A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.23.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 91-92 (June 17-18, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, Nos. 87-88 (June 18-21, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 116-117 (June 18-21, 2010)
Hearings  
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. 6/24/10, 11 am, 2141 Rayburn.
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 federal understanding of insurance issues, and to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets. 6/24/10, 12 pm, 106 Dirksen.  
Bills Introduced  
S Res 560 ( Bayh, D-IN), recognizing 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 families, especially on Father’s Day; to Judiciary. S5112, CR 6/17/10.
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. 6/24/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Hearings  
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform and the Revolution in Location-Based Technologies and Services.” 6/24/10, 10 am, 2237 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 6/17/10, the Senate passed SJ Res 33, to provide for the reconsideration and revision of the proposed constitution of the U.S. Virgin Islands to correct provisions inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution and federal law.
Nominations  
On 6/17/10, the Senate received the nominations of James Emanuel Boasberg and Amy Berman Jackson, both of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judges for the District of Columbia; and Sue E. Myerscough, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois.
On 6/17/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of John J. McConnell Jr., of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island.
Notices  
On 6/18/10, the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on an interim rule revising current regulations on the Administrative Remedy Program to add an exception to initial filing of administrative remedy appeals at the institution level. The exception will state that formal administrative remedy requests regarding initial decisions that did not originate with the warden or his or her staff may be initially filed with the Bureau office which made the original decision, and appealed directly to the General Counsel. This rule becomes effective 6/18/10. Comments are due 8/17/10. FR 34625.
On 6/21/10, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Case Submission Form, which serves as the national repository for violent crimes, including homicides and attempted homicides, sexual assaults, and missing persons. Comments are due 8/20/10. FR 35087.
Notices  
On 6/21/10, the Department of Education announced an invitation of applications for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Program priority entitled “Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.” Funding will be granted to groups providing services designed to benefit rehabilitation service providers, individuals with disabilities, and the family members or other authorized representatives of individuals with disabilities. Applications are due 8/20/10. FR 34990.
On 6/21/10, the Department of Education announced a priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, entitled “Employment Outcomes for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired,” which will focus research attention on areas of national need to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This priority becomes effective 7/21/10. FR 34997.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5558 ( Giffords, D-AZ), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the eligibility of older workers for the work opportunity credit; to Ways and Means. H4635, CR 6/17/10.
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. 6/24/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 6/21/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an amendment to the statement of organization, functions, and delegations of authority of the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness. This organizational change will retitle the Office as the “Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR),” and realign the functions of ASPR to reflect the changes mandated by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. FR 35035.
Notices
On 6/21/10, the State Department announced a request for public comment on the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Comments are due 7/18/10, and should be submitted through the following website: http://www.globalchange.gov/srrenreview. FR 35121.
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1455 ( Smith, R-TX), directing the attorney general to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of certain communications relating to certain recommendations regarding administration appointments; to Judiciary. H4636, CR 6/17/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3502 ( Hatch, R-UT), to restore Americans’ individual liberty by striking the federal mandate to purchase insurance; to Finance. S5112, CR 6/17/10.
S 3504 ( Murray, D-WA), to establish a public education and awareness program relating to emergency contraception; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5112, CR 6/17/10.
HR 5561 ( Slaughter, D-NY), to establish a public education and awareness program relating to emergency contraception; to Energy and Commerce. H4635, CR 6/17/10.
Floor Action  
On 6/18/10, the Senate passed HR 3962, to provide a physician payment update, and to provide pension funding relief.  
Notices  
On 6/18/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS, announced a 7/29/10 meeting in Harlem, MT, of the Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee (TCAC) to hear discussions and presentations from various CDC senior leadership on activities and areas identified by TCAC members and other tribal leaders as priority public health issues. FR 34752.
Hearings 
The House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee will hold a hearing on foreclosure prevention efforts. 6/24/10, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 6/8/10, the president issued a memorandum to the secretary of State determining that it is important to the national security interest of the United States to furnish assistance under the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, in an amount not to exceed $33 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund, for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs. FR 34617.  
Notices  
On 6/21/10, the State Department announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a submitted information collection, the Request for Determination of Possible Loss of United States Citizenship, which will determine current citizenship status and the possibility of loss of U.S. citizenship. The information assists consular officers and the Department of State in determining if a U.S. citizen has lost his or her nationality by voluntarily performing an expatriating act with the intention of relinquishing U.S. nationality. Comments are due 6/21/10. FR 35118.
Bills Introduced  
S 3507 ( Feingold, D-WI), to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to require congressional approval of agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with foreign countries; to Foreign Relations. S5112, CR 6/17/10.
H Res 1451 ( Bono Mack, R-CA), expressing support for designation of 6/26/10 as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking; to Foreign Affairs. H4635, CR 6/17/10.
Presidential Action  
On 6/17/10, the president issued an executive order continuing for one year the 6/21/00 national emergency with respect to the risk of nuclear proliferation created by the accumulation of weapons-usable fissile material in the territory of the Russian Federation. FR 34919.
Notices  
On 6/21/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Federal Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note and Endorser Addendum, which serves as the means by which an individual applies for and agrees to repay a Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and which informs the borrower of the terms and conditions of the loan and includes a statement of the borrower’s rights and responsibilities. Comments are due 8/20/10. FR 34990.
On 6/21/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved collection, the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Repayment Plan Selection Form, which is used to select an initial repayment plan prior to entering repayment, to request a change from the borrower’s current repayment plan to a different repayment plan, and to collect the information used to calculate the borrower’s monthly payment amount and determine the borrower’s initial eligibility to repay under the plan. Comments are due 8/20/10. FR 34989.
Committee Action  
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including S 3480, 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. 6/24/10, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
On 6/17/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 258, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide enhanced penalties for marketing controlled substances to minors.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5553 ( Cao, R-LA), to extend the National Flood Insurance Program until 12/31/13; to Financial Services. H4635, CR 6/17/10.
HR 5559 ( Hinchey, D-NY), to revise the National Flood Insurance Program to more fairly treat homeowners who purchase insurance under the Program; to Financial Services. H4635, CR 6/17/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5549 ( Donnelly, D-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for expedited procedures for the consideration of certain veterans claims; to Veterans’ Affairs. H4635, CR 6/17/10.
HR 5550 ( Kirkpatrick, D-AZ), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to include a definition of “loss of use” for purposes of evaluating disabilities and providing adapted housing and automobiles under the laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans Affairs. H4635, CR 6/17/10.
HR 5555 ( Foxx, R-NC), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for eligibility for housing loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the surviving spouses of certain totally disabled veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H4635, CR 6/17/10.
Hearings  
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a round table on innovative treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. 7/21/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.

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