A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.18.2009
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 46 (March 17, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 45 (March 18, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 51 (March 18, 2009)

Children/Families
Hearings
The Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will mark up HR 625, to provide that four of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave. 3/25/09, 9:30 am, 2154 Rayburn.
Congress
Bills Introduced
S 620 ( Reid, D-NV), to repeal the provision of law that provides automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress. S3163, text S3180, CR 3/17/09.
Floor Action
On 3/17/09, the Senate passed, by a voice vote, S 620, to repeal the provision of law that provides automatic pay adjustments for members of Congress.
Courts/Judiciary
Nominations
On 3/17/09, the Senate received the nomination of David F. Hamilton, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1568 ( Schiff, D-CA), to reauthorize the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, to reauthorize and rename the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDPA) as the KIDS Act, and to provide for funding parity between COPS and the KIDS Act; to Education and Labor. H3526, CR 3/17/09.
Disability Law
Notices
On 3/18/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, requested public comment on the proposed project of the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program: Phase VI, which will collect data on child mental health outcomes, family life, and service system development and performance. Comments must be received by 5/18/09. FR 11593.
Elder Law
Hearings
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on the Alzheimer’s Study Group, a task force of national leaders that developed an Alzheimer’s National Strategic Plan, to be released 3/25/09, to assess the adequacy of the country’s current efforts to combat Alzheimer’s and to recommend strategies to accelerate progress toward defeating the disease. 3/25/09, 10:30 am, 106 Dirksen.
Emergency Preparedness
Notices
On 3/18/09, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced a request for public comment concerning the proposed renewal of its Disaster Response Database, which serves as a central repository of information on corporation disaster response activities across the country. Comments must be received by 5/18/09. FR 11531.
Environmental Law
Hearings
The Trade Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the trade aspects of climate change legislation. 3/24/09, 2 pm, 1100 Longworth.
Federal Government
Bills Introduced
S 612 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend Section 552(b)(3) of Title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), to provide that statutory exemptions to the disclosure requirements of that act shall specially cite to the provision of that act authorizing such exemptions, and to ensure an open and deliberative process in Congress by providing for related legislative proposals to explicitly state such required citations; to Judiciary. S3163, remarks and text S3175, CR 3/17/09.
Floor Action
On 3/17/09, the House passed, by a voice vote, HR 1323, to require the U.S. archivist to create regulations on controlling access to, dating, and tracking unclassified documents; to require federal agencies and employees to ascribe their name to every document withheld from the public; and to require the inspector general of each federal agency to conduct random audits of unclassified documents to ascertain if they were withheld improperly from the public and to retrain employees who routinely shield documents unnecessarily.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 623 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to amend Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Title XXVII of the Public Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit preexisting condition exclusions in group health plans and in health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S3163, remarks and text S3183, CR 3/17/09.
HR 1558 ( Courtney, D-CT), to amend Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit preexisting condition exclusions in group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets; to Energy and Commerce. H3526, CR 3/17/09.
HIV/AIDS
Bills Introduced
S 611 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to provide for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy, HIV rates, and other sexually transmitted diseases; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3163, CR 3/17/09.
HR 1551 ( Lee, D-CA), to provide for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy, HIV rates, and other sexually transmitted diseases; to Energy and Commerce. H3525, CR 3/17/09.
Floor Action
On 3/17/09, the House passed, by a voice vote, HR 1429, to provide for an effective HIV/AIDS program in federal prisons.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1555 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), to debar or suspend contractors from federal contracting for unlawful employment of aliens; to Homeland Security. H3526, CR 3/17/09.
HR 1567 ( Meek, D-FL), to amend the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998; to Judiciary. H3526, CR 3/17/09.
Notices
On 3/18/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, submitted for review and public comment a revision to the Office of Refugee Resettlement-11 Refugee State-of-Origin Report process, for making a periodic assessment, based on refugee population and other relevant factors, of the relative services and the resources available to meet the needs of eligible refugee populations. Comments should be received by 4/18/09. FR 11585.
Intellectual Property
Bills Introduced
S 610 ( Kyl, R-AZ), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform; to Judiciary. S3163, text S3165, CR 3/17/09.
Floor Action
On 3/17/09, the House passed, by a 409-7 vote, HR 628, to establish a pilot program in certain U.S. district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges.
International Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 252 ( Schiff, D-CA), calling upon the president to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the U.S. record relating to the Armenian genocide; to Foreign Affairs. H3527, CR 3/17/09.
Hearings
The Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on issues related to Lebanon. 3/24/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 3/18/09, the president signed a memorandum authorizing financial assistance not to exceed $8 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs related to the continuing conflict in Pakistan, including through contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State. FR 11461.
Notices
On 3/18/09, the Bureau of International Law Affairs, Department of Labor, requested public comment on past Solicitation(s) for Cooperative Agreement Applications (SCAs) for projects, published by the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, to combat exploitive child labor through education, as well as suggestions for improving such SCAs in the future. Comments must be received by 3/31/09. FR 11604.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 1566 ( Kline, R-MN), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer individuals detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to facilities in Minnesota or to house such individuals at such facilities; to Armed Services. H3526, CR 3/17/09.
Notices
On 3/18/09, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced a final regulation governing the procedures that current and former ODNI employees must follow when they receive a demand for ODNI information or material in connection with proceedings before federal, state, local or other government entity of competent jurisdiction. FR 11480.
Tax Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1557 ( Cooper, D-TN), to establish a commission to develop legislation designed to reform tax policy and entitlement benefit programs and ensure a sound fiscal future for the United States; to Budget. H3526, CR 3/17/09.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
HR 1544 ( Driehaus, D-OH), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for unlimited eligibility for health care for mental illnesses for veterans of combat service during certain periods of hostilities and war; to Veterans’ Affairs. H3525, CR 3/17/09.
HR 1546 ( McNerney, D-CA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish the Committee on Care of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury; to Veterans’ Affairs. H3525, CR 3/17/09.

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