A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 4.3.2009
The Senate and House are not in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 55 (April 1, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, Nos. 56-57 (April 2-3, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 62-63 (April 2-3, 2009)

Business Law
Floor Action
On 4/1/09, the House passed, by a 247-171 vote, HR 1664, to amend the executive compensation provisions of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to prohibit unreasonable and excessive compensation and compensation not based on performance standards.
Children/Families
Bills Introduced
HR 1840 ( Camp, R-MI), to ensure states receive adoption incentive payments for fiscal year 2008 in accordance with the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008; to Ways and Means. H4396, CR 4/1/09.
Notices
On 4/3/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a proposed award of mandatory grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act to states, Native American tribes and tribal organizations, and state domestic violence coalitions to assist these entities in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and increase public awareness of family violence issues, and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents. FR 15273-15293.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
H Con Res 92 ( Engel, D-D-NY), supporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools; to Education and Labor. H4397, CR 4/1/09.
Committee Action
On 4/1/09, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved HR 35, to amend Chapter 22 of Title 44, U.S. Code, popularly known as the Presidential Records Act, to establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of presidential records.
Courts/Judiciary
Notices
On 4/2/09, the Senate received the following judicial nominations: Andre M. Davis, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; and Gerard E. Lynch, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1856 ( Lynch, D-MA), to reauthorize the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; to Financial Services. H4396, CR 4/1/09.
Notices
On 4/2/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed data collection regarding the evaluation of the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, created in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings to serve as a user-friendly, single point of entry to potentially life-saving information about youth violence prevention. Comments are due 5/3/09. FR 14991.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 776 ( Casey, D-PA), to assist in creating substantive culture change in long-term residential care by establishing a small house nursing home loan program to provide for the establishment, renovation, and construction of small house nursing homes; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S4172, CR 4/1/09.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced
S 764 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to increase the maximum amount of assistance to individuals and households; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S4171, CR 4/1/09.
Notices
On 4/3/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, proposed to amend its regulations regarding the Special Community Disaster Loans Program to implement loan cancellation provisions for Special Community Disaster Loans provided by FEMA to local governments in the Gulf region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Comments are due 6/2/09. FR 15228.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1862 ( Van Hollen, D-MD), to cap the emissions of greenhouse gases through a requirement to purchase carbon permits, and to distribute the proceeds of such purchases to eligible individuals; to Ways and Means. H4396, CR 4/1/09.
Health Law
Notices
On 4/2/09, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, announced a request for public comment on the existing final regulation, “Health Insurance Portability for Group Health Plans,” and the temporary regulation, “Interim Rules for Health Insurance Portability for Group Health Plans.” These regulations contain rules governing access, portability, and renewability requirements for group health plans and issuers of health insurance coverage offered in connection with a group health plan, and also provide guidance for group health plans and the employers maintaining them regarding requirements relating to preexisting condition exclusions, discrimination based on health status, and access to coverage. Comments are due 6/1/09. FR 15052.
On 4/3/09, the Food and Drug Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection regarding the mental models study of health care providers’ understanding of prescription drug effectiveness, uses and risks. Comments are due 5/4/09. FR 15293.
Housing/Homelessness
Bills Introduced
S 763 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to authorize temporary mortgage and rental payments; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S4171, CR 4/1/09.
Immigration Law
Notices
On 4/2/09, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced a 5/14/09-5/15/09 meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health in San Antonio, TX, to discuss services and issues related to the health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and to formulate recommendations for the HHS secretary. FR 14993.
On 4/3/09, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a 30-day extension for public comment on an information collection necessary to determine the statutory eligibility of individual aliens who have been determined to be deportable from the United States, for suspension of their deportation, pursuant to former Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as well as to provide information relevant to a favorable exercise of discretion. Comments are due 5/4/09. FR 15305.
On 4/3/09, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ, announced a 30-day extension for public comment on an information collection necessary to allow an attorney or qualified representative to notify the Immigration Court that he or she is representing an alien before the court. Comments are due 5/4/09. FR 15305-15306.
On 4/3/09, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ, announced a 30-day extension for public comment on an information collection necessary to allow an attorney or qualified representative to notify the Board of Immigration Appeals that he or she is representing an alien before the board. Comments are due 5/4/09. FR 15306-15307.
Indian Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1834 ( Kirkpatrick, D-AZ), to amend the Small Business Act to expand and improve the assistance provided to Indian tribe members, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians; to Small Business. H4395, CR 4/1/09.
Intellectual Property
Committee Action
On 4/2/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, by a 15-4 vote, S 515, to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1861 ( Schiff, D-CA), to highlight and promote freedom of the press worldwide; to Foreign Affairs. H4396, remarks E837, CR 4/1/09.
Floor Action
On 4/1/09, the Senate continued consideration of S Con Res 13, the congressional budget for FY10, and adopted the Kerry-Lugar amendment 732, to restore full funding for the president’s request for the international affairs budget, in support of development programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, foreign assistance, fighting global AIDS, promoting sustainable development, and other efforts, with an offset. On 3/31/09, ABA Governmental Affairs Director Thomas M. Susman sent a letter to all senators expressing the ABA’s support of the Kerry-Lugar amendment.
Notices
On 4/2/09, the United States Agency for International Development announced a 30-day delay on the final rule exempting portions of the Partner Vetting System from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act. The effective date for the final rule is now set for 5/4/09. FR 14931.
Legal Services
Floor Action
On 4/1/09, the Senate reached a unanimous consent agreement discharging the Senate Judiciary Committee from further consideration of S 718, to amend the Legal Services Corporation Act to meet special needs of eligible clients, provide for technology grants, and improve corporate practices of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). The bill then was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Notices
On 4/3/09, the LSC announced the availability of competitive grant funds and solicited grant proposals from interested parties who are qualified to provide effective, efficient, and high-quality civil legal services to eligible clients in the service areas of states and territories listed in the Federal Register. Applicants must file a Notice of Intent to Compete by 5/15/09, and grant proposals by 6/5/09. FR 15307.
National Security
Notices
On 4/2/09, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 4/29/09 meeting of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity in Bethesda, MD, to discuss strategies for a personnel reliability program for individuals with access to select agents and toxins, an overview of the 4/3/09 public consultation meeting on proposed optimal characteristics of individuals with access to select agents, and other business of the board. Comments must be received by 4/20/09. FR 14994.
Substance Abuse
Bills Introduced
H Res 315 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), supporting the goals and ideals of Alcohol Awareness Month; to Energy and Commerce. H4397, CR 4/1/09.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 772 ( Bond, R-MO), to enhance benefits for survivors of certain former members of the armed forces with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, and to enhance availability and access to mental health counseling for members of the armed forces and veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. S4172, CR 4/1/09.
HR 1851 ( Herseth Sandlin, D-SD), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to require that certain members of the armed forces receive employment assistance, job training assistance, and other transitional services provided by the secretary of Labor before separating from active duty service; to Armed Services. H4396, CR 4/1/09.
Notices
On 4/2/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a 4/15/09-4/16/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Veterans and Families in Washington, DC, which advises the secretary of Veterans Affairs on the full spectrum of health care, benefits delivery and related family support issues that confront servicemembers during their transition from active duty to veteran status and during their post-services years. FR 15066.
On 4/2/09, the VA announced a 5/13/09 meeting of the Special Medical Advisory Group in Washington, DC, to discuss OIF/OEF and traumatic brain injury care and updates un quality and performance initiatives, mental health services and the future of information technology in the VA. FR 15067.
On 4/2/09, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor, announced a request for public comment on five proposed collections of information: “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Tracking Report,” “Jobs for Veterans State Grant Budget Information Summary,” “Jobs for Veterans State Grant Expenditure Detail Report,” “Jobs for Veterans State Grant Staffing Directory,” and “Transition Assistance Program Workshop Forecast.” Comments are due 6/1/09. FR 15005.
On 4/3/09, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor, announced an availability of grant funds and a solicitation for grant applications for programs that provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force, and that stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. Applications are due 5/4/09. FR 15307.

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