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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
November 15, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 128 (November 14, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 149 (November 15, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 220 (November 15, 2006)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.


Floor Action

On 11/14/06, the House passed, by a vote of 373-23, HR 864, to provide for programs and activities with respect to the prevention of underage drinking.


Committee Action

On 11/14/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Thomas M. Hardiman, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

HR 6322 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to direct the Attorney General to conduct a study on the feasibility of expanding the National Incident-Based Reporting System to identify crime data relating to elementary and secondary schools; to Judiciary. H8640, CR 11/14/06.

International Law

Floor Action

On 11/14/06, the Senate removed the injunction of secrecy from the Treaty with Malaysia on Mutual Legal Assistance (Treaty Doc. No. 109-22).

Military Law

Floor Action

On 11/14/06, the Senate passed HR 5385, making appropriations for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/07.

National Security

Bills Introduced

S 4051 ( Specter, R-PA), to provide sufficient resources to permit electronic surveillance of United States persons for foreign intelligence purposes to be conducted pursuant to individualized court-based orders for calls originating in the United States, to provide additional resources to enhance oversight and streamline the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, and to ensure review of the Terrorist Surveillance Program by the United States Supreme Court; read the first time. S10924, CR 11/14/06.