A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.25.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 96 (June 24, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 92 (June 25, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 121 (June 25, 2010)
Committee Action  
On 6/24/10, House and Senate conferees resolved the differences between the Senate- and House-adopted versions of 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. The conference agreement contains an “Exclusion for the Practice of Law” section, specifically stating that the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have no enforcement or supervisory authority over lawyers who are in an attorney-client relationship with consumer clients.  
Notices  
The Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, will hold a hearing on protecting youths in an online world. 7/1/10, 10 am, 253 Russell.
Floor Action  
On 6/24/10, the House passed, by a 423-0 vote, H Con Res 285, to recognize the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families, and to support the goals and ideals of designating 2010 as the “Year of the Father.”  
Nominations  
On 6/24/10, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement providing that at approximately 5 pm on Monday, 6/28/10, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Gary Scott Feinerman, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5596 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to prohibit states from carrying out more than one congressional redistricting after a decennial census and apportionment, and to require states to conduct such redistricting through independent commissions; to Judiciary. H4871, CR 6/24/10.  
Floor Action  
On 6/24/10, the House passed, by a 219-206 vote, HR 5175, 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.  
Hearings  
The Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Future of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Programs Directorate.” 6/29/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.  
Bills Introduced  
S Res 656 ( Merkley, D-OR), supporting and recognizing the achievements of the family planning services programs operating under Title X of the Public Health Service Act; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S5439, CR 6/24/10.
H Res 1476 ( Chu, D-CA), supporting and recognizing the achievements of the family planning services programs operating under Title X of the Public Health Service Act; to Energy and Commerce. H4872, CR 6/24/10.  
Floor Action  
On 6/24/10, the House passed, by a 417-1 vote, HR 3962, the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010, clearing the measure for the president.  
Notices  
On 6/25/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, announced an 8/4/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to hear updates on the National Advisory Council on the National Health Services Corps Program, and to review and discuss the Council’s vision, mission, and values statements. FR 36427.
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1478 ( Lee, D-CA), supporting the goals and ideals of National HIV Testing Day; to Energy and Commerce. H4872, CR 6/24/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5595 ( Ellison, D-MN), to amend Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to create, for an alien seeking to enter the United States as a nonimmigrant to care for a relative with a serious health condition, an exemption from the presumption that the alien is an immigrant; to Judiciary. H4871, CR 6/24/10.  
Notices  
On 6/25/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced clarifications to the procedure for seeking review of a determination that a substantial new question of patentability has been raised in an ex parte reexamination proceeding. These clarifications become effective 6/25/10, and apply to ex parte reexamination proceedings in which an appeal to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences is decided on or after 6/25/10. FR 36357.  
Floor Action  
On 6/24/10, the Senate passed S Res 548, to express the sense of the Senate that Israel has an undeniable right to self-defense, and to condemn the recent destabilizing actions by extremists aboard the ship Mavi Marmara.
On 6/24/10, the Senate agreed, by a unanimous vote of 99 yeas, to the conference report to accompany HR 2194, to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance U.S. diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran.
On 6/24/10, the House passed, by a 412-2 vote, H Res 1464, to recognize the 50 th anniversary of the conclusion of the United States-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, and to express appreciation to the government of Japan and the Japanese people for enhancing peace, prosperity, and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
On 6/24/10, the House passed H Res 1457, to express the sense of the House of Representatives on the one-year anniversary of the government of Iran’s fraudulent manipulation of Iranian elections, the government of Iran’s continued denial of human rights and democracy to the people of Iran, and the government of Iran’s continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.
On 6/24/10, the House agreed, by a 408-8-1 vote, to the conference report to accompany HR 2194, to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance U.S. diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3538 ( Bond, R-MO), to improve the cyber security of the United States; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S5439, CR 6/24/10.
HR 5590 ( King, R-NY), to strengthen measures to protect the United States from terrorist attacks and to authorize appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2011; to Homeland Security. H4871, CR 6/24/10.
Committee Action
On 6/24/10, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved 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.  
Floor Action  
On 6/24/10, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement providing that the Senate agree to the request that the Senate return to the House HR 5136, the Department of Defense Authorization Act.  
Hearings
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Deepwater Horizon Tragedy: Holding Industry Accountable.” 6/30/10, 10 am, 253 Russell.  
Hearings  
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on healing the physical injuries of war. 7/22/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.

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