A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.16.2009
The House is in session today. The Senate is not in session.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 149 (October 15, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 198 (October 16, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 148 (October 16, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3817 ( Kanjorski, D-PA), to provide the Securities and Exchange Commission with additional authorities to protect investors from violations of securities laws; to Financial Services. H11456, CR 10/15/09.
HR 3818 ( Kanjorski, D-PA), to amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to require advisers of certain unregistered investment companies to register with and provide information to the Securities and Exchange Commission; to Financial Services. H11456, CR 10/15/09.
Hearings
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Too Big To Fail: The Role for Bankruptcy and Antitrust Law in Financial Regulatory Reform.” 10/22/09, 11 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action
On 10/15/09, the House Committee on Financial Assistance approved HR 3795, to enact the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009.
Children and Families
Bills Introduced
HR 3827 ( Stark, D-CA), to prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identification, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent; to Ways and Means. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 448 and HR 985, 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. 10/22/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Courts/Judiciary
Nominations
On 10/15/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Jacqueline H. Nguyen and Dolly M. Gee, both of California, to be United States District Judges for the Central District of California; and Edward Milton Chen and Richard Seeborg, both of California, to be United States District Judges for the Northern District of California.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
S 1789 ( Durbin, D-IL), to restore fairness to federal cocaine sentencing; to Judiciary. S10487, CR 10/15/09.
HR 3838 ( Murphy, D-CT), to amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to provide incentive grants to promote alternatives to incarcerating delinquent juveniles; to Education and Labor. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1340, to establish a minimum funding level for programs under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 for fiscal years 2010 to 2014 that ensures a reasonable growth in victim programs without jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of the Crime Victims Fund; and S 714, to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission. 10/22/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 10/16/09, the State Justice Institute announced its Proposed Grant Guideline for 2010, which sets forth the administrative, programmatic, and financial requirements attendant to fiscal year 2010 State Justice Institute grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. FR 53332.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3835 ( Holt, D-NJ), to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to strengthen protections against the wrongful removal of individuals from the official list of eligible voters and the wrongful denial of applications for voter registration; to House Administration. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Bills Introduced
HR 3820 ( Wu, D-OR), to reauthorize federal natural hazards reduction programs; to Science and Technology. H11456, CR 10/15/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3822 ( Deal, R-GA), to permit employers to provide contributions and assistance to certain employees who purchase individual health insurance; to Education and Labor. H11456, CR 10/15/09.
HR 3823 ( Deal, R-GA), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to make certain changes to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Medicaid Program; to Energy and Commerce. H11456, CR 10/15/09.
HR 3824 ( Deal, R-GA), to allow states to establish interstate compacts for the purpose of expanding health insurance options; to Energy and Commerce. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
Notices
On 10/16/09, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced an 11/13/09 meeting in Rockville, MD, to hear an update from the AHRQ director on current research, programs, and initiatives, to hear a report from the Subcommittee on Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act Quality Provisions, and to discuss the Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform Demonstration Project. FR 53275.
HIV/AIDS
Bills Introduced
S 1793 ( Harkin, D-IA), 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; from Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; placed on the calendar
Committee Action
On 10/15/09, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved HR 3792, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.
Notices
On 10/16/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced an 11/2/09-11/3/09 meeting in Bethesda, MD, to discuss issues pertaining to HIV/STD prevention, treatment and care in federally qualified health centers, biomedical approaches to HIV prevention, federal adolescent sexual health education initiatives, and the role of surveillance in informing CDC activities. FR 53279.
Immigration Law
Notices
On 10/16/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Registration for Classification as Refugee, which provides a uniform method for applicants to apply for refugee status and contains the information needed for USCIS to adjudicate such applications. Comments are due 12/15/09. FR 53285.
Indian Law
Bills Introduced
S 1790 ( Dorgan, D-ND), to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that act; to Indian Affairs. S10487, CR 10/15/09.
Hearings
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will meet to consider pending business and to discuss Indian energy and energy efficiency. 10/22/09, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.
Intellectual Property
Committee Action
On 10/15/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 379, to provide fair compensation to artists for use of their sound recordings.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3832 ( Franks, R-AZ), to enhance the effectiveness of U.S. diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran to include refined petroleum, and to require the secretary of Defense to develop and maintain viable military options to prevent the successful development or deployment of a nuclear weapons capability by the government of Iran; to Foreign Affairs. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
HR 3840 ( Ruppersberger, D-MD), to strengthen certain provisions relating to arms export licenses; to Foreign Affairs. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
H Con Res 200 ( Andrews, D-NJ), expressing the sense of Congress regarding the freedom, security, and stability of Taiwan; to Foreign Affairs. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
H Res 839 ( Blumenauer, D-OR), condemning the illegal extraction of Madagascar’s natural resources; to Foreign Affairs. H11458, CR 10/15/09.
H Res 840 ( Burton, R-IN), condemning continuing violations of religious freedom in the Middle East; to Foreign Affairs. H11458, CR 10/15/09.
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “NATO: A Strategic Concept for Transatlantic Security.” 10/22/09, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “ Afghanistan and Iraq: Perspectives on U.S. Strategy.” 10/22/09, 2 pm, HVC-210 Capitol.
Committee Action
The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved HR 2134, the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act of 2009.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will mark up HR 2194, to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance U.S. diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran. 10/29/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Public Law
On 10/15/09, the president signed PL 111-73 (S 1707), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 through 2014 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3839 ( Rooney, R-FL), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to authorize the reimbursement of mental health counselors under TRICARE; to Armed Services. H11457.
Hearings
The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Military Redeployment from Iraq: Issues and Challenges.” 10/21/09, 10 am, HVC-210 Capitol.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 3837 ( Kilroy, D-OH), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for clarification on the use of funds relating to certain homeland security grants; to Homeland Security. S11457, CR 10/15/09.
Hearings
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Counterterrorism within the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency.” 10/22/09, 10 am, HVC-210 Capitol.
Substance Abuse
Notices
On 10/16/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Regulations to Implement SAMHSA’s Charitable Choice Statutory Provisions, which aims to ensure that religious organizations are able to compete on an equal footing for federal funds to provide substance abuse services. Comments are due 12/15/09. FR 53262.
Tort and Insurance Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3833 ( Hall, D-NY), to amend Chapters 81, 83, and 84 of Title 5, United States Code, to provide for enhanced benefits for survivors of federal public safety officers killed in the line of duty; to Oversight and Government Reform. H11457, CR 10/15/09.
Notices
On 10/16/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 53179.

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