A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.7.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 143 (October 6, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 193 (October 7, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 143 (October 7, 2009)
Business Law
The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings on financial regulatory overhaul. 10/20/09, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
S 1756 ( Harkin, D-IA), to amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 to clarify the appropriate standard of proof; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S10162, CR 10/6/09.
HR 3721 ( George Miller, D-CA), to amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 to clarify the appropriate standard of proof; to Education and Labor. H10518, CR 10/6/09.
On 10/6/09, the Senate received the nominations of Denny Chin, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; and O. Rogeriee Thompson, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3728 ( Hastings, D-FL), to make certain improvements to the laws applicable to the detention of individuals at U.S. detainment facilities; to Judiciary. H10519, CR 10/6/09.
Presidential Action  
On 10/1/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring October 2009 “National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” and calling on all Americans to do their part to end domestic violence in the United States by supporting their communities’ efforts to assist victims in finding the help and healing they need.  
On 10/7/09, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a 12/2/09-12/3/09 meeting in Savannah, GA, of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board to review policy issues and appropriate technical and operational issues related to the programs administered by the FBI’s CJIS Division, and to make appropriate recommendations to the FBI director. FR 51619.
Executive Branch  
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Presidential Advice and Senate Consent: The Past, Present, and Future of Policy Czars.” 10/14/09, 10 am, 342 Dirksen.
Health Law
Bills Introduced  
H Res 796 ( Shadegg, R-AZ), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that no American should be penalized for failing to purchase government-mandated health coverage; to Energy and Commerce. H10519, CR 10/6/09.
On 10/7/09, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of the Treasury; and the Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, announced interim final rules implementing sections of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008 and prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information in health insurance coverage and group health plans. These interim final regulations become effective 12/7/09. Comments are due 1/5/10. FR 51664.
On 10/7/09, the Office of the Secretary, HHS, announced a proposed rule modifying certain provisions of the “Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information” to implement Section 105 of Title I of GINA regarding the privacy and confidentiality of genetic information, as well as to make certain other changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule. Comments are due 12/7/09. FR 51698.
On 10/7/09, the IRS, Department of the Treasury, announced temporary and final regulations providing guidance to employers and group health plans relating to the group health plan genetic nondiscrimination requirements. Comments are due 1/5/10. FR 51710.
International Law
On 10/7/09, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, DOJ, announced a 10/16/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of the commission to discuss the issuance of proposed decisions in claims against Albania and Libya. FR 51620.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
H Con Res 195 ( Lungren, R-CA), honoring the service and sacrifice of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are serving in, or have served in, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom; to Armed Services. H10519, CR 10/6/09.
H Res 802 ( Sestak, D-PA), recognizing the commencement of the 9 th year of Operation Enduring Freedom and the sacrifice and contributions of U.S. service members and their families in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; to Armed Services. H10519, CR 10/6/09.
The Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing on efforts to ensure student eligibility requirements for federal aid. 10/14/09, 10 am, 2175 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 10/6/09, the Senate passed, by a 93-7 vote, HR 3326, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
National Security
Bills Introduced  
H Res 797 ( Clarke, D-NY), expressing the sense of Congress with respect to raising awareness and enhancing the state of cybersecurity in the United States, and supporting the goals and ideals of the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; to Science and Technology. H10519, CR 10/6/09.
Presidential Action  
On 10/1/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring October 2009 “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month,” and calling upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and to observe the month with appropriate activities, events, and trainings to enhance U.S. national security and resilience.  
On 10/7/09, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule amending its regulations by rescinding the 8/15/07 and 10/28/08 amendments relating to procedures that employees may take to acquire a safe harbor from receipt of No-Match letters. DHS has determined to focus its enforcement efforts relating to the employment of aliens not authorized to work in the United States on increased compliance through improved verification, including participation in E-Verify, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers, and other programs. This final rule becomes effective 11/6/09. FR 51447.
Veterans Affairs  
Bills Introduced  
HR 3719 ( Buyer, R-IN), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a Veterans Economic Opportunity Administration; to Veterans’ Affairs. H10518, CR 10/6/09.
HR 3733 ( Sestak, D-PA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to expand the eligibility of members of the Armed Forces to participate in programs of higher education offered by the Community College of the Air Force; to Armed Services. H10519, CR 10/6/09.