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August 4, 2012
Bills Passed in Congress July 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 12 bills, 116 pages

D.C. Courts and Public Defender Service Act: Senate passed S. 1379, to amend title 11, District of Columbia Official Code, to revise certain administrative authorities of the District of Columbia courts, and to authorize the District of Columbia Public Defender Service to provide professional liability insurance for officers and employees of the Service for claims relating to services furnished within the scope of employment with the Service, after agreeing to the committee amendment. 14 pages

Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Act: Senate passed H.R. 3001, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg, in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust. 10 pages

Veteran Skills to Jobs Act: Senate passed H.R. 4155, to direct the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses.4 pages

District of Columbia Special Election Reform Act: Senate passed H.R. 3902, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia. 6 pages

National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2527, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the bill was then passed, 12 pages

HEARTH Act: Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 205, to amend the Act titled ``An Act to authorize the leasing of restricted Indian lands for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, and other purposes requiring the grant of long-term leases'', approved August 9, 1955, to provide for Indian tribes to enter into certain leases without prior express approval from the Secretary of the Interior, and the bill was then passed. 14 paages

Honoring American Veterans Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1627, to amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish hospital care and medical services to veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, while the water was contaminated at Camp Lejeune, to improve the provision of housing assistance to veterans and their families, and the bill was then passed, 16 pages

Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act: Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2090, to amend the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act to extend the period of time provided to the Indian Law and Order Commission to produce a required report, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Middle Class Tax Cut Act: By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 184), Senate passed S. 3412, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax relief to middle-class families, after agreeing to the motion to proceed. 18 pages

Sopuruchi Chukwueke: Senate passed S. 285, for the relief of Sopuruchi Chukwueke, after agreeing to the committee amendment. 4 pages

Sequestration Transparency Act: Senate passed H.R. 5872, to require the President to provide a report detailing the sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on January 2, 2013. 6 pages

Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 1299, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of Lions Clubs International, and the bill was then passed. 8 pages


HOUSE 38 bills, 530 pages

Veteran Skills to Jobs Act: H.R. 4155, amended, to direct the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 369 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 452; 4 pages

Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012: H.R. 4114, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2012, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans; 6 pages

Amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to limit the fee disclosure requirement for an automatic teller machine to the screen of that machine: H.R. 4367, to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to limit the fee disclosure requirement for an automatic teller machine to the screen of that machine, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 371 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 453; 4 pages

Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012: H.R. 5892, to improve hydropower, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 372 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 454; 12 pages

Former Charleston Naval Base Land Exchange Act of 2012: S. 2061, to provide for an exchange of land between the Department of Homeland Security and the South Carolina State Ports Authority. 8 pages

Repeal of ObamaCare Act: The House passed H.R. 6079, to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 460. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 10th. 8 pages

National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 4402, to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness, by a recorded vote of 256 ayes to 160 noes, Roll No. 468. 14 pages

Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2013: H.R. 6018, amended, to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal year 2013, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 333 yeas to 61 nays, Roll No. 469; 14 pages

United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012: S. 2165, to enhance strategic cooperation between the United States and Israel; 12 pages

Insular Areas Act: S. 2009, to improve the administration of programs in the insular areas, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 11 nays, Roll No. 470. 6 pages

Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012: H.R. 5872, amended, to require the President to provide a report detailing the sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on January 2, 2013, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 471. 6 pages

Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013: The House passed H.R. 5856, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, by a yea-and-nay vote of 326 yeas to 90 nays, Roll No. 498. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 18th. 158 pages

National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2527, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 12 pages

Providing for a land exchange with the Trinity Public Utilities District of Trinity County, California: H.R. 1237, amended, to provide for a land exchange with the Trinity Public Utilities District of Trinity County, California, involving the transfer of land to the Bureau of Land Management and the Six Rivers National Forest in exchange for National Forest System land in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest; 6 pages

Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act: H.R. 4484, amended, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah to Brigham Young University; 6 pages

Naming the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife D756Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of James L. Buckley: H.R. 5958, to name the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Contact Station of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in honor of James L. Buckley; 4 pages

Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Protection Act: H.R. 3388, amended, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the Beaver, Chipuxet, Queen, Wood, and Pawcatuck Rivers in the States of Connecticut and Rhode Island for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; 6 pages

Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act: H.R. 2467, amended, to take certain Federal lands in Mono County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Bridgeport Indian Colony; 6 pages

Repealing an obsolete provision in title 49, United States Code, requiring motor vehicle insurance cost reporting: H.R. 5859, amended, to repeal an obsolete provision in title 49, United States Code, requiring motor vehicle insurance cost reporting; 4 pages

Pilot's Bill of Rights: S. 1335, to amend title 49, United States Code, to provide rights for pilots; 16 pages

Edwin L. Mechem United States Courthouse Designation Act: H.R. 3742, to designate the United States courthouse located at 100 North Church Street in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as the ``Edwin L. Mechem United States Courthouse''; 6 pages

Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse Designation Act: H.R. 3556, to designate the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, New York, as the ``Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse''; 4 pages

Robert Boochever United States Courthouse Designation Act: H.R. 4347, to designate the United States courthouse located at 709 West 9th Street in Juneau, Alaska, as the ``Robert Boochever United States Courthouse''; 4 pages

Nicky ``Nick'' Daniel Bacon Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 3870, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6083 Highway 36 West in Rose Bud, Arkansas, as the ``Nicky `Nick' Daniel Bacon Post Office''; 4 pages

Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 5837, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 26 East Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, New York, as the ``Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building''; 4 pages

National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 3593, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 787 State Route 17M in Monroe, New York, as the ``National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office''; 4 pages

Army First Sergeant David McNerney Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 3477, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 133 Hare Road in Crosby, Texas, as the Army First Sergeant David McNerney Post Office Building, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 379 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 501; 4 pages

Judge Shirley A. Tolentino Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 2896, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 369 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the ``Judge Shirley A. Tolentino Post Office Building''; 4 pages

Warren Lindley Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 1369, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1021 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, as the ``Warren Lindley Post Office''. 4 pages

Preserving America's Family Farms Act: H.R. 4157, amended, to prohibit the Secretary of Labor from finalizing a proposed rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 relating to child labor. 4 pages

Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan: The House passed H.R. 6082, to officially replace, within the 60-day Congressional review period under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, President Obama's Proposed Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program (2012-2017) with a congressional plan that will conduct additional oil and natural gas lease sales to promote offshore energy development, job creation, and increased domestic energy production to ensure a more secure energy future in the United States, by a recorded vote of 253 ayes to 170 noes, Roll No. 511. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 24th. 10 pages

Federal Reserve Transparency Act: H.R. 459, amended, to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States before the end of 2012, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 327 yeas to 98 nays, Roll No. 513. 6 pages

Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 4078, to provide that no agency may take any significant regulatory action until the unemployment rate is equal to or less than 6.0 percent, by a recorded vote of 245 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 536. 92 pages

Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act: S. 679, to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 261 yeas to 116 nays, Roll No. 537; 36 pages

Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act: H.R. 828, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that persons having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 263 yeas to 114 nays, Roll No. 538; 8 pages

Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012: Concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 1627, to amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish hospital care and medical services to veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, while the water was contaminated at Camp Lejeune and to improve the provision of housing assistance to veterans and their families; 16 pages

Pinnacles National Park Act: H.R. 3641, amended, to establish Pinnacles National Park in the State of California as a unit of the National Park System. 8 pages
 

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