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May 2, 2012

Bills Passed in Congress, March 2012

BILLS PASSED IN CONGRESS

 The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in March. 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 7 bills, 253 pages

Nonmarket Economy Countries: Senate passed S. 2153, to apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries. 8 pages

Counterfeit Drug Penalty Enhancement Act: Senate passed S. 1886, to prevent trafficking in counterfeit drugs, 6 pages

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization: Senate passed S. 1855, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize various programs under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, 88 pages

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century: By 74 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 48), Senate passed S. 1813, to reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, 88 pages

Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act: By 73 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 55), Senate passed H.R. 3606, to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies, 26 pages

Surface Transportation Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 4281, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs. 33 pages

Southwest Waterfront in the District of Columbia: Senate passed H.R. 2297, to promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, 4 pages

HOUSE 22 bills, 343 pages

St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act: S. 1134, to authorize the St. Croix River Crossing Project with appropriate mitigation measures to promote river values, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 339 yeas to 80 nays, Roll No. 93, 3 pages

Roy Schallern Rood Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 3637, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 Old Dixie Highway in Jupiter, Florida, as the “Roy Schallern Rood Post Office Building”, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 362 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 95; 4 pages

Private Isaac T. Cortes Post Office Designation Act: 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

James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse Designation Act: S. 1710, to designate the United States courthouse located at 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, as the James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse. 4 pages

Applying the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries: H.R. 4105, to apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, by a yea-and-nay vote of 370 yeas to 39 nays, Roll No. 96. 8 pages

Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act: The House passed H.R. 2842, to authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, by a yea-and-nay vote of 265 yeas to 154 nays, Roll No. 100. 8 pages

Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act: The House passed H.R. 3606, to increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies, by a recorded vote of 390 ayes to 23 noes, Roll No. 110. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, March 7th. 46 pages

Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act: H.R. 4086, amended, to amend chapter 97 of title 28, United States Code, to clarify the exception to foreign sovereign immunity set forth in section 1605(a)(3) of such title; 6 pages

Allowing otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas: 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, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 371 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 111 4 pages

Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act: H.R. 665, amended, to establish a pilot program for the expedited disposal of Federal real property, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 114. 26 pages

Removing restrictions from a parcel of land situated in the Atlantic District, Accomack County, Virginia: The House passed H.R. 2087, to remove restrictions from a parcel of land situated in the Atlantic District, Accomack County, Virginia, by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 164 noes, Roll No. 117. 4 pages

United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 886, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation’s first Federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 2 nays with 2 voting “present”, Roll No. 120. 4 pages

Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act: The House passed H.R. 5, to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system, by a recorded vote of 223 ayes to 181 noes with 4 answering “present”, Roll No. 126. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, March 21st. 38 pages

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