A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.2.2010
The Senate and House are in session today.
 
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 231 (December 2, 2010)
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 155 (December 1, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 138 (December 2, 2010)
 
 
Floor Action  
On 12/1/10, the House passed, by a vote of 239 yeas to 178 nays, HJ Res 101, to make further continuing appropriations through 12/18/10 for Fiscal Year 2011.
 
Bills Introduced
S 3998 ( Schumer, D-NY), to extend the Child Safety Pilot Program; considered and passed. CR 12/1/10, S8348.
Committee Action  
On 12/1/10, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved S 3817, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988 to reauthorize the acts.  
Floor Action
On 12/1/10, the Senate passed S 3998, to extend the Child Safety Pilot Program.
Notices  
On 12/2/10, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the State Abstinence Education Program, to support decisions to abstain from sexual activity by providing abstinence programming, with a focus on those groups that are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock, such as youth in or aging out of foster care. Comments are due 1/4/11. FR75174.
Nominations  
On 12/1/10, the Senate received the following nominations: Bernice Bouie Donald, of Tennessee, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Arenda L. Wright Allen, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael Francis Urbanski, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia; Claire C. Cecchi, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Esther Salas, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Mark Raymond Hornak, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Robert David Mariani, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; and John Andrew Ross, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
On 12/1/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the following nominations: Susan L. Carney, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Amy Totenberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; James Emanuel Boasberg and Amy Berman Jackson, both of Georgia, each to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; James E. Shadid and Sue E. Myerscough, both of Illinois, each to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; James E. Graves, Jr., of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; Paul Kinloch Holmes III, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas; Anthony J. Battaglia, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; Edward J. Davila, California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; and Diana Saldana, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the following nominations: Robert N. Chatigny, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit ; Max O. Cogburn, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; Marco A. Hernandez , of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon; Michael H. Simon , of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon; and Steve Jones , of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. 12/8/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
 
Committee Action  
On 12/1/10, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, approved S 3036, to establish the Office of the National Alzheimer’s Project.  
Notices
On 12/2/10, the U.S. Council of Chief Information Officerss, Social Security Administration (SSA), announced a 12/14/10 listening session to engage citizens and employees in expressing concerns and proposing ideas regarding improving the accessibility of government information. FR75188.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3994 ( Durbin, D-IL), to delay the effective date of the mandatory purchase requirement for new flood hazard areas, and for other purposes; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. CR 12/1/10, S8348.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3999 ( Vitter, R-LA), to provide for reductions in the number of employees in federal departments and agencies, freeze federal employee compensation, reduce funding to the White House and Congress, and for other purposes; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. CR 12/1/10, S8348.
 
 
Bills Introduced
H Con Res 333 ( Lee, D-CA), to support the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day; to Energy and Commerce. CR 12/1/10, H7855.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6468 ( Ellison, D-MN), to authorize the secretary of Housing and Urban Development to initiate a voluntary multi-year effort to transform properties with rental assistance contracts under various programs into properties with long-term, property-based, sustainable rental assistance contracts that include flexibility to address capital requirements, to enhance resident choice, and to streamline and simplify the administration of rental assistance; to Financial Services. CR 12/1/10, H7854.
Hearings  
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Foreclosed Justice: Causes and Effects of the Foreclosure Crisis.” 12/8/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
 
 
Notices
On 12/2/10, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status; Supplement A: Application for Immediate Family Member of T–1 Recipient; and Supplement B: Declaration of Law Enforcement Officer for Victim of Trafficking in Persons, a part of the Form I-914 which permits victims of severe forms of trafficking and their immediate family members to demonstrate that they qualify for temporary nonimmigrant status pursuant to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 and to receive temporary immigration benefits. Comments are due 1/3/11. FR75182.
 
Bills Introduced
S 3997 ( Dorgan, D-ND), to authorize appropriations for certain Native American programs; to Indian Affairs. CR 12/1/10, S8348.
 
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1748 ( Sensenbrenner, R-WI), to express the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should initiate negotiations to enter into a bilateral free trade agreement with Turkey; to Ways and Means. CR 12/1/10, H7855.  
Hearings  
The Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the effectiveness of international multilateral institutions in delivering results, focusing on U.S. employment in the United Nations. 12/9/10, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.  
Floor Action
On 12/1/10, the Senate passed S 987, the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, to protect girls in developing countries through the prevention of child marriage.
On 12/1/10, the House passed HR 5283, the Help HAITI Act of 2010, to provide for adjustment of status for certain Haitian orphans paroled into the United States after the earthquake of 1/12/10.
 
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6467 ( Levin, D-MI), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide middle class tax relief, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 12/1/10, H7854.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6466 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide certain abused dependents of veterans with health care; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 12/1/10, H7854.
H Res 1746 ( Israel, D-NY), to recognize and support the efforts of Welcome Back Veterans to augment the services provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in providing timely and world-class care for veterans and members of the Armed Forces suffering from PTSD and related psychiatric disorders; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 12/1/10, H7855.
 
 
 
 

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