PASSED: Fair Sentencing Act - Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act in August 2010, changing the 100-to-1 disparity between minimum sentences for crack and powder cocaine to 18 to 1. The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted this summer to make the reduced crack penalties retroactive, which means more than 12,000 current inmates are eligible to request reduced sentences. (Click Image To Read More)
PASSED: Self-Employment Assistance - Some laid-off workers have the skills, experience, and entrepreneurial ambition to launch a successful business, but they are locked into an inflexible system. If they stop looking for traditional work full-time, they will lose their unemployment benefits. Instead, SEA allows an entrepreneur with a viable business plan to receive those same unemployment benefits, as long as they are working full-time to get a new company off the ground.
EXECUTIVE ORDER: Stopped Deporting DREAMers - President Obama announced a new immigration policy today allows some undocumented youths to avoid deportation and receive work permits to remain in the United States.
PASSED: Veteran Skills to Jobs Act - The act is, in part, the culmination of a concerted effort by the nation’s largest organization of wartime veterans to seek proper civilian recognition of, and credit for, military vocational and professional training and experience in an effort to eliminate time-consuming, expensive and redundant training and procedures for veterans who gained on-duty experience while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
PASSED: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act - The bill gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unprecedented powers to regulate tobacco. Under the law, the FDA will be able to prohibit cigarette advertising, specifically those that target children, and ban flavored cigarettes and labels such as “low tar” and “light.”
PASSED: America Invents Act - The Senate approved the first major overhaul of the United States patent system in nearly 60 years, voting 89-9 on Thursday evening to send the America Invents Act to President Obama, who quickly praised it as "action we need".
PASSED: Credit Card Reform - The Senate voted on Tuesday to prohibit credit card companies from arbitrarily raising a person's interest rate and charging many of the exorbitant fees that have become customary - and crippling - to cash-strapped consumers.
PASSED: Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act - It is designed to cut waste, fraud and abuse due to improper payments by federal government agencies. Making our government more efficient and cost-effective has been a priority for the President since day one. Over the past eighteen months, the Obama Administration has taken many steps to curb wasteful spending and streamline government processes.