A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.8.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 144 (October 7, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 194 (October 8, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 144 (October 8, 2009)
Business Law  
The Financial Institutions Subcommittee, Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the state of the financial industry. 10/14/09, 2:30 pm, 538 Dirksen.  
Children and Families  
Floor Action  
On 10/7/09, the Senate passed S Res 308, recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of National Runaway Prevention Month.
Presidential Action  
On 10/2/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 10/5/09 “Child Health Day,” and calling upon families, child health professionals, faith-based and community organizations, and governments to help ensure that America’s children stay safe and healthy.  
On 10/7/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Barbara Milano Keenan, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; and Ketanji Brown Jackson, of Maryland, to be Member of the United States Sentencing Commission.  
Elder Law
The Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Senate Aging Committee will hold a joint hearing titled “Sticker Shock: What Is the True Cost of Federal Long-Term-Care Insurance?” 10/14/09, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.  
Environmental Law  
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on energy and related economic effects of global climate change legislation. 10/14/09, 10 am, 366 Dirksen.
Presidential Action  
On 10/2/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring October 2009 “National Energy Awareness Month,” and calling upon the people of the United States to mark the month by making clean energy choices that can both rebuild the economy of the United States and make it more sustainable.
On 10/5/09, the president issued an executive order declaring goals, strategies, and recommendations for federal agencies toward the goal of sustainability in the federal government and reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.  
Executive Branch  
On 10/9/09, the Federal Labor Relations Authority announced a final rule updating rules and regulations that prescribe uniform ethical conduct standards and disclosure requirements applicable to all executive branch personnel and updating regulations to reconcile with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, among other changes. This final rule becomes effective 11/9/09. FR 51741.  
Gun Violence  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3752 ( Forbes, R-VA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers; to Judiciary. H11110, FR 10/7/09.  
Health Law
On 10/9/09, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the availability of guidance entitled “Implementation of Medical Device Establishment Registration and Device Listing Requirements Established by the FDA Amendments Act of 2007,” which explains recent changes in the device registration and listing program to owners and operators and official correspondents of device establishments, and helps them fulfill these new requirements. Comments may be sent at any time. FR 51864.  
Indian Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3742 ( Kildee, D-MI), to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes; to Natural Resources. H11110, CR 10/7/09.  
Tort and Insurance Law  
Committee Action  
On 10/7/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 1478, the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009. On 3/24/09, ABA House of Delegates Member Stephen A. Salzburg testified before a House subcommittee urging enactment of the legislation.  
Veterans Affairs  
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing to receive a status report from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the implementation of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. 10/15/09, 2 pm, 334 Cannon.  
Floor Action  
On 10/7/09, the Senate passed HR 1037, to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a five-year pilot program to test the feasibility and advisability of expanding the scope of certain qualifying work-study activities under Title 38, United States Code.
On 10/9/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced an 11/2/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans to hear briefings from VA and other officials regarding services for homeless veterans, to discuss final preparation of the committee’s upcoming annual report and recommendations to the secretary, and for other matters. FR 51946.
On 10/9/09, the VA announced several meetings of the Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board between 11/10/09 and 12/18/09 in Washington, DC, to discuss issues related to the scientific quality, budget, safety, and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for VA merit review and consideration. FR 51946.