A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.18.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 170 (November 17, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 221 (November 18, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 167 (November 18, 2009)



Business Law
Courts/Judiciary
Criminal Law
Disability Law
Elder Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Environmental Law
Health Law
Indian Law
International Law
National Security
Substance Abuse
Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced  
S 2787 ( Thune, R-SD), to repeal the authority of the secretary of the Treasury to extend the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S11430, CR 11/17/09.
CourtsJudiciary
Bills Introduced  
HR 4089 ( Costa, D-CA), to create and extend certain temporary district court judgeships; to Judiciary. S13068, CR 11/17/09.
Nominations
On 11/17/09, the Senate agreed, by a 70-29 vote, to the motion to close further debate on the nomination of David F. Hamilton, of Indiana, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit and reached a unanimous consent agreement for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 11:30 am on 11/18/09.
Floor Action
On 11/17/09, the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment, House Judiciary Committee, met to consider possible impeachment of G. Thomas Porteous Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Task Force met again today.
Bills Introduced  
S 2786 ( Leahy, D-VT), to, among other things, amend Titles 18 and 28 of the United States Code to provide incentives for the prompt payments of debts owed to the United States and the victims of crime by imposing late fees on unpaid judgments owned to the United States and to the victims of crime; to Judiciary. S11430, CR 11/17/09.
HR 4091 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to, among other things, amend Titles 18 and 28 of the United States Code to provide incentives for the prompt payments of debts owed to the United States and the victims of crime by imposing late fees on unpaid judgments owned to the United States and to the victims of crime; to Judiciary. HR 13068, CR 11/17/09.
Bills Introduced  
S2781 ( Mikulski, D-MD), to change references in federal law to mental retardation to references to an intellectual disability, and to change references to a mentally retarded individual to references to an individual with an intellectual disability; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S11430, CR 11/17/09.
Bills Introduced  
H Res 910 ( Waters, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Memory Screening Day, including the development of a national health policy on dementia screening and care; to Energy and Commerce. H13069, CR 11/17/09.
Hearings  
The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on disaster case management, focusing on developing a comprehensive national program emphasizing outcomes. 12/2/09, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.
Hearings  
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 12/2/09, 10 am, 366 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
S 2790 ( Dodd, D-CT), to allow Americans to receive paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs, and the health needs of their families, related to a contagious illness; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S11430, CR 11/17/09.
HR 4092 ( DeLauro, D-CT), to allow Americans to receive paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs, and the health needs of their families, related to a contagious illness; to Education and Labor. H13068, CR 11/17/09.
Notices  
On 11/18/09, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a memorandum of understanding between FDA and Waterfront Media, which will extend the reach of FDA consumer health information to provide consumers with better information and timely content concerning public health and safety topics, including alerts of emerging safety issues and product recalls. The agreement became effective 10/14/09. FR 59571.
Notices
On 11/18/09, the Indian Health Service (IHS), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs Uniform Data System, which contains the annual reporting requirements for the cluster of primary health care, case management, outreach and referral grantees funding by the HIS. Comments are due 1/17/09. FR 59544.
On 11/18/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability on its website of the applicant information, submission deadlines, funding criteria and other requirements for HUD’s HOPE IV Main Street Grants program for fiscal year 009. Information can be found at https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html. FR 59582.
Floor Action
On 11/17/09, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved several bills, including S 1739, to promote freedom of the press around the world; S Res 341, supporting peace, security, and innocent civilians affected by conflict in Yemen; S 1524, to strengthen the capacity, transparency, and accountability of U.S. foreign assistance programs to effectively adapt and respond to new challenges of the 21 st century; and the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance.
Bills Introduced  
S 2782 ( McCaskill, D-MO), to provide personal jurisdiction in cause of action against contractors of the United States performing contracts abroad with respect to members of the Armed Forces, civilian employees of the United States, and U.S. citizen employees of companies performing work for the United States in connection with contractor activities; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S11430, CR 11/17/09.
HR 4086 ( Kirk, R-IL), to require that certain conditions be met before the transfer of an individual detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to Armed Services. H13068, CR 11/17/09.
HR 4097 ( Schock, R-IL), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer individuals detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Thomson Correctional Center, Thomson, IL; to Armed Services. H13068, CR 11/17/09.
Committee Action  
On 11/17/09, the House Committee on Homeland Security approved several bills, including HR 3239, to require the secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the secretary of State, to submit a report on the effects of the Merida Initiative on the border security of the United States; and HR 3963, the Criminal Investigative Training Restoration Act.
Notices  
On 11/18/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted project, entitled “Recovery Services for Adolescents and Families,” which will conduct a data collection on the helpfulness of innovative forms of recovery support services for young people and their families after leaving substance abuse treatment. Comments are due 12/18/09. FR 59549.
Hearings  
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on adaptive housing grants. 11/19/09, 2 pm, 334 Cannon.
Committee Action  
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up draft legislation entitled “the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2009.” 11/18/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Floor Action
On 11/17/09, the Senate passed, by a unanimous vote of 100-0, HR 3082, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
On 11/17/09, the Senate adopted an amendment to HR 3082, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2009, which makes available $5 million for grants to community-based organizations and state and local government entities to conduct outreach to veterans in underserved areas.

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