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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
February 20, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, Nos. 30-31 (February 16 & 17, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 33 (February 20, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, Nos. 32-33 (February 17 & 21, 2007)

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

Constitutional Law/ Civil Rights

Bills Introduced

HR 1189 ( Wu, D-OR), to preserve the right to habeas corpus; to Armed Services, Judiciary, and Foreign Affairs. H1895, CR 2/16/07.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 667 ( Bond, R-MO), to expand programs of early childhood home visitation that increase school readiness, child abuse and neglect prevention, and early identification of developmental and health delays, including mental health concerns; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S2164, remarks and text S2173, CR 2/16/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 1130 ( Conyers, D- MI), to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to extend the authority to withhold from public availability a financial disclosure report filed by an individual who is a judicial officer of judicial employee, to the extent necessary to protect the safety of that individual or a family member of that individual; to Judiciary. H1893, CR 2/16/07.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the following nominations: Thomas M. Hardiman, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; John Preston Bailey, of West Virginia, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia; and Otis D. Wright II and George H. Wu, both of California, each to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. 3/1/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.


The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up the following pending legislation; S 378, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to protect judges, prosecutors, witnesses, victims and their family members; S 442, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders. 3/1/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

S 677 ( Salazar, D-CO), to improve the grant program for secure schools under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968; to the Committee on the Judiciary. S2204, CR 2/17/07.

HR 1149 ( Dreier, R-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to protect federally funded public safety officers; to Judiciary. H1893, CR 2/16/07.

HR 1164 ( Maloney, D-NY), to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to require the Attorney General to acquire data about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on gender; to Judiciary. H1894, CR 2/16/07.

HR 1167 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to increase public safety and reduce the threat to domestic security by including persons who may be prevented from boarding an aircraft in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; to Judiciary. H1894, CR 2/16/07.


Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on S 376, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers. 3/1/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

S 661 ( Clinton, D-NY), to establish kinship navigator programs, to establish guardianship assistance payments for children; to Finance. S2164, CR 2/16/07.

HR 1161 ( Lowey, D-NY), to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to credit prospectively individuals serving as caregivers of dependent relatives with deemed wagers for up to five year of such service; to Ways and Means. H1894, CR 2/16/07.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced

HR 1168 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to amend Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code, to extend the firearm and ammunition prohibitions applicable to convicted felons to those convicted in a foreign court; to Judiciary. H1894, CR 2/16/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1111 ( Waxman, D-CA), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every uninsured child in America has health insurance coverage; to Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor. H1892, CR 2/16/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

S 656 ( Reed, D-RI), to provide for the adjustment of status of certain nationals of Liberia to that of lawful permanent residence; to Judiciary. S2164, CR 2/16/07.

HR 1176 ( Serrano, D-NY), to provide discretionary authority to an immigration judge to determine that an alien parent of a United States citizens child should not be ordered removed, deported, or excluded from the United States; to Judiciary. H1892, CR 2/16/07.

International Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1146 ( Paul, R-TX), to end membership of the United States in the United Nations; to Foreign Affairs. H1892, CR 2/16/07.

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced

HR 1118 ( Keller, R-FL), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to enhance criminal penalties for drug trafficking offenses relating to the distribution of heroin, marihuana, and methamphetamine and distribution to and use of children; to Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H1892, CR 2/16/07.

Legal Education

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up pending legislation S 442, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders. 3/1/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 1117 ( Allen, D-ME), to repeal Title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005, to reinstitute Section 7212 for the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which provides states additional regulatory flexibility and funding authorization to more rapidly produce tamper and counterfeit-resistant driver’s licenses and to protect privacy and civil liberties by providing interested stakeholders on a negotiated rulemaking with guidance to achieve improved 21st century licenses to improve national security; to Oversight and Government Reform, and Judiciary. H1892, CR 2/16/07.


 

 








 




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