A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 4.13.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 51 (April 13, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 70 (April 14, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 45 (April 14, 2010)
Bills Introduced  
S Res 478 ( Hagan, D-NC), expressing support for designation of March as “National Whole Child Month”; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S2246, CR 4/13/10.
Committee Action  
On 4/13/10, the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee held an organizational meeting to examine the articles of impeachment against G. Thomas Porteous Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Floor Action  
On 4/13/10, the Senate passed S 1749, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the possession or use of cell phones and similar wireless devices by federal prisoners.
Notices  
On 4/14/10, the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Older Americans Act (OAA) State Program Report, an annual program performance report which collects information about how state agencies on aging expend their OAA funds as well as funding from other sources for OAA authorized supportive services. Comments are due 5/14/10. FR 19404 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3196 ( Kaufman, D-DE), to amend the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 to provide that certain transition services shall be available to eligible candidates before the general election; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S2246, CR 4/13/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4995 ( Paul, R-TX), to restore the American people’s freedom to choose the health insurance that best meets their individual needs by repealing the mandate that all Americans obtain government-approved health insurance; to Ways and Means. H2502, CR 4/13/10.
HR 4999 ( Garrett, R-NJ), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance; to Ways and Means. H2503, CR 4/13/10.
HR 5505 ( Griffith, D-AL), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H2503, CR 4/13/10.
Notices  
On 4/14/10, HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Treasury Department announced a request for public comment regarding Section 2718 of the Public Health Service Act, which requires health insurance issuers offering individual or group coverage to submit annual reports to the secretary on the percentages of premiums that the coverage spends on reimbursement for clinical services and activities that improve health care quality, and to provide rebates to enrollees if this spending does not meet minimum standards for a given plan year. Comments are due 5/14/10. FR 19297 .
On 4/14/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on Section 1003 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which added a section to the Public Health Service Act requiring the secretary of HHS to work with states to establish an annual review of unreasonable rate increases, to monitor premium increases, and to award grants to states to carry out their rate review process. Comments are due 5/14/10. FR 19335 .
Notices  
On 4/14/10, HHS announced a 4/26/10 meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC. The agenda for this Council meeting will be posted on the Council’s website at http://www.pacha.gov . FR 19403 .
Notices  
On 4/14/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Housing Choice Voucher Family Self-Sufficiency Program, which promotes the development of local strategies that coordinate the use of public housing assistance and assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher Program with public and private resources to enable eligible families to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Comments are due 6/14/10. FR 19417 .
Bills Introduced  
HR 5002 ( Burton, R-IN), to end the cycle of illegal immigration in the United States and withdraw federal funds from states and political subdivisions of states that interfere with the enforcement of federal immigration law; to Homeland Security. H2503, CR 4/13/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5006 ( Hastings, D-FL), to require the president to call a White House conference on Haiti; to Foreign Affairs. H2503, CR 4/13/10.
H Con Res 260 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), recognizing the 62 nd anniversary of the independence of the state of Israel, and reaffirming unequivocal support for the alliance and friendship between the United States and Israel; to Foreign Affairs, H2503, CR 4/13/10.
H Res 1241 ( Garrett, R-NJ), supporting the right of Israel to defend itself against terrorists and the Israeli construction of new security fences along the border of Egypt; to Foreign Affairs. H2504, CR 4/13/10.
Committee Action  
On 4/13/10, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S 1382, to improve and expand the Peace Corps for the 21 st century; S 2839, to amend the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for treatment of victims of torture; S Res 409, calling on members of the Parliament in Uganda to reject the proposed “Anti-Homosexuality Bill”; and S Res 446, commemorating the 40 th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  
Floor Action  
On 4/13/10, the Senate passed S Res 409, calling on members of the Parliament in Uganda to reject the proposed “Anti-Homosexuality Bill.”
On 4/13/10, the House and Senate received a message from the president declaring the issuance of an executive order blocking the property of certain persons contributing to the conflict in Somalia.
Presidential Action  
On 4/9/10, the president issued a proclamation declaring 4/14/10 “Pan American Day” and 4/11/10-4/17/10 “Pan American Week,” and urging the governors of the 50 states, the governor of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the officials of the other areas under the U.S. flag to honor these observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities. FR 19181 .
Notices
On 4/14/10, the State Department announced a request for public comment or suggestions regarding items for inclusion in a new Work Program for implementing the United States-Peru Environmental Cooperation Agreement (ECA), which entered into force August 2009. The ECA Work Program will focus in particular on the implementation of the Annex of Forest Sector Governance of the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. Comments are due 5/25/10. FR 19453 .
Notices  
On 4/14/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 4/16/10/4/17/10 meeting in Tucson, AZ, to discuss promotion and provision for the delivery of LSC, to hear from several committees, including the Governance and Performance Review Committee and the Finance Committee, and to hear from the Board of Directors. The call-in number for this meeting is 1-866-451-4981, and the passcode is 5907707348. FR 19426 .
Hearings  
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a series of hearings titled “The Lessons and Implications of the Christmas Day Attack.” The hearing is the fifth in a series of hearings addressing the 12/25/09 terrorism attempt against Northwest flight 253. 4/21/10, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Notices 
On 4/14/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment regarding criteria for grants issued under the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act of 2005, which establishes a formula grant program for states to establish or improve state-controlled substance monitoring systems. Comments are due 5/14/10. FR 19409 .
Bills Introduced  
HR 4994 ( Lewis, D-GA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections; to Ways and Means. H2502, CR 4/13/10.
Notices  
On 4/14/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, 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 part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Comments are due 7/13/10. FR 19320 - 19335 .

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