A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.16.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 89 (June 15, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 85 (June 16, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 114 (June 16, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 6/15/10, conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions of HR 4173, to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end “too big to fail,” to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, and to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices. The conferees did not complete action, and reconvened 6/16/10.  
Notices  
On 6/16/10, the Treasury Department announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Capital Purchase Program (CPP) Participants Use of Funds Survey, which will be used to gauge how participants in the CPP are utilizing TARP capital. Comments are due 7/16/10. FR 34213.  
Floor Action  
On 6/15/10, the House passed, by a 416-0 vote, H Res 1389, to recognize the immeasurable contributions of fathers in the healthy development of children, supporting responsible fatherhood, and encouraging greater involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, especially on Father’s Day.  
Nominations  
On 6/15/10, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 95 yeas, the nomination of Tanya Walton Pratt, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; by a unanimous vote of 96 yeas, the nomination of Brian Anthony Jackson, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana; and, by voice vote, the nomination of Elizabeth Erny Foote, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.  
Hearings  
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the adherence to the Supreme Court ruling on Olmstead v. L.C., focusing on ensuring community opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 6/22/10, 2:30 pm, 4:30 Dirksen.  
Notices  
On 6/16/10, the Department of Education announced the solicitation of applications for vocational rehabilitation services projects for American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near federal or state reservations. Funding will be granted to programs that provide vocational rehabilitation services consistent with disabled Indians’ individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting, or business ownership. Applications are due 8/16/10. FR 34298.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3494 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to prevent mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud targeting seniors in the United States, to promote efforts to increase public awareness of the enormous impact that mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud have on seniors, and to educate the public, seniors, their families, and their caregivers about how to identify and combat fraudulent activity; to Judiciary. S4938, CR 6/15/10.
S Res 553 ( Stabenow, D-MI), expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should unwaveringly uphold the dignity and independence of older Americans; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S4939, CR 6/15/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5523 ( Rehberg, R-MT), to protect the right of individuals to bear arms on federal lands administered by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management; to Natural Resources. H4505, CR 6/15/10.  
Notices  
On 6/16/10, the Department of Health and Human Services announced several meetings in the month of June of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee’s Workgroups. The meetings will be available to the public via webcast; for more information, visit http://healthit.hhs.gov. FR 34141.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5532 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to adopted alien children; to Judiciary. H4506, CR 6/15/10.  
Notices  
On 6/16/10, the Department of Education announced the adoption, without changes, of interim final regulations for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program to enable the Department to make grants to Indian tribes that choose to form a consortium and, rather than authorizing one of the Indian tribes of the consortium to serve as the grantee, create a separate legal entity that serves as the grantee on behalf of the consortium and is responsible for using the grant funds to provide services to all the Indian tribes in the consortium. These regulations become effective 6/16/10. FR 34295.
Bills Introduced  
HJ Res 88 ( Berman, D-CA), providing for the approval of the Congress of the proposed agreement for cooperation between the United States and Australia pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; to Foreign Affairs. H4506, CR 6/15/10.
Hearings
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the current situation in Afghanistan. 6/16/10, 9 am, G-50 Dirksen.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on U.S. policy toward Iran in the aftermath of U.N. sanctions. 6/22/10, 9:30 am, 419 Dirksen.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5528 ( Carney, D-PA), to enhance the integrity of the United States against the threat of terrorism; to Homeland Security. H4505, CR 6/15/10.  
Floor Action  
On 6/15/10, the House passed, by a 247-170 vote, HR 5486, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for small business job creation.

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