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What You Told Congress in 2011 (TOP 50 BILLS ON POPVOX)

Some dominated the headlines, some never got a vote. The bills that moved people to contact Congress in 2011 span the gamut from jobs to taxes, internet policy and immigration.  

POPVOX compiled the top 50 bills that were important to you in 2011, along with a "where are they now." And check out the slide show featuring the Top Ten. 

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H.R. 3035 was pulled by its sponsor and is no longer being considered.

  • Bill #2H.R. 25: Fair Tax Act of 2011 - "To promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States."

H.R. 25 was the subject of a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. It did not receive a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 2306 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 3 passed the House on May 4, 2011 and is pending in the Senate.

H.R. 2 passed the House on January 19, 2011 and is pending in the Senate.

  • Bill #6H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) - "To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes."

H.R. 3261 is being considered in the House Judiciary Committee, mark-up is ongoing.

  • Bill #7S. 724: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 - "A bill to appropriate such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of the Armed Forces... receive pay and allowances (in the event of a government shutdown)"

S. 724 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 822 passed the House on Nov 16, 2011 and is pending in the Senate.

  • Bill #9S. 13: Fair Tax Act of 2011 - "A bill to promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States."

S. 13 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 589 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #11H.R. 96: Internet Freedom Act - "To prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from further regulating the Internet. "

H.R. 96 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 308 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #13S. 1176: American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 - to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption

S. 1176 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #14S. 1549: American Jobs Act of 2011 - "A bill to provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs."

S. 1549 was reported out of committee on Sep 14, 2011.

S. 1380 has not received a vote in either chamber.

S. 1108 was reported out of committee on Dec 15, 2011.

S. 968 was reported out of committee on May 26, 2011.

H.J.Res 17 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 21 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #20H.R. 1116: Respect for Marriage Act - "To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage."

H.R.1116 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #21S. 1403: IDEA Full Funding Act (Saving Lives by Lowering Tobacco Use Act) - "Assist states and outlying areas in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities. Saving Lives by Lowering Tobacco Use Act - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase excise taxes on cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, snuff, and chewing tobacco."

S. 1403 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 2560 passed the House on Jul 19, 2011 and is pending in the Senate.

  • Bill #23H.R. 1297: Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act of 2011 - "A bill to appropriate such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of the Armed Forces... receive pay and allowances (in the event of a government shutdown)"

H.R. 1297 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 1983 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 3630 passed the House Dec 13, 2011 and passed the Senate on Dec 17, 2011. 

It was signed into law by the President on Dec 23, 2011.

H.R. 223 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R 87 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 3012 passed the House on Nov 29, 2011 and is pending in the Senate.

  • Bill #29H.Res. 135: Holding Congress Accountable Act of 2011 - "Requiring the posting of information on the disbursements made during each session of Congress from the Members’ Representational Allowance on official public Internet sites of the House of Representatives"

H.Res 135 has not received a vote in the House.

S.J.Res 23 was reported out of committee on Jun 30, 2011.

  • Bill #31H.R. 153: Ensuring Affordable Energy Act - "To prohibit funding for the Environmental Protection Agency to be used to implement or enforce a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases"

H.R. 153 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.J.Res 16 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 601 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #34H.R. 2966: American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 - "to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption"

H.R. 2966 has not received a vote in either chamber.

 H.R. 1124 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 29 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R. 1174 has not received a vote in either chamber.

S. 1867 passed the House on Nov 15, 2011 and passed the Senate on Dec 1, 2011.  

It was signed into law by the President on Dec 19, 2011.

H.R. 2615 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #40H.R. 140: Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 - "To clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth."

H.R. 140 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.Con.Res. 34 passed the House on Apr 15, 2011 and is pending in the Senate.

  • Bill #42H.R. 12: American Jobs Act of 2011 - "To provide tax relief for American workers and businesses, to put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America, and to provide pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs."

H.R. 12 has not received a vote in either chamber.

  • Bill #43H.R. 358: Protect Life Act - "To modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "

H.R. 358 passed the house on Oct 13, 2011.

H.R. 43 has not received a vote in either chamber.

S. 679 passed the Senate on Jun 29, 2011 and is pending in the House.

H.R. 1351 has not received a vote in either chamber.

S. 1301 was reported out of committee on Oct 13, 2011.

H.Con.Res. 13 passed the House on Nov 1, 2011 and is pending in the Senate.

H.R. 2028 has not received a vote in either chamber.

H.R 1 passed the House on Feb 19, 2011.

 

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