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115th Congress January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019  
P.L. 115-253 Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018 (S.2946) Amends title 18, United States Code, to clarify the meaning of the terms "act of war" and "blocked asset," and for other purposes
P.L. 115-239 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (H.R.4318) Amends the harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and amends the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 to extend through April 22, 2026
P.L. 115-230 Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act (H.R. 5729) Restricts the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program
P.L. 115-226 KIWI Act (S. 2245) Makes New Zealand nationals eligible to enter the United States as nonimmigrant traders and investors
P.L. 115-141 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625) This bill expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of State's rewards program is a powerful tool in combating sophisticated international crime and that the State Department and federal law enforcement should work in concert to offer rewards that target human traffickers who prey on the most vulnerable people around the world
P.L. 115-135 Taiwan Travel Act (H.R. 535) Expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. government should encourage visits between U.S. and Taiwanese officials at all levels
P.L. 115-125 Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act (H.R. 4708) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize in the Department of Homeland Security a program to be known as the Blue Campaign, the purpose of which shall be to unify and coordinate DHS efforts to address human trafficking
P.L. 115-124 Continuing Appropriations Amendment Act, 2018 (H.R. 1301) This bill amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 to: (1) compensate employees furloughed as a result of any lapse in appropriations which began on or about February 9, 2018; and (2) ratify and approve certain obligations incurred in anticipation of the appropriations and authority provided by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018
P.L. 115-123 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) This title provides FY 2018 appropriations to the Department of Homeland Security
P.L. 115-120 Making Further Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2018, and for Other Purposes (H.R. 195) This division amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 to provide continuing FY 2018 appropriations to federal agencies through February 8, 2018 (January 19, 2018, under current law)
P.L. 115-114 Connected Government Act (H.R. 2331) This bill requires a federal agency that creates or redesigns a website intended for use by the public to ensure that the website is mobile friendly
P.L. 115-113 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 (H.R. 2228) This bill directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to report on Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs mental health practices and services that could be adopted by law enforcement agencies
P.L. 115-112 INTERDICT Act (H.R. 2142)  This bill requires the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to: (1) increase the number of chemical screening devices available to CBP officers to interdict fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States, including such substances imported through the mail or by an express consignment operator or carrier; and (2) dedicate the appropriate number of CBP personnel, including scientists, to interpret data collected by such devices during all operational hours
P.L. 115-99 Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act (S. 1536) This bill directs the Department of Transportation (DOT) to designate an official to: (1) coordinate human trafficking prevention efforts across DOT modal administrations and with other federal agencies, and (2) take into account the unique challenges of combating human trafficking within different transportation modes
P.L. 115-96 An Act to Amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to Require the Secretary of Homeland Security to Issue Department of Homeland Security-wide Guidance and Develop Training Programs as Part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign and for Other Purposes (H.R. 1370) Adds provisions to the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018
P.L. 115-90 Making Further Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018, and for Other Purposes (H.J. Res. 123) This division amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 to extend the expiration date of the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution (CR) from December 8, 2017, to December 22, 2017
P.L. 115-81 Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act of 2017 (S. 1617) This bill designates the checkpoint of the U.S. Border Patrol located on U.S. Highway 77 North in Sarita, Texas, as the "Javier Vega, Jr. Border Patrol Checkpoint."
P.L. 115-79 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017 (S. 504) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to issue an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card to an individual who: (1) is a U.S. citizen, (2) has been approved and is in good standing in an existing Department of Homeland Security international trusted traveler program, and (3) is engaged in business in the Asia-Pacific region or is a U.S. government official engaged in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation business
P.L. 115-56 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 (H.R. 601) It is known as a continuing resolution and prevents a government shutdown that would otherwise occur when FY 2018 begins on October 1, 2017, if the twelve FY 2017 regular appropriations bills that fund the federal government have not been enacted
P.L. 115-43 Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (H.R. 1238) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security to carry out a program to coordinate DHS efforts related to defending the food, agriculture, and veterinary systems of the United States against terrorism and other high-consequence events that pose a high risk to homeland security
P.L. 115-40 Follow the Rules Act (H.R. 657) This bill extends the prohibition against a person taking, failing to take, or threatening to take or fail to take a personnel action against any employee or applicant for employment for refusing to obey an order that would require the individual to violate a law to personnel actions against such an individual for refusing to obey an order that would violate a rule or regulation
P.L. 115-38 DHS SAVE Act (H.R. 366) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for overseeing and managing vehicle fleets throughout DHS
P.L. 115-31 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244) This bill provides FY 2017 appropriations for most federal agencies for the remainder of FY 2017
P.L. 115-30 Making Further Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017, and for Other Purposes (H.J. Res. 99) This joint resolution amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2017 to provide continuing FY 2017 appropriations for most federal agencies through the earlier of May 5, 2017, or the enactment of the applicable appropriations legislation
114th Congress January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017  
P.L. 114-267 Northern Border Security Review Act (S.1808) To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a Northern Border threat analysis
P.L. 114-254 Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R.2028) Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016
P.L. 114-250 To Amend Title 5, United States Code, to Expand Law Enforcement Availability Pay to Employees of CBP's Air and Marine Operations (H.R.4902) To Amend Title 5, United States Code, to Expand Law Enforcement Availability Pay to Employees of CBP's Air and Marine Operations
P.L.114-223 Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R.5325) Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017
P.L. 114-225

To designate the CBP Port of Entry located at 1400 Lower Island Road in Tornillo, Texas, as the "Marcelino Serna Port of Entry (H.R.5252)

To designate the United States Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry located at 1400 Lower Island Road in Tornillo, Texas, as the "Marcelino Serna Port of Entry"
P.L. 114-180 Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act of 2015 (H.R.2137) To ensure Federal law enforcement officers remain able to ensure their own safety, and the safety of their families, during a covered furlough
P.L. 114-154 Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (S.32)

To provide the Department of Justice with additional tools to target extraterritorial drug trafficking activity,

P.L. 114-151 Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R.1493) To protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural or other disasters
P.L. 114-125 Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R.644) To reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities
P.L. 114-113 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (H.R.2029) Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016
P.L. 114-100 Making Further Continuing Appropriations for FY 2016 (H.J.Res.78) Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016 through December 22, 2015.
P.L. 114-96 Further Continuing Appropriations for FY 2016 (H.R.2250) Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016 through December 16, 2015.
P.L. 114-92 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2016 (S.1356) To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel
strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes
P.L. 114-80 DHS Social Media Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R.623) To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish a social media working group
P.L. 114-68 Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015 (H.R.2835) To actively recruit members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection officers
P.L. 114-53 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 (H.R.719) Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016 through December 11, 2015.
P.L. 114-43 DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015 (H.R.1626) To reduce duplication of information technology at the Department of Homeland Security
P.L. 114-29 DHS Interoperable Communications Act (H.R.615) To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to achieve and maintain interoperable
communications capabilities among the components of the Department of Homeland Security
P.L. 114-27 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (H.R.1295) To extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes
P.L. 114-16 To designate the CBP Port of Entry located at First Street and Pan American Avenue in Douglas, Arizona, as the "Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry" To designate the United States Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry located at First Street and Pan American Avenue in Douglas, Arizona, as the "Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry''.
P.L. 114-13 To clarify the effective date of certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 (H.R.2252) To clarify the effective date of certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014
P.L. 114-4 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R.240)  Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015

113th Congress

January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015

 

P.L. 113-284 DHS OIG Mandates Revision Act of 2014 (S.2651) To repeal certain mandates of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General
P.L. 113-277 Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 (S.1691) To amend title 5, United States Code, to improve the security of the United States border and to provide for reforms and rates of pay for border patrol agents
P.L. 113-235 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R.83) Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes
P.L. 113-203 Making Further Continuing Appropriations for FY 2015 (H.J.Res.131) Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015 through December 17, 2014.
P.L. 113-202 Making Further Continuing Appropriations for FY 2015 (H.J.Res.130) Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015 through December 13, 2014.
P.L. 113-164 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (H.J.Res.124) Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015 through December 11, 2014.
P.L. 113-76 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R.3547) Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014
P.L. 113-73 Making Further Continuing Appropriations for FY 2014 (H.J.Res.106) Making consolidated appropriations for fiscal year 2014 through January 18, 2014
P.L. 113-67 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 (H.J.Res.59) Making consolidated appropriations for fiscal year 2014 through January 1, 2014
P.L. 113-66 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 (H.R.3304) To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel
strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes
P.L. 113-46 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 Makes continuing appropriations through January 15, 2014, and increases the debt limit through February 7, 2014.

P.L. 113-6

Consolidated and Further Continued Appropriations Act, 2013

Establishes levels of funding for the Department of Homeland Security for FY 2013

P.L. 113-2

Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

Makes supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, to improve and streamline disaster assistance for Hurricane Sandy, and for other purposes.

112th Congress

January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013

 

P.L. 112-236

Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012 (S.3642)

This law clarifies the language of the Economic Espionage Act  so trade secret thieves can no longer take advantage of a loophole.

P.L. 112-218

No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012 (S.3542)

This Act authorizes TSA to determine whether checked baggage on a flight or flight segment originating at an airport outside the United States must be re-screened in the United States for explosives before it can continue on an additional flight or flight segment if the baggage has already been screened in the foreign airport in accordance with an aviation security preclearance agreement between the United States and the country in which the airport is located. This authority is to be exercised in coordination with CBP.

P.L. 112-217

DHS Audit Requirement Target Act of 2012 or DART Act (S.1998)

The DART Act mandates DHS to obtain an unqualified audit opinion, and improve financial accountability and management at DHS.

P.L. 112-205

Jamie Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act (H.R. 915)

This Act codifies and existing partnership initiative, the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program, to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protection United States border cities and communities from transnational crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States.

P.L. 112-163

African Growth and Opportunity Act (H.R. 5986)

To amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third-country fabric program and to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for designation under that Act, to make technical corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States relating to the textile and apparel rules of origin for the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, to approve the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and for other purposes

P.L. 112-158

Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (H.R. 1905)

To strengthen Iran sanctions laws for the purpose of compelling Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-144

Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and medical devices, to establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-130

E-2 Nonimmigrant Visas

To allow otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas if similarly situated United States nationals are eligible for similar nonimmigrant status in Israel.

P.L. 112-127

Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2012

To reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the Southwest Border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels.

P.L. 112-113

Brian A. Terry Memorial Act

To designate the station of the United States Border Patrol located at 2136 South Naco Highway in Bisbee, Arizona, as the “Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station.”

P.L. 112-99

Countervailing Duties

To apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-93

Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012

To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify the definition of aircraft and the offenses penalized under the aviation smuggling provisions under that Act, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-87

Intelligence Authorization Act

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-74

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

This measure is the vehicle for making appropriations for most federal government operations for the remainder of FY 2012

P.L. 112-43

United States – Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act

To approve and implement the free trade agreement between the United States and Panama, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-42

United States – Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act

To approve and implement the free trade agreement between the United States and Columbia, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-41

United States – Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

To approve and implement the free trade agreement between the United States and Korea, and for other purposes.

P.L. 112-40

Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011

To extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes.

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October 11, 2018