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Daily Edition 4.6.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, Nos. 65- 66 (April 5, 2011 – April 6, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Nos. 47 - 48 (April 4, 2011 – April 5, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, Nos. 47 - 48 (April 5, 2011 – April 6, 2011)

 

 Business Law
Children and Families
Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law
Courts/ Judiciary
Criminal Law
Disability Law
Elder Law
Election Law

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Federal Government
Health Law
Immigration Law
Indian Affairs
Intellectual Property Law

International Law
National Security  
Substance Abuse
Tax Law

 

Business Law  

Bills Introduced  

HR 1355 (Neugebauer, R-TX), to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to move the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection into the Department of the Treasury; to Financial Services. CR 4/4/11, H2291.  

Hearings  

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Building the New Derivatives Regulatory Framework: Oversight of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act.” 4/12/11, 2:45 pm, 538 Dirksen.

 

Children and Families

Notices  

On 4/5/11, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection regarding The Children’s Bureau’s interest in improving the process by which it reviews Title IV–B and IV–E plan requirements. Comments are due 5/20/11. FR18677.

On 4/6/11, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP), Annual Progress and Servicers Review (ASPR), and Annual Budget Expenses Request and Estimated Expenditures, which lays the groundwork for a system of coordinated, integrated, and culturally relevant family services for the subsequent five years. Comments are due 5/6/11. FR19099.

 

Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law

Hearings  

The Constitution Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Private Property Rights Protection Act. 4/12/11, 4 pm, 2141 Rayburn.  

Committee Action  

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will mark up S 675, to express the policy of the regarding the relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the of the Native Hawaiian governing entity. 4/7/11, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.

Courts/ Judiciary

Floor Action  

On 4/4/11, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 86 yeas, the nomination of Jimmie V. Reyna, of , to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

 

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1350 (Kaptur, D-OH), to provide additional resources for federal investigations and prosecutions of crimes related to the 2008 financial crisis, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 4/4/11, H2291.  

Hearings  

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Fulfilling Our Commitment to Support Victims of Crime.” 4/13/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Presidential Action

On 3/31/11, the president issued proclamation 8643, to declare April 2011 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and to urge all Americans to support victims and work together to prevent these crimes in their communities. FR18633.

  

Disability Law

Notices  

On 4/5/11, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Special Education-Individual Reporting on Regulatory Compliance Related to the Personnel Development Program’s Service Obligation and the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), for individuals who receive a scholarship through the Personnel Development Program funded under the Act to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. Comments are due 6/6/11. FR18740.

Elder Law

Bills Introduced  

S 722 (Wyden, D-OR), to strengthen and protect Medicare hospice programs; to Finance. CR 4/4/11, S2087.

Notices

On 4/5/11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that as of 5/31/11 CMS is exercising its authority under Section 1102(f) of the Affordable Care Act to stop accepting applications for the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, due to the availability of remaining funds. FR18766.

 

Election Law

Hearings  

The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Fair Elections Now Act: A Comprehensive Response to Citizens United.” 4/12/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Bills Introduced  

S Res 131 (Akaka, D-HI), to designate April 2011 as ‘‘Tsunami Awareness Month.’’; considered and agreed to.

Notices

On 4/6/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced Modified Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) for specified communities, to be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. FR18938.

On 4/6/11, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment regarding the proposed regulatory flood elevations for specified communities, a part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Comments are due 6/5/11. FR19005.

 

Federal Government

Bills Introduced  

S 717 (Tester, D-MT), to establish an advisory committee to issue nonbinding government-wide guidelines on making public information available on the Internet, to require publicly available Government information held by the executive branch to be made available on the Internet, to express the sense of Congress that publicly available information held by the legislative and judicial branches should be available on the Internet, and for other purposes; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. CR 4/4/11, S2087.

HR 1349 (Israel, D-NY), to establish an advisory committee to issue nonbinding government-wide guidelines on making public information available on the Internet, to require publicly available Government information held by the executive branch to be made available on the Internet, to express the sense of Congress that publicly available information held by the legislative and judicial branches should be available on the Internet, and for other purposes; to Oversight and Government Reform. CR 4/4/11, H2291.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1370 (Boustany, R-LA), to repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/5/11, H2326.

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

S 723 (Vitter, R-LA), to amend Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth; to Judiciary. CR 4/5/11, S2130.

Notices

On 4/6/11, the Department of State announced a 5/12/11 meeting of the Refugee Admissions Program in , to hear the views of attendees on the appropriate size and scope of the FY 2012 U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. FR19176.

 

Indian Affairs

Bills Introduced  

S 728 (Johnson, D-SD), to grant a federal charter to the National American Indian Veterans, Incorporated; to Judiciary. CR 4/5/11, S2130.

 

Intellectual Property Law

Notices  

On 4/6/11, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed rulemaking regarding revision of patent term extension and adjustment provisions relating to appellate review and information disclosure statements. Comments are due 5/6/11. FR18990.

 

International Law

Hearings  

The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal 2012 appropriations for State-Foreign Operations. 4/14/11, 10 am, 2362A Rayburn.

  

National Security  

Bills Introduced  

S 719 (Feinstein, D-CA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes; from the Select Committee on Intelligence and placed directly on the calendar. CR 4/4/11, S2087.

Hearings

The Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Taking Measure of Counter-measures.” 4/13/11, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.

The Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on Department of Defense plans and programs relating to counterterrorism, counternarcotics and building partnership capacity. 4/12/11, 2:30 pm, 232-A Russell.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing titled “Review of the Nuclear Emergency in and Implications for the ” 4/12/11, 2:45 pm, 406 Dirksen.  

 

Substance Abuse

Notices  

On 4/6/11, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Survey of Evidence-Based Practices for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in State Medicaid Plans: Coverage Structures, Access and Challenges, to determine the overall management and delivery of mental health and substance abuse services within Medicaid and the use of eight specific evidence-based practices. Comments are due 5/6/11. FR19106.

 

Tax Law

Bills Introduced  

S 727 (Wyden, D-OR), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the federal income tax system simpler, fairer, and more fiscally responsible, and for other purposes; to Finance. CR 4/5/11, S2130.

 

 

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