A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.19.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 75 (May 18, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 96 (May 19, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 70 (May 19, 2010)
Bills Introduced  
HR 5330 ( Johnson, D-GA), to amend the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 to extend the operation of such act for a five-year period ending 6/22/15; to Judiciary. H3540, CR 5/18/10.  
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 Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Eliminating Waste and Managing Space in Federal Courthouses: GAO Recommendations on Courthouse Construction, Courtroom Sharing, and Enforcing Congressionally Authorized Limits on Size and Cost.” 5/25/10, 10 am, 2167 Rayburn.
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act. 5/25/10, 11 am, 2237 Rayburn.
The Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 5281, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against federal officers or agencies to federal courts. 5/25/10, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.  
Floor Action  
On 5/18/10, the House passed S 1782, to provide improvements for the operations of the federal courts.  
Floor Action  
On 5/18/10, the House passed, by a 357-32 vote, HR 4614, to amend Part E of Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for incentive payments under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for states to implement minimum and enhanced DNA collection processes.  
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Senior Financial Empowerment Act. 5/25/10, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5321 ( Johnson, D-GA), to prohibit certain individuals from possessing a firearm in an airport; to Homeland Security. H3540, CR 5/18/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5324 ( Davis, D-CA), to provide for extension of COBRA continuation coverage until coverage is available otherwise under either an employment-based health plan or through an American Health Benefit Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Education and Labor. H3540, CR 5/18/10.  
Notices  
On 5/19/10, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Biometric Data Collection at the Ports of Entry, which collects and disseminates biometric information from individuals during their entry into the United States which is used in expediting trade and travel and supporting immigration system improvements. Comments are due 6/18/10. FR 28034.  
Notices  
On 5/19/10, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, announced the publication of the list of designated tribal agents who, under regulations implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act, may be designated other than the tribal chairman for service of notice of proceedings. FR 28103.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5322 ( Conyers, D-MI), to provide authority to the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to set or adjust patent and trademark fees; to Judiciary. H3540, CR 5/18/10.  
Bills Introduced
S 3383 ( DeMint, R-SC), to temporarily prohibit U.S. loans to the International Monetary Fund from being used to provide financing for any member state of the European Union; to Foreign Relations. S3908, CR 5/18/10.
S Con Res 63 ( Johnson, D-SD), expressing the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization; to Foreign Relations. S3908, CR 5/18/10.
HR 5319 ( Johnson, R-TX), to increase transparency regarding debt instruments of the United States held by foreign governments, and to assess the risks to the United States of such holdings; to Ways and Means. H3540, CR 5/18/10.
HR 5338 ( Turner, R-OH), to strengthen U.S. commitment to transatlantic security by implementing the principles outlined in the Declaration on Alliance Security signed by the heads of state and governments of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; to Armed Services. H3540, CR 5/18/10.
H Con Res 279 ( McMorris Rodgers, R-WA), disapproving of the participation of the United States in the provision by the International Monetary Fund of a multibillion-dollar funding package for the European Union until the member states of the European Union comply with the economic requirements of membership in the European Union; to Financial Services. H3541, CR 5/18/10.
Notices  
On 5/19/10, the United States International Trade Commission announced the institution of an investigation entitled the “Actual Effects of the Free Trade Agreements with Chile, Australia, and Singapore.” The investigation and proceeding report will examine the effects of the phasing-out of tariffs, anomalies in U.S. export levels and the possible causes for these anomalies, and related matters. Written submissions are due 7/15/10. The Commission Report will be transmitted 12/13/10. FR 28059.  
Notices  
On 5/19/10, the Education Department announced a request for public comment on an emergency approval of the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program Application to Participate and Service Agreement and Annual Certification of Employment Forms, which serve as the means for a borrower who has completed a year of service as a full-time civil legal assistance attorney to request loan repayment and to provide the department with verification of the qualifying employment. Comments are due 7/19/10. FR 27997.  
Notices
On 5/19/10, the Transportation Security Administration, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed renewal of a currently approved information collection, the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program, which serves to distinguish misidentified individuals from individuals on watch lists used by DHS, and which helps to streamline and expedite future check-in or border crossing experiences. Comments are due 7/19/10. FR 28051.  
Notices  
On 5/19/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on proposed revised application guidance and instructions to implement changes made in accordance with recommendations from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and their member states in the revisions and clarification of data reporting requirements and instructions. Comments are due 6/18/10. FR 28025.  
Hearings  
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on veterans’ claims processing, focusing on how well current efforts are working. 6/16/10, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
Floor Action  
On 5/18/10, the Senate passed HR 5014, to clarify the health care provided by the secretary of Veterans Affairs that constitutes minimum essential coverage.

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