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Daily Edition
September 13, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 72, No. 176 (September 12, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 143 (September 13, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 176 (September 13, 2007)

The Senate is not in session today.
The Senate will reconvene on 9/14/07.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on 9/14/07.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law


On 9/13/07, the United States Commission on Civil Rights announced a meeting to be held at 9:30 am on 9/21/07 regarding the Sunshine Act and will include a briefing on minorities in foster care and adoption. FR 52344.


Bills Introduced  

S 2041 ( Grassley, R-IA), to amend the False Claims Act; to Judiciary. S11504, CR 9/12/07.

Criminal Justice

Bills Introduced  

S 2046 ( Kerry, D-MA), to establish a pilot program for police departments to use anonymous texts from citizens to augment their anonymous tip hotlines; to Judiciary. S11504, CR 9/12/07.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

S 2050 ( Brown, D-OH), to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five-month waiting period in the disability insurance program; to Finance. S11505, CR 9/12/07.

Elder Law


The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on the 2/17/09 deadline for the transition to digital television transmission and how it will affect the elderly. 9/19/07, 10:30 am, 106 Dirksen.

Election Law


The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing on S 1905, to provide for a rotating schedule for regional selection of delegates to a national presidential nominating convention. 9/19/07, 9:30 am, 301 Russell.

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

S 2049 ( Kennedy, D-MA), to prohibit the implementation of policies to prohibit states from providing quality health coverage to children in need under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); to Finance. S11504, CR 9/12/07.  

Committee Action  

On 9/12/07 the Senate Finance Committee ordered favorably reported S 1200, the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 2007.

Housing and Homelessness

Floor Action  

On 9/12/07, the House passed HR 3074, making appropriations available for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/08, clearing the measure for the president.

International Law


The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing on U.S.-Brazil relations. 9/19/07, 2:30 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

The Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia: Oil, Anxiety and Ambivalence.” 9/18/07, 1:30 pm, 2172 Rayburn.  

Floor Action  

On 9/12/07 the Senate received the following nominations to represent the United States at the Sixty-Second Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations: Ted Poe, of Texas, to be a Representative; George E. Pataki, of New York, to be a Representative; William Delahunt, of Massachusetts, to be a Representative; Kelly G. Knight, of Kentucky, to be an Alternate Representative; and Rodger D. Young, of Michigan, to be an Alternate Representative.

National Security


The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 9/25/07, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The House Select Intelligence Committee will hold open hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 9/18/07, 10 am, 2157 Rayburn; and 9/20/07, 9 am, location TBA.

The House Select Intelligence Committee will hold a briefing to follow up on past amerithrax attacks, focusing on current efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to guard against biological threats. 9/18/07, 2 pm, H-405 Capitol.