A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.20.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 3 (January 19, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 11 (January 20, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 4 (January 20, 2010)

Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Bills Introduced
HR 4470 ( Watson, D-CA), to ensure that individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security are treated humanely, provided adequate medical care, and granted certain specified rights; to Judiciary. H193, CR 1/19/10.
H Res 1018 ( McDermott, D-WA), requesting that the Senate adjust its rules to reflect the intent of the framers of the Constitution by amending the Senate’s filibuster rule, Rule 22, to facilitate the consideration of bills and amendments; to Rules. H193, CR 1/19/10.
CourtsJudiciary
Bills Introduced
HR 4463 ( Buchanan, R-FL), to require that all foreign terrorists with links to terrorist networks who attack the United States or its government be considered enemy combatants to be tried by military tribunals instead of civilian courts; to Armed Services. H193, CR 1/19/10.
Notices
On 1/20/10, the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule that would streamline the Bureau’s intake screening regulations by removing internal agency management procedures that need not be stated in regulation. Comments are due 3/22/10. FR 3182.
Notices
On 1/20/10, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a 4/26/10-4/28/10 conference in Bethesda, MD, entitled “NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline.” FR 3243.
Notices
On 1/20/10, the Election Assistance Commission announced a 1/25/10 public meeting in Washington, DC, to consider updates on the Memorandum of Understanding with the Organization of American States and on maintenance of effort, and to consider an advisory opinion request and the Annual Grants Report. FR 3217.
Bills Introduced
H Res 1016 ( Ellison, D-MN), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a Global Marshall Plan holds the potential to demonstrate the commitment of the United States to peace and prosperity through poverty reduction in the United States and abroad; to Foreign Affairs. H193, CR 1/19/10.
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “ Yemen: Confronting al Qaeda, Preventing State Failure.” 1/20/10, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
Notices
On 1/20/10, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission announced a 2/4/10 open public hearing in Washington, DC, to examine the political, economic, and security aspects of China’s activities in Southeast Asia, China, and regional forums, and their implications on U.S. interests. FR 3279.
Bills Introduced
HR 4464 ( Gingrey, R-GA), to prohibit the release or transfer of an individual detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the custody of any country or region that is recognized by the Department of State or the Department of Defense as a haven for terrorist activity or that has been classified as a state sponsor of terrorism; to Armed Services. H193, CR 1/19/10.
Notices
On 1/20/10, 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 participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR 3171.
Bills Introduced
HR 4465 ( Kissell, D-NC), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to take into account each child a veteran has when determining the veteran’s financial status when receiving hospital care or medical services; to Veterans’ Affairs. H193, CR 1/19/10.
HR 4469 ( Turner, R-OH), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation; to Veterans’ Affairs. H193, CR 1/19/10.
Notices
On 1/20/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a final rule amending Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program regulations concerning individuals’ basic entitlement to vocational rehabilitation benefits and services. The VA also adopted final rules amending regulations concerning periods of eligibility applicable to VA’s provision of vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits and services, and amending the vocational rehabilitation and employment regulations of the VA concerning self-employment for individuals with qualifying disabilities. These final rules become effective 2/19/10. FR 3163-3170.

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