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May 2, 2012
Bills Passed in Congress, April 2012
By James Wilson

BILLS PASSED IN CONGRESS

 The following are the bills the House and Senate passed last month. 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 ((Index).

Page numbers of bills are based on the pdf display of the latest version from the Government Printing Office.

SENATE 15 bills, 756 pages

Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1021, to prevent the termination of the temporary office of bankruptcy judges in certain judicial districts, and the bill was then passed, 4 pages

Surface Transportation Extension Act: Pursuant to the order of March 7, 2012, Senate passed H.R. 4348, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, as amended, 128 pages

21st Century Postal Service Act: By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 82), Senate passed S. 1789, to improve, sustain, and transform the United States Postal Service 192 pages

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act: By 68 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 87), Senate passed S. 1925, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, 388 pages

Army Specialist Matthew Troy Morris Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 298, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 East Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas, as the ``Army Specialist Matthew Troy Morris Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1423, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 115 4th Avenue Southwest in Ardmore, Oklahoma, as the ``Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office''. 4 pages

John J. Cook Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 2079, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 Main Street in East Rockaway, New York, as the ``John J. Cook Post Office''. 4 pages

Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 2213, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Eastport Street in Iuka, Mississippi, as the ``Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office''. 4 pages

Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 2244, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 67 Castle Street in Geneva, New York, as the ``Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office''. 4 pages

Tomball Veterans Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 2660, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 122 North Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball, Texas, as the ``Tomball Veterans Post Office''. 4 pages

William T. Trant Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2767, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8 West Silver Street in Westfield, Massachusetts, as the ``William T. Trant Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Private First Class Alejandro R. Ruiz Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3004, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 260 California Drive in Yountville, California, as the ``Private First Class Alejandro R. Ruiz Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Specialist Peter J. Navarro Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3246, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15455 Manchester Road in Ballwin, Missouri, as the ``Specialist Peter J. Navarro Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Lance Corporal Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3247, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Town and Country Commons in Chesterfield, Missouri, as the ``Lance Corporal Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building'' 4 pages

Lance Corporal Drew W. Weaver Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3248, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 112 South 5th Street in Saint Charles, Missouri, as the ``Lance Corporal Drew W. Weaver Post Office Building''. 4 pages

HOUSE 21 bills, 584 pages

Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Act: H.R. 3001, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg, in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 152 10 pages

Providing for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus: H.R. 4040, to provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 373 yeas to 4 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 153. 10 pages

Lena Horne Recognition Act: H.R. 1815, to posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Lena Horne in recognition of her achievements and contributions to American culture and the civil rights movement, 8 pages

Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act: H.R. 2453, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of Mark Twain. 10 pages

Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 4089, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting, by a yea-and-nay vote of 274 yeas to 146 nays, Roll No. 164. 26 pages

Providing an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs: The House passed H.R. 4348, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, by a recorded vote of 293 ayes to 127 noes, Roll No. 170. 130 pages

Small Business Tax Cut Act: The House passed H.R. 9, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a deduction for domestic business income of qualified small businesses, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 173 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 177. 16 pages

Providing for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed by the United States in 1950: H.R. 2947, to provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed by the United States in 1950 for the establishment of an airport in Cook County, Minnesota; 4 pages

Modifying the boundaries of Cibola National Forest in the State of New Mexico: H.R. 491, to modify the boundaries of Cibola National Forest in the State of New Mexico and to transfer certain Bureau of Land Management land for inclusion in the national forest; 6 pages

Facilitating a land exchange involving certain National Forest System lands in the Inyo National Forest: H.R. 2157, to facilitate a land exchange involving certain National Forest System lands in the D391Inyo National Forest, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 376 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 178. 4 pages

Digital Accountability and Transparency Act: H.R. 2146, amended, to amend title 31, United States Code, to require accountability and transparency in Federal spending and for other purposes, as amended. 86 pages

Small Business Credit Availability Act: H.R. 3336, amended, to ensure the exclusion of small lenders from certain regulations of the Dodd-Frank Act, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 312 yeas to 111 nays, Roll No. 180. 10 pages

Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II: The House disagreed to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 4348, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and agreed to a conference with the Senate. 130 pages

Lowell National Historical Park Land Exchange Act of 2012: H.R. 2240, amended, to authorize the exchange of land or interest in land between Lowell National Historical Park and the city of Lowell in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 4 pages

Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act: H.R. 2050, to authorize the continued use of certain water diversions located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the State of Idaho. 6 pages

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 3523, to provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, by a recorded vote of 248 ayes to 168 noes, Roll No. 192. 28 pages

Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012: H.R. 4257, amended, to amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, to revise requirements relating to Federal information security. 28 pages

Cybersecurity Enhancement Act: H.R. 2096, amended, to advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 10 nays, Roll No. 193 34 pages

Advancing America's Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2012: H.R. 3834, amended, to amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research. 28 pages

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act: The House agreed by unanimous consent to discharge and pass H.R. 4849, as amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to issue commercial use authorizations to commercial stock operators for operations in designated wilderness within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Earlier, agreed to the Hastings (WA) amendment to H.R. 4849. 4 pages

Interest Rate Reduction Act: The House passed H.R. 4628, to extend student loan interest rates for undergraduate Federal Direct Stafford Loans, by a recorded vote of 215 ayes to 195 noes, Roll No. 195. 4 pages


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