A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.26.2009
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 51 (March 25, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 51 (March 26, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 57 (March 26, 2009)
Business Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 1714 ( Brady, D-PA), to require that the Board Compensation Committees required for financial institutions receiving assistance under the Troubled Assets Relief Program include the representation of the financial institution’s lowest paid employees; to Financial Services. H4026, CR 3/25/09.
Committee Action  
On 3/25/09, the House Financial Services Committee approved HR 1664, to amend the executive compensation provisions of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to prohibit unreasonable and excessive compensation and compensation not based on performance standards.
On 3/25/09, the House Financial Services Committee approved H Res 251, directing the secretary of the Treasury to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in his possession relating to specific communications with American International Group, Inc. (AIG).
Floor Action
On 3/25/09, the House passed, by a 423-0 vote, S. 383, to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to provide the Special Inspector General with additional authorities and responsibilities.
Children/Families  
Bills Introduced  
HR 1723 ( Stark, D-CA), to provide for a paid family and medical leave insurance program; to Education and Labor. H4026, remarks E767, CR 3/25/09.  
Committee Action
On 3/25/09, the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, approved HR 626, to provide that four of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave.
Floor Action
On 3/25/09, the Senate continued consideration of HR 1388, volunteerism legislation, adopting an amendment to add a foster care program to the national service corps program.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
S 708 ( Akaka, D-HI), to express the policy of the United States regarding the U.S. relationship with Native Hawaiians, and to provide a process for the reorganization of a Native Hawaiian government and the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian government; to Indian Affairs. S3785, remarks and text S3797, CR 3/25/09.
HR 1711 ( Abercrombie, D-HI), to express the policy of the United States regarding the U.S. relationship with Native Hawaiians, and to provide a process for the reorganization of a Native Hawaiian government and the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian government; to Natural Resources. H4025, CR 3/25/09.
Committee Action
On 3/25/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved, by voice vote, HR 985, to protect reporters from being required to divulge confidential sources in federal court unless a judge deems the information critical to a criminal investigation, prosecution, or defense, or to prevent bodily harm or death.
Courts/Judiciary
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending nominations, including David F. Hamilton, to be a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 4/1/09, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Criminal Law  
Committee Action
On 3/25/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved, by a 17-7 vote, HR 1139, as amended, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the COPS ON THE BEAT grant program.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced
S 697 ( Kennedy, D-MA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to help individuals with functional impairments and their families pay for service and supports that they need to maximize their functionality and independence and have choices about community participation, education, and employment; to Finance. S3784, CR 3/25/09.
S 706 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to increase housing, awareness, and navigation demonstration services (HANDS) for individuals with autism spectrum disorders; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3785, CR 3/25/09.
HR 1704 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve mental and behavioral health services on college campuses; to Energy and Commerce. H4025, CR 3/25/09.
HR 1707 ( Granger, R-TX), to increase housing, awareness, and navigation demonstration services (HANDS) for individuals with autism spectrum disorders; to Energy and Commerce. H4025, CR 3/25/09.
HR 1721 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to amend the Public Health Service Act to help individuals with functional impairments and their families pay for services and supports that they need to maximize their functionality and independence and have choices about community participation, education, and employment; to Energy and Commerce. H4026, CR 3/25/09.
Notices
On 3/26/09, the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress, announced a request for public comment and a 5/18/09 public meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the topic of facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or persons with other disabilities, in connection with a forthcoming meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Comments are due 4/21/09. FR 13268.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 702 ( Grassley, R-IA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow long-term care insurance to be offered under cafeteria plans and flexible spending arrangements and to provide additional consumer protections for long-term care insurance; to Finance. S3785, CR 3/25/09.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1719 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to promote the use of the Internet by state and local election officials in carrying out voter registration activities; to House Administration. H4026, CR 3/25/09.
Hearings
The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing titled “2008 Audit Review and Agency Spending by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).” 4/1/09, 10 am, 1310 Longworth.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1724 ( Turner, R-OH), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the remediation of contaminated sites; to Ways and Means. H4026, CR 3/25/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 698 ( Feingold, D-WI), to ensure the provision of high-quality health care coverage for uninsured individuals through state health care coverage pilot projects that expand coverage and access and improve quality and efficiency in the health care system; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S3784, remarks S3789, CR 3/25/09.
S 703 ( Sanders, I-VT), to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system; to Finance. S3785, CR 3/25/09.
HR 1715 ( DeGette, D-CO), to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the protection of human subjects in research; to Energy and Commerce. H4026, CR 3/25/09.
Hearings  
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing titled “Health Reform in the 21 st Century: Reforming the Health Care Delivery System.” 4/1/09, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.
Indian Law
Floor Action
On 3/25/09, the Senate continued consideration of HR 1388, volunteerism legislation, adopting an amendment to modify certain provisions of the national service laws relating to Native Americans.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1702 ( Miller, D-NC), to authorize assistance for affordable housing and sustainable urban development in developing countries; to Foreign Affairs. H4025, remarks and text S3793, CR 3/25/09.
Committee Action  
On 3/25/09, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved H Res 171, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the need for constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the importance of sustained U.S. engagement in partnership with the European Union.
National Security
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Select Intelligence Committee will hold a joint field hearing on U.S.-Mexico border violence. 3/30/09, 8 am, Tomas Rivera Conference Center, Union Building East, 500 W. University Ave., University of Texas at El Paso.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a field hearing in Phoenix, AZ, on the national and homeland security consequences of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. 4/20/09, time TBA, Phoenix, AZ (location TBA).
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Terrorism and the New Age of Irregular Warfare: Challenges and Opportunities.” 4/2/09, 3:30 pm, 2118 Rayburn.
Tax Law  
Bills Introduced
HR 1703 ( Fattah, D-PA), to require a study and comprehensive analytical report on transforming America by reforming the federal tax code through elimination of all federal taxes on individuals and corporations and replacing the federal tax code with a transaction fee-based system; to Ways and Means. H4025, CR 3/25/09.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced  
HR 1701 ( Jones, R-NC), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to direct the secretary of Defense to establish a special review board for certain former members of the Armed Forces with post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury; to Armed Services. H4025, CR 3/25/09.  
Hearings  
The Personnel Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on the implementation of wounded warrior policies and programs. 4/1/09, 2:30 pm, 106 Dirksen.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on health-related legislation. 4/22/09, 2:30 pm, 418 Russell.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on benefits-related legislation. 5/6/09, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
Committee Action
On 3/25/09, the House Veterans' Affairs Committee passed HR 1171, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.
Notices  
On 3/26/09, the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a 3/23/09-3/24/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the VA’s aging research activities, update on the VA’s geriatric workforce (to include training, recruitment and retention approaches), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Geriatric Primary Care, recent VHA efforts regarding dementia and the long term care needs of recently returning veterans, and other topics. Comments are due 3/12/09. FR 13312.

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