A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.28.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 114 (July 27, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 143 (July 28, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 116 (July 28, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3346 ( Frank, D-MA), to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to permit the sharing of confidential supervisory information with foreign auditor oversight bodies; to Financial Services. H8872, CR 7/27/09.
Courts/Judiciary
Nominations
On 7/28/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, by a 13-6 vote, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3353 ( Sablan, I-MP), to provide for American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas to be treated as states for certain criminal justice programs; to Judiciary. H8873, CR 7/27/09.
Committee Action
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR 3327, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prevent unjust and irrational criminal punishments. 7/28/09, 1 pm, 2237 Rayburn.
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3245, to amend the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act regarding penalties for cocaine offenses; and HR 3327, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prevent unjust and irrational criminal punishments. 7/29/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Election Law
Hearings
The House Administration Committee will hold a hearing on public financing of congressional campaigns. 7/30/09, 11 am, 1310 Longworth.
Notices
On 7/28/09, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced the disposition of two petitions for rulemaking regarding the commission’s candidate debate regulations, specifically the establishment of objective criteria for inclusion in presidential and vice presidential debates, and the sponsorship of debate among candidates by news organizations. FR 371379.
On 7/28/09, the FEC announced a 7/28/09-7/29/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss matters concerning participation in civil actions or proceedings or arbitration, the website and Internet communications improvement initiative, and other issues. FR 37227.
Health Law
Notices
On 7/28/09, the Department of Health and Human Services announced an online 8/14/09 meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 to address efforts to develop the nation’s health promotion and disease prevention objectives and strategies to improve the health status and reduce health risks for Americans by the year 2020. The online meeting software can be accessed at http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/advisory/default.asp. FR 37288.
Housing/Homelessness
Notices
On 7/28/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a notice identifying all state and local fair housing agencies that enforce laws HUD has deemed substantially equivalent to the Fair Housing Act and that have subsequently been granted HUD funding. Public comment is requested on the state or local fair housing laws of the interim agencies, including the performance of agencies in enforcing such laws. Comments are due 8/27/09. FR 37237.
Immigration Law
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3290, to provide the spouses and children of aliens who perished in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks an opportunity to adjust their status to that of aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence. 7/29/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices
On 7/28/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the InfoPass System, which allows an applicant or petitioner to schedule an interview appointment with USCIS through USCIS’ Internet website. Comments are due 9/28/09. FR 37234.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3347 ( McCotter, R-MI), to withdraw normal trade relations treatment for the products of foreign countries that do not maintain acceptable standards of religious freedom and worker rights; to Ways and Means. H8872, CR 7/27/09.
Notices
 
On 7/28/09, the State Department announced a waiver of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act restriction on assistance to the Central Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. FR 37287.
Legal Services Corporation
Presidential Action
On 7/23/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 7/25/09 to be the 35 th Anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, and calling upon legal professionals and the people of the United States to honor the contributions of this vital organization.
Military Law
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1478, to amend Chapter 171 of Title 28, United States Code, to allow members of the Armed Forces to sue the United States for damages for certain injuries caused by improper medical care. 7/29/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
National Security
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including H Res 636, directing the attorney general to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in the attorney general’s possession relating to the transfer or release of detainees held at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States; and HR 984, to provide safe, fair and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of the state secrets privilege. 7/29/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Tort and Insurance Law
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 847, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on 9/11/01. 7/29/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 1520 ( Johnson, D-SD), to grant a federal charter to the National American Indian Veterans, Incorporated; to Judiciary. S8135, CR 7/27/09.
HR 3349 ( Herseth Sandlin, D-SD), to grant a federal charter to the National American Indian Veterans, Incorporated; to Judiciary. H8872, CR 7/27/09.
Floor Action
On 7/27/09, the House passed HR 3219, 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.
On 7/27/09, the House passed HR 2770, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to modify and update provisions of law relating to nonprofit research and education corporations.
On 7/27/09, the House passed HR 3155, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide certain caregivers of veterans with training, support, and medical care.
Notices
On 7/28/09, the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a 8/10/09-8/11/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to receive briefings about studies on compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and other veteran benefits programs, and for other purposes. FR 37308.
On 7/28/09, the VA announced a request for public comment on a new system of records entitled “Veterans Information Solution – VA,” which provides a consolidated view of information gathered from the Beneficiaries Identification and Record Locator Subsystem, the VA/Department of Defense Identity Repository, the Benefits Delivery Network, and the Rating Board Automation corporate database for determination of eligibility for veterans’ benefits. Comments are due 8/27/09. FR 37309.

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