A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.28.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 157 (October 27, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 207 (October 28, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 156 (October 28, 2009)

Business Law
Committee Action  
The House Financial Services Committee marked up HR 3817, to provide the Securities and Exchange Commission with additional authorities to protect investors from violations of the securities laws, and draft legislation entitled “The Accountability and Transparency in Rating Agencies Act.” 10/28/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up HR 3126, to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. 10/29/09, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Children and Families
On 10/28/09, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a request for public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection, the Sterilization of Persons in Federally Assisted Family Planning Projects. The current form has been updated to change the name of a federal entitlement from Aid to Families with Dependent Children to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Comments are due 11/28/09. FR 55555.
On 10/28/09, the Senate confirmed, by a 97-0 vote, the nomination of Irene Cornelia Berger, of West Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3939 ( Farr, D-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide an affirmative defense for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various states; to Judiciary. H11868, CR 10/27/09.
HR 3944 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Part Q of Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize grant funds to be used for the Troops-to-Cops program; to Judiciary. H11868, CR 10/27/09.  
On 10/28/09, the National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice, announced a solicitation of proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement to develop and field test a 36-hour curriculum to train multi-disciplinary staff in state correctional agencies and prison systems. Applications are due 11/30/09. FR 55591.
Election Law
On 10/28/09, the Federal Election Commission announced an amendment to its procedures which provides that commissioners may ask questions of the federal counsel, the staff director, and their staff during probable cause hearings. These amendments will become effective 10/28/09. FR 55443.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1933 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to establish an integrated federal program that protects, restores, and conserves natural resources by responding to the threats and effects of climate change; to Environment and Public Works. S10776, CR 10/27/09.
Health Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3932 ( Barton, R-TX), to expand the authority of the secretary of Health and Human Services to impose debarments in order to ensure the integrity of drug, biological product, and device regulation; to Energy and Commerce. H11867, CR 10/27/09.
HR 3937 ( Terry, R-NE), to establish a health benefits program based on the federal employees health benefits program, and to provide health insurance coverage for the president, vice president, members of Congress, and citizens not eligible for coverage under the federal employees health benefits program; to Energy and Commerce. H11868, CR 10/27/09.
H Res 871 ( Smith, R-TX), directing the Attorney General to transmit to the House of Representatives certain documents, records, memos, correspondence, and other communications regarding medical malpractice reform; to Judiciary. H11868, CR 10/27/09.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 1931 ( Akaka, D-HI), to enhance the ability of Congress to oversee matters pertaining to findings and recommendations of the December 2008 report of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism; to Foreign Relations. S10776, CR 10/27/09.
H Res 872 ( Mack, R-FL), calling for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its support of Iran, Hezbollah, and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia; to Foreign Affairs. H11868, CR 10/27/09.
H Res 873 ( Rohrabacher, R-CA), establishing a U.S. consulate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq; to Foreign Affairs. H11868, CR 10/27/09.
Presidential Action  
On 10/27/09, the president notified Congress of the continuation of the 11/3/97 national emergency relative to the actions and policies of the government of Sudan.
On 10/28/09, the Department of State announced the charter renewal and amendment of the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), which provides the State Department with a continuing source of independent advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, political-military issues, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy. The ISAB will remain in existence for two years after the filing date of the charter unless terminated or renewed sooner. FR 55619.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1932 ( McCain, R-AZ), to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty on or after 9/11/01 to be eligible to participate in the Troops-to-Teachers Program; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S10776, CR 10/27/09.
HR 3943 ( Courtney, D-CT), to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty on or after 9/11/01 to be eligible to participate in the Troops-to-Teachers Program; to Education and Labor. H11868, CR 10/27/09.
Floor Action  
On 10/27/09, the House passed S 832, to amend Title 36, United States Code, to grant a federal charter to the Military Officers Association of America.
Veterans Affairs  
Bills Introduced  
S 1939 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam; to Veterans’ Affairs. S1077, CR 10/27/09.