Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 16, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 59 (April 15, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 51 (April 16, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 74 (April 16, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Courts/Judiciary
Nominations  
On 4/15/08, the Senate received the following new nominations: Stephen Joseph Murphy III, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; and Helene N. White, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
On 4/15/08, the Senate received notification of withdrawal of the nomination of Stephen Joseph Murphy III, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, which was sent to the Senate on 3/19/07.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 702, to authorize the attorney general to award grants to state courts to develop and implement state courts interpreter programs. 4/24/08, 9 am, 2118 Rayburn.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5802 ( Lee, D-CA), to amend the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of food stamp eligibility of ex-offenders; to Agriculture. H2355, CR 4/15/08.
Floor Action
On 4/15/08, the House passed H Res 1053, to support the mission and goals of National Crime Victims’ Rights week in order to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 5812 ( Young, R-AK), to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to authorize waivers by the Commissioner of Social Security of the 5-month waiting period for entitlement to benefits based on disability in cases in which the Commissioner determines that such waiting period would cause undue hardship to terminally ill beneficiaries; to Ways and Means. H2355, CR 4/15/08.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 2855 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to adjust the dollar amounts used to calculate the credit for the elderly and the permanently disabled for inflation since 1985; to Finance. S3025, CR 4/15/08.  
Hearings  
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on caring for the elderly, focusing on how to support those on the frontier. 4/16/08, 3 pm, 562 Dirksen.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5803 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to direct the Election Assistance Commission to establish a program to make grants to participating states and units of local government which will administer the regularly scheduled general election for federal office held in November 2008 for carrying out a program to make backup paper ballots available in the case of the failure of a voting system or voting equipment in the election or some other emergency situation; to House Administration. H2355, CR 4/15/08.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced  
S 2867 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to authorize additional resources to identify and eliminate illicit sources of firearms smuggled into Mexico for use by violent drug trafficking organizations; to Judiciary. S3026, CR 4/15/08.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
S 2859 ( Webb, D-VA), to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to clarify limits on disclosure of student health records; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3026, text S3029, CR 4/15/08.
HR 5810 ( Valazquez, D-NY), to amend Title V of the Social Security Act to provide grants for school-based mentoring programs for at-risk teenage girls to prevent and reduce teen pregnancy, and to provide student loan forgiveness for mentors participating in such programs; to Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor. H2355, CR 4/15/08.
Housing and Homelessness
Bills Introduced
HR 5796 ( Clarke, D-NY), to provide funding for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation for mortgage foreclosure mitigation activities; to Appropriations. H2354, CR 4/15/08.
Floor Action
On 4/15/08, the House passed H Res 1095, to recognize and honor 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.
Indian Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5795 ( Campbell, R-CA), to require the Secretary of the Interior to notify units of local government when a Native American group files a petition to become a federally recognized Indian tribe and before the decision on the petition is made; to Natural Resources. H2354, CR 4/15/08.
International Law
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Building on International Debt Relief Initiatives.” 4/24/08, 2 pm, 419 Dirksen.
Tax Law
Hearings
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a series of hearings titled “Tax: Fundamentals in Advance of Reform.” 5/13/08, Time TBA, 215 Dirksen, and 6/5/08, Time TBA, 215 Dirksen.
National Security
Hearings
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, Armed Services Committee, and the Research and Science Education Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “Role of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in National Security.” 4/24/08, 9 am, 2118 Rayburn.
The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, will hold a hearing on aviation security research and developments at the Department of Homeland Security. 4/24/08, 1 pm, 2318 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2533, to enact a safe, fair and responsible state secrets privilege act. On 4/2/08, ABA Governmental Affairs Acting Director Denise A. Cardman sent a letter to the committee in support of the legislation. 4/24/08, 9 am, 2118 Rayburn.

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