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Help America Vote Act of 2002

An act passed in response to the presidential election of 2000, which remained undecided for several weeks due to voting problems such as computer problems, misplaced vote boxes, and confusing ballot designs. This law made federal funding available to states to update their voting procedures and equipment, created the Election Assistance Commission to provide information on federal elections, and specified uniform technology and administration standards for federal elections.

Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

An omnibus energy policy law designed to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy. Signed by President George W. Bush, among other things, the law sets new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks (35 miles per gallon by 2020), encourages the development and production of advanced technology vehicles, encourages biofuel development, sets new efficiency standards for appliances and lighting, encourages alternate energy research and development, and mandates energy efficiency in public buildings.

resolution of Congress

Also called a simple resolution, used by Congress to regulate the administrative or internal business in either the House or the Senate, or to express facts or opinions on non-legislative matters. Identified by the abbreviations "H.Res." or "S.Res." and a number, resolutions of Congress do not have to be signed by the president and do not have the force of law.

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