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On the Floor
On December 9th, the House will consider the Senate Amendments to H.R. 4994, the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act, which ensures seniors and military families will be able to continue to see their doctors. This bipartisan legislation blocks the 25 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors, scheduled for January 1, through 2011. The Senate passed this legislation on December 8 by unanimous consent. Passage of the bill today by the House will send this bill to the President's desk for his signature.
On December 8th, the House considered the Seniors Protection Act (H.R. 5987) to provide 54 million seniors with a one-time payment of $250 given that there will be no automatic Cost-of-Living-Adjustment for America's seniors in 2011. While a majority of Members voted aye (254-153), it failed to receive the 2/3 necessary under suspension of the rules.
On December 8th, the House passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198. The version the House passed is an updated version of the DREAM Act (HR 5281) that was introduced back in March 2009 (HR 1751). The DREAM Act is common-sense legislation to give students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education.
On December 8th, the House passed a resolution congratulating imprisoned Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo on being awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize (H.Res. 1717) by a vote of 402-1).
On December 2nd, the House passed the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 (HR 6467) to extend middle-class tax cuts by a vote of 234-188. These tax cuts are expiring at the end of this year because when Republicans passed them 10 years ago, they sunsetted them to hide their true cost to the deficit.
On December 2nd, the House passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) by a vote of 264-157 which contains the most significant improvements to child nutrition programs in more than 30 years. Among its numerous provisions, the bill has two major goals: reducing childhood hunger and reducing childhood obesity. Both of these problems have gotten worse in recent years. Currently, the poverty rate for children is 20.7 percent - up from 15.6 percent in 2000 - and childhood hunger is correlated with poverty. In addition, one in three children are currently either overweight or obese - up dramatically over the last 20 years. The Senate passed this bipartisan bill by unanimous consent on August 5th. The President signed the bill into law on December 13, 2010.
On November 30th, the House passed the Senate amendments to H.R. 4783, Claims Resolution Act. This legislation provides long-delayed justice for tens of thousands of black farmers and hundreds of thousands of American Indians.
On November 29th, the House passed the Senate Amendments to H.R. 5712, Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act, which ensures seniors and military families will be able to continue seeing their doctors. This bipartisan legislation blocks the 23 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors, scheduled for December 1, for one month, while a year-long fix is negotiated.
On October 8, 2009, the House passed the conference report on the Defense Authorization for FY 2010 (HR 2647) and was signed by the President on October 28th. This bill is another step by President Obama and the 111th Congress to take America in a New Direction by ensuring that our military is fully prepared for threats and challenges worldwide and that our troops get the benefits they deserve and have earned.
On September 30th, the House passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) by a vote of 268-160 to provide funding for a Health Program to monitor and treat responders and community residents for health conditions related to the terrorist attacks. It also reopens the September 11, 2011 Victim Compensation Fund to provide monetary compensation for those physically injured by the attacks or by response activities and debris removal.