A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.7.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 99 (July 6, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 127-128 (July 6-7, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 101 (July 7, 2009)

 
Appropriations
Floor Action  
On 7/6/09, the Senate passed, by a 67-25 vote, HR 2918, making appropriations for the legislative branch for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
Business Law
Hearings  
The House Financial Services Committee and House Agriculture Committee will hold a joint hearing on the administration’s proposal to regulate over-the-counter derivatives. 7/10/09, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.
The Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency: Implications for Consumers and the Federal Trade Commission.” 7/8/09, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The House Financial Services Committee will mark up draft legislation that would overhaul financial industry regulations. 7/23/09, 7/29/09, 7/30/09; time TBA, 2128 Rayburn.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Hearings  
The Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation concerning domestic partnerships. 7/8/09, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The House Natural Resources Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 2314, to express the policy of the United States regarding the U.S. relationship with native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the native Hawaiian governing entity. 7/9/09, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.
Courts/Judiciary
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. 7/13/09, 10 am, 216 Hart. On 7/7/09, the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary announced a unanimous rating of “well qualified” – the Committee’s highest rating – for Sotomayor.
Criminal Law
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Report and Standards.” 7/8/09, 3 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 7/6/09, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the National Corrections Reporting Program, which includes the Prisoner Admission Report Form, the Prisoner Release Report Form, the Parole Release Report Form, and the Prisoner in Custody at Year-end Report Form. Comments are due 8/6/09. FR 31976.
On 7/7/09, the National Institute of Corrections, DOJ, announced a request for proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a nine-month project period to create a “tool kit” to be used for training staff from federal, state, and local corrections agencies of all sizes and levels of funding. Applications are due 7/24/09. FR 32195.
Disability Law
Notices  
On 7/6/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the 2010 National Mental Health Services Survey, which will use one questionnaire for all mental health facility types, including hospitals, residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics, and multi-setting facilities. Comments are due 9/6/09. FR 31963.
On 7/7/09, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Developmental Disabilities Program Independent Evaluation Project, which will examine the targeted impact of three programs funded under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 on the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Comments are due 8/7/09. FR 32169.
Election Law
Notices  
On 7/7/09, the Federal Election Commission announced the establishment of a program to allow persons requesting an advisory opinion, or their counsel, a limited opportunity to appear before the commission to answer questions from the commission at the open meeting during consideration of the requestor’s draft advisory opinion. FR 32160.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1399 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to establish a market for the trading of greenhouse gases; to Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. S7138, CR 7/6/09.
Hearings  
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing titled “Moving America Toward a Clean Energy Economy and Reducing Global Warming Pollution: Legislative Tools.” 7/7/09, 10 am, 406 Dirksen.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Industrial Competitiveness Under Climate Policies: Lessons From Europe.” 7/8/09, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.
Health Law
Committee Action  
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will continue to mark up S ---, the Affordable Health Choices Act, as well as consider pending committee business and vote on any pending nominations cleared for action. 7/7/09, 10 am, 325 Russell.
Hearings  
The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Looming Challenge for Small Medical Providers: The Projected Physician Shortage and How Health Care Reforms Can Address the Problem.” 7/8/09, 10 am, 2360 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 7/6/09, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, HHS, announced a 7/21/09-7/22/09 meeting in Arlington, VA, to discuss proposed rulemaking on institutional review board accountability, long-range future planning regarding new subcommittees and areas of focus, concerns surrounding consent for future use of specimens or data, and other issues. FR 31957.
On 7/7/09, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced the publication of final guidelines for human stem cell research, implementing an executive order as it pertains to extramural NIH-funded stem cell research, establishing policy and procedures under which the NIH will fund such research, and helping to ensure that NIH-funded research in this areas is ethically responsible, scientifically worthy, and conducted in accordance with applicable law. These guidelines become effective 7/7/09. FR 32170.
Housing/Homelessness
Hearings  
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s strategy to provide interim housing for people affected by natural disasters. 7/8/09, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
Committee Action
The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 3045, to reform the housing choice voucher program under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937. 7/8/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Indian Law
Notices
On 7/6/09, SAMHSA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Cross-community Evaluation of the Native Aspirations Project, which will evaluate the mobilization of local resources for American Indian and Alaska Native youth, the experience and impact of the Gathering of Native Americans, the community-level knowledge and awareness of suicide, violence, bullying, and substance abuse, the pro-social and help-seeking behaviors amount native youth, the provision of services specific to native youth through existing service systems, and other issues. Comments are due 9/6/09. FR 31958.
International Law
Committee Action
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate on HR 3081, making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations and related programs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10. 7/8/09, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft fiscal 2010 appropriations for foreign operations and the State Department. 7/9/09, time TBA, location TBA.
Hearings  
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Climate Change Legislation: International Trade Considerations.” 7/8/09, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Nuclear Cooperation with the United Arab Emirates: Review of the Proposed U.S.-UAE Agreement.” 7/8/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Export Administration Act: A Review of Outstanding Policy Considerations.” 7/9/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Trade Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on how the system of trade advisory committees is functioning and how to increase transparency and public participation in the development of U.S. trade policy. 7/21/09, 10 am, B-318 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 7/7/09, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, DOJ, announced the commencement of a program for adjudication of certain categories of claims of U.S. nationals against the government of Libya which were settled under the “Claims Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America and the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,” effective 8/14/08. Claims must be filed by 7/7/10. FR 32193.
Military Law
Committee Action  
On 7/7/09, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on legal issues regarding military commissions and the trial of detainees for violations of the law of war.
Hearings
The Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Legal Issues Surrounding the Military Commissions System.” 7/8/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
National Security
Hearings  
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels and U.S. National Security.” 7/9/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 2701, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, the Community Management Account and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices
On 7/6/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a revision to the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Exposure Investigations, which are used to prevent or mitigate adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life resulting from the exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. Comments are due 8/6/09. FR 31962.
On 7/6/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 31857.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced  
S 1394 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge the receipt of medical, disability, and pension claims and other communications submitted by claimants; to Veterans’ Affairs. S7138, CR 7/6/09.
Hearings  
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Women Veterans: Bridging the Gaps in Care.” 7/14/09, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee and Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “Eliminating the Gaps: Examining Women Veterans’ Issues.” 7/16/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Review of Veterans’ Disability Compensation: Forging a Path Forward.” 7/29/09, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Implications of VA’s Limited Scope of Gulf War Illness Research.” 7/30/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Notices  
On 7/6/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a final rule amending the vocational rehabilitation and employment regulations of the VA concerning the VA’s responsibility to provide notification regarding information or evidence needed for an individual to substantiate a claim for vocational rehabilitation benefits and services, and regarding applicable time periods.
On 7/6/09, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), Department of Labor, announced the availability of funds for fiscal year 2009 and 2010 to support local stand downs, which are events held in a local community where homeless veterans are provided with a wide variety of social services, including employment assistance. Applications for events planned in fiscal year 2010 are due 7/30/09. FR 31979.
On 7/6/09, VETS, Department of Labor, announced a 8/5/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach in Washington, DC, to discuss programs to assist veterans seeking employment and to raise employer awareness as to the advantages of hiring veterans, with special emphasis on employer outreach and wounded and injured veterans. FR 31979.

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