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Daily Edition
May 11, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 75 (May 10, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 85 (May 11, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 90 (May 11, 2007)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene Monday, 5/14/07.


Committee Action

On 5/10/07, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; Janet T. Neff, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan, and Liam O'Grady, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced

S 1354 ( Mikulski, D-MD), to amend the definition of a law enforcement officer under Subchapter III of Chapter 83 and Chapter 84 of Title 5, United States Code, respectively, to ensure the inclusion of certain positions; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S5928, CR 5/11/07

Elder Law


The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Are the Explosive Costs of Elder Care Hurting Family Finances and Building Competition?” 5/16/07, 9:30 am, 216 Hart.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 1364 ( Durbin, D- IL), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to extend the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and streamline enrollment under SCHIP and Medicaid; to Finance. S5928, remarks and text S 5928, CR 5/10/07.

Indian Law

Committee Action

On 5/10/07, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee ordered favorably reported: S 1200, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend the act; S 310, to express the policy of the United States Regarding the United States Relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity; HR 835, to reauthorize the programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing assistance for Native Hawaiians; and S J Res 4, to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

S 1350 ( Gregg, R-NH), to amend Title II of the Immigration and Nationality Act to reform the diversity visa program and create a program that awards visas to aliens with an advanced degree; to Judiciary. S5928, CR 5/10/07.

S 1351 ( Gregg, R-NH), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy and to protect against potential visa fraud and abuse; to Judiciary. S5928, CR 5/10/07.

International Law


The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Russia: Rebuilding the Iron Curtain.” 5/17/07, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

The International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Declining Approval for American Foreign Policy in Muslim Countries: Does it Make it More Difficult to Fight al Qaeda?” 5/17/07, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

S 1360 ( Dole, R-NC), to provide for higher education affordability, access, and opportunity; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5928, CR 5/10/07.

National Security

Floor Action

On 5/10/07, the House passed, by a 225-197 vote, HR 2082, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced

S 1367 ( Harkin, D-IA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide methamphetamine prevention and treatment services; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5929, remarks S5948, CR 5/10/07.