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“Cap-and-trade” proposals would force industry to find the most efficient ways to reduce greenhouse gasses and improve the environment. But cap-and-trade don’t come cheap. The estimated cost of one bill is about $12,000 per U.S. family. Read about it in a post titled “Costing Out Cap-and-Trade.”

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This week, Congress is likely to vote on final passage of H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009. The bill would spend about $920 per U.S. family, mainly on military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The House will also consider a couple of bills related to foreign policy.

H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, would authorize spending for the Department of State and the Peace Corps for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. It would also take steps to modernize the Foreign Service.

Passage of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 would cost the average U.S. family about $370.

The House will also consider H.R. 1886, the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009. The bill would would authorize democratic, economic, and social development, and security assistance for Pakistan.

Passage of H.R. 1886, the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009 would cost about $78 per U.S. family.

The Senate will debate H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.

Passage of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act would costs a little over $100 per U.S. family.

H.R. 2410
The Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
Costs $370.99 per family

H.R. 1886
The Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009
Costs $77.91 per family

H.R. 1256
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
Costs $101.28 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011. Click here to vote on The Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011.

The Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
5% For, 95% Against

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Click here to vote on The Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009. Click here to vote on The Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009.

The Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009
32% For, 68% Against

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Click here to vote on The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Click here to vote on The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
16% For, 84% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 2454
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
Costs $12,108.23 per family

H.R. 2410
The Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
Costs $370.99 per family

S. 407
The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 601
The Weather Mitigation Research and Development Policy Authorization Act of 2009
Costs $0.74 per family

S. 942
The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2009
Costs $0.04 per family

S. 707
The Telework Enhancement Act of 2009
Costs $0.22 per family

S. 982
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
Costs $70.10 per family

Updated Items

none

Passed Items

P.L. 111-25
The Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act
Costs $0.01 per family

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