A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.21.2010
The House is in session today. The Senate will reconvene 5/24/10.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 76 (May 20, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 97 (May 20, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 71 (May 21, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 5/20/10, the Senate passed, by a 59-39 vote, HR 4173 (as amended), 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 Children and Families Subcommittee, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing on the current state of American children. 6/8/10, 10 am, 430 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. 5/2710, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Floor Action  
On 5/20/10, the House passed H Res 1339, to express support for designation of May as National Foster Care Month and to acknowledge the responsibility that Congress has to promote safety, well-being, improved outcomes, and permanency for the nation’s collective children.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3390 ( Franken, D-MN), to end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S4082, CR 5/20/10.
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.” 5/26/10, time TBA, 2141 Rayburn.  
Hearings  
On 5/20/10, the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). On 5/20/10, Governmental Affairs Director Thomas M. Susman submitted a letter for the record on behalf of the ABA in support of ACUS.  
Nominations  
On 5/20/10, the Senate received the nominations of Susan L. Carney, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Anthony J. Battaglia, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; Edward J. Davila, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; and Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Robert N. Chatigny, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; and John A. Gibney, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. 5/27/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Daniel J. Becker, James R. Hannah, Gayle A. Nachtigal, John B. Nalbandian, Marsha J. Rabiteau, and Hernan D. Vera to be members of the Board of Directors for the State Justice Institute. 5/27/10, 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. 5/27/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Hearings  
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Senior Financial Empowerment Act. 5/25/10, 2:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 908, to amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program. 5/27/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Committee Action  
On 5/20/10, the Committee on House Appropriations approved HR 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.  
Notices  
On 5/21/10, the Election Assistance Commission announced a 5/27/10 public meeting in Washington, DC, to consider and vote on a maintenance of expenditure policy, and to discuss the process for updating the National Voter Registration Act regulations, and the Election Management Guidelines chapters on accessibility, election office administration, and technology in elections, among other things. FR 28594 .  
Committee Action  
On 5/20/10, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved S 3374, to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to establish a grant program to revitalize brownfields sites for the purpose of locating renewable electricity generation facilities on those sites.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3388 ( Inhofe, R-OK), to protect the rights, under the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, of members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of Defense by prohibiting the Department from requiring the registration of privately-owned firearms, ammunition, or other weapons not stored in facilities owned or operated by the Department, and by prohibiting the Department from infringing on the right of individuals to lawfully acquire, possess, own, carry, or otherwise use privately owned ammunition or other weapons on property not owned or operated by the Department; to Armed Services. S4082, CR 5/20/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3393 ( Brown, D-OH), to provide for extension of COBRA continuation coverage until coverage is available under either an employment-based health plan or through an American Health Benefit Exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S4082, CR 5/20/10.  
Notices  
On 5/21/10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on 21 draft proposals concerning expanding disclosure of information by the FDA while maintaining confidentiality of trade secrets and individually identifiable patient information. Comments are due 7/20/10. FR 28622 .  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1380 ( Barrett, R-SC), applauding the state of Arizona for asserting its Tenth Amendment rights, protecting its citizens, and safeguarding its jobs, and calling upon the administration to act immediately to enforce our nation’s immigration laws; to Judiciary. H3702, CR 5/20/10.
H Res 1384 ( Miller, R-CA), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that state and local governments, and state and local law enforcement personnel, in the course of carrying out routine duties, have the inherent authority of a sovereign entity to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain or transfer aliens in the United States to federal custody for the purpose of assisting in the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States; to Judiciary. H3702, CR 5/20/10.  
Notices  
On 5/21/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to a previously approved information collection, the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program Combined Indian Housing Plan and Annual Performance Reporting Requirements, which would simplify the reporting process, improve the quality of data submitted annually, and reduce the annual burden for recipients of IHBG funds. Comments are due 6/4/10. FR 28631.  
Notices  
On 5/21/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection which is used by the director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline to determine whether applicants for registration are of good moral character and repute; whether they have the necessary legal, scientific, and technical qualifications; and if they are otherwise competent to advise and assist applicants in the presentation and prosecution of patent applications. Comments are due 6/21/10. FR 28549.
On 5/21/10, USPTO, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, entitled “Legal Processes,” which covers information requirements related to civil actions and claims involving current or former USPTO employees. The public uses this collection to serve as a summons or complaint on the USPTO, to demand employee testimony or documents related to a legal proceeding, or to file a claim against the USPTO under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Comments are due 6/21/10. FR 28548.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5350 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to continue restrictions against and prohibit diplomatic recognition of the government of North Korea; to Foreign Affairs. H3701, CR 5/20/10.
HR 5351 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to safeguard the sovereignty and right to self-defense of the United States and its allies, and to prohibit U.S. participation in the International Criminal Court; to Foreign Affairs. H3701, CR 5/20/10.
HJ Res 85 ( Markey, D-MA), expressing the disfavor of Congress regarding the proposed agreement for cooperation between the United States and the Russian Federation pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; to Foreign Affairs. H3702, CR 5/20/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5347 ( Slaughter, D-NY), to prevent and end the occurrence of sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces; to Armed Services. H3701, CR 5/20/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5357 ( Mitchell, D-AZ), to provide for the deployment of additional National Guard troops along the international border between the United States and Mexico in support of the border control activities of United States Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security; to Armed Services. H3701, CR 5/20/10.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5355 ( Grijalva, D-AZ), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to repeal the limitation on liability of a responsible party for a discharge or substantial threat of a discharge of oil from an offshore oil facility; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H3701, CR 5/20/10.
HR 5356 ( Blunt, R-MO), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to increase the cap of liability for economic damages resulting from an oil spill; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H3701, CR 5/20/10.
Notices  
On 5/21/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required to adopt in order to qualify for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FR 28497.
On 5/21/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under NFIP, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If FEMA receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in the rule, the suspension will not occur. FR 28492.
On 5/21/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed BFEs and proposed BFE modifications for listed communities. These elevations, once finalized, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents in those buildings. Comments are due 8/19/10. FR 28511.
On 5/21/10, the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, announced a 6/8/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss, among other things, enforcement initiatives, regulatory practices, and enhancement of workers' voice in the workplace. FR 28659.  
Notices  
On 5/21/10, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a 6/28/10-6/29/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses to review program activities related to Gulf War veterans’ illnesses, to discuss the effects of various potential exposures on memory and cognition, and to discuss committee business and activities. FR 28686.

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