A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.22.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 93 (June 19, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 118 (June 22, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 96 (June 22, 2009)
 
Antitrust Law
Presidential Action  
On 6/19/09, the president signed PL 111-30 (HR 2675), the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 Extension Act.
Appropriations
Floor Action  
On 6/19/09, the House passed, by a 232-178 vote, HR 2918, making appropriations for the legislative branch for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
Business Law  
Hearings  
The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing on predatory lending and reverse redlining, the practice of targeting high-cost loans to people in low-income areas. 6/24/09, 10 am, location TBA.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced  
S 1309 ( Bayh, D-IN), to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure funding for grants to promote responsible fatherhood and strengthen low-income families; to Finance. S6845, CR 6/19/09.
HR 2979 ( Davis, D-IL), to amend Title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure funding for grants to promote responsible fatherhood and strengthen low-income families; to Ways and Means. H7084, CR 6/19/09.
Notices  
On 6/22/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a new collection to examine training grants made available to national, regional, and local adoption organizations for training the staff of public and non-profit private health service organizations to provide adoption information and referrals to pregnant women on an equal basis with all other courses of action included in non-directive counseling of pregnant women. Comments are due 7/22/09. FR 29493.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 2981 ( Frank, D-MA), to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; to Education and Labor. H7084, CR 6/19/09.
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including 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. 6/24/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
Courts/Judiciary
Bills Introduced  
HR 2961 ( McCarthy, R-CA), to create additional permanent and temporary judgeships for the Eastern District of California, and to provide for an additional place of holding court in the Eastern District of California; to Judiciary. H7084, CR 6/19/09.
H Res 565 ( Conyers, D-MI), appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment of Samuel B. Kent, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas; considered and agreed to. H7085, CR 6/19/09.
Floor Action  
On 6/19/09, the Senate received the nomination of Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; and Beverly Baldwin Martin, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
On 6/19/09, the House passed H Res 520, impeaching Samuel B. Kent, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Disability Law
Notices  
On 6/22/09, the National Council on Disability (NCD) announced a 7/20/09-7/22/09 meeting of the NCD in Minneapolis, MN, to discuss development disabilities and the Bill of Rights Act, the 2010 National Summit on Disability Policy, and other issues. FR 29520.  
Elder Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 2987 ( Sánchez, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure sufficient resources and increased efforts for research at the National Institutes of Health relating to Alzheimer’s disease, and to authorize an education and outreach program to promote public awareness and risk reduction with respect to Alzheimer’s disease (with particular emphasis on education and outreach in Hispanic populations); to Energy and Commerce. H7085, CR 6/19/09.  
Environmental Law
Hearings  
The House Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Climate Threat to the Planet.” 6/23/09, 3 pm, 2318 Rayburn.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 2975 ( Campbell, R-CA), to improve medical care by reducing the excessive burden imposed by the civil liability system on the health care delivery system; to Judiciary. H7084, CR 6/19/09.
HR 2978 ( Davis, D-IL), to amend Title 5, United States Code, to increase the maximum age to qualify for coverage as a “child” under the health benefits program for federal employees; to Oversight and Government Reform. H7084, CR 6/19/09.
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. 6/22/09, 3 pm, 325 Russell.
Notices  
On 6/22/09, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS, announced a 7/24/09 meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality in Washington, DC, to hear a report from the subcommittee on Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Quality Provisions, a report on the National Quality and Disparities Reports, and a report on the recent Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods Symposium. FR 29500.
On 6/22/09, the Food and Drug Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection that will examine ways to improve consumers’ understanding of TV and print advertisements explaining the benefits of taking versus the risks of not taking specific prescription drugs. Comments are due 8/21/09. FR 29490.
HIV/AIDS
Notices  
On 6/22/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection of essential clinical information to be used for quality assurance and performance, and to produce monitoring on approximately 30,000 rapid HIV test kits to be provided to ethnic and racial minority communities at no cost to the recipient provider organizations. Comments are due 7/22/09. FR 29494.
Housing and Homelessness
Notices
On 6/22/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced several notices of funding availability for fiscal year 2009 programs in housing counseling, capacity building for community development, and rental assistance for non-elderly persons with disabilities. FR 29503.
Indian Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 2973 ( Campbell, R-CA), to require the secretary of the Interior to notify, before the decision on the petition is made, units of local government when a Native American group files a petition to become a federally recognized Indian tribe; to Natural Resources. H7084, CR 6/19/09.
Notices  
On 6/22/09, HUD announced a notice of funding availability for fiscal year 2009 for the Public and Indian Housing Family Self-Sufficiency Program under the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency Program. FR 29510.
International Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 2984 ( LoBiondo, R-NJ), to amend Title 46, United States Code, to assist in the defense of U.S. mariners and vessels against piracy, and to ensure the traditional right of self-defense of those vessels against piracy; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H7085, CR 6/19/09.
H Res 569 ( Moran, D-VA), supporting the work of citizen diplomacy organizations and encouraging the convening of a Presidential Summit on Global Citizen Diplomacy; to Foreign Affairs. H7085, CR 6/19/09.
Hearings
The Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee and the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a joint hearing on U.S.-Africa trade relations. 6/24/09, 2 pm, 2322 Rayburn.
The Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing to receive an overview of current conditions in South Asia. 6/25/09, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing followed by a briefing titled “ Somalia: Prospects for Lasting Peace and a Unified Response to Extremism and Terrorism.” 6/25/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 6/19/09, the Senate passed 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 Res 193, expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law; and S Res 196, expressing the sense of the Senate on freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression in Iran.
On 6/19/09, the House passed, by a 405-1-2 vote, H Res 560, to express support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law.
Legal Services Corporation
Floor Action  
On 6/19/09, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Laurie I. Mikva, of Illinois, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring 7/13/10.
Military Law
Hearings  
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Sexual Assault in the Military Part 3: Context and Causes.” 6/25/09, 2 pm, 2247 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1478, to amend Chapter 171 of Title 28, United States Code, to allow members of the Armed Forces to sue the United States for damages for certain injuries caused by improper medical care. 6/24/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 2983 ( Holt, D-NJ), to require the videotaping or electronic recording of strategic intelligence interrogations of persons in the custody of or under the effective control of the Department of Defense; to Armed Services. H7085, CR 6/19/09.  
H Res 570 ( Rogers, R-MI), directing the secretary of Homeland Security to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in the possession of the Department of Homeland Security relating to the immigration status of any detainees and foreign persons suspected of terrorism; to Judiciary. H7085, CR 6/19/09.
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. 6/23/09, 5:30 pm, 311 Cannon.
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including H Res 537, 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; and HR 984, to provide safe, fair and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of state secret privilege. 6/24/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Veterans’ Affairs  
Notices  
On 6/22/09, the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on several proposed information collections related to the Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program for homeless veterans. Comments are due 8/21/09. FR 29537.
On 6/22/09, the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Statement in Support of Claim (Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund), which is filed by veterans who served in the organized military forces of the Philippines while such forces were in the service of the Armed Forces of the U.S. Army and who are entitled to a one-time payment from the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund. Comments are due 7/22/09. FR 29539.

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