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Legislative Bulletins

H.R. 4851, the Continuing Extension Act

Summary On March 25, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Reid moved to proceed to H.R.4851, the Continuing Extension Act of 2010.  The legislation would extend unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility for unemployment health care benefits, including extending benefits retroactively so families will receive the benefits that were suspended when these programs expired earlier this month.  The…

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H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

Summary Together with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590), the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R.4872) will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance and will put middle class families ahead of private banks.  The Congressional Budget Office has determined that these two bills will reduce health care…

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S. 1451, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act

Background and Summary The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates nearly every aspect of the nation’s aviation industry, including manufacturing, safety, and licensing.  Recently, the FAA has faced challenges in keeping pace with the growing demands of air travel and overseeing the safety of the aviation industry.  These challenges show little sign of abating, because despite…

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S. Amdt. 3336, the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act

Amendment to H.R.4213 Summary While the economy is starting to growth and recover from the worst financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression, a real economic recovery is not possible without long-lasting, meaningful job creation.  That’s why Senate Democrats are committed to putting America back to work and strengthening our economy.  As a part…

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S. Amdt. 3310, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act

Amendment to H.R.2847 UPDATE H.R.2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act), enjoys strong bipartisan support and is expected to be taken up on the Senate Floor for final passage the week of March 15.  The Senate passed the original version of the HIRE Actby a 70 – 28 vote on February 24,…

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H.J. Res. 45, Increasing the Statutory Limit on the Public Debt

Update:  On January 20, 2010, Leader Reid filed S.A. 3299, an amendment in the nature of a substitute, that would increase the statutory debt limit to $14.294 trillion. The amount of money that the federal government is allowed to borrow is subject to a statutory limit.  H.J.Res.45 would increase this statutory debt limit from its…

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H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010

Summary H.R.3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010, would provide $636.3 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense (DoD), including $128.3 billion in funding for overseas contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The total is $3.8 billion below the President’s budget request and $1.0 billion above the Fiscal Year 2009…

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The Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3288: the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010

Summary The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R.3288) is an appropriations bill that contains six Fiscal Year 2010 appropriations bills.  If enacted, this bill would make $446.8 billion in fiscally-responsible investments that reflect the priorities of America’s families with funding for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Commerce, Justice, Science;Financial Services;Labor, Health and Education;Military Construction and Veterans…

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H.R. 3590, the legislative vehicle for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009

Summary The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and will create the transformation within the health care system necessary to contain costs.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fully paid for, will provide…

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S. 1407, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

Summary S.1407, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010, would provide $133.9 billion for military construction, military family housing, and veterans’ affairs programs for Fiscal Year 2010, including $76.7 billion in discretionary funding and $1.4 billion in funding for overseas contingency operations.  Total discretionary funding in the bill, including overseas…

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