A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.31.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 116 (July 30, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 145 (July 31, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 118 (July 31, 2009)



Antitrust Law
Committee Action
On 7/30/09, the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, House Judiciary Committee, approved HR 3190, the Discount Pricing Consumer Protection Act of 2009. On 5/19/09, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Chair James A. Wilson testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the legislation.
Business Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1540 ( Corker, R-TN), to provide for enhanced authority of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to act as receiver for certain affiliates of depository institutions; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S8557, CR 7/30/09.
S 1551 ( Specter, D-PA), to amend Section 20 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow for a private civil action against a person who provides substantial assistance in violation of such act; to Judiciary. S8557, CR 7/30/09.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced  
HR 3401 ( Wasserman Schultz, D-FL), to amend the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to improve assistance to domestic and sexual violence victims and provide for technical corrections; to Judiciary. H9204, CR 7/30/09.  
HR 3409 ( Bean, D-IL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an additional credit against income tax for the adoption of an older child; to Ways and Means. H9205, CR 7/30/09.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1549 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to protect U.S. citizens from unlawful arrest and detention; to Judiciary. S8557, CR 7/30/09.
Committee Action  
On 7/30/09, the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, approved HR 2517, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009.
Courts/Judiciary  
Committee Action  
On 7/30/09, the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, House Judiciary Committee, approved HR 569, the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009. On 6/1/09, ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr. submitted testimony to the subcommittee in support of the legislation.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3402 ( Poe, R-TX), to establish a minimum funding level for programs under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 for fiscal years 2010 to 2014 that ensures a reasonable growth in victim programs without jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of the Crime Victims Fund; to Judiciary. H9205, CR 7/30/09.
Disability Law  
Notices  
On 7/31/09, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a 8/31/09 teleconference meeting of the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel to discuss issues related to SSA’s disability programs and adjudicative needs. The call-in number for this meeting is 1-866-244-4637. FR 38253.
Election Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3416 ( Davis, D-AL), to extend to individuals evacuated from their residences as a result of a major disaster the right to use the absentee balloting and registration procedures available to military and overseas voters under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, and to direct the Election Assistance Commission to make grants to states to respond to election administration needs which result from a major disaster; to House Administration. H9205, CR 7/30/09.  
Floor Action  
On 7/30/09, the House passed HR 2510, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to reimburse states for the costs incurred in establishing a program to track and confirm the receipt of voted absentee ballots in elections for federal office and make information on the receipt of such ballots available by means of online access.
Environmental Law
Committee Action  
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1539, to authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a comprehensive greenhouse gas observation and analysis system. 8/5/09, 2:30 pm, 253 Russell.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced  
H Con Res 173 ( Alexander, R-LA), expressing the sense of Congress that the federal government should not levy any additional taxes on firearms or firearm ammunition during the current economic hardship; to Ways and Means. H9206, CR 7/30/09.
Health Law  
Bills Introduced  
S Res 231 ( Bennett, R-UT), expressing the sense of the Senate that any health care reform proposal should slow the long-term growth of health costs and reduce the growth rate of federal health care spending; to Finance. S8557, CR 7/30/09.
HR 3400 ( Price, D-NC), to provide for incentives to encourage health insurance coverage; to Energy and Commerce. H9204, CR 7/30/09.
HR 3430 ( Linda A. Sanchez, D-CA), to establish a Medicare DSH pilot program under which participants shall establish collaborative care networks to reduce the use of emergency departments, inpatient and other expensive resources of hospitals, and other providers, to provide more comprehensive and coordinated care to low-income individuals, including those without health insurance coverage, and to establish a Collaborative Care Network Center; to Ways and Means. H9206, CR 7/30/09.
Committee Action  
On 7/30/09, the House Appropriations Committee approved HR 3293, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies, for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.  
Notices  
On 7/31/09, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 8/14/09 meeting of the HIT Policy Committee in Washington, DC, to hear presentations from the Certification/Adoption and Information Exchange Workgroups, to update the HIT Policy Committee on its progress to date, and for other purposes. 38193.  
Housing/Homelessness
Bills Introduced
HR 3419 ( Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-TX), to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless; to Judiciary. H9205, CR 7/30/09.  
Committee Action  
On 7/30/09, the House Appropriations Committee approved HR 3288, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
S 1550 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to ensure that individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security are treated humanely, provided adequate medical care, and granted certain specific rights; to Judiciary. H8557, CR 7/30/09.
Notices  
On 7/31/09, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Notice of Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals from a Decision of a USCIS Officer. Comments are due 8/31/09. FR 38231.
International Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3423 ( McMahon, D-NY), to impose certain sanctions on North Korea as a result of the detonation by that country of a nuclear explosive device on 5/25/09; to Foreign Affairs. H9205, CR 7/30/09.
Floor Action  
On 7/30/09, the House passed H Res 535, to commend the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions for calling upon all nations to live in peace and mutual understanding; and H Res 550, to recognize the “Day of the African Child” on 6/16/09, devoted to the theme of child survival and to emphasize the importance of reducing maternal, newborn, and child deaths in Africa.
Presidential Action  
On 7/30/09, the president issued an executive order declaring a one-year continuation of the national emergency with respect to the actions of certain persons to undermine the sovereignty of Lebanon or its democratic processes and institutions.
Library of Congress
Floor Action 
On 7/30/09, the House passed, by a 383-44 vote, HR 2728, to create a separate budget line-item and provide increased financial support for the operation of the Law Library of Congress. On 5/5/09, ABA Governmental Affairs Director Thomas M. Susman testified before a House subcommittee in support of increased funding for the Law Library of Congress.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3420 ( Kennedy, D-RI), to improve and enhance substance use disorder programs for members of the Armed Forces; to Armed Services. H9205, CR 7/30/09.
Floor Action  
On 7/30/09, the House passed, by a 400-30 vote, HR 3326, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
National Security  
Notices  
On 7/31/09, the National Biodefense Science Board, HHS, announced a charter renewal of the board for an additional two years through 7/3/11. The board provides expert advice and guidance to the secretary of HHS on scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to HHS regarding current and future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate. FR 38192.  
Substance Abuse
Notices  
On 7/31/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, which consists of the Inventory of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, and the Treatment Episode Data Set. Comments are due 8/31/09. FR 38195.
Tort and Insurance Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3411 ( Boyd, D-FL), to exempt certain coastal barrier areas in Florida from limitations on federal expenditures and financial assistance under the Coastal Barriers Resources Act, and limitations on flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968; to Natural Resources. H9205, CR 7/30/09.
HR 3415 ( Costello, D-IL), to suspend flood insurance rate map updates in geographic areas in which certain levees are being repaired; to Financial Services. H9205, CR 7/30/09.
HR 3428 ( Reichert, R-WA), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to require a corresponding reduction in the authorization to purchase each time a repayment is made for assistance received under the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. H9206, CR 7/30/09.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced  
S 1543 ( Dodd, D-CT), to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and Title 5, United States Code, to provide leave for family members of members of regular components of the Armed Forces, and leave to care for covered veterans; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S8557, CR 7/30/09.
S 1547 ( Reed, D-RI), to amend Title 38, United States Code, and the United States Housing Act of 1937 to enhance and expand the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S8557, CR 7/30/09.
HR 3407 ( Buyer, R-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements to laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to benefits for severely injured veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H9205, CR 7/30/09.

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