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Daily Edition
October 30, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 163 (October 29, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 173 (October 30, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 207 (October 30, 2007)

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



On 10/30/07, the Department of State issued a rule change amending the Department’s regulations to provide for intercountry adoptions that will occur pursuant to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000. This rule addresses consular officer processing of immigration petitions, visas, and Convention certificates in cases of children immigrating to the United States in connection with an adoption covered by the Convention. FR 61306.

Emergency Preparedness

Floor Action

On 10/29/07, the House approved HR 3247, to improve the provision of disaster assistance for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3982 ( Boswell, D-IA), to continue to prohibit the hiring and recruitment, or referral of unauthorized aliens; to Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor. H12155, CR 10/29/07.

International Law

Floor Action

On 10/29/07, the House approved the following resolutions: H Res 573, to recognize and commend the efforts of U.S. public and advocacy groups to raise awareness about and help end the worsening humanitarian crisis and genocide in Darfur, Sudan; H Res 726, to call on the president of the United States and the international community to take immediate steps to respond to and prevent acts of rape and sexual violence against women and girls in Darfur, Sudan, eastern Chad and the Central African Republic; and H Res 740, to condemn in the strongest terms the attacks on African Union peacekeepers that occurred in Haskanita, Darfur, Sudan, on 9/29/07.

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 3990 ( Slaughter, D-NY), to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence involving members of the armed forces and their family members and partners through enhanced programs of prevention and deterrence, enhanced programs of victim services, and strengthened provisions for prosecutions of assailants; to Armed Services, Judiciary and Veterans’ Affairs. H12155, CR 10/29/07.

HR 3991 ( Stupak, D-MI), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to extend the time limit for the use of education benefits by members of the Selected Reserve and certain members of the reserve component; to Armed Services. H12155, CR 10/29/07.

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, 11 am, 2175 Rayburn.

National Security


The Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing on “Enhancing and Implementing the Cybersecurity Elements of the Sector Specific Plans.” 10/31/07, 2:30 pm, 311 Cannon.

The House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing titled “Aviation Safety: Can NASA Do More to Protect the Public?” 10/31/07, 1 pm, 2318 Rayburn.