A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 1.30.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 18 (January 29, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 17 (January 30, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 19 (January 30, 2009)
Bills Introduced  
S 354 ( Webb, D-VA), to provide that four of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a federal employee shall be paid leave; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S1058, CR 1/29/09.
Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
S 346 ( Wicker, R-MS), to implement equal protection under the 14 th amendment to the Constitution for the right to life of each born and preborn human person; to Judiciary. S1057, CR 1/29/09.
S J Res 7 ( Feingold, D-WI), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the election of senators; to Judiciary. S1058, remarks S1067, CR 1/29/09.
On 1/30/09, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Department of Justice (DOJ), announced an information collection request titled “Civil Justice Survey of State Courts Trials on Appeal.” Comments are due 3/31/09. FR 5678.
Criminal Law
On 1/30/09, the OJP, DOJ, announced an information collection request titled “National Crime Victimization Survey.” Comments are due 3/31/09. FR 5679.
Health Law  
Floor Action
On 1/29/09, the Senate passed, by a 66-32 vote, HR 2, to extend and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Immigration Law
On 1/30/09, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, DOJ, announced a review of a current information collection regarding notice of entry of appearance as attorney or representative before the Board of Immigration Review. Comments are due 3/31/09. FR 5677.
Indian Law
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing on advancing Indian health care. 2/5/2009, 11 am, 628 Dirksen.
Justice Department
Floor Action
On 1/29/09, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent agreement that the Senate will begin consideration at 3:15 pm on 2/2/09 of the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be U.S. attorney general, with a vote on the nomination set for 6:15 pm that day.
Legal Services Corporation
On 1/30/09, the Legal Services Corporation issued a final rule, effective 1/30/09, to establish the maximum income levels for individuals eligible for legal assistance to reflect the annual amendments to the Federal Poverty Guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. FR 5620.