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November 8, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, Nos. 171-172 (November 6-7, 2008)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 182 (November 8, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 216 (November 8, 2007)

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The House is in session today.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

HR 4091 ( Cooper, D-TN), to amend Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act to promote the adoption of children with special needs; to Ways and Means. H13203, CR 11/6/07.

HR 4094 ( Forbes, R-VA), to amend the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 to modify the minimum standards required for the electronic monitoring units used in the pilot program for monitoring sexual offenders; to Judiciary. H13203, CR 11/6/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Floor Action

On 11/7/07, the House passed, by a 235-184 vote, HR 3685, to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. On 11/6/07, ABA Governmental Affairs Acting Director Denise A. Cardman sent a letter to all representatives in support of the legislation.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced  

HR 4109 ( Scott, D-VA), to provide for the redress of prison abuses; to Judiciary. H13296, CR 11/7/07.

HR 4110 ( Shea-Porter, D-NH), to amend the Mandatory Victims' Restitution Act to improve restitution for victims of crime; to Judiciary. H13296, CR 11/7/07.

HR 4111 ( Shea-Porter, D-NH), to address the effect of the death of a defendant in federal criminal proceedings; to Judiciary. H13296, CR 11/7/07.

Hearings

On 11/8/07, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing titled “Review of the Prison Litigation Reform Act: A Decade of Reform or an Increase in Prison Abuses?” Margo Schlanger, Professor of Law at the Washington University in St. Louis, testified on behalf of the ABA.

On 11/8/07, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on HR 1889, to require prisons and other correctional facilities holding federal prisoners under contract with the federal government to make the same information available to the public that federal prisons and correctional facilities are required to do by law.

Committee Action  

On 11/7/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported the following bills: HR 1759, Managing Arson through Criminal History Act of 2007; HR 3971, the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2007; and HR 3992, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reeducation Reauthorization Act of 2007.

Courts/Judiciary

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the nominations of Joseph N. Laplante, of New Hampshire, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire; Reed Charles O'Connor, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas; Thomas D. Schroeder, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; and Amul R. Thapar, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. 11/8/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 4082 ( Pomeroy, D-ND), to improve the quality of, and access to, long-term care; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means. H13203, CR 11/6/07.

Environmental Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 4086 ( Klein, D-FL), to bill to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to extend the authorized time period for rebuilding of certain over-fished fisheries; to Natural Resources. H13203, CR 11/6/07.

Health Law

Hearings  

The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the impact of gaps in health coverage on income security. 11/14/07, 10 am, B-318 Rayburn.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

S 2310 ( Clinton, D-NY), to establish a National Catastrophic Risks Consortium and a National Homeowners’ Insurance Stabilization Program; to Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. S13989, CR 11/6/07.

HR 4112 ( Wynn, D-MD), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a 15-year recovery period for depreciation of designated low-income buildings and to allow passive losses and credits attributable to qualified low-income buildings; to Ways and Means. H13296, CR 11/7/07.

Committee Action

On 11/7/07, the House Financial Services Committee ordered reported the following bills: HR 3915, the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007; and HR 3837, the Escrow, Appraisal, and Mortgage Servicing Improvements Act.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 4088 ( Shuler, D-NC) , to provide immigration reform by securing America’s borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program; to Education and Labor, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, Agriculture, and Natural Resources. H13203, CR 11/6/07.

H Res 800 ( Kuchinich, D-OH), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the issuance of state driver’s licenses or other government-issued photos identification to illegal aliens; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H13204, CR 11/6/07.

Intellectual Property

Bills Introduced  

S 2317 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend Titles 17 and 18, United States Code, and the Trademark Act of 1946 to strengthen and harmonize the protection of intellectual property; to Judiciary. S14062, remarks and text S14064, CR 11/7/07.

International Law

Bills Introduced

H Con Res 247 ( Payne, D-NJ), expressing support for advancing vital United States interests through increased engagement of health programs that alleviate disease and poverty, and reduce premature death in developing nations, especially through programs that combat high levels of infectious disease, improve children’s and women’s health, decrease malnutrition, reduce unintended pregnancies, fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, encourage healthy behaviors, and strengthen health care capacity; to Foreign Affairs, and Energy and Commerce. H13204, CR 11/6/07.

Hearings  

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the Africa Command. 11/14/07, 10 am, 2118 Rayburn.

The Europe Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on U.S.-Greece relations and regional issues. 11/14/07, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 11/7/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 2489, the Genocide Accountability Act of 2007.

National Security

Hearings  

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Merida Initiative: Assessing Plans to Step Up Our Security Cooperation with Mexico and Central America.” 11/14/07, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

Committee Action  

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up S 2292, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office for Bombing Prevention and to address terrorist explosive threats. 11/14/07, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

S 2318 ( Ensign, R-NV), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the individual alternative minimum tax and to permanently extend the reduction in income tax rates; read the first time. S14062, CR 11/14/07.

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