Capitol Hill roundup
House passes food safety legislation
The U.S. House approved comprehensive legislation Thursday to enhance regulatory oversight of the nation's domestic and imported food supply.
The House passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) by a vote of 283 to 142.
Senate approves highway trust fund fix
The U.S. Senate on Thursday joined the House in approving a $7 billion transfer from the general treasury fund to the Highway Trust Fund, which faces insolvency within a month without the aid.
Mariner self-defense bill advances in House
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday to provide liability protection for U.S. mariners who use force, or individuals who authorize the use of force, to protect a commercial vessel from attack by pirates.