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CD094 A Damage-Free February

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 56


February Laws

H.R. 203: Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act


February Bills

S.1: Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

H.R. 596: To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

H.R. 50 and S. 189: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015

  • Forces the government to consult with the private sector when creating regulations.
  • Would be vetoed by the President
  • Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina in the House and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

H.R. 527: Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015

H.R. 644: Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2015

H.R. 636: America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015

H.R. 361: Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act

H.R. 623: 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

H.R. 212: Drinking Water Protection Act

  • Orders the EPA to make a plan to study algae in drinking water supplies
  • 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.

H.R. 615: 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

H.R. 1020: STEM Education Act of 2015

  • Changes definition of STEM education to include computer science
  • Creates one-year grants for math and science teachers to get master's degrees
  • Passed 412-8
  • Written by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas

H.R. 719: 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

H.R. 710: Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act

  • 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 cards
  • Appropriates no additional money
  • Passed without a recorded vote
  • Sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas

H.R. 734: Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act

  • Consolidates FCC reports into one assessment to be done every two years
  • Passed 411-0
  • Written by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana

S. 295: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015

  • 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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