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Daily Edition
October 11, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, Nos. 153 (October 10, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 161 (October 11, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 194 (October 11, 2007)

The Senate is not in session today.
The Senate will reconvene on Monday, 10/15/07.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on Friday, 10/12/07.

Administrative Law

Committee Action

On 10/10/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 3564, the Regulatory Improvement Act of 2007. On 9/19/07 the American Bar Association sent a statement to the Committee urging the reauthorization and funding of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS).

AIDS/HIV

Bills Introduced

HR 3812 ( Lee, D-CA), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the effort to achieve internationally recognized goals in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other major diseases and the reduction of maternal and child mortality by improving human health care capacity and improving retention of medical health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa; to Foreign Affairs. H11489, CR 10/10/07.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced  

HR 3791 ( Lampson, D-TX), to modernize and expand the reporting requirements relating to child pornography and to expand cooperation in combating child pornography; to Judiciary. H11489, CR 10/10/07.   HR 3805 ( Ellison, D-MN), to amend the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to provide to states an option to provide food assistance to foster community reintegration; to Agriculture. H11489, CR 10/10/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Hearings

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the case of the ‘Jena Six.’ The session will focus on the role of federal intervention in hate crimes and race-related violence in public schools. 10/16/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Courts/Judiciary

Committee Action

The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 3010, to amend chapter 1 of Title 9 of the United States Code with respect to arbitration. 10/16/07, 2 pm, 2237 Rayburn.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

HR 3811 ( Lampson, D-TX), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to expressly include state online sexual exploitation investigations in the list of those for which interception of communications is authorized; to Judiciary. H11489, CR 10/10/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

H Con Res 232 ( Marchant, R-TX), expressing the sense of the congress that the confidentiality mandates for minors should be removed from family planning services programs operating under Title X of the Public Health Services Act and Medicaid; to Energy and Commerce. H11484, CR 10/10/04.

Hearings  

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Children’s Health: The Need for Affordable, Available Coverage.” 10/16/07, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.

International Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3797 ( Price, D-NC), to require the president to seek to institute a regional diplomatic plan for the Middle East; to Foreign Affairs. H11489, CR 10/10/07.  

Committee Action

On 10/10/07, the House Foreign Affairs Committee ordered reported H Res 106, Affirmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Election Law

  Bills Introduced

HR 3792 ( Wamp, R-TN), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to repeal the limitation on party expenditures on behalf of candidates in general elections; to House Administration. H11489, CR 10/10/07.

Environmental Law

Committee Action  

The Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans Subcommittee, House Natural Resources Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 1497, to amend the Lacey Act Amendment of 1981 to extend its protections to plants illegally harvested outside of the United States. 10/16/07, 10 am, 1334 Longworth.

Federal Government

Hearings  

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Michael Mukasey to be attorney general of the United States. 10/17/07, 10 am, 216 Hart.

Military Law

Hearings

The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee and Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a join hearing on draft legislation HR --- Heroes Earning Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2007. 10/17/07, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.

National Security

Hearings  

The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on secret Justice Department memoranda on interrogation methods. 10/16/07, 3 pm, 2237 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 10/10/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 3773, the Responsibility Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed and Effective Act of 2007.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3818 ( Ryan, R-WI), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the alternative minimum tax on individuals and replace it with an alternative tax individuals may choose; to Ways and Means. H11484, CR 10/10/07.

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