A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.23.2010
The 111th Congress adjourned sine die on 12/22/10. The 112th Congress will convene on 1/5/11.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 172-173 (December 21, 2010 – December 22, 2010)
 
Presidential Action  
On 12/22/10 the president signed HR 3082 (P. L 111-322), continuing appropriations for the federal government through 3/4/11.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6566 ( King, R-NY), to protect children from registered sex offenders, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/21/10, H8940.  
Floor Action  
On 12/21/10, the House passed HR 6547, the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act , to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require criminal background checks for school employees.
   
Floor Action  
On 12/22/10, the House passed S 372, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, to amend chapter 23 of Title 5, United States Code, to clarify the disclosures of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, require a statement in nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform with certain disclosure protections, and provide certain authority for the Special Counsel.
 
Bills Introduced
HR 6560 ( Johnson, D-GA), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against federal officers or agencies to federal courts, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/21/10, H8940.
Nominations
On 12/21/10, the Senate confirmed the following nominations: Benita Y. Pearson, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio; and William Joseph Martinez, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
On 12/22/10, the Senate confirmed the following nominations: Mary Helen Murguia, of Arizona, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Scott M. Matheson, Jr., of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; Kathleen M. O’Malley, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; Beryl Alaine Howell, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; Wilfredo Martinez, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute for a term expiring 9/17/13; Chase Theodora Rogers, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute for a term expiring 9/17/12; and Isabel Framer, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute for a term expiring 9/17/12.
Floor Action
On 12/22/10, the House passed HR 6560, the Removal Clarification Act of 2010, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts.
 
Floor Action
On 12/22/10, the Senate passed H Con Res 336, providing for the sine die adjournment of the second session of the 111 th Congress.
 
Floor Action  
On 12/21/10, the House passed S 1481, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act , to amend section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for persons with disabilities.

Floor Action  
On 12/21/10, the House passed S 118, to amend Section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 and to improve the program under such section for supportive housing for the elderly.

Floor Action  
On 12/21/10, the House c oncurred in the Senate amendment to HR 1746, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to reauthorize the pre-disaster mitigation program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
 
Floor Action
On 12/22/10, the Senate passed HR 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and for other purposes.
On 12/22/10, the House passed HR 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and for other purposes.
 
Bills Introduced
HR 6562 ( Brown, D-FL), to revitalize home ownership by establishing a shared equity appreciation homeownership pilot program; to Financial Services. CR 12/21/10, H8940.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6565 ( Jackson Lee, D-TX), to improve efforts of the United States Government to ensure that developing countries have affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. CR 12/21/10, H8940.  
Floor Action  
On 12/22/10, The Senate 71-26 to approve ratification of the accord ( Treaty Doc 111-5) known as New START between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms, signed in Prague on 4/8/10.
On 12/22/10, the Senate passed S Con Res 71, to recognize the United States national interest in helping to prevent and mitigate acts of genocide and other mass atrocities against civilians, and supporting and encouraging efforts to develop a whole of government approach to prevent and mitigate such acts.  
 
Floor Action  
On 12/22/10, the Senate passed by voice vote, HR 6398 , to protect interest on accounts established by an attorney or law firm on behalf of a client, commonly called Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts, that have been used for decades as a key funding source for legal services for the disadvantaged in all 50 states.
 
Presidential Action  
On 12/22/10, the president signed HR 2965 (P.L. 111-321), the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, to repeal the 1993 law referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" barring openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military
Floor Action
On 12/22/10, the Senate passed by unanimous consent HR 6523, the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, a bill 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, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
On 12/22/10, the House passed HR 6523 , the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, a bill 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, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4051 ( Cardin, D-MD), to improve, modernize, and clarify the espionage statutes contained in chapter 37 of Title 18, United States Code, to promote federal whistleblower protection statutes and regulations, to deter unauthorized disclosures of classified information, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/21/10, S10929.
  Floor Action
On 12/21/10, the House passed S 3243, the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010 , to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to administer polygraph examinations to all applicants for law enforcement positions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to initiate all periodic background reinvestigations of certain law enforcement personnel.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6567 ( Maloney, D-NY) to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve and make permanent the Department of Veterans Affairs loan guarantee for the purchase of residential cooperative housing units, and for other purposes; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 12/21/10, H8940.
Floor Action
On 12/22/10, the Senate passed S 4058, the Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act, to extend certain expiring provisions providing enhanced protections for servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosure.
On 12/22/10, the House passed S 4058, the Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act, to extend certain expiring provisions providing enhanced protections for servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosure.
On 12/22/10, the House passed H Res 1783, to make a technical correction to a cross-reference in the 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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