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                                            Thursday, July 31, 2008

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 4040, 
      Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
      Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 4137, 
      College Opportunity and Affordability Act.
      Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 398, Adjournment Resolution.

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S7805-S7982
Measures Introduced: Forty eight bills and seven resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 3370-3417, and S. Res. 636-642. 
                                                         Pages S7903-05
Measures Reported:
  S. 1193, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust 2 
parcels of Federal land for the benefit of certain Indian Pueblos in 
the State of New Mexico. (S. Rept. No. 110-434)
  H.J. Res. 62, to honor the achievements and contributions of Native 
Americans to the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute. (S. Rept. No. 110-435)
  S. Res. 620, designating the week of September 14-20, 2008, as 
National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Week, to raise public 
awareness and understanding of polycystic kidney disease, and to foster 
understanding of the impact polycystic kidney disease has on patients 
and future generations of their families.
  S. Res. 622, designating the week beginning September 7, 2008, as 
``National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week''.
  S. Res. 624, designating August 2008 as ``National Truancy Prevention 
Month''.
Page S7903
Measures Passed:
  Pending Claims Against Libya: Senate passed S. 3370, to resolve 
pending claims against Libya by United States nationals. 
                                                         Pages S7979-81
  Adjournment Resolution: By 48 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 196), Senate 
agreed to H. Con. Res. 398, providing for a conditional adjournment of 
the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of 
the Senate.
  Page S7880
  Production of Records: Senate agreed to S. Res. 642, to authorize the 
production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations 
of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 
                                                             Page S7981
Measures Considered:
National Defense Authorization Act: Senate continued consideration of 
S. 3001, 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. 
                                               Pages S7811-45, S7878-80
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 51 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 195), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to 
consideration of the bill.
Pages S7879-80
  Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture 
was not invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill. 
                                                             Page S7880
  A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 
approximately 9:30 a.m., on Friday, August 1, 2008, with Senators 
permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.
Page S7981

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Conference Reports:
CPSC Reform Act: By 89 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 193), Senate agreed to 
the conference report to accompany H.R. 4040, to establish consumer 
product safety standards and other safety requirements for children's 
products and to reauthorize and modernize the Consumer Product Safety 
Commission, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S7867-78
College Opportunity and Affordability Act: By 83 yeas to 8 nays, 1 
responding present (Vote No. 194), Senate agreed to the conference 
report to accompany H.R. 4137, to amend and extend the Higher Education 
Act of 1965, clearing the measure for the President. 
                                                  Pages S7845-67, S7878
Appointments:
  Commission on Wartime Contracting: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice 
President, pursuant to Public Law 110-181, appointed the following 
individual to the Commission on Wartime Contracting: Robert J. Henke of 
Virginia.
  Page S7981
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Deborah Hersman, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National 
Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2013.
  Sung Y. Kim, of California, a Foreign Service Officer of Class One, 
for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special 
Envoy for the Six Party Talks.
  Anthony W. Ryan, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of the 
Treasury.
  John J. Tharp, Jr., of Illinois, to be United States District Judge 
for the Northern District of Illinois.
  J. Richard Barry, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge 
for the Southern District of Mississippi.
  Thomas Marcelle, of New York, to be United States District Judge for 
the Northern District of New York.
  Gineen Bresso Beach, of Florida, to be a Member of the Election 
Assistance Commission for the remainder of the term expiring December 
12, 2009.
Pages S7903 S7982
Messages from the House:
  Pages S7900-01
Measures Referred:
  Page S7901
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S7901-02 S7981
Executive Communications:
  Pages S7902-03
Petitions and Memorials:
  Page S7903
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S7903
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S7905-08
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S7908-78
Additional Statements:
  Pages S7897-S7900
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S7978
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S7978
Privileges of the Floor:
  Pages S7978-79
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total-196) 
                                                         Pages S7778-80
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 10:20 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 1, 2008. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NORTH KOREAN SIX-PARTY TALKS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded open and closed 
hearings to examine the North Korean Six-Party Talks and implementation 
activities, after receiving testimony from Christopher R. Hill, 
Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific 
Affairs; William H. Tobey, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear 
Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department 
of Energy; and Joseph R. DeTrani, Mission Manager for North Korea, and 
Vann H. Van Diepen, National Intelligence Officer for Weapons of Mass 
Destruction and Proliferation, both of the Office of the Director of 
National Intelligence.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of General Norton A. Schwartz, USAF for reappointment to 
the grade of general and, to be Chief of Staff, United States Air 
Force, and General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF for reappointment to the 
grade of general and, to be Commander, United States Transportation 
Command, and 519 nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine 
Corps, all of the Department of Defense.
NATION'S TRANSMISSION GRID
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the state of the nation's transmission grid, 
focusing on the implementation of the transmission provisions of the 
Energy Policy Act (Public Law 109-58), including reliability, siting, 
and infrastructure investment, after receiving testimony from Joseph T. 
Kelliher, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Kevin

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M. Kolevar, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Electricity Delivery and 
Energy Reliability; Marsha H. Smith, Idaho Public Utilities Commission, 
Boise, on behalf of the National Association of Regulatory Utility 
Commissioners; James J. Hoecker, Working Group on Investment in 
Reliable and Economic Electric Systems (WIRES), Washington, D.C.; Colin 
Whitley, American Public Power Association, Wichita, Kansas; George C. 
Loehr, eLucem, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Terry Boston, PJM 
Interconnection, Norristown, Pennsylvania; and Susan Tomasky, American 
Electric Power, Columbus, Ohio.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the following:
  S. 906, to prohibit the sale, distribution, transfer, and export of 
elemental mercury, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 3109, to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to direct the 
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a 
hazardous waste electronic manifest system;
  S. 24, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require a health 
advisory and monitoring of drinking water for perchlorate, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 150, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect the health of 
pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children by requiring a health 
advisory and drinking water standard for perchlorate, with an amendment 
in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1911, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect the health 
of susceptible populations, including pregnant women, infants, and 
children, by requiring a health advisory, drinking water standard, and 
reference concentration for trichloroethylene vapor intrusion;
  S. 1933, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide grants to 
small public drinking water systems;
  S. 2549, to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency to establish an Interagency Working Group on Environmental 
Justice to provide guidance to Federal agencies on the development of 
criteria for identifying disproportionately high and adverse human 
health or environmental effects on minority populations and low-income 
populations;
  S. 642, to codify Executive Order 12898, relating to environmental 
justice, to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency to fully implement the recommendations of the Inspector General 
of the Agency and the Comptroller General of the United States;
  S. 199, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Amendments of 1996 to modify 
the grant program to improve sanitation in rural and Native villages in 
the State of Alaska;
  S. 2994, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide 
for the remediation of sediment contamination in areas of concern.
HEALTH BENEFITS
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine health 
benefits in the tax code, focusing on government health expenditures 
and the increasing costs of health care plans, after receiving 
testimony from Edward D. Kleinbard, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on 
Taxation, United States Congress; Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, Cambridge; and Katherine Baicker, Harvard 
University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
MILITARY ROLE IN FOREIGN POLICY
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine ways to define the military's role relative to foreign policy, 
after receiving testimony from John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of 
State; Eric Edelman, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; George 
Rupp, International Rescue Committee, New York, New York; and Reuben E. 
Brigety, II, Center for American Progress, Robert M. Perito, United 
States Institute of Peace, and Mary Locke, all of Washington, D.C.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal 
Services, and International Security concluded a hearing to examine the 
state of information technology planning in the federal government, 
after receiving testimony from Karen S. Evans, Administrator, Office of 
E-Government and Information Technology, and Paul A. Denett, 
Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, both of the Office 
of Management and Budget; David A. Powner, Director, Information 
Technology Management Issues, Government Accountability Office; Tom 
Jarrett, Delaware Department of Technology and Information, Dover; Al 
Grasso, MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia; and Norm Brown, Center for 
Program Transformation, Arlington, Virginia.
FOREIGN ASSISTANCE BUREAUCRACY
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the 
District of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine the structures of 
the State Department responsible

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for coordinating U.S. foreign assistance, processes in place for 
implementing foreign assistance policy, the responsiveness of the 
organizational structures to the executive branch's foreign assistance 
policies, human capital issues, and any recommendations for improving 
the foreign assistance bureaucracy, after receiving testimony from 
Richard L. Greene, Deputy Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, 
Department of State; Leo Hindery, Jr., Commission on Helping to Enhance 
the Livelihood of People Around the Globe, New York, New York; and 
Gordon Adams, American University School of International Service, Anne 
C. Richards, International Rescue Committee, Samuel A. Worthington, 
InterAction, and Gerald F. Hyman, Center for Strategic and 
International Studies, all of Washington, D.C.
SURVIVORS OF CATASTROPHES
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ad Hoc 
Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery concluded a joint hearing with the 
House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency 
Communications, Preparedness to examine ways to ensure the delivery of 
donated goods to survivors of catastrophes, after receiving testimony 
from William Eric Smith, Assistant Administrator, Logistics Management 
Directorate, and Carlos J. Castillo, Assistant Administrator, Disaster 
Assistance Directorate, both of the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency, Department of Homeland Security; Barney L. Brasseux, Deputy 
Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services 
Administration; Paul Rainwater, Louisiana Recovery Authorization, Baton 
Rouge; Bill Stallworth, East Biloxi Coordination and Relief Center, 
Biloxi, Mississippi; Valerie Keller, Outreach Center, Lafayette, 
Louisiana; and Oliver R. Davidson, Humane Society of the United States, 
Arlington, Virginia.
INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE MANAGEMENT
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine the management of the Indian Health Service, focusing on 
lost property, wasteful spending and document fabrication, after 
receiving testimony from Gregory D. Kutz, Managing Director, Forensic 
Audits and Special Investigations, Government Accountability Office; 
and Robert G. McSwain, Director, and Fernand R. Verrier, former Deputy 
Director of the Office of Finance and Accounting, and Chief Financial 
Officer, both of the Indian Health Service, Department of Health and 
Human Services.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following:
  S. 952, to amend the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in 
National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 to 
provide funds for training in tribal leadership, management, and 
policy; and
   S. 3192, to amend the Act of August 9, 1955, to authorize the Cow 
Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and 
the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon to obtain 99-
year lease authority for trust land, with an amendment in the nature of 
a substitute.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following:
  S. 3155, to reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and 
Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, with amendments;
  S. 3061, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 
2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance 
measures to combat trafficking in persons, with an amendment;
  S. Res. 620, designating the week of September 14-20, 2008, as 
National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Week, to raise public 
awareness and understanding of polycystic kidney disease, and to foster 
understanding of the impact polycystic kidney disease has on patients 
and future generations of their families;
  S. Res. 622, designating the week beginning September 7, 2008, as 
``National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week''; and
  S. Res. 624, designating August 2008 as ``National Truancy Prevention 
Month''.
PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition 
Policy and Consumer Rights concluded a hearing to examine consolidation 
in the Pennsylvania health insurance industry, after receiving 
testimony from Joseph A. Frick, Independence Blue Cross, and Sam 
Marshall, Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania, both of Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania; Kenneth R. Melani, Highmark Inc., Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania; Carolyn F. Scanlan, Hospital and Healthsystem Association 
of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; David Balto, Center for American Progress, 
Washington, D.C.; Henry S. Allen, American Medical Association, 
Chicago, Illinois; Michael B. Laign, Holy Redeemer Health System, 
Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania; and Henry Miller, Navigant Consulting, 
Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania 
Medical Center Health Plan.

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INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to call.
HEALTH CARE
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
aging in rural areas of the United States, focusing on preserving 
elderly citizens' access to health care, after receiving testimony from 
John Hammarlund, Regional Administrator, Seattle and Chicago Regional 
Offices, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and Tom Morris, Associate 
Administrator, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and 
Services Administration, both of the Department of Health and Human 
Services; Margaret Davidson, National Association of Area Agencies on 
Aging (n4a), LeGrande, Oregon; Bill Finerfrock, National Association of 
Rural Health Clinics, Washington, D.C.; Scott Ekblad, Oregon Health and 
Science University, Portland; Dennis E. Burke, Good Shepherd Health 
Care System, Hermiston, Oregon; and Tim Size, Rural Wisconsin Health 
Cooperative, Sauk City.


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[Pages D1000-D1004]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:  87 public bills, H.R. 6684-
6771; and 23 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 400-408; and H. Res. 1394-1398, 
1400-1408, were introduced.
  Pages H7784-88
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H7789-90
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 1907, to authorize the acquisition of land and interests in land 
from willing sellers to improve the conservation of, and to enhance the 
ecological values and functions of, coastal and estuarine areas to 
benefit both the environment and the economies of coastal communities, 
with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-811);
  H.R. 2535, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study 
on the feasibility and suitability of constructing a storage reservoir, 
outlet works, and a delivery system for the Tule River Indian Tribe of 
California to provide a water supply for domestic, municipal, 
industrial, and agricultural purposes (H. Rept. 110-812);
  H.R. 3437, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to carry out 
the Jackson Gulch rehabilitation project in the State of Colorado, with 
an amendment (H. Rept. 110-813);
  H.R. 6041, to redesignate the Rio Grande American Canal in El Paso, 
Texas, as the ``Travis C. Johnson Canal'' (H. Rept. 110-814);
  H.R. 5293, to approve the settlement of the water rights claims of 
the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation in Nevada, to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to carry out the settlement, with 
an amendment (H. Rept. 110-815); and
  H. Res. 1399, providing for proceedings during the period from August 
1, 2008, through September 4, 2008 (H. Rept. 110-816).
Pages H7783-84
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. William H. 
Hild, Jr., First Baptist Church, Sarasota, Florida.
  Page H7633
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a 
recorded vote of 223 ayes to 203 noes, Roll No. 545.
  Pages H7673-74
College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2008--Conference Report: 
The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 4137, to 
amend and extend the Higher Education Act of 1965, by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 380 yeas to 49 nays, Roll No. 544.
  Pages H7643-49, H7658-73
  H. Res. 1389, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report, was agreed to by voice vote after agreeing to order the 
previous question.
Page H7643
Point of Personal Privilege: Representative Rangel rose to a point of 
personal privilege and was recognized.
  Page H7674
Privileged Resolution: The House agreed to table H. Res. 1396, raising 
a question of the privileges of the House, by a recorded vote of 254 
ayes to 138 noes with 34 voting ``present'', Roll No. 546. 
                                                         Pages H7674-76
Order of Procedure: Agreed by unanimous consent that, during further 
proceedings today in the House and the Committee of the Whole, the 
Chair is authorized to reduce to two minutes the minimum time for 
electronic voting on any question that otherwise could be subjected to 
five-minute voting

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under clause 8 or 9 of rule 20 or under clause 6 of rule 18. 
                                                             Page H7681
Paycheck Fairness Act: The House passed H.R. 1338, to amend the Fair 
Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to 
victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, 
by a recorded vote of 247 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 556. 
                                  Pages H7637-42, H7676-77, H7678-H7704
  Rejected the Price (GA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Education and Labor with instructions to report the same back to the 
House promptly with amendments, by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 236 
noes, Roll No. 555.
Pages H7701-03
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Education and Labor now printed in the 
bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of 
amendment under the five-minute rule.
Page H7691
Accepted:
  Bean amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 110-807) that strikes 
Section 3(b), ``Application of Provisions,'' from the bill; 
                                                             Page H7693
  Flake amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 110-807) that prohibits 
the grant program created by the Paycheck Fairness Act from being used 
for Congressional earmarks;
Pages H7697-98
  Altmire amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 110-807) that delays the 
effective date of the bill by six months from the time of enactment. 
The amendment requires the Department of Labor to educate small 
businesses about what is required under law and assist them with 
compliance (by a recorded vote of 426 ayes to 1 no, Roll No. 552); 
                                            Pages H7695-96, H7699-H7700
  Giffords amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 110-807) that clarifies 
that a plaintiff must show intent (malice or reckless indifference) to 
recover punitive damages (by a recorded vote of 397 ayes to 29 noes, 
Roll No. 553); and
Pages H7696-97, H7700
  Cazayoux amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 110-807) that clarifies 
that nothing in the Paycheck Fairness Act would affect the obligation 
of employers and employees to fully comply with all the applicable 
immigration laws (by a recorded vote of 410 ayes to 16 noes with 1 
voting ``present'', Roll No. 554).
Pages H7697, H7700-01
Rejected:
  Price (GA) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 110-807) that would 
have directed the Secretary of Labor to study and report back to 
Congress within 90 days the effect of the Equal Pay Act amendments 
contained in the bill (section 3) on employers' ability to recruit and 
hire employees regardless of gender; the effective date of these 
amendments would be delayed pending the Secretary's report. If the 
Secretary found that these amendments are likely to significantly 
hinder employers' ability to hire and recruit employees regardless of 
gender, they would not go into effect (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes 
to 240 noes, Roll No. 551).
Pages H7693-95, H7698-99
  Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical and conforming 
changes to reflect the actions of the House.
Page H7705
  H. Res. 1388, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 548, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
232 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 547.
Pages H7676-77
Resolving pending claims against Libya by United States nationals: The 
House agreed by unanimous consent to S. 3370, to resolve pending claims 
against Libya by United States nationals--clearing the measure for the 
President.
  Pages H7705-06
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which was debated on Wednesday, July 
30th:
  Employee Verification Amendment Act of 2008: H.R. 6633, to evaluate 
and extend the basic pilot program for employment eligibility 
confirmation and to ensure the protection of Social Security 
beneficiaries, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 2 nays with 4 
voting ``present'', Roll No. 557.
  Pages H7704-05
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, July 
29th:
  Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2008: H.R. 6309, amended, to amend 
the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 to define 
environmental intervention blood lead level and establish additional 
requirements for certain lead hazard screens;
  Page H7706
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend the Residential 
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 to define environmental 
intervention blood lead level, and for other purposes.''.
Page H7706
  Supporting the goals and ideals of the Apple Crunch and the Nation's 
domestic apple industry: H. Res. 1143, to support the goals and ideals 
of the Apple Crunch and the Nation's domestic apple industry; 
                                                             Page H7706
  Lance Corporal Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building Designation 
Act: H.R. 6208, to designate

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the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Town 
and Country Commons in Chesterfield, Missouri, as the ``Lance Corporal 
Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building'';
  Page H7706
  Corporal Alfred Mac Wilson Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 6437, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
200 North Texas Avenue in Odessa, Texas, as the ``Corporal Alfred Mac 
Wilson Post Office'';
  Pages H7706-07
  Recognizing the significance of the 20th anniversary of the signing 
of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan and the 
greatness of America in her ability to admit and remedy past mistakes: 
H. Res. 1357, amended, to recognize the significance of the 20th 
anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 by 
President Ronald Reagan and the greatness of America in her ability to 
admit and remedy past mistakes;
  Page H7707
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``Recognizing the 
significance of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Civil 
Liberties Act of 1988 and the greatness of America in her ability to 
admit and remedy past mistakes and to recognize that there are other 
communities who may have suffered the mistakes of our government but 
have not received an apology and reparations.''.
Page H7707
  Authorizing funding for the National Advocacy Center: H.R. 6083, 
amended, to authorize funding for the National Advocacy Center; 
                                                             Page H7707
Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To authorize funding to 
conduct a national training program for State and local prosecutors. 
                                                             Page H7707
  Amending title 35, United States Code, and the Trademark Act of 1946 
to provide that the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the 
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, shall 
appoint administrative patent judges and administrative trademark 
judges: S. 3295, to amend title 35, United States Code, and the 
Trademark Act of 1946 to provide that the Secretary of Commerce, in 
consultation with the Director of the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, shall appoint administrative patent judges and 
administrative trademark judges--clearing the measure for the 
President;
  Page H7707
  Requesting that the President focus appropriate attention on 
neighborhood crime prevention and community policing, and coordinate 
certain Federal efforts to participate in National Night Out, which 
occurs the first Tuesday of August each year, including by supporting 
local efforts and community watch groups and by supporting local 
officials, to promote community safety and help provide homeland 
security: H. Res. 1324, to request that the President focus appropriate 
attention on neighborhood crime prevention and community policing, and 
coordinate certain Federal efforts to participate in National Night 
Out, which occurs the first Tuesday of August each year, including by 
supporting local efforts and community watch groups and by supporting 
local officials, to promote community safety and help provide homeland 
security;
  Page H7707
  United States Parole Commission Extension Act of 2008: S. 3294, to 
provide for the continued performance of the functions of the United 
States Parole Commission--clearing the measure for the President; 
                                                             Page H7707
  United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Program Act of 2008: H.R. 
4255, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance to the Paralympic 
Program of the United States Olympic Committee;
  Page H7707
  Injunctive Relief for Veterans Act of 2008: H.R. 6225, amended, to 
amend title 38, United States Code, relating to equitable relief with 
respect to a State or private employer;
  Page H7707
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend title 38, United 
States Code, relating to equitable relief with respect to a State or 
private employer, and for other purposes.''.
Page H7707
  Veteran-Owned Small Business Protection and Clarification Act of 
2008: H.R. 6221, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to 
require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include in each contract 
the Secretary enters for the acquisition of goods and services a 
provision that requires the contractee to comply with the contracting 
goals and preferences for small business concerns owned or controlled 
by veterans;
  Page H7707
  Amending title 38, United States Code, to repeal the provision of law 
requiring termination of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans as 
of December 31, 2009: H.R. 674, to amend title 38, United States Code, 
to repeal the provision of law requiring termination of the Advisory 
Committee on Minority Veterans as of December 31, 2009;
  Page H7709
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Campus Safety Awareness 
Month: H. Res. 1288, amended, to support the goals and ideals of 
National Campus Safety Awareness Month;
  Page H7709
  Congratulating the University of Tennessee women's basketball team 
for winning the 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 
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Women's Basketball Championship: H. Res. 1151, to congratulate the 
University of Tennessee women's basketball team for winning the 2008 
National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Women's Basketball 
Championship; and
  Page H7709
  Recognizing the importance of connecting foster youth to the 
workforce through internship programs, and encouraging employers to 
increase employment of former foster youth: H. Res. 1332, to recognize 
the importance of connecting foster youth to the workforce through 
internship programs, and to encourage employers to increase employment 
of former foster youth.
  Page H7709
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2009: 
The House began consideration of H.R. 6599, making appropriations for 
military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. Further 
consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, August 1st. 
                                    Pages H7649-58, H7677-78, H7709-75.
Accepted:
  Buyer amendment (No. 28 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
30, 2008) that provides that $7,000,000 of the amount appropriated 
shall be for the installation of alternative fueling stations at 35 
medical facility campuses;
Pages H7751-52
  Hensarling amendment (No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 29, 2008) that prohibits the use of funds to enforce section 526 
of the Energy Independence Act and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 
110-140; 42 U.S.C. 17142);
Pages H7762-63
  Taylor amendment (No. 30 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
30, 2008) that prohibits the use of funds to implement section 2703 of 
Public Law 109-234;
Pages H7763-64
  Stupak amendment (No. 16 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
29, 2008) that prohibits the use of funds to carry out section 
111(c)(5) of title 38, United States Code, during fiscal year 2009; 
                                                         Pages H7764-65
  Wamp amendment (No. 36 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
30, 2008) that prohibits the use of funds to modify the standards 
applicable to the determination of the entitlement of veterans to 
special monthly pensions;
Page H7765
  Murphy (CT) amendment (No. 37 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 30, 2008) that prohibits the use of funds to enforce section 3, 
Policy of VHA Directive 2008-25; and
Pages H7765-76
  Gingrey amendment (No. 20 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
29, 2008) that prohibits the use of funds for the taking of private 
property for public use without just compensation.
Pages H7772-73
Withdrawn:
  Burgess amendment (No. 35 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
30, 2008) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to 
increase funding by $400,000,000, by offset, for design and 
construction of petroleum refineries for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, 
and Air Force;
Pages H7742-44
  Jackson-Lee (TX) amendment (No. 9 printed in the Congressional Record 
of July 29, 2008) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that 
sought to insert a new section under title II for the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to increase the number of medical centers specializing 
in post-traumatic stress disorder in underserved urban areas; 
                                                         Pages H7755-57
  Filner en bloc amendment (consisting of amendments No. 18 and No. 19 
printed in the Congressional Record of July 29, 2008) that was offered 
and subsequently withdrawn relating to rehabilitative services for 
veterans and servicemembers with post-traumatic stress disorder or 
traumatic brain injury;
Pages H7757-58
  Filner amendment (No. 22 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
29, 2008) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to 
insert a new section under title II for the payment to veterans who 
served in the Philippines during World War II; and
Pages H7758-61
  Terry amendment (No. 33 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
30, 2008) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that sought to 
prohibit the use of funds to carry out the construction of any new 
national veterans' cemetery, unless the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
provides to Congress a list of six new locations for establishment of 
national cemeteries that includes Omaha, Nebraska.
Pages H7761-62
Point of Order sustained against:
  Bishop (UT) amendment (No. 24 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 29, 2008) that sought to add a new Division B entitled ``American 
Energy Act'' and
Pages H7724-42
  Buyer amendment (No. 29 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
30, 2008) that sought to provide that $150,000,000 of the amount 
appropriated shall be for the installation of appropriate solar 
electric energy roof applications.
Pages H7752-55
Proceedings Postponed:
  Garrett amendment (No. 11 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
29, 2008) that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for the grants for 
construction of state extended care facilities account by $18,018,000; 
                                                         Pages H7749-51
  McCaul amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
29, 2008) that seeks to

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prohibit the use of funds for a project or program named for an 
individual then serving as a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
or Senator of the United States Congress;
Page H7764
  Flake amendment (No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
29, 2008) that seeks to a new section at the end of the bill for the 
elimination of military construction congressional earmarks; and 
                                                         Pages H7766-72
  King (IA) amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 29, 2008) that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to enforce 
subchapter IV of Chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (commonly 
referred to as the Davis-Bacon Act).
Pages H7773-75
  H. Res. 1384, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 550, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
243 yeas to 181 nays, Roll No. 549.
Pages H7677-78
Commission on International Religious Freedom--Reappointment: The Chair 
announced the Speaker's reappointment of Ms. Elizabeth H. Prodromou of 
Boston, Massachusetts, to the Commission on International Religious 
Freedom for a two-year term ending May 14, 2010.
  Page H7775
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 September 8, 2008.
  Page H7775
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H7633, H7658 H7723-24 and H7749.
Senate Referrals: S. 2617 and S. 3370 were held at the desk. 
                                                     Pages H7633, H7658
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and eight recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H7673, 
H7673-74, H7675-76, H7676, H7676-77, H7677-78, H7678, H7698-99, H7699-
7700, H7700, H7700-01, H7703, H7704 and H7705. There were no quorum 
calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 1:08 a.m. on 
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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1004-D1007]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
SUPREME COURT--GUANTANAMO DECISION
Committee on Armed Services: Continued hearings on Implications of the 
Supreme Court's Boumediene Decision for Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, 
Cuba: Administration Perspectives. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Defense: Daniel Dell'Orto, 
Acting General Counsel; COL Steve David, USA, Chef Defense Counsel, 
Office of Military Commissions, Department of the Army; and Sandra 
Hodgkinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Detainee Affairs; and Greg 
Katsas, Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.
U.S. GRAND STRATEGY
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations continued hearings on A New U.S. Grand Strategy (Part 
2). Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
NAVY DESTROYER ACQUISITION PROGRAMS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary 
Forces held a hearing on Navy Destroyer Acquisition Programs. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the Department of the Navy: 
Allison Stiller, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ship Programs; and VADM 
Barry McCullough, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration 
of Resources and Capabilities; Eric Labs, Senior Analyst, CBO; Paul 
Francis, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, GAO; and Ron 
O'Rourke, Specialist in National Security, CRS, Library of Congress.
MIDDLE CLASS INCOME GAP
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Workforce Projects 
held a hearing on The Growing Income Gap in the American Middle Class. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
on H.R. 6594, James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2008. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Maloney of New York; Nadler, 
and King of New York; Julie L. Gerberding, M.D., Director for Disease 
Control and Prevention, Departrment of Health and Human Services; 
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York; and public witnesses.
RECENT SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``The Recent Salmonella 
Outbreak: Lessons Learned and Consequences to Industry and Public 
Health.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Health and Human Services: Lonnie J. King, D.V.M., 
Director, National Center for Zoonotic, Bector-Borne, and Enteric 
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W. K. Acheson, M.D., Assistant Commissioner, Food Protection, FDA; A. 
G. Kawamura, Secretary, Department of Food and Agriculture, State of 
California; Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner of Agriculture, Department 
of Agriculture and Consumer Services, State of Florida; Timothy Jones, 
M.D., State Epidemiologist, Communicable and Environmental Disease 
Services, Department of Health, State of Tennessee; Kirk Smith, D.V.M., 
Supervisor, Foodborne, Vectorborne, and Zoonotic Disease Unit, Acute 
Disease Investigation and Control Section, Department of Health, State 
of Minnesota; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Financial Services: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 6078, Green Resources for Energy Efficient 
Neighborhoods Act of 2008; H.R. 840,. Homeless Emergency Assistance and 
Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2007; and H.R. 5244, Credit 
Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2008.
LEVERAGING FOREIGN AID FOR POLICY GOALS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation and Trade held a hearing on Foreign Aid and the Fight 
Against Terrorism and Proliferation: Leveraging Foreign Aid to Achieve 
U.S. Policy Goals. Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the Department of State: Dell L. Dailey, Ambassador-at-Large, 
Coordinator for Counterterrorism; and Patrica McNerney, Principal 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and 
Nonproliferation; and public witnesses.
ENERGY IN THE AMERICAS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere held a 
hearing on Energy in the Americas. Testimony was heard from Daniel S. 
Sullivan, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business 
Affairs, Department of State; and public witnesses.
SUNSHINE IN LITIGATION ACT OF 2008
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held a hearing on H.R. 5884, Sunshine in Litigation 
Act of 2008. Testimony was heard from Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., U.S. 
District Court for the District of South Carolina; Mark R. Kravitz, 
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and public witnesses.
SUBPOENA--FOR TESTIMONY OF CHRISTOPHER COATES; STATE SECRET PROTECTION 
ACT OF 2008
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil 
Rights, and Civil Liberties approved a resolution authorizing the 
Chairman to issue a subpoena to compel the testimony of Christopher 
Coates, Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of 
Justice.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on H.R. 5607, State Secret 
Protection Act of 2008. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ANIMAL CRUELTY PREVENTION MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 6598, 
Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008; and H.R. 6597, Animal Cruelty 
Statistics Act of 2008. Testimony was heard from former Representative 
Charlie H. Stenholm of Texas; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, 
Refugees, Border Security, and International Law approved for full 
Committee action H.R. 6020, amended, To amend the Immigration and 
Nationality Act to protect the well-being of soldiers and their 
families, and for other purposes.
  The Subcommittee also began consideration of the following bills: 
H.R. 5882, To recapture employment-based immigrant visas lost to 
bureaucratic delays and to prevent losses of family- and employment-
based immigrant visas in the future; and H.R. 5924, Emergency Nursing 
Supply Relief Act.
OVERSIGHT--SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National 
Security and Foreign Affairs held an oversight hearing on Sexual 
Assault in the Military. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: Michael Dominguez, Principal 
Deputy Under Secretary (Personnel and Readiness); Kaye Whitley, 
Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office; LTG Michael D. 
Rochelle, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, Department of the Army; 
Brenda S. Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO; 
and public witnesses.
PROVIDING FOR PROCEEDINGS DURING PERIOD FROM AUGUST 1-SEPTEMBER 4
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 8 to 4, a rule providing that 
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legislative day from August 1, 2008, through September 4, 2008, it 
shall stand adjourned until 11 a.m. on the third day thereafter. The 
rule provides that the Speaker may appoint Members to perform the 
duties of the Chair for that time period as though under clause 8(a) of 
rule I. It provides that the Speaker may dispense with legislative 
business on each legislative day during that time period (other than 
proceedings under clause 6 of rule XV). It provides that on each 
legislative day during that time period the Journal of the proceedings 
of each previous legislative day shall be considered as approved. It 
provides that on each legislative day of that period, unless the 
Speaker determines otherwise under section 3 of this rule, after the 
third daily order of business under clause 1 of rule XIV, the House 
shall stand adjourned pursuant to the first section of this rule.
OVERSIGHT--FEDERAL IT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Committee on Science and Technology: Held a hearing on Oversight of the 
Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development 
(NITRD) Program. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD CONFIDENTIALITY
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Cost and 
Confidentiality: The Unforeseen Challenges of Electronic Health Records 
in Small Specialty Practices''. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the 
following measures: H.R. 6658, Disaster Response, Recovery, and 
Mitigation Enhancement Act of 2008; H.R. 6460, amended, Great Lakes 
Legacy Reauthorization Act of 2008; H.R. 6630, To prohibit the 
Secretary of Transportation from granting authority to a motor carrier 
domiciled in Mexico to operate beyond United States municipalities and 
commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border unless expressly 
authorized by Congress; H.R. 5788, amended, Halting Airplane Noise to 
Give Us Peace Act of 2008; H.R. 6627, Smithsonian Institution 
Facilities Authorization Act of 2008; S.J. Res. 35, To amend Public Law 
108-331 to provide for the construction and related activities in 
support of the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System 
(VERITAS) project in Arizona; H.R. 6524, To authorize the Administrator 
of General Services to take certain actions with respect to parcels of 
real property located in Eastlake, Ohio, and Koochiching County, 
Minnesota, and for other purposes; H.R. 6370, Oregon Surplus Federal 
Land Act of 2008; S. 2837, To designate the United States courthouse 
located at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York, as the ``Theodore 
Roosevelt United Sates Courthouse;'' S. 3009, To designate the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation building under construction in Omaha, Nebraska, 
as the ``J. James Exon Federal Bureau of Investigation Building;'' S. 
2403, amended, To designate the new Federal Courthouse, located in the 
700 block of East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, as the ``Spottswood 
W. Robinson III and Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Federal Courthouse;'' H.R. 
4131, To designate a portion of California State Route 91 located in 
Los Angeles County, California, as the ``Juanita Millender-McDonald 
Highway''; H. Res. 1382, Honoring the heritage of the United States 
Coast Guard; H. Res. 1224, Commending the Tennessee Valley Authority on 
its 75th anniversary; and H. Res. 1376, amended, Commemorating the 80th 
anniversary of the Okeechobee Hurricane of September 1928 and its 
associated tragic loss of life.
VA'S MISCELLANEOUS EXPENDITURES
Committee on Veterans Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on Billions Spent on ``Miscellaneous'' 
Expenditures: Inadequate Controls at the VA. Testimony was heard from 
Kay L. Daly, Acting Director, Financial Management and Assurance, GAO; 
and Edward J. Murray, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Finance, Deputy Chief 
Financial Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs.
FOSTER CARE RACIAL DISPROPORTIONALITY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Income Security and Family 
Support held a hearing on Racial Disproportionality in Foster Care. 
Testimony was heard from Kay E. Brown, Assistant Director of Education, 
Workforce, and Income Security, GAO; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--REVISIONS TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 12333
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Revisions to Executive Order 12333. The Committee 
was briefed by departmental witnesses.
BRIEFING--HOT SPOTS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence met in executive 
session to receive a briefing on Hot Spots. The Subcommittee was 
briefed by departmental witnesses.

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RENEWING AMERICA's FUTURE: ENERGY'S VISIONS
Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming: Held a 
hearing entitled ``Renewing America's Future: Energy Visions of 
Tomorrow, Today.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.


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[Page D1007]
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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

      (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D991)
  H.R. 3564, to amend title 5, United States Code, to authorize 
appropriations for the Administrative Conference of the United States 
through fiscal year 2011. Signed on July 30, 2008. (Public Law 110-290)
  H.R. 3985, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the 
Secretary of Transportation to register a person providing 
transportation by an over-the-road bus as a motor carrier of passengers 
only if the person is willing and able to comply with certain 
accessibility requirements in addition to other existing requirements. 
Signed on July 30, 2008. (Public Law 110-291)
  H.R. 4289, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient 
clinic in Ponce, Puerto Rico, as the ``Euripides Rubio Department of 
Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic''. Signed on July 30, 2008. (Public 
Law 110-292)
  H.R. 5501, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 
2013 to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, 
tuberculosis, and malaria. Signed on July 30, 2008. (Public Law 110-
293)
  S. 231, to authorize the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance 
Grant Program at fiscal year 2006 levels through 2012. Signed on July 
30, 2008. (Public Law 110-294)
  S. 2607, to make a technical correction to section 3009 of the 
Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. Signed on July 30, 2008. (Public Law 
110-295)
  S. 3218, to extend the pilot program for volunteer groups to obtain 
criminal history background checks. Signed on July 30, 2008. (Public 
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2008-08-01

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             AUGUST 1, 2008

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider S. 3038, to 
amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to extend the 
adoption incentives program, to authorize States to establish a 
relative guardianship program, to promote the adoption of children 
with special needs, S. 1070, to amend the Social Security Act to 
enhance the social security of the Nation by ensuring adequate 
public-private infrastructure and to resolve to prevent, detect, 
treat, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and 
exploitation, and S. 1577, to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the 
Social Security Act to require screening, including national 
criminal history background checks, of direct patient access 
employees of skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, and 
other long-term care facilities and providers, and to provide for 
nationwide expansion of the pilot program for national and State 
background checks on direct patient access employees of long-term 
care facilities or providers, 9 a.m., SD-215.


                                 House

  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, briefing on 
Notification Update, 11 a.m., H-405 Capitol.


                             Joint Meetings

  Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine the 
employment-unemployment situation for July 2008, 9:30 a.m., SD-562.


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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter

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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Friday, August 1 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to 
proceed to consideration of S. 3001, National Defense Authorization 
Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, August 1

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Complete consideration of H.R. 6599--Military 
Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2009. 


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