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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – December 28, 2009

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From the Blog: FY 2010 Spending in Review

While the health care debate captured the public’s attention, Congress concluded the annual spending process during the last few weeks. Over $20,000 per U.S. family in spending will keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year, and the process kicks off again in February. Read about it in a blog post entitled: “The Year in FY 2010 Spending—in Review

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The House and Senate have both finished work for the year. As noted above, before they adjourned, they passed some large spending bills.

Public Law 111-117 is the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010. The bill combined six bills into one, details of which can be found in a blog post entitled: “Consolidated Spending Bill — $9,500 per U.S. Family.”

As the title of that post suggests, passage of the bill will result in about $9,500 in spending per U.S. family.

Congress also passed, and the president signed, Public Law 111-118, 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 Public Law 111-118 spends about $5,140 per average-sized U.S. family.

P.L. 111-117
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $9,542.50 per family

P.L. 111-118
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $5,142.61 per family

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
30% For, 70% Against

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26% For, 74% Against

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

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Passed Items

P.L. 111-117
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $9,542.50 per family

P.L. 111-118
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010
Costs $5,142.61 per family

P.L. 111-119
The Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act

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