A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.17.2009
The House is in session today. The Senate is not in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 126 (July 16, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 136 (July 17, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 109 (July 17, 2009)

Business Law
Hearings
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “Following the Money: Report of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.” 7/21/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
The Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Worsening Foreclosure Crisis: Is It Time to Reconsider Bankruptcy Reform?” 7/23/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 7/16/09, the House passed, by a 219-208-1 vote, HR 3170, making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
S 1458 ( Landrieu, D-LA), to encourage the development and implementation of a comprehensive global strategy for the preservation and reunification of families and the provision of permanent parental care for orphans; to Foreign Relations. S7639, remarks S7642, CR 7/16/09.
Congress
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the continuity of Congress in the wake of a catastrophic attack. 7/23/09, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Courts/Judiciary
Nominations
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 7/21/09, 10 am, 216 Hart.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3245 ( Scott, D-VA), to amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act regarding penalties for cocaine offenses; to Judiciary. H8302, CR 7/16/09.
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Over-Criminalization of Conduct and Over-Federalization of Criminal Law.” 7/22/09, 3 pm, 2237 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 7/16/09, the Senate approved an amendment to S 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act, to provide federal assistance to states, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes.
On 7/16/09, the House approved an amendment to HR 3170, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010, that increases the appropriation for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Treasury Department by $15 million.
Notices
On 7/17/09, the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on three new progress reports of sexual assault services programs. Comments are due 9/15/09. FR 34786.
On 7/17/09, the Parole Commission, DOJ, announced the implementation, as an interim rule, of an administrative remedy for parole-eligible District of Columbia prisoners who contend that the commission’s use of the parole guidelines have significantly increased the risk that their punishment is in violation of the ex post facto clause of the Constitution. Under the remedial plan, the commission will schedule new parole hearings for those prisoners who meet the plan’s eligibility criteria, unless the commission grants the applicant a parole effective date after a pre-hearing assessment on the record. Comments are due 9/15/09. FR 34688.
Disability Law
Notices
On 7/17/09, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, announced a solicitation of applications for new awards for fiscal year 2009 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program, which promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities. Applications are due 8/17/09. FR 34731.
Emergency Preparedness
Notices
On 7/17/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System, which will be used to help facilitate the reunification of family members who have been displaced due to a major disaster or emergency. Comments are due 8/17/09. FR 34768.
Environmental Law
Hearings
The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “From L’Aquila to Copenhagen: Climate Change and Vulnerable Societies.” 7/23/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 1459 ( DeMint, R-SC), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S7639, CR 7/16/09.
HR 3242 ( Maloney, D-NY), to improve the health of women through the establishment of Offices of Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services; to Energy and Commerce. H8302, remarks E1819, CR 7/16/09.
Committee Action
On 7/16/09, the House Energy and Commerce Committee began markup of HR 3200, America’s Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009.
On 7/16/09, the House Ways and Means committee began markup of HR 3200, America’s Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009.
Notices
On 7/17/09, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a new information collection that gives states the option of providing necessary prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care to low-income uninsured pregnant women through an amendment to its State Child Health Plan (CHIP), and that enables states to amend their CHIP program to reflect the coverage of pregnant women. Comments are due 8/17/09. FR 34757.
On 7/17/09, the National Institute of Health, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the NEXT Generation Health Study, which will obtain data on adolescent health and health behaviors to provide needed information about the health of U.S. adolescents, and enable the improvement of health services and programs for youth. Comments are due 9/16/09. FR 34760.
Intellectual Property
Bills Introduced
S 1466 ( Stabenow, D-MI), to establish the position of deputy U.S. trade representative for trade enforcement and a Trade Enforcement Division in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, to establish a chief manufacturing negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and to strengthen enforcement of U.S. intellectual property rights at U.S. borders; to Finance. S7639, CR 7/16/09.
Floor Action
On 7/16/09, the Senate passed HR 3114, to authorize the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to use funds made available under the Trademark Act of 1946 for patent operations in order to avoid furloughs and reductions in force.
Notices
On 7/17/09, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress published an agreement setting rates and terms for the reproduction and performance of sound recordings made by certain specified webcasters, under two statutory licenses. FR 34796.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3240 ( Smith, R-NJ), to ensure compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations, and to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries; to Foreign Affairs. H8302, CR 7/16/09.
Hearings
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “ Iran: Recent Developments and Implications for U.S. Policy.” 7/22/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Europe Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America: Soft Power and the Free Flow of Information.” 7/23/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 7/16/09, Congress received a message from the president wherein he notified Congress that the national emergency and related measures dealing with the former Liberian regime of Charles Taylor are to continue in effect beyond 7/22/09.
Military Law
Hearings
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on family support programs. 7/22/09, 2 pm, 2212 Rayburn.
The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on overhauling the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and detainee policy. 7/24/09, 10 am, 2118 Rayburn.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 1464 ( Casey, D-PA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to establish the transfer of any nuclear weapon, device, material, or technology to terrorists as a crime against humanity; to Judiciary. S 7639, CR 7/16/09.
HR 3236 ( Barrett, R-SC), to require the secretary of Homeland Security to complete at least 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the Southwest border by 12/31/10; to Homeland Security. H8302, CR 7/16/09.
HR 3239 ( Kirkpatrick, D-AZ), to require the secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the secretary of State, to submit a report on the effects of the Merida Initiative on the border security of the United States; to Homeland Security. H8302, CR 7/16/09.
HR 3244 ( Schiff, D-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to establish the transfer of any nuclear weapon, device, material, or technology to terrorists as a crime against humanity; to Judiciary. H8302, CR 7/16/09.
Committee Action
On 7/16/09, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved an original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government.
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices
On 7/17/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule determining base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures required for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR 34697.

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