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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – March 24, 2014

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On the Blog: Increasing Medicare Payments

If Congress doesn’t pass legislation by April 1st, Medicare payments to health care providers will drop. The nation’s Medicare doctors don’t want their payments to go down.

Read about it in a post entitled: “Medicare Costs Money.”

Featured Item

Along with legislation to increase Medicare payments, the Senate may consider a bill to extend unemployment benefits this week.

S. 2148, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014, would renew unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, retroactively paying those whose benefits expired in late December. Customs fees and money collected from corporate pensions would offset the new spending.

Passage of S. 2148 would cost about $160 and raise the national debt by a little under $15 per U.S. family.

S. 2148
The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014
Costs $160.30 per family

What People Think

Click here to vote on The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014. Click here to vote on The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014
40% For, 60% Against

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

New Items

H.R. 1501
The Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument Preservation Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3222
The Flushing Remonstrance Study Act
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 37
The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2013
Costs $0.22 per family

H.R. 3678
To redesignate the lock and dam located in Modoc, Illinois, commonly known as the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam, as the “Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam”, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

S. 2110
The Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014
Costs $1,404.15 per family

H. Con. Res. 92
Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition
Costs $0.00 per family

H. Con. Res. 88
Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

H.R. 935
The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family


Passed Items

none

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