Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 30, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 68-69 (April 28-29, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 60-61 (April 29-30, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 83 (April 29-30, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
On 4/29/08, the Senate received the nominations of Paul G. Gardephe, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; and Clark Waddoups, of Utah, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 2933 ( Smith, R-OR), to improve the employability of older Americans; to Finance. S3507, remarks and text S3510, CR 4/29/08.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 2936 ( Dole, R-NC), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and to limit income eligibility expansions under that program until the lowest income eligible individuals are enrolled; to Finance. S3507, CR 4/29/08.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Seizing the New Opportunity for Health Reform.” 5/6/08, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
Housing and Homelessness
The Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Policing Lenders and Protecting Homeowners: Is Misconduct in Bankruptcy Fueling the Foreclosure Crisis?” 5/6/08, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5921 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per country level for employment-based immigrants and to end the spill-over of unused immigrant visa numbers between employment-based and family-sponsored categories; to Judiciary. H2852, CR 4/29/08.
International Law
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Higher Education in Africa: Making the Link Between Intellectual Capital and Regional Development.” 5/6/08, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Foreign Policy in Pakistan: Implication for Regional Security, Stability and Development.” 5/7/08, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Legal Education
Bills Introduced
HR 5914 ( Kanjorski¸ D-PA), to clarify the authority of the Federal Financing Bank to purchase loans guaranteed under Part B of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; to Financial Services. H2852, CR 4/29/08.
Floor Action
On 4/29/08, the Senate passed S 2929, to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
S 2938 ( Graham, R-SC), to amend Titles 10 and 38, United States Code, to improve educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces and veterans in order to enhance recruitment and retention for the Armed Forces; to Veterans' Affairs. S3507, remarks S3513, CR 4/29/08.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 2935 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to prevent the destruction of terrorist and criminal national instant criminal background check system records; to Judiciary. S3507, remarks S3512, CR 4/29/08.
The International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “City on the Hall or Prison on the Bay? The Mistakes of Guantanamo and the Decline of America’s Image.” 5/6/08, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will mark up: HR 4749, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office for Bombing Prevention to address terrorist explosive threats; HR 5909, to amend the Aviation and Transportation Security Act to prohibit advance notice to certain individuals, including security screeners, of covert testing of security screening procedures for the purpose of enhancing transportation security at airports; and H Res 1150, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Transportation Security Administration should, in accordance with the congressional mandate provided for in the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, enhance security against terrorist attack and other security threats to our nation’s rail and mass transit lines. 5/1/08, 11 am, 311 Cannon.