A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.1.2010
The House is in session today. The Senate will reconvene 7/12/10.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 100 (June 30, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 96 (July 1, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 125 (July 1, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 6/30/10, the House agreed, by a 237-192 vote, to the conference report to accompany HR 4173, financial regulatory reform legislation.  
Notices
On 7/1/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Youth Knowledge, Attitudes, and Feedback to Inform Choose Respect Implementation, which seeks to understand youths’ knowledge and attitudes regarding healthy and unhealthy dating relationships, and to obtain feedback regarding message development and placement, creative executions, appropriate partners, and other issues. Comments are due 8/1/10. FR 38104.  
Nominations  
On 6/29/10, the Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Hearings are scheduled through 7/1/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5645 ( Nunes, R-CA), to require the director of National Drug Control Policy to develop a federal lands counterdrug strategy and to provide for enhanced penalties for certain drug offenses on federal lands; to Judiciary. H5302, CR 6/30/10.  
Floor Action  
On 6/30/10, the House passed HR 5610, to provide a technical adjustment with respect to funding for independent living centers under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in order to ensure stability for such centers.  
Notices  
On 7/1/10, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the draft National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program Strategic Plan. Comments are due 8/2/10. FR 38100.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3554 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to direct the Federal Trade Commission to promulgate rules prohibiting deceptive advertising of abortion services; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S5699, CR 6/30/10.
HR 5652 ( Maloney, D-NY), to direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting deceptive advertising of abortion services; to Energy and Commerce. H5303, CR 6/30/10.  
Notices  
On 7/1/10, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS, announced a 7/23/10 meeting in Rockville, MD, of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality to discuss quality improvement and health disparities, and to hear an update from the agency director on current research, programs, and initiatives. FR 38110.
On 7/1/10, HHS announced the establishment of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, which will develop policy and program recommendations and advise the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council on lifestyle-based chronic disease prevention and management, integrative health care practices, and health promotion. The charter of the Advisory Group can be found at http://fido.gov/facadatabase. FR 38099.  
Committee Action  
On 6/30/10, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved S 3235, to amend the act titled “An act to authorize the leasing of restricted Indian lands for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, and other purposes requiring the grant of long-term leases,” approved 8/9/55, to provide for Indian tribes to enter into certain leases without prior express approval from the secretary of the Interior.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3560 ( Schumer, D-NY), to instruct the secretary of State to designate the Pakistani Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization; to Foreign Relations. S5699, CR 6/30/10.
H Res 1497 ( Roskam, R-IL), condemning the inclusion of inflammatory and inaccurate content in Iranian textbooks aimed at indoctrinating and radicalizing students with anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, and anti-Western sentiment and restricting the rights of women; to Foreign Affairs. H5303, CR 6/30/10.
Committee Action  
On 6/30/10, the Senate Finance Committee approved SJ Res 29, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.
Floor Action  
On 6/30/10, the Senate passed S Con Res 67, celebrating 130 years of U.S.-Romanian diplomatic relations, congratulating the Romanian people on their achievements as a great nation, and reaffirming the deep bonds of trust and values between the United States and Romania, a trusted and most valued ally.
On 6/30/10, the House passed S 3104, to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia.
On 6/30/10, the House passed H Res 1412, to congratulate the government of South Africa upon its first two successful convictions for human trafficking.
Floor Action  
On 6/30/10, the House passed, by a 420-0 vote, HR 4505, to enable state homes to furnish nursing home care to parents whose child or children died while serving in the Armed Forces  
Notices  
On 7/1/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the FEMA Grants Administration/Non-Disaster Grants System, which FEMA uses to evaluate applications for grants for various disaster-related and non-disaster grant opportunities which is administers. Comments are due 8/2/10. FR 38115.
On 7/1/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the State Homeland Security Program – Tribal, which provides supplemental funding to directly eligible tribes to help strengthen the nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks. Comments are due 8/2/10. FR 38115.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5650 ( Brady, R-TX), to extend the National Flood Insurance Program to 5/31/11; to Financial Services. H5302, CR 6/30/10.  
Committee Action  
On 6/30/10, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S 3305, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills; and S 3515, to authorize and enhance the programs of the Department of the Interior relating to the detection of, response to, and mitigation and cleanup of oil spills on federal land managed by the Department.  
Floor Action
On 6/30/10, the Senate passed HR 5569, to extend the National Flood Insurance Program until 9/30/10.  
Notices  
On 7/1/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced a request for public comment on the draft Federal Tort Claims Act Policy Manual, which intends to convey guidance regarding existing policy and current processes and to serve as the principal policy resource on Federal Tort Claims Act matters for Health Center Program grantees and related stakeholders. Comments are due 8/6/10. FR 38109.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5641 ( Buyer, R-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to authorize the secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts for the transfer of veterans to non-Department adult foster homes for veterans who are unable to live independently; to Veterans’ Affairs. H5302, CR 6/30/10.
HR 5642 ( Filner, D-CA), to codify increases in the rates of pension for disabled veterans and surviving spouses and children that were effective as of 12/1/09; to Veterans’ Affairs. H5302, CR 6/30/10.
HR 5648 ( Bilirakis, R-FL), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to reinstate criminal penalties for persons charging veterans unauthorized fees; to Veterans’ Affairs. H5302, CR 6/30/10.  
Hearings  
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Review of Veterans’ Claims Processing: Are Current Efforts Working?” 7/14/10, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
Notices  
On 7/1/10, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), Department of Labor, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the VETS/Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)/Veterans Preference (VP) Form, which is used by VETS to determine eligibility, and which serves as an official notification that the claimant requested assistance in obtaining rights under VP or USERRA. Comments are due 8/2/10. FR 38126.

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