A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.11.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 34 (March 10, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 47 (March 11, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 31 (March 11, 2010)
The Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Could Bankruptcy Reform Help Preserve Small Business Jobs?” 3/17/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Economy and Fraud: Protecting Consumers During Downward Economic Times.” 3/17/10, 3 pm, 253 Russell.
Bills Introduced
HR 4806 ( Stark, D-CA), to prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved; to Ways and Means. H1322, CR 3/10/10.
Floor Action
On 3/10/10, the House passed H Res 1081, to support the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
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The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gay and lesbian servicemembers. 3/18/10, 9:30 am, 216 Hart.
On 3/10/09, the Senate received the nominations of Raymond Joseph Lohier, Jr., of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Kathleen M. O’Malley, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; Catherine C. Eagles, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; John J. McConnell, Jr., of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island; and Kimberly J. Mueller, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California.
On 3/10/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Gary Scott Feinerman and Sharon Johnson Coleman, both of Illinois, to be United States District Judges for the Northern District of Illinois, and William Joseph Martinez, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.
On 3/11/10, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced several meetings of its committees, as follows: the Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure, 4/8/10-4/9/10, Asheville, NC; the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence, 4/22/10-4/23/10, New York, NY; and the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 6/14/10-6/15/10, Washington, DC. FR 11560 .
On 3/11/10, the National Council on Disability announced a 4/19/10-4/20/10 meeting in Detroit, MI, to discuss emergency management, developmental disabilities and the Bill of Rights Act, international development, and the National Summit on Disability Policy 2010, among other things. FR 11565 .
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on the Medicare Part D program and how rising drug prices affect seniors. 3/17/10, 2:30 pm, 562 Dirksen.
Floor Action
On 3/10/10, the House passed, by a 409-0 vote, H Con Res 249, to commemorate the 45 th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the role that it played in ensuring the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Administration of the Freedom of Information Act: Current Trends.” 3/18/10, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Justice Department. 3/23/10, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced
HR 4803 ( Barton, R-TX), to ensure health care consumer and provider access to certain health benefits plan information and to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide transparency in hospital price and quality information; to Energy and Commerce. H1322, CR 3/10/10.
HR 4808 ( DeGette, D-CO), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research; to Energy and Commerce. H1323, CR 3/10/10.
HR 4813 ( Berry, D-AR), to provide for insurance reform (including health insurance reform), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reform Medicare Advantage and reduce disparities in the Medicare Program, and to regulate the importation of prescription drugs; to Energy and Commerce. H1323, CR 3/10/10.
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Administration’s Proposal to Revitalize Severely Distressed Public and Assisted Housing: The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.” 3/17/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Bills Introduced
HR 4800 ( Stark, D-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the 1-year deadline for application for asylum in the United States; to Judiciary. H1322, CR 3/10/10.
Bills Introduced
S Con Res 54 ( Nelson, D-NE), recognizing the life of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died 2/23/10 in the custody of the government of Cuba, and calling for a continued focus on the promotion of internationally recognized human rights, as listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Cuba; to Foreign Relations. S1359, CR 3/10/10.
HR 4801 ( Berman, D-CA), to establish the Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy; to Foreign Affairs. H1322, CR 3/10/10.
HR 4807 ( Kirk, R-IL), to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to require that the president investigate possible violations of that act within a specified period; to Foreign Affairs. H1323, CR 3/10/10.
H Res 1160 ( Meeks, D-NY), calling for the establishment of a Haiti Marshall Plan Committee to coordinate aid and development initiatives from multilateral development banks, international financial institutions, U.S. bilateral aid programs, and major international charities and non-governmental organizations in response to the earthquake that struck Haiti 1/12/10, and encouraging them to work in a coordinated manner; to Financial Services. H1323, CR 3/10/10.
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Aid to Pakistan: Planning and Accountability.” 3/16/10, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Trans-Atlantic Security in the 21 st Century: Do New Threats Require New Approaches?” 3/17/10, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “U.S.-Japan Relations: Enduring Ties, Recent Developments.” 3/17/10, 2:30 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 3/10/10, the Senate passed S 1067, to support stabilization and lasting peace in northern Uganda and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army through development of a regional strategy to support multilateral efforts to successfully protect civilians and eliminate the threat posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, and to authorize funds for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, reconciliation, and transitional justice.
On 3/10/10, the House passed, by a 418-1 vote, H Res 1088, to recognize the plight of people with albinism in East Africa and to condemn their murder and mutilation.
On 3/10/10, the House failed to agree, by a 65-356 vote, to H Con Res 248, to direct the president, pursuant to Section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.
Presidential Action
On 3/10/10, the president transmitted to the Senate a report on the continuation of the national emergency declared 3/15/95 with respect to Iran.
On 3/11/10, the Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture, announced a 3/29/10 public meeting in Washington, DC, of the Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products to solicit input from the public regarding the group’s statutory mandate to develop recommendations for independent, third-party monitoring and verification to reduce the likelihood that agricultural products or commodities imported into the United States are produced with the use of forced labor or child labor. Comments are due 5/30/10. FR 11512 .
On 3/11/10, the State Department announced the waiver of the assistance requirements of Section 7086(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2010 with respect to the government of Cambodia. FR 11620 .
On 3/11/10, the State Department announced a request for grant proposal applications for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ United States/Pakistan Professional Partnership Program, which will bring young professionals from the two countries together to develop cross-cultural relationships and professional skills that will positively impact people’s lives and will result in stronger ties between the two nations. Applications are due 4/9/10. FR 11612 .
Floor Action
On 3/10/10, the Senate passed, by a 62-36 vote, HR 4213, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions.
Bills Introduced
HR 4802 ( Moore, D-KS), to modernize the Liability Risk Retention Act of 1986 and expand coverage to include commercial property insurance; to Financial Services. H1322, CR 3/10/10.
On 3/11/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule determining base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR 11468 .
Bills Introduced
HR 4810 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the services provided for homeless veterans under the laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans’ Affairs. H1323, CR 3/10/10.
Committee Action
On 3/10/10, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs approved HR 3976, the Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2009; HR 4667, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010; and draft legislation, the End Veterans Homeless Act of 2010.
On 3/11/10, the Geriatics and Gerontology Advisory Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs, announced a 4/22/10-4/23/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to hear presentations and discussions on VA’s geriatrics and extended care programs, aging research activities, and Veterans Health Administration strategic planning activities in geriatrics and extended care, among other things. FR 11638.