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Daily Edition 4.8.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 68 (April 8, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 50 (April 7, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 50 (April 8, 2011)

Administrative Law
Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law

Courts/ Judiciary
Disability Law
Elder Law
Election Law

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Environmental Law

Health Law
Immigration Law
Indian Affairs

International Law
Legal Services
Military Law
National Security
Tax Law




Administrative Law  

Bills Introduced  

HR 1432 (Schweikert, R-AZ), to require formal rulemaking procedures for rules related to health care reform; to Judiciary. CR 4/7/11, H2534.  

Hearings  

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Federal Regulation: How Best to Advance the Public Interest?” 4/14/11, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.

 

Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law  

Bills Introduced

HR 1433 (Sensenbrenner, R-WI), to protect private property rights; to Judiciary. CR 4/7/11, H2534.

HJ Res 56 (Walsh, R-IL), to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the relative to balancing the budget; to Judiciary. CR 4/7/11, H2534.  

Committee Action  

On 4/7/11, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved 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.

On 4/7/11, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 627, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays.

 

Courts/ Judiciary

Bills Introduced

S 755 (Wyden, D-OR), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an offset against income tax refunds to pay for restitution and other state judicial debts that are past-due; to Finance. CR 4/7/11, S2266.

HR 1416 (Paulsen, R-MN), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an offset against income tax refunds to pay for restitution and other state judicial debts that are past-due; to Ways and Means. CR 4/7/11, H2533.

Committee Action  

On 4/7/11, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the following nominations: Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit (10-8 vote); Esther Salas, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey (voice vote); J. Paul Oetken, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (voice vote); Paul A. Engelmayer, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (voice vote); and Ramona V. Manglona, of the Northern Mariana Islands, to be Judge for the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands (voice vote).

On 4/7/11, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 410, to provide for media coverage of federal court proceedings

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on the following nominations: Henry F. Floyd, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; Nelva G. Ramos, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; Richard B. Jackson, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; and Sara L. Darrow, of Illinois, to be United States Judge for the Central District of Illinois. 4/13/11, 3 pm, 226 Dirksen.

  

Disability Law

Hearings  

The Social Security Subcommittee, and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the role of Social Security Administration in verifying employment eligibility. 4/14/11, 2 pm, B-318 Rayburn.

 

Elder Law

Bills Introduced  

S 756 (Grassley, R-IA), to amend Title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for the public availability of Medicare claims data; to Finance. CR 4/7/11, S2266.

 

Election Law

Hearings  

The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 672, to terminate the Election Assistance Commission, and for other purposes. 4/14/11, 10:30 am, 1310 Longworth.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Bills Introduced  

HR 1411 (Bilirakis, R-FL), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure continuation of the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/7/11, H2533.

 

Environmental Law

Floor Action  

On 4/7/11, the House passed, by a 255-172 vote, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1409 (Conyers, D-MI), to ensure and foster continued patient safety and quality of care by clarifying the application of the antitrust laws to negotiations between groups of health care professionals and health plans and health care insurance issuers; to Judiciary. CR 4/7/11, H2533.

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1434 (Shuler, D-NC), to render inadmissible to the aliens who have been convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 4/7/11, H2534.

 

Indian Affairs

Notices  

On 4/8/11, the Department of Education announced an invitation for applications for a new award for fiscal year 2011, the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities, to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near federal or state reservations. Applications are due 6/7/11. FR19753.

 

International Law  

Bills Introduced  

HR 1410 (Smith, R-NJ), to promote freedom and democracy in ; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/7/11, H2533.

H Res 212 (Johnson, R-IL), to express the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should not intervene in the civil war in the Ivory Coast; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/7/11, H2534.  

Committee Action

The Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will mark up H Res 85, to support the democratic aspirations of the Ivorian people and calling on the to apply intense diplomatic pressure and provide humanitarian support in response to the political crisis in d’Ivore. 4/13/11, 9 am, 2172 Rayburn.

Notices

On 4/8/11, the Department of State announced a 4/29/11 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law Online Dispute Resolution Study Group, to discuss the upcoming 5/27/11 meeting of the UNCITRAL ODR Working Group, charged with the development of legal instruments for resolving both business to business and business to consumer cross-border electronic commerce disputes. FR19826. 

Presidential Action

On 4/7/11, the president announced the continuation, for one year, of the national emergency with respect to due to the threats it poses to the national security and foreign policy of the .

 

Legal Services

Notices

On 4/8/11, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced its intention to award grants and contracts to provide economical and effective delivery of high quality civil legal services to eligible clients in (service area LA–1) beginning June 2011. Comments are due 5/9/11. FR19792.

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HJ Res 55 (Defazio, D-OR), to amend the War Powers Resolution; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/7/11, H2534.

 

National Security

Hearings  

The Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The State Department’s Counterterrorism Office: Budget, Reorganization, Policies.” 4/14/11, 2 pm, 2200 Rayburn.

 

Tax Law

Hearings  

The and Means Committee will hold a hearing on “how the tax code’s burdens on individuals and families demonstrate the need for comprehensive tax reform.” 4/13/11, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.

 

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