ABA Washington Summary

Daily Edition 3.31.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 44 (March 30, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 44 (March 31, 2011)

 

 Business Law
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Elder Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Health Law
Housing and Homelessness
Immigration Law

Indian Affairs
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Military Law
National Security
Substance Abuse
Tax Law

Veterans Affairs

 

Business Law

Hearings  

The Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on legislative proposals to improve the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 4/6/11, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

 

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced  

S 675 (Akaka, D-HI), to express the policy of the United States regarding the United States relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity; to Indian Affairs. CR 3/30/11, S1976.

HR 1250 (Hirono, D-HI), to express the policy of the United States regarding the United States relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity; to Natural Resources. CR 3/30/11, H2105.

HJ Res 51 (Akin, R-MO), to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the to control federal spending; to Judiciary. CR 3/30/11, H2107.

HJ Res 52 (Buchanan, R-FL), to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the requiring that the federal budget be balanced; to Judiciary. CR 3/30/11, H2107.

 

Elder Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1256 (McDermott, D-WA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the use of analytic contractors in identifying and analyzing misvalued physician services under the Medicare physician fee schedule and an annual review of potentially misvalued codes under that fee schedule; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

 

Bills Introduced  

S 692 (Nelson, D-FL), to improve hurricane preparedness by establishing the National Hurricane Research Initiative, and for other purposes; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. CR 3/30/11, S1977.

S Res 118 (Klobuchar, D-MN), to designate April 2011 as ‘‘National 9–1–1 Education Month’’; considered and agreed to. CR 3/30/11, S1977.  

Hearings  

The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, House Science, Space and Technology Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Are We Prepared? Assessing Earthquake Risk Reduction in the .” 4/7/11, 10 am, 2318 Rayburn.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

H Res 187 (Roybal-Allard, D-CA), to support the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/30/11, H2107.

 

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

S 690 (Franken, D-MN), to establish the Office of the Homeowner Advocate; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. CR 3/30/11, S1977.

HR 1253 (Biggert, R-IL), to amend Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to provide education for homeless children and youths, and for other purposes; to Education and the Workforce. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1274 (Royce, R-CA), to gain operational control of the border, enforce immigration laws, strengthen visa security, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

 

Indian Affairs

Bills Introduced  

S 676 (Akaka, D-HI), to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes; to Indian Affairs. CR 3/30/11, S1976.

Hearings  

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing titled “Promise Fulfilled: The Role of the SBA (Small Business Administration) 8(a) Program in Enhancing Economic Development in Indian Country.” The program was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace and to help them to gain access to federal and private procurement markets. 4/7/11, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.

 

Intellectual Property Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1249 (Smith, R-TX), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform; to Judiciary. CR 3/30/11, H2105.

 

International Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1257 (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 Operation Odyssey Dawn. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

H Res 188 (Rohrabacher, R-CA), to express the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the regime of Mu’ammar al-Qadhaffi; to Foreign Affairs. CR 3/30/11, H2107.

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1260 (Braley, D-IA), to provide for the preservation by the Department of Defense of DoD documentary evidence on incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military, and for other purposes; to Armed Services. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

 

National Security

Bills Introduced  

S 678 (Kohl, D-WI), to increase the penalties for economic espionage; to Judiciary. CR 3/30/11, S1976.

HR 1270 (McCaul, R-TX), to direct the secretary of State to designate as foreign terrorist organizations certain Mexican drug cartels, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

 

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced  

HR 1254 (Dent, R-PA), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to place synthetic drugs in Schedule I; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

HR 1266 (Grimm, R-NY), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to improve detection of the fraudulent abuse of prescriptions to obtain controlled substances in Schedule II or III, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

 

Tax Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1259 (Brady, R-TX), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

Hearings  

The Joint Taxation Committee will hold a meeting to discuss ideas for overhauling the tax code. 4/6/11, 9:30 am, SVC-202/203 Capitol.

 

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced  

HR 1263 (Filner, D-CA), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 3/30/11, H2106.

 

 

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