Washington Summary
Daily Edition
May 6, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, Nos. 71-73 (May 1-5, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, Nos. 63-65 (May 2-6, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, Nos. 85-87 (May 2-6, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Children/Families
Bills Introduced
S 2955 ( Whitehouse, D-RI), to authorize funds to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to carry out its Community Safety Initiative; to Judiciary. S3698, CR 5/1/08.
S 2968 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to provide emergency assistance for families receiving assistance under part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act and low-income working families; to Finance. S3699, CR 5/1/08.
HR 5951 ( Matsui, D-CA), to implement a safe and complete streets program; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H3018, CR 5/1/08.
HR 5968 ( Wittman, R-VA), to require assurances that certain family planning service projects and programs will provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers; to Energy and Commerce. H3049, CR 5/5/08.
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up the following pending legislation: S 1738, to establish a special counsel for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, to improve the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to increase resources for regional computer forensic labs and to make other improvements to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute predators; and S 2756, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system. 5/8/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1515, to establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network to represent domestic violence victims. On 6/25/07, ABA Governmental Affairs Acting Director Denise A. Cardman sent a letter in support of the legislation.
The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the use of psychotropic drugs for children in the foster care system. 5/8/08, 11 am, B-318 Rayburn.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Continuing the Legacy: A Way Forward for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.” 5/7/08, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.  
Floor Action  
On 5/1/08, the House passed by 414 to 1, HR 493, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment.
Courts/Judiciary
Committee Action  
On 5/1/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of G. Steven Agee, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; William T. Lawrence, to be U.S. District Judge for Southern District of Indiana; and G. Murray Snow, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine the following judicial nominations: Helene N. White, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 6 th Circuit in Michigan; Raymond M. Kethledge, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 6 th Circuit in Michigan; and Stephen Joseph Murphy III, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. 5/7/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2774, to provide for the appointment of additional federal circuit and district judges. 5/8/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Criminal Law
Hearings
On 5/6/08, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing titled “Federal Prison Industries— Examining the Effects of Section 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008.”
Elder Law
Hearings  
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “In the Hands of Strangers: Are Nursing Home Safeguards Working?” 5/15/08, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.  
Bills Introduced
H Con Res ( Butterfield, D-NC), expressing the sense of Congress regarding the necessity to improve public awareness in the U.S. among older individuals and their families and caregivers about the impending Digital Television Transition though the establishment of a federal interagency taskforce between the Federal Communications Commission, the Administration on Aging, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. H3019, CR 5/1/08.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
S 2659 ( Feingold, D-WI), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to provide for election day registration; to House Administration. S3698, CR 5/1/08.
HR 5946 ( Ellison, D-MN), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to provide for election day registration; to House Administration. H3018, CR 5/1/08.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 5955 ( Walberg, R-MI), to provide for comprehensive health reform; to Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor, Judiciary, and Ways and Means. H3018, CR 5/1/08.
HR 5961 ( Gingrey, R-GA), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to place a general eligibility ceiling of 250 percent of the poverty level on gross income for eligibility for benefits under Medicaid and SCHIP; to Energy and Commerce. H3049, CR 5/5/08.  
Hearings
On 5/6/08, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled “Seizing the New Opportunity for Health Reform.”
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Stem Cell Science: The Foundation for Future Cures.” 6/8/08, 10 am, 2322 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up HR 1343, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide additional authorizations of appropriations for the health centers program under section 330 of such Act. 6/7/08, 11 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Housing and Homelessness
Hearings
On 5/6/08, the Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Policing Lenders and Protecting Homeowners: Is Misconduct in Bankruptcy Fueling the Foreclosure Crisis?”
Bills Introduced
S 3975 ( Reid, D-NV), to provide additional funds for affordable housing for low-income seniors, disabled persons, and others who lost their homes as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; to Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. S3743, remarks S3745, CR 5/2/08.
HR 5937 ( Towns, D-NY), to facilitate the preservations of certain affordable housing dwelling units; to Financial Services. H3017, CR 5/1/08.
Committee Action
On 5/1/08, the House Financial Services Committee ordered reported HR 5830, the FHA Housing Stabilization and Homeownership Retention Act of 2008.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5948 ( Lampson, D-TX), to amend section 274 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for unlawfully bringing in and harboring aliens with prior felony convictions under federal law; to Judiciary. H3018, CR 5/1/08.
HR 5950 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish procedures for timely and effective delivery of medical and mental health care to all immigration detainees in custody; to Judiciary. H3018, CR 5/1/08.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2840, to establish a liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite naturalization applications filed by members of the armed forces and to establish a deadline for processing such applications. 5/8/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Indian Law
Hearings
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the access to contract health services in Indian country. 5/15/08, 9:30 am, 562 Dirksen.
Intellectual Property
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2913, to provide a limitation on judicial remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works. 5/8/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
International Law  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1169 ( Lewis, D-GA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the U.S. should become and international human rights leader by ratifying and implementing certain core international conventions; to Foreign Affairs and Judiciary. H3018, CR 5/1/08.
Hearings
On 5/6/08 the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, held a hearing titled “Higher Education in Africa: Making the Link Between Intellectual Capital and Regional Development.”
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Foreign Policy in Pakistan: Implications for Regional Security, Stability and Development.” 6/7/08, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Assistance to the Middle East: Old Tools for New Tasks?” 6/8/08, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “ Central America and the Merida Initiative.” 6/8/08, 10 am, 2226 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 5/5/08, the House passed Res 317, to condemn the Burmese regime’s undemocratic constitution and scheduled referendum.
Legal Education
Floor Action  
5/1/08, the House passed HR 5715, to ensure continued availability of access to the federal student loan program for students and families.
On 5/5/08, the House passed S 2929, to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
S 2961 ( Akaka, D-HI), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to enhance the refinancing of home loans by veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. S3699, CR 5/1/08.
HR 5939 ( Carson, D-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to extend the time limitation for the use of entitlement to educational assistance under the Montgomery GI Bill for certain persons actively pursuing a qualifying educational degree or certificate; to Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services. H3017 CR, 5/1/08.
HR 5944 ( Putnam, R-FL), to amend Titles 10 and 38, United States Code, to improve educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces and veterans in order to enhance recruitment and retention for the Armed Forces; to Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services. H3017 CR, 5/1/08.
HR 5947 ( King, R-NY), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to establish a returning soldiers’ bill of rights; to Veterans’ Affairs. H3017 CR, 5/1/08.
Substance Abuse
Floor Action  
On 5/1/08, the Senate passed S Res 534, designating the month of May 2008 as “National Drug Court Month.”
National Security  
Bills Introduced  
S 2956 ( Levin, D-MI), to ensure that persons who form corporations in the U.S. disclose the beneficial owners of those corporations, in order to prevent wrongdoers from exploiting the U.S. corporations for criminal gain, to assist law enforcement in detecting, preventing and punishing terrorism, money laundering and other misconduct involving U.S. corporations; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S3699, CR 5/1/08.  
Hearings
On 5/6/08, the International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, held a hearing titled “City on the Hill or Prison on the Bay? The Mistakes of Guantanamo and the Decline of America’s Image.”
On 5/6/08, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing titled “The Resilient Homeland— Broadening the Homeland Security Strategy.”
On 5/6/08, the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing titled “From the Department of Justice to Guantanamo Bay: Administration Lawyers and Administration Interrogation.”
The Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Advancing Public Alerts and Warnings System to Build a More Resilient Nation.” 5/14/08, Time TBA, 311 Cannon.
The Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Resilient Homeland: How the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Should Empower America to Prepare for, Prevent, and Withstand Terrorist Attacks.” 6/15/08, Time TBA, 311 cannon.
The Emerging Threats, Cyber security and Science, and Technology Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Implications of Cyber Vulnerabilities on the Resiliency and Security of the Electric Grid.” 5/21/08, Time TBA, 311 Cannon.

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