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September 27, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 121 (September 26, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 136 (September 27, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 186 (September 27, 2006)

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The House is in session today.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

HR 6180 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the income limitation with respect to the credit against tax for qualified adoption expenses and to increase the dollar limitation with respect to such credit in the case of an adoption of a child with special needs or a child age 9 or older; to Ways and Means. H7496, CR 9/26/06.

Floor Action

On 9/26/06, the House passed S 3525, to amend Subpart 2 of Part B of Title IV of the Social Security Act to improve outcomes for children in families affected by methamphetamine abuse and addiction, and to reauthorize the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program.

On 9/26/06, the House passed, by a vote of 264 to 153, 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.

Courts/Judiciary

Hearings

On 9/26/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of: Michael Brunson Wallace, of Mississippi, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit; and Vanessa Lynne Bryant, of Connecticut, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut. Roberta B. Liebenberg, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, provided testimony, along with other members of the ABA standing committee.

Committee Action

On 9/26/06, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Kent A. Jordan, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; John Alfred Jarvey, of Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa; and Sara Elizabeth Lioi, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 5219, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for the detection and prevention of inappropriate conduct in the federal judiciary. 9/27/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Floor Action

On 9/26/06, the House passed, by a vote of 234 to 172, HR 4772, to simplify and expedite access to the federal courts for injured parties whose rights and privileges under the United States Constitution have been deprived by final actions of federal agencies or other government officials or entities actions under color of state law.

On 9/26/06, the House passed, by a vote of 244 to 173, HR 2679, to amend the Revised Statutes 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.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

HR 6179 ( Andrews, D-NJ), to clarify that bail bond sureties and bounty hunters are subject to both civil and criminal liability for violations of federal rights under existing federal civil rights law, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. H7496, CR 9/26/06.

Committee Action

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 4239, to provide the Department of Justice with the necessary authority to apprehend, prosecute and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror. 9/27/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

S 3943 ( Boxer, D-CA), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to reimburse jurisdictions for amounts paid or incurred in preparing, producing, and using contingency paper ballots in the November 7, 2006, federal general election; to Rules and Administration. S10159, CR 9/26/06.

HR 6187 ( Holt, D-NJ) to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to reimburse jurisdictions for amounts paid or incurred in preparing, producing, and using contingency paper ballots in the November 7, 2006, federal general election; to House Administration. S10159, CR 9/26/06.

Gun Control

Floor Action

On 9/26/06, the House passed, by a vote of 277 to 131, HR 5092, to modernize and reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. On 9/25/06, Robert D. Evans, ABA Governmental Affairs Director sent a letter regarding this legislation.

Immigration

Bills Introduced

HR 6190 ( Owens, D-NY), to reduce the number of innocent victims of immigration fraud by making certain immigration consultant practices criminal offenses; to Judiciary. H7496, CR 9/26/06.

Committee Action

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 4997, to permanently authorize amendments made by the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994 for the purpose of permitting waivers of the foreign country residence requirement with respect to certain international medical graduates. 9/27/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

International Law

Committee Action

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 6052, to amend Title 17, United States Code, to provide for licensing of digital delivery of musical works and to provide for limitation of remedies in cases in which the copyright owner cannot be located. 9/27/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

National Security

Floor Action

On 9/26/06, the Senate continued consideration of HR 6061, to establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States.

On 9/26/06, the House passed HR 6160, to recruit and retain Border Patrol agents.

On 9/26/06, the House passed H Res 1030, to express 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.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

S 3940 ( Smith, R-OR), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and expand tax incentives that promote affordable education; to Finance. S10159, CR 9/26/06.

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