A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.12.2010
The House and Senate are not in session today. They will reconvene 2/22/10.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 17-21 (February 4-11, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 24-25 (February 5-8, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 14-17 (February 5-12, 2010)
Bills Introduced
S 3005 ( Reed, D-RI), to create an independent research institute, to be known as the “National Institute of Finance,” that will oversee the collection and standardization of data on financial entities and activities, and conduct monitoring and other research and analytical activities to support the work of federal financial regulatory agencies and Congress; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S482, CR 2/4/10.
Hearings
The Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Equipping Financial Regulators with the Tools Necessary to Monitor Systemic Risk.” 2/12/10, 2:30 pm, 538 Dirksen.
Committee Action
On 2/4/10, the Senate Committee on Education and Labor approved HR 4247, the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act.
Bills Introduced
HR 4595 ( Wu, D-OR), to establish the Internet Freedom Foundation; to Science and Technology. H601, CR 2/4/10.
Nominations
On 2/4/10, the Senate received the nominations of Elizabeth Erny Foote , of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana; Mark A. Goldsmith, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; Marc T. Treadwell, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia; and Josephine Staton Tucker , of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
On 2/4/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Edward Milton Chen, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; and Louis B. Butler Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.
On 2/9/10, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 84 yeas, the nomination of Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
On 2/11/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Gloria M. Navarro, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada; Audrey Goldstein Fleissig, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Lucy Haeran Koh, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Jon E. DeGuilio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana; and Tanya Walton Pratt and Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, both of Indiana, to be United States District Judges for the Southern District of Indiana.
On 2/11/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Nancy D. Freudenthal, to be United States District Judge for the District of Wyoming; Denzil Price Marshall Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkasas; Benita Y. Pearson, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio; and Timothy S. Black, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
On 2/11/10, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring 10/31/13.
Bills Introduced
HR 4614 ( Teague, D-NM), to amend Part E of Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for incentive payments under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for states to implement minimum and enhanced DNA collection processes; to Judiciary. H602, CR 2/4/10.
Floor Action
On 2/4/10, the House passed H Res 960, to express support for designation of January 2010 as “National Stalking Awareness Month” to raise awareness and encourage prevention of stalking.
On 2/4/10, the House passed S 2950, to extend the pilot program for volunteer groups to obtain criminal history background checks.
Bills Introduced
S 2988 ( Ensign, R-NV), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend the exceptions process for two years with respect to caps on payments for therapy services under the Medicare program; to Finance. S481, CR 2/4/10.
Floor Action
On 2/4/10, the House passed, by a 412-6 vote, HR 4532, to provide for permanent extension of the attorney fee withholding procedures under Title II of the Social Security Act to Title XVI of such act, and to provide for permanent extension of such procedures under Titles II and XVI of such act to qualified non-attorney representatives.
Bills Introduced
S 3004 ( Brown, D-OH), to require notification to and prior approval by shareholders of certain political expenditures by publicly traded companies; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S482, CR 2/4/10.
Bills Introduced
S Res 414 ( Kerry, D-MA), expressing the sense of the Senate on the recovery, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of Haiti following the humanitarian crisis caused by the 1/12/10 earthquake in Haiti; to Foreign Relations. S536, CR 2/9/10.
HR 4623 ( Sestak, D-PA), to extend for two years the Emergency Contingency Fund for State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs; to Ways and Means. H609, CR 2/9/10.
Notices
On 2/8/10, the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Lost People Finder System, which is a voluntary collection of data that assists in the reunification of family members and loved ones who are separated during a disaster. Comments are due 4/6/10. FR 6207.
Bills Introduced
S Res 416 ( Harkin, D-IA), amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with less than a three-fifths majority after additional debate; to Rules and Administration. S569, CR 2/11/10.
Bills Introduced
S 3011 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to address HIV/AIDS in the African-American community; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S569, CR 2/11/10.
Notices
On 2/5/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced funding awards for fiscal year 2009 to housing agencies under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, and published the names, addresses, and the amount of awards to housing agencies for non-competitive funding awards for housing conversion actions, public housing relocations and replacements, moderate rehabilitation replacements, and HOPE VI voucher awards. FR 6047.
Bills Introduced
S 2998 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to temporarily expand the V nonimmigrant visa category to include Haitians whose petition for a family-sponsored immigrant visa was approved on or before 1/12/10; to Judiciary. S482, CR 2/4/10.
HR 4622 ( Patrick J. Murphy, D-PA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for enhanced penalties for certain federal officials who are alien smugglers; to Judiciary. H609, CR 2/9/10.
Notices
On 2/8/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a revision to an existing information collection, the Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, which is used by employers to petition for aliens to come to the United States temporarily to perform services, labor, and training or to request extensions of stay or changes in nonimmigrant status for nonimmigrant workers. Comments are due 4/9/10. FR 6212.
Bills Introduced
S 2982 ( Kerry, D-MA), to combat international violence against women and girls; to Foreign Relations. S481, CR 2/4/10.
S Res 409 ( Feingold, D-WI), calling on members of the Parliament in Uganda to reject the proposed “Anti-Homosexuality Bill”; to Foreign Relations. S482, CR 2/4/10.
HR 4594 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to combat international violence against women and girls; to Foreign Affairs. H601, CR 2/4/10.
HR 4603 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), to require the secretary of Homeland Security to expand the humanitarian parole policy announced on 1/18/10 to children legally confirmed as orphans eligible for intercountry adoption by the government of Haiti prior to the earthquake on 1/12/10; to Judiciary H601, CR 2/4/10.
S 3008 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to establish a program to support a transition to a freely elected, open democracy in Iran; to Foreign Relations. S569, CR 2/11/10.
Floor Action
On 2/11/10, the Senate passed S Res 415, calling for a renewed focus on the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s violations of internationally recognized human rights as found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Notices
On 2/8/10, the Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a 3/31/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid to hear an update from the administrator on the front office of USAID, his vision of USAID’s role in the development world, and an update on the Haiti humanitarian efforts. FR 6169.
Bills Introduced
S 2996 ( Collins, R-ME), to extend the chemical facility security program of the Department of Homeland Security; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S481, CR 2/4/10.
HR 4600 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer or release an individual detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to the custody of another country; to Foreign Affairs. H601, CR 2/4/10.
Floor Action
On 2/4/10, the House passed, by a 422-5 vote, HR 4061, to advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards.
Notices
On 2/5/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS, announced the base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FR 5894.
On 2/5/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under NFIP, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 5890.
On 2/5/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed BFEs and BFE modifications for listed communities. Comments are due 5/6/10. FR 5909.
On 2/8/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under NFIP, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 6120.
Public Laws
On 2/1/10, the president signed HR 1377 (PL 11-136), to expand veteran eligibility for reimbursement by the secretary of Veterans Affairs for emergency treatment furnished in a non-Department facility.

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