A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
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)
Tort and Insurance Law
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
HR 4188, to authorize appropriations for brownfields site assessment and cleanup; to Energy and Commerce. H13466, CR 12/2/09.
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.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on Afghanistan. 12/8/09, 1:30 pm, 216 Hart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 12/2/09, the House Financial Services Committee approved HR 2609, the Federal Insurance Office Act of 2009.