A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.5.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 38 (March 4, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 36 (March 5, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 42 (March 5, 2009)
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1300 ( Burton, R-IN), to amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to prevent the use of the legal system in a manner that extorts money from state and local governments and the federal government, and inhibits such governments’ constitutional actions under the First, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendments; to Judiciary. H2979, CR 3/4/09.
HR 1304 ( King, R-NY), to create a federal cause of action to determine whether defamation exists under United States law in cases in which defamation actions have been brought in foreign courts against United States persons on the basis of publications or speech in the United States; to Judiciary. H2979, CR 3/4/09.
HJ Res 37 ( Lungren, R-CA), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage; to Judiciary. H2980, CR 3/4/09.
The Constitution Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a joint hearing on proposed amendments to the Constitution concerning Senate vacancies. 3/11/09, 10 am, 216 Hart.
Bills Introduced
HR 1306 ( Lungren, R-CA), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for reassignment of certain federal cases upon request of a party; to Judiciary. H2979, CR 3/4/09.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1292 ( Scott, D-VA), to amend Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to establish a National White Collar Crime Center grants program for purposes of improving the identification, investigation, and prosecution of certain criminal conspiracies and activities and terrorist conspiracies and activities; to Judiciary. H2978, CR 3/4/09.
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA): Barriers to Timely Compliance by States.” 3/10/09, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Disability Law
On 3/5/09, the National Council on Disability announced the dates and times of their quarterly meeting, where they will discuss the release of the publications National Disability Policy: A Progress Report and Federal Employment of People with Disabilities. FR 9641.
Election Law
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing titled “Voter Registration: Assessing Current Problems.” 3/11/09, 10 am, 301 Russell.
Environmental Law
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on climate science, focusing on stepping up the response to climate change. 3/12/09, 10 am, 253 Russell.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced
HR 1303 ( Rush, D-IL), to require the attorney general, through the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, to establish a 5-year competitive grant program to establish pilot programs to reduce the rate of occurrence of gun-related crimes in high-crime communities; to Judiciary. H2979, remarks E550, CR 3/4/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1296 ( Clyburn, D-SC), to achieve access to comprehensive primary health care services for all Americans and to reform the organization of primary care delivery through an expansion of the Community Health Center and National Health Service Corps programs; to Energy and Commerce. H2978, CR 3/4/09.  
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a series of hearings on overhauling the health care system. 3/10/09, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing titled “Health Reform in the 21 st Century: Expanding Coverage, Improving Quality and Controlling Costs.” 3/11/09, 10:30 am, 1100 Longworth.
Committee Action
On 3/4/09, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved HR 756, the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009. D209, CR 3/4/09.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1314 ( Sánchez, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for compensation to states incarcerating undocumented aliens charged with a felony or two or more misdemeanors; to Judiciary. H2979, CR 3/4/09.
International Law
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Summit of the Americas: A New Beginning for U.S. Policy in the Region?” 3/11/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 3/5/09, the Federal Register published a proclamation issued by the president on 3/3/09 declaring a one-year continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Zimbabwe, originally issued 3/6/03, to block the property of persons whose actions and policies undermine democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe and contribute to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law, to politically motivated violence and intimidation, and to political and economic instability in the southern African region. FR 9751.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 1315 ( Schiff, D-CA), to prohibit the detention of enemy combatants at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to provide for de novo combatant status reviews by military judges; and to repeal the Military Commissions Act of 2006; to Armed Services. H2979, CR 3/4/09.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the current and future worldwide threats to the national security of the United States. 3/10/09, 9:30 am, 216 Hart.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Violent Islamist Extremism: al-Shabaab Recruitment in America.” 3/11/09, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Tracking and Disrupting Terrorist Financial Networks: A Potential Model for Inter-agency Success?” 3/11/09, 3:30 pm, 2118 Rayburn.
Tort and Insurance Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1316 ( Sensenbrenner, R-WI), to provide for appropriate notification of communities and homeowners of establishment of flood elevations for purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program; to Financial Services. H2979, CR 3/4/09.