phranque - 10:04 pm on Jul 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
it's a poorly (or perhaps ignorantly) written article.
the meaning of "approved" is never defined.
as far as i know the house committee can only vote to approve moving the proposed legislation to the floor for a vote among the general membership.
moving a vote "out of committee" is a key step in the process but it can also signal the dead end of the process.
in order to become law it would also require a majority vote in the senate and a presidential signature.