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Daily Edition 4.4.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 64 (April 4, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 46 (April 1, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 46 (April 4, 2011)

 

 Business Law
Courts/ Judiciary
Elder Law
Election Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Health Law
HIV/AIDS
Housing and Homelessness
Immigration Law
International Law
Military Law
National Security
Veterans Affairs

 

Business Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1315 (Duffy, R-WI), to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection; to Financial Services. CR 4/1/11, H2265.  

Hearings  

The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on a bill that would revise the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (PL 110-314). 4/7/11, 9 am, 2123 Rayburn.

 

Courts/ Judiciary

Notices  

On 4/4/11, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, Survey of State Court Criminal Appeals or SSCCA, 2010, to examine all death penalty cases decided on appeal in 2010 as well as cases that were adjudicated in both intermediate appellate courts and courts of last resort. Comments are due 5/4/11. FR18581.

  

Elder Law

Notices  

On 4/4/11, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a final rule to extend, until 8/9/13, the rule authorizing attorney advisors to conduct certain prehearing procedures and to issue fully favorable decisions. FR18383.

 

Election Law

Notices  

On 4/4/11, the Election Assistance Commission announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Election Assistance Commission’s Voting System Testing and Certification Program Manual, Version 1.0, to fulfill its mandate to test, certify, decertify, and recertify voting system hardware and software by accredited laboratories. Comments are due 5/4/11. FR18539.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Bills Introduced  

HR 1309 (Biggert, R-IL), to extend the authorization of the national flood insurance program, to achieve reforms to improve the financial integrity and stability of the program, and to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risk, and for other purposes; to Financial Services. CR 4/1/11, H2265.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1324 (Buchanan, R-FL), to eliminate sweetheart deals under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/1/11, H2265.

Hearings  

The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Cost of the Medical Liability System Proposals for Reform, including H.R. 5, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011.”  

 

HIV/AIDS

Notices

On 4/4/11, the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), 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 Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women (WILLOW), which focuses on health education and social skills building among women living with HIV. Comments are due 5/4/11. FR18553.

 

Housing and Homelessness

Notices  

On 4/4/11, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, HOPE VI Public Housing Programs, created to make assistance available on a competitive basis to public housing agencies (PHAs) in improving the living environment for public housing residents of severely distressed public housing projects through the demolition, rehabilitation, reconfiguration, or replacement of severely distressed public housing projects. Comments are due 6/3/11. FR18570.

 

Immigration Law

Notices  

On 4/4/11, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Reunification Procedures for Unaccompanied Alien Children, to be utilized by ORR for determining the suitability of a sponsor/respondent for the release of a minor from ORR custody. Comments are due 5/4/11. FR18556.

 

International Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1319 (Clarke, D-NY), to promote the sexual and reproductive health of individuals and couples in developing countries, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/1/11, H2265.

HR 1321 (Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to continue restrictions against and prohibit diplomatic recognition of the Government of North Korea, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/1/11, H2265.

Hearings  

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The U.S. Government Response to the Nuclear Power Plant Incident in .”

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1323 (Bartlett, R-MD), to require the president to recommend specific reductions in non-security discretionary appropriations for fiscal year 2011 to offset the costs of military operations in ; to Budget. CR 4/1/11, H2265.  

Hearings  

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the challenges associated with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policies relating to gay and lesbian servicemembers. 4/7/11, 1 pm, 2118 Rayburn.

 

National Security

Bills Introduced  

HR 1320 (Berman, D-CA), to strengthen nonproliferation activities and to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to strengthen nuclear energy cooperation and nonproliferation, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/1/11, H2265.

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced

HR 1312 (King, R-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an increased work opportunity credit with respect to recent veterans, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 4/1/11, H2265.

 

 

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