A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.25.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 45 (March 24, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 57 (March 25, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 41 (March 25, 2010)

Criminal Law
Emergency Preparedness and Response

Environmental Law
Health Law
Immigration Law
International Law
Military Law
National Security
Tort and Insurance Law
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
S 3160 ( Feingold, D-WI), to provide information, resources, recommendations, and funding to help state and local law enforcement enact crime prevention and intervention strategies supported by rigorous evidence; to Judiciary. S2019, CR 3/24/10.
Floor Action
On 3/24/10, the House passed, by a 239-175-1 vote, HR 4899, making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending 9/30/10.
Bills Introduced
HR 4934 ( Posey, R-FL), to prohibit the enforcement of climate change interpretive guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission; to Financial Services. H2318, CR 3/24/10.
Committee Action
On 3/24/10, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved S 1252, to promote ocean and human health.
Bills Introduced
HR 4919 ( Mack, R-FL), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to Energy and Commerce. H2318, CR 3/24/10.
Public Laws
On 3/23/10, the president signed HR 3590 (PL 111-148), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
On 3/25/10, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced an extension on a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the E-Verify Data Collection, which USCIS will use to evaluate how the E-Verify program is working nationally and, among a specific group of employers, to determine whether employers are using the program as intended, and to evaluate positive and negative impacts of the program in a mandatory environment. Comments are now due 4/26/10. FR 14455 .
Bills Introduced
HR 4933 ( Lee, D-CA), to establish a strategy to coordinate all health-related U.S. foreign assistance, to assist developing countries in improving delivery of health services, and to establish an initiative to assist developing countries in strengthening their indigenous health workforces; to Foreign Affairs. H2318, CR 3/24/10.
H Res 1215 ( Crowley, D-NY), expressing support for Bangladesh’s return to democracy; to Foreign Affairs. H2318, CR 3/24/10.
On 3/25/10, the African Development Foundation announced a 4/13/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. FR 14418 .
On 3/25/10, the State Department announced a public notice determining that it is important to the national interest of the United States to waive the requirements of Section 7086(c)(1) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act with respect to the restriction on assistance to the Central Government of Algeria. FR 14479 .
Bills Introduced
HR 4923 ( Heinrich, D-NM), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to extend TRICARE coverage to certain dependents under the age of 26; to Armed Services. H2318, 3/24/10.
On 3/25/10, DHS, announced a 4/13/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council to hear two working group updates on the progress on a framework for establishing critical infrastructure resilience goals, and on optimization of resources for mitigating infrastructure disruptions. FR 14454 .
Bills Introduced
HR 4935 ( Tiahrt, R-KS), to allow regional directors of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend temporarily the Provisional Accredited Levee period if a good faith effort to upgrade a levee to the accredited level is being made; to Financial Services. H2318, CR 3/24/10.
On 3/25/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program, that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 14356 .
Bills Introduced
S 3162 ( Akaka, D-HI), to clarify the health care provided by the secretary of Veterans Affairs that constitutes minimum essential coverage; to Veterans’ Affairs. S2019, CR 3/24/10.