(2010) HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations
Outcome: Concurrence Vote Passed (79/16)
- Amends "The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011" to extend the expiration date from December 3, 2010, to March 4, 2011 (Sec. 1).
- Prohibits pay adjustments for all federal non-military employees from January 1, 2011, until December 31, 2012 (Sec. 1).
- Extends the deadline by which eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries may apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay until March 4, 2011 (Sec. 1).
- Extends, until March 4, 2011, various programs relating to transportation and highways (Secs. 2101-2308).
(2010) HR 5281 DREAM Act
Outcome: Cloture Not Invoked (55/41)
- Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of an undocumented immigrant and grant him or her conditional nonimmigrant status for a period of 5 years if the following provisions are met (Secs. 6 & 7):
- The undocumented immigrant in question has been residing in the United States for 5 or more years and was younger than 16 years old when he or she initially entered the United States;
- The undocumented immigrant has been "a person of good moral character" since he or she initially entered the United States which includes, but is not limited to, having not been convicted of an offense punishable by more than 1 year of prison;
- The undocumented immigrant has either been admitted to an institute of higher learning or has earned a high school diploma or GED (General Education Development) certificate;
- The undocumented immigrant has "never been under a final administrative or judicial order of exclusion, deportation, or removal", unless:
- The undocumented immigrant has been able to lawfully remain in the United States after such an order was issued; or
- The undocumented immigrant received the order before he or she became 16 years old; and
- The undocumented immigrant is under the age of 30, as of the date of the bill's enactment.
- Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to charge a $525 surcharge per application for relief and requires the application for relief to be made within 1 year of the undocumented immigrant's date of graduation from high school (Sec. 6).
- Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to use biometric, biographic, and other data to conduct background checks on each applicant, and to determine whether any criminal or national security factor exists that would make the undocumented immigrant ineligible for relief (Sec. 6).
- Requires each applicant for relief to undergo a medical examination, arranged by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Sec. 6).
- Defines "conditional nonimmigrant" as an undocumented immigrant who may have an intention of permanently residing in the United States and is not required to have a foreign residence (Sec. 5).
- Authorizes a conditional nonimmigrant to (Sec. 7):
- Be employed in the United States; and
- Travel outside the United States for a period no longer than 180 days and be readmitted without having to obtain a visa.
- Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend conditional nonimmigrant status for 5 additional years if provisions, not limited to those listed below, are met (Sec. 7):
- The undocumented immigrant has demonstrated "good moral character" during the time he or she held conditional nonimmigrant status;
- The undocumented immigrant has either acquired a degree from an institution of higher learning in the United States or has completed at least 2 years in a program for a bachelor's degree or higher degree in the United States; and
- The undocumented immigrant has served in the Armed Forces for at least 2 years, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
- Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to terminate conditional nonimmigrant status if the Secretary determines that the undocumented immigrant has ceased to meet the requirements of the status, has become a public charge, or has received a dishonorable or other than honorable discharge from the Armed Forces (Sec. 7).
- Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to collect a surcharge of $2,000 per application for an extension of conditional nonimmigrant status (Sec. 7).
- Authorizes any conditional nonimmigrant to apply to have his or her immigration status changed to that of "lawfully admitted for permanent residence", and to be naturalized upon compliance with immigration laws (Sec. 8).
- Specifies that false statements provided in an application for relief under this bill are punishable by no more than 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine (Sec. 11).
- Prohibits the publication of information disclosed by individuals in application for relief under this bill, and fines any individual who uses, publishes, or permits such information to be examined no more than $10,000 (Sec. 12).
(2010) HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act
Outcome: Concurrence Vote Passed (65/31)
- Repeals the policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces, commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", which includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 2):
- That a member of the armed forces who has engaged in a homosexual act be terminated from the armed forces;
- That a member of the armed forces who has stated that he or she is a homosexual or a bisexual be terminated from the armed forces; and
- That a member of the armed forces who has married or attempted to marry a person of the same biological sex be terminated from the armed forces.
- Specifies that the Secretary of Defense has requested a comprehensive review assessing the potential impact of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (Sec. 2).
- Specifies that the repeal will become effective 60 days after the date on which the last of the following occurs (Sec. 2):
- Receipt by the Secretary of Defense of the results of the comprehensive review; and
- Transmittal of a written certification, signed by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the congressional defense committees stating that the recommendations posed by the review have been considered and that implementation of the repeal will be consistent with standards of military readiness.
- Specifies that existing policy will remain in effect until the aforementioned requirements are met (Sec. 2).
- Specifies that the repeal of this policy does not invalidate any portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, which states that marriage is between one man and one woman and that a spouse is someone of the opposite sex (Sec. 2).
- Specifies that nothing in the legislation should be construed to create grounds for a private lawsuit (Sec. 2).
(2010) S 3454 2010-2011 Defense Authorizations
Outcome: Cloture Not Invoked (56/43)
- Repeals, after military review and certification, a provision of existing law (commonly referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell") that requires that an individual be removed from the armed forces if one or more of the following findings is made (Sec. 591):
- That the member has engaged in (or attempted to engage in) a homosexual act, unless further findings show that the member has demonstrated that:
- Such conduct is a departure from his/her usual behavior;
- Such conduct is unlikely to recur;
- Such conduct was not accomplished by coercive means or intimidation;
- The member's continued presence is in the interests of "proper discipline, good order, and morale;" and
- The member does not have "a propensity or intent" to engage in homosexual acts;
- That the member has stated that he or she is homosexual or bisexual, unless a further finding shows that the member has demonstrated that he or she does not engage in, attempt to engage in, intend to engage in, or have a "propensity" to engage in homosexual acts; or
- That the member has married or attempted to marry a person known to be of the same biological sex.
- Prohibits the aforementioned repeal from taking place until 60 days after the military certification is complete, and specifies that the certification shall be considered complete when the last of the following events occurs (Sec. 591):
- The Secretary of Defense has received the report detailing the findings of the military review; and
- Written certification is provided to Congress by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that all of the following are true:
- The President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered the recommendations in the report;
- The Department of Defense has prepared necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by the repeal; and
- The implementation of policies and regulations associated with the repeal is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.
- Requires the Secretary of Defense to deploy no less than 6,000 National Guard personnel to assist in "securing" the border, including performing the following actions (Sec. 1041):
- Construction of fencing;
- Increasing ground-based mobile surveillance systems;
- Deployment of additional unmanned aerial systems and manned aircraft to maintain continuous surveillance of the border;
- Provision of capability for radio communications interoperability between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies;
- Construction of checkpoints along the border; and
- Conduct of mobile patrols and provision of assistance to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- Prohibits the Department of Defense from using funds during the one-year period beginning with the enactment of this bill to transfer a detainee from the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to any of the following countries (Sec. 1044):
- Saudi Arabia;
- Somalia; or
- Repeals a provision of existing law that prohibits medical treatment facilities or other facilities of the Department of Defense from being used to perform an abortion except in cases in which the mother's life is endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest (Sec. 713).
- Expands dependent coverage under TRICARE to include individuals under 26 years of age who are not eligible for a qualified employer-sponsored plan (Sec. 702).
- Authorizes the appropriation of $30.96 billion for the Defense Health Program for fiscal year 2010-2011 (Sec. 4401).
- Authorizes the appropriation of $3.42 billion for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles for fiscal year 2010-2011 (Sec. 4102).
- Authorizes the appropriation of $3.47 billion for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund for fiscal year 2010-2011 (Sec. 4102).
- Authorizes the appropriation of $71.2 million for the operation of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (Sec. 431).
- Extends the authority of the Commander's Emergency Response Program to last throughout fiscal year 2010-2011, and authorizes up to $900 million to be used for the program (Sec. 1211).
- Prohibits the obligation of more than $500 million for the Iraq Security Forces Fund until the Secretary of Defense certifies that the government of Iraq has demonstrated a commitment to the following (Sec. 1533):
- To "adequately" build the logistics and maintenance capacity of the Iraqi security forces;
- To develop the institutional capacity to manage such forces independently; and
- To develop a "culture of sustainment" for equipment provided or acquired with United States assistance.
- Allows the Secretary of Defense to carry out a program for research, development, and deployment of advanced technology ground vehicles, ground vehicle systems, and components within the Department of Defense (Sec. 214).
- Requires any contracts for additional commercial imaging satellite capability or capacity entered into by the Department of Defense beginning in 2011 to require that the imaging telescope has an aperture of no less than 1.5 meters (Sec. 142).
- Requires the President to establish the Commission on Military Environmental Exposures, to be made up of 9 members with backgrounds in environmental exposure analysis or environmental exposure assessments, health monitoring, environmental health, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, facility or installation management, biostatistics, public health, or "other relevant fields" to provide advice to the President and Congress on matters relating to exposures of Armed Forces members to environmental hazards on military installations, and specifies that the Commission shall issue a report including the following (Sec. 314):
- Recommendations for how the Federal Government should respond to the issue of exposures of current and former members of the Armed Forces and their dependents to environmental hazards on military installations;
- An analysis of the viability of the Federal Tort Claims Act as a remedy for dependents of current and former members of the Armed Forces potentially exposed to such environmental hazards;
- Recommendations for how to address health concerns of current and former members of the Armed Forces and their dependents in connection with possible exposure to such environmental hazards;
- An inventory of all military installations that are included on the National Priorities List developed by the President (42 U.S.C. 9605(a)(8)(B)), and an estimate of the extent of exposures to environmental hazards at such installations; and
- Recommendations for redress, including possible monetary compensation.
(2010) HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations
Outcome: Bill Passed (67/28)
- Appropriates $33.29 billion (including appropriation increases and rescissions) for the Department of Defense for military purposes, including, but not limited to, the following (Ch. 3):
- $24.59 billion for operation and maintenance;
- $4.95 billion for procurement; and
- $1.79 billion for military personnel.
- Appropriates $13.38 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs for compensation and pensions, and specifies that the funds may not be obligated or expended until the expiration of the period for Congressional disapproval of the regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a service connection between exposure of veterans to Agent Orange during service in the Republic of Vietnam during "the Vietnam era" and hairy cell leukemia, other chronic B cell leukemias, Parkinson's disease, and ischemic heart disease (Ch. 9, Sec. 902).
- Appropriates $6.18 billion for the Department of State, including, but not limited to, the following (Ch. 10):
- $3.17 billion for bilateral economic assistance;
- $1.41 billion for administration of foreign affairs;
- $1.13 billion for international security assistance; and
- $96.5 million for international organizations.
- Appropriates $5.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security for the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster relief (Ch. 6).
(2010) S Amdt 4204 Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable
Outcome: Amendment Rejected (18/80)
(2010) S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border
Outcome: Motion Rejected (51/46)
Summary: -Rescinds $250 million in unobligated amounts made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("stimulus bill") to offset the aforementioned appropriation for National Guard personnel deployment (Sec. 309).