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March 29, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 54 (March 28, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 57 (March 29, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 60 (March 29, 2007)

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


Floor Action

On 3/28/07, the Senate confirmed, by voice vote, the nomination of Vanessa Lynne Bryant, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.

Criminal Justice

Committee Action

On 3/28/07, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported HR 1593, the Second Chance Act of 2007.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1727 ( Baldwin, D-WI), to enhance and further research into paralysis and to improve rehabilitation and the quality of life for persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities. H3277, CR 3/28/07.

Elder Law

Floor Action

On 3/28/07, the House agreed by unanimous consent to S 1002, to amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to reinstate certain provisions relating to the nutrition services incentive program, clearing the measure for the president.

Election Law

Committee Action

On 3/28/07, the House Rules and Administration Committee ordered favorably reported S 223, to require Senate candidates to file designations, statements, and reports in electronic form.

The House Administration Committee will mark up HR 811, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent paper ballot under Title III of such act. 3/29/07, 10 am, 1310 Longworth.

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 1281, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain deceptive practices in federal elections. 3/29/07, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 1019 ( Coburn, R-OK), to provide comprehensive reform of the health care system of the United States, to Finance. S4047, CR 3/28/07.

HR 1730 ( Walden, R-OR), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure proportional representation of rural interests on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; to Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce. H3277, CR 3/28/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1735 ( Buchanan, R-FL), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide mandatory imprisonment for certain kidnappings by illegal aliens; to Judiciary. H3278, CR 3/28/07.

HR 1745 ( Ortiz, D-TX), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to waive inadmissibility based on a misrepresentation in the case of an immediate relative or an active duty or reserve member of the Armed Forces and to extend the V non-immigrant visa program for spouses and children of such a member; to Judiciary. H3278, CR 3/28/07.

International Law

Committee Action

On 3/28/07, the House Foreign Relations Committee ordered favorably reported: HR 1003, to amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to reauthorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy; and S Res 76, calling on the United States Government and the international community to promptly develop, fund, and implement a comprehensive regional strategy in Africa to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian operations, contain and reduce violence, and contribute to conditions for sustainable peace in eastern Chad, and Central African Republic, and Darfur, Sudan.

On 3/28/07, the House Foreign Relations Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Zalmay Khalilzad, of Maryland, to be the representative to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador and the Representative to the sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during his tenure of service to the United Nations.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 1739 ( Harman, D-CA), to require the approval of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge or designated United States Magistrate Judge for the issuance of a national security letter, and to require the Attorney General to submit semiannual reports on national security letters; to Judiciary, Intelligence, and Financial Services. H3278, CR 3/28/07.

Tax Law

Committee Action

On 3/28/07, the House Ways and Means Committee ordered reported HR 1677, the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2007.