A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.19.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.19.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Committee Action  
On 7/15/10, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved original bills making appropriations for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Department of Homeland Security; the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/11.
The House Appropriations Committee will mark up several bills, including draft legislation HR --, Fiscal 2011 Military Construction-VA Appropriations; and HR --, Fiscal 2011 Transportation-HUD Appropriations. 7/20/10, 3 pm, 2359 Rayburn.  
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation S --, Fiscal 2011 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations; S --, Fiscal 2011 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations; and S --, Fiscal 2011 Transportation-HUD Appropriations. 7/22/10, time TBA, 106 Dirksen.  
Bills Introduced  
H Con Res 298 ( Towns, D-NY), expressing the sense of Congress that the videotaping or photographing of police engaged in potentially abusive activity in a public place should not be prosecuted in state or federal courts; to Judiciary. H5675, CR 7/15/10.  
Committee Action  
On 7/15/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Mary Helen Murguia, of Arizona, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Edmond E-Min Chang, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; Leslie E. Kobayashi, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii; Denise Jefferson Casper, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; and Carlton W. Reeves, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.
On 7/15/10, the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items: to authorize Senate Legal Counsel to seek two immunity resolutions for testimony; to adopt a rule delegating authority to the chair and vice chair to issue subpoenas; and to adopt a rule for a quorum of one for pretrial testimony.
Notices  
On 7/19/10, the United States Sentencing Commission announced a request for public comment on proposed priority issues for the amendment cycle ending 5/1/11. The tentative priorities include, among other things: the continuation of the study of statutory mandatory minimum penalties for hate crimes; continuation of work with Congress and other interested parties on cocaine sentencing policy; continuation of the multi-year study of the statutory and guideline definitions of “crime of violence,” “aggravated felony,” “violent felony,” and “drug trafficking offense;” continued study of alternatives to incarceration; and consideration of a possible amendment to provide a reduction in the offense level for certain deportable aliens who agree to a stipulated order of deportation. Comments are due 8/18/10. FR 41927 .
Bills Introduced  
HR 5747 ( Rush, D-IL), to authorize a program to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that carry out child-parent visitation programs for children with incarcerated parents; to Education and Labor. H5674, CR 7/15/10.
HR 5748 ( Conyers, D-MI), to eliminate racial profiling by law enforcement; to Judiciary. H5675, CR 7/15/10.  
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Second Chance Act: Strengthening Safe and Effective Community Reentry.” 7/21/10, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
The Domestic Policy Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Quitting Hard Habits: Efforts to Expand and Improve Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug-Involved Offenders.” 7/22/10, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the FBI. 7/28/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Notices
On 7/19/10, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Department of Justice, announced a solicitation of proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an eight-month period beginning September 2010 to continue NIC’s High Performance Correctional Organizations Project, which intends, among other things, to create a guidebook for jails, community corrections and prisons to improve organizational performance. Applications are due 8/2/10. FR 41892 .  
Hearings  
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Americans with Disabilities Act at 20? Celebrating Our Progress, Affirming Our Commitment.” 7/22/10, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
On 7/15/10, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved S 3304, to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications.
Notices
On 7/19/10, the Social Security Administration announced a 9/1/10 meeting in Boston, MA, of the Occupational Information Development (OID) Advisory Panel to hear a presentation on the status of the fiscal year 2010 Occupational Information System Development Project activities, to hear presentations on several OID research projects currently underway, and to discuss administrative business, among other things. FR 41919 .  
Notices  
On 7/16/10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a final notice determining that the standards and processes used by the Community Health Accreditation Program hospice accreditation program meet or exceed CMS requirements, and stating CMS’s decision to approve continued recognition of the program as a national accreditation program for hospices seeking to participate in Medicare or Medicaid. This final notice is effective 11/20/09-11/20/12. FR 41503 .  
Bills Introduced  
S 3597 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to improve the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Coast Guard, and coastal states to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response, restoration, and research; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S5964, CR 7/15/10.  
Notices  
On 7/19/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced an 8/4/10-8/5/10 meeting in Denver, CO, of the National Advisory Council to review the progress and recommendations of several council subcommittees, including Preparedness and Protection, Response and Recovery, and Federal Insurance and Mitigation. FR 41874.  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1526 ( Engel, D-NY), expressing support for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas and its goal to encourage collaboration and cooperation among countries to address the energy and climate change challenges facing the Western Hemisphere; to Foreign Affairs. H5676, CR 7/15/10.  
Notices  
On 7/16/10, the Council on Environmental Quality announced a request for public comment on a draft guidance entitled “Federal Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting,” which will ensure accessibility of federal accounting and reporting requirements, and enhance the quality of public involvement in governmental decisions relating to the environment. Comments are due 8/16/10. FR 41452.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5761 ( Melancon, D-LA), to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to expedite the application of the provision prohibiting rescissions of health insurance coverage; to Energy and Commerce. H5675, CR 7/15/10.  
Hearings  
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on pending public health bills. 7/22/10, 2 pm, 2322 Rayburn.
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on direct-to-consumer genetic testing and the consequences to the public health. 7/22/10, 9:30 am, 2123 Rayburn.  
Notices  
On 7/16/10, CMS, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the Electronic Health Records Demonstration System, a new demonstration initiative using Medicare waiver authority to reward the delivery of high-quality care supported by the adoption and use of electronic health records. Comments are due 8/16/10. FR 41487.
On 7/19/10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of the Treasury; Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor; and HHS announced a request for public comment on interim final regulations implementing the rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets under provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding preventive health services. These interim final regulations become effective 9/17/10. Comments are due 9/17/10. FR 41726.
On 7/19/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on approaches to develop a national inventory of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and CER-related information which will capture ongoing and existing CER in the United States, and which will be accessible to the public -- including patients, clinicians, and policymakers -- through a web-based system. Comments are due 8/9/10. FR 41867.  
Presidential Action  
On 7/13/10, the president issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies releasing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States and a National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Implementation Plan, which identifies specific actions to be taken by federal agencies to implement the strategy’s goals. FR 41685.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3593 ( Johanns, R-NE), to require the federal government to pay the costs incurred by a state or local government in defending a state or local immigration law that survives a constitutional challenge by the federal government in federal court; to Judiciary. S5963, CR 7/15/10.  
Committee Action  
The House Natural Resources Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 2523, to amend the act titled “An act to authorize the leasing of restricting 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; and HR 4347, to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes. 7/22/10, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.  
Hearings  
The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing titled “Impact of Intellectual Property on Entrepreneurship and Job Creation.” 7/21/10, time TBA, 2360 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 7/16/10, the Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Post Allowance and Refiling, which the public uses to pay fees for issuing patents, to request corrections of errors in issued patents, and to apply for reissue patents. Comments are due 8/16/10. FR 41435.  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1520 ( Pitts, R-PA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the situation in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan; to Foreign Affairs. H5675, CR 7/15/10.  
Hearings  
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings on issues related to the new Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (START). 7/20/10, 9:30 am, 106 Dirksen.
The Domestic Policy Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “International Counternarcotics Policies: Do They Reduce Domestic Consumption or Advance Other Foreign Policy Goals?” 7/21/10, 10 am, 2247 Rayburn.  
Notices  
On 7/16/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Board of Directors announced a 7/21/10 closed meeting to consider the recommendation of the Search Committee for LSC President regarding selection of an executive search recruiter. FR 41538.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5751 ( Kilroy, D-OH), to amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require registrants to pay an annual fee of $50, to impose a penalty of $500 for failure to file timely reports required by that act, and to provide for the use of the funds from such fees and penalties for reviewing and auditing filings by registrants; to Judiciary. H5675, CR 7/15/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5741 ( Rangel, D-NY), to require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services; to Armed Services. 7/15/10, CR 7/15/10.  
Hearings  
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “Safe Port Act Reauthorization: Securing Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure.” 7/21/10, 2:30 pm, 253 Russell.
The Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Enhancing DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Efforts to Disrupt Alien Smuggling Across Our Borders.” 7/22/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.  
Notices  
On 7/16/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Pretesting of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Mental Health Services Communication Messages, which will provide for formative and qualitative evaluation activities to assess audience knowledge, attitudes, behavior and other characteristics for the planning and development of messages, communication strategies, and public information programs. Comments are due 8/16/10. FR 41497.
On 7/16/10, SAMHSA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to a currently approved project, the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs, which is used by all federal agencies and employers regulated by the Department of Transportation. Comments are due 8/16/10. FR 41488.  
Hearings  
The Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Turning Ideas Into Action: Ensuring Effective Cleanup and Restoration in the Gulf.” 7/21/10, 10 am, 253 Russell.
Floor Action  
On 7/15/10, the House passed, by a 329-90 vote, HR 5114, to extend the authorization for the National Flood Insurance Program and to identify priorities essential to reform and ongoing stable functioning of the program.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5768 ( Welch, D-VT), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to authorize the waiver of the collection of copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits of veteran; to Veterans’ Affairs. H5675, CR 7/15/10.
Committee Action  
On 7/15/10, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved several bills, including HR 4469, 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.
Notices  
On 7/16/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an 8/10/10 forum in Washington, DC, of the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans Health Administration to discuss the improvement of VA’s disability criteria, and to hear public comments and current medical science information from presentations made by subject matter experts. FR 41577.

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