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November 8, 2013
Bills passed in Congress, October 2013
By James Wilson

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in October. 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 9 bills, 480 pages

U.S. Government Employees in Iraq: Senate passed H.R. 3233, to extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas. 4 pages

Small Airplane Revitalization Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of 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, and the bill was then passed, 8 pages

Sleep Disorder Rules for Commercial Drivers: Senate passed H.R. 3095, to ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding. 2 pages

Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement Act: Senate passed S. 1276, to increase oversight of the Revolving Fund of the Office of Personnel Management, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 4 pages

Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was discharged from further consideration of S. 812, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take actions to implement the Agreement between the United States of America and the United Mexican States Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Continuing Appropriations Act: By 81 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 219), Senate passed H.R. 2775, making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30 2014, 36 pages  

Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act: Senate passed S. 893, to provide for an increase, effective December 1, 2013, in 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

CHIMP Act Amendments: Senate passed S. 1561, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 4 pages
   
United States Parole Commission Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 3190, to provide for the continued performance of the functions of the United States Parole Commission. 6 pages

Water Resources Development Act: Senate passed H.R. 3080, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, 400 pages

School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act: Senate passed 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). 4 pages

C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further
consideration of H.R. 3302, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Florida, as the ``C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages


HOUSE 21 bills, 428 pages

The House agreed by unanimous consent to discharge from committees and pass H.R. 3233, to extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas. 6 pages

The House passed H.R. 3230, making continuing appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period, by a yea-and-nay vote of 265 yeas to 160 nays, Roll No. 516. 4 pages

Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act: The House passed H.R. 3223, to provide for the compensation of furloughed Federal employees, by a yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 525. 4 pages

Deficit Reduction and Economic Working Growth Working Group Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 3273, to establish a bicameral working group on deficit reduction and economic growth, by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 534. 4 pages (NOTE: for unkown reason this bill is unabailable from the Government Printing Office. 4 pages was determined by this draft version (pdf) http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20131007/BILLS-113hr-PIH-bicamwrkggrp_xml.pdf

Paul Brown United States Courthouse Designation Act: H.R. 185, to designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the ``Paul Brown United States Courthouse'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 551; 4 pages
                                                   
Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act: H.R. 2083, amended, to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require criminal background checks for school employees; 8 pages

Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in Foster Care Act: H.R. 3205, to reauthorize and restructure the adoption incentives grant program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 552; 18 pages

C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Designation Act: H.R. 3302, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Florida, as the ``C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.''4 pages.

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 3080, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States and to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, by a yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 560. 180 pages

Authorizing and requesting the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat of the United States Army for acts of valor during the Vietnam Conflict: H.R. 3304, to authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat of the United States Army for acts of valor during the Vietnam Conflict and to authorize the award of the Medal of Honor to certain other veterans who were previously recommended for award of the Medal of Honor; 6 pages
 
Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2013: H.R. 1742, to exclude from consideration as income under the United States Housing Act of 1937 payments of pension made under section 1521 of title 38, United States Code, to veterans who are in need of regular aid and attendance; 6 pages
                                                         
Establishing a commission or task force to evaluate the backlog of disability claims of the Department of Veterans Affairs: H.R. 2189, amended, to establish a commission or task force to evaluate the backlog of disability claims of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 561; 76 pages

Veterans Economic Opportunity Act of 2013: H.R. 2481, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to codify and improve the election requirements for the receipt of educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance program of the Department of Veterans Affairs;  36 pages

H.R. 1405, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include an appeals form in any notice of decision issued for the denial of a benefit sought; 30 pages

Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act of 2013: H.R. 2011, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a two-year extension of the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 562. 4 pages

Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act: H.R. 2640, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to adjust the Crooked River boundary and to provide water certainty for the City of Prineville, Oregon; 10 pages
                                                         
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act: H.R. 623, amended, to provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium; 6 pages
 
Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act: H.R. 330, to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California; 6 pages

Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act: H.R. 2337, to provide for the conveyance of the Forest Service Lake Hill Administrative Site in Summit County, Colorado. 4 pages

Retail Investor Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 2374, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to provide protections for retail customers, by a recorded vote of 254 ayes to 166 noes, Roll No. 567. 6 pages

Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act: The House passed H.R. 992, to amend provisions in section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act relating to Federal assistance for swaps entities, by a recorded vote of 292 ayes to 122 noes, Roll No. 569. 6 pages

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