A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.29.2009
The House and Senate are not in session today. The Senate will reconvene 7/6/09. The House will reconvene 7/7/09.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Nos. 97-98 (June 25-26, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 122-123 (June 26-29, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 100 (June 26, 2009)

Appropriations
Floor Action
On 6/26/09, the House passed HR 2996, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
S 1365 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a permanent background check system; to Judiciary. S7070, CR 6/25/09.
S 1370 ( Boxer, D-CA), to provide enhanced federal enforcement and assistance in preventing and prosecuting crimes of violence against children; to Judiciary. S7070, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3047 ( Woolsey, D-CA), to improve the lives of working families by providing family and medical need assistance, child care assistance, in-school and afterschool assistance, and family care assistance, and by encouraging the establishment of family-friendly workplaces; to Education and Labor. H7445, CR 6/25/09.
H Res 582 ( Waters, D-CA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that children have a right to adequate housing; to Financial Services. H7446, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3069 ( Maloney, D-NY), to direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations in the United States; to Energy and Commerce. H7703, remarks E1612, CR 6/26/09.
HR 3075 ( Lewis, D-GA), to establish a National Parents Corps Program; to Education and Labor. H7703, CR 6/26/09.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1360 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income amounts received on account of claims based on certain unlawful discrimination and to allow income averaging for backpay and frontpay awards received on account of such claims; to Finance. S 7070, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3035 ( Lewis, D-GA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income amounts received on account of claims based on certain unlawful discrimination and to allow income averaging for backpay and frontpay awards received on account of such claims; to Ways and Means. H7444, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3038 ( McDermott, D-WA), to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1991 with respect to the application of such act, to provide justice for Wards Cove workers; to Education and Labor. H7444, CR 6/25/09.
Courts/Judiciary  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3054 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to provide for media coverage of federal court proceedings; to Judiciary. H7445, CR 6/25/09.  
Floor Action  
On 6/25/09, the Senate came to a unanimous-consent agreement providing that the secretary of the Senate be directed to deliver the original statement of resignation executed by Judge Samuel B. Kent, on Wednesday, 6/24/09, to the president of the United States and to send a certified copy of the statement of resignation to the House of Representatives.
Nominations
On 6/25/09, the Senate received the nominations of Charlene Edwards Honeywell, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; and Jeffrey L. Viken, of South Dakota, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Dakota.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1386 ( Burris, D-IL), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Office of Disability Coordination; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S7071. CR 6/25/09.
HR 3065 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), to establish a chronic care improvement demonstration program for Medicaid beneficiaries with severe mental illnesses; to Energy and Commerce. H7703, CR 6/26/09.
HR 3101 ( Markey, D-MA), to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to emerging Internet Protocol-based communication and video programming technologies in the 21 st century; to Energy and Commerce. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3040 ( Baldwin, D-WI), to prevent mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud targeting seniors in the United States, to promote efforts to increase public awareness of the enormous impact that mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud have on seniors, and to educate the public, seniors, their families, and their caregivers about how to identify and combat fraudulent activity; to Judiciary. H7445, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3098 ( Kilpatrick, D-MI), to amend the Public Health Service Act to attract and retain trained health care professionals and direct care workers dedicated to providing quality care to the growing population of older Americans; to Energy and Commerce. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced
HR 3096 ( Hinchey, D-NY), to provide additional housing assistance for certain individuals and households adversely affected by a major disaster; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
Environmental Law
Floor Action
On 6/26/09, the House passed HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1355 ( Barrasso, R-WY), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to health care for individuals residing in underserved rural areas; to Finance. S7070, remarks S7077, CR 6/25/09.
S Con Res 32 ( Menendez, D-NJ), expressing the sense of Congress on health care reform legislation; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S7071, text S7102, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3067 ( Latham, R-IA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reform Medicare payments to physicians and certain other providers, improve Medicare benefits, encourage the offering of health coverage by small businesses, provide tax incentives for the purchase of health insurance by individuals, increase access to health care for veterans, and address the nursing shortage; to Energy and Commerce. H7703, CR 6/26/09.
HR 3090 ( Christensen, D-VI), to improve the health of minority individuals; to Energy and Commerce. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
HR 3109 ( Teague, D-NM), to improve access to health care services in rural, frontier, and urban underserved areas in the United States by addressing the supply of health professionals and the distribution of health professionals to areas of need; to Energy and Commerce. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
HIV/AIDS
Bills Introduced
H Res 585 ( Lee, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of National HIV Testing Day; to Energy and Commerce. H7446, CR 6/25/09.  
HR 3091 ( Crowley, D-NY), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide incentives for increased use of HIV screening tests under the Medicaid program; to Energy and Commerce. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
H Res 592 ( Waters, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day; to Energy and Commerce. H7705, CR 6/26/09.
Housing/Homelessness
Bills Introduced
HR 3045 ( Waters, D-CA), to reform the housing choice voucher program under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937; to Financial Services. H7445, CR 6/25/09.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1359 ( Landrieu, D-LA), to provide U.S. citizenship for children adopted from outside the United States; to Judiciary. S 7070, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3110 ( Watson, D-CA), to provide U.S. citizenship for children adopted from outside the United States; to Judiciary. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
Intellectual Property  
Floor Action  
On 6/25/09, the Senate passed S 1358, to authorize the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to use funds made available under the Trademark Act of 1946 for patent operations in order to avoid furloughs and reductions in force.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 1376 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to restore immunization and sibling age exemptions for children adopted by United States citizens under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to allow their admission to the United States; to Judiciary. S7070, CR 6/25/09.
S Res 206 ( Johanns, R-NE), expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should immediately implement the United States-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement; to Finance. S7071, remarks and text S7100, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3070 ( Watson, D-CA), to encourage the development and implementation of a comprehensive, global strategy for the preservation and reunification of families and the provision of permanent parental care for orphans; to Foreign Affairs. H7703, CR 6/26/09.
HR 3077 ( McCollum, D-MN), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to provide assistance to foreign countries to promote food security and agricultural development, to develop rural infrastructure and stimulate rural economies, to improve emergency response to food crises, and to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; to Foreign Affairs. H7703, CR 6/26/09.
HR 3107 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to prohibit the expenditure of U.S. taxpayer dollars on nuclear assistance to state sponsors of terrorism; to Foreign Affairs. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
H Con Res 159 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), recognizing the fifth anniversary of the declaration by the U.S. Congress of genocide in Darfur, Sudan; to Foreign Affairs. H7445, CR 6/25/09.
H Res 581 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the president should take all necessary steps to expeditiously deploy a missile defense system in Europe that will help provide such a defense to U.S. allies in Europe while enhancing U.S. defenses against missile attacks; to Foreign Affairs. H7446, CR 6/25/09.
H Res 588 ( McGovern, D-MA), expressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives that the trial by the government of the Russian Federation of 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 Russia’s judicial system; to Foreign Affairs. H7705, CR 6/26/09.
H Res 604 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), recognizing the vital role of the Proliferation Security Initiative in preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction; to Foreign Affairs. H7705, CR 6/26/09.
H Res 605 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), recognizing the continued persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China on the 10 th anniversary of the Chinese Community Party campaign to suppress the Falun Gong spiritual movement and calling for an immediate end to the campaign to persecute, intimidate, imprison, and torture Falun Gong practitioners; to Foreign Affairs. H7705, CR 6/26/09.  
Floor Action  
On 6/26/09, the House passed H Con Res 89, to support the goals and objectives of the Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets
Military Law  
Floor Action  
On 6/25/09, the House passed, by a 389-22-1 vote, HR 2647, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for military activities of the Department of Defense and to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2010.
National Security
Bills Introduced  
S 1361 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to enhance the national defense through empowerment of the National Guard, enhancement of the functions of the National Guard Bureau, and improvement of federal-state military coordination in domestic emergency response; to Armed Services. S7070, remarks and text S7079, CR 6/25/09.
H Res 602 ( Rogers, R-MI), requesting that the president and directing that the secretary of Defense transmit to the House of Representatives all information in their possession relating to specific communications regarding detainees and foreign persons suspected of terrorism; to Armed Services. H7705, CR 6/26/09.
Substance Abuse
Bills Introduced  
S 1383 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan; to Judiciary. S7070, remarks and text S7097, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3053 ( Carson, D-IN), to amend the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 to repeal the denial to drug felons of eligibility for benefits under the program of temporary assistance for needy families; to Ways and Means. H7445, CR 6/25/09.
Tort and Insurance Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1363 ( Martinez, R-FL), to streamline the regulation of nonadmitted insurance and reinsurance; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S7070, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3051 ( Braley, D-IA), to enhance citizen awareness of insurance information and services by establishing that insurance documents issued to the public must be written clearly; to Energy and Commerce. H7445, CR 6/25/09.
Notices
On 6/29/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule determining modified base flood elevations (BFEs) for listed communities. The modified BFEs will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. FR 30962.
Veterans’ Affairs  
Bills Introduced  
S 1366 ( Boxer, D-CA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their income tax payment to provide assistance to homeless veterans; to Finance. S7070, CR 6/25/09.
HR 3073 ( Nye, D-VA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to provide assistance to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless; to Veterans’ Affairs. H7703, CR 6/26/09.
HR 3087 ( Butterfield, D-NC), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to establish a deadline for decisions with respect to claims for benefits under laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans’ Affairs. H7704, CR 6/26/09.
Notices  
On 6/29/09, the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Former Prisoner of War (FPOW) Medical History VA Form, which is used by the VA as a guide and reference for treatment planning for the FPOW veteran. Comments are due 8/28/09. FR 31110.
On 6/29/09, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), VA, announced a request for public comment on several information collections used to ensure that claimants’ benefits payments are administered properly to fiduciaries. Comments are due 8/28/09. FR 31111.
On 6/29/09, the VBA, VA, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Fiduciary Agreement Form, a legal binding contract between VA and federally appointed fiduciaries receiving VA funds on behalf of beneficiaries who were determined to be incompetent or under legal disability by reason of minority or court action. Comments are due 8/28/09. FR 31112.

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