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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – August 24, 2009

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34,000 Earmarks In the Database

Our earmarks contest has now collected a whooping 34,000 earmark requests! Read the latest in a WashingtonWatch.com blog post called Earmarks Contest Update #5!

There are fewer than 60 representatives from which we need to collect earmark requests. You can benefit millions of your fellow Americans by adding earmarks to the database through our earmark entry form.

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Featured Items

The House and Senate remains in recess until September—an opportunity to look more closely at a very special earmark.

After members of Congress and senators submit their earmark requests to the House and Senate appropriations committees, those committees determine which will make it into the spending bills that move through Congress.

S. 1294, The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010, has one single earmark.

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) is the chairman of the committee that produced that bill, and it contains an earmark sending $200,000 to the Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska for a photo archive project.

In a WashingtonWatch.com blog post, we named this “Earmark Zero,” because it’s the first of many that WashingtonWatch.com visitors will review, vote, and comment on before Congress takes its final votes on the annual spending bills.

Earmark Request 31272
Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) requests $200,000 for: Durham Heritage Museum

S. 1294
The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $32.93 per family

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Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) requests $200,000 for: Durham Heritage Museum
33% For, 67% Against

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The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010
27% For, 73% Against

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

New Items

P.L. 111-46
To restore sums to the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes
Costs $0.92 per family

H.R. 511
To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to terminate certain easements held by the Secretary on land owned by the Village of Caseyville, Illinois, and to terminate associated contractual arrangements with the Village
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 443
The Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1274
A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, to ensure that the prohibition on disclosure of maritime transportation security information is not used inappropriately to shield certain other information from public disclosure, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 111-45
To authorize the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to use funds made available under the Trademark Act of 1946 for patent operations in order to avoid furloughs and reductions-in-force, and for other purposes
Costs $0.08 per family

H.R. 3376
The United States Mariner and Vessel Protection Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1641
The Cascadia Marine Trail Study Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1494
The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
Costs $7.23 per family

Updated Items

none

Passed Items

P.L. 111-50
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 46-02 21st Street in Long Island City, New York, as the “Geraldine Ferraro Post Office Building”

P.L. 111-51
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 601 8th Street in Freedom, Pennsylvania, as the “John Scott Challis, Jr. Post Office”

P.L. 111-52
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2351 West Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach, Florida, as the “Elijah Pat Larkins Post Office Building”

P.L. 111-53
The Utah Recreational Land Exchange Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 111-54
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 41 Purdy Avenue in Rye, New York, as the “Caroline O’Day Post Office Building”

P.L. 111-55
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 431 State Street in Ogdensburg, New York, as the “Frederic Remington Post Office Building”

P.L. 111-56
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 11th Avenue South in Nampa, Idaho, as the “Herbert A Littleton Postal Station”

P.L. 111-57
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1300 Matamoros Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “Laredo Veterans Post Office”

P.L. 111-58
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 702 East University Avenue in Georgetown, Texas, as the “Kyle G. West Post Office Building”

P.L. 111-59
To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19190 Cochran Boulevard FRNT in Port Charlotte, Florida, as the “Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Boehm Post Office Building”

P.L. 111-60
To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project

P.L. 111-61
Recognizing the service, sacrifice, honor, and professionalism of the Noncommissioned Officers of the United States Army

P.L. 111-62
A joint resolution granting the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made by the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact

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