A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.23.2009
The Senate is not in session today.
The House is in pro forma session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 13 (January 22, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 12 (January 23, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 14 (January 23, 2009)
Bills Introduced
HR 626 ( Maloney, D-NY), to provide that four of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave; to Oversight and Government Reform. H484, remarks E126, CR 1/22/09.
Constitutional Law/Civil Rights
Floor Action
On 1/22/09, the Senate passed, by a vote of 61-36, S 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 82 ( Poe, R-TX), a resolution raising awareness and encouraging prevention of stalking by establishing January as “National Stalking Awareness Month”; to Judiciary. H486, CR 1/22/09.
On 1/23/09, the National Institute of Corrections, Department of Justice, announced a solicitation for states to apply for “year one” assistance under the Transition from Prison to Community program. Applications are due 3/9/09. FR 4233.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
HR 632 ( Doggett, D-TX), to encourage, enhance, and integrate Silver Alert plans throughout the United States, and to authorize grants for the assistance of organizations to find missing adults; to Judiciary. H484, CR 1/22/09.
Election Law
On 1/23/09, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) reopened the comment period for a notice of public hearing on the policies and procedures of the FEC. Comments are due 2/18/09. FR 4197.
Health Law  
Bills Introduced
HR 634 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to amend Title 18, U.S. Code, to prohibit taking minors across state lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions; to Judiciary. H484, CR 1/22/09.
HR 636 ( Bachmann, R-MN), to amend Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act to allow funds provided under the program of block grants to states for temporary assistance for needy families to be used for alternative-to-abortion services; to Ways and Means. H484, CR 1/22/09.
HR 643 ( Fortenberry, R-NE), to encourage and assist women to carry their children to live birth by providing services, during and after pregnancy, that will alleviate the financial, social, emotional, and other difficulties that may otherwise lead to abortion; to Energy and Commerce. H485, CR 1/22/09.
HR 649 ( Jordan, R-OH), to ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion; to Energy and Commerce. H485, CR 1/22/09.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing titled “Crossing the Quality Chasm in Health Reform.” 1/29/09, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.
Intellectual Property Law
Bills Introduced
S 299 ( Specter, R-PA), to establish a pilot program in certain U.S. district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges; to Judiciary. S786, CR 1/22/09.
HR 628 ( Issa, R-CA), to establish a pilot program in certain U.S. district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges; to Judiciary. H484, CR 1/22/09.
On 1/23/09, the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced a request for written submissions on the Special 301 provisions that require the U.S. trade representative to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Comments are due 2/17/09. FR 4263.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S 311 ( Boxer, D-CA), to prohibit the application of certain restrictive eligibility requirements to foreign nongovernmental organizations with respect to the provision of assistance under Part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; to Foreign Relations. S787, CR 1/22/09.
National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 630 ( Smith, R-TX), to provide for habeas corpus review for terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; to Judiciary. H484, CR 1/22/09.
HR 633 ( Hunter, R-CA), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer enemy combatants detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar, California, or the Camp Pendleton Base Brig, Camp Pendleton, California, or to construct facilities for such combatants at such locations; to Armed Services. H484, CR 1/22/09.
HR 640 ( Flake, R-AZ), to require the president to transmit to congress a report on every program of the federal government that authorizes or requires the gathering of information on United States persons in the United States, established whether in whole or in part pursuant to the “all necessary and appropriate force” clause contained in the Authorization for Military Force (PL 107-40); to Foreign Affairs. H484, CR 1/22/09.