Legislative Summary of the 1st Session of the 111th Congress in Regards to Filipino American Issues

To date, the Democratic-led 111th Congress has passed several pieces of legislation regarding Filipino and Filipino American issues.  They are as follows:

  1. Public Law 111-2, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (A bill that clarifies the legal time limits for employees to fight pay discrimination.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2007, Asian American women earned 89.5 cents for every dollar that men earned.) – Signed into law on January 29, 2009
  2. Public Law 111-3, Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (Including provisions to waive the five-year waiting period for Medicaid and SCHIP imposed on pregnant women and children legally residing in the US) – Signed into law on February 4, 2009
  3. Public Law 111-5, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Including the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2008, a payment of $15,000 to Filipino WWII veterans with American citizenship and $9,000 to Filipino WWII veterans with Filipino citizenship) – Signed into law on February 17, 2009
  4. H.R. 3081, Making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes (Including provisions to limit Foreign Military Financing to the Philippines contingent on the Government of the Philippines taking effective steps against human rights abuses and to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions) – Passed the House on July 13, 2009
  5. S. Res. 298, A resolution recognizing Filipino American History Month in October 2009Passed by the Senate on October 1, 2009
  6. H. Res. 780, Recognizing the celebration of Filipino American History Month in OctoberPassed by the House on November 2, 2009
  7. S. Res. 305, A resolution expressing support for the victims of the natural disasters in Indonesia, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the PhilippinesPassed by the Senate on October 6, 2009
  8. H. Res. 800, Expressing sympathy for the citizens of the Philippines dealing with Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon ParmaPassed by the House on October 15, 2009
  9. Public Law 111-84, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act – Lauded by Kaya in memory of the 1999 shooting of Joseph Ileto, Filipino American postal worker, who was killed by a white supremacist, Buford Furrow, after a series of shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) in Southern California. Furrow said he specifically shot Ileto because he looked Latino or Asian and was working for the federal government.) – Signed into law on October 28, 2009
  10. H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act (Including measures regarding cultural and linguistic competency training for health professionals, improved date collection with respect to primary language, increases in grants to provide outreach regarding health problems prevalent in medically under-served communities especially racial and ethnic minority populations, expansions within the Office of Minority Health, and other provisions) Passed the House on November 16, 2009
  11. H. Con. Res. 218, Expressing sympathy for the 57 civilians who were killed in the southern Philippines on November 23, 2009 Passed the House on December 8, 2009

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