helaine M. 
Barnett, Washington, D.C., and Jonann C. Chiles, Little Rock, Arkansas, 
both of the Legal Services Corporation; Rebekah Diller, New York 
University School of Law Brennan Center for Justice, New York, New 
York; Lora J. Livingston, American Bar Association (ABA), Austin, 
Texas; Jo-Ann Wallace, National Legal Aid and Defender Association,

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Washington, D.C.; Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau, 
Inc., Baltimore; and Kenneth F. Boehm, National Legal and Policy 
Center, Falls Church, Virginia.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the nominations of Cynthia L. Bauerly, of Minnesota, Caroline 
C. Hunter, of Florida, and Donald F. McGahn, of the District of 
Columbia, each to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.
MEDICARE PART D
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
improving the Medicare program for the most vulnerable, focusing on 
senior citizens at risk, and including Medicare Part D and the Social 
Security Administration's implementation of the low-income subsidy, 
after receiving testimony from Barbara D. Bovbjerg, Director, 
Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, Government 
Accountability Office; N. Joyce Payne, AARP, and Laura Summer, 
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, both of Washington, 
D.C.; Lisa Emerson, Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance 
(SHIBA) Program, Salem, Oregon; and Judy Korynasz, Hillsboro, Oregon.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 44 public bills, H.R. 6123-
6166; and 20 resolutions, H.J. Res. 88-89; H. Con. Res. 361-365; and H. 
Res. 1220-1232, were introduced.
  Pages H4829-32
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H4832-34
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 5540, to amend the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 to 
provide for the continuing authorization of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways 
and Watertrails Network (H. Rept. 110-667);
  H.R. 3667, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a 
segment of the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in the State of Vermont for 
study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers 
System, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-668);
  H.R. 5876, to require certain standards and enforcement provisions to 
prevent child abuse and neglect in residential programs, with an 
amendment (H. Rept. 110-669);
  H.R. 554, to provide for the protection of paleontological resources 
on Federal lands, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-670, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 5683, to make certain reforms with respect to the Government 
Accountability Office, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-671); and
  H.R. 3774, to provide for greater diversity within, and to improve 
policy direction and oversight of, the Senior Executive Service, with 
an amendment (H. Rept. 110-672).
Page H4828
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Pastor to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H4455
Privileged Resolution: The House agreed to table H. Res. 1221, raising 
a question of the privileges of the House, by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 
yeas to 188 nays with 10 voting ``present'', Roll No. 352. 
                                                         Pages H4468-69
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  Providing for the continuation of agricultural and other programs of 
the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2012: H.R. 6124, to 
provide for the continuation of agricultural and other programs of the 
Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2012, by a \2/3\ yea-and-
nay vote of 306 yeas to 110 nays, Roll No. 353.
  Pages H4469-H4655
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and agree to the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, May 
20th:
  Reaffirming the support of the House of Representatives for the 
legitimate, democratically-elected Government of Lebanon under Prime 
Minister Fouad Siniora: H. Res. 1194, to reaffirm the support of the 
House of Representatives for the legitimate, democratically-elected 
Government of Lebanon under Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 10 nays with 2 voting ``present'', Roll 
No. 354 and
  Pages H4655-56
  Recognizing the courage and sacrifice of those members of the United 
States Armed Forces who

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were held as prisoners of war during the Vietnam conflict and calling 
for a full accounting of the 1,729 members of the Armed Forces who 
remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam conflict: H. Res. 986, amended, 
to recognize the courage and sacrifice of those members of the United 
States Armed Forces who were held as prisoners of war during the 
Vietnam conflict and to call for a full accounting of the 1,729 members 
of the Armed Forces who remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam 
conflict, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 366.
  Pages H4821-22
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009: The House 
passed H.R. 5658, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense and to prescribe 
military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2009, by a recorded vote 
of 384 ayes to 23 noes, Roll No. 365. 
                               Pages H4656-H4763, H4763-78, H4779-H4821
  Rejected the Conaway motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Armed Services with instructions to report the same back to the House 
promptly with amendments, by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 223 noes, 
Roll No. 364.
Pages H4812-21
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill 
shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment 
under the five-minute rule.
Page H4658
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2009 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, to amend the Servicemembers Civil 
Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements 
for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of 
a contingency operation, and for other purposes.''.
Page H4821
Accepted:
  Skelton manager's amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that 
makes technical corrections to the bill;
Pages H4741-42
  Skelton amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that requires 
the Defense Secretary, Secretary of State, and USAID Administrator to 
establish a standing advisory panel to improve integration on matters 
of national security;
Pages H4742-45
  Skelton en bloc amendment No. 1 consisting of the following 
amendments printed in H. Rept. 110-666: No. 7, that clarifies that the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act does not apply to the Congressional 
Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States; No. 9, that 
revises section 595 of the bill; No. 12, that provides $22.3 million 
for Army Reserve first term dental readiness and $8.5 million for Army 
Reserve demobilization dental treatment; No. 13, that requires defense 
contractors supporting the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan to report 
violent crimes committed against or by Defense Department contract 
employees and require that the information be made public; No. 16, that 
allows a service member with a minor dependent to request a deferment 
of a deployment to a combat zone if their spouse is currently deployed 
to a combat zone; No. 17, that requires the Navy Secretary and the 
Interior Secretary to negotiate a memorandum of agreement to transfer 
the decommissioned Naval Security Group Activity, Skaggs Island, 
Sonoma, California, from the Navy to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge 
System; No. 18, that adds an additional finding to title XVI of the 
bill to reflect the Administation's request for stabilization 
activities; No. 21, that requires the Secretary of Defense to report to 
Congress an acquisition strategy for insurance required by the Defense 
Base Act; No. 27, that directs the Secretary of Defense, in 
consultation with the United States Postal Service, to provide postal 
benefits to service members serving in Iraq or Afghanistan or currently 
hospitalized under the care of the Armed Forces; No. 29, that directs 
the Defense Secretary to study the use of power management software at 
DOD facilities to reduce the amount of electricity consumed by 
computers, monitors, and other electronic equipment; No. 34, that 
requires DOD to report to Congress on implementation of the 
recommendations of the report entitled, ``Review of the Toxicologic and 
Radiologic Risks to Military Personnel from Exposure to Depleted 
Uranium During and After Combat''; No. 35, that requires the Chief of 
the National Guard Bureau to submit a report to Congress detailing the 
extent to which the various provisions enacted within title XVIII of 
the FY08 National Defense Authorization Act have been effective; No. 
36, that allows the Defense Department six months to review appeals 
from service members who were denied full Army College Fund benefits 
under Army Incentive Program contracts; No. 37, that requires that for 
any Department of Defense contracts for truck transportation or service 
using fuel, the motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder involved in 
the transaction must pass any fuel surcharge on to the person 
responsible for paying the cost of fuel and to disclose that surcharge 
and other charges in writing; No. 38, that requires a report from the 
Secretary of Defense within 45 days after the date of enactment on 
laboratory personnel demonstration projects; No. 39, that extends 
eligibility for military disability retired pay to individuals who left 
enlisted service in order to attend a military academy between January

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1, 2000 and October 28, 2004, and who suffered a disabling injury while 
attending the academy; No. 41, that expands existing authority for 
professional military education institutions of the Army, Navy, Air 
Force, and Marine Corps to award degrees to graduates of their schools; 
No. 44, that requires the Defense Secretary to establish a program to 
research and develop unexploded ordnance detection technology and 
facilitate the deployment of this technology in the field; No. 47, that 
requires a report be submitted to the congressional defense committees 
by the Secretary of the Navy not later than 120 days after enactment of 
the act on future jet carrier training requirements; No. 48, that 
requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct a demonstration project to 
assess the feasibility of providing a behavioral health care provider 
locator and appointment assistance service; No. 49, that requires the 
Secretary of Defense to report to Congress on DOD's policies regarding 
the sale and disposal of used motor vehicle oil; No. 54, that expresses 
the sense of Congress that each military department should, to the 
maximum extent practicable, provide honor guard details for the 
funerals of veterans; and No. 57, that makes it the policy of the 
United States that any Status of Forces Agreement negotiated between 
the U.S. and Iraq include measures requiring the Iraqi Government to 
provide financial or other types of support for U.S. Armed Forces 
stationed in Iraq;
Pages H4746-56
  Boren amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that includes 
clarifying language regarding the procurement by a federal agency of 
alternative or synthetic fuels; clarifies conditions by which DOD and 
other federal agencies would be allowed to enter into a contract to 
purchase a generally available fuel, if it is not predominantly an 
alternative or synthetic fuel; and sets forth a set of conditions 
pursuant to these changes;
Pages H4764-66
  Waxman amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that requires 
agencies to enhance competition in contracting; limits the use of 
abuse-prone contracts; rebuilds the federal acquisition workforce; 
strengthens anti-fraud measures; and increases transparency in federal 
contracting;
Pages H4766-74
  Israel amendment (No. 50 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that creates a 
joint Department of Defense/Department of State program for the purpose 
of hiring Iraqis (who supported the U.S. efforts in Iraq and have 
resettled in the U.S.) as interpreters, translators, and cultural 
awareness instructors for various agencies of the Federal government 
and to increase awareness of the existence of the program; 
                                                         Pages H4777-78
  Skelton en bloc amendment No. 2 consisting of the following 
amendments printed in H. Rept. 110-666: No. 5, that requires the 
President to develop and submit to Congress a comprehensive interagency 
strategy for strategic communication and public diplomacy by December 
31, 2009; No. 10, that provides that autistic children of members of 
the Armed Forces, who are enrolled in the Extended Care Health Option 
program, receive a minimum of $5,000 per month of autistic therapy 
services; No. 11, that establishes the Visiting NIH Senior Neuroscience 
Fellowship Program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and 
the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic 
Brain Injury; No. 14, that gives the secretary of a military department 
authority to authorize military installations to enter into 
partnerships with colleges, universities, and technical schools for the 
purposes of improving the accessibility and flexibility of college 
courses available to active duty service members; No. 19, that finds 
that Congress and the Secretary of Defense should work to understand 
and identify the contributing factors related to suicide amongst our 
service men and women; No. 20, that increases (by offset) the amount 
provided for DOD military personnel by $3 million, one million for each 
of the Army Secretary, Navy Secretary, and Air Force Secretary, for the 
funeral honors program; No. 24, that amends safeguards and internal 
controls of DOD to require that appropriate inventory and property 
systems are updated promptly in response to expenditures charged to a 
purchase card related to sensitive and pilferable property; No. 28, 
that directs the Defense Secretary to include the effects of greenhouse 
gas emissions in planning, requirements development, and acquisition 
processes; No. 30, that permits the Army Secretary to award the Army 
Combat Action Badge to those soldiers who served during the dates 
ranging from December 7, 1941, to September 18, 2001, if the Secretary 
determines such individuals have not been previously recognized; No. 
40, that requires the Defense Secretary to conduct a demonstration 
project to assess the feasibility and efficacy of providing a face to 
face post-deployment mental health screening between a member of the 
Armed Forces and a mental health provider; No. 42, that requires the 
Secretary of Defense of revise the regulations issued pursuant to 
section 862 of the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act 
to ensure that private security contractors are not authorized to 
perform inherently governmental functions in an area of combat 
operations; No. 45, that permits the Transportation Secretary, acting 
through the Maritime Administration, to establish a Port of Guam 
Improvement Enterprise Program to provide for the planning, design, and 
construction of projects for the Port of Guam; No. 46, that requires 
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Comptroller General to review, and report to Congress within one year 
on, the DOD's implementation of the recommendations of the Department 
of Defense Task Force on Mental Health; and No. 43, that requires the 
Defense Secretary to study methods to verifiably reduce the likelihood 
of accidental nuclear launch by any nation;
Pages H4781-87
  Lee (CA) amendment (No. 26 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that provides 
that no provision in any status of forces agreement negotiated between 
the United States and the Government of Iraq that obligates the United 
States to the defense of Iraq from internal or external threats shall 
have any legal effect unless the agreement is in the form of a treaty 
requiring the advice and consent of the Senate, or is specifically 
authorized by an Act of Congress (by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 183 
noes, Roll No. 359);
Pages H4774-77, H4790
  Braley (IA) amendment (No. 53 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that 
requires the President to submit a report to Congress on the long-term 
costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom within 
90 days of enactment; directs the estimate to be based on certain 
scenarios; make projections through at least Fiscal Year 2068; and take 
into account and specify various factors, including operational costs, 
reconstruction costs, and the cost of providing health care and 
disability benefits (by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 168 noes, Roll 
No. 360);
Pages H4779-81, H4790-91
  Bishop (GA) amendment (No. 52 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that 
provides 180 days of transitional health care to those service members 
who separate honorably from active duty and agree to serve in the Guard 
or Selected Reserve at no charge to the service member;
Page H4794
  Ellsworth amendment (No. 55 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that revises 
the Federal Acquisition Regulation by requiring each contract awarded 
by the Department of Defense to contain a clause prohibiting the 
contractor from performing the contract using a subsidiary or 
subcontractor that is a foreign shell company if the foreign shell 
company will perform the work of the contract or subcontract using 
United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States; 
                                                             Page H4801
  Hodes amendment (No. 56 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that provides 
that no funds authorized in the bill may be used for propaganda 
purposes, and directs the DOD Inspector General and GAO to report on 
whether or not the defense analysts program violated the propaganda 
provisions of Department of Defense appropriations bills for Fiscal 
Years 2002 through 2008;
Pages H4801-04
  Foster amendment (No. 58 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that amends 
title XXXI of the bill (DOE National Security Programs) to require the 
Administrator for Nuclear Security to establish a fellowship program 
for Ph.D. candidates in nuclear chemistry;
Pages H4804-06
  Schwartz amendment (No. 51 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that prevents 
future use of the airfield at NASJRB Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, for 
commercial passenger operations; commercial cargo operations; 
commercial, business, or nongovernment aircraft operations not related 
to missions of the installation; and as a reliever airport to relieve 
congestion at other airports;
Pages H4806-07
  Spratt amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that requires 
the DNI, on an annual basis, to submit to Congress an update of the 
National Intelligence Estimate entitled ``Iran: Nuclear Intentions and 
Capabilities'' and dated November 2007; such update may be submitted in 
classified form; the President shall notify Congress in writing within 
15 days of determining that Iran has met or surpassed any major 
milestone in its nuclear weapons program or that Iran has undertaken to 
accelerate, decelerate, or cease the development of any significant 
element within its nuclear weapons program;
Pages H4807-10
  Price (NC) amendment (No. 25 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that 
prohibits agencies under the Department of Defense from using 
contractors to perform interrogations; the amendment allows the use of 
contractors for interpretation (by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 160 
noes, Roll No. 361);
Pages H4794-96, H4810
  Holt amendment (No. 32 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that requires the 
videotaping or electronic recording of detainee interrogations in the 
custody of or under the effective control of the Department of Defense; 
directs the Judge Advocates General of the respective military services 
to develop uniform guidelines for such videotaping or electronic 
recording, and for said guidelines to be provided to Congress (by a 
recorded vote of 218 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 362); and 
                                               Pages H4796-97, H4810-11
  McGovern amendment (No. 31 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that requires 
the Defense Secretary to release to the public, upon request, the 
names, ranks, countries of origin, and other information of students 
and instructors of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security 
Cooperation (``WHINSEC''); the amendment covers fiscal years 2005-2008 
and any fiscal year thereafter (by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 189 
noes, Roll No. 363).
Pages H4797-H4801, H4811-12
Rejected:
  Akin amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that sought to 
increase funding (by offset) for Future Combat Systems by $193 million 
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recorded vote of 128 ayes to 287 noes, Roll No. 355); 
                                               Pages H4745-46, H4787-88
  Franks (AZ) amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that sought 
to add $719 million (by offset) to the Missile Defense Agency's Budget 
(by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 356); 
                                                  Pages H4756-59, H4788
  Tierney amendment (No. 23 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that sought to 
reduce funding (by offset) for the Missile Defense Agency by $966.2 
million (by a recorded vote of 122 ayes to 292 noes, Roll No. 357); and
                                               Pages H4759-62, H4788-89
  Pearce amendment (No. 33 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that sought to 
remove $10 million in funding for energy conservation on military 
installations and increase funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead 
program by $10 million (by a recorded vote of 145 ayes to 271 noes, 
Roll No. 358).
Pages H4763-64, H4789
Withdrawn:
  Flake amendment (No. 22 printed in H. Rept. 110-666) that was offered 
and subsequently withdrawn that would have prohibited any funds 
appropriated to carry out H.R. 5658 from being used for a library/
lifelong learning center at Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms, 
California.
Pages H4791-94
  Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming 
changes to reflect the actions of the House.
Page H4822
  H. Res. 1218, the rule providing for further consideration of the 
bill, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 197 nays, Roll 
No. 351, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 228 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 350.
Pages H4457-68
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed by unanimous consent to dispense with the 
Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, June 4th.
  Page H4822
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she 
appointed Representative Hoyer and Representative Van Hollen to act as 
Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions 
through June 3, 2008.
  Page H4822
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H4778 and H4821.
Senate Referrals: S. Con. Res. 85 was held at the desk.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and eleven recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4467-68, 
H4468, H4469, H4654-55, H4655-56, H4787, H4788, H4788-89, H4789, H4790, 
H4790-91, H4810, H4811, H4811-12, H4820, H4821, and H4822. There were 
no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 10:35 p.m., pursuant to 
the provisions of H. Con. Res. 355, the House stands adjourned until 2 
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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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[Pages D659-D661]
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Committee Meetings
CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch held a 
hearing on Capitol Visitor Center. Testimony was heard from Office of 
the Architect of the Capitol: Stephen Ayers, Acting Architect; Terrie 
Rouse, CEO, Visitor Services; and Bernie Ungar, Project Executive, both 
with the Capitol Visitor Center; and Terry Dorn, Director, Physical 
Infrastructure Issues, GAO.
U.S. MAINLAND EXOTIC DISEASE RESEARCH
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Germs, Viruses, and Secrets: 
Government Plans to Move Exotic Disease Research to the Mainland United 
States.'' Testimony was heard from Nancy R. Kingsbury, Managing 
Director, Applied Research and Methods, GAO; Bruce I. Knight, Under 
Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA; Jay M. Cohen, Under 
Secretary, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland 
Security; and public witnesses.
CONFORMING LOAN LIMIT INCREASE
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Impact on 
Homebuyers and Housing Market of Conforming Loan Limit Increase.'' 
Testimony was heard from Heather Peters. Deputy Secretary, Business 
Regulation and Housing, State of California; and public witnesses.
OIL PRICES AND HOMELAND SECURITY
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on Rising Oil Prices: 
Declining National Security? Testimony was heard from David Sandalow, 
former Assistant Secretary of State; and public witnesses.
U.S. HUMAN RIGHTS/DEMOCRACY PROMOTION
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on International 
Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight held a hearing on City on 
the Hill or Just Another Country? The United States and the Promotion 
of Human Rights and Democracy. Testimony was heard from John Shattuck, 
former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, 
and Labor and former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic; and a 
public witness.

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BORDER SECURITY CHALLENGES
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and 
Global Counterterrorism held a hearing on The Border Security 
Challenge: Recent Developments and Legislative Proposals, focusing on 
the following bills: H.R. 5662, Putting Our Resources Towards Security 
(PORTS) Act; H.R. 5552, Border Accountability Act of 2008; H.R. 4088, 
SAVE Act of 2007; and H.R. 3531, Accountability in Enforcing 
Immigration Laws Act of 2007. Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Reyes, Bilbray, Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida; Giffords, and Shuler; and 
the following officials of the U. S. Customs and Border Protection, 
Department of Homeland Security: Thomas S. Winkowski, Assistant 
Commissioner, Office of Field Operations; Chief David V. Aguilar, 
Office of Border Patrol; and MG Michael C. Kostelnik, USAF (Ret.), 
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine.
GAS PRICES AND OIL INDUSTRY COMPETITION
Committee on the Judiciary: Task Force on Competition Policy and 
Antitrust Laws held a hearing on Retail Gas Prices, Part 2, Competition 
in the Oil Industry. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS PROGRAM
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources held an oversight hearing on The United States Geological 
Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program--Science, Preparation, and 
Response. Testimony was heard from David Applegate, Senior Science 
Advisor, Earthquakes, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the 
Interior; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power 
approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 5511, 
Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Remediation Act of 2008; and H.R. 5710, 
Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act.
IRAQ FUNDING ACCOUNTABILITY LAPSES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Held a hearing on 
Accountability Lapses in Multiple Funds for Iraq. Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the Office of the Inspector General, 
Department of Defense: Mary L. Ugone, Deputy Inspector General, 
Auditing; Patricia Marsh, Assistant Inspector General; and Daniel 
Blair, Deputy Assistant Inspector General, Defense, both with the 
Defense Financing Auditing Service Directorate.
MORTGAGE CRISIS-AFFLICTED NEIGHBORHOODS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Domestic 
Policy, and the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity of 
the Committee on Financial Services, joint hearing on Neighborhoods: 
Targeting Federal aid to neighborhoods distressed by the subprime 
mortgage crisis. Testimony was heard from Todd M. Richardson, Director, 
Program Evaluation Division, Office of Policy Development and Research, 
Department of Housing and Urban Development; and public witnesses.
U.S. JOBS/TECHNOLOGY GLOBALIZATION IMPACTS
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigation and 
Oversight held a hearing on American Decline or Renewal?--Globalization 
Jobs and Technology. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES ACT
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``RESPA and its 
Impact on Small Business.'' Testimony was heard from Ivy Jackson, 
Director, Office of Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and 
Interstate Land Sales, Department of Housing and Urban Development; and 
public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the 
following bills: H.R. 5001, amended, Old Post Office Building 
Redevelopment Act of 2008; H.R. 6109, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Act of 
2008; and H.R. 6003, amended, Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement 
Act of 2008.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION OUTREACH
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance 
and Memorial Affairs held a hearing on Examining the Effectiveness of 
VBA Outreach Efforts. Testimony was heard from Diana Rubens, Associate 
Deputy Under Secretary, Field Operations, Veterans Benefits 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; the following officials 
of the Department of Defense: Leslye Arsht, Deputy Under Secretary, 
Military Community and Family Policy; and Kevin Crowley, Deputy 
Director, Manpower Personnel, National Guard Bureau; and 
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VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION HUMAN RESOURCES CHALLENGES
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on 
Human Resources Challenges within the Veterans Health Administration. 
Testimony was heard from Joleen Clark, Chief Officer, Workforce 
Management and Consulting, Veterans Health Administration, Department 
of Veterans Affairs; representatives of veterans organizations; and 
public witnesses.
BRIEFING--COUNTERNARCOTICS PROGRAM
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence met in executive 
session to receive a briefing on Counternarcotics Program. The 
Subcommittee was briefed by departmental witnesses.
ADMINISTRATION'S ENERGY POLICY
Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming: Held a 
hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Bush Administration's Energy 
Policy.'' Testimony was heard from Samuel W. Bodman, Secretary of 
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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

      (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D638)
  H.R. 493, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic 
information with respect to health insurance and employment. Signed on 
May 21, 2008. (Public Law 110-233)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2008-05-23

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                              MAY 23, 2008

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        10 a.m., Friday, May 23

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will meet in pro forma session.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        2 p.m., Tuesday, June 3

                               
                             House Chamber
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