A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.17.2009
The Senate is in session today. The House will reconvene 12/19/09.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 191 (December 16, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 241 (December 17, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 183 (December 17, 2009)
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 4326 ( Scott, D-VA), to provide appropriate protection to attorney-client privileged communications and attorney work product; to Judiciary. H15498, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4337 ( Rangel, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify certain rules applicable to regulated investment companies; to Ways and Means.H15499, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4342 ( McCotter, R-MI), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the secretary of the Treasury’s authority under the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. H15499, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4375 ( Hinchey, D-NY), to restore certain provisions of the Banking Act of 1933, commonly referred to as the “Glass-Steagall Act”; to Financial Services. H15500, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4377 ( Kaptur, D-OH0, to repeal certain provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and to revive the separation between commercial banking and the securities business in the manner provided in the Banking Act of 1933, also known as the “Glass-Steagall Act”; to Financial Services.  H15500, CR 12/16/09.
H Con Res 224 ( Posey, R-FL), encouraging federal financial regulators to establish clear and consistent guidelines for financial institutions seeking to grow or expand; to Financial Services. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4358 ( Baldwin, D-WI), to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to improve access to high-quality early learning and child care for low-income children and working families; to Education and Labor. H15499, CR 12/16/09.
Notices  
On 12/17/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the publication of a list of information collection requests under review, including the “School Associated Violent Death Surveillance System,” which would estimate the rate of school-associated violent death in the United States and identify common features of school-associated violent deaths. FR 66972.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 4364 ( Cohen, D-TN), to protect First Amendment rights of petition and free speech by preventing states and the United States from allowing meritless lawsuits arising from acts in furtherance of those rights, commonly called “SLAPPS”; to Judiciary. H15500, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4376 ( Israel, D-NY), to amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity when extending credit; to Financial Services. H15500, CR 12/16/09.
Committee Action  
On 12/16/09, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved S 1102, to provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees.
On 12/16/09, the House Natural Resources Committee approved HR 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009.
CourtsJudiciary
Nominations  
On 12/16/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of James A. Wynn Jr. and Albert Diaz, both of North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judges for the Fourth Circuit.
Committee Action  
On 12/16/09, the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on HR 4115, the Open Access to Courts Act of 2009.
Bills Introduced  
S 2885 ( Landrieu, D-LA), to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide adequate benefits for public safety officers injured or killed in the line of duty; to Judiciary. S13319, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4327 ( Scott, D-VA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, with respect to the good time credit toward service of sentences of imprisonment; to Judiciary. H15498, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4328 ( Scott, D-VA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to award credit toward the service of a sentence to prisoners who participate in designated educational, vocational, treatment, assigned work, or other developmental programs; to Judiciary. H15498, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4334 ( Bright, D-AL), to provide grants for the renovation, modernization, and construction of law enforcement facilities; to Judiciary. H15498, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4335 ( Scott, D-VA), to provide for the redress of prison abuses; to Judiciary. H15498, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4338 ( Melancon, D-LA), to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide adequate benefits for public safety officers injured or killed in the line of duty; to Judiciary. H15499, CR 12/16/09.
Notices  
On 12/17/09, CDC, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Randomized Controlled Trial of Routine Screening for Intimate Partner Violence. Comments are due 2/17/10. FR 66976.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4378 ( Kissell, D-NC), to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act to require that the same access to transportation and public accommodations be afforded to certified trainers of service animals as is afforded under such act to individuals with disabilities who use such service animals; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H15500, CR 12/16/09.
Bills Introduced  
HJ Res 65 ( Halvorson, D-IL), disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Election Commission with respect to travel on private aircraft by candidates for the office of president, vice president, and senator; to House Administration. H15501, CR 12/16/09.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4369 ( Frank, D-MA), to allow the United States-Canada Transboundary Resource Sharing Understanding to be considered an international agreement for the purposes of Section 304(e)(4) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; to Natural Resources. H15500, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4396 ( Pomeroy, D-ND), to amend the Clean Air Act to provide that greenhouse gases are not subject to the act; to Energy and Commerce. H15501, CR 12/16/09.
HJ Res 66 ( Moran, R-KS), disapproving a rule submitted by the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency relating to endangerment and cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act; to Energy and Commerce. H15501, CR 12/16/09.
H Res 989 ( Inslee, D-WA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt national policies and pursue international agreements to prevent ocean acidification, and to address the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems and coastal economies; to Natural Resources. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4390 ( Murphy, D-NY), to amend Title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for enhanced program and provider protections under the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance programs; to Energy and Commerce. H15501, CR 12/16/09.
H Res 983 ( Burgess, R-TX), requesting the president and directing the secretary of Health and Human Services to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of documents, records, and communications in their possession relating to certain agreements regarding health care reform; to Energy and Commerce. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
Notices  
On 12/17/09, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 2/4/10-2/5/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society to review a revised report on gene patents and licensing practices, to review a public consultation draft report on genetics education and training, and to hold an information-gathering session on the mechanisms and policies related to genomic data sharing. FR 66987.
HIVAIDS
Notices  
On 12/17/09, CDC, HHS, published a list of information collection requests under review, including a proposed project entitled the “Performance Evaluation Program for HIV Rapid Testing,” which would help to ensure accurate HIV rapid testing that serves as the foundation for HIV prevention and intervention programs. FR 66968.  
On 12/17/09, CDC, HHS, published a list of information collection requests under review, including a proposed project entitled the “STD Surveillance Network,” which would improve the capacity of national, state, and local STD programs to detect, monitor, and respond rapidly to trends in STDs through enhanced collection, reporting, analysis, visualization, and interpretation of disease information. FR 66973.
Bills Introduced
HR 4350 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for non-immigrant status for an alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen if the children was born abroad and is the child of a deceased member of the Armed Forces of the United States; to Judiciary. H15499, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4381 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to reform the H-2B program; to Judiciary. H15500, CR 12/16/09.
Bills Introduced  
S 2893 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to prevent the use of Indian reservations located on the U.S. borders to facilitate cross-border drug trafficking; to Judiciary. S13319, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4347 ( Boren, D-OK), to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes; to Natural Resources. H15499, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4401 ( Smith, D-WA), to amend the Act of August 9, 1955, to modify a provision relating to leases involving certain Indian tribes; to Natural Resources. H15501, CR 12/16/09.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4392 ( Payne, D-NJ), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance to expand, improve, support, and promote higher education in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa; to Foreign Affairs. H15501, CR 12/16/09.
HR 4405 ( Waters, D-CA), to provide for greater responsibility in lending and expanded cancellation of debts owed to the United States and the international financial institutions by low-income countries; to Financial Services. H15501, CR 12/16/09.
H Res 981 ( Berman, D-CA), supporting continued political and economic development in Ukraine; to Foreign Affairs. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
H Res 982 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that France and other member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union should decline to sell major weapons systems or offensive military equipment to the Russian Federation; to Foreign Affairs. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
H Res 987 ( Frelinghuysen, R-NJ), recognizing the importance of trade to the U.S. economy and the importance of passing free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama; to Ways and Menas. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
H Res 992 ( Poe, R-TX), expressing the sense of the House that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran should halt the widespread and brutal repression of the peaceful reformist protestors, opposition supporters, human rights defenders, students, and journalists following the disputed Iranian presidential election of 6/12/09; to Foreign Affairs. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
H Con Res 225 ( Schiff, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month and its observance January 1 through February 1 of each year to raise awareness of, and opposition to, modern slavery; to Judiciary. H15502, CR 12/16/09.
Floor Action
On 12/16/09, the Senate passed S Res 376, honoring the 60 th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as well as the 10 th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein.  
On 12/16/09, the House passed, by a 403-12 vote, HR 3714, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include in the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices information about freedom of the press in foreign countries.
Notices  
On 12/17/09, the Agency for International Development announced the availability for general public viewing of the Guidance for Fiscal Year 2010 Title II Proposals for Emergency Relief and Recovery Activities in Zimbabwe via the Food for Peace website at http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/ffp/countryspec.html. FR 66951.
Bills Introduced  
S 2888 ( Cardin, D-MD), to amend Section 205 of Title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualifying law school students participating in legal clinics from the application of the general conflict of interest rules under such section; to Judiciary. S13319, CR 12/16/09.
Floor Action  
On 12/16/09, the House passed HR 4194, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualifying law school students participating in legal clinics or externships from the application of the conflict of interest rules under Section 205 of such title.
Floor Action  
On 12/16/09, the Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to HR 3326, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
Notices  
On 12/17/09, the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Department of Veterans Affairs, announced a 1/11/10-1/12/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to receive briefings on issues related to compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and on other veteran benefits programs, including the Institute of Medicine Study on Reintegration of Military Personnel and the Senior Oversight Committee Programs Review Results. FR 67008.

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