A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.26.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 33 (February 25, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 31 (February 26, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 37 (February 26, 2009)

Administrative Law
On 2/26/09, the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, announced the development of a set of recommendations to the president for a new Executive Order on Federal Regulatory Review, and invites public comment on how to improve the process and principles governing regulation. Comments are due 3/16/09. FR 8819.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
SJ Res 11 ( Murkowski, R-AK), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to a seat in the House of Representatives for the District of Columbia; to Judiciary. S2474, CR 2/25/09.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1192 ( Johnson, D-TX), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide more help to Alzheimer’s disease caregivers; to Ways and Means. H2834, CR 2/25/09.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced
HR 1174 ( Oberstar, D-MN), to establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Cabinet-level independent agency in the executive branch; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H2833, CR 2/25/09.
Executive Branch
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry,” focusing on creation of an independent commission to investigate Bush administration policies. 3/4/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1200 ( McDermott, D-WA), to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system; to Energy and Commerce. H2835, CR 2/25/09.
Bills Introduced
H Con Res 62 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), supporting the goals and ideals of “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day”; to Energy and Commerce. H2835, CR 2/25/09.
On 2/26/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a proposed project, the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Rapid HIV Testing Clinical Information Form, which will be utilized for ethnic and racial minorities at risk for substance use and HIV/AIDS. Comments are due within 60 days. FR 8802.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1199 ( Myrick, R-NC), to improve sharing of immigration information among federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, and to improve state and local enforcement of immigration laws; to Judiciary. H2835, CR 2/25/09.
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing on Coast Guard drug and migrant interdiction. 3/11/09, 10 am, 2167 Rayburn.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S Res 56 ( Lugar, R-IN), urging the Government of Moldova to ensure a fair and democratic election process for the parliamentary elections on April 5, 2009; to Foreign Relations. S2474, remarks and text S2488, CR 2/25/09.
H Con Res 61 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of the Russian Federation’s continued membership in the G8 should be conditioned on its compliance with its international obligations and commitment to democratic principles and standards; to Foreign Affairs. H2835, CR 2/25/09.
H Con Res 63 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis, an amount equal to at least 1 percent of United States gross domestic product (GDP) for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs; to Foreign Affairs. H2835, CR 2/25/09.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing on U.S.-Bolivia relations. 3/3/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 1186 ( Forbes, R-VA), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer individuals detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to facilities in Virginia or to house such individuals at such facilities; to Armed Services. H2834, CR 2/25/09.
HR 1187 ( Frelinghuysen, R-NJ), to authorize the secretary of homeland security to make grants to first responders; to Homeland Security. H2834, CR 2/25/09.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 475 ( Burr, R-NC), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to guarantee the equity of spouses of military personnel with regard to matters of residency; to Veterans’ Affairs. S2473, CR 2/25/09.
HR 1171 ( Boozman, R-AR), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program for fiscal years 2010 through 2014; to Veterans’ Affairs. H2833, CR 2/25/09.
HR 1182 ( Carter, R-TX), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to guarantee the equity of spouses of military personnel with regard to matters of residency; to Veterans’ Affairs. H2834, CR 2/25/09.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation, including HR 466, to prohibit discrimination and acts of reprisal against persons who receive treatment for illnesses, injuries, and disabilities incurred in or aggravated by service in the uniformed services; HR 929, to require the secretary of veterans’ affairs to carry out a program of training to provide eligible veterans with skills relevant to the job market; and HR 1089, to provide for the enforcement through the Office of Special Counsel of the employment and unemployment rights of veterans and members of the armed forces employed by federal executive agencies. 3/4/09, 1 pm, 340 Cannon.
The Senate Veterans’ Affair Committee and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold joint hearings to receive the legislative presentations of veterans’ service organizations. 3/5/09 and 3/12/09, 9:30 am, 106 Dirksen; and 3/18/09, 9:30 am, 334 Cannon.