A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.12.2009
The House is in session today. The Senate is not in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 88 (June 11, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 112 (June 12, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 89 (June 12, 2009)

 
Business Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1243 ( Hatch, R-UT), to require repayments of obligations and proceeds from the sale of assets under the Troubled Asset Relief Program to be repaid directly into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S6542, CR 6/11/09.
HR 2832 ( Edwards, D-TX), to require the secretary of the Treasury to develop a strategy and timeline for the repayment of assistance received by financial institutions under the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
Hearings  
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on the administration’s plan for restructuring the financial regulatory system. 6/18/09, 1:30 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Children and Families  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 534 ( Edwards, D-MD), supporting the goals and ideals of “National Children and Families Day”; to Oversight and Government Reform. H6618, CR 6/11/09.  
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
S Con Res 26 ( Harkin, D-IA), apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans; ordered held at the desk. S6543, text S6568, CR 6/11/09.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including 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. 6/18/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Courts/Judiciary
Committee Action  
On 6/11/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Gerard E. Lynch, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including 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. 6/18/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 2822 ( Johnson, D-GA), to help federal prosecutors and investigators combat public corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law; to Judiciary. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
Notices  
On 6/12/09, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, the National Youth Gang Survey, which gathers information related to youth and their activities for research and assessment purposes. Comments are due 8/11/09. FR 28068.  
Disability Law
Notices  
On 6/12/09, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a 6/17/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss a notice of proposed rulemaking for the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. FR 28046.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1256 ( Cantwell, D-WA), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to establish financial incentives for states to expand the provision of long-term services and supports to Medicaid beneficiaries who do not reside in an institution; to Finance. S6542, remarks and text S6560, CR 6/11/09.
S 1257 ( Cantwell, D-WA), to amend the Social Security Act to build on the aging network to establish long-term services and supports through single-entry point systems, evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs, and enhanced nursing home diversion programs; to Finance. S6543, remarks and text S6564, CR 6/11/09.
Election Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 2823 ( Coffman, R-CO), to amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to enhance and improve certain procedures relating to voting by absent members of the uniformed services; to House Administration. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1252 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to promote ocean and human health; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S6542, CR 6/11/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1240 ( DeMint, R-SC), to provide for the reform of health care, the Social Security system, the tax code for individuals and businesses, and the budget process; to Finance. S6542, CR 6/11/09.
HR 2824 ( Christensen, D-VI), to enhance the conduct and support of federally funded comparative effectiveness research relating to health care; to Energy and Commerce. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
HR 2829 ( Carson, D-IN), to ensure prompt access to Supplemental Security Income, Social Security disability, and Medicaid benefits for persons released from certain public institutions; to Ways and Means. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
HR 2831 ( Dahlkemper, D-PA), to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Public Health Service Act to require the option of extension of dependent coverage for unmarried, uninsured children under 30 years of age under group health plans and under group and individual health insurance coverage; to Energy and Commerce. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
HR 2835 ( Frank, D-MA), to provide for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various states; to Energy and Commerce. H6618, CR 6/11/09.  
Committee Action  
The Senate Finance Committee will mark up draft legislation that would overhaul the nation’s health care system. 6/23/09, TBA, 215 Dirksen.
Housing/Homelessness
Notices  
On 6/12/09, the Office of the Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced that the assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development and the general deputy assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development have been delegated the authority necessary to implement the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. FR 28055.
On 6/12/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on revisions to Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program Annual Report, which will report on all persons served with PATH federal and matching state funds. Comments are due 7/13/09. FR 28048.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1247 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote family unity; to Judiciary. S6542, CR 6/11/09.
HR 2837 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend Section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose mandatory sentencing ranges with respect to aliens who re-enter the United States after having been removed; to Judiciary. H6618, CR 6/11/09.
Intellectual Property
Bills Introduced  
S 1234 ( Lieberman, ID-CT), to modify the prohibition on recognition by U.S. courts of certain rights relating to certain marks, trade names, or commercial names; to Judiciary. S6542, CR 6/11/09.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2817 ( McGovern, D-MA), to address global hunger and improve food security through the development and implementation of a comprehensive government-wide global hunger reduction strategy, the establishment of the White House Office on Global Hunger and Food Security, and the creation of the Permanent Joint Select Committee on Hunger; to Foreign Affairs. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
H Res 535 ( Faleomavaega, D-AS), commending the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions for calling upon all nations to live in peace and mutual understanding; to Foreign Affairs. H6618, CR 6/11/09.
Hearings
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Contributions to the Response to Pakistan’s Humanitarian Crisis: The Situation and the Stakes.” 6/16/09, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
The House Oversight and Government Reform full Committee and National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee will hold a joint hearing titled “Afghanistan and Pakistan: Oversight of a New Interagency Strategy.” 6/18/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
The Europe Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets: An Overview.” 6/18/09, 1:30 pm, 2200 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 6/11/09, the House passed, by a 234-185 vote, HR 1886, to authorize democratic, economic, and social development assistance for Pakistan and to authorize security assistance for Pakistan.
Presidential Action
On 6/5/09, the president issued a memorandum to the secretary of State determining it necessary to suspend limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act for six months to protect the national security interests of the United States.
Notices  
On 6/12/09, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) announced its Annual Grant Competition, which offers support for research, education and training, and the dissemination of information on international peace and conflict resolution. Applications are due 10/1/09. FR 28105.
On 6/12/09, USIP announced its ongoing Priority Grant Competition, which focuses on seven countries as they relate to USIP’s mandate, with projects that fit specific themes or topics identified for the seven countries, currently Afghanistan, Colombia, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sudan. Applications are accepted throughout the year. FR 28105.  
Legal Services Corporation
Notices  
On 6/12/09, the Legal Services Corporation announced an intention to award grants and contracts to provide economical and effective delivery of high quality civil legal services to eligible low-income clients in Wyoming beginning 8/1/09. Recommendations and comments are due 7/13/09. FR 28069.
Military Law  
Bills Introduced
HR 2836 ( Hodes, D-NH), to amend the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2008 to improve and expand suicide prevention and community healing and response training under the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program; to Armed Services. H6618, CR 6/11/09.
National Security
Bills Introduced  
H Con Res 148 ( Davis, R-KY), expressing the sense of Congress that comprehensive national security reform is urgently needed to enable our government to meet the novel and complex challenges of the 21 st century, and calling on the executive branch to implement reforms that achieve greater agency integration for the effective use of the nation’s power, military and nonmilitary; to Armed Services. H6618, CR 6/11/09.
H Res 537 ( Rogers, R-MI), requesting that the president and directing that the attorney general transmit to the House of Representatives all information in their possession relating to specific communications regarding detainees and foreign persons suspected of terrorism; to Judiciary. H6618, CR 6/11/09.
Hearings  
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Efforts to Combat Arms Trafficking to Mexico: Report from the Government Accountability Office.” 6/18/09, 11 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
On 6/11/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 984, the State Secret Protection Act of 2009.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 417, to enact a safe, fair, and responsible state secrets privilege act. 6/18/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Substance Abuse
Bills Introduced  
HR 2818 ( McNerney, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment of a drug-free workplace information clearinghouse, to support residential methamphetamine treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women, and to improve the prevention and treatment of methamphetamine addiction; to Energy and Commerce. H6617, CR 6/11/09.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced  
S 1237 ( Murray, D-WA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to expand the grant program for homeless veterans with special needs to include male homeless veterans with minor dependents and to establish a grant program for reintegration of homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children; to Veterans’ Affairs. S6542, CR 6/11/09.
HR 2830 ( Courtney, D-CT), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to give priority to unemployed veterans in furnishing hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care to certain veterans assigned to priority level 8; to Veterans’ Affairs. H6617, CR 6/11/09.  
Notices
On 6/12/09, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program National Outcome Follow-up with Employment Based Rehabilitated Veterans Survey. Comments are due 7/11/09. FR 28106.
On 6/12/09, the VBA, VA, announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, Traumatic Injury Protection, which consists of benefits that servicemembers who experienced a traumatic injury on or after 10/7/01-11/30/05 are eligible to receive if the loss was incurred during Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Comments are due 7/13/09. FR 28107.
On 6/12/09, the VA announced a 7/7/09-7/8/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation in Washington, DC, to receive briefings about studies on compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and other veteran benefits programs, and to prepare draft recommendations which will be subsequently considered by the full committee. FR 28109.

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