A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.17.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 90 (June 16, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 86 (June 17, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 115 (June 17, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 6/16/10, 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 6/17/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S Res 556 ( Murray, D-WA), recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families, and designating 2010 as “The Year of the Father”; to Judiciary. S4989, CR 6/16/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HJ Res 89 ( Terry, R-NE), proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States; to Judiciary. H4597, CR 6/16/10.  
Hearings  
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform and the Revolution in Location Based Technologies and Services.” 6/24/10, 10 am, 2237 Rayburn.  
Notices  
On 6/17/10, the Commission on Civil Rights announced a 6/25/10 meeting via teleconference to approve the agenda, discuss State Advisory Committee issues, and consider the discovery plan and project outline for the report on sex discrimination in liberal arts college admissions. The dial-in number for the meeting is 1-800-597-7623, and the conference ID is 82122192. FR 33423.
On 6/17/10, the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a proposed guidance to recipients of federal financial assistance regarding Title VI’s prohibition against national origin discrimination affecting persons with limited English proficiency. Comments are due 7/11/10. FR 34465.  
Notices  
On 6/17/10, the National Council on Disability announced a 6/25/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the National Summit on Disability Policy 2010. FR 34487.  
Notices  
On 6/17/10, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of an existing information collection, the Informational Requirements Under Title II of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990, which identifies the information that employers are required to disclose to employees in writing when asking employees to waive their rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act in connection with an exit incentive program or other employment termination program. Comments are due 8/16/10. FR 34449.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5546 ( Roskam, R-IL), to provide for the establishment of a fraud, waste, and abuse detection and mitigation program for the Medicare Program under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act; to Energy and Commerce. H4597, CR 6/16/10.  
Notices  
On 6/17/10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of the Treasury; the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor; and the Department of Health and Human Services announced a request for public comment on interim final regulations implementing the rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets under provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding status as a grandfathered health plan. These interim final regulations became effective 6/14/10. Comments are due 8/16/10. FR 34537.
On 6/17/10, the IRS, Department of the Treasury, announced the issuance of temporary regulations providing guidance to employers, group health plans, and health insurance issuers providing group health insurance coverage. Comments are due 9/15/10. FR 34571.
On 6/17/10, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues announced a 7/8/10-7/9/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the implications of synthetic biology. FR 34451.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5547 ( Royce, R-CA), to terminate the authorities of the Trade and Development Agency; to Foreign Affairs. H4597, CR 6/16/10.
Notices
On 6/17/10, the Department of State announced that it is in the national security interests of the United States to make available funds appropriated under the heading “Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia” of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2010, without regard to the restriction in Section 7073(a). FR 34516.
On 6/17/10, the Department of State announced the continuation of the waiver authority of the Trade Act of 1974 as it applies to Belarus. FR 34516.
On 6/17/10, the Department of State announced a 7/8/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, to discuss, approve and recommend that the Department negotiate grant agreements with certain “national organizations with an interest and expertise in conducting research and training concerning the countries of Eastern Europe and the independent states of the former Soviet Union.” FR 34518.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5548 ( Harman, D-CA), 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 Oversight and Government Reform. H4597, CR 6/16/10.
Hearings  
The Defense Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 6/23/10, 10:30 am, 192 Dirksen.  
Public Laws  
On 6/15/10, the president signed S 3473 (PL 111-191), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to authorize advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
 Notices
 On 6/17/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced the final 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. FR 34381.
On 6/17/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed BFEs and proposed BFE modifications for listed communities. These elevations, once finalized, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents in those buildings. Comments are due 9/15/10. FR 34415.

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