A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.15.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 35-36 (March 11-12, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 48-49 (March 12-15, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, Nos. 32-33 (March 12-15, 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. 3/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 4820 ( Nadler, D-NY), to amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; to Judiciary. H1357, CR 3/11/10.
HR 4828 ( Towns, D-NY), to amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit such discrimination in public accommodations and public facilities; to Judiciary. H1357, CR 3/11/10.
CourtsJudiciary
Nominations  
On 3/11/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nominations of Josephine Staton Tucker, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Mark A. Goldsmith, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; Brian Anthony Jackson, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana; Elizabeth Erny Foote, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana; and Marc T. Treadwell, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia. 3/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 3/11/10, the House agreed to H Res 1031, impeaching G. Thomas Porteous Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
On 3/11/10, the House agreed to H Res 1165, appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment of G. Thomas Porteous Jr.
On 3/12/10, the House passed, by a 345-5 vote, HR 4506, to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges.
Hearings  
The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Major Challenges Facing Federal Prisons: A View from the Inside.” 3/18/10, 2 pm, H-309 Capitol.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a field hearing titled “Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America.” 3/22/10, 9:30 am, Barre City Auditorium, Barre, VT.
Committee Action  
On 3/11/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 1789, to restore fairness to federal cocaine sentencing; and 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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1765, to amend the Hate Crimes Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless. 3/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 3/15/10, the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) Standardized Data Collection, which collects information about the delivery of direct services by ADSSP state grantees, as well as basic demographic information about service recipients. Comments are due 5/14/10. FR 12241 .
Notices  
On 3/12/10, the Department of Justice announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension to a currently approved information collection, the Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which facilitates the provision of information that will enable the attorney general to determine if jurisdictions specially covered under the Voting Rights Act have submitted proposed voting changes that are not racially discriminatory. Comments are due 5/11/10. FR 11911 .
Hearings
The Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Ensuring Strong FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Regional Offices: An Examination of Resources and Responsibilities.” The purpose of this hearing is to receive testimony about the authorities, functions, and effectiveness of the ten FEMA Regional Offices. 3/16/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
Bills Introduced  
S Res 453 ( Udall, D-CO), supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Health Week; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S1458, CR 3/11/10.
H Res 1162 ( Roybal-Allard, D-CA), recognizing National Public Health Week; to Energy and Commerce. H1358, CR 3/11/10.
Committee Action
The House Budget Committee will mark up pending legislation regarding health care using the reconciliation process. 3/15/10, 3 pm, 210 Cannon.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1624, to amend Title 11 of the United States Code to provide protection for medical debt homeowners, to restore bankruptcy protections for individuals experiencing economic distress as caregivers to ill, injured, or disabled family members and to exempt from means testing debtors whose financial problems were caused by serious medical problems. 3/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Hearings  
The Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction, including for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 3/16/10, 2 pm, B-318 Rayburn and 3/18/10, 2 pm, B-318 Rayburn, respectively.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 2960, to exempt aliens who are admitted as refugees or granted asylum and are employed overseas by the federal government from the one-year physical presence requirement for adjustment of status to that of aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence; and S 2974, to establish the Return of Talent Program to allow aliens who are legally present in the United States to return temporarily to the country of citizenship of the alien if that country is engaged in post-conflict or natural disaster reconstruction. 3/18/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Notices  
On 3/12/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of an existing information collection, the Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement of Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is used by USCIS to determine eligibility for a waiver. Comments are due 5/11/10. FR 11898 .
On 3/12/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently existing information collection, the Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, which permits victims of certain qualifying criminal activity and their immediate family members to apply for temporary nonimmigrant status. Comments are due 5/11/10. FR 11897 .
On 3/15/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Affidavit of Support, which is necessary to determine if at the time of application into the United States, the applicant is likely to become a public charge. Comments are due 4/14/10. FR 12249 .
On 3/15/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Application for Advance Permission to Return to Unrelinquished Domicile, which is used by USCIS to determine whether the applicant is eligible for discretionary relief. Comments are due 4/14/10. FR 12250 .
Notices  
On 3/15/10, the Department of the Interior announced a final rule that implements the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act by adding procedures for the disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains in the possession or control of museums or federal agencies. Comments are due 5/14/10. The final rule becomes effective 5/14/10. FR 12377 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3104 ( Lugar, R-IN), to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia; to Foreign Relations. S1458, CR 3/11/10.
H Con Res 251 ( McGovern, D-MA), 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, listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Cuba; to Foreign Affairs. H1358, CR 3/11/10.
H Con Res 252 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), 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, listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Cuba; to Foreign Affairs. H1358, CR 3/11/10.
H Res 1181 ( McCotter, R-MI), calling on the United Nations General Assembly to reject the Islamic Republic of Iran’s bid to join the United Nations Human Rights Council; to Foreign Affairs. H1396, CR 3/12/10.
Hearings
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Next Steps for Honduras.” 3/18/10, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 3/11/10, the Senate passed HR 2194, to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance U.S. diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran.
Notices  
On 3/12/10, the State Department announced that the provision to the government of Southern Sudan of non-lethal military assistance, military education and training, and defense services controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations is in the national interest of the United States, and that such assistance may be provided pursuant to the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2010. FR 11976 .
On 3/12/10, the State Department announced a request for written information to assist in a report on the degree to which the United States and foreign governments comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons that are prescribed in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. This information will assist in the preparation of the Trafficking in Persons Report that is submitted annually by the Department to Congress. Submissions are due 3/26/10. FR 11982 .
Bills Introduced  
HR 4830 ( Polis, D-CO), to promote the economic self-sufficiency of low-income women through their increased participation in high-wage, high-demand occupations where they currently represent 25 percent or less of the workforce; to Education and Labor. H1358, CR 3/11/10.
HR 4835 ( Whitfield, R-KY), to allow an employer to pay an H-2A worker the federal minimum wage or the prevailing wage in a case where the employer pays either wage to U.S. citizens similarly employed; to Judiciary. H1396, CR 3/12/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4834 ( Schauer, D-MI), to amend Section 493C of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to limit student loan payments to 10 percent of discretionary income; to Education and Labor. H1358, CR 3/11/10.
Hearings  
The Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing on legislative priorities in support of families. 3/15/10, 5:30 pm, 2118 Rayburn.
Hearings  
The Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Working with Communities to Disrupt Terror Plots.” 3/17/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
The Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled “An Assessment of Checkpoint Security: Are Our Airports Keeping Passengers Safe?” 3/17/10, 2 pm, 311 Cannon.
The Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats: Diplomacy and International Programs.” 3/18/10, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, and the Management, Investigations, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “SBInet (Secure Border Initiative): Does it Pass the Border Security Test?” 3/18/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
Hearings
The Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on the supervision of insurance holding companies. 3/18/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will mark up HR 847, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist act in New York City on 9/11/01. 3/16/10, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.  
Notices  
On 3/12/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a final rule determining modified base flood elevations (BFEs) for listed communities. These modified BFEs will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. FR 11744 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3107 ( Akaka, D-HI), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase, effective 12/1/10, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. S1458, CR 3/11/10.
Hearings  
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on several bills, including HR 2698, to improve and enhance the mental health care benefits available to veterans; HR 2699, to improve the mental health care benefits available to members of the Armed Forces; HR 2879, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve health care for veterans who live in rural areas; and HR 4006, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for Indian veterans health care coordinators. 3/25/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a field hearing on proposals to create a veterans’ bill of rights. 3/29/10, 2 pm, New Mexico State University, Corbett Center Student Union, Senate Gallery, Las Cruces, NM.

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