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August 13, 2007

New Public Laws

P.L. 110-53: Improving America's Security Act of 2007
To provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
Votes:
Senate Agreed to Conference Report 85-8
Senate Rejected Motion to Recommit 26-67
House Passed 371-40

House Passes Homeland Security Legislation
The House gave final approval today to a Democratic bill that implements recommendations of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, mandating tighter screening of air and sea cargo and shifting more federal security money to high-risk areas

House Quietly Moves to Reverse Disclosure of Intelligence Budget
Late Aug. 4, just one day after President Bush signed into law a requirement that the total intelligence budget be made public, the House passed a measure to block the disclosure.

P.L. 110-54: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide an exception to the 60-day limit on Medicare reciprocal billing arrangements between two physicians during the period in which one of the physicians is ordered to active duty as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces.
Votes:
House Passed 422-0
Senate by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-55: A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information and for other purposes.
Votes:
Senate Passed 60-28
House Passed 227-183

Related Bills, Votes:
H.R. 3356: To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain electronic surveillance
House suspension vote failed 218-207

S. 2011: A bill entitled "The Protect America Act of 2007".
Senate vote on passage failed 43-45

News Reports:

House Approves Wiretap Measure
The Democratic-controlled House last night approved legislation President Bush's intelligence advisers wrote to enhance their ability to intercept the electronic communications of foreigners without a court order.

Senate Votes To Expand Warrantless Surveillance
The Senate bowed to White House pressure last night and passed a Republican plan for overhauling the federal government's terrorist surveillance laws, approving changes that would temporarily give U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a court order.

White House Wins Standoff on FISA Fix
The House was prepared Saturday to take up a short-term Republican bill designed to fix an intelligence gap, delivering the White House and congressional Republicans a major victory on the top legislative priority before the August recess.

How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won
For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down. "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken retired vice admiral and Vietnam veteran, "that makes my blood pressure rise."

P.L. 110-56: To authorize additional funds for emergency repairs and reconstruction of the Interstate I-35 bridge located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that collapsed on August 1, 2007, to waive the $100,000,000 limitation on emergency relief funds for those emergency repairs and reconstruction, and for other purposes.
House Passed 421-0
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-57: To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 through December 15, 2007, and for other purposes.
House Passed by Voice Vote
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-69: 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007
To invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States.
House:
Motion to Instruct Conferees
Passed 258-167

Rule: Ordered 225-198; Passed 229-194

Recommit Conference Report with Instructions
Failed 199-227

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 367-57

Senate:
Passed by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-74: A bill to amend chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, to make individuals employed by the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission eligible to obtain Federal health insurance.
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

P.L. 110-78: A bill to waive application of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to a specific parcel of real property transferred by the United States to 2 Indian tribes in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes.
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

P.L. 110-79: A bill granting the consent and approval of Congress to an interstate forest fire protection compact
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

P.L. 110-80: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007
A bill to amend the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007, to strike a requirement relating to forage producers.
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

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