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Daily Edition 4.1.11 The Senate is not in session today. The House is in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 62 – 63 ( March 31, 2011 - April 1, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 45 (March 31, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 45 (April 1, 2011)

 

 Administrative Law
Business Law

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Courts/ Judiciary
Criminal Law
Elder Law

Environmental Law
Health Law
Hispanic Affairs
HIV/AIDS
Housing and Homelessness
Immigration Law

Indian Affairs  
International Law
Military Law
National Security
Veterans Affairs

 

Administrative Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1281 (Ribble, R-WI), to ensure economy and efficiency of federal government operations by establishing a moratorium on rulemaking actions, and for other purposes; to Oversight and Government Reform. CR 3/31/11, H2213.

Notices

On 4/1/11, the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) announced the following meetings: 4/18/11, Committees on Administration & Management; 4/21/11, Collaborative Governance; and 4/29/11, Judicial Review. FR18144.

 

Business Law

Bills Introduced

S 712 (DeMint, R-SC), to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; to Finance. CR 3/31/11, S2046.

 

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced

SJ Res 10 (Hatch, R-UT), to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the relative to balancing the budget; to Judiciary. CR 3/31/11, S2046.

HJ Res 53 (Price, R-GA), to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of years Representatives and Senators may serve; to Judiciary. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 627, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays. 4/7/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Notices

On 3/31/11, the United States Commission on Civil Rights announced a 4/8/11 meeting in , to discuss program planning, and other items. FR17818.

 

Courts/ Judiciary

New Nominations  

On 3/31/11, the Senate received the nomination of Alison J. Nathan, of , to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Committee Action

On 3/31/11, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the following nominations: John J. McConnell Jr., of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island (11-7 vote); Kevin Hunter Sharp, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee (unanimous consent); Roy Bale Dalton Jr., of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida (unanimous consent); and Claire C. Cecchi, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey (unanimous consent).

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the following nominations: Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Esther Salas, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; J. Paul Oetken, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Paul A. Engelmayer, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; and Ramona V. Manglona, of the Northern Mariana Islands, to be Judge for the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. 4/7/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 410, to provide for media coverage of federal court proceedings. 4/7/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 3/31/11, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent-time agreement providing that at 4:30 pm., on Monday, 4/4/11, the Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Jimmie V. Reyna, of , to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

 

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced  

S 702 (Lieberman, I-CT), to authorize funding for, and increase accessibility to, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, to facilitate data sharing between such system and the National Crime Information Center database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to provide incentive grants to help facilitate reporting to such systems, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 3/31/11, S2046.

HR 1300 (Murphy, D-CT), to authorize funding for, and increase accessibility to, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, to facilitate data sharing between such system and the National Crime Information Center database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to provide incentive grants to help facilitate reporting to such systems, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

 

Elder Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1290 (Cohen, D-TN), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under Tart B of the Medicare program for medically necessary dental procedures; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

 

Environmental Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1292 (Cuellar, D-TX), to amend the Clean Air Act to provide that greenhouse gases are not subject to the Act, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

Hearings  

The Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Assessing the Impact of Greenhouse Gas Regulations on Small Business.” 4/6/11, 1:30 pm, 2247 Rayburn.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1286 (Bachmann, R-MN), to provide for fiscal accountability for new direct funding under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by converting its direct funding into authorizations of appropriations and by rescinding unobligated direct funding; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/31/11, H2213.  

Hearings  

The Health Care, , Census and the National Archives Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Waste, Abuse and Mismanagement in Government Health Care.” 4/5/11, 1:30 pm, 2247 Rayburn.

  

Hispanic Affairs

Notices  

On 4/1/11, the Office of Personnel Management announced a 4/15/11 meeting in , of the Hispanic Council on Federal Employment, a group which advises the Director of the Office of Personnel Management on matters involving the recruitment, hiring, and advancement of Hispanics in the federal workforce. FR18263.

 

HIV/AIDS

Notices

On 3/31/11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Community-based Organization (CBO) Monitoring and Evaluation Project (CMEP) of for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), to expand the reach of HIV prevention efforts. FR17869.

 

Housing and Homelessness

Committee Action  

On 3/31/11, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, S 222, to limit investor and homeowner losses in foreclosures.

 

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1293 (Ellison, D-MN), to provide for the adjustment of status of certain nationals of to that of lawful permanent residents; to Judiciary. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

Notices

On 3/31/11, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Secure Communities IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability State and Local Agency Assessment, to prioritize local sites and deliver the implementation strategy of the Secure Communities Initiative. Comments are due 5/31/11. FR17936.

 

Indian Affairs  

Bills Introduced  

HR 1291 (Cole, R-OK), to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes, and for other purposes; to Natural Resources. CR 3/31/11, H2214.  

Hearings  

The Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Regulatory Barriers to American Indian Job Creation.” 4/7/11, 1:30 pm, 2154 Rayburn.

Notices  

On 4/1/11, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed funding opportunity announcement for a special initiative concerning the Assets for Independence Program, created to support tribes and native organizations in planning and implementing comprehensive asset-building projects. Comments are due 5/31/11. FR18225.

 

International Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1280 (Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to require congressional approval of agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with foreign countries, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 3/31/11, H22123.

H Res 193 (Frank, D-MA), to call on the new Government of Egypt to honor the rule of law and immediately return Noor and Ramsay Bower to the United States; to Foreign Affairs. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

Hearings

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Reforming the United Nations: The Future of U.S. Policy.” 4/7/11, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1283 (Latham, R-IA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to eliminate the per-fiscal year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service; to Armed Services. CR 3/31/11, H2213.

HR 1284 (Baca, D-CA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to enhance the suicide prevention program of the Department of Defense by specifically requiring suicide prevention training during recruit basic training, pre-separation counseling, and mental health assessments; to Armed Services. CR 3/31/11, H2213.

HR 1285 (Bachmann, R-MN), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to prohibit certain increases in fees for military health care before fiscal year 2014; to Armed Services. CR 3/31/11, H2213.

H Con Res 32 (Rooney, R-FL), to express the sense of Congress that the president should adhere to the War Powers Resolution and obtain specific statutory authorization for the use of United States Armed Forces in Libya; to Foreign Affairs. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

H Res 196 (Gibson, R-NY), to support the goals and ideals of Yellow Ribbon Day in honor of members of the Armed Forces who are serving overseas apart from their families and loved ones; to Oversight and Government Reform. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

 

National Security

Bills Introduced  

HR 1299 (Miller, R-MI), to achieve operational control of and improve security at the international land borders of the , and for other purposes; to Homeland Security. CR 3/31/11, H2214.  

Hearings

The Defense Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on fiscal 2012 Defense Appropriations. 4/5/11, 10 am, H-140 Capitol.

The Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Financial Hardball: Corralling Terrorists and Proliferators.” 4/6/11, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

The Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Unrest in the Middle East and : Ramifications for U.S. Homeland Security.” 4/6/11, 10:30 am, 311 Cannon.

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced  

HR 1298 (LoBiondo, R-NJ), to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct cost-benefit analyses for the provision of medical care by the Department of Veterans Affairs in certain geographic areas served by multiple Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 3/31/11, H2214.

Notices

On 3/31/11, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a 4/18/11 – 4/19/11 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, in , to receive briefings on issues related to compensation for Veterans with service-connected disabilities and other VA benefits programs. FR17999.

 

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