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Daily Edition
August 6, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153 No. 125-128 (August 1-4, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 136 (August 6, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 150 (August 6, 2007)

The Senate is not in session today.
The House is not in session today.
Both the Senate and House will reconvene on Tuesday, 9/4/07.

AIDS/HIV

Bills Introduced  

HR3326 ( Engel, D-NY), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to permit states the option to provide Medicaid coverage for low-income individuals infected with HIV; to Energy and Commerce. H9654, CR 8/2/07.

Antitrust

Bills Introduced  

HR 3341 ( Paul, R-TX), to ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by exempting health care professionals from the federal antirust laws in their negotiations with health plans and health insurance issuers; to Judiciary. H9655, CR 8/2/07.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced  

HR 3384 ( Chandler, D-KY), to expand the Project Safe Neighborhoods program; to Judiciary. H9705, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3395 ( Davis, D-IL), to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure funding for grants to promote responsible fatherhood and strengthen low-income families; to Ways and Means, and Education and Labor, Agriculture, and Energy and Commerce. H9706, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3409 ( Hinojosa, D-TX), to create the conditions, structures, and supports needed to ensure permanency for the Nation’s unaccompanied youth; to Education and Labor, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, and Judiciary. H9706, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3411 ( Kennedy, D-RI), to improve the treatment for juveniles with mental health or substance abuse disorders by establishing new grant programs for increased training, technical assistance, and coordination of service providers; to Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce. H9706, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3430 ( Napolitano, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs; to Energy and Commerce. H9707, CR 8/3/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced  

S 1989 ( Obama, D-IL), to provide a mechanism for the determination on the merits of the claims of claimants who met the class criteria in a civil action relating to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture but who were denied that determination; to Judiciary. S10901, CR 8/3/07.

H J Res 48 ( Cohen, D-TN), proposing an amendment to the constitution of the United States regarding the requirement of the approval of a two-thirds majority of the Supreme Court for any pardon or reprieve granted by the President; to Judiciary. H9708, CR 8/3/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced  

HR 3314 ( Davis, D-AL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the deduction of attorney-advanced expenses and court costs in contingency fee cases; to Ways and Means. H9653, CR 8/2/07.

Nominations  

On 8/3/07, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Timothy DeGiusti , of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 10902 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to require prisons and other detention facilities holding federal prisoners or detainees under a contract with a federal government to make the same information available to the public that federal prisons and detention facilities are required to do so by law. S10902, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3318 ( Maloney, D-NY), to require that the recommended national protocol for sexual assault medical forensic examinations include a recommendation that rape victims be offered information about emergency contraceptives to prevent pregnancy; to Judiciary. H9654, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3322 ( Boswell, D-IA), to provide grants to units of local government and states to hire personnel to monitor the activities of sex offenders; to Judiciary. H9654, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3376 ( Arcuri, D-NY), to enhance witness protection; to Judiciary. H9705, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3386 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for transporting the corpses of homicide victims across state lines with intent to prevent their use as evidence; to Judiciary. H9705, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3438 ( Sanchez, D-CA), to amend the Safe and Drug-Free School and Communities Act to authorize the use of grant funds for gang prevention; to Education and Labor. H9708, CR 8/3/07

HR 3440 ( Sanchez, D-CA), to amend Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide standards and procedures to guide both state and local law enforcement agencies and law enforcement officers during internal investigations, interrogation of law enforcement officers, and administrative disciplinary hearings , to ensure accountability of law enforcement officers, to guarantee the due process rights of law enforcement officers, and to require states to enact law enforcement discipline, accountability, and due process laws; to Judiciary. H9708, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3462 ( Lampson, D-TX), to improve the tools available to prosecute certain violent crimes; to Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H10017, CR 8/4/07.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced  

S 1985 ( Allard, R-CO), to improve access of senior homeowners to capital; to Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. S10901, CR 8/3/07.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced  

HR 3436 ( Reyes, D-TX), to provide for greater judicial discretion in sentencing for certain firearms offenses committed in exceptional circumstances; to Judiciary. H9708, CR 8/3/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3333 ( Jackson, D-IL), to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health and healthcare of racial and ethnic minority groups; to Energy and Commerce. H9655, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3442 ( Smith, R-NJ), to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experience by their unborn child; to Energy and Commerce. H9708, CR 8/3/07.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

S 2008 ( Landrieu, D-LA), to reform the single family housing loan guarantee program under the Housing Act of 1949; to Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. S10902, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3355 ( Klein, D-FL), to ensure the availability and affordability of homeowners’ insurance coverage for catastrophic events; to Financial Services. H9704, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3385 ( Cohen, D-TN), to establish a task force to examine homelessness in the United States and make recommendations to alleviate the causes and effects of such homelessness; to Financial Services. H9705, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3422 ( Lowey, D-NY), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that certain tenants are able to return to affordable housing after a major disaster; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H9707, CR 8/3/07.

H Res 621 ( Waters, D-CA), recognizing the community development block grant program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and its role in the nations largest assistance to support state and local government directed neighborhood revitalization, housing rehabilitation, and economic development activities; to Financial Services. H9709, CR 8/3/07.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3351 ( Young, R-AK), to adapt the lessons of foreign aid to underdeveloped economies to the provision of federal economic development assistance to similarly situated remote Native American communities; to Natural Resources. H9655, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3413 ( Kline, R-MN), to clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act; to Education and Labor. H9707, CR 8/3/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3337 ( Lee, D-CA), to removed from the Immigration and Nationality Act a provision rendering individuals having HIV inadmissible to the Untied States; to Judiciary. H9655, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3371 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and to re-allocate those visas to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States; to Judiciary. H9705, CR 8/3/07.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced  

HR 3347 ( Slaughter¸D-NY), to amend the Truth in Lending Act to prevent credit card issuers from taking unfair advantages of college students and their parents; to Financial Services. H9655, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3388 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and make permanent the deduction for tuition and related expenses; to Ways and Means. H9706, CR 8/3/07.

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3467 ( Yarmuth, D-KY), to expand and extend counseling and referral programs that minimize recidivism by reintegrating at-risk veterans into meaningful employment; to Veterans' Affairs. H10017, CR 8/4/07.

National Security

Bills Introduced  

S 2011 ( Levin, D-MI), entitled, “The Protect American Act of 2007;” read twice. S10902, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3346 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to provide compensation to United States citizens taken hostage by terrorists or state sponsors of terrorism; to Judiciary and Foreign Affairs. H9655, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3321 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978; to Judiciary and Intelligence (Permanent Select). H9654, CR 8/2/07.

HR 3356 ( Reyes, D-TX), to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain electronic surveillance; to Judiciary, and Intelligence (Permanent Select). H9704, CR 8/3/07.  

HR 3369 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to provide compensation to United States citizens taken hostage by terrorists or state sponsors of terrorism; to Judiciary and Foreign Affairs. H9705, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3469 ( Ruppersberger, D-MD), to assist the Secretary of Homeland Security in carrying out surveillance activities conducted at or near the international land borders of the United States to prevent illegal immigration; to Homeland Security, and Armed Services. H10017, CR 8/4/07.  

Floor Action  

On 8/3/07, the Senate passed by a vote of 60 to 28, S 1927, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information.

On 8/4/07, the House passed by a vote of 227 to 183, S 1927, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information, clearing the measure for the president.  

Presidential Action  

On 8/3/07, the president signed HR 1 [P.L. 110-53], to provide implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced  

HR 3433 ( Pearce, R-NM), to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the National Institutes of Health, to conduct a survey of research available on methamphetamine addiction and treatment; to Energy and Commerce. H9707, CR 8/3/07.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3396 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes; to Judiciary. H9706, CR 8/3/07.

HR 3457 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to require the Secretary of the Treasury to enter into an agreement with the Free File Alliance to provide for electronic filing of individual federal income tax returns free of charge; to Ways and Means. H10016, CR 8/4/07.

Tort Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3285 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing products. H9543, CR 8/1/07.

HR 3339 ( McCollum, D-MN), to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing products; to Energy and Commerce. H9655, CR 8/2/07

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