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Daily Edition
July 31, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 152, No. 102 (July 28, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 115 (July 31, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 144 (July 31, 2006)

The Senate and House are in session today.


Floor Action

On 7/28/06, the House passed by unanimous vote HR 844, to congratulate the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative on ten years of significant achievement in the search for an HIV/AIDS vaccine.

Business Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5956 ( Baker, R-LA), to make all civil penalties collected by the Securities and Exchange Commission in securities law enforcement actions available for the benefit of victims of securities law violations; to Financial Services. H6231, CR 7/28/06.


Bills Introduced

HR 5992 ( DeLauro, D-CT), to establish demonstration project to provide at-home infant care benefits; to Education and the Workforce. H6232, CR 7/28/06.

HR 6011 ( Osborne, R-NE), to authorize the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Labor to make grants to advance treatment, education and employment programs for youth with serious mental, psychological, behavioral, and emotional difficulties, so that they may obtain professional assistance necessary in order to be successful in their lives and contribute to the economy; to Education and the Workforce. H6232, CR 7/28/06.

Floor Action

On 7/28/06, the House passed by unanimous consent S 3693, to make technical corrections to the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

H. Res 969 ( Davis, D-AL), urging the Secretary of Defense to immediately institute a zero-tolerance policy with regard to racial and ethnic extremism in the military; to Armed Services. H6234, CR 7/28/06.



The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine the nominations of Peter D. Keisler, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Valerie L. Baker and Philip S. Gutierrez, each to be a United States District Judge for the Central District of California; and Francisco Augusto Besosa, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, 8/1/06, 2 p.m., Dirksen-226.

Bills Introduced

HR 5961 ( Conyers, D-MI), to provide for reports by the President relating to pardons and reprieves granted to executive branch officials; to Judiciary. H6232, CR 7/28/06.

Disability Law

Presidential Action

On 7/27/06, the President signed HR 5117 (P.L. 109-249), to exempt persons with disabilities from the prohibition against providing Section 8 rental assistance to college students.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

S 3761 ( Stabenow, D-MI), to amend the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 to assist the neediest of senior citizens by modifying the eligibility criteria for supplemental foods provided under the commodity supplemental food program to take into account the extraordinarily high out-of-pocket medical expenses that senior citizens pay; to Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. S8411, remarks S8412, CR 7/28/06.

HR 5962 ( Biggert, R-IL), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish additional provisions to combat waste, fraud, and abuse within the Medicare Program; to Energy and Commerce; and Judiciary. H6231, CR 7/28/06.

Environmental Law


The National Ocean Policy Study Subcommittee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the state of the oceans in 2006. 8/3/06, 10 am, 253 Russell.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced

H Res 977 ( McCollum, D-MN) reinforcing the federal government's federal trust relationship and commitment to working with American Indian nations to empower, promote, and support the educational development of American Indian and Alaska Native children and youth; to Education and the Workforce, and Resources.

International Relations

Bills Introduced

HR 5966 ( Smith, R-NJ), to end the use of child soldiers in hostilities around the world; to International Relations. H6230, CR 7/28/06.

HR 5995 ( Engel, D-NY), to repeal the prohibitions on United States assistance to countries that are parties of the International Criminal Court; to International Relations. H6233, CR 7/28/06.

H Res 970 ( Jackson-Lee, D-TX) denouncing the practices of female genital mutilation, domestic violence, ``honor'' killings, acid burning, dowry deaths, and other gender-based and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that participation, protection, recognition, and independence of women is crucial to achieving a just, moral, and honorable society; to International Relations. H6234, CR 7/28/06.


Bills Introduced

HR 5977 ( Bartlett, R-MD), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and Title IV of the Social Security Act to provide for the denial of family classification petitions filed by an individual who owes child support arrearages; to Judiciary; and Ways and Means. H6232, CR 7/28/06.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

HR 5988 ( Davis, R-VA), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to authorize grant programs to enhance the access of low-income Black students to higher education; to Education and the Workforce. H6232, CR 7/28/06.

Legal Services

Bills Introduced

HR 5974 ( Cannon, R-UT), to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 and the Legal Services Corporations Act to provide appropriate removal procedures for the Inspector General of the Legal Services Corporation; to Government Reform; and Judiciary. H6232, CR 7/28/06.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 6015 ( Rogers, R-AL), to enhance border security through the use of temporary support personnel, expansion of Border Patrol agent training, increased hiring authority, support for local law enforcement agencies; to Homeland Security. H6232, CR 7/28/06.

Tax Law


The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Kick-Off for Tax Reform: Tackling the Tax Code.” 8/3/06, 1 pm, 215 Dirksen.