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March 4, 2015

Bills Passed in Congress, January 2015

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in January. 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 2 bills, 106 pages

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: By 93 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 2), Senate passed H.R. 26, to extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, by the order of the Senate of Thursday, January 8, 2015, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, 70 pages

Keystone XL Pipeline: By 62 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 49), Senate passed S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, 36 pages

HOUSE 28 bills, 486 pages

Hire More Heroes Act of 2015: H.R. 22, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting “nay'' , Roll No. 7. 4 pages

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015: H.R. 26, to extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 5 nays with one answering “present'', Roll No. 8; 72 pages

Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2015: H.R. 35, to increase the understanding of the health effects of low doses of ionizing radiation; 6 pages

National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015: H.R. 23, to reauthorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 39 nays, Roll No. 10; 14 pages 

Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015: H.R. 34, to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 28 pages

Save American Workers Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 30, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours, by a recorded vote of 252 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 14. 4 pages 

Keystone XL Pipeline Act: The House passed H.R. 3, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, by a yea-and-nay vote of 266 yeas to 153 nays with one answering “present'', Roll No. 16. 6 pages

Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: H.R. 203, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for the conduct of annual evaluations of mental health care and suicide prevention programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to require a pilot program on loan repayment for psychiatrists who agree to serve in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 17; 20 pages 

Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act: H.R. 33, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 18. 6 pages

Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 185, to reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, by a recorded vote of 250 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 28. 38 pages

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015: The House passed H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 35. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, January 13. 
108 pages

Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act: The House passed H.R. 37, to make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, and to reduce regulatory burdens, by a recorded vote of 271 ayes to 154 noes, Roll No. 37. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, January 13. 32 pages

Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act: The House passed H.R. 161, to provide for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law with respect to the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of any natural gas pipeline projects, by a yea-and-nay vote of 253 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 41. 6 pages

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 7, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions, by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 45. 14 pages

Human Trafficking Prioritization Act: H.R. 514, to prioritize the fight against human trafficking within the Department of State according to congressional intent in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 without increasing the size of the Federal Government; 10 pages

International Megan's Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking: H.R. 515, to protect children from exploitation, especially sex trafficking in tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered child-sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, and requesting foreign governments to D59notify the United States when a known child-sex offender is seeking to enter the United States. 16 pages

Human Trafficking Prevention Act: H.R. 357, to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to expand the training for Federal Government personnel related to trafficking in persons; 4 pages 

Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 468, to amend the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to increase knowledge concerning, and improve services for, runaway and homeless youth who are victims of trafficking. 4 pages

Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015: H.R. 350, to direct the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to identify strategies to prevent children from becoming victims of trafficking and review trafficking prevention efforts, and to protect and assist in the recovery of victims of trafficking; 6 pages

Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 159, amended, to stop exploitation through trafficking; 8 pages

Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015: H.R. 285, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a penalty for knowingly selling advertising that offers certain commercial sex acts; 4 pages

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 181, amended, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking; 26 pages

Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015: H.R. 460, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities; 6 pages 
  
Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015: H.R. 398, to provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care professionals to recognize victims of a severe form of trafficking and respond to such individuals appropriately. 10 pages

Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 469, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to enable State child protective services systems to improve the identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 47; 8 pages 

Improving the response to victims of child sex trafficking: H.R. 246, to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 48. 4 pages

Unanimous consent agreement to correct H.R. 515: Agreed by unanimous consent that in the engrossment of H.R. 515, the Clerk be instructed to make the correction placed at the desk. 16 pages 

LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act: The House passed H.R. 351, to provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, by a yea-and-nay vote of 277 yeas to 133 nays, Roll No. 50. 6 pages

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