A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.26.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 25 (February 25, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 38 (February 26, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 22 (February 26, 2010)
Notices  
On 2/25/10, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission announced a 2/26/10-2/27/10 forum in Washington, DC, to bring together experts who have researched the financial crisis and to hear presentations on the key issues and events leading up to the crisis and its underlying causes. The forum will also be webcast live at http://www.FCIC.gov. FR 9084.
CourtsJudiciary
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Gloria M. Navarro, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada; Audrey G. Fleissig, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Lucy H. Koh, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Jon E. Deguilio, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; Tanya Walton Pratt, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; and Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. 3/4/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
On 2/25/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, by a 315-97 vote, HR 1741, to require the attorney general to make competitive grants to eligible state, tribal, and local governments to establish and maintain certain protection and witness assistance programs.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1789, to restore fairness to federal cocaine sentencing; S 1132, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers; S 2772, to establish a criminal justice reinvestment grant program to help states and local jurisdictions reduce spending on corrections, control growth in the prison and jail populations and increase public safety; and S 1765, to amend the Hate Crimes Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless. 3/4/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 2/25/10, the House passed, by a 411-0 vote, H Con Res 227, to support the goals and ideals of National Urban Crimes Awareness Week.  
Notices  
On 2/26/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on revisions to a currently approved information collection, the Randomized Controlled Trial of Routine Screening for Intimate Partner Violence. The proposed changes would extend trial inclusion criteria to Spanish speakers, reduce the sample size, and delete a 20-question mental health scale. Comments are due 3/28/10. FR 8955.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4689 ( Markey, D-MA), to establish the Office of the National Alzheimer’s Project; to Energy and Commerce. H931, CR 2/25/10.
Hearings  
The State, Local and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on new paradigms for private sector preparedness. 3/4/10, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced
HR Res 76 ( Skelton, D-MO), disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act; to Energy and Commerce. H932, CR 2/25/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4696 ( Bachmann, R-MN), to expand the availability of health savings accounts, to eliminate restrictions on the deduction for medical expenses, and to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce; to Energy and Commerce. H932, CR 2/25/10.
HR 4700 ( Kagen, D-WI), to provide for transparency in health care pricing; to Energy and Commerce. H932, CR 2/25/10.  
Hearings  
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the enforcement of the criminal laws against Medicare and Medicaid fraud. 3/4/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on efforts to combat health care fraud and abuse. 3/4/10, 2 pm, 2358-C Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1624, to amend Title 11 of the United States Code, to provide protection for medical debt homeowners, to restore bankruptcy protections for individuals experiencing economic distress and caregivers to ill, injured, or disabled family members, and to exempt from means testing debtors whose financial problems were caused by serious medical problems. 3/4/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 2/26/10, HHS announced a 3/17/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee to hear from its workgroups, including the Meaningful Use Workgroup, the Certification/Adoption Workgroup, and the Strategic Plan Workgroup. FR 8953.
On 2/26/20, HHS announced a 3/24/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the HIT Standards Committee to hear reports from its workgroups, including the Clinical Operations, Clinical Quality, Privacy & Security, and Implementation Workgroups. FR 8954.
HousingHomelessness
Bills Introduced  
HR 4690 ( Perlmutter, D-CO), to establish the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, to establish the Interagency Council on Sustainable Communities, to establish a comprehensive planning grant program, and to establish a sustainability challenge grant program; to Financial Services. H931, CR 2/25/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 4695 ( Bordallo, D-GU), to amend Title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide financial assistance to local educational agencies that educate alien children admitted to the United States as citizens of one of the Freely Associated States; to Education and Labor. H932, CR 2/25/10.
HR 4708 ( Tiahrt, R-KS), to amend Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to require citizenship and immigration verification of eligibility under Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program; to Energy and Commerce. H932, CR 2/25/10.
Bills Introduced
S Res 422 ( Lugar, R-IN), recognizing the important progress made by the people of Ukraine in the establishment of democratic institutions following the presidential run-off election on 2/7/10; to Foreign Relations. S796, CR 2/25/10.
H Res 1118 ( McCaul, R-TX), expressing the concern of the House of Representatives over the government of Iran’s continued oppression of its people and calling on the administration to take further measures in support of those oppressed by the current Iranian regime; to Foreign Affairs. H933, CR 2/25/10.
Hearings  
The Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Global Internet Freedom and the Rule of Law, Part II.” 3/2/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Middle East peace, focusing on ground truths and challenges ahead. 3/4/10, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
The International Monetary Policy and Trade Panel, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on debt relief in Haiti. 3/4/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 3/4/10, 10:30 am, 2358-B Rayburn.
The International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Restoring America’s Reputation in the World: Why It Matters.” 3/4/10, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Hearings  
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on a review of the Department of Defense process for assessing the requirements to implement repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gay and lesbian members of the armed services. 3/3/10, 2:30 pm, 2118 Rayburn.
Hearings  
The Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 3/2/10, 2 pm, 2359 Rayburn; 3/4/10, 10 am, 2358-A Rayburn; 3/4/10, 2 pm, B-318 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 2/25/10, the House 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 2/26/10, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 3/10/10 meeting in Bethesda, MD, of the Scientific Management Review Board to hear updates from their working groups, including the Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction Working Group. FR 8974.
Bills Introduced  
S 3047 ( Isakson, R-GA), to terminate the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; to Finance. S796, CR 2/25/10.
Notices  
On 2/26/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule determining 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 the National Flood Insurance Program. FR 8814.
Hearings  
The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 3/4/10, 10 am, 2359 Rayburn.

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