A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.4.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 21 (February 3, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 20 (February 4, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 22 (February 4, 2009)
Antitrust Law
Bills Introduced
HR 831 ( Oberstar, D-MN), to direct the Comptroller General to conduct a study of the legal requirements and politics followed by the Department of Transportation in deciding whether to approve international alliances between air carriers and foreign air carriers and grand exemptions from the antitrust laws in connection with such international alliances; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H921, CR 2/3/09.
Children/Families
Bills Introduced
HR 824 ( Maloney, D-NY), to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and Title 5, U.S. Code, to allow employees to take, as additional leave, parental involvement leave to participate in or attend their children’s and grandchildren’s educational and extracurricular activities, and to clarify that leave may be taken for routine family medical needs and to assist elderly relatives; to Education and Labor. H921, remarks E187, CR 2/3/09.
HR 840 ( Slaughter, D-NY), to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence involving members of the Armed Forces and their family members and partners through enhanced programs of prevention and deterrence, enhanced programs of victim services, and strengthened provisions for prosecution of assailants; to Armed Services. H921, remarks E186, CR 2/3/09.
H Res 103 ( Lewis, D-GA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week; to Judiciary. H922, CR 2/3/09.
Floor Action
On 2/3/09, the House agreed to suspend the rules and pass, by a 419-0 vote, H Res 103, supporting the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.
On 2/4/09, the House passed, by a 290-135 vote, the Senate amendment to HR 2, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, clearing the measure for the president. The president is scheduled to sign the bill at 4:30 pm today.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 823 ( Maloney, D-NY), to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to require the U.S. attorney general to acquire data about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on gender; to Judiciary. H921, remarks E191, CR 2/3/09.
H Res 109 ( Costa, D-CA), supporting the mission and goals of 2009 National Crime Victims’ Rights week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States, and to commemorate the 25 th anniversary of the enactment of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984; to Judiciary. H922, CR 2/3/09.
Floor Action
On 2/3/09, the House agreed to suspend the rules and pass, by a 417-0 vote, H Res 82, to raise awareness and to encourage prevention of stalking by establishing January 2009 as “National Stalking Awareness Month.”
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 832 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the financing of the Superfund; to Ways and Means. H921, CR 2/3/09.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced  
S 371 ( Thune, R-SD), to amend Chapter 44 of Title 18, U.S. Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the state in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another state that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the state; to Judiciary. S1431, CR 2/3/09.
HR 834 ( Poe, R-TX), to exempt certain peace officers from certain minimum sentencing requirements for using a firearm to commit a crime of violence during or in relation to their employment; to Judiciary. H921, CR 2/3/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 812 ( Boren, D-OK), to prevent legislative and regulatory functions from being usurped by civil liability actions brought or continued against food manufacturers, marketers, distributors, advertisers, sellers and trade associations for claims of injury relating to a person’s weight gain, obesity, or any health condition associated with weight gain or condition associated with weight gain or obesity; to Judiciary. H920, CR 2/3/09.
Notices
On 2/3/09, the Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Services, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a meeting open to the public concerning strategies to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. 2/24/09, 9am-5pm, Westin National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD. FR 6041.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 808 ( Kucinich, D-OH), to establish a Department of Peace; to Oversight and Government Reform. H920, CR 2/3/09.  
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold an on-the-record roundtable on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. 2/5/09, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 370 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer detainees of the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to any facility in the United States or to construct any facility for such detainees in the United States; to Armed Services. S1431, CR 2/3/09.
HR 794 ( Lamborn, R-CO), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer enemy combatants detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Florence Federal Correctional Complex in Colorado, or to construct facilities for such enemy combatants at such location; to Armed Services. H919, CR 2/3/09.
HR 817 ( Gingrey, R-GA), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer individuals detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to facilities in Georgia or to house such individuals at such facilities; to Armed Services. H920, CR 2/3/09.
HR 829 ( Myrick, R-NC), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer individuals detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to facilities in North Carolina or to house such individuals at such facilities; to Armed Services. H921, CR 2/3/09.
Floor Action
On 2/3/09, the House agreed to suspend the rules and pass, by voice vote, HR 553, to require the secretary of homeland security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information.
On 2/3/09, the House agreed to suspend the rules and pass, by voice vote, HR 549, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office of Bombing Prevention to address terrorist explosive threats.

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