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Senate Holds Up House-Passed Bills—Is That Good or Bad?

Is the Senate is moving too slow? Literally hundreds of House-passed are held up there. Or maybe the House moves too fast.

What do you think?

Below we’ve listed many of the bills that have passed the House and that await action in the Senate. Look them over. Cast your votes. Decide for yourself whether the Senate should get a move on, or whether the Senate should sit on them.

So you can make yourself heard, we’ve also produced a check-list that you can customize and send to your senators in four easy steps:

1) Download the check-list and a sample letter. [Word format]

2) Look up the addresses for your senators here, and customize your letter.

3) Check off which bills you think should pass and which shouldn’t.

4) Make a copy for your records and mail off your lists to your two senators.

You can research what the bills are about and learn their costs by clicking on the links below.

We’ll report back at the end of the Congress which bills passed and which didn’t, so you can see how your senators did.

H.R. 36, Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2009
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H.R. 46, Family Self-Sufficiency Act of 2009
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H.R. 86, To eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide management consistency by incorporating the rocks and small islands along the coast of Orange County, California, into the California Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County’s rocks and small islands, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 118, To authorize the addition of 100 acres to Morristown National Historical Park.
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H.R. 129, To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California.
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H.R. 151, Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act of 2009
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H.R. 174, To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region.
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H.R. 310, HALE Scouts Act
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H.R. 320, CJ’s Home Protection Act of 2009
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H.R. 324, Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area Act
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H.R. 325, Avra/Black Wash Reclamation and Riparian Restoration Project
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H.R. 326, Cocopah Lands Act
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H.R. 388, Crane Conservation Act of 2009
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H.R. 409, To provide for the conveyance of certain Bureau of Land Management land in the State of Nevada to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 411, Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2009
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H.R. 415, Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2010
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H.R. 445, Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 2009
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H.R. 448, Elder Abuse Victims Act of 2009
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H.R. 466, Wounded Veteran Job Security Act
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H.R. 469, Produced Water Utilization Act of 2009
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H.R. 509, Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2009
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H.R. 548, Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2009
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H.R. 549, National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009
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H.R. 601, Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act
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H.R. 603, Utah National Guard Readiness Act
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H.R. 628, To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges.
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H.R. 631, Water Use Efficiency and Conservation Research Act
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H.R. 637, South Orange County Recycled Water Enhancement Act
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H.R. 729, Phylicia’s Law
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H.R. 738, Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2009
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H.R. 748, CAMPUS Safety Act of 2009
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H.R. 749, To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of the candidate.
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H.R. 762, To validate final patent number 27-2005-0081, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 780, Student Internet Safety Act of 2009
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H.R. 844, Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Amendments of 2009
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H.R. 905, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve Boundary Modification Act
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H.R. 908, Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program Reauthorization of 2009
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H.R. 940, To provide for the conveyance of National Forest System land in the State of Louisiana.
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H.R. 957, Green Energy Education Act of 2009
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H.R. 965, Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization Act
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H.R. 1002, Pisgah National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2009
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H.R. 1029, Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2009
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H.R. 1043, Deafy Glade Land Exchange Act
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H.R. 1044, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial Enhancement Act of 2009
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H.R. 1061, Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act
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H.R. 1088, Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009
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H.R. 1089, Veterans Employment Rights Realignment Act of 2009
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H.R. 1107, To enact certain laws relating to public contracts as title 41, United States Code, “Public Contracts”.
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H.R. 1110, PHONE Act of 2009
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H.R. 1120, Central Texas Water Recycling Act of 2009
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H.R. 1129, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide an annual grant to facilitate an iron working training program for Native Americans.
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H.R. 1148, To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a program in the maritime environment for the mobile biometric identification of suspected individuals, including terrorists, to enhance border security.
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H.R. 1168, Veterans Retraining Act of 2009
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H.R. 1170, To amend chapter 21 of title 38, United States Code, to establish a grant program to encourage the development of new assistive technologies for specially adapted housing.
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H.R. 1171, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
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H.R. 1172, To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include on the Internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs a list of organizations that provide scholarships to veterans and their survivors.
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H.R. 1219, Lake Hodges Surface Water Improvement and Reclamation Act of 2009
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H.R. 1253, Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Clarification Act of 2009
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H.R. 1258, Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010
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H.R. 1259, Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2009
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H.R. 1280, To modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior.
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H.R. 1287, Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center Partnership Act
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H.R. 1293, Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009
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H.R. 1320, Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2010
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H.R. 1323, Reducing Information Control Designations Act
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H.R. 1333, To amend chapter 40 of title 18, United States Code, to exempt the transportation, shipment, receipt, or importation of explosive materials for delivery to a federally recognized Indian tribe or an agency of such a tribe from various Federal criminal prohibitions relating to explosives.
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H.R. 1345, District of Columbia Hatch Act Reform Act of 2009
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H.R. 1376, Waco Mammoth National Monument Establishment Act of 2009
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H.R. 1393, Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Resources Conservation and Improvement Act of 2009
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H.R. 1429, Stop AIDS in Prison Act of 2009
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H.R. 1469, Child Protection Improvements Act of 2010
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H.R. 1471, To expand the boundary of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in the State of Georgia, to redesignate the unit as a National Historical Park, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 1511, Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2009
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H.R. 1514, Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program Reauthorization Act of 2010
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H.R. 1554, Fountainhead Property Land Transfer Act
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H.R. 1593, To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
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H.R. 1617, Department of Homeland Security Component Privacy Officer Act of 2009
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H.R. 1622, To provide for a program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles.
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H.R. 1641, Cascadia Marine Trail Study Act
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H.R. 1662, Anthony DeJuan Boatwright Act
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H.R. 1672, Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative Reauthorization Act of 2009
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H.R. 1674, National Consumer Cooperative Bank Act Amendments of 2009
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H.R. 1679, House Reservists Pay Adjustment Act of 2009
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H.R. 1694, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act
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H.R. 1727, Managing Arson Through Criminal History (MATCH) Act of 2009
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H.R. 1746, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Act of 2009
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H.R. 1747, Great Lakes Icebreaker Replacement Act
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H.R. 1769, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act
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H.R. 1771, Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2009
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H.R. 1796, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
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H.R. 1803, Veterans Business Center Act of 2009
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H.R. 1807, Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act
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H.R. 1824, Best Buddies Empowerment for People with Intellectual Disabilities Act of 2009
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H.R. 1834, Native American Business Development Enhancement Act of 2009
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H.R. 1838, To amend the Small Business Act to modify certain provisions relating to women’s business centers, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 1839, To amend the Small Business Act to improve SCORE, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 1842, Expanding Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
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H.R. 1845, Small Business Development Centers Modernization Act of 2009
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H.R. 1854, To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 to modify an environmental infrastructure project for Big Bear Lake, California.
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H.R. 1855, SECTORS Act of 2010
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H.R. 1858, To provide for a boundary adjustment and land conveyances involving Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado, to correct the effects of an erroneous land survey that resulted in approximately 7 acres of the Crystal Lakes Subdivision, Ninth Filing, encroaching on National Forest System land, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 1875, End the Trade Deficit Act
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H.R. 1879, National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010
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H.R. 1945, Tule River Tribe Water Development Act
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H.R. 2034, Rural Homeowners Protection Act of 2009
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H.R. 2062, Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act of 2009
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H.R. 2092, Kingman and Heritage Islands Act of 2009
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H.R. 2134, Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act of 2009
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H.R. 2182, Enhanced Oversight of State and Local Economic Recovery Act
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H.R. 2247, Congressional Review Act Improvement Act
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H.R. 2265, Magna Water District Water Reuse and Groundwater Recharge Act of 2009
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H.R. 2278, To direct the President to transmit to Congress a report on anti-American incitement to violence in the Middle East, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 2288, Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Improvement Act of 2010
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H.R. 2330, Camp Hale Study Act
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H.R. 2340, Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act
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H.R. 2430, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to continue stocking fish in certain lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
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H.R. 2510, Absentee Ballot Track, Receive, and Confirm Act
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H.R. 2522, To raise the ceiling on the Federal share of the cost of the Calleguas Municipal Water District Recycling Project, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 2529, Neighborhood Preservation Act
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H.R. 2611, To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Securing the Cities Initiative of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 2623, To amend the Federal securities laws to clarify and expand the definition of certain persons under those laws.
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H.R. 2646, Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2010
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H.R. 2651, Maritime Workforce Development Act
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H.R. 2661, Court Security Enhancement Act of 2009
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H.R. 2664, Promoting Transparency in Financial Reporting Act of 2009
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H.R. 2693, Oil Pollution Research and Development Program Reauthorization Act of 2010
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H.R. 2728, William Orton Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act
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H.R. 2741, To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the City of Hermiston, Oregon, water recycling and reuse project, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 2770, Veterans Nonprofit Research and Education Corporations Enhancement Act of 2009
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H.R. 2780, Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2010
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H.R. 2781, To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Molalla River in Oregon, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 2806, To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to adjust the boundary of the Stephen Mather Wilderness and the North Cascades National Park in order to allow the rebuilding of a road outside of the floodplain while ensuring that there is no net loss of acreage to the Park or the Wilderness, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 2843, Architect of the Capitol Appointment Act of 2010
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H.R. 2864, To amend the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 to authorize funds to acquire hydrographic data and provide hydrographic services specific to the Arctic for safe navigation, delineating the United States extended continental shelf, and the monitoring and description of coastal changes.
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H.R. 2873, Enhanced S.E.C. Enforcement Authority Act
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H.R. 2947, Securities Law Technical Corrections Act of 2009
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H.R. 2950, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District.
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H.R. 3014, Small Business Health Information Technology Financing Act
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H.R. 3029, A bill to establish a research, development, and technology demonstration program to improve the efficiency of gas turbines used in combined cycle and simple cycle power generation systems.
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H.R. 3040, Senior Financial Empowerment Act of 2010
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H.R. 3113, Upper Elk River Wild and Scenic Study Act
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H.R. 3123, To direct the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to remedy problems caused by a collapsed drainage tunnel in Leadville, Colorado, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 3137, To amend title 39, United States Code, to provide clarification relating to the authority of the United States Postal Service to accept donations as an additional source of funding for commemorative plaques.
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H.R. 3139, National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2009
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H.R. 3146, 21st Century FHA Housing Act of 2009
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H.R. 3155, Caregiver Assistance and Resource Enhancement Act
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H.R. 3175, To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey to Miami-Dade County certain federally owned land in Florida, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 3179, SIG TARP Small Business Awareness Act of 2009
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H.R. 3224, To authorize the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution to plan, design, and construct a vehicle maintenance building at the vehicle maintenance branch of the Smithsonian Institution located in Suitland, Maryland, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 3237, To enact certain laws relating to national and commercial space programs as title 51, United States Code, “National and Commercial Space Programs”.
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H.R. 3254, Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act
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H.R. 3330, Improved Oversight by Financial Inspectors General Act of 2009
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H.R. 3388, Petersburg National Battlefield Boundary Modification Act
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H.R. 3476, To reauthorize the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Citizen Advisory Commission.
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H.R. 3506, Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act
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H.R. 3527, FHA Multifamily Loan Limit Adjustment Act of 2009
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H.R. 3537, Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
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H.R. 3542, State Admission Day Recognition Act of 2009
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H.R. 3553, Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act of 2010
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H.R. 3603, To rename the Ocmulgee National Monument.
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H.R. 3671, Upper Mississippi River Basin Protection Act
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H.R. 3689, To provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. to establish a Vietnam Veterans Memorial visitor center, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 3737, Small Business Microlending Expansion Act of 2009
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H.R. 3738, Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009
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H.R. 3743, Small Business Disaster Readiness and Reform Act of 2009
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H.R. 3759, BLM Contract Extension Act
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H.R. 3763, To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide for an exclusion from Red Flag Guidelines for certain businesses.
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H.R. 3808, Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2009
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H.R. 3885, Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act
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H.R. 3913, To direct the Mayor of the District of Columbia to establish a District of Columbia National Guard Educational Assistance Program to encourage the enlistment and retention of persons in the District of Columbia National Guard by providing financial assistance to enable members of the National Guard of the District of Columbia to attend undergraduate, vocational, or technical courses.
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H.R. 3923, Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District Land Exchange Act
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H.R. 3940, To amend Public Law 96-597 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to extend grants and other assistance to facilitate political status public education programs for the peoples of the non-self-governing territories of the United States.
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H.R. 3954, Florida National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2010
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H.R. 3963, Criminal Investigative Training Restoration Act
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H.R. 3967, To amend the National Great Black Americans Commemoration Act of 2004 to authorize appropriations through fiscal year 2015.
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H.R. 3976, Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010
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H.R. 3978, First Responder Anti-Terrorism Training Resources Act
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H.R. 3989, Heart Mountain Relocation Center Study Act of 2010
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H.R. 4003, Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act
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H.R. 4098, Secure Federal File Sharing Act
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H.R. 4178, Deposit Restricted Qualified Tuition Programs Act of 2010
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H.R. 4194, Law Student Clinic Participation Act of 2009
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H.R. 4252, Inland Empire Perchlorate Ground Water Plume Assessment Act of 2010
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H.R. 4395, To revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 4438, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2010
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H.R. 4445, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act
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H.R. 4451, Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act
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H.R. 4505, To enable State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces.
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H.R. 4506, Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2010
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H.R. 4592, Energy Jobs for Veterans Act
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H.R. 4614, Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010
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H.R. 4658, Benton MacKaye Cherokee National Forest Land Consolidation Act of 2010
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H.R. 4686, Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act
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H.R. 4748, Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy Act of 2010
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H.R. 4773, Fort Pulaski National Monument Lease Authorization Act
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H.R. 4783, To accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Chile, and to extend the period from which such contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti may be accelerated.
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H.R. 4786, To provide authority to compensate Federal employees for the 2-day period in which authority to make expenditures from the Highway Trust Fund lapsed, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 4810, End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010
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H.R. 4825, To direct unused appropriations for Members’ Representational Allowances to be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction or to reduce the Federal debt.
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H.R. 4973, National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Improvement Act of 2010
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H.R. 5017, Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010
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H.R. 5143, National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010
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H.R. 5145, Assuring Quality Care for Veterans Act
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H.R. 5156, Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2010
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H.R. 5266, National Commission on Children and Disasters Reauthorization Act of 2010
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H.R. 5281, Removal Clarification Act of 2010
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H.R. 5320, Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010
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H.R. 5414, To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 5486, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for small business job creation, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 5532, International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010
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H.R. 5545, To deauthorize a portion of the project for navigation, Potomac River, Washington Channel, District of Columbia, under the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers.
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H.R. 5551, To require the Secretary of the Treasury to make a certification when making purchases under the Small Business Lending Fund Program.
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H.R. 5604, Surface Transportation Savings Act of 2010
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H.R. 5609, To amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to prohibit any person from performing lobbying activities on behalf of a client which is determined by the Secretary of State to be a State sponsor of terrorism.
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H.R. 5662, Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe Act of 2010
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H.R. 5669, To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain Federally owned land located in Story County, Iowa.
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H.R. 5681, To improve certain administrative operations of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 5682, To improve the operation of certain facilities and programs of the House of Representatives, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 5716, Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act
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H.R. 5730, Surface Transportation Earmark Rescission, Savings, and Accountability Act
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H.R. 5751, Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act
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H.R. 5810, Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2010
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H.R. 5825, Multi-State Disaster Relief Act
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H.R. 5827, Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010
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H.R. 5851, Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010
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H.R. 5901, Real Estate Jobs and Investment Act of 2010

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[...] Senate Holds Up House-Passed Bills—Is That Good or Bad? [...]

jdonhorton

I just review you list of bill the House has passed but not the senate. How about S663 “The Belated Thank you to Merchant Marines of WW II”? Have we forgotten those that gave so that we could remain the land of the free?

Jim Harper

S. 663 is a Senate bill, not a House bill that awaits Senate action, so it does not fit on this list.

James Wilson

Thanks for compiling. No Senator should vote for a bill he hasn’t read, and Senators can’t possibly have to time all of this.

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pete kurkimilis Z-268841-d1

Sen Akaka has sat on bill s663 long enough…I’m sorry to see him treat these merchant seamen unsung heroes as 2nd class citizen..What a tragedy…Has he no shame or conscience??? ……….

pete kurkimilis Z-268841-d1

Sen Akaka has sat on bill s663 long enough…why is he treating WW 11 merchant seaman as second class citizens..shame on him….I defended my country in the merchant marine during WW 11 and am proud of my service as a 16 year old who turned into a man over night…God bless the ship mates that I lost serving our nation..truly the unsung heroes whose place in history has been denied by Se. Akaka……

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