Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 10, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 51 (April 9, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 46 (April 10, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 72 (April 10, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Challenges and Solutions for Protecting Our Children from Violence and Exploitation in the 21 st Century.” 4/16/08, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 1095 ( Al Green, D-TX), recognizing and honoring the 40 th anniversary of congressional passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the 20 th anniversary of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988; to Judiciary. H2151, CR 4/9/08.
Criminal Justice
Presidential Action  
On 4/9/08, the president signed HR 1593 [P.L. 110-199], the Second Chance Act of 2007: Community Safety Through Recidivism Prevention.
Bills Introduced  
S 2838 ( Martinez, R-FL), to amend Chapter 1 of Title 9, United States Code, with respect to arbitration; to Judiciary. S2817, remarks S2819, CR 4/9/08.  
Floor Action  
On 4/9/08, the Senate reached a unanimous consent agreement to begin consideration on the following pending judicial nominations: Brian Stacy Miller, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas; James Randal Hall, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia; John A. Mendez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Stanley Thomas Anderson, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee; and Catharina Haynes, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
Elder Law
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on caring for the elderly, focusing on how to support those on the frontline. 4/16/08, 3 pm, 562 Dirksen.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5744 ( Lampson, D-TX), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend permanently the election to deduct state and local general sales taxes; to Ways and Means. H2149, CR 4/9/08.
HR 5747 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to restrict political robocalls; to House Administration. H2149, CR 4/9/08.
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing on electronic voting systems, focusing on top-to-bottom inquiries by secretaries of state. 4/30/08, 10 am, 301 Russell.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5741 ( Bordallo, D-GU), to amend the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to improve the conservation of sharks; to Natural Resources. H2149, CR 4/9/08.
Housing and Homelessness
The Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Affordable Housing Opportunities: Reforming the Housing Voucher Program.” 4/16/08, 2 pm, 538 Dirksen.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
S J Res 31 ( Vitter, R-LA), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to United States citizenship; to Judiciary. S2817, CR 4/9/08.
HR 5750 ( Nadler, D-NY), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to exempt certain elderly persons from demonstrating an understanding of the English language and the history, principles, and form of government of the United States as a requirement for naturalization, and to permit certain other elderly persons to take the history and government examination in a language of their choice; to Judiciary. H2149, CR 4/9/08.
The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the H-2B season worker visa program. 4/16/08, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Insurance Law
The Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold hearing on the regulation of the insurance industry, focusing on needed changes. 4/16/08, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Legal Education
Committee Action
On 4/9/08, the House Education and Labor Committee ordered reported HR 5715, to ensure continued availability of access to the federal student loan program for students and families.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 5740 ( Mitchell, D-AZ), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to establish a program of educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces who serve in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001, and for other purposes; to Veterans' Affairs. H2149, CR 4/9/08.
National Security
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on national security letters, focusing on the need for greater accountability and oversight. 4/16/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on national security letters, focusing on the need for greater accountability and oversight. 4/15/08, 1 am, 4121 Dirksen.
Tax Law
On 4/9/08, the House Ways and Means Committee ordered reported the following bills: HR 5719, Taxpayer Assistance and Simplification Act of 2008; and HR 5720, Taxpayer Assistance Tax Act of 2008.