A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.16.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 37 (March 15, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 50 (March 16, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 34 (March 16, 2010)
The Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Financial Services and Products: The Role of the Federal Trade Commission in Protecting Consumers, Part II.” 3/17/10, 3 pm, 253 Russell.
Committee Action 
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will mark up draft legislation S --, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. 3/22/10, 4 pm, 538 Dirksen.
On 3/16/10, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a new system of records, the “ACF National Responsible Fatherhood Pledge Campaign,” which will collect information to assist ACF and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to provide supporting parties with information to promote a national discourse on responsible fatherhood and healthy families. Comments are due 4/14/10. This system of records becomes effective 4/26/10. FR 12557 .
Bills Introduced 
S 3111 ( Leahy, D-VT), to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays; to Judiciary. S1516, CR 3/15/10.
Floor Action  
On 3/15/10, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement providing that the secretary of the Senate inform the House of Representatives that the Senate is ready to receive the managers appointed by the House for the purpose of exhibiting articles of impeachment against G. Thomas Porteous Jr., Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. At 2 pm on Wednesday, 3/17/10, the Senate will receive the managers in order that they may present and exhibit the articles of impeachment against Judge Porteous.
On 3/16/10, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Justice Department, announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to a currently approved information collection, the Annual Survey of Jails, which provides BJS with the capacities to study local jails nationwide in a national effort to describe and understand annual changes in jail populations as well as to assess programs and capacities to provide services. Comments are due 4/15/10. FR 12566 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3115 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to enhance and promote the nation’s public safety and citizen-activated emergency response capabilities through the use of 911 services, to further upgrade public safety answering point capabilities and related functions in receiving 911 calls, and to support in the construction and operation of a ubiquitous and reliable citizen-activated system; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S1516, CR 3/15/10.
On 3/16/10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a direct final rule amending the general provisions for the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. These amendments are minor changes to the format of several sections to accommodate the addition of new subparts in the future in a clear and simple manner, and do not change the requirements for subparts included in the 2009 final rule. This direct final rule becomes effective 5/17/10. Comments are due 4/15/10. FR 12451 .
On 3/16/10, the EPA announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule that would amend the general provisions for the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. These amendments would not change the requirements of the regulation for facilities and suppliers covered by the 2009 final rule, but would rather provide minor changes to the format of several sections. Comments are due 4/15/10. FR 12489 .
Health Law  
On 3/16/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the publication of a Final Agency Guidance to describe the documentation that will be considered by HRSA in confirming public agency status for organizations that self-identify as public agencies for Health Center Program grant funding authorized under the Public Health Service Act or for Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike designation. These publications are available at http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policy/pin1001/ , and http://bphc.hrsa.gov/policy/pin1001/PublicCommentsPIN2010-01.pdf . This final agency guidance became effective 2/5/2010. FR 12553 .
On 3/16/10, HRSA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension to a submitted project, the Ryan White Treatment and Modernization Act Part A Minority AIDS Initiative Report, which grantees use to report on the number and characteristics of clients served and high-quality HIV care services and health outcome services provided to individuals with HIV disease, including African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Comments are due 4/15/10. FR 12545 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3113 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reaffirm the United States’ historic commitment to protecting refugees who are fleeing persecution or torture; to Judiciary. S1516, CR 3/15/10.  
On 3/16/10, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule amending its regulations to exempt portions of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) system of records entitled the “ICE Intelligence Records System” from certain provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements. This final rule becomes effective 3/16/10. FR 12437 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3112 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to remove obstacles to legal sales of U.S. agricultural commodities to Cuba and to end certain travel restrictions to Cuba; to Foreign Relations. S1516, CR 3/15/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4845 ( Crowley, D-NY), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide housing loan benefits for children of members of the Armed Forces and veterans who die from service-connected disabilities; to Veterans’ Affairs. H1440, CR 3/15/10.