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Daily Edition 4.18.11 The Senate and House are not in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Nos. 55 - 56 (April 14, 2011 – April 15, 2011)

 Appropriations
Business Law
Children and Families  
Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law  
Congress
Criminal Law
Elder Law

Environmental Law
Gun Violence
Health Law
Housing and Homelessness
Immigration Law
Indian Affairs
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Military Law
Substance Abuse
Tax Law
Tort Law
Veterans Affairs

 

Appropriations

Floor Action  

On 4/14/11, the Senate passed, in a 81-19 vote, HR 1473, 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.

On 4/14/11, the House passed, in a 260-167 vote, HR 1473, 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.

On 4/15/11, the House passed, in a 235-193 vote, H Con Res 34, to establish the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and set forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021.  

Presidential Action

On 4/15/11, the president signed HR 1473 (P. L. 112-10), the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011.

 

Business Law

Bills Introduced  

S 824 (Brown, D-OH), to provide for enhanced mortgage-backed and asset-backed security investor protections, to prevent foreclosure fraud, and for other purposes; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

HR 1573 (Lucas, D-OK), to facilitate implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, promote regulatory coordination, and avoid market disruption; to Financial Services. CR 4/15/11, H2909.

HR 1640 (Posey, R-FL), to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to bring the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection into the regular appropriations process, and for other purposes; to Financial Services. CR 4/15/11, H2912.

 

Children and Families  

Bills Introduced  

HR 1576 (King, R-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow penalty-free withdrawals from individual retirement plans for adoption expenses; to Ways and Means. CR 4/15/11, H2909.

Floor Action

On 4/14/11, the Senate passed S Res 127, to designate April 2011 as ‘‘National Child Abuse Prevention Month."

 

Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law  

Bills Introduced  

SJ Res 11 (DeMint, R-SC), to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve to three in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, S2507.

HR 1564 (Sherman, D-CA), to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays; to Oversight and Government Reform. CR 4/14/11, H2855.

 

Congress

Bills Introduced  

H Res 230 (Peters, D-MI), to amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to provide that the House may not consider any reported bill until at least 72 hours after it is reported; to Rules. CR 4/15/11, H2913.

 

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced  

S 834 (Casey, D-PA), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve education and prevention related to campus sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

S 859 (Casey, D-PA), to prohibit sexual harassment by individuals administering programs and activities receiving Federal assistance; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 4/14/11, S2507.

HR 1550 (Pierluisi, D-PR), to establish programs in the Department of Justice and in the Department of Homeland Security to help states that have high rates of homicide and other violent crime, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, H2854.

HR 1578 (Slaughter, D-NY), to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health care system’s assessment and response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

HR 1637 (Poe, R-TX), to safeguard the Crime Victims Fund; to Budget. CR 4/15/11, H2911.

Floor Action  

On 4/14/11, the Senate passed, the S 216, the Food Safety Accountability Act, to increase criminal penalties for certain knowing and intentional violations relating to food that is misbranded or adulterated.

 

Elder Law

Bills Introduced  

S 848 (Cornyn, R-TX), to provide for the development of reports based on Medicare data, data that is publicly available, or private data that is provided by a requesting entity in order to improve the quality and efficiency of health care; to Finance. CR 4/14/11, S2507.

S 856 (Durbin, D-IL), to amend Title XI of the Social Security Act to make available to the public aggregate data on providers of services and suppliers under the Medicare program and to allow qualified individuals and groups access to claims and payment data under the Medicare program for purposes of conducting health research and detecting fraud; to Finance. CR 4/14/11, S2507.

HR 1580 (Gonzalez, D-TX), to preserve Medicare beneficiary choice by restoring and expanding the Medicare open enrollment and disenrollment opportunities repealed by Section 3204(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Ways and Means. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

 

Environmental Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1596 (Blumenauer, D-OR), to provide for the use of funds in the Hazardous Substance Superfund for the purposes for which they were collected, to ensure adequate resources for the cleanup of hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

HR 1634 (Pallone, D-NJ), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the financing of the Superfund; to Ways and Means. CR 4/15/11, H2911.

 

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced  

S 835 (Crapo, D-ID), to reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, modernize firearms laws and regulations, protect the community from criminals, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

HR 1552 ( Israel, D-NY), to amend Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the possession of a firearm by a person who is adjudicated to have committed a violent act while a juvenile; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, H2854.

HR 1642 (Quigley, D-IL), to prevent the illegal sale of firearms; to Judiciary. CR 4/15/11, H2912.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1589 (Blumenauer, D-OR), to amend the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of voluntary advance care planning consultation under Medicare and Medicaid, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

 

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

HR 1548 (Grijalva, D-AZ), to allow homeowners of moderate-value homes who are subject to mortgage foreclosure proceedings to remain in their homes as renters; to Financial Services. CR 4/14/11, H2854.

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

S 819 (Lautenberg, D-NJ), to provide the spouses and children of aliens who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks an opportunity to adjust their status to that of aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

S 821 (Leahy, D-VT), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

S 823 (Schumer, D-NY), to permit aliens who lawfully enter the United States on valid visas as nonimmigrant elementary and secondary school students to attend public schools in the United States for longer than 1 year if such aliens reimburse the local educational agency that administers the school for the full, unsubsidized per capita cost of providing education at such school for the period of the alien’s attendance; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

HR 1537 (Nadler, D-NY), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, H2854.

HR 1557 (Maloney, D-NY), to provide the spouses and children of aliens who perished in the September 11 terrorist attacks an opportunity to adjust their status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence; to Judiciary. CR 4/14/11, H2855.

HR 1644 (Rivera, R-FL), to amend Section 412(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit the provision of cash assistance or medical assistance to any refugee who, after entering the United States, travels to a country that supports international terrorism; to Judiciary. CR 4/15/11, H2912.

 

Indian Affairs

Bills Introduced  

HR 1556 (Lujan, D-NM), to amend the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act to allow certain land to be used to generate income to provide funding for academic programs, and for other purposes; to Natural Resources. CR 4/14/11, H2855.

HR 1599 (Cole, R-OK), to facilitate economic growth and development in Indian country, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

 

Intellectual Property Law

Committee Action  

On 4/14/11, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved HR 1249, The America Invents Act, to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.

 

International Law

Bills Introduced  

H Res 225 (Richardson, D-CA), to honor the victims of the Cambodian genocide that took place from April 1975 to January 1979; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/14/11, H2855.

HR 1575 (McGovern, D-MA), to make certain individuals ineligible for visas or admission to the United States and to revoke visas and other entry documents previously issued to such individuals, and to impose certain financial measures on such individuals, until the Russian Federation has thoroughly investigated the death of Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky and brought the Russian criminal justice system into compliance with international legal standards, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 4/15/11, H2909.

HR 1592 ( , D-NV), to limit assistance to the Palestinian Authority if the Palestinian Authority unilaterally declares a Palestinian state; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

HR 1655 (Sherman, D-CA), to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by imposing additional economic sanctions against Iran, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/15/11, H2913.

H Res 232 (Dold, R-IL), to recognize the recent admission by Richard Goldstone of the deeply-flawed conclusions in his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council and to urge the Administration to take steps to reverse the damage done by the Goldstone Report on the Conflict in Gaza; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/15/11, H2913.

H Res 233 (Hastings, D-FL), to welcome the new state of Southern Sudan, to encourage Sudan and Southern Sudan to resolve separation issues and the future of the Abyei region, and to urge the Governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan to abide by the principles of peace, democracy, and human rights; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/15/11, H2913.

Floor Action

On 4/14/11, the Senate passed S Res 109, to honor and support women in North Africa and the whose bravery, compassion, and commitment to putting the wellbeing of others before their own have proven that courage can be contagious.

On 4/14/11, the Senate passed S Res 138, to call on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report, which investigated the 2008-2009 conflict in .

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1540 (McKeon, R-CA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes; to Armed Services. CR 4/14/11, H2854.

HR 1566 (Walz, D-MN), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to enhance protections for members of the uniformed services relating to mortgages, mortgage foreclosure, and eviction, and for other purposes; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 4/14/11, H2855.

HR 1591 (Bass, R-NH), to guarantee that military funerals are conducted with dignity and respect; to Judiciary. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

HR 1609 (Gibson, R-NY), to amend the War Powers Resolution to limit the use of funds for introduction of the Armed Forces into hostilities, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 4/15/11, H2911.

 

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced  

S 854 (Lautenberg, D-NJ), to provide for programs and activities with respect to the prevention of underage drinking; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 4/14/11, S2507.

HR 1562 (Roybal-Allard, D-CA), to provide for programs and activities with respect to the prevention of underage drinking; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/14/11, H2855.

 

Tax Law

Bills Introduced  

S 816 (Brown, D-OH), to facilitate nationwide availability of volunteer income tax assistance for low-income and underserved populations, and for other purposes; to Finance. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

S 820 (Shelby, R-AL), to repeal the current Internal Revenue Code and replace it with a flat tax, thereby guaranteeing economic growth and greater fairness for all Americans; to Finance. CR 4/14/11, S2506.

HR 1631 (Nadler, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for adjustments in the individual income tax rates to reflect regional differences in the cost of living; to Ways and Means. CR 4/15/11, H2911.

 

Tort Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1629 (Murphy, R-PA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide liability protections for volunteer practitioners at health centers under section 330 of such Act; to Energy and Commerce. CR 4/15/11, H2911.

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced  

HR 1595 (Blumenauer, D-OR), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make all veterans eligible for home loans under the veterans mortgage revenue bond program; to Ways and Means. CR 4/15/11, H2910.

HR 1647 (Runyan, R-NJ), to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which certain veterans may submit claims for benefits under laws administered by the secretary to any regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 4/15/11, H2912.

 

 

 

 

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