A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.16.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 89 (June 13, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 114 (June 16, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 92 (June 16, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2873 ( Campbell, R-CA), to provide enhanced enforcement authority to the Securities and Exchange Commission; to Financial Services. H6805, CR 6/15/09.
Children and Families
Floor Action
On 6/15/09, the House passed H Res 428, to recognize the immeasurable contributions of fathers in the healthy development of children, to support responsible fatherhood, and to encourage greater involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, especially on Father’s Day.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
S 1261 ( Akaka, D-HI), to repeal Title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005 and amend Title II of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to better protect the security, confidentiality, and integrity of personally identifiable information collected by states when issuing driver’s licenses and identification documents; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S6580, CR 6/15/09.
Courts/Judiciary
Floor Action
On 6/15/09, the House passed HR 2661, the Court Security Enhancement Act of 2009, which would make corrections to the Court Security Improvement Act enacted last year. The bill would increase the maximum penalty from five years to 10 years for disclosing, with a criminal intent, private information about court personnel and would clarify that senior judges must perform at least the equivalent of a six-month workload of an active judge to participate in court governance matters.
Criminal Law
Notices
On 6/16/09, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Department of Justice, announced a solicitation of applications for the development of curricula on the administration of large jails. The project will be carried out over an 18-month period in conjunction with NIC staff. Applications are due 7/6/09. FR 28549.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2881 ( Rogers, R-AL), to amend Titles II and XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive certain waiting periods for Social Security disability and Medicare benefits in the case of a terminally ill, disabled individual; to Ways and Means. H6806, CR 6/15/09.
Notices
On 6/16/09, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor, announced the availability of grant funding to sponsor cooperative agreements in conducting two pilot projects to develop models for improving systems capacity to provide inclusive Registered Apprenticeship training and pre-apprenticeship training to youth and young adults with disabilities. Applications are due 7/16/09. FR 28562.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
S 1265 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide members of the Armed Forces and their family members equal access to voter registration assistance; to Rules and Administration. S6581, CR 6/15/09.
Gun Violence
Hearings
The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on S 845, to amend Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the state in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another state that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the state. 6/23/09, 10:30 am, 226 Dirksen.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 1259 ( Kyl, R-AZ), to protect all patients by prohibiting the use of data obtained from comparative effectiveness research to deny coverage of items or services under federal health care programs and to ensure that comparative effectiveness research accounts for advancements in personalized medicine and differences in patient treatment response; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S6580, CR 6/15/09.
S 1262 ( Cantwell, D-WA), to amend Title VII of the Public Health Service Act and Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide additional resources for primary care services, to create new payment models for services under Medicare, and to expand the provision of non-institutionally-based long-term services; to Finance. S6580, CR 6/15/09.
S 1263 ( Warner, D-VA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for advanced illness care management services for Medicare beneficiaries; to Finance. S6580, CR 6/15/09.
Committee Action
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will mark up S --, the Affordable Health Choices Act, as well as consider pending committee business and vote on any pending nominations cleared for action. 6/17/09, 10 am, 430 Dirksen; 6/17/09, 2:30 pm, 325 Russell.
Notices
On 6/16/09, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Field Test of Proposed Health Information Technology Questions and Methodology, which examines patients’ perspective on health information technology use by their health care professionals. Comments are due 7/16/09. FR 28502.
Housing/Homelessness
Bills Introduced
HR 2876 ( Davis, D-TN), to establish a program to preserve rural multifamily housing assisted under the Housing Act of 1949; to Financial Services. H6806, CR 6/15/09.
Notices
On 6/16/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the awardees of Emergency Capital Repair Grant funding, which provides funds to make emergency capital repairs to eligible multifamily projects owned by private nonprofit entities and designed for occupancy by elderly tenants. FR 28518.
Immigration Law
Notices
On 6/16/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on an existing information collection, the Application for Status as Temporary Resident Under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is used to verify the applicant’s eligibility for temporary status, and, if deemed eligible, grants him or her the benefit sought. Comments are due 7/16/09. FR 28516.
Indian Law
Notices
On 6/16/09, the Indian Health Service, HHS, announced a request for applications for a cooperative agreement of health promotion and disease prevention that will enable American Indian and Alaska Native communities to enhance and expand health promotion and reduce chronic disease through innovative and effective community, school, clinic, and worksite health programs. Applications are due 7/17/09. FR 28510.
Intellectual Property
Notices
On 6/16/09, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced an extension for public comment on issues related to the deferral of examination for patent applications. Comments are now due 8/31/09. FR 28473.
International Law
Floor Action
On 6/15/09, the House passed S 615, to provide additional personnel authorities for the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.
On 6/15/09, the House passed H Res 309, to express the sense of the House of Representatives that North Korea should immediately stop any hostile rhetoric and activity towards the Republic of Korea and engage in mutual dialogue to enhance inter-Korean relations.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2871 ( Murphy, R-PA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide for punishment for killing a member of the Armed Forces of the United States; to Judiciary. H6805, CR 6/15/09.
HR 2874 ( Connolly, D-VA), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to improve the equitable relief available for servicemembers called to active duty; to Veterans’ Affairs. H6805, CR 6/15/09.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 1260 ( Lieberman, ID-CT), to provide that certain photographic records relating to the treatment of any individual engaged, captured, or detained after 9/11/09 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; to Judiciary. S6580, CR 6/15/09.
HR 2868 ( Thompson, D-MS), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to extend, modify, and recodify the authority of the secretary of Homeland Security to enhance security and protect against acts of terrorism against chemical facilities; to Homeland Security. H6805, CR 6/15/09.
HR 2875 ( 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; to Oversight and Government Reform. H6805, CR 6/15/09.
Hearings
The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, will hold a hearing on cybersecurity issues at the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 6/25/09, 2 pm, 2318 Rayburn.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced
HR 2879 ( Kirkpatrick, D-AZ), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve health care for veterans who live in rural areas; to Veterans’ Affairs. H6806, CR 6/15/09.

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