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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – December 29, 2008

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Though it hasn’t officially adjourned, Congress has finished work for the year. With tongue firmly in cheek, the WashingtonWatch.com blog points out a compelling national issue that Congress completely failed to address. The post is called “Essential Unfinished Business.”

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Just before the beginning of the 2009 fiscal year in October, Congress passed a temporary spending measure to fund the operations of the government until March.

Without action early in the next Congress, though, funding for much of the government will run out.

The stopgap bill passed in September set full year FY 2009 funding levels for Defense, Homeland Security, and Military Veterans. It spent about $8,000 per U.S. family.

But the rest of the government’s operations remain unfunded past early March.

The operations that expire in March include Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, Energy & Water, Financial Services, Interior, Labor/HHS/Education, Legislative Branch, State/Foreign Operations, and Transportation/HUD.

No spending bills were even introduced in the House during appropriations season, but the spending bills introduced in the Senate and their full-year costs are listed below.

They total just over $10,000 in spending per U.S. family. The period from March to the end of September is about seven months, meaning that Congress will allocate about $6,000 per U.S. family early in the new year.

S. 3289
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $869.51 per family

S. 3182
The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $588.68 per family

S. 3258
The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $331.72 per family

S. 3260
The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $447.53 per family

S. 3230
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $6,447.19 per family

S. 3288
The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $377.08 per family

S. 3261
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $1,169.99 per family

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The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
48% For, 52% Against

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Click here to vote on The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009. Click here to vote on The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009.

The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
17% For, 83% Against

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Click here to vote on The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009. Click here to vote on The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009.

The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
38% For, 62% Against

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Click here to vote on The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2009. Click here to vote on The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2009.

The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2009
52% For, 48% Against

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Click here to vote on The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009. Click here to vote on The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009.

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
24% For, 76% Against

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Click here to vote on The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009. Click here to vote on The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009.

The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009
35% For, 65% Against

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Click here to vote on The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009. Click here to vote on The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009.

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
37% For, 63% Against

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Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.

New Items

P.L. 110-351
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
Costs $3.67 per family

P.L. 110-457
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
Costs $0.39 per family

P.L. 110-449
The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008
Costs $58.33 per family

Updated Items

H.R. 7321
The Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act
Costs $88.78 per family

P.L. 110-328
The SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act
Costs $5.61 per family

Passed Items

P.L. 110-455
A joint resolution ensuring that the compensation and other emoluments attached to the office of Secretary of State are those which were in effect on January 1, 2007

P.L. 110-456
The America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008
Saves $0.21 per family

P.L. 110-457
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
Costs $0.39 per family

P.L. 110-458
The Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008
Saves $31.08 per family

P.L. 110-459
The Short-term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness Act

P.L. 110-460
A bill to make a technical correction in the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

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