A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.17.2010
The Senate and House are in session today.
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 241 (December 16, 2010)
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 166 (December 15, 2010)
Bills Introduced
S 4028 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend Part B of Title IV of the Social Security Act to authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to local and tribal governments for hiring child protective services workers; to Finance. CR 12/15/10, S10304.
S 4029 ( Schumer, D-NY), to protect children from registered sex offenders, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary. CR 12/15/10, S10304.
   
Bills Introduced  
S 4033 ( Specter, D-PA), to provide for the restoration of legal rights for claimants under holocaust- era insurance policies; to Judiciary. CR 12/15/10, S10304.
Nominations  
On 12/16/10, the Senate confirmed the following nominations by unanimous consent: Catherine C. Eagles, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; Kimberly J. Mueller, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; John A. Gibney Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; and James Kelleher Bredar, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4037 ( Schumer, D-NY), to impose a criminal penalty for unauthorized recording or distribution of images produced using advanced imaging technology during screenings of individuals at airports and upon entry to Federal buildings, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/16/10, S10410.
 
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1773 ( Murphy, D-CT), to recognize the need to improve physical access to many United States postal facilities for all people in the United States, in particular disabled citizens; to Oversight and Government Reform. CR 12/16/10, H8598.
 
Floor Action  
On 12/15/10, the House passed S 3036, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, to establish the National Alzheimer’s Project.
 
Notices  
On 12/16/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced modifications of the Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) for specific communities due to new scientific and/or technical data, and as a result, new flood insurance premium rates to be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents. FR78606.
On 12/16/10, FEMA, DHS, announced proposed flood elevation determinations for specified communities, to be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents in those buildings. Comments are due 3/16/11. FR78654.
 
Floor Action  
On 12/16/10, HR 2142, to require quarterly performance assessments of government programs for purposes of assessing agency performance and improvement, and to establish agency performance improvement officers and the Performance Improvement Council.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4035 ( Reed, D-RI), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants for community- based mental health infrastructure improvement; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 12/16/10, S10410.
S 4038 ( Stabenow, D-MI), to increase access to community behavioral health services for all Americans and to improve Medicaid reimbursement for community behavioral health services; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 12/16/10, S10410.
HR 6528 ( Walz, D-MN), to provide for improvement of field emergency medical services, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 12/16/10, H8597.
 
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1774 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to recognize Cuban-Americans in the United States; to Oversight and Government Reform. CR 12/16/10, H8598.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6535 ( Rush, D-IL), to advance the mutual interests of the United States and Africa with respect to the promotion of trade and investment and the advancement of socioeconomic development and opportunity, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs.
Floor Action  
On 12/15/10, the House passed HR 6517, the Omnibus Trade Act of 2010, to extend trade adjustment assistance and certain trade preference programs, to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to modify temporarily certain rates of duty.
On 12/15/10, the House passed H Res 1765, to support a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to condemn unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian State.  
 
Floor Action  
On 12/15/10, the House passed, in a 250-175 vote, HR 2965, a bill which provides for the repeal of the statute commonly referred to as "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," which bans gays from serving in the military.
   
Bills Introduced  
S 4027 ( Dodd, D-CT), to provide for programs and activities with respect to the prevention of underage drinking; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 12/15/10, S10304.
S 4032 ( Specter, D-PA), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to more effectively regulate anabolic steroids; to Judiciary. CR 12/15/10, S10304.
Notices
On 12/16/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Methodological Field Tests, the results of which are used by SAMHSA, federal government agencies, and other organizations and researchers to establish policy, direct program activities, and better allocate resources. Comments are due 1/18/11. FR78720.
 
Bills Introduced
HR 6538 ( Mack, R-FL), to prevent pending tax increases and to permanently repeal the estate tax; to Ways and Means. CR 12/16/10, H8598.
Floor Action
On 12/16/10, the House passed, in a 277-148 vote, HR 4853, the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010.
Floor Action
On 12/15/10, the House passed H. Res. 1757, to provide for the approval of final regulations issued by the Office of Compliance to implement the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 that apply to the House of Representatives and employees of the House of Representatives.
On 12/15/10, the House passed S. Con. Res. 77, to provide for the approval of final regulations issued by the Office of Compliance to implement the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 that apply to certain legislative branch employing offices and their covered employees.
On 12/16/10, the House passed, in a 409-3 vote, S. 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 , to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve educational assistance for veterans who served in the Armed Forces after 9/11/01.
 
 
 

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