Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings
(Daily Digest - April 23, 2008)

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[Pages D481-D482]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded a 
hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2009 for 
the Missile Defense Agency, after receiving testimony from Lieutenant 
General Henry A. Obering, III, USAF, Director, Missile Defense Agency, 
and Lieutenant General Kevin T. Campbell, USA, Commanding General, 
United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command, United States 
Army Strategic Forces Command, and Joint Functional Component Command, 
Integrated Missile Defense, both of the Department of Defense.
PHANTOM TRAFFIC
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine ``phantom traffic''-telephone calls that do not 
have sufficient information or records for the local phone company to 
bill for access charges, after receiving testimony from Charles W. 
McKee, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Reston, Virginia; Lawrence E. 
Sarjeant, Qwest, and Angela Simpson, VON Coalition, both of Washington, 
D.C.; and Raymond Henagan, Rock Port Telephone Company, Rock Port, 
Missouri, on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative 
Association.
NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded a hearing to examine S. 662, to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate 
resources at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Brunswick, Maine, to 
determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the site as a 
unit of the

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National Park System, S. 827, to establish the Freedom's Way National 
Heritage Area in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, S. 923 
and H.R. 1528, bills to amend the National Trails System Act to 
designate the New England National Scenic Trail, S. 956, to establish 
the Land Between the Rivers National Heritage Area in the State of 
Illinois, S. 2073, to amend the National Trails System Act relating to 
the statute of limitations that applies to certain claims, S. 2513, to 
modify the boundary of the Minute Man National Historical Park, S. 
2604, to establish the Baltimore National Heritage Area in the State of 
Maryland, S. 2804, to adjust the boundary of the Everglades National 
Park, H.R. 53, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into 
a long-term lease with the Government of the United States Virgin 
Islands to provide land on the island of Saint John, Virgin Islands, 
for the establishment of a school, and H.R. 1483, to amend the Omnibus 
Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to extend the 
authorization for certain national heritage areas, after receiving 
testimony from Representative Christensen; Daniel N. Wenk, Deputy 
Director, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; William J. 
Pencek, Jr., Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, 
Baltimore; Lorelei Monsanto, One Campus, Saint John, Virgin Islands; 
and Gale Illig, Grantwood Village, Missouri.
DARFUR
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the crisis in Darfur, after receiving testimony from Richard 
Williamson, President's Special Envoy to Sudan, Department of State; 
Katherine Almquist, Assistant Administrator for Africa, United States 
Agency for International Development (USAID); and Jane Holl Lute, 
United Nations, New York, New York.
CRISIS IN TIBET
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific 
Affairs concluded a hearing to examine the crisis in Tibet, focusing on 
peaceful action that would be in accordance with international 
standards of religious freedom and human rights, after receiving 
testimony from John D. Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State; Steve 
Marshall, Senior Advisor, Congressional-Executive Commission on China; 
Richard Gere, International Campaign for Tibet, New York, New York; 
Lodi Gyari, Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Washington, 
D.C.; and Lobsang Sangay, Harvard University Law School East Asian 
Legal Studies Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
NOMINATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Nanci E. Langley, of 
Virginia, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission, 
after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Akaka, testified and 
answered questions in her own behalf.
NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
National Security Letters, focusing on the need for greater 
accountability and oversight, including S. 2088, to place reasonable 
limitations on the use of National Security Letters, after receiving 
testimony from James A. Baker, former Counsel for Intelligence Policy, 
and Michael J. Woods, former Chief, National Security Law Unit, Office 
of the General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation, both of the 
Department of Justice; and Gregory T. Nojeim, Center for Democracy and 
Technology, all of Washington, D.C.
VA/DOD COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight 
hearing to examine Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of 
Defense cooperation and collaboration as they meet the needs of 
returning servicemembers, after receiving testimony from Gordon 
England, Deputy Secretary, and David S. C. Chu, Under Secretary for 
Personnel and Readiness, both of the Department of Defense; Gordon 
Mansfield, Deputy Secretary, and Patrick W. Dunne, Acting Under 
Secretary for Benefits and Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, 
both of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Adrian M. Atizdao, Disabled 
American Veterans, Washington, D.C., on behalf of sundry organizations; 
Todd Bowers, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, New York, New 
York; and Commander Rene A. Campos, USN (Ret.), Military Officers 
Association of America, Alexandria, Virginia.