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Daily Edition
March 7, 2008  

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 38 (March 6, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 33 (March 7, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 46 (March 7, 2008)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on Monday, 3/10/08.

AIDS/HIV

Committee Action

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up draft legislation to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. 3/12/08, 10:15 am, 419 Dirksen.

Bankruptcy

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the following pending legislation: S 2136, to address the treatment of primary mortgages in bankruptcy; and S 2133, to authorize bankruptcy courts to take certain actions with respect to mortgage loans in bankruptcy. 3/13/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Courts/Judiciary

Committee Action

On 3/6/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Brian Stacy Miller, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas; James Randal Hall, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia; Stanley Thomas Anderson, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee; and John A. Mendez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California.

On 3/6/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported S 2449, to amend Chapter 111 of Title 28, United States Code, relating to protective orders, sealing of cases, and disclosures of discovery information in civil actions; and S 352, to provide media coverage of federal court proceedings.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination of Catharina Haynes, of Texas, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit. 3/13/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 702, to authorize the attorney general to award grants to state courts to develop and implement state courts interpreter programs. 3/13/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Committee Action

On 3/6/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported S 2304, to amend Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide grants for the improved mental health treatments and services provided to offenders with mental illnesses.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5559 ( Putnam, R-FL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a deduction for qualified long-term care insurance premiums, use of such insurance under cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements, and a credit for individuals with long-term care needs; to Ways and Means. H1417, CR 3/6/08.

International Law

Notices  

On 3/7/08, the U.S. Department of State issued a notice announcing a meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Law on Friday, 3/28/08, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public and will cover a range of current international legal topics, including issues in treaty practice; the U.S. and the International Law Commission; United Nations targeted sanctions; and the proposed executive agreement with Iraq. Members of the public will have an opportunity to participate in the discussion. FR 12498.

Election Law

Hearings

The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing on the Election Assistance Commission, a bipartisan commission created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002. 3/12/08, 3 pm, 1310 La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

National Security

Bills Introduced  

HR 5552 ( Giffords, D-AZ), to require a report on the efforts of the United States government to increase border security; to Homeland Security. H1418, CR 3/6/08.  

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2533, to enact safe, fair and responsible state secrets privilege act. On 2/13/08, ABA President Elect Thomas H. Wells, Jr., submitted a statement for the record urging committee members to ensure that the state secrets privilege is applied in a manner that protects the rights and civil liberties of private parties without compromising legitimate national security interests. 3/13/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Hearings

The Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Agencies in Peril: Are we Doing Enough to Protect Federal IT and Secure Sensitive Information?” 3/13/08, 2:30 am, 342 Dirksen.

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