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Status of Bills Introduced in the House of Representatives


NOTE: This page was last updated on 3/14/2012. There may have been some activity to the bills listed below since that date that is not recorded here.

Listed below are active bills introduced in the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress, which have been reported and/or voted on in the House. For a complete list of all bills introduced, click here.

This page includes bills introduced in the House from January 2011 through June 2011 (H.R. 1 through H.R. 2405.)
For bills introduced in the House from July 2011 through December 2011 (H.R. 2406 through H.R. 3678), click here.
For bills introduced in the House from January 2012 through June 2012 (H.R. 3679 through H.R. 6078), click here.
For bills introduced in the House from July 2012 through December 2012 (H.R. 6079 through H.R. 6729; H.J.Res. 115 through H.J.Res. 122), click here.



Index

Bill House Action
H.R. 1
"Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011"
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense and the other departments and agencies of the Government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 1 introduced in the House, referred to the Committee on Appropriations and to the Committee on the Budget.
* 2/15/2011: House begins consideration of H.R. 1.
* 2/19/2011: H.R. 1 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 235 - 189 ( Roll no. 147).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/25/2011, of the bill as passed by the House of Representatives.
Senate * 2/28/2011: H.R. 1 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 3/1/2011: H.R. 1 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 14.
* 3/9/2011: Senate rejected H.R. 1, the bill failed of passage by Yea-Nay Vote. 44 - 56. Record Vote Number: 36. Returned to the Calendar. Calendar No. 14.
* 3/9/2011: Senate Democrat alternative, Amendment 149, in the nature of a substitute, failed to pass by Yea-Nay Vote. 42 - 58. Record Vote Number: 37.

CBO Estimate, dated 3/4/2011, of the bill with proposed Senate amendment 149.
H.R. 2
"Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act"
To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/5/2011: H.R. 2 introduced in the House, referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, Rules, House Administration, and Appropriations.
* 1/18/2011: House begins consideration of H.R. 2.
* 1/19/2011: H.R. 2 Passed in House by recorded vote: 245 - 189 ( Roll no. 14).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/18/11.
Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective as of its enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by such Act. Repeals the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of the Act's enactment. Restores provisions of law amended by the Act's health care provisions.
Senate * 1/25/2011: H.R. 2 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 2 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 3.
* 2/1/2011: H.R. 2 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
H.R. 3
"No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"
To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 3 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means.
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 3 reported (amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-38, Part I.
* 4/7/2011: Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged; Committee on Ways and Means discharged. H.R. 3 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 28.
* 5/4/2011: H.R. 3 Passed in the House, by recorded vote: 251 - 175 ( Roll no. 292).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/15/2011.
Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion. Prohibits federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. Disallows any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion or for a health benefits plan that includes coverage of abortion, including any medical deduction for such amounts or any credit for such an employer-sponsored plan. Prohibits the inclusion of abortion in any health care service furnished by a federal or District of Columbia health care facility or by any physician or other individual employed by the federal government or the District. Provides that such prohibitions shall not apply to an abortion if: (1) the pregnancy is the result of forcible rape or, if the pregnant woman is a minor, incest; or (2) the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, as certified by a physician. Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA.
H.R. 4
"Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011"
"Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011"
To repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements for payments of $600 or more to corporations, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.

Note: See also H.R. 705.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/12/2011: H.R. 4 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
* 2/22/2011: H.R. 4 Reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, written report H. Rept. 112-15. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 6.
* 3/3/2011: H.R. 4 Passed in House by recorded vote: 314 - 112 ( Roll No. 162).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/18/2011.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) repeal requirements for the reporting to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of payments of $600 or more to corporations that are not tax-exempt and of gross proceeds paid in consideration for any type of property; (2) repeal requirements for reporting payments made with respect to rental property which is not part of a trade or business; and (3) increase, for taxable years ending after December 31, 2013, the advance applicable dollar amount of the tax credit for health care premium assistance for taxpayers whose household income is less than 400% of the poverty line.
Senate * 3/3/2011: H.R. 4 received in the Senate, read the first time.
* 3/4/2011: Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 16.
* 4/5/2011: H.R. 4 Passed Senate, under the order of 3/31/2011, having achieved 60 votes in the affirmative, without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 87 - 12. Record Vote Number: 49.
President * 4/6/2011: H.R. 4 presented to the President.
* 4/14/2011: H.R. 4 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-9.
H.R. 5
"Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011"
To improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/24/2011: H.R. 5 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 5 reported (amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-39, Part I.
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 5 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-39, Part II. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 47.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/10/2011.
Sets conditions for lawsuits arising from health care liability claims regarding health care goods or services or any medical product affecting interstate commerce. Sets a statute of limitations of three years after the date of manifestation of injury or one year after the claimant discovers the injury, with certain exceptions. Limits non-economic damages to $250,000. Makes each party liable only for the amount of damages directly proportional to such party's percentage of responsibility. Allows the court to restrict the payment of attorney contingency fees. Limits the fees to a decreasing percentage based on the increasing value of the amount awarded. Allows the introduction of collateral source benefits and the amount paid to secure such benefits as evidence. Prohibits a provider of such benefits from recovering any amount from an award in a health care lawsuit involving injury or wrongful death. Authorizes the award of punitive damages only where: (1) it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that a person acted with malicious intent to injure the claimant or deliberately failed to avoid unnecessary injury the claimant was substantially certain to suffer; and (2) compensatory damages are awarded. Limits punitive damages to the greater of two times the amount of economic damages or $250,000. Denies punitive damages in the case of products approved, cleared, or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or otherwise considered in compliance with FDA standards.
H.R. 10
"Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011"
To amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 10 introduced in the House by Rep. G. Davis (KY-4). Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Rules.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 10 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–278 Pt. 1.
* 11/18/2011: H.R. 10 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Rules, with written report H. Rept. 112–278 Pt. 2. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 192.
* 12/1/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 479 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 10.
* 12/7/2011: H.R. 10 Passed in House, by recorded vote: 241 - 184 ( Roll No. 901).
CBO Estimate, dated 11/17/2011. Under current law, the Congress can prevent a rule from taking effect by enacting a joint resolution of disapproval. In contrast, H.R. 10 would require enactment of a joint resolution of approval prior to any major rule taking effect. Therefore, H.R. 10 would make major regulations dependent on future legislation. About 80 major rules have been issued per year, on average, over the past five years. Major rules vary greatly in their nature and scope. CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) cannot determine the budgetary effects of preventing all future major rules from going into effect, but we expect that enacting H.R. 10 would have effects on both direct spending and revenues. CBO expects that implementing H.R. 10 would not have any significant impact on spending subject to appropriation.
CRS summary.
Rewrites provisions regarding congressional review of agency rulemaking to require congressional approval of major rules of the executive branch before they may take effect (currently, major rules take effect unless Congress passes and the President signs a joint resolution disapproving them). Defines "major rule" as any rule, including an interim final rule, that has resulted in or is likely to result in: (1) an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; (2) a major increase in costs or prices; or (3) significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or U.S. competitiveness. Provides that if a joint resolution of approval of a major rule is not enacted by the end of 70 session days or legislative days after the agency proposing the rule submits its report on such rule to Congress, the rule shall be deemed not to be approved and shall not take effect. Permits a major rule to take effect for 90 calendar days without such approval if the President determines such rule is necessary because of an imminent threat to health or safety or other emergency, for the enforcement of criminal laws, for national security, or to implement an international trade agreement. Sets forth House and Senate procedures for joint resolutions approving major rules and disapproving non-major rules.
Senate * 12/8/2011: H.R. 10 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 33
"Church Plan Investment Clarification Act"
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to specify when certain securities issued in connection with church plans are treated as exempted securities for purposes of that Act.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/5/2011: H.R. 33 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Biggert (IL-13), referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 7/1/2011: H.R. 33 reported (amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-131.
* 7/18/2011: H.R. 33 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 310 - 1 ( Roll no. 601).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/30/2011. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 33 would have a negligible impact.
Amends the Securities Act of 1933 with respect to when certain securities issued in connection with retirement income accounts available only to certain kinds of church plans are treated as exempted from registration and disclosure requirements under such Act (exempted securities). Revises exclusions from the meaning of exempted securities to add as an exempted security a certain kind of retirement income account (available only to church plans), to the extent that the interest or participation in a single trust fund or collective trust fund (e.g. a "stable value fund") is issued to: (1) a church, a convention or association of churches, or a specified kind of organization (including a church pension board established to maintain employee benefit programs) which establishes or maintains the retirement income account; or (2) a trust established by any such entity in connection with the retirement income account. Revises a further such exclusion from exempted security treatment of plans whose participants may include persons (in particular clergymen) who may be considered self-employed for certain tax purposes. Allows exempted security treatment of such plans. (In effect, an exemption from registration and related requirements is granted to collective trust funds that are invested in by kinds of church plans currently excluded from making such investments.)
H.R. 200
"Inland Empire Perchlorate Ground Water Plume Assessment Act of 2011"
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of water resources in the Rialto-Colton Basin in the State of California, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/6/2011: H.R. 200 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Baca (CA-43). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 1/18/2012: H.R. 200 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-367. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 248.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/13/2011. H.R. 200 would direct the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct a study of water resources in the Rialto-Colton Basin located east of Los Angeles, California. The study would identify the location of aquifers, evaluate the impact of perchlorate contamination, and include an analysis of other related water issues in the basin. Based on information from the USGS and assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 200 would cost $4 million over the next two years. Those funds would be used to drill wells, collect data, and perform modeling activities necessary to complete the study. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), to complete a study of water resources in the Rialto-Colton Basin, California, including: (1) a survey of ground water resources in the Basin (including the identification of a recent surge in perchlorate concentrations in ground water); and (2) a characterization of surface and bedrock geology of the Basin, including the effect of the geology on ground water yield and quality.
H.R. 241
To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/7/2011: H.R. 241 introduced in the House by Rep. E. Gallegly (CA-24). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 241 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-216. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 140.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/27/2011. H.R. 241 would authorize the exchange of 5 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest for unspecified lands owned by the White Lotus Foundation. If the land exchange does not occur within two years, the federal land could be sold to the foundation, and the proceeds would be deposited in the Treasury. Based on information from the Forest Service, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 241 would have no significant impact on the federal budget because the agency is unlikely to exchange or sell this parcel of land, and if it was sold or exchanged, the net budgetary impact would be negligible. If the Forest Service sold the affected land to the foundation, enacting H.R. 241 would increase offsetting receipts (a credit against direct spending). Based on information provided by the Forest Service, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation could increase offsetting receipts by less than $150,000 after 2013. Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues.
Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), if the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, offers to convey to the Secretary a parcel of non-federal land that is acceptable to the Secretary and the Secretary accepts the offer, to convey approximately five acres of certain identified National Forest System land in Santa Barbara County to the Foundation.
H.R. 258
"Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2011"
To require the Office of Management and Budget to prepare a crosscut budget for restoration activities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to require the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement an adaptive management plan, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/7/2011: H.R. 258 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Wittman (VA-1). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 258 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–245, Pt. 1. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 161.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/28/2011. H.R. 258 would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop, no later than one year after the bill’s enactment, a management plan for the Chesapeake Bay Program and restoration activities related to the bay. EPA would be required to update the management plan every two years. The legislation would require new financial reports on the Chesapeake Bay Program from the Office of Management and Budget and would require EPA to appoint an independent evaluator, who would review and report to the Congress on the plan. Based on information from EPA, CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost aboout $1 million annually over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or receipts.
Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Chesapeake Executive Council, the chief executive of each Chesapeake Bay state, and the Chesapeake Bay Commission, to submit to Congress a financial report containing: (1) an interagency crosscut budget for restoration activities that protect, conserve, or restore living resources, habitat, water resources, or water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; (2) an accounting of funds received and obligated by all federal agencies for restoration activities; (3) an accounting from each state of all funds received and obligated from a federal agency for restoration activities; and (4) a description of each of the proposed federal and state restoration activities. Requires: (1) such report to describe only federal restoration activities that have funding amounts of at least $100,000 and state restoration activities that have funding amounts of at least $50,000; and (2) the Director to submit the report no later than 30 days after the submission of the President's annual budget to Congress. Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and update every three years an adaptive management plan for restoration activities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that includes: (1) a definition of specific and measurable objectives to improve water quality, habitat, and fisheries; (2) a process for stakeholder participation; (3) monitoring, modeling, experimentation, and other research and evaluation practices; (4) a process for modification of restoration activities that have not attained or will not attain such objectives; and (5) a process for prioritizing restoration activities and programs to which adaptive management shall be applied. Sets forth reporting requirements. Requires the Administrator to report annually to Congress on the Plan. Requires an Independent Evaluator for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, who shall review and report to Congress every three years on restoration activities and the use of adaptive management in such activities. Requires the Evaluator to be appointed by the Administrator from among nominees submitted by the Chesapeake Executive Council.
H.R. 290
"War Memorial Protection Act"
To amend title 36, United States Code, to ensure that memorials commemorating the service of the United States Armed Forces may contain religious symbols, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/12/2011: H.R. 290 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Hunter (CA-52). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 290 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-156. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 101.
* 1/24/2012: H.R. 290 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/5/2011. H.R. 290 would allow religious symbols to be included as part of any military monument established or acquired by the U.S. government or military memorials established in cooperation with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Under current law, religious symbols are not barred from being used in any military memorials; thus, H.R. 290 would codify current practice. Implementing H.R. 290 would not require any new memorials to be built or current memorials to be changed. On that basis, CBO estimates that there would be no costs associated with implementing H.R. 290.
CRS summary.
Permits religious symbols recognizing the religious background of members of the Armed Forces to be included as part of: (1) a military memorial that is established or acquired by the federal government; or (2) a military memorial not established by the government, but for which the American Battle Monuments Commission cooperated in establishing.
Senate * 1/26/2012: H.R. 290 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
H.R. 292
"Stop the OverPrinting (STOP) Act"
To amend title 44, United States Code, to eliminate the mandatory printing of bills and resolutions for the use of offices of Members of Congress.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/12/2011: H.R. 292 introduced in the House.
* 1/18/2011: H.R. 292 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 399 - 0 ( Roll no. 12).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate
Requires the Public Printer to make bills and resolutions available for the use of offices of Members of Congress only in an electronic format accessible through the Internet.
Senate * 1/25/2011: H.R. 292 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
H.R. 295
To amend the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 to authorize funds to acquire hydrographic data and provide hydrographic services specific to the Arctic for safe navigation, delineating the United States extended continental shelf, and the monitoring and description of coastal changes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/12/2011: H.R. 295 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Young (AK). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 295 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-157. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 102.
* 10/24/2011: H.R. 295 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/27/2011. H.R. 295 would authorize the appropriation of $7 million in each of fiscal years 2012 and 2013 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct certain hydrographic activities (the measurement and description of features that affect maritime navigation). Public Law 110-386 authorized the appropriation of $182 million for fiscal year 2012 for NOAA to carry out hydrographic activities. H.R. 295 would authorize NOAA to use a portion ($7 million) of those amounts in 2012 to carry out certain hydrographic activities in the Arctic. Spending of those amounts would have no impact on the federal budget because it would not increase amounts that are already authorized to be appropriated under current law. The bill also would authorize the appropriation of $7 million in fiscal year 2013 to carry out hydrographic activities in the Arctic. CBO estimates that implementing that provision would cost $7 million over the 2013-2016 period.
Amends the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 to authorize appropriations to the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for FY2012-FY2013 for use to acquire: (1) hydrographic data, provide hydrographic services, and conduct coastal change analyses necessary to ensure safe navigation, and to improve the management of coastal change in the Arctic; and (2) hydrographic data and provide hydrographic services in the Arctic necessary to delineate the U.S. extended continental shelf.
H.R. 298
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 East Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas, as the "Army Specialist Matthew Troy Morris Post Office Building".
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/18/2011: H.R. 298 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Carter (TX-31). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 11/14/2011: H.R. 298 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 391 - 0 ( Roll No. 838).
No CBO Estimate.
CRS summary.
H.R. 306
"Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act"
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to provide for management of the free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/18/2011: H.R. 306 introduced in the House by Rep. W. Jones (NC-3). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 306 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–310. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 210.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/9/2011. H.R. 306 would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to enter into an agreement with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF), a nonprofit organization, to manage wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. The wild horse population in the area is currently managed under a similar agreement between USFWS and CWHF. The new agreement would require CWHF to reduce the number of wild horses in the area from 144 to 130 and would specify that CWHF is responsible for certain costs associated with managing the wild horse population. Based on information provided by CWHF, CBO expects that, under the bill, the organization would manage the wild horse population using private funds; we estimate that the federal government would incur no significant additional costs to manage or mitigate the effects of horses on the refuge. If, however, CWHF was unable to maintain the population at or below 130 horses as required under the bill, CBO expects that USFWS would incur costs totaling roughly $200,000 a year to manage the horses. Such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Enacting H.R. 306 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Currituck County, and the state of North Carolina to provide for the management of free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. Specifies that such agreement: (1) allow a herd of not less than 110 free-roaming wild horses in and around the Refuge; (2) provide for cost-effective management of such horses; and (3) provide for the introduction of a small number of free-roaming wild horses from the herd at Cape Lookout National Seashore as is necessary to maintain the genetic viability of the herd in and around the Refuge. Bars the Secretary from excluding free-roaming wild horses from any part of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge unless: (1) it is found that the presence of such horses on a part of the Refuge threatens the survival of an endangered species for which such land is designated as critical habitat; (2) such finding is based on a peer-reviewed scientific assessment; and (3) a period of public notice and comment is provided on such finding. Prohibits the removal of any horse from the Seashore for introduction at the Refuge, except with the approval of the Foundation for Shackleford Horses Inc. and consistent with the memorandum of understanding between the National Park Service (NPS) and the Foundation and the management plan for the Shackleford Banks Horse Herd.
H.R. 313
"Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act of 2011"
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify that persons who enter into a conspiracy within the United States to possess or traffic illegal controlled substances outside the United States, or engage in conduct within the United States to aid or abet drug trafficking outside the United States, may be criminally prosecuted in the United States, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/18/2011: H.R. 313 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 12/12/2011: H.R. 313 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–324 Pt. 1. Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 222.
* 12/13/2011: H.R. 313 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/8/2011. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 313 would have no significant costs to the federal government. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending and revenues; however, CBO estimates that any effects would be insignificant for each year. H.R. 313 would prohibit U.S. entities from assisting, supporting, or engaging in conspiracy with entities engaged in activities outside the United States that would violate the Controlled Substances Act if carried out within the United States. Under current law, it is legal to assist or invest in a manufacturing company with operations outside the United States that produces chemicals that are on the U.S. Controlled Substance list. Thus, the government might be able to pursue new cases under the bill that it otherwise would not be able to prosecute. CBO expects that H.R. 313 would apply to a relatively small number of new cases, however, so any increase in costs for law enforcement, court proceedings, or prison operations would not be significant. Any such costs would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Because those prosecuted and convicted under H.R. 313 could be subject to criminal fines, the federal government might collect additional fines if the legislation is enacted. Criminal fines are recorded as revenues, deposited in the Crime Victims Fund, and later spent. CBO expects that any additional revenues and direct spending would not be significant because of the small number of cases likely to be affected.
CRS summary.
Amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that anyone within the United States who enters into a conspiracy to possess or traffic in controlled substances outside the United States, or who aids or abets others in such conduct, shall be subject to the same penalties that would apply to such conduct if it were to occur within the United States.
Senate * 12/14/2011: H.R. 313 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 320
"Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act"
To designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/19/2011: H.R. 320 introduced in the House by Rep. K. Calvert (CA-44). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 320 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-170. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 55.
* 10/24/2011: H.R. 320 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 392 - 1 ( Roll No. 801).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/20/2011. H.R. 320 would designate a memorial to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves in flight. The memorial, which would be located at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California, would not be a unit of the National Park System. Based on information provided by the National Park Service, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 320 would have no effect on discretionary spending because the proposed memorial would not be constructed or operated with federal funds. Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues or direct spending.
Designates a memorial located at March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California, as the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial, in honor of current and former members of the armed forces who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
H.R. 347
"Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011"
To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 1/19/2011: H.R. 347 introduced in the House by Rep. T. Rooney (FL-16). Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 347 reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-9. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 2.
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 347 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 399 - 3 ( Roll no. 149).
CBO Estimate, dated 2/2/2011.
CRS summary.
Amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against entering restricted federal buildings or grounds to impose criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly enters any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Defines "restricted buildings or grounds" as a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of: (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President's official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance.
Senate * 3/1/2011: H.R. 347 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/17/2011: H.R. 347 Reported by Committee on the Judiciary, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 235.
* 2/6/2012: H.R. 347 Passed in Senate, with an amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
House of
Representatives
* 2/27/2011: H.R. 347, as amended by the Senate, passed in the House; On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 388 - 3 ( Roll no. 73).
President * 3/1/2012: H.R. 347 Presented to the President.
* 3/8/2012: H.R. 347 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-98.
H.R. 358
"Protect Life Act"
To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 358 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 358 reported (amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-40, Part I.
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 358 referred sequentially to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
* 9/12/2011: House Committee on Ways and Means discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 133.
* 10/12/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 430 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 358.
* 10/13/2011: H.R. 358 Passed in House by recorded vote: 251 - 172 ( Roll no. 789).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/28/2011.
Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. Requires any qualified health benefit plan offered through an Exchange that includes coverage for abortions to also offer a qualified health benefit plan through the Exchange that is identical in every respect except that it does not cover abortions. Prohibits a federal agency or program and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance under PPACA from requiring any health plan created or regulated under PPACA to discriminate against any institutional or individual health care entity based on the entity's refusal to undergo training in the performance of induced abortions, require or provide such training, or refer for such training. Creates a cause of action for any violations of the abortion provisions of PPACA.
H.R. 359
To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 359 introduced in the House.
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 359 Passed in the House: by the Yeas and Nays: 239 - 160 ( Roll no. 25).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/24/2011. CBO estimates H.R. 359 would reduce direct spending by $617 Million over the 2011-2021 period.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to terminate: (1) the taxpayer election to designate $3 of income tax liability for financing of presidential election campaigns; (2) the Presidential Election Campaign Fund; and (3) the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account. Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to transfer all amounts in the Presidential Election Campaign Fund after its termination to the general fund of the Treasury, to be used only for deficit reduction.
Senate * 1/27/2011: H.R. 359 Received in the Senate.
H.R. 362
To redesignate the Federal building and United States Courthouse located at 200 East Wall Street in Midland, Texas, as the "George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal Building".
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 362 introduced in the House.
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 362 Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with written report H. Rept. 112-42. Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 20.
* 5/2/2011: H.R. 362 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/17/2011.
Senate * 5/3/2011: H.R. 362 Received in the Senate, Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
H.R. 366
To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 366 introduced in the House.
* 1/25/2011: H.R. 366 Passed in the House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill; Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate
Extends through May 31, 2011, the authorization for any program that is currently authorized through January 31, 2011, under the Small Business Act or the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.
Senate * 1/26/2011: H.R. 366 Passed in the Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 1/26/2011: H.R. 366 Cleared for the White House.
* 1/28/2011: Presented to President.
* 1/31/2011: H.R. 366 Signed by President. Became Public Law 112-1.
H.R. 368
"Removal Clarification Act of 2011"
To amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 368 introduced in the House, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and to the Committee on the Budget.
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 368 reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-17, Part 1. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 8.
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 368 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 396 - 4 ( Roll no. 150).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/3/2011.
Senate * 3/1/2011: H.R. 368 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 10/17/2011: H.R. 368 Reported by Committee on the Judiciary, without amendment, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 197.
* 10/31/2011: H.R. 368 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 11/4/2011: H.R. 368 Presented to the President.
* 11/9/2011: H.R. 368 Signed by President. Became Public Law 112-51.
H.R. 386
"Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011"
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for aiming laser pointers at airplanes, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/20/2011: H.R. 386 introduced in the House, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and to the Committee on the Budget.
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 386 reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-11, Part 1. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 4.
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 386 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/2/2011.
Senate * 3/1/2011: H.R. 386 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 394
"Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011"
To amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/24/2011: H.R. 394 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 2/15/2011: H.R. 394 reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-10. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 3.
2/28/2011: H.R. 394 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 - 0 ( Roll no. 148).
CBO Estimate, dated 2/3/2011. H.R. 394 would make several changes to judicial procedures, including the determination of original jurisdiction and court venue for certain types of cases. H.R. 394 would specify the court of original jurisdiction for certain cases involving resident aliens and corporations. In addition, H.R. 394 would change how the venues for federal court cases are determined, particularly when the cases involve multiple districts. Based on information from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 394 would have no significant budgetary impact. Enacting H.R. 394 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Title I: Jurisdictional Improvements - Amends the federal judicial code to declare that, with respect to diversity of citizenship, the U.S. district courts shall not have original jurisdiction of any civil action between citizens of a state and citizens or subjects of a foreign state who are lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States and are domiciled in the same state. Modifies the citizenship rules to treat corporations as citizens of any foreign state: (1) by which it has been incorporated, and (2) where it has its principal place of business. Treats insurers as citizens of any foreign state: (1) of which the insured is a citizen, (2) by which the insurer has been incorporated, and (3) where the insurer has its principal place of business. Separates the removal requirements governing civil cases and those governing criminal cases into two separate categories. Declares that, upon removal of any civil action with both removable and nonremovable claims, the district court shall sever from the action all nonremovable claims and remand them to the state court from which the action was removed. Requires only defendants against whom a removable claim has been asserted to join in or consent to removal of the action. Prescribes requirements for filing notices of removal, including assertion in the notice of the amount in controversy, when it exceeds the necessary amount, if the initial pleading seeks: (1) nonmonetary relief; or (2) a money judgment, but the state practice either does not permit demand for a specific sum or permits recovery of damages in excess of the amount demanded. Allows removal of a case based on diversity of citizenship more than one year after commencement of the action if the district court finds that the plaintiff has acted in bad faith in order to prevent a defendant from removing the action.
Title II: Venue and Transfer Improvements - Revises general requirements for the scope of venue of civil actions. Requires the proper venue of any civil action brought in a U.S. district court to be determined without regard to whether the action is local or transitory in nature. Repeals the "local action" rule that any civil action, of a local nature, involving property located in different districts in the same state, may be brought in any of such districts. Allows a district court to transfer a civil action to any district or division to which all parties have consented. Prohibits transfers from a U.S. district court to the District Court of Guam, the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, or the District Court of the Virgin Islands.
Senate * 3/1/2011: H.R. 394 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 10/17/2011: H.R. 394 Reported by Committee on the Judiciary, without amendment, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 200.
* 10/31/2011: H.R. 394 Passed in Senate, with amendments, by Unanimous Consent.
House
of
Representatives
* 11/18/2011: H.R. 394, amended passed in the House: On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments, Agreed to without objection, with a House amendment. House agreed to Senate Amendment No. 1 to the bill and agreed to Senate Amendment No. 2 to the bill with an amendment.
Senate * 11/30/2011: H.R. 394, amended passed in the Senate: Senate agreed to the House amendment to Senate amendment No. 2 by Unanimous Consent.
President * 12/2/2011: H.R. 394 presented to the President.
* 12/7/2011: H.R. 394, signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-63.
H.R. 398
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/24/2011: H.R. 398 introduced in the House by Rep. Z. Lofgren (CA-16), Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget.
* 7/8/2011: H.R. 398 reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–141, Pt. 1. Committee on The Budget discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 89.
* 8/1/2011: H.R. 398 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 426 - 0 ( Roll No. 684).
CBO Estimate, dated 2/2/2011. CBO estimates that H.R. 398 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.
CRS summary, as passed by the House.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time for an alien spouse or petitioning spouse to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status.
Senate * 8/1/2011: H.R. 398 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/10/2011: Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 398 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Voice Vote.
President * 11/16/2011: H.R. 398 presented to the President.
* 11/23/2011: H.R. 398 Signed by the President. Became Public Law No: 112-58.
H.R. 440
To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/25/2011: H.R. 440 introduced in the House by Rep. F. Wolf (VA-10). Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
* 7/29/2011: H.R. 440 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 - 20 ( Roll no. 673).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Directs the President to appoint a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia within the Department of State. Requires the Special Envoy to: (1) promote the right of religious freedom of religious minorities in the countries of the Near East and South Central Asia, denounce the violation of such right, and recommend appropriate U.S government responses to such violations; (2) monitor and combat acts of religious intolerance and incitement targeted against such religious minorities; (3) ensure that the needs of such religious minority communities are addressed, including economic and security needs directly tied to religious-based discrimination and persecution; (4) work with foreign governments of such countries to address inherently discriminatory laws; and (5) coordinate and assist in the preparation of specified reports required by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Authorizes the Special Envoy, subject to direction by the President and the Secretary of State, to represent the United States in matters and cases relevant to religious freedom in: (1) contacts with foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies of the United Nations (U.N.), the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, and other international organizations; and (2) multilateral conferences and meetings relevant to religious freedom. Requires the Special Envoy to give priority to programs, projects, and activities for Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Authorizes, from amounts available for Diplomatic and Consular Programs, $1 million to be appropriated each fiscal year from FY2011-FY2015. Provides that no additional funds are authorized to be appropriated for such Programs to carry out this Act. Directs the Secretary, unless otherwise authorized or required by law, to eliminate positions within the Department as necessary to offset the costs to be incurred for hiring staff, conducting investigations, and for the necessary travel to carry out this Act. Declares that this Act shall cease to be effective on October 1, 2015.
Senate * 7/29/2011: H.R. 440 Received in the Senate.
H.R. 441
"Kantishna Hills Renewable Energy Act of 2010"
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for a microhydro project in nonwilderness areas within the boundaries of Denali National Park and Preserve, to acquire land for Denali National Park and Preserve from Doyon Tourism, Inc., and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/25/2011: H.R. 441 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Young (AK). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 441 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-158. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 103.
* 10/24/2011: H.R. 441 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/27/2011. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no significant impact on the federal budget.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for a specified microhydro project in the Kantishna Hills area within the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Defines "microhydro project" as a hydroelectric power generating facility with a maximum power generation capability of 100 kilowatts and includes any distribution or transmission line required to serve such area. Directs the Secretary to exchange Park and Preserve land near or adjacent to land owned by Doyon Tourism, Inc., located at the mouth of Eureka Creek for approximately 18 acres of land owned by Doyon Tourism within the Galena patented mining claim. Requires the land acquired by the Secretary to be administered as part of the Park and Preserve.
H.R. 443
To provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/25/2011: H.R. 443 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Young (AK). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 12/8/2011: H.R. 443 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–318 Pt. 1. Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 216.
* 12/15/2011: H.R. 443 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 407 - 4 ( Roll no. 936).
CBO Estimate, dated 6/27/2011. H.R. 443 would convey three Indian Health Service (IHS) properties in Kotzebue, Alaska, to the Maniilaq Association, a tribal nonprofit organization. Based on information from the IHS, CBO estimates that the conveyances would not have a significant impact on the federal budget. According to the agency, it does not currently receive any lease payments or other receipts from the properties. Enacting H.R. 443 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to convey specified property, including all land appurtenances, in Kotzebue, Alaska, to the Maniilaq Association for use in connection with health and social services programs. Shields the Maniilaq Association from liability for soil, surface water, groundwater, or other contamination resulting from the disposal, release, or presence of environmental contamination, including oil or petroleum products, or hazardous substances on any of the property as of the date of conveyance. Accords to the Secretary any easement or access to the conveyed property as may be necessary to satisfy any retained obligations and liability.
Senate * 12/15/2011: H.R. 443 Received in the Senate. Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
H.R. 461
"South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act"
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 461 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Chaffetz (UT-3). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 461 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-217. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 141.
* 10/24/2011: H.R. 461 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/26/2011. H.R. 461 would direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to transfer the title of the electric distribution system located in Spanish Fork, Utah, to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. Based on information from the Bureau of Reclamation, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would have no significant net impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 461 would have an insignificant impact on direct spending. The electric distribution system was developed as part of the Strawberry Valley Project in the 1920s. The Strawberry Water Users Association (SWUA), the nonfederal sponsor of the project, satisfied all federal repayment obligations associated with the project in 1974. In 1986, the SWUA spun off the South Utah Valley Electric Service District and the Bureau of Reclamation transferred financial responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the electric distribution system to the district. Under current law, the Bureau of Reclamation oversees those operation and maintenance activities. Under the bill, transfer of the title of the electric distribution system to the district would include all federally owned fixtures and the underlying federal land not shared by other facilities. In instances where the underlying federal land is also occupied by other facilities and in the case of shared power poles, permanent access and licensing privileges would be granted to the district to perform the required maintenance. Under H.R. 461, the Bureau of Reclamation would discontinue oversight of the facilities. In addition, the Bureau of Reclamation would no longer collect licensing fees from utilities seeking easements to cross those federal lands. Based on information from the Bureau of Reclamation, CBO estimates that the loss of those collections would have no significant net impact on the federal budget.
Requires the Secretary of the Interior, insofar as the Strawberry Water Users Association conveyed its interest in an electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District, to convey and assign to the District: (1) all interest of the United States in all fixtures owned by the United States as part of the electric distribution system and the federal lands and interests where the fixtures are located, (2) license for use in perpetuity of the shared power poles, and (3) licenses for use and access in perpetuity to specified project lands and interests and corridors where federal lands and interests are abutting public streets and roads and can provide access to facilities.
H.R. 470
"Hoover Power Allocation Act of 2011"
To further allocate and expand the availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 470 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Heck (NV-3). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 470 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–159, Pt. 1. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 104.
* 10/3/2011: H.R. 470 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended . Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/20/2011. H.R. 470 would update the statutory allocation of electric power generated at the Hoover Dam among various users. The current allocation expires at the end of fiscal year 2017. The legislation would increase the amount of electricity to be marketed by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) and would allocate much of the dam’s currently unallocated electricity to Native American tribes and other entities. The revised allocations would remain in effect from 2017 through 2067. Based on information from WAPA, CBO estimates that implementing this bill would have a negligible effect on net direct spending and spending subject to appropriation. Enacting this bill would not affect revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984 (HPPA) to modify, commencing October 1, 2017, certain statutory schedules governing contracts for delivery to specified localities in Arizona, California, and Nevada of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam.
Senate * 10/4/2011: H.R. 470 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 185.
* 10/18/2011: H.R. 470 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 12/13/2011: H.R. 470 presented to the President.
* 12/20/2011: H.R. 470 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-72.
H.R. 471
"Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act"
To reauthorize the DC opportunity scholarship program, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 471 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 471 reported (amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with written report H. Rept. 112-36. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 17.
* 3/30/2011: H.R. 471 Passed in House by recorded vote: 225 - 195 ( Roll no. 204).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/14/2011.
Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award five-year grants on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations to carry out a program to provide expanded school choice opportunities to students who are District of Columbia (DC) residents and who come from households: (1) receiving assistance under the supplemental nutrition assistance program under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008; or (2) with incomes not exceeding 185% of the poverty line, except in certain grandfathered circumstances.
Senate * 3/31/2011: H.R. 471 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
Note This bill was incorporated into H.R. 1473, which passed the House and Senate and became Public Law 112-10.
H.R. 473
"Help to Access Land for the Education of Scouts (HALE Scouts) Act"
To provide for the conveyance of approximately 140 acres of land in the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma to the Indian Nations Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 473 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Boren (OK-2). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 473 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–218. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 142.
* 10/3/2011: H.R. 473 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended . Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/1/2011. H.R. 473 would require the Secretary of Agriculture to convey, at fair market value, approximately 140 acres of land in the Ouachita National Forest, Oklahoma, to the Indian Nations Council, Inc. (a chartered council of the Boy Scouts of America). Based on information provided by the Forest Service, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 473 would reduce direct spending. Under the bill, proceeds from the sale of the affected land, which CBO estimates would total less than $300,0000, would be deposited in the Treasury as offsetting receipts (a credit against direct spending). Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues. Because the council would be required to pay any administrative costs associated with the conveyance, CBO also estimates that implementing the legislation would not affect spending subject to appropriation.
Requires the conveyance of specified National Forest System land in the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma to the Indian Nations Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America.
H.R. 489
To clarify the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 489 introduced in the House by Rep. P. Gosar (AZ-1). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 489 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–160. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 105.
* 10/3/2011: H.R. 489 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/24/2011. H.R. 489 would clarify that the Secretary of the Interior has exclusive jurisdiction to manage the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, an area consisting of approximately 512 acres of land within the Coconino and Tonto National Forests in northern Arizona. Based on information from the Bureau of Reclamation and the Forest Service, CBO estimates that the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. The Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 transferred administrative authority for the C.C. Cragin Dam, Reservoir, and 10 miles of existing pipeline to the Bureau of Reclamation. The legislation did not explicitly divest the Forest Service from managing the underlying National Forest lands, resulting in uncertainty over which agency has the authority to approve management activities for the Cragin Project. The Cragin Project involves operating and maintaining 10 miles of pipeline and constructing 14.5 miles of additional pipeline to deliver water to Northern Gila County. Currently, the project is subject to the approval requirements of both agencies. The legislation would clarify the authority of the Bureau of Reclamation to be the sole manager of the project.
Withdraws approximately 512 acres of covered land in Arizona (consisting of approximately 300 feet of the crest of the Craigin Dam and associated spillway, the reservoir pool of that Dam, and a specified corridor of land) from all forms of: (1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. Grants the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, exclusive jurisdiction to manage the Craigin Project in accordance with the Arizona Water Settlements Act. Defines the "Craigin Project" to include the Craigin Dam, its reservoir pool, and Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District or Bureau of Reclamation structures and facilities used for the Project. Requires that Secretary and the District to ensure the compliance of each activity carried out at the Project with applicable federal environmental law. Grants the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, administrative jurisdiction over land management activities on the covered land and other appropriate management activities that do not conflict with, or adversely affect, the operation, maintenance, or replacement (including repair) of the Project.
Senate * 10/4/2011: H.R. 489 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 184.
* 10/18/2011: H.R. 489 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/31/2011: H.R. 489 Presented to the President.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 489 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-45.
H.R. 514
"FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011"
To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011.
Legislation status.
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* 1/26/2011: H.R. 514 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
* 2/8/2011: H.R. 514 Failed to pass in the House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required = 284): 277 - 148 ( Roll no. 26).
* 2/14/2011: H.R. 514 Passed in House by recorded vote: 275 - 144 ( Roll no. 36).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate
Amends the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 to extend through December 8, 2011, a provision granting roving electronic surveillance authority. Amends the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to extend until December 8, 2011, a provision revising the definition of an "agent of a foreign power" to include any non-U.S. person who engages in international terrorism or preparatory activities ("lone wolf" provision).
Senate * 2/15/2011: H.R. 514 Passed in Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 86 - 12. Record Vote Number: 19.

Senate amendment changes the extension date from December 8, 2011 to May 27, 2011.
CRS summary.
House
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* 2/17/2011: H.R. 514 On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 279 - 143 ( Roll no. 66).
President * 2/23/2011: Presented to the President.
* 2/25/2011: H.R. 514 Signed by the President. Became Public Law No: 112-3.
H.R. 515
"Belarus Democracy Reauthorization Act of 2011"
To reauthorize the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/26/2011: H.R. 515 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Smith (NJ-4). Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Financial Services.
* 7/6/2011: H.R. 515 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/2/2011. CBO estimates that enacting the bill would increase direct spending and decrease revenues, but those effects would not be significant. In addition, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2012-2016 period.
CRS summary.
Amends the Belarus Democracy Act of 2004 to express the sense of Congress that the President should continue to support radio, television, and Internet broadcasting to the people of Belarus in languages spoken in Belarus by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Voice of America, European Radio for Belarus, and Belsat. Includes among the criteria that the government of Belarus must meet in order to end U.S. sanctions: (1) release of individuals who were jailed based on political beliefs or expression in connection with the repression that attended the December 2010 presidential election; (2) prosecution of senior leadership of the government of Belarus responsible for violations of human rights violations, including human rights violations in connection with the presidential election; (3) withdrawal of politically motivated legal charges against opposition activists and independent journalists in connection with the presidential election; and (4) holding free and transparent presidential and parliamentary elections consistent with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) standards and under OSCE supervision. Authorizes the denial of U.S. entry to members of the security or law enforcement services who have participated in the crackdown on opposition leaders, journalists, and peaceful protesters or in the persecution of religious groups or human rights defenders. Requires that the President's annual Belarus report to Congress include information about government of Belarus cooperation with any foreign government or organization related to Internet censorship or surveillance or the purchase or receipt of any technology or training for such purposes.
Senate * 7/7/2011: H.R. 515 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
* 12/14/2011: H.R. 515 Passed in Senate, with amendments, by Voice Vote.
House of
Representatives
* 12/20/2011: H.R. 515, as amended by Senate, Passed in House: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments, Agreed to by voice vote.
President * 12/23/2011: H.R. 515 presented to the President.
* 1/3/2012: H.R. 515 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-82.
H.R. 519
"United Nations Tax Equalization Refund Act of 2011"
To secure the return to the United States the $179 million overpaid into the United Nations Tax Equalization Fund as of December 31, 2009, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 2/8/2011: H.R. 519 introduced in the House.
* 2/9/2011: H.R. 519 Failed to pass in the House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required = 286): 259 - 169 ( Roll no. 28).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/9/2011.
States that it shall be U.S. policy to: (1) direct the United Nations (U.N.) to return to the United States a specified amount overpaid into the United Nations Tax Equalization Fund (TEF) as of December 31, 2009; (2) use U.S. influence to press the U.N. to reform its TEF assessment procedures to reduce the discrepancies between TEF income and expenditures; and (3) annually instruct the U.N. to return to the United States any TEF surplus funds payable to the United States. Withholds such amount from the U.S. contribution to the regularly assessed biennial budget of the U.N. until the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that the U.N. has returned such amount to the United States.
H.R. 525
"Veterinary Public Health Amendments Act of 2011"
To amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance and increase the number of veterinarians trained in veterinary public health.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 2/8/2011: H.R. 525 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 3/2/2011: H.R. 525 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-22. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 10.
* 3/8/2011: H.R. 525 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 280 - 138 ( Roll no. 164).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/25/2011.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to revise a public health workforce grant program designed to increase the number of individuals in the public health workforce to include a health professions school or program of veterinary public health. Expands the public health workforce loan repayment program to make such veterinarians eligible for the program.
Senate * 3/9/2011: H.R. 525 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
H.R. 527
"Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011"
To amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/8/2011: H.R. 527 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business.
* 11/16/2011: H.R. 527 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–289 Pt. 1.
* 11/16/2011: H.R. 527 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Small Business, with written report H. Rept. 112–289 Pt. 2. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 191.
* 11/29/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Judiciary: H. Rept. 112–289 Pt. 3.
* 11/29/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 477 Reported to House. Measure provides for consideration of H.R. 527.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 527 Passed in House, by recorded vote: 263 - 159 ( Roll no. 880).
CBO Estimate, dated 8/24/2011. H.R. 527 would amend the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). The bill would expand the number of rules covered by the RFA and require agencies to perform additional analysis of regulations that affect small businesses. Finally, the legislation would provide new authorities to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Office of Advocacy to intervene in agency rulemaking. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 527 would cost $80 million over the 2012-2016 period to expand the RFA. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending by agencies not funded through annual appropriations. CBO estimates, however, that any net increase in spending by those agencies would not be significant. Enacting H.R. 527 would not affect revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) to revise the definition of "rule" under such Act to exclude a rule of particular (and not general) applicability relating to rates, wages, and other financial indicators and to define "economic impact" with respect to a proposed or final rule as any direct economic effect on small entities from such rule and any indirect economic effect on small entities that is reasonably foreseeable and that results from such rule. Includes tribal organizations within the definition of "small governmental jurisdictions" for purposes of such Act. Requires initial and final regulatory flexibility analyses to: (1) describe alternatives to a proposed rule that minimize any adverse significant economic impact or maximize the beneficial significant economic impact on small entities, and (2) include revisions or amendments to a land management plan developed by the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior under specified Acts. Expands elements of initial and final regulatory flexibility analyses under RFA to include estimates and descriptions of the cumulative economic impact of a proposed rule on a small entity. Repeals provisions allowing a waiver or delay of the completion of an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. Requires the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue rules governing federal agency compliance with RFA requirements. Authorizes the Chief Counsel to modify or amend such rules, to intervene in agency adjudication relating to such rules, and to inform an agency of the impact of its rulemaking on small entities. Revises requirements for agency notification of the SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy prior to the publication of any proposed rule. Requires agencies to provide the Chief Counsel with: (1) all materials prepared or utilized in making the proposed rule, and (2) information on the potential adverse and beneficial economic impacts of the proposed rule on small entities. Requires each agency to publish in the Federal Register a plan for the periodic review of existing and new rules that have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities to determine whether such rules should be continued, changed, or rescinded. Provides for judicial review of an agency final rule for compliance with RFA requirements after the publication of such rule. Grants federal courts of appeal jurisdiction to review all final rules issued in accordance with RFA.
H.R. 528
"Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act of 2011"
To require the submission of a report to the Congress on parasitic disease among poor Americans.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 2/8/2011: H.R. 528 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 3/2/2011: H.R. 528 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-23. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 11.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/25/2011.
Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report to Congress on the epidemiology of, impact of, and appropriate funding required to address neglected diseases of poverty.
H.R. 570
"Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011"
To amend the Public Health Service Act to enhance the roles of dentists and allied dental personnel in the Nation's disaster response framework, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 2/9/2011: H.R. 570 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 3/2/2011: H.R. 570 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-24. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 12.
* 3/8/2011: H.R. 570 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 401 - 12 ( Roll no. 163).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/25/2011.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the inclusion of dental health facilities in the National Health Security Strategy for purposes of preparedness during public health emergencies. Includes dental entities among entities that may carry out education and training activities to improve responses to public health emergencies.
Senate * 3/9/2011: H.R. 570 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
H.R. 585
"Small Business Size Standard Flexibility Act of 2011"
To amend the Small Business Act to provide for the establishment and approval of small business concern size standards by the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/9/2011: H.R. 585 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Graves (MO-6). Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.
* 11/16/2011: H.R. 585 Reported by the Committee on Small Business, with written report H. Rept. 112-288. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 190.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/27/2011. H.R. 585 would authorize the Chief Counsel for Advocacy within the Small Business Administration (SBA) to specify standards to be used by federal agencies to determine whether a business should be considered a small business under certain statutes. Currently, the Administrator of SBA sets size standards for purposes of implementing the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act; the Administrator consults with the agency’s Chief Counsel for Advocacy in determining size standards to be used by federal agencies’ in implementing other statutory provisions. H.R. 585 would split the duties, authorizing the Chief Counsel for Advocacy to determine and approve size standards for other federal regulatory agencies while retaining the Administrator’s authority to set size standards for purposes of the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. Based on information from the SBA, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 585 would cost $6 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Enacting H.R. 585 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Small Business Act (the Act) to authorize the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA), in addition to the SBA Administrator, to specify definitions or standards by which a business may be determined to be a small business (size standard) for purposes of the Act or the Small Business Investment Act of 1958. Requires Chief Counsel approval of any size standard prescribed by the Administrator. Authorizes the party seeking judicial review of a rule which includes a size standard approved by the Chief Counsel to join the Chief Counsel as a party in such action.
H.R. 588
To redesignate the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/9/2011: H.R. 588 introduced in the House by Rep. G. Harper (MS-3). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 588 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–279. Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 88.
* 11/14/2011: H.R. 588 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/25/2011. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Redesignates the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.
Senate * 11/15/2011: H.R. 588 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
* 2/1/2012: H.R. 588 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 2/6/2012: H.R. 588 Presented to the President.
* 2/14/2012: H.R. 588 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-94.
H.R. 643
"Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District Land Exchange Act"
To provide for the exchange of certain land located in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/10/2011: H.R. 643 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Polis (CO-2). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 643 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–161. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 106.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/27/2011. H.R. 643 would authorize the exchange of approximately five acres of federal land for a similar amount of acreage owned by the Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District of Boulder, Colorado. Based on information provided by the Forest Service, which administers the federal land to be conveyed, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no impact on discretionary spending. Any administrative costs related to the exchange would be paid by the Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District.
Requires the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), if the Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District of Boulder, Colorado, offers to convey specified non-federal land in unincorporated Boulder County and the offer is acceptable to the Secretary, to accept the offer and to convey federal land in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado.
H.R. 658
"FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011"
To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014, to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 658 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
* 3/10/2011: H.R. 658 Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with amendment, with written report H. Rept. 112-29, Part 1.
* 3/10/2011: Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 3/16/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Transportation, H. Rept. 112-29, Part II.
* 3/23/2011: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and Committee on the Judiciary discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 19.
* 4/1/2011: H.R. 658 Passed in House by recorded vote: 223 - 196 ( Roll no. 220).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/10/2011.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2011-FY2014 for: (1) airport planning and development and noise compatibility planning programs, (2) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air navigation facilities and equipment, (3) FAA operations, and (4) administrative expenses for certain airport programs.
Senate * 4/4/2011: H.R. 658 Received in the Senate.
* 4/7/2011: Senate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 223 amended.
* 4/7/2011: H.R. 658 Passed Senate with amendment by Unanimous Consent. Senate insists on its amendment, asks for a conference.
Conference * 2/1/2012: Conference report H. Rept. 112-381 filed.
House of
Representatives
* 2/3/2012: Conference report H. Rept. 112-381 agreed to in House, by the Yeas and Nays: 248 - 169 ( Roll no. 33).
Senate * 2/6/2012: Conference report H. Rept. 112-381 agreed to in Senate, by Yea-Nay Vote. 75 - 20. Record Vote Number: 15.
President * 2/8/2012: H.R. 658 Presented to the President.
* 2/14/2012: H.R. 658 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-95.
H.R. 662
"Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011"
To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 662 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 662 Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with written report H. Rept. 112-18, Part 1. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 9.
* 3/2/2011: H.R. 662 Passed in House by recorded vote: 421 - 4 ( Roll no. 160).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/25/2011.
Funding previously authorized by Surface Transportation Extension Act (Public Law 111-147) until March 4, 2011, extended by this bill to September 30, 2011.
Senate * 3/3/2011: H.R. 662 Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
President * 3/3/2011: H.R. 662 Presented to the President.
* 3/4/2011: Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-5.
H.R. 670
To convey certain submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in order to give that territory the same benefits in its submerged lands as Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have in their submerged lands.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 670 introduced in the House by Del. G. Sablan (MP). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 670 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–162. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 107.
* 10/3/2011: H.R. 670 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 397 - 0 ( Roll no. 744).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/17/2011. H.R. 670 would convey ownership of submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from the mean high tide seaward to the point that it is three geograhical miles from its coast line. Under current law, those lands are owned by the United States. Based on information from the Department of the Interior, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 670 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Conveys to the government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands submerged lands surrounding such Islands and extending three geographical miles outward from their coastlines.
H.R. 672
"Election Support Consolidation and Efficiency Act"
To terminate the Election Assistance Commission, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 672 introduced in the House by Rep. G. Harper. Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
* 6/2/2011: H.R. 672 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on House Administration, with written report H. Rept. 112-100, Part I. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 55.
* 6/22/2011: H.R. 672 Failed of passage in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 235 - 187 ( Roll No. 466).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the EAC Standards Board, and the EAC Board of Advisors 61 days after enactment of this Act. Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to perform EAC functions with respect to certain existing contracts and agreements during the transition period for winding up EAC affairs. Transfers specified election administration functions of the EAC to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Replaces the Standards Board and the Board of Advisors with a Guidelines Review Board to review voluntary voting system guidelines proposed by the Technical Guidelines Development Committee. Sets forth special requirements relating to the transfer of certain EAC authorities to the FEC with respect to development of such guidelines. Transfers to the FEC the EAC Office of Voting System Testing and Certification. Directs the Comptroller General to: (1) study the procedures used to adopt and modify the voluntary voting system guidelines applicable to the administration of elections for federal office, and (2) develop recommendations on methods to improve such procedures. Requires the FEC to: (1) study the procedures for the testing, certification, decertification, and recertification of voting system hardware and software used in federal elections, and (2) develop a recommendation on the entity best suited to oversee and carry out such procedures. Requires the recommendations in both studies to take into account the needs of persons affected by such guidelines, including state and local election officials, voters with disabilities, absent military and overseas voters, and the manufacturers of voting systems.
H.R. 674
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 2/11/2011: H.R. 674 introduced in the House by Rep. W. Herger (CA-2). Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
* 10/18/2011: H.R. 674 Reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, with written report H. Rept. 112–253. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 169.
* 10/25/2011: H.Res. 448 Reported by the Committee on Rules, providing for consideration of H.R. 674, with written report H. Rept. 112–261.
* 10/27/2011: H.R. 674 Passed in House, by the Yeas and Nays: 405 - 16 ( Roll no. 815).

CBO Estimate, dated 10/17/2011. H.R. 674 would repeal a requirement scheduled to take effect under current law that government entities withhold and deposit with the Internal Revenue Service 3 percent of certain payments made to vendors, as a credit against the vendor’s income tax. The staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates that enacting the legislation would reduce revenues and thus increase federal deficits by $11.2 billion over the 2012-2021 period. Under current law, federal, state, and local government entities will be required to withhold 3 percent of payments to vendors made in exchange for properties or services, beginning on January 1, 2013. The requirement will apply only if a government entity spends $100 million or more on all such payments to vendors annually. Payments made on contracts in effect on December 31, 2012, will not immediately be subject to the requirements. Repealing this requirement would reduce revenues by an estimated $11.2 billion over the 2012-2021 period.
CRS summary.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the 3% withholding requirement on payments due to vendors providing services to federal, state, and local governmental entities.
Senate * 10/31/2011: H.R. 674 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 11/1/2011: H.R. 674 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 212.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 674 Passed in Senate, with an amendment, by Yea-Nay Vote. 95 - 0. Record Vote Number: 204.
House of
Representatives
* 11/16/2011: H.R. 674, as amended by Senate, passed in House: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment; Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 422 - 0 ( Roll no. 853).
President * 11/19/2011: H.R. 674 presented to the President.
* 11/21/2011: H.R. 674, signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-56.
H.R. 686
"Utah National Guard Readiness Act"
To require the conveyance of certain public land within the boundaries of Camp Williams, Utah, to support the training and readiness of the Utah National Guard.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/14/2011: H.R. 686 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Bishop (UT-1). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 686 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–163. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 108.
* 10/3/2011: H.R. 686 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 - 0 ( Roll no. 742).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/20/2011. H.R. 686 would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey 420 acres of land to the state of Utah for the Utah National Guard. Because the land is currently withdrawn from commercial mineral development for use by the Utah National Guard, CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 686 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to convey, without consideration, to the state of Utah all interest of the United States in and to certain lands located within the boundaries of the public lands currently withdrawn for military use by the Utah National Guard and known as "Camp Williams" for the purpose of permitting the Utah National Guard to use such conveyed land.
H.R. 704
"Security and Fairness Enhancement for America (SAFE for America) Act of 2011"
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/15/2011: H.R. 704 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Goodlatte (VA-6). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 704 Reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–275. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 185.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/4/2011. H.R. 704 would eliminate the diversity visa program. Diversity visas go to people from countries that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has determined have had low ratios of immigrants admitted under other sections of immigration law. Currently, 55,000 diversity visas are available each year. Eliminating the diversity visa program would lower the number of immigrants entering the country who would become legal permanent residents (LPRs) by about 460,000 during the 2012-2021 period, CBO estimates. That decline in the number of LPRs would decrease spending on needs-based and social-insurance programs and would reduce the fees collected from immigrants. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 704 would decrease direct spending by $1.3 billion and would decrease revenues by about $0.1 billion over the 2012-2021 period. In addition, CBO estimates implementing the bill would reduce discretionary spending by $30 million over the 2012-2021 period, assuming appropriations are reduced by the estimated amounts.
CRS summary.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program.
H.R. 705
"Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011"
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the expansion of information reporting requirements to payments made to corporations, payments for property and other gross proceeds, and rental property expense payments, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.

Note: See also H.R. 4.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/15/2011: H.R. 705 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
* 2/22/2011: H.R. 705 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means, with written report H. Rept. 112-16. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 7.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 2/18/2011.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) repeal requirements for the reporting to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of payments of $600 or more to corporations that are not tax-exempt and of gross proceeds paid in consideration for any type of property, (2) repeal requirements for reporting payments made with respect to rental property which is not part of a trade or business, and (3) increase, for taxable years ending after December 31, 2013, the advance applicable dollar amount of the tax credit for health care premium assistance for taxpayers whose household income is less than 400% of the poverty line.
H.R. 754
"Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011"
To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 2/17/2011: H.R. 754 introduced in the House by Rep. M. Rogers (MI-8). Referred to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
* 5/3/2011: H.R. 754 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Intelligence, with written report H. Rept. 112-72. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 38.
* 5/13/2011: H.R. 754 Passed in House by recorded vote: 392 - 15 ( Roll no. 329).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/1/2011.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2011 for the conduct of intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the: (1) Office of the Director of National Intelligence; (2) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); (3) Department of Defense (DOD); (4) Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); (5) National Security Agency (NSA); (6) Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force; (7) Coast Guard; (8) Departments of State, the Treasury, Energy, and Justice; (9) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); (10) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); (11) National Reconnaissance Office; (12) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and (13) Department of Homeland Security.
Senate * 5/16/2011: H.R. 754 Received in the Senate.
* 5/18/2011: H.R. 754 Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 56.
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 754 Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
President * 6/1/2011: H.R. 754 Presented to the President.
* 6/8/2011: H.R. 754 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-18.
H.R. 765
"Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011"
To amend the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture regarding additional recreational uses of National Forest System land that is subject to ski area permits, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/17/2011: H.R. 765 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Bishop (UT-1). Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 765 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–164, Part 1. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 108.
* 10/3/2011: H.R. 765 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 - 0 ( Roll no. 743).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/27/2011. H.R. 765 would expand the authority of the Forest Service to allow ski concessioners to offer additional recreational services on public lands. Based on information provided by the agency, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. The Forest Service already has authority to allow its concessioners to provide certain off-season and other recreational services at ski resorts. Expanding that authority could increase the agency’s collection of fees from ski concessioners (currently yielding offsetting receipts to the Treasury of about $30 million a year) but CBO estimates that any increase would total less than $500,000 a year.
Amends the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to require the term and acreage of permits for the operation of ski areas and associated facilities (under current law, for the operation of nordic and alpine ski areas and facilities) on National Forest System lands to be governed by provisions under the Act relating to such permits and other applicable law. Provides for the issuance of permits for the use and occupancy of suitable lands within the National Forest System for skiing and other snow-sports and recreational uses authorized pursuant to this Act.
Senate * 10/4/2011: H.R. 765 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 186.
* 10/18/2011: H.R. 765 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/31/2011: H.R. 765 Presented to the President.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 765 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-46.
H.R. 771
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1081 Elbel Road in Schertz, Texas, as the "Schertz Veterans Post Office".
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/17/2011: H.R. 771 introduced in the House by Rep. H. Cuellar (TX-28). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 6/21/2011: H.R. 771 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 398 - 0 ( Roll No. 461).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1081 Elbel Road in Schertz, Texas, as the "Schertz Veterans Post Office."
Senate * 6/22/2011: H.R. 771 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 10/4/2011: H.R. 771 Passed in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/6/2011: H.R. 771 presented to the President
* 10/12/2011: H.R. 771 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-38.
H.R. 789
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 20 Main Street in Little Ferry, New Jersey, as the "Sergeant Matthew J. Fenton Post Office".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 2/17/2011: H.R. 789 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Rothman (NJ-9). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/29/2011: H.R. 789 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.
No CBO Estimate.
CRS summary.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 20 Main Street in Little Ferry, New Jersey, as the "Sergeant Matthew J. Fenton Post Office."
Senate * 7/29/2011: H.R. 789 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 12/15/2011: H.R. 789 Reported by Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without amendment, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 258.
* 12/17/2011: H.R. 789 Passed in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 12/23/2011: H.R. 789 presented to the President.
* 1/3/2012: H.R. 789 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-83.
H.R. 793
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 12781 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness, California, as the "Specialist Jake Robert Velloza Post Office".
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/17/2011: H.R. 793 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 3/10/2011: H.R. 793 Ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 3/14/2011: H.R. 793 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 - 0, 1 Present ( Roll no. 175).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Senate * 3/15/2011: H.R. 793 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 5/12/2011: H.R. 793 Reported by Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs without amendment, Without written report.
* 5/16/2011: H.R. 793 Passed in Senate, without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 5/26/2011: H.R. 793 Presented to the President.
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 793 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-15.
H.R. 795
"Small-Scale Hydropower Enhancement Act of 2011"
To expand small-scale hydropower.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/18/2011: H.R. 795 introduced in the House by Rep. A. Smith (NE-3). Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 795 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–219, Pt. 1.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/2/2011. Under the Federal Power Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issues licenses and regulates hydroelectric facilities, regardless of size. H.R. 795 would exempt certain small hydroelectric facilities with less than 1.5 megawatts of generating capacity from FERC’s licensing requirements. In addition, the bill would require the Department of the Interior (DOI) to report on the potential for generating more electricity from small hydroelectric facilities on federal lands. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 795 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Exempting small hydroelectric facilities from federal licensing requirements would reduce FERC’s workload. However, because FERC recovers 100 percent of its costs through user fees, any reduction in administrative costs (which are controlled through annual appropriation acts) would be offset by an equal change in fees that the commission charges, resulting in no net change in federal spending. Based on information from DOI, CBO also estimates that meeting expanded reporting requirements under H.R. 795 would not significantly affect the department’s costs. Furthermore, any such costs would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Enacting H.R. 795 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Exempts from certain Federal Power Act licensing requirements a hydroelectric project that uses only a non-federally owned conduit to generate electric power under 1.5 megawatts. Directs the Secretary of the Interior to revise and update the study and report on the potential for increasing electric power production capability at federally owned or operated water regulation, storage, and conveyance facilities required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Requires: (1) the study to include facilities that would result in less than 1 megawatt of capacity; and (2) the Secretary to consult with nonfederal and noncontracting interests in carrying out this study requirement, and carry it out on a nonreimbursable basis.
H.R. 802
To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a VetStar Award Program.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/18/2011: H.R. 802 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 5/20/2011: H.R. 802 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-80. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 41.
* 6/1/2011: H.R. 802 Passed in House, On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 408 - 11 ( Roll no. 383).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/16/2011. H.R. 802 would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish an award program to annually recognize businesses for their contributions to veterans’ employment. CBO anticipates that the award program would require VA staff to develop the award criteria, advertise the program, review nominations, and select winners. Award recipients would be recognized with awards such as trophies and plaques. CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2012-2016 period for additional personnel costs and to purchase awards and administrative supplies.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish the VetStar Award Program, to annually recognize businesses for their contributions to veterans' employment.
H.R. 818
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/18/2011: H.R. 818 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Matheson (UT-2). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 818 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-247. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 163.
* 10/24/2011: H.R. 818 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/1/2011. H.R. 818 would allow the Uintah Water Conservancy District in Utah to prepay the present value of certain amounts the district owes to the U.S. Treasury for its share of the cost to build the Jensen Unit of the Central Utah Project. Based on information from the Bureau of Reclamation and the Uintah Water Conservancy District, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would have no impact on the federal budget. The Uintah Water Conservancy District is currently paying the federal government about $227,000 a year on a balance of $3.9 billion in project construction costs that have been allocated to the district for repayment. However, if the district chose to prepay its debt to the government under the bill, it also would have to pay for additional construction costs—totaling $7.4 million—that have not yet been assigned to the district for repayment. Information from the district indicates that it would be unable to prepay that additional amount. Therefore, if the bill were enacted, CBO expects that the district would continue to make the annual payments it does under current law and the legislation would have no impact on the federal budget. On July 28, 2011, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 808, a bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District, as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on July 14, 2011. The two pieces of legislation and CBO’s cost estimates are the same.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of a specified contract between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District in Utah providing for repayment of municipal and industrial water delivery facilities under terms and conditions similar to those used in implementing provisions of the Central Utah Project Completion Act.
Senate * 10/31/2011: H.R. 818 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 211.
* 11/3/2011: H.R. 818 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 11/4/2011: H.R. 818 presented to the President.
* 11/9/2011: H.R. 818, signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-52.
H.R. 822
"National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011"
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a national standard in accordance with which nonresidents of a State may carry concealed firearms in the State.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/18/2011: H.R. 822 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Stearns (FL-6). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 822 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–277. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 187.
* 11/14/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 463 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 822.
* 11/16/2011: H.R. 822 Passed in House, by recorded vote: 272 - 154 ( Roll No. 852).
CBO Estimate, dated 11/4/2011. H.R. 822 would permit persons who are authorized to carry concealed firearms in their state of residence to carry concealed handguns in other states, under certain circumstances. The bill also would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to submit to the Congress a study on the laws and regulations of states that currently authorize nonresidents to carry concealed handguns. Based on the costs of similar GAO activities, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 822 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues. H.R. 822 would impose an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) by preempting some state laws that limit the ability of nonresidents to carry concealed weapons. Laws allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons vary from state to state and range from allowing anyone to carry such weapons without a permit to prohibiting nonresidents from carrying concealed weapons and requiring residents to complete training and meet other conditions before obtaining a permit. Some states recognize permits issued by other states and some do not. If enacted, the bill would require states that currently do not recognize permits to carry concealed weapons issued by other states to recognize those permits for nonresidents. The costs for states to comply with that mandate would include the cost to change protocols and train law enforcement officers. The bill also could result in the loss of revenue for some states. Currently, some states issue permits to nonresidents and charge fees ranging from $20 to $140 for those permits. If this bill is enacted and individuals have a permit to carry concealed weapons from their resident state, they would no longer need to purchase nonresident permits in other states they visit. There is no data on how many individuals this may affect, but the loss to states that issue nonresident permits could total a few million dollars annually.
CRS summary.
Amends the federal criminal code to authorize a person who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state, and who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm under federal law, to carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state.
Senate * 11/17/2011: H.R. 822 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 828
"Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2011"
To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that persons having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 828 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Chaffetz (UT-3). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 6/23/2011: H.R. 828 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with written report H. Rept. 112-115. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 66.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/11/2011. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 828 would cost $1 million in 2012 and less than $500,000 in subsequent years to create certification forms, develop new regulations, and review records of current and prospective employees.
Makes an individual who has a seriously delinquent tax debt ineligible to be appointed, or to continue serving, as a federal employee. The legislation defines seriously delinquent tax debt as outstanding tax debt to the federal government for which a public lien has been filed. Tax debt that is being paid in a timely manner, or is part of a requested or pending collection-due-process hearing, would not be considered seriously delinquent. Federal agencies would be required to have job applicants certify that they do not have such debt. The legislation would also allow agencies to review the public records of applicants or current employees; if a lien is discovered, agencies would be authorized to ask affected individuals to request that the Secretary of the Treasury confidentially disclose the status of that lien.
H.R. 830
"FHA Refinance Program Termination Act"
To rescind the unobligated funding for the FHA Refinance Program and to terminate the program.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 830 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 3/7/2011: H.R. 830 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-25. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 13.
* 3/10/2011: H.R. 830 Passed in House by recorded vote: 256 - 171 ( Roll no. 171).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/7/2011.
Rescinds and permanently cancels all unexpended funding remaining available and allocated for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Refinancing Program of the Making Home Affordable initiative of the Secretary of the Treasury, and terminates the program.
Senate * 3/14/2011: H.R. 830 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
House
of
Representatives
* 7/21/2011: The text of H.R. 830, as passed by the House, was appended to the end of H.R. 1315 as new matter.
H.R. 836
"Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Termination Act"
To rescind the unobligated funding for the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program and to terminate the program.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 836 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 3/7/2011: H.R. 836 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-26. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 14.
* 3/11/2011: H.R. 836 Passed in House by recorded vote: 242 - 177 ( Roll no. 174).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/7/2011.
Rescinds and permanently cancels all unobligated funding remaining available under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act for the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program, and terminates the program.
Senate * 3/14/2011: H.R. 830 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
H.R. 839
"HAMP Termination Act of 2011"
To amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program, while preserving assistance to homeowners who were already extended an offer to participate in the Program, either on a trial or permanent basis.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/28/2011: H.R. 839 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 3/11/2011: H.R. 839 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-31. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 15.
* 3/14/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Financial Services; H. Rept. 112-31, Part 2.
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 839 Passed in House by recorded vote: 252 - 170, 1 Present ( Roll no. 198).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/11/2011.
Amends the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new mortgage modification assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), except with respect to existing obligations on behalf of homeowners already extended an offer to participate in the program.
Senate * 3/30/2011: H.R. 839 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
H.R. 850
To facilitate a proposed project in the Lower St. Croix Wild and Scenic River, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/1/2011: H.R. 850 introduced in the House by Rep. M. Bachmann (MN-6). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 850 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–309. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 209.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/18/2011. H.R. 850 would waive section 7 of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to permit the construction of a bridge over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Allowing construction of the bridge would permit those states to spend Federal-Aid Highway funds appropriated and designated exclusively for construction of that bridge. As a result, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would increase direct spending by $8 million over the 2012-2021 period. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues. Under section 7 of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Park Service has determined that construction of a bridge over the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin would have an adverse effect on the river. As a result, federal agencies are prohibited from obligating any additional funds or providing any necessary permits to construct that bridge. By waiving section 7, H.R. 850 would permit construction of the bridge and would allow Minnesota and Wisconsin to use Federal-Aid Highway funds designated exclusively for that purpose. Based on information from the states involved, CBO estimates that those federal funds total about $8 million.
CRS summary.
Deems consistent with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act the construction of a four-lane highway bridge over the Lower St. Croix River, Minnesota and Wisconsin, in accordance with the Section 7 Evaluation issued by the National Park Service (NPS) in October 2005.
H.R. 861
"NSP Termination Act"
To rescind the third round of funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and to terminate the program.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/1/2011: H.R. 861 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 3/11/2011: H.R. 861 Reported (amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-32. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 16.
* 3/14/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Financial Services; H. Rept. 112-32, Part 2.
* 3/16/2011: H.R. 861 Passed in House by recorded vote: 242 - 182 ( Roll no. 188).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/11/2011.
Rescinds and cancels permanently all unobligated balances remaining available, as of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for assistance to states and local governments for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes and residential properties. (Thus, rescinds the third round of funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program [NSP].) Amends the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to repeal emergency FY2008 appropriations for the Program. States that such appropriations, together with amounts made available for the Program in the HUD, Community Planning and Development, Community Development Fund under title XII of division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, shall continue to be governed by any provisions of law applicable to such amounts as in effect before the repeal. Requires the Secretary to terminate the Program upon the obligation of all such amounts and outlays to liquidate them.
Senate * 3/17/2011: H.R. 861 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
H.R. 872
"Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011"
To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/2/2011: H.R. 872 introduced in the House, referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture.
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 872 reported (amended) by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with written report H. Rept. 112-43, Part I.
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 872 reported (amended) by the Committee on Agriculture, with written report H. Rept. 112-43, Part II.
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 872 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 21.
* 3/31/2011: H.R. 872 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 292 - 130 ( Roll no. 206).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/18/2011, prepared for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
H.R. 872 would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states authorized to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits from requiring a permit for some discharges of pesticides authorized for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Under the bill, public and private entities would no longer need to obtain an NPDES permit for certain discharges of pesticides except in cases where the application of the pesticide would not fall under FIFRA, or in cases where the discharge is regulated as a stormwater, municipal, or industrial discharge under the Clean Water Act. Under a recent court ruling, the requirement to obtain an NPDES permit will become effective on April 9, 2011; at that time, pesticide applications not covered by an NPDES permit will be subject to a fine.
Senate * 4/4/2011: H.R. 872 Received in the Senate, Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
* 6/21/2011: H.R. 872 Reported by Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, without amendment, without written report.
H.R. 886
"United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act"
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation's first Federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service.
Legislation status.
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* 3/2/2011: H.R. 886 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Womack (AR-3). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 12/15/2011: H.R. 886 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 412 - 1, 1 Present ( Roll no. 934).
No CBO Estimate.
CRS summary.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury, in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Marshals Service, to mint and issue $5 gold and $1 silver coins emblematic of the 225 years of exemplary and unparalleled achievements of the U.S. Marshals Service. Requires all such coin sales to include a surcharge of: (1) $35 per $5 coin; and (2) $10 per $1 coin. Requires distribution of the first $5 million to the U.S. Marshals Service National Museum for the preservation, maintenance, and display of artifacts and documents of the U.S. Marshals Service. Requires distribution of one-third of the remainder each to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and to the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation. Authorizes the Secretary to strike and sell bronze duplicates of the $5 gold coins.
Senate *12/15/2011: H.R. 886 Received in Senate.
* 12/17/2011: H.R. 886 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
H.R. 899
To amend title 41, United States Code, to extend the sunset date for certain protests of task and deliver order contracts.
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* 3/3/2011: H.R. 899 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 899 reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with written report H. Rept. 112-37. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 18.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/16/2011.
Extends until September 30, 2016: (1) the authority for a bid protest (i.e., a written objection to a federal agency solicitation, cancellation of a solicitation, or award of a contract) of a task or delivery order contract valued in excess of $10 million; and (2) the exclusive jurisdiction of the Comptroller General over such protests.
H.R. 901
"Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Authorization Act of 2011"
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to codify the requirement that the Secretary of Homeland Security maintain chemical facility anti-terrorism security regulations.
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* 3/3/2011: H.R. 901 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Lungren (CA-3), Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 9/26/2011: H.R. 901 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security, with written report H. Rept. 112-224, Part 1.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/6/2011. H.R. 901 would extend through fiscal year 2018 the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) authority to regulate security at certain chemical facilities in the United States. Under this authority, which under current law is set to expire in October, DHS runs the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Under CFATS, DHS collects and reviews information from chemical facilities in the United States to determine which facilities present a security risk. Facilities determined to present a high level of security risk are then required to develop a Site Security Plan (SSP). DHS in turn conducts inspections to validate the adequacy of a facility’s SSP and their compliance with it. H.R. 901 would authorize $90 million annually for CFATS over the 2012-2018 period. That amount is equal to the $90 million provided in 2011 for the program. CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost $361 million over the 2012-2016 period and about $260 million in subsequent years.
Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to maintain regulations to protect chemical facilities against terrorism that include: (1) risk-based performance standards for chemical facility security, (2) requirements for chemical facility security vulnerability assessments, and (3) requirements for the development and implementation of chemical facility site security plans. Repeals similar provisions of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007. Applies such regulations to any chemical facility that the Secretary determines presents a high level of security risk with respect to acts of terrorism, with the exception of Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, facilities regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), port security facilities, public water systems, and treatment works. Requires information developed pursuant to this Act to be protected from public disclosure but permits information sharing with state and local government officials under specified circumstances. Directs the Secretary to audit and inspect chemical facilities and order compliance with such regulations. Terminates this Act on September 30, 2018.
H.R. 908
"Full Implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act"
To extend the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security to maintain the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/3/2011: H.R. 908 introduced in the House by Rep. T. Murphy (PA-18), referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 9/19/2011: H.R. 908 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-211. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 139.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/15/2011. H.R. 908 would extend through fiscal year 2018 the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) authority to regulate security at certain chemical facilities in the United States. Under this authority, which under current law is set to expire in October, DHS runs the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Under CFATS, DHS collects and reviews information from chemical facilities in the United States to determine which facilities present a security risk. Facilities determined to present a high level of security risk are then required to develop a Site Security Plan (SSP). DHS in turn conducts inspections to validate the adequacy of a facility’s SSP and their compliance with it. H.R. 908 would authorize $90 million annually for CFATS over the 2012-2018 period. That amount is equal to the $90 million provided in 2011 for the program. CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost $361 million over the 2012-2016 period and about $260 million in subsequent years, assuming the appropriation of the specified amounts. H.R. 908 could result in the collection of additional civil penalties, which are recorded as revenues and deposited in the Treasury; however, CBO estimates that such collections would be minimal and the effect on revenues would be insignificant. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending.
Amends the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 to extend until October 4, 2017, the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue interim final regulations establishing risk-based performance standards for security of chemical facilities and requiring vulnerability assessments and the development and implementation of site security plans for such facilities.
H.R. 910
"Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011"
To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
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* 3/3/2011: H.R. 910 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 4/1/2011: H.R. 910 reported (amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-50. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 24.
* 4/7/2011: H.R. 910 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 255 - 172 ( Roll No. 249).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/30/2011.
Amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change. Excludes GHGs from the definition of "air pollutant" for purposes of addressing climate change.
Senate * 4/8/2011: H.R. 910 Received in the Senate, Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
H.R. 915
"Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act"
To establish a Border Enforcement Security Task Force program to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protect United States border cities and communities from trans-national crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes.
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* 3/3/2011: H.R. 915 introduced in the House by Rep. H. Cuellar (TX-28). Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
* 11/4/2011: H.R. 915 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security, with written report H. Rept. 112–268. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 179.

CBO Estimate, dated 9/29/2011. H.R. 915 would authorize the appropriation of $10 million for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016 for the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) program in the Department of Homeland Security. Under the BEST program, personnel from federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law-enforcement agencies share information and carry out law-enforcement operations to combat criminal activity near United States borders. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $48 million over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting H.R. 915 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Establishes in United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) program to enhance border security by addressing and reducing border security threats and violence by: (1) facilitating collaboration among federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement agencies to execute coordinated activities in furtherance of border security and homeland security; and (2) enhancing information-sharing among such agencies. Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), acting through the Assistant Secretary for ICE, to establish BEST units after considering: (1) whether the area where the unit would be established is significantly impacted by cross-border threats; (2) the availability of federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement resources to participate in the unit; and (3) the extent to which border security threats are having a significant harmful impact in the area and in other jurisdictions. Authorizes the Secretary, in order to provide federal assistance to the area so designated, to: (1) obligate such sums as are appropriated for the BEST program; (2) direct the assignment of federal personnel to that program; and (3) take other actions to assist state, local, tribal, and foreign jurisdictions to participate. Directs the Secretary to report on the effectiveness of the program in enhancing border security and reducing the drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across U.S. borders.
H.R. 944
To eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by incorporating the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, into the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's rocks and small islands, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
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* 3/8/2011: H.R. 944 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Campbell (CA-48). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 944 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–165. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 109.
* 12/7/2011: H.R. 944 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/21/2011. H.R. 944 would add certain islands and large rocks located off the coast of California to the California Coastal National Monument. The act also would repeal statutes enacted in the 1930s that reserved two of the rocks for lighthouses that were never constructed. Based on information provided by the Bureau of Land Management, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 944 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. The affected properties are already administered by the federal government, and their inclusion in the national monument would not require the purchase or development of any land. Enacting H.R. 944 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Removes the temporary reservation for park, scenic, or other public purposes of certain rocks, pinnacles, reefs, and islands in the Pacific Ocean within a mile of the coast of Orange County, California. Makes such rocks, pinnacles, reefs, and islands part of the California Coastal National Monument and requires that they be administered as part of the Monument. Repeals the lighthouse reservation with respect to the San Juan and San Mateo Rocks and the two rocks in the vicinity of Laguna Beach, off the coast of Orange County.
Senate * 12/8/2011: H.R. 944 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
H.R. 963
"See Something, Say Something Act of 2011"
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/8/2011: H.R. 963 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 9/12/2011: H.R. 963 Reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–204. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 131.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/9/2011. H.R. 963 would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to grant immunity from civil liability to people who report suspicious activities that would violate the law relating to terrorism. Under current law, citizens are protected from liability in cases when they report suspicious activities on transportation systems. The bill would expand that protection to any citizen in any circumstance. Because the bill would address a private right of action and based on information from the Department of Homeland Security, CBO estimates that the bill would have no effect on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 963 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to grant immunity from civil liability to persons who, in good faith and based on an objectively reasonable suspicion, report suspicious activity indicating that an individual may be engaging, or preparing to engage, in a violation of law relating to an act of terrorism. Grants qualified immunity from civil liability to any authorized official who observes, or receives a report of, such activity and takes reasonable action in good faith to respond, consistent with applicable law in the relevant jurisdiction. Provides that an authorized official not entitled to assert the defense of qualified immunity shall nonetheless be immune from civil immunity if that official takes reasonable action, in good faith, to respond to the reported activity.
H.R. 966
"Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2011"
To amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/9/2011: H.R. 966 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 7/21/2011: H.R. 966 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–174. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 114.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/18/2011. H.R. 966 would amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require courts to impose appropriate sanctions on attorneys, law firms, or parties who file frivolous lawsuits and to require them to compensate parties injured by such conduct. (Courts currently may, but are not required to, impose such sanctions.) Under the legislation, any monetary sanction imposed under Rule 11 would be paid by the parties to the suit. Thus, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would result in no significant cost to the federal government. H.R. 966 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the sanctions provisions in Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require the court to impose an appropriate sanction on any attorney, law firm, or party that has violated, or is responsible for the violation of, the rule with regard to representations to the court. Requires any sanction to compensate parties injured by the conduct in question. Removes a provision that prohibits filing a motion for sanctions if the challenged paper, claim, defense, contention, or denial is withdrawn or appropriately corrected within 21 days after service or within another time the court sets. Authorizes the court to impose additional sanctions, including striking the pleadings, dismissing the suit, nonmonetary directives, or penalty payments if warranted for effective deterrence.
H.R. 970
"Federal Aviation Research and Development Reauthorization Act of 2011"
To reauthorize the civil aviation research and development projects and activities of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/9/2011: H.R. 970 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
* 4/4/2011: H.R. 970 reported (amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, with written report H. Rept. 112-52. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 26.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/22/2011.
H.R. 970 would authorize the appropriation of funds for research related to aviation, for the FAA’s research, engineering, and development program. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $412 million over the 2011-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. In addition, H.R. 970 would authorize additional spending for research and development related to designing and managing the national airspace and efforts to enhance safety, capacity, and environmental attributes of airports.
H.R. 991
"Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2011"
To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow importation of polar bear trophies taken in sport hunts in Canada before the date the polar bear was determined to be a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Legislation status.
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* 3/9/2011: H.R. 991 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Young (AK). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 991 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–308. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 208.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/1/2011. H.R. 991 would require the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits to hunters seeking to import polar bear remains from Canada that were acquired during hunts that took place prior to the polar bear being listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Thus, only hunters who submitted applications for permits to import such remains prior to May 15, 2008, the date the polar bear was listed under ESA, would be eligible to receive a permit under the bill. Based on information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CBO estimates that processing and issuing the roughly 40 permits that would be affected by the legislation would have a negligible impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 991 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to issue a permit for the importation of polar bear parts taken in a sport hunt in Canada, if legally harvested before: (1) February 18, 1997; or (2) May 15, 2008, from a bear population from which a sport-hunted trophy could be imported before such date. (Polar bears were listed as a threatened species by the Department of the Interior on May 14, 2008.)
H.R. 1002
"Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011"
To restrict any State or local jurisdiction from imposing a new discriminatory tax on cell phone services, providers, or property.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/10/2011: H.R. 1002 introduced in the House by Rep. Z. Lofgren (CA-16). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 7/29/2011: H.R. 1002 reported (amended) by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-188. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 122.
* 11/1/2011: H.R. 1002 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/28/2011. H.R. 1002 would prohibit state and local governments from imposing certain new taxes on providers of wireless communications service for five years after enactment of the legislation. The bill would also require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study examining the impact of the moratorium on consumers. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1002 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Prohibits states or local governments from imposing any new discriminatory tax on mobile services, mobile service providers, or mobile service property (i.e., cell phones) for five years after the enactment of this Act. Defines "new discriminatory tax" as a tax imposed on mobile services, providers, or property that is not generally imposed on other types of services or property, or that is generally imposed at a lower rate, unless such tax was imposed and actually enforced prior to the date of enactment of this Act.
Senate * 11/2/2011: H.R. 1002 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
H.R. 1016
"Assessing Progress in Haiti Act"
To measure the progress of relief, recovery, reconstruction, and development efforts in Haiti following the earthquake of January 12, 2010, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/10/2011: H.R. 1016 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
* 5/10/2011: H.R. 1016 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/27/2011.
Directs the President to report to Congress on the status of post-earthquake humanitarian, reconstruction, and development efforts in Haiti, including efforts to prevent the spread of cholera and treat persons infected with the disease. Requires such report to evaluate: (1) the overall progress of relief, recovery, and reconstruction in Haiti, including U.S. government programs, programs to protect vulnerable populations, and projects to improve water, sanitation, and health; (2) the extent to which U.S. and international efforts are in line with the government of Haiti's priorities and are working through Haitian ministries and local authorities; (3) coordination among U.S. government agencies and coordination between the U.S. government and U.N. agencies, international financial institutions, and other bilateral donors; (4) mechanisms for communicating the progress of recovery and reconstruction to Haitian citizens; (5) mechanisms through which Haitian civil society and the Haitian diaspora are participating in recovery and reconstruction; and (6) Haiti's suitability to receive aliens who are removed, excluded, or deported from the United States and steps Haiti is taking to strengthen its capacity in this regard. H.R. 1016 would require the President to use existing appropriations to prepare a report to the Congress on the status of reconstruction and development efforts in Haiti following the earthquake there in 2010. CBO estimates that the cost of such a report, which would be direct spending, would be less than $500,000 in 2012.
Senate * 5/11/2011: H.R. 1016 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
H.R. 1021
"Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2011"
To prevent the termination of the temporary office of bankruptcy judges in certain judicial districts.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/10/2011: H.R. 1021 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21), referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 7/19/2011: H.R. 1021 reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-152. Committee on Transportation discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 98.
* 12/6/2011: H.R. 1021 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/5/2011. H.R. 1021 would extend the authority to appoint judges to 30 temporary bankruptcy judgeships. Under the bill, those temporary judgeships could remain filled for five years or until another vacancy occurs, whichever is later. Under current law, those judgeships cannot be filled if any vacancies occur. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1021 would increase direct spending by about $2 million over the 2012-2016 period and about $5 million over the 2012-2021 period. Implementing the bill also would increase spending subject to appropriation by $4 million over the next five years.
Extends the temporary office of bankruptcy judges authorized for specified districts under the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 1992 and other provisions of the federal judicial code until the applicable vacancy occurs in the office of a bankruptcy judge in such respective districts. Prohibits filling specified bankruptcy judge vacancies occurring more than five years after enactment of this Act and resulting from the death, retirement, resignation, or removal of a bankruptcy judge.
Senate * 12/7/2011: H.R. 1021 Received in the Senate.
* 12/8/2011: H.R. 1021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 1022
"Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act"
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
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Representatives
* 3/10/2011: H.R. 1022 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Speier (CA-12). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 1022 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–166. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 110.
* 1/25/2012: H.R. 1022 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill; Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 338 - 70 ( Roll no. 10).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/20/2011. H.R. 1022 would require the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study of alternatives for honoring the Buffalo Soldiers (members of several African-American regiments within the U.S. Army established after the Civil War). Based on information from the NPS and assuming the availability of appropriated funds, CBO estimates that conducting the study would cost about $400,000 over the next three years. Enacting H.R. 1022 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to study alternatives for the commemoration and interpretation of the role of the Buffalo Soldiers (African-American troops who, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers) in the early years of the National Parks, which shall include an evaluation of the suitability and feasibility of establishing a national historic trail commemorating the route traveled by the Buffalo Soldiers from their post in the Presidio in San Francisco to the Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and to any other National Parks where they may have served.
Senate * 1/26/2012: H.R. 1022 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
H.R. 1025
To amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.
Legislation status.
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* 3/10/2011: H.R. 1025 introduced in the House by Rep. T. Walz (MN-1). Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 10/5/2011: H.R. 1025 Reported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112–233. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 152.
* 10/11/2011: H.R. 1025 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/16/2011. H.R. 1025 would grant the status of honorary veteran to certain retired reservists. Individuals who served at least 20 years in the reserves, are under age 60, and were never called to active duty would be eligible for this honorary status. Under H.R. 1025, those honorary veterans would not be eligible for additional benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs based on this new status. Thus, CBO estimates that the bill would have no budgetary impact. Enacting H.R. 1025 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Honors as a veteran any person entitled to retired pay for nonregular (reserve) service or, but for age, would be so entitled. Provides that such person shall not be entitled to any benefit by reason of such recognition.
H.R. 1034
"Airport and Airway Trust Fund Financing Reauthorization Act of 2011"
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.
Legislation status.
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* 3/11/2011: H.R. 1034 introduced in the House, referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1034 reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, with written report H. Rept. 112-44, Pt I. Committee on Transportation discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 22.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/25/2011.
H.R. 1034 would extend through fiscal year 2014 the existing taxes that are dedicated to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) authority to expend amounts credited to that fund. Previously, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part IV (Public Law 111-329) extended aviation-related taxes through March 31, 2011, and the FAA’s authority to expend amounts in the AATF through April 1, 2011.
H.R. 1059
To protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports, and for other purposes.
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* 3/14/2011: H.R. 1059 introduced in the House By Rep. J. Conyers (MI-14). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 7/29/2011: H.R. 1059 reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-189. Committee on Transportation discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 123.
* 9/12/2011: H.R. 1059 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 384 - 0 ( Roll no. 701).
CBO Estimate, dated 7/27/2011. H.R. 1059 would repeal the sunset provision of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 involving the financial disclosure requirements for judges. The bill would prevent public disclosure of certain information if it is determined that such disclosure could endanger the individual. Under current law, those provisions expire at the end of calendar year 2011. Based on information from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, CBO estimates that implementing those provisions would have no significant immpact on the federal budget. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Revises the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to make permanent the Judicial Conference's authority to redact financial disclosure reports filed by a judicial officer or employee if it finds that revealing personal and sensitive information could endanger that individual or a family member of that individual.
Senate * 9/13/2011: H.R. 1059 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 11/15/2011: H.R. 1059 reported by Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, with an amendment, without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 232.
* 11/17/2011: H.R. 1059 Passed in Senate, with an amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
House of
Representatives
* 12/20/2011: H.R. 1059, as amended by Senate, passed in House: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment, Agreed to by voice vote.
President * 12/23/2011: H.R. 1059 presented to the President.
* 1/3/2012: H.R. 1059 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-84.
H.R. 1062
"Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act"
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal certain additional disclosure requirements, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/14/2011: H.R. 1062 introduced in the House by Rep. N. Hayworth (NY-19), referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 7/12/2011: H.R. 1062 reported by the Committee on on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-142. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 90.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/30/2011. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1062 would not have a significant impact on spending.
Amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal the requirement that the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) amend certain federal regulations about executive compensation to require each issuer of securities to disclose in any filing: (1) the median of the annual total compensation of all the issuer's employees, except the chief executive officer; (2) the annual total compensation of the chief executive officer; and (3) the ratio of the first amount to the second.
H.R. 1070
"Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011"
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to authorize the Securities and Exchange Commission to exempt a certain class of securities from such Act.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/14/2011: H.R. 1070 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Schweikert (AZ-5), referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 9/14/2011: H.R. 1070 reported (Amended) by the Committee on on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-206. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 135.
* 11/2/2011: H.R. 1070 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 421 - 1 ( Roll No. 820).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends the Securities Act of 1933 to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to exempt from its regulation a class of securities for which the aggregate offering amount is between $5 million and $50 million, subject to specified terms and conditions. Authorizes the SEC to: (1) require an issuer of such exempted class of securities to make periodic disclosures available to investors regarding the issuer, its business operations, its financial condition, and its use of investor funds; and (2) provide for the suspension and termination of such a requirement with respect to that issuer. Requires the SEC to: (1) review and increase biennially such offering amount limitation, as appropriate; and (2) report to certain congressional committees on its reasons for not increasing the amount if it determines not to do so.
Senate * 11/3/2011: H.R. 1070 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 1070 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 222.
H.R. 1076
To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/15/2011: H.R. 1076 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 1076 Passed in House by recorded vote: 228 - 192, 1 Present ( Roll no. 192).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Prohibits federal funding to organizations incorporated for specified purposes related to: (1) broadcasting, transmitting, and programming over noncommercial educational radio broadcast stations, networks, and systems; (2) cooperating with foreign broadcasting systems and networks in international radio programming and broadcasting; (3) assisting and supporting such noncommercial educational radio broadcasting pursuant to the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967; (4) paying dues to such organizations; or (5) acquiring radio programs by or for the use of a radio broadcast station that is a public broadcast station as defined in the Communications Act of 1934. Revises the Public Broadcasting Fund allocation formula.
Senate * 3/17/2011: H.R. 1076 Received in the Senate. Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
H.R. 1079
"Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011"
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/15/2011: H.R. 1079 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.
*3/29/2011: H.R. 1079 Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with written report H. Rept. 112-41, Part I. Committee on Ways and Means discharged.
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1079 Passed in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/17/2011.
H.R. 1079 would extend through May 31, 2011, the existing taxes that are dedicated to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) as well as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) authority to expend amounts credited to that fund. In addition, the bill would provide nearly $2.5 billion of contract authority (the authority to incur obligations in advance of appropriations, a mandatory form of budget authority) for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) through May 2011—or $3.7 billion on an annualized basis. Previously, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part IV (Public Law 111-329) extended aviation-related taxes through March 31, 2011, and the FAA’s authority to expend amounts in the AATF through April 1, 2011. That act also provided nearly $1.9 billion of contract authority to AIP through March 31, 2011—or $3.7 billion on an annualized basis.
Senate * 3/29/2011: H.R. 1079 Received in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 3/30/2011: Presented to the President.
* 3/31/2011: H.R. 1079 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-7.
H.R. 1082
"Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act"
To amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to provide a registration exemption for private equity fund advisers, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/15/2011: H.R. 1082 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Hurt (VA-5). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 7/12/2011: H.R. 1082 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-143. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 91.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/8/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1082 would not have a significant impact on spending.
Amends the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to exempt private equity fund investment advisers from the registration and reporting requirements of the Act. Directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to promulgate final rules requiring such investment advisers to maintain records the SEC determines necessary, taking into account fund size, governance, investment strategy, and risk.
H.R. 1121
"Responsible Consumer Financial Protection Regulations Act of 2011"
To replace the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with a five person Commission.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/16/2011: H.R. 1121 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Bachus (AL-6). Referred to the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.
* 6/16/2011: H.R. 1121 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-107. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 61.
* 7/19/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Financial Services, H. Rept. 112-107, Part 2.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/24/11. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1121 would increase direct spending by $71 million over the 2012-2021 period.
Amends the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, (title X of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), to replace the position of Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with a five-member Commission composed of the Vice Chairman for Supervision of the Federal Reserve System and four additional members appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, from among individuals who should want to protect service members and their families who are sacrificing their lives for this country from abusive financial practices. Prohibits Commission members from engaging in any other business, vocation, or employment. Requires one member of the Commission to exercise primary responsibility for the Bureau's oversight activities pertaining to protecting consumers, with a focus on consumers who are older, minorities, youth, or veterans, from unfair, deceptive, and abusive lending practices. Prohibits the Chair of the Commission from making requests for estimates related to appropriations without prior Commission approval.
H.R. 1141
"Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act"
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating prehistoric, historic, and limestone forest sites on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as a unit of the National Park System.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/16/2011: H.R. 1141 introduced in the House by Del. G. Sablan (MP). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 1141 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–167. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 111.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/20/2011. H.R. 1141 would require the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study of the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, to determine the suitability and feasibility of designating it as a unit of the National Park System. The NPS would have three years to complete the study and report to the Congress on its results. Based on information provided by the NPS and assuming the availability of appropriated funds, CBO estimates that carrying out the study required by H.R. 1141 would cost about $200,000 over the next three years. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating prehistoric, historic, and limestone forest sites on the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as a unit of the National Park System and to consider management alternatives for Rota.
H.R. 1158
"Montana Mineral Conveyance Act"
To authorize the conveyance of mineral rights by the Secretary of the Interior in the State of Montana, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 1158 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Rehberg (MT). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 1158 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–299. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 199.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/22/2011. H.R. 1158 would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to convey 5,000 acres of land containing coal deposits to Great Northern Properties, a private company, if the company conveys certain mineral rights to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. The land conveyances would not be finalized unless the tribe waived all claims related to the failure of the United States to acquire certain mineral rights underlying reservation land. Based on information provided by BLM, the tribe, and firms operating in the coal industry, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would reduce net offsetting receipts (thus increasing direct spending) by $17 million over the 2012-2021 period. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues and would have no significant impact on discretionary spending.
CRS summary.
Requires the Secretary of the Interior, if Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership (the Great Northern Properties) conveys to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe all its mineral interests underlying specified aggregate tracts of land in Montana within the Tribe's reservation (the Cheyenne tracts), to convey to Great Northern Properties all interest of the United States in and to the coal underlying specified unleased federal tracts in Montana outside of the Tribe's reservation. Requires the Northern Cheyenne Tribe to waive each legal claim relating to the failure of the United States to acquire in trust for the Tribe the private mineral interests underlying the Cheyenne tracts as part of the Tribe's reservation. Instructs the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and Great Northern Properties to jointly notify the Secretary in writing when they have agreed on a formula for the sharing of revenue from the coal produced from the federal tracts.
H.R. 1160
"McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery Conveyance Act"
To require the Secretary of the Interior to convey the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery to the State of North Carolina, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 1160 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Kissell (NC-8). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 1160 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–168. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 112.
* 10/24/2011: H.R. 1160 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 395 - 0 ( Roll No. 802).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/30/2011. H.R. 1160 would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery to the state of North Carolina. Based on information provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 1160 would not affect direct spending or revenues. The state of North Carolina currently manages the fish hatchery and pays all operating and maintenance costs under a Memorandum of Understanding with the USFWS. Under the bill, the USFWS could use fish hatchery facilities for certain purposes if the agency reimbursed the state for any costs it incurred. The agency would make reimbursement payments from amounts made available in annual appropriation acts. Based on information provided by the USFWS regarding the operating budget for the fish hatchery, CBO estimates that any reimbursements would be less than $150,000 a year.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery in Richmond County, North Carolina, to the state of North Carolina to be used by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as a component of the fish and wildlife management program of the state. Requires the state to allow the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to use such property for the propagation of any critically important aquatic resource held in public trust to address the specific restoration or recovery needs of such resource.
H.R. 1162
To provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 1162 introduced in the House by Rep. N. Dicks (WA-6). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 2/3/2012: H.R. 1162 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–387. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 265.
* 2/6/2012: H.R. 1162 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 381 - 7 ( Roll No. 35).
No CBO Estimate.
CRS summary.
Removes certain federal land within Olympic National Park, Washington, that is designated as part of the Olympic Wilderness from inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Takes specified federal land within the Park into trust for the Quileute Indian Tribe. Requires the Secretary of the Interior to take specified nonfederal land owned by the Tribe into trust for the Tribe, upon completion and acceptance of an environmental hazard assessment. Includes those lands taken into trust for the Tribe in the Quileute Indian Reservation. Subjects portions of the federal land conveyed to the Tribe to easements and conditions that preserve the natural condition of the land and provide the public with recreational access to the land and Park. Exempts land conveyed to the Tribe along the southern boundary of the Reservation from any easements or conditions. Allows that land to be altered to allow for the relocation of Tribe members and structures outside the tsunami and Quillayute River flood zones. Extinguishes the Tribe's claims against the United States relating to the Park's past or present ownership, entry, use, surveys, or other activities upon the taking of the lands into trust for the Tribe and a formal Tribal Council resolution. Prohibits gaming on lands taken into trust for the Tribe pursuant to this Act.
Senate * 2/7/2012: H.R. 1162 Received in the Senate, read twice.
* 2/13/2012: H.R. 1162 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 2/16/2012: H.R. 1162 Presented to the President.
* 2/27/2012: H.R. 1162 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-97.
H.R. 1165
"Transportation Security Administration Ombudsman Act of 2011"
To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish an Ombudsman Office within the Transportation Security Administration for the purpose of enhancing transportation security by providing confidential, informal, and neutral assistance to address work-place related problems of Transportation Security Administration employees, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 1165 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Jackson Lee (TX-18). Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
* 11/4/2011: H.R. 1165 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security, with written report H. Rept. 112–270. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 181.

CBO Estimate, dated 6/30/2011. H.R. 1165 would establish an Office of the Ombudsman within the Transportation Security Administration to conduct outreach to employees of that agency and carry out certain activities related to employee complaints. The bill would authorize the appropriation of $575,000 in each of fiscal years 2012 through 2014 for the cost of those activities. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1165 would cost $1.725 million over the 2012-2014 period. Enacting H.R. 1165 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Establishes in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) an Office of the Ombudsman to assist TSA employees who have complaints about TSA, including publicizing a toll-free telephone number to report such complaints. Directs the Ombudsman to ensure that each TSA region has a regional ombudsman.
H.R. 1173
"Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011"
To repeal the CLASS program.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 1173 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Boustany (LA-7). Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.
* 12/23/2011: H.R. 1173 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112–342 Pt. 1. House Committee on Ways and Means Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than Feb. 1, 2012.
* 1/23/2012: H.R. 1173 Reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, with written report H. Rept. 112–342 Pt. 2.
* 2/1/2012: H.R. 1173 Passed in House by recorded vote: 267 - 159 ( Roll no. 18).
CBO Estimate, dated 12/2/2011. H.R. 1173 would repeal title VIII of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). That title of the PPACA established the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program—a national, voluntary long-term care insurance program for purchasing community living assistance services and supports. Title VIII also authorized and appropriated funding through 2015 for the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information (clearinghouse). H.R. 1173 would replace those appropriated funds for the clearinghouse for 2013 through 2015 with funding subject to future appropriation actions. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1173 would reduce direct spending by $9 million over the 2012-2016 and 2012-2021 periods. H.R. 1173 also would increase spending subject to future appropriation by $9 million over the same periods. Enacting H.R. 1173 would have no impact on federal revenues.
CRS summary.
Repeals provisions of the Public Health Service Act enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (entitled the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act or the CLASS Act) which establish a national, voluntary insurance program for purchasing community living assistance services and supports in order to provide individuals with functional limitations with tools that will allow them to maintain their personal and financial independence and live in the community. Amends the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 to repeal provisions providing appropriations for the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information through FY2015.
Senate * 2/2/2012: H.R. 1173 Received in the Senate.
* 2/27/2012: H.R. 1173 Read the first time.
* 2/28/2012: H.R. 1173 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 331.
H.R. 1194
To renew the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to approve demonstration projects designed to test innovative strategies in State child welfare programs.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/17/2011: H.R. 1194 introduced in the House by Rep. J. McDermott (WA-7). Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget.
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 1194 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends title XI of the Social Security Act to renew through FY2016 the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to authorize states to conduct child welfare program demonstration projects likely to promote the objectives of part B (Child and Family Services) or E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act (SSA). Includes among the demonstration projects that may be approved any designed to: (1) identify and address barriers that result in delays to kinship guardianship for children in foster care, (2) provide early intervention and crisis intervention services that safely reduce out-of-home placements and improve child outcomes, or (3) identify and address domestic violence that endangers children and results in the placement of children in foster care. Prohibits the Secretary from authorizing a demonstration project if the state fails to provide health insurance coverage to any child with special needs for whom there is in effect a kinship guardianship agreement between the state and the adoptive parent or parents. Requires the Secretary, in assessing a demonstration project application submitted by a state in which a court order is in effect which has determined that the state's child welfare program has failed to comply with part B or E of SSA title IV, or with the U.S. Constitution, to take into consideration the state's ability to implement an approved corrective action. Requires any demonstration project application to include: (1) an accounting of any additional federal, state, local, and private investments made during the two fiscal years preceding the application to provide project services; and (2) an assurance that the state will provide an accounting of the same spending for each year of an approved project. Requires the mandatory project evaluation by an independent contractor to use an approved evaluation design which provides for a comparison of the amounts of federal, state, local and private investments in the project services, by service type, with the amount of the investments during the period of the project. Requires the evaluation design also to compare the outcomes for all children and families under the project who come to the attention of the state's child welfare program, either through a report of abuse or neglect or through the provision of project services.
Senate * 6/6/2011: H.R. 1194 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
H.R. 1213
To repeal mandatory funding provided to States in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish American Health Benefit Exchanges.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1213 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 4/27/2011: H.R. 1213 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-65. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 33.
* 5/3/2011: H.R. 1213 Passed in House by recorded vote: 238 - 183 ( Roll no. 285).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/27/2011.
Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to repeal provisions appropriating funds to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to states for activities (including planning activities) related to establishing an American Health Benefit Exchange (a state health insurance exchange). Rescinds any unobligated funds made available under such provisions.
Senate * 5/4/2011: H.R. 1213 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 5/5/2011: H.R. 1213 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 39.
H.R. 1214
To repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1214 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
* 4/27/2011: H.R. 1213 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-66, Part 1. Committee on Education and the Workforce discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 34.
* 5/4/2011: H.R. 1213 Passed in House by recorded vote: 235 - 191 ( Roll no. 290).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/7/2011.
Amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to repeal the program requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to school-based health centers or their sponsoring facilities to support the operation of such health centers. Rescinds unobligated appropriations for the program.
Senate * 5/5/2011: H.R. 1214 Received in the Senate, Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
H.R. 1215
To amend title V of the Social Security Act to convert funding for personal responsibility education programs from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1215 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 4/27/2011: H.R. 1215 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-63. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 31.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/8/2011.
H.R. 1215 would modify the personal responsibility education programs, which were created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Under current law, those programs receive direct appropriations of $75 million each year from 2010 through 2014. Under H.R. 1215, the direct appropriation of funds between 2012 and 2014 would be eliminated, and any unobligated balances would be rescinded.
H.R. 1216
To amend the Public Health Service Act to convert funding for graduate medical education in qualified teaching health centers from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1216 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 4/27/2011: H.R. 1216 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-64. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 32.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/8/2011.
H.R. 1216 would rescind any unobligated funds that were appropriated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) for health centers to expand or establish programs that provide training to medical residents and would prevent the Secretary of Health and Human Services from obligating any unobligated funds appropriated by PPACA to health centers to expand or establish programs that provide training to medical residents. Under current law, the Secretary is authorized to make payments totalling about $230 million over the 2011-2015 period to health centers to expand or establish programs that provide training to medical residents. The bill also would amend the Public Health Service Act to make funding for future payments to those centers subject to annual discretionary appropriations, and it would authorize the appropriation of $46 million a year for fiscal years 2012 through 2015 for such payments.
H.R. 1217
To repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1217 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 4/11/2011: H.R. 1217 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-57. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 29.
* 4/13/2011: H.R. 1217 Passed in House by recorded vote: 236 - 183 ( Roll no. 264).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/8/2011.
H.R. 1217 amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to repeal provisions establishing and appropriating funds to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides grant assistance to entities to carry out prevention, wellness, and public health activities. The bill also would rescind any unobligated balances appropriated to the fund. CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would decrease direct spending by more than $6 billion over the 2012-2016 period and by $16 billion over the 2012-2021 period.
Senate * 4/14/2011: H.R. 1217 Received in the Senate, Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
H.R. 1221
"Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2011"
To suspend the current compensation packages for the senior executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and establish compensation for such positions in accordance with rates of pay for senior employees in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1221 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Bachus (AL-6). Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 1/17/2012: H.R. 1221 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112–366 Pt. 1. Committee on Oversight and Government discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 247.
CBO Estimate, dated 1/4/2012. H.R. 1221 would direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to adjust the compensation of employees at the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) to levels comparable to executive branch employees. CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget because the bill would not directly change the income of the organizations nor would it restrict how those firms could spend amounts realized by reducing certain salaries. The legislation would affect direct spending. CBO estimates, however, that any changes in direct spending would be insignificant. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues. The bill would direct FHFA to reduce compensation levels for executive officers at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to align with compensation levels at financial regulatory agencies in the executive branch. Compensation levels at those firms would be capped at the maximum attainable salary at FHFA—currently around $255,000. The bill would require that other employees at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be compensated in accordance with the federal government’s General Schedule pay rates — the predominant pay schedule for executive branch agencies. In the past several years, total compensation — including salaries and benefits — for employees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac combined has averaged around $2 billion. Assuming enactment in early 2012, CBO estimates that H.R. 1221 would reduce salaries for current employees by around $300 million annually, based on information from FHFA, FHFA’s Office of Inspector General, Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s quarterly financial reports, and salary schedules for federal employees. Implementing H.R. 1221 would result in less spending for compensation of current employees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, the legislation would not require any amounts saved by lowering compensation to be returned to the U.S. Treasury or to be used to offset the cost of mortgage guarantees made by those firms. Under the bill, any such funds could be used to cover new administrative costs, such as hiring additional employees, contracting for necessary services, or changing the retirement plans for existing employees.
CRS summary.
Requires the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to: (1) suspend immediately the compensation packages approved for 2011 for the executive officers of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) (government-sponsored enterprises or GSEs); and (2) establish, in lieu of such packages, a compensation system for such officers in accordance with the rates of pay for positions in the Executive Schedule and the Senior Executive Service of the federal government. Expresses the sense of Congress that each executive officer of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac whose compensation package is suspended should return to the Secretary of the Treasury (clawback) any compensation earned in 2010 that was in excess of the maximum annual rate of basic pay authorized for a position in level I of the Executive Schedule. Instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to transfer any such amounts returned to the Secretary to a specified account in the Treasury for receiving gifts and proceeds from their sale or redemption, and dedicated to reducing the public debt. Establishes requirements for determining compensation rates for GSE employees according to the General Schedule for federal civil service employees.
H.R. 1229
"Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act"
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1229 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 5/2/2011: H.R. 1229 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-67, Part 1. Committee on Judiciary discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 35.
* 5/11/2011: H.R. 1229 Passed in House, by recorded vote: 263 - 163 ( Roll no. 309).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/27/2011.
Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior (who currently is only authorized) to require that any lessee operating under an approved exploration plan obtain: (1) a permit before drilling any well in accordance with such plan, and (2) a new permit before drilling any well of a design significantly different from the design for which an existing permit was issued. Prohibits the Secretary from issuing a permit without ensuring that the proposed drilling operations meet all: (1) critical safety system requirements including blowout prevention, and (2) oil spill response and containment requirements. Requires the Secretary to decide whether to issue a permit within 30 days after receiving an application. Allows up to two 15-day extensions of such deadline. Prescribes implementation procedures. Imposes a deadline for certain permit applications under existing leases.
Senate * 5/12/2011: H.R. 1229 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
H.R. 1230
"Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act"
To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1230 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 5/2/2011: H.R. 1230 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-68. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 36.
* 5/5/2011: H.R. 1230 Passed in House by recorded vote: 266 - 149 ( Roll no. 298).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/28/2011.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct specified proposed offshore oil and gas lease sales as follows: (1) lease sale 216 in the Central Gulf of Mexico within four months after enactment of this Act; (2) lease sale 218 in the Western Gulf of Mexico within eight months after enactment of this Act; (3) lease sale 220 on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Virginia within one year after enactment of this Act; and (4) lease sale 222 in the Central Gulf of Mexico no later than June 1, 2012. Prohibits the Secretary from making any Offshore Virginia tract available for leasing if it would conflict with military operations. Declares that, for purposes of such proposed lease sales, specified Environmental Impact Statements are deemed to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Under existing law, Dept of the Interior (DOI) can auction acreage if it is included in an approved five-year plan. The Administration’s plan for the 2007-2012 period included a proposed sale in 2011 of about 4 million acres off the coast of Virginia. That lease sale was canceled in 2010, however, to allow for further review of the impact of oil and gas development on military operations and the environment. A final leasing plan for the 2012-2017 period has not yet been adopted. Recent guidelines for that plan recommended preparing the environmental studies needed for seismic assessments of the Mid-Atlantic region (including the coast of Virginia), but did not include any lease sales in that area over the 2012-2017 period. As a result, CBO’s baseline projections assume that the Virginia OCS would not have been opened for leasing until after June 30, 2017, under current law.
H.R. 1231
"Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act"
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that each 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing program offer leasing in the areas with the most prospective oil and gas resources, to establish a domestic oil and natural gas production goal, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1231 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 5/2/2011: H.R. 1231 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-69. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 37.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/2/2011.
H.R. 1231 would direct the Department of the Interior (DOI) to auction leases for the development of oil and gas resources in the most geologically productive areas of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). For the 2012-2017 leasing period, the bill would require leasing in areas that are projected to contain more than 2.5 billion barrels of oil or 7.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Areas meeting those criteria include the Central, Western, and Eastern Gulf of Mexico; the Beaufort, Chukchi, and North Aleutian areas off Alaska; the North and Mid-Atlantic planning areas; and the Southern California planning area.
H.R. 1232
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate certain tax benefits relating to abortion.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1232 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
* 4/6/2011: H.R. 1232 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means, with written report H. Rept. 112-55. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 27.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/5/2011.
H.R. 1232 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove certain tax benefits relating to abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger. The bill would not allow the costs of abortion services, other than under the excepted circumstances mentioned above, to count as a deductible medical expense in determining income tax liability. The bill would change the definition of a “qualified health plan” to exclude plans that offer coverage of abortion services, other than under the excepted circumstances. In addition, health insurance tax credits for small employers would not be available for health insurance plans that include such coverage. The bill also would require any reimbursements from health flexible spending arrangements and distributions by Archer medical savings accounts and health savings accounts for abortion services to be included as gross income.
H.R. 1246
To reduce the amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/29/2011: H.R. 1246 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.
* 4/4/2011: H.R. 1246 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 393 - 0 ( Roll no. 225).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Reduces by 10% the amounts authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense (DOD) for FY2012 for printing and reproduction under Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and defense-wide operation and maintenance funds.
Senate * 4/5/2011: H.R. 1246 Received in the Senate, Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
H.R. 1249
"America Invents Act"
"Leahy-Smith America Invents Act"
To amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/30/2011: H.R. 1249 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget.
* 6/1/2011: H.R. 1249 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-98, Part I. Committee on The Budget discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 54.
* 6/23/2011: H.R. 1249 Passed in House, by recorded vote: 304 - 117 ( Roll no. 491).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/26/2011. H.R. 1249 would amend the law that governs how the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) awards patents. Among other things, the bill would alter the rule that prioritizes the award of a patent from the “first to invent” to the “first inventor to file.” As a result, PTO would change certain procedures it follows in awarding patents. The bill also would establish new review procedures that would allow individuals to challenge the validity of a patent and would modify PTO’s authority to collect and spend fees. CBO estimates that enacting the bill would reduce net direct spending by $725 million and revenues by $8 million over the 2011-2021 period. Most of the change in direct spending would result from providing PTO with permanent authority to collect and spend certain fees. In total, the changes would decrease budget deficits by $717 million over the 2011-2021 period. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1249 would have a discretionary cost of $446 million over the 2011-2016 period.
Amends federal patent law to define the "effective filing date" of a claimed invention as the actual filing date of the patent or the application for patent containing a claim to the invention (thus replacing the current first-to-invent system), except as specified. Establishes a one-year grace period (a prior art exception) for inventors to file an application after certain disclosures of the claimed invention by the inventor or another who obtained the subject matter from the inventor. Revises provisions concerning novelty and nonobvious subject matter.
Senate * 6/27/2011: H.R. 1249 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 6/28/2011: H.R. 1249 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 87.
* 8/2/2011: Senate begins consideration of H.R. 1249.
* 9/8/2011: H.R. 1249 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Yea-Nay Vote. 89 - 9. Record Vote Number: 129.
President * 9/12/2011: H.R. 1249 presented to the President.
* 9/16/2011: H.R. 1249 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-29.
H.R. 1254
"Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2011"
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to place synthetic drugs in Schedule I.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/30/2011: H.R. 1254 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Dent (PA-15). Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/22/2011: H.R. 1254 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112–295 Pt. 1.
* 11/22/2011: H.R. 1254 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–295 Pt. 2. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 196.
* 12/8/2011: H.R. 1254 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 317 - 98 ( Roll No. 904).
CBO Estimate, dated 11/9/2011. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1254 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill could affect direct spending and revenues. However, CBO estimates that any effects would be insignificant for each year. H.R. 1254 would expand the list of substances regulated under the Controlled Substances Act (title II of Public Law 91-513, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970) to include cannabimimetic agents, chemicals that are commonly known as synthetic drugs. As a result, the government might be able to pursue cases involving drug use that it otherwise would not be able to prosecute. CBO expects that H.R. 1254 would apply to a relatively small number of additional offenders, however, so any increase in costs for law enforcement, court proceedings, or prison operations would not be significant. Any such costs would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Because those prosecuted and convicted under H.R. 1254 could be subject to criminal fines, the federal government might collect additional fines if the legislation is enacted. Criminal fines are recorded as revenues, deposited in the Crime Victims Fund, and later spent. CBO expects that any additional revenues and direct spending would not be significant because of the small number of cases likely to be affected. H.R. 1254 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments. H.R. 1254 would impose private-sector mandates, as defined in UMRA, on manufacturers, sellers, and consumers of certain synthetic chemicals.
CRS summary.
Amends the Controlled Substances Act to add as schedule I controlled substances: (1) any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains cannabimimetic agents (or the salts, isomers, or salts of isomers thereof), including:
•any substance that is a cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1 receptor) agonist
•5-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (CP-47,497)
•5-(1,1-dimethyloctyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol or CP-47,497 C8-homolog)
•1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-018 and AM678)
•1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-073)
•1-hexyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-019)
•1-[2-(4-morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-200)
•1-pentyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (JWH-250)
•1-pentyl-3-[1-(4-methoxynaphthoyl)]indole (JWH-081)
•1-pentyl-3-(4-methyl-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-122)
•1-pentyl-3-(4-chloro-1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-398)
•1-(5-fluoropentyl)-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (AM2201)
•1-(5-fluoropentyl)-3-(2-iodobenzoyl)indole (AM694)
•1-pentyl-3-[(4-methoxy)-benzoyl]indole (SR-19 and RCS-4)
•1-cyclohexylethyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole (SR-18 and RCS-8)
•1-pentyl-3-(2-chlorophenylacetyl)indole (JWH-203);
and (2) the following hallucinogenic substances:
•4-methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone)
•3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV)
•3,4-methylenedioxymethcathinone (methylone)
•Naphthylpyrovalerone (naphyrone)
•4-fluoromethcathinone (flephedrone)
•4-methoxymethcathinone (methedrone; Bk-PMMA)
•Ethcathinone
•3,4-methylenedioxyethcathinone (ethylone)
•Beta-keto-N-methyl-3,4-benzodioxyolybutanamine (butylone)
•N,N-dimethylcathinone (metamfepramone)
•Alpha-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (alpha-PPP)
•4-methoxy-alpha-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (MOPPP)
•3,4-methylenedioxy-alpha-pyrrolidinopropiophenone (MDPPP)
•Alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (alpha-PVP)
•6,7-dihydro-5H-indeno(5,6-d)-1,3-dioxal-6-amine) (MDAI).
Extends the period for which the Attorney General may temporarily schedule a substance in schedule I to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety to two years with a one-year extension (currently, one year with a six-month extension).
Senate * 12/8/2011: H.R. 1254 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 1255
"Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011"
To prevent a shutdown of the government of the United States, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/30/2011: H.R. 1255 introduced in the House.
* 4/1/2011: H.R. 1255 Passed in House by recorded vote: 221 - 202, 1 Present ( Roll no. 224).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Enacts into law the provisions of H.R. 1 (Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011), as passed by the House on February 19, 2011, if the House has not received a message from the Senate before April 6, 2011, stating that it has passed a measure providing for the appropriations for the federal departments and agencies for the remainder of FY2011. Prohibits the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, respectively, from disbursing to each Member or Delegate the amount of his or her salary for each day that: (1) there is more than a 24-hour lapse in appropriations for any federal agency or department for failure to enact a regular appropriations bill or continuing resolution, or (2) the federal government is unable to make payments or meet obligations because the public debt limit has been reached. Imposes the same restrictions on the President with respect to receiving a disbursement of basic pay during such period.
Senate * 4/4/2011: H.R. 1255 Received in the Senate.
* 4/5/2011: H.R. 1255 Read the first time.
* 4/8/2011: H.R. 1255 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 29.
H.R. 1258
"Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act"
To provide for the conveyance of parcels of land to Mantua, Box Elder County, Utah.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/30/2011: H.R. 1258 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Bishop (UT-1). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 1258 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-220. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 143.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/27/2011. H.R. 1258 would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey, without consideration, certain lands in Utah to the town of Mantua. Based on information from the Forest Service, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 1258 would not affect direct spending or revenues. Under the bill, the Secretary would be required to convey about 32 acres of land within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest to Mantua, Utah. The conveyed land could be used by the town for public purposes only and would revert to the federal government if used for other purposes. The affected lands do not currently generate offsetting receipts for the federal government and are not expected to generate such receipts over the next 10 years. Any costs associated with surveying the lands prior to conveyance would be paid by the town. On July 27, 2011, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 683, the Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act, as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on July 14, 2011. H.R. 1258 and S. 683 are similar, and the CBO cost estimates are the same.
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to convey to the town of Mantua, Utah, all interest of the United States in and to parcels of National Forest System land in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Box Elder County, Utah, that are labeled as parcels A, B, and C on the map entitled "Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act" and dated July 14, 2008. Requires the town to use the land conveyed under this Act for public purposes.
Note: See also S. 683.
H.R. 1263
To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/30/2011: H.R. 1263 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Filner (CA-51). Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 10/5/2011: H.R. 1263 Reported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-234. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 153.
* 10/11/2011: H.R. 1263 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/23/2011. H.R. 1263 would extend protections related to mortgage foreclosure under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Military personnel are shielded from foreclosure on a residential mortgage for up to nine months after they leave active duty. However, after January 1, 2013, the period during which foreclosures are deferred declines to 90 days. The bill would increase that protection to a 12-month period, until December 31, 2017, after which the forbearance period would decline to 90 days. The bill also would grant that same foreclosure protection to the surviving spouses of servicemembers who die on active duty. The enhanced protections for surviving spouses would expire five years after enactment. Enacting H.R. 1263 would affect direct spending. Federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Housing Administration, which currently guarantee the mortgages of some servicemembers, are responsible for the payment of any interest that accrues on such a mortgage during the period between the stoppage of payments on the mortgage and the time the agency finally settles the loan with the originator. Therefore, delaying certain foreclosures could result in additional costs to the federal government. Because of the low number of affected mortgages, CBO estimates that such costs would be insignificant.
Amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to afford surviving spouses of servicemembers who die while in the military and whose death is service-connected the same protections against sale, foreclosure, and seizure of property currently applicable to their husbands who while in military service are unable to meet an obligation on real or personal property.
H.R. 1264
To designate the property between the United States Federal Courthouse and the Ed Jones Building located at 109 South Highland Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee, as the "M.D. Anderson Plaza" and to authorize the placement of a historical/identification marker on the grounds recognizing the achievements and philanthropy of M.D. Anderson.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/30/2011: H.R. 1264 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Fincher (TN-8). Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
* 12/12/2011: H.R. 1264 Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with written report H. Rept. 112–325. Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 97.
* 12/14/2011: H.R. 1264 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 - 1 ( Roll no. 930).
CBO Estimate, dated 6/28/2011. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Designates the property between the U.S. federal courthouse and the Ed Jones Building located at 109 South Highland Avenue in Jackson, Tennessee, as the "M.D. Anderson Plaza." Permits the West Tennessee Health Care Foundation to install a historical marker and statue in the Plaza recognizing M.D. Anderson. Prohibits the expenditure of any federal funds in connection with such marker and statue.
Senate * 12/15/2011: H.R. 1264 Received in the Senate, read twice.
* 12/17/2011: H.R. 1264 Passed in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 12/23/2011: H.R. 1264 presented to the President.
* 1/3/2012: H.R. 1264 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-85.
H.R. 1299
"Secure Border Act of 2011"
To achieve operational control of and improve security at the international land borders of the United States, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/31/2011: H.R. 1299 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Miller (MI-10). Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
* 10/10/2011: H.R. 1299 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security, with written report H. Rept. 112–274. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 184.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/21/2011. H.R. 1299 would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), within 60 days of the bill’s enactment and annually thereafter, to submit to the Congress a report on staffing levels at U.S. ports of entry. Within 180 days of enactment, DHS would have to devise a comprehensive strategy to gain control of United States borders and develop metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of security measures at ports of entry. In addition, H.R. 1299 would require a Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory to evaluate the port security metrics developed by DHS. In recent years, DHS has made considerable planning and operational efforts to gain control of U.S. borders and has collaborated with DOE to identify ways to improve border and port security. CBO expects that many of the departmental activities that are currently underway would be useful in meeting the bill’s reporting requirements and deadlines. Thus, we estimate that implementing H.R. 1299 would cost less than $500,000 annually from appropriated funds. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs a comprehensive strategy for gaining operational control of the international borders of the United States within five years.
H.R. 1308
To amend the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act to extend the termination date for the Commission, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/1/2011: H.R. 1308 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 4/12/2011: H.R. 1308 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill; Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 - 18 ( Roll no. 254).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act to extend: (1) the due date of the final report of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission from April 30, 2011, to November 30, 2011; and (2) the final termination date of such Commission from May 30, 2011, to December 31, 2011.
Senate * 4/14/2011: H.R. 1308 Passed in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 5/2/2011: H.R. 1308 Presented to the President.
* 5/12/2011: H.R. 1308 Signed by the President. Became Public Law No: 112-13.
H.R. 1309
"Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011"
To extend the authorization of the national flood insurance program, to achieve reforms to improve the financial integrity and stability of the program, and to increase the role of private markets in the management of flood insurance risk, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/1/2011: H.R. 1309 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Biggert (IL-13). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 6/9/2011: H.R. 1309 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-102. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 57.
* 7/12/2011: H.R. 1309 Passed in House by recorded vote: 406 - 22 ( Roll no. 562).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/8/11. H.R. 1309 would authorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to enter into and renew flood insurance policies through fiscal year 2016. Under current law, that authority will expire at the end of fiscal year 2011. The legislation also would make a number of changes to the NFIP aimed at improving the financial status of the program. Under both current law and this legislation, the NFIP may borrow an additional $3 billion from the Treasury (the program’s current debt stands at $17.8 billion). Assuming a small probability of a rare catastrophic event, CBO expects that this additional borrowing authority will be exhausted in 2014. The changes made by this legislation would reduce the need to borrow from the Treasury—a source of direct spending—by a total of $165 million in 2013 and 2014, CBO estimates. However, because the program would continue to operate with an annual net deficit, reduced borrowing in those years would be offset by increased borrowing in 2015, resulting in no net effect on direct spending over the next 10 years. CBO also estimates that the changes made by H.R. 1309 would increase net income to the NFIP by $4.2 billion over the 2012-2021 period, improving the financial status of the program by that amount. However, we expect that additional income earned by the program would be used to fulfill existing obligations that would otherwise be delayed under current law, resulting in no net effect on direct spending. Enacting this legislation would not affect revenues. H.R. 1309 would authorize a number of other activities, including establishing a Technical Mapping Advisory Council, updating flood maps to incorporate new standards within five years, and issuing several reports on the NFIP. The cost of some of those activities would be offset by fee collections paid by policyholders; however, CBO estimates that other provisions would cost $317 million over the 2012-2016 period. H.R. 1309 would impose intergovernmental and private-sector mandates, as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), on public and private mortgage lenders. Because the mandates would require only small changes in existing industry practice, CBO expects that the cost to comply with the mandates would be small relative to the annual thresholds established in UMRA for intergovernmental and private-sector mandates ($71 million and $142 million in 2011, respectively, adjusted annually for inflation).
Senate * 7/13/2011: H.R. 1309 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
House of
Representatives
* 7/25/2011: House requested return of papers pursuant to H.Res. 368.
H.R. 1315
"Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011"
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/1/2011: H.R. 1315 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Duffy (WI-7). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 5/25/2011: H.R. 1315 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-89. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 49.
* 7/19/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Financial Services, H. Rept. 112-89, Part 2.
* 7/20/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 358 Reported to House ( H. Rept. 112–172). Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1315.
* 7/21/2011: H.R. 1315 Passed in House by recorded vote: 241 - 173 ( Roll no. 621). The text of H.R. 830, as passed by the House, was appended to the end of H.R. 1315 as new matter.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/20/2011. H.R. 1315 would amend the statute that authorizes the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to delay implementation or set aside final regulations developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The FSOC may, under current law, stay the effective date of a regulation or set aside a regulation developed by the CFPB upon a vote of two-thirds of the members affirming that the regulation would put the safety and soundness of the United States banking system or the stability of the United States financial system at risk. H.R. 1315 would require the FSOC to take such action if a majority of the members affirm that a regulation is inconsistent with the safe and sound operations of domestic financial institutions. Based on information from the Treasury, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1315 would not significantly affect direct spending and would not affect revenues.
Amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to authorize the Chairperson of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to issue a stay of, or set aside, any regulation issued by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection upon the affirmative vote of the majority (currently, 2/3) of Council members, excluding the Director of the Bureau. Requires the Council, upon the petition of a member agency of the Council, to set aside a final regulation prescribed by the Bureau if the Council decides that such regulation is inconsistent with the safe and sound operations of U.S. financial institutions. (Currently the Council is merely authorized, upon petition, to set aside a final regulation, but only if the regulation would put the safety and soundness of the U.S. banking system or the stability of the U.S. financial system at risk.) Repeals: (1) the prohibition against Council set-aside of a regulation after expiration of a specified time period, and (2) mandatory dismissal of a petition if the Council has not issued a decision within such time period.
Senate * 7/22/2011: H.R. 1315 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
H.R. 1343
A bill to return unused or reclaimed funds made available for broadband awards in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the Treasury of the United States
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/4/2011: H.R. 1343 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Bass (NH-2). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture.
* 9/29/2011: H.R. 1343 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112–228, Pt. 1. Committee on Agriculture discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 149.
* 10/5/2011: H.R. 1343 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/14/11. H.R. 1343 would require the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to promptly terminate certain grant awards if the agency determines that award recipients are engaged in wasteful or fraudulent activities or have not met performance expectations. The bill also would require each agency, upon receiving notification of material noncompliance with award terms or improper usage of award funds, to determine whether the award should be terminated and to notify the Congress of any terminated awards. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) established two programs to promote the development of broadband services. The NTIA awarded $4.4 billion in grants to public and private entities to develop a map of broadband availability nationwide and to encourage construction and use of broadband networks. The RUS awarded $2.3 billion in grants and $1.2 billion in federal loans to fund the deployment and construction of broadband infrastructure in rural areas. Both agencies are required under current law to promptly terminate grants for wasteful or fraudulent spending or for failure to meet specific performance milestones. In addition, the Pay-it-Back-Act (Public Act 111–203) requires agencies to promptly return to the Treasury any funds awarded under ARRA that are terminated. Thus, restating those requirements, as provided in H.R. 1343, would not affect federal spending or revenues. Based on information from the agencies, CBO estimates that implementing the new reporting requirements in H.R. 1343 would have no significant effect on spending subject to appropriation. Enacting H.R. 1343 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
H.R. 1343 clarifies the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Rural Utility Service (RUS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture to terminate failed or failing grants and loans awarded from the $7.2 billion the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) allocated for broadband subsidies and mapping grants, and to return to the U.S. Treasury any rescinded or relinquished funds. The bill also improves oversight of the broadband programs.
H.R. 1363
"Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011"
"Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011"
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/4/2011: H.R. 1363 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget.
* 4/7/2011: H.R. 1363 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 247 - 181 ( Roll no. 247).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011 - Appropriates funds for FY2011 for the Department of Defense (DOD) for: (1) military personnel; (2) operation and maintenance; (3) procurement; (4) research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); (5) Defense Working Capital Funds and the National Defense Sealift Fund; (6) the Defense Health Program; (7) chemical agents and munitions destruction; (8) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; (9) the Office of the Inspector General; (10) the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Fund; and (11) the Intelligence Community Management Account. Specifies authorized, restricted, and prohibited uses of appropriated funds. Rescinds specified funds from various accounts under prior defense appropriations Acts. Appropriates funds for deployments and other activities in support of overseas contingency operations.
Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 - Makes further continuing appropriations for various federal programs. Adjusts various program fund amounts. Provides operational rate limits. Rescinds various program funds.
Senate * 4/7/2011: H.R. 1363 Received in the Senate. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 28.
* 4/8/2011: H.R. 1363 Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Senate amendment deleted all original text and replaced with language extending existing Continuing Appropriations Act (Public Law 111–242) until April 15, 2011.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/9/2011: H.R. 1363 passed in House. On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 348 - 70 ( Roll no. 253).
President * 4/9/2011: Presented to the President.
* 4/9/2011: H.R. 1363 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-8.
H.R. 1383
"Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011"
To temporarily preserve higher rates for tuition and fees for programs of education at non-public institutions of higher learning pursued by individuals enrolled in the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs before the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/6/2011: H.R. 1383 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 5/20/2011: H.R. 1383 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-81.
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1383 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 389 - 0 ( Roll no. 331).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/18/11. H.R. 1383 would modify the amount of education benefits payable to certain veterans and qualifying dependents for three years, beginning on August 1, 2011. If enacted, CBO estimates that, on net, the bill would decrease direct spending by $5 million over the 2012-2016 and 2012-2021 periods.
Makes the amount payable for programs of education at nonpublic institutions of higher education pursued by individuals enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) post-9/11 educational assistance program (post-9/11 program) during the period beginning on August 1, 2011, and ending on July 31, 2014, the greater of $17,500, or the established charges payable under a VA maximum payments table published on October 27, 2010 (thereby preserving for such period the higher payment rates in effect prior to enactment of the Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010). Provides, during the 24-month period beginning on August 1, 2011, a limitation on the maximum monthly stipend payable under the post-9/11 program.
Senate * 5/24/2011: H.R. 1383 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 7/21/2011: H.R. 1383 Passed Senate with amendments by Unanimous Consent.
House of
Representatives
* 7/25/2011: Text of Senate amendments received in the House. House debates Senate amendments.
* 7/26/2011: H.R. 1383, with Senate amendments Passed House: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 424 - 0 ( Roll no. 638).
President * 7/28/2011: Presented to President.
* 8/3/2011: H.R. 1383 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-26.
H.R. 1407
"Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011"
To increase, effective as of December 1, 2011, 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, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/6/2011: H.R. 1407 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 5/20/2011: H.R. 1407 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-82.
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1407 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/16/11. H.R. 1407 would extend the authority of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide certain housing grants and increase the rates of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation by the same cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) applied to Social Security benefits. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1407 would increase direct spending by less than $500,000 over the 2012-2021 period.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase, as of December 1, 2011, the rates of veterans' disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. Requires each such increase to be the same percentage as the increase in benefits provided under title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act, on the same effective date.
Senate * 5/24/2011: H.R. 1407 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
H.R. 1408
"Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act"
To provide for the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/6/2011: H.R. 1408 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Young (AK). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 1408 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–280. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 188.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/27/11. H.R. 1408 would authorize the Southeast Alaska Native Corporation (Sealaska) to select the rest of its land entitlement from federal lands outside the area originally delineated for that purpose by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The bill also would authorize the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) to enter into cooperative management agreements with Sealaska and other groups with cultural ties to Glacier Bay National Park. Based on information from the Forest Service, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1408 would result in a net loss of $2 million in timber receipts over the 2012-2021 period (such losses would increase direct spending). Enacting H.R. 1408 would not affect revenues.
CRS summary.
Authorizes Sealaska, the regional Alaska Native Corporation for southeast Alaska, subject to certain conditions and restrictions, to select and receive conveyance of its remaining land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) from federal land in southeast Alaska that is outside the areas for selection (withdrawal areas) delineated by the ANCSA. Includes among these lands certain mapped sites that: (1) lie within Tongass National Forest; (2) have traditional, recreational, and renewable energy use value (although no more than 5,000 acres of these may be chosen); or (3) constitute traditional and customary trade and migration routes. Includes, as well, up to 3,600 acres that Sealaska identifies as having sacred, cultural, traditional, or historic significance. Prohibits selection of these sites, however, if they lie within the National Park System. Requires Sealaska to identify all but 360 acres of these sites within 15 years of this Act's enactment. Grants Sealaska nonexclusive easements to certain forest development roads and logging facilities. Requires the Secretary of the Interior to substantially complete the conveyance of land selected by Sealaska from within the mapped sites of Tongass National Forest within two years of their selection. Prohibits Sealaska from selecting land from the mapped sites, other than trade and migration route land, that lies within a conservation system unit. (A conservation system unit includes any unit of the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems, National Trails System, National Wilderness Preservation System, or a National Forest Monument.) Gives Sealaska the right to regulate public access across the sacred, cultural, traditional, or historic sites conveyed to it pursuant to this Act. Prohibits any commercial timber harvest or mineral development on lands conveyed to Sealaska pursuant to this Act that are characterized as: (1) sacred, cultural, traditional, or historic sites; (2) traditional and customary trade and migration routes; or (3) sites having traditional, recreational, and renewable energy use value. Allows existing guiding or outfitting special use permit holders to continue to exercise their rights and privileges, for the remaining permit term and a subsequent ten-year renewal period, on lands conveyed to Sealaska from the mapped sites that lie within Tongass National Forest or have traditional, recreational, and renewable energy use value. Amends the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 to allow Alaska Native Corporations to enter into agreements with the federal government under that Act regarding their lands that are forested or formerly had vegetative cover and are capable of restoration. Amends the National Historic Preservation Act to allow an Alaska Native tribe, band, nation or other organized group or community to participate in historic site preservation programs administered on behalf of Indian tribes, including by securing support to manage their own historic preservation sites and programs.
H.R. 1421
To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to clarify the role of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma with regard to the maintenance of the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam in Oklahoma.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/7/2011: H.R. 1421 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Boren (OK-2). Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 1421 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-221, Part I.

CRS summary.

CBO Estimate, dated 8/10/11. H.R. 1421 would give the Cherokee Nation exclusive authority to construct hydroelectric generating facilities at the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma. The bill would also grant the Cherokee Nation sole responsibility to operate and maintain the facilities as well as to market the hydroelectric power. Based on information from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA), and the Cherokee Nation, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would have no significant net impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 1421 would not affect direct spending or revenues. The Water Resources Development Act of 1986 authorized the Cherokee Nation—a nonfederal entity—to develop hydroelectricity at the federal dam but required that the title of the completed facilities be transferred to the Corps to operate and maintain the facilities. Under that act, the Southwestern Power Administration was required to market any electric power generated at the facility. Hydroelectric power has not been developed at the dam and, according to interested parties, is unlikely to be developed under current law. H.R. 1421 would eliminate those requirements and allow the Cherokee Nation to retain the title to any hydroelectric improvements, operate and maintain the facilities, and market the power. H.R. 1421 would require the Cherokee Nation to pay all costs associated with the design and construction of the facilities. The bill would authorize the Corps to provide assistance for those activities subject to reimbursement of all costs. The Cherokee Nation would also be responsible for reimbursing SWPA for the cost to transmit power from the dam. Because federal agencies would be reimbursed for all costs, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant net impact on the federal budget.
Amends the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to modify provisions authorizing the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to design and construct hydroelectric generating facilities at the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma.
Authorizes such Nation to market the electricity generated from any such facility. Requires such Nation to obtain any permit required by federal or state law before the date on which construction begins on such facilities, except that the Nation shall be exempt from any licensing requirements under the Federal Power Act related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of hydroelectric generating facilities.
Authorizes: (1) such Nation to initiate design and construction only after the Secretary of the Army reviews and approves the plans and specifications, and (2) the Secretary to accept and use funds offered by such Nation to carry out the design and construction. Requires such Nation to: (1) bear all costs associated with the design and construction, and (2) provide any funds necessary for such design and construction to the Secretary prior to the Secretary initiating related activities.
Provides that such Nation shall hold all title to any hydroelectric generating facility constructed under this Act and may assign such title to a third party, subject to the Secretary's approval. Requires such Nation to: (1) be solely responsible for the operation, maintenance, repair, replacement, and rehabilitation of, and the marketing of the electricity generated by, any such facility; and (2) release and indemnify the United States from all liabilities that may arise out of any activity undertaken to carry out this Act.
Authorizes: (1) the Secretary to provide any technical and construction management assistance that is requested by such Nation relating to such design and construction, and (2) such Nation to enter into agreements necessary to carry out this Act with the Secretary or a third party.
H.R. 1423
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 115 4th Avenue Southwest in Ardmore, Oklahoma, as the "Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office".
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/7/2011: H.R. 1423 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 5/2/2011: H.R. 1423 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 399 - 0 ( Roll no. 278).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Senate * 5/3/2011: H.R. 1423 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 1425
"Creating Jobs Through Small Business Innovation Act of 2011"
To reauthorize and improve the SBIR and STTR programs, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/7/2011: H.R. 1425 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Ellmers (NC-2). Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on Armed Services.
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 1425 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, with written report H. Rept. 112-90, Part I.
* 7/1/2011: H.R. 1425 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Small Business, with written report H. Rept. 112-90, Part 2. Committee on Armed Services discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 85.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/18/11, for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/2/11, for the House Committee on Small Business. H.R. 1425 would extend and expand programs that require certain federal agencies to set aside portions of their research and development budgets for small businesses. Based on information from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other participating agencies, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1425 would cost $14 million over the 2012-2016 period.
Amends the Small Business Act with respect to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to extend funding and revise provisions, including those concerning award levels, qualifications for program participation, acquisition preferences, collaborations, the Department of Defense (DOD) commercialization readiness program, and participation by small businesses with substantial investment from multiple venture operating companies, hedge funds, or private equity firms. Provides for: (1) an Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee; (2) program oversight and evaluation; (3) SBIR and STTR program data collection and public and government databases; (4) funding for SBIR and STTR administrative, oversight, and contract processing costs; (5) a study concerning venture capital operating company, hedge fund, and private equity firm involvement; (6) measures for reducing vulnerability of SBIR and STTR programs to fraud, waste, and abuse; (7) revised program paperwork requirements; (8) a report on SBIR and STTR program goals; and (9) competitive selection procedures for SBIR and STTR programs.
H.R. 1439
"Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2011"
To regulate certain State taxation of interstate commerce, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/8/2011: H.R. 1439 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Goodlatte (VA-6). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 10/21/2011: H.R. 1439 Reported by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–257. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 173.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/13/11. H.R. 1439 would prohibit state and local governments from taxing certain business activities that are taxable under current law. Specifically, it would prohibit those governments from taxing certain services, intangible goods, and media activities unless businesses providing those services have a “physical presence” — as defined in the bill — in the taxing jurisdiction. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1439 would have no direct impact on the federal budget. H.R. 1439 would impose an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) by prohibiting state and local governments from taxing certain business activities. CBO estimates that the costs — in the form of forgone revenues — to state and local governments would be about $2 billion in the first full year after enactment and at least that amount in subsequent years. Current law (notably, Public Law 86-272 and related Supreme Court decisions) prohibits states from levying a tax on the corporate (net) income of a company whose only activity in the state is pursuing and making sales that would be filled from outside the state (e.g., mail order sales). H.R. 1439 would expand that prohibition to other types of business activity taxes (BATs), including additional corporate income taxes, franchise taxes, single business taxes, capital taxes, gross receipt taxes, and business and occupation taxes. Corporations currently pay these taxes to a state only if the state can establish “nexus” with the firm. (“Nexus” is the connection between a firm and a state that allows the state to legally impose taxes on the firm and is based on some measure of physical presence or economic activity in a state.) H.R. 1439 would redefine “nexus” and preempt state laws that are different from that definition.
Expands the federal prohibition against state taxation of interstate commerce to: (1) include taxation of out-of-state transactions involving all forms of property, including intangible personal property and services (currently, only sales of tangible personal property are protected); and (2) prohibit state taxation of an out-of-state entity unless such entity has a physical presence in the taxing state. Sets forth criteria for: (1) determining that a person has a physical presence in a state, and (2) the computation of the tax liability of affiliated businesses operating in a state.
H.R. 1447
"Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011"
To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/8/2011: H.R. 1447 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Thompson (MS-2). Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
* 11/4/2011: H.R. 1447 Reported by the Committee on Homeland Security, with written report H. Rept. 112–269. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 180.

CBO Estimate, dated 9/29/11. Under current law, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) Aviation Security Advisory Committee advises the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security on issues related to aviation security. H.R. 1447 would amend current law to require the Assistant Secretary to establish a variety of working groups within that advisory committee to make recommendations related to the security of air cargo systems, general aviation facilities and operations, and airport perimeters. Based on information from TSA, CBO estimates that any increase in federal spending to fulfill new requirements under H.R. 1447 would total less than $500,000 annually. H.R. 1447 would not affect direct spending or receipts.
CRS summary.
Directs the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration [TSA]) to establish in the TSA an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, including air cargo, general aviation, and airport perimeter security working groups.
H.R. 1461
"Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act"
To authorize the Mescalero Apache Tribe to lease adjudicated water rights.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/8/2011: H.R. 1461 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Pearce (NM-2). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 1461 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–307. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 207.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/31/2011. H.R. 1461 would allow the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico to enter into a lease or other temporary conveyance of its water rights. H.R. 1461 would prevent the Mescalero Apache Tribe from permanently forfeiting their water rights and would authorize leases of no more than 99 years. Based on information from the Department of the Interior, CBO expects that the legislation would have no significant impact on the agency’s administrative costs. H.R. 1461 would have no effect on direct spending or revenues because any income resulting from additional leases would be paid directly to the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
CRS summary.
Authorizes the Mescalero Apache Tribe to lease or transfer water rights that were adjudicated to the Tribe in State v. Lewis, provided the lease or transfer is for no more than 99 years and complies with the laws of New Mexico.
H.R. 1466
To resolve the status of certain persons legally residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under the immigration laws of the United States.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/8/2011: H.R. 1466 introduced in the House by Del G. Sablan (MP). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 12/8/2011: H.R. 1466 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–319 Pt. 1. Committee on Judiciary discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 217.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/5/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1466 would have no significant net cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill would affect direct spending, but CBO estimates that the net costs would not be significant. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues. H.R. 1466 would permit certain persons currently residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to apply for permanent residence in CNMI within eight months of the bill’s enactment and would permit some of those persons to apply for permanent U.S. residence in calendar year 2015. Under the bill’s provisions, any visas issued to CNMI residents in 2015 would be offset by a reduction in the number of visas available for certain other immigrants in that year. Based on information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we expect that the department would charge a fee of $500 to $1,000 in 2012 to several thousand applicants for permanent CNMI residence and would charge a similar fee in 2015 to a smaller number of applicants for permanent U.S. residence. CBO estimates that additional fee collections in 2012 would be less than $5 million. (No significant additional amounts would be collected in 2015 because visas granted to CNMI residents would be offset by a reduction in visas available for other immigrants.) DHS is authorized to spend those fees without further appropriation; therefore, the net effect on the budget in any year would not be significant, CBO estimates.
CRS summary.
Authorizes the admission of an alien as an immigrant to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Commonwealth) who is admissible to the United States, resided in the Commonwealth on November 28, 2009, and continues to so reside on the date of enactment of this Act, if such alien: (1) was born in the Commonwealth between January 1, 1974, and January 9, 1978; (2) was, on May 8, 2008, a Commonwealth permanent resident; (3) is the spouse or child of an alien described in clause 1 or clause 2 above; or (4) was on May 8, 2008, and continues to be, an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen (not withstanding the citizen's age). Prohibits, unless otherwise authorized, such alien from traveling to, or residing in, any part of the United States other than the Commonwealth. Authorizes such an alien (other than an immediate relative) to apply for an immigrant visa or to adjust his or her status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence on or after January 1, 2015, and before January 1, 2016. Reduces the number of diversity immigrants for each such immigrant visa or permanent resident status granted.
H.R. 1470
To amend title 5, United States Code, to extend the probationary period applicable to appointments in the civil service, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/8/2011: H.R. 1470 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Ross (FL-12). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 6/23/2011: H.R. 1470 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with written report H. Rept. 112-116.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 4/26/11. CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget.
H.R. 1470 would extend the probationary period for federal employees from one year to two years. During that time, an agency is responsible for assessing a candidate for a permanent position or termination.
H.R. 1473
"Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011"
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense and the other departments and agencies of the Government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/11/2011: H.R. 1473 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, and Ways and Means.
* 4/14/2011: H.R. 1473 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 260 - 167 ( Roll no. 268).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2011 - Appropriates funds for FY2011 to the Department of Defense (DOD).
Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 - Makes continuing appropriations for FY2011. Appropriates amounts for continuing operations, projects, or activities which were conducted in FY2010. Provides funding under this division through FY2011.
Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act or SOAR Act - Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award grants to nonprofit organizations to carry out a program to provide expanded school choice opportunities to students who are District of Columbia (DC) residents and who come from certain qualifying low-income households. Repeals the DC School Choice Incentive Act of 2003. (See also H.R. 471.)
Senate * 4/14/2011: H.R. 1473 Received in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and Passed in Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay. 81 - 19. Record Vote Number: 61.
President * 4/15/2011: H.R. 1473 Presented to the President.
* 4/15/2011: H.R. 1473 Signed by the President. Became Public Law No: 112-10.
H.R. 1484
"Veterans Appeals Improvement Act of 2011"
To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the appeals process of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/12/2011: H.R. 1484 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 5/20/2011: H.R. 1484 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-83.
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 1484 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 419 - 1 ( Roll no. 377).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/16/11. H.R. 1484 would establish a commission to evaluate the process of judicial review for veterans’ and survivors’ benefits. The commission would consist of 13 members and would be required to submit a final report to the Congress on its activities by December 31, 2012. Members would serve without pay but would be reimbursed for travel expenses. In addition, the commission could hire staff and use personnel from other federal agencies. The commission would terminate two years after submitting its final report. Based on an analysis of the costs of similar commissions, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1484 would cost $2 million over the 2012-2015 period.
Provides that if a veteran claimant submits evidence in support of a case for which a substantive appeal has been filed to the Board of Veterans' Appeals, such evidence shall be submitted directly to the Board and not to a regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), unless the claimant requests that the evidence first be reviewed by the regional office. Establishes the Veterans Judicial Review Commission to evaluate and make specific decisions to improve the administrative and judicial appellate review processes of veterans' and survivors' benefits determinations.
H.R. 1539
"Asset-Backed Market Stabilization Act of 2011"
To repeal section 939G of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and to restore Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 436(g) repealed by such section.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/14/2011: H.R. 1539 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Stivers (OH-15). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 8/12/2011: H.R. 1539 Reported by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-196. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 125.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/8/11. H.R. 1539 would reinstate a rule developed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that exempts ratings provided by certain credit rating agencies, known as nationally recognized statistical rating organizations or NRSROs, from being considered part of the registration statement for new issuances of asset-backed securities (ABS). That rule was repealed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under current law, registration statements for ABS must include the assignment of a rating by one or more rating agencies. In reinstating the rule, the bill would exempt NRSROs from liability if the information provided in the offering statement is found to be untrue. Based on information from the SEC, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1539 would not significantly affect spending subject to appropriation because the SEC has already taken steps to limit enforcement of the requirement that ratings be included in registration statements for new issuances of ABS. Enacting H.R. 1539 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal the voiding of, and so restore, Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 436G (which exempts credit ratings provided by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations [NRSROs] from being considered a part of the registration statement prepared or certified by a person under the Securities Act of 1933).
H.R. 1540
"National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012"
To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 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, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/14/2011: H.R. 1540 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.
* 5/17/2011: H.R. 1540 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Armed Services. H. Rept. 112-78.
* 5/23/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Armed Services, H. Rept. 112-78, Part II.
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 1540 Passed in House: Passed by recorded vote: 322 - 96 ( Roll no. 375).
CBO Estimate, dated 5/20/11. H.R. 1540 would authorize appropriations totaling $690 billion for fiscal year 2012 for the military functions of the Department of Defense (DoD), for certain activities of the Department of Energy (DOE), and for other purposes. That total includes $119 billion for the cost of overseas contingency operations, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, H.R. 1540 would prescribe personnel strengths for each active-duty and selected-reserve component of the U.S. armed forces. CBO estimates that appropriation of the authorized amounts would result in outlays of $679 billion over the 2012-2016 period.
CRS summary.
Authorizes appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for FY2012 for: (1) procurement, including for aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, and shipbuilding and conversion; (2) the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund; (3) research, development, test, and evaluation; (4) operation and maintenance; (5) military personnel; (6) Working Capital Funds; (7) the National Defense Sealift Fund; (8) the Joint Urgent Operational Needs Fund; (9) chemical agents and munitions destruction; (10) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; (11) the Defense Inspector General; (12) the Defense Health Program; (13) the Armed Forces Retirement Home; (14) overseas contingency operations; (15) chemical demilitarization; (16) the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program; (17) National Guard and reserve forces facilities; and (18) military base closure and realignment activities.
Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 - Authorizes appropriations for FY2012 for military construction, military family housing, and energy conservation projects.
Sets forth provisions or requirements concerning: (1) military personnel policy; (2) education and training; (3) military pay and allowances; (4) acquisition policy and management; (5) DOD organization and management; (6) civilian personnel; and (7) matters relating to foreign nations.
Senate * 6/6/2011: H.R. 1540 Received in the Senate, read twice, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 1540 Passed in Senate, with an amendment, by Unanimous Consent. Senate amendment struck all text of H.R. 1540 as passed by the House and substituted the language of S. 1867, as passed by the Senate. Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the conferees on the part of the Senate.
House of
Representatives
* 12/7/2011: The House agreed by unanimous consent to disagree to the Senate amendment and agree to a conference on H.R. 1540.
Conference * 12/12/2011: Conference report H. Rept. 112-329 filed.
House of
Representatives
* 12/13/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 493 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of the conference report to H.R. 1540.
* 12/14/2011: Conference report H. Rept. 112-329 agreed to in House by recorded vote: 283 - 136 ( Roll no. 932).
Senate * 12/15/2011: Senate agreed to conference report H. Rept. 112-329 by Yea-Nay Vote. 86 - 13. Record Vote Number: 230.
President * 12/21/2011: H.R. 1540 presented to the President.
* 12/31/2011: H.R. 1540 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-81.
H.R. 1550
"Federal Law Enforcement Recruitment and Retention Act of 2011"
To establish programs in the Department of Justice and in the Department of Homeland Security to help States that have high rates of homicide and other violent crime, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/14/2011: H.R. 1550 introduced in the House by Del. P. Pierluisi (PR). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/22/2011: H.R. 1550 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-293. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 194.

CBO Estimate, dated 11/14/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1550 would cost about $1 million annually from appropriated funds. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues. H.R. 1550 would direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a program to improve the recruiting and retention of federal law enforcement officers in states with high rates of violent crime. Based on information from DOJ, we expect the department would hire a small number of additional staff to carry out the program. Implementation costs would include salaries, benefits, and travel expenses. CBO anticipates that H.R. 1550 would be implemented so as to increase the number of federal law enforcement officers working in states with high rates of violent crime, and that any increase in the cost to deploy additional law enforcement officers would be insignificant. If DOJ sought appropriated funds to increase the overall number of law enforcement officers, the cost to implement this legislation could be considerably greater.
CRS summary.
Directs the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to: (1) establish a program within the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), respectively, to recruit individuals for authorized federal law enforcement and security positions in states that have experienced a high rate of homicides and other violent crimes; and (2) designate a federal coordinator of such program. Requires each coordinator to: (1) consult with the chief executive of, and with law enforcement agencies in, such states to determine how additional federal personnel can help; and (2) coordinate program implementation.
H.R. 1556
To amend the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act to allow certain land to be used to generate income to provide funding for academic programs, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/14/2011: H.R. 1556 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Lujan (NM-3). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 1556 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–306. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 206.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/9/2011. H.R. 1556 would allow the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, which operate the Sante Fe Indian School, to use property held in trust by the federal government for economic development activities. Under current law, the property can only be used for educational, health-related, or cultural purposes of the Sante Fe Indian School. Any income generated from economic development activities could be used by the Pueblos to promote educational, health-related, or cultural outcomes among students of the Sante Fe Indian School. Based on information from the Department of the Interior, CBO expects that the legislation would have an insignificant impact on the agency’s administrative costs. H.R. 1556 would have no effect on direct spending or revenues because any income resulting from new economic development activities would be paid directly to the Pueblos.
CRS summary.
Amends the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act to allow certain land taken into trust for the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico to be used for economic development projects that fund the educational, health, or cultural functions of the Santa Fe Indian School. (Currently, the land is to be used solely for the educational, health, or cultural functions of that school.)
H.R. 1560
To amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to determine blood quantum requirement for membership in that tribe.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/14/2011: H.R. 1560 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Reyes (TX-16). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 1560 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-222. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 144.
* 12/7/2011: H.R. 1560 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/9/11. H.R. 1560 would amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to eliminate the requirement that individuals have a blood quantum level of at least one-eighth to qualify for tribal membership. This legislation would allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe to establish its own blood quantum requirement for determining membership. Based on information from the Department of the Interior, the Indian Health Service, and members of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1560 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Federal agencies currently provide services to all of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indians who would become tribal members under H.R. 1560 because those agencies do not restrict services based on tribal membership established under the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to revise tribal membership requirements to provide tribal membership to any person of Tigua Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indian blood enrolled by the tribe.
Senate * 12/8/2011: H.R. 1560 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
H.R. 1627
"Honoring American Veterans Act of 2011"
To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for certain requirements for the placement of monuments in Arlington National Cemetery, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/15/2011: H.R. 1627 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services.
* 5/20/2011: H.R. 1627 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-84, Part I. Committee on Armed Services discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 45.
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1627 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 380 - 0 ( Roll no. 330).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/16/11. H.R. 1627 would codify current practice at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) regarding the type, placement, and funding of commemorative monuments, and the current prohibition on the reservation of gravesites. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1627 would cost less than $500,000 in 2012.
Allows a monument other than one containing or marking interred remains (monument) to be placed in Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington) only if the monument commemorates: (1) the military service of the individual or group whose memory is honored by the monument, or (2) a particular military event. Prohibits any monument from being placed in Arlington until the end of the 25-year period beginning on the last day of the service or event commemorated. Allows a monument to be placed only in those sections of Arlington designated by the Secretary of the Army and only on land determined by the Secretary as unsuitable for burial. Allows a monument to be placed in Arlington only if an appropriate non-governmental entity has agreed to act as a sponsoring organization to coordinate the monument's placement and: (1) monument construction and placement are paid for using only private funds, (2) the Secretary consults with the Commission of Fine Arts before approving the monument's design, and (3) the sponsoring organization provides for an independent study on the availability and suitability of alternative monument locations outside of Arlington. Authorizes the Secretary to waive the 25-year requirement, above, when the monument would commemorate a group of individuals who the Secretary determines: (1) has made valuable contributions to the Armed Forces that have been ongoing and perpetual for longer than 25 years and are expected to continue indefinitely, and (2) has provided service that is of such a character that failure to place a monument to the group in Arlington would present a manifest injustice.
Senate * 5/24/2011: H.R. 1627 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
H.R. 1632
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5014 Gary Avenue in Lubbock, Texas, as the "Sergeant Chris Davis Post Office".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/15/2011: H.R. 1632 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Neugebauer (TX-19). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 6/21/2011: H.R. 1632 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 396 - 0 ( Roll no. 460).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5014 Gary Avenue in Lubbock, Texas, as the "Sergeant Chris Davis Post Office."
Senate * 6/22/2011: H.R. 1632 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 10/4/2011: H.R. 1632 Passed in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/6/2011: H.R. 1632 presented to the President
* 10/12/2011: H.R. 1632 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-39.
H.R. 1633
"Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011"
To establish a temporary prohibition against revising any national ambient air quality standard applicable to coarse particulate matter, to limit Federal regulation of nuisance dust in areas in which such dust is regulated under State, tribal, or local law, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/15/2011: H.R. 1633 introduced in the House by Rep K. Noem (SD). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 12/6/2011: H.R. 1633 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112–316. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 215.
* 12/8/2011: H.R. 1633 Passed in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 268 - 150 ( Roll no. 912).
CBO Estimate, dated 12/6/11. H.R. 1633 would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing any new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for particulate matter (PM) greater than 2.5 micrometers in diameter for at least one year from the date of enactment. This legislation also would amend the Clean Air Act (CAA) to exclude, with an exception, PM considered to be “nuisance dust” from regulation by the CAA. That exception would apply to areas without any state, tribal, or local regulation of “nuisance dust” if EPA finds that such dust would cause substantial adverse effects and only if regulating it would result in benefits that outweigh the costs, including economic and employment impacts. Nuisance dust would be defined in the legislation to mean PM that is generated primarily from natural sources, unpaved roads, agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities typically conducted in rural areas, and consists primarily of soil or other natural biological materials. PM that is emitted into the air from combustion or is produced from uranium mining or processing would be excluded from this definition. CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost $10 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary funds. Such funding would cover EPA’s costs to carry out changes to certain existing emission control standards, and activities to study the need and feasibility of modifying EPA’s national monitoring network for PM. The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Prohibits the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from proposing, finalizing, implementing, or enforcing any regulation revising the national primary ambient air quality standard or the national secondary ambient air quality standard applicable to particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter greater than 2.5 micrometers under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for one year. Exempts nuisance dust from the CAA and excludes nuisance dust from references in such Act to particulate matter, except with respect to geographic areas where such dust is not regulated under state, tribal, or local law if the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, finds that: (1) nuisance dust (or any subcategory of nuisance dust) causes substantial adverse public health and welfare effects at ambient concentrations; and (2) the benefits of applying CAA standards and other requirements to such dust outweigh the costs. Defines "nuisance dust" as particulate matter that: (1) is generated primarily from natural sources, unpaved roads, agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities typically conducted in rural areas; (2) consists primarily of soil, other natural or biological materials, windblown dust, or some combination thereof; (3) is not emitted directly into the ambient air from combustion, such as exhaust from combustion engines and emissions from stationary combustion processes; (4) is not comprised of residuals from the combustion of coal; and (5) does not include radioactive particulate matter produced from uranium mining or processing. Expresses the sense of Congress that the Administrator should implement an approach to excluding exceptional events, or events that are not reasonably controllable or preventable, from determinations of whether an area is in compliance with any national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) applicable to coarse particulate matter that maximizes transparency and predictability for states, tribes, and local governments and minimizes their regulatory and cost burdens. Requires the Administrator, before taking a covered action, to analyze its impact, disaggregated by state, on employment levels in the agriculture industry and on agricultural economic activity, utilizing the best available economic models. Defines a "covered action" as an action by the Administrator under the Clean Air Act, relating to agriculture and the primary and secondary NAAQS for particulate matter, to: (1) issue a regulation, policy statement, guidance, response to a petition, or other requirement; or (2) implement a new or substantially altered program. Requires the Administrator to: (1) post such analysis on the main page of EPA's website; (2) request the Secretary of Agriculture to post it on the main page of the Department of Agriculture's website; and (3) request the governor of any state experiencing more than a de minimis negative impact to post such analysis in the state's capitol. Requires the Administrator to: (1) hold a public hearing in each state in which a covered action will have more than a de minimis negative impact on agricultural employment levels or agricultural economic activity, at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the action; and (2) give notice of such impact to the state's congressional delegation, governor, and legislature at least 45 days before the effective date of the action. Defines "de minimis negative impact" as: (1) a loss of more than 100 jobs related to the agriculture industry, or (2) a decrease in agricultural economic activity of more than $1 million over any calendar year.
Senate * 12/12/2011: H.R. 1633 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
H.R. 1657
To amend title 38, United States Code, to revise the enforcement penalties for misrepresentation of a business concern as a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans or as a small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 4/15/2011: H.R. 1657 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 5/20/2011: H.R. 1657 Reported by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-85. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 46.
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1657 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 385 - 1 ( Roll no. 332).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/16/11. H.R. 1657 would revise the penalty for businesses that, in their dealings with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), misrepresent their status as small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans or service-disabled veterans. Under current law, VA is required to preclude such businesses from contracting with the agency for a period of time determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to be reasonable. Under H.R. 1657, any small business concern—and all principals involved—found to be misrepresenting their status would be prohibited from contracting with VA for no less than five years. Upon determining that a business misrepresented its status, VA would be required to take action to bar that business within 90 days. Based on information from VA, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1657 would have no budgetary impact.
Directs that any business determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to have misrepresented its status as a small business owned and controlled by veterans or service-disabled veterans in order to increase its contracting opportunities shall be debarred from contracting with the VA for not less than five years (under current law, for a reasonable period as determined by the Secretary). Requires the Secretary to commence the debarment action within 30 days after the misrepresentation determination, and to complete such action within 90 days after such determination. Includes in the debarment all principals in the business.
Senate * 5/24/2011: H.R. 1657 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
H.R. 1667
"Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Transfer Clarification Act"
To postpone the date for the transfer of functions to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection if the Bureau does not yet have a Director in place.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/2/2011: H.R. 1667 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Capito (WV-2). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 5/27/2011: H.R. 1667 Reported by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-93. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 51.
* 7/19/2011: Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Financial Services, H. Rept. 112-93, Part 2.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/20/11.
H.R. 1667 could extend the date on which the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to enforce rules and regulations related to consumer financial protection would be transferred from other financial regulatory agencies. Under current law, the transfer of authority to CFPB will take place on July 21, 2011. H.R. 1667 would set the transfer date as the later of July 21, 2011, or the date on which a director of the CFPB is confirmed by the Senate.
H.R. 1670
"Sikes Act Amendments Act of 2011"
To amend the Sikes Act to improve the application of that Act to State-owned facilities used for the national defense.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/2/2011: H.R. 1670 introduced in the House by Del. M. Bordallo (GU). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services.
* 7/21/2011: H.R. 1670 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–175, Pt. 1 Committee on Armed Services discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 115.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/6/11. H.R. 1670 would authorize the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop and implement integrated natural resources management plans (INRMPs) for state-owned National Guard installations. Such plans currently guide efforts to protect endangered species, manage forests and rangeland, control invasive species, operate recreational hunting and fishing programs, and direct other environmental management programs at federally owned facilities. The bill would permit federal appropriations to be used at state-owned sites, and also would allow National Guard installations to use those plans to protect endangered species, in lieu of having such sites designated as critical habitat by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. DoD spends almost $200 million annually to develop and implement INRMPs for 29 million acres of federally owned or controlled land on military installations. Based on information from DoD, CBO estimates that an additional 450,000 acres of state-owned land at National Guard bases would become eligible to receive funding for INRMPs under H.R. 1670. Based on the department’s current spending for INRMPs for federal land, CBO estimates that developing and implementing those plans would increase spending by about $9 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming the availability of appropriated funds. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the Sikes Act (conservation programs on military installations and facilities) to include under such Act's coverage state-owned facilities used for National Guard training. Authorizes the Secretary of a military department to develop and implement an integrated natural resources management plan for a state-owned National Guard installation.
H.R. 1740
To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/5/2011: H.R. 1740 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Larsen (WA-2). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/8/2011: H.R. 1740 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–320. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 218.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/5/11. H.R. 1740 would designate an additional 14.3 miles of the Illabot Creek in Washington State as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Based on information provided by the Forest Service and assuming the availability of appropriated funds, CBO estimates that the agency would spend less than $20,000 a year to maintain, protect, and enhance the creek. Enacting H.R. 1740 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a specified segment of the Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
H.R. 1745
"Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits, and Services (JOBS) Act of 2011"
To improve jobs, opportunity, benefits, and services for unemployed Americans, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/5/2011: H.R. 1745 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget.
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1745 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means, with written report H. Rept. 112-87, Part I. Committee on The Budget discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 48.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/23/11. H.R. 1745 would, beginning in July 2011, repeal provisions that allow federal reimbursements for the emergency unemployment compensation program (EUC), temporarily provide full federal funding for extended benefits (EB), and allow states to make it easier to provide EB. The legislation also would temporarily suspend the 50 percent federal match for EB through December 2011. Additionally, enacting the bill would provide special distributions to the states in 2011 and 2012 totaling $31 billion, which states could use to continue to provide EUC and EB (as those programs existed on May 1, 2011), or pay for other unemployment-related expenses, including any interest due on loans from the unemployment trust fund (UTF). Finally, H.R. 1745 would require states to reduce unemployment benefits to individuals who have received overpayments, require individuals to meet certain criteria for receipt of benefits, and direct the Department of Labor to establish uniform reporting codes. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1745 would reduce outlays by $125 million in 2011 and by $3.1 billion over the 2011-2021 period. Under the bill, revenues also would decline by $2.4 billion over the 2011-2021 period. On balance, enacting H.R. 1745 would reduce deficits by approximately $0.7 billion over the 2011-2021 period.
Amends title III (Grants to States for Unemployment Compensation Administration) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to require state unemployment compensation laws to require, as a condition of eligibility for regular compensation for any week, that an unemployment compensation claimant be able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work. Requires a claimant to meet minimum educational requirements, that is, to: (1) have earned a high school diploma, (2) have earned the General Educational Development (GED) credential or other state-recognized equivalent (including by meeting recognized alternative standards for individuals with disabilities), or (3) be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in classes leading to satisfaction of the latter requirement. Authorizes waiver of such requirements for an individual by a state agency if they would be unduly burdensome. Authorizes the Secretary of Labor to enter into agreements with states to allow them to conduct demonstration projects to test and evaluate measures designed to: (1) expedite the reemployment of individuals who establish initial eligibility for unemployment compensation under state law, or (2) improve the effectiveness of a state in carrying out its state law with respect to reemployment. Amends SSA title XII (Repayment by States of Advances to State Unemployment Funds) to repeal the requirement that a state meet certain funding goals if no payment of interest shall be required with respect to any advances made to it out of the federal unemployment account during any calendar year. (Thus repeals the requirement for higher state taxes.) Amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (SAA of 2008) to repeal the requirement (nonreduction rule) that makes a federal-state agreement inapplicable for a state upon a determination by the Secretary that the method governing the computation of regular compensation under state law has been modified to make the average weekly UC benefit paid less than what would have been paid before June 2, 2010. Amends the SSA title IX (Miscellaneous Provisions Relating to Employment Security) to require the Secretary to designate codes and identifiers for any category of information required for data matching in the federal-state unemployment insurance system. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to require states (which, currently, are merely authorized) to reduce current unemployment benefits to recover prior unemployment benefit overpayments. Amends the SSA to require the Secretary of the Treasury to makes special transfers, in FY2011-FY2012, from the extended unemployment compensation (EUC) account to each state's account in the Unemployment Trust Fund an amount determined by using a specified formula. Requires states to spend these funds: (1) to pay current federal unemployment benefits; or (2) for regular or extended unemployment benefits, for repaying federal unemployment loans, or for reemployment services, as specified by a state law passed after enactment of this Act. Repeals requirements under the SAA of 2008 that federal payments to states cover 100% of EUC for a certain period of time. Amends such Act to require the Secretary of the Treasury to transfer from the general fund of the Treasury to the EUC account any sums the Secretary of Labor estimates to be necessary to make payments to states because of certain amendments made by this Act. Amends the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act to accelerate from January 4, 2012, to July 6, 2011, termination of the temporary requirement that federal payments to states cover 100% of EUC. Amends the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 to accelerate similarly from December 31, 2011, to June 30, 2011, termination of the period during which a state may determine its "on" and "off" indicators according to specified temporary substitutions in its formula.
H.R. 1751
"CJ's Home Protection Act of 2011"
To amend the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 to require that weather radios be installed in all manufactured homes manufactured or sold in the United States.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/5/2011: H.R. 1751 introduced in the House by Rep S. Bachus (AL-6). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 8/1/2011: H.R. 1751 Reported by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112–191. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 124.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/25/11. H.R. 1751 would require the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue a new standard requiring that each manufactured home delivered for sale be supplied with a weather radio that meets certain performance specifications, including the capacity to receive broadcasts of emergency information related to local weather conditions. Under current law, a committee representing both producers and users of manufactured housing makes recommendations to HUD on regulations concerning such homes. H.R. 1751 would require the committee to develop a proposed construction and safety standard; HUD would be required to finalize the standard within 90 days of receiving the proposal from the committee. The bill also would require HUD to prepare a report to the Congress that examines whether the requirement to equip new manufactured homes with weather radios should be limited to homes located in specific geographic areas. Under current law, HUD monitors and enforces safety standards for manufactured homes through a joint federal and state program funded partially by inspection fees paid by builders of manufactured homes; the fees are recorded in the budget as discretionary offsetting collections and may be spent subject to provisions in appropriation acts. The program’s administrative costs as well as the balance of costs for monitoring and enforcement are funded through annual appropriation acts. Based on information from HUD, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1751 would increase spending subject to appropriation, though the effect would not be significant. Enacting H.R. 1751 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue a final order establishing federal manufactured home construction and safety standards within 90 days of receiving specified proposed standards. Amends the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 to require such standards to require each manufactured home delivered for sale to be supplied with a weather radio: (1) capable of broadcasting emergency information relating to local weather conditions, (2) equipped with a tone alarm and Specific Alert Message Encoding (SAME) technology, and (3) compliant with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Standard 2009-A Performance Specification for Public Alert Receivers (or its current revision). Shields from liability the operator, owner, or employee of a mobile home community, or the mobile home manufacturer, with respect to any reminder, assistance, or instructions the community operator provides concerning the functionality of a manufactured home's weather radio or smoke detector.
H.R. 1791
To designate the United States courthouse under construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the "Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States Courthouse".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/5/2011: H.R. 1791 introduced in the House by Rep T. Rooney (FL-16). Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
* 11/14/2011: H.R. 1791 Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with written report H. Rept. 112–282. Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 89.
* 11/16/2011: H.R. 1791 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/28/11. CBO estimates that enacting those pieces of legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Designates the U.S. courthouse under construction at 101 South U.S. Route 1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the "Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States Courthouse."
Senate * 11/17/2011: H.R. 1791 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 1800
"FISA Sunsets Reauthorization Act of 2011"
To temporarily extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 relating to access to business records and roving wiretaps and to permanently extend expiring provisions of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/6/2011: H.R. 1800 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
* 5/18/2011: H.R. 1800 Reported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 112-79, Part I. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 40.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/18/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1800 would have no significant costs to the federal government.
Amends the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 to extend through 2017 a provision granting roving electronic surveillance authority. Amends the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to make permanent a provision revising the definition of an "agent of a foreign power" to include any non-U.S. person who engages in international terrorism or preparatory activities ("lone wolf" provision).
H.R. 1801
"Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act"
To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for expedited security screenings for members of the Armed Forces.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/10/2011: H.R. 1801 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Cravaack (MN-8). Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
* 11/4/2011: H.R. 1801 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Homeland Security, with written report H. Rept. 112-271. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 182.
* 11/29/2011: H.R. 1801 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 404 - 0 ( Roll no. 862).
CRS summary.
Directs the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration [TSA]) to develop and implement a plan for expedited security screening services for uniformed Armed Forces members, and their families, traveling on official orders while in uniform through an airport.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/29/11. H.R. 1801 would require the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), to implement expedited screening processes at certain airports for uniformed members of the armed forces and accompanying family members. The bill would specify factors for the Assistant Secretary to consider in designing such processes and would require TSA to report to the Congress on their implementation. According to TSA, the agency already intends to implement risk-based screening procedures for specific populations of air travellers, including uniformed members of the armed forces. Based on information from the agency about the status of those activities and the relatively small number of individuals that would qualify for expedited screening under H.R. 1801, CBO estimates that fully funding H.R. 1801 would cost less than $500,000 annually. Enacting H.R. 1801 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Senate * 11/30/2011: H.R. 1801 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
* 12/12/2011: H.R. 1801 Passed in Senate, with a Senate amendment, by Voice Vote.
House of
Representatives
* 12/20/2011: H.R. 1801, as amended by Senate, passed in House: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment, Agreed to by voice vote.
President * 12/23/2011: H.R. 1801 presented to the President.
* 1/3/2012: H.R. 1801 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-86.
H.R. 1843
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 489 Army Drive in Barrigada, Guam, as the "John Pangelinan Gerber Post Office Building".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/11/2011: H.R. 1843 introduced in the House by Rep. M. Bordallo (GU). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/30/2011: H.R. 1843 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 414 - 3 ( Roll no. 680).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 489 Army Drive in Barrigada, Guam, as the "John Pangelinan Gerber Post Office Building."
Senate * 7/30/2011: H.R. 1843 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 10/19/2011: H.R. 1843 Reported by Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without amendment, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 207.
* 10/20/2011: H.R. 1843 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/31/2011: H.R. 1843 Presented to the President.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 1843 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-47.
H.R. 1852
"Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2011"
To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize support for graduate medical education programs in children's hospitals.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/11/2011: H.R. 1852 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Pitts (PA-16). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 9/12/2011: H.R. 1852 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-205. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 132.
* 9/20/2011: H.R. 1852 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/9/11. H.R. 1852 would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize payments to children’s hospitals operating training programs that provide graduate medical education. Payments would be made to such hospitals for both direct and indirect costs related to graduate medical education. Direct costs are those related to operating a medical education program, such as the salaries of medical students, while indirect costs are those intended to compensate hospitals for patient care costs that are expected to be higher in teaching hospitals than in non-teaching hospitals. H.R. 1852 would reauthorize the appropriation of $330 million a year over the 2012-2016 period for payments to children’s hospitals. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $248 million in 2012 and $1,568 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amounts. H.R. 1852 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to extend and reauthorize appropriations for payments associated with operating approved graduate medical residency training programs.
Senate * 9/21/2011: H.R. 1852 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 175.
H.R. 1891
"Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act"
To repeal ineffective or unnecessary education programs in order to restore the focus of Federal programs on quality elementary and secondary education programs for disadvantaged students.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/13/2011: H.R. 1891 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Hunter (CA-52). Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 1891 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and the Workforce, with written report H. Rept. 112-106. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 60.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/1/11. H.R. 1891 would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to eliminate more than 40 discretionary grant programs. For 2011, the Department of Education allocated $413 million in funding from amounts appropriated in the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law 112-10) to programs that would be eliminated by H.R. 1891. Under current law, however, the funds allocated to those programs may be used for other grant programs that would not be eliminated by the bill. Because annual appropriations to the Department of Education can be used for other programs, enacting the bill would not have a significant effect on spending from the appropriation provided for 2011. Furthermore, the authorizations for all of the programs specified in the bill have expired, so CBO estimates the bill would have no impact on such authorization levels. However, savings would accrue - as compared to 2011 appropriation levels - if the total amounts provided in 2012 and subsequent years are lower than the current-year funding for the department.
Repeals specified provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Lists the repealed provisions as those pertaining to:
* the Early Reading First program;
* the William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy programs;
* improving literacy through school libraries;
* demonstration projects of innovative practices for enabling children to meet state academic content and achievement standards;
* the Close Up Fellowship program;
* comprehensive school reform;
* improving literacy through school libraries;
* school dropout prevention;
* school leadership;
* advanced certification or advanced credentialing for teachers;
* special education teacher training;
* early childhood educator professional development;
* teacher mobility;
* the National Writing Project;
* the teaching of traditional American history;
* enhancing education through technology;
* programs to improve language instruction for limited English proficient children;
* state grants for safe and drug-free schools and communities;
* grants to reduce alcohol abuse;
* mentoring programs;
* elementary and secondary school counseling programs;
* partnerships in character education;
* smaller learning communities;
* the Reading is Fundamental--Inexpensive Book Distribution program;
* gifted and talented students;
* the Star Schools program;
* the Ready to Teach program;
* the Foreign Language Assistance program;
* the Carol M. White Physical Education Program;
* community technology centers;
* educational, cultural, apprenticeship, and exchange programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and their historical whaling and trading partners in Massachusetts;
* excellence in economic education;
* grants to improve the mental health of children;
* parental assistance and local family information centers;
* combatting domestic violence;
* healthy, high-performance schools;
* additional assistance for certain local educational agencies impacted by federal property acquisition;
* the Women's Educational Equity Act;
* the Native Hawaiian Education program; and
* the Alaska Native Education program.
H.R. 1892
"Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012"
To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/13/2011: H.R. 1892 introduced in the House by Rep. M. Rogers (MI-8). Referred to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
* 9/2/2011: H.R. 1892 Reported (Amended) by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, with written report H. Rept. 112-197. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 126.
* 9/7/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 392 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1892.
* 9/9/2011: H.R. 1892 Passed in House by recorded vote: 384 - 14 ( Roll no. 698).
CRS summary.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2012 for the conduct of intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the: (1) Office of the Director of National Intelligence; (2) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); (3) Department of Defense (DOD); (4) Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); (5) National Security Agency (NSA); (6) Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force; (7) Coast Guard; (8) Departments of State, the Treasury, Energy, and Justice; (9) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); (10) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); (11) National Reconnaissance Office; (12) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and (13) Department of Homeland Security. Specifies that the amounts authorized and the authorized personnel ceilings as of September 30, 2012, for such activities are those specified in the classified Schedule of Authorizations, which shall be made available to the congressional appropriations committees and the President. Allows the Director of National Intelligence, with the approval of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to authorize employment of civilian personnel in excess of the number authorized for FY2012 when necessary for the performance of important intelligence functions. Requires notification to the intelligence committees on the use of such authority. Authorizes appropriations for the Intelligence Community Management Account for FY2012, as well as for full-time personnel for elements within such Account. Authorizes appropriations for FY2012 for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability Fund. Permits appropriations authorized by this Act for salary, pay, retirement, and other benefits for federal employees to be increased by such additional or supplemental amounts as necessary for increases in such compensation or benefits authorized by law. Prohibits the authorization of appropriations by this Act from being deemed to constitute authority to conduct any intelligence activity not otherwise authorized by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/22/11. H.R. 1892 would authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for intelligence activities of the U.S. government, for the Intelligence Community Management Account (ICMA), and for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System (CIARDS). Since CBO does not provide estimates for classified programs, this estimate addresses only the unclassified portions of the bill. In addition, CBO cannot provide estimates for certain provisions in the unclassified portion of the bill because they concern classified intelligence programs. On that limited basis, and assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1892 would cost $585 million over the 2012-2016 period.
Senate * 9/12/2011: H.R. 1892 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 161.
* 12/14/2011: H.R. 1892 Passed in Senate, with an amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
House of
Representatives
* 12/16/2011: H.R. 1892, as amended by Senate Passed in House: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 396 - 23 ( Roll no. 939).
President * 12/23/2011: H.R. 1892 presented to the President.
* 1/3/2012: H.R. 1892 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-87.
H.R. 1893
"Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011, Part II"
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/13/2011: H.R. 1893 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1893 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend through June 30, 2011, increased excise taxes on aviation fuels, the excise tax on air transportation of persons and property, and the expenditure authority for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Increases the authorization of appropriations for the nine-month period beginning on October 1, 2010, for airport planning and development and noise compatibility planning projects (known as airport improvement projects [AIPs]). Allows such funds to be obligated at any time through September 30, 2011, and remain available until expended. Sets forth a formula for calculating AIP funding apportionments. Extends through June 30, 2011, the authority of the Secretary of Transportation to make new AIP grants. Extends until July 1, 2011: (1) the pilot program for passenger facility fee authorizations at non-hub airports, and (2) disclosure requirements for large and medium hub airports applying for AIP grants. Directs the Secretary to extend through June 30, 2011, the termination date of insurance coverage for domestic or foreign-flag aircraft. Grants the Secretary discretionary authority to further extend such coverage through September 30, 2011. Extends through September 30, 2011, the authority of the Secretary to limit air carrier liability for claims arising out of acts of terrorism. Extends through June 30, 2011: (1) grant eligibility for airports located in the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau; (2) grants to state and local governments for land use compatibility projects under the AIP; and (3) authority for approving an application of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for an airport development grant or for permission to impose a passenger facility fee. Amends the Vision 100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act to extend through June 30, 2011: (1) the temporary increase to 95% of the federal government's share of certain AIP project costs, and (2) funding for airport development at Midway Island Airport.
Senate * 5/24/2011: H.R. 1893 Received in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time.
* 5/24/2011: H.R. 1893 passed in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 5/26/2011: H.R. 1893 Presented to the President.
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 1893 signed by the President. Became Public Law No 112-16.
H.R. 1904
"Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011"
To facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources in southeast Arizona by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/13/2011: H.R. 1904 introduced in the House by Rep. P. Gosar (AZ-1). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 1904 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-246. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 162.
* 10/26/2011: H.R. 1904 Passed in House by recorded vote: 235 - 186 ( Roll no. 809).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/31/11. H.R. 1904 would authorize a land exchange in Arizona between the federal government and a mining company and direct the Forest Service to sell several parcels of land to Superior, Arizona. Based on information provided by the affected agencies, CBO estimates that discretionary costs to implement the bill would total less than $500,000 annually. Those costs would include preparing management plans to facilitate the exchange and administering new lands received in exchange for federal land. Enacting the bill would have no significant net effect on direct spending and no effect on revenues.
Authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) (the Secretary), if Resolution Copper Mining, LLC offers to convey specified parcels of non-federal land in Gila, Yavapi, Maricopa, Coconino, Pinal, and/or Santa Cruz Counties, Arizona, that are acceptable to the Secretary or the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain federal land in Pinal County, Arizona, to Resolution Copper. Requires the Secretary and Resolution Copper to appraise lands exchanged or conveyed under this Act. Makes the federal lands available to Resolution Copper for use for mining and related activities. Requires the Secretary to issue a special use permit to Resolution Copper to carry out mineral exploration activities: (1) under the Oak Flat Withdrawal Area if they would not disturb the surface of the area, and (2) within the Withdrawal Area (with the exception of within the Oak Flat Campground) if they are conducted from a single exploratory drill pad located to minimize visual and noise impacts on the Campground. Makes lands acquired by the Secretary under this Act part of the National Forest within which the land is located. Adds certain of the non-federal land acquired by the Secretary of the Interior in Gila, Pinal, and/or Santa Cruz Counties to the San Pedro Riparian and Las Cienegas National Conservation Areas. Instructs Resolution Copper to surrender, without compensation, the rights held by it under mining and other U.S. laws to commercially extract minerals under Apache Leap. Requires Resolution Copper to make value adjustment payments to the United States based upon locatable minerals produced from the federal land in Pinal County, Arizona. Authorizes the Secretary to issue to Resolution Copper special use permits that allow it to carry out underground activities (other than the commercial extraction of minerals) under the surface of Apache Leap that would not disturb the surface. Requires preparation of a management plan for Apache Leap. Directs the Secretary to convey specified lands in Pinal County to the town of Superior, Arizona.
H.R. 1905
"Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011"
To strengthen Iran sanctions laws for the purpose of compelling Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/13/2011: H.R. 1905 introduced in the House by Rep. I. Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18). Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, and Ways and Means.
* 12/14/2011: H.R. 1905 Passed in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 - 11 ( Roll No. 927).
CBO Estimate, dated 12/13/11. H.R. 1905 would amend and expand existing sanctions against Iran. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have a discretionary cost of $128 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. In addition, enacting the bill would increase revenues by $57 million over the 2012-2021 period and have insignificant effects on direct spending. The sanctions contained in H.R. 1905 would be intergovernmental and private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).
CRS summary.
Declares that it is U.S. policy to deny Iran the ability to support acts of foreign terrorist organizations and develop unconventional weapons and ballistic missiles. Urges the President to initiate diplomatic efforts to expand the multilateral sanctions regime regarding Iran. Directs the President to initiate an investigation into the imposition of sanctions upon receipt of credible information that a person is engaged in a sanctionable activity under this Act. Directs the President to impose specified sanctions.
(More in CRS Summary).
Senate * 12/14/2011: H.R. 1905 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
H.R. 1932
"Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011"
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for extensions of detention of certain aliens ordered removed, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1932 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 10/18/2011: H.R. 1932 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-255. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 171.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/8/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1932 would have no significant costs to the federal government. Enacting H.R. 1932 would not affect direct spending or revenues. H.R. 1932 would clarify numerous provisions in current laws and regulations relating to the detention of aliens who are ordered removed from the United States. The bill also would clarify many procedural issues in the appeals process that are available to aliens who contest their detention or removal. In addition, H.R 1932 would authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to detain such aliens for longer than six months under certain circumstances. According to DHS, most aliens who receive a final order of removal are removed from the United States well within six months. In many cases under current law, DHS detains aliens only as long as necessary to determine whether the individual, upon removal, would be accepted by his home country or by another country. If such acceptance is deemed unlikely, then generally the detainee is released. CBO anticipates that this policy will continue under the provisions of H.R. 1932 because the legislation would not require DHS to hold aliens for a certain length of time. Thus, we do not expect a large increase in the number of detainees who are held for long periods of time, and we estimate that H.R. 1932 would not significantly increase DHS detention costs.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to detain indefinitely, subject to six-month review, an alien under orders of removal who cannot be removed, if: (1) the alien will be removed in the reasonably foreseeable future; (2) the alien would have been removed but for the alien's refusal to cooperate with the Secretary's identification and removal efforts; (3) the alien has a highly contagious disease that poses a public safety threat; (4) release would have serious adverse foreign policy consequences; (5) release would threaten national security; (6) release would threaten the safety of the community or any person and the alien has been convicted of either one or more aggravated felonies or crimes of violence and, because of a mental or personality condition, is likely to engage in future acts of violence; or (7) release would threaten the safety of the community or any person and the alien has been convicted of one or more aggravated felonies. States that habeas corpus review of such detention and related actions or decisions shall be available only in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after exhaustion of administrative remedies.
H.R. 1933
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements for admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1933 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 7/19/2011: H.R. 1933 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-153. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 99.
* 8/1/2011: H.R. 1933 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 - 17 ( Roll No. 685).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/6/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1933 would result in no significant cost to the federal government.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act regarding the admission of nonimmigrant nurses in health professional shortage areas to: (1) permit a one-time three-year extension of admission, and (2) reduce the maximum number of such visas per fiscal year to 300.
Current law permits foreign nurses to work temporarily in the United States in areas where there are shortages of qualified applicants. No more than 500 of those individuals may be admitted in each year, and they may remain in the United States for three years. H.R. 1933 would limit annual admissions to 300 and would authorize those persons to extend their stay for an additional three years.
Senate * 8/1/2011: H.R. 1933 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 1934
To improve certain administrative operations of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1934 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Lungren (CA-3). Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 1934 Reported by the Committee on House Administration, with written report H. Rept. 112-105. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 59.
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 1934 Passed in House without objection.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/6/11. CBO estimates that the net effects on the budget would be insignificant for each year, and in total over the 2012-2021 period.
H.R. 1934 would allow the Librarian of Congress to sell or dispose of obsolete property and use the proceeds of the sale to acquire new, replacement property.
Senate *6/16/2011: H.R. 1934 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
H.R. 1938
"North American-Made Energy Security Act"
To direct the President to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/23/2011: H.R. 1938 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Terry (NE-2). Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 7/8/2011: H.R. 1938 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-140, Part I.
* 7/25/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 370 Reported to House ( H. Rept. 112–181). Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1938.
* 7/26/2011: H.R. 1938 Passed in House by recorded vote: 279 - 147, 1 Present ( Roll no. 650).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/8/11. CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1938 would have no significant impact on the federal budget.
In September 2008, a Canadian firm applied for a permit to construct the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to destinations on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Because the proposed pipeline would cross international borders, it requires a Presidential Permit issued by the Department of State. H.R. 1938 would direct the President, acting through the Secretary of Energy, to coordinate with federal agencies to complete all necessary actions required to enable the Secretary of State to issue a final order to either grant or deny that Presidential Permit no later than November 1, 2011.
Directs the President, acting through the Secretary of Energy, to coordinate with each federal agency responsible for coordinating or considering an aspect of the President's National Interest Determination and Presidential Permit decision regarding construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline (from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, and then on to the U.S. Gulf Coast through Cushing, Oklahoma) to ensure that all necessary actions are taken on an expedited schedule. Requires each such agency to comply with any deadline the Secretary establishes. Directs the President, within 30 days after the final environmental impact statement, but not later than November 1, 2011, to issue a final order granting or denying the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
H.R. 1954
To implement the President's request to increase the statutory limit on the public debt.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/24/2011: H.R. 1954 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Camp (MI-4). Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 1954 Failed of passage in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 97 - 318, 7 Present ( Roll no. 379).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 5/27/11.
Increases the statutory limit on the public debt from $14.294 trillion to $16.7 trillion.
H.R. 1965
To amend the securities laws to establish certain thresholds for shareholder registration, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/24/2011: H.R. 1965 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Himes (CT-4). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 11/2/2011: H.R. 1965 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 - 2 ( Roll No. 819).

CBO Estimate, dated 10/31/11. Under current law, companies with assets greater than $1 million that have issued a class of security held by more than 500 people must register securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if those securities are to be traded on a registered exchange. H.R. 1965 would amend the statute to set the asset limit at greater than $10 million for any issuer (under current law the limit is specified in SEC regulations) and would require banks and bank holding companies to register securities if the entity has issued securities held by more than 2,000 people. The bill also would require the SEC to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of various thresholds for shareholder registration and to submit a report of its findings to the Congress. Based on information from the SEC, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1965 would have a negligible impact on the SEC’s workload, and any change in agency spending that is subject to appropriation would not be significant. Enacting H.R. 1965 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding registration of securities to modify the registration threshold for an issuer that is either a bank or a bank holding company as well as for an issuer that is neither a bank nor a bank holding company. Raises from $1 million to $10 million the threshold for total assets of an issuer that requires registration of a certain class of equity security. Divides the holding threshold that requires registration of such a class of equity security, however, into: (1) 2,000 holders of record if the issuer is a bank or a bank holding company, and (2) 500 holders of record if the issuer is neither. Requires termination of a security registration in the case of a bank or a bank holding company if the number of holders of record of the class of security is reduced to less than 1,200. Directs the Chief Economist and the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to study and make a cost-benefit analysis of shareholder registration thresholds.
Senate * 11/3/2011: H.R. 1965 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 1965 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 223.
H.R. 1975
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 281 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, as the "First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office Building".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/24/2011: H.R. 1975 introduced in the House by Rep. A. Schiff (CA-29). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/30/2011: H.R. 1975 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 416 - 0 ( Roll no. 679).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 281 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, as the "First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office Building."
Senate * 7/30/2011: H.R. 1975 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 10/19/2011: H.R. 1975 Reported by Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without amendment, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 208.
* 10/20/2011: H.R. 1975 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/31/2011: H.R. 1975 Presented to the President.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 1975 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-48.
H.R. 1981
"Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011"
To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to child pornography and child exploitation offenses.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/25/2011: H.R. 1981 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Smith (TX-21). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/10/2011: H.R. 1981 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–281 Pt. 1. Referred sequentially to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/12/11. H.R. 1981 would amend current law to modify and expand federal crimes related to child pornography. The legislation would prohibit financial transactions that facilitate access to child pornography. The legislation also would require Internet service providers to retain Internet usage information for at least 18 months and prevent legal actions against the providers related to the retention of those records. The bill also would allow the U.S. Marshals Service to issue administrative subpoenas to investigate unregistered sex offenders. Under the legislation, district courts would be required to issue protective orders to prevent harassment or intimidation of a minor victim or witness. H.R. 1981 also would direct the U.S. Sentencing Commission to review federal sentencing guidelines related to certain child abuse crimes. Enacting the legislation could affect direct spending and revenues. However, CBO estimates that any net effects would be insignificant in any year. The bill could increase direct spending by extending witness protective services to certain minor witnesses and victims. Any such increases would be insignificant because of the small number of witnesses and victims likely to be affected. In addition, because those prosecuted and convicted under H.R. 1981 would be subject to increased criminal fines, the federal government might collect additional fines if the bill is enacted. Criminal fines are recorded as revenues, deposited in the Crime Victims Fund, and later spent. CBO expects that any additional revenues and direct spending would not be significant because of the small number of cases likely to be affected. Based on information from the Department of Justice (DOJ), CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1981 would cost around $1 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming the availability of appropriated funds, mostly for DOJ to complete two studies and for changes in prison sentences. CBO estimates that H.R. 1981 would have a negligible impact on the number of offenders under federal incarceration because many of the offenders prosecuted under H.R. 1981 can be prosecuted under current law.
CRS summary.
Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit knowingly conducting in interstate or foreign commerce a financial transaction that will facilitate access to, or the possession of, child pornography. Adds as predicate offenses to the money laundering statute provisions regarding: (1) such financial facilitation of access to child pornography, (2) obscene visual representation of the abuse of children, and (3) a felony by a registered sex offender involving a minor. Requires a provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service to retain for at least 18 months the temporarily assigned network addresses the service assigns to each account unless that address is transmitted by radio communication. Bars any cause of action against a provider for retaining records as required. Makes a good faith reliance on the requirement to retain records a complete defense to a civil action. Expresses the sense of Congress that such records should be stored securely to protect customer privacy and prevent breaches of the records. Allows the issuance of an administrative subpoena for the investigation of unregistered sex offenders by the United States Marshals Service. Requires a U.S. district court to issue a protective order prohibiting harassment or intimidation of a minor victim or witness if the court finds evidence that the conduct at issue is reasonably likely to adversely affect the willingness of the minor witness or victim to testify or otherwise participate in a federal criminal case or investigation. Directs the United States Sentencing Commission to review and amend the federal sentencing guidelines and policy statements to ensure that such guidelines provide an additional penalty for sex trafficking of children and other child abuse crimes. Imposes a fine and/or prison term of up to 20 years for the possession of pornographic images of a child under the age of 12.
H.R. 2005
"Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011"
To reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 2005 introduced in the House by Rep. C. smith (NJ-4). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 9/20/2011: H.R. 2005 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/19/11. H.R. 2005 would amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize research, surveillance, and education activities related to autism spectrum disorders (autism) conducted by various agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Those activities are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the National Institutes for Health (NIH). The bill would authorize appropriations for autism activities at HHS of $231 million in 2012 and $693 million over the 2012-2014 period. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $75 million in 2012 and $675 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to extend and reauthorize through FY 2014: (1) the surveillance and research program for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities; (2) the education, early detection, and intervention program for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities; and (3) the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.
Senate * 9/21/2011: H.R. 2005 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 174.
* 9/26/2011: H.R. 2005 Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 9/29/2011: H.R. 2005 presented to the President.
* 9/30/2011: H.R. 2005 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-32.
H.R. 2011
"National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011"
To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an assessment of the capability of the Nation to meet our current and future demands for the minerals critical to United States manufacturing competitiveness and economic and national security in a time of expanding resource nationalism, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 2011 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Lamborn (CO-5). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 2011 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–248. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 164.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/16/11. H.R. 2011 would require the Secretary of the Interior to assess the capability of the United States to meet the demand for certain minerals used for manufacturing, agricultural, and national security purposes. The bill also would require the Secretary to complete a comprehensive report related to domestic production of certain minerals. Based on information provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $18 million over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Declares that it is the policy of the United States to promote an adequate and stable supply of minerals to maintain the nation's economic well-being, security, and manufacturing, industrial, energy, and technological capabilities. Directs the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Geological Survey, to report to Congress: (1) an assessment of the non-fossil-fuel mineral potential of lands under BLM and U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction; (2) an identification of all such lands that have been withdrawn, segregated, or otherwise restricted from mineral exploration and development; (3) a detailed description of the time required to process mineral applications, operating plans, leases, licenses, permits, and other use authorizations for mineral-related activities on lands; (4) an itemized list of all use authorizations for which applications are pending; (5) an assessment of the impact of litigation on the processing or issuing of permits; and (6) an assessment of the federal workforce with educational degrees and expertise in economic geology, geochemistry, mining, industrial minerals, metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, and mining engineering. Requires progress reports to Congress on: (1) efforts to increase access to domestic supplies of minerals, and facilitation of their production; and (2) implementation of recommendations in National Research Council reports on "Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy" and on "Managing Minerals for a Twenty-First Century Military."
H.R. 2017
"Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2012"
Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.
"Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012"
An Act making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.

Note: See also
H.R. 2608.
House of
Representatives
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 2017 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Aderholt (AL-4). The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, with written report H. Rept. 112-91.
* 6/2/2011: H.R. 2017 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 231 - 188 ( Roll no. 409).

CRS summary, of bill as passed House.
No CBO Estimate.
Makes appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY2012 for: (1) the Offices of the Secretary, the Under Secretary for Management, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Information Officer, and the Inspector General; (2) United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP); (3) United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); (4) the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including for civil aviation security services, service transportation security activities, the development and implementation of screening programs of the Office of Transportation Threat Assessment and Credentialing, transportation security support and intelligence, and the Federal Air Marshals; (5) the Coast Guard; (6) the United States Secret Service; (7) the Office of the Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate, including for the Federal Protective Service and the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (U.S.-VISIT) project; (8) the Office of Health Affairs; (9) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including for firefighter assistance grants, emergency management performance grants, and the United States Fire Administration; (10) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), including for the E-Verify program to assist U.S. employers maintain a legal workforce; (11) the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; (12) the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology; and (13) the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.
Prohibits the use of funds under this Act: (1) to amend the oath of allegiance required under the Immigration and Nationality Act; (2) to prevent an individual not in the business of importing a prescription drug from importing a prescription drug from Canada that complies with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for personal use; (3) for planning, testing, piloting, or developing a national identification card; or (4) to transfer or release to or within the United States Khalid Sheikh Mohammed or any other detainee who is not a U.S. citizen or a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and who is or was held on or after June 24, 2009, at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the Department of Defense (DOD).
Requires: (1) the FEMA Administrator to submit to Congress, and publish on the FEMA website, a report summarizing damage assessment information used to make a declaration that a major disaster exists, with a national security limitation; and (2) the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a report that certifies that a requirement for 100% screening air cargo on passenger aircraft has been met or that includes a strategy to comply with that requirement.
Senate * 6/6/2011: H.R. 2017 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
* 9/7/2011: H.R. 2017 Reported by Committee on Appropriations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, With written report S. Rept. No. 112–74. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 156.
* 9/26/2011: H.R. 2017, with committee-report substitute, laid before Senate by unanimous consent. The committee-reported substitute was withdrawn by Unanimous Consent.
H.R. 2017 Passed Senate, with an amendment and an amendment to the Title, by Voice Vote. Amendment deletes previous text and replaces with text of "Continuing Appropriations Act", providing continuing appropriations through October 4, 2011.
Provides for continuing appropriations to fund the US Government from October 1, 2011, through October 4, 2011.
Provides disaster relief funding at a yearly rate of $2.650 Billion ($29 Million for 4 days).
Limits commitments to guarantee loans incurred under the General and Special Risk Insurance Funds of the National Housing Act to $80 Million per day.
Also approves the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. (see also H.J.Res. 66)
CRS summary.
House of
Representatives
* 9/29/2011: H.R. 2017 passed in House. On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendments, Agreed to without objection.
President * 9/29/2011: H.R. 2017 presented to the President.
* 9/30/2011: H.R. 2017 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-33.
H.R. 2018
"Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011"
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State's water quality standards, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 2018 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Mica (FL-7). Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
* 7/8/2011: H.R. 2018 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with written report H. Rept. 112-139.
* 7/13/2011: H.R. 2018 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 239 - 184 ( Roll no. 573).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/30/11. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would not have a significant impact on EPA’s budget to implement the Clean Water Act.
Amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from: (1) promulgating a revised or new water quality standard for a pollutant when the Administrator has approved a state water quality standard for such pollutant unless the state concurs with the Administrator's determination that the revised or new standard is necessary to meet the requirements of such Act; (2) taking action to supersede a state's determination that a discharge will comply with effluent limitations, water quality standards, controls on the discharge of pollutants, and toxic and pretreatment effluent standards under such Act; (3) withdrawing approval of a state program under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), limiting federal financial assistance for a state NPDES program, or objecting to the issuance of a NPDES permit by a state on the basis that the Administrator disagrees with the state regarding the implementation of an approved water quality standard or the implementation of any federal guidance that directs the interpretation of such standard; and (4) prohibiting the specification of any defined area as a disposal site for the discharge of dredged or fill material into navigable waters and denying or restricting the use of such area as a disposal site in a permit if the state where the discharge originates does not concur with the Administrator's determination that the discharge will result in an unacceptable adverse effect on municipal water supplies, shellfish beds, and fishery areas. Shortens the period in which the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service must submit comments with respect to a general dredge and fill permit application. Requires the Administrator and other agencies to submit comments on an application for a general permit or a permit to discharge into navigable waters at specified disposal sites within 30 days (or 60 days if additional time is requested) after the date of receipt of such application.
H.R. 2021
"Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011"
To amend the Clean Air Act regarding air pollution from Outer Continental Shelf activities.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 2021 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Gardner (CO-4). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 6/16/2011: H.R. 2021 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-108.
* 6/22/2011: H.R. 2021 Passed in House by recorded vote: 253 - 166 ( Roll no. 478).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/8/11. CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget.
Amends the Clean Air Act to require any air quality impact of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sources to be measured or modeled and determined solely with respect to the impacts in the corresponding onshore area. Provides that: (1) emissions from any vessel servicing or associated with an OCS source, including emissions while at the OCS source or in route to or from the OCS source within 25 miles of the OCS source, shall be considered direct emissions from the OCS source (current law) but shall not be subject to any emission control requirement applicable to such source; and (2) an OCS source, for platform or drill ship exploration, is established when drilling commences at a location and ceases to exist when drilling activity ends at such location or is temporarily interrupted because the platform or drill ship relocates. Requires: (1) final agency action on a permit application for platform or drill ship exploration for an OCS source under such Act to be taken no later than six months after the filing of such application; (2) such final agency action to be considered to be nationally applicable under judicial review; and (3) judicial review of such action to be without additional administrative review or adjudication. Prohibits: (1) the Environmental Appeals Board of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from having any authority to consider any matter regarding the consideration, issuance, or denial of such permit; and (2) extending any administrative stay of the effectiveness of such permit beyond six months after the date of filing of such application.
H.R. 2042
"Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2011"
To require the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to establish a program to issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/26/2011: H.R. 2042 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Larsen (WA-2). Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
* 10/25/2011: H.R. 2042 Passed in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), by November 11, 2011, to establish the APEC Business Travel Program to issue Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards (ABTCs) to eligible U.S. citizen business leaders and senior U.S. government officials actively engaged in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) business. Requires the Secretary to: (1) integrate application procedures for and issuance of ABTCs with other international registered traveler programs of DHS, such as Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI; and (2) work in conjunction with private sector entities to ensure that applicants satisfy ABTC requirements. Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) utilize such entities to enroll and issue ABTCs, and (2) impose and modify an ABTC issuance fee.
H.R. 2055
"Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012"
Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.

"Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012"
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 2055 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Culberson (TX-7). The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, with written report H. Rept. 112-94. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 52.
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 2055 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 411 - 5 ( Roll no. 418).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
* Total of bill as reported and recommended to the House for FY 2012: $144.0 Billion.
* (Total appropriations for previous year, FY 2011: $141.3 Billion)
Appropriates funds for FY2012 for the Department of Defense (DOD) for: (1) military construction for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force (military departments), DOD, the Army and Air National Guard, and the Army, Navy, and Air Force reserves; (2) the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program; (3) family housing construction and related operation and maintenance for the military departments and DOD; (4) the Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund; (5) the Homeowners Assistance Fund; (6) DOD chemical demilitarization construction; and (7) the Department of Defense Base Closure Accounts of 1990 and 2005. Appropriates funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for: (1) the Veterans Benefits Administration; (2) readjustment benefits; (3) veterans insurance and indemnities; (4) the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund; (5) the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program; (6) the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program; (7) the Veterans Health Administration; (8) the National Cemetery Administration; (9) the Office of Inspector General; (10) construction for major and minor projects; and (11) grants for the construction of extended care facilities and veterans cemeteries. Appropriates funds for: (1) the American Battle Monuments Commission; (2) the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; (3) DOD cemeterial expenses; and (4) the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Specifies restrictions and authorities regarding the use of funds appropriated in this Act.
Senate * 6/15/2011: H.R. 2055 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
* 6/30/2011: H.R. 2055 reported by Committee on Appropriations with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, with written report S. Rept. No. 112–29. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 91.
* 7/20/2011: H.R. 2055 Passed in Senate, with an amendment, by Yea-Nay vote of 97 - 2. Record Vote Number: 115. Senate insists on its amendment, asks for a conference with the House.
House of
Representatives
* 12/7/2011: The House agreed by unanimous consent to disagree to the Senate amendment and agree to a conference on H.R. 2055.
Conference * 12/15/2011: Conference report H. Rept. 112-331 filed.
"Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012"
Includes:
- Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012
- Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2012
- Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations Act, 2012
- Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2012
- Department of Labor Appropriations Act, 2012
- Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012
- Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
- Department of the Treasury Appropriations Act, 2012
- Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
- Disaster Assistance Recoupment Fairness Act of 2011
- District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2012
- Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
- Executive Office of the President Appropriations Act, 2012
- Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2012
- Judiciary Appropriations Act, 2012
- Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012
- Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
House of
Representatives
* 12/16/2011: Conference report agreed to in House: Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 296 - 121 ( Roll No. 941).
Senate * 12/17/2011: Conference report agreed to in Senate: by Yea-Nay Vote. 67 - 32. Record Vote Number: 235.
President * 12/21/2011: H.R. 2055 presented to the President.
* 12/23/2011: H.R. 2055 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-74.
H.R. 2056
To instruct the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to study the impact of insured depository institution failures, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 2056 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Westmoreland (GA-3). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 7/26/2011: H.R. 2056 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-182. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 120.
* 7/28/2011: H.R. 2056 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.
CRS summary.
Instructs the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to study the impact of the failure of insured depository institutions. Requires the study to detail: (1) the impact of loss-sharing agreements (LSAs) on the insured depository institutions that survive and the borrowers of insured depository institutions that fail; (2) the effect of FDIC policies and procedures regarding maturing LSAs; (3) the methods of ensuring the orderly end of expiring LSAs to prevent any adverse impact on borrowing, the real estate industry, and the Depositors Insurance Fund; (4) the significance of certain paper losses; (5) the success of FDIC field examiners in implementing specified FDIC guidelines regarding workouts of commercial real estate loans; (6) the application and impact of consent orders and cease and desist orders; (7) the application and impact of FDIC policies; and (8) the FDIC's handling of potential investment from private equity companies in insured depository institutions.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/26/11. H.R. 2056 would direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to study and report to the Congress on several matters relating to bank failures. Expenses of the FDIC are classified as direct spending. However, CBO estimates that any costs incurred by the Inspector General would be offset by premiums collected from insured depository institutions, resulting in no net effect on direct spending over the next five years. Enacting this legislation would not affect revenues. CBO estimates that any additional cost to GAO would also be insignificant.
Senate * 7/29/2011: H.R. 2056 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
* 11/17/2011: H.R. 2056 Passed in Senate, with amendments, by Unanimous Consent.
House of
Representatives
* 12/20/2011: H.R. 2056, as amended by Senate, passed in House: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments, Agreed to by voice vote.
President * 12/23/2011: H.R. 2056 presented to the President.
* 1/3/2012: H.R. 2056 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-88.
H.R. 2059
To prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 2059 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Ellmers (NC-2). Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
* 1/17/2012: H.R. 2059 Reported by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-361. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 246.
CRS summary.
Prohibits the Secretary of State from making a contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
CBO Estimate, dated 10/14/11. H.R. 2059 would prohibit the Secretary of State from making contributions to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no effect on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2059 would not affect direct spending or revenues. In 2011, $40 million was appropriated for voluntary contributions to the UNFPA (assessed dues are not used to fund that entity). However, the Department of State will withhold $3 million of that amount because of UNFPA’s ongoing activities in China and will transfer those funds to the U.S. Agency for International Development for child survival programs. CBO expects that the $37 million allocated to the UNFPA will be obligated and expended before this bill would be enacted. The President has requested $47.5 million in 2012 for contributions to the UNFPA. There currently are no appropriations authorized or provided for 2012 or future years for contributions to the UNFPA; therefore, CBO would not attribute savings to H.R. 2059.
H.R. 2061
"Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011"
To authorize the presentation of a United States flag at the funeral of Federal civilian employees who are killed while performing official duties or because of their status as a Federal employee.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 2061 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Hanna (NY-24). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/18/2011: H.R. 2061 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with written report H. Rept. 112-149. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 96.
* 11/2/2011: H.R. 2061 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 425 - 0 ( Roll No. 818).
CBO Estimate, dated 7/6/11. Based on the current cost to the government of obtaining and presenting flags, and the small number of likely recipients in any given year, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2061 would have no significant impact on the federal budget.
CRS summary.
Requires the head of an executive agency to furnish a U.S. flag to drape the casket of an employee who was killed while performing official duties or because of his or her status as a federal employee. Provides that such flag shall be furnished at the request of the next of kin or a close friend or associate of the employee and presented in the same manner as a flag for a deceased member of the Armed Services who dies while on active duty.
Senate * 11/3/2011: H.R. 2061 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 12/8/2011: H.R. 2061 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 12/13/2011: H.R. 2061 presented to the President.
* 12/20/2011: H.R. 2061 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-73.
H.R. 2062
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 45 Meetinghouse Lane in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, as the "Matthew A. Pucino Post Office".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 5/31/2011: H.R. 2062 introduced in the House by Rep. W. Keating (MA-2). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/30/2011: H.R. 2062 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 45 Meetinghouse Lane in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, as the "Matthew A. Pucino Post Office."
Senate * 8/1/2011: H.R. 2062 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 10/19/2011: H.R. 2062 Reported by Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without amendment, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 209.
* 10/20/2011: H.R. 2062 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/31/2011: H.R. 2062 Presented to the President.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 2062 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-49.
H.R. 2070
"World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011"
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/1/2011: H.R. 2070 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Johnson (OH-6). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 1/18/2012: H.R. 2070 Reported (Amended) by the by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-368. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 249.
* 1/24/2012: H.R. 2070 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 386 - 26 ( Roll no. 8).
CBO Estimate, dated 12/13/11. H.R. 2070 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to install within the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., an inscription of the words President Roosevelt prayed with the nation on June 6, 1944. The legislation would direct the Secretary to design, procure, and install the inscription; however, federal funds could not be used to prepare or install the inscription. Under the bill, the proposed addition to the memorial would be exempt from the requirements of the Commemorative Works Act (CWA). CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Based on information from the NPS, CBO estimates that the cost to maintain the inscription would be insignificant. Enacting H.R. 2070 would affect direct spending. However, CBO estimates that the net effects of receiving and spending donated funds would be insignificant in each year.
CRS summary.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to install at the World War II memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day.
Senate * 1/26/2012: H.R. 2070 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
H.R. 2072
"Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act of 2011"
To reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/1/2011: H.R. 2072 introduced in the House by Rep. G. Miller (CA-42). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 9/8/2011: H.R. 2072 Reported (Amended) by the by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112-201. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 129.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/1/11. H.R. 2072 would extend through 2015 the authority of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) to provide loans and insurance to finance exports of U.S. products and services. The bill also would gradually raise to $160 billion the total amount of insurance, loan guarantees, and loans that Ex-Im can have outstanding at any time. Finally, it would prohibit the bank from doing business with entities who cannot certify that neither they nor their business partners or affiliates have engaged in certain business dealings with Iran. CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would increase spending by about $170 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. H.R. 2072 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Amends the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to extend the termination of functions date for the Export-Import Bank of the United States to September 30, 2015. Sets forth FY2012-FY2014 limitations on outstanding loans, guarantees, and insurance. Requires: (1) the Bank to establish financing guideleines, (2) the Comptroller General to perform biennial audits of bank transactions, and (3) the Bank to monitor default rates at least quarterly. Authorizes the Bank to use a specifed amount of its surplus each fiscal year for information technology system updates. Expresses the sense of Congress that the Bank should establish an independent mechanism to investigate and report on allegations by affected parties of the Bank's failure to follow its own policies and procedures. Extends through September 30, 2015: (1) the termination date of the Sub-Saharan Africa advisory committee, and (2) Bank authority to provide financing for the export of nonlethal defense articles and defense services whose primary end use is for civilian purposes.
H.R. 2074
"Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act"
To amend title 38, United States Code, to require a comprehensive policy on reporting and tracking sexual assault incidents and other safety incidents that occur at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/1/2011: H.R. 2074 introduced in the House by Rep. A. Buerkle (NY-25). Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 10/5/2011: H.R. 2074 Reported (Amended) by the by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-235. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 154.
* 10/11/2011: H.R. 2074 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/23/11. H.R. 2074 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a comprehensive policy for tracking and reporting sexual assault incidents and make other changes to health care services. In total, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have discretionary costs of $1 million over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues. Section 2 would require VA to prepare and implement a comprehensive policy on tracking and reporting sexual assault incidents and other safety incidents. VA has already begun to address most of the requirements of this section. It has established a multidisciplinary workgroup to assess the actions necessary to prevent sexual assault incidents and improve response to reported incidents. CBO estimates that the costs associated with preparing and distributing the required annual reports would amount to less than $500,000 over the 2012-2016 period, assuming the availability of appropriated funds. Section 6 would require VA to establish a pilot program through which veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health conditions would train service dogs for use by disabled veterans. The pilot program would operate for three years in one to three VA medical centers and require one certified dog trainer at each facility. Based on a similar program at the VA facility in Palo Alto, California, CBO estimates that each facility would train five service dogs every two years. CBO estimates that running the pilot program would cost $1 million over the 2012-2016 period.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement, by October 1, 2011, a centralized and comprehensive policy on reporting and tracking sexual assaults and other safety incidents at each medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including: (1) risk-assessment tools; (2) mandatory security training; (3) physical security precautions (surveillance camera systems and panic alarm systems); (4) criteria and guidance for employees communicating and reporting incidents to specified supervisory personnel, VA law enforcement officials, and the Office of Inspector General; (4) an oversight system within the Veterans Health Administration; (5) procedures for VA law enforcement officials investigating, tracking, and closing reported incidents; and (6) clinical guidance for treating sexual assaults reported over 72 hours after assault. Requires the Secretary to: (1) submit an annual report to Congress on such incidents and policy implementation, and (2) prescribe applicable regulations.
H.R. 2076
"Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2011"
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, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/1/2011: H.R. 2076 introduced in the House by Rep. T. Gowdy (SC-4). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 7/29/2011: H.R. 2076 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-186. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 121.
* 9/12/2011: H.R. 2076 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 358 - 9 ( Roll no. 699).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/28/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2076 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues. H.R. 2076 would clarify the authority of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist state and local governments in investigating certain violent crimes. The bill also would raise, from $2 million to $3 million, the maximum reward that DOJ may offer for public assistance in solving crimes. Based on information from DOJ about rewards paid in recent years, CBO expects very few rewards to exceed $2 million. Thus, we estimate that H.R. 2076 would have no significant effect on department spending.
Authorizes the Attorney General (AG) and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), at the request of an appropriate law enforcement official of a state or political subdivision, to assist in the investigation of violent acts and shootings occurring in venues such as schools, colleges, universities, nonfederal office buildings, malls, and other public places, and in the investigation of mass killings and attempted mass killings. Defines "mass killings" as three or more killings in a single incident. Authorizes the AG to pay rewards up to $3 million (currently, $2 million), subject to exceptions, pursuant to public advertisements for assistance to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Allows funds available to the AG for the FBI for detection, investigation, and prosecution of crimes against the United States to be used to deploy tactical response, command and control, and other crisis-management assets of the FBI, as appropriate. Requires any such conduct or assistance to be presumptively within the scope of federal office or employment.
Senate * 9/13/2011: H.R. 2076 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/17/2011: H.R. 2076 Reported by Committee on the Judiciary, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 236.
H.R. 2087
To remove restrictions from a parcel of land situated in the Atlantic District, Accomack County, Virginia.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/2/2011: H.R. 2087 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Rigell (VA-2). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 1/18/2012: H.R. 2087 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112-369. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 250.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/14/11. H.R. 2087 would remove certain deed restrictions from a parcel of land in eastern Virginia. The National Park Service conveyed the 32-acre parcel to Accomack County under the condition that the land be used for park and recreational purposes. The bill would remove that restriction to allow the county to use the land for other purposes. The affected land is currently under the jurisdiction of Accomack County and does not produce any income for the federal government. Because, under current law, CBO expects that the land would remain under the county’s jurisdiction for the next 10 years, we estimate that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2087 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Instructs the Secretary of the Interior to remove all deed restrictions, including easements and covenants, described in a specified quitclaim deed from the United States to Accomack County, Virginia, relating to a parcel of land consisting of approximately 31.6 acres situated in the Atlantic District of the county.
H.R. 2096
"Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011"
To advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/2/2011: H.R. 2096 introduced in the House by Rep. M. McCaul (TX-10). Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
* 10/31/2011: H.R. 2096 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, with written report H. Rept. 112-264. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 177.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/24/11. H.R. 2096 would reauthorize several National Science Foundation (NSF) programs that aim to enhance cybersecurity (the protection of computers and computer networks from unauthorized access). The bill also would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to continuue a cybersecurity awareness program and to develop standards for managing personal identifying information stored on computer systems. Finally, the bill would establish a task force to recommend actions to the Congress for improving cybersecurity research and development. Based on information from NSF and NIST and assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2096 would cost $382 million over the 2012-2016 period and $39 million after 2016. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Directs specified federal agencies participating in the National High-Performance Computing Program to: (1) transmit to Congress a cybersecurity strategic research and development plan and triennial updates, and (2) develop and annually update an implementation roadmap for such plan. Provides for the award of computer and network security research grants by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the research areas of social and behavioral factors, including human-computer interactions, identity management, as well as the detection, investigation, and prosecution of cyber-crimes involving organized crime and crimes against children. Authorizes appropriations for FY2012-FY2014 for such grants.
Requires the NIST Director to ensure the coordination of federal agencies engaged in the development of international technical standards related to information system security. Requires the development and transmittal to Congress of a plan to ensure coordination by such federal agencies. Instructs the Director to ensure consultation with appropriate private sector stakeholders.
H.R. 2105
"Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act of 2011"
To provide for the application of measures to foreign persons who transfer to Iran, North Korea, and Syria certain goods, services, or technology, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/3/2011: H.R. 2105 introduced in the House by Rep. I. Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18). Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, Financial Services, and Transportation and Infrastructure.
* 12/14/2011: H.R. 2105 Passed in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 - 2 ( Roll No. 928).
CBO Estimate, dated 12/12/11. H.R. 2105 would consolidate and modify existing law related to the transfer of certain sensitive goods, services, or technology to Iran, North Korea, and Syria. The bill would modify the existing requirement that the President issue reports to the Congress twice a year identifying any foreign country, corporation, or individual that has engaged in such transfers. Under H.R. 2105, those reports would be more extensive and required three times a year. The bill also would require the President to impose sanctions (including the denial of visas) for not less than two years against those responsible for the transfers or to report the reasons for not doing so. Based on information from the Administration, CBO estimates that preparing those reports would cost an additional $1 million per year, assuming the appropriation of the necessary amounts. In addition, the bill would affect direct spending and revenues by increasing the number of people who would be denied a visa by the Secretary of State. Most visa fees are retained by the department and spent, but some fees are deposited in the Treasury as revenues. CBO estimates that implementing that provision would affect very few people and have insignificant effects on direct spending and revenues. Because it would require the President to impose new sanctions and expand the scope of entities that may be affected by sanctions, H.R. 2105 contains intergovernmental and private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). The bill would impose new prohibitions on certain financial transactions and non-humanitarian assistance related to sanctions against Iran, North Korea, or Syria and would increase the number of entities responsible for complying with new and existing sanctions. The bill also would impose mandates on owners and operators of vessels (including aircraft) that land in U.S. ports.
CRS summary.
States that it shall be U.S. policy to fully implement and enforce sanctions against Iran, North Korea, and Syria for their proliferation activities and policies. Provides direction to the President and prohibits US government agencies with respect to sanctions.
(More in CRS Summary).
Senate * 12/14/2011: H.R. 2105 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
H.R. 2112
"Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012"
"Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012"
Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/3/2011: H.R. 2112 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Kingston (GA-1). The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, with written report H. Rept. 112-101. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 56.
* 6/16/2011: H.R. 2112 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 217 - 203 ( Roll no. 459).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
* Total of bill as reported and recommended to the House for FY 2012: $17.2 Billion.
* (Total appropriations for previous year, FY 2011: $19.9 Billion) Makes FY2012 appropriations for the: (1) Department of Agriculture (USDA), (2) Food and Drug Administration (FDA), (3) Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and (4) Farm Credit Administration. Specifies certain uses and limits on or prohibitions against the use of funds appropriated by this Act.
Senate * 6/16/2011: H.R. 2112 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
* 9/7/2011: H.R. 2112 Reported by Committee on Appropriations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, With written report S. Rept. No. 112–73. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 155.
* 11/1/2011: H.R. 2112 Passed in Senate, with an amendment and an amendment to the Title, by Yea-Nay Vote. 69 - 30, Record Vote Number: 194.
Conference * 11/3/2011: House disagreed to the Senate amendments, and requested a conference. Motion agreed to without objection. The Speaker appointed conferees.
* 11/3/2011: Senate insists on its amendments, agrees to request for a conference, appoints conferees.
* 11/3/2011: Conference held.
* 11/14/2011: Conference report H. Rept. 112-284 filed.
H.R. 2112, originally "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012", is amended to become "Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012", including appropriations totalling $254 Billion as identified below, per the Conference Report:
  • DIVISION A — AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES (Total $137 Billion)
    • TITLE I - AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS
    • TITLE II - CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
    • TITLE III - RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
    • TITLE IV - DOMESTIC FOOD PROGRAMS
    • TITLE V - FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AND RELATED PROGRAMS
    • TITLE VI - RELATED AGENCIES AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
    • TITLE VII - GENERAL PROVISIONS
  • DIVISION B — COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES (Total $60 Billion)
    • TITLE I - DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
    • TITLE II - DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    • TITLE III - SCIENCE
    • TITLE IV - RELATED AGENCIES
    • TITLE V - GENERAL PROVISIONS
  • DIVISION C — TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES (Total $57 Billion)
    • TITLE I - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
    • TITLE II - DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
    • TITLE III - RELATED AGENCIES
    • TITLE IV - GENERAL PROVISIONS
  • DIVISION D — FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS, 2012
    • Extends until Dec. 16, 2011, the continuing appropriations enacted in Public Law 112-36, which would otherwise expire on Nov. 18, 2011.
House of
Representatives
* 11/17/2011: Conference report agreed to in House: Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 298 - 121 ( Roll no. 857).
Senate * 11/17/2011: Conference report agreed to in Senate, by Yea-Nay Vote. 70 - 30. Record Vote Number: 208.
President * 11/17/2011: H.R. 2112 presented to the President.
* 11/18/2011: H.R. 2112 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-55.
H.R. 2117
To prohibit the Department of Education from overreaching into academic affairs and program eligibility under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/3/2011: H.R. 2117 introduced in the House by Rep. V. Foxx (NC-5). Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
* 7/22/2011: H.R. 2117 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and the Workforce, with written report H. Rept. 112-177. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 116.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/21/11. H.R. 2117 would repeal two regulations published by the Department of Education. The first requires institutions of higher education to be authorized by the state or states in which they offer a curriculum, and the second defines the term "credit hour." In addition, the bill would prohibit the department from defining the term "credit hour" after the date of enactment. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2117 would have an insignificant effect on discretionary spending. Additionally, CBO projects that enacting the bill could affect direct spending by increasing eligility for federal student aid, such as student loans and Pell grants. However, because only a small number of students would be eligible for additional aid, CBO estimates that the direct spending effects would be insignificant for each year and over the 2011 - 2021 period. Enacting the bill would have no impact on revenues.
Repeals certain Department of Education regulations that, for purposes of determining whether a school is eligible to participate in programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA): (1) require institutions of higher education and postsecondary vocational institutions (except religious schools) to be legally authorized by the state in which they are situated, (2) delineate what such legal authorization requires of states and schools, and (3) define "credit hour." Prohibits the Secretary of Education from promulgating or enforcing any regulation or rule that defines "credit hour" for any purpose under the HEA.
H.R. 2146
"Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act of 2011"
To amend title 31, United States Code, to require accountability and transparency in Federal spending, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/13/2011: H.R. 2146 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Issa (CA-49). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 10/25/2011: H.R. 2146 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with written report H. Rept. 112-260. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 174.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/21/11. H.R. 2146 would establish a new independent board within the Executive Branch to track federal spending on grants, contracts, and loans and to provide information about federal spending on a single public Web site. H.R. 2146 also would require federal agencies and recipients of federal funds to comply with reporting requirements issued by the board. Finally, the legislation would end the authorization for the existing Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board). CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $575 million over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting H.R. 2146 could increase revenues from the collection of civil and criminal penalties and direct spending of those amounts. However, CBO estimates that the net budgetary impact of any additional collections would be negligible for each year.
Requires each person, state, local, or tribal government (recipient) that receives federal appropriated funds, either directly or as a subcontractor or subgrantee, to report at least once quarterly each receipt and use of such funds to the Federal Accountability and Spending Transparency Board established by this Act. Requires each executive agency to report all federal obligations and expenditures to the Board. Exempts an individual recipient from such reporting requirements if: (1) the total amount of federal funds received does not exceed $100,000 in the current calendar or fiscal year; and (2) no transaction in which the recipient has received federal funds during the current calendar year or fiscal year has exceeded $24,999. Authorizes the Board to grant additional exemptions for classes or categories of recipients. Requires the Board to designate: (1) common data elements for information required to be reported, and (2) data reporting standards. Requires the Board to establish one or more websites for the publication of all information submitted by recipients and agencies to serve as a public portal for federal financial information. Requires the Board to establish a federal accountability portal (an integrated Internet-based system, consisting of one or more websites) to: (1) combine information submitted by recipients and agencies with other compilations of information; (2) permit executive agencies to verify the eligibility of recipients to receive federal funds; and (3) permit executive agencies, Inspectors General (IGs), and law enforcement agencies to track federal awards to find waste, fraud, and abuse. Establishes the Board in the executive branch. Transfers all functions of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to the Board, including its employees. Makes conforming amendments to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to terminate the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board on October 1, 2013. Repeals the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.
H.R. 2149
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4354 Pahoa Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the "Cecil L. Heftel Post Office Building".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/13/2011: H.R. 2149 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Hanabusa (HI-1). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/28/2011: H.R. 2149 Passed in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4354 Pahoa Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii, as the "Cecil L. Heftel Post Office Building."
Senate * 7/29/2011: H.R. 2149 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
* 10/19/2011: H.R. 2149 Reported by Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, without amendment, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 210.
* 10/20/2011: H.R. 2149 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 10/31/2011: H.R. 2149 Presented to the President.
* 11/7/2011: H.R. 2149 Signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-50.
H.R. 2150
"National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act"
To amend the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, including at least one lease sale in the Reserve each year in the period 2011 through 2021, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/13/2011: H.R. 2150 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Hastings (WA-4). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 2150 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–249. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 165.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/19/11. H.R. 2150 would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain activities aimed at facilitating the development of oil and gas in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A). Based on information from the Department of the Interior and assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $2 million over the 2012-2013 period. Enacting H.R. 2150 would not affect direct spending or revenues. The bill would require the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to complete a comprehensive assessment of oil and gas resources in the NPR-A. The agency recently completed many of the assessments that would be required under the bill. Based on information from the agency, CBO expects that, under the bill, USGS would need to complete two additional assessments. Based on information regarding the cost of similar USGS assessments and assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, we estimate that those assessments would cost $1 million a year for 2012 and 2013. H.R. 2150 also would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct annual lease sales in the NPR-A. Historically, such sales have been held every two years; however, because the agency is planning to conduct annual sales beginning in 2011, CBO estimates that implementing this provision would not affect the federal budget. Finally, the bill would require BLM to issue permits more quickly than required under current law for infrastructure projects related to the transport of oil in the NPR-A. Based on information from BLM, CBO estimates that implementing this provision would not affect the federal budget because the agency could meet the new requirement without hiring any additional staff.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the National Petroleum Reserve (NPR) in Alaska remains explicitly designated to provide oil and natural gas resources to the United States, and (2) it is national policy to actively advance oil and gas development within the NPR. Amends the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 to require the mandatory program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the NPR to include at least one lease sale annually in those areas of the NPR most likely to produce commercial quantities of oil and natural gas each year in the period 2011-2021. Directs the Secretary of the Interior to ensure permits, according to a specified timeline, for all surface development activities, including pipelines and roads construction to: (1) develop and bring into production any areas within the NPR that are subject to oil and gas leases; and (2) transport oil and gas from and through the NPR to existing transportation or processing infrastructure on the North Slope of Alaska. Instructs the Secretary to issue regulations establishing clear requirements to ensure that the Department of the Interior is supporting development of oil and gas leases in the NPR. Requires the Secretary to assess all technically recoverable fossil fuel resources within the NPR, including all conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas.
H.R. 2158
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14901 Adelfa Drive in La Mirada, California, as the "Wayne Grisham Post Office".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/13/2011: H.R. 2158 introduced in the House by Rep. L. Sanchez (CA-39). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 12/12/2011: H.R. 2158 Passed in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 353 - 1 ( Roll No. 914).
No CBO Estimate.
CRS summary.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14901 Adelfa Drive in La Mirada, California, as the "Wayne Grisham Post Office."
Senate * 12/13/2011: H.R. 2158 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 2167
"Private Company Flexibility and Growth Act"
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to change the threshold number of shareholders for required registration under that Act.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 2167 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Schweikert (AZ-5). Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.
* 12/12/2011: H.R. 2167 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Financial Services, with written report H. Rept. 112–327. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 223.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/28/11. Under current law, companies with assets greater than $10 million that have issued a class of security held by more than 500 people must register securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if those securities are to be traded on a registered exchange. H.R. 2167 would amend the statute to set the asset limit at greater than $10 million for any issuer (the limit under current law is specified in SEC regulations) and to raise the threshold for ownership of an entity’s stock to 1,000 persons. The bill would exclude persons who received stock as part of an employee compensation plan from the number of persons holding a security when determining whether the stock-ownership threshold has been met. Based on information from the SEC, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2167 would have a negligible impact on the SEC’s workload, and any change in agency spending that is subject to appropriation would not be significant. Enacting H.R. 2167 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to change the thresholds for total assets and for class of equity security holders of record which trigger the requirement for a securities issuer to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Increases the total assets threshold from $1 million to $10 million, and the class of equity security holders of record threshold from 500-750 to 1,000 persons. Declares that, with respect to such registration requirement, the definition of "held of record" does not include securities held by persons who: (1) qualify as accredited investors, or (2) received the securities pursuant to an employee compensation plan in transactions exempted from specified registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 (exempt transactions). (Thus exempts securities held such persons from registration requirements.) Directs the SEC to: (1) revise the definition of "held of record" in accordance with this Act, and (2) adopt safe harbor provisions issuers can follow to determine whether holders of securities are accredited investors or have received securities pursuant to an employee compensation plan in an exempt transaction.
H.R. 2170
"Cutting Federal Red Tape to Facilitate Renewable Energy Act"
Streamlining Federal review to facilitate renewable energy projects.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 2170 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Hastings (WA-4). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 2170 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–250. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 166.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/1/11. H.R. 2170 would narrow the scope of environmental reviews conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for proposed renewable energy projects. Based on information provided by the agency, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2170 would not affect direct spending or revenues. Under current law, BLM analyzes a range of alternatives when reviewing proposed renewable energy projects under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under the bill, such reviews would be limited to the proposed project and an alternative where no project is developed. The bill also would reduce the time period for the public to provide comments to BLM on draft NEPA analyses for renewable energy projects. Based on information provided by BLM, CBO expects that implementing the legislation could reduce the workload of certain BLM offices; however, we estimate that the budgetary impact of any such effects would be negligible.
Requires federal agencies, in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 with respect to: (1) any action authorizing or facilitating a proposed renewable energy project, to consider and analyze only the proposed action alternative and the no action alternative and to identify and analyze potential mitigation measures only for such alternatives; and (2) a proposed renewable energy project, to only consider public comments that specifically address such alternatives and that are filed within 30 days after publication of a draft environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Defines a "renewable energy project" as a project on federal lands or in federal waters, including a project on the Outer Continental Shelf, using wind, solar power, geothermal power, biomass, or tidal or kinetic forces to generate energy.
H.R. 2171
"Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act"
To promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under existing geothermal leases, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 2171 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Labrador (ID-1). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 2171 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–251. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 167.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/2/11. H.R. 2171 would exempt certain geothermal exploration projects from complying with provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Based on information from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2171 would not affect direct spending or revenues. Under the bill, geothermal exploration projects that meet certain requirements related to the duration of the activities, the amount of land disturbed, and the restoration of the project site would not be required to obtain an environmental impact review under NEPA. The Secretary of the Interior would have 10 days to review proposed projects to determine whether they meet the requirements necessary to obtain a NEPA exemption. Based on information provided by BLM, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have a negligible impact on the agency’s workload.
Exempts projects determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be geothermal exploration test projects from environmental impact statement requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Defines a "geothermal exploration test project" as the drilling of a well to test or explore for geothermal resources on lands leased by the Department of the Interior for the development and production of geothermal resources, that is completed in less than 45 days, that causes less than one acre of soil or vegetation disruption at the location of each well and no more than five acres of soil or vegetation disruption during access or egress to the test site, and that is developed: (1) no deeper than 2,500 feet, (2) less than eight inches in diameter, (3) in a manner that does not require off-road motorized access other than to and from the well site along an identified off-road route, (4) without construction of new roads other than upgrading of existing drainage crossings for safety purposes, and (5) with the use of rubber-tired digging or drilling equipment vehicles. Requires: (1) a leaseholder intending to carry out a geothermal exploration test project to provide notice to the Secretary within 30 days prior to the start of drilling, (2) the Secretary to review a project within 10 days of receipt of such notice and to notify such leaseholder either that such NEPA requirements do not apply or that project deficiencies preclude the NEPA exemption, and (3) the Secretary to allow such leaseholder an opportunity to remedy any such deficiencies prior to the date such leaseholder intended to start drilling.
H.R. 2172
"Utilizing America's Federal Lands for Wind Energy Act"
To facilitate the development of wind energy resources on Federal lands.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 2172 introduced in the House by Rep. K. Noem (SD). Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 2172 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–300 Pt. 1. Committee on Agriculture discharged. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 200.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/2/2011. H.R. 2172 would exempt certain weather testing and monitoring activities on federal land from compliance with provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Based on information from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2172 would not affect direct spending or revenues. Under the bill, environmental impact reviews under NEPA would not be required for weather testing and monitoring activities on federal land that meet certain requirements related to the duration of the activities, the amount of land disturbed, and the restoration of the project site. The bill also would reduce the amount of time the agency administering the affected lands would have to determine whether to grant permits for weather testing and monitoring activities. Based on information provided by BLM and the Forest Service, CBO expects that implementing the legislation could affect the workload of certain offices within those agencies; however, we estimate that the budgetary impact of any such effects would be negligible.
CRS summary.
Exempts projects determined by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the Forest Service to be meteorological site testing and monitoring projects from environmental impact statement requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Defines a "meteorological site testing and monitoring project" as a project that is carried out on land administered by BLM or the Forest Service to test or monitor weather using towers or other devices, that is decommissioned within five years of its commencement, that provides meteorological information to such agencies, that causes less than one acre of soil or vegetation disruption at the location of each meteorological tower or other device and no more than five acres of soil or disruption within the proposed right-of-way for the project, and that is installed: (1) using existing access roads; (2) in a manner that does not require off-road motorized access other than one installation activity and one decommissioning activity along an identified off-road route approved by the BLM Director or the Chief of the Forest Service; (3) without construction of new roads other than upgrading of existing minor drainage crossings for safety purposes; and (4) without the use of digging or drilling equipment vehicles other than rubber-tired vehicles with gross weight ratings under 8,500 pounds. Requires the BLM Director or Chief of the Forest Service to: (1) decide whether to issue a permit for such a project within 30 days after receiving an application for such permi, and (2) provide to the applicant reasons why an application was denied and an opportunity to remedy any deficiencies.
H.R. 2173
"Advancing Offshore Wind Production Act"
To facilitate the development of offshore wind energy resources.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/14/2011: H.R. 2173 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Wittman (VA-1). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 2173 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–252. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 168.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/2/11. H.R. 2173 would exempt certain weather testing and monitoring activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from compliance with provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Based on information from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE), CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2173 would not affect direct spending or revenues. Under the bill, environmental impact reviews under NEPA would not be required for weather testing and monitoring activities on the OCS that meet certain requirements related to the duration of the activities, the amount of seafloor or water surface disturbed, and the restoration of the project site. The bill also would establish a permitting process for such activities and require BOEMRE to act on permit applications within 30 days. Based on information provided by the agency, CBO expects that implementing the legislation could affect the workload of certain BOEMRE offices; however, we estimate that the budgetary impact of any such effects would be negligible.
Exempts projects determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be an offshore meteorological site testing and monitoring project from environmental impact statement requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Defines an "offshore meteorological site testing and monitoring project" as a project that is administered by the Department of the Interior and carried out on or in the waters of the Outer Continental Shelf to test or monitor weather (including wind, tidal, current, and solar energy) using towers, buoys, or other temporary ocean infrastructure and that: (1) causes less than one acre of surface or seafloor disruption at the location of each meteorological tower or other device and no more than five acres of surface or seafloor disruption within the proposed area affected by for the project (including hazards to navigation); (2) is decommissioned within five years of its commencement; and (3) provides meteorological information to the Secretary of the Interior. Directs the Secretary to: (1) require that any applicant seeking to conduct an offshore meteorological site testing and monitoring project on the outer Continental Shelf obtain a permit; (2) determine whether to issue such a permit within 30 days after receiving an application; (3) provide an opportunity for submission of comments by the public; (4) consult with the Secretary of Defense (DOD), the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the heads of other federal, state, and local agencies that would be affected by issuance of the permit; and (5) provide an applicant the opportunity to remedy deficiencies in a permit application that was denied.
H.R. 2189
"Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2011"
To encourage States to report to the Attorney General certain information regarding the deaths of individuals in the custody of law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/15/2011: H.R. 2189 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Scott (VA-3). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 9/7/2011: H.R. 2189 Reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-198. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 127.
* 9/20/2011: H.R. 2189 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 398 - 18 ( Roll No. 713).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/19/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2189 would have no significant cost to the federal government. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues. H.R. 2189 would require federal law enforcement agencies and states that receive certain federal funds to report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) any deaths of persons arrested or detained by law enforcement personnel under their jurisdiction. The bill would direct DOJ to prepare a report, within two years of enactment, on the information provided by federal agencies and states and on ways to reduce the number of such deaths. Based on the costs of similar activities currently carried out by DOJ, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2189 would not significantly affect spending by the department or by other federal law enforcement agencies.
Requires states that receive certain criminal justice assistance grants to report to the Attorney General on a quarterly basis certain information regarding the death of any person who is detained, arrested, en route to incarceration, or incarcerated in state or local facilities or a boot camp prison. Imposes penalties on states that fail to comply with such reporting requirements. Requires the head of each federal law enforcement agency to report to the Attorney General annually certain information regarding the death of any person who: (1) is detained or arrested by any officer of such agency (or by any state or local law enforcement officer for purposes of a federal law enforcement operation); or (2) is en route to be incarcerated or detained, or is incarcerated or detained, at any federal correctional facility or federal pretrial detention facility located within the United States or any other facility pursuant to a contract with or used by such agency. Requires the Attorney General to study such information and report on means by which it can be used to reduce the number of such deaths.
Senate * 9/21/2011: H.R. 2189 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/17/2011: H.R. 2189 Reported by Committee on the Judiciary, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, Without written report. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 237.
H.R. 2192
"National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2011"
To exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/15/2011: H.R. 2192 introduced in the House by Rep. S. Cohen (TN-9). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 10/18/2011: H.R. 2192 Reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–256. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 172.
* 11/29/2011: H.R. 2192 Passed in House, on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 407 - 1 ( Roll No. 861).
CBO Estimate, dated 10/5/11. Under current law, National Guard members and active reservists are exempt from meeting certain income requirements to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. That exemption expires after the beginning of fiscal year 2012. H.R. 2192 would extend that exemption through 2016. CBO estimates that implementing this bill would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 2192 would affect direct spending and revenues. However, CBO estimates that any net effects would be insignificant for each year. CBO expects that enacting this legislation would lead some individuals to file for bankruptcy who would not do so under current law. Bankruptcy filing fees collected from those individuals would increase both federal revenues and offsetting receipts, because portions of such fees are classified in the budget as revenues and offsetting receipts. CBO also expects that, by extending the exemption, some reservists who would apply for Chapter 13 bankruptcy under current law would instead apply under Chapter 7. (Under current law, a debtor’s income, less certain expenses, must fall below a certain threshold relative to the outstanding debt to qualify for protection under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. Those who do not qualify can file under Chapter 13.) Based on information from the Government Accountability Office and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, CBO estimates that National Guard members and active reservists make up about one-tenth of one percent of all bankruptcy filers, and that fewer than 500 people a year who would otherwise file for Chapter 13 protection would file for Chapter 7 under this bill. Because filing fees for Chapter 7 are lower than those for Chapter 13, shifting cases from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7 would slightly reduce net federal revenues and offsetting receipts. CBO estimates that those reductions would roughly offset the increase in revenues and offsetting receipts that would result from new filers under the bill — resulting in no significant net effect on the federal budget.
CRS summary.
Amends the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008 to exempt for an additional four-year period qualifying Armed Forces reserve component and National Guard members (who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for at least 90 days, and remain eligible for an exemption during the 540-day period following such active duty or homeland defense activity service) from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7 (Liquidation) of the Bankruptcy Code, as amended by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
Senate * 11/30/2011: H.R. 2192 Received in the Senate, read twice.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 2192 Passed in Senate, without amendment, by Unanimous Consent.
President * 12/7/2011: H.R. 2192 presented to the President.
* 12/13/2011: H.R. 2192 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-64.
H.R. 2213
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Eastport Street in Iuka, Mississippi, as the "Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/16/2011: H.R. 2213 introduced in the House by Rep. A. Nunnelee (MS-1). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/29/2011: H.R. 2213 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 420 - 0 ( Roll no. 678).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Eastport Street in Iuka, Mississippi, as the "Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office."
Senate * 7/29/2011: H.R. 2213 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 2218
"Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act"
To amend the charter school program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/16/2011: H.R. 2218 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Hunter (CA-52). Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
* 7/22/2011: H.R. 2218 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and the Workforce, with written report H. Rept. 112-178. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 117.
* 9/7/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 392 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2218.
* 9/13/2011: H.R. 2218 Passed in House by recorded vote: 365 - 54 ( Roll no. 705).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/30/11. H.R. 2218 would amend and reauthorize both the Charter School Programs and the 2011 Credit Enhancement for Charter School Initiatives under Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 through fiscal year 2017 and combine them into a single authorization. (That authorization would automatically be extended by one year through 2018 under the General Education Provisions Act.) The bill would authorize the appropriation of $300 million for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2018 for grants to states to develop and expand charter school facilities and to public and private, nonprofit entities to develop means of enhancing credit to finance the construction and renovation of charter schools. For fiscal year 2011, the Department of Education allocated $256 million for Charter School Programs and did not allocate any funding for Credit Enhancement Initiatives. The previous authorization for Charter School Programs expired in 2008 and the previous authorization for Credit Enhancement for Charter School Initiatives expired in 2004. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost about $1 billion over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. Additional authorized amounts under H.R. 2218 would be spent after 2016. For this estimate, CBO assumes that spending will follow historical patterns.
Amends part B (Public Charter Schools) of title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to revise subpart 1 (Charter School Programs) and subsume subpart 2 (Credit Enhancement Initiatives to Assist Charter School Facility Acquisition, Construction, and Renovation) under subpart 1. (Under subpart 2 the Secretary of Education awards grants to public entities and private nonprofit entities to demonstrate innovative means of enhancing credit to finance the acquisition, construction, or renovation of charter schools.) Replaces the current charter school grant program with a program awarding grants to states and, through them, subgrants to charter school developers to open new charter schools and expand and replicate high-quality charter school models. Requires state grantees to use 10% of the grant funds to provide technical assistance to subgrantees and authorized public chartering agencies, and work with those agencies to improve the charter school authorization process. Revises the per-pupil facilities aid program (under which the Secretary makes competitive matching grants to states to provide per-pupil financing to charter schools) to allow states to: (1) partner with organizations to provide up to 50% of the state share of funding for the program; and (2) receive more than one program grant, so long as the amount of the grant funds provided to charter schools increases with each successive grant. Directs the Secretary to conduct certain national activities that include awarding competitive startup grants directly to charter school developers to open, replicate, and expand charter schools in states that have not received, or are nearing the end of, a grant for that purpose. Reauthorizes appropriations under subpart 1 through FY2017.
Senate * 9/14/2011: H.R. 2218 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
H.R. 2219
"Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012"
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/16/2011: H.R. 2219 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Young (FL-10). The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, with written report H. Rept. 112-110. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 64.
* 7/8/2011: H.R. 2219 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 336 - 87 ( Roll No. 532).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
* Total of bill as reported and recommended to the House for FY 2012: $530.0 Billion.
Appropriates funds for FY2012 for the Department of Defense (DOD) for: (1) military personnel; (2) operation and maintenance, including for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, environmental restoration, overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic aid, former Soviet Union cooperative threat reduction, and the DOD Acquisition Workforce Development Fund; (3) procurement, including for aircraft, missile, weapons, tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and purchases under the Defense Production Act of 1950; (4) research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); (5) Defense Working Capital Funds and the National Defense Sealift Fund; (6) the Defense Health Program; (7) chemical agents and munitions destruction; (8) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; (9) the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund; (10) the Office of the Inspector General; (11) the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Fund; (12) the Intelligence Community Management Account; and (13) overseas contingency operations, including military, reserve, and National Guard personnel, operation and maintenance, the Overseas Contingency Operations Transfer Fund, the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund, the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund, procurement, National Guard and reserve equipment, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Fund, and RDT&E. Specifies authorized, restricted, and prohibited uses of appropriated funds. Rescinds specified funds from various accounts under prior defense appropriations Acts.
Senate * 7/11/2011: H.R. 2219 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
* 9/15/2011: H.R. 2219 Reported by Committee on Appropriations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, with written report S. Rept. No. 112–77.
H.R. 2236
"Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp Act of 2011"
To provide for the issuance of a Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/16/2011: H.R. 2236 introduced in the House by Rep. G. Sablan (MP). Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources.
* 1/18/2012: H.R. 2236 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–372 Pt. 1.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/7/11. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2236 would have no significant costs to the federal government. Enacting the bill would affect direct spending, but such costs would not be significant. The bill would not affect revenues. H.R. 2236 would direct the United States Postal Service to issue a special postage stamp for first-class mail that would cost participating customers at least 15 percent more than the regular rate. Any amount collected from the special stamp (called a semipostal), after accounting for the Postal Service’s administrative costs, would be transferred to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for expenditure on programs to support the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Postal Service would have 12 months after enactment to make the semipostal available to the public, and the program would terminate no sooner than two years after that. Payments of amounts above the regular first-class postage rate (currently 44 cents) would be treated as offsetting collections (that is, negative outlays) of the Postal Service. Based on sales of other semipostals in recent years, we expect that the increase in offsetting collections would be less than $1 million annually. Payments of those funds to the USFWS would be outlays of the Postal Service and offsetting collections to the USFWS, which would spend those amounts mostly in the same year. CBO estimates that the net change in outlays of the Postal Service (which is off-budget) and the USFWS (which is on-budget) would not be significant in any year.
CRS summary.
Directs the United States Postal Service (USPS) to issue and sell, at a premium, a Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp. Requires the use of such stamp to be voluntary on the part of postal patrons. Requires proceeds from the sale of the semipostal stamp to be transferred to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to help fund the maintenance backlog and operational shortfall of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Requires the stamp to be made available to the public for at least two years.
H.R. 2244
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 67 Castle Street in Geneva, New York, as the "Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office".
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/21/2011: H.R. 2244 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Hanna (NY-24). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 7/29/2011: H.R. 2244 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 418 - 1, 1 Present ( Roll no. 674).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 67 Castle Street in Geneva, New York, as the "Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office."
Senate * 7/29/2011: H.R. 2244 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 2250
"EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011"
To provide additional time for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue achievable standards for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers, process heaters, and incinerators, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/21/2011: H.R. 2250 introduced in the House by Rep. M. Griffith (VA-9). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 9/26/2011: H.R. 2250 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-225. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 146.
* 10/3/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 419 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2250.
* 10/13/2011: H.R. 2250 Passed in House by recorded vote: 275 - 142 ( Roll no. 791).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/23/11. In March 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed four final rules related to emissions standards for industrial boilers, process heaters, and incinerators. H.R. 2250 would prevent those rules from being implemented and require EPA to propose new regulations. EPA would have 15 months from the bill’s enactment to finalize the new regulations; entities affected by those regulations would have at least five years to comply with the new rules. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have a net cost of $1 million over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting H.R. 2250 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Provides that the following rules shall have no force or effect and shall be treated as though they had never taken effect: (1) the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters; (2) the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers; (3) the Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration Units; and (4) Identification of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials That are Solid Waste. Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in place of such rules, to promulgate within 15 months, or on such later date as may be determined by the Administrator, regulations for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers and process heaters and commercial and industrial solid waste incinerator units subject to such rules, that: (1) establish maximum achievable control technology standards, performance standards, and other requirements for hazardous air pollutants or solid waste combustion under the Clean Air Act; and (2) identify non-hazardous secondary materials that, when used as fuels or ingredients in combustion units of such boilers, heaters, or incinerator units, are solid waste under the Solid Waste Disposal Act for purposes of determining the extent to which such combustion units are required to meet emission standards for such pollutants under such Act. Requires the Administrator to establish compliance dates for such standards and requirements after considering compliance costs, non-air quality health and environmental impacts and energy requirements, the feasibility of implementation, the availability of equipment, suppliers, and labor, and potential net employment impacts. Sets forth guidelines for such rules and regulations, including requiring the Administrator to: (1) ensure that emissions standards for existing and new sources can be met under actual operating conditions consistently and concurrently with emission standards for all other air pollutants regulated by the rule for the source category; and (2) impose the least burdensome regulatory alternative for each regulation promulgated.
H.R. 2273
"Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act"
To amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/22/2011: H.R. 2273 introduced in the House by Rep. D. McKinley (WV-1). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 9/26/2011: H.R. 2273 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-226. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 147.
* 10/12/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 431 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2273.
* 10/14/2011: H.R. 2273 Passed in House by recorded vote: 267 - 144 ( Roll no. 800).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 8/1/11. H.R. 2273 would provide for the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) under subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, also known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). (CCR consists of inorganic residues that remain after pulverized coal is burned.) Consistent with subtitle D of RCRA, this legislation would allow states to create and enforce their own CCR permit programs while providing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with limited authority to review states’ permit programs. However, H.R. 2273 would enable EPA to directly regulate CCR in states that fail to set up their own programs or in states where the permit program is determined to be deficient and is not subsequently remedied by the state. CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would cost $2 million over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting H.R. 2273 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
H.R. 2278
To limit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for United States Armed Forces in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operation Unified Protector with respect to Libya, unless otherwise specifically authorized by law.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/22/2011: H.R. 2278 introduced in the House by Rep. T. Rooney (FL-16). Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.
* 6/24/2011: H.R. 2278 Failed of passage in House, by recorded vote: 180 - 238 ( Roll no. 494).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Prohibits, unless otherwise specifically authorized by law, funds appropriated or otherwise available to the Department of Defense (DOD) from being obligated or expended for U.S. Armed Forces in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operation Unified Protector with respect to Libya, except for: (1) search and rescue; (2) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; (3) aerial refueling; and (4) operational planning.
H.R. 2279
"Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011, Part III"
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/22/2011: H.R. 2279 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Mica (FL-7). Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.
* 6/24/2011: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure discharged, Committee on Ways and Means discharged, by unanimous consent. H.R. 2279 Passed in House without objection.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend through July 22, 2011, increased excise taxes on aviation fuels, the excise tax on air transportation of persons and property, and the expenditure authority for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Increases the authorization of appropriations for the period beginning on October 1, 2010, and ending on July 22, 2011, for airport planning and development and noise compatibility planning projects (known as airport improvement projects [AIPs]). Extends through July 22, 2011, the authority of the Secretary of Transportation to make new AIP grants. Extends until July 23, 2011: (1) the pilot program for passenger facility fee authorizations at non-hub airports, and (2) disclosure requirements for large and medium hub airports applying for AIP grants. Directs the Secretary to extend through July 22, 2011, the termination date of insurance coverage for domestic or foreign-flag aircraft. Grants the Secretary discretionary authority to further extend such coverage through October 31, 2011. Extends through October 31, 2011, the authority of the Secretary to limit air carrier liability for claims arising out of acts of terrorism. Extends through July 22, 2011: (1) grant eligibility for airports located in the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau; (2) grants to state and local governments for land use compatibility AIPs; and (3) authority for approving an application of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for an airport development grant or for permission to impose a passenger facility fee. Amends the Vision 100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act to extend through Junly 22, 2011: (1) the temporary increase to 95% of the federal government's share of certain AIP costs, and (2) funding for airport development at Midway Island Airport.
Senate * 6/27/2011: H.R. 2279 Received in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
President * 6/28/2011: H.R. 2279 presented to the President.
* 6/29/2011: H.R. 2279 signed by the President. Became Public Law 112-21.
H.R. 2297
To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/22/2011: H.R. 2297 introduced in the House by Del. E. Norton (DC). Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
* 12/6/2011: H.R. 2297 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 11/17/11. H.R. 2297 would amend the District of Columbia Official Code to transfer all federal right, title, and interest in the Southwest waterfront area to the District of Columbia. The legislation would authorize the District of Columbia to lease or sell the site, expand the District’s authority to manage the Maine Avenue Fish Market, and allow the Maine Lobsterman Memorial to be moved to another location. Information from the National Park Service and the National Capital Planning Commission indicates that the property that would be transferred is not being used by the federal government, and no income is generated from it under current law. Thus, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2297 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Enacting the legislation would not affect revenues or direct spending.
CRS summary.
Amends the District of Columbia Official Code to revise certain specifications for the authorized transfer by the District Council, on behalf of the United States, to the District Redevelopment Land Agency of all federal right, title, and interest in the Southwest Waterfront Project Site. Authorizes such transfer by one or more quitclaim deeds. Authorizes the Agency to lease or sell the Site to a redevelopment company or other lessee or purchaser. Repeals the U.S. reversionary interest in such property. Amends the Code to permit at the municipal fish wharf and market the enclosed or open air vending, selling, leasing, demonstrating, crafting, consuming, and exhibiting of all types of food, beverages, arts, handicrafts, and other similar or related retail and consumer goods, as well as cultural, theatrical, residential, exhibition, office, or arts uses.
Senate * 12/7/2011: H.R. 2297 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
H.R. 2302
To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify Congress of conferences sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/22/2011: H.R. 2302 introduced in the House by Rep. M. Stutzman (IN-3). Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 10/5/2011: H.R. 2302 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-236. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 155.
* 10/11/2011: H.R. 2302 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/23/11. H.R. 2302 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) to report certain information. Section 1 would require VA to provide detailed quarterly reports to the Congress regarding the final costs of any VA-sponsored conferences attended by more than 50 people (including one or more VA employees) that were estimated to cost the agency at least $20,000. The department currently prepares a cost report for each conference. Section 2 would expand the number of individuals that are allowed to receive certain confidential information from VA. Section 3 would require DOL to establish and maintain a public Web site that discloses information about the numbers of veterans employed by certain contractors. Those contractors currently report that information to DOL. CBO expects that DOL would add an additional page to its Web site listing such information. CBO estimates that any costs associated with implementing H.R. 2302 would be insignificant over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting H.R. 2302 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to notify and provide a cost estimate to Congress at least 180 days before a conference, meeting, or other similar forum sponsored or co-sponsored by the VA that is: (1) held for at least 3 days; (2) attended by at least 20 individuals, including at least 1 VA employee; and (3) estimated to cost the VA at least $5,000. Requires the Secretary, within 60 days after such a conference, to submit a report to Congress including an accounting of the final costs.
H.R. 2309
"Postal Reform Act of 2011"
To restore the financial solvency of the United States Postal Service and to ensure the efficient and affordable nationwide delivery of mail.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/23/2011: H.R. 2309 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Issa (CA-49). Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Rules.
* 1/17/2012: H.R. 2309 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with written report H. Rept. 112–363 Pt. 1. House Committee on Rules Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than March 1, 2012.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/1/11. H.R. 2309 would change the laws that govern the operation of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Major provisions of the bill would:
- Permit the Postal Service to reduce mail delivery from six to five days per week;
- Transfer about $11 billion in surplus retirement contributions from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF) to the Postal Service Fund;
- Reduce the contribution made by the Postal Service for employees’ health and life insurance premiums;
- Change the payments that the Postal Service is required to make to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (PSRHBF); and
- Eliminate annual appropriations made to the Postal Service for free and reduced rate mail.
In addition, other provisions of H.R. 2309 would aim to help the Postal Service reduce its costs and increase its income. CBO estimates that enacting the bill would result in off-budget savings totaling $26.2 billion and on-budget costs of $7.7 billion over the 2012-2021 period. (USPS cash flows are recorded in the federal budget in the Postal Service Fund and are classified as off-budget, while the cash flows of the PSRHBF and CSRDF are on-budget.) Combining those effects, CBO estimates that the net savings to the unified budget from enacting H.R. 2309 would be $18.5 billion over the 2012-2021 period. All of those effects reflect changes in direct spending. Enacting H.R. 2309 would not affect revenues.
In addition, CBO estimates that H.R. 2309 would affect spending subject to appropriation. Assuming that future appropriations for the Postal Service are reduced consistent with the bill’s provisions, we estimate that implementing H.R. 2309 would yield discretionary savings of $880 million over the 10-year period.
H.R. 2309 would impose intergovernmental and private-sector mandates, as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), on some groups of mailers by increasing postage rates. The bill also would impose an intergovernmental mandate on the state of Alaska by requiring the state to reimburse the USPS for costs it incurs to provide bypass mail service in Alaska.
CRS summary.
Includes: Commission on Postal Reorganization (CPR) Act
Postal Reform Act of 2011 - Amends provisions of federal law relating to the United States Postal Service (USPS) with respect to its reorganization, financial management, and workforce.
Commission on Postal Reorganization Act or CPR Act - Establishes the Commission on Postal Reorganization. Requires USPS to develop and submit to the Commission a plan for the closure or consolidation of postal retail facilities, mail processing facilities, and USPS area and district offices. Requires the Commission to transmit such plan to Congress, publish it in the Federal Register, and hold public hearings. Requires USPS to implement the closure or consolidation of postal facilities and offices recommended by the Commission unless Congress enacts a joint resolution disapproving the recommendations of the Commission. Authorizes USPS to provide for five-day delivery of mail and make adjustments in the rural delivery of mail. Establishes the Postal Service Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority. Requires the USPS to submit to the Authority a financial plan and budget for each year that USPS is in a control period (a period which begins when the USPS has been in default with respect to any loans, bonds, notes, or other form of borrowing for at least 30 days). Grants certain powers to the Authority to act on behalf of USPS during a control period, including the power to renegotiate contracts and to submit recommendations to ensure compliance with USPS financial plans and budgets. Provides for the termination of a control period, subject to congressional approval. Revises provisions relating to the USPS workforce, including regarding: (1) redetermination of pay comparability, (2) limitations on contributions to life and health insurance plains, and (3) collective bargaining rights. Terminates the postal rate preference for national and state political committees. Reduces rate preferences for advertising by nonprofit organizations. Sets forth provisions for contracting of postal services, including the establishment of an advocate for competition. Requires the Postal Regulatory Commission and USPS to make noncompetitive purchase requests for any noncompetitive award of a postal contract publicly available on the Internet. Sets forth procedures for identifying and resolving ethical issues in the contracting process.
H.R. 2336
"York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2011"
To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/23/2011: H.R. 2336 introduced in the House by Rep. C. Pingree (ME-1). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 1/18/2012: H.R. 2336 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–370. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 251.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/13/11. H.R. 2336 would require the National Park Service (NPS) to study a segment of the York River in southwest Maine for potential addition to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Based on information provided by the NPS, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost less than $250,000 over the next three years, assuming availability of appropriated funds. Enacting H.R. 2336 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a specified segment of the York River in Maine and all of its associated tributaries for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Requires the Secretary of the Interior to complete a study of and submit a report to Congress on the York River.
H.R. 2349
"Veterans' Benefits Training Improvement Act of 2011"
To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to annually assess the skills of certain employees and managers of the Veterans Benefits Administration, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/24/2011: H.R. 2349 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Runyan (NJ-3). Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
* 10/6/2011: H.R. 2349 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, with written report H. Rept. 112-241. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 159.
* 10/11/2011: H.R. 2349 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/30/11. H.R. 2349 would modify the eligibility requirements for veterans’ pension awards. The bill also would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to undertake a pilot program to assess the skill level of claims processing personnel, and would make several other administrative changes to veterans’ benefits programs. On net, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2349 would decrease direct spending by $11 million over the 2012-2016 period and by $16 million over the 2012-2021 period. In addition, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2349 would reduce net discretionary costs by $1 million over the 2012-2016 period, assuming appropriation actions consistent with the bill. Enacting the bill would have an insignificant effect on revenues.
Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: (1) annually assess the skills of appropriate Veterans Benefits Administration employees and managers responsible for processing VA compensation and pension benefit claims; (2) implement individualized training plans related to such skills; (3) provide remediation for deficiently skilled employees or managers receiving a less than satisfactory result on any portion of the assessment; and (4) take appropriate disciplinary actions with respect to individuals failing to receive a satisfactory result after being given two opportunities for such remediation. Requires the Secretary to submit a related annual report to Congress.
H.R. 2351
"North Cascades National Park Service Complex Fish Stocking Act"
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to continue stocking fish in certain lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 6/24/2011: H.R. 2351 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Hastings (WA-4). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 2351 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–305. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 205.
* 12/7/2011: H.R. 2351 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/18/2011. H.R. 2351 would authorize the National Park Service to stock fish in lakes in three units of the National Park System in the state of Washington. Based on information provided by the Department of the Interior, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2351 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Under the bill, the expense of stocking fish would be borne by the state or other nonfederal entities as it has been since the three park units were established. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to authorize the stocking of fish in lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area (the North Cascades National Park Service Complex). Authorizes the Secretary to allow stocking in not more than 42 of the 91 lakes which have historically been stocked with fish. Requires the Secretary to coordinate the stocking of fish with the State of Washington. Requires the Secretary to continue, and report to Congress on, a program of research and monitoring of the impacts of fish stocking on the resources of the applicable unit of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex.
Senate * 12/8/2011: H.R. 2351 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
H.R. 2354
Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/24/2011: H.R. 2354 introduced in the House by Rep. R. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11). The House Committee on Appropriations reported as an original measure, with written report H. Rept. 112–118. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 68.
* 7/15/2011: H.R. 2354 Passed in House: by the Yeas and Nays: 219 - 196 ( Roll no. 600).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
* Total of bill as reported and recommended to the House for FY 2012: $30.6 Billion.
* (Total appropriations for previous year, FY 2011: $31.7 Billion)
Makes appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for FY2012.
Appropriates funds to the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers-Civil.
Makes appropriations for FY2012 to the Department of the Interior.
Makes appropriations for FY2012 to the Department of Energy (DOE) for energy and science programs.
Approves specified expenditures from the Bonneville Power Administration Fund.
Makes FY2012 appropriations for operation and maintenance of: (1) the Southeastern Power Administration; (2) the Southwestern Power Administration; (3) the Western Area Power Administration, including construction and rehabilitation, (4) the Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance Fund; (5) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and (6) designated DOE activities. Makes FY2012 appropriations to: (1) the Appalachian Regional Commission; (2) the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board; (3) the Delta Regional Authority; (4) the Denali Commission; (5) the Northern Border Regional Commission; (6) the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission; (7) the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), including the Office of Inspector General; (8) the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board; and (9) the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects.
Senate * 7/18/2011: H.R. 2354 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
* 9/7/2011: H.R. 2354 Reported by Committee on Appropriations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, With written report S. Rept. No. 112–75. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 157.
H.R. 2360
"Providing for Our Workforce and Energy Resources (POWER) Act"
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to extend the Constitution, laws, and jurisdiction of the United States to installations and devices attached to the seabed of the Outer Continental Shelf for the production and support of production of energy from sources other than oil and gas, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 6/24/2011: H.R. 2360 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Landry (LA-3). Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
* 12/1/2011: H.R. 2360 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources, with written report H. Rept. 112–304. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 204.
* 12/7/2011: H.R. 2360 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 10/24/2011. H.R. 2360 would affirm federal jurisdiction and authority over the siting of certain facilities in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). It would amend existing law to expressly authorize the production of energy in the OCS from sources other than oil and natural gas and allow the siting of facilities for transmitting as well as transporting such resources. CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have no budgetary impact because the Department of the Interior currently approves alternative energy projects, such as offshore wind generation and transmission facilities, under existing law. Enacting H.R. 2360 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to extend the Constitution, laws, and civil and political jurisdiction of the United States to installations attached to the seabed of the outer Continetal Shelf (OCS) (as under existing law) which may be erected to produce or support production of energy from sources other than oil and gas, as well as to any installation or device (other than a ship or vessel) for transmitting such energy. Declares that energy leases on the OCS shall be maintained and issued only under the OCSLA.
Senate * 12/8/2011: H.R. 2360 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
H.R. 2369
To amend title 36, United States Code, to provide for an additional power for the American Legion under its Federal charter.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 6/24/2011: H.R. 2369 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Altmire (PA-4). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 12/5/2011: H.R. 2369 Reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112–313. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 212.
CBO Estimate, dated 12/2/2011. H.R. 2369 would amend title 36 of the U.S. Code to allow the American Legion to provide guidance to its state and local level departments and posts, but prohibit the national organization from influencing or controlling the activities and conduct of those independent departments and posts. Because chartered organizations listed in title 36 are not agencies of the U.S. government and are not conferred federal benefits, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would have no impact on the federal budget and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Authorizes the American Legion under its federal charter to provide guidance and leadership to the individual Departments and Posts. Prohibits it from controlling or otherwise influencing the specific activities and conduct of independent, autonomous Departments and Posts.
H.R. 2401
"Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011"
To require analyses of the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/24/2011: H.R. 2401 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Sullivan (OK-1). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 9/15/2011: H.R. 2401 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112–208. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 136.
* 9/20/2011: Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 406 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2401.
* 9/23/2011: H.R. 2401 Passed in House by recorded vote: 249 - 169 ( Roll no. 741).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 7/18/11. H.R. 2401 would establish an interagency committee (to be known as the Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States) to analyze and report on a variety of rules and actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to enforcing the Clean Air Act. The Secretary of Commerce would chair the committee, which wouuld consist of representatives from various agencies, including EPA, the Depaartment of Labor, and the Department of Energy. The committee would be required to analyze potential economic impacts of specific EPA rules in calendar years 2016, 2020, and 2030, using the best data available; the final report would be due to the Congress no later than August 1, 2012. The bill also would delay until six months after the release of that final report the implementation of two EPA rules — the Transport Rule and the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology Rule. Finally, the bill would reduce the amounts authorized to be appropriated under current law to support an EPA program related to diesel emissions. Assuming appropriation actions consistent with the bill, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 2401 would result in net discretionary savings of $43 million over the 2012-2016 period. Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Requires the President to establish the Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States to analyze and report on the cumulative and incremental impacts of covered rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning air, waste, water, and climate change for each of calendar years 2016, 2020, and 2030. Requires such analysis to include: (1) estimates of the impacts of the such rules and actions on the global economic competitiveness of the United States, electricity prices, fuel prices, employment, and the reliability and adequacy of bulk power supply in the United States; and (2) a discussion and an assessment of the cumulative impact on consumers, small businesses, regional economies, state, local, and tribal governments, local and industry-specific labor markets, and agriculture. Includes among "covered rules" specified national standards for air quality and air pollutants and hazardous and solid waste and other rules promulgated under specified provisions of the Clean Air Act on or after January 1, 2009. Defines "covered action" as any action on or after such date by the EPA, a state, a local government, or a permitting agency as a result of the application of specified Clean Air Act (CAA) provisions with respect to an air pollutant that is identified as a greenhouse gas. Amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to increase and extend appropriations for FY2012-FY2016 for diesel emissions reduction.
H.R. 2405
"Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011"
To reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act relating to public health preparedness and countermeasure development, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House of
Representatives
* 6/28/2011: H.R. 2405 introduced in the House by Rep. M. Rogers (MI-8). Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 11/16/2011: H.R. 2405 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112–286. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 189.
* 12/6/2011: H.R. 2405 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/26/11. H.R. 2405 would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize funding for certain activities carried out by various agencies and offices within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would support the readiness of the public health system to address public health and medical emergencies. Those activities are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and several offices within the HHS Office of the Secretary. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $395 million in 2012 and $7.9 billion over the 2012-2016 period. The funding authorized by H.R. 2405 is similar to the appropriation amounts enacted in recent years for the same activities. This legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CRS summary.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to revise and reauthorize appropriations for public health preparedness activities, including activities related to: (1) tracking the initial distribution of federally purchased influenza vaccine in an influenza pandemic, (2) state and local public health and medical preparedness and response, (3) improving hospital surge capacity, (4) expanding the capabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond effectively to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies, and (5) the operations of the National Disaster Medical System. Reauthorizes appropriations for the special reserve fund for the procurement of security countermeasures. Allows 30% of such fund to be used by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to coordinate the acceleration of advanced research and development of countermeasures and qualified pandemic or epidemic products. Extends the time under which specific technical data or scientific information that is created or obtained during such advanced research and development is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to determine and pay claims for reimbursement for services provided during a public health emergency. Amends the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Act to extend provisions granting an antitrust exemption for meetings related to countermeasures or pandemic or epidemic products. Expands the duties of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to include: (1) stockpiling and distributing qualified countermeasures, security measures, and qualified pandemic or epidemic products; (2) identifying gaps, duplication, and other inefficiencies in public health preparedness activities and the actions necessary to overcome these obstacles; and (3) leading the development of a coordinated Countermeasure Implementation Plan. Gives the Assistant Secretary authority over and responsibility for BARDA. Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the Secretary: (1) to accelerate the development, stockpiling, approval, and licensure of countermeasures and qualified pandemic or epidemic products; (2) initiate a program of frequent scientific feedback and interactions regarding the process of developing each security countermeasure; and (3) develop a written regulatory management plan for each security countermeasure.
Senate * 12/7/2011: H.R. 2405 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
H.J.Res. 1
Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/5/2011: H.J.Res. 1 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Goodlatte (VA-6). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 6/23/2011: H.J.Res. 1 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report H. Rept. 112-117. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 49.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 6/21/2011.
Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits outlays for a fiscal year (except those for repayment of debt principal) from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year (except those derived from borrowing) unless Congress, by a three-fifths rollcall vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess of outlays over receipts. Limits total outlays for any fiscal year to one-fifth of the U.S. economic output, unless two-thirds of each House of Congress provides for a specific increase above this amount. Requires a three-fifths rollcall vote of each chamber to increase the public debt limit. Directs the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually. Prohibits any bill to increase revenue from becoming law unless approved by three-fifths of each chamber by rollcall vote. Authorizes waivers of these provisions when a declaration of war is in effect or under other specified circumstances involving military conflict.
H.J.Res. 2
Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 1/5/2011: H.J.Res. 2 introduced in the House by Rep. B. Goodlatte (VA-6). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 11/18/2011: H.J.Res. 2 Failed of passage in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution, as amended, Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 261 - 165 ( Roll no. 858).
No CBO Estimate.
CRS summary.
Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits outlays for a fiscal year (except those for repayment of debt principal) from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year (except those derived from borrowing) unless Congress, by a three-fifths rollcall vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess of outlays over receipts. Requires a three-fifths rollcall vote of each chamber to increase the public debt limit. Directs the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually. Prohibits any bill to increase revenue from becoming law unless approved by a majority of each chamber by rollcall vote. Authorizes waivers of these provisions when a declaration of war is in effect or under other specified circumstances involving military conflict.
H.J.Res. 37
Disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/16/2011: H.J.Res. 37 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
* 4/1/2011: H.J.Res. 37 Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, with written report H. Rept. 112-51. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 25.
* 4/8/2011: H.J.Res. 37 Passed in House by recorded vote: 240 - 179 ( Roll no. 252).

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 3/30/2011.
H.J. Res. 37 would disapprove the rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 21, 2010, that is intended to preserve the Internet as an open network. Report and Order FCC 10-201 establishes rules that would bar broadband providers from blocking lawful content and discriminating in transmitting lawful traffic on the network. The rule also would require broadband providers to disclose to the public information about network management practices, performance, and terms of service.

* FCC Report and Order FCC 10-201, "Preserving the Open Internet", released December 23, 2010, with concurring and dissenting statements by FCC commissioners.
* FCC Final Rule "Preserving the Open Internet", published in the Federal Register, September 23, 2011, effective November 20, 2011.
Senate * 4/12/2011: H.J.Res. 37 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
* 4/13/2011: H.J.Res. 37 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 34.
H.J.Res. 44
"Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011"
Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 2/28/2011: H.J.Res 44 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and to the Committee on the Budget.
* 3/1/2011: H.J.Res 44 Passed in the House by recorded vote: 335 - 91 ( Roll no. 154).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (CAA of 2011) (P.L. 111-242) to extend through March 18, 2011, specified continuing appropriations for FY2011. (P. L. 111-322 had previously extended continuing appropriations through March 4, 2011.)
Senate * 3/2/2011: H.J.Res 44 Passed Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 91 - 9. Record Vote Number: 29.
President * 3/2/2011: Presented to the President.
* 3/2/2011: H.J.Res 44 Signed by the President. Became Public Law No: 112-4.
H.J.Res. 48
"Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011"
Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/11/2011: H.J.Res 48 introduced in the House. Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.
* 3/15/2011: H.J.Res 48 Passed in House by recorded vote: 271 - 158 ( Roll no. 179).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (CAA of 2011) (Public Law 111-242) to extend, through April 8, 2011, specified continuing appropriations for FY2011. (P. L. 111-322 had previously extended continuing appropriations through March 4, 2011; and the Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, Public Law 112-4, had extended continuing appropriations through March 18, 2011)
Senate * 3/15/2011: H.J.Res 48 Received in the Senate. Read the first time.
3/16/2011: H.J.Res 48 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 20.
* 3/17/2011: H.J.Res 48 Passed Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 87 - 13. Record Vote Number: 44.
President * 3/17/2011: H.J.Res 48 Presented to President.
* 3/18/2011: H.J.Res 48 Signed by President. Became Public Law No: 112-6.
H.J.Res. 56
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/7/2011: H.J.Res 56 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Walsh (IL-8). Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Constitutional Amendment - Prohibits outlays for a fiscal year (except those for repayment of debt principal) from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year (except those derived from borrowing) unless Congress, by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess of outlays over receipts. Prohibits total outlays for any fiscal year from exceeding 18% of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the preceding calendar year unless Congress, by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess over such 18%. Directs the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually. Prohibits any bill from becoming law that imposes a new tax or increases the statutory rate of any tax or the aggregate amount of revenue, unless approved by a two-thirds roll call vote of each chamber. Requires a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber to increase the federal debt limit. Authorizes waivers of these requirements: (1) when a declaration of war is in effect against a nation-state and Congress, by a majority roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess; or (2) under other specified circumstances involving military conflict, if Congress, by a three-fifths roll call vote of each chamber, authorizes such waiver. Prohibits a federal or state court from ordering any increase in revenue to enforce this article.
H.J.Res. 66
Approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/26/2011: H.J.Res 66 introduced in the House by Rep. J. Crowley (NY-7). Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
* 7/20/2011: H.J.Res 66 Passed in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution, as amended, Agreed to by voice vote.

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
* Division A: Renewal of Import Restrictions Under Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 - Approves the renewal of certain import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and deems this resolution a renewal resolution under such Act.
* Division B: Supplemental Appropriations - Emergency Supplemental Disaster Relief Appropriations Resolution, 2011
- Title I: Department of Agriculture - Makes supplemental appropriations for FY2011 for the following Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs involving disaster relief: (1) the Emergency Conservation Program, (2) the Emergency Forest Restoration Program, and (3) the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.
- Title II: Department of Commerce - Makes supplemental appropriations to the Department of Commerce for FY2011 for economic development assistance programs involving disaster relief.
- Title III: Department of Defense - Makes supplemental appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for FY2011 for disaster relief with respect to: (1) the Mississippi River and tributaries, and (2) flood control and coastal emergencies.
- Title IV: Department of Homeland Security - Makes supplemental appropriations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY2011 for disaster relief.
- Title V: Department of Housing and Urban Development - Makes supplemental appropriations to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FY2011 for the Community Development Fund with respect to disaster relief.
Senate * 7/20/2011: H.J.Res 66 received in the Senate.
* 9/6/2011: H.J.Res 66 read the first time.
* 9/7/2011: H.J.Res 66 read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 154.
* 9/9/2011: Senate begins consideration of H.J.Res. 66.
* 9/15/2011: H.J.Res 66 Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. Message on Senate action sent to the House.
H.J.Res. 68
Authorizing the limited use of the United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 6/22/2011: H.J.Res 68 introduced in the House by Rep. A. Hastings (FL-23). Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services.
* 6/24/2011: H.J.Res 68 Failed of passage in House, by recorded vote: 123 - 295 ( Roll no. 493).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Authorizes the President to continue the limited use of U.S. Armed Forces in Libya in support of U.S. security policy interests as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, as requested by the Transitional National Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Arab League. Terminates such authorization one year after the date of enactment of this joint resolution.
States that Congress does not support deploying, establishing, or maintaining the presence of units and members of U.S. Armed Forces on the ground in Libya unless the purpose of the presence is limited to the immediate personal defense of U.S. government officials (including diplomatic representatives) or to rescuing members of NATO forces from imminent danger.
Directs the President to consult frequently with Congress regarding U.S. efforts in Libya, including by providing regular briefings and reports. Includes as elements in such briefings and reports: (1) an updated description of U.S. national security interests and policy objectives in Libya; (2) an updated list of U.S. Armed Forces activities in Libya; (3) an updated assessment of the opposition groups in Libya, including potential successor governments; and (4) an updated explanation of the President's legal and constitutional rationale for conducting military operations in Libya consistent with the War Powers Resolution.
H.J.Res. 70
To grant the consent of Congress to an amendment to the compact between the States of Missouri and Illinois providing that bonds issued by the Bi-State Development Agency may mature in not to exceed 40 years.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 6/24/2011: H.J.Res 70 introduced in the House by Rep. W. Clay (MO-1). Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
* 10/25/2011: H.J.Res 70 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary, with written report, H. Rept. 112–259. Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 83.

CRS summary.
CBO Estimate, dated 9/30/11. H.J. Res. 70 would formally approve an amendment to an existing interstate compact between Illinois and Missouri. Currently, Illinois and Missouri cooperate through the Bi-State Development Agency for certain transportation projects around the St. Louis metropolitan area. Under current law, the maximum length of time for bonds issued by the agency to mature is 30 years. H.J. Res. 70 would consent to amending the existing compact so the agency can issue bonds that mature in 40 years or less. CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.J. Res. 70 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
Grants the consent of Congress to the amendment of the powers conferred on the Bi-State Development Agency by legislation enacted by the states of Missouri and Illinois requiring bonds issued by such Agency to mature not more than 40 years (currently, 30 years) from date of issuance.
H.Con.Res. 28
Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 3/9/2011: H.Con.Res. 28 introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
* 3/17/2011: H.Con.Res. 28 Failed of passage in House: On agreeing to the resolution Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 93 - 321, 1 Present ( Roll no. 193).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Directs the President, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan: (1) by no later than 30 days after this resolution is adopted; or (2) if the President determines that it is not safe to remove them by such date, by no later than December 31, 2011, or such earlier date that the President determines that they can be safely removed.
The War Powers Resolution, originally passed as Public Law 93-148 is part of the US Code of Laws, specifically Title 50, Chapter 33, Sections 1541 through 1546 of the US Code (frequently referred to as 50 USC 1541-1546). The Section 5(c) referenced in H. Con. Res. 28 refers to the section numbering used in Public Law 93-148, which is not available on-line. The equivalent section in the US Code is 50 USC 1544(c).
H.Con.Res. 34
Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/11/2011: H.Con.Res. 34 introduced in the House by Rep. Paul Ryan. The House Committee on The Budget reported an original measure, with written report H. Rept. 112-58. Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 30.
* 4/15/2011: H.Con.Res. 34 Passed in House by the Yeas and Nays: 235 - 193 ( Roll no. 277).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Senate * 5/2/2011: H.Con.Res. 34 Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Budget.
* 5/2/2011: Senate Committee on the Budget discharged pursuant to Section 300 of the Congressional Budget Act.
* 5/2/2011: H.Con.Res. 34 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 36.
* 5/25/2011: Motion to proceed to consideration of H.Con.Res. 34 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 40 - 57. Record Vote Number 77.
H.Con.Res. 35
Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1473.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/11/2011: H.Con.Res. 35 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration.
* 4/14/2011: H.Con.Res. 35 Agreed to in House, by the Yeas and Nays: 240 - 185 ( Roll no. 270).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Directs the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1473 (Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011) to prohibit any funds under such Act or any previous Act from being used to carry out the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 or any amendments made by those Acts.
Senate * 4/14/2011: H.Con.Res. 35 Failed: Disagreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 53. Record Vote Number: 59.
H.Con.Res. 36
Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1473.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 4/11/2011: H.Con.Res. 36 introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration.
* 4/14/2011: H.Con.Res. 36 Agreed to in House, by the Yeas and Nays: 241 - 185, 1 Present ( Roll no. 271).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Directs the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1473 (Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011) to prohibit any funds under such Act from being made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Senate * 4/14/2011: H.Con.Res. 35 Failed: Disagreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 42 - 58. Record Vote Number: 60.
H.Con.Res. 51
Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 5/23/2011: H.Con.Res. 51 introduced in the House by Rep. D. Kucinich. Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
* 6/3/2011: H.Con.Res. 51 Failed in House: Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 148 - 265 ( Roll no. 412).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
Directs the President, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, to remove U.S. Armed Forces from Libya within 15 days after the adoption of this resolution.
H.Res. 292
Declaring that the President shall not deploy, establish, or maintain the presence of units and members of the United States Armed Forces on the ground in Libya, and for other purposes.
Legislation status.
House
of
Representatives
* 6/2/2011: H.Res. 292 introduced in the House by Rep J. Boehner. Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services.
* 6/3/2011: H.Res. 292 Agreed to in House, Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 268 - 145, 1 Present ( Roll no. 411).

CRS summary.
No CBO Estimate.
States the policy of the House of Representatives that: (1) the U.S. Armed Forces shall be used exclusively to defend and advance the national security interests of the United States; (2) the President has failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale based upon national security interests for current U.S. military activities regarding Libya; and (3) the President shall not deploy, establish, or maintain the presence of units and members of the Armed Forces on the ground in Libya unless the purpose of the presence is to rescue a member of the Armed Forces from imminent danger. Directs the Secretaries of State and Defense and the Attorney General to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, copies of any official document, record, memo, correspondence, or other communication in the possession of each officer that was created on or after February 15, 2011, and refers or relates to: (1) consultation or communication with Congress regarding the employment or deployment of the Armed Forces for Operation Odyssey Dawn or NATO Operation Unified Protector; or (2) the War Powers Resolution and Operation Odyssey Dawn or Operation Unified Protector. Directs the President, not later than 14 days after adoption of this resolution, to transmit to the House of Representatives a report describing in detail U.S. security interests and objectives, and the activities of the Armed Forces, in Libya since March 19, 2011. Includes as elements to be described: (1) the President's justification for not seeking authorization by Congress for the use of military force; (2) political and military objectives; (3) details of the U.S. commitment, including costs and the impact on U.S. activities in Iraq and Afghanistan; (4) assessments of Libyan opposition forces and groups; (5) involvement of groups that have promoted an agenda that would negatively impact U.S. interests; (6) forms of support between and among al-Qaeda operatives, its affiliates, and supporters in Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and North Africa; and (7) contributions by Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and other regional states in support of NATO activities in Libya. Finds that: (1) the President has not sought, and Congress has not provided, authorization for the introduction or continued involvement of the Armed Forces in Libya; and (2) Congress has the constitutional prerogative to withhold funding for any unauthorized use of the Armed Forces, including for unauthorized activities regarding Libya.


Partially updated 3/14/2012

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