Thursday, March 17, 2005


Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS
Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 18, Concurrent Budget Resolution.
The House passed H. Con. Res. 95, Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2006.
The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 103, Adjournment Resolution.
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Senate


Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S2875-S3094
Measures Introduced: Forty bills and eleven resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 646-685, S. Res. 84-91, and S. Con. Res. 20-22.
Pages S2994-96
Measures Reported:

S. 48, to reauthorize appropriations for the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 109-41)
S. 182, to provide for the establishment of the Uintah Research and Curatorial Center for Dinosaur National Monument in the States of Colorado and Utah, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 109-42)
S. 188, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2005 through 2011 to carry out the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.
S. 589, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays.
S. 667, to reauthorize and improve the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families, improve access to quality child care.
Page S2993
Measures Passed:

Condemning Violence and Criminality by the Irish Republican Army: Senate agreed to S. Res. 84, condemning violence and criminality by the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
Pages S2910-11
Private Relief: Senate passed S. 653, for the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo.
Pages S2926-29
Concurrent Budget Resolution: By 51 yeas to 49 yeas (Vote No. 81), Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 18, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2006 and including the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2005 and 2007 through 2010, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S2875-97, S2899-S2910, S2911-26, S2929-67
Adopted:
By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 58), Bingaman (for Smith) Amendment No. 204, to create a reserve fund for the establishment of a Bipartisan Medicaid Commission to consider and recommend appropriate reforms to the Medicaid program, and to strike Medicaid cuts to protect states and vulnerable populations.
Pages S2875-86, S2919-20
Hutchison Amendment No. 218, to fully fund the level of Border Patrol Agents authorized by the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 and as recommended by the 9/11 Commission.
Pages S2875, S2922
Salazar/Conrad Amendment No. 215, to provide additional funding for rural education, rural health access, and rural health outreach programs.
Pages S2875, S2922
By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. 62), Landrieu Amendment No. 219, to establish a reserve fund in the event that legislation is passed to provide a 50 percent tax credit to employers that continue to pay the salaries of Guard and Reserve employees who have been called to active duty.
Pages S2875, S2922
Vitter Amendment No. 223, to express the sense of the Senate that Congress should provide dedicated funding for port security enhancements.
Pages S2875, S2922
Subsequently, the amendment was modified.
Page S2923
By 63 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 64), Collins (for Lieberman/Collins) Amendment No. 220, to protect D261the American people from terrorist attacks by restoring $565 million in cuts to vital first-responder programs in the Department of Homeland Security, including the State Homeland Security Grant program, by providing $150 million for port security grants and by providing $140 million for 1,000 new border patrol agents.
Pages S2875, S2923
[Page: D261] Vitter Amendment No. 224, to restore funding for Corps of Engineers environmental programs to fiscal year 2005 levels.
Pages S2875, S2923
By 68 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 66), Coleman Amendment No. 230, to fully fund the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Pages S2894-97, S2999, S2924
By 73 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 67), Cochran Amendment No. 208, to modify the designation authority for an emergency requirement.
Pages S2899-S2900, S2924-25
By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 68), Kennedy Modified Amendment No. 177, relative to education funding.
Pages S2900-03, S2925
Feinstein Amendment No. 188, to express the sense of the Senate that Congress should enact a long-term reauthorization of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program and appropriate $750,000,000 for the program in fiscal year 2006.
Pages S2909-10, S2911, S2929
Obama Amendment No. 159, to prevent and, if necessary, respond to an international outbreak of the avian flu.
Pages S2930-32
Leahy Amendment No. 160, to increase funding for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other international organizations.
Pages S2930-32
Grassley/Kennedy Amendment No. 164, to provide a reserve fund for the Family Opportunity Act.
Pages S2930-32
Hatch Amendment No. 194, to provide a deficit-neutral reserve fund for the restoration of SCHIP funds.
Pages S2930-32
Cochran/Byrd Amendment No. 209, to modify a provision defining advance appropriations subject to limit.
Pages S2930-32
Thomas/Conrad Amendment No. 226, to restore discretionary funding levels for crucial rural health programs, such as the rural health outreach grant program, the rural hospital flexibility grant program, the small hospital improvement program, tele-health, trauma programs, and rural AED programs to fiscal year 2005 levels.
Pages S2930-32
Mikulski Modified Amendment No. 180, to provide a deficit neutral reserve fund for the Hope credit.
Pages S2930-32
Allen Amendment No. 198, to express the sense of the Senate regarding funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for subsonic and hypersonic aeronautics research.
Pages S2930-32
Lott Amendment No. 182, to express the sense of the Senate on the acquisition of the next generation destroyer (DDX).
Pages S2930-32
DeWine/Dodd Modified Amendment No. 153, to express the sense of the Senate concerning the care and treatment of children with HIV/AIDS.
Pages S2930-32
By 81 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. 72), Talent Amendment No. 225, to provide the flexibility to consider all available transportation funding options.
Page S2932
By 94 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 73), Conrad Amendment No. 243, to express the sense of the Senate that the tax cuts assumed in the budget resolution should include the repeal of the 1993 increase in the income tax on Social Security benefits.
Pages S2915-16, S2932
By 55 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 74), Bunning Amendment No. 241, to repeal the 1993 tax increase on Social Security benefits.
Pages S2914-15, S2033
Boxer Amendment No. 259, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the need for a comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated national ocean policy.
Pages S2935-36
Leahy Amendment No. 203, to express the sense of the Senate in support of full funding and availability of the Crime Victims Fund.
Pages S2937-38
Santorum Amendment No. 169, to reaffirm that the United States maintain a one-to-two ration for contributions to the Global Fund, that the United States not exceed contributing more than 33 percent of the Global Fund's revenue.
Page S2938
Lincoln Modified Amendment No. 192, to restore funding the COPS Methamphetamine Enforcement and Clean Up Program to 2005 levels.
Pages S2938-39
Baucus Amendment No. 253, to support full funding for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Pages S2939-40
Clinton Amendment No. 155, to establish a deficit neutral reserve fund for influenza vaccine shortage prevention.
Pages S2941-42
Snowe/Kerry Modified Amendment No. 216, to increase funding for Small Business Administration's programs.
Pages S2941-42
Bayh Modified Amendment No. 157, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the amount of United States debt that is foreign-owned.
Pages S2941-42
Santorum Amendment No. 163, to express the sense of the Senate regarding tax relief to encourage charitable giving incentives.
Pages S2941-42
Chafee Amendment No. 261, to express the sense of the Senate that the total amount of payments to D262States from the Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund should be increased to $1,350,000,000.
Pages S2941-42
[Page: D262] Baucus Amendment No. 167, to express the sense of the Senate that the full amount of the President's request for the administrative costs of the Social Security Administration for fiscal year 2006 should be funded.
Pages S2941-42
Clinton Modified Amendment No. 154, to express the sense of the Senate concerning comparative effectiveness studies.
Pages S2941-42, S2943
Kohl Modified Amendment No. 217, to restore $1 billion to juvenile justice and local law enforcement programs funded by the Department of Justice.
Page S2942
Salazar Modified Amendment No. 254, to restore funding for the payment in lieu of taxes program (PILT), in order to compensate rural counties for decreased tax revenues as a result of non-taxed federally owned county lands.
Page S2943
Pryor Modified Amendment No. 252, to create a reserve fund for extension of the treatment of combat pay as earned income for purposes of the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.
Page S2943
By 53 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 80), Levin Modified Amendment No. 238, to promote innovation and U.S. competitiveness by expressing the sense of the Senate urging the Senate Committee on Appropriations to make efforts to fund the Advanced Technology Program, which supports industry-led research and development of cutting-edge technologies with broad commercial potential and societal benefits.
Page S2943
Leahy Modified Amendment No. 237, to increase funding for Boys and Girls Clubs.
Pages S2944-45
Gregg (for Grassley) Amendment No. 262, to express the sense of the Senate with respect to pension reform.
Page S2945
DeWine/Leahy Modified Amendment No. 161, to increase funding for Child Survival and Maternal Health Programs.
Page S2945
Rejected:
By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 57), Gregg (for Frist) Amendment No. 229, to express the sense of the Senate regarding Medicaid reconciliation legislation consistent with recommendations from the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Pages S2886, S2919
By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 59), Carper Amendment No. 207, to provide for full consideration of tax cuts in the Senate under regular order.
Pages S2875, S2920-21
By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 60), Snowe Amendment No. 214, to ensure that any savings associated with legislation that provides the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the authority to participate in the negotiation of contracts with manufacturers of covered part D drugs to achieve the best possible prices for such drugs under part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act, that requires the Secretary to negotiate contracts with manufacturers of such drugs for each fallback prescription drug plan, and that requires the Secretary to participate in the negotiation for a contract for any such drug upon request of a prescription drug plan or an MA-PD plan, is reserved for reducing expenditures under such part.
Pages S2875, S2921
By 44 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 61), Harkin Amendment No. 172, to restore the Perkins Vocational Education program and provide for deficit reduction paid for through the elimination of the phase out of the personal exemption limitation and itemized deduction limitation for high-income taxpayers now scheduled to start in 2006.
Pages S2875, S2921-22
By 40 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 63), Conrad (for Dorgan) Amendment No. 210, to repeal the tax subsidy for certain domestic companies which move manufacturing operations and American jobs offshore.
Pages S2875, S2922-23
By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 65), Sarbanes Amendment No. 156, to restore funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Pages S2286-94, S2923-24
By 46 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 69), Baucus/Conrad Amendment No. 234, to ensure that legislation to make cuts in agriculture programs receives full consideration and debate in the Senate under regular order, rather than being fast-tracked under reconciliation procedures.
Pages S2903-07, S2925-26
By 45 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 70), Biden Amendment No. 239, relative to funding to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Pages S2908-09, S2926
By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 71), Byrd/Baucus Amendment No. 240, relative to transportation funding.
Pages S2911-14, S2929-30
By 47 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 75), Reid (for Clinton) Modified Amendment No. 244, to expand access to preventive health care services that reduce unintended pregnancy (including teen pregnancy), reduce the number of abortions, and improve access to women's health care.
Pages S2916-17, S2933-34
By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 76), Lautenberg Amendment No. 187, to strike the debt ceiling reconciliation instruction.
Pages S2917-19, S2934-35
By 44 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 77), Boxer Amendment No. 257, to establish a point of order.
Page S2935
By 45 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 78), Dorgan Amendment No. 211, to restore funding for tribal D263programs and provide necessary additional funding based on recommendations from Indian country.
Pages S2936-37
[Page: D263] Feingold Amendment No. 258, to ensure that savings associated with legislation that reduces overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans is reserved for deficit reduction and to strengthen the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund.
Page S2937
By 37 yeas to 63 nays (Vote No. 79), Dayton Amendment No. 202, to provide full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) part B grants over five years.
Pages S2940-41
Pryor Amendment No. 213, to increase funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Page S2943
Withdrawn:
Allen Modified Amendment No. 197, to increase by $1,582,700,000 over fiscal years 2006 through 2010 funding for Transportation (budget function 400) with the amount of the increase intended to be allocated to the Vehicle Systems account of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for subsonic and hypersonic aeronautics research.
Pages S2875, S2939
National Asbestos Awareness Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 43, designating the first day of April 2005 as ``National Asbestos Awareness Day'', and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S3086-87
Frist Amendment No. 264, to amend the preamble.
Pages S3086-87
Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund: Senate passed H.R. 1270, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund financing rate, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S3087
Financial Literary Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 88, designating April 2005 as ``Financial Literacy Month''.
Page S3087
Montana Future Farmers of America: Senate agreed to S. Res. 89, congratulating the Montana FFA on its 75th Anniversary and celebrating the achievements of Montana FFA members.
Pages S3087-88
Holocaust Commemoration Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 90, to designating the Week of May 1, 2005, as ``Holocaust Commemoration Week''.
Page S3088
Arms Export Embargo on China: Senate agreed to S. Res. 91, urging the European Union to maintain its arms export embargo on the People's Republic of China.
Pages S3088-90
Concurrent Budget Resolution: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when the Senate receives H. Con. Res. 95 from the House, a concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2006, revising appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2005, and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 through 2010, the Senate begin its consideration; that all after the resolving clause be stricken and the text of S. Con. Res. 18, Concurrent Budget Resolution, as agreed to be inserted in lieu thereof; that the resolution then be agreed to as amended, the Senate insist on its amendment, request a conference with the House thereon, and the Chair be authorized to appoint conferees on the part of the Senate.
Page S2971
Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
Page S3086
Authority for Committees: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, all committees were authorized to file legislative and executive matters on Wednesday, March 30, 2005, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
Pages S3086-87
Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that during this adjournment of the Senate, the Majority Leader, Assistant Majority Leader and Senator Warner, to be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
Page S3090
Appointments:

United States Holocaust Memorial Council: The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, pursuant to Public Law 96-388, as amended by Public Law 97-84 and Public Law 106-292, appointed the following Senators to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council: Senators Feingold and Lautenberg.
Page S3090
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
George M. Dennison, of Montana, to be a Member of the National Security Education Board for a term of four years.
[Page: D264] James William Carr, of Arkansas, to be a Member of the National Security Education Board for a term of four years.
Harold Damelin, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of the Treasury.
David B. Balton, of the District of Columbia, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries.
Joseph R. DeTrani, of Virginia, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks.
John Thomas Schieffer, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Japan.
Kiron Kanina Skinner, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the National Security Education Board for a term of four years.
R. Nicholas Burns, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Political Affairs).
C. David Welch, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).
Jeffrey Clay Sell, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.
Christopher R. Hill, of Rhode Island, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
Rudolph E. Boschwitz, of Minnesota, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America on the Human Rights Commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
35 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
37 Army nominations in the rank of general.
2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy.
Pages S3084-86, S3092-94
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Joseph H. Boardman, of New York, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
John Robert Bolton, of Maryland, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.
John Robert Bolton, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.
Stephen L. Johnson, of Maryland, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
John D. Negroponte, of New York, to be Director of National Intelligence.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps.
Page S3092
Messages From the House:
Pages S2991-92
Measures Referred:
Page S2992
Measures Read First Time:
Page S2992
Executive Communications:
Page S2992
Executive Reports of Committees:
Pages S2993-94
Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S2996-98
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S2998-S3073
Additional Statements:
Pages S2989-91
Amendments Submitted:
Pages S2073-83
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Pages S3083-84
Authority for Committees to Meet:
Page S3084
Privilege of the Floor:
Page S3084
Record Votes: Twenty-five record votes were taken today. (Total--81)
Pages S2919-26, S2929-30, S2932-37, S2941, S2944, S2965
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9 a.m., and adjourned at 11:48 p.m., until 4 p.m., on Monday, March 21, 2005. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3092.)

Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)
NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded open and closed hearings to examine current and future worldwide threats to the national security of the United States, after receiving testimony from Porter J. Goss, Director of Central Intelligence; and Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, USN, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of John Paul Woodley, Jr., of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, James William Carr, of Arkansas, George M. Dennison, of Montana, and Kiron Kanina Skinner, of Pennsylvania, each to be a Member of the National Security Education Board, Anthony Joseph Principi, of California, to be a Member of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, and 5,664 nominations in the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
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Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill entitled ``The Federal Public Transportation Act of 2005''.
COAST GUARD BUDGET
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries and Coast Guard concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2006 for the Coast Guard Operational Readiness/Mission Balance, after receiving testimony from Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant, and Master Chief Petty Officer Franklin A. Welch, both of the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security; and Margaret T. Wrightson, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Daniel R. Levinson, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services.
NOMINATION
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Lester M. Crawford, of Maryland, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 188, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2005 through 2011 to carry out the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program;
S. 589, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays; and
The nominations of William Gerry Myers III, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Paul A. Crotty, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and J. Michael Seabright, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii.
Also, committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:
Subcommittee on Administrative Oversights and the Courts: Senators Sessions (Chairman), Specter, Grassley, Kyl, Schumer, Feinstein, and Feingold.
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights: Senators DeWine (Chairman), Specter, Hatch, Grassley, Graham, Brownback, Kohl, Leahy, Biden, Feingold, and Schumer.
Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights: Senators Brownback (Chair), Specter, Graham, Cornyn, Coburn, Feingold, Kennedy, Feinstein, and Durbin.
Subcommittee on Corrections and Rehabilitations: Senators Coburn (Chairman), Specter, Sessions, Cornyn, Brownback, Durbin, Leahy, Biden, and Feingold.
Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs: Senators Graham (Chairman), Grassley, Kyl, DeWine, Sessions, Coburn, Biden, Kohl, Feinstein, Feingold, and Schumer.
Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship: Senators Cornyn (Chairman), Grassley, Kyl, DeWine, Sessions, Brownback, Coburn, Kennedy, Biden, Feinstein, Feingold, Schumer, and Durbin.
Subcommittee on Intellectual Property: Senators Hatch (Chairman), Kyl, DeWine, Graham, Cornyn, Brownback, Coburn, Leahy, Kennedy, Biden, Feinstein, Kohl, and Durbin.
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security: Senators Kyl (Chairman), Hatch, Grassley, Cornyn, DeWine, Sessions, Graham, Feinstein, Kennedy, Biden, Kohl, Feingold and Durbin.
VETERANS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the report entitled, ``Back from the Battlefield: Are we providing the proper care for America's Wounded Warriors?'', after receiving testimony from Jonathan B. Perlin, Acting Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health; Major General Kenneth L. Farmer, Jr., Commanding General, North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, United States Army; Cynthia A. Bascetta, Director, Health Care--Veterans', Health and Benefits Issues, Government Accountability Office; Major Tammy Duckworth, United States Army National Guard; Joseph J. Costello, Vista Vet Center, Vista, California; and David J. Hosking, Vet Center, Madison, Wisconsin.
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House of Representatives


Chamber Action


Measures Introduced: 96 public bills, H.R. 1356-1451; and 34 resolutions, H.J. Res. 38-39; H. Con. Res. 103-120, and H. Res. 167-180, were introduced.
Pages H1690-96
Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H1696-97
Reports Filed: Report were filed today as follows:
H. Con. Res. 53, expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the issuance of the 500,000th design patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (H. Rept. 109-22);
H.R. 683, to amend the Trademark Act of 1946 with respect to dilution by blurring or tarnishment, amended (H. Rept. 109-23);
H.R. 1038, to amend title 28, United States Code, to allow a judge to whom a case is transferred to retain jurisdiction over certain multidistrict litigation cases for trial (H. Rept. 109-24);
H.R. 366, to amend the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 to strengthen and improve programs under that Act, amended (H. Rept. 109-25); and
H.R. 185, to require the review of Government programs at least once every 5 years for purposes of evaluating their performance (H. Rept. 109-26)
Page H1690
Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2006: The House passed H. Con. Res. 95, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2006, revising appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2005, and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2007 through 2010, by a yea-and-nay vote of 218 yeas to 214 nays, Roll No. 88. The bill was also considered yesterday, March 16.
Pages H1627-40, H1641-74
Agreed by unanimous consent that a final period of general debate be in order at the conclusion of consideration of amendments.
Pages H1640-41
Yesterday it was agreed that during further consideration of the bill, the Hensarling amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 109-19) may be considered out of the specified order.
Rejected:
Obey amendment, No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 109-19, that increases $15.8 billion in FY06 new BA and outlays for veterans, education, health care needs, homeland security, the environment and infrastructure; and reduces the FY06 tax benefit for those earning more than $1 million; (by a recorded vote of 180 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 82);
Pages H1627-33
Debated Wednesday, March 16: Hensarling amendment in the nature of a substitute (Republican Study Committee), No. 2 printed in H. Rept 109-19, that replaces the current 19 functional categories with four functions: Defense, Homeland Security, Non-Defense Discretionary and Mandatory Spending, and Interest; and accepts the Iraq Operations Reserve Fund and creates a new ``rainy day'' fund for non-military emergencies (by a recorded vote of 102 ayes to 320 noes, Roll No. 83).
Pages H1633-40
Watt amendment in the nature of a substitute (Congressional Black Caucus), No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 109-19, that calls for an additional $36.3 billion in spending and a $4 billion deficit reduction for FY 2006 (by a recorded vote of 134 ayes to 292 noes and 3 voting ``present'', Roll No. 85);
Pages H1641-53
Spratt amendment in the nature of a substitute, No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 109-19, that projects spending and revenue levels that would eliminate deficits and result in a balanced budget by FY 2012 (by a recorded vote of 165 ayes to 264 noes with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 87);
Pages H1654-65
Motion to rise: Rejected the Blumenauer motion that the Committee rise by a recorded vote of 101 ayes, to 313 noes and 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 86.
Pages H1653-54
H. Res. 154, the rule providing for consideration of the measure was agreed to yesterday, March 16.
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated yesterday, March 16:
Expressing concern regarding the occupation of the Republic of Lebanon by the Syrian Arab Republic: H. Con. Res. 32, amended, expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the occupation of the Republic of Lebanon by the Syrian Arab Republic, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas to 1 nay and 4 voting ``present'', Roll No. 84; and
Page H1640
Agreed to amend the title so as to read: concurrent resolution expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the occupation of the Lebanese Republic by the Syrian Arab Republic.
Page H1640
Expressing concern regarding the continued violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian and Lebanese people by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic: H. Con. Res. 18, amended, expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing gross violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian and Lebanese D267people by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 89.
Pages H1674-75
Spring District Work Period: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 103, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
Page H1675
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed to dispense with the Calendar Wednesday business of Wednesday, April 6.
Page H1675
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 21, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its concurrence in H. Con. Res. 103, in which case the House shall stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.
Page H1675
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Wolf, or if not able to perform this duty, Representative Tom Davis (VA) to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through April 5.
Page H1675
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and five recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1632, H1639-40, H1640, H1653, H1654, H1664-65, H1674, and H1674-75. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and at 6:15 p.m., pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 103, it stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, March 21, unless it sooner has received a message from the Senate transmitting its adoption of the concurrent resolution, in which case the House shall stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2005.
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Committee Meetings


AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FDA AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Under Secretary for Rural Development. Testimony was heard from Gilbert Gonzalez, Acting Under Secretary, Rural Development, USDA.
DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on Air Force Posture. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of the Air Force: Peter B. Teets, Acting Secretary; and GEN John P. Jumper, Chief of Staff.
The Subcommittee also met in executive session to hold a hearing on Air Force Acquisition. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of the Air Force: Peter B. Teets, Acting Secretary; and LTG John D. W. Corley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acquisitions.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security held a hearing on Citizenship and Immigration Services. Testimony was heard from Eduardo Aguirro, Jr., Director, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Secretary of Labor. Testimony was heard from Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor.
DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, AND HUD, JUDICIARY, D.C., AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies held a hearing on the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Testimony was heard from Alphonso R. Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Bureau of Indian Affairs. Testimony was heard from James Casen, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior.
SCIENCE, THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE, JUSTICE, AND COMMERCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Science, the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the SBA. Testimony was heard from Hector V. Barreto, Administrator, SBA.
[Page: D268] The Subcommittee also held a hearing on the Federal Prison System. Testimony was heard from Harley G. Lappin, Director, Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice.
IRAQ--CURRENT OPERATIONS AND POLITICAL TRANSITION
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on current operations and the political transition in Iraq. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2006 National Defense Authorization budget request--United States Special Operations Command policy and programs. Testimony was heard from officials of the Department of Defense: Thomas W. O'Connell, Assistant Secretary, Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict; and GEN Bryan D. Brown, USA, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.
HIGHER EDUCATION--TRACKING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness and the Subcommittee on Select Education held a joint hearing entitled ``Tracking International Students in Higher Education: A Progress Report.'' Testimony was heard from Victor X. Cerda, Counsel to the Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Stephen A. Edson, Managing Director, Visa Services Directorate, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; Randolph C. Hite, Director, Information Technology Architecture and Systems Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.
NIH PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Setting the Path for Reauthorization: Improving Portfolio Management at the NIH.'' Testimony was heard from Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Director, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services.
SECURITIES ARBITRATION SYSTEM
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled ``A Review of the Securities Arbitration System.'' Testimony was heard from William Francis Galvin, Secretary, MA; and public witnesses.
DEPOSIT INSURANCE REFORM ACT
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing on H.R. 1185, Deposit Insurance Reform Act of 2005. Testimony was heard from Donald E. Powell, Chairman, FDIC.
STEROID USE IN BASEBALL
Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled ``Restoring Faith in America's Pastime: Evaluating Major League Baseball's Efforts to Eradicate Steroid Use.'' Testimony was heard from Senator Bunning; Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services; the following officials of Major League Baseball: Allan H. Selig, Commissioner; and Elliott J. Pellman, M.D., Medical Advisor for Major League Baseball, Office of the Commissioner; Sandy Alderson, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Major League Baseball; the following Major League Baseball baseball players: Curt Schilling, Frank Thomas, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro; and the following former Major League baseball players: Jose Canseco and Mark McGuire.
AFGHANISTAN--U.S. COUNTERNARCOTICS POLICY
Committee on International Relations: Held an oversight hearing on U.S. Counternarcotics Policy in Afghanistan: Time for Leadership. Testimony was heard from Maureen E. Quinn, Coordinator on Afghanistan, Department of State; Mary Beth Long, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Counternarcotics, Department of Defense, and Michael A. Braun, Special Agent, Chief of Operations, DEA, Department of Justice.
HUMAN RIGHTS--GLOBAL VIEW
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations held an oversight hearing on A Global Review of Human Rights: Examining the State Department's 2004 Annual Report. Testimony was heard from Michael G. Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--U.N. AND THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation held an oversight hearing on the United Nations and the Fight Against Terrorism. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
The Subcommittee also held a briefing on this subject. Testimony was heard from Stephen J. Stedman, Special Advisor to Secretary-General United Nations.
OVERSIGHT--U.N. OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM
Committee on International Relations: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on The United Nations Oil-for-Food Program: The Cotecna and Saybolt Inspection Firms. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
[Page: D269] CHILD INTERSTATE ABORTION NOTIFICATION ACT; OVERSIGHT--U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 748, Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.
The Subcommittee also held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the U.S. Commission Civil Rights: Russell Redenbaugh, and Michael Yaki, both Commissioners; Kenneth Marcus, Staff Director; and George Harbison, Director, Human of Resources and Active Chief of Budget and Finance.
OVERSIGHT--PATENT APPEALS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property held an oversight hearing on Holmes Group, the Federal Circuit, and the State of Patent Appeals. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
STOP COUNTERFEITING IN MANUFACTURED GOODS ACT; ORGANIZED CRIME
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security approved for full Committee action H.R. 32, Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act.
The Subcommittee also held an oversight hearing on Responding to Organized Crimes Against Manufacturers and Retailers. Testimony was heard from Chris Swecker, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, Department of Justice; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--OFF RESERVATION GAMING RESTRICTIONS
Committee on Resources: Held an oversight hearing on a measure to amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-reservation gaming. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BUDGET
Committee on Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks held an oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2006 National Park Service Budget. Testimony was heard from Fran Mainella, Director, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science: Ordered reported the following measures: H.R. 1023, Charles `Pete' Conrad Astronomy Awards Act; H.R. 1158, To reauthorize the Steel and Aluminum Energy Conservation and Technology Competitiveness Act of 1988; H.R. 28, amended, High-Performance Computing Revitalization Act of 2005; H. Con. Res. 96, amended, Recognizing the significance of African American women in the United States scientific community; and H.R. 798, amended, Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act of 2005.
NATURAL GAS PRICES
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, Agriculture and Technology held a hearing entitled ``The High Price of Natural Gas and its Impact on Small Businesses: Issues and Short Term Solutions,'' Testimony was heard from Representative Terry; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT--COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management held an oversight hearing on The Administration's ``Strengthening America's Communities'' Initiative and its impact on economic development. Testimony was heard from David A. Sampson, Assistant Secretary, Economic Development, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
MEDICAL IMAGING SERVICES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Managing the Use of Imaging Services. Testimony was heard from Mark Miller, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; and public witnesses.
GLOBAL UPDATES; BUDGET HEARING
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold a hearing on Global Updates. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.
The Committee also met in executive session to hold a hearing on the Budget. Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,
MARCH 18, 2005
(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)
Senate
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
House
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, hearing on Quality Teachers, Principals and High Schools, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, District of Columbia and Independent Agencies, on Secretary of Transportation, 10 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``A Review of Security Initiatives at DOE Nuclear Facilities,'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
[Page: D270] Next Meeting of the SENATE
4 p.m., Monday, March 21
Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.
Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2 p.m., Monday, March 21
House Chamber
Program for Monday: To be announced.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue.
HOUSE Akin, W. Todd, Mo., E514 Baker, Richard H., La., E496 Baldwin, Tammy, Wisc., E497, E501 Berry, Marion, Ark., E497 Bilirakis, Michael, Fla., E500 Blunt, Roy, Mo., E503 Bonner, Jo, Ala., E480, E485, E489 Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E488 Calvert, Ken, Calif., E480, E486 Capito, Shelley Moore, W.Va., E496 Capuano, Michael E., Mass., E504 Cardin, Benjamin L., Md., E491 Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E488 Cooper, Jim, Tenn., E499 Cuellar, Henry, Tex., E479, E484, E488, E490, E493, E494, E496, E499, E502, E505 Davis, Jim, Fla., E512 DeGette, Diana, Colo., E504, E507 Diaz-Balart, Lincoln, Fla., E510 Emanuel, Rahm, Ill., E503 Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E506 Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E510 Farr, Sam, Calif., E512 Filner, Bob, Calif., E505 Ford, Harold E., Jr., Tenn., E503 Franks, Trent, Ariz., E511 Gutierrez, Luis V., Ill., E513 Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E482, E490, E494 Hayes, Robin, N.C., E497 Hensarling, Jeb, Tex., E481, E487, E489, E493 Herger, Wally, Calif., E507 Holt, Rush D., N.J., E511 Hunter, Duncan, Calif., E513 Inglis, Bob, S.C., E511 Israel, Steve, N.Y., E491 Issa, Darrell E., Calif., E482, E487 Jefferson, William J., La., E494 Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E494 Kennedy, Mark R., Minn., E510 Kennedy, Patrick J., R.I., E512 Kirk, Mark Steven, Ill., E506 Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E500 Lantos, Tom, Calif., E510 Larson, John B., Conn., E507 Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E513 Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E483, E490, E501 Mica, John L., Fla., E504 Moran, James P., Va., E498 Norwood, Charlie, Ga., E500 Pickering, Charles W. ``Chip'', Miss., E479, E485, E489, E492, E495, E508 Platts, Todd Russell, Pa., E501 Pombo, Richard W., Calif., E503 Portman, Rob, Ohio, E511 Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E481, E486 Reynolds, Thomas M., N.Y., 507 Rogers, Mike, Ala., E480, E486 Rohrabacher, Dana, Calif., E505 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E508 Ruppersberger, C.A. Dutch, Md., E512 Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E483 Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E479, E484, E488, E491, E494, E496, E499, E502, E505 Sensenbrenner, F. James, Wisc., E484 Sessions, Pete, Tex., E484 Slaughter, Louise McIntosh, N.Y., E502 Solis, Hilda L., Calif., E508 Tauscher, Ellen O., Calif., E482, E490, E493 Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E479, E485, E489, E492, E495 Udall, Tom, N.M., E498 Upton, Fred, Mich., E513 Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E499 Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E506 Weldon, Curt, Pa., E501 Wexler, Robert, Fla., E509 Wilson, Joe, S.C., E509 Wolf, Frank R., Va., E501 Wynn, Albert Russell, Md., E498
KEY TOPICS

AFGHANISTANUS
AGAINST
AGENCIES
AGRICULTURE
APPEALS
APPROPRIATIONS
ARBITRATION
AUTHORIZATION
Abortion
Accountability
Acquisition
Acquisitions
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Action
Active
Additional
Adjournment
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Administration
Administration
Administration's
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Administrator
Admiral
Adopted
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Advisor
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Aeronautics
Affairs
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Afghanistan
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Against
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Agency
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Agriculture
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Albert
Alderson
Alphonso
Aluminum
Ambassador
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Amendments
America
America
America's
American
Anniversary
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Anthony
Antitrust
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Appointments
AppointmentsAgreement
Appropriations
Appropriations
Arbitration
Architecture
Arkansas
Asbestos
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Assistance
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Astronomy
Atlantic
Authority
AuthorityAgreement
Authorization
Authorizing
Awards
Awareness
BASEBALL
BUDGET
BUDGET
BUSINESS
Balance
Baldwin
Balton
Banking
Barreto
Bascetta
Baseball
Baseball's
Battlefield
Baucus
Baucus/Conrad
Benefits
Benjamin
Bilirakis
Bills/Resolutions
Bingaman
Bipartisan
Blumenauer
Boardman
Bolton
Bonner
Bordallo
Border
Boschwitz
Brownback
Budget
Buildings
Bunning
Bureau
Business
Business
Businesses
Byrd/Baucus
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COMMITTEE
COUNTERFEITING
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Calendar
California
CallsVotes
Calvert
Canseco
Capabilities
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Capito
Capuano
Cardin
CareVeterans'
Carolyn
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Center
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Chafee
Chairman
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Chamber
Charles
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Children's
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Clinton
Closure
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Cochran
Cochran/Byrd
Coleman
Collins
Colorado
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Commanding
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Commerce
Commerce
Commission
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Community
Competition
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Conflict
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Corrections
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Counternarcotics
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Crawford
Credit
Crimes
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Criminality
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Cuellar
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DEFENSE
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DEPOSIT
DEVELOPMENT
DEVELOPMENT
DStates
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Daniel
Darrell
Dayton
DeGette
DeTrani
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DeWine/Dodd
DeWine/Leahy
Debated
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Defense
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Democracy
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Dennison
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Development
Development
DiazBalart
Digest
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Directorate
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District
Division
Donald
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Dpeople
Dprograms
Duckworth
Duncan
Durbin
Durbin
ECONOMIC
EDUCATION
EDUCATIONTRACKING
ENVIRONMENT
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Economic
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Education
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Elliott
Emanuel
Embargo
Emergency
Energy
Energy
Enforcement
Engineers
Enterprise
Enterprises
Environment
Environmental
Eradicate
European
Evaluating
Examining
Executive
Export
Expressing
Extensions
FISCAL
FRIDAY
Facilities''
Family
Farmer
Farmers
Federal
Feingold
Feingold
Feinstein
Filner
Finance
Financial
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Fisheries
Fisheries
Francis
Franklin
Franks
Freedom
Fund's
Future
GAMING
GLOBAL
Galvin
Gaming
General
George
Gilbert
Global
Gonzalez
Government
Graham
Grassley
Grassley/Kennedy
Gutierrez
HEARING
HIGHER
HIGHLIGHTS
HIV/AIDS
HOMELAND
Harbison
Harkin
Harley
Harold
Hastings
Hawaii
Health
Hearings/Meetings
Hector
Hensarling
Herger
Heritage
HighPerformance
Higher
Holmes
Holocaust
Homeland
Hosking
Hospital
Houses
Housing
Hunter
Hutchison
IMAGING
INDEPENDENT
INSURANCE
INTERIOR
INTERNATIONAL
INTERSTATE
IRAQCURRENT
Ileana
Imaging
Immigration
Impact
Improving
Independent
Indian
Individuals
Information
Infrastructure
Inglis
Initiative
Initiatives
Inspection
Inspector
Institute
Institutions
Insurance
Intellectual
Intelligence
Intelligence
Intensity
Interest
Interior
Interior
Internal
International
Internet
Interstate
Introduced
Introduced
Investigations
Investigative
Ireland
Island
Israel
Issues
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JUSTICE
Jackson
Jacoby
Janice
Jefferson
Jeffrey
Jersey
Johnson
Jonathan
Joseph
Judiciary
Judiciary
Jumper
Justice
Justice
Kanina
Kaptur
Kennedy
Kenneth
Kucinich
Landrieu
Lantos
Lappin
Larson
Lautenberg
Lautenberg
Leader
Leaders
Leadership
League
Leaking
Lebanese
Lebanon
Lester
Levinson
Lieberman/Collins
Lincoln
Literacy
Literary
Lofgren
Louise
LowIncome
Lowell
MANAGEMENT
MANUFACTURED
MEASURES
MEDICAL
MEETING
MEETINGS
MISCELLANEOUS
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Madison
Mainella
Majority
Maloney
Management
Managing
Mandatory
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Manufacturers
Marcus
Margaret
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Marion
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Maternal
Maureen
McGuire
McIntosh
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Medicaid
Medical
Medicare
Meeting
Meetings
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Memorial
Messages
Methamphetamine
Michael
Mikulski
Miller
Minnesota
Minority
Modified
Monday
Monday
Montana
Month''
Monument
Motion
NATIONAL
NATURAL
NOMINATION
NOTIFICATION
National
Nationality
Nations
Nations
Natural
Negroponte
Nicholas
Nominations
NonDefense
Nonproliferation
Northern
Norwood
Notices
Notification
Nuclear
O'Connell
OILFORFOOD
OPERATIONS
ORGANIZED
OVERSIGHTCOMMUNITY
OVERSIGHTNATIONAL
OVERSIGHTOFF
OVERSIGHTPATENT
OVERSIGHTUN
OVERSIGHTUS
Oceans
Office
Office
Officer
OilforFood
Operational
Operations
Operations/Low
Opportunity
Ordered
Organized
Oriented
Oversight
Oversights
POLICY
POLITICAL
PORTFOLIO
PRICES
PROGRAM
Pacific
Palmeiro
Passed
Pastime
Patent
Patrick
Patrol
Payment
Pellman
Pennsylvania
Pensions
People's
Period
Perkins
Perlin
Permanent
Pickering
Platts
Policing
Policy
Political
Pollution
Porter
Portfolio
Portman
Postponed
Posture
Powell
President
President
President's
Principal
Principals
Principi
Prison
Prisons
Private
Privilege
Proceedings
Processing
Program
Program
Programs
Progress
Property
Property
Protection
Public
Quality
Quorum
REFORM
RELATED
REPRESENTATIVES
REQUEST
RESERVATION
RESTRICTIONS
RIGHTS
RIGHTSGLOBAL
Rafael
Railroad
Randolph
Rangel
Rayburn
Readiness/Mission
Realignment
Reauthorization
Received
Recognizing
Record
Redenbaugh
Referred
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Reform
Regional
Regulatory
Rehabilitations
Rejected
Rejected
Related
Relations
Relief
Remarks
Remediation
Report
Report''
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Representative
Representatives
Republic
Republic
Republican
Research
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Resolution
Resolution
Resources
Resources
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Review
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Revolving
Reynolds
Richard
Rights
Rights
Robert
Rogers
Rohrabacher
RosLehtinen
Routine
Rudolph
Ruppersberger
Russell
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SECURITIES
SECURITY
SENATE
SERVICE
SERVICES
STEROID
STUDENTS
SYSTEM
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Saybolt
Schakowsky
Schiavo
Schieffer
Schiff
Schilling
Schools
Schumer
Schumer
Science
Science
Seabright
Secretary
SecretaryGeneral
Securities
Security
Security
Select
Senate
Senate
Senate's
Senator
Senators
Sensenbrenner
Service
Services
Services
Sessions
Shelley
Signing
Skinner
Slaughter
Snowe/Kerry
Social
Solutions''
Southern
Speaker
Special
Specter
Spending
Sponsored
Spratt
Spring
Statements
Statements
States
Stedman
Stephen
Steroid
Steven
Storage
Students
Subcommittee
Submitted
Subsequently
Survival
SuspensionsProceedings
Swecker
Syrian
System
System''
Systems
TERRORISM
THREATS
TRANSITION
TRANSPORTATION
TREASURY
Talent
Tauscher
Teachers
Technical
Technology
Tempore
Tempore
Terrorism
Testimony
Theresa
Thomas
Thomas/Conrad
Threats
Thursday
Trademark
Trafficking
Transportation
Transportation
Treasury
Treasury
Tuesday
Twentyfive
UNICEF
UPDATES
Uintah
Unconventional
Underground
United
Updates
VETERANS
Vehicle
Veterans
Veterans'
Victims
Victor
Violence
Virginia
Visclosky
Vitter
Vocational
Volkow
Walter
Warner
Warriors?''
Waxman
Wednesday
Wednesday
Week''
Weldon
Wexler
William
Wilson
Wisconsin
Withdrawn
Woodley
Workforce
Wounded
Wrightson
Yesterday
Zerhouni
`Pete'
``Back
``Chip''
``Financial
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``National
``Restoring
``Setting
``Strengthening
``Tracking
``present''
``rainy
abortions
accepts
access
account
achieve
achievements
acquisition
action
active
additional
adjourn
adjourned
adjournment
administrative
admiral
adoption
advance
aeronautics
agents
agreed
agreeing
agreement
agriculture
allocated
amended
amendment
amendments
amendments
amount
announced
announced
appear
appoint
appointed
appointments
appropriate
appropriations
approved
assignments
assistance
associated
assumed
attacks
authority
authorize
authorized
availability
available
balanced
baseball
behalf
benefit
benefits
between
billion
blurring
boards
border
briefing
budget
budgetary
business
business
called
categories
ceiling
celebrating
certain
charitable
children
clause
clearing
closed
combat
commercial
commissions
committee
committees
community
companies
comparative
compensate
competitiveness
comprehensive
concern
concerning
concluded
conclusion
concurrence
concurrent
condemning
conditional
conferees
conference
conferences
confirmed
congratulating
congressional
consent
consider
consideration
considered
consistent
continue
continued
continuing
contract
contracts
contributing
contributions
convened
coordinated
counties
country
county
covered
create
creates
credit
credit
criminality
crucial
current
cuttingedge
debate
debated
decreased
dedicated
deduction
deficit
deficitneutral
deficits
defining
departmental
design
designating
designation
destroyer
developed
development
dilution
discharged
discretionary
dispense
domestic
during
earned
earning
economic
education
effectiveness
efforts
eleven
eliminate
elimination
embargo
emergencies
emergency
employees
employers
encourage
enforcement
enhancements
enrolled
ensure
entitled
environment
environmental
establish
establishing
establishment
evaluating
examine
exceed
executive
exemption
expand
expenditures
export
express
expressing
extend
extension
fallback
families
fasttracked
favorably
federally
financing
firstresponder
fiscal
flexibility
following
follows
follows
foreignowned
former
function
functional
functions
funded
funded
funding
funding
further
future
gaming
general
general
generation
giving
grants
health
hearing
hearings
highincome
homeland
hospital
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