Washington Summary
Daily Edition
May 14, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 78 (May 13, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 71 (May 14, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 94 (May 14, 2008)
  The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Bankruptcy
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 4044, to amend the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 to exempt from the means test in bankruptcy cases, for a limited period, qualifying reserve-component members who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 60 days. 5/14/08, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Children/Families
Committee Action
On 5/13/08, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, House Judiciary Committee, ordered favorably reported HR 5464, to direct the attorney general to make an annual grant to the A Child is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to assist law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children.
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 5464, A Child is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act. 5/14/08, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 5/13/08, the House passed H Res 789, to honor public child welfare agencies, nonprofit organizations and private entities providing services for foster children.
Courts/Judiciary
Notices
On 5/13/08, the Department of Education posted notice of its final regulations regarding the production of information pursuant to demands in judicial or administrative proceedings. The changes are intended to promote consistency in the Department's assertion of privileges and objections, and thereby prevent harm that may result from inappropriate disclosure of confidential information or inappropriate allocation of agency resources. These changes apply only where employees are subpoenaed in litigation to which the agency is not a party. The regulations will go into effect 6/13/08. FR 27747.
Criminal Justice
Bills Introduced
S 3014 ( Grassley, R-IA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to strengthen penalties for child pornography offenses, child sex trafficking offenses, and other sexual offenses committed against children; to Judiciary. S4106, CR 5/13/08.
Committee Action
On 5/13/08, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, House Judiciary Committee, ordered favorably reported HR 5057, the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008.
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 5057, to reauthorize the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant program; and HR 3480, to direct the United States Sentencing Commission to assure appropriate enhancements of those involved in receiving stolen property where that property consists of grave markers of veterans. 5/14/08, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Elder Law
Committee Action
On 5/13/08, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, House Judiciary Committee, ordered favorably reported HR 1783, the Elder Justice Act; and HR 5352, the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2008.
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up the following pending legislation: HR 1783, to amend the Social Security Act to enhance the Social Security of the nation by ensuring adequate public-private infrastructure and to resolve to prevent, detect, treat, intervene in and prosecute elder abuse, neglect and exploitation; and HR 5352, to protect seniors in the United States from elder abuse by establishing specialized activities to aid victims of elder abuse, to provide training to prosecutors and other law enforcement related to elder abuse prevention and protection. 5/14/08, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Election Law
Notices
On 5/14/08, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued a notice to its employees, former employees and applicants for federal employment about the rights and remedies available to them under the applicable federal antidiscrimination laws and whistleblower protection laws fulfilling its obligations under the Notification and Federal Employees Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002. FR 27825.
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Protecting the Constitutional Right to Vote for all Americans.” 5/20/08, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced
HR 6038 ( Graves, R-MO), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to direct the President to modernize the integrated public alert and warning system of the United States; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H3776, CR 5/13/08.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6033 ( Valezquez, D-NY) to promote training and employment for public housing residents in home-based health services so such residents can provide Medicaid-covered home-based health services to elderly and disabled persons receiving public housing assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce. H3776, CR 5/13/08.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 6034 ( McGovern, D-MA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for relief to surviving spouses and children; to Judiciary. H3776, CR 5/13/08.
HR 6039 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain aliens who have earned a master's or higher degree from a United States institution of higher education in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be admitted for permanent residence; to Judiciary. H3776, CR 5/13/08.
Hearings  
The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the immigration needs of America’s fighting men and women. 5/20/08, 2:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Insurance Law
Floor Action
On 5/13/08, the Senate passed, by a 92-6 vote, HR 3121, to restore the financial solvency of the national flood insurance program and to provide for such program to make available multiperil coverage for damage resulting from windstorms and floods.
Intellectual Property
Committee Action
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up Treaty Doc 109-12, Patent Law Treaty and Regulations Under the Patent Law Treaty done at Geneva on 6/1/00 between the governments of 53 countries, including the United States. 5/15/08, 2 pm, 419 Dirksen.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6028 ( Berman, D-CA), to authorize law enforcement and security assistance, and assistance to enhance the rule of law and strengthen civilian institutions for Mexico and the countries of Central America; to Foreign Affairs and Judiciary. H3776, CR 5/13/08.  
Hearings  
The East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing on the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Pakistan, focusing on the challenge of securing one of the world’s most dangerous areas. 6/20/08, 2:45 pm, 419 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 5/13/08, the House passed HR 5913, to reform the administration of the Arms Export Control Act.
On 5/13/08, the House passed HR 5834, to amend the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 to promote respect for the fundamental human rights of the people of North Korea.
Legal Services  
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Closing the Justice Gap: Providing Civil Legal Assistance to Low-Income Americans.” 5/22/08, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 6027 ( Shadegg, R-AZ), to provide highest preference in the use of foreclosed housing acquired using federal loan or grant funds made available under the Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2008 for providing housing for disabled veterans and to prohibit the purchase or lease of such housing by any individual convicted under federal or state law of a drug-dealing offense, a sex offense, or mortgage fraud; to Financial Services. H3776, CR 5/13/08.
National Security
Hearings  
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Rising Oil Prices, Declining National Security?” 5/22/08, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Tax Law
Hearings
The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up draft legislation HR ---, Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008. 5/15/08, 10:30 am, 1100 Longworth.

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