A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.16.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 125 (July 15, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 135 (July 16, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 108 (July 16, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced
S 1457 ( Collins, R-ME), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to authorize reviews by the comptroller general of the United States of any credit facility established by the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System or any federal reserve bank; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S7555, CR 7/15/09.
Hearings
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on the ongoing administration and oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and issues surrounding the warrant repurchasing process under TARP to ensure that taxpayer money is protected. 7/22/09, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Courts/Judiciary
Hearings
On 7/16/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee continued the confirmation hearing on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary Chair Kim J. Askew and Mary Boies, primary reviewer, testified before the committee.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3222 ( Wasserman Schultz, D-FL), to promote Internet safety education and cybercrime prevention initiatives; to Energy and Commerce. H8184, CR 7/15/09.
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 7/21/09, 10 am, 2237 Rayburn.
Notices
On 7/16/09, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, the Deaths in Custody Program, which collects information on inmate deaths in local jails, state prisons and juvenile detention centers, and law enforcement. Comments are due 9/14/09. FR 34590.
Disability Law
Notices
On 7/16/09, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a request for public comment on an approved information collection, Electronic Records Express, an online system that enables medical providers and various third party representatives to submit disability claimant information electronically to SSA as part of the disability application process. Comments are due 8/17/09. FR 34616.
Election Law
Committee Action
On 7/15/09, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee approved S 1415, 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.
Emergency Preparedness
Notices
On 7/16/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced the availability of the final National Disaster Housing Strategy (NDHS), which describes how the United States currently provides housing to those affected by disasters, and charts the new direction that U.S. disaster housing efforts must take if the United States is to better meet the emergent needs of disaster victims and communities. The NDHS became effective 1/16/09. FR 34587.
Environmental Law
Hearings
The full Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy will hold a joint hearing titled “Clean Energy Jobs, Climate-Related Policies and Economic Growth – State and Local Views.” 7/21/09, 10 am, 406 Dirksen.
Health Law
Committee Action
On 7/15/09, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved an original bill entitled the “Affordable Health Choices Act.”
HIV/AIDS
Notices
On 7/16/09, the National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Review of the Division of AIDS Policy Implementation Program (DPIP), which will provide feedback to aid in the understanding of target populations’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of DPIP. Comments are due 9/15/09. FR 34580.
On 7/16/09, the NIH, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Evaluation of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) HIV Vaccine Research Education Initiative, which aims to increase awareness of the need for an HIV vaccine in communities most affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, to improve the public’s knowledge of and attitudes toward HIV vaccine research, and other goals. Comments are due 9/15/09. FR 34580.
On 7/16/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the adoption of a final rule that eliminates the regulatory requirement for written informed consent for HIV testing and specific pre- and post-test counseling of veteran patients. This final rule becomes effective 8/17/09. FR 34500.
Immigration Law
Notices
On 7/16/09, the State Department announced a request for public comment on several information collections related to immigration registration and application. Comments are due 9/15/09. FR 34617.
Intellectual Property
Notices
On 7/16/09, the Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a reformatting of the certificates of registration issued for register marks. The reformatted registration certificates will begin issuing in 9/09. FR 34559.
International Law
Committee Action
The House Natural Resources Committee will mark up HR 2499, to provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico. 7/22/09, 10 am, 1324 Rayburn.
Notices
On 7/16/09, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, State Department, announced an open competition for one or more assistance awards to administer the Community College Initiative Program, which will support study by international undergraduate students at accredited U.S. community colleges, providing quality educational programs, professional development, employment skills and a first-hand understanding of American society to underserved, non-elite international students, particularly women. Applications are due 9/25/09. FR 34619.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced  
HR 3219 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to insurance and health care; to Veterans’ Affairs. H8184, CR 7/15/09.

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