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                                             Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      House agreed to the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2346, 
      Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009.
      House ordered reported the National Defense Authorization Act for 
      2010.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6611-S6667
Measures Introduced: Ten bills and four resolutions were introduced, as 
follows: S. 1267-1276, S. Res. 185-186, and S. Con. Res. 28-29. 
                                                        Pages S6649-50 
Measures Reported:
  S. 669, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the 
conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated 
mentally incompetent for certain purposes. (S. Rept. No. 111-27)
  S. Res. 153, expressing the sense of the Senate on the restitution of 
or compensation for property seized during the Nazi and Communist eras.
  S. Res. 182, recognizing the democratic accomplishments of the people 
of Albania and expressing the hope that the parliamentary elections on 
June 28, 2009, maintain and improve the transparency and fairness of 
democracy in Albania.
  S. Con. Res. 23, supporting the goals and objectives of the Prague 
Conference on Holocaust Era Assets.
Page S6649
Measures Passed:
  Condemning Shootings at Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, 
Arkansas: Senate agreed to S. Res. 186, condemning the murder of Army 
Private William Andrew ``Andy'' Long and the wounding of Army Private 
Quinton Ezeagwula, who were shot outside the Army-Navy Career Center in 
Little Rock, Arkansas on June 1, 2009.
  Pages S6665-66
Measures Considered:
  Travel Promotion Act: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to 
proceed to consideration of S. 1023, to establish a non-profit 
corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise 
promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States. 
                                               Pages S6620-21, S6628-40
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 90 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 208), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to 
consideration of the bill.
Pages S6628-29
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 
approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, and that the 
time during any adjournment or period of morning business count post-
cloture.
Page S6666
Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed 
from the following treaty:
  Protocol Amending Tax Convention with New Zealand (Treaty Doc. No. 
111-3).
  The treaty was transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having 
been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, 
to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed. 
                                                             Page S6666
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Nicole A. Avant, of California, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth 
of The Bahamas.
  Howard W. Gutman, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Belgium.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy. 
                                                         Pages S6666-67
Nomination Discharged: The following nomination was discharged from 
further committee consideration and placed on the Executive Calendar:
  Jo-Ellen Darcy, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Army, which was sent to the Senate

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on April 2, 2009, from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public 
Works.
Page S6667
Messages from the House:
  Page S6648
Measures Referred:
  Page S6648
Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S6648-49
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S6649
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6650-52
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S6652-56
Additional Statements:
  Pages S6647-48
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6656-64
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S6664
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S6664-65
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S6665
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--208) 
                                                         Pages S6628-29
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:02 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6666.)


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL SERVICES 
ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and 
General Government concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget 
estimates for fiscal year 2010 for the Small Business Administration 
and the General Services Administration, after receiving testimony from 
Karen Mills, Administrator, Small Business Administration; Paul F. 
Prouty, Acting Administrator, General Services Administration; and 
Joseph Bataillon, Chief Judge, United States District Court, District 
of Nebraska, and Chair, Space and Facilities Committee, Judicial 
Conference of the United States.
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Defense Authorization request for fiscal year 2010 and the Future 
Years Defense Program for ballistic missile defense programs, after 
receiving testimony from William J. Lynn, Deputy Secretary of Defense, 
General James Cartwright, USMC, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
and Lieutenant General Patrick J. O'Reilly, USA, Director, Missile 
Defense Agency, all of the Department of Defense.
NAVY SHIPBUILDING PROGRAMS BUDGET
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on SeaPower concluded a 
hearing to examine the Defense Authorization request for fiscal year 
2010 and the Future Years Defense Program for Navy shipbuilding 
programs, after receiving testimony from Sean J. Stackley, Assistant 
Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisitions, and 
Vice Admiral Bernard J. McCullough, III, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval 
Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources, both of the 
Department of Defense.
ARMY MODERNIZATION AND MANAGEMENT BUDGET
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Airland concluded a 
hearing to examine the Defense Authorization request for fiscal year 
2010 and the Future Years Defense Program for Army modernization and 
management of the Future Combat Systems Program, after receiving 
testimony from General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the 
Army, Lieutenant General N. Ross Thompson III, Military Deputy to the 
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and 
Technology, and Director for Acquisition Career Management, and David 
G. Ahern, Director of Portfolio Systems Acquisition, Office of the 
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, 
all of the Department of Defense; and Paul L. Francis, Managing 
Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, Government 
Accountability Office.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine new ideas for sustainable development and economic 
growth relative to greener communities, after receiving testimony from 
Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation; Shaun Donovan, Secretary of 
Housing and Urban Development; and Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, 
Environmental Protection Agency.
NOMINATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nomination of Inez Moore Tenenbaum, of South 
Carolina, to be Commissioner and Chairman, of the Consumer Product 
Safety Commission, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators 
Graham and DeMint, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

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NOMINATIONS
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nominations of Julius Genachowski, of the 
District of Columbia, to be Chairman, who was introduced by Senator 
Schumer, and Robert Malcolm McDowell, of Virginia, to be a Member, both 
of the Federal Communications Commission, after the nominees testified 
and answered questions in their own behalf.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BUDGET
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget 
request for fiscal year 2010 for the National Park Service and proposed 
expenditures under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, after 
receiving testimony from Daniel N. Wenk, Acting Director, National Park 
Service, Department of the Interior.
LOUISIANA HURRICANE AND FLOOD PREVENTION STATUS AND PROGRESS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the status and progress of New Orleans hurricane and 
flood prevention and coastal Louisiana restoration, after receiving 
testimony from Senator Landrieu; Brigadier General Michael Walsh, 
Commander, Mississippi Valley Division, United States Army Corps of 
Engineers; Jeffrey Jacobs, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 
on behalf of the Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection 
Projects; Steven Peyronnin, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and 
Robert R. Twilley, Louisiana State University Research and Economic 
Development, both of Baton Rouge; and Joseph M. Rault, Pump to the 
River Jefferson/Orleans, and Thomas L. Jackson, Southeast Louisiana 
Flood Protection Authority, both of Metairie, Louisiana.
CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine climate 
change legislation, focusing on tax considerations, after receiving 
testimony from Gary Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International 
Economics, and Mark Price, KPMG LLP, both of Washington, D.C.; and 
Keith G. Butler, Duke Energy Corporation, Charlotte, North Carolina.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the following business items:
  S. 962, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 
2013 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its 
people, with amendments;
  S. Res. 182, recognizing the democratic accomplishments of the people 
of Albania and expressing the hope that the parliamentary elections on 
June 28, 2009, maintain and improve the transparency and fairness of 
democracy in Albania;
  S. Con. Res. 23, supporting the goals and objectives of the Prague 
Conference on Holocaust Era Assets;
  S. Res. 153, expressing the sense of the Senate on the restitution of 
or compensation for property seized during the Nazi and Communist eras; 
and
  The nominations of Eric P. Schwartz, of New York, to be Assistant 
Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Andrew J. Shapiro, 
of New York, to be Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, 
Ellen O. Tauscher, of California, to be Under Secretary for Arms 
Control and International Security, Kurt M. Campbell, of the District 
of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and 
Pacific Affairs, Eric P. Goosby, of California, to be Ambassador at 
Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat 
HIV/AIDS Globally, Bonnie D. Jenkins, of New York, for the rank of 
Ambassador during her tenure of service as Coordinator for Threat 
Reduction Programs, and a promotion list in the Foreign Service.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Nancy J. Powell, of Iowa, to be Director 
General of the Foreign Service, Patricia A. Butenis, of Virginia, to be 
Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to 
serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to 
the Republic of Maldives, and Christopher William Dell, of New Jersey, 
to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, all of the Department of 
State, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own 
behalf.
PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the 
District of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine pandemic influenza 
preparedness and the federal workforce, after receiving testimony from 
Elaine C. Duke, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management; 
Nancy H. Kichak, Associate Director for Strategic Human Resources 
Policy, Office of Personnel Management; Rear Admiral W. Craig 
Vanderwagen, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for 
Preparedness and Response; Bernice Steinhardt, Director, Strategic 
Issues, Government Accountability Office; T.J. Bonner, American 
Federation of Government Employees AFL-CIO, San

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Diego, California; and Maureen Gilman, National Treasury Employees 
Union, Washington, DC.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the nomination of Jeffrey D. Zients, of the 
District of Columbia, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of 
Management and Budget.
CELL PHONE TEXT MESSAGING RATE INCREASES AND WIRELESS MARKET
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition 
Policy and Consumer Rights concluded a hearing to examine cell phone 
text messaging rate increases and the state of competition in the 
wireless market, after receiving testimony from Randal S. Milch, 
Verizon Communications, Inc., and Joel Kelsey, Consumers Union, both of 
New York, New York; Wayne Watts, AT Inc., Dallas, Texas; Laurie 
Itkin, Cricket Communications, Inc., San Diego, California; and 
Srinivasan Keshav, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 25 public bills, H.R. 2882-
2891, 2893-2907; and 4 resolutions, H. Res. 549-551 were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H6902-03
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H6903-05
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2892, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland 
Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010 (H. Rept. 111-
157).
  H. Res. 552, providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 
2847) making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and 
Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2010 (H. Rept. 111-158).
Page H6902
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Perlmutter to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H6815
Recess: The House recessed at 11:19 a.m. and reconvened at noon. 
                                                             Page H6820
Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 548, providing for the 
election of certain minority members to a standing committee: Committee 
on Armed Services: Representatives McKeon, to rank before 
Representative Bartlett; Representative Platts.
  Page H6829
The United States Association of Former Members of Congress: Agreed by 
unanimous consent that the proceedings of the United States Association 
of Former Members of Congress Annual Report to Congress be printed in 
the Congressional Record and that all Members and former Members who 
spoke have the privilege of revising and extending their remarks. 
                                                  Pages H6820-28, H6832
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  National Consumer Cooperative Bank Act Amendments of 2009: H.R. 1674, 
to amend the National Consumer Cooperative Bank Act to allow for the 
treatment of the nonprofit corporation affiliate of the Bank as a 
community development financial institution for purposes of the 
Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994; 
                                                         Pages H6832-33
  Homes for Heroes Act of 2009: H.R. 403, to provide housing assistance 
for very low-income veterans, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 417 yeas to 2 
nays, Roll No. 344;
  Pages H6833-40, H6849-50
  Awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service 
Pilots (``WASP''): S. 614, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 
Women Airforce Service Pilots (``WASP''); and
  Pages H6840-43
  Recognizing the 40th anniversary of the National Eye Institute (NEI) 
and expressing support for designation of 2010 through 2020 as the 
``Decade of Vision'': H. Res. 366, to recognize the 40th anniversary of 
the National Eye Institute (NEI) and to express support for designation 
of 2010 through 2020 as the ``Decade of Vision'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-
nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 349. 
                                               Pages H6843-45, H6885-86
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following

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measures which were debated on Monday, June 15th:
  Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Boehm Post Office Building Designation 
Act: H.R. 2470, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 19190 Cochran Boulevard FRNT in Port Charlotte, 
Florida, as the ``Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Boehm Post Office 
Building'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 340;
  Pages H6845-46
  Student Internet Safety Act of 2009: H.R. 780, amended, to amend the 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to promote the safe use 
of the Internet by students, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with 
none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 341; and
  Pages H6846-47
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To promote the safe use of 
the Internet by students, and for other purposes.''.
Page H6847
  Congressional Review Act Improvement Act: H.R. 2247, amended, to 
amend title 5, United States Code, to make technical amendments to 
certain provisions of title 5, United States Code, enacted by the 
Congressional Review Act, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas with 
none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 343.
  Page H6849
Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Bishop (UT) 
announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
  Page H6847
Question of Privilege: The Chair ruled that the resolution offered by 
Representative Bishop (UT) did not constitute a question of the 
privileges of the House. Agreed to the motion to table the appeal of 
the ruling of the Chair by a yea-and-nay vote of 247 yeas to 171 nays, 
Roll No. 342.
  Pages H6847-49
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009--Conference Report: The House 
agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2346, making 
supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2009, by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 202 nays, Roll No. 348. 
                                               Pages H6850-54, H6865-85
  H. Res. 545, the rule providing for consideration of the conference 
report, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 238 yeas to 183 nays, 
Roll No. 345, after the previous question was ordered without 
objection.
Pages H6862-63
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2010: The House began consideration of H.R. 2847, making appropriations 
for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related 
Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. Further 
consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, June 17th. 
                                        Pages H6854-64, H6886-98, H6900
Agreed to:
  Mollohan amendment (No. 11 printed in the Congressional Record of 
June 15, 2009) that increases funding for the State Criminal Alien 
Assistance Program by $100,000,000 and
Pages H6895-96
  Schock amendment (No. 8 printed in the Congressional Record of June 
15, 2009) that increases the appropriation to the International Trade 
Administration by $500,000 and decreases the appropriation for the 
Bureau of the Census by $500,000.
Pages H6896-97
  Agreed to the Mollohan motion that the Committee rise by a recorded 
vote of 179 ayes to 124 noes, Roll No. 350.
Pages H6897-98
  H. Res. 544, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 247 yeas to 174 nays, Roll No. 347, 
after agreeing to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 
247 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 346.
Pages H6863-64
Recess: The House recessed at 9:20 p.m. and reconvened at 2:50 a.m. on 
Wednesday, June 17th.
  Page H6900
Quorum Calls--Votes: Nine yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6845-46, 
H6846-47, H6848-49, H6849, H6849-50, H6863, H6863-64, H6864, H6884-85, 
H6885-86, H6898. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 2:52 a.m. on 
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Committee Meetings
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction, 
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies approved for full Committee 
action the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies 
appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010.
FAA BUDGET AND NEXT GENERATION AIR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Committee on Appropriation: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and 
Urban Development and Related Agencies continued hearings on FAA: FY 
2010 Budget and Next Generation Air Transportation System. Testimony 
was heard from the following officials of the FAA, Department of 
Transportation: J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator; Henry P. Krakowski, 
Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization; Margaret Gilligan, 
Associate Administrator, Aviation Safety; Victoria Cox, Senior Vice 
President, NextGen and Operations Planning; and

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Nancy LoBue, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Aviation Policy, Planning 
and Environment.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION/SHIPBUILDING--AVIATION PLAN
  Committee on Armed Services: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 2647, National
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010; H.R. 477, Federal 
Efficiency and Performance Act of 2009; and H.R. 478, Federal Agency 
Performance Review and Efficiency Act.
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Committee on Education and Labor: Held a hearing on The Future of 
Learning: How Technology is Transforming Public Schools. Testimony was 
heard from Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science 
and Technology Policy; and public witnesses.
SATELLITE TV LOCAL BROADCASTING TERMINATIONS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications, 
Technology and the Internet held a hearing on draft legislation to 
reauthorize the Satellite Home Viewer Act. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY TERMINATIONS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Terminations of Individual 
Health Policies by Insurance Companies.'' Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
SYSTEMIC RISK AND INSURANCE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled 
``Systemic Risk and Insurance.'' Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
GREEN ACT OF 2009
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community 
Opportunity held a hearing on H.R. 2336, GREEN Act of 2009, Testimony 
was heard from Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development.
ADMINISTRATION'S EUROPE POLICIES
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe held a hearing on 
Strengthening the Transatlantic Alliance: An Overview of the Obama 
Administration's Policies in Europe. Testimony was heard from Philip 
Gordon, Assistant Secretary, European and Eurasian Affairs, Department 
of State.
UIGHUR NATIONALISM
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on International 
Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight held a hearing on Exploring 
the Nature of Uighur Nationalism: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists? 
Testimony was heard from Randall G. Schriver, former Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; Shirley 
Kan, Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division, Congressional 
Research Service, Library of Congress; and public witnesses.
CHEMICAL FACILITY ANTITERRORISM ACT OF 2009
Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing on H.R. 2868, Chemical 
Facility Antiterrorism Act of 2009. Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: Sue 
Armstrong, Director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, 
Office of Infrastructure Protection; and Philip Reitinger, Deputy Under 
Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate; Paul Baldauf, 
Assistant Director, Radiation Protection and Release Prevention, 
Department of Environmental Protection, State of New Jersey; and public 
witnesses.
BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP NEEDS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Commercial and 
Administrative Law held a hearing on Bankruptcy Judgeship Needs. 
Testimony was heard from Barbara M.G. Lynn, U.S. District Court for the 
Northern District of Texas; David S. Kennedy, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for 
the Western District of Tennessee, William Jenkins, GAO; and a public 
witness.
PACIFIC SALMON/FISH HABITAT CONSERVATION
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans 
and Wildlife held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 2055, Pacific 
Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act of 2009; and H.R. 2565, National 
Fish Habitat Conservation Act. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Thompson of California; James Balsiger, Acting Assistant Administrator, 
Fisheries, National Maine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Department of 
Commerce; Gary Frazier, Assistant Director, Fisheries and Habitat 
Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the 
Interior; Sara Laborde, Special Assistant to the Director, Department 
of Fish and Wildlife, State of Washington; Eric Schwaab, Deputy 
Secretary, Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland; and 
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MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest 
and Public Lands, and the Subcommittee on Water and Power held a joint 
oversight hearing entitled ``Mountain Pine Beetle: Strategies for 
Protecting the West.'' Testimony was heard from Representatives 
Rehberg, Salazar, Markey of Colorado, Minnick, Polis and Scanlan; the 
following officials of the Forest Service, USDA: Barbara Bentz, 
Research Entomologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station; and Rick 
Cables, Regional Forester, Rocky Mountain Region; Herbert C. Frost, 
Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National 
Park Service, Department of the Interior; Ronald Turley, Special 
Programs Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Department of the 
Energy; and public witnesses.
FEDERAL CONTRACTING
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Government Management, Organization and Procurement held a hearing 
entitled ``The State of Federal Contracting: Opportunities and 
Challenges for Strengthening Government Procurement and Acquisition 
Policies.'' Testimony was heard from Shay Assad, Director, Defense 
Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Department of Defense; David A. 
Drabkin, Acting Chief Acquisition Officer, GSA; and public witnesses.
PAKISTAN'S HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National 
Security and Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled ``U.S. 
Contributions to the Response to Pakistan's Humanitarian Crisis: The 
Situation and the Stakes.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 
2010
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a record vote of 7-3, a rule providing 
for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 2847) making appropriations 
for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related 
Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other 
purposes, under a structured rule. The rule provides no further general 
debate.
  The rule provides that no further amendments shall be in order 
except: (1) amendments numbered 3, 6, 19, 22, 25, 31, 35, 41, 59, 60, 
62, 63, 69, 71, 93, 96, 97, 98, 100, 102, 111, 114, and 118 printed in 
the Congressional Record of June 15, 2009, which may be offered only by 
the Member who submitted it for printing or a designee; and (2) not to 
exceed 10 of the following amendments if offered by the ranking 
minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee: 
amendments numbered 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 
89, 90, 91, 104, 105, 106, 107, and 108 printed in the Congressional 
Record of June 15, 2009.
  The rule provides that each amendment shall be considered as read, 
shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the 
proponent and an opponent, 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 such amendments except that 
amendments may be offered only at the appropriate point in the reading. 
It provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  The rule provides that the chair and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Appropriations or their designees each may offer one pro 
forma amendment to the bill for the purpose of debate. Such amendment 
may be repeated, but only after consideration of an amendment listed in 
the first section of this rule.
  Finally, the rule provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that 
the committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on 
Appropriations or his designee. The Chair may not entertain a motion to 
strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of 
rule XVIII). Testimony was heard from Chairman Obey and Representatives 
Mollohan, Wolf, Burton, Flake, King (IA), Nunes, Rogers (AL), Gohmert, 
Price (GA), Jordon (OH) and Broun (GA).
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy and 
Environment approved for full Committee action the following bills: 
H.R. 2693, amended, Federal Oil Spill Research Program Act; H.R. 2729, 
amended, to authorize the designation of National Environmental 
Research Parks by the Secretary of Energy; and H.R. 1622, To provide 
for a program of research, development, and demonstration on natural 
gas vehicles.
CYBERSPACE POLICY REVIEW
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Technology and 
Innovation, and the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held 
a joint hearing on Agency Response to Cyberspace Policy Review. 
Testimony was heard from Cita Furkani, Director, Information Technology 
Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department 
of Commerce; Jeannette Wing, Assistant Director, Directorate for 
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, NSF; Robert F. 
Leheny, Acting

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Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of 
Defense; and Peter Fonash, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of 
Cyber Security Communications, Department of Homeland Security.
WATER/ENVIRONMENT AGENCY BUDGETS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment continued hearings on Agency Budgets and 
Priorities for FY 2010. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army: Terrance 
C. Salt, Acting Assistant Secretary, Civil Works; and LTG Robet L. 
Vantwerp, USA, Chief of Engineers; Howard Frumkin, M.D., Director, 
National Center, Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and 
Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
Department of Health and Human Services; and a public witness.
VA ENDOSCOPY PROCEDURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on Endoscopy Procedures at the VA: What 
Happened, What Has Changed? Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs: John D. Daigh, Jr., 
M.D., Assistant Inspector General, Healthcare Inspections, Office of 
Inspector General; and William E. Duncan, M.D., Associate Deputy Under 
Secretary, Health, Quality and Safety, Veterans Health Administration.

Joint Meetings
INSTABILITY IN NORTHERN CAUCASUS
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
a hearing to examine instability in the Northern Caucasus in Russia, 
after receiving testimony from Svetlana Gannushkina, Civic Assistance 
Committee for Refugees, Alexei Malashenko, Carnegie Endowment, and 
Elena Milashina, Novaya Gazeta, all of Moscow, Russia.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2009-06-17

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            COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security, 
business meeting to markup proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 
2010 for Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill, 2 
p.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and 
Management Support, to hold hearings to examine the Defense 
Authorization request for fiscal year 2010 and the Future Years 
Defense Program for military construction, environmental, and base 
closure programs, 3 p.m., SR-222.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee 
on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, to hold hearings to 
examine aviation safety, focusing on the role and responsibility of 
commercial air carriers and employees, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the consumer wireless 
experience, 2:30 p.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to 
consider pending energy legislation, 9 a.m., SD-366.
  Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, to hold hearings to 
examine S. 409, to secure Federal ownership and management of 
significant natural, scenic, and recreational resources, to provide 
for the protection of cultural resources, to facilitate the 
efficient extraction of mineral resources by authorizing and 
directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land, S. 782, to 
provide for the establishment of the National Volcano Early Warning 
and Monitoring System, S. 874, to establish El Rio Grande Del Norte 
National Conservation Area in the State of New Mexico, S. 1139, to 
require the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a property 
conveyance with the city of Wallowa, Oregon, and S. 1140, to direct 
the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to 
Deschutes County, Oregon, 1:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: business 
meeting to consider Affordable Health Choices Act, subcommittee 
assignments, and any pending nominations, 10 a.m., SD-106.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to hold an oversight hearing to 
examine the Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine Social 
Security in the 21st Century, 2 p.m., SH-216.


                                 House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign 
Operations, and Related Programs, to mark up appropriations for 
fiscal year 2010 for State, Foreign Operations, and Related 
Programs, 9 a.m., H-140 Capitol.
  Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Health, 
Employment, Labor and Pensions, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 
1984, 401(k) Fair Disclosure for Retirement Security Act of 2009; 
and H.R. 1988, Conflicted Investment Advice Prohibition Act of 2009, 
10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, to mark up H.R. 2749, Food 
Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific 
and the Global Environment, and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation and Trade, joint hearing on North Korea's Nuclear 
and Missile Tests and the Six-Party Talks: Where Do We Go from Here? 
10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and 
Oversight, hearing on TV Marti: A Station in Search of an Audience? 
3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on 
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Archives, hearing entitled ``Identity Theft: Victims Bills of 
Rights,'' 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science and Technology, hearing on Advancing 
Technology for Nuclear Fuel Recycling: What Should Our Research, 
Development and Demonstration Strategy Be? 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, to continue hearings 
on Independent Assessment of the National Polar-Orbiting Operational 
Environmental Satellite System, 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing on Legislative Initiatives to 
Strengthen and Modernize the SBIR and STTR Programs, 10 a.m., 2360 
Rayburn.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, to mark up H.R. 2701, 
Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, 11 a.m., 304-
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 17 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of 
the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1023, Travel Promotion 
Act.

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

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Wednesday: Continue consideration of H.R. 2847--Commerce, 
Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. 


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