A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office

daily edition 1.20.2011

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

Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 13 (January 20, 2011)
Congressional Record, Vol. 157, No. 7 (January 19, 2011)
CQ Today, Vol. 47, No. 9 (January 20, 2011)

 
 

Business Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 321 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit the use of consumer credit checks against prospective and current employees for the purposes of making adverse employment decisions; to Financial Services. CR 1/19/11, H353.

HR 323 (Conyers, D-MI), to establish a corporate crime database, and for other purposes; to Judiciary.

Hearings

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “Bailouts and the Foreclosure Crisis: Report of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).” 1/26/11, 9:30 am, HVC-210 Capitol.

 

Children and Families

Bills Introduced  

HR 351 ( Serrano, D-NY), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to waive the requirement for proof of citizenship during the first year of life for children born in the United States to a Medicaid-eligible mother; to Energy and Commerce. CR 1/19/11, H354.

 

Civil Rights

Notices  

On 1/20/11, the Commission on Civil Rights announced a 1/28/11 meeting via teleconference to discuss disparate impact in school discipline policies, gender and the wage gap, sex discrimination in liberal arts college admissions, and other items. FR3608.

 

Criminal Law

Bills Introduced

HR 318 ( Brady, D-PA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to punish threats to commit violent crimes against members of Congress, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 1/19/11, H353.

HR 324 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to provide police officers, criminal investigators, and game law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense with authority to execute warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms; to Armed Services. CR 1/19/11, H353.

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Notices  

On 1/20/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced final Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs, to be used as the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FR3531 and FR3524.

On 1/20/11, FEMA, DHS, announced proposed Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs, to be used as the basis for the floodplain management measures. Comments are due 4/20/11. FR3590.

On 1/20/11, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, National Incident Management System ( NIMS) Training Plan, which specifies stakeholder responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining NIMS training, and defines the process for developing training and personnel qualification requirements for emergency management/response personnel. Comments are due 2/22/11. FR3648.

 

Environmental Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 332 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to require the Department of Defense and all other defense-related agencies of the United States to fully comply with federal and state environmental laws, including certain laws relating to public health and worker safety, that are designed to protect the environment and the health and safety of the public, particularly those persons most vulnerable to the hazards incident to military operations and installations, such as children, members of the Armed Forces, civilian employees, and persons living in the vicinity of military operations and installations; to Armed Services. CR 1/19/11, H353.

 

Health Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 334 ( Forbes, R-VA), to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from hiring new employees to enforce the federal government’s interference into the health care lives of American citizens; to Ways and Means. CR 1/19/11, H353.

HR 342 ( Johnson, D-TX), to amend Titles XIX and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, with respect to payment of disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) under the Medicare and Medicaid programs; to Ways and Means. CR 1/19/11, H354.

HR 346 ( Pearce, R-NM), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce; to Energy and Commerce. CR 1/19/11, H354.

Floor Action

On 1/19/11, the House passed, in a 245-189 vote, HR 2, legislation to repeal the health care reform law enacted during the 111th Congress.

Notices

On 1/20/11, HHS announced an update of the HHS poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index. FR3637.

 

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced  

HR 326 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 to provide for rental assistance payments to assist certain owners of manufactured homes who rent the lots on which their homes are located; to Financial Services. CR 1/19/11, H353.

HR 330 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the first-time homebuyer tax credit; to Ways and Means. CR 1/19/11, H353.

 
 

International Law

Hearings  

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the pending U.S. free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and their effect on jobs. 1/25/11, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.

 

Labor and Employment Law

Hearings  

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing titled “State of the American Workforce.” 1/26/11, 2 pm, 2175 Rayburn.

 

Military Law

Bills Introduced  

HR 337 ( Hunter, R-CA), to amend Public Law 111-321 (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010) to impose an additional condition on the repeal of the policy codified as Section 654 of Title 10, United States Code; to Armed Services. CR 1/19/11, H354.

 

National Security

Bills Introduced  

HR 322 ( Conyers, D-MI), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of the general public, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 1/19/11, H353.

 

Tort Law

Hearings  

The Disaster Recovery Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, will hold a hearing titled “Gulf Coast Recovery: An Examination of Claims and Social Services in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.” 1/27/11, 1:30pm, 342 Dirksen.

 

Bills Introduced  

HR 319 ( Braley, D-IA), to require employers to provide veterans with time off on Veterans Day; to Education and the Workforce. CR 1/19/11, H353.

HR 333 ( Bishop, D-GA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent receipt, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to Chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service, and for other purposes; to Armed Services. CR 1/19/11, H353.

 
 

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