A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 75 (May 18, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 96 (May 19, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 70 (May 19, 2010)
On 5/19/10, the Senate resumed consideration of S 3217, to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end “too big to fail,” to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, and to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices.
H Res 1376 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the primary safeguard for the well-being and protection of children is the family, and that the primary safeguards for the legal rights of children in the United States are the Constitutions of the United States and the several states, and that, because the use of international treaties to govern policy in the United States on families and children is contrary to principles of self-government and federalism, and because the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child undermines traditional principles of law in the United States regarding parents and children, the president should not transmit the Convention to the Senate for its advice and consent; to Foreign Affairs. H3657, CR 5/19/10.
On 5/19/10, the House passed, by a 410-0 vote, H Res 1325, to recognize National Missing Children’s Day.
On 5/20/10, the Commission on Civil Rights announced a 5/28/10 meeting via teleconference to approve the agenda, a briefing report on health care disparities, and findings and recommendations of a briefing report on the educational effectiveness of historically black colleges and universities, and for other matters. The call-in number for this teleconference is 1-800-597-7623, and the conference ID is 76198308. FR 28234
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. 6/28/10, time TBA, location TBA.
H Res 1379 ( Poe, R-TX), expressing the sense of Congress with respect to domestic sex trafficking of minors; to Judiciary. H3658, CR 5/19/10.
On 5/19/10, the Senate passed, by a 364-45 vote, HR 1514, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to reauthorize the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program through fiscal year 2014.
On 5/20/10, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice, announced the publication of its final plan describing the program activities that the office proposes to carry out during fiscal year 2010 to help states and communities prevent and control delinquency, strengthen their juvenile justice systems, and coordinate and administer national policy. FR 28287
On 5/20/10, the U.S. Parole Commission, Department of Justice, announced a request for public comment on a proposed amendment to a rule implementing the commission’s authority under the District of Columbia Youth Rehabilitation Act to set aside a conviction for a youth offender. The proposed rule specifies the commission’s authority to set aside a youth offender’s misdemeanor conviction and describes the information the commission examines in making such a determination. In addition, the rule clarifies the commission’s policy for issuing a set-aside certificate for a youth offender who was not reviewed for the set-aside certificate before the offender’s sentence expired. Comments are due 6/30/10. FR 28221
The Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Innovation and Inclusion: The Americans With Disabilities Act at 20.” The hearing will focus on legislation that would improve Internet and technology access for the deaf and the blind. 5/26/10, 2:30 pm, 253 Russell.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will mark up S 2781, to change references in federal law to “mental retardation” to references to an “intellectual disability,” and to change references to a “mentally retarded individual” to references to an “individual with an intellectual disability.” 5/26/10, 10 am, 430 Dirksen.
On 5/20/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a proposed revision to a currently approved information collection, the Part D Discretionary Grant Application of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provides the forms and information necessary for applicants to submit an application for funding grants to support technology, state personnel development, personnel preparation, parent training and information, and technical assistance activities. Comments are due 6/21/10. FR 28245
The House Administration Committee will mark up HR 5175, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections. 5/20/10, 1 pm, 1310 Longworth.
HR 5342 ( Bishop, R-UT), to prohibit the use of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to document, predict, or mitigate the climate effects of specific federal actions; to Natural Resources. H3657, CR 5/19/10.
On 5/20/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 6/8/10 meeting in Bethesda, MD, of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities to discuss administrative matters, the Director’s Report, a National Institutes of Health disparities update, and other business of the council. FR 28262
On 5/20/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced the awarding of non-competitive Part C funds to the Rural Health Group to support comprehensive primary care services for persons living with HIV/AIDS, including primary medical care, laboratory testing, oral health care, outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, specialty and subspecialty care, referrals for health and support services, and adherence monitoring and education services in order to ensure continuity of critical HIV medical care and treatment services. The period of support for this award runs from 4/1/10-6/30/11. FR 28263
The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Administration’s Proposal to Preserve and Transform Public and Assisted Housing: The Transforming Rental Assistance Initiative.” 5/25/10, 10 am, 2128 Rayburn.
On 5/20/10, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Native American Career and Technical Education Program, which will collect semi-annual, annual/continuation reports, and final performance reports from currently funded grantees so as to manage and monitor the grantees, and to award continuation grants for years four and five of the grantee’s performance periods. Comments are due 6/21/10. FR 28244
H Res 1371 ( McCotter, R-MI), condemning the selection of the government of Iran to serve on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women; to Foreign Affairs. H3657, CR 5/19/10.
The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Great Lakes Region: Current Conditions and U.S. Policy.” 5/25/10, 10 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up several bills, including S 3317, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to promote long-term, sustainable rebuilding and development in Haiti; and S 3104, to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia. 5/25/10, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.
On 5/19/10, the House passed HR 5139, to provide for the International Organization Immunities Act to be extended to the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Civilian Office in Kosovo.
On 5/19/10, the House passed H Res 873, calling for the establishment of a U.S. consulate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq along with similar efforts in other areas of Iraq.
On 5/17/10, the president signed HR 3714 (PL 111-166), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include in the Annual Country Reports of Human Rights Practices information about freedom of the press in foreign countries.
On 5/20/10, the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor, announced a final rule revising the child labor regulations to incorporate statutory amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act and to update and clarify the regulations that establish protections for youth employed in nonagricultural occupations. These revisions also implement specific recommendations made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in its 2002 report to the Department of Labor. This final rule becomes effective 7/19/10. FR 28403
HR 5346 ( Thompson, D-MS), to enhance homeland security in the ports and waterways of the United States; to Homeland Security. H3657, CR 5/19/10.
On 5/19/10, the House Committee on Armed Services approved HR 5136, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2011.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up several bills, including S 3193, to establish within the Office of the Secretary of State a coordinator for cyberspace and cybersecurity issues. 5/25/10, 2:15 pm, S-116 Capitol.
S 3384 ( Vitter, R-LA), to direct the General Accountability Office to conduct a full audit of hurricane protection funding and cost estimates associated with post-Katrina hurricane protection; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S3983, CR 5/19/10.
The Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, House Veterans Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on the Veterans Benefits Administration. 6/15/10, 2 pm, 334 Cannon.
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up pending legislation. 6/24/10, 9 am, 334 Cannon.