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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – January 14, 2013

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On the Blog: Amending the Constitution

The start of a new Congress means a raft of proposals to amend the Constitution.


We looked at the proposals introduced in the 113th Congress so far in a post entitled: “Let’s Amend the Constitution!

Featured Items

This week the House will meet for a shortened week. The Senate does not return until next week.

The House is scheduled to debate H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013.

The bill would spend money in response to “Superstorm Sandy,” which occurred last October.

No official cost estimate exists for H.R. 152, but spending of $50 billion proposed in the bill amounts to about $475 per U.S. family.

Last Saturday, the president signed H.R. 41, a bill to “temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.” The House and Senate passed the bill quickly at the beginning of the new Congress.

H.R. 41 spends about $92 per U.S. family.

H.R. 152
The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013

H.R. 41
To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program
Costs $92.15 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013. Click here to vote on The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013.

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
25% For, 75% Against

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Click here to vote on H.R. 41. Click here to vote on H.R. 41.

H.R. 41
22% For, 78% Against

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

New Items

S. 2241
The GI Bill Consumer Awareness Act of 2012
Costs $2.41 per family

H.R. 41
To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program
Costs $92.15 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 112-239
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Costs $5,873.68 per family

P.L. 112-240
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
Saves $26,298.11 per family

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