A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.13.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 195 (October 13, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 145 (October 13, 2009)
C ivil Rights/Constitutional Law
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Domestic Partner Benefits: Fair Policy and Good Business for the Federal Government.” 10/15/09, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Environmental Law
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the costs and benefits for energy consumers and energy prices associated with the allocation of greenhouse gas emission allowances. 10/21/09, 9:45 am, 366 Dirksen.
Executive Branch
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Presidential Advice and Senate Consent: The Past, Present and Future of Policy Czars.” 10/22/09, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Health Law
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Insured But Not Covered: The Problem of Underinsurance.” 10/15/09, 1:30 pm, 2123 Rayburn.
Committee Action
On 10/13/09, the Senate Finance Committee approved, by a 14-9 vote, the committee’s version of the health care reform bill.
On 10/13/09, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a 10/27/09-10/28/09 meeting in Arlington, VA, to hear a briefing on harmonization efforts undertaken by the National Institutes of Health, to discuss possible implications for future SACHRP committee work, and to hear from a panel of speakers focusing on the regulatory barriers that may be associated with Community Based and Participatory Research, among other things. FR 52491.
Committee Action
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will mark up HR --, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. 10/14/09, 3 pm, 2123 Rayburn.
Immigration Law
Presidential Action
On 9/30/09, the president issued a determination authorizing the admission of up to 80,000 refugees to the United States during fiscal year 2010 as justified by humanitarian concerns or by the national interest, allocating these admittances by continent, determining that assistance to or on behalf of persons applying for admission to the United States as part of the overseas refugee admissions program will contribute to the foreign policy interests of the United States, and declaring that qualified persons of Cuba, the former Soviet Union and Iraq may be considered refugees for the purpose of admission to the United States within their countries of nationality or habitual residence.
On 10/13/09, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, entitled “Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance,” which provides for the reimbursement to states and localities for assistance provided in meeting an immigration emergency. Comments are due 12/14/09. FR 52498.
Intellectual Property
On 10/13/09, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced a request for public comment on possible solutions to enhance the accessibility of copyrighted works for the benefit of the blind or other persons with disabilities, including the objectives and text of a draft treaty prepared under the auspices of the World Blind Union and proposed formally at the May 2009 session of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Comments are due 11/13/09. FR 52507.
On 10/13/09, the Copyright Royalty Board of the Library of Congress announced a final rule for the delivery and format of reports of use of sound recordings for the statutory licenses set forth in Sections 112 and 114 of the Copyright Act. This final rule becomes effective 11/12/09. FR 52418.
International Law
The International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a briefing and hearing titled “Concerns Regarding Possible Collusion in Northern Ireland: Police and Paramilitary Groups.” 10/22/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 42, to establish a fact-finding commission to extend the study of a prior commission to investigate and determine facts and circumstances surrounding the relocation, internment, and deportation to Axis countries of Latin Americans of Japanese descent from December 1941 through February 1948 and the impact of those actions by the United States, and to recommend appropriate remedies; and HR 1425, to establish commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees during World War II. 10/14/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Public Laws
On 10/9/09, the president signed PL 111-70 (HR 2131), to amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to reauthorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy; and PL 111-71 (HR 3593), to amend the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 to extend by one year the operation of Radio Free Asia.
National Security
The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, will hold a hearing on cybersecurity activities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 10/22/09, 2 pm, 2318 Rayburn.

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