A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.5.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 163 (November 4, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 213 (November 5, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 161 (November 5, 2009)
Committee Action
 On 11/4/09, the House Financial Services Committee approved HR 3817, the Investor Protection Act of 2009.
Notices
 On 11/5/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Emergency Contingency Fund for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs, which provides resources to states, territories, and tribes to support work and families during difficult economic periods. Comments are due 12/5/09. FR 57316.
CourtsJudiciary
Nominations
 On 11/4/09, the Senate received the nominations of Albert Diaz, of North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; and James A. Wynn Jr., of North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
On 11/4/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Thomas I. Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; Christina Reiss, of Vermont, to be United States District Judge for the District of Vermont; Louis B. Butler Jr., of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin; and Abdul K. Kallon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
Notices
On 11/5/09, the Department of Justice announced a request for public comment on two submitted information collections, which must be reviewed and completed by law enforcement agencies and other public and private entities that apply for Community Oriented Policing Services Office discretionary grants or cooperative agreements. Comments are due 12/7/09. FR 57330- 57332.
Committee Action  
On 11/4/09, the Committee on House Administration approved HR 3489, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 1972 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.
Committee Action
On 11/4/09, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved S 1755, to direct the Department of Homeland Security to undertake a study on emergency communications.
Hearings
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Climate Change Legislation: Considerations for Future Jobs.” 11/10/09, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4018 ( Deal, R-GA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide additional health insurance options for unemployed individuals; to Energy and Commerce. H12364, CR 11/4/09.
HR 4019 ( Deal, R-GA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to limit preexisting condition exclusions in the individual health insurance market to those permitted in the group health insurance market; to Energy and Commerce. H12364, CR 11/4/09.
HR 4020 ( Burgess, R-TX), to enable states to establish reinsurance programs or high risk pools to ensure that high risk individuals are able to access health insurance; to Energy and Commerce. H12364, CR 11/4/09.
HR 4024 ( Hirono, D-HI), to amend the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that act; to Energy and Commerce. H12364, CR 11/4/09; remarks E2707.
Committee Action  
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 3962, to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending. 11/6/09, 2 pm, H-313 Capitol.
Notices  
On 11/5/09, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HHS, announced the launch of its Safe Use Initiative with the release of a report titled “FDA’s Safe Use Initiative – Collaborating to Reduce Preventable Harm from Medicines,” which proposes a series of next steps to select specific candidate cases of preventable, drug-related harm for analysis, intervention proposals, and evaluation metrics. Comments will be accepted at any time. FR 5719.
Notices
On 11/5/09, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Candidate Questionnaire, which is used to determine whether or not a state or local law enforcement officer will be granted federal immigration enforcement authority under the 287(g) program. Comments are due 1/4/10. FR 57326.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4025 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to provide for justice and compensation for U.S. citizens taken hostage by Iran; to Judiciary. H12364, CR 11/4/09.
H Res 888 ( Granger, R-TX), expressing the continued support and call for a renewed focus on the “Green Movement” within Iran, which embraces the yearning of the Iranian people in seeking freedom, human rights, and fundamental elements of democracy; to Foreign Affairs. H12364, CR 11/4/09.
Hearings  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will receive a briefing on Sudan. 11/10/09, 10:30 am, SVC-217 Capitol.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Is It Time to Lift the Ban on Travel to Cuba?” 11/18/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 11/4/09, the House passed, by a 405-1-2 vote, H Res 858, to congratulate the Inter-American Foundation on its 40 th anniversary and to recognize its significant accomplishments and contributions.
On 11/4/09, the House passed, by a 409-5 vote, H Res 839, to condemn the illegal extraction of Madagascar’s natural resources.
On 11/4/09, the House passed, by a 422-1 vote, H Res 641, to recognize the 60 th anniversary of the founding of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
On 11/4/09, the House passed, by a 421-1 vote, H Res 711, to call on the U.S. government and the international community to address the human rights and humanitarian needs of Sri Lanka’s Tamil internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently living in government-run camps by supporting the release of such IDPs, implementing and facilitating an independent oversight of the process of release and resettlement, and allowing foreign aid groups to provide relief and resources to such IDPs.
Floor Action  
On 11/4/09, the Senate passed S Res 336, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding designation of the month of November 2009 as “National Military Family Month.” S11118, CR 11/4/09; text S11120.
Committee Action  
On 11/4/09, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved S 1649, to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to prepare for attacks using weapons of mass destruction; and HR 553, to require the secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information.
On 11/5/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 984, to provide safe, fair, and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of state secrets privilege.
The House Judiciary Committee will continue markup of several bills, including HR 3845, to extend and modify authorities needed to combat terrorism and protect civil liberties. 11/5/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
HR 4014 ( Sanchez, D-CA), to establish a program to provide guarantees for debt issued by state catastrophe insurance programs to assist in financial recovery from natural catastrophes; to Financial Services. H12364, CR 11/4/09.
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including H Res 871, directing the attorney general to transmit to the House of Representatives certain documents, records, memos, correspondence and other communications regarding medical malpractice reform. 11/5/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Hearings  
The Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee, Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on how to end veterans’ homelessness. 11/10/09, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.

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