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                                        Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S61-S125
Measures Introduced: Six bills and four resolutions were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2010-2015, and S. Res. 285-288.
  Page S108
Measures Passed:
  50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll: Senate agreed to S. Res. 285, 
recognizing 2004 as the ``50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll''. 
                                                           Pages S61-62
  Authorizing Legal Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 286, to 
authorize legal representation in United States of America v. Parvis 
Karim-Panahi.
  Page S122
  Commending the Southern University and A College of Baton Rouge 
Jaguars: Senate agreed to S. Res. 287, commending the Southern 
University and A College of Baton Rouge Jaguars for being the 
Sheridan Broadcasting National Black College Champions, the American 
Sports Wire National Black College Champions, and the MBC/BCSP National 
Black College Champions.
  Pages S122-23
  Commending the Louisiana State University Tigers: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 288, commending the Louisiana State University Tigers football 
team for winning the 2003 Bowl Championship Series national 
championship game.
  Page S123
  Recognizing and Congratulating the East Boynton Beach, Florida, 
Little League team: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from 
further consideration of H. Con. Res. 273, recognizing and 
congratulating the East Boynton Beach, Florida, Little League team as 
the 2003 United States Little League Champions, and the resolution was 
then agreed to.
  Page S123
Agriculture Appropriations Act (Omnibus Appropriations)--Conference 
Report: Senate continued consideration of the conference report to 
accompany H.R. 2673, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2004.
  Pages S66-S104
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the conference report at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, 
January 22, 2004 and that there then be 4\1/2\ hours equally divided 
between the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee 
or their designees for debate only; that following the use or yielding 
back of that debate time, the motion to proceed and the motion to 
reconsider the failed cloture vote be agreed to; and the Senate vote on 
the motion to invoke cloture and that if cloture is invoked, the Senate 
then immediately proceed to a vote on the adoption of the conference 
report.
Page S104
Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed 
from the following protocol:
  Additional Protocol Amending Investment Treaty with Bulgaria (Treaty 
Doc. No. 108-15).
  The protocol was transmitted to the Senate today, considered as 
having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying 
papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be 
printed.
Pages S123-24
Appointments:
  Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission: The Chair announced the 
following appointment made on January 6, 2004, during the sine die 
adjournment:
  Pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 108-136, on behalf of the 
Democratic Leader, the appointment of the following individuals to 
serve as members of the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission: Mike 
O'Callaghan of Nevada and Rick Surratt of Virginia.
Page S61
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Claudia Puig, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of 
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 
2008.
  Gay Hart Gaines, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 
31, 2004.
  Stephen L. Johnson, of Maryland, to be Deputy Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency.

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  Charles Johnson, of Utah, to be Chief Financial Officer, 
Environmental Protection Agency.
  Bradley D. Belt, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the 
Social Security Advisory Board for a term expiring September 30, 2008.
  Fayza Veronique Boulad Rodman, of the District of Columbia, to be a 
Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring 
August 13, 2006.
  Albert Casey, of Texas, to be a Governor of the United States Postal 
Service for a term expiring December 8, 2009.
  Clark Kent Ervin, of Texas, to be Inspector General, Department of 
Homeland Security (New Position), to which position he was appointed 
during the last recess of the Senate.
  Cynthia Boich, of California, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a 
term expiring October 6, 2007.
  Dorothy A. Johnson, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a 
term expiring October 6, 2007 (Reappointment), to which position she 
was appointed during the last recess of the Senate.
  Henry Lozano, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term 
expiring October 6, 2008.
  Gerard Schwarz, of Washington, to be a Member of the National Council 
on the Arts for the remainder of the term expiring September 3, 2006.
  Ronald E. Meisburg, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National 
Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2008.
  Robert Lerner, of Maryland, to be Commissioner of Education 
Statistics for a term expiring June 21, 2009.
  Raymond Simon, of Arkansas, to be Assistant Secretary for Elementary 
and Secondary Education.
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
  2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  1 Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general.
  2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  A routine list in the Army.
Pages S124-25
Nominations Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of 
the following nominations:
  Mark C. Brickell, of New York, to be Director of the Office of 
Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development for a term of five years, which was sent to the Senate on 
June 12, 2003.
Page S125
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S108
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S108-09
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S109-22
Additional Statements:
  Pages S107-08
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S122
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Page S122
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., and adjourned at 5:37 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, January 22, 2004. (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 NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENTS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing on North 
Korean Nuclear Developments, after receiving testimony from Siegfried 
Hecker, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 15 public bills, H.R. 3712-3726; 1 private bill, 
H.R. 3727; and 6 resolutions, H.J. Res. 86 and H. Res. 496-500, were 
introduced.
  Pages H88-89
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H89-90
Reports Filed: No reports were filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Simmons to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                               Page H39
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Honoring the contributions of Catholic schools: H. Res. 492, honoring 
the contributions of Catholic schools, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 
398 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 2;
  Pages H40-44, H58
  Sense of the House regarding the benefits of mentoring: H. Res. 491, 
honoring individuals who are mentors and supporting efforts to recruit 
more mentors, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 397 yeas with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 3;
  Pages H44-48, H58-59
  Recognizing the achievements related to the Mars Exploration Rover 
Mission: H. Res. 490, recognizing and commending the achievements of 
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory, and Cornell University in conducting the Mars Exploration 
Rover mission, and recognizing the importance of space exploration, by 
a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 
4; and
  Pages H48-52, H59-60
  Agreeing with the Senate on S. Res. 281: H. Res. 489, stating the 
agreement of the House of Representatives with the sentiment expressed 
by the Senate in Senate Resolution 281, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 
394 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 5.
  Pages H52-57, H60
Committee Election Vacated: Read a letter from Representative Gonzalez 
wherein he announced his resignation from the Committees on Financial 
Services and Small Business, and the Select Committee on Homeland 
Security, effective January 20, 2004.
  Page H61
Committee Election: Agreed to H. Res. 495, electing Representative 
Gonzalez to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
  Page H61
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to 
meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2004, and further that when it 
adjourn on that day, it adjourn to meet at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 
January 27 for morning hour debate.
  Page H62
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday 
business of Wednesday, January 28, 2004.
  Page H62
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he 
appointed Representative Thornberry to sign enrolled bills and joint 
resolutions through Tuesday, January 27, 2004.
  Page H62
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: Read a letter from 
the Speaker wherein he appointed Mr. Robert Shireman of Oakland, 
California to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. 
                                                               Page H87
Message from the Clerk: Read a letter from the Clerk wherein he 
notified the House that he received a message from the Senate on 
Tuesday, January 20, 2004.
  Pages H57-58
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of the House today and appear on pages H58, H58-59, H59-60, 
and H60. There were no recorded votes or quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 4:44 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
USDA'S BSE RESPONSE
Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review the USDA's Bovine 
Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Response. Testimony was heard from Ann 
M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture.
RESERVE COMPONENT HEALTHCARE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Total Force held a hearing 
on Reserve Component Healthcare: Medical Holdovers in Current and 
Future Deployments. Testimony was heard from the following officials of 
the Department of the Army: Sgt. Craig Allen LaChance, USA, Medical 
Holdover Company; and Col. John M. Kidd, USA, Garrison Commander, Third 
Infantry Division (Mechanized), both at Fort Stewart, Georgia; Col. 
Keith Armstrong, USA, Garrison Commander, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Lt. Gen. 
James B. Peake, USA, Surgeon General; Daniel Denning, Principle Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Lt. Gen. Joseph 
R. Inge, USA, Commanding General, First Army; the following officials 
of the Department of the Navy: Vice. Adm. Michael L. Cowan, USN,

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Surgeon General; and Rear Adm. John M. Stewart, Jr., USN, Deputy 
Commander, Navy Personnel Command; and public witnesses.
REPORT--SPECIAL EXAMINATION OF FREDDIE MAC
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing on the 
OFHEO's report of the Special Examination of Freddie Mac. Testimony was 
heard from Armando Falcon, Director, Office of Federal Housing 
Enterprise Oversight, Department of Housing and Human Development; and 
Martin F. Baumann, Chief Financial Officer, Freddie Mac.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, as amended, the following 
bills: H.R. 2844, Continuity in Representation Act of 2003; H.R. 1997, 
Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2003; H.R. 3261, Database and 
Collections of Information Misappropriation Act; and H.R. 2391, 
Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) Act of 2003.
CAN U.S. COMPANIES COMPETE GLOBALLY USING AMERICAN WORKERS?
Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing on Can U.S. Companies 
Compete Globally Using American Workers? Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2004-01-22

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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                            JANUARY 22, 2004

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and 
Human Services, and Education, to hold hearings to examine avoiding 
conflicts of interest at the National Institutes of Health, 9:30 
a.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Armed Services: to hold a closed briefing regarding 
ongoing military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, including other 
areas of interest, 9:30 a.m., SR-222.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of Raymond W. Gruender, of Missouri, to be United States 
Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, Ricardo S. Martinez, to be 
United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington, 
Gene E. K. Pratter, to be United States District Judge for the 
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Neil Vincent Wake, to be 
United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, 10 a.m., 
SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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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., Thursday, January 22

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of the 
conference report to accompany H.R. 2673, Agriculture Appropriations 
Act (Omnibus Appropriations) and that there then be 4\1/2\ hours 
equally divided between the Chairman and Ranking Member of the 
Appropriations Committee or their designees for debate only; that 
following the use or yielding back of that debate time, the motion to 
proceed and the motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote be agreed 
to; and the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture and that if 
cloture is invoked, the Senate then immediately proceed to a vote on 
the adoption of the conference report.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      10 a.m., Friday, January 23

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: The House will meet at 10 a.m. in pro forma 
session.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Baca, Joe, Calif., E17, E20, E24
Bilirakis, Michael, Fla., E27
Bishop, Timothy H., Jr., N.Y., E19, E23
Boucher, Rick, Va., E30
Brown-Waite, Ginny, Fla., E17, E20, E21, E22, E23, E24, E25, E27, E28
Calvert, Ken, Calif., E33
Cardin, Benjamin L., Md., E31
Castle, Michael N., Del., E29
Costello, Jerry F., Ill., E37
Delahunt, William D., Mass., E34
Dingell, John D., Mich., E37
English, Phil, Pa., E36
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E35
Gordon, Bart, Tenn., E33
Hall, Ralph M., Tex., E19, E23
Hayes, Robin, N.C., E31
Hoeffel, Joseph M., Pa., E20, E24
Hoekstra, Peter, Mich., E27
Holt, Rush D., N.J., E18, E21
Hyde, Henry J., Ill., E18, E21
Issa, Darrell E., Calif., E33
Johnson, Nancy L., Conn., E27
Kildee, Dale E., Mich., E32
Knollenberg, Joe, Mich., E30
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E28
McGovern, James P., Mass., E32
Meehan, Martin T., Mass., E25
Meek, Kendrick B., Fla., E32
Miller, George, Calif., E34
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E35
Myrick, Sue Wilkins, N.C., E20, E24
Napolitano, Grace F., Calif., E26
Ney, Robert W., Ohio, E19, E23
Ortiz, Solomon P., Tex., E18, E22
Payne, Donald M., N.J., E31
Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E29
Radanovich, George, Calif., E17, E21
Regula, Ralph, Ohio, E33
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E36
Shaw, E. Clay, Jr., Fla., E38
Simmons, Rob, Conn., E31
Smith, Nick, Mich., E36
Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E34
Stearns, Cliff, Fla., E31
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E37
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E17, E20, E24
Udall, Mark, Colo., E18, E22
Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E29
Weldon, Dave, Fla., E38
Weller, Jerry, Ill., E37 


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