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Daily Edition
April 19, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 62 (April 18, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 67 (April 19, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 72 (April 19, 2007)

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

AIDS/HIV

Hearings

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “PEPFAR [President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief]: An Assessment of Progress and Challenges.” 4/24/07, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Courts/Judiciary

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the following pending judicial nominations: Frederick J. Kapala, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and Benjamin Hale Settle, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Washington. 4/25/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Rising Crime in the United States: Examining the Federal Role in Helping Communities Prevent and Respond to Violent Crime.” 4/25/07, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Gun Violence

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 376, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers. 4/25/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1905 ( Norton, D-DC), to provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives; to Judiciary. H3559, CR 4/18/07.

Environmental Law

Hearings

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 549 U.S. ___ (2007), regarding the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. 4/24/07, 9:45 am, 406 Dirksen.

Health Law


Hearings

The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Living Without Health Insurance: Why Every American Needs Coverage.” 4/25/07, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1909 ( Cuellar, D-TX), to increase the number of federal judgeships in certain judicial districts with heavy caseloads of criminal immigration cases; to Judiciary. H3559, CR 4/18/07.

HR 1930 ( Shadegg, R-AZ), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase competitiveness in the United States; to Judiciary. H3560, CR 4/18/07.

H Con Res 119 ( Goode, R-VA), expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should immediately and unequivocally call for the enforcement of existing immigration laws in order to reduce the threat of a terrorist attack and to reduce the massive influx of illegal aliens into the United States; to Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs. H3560, CR 4/18/07.

Intellectual Property

Bills Introduced

S 1145 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform; to Judiciary. S4675, CR 4/18/07.

HR 1908 ( Berman, D-CA), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform; to Judiciary. H3559, CR 4/18/07.

International Law

Hearings

The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “U.S.-Colombia Relations.” 4/24/07, 2 pm, 2172.

Committee Action

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up H Res 272, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade; and H Con Res 7, calling on the League of Arab States to acknowledge the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan and to step up efforts to stop the genocide in Darfur. 4/19/07, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Floor Action

On 4/18/07, the Senate passed HR 1003, to amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to reauthorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, clearing the measure for the president.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 1914 ( Carter, R-TX), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to ensure the death penalty for terrorists; to Judiciary. H3559, CR 4/18/07.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1923 ( McCarthy, R-CA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the exemption amount for the alternative minimum tax; to Ways and Means. H3560, CR 4/18/07.

Tort Law

Hearings

The Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which is scheduled to expire at the end of 2007. 4/24/07, 1:30 pm, 2128 Rayburn.

 




 





 

 


 



 




 

 


 

 


 





 

 








 




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