Weekly Bill Round Up: May 31, 2012
Round Up: Week of May 28 - June 1
Here's the round up of the week, from our "Hill Sources."
- HR 3541 On Thursday, the House voted 246-168 on PRENDA, The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, a bill that could have led to fines or imprisonment of doctors who performed abortions solely based on the gender of the fetus. The bill was brought to the Floor under "suspension of House rules", a process that requires a two-thirds majority for a bill to pass. The procedure is normally reserved for noncontroversial bills.
House Republicans could decide to bring up the bill again under "normal" rules, which would require a simply majority, but there has been no indication that the bill will come up again. The Obama Administration, and most House Democrats, opposed the bill.
- HR 5740 Flood insurance: The House approved the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Extension Act, on Thursday. The bill extends the NFIP for another 60 days. The House voted on the Senate-approved bill, and House passage was expected to be followed by President Obama's signature.
The NFIP is the only provider of flood insurance, and failing to extend the program by the end of May was expected to significantly hurt home sales in flood regions of the country. A multi-year extension is expected to be approved in the coming 60 days.
- HR 5651 FDA: The House approved a bill reauthorizing and expanding a user-fee program at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The program already exists for some drugs and medical devices. Industry supports these fees because they help hire FDA inspectors who grant approvals. The bill would expand the program to include generic drugs and biosimilar drugs.
Passage of the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act (HR 5651) will likely set up negotiations with the Senate on a final bill, which approved a similar bill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Innovation Act (S 3187), earlier in May.
- Borders The House approved the Jaime Zapata Border Security Task Force Act (HR 915), and the Secure Border Act (HR 1299), on Wednesday.
Other bills approved by the House Wednesday and Thursday
- HR 5854 The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
- HR 5743 The Intelligence Authorization Act
- HR 4041 The Export Promotion Reform Act
- HR 4201 The Servicemember Family Protection Act
- HR 5512 The Divisional Realignment Act
- HR 3310 The Federal Communications Commission Consolidate Reporting Act
- HR 3670 requiring the Transportation Security Administration to comply with federal labor laws
- HR 2764 the WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act
- HR 3140 the Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act
Top Bills of the Week on POPVOX
Weigh in on the Top Bills of the Week
- HR 5846 #1 - Second Amendment Sovereignty Act
- S 1925 #2 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
- SRes 446 #3 - Expressing that the UN should not be allowed to exercise control over the Internet
- HR 3541 #4 - Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA)
- S 402 #5 - Cold War Service Medal Act
- HR 5735 #6 - A Tomb of Remembrance at Arlington for internment of the remains of service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq
- HR 2829 #7 - United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act
- HR 1591 #8 - Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act Act
- HR 1968 #9 - Cold War Service Medal Act
- HR 1299 #10 - Secure Border Act
- HR 459 #11 - Federal Reserve Transparency Act
- S 3205 #12 - Ex-Patriot Act
- HR 4170 #13 - Student Loan Forgiveness Act
- HR 3310 #14 - Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act
- HConRes 45 #15 - Honoring those serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn
- HR 2674 #16 - 340B Program Improvement Act
- Agenda 21 #17 - Agenda 21
- HR 1497 #18 - Transferring remains of service members buried in Tripoli, Libya
- HR 1978 #19 - Recovering Missing Children Act
- HR 5651 #20 - Food and Drug Administration Reform Act
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