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March 12, 2008  

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 41 (March 11, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 36 (March 12, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 49 (March 12, 2008)


The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.

HIV/AIDS

Floor Action  

On 3/11/08, the Senate passed S Res 479, designating March 20 2008 as the “Second Annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Criminal Justice

Floor Action  

On 3/11/08, the Senate passed HR 1593, to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and to improve reentry planning and implementation, clearing the measure for the president. On 11/9/07, ABA Governmental Affairs Acting Director Denise A. Cardman sent a letter in support of the legislation.

Courts/Judiciary

Nominations

On 3/11/08, the Senate received the following nominations: Kiyo A. Matsumoto, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York; and Cathy Seibel, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Committee Action

The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearing on fiscal 2009 appropriations for the federal judiciary. 3/12/08, 4 pm, 138 Dirksen.

The Financial Service and General Government Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearing on fiscal 2009 appropriations for the Supreme Court. 3/13/08, 10 am, 2220 Rayburn.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

S 2741 ( Dodd, D-CT), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for disability savings accounts; to Finance. S1876, remarks and text S1878, CR 3/11/08.

S 2743 ( Casey, D-PA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the establishment of financial security accounts for the care of family members with disabilities; to Finance. S1876, CR 3/11/08.

Emergency Preparedness

Committee Action

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up HR 3247, to improve the provision of disaster assistance for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 4/9/08, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5581 ( Campbell, D-CA), to require the Secretary of the Interior to notify units of local government when a Native American group files a petition to become a federally recognized Indian tribe and before the decision on the petition is made; to Natural Resources. H1538, CR 3/11/08.

Immigration Law

Committee Action  

The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up the following pending legislation: HR 5571, to extend for five years the program relating to waiver of the foreign country residence requirement with respect to international medical graduates; HR 5569, to extend for five years the EB-5 regional center pilot program; HR 5570, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the sunset in the special immigrant nonminister religious worker visa program; and HR 5060, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow athletes admitted as nonimmigrants described in Section 101 (a)(15)(P) of such act to renew their period of authorized admission in five-year increments.

Military Law

  Floor Action  

On 3/11/08, the Senate passed S 2516, to assist members of the Armed Forces in obtaining United States citizenship.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 5577 ( Thompson, D-MA), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to extend, modify, and recodify the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security to enhance security and protect against acts of terrorism against chemical facilities, and for other purposes; to Homeland Security and Energy and Commerce. H1538, CR 3/11/08.

HR 5592 ( Reyes, D-TX), to establish grant programs to improve the health of border area residents and for bioterrorism preparedness in the border area, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce, and Foreign Affairs. H1538, CR 3/11/08.

Floor Action

On 3/11/08, the House voted to sustain, by a 225-188 vote, the president’s veto of HR 2082, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.

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