A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.25.2009
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 50 (March 24, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 50 (March 25, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 56 (March 25, 2009)
Business Law
Bills Introduced
S 680 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to limit federal emergency economic assistance payments to certain recipients; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S3657, remarks S3671, CR 3/24/09.
Hearings
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “TARP Oversight: A Six-Month Update.” 3/31/09, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
Presidential Action
On 3/25/09, the president issued an administrative order to ensure responsible spending of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Included in the memoranda is a section stating that an executive department or agency official shall not consider the view of a lobbyist registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 concerning particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding under the Recovery Act unless such views are in writing. FR 12531.
Children/Families
Bills Introduced
HR 1685 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to provide for the acquisition, construction, and improvement of child care facilities; to Education and Labor. H3833, remarks E757, CR 3/24/09.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
S 678 ( Leahy, D-VT), to reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974; to Judiciary. S3657, remarks and text S3661, CR 3/24/09.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced
S 682 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve mental and behavioral health services on college campuses; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3657, remarks and text S3673, CR 3/24/09.
S 683 ( Harkin, D-IA), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide individuals with disabilities and older Americans with equal access to community-based attendant services and supports; to Finance. S3657, remarks and text S3675, CR 3/24/09.
Notices
On 3/25/09, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a 4/27/09-4/29/09 meeting of the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel in Atlanta, GA. Discussion will include a summary of agency concerns about its occupational information needs, a walk-thru demonstration of two disability cases and analysis of those cases from several user perspectives, and SSA’s policies, procedures and business practices as they relate to the use of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles in the disability programs. FR 12922.
Emergency Preparedness
Notices
On 3/25/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule on the base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for specific communities to determine participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR 12659.
On 3/25/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed BFEs and proposed BFE modifications for listed communities. Comments are due 6/23/09. FR 12784.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1683 ( McDermott, D-WA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring a federal emission permit for the sale or use of greenhouse gas emission substances; to Ways and Means. H3833, CR 3/24/09.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced
HR 1684 ( Hastings, R-WA), to preserve the rights granted under the Second Amendment to the Constitution in national parks and national wildlife refuge areas; to Natural Resources. H3833, CR 3/24/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
H Con Res 78 ( Baldwin, D-WI), expressing the support of the Congress regarding the need to facilitate state innovation in national health care reform; to Energy and Commerce. H3834, CR 3/24/09.
Notices
On 3/25/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a 4/7/09 meeting of the Ethics Committee, Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, to be held by conference call. The agenda items will include discussion of ethical considerations relating to the use of travel restrictions for the control of communicable diseases, and ethics guidance for public health emergency preparedness and response. FR 12873.
Indian Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1697 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to ensure the coordination and integration of Indian tribes in the National Homeland Security strategy and to establish an Office of Tribal Government Homeland Security within the Department of Homeland Security; to Natural Resources. H3834, CR 3/24/09.
Hearings
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the Supreme Court decision Carcieri v. Salazar and its ramifications to Indian tribes. 4/1/09, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.
Notices
On 3/25/09, the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on one-day tribal consultation sessions to be held between the Office of Head Start and tribal governments operating Head Start programs to discuss ways to better meet the needs of Indian and Alaska Native children and their families. Tribal consultations sessions will be held 5/5/09 in Tucson, AZ, 5/13/09 in Marksville, LA, and 5/26/09 in Anchorage, AK. FR 12873.
International Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 278 ( McGovern, D-MA), recognizing the paramount need to address the threat of international terrorism and protect the international security of the United States by reducing the number of and accessibility to nuclear weapons and preventing their proliferation, and directing a portion of the resulting savings toward child survival, hunger, and universal education, and calling on the president to take action to achieve these goals; to Foreign Affairs. H3834, CR 3/24/09.
Floor Action
On 3/24/09, the Senate passed, by voice vote, S Res 37, calling on Brazil to comply with the requirements of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and to assist in the safe return of Sean Goldman to his father, David Goldman.
National Security
Floor Action
On 3/24/09, the House passed, by a 412-3 vote, HR 1617, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for a privacy official within each component of the Department of Homeland Security.
On 3/24/09, the House passed, by voice vote, HR 1148, to require the secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a program in the maritime environment for the mobile biometric identification of suspected individuals, including terrorists, to enhance border security.
Tort and Insurance Law  
Hearings
On 3/24/09, the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on HR 1478, the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009. ABA House of Delegates Member Steven A. Saltzburg testified on behalf of the ABA.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
HR 1681 ( Boswell, D-IA), to improve coordination between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to better provide care to members of the Armed Forces and veterans; to Armed Services. H3833, CR 3/24/09.

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