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Daily Edition
March 12, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 40 (March 9, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 44 (March 12, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 46 (March 12, 2007)

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

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1431 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to establish provisions with respect to religious accommodation in employment; to Education and Labor. H2398, CR 3/9/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 1449 ( Lungren, R-CA), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for reassignment of certain federal cases upon request of a party; to Judiciary. H2399, CR 3/9/07.

HR 1450 ( Lungren, R-CA), to create four new permanent judgeships for the Eastern District of California; to Judiciary H2399, CR 3/9/07.

HR 1454 ( McCarthy, R-CA), to create four new permanent judgeships for the Eastern District of California, and to provide for an additional place of holding court in the Eastern District of California; to Judiciary. H2399, CR 3/9/07.

Hearings

The Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2008 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction including the State Justice Institute. 3/15/07, 10 am, H-310 Capitol.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1433 ( Norton, D-DC), to provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives; to Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. H2398, CR 3/9/07.

HR 1452 ( Maloney¸D-NY), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the disclosure of certain information by persons conducting phone banks during campaigns for election for federal office; to House Administration. H2399, CR 3/9/07.

Committee Action

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 328, to provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives. 3/15/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will mark up HR 328, to provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives. 3/13/07, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.

Health Care

Bills Introduced


HR 1424 ( Kennedy, D-RI), to amend Section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and Section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans; to Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, and Ways and Means. H2398, CR 3/9/07.

HR 1457 ( Pitts, R-PA), to provide for research on, and services for individuals with, post-abortion depression and psychosis; to Energy and Commerce. H2399, CR 3/9/07.

HR 1466 ( Wilson, R-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. H2400, CR 3/9/07.

Hearings

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Ensuring Safe Medicines and Medical Devices for Children.” 3/22/07, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.

The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will mark up HR 493, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment. 3/13/07, 3 pm, 2123 Rayburn.

Housing and Homelessness


Hearings

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on solvency and restructuring proposals for the Federal Housing Administration. 3/15/07, 9:30 am, 138 Dirksen.

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on the status of public housing and the HOPE IV program. 3/13/07, 10 am, 2358 Rayburn.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1430 ( Goodlatte, R-VA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program; to Judiciary. H2398, CR 3/9/07.

HR 1465 ( Wexler, D-FL), to provide additional discretion to the Secretary of Homeland Security in designating countries eligible to participate in the visa waiver program under Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act; to Judiciary. H2400, CR 3/9/07.

Hearings

The Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Crossing the Border: Immigrants in Detention and Victims of Trafficking.” 3/15/07, 10 am, 311 Cannon Bldg.

Indian Law

Hearings

The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will mark up HR 545, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify that territories and Indian tribes are eligible to receive grants for confronting the use of methamphetamine. 3/13/07, 3 pm, 2123 Rayburn.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

HR 1437 ( Burton, R-IN), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent the deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses; to Ways and Means. H2398, CR 3/9/07.

Legal Services

Hearings


The Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2008 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction including the Legal Services Corporation. 3/15/07, 10 am, H-310 Capitol.

National Security

Hearings

The House Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “The Department of Homeland Security State and Local Fusion Center Program: Advancing Information Sharing While Safeguarding Civil Liberties.” 3/14/07, 3:30 pm, 311 Cannon.



 

 


 

 


 





 

 








 




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