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October 16, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 155 (October 15, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 165 (October 16, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 199 (October 16, 2007)

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

Antitrust Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2161 ( Isakson, R-GA), to ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by making the antitrust laws apply to negotiations between groups of independent pharmacies and health plans and health insurance issuers in the same manner as such laws apply to protected activities under the National Labor Relations Act; to Judiciary. S12863, CR 10/15/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action  

The House Education and Labor Committee will mark up HR 3685, to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. 10/18/07, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.

Bills Introduced

HR 3835 ( Paul, R-TX), to restore the Constitution's checks and balances and protections against government abuses as envisioned by the Founding Fathers; to Judiciary, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select). H11548, CR 10/15/07.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

HR 3833 ( King, R-NY), to eliminate the backlog in performing DNA analyses of DNA samples collected from convicted child sex offenders; to Judiciary. H11547, CR 10/15/07.


The Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing to discuss whether District of Columbia prisoners are being adequately prepared for re-entry into the community. 10/16/07, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3834 ( Lewis, D-GA), to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to increase the level of earnings under which no individual who is blind is determined to have demonstrated an ability to engage in substantial gainful activity for purposes of determining disability; to Ways and Means. H11548, CR 10/15/07.

Election Law


The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Expanding and Improving Opportunities to Vote by Mail or Absentee.” 10/16/07, 2 pm, 1310 Longworth.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3828 ( Clarke, D-NY), to reduce the backlog in processing requests made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to the National Name Check Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; to Judiciary. H11547, CR 10/15/07.

HR 3836 ( Linda Sanchez, D-CA), to require that funds awarded to states and political subdivisions for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program be distributed no later than 120 days after the last day of the annual application period for such program; Judiciary. H11548, CR 10/15/07.

International Law

Committee Action

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will mark up pending draft legislation titled the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007. 10/17/07, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.

Insurance Law

Committee Action

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will mark up pending draft legislation titled the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization. 10/17/07, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.

Legal Services Corporation


On 10/15/07, the Senate resumed consideration of HR 3093, making appropriations available for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/07.

National Security


The Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Future of Border Security: Can SBInet Succeed?” 10/24/07, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.

Substance Abuse

Floor Action

On 10/15/07, the House passed HR 970, to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act with respect to the distribution of the drug dextromethorphan.