A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 52 (April 14, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 71 (April 15, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 46 (April 15, 2010)
On 4/14/10, the Senate received the nominations of Edward Carroll DuMont, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; and John A. Gibney Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing titled “Reforming the Juvenile Justice System to Improve Children’s Lives and Public Safety.” 4/21/10, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
HR 5025 ( Kennedy, D-RI), to amend the Public Health Service Act and the Social Security Act to extend health information technology assistance eligibility to behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse professionals and facilities; to Energy and Commerce. H2578, CR 4/14/10.
HJ Res 82 ( Hodes, D-NH), proposing the “Doris ‘Granny D’ Haddock Amendment of 2010” to the Constitution of the United States regarding the authority of Congress and the states to regulate the spending and activities of corporations with regard to political campaigns and campaigns for election for public office; to Judiciary. H2578, CR 4/14/10.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on proposals that would protect consumers from unjustified premiums. 4/20/10, 9:30 am, 430 Dirksen.
On 4/15/10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a final rule revising the regulations governing the Medicare Advantage Program and prescription drug benefit program to strengthen, among other things, various program participation, exit requirements and beneficiary protections, and to implement new policies and clarify existing program policy. These regulations become effective 6/7/10, although the provisions will not be applicable prior to contract year 1/1/11. FR 19677
On 4/15/10, the Food and Drug Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Export of Medical Devices Foreign Letters of Approval, which allows for the exportation of an unapproved device under certain circumstances if the exportation is not contrary to public health and safety. Comments are due 5/17/10. FR 19651
H Res 1250 ( Lee, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of “National STD Awareness Month”; to Energy and Commerce. H2579, CR 4/14/10.
On 4/15/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the AIDS Education and Training Centers Evaluation Activities, which provides information on the number of AIDS training events (including clinical trainings and consultations), as well as technical assistance activities conducted by each regional center, the number of health care providers receiving professional training or consultation, and the time and effort expended on different levels of training and consultation activities. Comments are due 5/15/10. FR 19649
S 3207 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to protect victims of crime or serious labor violations from deportation during Department of Homeland Security enforcement actions; to Judiciary. S2295, CR 4/14/10.
On 4/15/10, HRSA, HHS, announced a 5/3/10 meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health in San Diego, CA, to discuss services and issues related to the health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and to formulate recommendations for the secretary of Health and Human Services. FR 19652
HR 5023 ( Grijalva, D-AZ), to prescribe procedures for effective consultation and coordination by federal agencies with federally recognized Indian tribes regarding federal government activities that impact tribal lands and interests to ensure that meaningful tribal input is an integral part of the federal decision-making process; to Natural Resources. H2578, CR 4/14/10.
On 4/15/10, the Patent and Trademark Office announced a change in a final rule that cancels a portion of the patent interference rule following a decision made by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Agilent Technologies, Inc. v. Affymetrix, Inc.
that impacted the continuing viability of portions of the interference rule. This final rule becomes effective 4/15/10, and is applicable to interferences declared before, on, or after 4/15/10. FR 19558
S 3197 ( Feingold, D-WI), to require a plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan; to Foreign Relations. S2295, CR 3/14/10.
S 3202 ( Lugar, R-IN), to promote the strengthening of the Haitian private sector; to Foreign Relations. S2295, CR 4/14/10.
S Res 480 ( Gregg, R-NH), condemning the continued detention of Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and calling on the military regime in Burma to permit a credible and fair election process and the transition to civilian, democratic rule; to Foreign Relations. S2295, CR 4/14/10.
HR 5015 ( McGovern, D-MA), to require a plan for the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan; to Foreign Affairs. H2578, CR 4/14/10.
H Res 1252 ( Rooney, R-FL), commending the political leadership of Northern Ireland on reaching the Hillsborough Agreement on policing and justice; to Foreign Affairs. H2579, CR 4/14/10.
The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction, including the U.S. Agency for International Development. 4/20/10, 10:30 am, 192 Dirksen.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Stopping the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, Countering Nuclear Terrorism: The NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference and the Nuclear Security Summit.” 4/21/10, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Neither Appeasement nor Improvement? Prospects for U.S. Engagement with Syria.” 4/21/10, 1:30 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
On 4/14/10, the House passed HR 4573, to urge the secretary of the Treasury to instruct the U.S. executive directors at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other multilateral development institutions to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to cancel immediately and completely Haiti’s debts to such institutions.
On 4/7/10, the president issued a memorandum delegating to the secretary of State the functions and authority conferred upon the president by Section 301 of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 to make the specified report to the Congress. FR 19533
On 4/7/10, the president issued a memorandum determining and certifying that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive statutory provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987 regarding the Palestinian Liberation Organization Office. This waiver will be effective for a period of six months. FR 19637
On 4/7/10, the president issued a memorandum certifying that it is important to the national security interests of the United States to waive the provisions of Section 7040(a) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2010 in order to provide funds appropriated to carry out Chapter Four of Part II of the Foreign Assistance Act to the Palestinian Authority. FR 19535
On 4/15/10, the Department of Labor announced a request for information on current practices of firms, business associations, and other private sector groups to reduce the likelihood of child labor and forced labor in the production of goods. This information will aid the Department in fulfilling its mandate under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 to work with persons who are involved in the production of goods made with forced labor or child labor to create a standard set of practices that will reduce the likelihood that such persons will produce goods using such labor. Information is due 6/14/10. FR 19659
S3201 ( Udall, D-CO), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to extend TRICARE coverage to certain dependents under the age of 26; to Armed Services. S2295, CR 4/14/10.
HR 5016 ( Bishop, R-UT), to prohibit the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking action on public lands which would impede border security on the lands; to Natural Resources. H2578, CR 4/14/10.
On 4/15/10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a previously approved information collection, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program, which is designed to provide expedited processing to participants in the program at certain high-risk air, land, and sea locations by pre-screening participants. Comments are due 5/17/10. FR 19654
On 4/14/10, the House passed, by a 399-9 vote, HR 4994, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections.
S 3202 ( Vitter, R-LA), to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through 5/31/10; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S2295, CR 3/14/10.
The Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on proposals that would revise the national flood insurance program. 4/21/10, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
HR 5014 ( Filner, D-CA), to clarify the health care provided by the secretary of Veterans Affairs that constitutes minimum essential coverage; to Ways and Means. H2578, CR 4/14/10.