A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.26.2010
The Senate is in session today. The House will reconvene 4/13/10.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 46 (March 25, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 58 (March 26, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 42 (March 26, 2010)
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1219 ( Calvery, R-CA), expressing support for designation of September as National Child Awareness Month; to Education and Labor. H2459, CR 3/25/10.
Notices  
On 3/26/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for applications for the Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Domestic Violence Shelters and Grants to Native American Tribes and Tribal Organizations, which will assist tribes in establishing, maintaining, and expanding programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance for victims of family violence and their dependents. Applications are due 4/15/10. FR 14596 .
Bills Introduced  
HR 4946 ( Cole, R-OK), to protect 10 th Amendment rights by providing special standing for state government officials to challenge proposed regulations; to Judiciary. H2456, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4988 ( Sestak, D-PA), to amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; to Judiciary. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S3111, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays. 4/15/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4950 ( Cohen, D-TN), to provide for improvements to the administration of bankruptcy in cases under Chapter 7 of Title 11 of the United States Code; to Judiciary. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4975 ( Lungren, R-CA), to provide for habeas corpus review for unprivileged enemy belligerents; to Judiciary. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
Nominations  
On 3/25/10, the Senate received the nomination of Mary Helen Murguia, of Arizona, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Sharon J. Coleman and Gary S. Feinerman, both of Illinois, to be United States District Judges for the Northern District of Illinois; and William J. Martinez, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado. 4/15/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Bills Introduced  
S 3169 ( Murray, D-WA), to require the attorney general to make recommendations to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision on policies and minimum standards to better protect public and officer safety; to Judiciary. S2115, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4969 ( Inslee, D-WA), to require the attorney general to make recommendations to the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision on policies and minimum standards to better protect public and officer safety; to Judiciary. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4978 ( Moore, D-WI), to require states to take certain steps to address domestic and sexual violence among individuals receiving assistance under the program of block grants to states for temporary assistance for needy families; to Ways and Means. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 3031, to authorize Drug Free Communities enhancement grants to address major emerging drug issues or local drug crises; and S 1346, to penalize crimes against humanity. 4/15/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 3/26/10, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection, the State Court Processing Statistics for 2009, which covers felony case processing in a sample of the United States’ 75 most populous counties on a recurring basis. Comments are due 4/26/10. FR 14630 .
Notices  
On 3/26/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research which aims to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Comments are due 4/26/10. FR 14585 .
On 3/26/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed priority under the Special Demonstration Programs to fund a project to identify, develop, and implement model demonstration projects to improve outcomes for individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance served by state vocational rehabilitation agencies. Comments are due 4/26/10. FR 14582 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3164 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend financing of the Superfund; to Finance. S2115, CR 3/25/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4983 ( Quigley, D-IL), to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, and the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to improve access to information in the legislative and executive branches of the government; to Oversight and Government Reform. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
Bills Introduced  
S 3182 ( Boxer, D-CA), to provide for equal access to COBRA continuation coverage; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S2115, CR 3/25/10.
S 3174 ( Grassley, R-IA), to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for participation in the exchange of the president, vice-president, members of Congress, political appointees, and congressional staff; to the Committee on Homeland Security; to Governmental Affairs. S2115, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4944 ( Wilson, R-SC), to repeal the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act and to replace such act with incentives to encourage health insurance coverage; to Energy and Commerce. H2456, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4951 ( Burgess, R-TX), to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for participation in the exchange of the president, vice-president, members of Congress, political appointees, and congressional staff; to Oversight and Government Reform. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4960 ( Buchanan, R-FL), to eliminate sweetheart deals under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4972 ( King, R-IA), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4985 ( Roe, R-TN), to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board; to Ways and Means. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
H Res 1230 ( Garrett, R-NJ), commending the efforts of state legislatures, attorneys general, and citizens to resist the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Judiciary. H2459, CR 3/25/10.
Committee Action  
On 3/25/10, the House Rules Committee granted, by an 8-4 record vote, a rule providing for the consideration of the Senate amendments to HR 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
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. 4/15/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 3/25/10, the Senate passed, by a 56-43 vote, HR 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.
On 3/25/10, the House concurred, by a 220-207 vote, in the Senate amendment to HR 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Committee Action  
On 3/25/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved 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.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4954 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide recourse under the patent law for persons who suffer competitive injury as a result of false markings; to Judiciary. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
Bills Introduced  
S 3172 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to support counternarcotics and related efforts in the Inter-American region; to Foreign Relations. S2115, CR 3/25/10.
S 3176 ( Durbin, D-IL), to further the mission of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee by continuing its development of policy recommendations and technical solutions on information sharing and interoperability, and enhancing its pursuit of benefits and cost savings for local, state, tribal, and federal justice agencies; to Judiciary. S2115, CR 3/25/10.
S 3184 ( Boxer, D-CA), to provide U.S. assistance for the purpose of eradicating severe forms of trafficking in children in eligible countries through the implementation of Child Protection Compacts; to Foreign Relations. S2115, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4952 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to establish the Office of the Special Coordinator for Assistance to Haiti, and to establish the Office of the Special Inspector General for Assistance to Haiti; to Foreign Affairs. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4961 ( Clarke, D-NY), to provide for the establishment of the Haitian-American Enterprise Fund; to Foreign Affairs. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4962 ( Clarke, D-NY), to require reporting on certain information and communications technologies of foreign countries, and to develop action plans to improve the capacity of certain countries to combat cybercrime; to Foreign Affairs. H2457, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4970 ( Inslee, D-WA), to further the mission of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Advisory Committee by continuing its development of policy recommendations and technical solutions on information sharing and interoperability, and enhancing its pursuit of benefits and cost savings for local, state, tribal, and federal justice agencies; to Judiciary. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
HR 4986 ( Royce, R-CA), to develop a strategy for assisting stateless children from North Korea; to Foreign Affairs. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
H Res 1224 ( Johnson, D-GA), recognizing and honoring the important work that Colombia’s Constitutional Court has done on behalf of Colombia’s internally displaced persons, especially indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, and women; to Foreign Affairs. H2459, CR 3/25/10.
Floor Action  
On 3/25/10, the House passed, by a 380-7 vote, H Res 1215, to express support for Bangladesh’s return to democracy.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 4947 ( Latham, R-IA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to eliminate the per-fiscal-year calculations of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service; to Armed Services. H2456, CR 3/25/10.
Bills Introduced  
HR 4974 ( Langevin, D-RI), to provide for quadrennial national security reviews; to Armed Services. H2458, CR 3/25/10.
Notices  
On 3/26/10, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor, announced a request for applications for two grant competitions for programs that will provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force, and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. For more information, please visit http://www.grants.gov. Applications are due 4/26/10. FR 14633.

Advertisement