A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.2.2010
The House and Senate are not in session today. The House will reconvene 7/13/10. The Senate will reconvene 7/12/10.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 101 (July 1, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 97 (July 2, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 126 (July 2, 2010)
Notices
On 7/2/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a final rule revising federal requirements for establishing and enforcing intergovernmental support obligations in child support enforcement program cases receiving services under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. This final rule becomes effective 1/3/11. FR 38611.  
Public Laws  
On 6/30/10, the president signed SJ Res 33 (PL 111-194), to provide for the reconsideration and revision of the proposed constitution of the U.S. Virgin Islands to correct provisions inconsistent with the Constitution and federal law.  
Nominations  
On 7/1/10, 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 5662 ( Loretta Sanchez, D-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, with respect to the offense of stalking; to Judiciary. H5500, CR 7/1/10.
HR 5688 ( Davis, D-IL), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide a criminal penalty for torture committed by law enforcement officers and others acting under color of law; to Judiciary. H5501, CR 7/1/10.  
Floor Action  
On 7/1/10, the House passed, by a 408-4 vote, HR 5609, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit any registered lobbyist whose clients include foreign governments found to be sponsors of international terrorism or include other foreign nationals from making contributions and other campaign-related disbursements in elections for public office.  
Committee Action  
On 7/1/10, the House Rules Committee granted, by a non-record vote, a rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to HR 4899, making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5667 ( Boren, D-OK), to provide for the conduct of a study on the effectiveness of firearms microstamping technology and an evaluation of its effectiveness as a law enforcement tool; to Judiciary. H5501, CR 7/1/10.
HR 5700 ( Moran, R-KS), to protect the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States rights of members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense by prohibiting the Department from requiring the registration of privately owned firearms, ammunition, or other weapons not stored in facilities owned or operated by the Department of Defense, and by prohibiting the Department from infringing on the right of individuals to lawfully acquire, possess, own, carry, or otherwise use privately owned firearms, ammunition, or other weapons on property not owned or operated by the Department of Defense; to Armed Services H5502, CR 7/1/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5664 ( Ellsworth, D-IN), to amend Title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to permit certain individuals losing their COBRA continuation coverage to have access to the high-risk health insurance pool program established under the act; to Energy and Commerce. H5500, CR 7/1/10.
HR 5690 ( Gingrey, D-GA), to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden that the liability system places on the health care delivery system; to Judiciary. H5501, CR 7/1/10.  
Notices  
On 7/2/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on two proposed projects, the Office of the National Coordinator State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program State Plans and the Performance Measures and Progress Report, which are completed by states and qualified state designated entities requesting grant funding to facilitate and expand the secure, electronic movement and use of health information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards. Comments are due 8/2/10. FR 38524FR 38525.
On 7/2/10, HHS announced a proposed new system of records, entitled “Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan,” which would collect and maintain information on individuals who apply for enrollment in a temporary high risk health insurance pool program to make health insurance coverage available at standard rates to uninsured individuals with pre-existing conditions. This system will become effective 8/2/10, or 40 days from the date it was submitted to Congress, whichever is later. FR 38526.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5658 ( Shadegg, R-AZ), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to increase competitiveness in the United States; to Judiciary. H5500, CR 7/1/10.  
Floor Action  
On 7/1/10, the House passed, by a 411-4 vote, H Res 1321, to express the sense of the House of Representatives that the political situation in Thailand be solved peacefully and through democratic means.
On 7/1/10, the House passed, by a 410-0 vote, H Res 1405, to congratulate the people of the 17 African nations that in 2010 are marking the 50 th year of their national independence.
On 7/1/10, the House passed, by a 414-1 vote, H Res 1412, to congratulate the government of South Africa upon its first two successful convictions for human trafficking.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5675 ( Franks, D-MA), to improve border security and to increase prosecutions and penalties for illegal entry into the United States, and to prevent and combat the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction into the United States; to Homeland Security. H5501, CR 7/1/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5678 ( Carnahan, D-MO), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants for treatment of methamphetamine abuse; to Energy and Commerce. H5501, CR 7/1/10.
HR 5710 ( Whitfield, R-KY), to amend and reauthorize the controlled substance monitoring program under Section 3990 of the Public Health Service Act; to Energy and Commerce. H5502, CR 7/1/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5660 ( Delahunt, D-MA), to promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes; to Judiciary. H5500, CR 7/1/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5686 ( Connolly, D-VA), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to extend liability to corporations, partnerships, and other persons having ownership interests in responsible parties; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H5501, CR 7/1/10.
HR 5698 ( Melancon, D-LA), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect employees from retaliation for notifying government officials of violations of those acts; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H5502, CR 7/1/10.  
Committee Action  
On 7/1/10, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved HR 5629, the Oil Spill Accountability and Environmental Protection Act of 2010.  
Floor Action
On 7/1/10, the House passed HR 5503, to revise laws regarding liability in certain civil actions arising from maritime incidents.

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