A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.21.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 152 (October 20, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 202 (October 21, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 151 (October 21, 2009)
Antitrust Law  
Committee Action  
On 10/21/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 3596, to ensure that health insurance issuers and medical malpractice insurance issuers cannot engage in price fixing, bid rigging, or market allocations to the detriment of competition and consumers. 10/21/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn. On 10/8/09, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Chair Ilene Knable Gotts testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on behalf of the ABA.  
Business Law  
Committee Action  
On 10/20/09, the House Committee on Financial Assistance continued to mark up the Discussion Draft of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009 (to be reported as HR 3126, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009). Mark up will continue today.
Floor Action  
On 10/20/09, the House passed, by a 400-0 vote, HR 3763, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide for an exclusion from Red Flag Guidelines for certain businesses. On 10/21/09, ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm released a statement on behalf of the ABA regarding the passage of this legislation.  
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Bills Introduced  
H 3845 ( Conyers, D-MI), to extend and modify authorities needed to combat terrorism and protect civil liberties; to Judiciary. S11514, CR 10/20/09.  
HR 3846 ( Conyers, D-MI), to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional civil liberties protections; to Judiciary. H11514, CR 10/20/09.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3847 ( Conyers, D-MI), to provide appropriate authority to the Department of Justice inspector general to investigate attorney misconduct; to Oversight and Government Reform. S11514, CR 10/20/09.
On 10/20/09, the Senate began consideration of the nomination of William K. Sessions III, of Vermont, to be Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.  
On 10/20/09, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent-time agreement providing that at approximately 11:30 am, on Wednesday, 10/21/09, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Roberto A. Lange, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Dakota.  
Election Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3859 ( Kaptur, D-OH), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit contributions and expenditures by multi-candidate political committees controlled by foreign-owned corporations; to House Administration. H11514, CR 10/20/09.
Committee Action  
The House Administration Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1729, to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for the treatment of institutions of higher education as voter registration agencies; and HR 3489, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit state election officials from accepting a challenge to an individual’s eligibility to register to vote in an election for federal office or to vote in an election for federal office in a jurisdiction on the grounds that the individual resides in a household in the jurisdiction which is subject to foreclosure proceedings or that the jurisdiction was adversely affected by a hurricane or other major disaster. 10/21/09, 11 am, 1310 Longworth.
On 10/21/09, the Federal Election Commission announced a request for public comment on proposed changes to the commission’s rules regarding coordinated communications under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. These proposed changes are in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. FEC. Comments are due 1/19/10. FR 53893.  
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1810 ( Harkin, D-IA), to direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to publish physical activity guidelines for the general public; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S10570, CR 10/20/09.
HR 3851 ( Gordon, D-TN), to direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to publish physical activity guidelines for the general public; to Energy and Commerce. S11514, CR 10/20/09.
H Res 847 ( Buchanan, R-FL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that any conference committee or other meetings held to determine the content of national health care legislation be conducted in public under the watchful eye of the people of the United States; to Rules. H11515, CR 10/20/09.  
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3855 ( Baca, D-CA), to amend Title 13, United States Code, to make clear that each decennial census, as required for the apportionment of representatives in Congress among the several states, shall tabulate the total number of persons in each state; and to provide that no information regarding U.S. citizenship or immigration status may be elicited in any such census; to Oversight and Government Reform. H11514, CR 10/20/09.  
International Law  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 849 ( Kaptur, D-OH), recognizing the 16 th anniversary of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, a program funded by the government of the United States to provide an opportunity for high school students from the countries of the former Soviet Union to study and live in the United States in order to promote democratic values and institutions in Eurasia; and supporting the mission, goals, and accomplishments of the FLEX program; to Foreign Affairs. H11515, CR 10/20/09.
H Res 850 ( Kaptur, D-OH), supporting the establishment and full funding of a staff exchange program between the House of Representatives and the Parliament of Ukraine, the Verkovna Rada, as soon as possible; to Foreign Affairs. H11515, CR 10/20/09.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee; the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee; and the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “ Iran and the Western Hemisphere.” 10/27/09, 2 pm, 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, to investigate 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. 10/21/09, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Presidential Action  
On 10/20/09, the president transmitted a report to Congress declaring that the national emergency with respect to the situation in or in relation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the related measures blocking the property of persons contributing to the conflict in that country, are to continue in effect beyond 10/27/09.
On 10/21/09, the Millennium Challenge Corporation announced the publications of the summary and complete text of the 9/16/09 Millennium Challenge Compact between the United States, acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Republic of Senegal. The five year compact will provide Senegal with up to $540 million to reduce poverty and accelerate economic growth through improved agricultural productivity and expanded access to markets and services through critical infrastructure investments in roads and irrigation sectors. FR 54349.  
National Security  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3849 ( Conyers, D-MI), to amend the National Security Act of 1947 to require notice to Congress of certain declassifications of intelligence information; to Intelligence. H11514, CR 10/20/09.
Floor Action  
On 10/20/09, the Senate agreed, by a 79-19 vote, to the conference report to accompany HR 2892, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.  
Veterans Affairs
On 10/21/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an 11/16/09-11/17/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation to hear briefings of transition policy, care coordination, and the cost of providing medical and disability care to veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, to hear updates on Veterans Benefits Administration initiatives, and for other matters. FR 54121.
On 10/21/09, the VA announced an 11/2/09-11/4/09 meeting in Reno, NV, of the Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War to hear remarks from VA officials, to tour the VA Regional Office, and to receive updates on a report from the Robert E. Mitchell Center for Prisoners of War Studies, among other matters. FR 54121.
On 10/21/09, the VA announced an 11/2/09-11/5/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to hear briefings and updates from several subcommittees, to hold a round table discussion with the VA’s Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans and the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, and for other matters. FR 54121.
On 10/21/09, the VA announced an 11/10/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to hear program updates, including a genetics education tool for health care providers and upcoming genomics research initiatives, and for other matters. FR 54120.