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October 19, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 158 (October 18, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 168 (October 19, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 202 (October 19, 2007)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on Monday, 10/22/07.

AIDS/HIV

Hearings

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Next Phase of the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS.” 10/24/07.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced

H Con Res 239 ( Schmidt, R-OH), recognizing and honoring birthparents who carry out an adoption plan; to Education and Labor. H11777, CR 10/18/07.

Hearings

The Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Upholding the Spirit of CRA [Community Reinvestment Act}: Do CRA Ratings Accurately Reflect Bank Practices?” 10/24/07, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

H Res 757 ( Andrews, D-NJ), requiring the House of Representatives to take any legislative action necessary to verify the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment as part of the Constitution when the legislatures of an additional three states ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; to Judiciary. H11777, CR 10/18/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 3899 ( Hunter, R-CA), to provide a civil action for a minor injured by exposure to an entertainment product containing material that is harmful to minors; to Judiciary. H11775, CR 10/18/07.


Committee Action
 

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1946, to help federal prosecutors and investigators combat public corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law. 10/25/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Hearings  

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee and the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “Allegations of Selective Prosecution: The Erosion of Public Confidence in Our Federal Justice System.” 10/23/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Criminal Justice

Notices

On 10/19/07, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a notice to announce a meeting of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council created by the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Act of 1998. The Compact provides a legal framework for the establishment of a cooperative federal-state system to exchange such records. The Council will meet in open session from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., on 11/7/07 and 11/8/07. FR 59309.

Disability Law

Notices  

On 10/19/07, the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities posted a notice announcing a quarterly meeting that will take place from 2 p.m.to 4 p.m on 11/15/07,. The meeting will be conducted via conference call and will be open to the public. FR 59294.

Elections Law

Bills Introduced  

S J Res 21 ( Schumer, D-NY), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections; the Judiciary. S13077, CR 10/18/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2193 ( Martinez, R-FL), to provide for a 5-year SCHIP reauthorization for coverage of low-income children, an expansion of child health care insurance coverage through tax fairness, and a health care federalism initiative; to Finance. S13077, CR 10/18/07

HR 3888 ( Musgrave, R-CO ), to provide for a 5-year SCHIP reauthorization for coverage of low-income children, an expansion of child health care insurance coverage through tax fairness, and a health care federalism initiative; to Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, and Rules. H11775, CR 10/18/07.

Floor Action

On 10/18/07, the House voted sustained the president’s veto of HR 976, to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The vote of 273 yeas to 156 nays fell short of the two-thirds vote necessary to override the veto.

Housing and Homelessness

Hearings

The Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 647, to extend the Mark-to-Market program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program aims to preserve affordable housing by allowing for the restructuring of certain multifamily properties upon contract expiration. 10/23/07, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “Legislative Proposals on Reforming Mortgage Practices.” 10/24/07, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2205 ( Durbin, D-IL), to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children; read the first time. S13077, CR 10/18/07.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2195 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the Indian employment credit and the depreciation rules for property used predominantly within an Indian reservation; to Finance. S13077, CR 10/18/07.

S 2200 ( Conrad, D-ND), to authorize the use of federal funds for flexible financing of Indian tribal municipal, rural, and industrial water system construction projects by certain federally recognized Indian tribes; to Indian Affairs. S13077, CR 10/18/07.

International Law

Notices

On 10/19/07, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a notice regarding an upcoming meeting of the DOS’ Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL) to review the results of the Porto Alegre meeting and to obtain views on the three proposals with regard to consumer protection. The meeting will be held on Wednesday 10/31/07 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public. FR 59331.

Bills Introduced  

HR 3887 ( Lantos, D-CA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat forced labor; to Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H11775, CR 10/18/07.

HR 3890 ( Lantos, D-CA), to amend the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 to waive the requirement for annual renewal resolutions relating to import sanctions, impose import sanctions on Burmese gemstones, expand the number of individuals against whom the visa ban is applicable, and expand the blocking of assets and other prohibited activities; to Foreign Affairs, Ways and Means, and Judiciary. H11775, CR 10/16/07.

HR 3898 ( Fossella, R-NY), to impose travel and other related restrictions on heads of state of countries that are state sponsors of terrorism who are attending events at the United Nations in New York City; to Foreign Affairs. H11776, CR 10/18/07.

Hearings

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Exploring the U.S. Role in Consolidating Peace and Democracy in the African Great Lake Region.” 10/24/07, 9:30 am, 419 Dirksen.

Committee Action

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on pending legislation regarding Treaty Doc 103-39- U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. 10/24/07, 1:45 pm, 419 Dirksen.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the following pending nominations: William H. Frist, to be a member of the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation; George E. Pataki, to be a U.S. representative to the United Nations General Assembly; and Rodger D. Young, to be the alternate U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly. 10/24/07, 1:45 pm, 419 Dirksen.

Floor Action  

On 10/18/07, the Senate agreed to S Res 353, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the importance of a sovereign, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon and the need for free and fair presidential elections in Lebanon without intimidation or foreign interference.

Legal Services Corporation

Notices

On 10/19/07, the Legal Services Corporation posted a notice regarding two upcoming meetings of the Board of Directors and four of the board's committees to be held on 10/26/07 and 10/27/07. Members of the public who wish to listen to the open portions of the meetings live may do so via teleconference. FR 59311.

National Security

Hearings

The Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Cybersecurity: A Review of Public and Private-Sector Efforts to Secure our Nation’s Internet Infrastructure.” 10/23/07, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.

Committee Action  

On 10/18/07, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill entitled “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2007.”

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