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Daily Edition
March 14, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 43 (March 13, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 46 (March 14, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 49 (March 14, 2007)

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

AIDS/HIV

Bills Introduced

S 860 ( Smith, R-OR), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to permit states the option to provide Medicaid coverage for low-income individuals infected with HIV; to Finance. S3064, remarks and text S3070, CR 3/13/07.

Business Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1508 ( Meeks, D-NY), to reform certain provisions of section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to make compliance with that section more efficient, with the goal of maintaining United States capital market global competitiveness; to Financial Services. H2486, CR 3/13/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

S 849 ( Leahy, D-VT), to promote accessibility, accountability, and openness in Government by strengthening section 552 of Title 5, United States Code (the Freedom of Information Act); to Judiciary. S3064, remarks S3066, CR 3/13/07.

Courts/Judiciary

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. 3/29/07, 10 am, H-309 Capitol.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 863 ( Sessions, R-AL), to amend Title 18, United States Code, with respect to fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency funds; to Judiciary. S3064, remarks S3072, CR 3/13/07.

Election Law

Hearings

The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing on electronic voting machines and voting software. 3/15/07, 2 pm.

Committee Action

ON 3/13/07, the House Oversight and Reform Committee ordered reported HR 1433, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1487 ( Johnson, D-GA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to make available additional amounts to address funding shortfalls in the State Children's Health Insurance Program for fiscal year 2007; to Energy and Commerce. H2485, CR 3/13/07.

HR 1489 ( Barrow, D-GA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to eliminate the remainder of the funding shortfalls in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for fiscal year 2007; to Energy and Commerce. H2485, CR 3/13/07.

Committee Action

On 3/13/07, the Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, approved for full committee HR 493, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

HR 1491 ( Davis, D-AL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an incentive to preserve affordable housing in multifamily housing units which are sold or exchanged; to Ways and Means. H2485, CR 3/13/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

S 850 ( Burr, R-NC), to improve sharing of immigration information among federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, to improve state and local enforcement of immigration laws; to Judiciary. S3064, CR 3/13/07.

HR 1512 ( Sanchez, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for compensation to states incarcerating undocumented aliens charged with a felony or two or more misdemeanors; to Judiciary. H2486, CR 3/13/07.

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.

Indian Law

Hearings

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on draft pending legislation HR 1328, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that Act. On 2/8/07, then ABA Governmental Affairs Director, Robert D. Evans, sent a letter to the committee regarding the reauthorization of the Act. 3/14/07, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.

Committee Action

On 3/13/07, Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, approved for full committee HR 545, the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act of 2007.

International Law

Hearings

The Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Legal Options to Stop Human Trafficking.” 3/26/07, 3 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 3/13/07, the House passed HR 1003, to amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998, to reauthorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 851 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a higher education opportunity credit in place of existing education tax incentives; to Finance. S3064, CR 3/13/07.

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. 3/29/07, 10 am, H-309 Capitol.

National Security

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Misuse of Patriot Act Powers: The Inspector General’s Findings of Improper Use of the National Security Letters by the FBI.” 3/21/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.



 

 


 

 


 





 

 








 




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