A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.22.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 153 (October 21, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 203 (October 22, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 152 (October 22, 2009)

Business Law
Bills Introduced
S 1822 ( Merkley, D-OR), to amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 with respect to considerations of the secretary of the Treasury in providing assistance under that act; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S10635, CR 10/21/09.
HR 3890 ( Kanjorski, D-PA), to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to enhance oversight of nationally recognized statistical rating organizations; to Financial Services. H11581, CR 10/21/09.
Committee Action
On 10/21/09, the House Committee on Financial Assistance continued to mark up the Discussion Draft of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009 (to be reported as HR 3126, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009). Mark up continued today.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Access to Justice Denied: Ashcroft v. Iqbal.” 10/27/09, 2:30 pm, 2237 Rayburn.
On 10/22/09, the Civil Rights Commission announced a 10/30/09 meeting via teleconference to hear an update on proposed hearings for the Fiscal Year 2010 Enforcement Report, to hear an update on the fiscal year 2010 project on sex discrimination in higher education admissions, and for other matters. FR 54535.
On 10/21/09, the Senate confirmed the nomination of William K. Sessions III, of Vermont, to be Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission.
On 10/21/09, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Jane Branstetter Stranch, of Tennessee, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
S Res 317 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), supporting the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should continue to raise awareness of domestic violence in the United States and of its devastating effects on families and communities, and should support programs designed to end domestic violence; to Judiciary. S10635, CR 10/21/09.
Public Laws
On 10/21/09, the president signed PL 111-79 (S 1289), to improve Title 18 of the United States Code.
Disability Law
On 10/22/09, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, announced a series of joint town hall listening sessions to obtain direct input from business/employer communities and the disabled and disability advocacy communities on proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. The town hall sessions schedule is as follows: 10/26/09, Oakland, CA; 10/30/09, Philadelphia, PA; 11/17/09, Chicago, IL; and 11/20/09, New Orleans, LA. FR 54565.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 1821 ( Kohl, D-WI), to protect seniors in the United States from elder abuse by establishing specialized elder abuse prosecution and research programs and activities to aid victims of elder abuse, to provide training to prosecutors and other law enforcement related to elder abuse prevention and protection, and to establish programs that provide for emergency crisis response teams to combat elder abuse; to Judiciary. S10635, CR 10/21/09.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
On 10/22/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on two information collections related to revisions to FEMA’s Community Preparedness Division. The revisions would allow members of the public to provide contact information to receive national programmatic updates and announcements such as upcoming preparedness demonstrations and training opportunities and the opportunity to get involved in local organizations and events, and would allow for new councils and community emergency response teams to submit information to the State Citizen Corps Program manager for approval. Comments are due 11/23/09. FR 54590- 54591.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3887 ( Blunt, R-MO), to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve health insurance coverage of dependents; to Energy and Commerce. H11580, CR 10/21/09.
HR 3896 ( Emerson, R-MO), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to health care for individuals residing in under-served rural areas; to Energy and Commerce. H11581, CR 10/21/09.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Effective Strategies for Preventing Health Care Fraud.” 10/28/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 10/22/09, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, announced an 11/12/09-11/13/09 meeting in Bethesda, MD, to hear updates from working groups on deliberating organizational change and effectiveness, on the NIH Intramural Research Program, and on substance use, abuse, and addiction. FR 54583.
On 10/22/09, the Future Systems Technology Advisory Panel, Social Security Administration (SSA), announced an 11/5/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to hear experts address items of interest and other relevant topics related to future systems technologies that may be developed to aid SSA in carrying out its statutory mission. FR 54618.
Floor Action
On 10/21/09, the House passed, by a 408-9 vote, S 1793, 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.
Bills Introduced
HR 3897 ( Gallegly, R-CA), to amend Section 12 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 to treat income changes resulting from welfare program requirements for families residing in housing receiving project-based subsidies under Section 8 of such act similarly to such changes for families residing in public housing or receiving tenant-based assistance under such section; to Financial Services. H11581, CR 10/21/09.
On 10/22/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Section 8 Management Assessment Program, which HUD uses to improve oversight of the Housing Choice Voucher program and to target monitoring and assistance to public housing agencies that need the most improvement and pose the greatest risk. Comments are due 12/21/09. FR 54592.
Immigration Law
On 10/22/09, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony, which assists an USCIS officer to make and render an appropriate decision on an application through the listing of events that may have occurred since the applicant’s initial interview and prior to the administration of the oath of allegiance. Comments are due 12/21/09. FR 54591.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S Res 316 ( Menendez, D-NJ), calling upon the president to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the U.S. record relating to the Armenian genocide; to Foreign Relations. S10635, CR 10/21/09.
Committee Action
On 10/21/09, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 412, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act.
Floor Action
On 10/21/09, the House passed H Res 672, to call on the government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to release imprisoned bloggers and respect Internet freedom; and H Res 823, to express 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 to express support for the WFP’s mission to bring emergency good aid to the most vulnerable people of Pakistan and around the world.
Presidential Action
On 10/22/09, the president issued a determination certifying that U.S. drug interdiction of aircraft reasonably suspected to be primarily engaged in illicit drug trafficking in Brazil’s airspace is necessary because of the extraordinary threat posed by illicit drug trafficking to the national security of that country, and certifying that Brazil has appropriate procedures in place to protect against innocent loss of life in the air and on the ground in connection with such interdiction, which shall at a minimum include effective means to identify and warn any aircraft before the use of force is directed against the aircraft.
Legal Services
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Legal Service Corporation. 10/27/09, 11 am, 2237 Rayburn.
Veterans Affairs
Commitee Action
On 10/22/09, the House Veterans Affairs Committee approved HR 3485, the Veterans Pensions Protection Act.