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February 28, 2008  

Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 31 (February 27, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 27 (February 28, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 40 (February 28, 2008)

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


  Bills Introduced

HR 5501 ( Berman, D-CA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; to Foreign Affairs, and Financial Services. H1154, CR 2/27/08.

Committee Action

On 2/27/08, the House Foreign Affairs Committee ordered reported HR 5501, the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008.

Attorney-Client Privilege

Floor Action  

On 2/27/08, the Senate passed S 2450, to amend the Federal Rules of Evidence to address the waiver of the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine. On 12/7/07, ABA Governmental Affairs Acting Director Denise A. Cardman sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting the amendment.

Health Law

Bills Introduced

S 2672 ( Conrad, D-ND), to provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities; to Judiciary. S1271, CR 2/27/08.

Housing and Homelessness


The Children and Families Subcommittee, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing on a proposal that would expand the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. 3/5/08, 10:30 am, 430 Dirksen.

Elder Law


The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on hunger among the elderly and the steps that need to be taken to prevent it now and in the future. 3/5/08, 10:30 am, 562 Dirksen.

National Security


The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the FBI. 3/5/08, 10 am, 106 Dirksen.

Committee Action  

On 2/27/08, the House Science and Technology Committee ordered reported HR 3916, to provide for the next generation of border and maritime security technologies.

Tort Law


The Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on S 742, to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing products and on draft legislation to ban asbestos from products. 2/28/08, 12:30 pm, 2322 Rayburn.