A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.30.2010
The Senate and House are not in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 158, Nos. 132-133 (September 28, 2010 – September 29, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, Nos. 188-189 (September 29, 2010 – September 30, 2010)
CQ Today Vol. 46, No. 128-129 (September 29, 2010 – September 30, 2010)
 
 
Floor Action  
On 9/29/10, the Senate passed, in a 69-30 vote, HR 3081, to make continuing appropriations for FY2011.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6219 ( Frank, D-MA), to amend the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 to enhance the provisions of the Small Business Lending Fund Program, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to create a Small Business Early-Stage Investment Program, and to create the Small Business Borrower Assistance Program; to Financial Services. CR 9/28/10, H7153.
Presidential Action
On 9/27/10, the president signed H.R. 5297 (Public Law 111-240), the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3848 (Menendez, D-NJ), to amend part D of Title IV of the Social Security Act to improve the enforcement, collection, and administration of child support payments, and for other purposes; to Finance. CR 9/28/10, S7618.
S 3849 ( Kerry, D-MA), to extend the Emergency Contingency Fund for State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, and for other purposes; to Finance. CR 9/28/10, S7618.
Notices  
On 9/29/10, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Required Data Elements for Paternity Establishment Affidavits, to be used by hospitals, birth record agencies, and other entities participating in the voluntary paternity establishment program. Comments are due 11/26/10. FR60129.
Presidential Action
On 9/27/10, the president issued proclamation 8570, to declare 9/27/10 as Family Day, and to call upon the people of the United States to join together in observing the day by spending time with their families and by engaging in appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor and strengthen American families. FR60565.  
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3852 ( Hagan, D-NC), to authorize grants to provide media literacy and youth empowerment programs, to authorize research on the role and impact of depictions of girls and women in the media, to provide for the establishment of a National Task Force on Girls and Women in the Media, and for other purposes; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 9/28/10, S7618.
S Res 662 ( Udall, D-CO), to amend the Standing Rules of the Senate to reform the filibuster rules to improve the daily process of the Senate; to Rules and Administration. CR 9/28/10, S7618.
Notices
On 9/30/10, the United States Commission on Civil Rights announced a 10/8/10 meeting in Washington, D.C., to consider findings and recommendations for a briefing report on health care disparities, to approve Part A of a briefing report on English-only in the workplace, and for other purposes. FR60407.
 
Nominations  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the following judicial nominations: Robert N. Chatigny, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Susan L. Carney, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Amy Totenberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; James E. Boasberg, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; Amy B. Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; James E. Shadid, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Columbia; and Sue E. Myerscough, of Illinois, to be United States Judge for the Eastern District of Illinois. 9/30/10,10 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 9/29/10, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Maria Elizabeth Raffinan, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years.
On 9/29/10, the Senate received the following judicial nominations: Caitlin Joan Halligan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; Richard Brooke Jackson, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; Mae A. D’Agostino, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; and Isabel Framer, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute for a term expiring 9/17/12.
Floor Action  
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 4113, the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to clarify the jurisdiction of the federal courts.
Notices
On 9/29/10, the State Justice Institute announced grant guidelines for FY2011 to set forth the administrative, programmatic, and financial requirements attendant to FY2011 State Justice Institute grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. FR60206.
 
Bills Introduced
HR 6235 ( McMahon, D-NY), to encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. CR 9/28/10, H7154.
H Res 1666 ( Boswell, D-IA), to express support for the designation of October 2010 as “Crime Prevention Month”; to Judiciary. CR 9/28/10, H7154.
Floor Action  
On 9/28/10, the House passed H Res 1637, to support the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2010 and to express the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should continue to raise awareness of domestic violence in the United States and its devastating effects on families and communities.
   
 
Floor Action  
On 9/28/10, the Senate passed S 3789, the Social Security Number Protection Act, to limit access to social security account numbers.
On 9/28/10, the House passed S 3304, the Equal Access to 21 st Century Communications Act, to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications.
 
Floor Action  
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 3427, the State Ethics Law Protection Act, to amend Title 23, United States Code, to protect states that have in effect laws or orders with respect to pay-to-play reform.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 296-129 vote, HR 512, the Federal Election Integrity Act, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit certain state election administration officials from actively participating in electoral campaigns.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6225 ( Paulsen, R-MN), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, to terminate authority under the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. CR 9/28/10, H7153.
Floor Action
On 9/29/10, the Senate passed, in a 54-39 vote, H Con Res 321, to extend the deadline for Social Services Block Grant expenditures of supplemental funds appropriated following disasters occurring in 2008.  
Notices  
On 9/29/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule for Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) for specific communities, used as the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being in effect in order to qualify for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR59989.
On 9/29/10, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment for an information collection regarding proposed BFEs and proposed BFE modifications for specific communities. Comments are due 12/28/10. FR60013.
Bills Introduced
HR 6223 ( Young, R-AK), to establish a Congressional Office of Regulatory Analysis, to require the periodic review and automatic termination of federal regulations, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 9/28/10, H7153.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6234 ( Herseth Sandlin, D-SD), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a deduction for qualified long-term care insurance premiums, a credit for individuals who care for those with long-term care needs, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 9/28/10, H7154.
Floor Action  
On 9/28/10, the Senate passed S 3751, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act, to amend the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 268-160 vote, HR 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attacks in New York City on 9/11/01.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 336-82 vote, HR 3421, the Medical Debt Relief Act, to exclude from consumer credit reports medical debt that has been in collection and has been fully paid or settled.
On 9/29/10, the House passed S 3751, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010, to amend the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2005.
Notices  
On 9/30/10, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, announced a request for public comment on several proposed extensions of information collections: the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Opportunity Notice Relating to Dependent Coverage; the Affordable Care Act Grandfathered Health Plan Disclosure and Recordkeeping Requirement; the Affordable Care Act Rescission Notice; the Affordable Care Act Patient Protection Notice; and the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Opportunity Notice—Prohibition on Lifetime Limits. Comments are due 11/29/10. FR60482.  
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6218 ( McNerney, D-CA), to prevent foreclosure of home mortgages and provide for the affordable refinancing of mortgages held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; to Financial Services. CR 9/28/10, H7153.
HR 6222 ( McGovern, D-MA), to establish the National Competition for Community Renewal to encourage communities to adopt innovative strategies and design principles to programs related to poverty prevention, recovery and response, and for other purposes; to Ways and Means. CR 9/28/10, H7153.
Notices
On 9/30/10, the Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture, announced a request for public comment on an extension of a currently approved information collection, Technical and Supervisory Assistance Grants, to aid needy low-income individuals and families in benefiting from federal, state, and local housing programs in rural areas. Comments are due 11/29/10. FR60405.
 
Notices  
On 9/29/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection regarding Initial Patent Applications. FR60073.
 
Bills Introduced  
HR 6223 ( Herseth Sandlin, D-SD), to establish a Native American entrepreneurial development program in the Small Business Administration; to Small Business. CR 9/28/10, H7154.  
Floor Action  
On 9/29/10, the Senate passed HR 1061, the Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act, to transfer certain lands to the United States to be held in trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe, and to place land into trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe.
 
Floor Action  
On 9/28/10, the House passed S 3847, the Security Cooperation Act of 2010, to implement certain defense trade cooperation treaties.
On 9/28/10, the House passed H Res 1631, to call for the protection of religious sites and artifacts from and in Turkish-occupied areas of northern Cyprus as well as for general respect for religious freedom.
On 9/28/10, the House passed H Res 1588, to express the sense of the House of Representatives on the importance of the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to help ensure peace and stability in Sudan during and after the mandated referenda.
On 9/29/10, the Senate passed S Res 573, to urge the development of a comprehensive strategy to ensure stability in Somalia.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 348-79 vote, HR 2378, the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, to amend Title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify that fundamental exchange-rate misalignment by any foreign nation is actionable under United States countervailing and anti-dumping duty laws.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 228-194 vote, HR 3081, the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2010, to make appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the FY ending 9/30/10.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 416-1 vote, H Res 1326, to call on the Government of Japan to immediately address the growing problem of abduction to and retention of United States citizen minor children in Japan, to work closely with the Government of the United States to return these children to their custodial parent or to the original jurisdiction for a custody determination in the United States.  
 
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1670 ( Giffords, D-AZ), to express the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to legislation relating to raising the retirement age under Title II of the Social Security Act ; to Ways and Means. CR 9/28/10, H7155.
Floor Action
On 9/29/10, the Senate passed HR 6200, the WIPA and PABSS Extension Act, to amend part A of Title XI of the Social Security Act to provide for a 1-year extension of the authorizations for the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program and the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security program.
 
 
Nominations
On 9/29/10, the Senate confirmed the following nominations: Harry James Franklyn Korrell III, of Washington, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring 7/13/11; Joseph Pius Pietrzyk, of Ohio, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring 7/13/11; and Julie A. Reiskin, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring 7/13/13.
 
Floor Action  
On 9/28/10, the Senate passed S 3243, the Anti-Border Corruption Act, to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to administer polygraph examinations to all applicants for law enforcement position with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to initiate all periodic background reinvestigations of certain law enforcement personnel.
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 3980, the Redundancy Elimination and Enhanced Performance for Preparedness Grants Act, to provide for identifying and eliminating redundant reporting requirements and developing meaningful performance metrics for homeland security preparedness grants.
On 9/28/10, the House 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 9/29/10, the Senate passed H Con Res 319, to recognize the anniversary of the tragic shootings that occurred at Fort Hood, Texas, 11/5/09.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 244-181 vote, HR 2701, the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY2010, to authorize appropriations for FY2010 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.  
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3862 ( Whitehouse, D-RI), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to facilitate the ability of persons affected by oil spills to seek judicial redress; to Environment and Public Works. CR 9/28/10, S7618.
Floor Action
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 6016, the Audit the BP Fund Act of 2010, to provide for a GAO investigation and audit of the operations of the fund created by BP to compensate persons affected by the Gulf oil spill.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 3860 ( McCaskill, D-MO), to require reports on the management of Arlington National Cemetery; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 9/28/10, S7618.
HR 6220 ( Pingree, D-ME), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides veterans with information concerning service-connected disabilities at health care facilities; to Veterans’ Affairs. CR 9/28/10, H7153.
H Res 1672 ( Michaud, D-ME), to commemorate the Persian Gulf War and reaffirm the commitment of the United States towards Persian Gulf War veterans; to Foreign Affairs. CR 9/28/10, H7155.
Committee Action  
On 9/29/10, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved S 3794, to amend Chapter 5 of Title 40, United States Code, to include organizations whose membership comprises substantially veterans as recipient organizations for the donation of federal surplus personal property through state agencies.  
Floor Action
On 9/28/10, the Senate passed HR 3219, the Veterans’ Insurance and Health Care Improvements Act, to amend Title 38, United States Code, and the Servicemembers Civil Rights Relief Act to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
On 9/28/10, the House passed H Res 1630, to express support for National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 5360, the Blinded Veterans Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2010, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to modify the standard of visual acuity required for eligibility for specially adapted housing assistance provided by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs.
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 6132, the Veterans Benefits and Economic Welfare Improvement Act of 2010, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to establish a transition program for new veterans to improve the disability claim system.
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 5630, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for qualifications for vocational rehabilitation counselors and vocational rehabilitation employment coordinators employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
On 9/28/10, the House passed HR 6058, the Wounded Warrior and Military Survivor Housing Assistance Act of 2010, to ensure that the housing assistance programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs are available to veterans and members of the Armed Forces who have service-connected injuries and to survivors and dependents of veterans and members of the Armed Forces.
On 9/29/10, the Senate passed S 3794, the FOR VETS Act, to amend Chapter 5 of Title 40, United States Code, to include organizations whose membership comprises substantially veterans as recipient organizations for the donation of federal surplus personal property through state agencies.
On 9/29/10, the Senate passed S Res 670, to designate the week beginning Monday, November 8, 2010, as “National Veterans History Project Week.”
On 9/29/10, the House passed HR 3219, the Veterans’ Insurance and Health Care Improvement Act, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs relating to insurance and health care.
On 9/29/10, the House passed HR 3685, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the main page of the internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a hyperlink to the VetSuccess internet website and to publicize such internet website.
On 9/29/10, the House passed, in a 358-66 vote, HR 5993, the Securing America’s Veterans Insurance Needs and Goals Act of 2010, to ensure that beneficiaries of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance receive financial counseling and disclosure information regarding life insurance payments.
On 9/29/10, the House passed H Res 1442, to support the goals and ideals of the Untied States Military History Month.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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