A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.24.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Nos. 111-112 (July 22-23, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 140-141 (July 23-24, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, Nos. 113-114 (July 23-24, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3300 ( McMahon, D-NY), to provide increased transparency and regulatory requirements for the trading of certain derivative financial instruments; to Financial Services. H8585, CR 7/22/09.
HR 3310 ( Bachus, R-AL), to reform the financial regulatory system of the United States; to Financial Services. H8707, CR 7/23/09.
Hearings  
The Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on efforts to protect shareholders and enhance confidence by improving corporate governance. 7/29/09, 2:30 pm, 538 Dirksen.
Committee Action
The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 3269, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide shareholders with an advisory vote on executive compensation and to prevent perverse incentives in the compensation practices of financial institutions. 7/28/09, time TBA, 2128 Rayburn.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
HR 3287 ( Moore, D-WI), to require a criminal background check for a child care staff member of any child care provider in a state that receives funds from the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program; to Education and Labor. H8584, CR 7/22/09.
HR 3312 ( Ryan, D-OH), to provide for programs that reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy children, and support new parents; to Energy and Commerce. H8707, CR 7/23/09.
HR 3315 ( Carson, D-IN), to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to require criminal background checks of child care providers; to Education and Labor. H8707, CR 7/23/09.
Floor Action  
On 7/22/09, the House passed, by a 429-0 vote, H Res 534, to support the goals and ideals of National Children and Families Day.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Committee Action  
The Constitution Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will mark up a joint resolution that would propose an amendment to the Constitution to require vacancies in the Senate to be filled by special election, rather than by appointment by the state governor. 7/30/09, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 7/23/09, the Commission on Civil Rights announced a 7/31/09 teleconference meeting to discuss State Advisory Committee issues and receive an update on the National Civil Rights Conference. The public dial-in number for the teleconference is 1-800-597-7623. FR 36455.
Courts/Judiciary
Bills Introduced  
HR 3292 ( Johnson, D-GA), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for a 6-month period for federal judges to opt into the Judicial Survivors’ Annuities System and begin contributing toward an annuity for their spouse and dependent children upon their death; to Judiciary. H8585, CR 7/22/09.
HR 3320 ( Moore, D-KS), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide an exception to the requirement of motion to the court of appeals before filing certain second or subsequent petitions for habeas corpus; to Judiciary. H8707, CR 7/23/09.
Floor Action  
On 7/22/09, the Senate, sitting as a Court of Impeachment, resumed consideration of the impeachment proceedings of former Judge Samuel B. Kent, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Senate Majority Leader entered a motion that the articles of impeachment against Kent be dismissed, the secretary of the Senate was directed to notify the House of Representatives, and the motion was agreed to. Subsequently, the Court of Impeachment stands adjourned sine die.
Nominations  
On 7/23/09, the Senate received the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, of Maryland, to be a member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring 10/31/13.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1490 ( Leahy, D-VT), to prevent and mitigate identity theft, to ensure privacy, to provide notice of security breaches, and to enhance criminal penalties, law enforcement assistance, and other protections against security breaches, fraudulent access, and misuse of personally identifiable information; to Judiciary. H7868, CR 7/22/09.
HR 3295 ( Frank, D-MA), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to repeal the provisions prohibiting persons convicted of drug offenses from receiving student financial assistance; to Education and Labor. H8585, CR 7/22/09.
Committee Action  
On 7/22/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 3245, the Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2009.
Notices  
On 7/23/09, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a reinstated information collection, the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement. Comments are due 9/21/09. FR 36511.
Disability Law
Notices  
On 7/23/09, the Department of Education announced a solicitation of applications for fiscal year 2009 for grant funding for programs in the fields of personnel development to improve services and results for children with disabilities, and technology and media services for individuals with disabilities. Applications are due 8/24/09. FR 36469.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1492 ( Reid, D-NV), to amend the Public Health Service Act to fund breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research while providing more help to caregivers and increasing public education about prevention; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. H7868, CR 7/22/09.
HR 3286 ( Markey, D-MA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to fund breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research while providing more help to caregivers and increasing public education about prevention; to Energy and Commerce. H8584, CR 7/22/09.
Election Law
Floor Action  
On 7/23/09, the Senate adopted several amendments to S 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act, including an amendment 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.
Notices  
On 7/23/09, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced a 8/7/09 meeting of the EAC Standards Board in Phoenix, AZ, to receive updates on the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), and to discuss proposed improvements to, hear committee reports on, and formulate recommendations regarding the VVSG. FR 36479.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Hearings  
The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on children in disasters, focusing on evacuation planning and mental health recovery. 8/4/09, 10:30 am, 342 Dirksen.
Environmental Law
Hearings
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a field hearing titled “Terminations of Health Policies by Insurance Companies: State Perspectives and Legislative Solutions,” focusing on the practice of ‘post-claims underwriting,’ which occurs when insurance companies cancel individual health insurance policies after providers submit claims for medical services. 7/27/09, 10 am, Hoosier Room, University Center North Building, Indiana University Southeast Campus, New Albany, IN.  
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on climate services, focusing on solutions from commerce to communities. 7/30/09, 2 pm, 253 Russell.
Health Law
Hearings  
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Medical Debt: Is Our Health Care System Bankrupting Americans?” 7/28/09, 11 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 7/24/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 8/17/09 meeting via teleconference of the Health Disparities Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), to discuss a policy brief on health equity and social determinants of health, to collaborate and update with the ACD Ethics Subcommittee, and to collaborate with the CDC Health Equity Workgroup. The call-in number is 877-394-7734, and the passcode is 9363147. FR 36730.
Housing/Homelessness
Committee Action  
On 7/23/09, the House Financial Services Committee approved HR 3045, the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act of 2009.
Floor Action  
On 7/22/09, the House passed, by a 376-51 vote, HR 1675, to amend Section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to improve the program under such section for supporting housing for persons with disabilities.
On 7/23/09, the House passed, by a 256-168 vote, HR 3288, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
Notices  
On 7/24/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Quarterly and Annual Performance Reporting. Comments are due 9/22/09. FR 36735.
Immigration Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3290 ( Maloney, D-NY), to provide the spouses and children of aliens who perished in the 9/11/09 terrorist attacks an opportunity to adjust their status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence; to Judiciary. H8584, CR 7/22/09.
Indian Law
Hearings  
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the increase in gang activity in Indian country. 7/30/09, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.
Intellectual Property
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on S 379, to provide fair compensation to artists for use of their sound recordings. 8/4/09, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
International Law  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 672 ( Sanchez, D-CA), calling on the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to release imprisoned bloggers and respect Internet freedom; to Foreign Affairs. H8707, CR 7/23/09.
Hearings  
The House Foreign Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “New Challenges for International Peacekeeping Operations.” 7/29/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a briefing followed by a hearing titled “Ushering in Change: A New Era for U.S. Regional Policy in the Pacific.” 7/29/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “ Sudan: U.S. Policy and Implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.” 7/29/09, 3:30 pm, 2200 Rayburn.
The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the U.S. security relationship with Russia and its impact on transatlantic security. 7/30/09 10 am, HVC-210 Capitol.
Committee Action  
On 7/22/09, the House Natural Resources Committee approved HR 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009.
On 7/23/09, the Senate Finance Committee approved SJ Res 17, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.
The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR 42, to establish a fact-finding commission to extend the study of a prior commission to investigate and determine facts and circumstances surrounding the relocation, internment, and deportation to Axis countries of Latin Americans of Japanese descent from December 1941 through February 1948, the impact of those actions by the United States, and to recommend appropriate remedies; and HR 1425, to establish commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees during World War II. 7/24/09, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 7/22/09, the Senate continued consideration of S 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act, and adopted several amendments concerning U.S. relations with North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.
On 7/22/09, the House passed H Res 654, to honor the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation.
On 7/22/09, the House passed HR 1511, to amend the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for the treatment of victims of torture.
On 7/23/09, the Senate passed HJ Res 56, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.
Labor and Employment Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3309 ( Olson, R-TX), to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to postpone the increase in the minimum wage for one year; to Education and Labor. H8707, CR 7/23/09.
Bills Introduced  
On 7/24/09, CDC, HHS, announced a 8/26/09 meeting of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)’s Board of Scientific Counselors in Washington, DC, to discuss implementation of NIOSH’s National Academies Program recommendations for health hazards evaluations, traumatic injuries, future meetings, and other issues. FR 36731.
Military Law  
Hearings  
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Investing in Our Military Leaders: The Role of Professional Military Education in Officer Development.” 7/28/09, 1 pm, 2212 Rayburn.
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Psychological Stress in the Military: What Steps Are Leaders Taking?” 7/29/09, 2 pm, HVC-210 Capitol.
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Proposals for Reform of the Military Commissions System.” 7/30/09, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 7/23/09, the Senate passed, by a 87-7 vote, S 1390, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
On 7/23/09, the Senate adopted several amendments to S 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act, including amendments to provide for classified information procedures for military commissions, and to provide for interlocutory appeals by the United States of certain orders and rulings of military judges; to express the sense of Congress that military commissions are the preferred forum for the trial of alien unprivileged belligerents for violations of the law of war and other offenses triable by military commission; and to preempt requirements that Al Qaeda terrorists who are captured by the U.S. military or intelligence services be given Miranda warnings.
National Security
Bills Introduced  
HR 3289 ( Hunter, R-CA), to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to construct not less than 350 miles of reinforced fencing along the United States-Mexico border and to gain operational control over such border; to Homeland Security. H8584, CR 7/22/09.
S 1505 ( Pryor, D-AR), to provide immigration reform by securing America’s borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program; to Finance. S8038, CR 7/23/09.
HR 3308 ( Shuler, D-NC), to provide immigration reform by securing America’s borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program; to Homeland Security. H8706, CR 7/23/09.  
Committee Action
On 7/22/09, the House Homeland Security Committee approved HR 3239, 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.
Hearings
On 7/24/09, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, DHS, announced a 9/2/09 meeting of the State and Local Training Advisory Committee in Brunswick, GA, to discuss recommendations on providing training to rural law enforcement and emergency responder professionals. FR 36734.
Tax Law
Floor Action  
On 7/22/09, the House passed, by a 265-166 vote, HR 2920, to reinstitute and update the Pay-As-You-Go requirement of budget neutrality on new tax and mandatory spending legislation, enforced by the threat of annual, automatic sequestration.
Tort and Insurance Law
Committee Action  
On 7/23/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 3290, the September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act of 2009.
Notices  
On 7/23/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on revisions to an information collection, entitled “The Declaration Process: Requests for Preliminary Damage Assessment, Federal Disaster Assistance, Cost Share Adjustment, and Appeals.” Comments are due 8/24/09. FR 36498.
On 7/24/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule amending portions of the FEMA Federal Insurance Administration Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement between Write-Your-Own (WYO) Companies and FEMA. The amendments recognize each party’s duties under the arrangement and amend the way FEMA communicates changes to the Unallocated Loss Adjustment Expenses compensation rate to WYO companies. The final rule becomes effective 8/24/09. FR 36611.
Veterans Affairs
Hearings  
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on contracts for veterans’ counseling services entered into by the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Floor Action  
On 7/23/09, the House approved an amendment to HR 3288, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, that prevents funds in the bill from being used to prohibit the establishment of any occupancy preference for veterans in supportive housing for the elderly that is assisted by HUD and is located on Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) property or is subject to an enhanced use lease with the VA.
Notices  
On 7/24/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on an information collection, the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service Employment of Individuals with Severe Injuries Study, which will determine whether the VR&E program is meeting the needs of severely disabled veterans and whether rehabilitation services are as effective as they can be by identifying the factors that hinder and assist achieving long-term career employment for severely disabled veterans. Comments are due 8/24/09. FR 36827.
On 7/24/09, the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA, announced a request for public comment on an information collection which is completed by veterans who were denied a claim under Application for Compensation or Pension and who wish to file a supplemental claim for disability compensation or to reopen a previously denied claim. Comments are due 8/24/09. FR 36828.

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