Lobbying on the Enacted Legislation of the 112th Congress

The media has labeled the current Congress a do nothing Congress, but is that description accurate?  While it’s true that the current Congress hasn’t addresses many of the country’s biggest challenges, it also true, significant pieces of legislation were passed and signed into law.  In fact, 106 bills were passed in the current Congress.  Below is a sample of 10 of those 106 bills.  Some of these 10 bills garnered media attention and scrutiny, while other bills flew under the radar, but there is one thing they all have in common –  they were all lobbied.

S.2038 : STOCK Act
Purpose: An original bill to prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit, and for other purposes.
Committee: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Sponsor: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 42 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 136 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity: 31 organizations who spent a combined $17.6 million on all of their lobbying activity

H.R.4281 : Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012
Purpose: To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Committee on Ways and Means

Sponsor: Rep. John Mica (R-FL)
Co-Sponsor(s): 2 (0D, 2R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 120 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 257 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity:  70 organizations who spent a combined $53.6 million on all of their lobbying activity

H.R.658 : FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
Purpose: To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014, to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Homeland Security
  • Committee on Judiciary
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Sponsor: Rep. John Mica (R-FL)
Co-Sponsor(s): 24 (1D, 23R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 344 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 912 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity:  34 organizations who spent a combined $75.6 million on all of their lobbying activity

H.R.3630 : Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Purpose: A bill to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment compensation, Medicare physician payment, provide for the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Agriculture
  • Committee on Budget
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Committee on Financial Services
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Committee on House Administration
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
  • Committee on Rules
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Committee on Ways and Means
  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
Co-Sponsor(s): 5 (0D, 5R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 531 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 1,707 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity:  327 organizations who spent a combined $197.7 million on all of their lobbying activity

H.R.3606 : Jumpstart Our Business Startups
Purpose: To increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Committee on Financial Services

Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN)
Co-Sponsor(s): 53 (20D, 33R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 119 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 561 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity:  108 organizations who spent a combined $93.2 million on all of their lobbying activity

112 H.R.1249: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Purpose: To amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Budget
  • Committee on Judiciary

Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Co-Sponsor(s): 53 (20D, 33R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 385 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 1,209 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity: 80 organizations who spent a combined $48.4 million on all of their lobbying activity
  • For more on the lobbying around the America Invents Act read our report.

112 H.R.765: Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011
Purpose: To amend the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to clarify the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture regarding additional recreational uses of National Forest System land that is subject to ski area permits, and for other purposes.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Agriculture
  • Committee on Natural Resources

Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Co-Sponsor(s): 11 (4D, 7R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 2 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 5 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity: none

112 H.R.3801 : Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012
Purpose: 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.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Armed Services
  • Committee on Ways and Means

Sponsor: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
Co-Sponsor(s): 1 (0D, 1R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 3 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 10 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity: 2 organizations who spent a combined $790,000 on all of their lobbying activity

H.R.2883 : Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act
Purpose: To amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to extend the child and family services program through fiscal year 2016, and for other purposes.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Budget
  • Committee on Ways and Means

Sponsor: Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY)
Co-Sponsor(s): 16 (9D, 7R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • organizations lobbied the bill
  • lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity: 7 organizations who spent a combined $2.4 million on all of their lobbying activity

H.R.2056 : To instruct the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to study the impact of insured depository institution failures, and for other purposes.
Purpose: To instruct the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to study the impact of insured depository institution failures, and for other purposes.
Committee(s)

  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Committee on Financial Services

Sponsor: Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-GA)
Co-Sponsor(s): 13 (4D, 9R, 0I)
Lobbying Highlights

  • 21 organizations lobbied the bill
  • 130 lobbyists lobbied the bill
  • 2012 Q1 Lobbying Activity: 8 organizations who spent a combined $9.8 million on all of their lobbying activity

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