Washington Summary
Daily Edition
May 7, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 74 (May 6, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 66 (May 7, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 88 (May 7, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Bills Introduced  
S 2980 ( Casey, D-PA), to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to improve access to high quality early learning and child care for low-income children and working families; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3790, CR 6/6/08.
S 2982 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to authorize appropriations; to Judiciary. S3790, CR 6/6/08.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 5981 ( Weiner, D-NY), to reauthorize certain DNA-related grant programs under the Justice For All Act of 2004; to Judiciary. H3108, CR 6/6/08.
Election Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 5971 ( Heller, R-NV ), to require that ballots used in federal elections be generally printed only in English and to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to modify the requirement that certain jurisdictions provide ballots and other voting materials in languages other than English; to House Administration, and Judiciary. H3108, CR 6/6/08.
On 6/6/08 the Senate received the following nominations for the Federal Election Committee: Cynthia L. Bauerly of Minnesota; Caroline C. Hunter of Florida; and Donald F. McGahn of the District of Columbia.
On 6/6/08 the Senate received notification that the following nominations were withdrawn from consideration for the Federal Election Committee: David M. Mason of Virginia; and Robert D. Lenhard from Maryland.  
Committee Action  
The House Administration Committee will mark up HR 5803, to direct the Election Assistance Commission to establish a program to make grants to participating states and units of local government which will administer the regularly scheduled general election for federal office held in November 2008 for carrying out a program to make backup paper ballots available in the case of the failure of a voting system or voting equipment in the election or some other emergency situation. 6/7/08, 11 am, 1310 Longworth.
Immigration Law
Floor Action
On 5/6/08, the House passed HR 1512, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for compensation to states incarcerating undocumented aliens charged with a felony or two or more misdemeanors.
Indian Law
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Successes and Shortfall of Title IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act: Twenty Years of Self-Governance.” 6/13/08, 2:30 pm, 562 Dirksen.
Intellectual Property
Committee Action
The Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR 5889, to provide a limitation on judicial remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works. 6/7/08, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 5/6/08, the House passed HR 4279, to enhance remedies for violations of intellectual property laws.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 2977 ( Specter, R-PA), to create a federal cause of action to determine whether defamation exists under U.S. law in cases in which defamation actions have been brought in foreign courts against U.S. persons on the basis of publications or speech in the United States; to Judiciary. S3790, CR 6/6/08.
HR 5970 ( Smith, R-NJ), to amend the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004 to reauthorize that Act; to Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Financial Services. H3108, CR 6/6/08.
Floor Action  
On 5/6/08, the House passed H Con Res 317, to condemn the Burmese regime’s undemocratic constitution and scheduled referendum.
Law Library of Congress
On 6/7/08, the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, held a hearing regarding fiscal year 2009 Legislative Branch Appropriations. The Honorable Bill Orton testified on behalf of the ABA in support of funding and special issues confronting the Law Library of Congress.
Legal Education
Floor Action
On 5/6/08, the House passed, by a 408-0 vote, S 2929, to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
S 2981 ( Casey, D-PA), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide a one-year period of protection against mortgage foreclosures for certain disabled or severely injured servicemembers; to Veterans' Affairs. S3790, CR 6/6/08.
National Security
Committee Action  
The Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will mark up: HR 4749, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office for Bombing Prevention to address terrorist explosive threats; HR 5909, to amend the Aviation and Transportation Security Act to prohibit advance notice to certain individuals, including security screeners, of covert testing of security screening procedures for the purpose of enhancing transportation security at airports; and H Res 1150, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Transportation Security Administration should, in accordance with the congressional mandate provided for in the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, enhance security against terrorist attacks and other security threats to the nation’s rail and mass transit lines. 6/7/08, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Public Contract
Bills Introduced  
HR 5973 ( Price, D-NC), to enhance transparency and accountability within the intelligence community for activities performed under federal contracts; to Intelligence (Permanent Select), Armed Services, and Judiciary. H3108, CR 6/6/08.