A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.6.2009
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Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 1 (January 7, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 2 (January 7, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 2 (January 7, 2009)
Administrative Law
Bills Introduced  
S 8 ( Reid, D-NV), to return the government to the people by reviewing controversial “midnight regulations” issued in the waning days of the Bush Administration; read for the first time. S 40, remarks and text S 45, CR 1/7/09.
Antitrust Law
Bills Introduced
S 148 ( Kohl, D-WI), to restore the rule that agreements between manufacturers and retailers, distributors, or wholesalers to set the minimum price below which the manufacturer’s product or service cannot be sold violates the Sherman Act; to the Judiciary. S 43, remarks and text S 134, CR 1/7/09.
Children/ Families
Bills Introduced  
S 97 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to require states to implement a drug testing program for applicants for and recipients of assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; to Finance. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
S 69 ( Inouye, D-HI), to establish a fact finding Commission to extend the study of a prior commission to investigate and determine facts and circumstances surrounding the relocation, internment, and deportation to Axis countries of Latin Americans of Japanese descent from December 1941 through February 1948, and the impact of those actions by the United States, and to recommend appropriate remedies; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S 41, remarks and text S 70, CR 1/7/09.
SJ Res 1 ( Vitter, R-LA), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve; to Judiciary. S 43, CR 1/7/09.
SJ Res 2 ( Vitter, R-LA), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing Congress and the states to prohibit the act of desecration of the flag of the United States and to set criminal penalties for that act; to Judiciary. S 43, CR 1/7/09.
Criminal Law  
Bills Introduced
S 41 ( Ensign, R-NV), to require a 50-hour workweek for federal prison inmates, and to reform inmate work programs; to Judiciary. S 40, CR 1/7/09.
S 49 ( Leahy, D-VT), to help federal prosecutors and investigators combat public corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law; to Finance. S 40, remarks and text S 56, CR 1/7/09.
S 106 ( Vitter, R-LA), to require that all individuals convicted of a felony under state law provide a DNA sample; to Judiciary. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 107 ( Vitter, R-LA), to authorize funding for the Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology initiative; to Judiciary. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 132 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to increase and enhance law enforcement resources committed to investigation and prosecution of violent gangs, to deter and punish violent gang crime, to protect law-abiding citizens and communities from violent criminals, to revise and enhance criminal penalties for violent crimes, and to expand and improve gang prevention programs; to Judiciary. S 42, remarks and text S 104, CR 1/7/09.
S 150 ( Leahy, D-VT), to provide federal assistance to states for rural law enforcement; to Judiciary. S 43, remarks and text S 136, CR 1/7/09.
S Res 4 ( Vitter, R-LA), expressing the sense of the Senate that the Supreme Court of the United States erroneously decided Kennedy v. Louisiana, No. 07-343 (2008), and that the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States allows the imposition of the death penalty for the rape of a child; to Judiciary. S 43, remarks and text S 148, CR 1/7/09.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced
S 91 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full federal funding of such part; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 41, CR 1/7/09.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 89 ( Kohl, D-WI), to amend Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959, to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for the elderly; to Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. S 42, remarks and text S 89, CR 1/7/09.
Election Law
Bills Introduced  
S 48 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require new voting systems to provide a voter-verified permanent record, and to develop better accessible voting machines for individuals with disabilities; to Rules and Administration. S 40, CR 1/7/09.
S 149 ( Kohl, D-WI), to change the date for regularly scheduled federal elections and establish polling place hours, to Rules and Administration. S 43, CR 1/7/09.
S 160 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the State of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S 43, remarks and text S 142, CR 1/7/09.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
S 5 ( Akaka, D-HI), to improve the economy and the security of the United States by reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign and unsustainable energy sources and the risks of global warming; read for the first time. S 40, remarks and text S 45, CR 1/7/09.
S 137 ( Brown, D-OH), to create jobs and reduce the dependence of the United States on foreign and unsustainable energy sources by promoting the production of green energy; to Energy and Natural Resources. S 43, CR 1/7/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 4 ( Reid, D-NV), to guarantee affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans; read for the first time. S 39, CR 1/7/09.
S 21 ( Reid, D-NV), to reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 40, remarks and text S 46, CR 1/7/09.
S 45 ( Ensign, R-NV), to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 40, remarks and text S 58, CR 1/7/09.
S 50 ( Inouye, D-HI), to amend US Code to authorize the use of clinical social workers to conduct evaluations to determine work-related emotional and mental illnesses; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S 40, CR 1/7/09.
S 77 ( Kerry, D-MA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to provide for equal coverage of mental health services under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program; to Finance. S 41, remarks and text S 83, CR 1/7/09.
S 79 ( Kerry, D-MA), to amend the Social Security Act to establish a Federal Reinsurance Program for catastrophic health care costs; to Finance. S 41, remarks and text S 84, CR 1/7/09.
S 82 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, to limit income eligibility expansions under that program until the lowest income eligible individuals are enrolled; to Finance. S 41, CR 1/7/09.
S 85 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 41, CR 1/7/09.
S 93 ( Brown, D-OH), to provide quality, affordable health insurance for small employers and individuals; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 96 ( Vitter, R-LA), to prohibit certain abortion-related discrimination in governmental activities; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 98 ( Vitter, R-LA), to impose admitting privilege requirements with respect to physicians who perform abortions; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 113 ( Inouye, D-HI), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide health care practitioners in rural areas with training in preventive health care, including both physical and mental care; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 42, remarks and text S 86, CR 1/7/09.
S 142 ( Kerry, D-MA), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every uninsured child in American has health insurance coverage; to Finance. S 43, remarks and text S 128, CR 1/7/09.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
S 9 ( Reid, D-NV), to strengthen the United States economy and provide for more effective border and employment enforcement; read for the first time. S 40, remarks and text S 46, CR 1/7/09.
S 84 ( Vitter, R-LA), to close the loophole that allowed the 9/11 hijackers to obtain credit cards from United States banks that financed their terrorist activities and to ensure that illegal immigrants cannot obtain credit cards to evade United States immigration laws; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S 41, CR 1/7/09.
S 91 ( Vitter, R-LA), to reduce the amount of financial assistance provided to the government of Mexico in response to the illegal border crossings from Mexico into the United States, which serve to dissipate the political discontent with the higher unemployment rate within Mexico; to Foreign Relations. S 41, CR 1/7/09.
S 95 ( Vitter, R-LA), to prohibit appropriated funds from being used in contravention of Section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996; to Judiciary. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 115 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to provide that wages earned, and self-employment income derived, by individuals while such individuals were not citizens or nationals of the United States and were illegally in the United States shall not be credited for coverage under the old age, survivors, and disability insurance program under such titles; to Finance. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
Justice Department
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be attorney general. 1/15/09, 9:30am, 325 Russell.
Lobbying/ Campaign Finance
Bills Introduced  
S 104 ( Vitter, R-LA), to prohibit authorized committees and leadership political action committees (PACs) from employing the spouse or immediate family members of any candidate or federal office holder connected to the committee; to Rules and Administration. S 42, CR 1/7/09.  
S 105 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to establish criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully falsifying or failing to file or report certain information required to be reported under that Act; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 133 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to prohibit any recipient of emergency federal economic assistance from using such funds for lobbying expenditures or political contributions, to improve transparency, enhance accountability, and encourage responsible corporate governance; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S 42, remarks and text S 114, CR 1/7/09.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 6 ( Reid, D-NV), to restore and enhance the national security of the United States; read for the first time. S 40, remarks and text S 45, CR 1/7/09.
S 108 ( Vitter, R-LA), to prohibit the admission of an alien who was detained as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unless the president determines that such admission is consistent with the national security of the United States; to Judiciary. S 42, CR 1/7/09.
S 147 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to require the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to limit the use of certain interrogation techniques, to prohibit interrogation by contractors, and to require notification of the International Committee of the Red Cross of detainees; to Select Committee on Intelligence. S 43, remarks and text S 131, CR 1/7/09.

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