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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 27, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 68 (April 26, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 74 (April 27, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 81 (April 27, 2007)

The Senate and House are not in session today.
The Senate and House will reconvene on Monday, 4/30/07.

Business Law

Bills Introduced

S 1244 ( Kennedy, D-MA), to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand coverage under the Act, to increase protections for whistleblowers and to increase penalties for certain violators; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5183, CR 4/26/07.

HR 2049 ( Woolsey, D-CA), to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand coverage under the Act, to increase protections for whistleblowers and to increase penalties for certain violators; to Education and Labor. H4203, CR 4/26/07.

 

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

H J Res 42 ( McCollum, D-MN), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding health care; to Judiciary. H4202, CR 4/26/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

S 1235 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to impose appropriate penalties for the assault or murder of a federal law enforcement officer or federal judge, for the retaliatory assault or murder of a family member of a federal law enforcement officer or federal judge; to Judiciary. S5183, CR 4/26/07.

Hearings

The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will meet to consider the issuance of a subpoena to James B. Comey, a former deputy attorney. 5/1/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the continuing investigation into the U.S. attorneys controversy. 5/3/07, 2141 Rayburn.

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation regarding the firing of U.S. attorneys. 5/3/07, 10 am, 2237 Rayburn.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the following pending nominations: Debra Ann Livingston, to be U.S. Circuit judge for the 2nd court; Roslynn Renee Mauskopf, to be U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of New York; Richard Sullivan, to be U.S. District judge for the Southern District of New York; and Joseph S. Van Bokkelen, to be U.S. District judge for the Northern District of Indiana. 5/3/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation S 376, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers. 5/3/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation S 495, to prevent and mitigate identity theft to ensure privacy, to provide notice of security breaches and to enhance criminal penalties, law enforcement assistance and other protections against security breaches, fraudulent access and misuse of personally identifiable information. 5/3/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

On 3/26/07, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, House Judiciary Committee, ordered favorably reported HR 1700, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the Cops on the Beat program.

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation HR 1700, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the Cops on the Beat program. Date TBA-Week of 5/30/07, 2141 Rayburn.

Elder Law

Hearing

The Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing titled, ‘Retirement Security: Strengthening Pensions Protections.” 5/3/07, 2 pm, 2175 Rayburn.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced

S 1237 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists; to Judiciary. S5183, CR 4/26/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2055 ( Castor, D-FL), to improve children's access to health care coverage under the Medicaid Program and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); to Energy and Commerce. H4203, CR 4/26/07.

HR 2058 ( Holt, D-NJ), to include costs incurred by the Indian Health Service, a federally qualified health center, an AIDS drug assistance program, certain hospitals, or a pharmaceutical manufacturer patient assistance program in providing prescription drugs toward the annual out of pocket threshold under part D of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act and to provide a safe harbor for assistance provided under a pharmaceutical manufacturer patient assistance program; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. H4203, CR 4/26/07.

Hearings

The Health Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on financial assistance programs for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. 5/3/07, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

S 1241 ( Grassley, R-IA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify student housing eligible for the low-income housing credit; to Finance. S5183, CR 4/26/07.

HR 2061 ( Jones, D-OH), to protect home buyers from predatory lending practices; to Financial Services. H4203, CR 4/26/07.

Immigration

Bills Introduced

S 1225 ( Hagel, R-NE), to establish a process for aliens who meet certain conditions to be granted permanent resident status; to Judiciary. S5183, CR 4/26/07

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 1230 ( Dodd, D-CT), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a refundable credit for contributions to qualified tuition programs; to Finance. S5183, CR 4/26/07

Hearings

The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on the accountability for oversight of the student loan program and the Reading First program by the Department of Education. 5/10/07, 10:30 am, 2175 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 3/26/07, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, House Judiciary Committee, ordered favorably reported HR 916, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders.

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation HR 916, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders. Date TBA-Week of 5/30/07, 2141 Rayburn






 




 





 

 


 



 




 

 


 

 


 





 

 








 




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