Washington Summary
Daily Edition
May 21, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 83 (May 20, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 76 (May 21, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 99 (May 21, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Business Law
Notices
On 5/21/08, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule, effective 7/7/08, detailing definitions and implementation under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which imposed new requirements on the use of commercial e-mail messages and included provisions to combat commercial e-mail that is unwanted by the recipient and/or is deceptive. FR 29654.
Children/Families
Bills Introduced  
S 3038 ( Grassley, R-IA), to amend Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act to extend the adoption incentives program, to authorize states to establish a relative guardianship program, and to promote the adoption of children with special needs; to Finance. S4487, CR 5/20/08.
HR 6088 ( Conyers, D-MI), to establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network to represent domestic violence victims; to Judiciary. H4320, remarks E976, CR 5/20/08.
HR 6099 ( Sires, D-NJ), to provide for extension of existing and expiring agreements under the Moving-to-Work program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Financial Services. H4321, CR 5/20/08.
Floor Action
On 5/20/08, the Senate passed HR 2517, to amend the Missing Children’s Assistance Act to authorize appropriations, clearing the measure for the president.
On 5/20/08, the Senate passed S 431, to require convicted sex offenders to register online identifiers.
On 5/20/08, the House passed H Res 1185, to express the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should recognize the important contributions of Americans who serve as foster parents and, in doing so, unselfishly open their homes and family lives to children in need.
Courts/Judiciary
Floor Action
On 5/20/08, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 96 yeas, the nomination of G. Steven Agee, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
Criminal Justice
Bills Introduced
H Res 1211 ( Scott, D-VA), expressing the sense of the House that the Guidelines on General Crimes, Racketeering Enterprise and Terrorism Enterprise Investigation as modified on 5/30/02 (“Ashcroft Guidelines”) should be rescinded and replaced by the former Guidelines (“Levi Guidelines”) to protect Americans from domestic Federal Bureau of Investigation spying in the absence of suspected criminal activity; to the Judiciary. H4321, CR 5/20/08.
Emergency Preparedness
Committee Action
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will mark up HR ---, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to reauthorize the pre-disaster hazard mitigation program. 5/22/08, 10:30 am, 2167 Rayburn.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
S 3040 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the exposure of children, workers, and consumers to toxic chemical substances; to Environment and Public Works. S4487, CR 5/20/08.
HR 6100 ( Solis, D-CA), to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the exposure of children, workers, and consumers to toxic chemical substances; to Energy and Commerce. H4321, CR 5/20/08.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 6090 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and to re-allocate those visas to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States; to Judiciary. H4321, CR 5/20/08.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6095 ( Lampson, D-TX), to implement certain measures to increase the effectiveness of international child abduction remedies; to Judiciary. H4321, CR 5/20/08.
HR 6096 ( Lampson, D-TX), to require the Secretary of State to submit to Congress annual reports on the progress made by the United States in negotiating international agreements relating to international child abduction with countries that are not contracting parties to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; to Foreign Affairs, and Judiciary. H4321, CR 5/20/08.
Legal Education
Floor Action  
On 5/20/08, the Senate passed S 3035, to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965 through 6/30/08.
On 5/20/08, the House passed S 3035, to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965 through 6/30/08, clearing the measure for the president.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 6093 ( Hinchey, D-NY), to amend Chapter 171 of Title 28, United States Code, to allow members of the Armed Forces to sue the United States for damages for certain injuries caused by improper medical care and for other purposes; to Judiciary. H4321, CR 5/20/08.
Floor Action  
On 5/20/08, the House passed HR 6048, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation.
National Security
Bills Introduced  
S 3041 ( Feingold, D-WI), to establish the Foreign Intelligence and Information Commission to assess needs and provide recommendations to improve foreign intelligence and information collection, analysis, and reporting and for other purposes; to the Select Committee on Intelligence. S4486, remarks S4489, CR 5/20/08.

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