A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.24.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 135 (September 23, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 184 (September 24, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 135 (September 24, 2009)

  
Business Law  
Hearings  
The Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on international cooperation to revise financial regulation. 9/30/09, 2:30 pm, 538 Dirksen.  
Children and Families
Hearings  
The Children’s Health Subcommittee, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Promoting and Improving Children’s Health Protections.” 9/29/09, 9:30 am, 406 Dirksen.  
Notices
On 9/24/09, the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the NEXT Generation Health Study, which will obtain data on adolescent health and health behaviors to enable the improvement of health services and programs for youth. Comments are due 11/23/09. FR 48747.  
Courts/Judiciary  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3632 ( Johnson, D-GA), to provide improvements for the operation of the federal courts; to Judiciary. H9899, CR 9/23/09.
Hearings  
On 9/23/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Jacqueline H. Nguyen and Dolly M. Gee, both of California, to be United States District Judges for the Central District of California; and Richard Seeborg and Edward Milton Chen, both of California, to be United States District Judges for the Northern District of California.  
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3630 ( Wasserman Schultz, D-FL), to promote crime awareness and cybercrime prevention initiatives; to Judiciary. H9898, CR 9/23/09.  
Disability Law  
Notices  
On 9/24/09, the Social Security Administration announced the extension of tests involving modifications to disability determination procedures. These rules authorize SSA to test several modifications to the disability determination procedures for adjudicating claims for disability insurance benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act and for supplemental security income payments based on disability under Title XVI of the act. FR 48797.  
Elder Law  
Floor Action  
On 9/23/09, the Senate passed H Con Res 59, supporting the goals and ideals of senior caregiving and affordability.  
Health Law
Committee Action
On 9/23/09, the House Energy and Commerce Committee agreed, by a 28-22 vote, to consider a motion to transmit to the Committee on Rules additional recommended amendments included in the motion for consideration, by the Committee on Rules and the House of Representatives, in connection with HR 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009.
Floor Action  
On 9/23/09, the Senate passed S Res 284, expressing support for the designation and goals of “National Health Information Technology Week” for the period beginning on 9/21/09 and ending 9/25/09.
 Notices
On 9/24/09, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HHS, announced a 11/12/09-11/13/09 meeting in Silver Spring, MD, of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee to discuss strategies and programs designed to communicate with the public about the risks and benefits of FDA-regulated products so as to facilitate optimal use of these products. FR 48759.  
Housing/Homelessness
Bills Introduced  
HR 3636 ( Hastings, D-FL), to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a grant program to provide supportive services in permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families; to Energy and Commerce. H9899, CR 9/23/09.
Notices  
On 9/24/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection which implements changes to the admission and occupancy requirements for the public housing and Section 8 assisted housing programs made by the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998. Comments are due 11/23/09. FR 48772.  
Intellectual Property  
Notices  
On 9/24/09, the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Invention Promoters/Promotion Firms Complaints, which the public may use to submit a complaint to the USPTO regarding an invention promoter or to respond to a complaint. The USPTO uses the information to comply with its statutory duty to publish the complaint along with any response from the invention promoter. Comments are due 10/26/09. FR 48715.
International Law  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 764 ( Smith, R-NJ), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the importance of inter-religious dialogue and the protection of religious freedom and related human rights for persons of all faiths and nationalities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; to Foreign Affairs. H9899, CR 9/23/09.
Floor Action  
On 9/23/09, the Senate passed S Res 253, expressing the sense of the Senate that the government of Libya should apologize for the welcome home ceremony held to celebrate the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.
On 9/23/09, the House passed HR 2131, to amend the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to authorize the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.  
Military Law  
Hearings  
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the response of the departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs to certain military exposures. 9/8/09, 9:30 am, 562 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 9/23/09, the House passed H Res 491, to encourage each institution of higher education in the country to seek membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.  
National Security  
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1692, to extend the sunset of certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act and the authority to issue national security letters. 10/1/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Substance Abuse  
Hearings  
The Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on controlled substance abuse in the Medicaid program. 9/30/09, 3 pm, 342 Dirksen.  
Tort and Insurance Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3635 ( Cao, R-LA), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to improve federal assistance with respect to disasters; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H9899, CR 9/23/09.  
Veterans Affairs  
Hearings  
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on several bills, including HR 2504, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase in the annual amount authorized to carry out comprehensive service programs for homeless veterans; HR 2559, to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a national media campaign directed at homeless veterans and veterans at risk for becoming homeless; HR 2735, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements to the comprehensive service programs for homeless veterans; and HR 3073, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to establish a grant program to provide assistance to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. 10/1/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.

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