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May 19, 2015

Bills passed in Congress, April 2015

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 theSenate here. The descriptions of bills are essentially taken verbatim from the Congressional Record Daily Digest (Index).

SENATE 6 bills, 402 pages

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act: By 92 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 144), Senate passed H.R. 2, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program 262 pages

Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of S. 971, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an increase in the limit on the length of an agreement under the Medicare independence at home medical practice demonstration program, and the bill was then passed, 4 pages

Steve Gleason Act: Senate passed S. 984, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare beneficiary access to eye tracking accessories for speech generating devices and to remove the rental cap for durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program with respect to speech generating devices. 4 pages

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 163), Senate passed S. 178, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 106 pages

Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act: Senate passed S. 304, to improve motor vehicle safety by encouraging the sharing of certain information, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 12 pages

Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act: Senate passed S. 665, to encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, is missing in connection with the officer's official duties, or an imminent and credible threat that an individual intends to cause the serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer is received. 14 pages

HOUSE 30 bills, 425 pages

Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act of 2015: H.R. 299, to amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to authorize privately insured credit unions to become members of a Federal home loan bank; 8 pages

Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act: H.R. 601, to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide an exception to the annual privacy notice requirement; 4 pages

Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act: H.R. 1259, to provide for an application process for interested parties to apply for an area to be designated as a rural area, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 145;  6 pages

Bureau Advisory Commission Transparency Act: H.R. 1265, to apply the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 146; 4 pages

Amending the Expedited Funds Availability Act: H.R. 1367, to amend the Expedited Funds Availability Act to clarify the application of that Act to American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands; 4 pages

SAFE Act Confidentiality and Privilege Enhancement Act: H.R. 1480, to ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 147. 4 pages

Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 650, to amend the Truth in Lending Act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage, by a yea-and-nay vote of 263 yeas to 162 nays, Roll No. 151. 6 pages 

Mortgage Choice Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 685, to amend the Truth in Lending Act to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction, by a yea-and-nay vote of 286 yeas to 140 nays, Roll No. 152. 6 pages

Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2015: H.R. 1058, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that a duty of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is to ensure that Internal Revenue Service employees are familiar with and act in accord with certain taxpayer rights; 4 pages

IRS Email Transparency Act: H.R. 1152, amended, to prohibit officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using personal email accounts to conduct official business; 4 pages

Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act: H.R. 1026, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the release of information regarding the status of certain investigations; 4 pages

Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act: H.R. 1314, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations; 4 pages

IRS Bureaucracy Reduction and Judicial Review Act: H.R. 1295, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the process for making determinations with respect to whether organizations are exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of such Code; 8 pages

Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act: H.R. 709, amended, to provide for the termination of employment of employees of the Internal Revenue Service who take certain official actions for political purposes; 4 pages

Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act: H.R. 1104, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a deduction from the gift tax for gifts made to certain exempt organizations; 4 pages

Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 1562, to prohibit the awarding of a contract or grant in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee has no seriously delinquent tax debts, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 424 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 156. 10 pages

Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1105, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 161. 8 pages

State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 622, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the deduction of State and local general sales taxes, by a yea-and-nay vote of 272 yeas to 152 nays, Roll No. 159. 4 pages

Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015: S. 535, to promote energy efficiency; 27 pages

Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015: H.R. 471, amended, to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse; 8 pages
 
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act: The House passed H.R. 1195, to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish advisory boards, by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 167. 8 pages

Protecting Cyber Networks Act: The House passed H.R. 1560, to improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, by a recorded vote of 307 ayes to 116 noes, Roll No. 170. 122 pages

National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1731, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to enhance multi-directional sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks and strengthen privacy and civil liberties protections, by a recorded vote of 355 ayes to 63 noes, Roll No. 173. 60 pages

Designating the United States Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry located at First Street and Pan American Avenue in Douglas, Arizona, as the “Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry'': H.R. 1075, to designate the United States Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry located at First Street and Pan American Avenue in Douglas, Arizona, as the “Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry''; 4 pages

Designating the United States courthouse located at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the “Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States Courthouse'': H.R. 1690, to designate the United States courthouse located at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the “Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States Courthouse''; 4 pages

Designating the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse'': H.R. 172, to designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse''; 4 pages

Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act: H.R. 373, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal land under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 174; 8 pages

Amending the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail: H.R. 984, to amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail; 
Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015: H.R. 1324, to adjust the boundary of the Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 30 nays, Roll No. 175. 4 pages   

Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 820 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island, as the “Sister Ann Keefe Post Office'': H.R. 651, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 820 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island, as the “Sister Ann Keefe Post Office'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay of 423 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 177. 4 pages  

Congressional Budget Resolution FY 2016: The House agreed to the conference report to accompany S. Con. Res. 11, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025, by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 183. 2 pages

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016: The House passed H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, by a yea-and-nay vote of 255 yeas to 163 nays, Roll No. 193. Consideration began yesterday, April 29th. 74 pages

 

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