A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.5.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 30 (March 4, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 43 (March 5, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 27 (March 5, 2010)
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 148, to restore the rule that agreements between manufacturers and retailers, distributors, or wholesalers to set the minimum price below which the manufacturer’s product or service cannot be sold violates the Sherman Act. 3/11/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 3/4/10, the House approved the amended version of HR 2847, the “Jobs for Main Street Act.”
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Hearings
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on pay equity in the workplace. 3/11/10, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.
CourtsJudiciary
Nominations
On 3/4/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Gloria M. Navarro, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada; Audrey Goldstein Fleissig, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Lucy Haeran Koh, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Jon E. DeGuilio, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana; and Tanya Walton Pratt, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
On 3/4/10, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 99 yeas, the nomination of William M. Conley, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination of Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, of Indiana, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. 3/11/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1789, to restore fairness to federal cocaine sentencing; S 2772, to establish a criminal justice reinvestment grant program to help states and local jurisdictions reduce spending on corrections, control growth in the prison and jail populations, and increase public safety; and S 1765, to amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless. 3/11/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices
On 3/5/10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) for the Mentally Retarded (MR) or Persons with Related Conditions Survey Report Form and Supporting Regulations, which is needed to ensure that ICF/MR provider and client characteristics are available and updated annually for the federal government’s online survey certification and reporting system. Comments are due 4/5/10. FR 10279.
Bills Introduced
HR 4768 ( Grayson, D-FL), to prevent funding provided through the Federal Reserve System from being made available to corporations that finance political campaigns or political propaganda; to Financial Services. H1168, CR 3/4/10.
Hearings
The Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on corporate governance after the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, which changed the rules concerning corporate spending on political campaigns. 3/11/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Hearings
The Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on approaches to mitigating and managing natural catastrophe risks. 3/10/10, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Committee Action
On 3/4/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 1132, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to improve the provisions relating to the carrying of concealed weapons by law enforcement officers.
Bills Introduced
S 3078 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to provide for the establishment of a Health Insurance Rate Authority to establish limits on premium rating; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S1169, CR 3/4/10.
HR 4757 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), to provide for the establishment of a Health Insurance Rate Authority to establish limits on premium rating; to Energy and Commerce. H1167, 3/4/10.
HIVAIDS
Hearings
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Investments in HIV/AIDS: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead.” 3/11/10, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
HousingHomelessness
Bills Introduced
HR 4766 ( Ellison, D-MN), to permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009; to Financial Services. H1168, CR 3/4/10.
Hearings
The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the role of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in providing assistance to families with very low incomes. 3/11/10, 10 am, B-318 Rayburn.
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Protecting the American Dream: A Look at the Fair Housing Act.” 3/11/10, 1:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
The Housing and Committee Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on draft legislation HR --, the Federal Housing Administration Reform Act of 2010. 3/11/10, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Notices
On 3/5/10, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States after Deportation or Removal, which is used to adjudicate applications filed by aliens requesting consent to reapply for admission to the United States after deportation, removal, or departure, as provided under Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Comments are due 4/5/10. FR 10298.
On 3/5/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant, which USCIS uses to make a determination that eligibility requirements and conditions have been met, permitting a family member who has never held U nonimmigrant status to seek lawful permanent residence or to apply for an immigrant visa. Comments are due 4/5/10. FR 10298.
Bills Introduced
HR 4759 ( Taylor, D-MS), to provide for the withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement; to Ways and Means. S1168, CR 3/4/10.
H Con Res 248 ( Kucinich, D-OH), directing the president, pursuant to Section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan; to Foreign Affairs. H1168, CR 3/4/10.
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the future of U.S. public diplomacy. 3/10/10, 3 pm, 419 Dirksen.
Committee Action
On 3/4/10, the Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy, House Committee on Financial Services, approved HR 4573, the Debt Relief for Earthquake Recovery in Haiti Act of 2010.
On 3/4/10, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved H Res 252, the Affirmation of the United States Record of the Armenian Genocide Resolution.
Floor Action
On 3/4/10, the Senate passed S Res 404, supporting full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and other efforts to promote peace and stability in Sudan.
On 3/4/10, the Senate passed S Res 414, expressing the sense of the Senate on the recovery, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of Haiti following the humanitarian crisis caused by the 1/12/10 earthquake in Haiti.
On 3/4/10, the Senate passed S Res 422, recognizing the important progress made by the people of Ukraine in the establishment of democratic institutions following the presidential run-off election on 2/7/10.
On 3/4/10, the Senate passed S Res 437, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the positive effect of the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections on Iraq’s political reconciliation and democratic institutions.
Notices
On 3/5/10, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Disaster and Emergency Relief Information Form, which will enable USAID to collect information from members of the public as it related to in-kind donations or expressions of interest to volunteer in response to an international disaster or emergency where USAID has been tasked with relief or recovery responsibilities. Comments are due 5/4/10. FR 10207.
Bills Introduced
S 3077 ( Cornyn, R-TX), to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security and the secretary of State to refuse or revoke visas to aliens if in the security or foreign policy interests of the United States, to require the secretary of Homeland Security to review visa applications before adjudication, and to provide for the immediate dissemination of visa revocation information; to Judiciary. S1169, CR 3/4/10.
S 3081 ( McCain, R-AZ), to provide for the interrogation and detention of enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States, and to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents for such acts; to Judiciary. S1169, CR 3/4/10.
HR 4758 ( Smith, R-TX), to authority the secretary of Homeland Security and the secretary of State to refuse or revoke visas to aliens if in the security or foreign policy interests of the United States, to require the secretary of Homeland Security to review visa applications before adjudication, and to provide for the immediate dissemination of visa revocation information; to Judiciary. H1167, CR 3/4/10.
HR 4780 ( Rooney, R-FL), to require the head of an element of the intelligence community to provide to the secretary of Defense any intelligence information obtained by such element that indicates the involvement of personnel of the Department of Defense with a terrorist organization; to Intelligence (Permanent Select). H1168, CR 3/4/10.
Hearings
The State, Local and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “New Border War: Corruption of U.S. Officials by Drug Cartels.” 3/11/10, 11 am, 342 Dirksen.
The Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Visa Security and Passenger Pre-Screening Efforts in the Wake of Flight 253,” focusing on the roles of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of State in visa security and passenger pre-screening in the aftermath of the Flight 253 incident on 12/25/09. FR 3/11/10, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.
Bills Introduced
HR 4778 ( Pomeroy, D-ND), to extend the National Flood Insurance Program to 12/31/10; to Financial Services. H1168, CR 3/4/10.
Committee Action
On 3/4/10, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved HR 3976, the Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2009; 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 and automobiles and adapted equipment.

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