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July 17, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 70, No. 91 (July 14, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 105 (July 17, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 136 (July 17, 2006)

The Senate and House are in session today

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action

The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 2389, to amend Title 28, United State Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of federal courts over certain cases and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance. 7/18/06, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.



The House Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 682, to amend chapter 6 of Title 5, United States Code, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules. 7/20/06, 11:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2703, to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and vote on pending judicial and executive nominations. 7/19/06, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen, and 7/20/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Federal Government


The House Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on; HR 5766, to provide for the establishment of Federal Review Commissions to review and make recommendations on improving the operations, effectiveness, and efficiency of federal programs and agencies, and to require a schedule for such reviews of all federal agencies and programs; and HR 3282, to provide for the periodic review of the efficiency and public need for federal agencies, to establish a commission for the purpose of reviewing the efficiency and public need of such agencies, and to provide for the abolishment of agencies for which a public need does not exist. 7/19/06, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.

National Security


The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the outlook after the Supreme Court case of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. 7/19/06, time and location TBA. On 7/11/06, ABA President Michael S. Greco sent a letter regarding this legislation.

The Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee, House Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Expanding the Border Fence.” 7/20/06, 2 pm, 2247 Rayburn.

The Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing on the relationship between the Department of Homeland Security and its Homeland Security Information Security Sharing Network, focusing on information sharing with state, local, tribal and private sector partners. 7/21/06, 10 am, 311 Cannon.