A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
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Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 22 (February 22, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 32 (February 23, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 19 (February 23, 2010)
HR 4626 ( Perriello, D-VA), to restore the application of the federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers; to Judiciary. H646, CR 2/22/10.
On 2/18/10, the president issued an executive order establishing within the Executive Office of the President the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the short term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long term. FR 7927
H Res 1081 ( Lewis, D-GA), supporting the goals and ideals of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month; to Judiciary. H647, CR 2/22/10.
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On 2/22/10, the House Rules Committee granted, by a non-record vote, a structured rule providing for consideration of HR 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nominations of Gloria M. Navarro, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada; Audrey G. Fleissig, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Lucy H. Koh, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California; Jon E. Deguilio, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; Tanya Walton Pratt, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; and Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. 2/25/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 2/18/10, the Social Security Administration announced a request for public comment on a proposed new system of records, the Administrative Law Judge/Public Alleged Misconduct Complaints System, which will be used to manage and monitor complaints filed against Administrative Law Judges. Comments are due 3/14/10. The system of records will become effective 3/14/10 unless comments are received that would result in a contrary determination. FR 8171
On 2/22/10, the Senate passed HR 4532, to provide for permanent extension of the attorney fee withholding procedures under Title II of the Social Security Act to Title XVI of such act, to and to provide for permanent extension of such procedures under Titles II and XVI of such act to qualified non-attorney representatives.
HR 4630 ( Ackerman, D-NY), to amend the securities laws to require that registration statements, quarterly and annual reports, and proxy solicitation of public companies include a disclosure to shareholders of any expenditure made by that company in support of or in opposition to any candidate for federal, state, or local public office; to Financial Services. H646, CR 2/22/10.
HR 4641 ( Lofgren, D-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the making of political robocalls during certain periods; to Judiciary. H647, CR 2/22/10.
The Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will hold a hearing on addressing disasters in cities. 3/4/10, 2 pm, 2167 Rayburn.
On 2/23/10, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced several meetings via webcast of the HIT Policy Committee’s and the HIT Standards Committee’s Workgroups during the month of March. For more information on accessing webcast meetings, visit http://healthit.hss.gov
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On 2/23/10, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to the definition of human embryonic stem cells in the “National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.” Comments are due 3/25/10. FR 8085
HR 4627 ( Kratovil, D-MD), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose new penalties for the knowing unlawful employment of aliens; to Judiciary. H646, CR 2/22/10.
On 2/23/10, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, and the Indian Health Service, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act Programs, which is used to determine applicant eligibility, to evaluate applicant capabilities, to protect the service population, to safeguard federal funds and other resources, and to permit the federal agencies to administer and evaluate contract programs. The current approval is set to expire 2/28/10. Comments are due 3/25/10. FR 8103
On 2/23/10, the Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which provides a standardized filing format and procedure that allows an applicant to seek protection for an invention in several countries by filing one international application in one location, in one language, and paying one initial set of fees. Comments are due 3/25/10. FR 8038
HR 4636 ( Gohmert, R-TX), to prohibit U.S. assistance to foreign countries that oppose the position of the United States in the United Nations; to Foreign Affairs. H646, CR 2/22/10.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the future of U.S. public diplomacy. 3/10/10, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.
On 2/22/10, the Senate passed S Res 345, deploring the rape and assault of women in Guinea and the killing of political protesters on 9/28/09.
On 2/23/10, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy announced a 3/15/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss public diplomacy issues, including interagency collaboration in advancing U.S. government public diplomacy efforts. FR 8176
H Res 1090 ( Hastings, D-FL), recognizing the hearing of the Senate Committee on Armed Services on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and the testimony of Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Admiral Michael G. Mullen at the hearing, as an important first step in permitting gay and lesbian Americans to serve openly in the Armed Forces, and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed in 2010; to Armed Services. H647, CR 2/22/10.
The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Sexual Assault in the Military Part IV: Are We Making Progress?” 2/24/10, 3 pm, 2247 Rayburn.
The Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, will hold hearings on proposed fiscal 2011 appropriations for programs and activities under its jurisdiction. 2/24/10, 2 pm, 192 Dirksen.
On 2/23/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced an interim rule listing communities where modification of the base flood elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents. FR 7955
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HR 4632 ( Bishop, R-UT), to amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to set aside community development block grant amounts in each fiscal year for grants to local chapters of veterans service organizations for rehabilitation of their facilities; to Financial Services. H646, CR 2/22/10.
The Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a field hearing titled “Evaluating the Need for Greater Federal Resources to Establish Veterans Courts.” 3/1/10, 9:30 am, Courtroom 6A, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 700 Grant Street, Pittsburg, PA.