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Daily Edition
May 16, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 80 (May 15, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 87 (May 16, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 93 (May 16, 2007)

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


Floor Action

On 5/15/07, the House passed H Res 263, to recognize National Foster Care Month as an opportunity for Congress to improve the foster care system throughout the United States.


Bills Introduced

HR 2325 ( Gohmert, R-TX), to provide adequate penalties for crimes committed against United States judges and federal law enforcement officers, and to provide appropriate security for judges and law enforcement officers; to Judiciary. H5052, CR 5/15/07.


The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1327, to create and extend certain temporary district court judgeships. 5/17/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Floor Action

On 5/15/07, the House passed, by a 381-34 vote, HR 1700, 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 S 376, to amend Title 18 United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the carrying concealed weapons by law enforcement officers. 5/17/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the rising crime rate in the United States, focusing on the federal role in helping communities prevent and respond to violent crime. 5/23/07, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

S 1393 ( Alexander, R-TN), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prescribe the binding oath or affirmation of renunciation and allegiance required to be naturalized as a citizen of the United States, and to encourage and support the efforts of prospective citizens of the United States to become citizens; to Judiciary. S6126, CR 5/15/07.

S 1397 ( Lieberman¸ D-CT), to increase the allocation of visas for certain highly skilled workers and to reduce fraud and abuse in certain visa programs for aliens working temporarily in the United States; to Judiciary. S6126, CR 5/15/07.

Intellectual Property


The Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up pending legislation regarding patent law revision. 5/15/07, 4 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 1399 ( Biden, D-DE), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to combine the Hope Scholarship Credit and the deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses into a refundable college affordability and creating chances for educational success for students (ACCESS) credit, to establish an Early Federal Pell Grant Commitment Demonstration Program, and to increase the maximum Federal Pell Grant Award; to Finance. S6126, CR 5/15/07.

S 1400 ( Enzi¸ R-WY), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve the information and repayment options to student borrowers; to, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S6126, CR 5/15/07.

S 1401 ( Enzi¸ R-WY), to improve the National Student Loan Data System; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S6126, CR 5/15/07.

Floor Action

On 5/15/07, the House passed, by a 341-73 vote, HR 916, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders. On 4/24/07, ABA President Karen J. Mathis sent a letter to the House urging the adoption of HR 916.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2318 ( Andrews, D-NJ), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the deduction for state and local income and property taxes under the alternative minimum tax; to Ways and Means. H5052, CR 5/15/07.