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Daily Edition
November 10, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 126 (November 9, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 145 (November 9, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 201 (November 10, 2006)

The Senate is not session today.
The House is not session today.
Both the House and Senate will reconvene on 11/13/06.



The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on pending judicial nominations. 11/14/06, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. 11/16/06, 9:30am, 342 Dirksen.

The House Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled "Administrative Law, Process and Procedure Project for the 21st Century." 11/14/06, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

Elder Law

Presidential Action

On 10/17/06, the president signed HR 6197 (P.L. 109-365), to Amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

Emergency Preparedness

Presidential Action

On 10/06/06, the president signed HR 3858 (P.L. 109-308), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency.

Environmental Law

Presidential Action

On 10/03/06, the president signed S 260 (P.L. 109-294), to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners to restore, enhance, and manage private land to improve fish and wildlife habitats through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

On 10/11/06, the president signed S 2430 (P.L. 109-326), to amend the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990 to provide for implementation of recommendations of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service contained in the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study.

Indian Law


The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will hold joint hearings to examine Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments, focusing on improving Indian health care for the 21st century. 11/14/06, 3 pm, Dirksen 430

Intellectual Property

Presidential Action

On 10/06/06, the president signed HR 1036 (P.L.-109-303), to amend Title 17, United States Code, to make technical corrections relating to Copyright Royalty Judges.

On 10/06/06, the president signed HR 683 (P.L. 109-312), to amend the Trademark Act of 1946 with respect to dilution by blurring or tarnishment.

On 10/16/06, the president signed HR 5831 (P.L. 109-360), to authorize the Director of the United States Patent Office to extend a reissue patent for up to two years if the application for reissue is not processed within 10 years.

International Law


The Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Subcommittee, House International Relations Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on the Hague Convention on International Adoptions: Status and Framework for Implementation. 11/14/06, 10 am 2172 Rayburn.

Presidential Action

On 10/13/06, the president signed HR 3127 (P.L. 109-344), to impose sanctions against individuals responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, to support measures for the protection of civilians and humanitarian operations, and to support peace efforts in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Legal Education

Presidential Action

On 9/30/06, the president signed HR 6138 (P.L. 109-292), to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Military Law

Presidential Action

On 9/29/06, the president signed S 418 (P.L. 109-291), to protect the members of the Armed Force from unscrupulous practices regarding sales of insurance, financial, and investment products.

On 10/17/06, the president signed HR 5122 (P.L. 109-364), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2007 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.

National Security


The House Management, Integration, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing entitled “The Secure border Initiative: Ensuring Effective Implementation and Financial Accountability of SBInet.” 11/15/06, 3 pm, 311 Cannon.

Presidential Action

On 10/13/06, the president signed HR 4954 (P.L. 109-347), to improve maritime and cargo security through enhanced layered defenses.

On 10/17/06, the president signed S 3930 (P.L. 109-366), to authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war.

On 10/26/06, the president signed HR 6061 (P.L. 109-367), to establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States.