Monday, November 14, 2005

Pending Legislation

Subtitle D of Title III of House bill 4241, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, sets aside up to $3 billion to subsidize the purchase of digital converter boxes for non-digital television sets. The Thomas website has the CRS summary of the House bill, Senate bill 1932, and other legislative history documents.

Amendment 2516 to Senate bill 1042 passed the Senate by a 49-42 vote Thursday. The amendment by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is intended to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Rasul v. Bush, 542 U.S. 466 (2004), which held that U.S. District Courts have jurisdiction to hear habeas corpus petitions filed by detainees at Guantánamo Bay to challenge their incarceration. The Thomas website has Congressional Record references to this bill and other legislative history information.

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