A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 09.25.2008
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.


Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 152 (September 24, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 132 (September 25, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 187 (September 25, 2008)
 
Children/Families
Floor Action
On 9/24/08, the Senate passed HR 1199, to extend the grant program for drug-endangered children, clearing the measure for the president.
On 9/24/08, the Senate passed S Res 683, designating the week of 10/19/08 as “National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.”
Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law
Floor Action
On 9/24/08, the Senate passed HR 923, to provide for the investigation of certain unsolved civil rights crimes, clearing the measure for the president.
Courts/Judiciary
Bills Introduced
S 3569 ( Schumer, D-NY), to make improvements in the operation and administration of the federal courts; to Judiciary. CR 9/24/08, remarks S9422.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 7033 ( Scott, D-VA), to provide safeguards with respect to the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks prepared for employment purposes; to Judiciary. H9423, CR 9/24/08.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 7040 ( Kucinich, D-OH), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to ensure that individuals who reside in a jurisdiction in a residence subject to foreclosure proceedings may continue to vote in elections for federal office held in the jurisdiction; to House Administration. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
HJ Res 99 ( Larson, D-CT), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States concerning the election of the Members of the House of Representatives; to Judiciary. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
H Res 1493 ( Space, D-OH), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that there should be established a National Voter Awareness Week; to House Administration. H9425, CR 9/24/08.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
HR 7036 ( Boyda, D-KS), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the dependent care credit to take into account expenses for care of parents and grandparents who do not live with the taxpayer. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
H Res 1495 ( English, R-PA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Assisted Living Week; to Energy and Commerce. H9425, CR 9/24/08.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced  
S 3572 ( Landrieu, D-LA), to provide for disaster assistance for power transmission and distribution facilities; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S9415, CR 9/24/08.
HR 7048 ( Hinchey, D-NY), to provide additional housing assistance for certain individuals and households adversely affected by a major disaster; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
HR 7054 ( Paul, R-TX), to ensure that a private for-profit nursing home affected by a major disaster receives the same reimbursement as a public nursing home affected by a major disaster; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
HR 7055 ( Paul, R-TX), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals either a credit against income tax or a deduction for expenses paid or incurred by reason of a voluntary or mandatory evacuation; to Ways and Means. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
Floor Action
On 9/24/08, the House passed HR 7006, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide disaster assistance relief.
Health Law  
Bills Introduced
S 3554 ( Smith, R-OR), to provide employees of small employers with access to quality, affordable health insurance coverage; to Finance. S9415, CR 9/24/08.
S 3559 ( Coleman, R-MN), to amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure that third party review is available whenever health insurance coverage in the individual market is terminated; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S9415, CR 9/24/08.
S 3571 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to stimulate social policy and community environments to improve health by encouraging policies and programs to improve community health by policy and design; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. CR 9/24/08, remarks S9422.
S Con Res 102 ( Clinton, D-NY), expressing the sense of Congress that ensuring the availability of adequate housing is an essential component of an effective strategy for the prevention and treatment of HIV and the care of individuals with HIV; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S9425, CR 9/24/08.
HR 7037 ( Bishop, D-GA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human services to make grants to each state health department for community action teams to promote healthier lifestyles through physical activity and good nutrition; to Energy and Commerce. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
HR 7038 ( Ryan, R-WI), to establish a health Care Services Commission to enhance the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to such services; to Energy and Commerce. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
H Con Res 427 ( Nadler, D-NY), expressing the sense of Congress that ensuring the availability of adequate housing is an essential component of an effective strategy for the prevention and treatment of HIV and the care of individuals with HIV; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. H9425, CR 9/24/08.
Floor Action
On 9/24/08, the House passed HR 5265, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for research with respect to various forms of muscular dystrophy.
On 9/24/08, the House passed HR 2994, to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to pain care.
On 9/24/08, the House passed HR 1532, to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to making progress toward the goal of eliminating tuberculosis.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 7057 ( Rodriguez, D-TX), to establish a liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite naturalization applications filed by members of the Armed Forces and to establish a deadline for processing such applications. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
Floor Action
On 9/24/08, the Senate passed S 2840, to establish a liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite naturalization applications filed by members of the Armed Forces and to establish a deadline for processing such applications.
International Law
Floor Action
On 9/24/08, the House passed H Res 1451, to establish the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 7049 ( Holt, D-NJ), to establish the National Commission on the Anthrax Attacks Upon the United States to examine and report upon the facts and causes relating to the anthrax letter attacks of September and October 2001; to Judiciary. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
HR 7056 ( Price, D-NC), to improve the United States capabilities for gathering human intelligence through the effective interrogation and detention of terrorist suspects and for bringing terrorists to justice through effective prosecution in accordance with the principles and values set forth in the Constitution; to Armed Services. H9424, CR 9/24/08.
Substance Abuse
Floor Action
On 9/24/08, the House passed S 2162, to improve the treatment and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders.

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