A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.27.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 10 (January 26, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 17 (January 27, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 8 (January 27, 2010)
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 4516 ( Dingell, D-MI), to provide stability in the financial services industry by promoting transparency, simplicity, fairness, accountability, and equal access in the market for consumer financial products or services and ensuring that no financial company becomes too big to fail; to Financial Services. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HR 4513 ( Buchanan, R-FL), to create jobs by providing targeted tax relief to individuals and small businesses, and to curb frivolous lawsuits; to Ways and Means. H386, CR 1/26/10.
Hearings  
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Prohibiting Certain High-Risk Investment Activities by Banks and Bank Holding Companies,” which will focus on the president’s proposal to impose restrictions on the size and scope of financial firms to rein in excessive risk-taking and to protect taxpayers. 2/2/10, 2:30 pm, 538 Dirksen.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 4504 ( Foster, D-IL), to authorize the Federal Communications Commission to issue regulations against the censorship of Internet search results; to Energy and Commerce. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HJ Res 72 ( Chaffetz, R-UT), a joint resolution disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009; to Oversight and Government Reform. H386, CR 1/26/10.
CourtsJudiciary
Bills Introduced  
HR 4503 ( Smith, R-TX), to provide for consultation by the Department of Justice with other relevant government agencies before determining to prosecute certain terrorism offenses in U.S. district court; to Judiciary. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HR 4506 ( Cohen, D-TN), to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges; to Judiciary. H386, CR 1/26/10.  
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending nominations. 2/2/10, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4510 ( Grayson, D-FL), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations in which foreign principals have an ownership interest; to House Administration. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HR 4511 ( Grayson, D-FL), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit corporations which employ or retain registered lobbyists from making expenditures or disbursements for electioneering communications under such act; to House Administration. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HR 4517 ( Hall, D-NY), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations which are owned or controlled by foreign principals, and to increase the civil penalties applicable to foreign nationals who violate the ban; to House Administration. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HR 4522 ( Pascrell, D-NJ), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations which are owned or controlled by foreign principals; to House Administration. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HR 4523 ( Perriello, D-VA), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign shareholders to domestic corporations whose shareholders include any foreign principals; to House Administration. H386, CR 1/26/10.
Hearings  
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a hearing titled “Corporate America vs. the Voter: Examining the Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Unlimited Corporate Spending in Elections.” 2/2/10, 10 am, 301 Russell.
Floor Action  
On 1/26/10, the House passed S 2949 (the Emergency Aid to American Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake Act), to amend Section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for increased fiscal year 2010 payments for temporary assistance to U.S. citizens returned from foreign countries, and to provide necessary funding to avoid shortfalls in the Medicare cost-sharing program for low-income qualifying individuals.
Notices  
On 1/27/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Prevention Research Centers Program National Evaluation Reporting System, which will use a user-friendly web-based survey system and telephone interviews to conduct outcomes-oriented health promotion and disease prevention research on a broad range of topics. Comments are due 3/29/10. FR 4395.
On 1/27/10, CDC, HHS, announced a 2/17/10-2/18/10 meeting of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services to hear updates of reviews of interventions to reduce inequalities in health outcomes, among other things. FR 4402.
HIVAIDS
Notices
On 1/27/10, CDC, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project which will develop and pilot-test three novel behavioral interventions to reduce sexual risk for HIV infection and transmission among African-American bisexual men who do not inject drugs. Comments are due 3/29/10. FR 4399.
Hearings  
The Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on business perspectives on the U.S. Agency for International Development reconstruction and development contracts in Afghanistan. 2/2/10, 2 pm, 342 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 1/27/10, the State Department announced a 2/1/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Organization of American States Specialized Conference on Private International Law Study Group to continue the 1/15/10 discussion on proposed international laws and conventions, and to consider whether to pursue ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Law Applicable to International Contracts. FR 4440.
On 1/27/10, the State Department announced a 2/11/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy to discuss public diplomacy issues, including interagency collaboration in advancing U.S. government public diplomacy efforts. FR 4440.
On 1/27/10, the State Department announced a request for public comment or suggestion for the 2/9/10 meeting of the Working Group on Environmental Cooperation Pursuant to the United States-Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation. Comments are due 2/3/10. FR 4440.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4507 ( Rodriguez, D-TX), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to establish the Cyber Security Domestic Preparedness Consortium; to Homeland Security. H386, CR 1/26/10.
Notices  
On 1/27/10, the Food and Drug Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a draft guidance for industry entitled “Assessment of Abuse Potential of Drugs,” which will assist sponsors who are developing drug and other medical products with the potential for abuse that may need to be scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act. Comments are due 3/29/10. FR 4400.
On 1/27/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection entitled “Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Network Program Monitoring.” Comments are due 2/26/10. FR 4397.
Bills Introduced
HR 4505 ( Thornberry, R-TX), to enable state homes to furnish nursing home care to parents whose child or children died while serving in the Armed Forces; to Veterans’ Affairs. H386, CR 1/26/10.
HR 4525 ( Wilson, R-SC), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation to include all members of the uniformed services who are retired under Chapter 61 of such title for disability, regardless of the members’ disability rating percentage; to Armed Services. H386, CR 1/26/10.
Notices  
On 1/27/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Certification of Fully Developed Claims, which is used to process a claim within 90 days after receipt by a claimant or their representative. Comments are due 2/26/10. FR 4452.
On 1/27/10, VA announced a 2/24/10-2/26/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans to hear briefings from VA and other officials regarding services for homeless veterans, and to discuss final preparation of the upcoming annual report and recommendations to the secretary. FR 4453.

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