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This Week on the Hill, July 14 – 18, 2008

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July 14, 2008

Monday, July 14


Senate will likely begin consideration of S. 2731 , Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008. Repeal of HIV travel/immigration ban maybe brought up for further discussion.

Tuesday, July 15

ADA Amendments Act

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on determining the proper scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Internet Advertising

The Senate Judiciary Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee will be holding a hearing on “The Google-Yahoo Agreement and the Future of Internet Advertising.” The ACLU is preparing a letter for this hearing.

Internet Competition

The Antitrust and Competition Policy Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on competition on the Internet.


Hearing in House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee with former Department of Defense Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith.

Voting Rights

Rep. Zoe Lofgren‘s (D-Calif.) emergency paper ballot backup bill (H.R. 5803) will be brought to the floor on suspension either today or tomorrow. The bill provides grants to states for the November 2008 elections to provide backup paper ballots in the case of the failure of the voting equipment or some other emergency situation.

Wednesday, July 16

Parole Commission Reauthorization

The House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the U.S. Parole Commission.

Racial Justice

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission) will hold a hearing titled, “Racism in the 21st Century: Understanding Global Challenges and Implementing Solutions”

Thursday, July 17

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to markup S. 2746, the OPEN FOIA Act of 2008.


The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Challenge of Aligning Programs, Personnel and Resources to Achieve Border Security.” Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will testify, and the ACLU will submit written testimony. The hearing will be webcast live starting around 10:00am.

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) Reauthorization

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to markup S. 3155, a bill to reauthorize and improve the JJDPA. The ACLU is submitting a letter of support for this legislation to the committee.


Hearing in House Judiciary Committee with former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Human Trafficking

The Senate Judiciary Committee will markup S. 3061, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.

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