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Daily Edition
October 26, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 162 (October 25, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 172 (October 26, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 206 (October 26, 2007)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will convene on Monday, 10/29/07.



Bills Introduced

HR 3972 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), to amend the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 to exempt from the means test in bankruptcy cases, for a limited period, qualifying reserve-component members who, after 10/11/01, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 60 days; to Judiciary. H12103, CR 10/25/07.


Bills Introduced

H Con Res 241 ( Bartlett, R-MD), expressing the support for the enacting of joint custody laws for fit parents, so that more children are raised with the benefits of having a father and a mother in their lives; to Judiciary. H12103, CR 10/25/07.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 2237 ( Biden, D-DE), to fight crime; to Judiciary. S13437, CR 10/25/07.


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; and S 352, to provide for media coverage of federal court proceedings. 11/1/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination of John Daniel Tinder, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 7 th Circuit. 11/1/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Election Law


The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing on the used of “robocalls,” a type of automated deceptive telephone harassment, in federal campaigns. 10/31/07, 2 pm, 1310 Longworth.

Health Law


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Administration’s Regulatory Actions on Medicaid: The Effects on Patients, Doctors, Hospitals, and States.” 11/1/07, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.

Floor Action

On 10/25/07, the House passed, by a 265-142 vote, HR 3963, to extend and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Housing and Homelessness

Committee Action

The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 3873, 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. 10/31/07, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3980 ( Solis, D-CA), to provide for safe and humane policies and procedures pertaining to the arrest, detention, and processing of aliens in immigration enforcement operations; to Judiciary. H12103, CR 10/25/07.

Insurance Law

Committee Action

The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 3959, to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to provide for the phase-in of actuarial rates for certain pre-FIRM properties.

International Law

Bills Introduced

S 2232 ( Stevens, R-AK), to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a demonstration program to adapt the lessons of providing foreign aid to underdeveloped economies to the provision of federal economic development assistance to certain similarly situated individuals; to Indian Affairs. S13437, CR 10/25/07.

Committee Action

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up Treaty Doc 103-39- U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. 10/31/07, 10:30 am, 419 Dirksen.

Presidential Action  

On 10/18/07 the president issued a Presidential Determination, No. 2008-4, with respect to foreign governments' efforts regarding trafficking in persons consistent with Section 110 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (Division A of Public Law 106-386). FR 61037.

Legal Education


The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing titled “Barriers to Equal Educational Opportunities: Addressing the Rising Costs of a College Education.” 11/1/07, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.

Tax Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3970 ( Rangel, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide additional tax relief to low and moderate income individuals, to repeal the individual alternative minimum tax, and to reform the corporate income tax; to Ways and Means. H12102, CR 10/25/07.

H Res 775 ( English, R-PA), providing for consideration HR 1366, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the alternative minimum tax on individuals; to Rules. H12103, CR 10/25/07.