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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – January 27, 2014

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On the Blog: The Minimum Wage

When President Obama delivers the state of the union speech on Tuesday, he is likely to raise the minimum wage as an issue. Should the federal minimum wage be raised?

There are number of minimum wage bills in Congress. We discussed the simple side and the complex side of the minimum wage debate in a post entitled: “The Minimum Wage: Simple or Complicated?

Featured Items

The House and Senate return for a short week this week.

The House will debate H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

The bill would make permanent the ban on federal spending on abortions that is usually attached to annual spending bills. Starting in 2015, the bill would also eliminate subsidies for health insurances policies bought on Obamacare exchanges that cover abortion.

The cost per U.S. family of H.R. 7‘s passage would be minimal.

The Senate will debate S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. The bill would delay some requirements of flood insurance reform passed in Public Law 112-141. The reform, aimed at erasing $18 billion in debt in the National Flood Insurance Program, would end certain flood insurance subsidies and raise flood insurance rates for many.

There is no cost estimate for S. 1926 yet.

H.R. 7
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1926
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014

What People Think

Click here to vote on The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. Click here to vote on The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
58% For, 42% Against

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Click here to vote on The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Click here to vote on The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.

The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
33% For, 67% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 2824
The Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1262
The Veterans Conservation Corps Act of 2013
Costs $5.34 per family

S. 1871
The SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Act of 2013
Costs $1,198.28 per family

S. 1901
The Support for United States-Republic of Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 1491
A bill to amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to improve United States-Israel energy cooperation, and for other purposes
Costs $0.09 per family

H.R. 2981
The Technology and Research Accelerating National Security and Future Economic Resiliency Act of 2013
Costs $0.05 per family

H.R. 3345
The Stop Unworthy Spending Act
Costs $0.12 per family


Updated Items

H.R. 2810
The Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013
Costs $872.82 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 113-76
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
Costs $11,844.27 per family

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