A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.28.2010
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 158, No. 131 (September 27, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 187 (September 28, 2010)
CQ Today Vol. 46, No. 127 (September 28, 2010)


Business Law
Children and Families
Criminal Law
Disability Law
Elder Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Health Law

Indian Affairs
International Law
National Security
Substance Abuse
Tax Law
 
Hearings
The Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, House Appropriations Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Implementation of the Landmark Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Bill.” 9/30/10, 2 pm, 2362-A Rayburn.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3845 ( Casey, D-PA), to establish the national competition for community renewal to encourage communities to adopt innovative strategies and design principles, for programs related to poverty prevention, recovery and response, and for other purposes; to Finance. S7507, CR 9/27/10.
S Res 647 ( Landrieu, D-LA), to express the support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging Americans to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S7508, CR 9/27/10.
Floor Action  
On 9/27/10, the Senate passed S Res 618, to designate October 2010 as “National Work and Family Month.”
Notices  
On 9/28/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Innovative Strategies for Increasing Self-Sufficiency: Baseline Data Collection, to test a range of strategies to promote employment, self-sufficiency, and reduce dependence on cash welfare. Comments are due 11/26/10. FR59726.
Bills Introduced  
S 3842 ( Leahy, D-VT), to protect crime victims’ rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and convicted offenders, to improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of federal, state, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and development of new DNA testing technologies, to develop new training programs regarding the collection and use of DNA evidence, to provide post conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to improve the performance of counsel in state capital cases, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. S7507, CR 9/27/10.
 
Notices
On 9/28/10, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, announced the availability of new awards for FY 2011 for the Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program, created to support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting for children with disabilities. Applications are due 11/29/10. FR59699.
 
Notices  
On 9/28/10, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, testing successful health communications surrounding aging-related issues from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), to identify new ways to support the health information needs of older adults and people who serve older adults. Comments are due 11/26/10. FR 59723.
 
Notices
On 9/28/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a currently approved information collection, FEMA Individual Assistance Customer Satisfaction Surveys, to determine the kind and quality of services customers want and their level of satisfaction with existing services. Comments are due 10/28/10. FR 59732.
 
Notices
On 9/28/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS, announced 10/13/10, 10/14/10, and 10/15/10 meetings in Rockville, MD, of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas, to discuss possible methodologies for identifying areas of shortage and underservice. FR59674.
   
Floor Action  
On 9/27/10, the Senate passed HR 3553, the Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act, to exclude from consideration as income under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 amounts received by a family from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities of a member of the family.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3844 ( Lugar, R-IN), to provide for the approval of the agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy; to Foreign Relations. S7507, CR 9/27/10.
Floor Action
On 9/27/10, the Senate passed S 3847, to implement certain defense trade cooperation treaties.
Notices
On 9/28/10, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, announced a final rule, effective 9/29/10, to amend the Iranian Transactions Regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations to remove general licenses authorizing the importation into the United States of, and dealings in, certain foodstuffs and carpets of Iranian origin and related services. FR59611.  
 
Hearings  
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a joint briefing titled “The Effects of Demographic Change on Global Security.” 9/29/10, 1 pm, HVC-210 Capitol.  
Floor Action  
On 9/27/10, the Senate passed HR 553, the Reducing Over-Classification Act, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a strategy to prevent the over-classification of homeland security and other information and to promote the sharing of unclassified homeland security and other information.
On 9/27/10, the Senate passed HR 2701, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2010, to authorize appropriations for FY 2010 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities in the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.  
 
Floor Action  
On 9/27/10, the Senate passed HR 2913, the Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act, to enhance the ability to combat methamphetamine.
 
Bills Introduced
S Res 649 ( Conrad, D-ND), to support the goals and ideals of “National Save for Retirement Week”, including raising public awareness of the various tax-preferred retirement vehicles and increasing personal financial literacy. S7507, CR 9/27/10.
Floor Action
On 9/27/10, the Senate passed S Res 649, to support the goals and ideals of “National Save for Retirement Week”, including raising public awareness of the various tax-preferred retirement vehicles and increasing personal financial literacy.
 
 
 

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