Washington Summary
Daily Edition
May 23, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 85 (May 22, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 78 (May 23, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 101 (May 23, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
The House will reconvene on Tuesday, 6/3/08.
  Committee Action
On 5/22/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported the following pending legislation: S 2756, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system; and S 2982, to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to authorize appropriations.
Floor Action
 On 5/22/08, the Senate passed S 1965, to protect children from cybercrimes, including crimes by online predators, to enhance efforts to identify and eliminate child pornography, and to help parents shield their children from material that is inappropriate for minors.
Constitutional Law/Civil Rights
  Presidential Action
On 5/21/08, the president signed HR 493 [P.L. 110-233], to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment.
  Committee Action
On 5/22/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of William T. Lawrence, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; and G. Murray Snow, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 3053 ( Smith, R-OR), to amend Title XI of the Social Security Act to provide grants for eligible entities to provide services to improve financial literacy among older individuals; to Finance. S4792, CR 5/22/08.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
S 3073 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to improve procedures for the collection and delivery of absentee ballots of absent overseas uniformed services voters; to Rules and Administration. S4793, CR 5/22/08.
Committee Action
On 5/22/08, the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration ordered favorably reported the nominations of Cynthia L. Bauerly, of Minnesota, Caroline C. Hunter, of Florida, and Donald F. McGahn, of the District of Columbia, each to be a member of the Federal Election Commission.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 3072 ( Wicker, R-MS), to provide for comprehensive health reform; to Finance. S4792, CR 5/22/08.
Indian Law
Floor Action  
On 5/22/08, the Senate passed S 2062, to amend and reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 3061 ( Biden, D-DE), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat trafficking in persons; to Judiciary. S4792, CR 5/22/08.
On 5/22/08, the Department of State (DOS) issued a notice announcing it has renewed the Charter of the Advisory Committee on International Law. Through this Committee, the DOS will continue to obtain the views and advice of a cross-section of the country's outstanding members of the legal profession on significant issues of international law. The Committee's consideration of these legal issues in the conduct of our foreign affairs provides a unique contribution to the creation and promotion of U.S. foreign policy. The Committee is comprised of all former Legal Advisers of the DOS and up to 20 individuals appointed by the current Legal Adviser. Meetings will be open to the public unless otherwise noted. FR 30185.
Military Law
Floor Action
National Security
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Improving Detainee Policy: Handling Terrorism Detainees Within the American Justice System.” 6/4/08, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Substance Abuse
Committee Action
On 5/22/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported S 1210, to extend the grant program for drug-endangered children.