Monday, May 8, 2006

Daily Digest
Senate
Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4119–S4162 Measures Introduced: Eight bills and three resolutions were introduced as follows: S. 2757–2764, S.J. Pages S4155–56 Res. 36, and S. Res. 469–470. Measures Passed: National Anthem: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 458, affirming that statements of national unity, including the National Anthem, should be recited or sung in English, and the resolution was then agreed Pages S4161–62 to. Medical Care Access Protection Act: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 22, to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.
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During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action: By 48 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 115), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to Page S4146 consideration of the bill. Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Access to Care Act: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 23, to improve women’s access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the delivery of obstetrical and gynecological services. Pages S4146–47 During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action: By 49 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 116), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill. Pages S4146–47 Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act—Agreement: A unanimousconsent agreement was reached providing that at

9:45 a.m., on Tuesday, May 9, 2006, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1955, to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 and the Public Health Service Act to expand health care access and reduce costs through the creation of small business health plans and through modernization of the health insurance marketplace; that the time until 10 a.m. be equally divided between the Chairman and Ranking Member, or their designees, of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and that at 10 a.m., Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed. Page S4162 Engrossment Correction Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Secretary of the Senate be authorized to correct the engrossment of the Senate amendment to H.R. 4939, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations, to reconcile the texts of amendments 3728 and 3789 to the bill. Page S4162 Messages From the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States: Transmitting, pursuant to law, the notification of the continuation of an Executive Order blocking the property of certain persons and prohibiting the export of certain goods to Syria; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM–47) Page S4154 Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations: General Michael V. Hayden, United States Air Force, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. W. Stuart Symington IV, of Missouri, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti. Troy R. Justesen, of Utah, to be Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education. Page S4162 Messages From the House: Page S4154 Executive Communications: Pages S4154–55 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S4156–57
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Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Additional Statements: Pages S4153–61 Notices of Hearings/Meetings: Page S4161 Authorities for Committees to Meet: Page S4161 Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. Pages S4146–47 (Total—116) Adjournment: Senate convened at 1 p.m., and adjourned at 6:40 p.m., until 9:45 a.m., on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. (For Senate’s program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today’s Record on page S4162.)

sociated with the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 addressing licensing of hydroelectric facilities, after receiving testimony from J. Mark Robinson, Director, Office of Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Lawrence Finfer, Acting Director, Office of Policy Analysis, Department of the Interior; and Daniel M. Adamson, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, on behalf of the National Hydropower Association, and Andrew Fahlund, American Rivers, on behalf of the Hydropower Reform Coalition, both of Washington, D.C. NOMINATION Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of David L. Norquist, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Homeland Security, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Warner, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES LICENSING Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine issues as-

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House of Representatives
Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 1 public bill, H.R. 5311 was introduced. Page H2180 Additional Cosponsors: Page H2180 Reports Filed: Reports were filed on Thursday, May 4, 2006 as follows: H.R. 4127, to protect consumers by requiring reasonable security policies and procedures to protect computerized data containing personal information, and to provide for nationwide notice in the event of a security breach, with an amendment (H. Rept. 109–453, Pt. 1); and H.R. 3997, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide for secure financial data, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 109–454, Pt. 1). A report was filed on Friday, February 5, 2006 as follows: H.R. 5122, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2007 for military activities of the Department of Defense, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2007, with amendments (H. Rept. 109–452). Pages H2179–80 Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Thornberry to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. Page H2177 Senate Message: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on page H2177. Senate Referrals: S. 1086 was held at the desk.
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Quorum Calls—Votes: There were no Yea-and-Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls. Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 2:03 p.m.

Committee Meetings
No committee meetings were held.
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NEW PUBLIC LAWS
(For last listing of Public Laws, see DAILY DIGEST, p. D 370)

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S. 592, to amend the Irrigation Project Contract Extension Act of 1998 to extend certain contracts between the Bureau of Reclamation and certain irrigation water contractors in the States of Wyoming and Nebraska. Signed on May 5, 2006. (Public Law 109–219)

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S.J. Res. 28, approving the location of the commemorative work in the District of Columbia honoring former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Signed on May 5, 2006. (Public Law 109–220)
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Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine judicial nominations, 2 p.m., SD–226.

House
Committee on Appropriations, to consider the following: Suballocation of Budget Allocations for Fiscal Year 2007; and the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2007, 4:30 p.m., 2359 Rayburn. Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ‘‘Examining the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program,’’ 3 p.m., 2123 Rayburn. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ‘‘Thoroughbred Horse Racing Jockeys and Workers: Examining On-Track Injury Insurance and Other Health and Welfare Issues,’’ 2 p.m., 2123 Rayburn. Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, hearing entitled ‘‘Anthrax Protection: Progress or Problems,’’ 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn. Committee on Homeland Security, oversight hearing on proposed legislation to strengthen the Federal Emergency Management Agency and better integrate it into the Department, 2 p.m., 311 Cannon. Committee on Rules, to consider H.R. 5122, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol. Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, hearing on Corporate Tax Reform, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2006
(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2007 for military construction, 2:30 p.m., SD–124. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine, to hold hearings to examine CAFE standards, 10 a.m., SD–562. Subcommittee on Aviation, to hold hearings to examine Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking, 2:30 p.m., SD–562. Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, to hold hearings to examine proposed reform of Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 10 a.m., SD–430. Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine an introduction to the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act and legal issues relating to reauthorization, 9:30 a.m., SD–226.

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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — DAILY DIGEST
Next Meeting of the SENATE 9:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 9

May 8, 2006

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9

Senate Chamber

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1955, Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to its consideration to occur at approximately 10 a.m. (Senate expects to recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

Program for Tuesday: Consideration of suspensions as follows: (1) H.R. 4202—American River Pump Station Project Transfer Act of 2005; (2) H.R. 5311—Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area Act; (3) S. 1382—A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to accept the conveyance of certain land, to be held in trust for the benefit of the Puyallup Indian tribe; (4) H.R. 1499—Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities Act; (5) H.R. 4530—Scott Reed Federal Building and United States Courthouse Designation Act; (6) H.R. 4912— Rural Health Care Capital Access Act of 2006; (7) H.R. 4902—Byron Nelson Congressional Gold Medal Act; (8) H.R. 5037—Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act; (9) H.R. 3829—Jack C. Montgomery Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Designation Act; and (10) H.R. 4681—Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
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