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January 31, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 18 (January 30, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 20 (January 31, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 20 (January 31, 2007)

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

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

HR 725 ( Burton, R-IN), to amend the revised statutes of the United States to prevent the use of the legal system in a manner that extorts money from state and local governments, and the federal Government, and inhibits such governments' constitutional actions under the first, tenth, and fourteenth amendments; to Judiciary. H1053, CR 1/30/07.

Hearings

On 1/31/07, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Presidential Signing Statements under the Bush Administration: A Threat to Checks and Balances and the Rule of Law.” ABA President Karen Mathis testified at the hearing on behalf of the association.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 724 ( Burton, R-IN), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to limit federal court jurisdiction over questions under the Defense of Marriage Act; to Judiciary. H1053, CR 1/30/07.

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Preserving Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of the U.S. Attorneys?” 2/6/07, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 214, to amend Chapter 35 of Title 28, United States Code, to preserve the independence of the United States Attorneys. 2/8/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on pending judicial nominations. 2/8/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 1/30/07, the Senate confirmed the nominations of: Lisa Godbey Wood, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia; and Philip S. Gutierrez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

S 431 ( Schumer, D-NY), to require convicted sex offenders to register online identifiers; to Judiciary. S1326, remarks S1343, CR 1/30/07.

HR 719 ( Pomeroy, D-ND), to require convicted sex offenders to register online identifiers; to Judiciary. H1053, CR 1/30/07.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

S 436 ( Feingold, D-WI), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform the system of public financing for presidential elections; to Finance. S1325, remarks and text S1345, CR 1/30/07.

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 188, to revise the short title of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006. 2/8/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 434 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to permit qualifying states to use a portion of their allotments under the state children's health insurance program for any fiscal year for certain Medicaid expenditures; to Finance. S1326, remarks S1343, CR 1/30/07.

Housing/Homelessness

Bills Introduced

S 427 ( Feingold, D-WI), to provide for additional Section 8 vouchers, and to reauthorize the Public and Assisted Housing Drug Elimination Program; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S1326, remarks and text S1329, CR 1/30/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 736 ( Rohrabacher, R-CA), to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to exclude from creditable wages and self-employment income wages earned for services by aliens illegally performed in the United States and self-employment income derived from a trade or business illegally conducted in the United States; to Ways and Means. H1054, CR 1/30/07.

International Law

Bills Introduced

H Res 106 ( Schiff, D-CA), calling upon the president to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide; to Foreign Affairs. H1054, CR 1/30/07.

National Security

Committee Action

On 1/30/07, the Senate Committee on Intelligence ordered favorably reported S Res 50, amending Senate Resolution 400 to make amendments arising from the enactment of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and to make other amendments.



 




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