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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – October 31, 2011

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On the Blog: Bad Advocacy

An opponent of the featured bill this week hasn’t done things that are likely to bring people to his point of view.

We discuss some of the subtleties of persuasion in a post entitled: “There’s Good Advocacy, and then There’s…

Featured Item

This week, the House will debate S. 894, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011. The bill would increase compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.

House leadership sees S. 894 as non-controversial, so will fast-track it under a procedure called “Suspension of the Rules.” Passage of the bill will spend about $150 per U.S. family.

S. 894
The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011
Costs $150.73 per family

What People Think

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The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011
88% For, 12% Against


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

New Items

H.R. 1408
The Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act
Saves $0.02 per family

H.R. 2167
The Private Company Flexibility and Growth Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2930
The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 237
The Rocky’ Baragona Justice for American Heroes Harmed by Contractors Act
Costs $0.08 per family

S. 1151
The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2011
Costs $0.12 per family

H.R. 3094
The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 443
To provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 588
To redesignate the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2471
To amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer’s informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2360
The POWER Act
Costs $0.00 per family

Updated Items

H.R. 674
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities
Saves $151.68 per family

Passed Items

P.L. 112-44
The United States Parole Commission Extension Act of 2011

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