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                                      Wednesday, September 22, 2004

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 4850, District of Columbia Appropriations.
      The House passed H.R. 5025, Transportation, Treasury, and 
      Independent Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005.
      House Committees ordered reported 16 sundry measures.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S9471-S9538
Measures Introduced: Five bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 2827-2831, and S. Res. 432.
  Pages S9524-25
Measures Passed:
  District of Columbia Appropriations: Committee on Appropriations was 
discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4850, making 
appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other 
activities chargeable in whole or in part against the revenues of said 
District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and the bill 
was then passed, after striking all after the enacting clause and 
inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 2826, Senate companion 
measure.
  Pages S9535-37
  Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following 
conferees: Senators DeWine, Hutchison, Brownback, Stevens, Landrieu, 
Durbin, and Inouye.
Page S9535
  Subsequently, S. 2826 was returned to the Senate Calendar. 
                                                             Page S9535
  Burma Human Rights: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged 
from further consideration of S. Res. 431, expressing the sense of the 
Senate that the United Nations Security Council should immediately 
consider and take appropriate actions to respond to the growing threats 
posed by conditions in Burma under the illegitimate rule of the State 
Peace and Development Council, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                         Pages S9537-38
Escort Committee--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that the President of the Senate be authorized to appoint a 
committee on the part of the Senate to join with a like committee on 
the part of the House of Representatives to escort His Excellency, Ayad 
Allawi, Prime Minister of the Interim Government of the Republic of 
Iraq, into the House Chamber for the joint meeting on Thursday, 
September 23, 2004.
  Page S9538
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  By 77 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. Ex. 187), Porter J. Goss, of Florida, 
to be Director of Central Intelligence.
Page S9518
Messages From the House:
  Pages S9521-22
Measures Referred:
  Page S9522
Measures Placed on Calendar:
  Page S9522
Measures Read First Time:
  Page S9537
Executive Communications:
  Pages S9522-23
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S9523-24
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S9525-26
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S9526-34
Additional Statements:
  Page S9521
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S9534
Authority for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S9534-35
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--187) 
                                                             Page S9518
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 6:33 p.m., 
until 11 a.m., on Thursday, September 23, 2004. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on Page 
S9538.)

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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the 9/11 Commission intelligence recommendations, focusing on the 
quality of analysis, effective information-sharing among agencies, 
protecting civil liberties, assuring clarity of authority for 
clandestine operations, and reforming Congressional oversight, after 
receiving testimony from Richard A. Posner, Judge of the Court of 
Appeals, 7th Circuit; John J. Hamre, Center For Strategic and 
International Studies, Washington, D.C., former Under Secretary of 
Defense; and Dale Watson, former Executive Director of Terrorism and 
Counter-Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of 
Justice.
INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the condition and regulation of the insurance 
industry, after receiving testimony from Gregory Serio, New York 
Department of Insurance, Albany, on behalf of the National Association 
of Insurance Commissioners; Arthur F. Ryan, Prudential Financial, 
Newark, New Jersey, on behalf of the American Council of Life Insurers; 
William H. McCartney, United Services Automobile Association Group, San 
Antonio, Texas; J. Robert Hunter, Consumer Federation of America, and 
Brian K. Atchinson, Insurance Marketplace Standards Association, both 
of Washington, D.C.; Alan F. Liebowitz, OMNIA (Bermuda), Ltd., 
Purchase, New York, on behalf of the American Bankers Insurance 
Association; Albert R. Counselman, Riggs, Counselman, Michaels, Downes, 
Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, on behalf of the Council of Insurance Agents 
and Brokers; Thomas B. Ahart, Ahart, Frinzi, and Smith Insurance, 
Phillipsburg, New Jersey, on behalf of the Independent Insurance Agents 
and Brokers of America, Inc.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 2541, to reauthorize and restructure the National Aeronautics and 
Space Administration, with amendments;
  S. 2393, to improve aviation security, with an amendment;
  S. 1798, to provide for comprehensive fire safety standards for 
upholstered furniture, mattresses, bedclothing, and candles, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 2820, to ensure the availability of certain spectrum for public 
safety entities by amending the Communications Act of 1934 to establish 
January 1, 2009, as the date by which the transition to digital 
television shall be completed, with amendments;
  S. 1963, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to protect the 
privacy right of subscribers to wireless communication services, with 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1380, to distribute universal service support equitably throughout 
rural America;
  S. 2145, to regulate the unauthorized installation of computer 
software, to require clear disclosure to computer users of certain 
computer software features that may pose a threat to user privacy, with 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 2647, to establish a national ocean policy, to set forth the 
missions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to 
ensure effective interagency coordination, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  S. 2489, to establish a program within the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration to integrate Federal coastal and ocean 
mapping activities, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 480, to provide competitive grants for training court reporters 
and closed captioners to meet requirements for realtime writers under 
the Telecommunications Act of 1996; and
  The nominations of Deborah P. Majoras, of Virginia, and Jon D. 
Leibowitz, of Maryland, both to be Federal Trade Commissioners, sundry 
nominations for promotion in the U.S. Coast Guard and the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOMINATION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nomination of Lloyd O. Pierson, an Assistant Administrator 
for Africa, United States Agency for International Development, and to 
be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development 
Foundation, after the nominee, who was introduced by Representative 
Royce, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably 
reported an original bill to reform the intelligence community and the 
intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States 
Government.

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BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 2686, to amend the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical 
Education Act of 1998 to improve the Act, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  S. 518, to increase the supply of pancreatic islet cells for 
research, to provide better coordination of Federal efforts and 
information on islet cell transplantation, and to collect the data 
necessary to move islet cell transplantation from an experimental 
procedure to a standard therapy, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 2283, to extend Federal funding for operation of State high risk 
health insurance pools, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 1217, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to 
expand and intensify programs with respect to research and related 
activities concerning elder falls, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 2815, to give a preference regarding States that require schools 
to allow students to self-administer medication to treat that student's 
asthma or anaphylaxis;
  S. 2526, to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical 
Education Program, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. Res. 389, expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to 
prostate cancer information; and
  An original bill entitled ``Elder Justice Act''; and
  The nominations of Jonathan Baron, of Maryland, Elizabeth Bryan, of 
Texas, James R. Davis, of Mississippi, Frank H. Handy, of Florida, Eric 
Hanushek, of California, Caroline Hoxby, of Massachusetts, Roberto 
Lopez, of Texas, Richard Milgram, of New Mexico, Sally Shaywitz, of 
Connecticut, Joseph Torgesen, of Florida, Herbert Walberg, of Illinois, 
each to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for 
Education Sciences, Herman Belz, of Maryland, Craig Haffner, of 
California, James Hunter, of Virginia, Tamar Jacoby, of New Jersey, 
Harvey Klehr, of Georgia, Thomas Lindsay, of Texas, Iris Love, of 
Vermont, Thomas Mallon, of Connecticut, and Ricardo Quinones, of 
California, each to be a Member of the National Council on the 
Humanities, Beverly Allen, of Georgia, Gail Daly, of Texas, Donald 
Leslie, of Wisconsin, Amy Owen, of Utah, Sandra Pickett, of Texas, 
Renee Swartz of New Jersey, and Kim Wang, of California, each to be a 
Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board, James 
Ballinger, of Arizona, Gerald Schwarz, of Washington, and Terence 
Teachout, of New York, each to be a Member of the National Council on 
the Arts, Maria Otero, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of 
the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace, John 
Hager, to be an Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education 
and Rehabilitative Services, Young Woo Kang, of Indiana, to be a Member 
of the National Council on Disability, Juan Olivarez, William Hiller, 
and Richard Wagner, of Florida, each to be a Member of the National 
Institute for Literacy Advisory Board, Arden Bement, Jr., of Indiana, 
to be Director of the National Science Foundation, and sundry 
nominations for promotion in the Public Health Service.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  S. 556, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and 
extend that Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 1438, to provide for equitable compensation of the Spokane Tribe 
of Indians of the Spokane Reservation in settlement of claims of the 
Tribe concerning the contribution of the Tribe to the production of 
hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, with an amendment in the nature of 
a substitute; and
  S. 2605, to direct the Secretary of the Interior and the heads of 
other Federal agencies to carry out an agreement resolving major issues 
relating to the adjudication of water rights in the Snake River Basin, 
Idaho, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Also, Committee approved the issuance of various subpoenas pursuant 
to the In re Tribal Lobbying Matters, et al. investigation.
NATIVE AMERICAN CODE TALKERS
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
on the contributions of Native American code talkers in American 
military history, after receiving testimony from Gordon H. Mansfield, 
Deputy Secretay of Veterans Affairs; Brigadier General John S. Brown, 
USA (Ret.), U.S. Army Center of Military History; Clarence Wolf Guts, 
and John Yellow Bird Steele, both of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine 
Ridge, South Dakota; Don Loudner, American Indian Veterans of the 
United States, Mitchell, South Dakota; Robin Roberts, USMC (Ret.), Sac 
Fox Tribe, and Samson Keahna, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in 
Iowa, both of Tama, Iowa; Gregory E. Pyle, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, 
Durant; Melvin Kerchee, Jr., Comanche Nation, Lawton, Oklahoma; and 
William C. Meadows, Southwest Missouri State University Department of 
Sociology and Anthropology, Springfield.

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COUNTER-TERRORISM
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
counterterrorism legislation and proposals, including the USA PATRIOT 
ACT (P.L. 107-56), and S. 1709, to amend the USA PATRIOT ACT to place 
reasonable limitations on the use of surveillance and the issuance of 
search warrants, (the SAFE Act), after receiving testimony from 
Senators Craig and Durbin; former Representative Bob Barr; James B. 
Comey, Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice; and Daniel P. 
Collins, Munger, Tolles, and Olson, LLP, Los Angeles, California, 
former Associate Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nominations of Christopher A. Boyko, to be United States District 
Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, who was introduced by Senator 
DeWine and Representative LaTourette, and Beryl A. Howell, of the 
District of Columbia, who was introduced by Senator Leahy, to be a 
Member of the United StatesSentencing Commission, after the nominees 
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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Measures Introduced: 10 public bills, H.R. 5119-5128; and; 11 
resolutions, Con. Res. 495-496, and H. Res. 784, 786-793 were 
introduced.
  Pages H7442-43
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H7443
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 4555, to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and 
extend provisions relating to mammography quality standards, amended 
(H. Rept. 108-694); and
  H. Res. 785, 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. 108-695).
Pages H7441-42
Chaplain: The prayer was offered today by Rev. Austin DeLoach, Jr., 
Pastor, Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland, Georgia.
  Page H7331
Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act 
for FY05: The House passed H.R. 5025, making appropriations for the 
Departments of Transportation and Treasury, and Independent agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, by a yea and nay vote of 
397 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 465. The bill was also considered on 
Tuesday, September 14, Wednesday, September 15, and Tuesday, September 
21.
  Pages H7336-51
  Agreed Tuesday, September 14, to limit further amendments offered and 
the time for debate on such amendments.
  The unanimous consent agreement was amended on Wednesday, September 
15 to strike any provision for the amendment by Representative Flake 
regarding Cuba.
  A separate vote was demanded on the Stenholm amendment that prohibits 
the use of funds to implement any suspension of issuance of obligations 
of the U.S. for purchase by the Civil Service Retirement and Disability 
Fund, to implement any suspension of issuance of obligations of the 
U.S. for purchase by the Thrift Savings Fund for the Government 
Securities Investment Fund, or to implement any sale or redemption of 
securities, obligations, or other invested assets of the Civil Service 
Retirement and Disability Fund before maturity, which was agreed to 
yesterday, September 21, by a voice vote (agreed to by a recorded vote 
of 404 ayes to 8 noes, Roll No. 463);
Pages H7348-49
  Rejected the Obey motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Appropriations with instructions to report it back to the House 
promptly with an amendment, by a yea and nay vote of 201 yeas to 210 
nays, Roll No. 464.
Pages H7349-50
  Agreed to:
  Lee amendment that prohibits the use of funds to implement, 
administer, or enforce the amendments made to the Code of Federal 
Regulations relating to specific licenses for U.S. academic 
institutions;
Pages H7337-39
  Waters amendment (no. 12 printed in the Congressional Record of 
September 15) that prohibits the use of funds to implement any sanction 
imposed by the U.S. on private commercial sales of agricultural 
commodities, medicine, or medical supplies to Cuba (agreed to by voice 
vote, after agreeing to vitiate the request for a recorded vote); and 
                                                         Pages H7336-37

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  Olver amendment prohibits the use of funds to issue or implement the 
proposed regulation entitled Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe 
Operation; Certification of Compliance With Federal Motor Vehicle 
Safety Standards, published in the Federal Register on March 19, 2002 
(by a recorded vote of 339 ayes to 70 noes, Roll No. 462). 
                                               Pages H7340-46, H7347-48
Rejected:
  Rangel amendment that sought to prohibit the use of funds to 
implement, administer, or enforce the economic embargo of Cuba (by a 
recorded vote of 188 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 461). 
                                               Pages H7339-40, H7346-47
  H. Res. 770, the rule providing for consideration of the bill was 
agreed to on Tuesday, September 14.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Act: H.R. 2449, amended, to 
establish a commission to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the 
American Civil War;
  Pages H7351-54
  Hudson-Fulton-Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission Act of 2003: 
H.R. 2528, amended, to establish the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain 400th 
Commemoration Commission;
  Pages H7354-57
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Preparedness Month: H. 
Con. Res. 489, supporting the goals and ideals of National Preparedness 
Month;
  Pages H7357-59
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Long-Term Care Residents' 
Rights Week: H. Res. 772, supporting the goals and ideals of National 
Long-Term Care Residents' Rights Week and recognizing the importance to 
the Nation of residents of long-term care facilities, including senior 
citizens and individuals living with disabilities;
  Pages H7359-60
  Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should designate 
September 11 as a national day of voluntary service, charity, and 
compassion: H. Con. Res. 473, amended, expressing the sense of Congress 
that the President should designate September 11 as a national day of 
voluntary service, charity, and compassion;
  Pages H7360-61
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: expressing the sense of 
Congress that it is appropriate to annually observe Patriot Day, 
September 11, with voluntary acts of service and compassion. 
                                                             Page H7361
  Eva Holtzman Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 5039, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
United States Route 1 in Ridgeway, North Carolina, as the ``Eva 
Holtzman Post Office'';
  Pages H7362-63
  United States Postal Service Henry Johnson Annex Redesignation Act: 
H.R. 480, to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 747 Broadway in Albany, New York, as the ``United 
States Postal Service Henry Johnson Annex'';
  Pages H7363-64
  Congratulating Lance Armstrong on his record-setting victory in the 
2004 Tour de France: H. Res. 761, congratulating Lance Armstrong on his 
record-setting victory in the 2004 Tour de France;
  Pages H7364-66
  Recognizing the outstanding efforts of those who assisted the North 
Platte Canteen in Nebraska during WWII from December 25, 1941 to April 
1, 1946: H. Con. Res. 161, amended, recognizing the outstanding efforts 
of the individuals and communities who volunteered or donated items to 
the North Platte Canteen in North Platte, Nebraska, during World War II 
from December 25, 1941, to April 1, 1946;
  Pages H7366-68
  Recognizing military unit family support volunteers for there 
service: H. Con. Res. 486, recognizing and honoring military unit 
family support volunteers for their dedicated service to the United 
States, the Armed Forces, and members of the Armed Forces and their 
families;
  Pages H7368-70
  Commending the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: H. 
Con. Res. 488, amended, commending the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration and its employees for its dedication and hard work 
during Hurricanes Charley and Frances;
  Pages H7370-73
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: commending the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its employees for its 
dedication and hard work during Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Ivan. 
                                                             Page H7373
  Justin W. Williams United States Attorney's Building Designation Act: 
H.R. 3428, to designate a portion of the United States courthouse 
located at 2100 Jamieson Avenue, in Alexandria, Virginia, as the 
``Justin W. Williams United States Attorney's Building''; 
                                                         Pages H7373-74
  Joe Skeen Federal Building Designation Act: H.R. 3734, to designate 
the Federal building located at Fifth and Richardson Avenues in 
Roswell, New Mexico, as the ``Joe Skeen Federal Building''; 
                                                         Pages H7374-76
  Calling for the suspension of Sudan's membership on the United 
Nations Commission on Human Rights: S. Con. Res. 137, calling for the 
suspension of Sudan's membership on the United Nations Commission on 
Human Rights;
  Pages H7381-86

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  Condemning the terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia, that occurred 
on 9/9/04: H. Res 767, amended, condemning the terrorist attack in 
Jakarta, Indonesia, that occurred on September 9, 2004; 
                                                         Pages H7386-88
  Encouraging the International Olympic Committee to select New York 
City as the site of the 2012 Olympic Games: H. Con. Res. 475, 
encouraging the International Olympic Committee to select New York City 
as the site of the 2012 Olympic Games;
  Pages H7388-90
  Supporting the goals of National Farm Safety and Health Week: H. Con. 
Res. 494, supporting the goals and purposes of National Farm Safety and 
Health Week and applauding the men and women who provide a stable 
supply of food and fiber for the United States and the world; 
                                                         Pages H7390-91
  Pine Springs Land Exchange Act: H.R. 4806, amended, to provide for a 
land exchange involving Federal lands in the Lincoln National Forest in 
the State of New Mexico;
  Pages H7395-96
  Authorizing a feasibility study with respect to the Mokelumne River: 
H.R. 4045, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
prepare a feasibility study with respect to the Mokelumne River; and 
                                                         Pages H7396-97
  Creating the Office of Chief Financial Officer for the Government of 
the Virgin Islands: H.R. 3589, amended, to create the Office of Chief 
Financial Officer of the Government of the Virgin Islands. 
                                                         Pages H7397-99
Suspension--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measure under suspension of the rules. Further consideration will 
continue tomorrow, September 23.
  Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act: H.R. 1057, to repeal the sunset of 
the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with 
respect to the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance 
programs.
  Pages H7376-81
Pledge Protection Act of 2004--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed 
to H. Res. 781, the rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2028, to 
amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of 
Federal courts inferior to the Supreme Court over certain cases and 
controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance, by voice vote. 
                                                         Pages H7391-95
Tax Relief, Simplification, and Equity Act of 2003--Motion to Instruct 
Conferees: The House debated the Moore motion to instruct conferees on 
H.R. 1308, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to accelerate the 
increase in the refundability of the child tax credit. Further 
proceedings on the motion were postponed.
  Pages H7399-H7404
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
7331.
Senate Referral: S. 2279 was referred to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure.
  Page H7440
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea and nay votes and three recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H7346-47, 
H7347, H7349, H7350, H7351. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
REPAIRING THE 21ST CENTURY CAR
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Repairing the 21st 
Century Car: Is Technology Locking the Consumer Out?'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
E-RATE PROGRAM INVESTIGATION
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Problems with the E-rate 
Program: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Concerns in the Wiring of Our Nation's 
Schools to the Internet.'' Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the FCC: H. Walker Feaster, III, Inspector General; and 
Jeffrey Carlisle, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau; and public 
witnesses.
  In refusing to give testimony at the hearing, the following 
individuals: Judy Green, former E-rate Consultant and Salesperson, 
Video Network Communications, Inc., and Quentin R. Lawson, National 
Alliance of Black School Educators, invoked Fifth Amendments 
privileges.
9/11 COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Legislative 
Proposals to Implement the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.'' 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
the Treasury: Stuart A. Levey, Under Secretary, Office of Terrorism and 
Financial Intelligence; and Brian C. Roseboro, Under Secretary, 
Domestic Finance.
DRUG TREATMENT ACCESS
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug 
Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Access to 
Recovery: Improving Participation and Access in Drug Treatment.''

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Testimony was heard from Charles G. Curie, Administrator, Substance 
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health 
and Human Services; Michael Passi, Associate Director, Department of 
Family and Community Services, City of Albuquerque, NM; and a public 
witness.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and 
Wellness held a hearing entitled ``Dietary Supplements: Nature's Answer 
to Cost Effective Preventative Medicine.'' Testimony was heard from 
Paul Coates, Director, Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH, Department 
of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
COMBATING TERRORISM: 9/11 RECOMMENDATIONS AND NATIONAL STRATEGIES
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, 
Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing entitled 
``Combating Terrorism: The 9/11 Commission Recommendations and the 
National Strategies.'' Testimony was heard from the following members 
of the 9/11 Commission: Slade Gorton; and Richard Ben-Veniste; Norman 
Rabkin, Managing Director, Homeland Security and Justice Team, GAO; 
Raphael Perl, Senior Policy Analyst, CRS, Library of Congress; and a 
public witness.
IDENTITY THEFT
Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Technology, Information 
Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census held an oversight 
hearing entitled ``Identity Theft: The Causes, Costs, Consequences, and 
Potential Solutions?'' Testimony was heard from Orson Swindle, 
Commissioner, FTC; Steven Martinez, Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber 
Division, FBI, Department of Justice; Larry Johnson, Special Agent in 
Charge, Criminal Investigative Division, U.S. Secret Service, 
Department of Homeland Security; Patrick O'Carroll, Acting Inspector 
General, SSA; and public witnesses.
ASIA'S ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Asia and the 
Pacific held a hearing on Asia's Environmental Challenges. Testimony 
was heard from public witnesses.
LIBYA'S WMD DISARMAMENT
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights held a hearing on 
Disarmament of Libya's Weapons of Mass Destruction. Testimony was heard 
from Representative Weldon (PA); and the following officials of the 
Department of State: Paula A. DeSutter, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of 
Verification and Compliance; Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; and Kurt Kessler, Acting Deputy 
Director, Bureau of Nonproliferation.
JUSTICE FOR ALL ACT; BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported H.R. 5107, Justice For All 
Act of 2004.
  The Committee began consideration of H. J. Res. 22, Proposing a 
balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION SUBPOENA
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution approved a 
motion to authorize the issuance of a subpoena to Custodian of Records, 
United States Commission on Civil Rights.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Resources: Ordered reported the following measures: H.J. 
Res. 102, Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu and 
the end of Imperial Japanese control of Palau during World War II and 
urging the Secretary of the Interior to work to protect the historic 
sites of the Peleliu Battlefield National Historic Landmark and to 
establish commemorative programs honoring the Americans who fought 
there; H. Res. 737, Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Liberation 
of Guam during World War II; H. Res. 752, Expressing continued support 
for the construction of the Victims of Communism Memorial; H.R. 2440, 
amended, Indian Health Care Improvement Act; H.R. 3176, amended, Ojito 
Wilderness Act; H.R. 3283, amended, Federal Lands Recreation 
Enhancement Act; H.R. 3391, amended, Provo River Project Transfer Act; 
H.R. 4593, amended, Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and 
Development Act; H.R. 4650, Wichita Project Equus Beds Division 
Authorization Act of 2004; H.R. 4683, amended, Gullah/Geechee Cultural 
Heritage Act; H.R. 4887, amended, Cumberland Island Wilderness Boundary 
Adjustment Act of 2003; H.R. 4908, amended, Pechanga Band of Luiseno 
Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2004; H.R. 5016, To extend the 
water service contract for the Ainsworth Unit, Sandhills Division, 
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, Nebraska; H.R. 5104, To amend the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to authorize appropriations for 
the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program; and 
S. 347, amended, Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act.

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WATER LEGISLATION
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing 
on the following bills: H.R. 2603, To impose limitations on the 
authority of the Secretary of the Interior to claim title or other 
rights to water absent specific direction of law or to abrogate, 
injure, or otherwise impair any right to the use of any quantity of 
water; H.R. 4580, To remove certain restrictions on the Mammoth 
Community Water District's ability to use certain property acquired by 
that District from the United States; and H.R. 4623, Eastern New Mexico 
Rural Water System Act of 2004. Testimony was heard from Mark Limbaugh, 
Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; 
and public witnesses.
SAME-DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED BY THE RULES 
COMMITTEE
Committee on Rules: Committee granted, by voice 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 special rule reported on the legislative day of 
September 23, 2004, providing for consideration or disposition of a 
conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1308) to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to accelerate the increase in the 
refundability of the child tax credit, and for other purposes.
NATURAL GAS PRICES IMPACT
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, 
Agriculture and Technology held a hearing entitled ``The Impact of High 
Natural Gas Prices on Small Farmers and Manufacturers.'' Testimony was 
heard from Representatives King (IA), and Peterson (PA); and public 
witnesses.
HAITI TRADE PREFERENCES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing on 
Trade Preferences for Haiti. Testimony was heard from Senators Dewine 
and Graham (FL); and public witnesses.
CYBER ISSUES BRIEFING
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Cyber Issues. The Committee was briefed by 
departmental witnesses.
EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEMS
Select Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emergency 
Preparedness and Response held a hearing entitled ``Emergency Warning 
Systems: Ways to Notify the Public in the New Era of Homeland 
Security.'' Testimony was heard from Reynold N. Hoover, Director, 
National Security Coordination, Department of Homeland Security; James 
Dailey, Director, Homeland Security, FCC; and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
HEALTH INSURANCE
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
consumer choice and addressing ``adverse selection'' concerns with 
regard to health care and health insurance, focusing on ways insurance 
markets might use pooling and pricing of risks to resolve coverage 
issues, after receiving testimony from Mark V. Pauly, University of 
Pennsylvania Wharton School, Philadelphia; James H. Cardon, Brigham 
Young University Department of Economics, Provo, Utah; Jeffrey M. 
Closs, BENU, Inc., San Mateo, California; and Linda J. Blumberg, Urban 
Institute, Washington, D.C.


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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                           SEPTEMBER 23, 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 National 
Labor Relations Board issues, 9:30 a.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
Global Posture Review of United States military forces stationed 
overseas, 2:30 p.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold 
hearings to examine the role of prescription drug monitoring 
programs, 2 p.m., SD-430.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to 
consider pending intelligence matters, 4 p.m., SH-219.
  Special Committee on Aging: to meet to discuss the new Medicare-
approved prescription drug cards and transitional assistance 
programs for seniors, 2:30 p.m., SD-628.


                                 House

  Committee on Agriculture, to consider the following measures: H. 
Res. 261, Expressing the support of the House of Representatives for 
the efforts of organizations such as Second Harvest to provide 
emergency food assistance to hungry people in the United States, and 
encouraging all Americans to provide volunteer services and other 
support for local antihunger advocacy efforts and hunger relief 
charities, including food banks, food rescue organizations, food 
pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters; H. Res. 481, 
Recognizing the establishment of Hunters for the Hungry programs 
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efforts to decrease hunger and help feed those in need; H.R. 2119, 
To provide for the use by the State of North Carolina of Federal 
lands, improvements, equipment, and resource materials at the Oxford 
Research Station in Granville County, North Carolina; H.R. 2984, To 
amend the Agricultural Adjustment Act to remove the requirement that 
processors be members of an agency administering a marketing order 
applicable to pears, H.R. 3372, To designate the facility of the 
Agriculture Research Service of the Department of Agriculture 
located at State Highway 26 West in Poplarville, Mississippi, as the 
``Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory;'' H.R. 3514, 
Pennsylvania National Forest Improvement Act of 2003; S. 33, To 
authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to sell or exchange all or 
part of certain administrative sites and other land in the Ozark-St. 
Francis and Ouachita National Forests and to use funds derived from 
the sale or exchange to acquire, construct, or improve 
administrative sites; H.R. 4569, To provide for the development of a 
national plan for the control and management of Sudden Oak Death, a 
tree disease caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora 
ramorum; H.R. 4620, To confirm the authority of the Secretary of 
Agriculture and the Commodity Credit Corporation to enter into 
memorandums of understanding with a State regarding the collection 
of approved State commodity assessments on behalf of the State from 
the proceeds of marketing assistance loans; H.R. 4918, To provide 
for the conveyance of certain Federal land administered by the 
Department of Agriculture in the City of Bastrop, Louisiana, to the 
City to permit the City to establish and operate a regional 
emergency services training center for firefighters, police, and EMS 
personnel serving rural communities in northeast Louisiana, southern 
Arkansas, and western Mississippi; H.R. 5042, To amend the 
Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944 to ensure that the 
dependents of employees of the Forest Service stationed in Puerto 
Rico receive a high-quality elementary and secondary education; and 
S. 1814, To transfer federal lands between the Secretary of 
Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior, 1 p.m., 1300 
Longworth.
  Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on 21st 
Century Competitiveness, hearing entitled ``Current Safeguards 
Protecting Taxpayers Against Diploma Mills,'' 11 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials, to mark up H.R. 4940, Municipal Solid Waste 
Responsibility Act of 2004, 12 p.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled 
``FDA's Role in Protecting the Public Health: Examining FDA's Review 
of Safety and Efficacy Concerns in Anti-Depressant Use by 
Children,'' 11 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations, hearing entitled ``Encouraging Small Business Growth 
and Access to Capital,'' 11 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Government Reform, hearing entitled ``Intellectual 
Property Piracy: Are We Doing Enough to Protect U.S. Innovation 
Abroad?'' 11 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on International Relations, hearing on United States 
Security Policy in Afghanistan on the Eve of National Elections, 1 
p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security, to mark up the following measures: H.R. 4547, 
Defending America's Most Vulnerable Safe Access to Drug Treatment 
and Child Protection Act of 2004; S. 1194, Mentally Ill Offender 
Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2003; and H.R. 4264, Animal 
Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2004, 9 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, 
Wildlife and Oceans, oversight hearing on the Upcoming Thirteenth 
Regular Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the 
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild 
Fauna and Flora (CITES), 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Ways and Means, September 23, Subcommittee on Select 
Revenue Measures, hearing on Select Tax Issues, 11:30 a.m., 1100 
Longworth.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                    11 a.m., Thursday, September 23

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of morning business (not to 
extend beyond 30 minutes), Senate hopes to begin consideration of the 
Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2005 and the 
Conference Report to accompany H.R. 1308, Tax Relief, Simplification 
and Equity Act.
  (At approximately 9:30 a.m., Senators will meet in the Senate Chamber 
to proceed to the House of Representatives for a Joint Meeting of 
Congress, to begin at 10 a.m., to receive an address from His 
Excellency Ayad Allawi, Prime Minister of the Interim Government of the 
Republic of Iraq.)

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                     9 a.m., Thursday, September 23

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Joint Meeting to Receive His Excellency Ayad 
Allawi, Interim Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq.
  Consideration of H.R. 2028, Pledge Protection Act of 2004 (structured 
rule, one hour of debate).
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E1680, E1681
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E1676
Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E1682, E1684
Capuano, Michael E., Mass., E1674
Carson, Julia, Ind., E1673
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E1687
Cooper, Jim, Tenn., E1674, E1678
Davis, Lincoln, Tenn., E1673, E1673, E1675
Davis, Susan A., Calif., E1683
Deutsch, Peter, Fla., E1675
Dingell, John D., Mich., E1674
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1686
Filner, Bob, Calif., E1685
Gallegly, Elton, Calif., E1677, E1685
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1689
Honda, Michael M., Calif., E1682
Hooley, Darlene, Ore., E1680
Hoyer, Steny H., Md., E1688
John, Christopher, La., E1681
Kennedy, Patrick J., R.I., E1688
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E1682
Kleczka, Gerald D., Wisc., E1687
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1686
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1676
McNulty, Michael R., N.Y., E1679
Meek, Kendrick B., Fla., E1678
Miller, George, Calif., E1676
Musgrave, Marilyn N., Colo., E1678, E1679, E1680
Ney, Robert W., Ohio, E1673, E1679, E1680, E1682, E1683, E1684, E1685, 
E1686, E1687
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1677
Oxley, Michael G., Ohio, E1679, E1681
Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E1675
Pomeroy, Earl, N.D., E1688
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1673
Rothman, Steven R., N.J., E1681
Shays, Christopher, Conn., E1675
Skelton, Ike, Mo., E1678
Slaughter, Louise McIntosh, N.Y., E1676
Smith, Nick, Mich., E1685
Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E1674
Stark, Fortney Pete, Calif., E1684
Tancredo, Thomas G., Colo., E1685
Udall, Mark, Colo., E1684, E1686, E1688
Wilson, Heather, N.M., E1678
Wilson, Joe, S.C., E1686
Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E1682, E1683, E1685 


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