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On May 4th, the House passed H.Res.230, a resolution recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Joe Baca.
On April 29th, the House passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1913, by a vote of 249-175. This bipartisan bill focuses on providing new resources to help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent and prosecute hate crimes. It also closes gaps in current federal hate crimes law.
On May 20th 2009, the House passed the final version of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights, (CARD Act) H.R. 627 and the President signed the bill into law on May 22nd.
Today, the House will consider the National Water Research and Development Initiative Act, H.R. 1145. This bill coordinates national research and development efforts on water and provides a clear path forward to ensure adequate water supplies for generations to come. It will ensure that we have an effective national water strategy that uses federal research and development dollars efficiently and eliminates redundant programs.
On April 22nd, Earth Day, the House passed two key environmental bills: Electronic Device Recycling Research and Development Act, H.R. 1580, and the Green Energy Education Act, H.R. 957.
On April 23rd, the House passed the COPS Improvements Act, H.R. 1139, which reinvigorates the highly successful COPS program. It calls for putting 50,000 additional police officers on the street over the next 5 years - authorizing $1.25 billion a year for COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) hiring grants.
Today, the House will consider two bills: one that ties pay to performance at companies receiving TARP and the other to enable the government to recover by civil suit AIG retention payments already paid.
Next week, the week of April 6-April 12, the country is celebrating National Public Health Week. National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the importance of quality public health programs in all of our lives - from effective childhood vaccination programs, to early screening programs for diseases, to ensuring Americans have access to critical treatment programs.
On April 2nd, the House passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, H.R. 1256, which grants the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the advertising, marketing, and manufacturing of tobacco products.