October 4, 2019

Bills Passed in Congress, Page Counts, September 2019

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed in September 2019.

  • The Senate passed 13 bills totaling 115 pages.
  • The House passed 46 bills amounting to 544 pages.

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 13 bills, 115 pages

Senate passed S. 349, to require the Secretary of Transportation to request nominations for, and make determinations regarding, roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 4 pages

Drinking Water Revolving Fund: Senate passed S. 1689, to permit States to transfer certain funds from the clean water revolving fund of a State to the drinking water revolving fund of the State in certain circumstances. 6 pages

Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 831, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to request nominations for and make determinations regarding roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program, and the bill was then passed. 2 pages

Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. 1881, to provide PreCheck to certain severely injured or disabled veterans, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

TSA Credential and Endorsement Harmonization Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. 2035, to require the Transportation Security Administration to develop a strategic plan to expand eligibility for the PreCheck Program to individuals with Transportation Worker Identification Credentials or Hazardous Materials Endorsements, and the bill was then passed, 4 pages

Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act: Senate passed H.R. 1200, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2019, 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. 4 pages

Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act: Senate passed H.R. 1058, to amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to research on autism spectrum disorder and enhance programs relating to autism. 14 pages

Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act: Senate passed H.R. 4285, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and modify certain authorities and requirements relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs. 5 pages

Ebola Eradication Act: (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the order of August 1, 2019) Senate passed S. 1340, to authorize activities to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 8 pages

Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act: Senate passed H.R. 1590, to require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel. 4 pages

DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act: Senate passed H.R. 1158, to authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security. 8 pages

Continuing Appropriations Act and Health Extenders Act: By 81 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 311) Senate passed H.R. 4378, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2020. 44 pages

Building Blocks of STEM Act: Senate passed S. 737, to direct the National Science Foundation to support STEM education research focused on early childhood. 8 pages

HOUSE 46 bills, 544 pages

Energy Efficient Government Technology Act: H.R. 1420, amended, to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote energy efficiency via information and computing technologies, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 384 yeas to 23 nays, Roll No. 515. 10 pages

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2019: H.R. 1768, to reauthorize subtitle G of title VII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, relating to diesel emissions reduction, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 295 yeas to 114 nays, Roll No. 516. 4 pages

Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019: H.R. 2114, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide Federal financial assistance to States to implement, review, and revise State energy security plans. 8 pages

Advanced Nuclear Fuel Availability Act: H.R. 1760, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish and carry out a program to support the availability of HA–LEU for domestic commercial use. 10 pages

Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2019: H.R. 2852, amended, to amend the National Housing Act to authorize State-licensed appraisers to conduct appraisals in connection with mortgages insured by the FHA and to require compliance with the existing appraiser education requirement, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 519. 6 pages

Strategy and Investment in Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019: H.R. 3620, amended, to provide rental assistance to low-income tenants in certain multifamily rural housing projects financed by the Rural Housing Service of the Department of Agriculture, and to develop and implement a plan for preserving the affordability of rural rental housing. 16 pages

Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act of 2019: H.R. 281, amended, to amend the Federal Reserve Act to require Federal Reserve banks to interview at least one individual reflective of gender diversity and one individual reflective of racial or ethnic diversity when appointing Federal Reserve bank presidents. 16 pages

Bank Service Company Examination Coordination Act of 2019: H.R. 241, amended, to amend the Bank Service Company Act to provide improvements with respect to State banking agencies. 6 pages

Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019: H.R. 1690, amended, to require carbon monoxide detectors in certain federally assisted housing. 12 pages

Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019: The House passed H.R. 205, to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to permanently extend the moratorium on leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico, by a yea-and-nay vote of 248 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 521. 8 pages

Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 1941, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior including in any leasing program certain planning areas, by a yea-and-nay vote of 238 yeas to 139 nays, Roll No. 525. 12 pages

Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 1146, to amend Public Law 115–97 (commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) to repeal the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil and gas program, by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 193 noes, Roll No. 530. 8 pages

Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act: H.R. 2211, amended, to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate a consumer product safety rule for free-standing clothing storage units to protect children from tip-over related death or injury. 6 pages

Nicholas and Zachary Burt Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019: H.R. 1618, amended, to encourage States to require the installation of residential carbon monoxide detectors in homes. 10 pages

Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019: H.R. 806, amended, to require compliant flame mitigation devices to be used on portable fuel containers for flammable liquid fuels. 8 pages

Helen Keller National Center Reauthorization Act of 2019: H.R. 2134, amended, to reauthorize the Helen Keller National Center for Youths and Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind. 4 pages

Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act: H.R. 2486, amended, to reauthorize mandatory funding programs for historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions. 6 pages

Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019: H.R. 4285, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend and modify certain authorities and requirements relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 535. 6 pages

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019: The House passed H.R. 4378, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2020, by a yea-and-nay vote of 301 yeas to 123 nays, Roll No. 538. 44 pages

Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019: S. 239, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of Christa McAuliffe. 6 pages

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019: H.R. 3625, amended, to establish a whistleblower program at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. 18 pages

Appraisal Reform Act of 2019: H.R. 3619, amended, to amend the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 to provide the Appraisal Subcommittee with the authority to modify annual registry fees for appraisal management companies, to maintain a registry of trainees and charge a lower trainee registry fee, and to allow grants to States to assist appraiser and potential appraiser compliance with the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. 6 pages

Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act: H.R. 2290, amended, to require the Federal financial regulators to issue guidance encouraging financial institutions to work with consumers and businesses affected by a Federal Government shutdown. 8 pages

Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019: H.R. 550, amended, to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. 8 pages

Advancing Innovation to Assist Law Enforcement Act: H.R. 2613, to require the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to carry out a study on the use of emerging technologies within the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. 6 pages

Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act: H.R. 1396, amended, to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden, to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, and to award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor all of the women who contributed to the success of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during the Space Race. 12 pages

Greg LeMond Congressional Gold Medal Act: H.R. 3589, amended, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Greg LeMond, in recognition of his service to the Nation as an athlete, activist, role model, and community leader. 8 pages

National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act: H.R. 1830, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. 8 pages

Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act: The House passed H.R. 1423, to amend title 9 of the United States Code with respect to arbitration, by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 540. 14 pages

First Responders Passport Act of 2019: H.R. 2229, amended, to waive the passport fees for first responders proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster. 4 pages

Southeast Asia Strategy Act: H.R. 1632, amended, to require a strategy for engagement with Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 10 pages

Burma Political Prisoners Assistance Act: H.R. 2327, amended, to direct the Secretary of State to provide assistance to civil society organizations in Burma that work to secure the release of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Burma, and assistance to current and former prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Burma. 10 pages

Burma Unified through Rigorous Military Accountability Act of 2019: H.R. 3190, amended, to authorize humanitarian assistance and impose sanctions with respect to human rights abuses in Burma, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 21 nays, Roll No. 541; 50 pages

Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019: H.R. 1595, amended, to create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers for such businesses, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 321 yeas to 103 nays, Roll No. 544. 28 pages
Homeland Security Improvement Act: The House passed H.R. 2203, to increase transparency, accountability, and community engagement within the Department of Homeland Security, provide independent oversight of border security activities, improve training for agents and officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 546. 16 pages
STEM Opportunities Act of 2019: H.R. 2528, amended, to direct the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to carry out programs and activities to ensure that Federal science agencies and institutions of higher education receiving Federal research and development funding are fully engaging their entire talent pool; 44 pages

South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2019: H.R. 335, amended, to require the Inter-Agency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia to develop a plan for reducing, mitigating, and controlling harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in South Florida; 8 pages

Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act: H.R. 3710, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for the remediation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. 8 pages

Unifying DHS Intelligence Enterprise Act: H.R. 2589, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a homeland intelligence doctrine for the Department of Homeland Security. 8 pages

TSA Reaching Across Nationalities, Societies, and Languages to Advance Traveler Education Act: H.R. 3691, to require the TSA to develop a plan to ensure that TSA material disseminated in major airports can be better understood by more people accessing such airports. 6 pages

Trusted Traveler Reconsideration and Restoration Act of 2019: H.R. 3675, to require a review of the Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler programs. 6 pages

Helping Families Fly Act of 2019: H.R. 3694, to require the Transportation Security Administration to implement training for frontline Administration personnel regarding the screening of pregnant women and families with young children at passenger screening checkpoints. 6 pages

Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019: H.R. 3246, to require the GAO review of certain TSA screening protocols. 6 pages

Counter Terrorist Network Act: H.R. 3526, to authorize certain counter-terrorist networks activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 6 pages

Domestic and International Terrorism Documentation and Analysis of Threats in America Act: H.R. 3106, amended, to require a joint domestic terrorism report, establish within the Department of Homeland Security a National Center for the Study of Domestic Terrorism, authorize research within the Department of Homeland Security on current trends in domestic terrorism. 16 pages

U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act: The House passed H.R. 3525, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to establish uniform processes for medical screening of individuals interdicted between ports of entry, by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 552. 10 pages

Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2019: H.R. 3722, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize a Joint Task Force to enhance integration of the Department of Homeland Security’s border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 554. 8 pages.

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