A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.20.2010
The Senate is in session today. The House is not in session today.
Presidential Action  
On 12/18/10, the president signed HJ Res 105, to make further continuing appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011 through 12/21/10.
 
Presidential Action  
On 12/18/10, the president signed the R ed Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010, which clarifies that lawyers do not have to comply with the Red Flags Rule under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4042 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to permit the disclosure of certain information for the purpose of missing child investigations; to Judiciary. CR 12/17/10, S10514.
H Res 1780 ( Lewis, D-GA), to support the goals and ideals of ‘‘National Nonviolence Week’’ to raise awareness of youth violence in the United States; to Oversight and Government Reform. CR 12/17/10, H8785.
HR 6542 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to require the Attorney General to establish guidelines to prevent and address occurrences of bullying, to provide for grant funding to states for programs to prevent and address occurrences of bullying, and to reauthorize the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants program; to Judiciary. CR 12/17/10, H8785.
   
Bills Introduced  
S 4046 ( Kerry, D-MA), to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to establish provisions with respect to religious accommodations in employment, and for other purposes; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 12/17/10, S10514.
 
Nominations
On 12/17/10, the Senate confirmed the following nominations: Susan Richard Nelson, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota; and Denise Jefferson Casper, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
On 12/18/10, the Senate confirmed the following nominations: Ellen Lipton Hollander, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; Albert Diaz, of North Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; Edmond E-Min Chang, of Illinois, to be United District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and Leslie E. Kobayashi, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii.
On 12/19/10, the Senate confirmed the following nominations: Raymond Joseph Lohier Jr., of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; and Carlton W. Reeves, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.  
Floor Action  
On 12/17/10, the House passed, in a 371-1 vote, HR 628, to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6545 ( Conyers, D-MI to establish a corporate crime database, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/17/10, H8785.  
HR 6548 ( Scott, D-VA), to apply reduced sentences for certain cocaine base offenses retroactively for certain offenders, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/17/10, H8785.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4040 ( Casey, D-PA), to preserve Medicare beneficiary choice by restoring and expanding the Medicare open enrollment and disenrollment opportunities repealed by Section 3204(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Finance. CR 12/17/10, S10514.
Floor Action
On 12/18/10, the Senate passed S 118, to amend Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959, to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for the elderly.
 
Notices  
On 12/17/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced final Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for specified communities, which are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FR78926.
 
Notices
On 12/17/10, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection, Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War, used to determine whether firearms, ammunition and implements of war are eligible for importation into the United States. Comments are due 1/18/11. FR79020.
On 12/17/10, ATF, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection, Application and Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens, which serves as the authorization for importation. Comments are due 1/18/11. FR79022.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6555 ( King, R-IA), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; to Energy and Commerce. CR 12/17/10, H8785.  
Presidential Action
On 12/15/10, the president signed HR 4994 (P.L. 111-309), the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010.
 
Notices  
On 12/17/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Participant Feedback on Training Under the Cooperative Agreement for Mental Health Care Provider Education in HIV/AIDS Program, designed to disseminate knowledge of the psychological and neuropsychiatric sequelae of HIV/AIDS to both traditional and non-traditional first-line providers of mental health services, in particular to providers in minority communities. Comments are due 1/18/11. FR79011.
 
Notices  
On 12/17/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a revision of a currently approved information collection, Family Unification Program (FUP), a program that provides housing choice vouchers to public housing agencies to assist families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family’s child, or children, in out-of-home care; or the delay in the discharge of the child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care. Comments are due 2/15/11. FR79012.
 
Floor Action  
On 12/18/10, the Senate rejected, in a 55-41 vote, the motion to close further debate on HR 5281, known as “the DREAM Act,” which would have paved the way to US citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
 
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1775 ( Bono Mack, R-CA), to express the sense of the House of Representatives that the United Nations and other international governmental organizations shall not be allowed to exercise control over the Internet; to Foreign Affairs. CR 12/17/10, H8785.
Bills Introduced  
HR 6556 ( Lee, D-CA), to provide for the further temporary extension of the emergency unemployment compensation program, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 12/17/10, H8785.  
 
Floor Action  
On 12/18/10, the Senate voted, in a 65-31 vote, to pass HR 2965, a bill to repeal the 1993 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring openly gay men and women from the U.S. military.
On 12/17/10, the House passed, in a 341-48 vote, HR 6523, to authorize appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such Fiscal Year.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4048 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 until 12/31/13, and for other purposes; to Judiciary.
 
Presidential Action  
On 12/17/10, the president signed HR 4853 (P.L. 111-312), the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, to provide tax relief and investments in workers to create jobs and accelerate economic growth. 
 
Notices
 
On 12/17/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program ( SSVF) Program, to provide supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low-income veteran families. FR79087.
On 12/18/10, the VA announced a proposed rule to establish regulations for contracting with community-based treatment facilities in the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program and to formalize the VA’s policies and procedures in connection with the program, which is designed to assist certain homeless veterans in obtaining treatment from non-VA community-based providers. Comments are due 2/18/11. FR79323.
 
 
 

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