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On the Floor
Accomplishments of Democratic-Led Congress in Restoring Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility in Washington
The American people spoke out in the 2006 elections, demanding a New Direction--a Congress that would set a new high standard for accountability, open and transparent government, and ethical conduct--following a torrent of revelations of Republican corruption, cronyism, and incompetence from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other.
On June 6, 2007, the House passed the Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act, H.R. 2446, which will fund development, economic and security assistance programs, and establishment of a coordinator to tackle the growing threat of narcotics in Afghanistan.
On May 3, 2007, the House passed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1592. This 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 24, 2007, the House passed two amendments to the emergency supplemental bill passed in the Senate.
On May 24, 2007, the House passed the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, H.R. 2316, which ends the tight-knit relationship between lobbyists and lawmakers. This is tough legislation that ends the culture of corruption, and restores accountability in Washington. The bill ends the tight-knit relationship between lobbyists and lawmakers and takes another major step toward making the 110th Congress the most open, honest Congress in history.
On May 23, 2007, the House passed 6 bills to support our veterans and honor their sacrifices, providing them with expanded health care and the benefits they deserve.
During the week of May 21, 2007, the House passed two pieces of legislation to reduce the burden of rising gas prices on American families.
On May 22, 2007, the House passed the Preserving United States Attorney Independence Act of 2007, S. 214, which reinstates the Senate's role in the U.S. Attorney confirmation process. This bill is designed to help better ensure the independence of U.S. Attorneys - by repealing a provision in a 2006 statute that grants the Attorney General the authority to make indefinite interim appointments of U.S. Attorneys, who can then serve indefinitely without Senate confirmation. This bill was signed into law by the President on June 16.
On May 22, 2007, the House passed the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007, H.R. 1427, which will overhaul the regulatory oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks, and create a new, independent regulator with broad powers analogous to current banking regulators.
On May 15, 2007, the House passed the COPS Improvement Act of 2007, H.R. 1700, which will provide much needed support to local law enforcement agencies for their community oriented policing (COPS) efforts. This legislation is especially important as local law enforcement agencies struggle with funding gaps to keep officers on the streets.