A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.3.2010
The House is in session today. The Senate will reconvene 2/4/10.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 15 (February 2, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 22 (February 3, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 13 (February 3, 2010)
Bills Introduced
HR 4566 ( Paulsen, R-MN), to terminate authority under the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. H471, CR 2/2/10.
Presidential Action
On 1/29/10, the president issued an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability within the Treasury Department to help keep America competitive and assist the American people in understanding and addressing financial matters, and to thereby contribute to financial stability. FR 5481.
Bills Introduced
S 2980 ( Bennett, R-UT), to protect the democratic process and the right of the people of the District of Columbia to define marriage; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S440, CR 2/2/10.
HR 4570 ( Sestak, D-PA), to reauthorize the United States Commission on Civil Rights; to Judiciary. H471, CR 2/2/10.
HJ Res 74 ( Edwards, D-MD), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States permitting Congress and the states to regulate the expenditure of funds by corporations engaging in political speech; to Judiciary. H471, CR 2/2/10.
Floor Action
On 2/2/10, the Senate passed S Res 405, reaffirming the centrality of freedom of expression and press freedom as cornerstones of U.S. foreign policy and U.S. efforts to promote individual rights.
Bills Introduced
S 2977 ( Graham, R-SC), to prohibit the use of Department of Justice funds for the prosecution in Article III U.S. courts of individuals involved in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks; to Judiciary. S439, CR 2/2/10.
HR 4556 ( Wolf, R-VA), to prohibit the use of Department of Justice funds for the prosecution in Article III U.S. courts of individuals involved in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks; to Judiciary. H470, 2/2/10.
Bills Introduced
S 2979 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide accountability for the criminal acts of federal contractors and employees outside of the United States; to Judiciary. S440, CR 2/2/10.
HR 4567 ( Price, D-NC), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide accountability for the criminal acts of federal contractors and employees outside the United States; to Judiciary. H471, CR 2/2/10.
Hearings
The Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “In Our Own Backyard: Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the United States.” 2/9/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 2/3/10, the House passed, by a 389-0 vote, H Res 1014, to recognize and support the goals and ideals of North American Inclusion Month.
Notices
On 2/3/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on an extension of a submitted information collection, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Final Rule, which authorizes funds to support activities on behalf of individuals with significant mental illness (in adults) or emotional impairment (in children and youth). Comments are due 3/5/10. FR 5598.
Bills Introduced
HR 4564 ( McDermott, D-WA), to extend for one year the Emergency Contingency Fund for State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs; to Ways and Means. H471, CR 2/2/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 4572 ( Skelton, D-MO), to amend the Clean Air Act relating to greenhouse gases; to Energy and Commerce. H471, CR 2/2/10.
Notices
On 2/3/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), HHS, announced a 2/17/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the HIT Policy Committee to hear comments from its workgroups, including the Certification/Adoption Workgroup, the Privacy and Security Policy Workgroup, and the Strategic Plan Workgroup. FR 5595.
On 2/3/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, HHS, announced a 2/24/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the HIT Standards Committee to hear comments from its workgroups, including the Clinical Operations, Clinical Quality, Privacy and Security, and Implementation Workgroups, on an interim final rule on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria. FR 5596.
Bills Introduced
S 2974 ( Lugar, R-IN), to establish the Return of Talent Program to allow aliens who are legally present in the United States to return temporarily to the country of citizenship of that alien if that country is engaged in post-conflict or natural disaster reconstruction; to Judiciary. S439, CR 2/2/10.
Notices
On 2/3/10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued final rules amending its regulations to exempt portions of two DHS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection systems of records, the “Automated Targeting System of Records” and the “Border Crossing Information System of Records,” from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements. These final rules become effective 2/3/10. FR 54875491.
Notices
On 2/3/10, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, announced a request for public comment on a renewal of a currently approved information collection set to expire 4/30/10, the Agency Information Collection for Federal Acknowledgement of Tribes, which establishes whether a petitioning group has the characteristics necessary to be acknowledged as having a government-to-government relationship with the United States. Comments are due 4/5/10. FR 5625.
Floor Action
On 2/2/10, the Senate received a message from the president transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the continuation of the national emergency declared 2/7/06 with respect to the situation in or in relation to Cote d’Ivoire.
Notices
On 2/3/10, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Department, announced a final rule which adds a new section to implement Executive Order 13405 of 6/16/06, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Belarus.” This final rule becomes effective 2/3/10. FR 5502.
Bills Introduced
HR 4574 ( Wu, D-OR), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the limitations on the maximum amount of the deduction of interest on education loans; to Ways and Means. H471, CR 2/2/10.
Hearings
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2011 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security. 2/10/10, 9:30 am, 342 Dirksen.
Notices
On 2/3/10, DHS announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Communications Unit Leader Prerequisite and Evaluation, which is required for state, regional, and local emergency response stakeholder inclusion in the Office of Emergency Communication’s All Hazards Type II training course. Comments are due 4/5/10. FR 5608.
Bills Introduced
HR 4559 ( Kissell, D-NC), to establish a commission to review benefits provided by each state to disabled veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H470, CR 2/2/10.
HR 4568 ( Sessions, R-TX), to direct the secretary of Defense and the secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which the secretaries make payments for certain treatments of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder; to Armed Services. H471, CR 2/2/10.
HR 4569 ( Sestak, D-PA), to amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 relating to the amount of rental assistance available under the veterans affairs supported housing program; to Financial Services. H471, CR 2/2/10.

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