A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.30.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 99 (June 29, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 95 (June 30, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 124 (June 30, 2010)
Committee Action  
On 6/29/10, conferees agreed to file a conference report on 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 “to big to fail,” to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, and to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices.
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for consideration of the conference report to accompany 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. 6/30/10, 9 am, H-313 Capitol.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5628 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to end the use of corporal punishment in schools; to Education and Labor. H4974, CR 6/29/10.
Floor Action
On 6/29/10, the Senate passed H Con Res 285, 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.  
Notices
On 6/30/10, the Children and Families Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Order/Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support, which is used by child support agencies, courts, tribes, private attorneys, and all other entities when order or sending notice to employers and income withholders of the requirement to withhold income for child support. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37816.
On 6/30/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on a proposed project entitled “Activities to Assess the Feasibility of Creating and Maintaining a National Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect Perpetrators.” Comments are due 7/30/10. FR 37808.  
Floor Action  
On 6/29/10, the House 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 Constitution of the United States and federal law.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5624 ( Lummis, R-WY), to simplify and expedite access to the federal courts for injured parties whose rights and privileges under the U.S. Constitution have been deprived by final actions of federal agencies or other government officials or entities acting under the color of state law; to Judiciary. H4973, CR 6/29/10.  
Nominations  
On 6/29/10, the Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Hearings are scheduled through 7/1/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5640 ( Weiner, D-NY), to establish a National Rape Kit Database; to Judiciary. H4974, CR 6/29/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5636 ( Matsui, D-CA), to establish Federally Qualified Behavioral Health Centers and to require Medicaid coverage for services provided by such centers; to Energy and Commerce. H4974, CR 6/29/10.  
Presidential Action  
On 6/25/10, the president issued a memorandum to the secretary of Health and Human Services requesting specific steps that should be taken to minimize any disruption to, or administrative burden on, Medicare physicians and other providers affected by the newly adopted HR 3962, the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010, and to minimize any disruption in the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to access necessary services. FR 37971.
Notices  
On 6/30/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Comprehensive Communication Campaign for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, a nationwide communication campaign that aims to meet the Congressional mandate to educate the public about privacy and security of electronically exchanged personal health information. Comments are due 7/30/10. FR 37811.
On 6/30/10, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, HHS, announced a 7/20/10-7/21/10 meeting in Arlington, VA, to discuss a report focusing on informed consent and future use of specimens or data, to hear from a panel discussing regulatory challenges posed by the increasing use of the internet and electronic media in human subjects research, and for other matters. The meeting agenda and more information will be available at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/index.html. FR 37813.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3544 ( Mikulski, D-MD), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements of the visa waiver program; to Judiciary. S5538, CR 6/29/10.  
Notices  
On 6/30/10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule adopting, without change, a 2/19/08 interim final rule that consolidated the asset seizure and forfeiture procedures for customs and immigration purposes, aligning forfeiture procedures to allow petitioners to seek remission of seized property before the completion of the forfeiture process. This final rule becomes effective 6/30/10. FR 37707.
On 6/30/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, which is used to determine eligibility to adjust status under Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37820.
On 6/30/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Petition for Amerasian, Widow, or Special Immigrant, which is used by several prospective classes of aliens who intend to establish their eligibility to immigrate to the United States. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37820.
On 6/30/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, which is used by an employer to petition for aliens to come to the United States temporarily to perform services, labor, and training, or to request extensions of stay or changes in nonimmigrant status for nonimmigrant workers. Comments are due 7/30/10. FR 37822.
On 6/30/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, which is used by USCIS to verify a petitioner’s status and to determine whether the conditional resident is eligible to have his or her status removed. Comments are due 8/30/10. FR 37821.  
Bills Introduced  
S Res 573 ( Feingold, D-WI), urging the development of a comprehensive strategy to ensure stability in Somalia; to Foreign Relations. S5538, CR 6/29/10.
Committee Action  
The House Agriculture Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 4645, to remove obstacles to legal sales of U.S. agricultural commodities to Cuba and to end travel restrictions on all Americans to Cuba. 6/30/10, 2 pm, 1300 Longworth.
Floor Action
On 6/29/10, the Senate passed S Res 564, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Mutual Security and Cooperation with Japan, and affirming support for the United States-Japan security alliance and relationship.
Notices  
On 6/30/10, the State Department announced a 7/20/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Public Diplomacy to discuss several issues, including the measurement of U.S. government public diplomacy efforts. FR 37873.  
Committee Action  
On 6/29/10, the House Appropriations Committee approved for full committee action the FY 2011 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which includes $440 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
Committee Action  
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up several bills, including HR 4469, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for protection of child custody arrangements of parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation; and HR 4664, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for a one-year moratorium on the sale or foreclosure of property owned by surviving spouses of servicemembers killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. 7/15/10, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5629 ( Oberstar, D-MN), to ensure full recovery from responsible parties of damages for physical and economic injuries, adverse effects on the environment, and clean up of oil spill pollution, to improve the safety of vessels and pipelines supporting offshore oil drilling, and to ensure that there are adequate response plans to prevent environmental damage from oil spills; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H4974, CR 6/29/10.

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