A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.15.2009
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 129 (September 14, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 177 (September 15, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 129 (September 15, 2009)

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Floor Action
On 9/14/09, the House passed H Res 686, to recommend that the U.S. Constitution be taught to high school students throughout the nation in September of their senior year.
Courts/Judiciary
Nominations
On 9/14/09, the Senate received the nomination of Barbara Milano Keenan, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
Notices
On 9/15/09, the Department of Justice(DOJ) announced a final rule amending the DOJ regulation concerning the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys. The amendments will provide the attorney general with greater flexibility in determining the size of the committee, and provide that the attorney general will select the committee’s leadership. This final rule becomes effective 9/15/09. FR 47096.
Criminal Law
Floor Action
On 9/14/09, the House passed H Res 738, to recognize the 15 th anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
Notices
On 9/15/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a revision to a proposed project, the National Violent Death Reporting System, a state-based surveillance system for violent deaths that will provide detailed and timely information about the characteristics of homicide victims and suspects, the circumstances of the deaths, and the weapons involved. Comments are due 10/15/09. FR 47255.
Elder Law
Floor Action
On 9/14/09, the House passed, by a 387-0 vote, H Con Res 59, to support the goals and ideals of senior caregiving and affordability.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
S 1667 ( Collins, R-ME), to provide for the development and coordination of a comprehensive and integrated U.S. research program that assists the people of the United States and the world to understand past, assess present, and predict future human-induced and natural processes of abrupt climate change; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S9326, remarks and text S9329, CR 9/14/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3556 ( McDermott, D-WA), to require the secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a self-referral disclosure protocol under the Medicare Program to enable health care providers of services and suppliers to disclose violations of Section 1877 of the Social Security Act governing physician referrals; to Energy and Commerce. H9490, CR 9/14/09.
Notices
On 9/15/09, the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, HHS, announced a 10/20/09-10/21/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss health care reform; social determinants that affect health in minority populations; research on health disparities and their causes; and other issues. FR 47254.
Housing and Homelessness
Notices
On 9/15/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability on its website of the application information, submission deadlines, funding criteria, and other requirements for the fiscal year 2009 Community Development Technical Assistance Program, which provides technical assistance to five community development areas, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, and Community Development Block Grants. This information can be accessed at https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html. FR 47268.
On 9/15/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the names of awardees of the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Grants Program, which provides federal support to one of the nation’s most vulnerable populations while working to reduce overall homelessness and end chronic homelessness. FR 47316.
Immigration Law
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3290, to provide the spouse and children of immigrants who perished in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks an opportunity to adjust their status to that of immigrants lawfully admitted for permanent residence. 9/16/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 1665 ( Lugar, R-IN), to amend the Andean Trade Preference Act to add Paraguay and Uruguay to the list of countries that are eligible to be designated as beneficiary countries and as Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act beneficiary countries; to Finance. S9326, CR 9/14/09.
HR 3560 ( Sires, D-NJ), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and to establish the Health Technology Program in the U.S. Agency for International Development to research and develop technologies to improve global health; to Foreign Affairs. H9490, CR 9/14/09.
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 and 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. 9/16/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices
On 9/15/09, the deputy secretary of State announced a declaration stating that the State Department has periodically consulted with internationally recognized human rights organizations regarding the Colombian Armed Forces’ progress in meeting the conditions of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, and that the State Department has determined, certified, and reported that the Colombian Armed Forces are meeting those conditions. FR 47303.
On 9/15/09, the Department of Labor announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Solicitation of Nominations for the Iqbal Masih Award for the Elimination of Child Labor, a non-monetary award in recognition of exceptional efforts to reduce the worst forms of child labor. Comments are due 10/15/09. FR 47275.
Legal Services Corporation
Notices
On 9/15/09, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 9/21/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Finance Committee of the LSC Board of Directors to hear a presentation of management’s recommendations for LSC’s fiscal year 2011 budget request for Congress, and for other matters. The call-in number for this meeting is 1-800-247-9979, and the conference identification number is 25515684. FR 47276.
On 9/15/09, LSC announced a 9/21/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the LSC Board of Directors to consider and act on adoption of LSC’s 2009 Justice Gap Report, and for other matters. The call-in number for this meeting is 1-866-266-3378, and the conference identification number is 2022951504. FR 47277.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
S 1668 ( Bennett, R-UT), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the inclusion of certain active duty service in the reserve components as qualifying service for purposes of the Post 9/11 Educational Assistance Program; to Veterans’ Affairs. S9326, CR 9/14/09.
Committee Action
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1478, to amend Chapter 171 of Title 28, United States Code, to allow members of the Armed Forces to sue the United States for damages for certain injuries caused by improper medical care. 9/16/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
National Security
Notices
On 9/15/09, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a 9/30/09 meeting of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) via conference call to review the findings and recommendations of the HSAC’s Southwest Border Task Force. Comments are due 9/25/09. FR 47267.
Substance Abuse
Bills Introduced
S Res 263 ( Grassley, R-IA), designating October 2009 as “National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month”; to Judiciary. S9326, remarks and text S9330, CR 9/14/09.
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices
On 9/15/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed base flood elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are a part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required to adopt in order to qualify for or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Comments are due 12/14/09. FR 47160.

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