A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.19.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 171 (November 18, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 222 (November 19, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 168 (November 19, 2009)

Business Law
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Disability Law
Election Law
Indian Law
International Law
Labor and Employment
Legal Education
National Security
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
HR 4110 ( Paulsen, R-MN), to repeal the authority of the secretary of the Treasury to extend the Troubled Asset Relief Program; to Financial Services. H13266, CR 11/18/09.
Presidential Action
On 11/17/09, the president issued an executive order establishing an interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, led by the Department of Justice, which will provide advice to the attorney general for the investigation and prosecution of cases of bank, mortgage, loan, and lending fraud; make recommendations to the attorney general for action to enhance cooperation among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities responsible for the investigation and prosecution of significant financial crimes and violations; and coordinate law enforcement operations with representatives of state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement. FR 60123.
Civil RightsConstitutional Law
Committee Action
On 11/18/09, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved HR 2517, the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009.
Bills Introduced
HR 4111 ( Tiahrt, R-KS), to prohibit the prosecution of unprivileged enemy combatants by the Department of Justice; to Judiciary. H13266, CR 11/18/09.
On 11/18/09, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent-time agreement providing that at 2 pm on Thursday, 11/19/09, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of David F. Hamilton, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit.
On 11/18/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Denny Chin, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Rosanna Malouf Peterson, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington; and William M. Conley, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.
On 11/19/09, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a 12/3/09 meeting of the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel via teleconference to discuss medical and vocational analysis of disability claims, and definitions, ratings, and capture of physical, mental, and cognitive demands of work and other occupational information critical to SSA disability programs.. The call-in number for this meeting is 1-866-244-4629, and the passcode is “Panel Teleconference.” FR 60011.
Bills Introduced
S 2797 ( Gregg, R-NH), to amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to provide an exemption from certain requirements for states that provide sufficient time to vote; to Rules and Administration. S 11492, CR 11/18/09.
On 11/19/09, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced a 12/9/09-12/10/09 meeting in Gaithersburg, MD, of the Technical Guidelines Development Committee to receive information from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and EAC regarding current standards development work, to hear a briefing on the EAC’s testing and certification process, to discuss the EAC’s Voting System Election Operations Assessment, and for other matters. FR 59970.
On 11/19/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a request for public comment on two information collections related to Recovery Act reporting for the Native American Housing Block Grant Competitive Program, which provides funding to eligible Indian tribes or tribal organizations for the development of decent housing, environment, and economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons in Indian service areas. Comments are due 12/21/09. FR 59986- 59988.
Bills Introduced
HR 4101 ( McDermott, D-WA), to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Trade Act of 1974 to provide improved duty-free treatment for certain articles from certain least-developed countries; to Ways and Means. S13265, CR 11/18/09.
HR 4102 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to require the secretary of State, in consultation with the secretary of Defense, to provide detailed briefings to Congress on any recent discussions conducted between the U.S. government and the government of Taiwan, and on any potential transfer of defense articles or defense services to the government of Taiwan; to Foreign Affairs. H13265, CR 11/18/09.
H Res 915 ( Donnelly, D-IN), encouraging the Republic of Hungary to respect the rule of law, treat foreign investors fairly, and promote a free and independent press; to Foreign Affairs. H13266, CR 11/18/09.
On 11/19/09, the State Department announced a notice of intent to renew the charter of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law, through which the State Department obtains the views of the public with respect to significant private international law issues that arise in international organizations of which the United States is a member state, in international bodies in whose work the United States has an interest, or in the foreign relations of the United States. FR 60012.
Bills Introduced
HR 4107 ( King, R-IA), to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities; to Education and Labor. S13265, CR 11/18/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 4103 ( Kline, R-MN), to extend the authority of the secretary of Education to purchase guaranteed student loans for an additional year; to Education and Labor. H13265, CR 11/18/09.
Bills Introduced
S 2793 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for clarification on the use of funds relating to certain homeland security grants; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S11492, CR 11/18/09.
S 2795 ( Vitter, R-LA), to prevent terrorists and those at war with the United States from receiving the same treatment as U.S. citizens and to ensure that the trials of those individuals would not bring more harm or reduce national security in the United States; to Judiciary. S11492, CR 11/18/09.
Committee Action
On 11/18/09, the House Committee on Science and Technology approved HR 4061, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009.
On 11/19/09, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security, announced a request for public comment on a proposed rulemaking which would establish the international trusted traveler program “Global Entry,” which allows CBP to expedite clearance of pre-approved, low-risk air travelers into the United States. CBP has been operating the Global Entry program as a pilot at several airports since 6/6/08, and now proposed to establish it as a permanent voluntary regulatory program. Comments are due 1/19/10. FR 59932.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on adaptive housing grants. 11/19/09, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.
Committee Action
On 11/18/09, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved draft legislation entitled the “Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2009.”
On 11/19/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a request for public comment on amendments to the system of records entitled “Patient Medical Records – VA.” These amendments revise the categories of records in the system and routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of uses, and policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system. Comments are due 12/21/09. If no public comment is received, the amended system will become effective 12/21/09. FR 60040.