A Daily Legislative Update of the Governmental Affairs Office


daily edition 3.2.12


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


Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 42 (March 2, 2012)

Congressional Record, Vol. 158, No. 33 (March 1, 2012)



Children and Families




On 3/2/12, the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a hearing of the attorney general’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence to brief task force members of the issue of children’s exposure to violence. The hearing will be 3/19/12, 5 pm, and 3/20-21/12, 8:30 am, University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL. FR12881.



Civil Rights/Constitutional Law


Floor Action


On 3/1/12, the Senate agreed to S Res 387, celebrating Black History Month.





Committee Action


On 3/1/12, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported, by a 13-5 vote, the nomination of Andrew David Hurwitz, of Arizona, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.


The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the following nominations: Patty Shwartz, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; Jeffrey J. Helmick, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio; Mary Geiger Lewis, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina; and Timothy S. Hillman, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts. 3/8/12, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.



Criminal Law


Bills Introduced


HR 4119 (Reyes, D-TX), to reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the southwest border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels; to Judiciary. CR 3/1/12, H1133.



Election Law


Bills Introduced


HR 4136 (Cohen, D-TN), to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each voter registration agency in a state which requires an individual to present a government-issued photo identification as a condition of voting in an election for federal office to provide such an identification without charge upon request to any such individual who does not otherwise possess one; to House Administration. CR 3/1/12, H1133.



Federal Government


Bills Introduced


HR 4116 (Latham, R-IA), to provide for regulatory accountability and for the revision of economically burdensome regulations; to Judiciary. CR 3/1/12, H1133.



Health Law


Floor Action


On 3/1/12, the Senate rejected, by a 51-48 vote, Amendment 1520 to S 1813, federal highway legislation, to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect the rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services.




On 3/2/12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for comments concerning the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. Comments are due 5/1/12. FR12847.


On 3/2/12, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, announced it is soliciting comments concerning the National Mental Health Services Survey. Comments are due 5/1/12. FR12861.



International Law


Bills Introduced


H Res 568 (Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of preventing the government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability; to Foreign Affairs. CR 3/1/12, H1134.


Floor Action


On 3/1/12, the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, forwarded, as amended, HR 3783, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012.



National Security


Bills Introduced


S 2151 (McCain, R-AZ), to improve information security; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. CR 3/1/12, S1194.



Veterans Affairs


Bills Introduced


HR 4124 (Kinzinger, R-IL), to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants to states to streamline state requirements and procedures for veterans with military emergency medical training to become civilian emergency medical technicians; to Energy and Commerce. CR 3/1/12, H1133.