A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 4.30.2010
The Senate is in session today. The House will reconvene 5/3/10.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 62 (April 29, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 83 (April 30, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 57 (April 30, 2010)
Floor Action
On 4/29/10, the Senate continued consideration of S 3217, 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. A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 9:30 am on 4/30/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 5184 ( Davis, D-IL), to amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to include bullying and harassment prevention programs; to Education and Labor. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
H res 1313 ( Griffith, D-AL), expressing support for designation of May as “Child Advocacy Center Month,” and commending the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL, on their 25 th anniversary in 2010; to Education and Labor. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
Floor Action
On 4/29/10, the Senate passed S Res 507, designating 5/30/10 as “Dia de los Ninos: Celebrating Young Americans.”
Notices
On 4/30/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the adjusted federal medical assistance percentage rates for federal matching shares for Medicare and Title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance programs for the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. These percentages are effective for the quarter beginning 1/1/10 – 3/31/10. FR 22807 .
Floor Action
On 4/29/10, the House passed, by a 223-169-1 vote, HR 2499, to provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico.
Nominations
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Kimberly J. Mueller, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Richard Mark Gergel, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; J. Michelle Childs, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge 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. 5/6/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action
On 4/29/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 657, to provide for media coverage on 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.
Committee Action
On 4/29/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved 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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1346, to penalize crimes against humanity. 5/6/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 4/30/10, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the 2009 Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, a census of public crime laboratories that perform forensic analyses on criminal evidence which provides statistics on laboratories’ capacity to analyze forensic crime evidence; the number, types, and sources of evidence received per year; and the number, type, and cost of analyses completed. Comments are due 6/1/10. FR 22843 .
Notices
On 4/30/10, the Department of Education announced a request for applications for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, which aims to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that advance a wide range of independent living and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Applications are due 6/29/10. FR 22760 .
On 4/30/10, the Department of Education announced a final priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program entitled “Transition to Employment,” which aims to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This priority becomes effective 6/1/10. FR 22767 .
Bills Introduced
HR 5187 ( Hastings, D-FL), to require the secretary to establish a commission designed to construct a comprehensive national strategy on how to increase the affordability, accessibility, and effectiveness of long-term care and community services; to Energy and Commerce. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 5175 ( Van Hollen, D-MD), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections; to House Administration. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
Hearings
The House Administration Committee will hold a hearing on draft legislation HR --, the DISCLOSE ACT, Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections. 5/6/10, 11 am, 1310 Longworth.
Notices
On 4/30/10, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced a 5/17/10-6/1/10 virtual public forum for the EAC Standards Board to review and provide comment on three draft chapters of the Election Management Guidelines entitled “Accessibility,” “Elections Office Administration,” and “Technology in Elections.” The virtual meeting room may be accessed at http://www.eac.gov . FR 22769 .
Bills Introduced
HR 5179 ( Dahlkemper, D-PA), to amend Title 5, United States Code, to make clear that family coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program remains available with respect to an otherwise eligible child of a federal employee or annuitant until that child attains 26 years of age; to Oversight and Government Reform. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
H Res 1311 ( Cohen, D-TN), expressing support for the charitable collection and good Samaritan distribution to uninsured, low-income Americans of Flood and Drug Administration-approved, medically-appropriate, non-expired, non-narcotic prescription medications by non-profit organizations licensed to dispense such medications; to energy and Commerce. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
Hearings
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 4700, to provide for transparency in health care pricing; HR 2249, to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for increased price transparency of hospital information and to provide for additional research on consumer information on charges and out-of-pocket costs; and HR 4803, to ensure health care consumer and provider access to certain health benefits plan information and to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide transparency in hospital price and quality information. 5/6/10, 10 am, 2322 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
S Res 509 ( Burris, D-IL), designating April 2010 as “National STD Awareness Month”; to Judiciary. S2803, CR 4/29/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 5193 ( Maloney, D-NY), to establish an employment-based immigrant visa for alien entrepreneurs who have received significant capital from investors to establish a business in the United States; to Judiciary. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
Hearings
The House Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 5/5/10, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
HR 5191 ( Lowey, D-NY), to increase U.S. financial and programmatic contributions to promote economic opportunities for women in developing countries; to Foreign Affairs. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
H Con Res 271 ( Wilson, R-SC), commemorating the 43 rd anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem; to Foreign Affairs. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
H Res 1315 ( Hastings, D-FL), urging the secretary of State to designate the Caucasus Emirate as a foreign terrorist organization; to Judiciary. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
Hearings
The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on developments of security and stability in Afghanistan. 5/5/10, 10 am, 2118 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 4/29/10, the Senate passed HR 3714, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include in the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices information about freedom of the press in foreign countries.
Bills Introduced
HR 5176 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), to amend the National Labor Relations Act to prohibit states and territories from classifying self-employed individuals as employees under state collective bargaining laws; to Education and Labor. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
Bills Introduced
S 3281 ( Specter, D-PA), to expand student loan forgiveness, and to provide loan repayment assistance; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S2803, CR 4/29/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 5185 ( DeFazio, D-OR), to amend Titles 10 and 38, United States Code, to increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the TRICARE Program and the CHAMPVA Program; to Armed Services. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
Hearings
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee and the Health Subcommittee will hold a joint hearing titled “Healing the Wounds: Evaluating Military Sexual Trauma Issues.” 5/20/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Bills Introduced
HR 5186 ( Dent, R-PA), to extend the chemical facility security program of the Department of Homeland Security; to Energy and Commerce. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
HR 5195 ( Smith, R-NJ), to establish a director of anti-trafficking policies in the Department of Defense; to Armed Services. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
Bills Introduced
S 3278 ( Bennet, D-CO), to establish the Meth Project Prevention Campaign Grant Program; to Judiciary. S2802, CR 4/29/10.
Notices
On 4/30/10, HHS announced a change to the effective date of the Revisions to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs from 5/1/10 to 10/1/10. FR 22809.
Bills Introduced
H Res 1317 ( Lance, R-NJ), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the value-added tax in addition to existing federal taxes is a massive tax increase that will result in hardships for U.S. families and job-creating small business and will stunt economic recovery; to Ways and Means. H3078, CR 4/29/10.
Bills Introduced
S 3285 ( Lincoln, D-AR), to help certain communities adversely affected by FEMA’s flood mapping modernization program; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S2803, CR 4/29/10.
HR 5184 ( Berry, D-AR), to help certain communities adversely affected by FEMA’s flood mapping modernization program; to Financial Services. H3077, CR 4/29/10.
Notices
On 4/30/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, 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 for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR 22699.
Bills Introduced
S 3286 ( Specter, D-PA), to require the secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on the award of grants to state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide assistance to veterans with their submittal of claims to the Veterans Benefits Administration; to Veterans’ Affairs. S2803, CR 4/29/10.
Hearings
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on veterans’ vocational rehabilitation and employment programs. 5/6/10. 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the veterans’ loan guaranty program. 5/20/10, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a full committee roundtable on veterans’ employment issues. 5/26/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Committee Action
On 4/29/10, the Subcommittee on Health, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, approved HR 5145, the Assuring Quality Care for Veterans Act.
 

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