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March 6, 2012
Bills Passed in Congress, February 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: 6 bills, 92 pages

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 588, to redesignate the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, and the bill was then passed. 3 pages

Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System: Senate passed S. 1296, to revise the boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Sachuest Point Unit RI-04P, Easton Beach Unit RI-05P, Almy Pond Unit RI-06, and Hazards Beach Unit RI-07 in the State of Rhode Island. 4 pages

Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act: By 96 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 14), Senate passed S. 2038, to prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit, 58 pages

Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 1794, to correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code, after agreeing to the committee amendments. 6 pages

Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act: Senate passed H.R. 347, to correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 6 pages

Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection: Senate passed H.R. 1162, to provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection. 15 pages


HOUSE: 23 bills, 686 pages

Extending the pay limitation for Members of Congress and Federal employees: H.R. 3835, to extend the pay limitation for Members of Congress and Federal employees, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 309 yeas to 117 nays, Roll No. 19; 15 pages

Welfare Integrity Now for Children and Families Act: H.R. 3567, amended, to amend title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to implement policies to prevent assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program from being used in strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 27 nays, Roll No. 20. 6 pages

Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011: The House passed H.R. 1173, to repeal the CLASS program, by a recorded vote of 267 ayes to 159 noes, Roll No. 18. 4 pages

Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 3582, to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to provide for macroeconomic analysis of the impact of legislation, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 30. 8 pages

Baseline Reform Act of 2012: The House began consideration of H.R. 3578, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to reform the budget baseline. Further proceedings were postponed. 8 pages

FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act--Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 658, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014, to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve aviation safety and capacity, and to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, by a yea-and-nay vote of 248 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 33. 10 pages

Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act: H.R. 306, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to provide for management of the free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, 6 pages

Providing the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection: H.R. 1162, amended, to provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 35. 16 pages

Civilian Property Realignment Act: The House began consideration of H.R. 1734, to decrease the deficit by realigning, consolidating, selling, disposing, and improving the efficiency of federal buildings and other civilian real property. Further proceedings were postponed. 42 pages

Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 3581, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to increase transparency in Federal budgeting, by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 42. 26 pages

New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act: H.R. 2606, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the construction and operation of natural gas pipeline facilities in the Gateway National Recreation Area. 8 pages

Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act: The House passed H.R. 3521, to amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to provide for a legislative line-item veto to expedite consideration of rescissions, by recorded vote of 254 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 46. 20 page

STOCK Act: S. 2038, amended, to prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 47. 40 pages

John J. Cook Post Office Designation Act: 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'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 52; 4 pages

Lance Corporal Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building Designation Act: 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'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 53; 4 pages

Lance Corporal Drew W. Weaver Post Office Building Designation Act: 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'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 54. 4 pages

Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act: The House passed H.R. 3408, to set clear rules for the development of United States oil shale resources and to promote shale technology research and development, by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 71. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, February 15th. 4 pages

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act--Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 3630, to provide incentives for the creation of jobs, to provide incentives for the creation of jobs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 293 yeas to 132 nays, Roll No. 72. 370 pages

Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 347, to correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 73. 6 pages

Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act: The House passed H.R. 2117, to prohibit the Department of Education from overreaching into academic affairs and program eligibility under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, by a recorded vote of 303 ayes to 114 noes, Roll No. 79. 4 pages

Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012: H.R. 1433, amended, to protect private property rights. 20 pages

San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act: The House passed H.R. 1837, to address certain water-related concerns on the San Joaquin River, by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 175 noes with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 91. 56 pages

Amending the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office: H.R. 3902, amended, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia. 5 pages

 



 
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