A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.27.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 34 (February 26, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 32 (February 27, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 38 (February 27, 2009)
Business Law
Hearings
The Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) Oversight: Is TARP Working for Main Street?” 3/4/09, 2:30 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
S 495 ( Cardin, D-MD), to increase public confidence in the justice system and address any unwarranted racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal process; to Judiciary. S2558, remarks and text S2565, CR 2/26/09. The ABA sent a letter on 2/25/09 supporting the legislation.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including S 49, to help federal prosecutors and investigators combat public corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law. 3/5/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1237 ( Linda Sánchez, D-CA), to amend Chapter 1 of Title 9 of the United States Code with respect to nursing home arbitration; to Judiciary. H2874, CR 2/26/09. The ABA sent a letter on 2/23/09 supporting nursing home arbitration legislation.
Hearings
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on health care revision proposals in light of an aging American population. 3/4/09, 10 am, 562 Dirksen.
Election Law
Committee Action
On 2/25/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved, by 20-12 vote, HR 157, to give full voting representation in the House to the District of Columbia. The ABA sent a letter on 1/26/09 supporting the legislation.
Floor Action
On 2/26/09, the Senate passed, by a 61-37 vote, S 160, to give full voting representation in the House to the District of Columbia. The ABA sent a letter to all senators on 2/23/09 supporting the legislation.
Emergency Preparedness
Hearings
The Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Gulf Coast Rebuilding Efforts: The Path Forward.” 3/3/09, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
Gun Violence
Floor Action
On 2/26/09, the Senate adopted, by a 62-36 vote, an amendment to S 160, the DC House Voting Rights Act, before passing the bill by a 61-37 vote. The amendment would repeal the District of Columbia’s ban on semiautomatic weapons, bar the city’s registration requirements for most guns, and drop criminal penalties for possessing an unregistered firearm.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 486 ( Sanders, I-VT), to achieve access to comprehensive primary health care services for all Americans and to reform the organization of primary care delivery through an expansion of the Community Health Center and National Health Service Corps programs; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S2558, remarks S2561, CR 2/26/09.
S 487 ( Harkin, D-IA), to amend the Pubic Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S2558, remarks and text S2562, CR 2/26/09.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1215 ( Roybal-Allard, D-CA), to reform immigration detention procedures; to Judiciary. H2873, CR 2/26/09.
Hearings
The Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on health services for detainees in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. 3/3/09, 10 am, 2359 Rayburn.
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining 287(g): The Role of State and Local Law Enforcement in Immigration Law.” 3/4/09, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1206 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to strengthen sanctions against the Government of Syria, to enhance multilateral commitment to address the Government of Syria’s threatening policies, and to establish a program to support a transition to a democratically elected government in Syria; to Foreign Affairs. H2872, CR 2/26/09.
HR 1233 ( Paul, R-TX), to prohibit any federal official from expending any federal funds for any population control or population planning program or any family planning activity; to Foreign Affairs. H2874, CR 2/26/09.
H Res 200 ( Wolf, R-VA), calling on the Egyptian Government to respect human rights and freedoms of religion and expression in Egypt; to Foreign Affairs. H2875, CR 2/26/09.
Hearings
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Role for Congress and the President in War: The Recommendations of the National War Powers Commission.” 3/5/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Military Law
Hearings
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on preventing sexual assault in the military. 3/6/09, 10 am, 2212 Rayburn.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 1238 ( Shadegg, R-AZ), to prohibit the presence in the United States of any alien formerly detained at the Department of Defense detention facility at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to Judiciary. H2874, CR 2/26/09.
Hearings
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the national and homeland security consequences of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. 3/25/09, Time TBA, 342 Dirksen.
Substance Abuse
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including S 256, to enhance the ability to combat methamphetamine. 3/5/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Tort and Insurance Law
Hearings
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on government intervention and implications for future regulation of American International Group. 3/5/09, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.
The Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a series of hearings on the creation of a system to monitor and regulate systemic risk in the financial services industry. 3/5/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.

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