Welcome to Holly Mattocks, the new editor of the ABA Washington Summary. Holly, a University of Virginia graduate, is working toward a master’s degree in justice, law and society at American University. She previously was a program assistant in the ABA Governmental Affairs Office. Holly may be reached mattockh@staff.abanet.org.
Washington Summary
Daily Edition
July 17, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 117 (July 16, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 107 (July 17, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 138 (July 17, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Administrative Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6512 ( Barrett, R-SC), to require agencies to review all major rules within 10 years after issuance, including a cost-benefit analysis using a standard government-wide methodology, and for other purposes; to Oversight and Government Reform. H6673, CR 7/16/08.
On 7/17/08, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for comments for a submission for OMB review regarding numerous laws affecting children. FR 41085.
Bills Introduced
HR 6518 ( Cohen, D-TN), to increase public confidence in the justice system and address any unwarranted racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal process; to Judiciary. H6673, CR 7/16/08.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of William B. Carr Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission for a term expiring on 10/31/11. 7/23/08, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6509 ( Conyers, D-MI), to provide for the continued performance of the functions of the United States Parole Commission; to Judiciary. H6673, CR 7/16/08.
Committee Action
On 7/16/08, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 6083, to authorize funding for the National Advocacy Center.
Elder Law
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on person-centered care, focusing on improving services and bringing elderly citizens back to the heart of society. 7/23/08, 10:30 am, 562 Dirksen.
Environmental Law
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on providing an update on the science of global warming and its implications. 7/22/08, 10 am, 406 Dirksen.
Health Law
Floor Action
On 7/16/08, the Senate passed, by an 80-16 vote, S 2731, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, which includes language to repeal a ban on HIV-positive visitors to the United States. On 7/15/08, the ABA sent a letter to the Senate supporting this language.
New Public Law
On 7/15/08, PL 110-275 (HR 6331) was enacted after Congress voted to override the president’s veto.
Homelessness/ Housing
Bills Introduced
HR 6521 ( Garrett, R-NJ), to reform the regulation of certain housing-related government-sponsored enterprises; to Financial Services. H6673, CR 7/16/08.
S 3275 ( Smith, R-OR), to establish a pilot program to preserve affordable housing options for low-income individuals; to Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. S6868, CR 7/16/08.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6519 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to temporary admission of nonimmigrant aliens to the United States for the purpose of receiving medical treatment, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. H6673, CR 7/16/08.
Committee Action
On 7/16/08, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 6034, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for relief to surviving spouses and children.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6520 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to increase global stability and security for the United States and the international community by reducing the number of individuals who are de jure or de facto stateless and at risk of being trafficked; to Foreign Affairs. H6673, CR 7/16/08.
Floor Action
On 7/16/08, the House authorized the clerk to make corrections in the engrossment of the House amendment to the Senate amendment to HR 3890, to impose sanctions on officials of the State Peace and Development Council in Burma, to amend the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and to promote a coordinated international effort to restore civilian democratic rule to Burma.
On 7/17/08, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, announced a request for grant proposals for the design and implementation of the Study of the United States Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking in a Post 9/11 World. Applications are due 9/17/08. FR 41149.
National Security
Floor Action
On 7/16/08, the House passed, by voice vote, HR 5959, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009.