A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.29.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 158 (October 28, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 208 (October 29, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 157 (October 29, 2009)

Business Law
Hearings
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Business Formation and Financial Crime: Finding a Legislative Solution.” Kevin Shepherd, member of the ABA Gatekeeper Task Force, will testify on behalf of the ABA.
Committee Action
The House Financial Services Committee will mark 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 to eliminate systemic risk and provide for prudential bank overhaul. 11/3/09-11/6/09, time TBA, 2128 Rayburn.
Children and Families
Hearings
The Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing on how to prevent child abuse and improve responses to families in crisis. 11/5/09, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 10/28/09, the House passed H Res 831, to support 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.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Hearings
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Ensuring Opportunity for All Americans.” 11/5/09, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.
Notices
On 10/29/09, the United States Commission on Civil Rights announced an 11/6/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to approve concept papers for fiscal year 2010 Briefing Report topics, to hear a briefing report on amendments to Title IX, and to hear an update on the status of the 2010 Enforcement Report, among other things. FR 55809.
Courts/Judiciary
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, to be a Commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission. 11/4/09, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 10/28/09, the House passed HR 3632, to provide improvements for the operations of the federal courts.
Criminal Law
Hearings
The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The First Line of Defense: Reducing Recidivism at the Local Level.” 11/5/09, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action
On 10/29/09, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, approved HR 1064, to provide for evidence-based and promising practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention to help build individual, family and community strength and resiliency to ensure that youth lead productive, safe, healthy, gang-free and law-abiding lives.
Floor Action
On 10/28/09, the Senate passed S Res 327, supporting the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2009 and expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should continue to raise awareness of domestic violence in the United States and its devastating effects on families and communities, and should support programs designed to end domestic violence.
On 10/28/09, the House passed H Con Res 177, to raise awareness of the need for crime prevention in communities across the country and to express support for designation of 10/1/09 through 10/3/09 as “Celebrate Safe Communities Week” and October as “Crime Prevention Month.”
Notices
On 10/29/09, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, entitled “Grants to States for Workplace and Community Transition Training for Incarcerated Individuals.” Comments are due 12/28/09. FR 55827.
On 10/29/09, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program Questionnaire, which will provide consistent data collection points to support statistical trend analysis for the use of heroin, cocaine, crack, marijuana, and methamphetamine; monitor the spread or emergence of methamphetamine use; and support ONDCP’s efforts to estimate chronic drug use and examine drug market behaviors. Comments are due 12/28/09. FR 55868.
Disability Law
Notices
On 10/29/09, the Department of Education announced a request for applications for new awards for the fiscal year 2010 Field Initiated Projects Program, which will develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Applications are due 1/6/10. FR 55828.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3957 ( Ellison, D-MN), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require states to provide for same day registration; to House Administration. H12044, CR 10/28/09.
Notices
On 10/29/09, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced an 11/5/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the 2008 Election Day Survey Report and the 2008 Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act Report, to receive a presentation and consider translations of the National Voter Registration Act form, and to discuss the Election Management Guidelines Chapters. FR 55831.
Environmental Law
Hearings
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “ Copenhagen and Beyond: Is There a Successor to the Kyoto Protocol?” 11/4/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 11/10/09, 10 am, 366 Dirksen.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 1959 ( Kaufman, D-DE), to improve health care fraud enforcement; to Judiciary. S10850, CR 10/28/09.
Housing/Homelessness
Notices
On 10/29/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Quarterly and Annual Performance Reporting, which monitors grantees and sub-grantees and reports aggregate data to HUD staff, other federal agencies, the Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and the public. Comments are due 11/30/09. FR 55851.
On 10/29/09, HUD announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Changes to Admission and Occupancy Requirements of the Public Housing Reform Act. Comments are due 11/30/09. FR 55851.
Indian Law
Hearings
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on ways to improve the federal acknowledgement process, which was established in 1978 in order to provide standardized criteria and a systematic process for determining which previously unrecognized Indian groups are “Indian tribes” within the meaning of federal law. 11/4/09, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 1966 ( Dodd, D-CT), to provide assistance to improve the health of newborns, children, and mothers in developing countries; to Foreign Relations. S10850, CR 10/28/09.
Committee Action
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1524, to strengthen the capacity, transparency and accountability of U.S. foreign assistance programs to effectively adapt and respond to new challenges of the 21 st century; S 1739, to promote freedom of the press around the world; and S 1067, to support stabilization and lasting peace in northern Uganda and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) through development of a regional strategy. 11/10/09, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.
Legal Services Corporation
Notices
On 10/29/09, the Legal Services Corporation announced its intention to award grants and contracts to provide economical and effective delivery of high-quality civil legal services to eligible low-income clients beginning 1/1/10. Comments and recommendations are due 11/30/09. FR 55863.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
H 3956 ( Davis, D-CA), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide that interest shall not accrue on federal direct loans for members of the Armed Forces on active duty regardless of the date of disbursement; to Education and Labor. H12044, CR 10/28/09.
National Security
Committee Action
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1649, to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to prepare for attacks using weapons of mass destruction; HR 553, to require the secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information; and S 1755, to direct the Department of Homeland Security to undertake a study on emergency communications. 11/4/09, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices
On 10/29/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule suspending one community because of its failure to enforce its floodplain management regulations under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If documentation is received from the community before the effective suspension date indicating that it has brought its floodplain management program into compliance with the NFIP requirements, FEMA will withdraw the suspension. FR 55789.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 1963 ( Akaka, D-HI), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans, and to improve the provision of health care to veterans; read for the first time. S10850, CR 10/28/09.
HR 3949 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to make certain improvements in the laws relating to benefits administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans’ Affairs. H12043, CR 10/28/09.
Hearings
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Easing the Burdens Through Employment.” 11/18/09, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a round table discussion on veterans’ education issues. 12/3/09, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
Committee Action
On 10/28/09, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved HR 1168, the Veterans Retraining Act of 2009.

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