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1. Where can I find information on the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Oil Spill, including the federal government’s response?

After the April 20, 2010 “Deepwater Horizon” oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, there have been several Congressional Hearings and over twenty relative pieces of legislation introduced in Congress.

Several pieces of legislation introduced in the United States House of Representatives include:

H.R.5222
“To suspend certain activities in the outer Continental Shelf until the date on which the joint investigation into the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico has been completed, and for other purposes”.  (5/7/2010)

H.R. 5241
“BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Inquiry Commission Act of 2010”.  (5/10/2010)

H.R. 5481
“To give subpoena power to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling”. (6/9/2010)

H.R. 5513
“Spilled Oil Royalty Collection Act”.  (6/10/2010)

 H.R. 5520
“Oil Spill Responsibility Act of 2010”.  (6/14/2010)

H.R. 5519
“Gulf Coast Jobs Preservation Act”.  (6/14/2010)

Related White House Website: www.whitehouse.gov/deepwater-bp-oil-spill.
Related Congressional Research Service Report: R41262.
Related Energy and Commerce Congressional Hearings: May 12, 2010; June 7, 2010; June 12, 2010; June 17, 2010.

2. What is the current status of H.R. 5618, "Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010"?

On June 28, 2010 Representative Jim McDermott introduced H.R. H.R.5618 the "Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010".

On July 1, 2010 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 423 with: 270 AYES 153 NOES 10 Not Voting.

3. What is the current status of H.R. 4872, "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010"?

On March 17, 2010 Representative John M. Spratt introduced H.R. 4872 "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 ".

On March 25, 2010 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 194 with:
220 YEAs    207 NAYs    3 Not Voting .

H.R. 4872 was signed into law by the President of the United States on March 30, 2010 and became Public Law 111-152.

4. What is the status of H.R. 3590, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"?

On September 17, December 24, 2009 Representative Charles Rangel introduced H.R. 3590 "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act".

On October 8, 2009 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 768 with:
416 YEAs    0 NAYs    16 Not Voting.

On December 24, 2009 the Senate passed this Bill in Senate Roll Call Vote Number 396 with:
60 YEAs    39 NAYs    1 Not Voting.

On March 21, 2010 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 165 with:
219 AYES    212 NOES.

H.R. 3590 was signed into law by the President of the United States on March 23, 2010 and became Public Law 111-148.


Related House Legislation:  H.R. 4872


5. What is the current status of H.R. 4173, "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009"?

On December 2, 2009 Representative Barney Frank introduced H.R. 4173 the "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009".

On December 11, 2009 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 968 with:
223 AYES  202 NOES  9 Not Voting.

On May 24, 2010 the Senate passed this Bill in Senate Roll Call Vote Number 164 with:
87 YEAs  4 NAYs  9 Not Voting.

On July 15, 2010 the Senate passed the Conference Report in Senate Roll Call Vote Number 208 with:
60 YEAs  39 NAYs.

This legislation was presented to the President of the United States on July 15, 2010.

6. What is the current status of H.R. 4213, "American Workers, State, and Business Act of 2010", commonly known as the "Tax Extenders Act of 2009"?

On December 7, 2009 Representative Charles B. Rangel introduced H.R. 4213 the "American Workers, State, and Business Act of 2010", commonly known as the "Tax Extenders Act of 2009".

On December 9, 2009 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 943 with:
241 AYES  181 NOES  12 Not Voting.

On March 10, 2010 the Senate passed this Bill in Senate Roll Call Vote Number 48 with:
62 YEAs  36 NAYs  2 Not Voting.

On July 21, 2010 the Senate passed this Bill in Senate Roll Call Vote Number 215 with:
59 YEAs  39 NAYs  2 Not Voting.

On July 22, 2010 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote 463 with:
272 YEAs 152 NAYs  9 Not Voting.

7. What is the status of H.R. 2847, commonly known as the "Jobs Bill "?

On June 12, 2009 Representative Alan Mollohan introduced H.R. 2847 "Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes".

On June 18, 2009 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 408 with:
259 YEAs    157 NAYs    17 Not Voting.

On November 5, 2009 the Senate passed this Bill in Senate Roll Call Vote Number 340 with:
71 YEAs    28 NAYs    1 Not Voting. 

On December 16, 2009 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 991 with:
217 AYEs    212 NOES    6 Not Voting.

On February 24, 2010 the Senate passed this Bill in  Senate Roll Call Vote Number 25 with:
70 YEAs    28 NAYs    2 Not Voting.

On March 4, 2010 the House passed this Bill in House Roll Call Vote Number 90 with:
217 YEAs    201 NAYs    14 Not Voting.

On March 17, 2010 H.R. 2847 was presented to the President of the United States.

On March 18, 2010 the President of the United States signed the respective Bill, which became Public Law 111-147.

8. Where may I obtain information on the Budget?

The Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2010 is available on the Government Printing Office  website.

9. What is the status of H.R. 3962, "Affordable Health Care for America Act"?

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, the House passed  H.R. 3962, "to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes," commonly known as "Affordable Health Care for America Act."

This bill passed the House with: 220 AYES and 215 NOES, in Roll Call 887.

This bill, H.R. 3962, was introduced on October 29, 2009 by Representative John Dingell and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, the Budget, Rules, Natural Resources and the Judiciary.

Related House Legislation: H.Res. 903, H.R. 2920, H.R. 3200, H.R. 3961.

Related Senate Legislation:
S. 1679, S. 1796.

10. What is the status of H.R. 3200, "America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009"?

H.R. 3200 , "To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes," commonly known as "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009," was introduced on July 14, 2009 by Representative John Dingell.

This bill, H.R. 3200, was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Oversight and Government Reform, and the Budget.

According to an August 4, 2009 Congressional Research Service report entitled, Public Health, Workforce, and Quality Provisions in the House Health Reform Legislation (H.R. 3200), "the legislation was jointly developed by the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor, which share jurisdiction over the federal health statutes."

Related House Legislation:
H.R. 3962

Related Senate Legislation:
S. 1679, S. 1796.

Senate Finance Committee version:
America's Healthy Future Act of 2009.

Senate Finance Committee web resources related to: "America's Healthy Future Act of 2009".

Related Congressional Research Service Report: R40745.

Department of Health and Human Services related website:
HealthReform.gov.

11. What is the current status of the “Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009”?

In the final Congressional vote, on May 20, 2009, the House Passed H.R. 627 with:
 279 YEAs, 147 NAYs, 7 Not Voting.

On May 19, 2009, H.R. 627 passed the Senate with: 90 YEAs, 5 NAYs, 4 Not Voting.

Thursday, April 30, 2009, the House passed H.R. 627 a bill entitled:"To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open end consumer credit plan, and for other purposes," commonly known as the "Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009".

This Bill passed the House with: 357 YEAs, 70 NAYs, 7 Not Voting.

This Bill was presented to the President of the United States and signed into Public Law 111-24 on May 22, 2009.

Section 3 of this Legislation took effect on February 22, 2010.  

12. What is the current status of H.R. 1106, “Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009”?

H.R. 1106 "Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009," commonly known as the Homeowner Rescue Bill, passed in the House on March 5, 2009.

This bill passed the House with: 234 YEAs, 191 NAYs, 7 Not Voting.  Currently this bill is referred to the Senate.

13. What is the current status of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”?

Friday, February 13, 2009, the House and Senate passed H.R. 1 the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," commonly known as the Economic Stimulus Package.

This bill passed the House with: 246 YEAs, 183 NAYs, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting, and passed the Senate with: 60 YEAs, 38 NAYs, 1 Not Voting.

This bill was presented to the President of the United States on February 16, 2009 and was signed into Public Law 111-5 on February 17, 2009.

To view a spending time line and  track updates visit the recovery.gov website.

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