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Daily Edition
October 18, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 157 (October 17, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 167 (October 18, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 201 (October 18, 2007)

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

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

S 2187 ( Clinton, D-NY), to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide for child care workforce development initiatives; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S12988, CR 10/17/07.

HR 3870 ( DaLauro, D-CT), to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide for child care workforce development initiatives; to Education and Labor. H11727, CR 10/17/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action

On 10/18/07, the House Education and Labor Committee ordered favorably reported HR 3685, to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2182 ( Reed, D-RI), to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to mental health services; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S12988, remarks and text S12993, CR 10/17/07.

S 2183 ( Smith, R-OR), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants for community-based mental health infrastructure improvement; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S12988, remarks and text S12996, CR 10/17/07.

Election Law

Hearings  

The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing on voter registration and list maintenance. 10/23/07, 2 pm, 1310 Longworth.

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3864 ( Camp, R-MI), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2012; to Energy and Commerce. H11728, CR 10/17/07.

HR 3865 (McGovern, D-MA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to protect Medicare beneficiaries' access to home health services under the Medicare Program; to Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce. H11728, CR 10/17/07.

HR 3872 ( Fortenberry, R-NE), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to impose requirements on coverage of children in higher income families under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); to Energy and Commerce. H11728, CR 10/17/07.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

HR 3873 ( Hodes, D-NH), to expedite the transfer of ownership of rural multifamily housing projects with loans made or insured under Section 515 of the Housing Act of 1949 so that such projects are rehabilitated and preserved for use for affordable housing; to Financial Services. H11727, CR 10/17/07.

Indian Law

Notices  

On 10/18/07, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing (IHBG), Housing and Urban Development Department, issued a notice of final rule amending the Indian Housing Block Grant program regulations to specify the conditions under which IHBG funds may be used for project-based or tenant-based rental assistance. FR 59003.  

Bills Introduced  

S 2176 ( Johnson, D-SD), to promote the development of Native American small business concerns; to Business and Entrepreneurship. S12988, CR 10/17/07.

Insurance Law

Committee Action  

On 10/17/07, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ordered favorably two original bills entitled the “Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007,” and the “National Flood Insurance Act of 1968.”

International Law

Hearings

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on U.S. Policy in the Middle East. 10/24/07, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on genocide and the rule of law. 10/23/07, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 10/17/07, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill to authorize state and local governments to divest assets in companies conducting business operations in Sudan and to prohibit United States government contracts with such companies.

National Security

Hearings  

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on ways to build an effective terrorist screening system. 10/24/07, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

Floor Action  

On 10/17/07, the House began consideration of HR 3773, the Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed, and Effective Act of 2007, but postponed further proceedings.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2185 ( Graham, R-SC), to permanently extend the current marginal tax rates; read the first time. S12988, CR 10/17/07.

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