Washington Summary
Daily Edition
July 24, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 121 (July 23, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 112 (July 24, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 143 (July 24, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Criminal Law
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Politicized Hiring at the Department of Justice.” 7/30/08, 9 am, 226 Dirksen.
Courts/Judiciary
New Nominations
Eric F. Melgren
Marco A. Hernandez
Emergency Preparedness
Hearings
The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Planning for Post-Catastrophe Housing Needs: Has FEMA Developed an Effective Strategy for Housing Large Numbers of Citizens Displaced by Disaster?” 7/30/08, 12 pm, 562 Dirksen.
Notices
On 7/24/08, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for comments as to how to provide housing to those affected by disasters, and charts the new direction that disaster housing efforts must take to better meet the emergent needs of disaster victims and communities. Comments due 9/22/08. FR 43520.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
S 3314 ( Boxer, D-CA), to protect the oceans, and for other purposes; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S 7148, CR 7/23/08.
Disability Law
Floor Action
On 7/23/08, the House passed H Res 1355, to express support for designation of Disability Pride Day and to recognize that all people, including those living with disabilities, have the right, responsibility, and ability to be active, contributing members of our society and fully engaged as citizens.
Homelessness/Housing
Floor Action
On 7/23/08, the House passed, by a 272-152 vote, the amended version of HR 3221, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 6590 ( Myrick, R-NC), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the country of origin of a nonimmigrant religious worker to extend reciprocal immigration treatment to nationals of the United States; to Judiciary. H 7058, CR 7/23/08.
Indian Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6583 ( Herseth Sandlin, D-SD), to amend the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act, the Indian Tribal Justice Act, the Indian Tribal Justice Technical and Legal Assistance Act of 2000, and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to improve the prosecution of, and response to, crimes in Indian country; to Judiciary. H 7056, CR 7/23/08.
S 3320 ( Dorgan, D-ND), to amend the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act, the Indian Tribal Justice Act, the Indian Tribal Justice Technical and Legal Assistance Act of 2000, and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to improve the prosecution of, and response to, crimes in Indian country; to Indian Affairs. S 7148, CR 7/23/08.
Law Library of Congress
Bills Introduced
HR 6589 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to provide financial support for the operation of the Law Library of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes; to House Administration. H7058, CR 7/23/08. The ABA testified in May 2008 to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch and in October 2007 before the House Administration Committee in support of increased resources for the Law Library.
Military Law
Hearings
The House Armed Services Committee will hold two hearings titled “Implications of the Supreme Court’s Boumediene Decision for Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” 7/30/08, 10 am, and 7/31/08, 2 pm, 2118 Rayburn.
Substance Abuse  
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on S 2274, to amend the Controlled Substances Act; S 2071, to enhance the ability to combat methamphetamine; and S. 1276, to establish a grant program to facilitate the creation of methamphetamine precursor electronic logbook systems. 7/29/08, 4:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Tax Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6587 ( Loebsack, D-IA), to provide tax relief for the victims of severe storms, tornados and flooding in the Midwest, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. H7058, CR 7/23/08.
S 3322 ( Grassley, R-IA), to provide tax relief for the victims of severe storms, tornados and flooding in the Midwest, and for other purposes; to Finance. S7148, CR 7/23/08.
Tort and Insurance Law  
Hearings
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “State of the Insurance Industry: Examining the Current Regulatory and Oversight Structure.” 7/29/08, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.

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