A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.22.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 133 (September 21, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 182 (September 22, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 133 (September 22, 2009)
 
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 757 ( Edwards, D-MD), supporting the goals and ideals of a National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims; to Judiciary. H9738, CR 9/21/09.
Hearings
The Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing on the role of the U.S. Parole Commission in Washington, DC, focusing on efforts to increase public safety, reduce recidivism, and develop alternatives to re-incarceration. 9/22/09, 2 pm, 2247 Rayburn.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Hearings
The Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Final Breakthrough on the Billion-Dollar Katrina Infrastructure Logjam: How Is It Working?” 9/29/09, 2 pm, 2167 Rayburn.
Environmental Law
Notices
On 9/22/09, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the HRSA National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Information and Documentation, developed to examine applications of funding that would potentially impact the environment, and to ensure that applicants’ decision-making processes are consistent with NEPA. Comments are due 10/22/09. FR 48268.
Health Law
Notices
On 9/22/09, HRSA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Drug Pricing Program Reporting Requirements, which would develop audit guidelines and a dispute resolution process for manufacturers and covered entities that choose to participate in the drug discount program. Comments are due 11/22/09. FR 48269.
Immigration Law
Hearings
The Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Faith-Based Perspectives.” 9/29/09, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.
Indian Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3608 ( Becerra, D-CA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to codify the exclusion from gross income of medical care provided for Indians; to Ways and Means. H9738, CR 9/21/09.
Intellectual Property
Notices
On 9/22/09, the Copyright Office, Library of Congress, announced an extension of a request for public comment on a proposed rule regarding amendments to regulations governing mandatory deposit of electronic works published in the United States and available only online. Comments are now due 10/16/09. FR 48191.
International Law
Hearings
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on President Obama’s decision on missile defense in Europe. 9/24/09, 10 am, 106 Dirksen.
Notices
On 9/22/09, the State Department announced a request for public comment on proposed amendments to the General Provisions of the existing Exchange Visitor Program regulations, which will include technical changes to the General Provisions, and public diplomacy and foreign policy concerns, including the department’s ability to monitor program sponsors and to ensure the safety and well-being of foreign nationals who come to the United States as program participants. Comments are due 11/23/09. FR 48177.
Military Law
Presidential Action
On 9/17/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 9/18/09 “National Prisoner of War (POW)/Missing in Action (MIA) Recognition Day,” and urging all Americans to observe this day of honor and remembrance with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
National Security
Hearings
The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on fiscal 2010 research and development priorities at the Department of Homeland Security. 10/1/09, 10 am, 2318 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 9/21/09, the president issued a notice continuing for one year the 9/23/01 national emergency with respect to people who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism.
Tort and Insurance Law
Notices
On 9/22/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 48156.

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