A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.17.2010
The Senate is in session today. The House will reconvene 5/18/10.


Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 73 (May 14, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 94 (May 17, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 68 (May 17, 2010)  
Floor Action  
On 5/14/10, 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 Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “ United States v. Stevens: The Supreme Court’s Decision Invalidating the Crush Video Statute.” 5/21/10, 9:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1345, to amend Title 5, United States Code, to eliminate the discriminatory treatment of the District of Columbia under the provisions of law commonly referred to as the “Hatch Act.” 5/17/10, 5:30 pm, S-216 Capitol.  
Notices  
On 5/17/10, the National Institute of Corrections announced a solicitation of proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month project period to create a policy guide for corrections practitioners charged with the care and custody of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex offenders. Applications are due 6/11/10. FR 27581 .  
Notices  
On 5/17/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, which is administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and aims to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Comments are due 6/16/10. CR 27544 .  
Hearings  
The House Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee will hold a hearing titled “Climate Science in the Political Area.” The hearing will feature prominent climate scientists, exploring their ability to present data and information that can guide global warming solutions in a sometimes fierce political landscape. 5/20/10, 9 am, 1334 Longworth.  
Floor Action  
On 5/14/10, the Senate passed S Res 530, supporting the goals and ideals of “National Women’s Health Week 2010.”  
Presidential Action
On 5/12/10, the president issued an executive order determining that the obstacles to the orderly reconstruction of Iraq, the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the country, and the development of political, administrative, and economic institutions in Iraq continue to pose an usual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and that, for these reasons, the national emergency declared 5/22/03 with respect to the stabilization of Iraq will be continued for one year. FR 27399.
On 5/13/10, the president issued an executive order determining that the actions and policies of the government of Burma continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and that, for these reasons, the national emergency declared 5/20/97 with respect to Burma will be continued for one year. FR 27627.
Notices  
On 5/17/10, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) announced its annual grant competition, which offers support for research, education, and training, and for the dissemination of information on international peace and conflict resolution. Applications are due 10/1/10. More information can be found at http://www.usip.org/grants-fellowships/annual-grant-competition. FR 27625.
On 5/17/10, USIP announced its ongoing priority grant competition, which focuses on countries and topics as they relate to USIP’s mandate. Starting 10/1/10, the competition will focus on the countries of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Sudan, and on the topic of communication for peacebuilding. More information can be found at http://www.usip.org/grants-fellowships/priority-grant-competition. FR 27625.  
Notices  
On 5/17/10, the Department of Education announced a 6/8/10 public teleconference meeting of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance to finalize the findings and recommendations of the committee’s upcoming report to Congress and the secretary of Education, and to conduct other business related to new members. The registration deadline for this meeting is 6/4/10. FR 27543.  
Hearings  
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Viewpoints on Homeland Security: A Discussion with the 9/11 Commissioners.” 5/19/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a joint hearing titled “U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation: Next Steps for the Merida Initiative.” 5/27/10, 10 am,
Committee Action  
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 3978, to amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to authorize the secretary of Homeland Security to accept and use gifts for otherwise authorized activities of the Center for Domestic Preparedness related to preparedness for and response to terrorism. 5/17/10, 5:30 pm, S-216 Capitol.  
Hearings  
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on several bills, including S 3107, to increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans; S 3192, to provide for the tolling of the timing of review for appeals of final decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Affairs; S 3234, to improve employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans, especially those serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; S 3348, to provide for the treatment of documents that express disagreement with decisions of the Board of Veterans Appeals and that are misfiled with the board within 120 days of such decisions as motions for reconsideration of such decisions; S 3355, to provide for an Internet website for information on benefits, resources, services, and opportunities for veterans and their families and caregivers; S 3368, to authorize certain individuals to sign claims filed with the secretary of Veterans Affairs on behalf of claimants; and S 3370, to improve the process by which an individual files jointly for Social Security and dependency and indemnity compensation. 5/19/10, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
The Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a joint hearing on the progress of efforts to end the problem of veterans’ homelessness. 5/20/10, 10 am, 124 Dirksen.

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