A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.16.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 218-219 (November 13-16, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 165 (November 16, 2009)

Hearings
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on transparency and integrity in corporate monitoring. 11/19/09, 11 am, 2141 Rayburn.
The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing on financial regulatory overhaul and how proposed changes would promote stability in the financial system and improve the economy. 11/19/09, 7 pm, 210 Cannon.  
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Committee Action  
The House Education and Labor Committee will mark up HR 3017, to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 11/18/09, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
The Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 960, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to eliminate congressional review of newly-passed District laws; and HR 1045, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to eliminate all federally imposed mandates over the local budget process and financial management of the District of Columbia and the borrowing of money by the District of Columbia. 11/18/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark up HR 2517, to provide certain benefits to domestic partners of federal employees. 11/18/09, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 11/13/09, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced an 11/18/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss a notice of proposed rulemaking on reasonable factors other than age under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and for other matters. FR 58626.  
CourtsJudiciary  
Hearings  
The Task Force on Judicial Impeachment of the House Judiciary Committee will meet to consider possible impeachment of G. Thomas Porteous Jr, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. 11/17/09-11/18/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice. 11/18/09, 9:30 am, G-50 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 11/13/09, the United States Parole Commission, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a final rule establishing an administrative remedy that responds to a federal district court decision which finds that, for some D.C. prisoners, the commission’s use of parole guidelines promulgated in 2000 may significantly risk an increase of their punishment in violation of the Ex Post Facto Clause of the Constitution. Under the remedial plan, the commission will schedule new parole hearings for those prisoners who meet the plan’s eligibility criteria, unless the commission grants the prisoner a parole effective date on the record. This final rule becomes effective 11/13/09. FR 58540.  
Notices  
On 11/16/09, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection which will gather specific incident data obtained from law enforcement agencies in which an officer was accidentally killed, feloniously killed, or assaulted with injury from a firearm, knife, or other cutting instrument in the line of duty. Comments are due 12/16/09. FR 58981.  
On 11/16/09, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Certification of Qualifying State Relief from Disabilities Program, which is used to determine whether a state has certified to the satisfaction of the attorney general that it has established a relief from disabilities program in accordance with the requirements of the National Instant Check System Improvement Act. Comments are due 12/16/09. FR 58980.  
Notices  
On 11/16/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a final rule increasing the maximum civil monetary penalty under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act from $5,000 to $5,500. This rule becomes effective 12/16/09. FR 58849.  
Notices  
On 11/16/09, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 12/1/09 public teleconference to discuss and approve the Good Neighbor Environmental Board’s draft advice letter to the president on the environmental effects of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and associated infrastructure. FR 58953.  
Notices  
On 11/13/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a final notice describing the criteria that CDC intends to use to determine which vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the general U.S. population should be required for immigrants seeking admission into the United States or seeking adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence. This agency action becomes effective 12/14/09. FR 58634.  
Hearings
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on drug smuggling and gang activity in Indian country. 11/19/09, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.  
Notices  
On 11/13/09, the Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on several information collection forms related to trademark registration, requests for reconsideration after final action, proposed amendments to approved applications, and other issues. Comments are due 1/12/10. FR 58599.  
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on threats to free and independent media around the world. 11/19/09, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing on the August 2009 presidential elections in Afghanistan and the next steps for the United States and the international community to strengthen the capabilities and legitimacy of the Afghan government. 11/19/09, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
Presidential Action  
On 11/12/09, the president issued a notice continuing for one year the 11/14/79 national emergency with respect to Iran. FR 58841.  
Notices  
On 11/12/09, the State Department announced a 12/4/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Defense Trade Advisory Group to discuss current policies, regulations, and technical issues affecting defense trade and topics for further study. FR 58675.  
Hearings  
The Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing to assess the threat al Qaeda poses to the United States. 11/19/09, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
The Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Confronting the Cartel: Addressing U.S.-Mexican Border Security.” 11/19/09, 2 pm, 2359 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The House Homeland Security Committee will mark up several bills. 11/17/09, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.
Notices  
On 11/16/09, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a 12/3/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee to hear an update on the activities of the DHS Privacy Office, to discuss the ongoing work of the committee’s subcommittees, and for other matters. FR 58966.  
Hearings  
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on adaptive housing grants. 11/19/09, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “VA Health Care Funding: Appropriations to Programs.” 12/2/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Presidential Action
On 11/9/09, the president issued an executive order stating that government and private employers should play a prominent role in the effort to find jobs for struggling veterans, and establishing an interagency Council on Veterans Employment to advise and assist the president and the director of the Office of Personnel Management in establishing a coordinated government-wide effort to increase the number of veterans employed by the federal government by enhancing recruitment and training. FR 58533.
Notices  
On 11/13/09, the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Health Eligibility Center New Enrollee Survey, which will be used to improve customer service processes for veterans applying for health care benefits. Comments are due 1/12/10. FR 58683.

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