A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.14.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 72 (May 13, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 93 (May 14, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 67 (May 14, 2010)
Hearings  
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Administrative Conference of the United States, which provides administrative support for federal agencies. 5/20/10, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 5/13/10, 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.  
Hearings  
The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs under its jurisdiction. 5/20/10, 2:30 pm, 192 Dirksen.  
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1933, to direct the attorney general to make an annual grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center to assist law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children. 5/20/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Committee Action  
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1345, to amend Title 5, United State Code, to eliminate the discriminatory treatment of the District of Columbia under the provision of law commonly referred to as the “Hatch Act.” 5/17/10, time TBA, S-216 Capitol.  
Nominations  
On 5/13/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Scott M. Matheson Jr., of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; John J. McConnell Jr., of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island; James Kelleher Bredar and Ellen Lipton Hollander, both of Maryland, to be United States District Judges for the District of Maryland; and Susan Richard Nelson, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.
On 5/13/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Raymond Joseph Lohier Jr., of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; and Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States District Judge for the District of Delaware.  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination of John A. Gibney, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. 5/20/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 193, to create and extend certain temporary district court judgeships; and HR 4506, to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges. 5/20/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 5/14/10, the United States Sentencing Commission announced the submission to Congress of amendments to the sentencing guidelines for U.S. courts. These amendments will become effective 11/1/10, and may be accessed at http://www.ussc.gov . FR 27387 .  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5300 ( Scott, D-VA), to provide safeguards with respect to the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks prepared for employment purposes; to Judiciary. H3482, CR 5/13/10.
HR 5304 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for improvements under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system; to Judiciary. H3482, CR 5/13/10.  
Hearings  
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Rape Kit Backlogs: Failing the Test of Providing Justice to Sexual Assault Survivors.” 5/20/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 5/14/10, the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on the proposed National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORNA Guidelines) to provide guidance and assistance to jurisdictions in implementing the SORNA standards in their sex offender registration and notification programs. Comments are due 7/13/10. FR 27362 .
Notices  
On 5/14/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on two proposed priorities, the Disability Rehabilitation Research Project International Exchange of Knowledge and Experts in Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery Practices. Comments are due 6/14/10. FR 27324 - FR 27327 .  
Bills Introduced  
HJ Res 84 ( Schrader, D-OR), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States giving Congress power to regulate campaign contributions for federal elections; to Judiciary. H3483, CR 5/13/10.  
Committee Action  
On 5/13/10, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved HR 4899, making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3362 ( Sanders, I-VT), to amend the Clean Air Act to direct the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide competitive grants to publicly funded schools to implement effective technologies to reduce air pollutants (as defined in Section 302 of the Clean Air Act), including greenhouse gas emissions, in accordance with that act; to Environment and Public Works. S3716, CR 5/13/10.
S 3374 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) to establish a grant program to revitalize Brownfield sites for the purpose of locating renewable electricity generation facilities on those sites; to Environment and Public Works. S3716, CR 5/13/10.
HR 5294 ( Rehberg, R-MT), to prevent federal agencies from regulating greenhouse gas emissions for purposes of addressing climate change without express and specific statutory authority; to Energy and Commerce. H3481, CR 5/13/10.
HR 5310 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to amend CERCLA to reauthorize and improve the Brownfields revitalization program; to Energy and Commerce. H3483, CR 5/13/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3366 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), to prohibit individuals from carrying firearms in certain airport buildings and airfields; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. S3716, CR 5/13/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5295 ( Sullivan, R-OK), to ensure that patients receive accurate health care information by prohibiting misleading and deceptive advertising or representation in the provision of health care services, and to require the identification of the license of health care professionals; to Energy and Commerce. H3482, CR 5/13/10.  
Notices  
On 5/14/10, the Department of Education announced a solicitation of applications for new awards for fiscal year 2010 under the Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations, which provides outreach and technical assistance to minority entities and American Indian tribes in order to enhance their capacity to carry out activities funded under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and to promote their participation in activities under the act. Applications are due 6/28/10. FR 27318 .
On 5/14/10, the Department of Education announced a priority under the Capacity Building Program for Traditionally Underserved Populations to fund a grant that will establish a training and technical assistance center to support the projects funded under the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This priority becomes effective 6/14/10. FR 27322 .  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5299 ( Pence, R-IN), to temporarily prohibit U.S. loans to the International Monetary Fund to be used to provide financing for any member state of the European Union; to Financial Services. H3482, CR 5/13/10.
Hearings  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “After the Earthquake: Empowering Haiti to Rebuild Better.” 5/19/10, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
The International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on Afghanistan reconstruction. 5/20/10, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 5/13/10, the injunction of secrecy was removed from the Treaty with Russia on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, and the treaty was transmitted to the Senate.
Presidential Action  
On 5/4/10, the president issued a memorandum delegating to the secretary of Energy the certification and reporting functions conferred upon the president by Section 201(b) of the United States-Indian Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act. FR 27155.
On 5/10/10, the president issued a memorandum determining that the proposed Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation for Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, signed in Moscow on 5/6/09, will promote, and will not constitute an unreasonable risk to, the common defense and security, and thereafter approved the proposed Agreement. FR 27163.
Notices  
On 5/14/10, the State Department announced the waiver of restriction on assistance to the Central Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, deeming it important to the national interest of the United States. FR 27383.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5306 ( Emerson, R-MO), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require employers to sign a statement on their income tax returns that they do not knowingly employ individuals in the United States who are not authorized to be employed in the United States; to Ways and Means. H3482. CR 5/13/10.  
Notices  
On 5/14/10, the Legal Services Corporation announced a 5/19/10 teleconference of the Board of Directors to approve the agenda, to consider and act on the board’s response to the Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress for the period of 10/1/09-3/31/10, and for other matters. FR 27367.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3371 ( McCaskill, D-MO), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to improve access to mental health care counselors under the TRICARE Program; to Armed Services, S3716, CR 5/13/10.  
Hearings  
The Defense Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 5/20/10, 10 am, H-140 Capitol.
Committee Action  
On 5/13/10, the House Armed Services Committee approved HR 5136, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.
Bills Introduced  
S 3375 ( Vitter, D-LA), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to increase the cap on liability for economic damages resulting from an oil spill; to Environment and Public Works. S3716, CR 5/13/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3356 ( Feingold, D-WI), 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. S3716, CR 5/13/10.
S 3359 ( Thune, R-SD), to amend Title 38, United State Code, to provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments to be made automatically by law each year in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors for certain service-connected disabled veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. S3716, CR 5/13/10.
S 3368 ( Akaka, D-HI), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to authorize certain individuals to sign claims filed with the secretary of Veterans Affairs on behalf of claimants; to Veterans Affairs. S3716, CR 5/13/10.
S 3370 ( Akaka, D-HI), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve the process by which an individual files jointly for Social Security and dependency and indemnity compensation; to Veterans’ Affairs. S3716, CR 5/13/10.
Hearings  
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Overcoming Rural Health Care Barriers: Use of Innovative Wireless Health Technology Solutions.” 6/24/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Evaluating the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel.” 6/30/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
Notices  
On 5/14/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a 5/17/10-5/18/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation to receive briefings on issues related to compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and other veteran benefits programs. FR 27385.

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