A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.18.2009
The Senate and House are not in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 132 (September 17, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 180 (September 18, 2009)
Business Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3594 ( Bachus, R-AL), to authorize the secretary of the Treasury to delegate management authority over troubled assets purchased under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and to require the establishment of a trust to manage assets of certain designated TARP recipients; to Financial Services. H9729, CR 9/17/09.
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing titled “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act: One Year Later.” 9/24/09, 9:30 am, 538 Dirksen.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “Credit Rating Agencies and the Next Financial Crisis.” 9/24/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.  
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1686 ( Feingold, D-WI), to place reasonable safeguards on the use of surveillance and other authorities under the USA PATRIOT Act; to Judiciary. S9555, CR 9/17/09.
HR 3591 ( Cummings, D-MD), to establish a grant program to enhance existing secondary education programs for the purpose of teaching high school students about the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the individual states; to Education and Labor. H9729, CR 9/17/09.
H Res 748 ( Broun, R-GA), recognizing the importance of the property rights granted by the United States Constitution, affirming the duty of each member of this body to support and defend such rights, and asserting that no public body should unlawfully obtain the property of any citizen of the United States for the benefit of another private citizen or corporation; to Judiciary. H9730, CR 9/17/09.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Advancing Freedom of Information in the New Era of Responsibility.” 9/30/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
On 9/17/09, the Senate confirmed, by a 94-3 vote, the nomination of Gerard E. Lynch, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.  
Criminal Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1684 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to establish guidelines and incentives for states to establish criminal arsonist and criminal bomber registries and to require the attorney general to establish a national criminal arsonist and criminal bomber registry program; to Judiciary. S9554, CR 9/17/09.
On 9/18/09, the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on three information collections related to the Sexual Assault Services Program. Comments are due 10/19/09. FR 47958.  
Election Law  
On 9/18/09, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced a 10/13/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss research, development and implementation of technologies and other assistance to make the entire election process more welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities, and to all voters. FR 47933.  
Health Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1679 ( Harkin, D-IA), to make quality, affordable health care available to all Americans, to reduce costs, improve health care quality, enhance disease prevention, and strengthen the health care workforce; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S9554, CR 9/17/09.
S 1680 ( Whitehouse, D-RI), to amend Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide the authorized representative of a deceased beneficiary full access to information with respect to the deceased beneficiary’s benefits under the Medicare and Medicaid programs; to Finance. S9554, CR 9/17/09.
S 1681 ( Leahy, D-VT), 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; to Judiciary. S9554, CR 9/17/09.
HR 3596 ( Conyers, D-MI), 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; to Judiciary. H9729, CR 9/17/09.
On 9/18/09, the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 10/14/09 meeting in Rockville, MD, entitled “Preparation for International Conference on Harmonization Meetings in St. Louis, Missouri.” The conference will seek to identify and reduce international differences in technical requirements for medical product development among regulatory agencies. FR 47948.  
Floor Action  
On 9/17/09, the Senate passed, by a 73-25 vote, HR 3288, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.  
Immigration Law  
Bills Introduced
S 1688 ( Bennett, R-UT), to prevent congressional reapportionment distortions by requiring that, in the questionnaires used in the taking of any decennial census of population, a checkbox or other similar option be included for respondents to indicate citizenship status or lawful presence in the United States; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S9555, CR 9/17/09.
HR 3604 ( Nadler, D-NY), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to exempt certain elderly persons from demonstrating an understanding of the English language and the history, principles, and forms of government of the United States as a requirement of naturalization, and to permit certain other elderly persons to take the history and government examination in a language of their choice; to Judiciary. H9729, CR 9/17/09.  
Indian Law  
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the federal tax treatment of health care benefits provided by tribal governments, focusing on an Internal Revenue Service policy of treating health benefits provided to tribal citizens as income for tax purposes. 9/18/09, 10 am, 628 Dirksen.
On 9/18/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs announced the names of winners of funding awards for the fiscal year 2009 Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program, which assists Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian institutions of higher education to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing communities in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low and moderate income. FR 47952.  
International Law  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 749 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the 11/29/09 elections in Honduras; to Foreign Affairs. H9730, CR 9/17/09.  
Labor and Employment  
On 9/18/09, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Hazardous Waste Worker Training, a worker safety and health training program under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act for hazardous waste workers and emergency responders. Comments are due 10/19/09. FR 47946.  
Military Law  
Floor Action  
On 9/17/09, the House passed, by a 253-171 vote, HR 3221, to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965. The House also approved, by a 428-0 vote, an amendment to HR 3221 that allows servicemen and women to transfer academic credits earned while serving in the Armed Forces between institutions of higher education.