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On the Floor
On July 28th, the House passed the FY 2011 Military Construction/VA Appropriations bill (H.R. 5822). This bill continues our commitment to our nation's veterans. Just as our military pledges to leave no one behind on the battlefield, since January 2007, the Democratic-led Congress has pledged to leave no veteran behind when they come home.
On July 28th, the House passed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Border Security (H.R. 5875) to increase security and reduce violence along the Southwest Border. Due to Mexican drug cartels, there has been a significant increase in violence, drug smuggling and weapons smuggling along the border. This bill provides a total of $701 million offset by $201 million in rescissions.
On July 28th, the House passed several bills that are part of our new 'Make it in America' initiative from House Democrats 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.
On July 28th, the House passed the Fair Sentencing Act (S. 1789) by voice vote to reduce the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine and increase criminal penalties for serious drug offenders.
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.
On July 27th, the House passed the Senate-passed version of the Supplemental Appropriations for FY 2010 (H.R. 4899).
By a vote of 272-152, the House passed the Senate amendments to the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (H.R. 4213) on July 22nd. The Senate passed this legislation on the evening of July 21st. This emergency legislation will extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to millions of Americans families, which Republicans have held up for more than 7 weeks causing an estimated 2.5 million families to lose their lifeline that they have earned through their work.
This week, the House will consider the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act (H.R. 4380), a miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) to help U.S. manufacturers compete at home and abroad by temporarily suspending or reducing duties on intermediate products or materials these companies use that are not made domestically or opposed by domestic producers.
On July 21st, the House passed two key research and development bills that have been written in response to what we have learned from the BP oil spill - the Oil Pollution Research and Development Program Reauthorization (H.R. 2693) and the Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development (H.R. 5716).
On July 21st, the House passed the Surface Transportation Savings Act (H.R. 5604) to rescind $107 million in unspent contract authority made available to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that the agencies cannot use in FY 2010. Eliminating excess funding that agencies cannot use is a common sense and practical step toward improving the nation's fiscal foundation.