A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.10.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 33 (March 9, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 46 (March 10, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 30 (March 10, 2010)
Hearings
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on federal rulemaking and the regulatory process. 3/16/10, 11 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Presidential Action
On 3/5/10, the president issued a proclamation declaring 3/7/10-3/13/10 “National Consumer Protection Week,” calling upon government officials, industry leaders, and consumer advocates across the United States to share information about consumer protection, and encouraging all Americans to learn more about marketing and business. FR 10991 .
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Bills Introduced
HR 4784 ( Wu, D-OR), to establish the Internet Freedom Foundation; to Science and Technology. S1219, CR 3/9/10.
Hearings
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 3335, to secure the federal voting rights of persons who have been released from incarceration. 3/16/10, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices
On 3/10/10, the Department of Justice announced a request for public comment on the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission’s proposed national standards for enhancing the prevention, detection, and response to sexual abuse in confinement settings. Comments are due 5/10/10. FR 11077 .
Bills Introduced
HR 4787 ( Baldwin, D-WI), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve and protect rehabilitative services and case management services provided under Medicaid to improve the health and welfare of the nation’s most vulnerable seniors and children; to Energy and Commerce. H1219, CR 3/9/10.
Hearings
The Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization: Addressing the Needs of Diverse Students.” 3/18/10, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
HR 4790 ( Capuano, D-MA), to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require shareholder authorization before a public company may make certain political expenditures; to Financial Services. H1220, CR 3/9/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 4789 ( Grayson, D-FL), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an option for any citizen or permanent resident of the United States to buy into Medicare; to Ways and Means. S1219, CR 3/9/10.
HR 4794 ( Lance, R-NJ), to prohibit the use of any recommendation of the Preventive Services Task Force (or any successor task force) to deny or restrict coverage of an item or service under a federal health care program, a group health plan, or a health insurance issuer; to Energy and Commerce. H1220, CR 3/9/10.
HR 4796 ( Patrick J. Murphy, D-PA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the application of Medicare secondary payer rules for certain claims; to Ways and Means. H1220, CR 3/9/10.
Notices
On 3/10/10, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule that would establish two certification programs for purposes of testing and certifying health information technology. Comments are due 4/9/10. FR 11327 .
Bills Introduced
S 3091 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit the secretary of Homeland Security from charging a fee for a certificate of citizenship for a foreign-born child adopted within the United States; to Judiciary. S1311, CR 3/9/10.
Notices
On 3/10/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, which is used by an asylee or refugee to file on behalf of his or her spouse and/or children, provided that the relationship to the refugee or asylee existed prior to their admission to the United States. Comments are due 5/10/10. FR 11192 .
Bills Introduced
S 3089 ( Landrieu, D-LA), to require a study and report by the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration regarding the effects of proposed changes in patent law; to Small Business and Entrepreneurship. S1311, CR 3/9/10.
Bills Introduced
H Con Res 250 ( Baird, D-WA), congratulating the people of Iraq on their resolve to vote in a national parliamentary election on 3/7/10 in the face of adversity; to Foreign Affairs. H1220, CR 3/9/10.
H Res 1148 ( Baird, D-WA), expressing support for the mission and goals of the World Economic Forum; to Foreign Affairs. H1220, CR 3/9/10.
Hearings
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the future of U.S. public diplomacy. 3/10/10, 3 pm, 430 Dirksen.
Committee Action
On 3/9/10, the House Rules Committee granted, by a non-record vote, a closed rule providing for three hours of general debate on H Con Res 248, directing the president, pursuant to Section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan.
Hearings
The Workforce Protection Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing on legislation that would revise penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. 3/16/10, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
Hearings
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Lessons and Implications of the Christmas Day Attack.” The hearing is the fourth in a series to address the 12/25/09 terrorism attempt against Northwest Flight 253. 3/17/10, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 3/9/10, the House passed H Res 1032, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should continue to assist the government of Mexico in fighting the drug cartels and curbing violence against Mexican and U.S. citizens, both in the United States and abroad.
Hearings
The Oversight Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on the 2009 Report to Congress of the National Taxpayer Advocate. 3/16/10, 2 pm, 1100 Longworth.
Notices
On 3/10/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the publication of a summary of legal interpretations issued by the Office of General Counsel involving veterans’ benefits under laws administered by the VA. These interpretations are considered precedential by VA and will be followed by VA officials and employees in future claim matters involving the same legal issues. FR 11229.

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