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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – December 14, 2009

From the Blog: Consolidated Spending Bill—$9,500 per U.S. Family

The 2010 fiscal year began back in October, but until last night Congress had passed only five of the twelve bills that designate how federal dollars should be spent this year.

On Friday, the temporary measure that allows the government to continue running expires, so the House and Senate must pass the rest of the spending bills by week’s end. To do that, they combined six bills into one and passed it in the House last week, the Senate last night.

Read about the combined bill in a blog post entitled “Consolidated Spending Bill—$9,500 per U.S. Family.”

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As noted above, the House and Senate have passed H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, a bill that spends about $9,500 on operations of the U.S. government.

This week, the House and Senate will debate H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010.

The bill sets spending levels for the Department of Defense for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which goes until September 30, 2010.

Passage of H.R. 3326 would cost the average U.S. family about $5,140.

The Senate will continue debate on H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill would revise the health care and health insurance systems in the United States.

Under an updated cost estimate, H.R. 3590 would cost a little under $9,400 per U.S. family.

An updated estimate for the House-passed counterpart, H.R. 3962, puts its cost at just under $16,000 per U.S. family.

H.R. 3326
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $5,144.22 per family

H.R. 3590
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Costs $9,351.62 per family

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

New Items

H.R. 1084
The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 2611
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Securing the Cities Initiative of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes
Costs $1.87 per family

H.R. 3845
The USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009
Costs $0.13 per family

S. 2778
The Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2009
Costs $11.11 per family

H.R. 4061
The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009
Costs $5.68 per family

S. 592
The Local Community Radio Act of 2009
Costs $0.01 per family

H.R. 984
The State Secret Protection Act of 2009
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 3644
The Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Regional Program and National Environmental Literacy Grant Program Act
Costs $1.24 per family

H.R. 1517
To allow certain U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees who serve under an overseas limited appointment for at least 2 years, and whose service is rated fully successful or higher throughout that time, to be converted to a permanent appointment in the competitive service
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3126
The Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009
Costs $37.09 per family

H.R. 3804
The National Park Service Authorities and Corrections Act of 2009
Costs $0.28 per family

H.R. 3890
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to enhance oversight of nationally recognized statistical rating organizations, and for other purposes
Costs $0.30 per family

S. 2768
The National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act of 2009
Costs $4.90 per family

S. 1472
The Human Rights Enforcement Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1490
The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2009
Costs $0.22 per family

H.R. 515
The Radioactive Import Deterrence Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 850
The Shark Conservation Act of 2009
Costs $0.05 per family

S. 1224
The Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2009
Costs $0.60 per family

Updated Items

H.R. 3288
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $9,545.47 per family

H.R. 4173
The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009
Saves $5.45 per family

Passed Items

none

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