A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.25.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 136 (September 24, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 185 (September 25, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 136 (September 25, 2009)

  
Business Law  
Bills Introduced
S 1710 ( Vitter, R-LA), to prohibit recipients of TARP assistance from funding ACORN; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S9840, CR 9/24/09.
Hearings  
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “Credit Rating Agencies and the Next Financial Crisis.” 9/30/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.  
Children and Families
Bills Introduced  
S 1708 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to establish a grant program to prevent truancy; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S9840, CR 9/24/09.  
Criminal Law  
Notices  
On 9/25/09, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program. Comments are due 10/26/09. FR 49018.
On 9/25/09, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), DOJ, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement. Comments are due 10/26/09. FR 49019.
On 9/25/09, the OJP, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the OJP and the Office of Violence Against Women Recovery Act Solicitation Template, which provides a framework to develop program-specific announcements soliciting applications for funding. Comments are due 10/26/09.  
Environmental Law  
Committee Action  
On 9/24/09, the Senate passed, by a 77-21 vote, HR 2996, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010.  
Health Law
Notices
On 9/25/09, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Request for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Line to be Approved for Use in NIH Funded Research. Comments are due 11/25/09. FR 48973.  
Immigration Law
Committee Action  
HR 3647 ( Sablan, I-MP), to delay the implementation of the provisions of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 applying federal immigration laws to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; to Natural Resources. H9961, CR 9/24/09.  
Indian Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1703 ( Dorgan, D-ND), to amend the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934 to reaffirm the authority of the secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes; to Indian Affairs. S9840, CR 9/24/09.
International Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1704 ( Nelson, D-FL), to hold the surviving Nazi war criminals accountable for the war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity that they committed during World War II by encouraging foreign governments to more efficiently prosecute and extradite wanted criminals; to Judiciary. S 9840, CR 9/24/09.
HR 3642 ( Berman, D-CA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people; to Foreign Affairs. H9961, CR 9/24/09.
Hearings  
The African Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing on U.S. policy options toward Zimbabwe’s transition. 9/30/09, 10:15 am, 419 Dirksen.
The East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Policy Toward Burma: Its Impact and Effectiveness.” 9/30/09, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.  
The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on President Obama’s new plan for missile defenses in Europe and the implications for international security. 10/1/09, 9 am, HVC-210 Capitol.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the impact of Afghanistan on Pakistan. 10/1/09, 11 am, 419 Dirksen.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the global costs and consequences of violence against women. 10/1/09, 2:30 pm, 216 Hart.
Floor Action  
On 9/24/09, the Senate passed S 1707, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to promote an enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people.  
National Security  
Bills Introduced  
S Res 285 ( Feinstein, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and raising awareness and enhancing the state of cybersecurity in the United States; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S9840, CR 9/24/09.
H Res 774 ( Hastings, D-FL), expressing appreciation to Bermuda for accepting four individuals released from the detention facility at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to Foreign Affairs. H9962, CR 9/24/09.
H Res 775 ( Hastings, D-FL), expressing appreciation to Portugal for accepting two detainees released from Guantanamo Bay prison; to Foreign Affairs. H9962, CR 9/24/09.  
Hearings
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing on transnational drug enterprises and the related threats to U.S. security and global stability. 10/1/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 9/25/09, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a 10/7/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council to discuss issues relevant to the protection of critical infrastructure, to hear panel discussions regarding information sharing and cybersecurity, and for other matters. FR 48998.
On 9/25/09, DHS announced a 10/13/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council to address issues relevant to the protection of critical infrastructure as directed by the president, to hear a final report from the Frameworks for Dealing with Disasters and Related Interdependencies Working Group and a status report from the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Working Group, and for other matters. FR 48997.  
Veterans Affairs  
Notices  
On 9/25/09, the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Loan Guaranty Service Foreclosure Impact Survey for Veterans Recently Separated, which is will address data regarding the income levels of recently separated veterans, and address the impact of delays in the adjudication of disability compensation claims on the capacity of veterans to maintain adequate housing. Comments are due 11/24/09. FR 49073.

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