Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 18, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 61 (April 17, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 53 (April 18, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 76 (April 18, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Bills Introduced
HR 5845 ( Emanuel, D-IL), to permit leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 for victims of violent crime and domestic violence and immediate family members of victims of violent crime and domestic violence to attend court proceedings relating to such crimes; to Education and Labor, Oversight, Government Reform, and House Administration. H2485, CR 4/17/08.
H Con Res 330 ( Baldwin, D-WI), supporting the goals and ideals of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month; to Judiciary. H2486, CR 4/17/08.
The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on child abuse and deceptive marketing by residential programs for teens. 4/24/08, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
HR 5833 ( DeFazio, D-OR), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for the direct payment of attorney fees and costs to the attorney representing a prevailing party in certain Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims; to Judiciary. H2485, CR 4/17/08.
Criminal Justice
On 4/18/08, the Department of Justice published a proposed rule to implement amendments made by Section 1004 of the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005 and Section 155 of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 to Section 3 of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000. This rule directs agencies of the United States that arrest or detain individuals, or that supervise individuals facing charges, to collect DNA samples from individuals who are arrested, facing charges, or convicted, and from non-United States persons who are detained under the authority of the United States. Unless otherwise directed by the Attorney General, the collection of DNA samples may be limited to individuals from whom an agency collects fingerprints. Public comments may be submitted on or before 4/19/08. FR 21083.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5843 ( Frank, D-MA), to eliminate most federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use; to Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H2486, CR 4/17/08.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5842 ( Frank, D-MA), to provide for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various states; to Energy and Commerce. H2486, CR 4/17/08.
Housing and Homelessness
Bills Introduced
HR 5829 ( Sires, D-NJ), to improve the Operating Fund for public housing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Financial Services. H2485, CR 4/17/08.
HR 5830 ( Frank, D-MA), to create a voluntary FHA program that provides mortgage refinancing assistance to allow families to stay in their homes, protect neighborhoods, and help stabilize the housing market; to Financial Services. H2485, CR 4/17/08.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5837 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to make technical corrections to Section 1244 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which provides special immigrant status for certain Iraqis; to Judiciary. H2486, CR 4/17/08.
HR 5849 ( Melancon, D-LA), to extend the returning worker exemption to the H-2B numerical limitation; to Judiciary. H2486, CR 4/17/08.
Indian Law
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the federal acknowledgment process for determining which groups are “Indian tribes” within the meaning of federal law. 4/24/08, 9 am, 562 Dirksen.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will meet to consider pending business. 4/24/08, 9 am, 562 Dirksen.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5834 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to amend the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 to promote respect for the fundamental human rights of the people of North Korea; to Foreign Affairs. H2485, CR 4/17/08.
HR 5836 ( Carnahan, D-MO), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to authorize the president to provide assistance to establish partnerships between businesses and postsecondary educational institutions in developing countries in Africa to increase economic freedom and competitiveness, promote civil society, and improve the quality of life in such countries; to Foreign Affairs. H2485, CR 4/17/08.
HR 5847 ( Garrett, R-NJ), to prohibit United States funding for the 2009 United Nations Durban Review Conference (“Durban II Conference”) or any other activity relating to the planning, preparation, or implementation of a follow-up meeting to the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (``Durban I Conference'') in Durban, South Africa; to Foreign Affairs. H2486, CR 4/17/08.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Crisis in Tiber: Finding a Path to Peace.” 4/23/08, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.
The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “A New Beginning for the U.S.-South Korea Strategic Alliance.” 4/23/08, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
The Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Policy and the Road to Damascus: Who’s Converting Whom?” 4/24/08, 9 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Labor Law
Bills Introduced
S 2878 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to amend the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 to provide for specified civil penalties for violations of that act; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3144, CR 4/24/08.
Legal Education
Floor Action  
On 4/17/08, the House passed HR 5715, to ensure continued availability of access to the federal student loan program for students and families.
National Security
The House Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the FBI. 4/23/08, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.