Healthcare Reform, Unemployment Extension Among Most Searched Bills

Unemployment extension, air transport, and financial overhaul also popular.

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6. Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R. 4899)

Previous ranking: 6

Sponsor: Rep.. David Obey (D-WI)

Also known as the "Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010," this bill includes a host of proposed spending for a variety of purposes, including $5.1 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster-related audits and investigations and $37 billion to support the war effort in Iraq. The Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law by President Obama on July 29.

7. Securing Knowledge, Innovation, and Leadership Act of 2010 (H.R. 5658)

Not on list last week

Sponsor: Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ)

The only bill on the top 10 list sponsored by a Republican, the "SKIL" Act aims to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to promote the migration of people with particular professional skills to the United States. Provisions include raising the cap on the number of H-1B visas granted and easing immigration requirements for people with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering.

8. Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act of 2009 (H.R. 3534)

Previous ranking: 8

Sponsor: Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV)

The CLEAR Act was introduced as a response to the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and aims to increase accountability in the management of mineral and energy resources. The bill, which passed the House on July 30, would establish new Interior Department agencies to enforce safety and environmental standards around energy production, as well as to regulate the leasing of federal lands to be used in energy production. The bill also specifically addresses contributing factors to the BP blowout and aims to establish regular inspections of oil wells on the Continental Shelf and to require oil company CEOs to certify annually that their drilling operations are safe. [See photos of the Gulf oil spill.]

9. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1)

Not on list last week

Sponsor: Rep. David Obey (D-WI)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is the economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama in February 2009. The $787 billion in provisions are going toward investing in healthcare and education, as well as numerous infrastructure projects, like improving public transportation and broadband access. To help maintain transparency in the implementation of the act, the federal government has set up Recovery.gov, a website that allows users to track where and on which projects stimulus money is being spent.

10. Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297)

Previous ranking: 10

Sponsor: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act includes provisions to establish a $30 billion fund to increase loan availability to small businesses, as well as an initiative to help fund states' lending programs. This bill passed the House in June and is currently waiting for Senate action.

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