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Daily Edition
February 9, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 24 (February 8, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 27 (February 9, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 27 (February 9, 2007)

The Senate is not in session today.
The Senate will reconvene on Monday, 2/12/07.
The House is in session today.

Antitrust Law

Bills Introduced

HR 971 ( Weiner, D-NY), to ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by making the antitrust laws apply to negotiations between groups of independent pharmacies and health plans and health insurance issuers in the same manner as such laws apply to protected activities under the National Labor Relations Act; to Judiciary. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

H Con Res 62 ( Davis, R-VA), supporting the goals and ideals of a National Children and Families Day, in order to encourage adults in the United States to support and listen to children and to help children throughout the Nation achieve their hopes and dreams; to Oversight and Government Reform. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

S 535 ( Dodd, D-CT), to establish an Unsolved Crimes Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and an Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Investigative Office in the Civil Rights Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; to Judiciary. S1781, remarks and text S1788, CR 2/8/07.

HR 923 ( Lewis, D-GA), to establish an Unsolved Crimes Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and an Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Investigative Office in the Civil Rights Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; to Judiciary. H1413, CR 2/8/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

S 525 ( Ensign, R-NV), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for the appointment of additional federal circuit judges, and to divide the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the United States into 2 circuits; to Judiciary. S1781, CR 2/8/07.

Committee Action

On 2/8/07, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of: Marcia Morales Howard, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; Nora Barry Fischer, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Norman Randy Smith, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; John Alfred Jarvey, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa; and Sara Elizabeth Lioi, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

HR 933 ( Cummings, D-MD), to establish within the United States Marshals Service a short term state witness protection program to provide assistance to state and local district attorneys to protect their witnesses in cases involving homicide, serious violent felonies, serious drug offenses, and to provide federal grants for such protection; to Judiciary. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

Hearings

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Making Communities Safer: Youth Violence and Gang Intervention that Work.” 2/15/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Election Law

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation S 378, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to protect judges, prosecutors, witnesses, and victims and their family members. 2/15/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 932 ( Crowley, D-NY), to amend part D of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to limit the monthly amount of prescription drug cost-sharing for full-benefit dual eligible individuals and other lowest-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug program; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. H1413, CR 2/8/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 934 ( Davis, D-TN), to amend section 218 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the method of calculating the wages to be paid to H-2A workers; to Judiciary. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

HR 938 ( Gingrey, R-GA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to make changes related to family-sponsored immigrants and to reduce the number of such immigrants; to Judiciary. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

Indian Law

Committee Action

On 2/8/07, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee ordered favorably reported: S 322, to establish an Indian youth telemental health demonstration projects; and 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.

International Law

Bills Introduced

HR 937 ( Garret, R-NJ), to withhold United States contributions to the United Nations Development Program; to Foreign Affairs. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

HR 947 ( Maloney, D-NY), to empower women in Afghanistan; to Foreign Affairs. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

H Res 146 ( Johnson, D-TX), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should take action to meet its obligations, and to ensure that all other member states of the United Nations meet their obligations, to women as agreed to in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 relating to women, peace, and security, and the United States should fully assume the implementation of international law relating to human rights that protects the rights of women and girls during and after conflicts; to Foreign Affairs. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

H Res 149 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), supporting the goals of International Women's Day; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. H1414, CR 2/8/07.

Hearings

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up pending resolution H Res 98, honoring the life and achievements of the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior and reaffirming the continued commitment of the House of Representatives to a just and lasting peace in the republic of the Sudan. 2/14/07, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on protecting the human rights of “Comfort Women,” who were forced to provide sexual services to Japanese troops before and during World War II. 2/15/07, 1:30 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

HR 916 ( Scott, D-GA), to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders; to Judiciary. H1413, CR 2/8/07.

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation S 442, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders. 2/15/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced

HR 955 ( Rehberg, R-MT), to respond to the illegal production, distribution, and use of methamphetamines in the United States; to Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Labor, and Judiciary. H1413, CR 2/8/07.

Tax Law

Hearings

The House Budge Committee will hold a hearing titled, “IRS and the Tax Gap.” 2/16/07, 10 am, 210 Cannon.







 




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