A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.12.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 69-70 (May 10-11, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 90-91 (May 11-12, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, Nos. 64-65 (May 11-12, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 5/11/10, 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 Res 519 ( DeMint, R-SC), expressing the sense of the Senate that the primary safeguard for the well-being and protection of children is the family, and that the primary safeguards for the legal rights of children in the United States are the Constitutions of the United States and the several states, and that, because the use of international treaties to govern policy in the United States on families and children is contrary to principles of self-government and federalism, and because the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child undermines traditional principles of law in the United States regarding parents and children, the president should not transmit the Convention to the Senate for its advice and consent; to Foreign Relations. S3473, CR 5/10/10.  
Nominations  
On 5/10/10, the Senate received the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
On 5/11/10, the Senate confirmed, by voice vote, the nominations of Timothy S. Black, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio; and Jon E. DeGuilio, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.  
Notices  
On 5/12/10, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Department of Justice, announced an extended deadline date for submissions of cooperative agreements for the Evaluation of Technical Assistance for Evidence-Based Decision-making in Local Criminal Justice Systems. Applications are now due 6/14/10. NIC also announced a 5/19/10 applicant conference via WebEx to give applicants the opportunity to meet with NIC project staff and ask questions about the project and the application procedures. FR 26791 .
On 5/12/10, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on technologies that would significantly reduce or eliminate contraband cell phone use without negatively affecting commercial wireless and public safety services in areas surrounding prisons. Comments are due 6/11/10. FR 26733 .  
Notices  
On 5/12/10, the National Council on Disability announced a 5/13/10 meeting in Arlington, VA, to discuss the National Summit on Disability Policy 2010. FR 26807 .  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5269 ( Clay, D-MO), to express the sense of Congress that federal job training programs that target older adults should work with nonprofit organizations that have a record of success in developing and implementing research-based technology curriculum designed specifically for older adults; to Education and Labor. H3310, CR 5/11/10.  
HR 5271 ( Johnson, D-TX), to amend Section 1877 of the Social Security Act to delay by two years the expansion cut-off date imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H3310, CR 5/11/10.
HR 5275 ( Sestak, D-PA), to require the establishment of a Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers to compute cost-of-living increases for Social Security benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act; to Ways and Means. H3310, CR 5/11/10.  
Notices  
On 5/12/10, the Administration on Aging (AoA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the National Survey of Older Americans Act Title III Service Recipients, which will be used by AoA to track performance outcome measures, to support budget requests, to comply with Government Performance and Results Act reporting requirements, to provide national benchmark information for Performance Outcomes Measures Project reporting requirements, and for other matters. Comments are due 7/12/10. FR 26759 .
Hearings  
The House Administration Committee will hold a hearing on HR 5175, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections. 5/11/10, 5 pm, 1310 Longworth.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5266 ( Brown, D-FL), to extend the final report deadline and otherwise reauthorize the National Commission on Children and Disasters; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H3310, CR 5/11/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5264 ( Conyers, D-MI), to authorize appropriations for the Department of Justice for fiscal year 2011; to Judiciary. H3310, CR 5/11/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5276 ( Smith, R-NJ), to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child; to Energy and Commerce. H3310, CR 5/11/10.  
Notices  
On 5/11/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS, announced a notice of intent to establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Primary Care Health Professions Shortage Areas. Comments and requests to participate in the committee are due 6/10/10. FR 26167 .
On 5/12/10, the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, HHS, announced a 7/6/10-7/7/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss increasing the health care workforce and strategies to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. FR 26757 .  
Notices  
On 5/11/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Study of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program After 15 Years, which will collect information on LIHTC property owners’ experience with the LIHTC program. Comments are due 7/12/10. FR 26271 .
On 5/11/10, HUD announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Fair Housing Initiative Program, which collects information required to assist the department in selecting the highest ranking applicants to receive funds under the program and carry out fair housing enforcement and education and outreach activities under the private enforcement, education and outreach, and fair housing organizations initiatives. Comments are due 6/10/10. FR 26271 .  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5265 ( Boswell, D-IA), to continue to prohibit the hiring, recruitment, or referral of unauthorized aliens; to Judiciary. H3310, CR 5/11/10.  
Notices  
On 5/12/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Affidavit of Support, which is used by family-based and certain employment-based immigrants to have the petitioning relative execute an affidavit of support on their behalf. Comments are due 7/12/10. FR 26782 .  
Notices  
On 5/12/10, the Indian Health Service announced a solicitation of competitive grant applications for two initiatives for American Indians and Alaska Natives: the Sexual Assault Projects Expansion Community Developed Models, and the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative. Applications are due 6/11/10. FR 26763FR 26768 .  
Notices  
On 5/11/10, the Copyright Office, Library of Congress, announced a final order regarding the register of copyrights’ and the copyright royalty judges’ authority to determine the constitutionality of 17 U.S.C. 114(f)(5). This final order became effective 4/30/10. FR 26278 .  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5268 ( Capps, D-CA), to provide assistance to improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries; to Foreign Affairs. H3310, CR 5/11/10.
HJ Res 83 ( Crowley, D-NY), approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003; to Ways and Means. H3310, CR 5/11/10.
H Res 1350 ( Watson, D-CA), recognizing 6/20/10 as World Refugee Day; to Foreign Affairs. H3311, CR 5/11/10.
Hearings  
The Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on counternarcotics contracts in Latin America. 5/20/10, 10:30 am, 342 Dirksen.
Presidential Action  
On 5/7/10, the president issued an executive order establishing within the Department of State a temporary organization known as the Iraq Strategic Partnership Office, which will support executive departments and agencies in facilitating the strategic partnership between the U.S. government and the republic of Iraq, in further securing and stabilizing the country, and in continuing an effective diplomatic presence in Iraq. FR 26879.  
Notices  
On 5/11/10, the Department of Defense announced a request for public comment on a proposed change to Rule 30A(a) of the Rules of Practices and Procedure of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which would establish a procedure for properly presenting a request to the court to consider evidence that is not in the record. Comments are due 6/11/10. FR 26202.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5256 ( Kirkpatrick, D-AZ), to provide for the hiring, training, and deploying of additional border patrol agents along the southwest international border of the United States; to Homeland Security. H3309, CR 5/11/10.
Notices  
On 5/12/10, the Homeland Security Advisory Council announced a 5/27/10 teleconference call to review the final report of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Advisory Committee. For more information on this call, visit http://www.regulations.gov. FR 26782.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3345 ( Whitehouse, D-RI), to amend Title 46, United States Code, to remove the cap on punitive damages established by the Supreme Court in Exxon Shipping Company v. Baker; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S3536, CR 5/11/10.
S 3347 ( Vitter, D-LA), to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through 12/31/10; read the first time. S3536, CR 5/11/10.
Notices  
On 5/12/10, HRSA, HHS, announced the procedures for submitting a letter of intent to file a request for benefits under the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, which provides compensation to individuals for serious physical injuries or deaths from pandemic, epidemic, or security countermeasures identified in emergency declarations issued by the HHS secretary. These procedures become effective immediately. FR 26778.
Notices  
On 5/12/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on a proposed amendment to its regulations that authorize VA to provide hospital and outpatient care to veterans in programs that provide transitional housing upon release from incarceration in a prison or jail. Comments are due 7/12/10. FR 26683.
On 5/12/10, VA announced the continuation of a recurring computer program matching Social Security Administration records with VA pension and parents’ dependency and indemnity compensation records so as to compare income and employment status as reported to VA with wage records maintained by SSA. VA will use this information to adjust VA benefits payments as prescribed by law. The match will begin no sooner than 6/12/10. FR 26847.

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