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CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 +The House passed new energy regulations mandating increased automobile mileage (paid for by $2.1 billion in new taxes), the production of 36 billion gallons of “biofuels” by 2022, and new energy efficiency standards on appliances, lights, and other consumer goods, while rejecting measures designed to allow an increase in the supplies of domestic oil and gas. ACU opposed this massive expansion of federal authority into the economy and so opposed this bill.
Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 +The House passed a major expansion of the State Children’s health Insurance Program (SCHIP), authorizing $86 billion over five years and increasing subsidies. The measure prohibited the Department of Health and Human Services from requiring that poor children be covered before other groups. The costs of the expansion were to be paid from increased tobacco taxes. ACU opposed this massive expansion of welfare programs.
Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 +The House passed a major expansion of the State Children’s health Insurance Program (SCHIP), authorizing $86 billion over five years and increasing subsidies. The measure prohibited the Department of Health and Human Services from requiring that poor children be covered before other groups. The costs of the expansion were to be paid from increased tobacco taxes. ACU opposed this massive expansion of welfare programs.
Congressional actions on the federal budget/110th Congress +The House defeated an amendment to the Interior Department Appropriations Bill that would have allowed the Interior Department to issue new leases for offshore natural gas development in areas at least 25 miles from the U.S. coast. ACU supported this amendment.

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Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2008 +The House defeated an amendment to the Homeland Security Bill that would have accelerated the construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. ACU supported this amendment.
Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008 +The House defeated an amendment to the State Department Appropriations Bill strengthening the “Mexico City” policy, which prohibits U.S. aid to international family planning organizations that perform or promote abortions. ACU supported this amendment., The House passed a year-end appropriations bill, known as the “Omnibus Appropriations Bill,” incorporating appropriations for 18 separate federal departments in a $474 billion package. The measure included major spending increases over and above increases requested by the Bush Administration. ACU opposes this kind of last-minute government spending.
Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008 +The House defeated an amendment to an appropriations bill designed to preserve workers’ rights to a secret-ballot election in union representation decisions. ACU supported this amendment., The House defeated an amendment to the Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill that would have withheld taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood. ACU supported this amendment.
District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007 +The House passed legislation increasing the size of the House of Representatives to 437, giving a seat to the District of Columbia and an additional seat to Utah. ACU opposed this bill.

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Employee Free Choice Act +The House defeated an amendment that would have preserved the right of workers to a secret-ballot in union representation decisions, rather than allowing use of the “card check” method. ACU supported this amendment.

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Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 +The House passed a bill increasing the federal minimum wage by $2.10 over two years, to $7.25 an hour, a 41 percent increase, after rejecting provisions that would have assisted small businesses in meeting its requirements. ACU opposed this bill.

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Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 +The House defeated a motion that would have allowed religious organizations providing services under the federal Head Start program to consider religion in their hiring practices. ACU favored this effort.

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Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 +The House passed a bill making violent crimes against an individual because of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, stand-alone hate crime offenses. ACU opposed this effort to criminalize thought.

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National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 +The House created a new federal welfare program to assist in the construction, rehabilitation and preservation of “affordable” housing for low-income families. The fund would be financed from existing federal housing and lending agency income. ACU opposed this new program

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Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007 +The House defeated an amendment that would have eliminated taxpayer funding of the 10 Amtrak long-distance routes that have lost the most passenger revenue. ACU favored this amendment to restrain wasteful spending.

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Science Appropriations Act, 2008 +The House defeated an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have prevented the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from suing employers who require their employees to speak English in the workplace. ACU favored this amendment.

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Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2007 +The House passed a one-year extension of a provision keeping 21 million middle-income taxpayers from being hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax designed to apply to millionaires. The measure included other tax increases to “pay for” the supposedly “lost” revenue. ACU favors complete repeal of the AMT, and so opposed this stop-gap measure.
Temporary Tax Relief Act of 2007 +The House passed a one-year extension of a provision keeping 21 million middle-income taxpayers from being hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax designed to apply to millionaires. The measure included other tax increases to “pay for” the supposedly “lost” revenue. ACU favors complete repeal of the AMT, and so opposed this stop-gap measure.

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U.S. House of Representatives record vote 1081, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House passed a one-year extension of a provision keeping 21 million middle-income taxpayers from being hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax designed to apply to millionaires. The measure included other tax increases to “pay for” the supposedly “lost” revenue. ACU favors complete repeal of the AMT, and so opposed this stop-gap measure.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 116, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House defeated an amendment that would have preserved the right of workers to a secret-ballot in union representation decisions, rather than allowing use of the “card check” method. ACU supported this amendment.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 1171, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House passed a year-end appropriations bill, known as the “Omnibus Appropriations Bill,” incorporating appropriations for 18 separate federal departments in a $474 billion package. The measure included major spending increases over and above increases requested by the Bush Administration. ACU opposes this kind of last-minute government spending.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 1177, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House passed new energy regulations mandating increased automobile mileage (paid for by $2.1 billion in new taxes), the production of 36 billion gallons of “biofuels” by 2022, and new energy efficiency standards on appliances, lights, and other consumer goods, while rejecting measures designed to allow an increase in the supplies of domestic oil and gas. ACU opposed this massive expansion of federal authority into the economy and so opposed this bill.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 18, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House passed a bill increasing the federal minimum wage by $2.10 over two years, to $7.25 an hour, a 41 percent increase, after rejecting provisions that would have assisted small businesses in meeting its requirements. ACU opposed this bill.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 196, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House defeated an amendment that would have eliminated taxpayer funding of the 10 Amtrak long-distance routes that have lost the most passenger revenue. ACU favored this amendment to restrain wasteful spending.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 20, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House passed a bill mandating federal funding of embryonic stem cells derived from surplus embryos at fertilization clinics. ACU opposed this bill.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 231, 110th Congress, Session 1 +The House passed legislation increasing the size of the House of Representatives to 437, giving a seat to the District of Columbia and an additional seat to Utah. ACU opposed this bill.
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