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Daily Edition
September 8, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 109 (September 7, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 124 (September 8, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 174 (September 8, 2006)

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

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 3862 ( Akaka, D-HI), to amend part A of the titled IV of the Social Security Act to require a State to promote economic and financial education under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program and to allow economic and financial education to count as work activity under that program; to Finance. S9111, CR 9/7/06.

Hearings

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on online child pornography. 9/19/06, 2:30 pm, 253 Russell.

Constitutional/Civil Rights Law

Bills Introduced

S 3873 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to protect private property rights, read the first time. S9111, remarks S9133, CR 9/7/06.

Committee Action

On 9/7/06, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 2679, Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005.

Courts/Judiciary

Hearings

The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the challenges facing today’s federal prosecutors. 9/13/06, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Committee Action

On 9/7/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee began consideration of S 3001, to ensure that all electronic surveillance of United States persons for foreign surveillance of United States persons for foreign intelligence purposes is conducted pursuant to individualized court-issued orders, to streamline the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, and resumed consideration of S 2453, to establish procedures for the review of electronic surveillance programs. On 9/6/06, Karen J. Mathis, ABA President sent a letter regarding this legislation.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

S 3866 ( Akaka, D-HI), to establish a grant program to enhance the economic and financial literacy of midlife and older Americans so as to enhance their retirement security and to reduce financial abuse and fraud among such Americans; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S9111, remarks and text S9122, CR 9/7/06.

Hearings

The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on managed care relating to securing Medicaid’s future. 9/13/06, 10 am, 562 Dirksen.

Environmental Law

Hearings

The Fisheries and Oceans Subcommittee, House Resources Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation HR 4953 and S 2430, to amend the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990 to provide for the implementation of recommendations of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service contained in the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study. 9/14/06, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.

Gun Control

Hearings

On 9/7/06, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 5092, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Modernization and Reform Act of 2006 and began mark up of HR 5005, the Firearms Corrections and Improvement Act.

Immigration

Bills Introduced

HR 6047 ( Ortiz, D-MA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to waive inadmissibility based on a misrepresentation in the case of an immediate relative of an active duty or reserve member of the Armed Forces and to extend the V non immigrant visa program for spouses and children of such a member; to Judiciary. H6363, CR 9/7/06.

Hearings

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing titled “Employment-Based Permanent Immigration: Examining the Value of a Skills-Based Point System.” 9/14/06, 10:30 am, 430 Dirksen.

International Law

Bills Introduced

S 3870 ( Brownback, R-KS), to hold the current regime in Iran accountable for its human rights record and to support a transition into democracy in Iran; Foreign Relations. S9111, CR 9/7/06.

H Res 992 ( Wolf, R-VA), a resolution urging the President to appoint a Presidential Special Envoy for Sudan; International Relations. H6364, CR 9/7/06.

Hearings

The Middle East and Central Asia Subcommittee, House International Relations Committee, will hold a hearing on whether there is a civilization clash between Islam, democracy and U.S. Middle East and Central Asia policy. 9/14/06, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Intellectual Property

Hearings

The Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation HR 5120, to amend Title 35, United States Code, to conform certain filing provisions within the Patent and Trademark Office. 9/14/06, 11:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Military Law

Hearings

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on a report by the Department of Defense on predatory lending practices directed at members of the armed forced and their dependents. 9/14/06, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.

National Security

Bills Introduced

S 3874 ( DeWine, R-OH), 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 interest from terrorist attack while ensuring that the civil liberties of the United States citizens are safeguarded, read the first time. S9111, CR 9/7/06.

S 3875 ( Reid, D-NV), to provide real national security, restore United States leadership, and implement tough and smart policies to win the war on terror, read the first time. S9111, remarks and text S9134, CR 9/7/06.

S 3876 ( Specter, R-PA), entitled the National Security Surveillance Act, read the first time. S9111, CR 9/7/06.

S 3877 ( Feinstein, D-CA), entitled the “Foreign Intelligence Improvement and Enhancement Act of 2006,” read the first time. S9111, CR 9/7/06.

H Res 986 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), recognizing youth court programs for the efforts of such programs in enhancing the quality of the juvenile justice system in the United States and encouraging the recognition of a National Youth Court Month; Education and the Workforce. H6363, CR 9/7/06.

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on intelligence information sharing. 9/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation HR 5825, to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. 9/12/06, 4 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on mission performance of the Coast Guard. 9/14/06, 10 am, 2167 Rayburn.

Floor Action

On 9/7/06, the Senate began consideration of HR 4954, to improve maritime and cargo security through enhanced layered defenses.

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