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On July 16, 2007, the House passed the Rural Housing and Economic Development Improvement Act of 2007, H.R. 1982, which would improve quality of life by providing resources to address substandard housing in rural America. This bill would authorize $30 million for the Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) program for Fiscal Year 2008.
On July 16, 2007, the House passed the FDIC Enforcement Enhancement Act, H.R. 2547, which will impose penalties on companies that falsely claim to be Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insured. The bill protects the reputation of the FDIC as well as the millions of consumers that trust the financial regulatory institutions.
Faced with the 110th Congress working to take America in a new direction, President George W. Bush--who vetoed nothing during his first five and a half years in office--vetoed 11 bills and threatened to veto 64 more.
On September 19, 2007 the House passed the final version of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, H.R. 3580, which was signed into law on September 27, 2007 (H.R. 3580). This bill reauthorizes the prescription drug user fee for five years and increases the user fee in order to allow FDA to approve life-saving drugs more quickly. It would also make the most sweeping safety and regulatory changes to the agency in years, adding new surveillance and safety requirements for drugs after they have been approved and marketed.
On July 12, 2007, the House passed HR 2956, the Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act, by a vote 223-201. The legislation, sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, would begin the responsible redeployment of U.S. troops within 120 days and complete redeployment by April 1, 2008. The President would have to report to Congress why troops should remain in Iraq for limited purposes such as to fight terrorism or to train Iraqi forces. President Bush threatened to veto this bill.
The House passed the Senate amendments to the Foreign Investment and National Security Act, H.R. 556 on July 11th, by a vote of 423-0. This bill strengthens national security by reforming the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process by which the Federal Government reviews foreign investments in the United States for their national security implications.
On July 11, 2007, the House passed the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007, H.R. 2669, which will provide the single largest increase in college aid since the GI bill in 1944. The Democratic-led Congress is committed to growing and strengthening America's middle class, and will ensure that college is affordable for every qualified student who wants to attend. This legislation both expands educational opportunities for our nation's young people, and is an investment in our workforce that will continue our economic leadership in the world.This bill was signed into law on September 27, 2007.
On July 12, 2007, the House passed the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act of 2007, H.R. 1851. The legislation will change Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 8 public housing programs - expanding rental assistance opportunities, improving program efficiency, and encouraging family self-sufficiency. The bill expands the number of families receiving vouchers by 20,000 a year for each of the next five years and ensures the program works effectively for the nation's low income working families with children, elderly and disabled.
The 110th Congress is making progress for the American people on the toughest challenges we face--working together to defend our country, restore accountability, grow our economy, strengthen our families, and preserve our planet.
On June 25, 2007, the House passed the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, H.R. 1281, which will prohibit and punish deceptive practices that aim to keep voters away from the polls on Election Day. This bill protects every American citizen's right to vote by making voter deception, for the first time, a crime.