A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.27.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 110 (July 26, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 143 (July 27, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 109 (July 27, 2010)


Appropriations
Courts/Judiciary
Disability Law
Election Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Health Law
HIV/AIDS
Indian Law
Intellectual Property
International Law
Legal Services
Tort and Insurance Law
Veterans Affairs
Committee Action
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 5850, the Fiscal 2011 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill. 7/28/10, 5 pm, H-313 Capitol.
Nominations  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nominations of Kathleen M. O’Malley, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; and Beryl A. Howell and Robert L. Wilkins, both of the District of Columbia , to be United States District Judges for the District of Columbia. 7/28/10, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on 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. 7/29/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Hearings
The Senate Impeachment of Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. Committee will hold a hearing. 8/4/10, 9 am, 301 Russell.  
Floor Action  
On 7/26/10, the House passed, by a 377-0 vote, H Res 1504, to recognize and honor the 20 th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  
Floor Action  
On 7/26/10, the Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S 3628, 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.  
Notices  
On 7/27/10, the Federal Election Commission announced a 7/21/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss several draft advisory opinions. FR 43983 .  
Notices  
On 7/27/10, 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 Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio, a collection of success stories used by communities and individuals to learn about available federal programs to support the implementation of noteworthy local activities that lead to a reduced chance of a catastrophic event causing damage or possibly loss of life. Comments are due 9/27/10. FR 44000 .  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5853 ( Boustany, R-LA), to amend Title XXXII of the Public Health Service Ac to require review and approval by law prior to collection of premiums under the CLASS Program, to require notice to individuals prior to enrollment, and to require termination of the program in the event of actuarial unsoundness; to Energy and Commerce. H6042, CR 7/26/10.
Notices  
On 7/27/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced an 8/19/10-8/20/10 meeting in Rockville, MD, of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Linkages to hear perspectives from multiple groups, including the Veterans Health Administration, and to discuss the implications of the Healthy People 2010 Program. FR 43993.  
Notices  
On 7/27/10, 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 entitled “Preventing HIV Risk Behaviors Among Hispanic Adolescents,” which involves the development and evaluation of a streamlined version of Familias Unidas, a family-based intervention designed to prevent drug use and unsafe sex among Hispanic adolescents. Comments are due 8/26/10. FR 43985.
On 7/27/10, CDC, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project entitled “HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction Interventions for African American Heterosexual Men,” which will conduct research by three sites to pilot test three unique HIV risk reduction interventions for feasibility, acceptability, and to provide preliminary evidence of intervention efficacy in reducing HIV risk behaviors. Comments are due 8/26/10. FR 43987.
On 7/27/10, CDC, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project entitled “Exploring HIV Prevention Communication Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City: Project BROTHA,” which will administer a survey, conduct interviews, and offer HIV rapid testing in black men who have sex with men and other men who have sex with men in New York City to assess how interpersonal communication within social networks may be related to risk for HIV infection and attitudes towards HIV testing. Comments are due 8/26/10. FR 43988.  
Hearings  
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on several bills, including HR 5023, to prescribe procedures for effective consultation and coordination by federal agencies with federally recognized Indian tribes regarding federal government activities that impact tribal lands and interests to ensure that meaningful tribal input is an integral part of the federal decision-making process. 7/28/10, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.  
Notices  
On 7/27/10, the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced that the prohibition against circumvention of technical measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of six classes of copyrighted works. This announcement becomes effective 7/27/10. FR 43825.
On 7/27/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on the Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos, which supersedes previous guidance on subject matter eligibility that conflicts with the interim Bilski guidance. Comments are due 9/27/10. The guidance becomes effective 7/27/10 and applies to all applications filed before, on, or after 7/27/10. FR 43922.  
Committee Action  
On 7/26/10, the House Rules Committee granted, by a voice vote, a closed rule providing for consideration of H Con Res 301, directing the president, pursuant to Section 5(c) of the War Powers Rule, to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Pakistan.  
Notices  
On 7/27/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 7/30/10-7/31/10 meeting of the LSC Board of Directors to discuss promotion and provisions for the delivery of LSC, to hear from the Governance and Performance Review Committee and the Operations and Regulations Committee, and for other matters. The call-in number for this meeting is 1-866-451-4981, and the passcode is 5907707348. FR 44018.  
Notices  
On 7/27/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to several information collections, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Claim Forms, which are used by policyholders and adjusters to collect the information needed to investigate, document, evaluate, and settle claims against NFIP policies for flood damage to their insured property or qualification for benefits under Increased Cost of Compliance coverage. Comments are due 8/26/10. FR 44002.
Bills Introduced  
S 3650 ( Wyden, D-OR), to amend Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code, to provide that fathers of certain permanently disabled or deceased veterans shall be included with mothers of such veterans as preference-eligible for treatment in the civil service; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S6245, CR 7/26/10.
Hearings  
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up several bills, including HR 5064, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the tolling of the timing of review for appeals of final decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals; HR 5549, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for expedited procedures for the consideration of certain veterans claims; and HR 3787, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the reserve components as active service for purposes of laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs. 7/27/10, 2 pm, 334 Cannon.
Notices  
On 7/27/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability on its website of the funding criteria, policies, and procedures for the administration of the statutorily authorized Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program, which will explore ways for the federal government to offer early intervention homelessness prevention, primarily to veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More information is available at http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm. FR 44007.

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