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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
July 24, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 96 (July 21, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 110 (July 24, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 139 (July 24, 2006)

The Senate and House are in session today.

Children/Families

Floor Action

On 7/21/06, the Senate began 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

Bills Introduced

S 3713 ( Clinton, D-NY), to protect privacy rights associated with electronic and commercial transactions; to Judiciary. S8103, CR 7/21/06.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2831, to guarantee the free flow of information to the public through a free and active press while protecting the right of the public to effective law enforcement and the fair administration of justice. 7/27/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Courts/Judiciary

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1845, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for the appointment of additional federal circuit judges and to divide the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the United States into two circuits. 7/27/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on pending judicial nominations; Kimberly Ann Moore, of Virginia, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; and Francis N. Tyndigco-Gatewood, of Guam, to be U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Guam. 7/27/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 7/24/06, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Jerome A. Holmes, of Oklahoma, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

Criminal Law

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 155, to increase and enhance law enforcement resources committed to investigation and prosecution of violent gangs, to deter and punish violent gang crime, to protect law-abiding citizens and communities from violent criminals, to revise and enhance criminal penalties for violent crimes, to reform and facilitate prosecution of juvenile gang members who commit violent crimes, and to expand and improve gang prevention programs. 7/27/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2679, to establish an Unsolved Crimes Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and an Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Investigative Office in the Civil Rights Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 7/27/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Election Law

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2703, to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 7/27/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

National Security

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation; S 2453, to establish procedures for the review of electronic surveillance programs; S 2455, to provide in statute for the conduct of electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists for the purposes of protecting the American people, the nation, and its interests from terrorist attack while ensuring that the civil liberties of United States citizens are safeguarded; S 2468, to provide standing for civil actions for declaratory and injunctive relief to person who refrain from electronic communications through fear of being subject to warrantless electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes; and S 3001, to ensure that all electronic surveillance of United States persons for foreign intelligence purposes is conducted pursuant to individualized court-issued orders and to streamline the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978; 7/27/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

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