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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – July 22, 2013

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On the Blog: Spending on Spying?

The House of Representatives may vote this week on the National Security Agency’s program to collect data about every American’s phone calls. It’s not something the House’s leadership necessarily wants.

Read about it in a post entitled: “Spending on Spying? Not So Fast!

Featured Items

This week, the House will debate two of the larger annual spending bills.

H.R. 2397, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, would fund the Army, Navy (including the Marine Corps), and the Air Force; the Office of Secretary of Defense; various other Defense agencies; and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Passage of H.R. 2397 would spend a little over $5,500 per U.S. family.

The House will also debate H.R. 2610, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014.

The bill spends about $1,000 per U.S. family on the Transportation Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

H.R. 2397
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014
Costs $5,567.57 per family

H.R. 2610
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
Costs $1,089.71 per family

What People Think

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The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014
16% For, 84% Against

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Click here to vote on The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014. Click here to vote on The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014.

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014
12% For, 88% Against

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

New Items

S. 1329
An original bill making appropriations for Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes
Costs $588.02 per family

H.R. 328
The Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act of 2013
Costs $0.16 per family

H.R. 1994
The Election Assistance Commission Termination Act
Saves $0.37 per family

H. Con. Res. 44
Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2667
The Authority for Mandate Delay Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 327
The Good Neighbor Forestry Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1848
The Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 959
The Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act
Costs $2.21 per family

H.R. 2611
To designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as the “Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building”, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 285
The Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act
Costs $0.24 per family

S. 486
The Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act
Costs $0.24 per family

H.R. 2576
To amend title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

H.R. 2217
The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014
Costs $451.57 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 113-16
To grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the First Special Service Force, in recognition of its superior service during World War II

P.L. 113-17
To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, and for other purposes

P.L. 113-18
To designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge”

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