A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.20.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 77 (May 19, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 92 (May 20, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 80 (May 20, 2009)

Administrative Law
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 2247, to amend Title 5, United States Code, to make technical amendments to certain provisions of Title 5, enacted by the Congressional Review Act. 5/20/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Antitrust Law
Committee Action
On 5/20/09, the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Senate Judiciary Committee, concluded a hearing to examine S 148, the proposed Discount Pricing Consumer Protection Act. James A. Wilson, chair, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, testified on behalf of the ABA opposing the legislation.
Floor Action
On 5/19/09, the Senate passed, by a 90 to 5 vote, HR 627, to amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open-end consumer credit plan.
On 5/19/09, the House passed HR 2182, to amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to provide for enhanced state and local oversight of activities conducted pursuant to such act.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2472 ( Coffman, R-CO), to prevent the fraudulent use of Social Security account numbers by allowing the sharing of social security data among agencies of the United States for identity theft prevention and immigration enforcement purposes; to Judiciary. H5790, CR 5/19/09.
Notices
On 5/20/09, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a proposal to amend some of its existing regulations to include references to Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, which prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information. Comments are due 7/20/09. FR 23674.
Criminal Law
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 1741, to require the attorney general to make competitive grants to eligible state, tribal, and local prosecutors to establish and maintain certain protection and witness assistance programs. 5/20/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
S 1077 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to regulate political robocalls; to Rules and Administration. S5614, CR 5/19/09.
Environmental Law
Notices
On 5/20/09, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 6/10/09-6/11/09 meeting of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board in El Cajon, CA, to discuss environment priorities in the U.S.-Mexico border region and to form workgroups that will begin drafting the board’s next report providing advice to the president and Congress on environmental and infrastructure issues and needs within the states contiguous to Mexico. Comments are due 6/5/09. FR 23707.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2496 ( Murphy, D-PA), to amend Title XXI of the Social Security Act to improve access to the children’s health insurance program (CHIP) by providing exemptions to CHIP eligibility waiting period requirements; to Energy and Commerce. H5791, CR 5/19/09.
Notices
On 5/20/09, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Electronic Data Collection Using MedWatch Portal and Rational Questionnaire, which collects information on thousands of safety reports and adverse event reports for all FDA-regulated products to enable FDA staff to more efficiently analyze safety reports and to identify potential safety problems earlier than would be possible using paper forms. Comments are due 6/19/09. FR 23721.
Housing/Homelessness
Floor Action
On 5/19/09, the Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives and passed S 896, to prevent mortgage foreclosures and enhance mortgage credit availability.
On 5/19/09, the House passed, by a 367-54-1 vote, S 896, to prevent mortgage foreclosures and enhance mortgage credit availability.
On 5/19/09, the House passed HR 1170, to amend Chapter 21 of Title 38, United States Code, to establish a grant program to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing.
Notices
On 5/20/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Disaster Housing Assistance Program-Ike (DHAP-Ike) Grant Agreement. Comments are due 6/19/09. FR 23737.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 1067 ( Feingold, D-WI), to support stabilization and lasting peace in northern Uganda and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army through development of a regional strategy, and to authorize funds for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, reconciliation, and transitional justice; to Foreign Relations. S5614, CR 5/19/09.
S Res 153 ( Nelson, D-FL), expressing the sense of the Senate on the restitution of or compensation for property seized during the Nazi and Communist eras; to Foreign Relations. S5615, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2475 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and to modernize the Foreign Service; to Foreign Affairs. H5790, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2478 ( McGovern, D-MA), to support stabilization and lasting peace in northern Uganda and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) through development of a regional strategy, and to authorize funds for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, reconciliation, and transitional justice; to Foreign Affairs. H5790, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2481 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to require the president to develop a comprehensive interagency strategy and implementation plan for long-term security and stability in Pakistan; to Foreign Affairs. H5790, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2482 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to require the president to develop a comprehensive interagency strategy and implementation plan for long-term security and stability in Afghanistan; to Foreign Affairs. H5791, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2493 ( Massa, D-NY), to prevent wealthy and middle-income foreign states that do business, issue securities, or borrow money in the United States, and then fail to satisfy U.S. court judgments totaling $100,000,000 or more based on such activities, from inflicting further economic injuries in the United States, from undermining the integrity of U.S. courts, and from discouraging responsible lending to poor and developing nations by undermining the secondary and primary markets for sovereign debt; to Financial Services. H5791, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2507 ( Young, R-AK), to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a demonstration program to adapt the lessons of providing foreign aid to underdeveloped economies to the provision of federal economic development assistance to certain similarly situated individuals; to Natural Resources. H5792, CR 5/19/09.
Floor Action
On 5/19/09, the Senate passed S Res 49, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the importance of public diplomacy.
Notices
On 5/20/09, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Department of Justice, announced a 30-day extension on a request for public comment on a new collection, the Claims of U.S. Nationals Against Libya Form, which determines eligibility of U.S. nationals with physical and emotional injury, death, and commercial claims for awards payable by the Department of Treasury out of funds provided pursuant to the U.S.-Libya Claims Settlement Agreement for certain terrorism-related claims against Libya, its agencies and instrumentalities, and officials and employees thereof, and referred to the commission by the Department of State legal adviser. Comments are now due 6/19/09. FR 23743.
Legal Services
Notices
On 5/20/09, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 5/26/09 meeting of the LSC Board of Directors via conference call to approve the agenda, consider and act on the Board of Directors’ response to the inspector general’s Semiannual Report to Congress for the period of 10/1/08 through 4/31/09, and to consider and act on other business. FR 23748.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2491 ( King, R-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income any enlistment, accession, reenlistment, retention, or incentive bonus paid to a member of the Armed Forces; to Ways and Means. H5791, CR 5/19/09.
Committee Action
On 5/19/09, the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Judiciary Committee, approved for full committee action HR 1478, as amended, the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009. On 3/24/09, House of Delegates Member Steven A. Saltzburg testified before the subcommittee on behalf of the ABA in support of HR 1478.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 1071 ( Chambliss, R-GA), to protect the national security of the United States by limiting the immigration rights of individuals detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base; to Judiciary. S5614, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2503 ( Souder, R-IN), to amend Title 49, United States Code, to require inclusion on the no-fly list certain detainees housed at the Naval Air Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to Homeland Security. H5792, CR 5/19/09.
Committee Action
On 5/19/09, the House Homeland Security Committee approved H Res 404, directing the secretary of Homeland Security to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, copies of documents relating to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Assessment titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
Notices
On 5/20/09, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an information collection titled “Free Admittance Under Conditions of Emergency,” which collects information to be used in the event of an emergency or catastrophic event to monitor goods temporarily admitted for the purpose of rescue or relief. Comments are due 7/20/09. FR 23737.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
HR 2504 ( Teague, D-NM), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase in the annual amount authorized to be appropriated to the secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out comprehensive service programs for homeless veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H 5792, CR 5/19/09.
HR 2505 ( Teague, D-NM), to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to utilize tele-health platforms to assist in the treatment of veterans living in rural areas who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury; to Veterans’ Affairs. H5792, CR 5/19/09.
Floor Action
On 5/19/09, the House passed HR 1088, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for a one-year period for the training of new disabled veterans’ outreach program specialists and local veterans’ employment representatives by National Veterans’ Employment and Training Services Institute.
On 5/19/09, the House passed, by a 423-0 vote, HR 1089, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the enforcement through the Office of Special Counsel of the employment and unemployment rights of veterans and members of the armed forces employed by federal executive agencies

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