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Misdirection

It’s part of nobody’s plan, but Washington, D.C. is pulling a little misdirection play this week.

While everyone is discussing President Obama’s immigration move, the farm bill in the Senate, the energy bill on the House floor, and so on, some of the more important work of Congress is moving under the radar.

Last week, two more annual spending bills were introduced—without a single headline.

S. 3301 is the financial services appropriations bill. The bill spends about $450 per U.S. family on … oh, a whole bunch of things.

The Labor/HHS appropriations bill in the Senate is S. 3295, and it’s a big kahuna. It spends over $7,300 per U.S. family on lots of other stuff, a big part of which is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s the bureau that administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Yes, President Obama lifted the threat of deportation from 800,000 young people whose parents brought them to the country illegally as children. There are lots of questions. Can he do that legally? Does candidate Romney support this or opposite it? Senator Rubio from Florida has a similar plan—what happens with that?

Meanwhile, Congress is spending thousands of dollars of your family’s money.

Here are the current votes on S. 3301 and S. 3295. Click to vote, comment, learn more, and edit the wiki article on the bills.

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