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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – July 1, 2013

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On the Blog: Spending in the House and Senate

The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate both have spending bills for fiscal year 2014 underway.

We reviewed the process so far and highlighted the bills that are moving in a post entitled: “More Spending Bills on the Move.”

Featured Items

The House and Senate are off this week. They will return after the July 4th holiday.

Both houses of Congress have agriculture spending bills under consideration, and they’re very different.

H.R. 2410 is the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014. It would spend money on the Department of Agriculture (except the Forest Service), the Farm Credit Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration (in the Department of Health and Human Services. The house bill would spend about $490 per U.S. family.

S. 1244 is the Senate’s bill. It would spend more than twice as much—$1,200 per U.S. family—on the same things.

H.R. 2410
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
Costs $491.64 per family

S. 1244
An original bill making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes
Costs $1,236.48 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014. Click here to vote on The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014.

The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
30% For, 70% Against

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Click here to vote on S. 1244. Click here to vote on S. 1244.

S. 1244
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. 850
The Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013
Costs $0.19 per family

H.R. 2218
The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013
Costs $0.02 per family

S. 363
The Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013
Costs $0.05 per family

H.R. 1797
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Costs $1.74 per family

H.R. 1944
The Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1243
An original bill making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes
Costs $1,119.49 per family

S. 1244
An original bill making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes
Costs $1,236.48 per family

S. 1245
An original bill making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes
Costs $381.14 per family

H.R. 94
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions
Saves $1.00 per family

S. 159
The Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 568
To amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 255
The North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 960
The Syria Transition Support Act of 2013
Costs $33.95 per family

H.R. 2166
The Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2279
The Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1411
The California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 95
To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions
Saves $1.03 per family

S. 28
The Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1497
The War Memorial Protection Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1964
The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 2397
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014
Costs $5,595.58 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

P.L. 113-15
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines

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