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September 11, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 109 (September 8, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 125 (September 11, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 175 (September 11, 2006)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on 9/12/06, 12:30 pm

Attorney-Client Privilege

Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Thompson Memorandum’s Effect on the Right to Counsel in Corporate Investigations.” ABA President Karen J. Mathis is scheduled to testify. 9/12/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Children and Families

Floor Action

On 9/8/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee was discharged from further consideration of S Res 537, supporting the National Sexual Assault Hotline and commending the Hotline for counseling and supporting more than 1,000,000 callers, and the Senate agreed to the resolution.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2831, to guarantee the free flow of information to the public through a free and active press while protecting the right of the public to effective law enforcement and the fair administration of justice. 9/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Courts/ Judiciary

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up 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. 9/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on pending judicial nominations: Terrence W. Boyle, of North Carolina, to be US Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; William Gerry Myers III, of Idaho, to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Norman Randy Smith, of Idaho, to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Valerie L. Baker, of California, to be US District Judge for the Central District of California; Francisco Augusto Besosa, of Puerto Rico, to be US District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; and Philip S. Gutierrez, of California, to be US District Judge for the Central District of California. 9/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 3880 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror; to Judiciary. S9253, CR 9/8/06.

Committee Action

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. 9/13/06, 9:30 am, Dirksen.

Substance Abuse

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2046, to establish a National Methamphetamine Information Clearinghouse to promote sharing information regarding successful law enforcement, treatment, environmental, social services, and other programs related to the production, use, or effects of methamphetamine and grants available for such programs. 9/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

National Security

Bills Introduced

S 3882 ( Kyl, R-AZ), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to support the war on terrorism, read for the first time. S9253, CR 9/8/06.

Hearing

The Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Catching Terrorists: The British System Versus the U.S. System.” 9/14/06, 9:30 am, 192 Dirksen.

The Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity Subcommittee, House and Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Future of Cyber and Telecommunications Security at the Department of Homeland Security.” 9/13/06, 1 pm, 2212 Rayburn.

The Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Homeland Security Information Network.” 9/13/06, 1 pm, 2212 Rayburn.

The Management, Integration, and Oversight Subcommittee, and Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a joint hearing on the SAFETY Act of 2002 (PL 107-296). 9/13/06, 10 am, Location TBA.

The Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Science of Prevention.” 9/14/06, 2 pm, Location TBA.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the following legislation: 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 standing for civil actions for declaratory and injunctive relief to persons who refrain from electronic communications through fear of being subjected 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. 9/13/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 9/8/06, the Senate continued consideration of HR 4954, to improve maritime and cargo security through enhanced layered defenses.

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