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February 1, 2014
Bills passed in Congress, January 2014
By James Wilson

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).

SENATE 10 bills, 1,748 pages

Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 667, to redesignate the Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Western Aeronautical Test Range as the Hugh L. Dryden Aeronautical Test Range, and the bill was then passed. 3 pages

Controlled Substances Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 1171, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow a veterinarian to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice outside of the registered location, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Poison Center Network Act: Senate passed H.R. 3527, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the poison center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and grant program. 6 pages
                                                              
Lieutenant General Richard J. Seitz Community-Based Outpatient Clinic: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 1434, to designate the Junction City Community-Based Outpatient Clinic located at 715 Southwind Drive, Junction City, Kansas, as the Lieutenant General Richard J. Seitz Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, and the bill was then passed. 6 pages
  
Consolidated Appropriations Act: By 72 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 13), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 3547, making consolidated appropriations for fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, 1,524 pages

Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act: Senate passed S. 1302, to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for cooperative and small employer charity pension plans, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 108 pages

Support for United States-Republic of Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Act: Senate passed S. 1901, to authorize the President to extend the term of the nuclear energy agreement with the Republic of Korea until March 19, 2016. 6 pages

Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 1417, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 16 pages
  
OPM IG Act: Senate passed H.R. 2860, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management may use amounts in the revolving fund of the Office to fund audits, investigations, and oversight activities. 3 pages

Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act: By 67 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 19), Senate passed S. 1926, to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and to reform the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers, 72 pages

HOUSE 20 bills, 2,643 pages

Amending the Clean Air Act to remove the requirement for dealer certification of new light-duty motor vehicles: H.R. 724, to amend the Clean Air Act to remove the requirement for dealer certification of new light-duty motor vehicles, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 2; 4 pages
  
Poison Center Network Act: H.R. 3527, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the poison center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and grant program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 18 nays, Roll No. 3 8 pages
  
Transportation Reports Elimination Act: H.R. 3628, to eliminate certain unnecessary reporting requirements and consolidate or modify others, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 4. 14 pages

Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 2279, to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act relating to review of regulations under such Act and to amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 relating to financial responsibility for classes of facilities, by a recorded vote of 225 ayes to 
188 noes, Roll No. 10. 16 pages

Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014: The House passed H.R. 3811, to require notification of individuals of breaches of personally identifiable information through Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a yea-and-nay vote of 291 yeas to 122 nays, Roll No. 11. 4 pages

Revising the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township: H.R. 1513, to revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township and to limit the means by which property within such revised boundaries may be acquired, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 396 yeas with none voting 
``nay'', Roll No. 12; 4 pages
  
Authorizing the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs: S. 230, to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 13; 3 pages                                     
Amending the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections: H.R. 841, amended, to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections. 6 pages

Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act: H.R. 2274, amended, to amend the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 to provide for a notice-filing registration procedure for brokers performing services in connection with the transfer of ownership of smaller privately held companies and to provide for regulation appropriate to the limited scope of the activities of such brokers, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 14; 10 pages

Holding Company Registration Threshold Equalization Act: H.R. 801, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to make the shareholder threshold for registration of savings and loan holding companies the same as for bank holding companies, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 15; 4 pages

OPM IG Act: H.R. 2860, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that the Inspector General of the Office of Personnel Management may use amounts in the revolving fund of the Office to fund audits, investigations, and oversight activities, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 17; 4 pages 
                               
Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments: H.R. 1233, amended, to amend chapter 22 of title 44, United States Code, popularly known as the Presidential Records Act, to establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 
yeas with none voting ``nay''. Roll No. 18. 34 pages

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014: The House agreed to the Rogers (KY) motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the title of H.R. 3547 and concur in the Senate amendment to the text of H.R. 3547 with an amendment inserting the text of Rules Committee Print 113-32, as modified by section 6 of H. Res. 458, in lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the Senate, by a yea-and-nay vote of 359 yeas to 67 nays, Roll No. 21. 1,524 pages

Exchange Information Disclosure Act: The House passed H.R. 3362, to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require transparency in the operation of American Health Benefit Exchanges, by a yea-and-nay vote of 259 yeas to 154 nays, Roll No. 23. 10 pages

Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act: H.R. 2166, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 
24; 8 pages

Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act: H.R. 1684, to convey certain property to the State of Wyoming to consolidate the historic Ranch A; 4 pages

Providing for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in Los Padres National Forest in California: H.R. 3008, amended, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in Los Padres National Forest in California, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 367 yeas to 27 nays, Roll No. 25. 6 pages

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act: The House passed H.R. 7, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions, by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 188 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 30. 14 pages

The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and pass S. 1901, to authorize the President to extend the term of the nuclear energy agreement with the Republic of Korea until March 19, 2016. 6 pages

Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act—Conference Report: The House agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, by a yea-and-nay vote of 251 yeas to 166 nays, Roll No. 31. 959 pages

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