A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 5.25.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Nos. 78-79 (May 21-24, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 99 (May 25, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 73 (May 25, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 5/25/10, the House passed, by a 366-4 vote, HR 5330, 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.  
Floor Action  
On 5/25/10, the Senate resumed consideration of the motion with respect to HR 4173, to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end “too big too fail,” to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, and to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices.  
Bills Introduced  
HR 5367 ( Norton, D-DC), to amend Title 11, District of Columbia Official Code, to revise certain administrative authorities of the District of Columbia courts, and to authorize the District of Columbia Public Defender Service to provide professional liability insurance for officers and employees of the service for claims relating to services furnished within the scope of employment with the service; to Oversight and Government Reform. H3744, CR 5/24/10.  
Committee Action  
The Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up 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, time TBA, 2141 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 5/25/10, the Department of Justice announced a request for public comment on a proposed rulemaking which would remove 12/11/08 regulations implementing certification procedures for states seeking to qualify for the special federal habeas corpus review procedures in capital cases. The Department will issue new regulations on this subject by separate rulemaking after the 12/08 regulations are removed. Comments are due 6/24/10. FR 29217 .  
Notices
On 5/25/10, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Program Assurances, which will be used by grantees to request funds to carry out a program providing protection and advocacy services to individuals with disabilities for the purposes of assisting in the acquisition, utilization, or maintenance of assistive technology or assistive technology services. Comments are due 7/26/10. FR 29326 .
On 5/25/10, OSERS, Department of Education, announced a solicitation of applications for the State Personnel Development Grants Program for Fiscal Year 2010, which assists state educational agencies in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, education, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities. Comments are due 7/9/10. FR 29327 .  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1388 ( Mario Diaz-Balart, R-FL), supporting the goals and ideals of National Hurricane Preparedness Week; to Science and Technology. H3744, CR 5/24/10.  
Committee Action  
The House Appropriations Committee will mark up HR 4899, making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10. 5/27/10, 5 pm, 2359 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 5/24/10, the Senate began consideration of HR 4899, making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.  
Notices  
On 5/25/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved project, the Health Care Integrity and Protection Data Bank for Final Adverse Information on Healthcare Providers, Suppliers, and Practitioners, which directs the HHS secretary to establish a national health care fraud and abuse data collection program for the reporting and disclosing of certain final adverse actions (excluding settlements in which no findings of liability have been made) taken against health care providers, suppliers, or practitioners. Comments are due 7/25/10. FR 29348 .
On 5/25/10, HRSA, HHS, announced a 6/14/10 meeting in Charlestown, SC, of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services to hear presentations on the rural implications of the HHS Caring Communities for Young Children Initiative, the rural implications of payment bundling and accountable care organizations, and other issues. FR 29353 .  
Bills Introduced  
S 3401 ( Burr, R-NC), to provide for the use of unobligated discretionary stimulus dollars to address AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists and other cost containment measures impacting state ADAP programs; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S4143, CR 5/24/10.  
Floor Action  
On 5/24/10, the House passed H Con Res 137, to express the sense of Congress that the lack of adequate housing must be addressed as a barrier to effective HIV prevention, treatment, and care, and that the United States should make a commitment to providing adequate funding for developing housing as a response to the AIDS pandemic.  
Hearings  
The Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold an oversight hearing titled “FHFA Oversight: Current State of the Housing Government Sponsored Enterprises.” 5/26/10, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 5/25/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Notice of Funding Availability Rating Factors Forms, which will facilitate the submission of information as part of the applicant’s grant application, ensure that submitted information is consistent and uniform among all applicants, and facilitate the review process when applications are being reviewed, ranked, and rated. Comments are due 6/1/10. FR 29358.  
Notices  
On 5/25/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program, which must be completed by institutions of higher education that apply for grants under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Comments are due 6/24/10. FR 29325.  
Notices  
On 5/25/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the elimination of the fee for the petition to make special under the Patent Prosecution Highway Programs (PPH). The elimination of the fee will simplify the PPH requirements, and is expected to encourage greater PPH participation. FR 29312.
On 5/25/10, USPTO announced procedures to streamline the process for the review of appeal briefs in ex parte reexamination proceeding appeals to increase the efficiency of the appeal process and reduce pendency of appeals. The appeal brief review procedure set forth in this notice is applicable to appeal briefs filed in ex parte reexamination proceedings on or after 5/25/10. FR 29321.  
Floor Action  
On 5/24/10, the Senate passed S Res 538, affirming the support of the United States for a strong and vital alliance with Thailand.  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1386 ( Foster, D-IL), amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to prohibit members from negotiating for a job involving lobbying activities; to Rules. H3744, CR 5/24/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3406 ( Hagan, D-NC), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to eliminate the per-fiscal-year calculation of days of certain active duty or active service used to reduce the minimum age at which a member of a reserve component of the uniformed services may retire for non-regular service; to Armed Services. S4143, CR 5/24/10.
Committee Action
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 5136, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for military activities of the Department of Defense, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year. 5/26/10, 1 pm, H-313 Capitol.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3397 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances; to Judiciary. S4143, CR 5/24/10.
Committee Action  
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up HR 847, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on 9/11/01. 5/25/10, 10 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Notices  
On 5/25/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced an interim final rule listing communities where modification of the base flood elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents. FR 29195- 29214.
On 5/25/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed BFEs and proposed BFE modifications for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are a part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Comments are due 8/23/10. FR 2921929302.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3398 ( Baucus, D-MT), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the work opportunity credit to certain recently discharged veterans; to Finance. S4143, CR 5/24/10.  
Notices  
On 5/25/10, the Department of Labor announced an availability of funds and a solicitation for grant applications for the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program National Technical Assistance Center Cooperative Agreement, which will provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force, and stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. Applications are due 6/25/10. FR 29366.

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