A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
The Senate is in session today. The House will reconvene 4/20/10.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 53-54 (April 15-16, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 72-73 (April 16-19, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, Nos. 47-48 (April 16-19, 2010)
S 3217 ( Dodd, D-MA), to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end “too big to fail,” to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, and to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S2377, CR 4/15/10.
HR 5042 ( Waters, D-CA), to amend Section 20 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow for a private civil action against a person who provides substantial assistance in violation of such act; to Financial Services. H2640, CR 4/15/10.
The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction, including the financial crisis and the Troubled Assets Relief Program. 4/22/10, 10 am, 2359 Rayburn.
The Permanent Investigations Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a series of hearings titled “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis.” 4/23/10, 9:30 am, G-50 Dirksen.
On 4/16/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Case Plan Requirement of the Social Security Act, which makes states eligible for Social Security payments by guaranteeing that they have an approved Title IV-E plan providing for the development of a case plan for each child for whom the state receives foster care maintenance payments, and by providing a case review system that meets the requirements of the act. Comments are due 6/14/10. FR 19977
S 3214 ( Specter, D-PA), to prohibit any person from engaging in certain video surveillance except under the same conditions authorized under Chapter 119 of Title 18, United States Code, or as authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978; to Judiciary. S2377, CR 4/15/10.
S 3219 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend Title 11, United States Code, with respect to certain exceptions to discharge in bankruptcy; to Judiciary. S2377, CR 4/15/10.
On 4/15/10, the Senate began consideration of the nominations of Thomas I. Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; and Denny Chin, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
On 4/15/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Sharon Johnson Coleman and Gary Scott Feinerman, both of Illinois, to be United States District Judges for the Northern District of Illinois; and William Joseph Martinez, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
On 4/16/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Kimberley J. Mueller, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Richard Mark Gergel and J. Michelle Childs, both of South Carolina, to be United States District Judges for the District of South Carolina; and Catherine C. Eagles, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending nominations. 4/22/10, 3 pm, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 657, to provide for media coverage of federal court proceedings; S 446, to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings; and S Res 339, to express the sense of the Senate in support of permitting the televising of Supreme Court proceedings. 4/22/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
S 3218 ( Conrad, D-ND), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that persons who enter into a conspiracy within the United States to possess or traffic illegal controlled substances outside the United States, or who engage in conduct within the United States to aid or abet drug trafficking outside the United States, may be criminally prosecuted in the United States; to Judiciary. S2377, CR 4/15/10.
H Res 1259 ( Baldwin, D-WI), recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of Sexual Assault Awareness Month; to Judiciary. H2641, CR 4/15/10.
The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction, including the Office of Justice Programs. 4/22/10, 10 am, H-309 Capitol.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1346, to penalize crimes against humanity; and S 1684, to establish guidelines and incentives for states to establish criminal arsonist and criminal bomber registries and to require the attorney general to establish a national criminal arsonist and criminal bomber registry program. 4/22/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 4/15/10, the Senate passed S Res 486, supporting the mission and goals of the 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States, no matter the country of origin or creed of the victim, and to commemorate the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme, referred to as “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.”
HR 5040 ( 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. H2640, CR 4/15/10.
H Res 1258 ( Napolitano, D-CA), expressing support for designation of May 2010 as Mental Health Month; to Energy and Commerce. H2641, 4/15/10.
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age: Current Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities.” 4/22/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
On 4/16/10, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS, announced a 5/14/10 meeting in Bethesda, MD, of the National Advisory Mental Council to hear a presentation of the NIMH director’s report and to discuss NIMH program and policy issues. FR 19980
S 3216 ( Grassley, R-IA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure Medicare beneficiary access to physicians, to ensure equitable reimbursement under the Medicare program for all rural states, and to eliminate sweetheart deals for frontier states; to Finance. S2377, CR 4/15/10.
HR 5033 ( Roybal-Allard, D-CA), to authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out programs to provide youth in racial or ethnic minority or immigrant communities the information and skills needed to reduce teenage pregnancies; to Energy and Commerce. H2639, CR 4/15/10.
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction, including the Department of Health and Human Services. 4/21/10, 10 am, 2359 Rayburn.
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Environment and Human Health: The Role of the Department of Health and Human Services.” 4/22/10, 1 pm, 2123 Rayburn.
On 4/16/10, NIH, HHS, announced a 5/12/10-5/13/10 meeting in Research Triangle Park, NC, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to discuss program policies and issues. FR 19981
On 4/16/10, the State Department announced a 5/4/10 meeting in Arlington, VA, on the president’s Fiscal Year 2010 Refugee Admissions Program to hear the views of attendees on the appropriate size and scope of the program. Persons wishing to attend this meeting must notify the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at (202) 663-1006 by 4/29/10. FR 20031
On 4/16/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a 5/11/10-5/13/10 meeting in Westminster, CO, to discuss and negotiate a proposed rule that would change the regulations for the Indian Housing Block Grant Program and the Title VI Loan Guarantee Program. FR 19920
On 4/16/10, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Department of the Interior, announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to a currently approved information collection entitled “Financial Assistance and Social Services,” which requires applicants to provide information in support of their eligibility for BIA assistance and services. Revisions include changes to the application form to address all five types of assistance authorized, a new standardized form for Individual Self-Sufficiency Plans, and a new form for tribes to submit information on the amounts of financial assistance received in the prior year. Comments are due 6/15/10. FR 19986
On 4/19/10, HUD announced a final rule revising the reporting requirements for the Indian Community Development Block Grants (ICDBG) Program. These revisions will specifically provide for submission of a single annual report on the hiring of minority business enterprises, and will require ICDBG grantees to use the Logic Model Form to conform reporting requirements to those of other HUD competitive funding programs, and to enhance the evaluation of grantee performance by ensuring uniformity in the information provided by ICDBG grantees on performance goals. This final rule becomes effective 5/19/10. FR 20269
S Res 483 ( Voinovich, R-OH), congratulating the Republic of Serbia‘s application for European Union membership and recognizing Serbia’s active efforts to integrate into Europe and the global community; to Foreign Relations. S2377, CR 4/15/10.
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Crisis in Kyrgyzstan: Fuel, Contractors, and Revolution Along the Afghan Supply Chain.” 4/22/10, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Promoting Global Food Security: Next Steps for Congress and the Administration.” 4/22/10, 10:30 am, 419 Dirksen.
The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Legacies of War: Unexploded Ordinances in Laos.” 4/22/10, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
On 4/14/10, the president issued an executive order establishing within the Department of the Interior the “Interagency Group on Insular Areas,” which will address policies concerning Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. FR 20237
The Legislative Branch Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction, including the Library of Congress. 4/21/10, 2 pm, H-144 Capitol.
HR 5030 ( Bean, D-IL), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow distributions from 529 plans for the payment of student loans; to Ways and Means. H2639, CR 4/15/10.
HR 5043 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend Title 11 of the U.S. Code to modify the dischargeability of debts for certain educational payments and loans; to Judiciary. H2640, CR 4/15/10.
HR 5055 ( Fudge, D-OH), to provide funds for Pell Grants by amending Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; to Education and Labor. H2640, CR 4/15/10.
H Res 1260 ( Bishop, D-NY), expressing support for designation of April 2010 as Student Financial Aid Awareness Month to raise awareness of student financial aid; to Oversight and Government Reform. H2541, CR 4/15/10.
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 5043, to amend Title 11 of the United States Code to modify the dischargeability of debts for certain educational payments and loans. 4/22/10, 9:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.
H Con Res 261 ( Boccieri, D-OH), expressing the sense of Congress that the Supreme Court should uphold laws that allow the families and friends of fallen members of the Armed Forces to mourn their loved ones in peace and privacy; to Judiciary. H2641, CR 4/15/10.
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on the implementation of the requirement to provide a medical examination before separating members diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, and the capacity of the Department of Defense to provide care to these cases. 4/20/10, 5:30 pm, B-318 Rayburn.
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on the Defense Health Program. 4/21/10, 1:30 pm, 2118 Rayburn.
HR 5053 ( Dent, R-PA), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance the Federal Protection Service’s ability to provide adequate security for the prevention of terrorist activities and for the promotion of homeland security; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H2640, CR 4/15/10.
HR 5057 ( King, R-NY), to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to prepare for attacks using weapons of mass destruction; to Homeland Security. H2640, CR 4/15/10.
The Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction, including members of Congress and public witnesses. 4/21/10, 10 am, 2358 Rayburn.
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Viewpoints on Homeland Security: A Discussion with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commissioners.” 4/21/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
On 4/15/10, the House Committee on Homeland Security approved HR 4842, the Homeland Security Science and Technology Authorization Act of 2010.
On 4/19/10, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a 5/13/10 meeting via teleconference to review the findings and recommendations of the HSAC’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. To register for this meeting and for more information, contact HSAC@dhs.gov
. Comments are due 5/7/10. FR 20371
HR 5034 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to support state-based alcohol regulation to clarify evidentiary rules for alcohol matters, and to ensure the collection of all alcohol taxes; to Judiciary. H2639, CR 4/15/10.
On 4/19/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a project, the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records. Comments are due 6/17/10. FR 20368
S 3215 ( Bingaman, D-NM), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayer protection and assistance; to Finance. S2377, CR 4/15/10.
HR 5047 ( Becerra, D-CA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayer protection and assistance; to Ways and Means. H2640, CR 4/15/10.
On 4/15/10, the Senate approved, by a 85-13 vote, an amendment to HR 4851, the Continuing Extension Act, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Value Added Tax is a massive tax increase that will cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America’s economic recovery, and that the Senate opposes a Value Added Tax.
On 4/16/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS, announced a final rule determining base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)). FR 19895
On 4/16/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under NFIP, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If FEMA receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in the rule, the suspension will not occur. FR 19891
HR 5064 ( Adler, D-NJ), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the tolling of the timing of review for appeals of final decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals; to Veterans’ Affairs, H2646, CR 4/16/10.
On 4/19/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Rehabilitation Needs Inventory, which is mailed to service-connected disabled veterans who submitted an application for vocational rehabilitation benefits to determine the types of rehabilitation program that the veteran will need. Comments are due 5/19/10. FR 20427
On 4/19/10, the VA announced a 5/11/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Research Advisory Council to review the VA research portfolio and ethics training, and a scientific presentation on basic sciences research, and to hear feedback from the council on the direction and focus of VA’s research initiatives. FR 20428