A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.7.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 66-67 (May 5-6, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 87-88 (May 6-7, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, Nos. 61-62 (May 6-7, 2010)
Hearings  
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold an oversight hearing titled “TARP Oversight: An Update on Warrant Repurchases and Benefits to Taxpayers.” 5/11/10, 11 am, 2128 Rayburn.
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and the Housing and Community Opportunity Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a joint hearing entitled “Minorities and Women in Financial Regulatory Reform: The Need for Increasing Participation and Opportunities for Qualified Persons and Businesses.” 5/12/10, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 5/6/10, 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  
S 3328 ( Lincoln, D-AR), to examine and improve the child welfare workforce; to Finance. S3358, CR 5/6/10.
HR 5246 ( Kennedy, D-RI), to examine and improve the child welfare workforce; to Education and Labor. H3272, CR 5/6/10.
H Res 1339 ( McDermott, D-WA), expressing support for designation of May as National Foster Care Month and acknowledging the responsibility that Congress has to promote safety, well-being, improved outcomes, and permanency for the nation’s collective children; to Ways and Means. H3273, CR 5/6/10.
Notices  
On 5/6/10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Evaluation of the Safe Dates Project, which conducts focus groups and interviews about the Safe Dates adolescent dating violence prevention program. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24958 .
On 5/7/10, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services Request for Specific Consent which, as directed under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, collects information on an unaccompanied alien child, the name of the HHS-funded facility where the child is in custody and care, and other information. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 25260 .  
Floor Action  
On 5/5/10, the Senate passed S 3111, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays.  
Hearings  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Ray Lohier, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; and Leonard Stark, of Delaware, to be United States District Judge for the District of Delaware. 5/13/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Nominations
On 5/5/10, the Senate confirmed, by a unanimous vote of 98 yeas, the nomination of Gloria M. Navarro, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada; by a 96-1 vote, the nomination of Nancy D. Freudenthal, of Wyoming, to be United States District Judge for the District of Wyoming; and the nomination of Denzil Price Marshall Jr., of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
On 5/6/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Kimberly J. Mueller, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Richard Mark Gergel and J. Michelle Childs, both of South Carolina, to be United States District Judges for the District of South Carolina; and Catherine C. Eagles, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5231 ( Smith, R-TX), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that persons who enter into a conspiracy within the United States to possess or traffic illegal controlled substances outside the United States, or engage in conduct within the United States to aid or abet drug trafficking outside the United States, may be criminally prosecuted in the United States; to Judiciary. H3272, CR 5/6/10.
HR 5232 ( Kratovil, D-MD), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to permit a court to sentence an offender who is determined to be sexually dangerous to a term of special confinement for the prevention of sexual predation; to Judiciary. H3272, CR 5/6/10.  
Hearings  
The Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on several bills, including HR 4080, to establish a criminal justice reinvestment grant program to help states and local jurisdictions reduce spending on corrections, control growth in the prison and jail populations, and increase public safety; and HR 4055, to authorize a national HOPE Program to reduce drug use, crime, and the costs of incarceration. 5/11/10, 4 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action  
On 5/6/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S 1346, to penalize crimes against humanity.
Notices  
On 5/6/10, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Department of Justice, announced the establishment of the user fee schedule for federal agencies requesting name-based background checks of the FBI’s National Name Check Program for noncriminal justice purposes. The schedule becomes effective 6/7/10. FR 24970 .  
Notices  
On 5/7/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), HHS, announced a request for public comment on a continuing project, the Cross-site Evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Programs which examines suicide prevention programs in states, tribal entities, and college and university campuses. Comments are due 6/7/10. FR 25262 .  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1342 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), introducing a resolution entitled the “Seniors Bill of Rights”; to Education and Labor. H3273, CR 5/6/10.  
Notices  
On 5/7/10, the Administration on Aging, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Program Announcement and Application Instructions Template for the Older Americans Act Title IV Discretionary Grants Program, which provides the requirements and instructions for the submission of an application for discretionary grants funding opportunities. Comments are due 6/7/10. FR 25262 .  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5228 ( Holt, D-NJ), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to establish standards for the publication of the poll tapes used in elections for federal office; to House Administration. H3272, CR 5/6/10.
HR 5229 ( Holt, D-NJ), to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to establish standards for the transparent and accurate tabulation of votes and aggregation of vote counts in elections for federal office; to House Administration. H3272, CR 5/6/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5240 ( Brown, D-FL), to provide for child safety, care, and education continuity in the event of a presidentially declared disaster; to Education and Labor. H3272, CR 5/6/10.
HR 5242 ( Courtney, D-CT), to direct the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a disaster recovery assistance program for businesses; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H3272, CR 5/6/10.
Hearings  
The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Stafford Act Reform: Sharper Tools for a Smarter Recovery.” 5/12/10, 2:30 pm, 342 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 5/6/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Disaster Assistance Program Incremental Rent Transition Study, which assists households displaced by Hurricane Katrina by providing rental assistance and case management services to eligible displaced families from 9/1/07-2/28/09. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24962 .
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1330 ( Farr, D-CA), recognizing 6/8/10 as World Ocean Day; to Oversight and Government Reform. H3201, CR 5/5/10.
Hearings  
The Oversight Subcommittee and the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will hold a joint hearing on the role of the EPA in protecting ocean health. 5/11/10, 10 am, 406 Dirksen.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3321 ( Tester, D-MT), to establish an advisory committee to issue nonbinding government-wide guidelines on making public information available on the Internet, to require publicly available government information held by the executive branch to be made available on the Internet, and to express the sense of Congress that publicly available information held by the legislative and judicial branches should be available on the Internet; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S3358, FR 5/6/10.
Hearings
The House Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice. 5/13/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3315 ( Collins, R-ME), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to home health services under the Medicare program; to Finance. S3164, CR 5/5/10.
HR 5216 ( Akin, R-MO), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H3201, CR 5/5/10.
HR 5243 ( Cuellar, D-TX), to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to clarify that the act does not affect standards or procedures in medical malpractice actions; to Energy and Commerce. H3272, CR 5/6/10.
Notices  
On 5/6/10, the Commission on Civil Rights announced a 5/14/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to approve a briefing report on health care disparities, to hear an update on the status of the Title IX Project, and for other matters. FR 24880 .
Bills Introduced  
S 3326 ( Cantwell, D-WA), to provide grants to states for low-income housing projects in lieu of low-income housing credits, and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a five-year carryback of the low-income housing credit; to Finance. S3358, CR 5/6/10.
Notices  
On 5/6/10, the State Department announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, which the Department uses to elicit information necessary to ascertain the applicability of the legal provisions of the diversity program. Comments are due 6/6/10. FR 25024 .
On 5/7/10, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), HHS, announced the awarding of a single-source program expansion supplement grant to assist refugees in obtaining the skills necessary for economic self-sufficiency, to provide training in English where necessary, and to provide health (including mental health) services, social services, educational, and other services. FR 25270 .  
Notices  
On 5/6/10, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Financial Reporting Form, a financial form that collects tribal expenditures from all the federally recognized tribes receiving funds from the American Recovery and Reactivation Act of 2009. Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 24959 .
On 5/7/10, HHS announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Tribal Consultation State Plan Amendment Template, which is required for the 37 states in which one or more Indian Health Programs or Urban Indian Organizations furnish health care services. Comments are due 6/7/10. FR 25266 .
On 5/7/10, ACF, HHS, announced a request for public comment on two information collections, the Request for State Data Needed to Determine Amount of a Tribal Family Assistance Grant, and the Guidance for Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Comments are due 7/6/10. FR 25261 .  
Bills Introduced  
S 3317 ( Kerry, D-MA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to promote long-term, sustainable rebuilding and development in Haiti; to Foreign Relations. S3164, CR 5/5/10.
SJ Res 29 ( McConnell, R-KY), approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003; to Foreign Relations. S3164, CR 5/5/10.
H Res 1326 ( Moran, D-VA), calling on the government of Japan to immediately address the growing problem of abduction to and retention of U.S. citizen minor children in Japan, to work closely with the government of the United States to return these children to their custodial parent or to the original jurisdiction for a custody determination in the United States, to provide left-behind parents immediate access to their children, and to adopt without delay the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction; to Foreign Affars. H3201, CR 5/5/10.
H Res 1331 ( Cao, R-LA), recognizing and appreciating the historical significance and the heroic struggle and sacrifice of the Vietnamese people for the cause of freedom, and commending the Vietnamese-American community and nongovernmental organizations; to Judiciary. H3202, CR 5/5/10.
H Res 1332 ( Himes, D-CT), encouraging the continuation and further expansion of sister-city relationships between U.S. and Haitian municipalities as an essential instrument in the ongoing efforts to rebuild Haiti and restore hope and prosperity to its people; to Foreign Affairs. H3202, CR 5/5/10.
H Con Res 276 ( Andrews, D-NJ), expressing the sense of Congress relating to a free trade agreement between the United States and Taiwan; to Ways and Means. H3273, CR 5/6/10.
H Res 1335 ( Kirk, R-IL), calling on the government of the Republic of Malawi to respect the fundamental human rights of its citizens; to Foreign Affairs. H3273, CR 5/6/10.  
Hearings  
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Human Rights and Democracy Assistance: Increasing the Effectiveness of U.S. Foreign Aid.” 5/12/10, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Human Rights and Democracy Assistance: Increasing the Effectiveness of U.S. Foreign Aid.” 5/12/10, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Iran Sanctions: Why Does the U.S. Government Do Business With Companies Doing Business in Iran?” 5/12/10, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 5/6/10, the State Department announced a 5/13/10 biennial meeting in Washington, DC, of the United States and Singapore to discuss the progress of cooperation under the United States-Singapore Memorandum of Intent on Cooperation on Environmental Matters. FR 25032 .
On 5/7/10, ACF, HHS, announced the awarding of an urgent single source grant to Survivors of Torture International to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to incoming Iraqi and other survivors of torture who are in need of specialized services to regain their health and independence and rebuild productive lives. FR 25271 .
On 5/7/10, the State Department announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Iran Program Grants, which will vet for counter-terrorism purposes by collecting information from grantees and sub-grantees regarding the identity and background of their key employees, board of directors, and program participants. Comments are due 6/7/10. FR 25307 .  
Bills Introduced  
S 3311 ( Kerry, D-MA), to improve and enhance the capabilities of the Department of Defense to prevent and respond to sexual assault in the Armed Forces; to Armed Services. S3164, CR 5/5/10.
HR 5224 ( Tsongas, D-MA), to direct the secretary of Defense to conduct a comprehensive review of the health care services available for female members of the Armed Forces; to Armed Services. H3201, CR 5/5/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3312 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Securing the Cities Initiative of the Department of Homeland Security; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S3164, CR 5/5/10.
HR 5208 ( Bilirakis, R-FL), to require the secretary of Homeland Security to strengthen student visa background checks and improve the monitoring of foreign students in the United States; to Judiciary. H3200, CR 5/5/10.
S 3327 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to add joining a foreign terrorist organization or engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States or its allies to the list of acts for which U.S. nationals would lose their nationality; to Judiciary. S3358, CR 5/6/10.
HR 5237 ( Altmire, D-PA), to add joining a foreign terrorist organization or engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States or its allies to the list of acts for which U.S. nationals would lose their nationality; to Judiciary. H3272, CR 5/6/10.
HR 5247 ( Langevin, D-RI), to establish a National Cyberspace Office; to Oversight and Government Reform. H3273, CR 5/6/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3323 ( Feingold, D-WI), to improve the management and oversight of federal contracts; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S3358, CR 5/6/10.  
Notices  
On 5/6/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 24820.
Bills Introduced  
S 3314 ( Brown, D-OH), to require the secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Appalachian Regional Commission to carry out a program of outreach for veterans who reside in Appalachia; to Veterans’ Affairs. S3164, CR 5/5/10.
HR 5226 ( Wilson, D-OH), to require the secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Appalachian Regional Commission to carry out a program of outreach for veterans who reside in Appalachia; to Veterans Affairs. H3201, CR 5/5/10.  
Hearings  
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Assessing Information Security at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.” 5/19/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on pending veterans’ health legislation, including HR 4062, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the administration of medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and draft legislation HR --, the Veterans’ Outreach Programs. 6/10/10, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General’s Open Recommendations: Are We Fixing the Problems?” 6/9/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Public Laws  
On 5/5/10, the president signed S 1963 (PL 111-163), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans to improve the provision of health care to veterans.

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