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August 27, 2010
Bills Passed in Congress, August 2010
By James Wilson

BILLS PASSED IN CONGRESS

 The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in August. 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 latest version from the Government Printing Office.

SENATE 23 bills, 773 pages

Congressional Gold Medal: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 1055, to grant the congressional gold medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, United States Army, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II, and the bill was then passed, 10 pages

Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2097, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, and the bill was then passed. 7 pages

Copyright Laws: Senate passed S. 3689, to clarify, improve, and correct the laws relating to copyrights. 8 pages

Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act: Senate passed S. 3397, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances, after agreeing to the committee amendments. 8 pages

Haitian Orphans:  Senate passed H.R. 5283, to provide for adjustment of status for certain Haitian orphans paroled into the United States after the Earthquake of January 12, 2010, 6 pages

General and Special Risk Insurance Funds Availability Act:  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5872, to provide adequate commitment authority for fiscal year 2010 for guaranteed loans that are obligations of the General and Special Risk Insurance Funds of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages

Single Family Housing Mortgage Insurance:  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5981, to increase the flexibility of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with respect to the amount of premiums charged for FHA single family housing mortgage insurance, and the bill was then passed. 3 pages

United States Government, Community Management Account, Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System:  Senate passed S. 3611, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, 252 pages

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act: Senate passed S. 3307, to reauthorize child nutrition programs, 228 pages

Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010:  Senate passed H.R. 5875, making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, 8 pages

Caseyville, Illinois Certain Easements and Contractual Arrangements: Senate passed H.R. 511, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to terminate certain easements held by the Secretary on land owned by the Village of Caseyville, Illinois, and to terminate associated contractual arrangements with the Village. 4 pages

John C. Godbold Federal Building: Senate passed H.R. 4275, 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 Federal Building''. 4 pages

Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act: Senate passed H.R. 5552, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require that the payment of the manufacturers' excise tax on recreational equipment be paid quarterly and to provide for the assessment by the Secretary of the Treasury of certain criminal restitution. 6 pages

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and Roy K. Moore Federal Building:  Senate passed H.R. 3562, to designate the federally occupied building located at 1220 Echelon Parkway in Jackson, Mississippi, as the ``James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and Roy K. Moore Federal Building'', after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 4 pages

First Responder Anti-Terrorism Training Resources Act: Senate passed H.R. 3978, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to accept and use gifts for otherwise authorized activities of the Center for Domestic Preparedness that are related to preparedness for a response to terrorism, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 6 pages

Rosa's Law: Senate passed 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, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 10 pages

Mandatory Price Reporting Act: Senate passed S. 3656, to amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to improve the reporting on sales of livestock and dairy products. 6 pages

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Employees: Senate passed H.R. 1517, to allow certain U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees who serve under an overseas limited appointment for at least 2 years, and whose service is rated fully successful or higher throughout that time, to be converted to a permanent appointment in the competitive service, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 8 pages

Sam D. Hamilton North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Complex: Senate passed S. 3354, to redesignate the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Complex as the Sam D. Hamilton North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Complex. 4 pages

Agricultural Credit Act: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3509, to reauthorize State agricultural mediation programs under title V of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages

Improving Access to Clinical Trials Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of S. 1674, to provide for an exclusion under the Supplemental Security Income program and the Medicaid program for compensation provided to individuals who participate in clinical trials for rare diseases or conditions, and the bill was then passed. 8 pages

National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Senate passed S. 3729, to authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2013 108 pages

Equal Access to 21st Century Communications Act:  Senate passed S. 3304, to increase the access of persons with disabilities to modern communications, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 71 pages

HOUSE 2 bills, 62 pages

Making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security:  H.R. 6080, making emergency supplemental appropriations for border security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010. 10 pages


FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1586, to modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United States, provide for modernization of the air traffic control system, reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, by a yea-and-nay vote of 247 yeas to 161 nays, Roll No. 518. 52 pages

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