A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.15.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 8 (January 14, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No.8 (January 15, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 8 (January 15, 2009)
Bills Introduced
S 244 ( Bond, R-MO), to expand programs of early childhood home visitation that increase school readiness, child abuse and neglect prevention, and early identification of developmental and health delays, including potential mental health concerns; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S388, CR 1/14/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 539 ( Paul, R-TX), to limit the jurisdiction of the federal courts; to Judiciary. H325, remarks E88, CR 1/14/09.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 529 ( Meek, D-FL), to establish in the Department of Justice the Nationwide Mortgage Fraud Task Force to address mortgage fraud in the United States; to Judiciary. H324, CR 1/14/09.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 245 ( Kohl, D-WI), to expand, train and support all sectors of the health care workforce to care for the growing population of older individuals in the United States; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S388, remarks S393, CR 1/14/09.
HR 519 ( Israel, D-NY), to authorize additional appropriations for the family caregiver support program under the Older Americans Act of 1965 and for the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information for fiscal years 2010-2012; to Education and Labor. H324, CR 1/14/09.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 512 ( Davis, D-CA), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit certain state election administration officials from actively participating in electoral campaigns; to House Administration. H324, remarks E84, CR 1/14/09.
Gun Violence  
Bills Introduced
HR 495 ( Rodriguez, D-TX), to authorize additional resources to identify and eliminate illicit sources of firearms smuggled into Mexico for use by violent drug trafficking organizations; to Judiciary. H323, CR 1/14/09.
On 1/15/09, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced an information collection request regarding the certification of secure gun storage or safety devices. Comments are due 3/16/09. FR 2617.
Health Law
Floor Action
On 1/14/09, the House passed, by a 289-139 vote, HR 2, to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Bills Introduced
HR 542 ( Putnam, R-FL), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to permit states to rely on findings from an express plan agency to conduct simplified eligibility determinations under Medicaid and SCHIP; to Energy and Commerce. H325, CR 1/14/09.
Bills Introduced
S 249 ( Stabenow, D-MI), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to qualify formerly homeless youth who are students for purposes of low-income tax credit; to Finance. S388, CR 1/14/09.
H 502 ( Bachmann, R-MN), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve health care choice by providing for the tax deductibility of medical expenses by individuals; to Ways and Means. H323, CR 1/14/09.
Immigration Law  
On 1/15/09 the Executive Office for Immigration Review, DOJ, announced an interim rule, effective 1/15/09, addressing duplicative regulations between DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security. Comments are due 3/16/09. FR 2337.
On 1/15/09, the Department of State, announced a final rule, effective 1/15/09, amending the regulations pertaining to the manner in which aliens may petition for the opportunity to participate in the Diversity Visa Program. FR 2369.
International Law  
Bills Introduced
HR 496 ( Rangel, D-NY), to amend United States trade laws to eliminate foreign barriers to restore rights under trade remedy laws, to strengthen enforcement of United States intellectual property rights and health and safety laws at United States borders; to Ways and Means. H323, CR 1/14/09.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 248 ( Bond, R-MO), to prohibit the use of certain interrogation techniques; to Intelligence. S388, CR 1/14/09.