A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
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Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 188 (December 13, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 238 (December 14, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 180 (December 14, 2009)
On 12/13/09, the Senate agreed, by a 57-35 vote, to the conference report to accompany HR 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10, clearing the measure for the president.
On 12/11/09, the House passed, by a 223-202 vote, HR 4173, to provide for financial regulatory reform, to protect consumers and investors, to enhance federal understanding of insurance issues, and to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets.
H Con Res 221 ( Conyers, D-MI), requesting that the president issue a proclamation annually calling upon the people of the United States to observe Global Family Day and One Day of Peace and Sharing; to Foreign Affairs. H14827, CR 12/11/09.
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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1102, to provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees, and HR 1345, to amend Title 5, United States Code, to eliminate the discriminatory treatment of the District of Columbia under the provisions of law commonly referred to as the “Hatch Act.” 12/16/09, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
On 12/9/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 12/10/09 as “Human Rights Day,” 12/15/09 as “Bill of Rights Day,” and the week beginning 12/10/09 as “Human Rights Week,” and calling upon the people of the United States to mark the observances of those days with appropriate ceremonies and activities. FR 66211
On 12/13/09, the House agreed to the conference report to accompany HR 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, which includes $100 million in appropriations for Second Chance Act programs.
On 12/13/09, the House agreed to the conference report to accompany HR 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, which includes $11.4665 billion for Social Security Administration funding.
On 12/14/09, the Federal Election Commission announced a statement of policy to resume the prior practice of promoting transparency by placing all first general counsel’s reports, regardless of whether or not the recommendations in these reports are adopted by the commission, on the public record. This practice becomes effective 12/14/09. FR 66132
HR 4297 ( Hodes, D-NH), to direct the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to review, update, and revise certain regulations relating to assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H14826, CR 12/11/09.
HR 4283 ( Cohen, D-TN), to prohibit U.S. attorneys and assistant U.S. attorneys from acting as or working for corporate monitors for specified periods after their service with the government terminates; to Judiciary. H14826, CR 12/11/09.
S 2878 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to prevent gun trafficking in the United States; to Judiciary. S13033, CR 12/11/09.
HR 4298 ( McCarthy, R-CA), to prevent gun trafficking in the United States; to Judiciary. H14826, CR 12/11/09.
On 12/13/09, the House agreed to the conference report to accompany HR 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, which includes the lifting of the prohibition of use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, with the addition of report language to require that local health and law enforcement officials approve of the distribution locations.
On 12/14/09, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on possible changes to the procedure for handling notices of appeal and appeal briefs that identify fewer than all of the rejected claims as being appealed. Comments are due 1/13/10. FR
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Iran Sanctions: Options, Opportunities and Consequences.” 12/15/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Elections in Africa: Progress Made, Challenges Remaining.” 12/17/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
On 12/13/09, the House agreed to the conference report to accompany HR 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, which includes an initial appropriation of $5 million to the Legal Assistance Repayment Program authorized by Section 428L of the Higher Education Act, which provides student loan repayment assistance for civil legal assistance lawyers.
On 12/13/09, the House agreed to the conference report to accompany HR 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2010, which includes $420 million (a $30 million increase) in appropriations to the Legal Services Corporation, and eliminates the restriction on collection of statutorily authorized attorneys’ fees.
The Domestic Policy Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The U.S. Government as Dominant Shareholder: How Should the Taxpayers’ Ownership Rights be Exercised?” 12/16/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn. The full House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on the same issue. 12/17/09, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
On 12/14/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, announced revised fee schedules for processing certain types of requests for changes to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) maps, for processing requests for flood insurance study technical and administrative support data, and for processing requests for particular NFIP map and insurance products. The revised fee schedule is effective for all requests dated 1/13/10 and later. FR 66138
On 12/14/09, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIP), Treasury Department, announced two final rules extending TRIP recoupment provisions and caps on annual liability until 12/31/14. These final rules become effective 1/13/10. FR 66051