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May 4, 2014

Bills Passed in Congress, April 2014

The following are the bills the House and Senate passed last month. The bills were passed by voice vote except where indicated. Roll call votes for the House are found here, and for the Senate here. The descriptions of bills are essentially taken verbatim from the Congressional Record Daily Digest (Index).

SENATE 4 bills, 38 pages 

Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act: Senate passed S. 404, to preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, after agreeing to the committee amendment. 6 pages

Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act: By 59 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 101), Senate passed H.R. 3979, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended. 6 pages

Representatives to the United Nations: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 2195, to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States national security interests, and the bill was then passed, 4 pages

DATA Act: Senate passed S. 994, to expand the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to increase accountability and transparency in Federal spending, 22 pages

HOUSE 27 bills, 395 pages

Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014:  Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4152, to provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 34 nays, Roll No. 149; 4 pages 

United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions:  S. 2183, entitled “United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions'', by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 150; 8 pages

Weather Forecasting Improvement Act:  H.R. 2413, amended, to prioritize and redirect NOAA resources to a focused program of investment on near-term, affordable, and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to deliver substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes; 24 pages

Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014:  H.R. 4005, amended, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2015 and 2016; 82 pages

Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act:  S. 1557, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize support for graduate medical education programs in children's hospitals. 7 pages

Save American Workers Act of 2014: The House passed H.R. 2575, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours, by a recorded vote of 248 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 156. 4 pages  

Pro-Growth Budgeting Act: The House passed H.R. 1874, to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to provide for macroeconomic analysis of the impact of legislation, by a recorded vote of 224 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 164. 6 pages 

Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of 2014: The House passed H.R. 1872, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to increase transparency in Federal budgeting, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 165 noes, Roll No. 166. 26 pages

Naval Vessel Transfer and Arms Export Control Amendments Act: H.R. 3470, amended, to provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign countries; 24 pages

Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act: S. 404, to preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; 6 pages

Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014: H.R. 4323, to reauthorize programs authorized under the Debbie Smith Act of 2004. 4 pages 

Baseline Reform Act: The House passed H.R. 1871, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to reform the budget baseline, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 168. 8 pages 

Denying admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States national security interests:  The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 2195, to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States national security interests. 4 pages

Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014: S. 994, to expand the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to increase accountability and transparency in Federal spending; 22 pages 

Amending the Act entitled “An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia'' to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed:  H.R. 4192, amended, to amend the Act entitled “An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia'' to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 367 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 178; 4 pages

Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014:  H.R. 4194, amended, to provide for the elimination or modification of Federal reporting requirements; 28 pages

Directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky:  H.R. 298, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System; 6 pages

New Philadelphia, Illinois, Study Act:  H.R. 930, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the archeological site and surrounding land of the New Philadelphia town site in the State of Illinois; 6 pages

Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act:  H.R. 3110, amended, to allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska; 4 pages

North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act of 2014:  H.R. 4032, amended, to exempt from Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 certain water transfers by the North Texas Municipal Water District and the Greater Texoma Utility Authority; 4 pages

Amending the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date:  H.R. 4120, to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 384 yeas with none voting “nay'', Roll No. 179; 4 pages

Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument Preservation Act:  H.R. 1501, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument in Fort Greene Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, as a unit of the National Park System. 6 pages 

Gold Medal Technical Corrections Act of 2014: H.R. 4488, to make technical corrections to two bills enabling the presentation of congressional gold medals; 6 pages

National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act:  H.R. 627, amended, to provide for the issuance of coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 13 nays, Roll No. 183; 12 pages 

Restoring Proven Financing for American Employers Act:  H.R. 4167, amended, to amend section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, known as the Volcker Rule, to exclude certain debt securities of collateralized loan obligations from the prohibition against acquiring or retaining an ownership interest in a hedge fund or private equity fund. 6 pages

Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014:  The House passed H.R. 4414, to clarify the treatment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of health plans in which expatriates are the primary enrollees, by a yea-and-nay vote of 268 yeas to 150 nays, Roll No. 182. 12 pages

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015:  The House passed H.R. 4486, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, by a yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 187. 68 pages

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