Washington Summary
Daily Edition
June 19, 2006

CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 90 (June 19, 2006)
Congressional Record, Vol. 69, No. 78 (June 16, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 117 (June 19, 2006)

The House and Senate are in session today.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 2389, to amend Title 28, United States Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of federal courts over certain cases and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance. 6/21/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.



The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, to be Untied States District Judge for the Tenth District. 6/21/06, 4 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Disability Law


The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Crossing the Finish Line: A Better Future for People with Intellectual Disabilities.” 7/2/06, 1 pm, Benton Auditorium, Scheman Bldg, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Election Law


The House Administration Committee will hold hearing titled “You Don’t Need Papers to Vote?” 6/22/06, 10 am, 1310 Longworth.



The Federalism and the Census Subcommittee, House Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Poverty, Public Housing and Community Reinvestment Act: Have Housing and Community Investment Incentives Helped Public Housing Families Achieve the American Dream?” 6/20/06, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.

International Law

Committee Action

The Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Subcommittee, House International Committee, will mark up: H Res 860, a resolution calling on the government of Germany to take immediate action to combat sex trafficking in connection with the 2006 FIFA World Cup; and HR 5382, to promote the development of democratic institutions and full respect for human rights in the countries of Central Asia. 6/22/06, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

National Security

Committee Action

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up: H Res 819, requesting the president and directing the attorney general to submit to the House of Representatives all documents in the possession of the president and the attorney general relating to requests made by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other federal agencies to telephone service providers requesting access to telephone communications records of persons in the United States and communications originating and terminating within the United States without a warrant; H Res 845, requesting the president and directing the secretary of defense and attorney general to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, documents relating to the termination of the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility’s investigation of the involvement of Department of Justice personnel in the creation and administration of the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program, including documents relating to Office of Professional Responsibility’s request for and denial of security clearances. 6/21/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Substance Abuse


The International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee, and Western Hemisphere , Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a joint hearing on international methamphetamine trafficking. 6/21/06, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.

Tort Law


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing titled “Medical Liability: New Ideas for Making the System Work Better for Patients.” Cheryl Niro, an incoming member of the ABA Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability, will testify on behalf of the ABA. 6/22/06, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.