A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.10.2010
The Senate is in session today. The House is not in session today.
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 237 (December 10, 2010)
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 162 (December 9, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 144 (December 10, 2010)

Civil Rights/ Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Elder Law
Environmental Law

Health Law
Housing and Homelessness
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Military Law
National Security
Bills Introduced  
S 4020 ( Wicker, R-MS), to protect 10th Amendment rights by providing special standing for state government officials to challenge proposed regulations, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/9/10, S8713.
Bills Introduced  
HR 6508 ( Richardson, D-CA), to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Attorney General to provide grants to states and units of local government for the video recording of custodial interrogations; to Judiciary. CR 12/9/10, H8285.
Floor Action
On 12/9/10, the House passed, by a 371-1 vote, HR 6412, the Access to Criminal History Records for State Sentencing Commissions Act of 2010, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to require the attorney general to share criminal records with state sentencing commissions.
Bills Introduced  
HR 6512 ( Space, D-OH), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent the catastrophic loss of wage index reclassification; to Ways and Means. CR 12/9/10, H8286.
Floor Action
Bills Introduced  
HR 6511 ( Poe, R-TX), to prohibit funding for the Environmental Protection Agency to be used to implement or enforce a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases, and for other purposes; to Commerce. CR 12/9/10. H8286.
Bills Introduced  
HJ Res 103 ( Carter, R-TX), to disapprove a rule submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to ‘‘Health Insurance Issuers Implementing Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,; to Energy and Commerce. CR 12/9/10, H8286.
On 12/10/10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on several proposed information collections, including, Quarterly Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Statement of Expenditures for the Title XXI Program, and Annual Implementation of Advance Planning Document to Implement Section 4201 of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. Comments are due 2/8/11. FR76988.
On 12/10/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability on its website of application information for HUD’s Fiscal Year 2010 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants, which makes available $49.5 million to carry out the eligible activities related to affordable housing and community development for the Section 4 capacity building program, of which at least $5 million shall be made available for rural capacity building activities. FR76999.
On 12/10/10, HUD announced the availability on its website of application information for HUD’s Fiscal Year 2010 Emergency Capital Repair Grants for Multifamily Housing Projects Designated for Occupancy by the Elderly, which makes available $5 million in FY2010 for grant funds to make emergency capital repairs to eligible multifamily projects owned by private nonprofit entities that are designated for occupancy by elderly tenants. FR76999.
Floor Action
On 12/9/10, the Senate voted down, in a 59-40 vote, the motion to proceed to consideration of S 3992, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children.
Presidential Action  
On 12/9/10, the president signed S 3689 (P.L. 111-295), the Copyright Cleanup, Clarification, and Corrections Act of 2010.
Committee Action
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up the following pending legislation: S 2982, to combat international violence against women and girls; S 1633, to require the secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the secretary of State, to establish a program to issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards; S 3798, to authorize appropriations of United States assistance to help eliminate conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities that do not meet minimum human standards of health, sanitation and safety; S Con Res 71, to recognize the Untied States national interest in helping to prevent and mitigate acts of genocide and other mass atrocities against civilians, and supporting and encouraging efforts to develop a whole of government approach to prevent and mitigate such acts; S J Res 37, a joint resolution calling upon the president to issue a proclamation recognizing the 35 th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act; and Treaty Doc 110-23, an investment treaty with Rwanda. 12/14/10, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.
Presidential Action
On 12/9/10, the president signed HR 5283 (P.L. 111-293), the Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010.
Bills Introduced
S 4022 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to provide for the repeal of the Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces known as ‘‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’’; to the Committee on Armed Services. CR 12/9/10, S8713.
Floor Action
On 12/0/10, by a 57-40 vote, the Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consider S 3454, the National Defense Authorization Act, to authorize appropriations or fiscal year 2011 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2011. This bill also contained the amendment to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military — known as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
Bills Introduced  
S 4021 ( Cardin, D-MD), to reduce the ability of terrorists, spies, criminals, and other malicious actors to compromise, disrupt, damage, and destroy computer networks, critical infrastructure, and key resources, and for other purposes; to Commerce, Science, and Transportation. CR 12/9/10, S8713.