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Daily Edition 5.04.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 86 (May 4, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 58 (May 3, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 58 (May 4, 2011)


Business Law
Children and Families
Criminal Law
Elder Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response

Health Law
HIV/AIDS
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
National Security
Veterans Affairs

Business Law

Hearings  

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the final report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. 5/10/11, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.

 

Children and Families

Bills Introduced  

HR 1681 (Stark, D-CA), to prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved; to Ways and Means. CR 5/3/11, H2998.

H Res 242 (Bass, D-CA), to recognize May as ‘‘National Foster Care Month’’; to Ways and Means. CR 5/3/11, H2999.

 

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced  

S 867 (Menendez, D-NJ), to fight criminal gangs; to Judiciary. CR 5/3/11, S2621.

Notices

On 5/4/11, the Department of Education announced the availability of applications for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities program, which aims to improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, and use of technology; support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value to children with disabilities; and provide support for captioning and video description that are appropriate for use in the classroom setting. Applications are due 6/20/11. FR25311.

 

Elder Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1700 (Price, R-GA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare payment option for patients and physicians or practitioners to freely contract, without penalty, for Medicare fee-for-service items and services, while allowing Medicare beneficiaries to use their Medicare benefits; to Energy and Commerce. CR 5/3/11, H2998.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Bills Introduced  

HR 1694 (Engel, D-NY), to require the president to issue guidance on federal response to a large-scale nuclear disaster; to Transportation and Infrastructure. CR 5/3/11, H2998.

  

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

S 868 (Hatch, R-UT), to restore the longstanding partnership between the states and the federal government in managing the Medicaid program; to Finance. CR 5/3/11, S2621.

HR 1683 (Gingrey, R-GA), to restore the longstanding partnership between states and the federal government in managing the Medicaid program; to Energy and Commerce. CR 5/3/11, H2998.

 

HIV/AIDS

Notices  

On 5/4/11, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program: Competitive Grant Application; Annual Progress Report for Competitive Grantees. These forms are used by HOPWA competitive grants applicants to identify funding requests by eligible activity and to show how these resources will be used over the three-year grant period, and to provide an assessment of grantee progress towards implementing the HOPWA housing stability annual performance outcome measure while measuring project success against planned and actual accomplishments. Comments are due 6/3/11. FR25366.

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1698 (Myrick, R-NC), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase penalties for employing illegal aliens; to Judiciary. CR 5/3/11, H2998.

Notices

On 5/4/11, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act, used by family-based and certain employment-based immigrants to have the petitioning relative execute an Affidavit of Support on their behalf. Comments are due 7/4/11. FR25364.

 

Intellectual Property Law

Bills Introduced  

S Res 161 (Leahy, D-VT), to designate May 2011, as ‘‘National Inventors Month’’; considered and agreed to. CR 5/3/11, S2622.

 

International Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1699 (Poe, R-TX), to prohibit assistance to ; to Foreign Affairs. CR 5/3/11, H2998.

H Res 244 (Hastings, D-FL), to express the sense of the House of Representatives that a Palestinian government which includes Hamas should be prohibited from receiving United States aid until that government publicly commits to the Quartet principles for diplomatic recognition; to Foreign Affairs. CR 5/3/11, H2999.

 

National Security  

Bills Introduced  

S Res 159 (Reid, D-NV), to honor the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, and for other purposes; submitted and read. CR 5/3/11, S2621.

H Res 240 (Jackson Lee, D-TX), to commend President Barack Obama and the men and women of the military and intelligence agencies for the successful completion of the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden; to Armed Services. CR 5/3/11, H2999.

H Res 241 (McCotter, R-MI), to honor the members of the United States Armed Forces, the intelligence community, and the Obama and Bush Administrations whose dedicated service brought the murderous terrorist leader Osama bin Laden to justice; to Armed Services. CR 5/3/11, H2999.

Hearings  

The Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Secure Visa Act, a bill to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security and the secretary of State to refuse or revoke visas to aliens if in the security or foreign policy interests of the United States, to require the secretary of Homeland Security to review visa applications before adjudication, and to provide for the immediate dissemination of visa revocation information. 5/11/11, 1:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.  

Committee Action

The Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will mark up HR 908, to extend the authority of the secretary of Homeland Security to maintain the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program. 5/4/11, time TBA, 1223 Rayburn.

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced  

S 874 (Akaka, D-HI), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to modify the provision of compensation and pension to surviving spouses of veterans in the months of the deaths of the veterans, to improve housing loan benefits for veterans, and for other purposes; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 5/3/11, S2621.

Notices  

On 5/4/11, the Small Business Administration announced a 5/19/11 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs, in , to focus on framing the discussion for policy and programs that encompasses government support of veterans’ entrepreneurship. FR25400.

 

 

 

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