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On November 7, 2007, the House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 3685. President Bush threatened to veto this bill.
On November 6, 2007, the House passed the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Tax Relief Act (HEART), H.R. 3997. This legislation would make permanent essential tax relief for our military families, including tax relief under the Earned Income Tax Credit, and provide more low-interest home loans for veterans.
On November 9th, the House passed the Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007, H.R. 3996, which would provide millions of middle-class families with tax cuts and help grow our economy without increasing the national debt.
On November 8, 2007, the House passed the Homeowners' Defense Act of 2007, H.R. 3355. This bill is designed to address the growing crisis in the availability and affordability of homeowners' insurance. The legislation focuses on stabilizing the catastrophe insurance market by expanding private industry's capacity to cover natural disasters and helping states to better manage risk.
On November 6, 2007, the House voted to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA), H.R. 1495, over the President's veto. On November 8, the Senate voted to pass the legislation over the President's veto.
On November 1, 2007, the House passed H.R. 2662, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act. This bill is a long-overdue reform bill that updates the Mining Law of 1872 for the 21st century. For example, it requires hardrock mining companies (which mine for such valuable minerals as gold, silver and copper), for the first time, to pay royalties for their operations on federal lands.
On October 31st, the House passed the Trade and Globalization Assistance Act, H.R. 3920, which would overhaul the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program - expanding opportunities for job training to transition workers into 21st Century jobs to take advantage of increasing globalization.
On October 30, 2007, the House passed the final version of the Internet Tax Moratorium Extension, H.R. 3678, which temporarily bans state and local taxes on Internet access. The bill extends the Internet tax moratorium for seven years. The President signed the bill on October 31.
On October 30, 2007, the House passed the Small Business Contracting Improvements Act, H.R. 3867. The bill brings Small Business Administration's contracting initiatives into the 21st century, by raising the profile of veteran entrepreneurs and rooting out fraud and taxpayer waste in SBA's contracting programs.
On October 22, 2007, the House passed three bills that promote industrial energy efficiency and energy storage technologies, and support the goals and ideals of National Science Week.