The 114th Congress Passed 115 Bills…so let’s look at them

Bills Passed by the 114th Congress Jan 20015 – Jan 2016 and enacted into law.


For a rough idea of what actually happens in Washington, a simple decliningcongress balance perspective might help in evaluating the performance of Congress. The 114th Congress considered a total of 7,993 bills. Of these 6,732 were referred to committee, 418 were reported back from committee, 350 were agreed to with a simple resolution, 254 passed the House, 62 passed the Senate, and a total of 115 bills were approved and signed by the President. The 115 bills enacted into law represent one percent of what was considered during the term. 

Now let’s look at what the legislators spent their efforts on…the largest group, 28 bills, consisted of simply changing the name of something! Ok…so we collectively pay out about $125 Million in direct salaries to these ‘legislators’ for the few dozen bills that had real substance to them, while an even greater number are of questionable merit, while 99% were trashed. Ok, so how many laws did Congress repeal? Zero ! What was the ratio of bills passed that were designed to directly benefit a selected group vs bills benefiting all citizens? Twelve to one.
And some assert this is reasonable, that all we need are a few minor adjustments to the systems. Ok…please review the legislation listed below for your own detailed evaluation.


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H.R. 2: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26]
Introduced: Mar 24, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Apr 16, 2015

S. 799: Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY]
Introduced: Mar 19, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 25, 2015

H.R. 240: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
Introduced: Jan 9, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Mar 4, 2015

S. 1090: Emergency Information Improvement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
Introduced: Apr 27, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

S. 136: Gold Star Fathers Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
Introduced: Jan 8, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 7, 2015

S. 1170: Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
Introduced: Apr 30, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 11, 2015

S. 535: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
Introduced: Feb 23, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Apr 30, 2015

S. 139: Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
Introduced: Jan 8, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 7, 2015

S. 971: Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]
Introduced: Apr 16, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 30, 2015

H.R. 1321: Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ6]
Introduced: Mar 4, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 28, 2015

S. 501: New Mexico Navajo Water Settlement Technical Corrections Act

Sponsor: Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
Introduced: Feb 12, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 30, 2015

S. 808: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. John Thune [R-SD]
Introduced: Mar 19, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

H.R. 533: To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R-OK2]
Introduced: Jan 26, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 6, 2015

S. 1359: E-Warranty Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Deb Fischer [R-NE]
Introduced: May 14, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 24, 2015

S. 1177: Every Student Succeeds Act

Sponsor: Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
Introduced: Apr 30, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 10, 2015

S. 1124: WIOA Technical Amendments Act

Sponsor: Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
Introduced: Apr 28, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 22, 2015

H.R. 3236: Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
Introduced: Jul 28, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 31, 2015

H.R. 893: Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE1]
Introduced: Feb 11, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 6, 2015

S. 230: A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation located in Bethel, Alaska.

Sponsor: Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
Introduced: Jan 21, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 30, 2015

H.R. 3831: Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin Brady [R-TX8]
Introduced: Oct 26, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

S. 986: Albuquerque Indian School Land Transfer Act

Sponsor: Sen. Tom Udall [D-NM]
Introduced: Apr 16, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 16, 2015

S. 2425: Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act

Sponsor: Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH]
Introduced: Dec 18, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 28, 2015

S. 599: Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act

Sponsor: Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
Introduced: Feb 26, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 11, 2015

S. 1362: A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs).

Sponsor: Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
Introduced: May 18, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 5, 2015

H.R. 1527: Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8]
Introduced: Mar 23, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Apr 1, 2015

S. 984: Steve Gleason Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter [R-LA]
Introduced: Apr 16, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 30, 2015

H.R. 2029: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

Sponsor: Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA15]
Introduced: Apr 24, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

H.R. 2250: Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Graves [R-GA14]
Introduced: May 12, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 11, 2015

H.R. 2820: Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
Introduced: Jun 18, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

S. 2078: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
Introduced: Sep 24, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 16, 2015

H.R. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act

Sponsor: Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA11]
Introduced: Jan 6, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Feb 27, 2015

H.R. 1138: Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act

Sponsor: Rep. Michael “Mike” Simpson [R-ID2]
Introduced: Feb 26, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 7, 2015

S. 614: Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE]
Introduced: Feb 27, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

H.R. 3594: Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bishop [R-MI8]
Introduced: Sep 24, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

H.R. 23: National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19]
Introduced: Jan 6, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 30, 2015

S. 565: Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI]
Introduced: Feb 25, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 7, 2015

H.R. 720: Gerardo Hernandez Airport Security Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. John Katko [R-NY24]
Introduced: Feb 4, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 24, 2015

H.R. 91: Veterans Identification Card Act 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Vern Buchanan [R-FL16]
Introduced: Jan 6, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 20, 2015

H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5]
Introduced: Apr 28, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jun 2, 2015

H.R. 639: Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act

Sponsor: Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16]
Introduced: Feb 2, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 25, 2015

H.R. 3996: Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, Part II

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
Introduced: Nov 16, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 20, 2015

H.R. 3819: Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
Introduced: Oct 23, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 29, 2015

H.R. 2270: Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act

Sponsor: Rep. Denny Heck [D-WA10]
Introduced: May 12, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

H.R. 313: Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Lynch [D-MA8]
Introduced: Jan 13, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 5, 2015

H.R. 774: Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Madeleine Bordallo [D-GU0]
Introduced: Feb 5, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 5, 2015

H.R. 615: Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications

Sponsor: Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10]
Introduced: Jan 28, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 6, 2015

S. 665: Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
Introduced: Mar 4, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 19, 2015

H.R. 203: Clay Hunt SAV Act

Sponsor: Rep. Timothy Walz [D-MN1]
Introduced: Jan 7, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Feb 12, 2015

H.R. 2353: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
Introduced: May 15, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 29, 2015

H.R. 208: Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D-NY7]
Introduced: Jan 8, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 25, 2015

H.R. 3116: Quarterly Financial Report Reauthorization Act

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33]
Introduced: Jul 20, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 22, 2015

H.J.Res. 76: Appointing the day for the convening of the second session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
Introduced: Dec 15, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

H.J.Res. 78: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5]
Introduced: Dec 16, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 16, 2015

H.R. 1690: To designate the United States courthouse located at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the “Joseph F. Weis Jr. United States Courthouse”.

Sponsor: Rep. Michael “Mike” Doyle [D-PA14]
Introduced: Mar 26, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 29, 2015

H.J.Res. 10: Providing for the reappointment of David M. Rubenstein as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

Sponsor: Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX3]
Introduced: Jan 7, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Apr 7, 2015

S. 611: Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act

Sponsor: Sen. Roger Wicker [R-MS]
Introduced: Feb 27, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 11, 2015

H.R. 1213: Office of Compliance Administrative and Technical Corrections Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Candice Miller [R-MI10]
Introduced: Mar 3, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Mar 20, 2015

H.R. 876: NOTICE Act

Sponsor: Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX35]
Introduced: Feb 11, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 6, 2015

H.R. 2693: To designate the arboretum at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, as the “Phyllis E. Galanti Arboretum”.

Sponsor: Rep. David “Dave” Brat [R-VA7]
Introduced: Jun 9, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

S. 1356: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016

Sponsor: Sen. Ron Johnson [R-WI]
Introduced: May 14, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 25, 2015

S. 2162: Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]
Introduced: Oct 7, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 5, 2015

H.R. 1624: Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act

Sponsor: Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY2]
Introduced: Mar 25, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 7, 2015

H.R. 4246: National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen [D-TN9]
Introduced: Dec 15, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

S. 1300: Adoptive Family Relief Act

Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
Introduced: May 12, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 16, 2015

H.R. 2620: To amend the United States Cotton Futures Act to exclude certain cotton futures contracts from coverage under such Act.

Sponsor: Rep. David Scott [D-GA13]
Introduced: Jun 2, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 20, 2015

H.R. 1092: To designate the Federal building located at 2030 Southwest 145th Avenue in Miramar, Florida, as the “Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building”.

Sponsor: Rep. Frederica Wilson [D-FL24]
Introduced: Feb 25, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Apr 7, 2015

H.R. 2297: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Edward “Ed” Royce [R-CA39]
Introduced: May 13, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 18, 2015

H.R. 22: FAST Act

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13]
Introduced: Jan 6, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Dec 4, 2015

H.R. 623: DHS Social Media Improvement Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Brooks [R-IN5]
Introduced: Jan 30, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 5, 2015

H.R. 2051: Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11]
Introduced: Apr 28, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 30, 2015

H.R. 719: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016

Sponsor: Rep. John Katko [R-NY24]
Introduced: Feb 4, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 30, 2015

S. 1482: Need-Based Educational Aid Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]
Introduced: Jun 2, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 6, 2015

H.R. 606: Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act

Sponsor: Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN3]
Introduced: Jan 28, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 22, 2015

H.R. 1191: Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA11]
Introduced: Mar 2, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 22, 2015

H.R. 2252: To clarify the effective date of certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
Introduced: May 12, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 19, 2015

S. 802: Girls Count Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]
Introduced: Mar 19, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jun 12, 2015

S. 2036: Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter [R-LA]
Introduced: Sep 15, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 25, 2015

S. 261: A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 200 NW 4th Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as the William J. Holloway, Jr. United States Courthouse.

Sponsor: Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe [R-OK]
Introduced: Jan 27, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 7, 2015

H.R. 2617: An act to amend the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 to reduce a scheduled increase in the minimum wage applicable to American Samoa.

Sponsor: Rep. Aumua Amata [R-AS0]
Introduced: Jun 2, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 7, 2015

H.R. 3614: Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster [R-PA9]
Introduced: Sep 25, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 30, 2015

S. 2082: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]
Introduced: Sep 25, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Sep 30, 2015

H.R. 2496: Construction Authorization and Choice Improvement Act

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO6]
Introduced: May 21, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 22, 2015

H.R. 26: Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R-TX19]
Introduced: Jan 6, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jan 12, 2015

S. 178: Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

Sponsor: Sen. John Cornyn [R-TX]
Introduced: Jan 13, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: May 29, 2015

H.R. 212: Drinking Water Protection Act

Sponsor: Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5]
Introduced: Jan 8, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 7, 2015

H.R. 2131: To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the “J. Waties Waring Judicial Center”.

Sponsor: Rep. James “Jim” Clyburn [D-SC6]
Introduced: Apr 30, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 7, 2015

H.R. 1531: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act

Sponsor: Rep. Gerald Connolly [D-VA11]
Introduced: Mar 23, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 7, 2015

H.R. 2835: Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Martha McSally [R-AZ2]
Introduced: Jun 18, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 16, 2015

H.R. 1020: STEM Education Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
Introduced: Feb 20, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Oct 7, 2015

H.R. 2559: To designate the “PFC Milton A. Lee Medal of Honor Memorial Highway” in the State of Texas.

Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21]
Introduced: May 21, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 7, 2015

H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act

Sponsor: Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8]
Introduced: Apr 30, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jun 29, 2015

H.R. 2262: U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA23]
Introduced: May 12, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 25, 2015

H.R. 1314: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Patrick Meehan [R-PA7]
Introduced: Mar 4, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Nov 2, 2015

H.R. 1626: DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Will Hurd [R-TX23]
Introduced: Mar 25, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Aug 6, 2015

H.R. 2499: Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot [R-OH1]
Introduced: May 21, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jul 28, 2015

H.R. 1295: Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. George Holding [R-NC13]
Introduced: Mar 4, 2015
Enacted — Signed by the President: Jun 29, 2015

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