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July 8, 2010
Bills Passed in Congress: June 2010
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.

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

SENATE 13 bills, 482 pages

American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 4213, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, 304 pages

Oil Pollution Act: Senate passed S. 3473, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to authorize advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 4 pages

Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act:  Senate passed H.R. 3360, to amend title 46, United States Code, to establish requirements to ensure the security and safety of passengers and crew on cruise vessels, 5 pages

Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act: Senate passed S. 1660, to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 26 pages

Roy Rondeno, Sr. Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3951, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2000 Louisiana Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the ``Roy Rondeno, Sr. Post Office Building'', clearing the measure for the President. 4 pages

Affordable Health Care for America Act: Senate passed H.R. 3962, to provide a physician payment update, to provide pension funding relief, 76 pages

Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act: Senate passed H.R. 725, to protect Indian arts and crafts through the improvement of applicable criminal proceedings, 1 page

Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act: Senate passed S. 1508, to amend the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (31 U.S.C. 3321 note) in order to prevent the loss of billions in taxpayer dollars, after withdrawing the committee amendment, 32 pages

Radio Free Asia: Senate passed S. 3104, to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 8 pages

Predisaster Hazard Mitigation Act: Senate passed S. 3249, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to reauthorize the predisaster hazard mitigation program, after agreeing to the committee amendment. 6 pages

Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act: Senate passed H.R. 5623, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the homebuyer tax credit for the purchase of a principal residence before October 1, 2010, in the case of a written binding contract entered into with respect to such principal residence before May 1, 2010, clearing the measure for the President. 8 pages

National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 5569, to extend the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30, 2010, clearing the measure for the President. 3 pages

Airport and Airway Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 5611, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, clearing the measure for the President. 5 pages

HOUSE 35 bills, 2,629 pages
(*I have excluded an amendment to the 2,016-page healthcare bill, which was counted in a previous monthly tally.)

Hoover Power Allocation Act of 2010:  H.R. 4349, amended, to further allocate and expand the availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam; 16 pages

Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act: H.R. 2008, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project; 6 pages

Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act: H.R. 1061, amended, to transfer certain land to the United States to be held in trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe and to place land into trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 347 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 337; 10 pages

Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act:  H.R. 5026, amended, to amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense of the United States from cybersecurity and other threats and vulnerabilities; 24 pages

President Ronald W. Reagan Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 5278, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 405 West Second Street in Dixon, Illinois, as the ``President Ronald W. Reagan Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 416 ayes with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 345; 4 pages

Staff Sergeant Frank T. Carvill and Lance Corporal Michael A. Schwarz Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 5133, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 331 1st Street in Carlstadt, New Jersey, as the ``Staff Sergeant Frank T. Carvill and Lance Corporal Michael A. Schwarz Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 409 ayes with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 346; 4 pages

Amending the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to authorize advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: S. 3473, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to authorize advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ``nay'' and 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 354. 4 pages

FHA Reform Act of 2010: The House passed H.R. 5072, to improve the financial safety and soundness of the FHA mortgage insurance program, by a recorded vote of 406 ayes to 4 noes, Roll No. 353. Consideration of the measure began on Wednesday, June 9th. 36 pages

Amending the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009:  H.R. 5502, to D665amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 357 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 357. 6 pages

Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act:  H.R. 4451, amended, to reinstate and transfer certain hydroelectric licenses and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of certain hydroelectric projects; 6 pages

Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2010: H.R. 2142, amended, to require the review of Government programs at least once every 5 years for purposes of assessing their performance and improving their operations, and to establish the Performance Improvement Council. 34 pages

Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010: The House passed H.R. 5297, to create the Small Business Lending Fund Program to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to make capital investments in eligible institutions in order to increase the availability of credit for small businesses, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 375. Consideration of the bill began on Wednesday, June 16th. 122 pages

Requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to make a certification under the Small Business Lending Fund Program:  H.R. 5551, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to make a certification when making purchases under the Small Business Lending Fund Program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 379; 4 pages

National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010: H.R. 5569, to extend the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30, 2010; 4 pages

Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act: S. 2865, to reauthorize the Congressional Award Act; 7 pages

Calling Card Consumer Protection Act:  H.R. 3993, amended, to require accurate and reasonable disclosure of the terms and conditions of prepaid telephone calling cards and services, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 41 nays, Roll No. 383; 20 pages

Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act: S. 1660, to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products; 26 pages

Giving subpoena power to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling: H.R. 5481, amended, to give subpoena power to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas to 1 nay with 2 voting ``present'', Roll No. 382. 6 pages

Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act: The House passed H.R. 5175, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act D728of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 206 noes, Roll No. 391. 114 pages

*Affordable Health Care for America Act: Concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3962, to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 1 nay Roll No. 393; 2,016 pages

Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act: Agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2194, to amend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by expanding economic sanctions against Iran by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas to 8 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 394. 30 pages

Major General David F. Wherley, Jr., District of Columbia National Guard Retention and College Access Act: H.R. 3913, amended, to direct the Mayor of the District of Columbia to establish a District of Columbia National Guard Educational Assistance Program to encourage the enlistment and retention of persons in the District of Columbia National Guard by providing financial assistance to enable members of the National Guard of the District of Columbia to attend undergraduate, vocational, or technical courses; 12 pages

United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Modernization Act: S. 1510, amended, to transfer statutory entitlements to pay and hours of work authorized by the District of Columbia Code for current members of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division from the District of Columbia Code to the United States Code. 24 pages

Paula Hawkins Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 5395, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 151 North D741Maitland Avenue, in Maitland, Florida, as the ``Paula Hawkins Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part II:  H.R. 5611, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program; 6 pages

Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010: H.R. 5552, amended, 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 400; 6 pages

Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010: H.R. 5623, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the homebuyer tax credit for the purchase of a principal residence before October 1, 2010, in the case of a written binding contract entered into with respect to such principal residence before May 1, 2010, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 401; 8 pages

Paula Hawkins Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 5395, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 151 North Maitland Avenue in Maitland, Florida, as the ``Paula Hawkins Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 403. 4 pages

Alejandro Renteria Ruiz Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic Designation Act: H.R. 4307, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Artesia, New Mexico, as the ``Alejandro Renteria Ruiz Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 405; 4 pages

Enabling State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces: H.R. 4505, to enable State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 408; 4 pages

Fountainhead Property Land Transfer Act: H.R. 1554, amended, to take certain property in McIntosh County, Oklahoma, into trust for the benefit of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 411; 6 pages

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act: H.R. 4445, amended, to amend Public Law 95-232 to repeal a restriction on treating as Indian country certain lands held in trust for Indian pueblos in New Mexico, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 414. 4 pages

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act--Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 4173, to provide for financial regulatory reform, to protect consumers and investors, to enhance Federal understanding of insurance issues, and to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets, by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 413. 1706 pages

Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010:  Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3360, to amend title 46, United States Code, to establish requirements to ensure the security and safety of passengers and crew on cruise vessels; 24 pages

Permanently authorizing Radio Free Asia: S. 3104, to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia; 8 pages

Independent Living Centers Technical Adjustment Act: H.R. 5610, amended, to provide a technical adjustment with respect to funding for independent living centers under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in order to ensure stability for such centers. 8 pages

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