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May 19, 2015

Bills passed in Congress, March 2015

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

SENATE 7 bills 326 pages

Congressional Gold Medal: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 431, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday, or the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March of 1965, which served as a catalyst for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the bill was then passed. 7 pages

Office of Compliance Administrative and Technical Corrections Act: Senate passed H.R. 1213, to make administrative and technical corrections to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. 5 pages

Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 301, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of Boys Town, and the bill was then passed. 10 pages

Budget Resolution: By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 135), Senate agreed to 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, 278 pages

Energy Efficiency Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 535, to promote energy efficiency. 28 pages 
 
Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building: Senate passed H.R. 1092, to designate the Federal building located at 2030 Southwest 145th Avenue in Miramar, Florida, as the “Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building''. 4 pages 

Families of New York Police Department Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos: Senate passed H.R. 1527, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of the families of New York Police Department Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. 4 pages

HOUSE 20 bills, 744 pages

Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act: H.R. 294, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the transfer of veterans to non-Department medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 107; 6 pages

Authorizing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs: H.R. 280, amended, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 4 pages 

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015: House agreed to the Simpson motion to take from the Speaker's table H.R. 240, making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, recede from the disagreement of the Senate amendment and agree to concur therein, by a yea-and-nay vote of 257 yeas to 167 nays, Roll No. 109, after the previous question was ordered. 108 pages

Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 749, to reauthorize Federal support for passenger rail programs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 316 yeas to 101 nays, Roll No. 112. 82 pages

Office of Compliance Administrative and Technical Corrections Act of 2015: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass (H.R. 1213), to make administrative and technical corrections to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. 6 pages

Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act: H.R. 639, amended, to amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to drug scheduling recommendations by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and with respect to registration of manufacturers and distributors seeking to conduct clinical testing; 12 pages

Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act: H.R. 647, to amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain D278trauma care programs, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 389 yeas to 10 nays, Roll No. 113; 6 pages

Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act: H.R. 648, to amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 15 nays, Roll No. 114; 6 pages 

Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act: H.R. 876, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified by such hospitals under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients of such hospitals, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 115; 6 pages

Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2015: H.R. 284, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require State licensure and bid surety bonds for entities submitting bids under the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive acquisition program. 8 pages

EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1029, to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications and public participation, by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 121. 12 pages

Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act: H.R. 1191, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 118. 6 pages

Secret Science Reform Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1030, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 125. 4 pages 

Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015: H.R. 233, to allow reviews of certain families' incomes every 3 years for purposes of determining eligibility for certain Federal assisted housing programs; 4 pages

Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015: H.R. 360, amended, to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 297 yeas to 98 nays, Roll No. 130; 40 pages 

Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015: H.R. 216, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a Future-Years Veterans Program and a quadrennial veterans review, and to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs a Chief Strategy Officer, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 134. 18 pages

Designating the Federal building located at 2030 Southwest 145th Avenue in Miramar, Florida, as the “Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Bureau of Investigation Miami Field Office'': H.R. 1092, amended, to designate the Federal building located at 2030 Southwest 145th Avenue in Miramar, Florida, as the “Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Bureau of Investigation Miami Field Office''; 4 pages

Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 27, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 142. 142 pages 

Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015: H.R. 1527, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of the families of New York Police Department Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. 6 pages 

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: The House 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, and to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, by a yea-and-nay vote of 392 yeas to 37 nays, Roll No. 144. 264 pages
 

 

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