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On June 4th, the House passed the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, H.R. 626, which was introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). The bill helps families by providing four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees for the birth or adoption of a child. In addition to the four weeks, employees will also be allowed to use any accrued annual or sick leave for parental leave, up to eight weeks.
On June 4, the House passed the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act, H.R. 2200.
On June 2nd, the House passed H. Res. 489, Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the brutal suppression of protesters and citizens in and around Tiananmen Square.
On May 14th, 2009, the House passed the Supplemental Appropriations Act for Iraq and Afghanistan, H.R. 2346, which meets our troops' needs while implementing the President's plans for Iraq and Afghanistan.
On May 21st, the House passed the FAA Reauthorization Act, H.R. 915. This bill authorizes $70 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for four years, modernizing the nation's aging air traffic control infrastructure, providing consumer protections for airline passengers, and taking several steps to improve safety and reduce delays.
Small businesses are the engine that will repower America's economy. On May 20th, the House passed the Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act, H.R. 2352. The bill represents a major effort to give established small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups the needed tools and resources to thrive, create jobs and drive economic growth.
On May 14th, the House passed the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act, H.R. 2187, which will make critical investments to modernize, upgrade and repair school facilities across the country - creating healthier, safer, and more energy-efficient learning environments. The bill will improve education, create jobs, and encourage energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources in our schools.
On May 21st, the House passed the final version of the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, S. 454, which substantially beefs up oversight of the Pentagon's system of acquiring weapons, promotes greater use of competition in weapons acquisition, and requires DOD to revise its regulations in order to better prevent conflicts of interest in the acquisition process. On May 22nd, President Obama signed the bill into law.
On May 7th, the House passed the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, H.R. 1728. The bill responds to the subprime mortgage crisis by instituting much needed reform to prevent these bad loans from being made in the first place. It stops the kinds of predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices that played a major role in the current financial and economic meltdown and prevents borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qualify for a loan.
On May 18th, the House passed the final Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009 (S. 386) by a vote of 338-52, which was signed into law by the President on May 20th. This bill will protect taxpayers by giving the Justice Department more tools to fight fraud in the use of TARP and recovery funds, and to increase accountability for corporate and mortgage frauds that have contributed to the recent economic collapse.