Top-Searched Legislation: Healthcare and Financial Regulation Reform Bills

Also this week, federal debt, student loans, postal worker retirement, and World War II internments.

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

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 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. This bill also includes a section that reforms the student loan system, including among its many provisions the elimination of the program via which federal student loans were administered through private institutions.

7. United States Postal Service's CSRS Obligation Modification Act of 2010

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 Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

When Rep. Lynch introduced this bill on July 16, he asserted that the U.S. Postal Service has paid a disproportionately large share into the Civil Service Retirement System compared to what its retired employees are receiving in benefits. This bill seeks to correct this discrepancy by changing the methodology by which retirement benefit costs for postal workers are allocated.

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

 Previous ranking: 9

 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.

9. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act (H.R. 42)

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 Sponsor: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)

Introduced in January 2009, at the start of the 111th session, this bill aims to establish a fact-finding commission to study the relocation, internment, and deportation of Latin Americans of Japanese descent during and after World War II. The bill states that approximately 2,300 people of Japanese descent from 13 Latin American countries were held in internment camps alongside Japanese-Americans between the years of 1941 and 1948. The commission's duties would include recommending "appropriate remedies" to the repercussions from this treatment.

10. 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 proposed spending measures 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.

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