A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.22.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 108 (July 21, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 139 (July 22, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 106 (July 22, 2010)
 
Committee Action
On 7/21/10, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Senate Appropriations Committee, approved an original bill making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2011.
On 7/21/10, the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Senate Appropriations Committee, approved an original bill making appropriations for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2011.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs of the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and federal science programs. 7/22/10, 2 pm, 106 Dirksen.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation that would make fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and operations of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 7/22/10, 2pm, 106 Dirksen.
Hearings
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on consumer online privacy. 7/27/10, 2:30 pm, 253 Russell.
Notices
On 7/22/10, the United States Commission on Civil Rights announced a 7/30/10 meeting via teleconference to discuss the New Black Panther Party Enforcement Project, to consider the Discovery Plan and project outline for a report on sex discrimination in liberal arts college admissions, and for other matters. The dial-in number is 1-800-597-7623, and the conference ID is 89174163. FR 42680 .
Nominations
On 7/21/10, the Senate received the nominations of Charles Bernard Day, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; and Kathleen M. Williams, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending nominations. 7/28/10, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Online Privacy, Social Networking, and Crime Victimization.” 7/28/10, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 7/21/10, the House passed, by a 416-3 vote, HR 5566, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit interstate commerce in animal crush videos.
Bills Introduced
S Res 591 ( Harkin, D-IA), recognizing and honoring the 20 th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; placed on the calendar. S6078, CR 7/21/10.
Notices
On 7/22/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the Scholar Data Report Personnel Development Program, Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which contains instructions and the form necessary for grantees and contractors supported under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Comments are due 9/20/10. FR 42725 .
On 7/22/10, the Social Security Administration announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to the procedures for how claimants who request hearings before administrative law judges may seek further review of their fully favorable attorney advisor decisions. Comments are due 9/20/10. FR 42639 .
Bills Introduced
S 3628 ( Schumer, D-NY), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections; read for the first time. CR 7/21/10, S6078.
Hearings
The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee, and the State and Local Private Sector Preparedness and Integration Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “Flood Preparedness and Mitigation: Map Modernization, Levee Inspection, and Levee Repairs.” 7/28/10, 3 pm, 342 Dirksen.
Presidential Action
On 7/19/10, the president issued an executive order adopting the recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force and directing executive agencies to implement those recommendations under the guidance of a National Ocean Council. FR 43021.
Bills Introduced
HR 5808 ( Woolsey, D-CA), to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option; to Energy and Commerce. H5920, CR 7/21/10.
Hearings
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on the implementation of the HITECH Act (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act). 7/27/10, 1 pm, 2322 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will mark up several bills, including HR 1745, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide liability protections for volunteer practitioners at health centers under Section 330 of such act. 7/22/10, 3 pm, 2123 Rayburn.
Notices
On 7/22/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, announced the establishment of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on the Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professions Shortage Areas, which will provide advice and make recommendations to the secretary of HHS with respect to developing a new rule containing a revised methodology, criteria, and process for such designations. FR 42755.
Bills Introduced
S 3627 ( Coburn, R-OK), to ensure that U.S. global HIV/AIDS assistance prioritizes saving lives by focusing on access to treatment; to Foreign Relations. CR 7/21/10, S6078.
H Res 1547 ( Waters, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day; to Energy and Commerce. H5920, CR 7/21/10.
Floor Action
On 7/21/10, the House concurred, by a 326-92 vote, in the Senate amendment to HR 725, which includes the Tribal Law and Order Act, to protect Indian arts and crafts through the improvement of applicable criminal proceedings.
Bills Introduced
H Res 1548 ( Royce, R-CA), condemning the recent violence against members of the media in the Philippines; to Foreign Affairs. H5920, CR 7/21/10.
Hearings
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “ Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Direction: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations.” 7/28/10, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings on issues related to the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). 7/29/10, 9:30 am, G-50 Dirksen.  
Floor Action  
On 7/21/10, the Senate passed S 1376, to restore immunization and sibling age exemptions for children adopted by U.S. citizens under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to allow their admission to the United States.
Notices
On 7/22/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced revisions to the Accounting Guide for LSC Recipients to reflect changes that have occurred since the last publication of the guide. These revisions become effective 8/23/10. FR 42786.
Hearings
The Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Passport Issuance Process: Closing the Door to Fraud.” 7/29/10, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5809 ( Inslee, D-WA), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances; to Energy and Commerce. H5920, CR 7/21/10.
Committee Action  
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will mark up several bills, including HR 5710, to amend and reauthorize the Controlled Substance Monitoring Program under Section 3990 of the Public Health Service Act; and draft legislation HR --, the Safe Drug Disposal Act of 2010. 7/22/10, 3 pm, 2123 Rayburn.
Hearings  
The Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Assessing Natural Resource Damages Resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster.” 7/27/10, 2:30 pm, 406 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 7/21/10, the House passed HR 2693, to amend Title VII of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
Notices  
On 7/22/10, 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 Effectiveness of a Community’s Implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Assistance Program Community Assistance Contact and Community Assistance Visit Reports, which FEMA uses to make a comprehensive assessment of a community’s floodplain management program. Comments are due 9/20/10. FR 42765. \
On 7/22/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision of a currently approved information collection, the Revisions to NFIP Maps Application Forms and Instructions, which allows owners of structures that have been found to be in a designated special flood hazard area to opportunity to request a review of this determination. Comments are due 9/20/10. FR 42762.
On 7/22/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a publication providing the terms to private insurance companies to subscribe or re-subscribe to the Write-Your-Own Program Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement for flood insurance policies. FR 42766.

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