A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.23.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 43 (March 22, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 55 (March 23, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 39 (March 23, 2010)
Committee Action  
On 3/22/10, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs approved an original bill, the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010.”
Bills Introduced  
HR 4902 ( McKeon, R-CA), to establish additional research, study, and reporting requirements for the Department of Defense working group reviewing the possible repeal of current U.S. policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and codified as Section 654 of Title 10, United State Code; to Armed Services. H2215, CR 3/22/10.
Notices  
On 3/23/10, the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced an interim rule making minor technical changes to the Bureau’s regulations on sentence commutation to clarify that the Bureau staff, who may not be institution-level staff, will recalculate the inmate’s sentence in accordance with the terms of the commutation order if a petition for commutation of sentence is granted. This final rule becomes effective 3/23/10. Comments are due 5/24/10. FR 13680 .
On 3/23/10, the Bureau of Prisons, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule that would amend regulations regarding inmate access to Inmate Central File materials to prohibit sentenced inmates incarcerated in Bureau facilities, including those in contract facilities or community confinement, from possessing their pre-sentence investigation reports (PSRs), their statements of reasons (SORs), or other similar sentencing documents from criminal judgments. Such inmates under this prohibition will continue to be permitted to review their PSRs and SORs. Comments are due 5/24/10. FR 13705 .
Bills Introduced  
HR 4898 ( Richardson, D-CA), to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to establish a competitive program to make emergency preparedness planning and implementation grants to local educational districts and agencies located in areas under a high threat of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, or public health emergencies; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H1890, CR 3/22/10.
HR 4899 ( Obey, D-WI), making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10; to Appropriations. H1890, CR 3/22/10.
Notices
On 3/23/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Urban Areas Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which is designed to promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, state and local government agencies, and Citizen Corps Councils. Comments are due 4/22/10. FR 13774 .
On 3/23/10, FEMA, DHS, announced the availability of the final Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet on Child Care Services, which identifies child care services provided during federally declared major disasters and emergencies that are eligible for reimbursement under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, and addresses the provision of child care services in emergency sheltering and temporary relocation facilities, and the repair, restoration, or replacement of child care facilities. The fact sheet became effective 3/5/10, and is available for viewing at http://www.fema.gov . FR 13777 .
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Justice Department. 4/14/10, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
S 3147 ( Vitter, R-LA), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Finance. S1812, CR 3/22/10.
HR 4901 ( Moran, R-KS), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H2215, CR 3/22/10.
HR 4903 ( Bachmann, R-MN), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H2215, CR 3/22/10.
HR 4904 ( Poe, R-TX), to prohibit the use of funds for implementation or enforcement of any federal mandate to purchase health insurance; to Energy and Commerce. H2215, CR 3/22/10.
HR 4911 ( Cooper, D-TN), to repeal specific provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H2215, CR 3/22/10.
Notices  
On 3/23/10, the Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, announced a 3/25/10 webinar briefing to education stakeholders, program users, and other interested members of the public on applying for H-2A temporary labor certifications under the Department of Labor’s 2/12/10 final rule amending the H-2A regulations governing the certification or seasonal agricultural employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal employment. To register for the webinar, please visit http://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001007444778993193/info . FR 13784 .
On 3/23/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, which is used to request a duplicate approval notice, or to notify the U.S. Consulate that a petition has been approved or that a person has been adjusted to permanent resident status. Comments are due 5/24/10. FR 13777 .
On 3/23/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Application to File Declaration of Intention, which is used by permanent residents to file a declaration of intention to become citizens of the United States. Comments are due 5/24/10. FR 13776 .
On 3/23/10, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the National Interest Waivers, which collects information used by USCIS to determine eligibility for national interest waiver requests and to finalize the request for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status. Comments are due 5/24/10. FR 13771 .
Notices  
On 3/23/10, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a request for public comment on a revision to a continuing information collection entitled “Practitioner Records Maintenance, Disclosure, and Discipline Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” which collects information on responsibilities, violations, complaints of misconduct, reporting violations, and related activities of attorneys, agents, or other persons representing applicants and other parties before the USPTO. Comments are due 5/21/10. FR 13728 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3151 ( Kerry, D-MA), to establish the Office for Global Women’s Issues and the Women’s Development Advisor to facilitate interagency coordination and the integration of gender considerations into the strategies, programming, and associated outcomes of the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development; to Foreign Relations. S1812, CR 3/22/10.
H Con Res 256 ( Himes, D-CT), expressing the sense of Congress that any official within the government of Iran at the level of deputy minister or higher or officer within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is presumptively ineligible for a travel visa to the United States; to Judiciary. H2215, CR 3/22/10.
Bills Introduced  
S 3148 ( Webb, D-VA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the treatment of Department of Defense health coverage as minimal essential coverage; to Finance. S1812, CR 3/22/10.  
Bills Introduced
HR 4912 ( Halvorson, D-IL), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to eliminate the required reduction in the amount of combat-related special compensation paid to disabled combat-related uniformed services retirees retired under Chapter 61 of such title whose disability is attributable to an injury for which the members were awarded the Purple Heart; to Armed Services. H2215, CR 3/22/10.
Hearings  
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Serving America’s Aging Veterans: Is the VA Doing Its Part?” 4/7/10, 10 am, Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52, Fishkill, N.Y.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the status of veterans’ employment. 4/15/10, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
Floor Action  
On 3/22/10, the House passed, by a 413-0 vote, HR 4810, 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.
On 3/22/10, the House passed, by a 407-0 vote, HR 4667, to increase, effective as of 12/1/10, 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.

Advertisement