A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.19.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 92 (June 18, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 117 (June 19, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 95 (June 19, 2009)

Appropriations
Floor Action
On 6/18/09, the House passed HR 2847, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010.
Business Law
Hearings
The Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on improving consumer financial literacy as part of a financial regulatory overhaul. 6/25/09, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings on financial regulation restructuring. 7/13/09-7/24/09, TBA, 2128 Rayburn.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
S 1286 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to amend Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act to allow children in foster care to be placed with their parents in residential family treatment centers that provide safe environments for treating addiction and promoting healthy parenting; to Finance. S6804, remarks S6807, CR 6/18/09.
S 1301 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to direct the attorney general to make an annual grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to assist law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children; to Judiciary. S6804, CR 6/18/09.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
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. 6/25/09, 12 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 6/18/09, the Senate passed S Con Res 26, apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans.
Courts/Judiciary
Hearings
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on deferred-prosecution agreements. Under such agreements, the government files charges against a company, but does not proceed to the next step, giving the company time to meet certain terms and improve behavior, thus either delaying or avoiding prosecution. 6/25/09, 11 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action
On 6/18/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved 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 Survivor’s Annuities System and begin contributing toward an annuity for their spouse and dependent children upon their death.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
S 1289 ( Whitehouse, D-RI), to improve Title 18 of the United States Code; to Judiciary. S6804, CR 6/18/09.
HR 2933 ( Scott, D-VA), to amend Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code, to clarify the circumstances under which the enhanced penalty provisions for subsequent convictions apply; to Judiciary. H7021, CR 6/18/09.
HR 2934 ( Scott, D-VA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prevent unjust and irrational criminal punishments; to Judiciary. H7021, CR 6/18/09.
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on S 909, to provide federal assistance to states, local jurisdictions and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes. 6/25/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Disability Law
Notices
On 6/19/09, the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel, Social Security Administration (SSA), announced a 7/14/09 teleconference meeting to provide independent advice and recommendations on plans and activities to replace the Dictionary of Occupational Titles used in the SSA’s disability determination process, and to advise the agency on creating an occupational information system tailored specifically for SSA’s disability programs and adjudicative needs. FR 29261.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced
S 1288 ( Pryor, D-AR), to authorize appropriations for grants to the states participating in the Emergency Management Assistance Compact; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S6804, CR 6/18/09.
Notices
On 6/19/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a revised information collection, the application for the Citizen Corps Affiliate Programs and Organizations, which offer communities resources for public education, outreach, and training; represent volunteers interested in helping to make their community safer; and offer volunteer service opportunities to support first responders, disaster relief activities, and community safety efforts. Comments are due 7/20/09. FR 29221.
On 6/19/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a revised information collection, the Preparedness Comprehensive Assessment Support Tool (PrepCAST), which assesses prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities at the regional, state, local, and tribal levels. Comments are due 8/18/09. FR 29222.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 1295 ( Shaheen, D-NH), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to cover transitional care services to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care under the Medicare program; to Finance. S6804, remarks and text S6812, CR 6/18/09.
HR 2948 ( Levin, D-MI), to amend Title IX of the Public Health Service Act to provide for the implementation of best practices in the delivery of health care in the United States; to Energy and Commerce. H7022, CR 6/18/09.
Hearings
The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on draft health care overhaul legislation. 6/23/09, 12 pm, 2175 Rayburn.
The Regulations and Healthcare Subcommittee, House Small Business Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Health IT Adoption and the New Challenges Faced by Solo and Small Group Health Care Practices.” 6/24/09, 10 am, 2360 Rayburn.
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on proposals to overhaul the health care system. 6/24/09, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.
Housing and Homelessness
Hearings
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “Legislative Options for Preserving Federally and State-Assisted Affordable Housing and Preventing Displacement of Low-Income, Elderly and Disabled Tenants.” 6/25/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Notices
On 6/19/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced substantive revisions to the 10/6/08 notice advising the public on allocations, application procedures, regulatory waivers granted to and alternative requirements for emergency assistance for redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes grantees under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. FR 29223.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2935 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate U.S. entry policies and otherwise promote tourist, business, and scholarly travel to the United States; to Energy and Commerce. H7021, CR 6/18/09.
HR 2954 ( Quigley, D-IL), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to extend the authority of the secretary of Homeland Security to waive certain requirements under the visa waiver program for an additional two years; to Judiciary. H7022, CR 6/18/09.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S Res 189 ( Wicker, R-MS), expressing the sense of the Senate that the trial by the Russian government of businessmen Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev constitutes a politically-motivated case of selective arrest and prosecution that serves as a test of the rule of law and independence of the judicial system of Russia; to Foreign Relations. S6804, text S6817, CR 6/18/09.
HR 2932 ( Waters, D-CA), to prevent speculation and profiteering in the defaulted debt of certain poor countries; to Judiciary. H7021, CR 6/18/09.
H Res 557 ( Sessions, R-TX), expressing support for the state of Israel’s inalienable right to defend itself in the face of an imminent nuclear or military threat from Iran, terrorist organizations, and the countries that harbor them; to Foreign Affairs. H7022, CR 6/18/09.
H Res 560 ( Berman, D-CA), expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law; to Foreign Affairs. H7022, CR 6/18/09.
Hearings
The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on Japan’s changing role. 6/25/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Trade Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on how the system of trade advisory committees is functioning and how to increase transparency and public participation in the development of U.S. trade policy. 6/25/09, 1:30 pm, B-318 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 6/18/09, the Senate passed 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 6/18/09, the Senate passed S Res 192, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding supporting democracy and economic development in Mongolia and expanding relations between the United States and Mongolia.
On 6/18/09, the Senate passed S Con Res 23, supporting the goals and objectives of the Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets.
Presidential Action
On 6/18/09, the president issued a notice continuing the 6/21/00 executive order blocking property and interests in property of the government of the Russian Federation and declaring a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Russian Federation.
Legal Services Corporation
Floor Action
On 6/18/09, the House rejected, by a 105-323 vote, an amendment to HR 2847, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, that sought to strike appropriations for the Legal Services Corporation, which is allotted $440 million in the legislation.
Military Law
Hearings
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.
National Security
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.” 6/19/09, 11:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The House Homeland Security Committee will mark up HR 2868, 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. 6/19/09, 9 am, 311 Cannon.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 417, to enact a safe, fair and responsible state secrets privilege act. 6/25/09, 12 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Substance Abuse
Bills Introduced
S 1292 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances; to Judiciary. S6804, remarks S6810, CR 6/18/09.
HR 2943 ( Frank, D-MA), to eliminate most federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use; to Judiciary. H7022, CR 6/18/09.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 1302 ( McConnell, R-KY), to provide for the introduction of pay-for-performance compensation mechanisms into contracts of the Department of Veterans Affairs with community-based outpatient clinics for the provisions of health care services; to Veterans’ Affairs. S6804, remarks and text S6816, CR 6/18/09.

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