A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.5.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 65 (May 4, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 86 (May 5, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 60 (May 5, 2010)  
Hearings  
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “The President’s Proposed Fee on Financial Institutions Regarding TARP.” 5/11/10, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
Floor Action  
On 5/4/10, the Senate resumed consideration of S 3217, to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end “too big to fail,” to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, and to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices.  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1325 ( Rooney, R-FL), recognizing National Missing Children’s Day; to Judiciary. H3123, CR 5/4/10.
Notices  
On 5/5/10, the Department of Education announced a request for applications for new awards for fiscal year 2010 for the Promise Neighborhoods Program, which works to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of children in the United States’ most distressed communities. Applications are due 6/25/10. FR 24671 .  
Nominations
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 9 th Circuit; Raymond Joseph Lohier Jr., of  New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 2 nd Circuit; Kimberly J. Mueller, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Richard Mark Gergel, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; J. Michelle Childs, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; Catherine C. Eagles, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina; and Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States District Judge for the District of Delaware. 5/6/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3304 ( Pryor, D-AR), to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S3091, CR 5/4/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3299 ( Wyden, D-OR), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to allow all eligible voters to vote by mail in federal elections; to Rules and Administration. S3091, CR 5/4/10.
S 3300 ( Wyden, D-OR), to establish a vote by mail grant program; to Rules and Administration. S3091, CR 5/4/10.
S 3301 ( Wyden, D-OR), to establish an online voter registration grant program; to Rules and Administration.
Notices  
On 5/5/10, the Federal Election Commission announced revisions to its rules regarding appearances by federal officeholders and candidates at state, district, and local party fundraising events under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. The revised rules address participation by federal candidates and officeholders at all non-federal fundraising events that are in connection with an election for federal office or any non-federal election and in related publicity. These revisions become effective 6/4/10. FR 24375.
Notices  
On 5/5/10, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a request for public comment on an interim final rule adopting the categories of information that will be collected and displayed as web portal content, and the data required from issuers and requested from states, associations, and high-risk pools in order to create this content. Comments are due 6/4/10. FR 24470 .  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1321 ( Faleomavaega, D-AS), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the political situation in Thailand be solved peacefully and through democratic means; to Foreign Affairs. H 3123, CR 5/4/10.  
Notices  
On 5/5/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a notice extending for 18 months the designation of Honduras and Nicaragua for temporary protected status (TPS) until 1/5/12. The notice also sets forth procedures for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua with TPS to re-register and to apply for an extension of their employment authorization documents with USCIS until 7/6/10. FR 24734 and FR 24737 .
On 5/5/10, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which requires certain nonimmigrant aliens to make specific reports to USICE upon arrival, 30 days after arrival, every 12 months after arrival, upon certain events, and at the time they leave the United States. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24721 .
On 5/5/10, USICE, DHS, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, the Nonimmigrant Checkout Letter, which is used to inquire of persons in the United States or abroad regarding the whereabouts of a departed alien. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24721 .  
Notices  
On 5/5/10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection entitled “Regulations Relating to Recordation and Enforcement of Trademark and Copyrights,” which is used to identify infringing goods at the borders and to determine if such goods infringe on intellectual property rights for which federal law provides import protection. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24731 .  
Bills Introduced  
S 3297 ( Feingold, D-WI), to update U.S. policy and authorities to help advance a genuine transition to democracy and to promote recovery in Zimbabwe; to Foreign Relations. S3091, CR 5/4/10.  
Notices  
On 5/5/10, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, announced the issuance of sanction regulations with respect to the country of Somalia. These regulations become effective 5/5/10. FR 24394 .
On 5/5/10, the State Department announced a 5/26/10-5/27/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to hear a series of informational plenary sessions and subject-specific committee and thematic breakout sessions. FR 24772 .
On 5/5/10, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission announced a 6/9/10 public hearing in Washington, DC, to examine the economic, political, and security implications of China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and China’s compliance with WTO rules. FR 24775.
Notices  
On 4/29/10, the president issued a proclamation declaring 5/1/10 “Law Day,” and calling upon all Americans to acknowledge the importance of the United States’ legal and judicial systems with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and to display the U.S. flag in support of the national observance. On 4/30/10, ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm released a statement thanking the president for carrying on the tradition of proclaiming Law Day. This year's theme is "Law in the 21st Century:  Enduring Traditions and Emerging Challenges." FR 24369.

 
Legal Education  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5198 ( Paulsen, R-MN), to express the sense of Congress that the federal Pell Grant Program should be a high funding priority; to Education and Labor. H3123, CR 5/4/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5206 ( Teague, D-NM), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA Program; to Veterans’ Affairs. H3123, CR 5/4/10.  
Bills Introduced  
H Con Res 273 ( Poe, R-TX), expressing the sense of Congress that the escalating level of violence on the United States-Mexico border is a serious threat to the national security of the United States; to Armed Services. H3123, CR 5/4/10.  
Notices  
On 5/5/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to a currently approved information collection, including the Disaster Assistance Registration Form, which is used to provide financial assistance and to direct assistance to eligible individuals and households who, as a direct result of a disaster, have uninsured or under-insured necessary expenses and serious needs and are unable to meet such needs through other financial means. Comments are due 6/4/10. FR 24733.
On 5/5/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension to a currently approved information collection, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, a post-disaster program that contributes funds toward the cost of hazard mitigation activities in order to reduce the risk of future damage hardship, loss, or suffering in any area affected by a major disaster. Comments are due 6/4/10. FR 24732.
On 5/5/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a revision to a currently approved information collection, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Claim Forms, which are used by policyholders and adjusters to collect the information needed to investigate, document, evaluate, and settle claims against NFIP policies for flood damage to their insured property or qualification for benefits under increased cost of compliance coverage. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24728.
On 5/5/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the State Administrative Plan for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), a procedural guide that details how the state will administer the HMGP. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24732.
Hearings  
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Traumatic Brain Injury: Progress in Treating the Signature Wound of the Current Conflict.” 5/5/10, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
Notices  
On 5/5/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a request for public comment on a proposed rule that would implement provisions of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program. Comments are due 6/4/10. FR 24514.
On 5/5/10, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor, announced a request for grant applications for the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program, which will fund at least 12 grants designed to support incarcerated veterans “at risk” of homelessness. Applications are due 6/5/10. FR 24748.

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