A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.28.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 111 (July 27, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 144 (July 28, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 110 (July 28, 2010)
Bills Introduced  
HR 5874 ( Mollohan, D-WV), making supplemental appropriations for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10; to Appropriations. H6163, CR 7/27/10.
HR 5875 ( Price, R-GA), making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10; to Appropriations. H6163, CR 7/27/10.
Committee Action  
On 7/27/10, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, Senate Appropriations Committee, approved an original bill making appropriations for Financial Services and General Government for fiscal year 2011.
On 7/27/10, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Senate Appropriations Committee, approved an original bill making appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2011.
On 7/27/10, the House Rules Committee granted, by a non-record vote, a structured rule providing for consideration of HR 5822, the “Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2011.”
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 5850, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/11. 7/28/10, 5 pm, H-313 Capitol.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation S --, the Fiscal 2011 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill; S --, the Fiscal 2011 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill; and S --, the Fiscal 2011 Financial Services Appropriations Bill. 7/29/10, 2:30 pm, 106 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 7/27/10, the House agreed, by a 308-114 vote, to recede from the House amendment to the Senate amendment to HR 4899, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10, and agreed to concur in the Senate amendment.
Committee Action
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 5815, to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 to provide authority for inspectors general to subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses. 7/28/10, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 7/27/10, the House passed HR 5281, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against federal officers or agencies to federal courts.
Bills Introduced  
S 3651 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to amend Title 18, United States Code, with respect to the offense of stalking; to Judiciary. S6302, CR 7/27/10.
Floor Action  
On 7/27/10, the House passed HR 5143, to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.
On 7/27/10, the House passed HR 5662, to amend Title 18, United States Code, with respect to the offense of stalking.  
Notices  
On 7/28/10, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on the draft “National Institute of Justice Criminal Justice Restraints Selection and Application Guide.” Comments are requested from industry technical representatives; criminal justice agencies and organizations; research, development, and scientific communities; and all other stakeholders and interested parties. Comments are due 8/27/10. FR 44284 .
Notices  
On 7/28/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension that would enable the currently funded State and Federal Policy Forum for Program Improvement Center, which provides states, local education agencies, and federal decision makers responsible for the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act with access to valid statistics, research findings, policy analyses, and current information on trends in the provision of special education and related services for children with disabilities. Comments are due 8/12/10. FR 44231 .
Bills Introduced  
HR 5884 ( Klein, D-FL), to establish a separate office within the Federal Trade Commission to prevent fraud targeting seniors; to Energy and Commerce. H6163, CR 7/27/10.
Floor Action  
On 7/27/10, the Senate 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.
Bills Introduced  
SJ Res 36 ( Baucus, D-MT), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to authorizing regulation of contributions to candidates for state public office and federal office by corporations and labor organizations, and expenditures by corporate entities and labor organizations in support of, or opposition to, such candidates; to Judiciary. S6302, CR 7/27/10.
Floor Action  
On 7/27/10, the Senate continued 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.
Floor Action  
On 7/27/10, the House passed HR 5825, to review, update, and revise the factors to measure the severity, magnitude, and impact of a disaster, and to evaluate the need for assistance to individuals and households.  
Notices
On 7/28/10, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the delegation of the authority to administer grants and related authorities for trauma and emergency care to the assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response. This delegation becomes effective immediately. FR 44265 .  
Bills Introduced  
S 3655 ( Johanns, R-NE), to establish a point of order against certain climate change legislation; to Rules and Administration. S6302, CR 7/27/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5882 ( Graves, R-MO), to deauthorize appropriations of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; to Energy and Commerce. H6163, CR 7/27/10.
H Con Res 305 ( Lowey, D-NY), expressing the sense of Congress concerning contraceptives for women; to Energy and Commerce. H6163, CR 7/27/10.
H Res 1561 ( Burgess, R-TX), directing the secretary of Health and Human Services to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of each portion of any document, record, or communication in her possession consisting of or relating to documents prepared by or for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H6163, CR 7/27/10.
Committee Action  
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1475, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide liability protections for volunteer practitioners at health centers under Section 330 of such act. 7/28/10, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Notices
On 7/28/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on its draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2015, which integrates the department’s mission into a presentation of performance goals under five strategic goals: Transform Health Care; Advance Scientific Knowledge and Innovation; Advance the Health, Safety, and Well-People of the American People; Increase Efficiency, Transparency, and Accountability of HHS Programs; and Strengthen the Nation’s HHS Infrastructure and Workforce. Comments are due 8/14/10. FR 44265.
Committee Action  
The House Financial Services Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 476, to authorize funds to prevent housing discrimination through the use of nationwide testing, and to increase funds for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program. 7/28/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
The House Committee on Financial Services approved HR 5814, the Public Housing Reinvestment and Tenant Protection Act of 2010; and HR 4868, the Housing Preservation and Tenant Protection Act of 2010.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5880 ( Djou, R-HI), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for non-immigrant visas for certain aliens whose petitions or applications are pending or who have not received immigrant visas; to Judiciary. H6163, CR 7/27/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 5870 ( Poe, R-TX), to restrict passports of certain sex offenders; to Foreign Affairs. H6162, CR 7/27/10.
H Res 1562 ( Minnick, D-ID), recognizing the importance of trade to job creation and the U.S. economy, and calling for the immediate implementation of the United States-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement, the United States-Panama Free Trade Agreement, and the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement; to Ways and Means. H6163, CR 7/27/10.  
Floor Action  
On 7/27/10, the House passed H Res 1538, to condemn the 7/11/10 terrorist attacks in Kampala, Uganda.
On 7/27/10, the House passed HR 5138, to protect children from sexual exploitation by mandating reporting requirements for convicted sex traffickers and other registered sex offenders against minors intending to engage in international travel, providing advance notice of intended travel by high-interest registered sex offenders outside of the United States to the government of the country of destination, and requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known child sex offender is seeking to enter the United States.
On 7/27/10, the House disagreed, by a 38-372-4 vote, to H Con Res 31, directing the president, pursuant to Section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Pakistan.
Nominations  
On 7/27/10, the Senate received the nomination of Julie A. Reiskin, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring 7/13/13.
Presidential Action  
On 6/18/10, the president issued a memorandum directing the heads of executive departments and agencies not to make any new appointments or reappointments of federally registered lobbyists to advisory committees and other boards and commissions. The director of the Office of Management and Budget will issue proposed guidance designed to implement this policy to the full extent permitted by law by 9/16/10. (The Federal Register neglected to include this notice in their Table of Contents until today). FR 35955.
Hearings  
The Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Implementation, Improvement and Sustainability: Management Matters at the Department of Homeland Security. 9/15/10, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Nuclear Terrorism: Strengthening Our Domestic Defenses.” 9/22/10, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 7/27/10, the House passed, by a 413-0 vote, HR 4748, to amend the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 to require a northern border counternarcotics strategy.
Committee Action  
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 2923, to enhance the ability to combat methamphetamine; HR 5710, to amend and reauthorize the controlled substance monitoring program under Section 3990 of the Public Health Service Act; and HR 5809, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances. 7/28/10, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Notices 
On 7/28/10, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Online Skills Training for Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) on Substance Abuse, which will evaluate the effectiveness of online skills training for PCPs on substance abuse, via the website SBIRTTraining.com, to positively impact the knowledge, attitudes, intended behaviors, and clinical skills of PCPs in the United States who treat substance abuse patients. Comments are due 9/27/10. FR 44265.
Notices  
On 7/28/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule determining base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FR 44155.
On 7/28/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under NFIP, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 44152.
Hearings  
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing to receive an update on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. 9/16/10, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
Committee Action  
On 7/27/10, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved HR 3783, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the reserve components as active services for purposes of laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs; HR 4541, the Veterans Pensions Protection Act of 2010; HR 5064, the Fair Access to Veterans Benefits Act of 2010; and HR 5549, the RAPID Claims Act.

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