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Daily Edition 5.05.11 The Senate and House are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 87 (May 5, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 59 (May 4, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 59 (May 5, 2011)

Business Law
Children and Families
Civil Rights
Courts/Judiciary
Disability Law
Elder Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Environmental Law
Gun Violence
Health Law
HIV/AIDS
Housing and Homelessness
Indian Affairs
International Law
Legal Issues

Military Law
National Security
Substance Abuse

 

 

Business Law

Bills Introduced  

S 881 (Landrieu, D-LA), to amend the Consumer Credit Protection Act to assure meaningful disclosures of the terms of rental-purchase agreements, including disclosures of all costs to consumers under such agreements, to provide substantive rights to consumers under such agreements, and for other purposes; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. CR 5/4/11, S2686.

 

Children and Families

Bills Introduced  

S 877 (Hatch, R-UT), to prevent taxpayer-funded elective abortions by applying the longstanding policy of the Hyde amendment to the new health care law; to Finance. CR 5/4/11, S2686.

HR 1711 (Carson, D-IN), to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to require criminal background checks, inspections, and training of child care providers; to Education and the Workforce. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

HR 1726 (Ruppersberger, D-MD), to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to require criminal background checks for child care providers; to Education and the Workforce. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

HR 1728 (Ruppersberger, D-MD), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the credit for employers establishing workplace child care facilities, to increase the child care credit to encourage greater use of quality child care services, to provide incentives for students to earn child care-related degrees and to work in child care facilities, and to increase the exclusion for employer-provided dependent care assistance; to Ways and Means. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

Presidential Action

On 4/29/11, the president issued Proclamation 8661, to declare May 2011 as National Foster Care Month, and to call upon the nation to observe the month by taking an active role in activities across the country that recognize not only children and youth, but also the commitment of those that touch their lives at a most challenging time. FR25519. 

 

Civil Rights

Notices  

On 5/5/11, the Civil Rights Commission announced a 5/13/11 meeting in , to discuss peer-to-peer violence and bullying, and to examine the federal response. FR25666.

 

Courts/Judiciary

New Nominations  

On 5/4/11, the Senate received the following nominations: Christopher Droney, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Dana L. Christensen, of Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana; Katherine B. Forrest, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; John M. Gerrard, of Nebraska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska; Yvonne GonzalezRogers, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Edgardo Ramos, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; and Robert N. Scola, Jr., of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Floor Action

On 5/4/11, the Senate confirmed, by a 50-44 vote, the nominations of John J. McConnell Jr., of , to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.

Hearings

On 5/4/11, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the following nominations: John Andrew Ross, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Timothy M. Cain, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; Nannette Jolivette Brown, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Nancy Torresen, of Maine, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine; and William Francis Kuntz II, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

 

Disability Law

Notices  

On 5/5/11, the Department of Education announced a request for applications for new awards for fiscal year 2011 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities Program, a program which aims to improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development and use of technology, supporting educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and providing support for captioning and video description for use in the classroom. Applications are due 6/20/11. FR25676.

 

Elder Law

Presidential Action  

On 4/29/11, the president issued Proclamation 8663, to declare May 2011 as Older Americans Month, and to invite Americans of all ages to acknowledge the contributions of older Americans during this month and throughout the year. FR25523.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Hearings  

The Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Taking Measure of Countermeasures (Part 2): A Review of Efforts to protect the Homeland Through Distribution and Dispensing of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Medical Countermeasures.” 5/12/11, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.

The Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, and Energy and Environment Subcommittee, House Science, Space and Technology Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “Nuclear Energy Risk Management.” 5/13/11, 10 am, 2318 Rayburn.

  

Environmental Law

Bills Introduced

HR 1705 (Sullivan, R-OK), to require analyses of the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

 

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced  

HR 1727 (Ruppersberger, D-MD), to strengthen certain provisions relating to arms export licenses, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1724 (Rothman, D-NJ), to provide for the provision by hospitals receiving federal funds through the Medicare Program or Medicaid Program of emergency contraceptives to women who are survivors of sexual assault; to Energy and Commerce. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

Notices

On 5/5/11, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 6/15/11 – 6/17/11 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, in Traverse City, MI, to receive presentations and to discuss various topics concerning health care services in rural areas. FR25696.


HIV/AIDS

Bills Introduced  


S Res 162 (Menendez, D-NJ), to express the sense of the Senate that stable and affordable housing is an essential component of an effective strategy for the prevention, treatment, and care of human immunodeficiency virus, and that the United States should make a commitment to providing adequate funding for the development of housing as a response to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome pandemic; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. CR 5/4/11, S2686.

 

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

S 878 (Nelson, D-NE), to amend Section 520 of the Housing Act of 1949 to revise the requirements for areas to be considered as rural areas for purposes of such Act; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. CR 5/4/11, S2686.

 

Indian Affairs

Hearings  

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on tribal transportation issues. 5/12/11, 1 pm, 628 Dirksen.

Notices

On 5/5/11, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs, to produce national level estimates of housing needs in tribal areas in the . Comments are due 7/5/11. FR25703.

 

International Law

Bills Introduced  

S 879 (Kirk, R-IL), to promote human rights and democracy in ; to Foreign Relations. CR 5/4/11, S2686.

HR 1708 (Rigell, R-VA), to prohibit the use of funds to support Operation Odyssey Dawn; to Armed Services. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

HR 1714 (Dold, R-IL), to promote human rights and democracy in ; to Foreign Affairs. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

H Res 247 (Mack, R-FL), to call for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its support of Iran, Hezbollah, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC); to Foreign Affairs. CR 5/4/11, H3061.

H Res 251 (Schock, R-IL), to urge the president to expedite the submission of the - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement to Congress; to Ways and Means. CR 5/4/11, H3061.  

Hearings  

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.” 5/11/11, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Steps Needed for a Successful 2014 Transition in .” 5/10/11, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Strategic Implications of Pakistan and the Region.” 5/17/11, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on evaluating goals and progress in and . 5/19/11, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.

The , Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the 2012 budget request for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. 5/10/11, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Peace Corps at 50.” 5/11/11, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.N. Climate Talks and Power Politics: It’s Not About the Temperature.” 5/11/11, 2:30 pm, 2200 Rayburn.

 

Legal Issues

Presidential Action  

On 5/5/11, the president issued Proclamation 8665, to declare 5/1/11, as Law Day, , and to call upon the nation to acknowledge the importance of its legal and judicial systems with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to display the flag of the in support of this national observance. FR25527.

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 1709 (Slaughter, D-NY), to prevent and end the occurrence of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces; to Armed Services. CR 5/4/11, H3060.

 

National Security

Bills Introduced  

H Res 248 (Owens, D-NY), to honor the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, and for other purposes; to Armed Services. CR 5/4/11, H3061.  

Hearings  

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The USA PATRIOT Act (P.L. 107-56): Dispelling the Myths.” 5/11/11, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

 

Substance Abuse

Bills Introduced  

S 882 (Brown, D-OH), to prevent misuse, overutilization, and trafficking of prescription drugs by limiting access to such drugs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who have been identified as high-risk prescription drug users; to Finance. CR 5/4/11, S2686.

 

 

 

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