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This Week on the Hill, July 7-11, 2008

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July 7, 2008

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. We know we enjoyed the all-too-brief breather we got here in D.C. during congressional recess. But we’re rested, we’re ready, and we’re back, baby.

This week we’re gearing up for what feels like FISA Fight: Part 73,494. Once again, FISA’s on tap for a Senate floor vote this week. No, for real this time.

As always, keep in mind that this schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, July 8


The Senate will take up FISA. The tentative schedule has it slated for debate beginning Tuesday, with a vote anticipated Wednesday. To follow the action live, the Senate floor debate will be broadcast on C-SPAN.

House Republican Policy Committee Vice Chairman Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) will hold a panel discussion titled “Immigration Enforcement: In the absence of a coherent immigration policy, what are we to do?”

Wednesday, July 9

Government Oversight

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice.” Attorney General Michael Mukasey will be testifying. Testimony and member statements may be added to the committee website as they become available.


The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing to examine the privacy implications of online advertising. The hearing will be aired live at 10:00am on


Thursday, July 10

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) Reauthorization

The Senate Judiciary Committee may mark up S. 3155, a bill to reauthorize and improve the JJDPA.

(Update: Postponed to Thursday, July 17.)

National Security

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Violent Islamist Extremism and Efforts to Counter It.” This hearing will be webcast live at 9:30am.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post listed the Immigration Enforcement hearing for Wednesday, July 9. The hearing took place on Tuesday, July 8.

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