A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.15.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 124 (July 14, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 134 (July 15, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 107 (July 15, 2009)

Business Law
Hearings  
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “Systemic Risk: Are Some Institutions Too Big to Fail and If So, What Should We Do About It?” 7/21/09, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced  
S 1445 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health of children, reduce the occurrence of sudden unexpected infant death, and enhance public health activities related to stillbirth; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S7480, CR 7/14/09.
HR 3212 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the health of children, reduce the occurrence of sudden unexpected infant death, and enhance public health activities related to stillbirth; to Energy and Commerce. H8099, CR 7/14/09.
Notices  
On 7/15/09, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 90-day emergency review of the Child Care and Development Fund Financial Report Form, which provides specific data to states and territories regarding claims and provides a mechanism for states to request child care grant awards and to certify the availability of state matching funds. FR 34352.
On 7/15/09, ACF, HHS, announced a 90-day emergency review of an information collection, the Child Care and Development Fund Financial Report Form for Tribes, which is submitted on an annual basis by tribal grantees on behalf of the Tribal Lead Agency administering the Child Care and Development Fund. FR 34357.
Courts/Judiciary
Hearings  
On 7/14-15/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee continued hearings to examine the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3209 ( Gerlach, R-PA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to make the killing of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder an aggravating factor for the imposition of the death penalty; to Judiciary. H8099, CR 7/14/09.
Notices  
On 7/15/09, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Department of Justice, announced a solicitation of proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement organizing up to four meetings of subject matter experts to assist NIC and the corrections field in ongoing work in the area of organizational culture and performance. Applications are due 8/14/09. FR 34365.
Disability Law
Notices  
On 7/15/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on several proposed surveys to determine the overall management and delivery of mental health and substance abuse services within Medicaid and the use of sex-specific evidence-based practices. Comments are due 9/14/09. FR 34352.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3200 ( Dingell, D-MI), to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending; to Energy and Commerce. H8099, CR 7/14/09.
HR 3218 ( Shadegg, R-AZ), to provide a refundable tax credit for medical costs, to expand access to health insurance coverage through individual membership associations, and to assist in the establishment of high-risk pools; to Energy and Commerce. H8100, CR 7/14/09.
H Res 642 ( Griffith, D-AL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to legislation relating to changes in our nation’s health care system; to House Administration. H8100, CR 7/14/09.
H Res 643 ( Griffith, D-AL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that any major health care reform bill considered on the floor should be available for viewing for a week prior to a final vote; to Rules. H8100, CR 7/14/09.
Committee Action  
On 7/15/09, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved an original bill entitled the “Affordable Health Choices Act.”
The House Education and Labor Committee will mark up HR --, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. 7/15/09, 3 pm, 2175 Rayburn; 7/16/09, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.  
The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up HR --, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act. 7/16/09, 9 am, 1100 Longworth.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up pending health care legislation. 7/16/09-7/17/09, time TBA, 2123 Rayburn.
HIV/AIDS
Bills Introduced  
S 1446 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide incentives for increased use of HIV screening tests under the Medicaid program; to Finance. S7480, CR 7/14/09.
Housing/Homelessness
Bills Introduced  
HR 3204 ( Turner, R-OH), to authorize states and localities receiving assistance under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to use such amounts for renovating owner-occupied housing of low-income families; to Financial Services. H8099, CR 7/14/09.
HR 3210 ( Hinojosa, D-TX), to authorize appropriations for the rural housing and economic development program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Financial Services. H8099, CR 7/14/09.  
Committee Action  
The House Financial Services Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3045, to reform the housing choice voucher program under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937. 7/17/09, 9:30 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Immigration Law
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Promoting Job Creation and Foreign Investment in the United States: An Assessment of the EB-5 Program Regional Center Program.” The EB-5 Program allocates 10,000 green cards each year for foreign nationals who invest substantial amounts in new businesses. An EB-5 Regional Cetner is a private enterprise or corporation or a regional governmental agency with a targeted investment program within a defined geographic region. 7/22/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 7/15/09, the State Department announced the publication, as required by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, of an information pamphlet on legal rights and resources for aliens applying for employment- or education-based nonimmigrant visas. The pamphlet is effective as of 6/22/09. FR 34386.
On 7/15/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Notice of Immigration Pilot Program, which will be used by USCIS to determine which regional centers should participate in the immigration pilot program. Comments are due 9/14/09. FR 34361.
Intellectual Property
Notices  
On 7/15/09, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced a proposal to make several amendments to its regulations governing mandatory deposit of electronic works published in the United States and available only online. Comments are due 8/31/09. FR 34286.
International Law
Hearings  
The International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Chinese Interrogation vs. Congressional Oversight: The Uighurs at Guantanamo.” 7/16/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, and Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “ Iran in the Western Hemisphere.” 7/21/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced  
S 1450 ( Ensign, R-NV), to enable state homes to furnish nursing home care to parents whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces; to Veterans’ Affairs. S7480, CR 7/14/09.
S 1452 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to clarify the meaning of “combat with the enemy” for purposes of service-connection of disabilities; to Veterans’ Affairs. S7480, CR 7/14/09.
Committee Action  
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1293, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase in the amount payable by the secretary of Veterans Affairs to veterans for improvements and structural alterations furnished as part of home health services; HR 3155, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide certain caregivers of veterans with training, support and medical care; and HR --, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs related to insurance and health care. 7/15/09, 10:15 am, 334 Cannon.  
Floor Action  
On 7/14/09, the House passed, by a 422-0 vote, HR 1037, to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a five-year pilot project to test the feasibility and advisability of expanding the scope of certain qualifying work-study activities under Title 38, United States Code.  
Notices  
On 7/15/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a several amendments to the system of records currently entitled “Health Administration Center Civilian Health and Medical Program Records – VA,” including revisions to the system location, categories of individuals covered by the system, notification procedure, and other changes. Comments are due 8/14/09. FR 34398.

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