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December 11, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 135 (December 8, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 157 (December 11, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 237 (December 11, 2006)

The 109th Congress is adjourned.
The 110th Congress will convene on 1/4/07.

AIDS/HIV

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the House agreed by unanimous consent to concur in Senate amendment to HR 6143, to amend Title XXVI of Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for providing life-saving care for those with HIV/AIDS, clearing the measure for the President. On 5/9/06, Robert D. Evans, director of the ABA Governmental Affairs Office, sent a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee regarding the reauthorization.

Children/Families

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed S 1120, to reduce hunger in the United States.

On 12/8/06, the Senate concurred in the House amendment to 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, clearing the measure for the President.

On 12/8/06, the House agreed by unanimous consent to H Res 1086, to support the goals and ideals of “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.”

Constitutional Law/Civil Rights

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed HR 4709, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to strengthen protections for law enforcement officers and the public by providing criminal penalties for the fraudulent acquisition or unauthorized disclosure of phone records, clearing the measure for the President.

Courts/Judiciary

Nominations

On 12/8/06, the Senate confirmed, by unanimous vote of 91 yeas, the nomination of Kent A. Jordan, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

On 12/8/06, the Senate returned the following 38 nominations to the President: Philip S. Gutierrez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Valerie L. Baker, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Marcia Morales Howard, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi; Gregory Kent Frizzell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; Lisa Godbey Wood, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia; John Alfred Jarvey, of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa; Robert James Jonker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan; Paul Lewis Maloney, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan; Janet T. Neff, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan; Sara Elizabeth Lioi, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio; Nora Barry Fischer, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Lawrence Joseph O'Neill, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Vanessa Lynne Bryant, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut; Debra Ann Livingston, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Raymond M. Kethledge, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Stephen Joseph Murphy III, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; John Preston Bailey, of West Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia; Mary O. Donohue, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; 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; Halil Suleyman Ozerden, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi; Otis D. Wright II, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; George H. Wu, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Thomas M. Hardiman, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; William Lindsay Osteen, Jr., of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; Martin Karl Reidinger, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; Thomas D. Schroeder, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; Terrence W. Boyle, of North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; William James Haynes II, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; Peter D. Keisler, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; William Gerry Myers III, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; James Edward Rogan, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Benjamin Hale Settle, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington; Norman Randy Smith, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Michael Brunson Wallace, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; Frederick J. Kapala, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and Thomas Alvin Farr, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Criminal Law

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed S 4055, to address the effect of the death of a defendant in federal criminal proceedings.

Disability Law

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the House agreed by unanimous consent to HR 1554, to enhance and further research into paralysis and to improve rehabilitation and the quality of life for persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities.

Health Law

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed HR 3248, to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program to assist family caregivers in accessing affordable and high quality respite care, clearing the measure for the President.

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed HR 6164, to amend Title IV of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the authorities of the National Institutes of Health.

On 12/8/06, the House concurred to Senate amendments to HR 6164, to amend Title IV of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the authorities of the National Institutes of Health, clearing the measure for the President.

Environmental Law

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the Senate concurred in the House amendment to S 362, to establish a program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Coast Guard to help identify, determine sources of, assess, reduce, and prevent marine debris and its adverse impacts on the marine environment and navigation safety, in coordination with the non-federal entities, clearing the measure for the President.

On 12/8/06, the House concurred with Senate amendments to HR 5946, to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to authorize activities to promote improved monitoring and compliance for high seas fisheries, or fisheries governed by international fishery management agreements, clearing the measure for the President. On 3/8/06, Robert D. Evans, director of the ABA Governmental Affairs Office, sent a letter to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee regarding the issue.

International Law

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the Senate agreed to S Res 631, urging the Government of Sudan and the international community to implement the agreement for a peacekeeping force under the command and control of the United Nations in Darfur.

On 12/8/06, the Senate agreed to HR 6060, to authorize certain activities by the Department of State, clearing the measure for the President.

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed HR 5948, to reauthorize the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004, clearing the measure for the President.

On 12/8/06, the Senate agreed to S Res 549, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding modern-day slavery.

On 12/8/06, the Senate concurred in the House amendment to S 2125, to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, clearing the measure for the President.

On 12/8/06, the House passed HR 6060, to authorize certain activities by the Department of State.

On 12/8/06, the House passed by a vote of 397 to 2 HR 5948, to reauthorize the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004.

Substance Abuse

Floor Action

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed S 4113, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine.

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed HR 798, to provide for a research program for remediation of closed methamphetamine production laboratories.

On 12/8/06, the Senate passed HR 6344, to reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy Act, clearing the measure for the President.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 




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