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Daily Digest/Senate

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                                       Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2287-S2435
Measures Introduced: Twenty-one bills and five resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 699-719, S. Res. 88-91, and S. Con. Res. 14.
                                                             Page S2355
Measures Reported:
  S. Res. 89, authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for 
the periods March 1, 2007, through September 30, 2007, and October 1, 
2007, through September 30, 2008, and October 1, 2008, through February 
28, 2009.
Page S2355
Measures Passed:
  Siblings Connection Day: Committee on Judiciary was discharged from 
further consideration of
S. Res. 86, designating March 1, 2007, as ``Siblings Connection Day'', 
and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Pages S2433-34
  United States Senate Youth Program: Senate agreed to S. Res. 90, 
commending students who participated in the United States Senate Youth 
Program between 1962 and 2007.
  Page S2434
  Read Across America Day: Senate agreed to
S. Res. 91, designating March 2, 2007, as ``Read Across America Day.'' 
                                                             Page S2434
Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations 
of the 9/11 Commission Act: Senate began consideration of S. 4, to make 
the United States more secure by implementing unfinished 
recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to fight the war on terror more 
effectively, to improve homeland security, withdrawing the committee 
amendment in the nature of a substitute, taking action on the following 
amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S2292-S2348
Adopted:
  Lieberman (for Feinstein) Amendment No. 271 (to Amendment No. 275), 
to prohibit a foreign country with a visa refusal rate of more than 10 
percent or that exceeds the maximum visa overstay rate from 
participating in the visa waiver program.
Pages S2319-21
  By 58 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 54), Inouye Amendment No. 285 (to 
Amendment No. 275), to specify the criminal offenses that disqualify an 
applicant from the receipt of a transportation security card. 
                                               Pages S2343-45, S2345-46
  By 94 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 55), DeMint Modified Amendment No. 279 
(to Amendment No. 275), to specify the criminal offenses that 
disqualify an applicant from the receipt of a transportation security 
card.
Pages S2327-29, S2339-41, S2346
Pending:
  Reid Amendment No. 275, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                         Pages S2318-48
  Collins Amendment No. 277 (to Amendment No. 275), to extend the 
deadline by which State identification documents shall comply with 
certain minimum standards.
Pages S2321-27, S2329-39, S2341-43
  Bingaman/Domenici Amendment No. 281 (to Amendment No. 275), to 
provide financial aid to local law enforcement officials along the 
Nation's borders.
Pages S2346-48
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, 
March 1, 2007.
Page S2434
Appointments:
  Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group: The Chair, on behalf of the 
Vice President, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276d-276g, as amended, appointed 
the following Senator as Vice Chairman of the Senate Delegation to the 
Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group conference during the 110th 
Congress: Senator Crapo.
  Page S2433
  Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group: The Chair, on behalf of the 
Vice President, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 276h-276k, as amended, appointed 
the following Senator as Vice Chairman of the Senate Delegation to the 
Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Group conference during the 110th 
Congress: Senator Cornyn.
  Page S2433
  NATO Parliamentary Assembly: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice 
President, in accordance with 22

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U.S.C. 1928a-1928d, as amended, appointed the following Senator as Vice 
Chairman of the Senate Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 
during the 110th Congress: Senator Smith.
  Page S2433
  British-American Interparliamentary Group: The Chair, on behalf of 
the President pro tempore, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2761, as amended, 
appointed the following Senator as Vice Chairman of the Senate 
Delegation to the British-American Interparliamentary Group conference 
during the 110th Congress: Senator Cochran.
  Page S2433
Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the continuation of the 
national emergency with respect to certain actions and policies 
intended to undermine Zimbabwe's democratic processes or institutions; 
which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
Affairs. (PM-8)
Page S2353
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  Dabney Langhorne Friedrich, of Virginia, to be a Member of the United 
States Sentencing Commission for the remainder of the term expiring 
October 31, 2009 (Recess Appointment).
  Beryl A. Howell, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the 
United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 
2011 (Recess Appointment).
Pages S2433, S2434-35
Messages from the House:
  Pages S2353-54
Messages Referred:
  Page S2354
Executive Communications:
  Page S2354
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2355-57
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2357-59
Additional Statements:
  Pages S2352-53
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S2379-S2432
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S2432
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S2432-33
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S2433
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--55) 
                                                             Page S2346
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., and adjourned at 7:37 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thrusday, March 1, 2007.


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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[Pages D229-D231]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded a 
hearing to provide an overview of the President's proposed budget for 
fiscal year 2008 for defense-related matters, after receiving testimony 
from Gordon England, Deputy Secretary, and Tina W. Jonas, Under 
Secretary (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer, both of the 
Department of Defense; and Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., Vice 
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
AMTRAK: 2008
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing 
and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to 
examine Amtrak 2008, after receiving testimony from Joseph H. Boardman, 
Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, and David Tornquist, 
Assistant Inspector General, Competition and Economic Analysis, both of 
the Department of Transportation; Alex Kummant, National Railroad 
Passenger Corporation--Amtrak, and Edward Wytkind, AFL-CIO, both of 
Washington, D.C.; and Robert Serlin, RIM Services, LLC, Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania.
MINE SAFETY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine 
improving mine safety, one year after the Sago and Alma coalmining 
disasters, after receiving testimony from Richard E. Stickler, 
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health; John Howard, 
Director, and Jeffery L. Kohler, Director, Office of Mine Safety and 
Health, both of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and 
Health, Department of Health and Human Services; J. Davitt McAteer, 
Wheeling Jesuit University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Chris R. 
Hamilton, West Virginia Coal Association, Charleston; Cecil Roberts, 
United Mine Workers of America, Fairfax, Virginia; and Bruce Watzman, 
National Mining Association, Washington, D.C.
SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
Committee on Appropriations: On Monday, February 26, 2007, Committee 
adopted it rules of procedure and approved for reporting the following 
subcommittee assignments for the 110th Congress:
  Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies: Senators Kohl (Chairman), Harkin, 
Dorgan, Feinstein, Durbin, Johnson, Nelson (NE), Reed, Bennett,

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Cochran, Specter, Bond, McConnell, Craig, and Brownback.
  Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: 
Senators Mikulski (Chairman), Inouye, Leahy, Kohl, Harkin, Dorgan, 
Feinstein, Reed, Lautenberg, Shelby, Gregg, Stevens, Domenici, 
McConnell, Hutchison, Brownback, and Alexander.
  Subcommittee on Defense: Senators Inouye (Chairman), Byrd, Leahy, 
Harkin, Dorgan, Durbin, Feinstein, Mikulski, Kohl, Murray, Stevens, 
Cochran, Specter, Domenici, Bond, McConnell, Shelby, Gregg, and 
Hutchison.
  Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development: Senators Dorgan 
(Chairman), Byrd, Murray, Feinstein, Johnson, Landrieu, Inouye, Reed, 
Lautenberg, Domenici, Cochran, McConnell, Bennett, Craig, Bond, 
Hutchison, and Allard.
  Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: Senators 
Durbin (Chairman), Murray, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Nelson (NE), 
Brownback, Bond, Shelby, and Allard.
  Subcommittee on Homeland Security: Senators Byrd (Chairman), Inouye, 
Leahy, Mikulski, Kohl, Murray, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Nelson (NE), 
Cochran, Gregg, Stevens, Specter, Domenici, Shelby, Craig, and 
Alexander.
  Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: Senators 
Feinstein (Chairman), Byrd, Leahy, Dorgan, Mikulski, Kohl, Johnson, 
Reed, Nelson (NE), Craig, Stevens, Cochran, Domenici, Bennett, Gregg, 
Allard, and Alexander.
  Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and 
Related Agencies: Senators Harkin (Chairman), Inouye, Kohl, Murray, 
Landrieu, Durbin, Reed, Lautenberg, Specter, Cochran, Gregg, Craig, 
Hutchison, Stevens, and Shelby.
  Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch: Senators Landrieu (Chairman), 
Durbin, Nelson (NE), Allard, and Alexander.
  Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans' Affairs, and Related 
Agencies: Senators Johnson (Chairman), Inouye, Landrieu, Byrd, Murray, 
Reed, Nelson (NE), Hutchison, Craig, Brownback, Allard, McConnell, and 
Bennett.
  Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: 
Senators Leahy (Chairman), Inouye, Harkin, Mikulski, Durbin, Johnson, 
Landrieu, Reed, Gregg, McConnell, Specter, Bennett, Bond, Brownback, 
and Alexander.
  Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and 
Related Agencies: Senators Murray (Chairman), Byrd, Mikulski, Kohl, 
Durbin, Dorgan, Leahy, Harkin, Feinstein, Johnson, Lautenberg, Bond, 
Shelby, Specter, Bennett, Hutchison, Brownback, Stevens, Domenici, 
Alexander, and Allard.
  Senators Byrd and Cochran are ex officio members of each of the 
subcommittees.
TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE PROGRAM
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program, after 
receiving testimony from Michael McRaith, Illinois Department of 
Financial and Professional Regulation, Chicago, on behalf of National 
Association of Insurance Commissioners; Charles Clarke, The Travelers 
Companies, Inc., Hartford, Connecticut, on behalf of American Insurance 
Association; Thomas Minkler, Clark-Mortenson Agency, Keane, New 
Hampshire, on behalf of Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of 
America; Michael J. Peninger, Assurant Employee Benefits, Inc., Kansas 
City, Missouri, on behalf of American Council of Life Insurers; James 
H. Veghte, XL Reinsurance America, Inc., Stamford, Connecticut, on 
behalf of Reinsurance Association of America; Arthur M. Coppola, 
Macerich Company, Santa Monica, California, on behalf of Coalition to 
Insure Against Terrorism; Janno N. Lieber, World Trade Center 
Properties, on behalf of Silverstein Properties, and Don Bailey, Willis 
North America, on behalf of Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, 
both of New York, New York; and Travis B. Plunkett, Consumer Federation 
of America, Washington, D.C.
VEHICLE SAFETY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety concluded a hearing 
to examine vehicle safety for children, after receiving testimony from 
Ronald Medford, Senior Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety, 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of 
Transportation; former New Hampshire State Representative W. Packy 
Campbell, Farmington; David McCurdy, Alliance of Automobile 
Manufacturers, and Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen, both of Washington, 
D.C.; and Greg Gulbransen, Syosset, New York.
NASA BUDGET
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences concluded a hearing to examine 
the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2008 for the 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), after receiving 
testimony from Michael D. Griffin, Administrator, National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration.
USDA FOREST SERVICE BUDGET
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the President's

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budget request for fiscal year 2008 for the Forest Service Department 
of Agriculture, after receiving testimony from Mark Rey, Under 
Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, and Gail Kimbell, 
Chief, Forest Service, both of the Department of Agriculture.
IMMIGRATION REFORM
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
comprehensive immigration reform, focusing on gaining effective control 
of the border, building a robust interior enforcement program, 
establishing a Temporary Worker Program, and promoting assimilation of 
new immigrants into society, after receiving testimony from Carlos M. 
Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce; and Michael Chertoff, Secretary of 
Homeland Security.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee ordered favorably 
reported an original resolution (S. Res. 89) authorizing expenditures 
by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2007, through 
September 30, 2007, October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2008, and 
October 1, 2008, through February 28, 2009.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUDGET
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2008 
for the Small Business Administration, after receiving testimony from 
Steven C. Preston, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration.
AGING WORKFORCE
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the aging workforce, focusing on its meaning for businesses and the 
economy and engaging and retaining older workers, after receiving 
testimony from David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United 
States, Government Accountability Office; Donald L. Kohn, Vice 
Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Marcie 
Pitt-Catsouphes, Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at 
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Javon R. Bea, Mercy 
Health System, Janesville, Wisconsin; and Preston Pulliams, Portland 
Community College, Portland, Oregon.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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[Pages D231-D232]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 33 public bills, H.R. 1221-
1253; and 5 resolutions, H. Res. 201-202, 204-206, were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H2037-39
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H2039
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 203, providing for consideration of H.R. 800, to amend the 
National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable 
employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations and to provide 
for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing 
efforts (H. Rept. 110-26).
Page H2037
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Pastor to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H1979
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Tyrone 
Skinner, Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Altadena, California. 
                                                             Page H1979
National Security Foreign Investment Reform and Strengthened 
Transparency Act of 2007: The House passed H.R. 556, to ensure national 
security while promoting foreign investment and the creation and 
maintenance of jobs, to reform the process by which such investments 
are examined for any effect they may have on national security, and to 
establish the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, by 
a recorded vote of 423 ayes with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 110. 
                                                      Pages H1987-H2010
  Rejected the Neugebauer motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the 
House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 193 ayes to 229 
noes, Roll No. 109.
Pages H2007-09
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the 
bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of 
amendment and shall be considered as read.
Page H1994
Agreed to:
  Frank manager's amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record 
of February 27, 2007) that

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makes a number of technical and clarifying changes to the bill; 
                                                         Pages H1997-98
  King (IA) amendment (No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of 
February 27, 2007) that requires the President to consider the 
potential effects of a covered transaction on the efforts of the United 
States to curtail human smuggling; and
Pages H1998-99
  Barrow amendment (No. 12 printed in the Congressional Record of 
February 27, 2007) that includes in the reporting requirements Senators 
representing States and Members of Congress representing congressional 
districts that would be significantly affected by a covered 
transaction.
Page H2000
Rejected:
  McCaul (TX) amendment (No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record of 
February 27, 2007) that sought to insert a new paragraph entitled 
Contents of Report Related to Barriers to Investment Into the United 
States relating to the effective rate of taxation on entrepreneurs and 
businesses and other sources of capital in the U.S. as compared to 
other countries (by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 
106);
Pages H2000-01, H2005-06
  McCaul (TX) amendment (No. 6 printed in the Congressional Record of 
February 27, 2007) that sought to insert a new paragraph entitled 
Contents of Report Related to Barriers to Investment Into the United 
States relating to the amount of burdensome regulation in the United 
States as compared to other countries (by a recorded vote of 197 ayes 
to 231 noes, Roll No. 107); and
Pages H2001-02, H2006
  McCaul (TX) amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of 
February 27, 2007) that sought to insert a new paragraph entitled 
Contents of Report Related to Barriers to Investment Into the United 
States relating to trend information on the number of jobs in the 
United States related to foreign investment resulting from covered 
transactions (by a recorded vote of 197 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 
108).
Pages H2002-05, H2006-07
  H. Res. 195, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by voice vote after agreeing to order the previous question. 
                                                         Pages H1982-86
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, February 
27th:
  Supporting the goals and ideals of American Heart Month: H. Con. Res. 
52, to support the goals and ideals of American Heart Month, by a \2/3\ 
yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 111. 
                                                             Page H2010
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he 
notified Congress of the continuation of the national emergency with 
respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the 
Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe's 
democratic processes or institutions--referred to the Committee on 
Foreign Affairs and ordered printed (H. Doc. 110-16).
  Page H2035
Recess: The House recessed at 5:54 p.m. and reconvened at 7:00 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2036
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote and five recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2005-06, 
H2006, H2006-07, H2008-09, H2009-10, and H2010. There were no quorum 
calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:03 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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[Pages D232-D236]
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Committee Meetings
FARM BILL--SPECIALTY AND ORGANIC CROPS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic 
Agriculture held a hearing to review the proposals of the Department of 
Agriculture for the 2007 Farm Bill with respect to specialty crops and 
organic agriculture. Testimony was heard from Chuck Conner, Deputy 
Secretary of Agriculture.
AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a 
hearing on FDA. Testimony was heard from the Department of Health and 
Human Services: Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., Commissioner, FDA; John 
R. Dyer, Deputy Commissioner, Operations and Chief Operating Officer; 
and Norris W. Cochran, Director, Division of Discretionary Programs, 
Office of
Budget.
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, 
Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the National Science 
Board. Testimony was heard from Steven C. Beering, Chairman, National 
Science Board.
  The Subcommittee also held a hearing on Science Funding. Testimony 
was heard from public witnesses.

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ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water 
Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Energy Outlook--the 
Next Decade. Testimony was heard from Guy Caruso, Administrator, Energy 
Information Agency, Department of Energy; Jim Wells, Director, Natural 
Resources and Environment, GAO; and public witnesses.
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and 
General Government held a hearing on Consumer Issues. Testimony was 
heard from Deborah Platt Majoras, Chairman, FTC; Nancy Nord, Acting 
Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission; and public witnesses.
INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and 
Related Agencies concluded hearings on the EPA. Testimony was heard 
from the following officials of the EPA: Stephen L. Johnson, 
Administrator; Marcus C. Peacock, Deputy Administrator; Lyon Gray, 
Chief Financial Officer; Roger R. Martella, Acting General Counsel; 
Bill Roderick, Acting Inspector General; Judith E. Ayers, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of International Affairs; William Wehrum, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation; George Gray, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Research and Development; Benjamin 
H. Grumbles, Assistant Administrator, Office of Water; Granta Y. 
Nakayama, Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance 
Assurance; James B. Gulliford, Assistant Administrator, Office of 
Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances; Susan Bodine, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Molly 
O'Neill, Assistant Administrator, Office of Environmental Information; 
and Luis A. Luna, Assistant Administrator, Office of Administration and 
Resource Management.
LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Health 
Resources and Services Administration. Testimony was heard from 
Elizabeth M. Duke, Administrator, Health Resources and Services 
Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction, 
Veterans' Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Fiscal Year 
2007 Supplemental Request. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Defense: Tina W. Jones, Under Secretary, 
Comptroller; and MG Brian I. Geehan, Director, Logistics, Central 
Command.
TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, and 
Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing on 
Transportation and Housing: Trends and Challenges over the Next Decade. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
NATIONAL DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST--DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2008 
National Defense Budget Request from the Department of the Air Force. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of 
the Air Force: Michael W. Wynne, Secretary; and GEN T. Michael Moseley, 
USAF, Chief of Staff.
RESERVISTS G.I. BILL--IMPACT OF CHANGES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing on the impact of changes to the Reserve Montgomery G.I. Bill. 
Testimony was heard from Michael L. Dominguez, Principal Deputy Under 
Secretary, Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense; and Keith 
Wilson, Director of Benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs.
LONG TERM ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Committee on the Budget: Held a hearing on Fiscal Challenges and the 
Economy in the Long Term. Testimony was heard from Ben S. Bernanke, 
Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System.
IMPROVING HEAD START
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, 
Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing on Improving Head 
Start for America's Children. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.

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NCAA COACHING AND LEADERSHIP DIVERSITY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``The Lack of Diversity in 
Leadership Positions in NCAA Collegiate Sports.'' Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
TRANSPORTATION FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Air 
Quality held a hearing entitled ``A Review of the Administration's 
Energy Proposal for the Transportation Sector.'' Testimony was heard 
from Nicole Nason, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, Department of Transportation; and Edward P. Lazear, 
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers.
CALLER ID MANIPULATION
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Telecommunications 
and the Internet approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 
251, Truth in Caller ID Act of 2007.
  Prior to this action, the Subcommittee held a hearing on this 
measure. Testimony was heard from Kris Montieth, Chief, Enforcement 
Bureau, FCC; and public witnesses.
KATRINA INSURANCE ISSUES
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Insurance Claims Payment 
Processes in the Gulf Coast after the 2005 Hurricanes.'' Testimony was 
heard from Representatives Taylor, Jefferson and Jindal; David 
Maurstad, Director and Federal Insurance Administrator, Mitigation 
Division, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security; Jim Hood, Attorney 
General, State of Mississippi; and a public witness.
IRAQ AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on Iraq and U.S. Foreign 
Policy. Testimony was heard from Richard C. Holbrooke, former U.S. 
Ambassador to the United Nations; and a public witness.
NORTH KOREA: THE FEBRUARY 13TH AGREEMENT
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on North Korea: The 
February 13th Agreement. Testimony was heard from Christopher R. Hill, 
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 
Department of State.
FEMA REFORM
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emergency 
Communication, Preparedness, and Response and the Subcommittee on 
Management, Investigations, and Oversight held a joint hearing entitled 
``Reforming FEMA: Are We Making Progress?'' Testimony was heard from 
the following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: R. 
David Paulison, Under Secretary, Federal Emergency Management, FEMA; 
George Foresman, Under Secretary, Preparedness; and Matt Jadacki, 
Deputy Inspector General.
COMMITTEE FUNDING
Committee on House Administration: Met to consider Committee funding 
requests for the following Committees: Foreign Affairs; Judiciary; 
Financial Services; Homeland Security; Transportation and 
Infrastructure; Armed Services; Education and the Workforce; Oversight 
and Government Reform; Rules; Ways and Means; Small Business; Veterans' 
Affairs; Energy and Commerce; Agriculture, Science and Technology; 
Budget; Intelligence; Standards; and Natural Resources.
JUDICIAL DISCLOSURE RESPONSIBILITY ACT; ESTABLISHED ANTITRUST TASK 
FORCE
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported H.R. 1130, Judicial 
Disclosure Responsibility Act.
  The Committee also approved the following: a resolution establishing 
the Antitrust Task Force; and other pending Committee business.
COMPETITION AND THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MUSIC
Committee on the Judiciary: Antitrust Task Force held a hearing on 
Competition and the Future of Digital Music. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--EVOLVING WEST
Committee on Natural Resources: Held an oversight hearing on the 
Evolving West. Testimony was heard from Representatives Walden of 
Oregon, Nunes, Herger and Rehberg; Governor Brian Schweitzer of 
Montana; former Representative Pat Williams of Montana; and public 
witnesses.
BUDGET VIEWS AND ESTIMATES; MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; PRESIDENTIAL 
LIBRARY FUNDING
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Ordered reported the 
following measures: H. Res. 180, Honoring the life and achievements of 
Leo T. McCarthy and expressing profound sorrow on his death; H. Res. 
162, Recognizing the contributions of the Negro Baseball Leagues and 
their players; and H.

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Con. Res. 62, Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Children 
and Families Day, in order to encourage adults in the United States to 
support and listen to children and to help children throughout the 
Nation achieve their hopes and dreams.
  The Committee approved Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 
2008 for submission to the Committee on the Budget.
  The Committee also held a hearing entitled ``Reforming the 
Presidential Library Funding Disclosure Process.'' Testimony was heard 
from Sharon Fawcett, Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries, 
National Archives and Records Administration; and public witnesses.
9/11 FIRST RESPONDER HEALTH
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Government Management, Organization, and Procurement held a hearing 
entitled ``9/11 Health Effects: Federal Monitoring and Treatment of 
Residents and Responders.'' Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Health and Human Services: John 
Agwunobi, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Health and Chair of HHS
9/11 Task Force; and John Howard, M.D., Director, National Institute 
for Occupational Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 
Federal 9/11 Health Coordinator; the following officials of the City of 
New York: Linda I. Gibbs, Deputy Mayor, Health and Human Services; and 
Edward Skyler, Deputy Mayor, Administration; and public witnesses.
EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 8 to 3, a structured rule. 
The rule provides 1 hour of general debate on H.R. 800, Employee Free 
Choice Act, equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee on Education and Labor. The rule 
waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for 
clause 9 and 10 in Rule XXI. The rule provides that the amendment in 
the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education 
and Labor now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original 
bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules 
Committee report accompanying the resolution. The rule provides that 
the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed 
in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the 
report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time 
specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent 
and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be 
subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the 
Committee of the Whole. The rule waives all points of order against the 
amendments printed in the report except for clause 10 of Rule XXI. 
Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without 
instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman George Miller of CA, 
Representatives Andrews, McKeon, Kline, Price of GA, Boustany, Foxx, 
Davis of TN, Shays and Musgrave.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science and Technology: Ordered reported the following 
bills: H.R. 85, amended, Energy Technology Transfer Act; H.R. 1068, To 
amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991; H.R. 1126, To 
reauthorize the Steel and Aluminum Energy Conservation and Technology 
Competitiveness Act of 1988; and H.R. 363, amended, Sowing the Seeds 
through Science and Engineering Research Act.
BUDGET VIEWS AND ESTIMATES
Committee on Small Business: Approved Budget Views and Estimates for 
Fiscal Year 2008 for submission to the Committee on the Budget.
VA INFORMATION AND SECURITY MANAGEMENT
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on Information and Security Management at 
the Department of Veterans Affairs. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs: Gordon 
Mansfield, Deputy Secretary; Robert Howard, Assistant Secretary, 
Information and Technology; James Bagian, M.D., Chief Patient Safety 
Officer; Maureen Regan, Counselor for the Inspector General; and 
Arnaldo Claudio, Oversight and Compliance Representative; Greg 
Wilshusen, Director, Information Technology Security Issues, GAO; and 
public witnesses.
BUDGET VIEWS AND ESTIMATES; ENERGY AND TAX POLICY
Committee on Ways and Means: Approved Budget Views and Estimates for 
Fiscal Year 2008 for submission to the Committee on the Budget.
  The Committee also held a hearing on Energy and Tax Policy, focusing 
on climate change. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST FISCAL YEAR 2007
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
hold a hearing on Fiscal Year 2007 Supplemental Request. Testimony was 
heard from departmental witnesses.

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Joint Meetings
INCOME INSTABILITY
  Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
meeting the challenge of income instability, after receiving 
testimony from Peter Orszag, Director, Congressional Budget Office; 
Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution, and Bradley R. Schiller, 
American University, both of Washington, D.C.; Maurice Emsellem, 
National Employment Law Project, Oakland, California; and Lily 
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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                             MARCH 1, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, 
Science and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine the 
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2008 for the 
Department of Commerce, 10 a.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine 
Afghanistan, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the 
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2008 for defense 
and war costs, 10 a.m., SD-608.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine universal service, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to 
examine the Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy 
Outlook 2007, 9:30 a.m., SD-366.
  Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, to hold hearings to 
examine S. 380, to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and 
Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, 2 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to 
examine state, local, and regional government approaches to address 
global warming, 10 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine Medicare 
payments for physician services, focusing on new approaches, 10 
a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee 
on Employment and Workplace Safety, to hold hearings to examine 
asbestos, focusing on efforts to better protect the health of 
American workers and their families, 10 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: 
Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government 
Information, Federal Services and International Security, to hold 
hearings to examine improving federal financial management, focusing 
on the progress that has been made and the challenges ahead, 3 p.m., 
SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 236, 
to require reports to Congress on Federal agency use of data mining, 
S. 378, to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect judges, 
prosecutors, witnesses, victims, and their family members, S. 442, 
to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders, 
S. 261, to amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen 
prohibitions against animal fighting, S. 376, to amend title 18, 
United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the 
carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers, S. Res. 
78, designating April 2007 as ``National Autism Awareness Month'' 
and supporting efforts to increase funding for research into the 
causes and treatment of autism and to improve training and support 
for individuals with autism and those who care for individuals with 
autism, S. Res. 81, recognizing the 45th anniversary of John Hershel 
Glenn, Jr.'s historic achievement in becoming the first United 
States astronaut to orbit the Earth, and the nominations of Thomas 
M. Hardiman, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Third Circuit, John Preston Bailey, to be United States District 
Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia, Otis D. Wright II, 
to be United States District Judge for the Central District of 
California, and George H. Wu, to be United States District Judge for 
the Central District of California, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting and 
hearing regarding certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Agriculture, to consider Committee's Views and 
Estimates for Fiscal Year 2008 for submission to the Committee on 
the Budget, 2 p.m., 1302 Longworth.
  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, on 
USDA's Inspector General, 10 a.m., 2362A Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, 
on NSF, 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., 2237 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related 
Agencies, on Bureau of Reclamation, 10 a.m., 2362B Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, on 
Financial Services for Disadvantaged Communities, 10 a.m., 2220 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on Meeting Boarder Patrol 
Training Needs, 2 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and 
Related Agencies, on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration/National Institute of Drug Abuse/National Institute 
of Mental Health/and National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism, 
10 a.m., 2325 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, on Architect of the Capitol: 
Budget, 10 a.m., H-144 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, 
on Global HIV/AID, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, 
and Related Agencies, on Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

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  Committee on Armed Services, on the Fiscal Year 2008 National 
Defense Budget Request from the Department of the Navy, 9:30 a.m., 
2118 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Military Personnel, hearing on views of military 
advocacy and beneficiary groups, 2 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, hearing on 
integrated nuclear power systems for future Naval surface 
combatants, 2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Budget, hearing on the Department of Veterans 
Affairs Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Priorities, 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, to consider pending Committee 
business, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, hearing 
entitled ``The Environmental Protection Agency Fiscal Year 2008 
Budget Request,'' 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Covering the Uninsured 
Through the Eyes of a Child,'' 2 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing 
entitled ``Digital Future of the United States: Part I--The Future 
of the World Wide Web,'' 10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, to consider the following: to 
consider Committee's Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2008 
for submission to the Committee on the Budget; and the Hurricane 
Katrina Housing Recovery Act of 2007, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, 
and the Global Environment, hearing on North Korean Human Rights: An 
Update, 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, hearing on Overview of U.S. 
Policy Toward Latin America, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Management, 
Investigations, and Oversight, hearing entitled ``The Department of 
Homeland Security's Directorate: Goals and Objectives of the New 
Under Secretary,'' 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.
  Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure 
Protection, to mark up the Rail and Public Transportation Security 
Act of 2007, 10 a.m., 1539 Longworth.
  Committee on House Administration, to mark up Committee Funding 
resolution, 4 p.m., 1310 Longworth.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, 
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, hearing on S. 1, To provide 
greater transparency in the legislative process, 10 a.m., 2141 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, 
Forests and Public Lands, oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2008 
Budget Request for the National Park Service, 10 a.m., 1324 
Longworth.
  Subcommittee on Water and Power, hearing on H.R. 24, San Joaquin 
River Restoration Settlement Act, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on 
Information Policy, Census and National Archives, oversight hearing 
on The Presidential Records Act, 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing entitled ``Increasing Access 
to Capital for Our Nation's Small Businesses, 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to consider the 
following: H.R. 1144, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Federal Match 
Relief Act of 2007; H. R. 1195, To amend the Safe, Accountable, 
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users to 
make technical corrections; H.R. 735, To designate the Federal 
building under construction at 799 First Avenue in New York, New 
York, as the ``Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United 
Nations Building;'' H.R. 753, To redesignate the Federal building 
located at 167 North Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee, as the 
``Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building;'' H.R. 1019, To 
designate the United States customhouse building located at 31 
Gonzalez Clements Avenue in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, as the ``Rafael 
Martinez Nadal United States Customhouse Building;'' H.R. 1045, To 
designate the Federal building located at 210 Walnut Street in Des 
Moines, Iowa, as the ``Neal Smith Federal Building;'' H.R. 1138, To 
designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located 
at 306 East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as the 
``J. Herbert W. Small Federal Building and United States 
Courthouse,'' H.R. 720, Water Quality Financing Act of 2007; GSA 
Courthouse Construction Resolution; the Committee's Budget Views and 
Estimates for Fiscal Year 2008 for submission to the Committee on 
the Budget; and other pending business, 11 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on 
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual March report on 
Medicare payment policies, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, to mark up 
H.R. 1196, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007; and 
to approve release to the Department of Justice executive session 
material, 1 p.m., H-405 Capitol.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 1

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of morning business (not to 
extend beyond 60 minutes), Senate will continue consideration of S. 4, 
Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations 
of the 9/11 Commission Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday, March 1

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 800--Employee Free Choice 
Act.
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Altmire, Jason, Pa., E422
Baca, Joe, Calif., E418
Bonner, Jo, Ala., E427
Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E425
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E417, E419
Davis, Tom, Va., E425
Duncan, John J., Jr., Tenn., E426
Edwards, Chet, Tex., E423
Ellison, Kieth, Minn., E416
Etheridge, Bob, N.C., E421
Gallegly, Elton, Calif., E425
Green, Al, Tex., E423
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E427
Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E421
Hooley, Darlene, Ore., E419
Israel, Steve, N.Y., E420, E427
Issa, Darrell E., Calif., E426
Kirk, Mark Steven, Ill., E426
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E415, E418
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E415, E429
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E422
Murphy, Patrick J., Pa., E428
Payne, Donald M., N.J., E428
Pearce, Stevan, N.M., E422
Rahall, Nick J., II, W.Va., E420
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E415, E417
Ruppersberger, C.A. Dutch, Md., E416, E418, E420, E422
Serrano, Jose E., N.Y., E415, E417, E419, E421, E423, E425
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E416
Udall, Mark, Colo., E421
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E418, E424
Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E416 


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