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June 19, 2012
Bills Passed in Congress, May 2012
By James Wilson

 The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in May. 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 21 bills, 604 pages

Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act: Senate passed S. 743, to amend chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, to clarify the disclosures of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, require a statement in nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform with certain disclosure protections, provide certain authority for the Special Counsel, after agreeing to the committee amendments. 70 pages

Brian A. Terry Memorial Act: Senate passed H.R. 2668, to designate the station of the United States Border Patrol located at 2136 South Naco Highway in Bisbee, Arizona, as the ``Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station''. 4 pages

Syria: Senate passed S. 2224, to require the President to report to Congress on issues related to Syria, 6 pages

Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 418, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol, and the bill was then passed. 16 pages

Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 4967, to prevent the termination of the temporary office of bankruptcy judges in certain judicial districts. 10 pages

Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act: By 78 yeas to 20 nays (Vote No. 96), Senate passed H.R. 2072, to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, 40 pages

Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 2415, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11 Dock Street in Pittston, Pennsylvania, as the ``Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Master Sergeant Daniel L. Fedder Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 3220, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 Evergreen Square SW in Pine City, Minnesota, as the ``Master Sergeant Daniel L. Fedder Post Office''. 4 pages

Private Isaac T. Cortes Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 3413, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1449 West Avenue in Bronx, New York, as the ``Private Isaac T. Cortes Post Office''. 4 pages

Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence Administrative Absence Days: Senate passed H.R. 4045, to modify the Department of Defense Program Guidance relating to the award of Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence administrative absence days to members of the reserve components to exempt any member whose qualified mobilization commenced before October 1, 2011, and continued on or after that date, from the changes to the program guidance that took effect on that date. 6 pages

Border Tunnel Prevention Act: Senate passed H.R. 4119, to reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the Southwest Border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels. 6 pages

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act: Senate passed H.R. 4849, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to issue commercial use authorizations to commercial stock operators for operations in designated wilderness within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, 4 pages

Iran Threat Reduction Act: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1905, to strengthen Iran sanctions laws for the purpose of compelling Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities, and the bill was then passed, 113 pages

21st Century Language Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2367, to strike the word ``lunatic'' from Federal law, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act: Senate passed H.R. 4097, to amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 5 pages

Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act: By 96 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 111), Senate passed S. 3187, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and medical devices, to establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars, 390 pages

National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 5740, to extend the National Flood Insurance Program, 4 pages

International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act: Senate passed S. 414, to protect girls in developing countries through the prevention of child marriage. 14 pages

Battery Recharging Stations: Senate passed S. 739, to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to establish battery recharging stations for privately owned vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the Senate at no net cost to the Federal Government, 6 pages

Cook County, Minnesota Airport: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2947, to provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed by the United States in 1950 for the establishment of an airport in Cook County, Minnesota, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages

E-2 Nonimmigrant Visas: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3992, to allow otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas if similarly situated United States nationals are eligible for similar nonimmigrant status in Israel, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages


HOUSE 35 bills, 2284 pages

John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2012: H.R. 4097, to amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; 6 pages

Authorizing the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Tracy, California, to the City of Tracy: S. 1302, to authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Tracy, California, to the City of Tracy. 5 pages

Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act: H.R. 2072, amended, to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 330 yeas to 93 nays, Roll No. 224, 5 pages

United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012: H.R. 4133, amended, to express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship, to direct the President to submit to Congress reports on United States actions to enhance this relationship and to assist in the defense of Israel, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 2 nays with 9 answering ``present'', Roll No. 225. 12 pages

Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2012: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 4967, to prevent the termination of the temporary office of bankruptcy judges in certain judicial districts. 12 pages

Provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2013: The House passed H.R. 5652, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2013, by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 199 noes with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 247. 170 pages

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013: The House passed H.R. 5326, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, by a yea-and-nay vote of 247 yeas to 163 nays, Roll No. 249. Consideration of the measure began on Tuesday, May 8th. 114 pages

Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act: H.R. 1864, amended, to limit the authority of States to tax certain income of employees for employment duties performed in other States; 8 pages

National Blue Alert Act of 2012: H.R. 365, to encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 250; 12 pages

Security in Bonding Act: H.R. 3534, amended, to amend title 31, United States Code, to revise requirements related to assets pledged by a surety; 6 pages

Black Hills Cemetery Act: H.R. 3874, amended, to provide for the conveyance of eight cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 251; 6 pages

HEARTH Act: H.R. 205, amended, 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas with none voting ``nay,'' Roll No. 252; 14 pages

Ambassador James R. Lilley and Congressman Stephen J. Solarz North Korea Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2012: H.R. 4240, amended, to reauthorize the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004; 8 pages

Modifying the Department of Defense Program Guidance relating to the award of Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence administrative absence days to members of the reserve components: H.R. 4045, amended, to modify the Department of Defense Program Guidance relating to the award of Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence administrative absence days to members of the reserve components to exempt any member whose qualified mobilization commenced before October 1, 2011, and continued on or after that date, from the changes to the program guidance that took effect on that date. 8 pages 384

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 4970, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 205 noes, Roll No. 258. 192 pages

Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2012: H.R. 4119, amended, to reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the Southwest Border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 256; 8 pages

Amending the Mesquite Lands Act of 1986 to facilitate implementation of a multispecies habitat conservation plan: H.R. 2745, amended, to amend the Mesquite Lands Act of 1986 to facilitate implementation of a multispecies habitat conservation plan for the Virgin River in Clark County, Nevada; 6 pages

Chimney Rock National Monument Establishment Act: H.R. 2621, amended, to establish the Chimney Rock National Monument in the State of Colorado. 10 pages

National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act: H.R. 5740, to extend the National Flood Insurance Program, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 18 nays, Roll No. 262. 12 pages

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013: The House passed H.R. 4310, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense and to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2013, by a recorded vote of 299 ayes to 120 noes, Roll No. 291. Consideration of the measure began on Wednesday, May 16th. 996 pages

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4849, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to issue commercial use authorizations to commercial stock operators for operations in designated wilderness within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 4 pages

Divisional Realignment Act of 2012: H.R. 5512, amended, to amend title 28, United States Code, to realign divisions within two judicial districts; 4 pages

Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012: H.R. 5651, amended, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and for medical devices and to establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 294; 294 pages

Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2012: H.R. 3310, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens; 12 pages

Servicemember Family Protection Act: H.R. 4201, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 390 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 295; 12 pages

Secure Border Act: H.R. 1299, amended, to achieve operational control of and improve security at the international land borders of the United States; 8 pages

Requiring the Transportation Security Administration to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: H.R. 3670, to require the Transportation Security Administration to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; 4 pages

WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2012: H.R. 2764, amended, 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; 8 pages

Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act: H.R. 915, amended, to establish a Border Enforcement Security Task Force program to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protect United States border cities and communities from trans-national crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 391 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 296; 8 pages

Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act: H.R. 3140, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to prioritize the assignment of officers and analysts to certain State and urban area fusion centers to enhance the security of mass transit systems; 6 pages

National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 5740, to extend the National Flood Insurance Program; 12 pages

Export Promotion Reform Act: H.R. 4041, amended, to amend the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to further enhance the promotion of exports of United States goods and services. 8 pages

The House passed H.R. 5743, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a recorded vote of 386 ayes to 28 noes, Roll No. 301. 28 pages

The House passed H.R. 5854, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, by a yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 305. 70 pages

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