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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – February 1, 2010

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From the Blog: President Obama Wants Earmark Transparency

In his State of the Union speech last week, President Obama called for the government to publish a database of proposed earmarks like the one WashingtonWatch.com and its team of earmark hunters produced last summer. Read about it in a blog post entitled: “State of the Union: President Obama Wants Earmark Transparency.”

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This week the president will introduce his budget for fiscal year 2011. It will call for about $3.8 trillion in spending, about $1.6 trillion of which will be added to the national debt. That’s about $36,600 per U.S. family in spending, $17,350 per family in new debt.

The House will debate H.R. 4061, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009. The bill is intended to advance cybersecurity research, development, and technical standards. Passage of H.R. 4061 would cost a little over $5.50 per U.S. family.

The House will also debate H.J. Res. 45, which would reestablish “Pay-As-You-Go” or “PayGo” rules for Congress. PayGo rules require Congress to pay for new programs by cutting spending in other parts of the budget.

H.J. Res. 45 passed the House once already, as a measure to increase the country’s debt ceiling, but the Senate turned it into a PayGo bill, which the House will now consider.

H.R. 4061
The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009
Costs $5.66 per family

H. J. Res. 45
Increasing the statutory limit on the public debt

What People Think

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The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009
43% For, 57% Against

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Click here to vote on H. J. Res. 45. Click here to vote on H. J. Res. 45.

H. J. Res. 45
5% For, 95% Against

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

New Items

S. 369
The Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act
Saves $13.56 per family

P.L. 111-126
To accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti
Saves $0.04 per family

H.R. 1064
The Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act
Costs $16.11 per family

S. 678
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009
Costs $24.14 per family

S. 714
The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009
Costs $0.14 per family

S. 1140
The La Pine Land Conveyance Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2869
The Small Business Job Creation and Access to Capital Act of 2009
Costs $0.21 per family

H.R. 1694
The Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act
Costs $0.94 per family

S. 940
The Southern Nevada Higher Education Land Act of 2009
Costs $0.00 per family

Updated Items

none

Passed Items

P.L. 111-126
To accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti
Saves $0.04 per family

P.L. 111-127
The Emergency Aid to American Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake Act

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How government spending hurts you :: Liberty Maven

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Ice Ice Baby: Budget Freeze Part 1 « Tea Party-Two Party

[...] cost of the federal government will be over $36,000 per family of which $17,000 will be new [...]

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