Washington Summary
Daily Edition
July 30, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 127 (July 29, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 116 (July 30, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 147 (July 30, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Bills Introduced  
S 3361 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to require states to implement a drug testing program for applicants for and recipients of assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program; to Finance. S7629, CR 7/29/08.
On 7/30/08, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced and requested comments for proposed rules amendments and new rules, and announced public hearings on the amendments. FR 44281.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6625 ( Brady, D-PA), to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs permit facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to be designated as voter registration agencies, and for other purposes; to House Administration. H7306, CR 7/29/08.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 1381 ( Roybal-Allard, D-CA), expressing the sense of the House that there should be an increased Federal commitment prioritizing prevention and public health for all people in the United States; to Energy and Commerce. H7306, CR 7/29/08.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6649 ( Stark, D-CA), to amend Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to help alien children in the child welfare system apply for all available forms of immigration relief, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. H7303, CR 7/29/08.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 3166, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose criminal penalties on individuals who assist aliens who have engaged in genocide, torture or extrajudicial killings to enter the United States. 7/31/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 7/30/08, the Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice, proposed a rule to change the rules and procedures concerning the standards of representation and professional conduct for attorneys and other practitioners who appear before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Comments due 9/29/08. FR 44178.
Intellectual Property Law
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 3325, to enhance remedies for violations of intellectual property laws, and for other purposes. 7/31/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
International Law
Committee Action
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S 3263, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people and The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. D969, CR 7/29/08.
Legal Education
Committee Action
On 7/29/08, the conferees agreed to file a conference report resolving the differences between the two versions of HR 4137, to amend and extend the Higher Education Act of 1965. D977, CR 7/29/08.
Military Law
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 5052, to allow for certiorari review of certain cases denied relief or review by the United States Court of Appeals for the armed forces. 7/31/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
National Security
Floor Action
The House passed HR 6098, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to improve the financial assistance provided to state, local, and tribal governments for information- sharing activities.
Tax Law
Floor Action
On 7/29/08, the Senate failed, by a 53-43 vote, to garner the three-fifths vote necessary to proceed to a vote on HR 6049, a renewable energy and job creation bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, including the reinstatement of the tax-preferred status for qualified group legal service plans.
Youth at Risk
Bills Introduced
S Res 630 ( Clinton, D-NY), to recognize the importance of connecting foster youth to the workforce through internship programs, and encouraging employers to increase employment of former foster youth; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S7628, CR 7/29/08.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S Res 624, designating August 2008 as “National Truancy Prevention Month.” 7/31/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.