A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.20.2009
The Senate is in session today. The House will reconvene 11/23/09.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 172 (November 19, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 223 (November 20, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 169 (November 20, 2009)



Business Law
Children and Families
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Courts/Judiciary
Criminal Law
Elder Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
HIV/AIDS
Housing/Homelessness
Immigration Law
Indian Law
International Law
Military Law
National Security
Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced
HR 4118 ( Kirk, R-IL), to prohibit the federal government from holding security interests; to Financial Services. H13351, CR 11/19/09.
HR 4142 ( Hinchey, D-NY), to address the concept of “Too Big To Fail” with respect to certain financial entities; to Financial Services. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
Hearings
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee will hold a hearing on over-the-counter derivatives and efforts to address systemic risk in the financial sector. 12/2/09, 9:30 am, 216 Hart.
The Energy and the Environment Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 3795, to enact the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009. 12/2/09, time TBA, 2123 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR 3996, to improve financial stability. 12/1/09, time TBA, 2128 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
S 2801 ( Franken, D-MN), to provide children in foster care with school stability and equal access to educational opportunities; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S11593, CR 11/19/09.
S Res 357 ( Inouye, D-HI), urging the people of the United States to observe Global Family Day and One Day of Peace and Sharing; to Judiciary. S11594, CR 11/19/09.
HR 4116 ( Moore, D-WI), to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act; to Education and Labor. H13351, CR 11/19/09.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including S 448, to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media. 12/3/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
CourtsJudiciary
Bills Introduced
HR 4113 ( Smith, R-TX), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to clarify the jurisdiction of the federal courts; to Judiciary. H11351, CR 11/19/09.
HR 4115 ( Nadler, D-NY), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide a restoration of notice pleading in federal courts; to Judiciary. H13341, CR 11/19/09.
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Has the Supreme Court Limited Americans’ Access to Courts?” 12/2/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Nominations
On 11/19/09, the Senate confirmed, by a 59-39 vote, the nomination of David F. Hamilton, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
On 11/19/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Jane Branstetter Stranch, of Tennessee, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Christina Reiss, of Vermont, to be United States District Judge for the District of Vermont; and Abdul K. Kallon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Thomas I. Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Third Circuit; and Louis B. Butler Jr., of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin. 12/3/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced
HR 4114 ( Maloney, D-NY), to reduce the rape kit backlog; to Judiciary. H13351, CR 11/19/09.
HR 4129 ( Maloney, D-NY), to amend the Crime Control Act of 1990 to require certification of state and law enforcement agency reports related to missing children and to require that certain information be provided to individuals reporting a missing child; to Judiciary. H13352, CR 11/19/09.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including S 714, to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission; and S 678, to reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974. 12/3/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced
HR 4123 ( Waters, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for treatment and support services for Alzheimer’s patients and their families; to Energy and Commerce. H13352, CR 11/19/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 4141 ( Hill, D-IN), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to allow certain individuals and households to be eligible for federal assistance; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
Notices
On 11/20/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule finalizing the July 2006 interim rule which amended FEMA’s public assistance eligibility regulations to allow grantees to seek reimbursement for sheltering and evacuation costs incurred outside of the area designated under a presidential emergency or major disaster declaration, if such costs are otherwise eligible for FEMA public assistance. This rule becomes effective 12/21/09. FR 60203.
HIVAIDS
Bills Introduced
HR 4140 ( Hastings, D-FL), to provide for an evidence-based strategy for voluntary screening for HIV/AIDS and other common sexually transmitted infections; to Energy and Commerce. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
H Con Res 215 ( Jackson-Lee, D-TX), supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day; to Energy and Commerce. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
HousingHomelessness
Bills Introduced
S 2800 ( Murray, D-WA), to amend Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to provide education for homeless children and youths; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S11593, CR 11/19/09.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation, including S 1765, to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless. 12/3/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 11/20/09, the State Department announced a notice of request for emergency Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the Medical Examination for Immigrant or Refugee Applicant, which now includes the 11/2/09 amendment to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations which removes HIV from the definition of “communicable disease of public health significance” and removes references to HIV from medical examinations for aliens. Approval has been requested from OMB by 1/4/10, and if granted, the emergency approval is valid for 180 days. FR 60305.
On 11/20/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS, announced an extension on a request for public comment on an existing information collection, the Application for Naturalization, which USCIS uses to determine an applicant’s eligibility for naturalization. Comments are now due 12/21/09. FR 60282.
On 11/20/09, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), DHS, announced a request for public comment on revisions to an existing information collection, the Visa Waiver Program Carrier Agreement, which functions as the agreement between CBP and carriers who wish to transport passengers to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Comments are due 1/19/10. FR 60282.
Notices
On 11/20/09, the Indian Health Service, HHS, announced an extension on a request for public comment on revisions to a proposed information collection, the Indian Health Service Forms to Implement the Privacy Rule. Comments are now due 12/20/09. FR 60264.
Bills Introduced
S 2799 ( Dodd, D-CT), to expand the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, to provide for the divestment of assets in Iran by state and local governments and other entities, and to identify locations of concern with respect to trans-shipment, reexportation, or diversion of certain sensitive items to Iran; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S11593, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 927 ( Barton, R-TX), declaring that it shall continue to be the policy of the United States, consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, to make available to Taiwan such defense articles and services as may be necessary for Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability; to Foreign Affairs. H13354, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 928 ( Richardson, D-CA), supporting of the goals and ideals of Universal Children’s Day to encourage citizens in the United States to share in the mission of improving the lives of all children around the world; to Foreign Affairs. H13354, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 929 ( Richardson, D-CA), recognizing December 2 as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and the 60 th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the exploitation of the Prostitution of Others and commending the efforts of modern day abolitionists following in the tradition of Frederick Douglass; to Foreign Affairs. H13354, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 931 ( Carson, D-IN), supporting the goals and ideals of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; to Foreign Affairs. H13354, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 937 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), recognizing that Colombia is a vital democratic ally of the United States in the fight against extremism and drug trafficking in the Western Hemisphere and further recognizing the extensive and immediate benefits that passage of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement would bring to the United States; to Foreign Affairs. H13354, CR 11/19/09.
Floor Action
On 11/19/09, the Senate passed S Res 355, expressing the sense of the Senate that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has systematically violated its obligations to uphold human rights provided for under its constitution and international law.
On 11/19/09, the House passed, be a 426-0 vote, H Con Res 212, to express the sense of Congress on the occasion of the 20 th anniversary of historic events in central and eastern Europe, particularly the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, and to reaffirm the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the United States and the Slovak and Czech Republics.
Bills Introduced
HR 4127 ( Gohmert, R-TX), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to provide that alien unprivileged enemy belligerents may only be tried by military commissions if tried for alleged conduct for which a term of incarceration or the death penalty may be sought; to Armed Services. H13352, CR 11/19/09.
Floor Action
On 11/19/09, the House passed, by a 425-0 vote, S 1599, to amend Title 36, United States Code, to include in the federal charter of the Reserve Officers Association leadership positions newly added in its constitution and bylaws.
Bills Introduced
HR 4120 ( Latham, R-IA), to prohibit the transfer of individuals retained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to facilities in Midwestern states; to Armed Services. H13352, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 920 ( Smith, R-TX), directing the attorney general to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in the attorney general’s possession regarding certain matters pertaining to detainees held at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who are transferred into the United States; to Judiciary. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 922 ( King, R-NY), directing the secretary of Homeland Security to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in the possession of the Department of Homeland Security relating to the Department’s planning, information sharing, and coordination with any state or locality receiving detainees held at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on or after 1/20/09; to Homeland Security. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 923 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), requesting that the president transmit to the House of Representatives all documents in the possession of the president relating to the effects on foreign intelligence collection of the transfer of detainees held at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States; to Intelligence. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
H Res 924 ( McKeon, R-CA), directing the secretary of Defense to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of any document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication of the Department of Defense, or any portion of such communication, that refers or relates to the trial or detention of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarek Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, or Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsai; to Armed Services. H13353, CR 11/19/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 4121 ( Hall, D-NY), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve the appeals process of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to establish a commission to study judicial review of the determination of veterans’ benefits; to Veterans’ Affairs. H13352, CR 11/19/09.
Floor Action
On 11/19/09, the Senate passed, by a unanimous vote of 98-0, S 1963, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans, and to improve the provision of health care to veterans.

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