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Daily Edition
October 24, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 161 (October 23, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 171 (October 24, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 205 (October 24, 2007)

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


Bills Introduced

HR 3931 ( Baker, R-LA), to protect investors by fostering transparency and accountability of attorneys in private securities litigation; to Financial Services and Judiciary. H11933, CR 10/23/07.

Floor Action

On 10/23/07, the Senate began consideration of the nomination of Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit. A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and a vote on cloture will occur at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, 10/24/07.

Health Law

Floor Action

On 10/23/07, the Senate passed, by a 75-19 vote, HR 3043, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for the fiscal year ending 9/30/08.

Immigration Law

Floor Action

On 10/24/07, the Senate will resume consideration S 2205, the DREAM Act, to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term U.S. residents and who entered the United States as children.

International Law


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Exploring the U.S. Role in Consolidating Peace and Democracy in the African Great Lakes Region.” 10/24/07, 9:30 am, 419 Dirksen.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Russia on the eve of national elections. 10/30/07, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Committee Action

On 10/23/07, the House Foreign Affairs Committee ordered reported the following bills: HR 3887,the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007; HR 3890, the Block Burmese JADE Act of 2007; H Res 573, recognizing and commending the efforts of the U.S. public and advocacy groups to raise awareness about and help end the worsening humanitarian crisis and genocide in Darfur, Sudan; H Res 726, calling on the president of the United States and the international community to take immediate steps to respond to and prevent the acts of rape and sexual violence against women and girls in Darfur, Sudan, eastern Chad and the Central African Republic; and H Res 740, condemning in the strongest terms the attacks on African Union peacekeepers that occurred in Haskanita, Darfur, Sudan, on 9/ 29/07.

On 10/23/07, the House Natural Resources Committee ordered reported HR 900, Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007.

Law Library of Congress


The House Administration Committee will hold a hearing titled “Library of Congress: Current Issues in Library Management.” Tedson J. Meyers, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, will testify on behalf of the association. 10/11/07, 11 am, 1310 Longworth.

Military Law


The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the effectiveness of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. 10/31/07, 9:30 am, 562 Dirksen.

National Security


The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the role of local law enforcement in countering violent Islamist extremism. 10/30/07, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

The House and Senate conferees will meet to consider legislation that would authorize intelligence programs. 11/1/07, 10 am, S-407 Capitol.

On 10/23/07, the House passed, by a 404-6 vote, HR 1955, to prevent homegrown terrorism.