Washington Summary
Daily Edition
July 16, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, Nos. 116 (July 15, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 106 (July 16, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 137 (July 16, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Business Law
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Courting Big Business: The Supreme Court’s Recent Decision on Corporate Misconduct and Laws Regulating Corporations.” 7/23/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced
HR 6501 ( McDermott, D-WA), to amend the Social Security Act to establish a trust fund with proceeds from the taxing of internet gambling to provide opportunities to individuals who are, or were, in foster care and individuals in the declining sectors of the economy; to Education and Labor. H6576, CR 7/15/08.
The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on draft legislation that would establish a modern measure of poverty in the United States. 7/17/08, 10 am, B-318 Rayburn.
New Nominations
On 7/15/08, the Senate received the nomination of Timothy G. Dugan, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Bills Introduced
HR 6492 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to regulate certain deferred prosecution agreements and nonprosecution agreements in federal criminal cases; to Judiciary. H6576, CR 7/15/08.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6503 ( Waters, D-CA), to amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program; to Judiciary. H6576, CR 7/15/08.
Committee Action
On 7/15/08, the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Judiciary Committee, approved HR 6126, the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2008.
Election Law
Floor Action
On 7/15/08, the House failed to pass HR 5803, to direct the Election Assistance Commission to establish a program to make grants to states and units of local government to make backup paper ballots available for the regularly scheduled general election for federal office in November 2008.  
Health Law
Floor Action
On 7/15/08, the House voted 383-41 and the Senate voted 70-26 to override the president’s veto of HR 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 3263 ( Biden, D-DE), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people, and for other purposes; to Foreign Relations. S6722, remarks S6723, CR 7/15/08.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6494 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to provide veterans with individualized notice about available benefits, to streamline application processes for the benefits, and for other purposes; to Veterans Affairs. H6576, CR 7/15/08.
On 7/16/08, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a final rule to adjust the time period from 60 days to 30 days for filing a response to a Supplemental Statement of the Case in appeals to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. FR 40745.