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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
May 9, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 72 (May 8, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 82 (May 9, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 88 (May 9, 2007)

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

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 1332 ( Reid, D-NV), to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5716, CR 5/8/07.

HR 2220 ( Murphy, R-PA), to permit educational agencies and institutions to disclose certain information to parents of students who may pose a significant risk to their own safety or well-being, or to the safety or well-being of others; to Education and Labor. H4628, CR 5/8/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

S 1327 ( Leahy, D-VT), to create and extend certain temporary district court judgeships; to Judiciary. S5716, CR 5/8/07.

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will continue hearings titled, “Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys?” 5/15/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 5/8/07, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 91 yeas, the nomination of Frederick J. Kapala, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Election Law

Hearings

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Equal Representation in Congress: Providing Voting Rights to the District of Columbia.” 5/15/07, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

HR 2216 ( Johnson, D-TX), to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless; to Judiciary. H4628, CR 5/8/07.

HR 2217 ( Johnson, D-TX), to amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to include homeless status in the definition of ``hate crime'' for the purposes of federal sentencing provisions; to Judiciary. H4628, CR 5/8/07.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced

S 1331 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to regulate .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles; to Judiciary. S5716, CR 5/8/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

S 1328 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships; to Judiciary. S5716, CR 5/8/07.

HR 2221 ( Nadler, D-NY), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships; to Judiciary. H4628, CR 5/8/07.

Hearings

The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Becoming Americans- Immigration Integration,” 5/15/07, 9:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.

The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “The Future of Undocumented,” 5/15/07, 2 pm, 2237 Rayburn.

The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “The Impact of Immigration on States and Localities,” 5/17/07, 3 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 2212 ( Harman, D-CA), to require the president to close the Department of Defense detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to Armed Services. H4627, CR 5/8/07.

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