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September 22, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 119 (September 21, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 134 (September 22, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 184 (September 22, 2006)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on 9/25/06

Business Law

Bills Introduced

S 3919 ( Kerry, D- MA), to assist small business concerns in complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; to Small Business and Entrepreneurship. S9896, CR 9/21/06.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 3924 ( Cantwell, D-WA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to allow qualifying states to use all or any portion of their allotments under the State Children's Health Insurance Program for certain Medicaid expenditures; to Finance. S9896, CR 9/21/06.

HR 6145 ( Davis, D-TN), to provide for programs that reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy children, and support new parents; to Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, and Agriculture. H6931, CR 9/21/06.

H Con Res 477 ( Bartlett, R-MD), a resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the states should enact joint custody laws for fit parents, so that more children are raised with the benefits of having a father and a mother in their lives; to Judiciary. H6933, CR 9/21/06.

H Con Res 478 ( Lowey, D-NY), a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of ``Lights On Afterschool!'', a national celebration of after-school programs; to Education and the Workforce. H6933, CR 9/21/06.

Hearings

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on combating child hunger. 9/26/06, 9:30 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a series of hearings on child pornography: “Sexual Exploitation of Children Over the Internet: The Face of a Child Predator and Other Issues,” 9/26/06, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn; and “Follow up issues to the case of Masha Allen, a 13-year-old girl who was adopted from Russia and was sexually abused for six years, starting on the day she arrived,” 9/27/06, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.

The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for pending legislation S 403, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across state lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law

Hearings

The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 2679, to amend the Revised Statute of the United States to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by state and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney’s fees. 9/25/06, 5 pm, H-313 Capitol.

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. On 6/28/06, Robert D. Evans, ABA Governmental Affairs Director sent a letter to the Committee regarding this legislation. 9/28/06, Time TBA, 226 Dirksen.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

S 3923 ( Hatch, R-UT), to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges; to Judiciary. S9896, CR 9/21/06.

HR 6157 ( Tiahart, R-KS), to amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to provide for legal protection against frivolous lawsuits directed at statutes prohibiting picketing at military and other funerals, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. H6933, CR 9/21/06.

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending judicial nominations. 9/26/06, 3:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Committee Action

On 9/21/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported the following nominations: Norman Randy Smith, of Idaho, to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Valerie L. Baker, of California, and Philip S. Gutierrez, of California, each to be a United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Francisco Augusto Besosa, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; and Lawrence Joseph O'Neill, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Also, the committee began consideration of the nomination of William Gerry Myers III, of Idaho, to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, but did not take final action.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation and vote on pending judicial nominations; Terrence W. Boyle, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; William James Haynes II, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; Kent A. Jordan, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; Peter D. Keisler, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia; William Gerry Myers III, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Nora Barry Fischer, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Gregory Kent Fizzell, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; John Alfred Jarvey, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa; Sara Elizabeth Lioi, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio; and Lisa Godbey Wood, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia. 9/26/06, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.

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 to divide the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the United States into two circuits. On 9/20/06, the American Bar Association sent a statement to the Committee regarding this legislation. 9/28/06, Time TBA, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 9/21/06, a unanimous-consent agreement was reached to begin consideration of the nomination of Francisco Augusto Besosa, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico on 9/25/06.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

HR 6155 ( Pearce, R-NM), to establish guidelines and incentives for states to establish criminal drug dealer registries and to require the Attorney General to establish a national criminal drug dealer registry and notification program; to Judiciary. H6932, CR 9/21/06.

Hearings

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 grimes, and to expand and improve gang prevention programs; and S 3880, to provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend, prosecute and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror. 9/28/06, Time TBA, 226 Dirksen.

Disaster Relief


Bills Introduced

HR 6149 ( Green, D-TX), to enhance housing and emergency assistance to victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma of 2005; to Transportation and Infrastructure, Financial Services, and Judiciary. H6931, CR, 9/21/06.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

S 3920 ( Hatch, R-UT), to amend Part B of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to assure access to durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program; to Finance. S9896, CR 9/21/06.

HIV/AIDS

Bills Introduced

HR 6143 ( Bono, R-CA), to amend Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for providing life-saving care for those with HIV/AIDS; to Energy and Commerce. H6931, CR 9/21/06.

Immigration

Floor Action

On 9/21/06, the House passed, by a vote of 328 to 95 HR 6094, to restore the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authority to detain dangerous aliens, and combat alien gang crime; the House passed by a vote of 277 to 140, HR 6095, to affirm the inherent authority of state and local law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of immigration laws, to provide for effective prosecution of alien smugglers, and to reform immigration litigation procedures. On 9/20/06, Robert D. Evans, ABA Director of Governmental Affairs sent a letter opposing key provisions of the bills.

Intellectual Property

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation S 2644, to harmonize rate setting standards for copyright licenses under Sections 112 and 114 of Title 17, United States Code. 9/28/06, Time TBA, 226 Dirksen.

International Law

Bills Introduced

HR 6142 ( Thomas, R-WV), to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act relating to preferential treatment to apparel articles of lesser developed countries; to Ways and Means. H6931, CR 9/21/06.

HR 6152 ( Lowey, D-NY), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for developing countries to promote quality basic education and to establish the achievement of universal basic education in all developing countries as an objective of United States foreign assistance policy, and for other purposes; to International Relations. H6931, CR, 9/21/06.

Military Law

Floor Action

On 9/21/06, the House passed, by a vote of 418 to 3, S 418, to protect members of the Armed Forces from unscrupulous practices regarding sales of insurance, financial, and investment products, c1earing the measure for the President. On 9/19/06, Robert D. Evans, ABA Governmental Affairs Director sent a letter regarding this legislation.

National Security

Bills Introduced

S 3928 ( Boxer, D-CA), to provide for the Office of Domestic Preparedness of the Department of Homeland Security to provide grants to local governments for public awareness education relating to preparedness for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and influenza pandemic; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S9897, CR 9/21/06.

HR6153 ( Moore, D-WI), to improve the delivery of counterterrorism, financing training and technical assistance by providing for greater interagency coordination and cooperation; to Financial Services, and International Relations. H6931, CR 9/21/06.

H Res 1030 ( Jones, R-NC), a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Border Patrol is performing an invaluable service to the United States, and that the House of Representatives fully supports the more than 12,000 Border Patrol agents; to Homeland Security. H6933, CR 9/21/06.

Hearings

The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing titled “Advancing Security and Commerce at Our Nation’s Ports: The Goals are not Mutually Exclusive.” 9/27/06, 2 pm, 2360 Rayburn.

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