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Daily Edition
September 17, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 72, No. 176 (September 14, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 146 (September 17, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 179 (September 17, 2007)

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

Attorney-Client Privilege


The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Examining Approaches to Corporate Fraud Prosecutions and the Attorney Client Privilege Under the McNulty Memorandum.” On 6/4/07, former ABA President Karen J. Mathis sent a letter to the committee urging enactment of the Attorney-Client Privilege Act of 2007. 9/18/07, 10:30 am, 226 Dirksen.



The Highways and Transit Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing on the Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The SRTS Program helps communities make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity. 10/2/07, 10 am, 2167 Rayburn.

Elder Law

Committee Action

The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 2930, to amend Section 202 of Housing Act of 1959 to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for the elderly. 9/18/07, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

Emergency Response


The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Protecting the Protectors: Ensuring the Health and Safety of Our First Responders in the Wake of Catastrophic Disasters.” 9/20/07, 10 am, 311 Cannon.

Housing and Homelessness


The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will mark up draft legislation regarding the Federal Housing Administration Modernization Act of 2007; HR 835, to reauthorize the programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing assistance for Native Hawaiians; and S 1518, to amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to reauthorize the act. 9/19/07, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 3533 ( Engel, D-NY), to extend by one year the moratorium on implementation of a rule relating to the federal-state financial partnership under Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program and on finalization of a Medicaid rule regarding graduate medical education; to Energy and Commerce. H10369, CR 9/14/07.

Immigration Law


On 9/17/07, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, issued a notice of interim rule with request for public comment. This interim rule amends Department of Homeland Security regulations to establish the requirements and procedures for aliens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The U nonimmigrant classification is available to alien victims of certain criminal activity who assist government officials in investigating or prosecuting such criminal activity. The purpose of the U nonimmigrant classification is to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute such crimes as domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking in persons, while offering protection to alien crime victims in keeping with the humanitarian interests of the United States. Written comments must be submitted on or before 11/16/07. FR 53014.

Bills Introduced

HR 3531 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to improve the interior enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States; to Judiciary, and Homeland Security. H10369, CR 9/14/07.

Indian Law


The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the process of federal recognition of Indian tribes. 9/19/07, 9:30 am, 628 Dirksen.

International Law


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.” 9/27/07, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.

Labor Law

Committee Action  

The House, Education and Labor Committee will mark up HR 1644, to amend the National Labor Relations Act to clarify the definition of “supervisor” for purposes of such Act. 9/19/07, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.

National Security


The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The Grades are In! − Is the Department of Homeland Security Measuring Up?” 9/18/07, 2:30 pm, 311 Cannon.