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September 8, 2012

Bills Passed in Congress August 2012

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 (Index).

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

SENATE 14 pages, 102 pages

Warren Lindley Post Office: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1369, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1021 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, as the “Warren Lindley Post Office'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3276, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the “Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3412, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the “Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3501, 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'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3772, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the “First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act: Senate passed H.R. 1560, to amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to determine blood quantum requirement for membership in that tribe. 4 pages

Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 1409, to intensify efforts to identify, prevent, and recover payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse within Federal spending, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto: 22 pages

African Growth and Opportunity Act: Senate passed S. 3326, to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third-country fabric program and to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for designation under that Act, to make technical corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States relating to the textile and apparel rules of origin for the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, to approve the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, after taking action of the following amendment proposed thereto: 14 pages

African Growth and Opportunity Act: Senate passed H.R. 5986, to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third-country fabric program and to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for designation under that Act, to make technical corrections to the Harmonized D817Tariff Schedule of the United States relating to the textile and apparel rules of origin for the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, to approve the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. 14 pages

National Security: Senate passed S. 3510, to prevent harm to the national security or endangering the military officers and civilian employees to whom internet publication of certain information applies. 4 pages

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

Immigration: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 3245, to extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto: 4 pages

Battery Recharging Stations: Senate passed H.R. 1402, to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to establish battery recharging stations for privately owned vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives at no net cost to the Federal Government. 8 pages

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3670, to require the Transportation Security Administration to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

HOUSE 30 pages, 372 pages

Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1905, with an amendment: H. Res. 750, to provide for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to D808H.R. 1905, with an amendment, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 546; 114 pages

Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2012: H.R. 4273, amended, to clarify that compliance with an emergency order under section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act may not be considered a violation of any Federal, State, or local environmental law or regulation; 6 pages

Residential and Commuter Toll Fairness Act: H.R. 897, to provide authority and sanction for the granting and issuance of programs for residential and commuter toll, user fee and fare discounts by States, municipalities, other localities, and all related agencies and departments; 8 pages

Mille Lacs Lake Freedom To Fish Act of 2012: H.R. 5797, amended, to amend title 46, United States Code, with respect to Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota; 4 pages

Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act: H.R. 3158, amended, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule with respect to certain farms; 6 pages

Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012: H.R. 1171, amended, to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act; 10 pages

RESPA Home Warranty Clarification Act: H.R. 2446, amended, to clarify the treatment of homeowner warranties under current law; 6 pages

March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act: H.R. 3187, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes Foundation; 10 pages

Pro Football Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act: H.R. 4104, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 10 pages

Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 8, to extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, by a recorded vote of 256 ayes to 171 noes, Roll No. 545. 20 pages

Amending title 5, United States Code, to make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies: H.R. 4365, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas to 6 nays with 1 answering “present'', Roll No. 547; 4 pages

Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act: S. 300, amended, to prevent abuse of Government charge cards; 20 pages

Authorizing the Secretary of Agriculture to accept the quitclaim, disclaimer, and relinquishment of a railroad right of way within and adjacent to Pike National Forest in El Paso County, Colorado: H.R. 4073, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to accept the quitclaim, disclaimer, and relinquishment of a railroad right of way within and adjacent to Pike National Forest in El Paso County, Colorado, originally granted to the Mt. Manitou Park and Incline Railway Company pursuant to the Act of March 3, 1875; 4 pages

Creating the Office of Chief Financial Officer of the Government of the Virgin Islands: H.R. 3706, D809amended, to create the Office of Chief Financial Officer of the Government of the Virgin Islands; 10 pages

La Pine Land Conveyance Act: S. 270, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Deschutes County, Oregon; 6 pages

Wallowa Forest Service Compound Conveyance Act: S. 271, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a property conveyance with the city of Wallowa, Oregon; 6 pages

Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2012: H.R. 3796, amended, to reauthorize certain programs established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006; 6 pages

Enacting title 54, United States Code, “National Park System'', as positive law: H.R. 1950, amended, to enact title 54, United States Code, “National Park System'', as positive law; 6 pages

Student Visa Reform Act: H.R. 3120, amended, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require accreditation of certain educational institutions for purposes of a nonimmigrant student visa; 8 pages

Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012: H.R. 6029, amended, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for increased penalties for foreign and economic espionage; 6 pages

Child Protection Act of 2012: H.R. 6063, to amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to child pornography and child exploitation offenses; 12 pages

STOP Identity Theft Act of 2012: H.R. 4362, to provide effective criminal prosecutions for certain identity thefts; 6 pages

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2012: H.R. 6062, to reauthorize the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program through fiscal year 2017; 4 pages

Federal Law Enforcement Recruitment and Retention Act: H.R. 1550, amended, to establish programs in the Department of Justice and in the Department of Homeland Security to help States that have high rates of homicide and other violent crime. 6 pages

Amending the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third-country fabric program and to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for designation under that Act: H.R. 5986, to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third-country fabric program and to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for designation under that Act, to make technical corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States relating to the textile and apparel rules of origin for the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, and to approve the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. 14 pages

Authorizing 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: The House agreed by unanimous consent to pass 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. 8 pages

Authorizing the Architect of the Capitol to establish battery recharging stations for privately owned vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives at no net cost to the Federal Government: The House agreed by unanimous consent to pass H.R. 1402, as amended, to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to establish battery recharging stations for privately owned vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives at no net cost to the Federal Government. 8 pages

Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 6233, to make supplemental agricultural disaster assistance available for fiscal year 2012 with the costs of such assistance offset by changes to certain conservation programs, by a recorded vote of 223 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 554. 24 pages

Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 6169, to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 552. 16 pages

Preventing harm to the national security or endangering the military officers and civilian employees to whom internet publication of certain information applies: The House agreed by unanimous consent to pass S. 3510, to prevent harm to the national security or endangering the military officers and civilian employees to whom internet publication of certain information applies, and for other purposes. 4 pages
 

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