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Daily Edition
July 19, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 70, No. 94 (July 18, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 107 (July 19, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 138 (July 19, 2006)

The Senate and House are in session today

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 3682 ( Alexander, R-TN), to establish the America's Opportunity Scholarships for Kids Program; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S7752, remarks and text S7762, CR 7/18/06.

HR 5822 ( Johnson, R-TX), to establish the America's Opportunity Scholarships for Kids Program; Education and the Workforce. H5380, CR 7/18/06.

Hearings

The Health Care Subcommittee, Senate Finance Committee, will hold a hearing titled “CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Program] at 10: A Decade of Covering Children.” 7/25/06, 2:30 pm, 215 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 7/18/06, the Senate reached a unanimous consent agreement providing that on 7/20/06 the Senate proceed to consideration of S 403, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Floor Action

On 7/18/06, the House failed to agree to by a vote of 236-187, HJ Res. 88, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. On 7/17/06 Robert D. Evans, ABA Governmental Affairs Director sent a letter regarding the legislation.

Disability Law

Floor Action

On 7/18/06, the Senate passed HR 5117, to exempt persons with disabilities from the prohibition against providing section 8 rental assistance to college students, clearing the measure for the President.

Elder Law

Hearings

The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold hearings titled “Medicare Physician Payment: How to Build a Payment System that Provides Quality, Efficient Care for Medicare Beneficiaries.” 7/25/06, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn, and 7/27/06, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.

International Relations

Hearings


The Africa, Global Human Rights and International Relations Subcommittee, House International Relations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “International Adoption: The Status of the Hague Convention Implementation and Next Steps.” 7/25/06, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 5825 ( Wilson, R-NM), to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978; to Judiciary, and Intelligence. H5380, CR 7/18/06.

Hearings

The House Select Intelligence Committee will hold an open hearing on ways to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Michael S. Greco, ABA President, will testify on behalf of the ABA. 7/19/06, 10 am, 2212 Rayburn.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Authority to Prosecute Terrorists Under the War Crime Provisions of Title 18.” 7/25/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Science and Technology

Floor Action

On 7/18/06, the Senate passed by unanimous vote, S 3504, the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act, to prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of tissue from fetuses gestated for research purposes.

On 7/18/06, the Senate passed by unanimous vote, S 2754, the Alternative Pluripotent Stems Cell Therapies Enhancement Act, to derive human pluripotent stem cell lines using techniques that do not knowingly harm embryos.

On 7/18/06, the Senate passed by unanimous vote, HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research, clearing the measure for the President. On 7/17/06, Robert D. Evans, ABA Governmental Affairs Director sent a letter regarding this legislation.

On 7/18/06, the House passed by a vote of 425-379, S 3504, to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of tissue from fetuses gestated for research purposes.

On 7/18/06, the House failed to agree to by a vote of 273-154, S 2754, to derive human pluripotent stem cell lines using techniques that do not knowingly harm embryos.

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