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. 90 (June 16, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 115 (June 17, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 93 (June 17, 2009)

Administrative Law
Floor Action
On 6/16/09, the House passed, by a 414-0 vote, HR 2247, to amend Title 5, United States Code, to make technical amendments to certain provisions of Title 5, United States Code, enacted by the Congressional Review Act.
Business Law
Bills Introduced
S 1276 ( Reed, D-RI), to require investment advisers to private funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, and others to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S6650, CR 6/16/09.
HR 2907 ( Tiahrt, R-KS), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to ensure that recipients of assistance under the Troubled Asset Relief Program repay such assistance only if they would remain well capitalized after such repayment; to Financial Services. H6903, CR 6/16/09.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
S 1267 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to amend Title V of the Social Security Act to provide grants to establish or expand quality programs providing home visitation for low-income pregnant women and low-income families with young children; to Finance. S6650, CR 6/16/09.
Floor Action
On 6/16/09, the House passed, by a 416-0 vote, HR 780, to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to promote the safe use of the Internet by students.
On 6/17/09, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced the following meetings: a 10/13/09-10/14/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure in Seattle, WA; a 11/5/09-11/6/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure in Seattle, WA; and a 11/20/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence in Charleston, SC. FR 28726.
Criminal Law
On 6/17/09, the Parole Commission, Department of Justice, announced interim rules to implement the District of Columbia Equitable Street Time Credit Amendment Act of 2009, which modifies parole laws for District of Columbia offenders to make them more consistent with similar parole laws governing U.S. Code parole eligible offenders. Comments are due 8/31/09. FR 28602.
Disability Law
On 6/17/09, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, announced an invitation for applications for grants to state technical assistance projects to improve services and results for children who are deaf-blind in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Applications are due 7/17/09, FR 28675.
On 6/17/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a new project, the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Case Studies, which will collect data to contribute to the knowledge base regarding a successful model for suicide prevention that integrates multiple prevention programs targeting risk and protective behaviors. Comments are due 7/17/09. FR 28705.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S Res 185 ( Warner, D-VA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Memory Screening Day, including the development of a national health policy on dementia screening and care; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S6650, CR 6/16/09.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2894 ( Holt, D-NJ), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent paper ballot under Title III of such act; to House Administration. H6903, CR 6/16/09.
Environmental Law
Presidential Action
On 6/12/09, the president issued a memorandum establishing an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, to better meet the United States’ stewardship responsibilities for the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.
On 6/12/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring June 2009 as National Oceans Month 2009, and calling upon all Americans to learn more about the oceans and what can be done to conserve them.
On 6/17/09, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection entitled “Cooperative Agreements and Superfund State Contracts for Superfund Response Actions.” Comments are due 8/30/09. FR 28693.
On 6/17/09, the State Department announced an invitation for U.S. nominations for individuals to serve as authors and/or review editors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report, “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” Nominations are due 7/10/09. FR 28753.
Health Law
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. 6/18/09-6/26/09 (as needed), 10 am, 325 Russell.
On 6/17/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced a 7/14/09 meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Marketing in Atlanta, GA, to develop and implement disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. FR 28710.
Bills Introduced
HR 2887 ( Davis, D-AL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an incentive to preserve affordable housing in multifamily housing units which are sold or exchanged; to Ways and Means. H6902, CR 6/16/09.
Immigration Law
Floor Action
On 6/16/09, the House began consideration of HR 2847, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and agreed to an amendment increasing funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program by $100 million.
International Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 549 ( Pence, R-IN), expressing support for all Iranian citizens who struggle for freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and the protection of the rule of law; to Foreign Affairs. H6903, CR 6/16/09.
H Res 550 ( Payne, D-NJ), recognizing the “Day of the African Child” on 6/16/09, devoted to the theme of child survival, and emphasizing the importance of reducing maternal, newborn, and child deaths in Africa; to Foreign Affairs. H6903, CR 6/16/09.
Committee Action
On 6/16/09, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S 962, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people; S Res 182, recognizing the democratic accomplishments of the people of Albania and expressing the hope that the parliamentary elections on 6/28/09 maintain and improve the transparency and fairness of democracy in Albania; S Con Res 23, supporting the goals and objectives of the Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets; and S Res 153, expressing the sense of the Senate on the restitution of or compensation for property seized during the Nazi and Communist eras.
On 6/17/09, the State Department announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the American Citizens Services Internet Based Registration Service, which is used by U.S. nationals to register online from anywhere in the world, and by U.S. embassies and consulates to provide critical information and assistance to their nationals in the event of family emergency, natural disaster, or international crisis. Comments are due 8/17/09. FR 28752.
Labor and Employment Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2900 ( King, R-IA), to repeal the wage rate requirements commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act; to Education and Labor. H6903, CR 6/16/09.
Military Law
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing titled “A Continuing Examination of Civil Rights Services and Diversity in the Coast Guard.” 6/19/09, 10 am, 2167 Rayburn.
Committee Action
On 6/16/09, the House Armed Services Committee approved HR 2647, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.
Tort and Insurance Law
On 6/17/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that are scheduled for suspension of the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 28624.
On 6/17/09, FEMA, DHS, announced an interim rule listing communities where modification of the base flood elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents. FR 28627.
On 6/17/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule determining BFEs and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the NFIP. FR 28629.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced
HR 2898 ( Halvorson, D-IL), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide support services for family caregivers of disabled veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H6903, CR 6/16/09.
Floor Action
On 6/16/09, the House passed, by a 417-2 vote, HR 403, to provide housing assistance for very low-income veterans.