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This Week on the Hill, 9/29/08 – 10/3/08

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September 29, 2008

Sometimes it’s hard to focus on civil liberties when all everyone is talking about is the economic bailout. (The House voted today; Senate vote Wednesday. You’re welcome.)

This will be a light week on the civil liberties front for Congress. We’re…still…waiting for that report on National Security Letters from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, and we’re still hoping for a markup of Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) state secrets bill.

In addition, President Bush is expected to sign H.R. 923, the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007, into law this week.

Congress will adjourn this week: the House today, and the Senate, well…soon. And hey, did you know that Congress will return for a lame duck session after the elections?

Tuesday, September 30

Freedom of Religion in Prison
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a teleconference at 11 a.m. on, among other things, freedom of religion in prison.

(In July, the ACLU won a freedom of religion in prison case a few months ago on behalf of a Native-American inmate who was prohibited from possessing the eagle feathers crucial to a religious prayer.)

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