A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.14.2010
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 122 (September 13, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 174 – 177 (September 9, 2010 – September 14, 2010)
CQ Today Vol. 46, No. 116 - 117 (September 13, 2010 – September 14, 2010)
Committee Action  
The Defense Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will mark up draft Fiscal 2011 Defense Appropriations legislation. 9/14/10, 10:30 am, 192 Dirksen.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft Fiscal 2011 Defense Appropriations legislation. 9/16/10, 2 pm, 106 Dirksen.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft Fiscal 2011 Interior-Environment Appropriations legislation. 9/16/10, 2 pm, 106 Dirksen.
The Senate Appropriations Committee will mark up draft Fiscal 2011 Legislative Branch Appropriations legislation. 9/16/10, 2 pm, 106 Dirksen.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Covered Bonds: Potential Uses and Regulatory Issues.” 9/15/10, 10 am, 538 Dirksen.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Banking on Reform: Capital Increase Proposals From the Multilateral Development Banks.” 9/15/10, 10 am, 419 Dirksen.
 
Notices  
On 9/09/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration and Evaluation Project (STEDEP), in order to identify the types of strategies that should be tested within the context of current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies and requirements as well as recent efforts under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Comments are due 10/08/10. FR 54885.
On 9/14/10, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Case Plan Requirement, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, used to assure that each child for whom the state receives foster care maintenance payments has a case plan designed to achieve placement in a safe setting. Comments are due 10/13/10. FR 55792.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3772 ( Reid, D-NV), to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes; read for the first time. S7034, CR 9/13/10.
 
Nominations
On 9/13/10, the Senate confirmed, by a vote of 72-21, the nomination of Jane Branstetter Stranch, of Tennessee, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
On 9/13/10, the Senate received the following nominations: Robert Neil Chatigny, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Louis B. Butler Jr., of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin; Edward Milton Chen, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; John J. McConnell Jr., of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island; and Marsha Ternus, of Iowa, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute for a term expiring 9/17/12.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the following judicial nominations: Susan L. Carney, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 2 nd Circuit; Amy Totenberg, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; James E. Boasberg to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia; Amy B. Jackson, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia; James E. Shadid to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; and Sue E. Myerscough, to be U.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. 9/15/10, 2 pm, 226 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the following judicial nominations: Kathleen O’Malley, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; Beryl A. Howell, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia; and Robert L. Wilkins, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. 9/16/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
The Senate Impeachment of Judge G Thomas Porteous Jr. Committee will conduct the impeachment trial of Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. 9/14/10, 8 am; 9/15/10, 8 am, 9/21/10, 8 am, 216 Hart.
 
Hearings  
The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases. 9/14/10, 2:15 pm, 226 Dirksen.
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on domestic minor sex trafficking. 9/15/10, 1 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
 
Notices  
On 9/10/10, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a 9/27/10 and 9/28/10 webinar and national teleconference call to solicit views of the public, beneficiaries, advocates, Employment Networks (EN), and other professionals on a key part of the SSA’s quality assurance and performance measurement system for the Ticket to Work program (TTW). FR 55392.
 
Notices  
On 9/10/10, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced a 9/21/10 meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss and consider policy issues updates and administrative matters. FR 55315.
On 9/10/10, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced, effective 12/01/10, a revision to rules concerning the activities that constitute “Federal election activity” under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, to modify the definition of “voter registration activity,” in response to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Shays v. FEC. FR 55257.
 
Hearings  
The Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Five Years after Katrina: Where We Are and What We Have Learned for Future Disasters.” 9/22/10, 2 pm, 2167 Rayburn.
The Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, House Science and Technology Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Progress on P25: Furthering Interoperability and Competition for Public Safety Radio Equipment.” 9/23/10, 2 pm, 2318 Rayburn.
Notices
On 9/13/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule and proposed rule with comment period concerning the Base Flood Evaluations (BFEs). Comments on the proposed rule are due 12/13/10. FR 55480 and 55507.
On 9/14/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a final rule to identify communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that are scheduled for suspension because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 55683.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3766 (Specter, D-PA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, and for other purposes; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S7033, CR 9/13/10.  
Hearings  
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Promise of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” 9/16/10, 10 am, 124 Dirksen.  
Committee Action  
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will markup S 3751, a bill to amend the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005. 9/15/10, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.  
Notices
On 9/10/10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Treasury, announced a request for public comment concerning existing interim final regulations, Affordable Care Act Notice of Patient Protection, which requires a group health plan or health insurer requiring or allowing for the designation of a primary care provider to provide notice to participants of the right to designate a primary care provider and of the right to obtain access to obstetrical or gynecological services without referral from a primary care provider. Comments are due 11/09/10. FR 55402.
On 9/10/10, the IRS, Department of Treasury, announced a request for public comment concerning interim final regulations, Affordable Care Act Notice of Rescission, implementing the rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets under provisions of the Affordable Care Act regarding preexisting condition exclusions, lifetime and annual dollar limits on benefits, rescissions, and patient protections. Comments are due 11/09/10. FR 55402.
 
Notices
On 9/13/10, HRSA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Core Medical Services Waiver Application Requirements—Extension. Comments are due 10/12/10. FR 55583.
 
Notices  
On 9/09/10, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, HUD, announced a Statutorily Mandated Designation of Difficult Development Areas and Qualified Census Tracts for 2011, released annually for the purposes of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. FR 54902.
On 9/13/10, the Office of Chief Information Officer, HUD, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Comments are due 10/13/10. FR 55596.
On 9/14/10, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a final rule, effective 10/14/10, to establish new housing goals for 2010 and 2011, and to revise and update the rules for counting mortgages for purposes of the housing goals to ensure clarity and consistency with the new goals. FR 55892.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the current security situation on the Korean Peninsula. 9/16/10, 9:30 am, 106 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the pending START treaty and vote on pending legislation. 9/16/10, 9:30 am, location TBA.  
Notices
On 9/09/10, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy announced a 9/28/10 meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the findings of a joint research project of the Commission and the University of Texas at Austin on measurement of public diplomacy efforts. FR 54938.
On 9/10/10, the Department of State announced that the government of Mexico is continuing to improve the transparency and accountability of federal police forces, continuing to conduct regular consultations with Mexican human rights organizations on recommendations for the implementation of the Media Initiative, and continuing to enforce and uphold other necessary rule of law measures. FR 55393.
On 9/13/10, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of Treasury, announced a final rule, effective immediately, to add the Iraq Stabilization and Insurgency Sanctions Regulations as a new part to the Code of Federal Regulations, to implement Executive Orders 13303, 13315, 13350, 13364, and 13438. FR 55462FR 55463.
 
Notices  
On 9/09/10, the Mine, Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor, announced a 10/08/10, 10/12/10, and 10/14/10 in Arlington, VA, Sacramento, CA, and Pittsburgh, PA, to gather information about effective , comprehensive safety and health management programs at mines. Comments are due 12/17/10. FR 54804.
On 9/10/10, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission announced a 9/16/10 meeting in Washington, D.C., to consider and act upon Secretary of Labor v. Dynamic Energy, Inc., including whether the administrative law judge properly found a violation of 30 CFR 77.1607(b), which requires mobile equipment operators to have “full control” of their equipment while it is in motion. FR 55329.
On 9/13/10, SSA announced a 9/29/10 teleconference meeting of the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel, with its agenda to soon be posted at http://www.ssa.gov/oidap/meeting_information.htm. FR 55625.
 
 
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2888, a bill to amend Section 205 of Title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualifying law school students participating in legal clinics from the application of the general conflict of interest rules under such section. 9/16/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
 
Hearings  
The Senate Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Nuclear Terrorism: Strengthening Our Domestic Defenses.” 9/15/10, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Electronic Communications Privacy Act: Promoting Security and Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age.” 9/22/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Evolving nature of Terrorism: Nine Years after the 9/11 Attacks.” 9/15/10, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
Notices  
On 9/10/10, the Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a proposed rulemaking to exempt portions of a newly established system of records, the “Department of Homeland Security/ ALL-031 Information Sharing Environment Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative System of Records,” from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements. FR 55290.
On 9/14/10, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce, announced the extension of the comment period for the 7/28/10 notice of inquiry on the nexus between cybersecurity challenges in the commercial sector and innovation in the Internet economy. Comments are due 9/20/10. FR 55739.  
Presidential Action  
On 9/10/10, the president announced the continuation, for one year, of the national emergency previously declared on 9/14/01, with respect to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States. FR 55661.
 
Hearings  
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Personality Disorders Discharges: Impact on Veterans’ Benefits.” 9/15/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.
The Health Subcommittee, House Veterans Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on veterans’ reintegration and traumatic brain injury. 9/29/10, 10 am, 334 Cannon.  
Notices  
On 9/09/10, the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans, to help the VA better understand the long-term consequences of military deployment and to provide better health care for Gulf War veterans. Comments are due 11/08/10. FR 54965.
 
 

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