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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – January 28, 2013

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On the Blog: On-Time Budgeting?

The stars are aligning for a normal budget process this year. That’s no guarantee that all will go well, but it’s a start!

Read about it in a post entitled: “Could it Be? A Normal Budget Year?

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Featured Items

The House does not meet this week.

The Senate is scheduled to debate “Superstorm Sandy” spending, not having reached it last week.

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

The Senate may also debate legislation passed by the House last week to temporarily lift the debt ceiling and promote congressional compliance with the budget process.

H.R. 325, the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013, would lift the legal limit on federal indebtedness until May 18th, with the new debt limit set at the amount of debt existing then. It would also withhold the pay of Congress as long as it fails to meet the April 15 deadline for passing a fiscal 2014 budget.

Passage of H.R. 325 would have no cost or savings. It only changes the legal limit on government debt, and any withholding of pay would be temporary.

H.R. 152
The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
Costs $440.90 per family

H.R. 325
The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

What People Think

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The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
16% For, 84% Against

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Click here to vote on The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. Click here to vote on The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013.

The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
25% For, 75% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 325
The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 113-1
To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program
Costs $92.14 per family

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