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July 27, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153 No. 121 (July 26, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 131 (July 27, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 144 (July 27, 2007)

The Senate is not in session today.
The Senate will reconvene on Monday, 7/30/07.
The House is in session today.

 

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 1893 ( Baucus, D-MT), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program; from the Senate Finance Committee; placed on the calendar. S10149, CR 7/26/07.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the School Safety and Law Enforcement Improvement Act. 8/2/07, 11:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Courts/Judiciary

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will continue hearings titled, “Preserving Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys?” 8/2/07, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the following pending legislation: S 1060, to reauthorize the grant program for re-entry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and to improve re-entry planning and implementation; S 1845, to provide for limitations in certain communications between the Department of Justice and the White House office relating to civil and criminal investigations. 8/2/07, 11:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

S 1881 ( Harkin, D-IA), to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to restore the intent and protections of the Act; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S10148, CR 7/26/07.

Election Law

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 453, to prohibit deceptive practices in federal elections. 8/2/07, 11:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 1886 ( Burr, R-NC), to provide a refundable and advanceable credit for health insurance through the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and to provide for improved private health insurance access and affordability; to Finance. S10149, CR 7/26/07.


Housing and Homelessness

Committee Action

The House Financial Services Committee will continue marking up HR 2895, to establish the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the Treasury of the United States to provide for the construction, rehabilitation and preservation of decent, sage and affordable housing for low-income families. 7/31/07, 11 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Indian Law

Committee Action

On 7/26/07, the Financial Services Committee ordered reported HR 3002, the Native American Economic Development and Infrastructure for Housing Act of 2007.

International Law

Hearings

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Exploring the U.S. Africa Command and a New Strategic Relationship with Africa.” 8/1/07, 9:30 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Africa Command: Opportunity for Enhanced Engagement of the Militarization of U.S.-Africa Relations?” 8/2/07, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 7/26/07, the Financial Services Committee ordered reported HR 180, the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007.

National Security

Bills Introduced

S 1891 ( Salazar, D-CO), to provide limited immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response; to Judiciary. S10149, CR 7/26/07.

Tort Law

Committee Action

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up HR 2761, to extend the terrorism risk insurance program of the Department of the Treasury. On 4/24/07, Peter J. Neeson , Chair of the ABA Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, and Francine L. Semaya, Chair of the ABA Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice’s Task Force on Federal Involvement in Insurance Regulation and Modernization, submitted a statement to the committee regarding the program’s reauthorization.7/31/07, 11 am, 2128 Rayburn.

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