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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – August 3, 2009

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Featured Items

Congress has gone home for its August recess.

Before leaving, the House passed H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. The bill would fund the Department of Defense for the 2010 fiscal year, which begins October 1st.

Passage of H.R. 3326 would cost the average U.S. family a little over $6,200. You can follow the spending process in its entirety on our FY 2010 Spending Tracker page.

The House also passed H.R. 3435, which spends $2 billion dollars on the “Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program,” known as “Cash for Clunkers.”

Cash for Clunkers gives money to people trading in older cars for newer cars. The initial $1 billion allocated for this purpose has already been spent.

An official cost estimate for H.R. 3435 has not been issued, but an informal estimate discussed in a WashingtonWatch.com blog post places the cost of the bill at about $20 per U.S. family.

H.R. 3326
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $6,266.02 per family

H.R. 3435
Making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. Click here to vote on The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010.

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010
38% For, 62% Against

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Click here to vote on H.R. 3435. Click here to vote on H.R. 3435.

H.R. 3435
60% For, 40% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 2989
The 401(k) Fair Disclosure and Pension Security Act of 2009
Costs $67.96 per family

H.R. 3269
The Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act of 2009
Costs $0.05 per family

S. 588
The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2009
Costs $0.04 per family

S. 649
The Radio Spectrum Inventory Act
Costs $0.19 per family

H.R. 2499
The Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1474
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the provision prohibiting the crediting of interest to the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1496
An original bill to extend National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration authorizations funded by the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes
Costs $17.74 per family

S. 1533
The Public Transportation Extension Act of 2009
Costs $132.18 per family

H.R. 1061
The Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3137
To amend title 39, United States Code, to provide clarification relating to the authority of the United States Postal Service to accept donations as an additional source of funding for commemorative plaques
Costs $0.00 per family

Updated Items

none

Passed Items

P.L. 111-41
The Korean War Veterans Recognition Act

P.L. 111-42
Approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and for other purposes

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