Washington Summary
Daily Edition
May 20, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 82 (May 19, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 75 (May 20, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 98 (May 20, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Bills Introduced
H Res 1208 ( Lewis, D-GA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that youth who age out of foster care should be given special care and attention; to Ways and Means. H4150, CR 5/19/08.
Bills Introduced
S 3033 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to protect investors by fostering transparency and accountability of attorneys in private securities litigation; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S4375, CR 5/19/08.
Floor Action
On 5/19/08, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent-time agreement providing that at noon on Tuesday, 5/20/08, the Senate will begin consideration of several nominations, including the nomination of G. Steven Agee, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 6083 ( Spratt, D-SC), to authorize funding for the National Advocacy Center; to Judiciary. H4150, CR 5/19/08.
Elder Law
On 5/19/08, the Social Security Administration issued a notice revising the regulations for the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. The program provides Social Security Disability Insurance and disabled Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries expanded options for access to employment service, vocational rehabilitation services and other support services. The SSA is revising its prior rules to improve the overall effectiveness of the program to maximize the economic self sufficiency of beneficiaries through work opportunities. FR 29324.
Election Law
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will vote on the following pending nominations: Cynthia L. Bauerly, Caroline C. Hunter, and Donald F. McGahan to be members of the Federal Election Commission. 5/21/08, 2:45 pm, 301 Russell.
Legal Services Corporation
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Closing the Justice Gap: Providing Civil Legal Assistance to Low-Income Americans.” Lora J. Livingston, a judge of the 261 st Civil District Court in Texas and a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, will testify on the association’s behalf. 5/22/08, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.