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On April 19, 2007, the House passed H.R. 1495, the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA). This legislation authorizes several projects and studies for the United States Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its major missions of flood control to protect our lives and livelihoods, viable navigation corridors for the movement of goods and services, and ecosystem restoration projects to improve the health of our nation's environment.
On April 20, 2007, the House passed H.R. 1257, the Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act. The bill will require that public companies ensure that shareholders have an annual nonbinding vote on their company's executive compensation plans. It also requires a nonbinding advisory vote if the company awards a new golden parachute package while simultaneously negotiating the purchase or sale of the company.
The 110th Congress is making progress for the American people on the toughest challenges we face. For too many years, these challenges have gone unaddressed.
Under Democratic leadership, the House will consider a budget that takes America in a new direction - a fiscally responsible budget with the right priorities for America.
On March 26, 2007, the House passed H.R. 580, Interim Appointment of U.S. Attorneys. 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.
The House passed five bills which spend taxpayer dollars wisely, change the way Congress and the federal government does business and shine a light on how government operates.
On March 23, 2007, the House passed the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act by a vote of 218 to 212. This bill will support our troops and veterans, hold the Bush Administration and Iraqi government accountable and bring our soldiers home by August 2008 or sooner.
During the week of March 5th, the House passed three key water quality bills. On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 569, Reauthorizing Sewer Overflow Control Grants. On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 700, Reauthorizing A Pilot Program for Increasing Usable Water Supply. And on Friday, the House passed H.R. 720, Reauthorizing the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.
On February 28, 2007, the he House passed the National Security FIRST Act, H.R. 556. The 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.
The House of Representatives passed the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) on March 1st. The Employee Free Choice Act will restore workers' rights by removing obstacles that prevent workers from choosing whether or not they want to form or join a union.