A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.15.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 148 (October 14, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 197 (October 15, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 147 (October 15, 2009)

Business Law
Committee Action
The House Financial Services Committee will mark up HR --, to overhaul regulation of capital markets. 10/21/09-10/22/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
H Res 831 ( Brown-Waite, R-FL), supporting the goals and ideals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children in foster care awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, recognizing current programs and efforts designed to promote adoption, and encouraging people in the United States to seek improved safety, permanency, and well-being for all children; to Ways and Means. H11383, CR 10/14/09.
Floor Action
On 10/14/09, the Senate passed S Res 296, designating October 2009 as “National Work and Family Month.”
On 10/14/09, the House passed, by a 415-0 vote, H Res 768, to express support for the designation of the month of October as “National Work and Family Month.”
Bills Introduced
S 1782 ( Whitehouse, D-RI), to provide improvements for the operations of the federal courts; to Judiciary. S10434, CR 10/14/09.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Jane Branstetter Stranch, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 6 th Circuit. 10/21/09, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Criminal Law
On 10/15/09, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a 10/29/09-10/31/09 meeting in Austin, TX, of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice to hear presentations on law enforcement approaches to disproportionate minority confinement in the juvenile justice system, and for other matters. FR 52978.
Health Law
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Effective Strategies for Preventing Health Care Fraud.” 10/21/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 10/15/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a 10/28/09 meeting in Atlanta, GA, of the Health Disparities Subcommittee to discuss the 2009 Action Agenda, the CDC director’s Health Disparity Indicator Project Update, and the director’s priorities and reorganization/structure. FR 52968.
Committee Action
On 10/14/09, the Subcommittee on Health, House Energy and Commerce Committee, approved for full committee action HR 3792, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3792, to amend Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for providing life-saving care for those with HIV/AIDS. 10/15/09, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Indian Law
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on cooperation between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. 11/5/09, 10 am, 418 Russell.
International Law
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on U.S. policy towards Burma. 10/21/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 10/8/09, the president issued a determination certifying that it is important to the national security interest of the United States to waive statutory provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987 regarding the Palestine Liberation Organization Office. The waiver shall be effective for a period of six months.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 1779 ( Bayh, D-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide health care to veterans exposed in the line of duty to occupational and environmental health chemical hazards; to Veterans’ Affairs. H10434, CR 10/14/09.
S 1780 ( Lincoln, D-AR), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the reserve components as active service for purposes of laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans’ Affairs. S10434, CR 10/14/09.
HR 3813 ( Sestak, D-PA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the approval of certain programs of education for purposes of the Post 9/11 Educational Assistance Program; to Veterans’ Affairs. H11383, CR 10/14/09.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on several bills related to benefits for former prisoners of war, compensation available to surviving spouses of veterans, assistance for homeless veterans, VA facilities as voter registration agencies, and issues related to service-connected disabilities. 10/21/09, 9:30 am 418 Russell.

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