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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
July 12, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 69, No. 89 (July 11, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 102 (July 12, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 133 (July 12, 2006)

The House and Senate are in session today.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

HJ Res 91 ( Gohmert, R-TX), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage; to Judiciary. H5047, CR 7/11/06.

Election Law


The Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Renewing the Temporary Provisions of the Voting Rights Act: Legislative Opinions after League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) v. Perry.” 7/13/06, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.

The House Administration Committee and House Science Committee will hold a joint hearing titled “Voting Machines: Will New Standards and Guidelines Prevent Future Problems?” 7/19/06, 2 pm, Rayburn.



The Immigration, Boarder Security and Claims Subcommittee of House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Should We Embrace the Senate’s Grant of Amnesty to Millions of Illegal Aliens and Repeat the Mistakes of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986?” 7/18/06, 10 am, Rayburn.


Committee Action

On 7/11/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of William James Haynes II, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; and Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood, to be Judge for the District Court of Guam.

Legal Services

Committee Action

On 7/11/06, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee approved for full committee consideration, HR 5672, making appropriations for Science, the Department of State, Justice, and Commerce for the fiscal year ending 9/30/07.The bill includes $327 million for LSC.

National Security


The House Science Committee will hold a hearing titled “How Can Technologies Help Secure our Borders?” 7/19/06, 10 am, Rayburn.

Bills Introduced

HR 5759 ( Harris, R-FL), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a Directorate of Emergency Management; to Transportation and Infrastructure; Homeland Security, Energy and Commerce, International Relations, Judiciary; and House Administration. H5046, CR 7/11/06.