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On the Floor
On September 29th, the House passed the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (H.R. 2378) a key part of our 'Make It In America' initiative to increase American manufacturing and create new American jobs. The bipartisan bill gives the Administration effective tools to address the unfair trade practice of currency manipulation by foreign countries, including China.
The House will take up another bill as part of our 'Make it in America' initiative to increase American manufacturing and create new American jobs. When we Make It In America, we create jobs to lead the world economy. Our national manufacturing strategy creates the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future--promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and exports.
After months of Republican obstruction, the House passed a key to recovery for America's small businesses by a vote of 237-187 on September 23rd. The Senate amendments to the Small Business Jobs Act (H.R. 5297) will expand much needed lending to millions of small businesses and offer tax incentives to help small businesses grow, hire, and fuel our economy -- which is fully paid for over 10 years and will not add to the deficit.
On August 10th, the House passed the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act (HR 1586) the Senate passed on August 5th by a vote of 247-161. The bill saves and creates 319,000 jobs, including 161,000 teacher jobs, closes tax loopholes that encourage corporations to ship American jobs overseas and reduces the deficit. These funds are immediately needed--for example, most public schools in Georgia are opening this week. The sooner this bill becomes law, the sooner school districts can rehire teachers and stop planned layoffs. Failure to pass this bill would force states to lay off more workers, cut more services, and raise taxes more than they would otherwise to balance their budgets. These actions would further slow our economic recovery.
On July 30th, the House is considering the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act (H.R. 5851) to protect workers who put the people's interest first and report violations or practices that endanger the public to state and federal government authorities.
On July 30th, the House is considering the CLEAR Act (H.R. 3534)--legislation to effectively prevent and respond to oil spills and protect our coastal communities and waters
On July 29th, the House is considering the FY 2011 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill (H.R. 5850). This bill creates jobs and bolsters the economic recovery by making key investments in transportation and housing infrastructure. It also provides vital housing aid to millions of Americans, as the housing sector continues to struggle. In addition, the bill makes critical investments in FAA safety inspection systems and other efforts to make travel safer, easier and more efficient.
On July 29th, the House is considering the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847). This bill provides funding for a Health Program to monitor and treat responders and community residents for health conditions related to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. It also reopens the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 to provide monetary compensation for those physically injured by the 9/11 terrorist attacks or by response activities and debris removal. The costs of the bill are fully paid for.
On July 29th the House will consider the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act (H.R. 5900). This bill extends the authorization of the FAA through September 30, 2010 and contains key airline safety provisions, including requiring airline pilots to hold an Airline Pilot (ATP) certificate (with 1,500 minimum flight hours required; the current minimum is 250 flight hours). The legislation also calls for truth in advertising, mandating that websites selling airline tickets disclose to the purchaser the air carrier that operates each segment of the flight.
On July 28th, the House passed the Making Supplemental Appropriations for the Patent and Trademark Office (H.R. 5874) as part of our new 'Make It In America' initiative from House Democrats to strengthen American manufacturing and create new American jobs.