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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – February 11, 2013

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On the Blog: Political Tug o’ War

When good politics and good policy line up, Congress can move forward. But this week, the House and Senate are pushing political buttons.

Read about it in a post entitled: “Parties Playing to Their Strengths.”

Featured Items

This week, the Senate is scheduled to debate S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

S. 47 would reauthorize various spending and law enforcement programs aimed at reducing violence against women.

No cost estimate for S. 47 exists yet. Similar bills in the last Congress proposed spending of between $15 and $20 per U.S. family.

The House will debate H.R. 273, a bill to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay raise for Federal employees.

No cost or savings estimate for H.R. 273 exists yet.

A 2010 pay freeze did not impact pay raises due to promotions or within-grade increases.

The White House said at the time that it would save $2 billion for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, $28 billion over five years, and $60 billion over 10 years.

S. 47
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

H.R. 273
To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. Click here to vote on The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
57% For, 43% Against

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Click here to vote on H.R. 273. Click here to vote on H.R. 273.

H.R. 273
60% For, 40% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 225
The National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013
Costs $0.01 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 113-3
The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

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