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Congress did not vote on final passage of H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 last week. The bill is up for consideration again this week. Passage of H.R. 2346 will spend about $920 per U.S. family, mainly on military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The House will also consider a couple of spending bills for fiscal year 2010, which begins October 1st.

H.R. 2847 would spend money to support the operations of the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and for various science-related agencies.

The amount that would be spent under H.R. 2847 is unknown yet, as a report on the bill has not been filed. A similar bill for the 2009 fiscal year came in at a little under $600 per U.S. family.

The House will also consider a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. That bill has not yet been introduced. A similar bill for the 2009 fiscal year came in at a little under $450 per U.S. family.

The Senate is likely to consider S. 1023, the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. That bill would establish a non-profit government corporation to communicate United States border-entry policies and to promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.

Passage of S. 1023, the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, would cost about $22 per U.S. family.

H.R. 2346
The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $920.38 per family

H.R. 2847
Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

S. 1023
The Travel Promotion Act of 2009
Costs $22.27 per family

What People Think

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The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
11% For, 89% Against

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Click here to vote on H.R. 2847. Click here to vote on H.R. 2847.

H.R. 2847
50% For, 50% Against

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Click here to vote on The Travel Promotion Act of 2009. Click here to vote on The Travel Promotion Act of 2009.

The Travel Promotion Act of 2009
33% For, 67% Against

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

New Items

S. 954
The World Bank International Development Association Replenishment Act of 2009
Costs $24.71 per family

S. 955
The African Development Fund Replenishment Act of 2009
Costs $2.92 per family

S. 38
The Professional Boxing Amendments Act of 2009
Costs $0.30 per family

H.R. 1018
To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to improve the management and long-term health of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes
Costs $1.61 per family

S. 685
The Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2009
Costs $0.06 per family

H.R. 2093
The Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2009
Costs $1.49 per family

H.R. 1345
The District of Columbia Hatch Act Reform Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1023
The Travel Promotion Act of 2009
Costs $22.27 per family

H.R. 2646
The Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2454
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
Costs $12,113.02 per family

H.R. 2410
The Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
Costs $370.98 per family

H.R. 80
The Captive Primate Safety Act
Costs $0.17 per family

Updated Items

none

Passed Items

none

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