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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
August 2, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153 No. 124 (August 1, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 134 (August 21, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 148 (August 2, 2007)

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

Children and Families

Bills Introduced

HR 3283 ( Cardoza, D-CA), to amend part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to provide foster children with court-appointed special advocates who meet national standards; to Ways and Means. H9467 CR 8/1/07.

H Con Res 198 ( Lee, D-CA), expressing the sense of Congress that the United States has a moral responsibility to meet the needs of those persons, groups and communities that are impoverished, disadvantaged or otherwise in poverty; to Oversight and Government Reform. H9468, CR 8/1/07.

Floor Action

On 8/1/07, the House passed by 225 to 204, HR 3162, to amend Titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the children’s health insurance program, to improve beneficiary protections under the Medicare, Medicaid, and the CHIP program.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action

On 8/1/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 2102, the Free Flow of Information Act.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3294 ( Lowey, D-NY), to amend the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Public Health Service Act to set standards for medical diagnostic equipment and to establish a program for promoting good health, disease prevention, and wellness and for the prevention of secondary conditions for individuals with disabilities; to Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor. H9467, CR 8/1/07.

Elder Law


The Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a field hearing on credit cards and older Americans. 8/7/07, 1 pm, Halfmoon Senior Center, 287 Lower New Town Rd., Halfmoon, N.Y.

Floor Action

On 8/1/07, the Senate passed S 845, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to expand and intensify programs with respect to research and related activities concerning elder falls.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

S 1923 ( Dodd, D-CT), to authorize appropriations for assistance for the Housing Assistance Council, the Raza Development Fund, and for the Housing Partnership Network (HPN) and its members; from Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; placed on the calendar. S10605, CR 8/1/07.

HR 3310 ( Velazquez, D-NY), to amend the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to ensure improved access to employment opportunities for low-income people; to Financial Services. H9468, CR 8/1/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

 HR 3270 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit certain Mexican children, and accompanying adults, to obtain a waiver of the documentation requirements otherwise required to enter the United States as a temporary visitor; to Judiciary. H9466, CR 8/1/07.

Insurance Law

Committee Action

On 8/1/07, the House Financial Services Committee ordered reported HR 2761, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act of 2007. On 4/24/07 , Peter J. Neeson , Chair of the ABA Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice , and Francine L. Semaya , Chair of the ABA Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice’s Task Force on Federal Involvement in Insurance Regulation and Modernization, submitted a statement to the c ommittee regarding the program s reauthorization.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 1925 ( Kohl, D-WI), to amend the Truth in Lending Act, to prevent credit card issuers from taking unfair advantage of college students and their parents; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S10605, CR 8/1/07.

Presidential Action

On 7/31/07, the president signed S 1865 [ P.L. 110-51 ], to extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965.

National Security

Bills Introduced

S 1927 ( McConnell, R-KY), to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information; read the first time. S10605, CR 8/1/07.

Committee Action

On 8/1/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 1717, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a National Bio and Agro-defense Facility; and HR 1955, the Homegrown Terrorism, Prevention Act of 2007.

Tort Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3285 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing products; to Energy and Commerce. H9467, CR 8/1/07.