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Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 185, H.R. 1402, H.R. 2251, H.R. 2871, H.R. 2922, H.R. 3458, H.R. 3588, S. 1471

On Friday, December 20, 2013, the President signed into law:

H.R. 185, which designates the United States courthouse located in Sherman, Texas, as the Paul Brown United States Courthouse;

H.R. 1402, the "VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013," which makes changes to benefits and programs related to adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and servicemembers, and extends or reauthorizes a number of expiring authorities;

H.R. 2251, which designates the United States courthouse and Federal building located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building;

H.R. 2871, which consolidates the number of divisions in the Southern Judicial District of Mississippi from five divisions to four;

H.R. 2922, which extends the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials away from the Supreme Court grounds;

H.R. 3458, the "Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act of 2013," which requires payments made by a charitable organization to firefighters or the families of firefighters who were injured or killed responding to an emergency on December 24, 2012, in Webster, New York, to be treated, for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code, as related to the purpose constituting the basis for the organization's tax exemption;

H.R. 3588, the "Community Fire Safety Act of 2013," which exempts fire hydrants from Safe Drinking Water Act lead level standards for pipes, fittings, fixtures, solder, and flux; and

S. 1471, the "Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act," which authorizes the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider decisions to inter or memorialize an individual in certain national cemeteries.

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