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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
September 10, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 72, No. 174 (September 7, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 141 (September 10, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 174 (September 10, 2007)

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

Administrative Law

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee hold a hearing titled, “Regulatory Preemption: Are Federal Agencies Usurping Congressional and State Authority?” 9/12/07, 11 am, 226 Dirksen.

AIDS/HIV

Committee Action

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up S 805, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the effort to achieve internationally recognized goals in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other major diseases and the reduction of maternal and child mortality by improving retention of medical health professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. 9/11/07, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.

Children/Families

Bills Introduced  

HR 3495 ( Brown, D-FL), to establish a National Commission on Children and Disasters, and a National Resource Center on Children and Disasters; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H10319, CR 9/7/07.

Courts/Judiciary

Notices

The Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States is seeking public comment on the “Privacy and Security Implications of Public Access to Certain Electronic Criminal Case File Documents,” relating to the privacy and security implications of public Internet access to plea agreements filed in federal court cases. Comments will be accepted from 9/10/07 through 10/26/07. 51659, FR 9/10/07.

  Floor Action

On 9/10/07, the Senate will begin consideration of the following nominations: William Lindsay Osteen, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; Martin Karl Reidinger, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; and Janis Lynn Sammartino, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3500 ( King, R-IA), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require voting systems to produce a verifiable paper record of each vote cast and to ensure the security of electronic data; to House Administration. H10319, CR 9/7/07.

Emergency Preparedness

Hearings

The Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Readiness in the Post-Katrina and Post 9/11 World: An Evaluation of the New National Response Framework.” 9/11/07, 10 am, 2167 Rayburn.

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2031 ( Sanders, I-VT), to amend the Social Security Act to provide grants and flexibility through demonstration projects for states to provide universal, comprehensive, cost-effective systems of health care coverage, with simplified administration; to Finance. S11269, CR 9/7/07.

HR 3507 ( Tierney, D-MA), to amend the Social Security Act to provide grants and flexibility through demonstration projects for states to provide universal, comprehensive, cost-effective systems of health care coverage, with simplified administration; to Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means, Education and Labor; and Oversight and Government Reform. H10318, CR 9/7/07.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

HR 3498 ( Higgins, D-NY), to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to assist cities with a vacant housing problem; to Financial Services. H10319, CR 9/7/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3494 ( Blackburn, R-TN), to provide for enhanced federal, state, and local assistance in the enforcement of the immigration laws, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and to authorize appropriations to carry out the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program; to Judiciary. H10319, CR 9/7/07.

HR 3496 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to debar or suspend contractors from federal contracting for unlawful employment of aliens; to Homeland Security, Oversight and Government Reform. H10319, CR 9/7/07.

Committee Action

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up HR 1678, to authorize $25 million in both fiscal 2008 and 2009 for rehabilitation centers for torture victims who have fled to the United States, as well as $12 million each year for overseas programs run by the United Nations and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 9/11/07, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.

Intellectual Property

Rule Revision

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is revising the rules of practice in Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations to conform them to certain amendments made to the regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) that took effect 4/1/07.The amendments result in the addition of a mechanism to the PCT system where applicants may request that the right to claim priority be restored in applications that meet certain requirements; provide a means to insert a missing portion of an international application without the loss of the international filing date; clarify the circumstances and procedures under which the correction of an obvious mistake may be made in an international application; and will revise the search fee for international applications. 51559, FR 9/10/07.

Floor Action  

On 9/7/07, the House passed HR 1908, to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.

International Law

Committee Action

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up the following legislation: S1839, to require periodic reports on claims related to acts of terrorism against Americans perpetrated or supported by the government of Libya; and Treaty Doc 109-21, the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the Internationals Registration of Industrial Designs. 9/11/07, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.

National Security

Hearings

The House Select Intelligence Committee will hold open hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 9/18/07, 10 am and 9/20/07, 9 am, locations TBA.

Committee Action

The Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 3403, to promote and enhance public safety by facilitating the rapid deployment of IP-enabled 911 and E-911 services, encouraging the nation’s transition to a national IP-enabled emergency network and improve 911 and E-911 access to those with disabilities. 9/19/07, 10 am, 2322 Rayburn

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