A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.4.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 162 (November 3, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 212 (November 4, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 160 (November 4, 2009)

Nominations
On 11/3/09, the Senate received the nomination of Paul R. Verkuil, of Florida, to be chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States for a term of five years.
Bills Introduced
HR 3996 ( Frank, D-MA), to improve financial stability; to Financial Services. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 4000 ( Rush, D-IL), to provide assistance to local educational agencies for the prevention and reduction of conflict and violence; to Education and Labor. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
Floor Action
On 11/3/09, the Senate passed S Res 291, expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging Americans to ensure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.
Presidential Action
On 10/30/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring November 2009 “National Adoption Month,” and calling upon all Americans to observe the month by reaching out to support and honor adoptive families and by participating actively in efforts to find permanent homes for waiting children. FR 57227.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Bills Introduced
HR 4005 ( Holt, D-NJ), to place reasonable safeguards on the use of surveillance and other authorities under the USA PATRIOT Act; to Judiciary. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
CourtsJudiciary
Bills Introduced
S 2725 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to provide for fairness for the federal judiciary; to Judiciary. S11048, CR 11/3/09.
HR 3986 ( Johnson, D-GA), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to clarify the availability of federal habeas corpus relief for a person who is sentenced to death although actually innocent; to Judiciary. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 3995 ( Kaptur, D-OH), to provide additional resources for federal investigations and prosecutions of crimes related to the 2008 financial crisis; to Judiciary. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Strengthening Our Criminal Justice System: Extending the Innocence Protection Act.” 11/10/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Presidential Action
On 10/30/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring November 2009 “National Family Caregivers Month,” and encouraging all Americans to pay tribute to and support those who are caring for their family members, friends, and neighbors in need of assistance. FR 57233.
Committee Action
The House Administration Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1729, to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for the treatment of institutions of higher education as voter registration agencies; and HR 3489, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit state election officials from accepting a challenge to an individual’s eligibility to register to vote in an election for federal office or to vote in an election for federal office in a jurisdiction on the grounds that the individual resides in a household in the jurisdiction which is subject to foreclosure proceedings or that the jurisdiction was adversely affected by a hurricane or other major disaster. 11/4/09, 11 am, 1310 Longworth.
Notices
On 11/4/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced the dates, times, locations, and discussion topics for a series of public meetings from 11/17/09-12/14/09 that will be held to discuss DHS’s Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program, which raises the level of private sector preparedness by establishing a system in which a private sector entity may voluntarily obtain a certification of conformity with a particular DHS-adopted preparedness standard. Comments are due 1/15/10. FR 57186.
Committee Action
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works continued markup of S 1733, to create clean energy jobs, promote energy independence, reduce global warming pollution, and transition to a clean energy economy. 11/4/09, 10 am, 406 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced
HR 3987 ( Blunt, R-MO), to amend Titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to promote the use of health information technology to better coordinate health care; to Energy and Commerce. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
HR 4007 ( Lee, R-NY), to authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to five states to establish medical malpractice tribunal pilot programs; to Judiciary. H11287, CR 11/3/09.
HousingHomelessness
Notices
On 11/4/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced technical corrections to the funding availability for the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program for fiscal year 2009. The technical corrections are available on the HUD website as http://www.hud.gov, on HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange at http://www.hudhre.info, and on the Grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov. The deadline for applications has been moved to 11/25/09. FR 57188.
Presidential Action
On 10/30/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring November 2009 “National Native American Heritage Month,” and calling upon all Americans to commemorate the month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate 11/27/09 as Native American Heritage Day. FR 57235.
Bills Introduced
H Res 887 ( Andrews, D-NJ), recognizing the World Trade Organization member Chinese Taipei’s accession to the Government Procurement Agreement on 7/15/09, and extending hope and good faith that this will promote its domestic economy and position in the global economy; to Ways and Means. H12288, CR 11/3/09.
Floor Action
On 11/3/09, the House passed, by a 344-36-2 vote, H Res 867, to call on the president and secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the “Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict” in multilateral fora.
Presidential Action
On 10/30/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring November 2009 “Military Family Month,” and calling on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of U.S. service members and the United States itself. FR 57223.
Committee Action
On 11/3/09, the House Committee on Homeland Security approved HR 3837, the Strengthening and Updating Resources and Equipment Act; HR 3989, the First Responder Anti-Terrorism Training Resources Act; and HR 3980, to provide for identifying and eliminating redundant reporting requirements and developing meaningful performance metrics for homeland security preparedness grants.
Bills Introduced
HR 3998 ( Braley, D-IA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to clarify the service treatable as service engaged in combat with the enemy for utilization of non-official evidence for proof-of-service connection with a combat-related disease or injury; to Veterans’ Affairs. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
HR 4006 ( Kirkpatrick, D-AZ), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for Indian veterans health care coordinators; to Veterans’ Affairs. H12287, CR 11/3/09.
Floor Action
On 11/3/09, the House passed, by a 382-2 vote, HR 3949, to amend Title 38, United States Code, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, to make certain improvements in the laws relating to benefits administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Presidential Action
On 10/30/09, the president issued a proclamation acknowledging 11/11/09 as Veterans Day, encouraging all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of U.S. veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers, calling upon federal, state, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities, and calling upon all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, place of worship, schools, and communities to support the day with commemorative expressions and programs. FR 57237.
Notices  
On 11/4/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Health Care Use Survey for Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans, which will collect data to be used to better understand the factors that impact Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans’ use of healthcare services, both within and outside of the VA. Comments are due 1/4/10. FR 57221.

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