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Daily Edition
March 30, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 55 (March 29, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 58 (March 30, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 61 (March 30, 2007)

The Senate is not in session today.
The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, 4/10/07
The House is in session today.

Business Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1780 ( Kirk, R-IL), to improve the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; to Financial Services. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1775 ( Cardoza, D-CA), to amend section 552 of Title 5, United States Code (the Freedom of Information Act), to require the disclosure of certain information related to federal contractors; to Oversight and Government Reform. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

H J Res 41 ( Rahall, D-WV), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to clarify that the Constitution neither prohibits voluntary prayer nor requires prayer in schools; to Judiciary. H3361, CR 3/29/07.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 1067 ( Obama, D-IL), to require federal agencies to support health impact assessments and take other actions to improve health and the environmental qualities of the communities; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S4161, remarks S4207, CR 3/29/07.

S 106 ( Obama, D-IL), to promote healthy communities; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S4161, remarks S4207, CR 3/29/07.

Committee Action

On 3/29/07, the House Financial Services Committee ordered reported HR 1515, to amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to treat certain communities as metropolitan cities for purposes of the community development block grant program.

Courts/Judiciary

Floor Action

On 3/29/07, the Senate received the following nomination: Jennifer Walker Elrod, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 1060 ( Biden, D-DE), to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, to improve reentry planning and implementation; to Judiciary. S4161, remarks and text S4191, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1759 ( Bono, R-CA), to establish guidelines and incentives for states to establish arsonist registries and to require the Attorney General to establish a national arsonist registry and notification program; to Judiciary. H3357, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1806 ( Johnson, D-TX), to amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to provide quality prevention programs and accountability programs relating to juvenile delinquency; to Education and Labor. H3359, CR 3/29/07.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1783 ( Emanuel, D-IL), to amend the Social Security Act to enhance the social security of the nation by ensuring adequate public-private infrastructure and to resolve to prevent, detect, treat, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; to Ways and Means, Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced

HR 1784 ( Engel, D-NY), to protect the Nation’s law enforcement officers by banning the Five-seveN Pistol and 5.7x 28mm SS190 and SS192 cartridges, testing handguns and ammunition for capability to penetrate body armor, and prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale or purchase of such handguns or ammunition by civilians; to Judiciary. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1791 ( Gingrey, R-GA), to require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make video recordings of the examination and testing of firearms and ammunition; to Judiciary, and Ways and Means. H3358, CR 3/29/07

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 1022 ( Chambliss, R-GA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to eliminate the remainder of funding shortfalls for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for fiscal year 2007; to Finance. S4159, CR 3/29/07.

S 1023 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to eliminate the remainder of funding shortfalls for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for fiscal year 2007; to Finance. S4159, CR 3/29/07.

S 1036 ( Brownback, R-KS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit human cloning; to Health, Education, and Labor and Pensions. S4160, remarks S4173, CR 3/29/07.

Hearings

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a field hearing titled, “The Children’s Health Insurance Program in Action: A State Perspective on CHIP.” 4/4/07, Montana State University, Student Union Bldg, 15 University Dr., Billings Mont.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

S 30 ( Coleman, R-MN), to intensify research to derive human pluripotent stem cell lines; ordered held at desk. S4159, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1851 ( Waters, D-CA), to reform the housing choice voucher program under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937; to Financial Services. H3361, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1852 ( Waters, D-CA), to modernize and update the National Housing Act and enable the Federal Housing Administration to use risk based pricing to more effectively reach underserved borrowers; to Financial Services. H3361, CR 3/29/07.

Hearings

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a field hearing titled “Household Incomes and Housing Costs: A New Squeeze for American Families.” 4/4/07, 10 am, Brookline Town Hall, Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 6th Floor, 333 Washington St. Brookline, Mass.

Committee Action

On 3/29/07, the House Financial Services Committee ordered reported HR 1427, the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007.

Election Law

Committee Action

On 3/29/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 1281, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

S 1035 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reduce fraud and abuse in certain visa programs for aliens working temporarily in the United States; to Judiciary. S4160, remarks & text S4169, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1758 ( Wu, D-OR), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide status in each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012 for 65,000 H-1B non-immigrants who have a master’s or PhD degree and meet the requirements for such status and whose employers make scholarship payments to institutions of higher education payments to institutions of higher education for undergraduate and postgraduate education; to Judiciary. H3357, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1790 ( Fortenberry, R-NE), to amend the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2006 to expand the provision of special immigrant status for certain aliens, including translators or interpreters, serving with federal agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan; to Judiciary. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1792 ( Goodlatte, R-VA), to simplify the process for admitting temporary alien agricultural workers under section 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, to increase access to such workers; to Judiciary and Agriculture. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1795 ( Grijalva, D-AZ), to amend the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992; to Education and Labor, and Natural Resources. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

Intellectual Property

Bills Introduced

HR 1778 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to allow the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to accept late filings in certain cases of unintentional delay; to Judiciary. H3358, CR 3/29/07.

International Law

Floor Action

On 3/29/07, the Senate passed S 888, to amend section 1091 of Title 18, United States Code, to allow the prosecution of genocide in appropriate circumstances.

On 3/29/07, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Zalmay Khalilzad, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, and to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

S 1040 ( Shelby, R-AL), to repeal the current Internal Revenue Code and replace it with a flat tax, thereby guaranteeing economic growth and greater fairness for all Americans; to Finance. S4160, CR 3/29/07.

S 1074 ( Akaka, D-HI), to provide for direct access to electronic tax return filing; to Finance. S4161, CR 3/29/07.

HR 1840 ( Stark, D-CA), to restore and make permanent the exclusion from gross income for amount received under qualified group legal services plans and to increase the maximum amount of the exclusion; to Ways and Means. H3360, CR 3/29/07.




 

 


 



 




 

 


 

 


 





 

 








 




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