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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
January 23, 2008
 

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, Nos.9-10 (January 18-22, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, Nos. 5-6 (January 22-23, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, Nos. 14-15 (January 22-23, 2008)

 
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The House is in session today.

Children/Families

Floor Action

On 1/22/08, the House passed H Con Res 198, to express 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.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Hearings

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing S 1843, to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1867 to clarify that an unlawful practice occurs each time compensation is paid pursuant to a discriminatory compensation decision or other practice. 1/24/07, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.

Floor Action  

On 1/22/08, the House passed HR 3432, to establish the Commission on the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, clearing the measure for the president.

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 5086 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to require the Attorney General to issue guidelines delineating when to enter into deferred prosecution agreements, to require judicial sanction of deferred prosecution agreements, and to provide for federal monitors to oversee deferred prosecution agreements; to Judiciary. H389, CR 1/22/08.

Disability Law

Hearings

The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on HR 3195, to restore the intent and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 1/29/08, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 2543 ( Ensign, R-NV, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across state lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions; to Judiciary. S93, CR 1/22/08.

Hearings

The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on the health care for uninsured children. 1/29/08, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Housing and Homelessness

Hearings

The Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Growing Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis: Identifying Solutions and Dispelling Myths.” 1/29/08, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Indian Law

Floor Action  

On 1/22/07, the Senate began consideration of S 1200, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend the Act.

International Law

Hearings

The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “Fortress America Abroad: Effective Diplomacy and the Future of U.S. Embassies.” 1/23/08, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.

The Permanent Investigations Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Operations in North Korea,” focusing on the April 2007 decision to shut down operations in North Korea and the broader issues of transparency and accountability in UNDP programs. 1/24/08, 10 am, 352 Dirksen.

National Security

Bills Introduced  

S 2533 ( Kennedy, D-MA), to enact a safe, fair, and responsible state secrets privilege act; to Judiciary. S93, CR 1/22/08.

S 2541 ( Reid, D-NV), to extend the provisions of the Protect America Act of 2007 for an additional 30 days; to Judiciary. S93, CR 1/22/08.  

Hearings  

The Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on changes in the state secrets privilege. 1/29/08, 1:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the enforcement of federal espionage laws. 1/29/08, 2 pm, 2237 Rayburn.

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