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April 5, 2010
Bills Passed in Congress: March
By James Wilson

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in February. 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 bill found at the Library of Congress legislative site.

SENATE 20 bills, 967 pages

Temporary Extension Act: By 78 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. 32), Senate agreed to H.R. 4691, to provide a temporary extension of certain programs, after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto, clearing the measure for the President: 18 pages

Haiti Recovery Act: Senate passed S. 2961, to provide debt relief to Haiti, after agreeing to the committee amendments.6 pages

North American Wetlands Conservation Act: Senate passed H.R. 3433, to amend the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to establish requirements regarding payment of the non-Federal share of the costs of wetlands conservation projects in Canada that are funded under that Act, clearing the measure for the President. 4 pages

Tax Extenders Act: By 62 yeas to 36 nays (vote No. 48), Senate passed H.R. 4213, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, 304 pages

Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act:  Senate passed S. 1067, to support stabilization and lasting peace in northern Uganda and areas affected by the Lord's Resistance Army through development of a regional strategy to support multilateral efforts to successfully protect civilians and eliminate the threat posed by the Lord's Resistance Army and to authorize funds for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, reconciliation, and transitional justice, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 15 pages

Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of 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, and the bill was then passed, 54 pages 

PACT Act:  Senate passed S. 1147, to prevent tobacco smuggling, to ensure the collection of all tobacco taxes, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 70 pages

Federal Judiciary Administrative Improvements Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 1782, to provide improvements for the operations of the Federal courts, and the bill was then passed, 6 pages

Congressional Award Program Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 2865, to reauthorize the Congressional Award Act (2 U.S.C. 801 et seq.). 8 pages

Fair Sentencing Act: Senate passed S. 1789, to restore fairness to Federal cocaine sentencing, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 12 pages

Tax on Bonuses Received from Certain TARP Recipients: By a unanimous vote of 93 yeas (Vote No. 61), Senate passed 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, as amended, 329 pages

Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act: By 56 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 105), Senate passed H.R. 4872, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010 (S. Con. Res. 13), as amended by operation of Section 313(e) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, 2 paages

Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 3186, to reauthorize the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 through April 30, 2010. 4 pages

Internal Revenue Code: Senate passed S. 3187, 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. 6 pages

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program: Senate passed H.R. 4938, to permit the use of previously appropriated funds to extend the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, clearing the measure for the President. 2 pages

Airport and Airway Trust Fund:  Senate passed H.R. 4957, 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. 6 pages

Veterans Affairs Health Care: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3162, to clarify the health care provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that constitutes minimum essential coverage, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4621, to protect the integrity of the constitutionally mandated United States census and prohibit deceptive mail practices that attempt to exploit the decennial census, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President. 4 pages

Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act: Senate passed H.R. 4573, to urge the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the United States Executive Directors at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other multilateral development institutions to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to cancel immediately and completely Haiti's debts to such institutions, 4 pages

Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 3191, to reauthorize the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004.  109 pages

HOUSE: 54 bills, 3374 pages

Natural Hazards Risk Reduction Act:  H.R. 3820, amended, to reauthorize Federal natural hazards reduction programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 335 yeas to 50 nays, Roll No. 76; 52 pages

National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act: H.R. 2554, amended, to reform the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers; 34 pages

Trademark Technical and Conforming Amendment Act of 2010: S. 2968, to make certain technical and conforming amendments to the Lanham Act 2 pages

Keeping All Students Safe Act: The House passed H.R. 4247, to prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools, by a yea-and-nay vote of 262 yeas to 153 nays, Roll No. 82. 32 pages

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2847, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, with the amendment printed in H. Rept. 111-426, by a yea-and-nay vote of 217 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 90.
160 pages

SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 4624, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the ``SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office''; 4 pages

Captain Luther H. Smith, U.S. Army Air Forces Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 4547, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 119 Station Road in Cheyney, Pennsylvania, as the ``Captain Luther H. Smith, U.S. Army Air Forces Post Office''; 4 pages

Providing authority to compensate Federal employees for the 2-day period in which authority to make expenditures from the Highway Trust Fund D224lapsed: H.R. 4786, to provide authority to compensate Federal employees for the 2-day period in which authority to make expenditures from the Highway Trust Fund lapsed; 4 pages

Accelerating the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Chile: H.R. 4783, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Chile, and to extend the period from which such contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti may be accelerated; 6 pages

Debt Relief for Earthquake Recovery in Haiti Act of 2010: H.R. 4573, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the United States Executive Directors at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other multilateral development institutions to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to cancel immediately and completely Haiti's debts to such institutions.6 pages

Prevent Deceptive Census Look Alike Mailings Act: H.R. 4621, amended, to protect the integrity of the constitutionally-mandated United States census and prohibit deceptive mail practices that attempt to exploit the decennial census, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 97; 4 pages

Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act: The House passed H.R. 3650, to establish a National Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Program, to develop and coordinate a comprehensive and integrated strategy to address harmful algal blooms and hypoxia, and to provide for the development and implementation of comprehensive regional action plans to reduce harmful algal blooms and hypoxia, by a yea-and-nay vote of 251 yeas to 103 nays, Roll No. 109. 20 pages

Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2010:  H.R. 4506, amended, to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 345 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 111. 8 pages

Directing the Secretary of Education to establish and administer an awards program recognizing excellence exhibited by public school system employees: H.R. 2377, to direct the Secretary of Education to establish and administer an awards program recognizing excellence exhibited by public school system employees providing services to students in pre-kindergarten through higher education; 8 pages

Sergeant Christopher R. Hrbek Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 4628, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 216 Westwood Avenue in Westwood, New Jersey, as the ``Sergeant Christopher R. Hrbek Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 116. 4 pages

Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act: S. 1147, to prevent tobacco smuggling and to ensure the collection of all tobacco taxes, by a yea-nay vote of 387 yeas to 25 nays, Roll No. 124; 70 pages

Plain Writing Act of 2010: H.R. 946, amended, to enhance citizen access to Government information and services by establishing that Government documents issued to the public must be written clearly, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 386 yeas to 33 nays, Roll No. 126; 8 pages

Electronic Message Preservation Act: H.R. 1387, amended, to amend title 44, United States Code, to require preservation of certain electronic records by Federal agencies and to require a certification and reports relating to Presidential records; 12 pages

Requiring any amounts remaining in a Member's Representational Allowance at the end of a fiscal year to be deposited in the Treasury: H.R. 4825, amended, to require any amounts remaining in a Member's Representational Allowance at the end of a fiscal year to be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction or to reduce the Federal debt, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 127; 4 pages

Florida National Forest Land Adjustment Act: H.R. 3954, amended, to release Federal reversionary interests retained on certain lands acquired in the State of Florida under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, to authorize the interchange of National Forest System land and State land in Florida, and to authorize an additional conveyance under the Florida National Forest Land Management Act of 2003, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 125; 10 pages

Continuing Extension Act of 2010: H.R. 4851, amended, to provide a temporary extension of certain programs; 12 pages

Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010: H.R. 4853, 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. 10 pages

Roy Wilson Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 4214, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 45300 Portola Avenue in Palm Desert, California, as the ``Roy Wilson Post Office'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 128; 4 pages

State Admission Day Recognition Act: H.R. 3542, amended, to direct the Architect of the Capitol to fly the flag of a State over the Capitol each year on the anniversary of the date of the State's admission to the Union, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 133; 4 pages

Agricultural Credit Act: H.R. 3509, to reauthorize State agricultural mediation programs under title V of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 26 nays, Roll No. 134. 4 pages

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act: H.R. 1769, amended, to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the State of Washington and to designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers. 6 pages 

Upper Mississippi River Basin Protection Act: H.R. 3671, to promote Department of the Interior efforts to provide a scientific basis for the management of sediment and nutrient loss in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 289 yeas to 121 nays, Roll No. 137; 12 pages

Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act: H.R. 2788, to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 138; 6 pages

Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act: H.R. 4003, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate resources in the Hudson River Valley in the State of New York to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the site as a unit of the National Park System, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 293 yeas to 115 nays, Roll No. 143; 6 pages

Revising the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station: H.R. 4395, amended, to revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 372 yeas to 31 nays, Roll No. 144. 4 pages

Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act: The House passed H.R. 3644, to direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish education and watershed programs which advance environmental literacy, including preparedness and adaptability for the likely impacts of climate change in coastal watershed regions, by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 170 noes, Roll No. 142. 18 pages

Public Lands Service Corps Act: The House passed H.R. 1612, to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior to provide service-learning opportunities on public lands, help restore the nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, and scenic resources, train a new generation of public land managers and enthusiasts, and promote the value of public service, by a yea-and-nay vote of 288 yeas to 116 nays, Roll No. 151. 30 pages

TRICARE Affirmation Act: H.R. 4887, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that health coverage provided by the Department of Defense is treated as minimal essential coverage, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 152. 4 pages

Clarence D. Lumpkin Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 4840, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1979 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, as the ``Clarence D. Lumpkin Post Office'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 155 4 pages

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:  The House concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes, by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 165. 2,409 pages

Reconciliation Act of 2010: The House passed H.R. 4872, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 202 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010, by a recorded vote of 220 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 167. 150 pages

End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010: H.R. 4810, to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the services provided for homeless veterans under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 170; 10 pages

Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010: H.R. 4667, to increase effective as of December 1, 2010, 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 171. 6 pages

Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2009: H.R. 3976, amended, to extend certain expiring provisions providing enhanced protections for servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosure, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 416 ayes to 4 ``noes'', Roll No. 176; 1 pages

Providing for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions: H.R. 4592, amended, to provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 397 ayes to 19 ``noes'', Roll No. 177. 8 pages

Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010: H.R. 4915, 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. 12 pages

Secure Federal File Sharing Act: H.R. 4098, amended, to require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on the use of peer-to-peer file sharing software to prohibit the personal use of such software by Government employees, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas to 13 nays, with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 183; 10 pages

Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner Federal Building Designation Act: H.R. 3562, amended, to designate the Federal building under construction at 1220 Echelon Parkway in Jackson, Mississippi, as the ``Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner Federal Building.''. 4 pages

National Guard Employment Protection Act:  H.R. 1879, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for employment and reemployment rights for certain individuals ordered to full-time National Guard duty, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with 1 voting ``nay'', Roll No. 184. 4 pages

Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010: The House passed H.R. 4849, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for small business job creation, extend the D337Build America Bonds program, and provide other infrastructure job creation tax incentives, by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 182. 48 pages

Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010: The House passed H.R. 4899, making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 175 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 186. 8 pages

FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act: The House concurred in the Senate amendments 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, and reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, with an amendment to the text by a yea-and-nay vote of 276 yeas to 145 nays, Roll No. 190. 8 pages

Permitting the use of previously appropriated funds to extend the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program: H.R. 4938, to permit the use of previously appropriated funds to extend the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. 16 pages

Major Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center Designation Act: H.R. 4360, to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs blind rehabilitation center in Long Beach, California, as the ``Major Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 192. 4 pages

Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010: The House concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 4872, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010 (S. Con. Res. 13), by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 207 nays, Roll No. 194. 2 pages

Correction to Engrossment--H.R. 4360:  Agreed by unanimous consent that in the engrossment of H.R. 4360, Major Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center Designation Act, the Clerk be directed to make corrections, which were located at the desk, in both the text and the title of the bill. 4 pages

Correction to Engrossment--H.R. 1612: Agreed by unanimous consent that in the engrossment of H.R. 1612, Public Lands Service Corps Act, the Clerk be directed to execute the sixth instruction in the amendment conveyed by the motion to recommit in the form placed at the desk. 30 pages

Reauthorizing the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004: The House passed S. 3186, to reauthorize the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 through April 30, 2010. 4 pages

Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund: The House agreed to discharge and pass H.R. 4957, 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

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