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June 30, 2006

CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 99 (June 30, 2006)
Congressional Record, Vol. 69, No. 87 (June 29, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 126 (June 30, 2006)

The House and Senate are not in session today.
The House and Senate will reconvene 7/10/06.

Appropriations

Floor Action

On 6/29/06, the House passed by a vote of 393-23, HR 5672, making appropriations for Science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action

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. 7/13/06, 9:30 am, Dirksen, and 7/20/06, 9:30 am, Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 3629 ( Ensign, R-NV), to require a 50-hour work week for federal prison inmates, to reform inmate work programs, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. S6787, CR 6/28/06.

Committee Action

On 6/29/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee began consideration of HR 1036, to amend title 17, United States Code, to make technical corrections relating to Copyright Royalty Judge; and 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.

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. 7/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen and 7/20/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Courts/Judiciary

Nominations

On 6/29/06, the Senate received the nomination of Peter D. Keisler, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 1036, to amend Title 17, United States Code, to make technical corrections relating to copyright royalty judges, and 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. 7/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen and 7/20/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of: Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, and Jerome A. Holmes, of Oklahoma, each to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; Gustavo Antonio Gelpi, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; and Daniel Porter Jordan III, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. 7/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen, and 7/20/06, 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. 7/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen and 7/20/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen. On 6/27/06, Robert D. Evans, ABA Governmental Affairs Director sent a letter to the committee regarding this legislation.

Families/Children

Bills Introduced

S 3607 ( Bayh, D-IN), to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure funding for grants to promote responsible fatherhood and strengthen low-income families, and for other purposes; to Finance. S 6786, CR 6/28/06.

Committee Action

On 6/29/06, the House Ways and Means Committee ordered reported HR 5640, the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006.

International Law

Committee Action

On 6/29/06, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ordered favorably reported S. Res. 460, expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should increase its support to the people of Somalia in their efforts to end decades of violence, establish lasting peace, form a democratically elected and stable central government, and become an effective partner in eradicating radicalism and terrorism from their country and the region.

Floor Action

On 6/29/06, the Senate passed S 2125, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act, to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Legal Services

Floor Action

On 6/29/06, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Jonann E. Chiles, of Arkansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring 7/13/08.

National Security

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up: 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 for civil actions for declaratory and injunctive relief to persons 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. 7/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen, and 7/20/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Science and Technology

Floor Action

On 6/29/06, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement to begin consideration of HR 810, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research; S 2754, to derive human pluripotent stem cell lines using techniques that do not knowingly harm embryos; and S 3504, to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of tissue from fetuses gestated for research purposes.

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