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                                      Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9349-S9437
Measures Introduced: Twenty-three bills and eight resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 3550-3572, S. Res. 679-684, and S. Con. Res. 
102-103.
  Pages S9414-15
Measures Reported:
  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. Rept. No. 110-483)
  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. Rept. No. 110-484)
  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. 
Rept. No. 110-485)
  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. 
Rept. No. 110-486)
  S. 2970, to enhance the ability of drinking water utilities in the 
United States to develop and implement climate change adaptation 
programs and policies. (S. Rept. No. 110-487)
  S. 2994, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide 
for the remediation of sediment contamination in areas of concern. (S. 
Rept. No. 110-488)
  S. 3489, to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency to conduct a study on black carbon emissions. (S. Rept. No. 110-
489)
  S. 3551, to amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 
1965 to reauthorize that Act. (S. Rept. No. 110-490)
  S. 1387, to amend the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know 
Act of 1986 to provide for greenhouse gases, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 110-491)
  H.R. 1464, to assist in the conservation of rare felids and rare 
canids by supporting and providing financial resources for the 
conservation programs of nations within the range of rare felid and 
rare canid populations and projects of persons with demonstrated 
expertise in the conservation of rare felid and rare canid populations, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 110-492)
  H.R. 1771, to assist in the conservation of cranes by supporting and 
providing, through projects of persons and organizations with expertise 
in crane conservation, financial resources for the conservation 
programs of countries the activities of which directly or indirectly 
affect cranes and the ecosystems of cranes. (S. Rept. No. 110-493)
  S. 1828, to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency to conduct a study of the feasibility of increasing the 
consumption in the United States of certain ethanol-blended gasoline, 
with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 110-494)
  H.R. 3224, to amend the National Dam Safety Program Act to establish 
a program to provide grant assistance to States for the rehabilitation 
and repair of deficient dams. (S. Rept. No. 110-495)
  S. 3563, to authorize appropriations under the Arms Export Control 
Act and the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for security assistance for 
fiscal years 2009 and 2010. (S. Rept. No. 110-496)
  S. 2080, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to ensure 
that sewage treatment plants monitor for and report discharges of raw 
sewage, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 
110-497)
  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. Rept. No. 110-498)

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  S. 3564, to restore the value of every American in environmental 
decisions. (S. Rept. No. 110-499)
  S. 3565, to address the health and economic development impacts of 
nonattainment of federally mandated air quality standards in the San 
Joaquin Valley, California, by designating air quality empowerment 
zones. (S. Rept. No. 110-500)
  H.R. 5001, to authorize the Administrator of General Services to 
provide for the redevelopment of the Old Post Office Building located 
in the District of Columbia. (S. Rept. No. 110-501)
  H.R. 3815, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the 
Secretary of Homeland Security to make full and efficient use of open 
source information to develop and disseminate open source homeland 
security information products, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
  H.R. 5975, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 101 West Main Street in Waterville, New York, as the 
``Cpl. John P. Sigsbee Post Office''.
  H.R. 6073, to provide that Federal employees receiving their pay by 
electronic funds transfer shall be given the option of receiving their 
pay stubs electronically.
  H.R. 6092, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 101 Tallapoosa Street in Bremen, Georgia, as the 
``Sergeant Paul Saylor Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 6098, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to improve the 
financial assistance provided to State, local, and tribal governments 
for information sharing activities, with an amendment in the nature of 
a substitute.
  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''.
  S. 3309, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 2523 7th Avenue East in North Saint Paul, Minnesota, 
as the Mayor William ``Bill'' Sandberg Post Office Building.
  S. 3317, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 101 West Main Street in Waterville, New York, as the 
``Corporal John P. Sigsbee Post Office''.
  S. 3350, to provide that claims of the United States to certain 
documents relating to Franklin Delano Roosevelt shall be treated as 
waived and relinquished in certain circumstances.
  S. 3550, to designate a portion of the Rappahannock River in the 
Commonwealth of Virginia as the ``John W. Warner Rapids''. 
                                                         Pages S9413-14
Measures Passed:
  Drug Endangered Children Act: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1199, to extend the grant 
program for drug-endangered children, and the bill was then passed, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S9350
  Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act: Senate passed H.R. 923, 
to provide for the investigation of certain unsolved civil rights 
crimes, clearing the measure for the President.
  Pages S9350-52
  Health Centers Renewal Act: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, 
and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1343, to 
amend the Public Health Service Act to provide additional 
authorizations of appropriations for the health centers program under 
section 330 of such Act, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing 
to the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S9372-73
  Dorgan (for Kennedy/Hatch) Amendment No. 5642, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S9373
  Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act: Senate passed S. 2840, 
to establish a liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite 
naturalization applications filed by members of the Armed Forces and to 
establish a deadline for processing such applications, after agreeing 
to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                         Pages S9433-34
  Oregon Surplus Federal Land Act: Senate passed H.R. 6370, to transfer 
excess Federal property administered by the Coast Guard to the 
Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, 
clearing the measure for the President.
  Page S9434
  John W. Warner Rapids: Senate passed S. 3550, to designate a portion 
of the Rappahannock River in the Commonwealth of Virginia as the ``John 
W. Warner Rapids''.
  Page S9434
  Improving Government Accountability Act: Committee on Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further 
consideration of H.R. 928, to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 
to enhance the independence of the Inspectors General, to create a 
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and the 
bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
  Page S9434
  Salazar (for McCaskill) Amendment No. 5644, to amend the Inspector 
General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C.

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App.) to enhance the Offices of the Inspectors General, to create a 
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. 
                                                             Page S9434
  Production of Records: Senate agreed to S. Res. 680, to authorize 
production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations 
of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 
                                                             Page S9434
  Hispanic Heritage Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 682, recognizing 
Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating the heritage and culture of 
Hispanic Americans and their immense contributions to the Nation. 
                                                         Pages S9434-35
  National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: Senate agreed to 
S. Res. 683, designating the week of October 19 through October 25, 
2008, as ``National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week''. 
                                                             Page S9435
  Crisis in Darfur, Sudan: Senate agreed to S. Res. 684, calling for a 
comprehensive strategy to address the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. 
                                                             Page S9435
  State-based Alcohol Regulation: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 551, celebrating 75 
years of successful State-based alcohol regulation, and the resolution 
was then agreed to.
  Pages S9436-37
  National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 665, designating 
October 3, 2008, as ``National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day'', and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S9437
Messages from the House:
  Page S9410
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9410-13
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9415-17
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9417-26
Additional Statements:
  Pages S9403-10
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S9426-32
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S9432-33
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S9433
Recess: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and recessed at 8:56 p.m., until 
9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2008. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NOMINATION
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nomination of Mark Everett Keenum, of 
Mississippi, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, 
Farm Credit Administration, after the nominee, who was introduced by 
Senator Harkin, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
AUTOMOBILE TRADE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism concluded a hearing to examine 
the imbalance in United States-Korea automobile trade, after receiving 
testimony from Robert B. Cassidy, Kelley Drye Warren LLP, John T. 
Bozzella, Chrysler LLC, Ron Gettelfinger, International Union, United 
Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, 
Charles W. McMillion, MBG Information Services, and Myron Brilliant, 
United States Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of sundry organizations, 
all of Washington, D.C.
NUCLEAR FUEL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AND SECURITY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the safety and security of spent nuclear fuel 
transportation, after receiving testimony from Senators Reid and 
Ensign; Edward F. Sproat III, Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive 
Waste Management, Department of Energy; Michael Weber, Director, 
Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, United States Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission; Edward Pritchard, Director, Office of Safety 
Assurance and Compliance, Federal Railroad Administration, and Ted 
Willke, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety, 
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, both of the 
Department of Transportation; Sandra Schubert, Environmental Working 
Group, Kevin D. Crowley, National Academies, and Edward R. Hamberger, 
Association of American Railroads, all of Washington, D.C.; and James 
David Ballard, California State University, Northridge, Department of 
Sociology.
ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the Bush Administration's environmental record at 
the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA), after receiving testimony from Carl Pope, Sierra Club, and Jamie 
Rappaport Clark,

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Defenders of Wildlife, both of Washington, D.C.; Jim Ball, Evangelical 
Environmental Network, Suwanee, Georgia; and Allen Schaeffer, Diesel 
Technology Forum, Frederick, Maryland.
AFRICAN RESOURCES
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on African Affairs 
concluded a hearing to examine Africa's management of its extractive 
industries, including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative 
(EITI) which aims to strengthen governance by improving transparency 
and accountability in the extractives sector by setting a global 
standard for companies to publish the fees they pay and for governments 
to disclose the money they receive, after receiving testimony from Todd 
Moss, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Paul 
Collier, University of Oxford Center for the Study of African 
Economies, Oxford, United Kingdom; David L. Goldwyn, Goldwyn 
International Strategies, Washington, D.C.; and Simon Taylor, Global 
Witness, London, United Kingdom.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of James Franklin Jeffrey, of Virginia, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, who was introduced by Senator 
Warner, and Gene Allan Cretz, of New York, to be Ambassador to Libya, 
after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own 
behalf.
DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS AND OBLIGATIONS ACT
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine domestic partner benefits for federal 
employees, including S. 2521, to provide benefits to domestic partners 
of Federal employees, after receiving testimony from Howard C. 
Weizmann, Deputy Director, Office of Personnel Management; Yvette C. 
Burton, IBM Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) and Human 
Capital Management Segments, New York, New York; Colleen M. Kelley, 
National Treasury Employees Union, and Sherri Bracey, American 
Federation of Government Employees (AFL-CIO), both of Washington, D.C.; 
and Frank A. Hartigan, San Francisco, California.
PREPAREDNESS PLANNING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ad Hoc 
Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and 
Integration concluded a hearing to examine the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency's (FEMA) future preparedness planning, after 
receiving testimony from Marko Bourne, Director, Policy and Program 
Analysis, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland 
Security; Nancy J. Dragani, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Columbus, 
on behalf of the National Emergency Management Association; Larry 
Gispert, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida, on behalf of the 
International Association of Emergency Managers; and Jane Bullock, 
Bullock and Haddow, Washington, D.C.
EXTRACTING NATURAL RESOURCES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law 
concluded a hearing to examine extracting natural resources in foreign 
countries, focusing on corporate responsibility and the rule of law 
relative to human rights issues, after receiving testimony from Jeffrey 
Krilla, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human 
Rights and Labor; * Ka Hsaw Wa, EarthRights International, Bennett 
Freeman, Calvert Group, and Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch, all of 
Washington, D.C.; and Nnimmo Bassey, Environmental Rights Action/
Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria.
  * Ka Hsaw Wa is a pseudonym used to protect his ability to 
investigate human rights abuses and to protect his family members still 
living in Burma.
VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and 
Homeland Security concluded a hearing to examine the Visa Waiver 
Program, focusing on actions needed to improve management of the 
expansion process and to assess and mitigate risks to ensure the safety 
of all Americans, after receiving testimony from Stewart A. Baker, 
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Office of Policy 
Directorate; and Jess T. Ford, Director, International Affairs and 
Trade, Government Accountability Office.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine cooperation and collaboration by the Departments of Veterans 
Affairs and Defense on information technology efforts to accelerate the 
exchange of health information between the Departments and to develop 
systems or capabilities that allow for the ability of systems to use 
data that are exchanged, after receiving testimony from Valerie C. 
Melvin, Director, Human Capital and Management Information Systems 
Issues, Government Accountability Office; S. Ward Casscells, Assistant 
Secretary for Health Affairs, and Charles Campbell, Chief Information 
Officer, Military Health System, both of the Department of Defense; and 
Michael J. Kussman, Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health, 
Veterans Health Administration.

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END-OF-LIFE/PALLIATIVE CARE
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
ways to respect Americans' legal and medical care choices at the end of 
life, after receiving testimony from W.A. Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma 
Attorney General, Oklahoma City; Joan Curran, Gundersen Lutheran Health 
System, LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Joseph D. O'Connor, American Bar 
Association Commission on Law and Aging, Bloomington, Indiana; Diane E. 
Meier, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Departments of Geriatrics and 
Medicine, New York, New York; Joan M. Teno, Brown University Warren 
Alpert School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island; and Patricia A. 
Bomba, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester, New York.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 28 public bills, H.R. 7032-
7059; and 12 resolutions, H.J. Res. 99; H. Con. Res. 425-428; and H. 
Res. 1492-1498, were introduced.
  Pages H9423-25
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H9425-26
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 3202, to amend the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to extend 
comparability pay adjustments to members of the Foreign Service 
assigned to posts abroad, and to amend the provision relating to the 
death gratuity payable to surviving dependents of Foreign Service 
employees who die as a result of injuries sustained in the performance 
of duty abroad, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-877, Pt. 1);
  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'' (H. Rept. 110-878);
  H. Res. 1490, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with 
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the 
Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 110-879);
  H. Res. 1491, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the 
rules (H. Rept. 110-880);
  H.R. 6849, to amend the commodity provisions of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to permit producers to aggregate 
base acres and reconstitute farms to avoid the prohibition on receiving 
direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, or average crop revenue 
election payments when the sum of the base acres of a farm is 10 acres 
or less, with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-881); and
  H.R. 1497, to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to extend its 
protections to plants illegally harvested outside of the United States, 
with an amendment (H. Rept. 110-882).
Page H9423
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Pastor to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H9087
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of 
all those who lost their lives in the October 1983 bombing of the 
United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.
  Page H9217
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009: S. 3001, 
amended, 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 and to prescribe 
military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, by a \2/3\ yea-and-
nay vote of 392 yeas to 39 nays, Roll No. 631; 
                                               Pages H9090-H9216, H9231
  Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide alternative 
minimum tax relief for individuals for 2008: H.R. 7005, to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide alternative minimum tax relief 
for individuals for 2008, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas to 30 
nays, Roll No. 634;
  Pages H9306-11, H9364-65
  Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide disaster 
assistance relief: H.R. 7006, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 
1986 to provide disaster assistance relief, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote 
of 419 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 635;
  Pages H9312-19, H9365
  Amending the commodity provisions of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008: H.R. 6849, amended, to amend the commodity 
provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to permit 
producers to aggregate base acres and reconstitute farms to avoid the 
prohibition on receiving direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, or 
average

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crop revenue election payments when the sum of the base acres of a farm 
is 10 acres or less;
  Pages H9319-21
  Elevating the Inspector General of the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission to an Inspector General appointed pursuant to section 3 of 
the Inspector General Act of 1978: H.R. 6406, amended, to elevate the 
Inspector General of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to an 
Inspector General appointed pursuant to section 3 of the Inspector 
General Act of 1978;
  Pages H9321-23
  Providing for agreement by the House of Representatives to the Senate 
amendment to the bill, H.R. 2095, with an amendment: H. Res. 1492, to 
provide for agreement by the House of Representatives to the Senate 
amendment to the bill H.R. 2095, to amend title 49, United States Code, 
to prevent railroad fatalities, injuries, and hazardous materials 
releases and to authorize the Federal Railroad Safety Administration, 
with an amendment;
  Pages H9325-64
  J. James Exon Federal Bureau of Investigation Building Designation 
Act: 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''--clearing the measure for the 
President;
  Pages H9366-67
  Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Okeechobee Hurricane of 
September 1928 and its associated tragic loss of life: H. Res. 1376, 
amended, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Okeechobee 
Hurricane of September 1928 and its associated tragic loss of life; 
                                                         Pages H9367-69
  Veterans' Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008: S. 
2162, amended, to improve the treatment and services provided by the 
Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans with post-traumatic stress 
disorder and substance use disorders;
  Pages H9369-87
  Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008: H.R. 3023, amended, to 
amend title 38, United States Code, to improve and enhance compensation 
and pension, housing, labor and education, and insurance benefits for 
veterans; and
  Pages H9387-H9405
  Amending title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to increase the amount of the Medal of Honor special 
pension provided under that title by up to $1,000: H.R. 6980, to amend 
title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs to increase the amount of the Medal of Honor special pension 
provided under that title by up to $1,000.
  Pages H9405-06
Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing 
Appropriations Act, 2009: The House agreed to the Senate amendment with 
an amendment, made in order by the rule and printed in H. Rept. 110-
875, to H.R. 2638, to make appropriations for the Department of 
Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 370 yeas to 58 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll 
No. 632.
  Pages H9231-H9305
  H. Res. 1488, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate 
amendment to the bill, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas 
to 202 nays, Roll No. 630, after agreeing to order the previous 
question by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 629. 
                                                         Pages H9218-31
  A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 1488 
and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 242 yeas to 168 nays, Roll No. 628. 
                                                         Pages H9218-20
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, 
September 23rd:
  Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research, 
and Education Amendments of 2008: H.R. 5265, amended, to amend the 
Public Health Service Act to provide for research with respect to 
various forms of muscular dystrophy, including Becker, congenital, 
distal, Duchenne, Emery-Dreifuss facioscapulohumeral, limb-girdle, 
myotonic, and oculopharyngeal, muscular dystrophies, by a \2/3\ 
recorded vote of 418 ayes to 2 noes, Roll No. 633 and
  Pages H9305-06
  Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Establishment Resolution: H. Res. 
1451, to establish the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House 
of Representatives.
  Page H9306
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which was debated on Monday, September 
22nd:
  United States Fire Administration Reauthorization Act of 2008: S. 
2606, to reauthorize the United States Fire Administration, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 636--clearing the 
measure for the President.
  Pages H9365-66
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were 
postponed:
  Solemnly commemorating the 25th anniversary of the tragic October 
1983 terrorist bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in 
Beirut, Lebanon and remembering those who lost their

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lives and those who were injured: H. Res. 1421, amended, to solemnly 
commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragic October 1983 terrorist 
bombing of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon 
and to remember those who lost their lives and those who were injured 
and
  Pages H9216-18
  First Lieutenant Noah Harris Ellijay Post Office Building Designation 
Act: H.R. 6847, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 801 Industrial Boulevard in Ellijay, Georgia, as the 
``First Lieutenant Noah Harris Ellijay Post Office Building''. 
                                                         Pages H9323-25
Order of Procedure: The House agreed by unanimous consent that the 
motions to suspend the rules relating to the following measures be 
considered as adopted in the form considered by the House on Monday, 
September 22nd, or Tuesday, September 23rd, as applicable:
  Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act: H.R. 
160, amended, to amend the American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996 
to establish a battlefield acquisition grant program for the 
acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and 
associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812; 
                                                             Page H9406
  Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2008: H.R. 2933, amended, 
to amend the American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996 to extend the 
authorization for that Act;
  Page H9406
  Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park Boundary Expansion and 
Redesignation Act of 2008: H.R. 4828, amended, to amend the Palo Alto 
Battlefield National Historic Site Act of 1991 to expand the boundaries 
of the historic site;
  Page H9406
  Establishing a research, development, demonstration, and commercial 
application program to promote research of appropriate technologies for 
heavy duty plug-in hybrid vehicles: H.R. 6323, amended, to establish a 
research, development, demonstration, and commercial application 
program to promote research of appropriate technologies for heavy duty 
plug-in hybrid vehicles;
  Page H9406
  National Pain Care Policy Act of 2008: H.R. 2994, amended, to amend 
the Public Health Service Act with respect to pain care; and 
                                                             Page H9406
  Comprehensive Tuberculosis Elimination Act of 2008: H.R. 1532, 
amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to making 
progress toward the goal of eliminating tuberculosis.
  Page H9406
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on 
pages H9087 and H9231.
Senate Referrals: S. 1382 and S. 2932 were held at the desk; S. Con. 
Res. 101 was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor; S. 3328 
and S. 2816 were referred to the Committee on Homeland Security; S. 
1810 was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; and S. 1255 
was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on 
the Judiciary.
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Quorum Calls--Votes: Eight yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H9220, 
H9229-30, H9230, H9231, H9305, H9305-06, H9364-65, H9365, and H9365-66. 
There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:41 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch held an 
oversight hearing on Capitol Visitor Center. Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Architect of the Capitol: Stephen T. 
Ayers, Acting Architect; Bernard Ungar, CVC Project Executive; and 
Terrie S. Rouse, CEO, Visitor Services; Phillip D. Morse, Sr., Chief, 
U.S. Capitol Police; Bill Livingood, House Sergeant at Arms; and 
Terrell Dorn, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO.
AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on Consideration for an 
American Grand Strategy. Testimony was heard from GEN Jack Keane, USA 
(Ret.), former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE RELEASES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials held a hearing on Hazardous Substance Releases and 
Reporting under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, 
and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and 
Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). Testimony was heard from 
Susan P. Bodine, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and 
Emergency Response, EPA; Mark E. Rey, Under Secretary, Natural 
Resources and Environment, USDA; Anu Mittal, Director, National 
Resources and Environment, GAO; and a public witness.

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FUTURE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES: EXPLORING SOLUTIONS FOR THE MARKET CRISIS
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing on The Future of 
Financial Services: Exploring Solutions for the Market Crisis. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Watt of North Carolina; Brad 
Sherman; Dennis Moore of Kansas; Al Green of Texas; Emanuel Cleaver; 
Lincoln Davis of Tennessee; Ron Klein of Florida; Ed Perlmutter; Bill 
Foster; Andre Carson; Joe Crowley; Jeb Hensarling; Scott Garrett; and 
J. Gresham Barrett; Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury; 
and Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve 
System.
REPORT CARD ON HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION SHARING
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Intelligence, 
Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment held a hearing on A 
Report Card on Homeland Security Information Sharing. Testimony was 
heard from Charles E. Allen, Under Secretary, Intelligence and 
Analysis, Department of Homeland Security; Michael E. Leiter, Director, 
National Counterterrorism Center; Russell Porter, Director, 
Intelligence Fusion Center and Intelligence Bureau, Department of 
Public Safety, State of Iowa; Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Los Angeles 
County, State of California; and a public witness.
GENERAL ELECTION PREPARATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil 
Rights and Civil Liberties, and the Subcommittee on Elections of the 
Committee on House Administration held a joint hearing on Federal, 
State and Local Efforts to Prepare for the 2008 General Election. 
Testimony was heard from Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney 
General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice; and public 
witnesses.
OVERSIGHT
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and 
Oceans held an oversight hearing on recent trends concerning annual 
budgets for the National Wildlife Refuge System and implications for 
management activities. Testimony was heard from Robin M. Nazzaro, 
Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; Jim Kurth, Acting 
Assistant Director, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
PREPARING FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Government Management, Organization, and Procurement held a hearing on 
Passing the Baton: Preparing for the Presidential Transition. Testimony 
was heard from Clay Johnson, Deputy Director, Management, OMB; Gene L. 
Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General, GAO; Gail Lovelace, Chief Human 
Capital Officer, GSA; and public witnesses.
HOW INFORMATION POLICY AFFECTS COMPETITIVE VIABILITY IN MINORITY 
CONTRACTING
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Information Policy, Census and National Archives held a hearing on How 
Information Policy Affects Competitive Viability in Minority 
Contracting. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--U.S.-PAKISTAN RELATIONS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National 
Security and Foreign Affairs held a hearing on Oversight of U.S.-
Pakistan Relations: From Ad Hoc and Transactional to Strategic and 
Enduring. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
SAME-DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED BY THE RULES 
COMMITTEE
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a non-record vote, a rule waiving 
clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a 
rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against 
certain resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies 
the waiver to any resolution reported on any legislative day through 
September 27, 2008, providing for consideration or disposition of a 
measure to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, 
to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax 
relief, and for other purposes.
PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES
Committee on Rules: The Committee granted, by a non-record vote, a rule 
authorizing the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the 
rules at any time on the legislative day of September 25, 2008, 
relating to the following measures:
  (1) The bill (H.R. 928) to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to 
enhance the independence of the Inspectors General, to create a Council 
of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and for other 
purposes.
  (2) The bill (S. 2324) to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 
U.S.C. App.) to enhance the Offices of the Inspectors General, to 
create a Council

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of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and for other 
purposes.
  (3) The bill (S. 1046) to modify pay provisions relating to certain 
senior-level positions in the Federal Government, and for other 
purposes.
  (4) The bill (H.R. 6045) to amend title I of the Omnibus Crime 
Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend the authorization of the 
Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program through fiscal year 2012.
  (5) The concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 214) expressing the sense 
of Congress that the President should grant a posthumous pardon to John 
Arthur ``Jack'' Johnson for the 1913 racially motivated conviction of 
Johnson, which diminished his athletic, cultural, and historic 
significance, and tarnished his reputation.
  (6) The bill (H.R. 4120) to amend title 18, United States Code, to 
provide for more effective prosecution of cases involving child 
pornography, and for other purposes.
  (7) A bill relating to webcasting.
  (8) The bill (H.R. 1777) to amend the Improving America's Schools Act 
of 1994 to make permanent the favorable treatment of need-based 
educational aid under the antitrust laws.
  (9) A bill relating to India nuclear cooperation.
  (10) The bill (H.R. 176) to authorize the establishment of 
educational exchange and development programs for member countries of 
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
  (11) The bill (H.R. 2553) to amend the State Department Basic 
Authorities Act of 1956 to provide for the establishment and 
maintenance of existing libraries and resource centers at United States 
diplomatic and consular missions to provide information about American 
culture, society, and history, and for other purposes.
  (12) The bill (H.R. 3202) to amend the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to 
extend comparability pay adjustments to members of the Foreign Service 
assigned to posts abroad, and to amend the provision relating to the 
death gratuity payable to surviving dependents of Foreign Service 
employees who die as a result of injuries sustained in the performance 
of duty abroad.
  (13) The bill (S. 3426) to amend the Foreign Service Act of 1980 to 
extend comparability pay adjustments to members of the Foreign Service 
assigned to posts abroad, and to amend the provision relating to the 
death gratuity payable to surviving dependents of Foreign Service 
employees who die as a result of injuries sustained in the performance 
of duty abroad.
  (14) The bill (S. 3052) to provide for the transfer of naval vessels 
to certain foreign recipients.
  (15) The bill (H.R. 2798) to reauthorize the programs of the Overseas 
Private Investment Corporation, and for other purposes.
  (16) The bill (H.R. 3887) 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, and for 
other purposes.
  (17) The bill (H.R. 1157) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
authorize the Director of the National Institute of Environmental 
Health Sciences to make grants for the development and operation of 
research centers regarding environmental factors that may be related to 
the etiology of breast cancer.
  (18) The bill (H.R. 6568) to direct the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services to encourage research and carry out an educational campaign 
with respect to pulmonary hypertension, and for other purposes.
  (19) The bill (H.R. 3232) to establish a non-profit corporation to 
communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote tourist, 
business, and scholarly travel to the United States.
  (20) The bill (H.R. 3402) to require accurate and reasonable 
disclosure of the terms and conditions of prepaid telephone calling 
cards and services.
  (21) The bill (H.R. 1283) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
provide for arthritis research and public health, and for other 
purposes.
  (22) The bill (S. 1382) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
provide for the establishment of an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 
Registry.
  (23) The bill (S. 1810) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
increase the provision of scientifically sound information and support 
services to patients receiving a positive test diagnosis for Down 
syndrome or other prenatally and postnatally diagnosed conditions.
  (24) The bill (S. 2932) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
reauthorize the poison center national toll-free number, national media 
campaign, and grant program to provide assistance for poison 
prevention, sustain the funding of poison centers, and enhance the 
public health of people of the United States.
  (25) The bill (H.R. 1343) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
provide additional authorizations of appropriations for the health 
centers program under section 330 of such Act, and for other purposes.
  (26) The bill (S. 901) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
reauthorize the Community Health Centers program, the National Health 
Service Corps, and rural health care programs.

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  (27) The bill (H.R. 477) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
strengthen education, prevention, and treatment programs relating to 
stroke, and for other purposes.
  (28) The bill (S. 999) to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
improve stroke prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.
  (29) The bill (H.R. 507) to establish a grant program to provide 
vision care to children, and for other purposes.
  (30) The bill (S. 1117) to establish a grant program to provide 
vision care to children, and for other purposes.
  (31) The bill (H.R. 545) to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe 
Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are 
eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine.
  (32) The bill (S. 85) to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe 
Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are 
eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine.
  (33) The bill (S. 267) to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe 
Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are 
eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine.
  (34) The bill (H.R. 970) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act with respect to the distribution of the drug 
dextromethorphan, and for other purposes.
  (35) The bill (S. 1378) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic 
Act with respect to the distribution of the drug dextromethorphan, and 
for other purposes.
  (36) The bill (S. 3549) to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act 
to provide additional funds for the qualifying individual (QI) program, 
and for other purposes.
  (37) The bill (S. 906) to prohibit the sale, distribution, transfer, 
and export of elemental mercury, and for other purposes.
  (38) The bill (H.R. 1534) to prohibit certain sales, distributions, 
and transfers of elemental mercury, to prohibit the export of elemental 
mercury, and for other purposes.
  (39) The resolution (H. Res. 1333) supporting the goals and ideals of 
Tay-Sachs Awareness Month.
  (40) The bill (H.R. 6460) to amend the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act to provide for the remediation of sediment contamination in 
areas of concern, and for other purposes.
  (41) The bill (S. 2080) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control 
Act to ensure that sewage treatment plants monitor for and report 
discharges of raw sewage, and for other purposes.
  (42) The bill (H.R. 2452) to amend the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act to ensure that publicly owned treatment works monitor for 
and report sewer overflows, and for other purposes.
  (43) The bill (S. 2844) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control 
Act to modify provisions relating to beach monitoring, and for other 
purposes.
  (44) The bill (H.R. 2537) to amend the Federal Water Pollution 
Control Act relating to beach monitoring, and for other purposes.
SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY FROM MIDWEST DISASTERS OF 2008
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology 
held a hearing on Small Business Recovery from the Midwest Disasters of 
2008. Testimony was heard from Jovita Carranza, Deputy Administrator, 
Small Business Administration; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported, as 
amended, H.R. 6707, Taking Responsible Action for Community Safety Act.
  The Committee also approved the following: GSA Capital Investment and 
Leasing Program Resolutions; and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Survey 
Resolution.
NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD OVERSIGHT OF ELECTIONS FOR UNION 
REPRESENTATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Held a hearing on 
National Mediation Board Oversight of Elections for Union 
Representation. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
National Mediation Board: Read C. Van de Water, Chairman; and Harry R. 
Hoglander, Member of the Board; and a public witness.
GI BILL IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity 
continued oversight hearings on G.I. Bill Implementation. Testimony was 
heard from Curtis L. Gilroy, Director, Accession Policy, Office of the 
Under Secretary, Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense; Keith 
Pedigo, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary, Office of Policy and Program 
Management, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans 
Affairs; representatives of veterans organizations; and public 
witnesses.

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PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing 
on Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Testimony was heard from 
Charles E. F. Millard, Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporations; 
and Barbara D. Bovbjerg, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income 
Security, GAO.
PENDING BUSINESS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Oversight 
and Investigations met in executive session to consider pending 
business.
PENDING BUSINESS COMMITTEE BUSINESS
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence met in executive 
session to consider pending business.
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. Testimony was heard from 
departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
current economic outlook, after receiving testimony from Ben S. 
Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
AGRICULTURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Joint Hearings: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and 
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ad Hoc 
Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery concluded a joint hearing to examine 
the effectiveness of agricultural disaster assistance programs in the 
wake of the 2008 midwest floods, Hurricane Gustav, and Hurricane Ike, 
after receiving testimony from Charles F. Conner, Deputy Secretary, 
Kate Houston, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer 
Services, and Arlen Lancaster, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation 
Service, all of the Department of Agriculture; Mike Strain, Louisiana 
Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Baton Rouge; Lyle W. Asell, 
Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines; Barbara Prather, 
Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Waterloo; Wallace Ellender IV, American Sugar 
Cane League, Bourg, Louisiana; Natalie Jayroe, Second Harvest Food 
Bank, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Jay Hardwick, National Cotton 
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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                           SEPTEMBER 25, 2008

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
authorization of Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape techniques 
for interrogations in Iraq, focusing on the Committee's inquiry into 
the treatment of detainees in United States custody, 9:30 a.m., SD-
106.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine broadband providers and consumer privacy, 10 
a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold oversight 
hearings to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 
cleanup of the Superfund site in Libby, Montana, 10 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Near Eastern and 
South and Central Asian Affairs, to hold hearings to examine the 
Middle East peace process, focusing on progress and prospects, 3 
p.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold 
hearings to examine ways to prevent nuclear terrorism, focusing on 
hard lessons learned from troubled investments, 9:30 a.m., SD-342.
  Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government 
Information, Federal Services, and International Security, to hold 
hearings to examine addressing cost growth of major Department of 
Defense (DOD) weapons systems, 2:30 p.m., SD-342.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider S. 3355, 
to authorize the Crow Tribe of Indians water rights settlement; 
followed immediately by hearings to examine H.R. 1294, to extend 
Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the 
Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi 
Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and 
the Nansemond Indian Tribe, S. 514, to extend Federal recognition to 
the Muscogee Nation of Florida, S. 724, to extend the Federal 
recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of 
Montana, and S. 1058, to expedite review of the Grand River Bands of 
Ottawa Indians of Michigan to secure a timely and just determination 
of whether the Bands are entitled to recognition as a Federal Indian 
tribe so that the Bands may receive eligible funds before the funds 
are no longer available, 2:15 p.m., SD-628.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 3259, 
to amend title 11, United States Code, with respect to the priority 
of certain high cost credit debts, H.R. 3971, to encourage States to 
report to the Attorney General certain information regarding the 
deaths of individuals in the custody of law enforcement agencies, S. 
3501, to ensure that Congress is notified when the Department of 
Justice determines that the Executive Branch is not bound by a 
statute, H.R. 1943, to provide for an

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effective HIV/AIDS program in Federal prisons, S. Res. 659, A 
resolution designating September 27, 2008, as Alcohol and Drug 
Addiction Recovery Day, the nominations of Clark Waddoups, to be 
United States District Judge for the District of Utah, Michael M. 
Anello, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District 
of California, Mary Stenson Scriven, to be United States District 
Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Christine M. Arguello, to 
be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado, Philip 
A. Brimmer, to be United States District Judge for the District of 
Colorado, Gregory G. Garre, of Maryland, to be Solicitor General of 
the United States, George W. Venables, to be United States Marshal 
for the Southern District of California, A. Brian Albritton, to be 
United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Dennis 
Michael Klein, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District 
of Kentucky, C. Darnell Jones II, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mitchell S. Goldberg, to 
be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of 
Pennsylvania, Joel H. Slomsky, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Eric F. Melgren, to be 
United States District Judge for the District of Kansas, and Anthony 
John Trenga, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern 
District of Virginia, all of the Department of Justice, and the 
authorization for subpoenas relating to the Department of Justice 
Office of Legal Counsel, 10 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Rules and Administration: business meeting to 
consider the nominations of Gracia M. Hillman, of the District of 
Columbia, to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission, 
Donetta Davidson, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Election 
Assistance Commission, Rosemary E. Rodriguez, of Colorado, to be a 
Member of the Election Assistance Commission, and Gineen Bresso 
Beach, of New York, to be a Member of the Election Assistance 
Commission for the remainder of the term expiring December 12, 2009, 
2:30 p.m., SR-301.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of J. Patrick Rowan, of Maryland, to be an Assistant 
Attorney General, 2:30 p.m., SD-G50.


                                 House

  Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry, hearing to review advances in animal health within the 
livestock industry, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on the Budget, hearing on Budget Reform Proposals for 
the 111th Congress, 2 p.m., 210 Cannon.
  Committee on Education and Labor, hearing on Safeguarding Retiree 
Benefits, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations, hearing to Review of Continuing Security Concerns at 
DOE's National Labs, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, oversight hearing to Examine 
Recent Treasury and FHFA Actions Regarding the Housing GSE's, 12 
p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on House Administration, to consider the Interim 
Authority Resolution Mass Communication Quarterly Reporting Policy, 
1 p.m., and a hearing on Ensuring the Rights of College Students to 
Vote, 1:30 p.m., 1310 Longworth.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power, 
hearing on the following legislation: H.R. 883, Oglala Sioux Tribe 
Angostura Irrigation Project Modernization and Development Act; H.R. 
6754, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Loan 
Authorization Act; H.R. 6768, To authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to develop 
water infrastructure in the Rio Grande Basin, and to approve the 
settlement of the water rights claims of the Pueblos of Nambe, 
Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Tesuque, and Taos; and legislation to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to 
facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate 
reclamation projects or facilities, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on 
Domestic Policy, hearing on Tumors and Cell Phone Use: What the 
Science Says, 11 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing on Small Business Competition 
Policy: Are Markets Open for Entrepreneurs? 10 a.m., 1539 Longworth.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Aviation, hearing on Runway Safety: An Update, 10 a.m., 2167 
Rayburn.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, to consider 
pending business, 1:30 p.m., H-405 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and 
Counterintelligence, executive, briefing on Hot Spots, 8:45 a.m., H-
405 Capitol.
  Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, 
hearing on The Future of LIHEAP Funding: Will Families Get The Cold 
Shoulder This Winter? 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                   9:30 a.m., Thursday, September 25

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will be in a period of morning business. 
Senate expects to begin consideration of Consolidated Appropriations 
bill.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                    10 a.m., Thursday, September 25

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: To be announced.
    
    


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