A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 2.12.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 28 (February 11, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 26 (February 12, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 27 (February 12, 2009)
Business Law
Bills Introduced
HR 991 ( Gutierrez, D-IL), to treat arbitration clauses which are unilaterally imposed on consumers as an unfair and deceptive trade practice and prohibit their use in consumer transactions; to Financial Services. H1247, CR 2/11/09.
Children/Family Law
Bills Introduced
S 410 ( Lincoln, D-AR), to amend Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure states follow best policies and practices for supporting and retaining foster parents and to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to states to improve the empowerment, leadership, support, training, recruitment, and retention of foster care, kinship care, and adoptive parents; to Finance. S2144, CR 2/11/09.
Committee Action
On 2/11/09, the House Education and Labor Committee approved HR 911, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009.
Bills Introduced
HR 986 ( Boucher, D-VA), to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media; to Judiciary. H1247, remarks E242 and E244, CR 2/11/09.
Elder Law
Floor Action
On 2/12/09, the House passed, by a 397-25 vote, HR 448, the Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
H J Res 21 ( Dreier, R-CA), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the election of senators; to Judiciary. H1248, CR 2/11/09.
Committee Action
On 2/11/09, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Relations amended and approved S 160, to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the state of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1005 ( Smith, R-NJ), to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 to improve public notification and community relations concerning actions for the removal of environmental hazards; to Energy and Commerce. H1248, CR 2/11/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S Con Res 6 ( Stabenow, D-MI), expressing the sense of Congress that national health care reform should ensure that the health care needs of women and of all individuals in the United States are met; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S2144, CR 2/11/09.
H Con Res 48 ( Schakowsky, D-IL), expressing the sense of Congress that national health care reform should ensure that the health care needs of women and of all individuals in the United States are met; to Energy and Commerce.
Immigration Law  
Bills Introduced
HR 994 ( Miller, R-CA), to remove the incentives and loopholes that encourage illegal aliens to come to the United States to live and work, and provide additional resources to local law enforcement and federal border immigration officers; to Judiciary. H1247, CR 2/11/09.
HR 1001 ( Shadegg, R-AZ), to create a new non-immigrant visa category for registered nurses; to Judiciary. H1248, CR 2/11/09.
On 2/12/09, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, issued an information collection request regarding the designation of attorney in fact. Comments due 4/13/09. FR 7072.
International Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 161 ( Mack, R-FL), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the need for free democratic, transparent and fair elections in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela without regrets or intimidation; to Foreign Affairs. H1248, CR 2/11/09.
National Security
Bills Introduced
S 417 ( Leahy, D-VT), to enact a safe, fair and responsible state secrets privilege act; to Judiciary. S2144, remarks and text S2155, CR 2/11/09.
HR 984 ( Nadler, D-NY), to provide safe, fair and responsible procedures and standards for resolving claims of state secret privilege; to Judiciary. H1247, CR 2/11/09.
Tort Law
Bills Introduced
HR 997 ( King, R-IA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the creation of disaster protection funds by property and casualty insurance companies for the payment of policyholders’ claims arising from future catastrophic events; to Ways and Means. H1247, CR 2/11/09.