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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – September 28, 2009

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From the Blog: Annual Spending Process Kicked Over

The 2010 fiscal year begins on Thursday, but Congress has not passed bills funding the government for the year. So it has put off making its final spending decisions. Read about it in a blog post entitled “Annual Spending Process Kicked Over a Month.”

Featured Items

As noted above, Congress has not finished the spending process for fiscal year 2010, and it continues considering spending bills this week.

The Senate will debate H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. As the name suggests, the bills funds the Department of Defense for the 2010 fiscal year.

Passage of H.R. 3326 would cost the average U.S. family about $6,250 per U.S. family.

The House will debate the conference report for H.R. 3183, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. The bill funds the Army Corps of Engineers, parts of the Department of the Interior, and other agencies for a variety of programs.

This is a version of the bill negotiated between representatives of the House and Senate. If both pass this version, it will be ready for the president’s signature.

Passage of H.R. 3183 would spend about $400 per U.S. family.

H.R. 3326
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $6,255.52 per family

H.R. 3183
The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $413.96 per family

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
27% For, 73% Against

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Click here to vote on The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. Click here to vote on The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010.

The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
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

S. 1194
The Coast Guard Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011
Costs $146.94 per family

H.R. 685
The United States Civil Rights Trail System Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2806
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to adjust the boundary of the Stephen Mather Wilderness and the North Cascades National Park in order to allow the rebuilding of a road outside of the floodplain while ensuring that there is no net loss of acreage to the Park or the Wilderness, and for other purposes
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 3290
The September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2265
The Magna Water District Water Reuse and Groundwater Recharge Act of 2009
Costs $0.11 per family

H.R. 2522
To raise the ceiling on the Federal share of the cost of the Calleguas Municipal Water District Recycling Project, and for other purposes
Costs $0.14 per family

H.R. 2741
To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the City of Hermiston, Oregon, water recycling and reuse project, and for other purposes
Costs $0.06 per family

S. 1599
The Reserve Officers Association Modernization Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

Updated Items

H.R. 2008
The Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 22
To amend chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, to allow the United States Postal Service to pay its share of contributions for annuitants’ health benefits out of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund
Costs $0.00 per family

Passed Items

P.L. 111-63
The WIPA and PABSS Reauthorization Act of 2009

P.L. 111-64
A joint resolution providing for the appointment of France A. Cordova as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution

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