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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
September 4, 2007

CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 137 (September 4, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 170 (September 4, 2007)

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

Antitrust

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 772, to amend the federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are contrary to the public interest with respect to railroads. 9/6/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Bankruptcy

Hearings  

The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “American Workers in Crisis: Does the Chapter 11 Business Bankruptcy Law Treat Employees and Retirees Fairly?” 9/6/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Civil Rights and Constitutional Law

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the 50 th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and its continuing importance. 9/5/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 2015, to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 9/5/07, 10:30 am, 2175 Rayburn.

Courts/Judiciary

Committee Action  

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the pending judicial nominations of: Richard A. Jones, of Washington, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Washington; Sharion Aycock, of Mississippi, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi; and Jennifer Walker Elrod, of Texas, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5 th Circuit. 9/6/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Hearings

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the implementation of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 and legislative efforts aimed at expanding the authority to carry concealed firearms. 9/6/07, 10 am, 2237 Rayburn.  

Committee Action  

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1845, to provide for limitations in certain communications between the Department of Justice and the White House office relating to civil and criminal investigations. 9/6/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Elder Law

Hearing  

The House and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 2930, to amend Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for the elderly. 9/6/07, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Election Law

Committee Action  

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 453, to prohibit deceptive practices in federal elections. 9/6/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The House Rules Committee will meet to consider HR 811, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent paper ballot under Title III of such act. 9/5/07, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.

Immigration

Hearings  

The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 1645, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform. 9/6/07, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Indian Law

Committee Action  

The House Rules Committee will meet to consider HR 2786, to reauthorize the programs for housing assistance for Native Americans. 9/5/07, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.

Intellectual Property

Committee Action

The House Rules Committee will meet to consider HR 1908, to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform. 9/6/07, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.

National Security

Hearings

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a closed hearing to receive assessment of the performance of the Iraqi government. 9/4/07, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Confronting the Terrorist Threat to the Homeland: Six Years After 9/11.” 9/10/07, 9:30 am, 342 Dirksen.

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Hold the Department of Homeland Security Accountable for Security Gaps.” 9/5/07, 10 am, 311 Cannon.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting Americans’ Privacy Rights.” 9/5/07, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.

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