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On February 4th, the House passed the Senate amendments to H.J.Res. 45, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act 2009.
On February 4th, the House passed H.R. 4061, Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), which is a bipartisan bill that is designed to improve cybersecurity in both the private and public sectors. The bill will help ensure a strategic plan for federal cybersecurity R&D activities, strengthen public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, help train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and improve cybersecurity technical standards.
On January 20th, the House unanimously passed H.R. 4462 to provide an immediate benefit for those who have already given and incentive for those who are considering a charitable contribution.
On December 16th, the House passed the Jobs for Main Street Act to create or save jobs here at home with targeted investments ($75 billion) for highways and transit, school renovation, hiring teachers, police, and firefighters, small business, job training and affordable housing - key drivers of economic growth that have the most bang for the buck. These investments are fully paid for by redirecting TARP funds from Wall Street to Main Street.
On December 11th, the House passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (HR 4173). This comprehensive financial regulation reform bill will enact common-sense reforms including ending bailouts by helping ensure taxpayers are never again on the hook for Wall Street's risky behavior and bad bets; protecting families' retirement funds, college savings, and homes and businesses' financial futures from unnecessary risk by Wall Street lenders and speculators and high-paid corporate executives; protecting consumers from predatory lending abuses, fine print, and industry gimmicks; and finally bringing transparency and accountability to a financial system that has run amok.
On December 10th, the House passed the conference report on H.R. 3288, FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations, which includes the following six spending bills: Transportation-HUD; Labor-HHS-Education; Commerce-Justice-Science; Military Construction-Veterans Affairs; Financial Services; and State-Foreign Operations.
On December 9th, the House passed the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act (HR 4213) - another piece of our plan to create jobs and strengthen the American economy, strongly supported by the Obama Administration.
On December 3rd, the House passed the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009 (HR 4154) to permanently extend estate tax relief to ensure that 99.8% of estates in America never pay a dime of taxes.
On November 19th, the House passed H.R. 3961, Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act. This bill will prevent a 21 percent cut in Medicare physician payment rates scheduled for January 2010. Instead of temporarily overriding the cut as Congress has done six times before, H.R. 3961 will replace the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, correcting a decade of Republican mismanagement of the Medicare program with a permanent, sustainable solution. Ultimately, the legislation protects access to physicians for Medicare beneficiaries and members of the military and their families since physician payment rates in TRICARE are tied to those used by Medicare.
By a vote of 403-12, the House passed the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act on November 5th. This legislation will stimulate the economy and provide stability to American families by extending unemployment benefits to those hit hardest by the recession, the homebuyer tax credit, and tax relief for military families and businesses.