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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – January 22, 2013

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On the Blog: Cut Their Pay!

This week, the House may vote on a bill (not yet introduced) to increase the legal limit on the national debt for a short time, with a longer-term increase depending on the Senate producing a budget plan. The bill may withhold senators’ pay if they don’t produce a budget.

A number of bills to control members’ pay, and especially to end their automatic pay raise, have been introduced in the new Congress. We looked at them in a post entitled: “Cut Their Pay!

Featured Items

After President Obama’s inauguration celebration yesterday, the House and Senate both get to work this week.

The Senate is scheduled to debate the “Superstorm Sandy” spending bill.

H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 would spend about $440 per U.S. family on response to that particular disaster.

In addition to debt ceiling legislation, the House will debate H.R. 307 the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill would reauthorize programs meant to protect “public health security” and “all-hazards” preparedness and response.

There is no cost estimate for H.R. 307 yet.

H.R. 152
The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
Costs $440.84 per family

H.R. 307
To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, and for other purposes

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
27% For, 73% Against

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Click here to vote on H.R. 307. Click here to vote on H.R. 307.

H.R. 307
50% For, 50% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 1 [112th Congress]
The Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
Costs $517.63 per family

H.R. 152
The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
Costs $440.84 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

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