A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.2.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 161 (November 2, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 211 (November 3, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 159 (November 3, 2009)
Children and Families
Bills Introduced  
HR 3982 ( Kildee, D-MI), to prepare young people in disadvantaged situations for a competitive future; to Education and Labor. H12197, CR 11/2/09.
Disability Law  
Notices  
On 11/3/09, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Student Assistance General Provisions for Financial Assistance for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, which allows students with intellectual disabilities who enroll in an eligible comprehensive transition and postsecondary program to receive Title IV Higher Education Act program assistance under the Federal Pell Grant and other programs. Comments are due 12/3/09. FR 56825.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Committee Action  
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3377, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to enhance the nation’s disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation capabilities; and HR 1174, to establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a cabinet-level independent agency in the executive branch. 11/5/09, 11 am, 2167 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 11/3/09, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the 12/2/09-12/4/09 HHS Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Stakeholders Workshop 2009, which will address plans to enhance national response capabilities and the current state of public health emergency medical countermeasure preparedness, among other things. FR 56838.
Health Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 2662 ( Graham, R-SC), to establish federal standards for the resolution of health care malpractice claims; to Judiciary. S10990, CR 11/2/09.
Housing/Homelessness
Notices  
On 11/3/09, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, Department of the Treasury, announced an 11/16/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Community Development Advisory Board, which advises the director of the CDFI Fund on the policies regarding the activities of the fund. FR 56925.
International Law
Floor Action  
On 11/2/09, the Senate passed S Res 332, commemorating the 20 th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the division of Europe, and the beginning of the peaceful and democratic reunification of Germany.
Notices  
On 11/3/09, the deputy secretary of State announced a declaration determining that the U.S. provision to the government of southern Sudan of non-lethal military assistance, military education and training, and defense services controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations is in the national interest of the United States, and that such assistance may be provided pursuant to the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009. FR 56908.
Military Law
Floor Action  
On 11/2/09, the House passed S 475, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to guarantee the equity of spouses of military personnel with regard to matters of residency.
National Security
Bills Introduced  
HR 3978 ( Rogers, R-AL), to amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to accept and use gifts for otherwise authorized activities of the Center for Domestic Preparedness that are related to preparedness for and response to terrorism; to Homeland Security. H12197, CR 11/2/09.
HR 3980 ( Cuellar, D-TX), to provide for identifying and eliminating redundant reporting requirements and developing meaningful performance metrics for homeland security preparedness grants; to Homeland Security. H12197, CR 11/2/09.
Committee Action  
The Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will mark up HR 3837, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for clarification on the use of funds relating to certain homeland security grants; HR 3980, to provide for identifying and eliminating redundant reporting requirements and developing meaningful performance metrics for homeland security preparedness grants; and draft legislation to amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to accept and use gifts for authorized purposes, including first responder terrorism preparedness training. 11/3/09, 1 pm, 311 Cannon.  
Veterans Affairs
Floor Action  
On 11/2/09, the House passed, by a 356-0 vote, HR 1168, to amend Chapter 42 of Title 38, United States Code, to provide certain veterans with employment training assistance.  
Notices  
On 11/3/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced an 11/24/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Cooperative Studies Scientific Evaluation Committee, which advises the chief research and development officer through the director of the Clinical Science Research and Development Service on the relevance and feasibility of proposed projects and the scientific validity and propriety of technical details, including protection of human subjects. FR 56926.

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