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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – October 15, 2012

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On the Blog: Drone War

Did you know that the United States is prosecuting a drone war?

We have a blog post on that: “Congress Isn’t Overseeing Drone War Either.”

Featured Items

The House and Senate have adjourned until after the election.

Several recently signed bills have become law. Among them is Public Law 112-195, The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act.

The law directs the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a hazardous waste electronic manifest system meant to improve tracking of such waste.

Passage of Public Law 112-195 will spend about $0.24 per U.S. family.

Another is Public Law 112-185, which confirms that certain astronauts have full ownership rights to artifacts from their space missions.

There is no cost estimate yet for Public Law 112-185.

P.L. 112-195
The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act
Costs $0.24 per family

P.L. 112-185
To confirm full ownership rights for certain United States astronauts to artifacts from the astronauts’ space missions

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act. Click here to vote on The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act.

The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act
41% For, 59% Against

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Click here to vote on P.L. 112-185. Click here to vote on P.L. 112-185.

P.L. 112-185
100% For, 0% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 4053
The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 112-179
The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2011
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 112-180
To designate the United States courthouse under construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the “Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States Courthouse”

P.L. 112-181
The Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act

P.L. 112-182
The Lowell National Historical Park Land Exchange Act of 2011
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 112-183
The Billfish Conservation Act of 2011
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 112-184
To designate the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, New York, as the “Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse”
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 112-185
To confirm full ownership rights for certain United States astronauts to artifacts from the astronauts’ space missions

P.L. 112-186
The Safe Doses Act
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 112-187
To designate the United States courthouse located at 709 West 9th Street in Juneau, Alaska, as the “Robert Boochever United States Courthouse”
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 112-188
The Divisional Realignment Act of 2012

P.L. 112-189
The Reporting Efficiency Improvement Act

P.L. 112-190
To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 to correct an error in the provisions relating to remedies for dilution
Costs $0.00 per family

P.L. 112-191
The VA Major Construction Authorization and Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2012

P.L. 112-192
To provide flexibility with respect to United States support for assistance provided by international financial institutions for Burma, and for other purposes

P.L. 112-193
To make corrections with respect to Food and Drug Administration user fees

P.L. 112-194
The Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2011
Costs $0.09 per family

P.L. 112-195
The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act
Costs $0.24 per family

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