Skip to comments.Congress at a glance - (109th's 2nd session winding down)
Posted on 09/28/2006 9:09:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Congress started wrapping up its work Thursday ahead of a five-week stretch of campaigning before the midterm elections:
_The Senate authorized the establishment of military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects in legislation that also spells out violations of the Geneva Conventions, a treaty that sets international standards for the treatment of war prisoners. Congress expects to send the bill to President Bush by Friday.
_The House moved toward passing a bill authorizing warrantless wiretaps of terror suspects. Differences between House and Senate versions of the bill probably cannot be bridged before the election.
_The Senate scheduled a vote for Friday that would send the president a nearly half-trillion-dollar Pentagon funding bill that includes $70 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan.
_The House voted to impose mandatory sanctions on entities that contribute to Iran's ability to acquire chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, codifying existing economic sanctions that have been in effect since the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in 1979.
_The House Energy and Commerce Committee grilled Hewlett-Packard Co. executives over a spying scandal that involved "pretexting," the impersonation of people to obtain phone records.
_Congress sent the president a bill reauthorizing for five years children's hospitals graduate medical education programs.