A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.18.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 40 (March 17, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 52 (March 18, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 36 (March 18, 2010)
Floor Action
On 3/17/10, the Senate began consideration of the impeachment proceedings of G. Thomas Porteous Jr., Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Nominations
On 3/17/10, the Senate confirmed the nomination of O. Rogeriee Thompson, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit.
On 3/17/10, the Senate received the nominations of Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States District Judge for the District of Delaware; and Amy Totenberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
Floor Action
On 3/17/10, the Senate passed S1789, to restore fairness to federal cocaine sentencing.
Notices
On 3/18/10, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education, announced a request for applications for new awards for fiscal year 2010 for the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Program, which provides grants for vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities who are migrant and seasonal farmworkers, as determined in accordance with rules prescribed by the secretary of Labor, and to the family members who are residing with such individuals (whether or not such family members are individuals with disabilities). Applications are due 5/17/10. FR 13106 .
On 3/18/10, OSERS, Department of Education, announced the reopening of the competition for new awards under the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research‘s Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Projects for Fiscal Year 2010. Applications are now due 4/1/10. FR 13111 .
Notices
On 3/18/10, the Commission on Civil Rights announced a 4/23/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to collect information within the jurisdiction of the Commission, particularly regarding the Department of Justice’s actions in the New Black Panther Party Litigation and enforcement of Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act. FR 13076 .
Committee Action
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1252, to promote ocean and human health. 3/24/10, 10 am, 253 Russell.
Floor Action
On 3/17/10, the House passed, by a 386-33 vote, HR 946, to enhance citizen access to government information and services by establishing that government documents issued to the public must be written clearly.
Bills Introduced
S 3135 ( Durbin, D-IL), to enhance global health care cooperation; to Judiciary. S1670, CR 3/17/10.
H Res 1188 ( Griffith, D-AL), ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation; to Rules. H1595, CR 3/17/10.
Notices
On 3/18/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on proposed extensions to three formal, voluntary data collections that assess the capacity of local public health systems to deliver the essential services of public health. Comments are due 5/17/10. FR 13132FR 13134 .
On 3/18/10, the National Institute of Health, HHS, announced an extension to the public comment period on a revision to the definition of human embryonic stem cells in the “National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.” Comments are now due 3/26/10. FR 13137 .
Bills Introduced
HR 4868 ( Frank, D-MA), to prevent the loss of affordable housing dwelling units in the United States; to Financial Services. H1595, CR 3/17/10.
Hearings
The Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on draft legislation HR --, the Housing Preservation and Tenant Protection Act of 2010. 3/24/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
Notices
On 3/18/10, the Rural Housing Service (RHS), Department of Agriculture, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants, which the agency uses to determine if a customer would qualify for financial assistance for services to construct, improve, alter, repair, replace or rehabilitate dwellings which will provide modest, decent, safe and sanitary housing to eligible individuals in rural areas. Comments are due 5/17/10. The collection is currently set to expire 8/31/10. FR 13073 .
On 3/18/10, RHS, Department of Agriculture, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension to a currently approved information collection, the Rural Housing Loans, which are used by the agency to determine if borrowers qualify for assistance, and to assure the agency that qualified borrowers receive all the assistance for which they are eligible. Comments are due 5/17/10. The collection is currently set to expire 3/31/10. FR 13074 .
Committee Action
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1382, to improve and expand the Peace Corps for the 21 st century; S 2839, to amend the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to provide assistance for domestic and foreign programs and centers for treatment of victims of torture; and S Res 409, calling on members of the parliament in Uganda to reject the proposed “Anti-Homosexuality Bill.” 3/23/10, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.
Hearings
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Sharing and Analyzing Information to Prevent Terrorism.” 3/24/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Hearings
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Pre-Existing Conditions in the Individual Health Insurance Market.” 3/23/10, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Notices
On 3/18/10, the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs, announced a 3/30/10-4/1/10 public meeting in Washington, DC, to hear an overview of Veterans Health Administration initiatives, to hear Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group and Veterans Benefits Administration initiatives targeting women veterans, and to discuss the Committee’s 2008 report recommendations, among other things. FR 13212.
On 3/18/10, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training (ACVETEO), Department of Labor, announced a 3/31/10 open teleconference business meeting to discuss ACVETEO’s future direction forward in providing advice on programs to assist veterans seeking employment and to raising employer awareness as to the advantages of hiring veterans, with special emphasis on employer outreach and wounded and injured veterans. Those interested in joining the teleconference should contact Margaret Hill Watts at (202) 693-4744. FR 13144.

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