A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office

daily edition 1.6.2011

The House is in session today. The Senate is not in session today.

 

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 3 – no.4 (January 5, 2011 – January 6, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No.1 (January 5, 2011)

 
 

Children and Families

Notices  

On 1/6/11, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being—Second Cohort, a survey which collects information regarding the functioning and well-being, service needs, and service utilization of children and families who come to the attention of the child welfare system. Comments are due 3/7/11. FR788.

 

Civil Rights

Bills Introduced  

HR 40 ( Conyers, D-MI), to acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 1/5/11, H34.

 

Courts/ Judiciary

Nominations

On 1/5/11, the Senate received the following judicial nominations: Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; Victoria Frances Nourse, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit; Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; James E. Graves, Jr., of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; Caitlin Joan Halligan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Edward Carroll DuMont, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; Bernice Bouie Donald, of Tennessee, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; Susan L. Carney, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Arenda L. Wright Allen, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; Anthony J. Battaglia, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; Cathy Bissoon, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; James Emanuel Boasberg, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; Vincent L. Briccetti, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; Louis B. Butler, Jr., of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin; Claire C. Cecchi, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Edward Milton Chen, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Max Oliver Cogburn, Jr., of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; Mae A. D'Agostino, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Roy Bale Dalton, Jr., of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; Sara Lynn Darrow, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; Edward J. Davila, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Charles Bernard Day, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; Marco A. Hernandez, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon; Paul Kinloch Holmes III, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas; Mark Raymond Hornak, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Amy Berman Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; Richard Brooke Jackson, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; Steve C. Jones, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; John A. Kronstadt, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; Robert David Mariani, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Marina Garcia Marmolejo, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; John J. McConnell, Jr., of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island; Sue E. Myerscough, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; John Andrew Ross, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Esther Salas, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Diana Saldana, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; James E. Shadid, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois; Kevin Hunter Sharp, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee; Michael H. Simon, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon; Amy Totenberg, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia; Michael Francis Urbanski, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia; and Kathleen M. Williams, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

 

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 47 ( Issa, R-CA), to provide a civil penalty for certain misrepresentations made to Congress, and for other purposes; to Intelligence (Permanent Select). CR 1/4/11, H34.
 

Disability Law

Notices  

On 1/5/11, the Social Security Administration (SSA), announced a final rule concerning Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the aged, blind, and disabled, and dedicated accounts and installment payments for certain past-due SSI benefits. FR446.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Bills Introduced

HR 57 ( Scalise, R-LA), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to make improvements in the provision of Federal disaster assistance, and for other purposes; to Transportation and Infrastructure. CR 1/4/11, H34.

 
 

Gun Violence

Bills Introduced  

HR 58 ( Scalise, R-LA), to amend Chapter 44 of Title 18, United States Code, to update certain procedures applicable to commerce in firearms and remove certain federal restrictions on interstate firearms transactions; to Judiciary. CR 1/4/11, H34.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2 ( Cantor, R-VA), to repeal the health care law, its job-related provisions, and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; to Energy and Commerce. CR 1/5/11, H33.

HR. 21 ( Garrett, R-NJ), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance; to Ways and Means. CR 1/5/11, H33.

HR 38 ( Fleming, R-LA), to rescind funds appropriated to the Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; to Energy and Commerce. CR 1/5/11, H34.

   

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

HR 32 ( Biggert, R-IL), to amend the definition of ‘‘homeless person’’ under the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act to include certain homeless children and youth; to Financial Services. CR 1/5/11, H34.

HR 34 ( Biggert, R-IL), to provide for payment of an administrative fee to public housing agencies to cover the costs of administering family self-sufficiency programs in connection with the housing choice voucher program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Financial Services. CR 1/5/11, H34.

 

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 43 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and to re-allocate those visas to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States; to Judiciary. CR 1/5/11, H34.  

HR 45 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend Section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose mandatory sentencing ranges with respect to aliens who reenter the United States after having been removed, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 1/5/11, H34.

HR 46 ( Issa, R-CA), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for nonimmigrant status for an alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen child if the child was born abroad and is the child of a deceased member of the Armed Forces of the United States; to Judiciary. CR 1/5/11, H34.

 

Legal Services

Presidential Action  

On 12/29/10, the president signed HR 6398 (P.L. 111-343), to require the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to fully insure Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts.

 

Tort Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 53 ( Connolly, D-VA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny a deduction for removal costs and damages for which taxpayers are liable under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990; to Ways and Means. CR 1//5/11, H34.

HR 54 ( Connolly, D-VA), to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to extend liability to corporations, partnerships, and other persons having ownership interests in responsible parties, and for other purposes; to Transportation and Infrastructure. CR 1//5/11, H34.

 

Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced

HR 26 ( Speier, D-CA), to direct the secretary of Defense to adopt a program of professional and confidential screenings to detect mental health injuries acquired during deployment in support of a contingency operation and ultimately to reduce the incidence of suicide among veterans; to Armed Services. CR 1/5/11, H33.

HR 28 ( McIntyre, D-NC), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve the outreach activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; to Veterans Affairs. CR 1/5/11, H33.  

Notices  

On 1/5/11, the Department of Veterans Affairs VA) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Equal Opportunity Compliance Review Report, VA Form 20–8734 and Supplement to Equal Opportunity Compliance Review Report, used to identify areas where there may be disparate treatment of members of protected groups. Comments are due 2/4/11. FR623.

On 1/5/11, the VA announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Veterans Health Benefits Handbook Satisfaction Survey, used to request feedback from veterans on the content and presentation material contained in the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook. VA will use the data collected to determine how well the handbook meets veterans’ individual needs. FR625.

On 1/6/11, the SSA announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Application for Survivors Benefits, to be used by surviving family members of armed services personnel to file for Social Security and Veterans benefits at SSA the VA. FR817.

Presidential Action

On 12/29/10, the president signed S 4058 (P.L. 111-346) The Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010, to extend certain expiring provisions providing enhanced protections for servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosure.

 
 
 
 

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