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September 10, 2013
Bills passed in Congress, July and August 2013
By James Wilson

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in July and 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 (Index).

SENATE 18 bills 92 pages

Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act: Senate passed S. 793, to support revitalization and reform of the Organization of American States. 10 pages

South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act: Senate passed H.R. 251, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. 8 pages
   
Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act: Senate passed H.R. 254, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project. 4 pages

Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2289, to rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages

Smarter Solutions for Students Act: By 81 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 185), Senate passed H.R. 1911, to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1,2013, to direct the Secretary of Education to convene the Advisory Committee on Improving Postsecondary Education Data to conduct a study on improvements to postsecondary education transparency at the Federal level, by the order of the Senate of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, 16 pages

Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center: Senate passed H.R. 1092, to designate the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the ``Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center''. 4 pages

Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building: Senate passed H.R. 2611, to designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as the ``Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building''. 4 pages

Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2167, to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish additional requirements to improve the fiscal safety and soundness of the home equity conversion mortgage insurance program, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages

Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act: Senate passed H.R. 678, to authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law. 7 pages

FOR VETS Act: Senate passed H.R. 1171, to amend title 40, United States Code, to improve veterans service organizations access to Federal surplus personal property. 3 pages

Helping Heroes Fly Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1344, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to provide expedited air passenger screening to severely injured or disabled members of the Armed Forces and severely injured or disabled veterans, and the bill was then passed, 6 pages
                                                          
Pipeline Safety Regulatory Documents: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2576, to amend title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages

Northern Mariana Islands: Senate passed S. 256, to amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, after agreeing to the committee amendment. 4 pages
 
Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 233, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 815 County Road 23 in Tyrone, New York, as the ``Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building''. 4 pages
 
Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 668, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Main Street in Brockport, New York, as the ``Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building''. 4 pages

James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 796, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the ``James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Thaddeus Stevens Post Office: Senate passed S. 885, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont, as the ``Thaddeus Stevens Post Office''. 4 pages
                                                             
First Lieutenant Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr. Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 1093, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 130 Caldwell Drive in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, as the ``First Lieutenant Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr. Post Office Building''. 4 pages

HOUSE 29 bills, 1,766 pages

Financial Competitive Act of 2013: H.R. 1341, amended, to require the Financial Stability Oversight Council to conduct a study of the likely effects of the differences between the United States and other jurisdictions in implementing the derivatives credit valuation adjustment capital requirement, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 353 yeas to 24 nays, Roll No. 305; 6 pages
   
Audit Integrity and Job Protection Act: H.R. 1564, amended, to amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to prohibit the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board from requiring public companies to use specific auditors or require the use of different auditors on a rotating basis, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 321 yeas to 62 nays, Roll No. 306; 6 pages

FOR VETS Act of 2013: H.R. 1171, to amend title 40, United States Code, to improve veterans service organizations access to Federal surplus personal property, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 307. 4 pages

Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014: The House passed H.R. 2609, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 345. 66 pages

Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 2642, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, by a yea-and-nay vote of 216 yeas to 208 nays, Roll No. 353. 610 pages

Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013. H.R. 1848, to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes, and the continued development of the general aviation industry, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 355; 8 pages

Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building Designation Act: H.R. 2611, to designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as the ``Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 356; 4 pages

Amending title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents: H.R. 2576, to amend title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No.354. 4 pages  

Authority for Mandate Delay Act: The House passed H.R. 2667, to delay the application of the employer health insurance mandate, by a yea-and-nay vote of 264 yeas to 161 nays, Roll No. 361. 2 pages

Student Success Act: The House passed H.R. 5, to support State and local accountability for public education, protect State and local authority, and inform parents of the performance of their children's schools, by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 207 noes, Roll No. 374. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 18th. 592 pages

Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act: H.R. 697, amended, to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in Clark County, Nevada, for the environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three Kids Mine Project Site; 14 pages

California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013: H.R. 1411, amended, to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in the California Coastal National Monument as a part of the National Landscape Conservation System; 10 pages

Amending title 23, United States Code, with respect to the operation of vehicles on certain Wisconsin highways: H.R. 2353, to amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to the operation of vehicles on certain Wisconsin highways; 4 pages

WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2013: H.R. 1542, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish weapons of mass destruction intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 375. 8 pages

Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014: The House passed H.R. 2397, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, by a yea-and-nay vote of 315 yeas to 109 nays, Roll No. 414. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 23rd. 170 pages

Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 2218, to amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to encourage recovery and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals and establish requirements for the proper management and disposal of coal combustion residuals that are protective of human health and the environment, by a recorded vote of 265 ayes to 155 noes, Roll No. 418. 52 pages

Government Spending Accountability Act of 2013: H.R. 313, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to institute spending limits and transparency requirements for Federal conference and travel expenditures; 10 pages

Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013: H.R. 1660, amended, to require the establishment of Federal customer service standards and to improve the service provided by Federal agencies; 12 pages
                                                          
Stop Playing on Citizen's Cash Act: H.R. 2769, amended, to impose moratorium on conferences held by the Internal Revenue Service; 4 pages
                                                         
Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013: H.R. 2768, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that a duty of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is to ensure that Internal Revenue Service employees are familiar with and act in accord with certain taxpayer rights; 4 pages  

STOP IRS Act: H.R. 2565, to provide for the termination of employment of employees of the Internal Revenue Service who take certain official actions for political purposes; 4 pages

Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013: H.R. 850, amended, to impose additional human rights and economic and financial sanctions with respect to Iran, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 20 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 427; 82 pages

Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 1582, to protect consumers by prohibiting the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating as final certain energy-related rules that are estimated to cost more than $1 billion and will cause significant adverse effects to the economy, by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 432. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 31st. 10 pages

School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act: H.R. 2094, to amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the preference given, in awarding certain asthma-related grants, to certain States (those allowing trained school personnel to administer epinephrine and meeting other related requirements); 6 pages

Collectible Coin Protection Act: H.R. 2754, to amend the Hobby Protection Act to make unlawful the provision of assistance or support in violation of that Act; 6 pages

Amending the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges: H.R. 1300, amended, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges. 4 pages

Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013: H.R. 1897, amended, to promote freedom and democracy in Vietnam, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 435. 22 pages

Stop Government Abuse Act: The House passed H.R. 2879, to provide limitations on bonuses for Federal employees during sequestration, to provide for investigative leave requirements for members of the Senior Executive Service, and to establish certain procedures for conducting in-person or telephonic interactions by Executive branch employees with individuals, by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 436. 18 pages

Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 367, to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law, by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 445. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, August 1st. 24 pages  

 

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