For our colleagues in New York, the big news has undoubtedly been the Boumediene decision, and what it means for the detainees still awaiting justice at Guantánamo Bay. Here the Washington Legislative Office, we’re preparing for whatever legislative fallout may come.
But for us here in D.C., the big news is the recently reported compromise between Congress and the White House on FISA. As CQ wrote on Friday, the compromise bill is expected to be on the floor in the House and Senate as early as this week. Suffice to say, we are not amused. I know there have been a lot of unavoidable “the sky is falling! No, for real this time!” moments during this protracted FISA fight, but… no, for real this time.
As always, keep in mind that all of the congressional hearing dates and times are subject to change.
Tuesday, June 17
The Department of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the American Health Information Community Consumer Empowerment Workgroup to discuss “the widespread adoption of a personal health record that is easy-to-use, portable, longitudinal, affordable and consumer-centered.” The ACLU is monitoring this issue to ensure that patient privacy is protected.
Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the role of Defense Department in detainee interrogations.
Wednesday, June 18
ADA Restoration Act
The ADA Restoration Act is expected to be marked up in the House Education and Labor Committee; House Judiciary Committee mark-up will follow later in the month.
The House Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2009 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security and related programs.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the privacy implications of online advertising.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Protecting Personal Information: Is the Federal Government Doing Enough?“
Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee hearing with former DOJ official Daniel Levine and former DoD official Douglas Feith on interrogation practices.
Thursday, June 19
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2009 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2009 appropriations for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. Funding for abstinence-only education will be included.
CORRECTION: Due to scheduling changes, the information about Title X has been removed.