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Daily Edition
June 29, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 106 (June 28, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 115 (June 29, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 115 (June 29, 2007)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on Tuesday, 7/10/07.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 1738 ( Biden, D-DE), to establish a Special Counsel for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, to improve the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to increase resources for regional computer forensic labs, and to make other improvements to increase the ability law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute predators; to the Judiciary. S8691, CR 6/28/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 2898 ( Akin, R-MO), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to establish standards for impeachment of justices and judges of the United States; to Judiciary. H7430, CR 6/28/07.

Committee Action

On 6/28/07, the Senate confirmed the following nominations by unanimous votes of 99 yeas: Benjamin Hale Settle, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington; Richard Sullivan, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; and Joseph S. Van Bokkelen, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 1729 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend Titles 18 and 28 of the United States Code to provide incentives for the prompt payments of debts owed to the United States and the victims of crime by imposing surcharges on unpaid judgments owed to the United States and to the victims of crime, to provide for offsets on amounts collected by the Department of Justice for federal agencies, to increase the amount of special assessments imposed upon convicted persons, to establish an Enhanced Financial Recovery Fund to enhance, supplement, and improve the debt collection activities of the Department of Justice, and to amend Title 5, United States Code, to provide to assistant United States attorneys the same retirement benefits as are afforded to federal law enforcement officers; to Judiciary. S8691, CR 6/28/07.

HR 2908 ( Scott, D-VA), to encourage states to report to the Attorney General certain information regarding the deaths of individuals in the custody of law enforcement agencies; to Judiciary. H7131, CR 6/28/07.

HR 2941 ( Poe, R-TX), to safeguard the Crime Victims Fund; to Budget, Rules, and Judiciary. H7432, CR 6/28/07.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

S 1730 ( Smith, R-OR), to amend Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, to reward states for engaging individuals with disabilities in work activities; to Finance. S8691, CR 6/28/07.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

S 1733 ( Durbin, D-IL), to authorize funds to prevent housing discrimination through the use of nationwide testing, and to increase funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S8691, CR 6/28/07.

S 1741 ( Bayh, D-IN), to modernize the manufactured housing loan insurance program under Title I of the National Housing Act; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S8691, CR 6/28/07.

HR 2895 ( Frank, D-MA), 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, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families; to Financial Services. H7430, CR 6/28/07.

HR 2926 ( Green, D-TX), to authorize funds to prevent housing discrimination through the use of nationwide testing, and to increase funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program; to Financial Services. H7431, CR 6/28/07.

HR 2930 ( Mahoney, D-FL), to amend Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for the elderly; to Financial Services. H7431, CR 6/28/07.

H Res 527 ( McDermott, D-WA), recognizing the month of November as ``National Homeless Youth Awareness Month``; to Ways and Means. H7433, CR 6/28/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2940 ( Perlmutter, D-CO), to amend Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to discretionary determinations waiving an alien's inadmissibility based on certain activities; to Judiciary. H7432, CR 6/28/07.

Military Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2910 ( Davis, D-CA), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for reimbursement to members of the Armed Forces of tuition for programs of education delayed by military service, and for deferment of students loans and reduced interest rates for members of the Armed Forces during periods of military service; to Veterans' Affairs. H7431, CR 6/28/07.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2902 ( Allen, D-ME), to amend the Internal Revenue Code to double the child tax credit for the first year, to expand the credit for dependent care services, and to provide relief from the alternative minimum tax; to Ways and Means. H7430, CR 6/28/07.

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