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Daily Edition
February 7, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 23 (February 6, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 25 (February 7, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 25 (February 7, 2007)

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

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

HR 837 ( Smith, R-TX), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to protect youth from exploitation by adults using the Internet; to Judiciary. H1270, CR 2/6/07.

HR 854 ( Larson, D-CT), to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to prevent or alleviate the effects of youth violence in eligible urban communities by providing violence-prevention education, mentoring, counseling, and mental health services to children and adolescents in such communities; to Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

HJ Res 22 ( Lungren, R-CA), proposing an amendment the Constitution of the U.S. relating to marriage; to Judiciary. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Hearings

On 2/6/07, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the following nominations: John Preston Bailey, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia; and Otis D. Wright II, and George H. Wu, each to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the following nominations: Norman Randy Smith, of Idaho, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Nora Barry Fischer, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Marcia Morales Howard, of Florida, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; John Alfred Jarvey, of Iowa, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa; and Sara Elizabeth Lioi, of Ohio, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. 2/8/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

S 495 ( Leahy, D-VT), 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; to Judiciary. S1626, remarks and text S1629, CR 2/6/07.

HR 845 ( Chabot, R-OH), to improve and consolidate the law relating to restitution in criminal cases; to Judiciary. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

HR 851 ( Gohmert, R-TX), to modify the law with respect to the death penalty; to Judiciary. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

HR 855 ( Lungren, R-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the criminal law relating to terrorism; to Judiciary. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

Emergency Preparedness

Bills Introduced

H.R 846 ( Chabot, R-OH), to amend Title 18, United States Code, with respect to fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency funds; to Judiciary. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced

HR 861 ( Stearns, R-FL), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a state may carry concealed firearms in the state; to Judiciary. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 498 ( Feingold, D-WI), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the Medicare program for beneficiaries residing in rural areas; to Finance. S1626, CR 2/6/07.

HR 853 ( Knollenberg, R-MI), to promote preventive health care for Americans; to Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce. H1271, CR 2/6/07.

Hearings

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on legislation that would require employers to provide a minimum of seven paid sick days a year. 2/12/07, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.

Immigration Law

HR 842 ( Norwood, R-GA), to provide for enhanced federal, state, and local assistance in the enforcement of the immigration laws, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, and to authorize appropriations to carry out the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program; to Judiciary. H1270, CR 2/6/07.

Indian Law

Hearings

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will mark up pending legislation: S 322, to establish an Indian youth telemental health demonstration project; S 398, to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to identify and remove barriers to reducing child abuse, and to provide for examinations of certain children; and S 481, to recruit and retain more qualified individuals to teach in Tribal colleges and universities. 2/8/07, 9:30 am, 485 Russell.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on diabetes in Indian country, with a special focus on the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. 2/8/07, 9:30 am, 485 Russell.

Committee Action

On 2/6/07, the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, approved for full committee action HR 545, the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act of 2007.

International Law

Bills Introduced

S 492 ( Feingold, D-WI), to promote stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Somalia, and to establish a Special Envoy for Somalia to strengthen United States support to the people of Somalia in their efforts to establish a lasting peace and form a democratically elected and stable central government; to Foreign Relations. S1626, CR 2/6/07.

 







 




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