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On the Floor
The House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (HR 3221) -- the single largest investment in aid to help students and families pay for college in history, and at no cost to taxpayers.
The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act (HR 3246) strengthens and reauthorizes the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Program -- investing in a diverse range of near-term and long-term vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency, support domestic research and manufacturing, and lead to greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels.
On July 31st, the House passed the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act (HR 3269) -- a bill that addresses the perverse incentives in compensation plans that encourage executives in large financial firms to take excessive risk at the expense of their companies, shareholders, employees, and ultimately the American taxpayer - risks that contributed to the recent financial collapse.
The House passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) to fundamentally change the way we protect the safety of our food supply. The new authorities provided to the FDA to better ensure food safety include more frequent inspection of food processing facilities, the development of a food trace-back system to pinpoint the source of food-borne illnesses, and enhanced powers to ensure that imported foods are safe.
On July 23rd, the House passed the FY 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (HR 3288) by a vote of 256-168. This bill builds on the work of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and our long term economic plan to make smart investments that will provide short-term help in the form of housing and jobs to those hurt most by the economic downturn and long-term solutions like improved highways, public transit, and airports to put our economy on sound footing for the future.
On July 24, the House passed the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2010 (HR 3293) which makes vital investments in our country's long term prosperity by providing educational opportunity, expanding job training and shoring up our health and social services safety net.
After years of fiscal recklessness by President Bush and Republicans, President Obama and Congress are committed to getting our budget under control - a crucial part of our plan to strengthen the American economy.
On July 16th, the House passed the FY 2010 Financial Services Appropriations Act (HR 3170) by a vote of 219 to 208 making key investments in rebuilding regulatory agencies, small businesses, tax fairness, and consumer protections.
On July 10th, the House passed the FY2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill (HR 3082) to fund critical veterans health services and the construction of key facilities for training and housing our military.
On July 9th, the House voted 318-106 in favor of the FY 2010 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill (HR 3081) to fund operations protecting our national security and combat terrorism; reforming and rebuilding America's diplomatic and development capacity; providing critical resources to meet global health and development challenges; and ensuring adequate oversight and accountability of our foreign assistance. The bill is also fiscally responsible at $3.2 billion less than the President's request and reverses a decade of reliance on supplemental appropriations-- providing an honest accounting of the true cost of critical national security initiatives.