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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – February 7, 2011

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On the Blog: Patriot Act Non-Debate

This week, Congress turns its attention to the USA-PATRIOT Act, but neither party seems to want to re-open this can of worms.

Read about it in a post entitled: “USA-PATRIOT—The Debate Congress Doesn’t Want to Have.”

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This week, the House will debate H.R. 514, which would extend expiring provisions of the USA-PATRIOT Act until December 8, 2011. The provisions deal with access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps.

No cost estimate for H.R. 514 is available yet.

The Senate will debate S. 223, the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. The bill is intended to modernize the air traffic control system; improve the safety, reliability, and availability of U.S. air transportation; and reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration.

Passage of S. 223 would cost about $15 per U.S. family.

H.R. 514
To extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 relating to access to business records, individual terrorists as agents of foreign powers, and roving wiretaps until December 8, 2011

S. 223
The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
Costs $15.52 per family

What People Think

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H.R. 514
25% For, 75% Against

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The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
83% For, 17% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 347
The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 398
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 386
The Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 223
The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
Costs $15.52 per family

Updated Items

none

Passed Items

P.L. 112-1
To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, and for other purposes

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