A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.2.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 80 (June 1, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 104 (June 2, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 82 (June 2, 2009)

Business Law
Presidential Action  
On 5/20/09, the president signed PL 111-21 (S 386), to improve enforcement of mortgage fraud, securities and commodities fraud, financial institution fraud, and other frauds related to federal assistance and relief programs, for the recovery of funds lost to these frauds.
On 5/20/09, the president signed PL 111-22 (S 896), to prevent mortgage foreclosures and enhance mortgage credit availability.
Children and Families
Notices
On 6/2/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a proposed project, the Performance Measurement Online Tool, which collects data in an automated format to assess specified discretionary grants funded by the Children’s Bureau, including the Abandoned Infants Assistance Program, the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program, the Adoption Opportunities Program, the Child Abuse and Neglect Program, and the Child Welfare Training Program. Comments are due 8/3/09. FR 26404.
Courts/Judiciary  
Hearings  
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 1508, to amend Chapter 111 of Title 28, United States Code, relating to protective orders, sealing of cases, and disclosures of discovery information in civil actions. 6/4/09, 11 am, 2237 Rayburn.  
The Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 569, the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009. ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr. will testify before the subcommittee on behalf of the ABA. 6/5/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of David F. Hamilton, of Indiana, to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Seventh Circuit; Andre M. Davis, of Maryland, to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Circuit, and Gerard E. Lynch, of New York, to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Second Circuit. 6/4/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 6/1/09, the Senate received the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Emergency Preparedness
Hearings  
The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Are We Ready? A Status Report on Emergency Preparedness for the 2009 Hurricane Season.” 6/4/09, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.
Environmental Law
Hearings  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. - China Cooperation on Climate Change.” 6/4/09, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
The House Science and Technology Committee will mark up HR 2407, to establish a National Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 6/3/09, 2 pm, 2318 Rayburn.
Housing/Homelessness
Hearings  
The Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on improving the funding and administration of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides housing assistance to low-income renters. 6/4/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 6/2/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Multifamily Housing Mortgage and Housing Assistance Restructuring Program, which determines the eligibility of Federal Housing Authority (FHA)-insured multifamily properties for participation in the Mark to Market program. Comments are due 8/3/09. FR 26420.
On 6/2/09, HUD announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection that allows senior housing providers to demonstrate eligibility for an exemption from liability for familial status discrimination otherwise prohibited under the Fair Housing Act, as amended by the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995. Comments are due 7/2/09. FR 26421.
Immigration Law
Notices  
On 6/2/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on several forms related to immigration, naturalization, and deportation. Comments are due 8/3/09. FR 26415.
International Law
Notices  
On 6/2/09, the State Department issued a review of the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation for the Kahane Chai, also known as KACH and other aliases, which operates in Israel and the West Bank. Written statements are due 6/12/09. FR 26456.
Legal Education
Notices  
On 6/2/09, the Department of Education announced its annual updates to the tables used in the statutory “Federal Need Analysis Methodology” to determine a student’s expected family contribution for award year 2010-2011 for the student financial aid programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. FR 26379.
National Security
Hearings  
The Research and Science Education Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, will hold a hearing on cybersecurity research and development. 6/10/09, 10 am, 2318 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 6/2/09, the Policy Directorate/Office of Strategic Plans, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an information collection request, the Quadrennial Homeland Security Report, which is mandated by the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 and requires the DHS secretary to consult with the heads of other federal agencies, key officials of DHS, and other relevant governmental and nongovernmental entities. Comments are due 7/2/09. FR 26409.
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices  
On 6/2/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a draft technical report entitled “Prevention Through Design Plan for the National Initiative,” which addresses occupational safety and health needs by eliminating hazards and minimizing risks to workers throughout the life cycle of work premises, tools, equipment, machinery, substances, and work processes. Comments are due 8/21/09. FR 26409.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 1160 ( Schumer, D-NY), to provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S5906, CR 6/1/09.
Committee Action  
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up HR 1211, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to expand and improve health care services available to women veterans, especially those serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, from the Department of Veterans Affairs. 6/4/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up HR 1098, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to increase the amount of educational assistance payable by the secretary of Veterans Affairs to certain individuals pursuing internships of on-the-job training; HR 1821, to amend Chapter 31 of Title 38, United States Code, to increase vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance; and HR 2180, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to waive housing loan fees for certain veterans with service-connected disabilities called to active service. 6/4/09, 1 pm, 340 Cannon.

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