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On May 17, 2007, the House passed the FY 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, H.R. 1585. The measure authorizes $503.8 billion in budget authority for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy, and $141.8 billion to support ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during fiscal year 2008.
On May 9, 2007, the House passed the FY 2008 Homeland Security Authorization, H.R. 1684, which authorizes $39.8 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2008. Because the President has been submitting budgets that underfunded key homeland security priorities over the last few years, this bill is authorizing $2.1 billion more than the President requested.
On May 1, 2007, the President vetoed the Iraq Accountability Act which supported our troops, honored the sacrifices of our veterans, and held the Iraqis accountable.
On May 11, 2007, the House passed the Intelligence Authorization Bill (HR 2082), which will make new investments in intelligence personnel and enhance oversight of how intelligence is carried out.
On May 10, 2007, the House passed the Small Business Fairness in Contracting Act (H.R. 1873), which will put small businesses on a level playing field with big corporations by increasing their access to federal contracts.
On May 2, 2007, the House passed the National Science Foundation Authorization Act, H.R. 1867, and on May 3, the House passed the Technology Innovation and Manufacturing Stimulation Act, H.R. 1868. These bills are part of House Democrats' bold Innovation Agenda, and crucial to supporting innovation and competitiveness through improved basic research, science and math education, and technology development.
On May 2, 2007, the House passed the Improving Head Start Act, H.R. 1429, which will help more children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed by improving program quality and expanding access to more children. The bill was signed into law on December 12, 2007.
To keep America first in economic and technological advancements, we must invest in an educated and skilled workforce, fund groundbreaking federal research and development by public and private sectors, and commit to being the most competitive and innovative nation in the world.
On April 18, 2007, the House passed the RECOVER Act (H.R. 1361), which overhauls the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Disaster Assistance Program. In response to SBA's disastrous performance after the 2005 Gulf State hurricanes, this bill provides numerous provisions to improve and strengthen the SBA disaster assistance program.
On April 17, 2007, the House passed the Taxpayer Protection Act (H.R. 1677) that increases IRS outreach to provide taxpayers with stronger protections from identity theft and tax fraud.