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Daily Edition 4.12.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, Nos. 69 - 70 (April 11, 2011 – April 12, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Nos. 51 - 52 (April 8, 2011 – April 11, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, Nos. 51 - 52 (April 11, 2011 – April 12, 2011)

Appropriations
Children and Families
Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law
Courts/ Judiciary
Disability Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response

HIV/AIDS
Housing and Homelessness
Immigration Law
Indian Affairs
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Legal Education
Legal Services
Military Law
National Security
Substance Abuse

Veterans Affairs

 

 

Appropriations

Bills Introduced  

HR 1473 (Rogers, R-KY), to make appropriations for the Department of Defense and the other departments and agencies of the government for the fiscal year ending 9/30/11; to Appropriations. CR 4/11/11, H2575.

Presidential Action  

On 4/9/11, the president signed HR 1363 (P. L. 112-8), to make further additional continuing appropriations through 4/15/11 for the Department of Defense and other government agencies.

 

Children and Families

Bills Introduced  

HR 1440 (Maloney, D-NY), to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and Title 5, United States Code, to allow employees to take, as additional leave, parental involvement leave to participate in or attend their children’s and grandchildren’s educational and extracurricular activities, and to clarify that leave may be taken for routine family medical needs and to assist elderly relatives, and for other purposes; to Education and the Workforce. CR 4/8/11, H2569.

Notices

On 4/12/11, 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, Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) Assessment Review Guide (SARG), used by states to support their efforts to meet federal reporting requirements related to child welfare. Comments are due 6/10/11. FR20356.

 

Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law  

Hearings  

The Constitution Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Defending Marriage.” 4/15/11, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.  

Courts/ Judiciary

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Bernice Bouie Donald, of , to be United States Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit. 4/14/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

Floor Action

On 4/12/11, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Vincent L. Briccetti, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (96-0 vote), and John A. Kronstadt, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California (voice vote).

Disability Law

Notices  

On 4/11/11, the Department of Education announced a 5/3/11 – 5/4/11 meeting and hearing of the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students With Disabilities, to receive briefings from experts on several different topics of interest, and to receive information from its stakeholders on issues pertaining to accessible instructional materials in postsecondary education. FR19984.

On 4/12/11, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a proposed rulemaking to modify the requirement to recontact a person’s medical source(s) first when SSA needs to resolve an inconsistency or insufficiency in the evidence provided by the individual. Comments are due 6/13/11. FR20282.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Bills Introduced  

HR 1453 (Hinchey, D-NY), to revise the National Flood Insurance Program to more fairly treat homeowners who purchase insurance under the program; to Financial Services. CR 4/8/11, H2569.

Notices

On 4/11/11, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on an interim final rule regarding the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program, to remove a regulatory limitation on the discretion of the Director of OVC to accept claims filed more than three years after the date that an incident is designated as an incident of international terrorism. Comments are due 6/10/11. FR19909.

 

HIV/AIDS

Bills Introduced

HR 1462 (Rangel, D-NY), to address HIV/AIDS in the African-American community, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/8/11, H2570.

Notices

On 4/12/11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Programs, to assess the number and types of HIV/AIDS prevention activities planned and implemented in observance of each of the four noted HIV/AIDS awareness day campaigns. Comments are due 5/12/11. FR20353.

 

Housing and Homelessness

Notices  

On 4/12/11, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Technical Assistance for Community Planning and Development Programs, to determine those technical assistance (TA) providers best able to offer local jurisdictions an ability to shape their available resources into effective neighborhood and community development strategies to revitalize their communities. Comments are due 6/13/11. FR20364.

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1459 (Myrick, R-NC), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to detention of unlawfully present aliens who are apprehended for driving while intoxicated, to improve state and local enforcement of immigration laws, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 4/8/11, H2570.

Notices

On 4/11/11, the Office of Justice Programs, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law, and who are incarcerated for at least 4 consecutive days during the designated reporting period. Comments are due 6/10/11. FR20044.

On 4/12/11, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on several proposed information collections: Notice of Appeal of Decision Under Section 210 or 245A, used by USCIS in considering the appeal from a finding that an applicant is ineligible for legalization; Request for Premium Processing Service, used by USCIS to provide petitioners the opportunity to request faster processing of certain employment-based petitions and applications; and Application for Authorization to Issue Certification for Health Care Workers, used by USCIS to determine whether an organization can issue certificates to health care workers. Comments are due 6/13/11. FR20361-FR20363.

 

Indian Affairs

Notices  

On 4/12/11, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, announced a 4/27/11 – 4/29/11 meeting of the No Child Left Behind School Facilities and Construction Negotiated Rulemaking Committee in Albuquerque, NM, to continue working on reports and recommendations to Congress and the secretary as required under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. FR20287.

 

Intellectual Property Law

Committee Action  

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 1249, to amend Title 35, Untied States Code, to provide for patent reform. 4/14/11, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Notices  

On 4/11/11, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection, Response to Office Action and Voluntary Amendment Forms (formerly Electronic Response to Office Action and Preliminary Amendment Forms), to be used by the public for a variety of private business purposes related to establishing and enforcing trademark Rights. Comments are due 5/11/11. FR19977.

 

International Law  

Bills Introduced  

S Res 138 (Gillibrand, D-NY), to call on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report, a 2009 report to the U.N. on the 2008-2009 Gaza Conflict; to Foreign Relations. CR 4/8/11, S2348.

S Res 139 (Lugar, R-IN), to express the sense of the Senate that the president should take certain actions with respect to the Government of Burma; to Foreign Relations. CR 4/8/11, S2348.

HR 1464 (Royce, R-CA), to develop a strategy for assisting stateless children from , and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/8/11, H2570.

H Res 217 (Emerson, R-MO), to support the goals and ideals of Global Child Nutrition Month; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/11/11, H2575.

Hearings  

The African Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2012 budget request for programs related to . 4/14/11, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.

The and Eurasia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2012 budget request for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Committee Action

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up the following pending legislation: HR 1016, to measure the progress of relief, recovery, reconstruction and development efforts in Haiti following the earthquake of 1/12/10; HR 1280, to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to require congressional approval of agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with foreign countries; HR 1321, to continue restrictions against and prohibit diplomatic recognition of the government of North Korea; and H Res 172, to express heartfelt condolences and support for assistance to the people of Japan and all those affected in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake of 3/11/11. 4/14/11, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.

 

Legal Education

Bills Introduced  

HR 1458 (Lungren, R-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualifying law school students participating in legal clinics or externships from the application of the conflict of interest rules under Section 205 of such title; to Judiciary. CR 4/8/11, H2569.

 

Legal Services

Notices   

On 4/11/11, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 4/15/11 – 4/16/11 meeting of the LSC Board of Directors and its committees in Richmond, VA, to consider and act on Draft Final Rule on 45 CFR Part 1609 to clarify scope of fee-generating case restrictions to non-LSC fund supported cases, to consider and act on 2010 census and formula distribution issues, and other items. FR20050.

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced   

S 774 (Baucus, D-MT), to appropriate funds for pay and allowances and support for members of the Armed Forces, their families, and other personnel critical to national security during a funding gap; to Appropriations. CR 4/8/11, S2348.

Hearings

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2012 national defense authorization budget request. 4/14/11, 9:30 am, 2118 Rayburn.

 

National Security

Hearings  

The Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity mission: Promoting Innovation and Securing Critical Infrastructure.” 4/15/11, 10 am, 311 Cannon.

 

Substance Abuse

Notices

On 4/11/11, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Unified Application for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and Substance Abuse and Prevention Treatment Block Grant FY 2012–2013 Application Guidance and Instructions, for the two programs which work to reform health care, ensure parity and provide states and territories with new tools, new flexibility, and state/territory-specific plans for available resources to provide their residents the health care benefits they need. Comments are due 6/10/11. FR19999. 

Presidential Action  

On 4/6/11, the president issued Proclamation 8648, to declare 4/7/11 as National Drug Abuse Resistance Education ( D.A.R.E.) Day, and to call upon the nation to observe the day with appropriate programs and activities. FR19899.

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced

S 780 (Tester, D-MT), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to exempt reimbursements of expenses related to accident, theft, loss, or casualty loss from determinations of annual income with respect to pensions for veterans and surviving spouses and children of veterans, and for other purposes; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 4/8/11, S2348.

 

 

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