A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.11.2010
The House and Senate are not in session today. They will reconvene 6/14/10.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 87 (June 10, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 82 (June 11, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 111 (June 11, 2010)
Committee Action
House and Senate conferees will meet to consider HR 4173, to provide for financial regulatory reform, to protect consumers and investors, to enhance deferral understanding of insurance issues, and to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets. 6/15/10, 11 am, 2128 Rayburn.  
Bills Introduced  
H Con Res 285 ( McMorris Rodgers, R-WA), recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families, and supporting the goals and ideals of designating 2010 as the Year of the Father; to Education and Labor. H4386, CR 6/10/10.  
Hearings  
The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the effectiveness of responsible fatherhood programs in improving the relationship between non-custodial parents and their children, as well as their ability to provide financial support. 6/17/10, 10 am, B-318 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1933, to direct the attorney general to make an annual grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to assist law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children. 6/17/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Hearings  
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Racial Profiling and the Use of Suspect Classifications in Law Enforcement Policy.” 6/17/10, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 6/11/10, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a request for public comment on proposed amendments to the DOJ’s “Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” which will clarify the scope of Section 5 review based on recent amendments, make technical clarifications and updates, and provide better guidance to covered jurisdictions and minority citizens concerning current Department practices. Comments are due 8/10/10. FR 33205 .  
Nominations
On 6/10/10, the Senate received the nomination of James E. Graves Jr., of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
On 6/10/10, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement providing that at 11:30 am on Tuesday, 6/15/10, the Senate will begin consideration of the nominations of Tanya Walton Pratt, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; Brian Anthony Jackson, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana; and Elizabeth Erny Foote, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
On 6/10/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Robert Neil Chatigny, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Scott M. Matheson Jr., of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; James Kelleher Bredar and Ellen Lipton Hollander, both of Maryland, to be United States District Judges for the District of Maryland; and Susan Richard Nelson, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination of John J. McConnell Jr., of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island. 6/27/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action
On 6/10/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 193, to create and extend certain temporary district court judgeships.  
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 258, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide enhanced penalties for marketing controlled substances to minors. 6/17/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Notices  
On 6/11/10, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Hate Crime Incident Report and the Quarterly Hate Crime Report, which is used to collect information for inclusion in the annual publication “Crime in the United States and Hate Crime Statistics.” Comments are due 8/10/10. FR 33332 .
On 6/11/10, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a previously approved information collection, the Juvenile Residential Facility Census, which will gather information necessary to routinely monitor the types of facilities into which the juvenile justice system places young persons, and the services available in those facilities. FR 33332 .  
Notices  
On 6/11/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Developmental Disabilities Program Independent Evaluation Project, which will examine through rigorous and comprehensive research procedures the three programs funded under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000: the State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, State Protection and Advocacy Systems for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Comments are due 8/10/10. FR 33309 .  
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 908, to amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program. 6/17/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Floor Action  
On 6/10/10, the Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of SJ Res 26, disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.  
Notices  
On 6/11/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is conducting a second competition for assistance under its Fiscal Year 2009 Brownfields Economic Development Initiative, which makes approximately $8.1 million in assistance available under the HUD Development Appropriations Act of 2009. More information can be found at https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html . FR 33324 .  
Hearings  
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “NIH in the 21 st Century: The Director’s Perspective.” 6/15/10, 2 pm, 2123 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 6/10/10, the Senate passed S Res 550, designating the week beginning 6/14/10 and ending 6/18/10 as “National Health Information Technology Week” to recognizing the value of health information technology in improving health quality.
Notices  
On 6/11/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to the Federally Qualified Health Centers Application Forms, which HRSA uses to administer Section 330 health centers grants and the Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike application process. Comments are due 7/11/10. FR 33310 .
On 6/11/10, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a plan to develop the Genetic Testing Registry, a centralized public resource that will provide information about the availability, scientific basis, and usefulness of genetic tests. Comments are due 7/12/10. FR 33317 .  
Notices  
On 6/11/10, HHS announced a 6/29/10 meeting via conference call of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. The call-in number is 888-455-2652, and the access code is 158777. FR 33307.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5510 ( Kaptur, D-OH), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to allow amounts under the Troubled Assets Relief Program to be used to provide legal assistance to homeowners to avoid foreclosure; to Financial Services. H4386, CR 6/10/10.  
Floor Action  
On 6/10/10, the House passed, by a 406-4 vote, HR 5072, to improve the financial safety and soundness of the FHA mortgage insurance program.
Notices  
On 6/11/10, HUD announced the availability on its website of its Fiscal Year 2010 Notice of Funding Availability Policy Requirements and General Section for Discretionary Programs, which provide prospective applicants for HUD’s fiscal year 2010 competitive funding with the opportunity to become familiar with the policies and requirements applicable to all 2010 funding opportunities. The General Section is available at http://portal.hud/gov/portal/page/HUD/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail. FR 33323.  
Hearings  
The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Executive Office for Immigration. 6/17/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
Notices  
On 6/11/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a proposed rule that would adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit fees charged by USCIS to increase fees by a weighed average of 10 percent, and to add three new fees to cover USCIS costs related to processing the following requests: regional center designation under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program, civil surgeon designation, and immigrant visas. Comments are due 7/26/10. FR 33445.
On 6/11/10, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DHS, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers Information Request and Membership Application, which is designed to build cooperative relationships with the private sector to enhance compliance with immigration laws and to reduce the number of unauthorized aliens within the American workforce. Comments are due 8/10/10. FR 33319.  
Hearings  
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Indian Education: Did the No Child Left Behind Act Leave Indian Students Behind?” 6/17/10, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5501 ( King, R-NY), to prohibit U.S. participation on the United Nations Human Rights Council, and prohibit contributions to the United Nations for the purpose of paying for any United Nations investigation into the flotilla incident; to Foreign Affairs. H4386, CR 6/10/10.
H Res 1431 ( Filner, D-CA), calling for an end to the violence, unlawful arrests, torture, and ill treatment perpetrated against Iranian citizens, as well calling for the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Iran; to Foreign Affairs. H4386, CR 6/10/10.  
Hearings  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of hearings on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). 6/15/10, 2:30 pm; 6/16/10, 9:30 am; 6/24/10, 10 am; 6/24/10, 2:30 pm; 419 Dirksen.  
The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on developments in security and stability in Afghanistan. 6/16/10, 1 pm, 2118 Rayburn.
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Horn of Africa: Current Conditions and U.S. Policy.” 6/17/10, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 6/11/10, the State Department announced a determination certifying that the government of Serbia is cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, taking steps that are consistent with the Dayton Accords to end Serbian financial, political, security and other support which has served to maintain separate Republika Srpska institutions, and taking steps to implement policies that reflect a respect for minority rights and the rule of law. FR 33376.  
Notices  
On 6/11/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 6/15/10 telephone meeting to consider and act on revisions to the LSC Accounting Guide for LSC Recipients, and for other matters. The call-in number is 1-866-451-4981, and the pass code is 5907707348. FR 33355.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3480 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and other laws to enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States; to Homeland Security. S4850, CR 6/10/10.
HR 5498 ( Pascrell, D-NJ), to enhance homeland security by improving efforts to prevent, deter, prepare for, detect, attribute, respond to, and recover from an attack with a weapon of mass destruction; to Homeland Security. H4386, CR 6/10/10.  
Bills Introduced
HR 5499 ( Mica, R-FL), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to authorize advances from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H4386, CR 6/10/10.  
Floor Action  
On 6/10/10, the House passed, by a 410-0-1 vote, S 3473, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to authorize advances from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5517 ( Stearns, R-FL), to amend Title 13, United States Code, to require that the questionnaire used in a decennial census of population shall include an inquiry regarding an individual’s status as a veteran, a spouse of a veteran, or a dependent of a veteran; to Oversight and Government Reform. H4386, CR 6/10/10.
 Notices
 On 6/11/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on a proposal to amend VA regulations concerning emergency hospital care and medical services provided to eligible veterans for service-connected and nonservice-connected conditions at non-VA facilities as a result of the amendments made by Section 402 of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008. These amendments would require VA payment for emergency treatment of eligible veterans at non-VA facilities and expand the circumstances under which payment for such treatment is authorized. Comments are due 8/10/10. FR 33216.
On 6/11/10, VA announced a request for public comment on a proposed rulemaking regarding issues related to the funding formula applicable to the Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program administered by the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. Comments are due 9/9/10. FR 33203.

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