A summary of all the bills that passed at least one branch of
Congress in February, including six bills destined for a veto and
one new law.
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Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi died of brain cancer at age
Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
XL Pipeline Approval Act
H.R. 596: To
repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
H.R. 50 and
189: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of
- Forces the government to consult with the private sector when
Would be vetoed by the President
- Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina in the House
and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska.
Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015
- Would make creating regulations harder and make the government
analyze a regulations effect on businesses finances.
- Passed 260-163
in the House.
Would be vetoed by the President
- Written by Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio
Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015
America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015
Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act
Social Media Working Group Act of 2015
- Authorizes a group within the Department of Homeland Security,
made up of government officials and private sector employees, to
report on how to use social media during emergencies.
- Passed 328-51 in
the House, with most no votes coming from Republicans, along with
Democratic Rep. Jared Polis.
- Written by Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana
Drinking Water Protection Act
- Orders the EPA to make a plan to study algae in drinking water
- Passed with 37
Republicans voting no
- Written by Rep. Robert Latta of Ohio
H.R. 529: To
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans.
Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications
- Gives the Under Secretary of Management of the Department of
Homeland Security the job of making sure that DHS departments can
communicate with each other in emergencies.
- Written by Rep. Donald Payne of New Jersey
STEM Education Act of 2015
- Changes definition of STEM education to include computer
- Creates one-year grants for math and science teachers to get
- Passed 412-8
- Written by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas
TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015
- Changes the job classification standards of criminal
investigators in the TSA to make them tougher, which would
theoretically result in less people being paid the higher wages
associated with that title
- Passed 410-0
- Sponsored by Rep. John Katko of New York
Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential
- Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to review the
effectiveness of the transportation security card program, which
are biometric identification cards for maritime DHS workers.
- Prohibits the Secretary of Homeland Security from requiring the
use of security card readers until the assessment is finished and a
card reader is identified that will work with existing security
- Appropriates no additional money
- Passed without a recorded vote
- Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas
Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act
- Consolidates FCC reports into one assessment to be done every
- Passed 411-0
- Written by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana
S. 295: Amy
and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of
- Expands the definition of "full amount of the victim's losses"
to include medical services, rehabilitation, and loss of income for
the victim's lifetime.
- Passed 98-0
- Sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah
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