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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – September 3, 2013

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On the Blog: Syria Vote Coming

Rather than acting unilaterally, President Obama has asked Congress to vote on whether or not the U.S. should take military action against Syria’s government.

Read the resolution the administration has proposed, and view the many Syria-related bills already pending, in a post entitled: “Congress to Vote on Syria Action.”

Featured Items

Congress continues its summer break.

Among the bills dealing with Syria that have already been introduced in Congress is S. 617, the Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. It proposes various steps to try to foster a transition to a democratic Syria.

There is no official cost estimate for S. 617.

Another Syria-related bill is S. 960, the Syria Transition Support Act of 2013.

S. 960 was introduced by Sen. Robert Menéndez (D-NJ), who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The committee has reported the bill to the full Senate for further debate.

Passage of S. 960 would cost about $33 per U.S. family.

S. 617
The Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013

S. 960
The Syria Transition Support Act of 2013
Costs $33.44 per family

What People Think

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The Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013
66% For, 34% Against

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Click here to vote on The Syria Transition Support Act of 2013. Click here to vote on The Syria Transition Support Act of 2013.

The Syria Transition Support Act of 2013
20% For, 80% Against

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

New Items

S. 134
The Violent Content Research Act of 2013
Costs $0.01 per family

S. 933
The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2013
Costs $0.61 per family

H.R. 2388
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take certain Federal lands located in El Dorado County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2844
The Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 287
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the definition of homeless veteran for purposes of benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes
Costs $5.27 per family

H.R. 2463
The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2481
The Veterans G.I. Bill Enrollment Clarification Act of 2013
Costs $0.87 per family

H.R. 2641
The RAPID Act
Costs $0.04 per family

S. 1276
The Security Clearance Oversight and Reform Enhancement Act
Costs $0.11 per family

H.R. 255
To amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions, and for other purposes
Saves $0.01 per family

H.R. 553
To designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the “Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States”
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1423
The Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act
Costs $0.89 per family

H.R. 1459
The Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act
Costs $0.02 per family

H.R. 1818
The Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1254
The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013
Costs $0.79 per family


Updated Items

none


Passed Items

none

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