A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.9.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Nos. 83-85 (June 4-8, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 107-109 (June 5-9, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, Nos. 85-86 (June 5-9, 2009)

 
Business Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 2727 ( Jones. R-NC), to provide for the implementation of a system under which each financial institution will report on the financial condition of the institution to the public; to Financial Services. H6264, CR 6/4/09.  
HR 2745 ( Hensarling, R-TX), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to provide repayment procedures for certain assistance received under the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. H6305, CR 6/8/09.
Hearings
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on how compensation practices contributed to the financial collapse, focusing on how to eliminate the competition practices that encouraged excessive risk-taking and contributed to the problem. 6/11/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
S 1179 ( Ensign, R-NV), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit taking minors across state lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions; to Judiciary. S6185, CR 6/4/09.
S Res 170 ( Casey, D-PA), expressing the sense of the Senate that children should benefit, and in no case be worse off, as a result of reform of the nation’s health care system; to Finance. S6255, CR 6/8/09.
HR 2723 ( Gerlach, R-PA), to amend the Social Security Act to provide for an exemption to allow an individual otherwise ineligible to travel outside the United States to do so for employment purposes to pay child support arrearages; to Ways and Means. H6264, CR 6/4/09.
HR 2752 ( Akin, R-MO), to establish certain requirements relating to the provision of services to minors by family planning projects under Title X of the Public Health Service Act; to Energy and Commerce. H6305, CR 6/8/09.
Floor Action  
On 6/4/09, the House passed, by a 258-154-1 vote, HR 626, to provide that four of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave.
Notices  
On 6/5/09, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 90-day request for approval of an information collection, the Application for the Emergency Fund for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Programs, which provides resources to states, territories, and tribes to support work and families during this difficult economic period. FR 27039.
On 6/9/09, the ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the April 2010 Current Population Survey Supplement on Child Support, which assists legislators and policymakers in determining the effectiveness of various child support legislation in the overall child support enforcement picture, and in determining to what extent individuals on welfare would be removed from the welfare rolls as a result of more stringent child support enforcement efforts. Comments are due 8/9/09. FR 27321.
On 6/9/09, the ACF, HHS, announced a 6/25/09 meeting of the National Commission on Children and Disasters in Washington, DC, to hear presentations and expert panel discussions on the topic “Children and Youth in Disasters: Closing Gaps Among Research, Practice, and Policy.” FR 27335.  
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 2764 ( Woolsey, D-CA), for the relief of Lilly M. Ledbetter; to Judiciary. H6306, CR 6/8/09.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 448, to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media. 6/11/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR 1843, to provide a mechanism for a determination on the merits of the claims brought by survivors and descendants of the victims of the Tulsa, OK, Race Riot of 1921 but who were denied that determination. 6/11/09, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Courts/Judiciary  
Hearings  
The Task Force on Judicial Impeachment, House Judiciary Committee, will meet to consider articles of impeachment against U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent. 6/9/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1107, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for a limited six-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. 6/11/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 6/9/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that confirmation hearings will begin 7/13/09 on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Criminal Law
Hearings  
The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on S 714, a bill to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission. 6/11/09, 3 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 6/5/09, the Department of Justice announced a request for public comment on the reinstatement of a previously approved information collection, the Census of Juveniles on Probation. Comments are due 7/6/09. FR 27050.  
Disability Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1188 ( Reed, D-RI), to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to mental health services; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S6185, CR 6/4/09.  
Notices  
On 6/9/09, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on several information collections concerning children receiving special education under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Comments are due 8/10/09. FR 27297.
Elder Law  
Bills Introduced
HE 2716 ( Becerra, D-CA), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide financial stability to seniors and people with disabilities through improvements in the Medicare Savings Program; to Energy and Commerce. H6264, CR 6/4/09.
Notices
On 6/9/09, the Social Security Administration announced a request for public comment on several information collections concerning claims for Social Security benefits. Comments are due 8/10/09. FR 27379.  
Election Law  
Committee Action  
The House Administration Committee will mark up HR 2510, to amend the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) 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; HR 1604, to amend the HAVA of 2002 to allow all eligible voters to vote by mail in federal elections; and HR 512, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit certain state election administration officials from actively participating in electoral campaigns. 6/10/09, 11 am, 210 Cannon.  
Environmental Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1191 ( Bayh, D-IN), to require the secretary of Energy to prepare a report on climate change and energy policy in the People’s Republic of China and in the Republic of India; to Energy and Natural Resources. S6186, CR 6/4/09.
HR 2757 ( Kind, D-WI), to require the return to the American people of all proceeds raised under any federal climate change legislation; to Ways and Means. H6306, CR 6/8/09.
Hearings  
The House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing to review portions of pending climate change legislation under the committee’s jurisdiction. 6/11/09, 2 pm, 1300 Longworth.  
Federal Government  
Committee Action  
On 6/4/09, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved HR 2646, the Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2009; HR 1345, the District of Columbia Hatch Act Reform Act of 2009; and HR 2392, the Government Information Transparency Act.  
Health Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1181 ( Wyden, D-OR), to provide for a demonstration project to examine whether community-level public health interventions can result in lower rates of chronic disease for individuals entering the Medicare program; to Finance. S6185, CR 6/4/09.
S 1185 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to amend Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to ensure that low-income beneficiaries have improved access to health care under the Medicare and Medicaid programs; to Finance. S6185, CR 6/4/09.
HR 2744 ( Richardson, D-CA), to prohibit discrimination in federal assisted health care services and research programs on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status; to Energy and Commerce. H6305, CR 6/4/09.
H Con Res 144 ( Capuano, D-MA), recognizing the value, benefits, and importance of community health centers and health care homes for millions of people in the United States; to Energy and Commerce. H6265, CR 6/4/09.
Hearings
The Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Single Payer Health Care Option.” 6/10/09, 10:30 am, 2175 Rayburn.
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Medical Devices: Are Current Regulations Doing Enough for Patients?” 6/18/09, 9:30 am, 2322 Rayburn.  
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2709 ( Honda, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity; to Judiciary. H6263, CR 6/4/09.
Notices  
On 6/9/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, the Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, which is used by USCIS to determine if an alien can enter the U.S. to engage in commercial enterprise. Comments are due 8/10/09. FR 27338.
On 6/9/09, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, the Application to Adjust Status from Temporary to Permanent Resident, which is used by USCIS to determine eligibility to adjust an applicant’s residence status. Comments are due 8/10/09. FR 27339.  
Indian Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 2708 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that act; to Natural Resources. H6263, CR 6/4/09.
Hearings  
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on HR 2314, to express the policy of the United States regarding the U.S. relationship with native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the native Hawaiian governing entity. 6/11/09, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Reforming the Indian Health Care System.” 6/11/09, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.  
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2701 ( Smith, R-NJ), to suspend the application of Generalized System of Preferences for Brazil until such time as Brazil complies with its obligations toward the United States under the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; to Ways and Means. H6263, CR 6/4/09.
HR 2737 ( Smith, R-NJ), to provide U.S. assistance for the purpose of eradicating trafficking in children in eligible countries through the implementation of Child Protection Compacts; to Foreign Affairs. H6264, CR 6/4/09.
HJ Res 56 ( Crowley, D-NY), approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003; to Ways and Means. H6265, CR 6/4/09.
H Res 511 ( Moran, D-VA), commending efforts to teach the history of both Israelis and Palestinians to students in Israel and the West Bank in order to foster mutual understanding, respect, and tolerance; to Foreign Affairs. H6265, CR 6/4/09.
H Con Res 146 ( Maloney, D-NY), recognizing the 64 th anniversary of the United Nations; to Foreign Affairs. H6306, CR 6/8/09.
Hearings
The Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Foreign Policy Implications of U.S. Efforts to Address the International Financial Crisis: TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), TALF (Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility) and the G-20 Plan.” 6/10/09, 1 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 2410, to authorize appropriations for the State Department and the Peace Corps for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and to modernize the Foreign Service; and HR 1886, to authorize democratic, economic and social development assistance for Pakistan, and to authorize security assistance for Pakistan. 6/9/09, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.  
Floor Action
On 6/8/09, the Senate passed, by voice vote, S Res 171, commending the people who have sacrificed their personal freedoms to bring about democratic change in the People’s Republic of China and expressing sympathy for the families of the people who were killed, wounded, or imprisoned, on the occasion of the 20 th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing, China from 6/3-4/89.
Notices  
On 6/5/09, the State Department announced a 6/19/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union in Washington, DC, to discuss, approve, and recommend that the State Department negotiate grant agreements with certain “national organizations with an interest and expertise in conducting research and training concerning the countries of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union.” FR 27057.
On 6/8/09, the Department of Labor announced a solicitation of cooperative agreement applications to qualifying organizations and associations to combat child labor in Guatemala, Indonesia, Nepal, and Rwanda. Applications are due 7/27/09. FR 27183.
Law Library of Congress  
Bills Introduced  
HR 2728 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to provide financial support for the operation of the Law Library of the Library of Congress; to House Administration. 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.
Hearings
The House Administration will mark up HR 2728, to provide financial support for the operation of the Law Library of the Library of Congress. 6/10/09, 11 am, 210 Cannon.  
Military Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 2699 ( Giffords, D-AZ), to improve the mental health care benefits available to members of the Armed Forces, and to enhance counseling available to family members of members of the Armed Forces. H6262, CR 6/4/09.
Hearings  
The Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 569, to amend Titles 28 and 10, United States Code, to allow for certiorari review of certain cases denied relief or review by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. 6/11/09, TBA, 2141 Rayburn.  
National Security  
Bills Introduced  
S 1187 ( Murray, D-WA), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize grants for use in response to homeland security events of national and international significance; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S6185, CR 6/4/09.
S 1190 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to provide financial aid to local law enforcement officials along the nation’s borders; to Judiciary. S6186, CR 6/4/09.
HR 2712 ( Conaway, R-TX), to provide that certain photographic records relating to the treatment of any individual engaged, captured, or detained after 9/11/01 by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside the United States shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. H6263, CR 6/4/09.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 417, to enact a safe, fair, and responsible state secrets privilege act. 6/11/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR 984, to provide safe, fair and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of state secret privilege. 6/11/09, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 6/4/09, the House agreed to an amendment to HR 2200, the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act, requiring the assistant secretary to establish a “known air traveler credential” that incorporates biometric identifier technology.  
Substance Abuse  
Floor Action  
On 6/8/09, the Senate passed S 256, to enhance the ability to combat methamphetamine.  
Notices  
On 6/5/09, the Department of Education announced a notice inviting applications for fiscal year 2009 grants to develop, expand, or enhance a statewide coalition to prevent and reduce alcohol abuse at institutions of higher education. Applications are due 7/6/09. FR 27030.
On 6/9/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a revised information collection, the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which surveys the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States 12 years old and older to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs. Comments are due 7/9/09. FR 27323.  
Tax Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 2705 ( McDermott, D-WA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable credit for advance directives; to Ways and Means. H6263, CR 6/4/09.  
Veterans’ Affairs  
Bills Introduced
HR 2696 ( Miller, D-NC), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the enforcement of rights afforded under that act; to Veterans’ Affairs. H6262, CR 6/4/09.
HR 2713 ( Donnelly, D-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the service disabled veterans’ insurance program of the Department of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans’ Affairs. H6263, CR 6/4/09.
HR 2735 ( Rodriguez, D-TX), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements to the comprehensive service programs for homeless veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H6264, CR 6/4/09.
Committee Action  
On 6/4/09, the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved for full committee action HR 1098, the Veterans’ Worker Retaining Act of 2009; HR 1821, the Equity for Injured Veterans Act of 2009; 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.
On 6/4/09, the Subcommittee on Health, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, approved for full committee action HR 1211, the Women Veterans Health Care Improvement Act.  
Floor Action  
On 6/8/09, the House passed HR 466, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to prohibit discrimination and acts of reprisal against persons who receive treatment for illnesses, injuries, and disabilities incurred in or aggravated by service in the uniformed services.
Notices
On 6/9/09, the VA announced a 6/29-6/30/09 meeting of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses in Boston, MA, to review VA program activities related to Gulf War veterans’ illnesses and updates on relevant scientific research published since the last committee meeting. FR 27382.

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