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On October 9, 2007, the House passed four bills that are designed to improve child safety - better ensuring that the products that children use are completely safe and reliable.
On October 9, 2007, the House passed the War Profiteering Prevention Act, H.R. 400, which creates a new federal criminal fraud offense to prohibit fraudulent acts involving the provision of goods or services in connection with a mission of the U.S. government overseas. Following are highlights of some of the bill's provisions.
On September 27, 2008, the House passed the final version of the Improving Government Accountability Act, H.R. 928, which was signed into law on October 14, 2008. This bill contains a number of provisions to enhance the effectiveness and independence of Inspectors General. It also contains provisions to enhance the accountability of the Inspector General system overall.
On October 4, 2008, the House passed H.R. 2740, Holding Security Contractors in War Zones Overseas Accountable (MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act). This bill is designed to ensure that all private security contractors in war zones overseas will be held accountable for any criminal behavior. Currently, there is only clear jurisdiction of the U.S. courts over those contractors who are on contract with the Department of Defense.
On October 2, 2007, the House passed H.R. 3087, Contingency Planning for Redeployment from Iraq. This bill requires the Department of Defense, within 60 days, to submit a report on the status of planning for redeployment from Iraq to the congressional defense committees, with updated reports every 90 days thereafter.
On October 4, 2007, the House passed the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, H.R. 3648, which was signed into law on December 20, 2007. Under current law, when a family faces mortgage foreclosure, any debt forgiven or renegotiation is considered income for tax purposes, creating a large tax bill. Families dealing with the pain of foreclosure should not have the double burden of a large tax bill for terminating their mortgage through no fault of their own.
On October 2, 2007, the House passed H. Con. Res. 200, Condemning the Violent Suppression of Buddhist Monks and Other Peaceful Demonstrators in Burma, which denounces the violence and human rights violations in Burma and calls for the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
On September 26, 2007, the House passed the Continuing Resolution for FY 2008, H.J. Res. 52, which was signed into law on September 29. The legislation will fund the federal government through November 16 at the FY 2007 levels for all Departments and agencies. While the House passed all 12 appropriations bills by August, the President's veto threat on these bills has gridlocked the budget negotiations. This short-term clean continuing resolution will responsibly fund the government, providing the needed time for Congress and the President to negotiate reasonable compromises.
On September 27, 2007, the House passed the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007, H.R. 3121. President Bush threatened to veto this bill. The bill reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, through FY 2013 (the current authorization for NFIP expires on September 30, 2008). It also provides for reforms to the NFIP, improves flood mapping, and expands the NFIP to provide for multiple peril coverage. Following are highlights of some of the bill's provisions.
On September 27, 2007, the House passed the Small Business Investment Expansion Act of 2007, H.R. 3567, which will help business owners, particularly veterans and women, to obtain investment capital to start or grow their small businesses.