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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
August 3, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 152, Nos. 104 & 105 (August 1-2, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, Nos. 115 & 116 (August 2-3, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, Nos. 146 & 147 (August 2-3, 2006)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene 8/4/06.

AIDS/HIV

Bills Introduced

S 3775 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the effort to achieve internationally recognized goals in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other major diseases and the reduction of maternal and child mortality by improving human health care capacity and improving retention of medical health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa; to Foreign Relations. S8610, remarks & text S8612, CR 8/2/06.

Children/Families

Floor Action

On 8/1/06, the Senate passed S 707, to reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity, after agreeing to a committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.

Courts Judiciary

Bills Introduced

S 3773 ( Domenici, R-NM), to increase the number of federal judgeships, in accordance with recommendations by the Judicial Conference, in districts that have an extraordinarily high immigration caseload; to Judiciary. S8610, remarks & text S8614, CR 8/2/06.

S 3774 ( Bond, R-MO), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the unauthorized disclosure of classified information; to Judiciary. S8610, remarks & text S8612, CR 8/2/06.

Nominations

On 8/2/06, the Senate received the following nominations; Roslynn Renee Mauskopf, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York; Liam O’Grady, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; Lawrence Joseph O’Neill, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California.

Committee Action

On 8/1/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Peter D. Keisler, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Valerie L. Baker and Philip S. Gutierrez, each to be a United States District Judge for the Central District of California; and Francisco Augusto Besosa, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.

Criminal Law

Nominations

On 8/2/06, the Senate received the nomination of Dabney Langhorne Friedrich, of Virginia, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for the remainder of the term expiring October 31, 2009.

Elder Law

Hearings

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up pending legislation S 2010, to amend the Social Security Act to enhance Social Security of the nation by ensuring adequate public-private infrastructure and to resolve to prevent, treat, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. 8/3/06, 9:30 am, 106 Dirksen.

Foreign Relations

Committee Action

On 8/1/06, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ordered favorably reported the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on October 31, 2003.

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