A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.24.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 31 (February 23, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, Nos. 28-29 (February 23-24, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 32-35 (February 19-24, 2009)
 
AIDS/HIV
Notices  
On 2/24/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced an opportunity for collaboration between the CDC and the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests for HIV and HCV. FR 8260.
Appropriations
Bills Introduced
HR 1105 ( Obey, D-WI), to make omnibus appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009; to Appropriations. H2601, CR 2/23/09.
Children/Families
Floor Action  
On 2/23/09, the House passed, by a 295-102 vote, HR 911, to require certain standards and enforcement provisions to prevent child abuse and neglect in residential programs. The ABA sent a letter to all representatives on 2/23/09 supporting the legislation.  
Notices  
On 2/23/09, the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which advises the EPA on issues related to children’s environmental health, announced a meeting to be held 3/10/09-3/12/09 at the Arlington Court Suites in Arlington, VA. FR 8089.
On 2/23/09, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, proposed a collection of information from states about the Court Improvement Program, which provides grants to state court systems to conduct assessments of their foster care, adoption laws, and judicial processes, and to develop and implement a plan for system improvement. The Administration will use information to ensure compliance with the statute and to provide training and technical assistance to grantees. FR 8092.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1139 ( Weiner, D-NY), to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the COPS ON THE BEAT grant program; to Judiciary. H2602, CR 2/23/09.  
HR 1133 ( Pomeroy, D-ND), to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe rules regulating inmate telephone service rates; to Energy and Commerce. H2602, CR 2/23/09.
Notices  
On 2/24/09, the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, issued a notice for an extension for information collection regarding grants under the Victims of Crime Act. FR 8271.
Elder Law
Hearings  
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on securing retirement in a volatile economy. 2/25/09, 10:30 am, 106 Dirksen.
Election Law
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 157, to provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia as a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives. 2/25/09, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn. The ABA sent a letter to a House Judiciary subcommittee on 1/26/09 supporting the legislation.
Floor Action
On 2/24/09, the Senate agreed, by a 62-34 vote, to proceed to consideration of S160, the DC Voting Rights Act. The ABA sent a letter to all Senators supporting the legislation.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced
HR 1130 ( Maloney, D-NY), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to modify the terms of the community disaster loan program; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H2601, remarks E299, CR 2/23/09.
HR 1131 ( Maloney, D-NY), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to improve federal response efforts after a terrorist strike or other major disaster affecting homeland security; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H2601, remarks E296, CR 2/23/09.
Hearings  
The Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Post-Katrina Disaster Response and Recovery: Evaluating FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Continuing Efforts in the Gulf Coast and Response to Recent Disasters.” 2/25/09, 10 am, 2167 Rayburn.
The Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on the challenges facing FEMA. 2/26/09, 10 am, 2359 Rayburn.  
Environmental Law
Hearings  
The Energy and Environment Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold hearings on how policies in related areas can complement climate change efforts. 2/24/09 and 2/26/09, 9:30 am, 2322 Rayburn.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on the latest science related to global warming. 2/25/09, 10 am, 406 Dirksen.
The Energy and Environment Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, will hold a hearing on the monitoring, reporting and verifying of greenhouse gas emissions. 2/24/09, 10 am, 2318 Rayburn.
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on scientific objectives that climate change legislation should seek to achieve. 2/25/09, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.  
The Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee, House Natural Resources Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Managing Our Ocean and Wildlife Resources in a Dynamic Environment: Priorities for the New Administration and the 111 th Congress.” 3/3/09, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.
Health Law
Hearings  
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the problem of underinsurance and how it might be addressed in health care revision proposals. 2/24/09, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold hearings on integrative health care. 2/26/09, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 1127 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to extend certain immigration programs; to Judiciary. H2601, CR 2/23/09.
Notices  
On 2/23/09, the Department of Homeland Security announced amendments to its regulations concerning the employment authorization of aliens and the employment eligibility verification process. With these amendments, employer-specific employment may be authorized for certain aliens lawfully enlisted into the U.S. Armed Forces, and for those whose enlistment is deemed vital to the national interest. FR 7993.
Indian Affairs  
Hearings  
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on youth suicide among Native Americans. 2/26/09, 10 am, 628 Dirksen.
Intellectual Property Law
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 628, to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges. 2/25/09, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
International Law
Hearings
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on strengthening U.S.-Russia relations. 2/25/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Military Law
Hearings  
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on beneficiary and advocacy overview. 2/25/09, 3 pm, 2118 Rayburn .
National Security
Hearings  
The House Select Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on current worldwide security threats. 2/25/09, 9 am, 334 Cannon.
Substance Abuse
Notices  
On 2/19/2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, HHS, announced a meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council to be held on 3/19/09 to discuss the Center’s policy issues and current administrative, legislative and program developments. FR 7697.
Tax Law
Hearings  
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “A Review of TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) Oversight, Accountability and Transparency for U.S. Taxpayers.” 2/24/09, 2 pm, 2220 Rayburn.

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