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Daily Edition
July 12, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153 No. 133 (July 11, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 119 (July 12, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 133 (July 12, 2007)

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

Business Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2995 ( Chabot, R-OH), to provide small businesses certain protections from litigation excesses; to Judiciary. H7655, CR 7/11/07.

Children and Families

Bills Introduced

HR 3001 ( Lee, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to help individuals with functional impairments and their families pay for services and support that they need to maximize their functionality and independence and have choices about community participation, education, and employment; to Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Rules. H7655, CR 7/11/07.

H Res 539 ( Stupak, D-MI), requesting that the president focus appropriate attention on neighborhood crime prevention and community policing and coordinate certain federal efforts to participate in ``National Night Out,'' which occurs the first Tuesday of August each year, including supporting local efforts and community watch groups and supporting local officials, to promote community safety and help provide homeland security; to Judiciary. H7656, CR 7/11/07.


The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on how to protect children from the Internet’s online predators. 7/27/07, 10 am, 253 Russell.

The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Working Families in Financial Crisis: Medical Debt and Bankruptcy.” 7/17/07, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Elder Law


The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on the abuse of elderly citizens focusing on national background checks for long-term care workers. 7/18/07, 10:30 am, 628 Dirksen.

Election Law


The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. 7/17/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Emergency Preparedness


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the preparedness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 7/19/07, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3000 ( Lee, D-CA), to establish a United States Health Service to provide high quality comprehensive health care for all Americans and to overcome the deficiencies in the present system of health care delivery; to Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means. H7655, CR 7/11/07.

Housing and Homelessness


The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the programs of the Federal Housing Administration. 7/18/07, 9:30 am, 538 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 7/11/07, the House passed, by a 411-7 vote, H Res 526, to support home ownership and responsible lending.

7/11/07, the House passed H Res 527, to recognize the month of November as “National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.”
Immigration Law

Floor Action

On 7/11/07, the House passed HR 2608, to amend Section 402 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to provide extensions of supplemental security income for refugees, asylees, and certain other humanitarian immigrants.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3002 ( Pearce, R-NM), to establish a demonstration program to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to guarantee obligations issued by Indian tribes to finance community and economic development activities; to Financial Services. H7655, CR 7/11/07.

International Law


The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Food Security in Africa: The Impact of Agricultural Development.” 7/18/07, 10:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Legal Education

Floor Action

On 7/11/07, the House passed, by a 273- 149 vote, HR 2669, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007, to provide for the reconciliation pursuant to Section 601 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2008.

National Security

Floor Action

On 7/11/07, the House passed, by a 370-45 vote, HR 556, to ensure national security while promoting foreign investment and the creation and maintenance of jobs, to reform the process by which such investments are examined for any effect they may have on national security, and to establish the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.