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                                          Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S12885-S12946
Measures Introduced: Eight bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 2165-2172, and S. Res. 347-348.
  Page S12936
Measures Reported:
  S. 1200, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise 
and extend the Act. (S. Rept. No. 110-197)
  Report to accompany 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. (S. Rept. No. 110-198)
  S. 1662, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to 
reauthorize the venture capital program, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 110-199)
Page S12936
Measures Passed:
  Commerce and Justice, and Science Appropriations Act: By 75 yeas to 
19 nays (Vote No. 372), Senate passed H.R. 3093, making appropriations 
for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related 
Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, after taking 
action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                                    Pages S12894-S12925
  DeMint Amendment No. 3286, to provide that none of the funds made 
available under the Act may be used to circumvent any statutory or 
administrative formula-driven or competitive awarding process to award 
funds to a project in response to a request from a Member of Congress. 
                                                            Page S12894
  By a unanimous vote of 90 yeas (Vote No. 365), DeMint/Shelby 
Amendment No. 3289, to prevent Federal employees from purchasing 
unnecessary first-class or premium-class airline tickets at taxpayers' 
expense.
Pages S12894-95, S12897-98
  By a unanimous vote of 91 yeas (Vote No. 366), Ensign Amendment No. 
3294, to increase funding for the United States Marshals Service to 
ensure full funding for the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act 
of 2006 and offset the increase by reducing funding for the Advanced 
Technology Program.
Pages S12895-96, S12905
  Leahy Modified Amendment No. 3249, to appropriate an additional 
$15,000,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and to provide a 
full offset for such amount.
  (Subsequent to its adoption the amendment was further modified) 
                                             Pages S12907-08, S12913-14
  Mikulski (for Kyl) Amendment No. 3279, to increase appropriations for 
personnel, equipment, and other resources to be used for the analysis 
of DNA samples.
Pages S12913, S12914-15
  Mikulski (for Sessions) Amendment No. 3283, to use $10,000,000 from 
the Department of Justice Working Capital Fund for the expansion of 
Operation Streamline, the zero tolerance prosecution policy currently 
in place in the Del Rio and Yuma border sectors.
Page S12913
  Mikulski (for Smith) Modified Amendment No. 3290, to increase 
appropriations for salaries and expenses for hiring 200 additional 
Assistant United States Attorneys for the prosecution of offenses 
relating to the sexual exploitation of children.
Page S12913
  Mikulski (for Stevens) Amendment No. 3278, to correct a technical 
error in Public Law 110-53 relating to emergency communications 
modernization.
Page S12913
  Mikulski (for Stevens) Modified Amendment No. 3312, to amend the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to authorize 
the Secretary of Commerce to develop and maintain a list of vessels and 
vessel owners engaged in illegal, unreported, and or unregulated 
fishing.
Page S12913
  Mikulski (for Sununu) Amendment No. 3314, to make funds available for 
regional coastal disaster assistance, transition, and recovery 
programs.
Pages S12913, S12916
  Mikulski (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 3276, to amend the Mandatory 
Victims' Restitution Act to improve restitution for victims of crime. 
                                                            Page S12913
  Mikulski (for Boxer) Modified Amendment No. 3304, to make $2,000,000 
available for sampling,

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analysis, and clean-up related to the disposal of obsolete vessels 
owned or operated by the Federal Government in Suisun Bay, California. 
                                                Pages S12913, S12915-16
  Mikulski (for Landrieu) Modified Amendment No. 3228, to provide funds 
for bycatch reduction devices for shrimpers in areas of the Gulf Coast 
impacted by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
Page S12913
  Mikulski (for Bingaman/Smith) Modified Amendment No. 3208, to amend 
the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that 
territories and Indian tribes are eligible to receive grants for 
confronting the use of methamphetamine.
Pages S12913-14
  Mikulski Amendment No. 3311, to extend the numerical limitation 
exception for H-2B nonimmigrants.
Pages S12913-14
  Mikulski (for Bingaman) Amendment No. 3209, to make certain forestry 
workers eligible for legal assistance.
Pages S12913-14
Rejected:
  Ensign Amendment No. 3295, to increase funding for the State Criminal 
Alien Assistance Program and offset the increase by reducing NASA 
funding. (By 68 yeas to 25 nays (Vote No. 367), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S12895-96, S12904-06
  Thune Amendment No. 3317, to provide, in a fiscally responsible 
manner, additional funding for United States attorneys to prosecute 
violent crimes in Indian country. (By 62 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 
368), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S12899-S12904, S12906-07
  Dole Amendment No. 3313, to set aside $75,000,000 of the funds 
appropriated under the heading State and Local Law Enforcement 
Assistance for activities that support State and local law enforcement 
agencies in their efforts to assist the Federal Government's 
enforcement of immigration laws. (By 50 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 369), 
Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S12908-10
  Vitter Amendment No. 3277, to prohibit funds from being used in 
contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. (By 52 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 
370), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S12896-97, S12910-13
  By 44 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 371) McConnell motion to commit the 
bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions. 
                                                        Pages S12921-24
Withdrawn:
  Inouye Amendment No. 3214, to establish a fact-finding Commission to 
extend the study of a prior Commission to investigate and determine 
facts and circumstances surrounding the relocation, internment, and 
deportation to Axis countries of Latin Americans of Japanese descent 
from December 1941 through February 1948, and the impact of those 
actions by the United States, and to recommend appropriate remedies. 
                                                   Pages S12894, S12898
  During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the 
following action:
  Mikulski (for Dorgan) Modified Amendment No. 3227, to provide 
adequate funding for the Drug Courts program, previously agreed to on 
Thursday, October 4, 2007, was modified by a unanimous consent. 
                                                        Pages S12913-14
  Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following 
conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators: Mikulski, Inouye, Leahy, 
Kohl, Harkin, Dorgan, Feinstein, Reed, Lautenberg, Byrd, Shelby, Gregg, 
Stevens, Domenici, McConnell, Hutchison, Brownback, Alexander, and 
Cochran.
Page S12925
  National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 326, supporting the goals and ideals of a National Day of 
Remembrance for Murder Victims.
  Page S12943
  Recognizing Hunters Commitment to Safety: Senate agreed to H. Con. 
Res. 193, recognizing all hunters across the United States for their 
continued commitment to safety.
  Page S12943
  Red Ribbon Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 348, supporting the goals 
and ideals of Red Ribbon Week.
  Pages S12943-44
Labor/HHS/Education Appropriation Act--Agreement: A unanimous consent 
agreement was reached providing that at approximately 11:00 a.m. on 
Wednesday October 17, 2007, Senate begin consideration of H. R 3043, 
making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human 
Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2008.
  Page S12944
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  Williamson Evers, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for 
Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education. 
(Prior to this action, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions was discharged from further consideration.) 
                                                   Pages S12943, S12946
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Joseph J. Murin, of Pennsylvania, to be President, Government 
National Mortgage Association.
  Simon Charles Gros, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Transportation.
  Deborah K. Jones, of New Mexico, to be Ambassador to the State of 
Kuwait.

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  Patrick Francis Kennedy, of Illinois, to be an Under Secretary of 
State (Management).
  Gus P. Coldebella, of Massachusetts, to be General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security.
  Brian Stacy Miller, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
  3 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  Routine lists in the Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, Public Health Service.
Pages S12944-46
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the 
following nomination:
  Andrew R. Cochran, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, 
Environmental Protection Agency, which was sent to the Senate on July 
31, 2007.
Page S12946
Messages from the House:
  Page S12933
Measures Referred:
  Page S12933
Executive Communications:
  Pages S12933-36
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S12936-38
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S12938-42
Additional Statements:
  Pages S12932-33
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S12942-43
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S12943
Record Votes: Eight record votes were taken today. (Total--372) 
      Pages S12898, S12905, S12906, S12907, S12909-10, S12913, S12924, 
                                                                 S12925
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 8:08 p.m., 
until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (TSA)
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine the Transportation Security 
Administration's (TSA) efforts and progress on H.R. 1, ``Implementing 
the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007'', after 
receiving testimony from Kip Hawley, Assistant Secretary of Homeland 
Security, Transportation Security Administration; and Cathleen A. 
Berrick, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government 
Accountability Office.
PERSIAN GULF
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee met in closed session to 
receive a briefing to examine issues relative to security in the 
Persian Gulf from R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for 
Political Affairs; and Mary Beth Long, Principal Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for International Security Affairs, Vice Admiral Jeffrey A. 
Wieringa, USN, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and Major 
General Philip M. Breedlove, Vice Director for Strategic Plans and 
Policy, Joint Staff, all of the Department of Defense.
SECURITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR EVERY (SAFE) PORT ACT
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the Security and Accountability For 
Every (SAFE) Port Act (Public Law 109-347) one year after its 
enactment, after receiving testimony from Stewart Baker, Assistant 
Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy; Reginald I. Lloyd, United 
States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Department of 
Justice; Stephen L. Caldwell, Director, Homeland Security and Justice 
Issues, Government Accountability Office; and Captain Jeffrey W. 
Monroe, Department of Ports and Transportation, Portland, Maine.
DOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal 
Services, and International Security concluded a hearing to examine 
improving financial and business management at the Department of 
Defense (DOD), focusing on the DOD's business transformation process, 
after receiving testimony from David M. Walker, Comptroller General, 
Government Accountability Office; Jack Dave Patterson, Principal Deputy 
Under Secretary, and Paul A. Brinkley, Deputy Under Secretary for 
Business Transformation, both of the Department of Defense; and Dov S. 
Zakheim, Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
   Committee recessed subject to call.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 26 public bills, H.R. 3837-
3862; and 9 resolutions, H.J. Res. 58; H. Con. Res. 235-237; and H. 
Res. 747-751 were introduced.
  Pages H11637-39
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H11639-40
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 1955, to prevent homegrown terrorism, with an amendment (H. 
Rept. 110-384, Pt. 1) and
  H. Res. 746, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3773) to 
amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a 
procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence 
(H. Rept. 110-385).
Page H11637
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Lincoln Davis to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                            Page H11551
Recess: The House recessed at 9:07 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m. 
                                                            Page H11552
Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007: H.R. 3678, amended, 
to amend the Internet Tax Freedom Act to extend the moratorium on 
certain taxes relating to the Internet and to electronic commerce, by a 
\2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 968. 
                                             Pages H11567-73, H11575-76
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the 
withholding of information relating to corruption in Iraq: The House 
agreed to H. Res. 734, to express the sense of the House of 
Representatives regarding the withholding of information relating to 
corruption in Iraq, by a yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 21 nays, Roll 
No. 969.
  Pages H11576-86
  H. Res. 741, the rule providing for consideration of the resolution, 
was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 
965, after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 223 yeas to 196 nays, Roll No. 964. 
                                             Pages H11555-63, H11573-74
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measures which were debated on Monday, October 
15th:
  ALS Registry Act: H.R. 2295, amended, to amend the Public Health 
Service Act to provide for the establishment of an Amyotrophic Lateral 
Sclerosis Registry, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 3 nays, 
Roll No. 970 and
  Page H11586
  Recognizing the need to pursue research into the causes, a treatment, 
and an eventual cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, supporting the 
goals and ideals of National Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness 
Week: H. Con. Res. 182, to recognize the need to pursue research into 
the causes, a treatment, and an eventual cure for idiopathic pulmonary 
fibrosis and to support the goals and ideals of National Idiopathic 
Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Week, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 414 
yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 971.
  Page H11587
Free Flow of Information Act of 2007: The House passed H.R. 2102, to 
maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing 
conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by 
certain persons connected with the news media, by a recorded vote of 
398 ayes to 21 noes, Roll No. 973.
  Pages H11587-H11603
  Agreed to the Smith (TX) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 33 
nays, Roll No. 972. Subsequently, Representative Conyers reported the 
bill back to the House with the amendment and the amendment was agreed 
to.
Pages H11601-02
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill 
shall be considered as adopted.
Pages H11588-89
Accepted:
  Boucher amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 110-383) that provides 
that the shield can be pierced to prevent or identify the perpetrator 
of a terrorist attack or harm to national security and also provides 
that the disclosure of a leaker's identity can be compelled in cases 
involving leaks of properly classified information. The amendment also 
permits law enforcement to obtain an order compelling disclosure of 
documents and information obtained as the result of eyewitness 
observations of alleged criminal or tortious conduct. It also limits 
the Act's coverage to a person who ``regularly'' engages in the listed 
journalistic activities. Finally, the amendment adds three new 
exceptions to the definition of ``covered person:'' Specially 
Designated Global Terrorist, as designated by the Treasury Department; 
a specially designated terrorist, as defined by federal regulations; 
and a terrorist organization, as defined by immigration law. 
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  H. Res. 742, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 222 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 967, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
224 yeas to 196 nays, Roll No. 966.
Pages H11563-67, H11574-75
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Recognizing the 35th anniversary of the Clean Water Act: H. Res. 725, 
to recognize the 35th anniversary of the Clean Water Act; 
                                                        Pages H11603-07
  Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to raising awareness 
and enhancing the state of computer security in the United States, and 
supporting the goals and ideals of National Cyber Security Awareness 
Month: H. Res. 716, to express the sense of Congress with respect to 
raising awareness and enhancing the state of computer security in the 
United States, and to support the goals and ideals of National Cyber 
Security Awareness Month;
  Pages H11609-12
  Honoring the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age, and the 
ensuing 50 years of productive and peaceful space activities: H. Con. 
Res. 225, to honor the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Space Age, 
and the ensuing 50 years of productive and peaceful space activities; 
and
  Pages H11612-14
  Honoring the 60th anniversary of the aeronautics research 
accomplishments embodied in ``the breaking of the sound barrier'': H. 
Res. 736, to honor the 60th anniversary of the aeronautics research 
accomplishments embodied in ``the breaking of the sound barrier.'' 
                                                        Pages H11614-16
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were 
postponed until Wednesday, October 17th:
  Recognizing the importance of America's Waterway Watch program: H. 
Res. 549, to recognize the importance of America's Waterway Watch 
program and
  Pages H11607-09
  Commending NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia on the 
celebration of its 90th anniversary on October 26 and 27, 2007: H. Con. 
Res. 222, to commend NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia on the 
celebration of its 90th anniversary on October 26 and 27, 2007. 
                                                        Pages H11616-19
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H11552.
Senate Referrals: S. Con. Res. 36 was held at the desk.
  Page H11552
Quorum Calls--Votes: Nine yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H11573, 
H11574, H11574-75, H11575, H11575-76, H11585-86, H11586, H11587, 
H11601-02, and H11602-03. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 10:14 p.m.


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Committee Meetings
FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE COMBAT ZONE BENEFITS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on incentives, benefits, and medical care 
for federal civilian employees deployed to combat zone. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of State: 
Ambassador Harry Thomas, Director General; and Mark Ward, Senior Deputy 
Assistant Administrator, Asia and Near East Bureau, U.S. Agency for 
International Development; Kirk Miller, Associate Administrator, 
Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA; Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant 
Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; and Larry 
McDonald, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Technical Assistance, 
Department of the Treasury.
BREAST CANCER STAMP/PAUL WELLSTONE HEALTH AND ADDICTION EQUITY ACT OF 
2007
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 1236, To make permanent the authority of the 
United States Postal Service to issue a special postage stamp to 
support breast cancer research; and H.R. 1424, Paul Wellstone Mental 
Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007.
REAUTHORIZATION OF McKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community 
Opportunity continued hearings on reauthorization of McKinney-Vento 
Homeless Assistance Act. Testimony was heard from Mark Johnston, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Special Needs, Department of Housing and Urban 
Development; Zev Yaroslavsky, member, Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles 
County; Mercedes Marquez, General Manager, Los Angeles Housing 
Department, City of Los Angeles; and public witnesses.
AVIATION SECURITY
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation 
Security, and Infrastructure Protection held a hearing entitled 
``Aviation Security: Are

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We Truly Protected?'' Testimony was heard from Kip Hawley, Assistant 
Secretary, Transportation Security Administration, Department of 
Homeland Security; Cathleen A. Berrrick, Director, Homeland Security 
and Justice Issues, GAO; and Franklin Hatfield, Director, System 
Operations Security Office, FAA, Department of Transportation.
VOTING BY MAIL OR ABSENTEE--EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES
Committee on House Administration: Held a hearing on Expanding and 
Improving Opportunities to Vote by Mail or Absentee. Testimony was 
heard from Representative Davis of California; Ruth Goldway, 
Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission; Deborah L. Markowitz, 
Secretary of State, Vermont; and public witnesses.
PUBLIC SCHOOL HATE CRIMES/RACE VIOLENCE
Committee on the Judiciary: Held a hearing on Jena 6 and the Role of 
Federal Intervention in Hate Crimes and Race-Related Violence in Public 
Schools. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Justice: Donald Washington, U.S. Attorney, Western 
District of Louisiana; and Lisa Krigsten, Counsel to the Assistant 
Attorney General, Civil Rights Division; and public witnesses.
LEGAL TIMBER PROTECTION ACT
Committee on Natural Resources; Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and 
Oceans held a hearing on H.R. 1497, Legal Timber Protection Act. 
Testimony was heard from Representative Blumenauer; Eileen Sobeck, 
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources 
Division, Department of Justice; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power 
approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 123, To 
authorize appropriations for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund; 
H.R. 236, amended, North Bay Water Reuse Program Act of 2007; H.R. 
2085, McGee Creek Project Pipeline and Associated Facilities Conveyance 
Act; and H.R. 2498, amended, To provide for a study regarding 
development of a comprehensive integrated regional water management 
plan that would address four general areas of regional water planning 
in both the San Joaquin River Hydrologic Region and the Tulare Lake 
Hydrologic Region, inclusive of Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, 
Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties, California, and to 
provide that such plan be the guide by which those counties use as a 
mechanism to address and solve long-term water needs in a sustainable 
and equitable manner.
DC PRISONER RE-ENTRY
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal 
Workforce, Postal Service, Census and District of Columbia held a 
hearing on Doing Time: Are DC Prisoners Being Adequately Prepared for 
Re-Entry? Testimony was heard from Harley G. Lappin, Director, Federal 
Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice; Charles Jones, Director, 
Employment Services, Department of Employment Services, District of 
Columbia; and public witnesses.
CENSUS 2010 BUDGET ISSUES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Information Policy, Census and National Archives held a hearing on 
Critical Budget Issues Affecting the 2010 Census. Testimony was heard 
from Jim Nussle, Director, OMB; the following officials of the 
Department of Commerce: Otto J. Wolfe, Chief Financial Officer and ASA; 
Charles Louis Kincannon, Director; and Preston Jay Waite, Deputy 
Director, both with the Bureau of the Census.
RESTORE ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 8 to 4, a closed rule 
providing for 90 minutes of debate on H.R. 3773, RESTORE Act of 2007, 
with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary and 30 
minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking 
minority member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill 
except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. In lieu of the 
amendments recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary and the 
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the rule considers as 
adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A 
of the Rules Committee report, modified by the amendment printed in 
part B of the report, and considers the bill, as amended, as read. The 
rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. 
Finally, the rule permits the Chair, during consideration of the bill, 
to postpone further consideration of it to a time designated by the 
Speaker. Testimony was heard from Representative Scott of Virginia, 
Chairman Reyes, Representatives Issa, Lungren, Forbes, Gohmert and 
Hoekstra.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science and Technology: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 3776, Energy

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Storage Technology Advancement Act of 2007; and H.R. 3775, Industrial 
Energy Efficiency Research and Development Act of 2007.
RAILROAD-OWNED SOLID WASTE FACILITIES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on 
Railroad-Owned Solid Waste Transload Facilities. Testimony was heard 
from Senator Lautenberg; Representatives Pallone, Patrick J. Murphy of 
Pennsylvania; and Murphy of Connecticut; the following officials of the 
Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation: Charles D. 
Nottingham, Chairman; W. Douglas Buttrey, Vice Chairman; and Francis P. 
Mulvey, Commissioner; Gregory Schmidt, Mayor, Village of Croton-on-
Hudson, New York; Joseph DiGirolamo, Mayor, Township of Bensalem, 
Pennsylvania; Kathy Chasey, Mayor, Mullica Township, New Jersey; Brian 
X. Foley, Town Supervisor, Brookhaven, New York; Wolfgang Skacel, 
Assistant Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, New 
Jersey; and public witnesses.
RAW SEWAGE OVERFLOW AWARENESS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held a hearing on The Raw Sewage Overflow 
Community Right-to-Know Act. Testimony was heard from Benjamin H. 
Grumbles, Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, EPA; Robert 
Summers, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment, Maryland; and 
public witnesses.
DISABILITY CLAIMS RATINGS AND BENEFITS WITHIN VETERANS BENEFITS 
ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigation held a hearing on Disability Claims Ratings and Benefits 
Disparities within the Veterans' Benefits Administration. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs: Jon A. Wooditch, Deputy Inspector General; and Ronald R. 
Aument, Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits; and representatives of 
veterans organizations.
MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN BIDS AUDITS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health and the 
Subcommittee on Oversight held a joint hearing on Medicare Advantage: 
Required Audits of Limited Value. Testimony was heard from Jeffery 
Steinhoff, Managing Director, Financial Management and Assistance, GAO; 
Timothy B. Hill, Chief Financial Officer, Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services; and public 
witnesses.
BRIEFING--AMERITHAX
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to 
receive a briefing on Amerithax. The Committee was briefed by 
departmental witnesses.
CIA ACTIVITY
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence met in executive 
session to hold a hearing on CIA Activity. Testimony was heard from 
departmental witnesses.


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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

[Daily Digest]
[Page D1366]
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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D 1354)
  S. 474, to award a congressional gold medal to Michael Ellis DeBakey, 
M.D. Signed on October 16, 2007. (Public Law 110-95)
  S. 1612, to amend the penalty provisions in the International 
Emergency Economic Powers Act. Signed on October 16, 2007. (Public Law 
110-96)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-10-17

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1366-D1367]
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                   COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

                            OCTOBER 17, 2007

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting 
to consider an original bill entitled ``Sudan Accountability and 
Divestment Act of 2007'', an original bill entitled ``Terrorism Risk 
Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007'', and an original 
bill entitled ``Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 
2007'', 10 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine consumer wireless issues, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the digital television 
transition, focusing on government and industry perspectives, 2:30 
p.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on 
Superfund and Environmental Health, to hold oversight hearings to 
examine the federal Superfund Program's activities to protect public 
health, 9:30 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of Daniel V. Speckhard, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador 
to Greece, Thomas F. Stephenson, of California, to be Ambassador to 
the Portuguese Republic, and Vincent Obsitnik, of Virginia, to be 
Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, 2:30 p.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold 
hearings to examine the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on 
contractors and the work of the government, 10:30 a.m., SD-342.

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  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney 
General, 10 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold an oversight hearing to 
examine the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense 
collaboration, focusing on the report of the President's Commission 
on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors, the report of the 
Veterans Disability Benefit Commission, and other related reports, 
9:30 a.m., SD-562.


                                 House

  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on 
Telecommunications and the Internet, hearing entitled ``Status of 
the DTV Transition--Part 2,'' 9:30 a.m, 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Domestic and 
International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology, hearing on 
U.S.-Russia Economic Relationship: Implications of the Yukos Affair, 
2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, hearing on The 
Impacts of Late Housing Payments on Tenants and Owners in the 
Project-Based Rental Assistance Program, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, Pacific and 
the Global Environment, hearing on the Crisis in Burma: Can the U.S. 
Bring about a Peaceful Resolution? 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, 
Cybersecurity and Science, and Technology, hearing entitled ``The 
Cyber Threat To Control Systems: Stronger Regulations Are Necessary 
To Secure the Electric Grid,'' 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on House Administration, oversight hearing on the 
Capitol Visitor Center: the Visitor Experience, 11 a.m., 1310 
Longworth.
  Committee on the Judiciary, hearing on Sex Crimes and the 
Internet, 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on 
Investigations and Oversight, hearing on Disappearing Polar Bears 
and Permafrost: Is a Global Warming Tipping Point Embedded in the 
Ice? 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, hearing on Women 
in Academic Science and Engineering, 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing entitled ``Small Business 
Energy Priorities,'' 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Aviation, hearing on NextGen: The FAA's Automatic Dependent 
Surveillance-Broadcast (AD-B) Contract, 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing 
on Mariner Education and Work Force, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, hearing on the Long-Term Costs of 
the Current Conflicts, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue 
Measures and the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, 
joint hearing on the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act 
of 2007, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, briefing on 
Hot Spots, 8:45 a.m., H-405 Capitol.


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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter

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_______________________________________________________________________


                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     10 a.m., Wednesday, October 17

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 60 minutes), Senate will begin consideration of 
H.R. 3043, Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act.
  (Senate will stand in recess from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.)

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                     10 a.m., Wednesday, October 17

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 2095--Federal Railroad 
Safety Improvement Act of 2007 (Subject to a Rule) and H.R. 3773--
Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed, and 
Effective (RESTORE) Act (Subject to a Rule).
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Boswell, Leonard L., Iowa, E2145, E2151
Conaway, K. Michael, Tex., E2148
Courtney, Joe, Conn., E2156
Cummings, Elijah E., Md., E2155
Davis, David, Tenn., E2150
Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E2153
Ellison, Kieth, Minn., E2149
Gallegly, Elton, Calif., E2150
Garrett, Scott, N.J., E2148
Graves, Sam, Mo., E2143, E2144
Heller, Dean, Nev., E2152, E2152
Hinchey, Maurice D., N.Y., E2141, E2151
Honda, Michael M., Calif., E2141
Johnson, Timothy V., Ill., E2153
Jordan, Jim, Ohio, E2154
Kirk, Mark Steven, Ill., E2147
Latham, Tom, Iowa, E2143, E2144
Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E2148
Loebsack, David, Iowa, E2151, E2152
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E2151
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E2154
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E2154
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E2145
Meek, Kendrick B., Fla., E2155
Moran, Jerry, Kans., E2148
Pastor, Ed, Ariz., E2148
Poe, Ted, Tex., E2142, E2144
Radanovich, George, Calif., E2150
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E2142, E2143, E2145, E2146, E2152
Reichert, David G., Wash., E2148
Reyes, Silvestre, Tex., E2150
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E2155
Sanchez, Linda T., Calif., E2147
Saxton, Jim, N.J., E2147
Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E2145, E2149
Space, Zachary T., Ohio, E2142, E2143, E2144, E2146, E2147, E2148, 
E2149, E2151
Sullivan, John, Okla., E2153
Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E2152 


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