A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.11.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 42 (March 10, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 40 (March 11, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 46 (March 11, 2009)
Appropriations
Floor Action
On 3/10/09, the Senate passed, by a 62-35 vote, HR 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009, clearing the measure for the president.
Children/Families
Bills Introduced
HR 1422 ( Smith, R-TX), to reauthorize through 2014 certain programs under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006; to Judiciary. H3145, remarks E611, CR 3/10/09.
Notices
On 3/11/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, invited public comment on collection of information on Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which stipulates that each public child welfare agency requesting federal funding for foster care, adoption assistance and guardianship assistance must assure that the programs will be administered in conformity with the specific requirements of the title. Comments must be received by 5/11/09. FR 10594.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
S 564 ( Feingold, D-WI), to establish commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees during World War II; to Judiciary. S2965, remarks and text S2970, CR 3/10/09.
HR 1425 ( Wexler, D-FL), to establish commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees during World War II; to Judiciary. H3145, CR 3/10/09.
Presidential Action
On 3/9/09, the president issued a memorandum stating that he will issue signing statements to address constitutional concerns only when it is appropriate to do so as a means of discharging his constitutional responsibilities. The memorandum also directs executive branch departments and agencies to seek the advice of the attorney general before relying on signing statements issued prior to the date of the memorandum as the basis for disregarding, or otherwise refusing to comply with, any provision of a statute. ABA President H. Thomas Wells, Jr. issued a statement on 3/10/09 regarding the use of signing statements. FR 10670.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 1412 ( Cohen, D-TN), to increase public confidence in the justice system and to address any unwarranted racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal process; to Judiciary. H3145, CR 3/10/09.
Notices
On 3/11/09, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced information collection requests concerning assessments to evaluate current training and technical assistance in the juvenile justice field, and to determine the performance of the Juvenile DNA System. Comments must be received by 5/11/09. FR 10615.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1408 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), to require all newly constructed, federally assisted, single-family houses and town houses to meet minimum standards of visitability for persons with disabilities; to Financial Services. H3144, CR 3/10/09.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 557 ( Martinez, R-FL), to encourage, enhance, and integrate Silver Alert plans throughout the United States, and to authorize grants for the assistance of organizations to find missing adults; to Judiciary. S2964, CR 3/10/09.
Election Law
Notices
On 3/11/09, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced a public meeting and hearing to be held on 3/17/09 in Washington, DC, to receive presentations on the topic “Voter Registration Databases: Initial Discussion on Reviewing Help America Vote Act Mandated Guidance.” Written testimony must be received by 3/16/09. FR 10559.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced
S 556 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code, to modernize the process by which interstate firearms transactions are conducted by federal firearms licensees; to Judiciary. S2964, CR 3/10/09.
Health Law  
Bills Introduced
HR 1413 ( Crowley, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain public employees a deduction for distributions from governmental plans for health and long-term care insurance; to Ways and Means. H3145, CR 3/10/09.
Presidential Action
On 3/9/09, the president issued an executive order removing limitations on the scientific inquiry of human embryonic stem cell research, expanding National Institute of Health (NIH) support for the exploration of human stem cell research, and directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the Director of NIH, to review existing NIH guidance and issue new guidance on research within 120 days. FR 10667.
On 3/9/09, the president issued a memorandum assigning the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy the responsibility of ensuring the highest level of integrity in all aspects of the executive branch’s involvement with scientific and technological progress. The memorandum also instructs the director to develop recommendations within 120 days for presidential action designed to guarantee scientific integrity throughout the executive branch, and directs each agency to provide the director with all information necessary to inform the director in the development of recommendations to the president. FR 10671.
HIV/AIDS
Notices  
On 3/11/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, invited public comment on a proposed project for formative research and instrument testing for HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention and elimination. Comments must be received by 5/11/09. FR 10591.
International Law  
Hearings
The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control will hold a joint hearing titled “Law Enforcement Responses to Mexican Drug Cartels.” 3/17/09, 10:30 am, 226 Dirksen.
Legal Services
Bills Introduced
HR 1423 ( Stark, D-CA), to restore and make permanent the exclusion from gross income for amounts received under qualified group legal services plans and to increase the maximum amount of the exclusion; to Ways and Means. H3145, remarks E611, CR 3/10/09.
National Security
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on global counterterrorism strategy. 3/17/09, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
Veterans Affairs
Notices
On 3/11/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans to be held 3/26/09-3/27/09 in Washington, DC, to review the post-war readjustment needs of veterans and to evaluate the availability and effectiveness of VA programs to meet these needs. FR 10653.
 

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