A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.5.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Nos. 66-67 (May 1-4, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 80-81 (May 4-5, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 68-69 (May 4-5, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced  
S 961 ( Levin, D-MI), to authorize the regulation of credit default swaps and other swap agreements; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S5065, CR 5/4/09.
Hearings  
The Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on strengthening the enforcement responsibilities of the Securities and Exchange Commission. 5/7/09, 2:30 pm, 538 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate and amendments for HR 1729, to amend the Truth in Lending Act to reform consumer mortgage practices and provide accountability for such practices, and to provide certain minimum standards for consumer mortgage loans. 5/5/09-5/6/09, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
HR 2240 ( Meek, D-FL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a nonrefundable credit for mentoring and housing young adults; to Ways and Means. H5096, CR 5/4/09.
Committee Action  
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark up pending legislation, including HR 626, to provide that four of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave. 5/6/09, 1 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
Notices
On 5/5/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed collection, the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Relationship Quality Survey, which examines the relationship between children with an incarcerated parent or parents and their mentors, who are provided by nonprofit agencies under the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001. Comments are due 6/4/09. FR 20706.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 2229 ( Boozman, R-AR), to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow states to adopt alternate and modified standards for students with disabilities; to Education and Labor. H5095, CR 5/4/09.
Elder Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 960 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to provide access to Medicare benefits for individuals ages 55 to 65, and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a refundable and advanceable credit against income tax for payment of such premiums; to Finance. S5014, CR 5/1/09.
Notices  
On 5/5/09, the Administration on Aging, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the State Annual Long-Term Care Ombudsman Report and Instructions, supplied by states to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others on patterns of concern and major long-term care issues affecting residents of long-term care facilities. Comments are due 6/4/09. FR 20706.
Election Law
Notices  
On 5/5/09, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced a 5/11/09-5/15/09 virtual meeting of the EAC Board of Advisors to review and provide comment on the developing of the draft Election Operations Assessment, which will create a work product that allows the EAC to evaluate security risks to various types of voting systems and better inform their work with future iterations of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, as well as assess the potential risks to systems for purchase in the future. FR 20686.
Environmental Law  
Bills Introduced
HR 2227 ( Murphy, R-PA), to greatly enhance America’s path toward energy independence and economic and national security, to conserve energy use, to promote innovation, and to achieve lower emissions, cleaner air, cleaner water, and cleaner land; to Natural Resources. H5095, CR 5/4/09.
HR 2234 ( Engel, D-NY), to enhance the energy security of the United States, reduce dependence on imported oil, improve the emergency efficiency of the transportation sector, and reduce emissions through the expansion of grid supported transportation; to Energy and Commerce. H5096, CR 5/4/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
S 953 ( Harkin, D-IA), to provide for the establishment of programs and activities to increase influenza vaccination rates through the provision of free vaccines; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5013, CR 5/1/09.
S 957 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure that victims of public health emergencies have meaningful and immediate access to medically necessary health care services; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5014, CR 5/1/09.
S 958 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to amend the Social Security Act to guarantee comprehensive health care coverage for all children born after 2009; to Finance. S5014, CR 5/1/09.
S 966 ( Reid, D-NV), to improve the federal infrastructure for health care quality improvement in the United States; to Finance. S5065, CR 5/4/09.
HR 2231 ( Capps, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure that victims of public health emergencies have meaningful and immediate access to medically necessary health care services; to Energy and Commerce. H5095, CR 5/4/09.
HR 2233 ( Christensen, D-VI), to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to designate health empowerment zones; to Energy and Commerce. H5096, CR 5/4/09.
Hearings  
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing titled “Health Reform in the 21 st Century: A Conversation with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.” 5/6/09, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.
Notices  
On 4/4/09, HHS announced a request for public comment on a proposed privacy rule, the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information and Supporting Regulations, which requires covered entities to maintain strong protections for the privacy of individually identifiable health information, to use or disclose this information only as required or permitted by the rule or with the express written authorization of the individual, to provide a notice of the entity’s privacy practices, and to document compliance with the rule. Comments are due 7/3/09. FR 20481.
Immigration Law
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on immigration, citizenship and related issues. 5/6/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 5/4/09, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed financial status report form for states to use to collect financial status data on four program components: refugee cash assistance, refugee medical assistance, cash and medical assistance administration, and services for unaccompanied refugee minors. Comments are due 7/3/09. FR 20486.
On 5/4/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a 30-day extension on a request for public comment on the Application to File Declaration of Intention, which is used by permanent residents to file a declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States. Comments are now due 6/3/09. FR 20489.
On 5/5/09, DHS announced a request for public comment on amendments to the DHS/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Removable Alien Records System to add two new routine uses that would allow ICE to share information about individuals in ICE detention with entities that seek to provide legal educational and orientation programs. Comments are due 6/4/09. FR 20719.
On 5/5/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, the Immigration Petition for Alien Worker Form, used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to classify aliens under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Comments are due 7/6/09. FR 20722.
Indian Law
Notices
On 4/4/09, the Indian Health Service, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a new proposed collection that aims to reduce health disparities and improve the health and wellness among American Indian and Alaska Native populations through a coordinated and systematic approach to enhance health promotion and chronic disease and mental health prevention methods at the local, regional, and national levels. Comments are due 6/3/09. FR 20485.
International Law
Bills Introduced  
S 954 ( Kerry, D-MA), to authorize U.S. participation in the replenishment of resources of the International Development Association; to Foreign Relations. S5013, CR 5/1/09.
S 955 ( Kerry, D-MA), to authorize U.S. participation in, and appropriations for the U.S. contribution to, the African Development Fund and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, to require budgetary disclosures by multilateral development banks, and to encourage multilateral development banks to endorse the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; to Foreign Relations. S5013, CR 5/1/09.
S 962 ( Kerry, D-MA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people; to Foreign Relations. S5065, CR 5/4/09.  
HR 2241 ( Sestak, D-PA), to provide for the settlement of certain claims against Iraq by victims of torture and terrorism; to Judiciary. H5096, CR 5/4/09.
Hearings
The European Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing on NATO after 60 years, focusing on institutional challenges moving forward. 5/6/09, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Engaging Iran: Obstacle and Opportunities.” 5/6/09, 9:30 am, 419 Dirksen.
Committee Action
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet to mark up pending legislation, including S 954, to authorize U.S. participation in the replenishment of resources of the International Development Association; S 955, to authorize U.S. participation in, and appropriations for the U.S. contribution to, the African Development Fund and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, to require budgetary disclosures by multilateral development banks, and to encourage multilateral development banks to endorse the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; and S Res 49, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the importance of public diplomacy. 5/5/09, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.
Law Day
Presidential Action  
On 4/30/09, the president proclaimed 5/1/09 as Law Day, U.S.A., and called upon the people of the United States to acknowledge the importance of the nation’s legal and judicial systems with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to display the flag of the United States in support of the national observance.
National Security  
Hearings  
The Government Management, Organization, and Procurement Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Cyber Security: Emerging Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Challenges in Securing Federal Information Systems.” 5/5/09, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
Notices
On 5/5/09, DHS made available four Privacy Impact Assessments on various programs and systems in the department, including the Transportation Security Administration’s name-based Security Threat Assessments and fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Checks, and DHS’s General Contact list. FR 20722.
Tax Law  
Bills Introduced
S 963 ( Alexander, R-TN), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayers a flat tax alternative to the current income tax system; to Finance. S5065, CR 5/4/09.
Veterans Affairs  
Notices  
On 4/4/09, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor, announced the availability of funds and solicitation of grant applications under the Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program. Applications are due 6/3/09. FR 20503.

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