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May 4, 2010
Bills Passed in Congress: April
By James Wilson

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in April, 2010. The bills were passed by voice vote except where indicated. Roll call votes for the House are found here, and for the Senate here. The descriptions of bills are essentially taken verbatim from the Congressional Record Daily Digest.

Page numbers of bills are based on the pdf display of the bill found at the Library of Congress legislative site.

SENATE 8 bills, 40 pages

TRICARE Affirmation Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4887, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that health coverage provided by the Department of Defense is treated as minimal essential coverage, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 3 pages

Continuing Extension Act: By 59 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 117), Senate passed H.R. 4851, to provide a temporary extension of certain programs, as amended, 12 pages

Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4360, to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center in Long Beach, California, as the ``Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center'', and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 2 pages

Cost of Living Adjustment for Members of Congress:  Senate passed S. 3244, to provide that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011. 4 pages

Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act: Senate passed S. 3253, to provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958. 4 pages

Cost of Living Adjustment: Senate passed H.R. 5146, to provide that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011, clearing the measure for the President. 4 pages

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Senate passed H.R. 5147, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, clearing the measure for the President. 6 pages

Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act:  Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3714, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include in the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices information about freedom of the press in foreign countries, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 5 pages 


HOUSE 24 bills, 415 pages


Cell Phone Contraband Act: Senate passed S. 1749, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the possession or use of cell phones and similar wireless devices by Federal prisoners, after agreeing to the committee amendments, 4 pages

Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act of 2010:  Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 4573, to urge the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the United States Executive Directors at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other multilateral development institutions to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to cancel immediately and completely Haiti's debts to such institutions; 6 pages

Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act: H.R. 3506, amended, to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide an exception from the continuing requirement for annual privacy notices for financial institutions which do not share personal information with affiliates;4 pages

John C. Godbold United States Judicial Administration Building Designation Act: H.R. 4275, amended, to designate the annex building under construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the ``John C. Godbold United States Judicial Administration Building''; 4 pages

Truth in Caller ID Act: H.R. 1258, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information; 6 pages

Radio Spectrum Inventory Act: H.R. 3125, amended, to require an inventory of radio spectrum bands managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 18 nays, Roll No. 201; 12 pages

Taxpayer Assistance Act of 2010: H.R. 4994, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 9 nays, Roll No. 200; 15 pages

Clean Estuaries Act of 2010: The House passed H.R. 4715, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, by a yea-and-nay vote of 278 yeas to 128 nays, Roll No. 209. 20 pages

Continuing Extension Act of 2010: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4851, to provide a temporary extension of certain programs, by a recorded vote of 289 ayes to 112 noes, Roll No. 211. 12 pages

Deposit Restricted Qualified Tuition Programs Act: H.R. 4178, amended, to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide for deposit restricted qualified tuition programs; 12 pages

Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act: H.R. 3553, to exclude from consideration as income under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 amounts received by a family from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities of a member of the family; 4 pages

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act: S. 1963, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide assistance to caregivers of veterans and to improve the provision of health care to veterans, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 214; 138 pages

Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act: H.R. 1585, amended, to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve standards for physical education; 14 pages

Anthony J. Cortese Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 4543, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4285 Payne Avenue in San Jose, California, as the ``Anthony J. Cortese Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 370 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 221; 2 pages

Steve Goodman Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 4861, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1343 West Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Steve Goodman Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 371 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 223. 2 pages

Providing for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958: S. 3253, to provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958; 2 pages

Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010: H.R. 5017, amended, to ensure the availability of loan guarantees for rural homeowners, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 352 yeas to 62 nays, Roll No. 225; 4 pages

Providing that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011: H.R. 5146, to provide that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 15 nays, Roll No. 226; 4 pages

Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act: H.R. 3808, to require any Federal or State court to recognize any notarization made by a notary public licensed by a State other than the State where the court is located when such notarization occurs in or affects interstate commerce; 4 pages

Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act: H.R. 3393, amended, to amend the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (31 U.S.C. 3321 note) in order to prevent the loss of billions in taxpayer dollars; 32 pages

Amending title 39, United States Code, to clarify the instances in which the term ``census'' may appear on mailable matter: H.R. 5148, to amend title 39, United States Code, to clarify the instances in which the term ``census'' may appear on mailable matter; 4 pages

Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010: H.R. 5147, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program. 8 pages

Implementing Management for Performance and Related Reforms to Obtain Value in Every Acquisition Act of 2010: The House passed H.R. 5013, to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for performance management of the defense acquisition system, by a recorded vote of 417 ayes to 3 noes, Roll No. 230. 94 pages

Puerto Rico Democracy Act: The House passed H.R. 2499, to provide for a federally sanctioned self-determination process for the people of Puerto Rico, by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 169 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 242. 8 pages

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