A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.22.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 7 (January 21, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 14 (January 22, 2010)
 
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
HJ Res 67 ( Hall, R-TX), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a member of Congress may serve; to Judiciary. H326, CR 1/21/10.
HJ Res 69 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to give citizens of the United States the right to enact and repeal laws by voting on legislation in a national election; to Judiciary. H326, CR 1/21/10.
HJ Res 70 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to give citizens of the United States the right to propose amendments to the Constitution by an initiative process; to Judiciary. H326, CR 1/21/10.
Presidential Action  
On 1/15/10, the president issued a proclamation declaring 1/16/10 “Religious Freedom Day,” and calling upon all Americans to commemorate the day with events and activities that teach citizens about this critical foundation of U.S. liberty and show citizens how they can protect it for future generations in the United States and around the world. FR 3843.
CourtsJudiciary
Bills Introduced  
S 2943 ( Collins, R-ME), to require the attorney general to consult with appropriate officials within the executive branch prior to making the decision to try an unprivileged enemy belligerent in federal civilian court; to Judiciary. S122, CR 1/21/10.
H Res 1031 ( Conyers, D-MI), impeaching G. Thomas Porteous Jr., judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, for high crimes and misdemeanors; to Judiciary. H327, CR 1/21/10.
Committee Action  
On 1/21/10, the Task Force on Impeachment, House Judiciary Committee, voted to recommend articles of impeachment against U.S. District Judge G. Thomas PorteousJr. to the full committee.
Nominations  
On 1/21/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of O. Rogeriee Thompson, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit.  
Committee Action  
On 1/21/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 714, to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.
Floor Action  
On 1/21/10, the Senate passed S Res 391, recognizing the 25 th anniversary of the enactment of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 and the substantial contributions to the Crime Victims Fund made through the criminal prosecutions conducted by U.S. attorneys’ offices and other components of the Department of Justice.
Notices  
On 1/22/10, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on an extension of an existing information collection, the National Inmate Survey, which will be used to produce estimates for the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault within correctional facilities as required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. Comments are due 3/23/10. FR 3757.
Notices  
On 1/22/10, the Social Security Administration announced a request for public comment on several information collections, including the Waiver of Supplemental Security Income Payment Continuation, the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program, the Physician’s/Medical Officer’s Statement of Patient’s Capability to Manage Benefits, and the Pain Report – Child. Comments are due 3/23/10. FR 3778.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4498 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), to permit voters to vote for “None of the Above” in elections for federal office and to require an additional election if “None of the Above” receives the most votes; to House Administration. H326, CR 1/21/10.
HR 4499 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), to provide that the voters of the United States be given the right, through advisory voter initiative, to propose the enactment and repeal of federal laws in a national election; to House Administration. H326, CR 1/21/10.
HJ Res 68 ( Boswell, D-IA), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that would prohibit corporations and labor organizations from using operating funds for advertisements in connection with any campaign for election for federal office; to Judiciary. H326, CR 1/21/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4492 ( Bilirakis, R-FL), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure continuation of the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program; to Energy and Commerce. H326, CR 1/21/10.
Notices  
On 1/22/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a 2/10/10-2/11/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Advisory Council to hear reports from subcommittees on their work since the 7/29/09-7/30/09 meeting. FR 3750.
Bills Introduced  
SJ Res 26 ( Murkowski, R-AK), 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 Environment and Public Works. S122, CR 1/21/10.
Notices  
On 1/22/10, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 2/4/10 public teleconference of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB) to discuss and approve GNEB’s Thirteenth Report. More information on the GNEB and this meeting can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ocem/gneb. FR 3730.
Notices  
On 1/22/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that, pursuant to Section 1012 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2010, the 2009 HHS poverty guidelines will remain in effect until updated 2010 poverty guidelines are published, which shall not take place before 3/1/10. FR 3734.
On 1/22/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced a 2/17/10-2/19/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to review and approve the committee’s 2010 Report to the Secretary, and to discuss work for the 2011 report, which will focus on the implications of health system changes in rural communities. FR 3744.
Bills Introduced  
S 2944 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security and the secretary of State to refuse or revoke visas to aliens if in the security or foreign policy of the United States, to require the secretary of Homeland Security to review all visa applications before adjudication, and to provide for the immediate dissemination of visa revocation information; to Judiciary. S122, CR 1/21/10.
H Res 1026 ( Chaffetz, R-UT), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the continued peace, prosperity, liberty, and national security of the United States and its people depend upon the rule of law and credible and effective immigration enforcement policies which both welcome lawful immigrants and non-immigrants and also prevent the unlawful entry or unlawful continuing presence of foreign persons; to Judiciary. H326, CR 1/21/10.
Notices  
On 1/22/10, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Secrecy and License to Export Collection, which the USPTO uses to collect information to determine whether secrecy orders and patent laws and rules have been complied with, and to grant or revoke licenses to file abroad when appropriate. Comments are due 3/23/10. FR 3704.
Bills Introduced
H Res 1032 ( Chu, D-CA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should continue to assist the Mexican government in fighting the drug cartels and curbing violence against Mexican and U.S. citizens, both in the United States and abroad; to Foreign Affairs. H327, CR 1/21/10.
Floor Action  
On 1/21/10, the Senate passed S Res 392, expressing the sense of the Senate on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the 1/12/10 earthquake in Haiti.
On 1/21/10, the House passed, by a 411-1 vote, H Res 1021, to express condolences to and solidarity with the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 1/12/10.  
Presidential Action  
On 1/20/10, the president declared a one-year continuation of the national emergency originally declared 1/23/95 with respect to foreign terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process. The national emergency has now been extended to run through 1/23/11. FR 3845.  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1025 ( Granger, R-TX), expressing the support of the House of Representatives for members of the Armed Forces who fight terrorism and the sense of the House of Representatives that the U.S. government should pay for the legal expenses of members of the Armed Forces who are accused of committing crimes related to the treatment of a suspected terrorist if the member is acquitted or the charges are dropped; to Armed Services. H326, CR 1/21/10.
Bills Introduced 
HR 4490 ( McKeon, R-CA), to require the president to submit certain certifications to Congress before transferring or releasing an individual detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of another country; to Armed Services. H326, CR 1/21/10.
Notices
On 1/22/10, the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection, the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program Application, which will be used to apply for expense reimbursement by U.S. nationals and U.S. government employees who are victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside of the United States. Comments are due 3/23/10. FR 3758.

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