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Budget resolution FY2009 +Adoption of the concurrent resolution to allow discretionary spending of up to $1 trillion in fiscal 2009, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $5.8 billion for hurricane recovery, while assuming a budget surplus in fiscal 2012 and 2013. It would call on the Ways and Means Committee to report two bills: one to reduce fiscal 2009 revenue by $70 billion, allowing for an AMT patch, offset over five years; and the other to reduce mandatory spending by $750 million over six years. Adopted 212-207. March 13, 2008. A yes vote is a +.

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Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 +Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill designating new park, wilderness and scenic areas and authorizing programs and activities in the Forest Service, the Departments of Interior and Energy, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Land Management. It would add 106,000 acres in Washington state to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to be known as the “Wild Sky Wilderness.” It would also apply federal immigration laws to the Northern Mariana Islands and give the commonwealth a nonvoting House delegate.
Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2008 +Passage of a bill to prohibit most retroactively increasing interest rates on existing balances on credit cards, issuing finance charges on balances for days not included in the most recent billing cycle, charging fees on outstanding balances created only from interest accrued in the previous billing period until the end of the current bill period. The measure also would require companies to send statements at least 25 days before payment is due and give at least 45 days notice before increasing rates

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Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 +Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill to extend Federal unemployment benefits 13 weeks for people who have exhausted their 26 weeks of compensation, plus an additional 13 weeks in states with high unemployment rates

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FY 2009 U.S. federal budget +Adoption of the concurrent resolution to allow discretionary spending of up to $1 trillion in fiscal 2009, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $5.8 billion for hurricane recovery, while assuming a budget surplus in fiscal 2012 and 2013. It would call on the Ways and Means Committee to report two bills: one to reduce fiscal 2009 revenue by $70 billion, allowing for an AMT patch, offset over five years; and the other to reduce mandatory spending by $750 million over six years. Adopted 212-207. March 13, 2008. A yes vote is a +., Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution -- Congressional Black Caucus Substitute: Kilpatrick (D-MI) substitute amendment that would achieve a budget surplus of $183 billion in fiscal 2012 by repealing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for households with incomes over $200,000 and by repealing certain corporate tax breaks, while increasing funds for health care, education and job training programs, and veteran benefits and services.
Farm Bill Extension Act of 2007 +Passage by required two-thirds majority, over President Bush's June 18, 2008 veto, of a bill to reauthorize Federal farm and nutrition programs for five years, including crop subsidies, food stamps, conservation, rural development, and agricultural trade programs. It would authorize a $10.4 billion increase for nutrition programs, offset by extending customs user fees. It would also cut direct payment subsidies by $313 million, partly by reducing the percentage of acres for which a farmer can collect those payments from 85 percent to 83.3 percent. Farmers making more than $750,000 a year in farm-related income and those with more than $500,000 a year in non-farm related income would not be eligible for subsidies. It would provide a $65,000 limit for counter-cyclical payments, authorize $1.3 billion to add new acreage in the Wetlands Reserve Program and reduce the Conservation Reserve Program to 32 million acres, and require country-of-origin labels for all meat by September 2008. It also would extend the Milk Income Loss Contract program through fiscal 2012 and provide a subsidy for the purchase of excess sugar in the U.S. market to make sugar-based ethanol.
Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008 +Passage of a bill to provide Federal and Congressional employees with pay for 4 of their 12 weeks of parental leave. Employees could also use accrued annual or sick leave for parental leave without being required to demonstrate a medical need for using their sick time for that purpose. The bill authorized the Office of Personnel Management to extend the parental leave period for up to eight weeks.

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Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (2008) +Passage of Miller (D-CA) motion to suspend the rule and allow a simple majority to pass a bill authorizing $51 million in fiscal 2008 for such national service programs as AmeriCorps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).

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H. Res. 1092 United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Rule). Roll Call 181. +Adoption of a resolution that would suspend “fast track” requirements for considering a bill (HR 5724), thus permitting amendments to the U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement.
HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2007 +King (R-IA) amendment that would allow substandard wages by barring the use of funds in the bill to pay for local “prevailing wage” requirements under the Davis-Bacon Act for public housing projects.

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Job Creation and Unemployment Relief Act of 2008 +Passage of a bill to appropriate $60.8 billion to extend unemployment benefits and provide additional fiscal 2009 funds for food assistance programs, infrastructure projects, energy development, public housing, state Medicaid plans and other programs, including $12.8 billion for highway infrastructure investment; $5 billion for grants for drinking water and sewer projects; $3 billion to modernize and repair schools; $3.6 billion for grants to expand public transportation; and $2.6 billion for food assistance for seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families.

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Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 +Passage of Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill to prevent a 10.6 percent cut in payments to physicians treating Medicare patients, scheduled for July 1; hold payments at current rates for 18 months; and provide a 1.1 percent increase in 2009. The bill would provide an additional $16.6 billion over 10 years for changes to Medicare beneficiary programs, with the costs partially offset by phasing out bonus payments to Medicare Advantage plans and by requiring private "fee for service" plans to form networks with health care providers, in order to slow growth of the plans
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2008 +Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI) motion agreeing to Senate amendments, with a House amendment to provide $162.5 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with $96.6 billion for fiscal 2008 and $65.9 billion for fiscal 2009. The bill did not include a timeframe for withdrawal., Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI) motion agreeing to Senate amendments, with a House amendment to appropriate $21.2 billion for domestic programs, military construction and foreign aid. It would provide $4.6 billion for military construction and $5.8 billion for levee building in Louisiana. The amendment would also permanently expand education benefits for post-Sept. 11 veterans, with the cost offset by a surtax on wealthy taxpayers. It would temporarily extend Federal unemployment benefits and place a moratorium, through March 2009, on seven Medicaid regulations proposed by the Administration.

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National Capital Security and Safety Act (2008) +Passage of a bill to repeal District of Columbia laws prohibiting firearms possession, including the possession of semiautomatic firearms. It would repeal the District's requirements that firearms be registered and that firearms be disassembled or secured with a trigger lock in the home. It would eliminate criminal penalties for possessing firearms in the home and allow the District's residents to purchase firearms in Maryland and Virginia.

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Paycheck Fairness Act +Passage of a bill to allow women who are paid less than their male counterparts to bring suits against their employers and receive compensation within 180 days of receiving the last discriminatory paycheck. Employers seeking to justify unequal pay would have to prove that disparities are job-related and required by a business necessity. Workers winning wage discrimination cases could collect compensatory damages, and punitive damages, if they can prove intentional discrimination. In effect, the bill would undo the Supreme Court Ledbetter decision

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Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 +Passage of a bill to extend and create several tax incentives for energy conservation and renewable-energy production, including a new tax credit for plug-in hybrid vehicles and an extension of expiring tax credits for wind and solar energy, and authorize $5.6 billion in tax credit bonds to finance renewable energy and energy conservation. The costs would be paid for by eliminating or reducing the tax deduction for oil and gas refining, and would change the way oil and gas companies calculate foreign oil and gas income.

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SCHIP Extension bill +Passage, over President Bush’s Dec. 12, 2007, veto, of a bill to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. The $60 billion cost over 5 years would be offset by raising the tax on cigarettes by 61 cents, to $1 per pack, and raising taxes on other tobacco products. Families earning up to three times the Federal poverty level would be eligible. It also would require the Social Security Administration to verify the citizenship of all applicants and require states to phase out coverage of childless adults by the end of 2008. The House was unable to override President Bush’s second veto, confounding Democrats’ plans to expand publicly funded health coverage to an additional 4 million low-income kids

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U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement +Adoption of a resolution that would suspend “fast track” requirements for considering a bill (HR 5724), thus permitting amendments to the U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 131, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Passage of Miller (D-CA) motion to suspend the rule and allow a simple majority to pass a bill authorizing $51 million in fiscal 2008 for such national service programs as AmeriCorps and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 137, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution -- Congressional Black Caucus Substitute: Kilpatrick (D-MI) substitute amendment that would achieve a budget surplus of $183 billion in fiscal 2012 by repealing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for households with incomes over $200,000 and by repealing certain corporate tax breaks, while increasing funds for health care, education and job training programs, and veteran benefits and services.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 141, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Adoption of the concurrent resolution to allow discretionary spending of up to $1 trillion in fiscal 2009, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $5.8 billion for hurricane recovery, while assuming a budget surplus in fiscal 2012 and 2013. It would call on the Ways and Means Committee to report two bills: one to reduce fiscal 2009 revenue by $70 billion, allowing for an AMT patch, offset over five years; and the other to reduce mandatory spending by $750 million over six years. Adopted 212-207. March 13, 2008. A yes vote is a +.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 15, 110th Congress, Session 2 +King (R-IA) amendment that would allow substandard wages by barring the use of funds in the bill to pay for local “prevailing wage” requirements under the Davis-Bacon Act for public housing projects.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 181, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Adoption of a resolution that would suspend “fast track” requirements for considering a bill (HR 5724), thus permitting amendments to the U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement.
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 22, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Passage, over President Bush’s Dec. 12, 2007, veto, of a bill to reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. The $60 billion cost over 5 years would be offset by raising the tax on cigarettes by 61 cents, to $1 per pack, and raising taxes on other tobacco products. Families earning up to three times the Federal poverty level would be eligible. It also would require the Social Security Administration to verify the citizenship of all applicants and require states to phase out coverage of childless adults by the end of 2008. The House was unable to override President Bush’s second veto, confounding Democrats’ plans to expand publicly funded health coverage to an additional 4 million low-income kids
U.S. House of Representatives record vote 226, 110th Congress, Session 2 +Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill designating new park, wilderness and scenic areas and authorizing programs and activities in the Forest Service, the Departments of Interior and Energy, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Land Management. It would add 106,000 acres in Washington state to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to be known as the “Wild Sky Wilderness.” It would also apply federal immigration laws to the Northern Mariana Islands and give the commonwealth a nonvoting House delegate.
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