A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
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Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 23 (February 23, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 33 (February 24, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 20 (February 24, 2010)
On 2/23/10, the House Rules Committee granted, by a non-record vote, a closed rule providing for consideration of HR 4626, the “Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act.”
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on compensation practices in the financial industry. 2/25/10, 2 pm, 2128 Rayburn.
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On 2/23/10, the House passed, by a 245-164 vote, HR 2314, to express the policy of the United States regarding the U.S. relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity.
S 3071 ( Specter, D-PA), to protect state and local witnesses from tampering and retaliation; to Judiciary. S698, CR 2/23/10.
S 3019 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to authorize funding for, and increase accessibility to, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, to facilitate data sharing between such system and the National Crime Information Center database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and to provide incentive grants to help facilitate reporting to such systems; to Judiciary. S698, CR 2/23/10.
The Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “In Our Own Backyard: Child Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the United States.” 1/24/10, 9 am, 226 Dirksen.
On 2/23/10, the House passed HR 3695, to authorize funding for, and increase accessibility to, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, to facilitate data sharing between such system and the National Crime Information Center database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and to provide incentive grants to help facilitate reporting to such systems.
On 2/24/10, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced a 3/16/10 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss a proposed rule relating to participation by federal candidates and officeholders in non-federal fundraising events. FR 8278
On 2/24/10, the FEC announced the adjustment of certain expenditure limitations and the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold set forth in the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, to index the amounts for inflation. This adjustment became effective 1/1/10. FR 8353
On 2/24/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 3/26/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Biodefense Science Board to discuss and consider recommendations from the National Biodefense Science Board’s Medical Countermeasure Enterprise Working Group Report regarding the issues and challenges facing the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasure Enterprise. FR 8363
On 2/24/10, the Office for Civil Rights, HHS, announced a 3/8/10-3/9/10 workshop in Washington, DC, consisting of multiple panels, each addressing a specific topic related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule’s de-identification methodologies and policies. FR 8363
HR 4657 ( Carson, D-IN), to amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include information relating to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the disease prevention and health promotion services authorized by such Act; to Education and Labor. H754, CR 2/23/10.
H Res 1100 ( Carson, D-IN), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should expand and intensify programs of research and related activities regarding the population of older individuals living with or at risk for HIV; to Energy and Commerce. H755, CR 2/23/10.
On 2/24/10, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced that it is updating an existing system of records entitled the “Law Enforcement Support Center Alien Criminal Response Information Management System of Records,” which supports the ICE Secure Communities Program, the management of records in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center about persons who are the subject of ICE-issued criminal warrants and immigration lookouts, and the DHS/ICE Tipline operation. Comments are due 3/26/10. The updated system will become effective 3/26/10. FR 8377
S 3022 ( McCain, R-AZ), to impose sanctions on persons who are complicit in human rights abuses committed against citizens of Iran or their family members after the 6/12/09 elections in Iran; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. H698, CR 2/23/10.
HR 4645 ( Peterson, D-MN), to remove obstacles to legal sales of U.S. agricultural commodities to Cuba and to end travel restrictions on all Americans to Cuba; to Foreign Affairs. H753, CR 2/23/10.
HR 4647 ( McMahon, D-NY), to impose sanctions on persons who are complicit in human rights abuses committed against citizens of Iran or their family members after the 6/12/09 elections in Iran; to Foreign Affairs. H753, CR 2/23/10.
HR 4649 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to impose sanctions on persons who are complicit in human rights abuses committed against citizens of Iran or their family members after the 6/12/09 political processes in Iran; to Foreign Affairs. H753, CR 2/23/10.
H Res 1102 ( Hastings, D-FL), commemorating the 20 th anniversary of the release of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, recognizing the significance of his contribution to democracy and racial equality in South Africa, and honoring his life-long dedication to building a more equitable and united world; to Foreign Affairs. H755, CR 2/23/10.
The Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Global Internet Freedom and the Rule of Law, Part II.” 3/2/10, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the 2011 budget request for U.S. Agency for International Development. 3/3/10, 9 am, 2172 Rayburn.
On 2/24/10, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, United States Department of Labor (DOL), announced two related requests for information to be used by the DOL in preparation of its reporting under Congressional mandates and presidential directives on the use of forced labor, child labor, forced or indentured child labor in the production of goods internationally, exploitive child labor, and third-party actions and initiatives to address these problems. Information submissions are due 4/9/10. FR 8402
HR 4648 ( Smith, R-TX), to prohibit the release or parole of certain unprivileged enemy belligerents into the United States; to Judiciary. H753, CR 2/23/10.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2011 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security. 2/24/10, 9:30 am, 342 Dirksen.
On 2/24/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed new information collection, the State Homeland Security Program – Tribal, which provides supplemental funding to directly eligible tribes to help strengthen the nation against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks, providing funds to build capabilities at the state and local levels and implement goals and objectives included in state homeland security strategies. Comments are due 4/26/10. FR 8384
S 3018 ( Wyden, D-OR), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the federal income tax system simpler, fairer, and more fiscally responsible; to Finance. S698, CR 2/23/10.
HR 4656 ( Buchanan, R-FL), to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program establishing a child-care center for children of veterans receiving treatment and other individuals; to Veterans’ Affairs. H754, CR 2/23/10.
HR 4664 ( Kratovil, D-MD), to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for a one-year moratorium on the sale or foreclosure of property owned by surviving spouses of servicemembers killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom; to Veterans’ Affairs. H754, 2/23/10.
HR 4667 ( Perriello, D-VA), to increase, effective as of 12/1/10, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans; to Veterans’ Affairs. H754, CR 2/23/10.