A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office

daily edition 1.19.2011

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

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 12 (January 19, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 6 (January 18, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 8 (January 19, 2011)


Constitutional Law

Bills Introduced  

HJ Res 20 ( Platts, R-PA), to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a member of Congress may serve; to Judiciary. CR 1/18/11, H254.


Criminal Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 313 ( Smith, R-TX), to amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that persons who enter into a conspiracy within the United States to possess or traffic illegal controlled substances outside the United States, or engage in conduct within the United States to aid or abet drug trafficking outside the United States, may be criminally prosecuted in the United States, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 1/18/11, H254.


The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Protecting American Taxpayers: Significant Accomplishments and Ongoing Challenges in the Fight Against Fraud.” 1/26/11, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.


On 1/19/11, the United States Sentencing Commission announced a request for public comment on several proposed amendments to sentencing guidelines, policy statements, and commentary. Comments are due 3/21/11. FR3193.


Disability Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 312 ( Myrick, R-NC), to establish procedures for the issuance by the commissioner of the Social Security Administration of ‘‘no match’’ letters to employers, and for the notification of the secretary of Homeland Security regarding such letters; to Ways and Means. CR 1/18/11, H254.


Gun Violence

Bills Introduced  

HR 308 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to prohibit the transfer or possession of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 1/18/11, H254.


Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 299 ( Broun, R-GA), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, repeal the 7.5 percent threshold on the deduction for medical expenses, provide for increased funding for high-risk pools, allow acquiring health insurance across state lines, and allow for the creation of association health plans; to Energy and Commerce. CR 1/18/11, H254.

HR 314 ( Thornberry, R-TX), to provide grants to states for health care tribunals, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 1/18/11, H254.

HR 315 ( Thornberry, R-TX), to reduce the amount of paperwork and improve payment policies for health care services, to prevent fraud and abuse through health care provider education, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 1/18/11, H254.  

Floor Action  

On 1/18/11, the House began consideration of HR 2, to repeal the health care reform law enacted during the 111 th Congress.


Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 310 ( Myrick, R-NC), to deny certain federal funds to any institution of higher education that admits as students aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States; to Education and the Workforce. CR 1/18/11, H254.


Tort Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 304 ( Gallegly, R-CA), to amend the limitation on liability for certain passenger rail accidents or incidents under Section 28103 of Title 49, United States Code, and for other purposes; to Transportation and Infrastructure. CR 1/18/11, H254.


Veterans Affairs

Bills Introduced  

HR 303 ( Bilirakis, R-FL), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or Combat-Related Special Compensation and to eliminate the phase-in period under current law with respect to such concurrent receipt; to Armed Services. CR 1/18/11, H254.