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Daily Edition
March 16, 2007

C ongressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 45 (March 15, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 48 (March 16, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 51 (March 16, 2007)

The Senate is not in session today.
The Senate will reconvene Monday, 3/19/07.
The House is in session today.

Business Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1550 ( Jones, R-NC), to reduce the reporting and certification burdens for certain financial institutions of sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; to Financial Services. H2620, CR 3/15/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Hearings

The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. 3/22/07, 10 am, 2237 Rayburn.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation S 849, to promote accessibility, accountability, and openness in government by strengthening Section 552 of Title 5, United States Code (the Freedom of Information Act). 3/22/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

H Res 247 ( Johnson, D-GA), recognizing the contributions of all United States Attorneys, past and present; to Judiciary. H2621, CR 3/15/07.

Committee Action


On 3/15/07, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported: S 231, to authorize the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program at fiscal year 2006 levels through 2012; and S 627, to amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to improve the health and well-being of maltreated infants and toddlers through the creation of a National Court Teams Resource Center, to assist local Court Teams.

On 3/15/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported HR 580, to amend chapter 35 of Title 28, United States Code, to provide for a 120-day limit to the term of a United States attorney appointed on an interim basis by the Attorney General.

Floor Action

On 3/15/07, the Senate confirmed the following nominations by a unanimous vote: Thomas M. Hardiman, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Court; John Preston Bailey, of West Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia; and Otis D. Wright II, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

On 3/15/07, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement to begin consideration of S 214, to preserve the independence of United States attorneys, at 2 pm, Monday, 3/19/07.

Criminal Justice

Committee Action

On 3/15/07, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported S 368, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the Cops on the Beat grant program.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation S 376, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers. 3/22/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

S 908 ( Coleman, R-MN), to establish a Consortium on the Impact of Technology in Aging Health Services; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3199, CR 3/15/07.

Hearings

The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on assistance for elderly and disabled refugees. 3/22/07, 12:30 pm, B-318 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 3/15/07, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ordered favorably reported S 845, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to expand and intensify programs with respect to research and related activities concerning elder falls.

Election Law

Committee Action

On 3/15/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 1433, the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 895 ( Clinton, D-NY), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every child in the United States has access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage; to Finance. S3199, remarks S3204, CR 3/15/07.

S 910 ( Kennedy, D-MA), to provide for paid sick leave to ensure that Americans can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3122, remarks and text S3220, CR 3/15/07.

HR 1535 ( Dingell, D-MI), A bill to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every child in the United States has access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage; to Energy and Commerce. H2619, CR 3/15/07.

HR 1536 ( Doggett, D-TX), to amend part D of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to assist low-income individuals in obtaining subsidized prescription drug coverage under the Medicare prescription drug program by expediting the application and qualification process and by revising the resource standards used to determine eligibility for such subsidies; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. H2619, CR 3/15/07.

HR 1542 ( DeLauro, D-CT), to provide for paid sick leave to ensure that Americans can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families; to Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration. H2620, CR 3/15/07

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1543 ( Emanuel, D-IL), to expand visa waiver program to countries on a probationary basis; to Judiciary, and Homeland Security. H2620, CR 3/15/07.

Indian Law

Committee Action

On 3/15/07, the House Energy and Commerce Committee ordered reported HR 545, the Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act of 2007.

Intellectual Property

Hearings

The Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Reforming Section 115 of the Copyright Act for the Digital Age.” 3/22/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

International Law

Bills Introduced

S 888 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend section 1091 of Title 18, United States Code, to allow the prosecution of genocide in appropriate circumstances; to Judiciary. S3199, remarks and text S2301, CR 3/15/07.

Hearings

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Chad and the Central Africa Republic: The Regional Impact of the Darfur Crisis.” 3/20/07, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the prospects for peace in Guinea. 3/22/07, 2 pm, 2200 Rayburn.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 899 ( Dodd, D-CT), to amend section 401(b)(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 regarding the Federal Pell Grant maximum amount; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3199, remarks and text S3206, CR 3/15/07.

Hearings

The Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “The Higher Education Act: Approaches to College Preparation.” 3/22/07, 1:30 pm, 2175 Rayburn.

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced

S 891 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering a controlled substance in order to attend school; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3199, remarks S3201, CR 3/15/07.

Tax Law

Hearings

The Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold hearings on the alternative minimum tax. 3/22/07, 10 am, B-318 Rayburn.




 

 


 

 


 





 

 








 




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