A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 9.14.2009
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 128 (September 11, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 176 (September 14, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 128 (September 14, 2009)  

Business Law
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Financial Services Committee, will hold a hearing on using technology to improve oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program and other financial services activity. 9/17/09, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.  
Children and Families
The Income Security and Family Support Subcommittee, House Ways and Means Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on implementation of legislation (PL 110-351) that established grants to encourage the practice of placing foster children estranged from their parents in the homes of blood relatives. Kathleen McNaught of the ABA Center on Children and the Law will testify on behalf of the ABA. 9/15/09, 1 pm, B-318 Rayburn.  
Criminal Law
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Crime Victims Rights Act of 2004 (PL 108-405). 9/17/09, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.  
Disability Law  
On 9/14/09, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will hold a 9/17/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and other issues. FR 46992.
On 9/14/09, the National Council on Disability announced a 10/26/09-10/28/09 meeting in Nashville, TN, to discuss issues related to emergency preparedness, housing, health care, developmental disabilities and the Bill of Rights Act, workforce infrastructure, international development, the National Summit on Disability Policy 2010, and other matters. FR 47029.  
Indian Law  
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the federal tax treatment of health care benefits provided by tribal governments. 9/17/09, 2:15 pm, 628 Dirksen.  
International Law  
The International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing and briefing titled “United Nations Chapter VII Mandates and the U.S.-Iraq Bilateral Agreement.” 9/17/09, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.  
Labor and Employment Law  
On 9/14/09, the Employment Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, announced a 9/29/09 meeting via teleconference in Washington, DC. to discuss reports and recommendations for the secretary of Labor on the issues of stable value funds and retirement security in the current economic conditions, promoting retirement literacy, and approaches for retirement security in the United States. FR 47026.  
National Security
Presidential Action  
On 9/10/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring 9/11/09 “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance,” and calling upon all people of the United States to participate in community service, and to observe the day with other ceremonies, activities, and a moment of silence to honor the victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.
Veterans Affairs  
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on veterans’ disability compensation. 9/17/09, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs contracts for health services. 9/30/09, 9:30 am, 418 Russell.  
On 9/14/09, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a renewal of an existing computer matching program scheduled to expire on 10/8/09. The program establishes the conditions under which the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agrees to disclose VA compensation and pension payment data to SSA for the purpose of identifying certain Supplemental Security Income and Special Veterans Benefit recipients under the Social Security Act who receive administered benefits, and enables SSA to efficiently implement a Medicare outreach program mandated by the act. The matching program will become effective 10/14/09 and continue for 18 months, and may be extended for an additional 12 months thereafter, if certain conditions are met. FR 47036.