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January 9, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, Nos. 1- 3 (January 4-8, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 5 (January 9, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 5 (January 9, 2007)

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Business Law

Bills Introduced

S 186 ( Specter, R-PA), to provide appropriate protection to attorney-client privileged communications and attorney work product; to Judiciary. S41, CR 1/4/07.

Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

S 48 ( Ensign, R-NV), to return meaning to the Fifth Amendment by limiting the power of eminent domain; to Finance. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 178 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to protect freedom of speech exercisable by houses of worship or meditation and affiliated organizations; to Finance. S40, CR 1/4/07.

H Con Res 12 ( Stearns, R-FL), requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in the United States Capitol; to House Administration. H120, CR 1/5/07.

HR 289 ( English, R-PA), to protect the religious freedom of providers of adoption or foster care services; to Ways and Means. H122, CR 1/5/07.

HJ Res 9 ( Emerson, R-MO), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing Congress and the states to prohibit the act of desecration of the flag of the United States and to set criminal penalties for that act; to Judiciary. H123, CR 1/5/07.

HJ Res 11 ( Emerson, R-MO), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to voluntary school prayer; to Judiciary. H123, CR 1/5/07.

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Titled “Balancing Privacy and Security: The Privacy Implications of Government Data Mining Programs.” 1/10/07, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 49 ( Stevens, R-AK), to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prevent the carriage of child pornography by video service providers, to protect children from online predators, and to restrict the sale or purchase of children's personal information in interstate commerce; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 182 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to improve the ability of state and local governments to prevent the abduction of children by family members; to Judiciary. S41, CR 1/4/07.

HR 17 ( DeFazio, D-OR), to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000; to Agriculture, and Natural Resources. H110, CR 1/5/07.

HR 38 ( Ehlers, R-MI), to amend the Head Start Act to improve the math and science readiness of disadvantaged children; to Education and Labor. H111, CR 1/5/07.

HR 88 ( Biggert, R-IL), to amend Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to raise awareness of eating disorders and to create educational programs concerning the same; to Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 104 ( Davis, R-VA), to require assurances that certain family planning service projects and programs will provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers; to Energy and Commerce. H114, CR 1/5/07.

HR 184 ( Melancon, D-LA), to extend for 1 year the availability of supplemental social services block grant funding; to Ways and Means. H116, CR 1/5/07.

HR 206 ( Serrano, D-NY), to amend the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to provide greater access to the food stamp program by reducing duplicative and burdensome administrative requirements, and to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants to certain community-based nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger groups for the purpose of establishing and implementing a Beyond the Soup Kitchen Pilot Program for certain socially and economically disadvantaged populations; to Agriculture. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 223 ( Stearns, R-FL), to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services; to Energy and Commerce. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 242 ( Weller, R-IL), to amend the Social Security Act to provide each American child with a KidSave Account, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. H120, CR 1/5/07.

HR 252 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to create a separate DNA database for violent predators against children; to Judiciary. H120, CR 1/5/07.

HR 257 (Jackson Lee, D-TX), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals reimbursed under the Medicare system to establish and implement security procedures to reduce the likelihood of infant patient abduction and baby switching, including procedures for identifying all infant patients in the hospital in a manner that ensures that it will be evident if infants are missing from the hospital; to Ways and Means, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H121, CR 1/5/07.

HR 259 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX) to provide for the establishment of a task force within the Bureau of Justice Statistics to gather information about, study, and report to Congress regarding incidents of abandonment of infant children; to Judiciary, and Education and Labor. H121, CR 1/5/07.

HR 271 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to amend the Missing Children's Assistance Act to extend the applicability of such Act to individuals determined to have a mental capacity of less than 18 years of age; to Education and Labor. H121, CR 1/5/07.

HR 273 ( Camp, R-MI), to repeal the sunset of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs; to Ways and Means. H121, CR 1/5/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

S 79 ( Schumer, D-NY), 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 homicide and major violent crime cases and to provide federal grants for such protection; to Judiciary. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 118 ( Leahy, D-VT), to give investigators and prosecutors the tools they need to combat public corruption; to Judiciary. S39, CR 1/4/07.

S 139 ( Schumer, D-NY), to expedite review by the Supreme Court of the warrantless electronic surveillance program of the National Security Agency; to Judiciary. S39, CR 1/4/07.

S 149 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to address the effect of the death of a defendant in federal criminal proceedings; to Judiciary. S40, CR 1/4/07.

S 197 ( Leahy, D-VT), to authorize salary adjustments for justices and judges of the United States for fiscal year 2007; considered and passed. S233, CR 1/8/07.

HR 55 ( Christensen, D-VI), to establish the District Court of the Virgin Islands as a court under article III of the United States Constitution; to Judiciary. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 221 ( Simpson, R-ID), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for the appointment of additional federal circuit judges, to divide the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the United States into two circuits; to Judiciary. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 231 ( Terry, R-NE), to authorize an additional district judgeship for the District of Nebraska; to Judiciary. H118, CR 1/5/07.

H Con Res 6 (Kaptur, D-OH), expressing the sense of Congress that the Supreme Court misinterpreted the First Amendment to the Constitution in the case of Buckley v. Valeo; to Judiciary. H119, CR 1/5/07.

HR 300 ( Paul, R-TX), to limit the jurisdiction of the federal courts; to Judiciary. H122, CR 1/5/07.

Floor Action

On 1/8/07, the Senate passed S 197, to authorize salary adjustments for justices and judges of the United States for fiscal year 2007.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

S 104 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to establish criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully falsifying or failing to file or report certain information required to be reported under that Act; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 144 ( Boxer, D-CA), to provide federal coordination and assistance in preventing gang violence; to Judiciary. S40, CR 1/4/07.

S 196 ( Kerry, D-MA), to amend Title 5, United States Code, to deny federal retirement benefits to individuals convicted of certain offenses; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S233, CR 1/8/07.

HR 79 ( Barlett, R-MD), to amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act with respect to penalties for powder cocaine and crack cocaine offenses; to Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 128 ( Frelinghuysen, R-NJ), to amend the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act to improve the access of the victims of crimes to information concerning the outcome of disciplinary proceedings by institutions of higher education; to Education and Labor. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 178 ( Lee, D-CA), to reduce the spread of sexually transmited infections in correctional facilities; to Judiciary. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 232 ( Terry, R-NE), to amend Title 5, United States Code, to deny federal retirement benefits to individuals convicted of certain offenses; to Oversight and Government Reform. H118, CR 1/5/07.

HR 246 ( Reichert, R-WA) to conduct a study evaluating whether there are correlations between the commission of methamphetamine crimes and identity theft crimes; to Judiciary. H120, CR 1/5/07.

HR 253 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to increase the evidentiary standard required to convict a person for a drug offense, and to require screening of law enforcement officers or others acting under color of law participating in drug task forces; to Judiciary. H120, CR 1/5/07.

HR 254 ( Jackson Lee, D-NY), to enhance federal enforcement preventing hate crimes; to Judiciary. H121, CR 1/5/07.

HR 261 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide an alternate release date for certain nonviolent offenders; to Judiciary. H121, CR 1/5/07.

HR 291 ( Gillmor, R-OH), to establish a National Sex Offender Risk Classification Task Force to create guidelines for the establishment of a risk-based sex offender classification system for use in sex offender registries; to Judiciary. H122, CR 1/5/07.

HR 297 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; to Judiciary. H122, CR 1/5/07.

HR 304 ( Pearce, R-NM), to establish guidelines and incentives for States to establish criminal drug dealer registries and to require the Attorney General to establish a national criminal drug dealer registry and notification program; to Judiciary. H122, CR 1/5/07.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

HR 154 ( Green, R-TX), to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to phase out the 24-month waiting period for disabled individuals to become eligible for Medicare benefits, to eliminate the waiting period for individuals with life-threatening conditions, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Transportation and Infrastructure. H115, CR 1/5/07.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

HR 71 ( Bartlett, R-MD), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to repeal the requirement that persons making disbursements for electioneering communications file reports on such disbursements with the Federal Election Commission and the prohibition against the making of disbursements for electioneering communications by corporations and labor organization; to House Administration. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 72 ( Bartlett, R-MD), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions; to House Administration. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 101 ( Davis, D-CA) to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit certain state election administration officials from actively participating in electoral campaigns; to House Administration. H114, CR 1/5/07.

HJ Res 2 ( Christensen, D-VI), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding presidential election voting rights for residents of all United States territories and commonwealths; to Judiciary. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HJ Res 4 ( Green, R-TX), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the president and vice president of the United States; to Judiciary. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HJ Res 5 ( Kaptur, D-OH), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to limitations on the amounts of contributions and expenditures that may be made in connection with campaigns for election to public office; to Judiciary. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 281 ( Davis, D-CA), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to allow all eligible voters to vote by mail in federal elections; to House Administration. H121, CR 1/5/07.

HR 301 ( Pearce, R-NM), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to establish standards for the distribution of voter registration application forms; to House Administration. H122, CR 1/5/07.

HR 302 ( Pearce, R-NM), A bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit a state receiving payments under such Act from using the payments for public communications which promote or oppose a candidate for public office or political party; to House Administration. H122, CR 1/5/07

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 93 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to protect Social Security beneficiaries against any reduction in benefits; to Rules. H113, CR 1/5/07.

HR 173 ( Lee, D-CA), to protect innocent elderly and disabled tenants in public housing and housing assisted under the rental assistance program under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 from eviction by reason of criminal activity; to Financial Services. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 195 ( Paul, R-TX), to provide greater health care freedom for seniors; to Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce. H117, CR 1/5/07.

Hearings

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing Titled “Prescription Drug Pricing and Negotiation: An Overview and Economic Perspective for the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.” 1/11/07, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.

Emergency Preparedness

Bill Introduced

S 47 ( Ensign, R-NV), to establish a Law Enforcement Assistance Force in the Department of Homeland Security to facilitate the contributions of retired law enforcement officers during major disasters; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S36, CR 1/4/07.

HR 91 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to establish a program to provide reinsurance for state natural catastrophe insurance programs to help the United States better prepare for and protect its citizens against the ravages of natural catastrophes, to encourage and promote mitigation and prevention for and recovery and rebuilding from such catastrophes, and to better assist in the financial recovery from such catastrophes; to Financial Services. H113, CR 1/5/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 5 ( Reid, D- NV), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research; read the first time. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 21 ( Reid, D-NM), to expand access to preventive health care services that help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women's health care; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 53 ( Reid, R-NV), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide health care practitioners in rural areas with training in preventive health care, including both physical and mental care, and for other purposes; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 60 ( Reid, R-NV), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide a means for continued improvement in emergency medical services for children; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 95 ( Kerry, D-MA), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every uninsured child in America has health insurance coverage; to Finance. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 100 ( Boxer, D-CA), to encourage the health of children in schools by promoting better nutrition and increased physical activity; to Finance. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 142 ( Cantwell, D-WA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to allow qualifying states to use all or any portion of their allotments under the state Children's Health Insurance Program for certain Medicaid expenditures; to Finance. S40, CR 1/4/07.

S 158 ( Collins, R-ME), to expand access to affordable health care and to strengthen the health care safety net and make health care services more available in rural and underserved areas; to Finance. S40, CR 1/4/07.

HR 3 ( DeGette, D-CO), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research; to Energy and Commerce. H110, CR 1/5/07.

HR 4 ( Dingell, D-MI), to amend Part D of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower covered Part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. H110, CR 1/5/07.

HR 15 ( Dingell, D-MI), to provide a program of national health insurance; to Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means. H110, CR 1/5/07.

HR 32 ( Issa, R-CA), to provide for a credit for certain health care benefits in determining the minimum wage; to Education and Labor. H111, CR 1/5/07.

HR 152 (Green, R-TX) to amend Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act and Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to require that group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans provide comprehensive coverage for childhood immunization; to Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 19 ( Paul, R-TX), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with respect to the purchase of prescription drugs by individuals who have attained retirement age, and to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of prescription drugs and the sale of such drugs through Internet sites; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 211 ( Eshoo, D-CA), to facilitate nationwide availability of 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on health and human services, including volunteer services; to Energy and Commerce. H117, CR 1/5/07.

Hearings

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the challenges and opportunities relating to health care for all Americans. 1/10/07, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.

Presidential Action

On 12/19/06, the president signed HR 6143 (P.L. 109-415), to amend Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for providing lifesaving care for those with HIV/AIDS.

On 12/19/06, the president signed S 3678 (P.L. 109-418), to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced

S 77 ( Schumer, D-NY), to improve the tracking of stolen firearms and firearms used in a crime, to allow more frequent inspections of gun dealers to ensure compliance with federal gun law, and to enhance the penalties for gun trafficking; to Judiciary. S38, CR 1/4/07.

S 85 ( McCain, R-NV), to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine; to Judiciary. S38, CR 1/4/07.

HR 73 ( Bartlett, R-MD), to protect the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right; to Judiciary. H112-113, CR 1/5/07.

HR 96 ( Castle, R-DE),to require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at events that provide a venue for the sale, offer for sale, transfer, or exchange of firearms, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. H113, CR 1/5/07.

HR 226 ( 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. H120, CR 1/5/07.

HR 256 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to prevent children's access to firearms; to Judiciary. H121, CR 1/5/07.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

HR 43 ( Velazquez, D-NY), to amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to provide financial assistance for the development and reuse of brownfields; to Financial Services. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 44 ( Velazquez, D-NY), to preserve affordable housing opportunities for low-income families; to Financial Services. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 45 ( Velazquez, D-NY), to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make grants to community-based organizations and local redevelopment agencies operating in low-income communities to promote increased access to and consumption of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and other healthy foods among residents of such communities; to Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, and Ways and Means. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 201 ( Rothman, D-NJ), to authorize 150,000 incremental vouchers for tenant-based rental assistance under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 to help meet the housing needs of low-income families; to Financial Services. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 202 ( Rothman, D-NJ), to authorize the renewal of tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937; to Financial Services. H117, CR 1/05/07.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced

S 90 ( Vitter, R-LA), to modify the application of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to Indian tribes; to Rules and Administration. S36, CR 1/4/07.

S 176 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the Indian employment credit and the depreciation rules for property used predominantly within an Indian reservation; to Finance. S40, CR 1/4/07.

HJ Res 3 ( Davis, R-VA), to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States; to Natural Resources. H117, CR 1/5/07.

Presidential Action

On 12/14/06 the president signed HR 4766 (P.L. 109-394), to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide for the revitalization of Native American languages through Native American language immersion programs.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

S 9 ( Reid, D-NV), to recognize the heritage of the United States as a nation of immigrants and to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for more effective border and employment enforcement, to prevent illegal immigration, and to reform and rationalize avenues for legal immigration; to Judiciary. S36, CR 1/4/07.

HR 26 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose mandatory sentencing ranges with respect to aliens who reenter the United States after having been removed; to Judiciary. H111, CR 1/5/07.

HR 78 ( Bartlett, R-MD), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and Title IV of the Social Security Act to provide for the denial of family classification petitions filed by an individual who owes child support arrearages; to Judiciary, and Ways and Means. H112, CR 1/5/07.

HR 98 ( Dreier, R-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to enforce restrictions on employment in the United States of unauthorized aliens through the use of improved Social Security cards and an Employment Eligibility Database; to Ways and Means, Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Education and Labor. H114, CR 1/5/07.

HR 131 ( Gallegly, R-CA), to impose a mandatory minimum sentence on a deportable alien who fails to depart or fails to attend a removal proceeding; to Judiciary. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 132 ( Gallegly, R-CA) to impose a criminal penalty on an alien who fails voluntarily to depart the United States after securing permission to do so, or who unlawfully returns to the United States after voluntarily departing; to Judiciary. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 133 ( Gallegly, R-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to deny citizenship at birth to children born in the United States of parents who are not citizens or permanent resident aliens; to Judiciary. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 134 ( Gallegly, R-CA) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to deny visas and admission to aliens who have been unlawfully present in the United States for more than 6 months; to Judiciary. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 147 ( Green, R-TX), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to exempt elementary and secondary schools from the fee imposed on employers filing petitions with respect to non-immigrant workers under the H-1B program; to Judiciary. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 210 ( Serrano, D-NY), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to waive the requirement for proof of citizenship during first year of life for children born in the United States to a Medicaid-eligible mother; to Energy and Commerce. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 213 ( Serrano, D-NY), to provide discretionary authority to an immigration judge to determine that an alien parent of a United States citizen child should not be ordered removed from the United States; to Judiciary. H118, CR 1/5/07.

HR 305 ( Pearce, R-NM) to prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from paroling into the United States an alien who falls ill while seeking admission at a port of entry or seeks emergency medical assistance by approaching an agent or official of the Department of Homeland Security at or near a border; to Judiciary. H122, CR 1/5/07.

HR 306 ( Pearce, R-NM), to provide for an initial period of admission of 36 months for aliens employed as dairy workers; to Judiciary. H122, CR 1/5/07.

International Law

Bills Introduced

S 147 ( Boxer, D-CA), to empower women in Afghanistan; to Foreign Relations. S40, CR 1/4/07.

S 198 ( Lugar, R-IN), to improve authorities to address urgent nonproliferation crises and United States nonproliferation operations; to Foreign Relations. S233, CR 1/8/07.

HR 120 ( Davis, R-VA) to reform federal procedures relating inter-country adoption; to Foreign Affairs and Judiciary. H114, CR 1/5/07.

HR 168 ( Kaptur, D-OH), to amend section 207 of Title 18, United States Code, to further restrict federal officers and employees from representing or advising foreign entities after leaving Government service; to Judiciary. H115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 224 ( Stearns, R-FL), to provide that no federal funds may be used for the design, renovation, construction, or rental of any headquarters for the United Nations in any location in the United States unless the president transmits to Congress a certification that the United Nations has adopted internationally-recognized best practices in contracting and procurement; to Foreign Affairs. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 225 ( Stearns, R-FL), to withhold United States funding from the United Nations Human Rights Council; to Foreign Affairs. H117, CR 1/5/07.

HR 270 ( Smith, R-NJ) to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2010 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000; to Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H121, CR 1/5/07.

H Res 32 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), denouncing the practices of female genital mutilation, domestic violence, ``honor'' killings, acid burning, dowry deaths, and other gender-based persecutions and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that participation, protection, recognition, and independence of women is crucial to achieving a just, moral, and honorable society; to Foreign Affairs. H123, CR 1/5/07.

Hearings

The Immigration, Border Security and Refugees Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Iraqi refugees, focusing on the plight of Iraqi refugees, particularly the ones who have been affiliated with the U.S. Government, and the obligation of the United States to assist the most vulnerable Iraqis. 1/16/07, time TBA, 226 Dirksen.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 7 ( Reid, D-NV), to amend Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and other laws and provisions and urge Congress to make college more affordable through increased Federal Pell Grants and providing more favorable student loans and other benefits, and for other purposes; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S36, CR 1/4/07.

HR 193 ( Paul, R-TX), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make higher education more affordable by providing a full tax deduction for higher education expenses and interest on student loans; to Ways and Means. H117, CR 1/5/07.

National Security

Bill Introduced

S 185 ( Specter, R-PA), to restore habeas corpus for those detained by the United States; to Judiciary. S41, CR 1/4/07.

S187 ( Specter, R-PA), to provide sufficient resources to permit electronic surveillance of United States persons for foreign intelligence purposes to be conducted pursuant to individualized court-issued orders for calls originating in the United States, to provide additional resources to enhance oversight and streamline the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, to ensure review of the Terrorist Surveillance Program by the United States Supreme Court; to Judiciary. S187, CR 1/4/07.

HR 1 ( Thompson, D-MS), to provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; to Homeland Security, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Intelligence (Permanent Select), Foreign Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure, Oversight and Government Reform, and Ways and Means. H109, CR 1/5/07.

HR 11 ( Schiff, D-CA), to reiterate that Chapters 119 and 121 of Title 18, United States Code, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 are the exclusive means by which domestic electronic surveillance may be conducted; to Judiciary and Intelligence (Permanent Select). H110, CR 1/5/07.

HR 130 ( Frelinghuysen, R-NJ), to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to make grants to first responders; to Homeland Security, and Transportation and Infrastructure, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H 115, CR 1/5/07.

HR 267 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to repeal the restriction on the jurisdiction of courts, justices, and judges to hear or consider applications for writs of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of certain aliens detained by the United States; to Judiciary. H119, CR 1/5/07.

H Res 35 ( Obey, D-WI), to enhance intelligence oversight authority; to Rules. H123, CR 1/5/07.

Hearings

The Senate Select Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing to assess threats to national security. 1/11/07, time TBA, 219 Hart.

The Senate Select Intelligence Committee will hold open hearings on intelligence-revision proposals. 1/23/067 & 1/25/07, 2:30 pm, 219 Hart.

Substance Abuse

S 132 ( Allard, R-CO), to end the trafficking of methamphetamines and precursor chemicals across the United States and its borders; to Judiciary. S39, CR 1/4/07.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

HR 25 ( Linder, R-GA), to promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States; to Ways and Means. H111, CR 1/5/07.

Hearings

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing Titled “Tax Incentives for Business in Response to a Minimum Wage Increase.” 1/10/07, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.


 

 

 

 

 



 




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