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January 7, 2013

Bills Passed in Congress, Last Weeks of the 112th Session

BILLS PASSED IN CONGRESS

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed from December 1, 2012 through the end of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2013. 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 84 bills, 3,506 pages

National Defense Authorization Act: By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 221), Senate passed S. 3254, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, 1196 pages

Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry was discharged from further consideration of S. 1947, to prohibit attendance of an animal fighting venture, 6 pages

Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act: Senate passed S. 3331, to provide for universal intercountry adoption accreditation standards, 6 pages

Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act: By 92 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 223), Senate passed H.R. 6156, to authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to products of the Russian Federation and Moldova and to require reports on the compliance of the Russian Federation with its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization. 38 pages

Financial Disclosure Forms: Senate passed H.R. 6634, to change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms. 4 pages

American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act: Senate passed H.R. 6582, to allow for innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed desired energy efficiency goals, and to make technical corrections to existing Federal energy efficiency laws to allow American manufacturers to remain competitive. 36 pages

Animal Welfare Act: Senate passed S. 3666, to amend the Animal Welfare Act to modify the definition of “exhibitor''. 4 pages.

March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act: Senate passed H.R. 3187, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes Foundation. 10 pages

Federal Deposit Insurance Act: Senate passed H.R. 4014, to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act with respect to information provided to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. 4 pages  

Electronic Fund Transfer Act: Senate passed H.R. 4367, to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to limit the fee disclosure requirement for an automatic teller machine to the screen of that machine. 4 pages

Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act: Senate passed H.R. 2467, to take certain Federal lands in Mono County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Bridgeport Indian Colony. 6 pages

Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3564 to extend the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000 until 2014, and the bill was then passed, 4 pages

Pascua Yaqui Tribe: Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3319, to allow the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to determine the requirements for membership in that tribe, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Clothe a Homeless Hero Act: Senate passed H.R. 6328, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed clothing recovered at airport security checkpoints to local veterans organizations and other local charitable organizations, 4 pages

National Defense Authorization Act: Senate passed H.R. 4310, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof, the text of S. 3254, the Senate amendment, as passed by the Senate on December 4, 2012, 1,242 pages

Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act: Senate passed H.R. 3783, to provide for a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere, 14 pages

Flood Disaster Protection Act: Senate passed S. 3677, to make a technical correction to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. 4 pages

Strengthening Investigations of Sex Offenders and Missing Children Act: Senate passed S. 1792, to clarify the authority of the United States Marshal Service to assist other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of cases involving sex offenders and missing children. 4 pages

Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act: Senate passed S. 1793, to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the statutory authority for the longstanding practice of the Department of Justice of providing investigatory assistance on request of State and local authorities with respect to certain serious violent crimes, 6 pages

National Defense Authorization Act: Senate passed H.R. 6223, to amend section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator, interpreter, or in a security-related position in an executive or managerial capacity is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization. 4 pages

Federal Water Pollution Control Act: Senate passed S. 3687, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program, to designate certain Federal buildings. 8 pages

Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act: Senate passed H.R. 2076, to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the statutory authority for the longstanding practice of the Department of Justice of providing investigatory assistance on request of State and local authorities with respect to certain serious violent crimes, 4 pages

Uninterrupted Scholars Act: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. 3472, to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to provide improvements to such Act, and the bill was then passed, 4 pages  

Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4057, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop a comprehensive policy to improve outreach and transparency to veterans and members of the Armed Forces through the provision of information on institutions of higher learning, and the bill was then passed, 18 pages

Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act: Senate passed H.R. 6029, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for increased penalties for foreign and economic espionage, 6 pages

Army First Sergeant David McNerney Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3477, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 133 Hare Road in Crosby, Texas, as the Army First Sergeant David McNerney Post Office Building, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Nicky `Nick' Daniel Bacon Post Office: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3870, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6083 Highway 36 West in Rose Bud, Arkansas, as the “Nicky `Nick' Daniel Bacon Post Office'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Brigadier General Nathaniel Woodhull Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3912, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 Mastic Road in Mastic Beach, New York, as the “Brigadier General Nathaniel Woodhull Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Lance Cpl. Anthony A. DiLisio Clinton-Macomb Carrier Annex: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5738, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15285 Samohin Drive in Macomb, Michigan, as the “Lance Cpl. Anthony A. DiLisio Clinton-Macomb Carrier Annex'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5837, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 26 East Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, New York, as the “Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Sergeant Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5954, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 320 7th Street in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, as the “Sergeant Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Captain Rhett W. Schiller Post Office: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3630, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 218 North Milwaukee Street in Waterford, Wisconsin, as the “Captain Rhett W. Schiller Post Office'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Lieutenant Ryan Patrick Jones Post Office Building: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3662, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6 Nichols Street in Westminster, Massachusetts, as the “Lieutenant Ryan Patrick Jones Post Office Building'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act: Senate passed S. 2318, to authorize the Secretary of State to pay a reward to combat transnational organized crime and for information concerning foreign nationals wanted by international criminal tribunals, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 10 pages

Dignified Burial of Veterans Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3202, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that deceased veterans with no known next of kin can receive a dignified burial, and the bill was then passed, 28 pages

Improving Veterans Service Organizations Access to Federal Surplus Personal Property: Senate passed S. 3698, to amend title 40, United States Code, to improve veterans service organizations access to Federal surplus personal property. 4 pages

Maniilaq Association: Senate passed H.R. 443, to provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska, 6 pages

Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act: Senate passed H.R. 4053, to intensify efforts to identify, prevent, and recover payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse within Federal spending. 22 pages

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act: Senate passed S. 2388, to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 46 pages

Video Tape Service Provider: Senate passed H.R. 6671, to amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer's informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet. 4 pages

Birthplace of the National Guard: Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1339, to designate the City of Salem, Massachusetts, as the Birthplace of the National Guard of the United States, and the bill was then passed. 6 pages

Drywall Safety Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4212, to prevent the introduction into commerce of unsafe drywall, to ensure the manufacturer of drywall is readily identifiable, to ensure that problematic drywall removed from homes is not reused, and the bill was then passed, 10 pages

Motor Vehicle Insurance Cost Reporting: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5859, to repeal an obsolete provision in title 49, United States Code, requiring motor vehicle insurance cost reporting, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act: Senate passed H.R. 6364, to establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the centennial of World War I, to provide for the designation of memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, 18 pages

Large Financial Institutions and the Federal Government Transactions: Senate passed S. 3709, to require a Government Accountability Office examination of transactions between large financial institutions and the Federal Government, 8 pages

Medicare IVIG Access Act: Senate passed H.R. 1845, to provide a demonstration project providing D1064Medicare coverage for in-home administration of intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) and to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the application of Medicare secondary payer rules for certain claims. 22 pages

Harry T. and Harriette Moore Post Office: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2338, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 Florida Avenue in Cocoa, Florida, as the “Harry T. and Harriette Moore Post Office'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Lance Corporal Victor A. Dew Post Office: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3892, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8771 Auburn Folsom Road in Roseville, California, as the “Lance Corporal Victor A. Dew Post Office'', and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Sidney `Sid' Sanders McMath Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 3869, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the “Sidney `Sid' Sanders McMath Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Cecil E. Bolt Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 4389, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19 East Merced Street in Fowler, California, as the “Cecil E. Bolt Post Office''. 4 pages

Lieutenant Kenneth M. Ballard Memorial Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 6260, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 211 Hope Street in Mountain View, California, as the “Lieutenant Kenneth M. Ballard Memorial Post Office''. 4 pages

Representative Curtis B. Inabinett, Sr. Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 6379, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6239 Savannah Highway in Ravenel, South Carolina, as the “Representative Curtis B. Inabinett, Sr. Post Office''. 4 pages

Postal Inspector Terry Asbury Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 6587, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 Simi Village Drive in Simi Valley, California, as the “Postal Inspector Terry Asbury Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of S. 3667, to rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act: By 73 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. 236), Senate passed H.R. 5949, to extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years, by the order of the Senate of Friday, 4 pages

Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act: By 62 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 248), Senate passed H.R. 1, making appropriations for disaster relief for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, 384 pages

Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013: Senate passed S. 3454, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government and the Office of the Director of National D1078Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, 30 pages

North Korean Refugee Adoption Act: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1464, to express the sense of Congress regarding North Korean children and children of one North Korean parent and to require the Department of State regularly to brief appropriate congressional committees on efforts to advocate for and develop a strategy to provide assistance in the best interest of these children, and the bill was then passed, 8 pages

Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act: Senate passed H.R. 6014, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants for States to implement DNA arrestee collection processes. 8 pages

Former Presidents Protection Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6620, to amend title 18, United States Code, to eliminate certain limitations on the length of Secret Service Protection for former Presidents and for the children of former Presidents, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Officer Safety Act: Senate passed H.R. 6621, to correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code, 14 pages

SAFER Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 3250, to amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide for Debbie Smith grants for auditing sexual assault evidence backlogs and to establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry, 22 pages

Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act: Senate passed S. 3715, to extend the limited antitrust exemption contained in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. 4 pages

Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act: Senate passed H.R. 3263, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the storage and conveyance of nonproject water at the Norman project in Oklahoma. 4 pages

Pinnacles National Park Act: Senate passed H.R. 3641, to establish Pinnacles National Park in the State of California as a unit of the National Park System. 8 pages

Pike National Forest Railroad Right of Way: Senate passed H.R. 4073, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to accept the quitclaim, disclaimer, and relinquishment of a railroad right of way within and adjacent to Pike National Forest in El Paso County, Colorado, originally granted to the Mt. Manitou Park and Incline Railway Company pursuant to the Act of March 3, 1875. 4 pages

Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act: Senate passed S. 264, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, after agreeing to the committee amendment. 6 pages

Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was discharged from further consideration of S. 2015, to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell Recreation District in the State of Wyoming, and the bill was then passed. 6 pages

Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was discharged from further consideration of S. 3563, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Act: Senate passed S. 1047, to amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment of 1992 to require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to take actions to improve environmental conditions in the vicinity of the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel in Lake County, Colorado. 8 pages

Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation: Senate passed S. 1421, to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs. 4 pages

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act: Senate passed S. 1478, to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota.  6 pages

Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act: Senate passed S. 499, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project. 6 pages

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act: Senate passed S. 140, to designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan. 6 pages

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act: Senate passed S. 114, to expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 4 pages

White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Expansion Act: Senate passed S. 970, to designate additional segments and tributaries of White Clay Creek, in the States of Delaware and Pennsylvania, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. 4 pages

Thrift Savings Fund: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4365, to amend title 5, United States Code, to make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies. 4 pages

Natural Gas Pipelines in Glacier National Park: Senate passed H.R. 4606, to authorize the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park. 4 pages

Protect Our Kids Act: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6655, to establish a commission to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect, the bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance and then discharged from further consideration, and the bill was then passed. 16 pages

Taxable Vaccines: Senate passed S. 3716, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines. 4 pages

American Taxpayer Relief Act: By 89 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 251), Senate passed H.R. 8, to extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, by the order of the Senate of Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, 20 pages

Space Launch Liability Provisions: Senate passed H.R. 6586, to extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014, 4 pages

Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act: Senate passed S. 3313, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to women veterans, to improve health care furnished by the Department, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, the committee reported title amendment, 10 pages

Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline: Senate passed S. 302, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue right-of-way permits for a natural gas transmission pipeline in nonwilderness areas within the boundary of Denali National Park. 4 pages

HOUSE 75 bills, 759 pages

American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act: H.R. 6582, amended, to allow for innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed desired energy efficiency goals, and to make technical corrections to existing Federal energy efficiency laws to allow American manufacturers to remain competitive, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 2 nays with 1 answering “present'', Roll No. 614. 36 pages

Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012: H.R. 6620, to amend title 18, United States Code, to eliminate certain limitations on the length of Secret Service Protection for former Presidents and for the children of former Presidents; 4 pages

Making revisions in title 36, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current and make technical corrections and improvements: H.R. 6602, to make revisions in title 36, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current and make technical corrections and improvements, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 618; 11 pages

Eliminating an unnecessary reporting requirement for an unfunded DNA Identification grant program: H.R. 6605, to eliminate an unnecessary reporting requirement for an unfunded DNA Identification grant program; 4 pages

Amending section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator, interpreter, or in an executive level security position is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the United States: H.R. 6223, amended, to amend section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator, interpreter, or in an executive level security position is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization if at least a portion of such period was spent in Iraq or Afghanistan; 4 pages

Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012: S. 3486, to implement the provisions of the Hague Agreement and the Patent Law Treaty; 28 pages

21st Century Language Act of 2012: S. 2367, to strike the word “lunatic'' from Federal law, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 619. 4 pages

Changing the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 6634, to change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms. 4 pages

Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act: H.R. 5817, amended, to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide an exception to the annual privacy notice requirement; 4 pages

No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012: S. 3542, to authorize the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to modify screening requirements for checked baggage arriving from preclearance airports; 6 pages

DHS Audit Requirement Target Act of 2012: S. 1998, to obtain an unqualified audit opinion, and improve financial accountability and management at the Department of Homeland Security; 6 pages

Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act: H.R. 6364, amended, to establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the centennial of World War I and to designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, including a National World War I Memorial on the National Mall in the District of Columbia. 18 pages

Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6116, to amend the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands to provide for direct review by the United States Supreme Court of decisions of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court, and the bill was then passed. 4 pages

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2045, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require judges of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to reside within fifty miles of the District of Columbia, 4 pages

Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012: H.R. 4053, amended, to intensify efforts to identify, prevent, and recover payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse within Federal spending, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 626; 22 pages

GAO Mandates Revision Act of 2012: S. 3315, to repeal or modify certain mandates of the Government Accountability Office; 6 pages

D.C. Courts and Public Defender Service Act: S. 1379, to amend title 11, District of Columbia Official Code, to revise certain administrative authorities of the District of Columbia courts, and to authorize the District of Columbia Public Defender Service to provide professional liability insurance for officers and employees of the Service for claims relating to services furnished within the scope of employment with the Service. 14 pages

Authorizing the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park: H.R. 4606, amended, to authorize the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 286 yeas to 10 nays, Roll No. 627 4 pages

Barona Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Clarification Act of 2012: S. 3193, to make technical corrections to the legal description of certain land to be held in trust for the Barona Band of Mission Indians, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 306 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 628. 6 pages

Small Business Investment Company Modernization Act of 2012: H.R. 6504, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to provide for increased limitations on leverage for multiple licenses under common control, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 359 yeas to 36 nays with 1 answering “present'', Roll No. 629; 4 pages

Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3783, to provide for a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 386 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 630; 14 pages

Correcting and improving certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code: H.R. 6621, amended, to correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 308 yeas to 89 nays, Roll No. 631; 14 pages

Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012: H.R. 6014, amended, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants for States to implement minimum and enhanced DNA collection processes; 8 pages

Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012: S. 3642, to clarify the scope of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 388 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 632; 4 pages

Amending section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer's informed, written consent on an ongoing basis: H.R. 6671, to amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer's informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet. 4 pages

Amending the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program and designating certain Federal buildings: The House agreed to discharge from committees and pass S. 3687, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program and to designate certain Federal buildings. 8 pages

Reauthorizing certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response: H.R. 6672, to reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 383 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 633; 98 pages

Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers Who Deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act: S. 1440, amended, to reduce preterm labor and delivery and the risk of pregnancy-related deaths and complications due to pregnancy, and to reduce infant mortality caused by prematurity; 10 pages

Medicare IVIG Access Act: H.R. 1845, amended, to provide for a study on issues relating to access to intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) for Medicare beneficiaries in all care settings and a demonstration project to examine the benefits of providing coverage and payment for items and services necessary to administer IVIG in the home, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 634; 22 pages

Protect Our Kids Act of 2012: H.R. 6655, to establish a commission to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 330 yeas to 77 nays, Roll No. 636; 16 pages

James F. Battin United States Courthouse Designation Act: S. 3311, to designate the United States courthouse located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana, as the “James F. Battin United States Courthouse''; 4 pages

Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012: S. 2170, to amend the provisions of title 5, United States Code, which are commonly referred to as the “Hatch Act'', to scale back the provision forbidding certain State and local employees from seeking elective office, clarify the application of certain provisions to the District of Columbia, and modify the penalties which may be imposed for certain violations under subchapter III of chapter 73 of that title; 6 pages

Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act of 2012: S. 3564, to extend the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000 until 2014, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 637; 4 pages

Government Employee Accountability Act: H.R. 6016, amended, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for administrative leave requirements with respect to Senior Executive Service employees, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 638; 10 pages

Nelson “Mac'' MacWilliams Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 4062, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1444 Main Street in Ramona, California, as the “Nelson `Mac' MacWilliams Post Office Building''. 4 pages

James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse Designation Act: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 6166, to designate the United States courthouse located at 333 West Broadway Street in San Diego, California, as the “James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse''. 4 pages

Paul Brown United States Courthouse Designation Act: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 6633, to designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the “Paul Brown United States Courthouse''. 4 pages

Spending Reduction Act of 2012: The House passed H.R. 6684, to provide for spending reduction, by a yea-and-nay vote of 215 yeas to 209 nays with 1 answering “present'', Roll No. 644. 22 pages

Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Designation Act: H.R. 3197, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Spokane, Washington, as the “Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 646; 4 pages

William “Bill'' Kling VA Clinic Designation Act: H.R. 6443, to designate the facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 9800 West Commercial Boulevard in Sunrise, Florida, as the “William `Bill' Kling VA Clinic'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 647; 4 pages

Mt. Andrea Lawrence Designation Act: S. 925, to designate Mt. Andrea Lawrence, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 648; 6 pages

Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act: H.R. 1509, amended, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to prohibit the inclusion of Social Security account numbers on Medicare cards; 10 pages

Elizabeth L. Kinnunen Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 3378, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 220 Elm Avenue in Munising, Michigan, as the “Elizabeth L. Kinnunen Post Office Building''; 4 pages

Sidney “Sid'' Sanders McMath Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 3869, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the “Sidney `Sid' Sanders McMath Post Office Building''; 4 pages

Cecil E. Bolt Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 4389, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19 East Merced Street in Fowler, California, as the “Cecil E. Bolt Post Office''; 4 pages

Lieutenant Kenneth M. Ballard Memorial Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 6260, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 211 Hope Street in Mountain View, California, as the “Lieutenant Kenneth M. Ballard Memorial Post Office''; 4 pages

Representative Curtis B. Inabinett, Sr. Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 6379, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6239 Savannah Highway in Ravenel, South Carolina, as the “Representative Curtis B. Inabinett, Sr. Post Office''; 4 pages

Postal Inspector Terry Asbury Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 6587, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 Simi Village Drive in Simi Valley, California, as the “Postal Inspector Terry Asbury Post Office Building''. 4 paages

Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4057, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop a comprehensive policy to improve outreach and transparency to veterans and members of the Armed Forces through the provision of information on institutions of higher learning, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 650; 18 pages

Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012: S. 3202, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that deceased veterans with no known next of kin can receive a dignified burial, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 651; 28 pages

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012: H.R. 3159, amended, to direct the President, in consultation with the Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Department of Defense, to establish guidelines for United States foreign assistance programs, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 390 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 649. 14 pages

Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6060, to amend Public Law 106-392 to maintain annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2019, and the bill was then passed. 6 pages

Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013: S. 3454, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 373 yeas to 29 nays, Roll No. 652; 30 pages

Redesignating 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: H.R. 6612, 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, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 653; 4 pages

Amending the Animal Welfare Act To Modify the Definition of “Exhibitor'': S. 3666, to amend the Animal Welfare Act to modify the definition of “exhibitor''; 4 pages

Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 6364, to establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the centennial of World War I and to provide for the designation of memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 654; 18 pages

Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2012: H.R. 6649, amended, to provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign recipients. 6 pages

North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2012: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 1464, to develop a strategy for assisting stateless children from North Korea. 8 pages

Preventing the 2013 Pay Adjustment for Members of Congress and Persons Holding Other Offices or Positions in the Federal Government From Being Made: H.R. 6726, to prevent the 2013 pay adjustment for Members of Congress and persons holding other offices or positions in the Federal Government from being made, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 287 yeas to 129 nays, Roll No. 655; 4 pages

Lieutenant Ryan Patrick Jones Post Office Designation Act: S. 3662, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6 Nichols Street in Westminster, Massachusetts, as the “Lieutenant Ryan Patrick Jones Post Office Building''; 4 pages

Captain Rhett W. Schiller Post Office Designation Act: S. 3630, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 218 North Milwaukee Street in Waterford, Wisconsin, as the “Captain Rhett W. Schiller Post Office''. 4 pages

Making a Technical Correction to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 3677, to make a technical correction to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. 4 pages

Providing for the Conveyance of Certain Property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 443, to provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 656; 6 pages

Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2076, to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the statutory authority for the longstanding practice of the Department of Justice of providing investigatory assistance on request of State and local authorities with respect to certain serious violent crimes; 4 pages

Drywall Safety Act of 2012: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4212, to prevent the introduction into commerce of unsafe drywall, to ensure the manufacturer of drywall is readily identifiable, and to ensure that problematic drywall removed from homes is not reused, by a 2/3 recorded vote of 378 ayes to 37 noes, Roll No. 657; 10 pages

Clothe a Homeless Hero Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 6328, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed clothing recovered at airport security checkpoints to local veterans organizations and other local charitable organizations; 4 pages

Uninterrupted Scholars Act: S. 3472, to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to provide improvements to such Act; 4 pages

Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 6029, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for increased penalties for foreign and economic espionage; 6 pages

Correcting and Improving Certain Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and Title 35, United States Code: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 6621, to correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code; 14 pages

Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012: S. 3331, to provide for universal intercountry adoption accreditation standards; 6 pages

Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012: S. 2318, to authorize the Secretary of State to pay a reward to combat transnational organized crime and for information concerning foreign nationals wanted by international criminal tribunals. 10 pages

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: The House concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 8, to extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in D10932001 and 2003 and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, by a recorded vote of 257 yeas to 167 nays, Roll No. 659. 20 pages

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry Act of 2012: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and pass S. 3250, to amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide for Debbie Smith grants for auditing sexual assault evidence backlogs and to establish a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry, with amendments. 22 pages

Extending the Application of Certain Space Launch Liability Provisions Through 2014: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 6586, to extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014. 4 pages

 

 

 

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