A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.9.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 101 (July 8, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 130 (July 9, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 103 (July 9, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3126 ( Frank, D-MA), to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Agency; to Financial Services. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
HR 3128 ( Ellison, D-MN), to amend the Federal Reserve Act to authorize Federal Reserve banks to examine the methodologies used by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations in analyzing and rating asset-backed securities and structured finance products; to Financial Services. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on creating a consumer financial protection agency. 7/14/09, 9 am, 538 Dirksen.
The Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Economy and Fraud: Protecting Consumers During Downward Economic Times.” 7/14/09, 10 am, 253 Russell.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced  
S 1411 ( Reid, D-NV), to amend Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to encourage and support parent, family, and community involvement in schools, to provide needed integrated services and comprehensive support to children, and to ensure that schools are centers of communities, for the ultimate goal of helping students stay in school, become successful learners, and improve academic achievement; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S7261, CR 7/8/09.
On 7/8/09, the Senate received the nominations of Irene Cornelia Berger, of West Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia; and Roberto A. Lange, of South Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Dakota.
On 7/9/09, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced a 10/8/09-10/9/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure. FR 32953.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3132 ( Rothman, D-NJ), to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to reauthorize the Matching Grant Program for School Security through fiscal year 2012; to Judiciary. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
HR 3133 ( Schiff, D-CA), to improve Title 18 of the United States Code; to Judiciary. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Mandatory Minimums and Unintended Consequences.” 7/14/09, 10:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Elder Law
On 7/9/09, the Social Security Administration announced a 7/29/09 hearing in Chicago, IL, and via webcast to obtain information about possible methods of identifying adults with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and the advisability of implementing compassionate allowances of Social Security disability coverage for people with these diseases. The live webcast of this hearing may be accessed at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionate_allowances/hearings0709.htm. FR 32817.
Election Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1415 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to ensure that absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters are aware of their voting rights and have a genuine opportunity to register to vote and have their absentee ballots cast and counted; to Rules and Administration. S7261, CR 7/8/09.
Emergency Preparedness
On 7/9/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the program evaluation of the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, which aims to strengthen terrorism and emergency preparedness by bringing together colleges and universities with a common focus on public health preparedness to establish a national network of education and training resources. Comments are due 8/9/09. FR 32936.
Environmental Law
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing titled “Economic Opportunities for Agriculture, Forestry Communities, and Others in Reducing Global Warming Pollution.” 7/14/09, 10 am, 406 Dirksen.
On 7/9/09, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the HRSA National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Information and Documentation Checklist, which consists of information that the agency is required to obtain to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Comments are due 9/9/09. FR 32936.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3124 ( Fudge, D-OH), to provide for the use of improved health information technology with respect to certain safety net health care providers; to Energy and Commerce. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
HR 3134 ( Schwartz, D-PA), to direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a Healthcare Innovation Zone pilot program; to Energy and Commerce. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
H Con Res 162 ( Nye, D-VA), expressing the sense of Congress that any attempt at healthcare reform should ensure that patients have the right to choose their healthcare providers; to Energy and Commerce. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
H Res 615 ( Fleming, R-LA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, federal government-run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and agree to enroll under that public option; to House Administration. H7837, CR 7/8/09.
On 7/9/09, the HRSA, HHS, announced a 8/13/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Linkages in Rockville, MD, to discuss the current status of healthcare reform, best practices, lessons learned from the international perspective of interdisciplinary care, and interprofessional competencies in an effort to ensure the appropriate formulation of recommendations for the secretary and Congress. FR 32946.
Committee Action
On 7/9/09, the House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 3045, to reform the housing choice voucher program under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937, and several amendments, including provisions that would allow residents of public housing projects to possess firearms. 7/9/09, 9:30 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
S 1409 ( Kerry, D-MA), to expedite the adjudication of employer petitions for aliens with extraordinary artistic ability; to Judiciary. S7261, remarks S7263, CR 7/8/09.
Floor Action
On 7/8/09, the Senate continued consideration of HR 2892, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, and adopted an amendment to make the piolot program for employment eligibility confirmation for aliens permanent and to improve verification of immigration status of employees, as well as an amendment to require the completion of at least 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the southwest border by 12/31/10.
Intellectual Property
On 7/9/09, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced the publication of a final rule establishing adjusted fees for its services, recovering a significant part of the costs to the office of registering claims and providing full cost recovery for many other services provided by the office which benefit only or primarily the user of that service. This final rule becomes effective 8/1/09. FR 32805.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 1416 ( Brownback, R-KS), to require the redesignation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, to impose sanctions with respect to North Korea, and to require reports on the status of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program; to Foreign Relations. S7261, CR 7/8/09.
HR 3129 ( Luetkemeyer, R-MO), to prohibit U.S. contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; to Foreign Affairs. H7836, CR 7/8/09.
H Res 619 ( Mack, R-FL), expressing the support of the House of Representatives for the people of Honduras; to Foreign Affairs. H7837, CR 7/8/09.
H Res 620 ( Serrano, D-NY), condemning the violence in Honduras and calling for the return of the duly elected president; to Foreign Affairs. H7837, CR 7/8/09.
Presidential Action
On 7/1/09, the president issued a memorandum to the secretary of State approving a waiver under Section 402 of the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to emigration and the Republic of Belarus.
Tort and Insurance Law
On 7/9/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a 7/27/09-7/29/09 meeting of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health (ABRWH) in West Chester, OH, to discuss issues related to the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. FR 32944.
On 7/9/09, the CDC, HHS, announced a 8/13/09 meeting of the Subcommittee on Procedure Reviews, ABRWH, NIOSH, in Hebron, KY, to prepare a status report to the secretary. FR 32943.
Veterans’ Affairs
Committee Action
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up several bills regarding veterans’ health care. 7/9/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up several bills regarding disability assistance to veterans. 7/9/09, 2 pm, 334 Cannon.