Congress Returns to Spend More than $15,000.00 per U.S. Family in September
Spending to be Determined with Weeks to Go in Fiscal Year
September 5, 2006
Washington, D.C. — When Congress returns to work in Washington, D.C. this week, it will have less than a month to pass all of the bills that allocate spending for Fiscal Year 2007 which begins October 1st. None of the appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2007 have been passed yet.
The eleven pending appropriations bills amount to more than $15,000.00 in spending per U.S. family. At this late date, Congress is likely to pass these important bills hurriedly and without careful consideration, perhaps in an omnibus package.
Listed below are the costs today of proposed spending for Fiscal Year 2007 per U.S. family, based on population figures and interest rates as of September 5, 2006.
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Agriculture - Costs: $1,136.25
Science/State/Justice/Commerce - Costs: $522.22
Defense - Costs: $4,304.20
Energy & Water - Costs: $314.12
Foreign Operations - Costs: $334.05
Homeland Security - Costs: $392.09
Interior & Environment - Costs: $266.98
Legislative Branch - Costs: $40.66
Military Quality of Life/Veterans Affairs - Costs: $837.79
Transportation/Treasury/HUD/Judiciary/District of Columbia - Costs: $1,484.43
(Separate Senate bill for District of Columbia - Costs: $5.72)