Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 9, 2008  
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 51 (April 8, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 46 (April 9, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 72 (April 9, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Criminal Justice
On 4/8/08, the Constitution Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, held a hearing titled “The Adequacy of Representation in Capital Cases.” Former ABA President Michael S. Greco testified on behalf of the Association.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
H Con Res 323 ( Gingrey, R-GA), expressing Congressional support for the goals and ideals of National Health Care Decisions Day; to Energy and Commerce. H2068, CR 4/8/08. On 4/2/08, ABA Acting Governmental Affairs Director Denise A. Cardman sent a letter in support of National Health Care Decisions Day.
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on the challenges to providing and paying for long-term health care. 4/15/08, 10 am, 138 Dirksen.
The Health Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the instability of the health coverage in America. 4/15/08, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.
Floor Action
On 4/8/08, the House passed by 390 to 1, HR 2464, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide a means for continued improvement in emergency medical services for children.
Housing and Homelessness
HR 5720 ( Rangel, D-MI), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide assistance for housing; to Ways and Means. H2068, CR 4/8/08.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
S 2829 ( Kennedy, D-MA), to make technical corrections to Section 1244 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which provides special immigrant status for certain Iraqis; to Judiciary. S2743, CR 4/8/08.
Indian Law
On 4/9/08, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, issued a proposed rule that would consolidate requirements governing the Employment Assistance Program and the Adult Vocational Training Program. These programs assist Indian people to obtain job skills and to obtain and retain permanent employment. Public comments should be submitted on or before 7/8/08. FR 19179.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 5722 ( Smith, R-NJ), to mandate reporting requirements for convicted sex traffickers and other sex offenders intending to engage in international travel, to provide advance notice of convicted sex offenders who intend to travel outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, and to prevent entry into the United States by any foreign sex offender; to Foreign Affairs. H2068, CR 4/8/08.
Elder Law
Floor Action
On 4/8/08, the House passed S 845, to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to expand and intensify programs with respect to research and related activities concerning elder falls, clearing the measure for the president.
Legal Education
Bills Introduced  
HR 5715 ( Miller, D-CA), to ensure continued availability of access to the federal student loan program for students and families; to Education and Labor. H2068, CR 4/8/08.
HR 5723 ( Kanjorski, D-PA), to amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to allow federal home loan banks to invest surplus funds in student loan securities and make advances for student loan financing; to Financial Services. H2068, CR 4/8/08.  
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the U.S. credit markets, focusing on the impact on the cost and availability of student loans. 4/15/08, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.
Tax Law
Committee Action
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a markup on HR 5719, Taxpayer Assistance and Simplification Act of 2008; and HR 5720, Taxpayer Assistance Tax Act of 2008. 4/9/08, 11 am, 1100 Longworth.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Tax: Fundamentals in Advance of Reform.” 4/15/08, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
National Security
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Nuclear Terrorism: Confronting the Challenges of the Day After.” 4/15/08, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on a recently released memo on torture and the issue of executive powers as it relates to interrogation and war-making authority. 5/6/08, Time TBA, 2141 Rayburn.