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                                       Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to S. Res. 306, Honoring Senator Tim Johnson.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S11083-S11127
Measures Introduced: Two bills and three resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2018-2019, and S. Res. 306-308.
  Pages S11116-17
Measures Reported:
  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. Rept. No. 110-150)
Page S11116
Measures Passed:
  Honoring Senator Tim Johnson: Senate agreed to S. Res. 306, 
concerning the return of Senator Tim Johnson.
  Pages S11095-97
  Use of Capitol Rotunda and Grounds: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 
196, authorizing the use of the rotunda and grounds of the Capitol for 
a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Tenzin Gyatso, the 
Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
  Page S11125
  Little League World Series: Senate agreed to S. Res. 308, 
congratulating the Warner Robins American Little League team of Warner 
Robins, Georgia, for winning the championship game of the Little League 
World Series.
  Pages S11125-26
Measures Considered:
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2008: 
Senate continued consideration of H.R. 2642, making appropriations for 
military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related 
agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, taking action 
on the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                             Pages S11092-95, S11101-12
  Adopted:
  Reed (for Feingold) Amendment No. 2661, to require a report from the 
Comptroller General on the adequacy of mental health care services 
provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of 
Defense to female members of the Armed Forces and female veterans. 
                                                        Pages S11107-08
  Reed (for Obama) Amendment No. 2658, to provide that none of the 
funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used 
to enter into a contract in an amount greater than $5,000,000 or to 
award a grant in excess of such amount unless the prospective 
contractor or grantee makes certain certifications regarding Federal 
tax liability.
Page S11108
  Reed (for McCaskill) Amendment No. 2660, to provide a mechanism by 
which individuals can report to the Inspector General of the Department 
of Veterans Affairs cases of waste, fraud, or abuse with respect to the 
Department of Veterans Affairs.
Page S11108
  Reed (for Murray) Amendment No. 2677, to authorize the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to transfer funds to the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services to train psychologists.
Page S11108
  Reed (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 2679, to require reports on the 
reconstruction of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 
New Orleans, Louisiana.
Pages S11108-09
  Reed (for Stabenow/Levin) Amendment No. 2680, to designate the 
Department of Veterans Affairs clinic located in Alpena, Michigan, as 
the ``Lieutenant Colonel Clement C. Van Wagoner Department of Veterans 
Affairs Clinic''.
Page S11109
  Reed (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 2681, to provide that the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs may carry out a major medical facility 
lease in fiscal year 2008 in an amount not to exceed $12,000,000 to 
implement the recommendations outlined in the August, 2007 Study of 
South Texas Veterans' Inpatient and Specialty Outpatient Health Care 
Needs.
Page S11109
  Reed (for Tester) Amendment No. 2669, to provide, with an offset, an 
additional $125,000,000 for the Veterans Beneficiary Travel Program. 
                                                            Page S11109

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  Reed (for Stevens) Amendment No. 2682, to require a report on access 
to medical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to 
veterans who live in remote rural areas.
                                                        Pages S11109-10
  Reed (for Allard) Amendment No. 2688, to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to modify certain instruments to allow the City of Aurora, 
State of Colorado, to convey to the United States certain non-Federal 
land to be used by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the 
construction of a veterans medical facility.
                                                            Page S11110
                                                              Rejected:
  DeMint Amendment No. 2686, to strike section 225, relating to a 
prohibition on the disposal of Department of Veterans Affairs lands and 
improvements at West Los Angeles Medical Center, California. (By 66 
yeas to 25 nays (Vote No. 312), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                        Pages S11102-07
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2007, 
that the following be the only first-degree amendments remaining in 
order to the bill, that they be subject to second-degree amendments 
which are relevant to the amendment to which it is offered: Sanders 
Amendment No. 2664, Salazar Amendment No. 2662, Brown Amendment No. 
2673, a Coleman amendment relating to conventions, and McConnell 
Amendment No. 2666; that Senator Bunning be recognized to speak for up 
to 30 minutes; provided further, that there be 2 minutes of debate 
prior to a vote in relation to the Coleman amendment, with the time 
equally divided between Senators Coleman and Bunning, or their 
designees; provided further, that there be 2 minutes for debate equally 
divided and controlled in the usual form prior to a vote in relation to 
all remaining amendments; that upon disposition of the Coleman 
amendment, the amendment vote sequence be the following: Sanders 
Amendment No. 2664, Salazar Amendment No. 2662, Brown Amendment No. 
2673, a Coleman amendment relating to conventions, and McConnell 
Amendment No. 2666; provided further, that these amendments be disposed 
of with no further debate or motions in order, except for the debate 
specified above; provided further, that the previous order relating to 
points of order remaining in effect with respect to this bill; and that 
upon disposition of all amendments, the bill be read a third time, and 
Senate vote on passage of the bill; that upon passage, Senate insist on 
its amendment, request a conference with the House on the disagreeing 
votes of the two Houses and the Chair be authorized to appoint 
conferees; provided further, that upon disposition of the bill, Senate 
begin consideration of H.R. 2764, making appropriations for the 
Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.
                                                        Pages S11126-27
Migratory and Transboundary Fish Stocks--Referral Agreement: A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Committee on 
Finance be discharged from further consideration of S. J. Res. 17, 
directing the United States to initiate international discussions and 
take necessary steps with other Nations to negotiate an agreement for 
managing migratory and transboundary fish stocks in the Arctic Ocean, 
and the bill then be referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, 
and Justice.
  Page S11125
Messages from the House:
  Page S11113
Measures Referred:
  Page S11113
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S11113
Executive Communications:
  Pages S11113-16
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S11117-19
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S11119-20
Additional Statements:
  Pages S11112-13
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S11120-24
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S11125
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S11125
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S11125
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--312) 
                                                        Pages S11106-07
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:59 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2007. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
UTAH MINE DISASTER
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human 
Services, Education, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to 
examine the Utah mine disaster, focusing on preventing future coal 
mining tragedies, after receiving testimony from Richard E. Stickler, 
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Administration; 
Cecil E. Roberts, United Mine Workers of America, Fairfax, Virginia; J. 
Davitt McAteer, Wheeling Jesuit University, Shepherdstown, West 
Virginia; and Bruce Watzman, National Mining Association, Washington, 
D.C.

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NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing on the 
nominations of Nancy Goodman Brinker, of Florida, to be Chief of 
Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of 
service, Harry K. Thomas, Jr., of New York, to be Director General of 
the Foreign Service, who was introduced by Representative Lantos and 
Senator Hutchison, Mark Kimmitt, of Virginia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs), who was introduced by 
Senator Warner, and Ned L. Siegel, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the 
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, who was introduced by Senator Martinez, 
after each nominee testified and answered questions in their own 
behalf.
CIVIL RIGHTS ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and its continuing 
importance, after receiving testimony from Representative John Lewis 
(GA); Gail Heriot, Commissioner, United States Commission on Civil 
Rights; Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Theodore 
M. Shaw, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Peter A. 
Zamora, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Robert 
N. Driscoll, Alston and Bird LLP, all of Washington, D.C.; and Robert 
P. Moses, Algebra Project, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts.
ADVISING SENIORS ON FINANCIAL ISSUES
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the qualifications for those who advise seniors about financial issues, 
after receiving testimony from Christopher Cox, Chairman, United States 
Securities and Exchange Commission; Minnesota Attorney General Lori 
Swanson, St. Paul; William Francis Galvin, Massachusetts Secretary of 
State, Boston; Joseph P. Borg, North America Securities Administrators 
Association, Inc., and Nicholas A. Nicolette, Financial Planning 
Association, both of Washington, D.C.; Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance 
Commissioner, Topeka, on behalf of the National Association of 
Insurance Commissioners (NAIC); Gary Bhojwani, Allianz Life Insurance 
Company of North America, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Edwin J. Pittock, 
Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Denver, Colorado.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives

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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 7 public bills, H.R. 3473-
3479; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 203-204; and H. Res. 632, 634-
635, were introduced.
  Page H10156
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H10156-57
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 633, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2786) to 
reauthorize the programs for housing assistance for Native Americans 
(H. Rept. 110-316).
                                                            Page H10156
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. S. L. 
Roberson, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
                                                            Page H10079
Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 
2007--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the 
following Members of the House of Representatives to the Select 
Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007: 
Representative Delahunt, Chairman; Representatives Davis (AL) and 
Herseth Sandlin.
  Page H10082
Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 
2007--Appointment: Read a letter from Representative Boehner, Minority 
Leader, in which he appointed the following Members of the House of 
Representatives to the Select Committee to Investigate the Voting 
Irregularities of August 2, 2007: Representative Pence, Ranking Member; 
Representatives LaTourette and Hulshof.
  Page H10082
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Extending the condolences and sympathy of the House of 
Representatives to the Government and the people of Greece for the 
grave loss of life and vast destruction caused by the devastating fires 
raging through Greece since June 2007: H. Res. 629, to extend the 
condolences and sympathy of the House of Representatives to the 
Government and the people of Greece for the grave loss of life and vast 
destruction caused by the devastating fires raging through Greece since 
June 2007, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 851;
  Pages H10082-84, H10112-13

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  South Pacific Economic and Educational Development Act of 2007: H.R. 
3062, amended, to authorize appropriations to provide for South Pacific 
exchanges, provide technical and other assistance to countries in the 
Pacific region through the United States Agency for International 
Development, and authorize appropriations to provide Fulbright 
Scholarships for Pacific Island students;
  Pages H10084-85
  United States-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Program Act of 
2007: S. 377, to establish a United States-Poland parliamentary youth 
exchange program--clearing the measure for the President; 
                                                        Pages H10085-88
  Recognizing the 75th birthday of Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African 
Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient: H. 
Res. 34, amended, to recognize the 75th birthday of Desmond Mpilo Tutu, 
South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, and Nobel Peace Prize 
recipient;
  Pages H10088-91
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``Recognizing the life and 
accomplishments of Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African Anglican 
Archbishop of Cape Town, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.''. 
                                                            Page H10091
  Recognizing the strong security alliance between the Government of 
Japan and the United States and expressing appreciation to Japan for 
its role in enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region and its 
efforts in the global war against terrorism: H. Res. 508, amended, to 
recognize the strong security alliance between the Government of Japan 
and the United States and expressing appreciation to Japan for its role 
in enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region and its efforts in 
the global war against terrorism, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 508 
yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 852; 
                                             Pages H10091-93, H10113-14
  Commending the people and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of 
Jordan for their continued commitment to holding elections and 
broadening political participation: H. Res. 575, amended, to commend 
the people and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for 
their continued commitment to holding elections and broadening 
political participation;
  Pages H10093-95
  Percy Sutton Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 954, to 
designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 
365 West 125th Street in New York, New York, as the ``Percy Sutton Post 
Office Building'';
  Pages H10095-97
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Passport Month: H. Res. 
554, to support the goals and ideals of National Passport Month; 
                                                        Pages H10097-98
  Expressing the sympathy and pledging the support of the House of 
Representatives and the people of the United States for the victims of 
the devastating thunderstorms that caused severe flooding in 20 
counties in eastern Kansas beginning on June 26, 2007: H. Res. 544, to 
express the sympathy and pledge the support of the House of 
Representatives and the people of the United States for the victims of 
the devastating thunderstorms that caused severe flooding in 20 
counties in eastern Kansas beginning on June 26, 2007, by a \2/3\ yea-
and-nay vote of 397 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 853; 
                                            Pages H10098-H10100, H10114
  Supporting the goals and ideals of National Teen Driver Safety Week: 
H. Con. Res. 165, to support the goals and ideals of National Teen 
Driver Safety Week;
  Pages H10100-02
  John Herschel Glenn, Jr. Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 
3052, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service 
located at 954 Wheeling Avenue in Cambridge, Ohio, as the ``John 
Herschel Glenn, Jr. Post Office Building'';
  Pages H10102-04
  Staff Sergeant David L. Nord Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 3106, 
to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located 
at 805 Main Street in Ferdinand, Indiana, as the ``Staff Sergeant David 
L. Nord Post Office'';
  Pages H10104-05
  Cal Ripken Way Designation Act: H.R. 3218, to designate a portion of 
Interstate Route 395 located in Baltimore, Maryland, as ``Cal Ripken 
Way'';
  Pages H10105-07
  Honoring the city of Minneapolis, first responders, and the citizens 
of the State of Minnesota for their valiant efforts in responding to 
the horrific collapse of the Interstate Route 35W Mississippi River 
Bridge: H. Res. 606, to honor the city of Minneapolis, first 
responders, and the citizens of the State of Minnesota for their 
valiant efforts in responding to the horrific collapse of the 
Interstate Route 35W Mississippi River Bridge;
  Pages H10107-11
  Recognizing and commending all volunteers and other persons who 
provide support to the families and children of members of the Armed 
Forces, including National Guard and Reserve personnel, who are 
deployed in service to the United States: H. Con. Res. 181, to 
recognize and commend all volunteers and other persons who provide 
support to the families and children of members of the Armed

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Forces, including National Guard and Reserve personnel, who are 
deployed in service to the United States; and
  Pages H10114-17
  Honoring the sacrifice and courage of the six missing miners and 
three rescuers who were killed in the Crandall Canyon mine disaster in 
Utah, and recognizing the rescue crews for their outstanding efforts in 
the aftermath of the tragedies: H. Res. 631, to honor the sacrifice and 
courage of the six missing miners and three rescuers who were killed in 
the Crandall Canyon mine disaster in Utah, and to recognize the rescue 
crews for their outstanding efforts in the aftermath of the tragedies. 
                                                        Pages H10117-19
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, September 
4th:
  Calling on the Government of the People's Republic of China to remove 
barriers to United States financial services firms doing business in 
China: H. Res. 552, to call on the Government of the People's Republic 
of China to remove barriers to United States financial services firms 
doing business in China, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 4 
nays, Roll No. 850.
  Page H10111
In Memory of the late Honorable Paul Gillmor of Ohio: The House agreed 
to H. Res. 632, expressing the condolences of the House on the death of 
the Honorable Paul Gillmor, a Representative from the State of Ohio. 
                                                        Pages H10119-27
Whole Number of the House: The Chair announced to the House that, in 
light of the passing of Representative Gillmor, the whole number of the 
House is adjusted to 433.
  Page H10127
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
pages H10157-59.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H10111, H10112-13, H10113-14, 
and H10114. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 9:19 p.m., pursuant to the 
provisions of H. Res. 632, it stands adjourned in memory of the late 
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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

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Committee Meetings
IRAQI GOVERNMENT'S RECORD OF PERFORMANCE
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the Comptroller 
General's assessment of the Iraqi government's record of performance. 
Testimony was heard from David M. Walker, Comptroller General, GAO.
DOD'S ROLE IN PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAMS ROLE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on the role of the Department of Defense 
in provincial reconstruction teams. Testimony was heard from Ginger 
Cruz, Deputy Inspector General, Special Inspector General for Iraq 
Reconstruction; and public witnesses.
EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 2007
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Health, Labor and 
Pensions held a hearing on H.R. 2015, Employment Non-Discrimination Act 
of 2007. Testimony was heard from Representatives Frank of 
Massachusetts, Baldwin, and Cleaver; and public witnesses.
CREDIT AND MORTGAGE MARKETS RECENT EVENTS
Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Recent 
Events in the Credit and Mortgage Markets and Possible Implications for 
U.S. Consumers and the Global Economy.'' Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of the Treasury: Robert K. Steel, 
Under Secretary, Domestic Finance; and John C. Dugan, Comptroller of 
the Currency; Sheila Bair, Chairman, FDIC; and Erik R. Sirri, Director, 
Division of Market Regulation, SEC.
IRAQI BENCHMARKS: AN OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Held a hearing on Iraqi Benchmarks: An 
Objective Assessment. Testimony was heard from David M. Walker, 
Comptroller General, GAO.
SECURITY GAPS--HOLDING DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY GAPS
Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing entitled ``Holding the 
Department of Homeland Security Accountable for Security Gaps.'' 
Testimony was heard from Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland 
Security.
TASK FORCE ON ANTITRUST AND COMPETITION POLICY; WARRANTLESS 
SURVEILLANCE; AND FISA
Committee on the Judiciary: Agreed to a resolution establishing a Task 
Force on Antitrust and Competition Policy.
  The Committee also held a hearing on Warrantless Surveillance and the 
Foreign Intelligence

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Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting 
Americans' Privacy Rights. Testimony was heard from former 
Representative Bob Barr of Georgia; and public witnesses.
NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND SELF-DETERMINATION 
REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 11-1, an open rule with a 
preprinting requirement. The rule provides 1 hour of general debate on 
H.R. 2786, Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination 
Reauthorization Act of 2007, equally divided and controlled by the 
Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Financial 
Services. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of 
the bill except clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that 
the bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of 
order against provisions of the bill.
  The rule provides that any amendment to the bill must be preprinted 
in the Congressional Record. Each amendment so printed may be offered 
only by the Member who caused it to be printed or his designee and 
shall be considered as read. The rule provides one motion to recommit 
with or without instructions. The rule provides that the Chair may 
postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the 
Speaker. The rule tables H. Res. 595, H. Res. 596, H. Res. 613, and H. 
Res. 614. Testimony was heard from Chairman Frank and Representative 
Pearce.
VOTER CONFIDENCE AND INCREASED ACCESSIBILITY ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Heard testimony from Chairman Brady and 
Representatives Lofgren, Holt, Ehlers, Conaway, and Fortuno, but action 
was deferred on H.R. 811, Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility 
Act of 2007.
LIQUID FUEL FROM COAL BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and 
Environment held a hearing on the Benefits and Challenges of Producing 
Liquid Fuel from Coal: The Role for Federal Research. Testimony was 
heard from Richard D. Boardman, the Secure Energy Initiative Head, 
Idaho National Laboratory, Department of Energy; Joseph Romm, former 
Acting Assistant Secretary, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, 
Department of Energy; and public witnesses.
STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Held a hearing on 
Structurally Deficient Bridges in the United States. Testimony was 
heard from Representative Ellison; the following officials of the 
Department of Transportation: Mary E. Peters, Secretary; and Calvin L. 
Scovel III, Inspector General; Mark V. Rosenker, Chairman, National 
Transportation Safety Board; from the following officials of the State 
of Minnesota: R.T. Rybak, Mayor, Minneapolis; and Robert J. McFarlin, 
Assistant to the Commissioner, Policy and Public Affairs, Department of 
Transportation; Kathleen Novak, Mayor, Northglenn, Colorado; Kirk T. 
Steudle, Director, Department of Transportation, State of Michigan; 
Malcolm T. Kerley, Chief Engineer, Department of Transportation, State 
of Virginia; and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
COLLEGE COST REDUCTION ACT
Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between 
the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 2669, to provide for 
reconciliation pursuant to section 601 of the concurrent resolution on 
the budget for fiscal year 2008.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-09-06

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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                           SEPTEMBER 6, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine a report 
on the findings of the Iraqi Security Forces Independent Assessment 
Commission, 10 a.m., SH-216.
  Full Committee, to receive a closed briefing to examine issues 
relating to the treatment of detainees, 5 p.m., SR-222.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to 
examine the potential human health, water quality, and other impacts 
of the confined animal feeding operation industry, 10 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Finance: to continue hearings to examine carried 
interest (Part III), focusing on pension issues, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold 
hearings to examine the nomination of Charles E. F. Millard, of New 
York, to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 10 
a.m., SD-628.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold 
hearings to examine a Department of Homeland Security status report, 
focusing on assessing challenges and measuring progress, 1:30 p.m., 
SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 453, 
to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections, S. 1692, to 
grant a Federal charter to Korean War Veterans Association, 
Incorporated, S. 1845, to provide for limitations in certain 
communications between the Department of Justice and the White House 
Office relating to civil and criminal investigations, S. 772, to 
amend the Federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage

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and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are contrary to the 
public interest with respect to railroads, S. Res. 282, supporting 
the goals and ideals of a National Polycystic Kidney Disease 
Awareness Week to raise public awareness and understanding of 
polycystic kidney disease and to foster understanding of the impact 
polycystic kidney disease has on patients and future generations of 
their families, S. Res. 134, designating September 2007 as ``Adopt a 
School Library Month'', S. Res. 288, designating September 2007 as 
``National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month'', S. Res. 292, 
designating the week beginning September 9, 2007, as ``National 
Assisted Living Week'', S. Res. 301, recognizing the 50th 
anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, 
one of the most significant events in the American civil rights 
movement, and the nominations of Richard A. Jones, to be United 
States District Judge for the Western District of Washington, 
Sharion Aycock, to be United States District Judge for the Northern 
District of Mississippi, Jennifer Walker Elrod, of Texas, to be 
United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, Michael David 
Credo, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of 
Louisiana, and Esteban Soto III, of Maryland, to be United States 
Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Armed Services, hearing on the report of the 
Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq, 2:30 p.m., 
2118 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing and 
Community Opportunity, hearing on H.R. 2930, Section 202 Supportive 
Housing for the Elderly Act of 2007, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity and the 
Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored 
Enterprises, joint hearing on H.R. 3355, Homeowners' Defense Act of 
2007, 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Armed Services, 
joint hearing on Beyond the September Report: What's Next for Iraq? 
9 a.m., 345 Cannon.
  Committee on Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``Turning Spy 
Satellites on the Homeland: the Privacy and Civil Liberties 
Implications of the National Applications Office,'' 10 a.m., 311 
Cannon.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law, hearing on American Workers in Crisis: Does the 
Chapter 11 Business Bankruptcy Law Treat Employees and Retirees 
Fairly? 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil 
Liberties, to mark up H.R. 2826, To amend titles 28 and 10, United 
States Code, to restore habeas corpus for individuals detained by 
the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for 
other purposes, 2 p.m., 2237 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, hearing 
on the Implementation of the ``Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act 
of 2004 (Public Law 108-277) and Additional Legislative Efforts 
Aimed at Expanding the Authority to Carry Concealed Firearms, 10 
a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border 
Security, and International Law, hearing on H.R. 1645, Security 
Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007, 1 
p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, 
Wildlife and Oceans, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 1464, 
Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2007; H.R. 1771, Crane 
Conservation Act of 2007; and H.R. 1913, Great Cats Conservation Act 
of 2007, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 1908, Patent Reform Act of 
2007, 3 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and 
Aeronautics, hearing on NASA's Astronaut Health Care System--Results 
of an Independent Review, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing on the Small Business 
Administration's Investment and Surety Bond Programs, 10 a.m., 2360 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic 
Opportunity, hearing on Veterans Preference, 2 p.m., 334 Cannon.
  Committee on Ways and Means, hearing on Fair and Equitable Tax 
Policy for America's Working Families, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive hearing on 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 10 a.m., H-405 
Capitol.
  Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, 
hearing entitled ``The Future of Coal Under Carbon Capture and 
Storage,'' 9:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                   9:30 a.m., Thursday, September 6 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 60 minutes), Senate will continue consideration 
of H.R. 2642, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations 
Act, and after a period of debate, vote on or in relation to certain 
amendments, and on final passage of the bill; following which, Senate 
will begin consideration of H.R. 2764, Department of State, Foreign 
Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                     10 a.m., Thursday, September 6

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 2786--Native American 
Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2007 
(Subject to a Rule) and H.R. 811--Voter Confidence and Increased 
Accessibility Act of 2007 (Subject to a Rule).
    
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Baldwin, Tammy, Wisc., E1806
Bartlett, Roscoe G., Md., E1801
Blackburn, Marsha, Tenn., E1796, E1798
Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E1807
Clyburn, James E., S.C., E1807
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E1806
Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr., Ala., E1802
Cuellar, Henry, Tex., E1805, E1806
Etheridge, Bob, N.C., E1796, E1798
Gallegly, Elton, Calif., E1801, E1804
Garrett, Scott, N.J., E1803
Graves, Sam, Mo., E1795, E1797, E1801
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1804
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E1795, E1797, E1799, E1802
Johnson, Timothy V., Ill., E1802
Kildee, Dale E., Mich., E1795, E1797, E1798
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E1795, E1797, E1799
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1801
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E1805, E1806
McNulty, Michael R., N.Y., E1799
Murphy, Patrick J., Pa., E1796, E1798
Musgrave, Marilyn N., Colo., E1804
Ortiz, Solomon P., Tex., E1802, E1804
Poe, Ted, Tex., E1796, E1798
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1800
Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E1800, E1805
Tancredo, Thomas G., Colo., E1795, E1796, E1797, E1800, E1801
Taylor, Gene, Miss., E1802
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1799
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1803
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, Fla., E1802
Wilson, Joe, S.C., E1806
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E1800


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