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Newly Introduced Bills in Congress: Week of April 16

Congress returned from recess on April 16, and introduced a bunch of bills and resolutions -- so many that I didn't post them on the Bills Page. Here are a handful of the bills introduced this past week. We hope you'll weigh in on these bills and share the list with your friends and networks.

  • HR 4444 To reduce temporarily the rate of duty on parts of frames and mountings for spectacles, goggles, or the like.
  • HR 4421 To eliminate the separate income tax return form for the earned income credit, to require the information required by that form to be included on the appropriate income tax return forms, and to require the IRS to compute the earned income credit for taxpayers.
  • HR 4470 To require individual and group health insurance coverage and group health plans and Federal employees health benefit plans to provide coverage for routine HIV screening.
  • S Res 429 A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day.
  • S Res 431 A resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.
  • HR 4468 To extend the authority to make grants for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits.
  • HR 4469 To provide certain counties with the ability to receive television broadcast signals of their choice.
  • S Res 428 A resolution condemning the Government of Syria for crimes against humanity.
  • HR 4456 To suspend temporarily the duty on certain infants' products.
  • HR 4457 To require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to take certain actions to reduce excessive speculation in energy markets.
  • S Res 427 A resolution to prevent the creation of duplicative and overlapping Federal programs.
  • HR 4454 To require the approval by the head of an agency for any conference costing more than $25,000.
  • S 2318 To authorize the Secretary of State to pay a reward to combat transnational organized crime and for information concerning foreign nationals wanted by international criminal tribunals.
  • S 2319 To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to modernize the integrated public alert and warning system of the U.S.
  • S 2321 To provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to Tourette syndrome.
  • S 2327 To prohibit direct foreign assistance to the Government of Egypt until the President makes certain certifications related to treatment of nongovernmental organization workers.
  • S 2325 To authorize further assistance to Israel for the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.
  • S 2301 To help prevent the occurrence of cancer resulting from the use of ultraviolet tanning lamps by providing sufficient information to consumers regarding the health risks associated with the use of such devices.
  • S 2302 To extend the temporary suspension of duty on certain ski boots, cross country ski footwear, and snowboard boots.
  • S 2303 To require rulemaking by the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address considerations in evaluating the need for public and individual disaster assistance.
  • HR 4409 To provide for reforming and consolidating agencies of the Federal Government to improve efficiency and save money.
  • HR 4407 To amend the indemnification responsibilities applicable to the Secretary of Defense when Department of Defense property at military installations closed pursuant to a base closure law is conveyed to expand such indemnification responsibilities to include all military installations closed since October 24, 1988.
  • HR 4405 To impose sanctions on persons responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, and for other gross violations of human rights in the Russian Federation.
  • HRes 625 Honoring the members of the United States Armed Forces who served in Vietnam.
  • HR 4403 The Fiscal Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act (FRIFCA): To suspend the Davis-Bacon Act, through the end of fiscal year 2023.
  • HRes 627 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia should work within the framework of the United Nations process with Greece to achieve longstanding United States and United Nations policy goals of finding a mutually acceptable composite name, with a geographical qualifier and for all uses for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • HRes 628 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should preserve, enhance, and increase access to an open, global Internet.
  • HR 4404 To create a centralized website on reports issued by the Inspectors General.
  • HR 4401 To direct the Secretary of Defense to work with non-Federal entities and accept non-Federal funding under strict implementation guidelines to promote efficiencies of the space transportation infrastructure of the Department of Defense in commercial space activities.
  • HRes 629 Condemning violence by the Government of Syria against journalists, and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on freedom of the press in Syria.
  • HR 4391 To require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to take certain actions to reduce excessive speculation in energy markets.
  • HR 4390 To restrict institutions of higher education from using revenues derived from Federal educational assistance funds for advertising, marketing, or recruiting purposes. (Also S 2296.)
  • HR 4387 To allow for a reasonable compliance deadline for certain States subject to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. (Also S 2300.)
  • HR 4388 The Right to Habeas Corpus Act: To state that nothing in the Authorization for Use of Military Force or the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 shall be construed to deny the availability of the writ of habeas corpus for any person who is detained in the United States pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force in a court ordained or established by or under Article III of the Constitution.
  • HR 4394 The National Financial Literacy Act: To provide incentives to encourage financial institutions and small businesses to provide continuing financial education to customers, borrowers, and employees.
  • HR 4399 The Congressional Salary Reduction Act: To reduce the rates of pay of Members of Congress by 5 percent and eliminate future cost-of-living adjustments in such rates of pay.
  • SRes 424 A resolution condemning the mass atrocities committed by the Government of Syria and supporting the right of the people of Syria to be safe and to defend themselves.
  • HR 4395 To establish new procedures and requirements for the registration of cosmetic product manufacturing establishments, the submission of cosmetic product and ingredient statements, and the reporting of serious and unexpected cosmetic product adverse events.
  • HR 4398 The Racial Profiling Prevention Act: To provide grants to States in order to prevent racial profiling.
  • HR 4397 The Child Care Affordability Act: To allow a deduction for expenses paid for household and dependent care services necessary for gainful employment and to increase, and make refundable, the credit for such expenses.
  • S 2298 To improve the program of access to broadband telecommunications services in rural areas.
  • S 2297 To amend the Controlled Substances Act to make any substance containing hydrocodone a schedule II drug.
  • S 2299 The Servicemembers Rights Enforcement Improvement Act: To improve the provision of civil relief to members of the uniformed services and to improve the enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of such members.
  • S 2294 The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Fairness Act: To provide for continued conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, increase energy production from animal waste, improve transparency of Federal restoration efforts, and expand agricultural opportunities to participate in State voluntary water quality credit trading programs.
  • S 2293 The National Parent Helpline Act: To establish a national, toll-free telephone parent helpline to provide information and assistance to parents and caregivers of children to prevent child abuse and strengthen families.
  • HCR 116 Expressing the sense of the Congress that tax-exempt fraternal benefit societies have historically and continue to provide critical benefits to Americans and United States communities.
  • S 2295  The Patient Safety and Drug Labeling Improvement Act: To permit manufacturers of generic drugs to provide additional warnings with respect to such drugs in the same manner that the Food and Drug Administration allows brand names to do so. (Also, HR 4384.)
  • HR 4377 The Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act (RAPID Act): To provide for improved coordination of agency actions in the preparation and adoption of environmental documents for permitting determinations.
  • HR 4383 To streamline the application for permits to drill process and increase funds for energy project permit processing.
  • HR 4385 The RAISE Act: To amend the National Labor Relations Act to permit employers to pay higher wages to their employees.
  • HR 4379 The Woman's Opportunity to Raise Kids Act (WORK Act): To permit States to exempt single parents with children under 60 months of age from TANF participation rate requirements.
  • HR 4381 The Planning for American Energy Act: To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish goals for an all-of-the-above energy production plan strategy on a 4-year basis on all onshore Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service.
  • HR 4350 The Safe Skies Act: To ensure that certain flight, duty, and rest requirements apply to all-cargo air operations.
  • HR 4349 The Communities Committed to College Tax Credit Act: To allow a credit against income tax for contributions to a trust used to provide need-based college scholarships. (Also S 2287.)
  • HR 4363 The Federal Employee Phased Retirement Act: To allow Federal employees to continue their public service while partially retired.
  • HR 4364 The Recess Appointment Restoration Act: To specify further conditions under which payment for the services of a recess appointee may not be made from the Treasury.
  • HR 4365 To make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies.
  • HR 4367 To limit the fee disclosure requirement for an automatic teller machine to the screen of that machine.
  • HR 4372 To require the social security number of the student and the employer identification number of the educational institution for purposes of education tax credits, to permanently allow disclosure of return information to prison officials to prevent prisoners from filing false and fraudulent tax returns.
  • HRes 618 Expressing support for designation of 2012-2013 as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran” and recognizing the 60th anniversary of Korean War.
  • HR 4371 The Fairness for World War II and Korean War Spouses Act: To improve pensions for surviving spouses of World War II and Korean War veterans.
  • HR 4373 The Making Adoption Affordable ActTo make permanent the expansion of tax benefits for adoption enacted in 2001 and to permanently reinstate the expansion of tax benefits for adoption enacted in 2010.
  • HR 4374 To extend the increased limitation on the cover over of the tax on distilled spirits to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • HR 4375 The Small Business Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act: To provide a taxpayer bill of rights for small businesses. (Also S 2291.)
  • HR 4376 The Ending Tax Breaks for Discrimination Act: To deny all deductions for business expenses associated with the use of a club that discriminates on the basis of sex, race, or color.
  • S 2284 The Ending Tax Breaks for Discrimination Act: To amend the tax code to provide expensing for small businesses.
  • S 2289 The Better Pharmaceuticals and Devices for Children Act: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to pediatric provisions.
  • S 2292 The Promoting Accountability, Transparency, Innovation, Efficiency, and Timeliness at FDA Act (PATIENTS' FDA Act): To promote accountability, transparency, innovation, efficiency, and timeliness at the Food and Drug Administration for America’s patients.

Please keep in mind that highlighting a bill doesn't imply a POPVOX endorsement in any way. Rather, we're simply trying to offer one more way to stay informed of an overwhelmingly complex legislative system.

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