Back to Washington Summary Index

Washington Summary
Daily Edition
February 28, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 33 (February 27, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 36 (February 28, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 39 (February 28, 2007)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.



The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The McCarran-Ferguson Act and Antitrust Immunity: Good for Consumers?” 3/7/07, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Oversight of Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws.” 3/7/07, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Presidential Action

On 2/26/07, the president signed HR 742 (P.L. 110-6), to amend the Antitrust Modernization Commission Act of 2002 to extend the term of the Antitrust Modernization Commission and to make a technical correction.



The Income, Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on recent changes in programs assisting low-income families. 3/6/07, 11 am, B-318 Rayburn.

Floor Action

On 2/27/07, the House passed HR 1066, to increase community development investments by depository institutions.

Election Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1202 ( English, R-PA), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit an authorized committee of a winning candidate for election for federal office which received a personal loan from the candidate from making any repayment on the loan after the date on which the candidate begins serving in such office; to House Administration. H1966, CR 2/27/07.

HR 1203 ( English, R-PA), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit the use of any contribution made to a candidate for election for federal office, or any donation made to an individual as support for the individual's activities as the holder of a federal office, for the payment of a salary to the candidate or individual or to any member of the immediate family of the candidate or individual; to House Administration. H1966, CR 2/27/07.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1200 ( McDermott, D-WA), to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system; to Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, and Armed Services. H1966, CR 2/27/07

Intellectual Property


The Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2008 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 3/1/07, 10 am, 192 Dirksen.

International Law

Bills Introduced

H Con Res 75 ( Johnson, R-TX), expressing the sense of Congress that the global use of child soldiers is unacceptable and that the international community should find remedies end this practice; to Foreign Affairs. H1966, CR 2/27/07.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 1196 ( Reyes, D-TX), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2007 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System; to Intelligence (Permanent Select). H1966, CR 2/27/07.

Legal Education

Floor Action

On 2/27/07, the House passed HR 990, to provide all low-income students with the same opportunity to receive Pell Grants by eliminating the tuition sensitivity provision in the Pell Grant program.

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced

HR 1199 ( Cardoza, D-CA), to extend the grant program for drug-endangered children; to Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce. H1966, CR 2/27/07.