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Daily Edition 5.03.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 85 (May 3, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 57 (May 2, 2011)

Business Law
Children and Families
Courts/ Judiciary
Criminal Law

Health Law
Immigration Law
International Law
Military Law
Veterans Affairs

 

Business Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1667 (Capito, R-WV), to postpone the date for the transfer of functions to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection if the Bureau does not yet have a Director in place; to Financial Services. CR 5/2/11. H2933.

 

Children and Families

Notices  

On 5/3/11, 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, Project Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (LAUNCH) Cross-Site Evaluation, to evaluate the new initiative which aims to promote the healthy development and wellness of children ages birth to eight years. Comments are due 6/2/11. FR24887.

 

Courts/ Judiciary

Committee Action  

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the following nominations: Bernice Bouie Donald, of Tennessee, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit; Henry F. Floyd, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 4th Circuit; Kathleen M. Williams, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; 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 District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. 5/5/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  

Floor Action

On 5/2/11, the Senate confirmed the following nominations: Roy Bale Dalton, Jr., of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida (voice vote); and Kevin Hunter Sharp, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee (unanimous vote of 89 yeas).

On 5/2/11, the Senate began consideration of the nomination of John J. McConnell, Jr., of , to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.

 

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1678 (Smith, R-NJ), to encourage states to expand the protections offered to victims of sex offenses who are not in a familiar or dating relationship with the perpetrators of such offenses; to Judiciary. CR 5/2/11. H2933.

Notices

On 5/3/11, the United States Sentencing Commission announced the submission to Congress of an amendment to the sentencing guidelines, effective 11/1/11, pertaining to drug offenses. Comments are due 6/2/11. FR24960.

 

Health Law

Notices  

On 5/3/11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), to collect statistics for a three-year time period, on the extent and nature of illness and disability; environmental, social and other health hazards; and determinants of health of the population of the United States. Comments are due 7/4/11. FR24884.

 

Immigration Law

Notices  

On 5/3/11, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Biographic Information, used by USCIS when it is necessary to check other agency records on applications or petitions submitted by applicants for certain benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Comments are due 6/2/11. FR24910.

 

International Law

Presidential Action  

On 4/29/11, the president issued Executive Order 13572, to expand upon previously declared national emergencies with respect to , and to block property of certain persons with respect to human rights abuses in the country on the basis that they constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the . FR24787.

On 4/29/11, the president announced the continuation for one year, until 5/12/12, the national emergency declared with respect to certain actions of the Government of Syria, in particular, actions and policies, including continuing support for terrorist organizations, damaging the Lebanese government’s ability to function, and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, all which continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. FR24791.

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1679 (Tsongas, D-MA), to direct the secretary of Defense to conduct a comprehensive review of the health care services available for female members of the Armed Forces; to Armed Services. CR 5/2/11. H2933.

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced  

HR 1671 (Braley, D-IA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to extend the authority of the secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide specially adapted housing assistance to individuals residing temporarily in housing owned by a family member; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 5/2/11. H2933.

 

 

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