A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.19.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 3 (January 15, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 11 (January 19, 2010)
Hearings
The Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing titled ‘The Condition of Financial Institutions: Examining the Failure and Seizure of an American Bank.” 1/21/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “Factors Effecting Efforts to Limit Payments to AIG Counterparties,” which will examine the collapse and federal rescue of AIG, with special emphasis on the compensation of AIG credit default swap counterparties. 1/27/10, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
CourtsJudiciary
Notices
On 1/19/10, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a reinstatement of the previously approved State Court Processing Statistics for 2009, which collect a variety of felony case processing characteristics, including the types of arrest charges filed against felony defendants; conditions of pretrial release; pretrial misconduct, including the court appearance record, violations of release conditions, and re-arrests committed while on pretrial release; and adjudication outcomes encompassing the dismissal, diversion, guilty plea, and trial conviction rates for felony defendants. Comments are due 3/22/10. FR 2888.
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on legislation regarding the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. 1/21/10, 10:15 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 714, to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission; S 1765, to amend the Hate Crimes Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless; S 1554, to amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to prevent later delinquency and improve the health and well-being of maltreated infants and toddlers through the development of local court teams and the creation of a National Court Teams Resource Center to assist such court teams; S 1789, to restore fairness to federal cocaine sentencing; and 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. 1/21/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 1/19/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a final rule amending Special Community Disaster Loan Program regulations to establish loan cancellation provisions for communities in the Gulf Coast region who received Special Community Disaster Loans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This final rule establishes procedures and requirements for Special Community Disaster Loan recipients to apply for cancellations of their loan as authorized by the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007. The final rule becomes effective 3/22/10. FR 2800.
Negotiations
The House and Senate continued efforts to resolve differences between HR 3590 and HR 3962, the Senate and House versions of comprehensive health care reform. A chart is provided highlighting provisions of interest to the ABA and ABA policy on those provisions.
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 as caregivers to ill, injured, or disabled family members, and to exempt from means testing debtors whose financial problems were caused by serious medical problems. 1/21/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 1/19/10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection entitled “Guidance on Informed Consent for In Vitro Diagnostic Device Studies Using Leftover Human Specimens That Are Not Individually Identifiable,” which has been established to maintain safety and ethical considerations by allowing potential subjects to consider both the physical and privacy risks they face if they agree to participate in a trial. Comments are due 2/18/10. FR 2868.
On 1/19/10, FDA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed information collections entitled “Investigational Device Exemptions and Records,” which are designed to encourage the development of useful medical devices and allow investigators the maximum freedom of development possible without jeopardizing the health and safety of the public or violating ethical standards. Comments are due 2/18/10. FR 2869.
On 1/19/10, FDA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection entitled “Administrative Detention and Banned Medical Devices,” which FDA uses to maintain reports and records of medical devices that have been detained during established inspections devices due to adulteration or misbranding. Comments are due 2/18/10. FR 2871.
HousingHomelessness
Hearings
The Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation that would aim to reduce housing discrimination and reauthorize funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program. 1/20/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Notices
On 1/19/10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule amending DHS regulations by implementing a statutory amendment reducing from three years to one year the length of time a member of the U.S. Armed Forces has to serve to qualify for naturalization through service in the Armed Forces. This rule also amends DHS regulations by implementing a statutory amendment to include as eligible for naturalization individuals who served or are serving as members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of hostility. This final rule becomes effective 2/18/10. FR 2785.
On 1/19/10, DHS announced that the secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the secretary of State, is identifying 39 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2 B programs for the coming year. This notice is effective from 1/18/10-1/18/11. FR 2879.
Hearings
The East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Principles for U.S. Engagement in Asia.” 1/21/10, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Civilian Strategy for Afghanistan: A Status Report in Advance of the London Conference.” 1/21/10, 3 pm, 419 Dirksen.
Notices
On 1/19/10, the African Development Foundation announced a 1/26/10 meeting of its Board of Governors in Washington, DC. FR 2844.
On 1/19/10, the Department of Defense announced a request for public comment from U.S. firms that have participated or attempted to participate in public defense procurements by or on behalf of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Defense or Armed Forces in order to determine whether procurements were conducted in accordance with published procedures with transparency, integrity, fairness, and due process. Comments are due 2/18/10. FR 2858.
On 1/19/10, the State Department announced that the group al-Qa’ida of Jihad Organization in the Arabian Peninsula has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization and a specially designated global terrorist, and that the individuals Nasir al-Wahishi and Said Ali al-Shihri have been designated as specially designated global terrorists. FR 2920-2921.
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Securing America’s Safety: Improving the Effectiveness of Anti-Terrorism Tools and Inter-Agency Communication.” 1/20/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on the threat posed by al Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and other regions. 1/20/10, 2 pm, 2237 Rayburn.
Hearings
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold an oversight hearing titled “Implementation and Status Update on the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act (PL 110-389).” 2/3/10, 2 pm, 334 Cannon.
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Review of VA Contract Health Care: Project HERO (Health Care Effectiveness through Resource Optimization).” 2/3/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2011 budget request for the Veterans Health Administration. 2/10/10, 2 pm, 334 Cannon.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Exploring the Relationship between Medication and Veteran Suicide.” 2/24/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.

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