A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.8.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 55, No. 182 (December 7, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 234 (December 8, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 176 (December 8, 2009)

Antitrust Law
Business Law
Courts/Judiciary
Criminal Law
Disability Law
Health Law
Housing/Homelessness
Indian Law
International Law
Legal Services Corporation
National Security
 
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, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Business Law
Committee Action
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 4173, to provide for financial regulatory reform, protect consumers and investors, enhance federal understanding of insurance issues, and regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets. 12/9/09, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.
Courts/Judiciary
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, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
S 2844 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the terrorist hoax statute; to Judiciary. S12618, CR 12/7/09.
S 2845 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend Section 1028 of Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the possession, transfer, or use of fraudulent documents; to Judiciary. S12618, CR 12/7/09.
Presidential Action
On 12/2/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 12/3/09 “International Day of Persons with Disabilities,” and calling upon all American to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs. FR 64589.
Bills Introduced
HR 4216 ( Kennedy, D-RI), to amend the Public Health Service Act and Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to establish guidelines to enhance the meaningful use and interoperability of electronic medical records with personal health records, including for purposes of Medicare and Medicaid payment incentives; to Energy and Commerce. H13550, CR 12/7/09.
Notices
On 12/8/09, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a rule finalizing the methodology for calculating the higher federal matching funding that is made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and that provides the final calculation of the adjusted federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) rates for the third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2009. The FMAP is used to determine the amount of federal matching for specified state expenditures for assistance payments under programs under the Social Security Act. FR 64697.
HousingHomelessness
Notices
On 12/8/09, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, the Affordable Housing Program (AHP), which authorizes banks, at their discretion, to set aside a portion of their annual required AHP contribution to establish homeownership set-aside programs for the purpose of promoting homeownership for low- or moderate-income households. Comments are due 1/7/10. FR 64691.
Notices
On 12/8/09, the Indian Health Service, HHS, announced a request for competitive grant applications for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative for American Indian and Alaska Native Urban Program communities, which seeks to expand community-level access to effective, urban American Indian and Alaska Native methamphetamine and suicide prevention and treatment programs. Applications are due 1/5/10. FR 64703.
Notices
On 12/8/09, the deputy secretary of State announced a determination that the organizations “Asbat al-Ansar, et al.” shall continue to be designated as foreign terrorist organizations pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, declaring that the circumstances that were the basis for a 2004 re-designation of the organizations as foreign terrorist organizations have not changed in such a manner as to warrant terrorist revocation of the designations, and that the national security of the United States does not warrant a revocation of the designations. FR 64804.
Notices
On 12/8/09, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 12/15/09 meeting of the board of directors via conference call to, among other things, hear public comments and possibly act in closed session on a recommendation for selecting an interim LSC president. The call-in number is 1-866-451-4981, and the pass code is 3899506694. FR 64741.
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including H Res 920, directing the attorney general to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in the attorney general’s possession regarding certain matters pertaining to detainees held at the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who are transferred into the United States. 12/9/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 12/2/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring December 2009 “Critical Infrastructure Protection Month,” and calling upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of partnering to protect U.S. resources and to observe the month with appropriate events and training to enhance U.S. national security and resilience. FR 64585.

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