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Daily Edition
March 17, 2008

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, Nos. 43-44 (March 13-14, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 39 (March 17, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 52 (March 17, 2008)

The Senate is not in session today.
The Senate will reconvene for a pro forma session on Tuesday, 3/18/08.
The House is not session today.
The House will reconvene on Monday, 3/31/08.



Bills Introduced

S 2762 ( Kyl¸ R-AZ), to prioritize the provisions of assistance to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to in-need countries; to Foreign Relations. S2132, remarks S2148, CR 3/13/08.


Bills Introduced

S 2756 (Biden, D-DE), to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S2132, remarks and text S2139, CR 3/13/08.

HR 5637 ( Lewis, D-GA), to authorize the Attorney General to award grants to eligible entities to prevent or alleviate community violence by providing education, mentoring and counseling services to children, adolescents, teachers, families, and community leaders on the principles and practices of nonviolence; to Education and Labor. H1701, CR 3/13/08.

HR 5606 ( Schiff, D-CA), to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system; to Judiciary. H1700, CR 3/13/08.

HR 5640 ( Schmidt, R-OH), to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide services for birthparents who have placed a child for adoption; to Education and Labor. H1770, CR 3/14/08.

HR 5645 ( Waters, D-CA), to exclude assistance payments under certain post-foster care guardianship assistance programs from consideration as income for purposes of the United States Housing Act of 1937; to Financial Services. H1770, CR 3/14/08.

HR 5654 ( Rush¸D-IL), to authorize a program to provide grants to youth-serving organizations that carry out child-parent visitation programs for children with incarcerated parents; to Education and Labor. H1771, CR 3/14/08.


Bills Introduced

S 2767 ( Dodd, D-CT), to provide for judicial discretion regarding suspensions of student eligibility under section 484 (r) of the Higher Education Act of 1965; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S2132, remarks and text S2149, CR 3/13/08.

S 2774 ( Leahy, D-VT), to provide for the appointment of additional federal circuit and district judges; to Judiciary. S2133, remarks and text S2153, CR 3/13/08.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

HR 5619 ( Boucher, D-VA), to enhance the ability to combat methamphetamine; to Energy and Commerce, and Judiciary. H1701, CR 3/13/08.

H Res 1053 ( Costa, D-CA), supporting the mission and goals of National Crime Victims' Rights week in order to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States; to Judiciary. H1771, CR 3/14/08.

Emergency Preparedness

Bills Introduced

HR 5650 ( Miller, R-FL), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to limit the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of certain property and to discontinue large in-lieu contributions; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H1771, CR 3/14/08.

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced

S 2769 ( Menendez, R-FL), to authorize appropriate use of information in the Firearms Trace Database; to Judiciary. S2133, CR 3/13/08.

HR 5646 ( Broun, R-GA), to protect the Second Amendment rights of individuals to carry firearms and ammunition in units of the National Park System and the National Wildlife Refuge System and to require that hunting activities be a land use in all management plans for federal land to the extent that such use is not clearly incompatible with the purposes for which the federal land is managed; to Natural Resources. H1771, CR 3/14/08.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

HR 5649 ( Kirk, R-IL), to establish the Home Owners' Loan Corporation to provide emergency home mortgage relief; to Financial Services. H1771, CR 3/14/08.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5640 ( Smith, R-TX), to increase the numerical limitation with respect to H-1B nonimmigrants for fiscal years 2008 and 2009; to Judiciary. H1770, CR 3/14/08.

Indian Law

Bills Introduced

HR 5608 ( Rahall, D-WV), to establish regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of the federal policies that have tribal implications, to strengthen the United States government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes, and to reduce the imposition of unfunded mandates upon Indian tribes; to Natural Resources. H1700, CR 3/13/08.

International Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 5652 ( Pearce, R-NM), to direct the United States Sentencing Commission to make certain changes in the Sentencing Guidelines as they affect certain human trafficking offenses; to Judiciary. H1771, CR 3/14/08.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced  

S 2763 (Schumer, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a higher education opportunity credit in place of existing education tax incentives; to Finance. S2132, CR 3/13/08.

Legal Services Corporation


On 3/17/08, the Legal Services Corporation announced the LSC Board of Directors and its 2008 Ad Hoc Committee will host a meeting on 3/24/08 via conference call. Members of the public are encouraged to participate. FR 14273.

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2764 (Kerry, D-MA), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to enhance protections for servicemembers relating to mortgage foreclosures; to Armed Services. S2132, CR 3/13/08.

HR 5625 ( Cleaver, D-MO), to amend the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 to provide for a temporary increase in the maximum loan guaranty amount for housing loans guaranteed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans Affairs. H1701, CR 3/13/08

HR 5651 ( Mitchell, D-AZ), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to establish a program of educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces who serve in the Armed Forces after 9/11/2007; to Veterans' Affairs, and Education and Labor. H1771, CR 3/14,08.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 5607 ( Nadler, D-NY), to provide safe, fair and responsible procedures and standards for the resolving claims of state secret privilege; to Judiciary. H1700, CR 3/13/08.

Floor Action

On 3/14/08, the House agreed, by a 213-197 vote, to the Senate amendment with an amendment to HR 3773, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence.