A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.3.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 55, No. 177 (December 2, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 231 (December 3, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 173 (December 3, 2009)


Antitrust Law

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Disability Law
Environmental Law
Indian Law
International Law
Military Law
National Security
Tort and Insurance Law


Antitrust Law  
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3190, to restore the rule that agreements between manufacturers and retailers, distributors, or wholesalers to set the price below which the manufacturer’s product or service cannot be sold violates the Sherman Act. 12/9/09, time TBA, 2141 Rayburn.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 4170 ( Hodes, D-NH), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to strike the authority of the secretary of the Treasury to extend the Troubled Asset Relief Program after 2009; to Financial Services. H13465, CR 12/2/09.
HR 4171 ( Teague, D-NM), to repeal the authority of the secretary of the Treasury to extend the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. H13465, CR 12/2/09.
HR 4173 ( Frank, D-MA), to provide for financial regulatory reform, to protect consumers and investors, to enhance federal understanding of insurance issues, and to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets; to Financial Services. H13465, CR 12/2/09.
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Mortgage Fraud, Securities Fraud, and the Financial Meltdown: Prosecuting Those Responsible.” 12/9/09, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action
On 12/2/09, the House Financial Services Committee approved HR 3996, the Financial Stability Improvement Act of 2009.
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3996, to improve financial stability. 12/9/09, time TBA, 2141 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 12/2/09, the House passed HR 2873, to provide enhanced enforcement authority to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
On 12/2/09, the House passed, by a 421-0 vote, HR 1242, to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to provide for additional monitoring and accountability of the Troubled Assets Relief Program.  
CourtsJudiciary  
Nominations  
On 12/3/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered reported the nominations of Thomas I. Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit (by a 16-3 vote), and Louis B. Butler Jr., of Wisconsin, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin (by a 12-7 vote).  
Hearings  
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Impact of Federal Habeas Corpus Limitations on Death Penalty Appeals.” Stephen F. Hanlon, chair, ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project Steering Committee, will testify on behalf of the ABA. 12/8/09, 1 pm, 2237 Rayburn.  
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 569, to amend Titles 10 and 28, United States Code, to allow for certiorari review of certain cases denied relief or review by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. 12/9/09, time TBA, 2141 Rayburn.  
Committee Action  
On 12/2/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 1064, the Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act (Youth PROMISE Act). On 12/1/09, ABA Governmental Affairs Director Thomas M. Susman sent a letter supporting the bipartisan legislation.  
Notices  
On 12/3/09, the Department of Education announced a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 2010 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program, which promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research. Applications are due 2/1/10. FR 63392.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 4188, to authorize appropriations for brownfields site assessment and cleanup; to Energy and Commerce. H13466, CR 12/2/09.  
Hearings  
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will meet to consider pending business. 12/9/09, 9:30 am, 628 Dirksen.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Where’s the Trustee? Department of the Interior Backlogs Prevent Tribes From Using Their Lands.” 12/9/09, time TBA, 628 Dirksen.  
Hearings  
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Afghanistan. 12/8/09, 1:30 pm, 216 Hart.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4180 ( Hastings, D-FL), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to include the disclosure of sexual orientation by a member of the Armed Forces to a member of Congress as a lawful and protected communication and to prohibit retaliatory personnel actions against members of the Armed Forces who make such a disclosure in a congressional hearing or who testify for or against the policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces; to Armed Services. H13466, CR 12/2/09.
Floor Action  
On 12/2/09, the House passed, by a 417-0 vote, H Res 861, to support the goals and ideals of National Military Family Month.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 4182 ( Lowey, D-NU), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to limit the number of Urban Area Security Initiative grants awarded and to clarify the risk assessment formula to be used when making such grants; to Homeland Security. H13466, CR 12/2/09.
Floor Action  
On 12/2/09, the House passed, by a 414-0 vote, HR 3980, to provide for identifying and eliminating redundant reporting requirements and developing meaningful performance metrics for homeland security preparedness grants.
Committee Action  
On 12/2/09, the House Financial Services Committee approved HR 2609, the Federal Insurance Office Act of 2009.

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