A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 6.24.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 95 (June 23, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 120 (June 24, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 98 (June 24, 2009)

Committee Action
On 6/23/09, the House Appropriations Committee approved the State, Foreign Operations, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations for fiscal year 2010.
Business Law
The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing on predatory lending and reverse redlining, the practice of targeting high-cost loans to people in low-income areas. 6/25/09, 11 am, 2118 Rayburn.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 575 ( Gingrey, R-GA), expressing support for the private property rights protections guaranteed by the 5 th Amendment to the Constitution on the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision of Kelo v. City of New London; to Judiciary. H7145, CR 6/23/09.
Bills Introduced
S 1329 ( Kohl, D-WI), to authorize the attorney general to award grants to state courts to develop and implement state courts interpreter programs; to Judiciary. S 6938, remarks and text S6945, CR 6/23/09.
Elder Law
The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a hearing on reverse mortgages, focusing on how some elderly homeowners are targets of predatory lending schemes in the reverse mortgage market. 6/29/09, 9 am, OCHS Senior Center, 975 Pennsylvania Ave., University City, MO.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2992 ( Cole, R-OK), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions; to House Administration. H7144, CR 6/23/09.
HR 2993 ( Cole, R-OK), to amend Chapters 95 and 96 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns; to Ways and Means. H7144, CR 6/23/09.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 2998 ( Waxman, D-CA), to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy; to Energy and Commerce. H7144, CR 6/23/09.
Committee Action
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for HR 2454, to create clean energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. 6/25/09, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.
On 6/24/09, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a 7/21/09-7/23/09 meeting of the council in Arlington, VA, to discuss and provide recommendations on the EPA’s priorities for addressing environmental justice, impacts of NEJAC recommendations on EPA policies and activities, enhancing community engagement with the NEJAC, and other issues. FR 30076.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 1324 ( DeMint, R-SC), to ensure that every American has a health insurance plan that they can afford, own and keep; to Finance. S6938, CR 6/23/09.
HR 3000 ( Lee, D-CA), to establish a United States Health Service to provide high quality comprehensive health care for all Americans and to overcome the deficiencies in the present system of health care delivery; to Energy and Commerce. H7145, CR 6/23/09.
HR 3001 ( Baldwin, D-WI), to address the health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, to eliminate the barriers they face in accessing quality health care, and to ensure that good health and well-being is accessible to all; to Energy and Commerce. H7145, CR 6/23/09.
HR 3002 ( Boehner, R-OH), to protect all patients by prohibiting the use of data obtained from comparative effectiveness research to deny coverage of items or services under federal health care programs and to ensure that comparative effectiveness research accounts for advancements in personalized medicine and differences in patient treatment response; to Energy and Commerce. H7145, CR 6/23/09.
HR 3003 ( Capps, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish the School-Based Health Clinic program; to Energy and Commerce. H7145, CR 6/23/09.
On 6/24/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 7/14/09 meeting of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Initial Review Group in Atlanta, GA, to review, discuss, and evaluate individual research cooperative agreement applications for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control project entitled “Translating Research to Protect Health Through Health Promotion, Prevention, and Preparedness.” FR 30098.
On 6/24/09, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), HHS, announced the availability of grant funds for the support of a neutral, independent institution or organization to manage and support meetings that will explore and address methodological, data development, technical, and communication issues related to active medical product surveillance. Applications are due 7/15/09. FR 30097.
On 6/24/09, the FDA, HHS, announced a series of three public seminars on FDA medical device regulations, designed to address the training needs of startup and small device manufacturers and their suppliers and including both industry and FDA perspectives and a question-and-answer period. The seminars will be held 7/14/09-7/15/09 in Coronado, CA; 8/4/09-8/5/09 in Nashville, TN; and 8/12/09-8/13/09 in San Juan, PR. FR 30099.
Bills Introduced
S 1326 ( Bayh, D-IN), to amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 to clarify the low-income housing credits that are eligible for the low-income housing grant election; to Finance. S6938, CR 6/23/09.
HR 2995 ( Davis, D-AL), to amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 to clarify the low-income housing credits that are eligible for the low-income housing grant election; to Financial Services. H7144, CR 6/23/09.
Indian Law
On 6/24/09, the Indian Health Service, HHS, announced a request for public comment on an extension on a currently approved information collection, the Indian Health Service Forms to Implement the Privacy Rule, which create national standards to protect an individual’s personal health information and give patients increased access to their medical records. Comments are due 8/25/09. FR 30095.
International Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 574 ( Faleomavaega, D-AS), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Peru should immediately cease any hostile activity against its indigenous peoples and instead engage in dialogue to address ongoing political conflict between state authorities and indigenous peoples; to Foreign Affairs. H7145, CR 6/23/09.
The Trade Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold a hearing on how the system of trade advisory committees is functioning and how to increase transparency and public participation in the development of U.S. trade policy. 7/21/09, 10 am, B-318 Rayburn.
National Security
Committee Action
On 6/23/09,l the House Homeland Security Committee approved HR 2868, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009.
Military Law
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Sexual Assault in the Military Part 3: Context and Causes.” 6/25/09, 2 pm, 2247 Rayburn.
Substance Abuse
Bills Introduced
S 1327 ( Johnson, D-SD), to reauthorize the public and Indian housing drug elimination program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S6938, CR 6/23/09.
Veterans’ Affairs
Bills Introduced
HR 2990 ( Skelton, D-MO), to provide special pay and allowances to certain members of the Armed Forces, and to expand concurrent receipt of military retirement and VA disability benefits to disabled military retirees; to Armed Services. H7144, CR 6/23/09.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Post-9/11 G.I. Bill: Is the VA Ready for August 1 st?” 6/25/09, 1:30 pm, 334 Cannon.
Floor Action
On 6/23/09, the House passed, by a 403-0 vote, S 407, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide for an increase, effective 12/1/09, in the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities; HR 1016, by a 409-1 vote, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide advance appropriations authority for certain medical care accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and HR 1211, by a 408-0 vote, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to expand and improve health care services available to women veterans, especially those serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On 6/24/09, the Veterans’ Rural Health Advisory Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a 7/16/09 telephone conference call from Washington, DC, to discuss the current status of the Office of Rural Health operations, progress towards completion of the committee’s first report to the secretary of the VA, and upcoming meeting dates. The toll-free number for the meeting is 1-866-802-4355, and the access code is 1372672. FR 30206.