A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.25.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 24 (February 24, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 37 (February 25, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 21 (February 25, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 2/24/10, the House passed, by a 406-19 vote, HR 4626, to restore the application of the federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.
Bills Introduced  
S 3033 ( Durbin, D-IL), to amend Title 11, United States Code, to improve protections for employees and retirees in business bankruptcies; to Judiciary. S742, CR 2/24/10.
HR 4677 ( Conyers, D-MI), to amend Title 11, United States Code, to improve protections for employees and retirees in business bankruptcies; to Judiciary. H832, CR 2/24/10.
Floor Action  
On 2/24/10, the Senate passed, by a 70-28 vote, the amended version of HR 2847, the "Jobs for Main Street Act."
Notices  
On 2/25/10, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), announced a final rule enabling tribes and tribal organizations currently operating comprehensive tribal child support enforcement programs under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act to apply for and receive direct federal funding for the costs of automated data processing. This final rule becomes effective 2/25/10. FR 8508.
On 2/25/10, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the State Self-Assessment Review and Report, which collects information required to determine if states are complying with federal child support mandates and providing the best services possible. Comments are due 3/27/10. FR 8725.  
On 2/25/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project entitled a “Controlled Evaluation of Expect Respect Support Groups: Preventing and Interrupting Dating Violence Among At-Risk Middle and High School Students,” which will evaluate whether or not the effectiveness of Expect Respect Support Groups is enhanced by the presence of universal, school-wide prevention programs, and will examine whether participants with different characteristics respond differently to the intervention. Comments are due 3/27/10. FR 8724.  
CourtsJudiciary  
Nominations  
On 2/24/10, the Senate received the nominations of Robert Neil Chatigny, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; William Joseph Martinez, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; Gary Scott Feinerman, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and Sharon Johnson Coleman, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
On 2/24/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Brian Anthony Jackson, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana; Elizabeth Erny Foote, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana; Marc T. Treadwell, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia; Josephine S. Tucker, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; and Mark A. Goldsmith, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.  
Notices  
On 2/25/10, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced the revision of certain dollar amounts in the Bankruptcy Code, with increases as prescribed under Section 104(A) of the code. FR 8747.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3031 ( Leahy, D-VT), to authorize Drug Free Communities enhancement grants to address major emerging drug issues or local drug crises; to Judiciary. S742, CR 2/24/10.
HR 4685 ( Norton, D-DC), to provide for the permanent existence of the United States Parole Commission; to Judiciary. H833, CR 2/24/10.
HR 4688 ( Sestak, D-PA), to amend the Second Chance Act of 2007 to reauthorize the grants program carried out by the secretary of Labor to provide mentoring, job training and job placement services, and other comprehensive transitional services to assist eligible offenders in obtaining and retaining employment, and to require a study on best practices by nonprofit organization participating in such grants program; to Judiciary. H833, CR 2/24/10.
H Res 1104 ( Costa, D-CA), supporting the mission and goals of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States, no matter their country of origin or their creed, and to commemorate the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme of “Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness, Dignity, Respect;” to Judiciary. H833, CR 2/24/10.
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies.” 3/3/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3036 ( Bayh, D-IN), to establish the Office of the National Alzheimer’s Project; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S742, CR 2/24/10.  
Bills Introduced  
SJ Res 28 ( Dodd, D-CT), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections; to Judiciary. S742, CR 2/24/10.  
Bills Introduced
S 3032 ( Barrasso, R-WY), to prohibit the enforcement of a climate change interpretive guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S742, CR 2/24/10.  
Hearings  
The Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Oversight Challenges in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program.” 3/3/10, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.  
Notices  
On 2/25/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, entitled the “HRSA AIDS Education and Training Centers Evaluation Activities,” which provides information on the number of AIDS training events, and technical assistance activities conducted by each regional center, the number of AIDS assistance activities conducted by each regional center, the number of health care providers receiving professional AIDS training or consultation, and the time and effort expended on different levels of training and consultation activities. Comments are due 4/26/10. FR 8721.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 4687 ( Linda T. Sanchez, D-CA), to provide grants to states for low-income housing projects in lieu of low-income housing credits; to Financial Services. H833, CR 2/24/10.  
Bills Introduced
S 3029 ( Kerry, D-MA), to establish an employment-based immigrant visa for alien entrepreneurs who have received significant capital from investors to establish a business in the United States; to Judiciary. S742, CR 2/24/10.  
Hearings  
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Domestic and International Trademark Implications of HAVANA CLUB and Section 211 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1999.” 3/3/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 2/25/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on Inventors Choice Funds (ICF) International’s Methodology Report, in which ICF recommends methodologies for addressing various topics related to estimating the patent-related burdens imposed on the public as reflected in information collection requests. Comments are due 4/12/10. FR 8649.  
Hearings  
The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing to receive a regional overview of East Asia and the Pacific. 3/3/10, 2:30 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
On 2/24/10, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S Res 414, 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; S 2961, to provide debt relief to Haiti; S Res 400, urging the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to address instability in Yemen; and S Res 404, supporting full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and other efforts to promote peace and stability in Sudan.
Floor Action
On 2/24/10, the House passed, by a 415-3 vote, H Res 944, to express the sense of the House of Representatives on religious minorities in Iraq.  
Floor Action  
On 2/24/10, the Senate passed HR 3961, to extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 until 2/28/11.  
Notices  
On 2/25/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a 3/1/10-3/2/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses to review VA program activities related to Gulf War veterans’ illnesses and updates on relevant scientific research published since the last committee meeting, as well as to hear presentations and discussion of background information on related topics. FR 8789.
On 2/25/10, the VA announced a 3/2/10-3/3/10 meeting in Johnson City, TN, of the Veterans’ Rural Health Advisory Committee to hear from the chairman, the acting director of the VA Office of Rural Health, and the directors of the three Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers, to hear a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of VA collaboration with rural community partners, and to discuss the 2010 work plan and priorities. FR 8789.

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