A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.14.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 146-147 (October 9-13, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 196 (October 14, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 146 (October 14, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3795 ( Frank, D-MA), to enact the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009; to Financial Services. H11297, CR 10/13/09.
The Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Examining the State of Judicial Recusals After Caperton v. A.T. Massey.” Justice Brent Benjamin of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia refused to recuse himself from the appeal of the $50 million jury verdict in the case, even though the lead defendant spent $3 million supporting Benjamin’s campaign for a seat on the court while preparing to appeal the verdict against his company. After winning election to the court, Justice Benjamin cast the deciding vote in the court’s 3-2 decision overturning the verdict. 10/20/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.
On 10/13/09, the Senate received the nominations of Rosanna Malouf Peterson, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington; and Christina Reis, of Vermont, to be United States District Judge for the District of Vermont.
Election Law
The Elections Subcommittee, House Administration Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Modernizing the Elections Registration Process.” 10/23/09, 10 am, 1310 Longworth.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Looking Out for the Very Young, the Elderly and Others With Special Needs: Lessons Learned From Katrina and Other Major Disasters.” 10/20/09, 2 pm, 2167 Rayburn.
Environmental Law
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold hearings on global climate change. 10/27/09-10/29/09, time TBA, 406 Dirksen.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced
HR 3789 ( Fleming, R-LA), to permit Amtrak passengers to safely transport firearms and ammunition in their checked baggage; to Transportation and Infrastructure. H11297, CR 10/13/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3799 ( Johnson, D-GA), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, to amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and to improve prescription drug coverage under private health insurance; to Energy and Commerce. H11297, CR 10/13/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 3792 ( Pallone, D-NJ), to amend Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for providing life-saving care for those with HIV/AIDS; to Energy and Commerce. H11297, CR 10/13/09.
Bills Introduced
HR 3793 ( Brady, D-PA), to establish the Council on Healthy Housing; to Financial Services. H11297, CR 10/13/09.
HR 3796 ( Filner, D-CA), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve per diem grant payments for organizations assisting homeless veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H11297, CR 10/13/09.
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the state of the nation’s housing market. 10/20/09, 9:30 am, 538 Dirksen.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3797 ( Foxx, R-NC), to prevent congressional reapportionment distortions by requiring that, in the questionnaires used in the taking of any decennial census of population, a checkbox or other similar option be included for respondents to indicate citizenship status or lawful presence in the United States; to Oversight and Government Reform. H11297, CR 10/13/09.
Intellectual Property
On 10/14/09, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced a final rule revising the rules of practice for patent cases pertaining to continuing applications and requests for continued examination practices, and removing the changes in the Claims and Continuations Final Rule from the Code of Federal Regulations. This final rule becomes effective 10/14/09. FR 52686.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S Res 311 ( Lugar, R-IN), encouraging the United States Trade Representative to pursue a free trade agreement between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations; to Finance. S10362, CR 10/13/09.
S Res 312 ( Dodd, D-CT), expressing the sense of the Senate on empowering and strengthening the United States Agency for International Development; to Foreign Relations. S10362, CR 10/13/09.
H Res 823 ( DeLauro, D-CT), expressing deep condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those killed and injured in the attack on the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) office in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 10/5/09, and support for the WFP’s mission to bring emergency food aid to the most vulnerable people of Pakistan and around the world; to Foreign Affairs. H11298, CR 10/13/09.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on U.S. policy toward Burma. 10/21/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
The International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “International Violence Against Women: Stories and Solutions.” 10/21/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn. On 10/5/09, ABA Governmental Affairs Director Thomas M. Susman sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressing support for the proposed International Violence Against Women Act.
The International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “International Child Abduction and Compliance with the Hague Convention.” 10/29/09, 2 pm, 2172 Rayburn.
On 10/14/09, the State Department announced a 10/21/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to continue the discussion of the treatment of IP-secured financing practices in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Draft Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions. FR 52836.
Military Law
Bills Introduced
S 1775 ( Bayh, D-IN), to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide that interest shall not accrue on Federal Direct Loans for members of the Armed Forces on active duty regardless of the date of disbursement; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S10362, CR 10/13/09.
National Security
Committee Action
The House Rules Committee will consider rules for floor debate for pending legislation, including HR 2892, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10. 10/14/09, 3 pm, H-313 Capitol.
Veterans Affairs
Floor Action
On 10/13/09, the Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to HR 1016, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to provide advance appropriations authority for certain accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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