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Sponsor: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

This bill, introduced nearly a year and a half ago, failed to get the two-thirds vote it needed to pass the House last week, in a 255-159 vote that fell largely along party lines. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named for a NYPD detective who died due to a respiratory disease he contracted at Ground Zero, would have established a program to provide medical monitoring and treatment benefits to those who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

8. Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act (H.R. 2267)

Not on list last week.

Sponsor: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act aims to give the Department of the Treasury the authority to license operators of Internet gambling sites, as well as to establish regulations surrounding Internet gambling.

9. Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act (H.R. 5175)

Not on list last week.

Sponsor: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

The DISCLOSE Act was introduced in response to the Supreme Court's January decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which held that, under the First Amendment, corporate funding of electioneering communications cannot be limited. The DISCLOSE Act seeks to require any radio or television political advertisement to include an audio statement saying what committee paid for the ad. It also seeks to prohibit recipients of TARP funds and holders of large government contracts from contributing to parties, candidates, or committees. Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' attempts to vote on the bill last week.

10. Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)

Previous ranking: 9

Sponsor: Rep. John Spratt (D-SC)

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which contains amendments to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (No. 1, above), was passed one week after the Patient Protection Act. Among the key changes that H.R. 4872 made are the closure of the Medicare "donut hole" and the lowering of the penalty for not having insurance.

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