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CD081: The July Bills

In this episode, we look at the bills that passed the House of Representatives in July but haven’t yet become law. Topics include tax cuts, student loans, education, Hezbollah, and pesticides in our water.

H.R. 4718 Permanent Bonus Depreciation Tax Cut

The bills passed the House of Representatives on July 11 by a vote of 258-160. Only two Republicans voted against it:

The bill was written by Rep. Patrick Tiberi of Ohio's 12th district.


H.R. 4195 Federal Register Modernization Act

Passed the House of Representatives on July 14 by a vote of 386-0.

Written by Rep. Darrell Issa of southern California's 49th district


H.R. 4719 America Gives More Act of 2014

The bill passed the House of Representatives on July 17 by a vote of 277-130.

The bill was written by Rep. Tom Reed of New York's 23rd district


H.R. 4450 Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014

Passed the House of Representatives on July 22 by a vote of 347-57

Written by Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida's 12th district


H.R. 4411 Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014

The bill passed the House of Representatives on July 22 by a vote of 404-0.

Written by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina's 11th district


H.R. 3136 Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2014

The bill passed the House of Representatives on July 23 by a vote of 414-0.

Written by Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona's 5th district

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H.R. 4984 Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act

  • Mandates that schools make sure that students know and understand the terms and conditions of their Federal student loans every year by using either in-person counseling sessions or online.
  • Students must be told that Federal loans usually have better terms and conditions than private loans.
  • Students will get another counseling session to explain their loan status and the consequences of failing to re-pay it as they leave college.

The bill passed on July 24 by a vote of 405-11. All Democrats voted yes.

Written by Rep. Brett Guthrie of Kentucky's 2nd district


H.R. 3393 Student and Family Tax Simplification Act

Passed the House of Representatives on July 24 by a vote of 227-187

Written by Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee's 6th district


H.R. 4935 Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014

  • Increases the amount of money a family is allowed to make and still claim the child tax credit. Currently, married people can make $110,000; this bill would increase that to $150,000. Single people can make $55,000, which would increase to $75,000.
  • Increases the tax credit with inflation starting in 2015.

  • CBO Score: The bill would increase the deficit by about $115 billion over the next 10 years.

The bill passed on July 25 by a vote of 237-173

Written by Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas' 2nd district


H.R. 935 Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2014

  • Prohibits States from requiring permits to dump pesticides into oceans and rivers as long as the pesticide is legal to sell.

The bill passed on July 31 by a vote of 267-161. The bill failed to pass three days prior as an uncontroversial "suspension" bill. All Republicans voted yes.

Written by Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio's 7th district.

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