A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.4.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 28-29 (March 2-3, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 41-42 (March 3-4, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, Nos. 25-26 (March 3-4, 2010)
Nominations  
On 3/3/10, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Paul R. Verkuil, of Florida, to be chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States for a term of five years.
Bills Introduced
HR 4729 ( Linda T. Sanchez, D-CA), to clarify the situations in which a corporation may be treated as a person under federal law; to House Administration. H1026, CR 3/2/10.
Floor Action  
On 3/3/10, the House passed, by a 262-153 vote, HR 4247, to prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
S 3065 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; to Armed Services. S1018, CR 3/3/10.
CourtsJudiciary
Bills Introduced  
HR 4717 ( Lummis, R-WY), to require the Attorney General of the United States to compile, and make publicly available, certain data relating to the Equal Access to Justice Act; to Judiciary. H1026, CR 3/2/10.
HR 4738 ( McKeon, R-CA), to prohibit the use of Department of Defense military installations in the United States, its territories, or possessions for the prosecution of individuals involved in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks; to Armed Services. H1103, CR 3/3/10.
Nominations  
On 3/2/10, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 99 yeas, the nomination of Barbara Milano Keenan., of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
On 3/3/10, the Senate received the nomination of Scott M. Matheson Jr., of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending nominations. 3/10/10, 2:30 pm, 226 Dirksen.
Hearings  
The Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing on the challenges faced by girls in the juvenile justice system. 3/11/10, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 3/3/10, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced that two draft documents – the “National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Restraints Standard for Criminal Justice,” and the “NIJ Restraints Certification Program Requirements” – are available to the general public and for comment from industry technical representatives, criminal justice agencies and organizations, research, development and scientific communities, and all other stakeholders and interested parties. The draft documents can be found at http://www.justnet.org. Comments are due 4/19/10. FR 9613.
On 3/3/10, the Bureau of Prisons, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule to streamline regulations on inmate work and performance pay by removing redundant language and provisions that relate solely to staff guidance. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 9544.
On 3/3/10, the Parole Commission, DOJ, announced final rules to implement the District of Columbia Equitable Street Time Credit Amendment Act of 2008, which modifies parole laws for District of Columbia offenders. These final rules become effective 4/12/10. FR 9516.
Notices  
On 3/4/10, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a request for public comment on a proposed amendment to SSA rules to permit disability examiners in state agencies to make fully favorable determinations in certain claims for disability benefits under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act without the approval of a medical or psychological consultant. The proposed changes would apply on a temporary basis only to claims that SSA considers under its rules for Quick Disability Determinations or under its compassionate allowance initiative. Comments are due 4/5/10. FR 9821.
On 3/4/10, SSA announced a request for public comment on several information collections, including the Disability Report, which allows claimants appealing an unfavorable disability determination to disclose any changes to their disability or resources that might influence SSA’s unfavorable determination. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 9992.
Notices  
On 3/4/10, the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Area Agency on Aging and Local Service Provider Study, which is used to better understand the relationship between area agencies on aging and the local service providers with whom they work to provide Older Americans Act programs to seniors. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 9903.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4739 ( Capuano, D-MA), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to reduce the limit on the amount of certain contributions which may be made to a candidate with respect to an election for federal office; to House Administration. H1103, CR 3/3/10.
HR 4749 ( Price, D-NC), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require personal disclosure statements in all third-party communications advocating the election or defeat of a candidate, to require the disclosure of identifying information within communications made through the Internet, and to apply disclosure requirements to prerecorded telephone calls; to House Administration. H1103, CR 3/3/10.
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United.” 3/10/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 3/2/10, the House passed, by a 335-50 vote, HR 3820, to reauthorize federal natural hazards reductions programs.  
Notices  
On 3/3/10, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a 3/23/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Commission on Children and Disasters to discuss business and provide an opportunity for public comments. FR 9605.
On 3/4/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Laboratory Response Network, which maintains an integrated national and international network of laboratories that can respond to suspected acts of biological, chemical, or radiological terrorism and other public health emergencies. Comments are due 4/4/10. FR 9900.  
On 3/4/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the FEMA Preparedness Grants Emergency Management Performance Grant, which assists state and local governments in enhancing and sustaining all-hazards emergency management capabilities. Comments are due 4/5/10. FR 9916.
Bills Introduced  
HJ Res 77 ( Barton, R-TX), disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act; to Energy and Commerce. H1027, CR 3/2/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4727 ( Nadler, D-NY), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to place limitations on the possession, sale, and other disposition of a firearm by persons convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses against children; to Judiciary. H1026, CR 3/2/10.
Hearings
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 3/10/10, 2 pm, 1124 Dirksen.
HousingHomelessness
Bills Introduced  
HR 4737 ( Waters, D-CA), to reauthorize assistance for capacity building for community development and affordable housing under Section 4 of the HUD Demonstration Act of 1993; to Financial Services. H1102, CR 3/3/10.
Hearings  
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “(Community) Development Financial Institutions (CD-FIs): Their Unique Role and Challenges Serving Lower-Income, Underserved and Minority Communities.” 3/9/10, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 3/3/10, the House passed S 2968, to make certain technical and conforming amendments to the Lanham Act.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4728 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to authorize assistance to promote counter-extremism efforts in the Balkan region; to Foreign Affairs. H1026, CR 3/2/10.
H Res 1129 ( Coffman, R-CO), expressing the sense of the House that the secretary of the Treasury should direct the U.S. executive directors to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to use the voice and vote of the United States to oppose making any loans to the government of Antigua and Barbuda until that government cooperates with the United States and compensates the victims of the Stanford Financial Group fraud; to Financial Services. H1027, CR 3/2/10.
S Res 433 ( Shaheen, D-NH), supporting the goals of “International Women’s Day”; to Judiciary. S1018, CR 3/3/10.
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on new directions in global health. 3/10/10, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.  
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Google Predicament: Transforming U.S. Cyberspace Policy to Advance Democracy, Security, and Trade.” 3/10/10, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight Subcommittee, and the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a joint hearing on international worker rights, U.S. foreign policy, and the international economy. 3/10/10, 2 pm, 2200 Rayburn.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Policy Toward the Americas in 2010 and Beyond.” 3/10/10, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.  
Presidential Action  
On 2/26/10, the president issued a notice continuing for one year the national emergency declared 3/6/03 with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions. FR 10155.  
Committee Action 
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will vote on pending nominations, including those of Sharon L. Browne, Charles Norman Wiltse Keckler, and Victor B. Maddox, to be members of the Board of Directors for the Legal Services Corporation. 3/10/10, time TBA, 430 Dirksen.
Hearings  
The Defense Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on Department of Defense health programs. 3/10/10, 10 am, 192 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced   
HR 4747 ( Owens, D-NY), to amend the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to prevent the use of Indian reservations located on the U.S. borders to facilitate cross-border drug trafficking; to Judiciary. H1103, CR 3/3/10.
HR 4748 ( Owens, D-NY), to amend the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 to require a northern border counternarcotics strategy; to Judiciary. H1103, CR 3/3/10.  
Hearings  
The Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on U.S. government efforts to counter violent extremism and the role of the U.S. military in those efforts. 3/10/10, 10 am, 222 Russell.
Notices  
On 3/3/10, DHS announced a request for public comment on two information collections used to track the request for and dissemination of guidance documents on interoperable emergency communications issues to stakeholders, and to support quality improvement of DHS technical assistance service, respectively. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 9607FR 9608.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4746 ( Neugebauer, R-TX), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent pending tax increases; to Ways and Means. H1103, CR 3/3/10.
Notices  
On 3/3/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are a part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Comments are due 6/1/10. FR 9561.
On 3/4/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the National Flood Insurance Program Policy Forms, which are marketed through the facilities of licensed insurance agencies or brokers in various states to provide for the availability of policies for flood insurance. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 9918.  
Committee Action  
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up several bills, including HR 3976, to extend certain expiring provisions providing enhanced protections for servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosure; and HR 1169, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to increase the amount of assistance provided by the secretary of Veterans Affairs to disabled veterans for specially adapted housing, automobiles, and adapted equipment. 3/4/10, 1:30 pm, 334 Cannon.

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