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On the Floor
On July 19th, the House passed the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success Act, or SECTORS Act (H.R. 1855) to help address local skills shortages. The bill will help promote 'sector strategies', which drive industry growth and competitiveness by aligning training and education with actual local employers' needs.
On June 29, the House passed the Homebuyers Assistance and Improvement Act (H.R. 5623) to help homebuyers. For those who entered into a contract to buy a home by April 30, this legislation extends until October 1st the deadline for closing in order to be eligible for the first-time homebuyer tax credit. Under current law, these homebuyers were required to close by June 30 to receive the credit.
On June 29th, the House considered the Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (H.R. 5618) under suspension of the rules. The bill fell short of receiving the necessary votes (261-155) to pass with the two-thirds majority needed under suspension of the rules. The House passed the bill under rules on July 1st 270-153 to restore this economic lifeline. This emergency legislation will extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to millions of Americans families.
On December 11th, the House passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (HR 4173) and on June 30th, the House passed the Dodd-Frank Conference Report of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act by a vote of 237-192. On July 15th, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 60-39, which President Obama signed into law on July 21st.
On June 24th, the House passed the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175) to close some of the biggest election loopholes created by a recent court decision and help ensure that the voices of the American people are not drowned out by a corporate takeover of our elections. In the Citizens United case, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to unrestricted special interest campaign donations in American elections--even from entities controlled by foreign governments.
On June 23rd, the House passed legislation (H.R. 5481) to give subpoena power to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
On June 16th, the House passed the Government Efficiency, Effectiveness and Performance Improvement Act (H.R. 2142) by voice vote. It will give Congress new tools to reduce wasteful and ineffective government spending by requiring the heads of federal agencies to identify near-term and long-term high-priority goals for their agencies, and to make public quarterly assessments of progress toward achieving those goals.
The House passed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act (HR 5297) on June 17th by a vote of 241-182 and Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act (HR 5486) on June 15th by a vote of 247-170.
By a vote of 406-4, the House passed the bipartisan FHA Reform Act of 2010 (HR 5072) on June 10th to make essential reforms to strengthen the financial footing of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which insures mortgages to expand homeownership opportunities; to reduce federal spending and save taxpayers money; and to enhance its authority to go after fraudulent lenders.
On June 10th, the House passed legislation (S. 3473) to permit the Coast Guard to obtain one or more advances from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to underwrite federal response activities to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Under current law, the Coast Guard can only draw up to $100 million from the fund to finance emergency response efforts after an accident and that money is about to run out.