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A Daily Legislative Update of the Governmental Affairs Office

 

daily edition 10.26.11

 

The Senate is not in session today. The House is in session today.

 

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 207 (October 26, 2011)

Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 161 (October 25, 2011)

CQ Today, Vol. 47, No, 144 (October 26, 2011)

 

 

AIDS/HIV

 

Notices

 

On 10/26/11, the Office on Women's Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for comments on the In Community Spirit Program--prevention of HIV/AIDS for Native/American Indian and Alaska Native women living in rural and frontier Indian country. Comments are due 11/25/11. FR66305.

 

 

Children and Families

 

Bills Introduced

 

HR 3254 (Velasquez, D-NY), to amend the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to ensure access to employment opportunities for low-income persons; to Financial Services. CR 10/25/11, H7068.

 

Notices

 

On 10/26/11, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), HHS, announced it is soliciting comments on a proposed three-year extension of a program used to collect information from programs operated by states and territories in association with their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs. Comments are due 11/25/11. FR66310.

 

On 10/26/11, ACF, HHS, announced a request for comments concerning the Affordable Care Act Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Annual Report. Comments are due 12/25/11. FR66309.

 

 

Courts/Judiciary

 

Hearings

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the following nominations: Stephanie Dawn Thacker, of West Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; Michael Walter Fitzgerald, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Ronnie Abrams, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Rudolph Contreras, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; and Miranda Du, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada. 11/3/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

 

 

Criminal Law

 

Committee Action

 

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 2870, to reauthorize certain programs established in the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act of 2006. 10/27/11, 9 am, 2141 Rayburn.

 

 

Disability Law

 

Hearings

 

The Human Resources Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on Supplemental Security Income benefits for children, focusing on efforts that would ensure that benefits are used to help children overcome their disabilities and lead productive lives. 10/27/11, 9 am, B-318 Rayburn.

 

 

Gun Violence

 

Committee Action

 

On 10/25/11, the House Judiciary Committee ordered reported, as amended, HR 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.

 

 

Health Law

 

Bills Introduced

 

HR 3258 (Braley, D-IA), to extend for two year certain geographic practice cost index adjustments under the Medicare program; to Energy and Commerce. CR 10/25/11, H7068.

 

 

Immigration Law

 

Bills Introduced

 

HR 3256 (Poe, R-TX), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify the law prohibiting the secretary of State from issuing certain visas to nationals of countries that refuse or unreasonably delay repatriation; to Judiciary. CR 10/25/11, H7068.

 

Committee Action

 

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 3012, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants and to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants. 10/27/11, 9 am, 2141 Rayburn.

 

 

International Law

 

Hearings

 

The Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Combating International Organized Crime: Evaluating Current Authorities, Tools, and Resources.” 11/1/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

 

The Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a series of hearings titled “2014 and Beyond: the U.S. Policy Towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.” 11/3/11, 1 pm, 2172 Rayburn.

 

Notices

 

On 10/26/11, the Executive Office of the President announced an Administrative Order concerning the continuation of the national emergency with respect to the situation in or in relation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. FR66597.

 

On 10/26/11, the Department of State announced a meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy to discuss what narratives are, how they are shaped and countered; also, the conference will delve into the impact on narratives of actions and words and the impact of environmental factors. The meeting will be 11/29/11, 9 am, the RAND Offices, 1176 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA. FR66345.

 

 

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