A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 11.23.2009
The House and Senate are not in session today. The Senate will reconvene 11/30/09. The House will reconvene 12/1/09.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Nos. 173-174 (November 20-21, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 224 (November 23, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 170 (November 23, 2009)

Bills Introduced
S 2813 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to increase corporate responsibility; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S11883, CR 11/20/09
Bills Introduced
S 2816 ( Bunning, R-KY), to repeal the sunset of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to the expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs, and to allow the adoption credit to be claimed in the year expenses are incurred, regardless of when the adoption becomes final; to Finance. S11972, remarks and text S11972, CR 11/21/09.
On 11/21/09, the Senate reached a unanimous-consent-time agreement providing that at 11:30 am on Tuesday, 12/1/09, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Jacqueline H. Nguyen, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
On 11/21/09, the Senate confirmed, by voice vote, the nominations of Abdul K. Kallon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama; and Christina Reiss, of Vermont, to be United States District Judge for the District of Vermont.
Floor Action
On 11/21/09, the Senate passed S 1472, to establish a section within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice to enforce human rights laws, and to make technical and conforming amendments to criminal and immigration laws pertaining to human rights violations.
Bills Introduced
S 2809 ( Gillibrand, D-OH), to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for treatment and support services for Alzheimer’s patients and their families; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S11883, CR 11/20/09.
On 11/23/09, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced a 12/3/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss EAC’s partnership with the Federal Voting Assistance Program, to hear from the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act Working Group, and for other matters. FR 61142.
On 11/23/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a 12/14/09 meeting of the National Advisory Council via teleconference to discuss operational guidance for recovery operations. FR 61165.
Bills Introduced
S 2814 ( Collins, R-ME), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program; to Finance. S11883, CR 11/20/09.
On 11/23/09, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a request for public comment on a proposed rulemaking which would amend the rule governing the separation that must exist between a recipient of HHS funds to implement HIV/AIDS programs and activities under the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003 and an affiliate organization that engages in activities that are not consistent with a policy opposing prostitution and sex trafficking. Comments are due 12/23/09. FR 61096.
On 11/23/09, the State Department announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection which solicits information from petitioners for special immigrant classification under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Comments are due 12/23/09. FR 61198.
On 11/23/09, the State Department announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Supplemental Registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which must be completed for an applicant to be considered documentarily qualified for a visa. Comments are due 12/23/09. FR 61199.
On 11/23/09, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Department of the Treasury, announced a final rule amending the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations to define the term “financial, material, or technological support,” as it is used in the regulations. This final rule becomes effective 11/23/09. FR 61036.
On 11/23/09, OFAC, Department of the Treasury, announced a request for public comment on an interim final rule which makes technical changes to certain sections of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations and the Iranian Transactions Regulations relating to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Comments are due 1/22/10. FR 61030.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security. 12/9/09, 10 am, 216 Hart.