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Daily Edition
July 26, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 152, No. 99 (July 25, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 112 (July 26, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 141 (July 26, 2006)

The Senate and House are in session today.


Bills Introduced

H Res. 944 ( Poe, R-TX), supporting the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should raise awareness of domestic violence in the United States and its devastating effects on families and communities. H5854, CR 7/25/06.

Floor Action

On 7/25/06, the Senate passed, by a vote of 65-34, 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.

On 7/25/06, the House passed HR 4472, to protect children from sexual exploitation and violent crime, to prevent child abuse and child pornography, to promote Internet safety, and to honor the memory of Adam Walsh and other child crime victims, clearing the measure for the President.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Presidential Action

On 7/24/06, the President signed HR 42 (P.L. 109-243), to ensure that the right of an individual to display a flag of the United States on a residential property not be abridged.



The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending judicial nominations. 8/1/06, 3 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 7/25/06, the Senate confirmed, by a 67-30 vote, the nomination of Jerome A. Holmes, of Oklahoma, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

S 3725 ( Sessions, R-AL), to reduce the disparity in punishment between crack and powder cocaine offenses, and to more broadly focus the punishment for drug offenders on the seriousness of the offense and the culpability of the offender; to Judiciary. S8195, CR 7/25/06.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5882 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to increase the minimum federal medical assistance percentage under the Medicaid program for states to 53 percent; to Energy and Commerce. H5853, CR 7/25/06.



The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Mark R. Dybul to be coordinator of U.S. activities to combat HIV/AIDS globally. 7/31/06, 3 pm, 419 Dirksen.

Intellectual Property


The Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR 5418, to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges. 7/27/06, 10:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.

International Relations


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the U.N. Convention Against Corruption (Doc 109-6). 8/1/06, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.

Substance Abuse

Floor Action

On 7/25/06, the House amended S 3525, to improve outcomes for children in families affected by methamphetamine abuse and addiction, and to reauthorize the promoting safe and stable families program.