A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.7.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 55, Nos. 179-181 (December 4-6, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 233 (December 7, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 175 (December 7, 2009)

Children and Families

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Courts/Judiciary
Election Law
Executive Branch
Health Law
Housing/Homelessness
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property
International Law
Legal Services Corporation
National Security
Tort and Insurance Law


Children and Families
Bills Introduced
S 2837 ( Lincoln, D-AR), to amend Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act to examine and improve the child welfare workforce; to Finance. S12413, CR 12/4/09.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Notices
On 12/7/09, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a final rule amending some of its existing regulations to include references to Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information. This final rule becomes effective 1/6/10. FR 63981.
CourtsJudiciary
Hearings
The Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Examining the State of Judicial Recusals After Caperton v. A.T. Massey.” 12/10/09, 1 pm, 2237 Rayburn.
Notices
On 12/7/09, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced new and revised final rules which will restrict, and in some situations prohibit, federal candidates and certain political committees from expending campaign funds for non-commercial air travel. The rules apply to all federal candidates, including publicly funded presidential candidates, and other individuals traveling on behalf of candidates, political party committees, and other political committees where the travel is in connection with federal elections. These final rules become effective 1/6/10. FR 63951.
On 12/7/09, the FEC announced a request for public comment on proposed changes to rules regarding participation by federal candidates and officeholders at non-federal fundraising events under the FEC Act of 1971. Comments are due 2/8/10. The commission will hold a hearing on these proposed rules on 3/10/10 in Washington, DC. FR 64016.
Notices
On 12/7/09, the Federal Register printed the Semiannual Regulatory Agendas for several federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice, and the Department of Labor, among others. FR 64424- FR 64467.
Bills Introduced
S 2838 ( Bennett, R-UT), to give critical access hospitals priority in receiving grants to implement health information technology, to expand participation in the drug pricing agreement program under Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act, to provide for a study and report on pharmacy dispensing fees under Medicaid, and to provide for continuing funding for operation of state offices of rural health; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S12413, CR 12/4/09.
Floor Action
On 12/5/09, the Senate adopted, by a unanimous vote of 96-0, an amendment to HR 3590, comprehensive health care reform, to protect home health benefits.
On 12/6/09, the Senate failed, by a 32-66 vote, to achieve 60 affirmative votes for an amendment to HR 3590, comprehensive health care reform, to place a limitation on the amount of attorneys’ contingency fees. The amendment was withdrawn.
Notices
On 12/7/09, the Office of the Secretary, HHS, announced that the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) has been delegated the authority to administer studies related to the adoption of a nationwide system for the electronic use and exchange of health information and, to the extent that it does not conflict with any other existing delegation, of HIT for Economic and Clinical Health for the Promotion of HIT. FR 64086.
HousingHomelessness
Bills Introduced
S 2836 ( Kohl, D-WI), to improve the operating fund for public housing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S12413, CR 12/4/09.
Hearings
The Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing on the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration detention system and proposed changes to the system. 12/10/09, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
Hearings
The Government Management, Organization, and Procurement Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing on trends and challenges in protecting intellectual property rights in a global economy. 12/9/09, 10 am, 2247 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
S 2839 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to amend the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for treatment of victims of torture; to Foreign Relations. S12413, CR 12/4/09.
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “The New Afghanistan Strategy: The View From the Ground.” 12/9/09, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
The European Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Strengthening the Trans-Atlantic Economy: Moving Beyond the Crisis.” 12/9/09, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.
The East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Principles for U.S. Engagement in Asia.” 12/10/09, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 12/4/09, the Senate passed S Res 341, supporting peace, security, and innocent civilians affected by conflict in Yemen.
Notices
On 12/7/09, the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Board announced a 12/14/09 meeting in Arlington, VA, to discuss the president’s report, congressional affairs, IAF program activities, the IAF Advisory Council update, and related matters. FR 64096.
Notices
On 12/7/09, the Search Committee for the Interim Legal Services Corporation (LSC) President of the LSC’s Board of Directors announced a 12/9/09 meeting via conference call to approve the agenda, consider and act on other business, hear public comments, and for other matters. The call-in number is 1-866-451-4981, and the pass code is 3899506694. FR 64100.
Notices
On 12/7/09, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an extension to existing information collections which are used to document a traveler’s admission into the United States, and which include date of arrival, visa classification, and the date the authorized stay expires. Comments are due 2/5/10. FR 64092.
Notices
On 12/7/09, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) announced various corrections and technical amendments to its rules of procedure and regulations which implement the Government in the Sunshine Act and the Equal Access to Justice Act in proceedings before OSHRC. These amendments become effective 12/7/09. FR 63985.

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