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A Flurry of Bills—How ‘Bout a Flurry of Your Votes?

Before the House went on its August recess last week, members of Congress introduced a flurry of bills.

Why would they throw a bunch of bills in the hopper the week before recess, even when they know that there’s little time to act before the upcoming election? Well, maybe it’s because of the upcoming election. Putting a bill in for a favored constituency is going to get their attention and probably their support. That’s a good thing to do when your name will be on the ballot soon. Nevermind that there isn’t enough time left in the session to do anything with that bill.

Or maybe they’re just getting done what they’ve meant to get done for a long while now.

For you, the citizen and voter, all this creates a problem: How are you supposed to sort through all the bills?! Well, we’re trying to help, so below we’ve listed many of the bills introduced in Congress late last week. And we’re giving you an easy chance to vote them up or down—just click on the “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” images to cast your vote.

Take a look. Click to vote. A new page or tab will open for that bill. Then you can return here and vote on the next one down the list! (If you want to glance at what the bill is about before you vote, click on the link.)

H.R. 5981
To increase the flexibility of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with respect to the amount of premiums charged for FHA single family housing mortgage insurance, and for other purposes
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H.R. 5982
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the expansion of certain information reporting requirements to corporations and to payments for property, to eliminate loopholes which encourage companies to move operations offshore, and for other purposes
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H.R. 5983
The Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act of 2010
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H.R. 5984
The CHEF Act
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H.R. 5985
To authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960
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H.R. 5986
The Neglected Infections of Impoverished Americans Act of 2010

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H.R. 5987
To ensure that seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who receive Social Security and certain other Federal benefits receive a one-time $250 payment in the event that no cost-of-living adjustment is payable in 2011

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H.R. 5988
The Cost Recovery and Fair Value for Services Act of 2010

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H.R. 5989
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to enhance the credit program for charter schools through green initiatives, and for other purposes

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H.R. 5990
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a business credit for investments in rural microbusinesses

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H.R. 5991
To establish small metalworking business financial assistance programs, and for other purposes

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H.R. 5992
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to eliminate the authority of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to deny or restrict the use of a defined area as a dredged or fill material disposal site, and for other purposes

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H.R. 5993
To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that beneficiaries of Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance receive financial counseling and disclosure information regarding life insurance payments, and for other purposes

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H.R. 5994
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to disallow deductions for the payment of punitive damages, and for other purposes

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H.R. 5995
The Closing Oil Spill Tax Loopholes Act of 2010

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H.R. 5996
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of veterans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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H.R. 5997
The Anti-Pork Act of 2010

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H.R. 5998
To repeal the enhanced compensation structure reporting requirement of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

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H.R. 5999
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to repeal the Office of Financial Research

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H.R. 6000
The Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Customers Act

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H.R. 6001
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the establishment of tax-free COBRA premium payment accounts, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6002
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide that the waiting period for disability insurance benefits shall not be applicable in the case of a disabled individual suffering from a terminal illness

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H.R. 6003
To provide for the establishment of the National Fab Lab Network to build out a network of community based, networked Fabrication Laboratories across the United States to foster a new generation with scientific and engineering skills and to provide a work force capable of producing world class individualized and traditional manufactured goods

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H.R. 6004
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to modify certain provisions concerning charter schools

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H.R. 6005
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for the temporary treatment of certain electronic health records as certified EHR technology for purposes of health information technology payment incentives under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs

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H.R. 6006
To affirm that waters of the Great Lakes Basin are impressed with a public trust and managed consistent with public trust principles and other standards to protect the navigational, conservation, and public interests in such waters, to provide for enforcement, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6007
To amend section 310 of the Trade Act of 1974 to strengthen provisions relating to the identification of United States trade expansion priorities

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H.R. 6008
To amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure telephonic notice of certain incidents, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6009
To amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to require the Secretary of Defense to provide expedited delivery of marked absentee ballots of absent overseas uniformed services voters to the appropriate election officials when such ballots are collected on or before the last Friday before the election, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6010
To prohibit the extrajudicial killing of United States citizens, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6011
To direct the Attorney General to design and implement a procedure to permit enhanced searches of the National DNA Index System

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H.R. 6012
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to review uptake and utilization of diabetes screening benefits and establish an outreach program with respect to such benefits, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6013
To amend title 38, United States Code, to increase plot allowances for certain veterans buried in Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries or State cemeteries and to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide a plot allowance for spouses and children of certain veterans who are buried in State cemeteries, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6015
To require the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce to publish certain economic data regarding territories and Freely Associated States, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6016
To provide for a GAO investigation and audit of the operations of the fund created by BP to compensate persons affected by the Gulf oil spill

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H.R. 6017
To amend the Public Health Service Act to ensure that the Federal Government has independent, peer-reviewed scientific data and information to assess short-term and long-term direct and indirect impacts on the health of oil spill clean-up workers and vulnerable residents resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6018
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to a country that denies or unreasonably delays accepting the country’s nationals upon the request of the Secretary of Homeland Security

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H.R. 6019
To amend title 18, United States Code, to extend the post-employment restrictions on certain executive and legislative branch officers and employees, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6020
To amend title 11 of the United States Code with respect the sale by the trustee of property that is subject to a lease

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H.R. 6021
To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to promote long-term, sustainable rebuilding and development in Haiti, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6022
To improve the Federal contracting process with respect to veterans, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6023
To deauthorize a portion of the project for navigation, Chicago Harbor, Illinois, under the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers

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H.R. 6024
To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to develop an effective sampling and testing program to test for E. coli in boneless beef manufacturing trimmings and other raw ground beef components, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6025
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow manufacturing businesses to establish tax-free manufacturing reinvestment accounts to assist them in providing for new equipment and facilities and workforce training

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H.R. 6026
To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to establish and maintain a single website accessible to the public that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of congressionally mandated reports

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H.R. 6027
To amend title 18, United States Code, to protect youth from exploitation by adults using the Internet, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6028
To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit treatment of the Gray wolf as an endangered species or threatened species

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H.R. 6029
To reauthorize and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6030
To protect the Nation’s law enforcement officers by banning the Five-seveN Pistol and 5.7 x 28mm SS190, SS192, SS195LF, SS196, and SS197 cartridges, testing handguns and ammunition for capability to penetrate body armor, and prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale, or purchase of such handguns or ammunition by civilians

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H.R. 6031
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny certain tax benefits to persons responsible for an oil spill if such person commits certain additional violations

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H.R. 6032
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize appointment of Doctors of Chiropractic to regular and reserve corps of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6033
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to consolidate education tax benefits into one credit against income tax for higher education expenses

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H.R. 6034
To amend title 36, United States Code, to designate the musical piece commonly known as “Taps” as the National Song of Remembrance, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6035
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an investment credit to promote the conversion of United States coal and domestic carbonaceous feedstocks into synthetic fuels and synthetic gas

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H.R. 6036
To improve foreign language instruction

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H.R. 6037
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for an exception to the prohibition against mailing tobacco products for products mailed to members of the Armed Forces serving in a combat zone

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H.R. 6038
To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to increase financial industry transparency, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6039
To establish the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway National Heritage Area, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6040
To establish the Maumee Valley National Heritage Area in Ohio and Indiana, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6041
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude income attributable to certain empowerment zone real property from gross income

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H.R. 6042
To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand burial benefits for certain homeless veterans

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H.R. 6043
To restrict participation in offshore oil and gas leasing by a person who engages in any activity for which sanctions may be imposed under section 5 of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, to require the lessee under an offshore oil and gas lease to discloses any participation by the lessee in certain energy-related joint ventures, investments, or partnerships located outside Iran, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6044
To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to prohibit the United States Agency for International Development from procuring manufactured articles to provide disaster relief assistance or emergency relief assistance in a foreign country unless the articles are manufactured in such foreign country or in certain circumstances in the United States or third countries

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H.R. 6045
To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan

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H.R. 6046
To require the GAO to evaluate the propriety of assistance provided to General Motors Corporation under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6047
To improve airport screening and security

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H.R. 6048
To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that certain tenants are able to return to affordable housing after a major disaster

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H.R. 6049
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with Kiowa County, Colorado, to restore the Murdock Building in Eads, Colorado, for use as the visitor center for the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

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H.R. 6050
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with the Koshare Indian Museum, to assist in the expansion of the Museum’s storage facility in La Junta, Colorado, to house the collection of Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and collections from other National Park Service units

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H.R. 6051
To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing any new lease that authorizes the production of oil or natural gas under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to a person that does not renegotiate existing leases held by the person to incorporate limitations on royalty relief based on market price that are equal to or less than price thresholds that apply to other leases under that Act, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6052
To require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to establish and maintain a website to track the expenditure of Government funds

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H.R. 6053
To amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to provide for timely consideration of claims submitted by States and political subdivisions for reimbursement of removal costs

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H.R. 6054
To amend title 38, United States Code, to increase and to provide for an annual adjustment of the amounts of assistance payable by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for veterans’ funeral and burial expenses

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H.R. 6055
To support and strengthen small businesses manufacturing in America, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6056
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain employee-funded pensions created before June 25, 1959, in the same manner as qualified trusts for purposes of unrelated debt-financed income derived from real property, and to increase the limitation on elective deferrals to such employee-funded pensions

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H.R. 6057
To amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to expand eligibility for Farm Service Agency loans

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H.R. 6058
To ensure that the housing assistance programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs are available to veterans and members of the Armed Forces who have service-connected injuries and to survivors and dependents of veterans and members of the Armed Forces

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H.R. 6059
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for deferred sentencing and the possibility of dismissal for drug offenders, and for other purposes (1 comment ยป)

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H.R. 6060
To support innovation and research in the United States textile and fiber products industry

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H.R. 6061
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform the system of public financing for Presidential elections, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6062
To identify and remove criminal aliens incarcerated in correctional facilities in the United States, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6063
To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the safety of elementary schools and secondary schools

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H.R. 6064
To provide certain rights to commuters who ride public transportation

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H.R. 6065
To provide that certain Secret Service employees may elect to transition to coverage under the District of Columbia Police and Fire Fighter Retirement and Disability System

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H.R. 6066
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide appropriate safeguards for applicants for disability insurance benefits and other benefits based on disability under such title against inappropriate offsets of such benefits against benefits otherwise provided under private disability insurance coverage

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H.R. 6067
To increase by $25 million the funding available for individual development accounts for each of fiscal years 2011 and 2012, and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the domestic production deduction for coal and other hard mineral fossil fuels

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H.R. 6068
To amend title 44, United States Code, to require each agency to include contact information for the agency in its collection of information

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H.R. 6069
To ensure adequate funding for foreclosure mitigation counseling activities of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation in connection with the Home Affordable Modification Program of the Secretary of the Treasury

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H.R. 6070
To amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6071
To withdraw normal trade relations treatment from the products of the People’s Republic of China, to provide for a balanced trade relationship between that country and the United States, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6072
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to clarify the application of EHR payment incentives in cases of multi-campus hospitals

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H.R. 6073
To award a congressional gold medal to Dr. Balazs “Ernie” Bodai in recognition of his many outstanding contributions to the Nation, including a tireless commitment to breast cancer research

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H.R. 6074
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to enhance quality under the Medicaid Program through nursing facility survey system improvements

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H.R. 6075
To amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to require payment of costs, fees, and expenses incurred by certain prevailing parties in proceedings under such Act from sums received as fines, penalties, and forfeitures, and for other purposes

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H.R. 6076
To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress posthumously to Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M., beloved Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York who passed away as the first recorded victim of the September 11, 2001, attacks in recognition of his example to the Nation of selfless dedication to duty and compassion for one’s fellow citizens

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H.R. 6077
To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to clarify policies regarding ownership of pore space

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H.R. 6078
To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide grants to local educational agencies to encourage girls and underrepresented minorities to pursue studies and careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology
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