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Daily Edition
July 19, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 155 No. 138 (July 18, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 124 (July 19, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 138 (July 19, 2007)

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

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

HR 3075 ( Boozman, R-AR), to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow states to count certain students formerly identified as limited English proficient as being within the limited English proficient subgroup, and certain students formerly identified as students with disabilities as being within the students with disabilities subgroup; to Education and Labor. H8120, CR 7/19/07.

Hearings


The Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Runaway, Homeless and Missing Children: Perspective on Helping the Nation’s Vulnerable Youth.” 7/24/07, 3 pm, 2175 Rayburn.

Committee Action

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up proposed legislation that would expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years by implementing a 61-cent per pack tobacco tax increase. 7/19/07, 9 am, 215 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the School Safety and Law Enforcement Improvements Act. 7/19/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3073 ( Conyers, D-MI), to provide a mechanism for the determination on the merits of the claims of claimants who met the class criteria in a civil action relating to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture but who were denied that determination; to Judiciary, and Agriculture. H8120, CR 7/18/07.

Committee Action

The Constitutional, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up H.R. 3073, legislation that would remedy problems with a 1999 class action discrimination law suit settlement agreement between African American farmers and the Department of Agriculture. 7/19/07, 12 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 3086 ( Snyder, D-AR) to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide, in the case of certain widows and widowers whose judicial survivors' annuities are terminated on account of remarriage, for the restoration of benefits upon the dissolution of the remarriage; to Judiciary. H8120, CR 7/18/07.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the following pending nominations: Martin Karl Reidinger, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; William Lindsay Osteen Jr., to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; Timothy D. DeGiusti¸ to be U.S. District Judge for Western District of Oklahoma; Janis Lynn Sammartino, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California; Roslynn Renee Mauskopf, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. 7/19/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1060, to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation. 7/19/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3076 ( Boozman, R-AR) to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow states to adopt alternate and modified standards for students with disabilities; to Education and Labor. H8120, CR 7/19/07.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3078 ( Mahoney, D-FL), to amend Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to require screening, including national criminal history background checks, of direct patient access employees of skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, and other long-term care facilities and providers, and to provide for nationwide expansion of the pilot program for national and state background checks on direct patient access employees of long-term care facilities or providers; to Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Judiciary. H8120, CR 7/18/07.

Housing and Homelessness

Hearings

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on legislation that would create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that would fund programs to build, rehabilitate and preserve affordable rental housing and provide down payment and closing cost assistance for first-time home buyers. 7/19/07, 10:30 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Intellectual Property

Committee Action

On 7/18/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 1908, the Patent Reform Act of 2007.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1145, to amend Title 35, Untied States Code, to provide for patent reform. 7/19/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

International Law

Hearings

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Democratic Transition.” 7/25/07, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 7/18/07, the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, House Foreign Affairs Committee, approved for full committee action HR 2003, the Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007.

Substance Abuse

Committee Action

On 7/18/07, the House Education and Labor Committee ordered reported HR 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007.

Military Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3082 ( Carson, D-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to extend the time limitation for the use of entitlement to educational assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill for certain persons actively pursuing a qualifying educational degree or certificate; to Veterans' Affairs, and Committee on Armed Services. H8120, CR 7/18/07.

National Security

Hearings

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “Upholding the Principle of Habeas Corpus for Detainees.” 7/26/07, 9 am, 2118 Rayburn.

The House Armed Services Committee and House Select Intelligence Committee will hold a joint hearing on implications of the National Intelligence Estimate regarding Al Qaeda. 7/25/07, 1 pm, 2118 Rayburn.

Tax Law

Committee Action

On 7/18/07, the House Ways and Means Committee ordered reported HR 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007.

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